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  ABA  



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

The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 22nd and the DMV Warriors, based on two weekend victories, maintained their number one position followed closely by the South Florida Gold, Windy City Chicago Windy City Groove and Mobile Bay Tornados.
It took 8 games to qualify.

1. DMV Warriors 11-0
2. South Florida Gold 14-2
3. Windy City Groove 9-0
4. Mobile Bay Tornados 8-0
5. Orlando Waves 12-2
6. Kentucky Enforcers 11-2
7. Salina Saints 8-0
8. Orange County Novastars 10-3
9. Austin Bats 9-1
10. Chicago Fury 9-2
11. Atlanta Wildcats 8-1
12. Grand Rapids Danger 9-3
13. Jacksonville Giants 7-2
14. Yuba City Goldminers 7-3
15. Chicago Steam 7-2
16. Atlantic Coast Cardinals 7-1
17. Universal City Seraphims 9-5
18. Michigan Giant Knights 7-2
19. New England Anchors 7-2
20. Carolina Cougars 7-3
21. Springfield Sting 7-3
22. Baltimore Hawks 7-4
23. West Michigan Lake Hawks 6-4
24. PG Valor 6-5
25. T- Jersey Express 7-7, Elmira Eagles 6-6, Steel City Yellow Jackets 6-6

Teams to watch: Richmond Elite, New York Court Kingz, Georgia Kingz, Roc City Ravens. For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.7 
 3. Lukovic, Krka17.6 
 4. Boatright, Cedevita17.6 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.2 
 6. Hatcher, Partizan15.8 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.4 
 8. Zagorac, Mega Leks14.8 
 9. Sakic, Cibona14.7 
 10. Labovic, Karpos S.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.9 
 3. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.7 
 4. Lukovic, Krka7.6 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.3 
 6. Zagorac, Mega Leks7.0 
 7. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.9 
 8. Bolden, FMP6.7 
 9. James, Buducnost6.4 
 10. Savovic, Buducnost6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Reynolds, Cibona7.8 
 2. Covic, FMP6.7 
 3. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 5. Rebec, Krka6.2 
 6. Williams, Buducnost6.2 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar4.9 
 8. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.7 
 9. Radivojevic, Igokea4.7 
 10. Babic, Cedevita4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Cedevita
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.9 
 3. Perry, Karpos S.1.8 
 4. Vladovic, Zadar1.8 
 5. Ramljak, Zadar1.7 
 6. Trajkovski, Karpos S.1.7 
 7. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 8. Reynolds, Cibona1.6 
 9. Kaba, Mega Leks1.6 
 10. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Partizan2.1 
 2. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 3. James, Buducnost1.6 
 4. Austin, FMP1.5 
 5. Davidovac, FMP1.2 
 6. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 7. Scott, MZT Skopje1.2 
 8. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 9. Nikolic, Buducnost1.2 
 10. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.1 



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 19-6 
 2. Estudiantes C. 16-11 
 3. Regatas C. 16-11 
 4. Instituto 15-11 
 5. Olimpico LB 14-14 
 6. Quimsa 13-14 
 7. Libertad S. 12-14 
 8. La Union 12-14 
 9. Atenas 10-17 
 10. Echague 4-23 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 20-7 
 2. Ferrocarril 18-9 
 3. Weber Bahia 16-10 
 4. Argentino 14-12 
 5. Obras Basket 14-13 
 6. GECR Indalo 13-13 
 7. Penarol 13-15 
 8. Quilmes MP 12-15 
 9. Boca Jrs 8-17 
 10. Hispano Am. 8-21 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 19: San Lorenzo - Estudiantes C. 99-79
Jan. 18: San Martin C. - Echague 99-71
Jan. 22: Quilmes MP - GECR Indalo 96-88
Jan. 20: Regatas C. - Echague 95-83
Jan. 23: Quimsa - Ferrocarril 89-90
Jan. 21: Olimpico LB - Ferrocarril 89-69
Jan. 20: Instituto - Atenas 89-60
Jan. 18: Obras Basket - Hispano Am. 84-92
Jan. 23: Obras Basket - Libertad S. 82-67
Jan. 21: Hispano Am. - Libertad S. 80-94
Jan. 19: Weber Bahia - Quimsa 80-76
Jan. 21: Obras Basket - Estudiantes C. 80-71
Jan. 20: Penarol - GECR Indalo 73-69

Regular Season: Round 29

Jan. 24: Weber Bahia - GECR Indalo
Jan. 24: Penarol - Instituto
Jan. 24: Estudiantes C. - Boca Jrs
Jan. 25: San Lorenzo - Libertad S.
Jan. 25: San Martin C. - Argentino
Jan. 26: Echague - Boca Jrs
Jan. 26: Quilmes MP - Instituto
Jan. 27: San Lorenzo - Weber Bahia
Jan. 27: Atenas - Penarol
Jan. 27: GECR Indalo - Obras Basket
Jan. 27: Regatas C. - Argentino


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.1 
 2. Green, Instituto19.1 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.8 
 4. Horner, Obras B.18.4 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Vildoza, Libertad S.16.4 
 8. Solano, Echague16.4 
 9. Reed, Penarol16.3 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 2. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.10.0 
 5. Horner, Obras B.8.9 
 6. Wood, San M.8.8 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.4 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.4 
 10. Francis, La Union8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.5 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.3 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.7 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.6 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.2 
 6. Perez, Boca Jrs4.9 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.8 
 8. Cantero, San M.4.7 
 9. De los Santo., GECR I.4.6 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.2 
 2. Solano, Echague2.1 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. De los Santo., GECR I.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 8. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.6 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
 10. Whelan, Weber B.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.8 
 4. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
Center North
 1. Union SF 14-4 
 2. San Isidro 12-7 
 3. Barrio Parque 11-7 
 4. BHY Tiro Federal 7-11 
 5. Independiente BBC 5-13 
 6. SP Las Parejas 4-14 
Center South
 1. Ciclista 13-7 
 2. Parque Sur 12-7 
 3. Platense 10-8 
 4. Temperley 10-8 
 5. Rocamora 9-9 
 6. La Union 5-13 
 7. Gimnasia LP 4-16 
North
 1. Hindu 16-3 
 2. Comunicaciones 15-4 
 3. Villa Angela 12-7 
 4. Villa San Martin 8-11 
 5. Salta Basket 7-11 
 6. Obera TC 5-14 
 7. Mitre Tuc. 5-15 
South
 1. Olimpo BB 14-5 
 2. Estudiantes O. 14-7 
 3. Huracan 11-11 
 4. Alianza Viedma 10-9 
 5. Atenas Carmen 8-12 
 6. Petr.Argentino 6-14 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 22: Gimnasia LP - Atenas Carmen 90-97
Jan. 20: Union SF - Mitre Tuc. 87-83
Jan. 22: La Union - Olimpo BB 86-89
Jan. 20: Barrio Parque - Villa Angela 85-88
Jan. 20: Comunicaciones - Salta Basket 82-62
Jan. 22: Obera TC - Salta Basket 81-72
Jan. 20: Ciclista - Atenas Carmen 81-68
Jan. 21: Huracan - Petr.Argentino 78-45
Jan. 23: Alianza Viedma - Temperley 74-69
Jan. 21: San Isidro - Hindu 58-75
Jan. 24: Parque Sur - Olimpo BB
Jan. 24: San Isidro - SP Las Parejas
Jan. 24: Comunicaciones - Independiente BBC
Jan. 24: Estudiantes O. - Platense
Jan. 24: Villa San Martin - Union SF


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Barovero, Union SF23.8 
 2. Brown, La Union20.8 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.1 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista19.8 
 6. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 7. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.19.5 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.8 
 9. Montes Cardo., Obera T.18.6 
 10. Cutley, Atenas C.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.8 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.10.0 
 4. Lauria, Comunica.8.5 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Smith, Olimpo BB8.2 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB8.1 
 8. Hill, Huracan8.1 
 9. Graham, Temperley8.1 
 10. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Cajal, Independ.7.1 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.5 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.1 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.6 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.4.9 
 6. Franco, Alianza .4.8 
 7. Rusconi, Gimnasia.4.6 
 8. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 9. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.4 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Alvaro MERLO
  Ciclista
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Merlo, Ciclista2.3 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Pais, Platense2.2 
 4. Lopez, Independ.2.2 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.1 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.2.1 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF2.0 
 8. Gago, Petr.Arg.2.0 
 9. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 10. Punet, Huracan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.4 
 4. Stroud, Parque Sur1.3 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.1 
 6. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 7. Morales, Villa S.0.9 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Melo, Huracan0.8 
 10. Johnson, Estudian.0.8 


Atletico Tostado tabs Laureano Zalio - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Tostado (TFB) inked 22-year old center Laureano Zalio (206-95). He started the season at Petr.Argentino in the TNA. TNA was a little too high level for him, where in 11 games he averaged just 1.2ppg and 2.5rpg this season. TFB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Zalio played at Libertad Sunchales (LigaA). TNA was a little too high level for him, where in 12 LigaA games he had only 0.6ppg.
He has played previously for Obras Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Real Madrid to a victory against the 13th-ranked Valencia Basket (3-12) 85-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Nocioni scored 11 points in a mere 15 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (14-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Nocioni averages: 5.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 3FGP: 51.5%(17-33) in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). Campazzo could not help UCAM Murcia (5-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance UCAM Murcia was defeated 88-76 on the road by the much higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#6). Campazzo was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added made 7 passes and 4 steals. Campazzo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.4apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 82.8%. Campazzo is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Denver Nuggets (18-25) 118-104 in the NBA on Thursday night. Ginobili recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 20 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 34-9 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's 15th year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 36.1%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 89.2% in 37 games. Ginobili is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #4. Power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA) helped Brooklyn Nets win their game against the New Orleans Pelicans (17-27) crushing them 143-114 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 14 points in only a mere 8 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets have rather weak 9-34 record this season. It's Scola's first year with the team. This year Scola's overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 3.9rpg in 31 games. He has both Argentinian and Spanish nationalities. Scola is also Argentinian national team player.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #5. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) was not able to help Arkadia Lions (7-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Arkadia Lions were badly defeated 87-67 in Kapfenberg by the higher-ranked Bulls (#4). Vay was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. This season Vay has very high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. Vay also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He used to play for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #6. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Delia was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (5-12) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (11-6). He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. But UCAM Murcia lost 76-88 in Malaga to the much higher-ranked (#6) Unicaja. This year Delia's total stats are: 6.6ppg and 3.5rpg in 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #7. International swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (16-32) crushing them 122-73 in the NBA on Sunday night. Brussino recorded 8 points in only 12 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have rather weak 15-29 record this season. It's Brussino's first year with the team. He has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.2rpg in 26 games. Brussino is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (13-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Fernandez's good performance Leche Rio Breogan was defeated 97-89 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto. He scored 10 points. Fernandez has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #9. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valmontone (15-2) in their game against Cassino (12-5) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Caceres scored 7 points in 38 minutes. The second-placed Valmontone (15-2) was edged 70-67 at home by the lower-ranked (#4) Cassino in the Group C. They ended the series of ten consecutive victories. This year Caceres has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg in 11 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the 13th-ranked AV Cantu (6-10) crushing them 93-72 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Filloy recorded only 4 points and added 7 passes. Umana Reyer Venezia (12-4) is placed second in the Serie A. It's Filloy's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Experienced Omar Canton (206-C-82, currently plays in Uruguay) led Union Atletica to a victory against the sixth-ranked Cordon (0-7) 91-87 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Tuesday. Canton scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Union Atletica Montevideo (3-4) is placed fourth in Promocional 2 group. The Second Stage already ended. It's Canton's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Canton averages: 17.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian.

   #3. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) led Neuchatel to a victory over the closely-ranked Starwings (8-5) 79-62 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Savoy scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Union Neuchatel Basket (8-5) is placed fourth in the LNA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Savoy has been at the team for four years. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg. Savoy has both Argentinian and Swiss nationalities.

   #4. Patricio Prato (194-F/G-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Imola's victory against the tenth-ranked Jesi (8-10) 93-89 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 17 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 23 minutes. Andrea Costa Imola (6-6) is placed sixth in East group. This year Prato has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 17 games he played so far. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Scauri's victory against the 15th-ranked Viterbo SA (3-14) 81-76 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Sunday night. Boffelli was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Basket Scauri (9-8) is placed seventh in Group C. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Boffelli's first season with the team. This year Boffelli has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Boffelli has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) could not help SK Knights (10-21) in their last game. Despite his good performance SK Knights lost 83-87 on the road to the league outsider (#10) Sonic Boom KT. Kim scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 5.1rpg in 29 games. Kim has dual citizenship: South Korean and Argentinian.

   #7. Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88, currently plays in Chile) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Universidad de Concepcion 91-76 in the Chilean Liga Nacional last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Abeiro scored 25 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season he has very high stats. Abeiro averages: 25.4ppg, 11.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.8spg.

   #8. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point FCM Ferentino's victory against the 13th-ranked Rieti 86-84 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 35 minutes. This year Musso has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.7spg in 18 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #9. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an New Orleans' surprising victory against the Central Arkansas 81-63 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Thomas recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Thomas averages: 19.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Thomas has never played in Argentina.

   #10. Sebastian Vico (193-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Unieuro Forli in their game against Treviso Basket in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. His team was edged 58-55. This year Vico has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.4apg in 18 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Ware, United22.9 
 2. Dillard, Breakers22.2 
 3. Cotton, Wildcats22.2 
 4. Randle, 36ers22.0 
 5. Prather, Wildcats19.9 
 6. Newley, Kings17.4 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 8. Goulding, United17.2 
 9. Lisch, Kings16.8 
 10. Clarke, Hawks16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  Bullets
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Craig, Bullets8.0 
 2. Boone, United7.7 
 3. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.2 
 5. Mitchell, Breakers7.0 
 6. Whittington, Kings6.6 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Pledger, Breakers6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.3 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.3 
 4. Dillard, Breakers5.0 
 5. Ware, United4.4 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.2 
 8. Sobey, 36ers3.9 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Worthington, Taipa.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin DILLARD
  Breakers
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dillard, Breakers2.0 
 2. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 3. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Ware, United1.4 
 7. Harris, Hawks1.4 
 8. Jackson, United1.4 
 9. Cotton, Wildcats1.3 
 10. Newley, Kings1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel MCKAY
  Wildcats
  (206-F/C-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. McKay, Wildcats1.7 
 2. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.3 
 4. Boone, United1.1 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.0 
 6. Craig, Bullets0.8 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Jacobsen, 36ers0.8 
 9. Carter, Breakers0.7 
 10. Wesley, United0.7 


Australian NBL round 16 best performance: Daniel Kickert - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Dutch Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bullets, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush United (#5, 11-12) with 17-point margin 88-71. Bullets maintains the 8th position in Australian NBL. Bullets 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 10-14 record. In the team's last game Kickert had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bullets' top player in his first season with the team. Daniel Kickert averages this season 13.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of league's leader 36ers. Randle had a very good evening with 22 points and 3 assists. Of course he led 36ers to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Bullets (#8, 10-14) 101-68. Of course 36ers still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 17-7 record. Randle is a newcomer at 36ers, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Bullets' star - American forward Torrey Craig (198-F-90). Craig scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Bullets, helping his team with a 88-71 easy win against the higher-ranked United (#5, 11-12). The chances of Bullets ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Craig could help Bullets to bring them higher in the standings. Craig has a great season in Australia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angus Brandt (208-C-89) of Wildcats - 17 points and 11 rebounds
5. Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Hawks - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Bullets - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89) of Breakers - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United - 27 points and 4 assists
10. Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) of Breakers - 25 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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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 14-2 
 2. Gmunden 13-5 
 3. Wels 10-7 
 4. Kapfenberg 10-8 
 5. Furstenfeld 8-9 
 6. Vienna 8-10 
 7. Arkadia 7-11 
 8. UBSC Graz 5-13 
 9. Klosterneuburg 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 22: Kapfenberg - Arkadia 87-67
Jan. 23: Furstenfeld - UBSC Graz 82-74
Jan. 22: Vienna - Klosterneuburg 80-74
Jan. 22: Wels - Gmunden 75-93

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 27: Oberwart - Arkadia
Feb. 5: Oberwart - Wels
Feb. 5: Gmunden - Kapfenberg
Feb. 5: Arkadia - Furstenfeld
Feb. 5: UBSC Graz - Vienna


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.4 
 2. Miletic, Vienna19.7 
 3. Vay, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna19.3 
 5. McNealy, Oberwart16.9 
 6. Lamesic, Wels16.9 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.4 
 8. Murati, Gmunden16.2 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron NAYLOR
  UBSC G.
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Naylor, UBSC G.11.1 
 2. Rados, Klostern.11.1 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.4 
 4. Lamesic, Wels8.2 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia7.9 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.4 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.2 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart7.0 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
 10. Ferguson, Vienna6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.6 
 2. Stazic, Vienna5.5 
 3. Car, Furstenfeld5.5 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.4 
 5. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.1 
 6. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.2 
 9. Payton, Wels4.2 
 10. O''Neal, Wels4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Vienna
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Coleman, Vienna3.0 
 2. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 3. Jandl, Furstenfeld2.5 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna1.9 
 5. Payton, Wels1.8 
 6. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 7. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 8. Stazic, Vienna1.6 
 9. Koch, Vienna1.5 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris FERGUSON
  Vienna
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ferguson, Vienna1.7 
 2. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.4 
 4. Chan, Wels1.2 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Naylor, UBSC G.0.9 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 9. Steed, Gmunden0.8 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.7 


Rasid Mahalbasic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Austrians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (7-10) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's good performance Sevilla lost 86-91 on the road to the league outsider (#17) La ICL Manresa. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 67.3%(33-49) and FT: 84.0% in seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). Schreiner contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-10) crushing them 95-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 9 points and added 5 assists. MoraBanc Andorra (10-7) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. This season Schreiner averages: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 18.2%, 3FGP: 44.7%. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). Ortner managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia in a victory against the 13th-ranked AV Cantu (6-10) crushing them 93-72 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points in 14 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (12-4) is placed second in the Serie A. This year Ortner's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.1%(27-49) in 16 games. He played for the Austrian national team four years ago.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #4. Point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) led Naestved to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Stevnsgade (4-9) crushing them 80-60 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lanegger also added 3 assists in 25 minutes. Team FOG Naestved (9-8) is placed fourth in the Ligaen. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Lanegger's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg in nine games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #5. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Braunschweig in their game against ALBA Berlin (14-5) in the German BBL. Klepeisz recorded 7 points. Braunschweig was defeated 84-76 in Berlin by the much higher-ranked ALBA (#4). Klepeisz has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #6. Forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (9-34) 119-109 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Poeltl scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 28-16 record this season. Poeltl has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.7rpg in 25 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Austrian senior team two years ago.

Valentine Bauer
Valentine Bauer
   #7. Former U20 international point guard Valentine Bauer (183-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Mars Hill College (2-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bauer's good performance the Mars Hill College was crushed 94-73 in Wingate, NC by the Wingate University. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bauer has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.7apg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team three years ago.

Mladen Perak
Mladen Perak
   #8. Forward Mladen Perak (203-94, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the St.Gregory's University (3-5) in their game against the John Brown University in the NAIA. Perak cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point. The St.Gregory's University was defeated 77-64 in Siloam Springs, AR by the John Brown University. Perak has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to an easy victory against the league outsider Sampaense (1-15) crushing them 88-67 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. Douvier recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Ovarense Dolce Vita (8-8) is placed seventh in the LPB. This season Douvier has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.

   #2. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) could not help Herzogenaurach (3-13) in their last game. Despite Kaiser's good performance the 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (3-13) was edged 87-84 at home by the higher-ranked (#11) Zwickau in the South-East group. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kaiser also added 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 30 minutes. It was Herzogenaurach's eighth consecutive loss in a row. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg in 16 games he played so far.



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David Nesbitt selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Uruguay). Nesbitt led Goes to a victory over the second-ranked Atletico Welcome (5-2) 88-74 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Nesbitt scored 23 points and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Promocional 2. Goes Montevideo (18-10) is placed . The Second Stage already ended. It's Nesbitt's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nesbitt averages: 15.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 58.6%(95-162) and FT: 87.2%. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (18-28) crushing them 118-98 in the NBA last Wednesday. Hield scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. The New Orleans Pelicans have 17-27 record this season. Hield has relatively good stats this year: 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 89.7% in 44 games he played so far. He played for the Bahamas national team in 2014.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Carey Jr. contributed to Wagner's victory against the Sacred Heart University (4-0) 67-62 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Wagner College has 3-3 conference record this season. This year Carey Jr. has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 77.3%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #4. Forward Travis Munnings (198-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the La-Monroe (0-5) to beat the University of Texas at Arlington (4-1). He recorded 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes. But the La-Monroe was badly defeated 71-55 at home by the University of Texas at Arlington. So far La-Monroe lost all five games in the conference Munnings has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.0apg in 18 games. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #5. An experienced former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a SAP Vaucluse's victory against the closely-ranked Angers BC (8-11) crushing them 89-69 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (8-12) is placed 14th in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Davis' stats this season are: 12.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #6. Power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Arenys (7-6) in their last game. Despite Turnquest's good performance the sixth-placed Arenys (7-6) lost 70-76 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#13) Mataro in the Group C-A. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Turnquest's stats this year are: 11.4ppg and 6.2rpg in 12 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bahamas senior team eleven years ago.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #7. Former U17 international point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Michigan St. (4-2) in their game against the Ohio State University (2-0) in the NCAA. Nairn recorded only 4 points and added 8 passes. The Michigan St. was defeated 72-67 on their home court in East Lansing, MI by the Ohio State University. Nairn's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team six years ago.

Kentwan Smith
Kentwan Smith
   #8. Forward Kentwan Smith (203-91, college: Stetson, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help BC Nokia (6-4) in their game against Kauhajoen Karhu (13-10) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Smith scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. BC Nokia lost 83-93 on their home court in Nokia to the lower-ranked (#4) Kauhajoen Karhu. This year Smith's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

Mikhail Rolle
Mikhail Rolle
   #9. Former U17 international guard Mikhail Rolle (190-94, currently plays in NAIA) contributed to a Saint Thomas University's victory against the Kaiser University (2-1) 74-70 in the TSC on Saturday night. He scored 9 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Saint Thomas University has record this season. Rolle's total stats this year are: 3.1ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team six years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #10. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Hap.Haifa (7-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Hap.Haifa was defeated 83-72 in Raanana by the higher-ranked Maccabi (#8). Burrows was the top scorer with 34 points. He also added 8 rebounds. This season Burrows has very high stats. He averages: 24.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.8spg. Burrows is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (30-12) crushing them 126-91 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 31 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 38-6 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thompson averages: 21.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.0apg in 43 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against the league outsider Saint Chamond (4-11) 84-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Fairell was the best player in that game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fairell's second season in pro basketball. SPO Rouen Basket (5-10) is placed 16th in the ProB. Fairell has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in Stabill's victory against the league outsider TBV Start (3-13) 86-83 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. Knowles recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 18 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Siarka Tarnobrzeg (3-13) is placed second from the bottom (#16) in the PLK. Knowles has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg, 10.4rpg and 2.0bpg.

