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  ABA LEAGUE  



ABA League round 19 best performance: Antabia Waller - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Antabia Waller (191-G-88) had a great game in the last round for Mornar Bar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (33 points and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Buducnost (#3, 13-6) 78-71. Mornar Bar is placed at 8th position in ABA League. Mornar Bar is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. In the team's last game Waller had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Mornar Bar's top player in his first season with the team. Antabia Waller averages this season 14.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Croatian Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of MZT Skopje. Lalic had a very good evening with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as MZT Skopje was edged by the higher-ranked Karpos Sokoli (#10, 7-12) 77-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. MZT Skopje is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories MZT Skopje managed to get this year. Lalic is a newcomer at MZT Skopje, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) of league's top team Crvena Zvezda. Simonovic scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 77-68 win against the lower-ranked Igokea (#6, 9-10). Crvena Zvezda have amazing season winning all 19 games without a single defeat. Simonovic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Simonovic has a very solid season. In 19 games in ABA League he scored 11.8ppg. He also has FGP: 75.7% and 3PT: 43.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Mega Leks - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Bojan Trajkovski (208-F/C-88) of Karpos Sokoli - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marko Lukovic (207-SF-92) of Krka - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Luka Babic (201-SF-91) of Cedevita - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) of MZT Skopje - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Ghana in line to host AfroBasket - by Eurobasket News

The absence of a world class gymnasium has hampered Ghana's prospects of hosting international basketball tournaments for several years. However, the construction of a modern gymnasium at the Sports Emporium in the nation's capital Accra could see the West African country host Africa's flagship tournament- FIBA AfroBasket- for the first time. The court which seats little over a thousand people however, is yet to be completed as the playing surface is yet to be fixed likewise rims and ventilation amenities. With the biannual competition set to take place this year in Congo Brazzaville and the 2019 host yet to be determined, completing the edifice could put Ghana in the mix as potential host. This year's competition takes place between August 17 and August 31. After successfully hosting the 2015 All Africa Games, the Kintele Sports Complex in Brazzaville will host the continent's top ranked teams. The 2019 edition will also serve as qualification to the World Cup. Nigeria beat Angola 74-65 to win the 2015 Championship.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 19-6 
 2. Estudiantes C. 17-11 
 3. Regatas C. 16-11 
 4. Instituto 15-12 
 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 17-10 
 4. Argentino 14-12 
 5. Obras Basket 14-13 
 6. Penarol 14-15 
 7. GECR Indalo 13-14 
 8. Quilmes MP 12-15 
 9. Boca Jrs 8-18 
 10. Hispano Am. 8-21 

Regular Season: Round 29

Jan. 24: Penarol - Instituto 88-82
Jan. 24: Estudiantes C. - Boca Jrs 84-76
Jan. 24: Weber Bahia - GECR Indalo 77-61
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: 21.2
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.2 
 2. Green, Instituto19.5 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.8 
 4. Horner, Obras B.18.4 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Reed, Penarol16.4 
 8. Solano, Echague16.4 
 9. Vildoza, Libertad S.16.2 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.16.1 
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.9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.8.8 
 6. Horner, Obras B.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.6 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.4 
 9. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.4 
 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.6.2 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.7 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.6 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.2 
 6. Perez, Boca Jrs4.7 
 7. Cantero, San M.4.7 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.6 
 10. De los Santo., GECR I.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.2 
 2. Solano, Echague2.1 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. De los Santo., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.6 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
 10. Lescano, San M.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. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.1.0 


Standings - TNA

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 24: Parque Sur - Olimpo BB 94-83
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. 24: Estudiantes O. - Platense 83-92
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. 24: Villa San Martin - Union SF 71-83
Jan. 24: Comunicaciones - Independiente BBC 71-73
Jan. 24: San Isidro - SP Las Parejas 69-72
Jan. 21: San Isidro - Hindu 58-75


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.4 
 2. Brown, La Union20.8 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.1 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista19.8 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.19.7 
 7. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.8 
 9. Montes Cardo., Obera T.18.6 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.7 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.10.0 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 6. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.1 
 7. Hill, Huracan8.1 
 8. Graham, Temperley8.0 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.9 
 10. Joseph, Obera TC7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Cajal, Independ.7.0 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.5 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.1 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.6 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.4.9 
 6. Franco, Alianza .4.7 
 7. Rusconi, Gimnasia.4.6 
 8. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 9. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pais, Platense2.6 
 2. Merlo, Ciclista2.3 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 4. Lopez, Independ.2.2 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.1 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.2.1 
 7. Gago, Petr.Arg.2.0 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.9 
 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. Stroud, Parque Sur1.4 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.1 
 6. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 7. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 8. Morales, Villa S.0.9 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 10. Melo, Huracan0.8 


Darnell Dodson (ex Angers BC) is a newcomer at Petr.Argentino - by Facundo Iatzky

Petrolero Argentino (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones). He played last season at Angers BC 49 in French NM1 league. In 20 games he recorded 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg. Dodson helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2012 he was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in fourth round (60th overall).
The former University of Southern Mississippi standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Dodson's team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Argentina (Echague), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders) and APBL (Alexandria A.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LigaA Round 28: Ferrocarril edge Quimsa by one point - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Sixth-ranked Quimsa (13-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Ferrocarril (18-9) in Santiado Estero on Monday. The visitors from Buenos Aires managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected much easier game. Quimsa was trailing by 14 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-17 charge of Ferrocarril, which allowed them to win the game. Ferrocarril outrebounded Quimsa 29-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 18 points. The former international swingman Luciano Gonzalez (190-90) produced 35 points (!!!) and 5 assists for lost side. Ferrocarril maintains second position with 18-9 record behind leader San Lorenzo. Quimsa lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (18-9) against sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (14-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was crushed by Olimpico de La Banda in La Banda 89-69. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 22 rebounds and 6 blocks. Federico Van Lacke contributed with 18 points and 9 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Ferrocarril. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fifth place. Ferrocarril at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Estudiantes C. (16-11) against sixth ranked Obras Basket (14-13) on Saturday night. Visiting Estudiantes C. was defeated by Obras Basket in a tough game in Buenos Aires 71-80. Worth to mention a great performance of Dennis Horner who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Dar Tucker responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Obras Basket moved-up to fifth place. Estudiantes C. lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Obras Basket will meet GECR Indalo (#6) in the next round. Estudiantes C. will play against Boca Juniors (#9) and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Almagra. First ranked San Lorenzo faced their biggest opponent Estudiantes C.. Host San Lorenzo (20-7) smashed guests from Concordia (16-11) 99-79. The winners were led by Selem Safar who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds. San Lorenzo's coach Julio Cesar Lamas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-7 record. Estudiantes C. lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 11 games lost. San Lorenzo's next round opponent will be Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca, which may be the game of the day. Estudiantes C. will play at home against Boca Juniors and hope to win that game.
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where eighth ranked Quilmes MP (12-15) won against 5th ranked GECR Indalo (13-13) in a home game by 8 points 96-88 on Sunday evening. Eric Flor fired 37 points (!!!) for the winners. Quilmes MP maintains eighth position with 12-15 record. Loser GECR Indalo dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Quilmes MP will face higher ranked Instituto (#4) in Cordoba in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

Rest of the games of round 28 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Libertad S. was defeated by Obras Basket in Buenos Aires 82-67. Hispano Am. was beaten by Libertad S. at home 80-94. Echague lost to Regatas C. on the opponent's court 83-95. Penarol managed to outperform GECR Indalo in a home game 73-69. Atenas was rolled over Instituto on the road 89-60. Weber Bahia defeated Quimsa on its own court 80-76. Echague was smashed by San Martin C. in Corrientes 99-71. Obras Basket lost to Hispano Am. at home 84-92.

Obras Basket - Libertad S. 82-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales' (12-14) road loss to sixth ranked Obras Basket (14-13) 67-82 on Monday. Obras Basket outrebounded Libertad Sunchales 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) fired 18 points for the winners. Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) chipped in 15 points. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) produced 17 points and the former international power forward Alejandro Alloatti (203-84) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Obras Basket moved-up to fifth place. Loser Libertad Sunchales keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Obras Basket will face GECR Indalo (#6) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against the league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Brussino 17+3reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 13+6reb, J.Massey 10+5reb+2ast, J.Vildoza 9+1ast, M.Saglietti 7+3reb+1ast, F.Vieta 7+2reb+2ast
Obras Basket: D.Horner 18+4reb, T.Zanzottera 15+4reb+1ast, W.Herrmann 10+5reb, M.Leiva 9+9reb, M.Bortolin 7+4reb+1ast, F.Mariani 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523474


Quimsa - Ferrocarril 89-90

Sixth-ranked Quimsa (13-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Ferrocarril (18-9) in Santiado Estero on Monday. The visitors from Buenos Aires managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected much easier game. Quimsa was trailing by 14 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-17 charge of Ferrocarril, which allowed them to win the game. Ferrocarril outrebounded Quimsa 29-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 18 points. The former international swingman Luciano Gonzalez (190-90) produced 35 points (!!!) and 5 assists and American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Five Ferrocarril and four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Ferrocarril maintains second position with 18-9 record behind leader San Lorenzo. Quimsa lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: L.Gonzalez 35+1reb+5ast, C.Elliott 19+3reb+3ast, R.Battle 12+8reb+3ast, N.Romano 10+2reb+2ast, T.Gallizzi 4+1reb, A.Harper 3+2ast
Ferrocarril: R.Clemente 18+4reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 15+5reb+2ast, F.Balbi 12+2reb+10ast, A.Feeley 12+2reb+1ast, M.Cuello 11+4reb+1ast, L.Tantos 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523476


Quilmes MP - GECR Indalo 96-88

And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where eighth ranked Quilmes MP (12-15) won against 5th ranked GECR Indalo (13-13) in a home game by 8 points 96-88 on Sunday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Quilmes MP made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) fired 37 points (!!!) for the winners. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) chipped in 18 points. The former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) produced 19 points and 5 assists and center Diego Romero (206-82, college: Florida St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. Quilmes MP maintains eighth position with 12-15 record. Loser GECR Indalo dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Quilmes MP will face higher ranked Instituto (#4) in Cordoba in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: N.De los Santos 19+2reb+5ast, E.Vargas 14+7reb, D.Romero 13+7reb+3ast, C.Schattmann 12+2reb+4ast, J.Manuel Rivero 9+7reb+1ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 7+2reb
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 37+4reb+2ast, T.Robinson 18+2reb+3ast, I.Clark 10+3reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 8+4reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 8+8reb+2ast, A.Eslava 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523473


Olimpico LB - Ferrocarril 89-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (18-9) against sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (14-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was crushed by Olimpico de La Banda in La Banda 89-69. Olimpico de La Banda outrebounded Ferrocarril 43-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Olimpico de La Banda brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 22 rebounds and 6 blocks. The former international Federico Van Lacke (191-80) contributed with 18 points and 9 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) added 15 points in the effort for Ferrocarril. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fifth place. Ferrocarril at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: R.Clemente 16+5reb+4ast, A.Feeley 15+3reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 13+3reb, J.Maldonado 11+5reb+2ast, A.Lucas 5+5reb, A.Calvo 4+1reb
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 19+2reb+7ast, F.Van Lacke 18+4reb+9ast, J.Williams 17+22reb, D.Guaita 13+5reb+2ast, G.Logins 7+4reb, M.Cosolito 7+2reb
gschID: 523472


Hispano Am. - Libertad S. 80-94

No shocking result in a game in Rio Gallegos where seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (12-14) defeated 10th ranked Hispano Am. (8-21) 94-80 on Saturday. Libertad Sunchales made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) chipped in 19 points. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: SPORTlab Agency) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) added 6 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Libertad Sunchales have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-14 record, which they share with La Union. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the tenth place with 21 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 18+1reb+1ast, K.Austin 16+8reb, M.Fierro 11+2reb+1ast, J.Treise 10+3reb+2ast, S.Mignani 9+2reb+1ast, G.Torres 8+8reb
Libertad S.: J.Massey 20+9reb, J.Vildoza 19+3reb+3ast, L.Goldenberg 14+4reb, P.Barrios 11+2reb, F.Vieta 7+2reb+2ast, M.Ruiz 7+10reb+2ast
gschID: 523469


Obras Basket - Estudiantes C. 80-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Estudiantes C. (16-11) against sixth ranked Obras Basket (14-13) on Saturday night. Visiting Estudiantes C. was defeated by Obras Basket in a tough game in Buenos Aires 71-80. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-71. Obras Basket made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Obras Basket had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Pedro Barral (186-94) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Obras Basket players scored in double figures. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Obras Basket moved-up to fifth place. Estudiantes C. lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Obras Basket will meet GECR Indalo (#6) in the next round. Estudiantes C. will play against Boca Juniors (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 23+10reb, R.Powell 14+3reb+1ast, J.Justiz 13+5reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 6+5reb, J.Slider 5+1reb+2ast, A.Marin 5+1reb+2ast
Obras Basket: D.Horner 19+5reb+1ast, P.Barral 14+5reb+3ast, W.Herrmann 13+5reb, T.Zanzottera 11+2reb+5ast, M.Bortolin 6+4reb+2ast, M.Leiva 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 523470


Regatas C. - Echague 95-83

Very expected game when 10th ranked Echague (4-23) was defeated on the road by third ranked Regatas Corrientes (16-11) 95-83 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. Echague was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regatas Corrientes shot 63.0 percent from the field and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Regatas Corrientes outrebounded Echague 35-24 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Echague's players. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) fired 28 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American swingman Brandon Davis (198-88, college: Lamar, agency: Pro Sports) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Echague players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to second place, which they share with Estudiantes C. Echague lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 23 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Argentino (#4) in Junin in the next round. Echague will play at home against Boca Juniors (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Echague: G.Solano 31+5reb+6ast, B.Davis 20+4reb+1ast, J.Ayarza 12+1reb, D.Caracter 10+9reb, C.Buemo 5+1reb, J.Baeza 5+1reb+4ast
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 28+1reb+5ast, J.Saiz 14+3reb+2ast, D.Sims 14+2reb+8ast, C.Troutman 12+4reb, F.Martina 9+10reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 7+10reb+5ast
gschID: 523471


