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  ABA  



Hawaii Swish to play limited games this season - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the Hawaii Swish, based in Honolulu, Hawaii will play a limited number of games this season as it prepares for full entry it the ABA for the 2017 season. "We've really want to have a team in Honolulu," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "But travel has been a problem; Geremy Robinson (6'5''-G/F-79, college: Hawaii) has solved it."
Geremy is the President of Team Opencourt Youth Basketball Club, Director of OAHU Basketball League, Director of Hawaii High School Senior Classic All-Start Basketball Game and Director of Geremy Robinson Nike Basketball Academy. "This is something I've really wanted to do for a long time," added Robinson. "We're looking forward to hosting the Yuba City Goldminers, the Tucson Buckets, Orange County Novastars, Arizona Scorpions and Las Vegas Jokers and getting a good jumpstart for next season."
Johnny White will serve as Head Coach, Associate Head Coach will be Artie Wilson, and Assistant Coach Woodrow Moore.
For more information, email geremyrobinson@yahoo.com, call 808 777 9206 or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ALBANIA  


Joshua Freelove (ex IRT Tanger) joins Vllaznia - by Greg

Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Joshua Freelove (188-82kg-90, college: Buffalo, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at IRT Tanger in Moroccan D1 league. In 6 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg while shooting 51.5% from the field (44.4% from 3P and 81.4% FT). The last season Freelove played at UBSC Graz in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 15 games he had 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg.
Freelove attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Seth Jackson (ex Balkan) signs at Vllaznia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) landed 24-year old American guard Seth Jackson (195-100kg-93, college: Truman State). He played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 7 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Jackson's team was regular season runner-up in GLVC West Division. He received All-GLVC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Jackson graduated from Truman State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ALGERIA  


Algerian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Zakaria Aggoun
Aggoun
Anis Bouadjadja
Bouadjadja
Brahim Maziz
Maziz
Omar Belliche
Belliche
#e#4
4Mohamed Berbagui G US Setif Algeria
5Zakaria Guezout G-92 NAH Dey Algeria
6Zakaria Aggoun 181-PG-98
7Anis Bouadjadja 194-F-98
8Mohamed Guermat 180-PG-93 NAH Dey Algeria
9Merouane Bourkaib G WA Boufarik Algeria
10Aberaouf Faidia G-91 US Setif Algeria
11Ramzi Merahi G-95 WA Boufarik Algeria
12Brahim Maziz C WA Boufarik Algeria
13Omar Belliche 204-F/C-92 NAH Dey Algeria
14Khaled Ouahab F El Eulma Algeria
15Rabah Zitoun C Staoueli Algeria


Ahmed Loubachria Head Coach

Faysal Aktouf Assistant



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  ANGUILLA  


Anguillan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

1Junior Rogers
Spartans Anguilla
2Ricky Coombs G Hoyas Anguilla
3Colin Harrigan 183-G Shottaz Anguilla
4Aaron Gumbs
Spartans Anguilla
5Michael Davis
Hoyas Anguilla
6Neil Gumbs
Hoyas Anguilla
7Rick Browne 197-F Shottaz Anguilla
8Javille Brooks G Shottaz Anguilla
9Jason Hodge 201-C/F Shottaz Anguilla
10Knoltan Bramble
Hoyas Anguilla
11Rashaun Jackson
Spartans Anguilla
12Incia Brooks 196-F Raiders Anguilla
13Yariel Fleming
Spartans Anguilla
14Andre Duncan
Spartans Anguilla
15Elisban Valera
Raiders Anguilla


I Connor Head Coach

D Mussington Assistant



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  ARAB NATIONS CUP  


Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco victorious in Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - United Arab Emirates 86-64
Egypt overcame the UAE to improve at 2-1 record at the tournament. Omar Tarek (218-C-91) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Egypt built a 41:29 halftime lead. Egypt extended the margin at 21-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Mostafa Meshaal (200-F-86) knocked down 16 points in the win. Salem Suwais (180-F-98) and Omar Alamry (200-F-91) replied with 11 points each for the UAE.

Bahrain - Saudi Arabia 99-102 OT
Saudi Arabia outlasted Bahrain in overtime en route to the second win in Egypt. Nassir Abojalas (194-F-94) came up with 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Bahrain eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. But Saudi Arabia erased the deficit in the second half and forced overtime. The teams needed two overtimes to decide on the winners. Saudi Arabia managed to pull away with the tough win at the end. Ahmed Almukhtar (191-F-93) and Mohammed Alsuwallem chipped in 13 points each for the winners. Hassan Naorooz responded with 20 points for Bahrain.

Algeria - Morocco 71-89
Morocco fired past Algeria to improve at 3-0 record at the tournament. Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) scored 22 points to lead the winners. Morocco secured a 23:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They unloaded 52 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Zakaria El Mashbahi tossed in 18 points in the win. Oussama Aggoun (F-94) responded with 17 points for Algeria.





Morocco and United Arab Emirates post wins in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Morocco and United Arab Emirates post wins in Day 2 of the 22nd Emirates Airlines Men's Basketball Championship for Arab teams. Morocco overcame Saudi Arabia 70-64. Morocco led 2 pints at the half-time and added a 22-17 rally in the third period. Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) and Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Mathna Almarwani (184-C-92) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
United Arab Emirates meanwhile beat Algeria 77-74. Qais Alshabibi stepped up with 27 points and 14 boards, while Khalifa Salem scored 20. Omar Belliche (204-F/C-92) produced 14 points in a loss.



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  ARGENTINA  


Flamengo tabs Hakeem Rollins, ex Instituto - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (NBB) inked experienced 34-year old American power forward Hakeem Rollins (201-111kg-83, college: Washington, agency: DTMones). He played most recently at Instituto in Argentinian LigaA. In 33 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Rollins played at Regatas Corrientes (also in LigaA) where in 46 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Defensive Player of the Year and selected to Honorable Mention.
Rollins is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rollins has played previously professionally in Russia (Avtodor), Switzerland (SAV Vacallo), United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks), Uruguay (Atenas), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Ciclista and Sionista) and Brazil (Winner/Limeira).
He attended University of Washington until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Rollins' game is described as: Athletic big man with NBA body, strength, and athleticism. Possesses great upside and has been making quick improvements from year to year. Runs the floor exceptionally well, has an outstanding vertical jump. Good defender, exceptional rebounder. Fans love his intensity, versatility and enormous potential. It has become one of the best centers in each league and level he has played.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miguel Marriaga left Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Venezuelan international center Miguel Marriaga (205-102kg-84, agency: Pro Sports) left Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA). But in 6 games in Argentina he had just 1.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3bpg this season. Marriaga also spent pre-season at Olimpico de La Banda earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention in 2015.
Marriaga has been also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. He has regularly played for Venezuelan senior team since 2003 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Marriaga also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 0.4ppg, 1.0rpg.
Marriaga is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro, Islanders and Cimarrones), Italy, Mexico (Soles), Turkey and Venezuela (Marinos, Toros, Trotamundos, Lanceros and Yaracuyanos).
Marriaga could be described: A smart guy, very reliable player, who plays without any pause, and delivers anytime the same good job; yet a very solid post player, with a large body, long arms and big hands; moves well inside, and is yet enough powerful to defend his position and to rebound; great timing for rebounds and shotblocking; his future is maybe at 4 position, but he has yet to add bulk and shooting range; he has just agreed terms with Gaiteros del Zulia, and should play with this team in 2003 season, but his huge upside makes him a very interesting prospect for NCAA and, in some years, for NBA too;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eidintas re-signs at Alianza Viedma - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) confirmed in their roster 22-year old guard Matias Eidintas (182-95). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in 8 TNA games he recorded just 1.8ppg in 2014-15 season.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRALIA  


NBL Round 13: #1 Adelaide 36ers are defeated by United - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Adelaide 36ers (11-7) in Melbourne on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked United (10-9) 104-73. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. The game without a history. United led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 30 points and 7 assists for the winners and the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. At the losing side American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) responded with 21 points and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. United have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Adelaide 36ers at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. United is looking forward to face Illawarra Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Cairns. Fourth ranked United (10-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Cairns Taipans (7-10) 79-78 on Thursday evening. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) nailed 24 points for the winning side and Tai Wesley accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) came up with 15 points for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Cairns Taipans' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. United have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. United will play against Illawarra Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against New Zealand Breakers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Illawarra Hawks (10-9) against eighth ranked Perth Wildcats (8-9) on Saturday night. Host Illawarra Hawks were defeated by Perth Wildcats in a tough game in Gwynneville 87-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Illawarra Hawks. Jesse Wagstaff fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Oscar Forman produced 20 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Illawarra Hawks keep the third position with nine games lost. They share it with United. Perth Wildcats will meet higher ranked Bullets (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Illawarra Hawks will play against United and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 13 Taipans lost to Bullets on the opponent's court 76-93. Kings managed to outperform Breakers in a home game 85-80.


United - 36ers 104-73

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Adelaide 36ers (11-7) in Melbourne on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked United (10-9) 104-73. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. The game without a history. United led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 30 points and 7 assists for the winners and the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. Four United players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) responded with 21 points and 7 assists and the former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 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. United have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Adelaide 36ers at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. United is looking forward to face Illawarra Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
United: C.Ware 30+2reb+7ast, C.Goulding 20+1reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 14+5reb, T.Wesley 11+5reb+1ast, J.Boone 9+9reb+1ast, M.Majok 6+6reb+1ast
36ers: J.Randle 21+3reb+7ast, D.Johnson 14+11reb, M.Creek 9+2reb+1ast, M.Deng 9+4reb+1ast, E.Jacobsen 8+4reb, M.Hodgson 7+10reb
gschID: 487504


Hawks - Wildcats 87-95

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Illawarra Hawks (10-9) against eighth ranked Perth Wildcats (8-9) on Saturday night. Host Illawarra Hawks were defeated by Perth Wildcats in a tough game in Gwynneville 87-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Illawarra Hawks. Illawarra Hawks were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of Perth Wildcats, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Perth Wildcats forced 23 Illawarra Hawks turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Jameel McKay (206-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. The former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) produced 20 points and American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Illawarra Hawks keep the third position with nine games lost. They share it with United. Perth Wildcats will meet higher ranked Bullets (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Illawarra Hawks will play against United and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: J.Wagstaff 20+2reb+4ast, C.Prather 19+2reb, J.McKay 16+6reb+2ast, D.Kernich-Drew 13+5reb+1ast, J.Kenny 8+2reb+6ast, A.Brandt 6+6reb+1ast
Hawks: O.Forman 20+2reb+1ast, R.Clarke 17+3reb+1ast, K.White 9+3reb+3ast, C.Ellis 8+1reb+1ast, A.James Ogilvy 7+5reb+7ast, N.Kay 7+2ast
gschID: 487502


Bullets - Taipans 93-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Cairns Taipans' (7-10) road loss to sixth ranked Bullets (9-10) 76-93 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Bullets's pressure prevailed and they won that period 29-15 extending their advantage to 17 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Cairns Taipans' 32 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Bullets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The former international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired 19 points for the winners. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 14 points. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) produced 20 points and international swingman Cameron Gliddon (196-89, college: Concordia Irvine) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cairns Taipans' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bullets moved-up to fifth place. Loser Cairns Taipans dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Bullets will meet at home Perth Wildcats (#6) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against New Zealand Breakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bullets: D.Kickert 19+1reb+3ast, A.Gibson 15+2reb+2ast, J.Beal 14+3reb+3ast, M.Young 14+3reb, T.Craig 8+10reb+1ast, T.Jervis 7+6reb+2ast
Taipans: T.Trice 20+2reb+2ast, N.Jawai 11+4reb+1ast, C.Gliddon 10+4reb+3ast, M.Worthington 10+2reb+2ast, A.Loughton 9+2reb+1ast, M.McCarron 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487503


Kings - Breakers 85-80

Rather predictable result in Sydney where third ranked Kings (11-10) defeated 5th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-10) 85-80 on Friday. New Zealand Breakers were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of Kings, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Kings forced 19 New Zealand Breakers turnovers. The former international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket) fired 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international guard Jason Cadee (186-91) chipped in 22 points. New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Paul Carter (205-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kings moved-up to second place. Loser New Zealand Breakers dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Kings will meet at home Perth Wildcats (#6) in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play against the league's leader Adelaide 36ers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kings: J.Cadee 22+3reb+1ast, G.Whittington 17+4reb+2ast, B.Newley 16+4reb+6ast, J.Powell 10+6reb+3ast, K.Lisch 9+2reb+3ast, G.Jackson 4+5reb+2ast
Breakers: K.Penney 20+5reb+3ast, P.Carter 14+5reb+3ast, F.Delany 11+7reb+3ast, A.Pledger 11+6reb+1ast, M.Vukona 8+3reb+1ast, R.Loe 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487501


Taipans - United 78-79

Important game to mention about took place in Cairns. Fourth ranked United (10-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Cairns Taipans (7-10) 79-78 on Thursday evening. Cairns Taipans were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of United, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) nailed 24 points for the winning side and American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St.) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) came up with 15 points and the former international power forward Nathan Jawai (209-86, college: Midland CC) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Cairns Taipans' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. United have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. United will play against Illawarra Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against New Zealand Breakers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
United: C.Ware 24+4reb+3ast, C.Goulding 16+3reb+1ast, T.Wesley 12+6reb+3ast, J.Boone 6+5reb, M.Majok 6+7reb, R.Moore 5+3reb+2ast
Taipans: T.Trice 15+3reb+2ast, N.Jawai 12+5reb+1ast, C.Gliddon 10+4reb+2ast, J.Weeks 10+1reb, N.Egwu 8+7reb+2ast, M.McCarron 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 487500





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  AUSTRIA  


Austrian A Bundesliga round 16 best performance: Predrag Miletic - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Shooting guard Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vienna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Wels (#3, 9-6) with 18-point margin 75-57. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Vienna is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Vienna 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. In the team's last game Miletic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Vienna, through which he has constantly improved. Predrag Miletic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg) and averages impressive 59.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old international shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-SG-91) of UBSC Graz. Maresch had a very good evening with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for UBSC Graz to edge slightly higher-ranked Arkadia (#6, 6-8) 71-69. This victory allowed UBSC Graz to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Maresch is a newcomer at UBSC Graz, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Derek Jackson (185-PG-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of league's top team Oberwart. Jackson showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Oberwart, leading his team to a 69-62 win against the lower-ranked Kapfenberg (#5, 6-8). Oberwart confirms their top position in the standings. Jackson has a great season in Austria. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (8th best) and assists with 5.4apg (4th best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95) of Arkadia - 13 points and 11 rebounds
5. Fabricio Vay (207-F-86) of Arkadia - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Chris McNealy (194-G-92) of Oberwart - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Gmunden - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Milos Krivokapic (185-PG-96) of UBSC Graz - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92) of Kapfenberg - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  BAHRAIN  


Bahrain National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Hussain Al-Tawash
Al-Tawash
Ahmed Ismaeel
Ismaeel
Subah Azzam
Azzam
Malcolm White
White
Mohamed Alderazi
Alderazi
#e#5
4Mohamed Alderazi 194-F/G-80 Al Muharraq Bahrain
5Hussain Al-Tawash 174-G-86 Al Ahli Oman
6Ali Melad 171-F-94 BHR U18 NT Bahrain
7Maitam Isa 182-G-90 Al Ahli Bahrain
8Ahmed Ismaeel 203-F-90 Al Manama Bahrain
9Mohammed Buallay 185-F-95 Al Najma Bahrain
10Subah Azzam 93 Al Bahrain Bahrain
11Mohammed Qurban 187-F-87 Al Manama Bahrain
12Ahmed Akbar 91 Al Manama Bahrain
13Malcolm White 205-C/F-88 Al Ahli Bahrain
14Hassan Naorooz
Al Manama Bahrain
15Hesham Sarhan 92 Al Ahli Bahrain


Salman Haji Head Coach

Hussain Qaheri Assistant



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Zenelaj is back at Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 26-year old international center Urim Zenelaj (213-135kg-91, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Prishtina as he has played here before. Zenelaj started the season at Ylli (SuperLeague). He has played there for the last three years. In 13 SuperLeague games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 14.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg this season. The last season Zenelaj played also at Ylli where in 18 SuperLeague games he was the best scorer with remarkable 23.2ppg and averaged 15.9rpg (leader !!!), 2.0apg and 3.4bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zenelaj's team made it to the Kosovo League Semifinals in 2013 and 2015. He has been regularly called to Kosovan Senior National Team since 2013.
Zenelaj has played previously professionally also in Italy (Vanoli Cremona) and Kosovo (Bashkimi and KB RTV 21 Prishtina).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sigal Prishtina signs Grant Johnson, ex Contern - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 27-year old American guard Grant Johnson (196-87kg-90, college: Winona State). He just played at Contern in Luxembourg Total League. In only one game he recorded very impressive stats: 21 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal this season. Johnson also spent pre-season at Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) in Swedish league earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Bendigo Braves and Sherbrooke Suns), Finland (Kouvot), Lithuania (Nevezis) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
Johnson attended Winona State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

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Belarusian Premier League round 18 best performance: Yuriy Ignatev - by Eurobasket News

Forward Yuriy Ignatev (202-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Impuls BGUIR, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat BSEU-GrandPrint (#7, 3-16) 87-74. Impuls BGUIR maintains the 5th position in Belarusian Premier League. Impuls BGUIR 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 8-7 record. In the team's last game Ignatev had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Impuls BGUIR, through which he has constantly improved. Yuriy Ignatev has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.3rpg) and averages impressive 52.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Valentin Nazarov (185-G-97) of BSEU-GrandPrint. Nazarov had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 13 assists. Bad luck as BSEU-GrandPrint lost that game 74-87 to slightly higher-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 8-7). BSEU-GrandPrint managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories BSEU-GrandPrint managed to get this year. Nazarov is a newcomer at BSEU-GrandPrint and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another BSEU-GrandPrint's star - forward Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99). Lebedev scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Lebedev's great performance BSEU-GrandPrint lost 74-87 to slightly higher-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 8-7). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. BSEU-GrandPrint can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lebedev he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lebedev has a very solid season. In 16 games in Belarus he scored 15.6ppg. He also has 7.3rpg, 2.9spg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kiril Volodkin (190-G-91) of Impuls BGUIR - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Sergej Vabischevich (190-G-88) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Stainslau Ulyanka (194-F-99) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alexander Matveev (194-G-91) of Impuls BGUIR - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Maksim Shustov (188-G-86) of Impuls BGUIR - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Genadziy Zahar (200-SF-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 7 points and 4 rebounds
10. Evgeniy Pankratovic (186-G-98) of Impuls BGUIR - 3 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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L.Sorocaba signs Gustavo Scaglia - by Paulo Freire

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (NBB) signed 24-year old guard Gustavo Scaglia (193-93, college: Arizona W. CC). He just played at Pinheiros in Brazilian NBB league. In 8 games he had only 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. Scaglia also played earlier that season for Pinheiros (Paulista) where in 8 NBB games he recorded only 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 37 games in NBB for the same team last season where he averaged only 2.6ppg and 1.0apg.
Scaglia's team was regular season runner-up in Paulista League in 2016.
He represented Brazil at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
Scaglia has played previously for three other teams: Palmeiras, Paschoalotto/Bauru and Brasilia.
He attended Arizona Western CC until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

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Flamengo tabs Hakeem Rollins, ex Instituto - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (NBB) inked experienced 34-year old American power forward Hakeem Rollins (201-111kg-83, college: Washington, agency: DTMones). He played most recently at Instituto in Argentinian LigaA. In 33 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Rollins played at Regatas Corrientes (also in LigaA) where in 46 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Defensive Player of the Year and selected to Honorable Mention.
Rollins is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rollins has played previously professionally in Russia (Avtodor), Switzerland (SAV Vacallo), United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks), Uruguay (Atenas), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Ciclista and Sionista) and Brazil (Winner/Limeira).
He attended University of Washington until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Rollins' game is described as: Athletic big man with NBA body, strength, and athleticism. Possesses great upside and has been making quick improvements from year to year. Runs the floor exceptionally well, has an outstanding vertical jump. Good defender, exceptional rebounder. Fans love his intensity, versatility and enormous potential. It has become one of the best centers in each league and level he has played.

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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


British V.Islands National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Kimani Stevens
Stevens
Kleon Penn
Penn
Lyle Duggins
Duggins
Romain Minott-Neufville
Minott-Neufville
#e#4
4Riquan Fahie 193-C-96
6Shaq Fonseca

7Romain Minott-Neufville 185-G High School USA
8Kimani Stevens 188-G J.and Wales, FL USA
9Franklyn Penn 185-PG-97
10Kleon Penn 213-C-86 Metros STGO Dominican Republic
11Tyler Cameron
Heats British Virgin Islands
12Lyle Duggins 188-G/F-73 Ghetto Roots Saint Kitts




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  BULGARIA  


Bulgarian NBL round 12 best performance: Travis Daniels - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Travis Daniels (202-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Balkan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Akademik PL (#3, 6-4) with 20-point margin 94-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Balkan is placed at 4th position in Bulgarian NBL. Balkan 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 6-5 record. In the team's last game Daniels had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Travis Daniels averages this season 11.1ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old French Jordan Semple (201-F-92) of Akademik PL. Semple had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Akademik PL lost that game 74-94 to slightly lower-ranked Balkan (#4, 6-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Akademik PL still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-4 record is not bad at all. Semple is a newcomer at Akademik PL, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 11.3rpg and 3.6apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Rilski (#6). Bozov showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Rilski, leading his team to a 78-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Levski (#9, 2-9). The chances of Rilski ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bozov could help Rilski to bring them higher in the standings. Bozov has a great season in Bulgaria. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maxym Korniyenko (205-F/C-87) of Lukoil Acad. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92) of Rilski - 17 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Stanimir Marinov (192-G-91) of Balkan - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Filip Dedijer (205-C/F-88) of Cherno More - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Yambol - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) of Cherno More - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Seth Jackson (ex Balkan) signs at Vllaznia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) landed 24-year old American guard Seth Jackson (195-100kg-93, college: Truman State). He played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 7 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Jackson's team was regular season runner-up in GLVC West Division. He received All-GLVC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Jackson graduated from Truman State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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MBida comes back to Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Cameroonian ex-international center Junior MBida (204-90). It is actually his comeback to Lille Metropole as he has played here before. MBida supposed to play at Dijon (ProA), but left the team in Dec.'16. In 12 games he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.1rpg this season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The most of last season MBida spent at Cholet Basket (also in ProA) where in 16 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.0rpg. MBida also played earlier that season for Monaco (also in ProA). In 11 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg. MBida was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for three other teams: Olympique Antibes, Paris-Levallois and SO Maritime Boulogne.

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  CHINA  


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

22-year old power forward Zhelin Wang (215-PF-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fujian QB and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 37 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Jiangsu D. (#11, 11-12) 116-106. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Fujian QB is placed at 16th position in Chinese league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just six victories. Wang has many years of experience at Fujian QB, through which he has constantly improved. Zhelin Wang averages this season 21.6ppg and 10.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was MarShon Brooks (196-G/F-89) of Jiangsu D.. He is American swingman in his second season at Jiangsu D.. In the last game Brooks recorded impressive 57 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Jiangsu D. lost that game 106-116 to the lower-ranked Fujian QB (#16, 6-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Jiangsu D. keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Brooks is well-known at Jiangsu D. and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 36.7ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.2rpg and 4.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) of TianJin S. (#13). Sakakini got into 30-points club by scoring 41 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . He was a key player of TianJin S., leading his team to a 120-113 win against the higher-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#10, 11-12). The chances of TianJin S. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sakakini could help TianJin S. to bring them higher in the standings. Sakakini has a great season in China. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.2rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Qingdao E. - 37 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Jamaal Franklin (196-SG-91) of Shanxi Zh. - 35 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Sichuan BW - 27 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Maciej Lampe (211-C/F-85) of Shenzhen L. - 31 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lorenzo Brown (196-G-90) of Zhejiang CB - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) of Xinjiang FT - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83) of North Control B. - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists

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



CBA Round 24: #1 Shanghai Sharks are defeated by Guandong Tigers - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Shanghai Sharks (21-3) in Dongguan on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Guandong Tigers (20-4) 116-107. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 40 and made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) who added 30 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Shanghai S. Shanghai Sharks at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Guangzhou. Sixteenth ranked Fujian (7-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 20th ranked Guangzhou (4-20) 101-99 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by American forward J.J. Hickson (206-88, college: N.Carolina St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and Zhelin Wang supported him with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Fujian's coach WanJun Cui allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Guangzhou. Fujian have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang CB. Guangzhou lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Fujian will play against league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guangzhou will play on the road against Sichuan BW (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Hangzhou between Qingdao Eagles and Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Fourteenth ranked Qingdao Eagles (10-13) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (7-17). Qingdao Eagles managed to escape with a 3-point win 108-105 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Dominique Jones who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Qingdao Eagles' coach XiaoBin Gong used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Willie Warren who recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Qingdao Eagles moved-up to twelfth place. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Fujian QB. Qingdao Eagles will meet at home Jiangsu TX (#18) in the next round where they are favorite. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Bayi Rockets and hope to secure a win.
Eighth ranked Beijing Ducks (13-11) crushed at home 13th ranked TianJin Steel (10-14) by 26 points 109-83, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Shuo Fang who led his team to a victory with 39 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. Beijing Ducks maintains eighth position with 13-11 record. TianJin Steel at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Beijing Ducks' next round opponent will be Shanxi Zhongyu (#9) in Taiyuan. TianJin Steel will play on the road against North Control (#17) in Beijing and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Shenzhen L. lost to Liaoning H. on the opponent's court 101-115. North Control B. unfortunately lost to Shandong FB in a home game 113-120. Jilin NE T. recorded a loss to Shanxi Zh. on the road 99-112. Jiangsu D. defeated Sichuan BW on its own court 110-94. Xinjiang FT beat Jiangsu TX in Urumqi 104-89. Guangsha L. won against Bayi R. at home 84-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks by Yuchen Zou of Bayi R..


Liaoning H. - Shenzhen L. 115-101

Rather expected game in Yingkou where 6th ranked Leopards (16-8) were defeated by fourth ranked Liaoning Hunters (19-5) 115-101. Liaoning Hunters made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. Liaoning Hunters players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The former international center Dejun Han (215-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leopards' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liaoning Hunters have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Xinjiang FT. Leopards at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Liaoning Hunters' next round opponent will be Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun and are hoping to win another game. Leopards will play at home against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 38+8reb+1ast, H.Dejun 19+11reb+1ast, G.Ailun 18+6reb+6ast, R.Shavlik 14+6reb+3ast, L.Ming 10+5reb+2ast, Z.JiWei 6+6reb+6ast
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 22+2reb+4ast, M.Duo 19+1ast, L.Maciej 17+13reb+5ast, Z.Jie 11+1ast, H.ZhongMian 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Kai 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 513939


North Control B. - Shandong FB 113-120

Very predictable result in Beijing where seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (14-10) defeated 17th ranked North Control (5-18) 120-113. Shandong Bulls forced 22 North Control turnovers. 32 personal fouls committed by North Control helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). International forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) contributed with 31 points and 6 assists for the winners. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) replied with 51 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) added 14 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for North Control. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shandong Bulls have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 14-10 record. North Control lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 18 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou and it may be quite challenging game. North Control will play at home against TianJin Steel (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: T.Jason 33+17reb+3ast, D.Yanyuhang 31+4reb+6ast, D.Justin 23+1reb+3ast, W.Ke 12+3reb, H.Zhang 6+10reb+1ast, Y.Li 5+4reb+2ast
North Control B.: M.Errick 51+6reb+3ast, W.Zhenyu 19+7reb+1ast, H.Xining 18+2ast, B.Esteban 14+14reb+2ast, L.DaPeng 5+4reb, H.Zhongda 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 513940


Zhejiang CB - Qingdao E. 105-108

A very close game took place in Hangzhou between Qingdao Eagles and Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Fourteenth ranked Qingdao Eagles (10-13) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (7-17). Qingdao Eagles managed to escape with a 3-point win 108-105 on Sunday evening. Qingdao Eagles made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Chengyu Zhang (193-89) chipped in 14 points. Qingdao Eagles' coach XiaoBin Gong used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Four Qingdao Eagles and five Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank players scored in double figures. Qingdao Eagles moved-up to twelfth place. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Fujian QB. Qingdao Eagles will meet at home Jiangsu TX (#18) in the next round where they are favorite. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Bayi Rockets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 33+10reb+8ast, S.Wei 15+4reb, T.JiaFu 14+4reb, Z.Chengyu 14+3reb+3ast, M.Loukas 9+6reb+2ast, X.Chenghao 6+5reb+3ast
Zhejiang CB: W.Willie 22+9reb+8ast, B.Lorenzo 20+5reb+8ast, Z.Dayu 17+6reb, W.Qian 15+3reb+1ast, L.Junhao 14+5reb+2ast, Z.Yongpeng 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 513941


Beijing D. - TianJin S. 109-83

Eighth ranked Beijing Ducks (13-11) crushed at home 13th ranked TianJin Steel (10-14) by 26 points 109-83, which is the biggest margin this round. Beijing Ducks players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by TianJin Steel's players. It was a good game for international guard Shuo Fang (188-90) who led his team to a victory with 39 points (!!!) and 4 assists. American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jeremy Tyler (208-91, college: Louisville) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds and Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for TianJin Steel. 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. Beijing Ducks maintains eighth position with 13-11 record. TianJin Steel at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Beijing Ducks' next round opponent will be Shanxi Zhongyu (#9) in Taiyuan. TianJin Steel will play on the road against North Control (#17) in Beijing and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing D.: F.Shuo 39+4ast, J.Grant 18+17reb+3ast, M.Stephon 18+4reb+2ast, D.JiangPeng 15+2reb+3ast, J.Zhe 8+7reb+1ast, Z.Songtao 4+2reb+3ast
TianJin S.: T.Jeremy 30+17reb, J.Eugene 15+1ast, Z.Zhihan 10+7reb, S.Sani 10+8reb, S.YI 8, L.Tian 8+2reb
gschID: 513937


Shanxi Zh. - Jilin NE T. 112-99

Not a big story in a game in Taiyuan where 12th ranked Jilin Tigers (10-14) were defeated by tenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (12-12) 112-99. Shanxi Zhongyu made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Shanxi Zhongyu outrebounded Jilin Tigers 50-37 including 38 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Jilin Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach Xujin Zhe allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) replied with 29 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) added 10 points and 20 rebounds in the effort for Jilin Tigers. Five Shanxi Zhongyu and four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. and Sichuan BW. Jilin Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Jilin Tigers will play against Liaoning Hunters (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: F.Jamaal 35+13reb+4ast, S.Henry 24+13reb+3ast, Y.PengFei 17+9reb+1ast, Z.XueWen 15+3reb+3ast, W.Lei 11+5reb+3ast, X.Zhiqiang 5+1ast
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 29+2reb+5ast, C.Jinming 18+2reb+6ast, C.Zhangyi 11, T.Malcolm 10+20reb+3ast, Z.Biao 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 513933


Guangdong ST - Shanghai S. 116-107

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Shanghai Sharks (21-3) in Dongguan on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Guandong Tigers (20-4) 116-107. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 40 and made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) who added 30 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!) and French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Shanghai S. Shanghai Sharks at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Z.Peng 30+3reb+2ast, S.Donald 26+6reb+5ast, B.Carlos 22+10reb+3ast, R.JunFei 12+6reb+2ast, H.Dong 8+12reb, Z.Zhandong 6
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 35+5reb+3ast, Y.Guerschon 28+10reb+2ast, C.Liang 12+6reb, Z.ZhaoXu 11+5reb, Z.Yi 9+1reb+2ast, L.XiaoYu 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 513934


Guangzhou - Fujian QB 99-101

Important game to mention about took place in Guangzhou. Sixteenth ranked Fujian (7-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 20th ranked Guangzhou (4-20) 101-99 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by American forward J.J. Hickson (206-88, college: N.Carolina St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and international Zhelin Wang (215-94) supported him with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Fujian's coach WanJun Cui allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Guangzhou. Center Zhun Zheng (214-92) added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Fujian have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang CB. Guangzhou lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Fujian will play against league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guangzhou will play on the road against Sichuan BW (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: H.J.J. 27+13reb+1ast, W.Zhelin 23+8reb+2ast, C.Linjian 19+1reb+5ast, Z.TaiLong 16+5reb, B.Dwight 11+4reb+5ast, G.Lei 5+1reb
Guangzhou: K.D.J. 29+13reb+4ast, Z.Zhun 18+8reb+1ast, N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 14+4reb+3ast, F.Ziming 13+1reb, S.Alex 11+8reb, Z.Xuhang 7+2reb
gschID: 513935