   #4. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) could not help the Acadia University (5-6) in their last game. Despite Grant's very good performance the Acadia University (#5) was badly defeated 101-84 on the road by the Tigers. He scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. Grant has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg in seven games.

   #5. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Texas (1-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the Texas were defeated 74-64 at home by the Baylor University. Cleare scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cleare's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 5.1rpg.

   #6. Brad Nairn (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Henderson State University in their game against the Arkansas Tech in the NCAA2, despite his good performance in Thursday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in a mere 18 minutes. But his team lost 69-83 in the NCAA2. This year Nairn's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.4rpg in 13 games.

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

   #8. Azaro Roker (198-F, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the St.Francis Xavier in their game against the Sea Hawks in the Canadian university league CIS. Roker scored 6 points. His team was defeated 98-91. Roker's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #9. Phillip Jones (201-F-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help Sam Houston State University in a victory against the Lamar University crushing them 87-65 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. This year Jones' total stats are: 3.1ppg and 2.2rpg in 18 games.

   #10. Willis Mackey (201-F/C, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the University of Northwestern Ohio in their game against the Concordia University, MI in the WHAC. Mackey scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and made 6 blocks in 16 minutes. His team was edged 55-54 in the WHAC. This year Mackey's total stats are: 3.1ppg and 2.2rpg in 18 games.



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Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Barons Riga 9-2 
 2 Nevezis 8-3 
 3 Rapla 8-4 
 4 Jurmala 5-6 
 5 Liepaja/Triobet 5-7 
 6 Parnu 3-9 
 7 Barsy Atyrau 2-9 
Group B
 1 P.Zvaigzdes 10-1 
 2 Valmiera 9-2 
 3 Jekabpils 7-4 
 4 BK Ogre 5-6 
 5 TTU 5-6 
 6 Tarvas 3-8 
 7 COR-Borisfen 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 23: Liepaja/Triobet - Barsy Atyrau 87-50
Jan. 25: P.Zvaigzdes - Valmiera
Jan. 25: Jekabpils - Tarvas
Jan. 25: Jurmala - Nevezis
Jan. 25: BK Ogre - TTU
Jan. 25: Barons Riga - Barsy Atyrau


Nikola Vujovic claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Nikola Vujovic (210-C-93) had a great game in the last round for TTU and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat COR-Borisfen (#14, 0-12), the league's bottom-ranked team 108-97. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. TTU maintains the 12th position in Baltic League . TTU 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 5-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Vujovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Nikola Vujovic averages this season 7.4ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American point guard Trevin Parks (180-PG-91) of Barsy Atyrau. Parks impressed basketball fans with 33 points and 3 rebounds. It was enough for Barsy Atyrau to edge slightly higher-ranked Parnu (#6, 3-9) by 4 points 96-92. Barsy Atyrau's 7th position in the standings has not changed. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Barsy Atyrau managed to get this year. Parks is a newcomer at Barsy Atyrau 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 22.1ppg (#1). He also recorded 3.2 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was another TTU's star - Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90, agency: Octagon Europe). Jarvelainen showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of TTU, helping his team with a 108-97 win against COR-Borisfen (#14, 0-12). The chances of TTU 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, Jarvelainen could help TTU to bring them higher in the standings. Jarvelainen has a great season in Baltic League. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.1rpg (8th best). He also has FGP: 52.7% and 3PT: 42.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Smiljanic (199-F-89) of Nevezis - 25 points and 6 rebounds
5. Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Valmiera - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Lauris Blaus (208-C-90) of Valmiera - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Toni Prostran (182-G-91) of Nevezis - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Tonis Peil (196-F-93) of Tarvas - 23 points and 4 rebounds
9. Edvinas Seskus (196-G/F-95) of Parnu - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Pavel Micheev (201-F-83) of Barsy Atyrau - 21 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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  BELARUS  


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

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

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Germany). Veremeenko managed to help Brose Baskets Bamberg to win against the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth (13-5) crushing them 75-52 in the German BBL last Sunday. He recorded 5 points. Brose Baskets Bamberg (17-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Veremeenko averages: 5.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 74.3%(26-35). He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). He contributed to a Maccabi Rishon's victory against the league outsider Maccabi K/G (3-12) 77-69 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Wayns scored 9 points in 20 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (8-7) is placed sixth in the Winner League. This year Wayns has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 66.7% in seven games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #4. Shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Kalev/Cramo (2-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Kalev/Cramo was crushed 81-57 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Khimky (#3). Liutych was the second best scorer with 11 points. It's Liutych's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg and 4.1rpg. Liutych is also Belarusian national team player.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #5. International small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to secure a victory for Falco KC (8-6) in their game against Atomeromu (4-10) in the Hungarian A Division, despite his good performance last Saturday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. But Falco KC was crushed 82-59 in Paks by the much lower-ranked (#12) Atomeromu. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Pustahvar's stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #6. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (2-13) in their game against Maccabi Rehovot (8-6) in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his good performance in Tuesday night's game. Gandlin scored 12 points in 41 minutes. It was his first game for Ironi Ramat Gan this season. But the bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan was edged 96-94 at home by the much higher-ranked (#6) Maccabi Rehovot. It was Ironi Ramat Gan's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Gandlin is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Denis Vikentsyeu
Denis Vikentsyeu
   #7. U18 international power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in a 2-point Ventspils Augstskola's victory against the seventh-ranked Jekabpils II (2-6) 82-80 in the Latvian LBL2 (second division) last Tuesday. He recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. BK Ventspils Augstskola (9-0) is placed first in Places 13-21 group. So far his team won all nine games in the Second Stage. Vikentsyeu's stats this season are: 14.5ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He is also Belarusian U18 national team player.

Vladzimir Krysevich
Vladzimir Krysevich
   #8. Center Vladzimir Krysevich (209-91, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Galitos-Barreiro (11-5) in their game against Vitoria SC (12-4) in the Portuguese LPB. Krysevich recorded only 4 points in 22 minutes. Galitos-Barreiro was edged 83-80 in Guimaraes by the higher-ranked (#3) Vitoria SC. It was Galitos-Barreiro's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Krysevich's overall stats are: 3.5ppg and 1.9rpg in 11 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2013.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #9. Former U18 international forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Avtodor win their game against the closely-ranked Enisey (5-9) 94-87 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Astapkovich scored only one point. Avtodor Saratov (4-8) is placed ninth in the VTB United League. Astapkovich's total stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 1.4rpg. He used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team six years ago.

Vlad Mikulskiy
Vlad Mikulskiy
   #10. Guard Vlad Mikulskiy (192-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Vikentsyeu and both played together in the last Latvian LBL2 game. Mikulskiy led Ventspils Augstskola to a 2-point victory against the seventh-ranked Jekabpils II (2-6) 82-80. He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. Mikulskiy averaged so far 13.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.6apg and 3.0spg in 14 games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Belarusian National Team roster.

   #11. U18 international forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Perlas-MRU edge the leader Suduva-Mantinga 85-83 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Friday night. Massalski scored only 2 points, had 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Massalski's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 4.0rpg. He plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia) could not help Ryazan (3-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Ryazan was badly defeated 81-65 on the road by the much higher-ranked Irkut Irkutsk (#4). Iurchik recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Iurchik's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

   #2. Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help KTU in their game against Zalgiris II (15-14) in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Balaban cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The fifth-placed KTU (11-19) was edged 75-72 in a derby game by the leading Zalgiris II in the Places 8-14 group. This year Balaban's total stats are: 3.6ppg and 2.1rpg in eight games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Lithuanian.



Belarusian Premier League round 21 best performance: Yuri Mishukov - by Eurobasket News

Former international Center Yuri Mishukov (205-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Grodno-93, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Brest (#9, 2-16) with 63-point margin 119-56. It allowed Grodno-93 to consolidate first place in the Belarusian Premier League. Grodno-93 has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 17-1. In the team's last game Mishukov had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Grodno-93, through which he has constantly improved. Yuri Mishukov averages this season 12.7ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Tsimafei Viaroukin (186-PG-93) of GOCOR-Sozh. Viaroukin had a very good evening with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led GOCOR-Sozh to another comfortable win 91-72 over the higher-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 11-9) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed GOCOR-Sozh to move up to 8th position in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories GOCOR-Sozh managed to get this year. Viaroukin is one of the most experienced players at GOCOR-Sozh and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 5.5rpg and 3.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Grodno-93's star - forward Kiryl Chumakov (197-F-95). Chumakov showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Grodno-93, helping his team with a 119-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Brest (#9, 2-16). Many experts and fans count Grodno-93 as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 17 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Chumakov has a great season in Belarus. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (9th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 62.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evgeniy Pankratovic (186-G-98) of Impuls BGUIR - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Dmitriy Chumakov (203-F-93) of Prinemanye - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Anton Vashkevich (203-F/C-94) of Vitebsk - 11 points and 17 rebounds
7. Egor Dudov (190-G-98) of GOCOR-Sozh - 14 points and 7 rebounds
8. Maksim Liutych (200-F-97) of Tsmoki II - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ivan Kaliayev (200-F-87) of Grodno-93 - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Andrei Navoichyk (200-F-91) of Grodno-93 - 14 points, 5 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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D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels19.6 
 2. Lhoest, Ninane19.0 
 3. Celis, Oxaco17.7 
 4. Baptista, Gistel O.17.2 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Van Hoey, Oxaco16.3 
 7. Lambrecht, Gistel O.16.2 
 8. Gorremans, Soba16.1 
 9. Guillemyn, Waregem16.1 
 10. Kotrulja, Gistel O.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Lhoest, Ninane10.5 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele10.1 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.1 
 4. Fall, Ieper8.4 
 5. Gorremans, Soba7.5 
 6. Moris, Royal Brussels7.2 
 7. Celis, Oxaco6.9 
 8. De Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B6.8 
 10. Vermeersch, Gembo B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent LHOTE
  Gent Hawks
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.5 
 3. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.4 
 4. Lait, Royal Brussels4.3 
 5. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.9 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.8 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.5 
 8. Snyers, Houthalen3.3 
 9. Pegg, Oxaco2.8 
 10. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas GOETHAERT
  Gembo B.
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.1 
 2. De Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 3. Benzouien, Royal B.1.8 
 4. Van den Bran., Eke.1.8 
 5. Riahi, RPC A.1.7 
 6. Celis, Oxaco1.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Van Hoey, Oxaco1.5 
 9. Mwendanga, Giants B.1.5 
 10. Lamot, Melsele1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Hilliman, Melsele1.2 
 2. Vermeersch, Gembo B.1.1 
 3. Fall, Ieper1.1 
 4. Samaey, Waregem0.8 
 5. De Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 7. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.6 
 8. Dierickx, Ieper0.5 
 9. Van den Berg., Gent H.0.5 
 10. Hendrickx, Melsele0.5 


Euromillions League Round 15: Antwerp Giants are upset by Limburg United - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Antwerp Giants (11-4) and tenth ranked Limburg United (5-10) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Antwerp Giants were defeated by Limburg United in Antwerp 103-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. Limburg United made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jordan Swing (198-90, college: UAB) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) chipped in 29 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Leuven. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Limburg United is looking forward to face higher ranked Kangoeroes (#4) in Willebroek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Antwerp Giants will play on the road against Basic-Fit Brussels and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-8) against seventh ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Belfius Mons-Hainaut in a tough game in Jemappes 70-79. It was a good game for American swingman J.J. Mann (198-91, college: Belmont) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Amaury Gorgemans contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Okapi Aalstar. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to third place, which they share with Kangoeroes. Okapi Aalstar at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in Liege in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Oostende delivered the twelfth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Spirou Charleroi (7-8) 86-58. It was a great evening for Khalid Boukichou who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points. The best for the losing side was Ioann Iarochevitch with 10 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. Oostende (12-3) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Spirou Charleroi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Brussels. Oostende will meet Okapi Aalstar (#5) on the road in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Leuven. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (7-8) to ninth ranked Leuven Bears (5-10) 80-78 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Omar Samhan who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Leuven Bears' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Leuven Bears moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Limburg United. Basic-Fit Brussels at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Leuven Bears' next round opponent will be higher ranked Spirou Charleroi (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 15 Liege was defeated by Kangoeroes in Willebroek 82-75.
The best stats of 15th round was 6 points and 9 rebounds by Marko Jagodic Kuridza of Oostende.

Leuven - Brussels 80-78

A very interesting game took place in Leuven. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (7-8) to ninth ranked Leuven Bears (5-10) 80-78 on Saturday evening. Leuven Bears shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Jonas Delalieux (202-92) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Leuven Bears' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import swingman Chris Dowe (193-91, college: Bellarmine) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Basic-Fit Brussels in the defeat. Leuven Bears moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Limburg United. Basic-Fit Brussels at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Leuven Bears' next round opponent will be higher ranked Spirou Charleroi (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Leuven: O.Samhan 22+5reb+1ast, J.Delalieux 15+8reb, C.Miller-McIntyre 14+4reb+5ast, C.Steindl 9+2reb+3ast, T.Setty 8+4reb+1ast, I.Bako 7+4reb
Brussels: C.Dowe 16+5reb+1ast, J.Simmons 15+6reb+3ast, M.Depuydt 14+3reb+3ast, A.Lichodzijewski 8+1reb+2ast, D.Loubry 8+2ast, B.Ubel 8+4reb+1ast
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Antwerp - Limburg United 90-103

The game between second ranked Antwerp Giants (11-4) and tenth ranked Limburg United (5-10) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Antwerp Giants were defeated by Limburg United in Antwerp 103-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. Limburg United made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jordan Swing (198-90, college: UAB) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) chipped in 29 points. Five Limburg United players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Leuven. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Limburg United is looking forward to face higher ranked Kangoeroes (#4) in Willebroek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Antwerp Giants will play on the road against Basic-Fit Brussels and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: S.Tuttle 29+3reb+2ast, J.Swing 23+9reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 16+2reb+2ast, H.Vanwijn 10+5reb+2ast, D.Jansen 10+5reb, B.Lemaire 7+1reb+2ast
Antwerp: M.Smith 26+6reb+3ast, J.Clark 20+6reb+5ast, R.Anderson 8+5reb, D.Marchant 8+2reb+1ast, D.Conger 8+2reb+1ast, C.Hawkins 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 478761


Kangoeroes - Liege 82-75

There was no surprise in Willebroek where 8th ranked Liege Basket (5-11) was defeated by fourth ranked Kangoeroes (8-7) 82-75. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Liege Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 4 assists. Naturalized French swingman Anthony Chada (196-89) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: Promotex) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Liege Basket in the defeat. Four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kangoeroes moved-up to third place, which they share with Mons-Hainaut. Liege Basket lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Kangoeroes' next round opponent will be Limburg United (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Liege Basket will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: W.Channels 22+3reb+4ast, T.Henry 14+5reb, D.Donkor 13, A.Chada 13+9reb+1ast, I.Williams 8+7reb, R.Oveneke 7+5reb+4ast
Liege: J.Fields 17+6reb+1ast, T.Huff 14+3reb, L.Giancaterino 13+1reb+1ast, V.Simpson 12+5reb+2ast, D.Sweetney 9+3reb, L.Hazard 5
gschID: 478762


Mons-Hainaut - Aalstar 79-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-8) against seventh ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Belfius Mons-Hainaut in a tough game in Jemappes 70-79. Belfius Mons-Hainaut made 19-of-20 charity shots (95.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American swingman J.J. Mann (198-91, college: Belmont) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. The former international center Amaury Gorgemans (212-92) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (192-89, agency: LBM Management) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to third place, which they share with Kangoeroes. Okapi Aalstar at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in Liege in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: J.Mann 16+4reb+1ast, A.Gorgemans 13+6reb, L.Bosco 13+3reb+1ast, T.Demps 12, I.Lasisi 8+3reb+2ast, A.Olah 5+6reb+4ast
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 18+6reb, J.Tofi 17+8reb+2ast, S.Geukens 13+3ast, Q.Taylor 6+4reb, N.El Khounchar 6+3reb+1ast, B.Amis 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 478763


Oostende - Spirou 86-58

Leader Oostende delivered the twelfth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Spirou Charleroi (7-8) 86-58. Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Spirou Charleroi's 16 and made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Spirou Charleroi 37-23 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points. Serbian-Croatian Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-87) helped adding 6 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Ioann Iarochevitch (207-89) with 10 points and Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) scored 10 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. Oostende (12-3) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Spirou Charleroi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Brussels. Oostende will meet Okapi Aalstar (#5) on the road in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oostende: K.Boukichou 14+3reb+2ast, M.Keselj 10+2reb+1ast, D.Newbill 10+1reb+2ast, J.Salumu 10, R.Katic 8+4reb+1ast, P.Gillet 7+3reb+1ast
Spirou: A.Libert 11+2reb, J.Shepherd 10+4reb+1ast, I.Iarochevitch 10+4reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 7+2reb+5ast, M.Fusek 6+5reb, A.Kemp 4
gschID: 478765





Top Division I Round 18: Giants B defeat leader Waregem - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Waregem (14-3) in Antwerp on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Giants B (8-9) 87-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Waregem. It was a good game for center Bert Van Den Broek (201-92) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Giants B's coach Thomas Crab used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) replied with 20 points for Waregem. Giants B moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Melsele. Waregem at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Giants B is looking forward to face league's second-placed Gent Hawks on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Waregem will play against Ninane and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Gembo BBC (13-4) against sixth ranked Houthalen (9-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Gembo BBC was defeated by Houthalen in Houthalen 96-84. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gembo BBC. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Darnell Snyers chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Anthony Vermeersch (202-90) with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Houthalen moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Soba. Gembo BBC at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Houthalen will play against Gistel Oostende (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gembo BBC will play against Oxaco (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Melsele was also quite interesting. Third ranked Gent Hawks (13-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Melsele (8-9). Gent Hawks managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78 on Saturday. Laurent Lhote notched 23 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds by Patrick Hilliman did not help to save the game for Melsele. Gent Hawks have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Melsele keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Giants B. Gent Hawks will meet at home Giants B (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Melsele will play against RPC Anderlecht and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifth ranked Soba (9-8) and 14th ranked RPC Anderlecht (3-13) in Antwerpen ended with biggest points difference. Soba outscored guests from Anderlecht 82-63. The best player for the winners was Dries Bogaerts who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Soba maintains fifth position with 9-8 record, which they share with Houthalen. RPC Anderlecht lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Soba's next round opponent will be Ekeren (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. RPC Anderlecht will play against Melsele and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Ieper was beaten by Oxaco on the road 80-68. Royal Brussels lost to Ninane on its own court 83-88. Gistel Oostende unfortunately lost to Ekeren in a road game 74-79.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 24 points and 11 rebounds by Francois Lhoest of Ninane.