Penarol - GECR Indalo 73-69

There was a small surprise in Mar del Plata where seventh ranked Penarol (13-15) beat 5th ranked GECR Indalo (13-13) 73-69 on Friday. GECR Indalo was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-20 charge of Penarol, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Penarol made 7 blocks. Alejandro Diez (201-87) fired 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Rob Reed (185-90, college: Concord) chipped in 20 points. The former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) produced 16 points and 8 assists and Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Penarol have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 13-15 record. Loser GECR Indalo dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Penarol will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: E.Vargas 18+5reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 16+4reb+8ast, M.Shaw 11+6reb+3ast, D.Romero 9+4reb, J.Manuel Rivero 7+1reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 4+3reb+6ast
Penarol: R.Reed 20+1reb+1ast, F.Giorgetti 11+6reb+2ast, R.Booker 9+3reb+2ast, A.Diez 8+14reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Marcos 7+3reb+1ast, R.Acuna 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 523468


Instituto - Atenas 89-60

Not a big story in a game in Cordoba where 9th ranked Atenas (10-17) was outplayed by fourth ranked Instituto (15-11) 89-60 on Friday. The game without a history. Instituto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Atenas to just 7 points in first quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Instituto players scored in double figures. Forward Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Roquez Johnson (201-92, college: Mississippi St.) added 4 points and 15 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Instituto have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-11 record. Atenas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 17 games lost. Instituto will face Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Atenas will play at home against Penarol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: P.Mickeal 17+5reb+4ast, L.Lema 10+3reb, D.Lo Grippo 8+2ast, F.Baralle 6+3reb+1ast, W.Baxley 6+1reb, M.Chiarini 5+1reb+1ast
Instituto: R.Green 21+5reb+3ast, M.Gerlero 17+2reb+1ast, P.Bertone 14+4reb, S.Clancy 12+12reb, P.Bruna 9+4reb, D.Ciorciari 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523467


Weber Bahia - Quimsa 80-76

Everything went according to plan in Bahia Blanca where third ranked Weber Bahia (16-10) won against 6th ranked Quimsa (13-14) 80-76 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. International Juan Pablo Vaulet (198-96) fired 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Jerel Blocker (193-88, college: Lee) chipped in 19 points. Four Weber Bahia players scored in double figures. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Weber Bahia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-10 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Quimsa lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Weber Bahia will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: N.Romano 16+5reb+1ast, A.Harper 15+9reb, C.Elliott 11+6reb+3ast, J.Cowan 9+3reb, P.Hopson 9+2reb+4ast, R.Battle 8+6reb+1ast
Weber Bahia: J.Blocker 19+2reb+2ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 17+4reb+3ast, A.Laveal Johnson 15+7reb, L.Redivo 11+6reb+5ast, A.Ramos 6+2reb, J.Levy 6+9reb
gschID: 523464


San Lorenzo - Estudiantes C. 99-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Almagra. First ranked San Lorenzo faced their biggest opponent Estudiantes C.. Host San Lorenzo (20-7) smashed guests from Concordia (16-11) 99-79. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. Estudiantes C. was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Lorenzo made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by international Selem Safar (190-87) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) supported him with 20 points (made all of his seven free throws). San Lorenzo's coach Julio Cesar Lamas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) by Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) did not help to save the game for Estudiantes C.. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) added 13 points and 4 steals for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-7 record. Estudiantes C. lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 11 games lost. San Lorenzo's next round opponent will be Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca, which may be the game of the day. Estudiantes C. will play at home against Boca Juniors and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: J.Justiz 18+8reb+1ast, J.Slider 14+2reb, D.Tucker 13+4reb+2ast, R.Powell 10+6reb+2ast, L.Vildoza 9+2reb+1ast, S.Orresta 7+1reb+2ast
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 20+3reb+1ast, S.Safar 19+7reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 15+3reb+5ast, G.Fitch 15+3reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 9+11reb, M.Mata 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523465


San Martin C. - Echague 99-71

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Echague (4-23) was crushed on the road by first ranked San Martin Corrientes (19-6) 99-71 on Wednesday. San Martin Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Echague's 32. San Martin Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Echague's players. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes' coach Sebastian Gonzalez felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 15 points and 6 assists and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Five San Martin Corrientes and four Echague players scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes maintains first position with 19-6 record. Echague lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 23 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Argentino (#4) in Junin in the next round. Echague will play at home against Boca Juniors (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Echague: J.Ayarza 20+4reb, G.Solano 15+4reb+6ast, B.Davis 15+2reb+2ast, D.Caracter 10+7reb+2ast, E.Zustovich 5+1reb+1ast, C.Buemo 3+3reb
San Martin C.: J.Wood 21+9reb+3ast, F.Aguerre 20+7reb+1ast, R.Garcia 14+3reb+3ast, L.Mainoldi 12+7reb+5ast, J.Pablo Cantero 10+4reb+5ast, L.Faggiano 9+2reb+8ast
gschID: 523466


Obras Basket - Hispano Am. 84-92

There was a surprise result in Buenos Aires where tenth ranked Hispano Am. (8-21) defeated higher ranked Obras Basket (14-13) 92-84 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-84. Hispano Am. dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Obras Basket's 30 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Hispano Am. looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) fired 25 points (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Point guard Jonatan Treise (185-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains tenth position with 8-21 record. Loser Obras Basket dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost. Hispano Am. will have a break next round. Obras Basket will play on the road against GECR Indalo (#6) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: D.Horner 23+5reb+3ast, T.Zanzottera 20+2reb+1ast, M.Leiva 11+5reb+2ast, W.Herrmann 11+7reb+2ast, P.Barral 8+3reb+6ast, F.Zurbriggen 5+1reb+2ast
Hispano Am.: M.Byro 25+3reb+3ast, J.Treise 15+3reb+10ast, K.Austin 14+6reb+1ast, G.Torres 14+5reb, R.Freeman 6+1reb+3ast, M.Fierro 6+1reb
gschID: 523463





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  AUSTRALIA  


Buccaneers sign Dwayne Benjamin - by Greg

Geraldton Buccaneers (SBL) signed 24-year old American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon). Benjamin graduated from University of Oregon in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player. He started this season at Bakken in Danish Ligaen, but left in Nov.'16. In 5 games he had 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. Benjamin also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dee Oldham joins West Adelaide Bearcats - by Eurobasket

West Adelaide Bearcats (Premier League) agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Dee Oldham (193-94kg-94). He just graduated from Chattanooga (NCAA). In 35 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg last season. Oldham helped them to win SoCon Tournament and end the regular season at the top position.
As mentioned above he is just out of college, so it will be Oldham's first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


A Bundesliga Round 20: Gmunden Swans beat Raiffeisen Wels in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wels. Second ranked Gmunden Swans faced one of their biggest challengers Raiffeisen Wels. Guests from Gmunden (13-5) defeated host Raiffeisen Wels (10-7) 93-75. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Raiffeisen Wels managed to win second period 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. American-British guard Michael Ojo (195-89, college: Lehigh) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 13-5 record behind leader Oberwart. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. Gmunden Swans are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kapfenberg. Local Kapfenberg Bulls (10-8) outscored 7th ranked Arkadia Lions (7-11) 87-67. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bogic Vujosevic contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Arkadia Lions. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-8 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play at home against Furstenfeld Panthers (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 20 UBSC Graz were defeated by Furstenfeld in a road game 82-74. Vienna beat Klosterneuburg at home 80-74.
The best stats of 20th round was 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by Anton Maresch of UBSC Graz.

Furstenfeld - UBSC Graz 82-74

There was no surprise when 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-13) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (8-9) 82-74. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-19 UBSC Graz's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. Croatian Marko Car (188-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International Anton Maresch (191-91) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Cameron Naylor (201-94, college: Texas St.) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for UBSC Graz. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. UBSC Graz lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Arkadia Lions (#7) in Traiskirchen in the next round. UBSC Graz will play at home against Vienna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: M.Car 21+5reb+9ast, S.Iliev 19+6reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 17+8reb+3ast, S.Neudecker 8+3reb, H.Ochsenhofer 6+3reb+1ast, J.Ernst 5+1reb+1ast
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 23+5reb+7ast, C.Naylor 18+11reb+2ast, D.Hasenburger 11+6reb+1ast, D.Brcina 10+6reb+1ast, F.Richter 5+3reb+1ast, M.Krivokapic 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 495030


Wels - Gmunden 75-93

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wels. Second ranked Gmunden Swans faced one of their biggest challengers Raiffeisen Wels. Guests from Gmunden (13-5) defeated host Raiffeisen Wels (10-7) 93-75. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Raiffeisen Wels managed to win second period 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. American-British guard Michael Ojo (195-89, college: Lehigh) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and American guard DeJuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU) added 20 points respectively for the hosts. Five Gmunden Swans and four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 13-5 record behind leader Oberwart. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. Gmunden Swans are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: E.Murati 25+6reb+3ast, T.Blazan 15+3reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 14+3reb+4ast, M.Ojo 12+6reb+3ast, T.Klette 11+8reb+1ast, A.Steed 10+2reb+1ast
Wels: D.Wright 20+4reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 19+6reb, K.Payton 12+7reb+2ast, A.Chan 11+9reb, E.Zulic 5+2reb, L.O'Neal 4+1reb+9ast
gschID: 495027


Vienna - Klosterneuburg 80-74

No shocking result in a game in Wien where sixth ranked Vienna (8-10) defeated bottom-ranked Dukes (4-14) 80-74. It looked good early as Dukes took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vienna had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and Dukes were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-80. Vienna forced 19 Dukes turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four Vienna players scored in double figures. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and international Romed Vieider (195-91) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dukes. Vienna maintains sixth position with 8-10 record. Dukes lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Vienna will play against UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round. Dukes will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Vienna: P.Miletic 24+3reb+2ast, S.Stazic 19+4reb+8ast, C.Ferguson 14+4reb+3ast, A.Clemmons 11+3reb+4ast, S.Koch 8+6reb+1ast, A.Andjelkovic 4+1reb+1ast
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 26+11reb+1ast, R.Vieider 19+6reb+2ast, G.Bezhanishvili 13+2reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 8+2reb, L.Burgemeister 4+2reb+1ast, C.Greimeister 2+2reb
gschID: 495028


Kapfenberg - Arkadia 87-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kapfenberg. Local Kapfenberg Bulls (10-8) outscored 7th ranked Arkadia Lions (7-11) 87-67. The game without a history. Kapfenberg Bulls led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kapfenberg Bulls outrebounded Arkadia Lions 36-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Florian Trmal (199-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 15 points in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-8 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play at home against Furstenfeld Panthers (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 24+6reb+4ast, B.Vujosevic 17+5reb+10ast, C.Baptiste 16+8reb, F.Kramer 14+10reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 7+1reb+1ast, A.Woschank 3+1reb+1ast
Arkadia: F.Vay 23+7reb+3ast, F.Trmal 15+3reb, T.Aryee 9+2reb+2ast, J.Detrick 6+4reb+2ast, B.Guettl 6+4reb+1ast, B.Danek 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 495029





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BIBL standings

Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1 Beroe 7-3 
 2 Kumanovo 6-4 
 3 Teodo Tivat 5-5 
 4 Kozuv 5-5 
 5 Bashkimi 4-6 
 6 Sigal Prishtina 3-7 
Group B
 1 Peja 6-3 
 2 Feni Industries 6-3 
 3 Sutjeska 5-4 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 4-5 
 5 SK Tirana 3-6 
 6 Trepca 3-6 

Regular Season: Round 13

A

Jan. 24: Beroe - Kumanovo 91-70
Jan. 24: Bashkimi - Teodo Tivat 76-79
Jan. 24: Kozuv - Sigal Prishtina 73-65

B

Jan. 26: Sutjeska - Trepca
Jan. 25: Peja - SK Tirana
Jan. 25: Karpos Sokoli - Feni Industries



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

A

Jan. 25: Fraport SKY - Ironi Nahariya
Jan. 25: Helios - CEZ Nymburk
Jan. 25: Monaco - Aris
Jan. 25: Bakken - Banvit BK

B

Jan. 24: Umana VE - Oradea 89-78
Jan. 24: Avtodor - Le Mans 85-81
Jan. 24: Kataja Basket - Pinar Karsiyaka 73-83
Jan. 24: Khimik - Maccabi Rishon 60-69

C

Jan. 24: EWE Baskets - Openjobmetis V. 78-53
Jan. 24: Usak - ASVEL 70-58
Jan. 24: Rosa Radom - Neptunas 65-71
Jan. 24: Ventspils - PAOK 54-84

D

Jan. 25: Scandone AV - Juventus
Jan. 25: Cibona - Oostende
Jan. 25: Mega Leks - Iberostar Tener.
Jan. 25: Mornar Bar - Strasbourg

E

Jan. 25: AEK Athens - Stelmet ZG
Jan. 25: Banco di Srd - Partizan
Jan. 25: Spirou - Szolnok
Jan. 25: Besiktas - Ludwigsburg



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Lhoest's double-double lands him Top Division I Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old power forward Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ninane and receives a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Royal Brussels (#9, 7-10) 88-83. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Ninane maintains the 11th position in Belgian Top Division I. Ninane is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. In the team's last game Lhoest had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ninane, through which he has constantly improved. Lhoest has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 55.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Abel Baptista (190-SF-96) of Gistel Oostende. He is a in his first season at Gistel Oostende. In the last game Baptista recorded impressive 26 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Gistel Oostende lost that game 74-79 to slightly higher-ranked Ekeren (#12, 4-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Gistel Oostende dropped in the standings to second-to-the-bottom (13th) position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Gistel Oostende managed to get this year. Baptista is a newcomer at Gistel Oostende and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#4). He also registered 4.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Leon Nziye (G) of RPC Anderlecht (#14). Nziye scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Nziye's great performance RPC Anderlecht lost 63-82 to the higher-ranked Soba (#5, 9-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. RPC Anderlecht can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Nziye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nziye has a very solid season. In 13 games in Belgium he scored 9.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sam Van Hoey (190-SG-91) of Oxaco - 27 points and 8 rebounds
5. Darnell Snyers (181-PG-98) of Houthalen - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Stephane Moris (208-F/C-86) of Royal Brussels - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dries Bogaerts (200-F-86) of Soba - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Bert Van Den Broek (201-C-92) of Giants B - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Thomas Creppy (197-F-90) of Royal Brussels - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Anthony Vermeersch (202-C-90) of Gembo BBC - 16 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)