Jiangsu D. - Sichuan BW 110-94

There was a small surprise in Nanjing where eleventh ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-12) beat 9th ranked Sichuan BW (12-12) 110-94. Jiangsu Dragons made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Sichuan BW turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 56 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Swingman Lei Chen (195-83) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds and the former international swingman Da Meng (196-82) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sichuan BW. Jiangsu Dragons moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sichuan BW and Shanxi Zh. Jiangsu Dragons' next round opponent will be higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 56+10reb+2ast, C.Lei 12+6reb, C.Lin 11+5reb+1ast, C.Fei 10+2reb+1ast, L.Yahui 8+1reb, H.Yifan 5+2reb+1ast
Sichuan BW: H.Hamed 32+17reb+3ast, M.Da 20+5reb, H.Rongqi 12+5reb+2ast, L.Wei 8+2reb+2ast, T.Chen 8+2reb, W.Ruheng 7+2reb
gschID: 513936


Jiangsu TX - Xinjiang FT 89-104

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Jiangsu TX (5-19) was defeated at home by third ranked Xinjiang Flying Tigers (19-5) 104-89. 26 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu TX helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jared Cunningham (193-91, college: Oregon St.) replied with 31 points and Nigerian-American power forward Ikechukwu Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu TX. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Jiangsu TX players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Xinjiang Flying Tige maintains third position with 19-5 record having just two points less than leader Shanghai S., which they share with Liaoning H. Jiangsu TX lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with 19 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige's next round opponent will be Jiangsu Dragons (#10) in Nanjing and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu TX will play on the road against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 25+7reb+3ast, B.Andray 21+9reb+2ast, Z.Qi 16+8reb+1ast, S.TongLin 13+8reb+3ast, L.Gen 12+3reb+2ast, M.Xirelijiang 6+5reb+3ast
Jiangsu TX: C.Jared 31+4reb+2ast, S.JianYe 18+3reb+1ast, Y.Guo 13+9reb, D.Ikechukwu 10+10reb+2ast, Z.CaiBao 6+2reb, F.Xin 4+5reb+5ast
gschID: 513938


Guangsha L. - Bayi R. 84-72

No shocking result in a game in Hangzhou where fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (18-6) won against 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (5-19) 84-72. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Bayi Rockets turnovers. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. 28 personal fouls committed by Bayi Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. International forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Tian-he Li (190-96) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bayi Rockets. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 18-6 record. Bayi Rockets at the other side dropped to the eighteenth place with 19 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan. Bayi Rockets will play on the road against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#16) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 17+3reb+4ast, H.Elijah 16+11reb, H.Jinqiu 14+1reb, L.Chih-Chieh 10+4reb+3ast, L.Cheng 7+3reb, S.MingHui 7+3reb+2ast
Bayi R.: L.Tian-he 16+6reb+2ast, Z.Yuchen 15+13reb, H.Liu 10+7reb+5ast, Y.Chen 8+4reb, M.Lei 7+1reb, Z.Zuming 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 513942





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Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda thump Zadar in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 113:65

Crvena Zvezda earned the 16th straight win in the Adriatic League season. They stormed past Zadar in Belgrade. Nate Wolters (193-PG-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Crvena Zvezda silenced the visitors in the first ten minutes. The hosts went on a massive 30:11 run in the opening quarter. The Serbian team dropped 37 points in the second term to gain a massive 67:27 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda boosted the lead at 56-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) tossed in 16 points, while Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points for Crvena Zvezda. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) answered with 20 points for Zadar. Boris Barac (205-F-92) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Nate Wolters 17, Luka Mitrovic 16, Marko Simonovic 15
Zadar: Ivan Marinkovic 20, Boris Barac 13




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David Machac claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced David Machac (205-C/F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Kolin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 36-year old had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds for BK Kolin in his team's victory, helping them to crush MMCITE Brno (#10, 5-12) with 25-point margin 96-71. BK Kolin maintains the 4th position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BK Kolin will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. In the team's last game Machac had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BK Kolin, through which he has constantly improved. David Machac averages this season 13.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Deshawn Painter (205-C-90) of NH Ostrava. Painter impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as NH Ostrava was edged by the higher-ranked BK Pardubice (#2, 14-3) 84-82. This loss caused NH Ostrava to slide to the very bottom (12) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories NH Ostrava managed to get this year. Painter is a newcomer at NH Ostrava 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 16.4ppg (#6). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another NH Ostrava's star - American Max Guercy (175-PG-94). Guercy scored 15 points and passed nine assists. Despite Guercy's great performance NH Ostrava lost 82-84 to the higher-ranked BK Pardubice (#2, 14-3). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. NH Ostrava can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Guercy he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Guercy has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.5apg (9th best). Guercy attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin - 12 points and 16 rebounds
5. Diamon Simpson (204-F-87) of CEZ Nymburk - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) of Svitavy - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) of BK Decin - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87) of BK Opava - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Chris Dixon (185-PG-90) of BK Kolin - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marek Mares (183-SG-96) of USK Praha - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Svitavy Land Both Pavel Slezak and Roman Marko from Prostejov - by Surujh Roopnarine

Turi Svitavy had a very nice Christmas as the club landed ex-Orli Prostejov players Pavel Slezak (186-G-84) and Roman Marko (194-SG-86) during the holidays.
Currently mired near the bottom of the table at 5-13, Turi Svitavy and head coach Lubomir Ruzicka will look to the pair of veteran guards to help turn their fortunes and get them to the A1 group.
Slezak, 32, has appeared in 13 games thus far this season with averages of 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals.
Marko, 30, currently leads the league in assists at 7.6 per game, while also contributing 13.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
In a related move for Turi Svitavy, the club announced the release of little used forward Martin Vanak (198-F-87) who averaged just 2.1 points in 10 minutes per game over 11 contests.

Slezak and Marko join a growing list of players departing Orli Prostejov, which now includes Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) and current NBL leading scorer Lukas Palyza (202-F-89). In fact, the remaining members of Orli Prostejov's top club now include only Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88), Marek Sehnal (196-F/G-96), Martin Novak (199-SF-93), Michal Norwa (202-F/C-83) and Marek Soucek (213-F/C-90, college: Oklahoma St.).



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Danish Ligaen round 16 best performance: Marvin Dominique - by Eurobasket News

American-Haitian Power forward Marvin Dominique (201-PF-91, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Horsholm, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat SISU (#7, 4-11) 86-71. Horsholm is placed at 4th position in Danish Ligaen. Horsholm is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. In the team's last game Dominique had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Horsholm's top player in his first season with the team. Former St.Peter's College star has very solid stats this year. Dominique is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.2ppg) and averages impressive 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-G/F-85) of Randers. Nielsen had a very good evening with 26 points and 9 assists. Bad luck as Randers lost that game 89-104 to the higher-ranked Bakken (#2, 11-1). This loss caused Randers to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Nielsen is one of the most experienced players at Randers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#6). He also recorded 3.6 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of league's second-best Bakken. Akoon-Purcell showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bakken, leading his team to a 104-89 easy win against the lower-ranked Randers (#5, 7-9). Many experts and fans count Bakken as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost game. Akoon-Purcell has a very solid season. In 11 games in Denmark he scored 22.5ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 61.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) of Horsens IC - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Nathan Gibbs (204-F-89) of Stevnsgade - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Antonio Porta (187-PG-83) of Svendborg - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jyles Smith (209-PF-92) of Horsholm - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Cheikh Sane (207-C/F-92) of Naestved - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Tanner McGrew (203-F-93) of SISU - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Thomas Laerke (195-G/F-91) of Bakken - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 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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Red Claws Take Down Bulls - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, rang in the New Year with an emphatic 117-106 win Saturday afternoon at the Portland Expo. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), on assignment from the Boston Celtics, led all scorers with 30 points on 12-16 shooting, including 4-5 from downtown. Jordan Mickey, also on assignment from the Celtics, added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the win, while Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) scored 19 points, while Jalen Jones added 18 points and 13 rebounds in his 8th double-double of the season. Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech) added 14 points, while Arthur Edwards scored 10 points off the bench. The Red Claws (12-7) surged out to a fast start, with Jones driving and scoring to give Maine a 13-10 lead. Windy City (6-10) then went on an 8-0 run, eading into the first timeout with a five point advantage after Alfonzo McKinnie (6'8''-F, college: Green Bay) slamming home the ball as an exclamation point. The Bulls continued the run to 18-2, with Aaron Thomas scoring 11 quick points for Windy City. When the dust settled, Maine trailed Windy City 27-24 after one quarter. In the 2nd, the Red Claws' offense heated up. Arthur Edwards' back-to-back three pointers led a 10-0 run, as Maine took a 36-29 lead. Jackson made 5 of his first 7 shots, driving to the basket and scoring with ease. Windy City finished the half with two quick buckets, making it a 55-50 lead for Maine at the break. The Red Claws shot 52.8% from the field (19-36) in the first half, including 8-16 from downtown. The Red Claws opened the 3rd quarter on a 12-0 run, with Nader leading the charge. Nader got back to back three-point plays to extend the lead to 67-50. Jackson continued his hot shooting in the second half, finishing the quarter with his fourth three-pointer. The Red Claws ended the frame with a 90-77 lead. In the 4th, former Red Claw Andre Dawkins (6'5''-G-91, college: Duke) tried to get Windy City back into the game, cutting the lead to nine. Georges-Hunt, playing with five fouls, put an end to the run with a lay-up. Georges-Hunt then drove and scored for three points the hard way, giving Maine a 103-87 lead. The Red Claws cruised from there, shooting an impressive 48.7% from the field (38-78) and 50% (17-34) from downtown. Maine was 24-27 from the free throw line. Windy City shot 41.1% (39-95) from the floor, 42.9% (9-21) from three-point range, and 19-25 from the charity stripe.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Fort Wayne Mad Ants waive D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants released 25-year old guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (191-99kg-92, college: Georgetown, agency: Stealth Sport). But in only one D-League game he did not score anything. Smith-Rivera also played that season for another team Windy City Bulls where in 6 D-League games he had 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2015. Smith-Rivera was also voted NABC All-District 5 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Smith-Rivera has played also professionally in NBA (Chicago Bulls).
He attended Georgetown University until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D-Fenders Close Year with Win over Northern Arizona - by Eurobasket News

In a matchup of division foes, the Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Northern Arizona Suns on Friday at the Toyota Sports Center, 115-105. Now at 14-5 on the season, the D-Fenders have matched the league's best record and have accumulated more wins before the new year break than any other group in franchise history. Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette) led a potent D-Fenders offense with 31 points, his fourth game with at least 30 points this year. The duo of Lakers assignee Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) (15 points, 10 rebounds) each notched double-doubles in the victory. Meanwhile, Travis Wear (6'10''-F-90, college: UCLA) and Jeff Ayres (6'9''-F-87, college: Arizona St.) came off the bench to score 14 points each, and Josh Magette added 13 points to round out the team's double-digit scorers. Northern Arizona (10-8) was led by 37 points from center Johnny O'Bryant III. The trio of Derrick Jones, Jr. (16 points), Elijah Millsap (13) and Josh Gray (10) were the only other double-digit scorers for the Suns. A slow shooting start put the D-Fenders down by as much as nine points in the first frame, but nine points from Blue allowed Los Angeles to cut the Suns' lead to 33-29 at the end of the opening quarter. The momentum that the home team used to cut into the deficit carried into the second quarter, as the D-Fenders used a 6-2 run to tie the game at 35. Overall, Los Angeles outscored the Suns in the frame, 29-19, while shooting an efficient 57.1 percent. Zubac led the way with nine points in the quarter, spurring a 58-52 halftime lead for the home squad. The D-Fenders would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the contest, leading by as much as 18 points in the third quarter and 14 points in the final frame. On the day, the D-Fenders enjoyed the edge in field goal percentage (.550-.457), three-point percentage (.571-.214), shooting from the charity stripe (.679-.565) and rebounding (47-38). Los Angeles will be on the road for their next contest, a matchup against the Reno Bighorns at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Reno Events Center.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Legends Acquire Gary Neal - by Eurobasket News

The Legends announced today that they have acquired guard Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) from the Westchester Knicks in exchange for Sioux Falls' third round pick in the 2017 NBA Development League Draft. The trade is pending physical. Neal (6-4, 210, Towson) has six years of NBA experience playing 40 games with the Washington Wizards last season. In 350 career games, Neal has averaged 9.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 21.4 minutes per game. Neal went undrafted but joined the San Antonio Spurs for 80 games his rookie season where he averaged 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and the Rising Stars Challenge of NBA All-Star Weekend. Neal played one game with Westchester grabbing 4 points, 1 rebound, and 1 steal in 13 minutes.
Courtesy of: texas.dleague.nba.com



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Ciro Perez celebrate San Cristobal title - by Eurobasket News

Ciro Perez celebrate San Cristobal title. In the Final series they beat Los Buitres 4-2 at the XXVII Torneo de Baloncesto Superior. In Game 6 Ciro Perez posted a 79-68 victory with a massive 31-15 surge in the second frame.
Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) top-scored for the winners with 28 points. Eliezer de la Rosa scored 16, while Jose Corporan (88) added 11. For Los Buitres Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) ended up with 28 points.



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Egyptian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Mostafa Meshaal
Meshaal
Ramy Ibrahim
Ibrahim
Motaz Okasha
Okasha
Karim Mohamed Eldahshan
Eldahshan
Omar Tarek
Tarek
#e#5
0Moamen Mobarak 185-G-91 Al Ittihad Egypt
5Amr El Gendy 192-G-91 Al Gezira Egypt
9Ahmed Soliman 202-F/C-95 Al Ahly Egypt
10Mostafa Meshaal 200-F-86 Al Gezira Egypt
12Youssef Shousha 192-G/F-93 Sporting Egypt
14Ramy Ibrahim 205-F/C-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
15Moustafa Almekawy 204-F/C-94 Zamalek Egypt
20Motaz Okasha 186-PG-90 Al Gezira Egypt
24Karim Mohamed Eldahshan 191-G-91 Al Ahly Egypt
30Mohamed Fouad 190-G Geish Army Egypt
55Omar Tarek 218-C-91 USC USA
99Hamad Fathy 225-C


Juan Antonio Orenga Head Coach

Awad Abdelnaby Assistant



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  ESTONIA  


Demonte Harper claims Estonian Alexela KML weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Demonte Harper (193-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kalev/Cramo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Kalev/Cramo in his team's victory, helping them to beat TTU (#4, 6-3) 89-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kalev/Cramo maintains the 3rd position in Estonian Alexela KML. They are still close to the very top. Kalev/Cramo would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Harper turned to be Kalev/Cramo's top player in his first season with the team. Morehead State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is league's best passer with 5.0apg. Harper is in league's top in and averages solid 53.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Latvian Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valga. Zvigurs impressed basketball fans with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Valga lost that game 76-83 to the higher-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3, 8-2). Valga managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Zvigurs is a newcomer at Valga 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 another Kalev/Cramo's star - Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92). Liutych scored 16 points. He was another key player of Kalev/Cramo, helping his team with a 83-76 win against the lower-ranked Valga (#6, 4-8). Kalev/Cramo is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-2 record is not that bad... Liutych has a very solid season. In 10 games in Estonia he scored 13.4ppg. He also has FGP: 61.7% and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Toomas Raadik (202-PF-90) of TTU - 21 points and 4 rebounds
6. Nikola Vujovic (210-C-93) of TTU - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) of Kalev/Cramo - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mark Tollefsen (206-PF-92) of Kalev/Cramo - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) of TTU - 22 points, 5 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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  EUROLEAGUE  


Keith Langford named European Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Eurobasket Center

Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the European MVP for December. The experienced guard led UNICS Kazan to 5-2 record in Euroleague and VTB League and finished the month with averages of 24.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.4 bpg while shooting solid 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 78.7%. In his last game of the year he registered 27 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 38 RNK in a big win over Panathinaikos.

Second best performer of December was Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) of Fenerbahce. American big man finished the month with 12.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.3 bpg. His team managed to won 5 out of 9 games in this period. He played his best game on Dec.23 when Turks defeated CSKA Moscow on the road 95-79. Udoh registered double double of 17 points and 11 rebounds and added 5 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals (33 RNK points).

Third best performer of the month was Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) of Olympiacos. In 10 games he averaged 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 71.1%, 3PT: 48.6%, FT: 89.3%. Olympiacos lost only one game against Brose Basket in Euroleague.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR December 2016
1. Keith Langford of Unics (RUS): 47, 7 games: 24 ppg, 3 rpg, 0 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 53%, 3PT: 44%, FT: 77%
2. Ekpe Udoh of Fenerbahce (TUR): 43, 9 games: 14 ppg, 3 rpg, 9 apg, 3 bpg, 2FGP: 53%, FT: 60%
3. Matt Lojeski of Olympiacos (GRE): 46, 10 games: 10 ppg, 0 rpg, 6 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 71%, 3PT: 46%, FT: 83%
4. Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos (GRE): 42, 10 games: 17 ppg, 9 rpg, 4 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 64%, 3PT: 31%, FT: 46%
5. Chris Singleton of Panathinaikos (GRE): 43, 10 games: 12 ppg, 2 rpg, 1 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 86%
6. Luka Doncic of Real Madrid (ESP): 42, 10 games: 9 ppg, 4 rpg, 5 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 42%, FT: 100.0%
7. Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid (ESP): 42, 10 games: 2 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 67%, FT: 60.9%
8. Joe Ragland of Scandone AV (ITA): 41, 7 games: 13 ppg, 0 rpg, 0 apg, 2FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 42%, FT: 78%
9. Derrick Brown of Anadolu Efes (TUR): 49, 10 games: 12 ppg, 9 rpg, 9 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 50%, 3PT: 65%, FT: 80.8%
10. Joaquin Colom of Unics (RUS): 47, 9 games: 16 ppg, 9 rpg, 1 apg, 2FGP: 44%, 3PT: 30%, FT: 80.6%



Keith Langford claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Keith Langford (193-SG-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for Unics and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 33-year old shooting guard had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Unics in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Panathinaikos (#6, 9-6) 83-81. Unics is placed at 12th position in Euroleague. Unics is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. In the team's last game Langford had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Unics, through which he has constantly improved. University of Kansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Langford is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.1ppg. Langford is in league's top in and averages solid 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A. Rudd impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Maccabi T-A lost that game 88-101 to the higher-ranked Baskonia (#4, 10-5). This loss caused Maccabi T-A to drop to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Rudd is a newcomer at Maccabi T-A and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda (#10). Kuzmic scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 78-67 win against the higher-ranked CSKA (#2, 12-3). The chances of Crvena Zvezda ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kuzmic could help Crvena Zvezda to bring them higher in the standings. Kuzmic has a great season in Euroleague. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fenerbahce - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Austin Daye (211-F-88) of Galatasaray - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Shane Larkin (180-PG-92) of Baskonia - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) of Baskonia - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FC Barcelona - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Khem Birch (208-C-92) of Olympiacos - 10 points and 13 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)



Deon Thompson officially joins Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda have finalised the deal with Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina). The forward has arrived into Belgrade today. Deon Thompson started the season in Galatasaray. He tallied 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in BSL. In EuroLeague his stats read 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Previously Deon Thompson had stints in Germany, Israel, China, Slovenia, Greece. He was named All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year back in 2013.




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  FINLAND  


Desmond Williams claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Desmond Williams (199-G-91) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Salon Vilpas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 32 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Korihait (#10, 4-14) 76-74. Salon Vilpas maintains the 2nd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Salon Vilpas will need more victories to improve their 13-4 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Salon Vilpas' top player in his first season with the team. Southern Connecticut State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.3rpg), assists (6th best: 1.8apg) and averages solid 58.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-F-89, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of Kauhajoki. Washington impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Kauhajoki to edge the lower-ranked Pyrinto (#7, 7-11) by 2 points 84-82. Kauhajoki's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-9 record is not bad at all. Washington is a newcomer at Kauhajoki 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 another Kauhajoki's star - American Tate Unruh (193-G-90, agency: Inception Sports). Unruh scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Kauhajoki, helping his team with a 84-82 win against the lower-ranked Pyrinto (#7, 7-11). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Unruh has a very solid season. In 9 games in Finland he scored 15.6ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, FGP: 53.8% and 3PT: 52.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Pyrinto - 28 points and 10 rebounds
5. Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85) of KTP Basket - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90) of Kouvot - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of Kauhajoki - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Remy Abell (193-G-92) of Helsinki Seagulls - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aubrey Conerly (182-PG-83) of Lapua - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Korisliiga Round 19: Salon Vilpas edge UU-Korihait by two points - by Eurobasket News

Tenth-ranked UU-Korihait (4-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Salon Vilpas (13-4) in Uusikaupunki on Friday. The visitors from Salo managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-74. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Salon Vilpas have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. UU-Korihait lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Salon Vilpas are looking forward to face KTP-Basket (#9) in Kotka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play on the road against Joensuun Kataja and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Tampere. Eighth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Kauhajoen Karhu (10-9) 81-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kauhajoen Karhu. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). Antero Lehto contributed with 7 points and 6 assists for the winners. Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for Kauhajoen Karhu. Tampereen Pyrinto moved-up to seventh place. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against higher ranked Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Kauhajoki between Kauhajoen Karhu and Tampereen Pyrinto. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (10-9) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-11). Kauhajoen Karhu managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Friday evening. It was a great evening for DeVaughn Washington who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side J'Nathan Bullock responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kauhajoen Karhu. They maintain fourth place with 10-9 record. Loser Tampereen Pyrinto dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Joensuun Kataja (10-6) against seventh ranked Kouvot (7-9) on Friday night. Visiting Joensuun Kataja was defeated by Kouvot in Kouvola 93-82. It was an exceptional evening for Rakeem Buckles who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Kouvot's next round opponent will be Tampereen Pyrinto (#7) at home. Joensuun Kataja will play against UU-Korihait (#10) and hope to win that game.
Leader Helsinki Seagulls delivered the fifteenth victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked KTP-Basket (6-12) 107-70. Remy Abell fired 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first place with 15-2 record. Loser KTP-Basket keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will face BC Nokia (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KTP-Basket will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 19 BC Nokia was defeated by Lapua in a road game 77-67.


Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 81-79

Important game to mention about took place in Tampere. Eighth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Kauhajoen Karhu (10-9) 81-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kauhajoen Karhu. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-19. But Kauhajoen Karhu won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). The former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) contributed with 7 points and 6 assists for the winners. Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto moved-up to seventh place. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against higher ranked Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: J.Bullock 28+10reb, T.Vinson 11+4reb, R.Minard 8+3reb+3ast, T.Palmi 7+4reb+3ast, A.Lehto 7+4reb+6ast, P.Heinonen 6+6reb+3ast
Kauhajoki: B.Sarcevic 14+5reb+8ast, A.Hollins 14+5reb+1ast, T.Unruh 14+2reb, D.Washington 12+4reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 9+5reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 6+5reb
gschID: 488010


Helsinki Seagulls - KTP Basket 107-70

Leader Helsinki Seagulls delivered the fifteenth victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked KTP-Basket (6-12) 107-70. The game was mostly controlled by Helsinki Seagulls. KTP-Basket was better in fourth quarter 30-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helsinki Seagulls shot 63.6 percent from the field. Helsinki Seagulls outrebounded KTP-Basket 44-24 including a 37-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Helsinki Seagulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by KTP-Basket's players. American guard Remy Abell (193-92, college: Xavier, agency: Inception Sports) fired 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) chipped in 12 points. Four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) produced 27 points and Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 16 points and 6 rebounds 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. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first place with 15-2 record. Loser KTP-Basket keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will face BC Nokia (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KTP-Basket will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 16+3reb, R.Abell 15+4reb+4ast, D.Upson 12+4reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 11+3reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+4reb+5ast, A.Niskanen 10+4reb+3ast
KTP Basket: M.Pratt 27+4reb+2ast, S.Gay 16+6reb, W.Walker 11+7reb+1ast, M.Barnes 9+1ast, D.Bailey 4+3reb+1ast, V.Kopio 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488007


Korihait - Salon Vilpas 74-76

Tenth-ranked UU-Korihait (4-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Salon Vilpas (13-4) in Uusikaupunki on Friday. The visitors from Salo managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-74. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) added 6 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Salon Vilpas have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. UU-Korihait lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Salon Vilpas are looking forward to face KTP-Basket (#9) in Kotka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play on the road against Joensuun Kataja and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: D.Williams 32+14reb+1ast, J.Staten 14+4reb+3ast, A.Coleman 10+6reb+3ast, O.Jarvi 8+4reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 5+2ast, M.Ojala 4+5reb
Korihait: E.Holloway 15+6reb+4ast, D.Lee 12+9reb+1ast, M.Herbert 11+3reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 9+4reb+1ast, A.Alanen 8+5reb, V.Laine 7+1reb
gschID: 488008


Kauhajoki - Pyrinto 84-82

A very close game took place in Kauhajoki between Kauhajoen Karhu and Tampereen Pyrinto. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (10-9) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-11). Kauhajoen Karhu managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Friday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Tate Unruh (193-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports) helped adding 22 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Topias Palmi (194-94) scored 17 points. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kauhajoen Karhu. They maintain fourth place with 10-9 record. Loser Tampereen Pyrinto dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: T.Unruh 22+7reb+3ast, D.Washington 21+9reb+4ast, K.Holsey 12+7reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 9+6reb, J.Lehtoranta 7+2reb+1ast, A.Hollins 6+3reb+1ast
Pyrinto: J.Bullock 20+8reb+1ast, T.Palmi 17+4reb+1ast, R.Minard 16+3reb+3ast, P.Heinonen 7+6reb, A.Lehto 6+1reb+2ast, V.Pekkola 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488009


Lapua - BC Nokia 77-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked BC Nokia's (7-12) road loss to fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (9-9) 67-77 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 19 BC Nokia turnovers. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Aubrey Conerly (182-83, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 9 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and Bahamas forward Kentwan Smith (203-91, college: Stetson) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth place with 9-9 record. BC Nokia lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round. BC Nokia will play at home against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 23+9reb+1ast, D.Morris 12+2reb, D.Williams 10+4reb+3ast, M.Van Andringa 9+4reb+1ast, A.Conerly 9+4reb+5ast, L.Kinnard 8+6reb+4ast
BC Nokia: P.Dia 15+9reb, I.Wilkerson 11+3reb, S.Barrett 10+4reb+2ast, K.Smith 10+7reb+3ast, E.Skamo 8+7reb+4ast, H.Hirvikoski 6+2ast
gschID: 488005


Kouvot - Kataja Basket 93-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Joensuun Kataja (10-6) against seventh ranked Kouvot (7-9) on Friday night. Visiting Joensuun Kataja was defeated by Kouvot in Kouvola 93-82. The game was mostly controlled by Kouvot. Joensuun Kataja was better in second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 42-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. The former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 assists and American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Joensuun Kataja in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Kouvot's next round opponent will be Tampereen Pyrinto (#7) at home. Joensuun Kataja will play against UU-Korihait (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: R.Appleby 21+2reb+3ast, R.Buckles 20+11reb+1ast, S.Pledger 20+8reb+3ast, M.Cuffee 14+10reb+2ast, O.Heinonen 14+1reb, A.Saarijarvi 2+5reb+3ast
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 21+6reb+1ast, D.Mullings 17+4reb+3ast, T.Rannikko 15+2reb+12ast, J.Bradley 13+12reb+1ast, T.Huolila 10+5reb, A.Perttu 3+1reb
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Jones left Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

24-year old American guard Lucky Jones (198-95kg-93, college: Robert Morris) left Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA). In 11 games in France he had 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg this season.
The last season Jones played at Liege Basket (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 31 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg (leader !!!). He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jones' college team won NEC Tournament in 2015. He was also voted NABC All-District 18 2nd Team in 2015.
Jones graduated from Robert Morris University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
On Jones: Long, athletic forward with the ability to score and rebound, tenacious on the defensive end and loves to compete.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MBida comes back to Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Cameroonian ex-international center Junior MBida (204-90). It is actually his comeback to Lille Metropole as he has played here before. MBida supposed to play at Dijon (ProA), but left the team in Dec.'16. In 12 games he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.1rpg this season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The most of last season MBida spent at Cholet Basket (also in ProA) where in 16 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.0rpg. MBida also played earlier that season for Monaco (also in ProA). In 11 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg. MBida was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for three other teams: Olympique Antibes, Paris-Levallois and SO Maritime Boulogne.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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DJ Bennett (Mitteldeutscher BC) Our Commitment To Each Other And Our High Work Ethic Has Separated Us From Other Teams - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

D.J. Bennett (203-C-91, college: Oklahoma) is a 203cm forward from Chicago, Illinois that is playing his second professional season and first with the Mitteldeutscher BC. As a rookie he played with the BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 18 games averaging 15.3ppg, 8.7ppg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 66.9%, FT: 67.9%. He started his basketball career with Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and moved to Oklahoma (NCAA) in 2013 where he stayed two years playing a total of 61 NCAA games and reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2015. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

This was your second time in Germany and you once again took in the pre Christmas time. You spent last season in the small Sandersdorf and this season in Weissenfels. What have you learned to appreciate about this time of year in Germany?

Being in this part of Germany much like Sandersdorf I've learned to appreciate the fans, they always go out of their way to keep showing is support and having small events for us for the holidays, the fans are definitely a big part of this teams success.

Basketball life is very good in Weissenfels as the Mitteldeutscher BC is dominating the league at 15-1. Is everything perfect in MBC country?

I am grateful to be part of such a great team but it's a long way from perfect, we always have small things that we can do better and we compete every day in practice to make sure we are ready for whoever we face next, I think what separated us from others teams is our commitment to each other and our high work ethic.

It is no secret that management wants to return back to the BBL next season. How intense has the season been for you in terms of having to live up to the expectations of the organization?

Our goal is definitely to move up but we don't feel any pressure about it, we like the challenge and with this team it's our nature to just work hard and that shows on the court.

The only loss of the season was against the Hamburg Towers. When a team is so good like MBC, does it take longer to digest a loss like that?

When we lost to the Hamburg Towers it didn't take us long to digest it but we learned from it quick, it was like an eye opener for us that we had to step it up, so win or lose we just try to give it our all, and if we lose giving it our best then we can live with that.

The team has reached an identity on defense ranking fifth in the Pro A giving up 71 points per game. How hungry is the club to get even better on defense?

Defense is a point of emphasis for us. Coach prides his self on how well we play defense so we are always trying to improve that part of our game because we know the offense is going to come.

On what areas on the defense end does the club need to improve most on?

I would say the thing we can improve on the defensive end would be staying locked in for long possessions and better communication sometimes when it comes to helping or switching.

With all the talent on the team does it surprise you that the club is only 11th in rebounding in the league? Does that speak for the talent of the other teams?

It definitely does speak for the talent of other teams, I feel like every team has an area of something they are really good at, and even though we try to make it an emphasis of getting rebounds, that's not our strongest quality, we are more of a defensive and fast break transition team.

Do you feel like Sergio Kerusch has been playing with a chip on his shoulder simply because he wants to get back to the BBL and prove himself after not really getting a chance with Artland and Bremerhaven?

This team expects Sergio to play to his potential every game because he is a very talented player, and I think he has a chip on his shoulder not because he didn't have the chance with other teams but because he wants to be the best player he can be.

How much fun has it been being teammates with Achmadschau Zazai? What has been the most amazing thing he has shown on the court?

Cha Cha is probably one of the most energetic players on and off the court, he is always in a good mood and joking with everyone but when it's time to focus he is locked in. Something he is very great at would be seeing the court, his ability to pass without looking directly at a player is crazy.

Let's talk about your game. You are averaging 4,6ppg and 3,1rpg in 11 minutes. How big of an adjustment has it been for you coming from the Regionaliga?

It's been a huge adjustment for me, and I'm still learning as the season goes on to always give it my all, and at this level I think my biggest challenge is just keeping my confidence up if I have a bad game or make a bad play because my role on this team is to be an energizer and pick up the flow of the game, so as long as I can keep up my energy and focus then I will continue to grow.

You had some good games against the RheinStars and Gotha. Were these games proof to you that you can play in this league?

I know I can play in this league, I just have to continue to work on my game, my knowledge of what's going on on the court and make sure I keep my confidence up.