Oxaco - Ieper 80-68

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Oxaco (12-5) beat 10th ranked Ieper (7-10) in Boechout 80-68. Ieper was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 40-25 second half run of Oxaco. They also forced 19 Ieper turnovers. The best player for the winners was Sam Van Hoey (190-91) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Christopher Pegg (183-82) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Four Oxaco players scored in double figures. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Robin Mestdagh (195-88, college: E.Kentucky) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and center Gilles Dierickx (213-92, college: Seattle Pacific) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Oxaco maintains fourth position with 12-5 record. Ieper at the other side dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Oxaco's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gembo BBC (#3) in Borgerhout and it may be the game of the week. Ieper will play at home against Royal Brussels (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: S.Van Hoey 27+8reb, G.Nau 15+7reb+1ast, N.Celis 15+3reb+5ast, C.Pegg 14+3reb+6ast, T.Dekkers 4+5reb+1ast, M.Van Gelder 3+6reb+1ast
Ieper: R.Mestdagh 18+8reb+3ast, R.Luyten 14+2reb, O.Maes 10+1reb+1ast, M.Diop 8+4reb, K.Devacht 8+1reb+3ast, G.Dierickx 6+12reb+1ast
gschID: 488825


Soba - RPC Anderlecht 82-63

The game between fifth ranked Soba (9-8) and 14th ranked RPC Anderlecht (3-13) in Antwerpen ended with biggest points difference. Soba outscored guests from Anderlecht 82-63. The game without a history. Soba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Soba outrebounded RPC Anderlecht 43-29 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by RPC Anderlecht helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Soba players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Leon Nziye who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) added 20 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Soba maintains fifth position with 9-8 record, which they share with Houthalen. RPC Anderlecht lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Soba's next round opponent will be Ekeren (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. RPC Anderlecht will play against Melsele and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Soba: A.Marion 15+4reb+1ast, D.Bogaerts 14+12reb+4ast, M.Gorremans 14+6reb+2ast, J.Balanga 12+2reb, R.Haerbos 11+7reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 7+4reb+4ast
RPC Anderlecht: L.Nziye 22+9reb+1ast, G.Hockins 20+3reb+1ast, Y.Moray 5+2reb, T.Ghenne 4+2reb+1ast, C.Tshimuanga 4+3reb, A.Vandervelden 4+1reb
gschID: 488828


Royal Brussels - Ninane 83-88

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Royal Brussels (7-10) lost at home to eleventh ranked Ninane (6-10) 88-83. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-19 Royal Brussels' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-83 at the end of the game. Ninane shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Francois Lhoest (196-85) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Romain Fassotte (190-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Ninane players scored in double figures. Ninane's coach Mark Hawley allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) who recorded 28 points and 8 rebounds and forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Ninane have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eleventh position with 6-10 record. Royal Brussels lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Ninane's next round opponent will be league's leader Waregem in Waregem and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Ninane: F.Lhoest 24+11reb+2ast, X.Colette 16+1ast, R.Fassotte 16+6reb+1ast, S.Maio 12+5reb+6ast, J.Dedave 12+3reb, R.Allemand 8
Royal Brussels: S.Moris 28+8reb+3ast, T.Creppy 21+8reb+2ast, A.Hall 12+7reb+3ast, R.Benzouien 9+3reb+1ast, C.De Medina 7+4reb+1ast, L.Loris 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 488830


Houthalen - Gembo BBC 96-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Gembo BBC (13-4) against sixth ranked Houthalen (9-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Gembo BBC was defeated by Houthalen in Houthalen 96-84. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gembo BBC. The game was mostly controlled by Houthalen. Gembo BBC was better in second period 19-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Houthalen dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Gembo BBC's 40. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Darnell Snyers (181-98) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Anthony Vermeersch (202-90) with 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jens Bouckaert (-91) scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Houthalen moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Soba. Gembo BBC at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Houthalen will play against Gistel Oostende (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gembo BBC will play against Oxaco (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: B.Maesen 24+6reb+4ast, D.Snyers 20+7reb+4ast, J.Smith 15+6reb+3ast, C.Koonings 13+9reb+8ast, Y.De Leeuw 11+5reb+2ast, D.Clemente 11+4reb+4ast
Gembo BBC: B.Iliaens 18+5reb+2ast, A.Vermeersch 16+9reb+1ast, S.Renier 13+5reb+4ast, E.Van Aken 12+2reb+1ast, J.Bouckaert 12+9reb+5ast, T.Beaujean 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 488829


Melsele - Gent Hawks 78-82

The game in Melsele was also quite interesting. Third ranked Gent Hawks (13-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Melsele (8-9). Gent Hawks managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Melsele outrebounded Gent Hawks 33-12 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) notched 23 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the effort and center Rik Van den Berghe (206-93) supported him with 17 points. Even a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds by Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) did not help to save the game for Melsele. Francis Torreborre (184-93, agency: Promotex) added 17 points. Four Melsele players scored in double figures. Gent Hawks have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Melsele keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Giants B. Gent Hawks will meet at home Giants B (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Melsele will play against RPC Anderlecht and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: L.Lhote 23+4reb+1ast, M.Verspeeten 17+1reb, R.Van den Berghe 17+3reb, G.De Pooter 9+3reb+1ast, J.Vermoesen 5, J.Vermoesen 5+1reb
Melsele: F.Torreborre 17+2reb+1ast, T.Marien 14+1reb, P.Hilliman 13+12reb, I.Perez 12+1reb, S.Caron 9+1reb+1ast, T.Lamot 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 488826


Ekeren - Gistel Oostende 79-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when thirteenth ranked Ekeren (4-12) won against at home 12th ranked Gistel Oostende (4-13) 79-74. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gistel Oostende won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Gistel Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Andreas Rojas Palma (188-92) who scored 15 points and 4 assists. Power forward Frederik Biot (200-89) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Ekeren players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Abel Baptista (190-96) who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Tim Lambrecht (206-98, agency: Court Side) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. Ekeren moved-up to twelfth place. Gistel Oostende at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Ekeren's next round opponent will be higher ranked Soba (#5) in Antwerpen and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gistel Oostende will play at home against Houthalen (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ekeren: A.Rojas Palma 15+4reb+4ast, F.Biot 14+7reb+1ast, C.Aertssen 13+6reb+2ast, D.Van den Brande 11+3reb+5ast, P.De Cock 10+9reb, Z.Peeters 7+4reb
Gistel Oostende: A.Baptista 26+6reb, S.Hemeleers 11+4reb+3ast, T.Lambrecht 10+10reb+1ast, N.Fogang Tchenjou 9+3reb, S.Buysschaert 8+10reb+1ast, M.Palinckx 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 488827


Giants B - Waregem 87-82

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Waregem (14-3) in Antwerp on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Giants B (8-9) 87-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Waregem. It was a good game for center Bert Van Den Broek (201-92) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Giants B's coach Thomas Crab used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) replied with 20 points and point guard Lars De Lepeleire (175-91) added 15 points in the effort for Waregem. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giants B moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Melsele. Waregem at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Giants B is looking forward to face league's second-placed Gent Hawks on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Waregem will play against Ninane and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Giants B: B.Van Den Broek 20+6reb+2ast, P.Peeters 16+3reb+3ast, M.Mwendanga 13+4reb+3ast, B.De Valck 12+3reb, V.Peeters 9, K.Van Den Langenbergh 6+5reb
Waregem: B.Guillemyn 20+2reb+3ast, L.De Lepeleire 15+4reb+3ast, B.Willy Samaey 13+7reb+1ast, A.Van Vooren 13+3reb, S.Naudts 10+2reb+1ast, R.Naudts 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488824





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

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He was the major contributor in Olympiacos' victory against one of league's weakest teams Koroivos (4-10) crushing them 85-62 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Lojeski scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 21 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (11-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all eleven games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 68.1%(32-47) and FT: 81.5% in 14 games he played so far. Lojeski is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. Lojeski used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (10-5) 93-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Van Rossom scored 13 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (12-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season he averages: 4.1ppg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%. Van Rossom is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). He could not help RETAbet BB (6-10) in their last game. Despite Tabu's very good performance RETAbet BB lost 83-87 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Movil Estudiantes. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Tabu also added 8 passes (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 25 minutes. It was RETAbet BB's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Tabu's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 39.0%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 80.6% in 15 games. Tabu has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #4. Power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a EWE Baskets' victory against the 12th-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-11) 71-64 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. De Zeeuw recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (10-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. De Zeeuw's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #5. International guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scandone AV in their game against Auxilium TO (8-8) in the Italian Serie A. Obasohan recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. Scandone AV lost 79-84 in Torino to the much lower-ranked (#10) Auxilium TO. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Obasohan's total stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #6. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hervelle was not able to secure a victory for RETAbet BB (6-10) in their game against Movil Estudiantes (10-5). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. RETAbet BB was defeated 87-83 in Madrid by the much higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#4). Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. Hervelle has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the Texas Christian University (0-2) 62-53 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Lecomte recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 36 minutes. The Baylor University has 4-1 conference record this season. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg in 18 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #8. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (5-12) in their game against Baskonia (12-5) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Tumba cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 16 minutes. It was his first game for UCAM Murcia this season. UCAM Murcia was crushed 92-71 at home by the much higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. It was UCAM Murcia's third consecutive loss in a row. Tumba plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #9. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, currently plays in Germany) managed to help EN Baskets Schwelm to win against the ninth-ranked Herford (7-9) 84-68 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 5 points and added 3 assists. EN Baskets Schwelm (14-3) is placed first in West group. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Hulsen has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team eight years ago.

Kamal Tall
Kamal Tall
   #10. Forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Montana St. - Billings (5-4) in their game against the Seattle Pacific University (4-6) in the NCAA2. Tall cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Montana St. - Billings were badly defeated 94-75 in Seattle, WA by the Seattle Pacific University. Tall has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a former U20 international player as four years ago he still played for the Belgian national team.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 1-point Anwil's victory against the eighth-ranked Trefl (9-7) 80-79 in the Polish PLK on Thursday night. He scored 10 points. Anwil Wloclawek (11-6) is placed third in the PLK. Haws has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #2. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) could not help Souffelweyersheim (14-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Souffelweyersheim lost 73-77 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Caen. Kayembe recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. This year Kayembe has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #3. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) led T71 to a victory over the league outsider Bascharage (0-17) crushing them 106-61 in the Luxembourg Total League in Saturday night's game. Jones was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). T71 Dudelange (10-7) is placed fifth in the Total League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Jones has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.

   #4. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Fribourg Olympic in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Lausanne (4-9) crushing them 90-69 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Leemans scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. Fribourg Olympic (11-1) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Leemans has averaged so far 1.1ppg and 1.1rpg in nine games. He has both Belgian and Swiss nationalities.

   #5. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point ADA Blois' victory against the closely-ranked Lille Metropole (8-7) 97-94 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Pontens scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. ADA Blois Basket 41 (7-8) is placed ninth in the ProB. Pontens has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.1apg in 12 games. He also holds two passports: Belgian and French.

   #6. Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) contributed to a Goshen College's victory against the Huntington University 85-80 in the CrRdsL in Tuesday night's game. Barrie scored only 4 points. Barrie has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.1apg.



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

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

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Partizan (15-4) in their last game. Despite Vrabac's very good performance Partizan lost 68-74 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Un.Olimpija. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Vrabac also added 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 31 minutes on the court. This year Vrabac averages: 5.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(33-58), 3FGP: 21.9% and FT: 37.0% in 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Vrabac is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the 13th-ranked Maccabi T-A (6-12) 71-67 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Kuzmic scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (10-8) is placed eighth in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Kuzmic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(71-126) and FT: 72.2%. Kuzmic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. He played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 2012.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup). Kikanovic led his German team ALBA Berlin to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Cedevita (0-3) 93-76 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Kikanovic scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. ALBA Berlin (1-2) is placed 15th in the Eurocup. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Kikanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(88-149) and FT: 77.1% in 10 games. Kikanovic is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #4. Small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup) was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (1-2) 85-69 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He scored 14 points. FC Bayern Muenchen (3-0) is placed fifth in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Djedovic has been at the team for four years. Djedovic's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 2.3rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and German nationalities. Djedovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #5. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Turkish team Demir IBB win their game against the fourth-ranked Prievidza (1-4) crushing them 111-77 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. He scored 21 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 33 minutes. Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (4-1) is placed first in group L. Stipanovic's team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. This year Stipanovic has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg in 11 games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stipanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #6. Guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) helped Monaco win their game against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (7-10) 77-69 in the French ProA in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 19 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (15-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Wright's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Wright is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Jozo Brkic
Jozo Brkic
   #7. Former international power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86, currently plays in Croatia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Jolly (12-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Brkic's very good performance Jolly was defeated 85-74 in Split by the leading KK Split. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Brkic also added 7 rebounds. Brkic's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 4.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #8. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Dynamic BG (11-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lazic's good performance Dynamic BG was defeated 87-80 in Valjevo by the much lower-ranked Metalac (#10). He scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Lazic's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #9. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona (12-4) in their game against CB Canarias (13-4) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 7 points. FC Barcelona was defeated 71-60 in Tenerife by the second-ranked CB Canarias. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Renfroe's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

Milan Milosevic
Milan Milosevic
   #10. Forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Greece) managed to help AEK Athens in a victory against the 11th-ranked Apollon Patras (4-10) 88-69 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Milosevic scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. AEK Athens (11-3) is placed third in the A1. This year Milosevic's total stats are: 8.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in Oradea's victory against the ninth-ranked Craiova 87-82 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Pasalic was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points. Pasalic has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.4apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. Former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Aleksandar Lazic in the Serbian KLS last game. Josilo helped Metalac win their game against the second-ranked Dynamic BG 87-80. He was the top player that evening. Josilo scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 42 minutes. Josilo's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in six games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian U19 national team, Josilo is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) helped GKK Sibenik win their game against the tenth-ranked Alkar Sinj 78-70 in the Croatian A1 last Saturday. Halilovic scored 6 points, grabbed 10 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 3 balls in 25 minutes. Halilovic has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg in 13 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. International center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA) helped Denver Nuggets win their game against the Los Angeles Clippers crushing them 123-98 in the NBA on Saturday night. Nurkic scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Nurkic averaged so far 8.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3apg in 38 games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #15. Former U18 international power forward Aleksandar Radukic (207-91, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Inter Bratislava edge the closely-ranked Rieker KN 90-89 in the Slovakian SBL in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Radukic scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Radukic averaged so far 10.9ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) led Zlatorog to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (5-10) 88-72 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. He scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Zlatorog Lasko (13-3) is placed first in the Liga Nova KBM. Rizvic has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.6apg.

   #2. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to Oostende's victory against the seventh-ranked Mega Leks (4-9) 82-74 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Keselj also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Telenet BC Oostende (5-8) is placed fifth in group D. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Keselj's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #3. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) could not help KK Zadar (6-13) in their last game. Despite Barac's good performance KK Zadar was badly defeated 92-75 on the road by the higher-ranked (#11) Mega Leks. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Barac also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was KK Zadar's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Barac has reliable stats this year: 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games.

   #4. Dino Pita (195-G-88, currently plays in Poland) led Krosno to a victory over the 12th-ranked Energa Czarni (7-9) 77-70 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Pita scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Miasto Szkla Krosno (10-6) is placed fourth in the PLK. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Pita has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swedish.

   #5. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Tajfun (7-7) 77-60 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. Djuranovic scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Rogaska Crystal (11-4) is placed third in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Djuranovic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help KK Cedevita Zagreb in a victory against the 11th-ranked Mega Leks 89-85 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. He scored 5 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Begic has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2bpg in 17 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #7. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Movil Estudiantes' victory against the 11th-ranked RETAbet BB 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Suton scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Suton has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 5.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #8. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Smederevo crushing them 101-65 in the Serbian KLS last Friday. Todorovic scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. Todorovic averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.0rpg in 14 games.

   #9. Nedim Muslic (197-F-99, currently plays in Qatar) contributed to an Al Gharafa's victory against one of league's weakest teams Al Wakrah 98-91 in the Qatari D1 in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. Muslic has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg in 10 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatari.

   #10. Emir Mujkic faced previously mentioned Nedim Muslic in the Qatari D1 last game. Mujkic, who plays in the Qatari D1 was not able to help Al Wakrah (2-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Al Wakrah lost 91-98 at home to the second-ranked Al Gharafa. Mujkic had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Mujkic has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 6.3rpg in 10 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatari nationalities.



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Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 21: Flamengo - Franca 80-83
Jan. 23: Macae - Franca 75-78
Jan. 24: Flamengo - Bauru
Jan. 25: Paulistano - Campo Mourao
Jan. 25: L.Sorocaba - Mogi
Jan. 25: B.Cearense - Pinheiros
Jan. 26: Macae - Bauru
Jan. 26: Vasco Da G. - Minas
Jan. 26: Caxias do Sul - Brasilia

Round 5

Jan. 19: Mogi - Macae 69-75

Round 6

Jan. 17: Mogi - Flamengo 57-83

Round 8

Jan. 19: Vasco Da G. - Brasilia 85-76
Jan. 22: Mogi - Vitoria 75-72
Jan. 16: Macae - Vasco Da G. 58-69


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.21.2 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo20.6 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia19.6 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.5 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi18.6 
 7. Machado, Flamengo18.2 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.17.0 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria16.7 
 10. Rossetto, B.Cea.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.5 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.1 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.8 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Lopez, Flamengo7.4 
 7. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.2 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia7.1 
 9. Bernardi, Caxias d.7.0 
 10. Maynard, Minas6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. de Assis, Brasilia6.5 
 2. Garcia, Bauru6.5 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.6 
 4. Rodgers, Minas5.4 
 5. Freitas, Campo M.5.4 
 6. Dawkins, Vitoria5.4 
 7. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.3 
 8. Borges, Franca5.2 
 9. Anthony, Macae4.9 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Garcia, Bauru2.5 
 2. Curnell, Mogi2.0 
 3. Toledo, B.Cearense2.0 
 4. Rodgers, Minas1.9 
 5. Stallworth, Mogi1.9 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros1.8 
 7. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 8. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 10. de Oliveira, Mogi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.2 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros1.1 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Freitas, Campo M.0.8 
 5. de Souza, L.Sor.0.7 
 6. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.7 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 8. Dias Silva, Pauli.0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Camilo, Macae0.6 


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

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

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (8-10) 89-78 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Faverani scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It was his first game for FC Barcelona this season. His team is placed ninth in group A. Faverani played for the Brazilian senior national team four years ago.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He could not help UCAM Murcia (5-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Benite's very good performance UCAM Murcia was crushed 92-71 at home by the much higher-ranked Baskonia (#5). He was the top scorer with 27 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Benite has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 84.6%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Euroleague). Lima was not able to help Zalgiris (6-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the 14th-placed Zalgiris (6-12) lost 59-74 on their home court in Kaunas to the second-ranked Real Madrid in the group A of Euroleague. Lima was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 18 minutes. It was Zalgiris' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Lima's first season with the team. This year Lima averages: 4.2ppg, 3.4rpg and FT: 55.2% in 18 games he played so far. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #4. An experienced center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Houston Rockets (34-14) in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (21-23) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game Hilario scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. This season Hilario has relatively solid stats: 7.6ppg and 3.6rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #5. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) led Malvin to a victory against the eighth-ranked Trouville (2-5) 65-51 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Tuesday. Passos had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 37 minutes. Malvin Montevideo (3-4) is placed fifth in Promocional 1 group. The Second Stage already ended. This year Passos' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #6. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Toronto Raptors (28-16) in their game against the Phoenix Suns (15-29) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Nogueira recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Nogueira's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.8bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team six years ago.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #7. International point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Baskonia (11-7) in their game against Olympiacos (13-5) in the Euroleague. Freire Luz scored 5 points in 11 minutes. Baskonia (#4) was crushed 92-62 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Olympiacos in the group A of Euroleague. This year Freire Luz's total stats are: 2.1ppg and 1.6apg in 18 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #8. Power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Chicago Bulls to win against the Sacramento Kings (17-27) 102-99 in the NBA last Saturday. Felicio scored only 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 22-23 record this season. Felicio has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 4.8rpg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #9. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Phoenix Suns (15-29) in their game against the Utah Jazz (29-17) in the NBA. Barbosa recorded only 4 points in 16 minutes. The Phoenix Suns (15-29) lost 101-106 in Salt Lake City to the Utah Jazz. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg in 41 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Tulio Da Silva
Tulio Da Silva
   #10. Forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Florida (0-5) in their game against the The University of Tulsa (0-1) in the NCAA. Da Silva recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. The S.Florida lost 67-79 in Tulsa, OK to the The University of Tulsa. So far S.Florida lost all five games in the conference Da Silva has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 7.6rpg in 18 games. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the Brazilian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an La ICL Manresa's surprising victory against the tenth-ranked Sevilla 91-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Machado scored 5 points and added 4 passes. Machado has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

   #12. Former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 1-point Mens Sana 1871's victory against the 12th-ranked Novipiu Casale 58-57 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Tavernari scored 10 points in 27 minutes. Tavernari has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.1rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Leandro Barbosa in the NBA last game. Neto contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Phoenix Suns 106-101. He recorded only 4 points. This season Neto averages just 2.5ppg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

   #14. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet in their game against Magia Huesca in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game Demetrio was the second best scorer with 13 points. Demetrio has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg and 6.1rpg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #15. International point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. Huertas cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point in 8 minutes on the court. His team were crushed by 49 points 122-73 in the NBA. Huertas has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.4apg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Urunday Universitario to win against the seventh-ranked Larre Borges (2-4) 80-71 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Monday night's game. Soarez scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Urunday Universitario (5-2) is placed second in Promocional 1 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Soarez has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Ryukyu GK's victory against the fourth-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (14-18) 70-66 in the Japanese B League on Wednesday night. Hatano recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (14-18) is placed fifth in West group. Hatano has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 30 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Japanese. Despite Hatano's Brazilian nationality, he previously played for the Japanese U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Gabriel Andrade (185-G-93, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the BYU-Hawaii (3-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Andrade's good performance the BYU-Hawaii was defeated 81-74 at home by the Chaminade University. He scored 11 points. Andrade has been at the team for four years. Andrade has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.

   #4. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Oviedo CB in their game against Caceres Basket (9-12) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 5 points. The league leader Oviedo CB was edged 102-100 on the road by the much lower-ranked Caceres_Basket (#14). Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #5. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Barbera (8-5) in their game against Palma II (8-5) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Barbera (#6) was edged 64-63 in S'Arenal by the higher-ranked Palma II (#5) in the Group C-B. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2apg. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities.

   #6. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lorient (7-12) in their last game. Despite Faroux's good performance Lorient was edged 45-44 on their home court in Lorient by the leading Quimper UJAP. He recorded 10 points and had 3 steals in 16 minutes. Faroux has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 17 games. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and French. Despite Faroux's Brazilian nationality, he previously played for the French U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Brazilian team.

   #7. Lucas Doria (201-F-97, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the St.Edward's University in their game against the Dallas Baptist University in the NCAA2. Doria cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was crushed by 37 points 103-66 in the NCAA2. Doria has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #8. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Guifoes in their game against Ginasio in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). He recorded only 4 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 49-62. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.7rpg in 14 games.

   #9. Gabriel de Oliveira (206-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Iserlohn in their game against Oldenburg in the German ProB (third division). He recorded 5 points. His team was defeated 93-79. de Oliveira has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.5rpg. He holds both Brazilian and German passports.

   #10. Luis Ricci Maia (180-PG, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Minot State University win their game against the Minnesota - Crookston 84-72 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Maia scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 36 minutes. Maia's stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.1spg in 15 games.