Wesley Channels claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kangoeroes and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 28-year old playmaker had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Kangoeroes in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liege (#10, 5-11) 82-75. Kangoeroes maintains the 4th position in Belgian Euromillions League. Kangoeroes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-7 record. In the team's last game Channels had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kangoeroes' top player in his first season with the team. Austin Peay State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Channels is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. Tuttle impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win 103-90 over the higher-ranked Antwerp (#2, 11-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Limburg United to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United 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 15.7ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 6.3rpg and 3.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Jason Clark (188-G-90) of second-ranked Antwerp. Clark showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Clark's great performance Antwerp lost 90-103 to the lower-ranked Limburg United (#8, 5-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antwerp needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Clark has a great season in Belgium. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.0apg (8th best). He also has FGP: 58.5% and 3PT: 40.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mike Smith (198-G-87) of Antwerp - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89) of Brussels - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. John Fields (205-F/C-88) of Liege - 17 points and 6 rebounds
9. Chris Dowe (193-G/F-91) of Brussels - 16 points and 5 rebounds
10. Omar Samhan (211-C-88) of Leuven - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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



Spirou tabs Ivan Radenovic - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) inked 33-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-111kg-84, college: Arizona). He played most recently at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League. In 17 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg last season. Radenovic also played that season for Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina league where in 16 Adriatic League games he had 11.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg.
Among other achievements he won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2012. Radenovic received also Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2012. He was a member of Serbian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Radenovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki and Panellinios), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Russia (CSKA Moscow), Spain (Girona FC, Sevilla and Menorca), Serbia (Partizan and Crvena Zvezda) and Ukraine (BC Donetsk).
Radenovic attended University of Arizona until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Radenovic happens to be NBA potential with much space to improve his great skills and player's performance.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Brasilia 11-4 
 2. Flamengo 11-4 
 3. Vitoria 9-5 
 4. Bauru 9-6 
 5. Franca 9-7 
 6. Paulistano 8-6 
 7. Vasco Da G. 8-6 
 8. Pinheiros 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 63-72
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. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Mariano, Brasilia19.6 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo19.5 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.5 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi18.6 
 7. Machado, Flamengo18.2 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.17.0 
 9. Anthony, Macae16.9 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.2 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.1 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.8 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.2 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo7.1 
 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, Bauru6.4 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.6 
 4. Rodgers, Minas5.4 
 5. Dawkins, Vitoria5.4 
 6. Freitas, Campo M.5.4 
 7. Borges, Franca5.3 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.3 
 9. Anthony, Macae4.9 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Garcia, Bauru2.4 
 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. de Oliveira, Mogi1.6 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 10. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.2 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros1.1 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Freitas, Campo M.0.8 
 5. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.7 
 6. de Souza, L.Sor.0.7 
 7. Camilo, Macae0.7 
 8. Dias Silva, Pauli.0.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 



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Bulgarian NBL round 15 best performance: Jordan Semple - by Eurobasket News

French-American Forward Jordan Semple (201-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Akademik PL, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Yambol (#8, 3-10) 87-78. Akademik PL maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akademik PL will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. In the team's last game Semple had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Akademik PL's top player in his first season with the team. Former Cal State - Chico star has very solid stats this year. Semple is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.2ppg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 68.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) of league's leader Lukoil Acad.. Zahariev had a very good evening with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Lukoil Acad. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Spartak Pleven (#6, 6-7) 104-71. Of course Lukoil Acad. still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 12 matches. Zahariev is a newcomer at Lukoil Acad., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Akademik PL's star - American guard Oscar Bellfield (187-PG-90). Bellfield showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Akademik PL, helping his team with a 87-78 win against the lower-ranked Yambol (#8, 3-10). Akademik PL needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Bellfield has a great season in Bulgaria. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.1apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91) of Yambol - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92) of Rilski - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tihomir Zhelev (193-SG-90) of Beroe - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Rilski - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Zlatin Georgiev (197-G-85) of Rilski - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Travis Daniels (202-F-92) of Balkan - 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)



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  CAMEROON  


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

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

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (5-10) in their last game. Despite Kadji's very good performance Trabzonspor lost 101-105 at home to the higher-ranked (#13) Usak Sportlif. He scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes on the court. Kadji has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%(79-129), 3FGP: 21.6% and FT: 68.3% in 15 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Mbah a Moute led Los Angeles Clippers to a victory against the Atlanta Hawks (26-19) 115-105 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 30-16 record this season. This year Mbah a Moute averages: 6.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.6% and FT: 71.0%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). Nzeulie contributed to Chalon/Saor's victory against one of league's weakest teams JDA Dijon (5-12) 95-83 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 12 points and added 6 assists in 27 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (13-4) is placed second in the ProA. This year Nzeulie's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 74.3% in 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #4. Guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie. But that was another game of his team in FIBA Europe Cup which we would like to mention. Pitard managed to help ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in a victory against the third-ranked Sodertalje Kings (1-4) crushing them 74-45. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 23 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (5-0) is placed first in group K. So far his team won all five games in the Second Stage. This year Pitard's total stats are: 2.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Pitard used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #5. Former international center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help VL Pesaro in their game against Brescia (8-8) in the Italian Serie A. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. VL Pesaro was crushed 99-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Brescia (#8). It's Nnoko's first season with the team. Nnoko has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 6.9rpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Arnaud-William Adala Moto
Arnaud-William Adala Moto
   #6. Forward Arnaud-William Adala Moto (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Towson's victory against the Hofstra University (0-1) 86-80 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Towson University has rather weak 2-4 conference record this season. This year Adala Moto has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #7. An experienced former international power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Salta Basket (7-11) crushing them 82-62 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Friday night. Essengue recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Comunicaciones Mercedes (15-4) is placed second in North group. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Essengue has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. Essengue used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #8. Point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre (9-6) in their game against Denain Voltaire (9-6) in the French ProB (second division). He scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. STB Le Havre was edged 56-54 in Denain by the lower-ranked (#6) Voltaire. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Njoya has averaged so far 2.1ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #9. Former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Jarvenpaa (7-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Towa's very good performance the sixth-placed Jarvenpaa (7-9) was badly defeated 93-76 in Helsinki by the lower-ranked HBA-Marsky (#9) in the Division A. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Towa also added 5 assists. Towa has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team six years ago.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #10. Center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lille Metropole (8-7) in their game against ADA Blois (7-8) in the French ProB (second division). MBida scored 5 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Lille Metropole was edged 97-94 in Blois by the lower-ranked ADA Blois (#9). MBida has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5bpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Cameroonian senior national team.

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

   #1. Joel Embiid (213-C-94, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA) led Philadelphia 76ers to a victory over the Toronto Raptors (28-16) 94-89 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Embiid scored 26 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Philadelphia 76ers have rather weak 14-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Embiid has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.1apg and 2.4bpg in 30 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Lukoil Academic Sofia (3-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Gibson's very good performance the second-placed Lukoil Academic Sofia (3-2) was defeated 97-92 on the road by the leading Enisey in the group P of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Gibson also added 9 assists. His team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This season Gibson has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.5apg. Gibson has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #3. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Vanoli Cremona (4-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was defeated 64-59 in Pistoia by the much higher-ranked The Flexx PT (#9). Biligha was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). This season Biligha has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #4. Pascal Siakam (206-F-94, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in NBA) managed to help Toronto Raptors in a victory against the Brooklyn Nets (9-35) 119-109 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Siakam scored only 4 points and blocked 3 blocks in 15 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 28-16 record this season. Siakam has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 3.5rpg in 40 games.

   #5. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in Eskilstuna's victory against the sixth-ranked Lobas (3-5) crushing them 85-59 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. Kouagnia was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 17 rebounds. Kouagnia also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. Eskilstuna Basket (7-1) is placed second in BEHS forts group. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Kouagnia has very impressive stats this year: 20.8ppg, 12.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg in 13 games. He has both British and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #6. Roland Nyama (198-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Stony Brook in their game against the Binghamton University in the NCAA, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Nyama scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 2 blocks in 34 minutes. But his team lost 67-71. Nyama has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.7apg in 19 games. He also holds two passports: German and Cameroonian. Despite Nyama's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the German U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #7. Jean-Dieudonniz Biog (205-C-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Vitre crushing them 73-51 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Biog recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Biog has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 17 games. He holds both Cameroonian and French passports.

   #8. Bertrand Nkali (206-F-92, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Houston in their game against the University of Memphis in the NCAA. Nkali cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was edged 70-67. Nkali has averaged so far 1.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3bpg.

   #9. Kevin Chuisseu (203-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken's victory against the Montevallo University 83-78 in the NCAA2 in Monday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. Chuisseu has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3bpg in 12 games.

   #10. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) contributed to a 1-point Quimper UJAP's victory against the 16th-ranked Lorient 45-44 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Temgoua has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. He holds both Cameroonian and French passports.



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  CANADA  


Kyle Landry selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Zenit to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Astana (6-7) crushing them 105-82 in the VTB United League in Saturday night's game. Landry recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 25 minutes on the court. Zenit Saint Petersburg (10-3) is placed fifth in the VTB United League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Landry's sixth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(51-87), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 89.7% in 13 games he played so far. Landry played for the Canadian senior national team four years ago.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (9-35) 119-109 in the NBA last Tuesday. Joseph scored 33 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 28-16 record this season. This year Joseph has relatively solid stats: 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 79.7%. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). Ejim led Umana Venezia to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked AV Cantu (6-10) crushing them 93-72 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ejim's third season in pro basketball. Umana Reyer Venezia (12-4) is placed second in the Serie A. It's Ejim's first year with the team. He has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 48.9%(23-47) and FT: 66.7% in 16 games. Ejim has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. He is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #4. Guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey) led Gaziantep to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Istanbul BBSK (6-9) 62-61 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Rautins was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Gaziantep Basketbol (6-9) is placed tenth in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Rautins' stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2013.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #5. Former international guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA) led Minnesota Timberwolves to a 3-point victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (30-16) 104-101 in the NBA last Thursday. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 38 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Wiggins' third season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 16-28 record this season. Wiggins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.4apg in 44 games. Wiggins used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #6. Center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia (11-7) crushing them 92-62 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (13-5) is placed third in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Birch's first season with the team. Birch's overall stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #7. Former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Doornekamp could not help CB Canarias (10-3) to beat Scandone AV (9-4). He recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in 27 minutes. But the first-placed CB Canarias (10-3) lost 66-78 on the road to the second-ranked Scandone AV in the group D of Basketball Champions League. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. Doornekamp's team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Doornekamp averaged so far 10.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.1apg in 13 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Marek Klassen
Marek Klassen
   #8. Guard Marek Klassen (185-92, college: Point Loma, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to an easy victory against the closely-ranked London Lions (10-5) crushing them 100-71 in the British BBL on Sunday night. He scored 23 points and added 7 passes in 30 minutes. Worcester Wolves (7-11) is placed seventh in the BBL. Klassen averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.7apg and 1.1spg in 18 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2011.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #9. Former international center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Hitachi Sunrockers (15-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Sacre's very good performance Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) was edged 69-66 in Kanagawa by the leading Toshiba Thunders in the Central group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 16 rebounds. Sacre also added 4 assists and 3 blocks. This season Sacre has very high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 11.0rpg and 3.7apg. Sacre used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #10. Point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) led Zalgiris to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (5-15) crushing them 80-59 in the Lithuanian LKL on Sunday night. Pangos was the best player in that game. He scored 11 points and had 3 steals. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (19-1) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. Pangos' overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.6apg. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former University international guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the main contributor in Juventus' victory against the eighth-ranked Mornar Bar 82-74 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. Best was the top player that evening. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Best's overall stats are: 8.6ppg and 2.8rpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Charlotte Hornets 108-98 in the NBA last Monday. Olynyk recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Olynyk averaged so far 8.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Finland) helped Joensuun Kataja win their game against one of league's weakest teams Tampereen Pyrinto crushing them 93-66 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Sunday night. Mullings was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, had 8 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 24 minutes. Mullings averaged so far 13.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg in 17 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international swingman Jamal Murray (198-97, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Denver Nuggets (18-25) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Murray's very good performance the Denver Nuggets were edged 111-108 in Minnesota by the Timberwolves. He recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Murray averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Le Mans (9-8) in their last game. Despite Hanlan's good performance Le Mans lost 71-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Gravelines-Dunkerque. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Hanlan averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to a victory over the closely-ranked London Lions (10-5) crushing them 100-71 in the British BBL last Sunday. Walker was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. Worcester Wolves (7-11) is placed seventh in the BBL. Walker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.4ppg, 10.7rpg and 1.7apg. Walker has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #2. Ashton Khan (183-PG, college: Tiffin, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Walker. But that was another game of his team in British BBL which we would like to mention. Khan was the major contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against the second-ranked Newcastle Eagles (15-3) 112-103. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Worcester Wolves (7-11) is placed seventh in the BBL. This year Khan's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg in 16 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.

   #3. Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Walker and both played together in the last British BBL game. Kennedy contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked London Lions (10-5) crushing them 100-71. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kennedy also added 4 assists in 31 minutes. Kennedy averaged so far 12.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in 17 games. Similarly like Khan and Walker above he has both Canadian and British nationalities.

   #4. Meshack Lufile (203-PF, college: Cape Breton, currently plays in Holland) could not help Leeuwarden (6-10) in their last game. Despite Lufile's very good performance Leeuwarden was badly defeated 87-68 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#7) Rotterdam. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in 37 minutes. Lufile averaged so far 12.5ppg and 5.9rpg in 16 games.

   #5. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Philippines) was the main contributor in Phoenix's victory against the seventh-ranked B.Ginebra (5-5) 79-73 in the Filipino PBA on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Wright scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 36 minutes. Phoenix Fuel Masters (6-4) are placed second in the PBA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Wright has very impressive stats this year: 17.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg in nine games.

   #6. Ayob Ayob (201-F-95, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Minnesota State University Moorhead's victory against the St.Cloud State University 87-82 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ayob also added 2 blocks. This season Ayob has very high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Hernst Laroche (185-PG-89, agency: HMS, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Saint-Quentin (6-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Laroche's good performance Saint-Quentin was defeated 85-80 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#3). He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Laroche's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg.

   #8. Chris Boucher (208-C/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oregon win their game against the Stanford University 69-52 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Boucher averaged so far 13.2ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.9bpg in 18 games.

   #9. Dejan Kravic (211-F/C-90, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams AGOR in their game against Kolossos HH in the Greek A1. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team lost 77-83. Kravic averaged so far 11.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg in 10 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canadian.