How valuable has the day to day practice been with Djordje Pantelic. How has he helped you most in the paint area get your game better suited to the Pro A?

Playing against Pantelic everyday has made me better as a player with my strength, banging with him down low all the time, also he is always giving me advice of positioning and small details that can give me the edge against an opponent.

On what area's of your game are you most striving to improve on as the seasons carries on and you continue to get more experience?

I am always trying to increase every part of my game but areas I try to focus on the most is my rebounding, positioning on the court and shooting ability.

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

There are so many great power forwards to play the game but I would definitely put him in my top 15 just because of his passion for the game and his willingness to give his all every game

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

It's not many players that can do that, and in my opinion Klay Thompson is in one of the best shooters in the world right now.

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

I wouldn't say the best in the world because there are other players that put up crazy numbers as well but he is definitely in the race for it.

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

When I was around 14 and was able to have my whole family together for a Christmas dinner.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was the Avengers.

Thanks Dj for the chat.




Gotha Add Jonas Grof - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Gotha have added German Jonas Grof (201-G/F-96). Grof is a 201cm guard that played with Phoenix Hagen since 2014, but since the team lost it's license to play in the BBL was looking for a new team. Grof will replace german Janek Schmidkunz who is injured at the moment. This season with Phoenix Hagen, the German played 10 games averaging 5,1ppg and 2,9rpg. He scored in double figures twice including a 15 point game against Giessen and 10 points against FC Bayern Munich. "One of the reasons we got him was his absolute desire to come here. He is one of the most talented Germans in his age group and isn't shy from the challenge", stressed Wolfgang Heyder.

Grof started his basketball career with Basketball Boele-Kabel and moved to the Phoenix Hagen NBBL team in 2011. In the 2012-2013 season he played for BG Hagen (Regionalliga), then moved to NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (Regionalliga): 22 games: 2.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.1apg, played also at Phoenix Hagen Juniors (NBBL). In the 2013-2014 season he played for Lee Academy Prep (USA). In the 2014-201 season he played for NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB, starting five): 26 games: 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.4%, played also at Phoenix Hagen (BBL): 6 games: 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg and at Phoenix Hagen U19 team (NBBL). Last season he played for Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB): 12 games: 9.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 68.9%, also Phoenix Hagen (BBL): 33 games: 3.5ppg, 2.3rpg. "I wanted to play as quickly as possible and Gotha is a good address. I can play many different positions", stressed Jonas Grof.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U15 National Team -11, Turk Telekom International U16 Tournament -12, German U16 National Team -12, European Championships U16 in Lithuania -12: 7 games: 1.3ppg, 1.4rpg, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga West Newcomer of the Year -13, German Regionalliga (West Group) Runner-Up -13, German NBBL Championships Semifinals -13, German U20 National Team -15-16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Newcomer of the Year -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -15, European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) -15: 9 games: 4.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -16 and European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) -16 (Semifinals): 7 games: 6.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.5%.

Source: Gotha



Medi Bayreuth Sign David Gonzalvez - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BBL team medi Bayreuth have added David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, college: Richmond) David Gonzalvez is a 29 year old 193cm guard from Marietta, Georgia that is playing his seventh professional season and started the season with MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL). Under head coach John Patrick he played eight games in the BBL averaging 6,5ppg, 1,6rpg and 1,5apg while in the Champons League he played 6 games averaging 4,7ppg, 1,5rpg and 1,2apg. Last season the American played for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 51 games averaging 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 79.0%. He gets a contract until the end of the season. Head coach Raoul Korner felt it was importnat to fill the last vacant import spot in case of any injuries creeping up and knows what he gets in the American as he won a title in Holland with him and knows the abilities of the team player.

He began his basketball career in 2006 with Richmond (NCAA) playing there until 2010 playing a total of 136 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games avergaing 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 70.5%. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with Hermine Nantes Atlantique (France-ProB) playing 8 games: 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 64.3%, in Feb.'11 moved to Oberwart Gunners (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 21 games: 8.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 69.6%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie): 41 games: 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), FGP-1 (65.2%), 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 64.0%. In the 2012-2013 season he played with WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga playing 21 games: 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (1.6spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 76.4%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 42 games: 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 75.3%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 72.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 93.3%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for Namika Lahti (Finland-Korisliiga) 45 games: 12.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 72.6%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS: Georgia AAAAA State Championship -05, All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention -09, CBI Championship All-Tournament Team -09, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -10, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -10, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -10, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Champion -11, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Defensive Player of the Year -11
Eurobasket.com Austrian League All-Defensive Team -11, Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game -12, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Runner-Up -12, 14, Dutch Eredivisie Champion -12, Dutch Supercup Finalist -13, Austrian Cup Semifinals -13,Dutch Supercup Winner -14, Dutch Cup Semifinals -14, Dutch Eredivisie Finalist -14, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team -16, Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team -16, and Finnish League Champion -16.

Source: medi Bayreuth



German BBL round 17 best performance: Tony Gaffney - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush EWE Baskets (#9, 8-8) with 18-point margin 81-63. ALBA maintains the 5th position in German BBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Gaffney had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tony Gaffney averages this season 6.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Harper Kamp (203-F/C-88) of Bremerhaven. Kamp had a very good evening with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Bremerhaven to edge Wuerzburg (5-11) 93-88. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Bremerhaven managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Kamp is a newcomer at Bremerhaven, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Brendan Lane (206-C-90) of Wuerzburg (#14). Lane scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Lane's great performance Wuerzburg lost 88-93 to Bremerhaven (5-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Wuerzburg not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lane could try to bring Wuerzburg's a little bit higher in the standings. Lane has a very solid season. In 17 games in Germany he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Fraport SKY - 24 points and 5 rebounds
5. Shaquille Goodwin (206-F-94) of Jena - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90) of Bremerhaven - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89) of Vechta - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Braydon Hobbs (196-G-89) of Ratiopharm - 7 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Cameron Wells (186-PG-88) of Giessen 46ers - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists

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



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Opoku Ware, Wesley Girls win Sprite Ball tenth anniversary - by Yaw Mintah

Opoku Ware School and Wesley Girls High School have won the Sprite Ball Championship's tenth anniversary edition in the boys and girls divisions respectively. Opoku Ware beat record winners Mfantsipim School 27-25 in the final game surviving a late onslaught in the second half.

The former led 19-9 at half time but its lead was overturned in the subsequent half by a rampaging Mfantsipim side. However a three point play from Opoku Ware's Amuzu Harris was the difference maker in the game.

St. John's School beat Pope John School 23-16 to win third place.

In the girls division, Wesley Girls High School beat Kumasi Girls Senior High School 6-4 in the final game as dethroned champion Aggrey Memorial Mount Zion School beat Mamfe Methodist Senior High School 26-10. Below is a full list of results on the final day of three day competition:
Championship caliber results determine Sprite Ball on Final Day

Results on the final day of the Sprite Ball Championship's tenth anniversary edition proved crucial in making Opoku Ware School the first Ashanti Region representative to win the boys division. Opoku Ware beat Mfantsipim School 27-25 to win the tournament.

In the girls division, Wesley Girls Senior High School beat Kumasi Girls Senior High School 6-4 to win the competition after returning from a four year absence. Below is a full list of results on Sprite Ball Day 3:

Boys Division

Quarter Finals

St. John's School 32-23 Mawuli Senior High School
Pope John Senior High 21-15 St. Augustine's College
Opoku Ware 25-13 Sacred Heart Senior High School
Mfantsipim School 26-6 GSTS

Semi Finals

Mfantsipim School 37-8 Pope John

Opoku Ware School 27-21 St. John's School

Third place Game

St. John's School 23-16 Pope John Senior High

Final Game

Opoku Ware School 27-25 Mfantsipim School

Girls Division

Semi Finals

Kumasi Girls Senior High 19-12 Mamfe Methodist Girls Senior High School
Wesley Girls Senior High 15-9 Aggrey Memorial Mount Zion

Third place Game

Aggrey 26- 10 Methodist Girls
Wesley Girls 6-4 Kumasi Girls





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Malcolm McMillan (ex Trikalla) joins C Africain !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Club Africain Tunis (Division I) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Malcolm McMillan (183-82kg-93, college: Canisius). He started the season at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In four games he had 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg this season.
McMillan graduated from Canisius College in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Malik Hairston (ex AEK Athens) agreed terms with Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Malik Hairston (198-100kg-87, college: Oregon). He played recently at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season Hairston played also at AEK Athens (also in A1) where in 31 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Hairston also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2008 Hairston was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (48th overall). He attended University of Oregon and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Hairston played in the final of Turkish League in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Hairston has played also professionally in Italy (Armani Milano and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), NBA (San Antonio Spurs), Turkey (Galatasaray) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
The scouts decsribe him following way: To borrow a phrase from baseball, a "five tool player" with unlimited potential. Willing to do whatever it takes to win, be it scoring, rebounding, defending or setting up his teammates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miklos Szabo returns to Hungary - by Levente Szabo

After spending two seasons in Sweden with Sundsvall Dragons and Eco Orebro, Hungarian big man Miklos Szabo (204-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) reached an agreement with Debreceni Egyetem 2nd team in Hungary. The management of Debreceni Egyetem 2nd team brought home the 204 cm (6'9') big guy with the hopes that he will be able to help the 2nd division club of moving up to the top division.

Miklos Szabo averaged last year 13.4ppg, 7.9rpg and 3.2apg (FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 57.4%) for Eco Orebro in the Swedish top division. Previously he played for Falco KC Szombathely, Szolnoki Olajbanyasz and Factum Sport Debrecen in Hungay. Miklos suited up for the Hungarian U20 and senior National Team as well. He also played abroad in the United States, Italy and Sweden, so he brings in much needed experience and leadership for DEAC.





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Stjarnan tabs Anthony Odunsi - by Eurobasket News

Stjarnan (Dominos League) inked 25-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Anthony Odunsi (193-93kg-92, college: Houston Baptist). He just graduated from Houston Baptist University (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg last season. Odunsi helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-Southland Conference 1st Team and NABC All-District 23 1st Team.
Last year Odunsi was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in fifth round (95th overall).
He just came directly from Houston Baptist University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Odunsi's college team won AEC Tournament in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Super League Round 12: No surprise as #1 Templeogue defeats DCU Saints - by Eurobasket News

Super League top team - Templeogue (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked DCU Saints (3-9) in Dublin 98-75. Templeogue dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to DCU Saints' 56. Templeogue forced 19 DCU Saints turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta) who added 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Templeogue's coach Mark Keenan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Martins Provizors (202-87) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Undefeated Templeogue have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. DCU Saints lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Eanna. Templeogue are looking forward to face Killester (#5) in Dublin in the next round. DCU Saints will play at home against Moycullen (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tralee was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked UCC Demons (7-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Tralee (8-4). Tralee defeated UCC Demons 81-67. Tralee moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion UCC Demons dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Tralee will play against Belfast Star (#8) on the road in the next round. UCC Demons will play against UCD Marian and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Limerick between Belfast Star and UL Eagles. Eighth ranked Belfast Star (5-7) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked UL Eagles (1-11). Belfast Star managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Dillon Stith who scored 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Ryan Wilson who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds. Belfast Star moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Moycullen. UL Eagles lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Belfast Star will meet at home higher ranked Tralee (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UL Eagles will play against KUBS (#11) in Greendale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 12 KUBS lost to Moycullen on the opponent's court 81-87. Swords Thunder outscored Killester in a home game 85-64.


Templeogue - DCU Saints 98-75

Super League top team - Templeogue (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked DCU Saints (3-9) in Dublin 98-75. Templeogue dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to DCU Saints' 56. Templeogue forced 19 DCU Saints turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta) who added 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Templeogue's coach Mark Keenan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Martins Provizors (202-87) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Kevin O'Hanlon (186-95) scored 12 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Templeogue have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. DCU Saints lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Eanna. Templeogue are looking forward to face Killester (#5) in Dublin in the next round. DCU Saints will play at home against Moycullen (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Templeogue: M.Bonaparte 25+11reb+6ast, J.Killeen 24+9reb, L.Murphy 15+4reb+2ast, N.Randolph 10+4reb+6ast, B.Morrison 8+3ast, P.Cummins 4+3reb+3ast
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 24+13reb+3ast, D.Heaney 14+6reb, K.O'Hanlon 12+4reb+7ast, E.Darling 10+2reb+7ast, G.Brannelly 9+3reb, M.Neary 2+2reb
gschID: 492290


UL Eagles - Belfast Star 64-65

A very close game took place in Limerick between Belfast Star and UL Eagles. Eighth ranked Belfast Star (5-7) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked UL Eagles (1-11). Belfast Star managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 on Saturday evening. Belfast Star forced 20 UL Eagles turnovers. Strangely UL Eagles outrebounded Belfast Star 48-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) who scored 24 points. International forward Keelan Cairns (211-92, college: Pennsylvania) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Ryan Wilson (195-88, college: William Penn) who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds and French guard Jonathan Dogbo (193, college: Gannon) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Belfast Star moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Moycullen. UL Eagles lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Belfast Star will meet at home higher ranked Tralee (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UL Eagles will play against KUBS (#11) in Greendale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: D.Stith 24+4reb+2ast, K.Cairns 18+6reb+1ast, P.McGaharan 9+2reb+2ast, P.Mullan 7+4reb+1ast, C.Johnston 4+6reb, A.Ryan 3+3reb+1ast
UL Eagles: R.Wilson 26+7reb, J.Dogbo 14+9reb, R.Howlin 6+3reb+3ast, J.Kelly 6+11reb, P.McCarthy 4+4reb, M.Hall 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 492291


Moycullen - KUBS 87-81

Very expected game in Galway where 11th ranked KUBS (1-10) was defeated by seventh ranked Moycullen (5-7) 87-81 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Moycullen maintains seventh position with 5-7 record, which they share with Belfast Star. Newly promoted KUBS keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. Moycullen will meet DCU Saints (#10) in the next round. KUBS will play against UL Eagles and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 492289


Swords Thunder - Killester 85-64

Rather predictable result in Dublin where second ranked Swords Thunder (10-2) smashed 5th ranked Killester (7-4) 85-64 on Saturday. Swords Thunder maintains second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Templeogue. Killester at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Swords Thunder's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Eanna.
gschID: 492288


Tralee - UCC Demons 81-67

The game in Tralee was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked UCC Demons (7-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Tralee (8-4). Tralee defeated UCC Demons 81-67. Tralee moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion UCC Demons dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Tralee will play against Belfast Star (#8) on the road in the next round. UCC Demons will play against UCD Marian and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 492287





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Malik Hairston (ex AEK Athens) agreed terms with Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Malik Hairston (198-100kg-87, college: Oregon). He played recently at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season Hairston played also at AEK Athens (also in A1) where in 31 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Hairston also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2008 Hairston was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (48th overall). He attended University of Oregon and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Hairston played in the final of Turkish League in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Hairston has played also professionally in Italy (Armani Milano and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), NBA (San Antonio Spurs), Turkey (Galatasaray) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
The scouts decsribe him following way: To borrow a phrase from baseball, a "five tool player" with unlimited potential. Willing to do whatever it takes to win, be it scoring, rebounding, defending or setting up his teammates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Avrahami left Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Head coach Sharon Avrahami left Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Avrahami's team made it to the National League Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Coach of the Year back in 2011.
Avrahami was coaching Israeli U18 National Team two years ago and coached also U16 National Team in 2014.
He has coached previously Ironi Kiryat Ata.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serie A Round 14: Umana Venezia lose to Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Venezia between second ranked Umana Venezia (10-4) and eighth ranked Banco di Srd (7-7) on Monday night. Umana Venezia was defeated by Banco di Srd at home 71-84. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The game was mostly controlled by Banco di Srd. Umana Venezia managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Srd looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) replied with 17 points for Umana Venezia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banco di Srd moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Scandone AV. Banco di Srd is looking forward to face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round. Umana Venezia will play on the road against Enel Brindisi (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona managed to get a third victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Openjobmetis VA 85-71. American forward Tashawn Thomas (203-93, college: Oklahoma, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Tu Holloway chipped in 15 points and 10 assists during the contest. American-Nigerian power forward O.D. Anosike (203-91, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 20 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vanoli Cremona maintains sixteenth position with 3-11 record. Openjobmetis VA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with VL Pesaro. Vanoli Cremona will play against higher ranked Grissin Bon RE (#4) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Openjobmetis VA will play at home against Auxilium TO (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Serie A top team - Armani Milano (12-2) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (4-10) 88-84. Milan Macvan notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Armani Milano's coach Jasmin Repesa used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 29 points and 6 rebounds by Jarrod Jones did not help to save the game for VL Pesaro. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Loser VL Pesaro dropped to the fourteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Openjobmetis V.. Armani Milano will meet AV Cantu (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. VL Pesaro will play against Betaland Cdo and hope to secure a win.
The game in Caserta was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Scandone AV (10-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Juvecaserta (7-7). Scandone AV managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. The best player for the winners was Maarten Leunen who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Scandone AV have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Umana VE. Juvecaserta lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Scandone AV's next round opponent will be Dolomiti En. TR (#12) in Trento and are hoping to win another game. Juvecaserta will play on the road against Banco di Srd (#8) in Sassari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Grissin Bon RE (9-5) and The Flexx PT (7-7), which took place in Pistoia. Higher ranked Grissin Bon RE lost to ninth ranked The Flexx PT in a road game 71-85 on Monday. Nathan Boothe orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. The Flexx PT's coach Vincenzo Esposito allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The Flexx PT have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Grissin Bon RE keeps the fourth position with five games lost. The Flexx PT will face Brescia (#10) on the road in the next round. Grissin Bon RE will play against Vanoli Cremona (#16) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Brescia beat Auxilium TO on the road 91-86. Betaland Cdo won against Enel Brindisi on its own court 86-82. AV Cantu managed to outperform Dolomiti En. TR in a road game 77-68.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 19 points and 9 rebounds by Lee Moore of Brescia.


Auxilium TO - Brescia 86-91

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Brescia (6-8) beat 10th ranked Auxilium TO (6-8) in Torino 91-86 on Monday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Brescia made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Auxilium TO only scored nine points from the stripe. American players dominated the game. Forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Lee Moore (193-95, college: UTEP) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. D.J. White (206-86, college: Indiana) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Chris Wright (185-89, college: Georgetown) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Auxilium TO. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brescia moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Auxilium TO. Brescia will face higher ranked The Flexx PT (#7) in Pistoia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Brescia: M.Landry 23+5reb+3ast, L.Moore 19+9reb+1ast, L.Vitali 17+2reb+6ast, M.Vitali 11+3reb, C.Burns 10+9reb+3ast, D.Moss 9+3reb+5ast
Auxilium TO: T.Harvey 20+1ast, D.White 19+12reb+2ast, C.Wright 18+7reb+6ast, J.Wilson 11+8reb+1ast, D.Washington 8+9reb+2ast, M.Alibegovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 481961


EA7 Armani - VL Pesaro 88-84

Serie A top team - Armani Milano (12-2) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (4-10) 88-84. Armani Milano made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while VL Pesaro only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded VL Pesaro 41-19 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and international power forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Jasmin Repesa used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 29 points and 6 rebounds by American-Hungarian power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) did not help to save the game for VL Pesaro. American guard Ryan Harrow (188-91, college: Georgia St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 7 assists for the guests. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Loser VL Pesaro dropped to the fourteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Openjobmetis V.. Armani Milano will meet AV Cantu (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. VL Pesaro will play against Betaland Cdo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: M.Macvan 19+9reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 15+8reb+2ast, J.McLean 13+4reb+2ast, A.Abass 11+2reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 10+4reb+1ast, R.Hickman 8+4reb+1ast
VL Pesaro: J.Jones 29+6reb+2ast, R.Harrow 15+2reb+7ast, S.Jasaitis 9+2ast, G.Gazzotti 8+4reb+1ast, M.Thornton 7, M.Ceron 6+1reb
gschID: 481954


Betaland Cdo - Enel Brindisi 86-82

Everything could happen in Capo d'Orlando at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Betaland Cdo and 6th ranked Enel Brindisi had identical 7-6 record. This time Betaland Cdo used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Brindisi 86-82 on Monday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Betaland Cdo made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Robert Carter (206-94, college: Maryland) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Senegalese-French forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Betaland Cdo maintains fifth position with 8-6 record. Loser Enel Brindisi keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Betaland Cdo will face VL Pesaro (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Enel Brindisi will play against the league's second-placed Umana Venezia (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: D.Diener 18+8reb+6ast, M.Delas 17+6reb, T.Laquintana 15+3reb+2ast, M.Tepic 12+7reb+3ast, D.Archie 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Perl 8+3reb
Enel Brindisi: R.Carter 23+7reb+2ast, A.M'Baye 18+3reb+5ast, P.Goss 13+2reb+5ast, D.Scott 11+7reb+2ast, M.Cardillo 6+3reb, B.Mesicek 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 481959


Dolomiti En. TR - AV Cantu 68-77

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked AV Cantu (6-8) won against 10th ranked Dolomiti En. TR (6-8) in Trento 77-68 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dolomiti En. TR won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-89, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four AV Cantu players scored in double figures. Point guard Diego Flaccadori (194-96) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Aaron Craft (188-91, college: Ohio St.) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dolomiti En. TR. AV Cantu moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Dolomiti En. TR. AV Cantu will face league's leader Armani Milano at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
AV Cantu: J.Johnson 20+10reb+2ast, F.Pilepic 19+5reb+2ast, Z.Dowdell 13+7ast, T.Darden 12+7reb+1ast, C.Callahan 5+2reb+2ast, A.Acker 5+3reb+2ast
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Flaccadori 14+5reb+1ast, D.Hogue 13+3reb, A.Craft 9+6reb+3ast, A.Forray 9+2ast, D.Lighty 9+1reb+3ast, F.Baldi Rossi 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 481958


The Flexx PT - Grissin Bon RE 85-71

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Grissin Bon RE (9-5) and The Flexx PT (7-7), which took place in Pistoia. Higher ranked Grissin Bon RE lost to ninth ranked The Flexx PT in a road game 71-85 on Monday. The Flexx PT forced 20 Grissin Bon RE turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Nathan Boothe (206-94, college: Toledo) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fair Dickinson) contributed with 17 points for the winners. The Flexx PT's coach Vincenzo Esposito allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) replied with 24 points and 4 assists and American-Montenegrin point guard Derek Needham (180-90, college: Fairfield) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Grissin Bon RE. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The Flexx PT have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Grissin Bon RE keeps the fourth position with five games lost. The Flexx PT will face Brescia (#10) on the road in the next round. Grissin Bon RE will play against Vanoli Cremona (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
The Flexx PT: A.Crosariol 17+3reb, N.Boothe 16+7reb+3ast, T.Petteway 15+1reb+1ast, C.Roberts 13+4reb+3ast, R.Moore 8+3reb+7ast, E.Lombardi 8+6reb
Grissin Bon RE: P.Aradori 24+3reb+4ast, A.De Nicolao 10+2reb+3ast, A.Polonara 10+5reb+1ast, D.Needham 10+3reb+5ast, S.Lesic 8+4reb, R.Cervi 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 481957


Vanoli CR - Openjobmetis V. 85-71

Bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona managed to get a third victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Openjobmetis VA 85-71. Openjobmetis VA was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Vanoli Cremona made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Tashawn Thomas (203-93, college: Oklahoma, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) chipped in 15 points and 10 assists during the contest. American-Nigerian power forward O.D. Anosike (203-91, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 20 rebounds and DR Congolese Christian Eyenga (201-89) scored 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vanoli Cremona maintains sixteenth position with 3-11 record. Openjobmetis VA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with VL Pesaro. Vanoli Cremona will play against higher ranked Grissin Bon RE (#4) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Openjobmetis VA will play at home against Auxilium TO (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: T.Thomas 25+6reb+3ast, T.Holloway 15+1reb+10ast, P.Biligha 12+8reb, P.Harris 9+5reb+1ast, M.Carlino 8+6reb+1ast, F.Mian 7+2reb+1ast
Openjobmetis V.: C.Eyenga 20+3reb+2ast, O.Anosike 13+20reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 9+2reb+1ast, D.Johnson 8+1reb+2ast, E.Maynor 7+1reb+2ast, M.Bulleri 4
gschID: 481956


JuveCaserta - Scandone AV 82-86

The game in Caserta was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Scandone AV (10-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Juvecaserta (7-7). Scandone AV managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 17 points. Four Scandone AV players scored in double figures. American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) added 23 points and 11 assists respectively for the hosts. Scandone AV have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Umana VE. Juvecaserta lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Scandone AV's next round opponent will be Dolomiti En. TR (#12) in Trento and are hoping to win another game. Juvecaserta will play on the road against Banco di Srd (#8) in Sassari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: M.Leunen 19+5reb+1ast, J.Ragland 17+4reb+1ast, A.Thomas 14+5reb+1ast, K.Fesenko 10+4reb, A.Zerini 9+3reb, M.Green 9+3reb+1ast
JuveCaserta: M.Watt 25+14reb+1ast, E.Sosa 23+3reb+11ast, D.Cinciarini 9+2reb, V.Gaddefors 9+3reb, M.Giuri 8+3reb+8ast, R.Putney 6+8reb
gschID: 481960


Umana VE - Banco di Srd 71-84

The most important game in the last round took place in Venezia between second ranked Umana Venezia (10-4) and eighth ranked Banco di Srd (7-7) on Monday night. Umana Venezia was defeated by Banco di Srd at home 71-84. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The game was mostly controlled by Banco di Srd. Umana Venezia managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Srd looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) replied with 17 points and American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Umana Venezia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banco di Srd moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Scandone AV. Banco di Srd is looking forward to face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round. Umana Venezia will play on the road against Enel Brindisi (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: D.Johnson-Odom 14+1reb+4ast, G.Lawal 11+5reb, D.Savanovic 10+2reb+3ast, D.Bell 10+5reb+5ast, B.Sacchetti 9+7reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 8+2reb+2ast
Umana VE: M.Ejim 17+4reb+3ast, M.Haynes 11+6ast, J.Hagins 8+3reb, M.Bramos 8+4reb+1ast, H.Peric 6+2reb+2ast, B.Ortner 6+1reb
gschID: 481955





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Japanese B League D2 round 28 best performance: Connor Lammert - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Connor Lammert (206-F-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Hiroshima D., receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Tokyo Excel. (#5, 8-19) with 18-point margin 86-68. Hiroshima D. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hiroshima D. will need more victories to improve their 22-6 record. In the team's last game Lammert had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Connor Lammert averages this season 11.4ppg and 7.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel.. Stephan had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Tokyo Excel. lost that game 68-86 to the higher-ranked Hiroshima D. (#2, 22-6). Tokyo Excel. managed to keep the same 5th spot in Central. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Tokyo Excel. managed to get this year. Stephan is a newcomer at Tokyo Excel., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#7). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of league's top team Gunma. Kuso scored 16 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kuso's great performance Gunma lost 69-76 to #1 ranked Toyotsu FE. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Gunma needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Central. Their record is 19 victories and 9 lost games. Kuso has a very solid season. In 28 games in Japan he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 9.7rpg, 1.9bpg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE - 26 points and 14 rebounds
5. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 24 points and 11 rebounds
6. Aziz N'Diaye (213-C-88) of Hiroshima D. - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Daiji Yamada (200-C-81) of Hiroshima D. - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel. - 15 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 18 points and 16 rebounds
10. Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA - 15 points, 10 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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EFSC, Shelton State roll to set up New Year's Eve men's basketball showdown - by Eurobasket News

Eastern Florida State College and Shelton State both picked up big wins to set up a New Year's Eve showdown at the Josh Artis Memorial Crowne Plaza Classic on the Melbourne campus of Eastern Florida State College. The No. 7 Titans opened the day of men's basketball with an 84-48 victory over Atlanta Metro and then Shelton State defeated the Florida National JV squad 112-62 in the second game of the day. Eastern Florida State College, who improved to 13-1 on the season, came out strong on the defensive end keeping Atlanta Metro out of their offense and went into halftime holding a 43-14 advantage. "I am very, very happy with our defensive effort today. We really guarded well, which makes me a happy coach," Eastern Florida State College men's basketball coach Jeremy Shulman said. "We are a very balanced team offensively and we put together a real unselfish effort overall." Austin Awad (6'6''-F) led the Titans with 13 points while Kareem Brewton added 12 points. Noah Horchler (6'8''-F) finished with 11 points and Shaq Carter (6'9''-F) finished with 10 points. Shelton State took the court in the second court and jumped out to a huge lead, holding Florida National JV to 10 points in the first half, holding a 58-10 lead. Trenton Clayton (6'8''-F) led a balanced Shelton State attack with 17 points while Christopher Dudley (6'2''-G) and Austin Hardy each had 14. Tra'Quan Knight added 12 in the game for the Buccaneers. Eastern Florida State College and Shelton State will meet in the final game of the Josh Artis Memorial Crowne Plaza Classic at noon Saturday in a battle of top 25 teams. "We are facing one of the best teams in the country and it is going to be an exciting game, especially being played on New Year's Eve," Shulman said. "Hopefully we can pack Titan Field House for this big-time basketball matchup."
Courtesy of: efsctitans.com



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Zenelaj is back at Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 26-year old international center Urim Zenelaj (213-135kg-91, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Prishtina as he has played here before. Zenelaj started the season at Ylli (SuperLeague). He has played there for the last three years. In 13 SuperLeague games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 14.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg this season. The last season Zenelaj played also at Ylli where in 18 SuperLeague games he was the best scorer with remarkable 23.2ppg and averaged 15.9rpg (leader !!!), 2.0apg and 3.4bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zenelaj's team made it to the Kosovo League Semifinals in 2013 and 2015. He has been regularly called to Kosovan Senior National Team since 2013.
Zenelaj has played previously professionally also in Italy (Vanoli Cremona) and Kosovo (Bashkimi and KB RTV 21 Prishtina).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sigal Prishtina signs Grant Johnson, ex Contern - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 27-year old American guard Grant Johnson (196-87kg-90, college: Winona State). He just played at Contern in Luxembourg Total League. In only one game he recorded very impressive stats: 21 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal this season. Johnson also spent pre-season at Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) in Swedish league earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Bendigo Braves and Sherbrooke Suns), Finland (Kouvot), Lithuania (Nevezis) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
Johnson attended Winona State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Latvian LBL round 16 best performance: Folarin Campbell - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Folarin Campbell (189-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Ventspils, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Jekabpils (#6, 6-7) 86-72. It allowed Ventspils to consolidate first place in the Latvian LBL. Ventspils has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 13-1. In the team's last game Campbell had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Folarin Campbell averages this season 9.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Lithuanian Denis Krestinin (202-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) of Barons Riga. Krestinin had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Barons Riga to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked LU (#10, 2-13) 91-65. This victory allowed Barons Riga to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Krestinin is a newcomer at Barons Riga and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Mareks Mejeris (208-F-91, agency: Players Group) of league's second-best VEF Riga. Mejeris scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Mejeris' great performance VEF Riga lost 72-80 to the lower-ranked BK Ogre (#8, 5-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. That was shocking loss for VEF Riga and their fans. Hopefully so far almost perfect season will not turn around. They still have impressive 9-1 record in the league. Mejeris plays for a very strong team and VEF Riga has many quality players. So achieving that high stats is even more impressive. Mejeris has a very solid season. In 3 games in Latvia he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ervins Jonats (203-F-91) of Valmiera - 14 points and 12 rebounds
5. Karlis Apsitis (200-F-92) of BK Ogre - 15 points and 6 rebounds
6. Davis Rozitis (215-C-90) of Liepaja/Triobet - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Valmiera - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Kristaps Mediss (188-G-89) of Barons Riga - 22 points and 2 assists
9. Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91) of Liepaja/Triobet - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Guntis Sipolins (206-C-93) of BK Ogre - 16 points and 6 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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Johnson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Geron Johnson (190-G-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Louaize and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Sagesse (#9, 2-4) 79-74. Louaize is placed at 3rd position in Lebanese league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Louaize will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Louaize's top player in his first season with the team. University of Memphis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 26.7ppg), assists (5th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Byblos. He is Nigerian forward in his first season at Byblos. In the last game Ebi recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Byblos lost that game 73-78 to league's leader Homenetmen (#1, 6-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Byblos still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Ebi is a newcomer at Byblos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#9). He also registered 10.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Earvin Morris (196-G-94) of Tadamon (#5). Morris got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of Tadamon, leading his team to a 87-75 win against slightly lower-ranked Moutahed (#6, 2-4). Tadamon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Morris has a great season in Lebanon. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.8ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ali Haidar (201-F-90) of Al Riyadi - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Todd O'Brien (211-C-89) of Sagesse - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. John Bohannon (210-F-91) of Mayrouba - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jonathan Holton (201-F-91) of Tadamon - 21 points and 14 rebounds
8. Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87) of Al Riyadi - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Travis McKie (201-SF-92) of Louaize - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Homenetmen - 19 points, 10 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)



Al Naser signs Jarrid Famous - by Eurobasket News

Al Naser Dubai (D1) signed 29-year old Lebanese ex-international power forward Jarrid Famous (209-109kg-88, college: S.Florida). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Heplayed earlier that season for Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel where in 6 SBL games he had 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg this season.
In 2011 Famous was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) as #3 pick overall.
The former University of South Florida standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Famous has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2014. Famous was a member of Lebanese Senior National Team back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Famous has played in ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Muharraq), China (Jiangsu Dragons and Fujian), Dominican Rep., Philippines (Globalport), Taiwan (Yulon Luxgen), Venezuela (Bucaneros), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Lebanon (Sagesse), D-League (Texas Legends) and Japan (Akita Happinets).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Pelicans land Donatas Motiejunas - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) tabbed 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) from Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
Among other achievements he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Let's have closer look into Motiejunas' outlook: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Pelicans are considering to add Donatas Motiejunas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) is close to sign 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) who played last time at Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Motiejunas could be described: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 24 - by Eurobasket News

Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Suduva-Mantinga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Zalgiris II (#6, 12-11) 78-66. It allowed Suduva-Mantinga to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. Suduva-Mantinga have a solid 20-4 record. Valukonis has many years of experience at Suduva-Mantinga, through which he has constantly improved. Marius Valukonis averages this season 14.2ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Suduva-Mantinga's star - 34-year old former international power forward Aurimas Kieza (199-PF-82). Kieza impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Valukonis he helped Suduva-Mantinga with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rasai (#4, 16-8) 83-57. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Suduva-Mantinga consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 20 matches. Kieza is well-known by Suduva-Mantinga fans and together with Marius Valukonis they both established positions among team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Marijus Uzupis (197-F-93) of Vytis (#7). Uzupis got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He was a key player of Vytis, leading his team to a 88-83 win against slightly lower-ranked Silute (#8, 12-12). Vytis needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Uzupis has a very solid season. In 22 games in Lithuania he scored 11.9ppg. He also has FGP: 64.7% and 3PT: 47.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrius Aleksandrovas (198-F-86) of Rasai - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Paulius Beliavicius (194-G-88) of Vytis - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Gytis Radzevicius (195-SF-95) of Perlas-MRU - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Antanas Montrimavicius (199-PF-87) of Palanga - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Aurelijus Pukelis (205-C-94) of Silute - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Aurelijus Pukelis (205-C-94) of Silute - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Laurynas Birutis (213-C/F-97) of Zalgiris II - 15 points and 15 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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Sigal Prishtina signs Grant Johnson, ex Contern - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 27-year old American guard Grant Johnson (196-87kg-90, college: Winona State). He just played at Contern in Luxembourg Total League. In only one game he recorded very impressive stats: 21 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal this season. Johnson also spent pre-season at Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) in Swedish league earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Bendigo Braves and Sherbrooke Suns), Finland (Kouvot), Lithuania (Nevezis) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
Johnson attended Winona State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Faycal Lait is newcomer in CRA! - by Marek Krala

The moroccan-belgian guard,Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) will play for Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima.
Lait played the final of the Arabian Clubs Basketball Championship in Tunis with ASS and then joined CRA for the League championship.
The guard started the season in Belgium with Royal IV Brussels .