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

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He led Xinjiang Flying Tige to a victory over the 14th-ranked Jilin Tigers (12-18) crushing them 135-113 in the Chinese CBA in Friday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 43 points and making 11 passes. Adams also added 9 rebounds and 3 steals in 40 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (24-6) are placed second in the CBA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 33.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 6.0apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(216-379), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 86.5% in 29 games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup). He was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (0-3) 95-90 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Rowland scored 16 points. BC Khimky Moscow Region (2-1) is placed sixth in the Eurocup. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Rowland has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.1apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(35-61), 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 90.3%(28-31). He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Bost could not help Monaco (11-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Monaco (11-2) was defeated 76-66 on the road by the lower-ranked CEZ Nymburk (#3) in the group A of Basketball Champions League. Bost was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 assists. Bost's team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Bost has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.3%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 78.3%. He is a naturalized American. Bost is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #4. Guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to Oradea's victory against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja (6-7) 101-91 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. He recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals (made all of his eight free throws). CSM CSU Oradea (6-7) is placed fifth in group B. Mirkovic's team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Mirkovic's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 5.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bulgarian. Mirkovic used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #5. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Istanbul BBSK (6-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Istanbul BBSK was edged 62-61 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#10) Gaziantep. Calloway was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. Calloway has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7spg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team seven years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #6. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to secure a victory for Szedeak (7-7) in their game against Kormend (10-4) in the Hungarian A Division. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Lilov was the top scorer with 27 points. It's Lilov's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Lilov averages: 21.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #7. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Tofas (6-9) in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (9-6) in the Turkish BSL, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Ivanov was the second best scorer with 16 points in 26 minutes. But Tofas lost 80-86 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Pinar Karsiyaka. Ivanov's stats this year are: 13.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 3.0apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev
Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev
   #8. Forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Kvarner (2-12) crushing them 101-64 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. Yanev Georgiev scored 14 points. It was his first game for KK Zadar this season. His team is placed third in the A1. Yanev Georgiev plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Jason Washburn
Jason Washburn
   #9. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (11-21) in their game against Toyota Alvark (25-5) in the Japanese B League, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Washburn had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. But Yokohama BC (#5) lost 83-90 in Tokyo to the leading Toyota Alvark in the Central group. It was Yokohama BC's third consecutive loss in a row. Washburn has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.2apg in 32 games. He is a naturalized American. Washburn is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #10. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Yesilgiresun Bld (7-8) in their game against Banvit (11-4) in the Turkish BSL. Despite his good performance last Sunday Ivanov scored 11 points. Ivanov averaged so far 12.0ppg and 6.3rpg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Kalev/Cramo in their game against Khimky in the VTB United League. Simmons recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 81-57. Simmons averaged so far 10.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2bpg in five games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) contributed to a Furstenfeld Panthers' victory against one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz 82-74 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Monday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 40 minutes. Iliev has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.1apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Georgi Boyanov (201-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Alabama in their game against the University of Texas at Arlington in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance on Monday night Boyanov scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Boyanov averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former international small forward Martin Durchev (203-87, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Araberri in their game against Leyma Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Durchev scored 14 points in a mere 16 minutes. But his team lost 85-89. This year Durchev's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 1.3rpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former international small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Hertener Loewen in their game against Salzkotten in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Penev scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. His team was edged 88-87. Penev's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team sixteen years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) led Fenerbahce to a victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (0-15) 89-76 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. Antic scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (13-1) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic's overall stats are: 9.2ppg and 3.2rpg in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Ventspils (7-6) in their last game. Despite Deane's very good performance Ventspils (#4) was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Neptunas in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Deane also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes. It was Ventspils' first loss after four consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Deane has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg in 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Cholet Basket (6-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cholet Basket was crushed 86-57 in Nanterre by the much higher-ranked (#4) JSF Nanterre. Evtimov was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 assists in 35 minutes. Evtimov averaged so far 11.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.9apg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to secure a victory for Kumanovo (6-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Karadzovski's very good performance the league leader Kumanovo was badly defeated 89-71 in Gevgelija by the lower-ranked Kozuv (#3). He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Karadzovski also added made 5 passes and 3 steals. His team will play only one more game in the Balkan League Regular Season. Karadzovski's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.7apg. He has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #5. Keydren Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Promitheas (4-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Clark's good performance Promitheas was edged 72-69 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. He scored 12 points. Clark averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American.

   #6. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Glasgow Rocks to win against the league outsider Manchester Giants 91-73 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Matrakov scored only 2 points. This season Matrakov averages just 1.3ppg.

   #7. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Istanbulspor in their game against Pertevniyal in the Turkish TBL (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Gunes recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team was edged 62-61. This year Gunes' total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.8rpg in 12 games. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and Turkish.

   #8. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bielefeld (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Arabadzhiyski's good performance Bielefeld (#7) was defeated 94-81 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Dorsten (#5) in the West group. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Arabadzhiyski's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 6.1rpg.

   #9. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Frintrop crushing them 90-54 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored 9 points in 19 minutes. This year Kostov's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg in 11 games.

   #10. Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Limburg 86-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. It was his first game for BV Villingen-Schwenningen this season.



NBL Round 15: Beroe is defeated by Rilski - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between second ranked Beroe (9-4) and sixth ranked Rilski (7-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Beroe was defeated by Rilski in Samokov 101-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Beroe. Rilski made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rilski especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Beroe helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) helped adding 18 points and 7 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was the former international Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) with 22 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rilski moved-up to fifth place. Beroe at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Akademik PL. Rilski will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Beroe will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Acad. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Lukoil Acad. (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Spartak Pleven (6-7) in Sofia 104-71. It was a quality performance for the former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) who led the winners and scored 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Kris Minkov accounted for 12 points and 5 assists. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Spartak Pleven in the defeat. Lukoil Acad. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak Pleven will play at home against Academik Plovdiv (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 15 Yambol lost to Akademik PL on the opponent's court 78-87. Balkan managed to outperform Levski in a home game 75-63.

Lukoil Acad. - Spartak Pleven 104-71

NBL top team - Lukoil Acad. (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Spartak Pleven (6-7) in Sofia 104-71. Lukoil Acad. dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 38 and made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Lukoil Acad. had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a quality performance for the former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) who led the winners and scored 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). International Kris Minkov (199-94) accounted for 12 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Martin Marinov (191-85, agency: 011 Sports) added 20 points respectively for Spartak Pleven in the defeat. Lukoil Acad. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak Pleven will play at home against Academik Plovdiv (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: H.Zahariev 22+4reb+3ast, A.Beane 15+4reb+1ast, M.Korniyenko 13+5reb+1ast, D.Agre 12+6reb, K.Minkov 12+4reb+5ast, F.Videnov 9+2reb+3ast
Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 26+10reb+4ast, M.Marinov 20+3reb+3ast, M.Tanev 10+5reb+1ast, M.Dudev 5+2reb+1ast, G.Nikolov 5+2ast, K.Koev 3+4reb+4ast
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Akademik PL - Yambol 87-78

Very expected game when 8th ranked Yambol (3-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked Academik Plovdiv (9-4) 87-78. Academik Plovdiv players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was an exceptional evening for French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. American point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) accounted for 21 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the winning side. Four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. Guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91, agency: Interperformances) came up with 29 points and 6 assists and point guard Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-86) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Yambol in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Academik Plovdiv. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Beroe. Yambol lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Academik Plovdiv will play against Spartak Pleven (#6) on the road in the next round. Yambol will play against Balkan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: O.Bellfield 21+5reb+12ast, V.Aleksandrov 15+1reb+1ast, J.Semple 15+17reb+6ast, D.Dimitrov 14+7reb+2ast, S.Smith 9+5reb+3ast, V.Bachev 8+3reb+1ast
Yambol: V.Petkov 29+2reb+6ast, T.Ostrev 14+5reb+3ast, S.Cholakov 9+3reb+1ast, S.Petkov 8+9reb+5ast, E.Ivanov 7+5reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 6+9reb+1ast
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Balkan - Levski 75-63

Very predictable result in Botevgrad where fourth ranked Balkan (8-5) defeated bottom-ranked Levski (2-12) 75-63. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. The former international forward Veselin Veselinov (202-83, college: W.Virginia St.) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Pavel Ivanov (200-88, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points respectively for Levski in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Balkan. They maintain fourth place with 8-5 record. Levski lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Balkan will play against Yambol (#8) on the road in the next round. Levski will play against Cherno More and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: M.Sekulovic 19+7reb+1ast, T.Daniels 18+9reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 14+3reb+2ast, N.Marinov 9+1reb+2ast, A.Hott 8+6reb+4ast, I.Ivkov 3+1reb
Levski: P.Ivanov 18+3reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 17+9reb+1ast, E.Hadjirusev 10+4reb+2ast, K.Raykov 8+9reb, S.Slaveykov 5+4reb, A.Peychinov 3
gschID: 496075


Rilski - Beroe 101-85

The game between second ranked Beroe (9-4) and sixth ranked Rilski (7-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Beroe was defeated by Rilski in Samokov 101-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Beroe. Rilski made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rilski especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Beroe helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) helped adding 18 points and 7 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Five Rilski players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) with 22 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) scored 9 points and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rilski moved-up to fifth place. Beroe at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Akademik PL. Rilski will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Beroe will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Acad. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 21+4reb+4ast, Y.Bozov 18+2reb+7ast, Z.Georgiev 18+3reb+4ast, D.Shelton 13+7reb, K.Parker 12+4reb+8ast, T.Woods 8+4reb
Beroe: T.Zhelev 22+3reb+4ast, A.Jones 15+4reb, T.Tenchev 10+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 9+4reb+7ast, S.Tesija 8+7reb+2ast, O.Gudul 6+1reb
gschID: 496078





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  CANADA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Morgan, UBC24.8 
 2. Gray, Laurentian23.1 
 3. Cooper, Calgary22.9 
 4. Johnson, Toronto21.9 
 5. Jean-Louis, Cape B.20.9 
 6. Nissen, Acadia20.5 
 7. Kokko, Laurier19.8 
 8. Gilmore, McMaster19.8 
 9. Clayton, St.Mary''s19.7 
 10. Sentance, Lethb.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike PEREIRA
  Waterloo
  (196-F-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Pereira, Waterloo11.0 
 2. Nissen, Acadia10.8 
 3. Dut, UPEI10.8 
 4. Bercy, St.Franc.10.8 
 5. Osayande, Saskatch.10.6 
 6. Ross, Mount Royal9.9 
 7. Layton, Mount R.9.6 
 8. Gilmore, McMaster9.4 
 9. Shaver, Nipissing9.1 
 10. Dinkins, Lakehead9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Masters, UNB5.9 
 2. Keane, Carleton5.5 
 3. Mata, Dalhousie5.3 
 4. Farkic, Western4.9 
 5. Allen, TWU4.9 
 6. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.7 
 7. Rocca, Windsor4.6 
 8. Dulay, UFV4.6 
 9. Agyeman, UNBC4.6 
 10. Bonhomme, Manitoba4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.6 
 2. Agada, Ottawa3.3 
 3. Small, Ryerson2.8 
 4. Peter-M., Ryerson2.5 
 5. Jenkins, Western2.5 
 6. Masters, UNB2.5 
 7. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.4 
 8. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.4 
 9. Basi, Manitoba2.3 
 10. Mata, Dalhousie2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.6 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.5 
 3. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.3 
 4. Debache, UQAM1.9 
 5. Voll, Ryerson1.7 
 6. Paul, Brandon1.7 
 7. Layton, Mount R.1.7 
 8. James, MacEwan1.6 
 9. Iegorov, TRU1.6 
 10. Nissen, Acadia1.5 



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  CBL  

CBL Standings

CBL Standings
 1. Scarborough 6-1 
 2. Durham 4-1 
 3. Hamilton 1-4 
 4. Wellington 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 4

Jan. 21: Scarborough - Hamilton 87-78
Jan. 22: Hamilton - Durham 87-72
Jan. 22: Wellington - Scarborough 80-89

Regular Season: Round 5

Jan. 27: Durham - Scarborough
Jan. 27: Hamilton - Wellington
Jan. 28: Scarborough - Durham
Jan. 29: Wellington - Hamilton


Scarborough Win At Home Against Hamilton - by Scott Ludwig

The Scarborough BC played host to the Hamilton BC last night as they squared off for another tilt at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. With the exception of early in the first quarter, Hamilton trailed the entire game and fell to Scarborough 87-78. Hamilton's Jody Hill (6'2''-G-91, college: Livingstone) led all scorers with 28 points while Scarborough's Malik Thomas (6'7''-G/F-92, college: Norfolk St.) tallied 23 points before fouling out.

About the Canadian Basketball League

The Canadian Basketball League was formed in July 2014. It is the only professional basketball league in North America that plays by FIBA rules that will require WADA doping tests of all its athletes. The goal is to help develop Canadian talent while also attracting quality international players as young as 17 years old. The Canadian Basketball League will start with four Ontario-based teams (Wellington BC, Hamilton BC, Scarborough BC and Durham BC), in communities with populations over 300,000.

Visit www.canadianbasketball.com for more league information. Visit www.cbltickets.com or call (844) 225-5886 for details on Season Tickets, Family Passes, Group Sales and Single Game Tickets.



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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 30
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.30.0 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.27.0 
 3. Taylor, Las Animas26.9 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.8 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.4 
 7. Cheek, Las Animas21.1 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud21.0 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.2 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.13.4 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.8 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.8 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.3 
 7. Abeiro, Tinguiri.11.1 
 8. Bowdry, Los Leones10.9 
 9. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 10. Austin, Puente Alto10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.6 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.9 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.2 
 5. Saez, Tinguiri.5.0 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 7. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.9 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.9 
 10. Hammonds, Puente A.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.2.0 
 3. Kirkland, Osorno1.9 
 4. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 5. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.8 
 6. Diaz, Puente Alto1.7 
 7. Dickson, CDU C.1.7 
 8. Cheek, Las Animas1.7 
 9. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 10. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Louis, CD Valdivia1.5 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.4 
 4. Lee, CD Castro1.3 
 5. Phillips, Puerto M.1.2 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 7. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 8. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 9. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 10. Coleman, Osorno0.7 


Liga Nacional Round 4 of Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News

Tinguiririca S.F. - CDU Concepcion 87-76

Tinguiririca toppled CDU Concepcion to even the series at 2-2. Tinguiririca S.F. shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Universidad de Concepcion's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Argentinian power forward Juan Luis Abeiro (196-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and Venezuelan center Jose Juan Bravo (202-86, agency: Pro Sports) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Universidad de Concepcion's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tinguiririca S.F.: J.Luis Abeiro 29+12reb+6ast, J.Juan Bravo 18+4reb+2ast, M.Ernst 14+6reb+2ast, M.Moraga 10+1reb+1ast, F.Pavez 8+5reb+6ast, P.Saez 4+8reb+10ast
CDU Concepcion: P.Harrison 24+11reb, A.Scott 14+5reb+6ast, M.Villagran 12+2reb+2ast, S.Saez 9+6reb+3ast, D.Silva 6+3reb+1ast, C.Lauler 5+2reb
gschID: 533378


CDU Catolica - Los Leones 89-92

Los Leones overcame CDU Catolica to step closer to the semifinal stage. Universidad Catolica was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 29-21 charge of Los Leones, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. The former international point guard Evandro Arteaga (178-83) fired 30 points for the winners. American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Four Los Leones players scored in double figures. American forward John Dickson (198-90, college: Sacramento St.) produced 45 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Brandon Crawford (201-84, college: Albion) added 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: E.Arteaga 30+3reb+2ast, B.Bowdry 24+7reb+4ast, T.Alvarez 14+1reb+1ast, D.Jones 10+6reb+2ast, I.Carrion 8+9reb, B.Amor 5+2reb+5ast
CDU Catolica: J.Dickson 45+9reb+2ast, B.Crawford 23+15reb+4ast, C.Soto 9+1reb+3ast, R.Cannobbio 5+2reb+1ast, P.Pinto 3+1reb, C.Diaz 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 533377


Puente Alto - CDE Talca 84-91

CDE Talca toppled Puente Alto to advance into the semifinal stage. It looked good early as Puente Alto took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Espanol de Talca had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Puente Alto was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-91. It was a great shooting night for Espanol de Talca especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) who scored that evening 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Pablo Barraza (184-94) supported him with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) did not help to save the game for Puente Alto. Forward Franco Garrido (181-86) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 24+6reb+6ast, P.Barraza 18+8reb+3ast, E.Sepulveda 12+3reb+2ast, D.Jones 10+5reb+1ast, S.Bravo 9+1reb+1ast, F.Bravo 9+1reb+5ast
Puente Alto: J.Diaz 22+13reb+4ast, F.Garrido 18+9reb+4ast, L.Lopez 15+5reb+7ast, J.Luis Campos 11, J.Martin Cardenas 8+2reb+3ast, S.Silva 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533379


CD Castro - Osorno 74-81

Osorno overcame CD Castro on the road and stepped closer to the next stage of the playoffs. CD Castro was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 42-34 second half run of Osorno Basquetbol. The winners were led by American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who scored that evening 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Yamene Coleman (208-86, college: Troy, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Osorno Basquetbol players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds by the former international center Rodrigo Madera (208-90) did not help to save the game for CD Castro. American forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
Osorno: B.Robinson 27+5reb+4ast, J.Fontena 16+4reb+2ast, Y.Coleman 15+9reb, R.Munoz 13+2reb+4ast, F.Ibarra 8+4reb+2ast, M.Sepulveda 2+3reb
CD Castro: R.Madera 25+12reb, T.Thomas 18+7reb+5ast, R.Cruces 12+3reb+3ast, J.Coronado 8+3reb+2ast, G.Velasquez 7, T.Lee 2+7reb+5ast
gschID: 533380


Las Animas - CD Valdivia 91-93

CD Valdivia nipped Las Animas to sweep the playoff series. Worth to mention a great performance of American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Arnold Louis (201-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Aspire Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and the former international power forward Jose Del Solar (195-90) added 24 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Las Animas. Four Las Animas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: D.Summers 37+6reb+4ast, A.Louis 25+10reb+1ast, D.Gonzalez 8, E.Carrasco 7+8reb+8ast, G.Isla 6+4reb, C.Rosenberg 4+2reb+1ast
Las Animas: J.Del Solar 24+7reb+2ast, T.Taylor 24+16reb+3ast, D.Cheek 21+7reb+3ast, F.Morales 12+6reb+8ast, M.Perez 6+3reb+2ast, D.Low 4+2reb
gschID: 533381


Puerto Montt - AB Ancud 92-81

Puerto Montt topped AB Ancud to level things up at 2-2 in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Puerto Montt. AB Ancud was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by AB Ancud helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American guard Louis Munks (190-90, college: Prairie View A&M) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Mike Phillips (201-90, college: Howard) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) did not help to save the game for AB Ancud. Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Five Puerto Montt and four AB Ancud players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Puerto Montt: L.Munks 17+11reb+2ast, M.Phillips 17+5reb+3ast, I.Navarrete 17+3reb+3ast, F.Jara 15+3reb+2ast, J.Holt 14+4reb+1ast, J.Valencia 6+4reb+2ast
AB Ancud: D.Osses 20+2reb+1ast, R.Larry 20+7reb, P.Sandoval 13+2reb+3ast, F.Centeno 12+8reb+4ast, S.Figueroa 5+3reb+5ast, R.Armijo 5+4reb
gschID: 533382





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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.4
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.4 
 2. McCollum, North C.36.0 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.0 
 4. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.34.8 
 5. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.6 
 6. Hudson, Liaoning H.33.2 
 7. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.1 
 8. Cunningham, Jiang.32.7 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.1 
 10. Fortson, Guangsha.27.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.15.9 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 5. Hickson, Fujian QB13.6 
 6. Sakakini, TianJ.13.4 
 7. Batista, North C.13.1 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.12.4 
 9. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.2 
 10. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.6 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.3 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.3 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.0 
 5. Warren, Zhejiang.6.5 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.3 
 7. Brown, Zhejiang CB6.1 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT6.0 
 9. Buycks, Fujian QB6.0 
 10. Marbury, Beiji.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.5 
 2. Brown, Zhejiang CB3.0 
 3. Sui, Shandong FB2.8 
 4. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.5 
 5. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 6. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.4 
 7. Fortson, Guangsha.2.3 
 8. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.2 
 9. McCollum, North C.2.1 
 10. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.8 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Huang, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 6. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.8 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.7 
 9. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 10. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 



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  CROATIA  

A1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 21: Gorica - Jolly JBS 92-109
Jan. 17: KK Split - Jolly JBS 85-74
Jan. 21: Vrij.Osijek - Zabok 84-78
Jan. 5: KK Split - Cibona 82-75
Jan. 23: H.Analitica - Cibona 80-89
Jan. 21: GKK Sibenik - Alkar Sinj 78-70
Jan. 21: Skrljevo - KK Zagreb 74-55
Jan. 5: Kvarner 2010 - Gorica 73-77
Jan. 14: Zabok - KK Split 71-86
Jan. 10: KK Zagreb - Cibona 70-90
Jan. 21: KK Split - Cedevita 66-63
Jan. 13: Cedevita - Alkar Sinj 111-71
Jan. 18: Zadar - Kvarner 2010 101-64

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 28: GKK Sibenik - Zadar
Jan. 28: Alkar Sinj - KK Split
Jan. 28: Cedevita - H.Analitica
Jan. 28: Cibona - Vrij.Osijek
Jan. 28: Zabok - Gorica
Jan. 28: Jolly JBS - Skrljevo
Jan. 28: KK Zagreb - Kvarner 2010


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Vern 14-2 
 2. Rudes 10-6 
 3. Bosco 9-5 
 4. Zapad 9-7 
 5. Zaprude 9-7 
 6. Agrodalm 9-7 
 7. Mladost ZG 8-5 
 8. Sesvete 7-8 
 9. Samobor 7-9 
 10. Dubrava 5-10 
 11. Maksimir 4-12 
 12. Fortuna 1-14 
East
 1. Belisce 9-3 
 2. Borovo 8-3 
 3. Osjecki Sokol 7-3 
 4. Djakovo 7-5 
 5. Rekord Tim 7-5 
 6. Zupanja 6-5 
 7. Pozega 5-7 
 8. Vukovar 4-7 
 9. VROS Darda 2-9 
 10. Vinkovci 2-10 
North
 1. Podravac Virje 11-1 
 2. Graficar 10-2 
 3. Medjimurje C. 9-3 
 4. Mladost D. 7-5 
 5. Radnik 6-6 
 6. Petar Zrinski 6-6 
 7. Ivanic 4-6 
 8. Koprivnica 2-9 
 9. Bjelovar 2-10 
 10. Ivancica 2-11 
South
 1. Jazine 11-1 
 2. Ribola Kastela 10-0 
 3. Diplomus 8-4 
 4. Omis-Cagalj T. 7-4 
 5. Puntamika 7-4 
 6. Adriatic S. 5-7 
 7. Sukosan 4-8 
 8. Dubrovnik 3-9 
 9. Solin 2-8 
 10. Cetina 0-12 
West
 1. Sanac 12-1 
 2. Ghia Staff 10-3 
 3. Crikvenica 10-4 
 4. Istrauni 10-4 
 5. Kastav 9-5 
 6. Labin 8-4 
 7. Pula 1981 6-9 
 8. Stoja Pula 5-9 
 9. Jadranka 4-8 
 10. Zamet 3-10 
 11. Kraljevica 2-10 
 12. Rovinj 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Center

Jan. 21: Zaprude - Dubrava 87-84
Jan. 21: Bosco - Fortuna 84-53
Jan. 21: Zapad - Maksimir 74-65
Jan. 21: Sesvete - Mladost ZG 72-79
Jan. 21: Samobor - Vern 65-91
Jan. 21: Rudes - Agrodalm 108-103

East

Jan. 21: Borovo - Belisce 82-75
Jan. 21: VROS Darda - Pozega 75-111
Jan. 21: Djakovo - Zupanja 70-61
Jan. 21: Rekord Tim - Vinkovci 109-84
Jan. 24: Vukovar - Osjecki Sokol

North

Jan. 21: Radnik - Petar Zrinski 93-90
Jan. 21: Ivancica - Koprivnica 86-92
Jan. 21: Ivanic - Podravac Virje 86-92
Jan. 21: Petar Zrinski - Ivancica 72-54
Jan. 21: Bjelovar - Mladost D. 69-81
Jan. 21: Graficar - Medjimurje C. 63-61

South

Jan. 21: Cetina - Ribola Kastela 75-86
Jan. 21: Solin - Puntamika 74-76
Jan. 21: Sukosan - Adriatic S. 72-60
Jan. 21: Omis-Cagalj T. - Dubrovnik 70-64
Jan. 21: Diplomus - Jazine 60-78

West

Jan. 21: Kastav - Ghia Staff 82-61
Jan. 21: Ghia Staff - Pula 1981 81-68
Jan. 21: Pula 1981 - Labin 74-83
Jan. 22: Jadranka - Istrauni 64-82
Jan. 21: Rovinj - Sanac 63-104
Jan. 21: Crikvenica - Stoja Pula 126-87
Jan. 21: Istrauni - Kraljevica 108-72


Crikvenica made 19 3-pointers (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

Crikvenica buried 19 3-pointers in a 126-87 victory over defending champion Stoja in Croatian A2 League Division West Round 15.