   #10. Kassius Robertson (190-G-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Canisius (5-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Robertson's very good performance the Canisius was defeated 95-90 at home by the Quinnipiac College. He scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Robertson has very high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.4apg.



Trelleborg signs Alexandros Sarikas - by Chris Mammides

Trelleborg Basket (Basketettan) signed experienced 35-year old Greek-Canadian guard Alexandros Sarikas (195-81). He started the season at Akrata Achaias in Greek C league where he was the top scorer of the top scorer of the league as he scored 550 points in 30 games an average of 19 point per game. The last season Sarikas played also at Akrata Achaias (also in C Division) and lost the promotion in B' Division, in details..
He has played previously professionally also in Switzerland (Neuchatel) and Greece (Amyntas Dafnis, Kolossos H Hotels, Keravnos Aigio, KAP Agia Paraskevis and Enosi).
It's his very first time in the Swedish league andTrelleborg.
Sarikas could be described asfollows: Alexandros is a left handed combo guard shooter 2-3 spot and 1 if necessary.He is a great scorer with an awesome offensive instinct. He is very coach able and can do many jobs in the court other than scoring. His strong point in the game is the peripheral shot especially form the three point line.

Sarikas even though is not very young he does play like a young boy as he is passionate with the sport and he believes that he can play very well for at least another 3-4 seasons...

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Spanish team Valencia Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (2-1) 78-70 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Sato scored 11 points in a mere 18 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (3-0) is placed 13th 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 will be critical. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(16-27), 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 66.7% in 11 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). He was the major contributor in a LG Sakers' surprising victory against the league leader Samsung Thunders (22-9) 92-73 in the South Korean KBL last Tuesday. Mays scored 20 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Changwon LG Sakers (13-18) are placed seventh in the KBL. Mays has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 11.7rpg, 2.8apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 58.6%. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African national team in 2013. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He contributed to Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (3-2) 87-74 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Djimrabaye scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (2-3) is placed third in group L. His team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 75.0% in nine games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) managed to help Sharks Antibes to win against the closely-ranked Le Portel (7-10) 75-67 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Kouguere scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Sharks Antibes (6-11) is placed 15th in the ProA. Kouguere's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 4.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Destin Damachoua
Destin Damachoua
   #5. Former international guard Destin Damachoua (184-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in France). He could not help Lorient (7-12) to beat Quimper UJAP (14-5). Damachoua recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. Lorient was edged 45-44 at home by the leading Quimper UJAP. It was Lorient's third consecutive loss in a row. Damachoua has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Damachoua used to play for the Central African national team two years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Maxime Zianveni (198-F/C-79) plays for Boulazac Basket in French ProB
Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Taiwan Beer in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Joseph Kalambani (192-G-81) plays for Besancon in French NM2
Jonathan Alalengbi (192-F-92) plays for Toulouse in French NM2

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



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  CHINA  

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Shanghai S. 25-6 
 2. Xinjiang FT 25-6 
 3. Liaoning H. 24-7 
 4. Guangsha L. 24-7 
 5. Guangdong ST 23-8 
 6. Shenzhen L. 20-11 
 7. Shandong FB 19-12 
 8. Beijing D. 18-13 
 9. Sichuan BW 17-14 
 10. Jiangsu D. 16-15 
 11. TianJin S. 15-16 
 12. Qingdao E. 14-16 
 13. Shanxi Zh. 13-18 
 14. Jilin NE T. 12-19 
 15. Zhejiang CB 10-21 
 16. Fujian QB 9-22 
 17. North Control B. 7-23 
 18. Jiangsu TX 7-24 
 19. Bayi R. 6-25 
 20. Guangzhou 5-26 

Regular Season: Round 31

Jan. 24: Bayi R. - Jilin NE T. 97-87
Jan. 24: Jiangsu TX - Guangsha L. 92-107
Jan. 24: Guangzhou - Beijing D. 76-86
Jan. 24: TianJin S. - Guangdong ST 132-122
Jan. 24: Shandong FB - Shenzhen L. 117-106
Jan. 24: Sichuan BW - Fujian QB 115-111
Jan. 24: Zhejiang CB - Shanxi Zh. 114-99
Jan. 24: Xinjiang FT - Shanghai S. 109-95
Jan. 24: North Control B. - Jiangsu D. 109-115
Jan. 24: Qingdao E. - Liaoning H. 100-113

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 5: Jiangsu D. - Guangsha L.
Feb. 5: Shanxi Zh. - Sichuan BW
Feb. 5: Bayi R. - Liaoning H.
Feb. 5: North Control B. - Guangzhou
Feb. 5: TianJin S. - Shenzhen L.
Feb. 5: Guangdong ST - Beijing D.
Feb. 5: Jilin NE T. - Shandong FB
Feb. 5: Xinjiang FT - Fujian QB
Feb. 5: Jiangsu TX - Zhejiang CB
Feb. 5: Shanghai S. - Qingdao E.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.0 
 2. McCollum, North C.36.1 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.35.9 
 4. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.34.8 
 5. Cunningham, Jiang.33.3 
 6. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.1 
 7. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.1 
 8. Hudson, Liaoning H.32.9 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.1 
 10. Fortson, Guangsha.28.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 5. Hickson, Fujian QB13.4 
 6. Sakakini, TianJ.13.2 
 7. Batista, North C.13.0 
 8. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.3 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.12.3 
 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.8.2 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.4 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.1 
 5. Warren, Zhejiang.6.4 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.3 
 7. Buycks, Fujian QB6.1 
 8. Jones, Qingdao E.6.0 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT6.0 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang CB5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.5 
 2. Sui, Shandong FB2.9 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.9 
 4. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 5. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.4 
 6. Fortson, Guangsha.2.3 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.3 
 8. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.3 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 10. McCollum, North C.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.8 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 3. Huang, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.8 
 8. Sun, Beijing D.1.8 
 9. Yi, Guangdong ST1.6 
 10. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 


CBA Round 30: #1 Shanghai Sharks are defeated by Sichuan BW - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Shanghai Sharks (25-5) on the court of tenth ranked Sichuan BW on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Sichuan BW 122-116. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. Sichuan BW dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 50. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 56-34 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 8 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Da Meng (196-82) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) with 50 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Defending champion (16-14) moved-up to ninth place. Shanghai Sharks at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Sichuan BW are looking forward to face Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang in the next round where they are favorite. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against the league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Important game to mention about took place in Jinan. Seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (18-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Guandong Tigers (23-7) 99-98 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. International forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) notched 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Jason Thompson supported him with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Even 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) did not help to save the game for Guandong Tigers. Guandong Tigers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Shandong Bulls maintains seventh position with 18-12 record. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Liaoning H. and Guangsha L.. Shandong Bulls will play against higher ranked Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guandong Tigers will play on the road against TianJin Steel in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (24-6) against fourth ranked Liaoning Hunters (23-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Xinjiang Flying Tige was defeated by Liaoning Hunters in a tough game in Yingkou 100-106. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. The best player for the winners was Lester Hudson who scored 33 points (!!!) (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Andray Blatche who recorded 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Liaoning Hunters have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Guangdong ST and Guangsha L. Loser Xinjiang Flying Tige keeps the second position with six games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet Qingdao Eagles (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Jinjiang where 13th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-17) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Fujian (9-21) 115-111. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Dwight Buycks who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Fujian's coach WanJun Cui allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Fujian moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang CB. Shanxi Zhongyu lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Fujian's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sichuan BW (#9) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Sixth ranked Leopards (20-10) crushed at home 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (5-25) by 28 points 113-85, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Maciej Lampe scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leopards maintains sixth position with 20-10 record. Bayi Rockets lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the nineteenth place with 25 games lost. Leopards will face Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round. Bayi Rockets will play at home against Jilin Tigers (#14) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Jilin NE T. lost to Qingdao E. on the opponent's court 110-119. TianJin S. managed to outperform Guangzhou in a home game 99-89. Jiangsu D. was rolled over Beijing D. on the road 108-86. North Control B. defeated Jiangsu TX on its own court 117-111. Zhejiang CB was beaten by Guangsha L. in Hangzhou 126-111.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 9 rebounds by Elijah Holman of Guangsha L..

Qingdao E. - Jilin NE T. 119-110

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Jilin Tigers (12-18) were defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Qingdao Eagles (14-15) 119-110 on Sunday. Qingdao Eagles made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Qingdao Eagles outrebounded Jilin Tigers 42-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Jilin Tigers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) chipped in 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Qingdao Eagles' coach XiaoBin Gong used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) with 44 points (!!!) and his fellow American import forward Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Qingdao Eagles and four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Qingdao Eagles maintains eleventh position with 14-15 record. Loser Jilin Tigers keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Qingdao Eagles will face higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#3) in Yingkou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 36+12reb+6ast, M.Loukas 22+12reb+4ast, Z.Chengyu 17+1reb+6ast, S.Jie 13+6reb+5ast, S.Wei 11+6reb, W.Qingming 10+2reb+3ast
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 44+3reb+3ast, C.Jinming 18+2reb+3ast, C.Lilong 17+3reb, T.Malcolm 11+10reb+6ast, L.Tianyi 9+1reb+1ast, Z.Biao 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 513995


Shandong FB - Guangdong ST 99-98

Important game to mention about took place in Jinan. Seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (18-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Guandong Tigers (23-7) 99-98 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. Guandong Tigers were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) notched 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) supported him with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Even 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) did not help to save the game for Guandong Tigers. The former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) added 25 points and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Shandong Bulls maintains seventh position with 18-12 record. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Liaoning H. and Guangsha L.. Shandong Bulls will play against higher ranked Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guandong Tigers will play on the road against TianJin Steel in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: D.Yanyuhang 43+5reb+4ast, T.Jason 19+17reb+2ast, D.Justin 14+3reb+1ast, W.Ke 10+4reb+1ast, T.HanLin 4+4reb+3ast, H.Zhang 3+2reb+1ast
Guangdong ST: Z.Peng 25+4reb, S.Donald 24+8reb+6ast, Y.Jianlian 19+8reb+1ast, B.Carlos 14+7reb+1ast, Z.Rui 5+4reb+1ast, C.Jianghua 4+2ast
gschID: 513993


Shenzhen L. - Bayi R. 113-85

Sixth ranked Leopards (20-10) crushed at home 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (5-25) by 28 points 113-85, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Leopards shot 63.9 percent from the field. Leopards outrebounded Bayi Rockets 41-29 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward QuAn Gu (202-92) chipped in 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Leopards players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) with 23 points and 6 rebounds and center Hao Fu (206-97) 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. Leopards maintains sixth position with 20-10 record. Bayi Rockets lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the nineteenth place with 25 games lost. Leopards will face Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round. Bayi Rockets will play at home against Jilin Tigers (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: L.Maciej 27+8reb+2ast, G.QuAn 22+2reb+1ast, Z.Jie 11+2reb+2ast, M.Duo 10+1reb+3ast, S.Zijie 8+13reb+1ast, L.Muhao 7+2reb+2ast
Bayi R.: Z.Yuchen 23+6reb+1ast, F.Hao 10+4reb, S.Azat 10+1ast, M.Lei 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Zuming 7+2reb, N.Hongyu 6
gschID: 513994


TianJin S. - Guangzhou 99-89

Very predictable result in Tianjin where twelfth ranked TianJin Steel (14-16) defeated bottom-ranked Guangzhou (5-25) 99-89 on Sunday. TianJin Steel made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guangzhou was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jeremy Tyler (208-91, college: Louisville) had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Ukrainian point guard Eugene Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) chipped in 23 points and 10 assists during the contest. TianJin Steel's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds and Iranian forward Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-83) scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. TianJin Steel maintains twelfth position with 14-16 record. Loser Guangzhou stay dead last with 25 lost games. TianJin Steel will face higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#4) in Dongguan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guangzhou will play at home against Beijing Ducks (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: T.Jeremy 35+12reb+1ast, J.Eugene 23+3reb+10ast, S.Sani 22+14reb, L.Rongpei 7+4reb+5ast, Z.Zhihan 6+5reb+6ast, Z.Ji 4
Guangzhou: N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 25+7reb+4ast, K.D.J. 24+18reb+2ast, F.Ziming 12+1reb, Z.Zhun 8+4reb+2ast, Z.Xuhang 8+1reb, S.Hongfei 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 513996


Beijing D. - Jiangsu D. 108-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Jiangsu Dragons' (15-15) road loss to eighth ranked Beijing Ducks (17-13) 86-108 on Sunday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beijing Ducks made 9 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists during the contest. Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) with 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beijing Ducks maintains eighth position with 17-13 record. Loser Jiangsu Dragons dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. Beijing Ducks will face bottom-ranked Guangzhou (#20) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jiangsu Dragons will play against North Control (#17) in Beijing and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing D.: J.Grant 25+13reb+2ast, M.Stephon 20+4reb+6ast, Z.Qingpeng 14, F.Shuo 13+3reb+5ast, W.Xiaohui 12+4reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 10+12reb
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 35+8reb+2ast, M.Will 22+13reb, Y.Li 9+5reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 7+1reb+1ast, L.Wei 6+6reb, L.Yuanyu 4
gschID: 513997


Liaoning H. - Xinjiang FT 106-100

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (24-6) against fourth ranked Liaoning Hunters (23-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Xinjiang Flying Tige was defeated by Liaoning Hunters in a tough game in Yingkou 100-106. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. Liaoning Hunters forced 19 Xinjiang Flying Tige turnovers. The best player for the winners was American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who scored 33 points (!!!) (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international Ailun Guo (192-93) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) who recorded 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Four Liaoning Hunters and five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Guangdong ST and Guangsha L. Loser Xinjiang Flying Tige keeps the second position with six games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet Qingdao Eagles (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 33+4reb, G.Ailun 19+9reb+8ast, H.Dejun 16+12reb+2ast, R.Shavlik 15+10reb, L.Ming 6+1reb+1ast, L.Zhixuan 6+2reb+3ast
Xinjiang FT: B.Andray 27+7reb+5ast, W.Zirui 16+2reb+2ast, A.Darius 16+6reb+6ast, L.Gen 14+3reb+1ast, Z.Qi 12+12reb+1ast, S.TongLin 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 513998