Resume:
2005-2006: BBC Royal Atomia Brussels (D1): 7 games: 0.9ppg
2007-2008: Royal Alsec Nivelles (D2)
2008-2009: KBGO Duva Fruit Gistel (D3, tarting five), in March '09 signed at Base Oostende (D1): 1 game: 3pts
2010-2011: BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele (D2): 9 games: 6.67ppg
2011-2012: Stella Artois Leuven Bears (D1): 8 games: 1.1ppg
2012-2013: Gent Dragons (Division II): 13.17ppg
2013-2014: United Basket Woluwe (Division III, starting five)
2014-2015: CEP Fleurus (Division II)
2015-2016: Royal IV Brussels (Top Division II)
2016-2017: Royal IV Brussels (Top Division I)



Morocco win over a solid KSA in the first fame of the Arab Nations Cup! - by Marek Krala

Morocco defeat Saudi Arabia 70-64 on a tricky game for the red and green team.
After a first half with a lot of up and down for Morocco,KSA didnt let them get a big lead.
In the second half,Zouita suffered of a anlke injury on a defensive action.
Najah ( 18 pts and 10 rebounds) and Kourdou (18 pts and 6 rebounds) helped Morocco to keep the lead,
but the veteran Zakaria Mesbahi netted very important basket to kill hope of KSA to make a come-back.
Next game is against Egypt the 1st January at 6PM.

Morocco: Kourdou (18/6 Rebounds),Zouita ( 12/6 Assists),Najah ( 18/ 10 Rebounds), Mesbahi ( 11/6 Assists),Choua ( 6/8 Rebounds).



Morocco National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Mustapha Khalfi
Khalfi
Kourdou Soufiane
Soufiane
Zakaria El Masbahi
El Masbahi
Abdelhakim Zouita
Zouita
Abderrahim Najah
Najah
#e#5
4Reda Ali Harras 198-F/G-93 WAC Morocco
5Mustapha Khalfi 177-PG-80 ASS Sale Morocco
6Kourdou Soufiane 211-C-85 ASS Sale Morocco
7Zakaria El Masbahi 192-F/G-79 ASS Sale Morocco
8Abdelali Lahraichi 190-G/F-93 WAC Morocco
9Karim Nesba 188-G-86 CRA Hoceima Morocco
10Mohamed Choua 202-F/C-92 ASS Sale Morocco
11Abdelhakim Zouita 200-F-86 ASS Sale Morocco
12John Wilkins 207-F/C-89 CRA Hoceima Morocco
13Adil El Makssoud 193-G/F-85 CRA Hoceima Morocco
14Yacine Baeri 196-F/G-89 ASS Sale Morocco
15Abderrahim Najah 198-F/C-84 ASS Sale Morocco


Said El Bouzidi Head Coach ASS Sale Morocco

Hamrani Labib Assistant



Joshua Freelove (ex IRT Tanger) joins Vllaznia - by Greg

Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Joshua Freelove (188-82kg-90, college: Buffalo, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at IRT Tanger in Moroccan D1 league. In 6 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg while shooting 51.5% from the field (44.4% from 3P and 81.4% FT). The last season Freelove played at UBSC Graz in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 15 games he had 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg.
Freelove attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D1 Top 25 ranking

SSAC Standings
 1. Loyola, LA (22) 3-1 (9-3) 
 2. Faulkner 3-1 (8-4) 
 3. Dalton St. 2-1 (9-1) 
 4. William Carey (8) 2-1 (7-3) 
 5. Middle Georgia 2-1 (5-2) 
 6. Blue Mountain 2-1 (5-3) 
 7. Bethel, TN 2-2 (9-3) 
 8. Martin Methodist 2-2 (6-6) 
 9. Brewton-Parker 1-3 (5-4) 
 10. Mobile, AL 1-3 (5-7) 
 11. Auburn-Montgomery 0-0 (0-0) 
 12. Co.Georgia 0-4 (1-8) 

Regular Season: Round 80

Jan. 8: E.Oregon - Multnomah 91-71
Jan. 8: S.Oregon - Walla Walla 94-85
Jan. 8: Rochester - KSU-Tuscarawas 99-44
Jan. 8: Jamestown - Bellevue 73-74

Regular Season: Round 78

Jan. 6: Dordt - Concordia, NE
Jan. 6: Point Park - Midway
Jan. 6: St.Andrews - Tenn Wesleyan
Jan. 6: E.Oregon - Warner Pacific
Jan. 6: NW Christian - Northwest
Jan. 6: Corban - Evergreen St.
Jan. 6: Idaho Coll. - Multnomah
Jan. 6: Carroll, MT - Great Falls
Jan. 6: Coll.of the Ozarks - Grace Univ.
Jan. 6: Wash.Adventist - FTSportsU
Jan. 6: Valley Forge - Ky Christian
Jan. 6: W.Virginia Tech - IU Southeast
Jan. 6: Rio Grande - Brescia, KY
Jan. 6: Mayville St. - Dakota St.
Jan. 6: Viterbo - Presentation
Jan. 6: Waldorf - Dickinson St.
Jan. 6: LSU-Alexandria - Wiley
Jan. 6: LSU-Shreveport - Jarvis Christian
Jan. 6: Paul Quinn - St.Thomas, TX



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  NBA  


Westbrook leads Thunder past Clippers 114-88 - by Eurobasket News

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) and Oklahoma City bounced back nicely from an ugly loss at Memphis. Westbrook had 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his NBA-best 16th triple-double of the season, leading the Thunder to a 114-88 victory over the depleted Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Westbrook played just 28 minutes as Oklahoma City put away Los Angeles with a big first half. Enes Kanter (6'11''-C-92, college: Kentucky) had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) added 15 points. The Thunder lost 114-80 to the Grizzlies on Thursday night, with Westbrook going 6 for 19 from the field and committing six turnovers before he was ejected when he was whistled for two technical fouls with 6:41 left in the third. But they managed to turn it around in a hurry against Los Angeles. "Obviously tonight they were undermanned and without a few key guys," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "I thought coming out of the Memphis game there were some things we talked about wanting to do better and I thought we did that tonight." Oladipo was 4 for 9 from the field and 5 for 5 at the free-throw line in his return from a right wrist injury. "It was good. The pace was high," Westbrook said. "Vic was wonderful. The opportunity of having another ball handler in the game, being able to carry out different plays for our team, it was good." The Clippers played without Chris Paul, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury, and Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), who is recovering from right knee surgery. Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU, agency: Stealth Sport) and Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) each had 18 points, and Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92, college: Duke) finished with 14 on 3-for-11 shooting. Oladipo and Kanter each had nine points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City jumped out to a 33-12 lead. Alex Abrines drilled a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer, giving the Thunder a 69-40 lead at the break.
Courtesy of: floridatoday.com




The Pelicans waived Reggie Williams - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) waived 31-year old swingman Reggie Williams (198-95kg-86, college: VMI). In 5 NBA games he recorded 5.0ppg and 1.2rpg this season.
This summer Williams was tested by the Thunder.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2008 Pittsburgh Xplosion selected him in fifth round (23rd overall) in the CBA draft.
The former Virginia Military Institute standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Williams' team made it to the Spanish ACB final in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Williams' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Williams has played previously professionally in France (JDA Dijon), Philippines (SM Beermen), Russia (Avtodor), other NBA teams (Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Oklahoma City Blue) and Spain (Baskonia).

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The Pelicans are considering to add Donatas Motiejunas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) is close to sign 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) who played last time at Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Motiejunas could be described: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
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Antetokounmpo scores 35 as Bucks beat Bulls 116-96 - by Eurobasket News

While it might be a bit premature to compare Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) to LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) didn't let that stop him. It's easy to see why on a night like this. Antetokounmpo scored 35 points, Jabari Parker (6'8''-F-95, college: Duke) added 27 and the Milwaukee Bucks used a huge fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 116-96 on Saturday. "He's one of those Kobe Bryant, LeBron James-type players," Brogdon said. "Playing with a guy like that makes it a little bit easier." The Bucks outscored the Bulls 36-20 in the fourth to break open a tight game and come away with a lopsided win after dropping four of six. Antetokounmpo dazzled with an array of layups and dunks to go with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first half. He also had nine rebounds, seven assists and a career-high seven blocks in another strong all-around performance. As for the comparison to Bryant and James? "Let me tell you something. That jumper I hit in the second quarter, I felt like Kobe on that one," Antetokounmpo said, smiling. "But it's great to (have) your teammates compare you to the greats. I think I'm not there yet, but I'm going to work as hard as I can." Parker scored 18 points in the second half. Brogdon had a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his second career start with Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) sidelined by a strained right hamstring. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) scored 15 points, and the Bucks beat the Bulls again after pounding them on back-to-back nights two weeks ago. Chicago held out struggling point guard Rajon Rondo, hoping Michael Carter-Williams could provide a spark. But the Bulls lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) scored 26 points for Chicago, and Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dwyane Wade had eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. "This team (the Bucks), they're as long and athletic as any in the league," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Obviously, we've had struggles against them in the three times that we've played them. It's an understatement. It's the attention to detail when you have something like that."
Courtesy of: msn.com



James Harden Scores 53 as Knicks Drop 4th in a Row - by Eurobasket News

James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds for his second straight triple-double, and the Houston Rockets beat the short-handed Knicks, 129-122, on Saturday night. Harden set a career highs for points and matched his career best for assists. He passed his previous career best of 51 points on a 3-pointer with 1 minute 16 seconds left, leading to a standing ovation. The Knicks got within 3 points several times in the fourth quarter - the last on a layup by Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) with about four minutes left. But Harden responded to Noah's basket with three free throws before dishing to Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) for a 3-pointer that put the Rockets up by 119-111. Another 3-pointer by Anderson with less than two minutes left extended the lead to 124-113. Harden, who had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists a 140-116 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, completed his eighth triple-double of the season when he grabbed his 10th rebound with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter. It was the 17th triple-double of his career and his fourth career 50-point game. The Knicks played without two starters. Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) sat out with a sore Achilles' tendon and Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) missed the game with a sore right wrist. They lost another starter at halftime: Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) missed the second half with a sore left knee. He had 7 points in the first half. Anderson added 25 points for the Rockets, who have won four in a row. Brandon Jennings (6'1''-PG-89) had a season-high 32 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight. A 3-pointer by Harden extended Houston's lead to 18 points with about seven minutes left in the third. Jennings then had 9 points during a 15-5 run that trimmed Houston's lead to 88-80 with less than four minutes remaining in the quarter, but Harden made two foul shots - he finished 16-for-18 from the line - to give the Rockets a 99-92 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



Pistons rally past short-handed Heat, 107-98 - by Eurobasket News

When Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy was told pregame how many Miami players were missing because of injuries, he immediately figured that his team would be tested. He was right. Fortunately for him, the Pistons responded. Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, college: Boston Coll.) scored 27 points, Andre Drummond (6'10''-C-93, college: Connecticut) finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds and the Pistons wore down the depleted Heat for a 107-98 victory Sunday night. Miami was without five players, all of whom have started this season - and had more than 70 percent of its payroll unable to play for a variety of reasons. 'When other guys get opportunities to have the ball in their hands, it's a dangerous thing,' Van Gundy said. And it was, for a while. The Heat made their first eight shots and scored 66 points in the first half. But after that sizzling beginning, Miami shot 39 percent the rest of the way and managed only 32 points after halftime. The Heat were without what could have been a starting lineup - Goran Dragic (back), Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (shoulder), Josh McRoberts (foot) and Hassan Whiteside (eye). 'They played better,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, after his team dropped its fifth straight. 'I think to be fair, we probably ran out of gas a little bit. Not as an excuse, but we were playing guys big minutes. … I told the guys there was nothing to be ashamed of in this game.' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93, college: Georgia) scored 23 for Detroit. James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, college: Wake Forest) scored 20 points and Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) had 18 for Miami, which got 14 from Josh Richardson and led by as many as 14. 'We really woke up at halftime,' Drummond said. 'We talked about it. We came out with great intensity.' Miami scored 15 points in the third quarter and zero points in the first 5 minutes of the fourth. Detroit took command with a 27-8 run over a stretch of a little more than 8 minutes. 'I thought we played a lot harder in the second half,' Van Gundy said.
Courtesy of: arizonasports.com




Spurs start new year with 112-114 overtime loss to Hawks - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs (27-7) fell to the Atlanta Hawks (18-16) 114-112 in overtime. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) registered a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) added 22 points, 6 assists and three rebounds. Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led the way for the Hawks with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) exploded for 29 points, and also chased down five rebounds. The first half was a tightly contested battle as both teams battled for a lead. At halftime, the Spurs led 46-44. In the third quarter, San Antonio built a 10-point lead. However, Atlanta quickly closed the lead, and the Silver and Black led 74-69 after three quarters. With the Spurs leading 98-95, a Pau Gasol turnover gave Atlanta the ball with 1:08 remaining in the game. A layup by Millsap pulled the Hawks within one. Leonard would hit two free throws to extend the lead to three with 10.1 seconds left. However, Hardaway Jr. made a tying 3-pointer with only 3.3 seconds remaining on the clock. With a chance to win the game in regulation, Leonard's jumper rolled out, sending the game to overtime. In overtime, Hardaway Jr. scored nine points. The Hawks were unable to hold a 110-104 lead in the period, and a three by Leonard would tie the game at 112. With 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime, Hardaway Jr. made one of two free throws to give the Hawks a 113-112 lead. Millsap corralled the free throw miss before Dennis Schroder also made one of two attempts at the line with 3.9 seconds left. With one last opportunity, Leonard would miss the layup to secure the win. The Spurs face the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 3. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. CT at the AT&T Center.
Courtesy of: news4sanantonio.com



Kyle Lowry scores 41 as Raptors hold off Lakers, 123-114 - by Eurobasket News

Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) relishes any chance to raise his offensive game in the fourth quarter. The Toronto Raptors needed just about every one of his big baskets to hold off the Los Angeles Lakers. Lowry scored 20 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth, and the Raptors stopped a two-game skid with a 123-114 victory Sunday night. He went 5 for 6 and hit three of his six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. With one high-difficulty shot after another, the diminutive guard kept the Raptors on top in the face of the Lakers' persistent rally. "It was my time to go out there and be more aggressive," said Lowry, who finished two points shy of his career high. "If it's taking the extra shot or making more shots or creating more shots, it's just a chance to go out there and play basketball. Playing in the fourth quarter is really fun." Lowry also had nine rebounds and seven assists, while DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 31 points in another big game in his hometown. The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors' two scoring stars got them back in winning form on the fifth stop of their six-game road trip. "He could have had more," DeRozan said of Lowry's fourth-quarter dominance. "The fourth quarter has got to be ours on both ends. We've got to put our mark on it." Toronto got its fourth straight win over the Lakers, sweeping the season series for the second straight year. Nick Young (6'7''-G/F-85, college: USC) hit seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points for the Lakers, who emerged from a miserable December with their 15th loss in 17 games despite a stirring late surge. "That's a good team," Lakers coach Luke Walton said of the Raptors. "They have some All-Star Olympians that really carried the load for them. (Lowry) had it cooking." D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.) hit four of his six 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 28 points in the final period. The Lakers trimmed a 19-point deficit to six, but Lowry and Terrence Ross hit big shots down the stretch to keep Toronto comfortably ahead. "I think the effort is there," Young said. "We're showing it. We have to limit the six-minute breakdowns we go through."
Courtesy of: freep.com





The Pelicans land Donatas Motiejunas - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) tabbed 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) from Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
Among other achievements he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Let's have closer look into Motiejunas' outlook: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
.

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Hurricanes remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Hurricanes will head into the new year on a high note. The Hurricanes took down the Island Storm 94-91 in front of a loud Scotiabank Centre crowd of 1,659. With the win, the defending NBL Canada champions improve to 3-0 on the season to remain in the Atlantic Division's top spot. With just three players returning from last year's squad, Hurricanes head coach Mike Leslie has been impressed with how quickly the team's been able to gel. 'I think we have really intelligent basketball players who know how to play,' he said. 'We make a lot of adjustments and adaptations on the fly and it takes a lot of pressure off me.' The Storm came out physical and the Hurricanes could not match their intensity, leading to a 31-16 first-quarter Storm lead. The Hurricanes began to chip away at the Storm lead in the back half of the second quarter and the Storm would head to the break up 48-44. 'If you go (into the half) down by a lot, you basically have to start from scratch,' said Leslie. 'We dug in, got some stops and put the ball in the bucket a little bit and (the game) loosened up for us.' Leon Gibson (6'9''-C-91, college: Houston) led the way for the Storm with 12 points at the half, while Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona) scored 11 to lead the Hurricanes. Halifax grabbed the lead by the end of the third frame by a single point, 70-69. After edging ahead in the flinal seconds of the third, the Hurricanes rode the momentum in the fourth, scoring another 24 points in the frame to finish off the game. 'It was just a great exhibition of what the NBL is all about,' said Leslie. 'I was thinking as the fourth quarter was winding down: 'The people here should be entertained by the product.'' Antoine Mason (6'1''-G-92, college: Auburn) led the Hurricanes with 20 points in the game. Billy White (16), Mike Poole (15) and Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.) (12) rounded out the Hurricanes' double-digit scorers. Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) scored a game-high 23 points for the Storm. The Hurricanes' next game is Jan. 5 when the Cape Breton Highlanders come to town.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca




Windsor Express fall to London Lightning in New Year's Day clash - by Eurobasket News

Wally Ellenson (6'6''-G-94, college: Marquette) netted 22 points and Maurice Jones chipped in with 19 but it was enough as the Windsor Express on Sunday fell 129-105 to the London Lightning in NBL of Canada action at Budweiser Gardens. Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89) added 14 points for the Express, who moved to 1-2 on the season. The Lightning were led by Julian Boyd (6'7''-F-90, college: LIU Brooklyn), who scored a game-high 26 points in the victory. Former Express forward Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) added 22 points for London. Windsor continues a three-game road trip on Monday afternoon against the Niagara River Lions. Tip-off is 2 p.m.
Courtesy of: windsorstar.com



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Minnesota upsets No. 15 Purdue in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Nate Mason (6'1''-PG-95) made sure it was a very special weekend in Indiana for the Pitino family - son Richard, who is the Minnesota coach, and father Rick, the Louisville coach. Mason contributed 31 points, 11 assists and six rebounds on Sunday, and Minnesota pulled away in overtime for a 91-82 Big Ten victory against No. 15 Purdue in Mackey Arena. On Saturday, Rick Pitino 's No. 6 Cardinals dominated Indiana 77-62 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Rick was in the crowd Sunday to watch his son's team improve to 13-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten after struggling to an 8-23, 2-16 mark last season. Louisville also defeated Purdue 71-64 on Nov. 30 in Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. But Sunday's game was all about Mason, who made 11 of 18 field goal attempts and 7 of 10 free throws. 'It was a big win,' Mason said. 'It means a lot, not only to me but to the young guys. We were just so excited to get the big win. Everybody was locked in, and everybody was focused. The rim got pretty big for me. I just kept shooting, and they just kept falling.' Purdue guard P.J. Thompson (5'10''-PG-96), who spent most the game trying to guard Mason, credited the Golden Gophers' leading scorer, who came in averaging 13.5 points. 'He's a good player,' Thompson said. 'He came out ready to play and had his team ready to play. More than Nate Mason, it was on us. We've got to come out ready to play.' Richard Pitino was thrilled to complete the Pitino family sweep of the Boilermakers and Hoosiers. 'I think this is a great win,' Richard Pitino said. 'I don't know when the last time we won here. We deserved it, but we had to go out there and take it. It was great to play well right away and get our confidence going.'
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Bacon sinks game-winning 3 as FSU hands Virginia a rare home loss - by Rick Ross

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Dwayne Bacon scores 29 points including a crucial 3 in the final seconds to topple 12th-ranked UVA
Just when Virginia thought it had pulled out a nail-biter at home, Florida State's Dwayne Bacon crushed the souls of Cavaliers fans everywhere with a stone-cold 3-pointer with under three seconds left. Here's the insane sequence of the last 10 seconds of the game, which started with a Kyle Guy 3-pointer and ended with the aforementioned Bacon 3 of his own:

Virginia got off a shot from half court which fell just flat, and it gave
Tony Bennett's team a rare loss on its home floor, 60-58. The home loss is so rare, in fact, that the Cavaliers nearly went two full years between losses in ACC play.
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The last time Virginia lost to an ACC opponent was Jan. 31, 2015 to Duke.
Its now 35-2 in the last 37 games of ACC play at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers' pack-line defense in particular makes it nearly impossible to score on them and find any success --
regardless of whether they are playing at home or away. But Florida State did it by shooting 53.3 percent from beyond the arc, despite shooting 12-of-24 from the free-throw line.
It's not breaking news, but the No. 1 scoring defense in the country belongs to Virginia, which holds opponents to an NCAA-low 47.7 points per game. Teams have a difficult time scoring 25 points per half, which is why Florida State's Dwayne Bacon 26-point second-half outburst was such an incredible -- and rare! -- feat.
The Seminoles, who have notched three straight top-20 recruiting classes, seem to have premier talent coming in every season in Tallahassee. However, the results have been mixed given the level of talent.
Saturday's result in ultimately overwhelming the 12th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers was a perfect storm of that talent playing up to its expectations, led by former five-star recruit Dwayne Bacon. It highlights what has been a truly wacky start to ACC play, with the top-4 teams in the conference opening league play at a combined 1-4.



Miami Wins ACC Opener Over NC State - by Carl Berman

Miami, Fl - It was a highly anticipated game heading into the new year. Both teams were on a six game winning streak and wanted to get an opening victory to begin conference play. The Miami Hurricanes came out the gates strong with a 18-10 lead and never looked back defeating the NC State Wolfpack 81-63.

Guards Ja'Quan Newton, Davon Reed (6'6''-G-95) and Bruce Brown led the attack on the perimeter with scoring 21,20, 17 points respectively. The Hurricanes tonight were the aggressive team on both ends of the court. All three guards took turns guarding freshmen phenom Dennis Smith Jr. with all doing a great job by holding Smith to only nine points with seven minutes to play. With the Wolfpack down by 18, Smith got hot scoring 12 points in four minutes to make it 70-59 with 3:06 to go. But in the end NC State couldn't get stops and the Hurricanes ran away with the victory.

Newton was geared and ready going up against the highly talented Smith. Newton was consistently in attack mode ready to create off the dribble. A great addition to his game was his step back jumpshot. A year ago Newton wouldn't have the confidence he does now in shooting off the dribble. Fellow teammate Brown truly shined tonight for the Hurricanes. At 6-5, Brown showed his versatility to shoot the outside shot while also driving to the hoop to dish it off the open man. Brown's active energy and strong upper body makes him one of the more prolific rebounders at the guards position. He ended up with eight rebounds to go along with a team high four assists and 17 points. You could tell tonight that senior Reed is what 'stirs the drink' for the Hurricanes. Although Reed scored 20 points tonight, it was the intangibles that stood out tonight. His tenacity defensively was felt throughout the game as he helped hold wing players Terry Henderson and Torin Dorn both under double figures. Also, Reed showed his leadership throughout the game by calling out plays and being the one to gather the team in the huddle.

On the other hand, NC State did not seem like a unified group tonight. The intensity and effort was not on the same level as Miami. NC State has a couple of great pieces to their team, but they need to have some more leadership rise up. One of the bright spots from tonights action was the play of Abdul-Malik Abu. Abu was very active on the glass tonight and showed promising moves down low. His great footwork and athletic abiiity helped get him open looks near the basket. What needs to improve is his finishes around the hoop. Two things that would help him is if he would use the backboard more as well as be more balanced on his turn around shots.

For 7-0 teammate Omer Yurtseven, his issue was not maintaining position down low. The freshmen from Turkey would be in the right spot but just couldn't maintain balance to get rebounds or finish around the hoop. However, Yurtseven showed some potential by showcasing his nice mid-range jumper over Miami defenders. Fellow freshmen, Smith Jr. showed throughout the game why he is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA draft. His ball on a string dribbling and change of pace speed wasn't seen as much as his team needed. Smith's dynamic one on one play as well as pick and roll action, in a way, hurt his team tonight. The offensive flow was very stagnant when Smith had the ball in his hands and he didn't produce much for the majority of the game. Not to say he shouldn't have the ball in his hands. There just needs to be more ball movement before Smith attacks off the dribble. But this was just the first conference game for freshmen Yurtseven and Smith. NC State is still very young and will only improve.

On January 4th, the Miami Hurricanes play at Syracuse while NC State plays at home against a hot Virginia Tech squad.

This article was written by Preston Guiot ad edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



UNCW Handles Towson On The Road - by Carl Berman

Towson, MD - In a battle of preseason Colonial Athletic Conference picks, #1 UNCW and #2 Towson, the visiting Seahawks prevailed 76-67. UNCW used a big second half to pull away from Towson by scoring 44 points and going 7-of-15 from three. The Seahawks fast paced style of play and pressure defense forced 19 Towson turnovers, including 13 in the first half. UNCW is a guard heavy team that relies heavily on the three point shot and it really spread the Towson defense out. Towson, which is normally a solid defensive minded team, struggled to get stops late in the second half and it led to their demise.

Leading the way for UNCW was senior 6-0 point guard Denzel Ingram (6'0''-PG). Ingram struggled in the first half going just 1-of-8 from the field with just three points. The second half was a different story. Ingram went 5-of-10, including 4-of-7 from three. Ingram showed an ability to make the three off the catch and shoot or just pulling up. He can get hot in a hurry and score in bunches. Ingram is more of a true point guard than a scoring guard. He runs the offense well, and his vision is in full display when he attacks the lane and kicks it out to open shooters. Ingram finished the game with22 points, six assists and two steals.

Another big contributor was 6-7 forward Devontae Cacok. Cacok is a workhorse on both ends. He gives relentless effort in the paint and he is forced to play center due to the Seahawks lack of height. Cacok has a knack for finding soft spots near the basket against the zone. He scored several baskets on wide open layups. Cacok also uses his athleticism and motor to run the floor and beat the opposing team down the court for easy buckets. He also plays solid man to man defense. His versatility allows UNCW to play a full court press using him in the front or the back. Cacok finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

Two other solid contributors for UNCW were 6-2 senior guard Ambrose Mosley and 6-5 sophomore guard C.J. Bryce. Mosley scored all 15 of his points in the second half, going 3-of-6 from three. Bryce tallied eleven points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

To say Towson struggled on offense would be an understatement. The Tigers could not get comfortable on offense and made a lot of simple mistakes, resulting in empty possessions. One player who had a very productive day was 6-5, 235-pound senior forward John Davis. Davis used his size and strength to bully smaller players on the block. He really took advantage of UNCW's lack of height. Without Davis, Towson would have been run off the floor. The crafty lefty finished several and one's and was a factor on the offensive and defensive glass. Davis finished with 18 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, 14 rebounds and three assists.

Towson did not receive as much production as expected out of both preseason all conference picks 6-7, 245-pound senior forward William Adala Moto and 6-5 junior shooting guard Mike Morsell. Moto, a preseason first team selection, only scored six points, on 1-of-10 shooting and had five rebounds in 21 minutes. Morsell chipped in 13 points, but had seven costly simple turnovers, including three travels. Towson did not get as much from their stars as expected and Davis could not do enough to pull them through. From here on out things will get tough for Towson, as their next three conference games are on the road. UNCW will try and continue to show why they are the preseason favorite and defending conference champion. If the play their style of ball they will be tough to beat, using their quick guards to their advantage.

On Monday Towson will play at James Madison and UNCW will be at home against Elon.