Central Division - Round 16: Zapad-Maksimir 74-65 (Dugandzic 19, Zganec 15 - Mandic 31, Regina 11), Sesvete-Mladost 72-79 (Papak 25, Babic 14 - Morovic 32, Perkovic 20), Rudes-Agrodalm 108-103 (Galic 19, Ljubicic 19 - Cosic 29, Matic 19), Bosco-Fortuna 84-53 (Baricevic 15, Bubalo 14 - Atelj 12, Trucek 11), Samobor-Vern 65-91 (Gionechetti-Prahin 18, Mandalinic 16 - Penic 25, Zivko 20), Zaprudje-Dubrava 87-84 (Kravos 22, Gasparac 21 - Majcunic 28, Smolic 18).
Standings: Vern 14-2, Bosco 11-5, Rudes 10-6, Mladost 10-6, Agrodalm 9-7, Zaprudje 9-7, Zapad 9-7, Samobor 7-9, Sesvete 7-9, Dubrava 5-11, Maksimir 4-12, Fortuna 1-15.

Western Division - Round 15: Crikvenica-Stoja 126-87 (Bilalovic 26, Komadina 21 - Dasko 20, Ban 20), Kastav-Ghia Staff 82-61 (Ferencic 22, Ratko 14 - Grbic 14, Krstinic 14), Jadranka-Zamet 73-64 (Tariba 20, Zezelj 16 - Delpin 14, Antunovic 12, Vucic 12), Rovinj-Sanac 63-104 (Djerman 18, Banko 14 - Beber 38, Josipovic 24), Istrauni-Kraljevica 108-72 (Sertic 20, Samija 16 - Konjevic 26, Protega 13), Rudar-Pula 1981 83-74 (Breulj 24, Troskot 15 - Bozic 19, Djugum 14). Postponed game of Round 13: Jadranka-Istrauni 64-82 (Kovacevic 20, Zezelj 19 - Sljuka 25, Sertic 22). Postponed game of Round 14: Ghia Staff-Pula 1981 81-68 (Krstinic 26, Belina 26 - Rakic 26, Grzinic 15).
Standings: Sanac 12-2, Crikvenica 11-4, Istrauni 11-4, Rudar 11-4, Ghia Staff 9-5, Kastav 9-6, Pula 1981 8-7, Jadranka 6-8, Stoja 5-10, Kraljevica 2-12, Zamet 2-13, Rovinj 2-13.

Eastern Division - Round 12: Rekord Tim-Vinkovci 109-84 (Grgic 29, Zivkovic 26 - Pezer 24, Jukic 20), Borovo-Belisce 82-75, Djakovo-Zupanja 70-61 (Hajdukovic 31, Rados 18 - Bilic 16, Petrovic 15), Vrijednosnice Osijek II-Pozega 75-111, Vukovar-Osjecki sokol 24/01.
Standings: Belisce 9-3, Borovo 8-3, Djakovo 7-5, Rekord Tim 7-5, Zupanja 6-5, Vukovar 5-6, Pozega 5-7, Vrijednosnice Osijek II 2-9, Vinkovci 1-11.

Northern Division - Round 12: Radnik-Petar Zrinski 93-90 (Tomas 43, Nervo 17 - Tomic 32, Cusek 24), Graficar-Medjimiurje 63-61 (Poljak 15 - Drk 17, Mar.Novak 11), Ivanic-Podravac 86-92 (Lukacevic 22, Kralj 18 - S.Zadravec 37, Siprak 19), Bjelovar-Mladost 69-81 (Gecek 20, Vrinjanin 18 - Beljan 35, Jancijev 15), Ivancica-Koprivnica postponed. Postponed game of Round 11: Petar Zrinski-Ivancica 72-54 (Cusek 23, Tomic 21 - Putarek 13, Smodek 12).
Standings: Podravac 11-1, Graficar 10-2, Medjimurje 9-3, Mladost 7-5, Petar Zrinski 6-6, Radnik 6-6, Ivanic 5-7, Ivancica 2-9 Bjelovar 2-10, Koprivnica 1-10.

Southern Division - Round 12: Diplomus-Jazine Arbanasi 60-78 (Rados 14, Rasetina 12 - Mrva 24, Ceranja 15), Sukosan-Adriatic 72-60 (Ravic 21, Cirjak 19 - Macan 14, J.Bilic 11), Cetina-Ribola Kastela 75-86 (Mulic 31, Zaper 16 - Rezic 25, Matic 17), Solin-Sonik Puntamika 74-76 (Lozancic 24, Popovic 15 - Blazevic 17, Mrkic 16, Segaric 16), Omis Cagalj Tours-Dubrovnik 70-64 (Dzapo 22, Mimica 15, Vucica 15 - Lucic 20, Vucinovic 11).
Standings: Ribola Kastela 12-0, Jazine Arbanasi 11-1, Diplomus 8-4, Sonik Puntamika 8-4, Omis Cagalj Tours 7-5, Adriatic 5-7, Sukosan 4-8, Dubrovnik 3-9, Solin 2-10, Cetina 0-12.



Dino Stipcic moves from Skrljevo to Italy, Osijek part ways with Matej Karlovic - by Zeljko Zule

Skrljevo parted ways with Dino Stipcic (196-G/F-89) and the player is going to move to Italy in order to sign with Serie C Gold side Pallacanestro Milano 1958
Stipcic joined Skrljevo in 2015 and averaged 7.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.1 blocks over 26.5 minutes per game in 14 Croatian A1 League apperances this season. He has already played for Kastav and Kvarner 2010.
Vrijednosnice Osijek parted ways with Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) due to injury. Karlovic averaged 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks in 7 Croatian A1 League games this season.



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  CYPRUS  

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxie ESHO
  Etha
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Esho, Etha18.8 
 2. Franklin, Apollon18.4 
 3. Brezec, AEK17.0 
 4. Ray, Enosis16.6 
 5. Abukar, Keravnos15.9 
 6. Marshall, Apollon15.1 
 7. Burnatowski, Apoel14.3 
 8. Pigram, AEK14.2 
 9. Blakes, Enosis13.9 
 10. Bussey, Apoel13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cadarian RAINES
  Apollon
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Raines, Apollon8.4 
 2. Esho, Etha8.4 
 3. Mobley, Apoel8.1 
 4. Brezec, AEK7.7 
 5. Thomas, Enosis7.7 
 6. Parks, Keravnos7.4 
 7. Blakes, Enosis6.3 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel6.1 
 9. O''Brien, Keravnos6.0 
 10. Wright, Apoel5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leon SUTTON
  Apollon
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Sutton, Apollon7.0 
 2. Barker, Keravnos6.9 
 3. Thomas, AEK5.5 
 4. Washington, Enosis5.1 
 5. Bussey, Apoel4.7 
 6. Ross, Keravnos3.9 
 7. Jaxen, Etha3.6 
 8. Jones, Apollon3.4 
 9. Brown, Apoel3.4 
 10. Walker, Etha3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.5 
 2. Dasic, AEK2.3 
 3. Sutton, Apollon2.0 
 4. Franklin, Apollon1.7 
 5. Thomas, AEK1.7 
 6. Burnatowski, Apoel1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 8. Barker, Keravnos1.4 
 9. Ray, Enosis1.4 
 10. Parks, Keravnos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.2 
 2. Marshall, Apollon1.0 
 3. N''Doye, Apollon1.0 
 4. Mobley, Apoel1.0 
 5. Raines, Apollon0.9 
 6. O''Brien, Keravnos0.9 
 7. Brezec, AEK0.8 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel0.8 
 9. Parks, Keravnos0.7 
 10. Esho, Etha0.6 


Keravnos Strovolou is unbeaten in the last ten games - by Chris Mammides

The team of Coach Christoforos Livadiotis , Keravnos Strovolou after the shock of the second week (home loss from E.N Paralimni) is unbeaten after succeeding an amazing round with awesome road wins in Larnaka, Limassol, Paralimni, and Nicosia beating all its opponents and some of them, the toughest teams (AEK and APOEL) with some quite huge deficits. The Architect of this team, Coach Christoforos Livadiotis after a first season in Strovolos, (last season) saw his "mistakes" and correct them with the best feasible way as he kept his team together and only did the necessary additions. He brought in Strovolos, the experience forward Mohamed Abukar and the power forward/center Terrell Parks, with this two additions and of course all the other players of the team, Keravnos became a solid team who's nearly top in all the divisions. More precisely, the Strovolos team is the top team in the offence, in rebounds, in assists and in steals, while the awesome factor of the team this season is that at least 10 players have vital time on the rotation with 8 of them being very active..

Coach Christoforos Livadiotis every now and then is using also the talented youngsters, Panagiotis Markou, Pavlos Stavrinides and Orestis Andreou, while the experienced Theocharidis and Neophytou (especially the second one) together with Simon Michael, have special roles and sometimes these roles are key roles.. The basic structure of the team and the producers (points, rebounds, assists and steals) are the Cyprus International forward Stylianou, the Somalian (with American Passport) Abukar, the veteran Ross, Barker, O' Brien and Parks have been exchanging the top seats in all the statistical boards week by week...

The secret of this team is that it's simply a TEAM at all levels. The players of Keravnos do play for the team, Coach Christoforos Livadiotis who was totally supported by the management of the team, even though last season was not the most successful one for Keravnos, was able to work without any other internal issues, harmonically and influence his players with his own personal mentality, the mentality of the team. It's not coincidence that in each and every game the X'Factor" of the team is different, nearly never the same.. The one night is Abukar, the second night is Stylianou, the third night is Simon Michael, the forth night is Ross and O' Brien and so on and so forth.... Keravnos players play for the team and not for their personal stats... A mixture of experienced players (Abukar, Ross, Theocharides and Neophytou) together with quality players (Stylianou, O' Brien, Barker and Parks) and young talented passionate players (Simon Michael, Markou, Stavrinides, Andreou) do match an amazing group of team-mates. One of the few seasons that a team does play total basketball as a team and not because some stand outs are super players and they lead the team like the previous seasons when the teams had a couple of amazing players and were leading up in all the games.. This season is difference, this season is more of a team and less for leading figures, this season could be different for the Strovolos fans and players.. Obviously nothing is end and the season still has a long way to go but... something different is smelling in Strovolos... In a couple of months we will be able to witness whether this season will be different for Keravnos or it will be one and the same like all the previous seasons....
Abukar, Ross, Stylianou, O' Brien. Barket et all will take it until the very end or the team will explode? Will the remaining serious contenders (AEK and APOEL) add players who will make the difference or will the situation remain the same... Let's not forget that Keravnos beat both his competitors in their home courts with extremely impressive road wins..... Who knows, we will see what the future predicts!!!!

No matter what, Coach Christoforos Livadiotis is doing a unique job in Strovolos and they will need to do something over there in order not to lose him this summer from a foreign league, i.e. Greek A1, as his mate, Konstantinides did last summer in AGOR and is doing quite great......



Cypriot Division A round 12 best performance: Mohamed Abukar - by Eurobasket News

American-Somalian Forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Keravnos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush AEK (#2, 8-4) with 20-point margin 91-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot Division A. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. In the team's last game Abukar had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Keravnos' top player in his first season with the team. Former San Diego State University star has very solid stats this year. Abukar is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.9ppg) and averages impressive 57.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha. Jaxen had a very good evening with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Etha lost that game 65-75 to slightly higher-ranked Enosis (#4, 5-7). Etha are still at the very bottom. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Etha managed to get this year. Jaxen is a newcomer at Etha, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel (#3). Burnatowski scored 26 points. He was a key player of Apoel, leading his team to a 88-71 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Apollon (#5, 3-9). Apoel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Burnatowski has a great season in Cyprus. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 6.1rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Cadarian Raines (206-F-90) of Apollon - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Brandon Mobley (206-F-91) of Apoel - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Kevin Thomas (203-F-92) of Enosis - 8 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gerry Blakes (193-G) of Enosis - 20 points, 3 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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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 19-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 16-4 
 3. BK Decin 14-7 
 4. BK Kolin 11-9 
 5. BK Opava 11-9 
 6. USK Praha 10-10 
 7. Usti n/Labem 9-11 
 8. Prostejov 8-12 
 9. J.Hradec 7-13 
 10. MMCITE Brno 5-15 
 11. NH Ostrava 5-15 
 12. Svitavy 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 21: BK Opava - Prostejov 91-72
Jan. 21: J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem 88-84
Jan. 21: CEZ Nymburk - Svitavy 81-69
Jan. 21: BK Decin - BK Kolin 80-71
Jan. 21: USK Praha - BK Pardubice 74-62
Jan. 23: MMCITE Brno - NH Ostrava 73-79

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 28: MMCITE Brno - CEZ Nymburk
Jan. 28: NH Ostrava - J.Hradec
Jan. 28: Usti n/Labem - USK Praha
Jan. 28: BK Pardubice - BK Decin
Jan. 28: BK Kolin - BK Opava
Jan. 28: Prostejov - Svitavy


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.9 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.5 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK24.3 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.7 
 5. Peterka, Nymburk B22.3 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.4 
 7. Streba, USK P.19.0 
 8. Nehoda, Zlin18.6 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.18.6 
 10. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.7 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK11.1 
 3. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.8 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov10.2 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.5 
 6. Voslajer, Zlin9.4 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 8. Streba, USK P.8.9 
 9. Novak, Vysocina8.6 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.0 
 2. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 3. Petric, Pardubice5.0 
 4. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 5. Jancik, Havirov4.8 
 6. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.5 
 8. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B4.0 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.9 
 3. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.7 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice2.4 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.4 
 6. Branda, Opava B2.2 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.1 
 9. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 10. Kroutil, Slavoj L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jan KOLONICNY
  Havirov
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 2. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 3. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.6 
 4. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.3 
 6. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.1 
 9. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 
 10. Stafl, Nymburk B0.9 


Svitavy inks Bryan Smithson, ex Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News

Turi Svitavy (NBL) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard Bryan Smithson (183-85, college: NC-Asheville, agency: HMS). He played last season at MLP Academics Heidelberg in German ProA. In 28 games he had 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.7apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
The previous (14-15) season Smithson played at Kirchheim Knights (also in ProA) where in 28 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 5.0apg (top 5).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smithson's team made it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup final in 2009. He was also voted All-Big South Conference 1st Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Smithson has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka).
He attended University of North Carolina - Asheville until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @AkosVeg)

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1Liga Round 15: Nymburk B defeats GBA Sparta in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked GBA Sparta (5-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Nymburk B (10-4) in Praha on Friday. The visitors from Nymburk managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Nymburk B forced 20 GBA Sparta turnovers. It was a great evening for international center Martin Peterka (205-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Marek Welsch (180-99) with 24 points and 8 assists. GBA Sparta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nymburk B maintains third place in Group A with 10-4 record having five points less than leader Zlin. GBA Sparta at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Nymburk B are looking forward to face Basket Kosice (#5) at home in the next round. GBA Sparta will play against Sokol Pisek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Olomouc: Olomouc SK (#2) and Olomouc Bbal (#5). Olomouc Bbal was defeated at home 71-82 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olomouc Bbal. It was an exceptional evening for forward Pavel Novak (199-83) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Marek Sedlacek accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. Jiri Dedek (190-95) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Olomouc Bbal in the defeat. Olomouc SK (12-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Olomouc SK maintains second place in Group B having just two points less than leader Zlin. Olomouc Bbal at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Sokol Slapanice. Olomouc SK will play against Pardubice (#6) at home in the next round. Olomouc Bbal will play against Ostrava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Sokol Slapanice (#4) was upset in Pardubice by seventh ranked Pardubice 90-64. The best player for the winners was David Skranc who had a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Zdenek Sebela who recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Pardubice (6-9) moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Prostejov B. Sokol Slapanice lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Olomouc Bbal. Pardubice will meet league's second-placed Olomouc SK on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Slapanice will play against Havirov and hope to secure a win.
1Liga top team - Sokol Hradec Kralove (13-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Sokol Pisek (5-11) 87-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokol Pisek. It was a good game for Samuel Faifr who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first place in Group A with 13-2 record. Sokol Pisek at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be Sokol Prazky (#4) in Praha. Sokol Pisek will play at home against GBA Sparta (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1Liga top team - SKB Zlin (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Havirov (1-14) 97-67. It was a great evening for Marian Hrabovsky who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. SKB Zlin's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. SKB Zlin maintains first place in Group B with 14-1 record. Havirov lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. SKB Zlin will face BK Prostejov B (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Havirov will play against Sokol Slapanice in Slapnice and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15:
In Group A Sokol Prazky destroyed Vysocina on the opponent's court 74-55. Basket Kosice managed to outperform USK Praha B in a home game 101-90. Slavoj Litom. managed to beat Loko Plzen on the road 73-66.
In Group B Prostejov B crushed Novy Jicin on its own court 82-57. Ostrava was smashed by Opava B in a road game 78-53.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 8 assists by Martin Nabelek of Prostejov B.

Group A
Vysocina - Sokol Prazky 55-74

Very expected game in Jihlava where 10th ranked Vysocina (3-12) was crushed by fourth ranked Sokol Prazky (8-7) 74-55 on Sunday. Sokol Prazky dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Vysocina's 28. It was a great evening for center Jan Stepanek (190-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Matej Kohout (193-94) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Ondrej Manak (198-86) with 24 points and forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sokol Prazky maintains fourth place in Group A with 8-7 record. Vysocina lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Sokol Prazky will face league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vysocina will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vysocina: O.Manak 24+4reb, J.Bubak 15+5reb+1ast, M.Straznicky 5+4reb+3ast, M.Krajcigr 5+1ast, J.Dokulil 2, M.Novak 2+8reb+7ast
Sokol Prazky: J.Stepanek 17+5reb+1ast, M.Kohout 15+5reb+3ast, T.Gavenda 9+4reb+6ast, S.Brix 8+1reb, M.Hartig 8+2reb, Y.Habily 7+2reb
gschID: 483409


Sokol H.K. - Sokol Pisek 87-70

1Liga top team - Sokol Hradec Kralove (13-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Sokol Pisek (5-11) 87-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokol Pisek. They outrebounded Sokol Pisek 34-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Samuel Faifr (203-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Tomas Mahler (190-88) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. Swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) answered with 19 points and center Dalibor Fait (203-93) added 14 points in the effort for Sokol Pisek. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first place in Group A with 13-2 record. Sokol Pisek at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be Sokol Prazky (#4) in Praha. Sokol Pisek will play at home against GBA Sparta (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: P.Slechta 19+4reb, D.Fait 14+4reb+2ast, P.Englicky 12+8reb, M.Voldan 9+1ast, S.Bele 4, T.Jirsa 3
Sokol H.K.: T.Mahler 17+5reb, L.Svandrlik 15+6reb, L.Maly 14+2reb+3ast, O.Peterka 14+5reb+2ast, S.Faifr 12+9reb+2ast, T.Kirsbaum 9+1reb
gschID: 483408


GBA Sparta - Nymburk B 86-89

Eighth-ranked GBA Sparta (5-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Nymburk B (10-4) in Praha on Friday. The visitors from Nymburk managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Nymburk B forced 20 GBA Sparta turnovers. It was a great evening for international center Martin Peterka (205-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Nymburk B players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Marek Welsch (180-99) with 24 points and 8 assists and Latvian power forward Roberts Blumbergs (204-97) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. GBA Sparta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nymburk B maintains third place in Group A with 10-4 record having five points less than leader Zlin. GBA Sparta at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Nymburk B are looking forward to face Basket Kosice (#5) at home in the next round. GBA Sparta will play against Sokol Pisek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: M.Welsch 24+2reb+8ast, V.Kohs 21+6reb, R.Blumbergs 18+10reb+2ast, I.Tyrtyshnyk 7+2reb+5ast, Y. Sidibe 5+2reb, M.Zeliznak 3+5reb+1ast
Nymburk B: M.Ivan 21+1reb+2ast, M.Peterka 18+11reb+2ast, M.Svoboda 17+5reb, L.Stegbauer 15+7reb+2ast, T.Dlugos 8+4reb+4ast, M.Kolar 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 483407


Basket Kosice - USK Praha B 101-90

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Basket Kosice (7-9) defeated at home 6th ranked USK Praha B (6-8) 101-90 on Friday. Basket Kosice looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by USK Praha B's players. It was a great evening for Slovakian forward Miroslav Vansa (197-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) helped adding 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Basket Kosice players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Jan Streba (195-95) with 21 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Ondrej Sehnal (183-97) scored 19 points and 4 assists. USK Praha B's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Basket Kosice moved-up to fifth place in Group A. USK Praha B lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Basket Kosice will face higher ranked Nymburk B (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USK Praha B will play against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha B: J.Streba 21+6reb+2ast, O.Sehnal 19+2reb+4ast, V.Svoboda 16+4reb, J.Tuma 9+5reb+1ast, M.Hajek 8+1ast, J.Zidek 6+1reb
Basket Kosice: M.Vansa 32+6reb+5ast, J.Kratochvil 15+9reb+4ast, D.Hlavacek 14+5reb+1ast, J.Zavadil 12+4reb, J.Nekolny 12+2reb+7ast, D.Adasek 9+5reb+5ast
gschID: 483411


Loko Plzen - Slavoj Litom. 66-73

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked BK Loko Plzen (6-8) was defeated at home by second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (11-4) 73-66 on Friday. Slavoj BK Litomerice outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 37-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. BK Loko Plzen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Jakub Zbroj (190-94) helped adding 18 points. Four Slavoj BK Litomerice players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Kamil Riha (180-91) with 23 points and point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Slavoj BK Litomerice. They maintain second place in Group A with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Zlin. Loser BK Loko Plzen dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face Vysocina (#10) in Jihlava in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Loko Plzen will play on the road against USK Praha B (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: K.Riha 23+2reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 10+3reb, V.Honomichl 10+9reb+2ast, O.Fleischhans 6+1reb+1ast, M.Volf 6+1reb, M.David 4+3reb
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 18+9reb+2ast, J.Zbroj 18+3reb+2ast, A.Alic 11+5reb+1ast, M.Basta 10+1reb, A.Zampach 9+11reb+1ast, J.Karlovsky 4+2reb
gschID: 483410