Sichuan BW - Shanghai S. 122-116

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Shanghai Sharks (25-5) on the court of tenth ranked Sichuan BW on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Sichuan BW 122-116. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. Sichuan BW dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 50. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 56-34 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 8 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Da Meng (196-82) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) with 50 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Sichuan BW and four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Defending champion (16-14) moved-up to ninth place. Shanghai Sharks at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Sichuan BW are looking forward to face Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang in the next round where they are favorite. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against the league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: H.Hamed 38+22reb+3ast, M.Da 24+6reb+1ast, W.Ruheng 14+4reb, L.Wei 12+3reb+3ast, Z.ChunJun 12+10reb+4ast, T.Chen 11+5reb
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 50+6reb+6ast, L.XiaoYu 19+1reb+4ast, Y.Guerschon 17+8reb+3ast, L.Wei 14+4reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 6+2reb, C.Liang 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 513999


North Control B. - Jiangsu TX 117-111

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Beijing where eighteenth ranked North Control (7-22) beat 17th ranked Jiangsu TX (7-23) 117-111 on Sunday. North Control forced 22 Jiangsu TX turnovers. Jiangsu TX was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) scored 65 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. North Control's coach XiDong Wang used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American power forward Ikechukwu Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Xin Feng (187-92) scored 21 points and 7 assists. Four North Control and five Jiangsu TX players scored in double figures. North Control moved-up to seventeenth place. Jiangsu TX lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighteenth position with 23 games lost. North Control will face higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#10) in Nanjing in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jiangsu TX will play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
North Control B.: M.Errick 65+8reb+5ast, B.Esteban 13+5reb+3ast, H.Xining 13+3reb, Y.Liang 11+1reb+2ast, T.Heqi 8+4reb, S.KangMing 4+3reb
Jiangsu TX: D.Ikechukwu 22+11reb+1ast, F.Xin 21+3reb+7ast, Z.ZhengDong 20+3reb+1ast, C.Jared 17+2reb+1ast, C.ChengLin 15+1reb, A.Zaid 11+13reb+3ast
gschID: 514000


Fujian QB - Shanxi Zh. 115-111

An interesting game took place in Jinjiang where 13th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-17) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Fujian (9-21) 115-111. They made 25-of-27 charity shots (92.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Shanxi Zhongyu outrebounded Fujian 53-35 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Shanxi Zhongyu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward J.J. Hickson (206-88, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Fujian's coach WanJun Cui allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) replied with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) added 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. Four Fujian and five Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Fujian moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang CB. Shanxi Zhongyu lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Fujian's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sichuan BW (#9) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: B.Dwight 34+8reb+7ast, Z.TaiLong 23+2reb+1ast, H.J.J. 18+10reb+1ast, Y.Yichao 16+2reb+2ast, C.Linjian 9+2reb, G.Lei 8+7reb+1ast
Shanxi Zh.: S.Henry 39+15reb+1ast, F.Jamaal 18+14reb+4ast, R.Junwei 16+9reb+2ast, Y.Shuai 13+5reb, Z.LingXu 11+4reb+5ast, Y.PengFei 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 514001


Guangsha L. - Zhejiang CB 126-111

There was no surprise in Hangzhou where 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (9-21) was defeated by fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (23-7) 126-111 on Sunday. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 96 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's 66. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's players. American power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 22 points and 11 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and international guard Qian Wu (190-94) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions and four Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Guangdong ST and Liaoning H. Loser Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face Jiangsu TX (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Shanxi Zhongyu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: H.Elijah 25+9reb+2ast, F.Courtney 22+3reb+11ast, H.Jinqiu 20+8reb, W.Zheng 14+9reb+1ast, L.Cheng 13+3reb+1ast, L.Chih-Chieh 10+4reb+7ast
Zhejiang CB: B.Lorenzo 26+12reb+6ast, X.Yubo 24+3reb+1ast, W.Qian 20+7reb+4ast, L.Fengbo 15+4reb+1ast, Z.Dayu 13+2reb, Z.Yongpeng 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 514002





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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb21.8 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Konjevic, Skrljevo17.9 
 5. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.17.7 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.6 
 8. Prgomet, Gorica16.7 
 9. Novacic, Jolly JBS16.4 
 10. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek8.2 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.4 
 3. Mazalin, Zadar7.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.0 
 5. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 6. Halilovic, GKK S.6.5 
 7. Arapovic, Cedevita6.5 
 8. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.1 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica6.1 
 10. Slavica, Cibona6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Scott, Jolly JBS7.3 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .6.2 
 5. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 8. Johnson, Cibona4.8 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Kapusta, Zabok4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Jurlina, Zabok2.5 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.0 
 5. Katic, Cedevita1.8 
 6. Sirko, KK Split1.8 
 7. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.8 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.6 
 10. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Bundovic, Cedevita1.3 
 3. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.1 
 5. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.1 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita0.8 
 7. Zrnic, Zabok0.8 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.7 
 10. Loncar, Cedevita0.7 


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

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

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the 13th-ranked AV Cantu (6-10) crushing them 93-72 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Peric was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (12-4) is placed second in the Serie A. It's Peric's fourth season with the team. Peric has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 80.9% in 15 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Zizic was the main contributor in Darussafaka's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (2-13) 86-85 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Zizic scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (11-4) is placed fifth in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Zizic has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3bpg and FT: 92.9%. Ex-KK Ribola Kastela player is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the 14th-ranked Galatasaray (6-13) 92-87 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Simon was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and added 5 passes in 28 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (5-13) is located at the very bottom in group A. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of ten consecutive loses. Simon has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 84.4% in 16 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #4. An experienced point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) helped AEK Athens win their game against the 11th-ranked Apollon Patras (4-10) 88-69 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Ukic was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points and added 5 passes. AEK Athens (11-3) is placed third in the A1. It's Ukic's first season with the team. Ukic's stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #5. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy) helped Banco di Srd win their game against one of league's weakest teams Openjobmetis VA (4-12) 83-76 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Stipcevic was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 27 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (9-7) is placed fifth in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Stipcevic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.8apg in 16 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Drazen Bubnic
Drazen Bubnic
   #6. Power forward Drazen Bubnic (207-86, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Un.Olimpija win their game against one of league's weakest teams LTH Castings (1-14) crushing them 90-70 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Tuesday night. Bubnic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bubnic also added 6 assists. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (11-4) is placed fourth in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bubnic's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Croatian team eleven years ago.

Jure Skific
Jure Skific
   #7. Former U18 international forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) helped Twarde Pierniki win their game against the seventh-ranked PGE Turow (9-7) 97-85 in the Polish PLK in Friday night's game. Skific was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Polski Cukier Torun (14-2) is placed first in the PLK. Skific averaged so far 11.4ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.6apg in 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team eleven years ago.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #8. Small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Brooklyn Nets' victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (18-27) crushing them 143-114 in the NBA last Friday. Bogdanovic scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The Brooklyn Nets have rather weak 9-35 record this season. Bogdanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg. Bogdanovic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #9. International power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA) helped Philadelphia 76ers win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (21-23) 113-104 in the NBA on Monday night. He recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes. The Philadelphia 76ers have rather weak 14-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Saric averaged so far 9.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6apg in 42 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Toni Prostran
Toni Prostran
   #10. Guard Toni Prostran (182-91, currently plays in Baltic League) helped his Lithuanian team Nevezis win their game against the closely-ranked Liepaja/Triobet (5-7) crushing them 98-75 in the Baltic League in Wednesday night's game. Prostran scored 21 points and added 9 passes. Nevezis Kedainiai (8-3) is placed second in the Baltic League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Baltic League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Prostran's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 8.6apg. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) could not help RETAbet BB (6-10) in their last game. Despite Buva's very good performance RETAbet BB lost 83-87 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Movil Estudiantes. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Buva also added 3 passes in 22 minutes. Buva averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.2rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help FC Barcelona in their game against Panathinaikos in the Euroleague. Tomic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. His team was defeated 71-65. Tomic's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2015.

   #13. International center Ivica Zubac (216-97, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Los Angeles Lakers (16-32) in their last game. Despite Zubac's good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 121-127 in Denver to the Nuggets. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. Zubac also added 3 blocks in 26 minutes. This year Zubac's overall stats are: 3.5ppg and 2.7rpg in 13 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. Former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Turkish team Gaziantep win their game against the fourth-ranked Targu Mures crushing them 100-79 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Ruzic scored 12 points. Ruzic's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2000.

   #15. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (211-86, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help MZT Skopje (5-14) in their last game. Despite Lalic's very good performance the bottom-ranked MZT Skopje was edged 77-74 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#10) Karpos Sokoli. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Lalic also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. Lalic averaged so far 11.8ppg and 4.7rpg in 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Balkan League) led his FYR Macedonian team Feni Industries to a victory over the closely-ranked Sutjeska (5-4) crushing them 80-55 in the Balkan League in Wednesday night's game. Ceskovic was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points. KK Feni Industries (6-3) is placed eighth in the Balkan League. Ceskovic's team will play only one more game in the Balkan League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Ceskovic averaged so far 12.2ppg and 1.7apg.

   #2. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Spirou Charleroi (7-8) crushing them 86-58 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. Telenet BC Oostende (12-3) is placed first in the Euromillions League. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Jagodic Kuridza's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Croatian.

   #3. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) could not help PVSK Pannon (8-6) in their last game. Despite Budimir's very good performance PVSK Pannon was crushed 95-73 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Szolnok. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Budimir also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was PVSK Pannon's third consecutive loss in a row. Budimir is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in PVSK Pannon's roster. He averaged so far 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in 14 games.

   #4. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Vrsac's victory against the seventh-ranked Dunav SB (8-6) 103-93 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Pavlovic scored 7 points. KK Vrsac Swisslion (12-2) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Pavlovic averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Serbian.

   #5. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an Adelaide 36ers' victory against the sixth-ranked Kings (11-13) 87-73 in the Australian NBL on Saturday night. Drmic recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Adelaide 36ers (17-7) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Drmic's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He has both Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #6. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Nassjo 82-66 in the Swedish Basketligan on Saturday night. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. Bizaca has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games.

   #7. Dino Cinac (201-F-88, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a KFUM Jamtland's victory against the league outsider Malbas crushing them 99-70 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Cinac recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Cinac has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in 18 games.

   #8. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Nitra crushing them 107-65 in the Slovakian SBL on Saturday night. He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Maric averaged so far 12.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg.

   #9. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, 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 last Sunday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cakarun's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 4.4rpg.

   #10. Aleksandar Marcius (208-C-90, college: De Paul, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Caceres Basket's shocking victory against the league leader Oviedo CB 102-100 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Marcius also added 4 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Marcius averaged so far 12.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2spg in 21 games.



Roko Rogic claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Roko Rogic (185-PG-92) had a great game in the last round for Cedevita and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old playmaker had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Cedevita in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Alkar Sinj (#10, 4-10) with 40-point margin 111-71. Cedevita maintains the 4th position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cedevita will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Rogic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Roko Rogic averages this season 2.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old international forward Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) of Cibona. Sakic impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Cibona lost that game 75-82 to the higher-ranked KK Split (#1, 12-2). Despite lost game Cibona moved up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sakic is a newcomer at Cibona and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Cibona's star - Nik Slavica (201-F-97). Slavica showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Cibona, helping his team with a 89-80 win against the lower-ranked H.Analitica (#13, 2-12). Cibona needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Slavica has a very solid season. In 11 games in Croatia he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 66.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) of Vrij.Osijek - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) of KK Split - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of Jolly JBS - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Mike Scott (183-PG-93) of Jolly JBS - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) of KK Split - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Hrvoje Vucic (212-C-91) of Alkar Sinj - 25 points and 10 rebounds
10. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) of KK Split - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Javier Justiz selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Estudiantes Concordia (16-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Justiz's very good performance the second-placed Estudiantes Concordia (16-11) was badly defeated 99-79 on the road by the leading San Lorenzo in the Norte group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Justiz also added 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Justiz has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 58.0%. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia led San Martin Corrientes to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Echague (4-23) crushing them 99-71 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. He recorded 14 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. San Martin Corrientes (19-6) is placed first in Norte group. It's Garcia's first season with the team. This year Garcia has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 29.5% and FT: 71.4% in 23 games he played so far. He played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Bartolo led his German team Telekom Baskets to an easy victory against the third-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (1-4) crushing them 96-69 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Telekom Baskets Bonn (4-1) is placed first in group M. Bartolo's team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This season Bartolo averages: 5.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 28.6% and FT: 64.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo played for the Cuban national team six years ago.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #4. Power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a SO Maritime Boulogne's surprising victory against the third-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (11-5) 83-67 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and made 4 blocks in 27 minutes. SO Maritime Boulogne (5-11) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProB. Paumier has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.4bpg in 16 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #5. An experienced former international power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Nautico KIA Tenerife (9-5) in their last game. Despite Silvestre's very good performance Nautico KIA Tenerife (#7) lost 62-70 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#6) Quintanar in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Silvestre also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Silvestre has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg and 5.8rpg in 14 games. Silvestre used to play for the Cuban national team seventeen years ago.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #6. Point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Georffri Silvestre in the Spanish EBA last game. Garcia contributed to Quintanar's victory against the seventh-ranked Nautico KIA Tenerife (9-5) 70-62. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. Garcia's stats this year are: 14.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg in 14 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team eight years ago.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #7. Former international center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa to win against the sixth-ranked Arenys (7-6) 76-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Ramirez recorded only 4 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa (8-4) is placed fourth in Group C-A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ramirez's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 6.2rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) led CEZ Nymburk to a victory against the league outsider Basketbal Svitavy (5-15) 81-69 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 37 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (19-1) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.6apg and 2.2spg in 18 games he played so far.

   #2. Juan Ferrales (188-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) led Kongsberg to a victory over the closely-ranked Baerum Basket (13-5) 104-100 in the Norwegian BLNO on Thursday night. Ferrales was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ferrales' second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Kongsberg Miners (17-2) is placed first in the BLNO. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Ferrales has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 24.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.3apg and 1.8spg. Ferrales has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Targu Mures (8-7) 91-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. Diaz scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 15 minutes. BC Timisoara (9-7) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Diaz's overall stats are: 9.9ppg and 5.1rpg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and American. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #4. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) could not help Bondi Ferrara (6-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Bondi Ferrara (#14) was crushed 107-75 on the road by the higher-ranked Roseto (#8) in the East group. Moreno scored 11 points. Moreno's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.6apg and 1.3spg. He has both Cuban and Italian nationalities. Despite Moreno's Cuban passport, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #5. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Arenys in their game against AEC Collblanc (8-4) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He recorded 8 points. Arenys (#6) was badly defeated 76-60 at home by the higher-ranked AEC Collblanc (#4) in the Group C-A. Benitez's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg.