This article was written by Greg Walter and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



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NCAA D2 Top 25 Ranking

SSC Standings
 1. Barry (9) 5-1 (7-1) 
 2. Tampa 4-1 (10-1) 
 3. Eckerd 4-1 (8-1) 
 4. Florida Tech 3-2 (8-2) 
 5. Palm Beach Atl. 3-3 (6-5) 
 6. St.Leo 2-3 (6-5) 
 7. Florida Southern 2-3 (4-5) 
 8. Rollins 2-3 (3-5) 
 9. Embry Riddle 2-4 (4-4) 
 10. Lynn 1-3 (4-4) 
 11. Nova SE 1-5 (3-7) 

Regular Season: Round 41

Jan. 3: Glenville St. - Notre Dame, OH 93-97
Jan. 3: Lees-McRae - S.Wesleyan 93-64
Jan. 3: California, PA - Gannon 88-93
Jan. 3: Shepherd - Concord 87-74
Jan. 3: Concordia Irvine - Chaminade 83-88
Jan. 3: Azusa Pacific - Hawaii-Hilo 81-77
Jan. 3: NW Nazarene - Cent.Washington 80-94
Jan. 3: Clarion - Kutztown 80-94
Jan. 3: Cal.Baptist - Hawaii-Pacific 80-70
Jan. 3: E.New Mexico - W.New Mexico 78-71
Jan. 3: Lock Haven - E.Stroudsburg 78-115
Jan. 3: Charleston - Wheeling Jesuit 77-94
Jan. 3: Dixie St. - Fresno Pacific 76-73
Jan. 3: Point Loma - Holy Names 76-69
Jan. 3: Millersville - Shippensburg 75-96
Jan. 3: King - Limestone 75-78
Jan. 3: N.Greenville - Barton, NC 74-76
Jan. 3: Edinboro - Seton Hill 74-104
Jan. 3: Erskine - Pfeiffer 74-104
Jan. 3: W.Virginia Tech - Davis & Elkins 72-84
Jan. 3: Pitt-Johnstown - Indiana, PA 72-77
Jan. 3: Emmanuel, GA - Belm.Abbey 70-68
Jan. 3: Boyce - Oakland City 65-83
Jan. 3: Dominican, CA - Notre Dame Namur 64-58
Jan. 3: Cheyney - Bloomsburg 63-104
Jan. 3: W.Virg.Wesl. - Urbana 61-86
Jan. 3: Malone - Alders.-Broad. 61-75
Jan. 3: Slippery Rock - Mercyhurst 49-46
Jan. 3: Fairmont St. - Virginia-Wise 103-79
Jan. 3: W.Chester - Mansfield, PA 102-106
Jan. 3: W.Liberty St. - W.Virginia St. 100-93

Regular Season: Round 44

Jan. 6: N.Georgia - Armstr.Atlantic
Jan. 6: Mansfield, PA - Cheyney
Jan. 6: Pitt-Johnstown - Edinboro
Jan. 6: Augustana, SD - Minn.St.-Mankato
Jan. 6: Kutztown - Lock Haven
Jan. 6: Northern St. - Mary
Jan. 6: MSU Moorhead - Minot St.
Jan. 6: Minn.-Duluth - Minn.-Crookston
Jan. 6: Adams St. - Colorado Springs
Jan. 6: Colorado St.-Pueblo - S.Dakota Mines
Jan. 6: Chico St. - CS San Bernar.
Jan. 6: Limestone - Mount Olive
Jan. 6: Bloomsburg - Shippensburg
Jan. 6: Seton Hill - Gannon
Jan. 6: Wayne St., NE - Concordia-St.Paul
Jan. 6: California, PA - W.Chester
Jan. 6: Colorado Christian - Westminster, UT
Jan. 6: Fort Lewis - Metro St.
Jan. 6: Indiana, PA - Slippery Rock
Jan. 6: N.Mexico Highlands - Black Hills St.
Jan. 6: Sonoma St. - CS Stanislaus
Jan. 6: Belm.Abbey - King
Jan. 6: S.Wesleyan - Barton, NC
Jan. 6: N.Greenville - Emmanuel, GA
Jan. 6: Upper Iowa - Sioux Falls
Jan. 6: Winona St. - SW Minnesota St.
Jan. 6: Mercyhurst - Clarion
Jan. 6: Chadron St. - Colorado Mesa
Jan. 6: Pfeiffer - Lees-McRae
Jan. 6: E.Stroudsburg - Millersville
Jan. 6: Regis Univ. - Western St.
Jan. 6: St.Cloud St. - Bemidji St.
Jan. 6: Bloomfield - Univ.Sciences
Jan. 6: St.Mary's, TX - St.Edward's



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Ramapo keeps their hot streak win 11th in a row. - by Joan Sanchez

Las Vegas, NV: Thomas Bonacum posted a team high 21 points as the Ramapo College men's basketball team extended their win streak to 11 games with a 77-62 victory over Gustavus Adolphus College today at the 7th Annual D3hoops.com Classic.

The Roadrunners improve to 11-0 overall while the Gusties fall to 2-7 overall. Bonacum led the Roadrunners in the game as he shot 9-12 from the free throw line and 6-13 from the floor. Cory Soanes recorded a double-double, 19 points and ten rebounds including a team high five steals in 27 minutes played off the bench. Patrick Peterson added 11 points and five rebounds while Sultan Aminu posted nine points and five rebounds. Ramapo posted 44 points in the paint and 25 points off of Gustie turnovers. Ramapo shot 44% (25-59) from the floor, 28% (2-7) from the three-point line and 69% (23-33) from the free throw line. The Roadrunners out rebounded the Gusties 43-36 in the game.

Ramapo got on the board first in the game as Josh Ford and Bonacum tallied back-to-back baskets in the first minute of play for a quick 4-0 lead. The Roadrunners would tie the game for the fourth time on a jumper from Soanes 18-18 with just under 11 minutes to play in the half sparking a 10-0 run. The run was capped off by a steal and layup from Soanes putting Ramapo up 26-18 with 7:39 on the clock. The Gusties would cut the lead to three on a three-pointer from Charlie Krambeer before Ramapo took their biggest lead of the half 38-25 with less than two minutes to go as Soanes once again posted a layup. Ramapo went into the locker room up 40-30 and never looked back in the second half. The Gusties could only cut the Ramapo lead to nine four times in the first four minutes of the second half. The Roadrunners biggest lead came with 3:02 left in the game as they led by 21 points when Bonacum grabbed a dish from Nick Stanek for a layup and a 77-56 lead.

Riley Sharbono led the Gusties with 16 points while Benjamin Lies added ten points of his own. The team shot 38% (22-57) from the floor, 25% (6-24) from the three-point line and 63% (12-19) from the free throw line.

The Roadrunners look to extend their win streak when they return to action on January 4th at NJAC rival Rutgers-Camden University for an 8pm game.

Courtesy: Ramapo College Athletics




Coach Bettencourt Gets 50th Career Victory In Endicott's 79-67 Win Over Regis - by Eurobasket News

The Endicott men's basketball team downed the Regis (Mass.) College Pride, 79-67, Friday night inside Twohig Gymnasium as part of the Salem St. Holiday Classic as head coach Kevin Bettencourt earned his 50th career coaching victory in his third season at the helm. A back-and-forth affair early on lent itself to the Pride being up by as much as six with 2:24 remaining in the opening stanza, but the Gulls regained the lead and managed a 33-29 edge at the halftime break. Endicott then built a lead as large as 14 with 11:43 to play before Regis chipped away down the stretch to bring the score within three (58-55 at 6:03), but was unable to overcome the Gulls' second half surge. Freshman guard Keith Brown (6'2''-G) (Pelham, N.H.) scored a career-high 15 points off the bench to lead the Gulls in scoring, as he hit 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com



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Stjarnan tabs Anthony Odunsi - by Eurobasket News

Stjarnan (Dominos League) inked 25-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Anthony Odunsi (193-93kg-92, college: Houston Baptist). He just graduated from Houston Baptist University (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg last season. Odunsi helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-Southland Conference 1st Team and NABC All-District 23 1st Team.
Last year Odunsi was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in fifth round (95th overall).
He just came directly from Houston Baptist University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Odunsi's college team won AEC Tournament in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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RazorSharks take down Chautauqua in New Year's Eve Opener - by Eurobasket News

The Rochester RazorSharks defeated the Chautauqua Hurricane in dominating fashion, 128-75 in their New Year's Eve home opener at the Blue Cross Arena. The game got out to a slow start as Jordan Railey (7'0''-C-92, college: Washington St.) scored the first basket of the game after two minutes of play. The first quarter was a tough battle between the two teams as they stayed within six points of each other over the entire period. Halfway through the first, the Hurricane's Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-F/G-86, college: Siena) scored, giving Chautauqua their first lead of the game. The Sharks came right back as Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Sam Houston St.) and Dele Coker both scored buckets quickly to retake the advantage. After a solid battle throughout the quarter, the RazorSharks held a 27-24 at its conclusion. Rochester came out in the second quarter on fire as they grew their lead to 9 points within two minutes of play. It was all RazorSharks from there on out as the first half ended with a score of 65-37. Within four minutes, Corey Allmond got hot and dropped 10 quick points on two three pointers and two layups to help increase their lead to 38. First year centers Jordan Railey and Dominic Woodson (6'11''-F-94, college: Tennessee) went to work down low for the Sharks and pushed the lead to 98-55 as they headed into the fourth. The fourth was a similar story as the Sharks stayed dominant on both sides of the ball. They outscored the Hurricane 30-19 in the fourth and finished the game with a score of 128-75. James Helton (6'6''-G/F-85, college: W.Virginia St.) and Corey Allmond were the leading scorers for the Sharks with 16 points each. Helton also led the team with 10 rebounds. In his first game with the Sharks, Woodson scored 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Fellow first year center, Jordan Railey contributed 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Sharks play next Saturday at the Providence Sky Chiefs and come back home the following Sunday to host the Washington Warhawks at 5:00PM at the Blue Cross Arena.
Courtesy of: thepbl.com



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Marcus Douthit (ex Blackwater) signs at Hanoi Buffalos - by Eurobasket News

Hanoi Buffalos (VBA) landed experienced 37-year old American (has also Filipino passport) power forward Marcus Douthit (210-113kg-80, college: Providence). played recently at Blackwater in Filipino PBA league. Douthit missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2004 Adirondack Wildcats selected him as fourth overall pick in USBL draft.
Douthit attended Providence College and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in PBA Commissioner's Cup in 2011. Douthit received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Honorable Mention award in 2012 and 2015.
He represented Philippines at the SEA Games in Singapore (Singapore) two years ago. Douthit's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-1 (80.0%), FT: 40.0%.
Douthit is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Douthit has played previously professionally in Belgium, China (Guangzhou), Lebanon, Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye), Venezuela (Marinos), NBA (LA Clippers) and D-League (N.Mexico T.).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Hanoi Buffalos.
Douthit's game is described as: A late blooming inside player, who finally took full advantage of his size and athletic skills. Was yet a well-known intimidator inside, with leaping ability and great timing for shot-blocking and offensive rebounding, in last years he added shooting range and now he can hurt the opponents from the 4 position too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dino Pita (ex Brussels) is a newcomer at Krosno - by Eurobasket News

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Swedish international guard Dino Pita (195-86kg-88). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Pita supposed to play at Basic-Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games he recorded 3.7ppg this season. Pita also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.3ppg. Pita won Swedish Basketligan championship title in 2013 and 2016.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012.
Pita has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Pita represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0apg.
Pita has played also professionally in Austria and Sweden (Sodertalje Kings and Talje Knights).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AZS Koszalin cut Alvin Brown - by Greg

AZS Koszalin (PLK) cut 27-year old American forward Alvin Brown (208-95kg-90, college: USC Aiken). In 8 PLK games he averaged just 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0bpg this season.
He has played previously professionally in D-League (Erie Bay Hawks) and PBL (Buffalo 716ers).
Brown attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rashad Bishop gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese LPB - by Eurobasket News

American Rashad Bishop (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Illiabum and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Illiabum in his team's victory, helping them to crush Maia Basket (#11, 2-11) with 21-point margin 86-65. Illiabum maintains the 6th position in Portuguese LPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Illiabum will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Bishop had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Illiabum's top player in his first season with the team. University of Cincinnati graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bishop is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.5ppg) and averages solid 58.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old former international guard Miguel Minhava (195-G-83) of league's best team Galitos-Barreiro. Minhava impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Galitos-Barreiro cruised to a 73-61 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Sampaense (#12, 1-12). This victory allowed Galitos-Barreiro to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 11 matches. Minhava is one of the most experienced players at Galitos-Barreiro and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Nick Washburn (208-C-91, agency: Duran International) of FC Porto (#3). Washburn scored 14 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Washburn's great performance FC Porto lost 56-69 to #2 ranked Benfica. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing FC Porto needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Washburn has a great season in Portugal. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (6th best). Washburn attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92) of Illiabum - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jaime Silva (187-PG-80) of Ovarense - 27 points and 4 assists
6. Nick Novak (182-PG-90) of Ovarense - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Augusto Sobrinho (188-SG-85) of Illiabum - 19 points and 3 assists
8. Mario Neves (194-F/C-77) of Electrico FC - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) of Maia Basket - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jacques Conceicao (187-PG-89) of Galitos-Barreiro - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Andre Calabote leaves Lusitania - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Andre Calabote (181-93) left S.C. Lusitania EXPERT (LPB). But in three games he averaged just 0.7ppg this season.
The last season Calabote played at HM Hospitales Torrelodones in Spanish EBA where in 16 games he had only 1.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.3apg.
He was a member of Portuguese U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Calabote has played previously professionally in Portugal (CAB Madeira, Sampaense and Sport Lisboa Benfica B) and Spain (Estela).

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Tyrone Johnson agreed terms with Al Shamal - by Eurobasket News

Al Shamal Doha (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Tyrone Johnson (190-88kg-92, college: S.Carolina). He played most recently at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in the U.S., but left the team in Feb.'16. In 23 games he recorded 3.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Johnson has played also professionally in PBL (Grand Rapids C.).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D1 Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 8 most important game was a victory of Al Gharafa over one of their biggest challengers Al Rayyan 88-75 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Rayyan. The game was mostly controlled by Al Gharafa. Al Rayyan managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International swingman Abdulrahman Saad (185-96) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center Marcus Bell (206-90, college: CS Stanislaus) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Al Rayyan. Al Gharafa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader El Jaysh. Defending champion Al Rayyan keeps the third place with two games lost. Al Gharafa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Rayyan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena El Jaysh.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Doha: El Jaysh (#1) and Al Shamal (#7). Al Shamal was defeated at home 88-97 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Dominic James who added 31 points and 6 assists during the contest. Mohamed Haras responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Undefeated El Jaysh (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Al Shamal at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. El Jaysh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Rayyan.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Doha: Al Ahli (#6) and Qatar Sports Club (#4). Al Ahli (3-3) won against visiting Qatar Sports Club (3-3) 81-77. The winners were led by Nemanja Miljkovic who scored that evening 26 points and 6 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds by Quinton Doggett did not help to save the game for Qatar Sports Club. Al Ahli moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Qatar Club and Al Arabi. Al Ahli will meet bottom-ranked Al Khor (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Qatar Sports Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Arabi.
Another interesting game was again a derby match of two teams from Doha: Al Sadd (#8) and Al Arabi (#4). Al Arabi was defeated at home 61-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Moustafa Essam Fouda who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Al Sadd (2-4) moved-up to seventh place. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Al Sadd's next round opponent will be Al Wakrah (#9) on the road. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena Qatar Sports Club.


Al Rayyan - Al Gharafa 75-88

Round 8 most important game was a victory of Al Gharafa over one of their biggest challengers Al Rayyan 88-75 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Rayyan. The game was mostly controlled by Al Gharafa. Al Rayyan managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International swingman Abdulrahman Saad (185-96) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Al Gharafa players scored in double figures. American center Marcus Bell (206-90, college: CS Stanislaus) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Marcel Anderson (183-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.) added 25 points in the effort for Al Rayyan. Al Gharafa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader El Jaysh. Defending champion Al Rayyan keeps the third place with two games lost. Al Gharafa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Rayyan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena El Jaysh.
Top scorers:
Al Rayyan: M.Anderson 25+4reb+1ast, M.Bell 19+11reb+2ast, A.Abdelhaleem 18+5reb+3ast, T.Ngombo 7+10reb+3ast, M.Haracic 4+6reb, O.Nasser Al-Khanji 2+1reb+3ast
Al Gharafa: S.Monroe 28+7reb+5ast, A.Saad 19+7reb+5ast, W.Arnold 18+5reb+4ast, H.Ndoye 13+4reb+1ast, N.Muslic 5+3reb+2ast, M.Abdullah 3+1ast
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Al Shamal - El Jaysh 88-97

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Doha: El Jaysh (#1) and Al Shamal (#7). Al Shamal was defeated at home 88-97 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 26-18 last quarter charge of Al Shamal cut the lead to 97-88 at the end of the game. El Jaysh made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) who added 31 points and 6 assists during the contest. Mohamed Haras responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Tyrone Johnson (190-92, college: S.Carolina) scored 21 points and 5 assists. Four Al Shamal players scored in double figures. El Jaysh (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Al Shamal at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. El Jaysh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Rayyan.
Top scorers:
Al Shamal: M.Haras 31+11reb+2ast, T.Johnson 21+2reb+5ast, A.Kosar 16+4reb, E.Ali Saleh 12+9reb+2ast, F.Avdic 8+5reb+4ast, A.Diop 0
El Jaysh: V.Macklin 35+9reb+3ast, D.James 31+4reb+6ast, M.Mohamed Yousef 10+4reb+3ast, A.Saeed Erfan 8+2reb, F.Hani Abilmoni 7+6reb+7ast, A.Turki Ali 6+5reb
gschID: 522289


Al Ahli - Qatar Club 81-77

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Doha: Al Ahli (#6) and Qatar Sports Club (#4). Al Ahli (3-3) won against visiting Qatar Sports Club (3-3) 81-77. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Al Ahli looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by Serbian power forward Nemanja Miljkovic (204-90) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and international point guard Abdulrahman Al-Muftah (181-94) supported him with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) did not help to save the game for Qatar Sports Club. His fellow American import point guard James Justice (178-89, college: Martin Methodist) added 20 points and 8 assists for the guests. Al Ahli moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Qatar Club and Al Arabi. Al Ahli will meet bottom-ranked Al Khor (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Qatar Sports Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Arabi.
Top scorers:
Qatar Club: Q.Doggett 30+12reb, J.Justice 20+4reb+8ast, A.Jamal 11+2reb+2ast, B.Ba-Suliman 8+2reb+2ast, A.Mahmood Abdallah 6+1reb+1ast, M.Almuhnai 2+3reb
Al Ahli: N.Miljkovic 26+3reb+6ast, A.Al-Muftah 22+3reb+5ast, O.Ahmad 13+4reb, H.Omar 9+5reb+2ast, B.Jereminov 9+8reb+9ast, N.Seydou Elhadj 2+6reb
gschID: 522288


Al Arabi - Al Sadd 61-71

Another interesting game was again a derby match of two teams from Doha: Al Sadd (#8) and Al Arabi (#4). Al Arabi was defeated at home 61-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Al Sadd. Al Arabi was better in fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Al Sadd especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was point guard Moustafa Essam Fouda (174-97) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. American forward AJ West (206-91, college: Nevada) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American power forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Osama Adel added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Al Sadd (2-4) moved-up to seventh place. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Al Sadd's next round opponent will be Al Wakrah (#9) on the road. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena Qatar Sports Club.
Top scorers:
Al Arabi: M.Adako 18+12reb+3ast, O.Adel 15+7reb+2ast, A.Saaka 13+6reb+1ast, G.Momar Talla 7+1reb+3ast, M.Souleye 4+1reb, F.Abu Faisal AlDarwish 3+3ast
Al Sadd: M.Essam Fouda 23+5reb+3ast, A.West 17+13reb+1ast, K.Abdi 16+8reb+3ast, F.Nabil Abuissa 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Mahdi 6+5reb+1ast, O.Saad 0
gschID: 522287





Macklin's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old power forward Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team El Jaysh and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 35 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for El Jaysh in his team's victory, helping them to beat Al Shamal (#8, 2-5) 97-88. It allowed El Jaysh to consolidate first place in the Qatari league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and El Jaysh keeps a perfect 7-0 record. Macklin has many years of experience at El Jaysh, through which he has constantly improved. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Macklin is in league's top in points (8th best: 23.7ppg), rebounds (7th best: 11.6rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 54.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dominic James (180-PG-86). He is American guard in his first season at El Jaysh. In the last game James recorded impressive 31 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course El Jaysh cruised to a 97-88 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Al Shamal (#8, 2-5). Of course El Jaysh still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and El Jaysh managed to win all 7 games keeping a perfect record. James is a newcomer at El Jaysh and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.6ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 5.7apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Quinton Doggett (206-F-90) of Qatar Club (#5). Doggett got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Doggett's great performance Qatar Club lost 77-81 to Al Ahli (3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Qatar Club needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Doggett has a great season in Qatar. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.3ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 14.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mohamed Haras) of Al Shamal - 31 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nemanja Miljkovic (204-C/F-90) of Al Ahli - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. AJ West (206-F-91) of Al Sadd - 17 points and 13 rebounds
7. Marcus Bell (206-C-90) of Al Rayyan - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Abdulrahman Al-Muftah (181-PG-94) of Al Ahli - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Al Gharafa - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Moustafa Essam Fouda (174-PG-97) of Al Sadd - 23 points, 5 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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  ROMANIA  


Bojovic number one in Romania for round 14 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Swingman Milos Bojovic (198-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports) had a great game in the last round for Phoenix Galati, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, five rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Olimpic (#11, 1-12) with 45-point margin 102-57. Phoenix Galati is placed at 8th position in Romanian Liga Nationala. Phoenix Galati is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. It's Bojovic's second year at Phoenix Galati and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Milos Bojovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 62.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old Ghanian Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Targu Mures. Mohammed had a very good evening with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Targu Mures to another comfortable win 104-89 over the higher-ranked UBT Cluj Napoca (#2, 10-2) being unquestionably team leader. Targu Mures' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mohammed is well-known at Targu Mures and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Darius Hargrove (195-G-82) of Craiova (#9). Hargrove got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Hargrove's great performance Craiova lost 77-83 to slightly higher-ranked BC Timisoara (#7, 7-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Craiova not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hargrove could try to bring Craiova's a little bit higher in the standings. Hargrove has individually a great season in Romania. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Rambo (183-PG-91) of BC Timisoara - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Goran Martinic (187-PG-87) of Targu Mures - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
6. Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88) of Pitesti - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Goran Gajovic (199-SF-88) of Targu Mures - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vincent Hunter (209-C/F-84) of Pitesti - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Adrian Gutoaia (197-C-90) of Phoenix Galati - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Drew Brandon (193-G-92) of Phoenix Galati - 14 points and 6 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)



BC Timisoara waived Otasevic - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) waived experienced 35-year old Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82, agency: BeoBasket). In 13 Liga Nationala games he recorded 5.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg this season.
The last season Otasevic played at Sloboda in Serbian 2MLS where in 13 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 2.5spg.
Among other achievements his team won Macedonian Cup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Otasevic received also Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Imports Team award back in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Otasevic has played also professionally in Poland (Anwil), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Metalac, Zdravlje, Vrsac and Konstantin), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje) and Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Semen Shashkov (ex Un.Olimpija) signs at Irkut - by Eurobasket News

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) landed 28-year old Russian forward Semen Shashkov (205-97kg-89). He supposed to play at Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left the team in Dec.'16. Shashkov managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). But in four Liga Nova KBM games he averaged just 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg. Shashkov also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had only 2.3ppg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in ABA League where he recorded only 1.0ppg. The last season Shashkov played at Lastovka (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 26 games he got 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
Among other achievements Shashkov won Russian Superleague championship title in 2012 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2011 and 2012.
Shashkov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 1.3rpg.
Shashkov has played previously for five other Russia teams: CSKA Moscow, Avtodor, BC Nizhny Novgorod, CSKA Moscow 2nd team and Ural Ekaterinburg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Keith Langford named European Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the European MVP for December. The experienced guard led UNICS Kazan to 5-2 record in Euroleague and VTB League and finished the month with averages of 24.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.4 bpg while shooting solid 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 78.7%. In his last game of the year he registered 27 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 38 RNK in a big win over Panathinaikos.

Second best performer of December was Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) of Fenerbahce. American big man finished the month with 12.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.3 bpg. His team managed to won 5 out of 9 games in this period. He played his best game on Dec.23 when Turks defeated CSKA Moscow on the road 95-79. Udoh registered double double of 17 points and 11 rebounds and added 5 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals (33 RNK points).

Third best performer of the month was Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) of Olympiacos. In 10 games he averaged 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 71.1%, 3PT: 48.6%, FT: 89.3%. Olympiacos lost only one game against Brose Basket in Euroleague.



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  SAINT KITTS  


Kittitian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Clayton Powell
Powell
Ansel Revan
Revan
Nashorn Maynard
Maynard
Naren Maynard
Maynard
Javal Hodge
Hodge
#e#5
1Taslin Hodge

2Javal Hodge 180-G-88 Exodus Saint Kitts
3Clayton Powell 180-G Uprisers Saint Kitts
5Steven Powell 188-G Texas-PB USA
6Ansel Revan 186-G-83 Hitters Saint Kitts
7Chavez Belboda

8Tomboro Caines

9Demaine Rawlins

11Troy Wattley 196-F Ghetto Roots Saint Kitts
12Graeme Browne
Fig Tree Saint Kitts
13Nashorn Maynard 196-F-86 Z*Dublin USA
15Naren Maynard 198-F-83 Great Falls USA


G Philip Head Coach



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Saudi Arabian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Nassir Abojalas
Abojalas
Mohammed AlMarwani
AlMarwani
Marzouq Almuwallad
Almuwallad
Fahad Belal
Belal
Mathna Almarwani
Almarwani
#e#5
3Nassir Abojalas 194-F-94 Uhud Saudi Arabia
4Mohammed AlMarwani 206-C-89 Al Ittihad Saudi Arabia
5Marzouq Almuwallad 180-PG-92 Al Ansar Saudi Arabia
6Mohammed AlSager 179-PG-85 Al Fateh Saudi Arabia
8Fahad Belal 181-PG-91 Uhud Saudi Arabia
10Osama Albargawi

12Mohammed Alsuwallem
Al Hilal Saudi Arabia
13Ahmed Almukhtar 191-F-93 Uhud Saudi Arabia
20Naif Al Thalabi 203-C-96
23Mathna Almarwani 184-C-92
35Ali Shubayli
Al Ahli Jeddah Saudi Arabia
55Hani Almohammed 202-C-89 Al Hilal Saudi Arabia


Mensur Bajramovic Head Coach

Yousef Alosaimi Assistant



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Guadalajara lands Pape Sow - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Lujisa Guadalajara Basket tabbed 24-year old Senegalese power forward Pape Sow (205-93). He started to play at Hispagan UPB Gandia, the newcomer in LEB Silver, but left the team in Nov.'16. LEB Silver was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 2.5rpg this season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Sow played at Moron (LEB Silver). In 29 games he had 5.5ppg and 4.9rpg.
He won Spanish EBA Final Stage 3 championship title in 2015.
Sow has played previously for five other teams: Sevilla, Barca II, Fontedoso Carrefour, Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia and Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BC Timisoara waived Otasevic - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) waived experienced 35-year old Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82, agency: BeoBasket). In 13 Liga Nationala games he recorded 5.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg this season.
The last season Otasevic played at Sloboda in Serbian 2MLS where in 13 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 2.5spg.
Among other achievements his team won Macedonian Cup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Otasevic received also Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Imports Team award back in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Otasevic has played also professionally in Poland (Anwil), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Metalac, Zdravlje, Vrsac and Konstantin), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje) and Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marinovic is back at Borac - by Eurobasket News

KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (KLS) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-82kg-83). It is actually his comeback to Cacak as he has played here before. Marinovic started the season at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 12 games he had 11.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.8apg this season. The last season Marinovic played at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala) where in 40 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Marinovic also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.8apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Marinovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Bosman Player of the Year back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Marinovic has played also professionally in Germany, Russia (Krasnie Krilya and Enisey), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Spain (Girona FC and Menorca), Bulgaria (Levski) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Deon Thompson officially joins Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda have finalised the deal with Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina). The forward has arrived into Belgrade today. Deon Thompson started the season in Galatasaray. He tallied 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in BSL. In EuroLeague his stats read 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Previously Deon Thompson had stints in Germany, Israel, China, Slovenia, Greece. He was named All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year back in 2013.




Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda thump Zadar in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 113:65

Crvena Zvezda earned the 16th straight win in the Adriatic League season. They stormed past Zadar in Belgrade. Nate Wolters (193-PG-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Crvena Zvezda silenced the visitors in the first ten minutes. The hosts went on a massive 30:11 run in the opening quarter. The Serbian team dropped 37 points in the second term to gain a massive 67:27 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda boosted the lead at 56-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) tossed in 16 points, while Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points for Crvena Zvezda. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) answered with 20 points for Zadar. Boris Barac (205-F-92) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Nate Wolters 17, Luka Mitrovic 16, Marko Simonovic 15
Zadar: Ivan Marinkovic 20, Boris Barac 13




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  SLOVAKIA  


Radenko Pilcevic gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian SBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kosice and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 30-year old guard got a double-double of 20 points and fifteen assists, while his team crushed Levice (#4, 14-5) with 16-point margin 96-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kosice maintains the 2nd position in Slovakian SBL. They are still close to the very top. Kosice would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-3 record. In the team's last game Pilcevic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Kosice's top player in his first season with the team. Pilcevic has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 7.4apg. Pilcevic is in league's top in and averages solid 49.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old Serbian point guard Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83, agency: 011 Sports) of Handlova. Milosevic impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Handlova to another comfortable win 92-78 over slightly lower-ranked Lucenec (#8, 7-11) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Handlova to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Milosevic is a newcomer at Handlova 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 Slovenian Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89, agency: 011 Sports) of Rieker KN (#6). Bilic scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Rieker KN, leading his team to a 84-74 win against the lower-ranked Karlovka (#9, 5-15). Rieker KN needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Bilic has a great season in Slovakia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Phil Henry (203-PF-91) of Nova Ves - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Filip Pejovic (198-F-89) of Nitra - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. Andre Jones (191-G-90) of Prievidza - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) of Inter Bratislava - 22 points and 5 assists
8. Garrick Sims (203-C-91) of Lucenec - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michal Batka (204-C-87) of Kosice - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Boris Bojanovsky (217-C-93) of Rieker KN - 14 points and 4 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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  SOUTH KOREA  


KBL Round 22: SK Knights defeat Goyang Orions in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 22 in the KBL took place in Daegu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of much higher ranked Goyang Orions (17-8) to ninth ranked SK Knights (9-16) 77-74 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Goyang Orions. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SK Knights made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. SK Knights outrebounded Goyang Orions 40-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) chipped in 18 points and 12 assists during the contest. SK Knights' coach Hee-Chul Chun used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-Dominican guard O'Darien Bassett (189-86, college: Troy) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. SK Knights moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KCC Egis. Defending champion Goyang Orions dropped to the third position with eight games lost. SK Knights is looking forward to face KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round. Goyang Orions will play on the road against Dongbu Promy (#4) in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Ulsan. Eighth ranked KCC Egis (9-16) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-13) 65-62 on Saturday evening. American forward Eric Wise (198-90, college: USC) notched 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Leo Lyons supported him with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Even 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international power forward Ji-Hoon Ham (198-84) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. Mobis Phoebus' coach Jae-Hak Yoo tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-16 record, which they share with SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus at the other side keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with ET Land. KCC Egis will play against higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against LG Sakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Anyang. Second ranked host Anyang KGC (18-7) defeated 4th ranked Dongbu Promy (15-11) 98-85. David Simon fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Rodrique Benson produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Dongbu Promy's coach Sei Bum Lee let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anyang KGC maintains second position with 18-7 record behind leader Samsung Th. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet Goyang Orions (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dongbu Promy will play against Goyang Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against fourth-ranked Dongbu Promy in Wonju 82-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Leon Williams who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT maintains tenth position with 5-21 record. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round. Dongbu Promy will play at home against Goyang Orions (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
KBL top team - Samsung Thunders (19-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked KCC Egis (9-16) in Jeonju 89-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KCC Egis. Ricardo Ratliffe had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Samsung Thunders have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-6 record. Loser KCC Egis keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Samsung Thunders will face ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round. KCC Egis will play at home against ET Land Elephants and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Mobis Phoebus lost to Anyang KGC on the opponent's court 63-74. ET Land managed to outperform LG Sakers in a home game 87-75. Bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT were rolled over Samsung Th. on the road 102-82.