Group B
Prostejov B - Novy Jicin 82-57

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked BK Prostejov B and 7th ranked Novy Jicin had identical 5-9 record. This time BK Prostejov B used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Novy Jicin 82-57 on Sunday night. BK Prostejov B dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Novy Jicin's 30. BK Prostejov B forced 24 Novy Jicin turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BK Prostejov B made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 assists. Swingman Marek Sehnal (196-96) helped adding 7 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and center Tadeas Janik (201-94) scored 7 points and 8 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. BK Prostejov B (6-9) moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Pardubice. Novy Jicin at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. BK Prostejov B will face league's leader SKB Zlin on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novy Jicin will play against B&W Opava B (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: O.Soska 15+7reb+3ast, M.Rudolf 12+3reb+3ast, D.Panak 8+3reb+1ast, T.Janik 7+8reb+3ast, L.Pindroch 6, M. Kridlo 4+5reb
Prostejov B: M.Nabelek 18+4reb+8ast, M.Szabo 13+5reb, A.Goga 11+5reb+2ast, J.Francirek 8+1reb, P.Bartosik 8+3reb+2ast, M.Sehnal 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 512512


Opava B - Ostrava 78-53

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Ostrava (5-10) was outplayed on the road by third ranked B&W Opava B (10-5) 78-53 on Friday. B&W Opava B outrebounded Ostrava 57-36 including a 41-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for power forward Jiri Dihel (198-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) helped adding 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four B&W Opava B players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michal Palat (194-90) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. B&W Opava B maintains third place in Group B with 10-5 record having four points less than leader Zlin. Ostrava lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. B&W Opava B will face Novy Jicin (#8) in Novy Jicin in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ostrava will play at home against Olomouc Bbal and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ostrava: L.Bukovjan 17+6reb+2ast, M.Palat 9+7reb+1ast, J.Lycka 8+5reb+1ast, D.Smolka 7+2reb+1ast, M.Gerych 5+1ast, R.Marek 3+5reb+1ast
Opava B: J.Dihel 22+5reb+2ast, M.Kvapil 20+7reb+1ast, V.Bujnoch 13+10reb+2ast, R.Dragoun 11+10reb+4ast, V.Branda 4+5reb+4ast, K.Cerny 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 483486


Olomouc Bbal - Olomouc SK 71-82

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Olomouc: Olomouc SK (#2) and Olomouc Bbal (#5). Olomouc Bbal was defeated at home 71-82 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olomouc Bbal. Olomouc Bbal was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for forward Pavel Novak (199-83) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Marek Sedlacek (195-82) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Olomouc SK players scored in double figures. Jiri Dedek (190-95) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Olomouc Bbal in the defeat. Olomouc SK (12-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Olomouc SK maintains second place in Group B having just two points less than leader Zlin. Olomouc Bbal at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Sokol Slapanice. Olomouc SK will play against Pardubice (#6) at home in the next round. Olomouc Bbal will play against Ostrava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: J.Dedek 22+6reb+3ast, E.Scripcaru 14+7reb+4ast, J.Hanus 10+2reb+1ast, J.Kozak 7+5reb, V.Smerda 7+4reb, A.Choleva 4+6reb+2ast
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 23+11reb+4ast, M.Sedlacek 20+7reb, M.Vanak 14+8reb, J.Galuszka 12+4reb+1ast, M.Strniste 5+1reb, R.Polasek 3+2reb
gschID: 483485


Pardubice - Sokol Slapanice 90-64

Sokol Slapanice (#4) was upset in Pardubice by seventh ranked Pardubice 90-64. Pardubice forced 23 Sokol Slapanice turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward David Skranc (206-96, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Center Martin Roub (206-97) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Four Pardubice players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) who recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and forward Karel Trunecek (204) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Pardubice (6-9) moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Prostejov B. Sokol Slapanice lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Olomouc Bbal. Pardubice will meet league's second-placed Olomouc SK on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Slapanice will play against Havirov and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sokol Slapanice: Z.Sebela 33+11reb+3ast, K.Trunecek 12+13reb+3ast, R.Sir 9+4reb+2ast, B.Vitkovic 3+2reb, M.Licenik 2+4reb, M.Vanek 2+6reb+3ast
Pardubice: D.Skranc 26+13reb+10ast, M.Roub 22+7reb, K.Formanek 10+7reb+2ast, L.Brozek 10+1reb+3ast, F.Nimec 7+3reb+1ast, M.Vecera 5+3reb
gschID: 483484


Havirov - Zlin 67-97

1Liga top team - SKB Zlin (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Havirov (1-14) 97-67. SKB Zlin dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Havirov's 36. SKB Zlin forced 26 Havirov turnovers and had a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for swingman Marian Hrabovsky (198-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Radek Pumprla (193-95) helped adding 18 points and 4 steals (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). SKB Zlin's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Adam Urbanek (196-93) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Daniel Klimek (190-96) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SKB Zlin maintains first place in Group B with 14-1 record. Havirov lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. SKB Zlin will face BK Prostejov B (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Havirov will play against Sokol Slapanice in Slapnice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Havirov: A.Urbanek 15+6reb+2ast, V.Jancik 12+4reb+1ast, D.Klimek 12+6reb+3ast, J.Landor 11+2reb, J.Leczo 8+11reb+1ast, J. Hubacek 7+4reb
Zlin: M.Hrabovsky 23+8reb+1ast, R.Pumprla 18+2reb+3ast, J.Kozina 11+3reb+3ast, M.Jedovnicky 11+8reb, J.Kadlcik 9+4reb+1ast, D.Nehoda 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 483483





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  DENMARK  

Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Wolfpack/BMS 12-0 
 2. Koge BK 9-2 
 3. Vaerlose 6-4 
 4. Amager BK 6-5 
 5. EBAA 6-5 
 6. BMI Bloodhounds 5-5 
 7. Virum 4-6 
 8. SBBC 2015 3-8 
 9. Birkerod 2-9 
 10. Aalborg 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 20: EBAA - Virum 78-76
Jan. 21: SBBC 2015 - Virum 75-62
Jan. 22: Birkerod - Koge BK 67-90
Jan. 22: BMI Bloodhounds - Wolfpack/BMS 65-96
Jan. 21: Aalborg - Amager BK 63-78

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 29: Vaerlose - Koge BK
Jan. 29: Birkerod - SBBC 2015
Jan. 29: Virum - Aalborg


1st Division Round 13: EBAA edges Virum Vipers by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 13 in the 1st Division took place in Aarhus. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Virum Vipers (4-6) to sixth ranked EBAA (6-5) 78-76 on Friday evening. EBAA moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Amager BK. Virum Vipers at the other side keep the seventh position with six games lost. EBAA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Virum Vipers will play at home against Aalborg (#10) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Undefeated leader BMS Skovlunde delivered the twelfth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked BMI Bloodhounds (5-5) 96-65 in Beder. Undefeated BMS Skovlunde (12-0) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. BMI Bloodhounds at the other side keep the sixth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Svendborg was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Virum Vipers (4-6) played at the court of eighth ranked SBBC 2015 (3-8). SBBC 2015 defeated Virum Vipers 75-62 on Saturday. SBBC 2015 maintains eighth place with 3-8 record. Loser Virum Vipers keep the seventh position with six games lost. SBBC 2015 will meet Birkerod (#9) in the next round. Virum Vipers will play against Aalborg and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 13 Koge BK crushed Birkerod in a road game 90-67. Bottom-ranked Aalborg was beaten by Amager BK at home 63-78.

BMI Bloodhounds - Wolfpack/BMS 65-96

Undefeated leader BMS Skovlunde delivered the twelfth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked BMI Bloodhounds (5-5) 96-65 in Beder. BMS Skovlunde (12-0) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. BMI Bloodhounds at the other side keep the sixth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 497439


Birkerod - Koge BK 67-90

There was no surprise in Skjold where 9th ranked Birkerod (2-9) was crushed by second ranked Koge BK (9-2) 90-67 on Sunday. Koge BK maintains second place with 9-2 record having four points less than leader Wolfpack/BMS. Loser Birkerod keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Koge BK will meet Vaerlose (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Birkerod will play against SBBC 2015 (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 497438


SBBC 2015 - Virum 75-62

The game in Svendborg was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Virum Vipers (4-6) played at the court of eighth ranked SBBC 2015 (3-8). SBBC 2015 defeated Virum Vipers 75-62 on Saturday. SBBC 2015 maintains eighth place with 3-8 record. Loser Virum Vipers keep the seventh position with six games lost. SBBC 2015 will meet Birkerod (#9) in the next round. Virum Vipers will play against Aalborg and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 497437


Aalborg - Amager BK 63-78

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Amager BK (6-5) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Aalborg (1-10) 78-63 on Saturday. Amager BK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with EBAA. Aalborg lost their tenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Amager BK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aalborg will play against Virum Vipers (#7) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 497436


EBAA - Virum 78-76

The most exciting game of round 13 in the 1st Division took place in Aarhus. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Virum Vipers (4-6) to sixth ranked EBAA (6-5) 78-76 on Friday evening. EBAA moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Amager BK. Virum Vipers at the other side keep the seventh position with six games lost. EBAA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Virum Vipers will play at home against Aalborg (#10) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 497434





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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.5 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.7 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Patterson, Reno B.22.8 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.4 
 8. Murphy, Grand R.22.4 
 9. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.12.8 
 2. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.11.5 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.11.0 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 6. Long, Delaware.10.4 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. Zimmerman, Erie B.9.8 
 9. Zubac, Los A.9.6 
 10. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Magette, Los A.10.1 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.8 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.2 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 9. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
 10. Pressey, Santa C.6.2 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.1 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. Harris, Texas L.2.5 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.4 
 6. Fells, Texas L.2.3 
 7. Cousins, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.8 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.3 
 4. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 7. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Williams, Iowa E.2.0 
 9. Foster, Los A.1.9 
 10. Ndour, Westches.1.9 


Erie Bay Hawks sign Robert Vaden - by Eurobasket News

Erie Bay Hawks signed 32-year old swingman Robert Vaden (196-102kg-85, college: UAB, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at Westchester Knicks (D-League). In 12 games he had 6.0ppg and 1.7rpg this season.
In 2009 Vaden was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (54th overall). He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vaden's team was regular season runner-up in Belgian League in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team back in 2012.
Vaden is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Telekom Baskets), NBA (San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves), Italy (Imola), Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Slovakia (Nitra) and other D-League teams (Oklahoma City Blue and Northern Arizona Suns).

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NBADL Expects To Add Multiple Teams In 2017/18 - by Eurobasket News

The NBA D-League is close to finalizing the addition of multiple teams for the 2017/18 season, league president Malcolm Turner tells Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com. The NBADL is expected to make an announcement on expansion within the next few weeks, perhaps before this year's NBA All-Star Game, with the league likely to add at least two new teams. For now, there has been no definitive word on which cities or NBA teams may be involved in the latest round of D-League expansion, but as of this season, there are only eight NBA clubs without an affiliate, so the possibilities are limited. The Magic have an agreement in place to buy their current affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, and move the team to Lakeland, Florida. According to Howard-Cooper, there's speculation that Erie could retain a D-League team, with the Hawks replacing the Magic as the club's NBA affiliate. Atlanta has an affiliate of its own lined up, but that team isn't expected to begin play until the 2019/20 season. According to Howard-Cooper, the Wizards and Bucks are among the other NBA teams currently without affiliates that could have an NBADL team in 2017/18. The Clippers have also explored some Southern California venues, but aren't expected to be ready to launch a D-League team by next season, Howard-Cooper writes. Meanwhile, the D-League may also change how it runs its annual showcase event, which took place in Mississauga, Ontario last week. The D-League's showcase serves as an opportunity for NBA and international scouts to assess the league's talent in one place without having to travel to scout individual teams and games. Per Howard-Cooper, the league would like to either hold the showcase in the same place every year, or establish a rotation of three or four locations for the event. 'I couldn't tell you specifically where, but I do think we would like to explore, A, whether or not there is such a thing as a permanent home for Showcase or, B, are there two or three venues that we can have in a rotation to different parts of the country, different parks of North America,' Turner said. 'Those are a couple scenarios that we would like to spend a little bit of time understanding.'
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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ECBL Standings

ECBL Standings
Exhibition Team
 1. Carolina Showtime 0-1 
North-East
 1. Carolina Thunder 1-0 
 2. High Point H. 0-0 
 3. Lumberton S. 0-0 
 4. Winston-Salem C. 0-0 
North-West
 1. Carolina K. 0-0 
 2. Hampton RW 0-0 
 3. N.Carolina C. 0-0 
 4. Petersburg C. 0-0 
South-East
 1. Florence Wildcats 1-0 
 2. Augusta E. 0-0 
 3. Carolina C. 0-0 
 4. Savannah S. 0-0 
South-West
 1. Charlotte GB 0-0 
 2. PT Players 0-0 
 3. S.Carolina AS 0-0 
 4. SC Upstate R. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Jan. 21: Carolina Showtime - Florence Wildcats 75-87
Jan. 21: Carolina Thunder - Team Hickory 142-140

Regular Season: Round 2

Feb. 10: SC Upstate R. - Augusta E.



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  EL SALVADOR  


El Salvador tips off preparations for 2017 Central American Games - by Alan Walls

SAN SALVADOR (Central American Games 2017) - With two weekend training camps the first weeks of January, the El Salvador men's national team, under the leadership of American head coach Alan Walls, tipped off their preparations for the 2017 Central American Games slated to take place in Managua, Nicaragua December 3-17.

The first training camp was held January 7th and 8th at the National Gymnasium Aldolfo Pineda in the capital city of San Salvador with 25 members of the national federation's program 'Project 25/25.' Project 25/25 is a program implemented in 2016 by Walls to identify the top 25 players from around the country ages 25 and under (18-25) and to train and development them not only for the 2017 CAG but also future national team competitions over the next 10-15 years. Members of the project were selected through five regional talent scouting camps conducted in June and July of 2016.

The training camp consisted of two practices on the 7th and one practice and intra-squad scrimmages on the 8th. Of the 24 players that participated in the first camp 13 were invited to participate in the second camp where eight more experienced national team members over the age of 25 joined them.

The second training camp, the following weekend, also consisted of two practices on Saturday and a third practice Sunday morning followed by a full intra-squad game with FIBA sanctioned referees.

The Salvadoran Basketball Federation will conduct a total of eight similar training camps throughout the year heading into the Games ranging from two, to three, to five days during breaks in their professional league (Major League Basketball) which runs for a total of eight months divided into two seasons, as well as four weeks of practices and international competition during the month of June and six weeks of practices and international friendlies in October and November prior to the games.

The basketball competition of the 2017 Central American Games will run December 4th through the 8th.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.24.7 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.5 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.20.1 
 4. Strupovics, Valga18.8 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU18.8 
 6. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 7. Olmre, TTU17.3 
 8. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.15.4 
 9. Saage, TL.15.0 
 10. Bratoz, Rapla14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. van der Mars, Rap.14.2 
 2. Baker, Tarvas9.0 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.7 
 4. Jois, TU/Rock8.5 
 5. Milka, TU/Rock8.4 
 6. Bubalo, Parnu8.0 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.7 
 8. Dzeletovic, TL.7.7 
 9. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 10. Marshall, TL.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Bratoz, Rapla4.8 
 2. Saage, TL.4.7 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.5 
 4. Kabin, Parnu4.5 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.3 
 6. Sokk, TU/Rock4.2 
 7. Post, Tarvas4.2 
 8. Thomas, TU/Rock4.1 
 9. Jones, TL.4.0 
 10. Paiste, Tarvas3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.2.3 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.2 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Olmre, TTU1.8 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 7. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 8. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 9. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Jones, TL.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.4 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu1.3 
 4. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 5. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 6. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 7. Saks, TL.0.8 
 8. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 9. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 10. Raadik, TTU0.8 


Tokyo Cinq Reves sign Josiah Heath, ex TLU/Kalev - by Eurobasket News

Tokyo Cinq Reves (B League D3) signed 24-year old American power forward Josiah Heath (205-104kg-93, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at TLU/Kalev in Estonian Alexela KML. In four games he had 8.8ppg and 6.3rpg this season. Heath also played 1 game in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 4 points, 12 rebounds and 1 block. The last season he played at Aris Leeuwarden in Dutch Eredivisie. In 27 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 8.3rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.3spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team.
Heath's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He graduated from Canisius College in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ChetErvin)

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Kaspars Berzins (ex BK Ogre) agreed terms with Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Latvian international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-104kg-85). He started the season at BK Ogre in Latvian LBL league. In two games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season.
The most of last season Berzins spent at Zenit where in 26 VTB United League games he averaged 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Berzins also played earlier that season for BC Nizhny Novgorod. In 12 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg and 5.5rpg. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he got 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements Berzins won Latvian League championship title in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game back in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Berzins has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
Berzins also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.0%.
Berzins is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Caceres Basket and Blusens Monbus) and Russia (Krasnie Krilya).
The scouts decsribe him following way: He is a very smooth athlete. He's one of those guys who seem to move from A to B with little or no effort required. He plays a slashing style on the offensive end, but also has range on the jumper at the three-point line.
The kind of European inside player, who knos how to came out and hit a shot from the distance, even behind the 3 pts arch; also a good rebounder and yat a solid post player, but his future is at 4 position
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Barcelona brings back Diagne from loan - by Dimitris Katsionis

FC Barcelona Lassa announced Sunday that big man Moussa Diagne (211-C-94) will return to the club from his loan to 7DAYS EuroCup team Montakit Fuenlabrada. Diagne appeared briefly in two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season for Barcelona. He was loaned over the summer to Fuenlabrada, where he has averaged 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in nine EuroCup appearances this season. Diagne is a mobile F/C and coach Bartzokas will use his defensive skills and athleticism in specific units targeting on being more effective in the Pick&Roll defense. Barcelona has also Tomic and Faverani in the "5" spot, two big bodies so Diagne's mobility seems a good fit in the frontcourt. Faverani had a tremendous night in his debut against Anadolu with 18 points.


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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Jones, Lapua22.5 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket20.9 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot20.5 
 4. Morris, Lapua18.0 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.0 
 6. Wesley, Kataja B.17.5 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto17.3 
 8. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.5 
 10. Buckles, Kouvot15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Van, Korihait11.1 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.4 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket9.0 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.7 
 6. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 7. Morris, Lapua8.3 
 8. Williams, Lapua8.2 
 9. Cuffee, Kouvot8.0 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.5 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.8 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.8 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.7 
 7. Minard, Pyrinto4.4 
 8. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.3 
 9. Jalonen, Korihait4.2 
 10. Skamo, BC Nokia3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.4 
 2. Barrett, BC Nokia2.0 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Mullings, Kataja B.1.9 
 5. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.7 
 8. Holloway, Korihait1.6 
 9. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 10. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, KTP Basket2.0 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Van, Korihait1.1 
 6. McAlister, Korihait0.9 
 7. Walker, KTP Basket0.9 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.8 
 9. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 
 10. Hurt, Lapua0.7 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Lahti 14-4 
 2. Espoo United 12-4 
 3. ToPo 10-7 
 4. Jyvaskyla BA 9-7 
 5. Oulun NMKY 9-8 
 6. Jarvenpaa 7-9 
 7. Porvoon Tarmo 7-9 
 8. FoKoPo 7-11 
 9. HBA-Marsky 5-12 
 10. Pyrinto II 4-13 
Division B
 1. TuNMKY 12-3 
 2. Espoo Basket 12-5 
 3. Ura Basket 12-5 
 4. PuHu Juniorit 11-4 
 5. Korikouvot 11-5 
 6. Raholan Pyrkiva 11-6 
 7. HyPo 7-7 
 8. HNMKY U23 7-10 
 9. Karkkila 6-10 
 10. PeU-Basket 5-11 
 11. JyWe 4-12 
 12. Munkkiniemen 3-12 
 13. Namika Lr 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

Division A

Jan. 20: HBA-Marsky - Jarvenpaa 93-76
Jan. 22: Lahti - FoKoPo 89-83
Jan. 20: Lahti - Jyvaskyla BA 87-63
Jan. 23: Jyvaskyla BA - Pyrinto II 76-49
Jan. 19: ToPo - Pyrinto II 67-52
Jan. 21: Oulun NMKY - Espoo United 62-85
Jan. 22: Oulun NMKY - ToPo 57-64
Jan. 19: FoKoPo - HBA-Marsky 101-89

Division B

Jan. 22: Raholan Pyrkiva - JyWe 96-86
Jan. 18: Korikouvot - Namika Lr 95-68
Jan. 22: Korikouvot - TuNMKY 88-90
Jan. 19: PeU-Basket - Ura Basket 79-75
Jan. 22: HyPo - Espoo Basket 73-103
Jan. 22: Karkkila - Ura Basket 72-94
Jan. 22: Munkkiniemen - HNMKY U23 59-65

Regular Season: Round 16

Division A

Jan. 28: Oulun NMKY - Jarvenpaa
Jan. 28: Espoo United - Jyvaskyla BA
Jan. 29: ToPo - Espoo United
Jan. 29: FoKoPo - Jarvenpaa
Jan. 29: Lahti - Pyrinto II
Jan. 29: Oulun NMKY - Porvoon Tarmo

Division B

Jan. 27: HyPo - TuNMKY
Jan. 29: Karkkila - Munkkiniemen
Jan. 29: Namika Lr - Espoo Basket
Jan. 29: PeU-Basket - TuNMKY
Jan. 29: Korikouvot - PuHu Juniorit
Jan. 29: JyWe - Ura Basket
Jan. 29: HNMKY U23 - HyPo
Jan. 28: Namika Lr - PeU-Basket


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 35.8
 1. Upchurch, HyPo35.8 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Maxhuni, HBA-M.25.1 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.6 
 5. Daniels, PeU-Basket24.5 
 6. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 9. Clark, Porvoon .22.8 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.8 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.3 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 6. Stahl, Oulun N.11.5 
 7. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.1 
 8. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.8 
 9. Sandberg, TuNM.10.4 
 10. Flemings, FoKoPo10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.6 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .6.1 
 3. Kantonen, Korik.6.0 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.6 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.7 
 6. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 7. Innamaa, TuNM.4.3 
 8. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.3 
 9. Kantonen, JyWe4.2 
 10. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Upchurch, HyPo3.0 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 4. Moore, ToPo2.4 
 5. Kuusisto, ToPo2.4 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Engelvuori, Namika Lr2.3 
 8. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.3 
 9. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.2 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Harvey, Oulun N.1.5 
 3. Ekimov, JyWe1.5 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.5 
 5. Reed, FoKoPo1.4 
 6. Sandberg, TuNM.1.2 
 7. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.2 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 
 10. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.0 


Korisliiga Round 24: Salon Vilpas are defeated by Lapuan Korikobrat - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Lapua between second ranked Salon Vilpas (17-6) and fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (12-10) on Friday night. Salon Vilpas was defeated by Lapuan Korikobrat on the road 100-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. The game was mostly controlled by Lapuan Korikobrat. Salon Vilpas managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lapuan Korikobrat made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dom Morris (201-90, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) who added 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 12-10 record. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat is looking forward to face bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round where they are favorite. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Korisliiga top team - Helsinki Seagulls (18-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Kouvot (8-12) 87-73. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The winners were led by swingman Raymond Cowels III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) who scored that evening 21 points and 5 rebounds and Remy Abell supported him with 14 points. Even a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds by forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) did not help to save the game for Kouvot. Helsinki Seagulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-4 record. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kouvot will play on the road against KTP-Basket (#7) in Kotka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Nokia was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (13-10) played at the court of 8th ranked BC Nokia (8-15). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated BC Nokia 93-83 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Austin Hollins who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Papa Dia who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to fourth place. BC Nokia lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Pyrinto. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet league's second-placed Salon Vilpas on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC Nokia will have a break next round.
Fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (13-6) crushed at home 7th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-15) by 27 points 93-66, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Kervin Bristol who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja moved-up to third place. Tampereen Pyrinto lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 24 bottom-ranked Korihait lost to KTP Basket on the opponent's court 88-93. Salon Vilpas managed to outperform Korihait in a home game 92-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points by Juwan Staten of Salon Vilpas.