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

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

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help FC Barcelona (8-11) to beat Panathinaikos (11-8). Vezenkov recorded 8 points in only 14 minutes on the court. The tenth-placed FC Barcelona (8-11) lost 65-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Panathinaikos in the group A of Euroleague. This year Vezenkov averages: 6.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 65.9%(29-44), 3FGP: 48.6%(17-35) and FT: 92.9% in 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.

Andreas Christodoulou
Andreas Christodoulou
   #2. Second place goes to former U16 international small forward Andreas Christodoulou (197-95, currently plays in Greece). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams AGOR (6-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Christodoulou's good performance AGOR was defeated 83-77 at home by the higher-ranked Kolossos HH (#6). He scored 11 points. It's Christodoulou's first season with the team. Christodoulou's overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 72.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Greek. Despite Christodoulou played previously for the Greek U20 national team, he played also for the Cypriot U16 national team in 2011.

Roberto Mantovani
Roberto Mantovani
   #3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Roberto Mantovani (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Mantovani managed to help Robert Morris University in a victory against the Central Connecticut State University (4-0) 74-67 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. The Robert Morris University has rather weak 2-4 conference record this season. This year Mantovani's overall stats are: 1.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 38.2% and FT: 57.1% in 20 games. He has both Finnish and Cypriot nationalities. Former B.M.C. AEK Larnacas starter played for the Cypriot U20 national team three years ago.

Anthony King
Anthony King
   #4. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Koeln Rh.Stars (9-10) in their game against Chemnitz (5-9) in the German ProA (second division). King recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But Koeln Rh.Stars was defeated 75-67 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Chemnitz (#10). King's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg. He is a naturalized American. King is also Cypriot national team player. He used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.

Rafail Eleftheriou
Rafail Eleftheriou
   #5. Former international forward Rafail Eleftheriou (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Fresno Pacific University (4-7) in their last game. Despite Eleftheriou's good performance the Fresno Pacific University lost 70-85 in Riverside to the California Baptist University. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Eleftheriou's total stats are: 5.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.8apg in 13 games. He used to play for the Cypriot national team five years ago.

Other top Cypriot players, who play abroad:

Antreas Tretiakov (195-F/G-0) plays for Aris in Greek A1
Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Christopher Razis (194-PG-89) plays for AGOR in Greek A1
Nasos Kyriakou (182-PG-89) plays for Kavala in Greek A2
Angel Natskin (184-G-93) plays for Cherno More in Bulgarian NBL
Elias Daniel (182-G-84) plays for New England Anchors in the ABA
Grekas (196-G-95) plays for Agriniou in Greek B
Ioannis Stefanidis (196-PG-86) plays for Xanthis in Greek B
Constantinos Pilakoutas (192-G/F-91) plays for Makedonikos in Greek C
Andreas Angelis (203-C-76) plays for Niki Amarousiou in Greek C
Christos Hatzikostas (184-G-98) plays for High School in the
Giorgos Ventouris (188-G-84) plays for Aris Petropoulis in Greek C

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



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.9 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.9 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec17.5 
 5. Bakic, BK Kolin16.9 
 6. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.15.7 
 8. Painter, NH Ostrava15.6 
 9. Skinner, BK Kolin15.2 
 10. Brooks, J.Hradec14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin10.0 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.8.6 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Skinner, BK Kolin6.8 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 8. Mickelson, Svitavy6.6 
 9. Tawiah, J.Hradec6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.2 
 4. Kouril, BK Opava5.1 
 5. Sotnar, Usti n.4.9 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.6 
 8. Lipkins, J.Hradec4.3 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.7 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.4 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec1.9 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.9 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Kremen, MMCITE B.1.8 
 9. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
 10. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Torrence DYCK
  Prostejov
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dyck, Prostejov2.0 
 2. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 5. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.3 
 7. Simpson, CEZ N.1.2 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.1.1 
 9. Jacobs, Prostejov1.0 
 10. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.8 


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

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory against the 12th-ranked Unics Kazan (7-12) 86-81 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. Vesely recorded 15 points and had 3 steals in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (12-7) is placed fourth in group A. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(81-142) and FT: 56.8% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Euroleague). Schilb contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (6-13) crushing them 102-63 in the Euroleague last Tuesday. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (6-13) is placed 14th in group A. This season Schilb averages: 8.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(55-99), 3FGP: 25.5% and FT: 86.7%. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Gran Canaria (3-13) crushing them 90-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He scored 15 points in a mere 16 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (10-7) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. It's Jelinek's first season with the team. This year Jelinek has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 79.5% in 17 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #4. Point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (19-26) 120-101 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Satoransky recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists. The Washington Wizards have 24-20 record this season. Satoransky's overall stats this year are: 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.1apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #5. International shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Helios (2-11) in their last game. Despite Kyzlink's good performance the seventh-placed Helios (2-11) was badly defeated 74-56 on the road by the second-ranked Banvit in the group A of Basketball Champions League. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Kyzlink also added 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kyzlink has reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.2apg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #6. Power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, another player represented by Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an La ICL Manresa's surprising victory against the tenth-ranked Sevilla (7-10) 91-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Auda scored 16 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. ICL Manresa (3-14) closes the standings in the Liga Endesa. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of three consecutive loses. Auda's stats this season are: 10.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #7. Former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Rieker KN (12-11) in their last game. Despite Halada's very good performance Rieker KN was edged 90-89 in Bratislava by the second-ranked Inter. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Halada also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. Halada averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #8. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St., 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. Hubalek scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Andrea Costa Imola (6-6) is placed sixth in East group. Hubalek averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #9. Former international center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Raiffeisen Wels (10-7) in their last game. Despite Chan's good performance Raiffeisen Wels were badly defeated 93-75 in Gmunden by the second-ranked Swans. He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 32 minutes. Chan averaged so far 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Prokop Slanina
Prokop Slanina
   #10. Forward Prokop Slanina (208-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Fordham's shocking victory against the University of Massachusetts (0-2) 71-68 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Slanina recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Fordham University has 1-4 conference record this season. Slanina's overall stats this year are: 5.2ppg and 3.2rpg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Czech Republic national team.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Petr Herman (208-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the Santa Clara University in the NCAA. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was edged 64-63. Herman's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward David Jelinek (203-97, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Northwood University (2-9) in their last game. Despite Jelinek's good performance the Northwood University lost 72-83 in Houghton to the Michigan Tech. He scored 13 points in only a mere 13 minutes. This year Jelinek's overall stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.0rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Venta de Banos crushing them 117-58 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes. Hampl averaged so far 14.5ppg and 5.5rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

   #14. U20 international forward Jakub Jokl (211-96, is currently at the American university) managed to help University of Utah to win against the The University of Washington crushing them 94-72 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Jokl recorded only 2 points. Jokl's total stats this season are: 1.4ppg and 1.5rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic U20 national team.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Jan Svandrlik (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Manhattan College 82-67 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Svandrlik scored only one point. Svandrlik's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia) led Handlova to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Karlovka (7-17) 91-88 in the Slovakian SBL last Wednesday. Stria scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 42 minutes. MBK Handlova (12-13) is placed sixth in the SBL. This year Stria's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg in 24 games he played so far.

   #2. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked ALBA Berlin II (3-9) crushing them 94-68 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Tyrna scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (9-3) is placed third in North group. Tyrna averaged so far 10.2ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.3apg.

   #3. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) could not help Vilsbiburg (11-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Vilsbiburg (#4) was crushed 113-87 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#14) Bayreuth 2 in the South-East group. Boyer scored 11 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 7 assists and added 3 steals in 36 minutes. It was Vilsbiburg's first loss after seven consecutive victories. Boyer has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 7.4apg and 5.0spg in 15 games. Boyer is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Boyer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #4. Dan Milota (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Texas A&M International University in a victory against the Oklahoma Panhandle State University (0-8) 76-63 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Milota scored 5 points in 23 minutes. The Texas A&M International University has a solid 5-2 record this season. This year Milota's total stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.7rpg in six games.

   #5. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Valdiceppo in their game against Montegrano (14-1) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Despite his very good performance last Sunday He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Meccoli Matejca's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



NBL Round 20: BK Pardubice is defeated by USK Praha - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL.

The most important game in the last round took place in Praha between second ranked BK Pardubice (16-4) and sixth ranked USK Praha (10-10) on Saturday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by USK Praha on the road 74-62. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. They outrebounded BK Pardubice 102-84 including a 65-51 advantage in defensive rebounds. USK Praha shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Finnish power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95) who added 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) responded with 21 points. USK Praha have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-10 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. USK Praha are looking forward to face BK Usti nad Labem (#7) on the road in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against BK Decin (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Decin. Third ranked host BK Decin (14-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers BK Kolin (11-9) 80-71. The winners were led by the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored that evening 23 points and 6 rebounds and Tomas Vyoral supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) did not help to save the game for BK Kolin. BK Decin maintains third position with 14-7 record having four points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Kolin at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with BK Opava. BK Decin will play against league's second-placed BK Pardubice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Kolin will play against BK Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked NH Ostrava managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Monday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked MMCITE Brno 79-73. The best player for the winners was Malcolm Canada who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Michal Kremen produced 25 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. NH Ostrava (5-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Svitavy and MMCITE Brno. MMCITE Brno lost fifth consecutive game. NH Ostrava will meet at home higher ranked BK Lions Hradec (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. MMCITE Brno will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and will have a slim chance for a victory.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (19-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked Basketbal Svitavy (5-15) 81-69. Howard Sant-Roos orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-1 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be MMCITE Brno (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Prostejov and hope to win that game.
Fifth ranked BK Opava (11-9) crushed at home 8th ranked Prostejov (8-12) by 19 points 91-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Martin Gniadek who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Opava moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BK Kolin. Prostejov lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. BK Opava will face BK Kolin (#4) on the road in the next round. Prostejov will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#12) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 20 Usti n/Labem lost to J.Hradec on the opponent's court 84-88.

MMCITE Brno - NH Ostrava 73-79

Bottom-ranked NH Ostrava managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Monday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked MMCITE Brno 79-73. The best player for the winners was American point guard Malcolm Canada (191, college: Auburn) who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Forward Vojtech Bratcenkov (198-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Michal Kremen (200-81) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds and center Jan Tomanec (205-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five NH Ostrava and four MMCITE Brno players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava (5-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Svitavy and MMCITE Brno. MMCITE Brno lost fifth consecutive game. NH Ostrava will meet at home higher ranked BK Lions Hradec (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. MMCITE Brno will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: M.Canada 16+6reb+8ast, V.Bratcenkov 16+6reb+2ast, D.Painter 15+7reb+2ast, S.Smith 10+6reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 10+4reb+1ast, J.Riewer 5+4reb
MMCITE Brno: M.Kremen 25+5reb+2ast, J.Tomanec 13+7reb, S.Simpson 12+6reb, I.Mikulic 10+3reb+5ast, M.Hrabovsky 5+1ast, R.Pumprla 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 483193


USK Praha - BK Pardubice 74-62

The most important game in the last round took place in Praha between second ranked BK Pardubice (16-4) and sixth ranked USK Praha (10-10) on Saturday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by USK Praha on the road 74-62. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. They outrebounded BK Pardubice 102-84 including a 65-51 advantage in defensive rebounds. USK Praha shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Finnish power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95) who added 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) responded with 21 points and his fellow American import guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. USK Praha have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-10 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. USK Praha are looking forward to face BK Usti nad Labem (#7) on the road in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against BK Decin (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: J.Bohacik 20+8reb+4ast, M.Mares 17+1reb+1ast, A.Madsen 10+8reb+3ast, M.Primorac 7+4reb+2ast, P.Grunt 6+2reb, J.Sterba 6+2reb
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 21+3reb+2ast, L.Autrey 12+6reb, D.Pandula 8+4reb+1ast, O.Kohout 6+5reb, K.Svrdlik 5+2reb, R.Necas 4+3reb
gschID: 483191


CEZ Nymburk - Svitavy 81-69

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (19-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked Basketbal Svitavy (5-15) 81-69. CEZ Nymburk forced 20 Basketbal Svitavy turnovers. Strangely Basketbal Svitavy outrebounded CEZ Nymburk 107-95 including 37 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Basketbal Svitavy's players. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-1 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be MMCITE Brno (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Prostejov and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: B.Allen 20+1reb+4ast, V.Hruban 16+3reb+3ast, H.Sant-Roos 15+8reb+6ast, P.Benda 13+4reb, J.Welsch 8+8reb+3ast, D.Simpson 7+3reb+1ast
Svitavy: P.Slezak 17+8reb+3ast, T.Teply 14+3reb+3ast, H.Mickelson 14+9reb, J.Jelinek 8+3reb+2ast, B.Roseboro 7+8reb+1ast, J.Vucica 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 483188


J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem 88-84

There was a minor upset in J.Hradec where 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-11) was defeated by ninth ranked BK Lions Hradec (7-13) 88-84 on Saturday. BK Lions Hradec made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 28 long-distance shots on high 59.6 percentage. BK Lions Hradec looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by BK Usti nad Labem's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Terrell Lipkins (180-91, college: Montevallo) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import center Ryan Canty (206, college: Fordham) who added 12 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four BK Lions Hradec players scored in double figures. BK Lions Hradec's coach Karel Forejt used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Mikey Thompson (190, college: Boise St.) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Michal Sotnar (187-92) scored 18 points and 5 assists. BK Lions Hradec maintains ninth position with 7-13 record. Loser BK Usti nad Labem keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. BK Lions Hradec will face NH Ostrava (#11) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: T.Lipkins 28+6reb+6ast, M.Brooks 17+2reb, S.Zuzak 15+4reb+1ast, R.Canty 12+12reb+1ast, T.Sustek 5+6ast, J.Soula 5+1reb+2ast
Usti n/Labem: M.Thompson 21+6reb+3ast, M.Sotnar 18+3reb+5ast, C.Abercrombie 12+9reb+1ast, P.Bosak 9+3reb+1ast, L.Pecka 9+5reb, D.Steffel 9+6reb
gschID: 483192