KCC Egis - Samsung Th. 74-89

KBL top team - Samsung Thunders (19-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked KCC Egis (9-16) in Jeonju 89-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The game was mostly controlled by Samsung Thunders. KCC Egis was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Samsung Thunders shot 63.8 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Gregory Stevenson (197-78, college: Richmond) chipped in 18 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Eric Wise (198-90, college: USC) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Hyun-Min Lee (177-83) scored 9 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Samsung Thunders have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-6 record. Loser KCC Egis keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Samsung Thunders will face ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round. KCC Egis will play at home against ET Land Elephants and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: R.Ratliffe 26+13reb+4ast, G.Stevenson 18+4reb+2ast, J.Kim 18+4reb, T.Kim 8+6ast, M.Craig 6+5reb+6ast, K.Ngi 6+1reb+5ast
KCC Egis: E.Wise 18+5reb+5ast, S.Choi 12+1reb+1ast, L.Lyons 9+4reb+1ast, H.Lee 9+4reb+3ast, K.Song 8+2reb, J.Kim 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 510001


Anyang KGC - Mobis Phoebus 74-63

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-13) were defeated on the road by second ranked Anyang KGC (18-7) 74-63 on Sunday. Mobis Phoebus were trailing by 18 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 24-10 charge of Anyang KGC, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) scored 30 points and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) chipped in 10 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Mobis Phoebus' coach Jae-Hak Yoo gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anyang KGC maintains second position with 18-7 record behind leader Samsung Th. Loser Mobis Phoebus keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Anyang KGC will face Goyang Orions (#3) in Daegu in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against LG Sakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 30+4reb+2ast, K.Sykes 11+1reb+2ast, S.Oh 10+13reb+9ast, J.Lee 10+5reb+5ast, S.Hyen Jeon 7+2reb, G.Kim 6+2reb+6ast
Mobis Phoebus: N.Miller 20+6reb+5ast, C.Rhodes 19+7reb+2ast, C.Song 13+4reb+3ast, J.Kim 4+2reb, K.Gwang-cheon 3+1reb, J.Yang 2+5reb+2ast
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Dongbu Promy - Sonic Boom KT 74-82

Bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against fourth-ranked Dongbu Promy in Wonju 82-74. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-16 Dongbu Promy's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Woo-Ram Kim (184-88) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) added 19 points in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT maintains tenth position with 5-21 record. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round. Dongbu Promy will play at home against Goyang Orions (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: L.Williams 17+14reb, W.Kim 16+3reb+5ast, J.Lee 15+3reb+4ast, S.Park 13+6reb+3ast, M.Bouldin 8+4reb+2ast, H.Kim 6+2reb
Dongbu Promy: W.McKines 19+4reb+1ast, R.Benson 15+13reb+2ast, U.Heo 12+4reb+1ast, C.Kim 11+3reb+2ast, J.Park 6+2reb+5ast, J.Lee 6+3reb
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ET Land - LG Sakers 87-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked ET Land Elephants' (12-13) home victory over 7th ranked LG Sakers (10-15) 87-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international guard Chan-Hee Park (190-87) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St.) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. At the losing side Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Mario Little (198-87, college: Kansas) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. LG Sakers' coach Gang-Yang Taek gave the chance to play for twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ET Land Elephants moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus. LG Sakers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round. LG Sakers will play on the road against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ET Land: H.Geun Jeong 18+7reb+1ast, S.Kang 17+2reb+1ast, I.Aska 16+11reb, B.Chung 14+3reb+5ast, V.Cuthbert 13+6reb+3ast, C.Park 9+8reb+12ast
LG Sakers: J.Mays 25+7reb, M.Little 14+5reb+2ast, J.Kim 10+7reb+1ast, Y.Kim 9+1reb+2ast, S.Ki 5+1ast, C.Young Jung 4+3ast
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Goyang Orions - SK Knights 74-77

The most exciting game of round 22 in the KBL took place in Daegu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of much higher ranked Goyang Orions (17-8) to ninth ranked SK Knights (9-16) 77-74 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Goyang Orions. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SK Knights made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. SK Knights outrebounded Goyang Orions 40-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) chipped in 18 points and 12 assists during the contest. SK Knights' coach Hee-Chul Chun used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-Dominican guard O'Darien Bassett (189-86, college: Troy) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Dong-Wook Kim (194-81) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Four SK Knights and five Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. SK Knights moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KCC Egis. Defending champion Goyang Orions dropped to the third position with eight games lost. SK Knights is looking forward to face KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round. Goyang Orions will play on the road against Dongbu Promy (#4) in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: S.Kim 18+3reb+12ast, J.Singleton 18+17reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 15+4reb, W.Choi 13+8reb+1ast, T.White 9+2reb+2ast, W.Kim 4+1ast
Goyang Orions: S.Lee 15+5reb+1ast, J.Johnson 14+2reb+1ast, O.Bassett 14+7reb+5ast, D.Kim 12+4reb+6ast, T.Moon 11+4reb+2ast, I.Heo 6+1ast
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Mobis Phoebus - KCC Egis 62-65

Important game to mention about took place in Ulsan. Eighth ranked KCC Egis (9-16) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-13) 65-62 on Saturday evening. Mobis Phoebus were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. KCC Egis dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mobis Phoebus' 32. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Eric Wise (198-90, college: USC) notched 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) supported him with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Even 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international power forward Ji-Hoon Ham (198-84) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. The former international forward Jun-Beom Yang (195-91) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Mobis Phoebus' coach Jae-Hak Yoo tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-16 record, which they share with SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus at the other side keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with ET Land. KCC Egis will play against higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against LG Sakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: E.Wise 24+9reb+4ast, L.Lyons 18+9reb+3ast, K.Song 13+8reb+4ast, J.Kim 4+1reb+1ast, S.Choi 4+8reb, H.Lee 2+3reb+8ast
Mobis Phoebus: C.Rhodes 14+7reb, J.Yang 14+7reb+1ast, J.Ham 12+8reb+6ast, D.Kim 6+1reb, J.Kim 5, N.Miller 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 509996


Samsung Th. - Sonic Boom KT 102-82

Not a big story in a game in Seoul where 10th ranked Sonic Boom KT (5-21) was rolled over by first ranked Samsung Thunders (19-6) 102-82 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Samsung Thunders. Sonic Boom KT was better in fourth quarter 36-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Samsung Thunders shot 62.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Samsung Thunders especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American swingman Michael Craig (196-91, college: S.Mississippi) had a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) chipped in 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side international point guard Jae-Do Lee (180-91) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Samsung Thunders have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-6 record. Sonic Boom KT lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Samsung Thunders will face ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: M.Craig 22+10reb+10ast, R.Ratliffe 22+16reb+4ast, K.Ngi 19+3reb+3ast, G.Stevenson 13+2reb+1ast, Y.Choi 8, K.Bum 8+1reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: J.Lee 18+4reb+6ast, L.Williams 15+10reb+2ast, M.Bouldin 15+6reb+3ast, B.Ji-hun 10+1reb+4ast, B.Ho 8+2reb+2ast, J.Kim 6+3ast
gschID: 509995


Anyang KGC - Dongbu Promy 98-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Anyang. Second ranked host Anyang KGC (18-7) defeated 4th ranked Dongbu Promy (15-11) 98-85. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-85. It was a great shooting night for Anyang KGC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Dongbu Promy's players. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Anyang KGC and four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy's coach Sei Bum Lee let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anyang KGC maintains second position with 18-7 record behind leader Samsung Th. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet Goyang Orions (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dongbu Promy will play against Goyang Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 21+14reb+3ast, S.Oh 20+12reb+6ast, J.Lee 15+2reb+8ast, S.Hyen Jeon 14+1ast, K.Sykes 14+2reb+6ast, C.Lee 7+1reb+1ast
Dongbu Promy: W.McKines 21+6reb+2ast, J.Kim 17+2reb+1ast, S.Choi 17+2reb+3ast, R.Benson 16+14reb+3ast, C.Kim 8+1reb+1ast, U.Heo 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 509994





South Korean KBL round 22 best performance: Ricardo Ratliffe - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Samsung Th., receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat KCC Egis (#9, 9-16) 89-74. It allowed Samsung Th. to consolidate first place in the South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Samsung Th. has a very solid 19-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Ratliffe turned to be Samsung Th.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Ratliffe is in league's top in points (6th best: 23.0ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.2rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 68.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old former international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of league's second-best Anyang KGC. Oh had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Anyang KGC to another comfortable win 98-85 over slightly lower-ranked Dongbu Promy (#4, 15-11) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Anyang KGC consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 18-7 record is not bad at all. Oh is one of the most experienced players at Anyang KGC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Samsung Th.'s star - American swingman Michael Craig (196-G/F-91). Craig showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, ten rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Samsung Th., helping his team with a 102-82 easy win against the lower-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#10, 5-21). Samsung Th. confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. Craig has a great season in South Korea. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Wise (198-F-90) of KCC Egis - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. David Simon (208-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. David Simon (208-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Leon Williams (203-C/F-86) of Sonic Boom KT - 17 points and 14 rebounds
9. Nate Miller (193-G-87) of Mobis Phoebus - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Spanish LEB Gold round 17 best performance: Pep Ortega - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Pep Ortega (201-PF-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Prat, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Araberri (#7, 10-7) 106-100. Prat maintains the 14th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Prat 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 7-10 record. In the team's last game Ortega had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Prat's top player in his first season with the team. Pep Ortega has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.8ppg) and averages impressive 59.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Zaid Hearst (193-G) of Araberri. Hearst had a very good evening with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Araberri lost that game 100-106 to the lower-ranked Prat (#14, 7-10). Araberri managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hearst is a newcomer at Araberri, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#1). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Tim Derksen (191-G-94) of Marin (#17). Derksen scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Derksen's great performance Marin lost 64-83 to the higher-ranked Gipuzkoa GBC (#3, 12-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Marin can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Derksen he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Derksen has individually a great season in Spain. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Urko Otegui (203-F/C-81) of Palencia - 18 points and 9 rebounds
5. Roger Fornas (202-F/C-82) of Palma - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Oliver Arteaga (208-C-83) of Melilla - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Xavier Forcada (194-G-88) of Prat - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Jose Salvador Arco (196-G-84) of Breogan - 18 points and 5 assists
9. Alejandro Lopez (189-G-91) of Burgos - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mirza Bulic (207-SF-92) of Huesca - 15 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)



Davis' 30-point game gives him LEB Silver Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Kris Davis (188-G-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Albacete and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Albacete in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Zamorano (#16, 4-11) 92-91. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Albacete maintains the 13th position in Spanish LEB Silver. Albacete is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Albacete's top player in his first season with the team. Kris Davis averages this season 15.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Ferran Torres (201-C-88) of Tarragona. He is a center in his 7th season at Tarragona. In the last game Torres recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Tarragona lost that game 71-89 to the higher-ranked Lucentum (#2, 11-4). This loss caused Tarragona to drop to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Torres is one of the most experienced players at Tarragona and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Rares Uta (211-C/F-97) of league's leader Granada. Uta scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Granada, leading his team to a 88-76 win against the lower-ranked Valladolid (#5, 9-6). Granada confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Uta has a very solid season. In 15 games in Spain he scored 6.1ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 55.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87) of Zamorano - 30 points and 2 assists
5. Chris Hansen (193-G-93) of Zamorano - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Jose Medina (185-PG-93) of Agustinos-Leclerc - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Miguel Martinez (183-PG-95) of Gandia - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Adrian Bowie (189-G-89) of Granada - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Carlos Noguerol (186-PG-93) of Avila - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Carlos Cobos (193-G-88) of Granada - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Guadalajara adds Dunston to their roster - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Lujisa Guadalajara Basket added to their roster 23-year old American power forward CJ Dunston (196-94, college: Lancaster Bible) from Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda. In only one EBA game in Spain he recorded just 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block this season.
The previous (14-15) season Dunston played at another team Chargers in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA3 where in 31 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.6apg, 2.0spg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to win the NCCAA D2 title (twice) (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he NCCAA D2 All-Tournament MVP and voted to 1st Team All-America.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dunston was voted All-NEAC Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Dunston graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Manresa welcomes back Rey - by Eurobasket News

ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) landed 30-year old former international center Xavier Rey (210-87). It is actually his comeback to La ICL Manresa as he has played here before. Rey started the season at Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa). In 9 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 4.6rpg this season. Rey also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg.
The most of last season Rey spent at Movistar Estudiantes. In 24 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.3ppg and 3.8rpg. The other team Rey played shortly was CB Canarias. In 5 Liga Endesa games he got 9.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg.
Rey has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2013.
Rey was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He played for Spanish Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Rey represented Spain at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 11 games: 3.5ppg, 3.0rpg.
Rey has played previously for six other teams: FC Barcelona, Sevilla, Barca II, Gran Canaria, Cornella and Cantabria.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A strong bodied big man, who is dominant inside at junior level. He doesn' t leap so much, but has a good timing for the rebounds and the shot-bocking, and his good passing skills make him a sure promise at 5 position. Needs to become less foul-prone and to improve his foot quickness.
Outlook (2007):
Xavier is a powerful center from the Spanish school of basketball that can do a little bit of everything. He was the top scorer of his team in the last European championship but in the final against Serbia couldn't help his team as he was extremely bad with 4/15 two's was far and away from his good self of the previous - easier- games. Xavier had an average of 15.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg and 2.1bpg in less
than32 minutes per game. Xavier has fantastic leaping abilities and has developed a nice shot from around the key that is nearly unblockable. Has great sense in the court and in the air is nearly unbeatable, during the eight games of the European championship U20 he was leading in the block shots while he was third in the total rebounds. Xavier has also very good percentage from the charity line as he has around 80% which is very good for a center! Xavier is an NBA material if he follows the college route can lead him all the way to the magical world of NBA otherwise he can have a very good career in the European courts with Barca or any other team
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Reyes leaves CB Clavijo - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Alejandro Reyes (197-93) left Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold). Reyes has played there for the last three years. In 9 LEB Gold games he averaged just 2.7ppg this season. He played there also last season where in 26 LEB Gold games he had only 2.3ppg.
Among other achievements Reyes was selected to Eurobasket.com All- EBA Honorable Mention in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Leche Rio Breogan and Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Guadalajara lands Pape Sow - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Lujisa Guadalajara Basket tabbed 24-year old Senegalese power forward Pape Sow (205-93). He started to play at Hispagan UPB Gandia, the newcomer in LEB Silver, but left the team in Nov.'16. LEB Silver was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 2.5rpg this season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Sow played at Moron (LEB Silver). In 29 games he had 5.5ppg and 4.9rpg.
He won Spanish EBA Final Stage 3 championship title in 2015.
Sow has played previously for five other teams: Sevilla, Barca II, Fontedoso Carrefour, Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia and Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team.

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Jerome Seagears signs at Boras - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket (Basketligan) landed 25-year old American guard Jerome Seagears (185-82kg-92, college: UNLV). He spent pre-season at Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in the U.S.
Last year Seagears was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in third round (59th overall).
The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas staris in his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Diamond__Sports)

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Dino Pita (ex Brussels) is a newcomer at Krosno - by Eurobasket News

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Swedish international guard Dino Pita (195-86kg-88). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Pita supposed to play at Basic-Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games he recorded 3.7ppg this season. Pita also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.3ppg. Pita won Swedish Basketligan championship title in 2013 and 2016.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012.
Pita has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Pita represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0apg.
Pita has played also professionally in Austria and Sweden (Sodertalje Kings and Talje Knights).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

29-year old forward Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team BC Lulea and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Jamtland (#6, 7-8) with 17-point margin 92-75. It allowed BC Lulea to consolidate first place in the Swedish league. BC Lulea have a solid 13-3 record. In the team's last game Anzuluni had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be BC Lulea's top player in his first season with the team. Houghton College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Anzuluni is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 60.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dartaye Ruffin (205-C-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) of Nassjo. He is American center in his 3rd season at Nassjo. In the last game Ruffin recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led Nassjo to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Uppsala (#5, 8-7) 86-60. Nassjo's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Ruffin is one of the most experienced players at Nassjo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Christian Maraker (207-PF-82) of Boras (#3). Maraker scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Boras, leading his team to a 77-49 easy win against the lower-ranked Malbas (#9, 1-14). Boras 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. Maraker has a very solid season. In 9 games in Sweden he scored 8.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Sodertalje - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Fredrik Andersson (202-G/F-93) of Boras - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jabril Durham (185-G-94) of Jamtland - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Simon Gunnarsson (198-F-95) of Boras - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jonathan Peleg (191-G-94) of Nassjo - 21 points and 2 rebounds
9. Adam Ronnqvist (181-PG-90) of BC Lulea - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89) of Sodertalje - 9 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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Davis number one in Taiwan for round 15 - by Eurobasket News

American Center Bryan Davis (206-C-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Taiwan Beer, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Yulon Luxgen (#3, 12-7) 80-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Taiwan Beer maintains the 4th position in Taiwanese SBL. Taiwan Beer 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 10-9 record. Davis turned to be Taiwan Beer's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas A&M University star has very solid stats this year. Davis is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 13.2rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 2.8spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) of KKL. Phelps had a very good evening with a triple-double of 26 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Of course he led KKL to another comfortable win 89-70 over the higher-ranked Dacin Tigers (#2, 13-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed KKL to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 6th position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories KKL managed to get this year. Phelps is a newcomer at KKL, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.2ppg (#1). He also registered 16.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Indian center Sim Bhullar (226-C-92) of league's second-best Dacin Tigers. Bhullar scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Dacin Tigers, leading his team to a 78-66 win against the lower-ranked Pauian (#5, 8-11). Dacin Tigers needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Bhullar has a great season in Taiwan. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 14.5rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 64.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Pauian - 20 points and 16 rebounds
5. Cheng-Ju Lu (194-F-86) of Yulon Luxgen - 28 points and 9 rebounds
6. Sim Bhullar (226-C-92) of Dacin Tigers - 15 points and 17 rebounds
7. Yi-Xiang Zhou (191-G-91) of Dacin Tigers - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Wen-Cheng Tsai (190-G/F-85) of Fubon Braves - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Wei-Ju Chien (185-G/F-92) of KKL - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Luke Nevill (218-C-86) of Bank of Taiwan - 18 points, 10 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)



SBL Round 16: Dacin Tigers beat Yulon Luxgen in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was when second ranked Second ranked Dacin Tigers faced 3rd ranked Yulon Luxgen. Dacin Tigers (14-6) defeated Yulon Luxgen (12-8) 81-66. Indian-Canadian center Sim Bhullar (226-92, college: N.Mexico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Yi-Xiang Zhou (191-91) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, college: Rutgers) produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dacin Tigers keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fubon Braves. Yulon Luxgen at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Dacin Tigers is looking forward to face Bank of Taiwan (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Yulon Luxgen will play against KKL and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Fubon Braves delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked KKL (5-14) 70-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian center Liam McMorrow (218-87, college: Tenn Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. Wen-Cheng Tsai contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eugene Phelps (198-90, college: Long Beach St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 24 rebounds for KKL. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fubon Braves maintains first position with 14-6 record, which they share with Dacin Tigers. KKL at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Bank of Taiwan. Fubon Braves will play against Pauian (#5) in the next round. KKL will play against Yulon Luxgen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Taiwan Beer (10-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Pauian (8-11). Pauian did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-76 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Quincy Davis who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). At the losing side Bryan Davis responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pauian maintains fifth position with 8-11 record. Defending champion Taiwan Beer keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Pauian will meet league's leader Fubon Braves in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Taiwan Beer will play against KKL and hope to secure a win.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Yulon Luxgen (12-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Bank of Taiwan (5-14). Yulon Luxgen defeated Bank of Taiwan 86-76. The winners were led by Shih-Yuan Chou who scored that evening 25 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Yulon Luxgen maintains third position with 12-8 record having just two points less than leader Fubon Braves. Bank of Taiwan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Yulon Luxgen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KKL (#7). Bank of Taiwan will play against the league's second-placed Dacin Tigers and hope to win that game.


Yulon Luxgen - Dacin Tigers 66-81

An exciting game was when second ranked Second ranked Dacin Tigers faced 3rd ranked Yulon Luxgen. Dacin Tigers (14-6) defeated Yulon Luxgen (12-8) 81-66. Indian-Canadian center Sim Bhullar (226-92, college: N.Mexico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Yi-Xiang Zhou (191-91) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, college: Rutgers) produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Shih-Yuan Chou (188-83) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dacin Tigers keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fubon Braves. Yulon Luxgen at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Dacin Tigers is looking forward to face Bank of Taiwan (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Yulon Luxgen will play against KKL and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Yulon Luxgen: H.Lamizana 23+9reb+3ast, S.Chou 16+5reb+2ast, C.Lu 11+5reb, C.Ke 5+2reb+3ast, P.Chou 4+6reb+1ast, Y.Wu 3
Dacin Tigers: S.Bhullar 20+18reb+1ast, Y.Zhou 17+7reb+6ast, C.Chang 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Lin 9+1ast, Y.Shih 8+7reb, K.Lin 8+2ast
gschID: 520816


KKL - Fubon Braves 62-70

Leader Fubon Braves delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked KKL (5-14) 70-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian center Liam McMorrow (218-87, college: Tenn Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. The former international swingman Wen-Cheng Tsai (190-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eugene Phelps (198-90, college: Long Beach St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 24 rebounds and guard Li-Jen Lin (185-90) added 10 points in the effort for KKL. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fubon Braves maintains first position with 14-6 record, which they share with Dacin Tigers. KKL at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Bank of Taiwan. Fubon Braves will play against Pauian (#5) in the next round. KKL will play against Yulon Luxgen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KKL: E.Phelps 28+24reb+3ast, L.Lin 10+4reb+1ast, K.Chen 6+1ast, B.Li 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Su 4+5reb+1ast, S.Hsiao 3+1reb
Fubon Braves: L.McMorrow 18+18reb, W.Tsai 12+10reb+3ast, C.Hung 11+3reb, H.Yang 7+3reb+2ast, Y.Sung 6+2reb+1ast, M.Lin 6+6reb
gschID: 520815


Pauian - Taiwan Beer 94-76

The game in was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Taiwan Beer (10-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Pauian (8-11). Pauian did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-76 on Saturday. Pauian dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Taiwan Beer's 42. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Ching-Pang Lin (190-85) who added 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Pauian players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and Yu-Lin Chang (190-86) scored 12 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pauian maintains fifth position with 8-11 record. Defending champion Taiwan Beer keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Pauian will meet league's leader Fubon Braves in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Taiwan Beer will play against KKL and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Beer: B.Davis 27+11reb+4ast, Y.Chang 12+2reb, H.Yu 8+2reb+1ast, K.Li 7+3reb+2ast, J.Chang 6+3reb+1ast, H.Wang 5+1reb+2ast
Pauian: Q.Davis 27+12reb, C.Lin 21+7reb+5ast, C.Lee 16+1reb+2ast, C.Shih 11+8reb+2ast, T.Wu 6+3reb+2ast, C.Wu 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 520813


Bank of Taiwan - Yulon Luxgen 76-86

The game in was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Yulon Luxgen (12-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Bank of Taiwan (5-14). Yulon Luxgen defeated Bank of Taiwan 86-76. 25 personal fouls committed by Bank of Taiwan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by the former international guard Shih-Yuan Chou (188-83) who scored that evening 25 points and 5 rebounds and Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, college: Rutgers) supported him with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Yulon Luxgen players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds by Australian center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) did not help to save the game for Bank of Taiwan. Guard Po-Sheng Chang (185-87) added 6 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Yulon Luxgen maintains third position with 12-8 record having just two points less than leader Fubon Braves. Bank of Taiwan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Yulon Luxgen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KKL (#7). Bank of Taiwan will play against the league's second-placed Dacin Tigers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bank of Taiwan: L.Nevill 22+20reb+2ast, J.Guo-Shao 14+2reb, K.Chen 12+3reb+1ast, C.Yu 9+2reb, L.Cheng 7+2reb+2ast, P.Chang 6+7reb+3ast
Yulon Luxgen: S.Chou 25+5reb, P.Chou 15+6reb+2ast, C.Lu 14+5reb+2ast, H.Lamizana 10+10reb+3ast, K.Hu 7+4reb+2ast, C.Ke 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 520814





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Hanoi Buffalos add Thomas to their roster, ex OSK - by Eurobasket News

Hanoi Buffalos (VBA) added to their roster experienced 36-year old American power forward Steven Dermon Thomas (204-107kg-81, college: Middle Tennessee State). He played last summer at OSK R. Airlines in Thailand TBL league. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Thomas was voted All-Thailand Basketball League Center of the Year in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Thomas' career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in thirteen different countries. Thomas tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Guerreros), Dominican Rep., Indonesia (Satria Muda), Italy, Korea (Sonic Boom KT), Mexico, Philippines (Globalport), Poland, Venezuela (Guaiqueries and Marinos), New Zealand (Saints), PBL (Augusta G.) and Dominican Republic (El Million).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Hanoi Buffalos.
Thomas attended Middle Tennessee State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Decisive game between Club Africain and ES Sahel next Wednesday in Gorjani - by Eurobasket News

ES Sahel defeated Club Africain 86-77 on Friday in Sousse at a return game to determine which team will be awarded the bonus point for the second phase of the Tunisia Basketball Championship (playoff). The first-leg game in Tunis had ended with a win for Club Africain 87-72. The two teams will play a decisive game next Wednesday in Tunis. For their part, Stade Nabeulien won their ticket for the playoff phase after beating GS Grombalia (57-54). They had also won the first-leg at home (56-53). AS Hammamet defeated JS Kairouan (95-92), forcing their opponent to play a decisive game after Kairouan won at home (76-73). The decisive game will take place in Kairouan.
Courtesy of: tap.info.tn



Malcolm McMillan (ex Trikalla) joins C Africain !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Club Africain Tunis (Division I) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Malcolm McMillan (183-82kg-93, college: Canisius). He started the season at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In four games he had 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg this season.
McMillan graduated from Canisius College in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Keith Langford named European Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the European MVP for December. The experienced guard led UNICS Kazan to 5-2 record in Euroleague and VTB League and finished the month with averages of 24.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.4 bpg while shooting solid 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 78.7%. In his last game of the year he registered 27 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 38 RNK in a big win over Panathinaikos.

Second best performer of December was Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) of Fenerbahce. American big man finished the month with 12.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.3 bpg. His team managed to won 5 out of 9 games in this period. He played his best game on Dec.23 when Turks defeated CSKA Moscow on the road 95-79. Udoh registered double double of 17 points and 11 rebounds and added 5 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals (33 RNK points).

Third best performer of the month was Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) of Olympiacos. In 10 games he averaged 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 71.1%, 3PT: 48.6%, FT: 89.3%. Olympiacos lost only one game against Brose Basket in Euroleague.



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UAE National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Salem Suwais
Suwais
Qais Alshabebi
Alshabebi
Mohammad Juma
Juma
Rashed Mohammad
Mohammad
Talal Alnuaimi
Alnuaimi
#e#5
4Mohammad Juma 170-PG-98 Al Ahli United Arab Emirates
5Salem Suwais 180-F-98 Al Wasl United Arab Emirates
6Rashed Mohammad 185-G-98 Al Wasl United Arab Emirates
7Hamid Elkharrousy

8Ahmed AlBraiki 192-G-91
9Said Elagmany

10Omar Alamry 200-F-91 UAE U22 NT United Arab Emirates
11Khaled Khalfan

12Qais Alshabebi 200-C-91 Al Ahli United Arab Emirates
13Hamad Ghabish

14Mohamed Elagmany

15Talal Alnuaimi 184-G-88 Al Naser United Arab Emirates


Monir Soliman Head Coach

Abdelhamid Alhousany Assistant



Al Naser signs Jarrid Famous - by Eurobasket News

Al Naser Dubai (D1) signed 29-year old Lebanese ex-international power forward Jarrid Famous (209-109kg-88, college: S.Florida). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Heplayed earlier that season for Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel where in 6 SBL games he had 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg this season.
In 2011 Famous was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) as #3 pick overall.
The former University of South Florida standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Famous has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2014. Famous was a member of Lebanese Senior National Team back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Famous has played in ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Muharraq), China (Jiangsu Dragons and Fujian), Dominican Rep., Philippines (Globalport), Taiwan (Yulon Luxgen), Venezuela (Bucaneros), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Lebanon (Sagesse), D-League (Texas Legends) and Japan (Akita Happinets).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BBL Round-Up Sunday 01 Jan - by Paul Nilsen

2017 BBL action began with London Lions securing a win on the road against Surrey Scorchers.

BBL Championship
Surrey Scorchers 92 (15,41,68) (Ogedengbe 25, Neighbour 22, Taylor 17)
London Lions 103 (29,55,84) (Taylor 24, Hassan 23, Niktash 16)

London Lions started 2017 with victory after returning to winning ways with a 92-103 success away at Surrey Scorchers.

Nigel Lloyd's side had led by as many as 23 in the first half, but saw their opponents close to within six late in the game before holding on.

Zaire Taylor (193-G-86, college: Missouri) scored 18 of his team-high 24 points in the first half, while Rashad Hassan added 23 points to go with 11 rebounds. Alex Owumi showed off his passing skills with 11 assists for a double-double of his own having also reached 10 points.

The Lions made a blistering start to race into a 15-29 advantage after 10 minutes and the gap reached 23 points early in the second after a quickfire 8-0 burst.

Will Neighbour found early success driving to the basket for the Scorchers and the home side produced a strong finish to the half to reduce their deficit to 14.

At the end of a high-scoring third period, Joe Ikhinmwin beat the buzzer with the corner three to edge the Lions further clear, up 16.

Surrey continued to fight and closed to within six with two minutes to go, but the Lions were able to hold on to bounce back from Friday's loss.

The Scorchers were without Chaz Rollins with Tayo Ogedengbe finishing with 25 points in his side's 12th league defeat.