Kataja Basket - Pyrinto 93-66

Fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (13-6) crushed at home 7th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-15) by 27 points 93-66, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Tampereen Pyrinto was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja dominated on the defensive end, holding Tampereen Pyrinto to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Tampereen Pyrinto 48-29 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Joensuun Kataja players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Joensuun Kataja brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for American-Haitian center Kervin Bristol (206-88, college: Fordham) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St., agency: SDJ Sports) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tampereen Pyrinto. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja moved-up to third place. Tampereen Pyrinto lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: D.Mullings 17+8reb+4ast, J.Bradley 16+10reb+4ast, K.Bristol 14+14reb+2ast, J.King 13+7reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 9+4reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 8+6ast
Pyrinto: T.Palmi 16+2reb, J.Bullock 14+5reb+3ast, J.Caven 9+3reb, R.Minard 9+9reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 6+5reb, J.Kilpinen 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 488029


BC Nokia - Kauhajoki 83-93

The game in Nokia was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (13-10) played at the court of 8th ranked BC Nokia (8-15). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated BC Nokia 93-83 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 54-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Tate Unruh (193-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Kauhajoen Karhu and five BC Nokia players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to fourth place. BC Nokia lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Pyrinto. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet league's second-placed Salon Vilpas on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC Nokia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 28+8reb+3ast, T.Unruh 20+4reb+3ast, B.Sarcevic 16+3reb+4ast, D.Giles 15+7reb, K.Holsey 9+4reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 3+2reb+2ast
BC Nokia: P.Dia 18+7reb, I.Wilkerson 17+3reb+2ast, E.Skamo 16+3reb+5ast, S.Barrett 13+4reb+1ast, J.Harjula 10+3ast, K.Smith 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 488028


Lapua - Salon Vilpas 100-87

The most important game in the last round took place in Lapua between second ranked Salon Vilpas (17-6) and fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (12-10) on Friday night. Salon Vilpas was defeated by Lapuan Korikobrat on the road 100-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. The game was mostly controlled by Lapuan Korikobrat. Salon Vilpas managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lapuan Korikobrat made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dom Morris (201-90, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) who added 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) scored 21 points. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 12-10 record. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat is looking forward to face bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round where they are favorite. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 33+4reb+4ast, D.Morris 30+11reb+3ast, L.Kinnard 18+4reb+1ast, D.Williams 6+9reb+5ast, M.Van Andringa 5+2reb, A.Conerly 4+1reb+5ast
Salon Vilpas: A.Coleman 22+14reb+1ast, D.Williams 21+3reb+2ast, O.Jarvi 12+2reb+1ast, J.Staten 10+1reb+5ast, A.Kivimaki 10, M.Ojala 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 488026


Helsinki Seagulls - Kouvot 87-73

Korisliiga top team - Helsinki Seagulls (18-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Kouvot (8-12) 87-73. The game was mostly controlled by Helsinki Seagulls. Kouvot was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helsinki Seagulls players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The winners were led by swingman Raymond Cowels III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) who scored that evening 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Remy Abell (193-92, college: Xavier, agency: Inception Sports) supported him with 14 points. Even a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds by forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) did not help to save the game for Kouvot. Guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) added 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Helsinki Seagulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-4 record. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kouvot will play on the road against KTP-Basket (#7) in Kotka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 21+5reb+1ast, R.Abell 14+4reb+1ast, G.Lee 14+3reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 9+4reb, T.Heinonen 9+2reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 8+2ast
Kouvot: S.Pledger 17+7reb, R.Appleby 15+1reb+7ast, R.Buckles 15+14reb+2ast, M.Cuffee 14+7reb+2ast, H.Kantonen 4+1reb, T.Hirvonen 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 488025


KTP Basket - Korihait 93-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked UU-Korihait's (4-17) road loss to ninth ranked KTP-Basket (8-14) 88-93. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-20 UU-Korihait's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 93-88 at the end of the game. KTP-Basket brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a good game for Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) replied with 22 points and 7 assists and American power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for UU-Korihait. Four KTP-Basket and five UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. KTP-Basket moved-up to seventh place. UU-Korihait lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. KTP-Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola and it may be quite challenging game. UU-Korihait will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
KTP Basket: S.Gay 22+11reb+2ast, W.Walker 18+2reb+1ast, J.Herrala 14+2reb+7ast, M.Pratt 14+9reb+6ast, V.Kopio 8+2reb, V.Nyman 8+3reb
Korihait: M.Jalonen 22+2reb+7ast, M.Herbert 14+3reb, M.Van 12+11reb+2ast, E.McAlister 10+8reb+1ast, E.Holloway 10+1reb+8ast, A.Alanen 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488027


Salon Vilpas - Korihait 92-74

Very predictable result when second ranked Salon Vilpas (17-6) defeated at home bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (4-17) 92-74. UU-Korihait was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 49-26 second half run of Salon Vilpas. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) who led his team to a victory with 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for UU-Korihait. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Salon Vilpas maintains second position with 17-6 record behind leader Helsinki Seagulls. UU-Korihait lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Salon Vilpas' next round opponent will be Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki. UU-Korihait will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 26+3reb+2ast, J.Nenonen 13+4reb+1ast, A.Coleman 11+6reb+8ast, M.Ojala 11+7reb, O.Jarvi 10+3reb+3ast, M.Pounds 9+2reb+4ast
Korihait: E.Holloway 18+5reb+4ast, M.Jalonen 14+5reb+7ast, M.Van 14+9reb+3ast, D.Lee 11+9reb+2ast, E.McAlister 10+2reb+1ast, A.Alanen 6+2reb
gschID: 533489





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  FRANCE  

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 21: Chalon - Dijon 95-83
Jan. 21: Nanterre - Cholet 86-57
Jan. 21: Le Mans - Gravelines 71-81
Jan. 20: Hyeres-Toulon - Paris-Levallois 70-65
Jan. 21: Nancy - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 69-78
Jan. 22: Limoges - Monaco 69-77
Jan. 20: Le Portel - Antibes 67-75
Jan. 21: Orleans - ASVEL 52-69
Jan. 23: Strasbourg - Chalons-Reims 106-78

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 3: Hyeres-Toulon - Orleans
Feb. 3: ASVEL - Nanterre
Feb. 3: Paris-Levallois - Antibes
Feb. 4: Monaco - Le Portel
Feb. 4: Cholet - Limoges
Feb. 4: Gravelines - Dijon
Feb. 4: Nancy - Chalons-Reims
Feb. 4: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Chalon
Feb. 4: Strasbourg - Le Mans


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Gibson, Gravelines19.2 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.2 
 3. Clark, Chalon17.1 
 4. Prepelic, Limoges16.1 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.8 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans15.6 
 8. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.4 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.6 
 10. Buford, Limoges14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vincent POIRIER
  Paris-Le.
  (210-C-93)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.8 
 2. Fall, Chalon8.6 
 3. Hunt, Nancy8.0 
 4. Yeguete, Le Mans7.9 
 5. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.7.6 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Blue, Antibes7.4 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.1 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre6.9 
 10. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.5 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.4 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.4 
 4. Holston, Dijon5.9 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 8. Eito, Orleans5.0 
 9. Bost, Monaco4.9 
 10. Hammonds, Limoges4.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.3 
 3. Wood, Limoges2.3 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.9 
 5. Holston, Dijon1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Yeguete, Le Mans1.6 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 9. Young, Chalons-.1.4 
 10. Jones, Hyeres-T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fall, Chalon2.7 
 2. Uter, AS.1.3 
 3. Fofana, Monaco1.2 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel1.1 
 5. Joseph, Orleans1.1 
 6. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.0 
 7. Jeanne, Nancy1.0 
 8. Hunt, Nancy1.0 
 9. Murphy, Strasbourg0.9 
 10. Jaiteh, Strasbourg0.9 


French ProB round 15 best performance: Martin Hermannsson - by Eurobasket News

Icelandic Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Charleville, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, seven rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat St Quentin (#14, 6-9) 85-80. Charleville maintains the 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Charleville will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. In the team's last game Hermannsson had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Charleville's top player in his first season with the team. Former Long Island University star has very solid stats this year. Hermannsson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.7ppg), assists (4th best: 6.4apg) and averages impressive 53.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Rouen. Fairell had a very good evening with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Rouen cruised to a 84-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked St Chamond (#18, 4-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Rouen keeps 16th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Fairell is a newcomer at Rouen, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Charleville's star - Ivorian center Mohamed Kone (211-C-81). Kone scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Charleville, helping his team with a 85-80 win against the lower-ranked St Quentin (#14, 6-9). Charleville needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Kone has a great season in France. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.7rpg (#1 in league). Mohamed Kone has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeQuan Jones (203-F-90) of Lille - 29 points and 3 rebounds
5. Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Blois - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Derrick Obasohan (198-SF-81) of Provence Basket - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dustin Ware (183-PG-90) of Vichy Clermont - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-C/F-82) of Vichy Clermont - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Caleb Walker (194-G-89) of Evreux - 18 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)



Felder's 39-point game gives him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Will Felder (201-F-91, agency: Court Side) had a great game in the last round for RAC Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 39 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for RAC Basket in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Rennes (#10, 9-10) 108-106. RAC Basket is placed at 3rd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. RAC Basket will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Felder had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be RAC Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Will Felder averages this season 14.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Karim Gourari (204-F-89). He is a forward in his second season at RAC Basket. In the last game Gourari recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for RAC Basket to edge the lower-ranked Rennes (#10, 9-10) by 2 points 108-106. This victory allowed RAC Basket to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 13-6 record is not bad at all. Gourari is well-known at RAC Basket and together with Will Felder he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: Octagon Europe) of Gries/Oberhoffen (#15). Thondique scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Gries/Oberhoffen, leading his team to a 93-60 easy win against the higher-ranked Lourdes (#9, 10-9). The chances of Gries/Oberhoffen not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Thondique could try to bring Gries/Oberhoffen's a little bit higher in the standings. Thondique has individually a great season in France. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Steven Ricard (200-G/F-90) of GET Vosges - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) of SAP Vaucluse - 19 points and 9 rebounds
6. B.J. Monteiro (196-F/G-90) of Caen - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Deremy Geiger (180-PG-90) of SAP Vaucluse - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Kyle Tresnak (208-C-92) of GET Vosges - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sade Aded Hussein (208-F/C-93) of St Vallier - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92) of Souffel - 13 points, 7 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)



ProA Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

ProA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left.

ProA round 17 most important game was a victory of Gravelines-Dunkerque over 5th ranked Le Mans 81-71 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. Le Mans managed to win fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. British forward Myles Hesson (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. American-Jamaican guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Petr Cornelie (211-95) answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Le Mans. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with ASVEL. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Paris-Levallois and Strasbourg. Gravelines-Dunkerque is looking forward to face JDA Dijon (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against Strasbourg IG (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProA top team - Monaco (15-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Limoges CSP Elite (7-10) 77-69. American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Zack Wright chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) responded with 20 points and 4 assists. Monaco have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Le Portel. Monaco will play against Le Portel (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Cholet Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Paris-Levallois (9-8) and Hyeres-Toulon (8-9), which took place in Toulon. Higher ranked Paris-Levallois lost to eleventh ranked Hyeres-Toulon in a road game 65-70 on Friday. Ike Joseph Udanoh nailed 11 points for the winning side. Louis Labeyrie came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for Paris-Levallois in the defeat. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to tenth place. Loser Paris-Levallois keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Le Mans and Strasbourg. Hyeres-Toulon will meet at home Entente Orleans 45 (#16) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Olympique Antibes (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Le Portel (7-10) and Olympique Antibes (6-11), which took place in Le Portel. Higher ranked Le Portel lost at home to seventeenth ranked Olympique Antibes 67-75. The best player for the winners was Tim Blue who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Olympique Antibes' coach Julien Espinosa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympique Antibes moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Cholet and Orleans. Le Portel at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (11-6) and 14th ranked Cholet Basket (6-11) in Nanterre on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. JSF Nanterre outscored guests from Cholet 86-57. Chris Warren orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. JSF Nanterre maintains fourth place with 11-6 record. Loser Cholet Basket keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5) on the road in the next round. Cholet Basket will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#11) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Chalons-Reims was smashed by Strasbourg on the road 106-78. Orleans lost to defending champion ASVEL on its own court 52-69. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to outperform Nancy in a road game 78-69. Chalon managed to beat Dijon at home 95-83.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 20 points and 5 rebounds by Romeo Travis of Strasbourg.

Strasbourg - Chalons-Reims 106-78

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Strasbourg IG (9-8) crushed at home 11th ranked Chalons-Reims (7-10) 106-78 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Chalons-Reims was better in fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strasbourg IG shot 60.6 percent from the field. Strasbourg IG outrebounded Chalons-Reims 35-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 60.7 percentage. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) answered with 22 points and British point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) added 13 points in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Strasbourg IG moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Le Mans. Loser Chalons-Reims keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Strasbourg IG will face Le Mans (#7) at home in the next round. Chalons-Reims will play against Sluc Nancy (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Travis 20+5reb+3ast, F.Ntilikina 15+4reb+1ast, E.Walker 14+5reb+3ast, E.Murphy 13+3reb+2ast, J.Leloup 12+2reb+6ast, A.Slaughter 9+2reb+3ast
Chalons-Reims: A.Young 22+4reb, A.Lawrence 13+2ast, N.de Jong 11+4reb, A.Karolak 7+1reb, M.Vasl 7+2reb+2ast, E.Choquet 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 485465


Limoges - Monaco 69-77

ProA top team - Monaco (15-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Limoges CSP Elite (7-10) 77-69. Limoges CSP Elite was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 20-10 charge of Monaco, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Limoges CSP Elite 40-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and American forward C.J. Fair (203-91, college: Syracuse) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Monaco have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Le Portel. Monaco will play against Le Portel (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Cholet Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Monaco: S.Gladyr 15+1reb, A.Sy 13+2reb, N.Caner-Medley 12+8reb+2ast, B.Ouattara 11+5reb, J.Shuler 9+4reb+3ast, Z.Wright 7+5reb+4ast
Limoges: K.Prepelic 20+3reb+4ast, O.Camara 15+4reb, W.Buford 11+6reb+1ast, C.Fair 9+9reb+1ast, D.Wood 7+2reb+6ast, E.Bremer 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 485461


Orleans - ASVEL 52-69

Very expected game when 15th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-11) lost at home to seventh ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-7) 69-52 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Entente Orleans 45 to just 7 points in third quarter. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket forced 20 Entente Orleans 45 turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 10 blocks. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points. The former international forward Bandja Sy (204-90, college: N.Mexico St., agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Micah Downs (195-86, college: Gonzaga) answered with 20 points and 5 assists and the other American import guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. Entente Orleans 45's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gravelines. Loser Entente Orleans 45 dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: W.Hodge 14+1reb+3ast, N.Lang 13+2reb, B.Sy 10+6reb+1ast, A.Noua 8+8reb, N.Dragovic 7+5reb+2ast, D.Nelson 6+3reb+2ast
Orleans: M.Downs 20+3reb+5ast, V.Jones III 11+4reb+4ast, J.Kazadi 6+5reb+3ast, A.Kader Sylla 5+2reb+1ast, K.Dinal 4+6reb+1ast, G.Joseph 2+12reb
gschID: 485464


Nanterre - Cholet 86-57

The game between fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (11-6) and 14th ranked Cholet Basket (6-11) in Nanterre on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. JSF Nanterre outscored guests from Cholet 86-57. American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. The former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) answered with 16 points and 5 assists and American swingman David Noel (201-84, college: N.Carolina) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cholet Basket. JSF Nanterre maintains fourth place with 11-6 record. Loser Cholet Basket keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5) on the road in the next round. Cholet Basket will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: H.Invernizzi 15+5reb+1ast, C.Warren 15+4reb+3ast, B.Conklin 14+2reb, T.Zanna 13+1reb, H.Schaffartzik 11+2reb+8ast, M.Lessort 9+5reb+2ast
Cholet: I.Evtimov 16+3reb+5ast, D.Noel 8+6reb, G.Brown 8+3reb+2ast, A.Rodriguez 7+4reb+1ast, J.Boutsiele 7+2reb, I.Almeida 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485463


Nancy - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 69-78

Very predictable result when third ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (12-5) won against on the road bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (3-14) 78-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American point guard D.J. Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds, 15 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dario Hunt (206-89, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sluc Nancy. The victory was the third consecutive win for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. They maintain third place with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Sluc Nancy lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sluc Nancy will play against Chalons-Reims (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Robinson 13+7reb, J.Mipoka 12+1reb, D.Cooper 11+5reb+15ast, A.Goods 10+4reb+2ast, E.Okobo 9+2reb, J.Edwards 7+7reb+1ast
Nancy: M.Trasolini 19+7reb, D.Hunt 16+16reb, A.Urtasun 15+2reb+2ast, D.Mallet 8+4reb+4ast, B.Rush 5+3reb+7ast, E.Brown 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485462


Le Mans - Gravelines 71-81

ProA round 17 most important game was a victory of Gravelines-Dunkerque over 5th ranked Le Mans 81-71 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. Le Mans managed to win fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. British forward Myles Hesson (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. American-Jamaican guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Petr Cornelie (211-95) answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Beninese power forward Mouphtaou Yarou (204-90, college: Villanova) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with ASVEL. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Paris-Levallois and Strasbourg. Gravelines-Dunkerque is looking forward to face JDA Dijon (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against Strasbourg IG (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: S.Henry 17+5reb+2ast, J.Cobbs 16+2reb+3ast, M.Hesson 16+8reb+1ast, K.Gibson 15+1reb+6ast, R.Solomon 9+5reb+2ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 4+4reb+1ast
Le Mans: P.Cornelie 15+6reb+5ast, M.Gelabale 13+2reb+1ast, O.Hanlan 11+6reb+1ast, L.Konate 9+1reb+4ast, M.Yarou 8+10reb+1ast, W.Yeguete 7+5reb
gschID: 485460


Chalon - Dijon 95-83

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked JDA Dijon (5-12) lost on the road to second ranked Chalon/Saor (13-4) 95-83 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to JDA Dijon's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 7 points and 13 assists for the winners. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Forward Isaiah Miles (201-94, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple) added 17 points in the effort for JDA Dijon. Chalon/Saor maintains second place with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Monaco. JDA Dijon lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 12 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. JDA Dijon will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 31+7reb+4ast, M.Fall 14+6reb+1ast, A.Bouteille 12+3reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 12+3reb+6ast, L.Harris 9+2reb+1ast, A.Loum 8+1reb
Dijon: I.Miles 22+6reb, R.Brooks 17+3reb+3ast, K.Grant 13+2ast, D.Holston 9+2reb+10ast, J.Alingue 8+3reb+1ast, A.Julien 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 485459


Hyeres-Toulon - Paris-Levallois 70-65

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Paris-Levallois (9-8) and Hyeres-Toulon (8-9), which took place in Toulon. Higher ranked Paris-Levallois lost to eleventh ranked Hyeres-Toulon in a road game 65-70 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 25-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon dominated on the defensive end, holding Paris-Levallois to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Nigerian-American Ike Joseph Udanoh (203-89, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed 11 points for the winning side and point guard David Michineau (191-94) accounted for 12 points. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (202-96) added 15 points respectively for Paris-Levallois in the defeat. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to tenth place. Loser Paris-Levallois keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Le Mans and Strasbourg. Hyeres-Toulon will meet at home Entente Orleans 45 (#16) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Olympique Antibes (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Michineau 12+1reb+1ast, I.Joseph Udanoh 11+4reb+1ast, F.Prenom 10+3reb+1ast, R.Evans 10+3reb, M.Acker 10+2reb, A.Williams 5+3reb+2ast
Paris-Levallois: C.Eliezer-Vanerot 15+3reb+1ast, J.Rich 13+4reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 13+10reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 6+1ast, V.Poirier 6+11reb+1ast, L.Campbell 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 485457


Le Portel - Antibes 67-75

Another upset was a game between Le Portel (7-10) and Olympique Antibes (6-11), which took place in Le Portel. Higher ranked Le Portel lost at home to seventeenth ranked Olympique Antibes 67-75. Le Portel was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Olympique Antibes' coach Julien Espinosa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Olympique Antibes moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Cholet and Orleans. Le Portel at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Blue 20+6reb+2ast, C.Otule 15+5reb+1ast, K.Gaines 14+2reb, M.Curry 9+4reb+3ast, I.Cordinier 5+1reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 5+2reb
Le Portel: F.Hassell 18+9reb+1ast, D.Dorsey 17+3reb+7ast, G.Chathuant 10+4reb+1ast, L.Goulbourne 7+4reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 6+11reb, B.Mangin 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 485458





Phillips is back at London Lightning, ex Caen - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) signed experienced 34-year old American power forward Marvin Phillips (201-113kg-83, college: Claflin). It is actually his comeback to London Lightning as he has played here before. Phillips played last season at Caen Basket Calvados in French NM1 league. In 37 games he had 14.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Phillips ended the previous (2014-15) season at Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) in French league where in 7 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at London Lightning. In 36 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 19.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. A very impressive season as he was voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Center of the Year, named to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team and named to USBasket.com NBL Canada All-Defensive Team.
In 2008 (four years after he left the college) Phillips was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in fifth round (79th overall).
He attended Claflin University (NCAA Div.II) until 2004 and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Phillips won NBL Canada championship title in 2013. He was also voted CBA Defensive Player of the Year back in 2008.
Phillips is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Phillips has played previously professionally in Colombia (Piratas), Mexico (Fuerza Regia), PBL (Lawton Ft.SC), CBA (Albany P.), WBA (Anderson H.) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Erie Bay Hawks).
He could be described: A forward with fantastic leaping ability, who can be the most exciting player in any team he goes. Sometimes, it seems he can jump right out of the gym....