BK Opava - Prostejov 91-72

Fifth ranked BK Opava (11-9) crushed at home 8th ranked Prostejov (8-12) by 19 points 91-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. BK Opava forced 27 Prostejov turnovers. Strangely Prostejov outrebounded BK Opava 88-72 including a 56-44 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Prostejov's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Martin Gniadek (203-90) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) who added 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. American swingman Torrence Dyck (196-94, college: Daemen, agency: Two Points) responded with 23 points and guard Petr Dokoupil (191-88) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five BK Opava and four Prostejov players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Opava moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BK Kolin. Prostejov lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. BK Opava will face BK Kolin (#4) on the road in the next round. Prostejov will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: M.Gniadek 19+3reb+1ast, R.Kouril 15+2reb+5ast, J.Sirina 14+2reb+5ast, L.Jurecka 11+1reb, V.Cvek 11+5reb+5ast, M.Kvapil 6+2reb
Prostejov: T.Dyck 23+1reb+3ast, E.Jacobs 14+7reb, P.Dokoupil 14+5reb+2ast, M.Sehnal 13+3reb+1ast, R.Simmons 4+3reb+5ast, B.Fitzpatrick 2+6reb+2ast
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BK Decin - BK Kolin 80-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Decin. Third ranked host BK Decin (14-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers BK Kolin (11-9) 80-71. BK Decin shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The winners were led by the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored that evening 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) did not help to save the game for BK Kolin. His fellow American import forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Four BK Kolin players scored in double figures. BK Decin maintains third position with 14-7 record having four points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Kolin at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with BK Opava. BK Decin will play against league's second-placed BK Pardubice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Kolin will play against BK Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 23+6reb+2ast, T.Vyoral 12+8reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 10, L.Palyza 9+4reb+3ast, J.Krakovic 8+2reb+1ast, R.Landa 7+4reb+1ast
BK Kolin: L.Skinner 19+6reb+1ast, G.Kerr 17+12reb+3ast, A.Ciz 10+6ast, M.Vocetka 10+6reb, J.Hunt 5+4ast, L.Horak 4+4reb
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Czech Republic 1Liga round 15 best performance: Zdenek Sebela - by Eurobasket News

Forward Zdenek Sebela (192-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Sokol Slapanice, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds, while his team Sokol Slapanice maintains the 4th position in their group in Czech Republic 1Liga. Sokol Slapanice is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 15 games. In the team's last game Sebela had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Sokol Slapanice, through which he has constantly improved. Zdenek Sebela has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.6ppg) and averages impressive 56.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Pavel Novak (199-F-83) of league's second-best Olomouc SK. Novak had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Olomouc SK cruised to a 82-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Olomouc Bbal (#5, 8-7). Olomouc SK's second position in Group B has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 12 matches. Novak is a newcomer at Olomouc SK, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.3ppg (#3). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Slovakian forward Miroslav Vansa (197-F-87) of Basket Kosice (#5). Vansa got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Basket Kosice, leading his team to a 101-90 win against slightly lower-ranked USK Praha B (#7, 6-8). The chances of Basket Kosice ranking at the top of Group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vansa could help Basket Kosice to bring them higher in the standings. Vansa has a very solid season. In 12 games in Czech Republic he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Skranc (206-C/F-96) of Pardubice - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) of GBA Sparta - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Martin Roub (206-C-97) of Pardubice - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Radek Pumprla (193-G-95) of Zlin - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Martin Peterka (205-C-95) of Nymburk B - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marek Welsch (180-G-99) of GBA Sparta - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Marian Hrabovsky (198-F/G-94) of Zlin - 23 points and 8 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 - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 16-2 
 2. Bakken 13-2 
 3. Svendborg 10-8 
 4. Naestved 10-8 
 5. Horsholm 8-10 
 6. Randers 8-12 
 7. SISU 7-13 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 24: Randers - Naestved 73-87
Jan. 24: Horsens IC - SISU 106-100
Jan. 21: Bakken - Horsholm 102-64

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 27: Stevnsgade - Svendborg
Jan. 29: Naestved - SISU
Jan. 31: Horsens IC - Bakken
Feb. 1: Horsholm - Stevnsgade
Feb. 1: Svendborg - Randers


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.9 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.5 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC18.9 
 4. Haas, SISU17.8 
 5. Nielsen, Randers17.4 
 6. McGrew, SI.17.0 
 7. Dominique, Horsholm16.9 
 8. Champagnie, Stevn.16.4 
 9. Lundberg, Horse.16.1 
 10. Dranginis, SISU16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.9 
 3. Smith, Horsholm8.5 
 4. Champagnie, Stevn.8.1 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.6 
 6. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.2 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 8. Trist, Horsens IC7.1 
 9. Baru, SISU7.0 
 10. Artino, Horsens IC6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.3 
 2. Burgess, Randers6.0 
 3. Dranginis, SISU4.5 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 6. Porta, Svendborg3.9 
 7. Mack, Horsens IC3.9 
 8. McGrew, SI.3.8 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
 10. Lanegger, Naestved3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Deuce BELLO
  Randers
  (193-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bello, Randers2.7 
 2. Mack, Horsens IC2.6 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken2.0 
 4. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 5. Borovcanin, Horse.1.9 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 7. Smith, Horsholm1.8 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 9. Baru, SISU1.7 
 10. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.4 
 2. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.2 
 3. Sane, Naestved1.1 
 4. Colas, Randers1.1 
 5. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 6. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 7. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 8. Dranginis, SISU1.0 
 9. Baru, SISU1.0 
 10. Moten, Svendborg0.9 


Darko Jukic selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia). He led Krka to an overtime victory against the seventh-ranked KK Primorska (8-7) 98-93 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. Jukic scored 11 points in a mere 15 minutes on the court. Krka Novo Mesto (12-4) is placed second in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Jukic averages: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 75.0%, 3FGP: 42.9% in three games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Danish senior national team.

Lasse Elbaek
Lasse Elbaek
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden). Elbaek could not help Malbas (1-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Malbas was badly defeated 95-77 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#8) Umea. Elbaek had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. This year Elbaek's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 73.9% in 18 games. He is in the roster of the Danish senior national team.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden). Plannthin contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Nassjo (10-11) crushing them 85-63 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Norrkoping Dolphins (14-5) is placed second in the Basketligan. Plannthin's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 83.3%. He played for the Danish national team two years ago.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #4. An experienced guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Eilat in a victory against the third-ranked Bnei Hasharon (9-6) 91-84 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Colman scored 5 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 27 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (7-8) is placed ninth in the Winner League. This year Colman's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg in 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Colman used to play for the Danish national team back in 2008.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #5. International forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Leche Rio Breogan (13-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Leche Rio Breogan was defeated 97-89 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto. Gilling was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Gilling has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #6. Guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-11) in their game against EWE Baskets (10-8) in the German BBL. Shields cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 64-71 in Oldenburg to the higher-ranked (#6) EWE Baskets. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Shields has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.9apg in 18 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team two years ago.

Sebastian Petersen
Sebastian Petersen
   #7. Former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lasse Elbaek. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Petersen couldn't help Malbas (1-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Malbas was crushed 99-70 at home by the lower-ranked KFUM Jamtland (#7). Petersen recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 12 passes. He also added 5 rebounds. It's Petersen's first season with the team. Petersen has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

Daniel Mortensen
Daniel Mortensen
   #8. Forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2) led Barry University to a victory against the Nova Southeastern University 77-63 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Mortensen had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 29 minutes. The Barry University has a very good 8-2 record this season. Mortensen's stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3bpg in 12 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

Peter Moller
Peter Moller
   #9. Former international guard Peter Moller (190-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Metropolitan State College of Denver (8-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Moller's very good performance the Metropolitan State College of Denver was edged 69-67 in Grand Junction by the Mesa State University. He recorded 18 points and added 3 passes. Moller averaged so far 11.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #10. Center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Massagno's victory against the league outsider Winterthur (0-13) 99-94 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. Bergstedt had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 43 minutes. 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno (4-8) is placed ninth in the LNA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Bergstedt has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.6apg in 12 games. Bergstedt is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster.

   #11. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Wisc.-Milwaukee's victory against the Youngstown State University 94-85 in the NCAA on Sunday night. He scored 7 points and added 9 assists. Haas has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.7apg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international guard Sikander Nielsen (188-97, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Newberry College (5-5) in their last game. Despite Nielsen's good performance the Newberry College was edged 100-99 in Salisbury by the Catawba College. He scored 12 points in a mere 18 minutes. Nielsen has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2spg in 11 games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2015.

   #13. International guard David Knudsen (193-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Marist in their game against the Rider University in the NCAA. Knudsen recorded 7 points. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 84-66. Knudsen has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also Danish national team player.

   #14. Former international center Jacob Enevold Jensen (213-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to Drake's surprising victory against the Southern Illinois University 88-84 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Enevold Jensen has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.3rpg in 16 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international guard Christian Benzon (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Evansville in their game against the Wichita State University in the NCAA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Benzon scored only one point in 11 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 82-65. Benzon has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Danish national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Balkan League) led his Bulgarian team Beroe to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Teodo Tivat (5-5) crushing them 94-72 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Tenchev scored 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Beroe (7-3) is placed first in the Balkan League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Balkan League. Tenchev's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 2.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. Daniel Fernandez-Munkholm (191-G-91, college: Union, KY, currently plays in Spain) could not help Novaschool (4-8) in their last game. Despite Fernandez-Munkholm's good performance the eighth-placed Novaschool (4-8) lost 70-80 at home to the leading CAM E.Soler in the Group D-A. He recorded 10 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in only 12 minutes. It was Novaschool's third consecutive loss in a row. Fernandez-Munkholm's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Fernandez-Munkholm has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.8apg in 12 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Danish.

   #3. Toby Christensen (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Southern Connecticut State University's victory against the Franklin Pierce University (6-4) 86-82 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Christensen scored 9 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Southern Connecticut State University has a very good 10-3 record this season. Christensen has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #4. Fred Brondsted (198-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2) helped West Virginia Wesleyan College win their game against the Glenville State College (5-7) 97-87 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. Brondsted scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The West Virginia Wesleyan College has 4-7 record this season. Brondsted averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg.

   #5. Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88, currently plays in Sweden) managed to help Helsingborg BBK to win against the third-ranked Huddinge (5-4) 86-71 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Sunday night's game. Rasmussen scored only 2 points. It was his first game for Helsingborg this season. His team is placed fourth in BEHS forts group.

   #6. Jonas Anderson (190-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Black Hills State University in their game against the Westminster College, UT in the NCAA2. Anderson scored 7 points in 15 minutes. His team was crushed by 27 points 83-56 in the NCAA2. Anderson has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg in 16 games.



Alan Voskuil (ex Antwerp) is a newcomer at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News

Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Danish international guard Alan Voskuil (191-92kg-86, college: Texas Tech). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Voskuil played recently at Port of Antwerp Giants in Belgian Euromillions League. The last season he played at Roma Virtus (Serie A) where in 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.9apg.
Voskuil has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Italian DNA Cup in 2014. Voskuil was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold Bosman Player of the Year in 2015.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 38.8%.
Voskuil is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Canada (Halifax Rainmen), France (Chorale de Roanne), Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Fontedoso Carrefour), Turkey (Eskisehir Basket and Bornova), Denmark (Horsens IC) and Italy (Angelico Biella and Piacenza Basket Club).
Voskuil attended Texas Tech University until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A great outside shooter, who can "kill" the teams from behind the 3pts arch. Has a very good shooting techinque, passes the ball well, he's enough quick to defend well on the perimeter. But skills are typical for a 2 man, not for the point.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Buccaneers sign Dwayne Benjamin - by Greg

Geraldton Buccaneers (SBL) signed 24-year old American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon). Benjamin graduated from University of Oregon in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player. He started this season at Bakken in Danish Ligaen, but left in Nov.'16. In 5 games he had 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. Benjamin also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trevor Ariza selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza could not help the Houston Rockets (34-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Houston Rockets (34-14) lost 103-109 on the road to the Miami Heat. Ariza scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 39 minutes on the court. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 56.4%(84-149), 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 69.8% in 48 games he played so far. Ariza has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia was not able to help Tofas in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (9-6) in the Turkish BSL, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. But Tofas lost 80-86 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Pinar Karsiyaka. Mejia has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.5%(48-78), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 75.5% in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former U17 international center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Chile). He was not able to secure a victory for CD Castro (1-1) in their game against Osorno Basquetbol (22-10) in the Chilean Liga Nacional. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Madera recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. It's Madera's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(81-141), 3FGP: 25.0%. Madera has both Dominican Republic and Chilean nationalities. He played for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #4. Power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Mataro (3-10) in their game against Menorca (10-3) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Cabrera was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 8 rebounds. But the 13th-placed Mataro (3-10) was crushed 82-60 in Mahon by the leading Menorca in the Group C-A. Cabrera's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 7.5rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #5. Former international shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) couldn't help Poitiers (6-10) in their game against Lille Metropole (9-7) in the French ProB (second division). Greer cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. Poitiers was edged 71-70 on their home court in Poitiers by the much higher-ranked (#7) Lille Metropole. Greer has been at the team for four years. This season Greer's overall stats are: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg in 10 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Greer used to play for the Dominican Republic national team eight years ago. He played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #6. Forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Marin (5-16) in their game against Palma (10-11) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Adon cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Marin lost 69-80 in S'Arenal to the higher-ranked (#11) Palma. This year Adon's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 3.4rpg in 17 games. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Dominican Republic team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) led Minnesota Timberwolves to a 3-point victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (30-17) 104-101 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Towns had a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 41 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Towns' second season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 17-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.4ppg, 11.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5bpg in 45 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) could not help GECR Indalo (13-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite Vargas' very good performance the seventh-placed GECR Indalo (13-14) was defeated 73-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Penarol (#6) in the Sur group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Vargas also added 5 rebounds. It's Vargas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg and 6.3rpg.

   #3. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help Flamengo (11-4) in their last game. Despite Ramon's good performance Flamengo was edged 83-80 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Vivo/Franca. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 40 minutes. It's Ramon's first season with the team. This year Ramon averages: 8.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Boston Celtics (26-18) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Boston Celtics (26-18) were defeated 123-108 in Washington by the Wizards. Horford was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 passes. It's Horford's first season with the team. This year Horford has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.7bpg.

   #5. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Echague (4-23) in their last game. Despite Solano's very good performance the tenth-placed Echague (4-23) lost 83-95 in Corrientes to the much higher-ranked (#3) Regatas in the Norte group. He was the top scorer with 31 points. Solano also added 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Echague's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Solano's first year with the team. Solano has very impressive stats this season: 16.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.9apg and 2.1spg in 15 games.