Leopards to host Wales - by Dave Ryan

Levett Leopards will open 2017 with an intriguing friendly against the Welsh national team on Monday January 2, tip-off 3.30pm at Oaklands Academy in St Albans.
The Welsh side will use the game as part of their build-up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games qualifiers, while for the Big Cats it will be a chance to get the Christmas break out of their system before a big weekend which sees them at Brentwood against Manchester Giants in the BBL Trophy on Friday January 6 and Worthing Thunder two days later.
Wales finished seventh in this summer's FIBA Europe Small Nations Championship in Moldova, beating Gibraltar 67-40 in their final game to avoid the wooden spoon. Since then they have undergone a change of coach, with Kings Lynn Fury play-caller James Bamfield taking over, and Leopards were pleased to help their former Division One RIVAL.
"It should be a great game for us and a chance to get rid of the Christmas cobwebs" said general manage Dave Ryan. "'It's a fantastic venue at Oaklands, and they've staged junior international games and camps before. We're hoping for a big crowd as it's the end of a long break, and it's the chance to see something a bit different".'
The game will be played with NBA length quarters of 12 - rather than the normal ten - minutes in each period,





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Miguel Marriaga left Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Venezuelan international center Miguel Marriaga (205-102kg-84, agency: Pro Sports) left Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA). But in 6 games in Argentina he had just 1.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3bpg this season. Marriaga also spent pre-season at Olimpico de La Banda earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention in 2015.
Marriaga has been also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. He has regularly played for Venezuelan senior team since 2003 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Marriaga also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 0.4ppg, 1.0rpg.
Marriaga is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro, Islanders and Cimarrones), Italy, Mexico (Soles), Turkey and Venezuela (Marinos, Toros, Trotamundos, Lanceros and Yaracuyanos).
Marriaga could be described: A smart guy, very reliable player, who plays without any pause, and delivers anytime the same good job; yet a very solid post player, with a large body, long arms and big hands; moves well inside, and is yet enough powerful to defend his position and to rebound; great timing for rebounds and shotblocking; his future is maybe at 4 position, but he has yet to add bulk and shooting range; he has just agreed terms with Gaiteros del Zulia, and should play with this team in 2003 season, but his huge upside makes him a very interesting prospect for NCAA and, in some years, for NBA too;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marcus Douthit (ex Blackwater) signs at Hanoi Buffalos - by Eurobasket News

Hanoi Buffalos (VBA) landed experienced 37-year old American (has also Filipino passport) power forward Marcus Douthit (210-113kg-80, college: Providence). played recently at Blackwater in Filipino PBA league. Douthit missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2004 Adirondack Wildcats selected him as fourth overall pick in USBL draft.
Douthit attended Providence College and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in PBA Commissioner's Cup in 2011. Douthit received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Honorable Mention award in 2012 and 2015.
He represented Philippines at the SEA Games in Singapore (Singapore) two years ago. Douthit's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-1 (80.0%), FT: 40.0%.
Douthit is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Douthit has played previously professionally in Belgium, China (Guangzhou), Lebanon, Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye), Venezuela (Marinos), NBA (LA Clippers) and D-League (N.Mexico T.).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Hanoi Buffalos.
Douthit's game is described as: A late blooming inside player, who finally took full advantage of his size and athletic skills. Was yet a well-known intimidator inside, with leaping ability and great timing for shot-blocking and offensive rebounding, in last years he added shooting range and now he can hurt the opponents from the 4 position too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hanoi Buffalos add Thomas to their roster, ex OSK - by Eurobasket News

Hanoi Buffalos (VBA) added to their roster experienced 36-year old American power forward Steven Dermon Thomas (204-107kg-81, college: Middle Tennessee State). He played last summer at OSK R. Airlines in Thailand TBL league. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Thomas was voted All-Thailand Basketball League Center of the Year in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Thomas' career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in thirteen different countries. Thomas tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Guerreros), Dominican Rep., Indonesia (Satria Muda), Italy, Korea (Sonic Boom KT), Mexico, Philippines (Globalport), Poland, Venezuela (Guaiqueries and Marinos), New Zealand (Saints), PBL (Augusta G.) and Dominican Republic (El Million).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Hanoi Buffalos.
Thomas attended Middle Tennessee State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Taylor's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Asia Taylor (185-F-91, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sydney and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
She had a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Adelaide (#8, 0-15) with 17-point margin 89-72. Sydney is placed at 3rd position in Australian WNBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sydney will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. Taylor turned to be Sydney's top player in her first season with the team. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Taylor is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.8ppg) and rebounds (5th best: 8.7rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) of Townsville. She is naturalized Croatian center in her 4th season at Townsville. In the last game Batkovic-Brown recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Of course she led Townsville to another comfortable win 88-75 over slightly lower-ranked Melbourne (#7, 4-11) being unquestionably team leader. Townsville's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Batkovic-Brown is one of the most experienced players at Townsville and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Sydney's star - guard Leilani Mitchell (165-PG-85). Mitchell scored 27 points. She was another key player of Sydney, helping her team with a 93-69 easy win against #4 ranked Perth in a game of the week. Sydney needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Mitchell has a great season in Australia. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (8th best) and assists with 6.2apg (best passer). Leilani Mitchell has also Australian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samantha Whitcomb (178-G/F-88) of Perth - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Samantha Logic (175-G-92) of Adelaide - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Alex Wilson (174-G-94) of Sydney - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Amy Kame (183-G-92) of Townsville - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) of Melbourne - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Brittany Smart (175-G-85) of Melbourne - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Yelena Leuchanka's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Belarusians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Yelena Leuchanka
Yelena Leuchanka
#1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in China). She led Guangdong Dolphins to a victory over the fourth-ranked Henan (0-7) 81-68 in the Chinese WCBA in Thursday night's game. Leuchanka was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 12 rebounds in 39 minutes on the court. Guangdong Dolphins (5-2) are placed second in Group A. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Leuchanka's first season with the team. Leuchanka has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 18.7ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.6% and FT: 69.2% in 24 games she played so far. Leuchanka is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Katerina Snytsina
Katerina Snytsina
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Katerina Snytsina (188-85, currently plays in Turkey). She was the main contributor in Hatay's victory against the closely-ranked Mersin MBK (4-6) 86-73 in the Turkish KBSL last Friday. Snytsina was the best player in that game. She scored 17 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals. Hatay Bsb (5-6) is placed ninth in the KBSL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Snytsina has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.4apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 92.9%. She has a dual citizenship: Kazakhstan and Belarusian. Ex-Gorizont Minsk player is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maryia Papova
Maryia Papova
#3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Maryia Papova (189-94, currently plays in Turkey). Papova could not help one of league's weakest teams Galatasaray (8-3) to beat Fenerbahce (10-1). It was not her best game last Friday. Papova scored only 2 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 22 minutes. Galatasaray was crushed 77-55 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. This year Papova has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 82.4% in 11 games. She is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Lindsey Harding
Lindsey Harding
#4. Guard Lindsey Harding (173-84, college: Duke, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Besiktas (11-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite Harding's good performance Besiktas was defeated 73-67 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Yakin Dogu BGD (#3). She scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Harding has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.9apg. She is a naturalized American. Harding is also Belarusian national team player. Strangely she has never played in Belarus.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) plays for Fenerbahce in Turkish KBSL
Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88) plays for UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division
Alexandra Tarasava (171-PG-88) plays for TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL
Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) plays for Energa Torun in Polish TBLK
Maryia Filonchyk (189-PF-92) plays for Vologda-Chevakata in Russian PBL
Volha Ziuzkova (172-PG-83) plays for Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas in Lithuanian LMKL
Firuza Bekmetova (202-C-86) plays for Kazanochka in Russian PBL
Katsiaryna Urbanovich (182-F-93) plays for Siauliai-Universitetas in Lithuanian LMKL
Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) plays for Rapla KK in Latvian NBL
Viktoriya Pankova (185-F-93) plays for Boa Viagem in Portuguese Liga Feminina
Anna Savchuk (182-G-88) plays for ViVe in Finnish SM-sarja

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



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

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

Sasa Cado
Sasa Cado
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sasa Cado (178-89, currently plays in Turkey). She led Istanbul Uni to a victory over the closely-ranked Mersin BSB (6-6) 73-54 in the Turkish KBSL in Sunday night's game. Cado was MVP of the game. She recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Istanbul Universitesi SK (6-5) is placed sixth in the KBSL. Cado has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 46.2%(24-52) and FT: 71.4% in 10 games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Cado played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team nine years ago.

Marica Gajic
Marica Gajic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Marica Gajic (187-95, currently plays in Turkey). She could not help Girne Universitesi (3-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gajic's very good performance Girne Universitesi was defeated 82-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Adana ASKI (#8). She recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. Gajic also added 3 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Gajic has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 17.0ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 29.0% and FT: 76.1%. Gajic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. She is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Dragana Stankovic
Dragana Stankovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international center Dragana Stankovic (195-95, currently plays in Turkey). Stankovic contributed to Hatay's victory against the closely-ranked Mersin MBK (4-6) 86-73 in the Turkish KBSL on Friday night. She scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It was her first game for Hatay this season. Her team is placed ninth in the KBSL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Stankovic has both Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities. Former Sloboda Novi Grad starter played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team eight years ago.

Milina Miseljic
Milina Miseljic
   #4. Power forward Milina Miseljic (186-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in MZRKL) managed to help Crvena Zvezda Beograd to win against the 11th-ranked Badel (4-6) crushing them 88-40 in the WABA in Thursday night's game. She recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Crvena Zvezda Beograd (0-6) is placed third in the WABA. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. It's Miseljic's first season with the team. Miseljic's overall stats this year are: 3.7ppg and 2.4rpg. She used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team back in 2013.

Other top Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play abroad:

Nikolina Milic (191-C-94) plays for Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women
Lynetta Kizer (193-C-90) plays for Olympiacos in Greek A1
Jovana Lazic (184-F/C-0) plays for Radivoj Korac in Serbian 1 ZLS
Ksenija Mitric (162-PG-1) plays for Athlete Celje in Slovenian SKL
Milica Deura (178-G-90) plays for TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL
Aida Kalusic (187-C-87) plays for Triglav in Slovenian SKL
Irena Vrancic (167-G-90) plays for Al-Qazeres in Spanish LFB
Miljana Dzombeta (169-PG-94) plays for Vrbas Medela in Serbian 1 ZLS
Jelena Tomic (180-C/F-91) plays for Vrbas Medela in Serbian 1 ZLS
Tamara Kapor (184-G-91) plays for Buducnost in Montenegrin 1A ZCKL
Nikolina Babic (177-G-95) plays for Buducnost in Montenegrin 1A ZCKL
Rada Vidovic (177-G-79) plays for Spartak in Serbian 1 ZLS

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



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  BULGARIA  


Stefka Miteva signs at Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Beroe Stara Zagora (NBL) landed 28-year old international center Stefka Miteva (191-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) from Neftochimic. The last season Miteva played at CSUUniversitatea Alba Iulia in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 15 games she averaged just 2.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg. She also played 3 games in Central Europe Women League where she had 5.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.0apg.
Among other achievements Miteva's team made it to the Bulgarian League Semifinals in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
She has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Miteva has regularly played for Bulgarian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2009.
She also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg.
Miteva is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Belgium (Blue Cats), Spain (Joventud Mariana and Aros Leon), Bulgaria (Levski and Rilski Sportist) and Romania (Alexandria).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michelle Hudyn leaves Ovarense - by Eurobasket News

23-year old Canadian forward Michelle Hudyn (188-94, college: Missouri) left Associacao Desportiva Ovarense (Liga Feminina). In 10 games in Portugal she recorded 13.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg this season.
The previous (12-13) season Hudyn played at another team Tigers in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. But in 30 games she averaged just 1.4ppg and 1.6rpg.
She represented Canada at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Hudyn's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Hudyn graduated from University of Missouri in 2016 and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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WCBA Round 7 of Third Stage - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Henan - Shanghai 72-89

Shanghai Dahua forced 22 Henan turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Breanna Stewart (193-94, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. The former international forward Jing Huang (183-85) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Cheyenne Parker (193-92, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and guard WangLai Zhang (172-94) added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Henan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: S.Breanna 43+12reb+6ast, H.Jing 17+2reb+2ast, S.Binbin 12+5reb+2ast, L.Yingyun 8+1reb, P.JiaNi 4, J.Lan 2
Henan: C.Xiaoli 23+3reb+1ast, P.Cheyenne 19+13reb, Z.WangLai 14+7reb+8ast, W.Di 3+2reb+1ast, Z.Ru 3+1reb, Y.Mengran 3
gschID: 529191


Beijing - Guangdong 81-47

Beijing Great Wall dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Guangdong Dolphins' 20. Beijing Great Wall forced 20 Guangdong Dolphins turnovers and outrebounded them 46-25 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Beijing Great Wall looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Guangdong Dolphins' players. It was a great evening for American center Sylvia Fowles (198-85, college: LSU) who led her team to a victory scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Power forward Meitong Liu (188-92) helped adding 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Beijing Great Wall players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Yahui Yang (170-89) responded with 9 points and forward Lin Zhu (180-88) scored 8 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.
Top scorers:
Beijing: L.Meitong 16+6reb+5ast, F.Sylvia 16+9reb+3ast, S.Ting 15+4reb+3ast, S.Xiufeng 12+4reb+4ast, G.Song 12+3reb, Z.Fan 3+10reb
Guangdong: P.Yue 11+1ast, Y.Yahui 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Lin 8+4reb, H.Sijing 7+5reb, L.Yueru 5+7reb, S.Yi 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 529192


Group B
Shanxi - Bayi 77-83

Bayi Kylin made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. International forward MengXin Sun (190-93) fired 20 points for the winners. International center Mengran Sun (197-92) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Bayi Kylin players scored in double figures. The former international center Wei Wei (206-89) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Tamera Young (188-86, college: JMU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 23 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Bayi: S.MengXin 20+4reb+3ast, S.Mengran 16+7reb+3ast, Z.Liting 15+9reb, P.Zhenqi 13+7reb, Z.Zhifang 9+5reb+4ast, W.Xue 6+2reb+2ast
Shanxi: W.Wei 24+8reb, Y.Tamera 23+8reb+1ast, H.Hongpin 13+8reb+3ast, W.Tongtong 8+1reb+1ast, W.DI 6+4ast, Q.Yu 3
gschID: 529194


Xinjiang - Shenyang 85-76

Xinjiang dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Shenyang Golden Lions' 30. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Glory Johnson (191-90, college: Tennessee) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Lee Wang (170-92) accounted for 26 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Five Xinjiang players scored in double figures. The former international forward Shuang Zhao (188-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Meng Li (185-95) added 25 points and 4 assists respectively for Shenyang Golden Lions in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: W.Lee 26+2reb+7ast, J.Glory 23+16reb+2ast, D.Lana 16+8reb+1ast, H.Lin 10+6reb, C.Hongyang 10+7reb+3ast, W.Chun-hui 0
Shenyang: L.Meng 25+3reb+4ast, Z.Shuang 23+12reb+4ast, J.Qiujiao 12+7reb+3ast, J.Jiabao 6+2reb+6ast, H.Jiali 6+5reb+1ast, L.Shuai 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 529193


Group C
Heilongjiang - Liaoning 67-52

Heilongjiang Chenneng made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Heilongjiang Chenneng outrebounded Liaoning Hengye 35-21 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Crystal Langhorne (188-86, college: Maryland) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard YanYan Ji (182-85) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Kelsey Bone (193-91, college: Texas A&M) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and guard TingTing Wang (175-91) added 8 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: Z.Jiahe 19+3reb+3ast, L.Crystal 18+17reb+3ast, J.YanYan 14+7reb+6ast, C.Liqing 9+7reb+1ast, Z.Xiangjun 3, W.Qiong 2+1ast
Liaoning: B.Kelsey 23+7reb+3ast, L.Jiamei 9+2reb, W.TingTing 8+4reb+5ast, H.MingXiu 8+2reb+1ast, M.Zhu 2+3reb, X.Jinbo 2+2reb
gschID: 529196


Shandong - Sichuan 89-80

Shandong shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Swingman Shuo Wang (184-93) fired 28 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Xiao Ji (193-85) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Fangzhu Gong (170-91) produced 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Beidi Cao (180-87) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Shandong: W.Shuo 28+7reb+7ast, J.Xiao 15+7reb+2ast, C.Wei 13+3reb+2ast, Y.Hengyu 13+6reb+3ast, S.Lei 9+3reb+2ast, W.Ying Zhu 6+3reb+1ast
Sichuan: C.Beidi 21+2reb+1ast, G.Fangzhu 18+5reb+6ast, J.Yang 15+4reb, G.XiaoChen 12+6reb+4ast, W.HongChun 5+6reb, X.Tong 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 529195





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  CROATIA  


Kristina Benic in talks with Cestistica Spezzina - by Zeljko Zule

Former Croatian national team member Kristina Benic (186-F-88) may leave British side Notthingham Wildcats as Italian Serie A club Cestistica Spezzina is interested on her. The two sides have initiated talks and the sitiation may be resolved soon.
Benic has a contract with Nottingham Wildcast, for whom she averaged 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocks in 9 United Kingdom League games. She already played in Italy with C.U.S Cagliari in 2015-16, where produced 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 26 appearances.
Benic represented Croatia at the 2013 European Championship in France.




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Zamarat inks Katerina Bartonova - by Eurobasket News

Quesos el Pastor Zamarat (LFB) signed 27-year old Czech point guard Katerina Bartonova (174-90). She started the season at Olympiacos in Greek A1 league. But in three games she had just 0.3ppg this season. Bartonova ended the last season at BLK Praha in Czech Republic where in 7 games she recorded 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year she spent at Piestanske in Slovakian Extraliga. In 14 games she averaged 4.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg. Bartonova also played 6 games in Eurocup where she got 5.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she played in the final of Slovakian Extraliga in 2015. Bartonova was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Imports Team in 2014 and 2015.
She was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. Bartonova played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
She also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.5apg.
Bartonova has played previously professionally in Spain (Cadi La Seu) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Sokol Hradec Kralove and VS Praha).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Danish Dameligaen round 11 best performance: Valerie Driscoll - by Eurobasket News

American Center Valerie Driscoll (193-C-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Virum, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, while her team crushed Horsholm (#2, 6-3) with 19-point margin 72-53. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Virum to consolidate first place in the Danish Dameligaen. Virum has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. It's Driscoll's second year at Virum and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Former Quinnipiac College star has very solid stats this year. Driscoll is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.4ppg) and averages impressive 60.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Maryah Sydnor (185-F-93) of league's second-best Horsholm. Sydnor had a very good evening with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Horsholm lost that game 53-72 to slightly higher-ranked Virum (#1, 9-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Horsholm still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Sydnor is a newcomer at Horsholm, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Virum's star - forward Nikoline Oestergaard (183-F-92). Oestergaard scored 20 points. She was another key player of Virum, helping her team with a 72-53 easy win against #2 ranked Horsholm. Many experts and fans count Virum as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Oestergaard has a great season in Denmark. After only 9 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.3apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Frederikke Mollerup (176-F-95) of Virum - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ivana Jovanovic (185-F-85) of Horsholm - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sandra Lind Thrastardottir (171-G-96) of Horsholm - 6 points and 4 rebounds
7. Gillian Abshire (179-G-93) of Virum - 9 points and 8 rebounds
8. Amalie Langer (174-G-99) of Horsholm - 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ellen Iversen (180-F-97) of Virum - 8 points
10. Lena Svanholm (197-C-98) of Horsholm - 6 points and 2 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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Prva Liga Round 6: Leader Badel gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated leader Badel delivered the seventh consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Pelister AD (3-3) 76-27 in Bitola. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pelister AD. Undefeated Badel (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Newly promoted Pelister AD keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Badel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelister AD will play again at home against the league's leader Badel (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Trokal (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-48 loss to second ranked Vardar (6-1) in Skopje. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Vardar have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Vardar maintains second position with 6-1 record behind leader Badel. Trokal at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with six games lost. Vardar will again play against bottom-ranked Trokal (#8) in Kavadartsi in the next round where they are favorite. Trokal will have a break next round.


Pelister AD - Badel 27-76

Undefeated leader Badel delivered the seventh consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Pelister AD (3-3) 76-27 in Bitola. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pelister AD. Badel (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Newly promoted Pelister AD keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Badel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelister AD will play again at home against the league's leader Badel (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
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Vardar - Trokal 90-48

Bottom-ranked Trokal (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-48 loss to second ranked Vardar (6-1) in Skopje. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Vardar have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Vardar maintains second position with 6-1 record behind leader Badel. Trokal at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with six games lost. Vardar will again play against bottom-ranked Trokal (#8) in Kavadartsi in the next round where they are favorite. Trokal will have a break next round.
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Nadja Proetzig (ex Aros Leon) signs at Donau-Ries - by Eurobasket News

TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries (DBBL) landed 28-year old German guard Nadja Proetzig (175-89). She started the season at Aros Leon in Spanish LF2 league. But in 5 games she averaged just 0.6ppg and 2.0rpg this season.
Among other achievements Proetzig's team made it to the German DBBL Cup final in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North 1st Team award back in 2013.
Proetzig represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 23.3%, FT: 76.9%.
Proetzig has played previously for five other Germany teams: TSV 1880 Wasserburg, ChemCats Chemnitz, SV Halle Lions, GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC and Gruner Stern Keltern.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wesley Girls make history with win at Sprite Ball - by Eurobasket News

Wesley Girls High School's win in the just ended Sprite Ball Championship tenth anniversary edition has given the Cape-Coast based school the nod as the highest winner in the female division of the Championship. The side beat Kumasi Girls High School 6-4 in a low scoring final game in the female division on December 30 at the El Wak Stadium. The latest tournament win gives the school three titles-the most in the female division- in the much coveted tournament which places it ahead of Sacred Heart, T.I. Ahmadiyya and Aggrey Mount Zion Senior High Schools in the process respectively. After missing out on the tournament entirely for four straight years, Wesley Girls won the Central Region Championship by beating defending national champions Aggrey Memorial before repeating the game's outcome in the semifinal at the national championship. After a largely fruitless first half that ended with both teams scoring a point each, Wesley Girls capitalized on free throws to seal victory. History was also made in the boys division as Opoku Ware School became the first school from the Ashanti Region to win the Championship. The team accomplished the massive feat by beating record winners in the division Mfantsipim School 27-25.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



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Irish U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Irish U20 National Team 2017
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Aisling McCann
McCann
Anna Maguire
Maguire
Billie Byrne
Byrne
Mae-Therese Creane
Creane
#e#4

Aisling McCann 175-F-97 Killester Ireland

Aleksandra Macheta 167-PG-98 Brunell Ireland

Alison Blaney 172-SG-00 NUIG Mystics Ireland

Alison Cleary
Killester Ireland

Alison Connolly
Killester Ireland

Anna Brennan
DCU Mercy Ireland

Anna Maguire 169-PG-98 Ulster Rockets Ireland

Ciara Ohalloran
Killester Ireland

Billie Byrne 177-SG-98 Oblate Dynamos Ireland

Chloe Compton
Leicester Riders United Kingdom

Chloe Mullins
Liffey Celtics Ireland

Ciara Wheeler
Liffey Celtics Ireland

Emma O'Donoghue
Nottingham United Kingdom

Jenna Howe
Tolka Rovers Ireland

Katie Whelan
WIT Wildcats Ireland

Laura Fortune
Liffey Celtics Ireland

Mae-Therese Creane 175-G/F-99 Oblate Dynamos Ireland

Nicole Clancy 170-SG-00 DCU Mercy Ireland

Saoirse Cassidy 165-PG-98 High School USA


Maeve Coleman Head Coach



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Ashley Beverly-Kelley agreed terms with Hap.Petah Tikva - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Petah Tikva (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Ashley Beverly-Kelley (168-93, college: Troy) from H.R. Le-Zion. In 7 D1 games in Israel she recorded 14.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Beverly-Kelley played at another team Trojans in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 33 games she averaged impressive 19.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.1apg and 2.2spg. Beverly-Kelley helped them to win Sun Belt Tournament. Great season indeed as she All-Sun Belt All-Tournament MVP and voted to All-Sun Belt 1st Team and voted to Sun Belt All-Tournament Team.
She graduated from Troy University in 2016 and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lady Commodores win big, move to 14-0 - by Eurobasket News

Another day, another lopsided home victory for the Gulf Coast women. The top-ranked Lady Commodores cruised past Arkansas Baptist Friday afternoon at the Billy Harrison Field House, taking a 93-67 win to move to 14-0 on the season. Shaterrika O'Neal (5'8''-G) led a balanced Gulf Coast attack with 17 points, with Jhaleiya Dunlap adding 16 points, Raven Fox (5'8''-G) 14, Shayla Bennett 10, Fatou Diagne nine, and Maria Castro eight. Essence Johnson had 22 points to lead Arkansas Baptist (1-13). The Lady Commodores led from start to finish, jumping out to leads of 16 and 24 at the end of the first and second quarters and never being seriously challenged despite an uneven third quarter effort. "It was a little bit sloppy and the defense was not very good," Gulf Coast coach Roonie Scovel said. "But offensively we put up some points and we had some diverse scoring and scored a little bit differently than we did (in Thursday's 117-84 win over Bossier Parish)." O'Neal set the tone early for the Lady Commodores with 10 points in the first quarter, attacking the paint off the dribble and scoring twice after coming up with steals on defense. A steal by LaSonja Edwards (6'0''-F) leading to a bucket by O'Neal put GC up 12 late in the quarter, with a driving basket by Bennett and a putback by Castro making it 26-10. An offensive rebound and putback by Diagne, a corner 3-pointer by Janesha Green, and a driving bucket by O'Neal put the Lady Commodores up 20 at 37-17 with 5:47 to half. Gulf Coast continued to build on the lead with defense leading to transition, as Fox scored on a basket after a turnover and then passed ahead to Dunlap for a transition two to make it 48-22 with three minutes to half. Gulf Coast led by 26 after a quick jumper by Taylor Emery to start the third quarter, but Arkansas Baptist answered by scoring nine straight points, the last on a basket inside by Erin Meeks, to make it 51-34. The Lady Commodores got some separation with baskets by Diagne and Fox and a short jumper by Bennett to increase the lead to 63-39 late in the third. GC put the game away for good with an 11-0 run in the fourth featuring a jumper by Bennett, two free throws by Dunlap, two baskets by O'Neal, and a three from Bennett to make it 87-55 with 4:58 remaining. "I think we came back out (of the half) and had to wake up and realize they didn't give up and things came a little too easy in the first half," Scovel said. "But we have another game tomorrow and that was maybe on our mind too." Gulf Coast next plays host to No. 16 Harford today at 1 p.m.
Courtesy of: gcathletics.com



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Westmont Finishes Holiday Classic 2-0 - by Eurobasket News

Fourth ranked Westmont Women's Basketball went undefeated (2-0) in the Holiday Classic and improved to 12-1 on the season when they defeated British Columbia (12-5) by a score of 64-36. Lauren McCoy (6'1''-F) had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds; and Aysia Shellmire (6'0''-F/C) along with Kayla Sato (5'8''-G) led the Warriors in points with 13 each. British Columbia's Kara Spotton (6'2''-F-93, college: Colorado St.) was the game's leading scorer with 19 points - more than half of the Thunderbirds total points. Two and a half minutes into the first quarter, Westmont had an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game (12-6). Shellmire, McCoy, and Morgan Haskin (6'3''-C) had a layup each, and Joy Krupa had two free-throws. However, the Thunderbirds answered back with a 7-1 run in the second quarter to come within three (17-20). After twenty minutes of high pressure defense from both sides, as well as back and forth scoring, the first half ended with a score of 29-23, favoring the Warriors. The Warriors pulled further away and increased their lead to 16 when they kicked off the third quarter with a 10-0 run. McCoy had two layups and a free throw; and Cora Chan hit a three-pointer and two free throws (39-23). The Warriors did not let up in the fourth quarter and went on a 9-0 run to close out the game. Shellmire had a layup and the subsequent free throw, Haskin had two free throws, and Sato had a jump shot and two free throws. Earlier this afternoon, The Master's (8-3) also went undefeated in the Holiday Classic when they defeated Southwestern (8-8) by a score of 74 to 56. For the Mustangs, Megan Lindsley (5'8''-G) and Hannah Ostrom led in scoring with 13 points each. For the Moundbuilders, Jordyn Miller led in scoring with 23 points. Coming up next week, the Warriors will continue with conference play and travel to Phoenix, Arizona next Tuesday to play Arizona Christian at 4:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. MST); and then the Warriors will host Biola on the following Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Fourth ranked Westmont Women's Basketball went undefeated (2-0) in the Holiday Classic and improved to 12-1 on the season when they defeated British Columbia (12-5) by a score of 64-36. Lauren McCoy had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds; and Aysia Shellmire along with Kayla Sato led the Warriors in points with 13 each.
Courtesy of: gsacsports.org



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Vivians, No. 5 Mississippi State roll past LSU - by Eurobasket News

Victoria Vivians (6'1''-G-94) had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Chinwe Okorie (6'5''-C-94) added 17 points to help No. 5 Mississippi State rout LSU 74-48 on Sunday in the SEC opener for both teams. Mississippi State (15-0) forced the Tigers (11-3) into 20 turnovers and outrebounded them 36-28. Chloe Jackson (5'9''-G-96) led LSU with 14 points. Tigers scoring leader Raigyne Moncrief (5'10''-G-94) has 12, but had only six in the first three quarters on 3-of-10 shooting. She fouled out with 3:35 remaining. The Tigers forced 19 turnovers but shot just 34 percent.
Courtesy of: sunherald.com



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ESU Women's Basketball Rolls To 86-52 Win At Cheyney - by Eurobasket News

Senior forward registered 13 points and nine rebounds, while freshmen guards and each dished out a season-high eight assists to help East Stroudsburg University cruise to an 86-52 victory at Cheyney on Friday evening. Junior center added 10 points for the Warriors (7-3, 3-3 PSAC), who posted their largest victory of the season and earned their 11th straight win over the Wolves (0-6, 0-6 PSAC). All 14 Warriors who appeared in tonight's game scored at least two points. Hertz and Lapotsky become the first ESU teammates to tally eight assists apiece in a game in at least 15 years. The Warriors totaled 25 assists overall, eclipsing their previous season high of 20 set in a win over Chestnut Hill on Nov. 28. Lapotsky, making the first start of her collegiate career, added eight points on 3 of 4 shooting from the field. Senior guard and sophomore guard chipped in nine points apiece. ESU controlled the game from the opening tip-off, jumping out to a 21-9 advantage by the end of the first quarter. All nine of Powell's points came in the opening quarter, with the Glen Mills, Pa., native drilling each of her three 3-point attempts. The Warriors built their lead up to 41-18 at halftime, with Rutkowski netting eight of her 10 points in the second quarter. Tamburini then recorded all nine of her points in the third quarter as ESU took a 69-33 edge into the final 10 minutes. The large margin on the scoreboard gave several underclassmen an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the second half. Sophomore guard scored a career-high seven points in 12 minutes off the bench, sinking 3 of 5 field goal attempts, while freshman center matched Howard for the team lead with nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Bauman (three points) and sophomore center (four points) each contributed their first points of the season. The Warriors led by as many as 46 points in the fourth quarter before Cheyney ended the contest on a 15-3 run. Briana Hedgepeth led the Wolves with 13 points and a pair of steals. ESU returns to Koehler Fieldhouse for the first time since December 7 on Tuesday night, with the Warriors welcoming Lock Haven (5-5, 2-4 PSAC) for a PSAC East contest scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Courtesy of: publicnow.com



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No. 6 WashU Emerges Victorious in Top-10 Undefeated Showdown - by Eurobasket News

The No. 6 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball program put its undefeated record on the line with a matchup against the No. 8 ranked Wartburg College Knights on Friday afternoon and remained unbeaten with an 87-84 win during the AmericInn Holiday Tournament Championship. WashU improved its record to 10-0 on the season, while handing the previously unbeaten Knights their first loss and dropping their record to 11-1. The Bears and Knights both finished the game shooting better than 50 percent from the floor but a season-high percentage of 58.6 percent from the field propelled WashU to the win. Sophomore Madeline Homoly was named the AmericInn Holiday Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Bears with a career-best 30 points in the championship game. Senior Zoe Vernon (6'1''-F) was also named to the All-Tournament team after heating up down the stretch for the Bears scoring all 17 of her points in the second half. The Bears entered the fourth quarter trailing 66-59 but scored the first seven points of the quarter to even the game at 66-all. Sophomore Stephanie Botkin (6'0''-F) had a lay in immediately to start the quarter before Homoly sank a jumper and sophomore Becca Clark-Callender (5'7''-G) nailed a three ball to tie the game. Less than a minute after Clark-Callender's equalizer, she assisted on a three pointer by Vernon in the corner which put the Bears ahead for the first time since the second quarter. Vernon added to that lead when she converted an inbound pass from Botkin underneath the basket with seven minutes remaining. Wartburg answered the layup with one of its own before Vernon's three swooshed through the net for the largest Bears lead of the second half, 74-70. The Knights responded with five unanswered points to take the lead with five minutes left until senior Jenn Dynis (5'11''-G/F) evened the score at 76-all. Vernon scored the next five points for the Bears but Wartburg took an 83-81 lead on a three pointer from the wing with 82 seconds left to play in regulation. Dynis answered the call with a game tying shot from inside the paint. Following a Wartburg free-throw, Dynis once again answered the call with a layup with less than 20 second remaining to give WashU a slim 85-84 advantage. The Bears defense came up with a big stop while forcing the Knights to turn the ball over before Homoly sank multiple free throws to close out the scoring en route to clinching an 87-84 win for the Bears. Homoly dominated the first half of play with 18 points scored and got things started right away from the opening defensive stance with a steal. She began the game with multiple steals, a defensive rebound and the first four points of action as WashU jumped out to an early lead within the first two minutes of play. However, the Knights fought back to take a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bears and Knights had four lead changes occur within the first two minutes of the second quarter including a step back three pointer from sophomore Rachael Sondag (5'8''-G), which gave WashU a 16-14 advantage. Homoly led the Bears scoring in the first through third quarters but Vernon closed the game out with 12 during the fourth to help push the Bears past the Knights. Dynis added 13 points for WashU while Homoly led the Bears in multiple categories including points (30), rebounds (nine), steals (four) and free throws made and attempted (six of nine). Clark-Callender had a team leading four assists as the Bears outpaced the Knights with 23 collectively as a team compared to 16 for Wartburg.
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com




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Michelle Hudyn leaves Ovarense - by Eurobasket News

23-year old Canadian forward Michelle Hudyn (188-94, college: Missouri) left Associacao Desportiva Ovarense (Liga Feminina). In 10 games in Portugal she recorded 13.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg this season.
The previous (12-13) season Hudyn played at another team Tigers in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. But in 30 games she averaged just 1.4ppg and 1.6rpg.
She represented Canada at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Hudyn's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Hudyn graduated from University of Missouri in 2016 and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CAB Madeira inks Maria Blazejewski, ex Lady Cardinals - by Joao Santos

CAB Madeira (Liga Feminina) signed 26-year old American forward Maria Blazejewski (185-91, college: L.Superior). She played last summer at Lady Cardinals in Puerto Rican BSNF. Blazejewski managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 20 BSNF games she was third best scorer with impressive 20.7ppg and averaged 9.4rpg and 3.0apg. A very impressive season as she was named to Puerto Rican BSNF All-Star Game. She ended the last season at Etzella in Luxembourg where in 8 games she had very remarkable stats: 15.5ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.9apg. Blazejewski helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year Blazejewski spent at Baskets Grunberg in German 2.Bundesliga. In 20 games she recorded 14.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Honorable Mention.
Blazejewski was voted Deb McPherson Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year back in 2013 at her college time.
Blazejewski has played also professionally in Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary).
She attended Lake Superior State until 2013 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CAB Madeira inks Maria Blazejewski, ex Lady Cardinals - by Joao Santos

CAB Madeira (Liga Feminina) signed 26-year old American forward Maria Blazejewski (185-91, college: L.Superior). She played last summer at Lady Cardinals in Puerto Rican BSNF. Blazejewski managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 20 BSNF games she was third best scorer with impressive 20.7ppg and averaged 9.4rpg and 3.0apg. A very impressive season as she was named to Puerto Rican BSNF All-Star Game. She ended the last season at Etzella in Luxembourg where in 8 games she had very remarkable stats: 15.5ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.9apg. Blazejewski helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year Blazejewski spent at Baskets Grunberg in German 2.Bundesliga. In 20 games she recorded 14.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Honorable Mention.
Blazejewski was voted Deb McPherson Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year back in 2013 at her college time.
Blazejewski has played also professionally in Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary).
She attended Lake Superior State until 2013 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Biljana Pesovic's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Serbians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Biljana Pesovic
Biljana Pesovic
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Biljana Pesovic (180-83, currently plays in Romania). She led Brasov to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Galati (7-7) 84-82 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. Pesovic was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. Pesovic also added 4 assists in 39 minutes on the court. Olimpia CSU Brasov (11-3) is placed second in the Liga Nationala. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Pesovic has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 16.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 84.2% in 14 games she played so far. Pesovic is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Jovana Popovic
Jovana Popovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Jovana Popovic (173-90, currently plays in Turkey). Popovic led Hatay to a victory against the closely-ranked Mersin MBK (4-6) 86-73 in the Turkish KBSL on Friday night. She scored 12 points and added 5 assists in 31 minutes. Hatay Bsb (5-6) is placed ninth in the KBSL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Popovic's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 85.7% in six games. She played for the Serbian national team in 2013.