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kozuv
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv19.4 
 2. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.6 
 3. Ceskovic, Feni I.17.4 
 4. Mijovic, Kozuv16.2 
 5. Hawkins, Pelister.15.9 
 6. Zivcevic, Strumica15.0 
 7. Vasilic, Ohrid AV14.1 
 8. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.14.1 
 9. Besovic, Strumica14.0 
 10. Nikolovski, Feni I.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv12.3 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.2 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.7.3 
 4. Zekjiri, Vardar6.9 
 5. Golubovic, Pelister.6.8 
 6. Djekic, Feni I.6.6 
 7. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.3 
 9. Besovic, Strumica6.1 
 10. Sharabidze, Feni I.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.9 
 2. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 3. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.2 
 4. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.2 
 5. McNeaill, Kozuv4.1 
 6. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.0 
 7. Magdevski, Feni I.3.9 
 8. Bogoev, Strumica3.8 
 9. Hall, Kozuv3.7 
 10. Hawkins, Pelister.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marjan MLADENOVIC
  Ohrid A.
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 2. Jokic, Strumica1.3 
 3. Magdevski, Feni I.1.3 
 4. Zivcevic, Strumica1.3 
 5. Robev, Vardar1.2 
 6. McNeaill, Kozuv1.1 
 7. Karadzovski, Kuman.1.1 
 8. Hall, Kozuv1.1 
 9. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.1 
 10. Markovski, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan KRSTEVSKI
  Kozuv
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 2. Misanovic, Rabotnicki0.8 
 3. Besovic, Strumica0.8 
 4. Zekjiri, Vardar0.7 
 5. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.7 
 6. Janevski, Kumanovo0.7 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv0.6 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.6 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki0.5 



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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Illya SHEMOSIUK
  Batumi
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Shemosiuk, Batumi19.1 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi18.9 
 3. Miller, Sokhumi18.2 
 4. Lathan, Sokhumi16.4 
 5. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.8 
 6. Vaughn, Dinamo T.15.4 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.0 
 8. Florveus, Cactus T.14.9 
 9. Lezhava, Batumi14.8 
 10. Rogava, Olimpi14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.8 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi11.4 
 3. Spagnolo, Rustavi10.2 
 4. Burnette, Olimpi9.6 
 5. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.3 
 6. Reynolds, Mgzav.9.0 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.8.5 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.8 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.8 
 10. Lominashvili, Mgzav.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.2 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi5.8 
 3. Lee, Rustavi5.4 
 4. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.0 
 5. Pashaev, Kutaisi4.7 
 6. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.6 
 8. Rogava, Olimpi4.5 
 9. Tsivtsivadze, Mgzav.4.0 
 10. Zabirchenko, Sokhu.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Phillip MILLER
  Sokhumi
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Miller, Sokhumi2.8 
 2. Peters, Mgzavrebi2.3 
 3. Rogava, Olimpi2.2 
 4. Burnette, Olimpi2.2 
 5. Lee, Rustavi2.1 
 6. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.0 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi1.9 
 8. Lomidze, Cactus T.1.9 
 9. Crayton, Mgzavrebi1.8 
 10. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Terik BRIDGEMAN
  Cactus T.
  (198-G-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bridgeman, Cactus T.2.2 
 2. Tubak, Kutaisi2.0 
 3. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.8 
 4. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.6 
 5. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.4 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.3 
 7. Florveus, Cactus T.1.2 
 8. Kadaria, Kutaisi1.1 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 10. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 


Arena and TSU-Hyundai Won the Georgian Cup Qualifiers - by Eurobasket News

The Cup of Georgia tournament has started with a qualification round, where A-League teams are playing. According to the rules of Georgian Cup, Quarterfinal comes aftermath. Arena played against Delta, Marneuli today. Arena was mainly dominated the game, they had 12 points advantage. Then Delta counter-balanced the game, but Arean teamed up and won 84:78. The best performers were Peter Alexis (213-F-92, college: Philadelphia) with 23 points and 19 rebounds, Rukhlyuk with 19 points and 14 rebounds, Rodnerius Lewis (193-G) scored 19 points. Notable ones from Delta were DeAndre Ray with 16 points and 9 rebounds, Laron Griffin (205-C-89, college: E.Washington) with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Arena gained access to the next round, where Mgzavrebi is waiting for them there. The winner between these two will play in the quarterfinals.
The second game was SEU against TSU. Seu was winning the game, but lost control over the match by the end of half time and TSU won 39:36. In the second half, TSU broke SEU at most and based on the team effort won the game 85:69. The best performers were Matt Glover (196-G-91, college: USF) with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Alexandre Pevadze (201-F-98) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Top player from SEU was Davit Maisuradze (205-C/F-90) with 19 points. TSU-HYUNDAI will play against Olimpi next round and the winner between these two will play the Quarterfinals. Next games will be played at Tbilisi Olympic Palace on January 25.
Courtesy of: superleague.ge



Superleague Round 14: Olimpi defeat Batumi in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Superleague took place in Tbilisi. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Batumi (6-8) to seventh ranked Olimpi (4-9) 83-82 on Thursday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Olimpi forced 21 Batumi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Gegi Baqradze (203-94) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists during the contest. Ukrainian point guard Illya Shemosiuk (188-85) responded with 29 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Olimpi maintains seventh position with 4-9 record. Batumi lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Cactus Tbilisi and Sokhumi. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#5) and Mgzavrebi (#8). Sokhumi (6-8) won against visiting Mgzavrebi (1-13) 93-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mgzavrebi. Naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) notched 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) to lead the effort and Dmytro Zabirchenko supported him with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) did not help to save the game for Mgzavrebi. Sokhumi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cactus Tbilisi and Batumi. Mgzavrebi at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Sokhumi will play against higher ranked Energy Invest (#3) in Rustavi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mgzavrebi will play at home against Batumi (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Energy Invest (8-6) against sixth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (6-8) on Sunday night. Host Energy Invest was crushed by Cactus Tbilisi in Rustavi 94-75. The best player for the winners was Tyler White who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Casey Kasperbauer produced 23 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cactus Tbilisi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Batumi and Sokhumi. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third position with six games lost. Cactus Tbilisi will meet at home league's second-placed Kutaisi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Energy Invest will play against Sokhumi in Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tbilisi. Top-ranked host Dinamo Tbilisi (14-0) defeated second-ranked Kutaisi (10-3) 92-75. Mikheil Berishvili orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Undefeated Dinamo Tbilisi have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Defending champion Kutaisi keeps the second place with three games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Olimpi.

Rustavi - Cactus Tbilisi 75-94

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Energy Invest (8-6) against sixth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (6-8) on Sunday night. Host Energy Invest was crushed by Cactus Tbilisi in Rustavi 94-75. The game was mostly controlled by Cactus Tbilisi. Energy Invest managed to win fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Energy Invest 40-26 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyler White (190-93, college: N.Kentucky) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Cactus Tbilisi players scored in double figures. American guard Casey Kasperbauer (185, college: S.Dakota, agency: SDJ Sports) produced 23 points and center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cactus Tbilisi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Batumi and Sokhumi. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third position with six games lost. Cactus Tbilisi will meet at home league's second-placed Kutaisi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Energy Invest will play against Sokhumi in Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cactus Tbilisi: T.White 24+7reb+5ast, T.Bridgeman 20+7reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 16+2reb+2ast, J.Florveus 11+14reb+1ast, D.Lomidze 11+3reb+2ast, B.Chikviladze 8+1reb+3ast
Rustavi: C.Kasperbauer 23+3reb+1ast, S.Atuashvili 16+7reb+3ast, T.Spagnolo 9+7reb+2ast, R.Chachanidze 8, G.Gogoberishvili 5+1ast, T.Qitoshvili 4
gschID: 532295


Sokhumi - Mgzavrebi 93-81

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#5) and Mgzavrebi (#8). Sokhumi (6-8) won against visiting Mgzavrebi (1-13) 93-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mgzavrebi. It looked good early as Mgzavrebi took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sokhumi had a 21-18 second period charge getting the lead and Mgzavrebi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-93. Sokhumi made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Mgzavrebi was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) notched 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) to lead the effort and Ukrainian point guard Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) supported him with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) did not help to save the game for Mgzavrebi. His fellow American import center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. Five Mgzavrebi players scored in double figures. Sokhumi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cactus Tbilisi and Batumi. Mgzavrebi at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Sokhumi will play against higher ranked Energy Invest (#3) in Rustavi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mgzavrebi will play at home against Batumi (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: D.Barbakadze 34+6reb+5ast, O.Buliava 17+3reb+2ast, D.Lathan 11+5reb, G.Jgerenaia 11+2reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 7+6reb+2ast, D.Zabirchenko 6+11reb+8ast
Mgzavrebi: K.Ransom 19+5reb+7ast, C.Allen 19+1reb, A.Lominashvili 12+9reb+1ast, O.Pkhakadze 10+6reb+1ast, R.Murphy 10+13reb+2ast, D.Taylor 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 532294


Dinamo Tbilisi - Kutaisi 92-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tbilisi. Top-ranked host Dinamo Tbilisi (14-0) defeated second-ranked Kutaisi (10-3) 92-75. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Kutaisi was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Kutaisi's 22 and made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Kutaisi 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Kutaisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) replied with 17 points and forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) added 17 points and 5 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kutaisi. Dinamo Tbilisi have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Defending champion Kutaisi keeps the second place with three games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Olimpi.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 25+3reb+5ast, M.Tchotchua 19+6reb, D.Vaughn 18+3reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 17+7reb+4ast, N.Gogodze 8+4reb+4ast, L.Grdzelidze 2
Kutaisi: L.Tsekvava 18+1ast, G.Barbakadze 17+2reb+3ast, G.Tsintsadze 17+4reb+2ast, D.Tubak 8+7reb, A.Boisa 4+2reb+3ast, V.Kadaria 4+5reb
gschID: 522568


Olimpi - Batumi 83-82

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Superleague took place in Tbilisi. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Batumi (6-8) to seventh ranked Olimpi (4-9) 83-82 on Thursday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Olimpi forced 21 Batumi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Gegi Baqradze (203-94) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Ukrainian point guard Illya Shemosiuk (188-85) responded with 29 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and international Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Olimpi maintains seventh position with 4-9 record. Batumi lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Cactus Tbilisi and Sokhumi. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: R.Rogava 20+7reb+8ast, G.Baqradze 18+1reb+6ast, K.Tomaradze 15+6reb+1ast, G.Bakradze 14+4reb+1ast, L.Maskhulia 7, I.Mikeladze 5+6ast
Batumi: I.Shemosiuk 29+3reb+4ast, K.Jintcharadze 24+9reb+1ast, C.Pelcher 14+14reb+2ast, I.Krivtsov 6+3reb+2ast, B.Lezhava 5+2reb+6ast, N.Tenieshvili 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 522567





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  GERMANY  

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Ratiopharm 18-1 
 2. Brose Bask. 17-1 
 3. B.Muenchen 16-3 
 4. ALBA 14-5 
 5. Bayreuth 13-5 
 6. EWE Baskets 10-8 
 7. Telekom Bsk 10-9 
 8. Giessen 46ers 10-9 
 9. Ludwigsburg 9-9 
 10. Jena 8-10 
 11. Goettingen 8-10 
 12. Fraport SKY 7-11 
 13. Wuerzburg 6-12 
 14. Bremerhaven 5-11 
 15. Braunschweig 4-14 
 16. Walter Tigers 4-15 
 17. Vechta 2-17 
 18. Phoenix Hagen 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 22: B.Muenchen - Telekom Bsk 87-72
Jan. 22: ALBA - Braunschweig 84-76
Jan. 22: Giessen 46ers - Vechta 82-74
Jan. 22: Ludwigsburg - Ratiopharm 72-67
Jan. 21: EWE Baskets - Fraport SKY 71-64
Jan. 21: Walter Tigers - Jena 68-76
Jan. 22: Bayreuth - Brose Bask. 52-75

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 27: Wuerzburg - B.Muenchen
Jan. 28: Braunschweig - EWE Baskets
Jan. 28: Goettingen - Ratiopharm
Jan. 29: ALBA - Giessen 46ers
Jan. 29: Fraport SKY - Walter Tigers
Jan. 29: Bremerhaven - Jena
Jan. 29: Ludwigsburg - Bayreuth
Jan. 29: Vechta - Brose Bask.


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.1 
 2. Knight, Jena18.4 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen18.3 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA17.8 
 5. Jenkins, Jena16.5 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets16.3 
 7. Thompson, Telekom .16.1 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.8 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen15.7 
 10. Paulding, EWE B.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.7 
 3. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 4. McGhee, Walter T.7.2 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.7.1 
 6. Knight, Jena6.9 
 7. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 8. Standharding., Vec.6.8 
 9. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.4 
 10. Marei, Bayreuth6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.6 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg6.4 
 5. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.6.1 
 6. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 7. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.8 
 8. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen5.0 
 10. Hulls, Bremerhaven4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  EWE B.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kramer, EWE B.2.5 
 2. Robertson, Fraport .2.3 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 5. Stewart, Walter T.1.8 
 6. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 7. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
 8. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
 10. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.5 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.3 
 3. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 8. Ibekwe, Fraport .0.9 
 9. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB W.
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Alexander, ETB W.20.0 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau18.8 
 3. Williams, Kirchheim18.3 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach18.3 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg18.2 
 6. Kerusch, MBC17.5 
 7. Holt, Dresden16.4 
 8. Warren, MBC15.8 
 9. Moore, Ehingen15.5 
 10. Spearman, Trier15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Kratzer, Baunach13.1 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 4. Thompson, ETB W.8.1 
 5. Jahn, Ehingen7.9 
 6. Wolf, Hamburg7.4 
 7. Sturner, Dresden7.0 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz6.9 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Wild, Hanau6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.4 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.2 
 3. Moore, Ehingen5.9 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.7 
 5. Williams, Koeln R.5.6 
 6. Schmitz, Trier5.4 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.4 
 8. Watkins, Nuernberg5.3 
 9. Adams, Uni Baskets5.3 
 10. Zazai, MBC5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  Crailsheim
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.8 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.7 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.7 
 4. Adams, Uni Baskets2.6 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 6. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.1 
 8. Hewitt, Koeln R.1.9 
 9. Robertson, Koeln R.1.8 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.0 
 3. White, Heidelberg1.6 
 4. Kratzer, Baunach1.6 
 5. Grim, Uni Baskets1.3 
 6. King, Koeln R.1.3 
 7. van, Trier1.2 
 8. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.2 
 10. Pantelic, MBC1.1 


Svitavy inks Bryan Smithson, ex Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News

Turi Svitavy (NBL) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard Bryan Smithson (183-85, college: NC-Asheville, agency: HMS). He played last season at MLP Academics Heidelberg in German ProA. In 28 games he had 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.7apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
The previous (14-15) season Smithson played at Kirchheim Knights (also in ProA) where in 28 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 5.0apg (top 5).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smithson's team made it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup final in 2009. He was also voted All-Big South Conference 1st Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Smithson has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka).
He attended University of North Carolina - Asheville until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @AkosVeg)

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Jervon Pressley (ex Dresden) is a newcomer at Lucenec - by Michal Duchovic

Newly promoted MBK Lucenec (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American power forward Jervon Pressley (203-113kg-95, college: Hampton). He played recently at Dresden Titans in German ProA, but left the team earlier this month. In 10 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.0bpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pressley's college team won MEAC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He graduated from Hampton University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.




Regionalliga Round 17: Stade loses the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 17 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Stade (9-2). They were defeated by fifth ranked Vechta-2 (7-5) 92-83 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Stade. They outrebounded Stade 40-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. 32 personal fouls committed by Stade helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Kazembe Abif (201-92, college: Drexel) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Philipp Herkenhoff (207-99) chipped in 18 points. Vechta-2's coach Hanno Stein used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Mason Biddle (185-93, college: Western St.) responded with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Vechta-2 have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place in North. Stade at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Schwelm. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked RW Cuxhaven as it allowed them to take a leadership position in North. RW Cuxhaven smashed 6th ranked Rendsburg at home 106-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rendsburg. Croatian point guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) nailed 38 points (!!!), 8 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and Sinisa Cvetanovic accounted for 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). RW Cuxhaven's coach Moris Hadzija felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Martell Collins (196-93, college: SW Oklahoma St.) came up with 22 points for Rendsburg in the defeat. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for RW Cuxhaven. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Rendsburg at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Rendsburg will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. RW Cuxhaven will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Aschersleben on the road.
Leading Hagen BG (13-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by eighth ranked Duesseldorf (8-9) 103-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hagen BG. The best player for the winners was Jeremy Lewis who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Todor Zahariev produced 17 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Hagen BG's coach Kosta Filippou rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Duesseldorf moved-up to seventh place in West, which they share with Bonn II. Loser Hagen BG dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Muenster. Duesseldorf will meet at home Bonn II (#8) in the next round. Hagen BG will play against Muenster (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Karlsruhe SC (#5) beat 4th placed Speyer 63-61 on the road. It was a key game for the second position in South-West. Denis Vrsaljko orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 24 rebounds. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Karlsruhe SC. They moved-up to second place in South-West, which they share with Limburg and Koblenz. Speyer lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Karlsruhe SC's next round opponent will be league's leader BV Villingen-Schwenningen at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Speyer will play against Heidelberg USC (#14) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Bad Aibling (12-4) against tenth ranked Rosenheim (6-10) on Sunday night. Host Bad Aibling was defeated by Rosenheim in a tough game in Bad Aibling 76-82. Jguwon Hogges stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Rosenheim maintains tenth place in South-East with 6-10 record. Newly promoted Bad Aibling keeps the third position with four games lost. Rosenheim will face Topstar (#12) in Diedorf in the next round. Bad Aibling will play on the road against the league's second-placed Treuchtlingen (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17:
In North Wusterhausen won against Weser Bsk/BTS on the opponent's court 75-69. Hannover Korb. unfortunately lost to Westerstede in a home game 75-93. BSW Sixers rolled over ALBA Berlin II on the road 94-68.
In South-East Oberhaching defeated Schwabing on its own court 70-64. Zwickau beat Herzogenaurach in a road game 87-84. Bayreuth II destroyed Vilsbiburg at home 113-87. TSV Troester unfortunately lost to Leitershofen on the opponent's court 78-82. Jena II was rolled over Ansbach in a home game 72-97.
In South-West Mainz defeated Fellbach on the road 103-87. Stuttgart was beaten by Tuebingen II on its own court 68-78. Limburg was destroyed by Schwenningen in a road game 86-67. Langen was outscored by Koblenz at home 52-76. Kaiserslautern was rolled over Saarlouis/Dillingen on the opponent's court 103-83.
In West Dorsten defeated Bielefeld in a home game 94-81. Hertener Loewen was beaten by Salzkotten on the road 88-87. Bonn II won against Hagen-Haspe on its own court 89-80. Muenster managed to outperform Grevenbroich in a road game 82-71. Ibbenbueren rolled over Frintrop at home 90-54. Schwelm defeated Herford on the opponent's court 84-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Matthew Pebole of Dorsten.

North
RW Cuxhaven - Rendsburg 106-60

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked RW Cuxhaven as it allowed them to take a leadership position in North. RW Cuxhaven smashed 6th ranked Rendsburg at home 106-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rendsburg. RW Cuxhaven dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rendsburg's 32. RW Cuxhaven forced 20 Rendsburg turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Croatian point guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) nailed 38 points (!!!), 8 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and Serbian-Croatian Sinisa Cvetanovic (205-94) accounted for 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Four RW Cuxhaven players scored in double figures. RW Cuxhaven's coach Moris Hadzija felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Martell Collins (196-93, college: SW Oklahoma St.) came up with 22 points and center Christopher Geist (208-95) added 5 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Rendsburg in the defeat. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for RW Cuxhaven. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Rendsburg at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Rendsburg will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. RW Cuxhaven will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Aschersleben on the road.
Top scorers:
Rendsburg: M.Collins 22+3reb+2ast, P.Sopha 11+1ast, M.Hillner 9+1reb+3ast, S.Gottschalk 6+3reb, C.Geist 5+11reb+1ast, M.Brodersen 3+2reb
RW Cuxhaven: L.Petkovic 38+2reb+8ast, S.Cvetanovic 22+10reb+1ast, M.Milekic 11+5reb+1ast, A.Pujadas 11+2ast, B.Spanja 6+3reb+1ast, M.Paulauskas 6+6reb+3ast
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Weser Bsk/BTS - Wusterhausen 69-75

There was an upset in Neustadt where higher ranked Weser Bsk/BTS (4-9) was defeated by eleventh ranked Wusterhausen (3-9) 75-69 on Saturday. Wusterhausen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Weser Bsk/BTS's 34. Wusterhausen forced 24 Weser Bsk/BTS turnovers. Center Nico Draegert (208-90) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Noe Trenz (195-89) chipped in 21 points. Four Wusterhausen players scored in double figures. Forward Lars Kaniok (195-80) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jonas Liermann (197-87) scored 17 points. Weser Bsk/BTS's coach Caitanya Kaiser tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wusterhausen moved-up to tenth place in North, which they share with ALBA Berlin II. Weser Bsk/BTS lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. B