Julijana Vojinovic
Julijana Vojinovic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international guard Julijana Vojinovic (178-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). Vojinovic contributed to Duquesne's victory against the University of Pittsburgh 63-54 in a derby game in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. She recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The University of Duquesne has 1-0 conference record this season. Vojinovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg, 3FGP: 37.9%. She is also a member of the Serbian U20 national team.

Jefimija Karakasevic
Jefimija Karakasevic
   #4. Power forward Jefimija Karakasevic (191-89, currently plays in Romania). Karakasevic could not help ICIM Arad (5-9) to beat Sf.Gheorghe (13-1). She scored 7 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. ICIM Arad was defeated 69-63 at home by the leading Sf.Gheorghe. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Karakasevic's first season with the team. Karakasevic's total stats this year are: 8.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1bpg. She used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2015.

Adrijana Knezevic
Adrijana Knezevic
   #5. Former international forward Adrijana Knezevic (183-87, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Girne Universitesi in their game against Adana ASKI (5-6) in the Turkish KBSL. Knezevic scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Girne Universitesi lost 76-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Adana ASKI. It was Girne Universitesi's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Knezevic has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0spg in 11 games. She used to play for the Serbian national team six years ago.

Ivana Grbic
Ivana Grbic
   #6. Swingman Ivana Grbic (182-91, college: Eckerd, currently plays in Romania) managed to help CS B Teleorman Alexandria to win against one of league's weakest teams Sirius TgM (3-11) 85-78 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. Grbic scored only 4 points. CS B Teleorman Alexandria (4-9) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala. Grbic's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg. She is a former U20 international player as she played for the Serbian team five years ago.

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

   #1. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Girne Universitesi (3-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite her very good performance Girne Universitesi was defeated 82-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Adana ASKI (#8). Krivacevic was the top scorer with 20 points. She also added 5 rebounds. Krivacevic has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg. She has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #2. Experienced Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help ICIM Arad in their game against Sf.Gheorghe (13-1) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Hadzovic scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 40 minutes. But ICIM Arad lost 63-69 at home to the leading Sf.Gheorghe. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Hadzovic's first season with the team. This year she has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.1apg in 12 games she played so far.

   #3. Ivana Jovanovic (185-F-85, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Horsholm (6-3) in their last game. Despite Jovanovic's good performance Horsholm was badly defeated 72-53 on their home court in Horsholm by the leading Virum. She was the second best scorer with 11 points. Jovanovic also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Jovanovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Horsholm's roster. She has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.6apg in nine games.



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  SOUTH KOREA  


South Korean WKBL round 18 best performance: Natasha Howard - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Natasha Howard (190-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Blue Minx, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, six rebounds and three assists) to her team's victory, helping them to edge out S-Birds (#5, 7-12) 70-67. Blue Minx is placed at 3rd position in South Korean WKBL. Blue Minx 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 8-10 record. Howard turned to be Blue Minx's top player in her first season with the team. Former Florida State University star has very solid stats this year. Howard is in league's top in points (3rd best: 15.2ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old former international forward Danbi Kim (180-F-90) of S-Birds. Kim had a very good evening with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as S-Birds was edged by slightly higher-ranked Blue Minx (#3, 8-10) 70-67. S-Birds managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Kim is one of the most experienced players at S-Birds and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#2). Her other stats are also decent: 6.8rpg and 3.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another S-Birds' star - American forward Destiny Williams (185-F/C-91). Williams scored 13 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Williams' great performance S-Birds lost 67-70 to slightly higher-ranked Blue Minx (#3, 8-10). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of S-Birds not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Williams could try to bring S-Birds' a little bit higher in the standings. Williams has individually a great season in South Korea. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (2nd best). Williams attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on her way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonquel Jones (198-F-94) of Woori Bank - 10 points and 18 rebounds
5. Ha-Na Park (177-G-90) of Blue Minx - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Plenette Pierson (186-PF-81) of KB Stars - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ajung Kang (180-F-89) of KB Stars - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Hye-Jin Park (178-G-90) of Woori Bank - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ji-Su Park (195-C-98) of KB Stars - 9 points and 7 rebounds
10. Ji Hee Yang (186-C-84) of Woori Bank - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Zamarat inks Katerina Bartonova - by Eurobasket News

Quesos el Pastor Zamarat (LFB) signed 27-year old Czech point guard Katerina Bartonova (174-90). She started the season at Olympiacos in Greek A1 league. But in three games she had just 0.3ppg this season. Bartonova ended the last season at BLK Praha in Czech Republic where in 7 games she recorded 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year she spent at Piestanske in Slovakian Extraliga. In 14 games she averaged 4.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg. Bartonova also played 6 games in Eurocup where she got 5.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she played in the final of Slovakian Extraliga in 2015. Bartonova was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Imports Team in 2014 and 2015.
She was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. Bartonova played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
She also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.5apg.
Bartonova has played previously professionally in Spain (Cadi La Seu) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Sokol Hradec Kralove and VS Praha).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Abdi Farhiya selected the top Swedish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Abdi Farhiya
Abdi Farhiya
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Abdi Farhiya (188-92, currently plays in Israel). She led Maccabi Ashdod to a victory over the 13th-ranked Ramat Hasharon (3-9) crushing them 85-40 in the Israeli D1 in Monday night's game. Farhiya was MVP of the game. She scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (6-1) is placed second in the D1. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Farhiya's first season with the team. This year Farhiya averages: 10.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(26-45), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 52.9% in seven games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Swedish senior national team.

Elin Eldebrink
Elin Eldebrink
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Elin Eldebrink (174-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Turkey). Eldebrink contributed to a Yakin Dogu BGD's victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (11-2) 73-67 in a derby game in the Turkish KBSL last Friday. She scored 10 points and added 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (8-4) is placed third in the KBSL. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Eldebrink's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 87.5%. She is in the roster of the Swedish senior national team.

Frida Eldebrink
Frida Eldebrink
   #3. The Swedish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, currently plays in Turkey). Eldebrink could not help Mersin BSB (5-2) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Mersin BSB was badly defeated 73-54 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Istanbul Uni. Eldebrink was the top scorer with 20 points. She also added 4 rebounds in 40 minutes. This year Eldebrink's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 37.8%, 3FGP: 12.1% in nine games. She is also a member of the Swedish senior national team.

Regan Magarity
Regan Magarity
   #4. Forward Regan Magarity (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Virginia Tech win their game against the Delaware State University crushing them 88-48 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Magarity recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Virginia Tech has 1-0 conference record this season. Magarity has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1bpg. She used to play for the Swedish U16 national team back in 2011.

Gabriella Hanson
Gabriella Hanson
   #5. Former U20 international guard Gabriella Hanson (180-95, currently studies in the States) helped Oregon St. win their game against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff crushing them 73-40 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Hanson scored 10 points in 18 minutes. The Oregon State University has 0-1 conference record this season. Hanson has been at the team for four years. This year her total stats are: 6.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in 13 games. Hanson used to play for the Swedish U20 national team three years ago.

Paulina Hersler
Paulina Hersler
   #6. Forward Paulina Hersler (190-94, is currently at the American university) helped UCLA win their game against the University of Utah (1-1) 67-56 in the NCAA on Friday night. She scored 8 points. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have 0-1 conference record this season. Hersler plays fourth season for the team. Hersler has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 3.1rpg. She is a former university international player as she played for the Swedish team two years ago.

Fanny Wadling
Fanny Wadling
   #7. Former U18 international forward Fanny Wadling (186-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Maine in their last game. Despite Wadling's good performance the Maine lost 53-64 at home to the Boston College. She scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Wadling has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg in four games. She used to play for the Swedish U18 national team two years ago.

Ida Andersson
Ida Andersson
   #8. Guard Ida Andersson (173-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Stetson in their game against the University of South Florida in the NCAA. Andersson cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points. It was her first game for Stetson this season. The Stetson was defeated 74-60 on their home court in DeLand, FL by the University of South Florida. Andersson used to play for the Swedish U20 national team back in 2015.

Maria Gultekin
Maria Gultekin
   #9. International guard Maria Gultekin (166-90, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Cankaya Universitesi Ankara in a victory against the 15th-ranked Edirne (6-12) 85-72 in the Turkish TKBL (second division) on Friday night. She scored only 4 points, had 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 23 minutes. Cankaya Universitesi Ankara (12-5) is placed sixth in the TKBL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Gultekin has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg in 17 games. She is also in the roster of the Swedish national team.



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Houston's double-double lands her TKBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old power forward Sharon Houston (191-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Elazig and receives a Eurobasket.com TKBL Player of the Week award for round 18.
She had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while her team edged out Yalova Vip (#14, 7-11) 65-62. Elazig maintains the 7th position in Turkish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Elazig will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Houston had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. She turned to be Elazig's top player in her first season with the team. Indiana University Northwest graduate has very impressive stats this year. Houston is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.4ppg) and averages solid 2.2bpg and 56.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Olena Staschuk (192-C-85) of Urla BLD. She is Ukrainian center in her first season at Urla BLD. In the last game Staschuk recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she led Urla BLD to another comfortable win 81-66 over the higher-ranked Ormanspor (#3, 14-4) being unquestionably team leader. Urla BLD's 13th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Staschuk is a newcomer at Urla BLD and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#5). She also registered 14.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Saynur Tozlu (189-PF-86) of league's second-best Edremit. Tozlu scored 14 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Edremit, leading her team to a 64-58 win against the lower-ranked Izmit (#5, 13-5). Edremit is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-2 record is not that bad... Tozlu has a very solid season. In 18 games in Turkey she scored 5.9ppg. She also has 10.3rpg, 2.5spg and 1.4bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Beratiye Demir (94) of Anadolu Univ. - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sasha Goodlett (195-C-90) of Mersin Univ. - 22 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Shenneika Smith (185-G/F-89) of Nevsehir HBVU - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Corinne Costa (193-F) of Mersin Kurtulus - 29 points and 6 rebounds
8. Chanita Jordan (196-C-87) of Bornova - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Yanique Gordon (193-F/C-91) of Orduspor - 18 points and 18 rebounds
10. Kezban Olcay (97) of Anadolu Univ. - 19 points and 14 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)



TKBL Round 18: Ormanspor lose to Urla BLD - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most important game in the last round took place in Izmir between third ranked Ormanspor (14-4) and thirteenth ranked Urla BLD (8-10) on Friday night. Ormanspor was defeated by Urla BLD on the road 66-81. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Ormanspor. Urla BLD made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Ormanspor turnovers and outrebounded them 34-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. Urla BLD looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Ukrainian center Olena Staschuk (192-85) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Seda Guclu-Aydin (182-88) contributed with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American center Aisha Mohammed (191-85, college: Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Ormanspor. Urla BLD moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with TED Ankara. Ormanspor at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Urla BLD is looking forward to face Mersin Kurtulus (#18) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ormanspor will play against 55 Genclik (#20) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Bornova (16-2) which played road game in Mugla against 4th ranked Bodrum (13-4). First ranked Bornova managed to get a 5-point victory 61-56. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bodrum. American center Chanita Jordan (196-87, college: Bowie St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ilsu Daricioglu chipped in 14 points and 6 steals during the contest. Bornova's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke) with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Bornova have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record, which they share with Edremit. Newly promoted Bodrum keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Bornova will play against league's second-placed Edremit in Balikesir in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bodrum will play on the road against Anadolu Univ. in Eskisehir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Anadolu Univ.'s fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 17 consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Samsun, where they outplayed 55 Genclik (0-18) 68-45 on Friday. Beratiye Demir notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by Zekiye Bank did not help to save the game for 55 Genclik. Anadolu Univ. (1-17) left bottom position moving up to nineteenth place. It was 55 Genclik's eighteenth loss in a row. They still close the standings. Anadolu Univ. will meet at home higher ranked Bodrum (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. 55 Genclik will play against Ormanspor (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Fourteenth-ranked Yalova Vip (7-11) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Elazig (12-6). The visitors from Elazig managed to secure only three-point victory 65-62. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Sharon Houston who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Yalova Vip's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Elazig have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-6 record, which they share with Mersin Gelisim. Yalova Vip at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. Elazig's next round opponent will be Nevsehir Uni (#17) at home and are hoping to win another game. Yalova Vip will play against Cankaya in Ankara and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Kastamonu. Eleventh ranked Orduspor (9-9) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Ferko Ilgaz (9-9) 64-61 in the game for the tenth place. It was a good game for Yanique Gordon who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. Orduspor moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Ferko Ilgaz. Orduspor will face TED Ankara (#12) at home in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Izmit was beaten by Edremit on the road 64-58. Edirne lost to Cankaya on its own court 72-85. Istanbulgucu unfortunately lost to Mersin Univ. in a road game 60-64. TED Ankara recorded a loss to Mersin Gelisim at home 57-61. Mersin Kurtulus was defeated by Nevsehir HBVU on the opponent's court 64-48.


Edremit - Izmit 64-58

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Edremit (16-2) beat 5th ranked Izmit (13-5) in Balikesir 64-58 on Friday. Edremit dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Izmit's 24. They outrebounded Izmit 49-28 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international Saynur Tozlu (189-86) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 20 rebounds. Canadian guard Nirra Fields (175-93, college: UCLA) contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Polish forward Julia Demirer (187-81, college: Emmanuel, MA) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and the former international point guard Busra Akbas (174-95) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Izmit. Edremit have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bornova. Newly promoted Izmit keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Edremit will face league's leader Bornova on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Izmit will play against Ferko Ilgaz (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Edremit: N.Fields 20+7reb+4ast, S.Tozlu 14+20reb+1ast, B.Pehlivan 11+3reb+6ast, A.Darinc 8+7reb, K.Dicle 7+3reb, C.Aslan 4+5reb+5ast
Izmit: B.Akbas 14+3reb+6ast, J.Demirer 12+14reb+2ast, D.Dogan 10+1reb+1ast, G.Sezer 9+6reb+2ast, S.Gizdem 8+3reb+3ast, R.Gorez 3
gschID: 479281


Yalova Vip - Elazig 62-65

Fourteenth-ranked Yalova Vip (7-11) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Elazig (12-6). The visitors from Elazig managed to secure only three-point victory 65-62. However their fans expected much easier game. Elazig dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to Yalova Vip's 18. Elazig forced 24 Yalova Vip turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Sharon Houston (191-88, college: IU Northwest) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Bahar Kocaoglu (-91) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Ebru Torun (-87) who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds and New Zealand Sezen Mercan (-84) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Yalova Vip's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Elazig have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-6 record, which they share with Mersin Gelisim. Yalova Vip at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. Elazig's next round opponent will be Nevsehir Uni (#17) at home and are hoping to win another game. Yalova Vip will play against Cankaya in Ankara and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Elazig: S.Houston 23+17reb+2ast, B.Kocaoglu 16+2reb+2ast, E.Turk 10+2reb+3ast, K.Altun 8+2reb+4ast, M.Demirci 5, N.Gungor 3+2reb+2ast
Yalova Vip: E.Torun 27+5reb+3ast, S.Kum 11+1ast, S.Mercan 7+5reb+4ast, B.Yillar 4+4reb+2ast, N.Aydogan 4+3reb, A.McDonald 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 479286


55 Genclik - Anadolu Univ. 45-68

Anadolu Univ.'s fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 17 consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Samsun, where they outplayed 55 Genclik (0-18) 68-45 on Friday. Anadolu Univ. dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to 55 Genclik's 26. They outrebounded 55 Genclik 51-31 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Anadolu Univ. looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by 55 Genclik's players. Beratiye Demir (-94) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and Kezban Olcay (-97) supported her with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by Zekiye Bank did not help to save the game for 55 Genclik. Ecrin Kose (-97) added 15 points. Anadolu Univ. (1-17) left bottom position moving up to nineteenth place. It was 55 Genclik's eighteenth loss in a row. They still close the standings. Anadolu Univ. will meet at home higher ranked Bodrum (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. 55 Genclik will play against Ormanspor (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Univ.: B.Demir 19+14reb+3ast, K.Olcay 19+14reb, M.Malone 11+8reb+1ast, O.Sirma 4+2reb+2ast, T.Gonen 4+8reb+13ast, E.Anac 4+3reb+3ast
55 Genclik: E.Kose 15+4reb+1ast, Z.Bank 12+9reb, E.Ceren Atak 11+3reb+4ast, G.Durmus 7+1reb+1ast, C.Birlik 0, B.Erduran 0+11reb
gschID: 479283


Bodrum - Bornova 56-61

An interesting game for Bornova (16-2) which played road game in Mugla against 4th ranked Bodrum (13-4). First ranked Bornova managed to get a 5-point victory 61-56. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bodrum. American center Chanita Jordan (196-87, college: Bowie St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Ilsu Daricioglu (167-83) chipped in 14 points and 6 steals during the contest. Four Bornova players scored in double figures. Bornova's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Gamze Turkoglu (195-83) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Bornova have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record, which they share with Edremit. Newly promoted Bodrum keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Bornova will play against league's second-placed Edremit in Balikesir in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bodrum will play on the road against Anadolu Univ. in Eskisehir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bornova: C.Jordan 16+12reb+2ast, I.Daricioglu 14+2reb+1ast, B.Yapar 10+2reb+1ast, N.Gungor 10+3reb+1ast, E.Sencebe 6+1reb+1ast, G.Duman 3+3reb
Bodrum: S.Selby 19+8reb+3ast, G.Turkoglu 13+6reb+1ast, M.Bilge 12+8reb, S.Sale 4+2reb+5ast, B.Onbasi 3+6reb, D.Dedeoglu 2+1ast
gschID: 479282


Edirne - Cankaya 72-85

Very expected game when 15th ranked Edirne (6-12) lost at home to sixth ranked Cankaya (12-5) 85-72 on Friday. Cankaya looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for guard Ilknur Dumlu (176-89) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 8 assists. American-Azerbaijani center Marcedes Marie Walker (191-86, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Cankaya players scored in double figures. American forward Arhonda Covington (185-85, college: Louisville) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Banu Toker (-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Edirne. Cankaya have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-5 record. Loser Edirne keeps the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. Cankaya will face Yalova Vip (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Edirne will play against Mersin Uni and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cankaya: I.Dumlu 21+4reb+8ast, G.Celebi 15+3reb+4ast, G.Sandallioglu 15+5reb+3ast, M.Marie Walker 14+12reb+3ast, H.Celebi 11+4reb+2ast, M.Gultekin 4+4reb+4ast
Edirne: A.Covington 24+9reb+3ast, B.Toker 16+6reb+1ast, M.Basak 14+5reb+2ast, M.Usal 7+4reb+7ast, C.Incel 6+5reb+2ast, K.Guler 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 479277


Ferko Ilgaz - Orduspor 61-64

Important game to mention about took place in Kastamonu. Eleventh ranked Orduspor (9-9) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Ferko Ilgaz (9-9) 64-61 in the game for the tenth place. It was a good game for Jamaican-American power forward Yanique Gordon (193-91, college: Cent.Florida) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. Sumeyya Ozcan contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Center Neslihan Ozkan (-93) replied with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Merissa Quick (190-93, college: Emporia St.) added 3 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ferko Ilgaz. Orduspor moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Ferko Ilgaz. Orduspor will face TED Ankara (#12) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Orduspor: Y.Gordon 18+18reb, T.Kanat 13+1reb+6ast, S.Ozcelik 12+1reb+2ast, S.Ozcan 9+8reb+6ast, D.Comba 6+7reb+2ast, E.Akar 6+14reb
Ferko Ilgaz: D.Celik 10+3reb+2ast, N.Ozkan 10+8reb+4ast, B.Altunbey 10+3reb+1ast, B.Nehir 8+2reb+2ast, M.Yusufoglu 8+5reb+3ast, S.Akyuz 7+3reb
gschID: 479280


Mersin Univ. - Istanbulgucu 64-60

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Mersin Uni (11-7) won against at home 16th ranked Istanbulgucu (5-13) 64-60 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Mersin Uni forced 19 Istanbulgucu turnovers. It was a good game for American center Sasha Goodlett (195-90, college: Georgia Tech) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. Point guard Merve Uygul (170-88) contributed with 11 points and 7 assists for the winners. Sevda Tuncluer replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and Gizem Uca (170-94) added 21 points and 6 steals in the effort for Istanbulgucu. Mersin Uni maintains ninth position with 11-7 record. Loser Istanbulgucu keeps the sixteenth place with 13 games lost. Mersin Uni will face Edirne (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Istanbulgucu will play against Mersin Gelisim and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mersin Univ.: S.Goodlett 22+17reb+2ast, G.Yuruk 14+2ast, M.Uygul 11+4reb+7ast, N.Basaran 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Sahin 5, I.Masa 3+9reb+3ast
Istanbulgucu: G.Uca 21+4reb, S.Tuncluer 14+12reb+6ast, M.Schlemer 9+7reb+1ast, I.Tokmak 6+4reb+2ast, G.Dulegoz 4+4reb, D.Catalbas 4+3reb+7ast
gschID: 479278


TED Ankara - Mersin Gelisim 57-61

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked TED Ankara (8-10) lost at home to eighth ranked Mersin Gelisim (12-6) 61-57 on Friday. It was a great shooting night for Mersin Gelisim especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was a good game for American center Nadia Parker (191-87, college: USC) who led her team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Fatma Bayram (-98) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Parker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Nigerian-American power forward Ayesha Barkley (188-87, college: Stetson, agency: Gamble Sports Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and center Derin Yaya (174-97) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for TED Ankara. Four TED Ankara players scored in double figures. Mersin Gelisim moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Elazig. TED Ankara lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. Mersin Gelisim will face Istanbulgucu (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TED Ankara will play against Orduspor (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mersin Gelisim: N.Parker 16+7reb+2ast, B.Cinar 15+2reb+1ast, S.Kutun 9+4reb+1ast, F.Bayram 8+6reb+5ast, Y.Uslular 7+2reb+9ast, N.Olcek 6+3reb
TED Ankara: A.Barkley 16+11reb+2ast, A.Beydili 12+4reb, D.Yaya 11+2reb+5ast, Y.Bul 10+4ast, M.Alkis 8+3reb+4ast, I.Solmaz 0
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Nevsehir HBVU - Mersin Kurtulus 64-48

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighteenth ranked Nevsehir Uni and 17th ranked Mersin Kurtulus had identical 3-14 record. This time Nevsehir Uni used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Mersin 64-48 on Friday night. Nevsehir Uni forced 22 Mersin Kurtulus turnovers. It was a good game for Jamaican-American swingman Shenneika Smith (185-89, college: St.John's) who led her team to a victory with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Tulin Okumus (-88) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Corinne Costa (193, college: UCLA) replied with 29 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and center Deniz Ekiz (189-89) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Mersin Kurtulus. Nevsehir Uni (4-14) moved-up to seventeenth place. Mersin Kurtulus lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighteenth position with 15 games lost. Nevsehir Uni will face higher ranked Elazig (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mersin Kurtulus will play against Urla BLD (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nevsehir HBVU: S.Smith 19+7reb+4ast, B.Gokceri 13+1reb+1ast, G.Albayrak 9+2reb, T.Okumus 9+10reb+2ast, O.Turmus 6+5reb+4ast, A.Cil 3+2reb+2ast
Mersin Kurtulus: C.Costa 29+6reb+1ast, E.Agar 7+2reb+1ast, D.Ekiz 6+7reb+4ast, S.Ozturk 4+7reb+4ast, I.Kucukorman 2+1ast, M.Kizilbulak 0+1reb
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Urla BLD - Ormanspor 81-66

The most important game in the last round took place in Izmir between third ranked Ormanspor (14-4) and thirteenth ranked Urla BLD (8-10) on Friday night. Ormanspor was defeated by Urla BLD on the road 66-81. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Ormanspor. Urla BLD made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Ormanspor turnovers and outrebounded them 34-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. Urla BLD looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Ukrainian center Olena Staschuk (192-85) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Seda Guclu-Aydin (182-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Urla BLD players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American center Aisha Mohammed (191-85, college: Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Nihan Demirkol (172-92, agency: LBM Management) added 20 points in the effort for Ormanspor. Urla BLD moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with TED Ankara. Ormanspor at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Urla BLD is looking forward to face Mersin Kurtulus (#18) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ormanspor will play against 55 Genclik (#20) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Urla BLD: O.Staschuk 21+11reb+3ast, M.Araz 14+1reb+1ast, G.Kumandanoglu 14+2reb+4ast, S.Guclu-Aydin 11+12reb+7ast, B.Karabas 10+3reb+5ast, H.Boybeyi 8+2reb+1ast
Ormanspor: N.Demirkol 20+4reb+3ast, A.Mohammed 17+10reb+2ast, D.Gezgin 8+3ast, H.Eldas 7+1reb, A.Sevinc 5+2reb+6ast, M.Yalcinkaya 4+4reb
gschID: 479284





Vandersloot number one in Turkey for round 11 - by Eurobasket News

American-Hungarian Point guard Courtney Vandersloot (173-PG-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Yakin Dogu BGD, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to her team's victory, helping them to beat Besiktas (#10, 5-6) 73-67. Yakin Dogu BGD is placed at 3rd position in Turkish KBSL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Yakin Dogu BGD will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Vandersloot had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. She turned to be Yakin Dogu BGD's top player in her first season with the team. Former Gonzaga University star has very solid stats this year. Vandersloot is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.9ppg), assists (5th best: 6.6apg) and averages impressive 59.2% FGP and 47.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Natasha Lacy (178-PG-85) of Botas. Lacy had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Botas to edge slightly higher-ranked Abdullah Gul (#4, 7-3) 70-69. This victory allowed Botas to move up to 5th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lacy is a newcomer at Botas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Lithuanian center Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) of Mersin BSB (#7). Petronyte scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. She was a key player of Mersin BSB, leading her team to a 76-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Osmaniye (#13, 2-9). Mersin BSB needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Petronyte has a great season in Turkey. After only 9 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (7th best). She also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 54.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Odyssey Sims (175-G-92) of Botas - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of Fenerbahce - 19 points and 12 rebounds
6. Michelle Snow (196-C-80) of Mersin MBK - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90) of Adana ASKI - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marina Bas (195-C-85) of Osmaniye - 19 points and 13 rebounds
9. Marica Gajic (187-F/C-95) of Girne Univ. - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) of Hatay - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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D'Andra Moss selected the top Ukrainian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

D'Andra Moss
D'Andra Moss
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard D'Andra Moss (178-88, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU, currently plays in Turkey). Moss could not help Mersin MBK (4-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite her very good performance Mersin MBK was defeated 86-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Hatay (#9). Moss was the second best scorer with 19 points. She also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Moss has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 64.7%. She is a naturalized American. Moss is currently a member of the Ukrainian senior national team. Strangely she has never played in Ukraine.

Olesia Malashenko
Olesia Malashenko
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Olesia Malashenko (191-91, also represented by LBM Management, currently plays in Turkey) is a teammate of previously mentioned D'Andra Moss and both played together in the last Turkish KBSL game. Malashenko. She was not able to help Mersin MBK (4-6) in their last game. Despite Malashenko's very good performance Mersin MBK lost 73-86 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#9) Hatay. She scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. This year Malashenko has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2spg, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 86.4% in nine games she played so far. She is in the roster of the Ukrainian senior national team.

Viktoria Mircheva
Viktoria Mircheva
   #3. The Ukrainian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Viktoria Mircheva (190-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Turkey). Mircheva was not able to secure a victory for Samsun (10-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite her good performance Samsun was defeated 68-56 at home by the higher-ranked Istanbul Uni (#6). Mircheva scored 10 points. Mircheva has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 40.3%, 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 63.0%. She has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Bulgarian. Mircheva played for the Ukrainian national team two years ago.

   #4. Power forward Ganna Zarytska (187-86, currently plays in Kazakhstan) led Astana Tigers to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Irtysh (3-3) crushing them 66-41 in the Kazakhstan D1 last Monday. She was MVP of the game. Zarytska scored 16 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Astana Tigers ENU (6-0) is placed first in the D1. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. It's Zarytska's sixth season with the team. This year her overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.2apg in six games. Zarytska is also Ukrainian national team player.

Olga Dubrovina
Olga Dubrovina
   #5. International guard Olga Dubrovina (170-87, currently plays in Kazakhstan) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ganna Zarytska and both played together in the last Kazakhstan D1 game. Dubrovina was the major contributor in an Astana Tigers' victory against one of league's weakest teams Irtysh (3-3) crushing them 66-41. She scored 12 points, had 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. This season Dubrovina averages: 8.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 6.7apg and 3.0spg. She plays currently for the Ukrainian national team.

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

   #1. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Ashdod to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Ramat Hasharon (3-9) crushing them 85-40 in the Israeli D1 in Monday night's game. She scored 12 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 28 minutes. Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (6-1) is placed second in the D1. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Levitsky has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.7bpg and 1.3spg in seven games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Israeli.

   #2. Olena Staschuk (192-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) led Urla BLD to a surprising victory over the third-ranked Ormanspor (14-4) 81-66 in the Turkish TKBL (second division) in Friday night's game. Staschuk was the best player in that game. She had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Staschuk also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes. Urla Belediyesi Genclik Sport Club (8-10) is placed 13th in the TKBL. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Staschuk's first season with the team. Staschuk has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 19.0ppg, 14.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.5spg in six games.

Other top Ukrainian players, who play abroad:

Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86) plays for Flammes in French LFB
Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89) plays for Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic ZBL
Taisia Udodenko (190-C-89) plays for Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic ZBL
Liudmyla Naumenko (188-F/C-93) plays for Villeneuve D'Ascq in French LFB
Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) plays for Villeneuve D'Ascq in French LFB
Kateryna Dobrikova (184-F-89) plays for Suduva in Lithuanian LMKL
Arina Bilocerkivska (170-G-89) plays for Suduva in Lithuanian LMKL
Kateryna Rymarenko (187-F-90) plays for Sleza Wroclaw in Polish TBLK
Anna Sokolan (177-G-84) plays for Montana 2003 in Bulgarian NBL
Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90) plays for AZS UMCS in Polish TBLK
Yuliya Andreyeva (188-SF-83) plays for Nantes Reze in French LFB

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



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Busch comes back to Sevenoaks Suns - by Eurobasket News

Sevenoaks Suns (WBBL) added to their roster 25-year old British guard Renee E. Busch (175-92). It is actually her comeback to Suns as she has played here before. Busch has only college experience so far playing last time for Pennsylvania (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 29 games she recorded 3.4ppg and 1.5rpg in 2014-15 season. Busch helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Ivy League championship title in 2014. Busch was selected to English EBL All-Star Game back in 2010 at her college time.
Busch represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 5.0ppg, 3.4rpg.
Of course it will be Busch's first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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