   #6. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the tenth-ranked FC Barcelona 71-65 in the Euroleague on Tuesday night. He recorded 8 points. This season Feldeine averages: 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Angel Nunez (203-F-91, college: S.Florida, currently plays in France) led ALM Evreux to a victory over the league outsider Saint Chamond 83-78 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Nunez recorded 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. This year he averages: 5.3ppg and 3.3rpg in 10 games. Nunez also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia 94-85 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Baez scored 10 points. This season he averages: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg.

   #9. Juan Guerrero (201-F-93, also represented by Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Uruguay) couldn't help the league outsider Cordon (0-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Cordon was defeated 91-87 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Union Atletica (#4) in the Promocional 2 group. Guerrero recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season Guerrero has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 12.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.9bpg and 1.5spg.

   #10. Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87, agency: DTMones, college: Campbell, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Guerrero and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Rodriguez couldn't help the league outsider Cordon (0-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Cordon was defeated 91-87 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Union Atletica (#4) in the Promocional 2 group. Rodriguez was the second best scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. This season Rodriguez has very high stats. He averages: 23.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. Rodriguez has Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic nationalities.



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  ESTONIA  

Standings - KML

Alexela KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 12-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 10-2 
 3. Rapla 9-3 
 4. Parnu 8-7 
 5. TTU 7-5 
 6. TLU/Kalev 5-10 
 7. Valga 5-11 
 8. Tarvas 4-9 
 9. Noorteliiga 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 24: TLU/Kalev - Noorteliiga 94-67
Jan. 20: TU/Rock - Parnu 88-69
Jan. 21: Noorteliiga - Tarvas 75-107
Jan. 24: Parnu - Rapla 65-59
Jan. 22: TTU - TLU/Kalev 62-82
Jan. 24: Valga - TU/Rock 56-82

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 27: TTU - Valga
Jan. 27: Tarvas - Noorteliiga
Jan. 28: Rapla - TU/Rock
Jan. 29: Parnu - Kalev/Cramo
Jan. 31: TU/Rock - TTU
Jan. 31: TLU/Kalev - Kalev/Cramo


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 22
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.22.0 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.5 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.19.4 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU18.8 
 5. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU17.3 
 7. Strupovics, Valga16.0 
 8. Saage, TL.15.0 
 9. Bubalo, Parnu14.5 
 10. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.14.2 
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. Bubalo, Parnu8.8 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.7 
 5. Milka, TU/Rock8.6 
 6. Jois, TU/Rock8.3 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.6 
 8. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.3 
 9. Dzeletovic, TL.7.0 
 10. Marshall, TL.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  TL.
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Saage, TL.4.6 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Bratoz, Rapla4.6 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.5 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.3 
 6. Post, Tarvas4.2 
 7. Sokk, TU/Rock4.2 
 8. Jones, TL.4.0 
 9. Paiste, Tarvas3.9 
 10. Thomas, TU/Rock3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.2 
 2. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 3. Dzeletovic, TL.2.0 
 4. Kabin, Parnu1.9 
 5. Olmre, TTU1.8 
 6. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla1.7 
 8. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla1.7 
 10. Tamm, TL.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Domagoj BUBALO
  Parnu
  (212-C-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Bubalo, Parnu1.5 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 4. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.2 
 5. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 7. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 8. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 9. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 10. Perine, Tarvas0.7 



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  EUROCUP  

Eurocup Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 4

E

Jan. 25: Fuenlabrada - Lokomotiv
Jan. 25: UCAM Murcia - Gran Canaria

F

Jan. 25: Khimky - Ratiopharm
Jan. 25: Lietkabelis - B.Muenchen

G

Jan. 24: Hapoel J-M - Zenit 97-81
Jan. 25: Lietuvos rytas - N.Novgorod

H

Jan. 25: Cedevita - ALBA
Jan. 25: Valencia - Unicaja



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  EUROLEAGUE  

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 24: Unics - Fenerbahce 81-86
Jan. 24: Zalgiris - CSKA 79-74
Jan. 24: Panathinaikos - FC Barcelona 71-65
Jan. 24: Baskonia - Crvena Zvezda 69-87
Jan. 24: Galatasaray - Maccabi T-A 102-63
Jan. 25: Anadolu Efes - Darussafaka
Jan. 25: Brose Bask. - Real Madrid
Jan. 25: EA7 Armani - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Langford, Unics22.8 
 2. De Colo, CS.19.2 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid17.3 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA16.9 
 5. Goudelock, Maccabi .16.8 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona14.7 
 7. Sanders, EA7 A.14.4 
 8. Wanamaker, Darussaf.14.4 
 9. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.3 
 10. Spanoulis, Olympiacos13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.8.2 
 2. Honeycutt, Anadolu .8.0 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.8 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.2 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos6.4 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.2 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .6.1 
 10. Smith, Maccabi T-A6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.6 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.5 
 3. Larkin, Baskonia6.2 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 5. Calathes, Panathin.5.9 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.7 
 8. Westermann, Zalgiris5.4 
 9. Colom, Unics5.4 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.6 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Brown, Anadolu .1.3 
 9. Stoll, Unics1.3 
 10. Ayon, Real Madrid1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.6 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.4 
 4. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
 5. Birch, Olympiacos1.1 
 6. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.1.0 
 10. Dunston, Anadolu .0.9 



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 6

K

Jan. 25: Gaziantep - Chalon
Jan. 25: Targu Mures - Sodertalje

L

Jan. 25: Demir IBB - Gravelines
Jan. 25: Prievidza - Antwerp

M

Jan. 25: Tsmoki-Minsk - Nanterre
Jan. 25: Vytautas - Telekom Bsk

N

Jan. 25: Apoel - Oberwart
Jan. 25: Kormend - Bnei Hertzeliyya

O

Jan. 24: Alba - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 78-81
Jan. 25: BK Pardubice - UBT Cluj Napoca

P

Jan. 25: Groningen - Lukoil Acad.
Jan. 25: Benfica - Enisey


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje21.9 
 2. Allen, Kormend20.6 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines19.7 
 4. Jeter, Groningen19.6 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.19.4 
 6. Clark, Chalon18.9 
 7. Jefferson, Gazia.18.9 
 8. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 9. Edwards, Alba16.9 
 10. Elegar, Enisey16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.10.0 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.9 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.2 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.8 
 7. Jevtovic, Steaua C.7.8 
 8. Dudzinski, Steaua C.7.8 
 9. Fall, Chalon7.7 
 10. Barro, UBT C.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.0 
 2. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.5 
 3. Martinic, Targu M.8.3 
 4. Petty, Kormend7.3 
 5. Roberson, Chalon7.0 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.6 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 8. Massamba, Soder.5.7 
 9. Autrey, BK Pardu.5.7 
 10. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Gajovic, Targu M.2.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.4 
 6. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 7. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.0 
 10. Threatt, Sopron KC2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxym KORNIYENKO
  Lukoil A.
  (205-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.7 
 2. Lessort, Nanterre1.7 
 3. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 4. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 5. Mobley, Apoel1.5 
 6. Lazar, Targu Mures1.3 
 7. Fieler, Groningen1.3 
 8. West, Siauliai1.2 
 9. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.2 
 10. Anderson, Antwerp1.1 



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  FINLAND  

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. PuHu Juniorit 12-4 
 3. Espoo Basket 12-5 
 4. Ura Basket 12-5 
 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 3-13 
 13. Namika Lr 2-13 

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. 24: Munkkiniemen - PuHu Juniorit 59-87
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. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 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. Ekimov, JyWe1.5 
 3. Harvey, Oulun N.1.5 
 4. Reed, FoKoPo1.4 
 5. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 6. Lehtinen, PuHu J.1.3 
 7. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.2 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 10. Sandberg, TuNM.1.2 


Finnish Korisliiga round 24 best performance: Austin Hollins - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) had a great game in the last round for Kauhajoki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat BC Nokia (#8, 8-15) 93-83. Kauhajoki is placed at 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kauhajoki will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Hollins had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Kauhajoki's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Minnesota star has very solid stats this year. Hollins is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.1ppg) and averages impressive 56.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Dom Morris (201-F-90) of Lapua. Morris had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Lapua to another comfortable win 100-87 over the higher-ranked Salon Vilpas (#2, 17-6) being unquestionably team leader. Lapua's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Morris is well-known at Lapua and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#4). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Jamaican forward Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket (#7). Gay scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of KTP Basket, leading his team to a 93-88 win against the lower-ranked Korihait (#10, 4-17). The chances of KTP Basket not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gay could try to bring KTP Basket's a little bit higher in the standings. Gay has individually a great season in Finland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (2nd best). He also has 2.0bpg and FGP: 62.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Juwan Staten (185-PG-92) of Salon Vilpas - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kervin Bristol (206-C-88) of Kataja Basket - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) of Kataja Basket - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) of Korihait - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jarekious Bradley (196-G/F-90) of Kataja Basket - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Desmond Williams (199-G-91) of Salon Vilpas - 21 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)



1st Division Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

1st Division round 15 most important game was a victory of ToPo over 3rd placed Oulun NMKY 64-57 on Sunday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-12. But Oulun NMKY won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Juuso Kauppinen (188-94) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for Oulun NMKY. Oulun NMKY's coach Jussi Eskola rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ToPo (10-7) moved-up to third place in Division. Oulun NMKY at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. ToPo are looking forward to face league's second-placed Espoo United at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oulun NMKY will play against Porvoon Tarmo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kouvola. First ranked TuNMKY (12-3) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Korikouvot (11-5) 90-88 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Eero Innamaa helped adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. TuNMKY maintains first place in Division with 12-3 record. Korikouvot at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. TuNMKY will play against PeU-Basket (#10) in Pernio in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Korikouvot will play at home against PuHu Juniorit (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Espoo United (12-4) which played road game in Oulun against 3rd placed Oulun NMKY (9-8). Second ranked Espoo United had an easy win 85-62. It was an exceptional evening for Omar Calhoun who led the winners and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Demondre Harvey came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for Oulun NMKY in the defeat. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second place in Division with 12-4 record having just one point less than leader TuNMKY. Loser Oulun NMKY dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Espoo United will meet ToPo (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oulun NMKY will play against Porvoon Tarmo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1st Division top team - Lahti (14-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Forssan Koripojat (7-11) 89-83. The best player for the winners was Rashad Smith who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 14-4 record. Forssan Koripojat at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Lahti's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere and are hoping to win another game. Forssan Koripojat will play at home against Jarvenpaa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1st Division top team - Lahti (14-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (9-7) 87-63. It was a good game for Rashad Smith who led his team to a victory with 18 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. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 14-4 record. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Lahti will face Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jyvaskyla BA will play on the road against the league's second-placed Espoo United (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15:
In Division Pyrinto II was smashed by Jyvaskyla BA on the road 76-49. HBA-Marsky won against Jarvenpaa on its own court 93-76. Pyrinto II unfortunately lost to ToPo in Helsinki 52-67. FoKoPo managed to beat HBA-Marsky at home 101-89. JyWe was defeated by Raholan Pyrkiva on the opponent's court 86-96. Munkkiniemen was beaten by HNMKY U23 in a home game 59-65. Ura Basket destroyed Karkkila on the road 94-72. HyPo was outscored by Espoo Basket on its own court 73-103. Ura Basket recorded a loss to PeU-Basket in Pernio 79-75. Korikouvot crushed Namika Lr at home 95-68.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 20 points and 4 assists by Pyry Marttinen of Munkkiniemen.

Division A
Jyvaskyla BA - Pyrinto II 76-49

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (9-7) crushed at home 10th ranked Pyrinto II (4-13) 76-49 on Monday. The game without a history. Jyvaskyla BA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jyvaskyla BA outrebounded Pyrinto II 50-38 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pyrinto II was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 4 assists. Swingman Timi Puittinen (193-94) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Juuso Konttinen felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Lassi Kilpinen (185-93) answered with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Joonas Pentti (190-96) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pyrinto II. Jyvaskyla BA moved-up to fourth place in Division. Loser Pyrinto II keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Jyvaskyla BA will face league's second-placed Espoo United on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pyrinto II will play against the league's leader Lahti (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 18+4reb+4ast, V.Leppanen 11+2reb+2ast, T.Puittinen 11+7reb, W.Barry 7+11reb, N.Karkkainen 7+1reb, K.Peltonen 6+3reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: R.Bellagnaoui 9+2reb+2ast, L.Kilpinen 8+9reb+4ast, M.Nurmi 7+6reb, T.Sukanen 6+2reb+3ast, J.Pentti 6+10reb+1ast, A.Juutinen 5+4reb
gschID: 487687


Lahti - FoKoPo 89-83

1st Division top team - Lahti (14-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Forssan Koripojat (7-11) 89-83. Forssan Koripojat was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 24-15 charge of Lahti, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Forssan Koripojat 37-23 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lahti players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Aleksanteri Ahola (185-95) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Teemu Sulonen (188-94) who recorded 28 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Shamarr Bowden (196-89, college: E.Carolina) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 14-4 record. Forssan Koripojat at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Lahti's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere and are hoping to win another game. Forssan Koripojat will play at home against Jarvenpaa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lahti: R.Smith 18+8reb+2ast, A.Ahola 14+4reb+7ast, V.Karvonen 11+3reb+2ast, A.Alanen 10+5reb+1ast, J.Fields 10+9reb+3ast, O.Aalto 9+1ast
FoKoPo: T.Sulonen 28+4reb+2ast, S.Bowden 17+3reb+4ast, B.Reed 13+6reb+1ast, R.Flemings 12+5reb+3ast, J.Henttonen 11+2reb, H.Kotavuo 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487686


Oulun NMKY - ToPo 57-64

1st Division round 15 most important game was a victory of ToPo over 3rd placed Oulun NMKY 64-57 on Sunday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-12. But Oulun NMKY won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Juuso Kauppinen (188-94) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Oulun NMKY. Oulun NMKY's coach Jussi Eskola rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ToPo (10-7) moved-up to third place in Division. Oulun NMKY at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. ToPo are looking forward to face league's second-placed Espoo United at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oulun NMKY will play against Porvoon Tarmo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Latimer 17+7reb+2ast, J.Hietanen 13+5reb+1ast, J.Kauppinen 12+5reb+2ast, N.Moore 8+4reb+4ast, M.Kuusisto 7+7reb+2ast, I.Pehkonen 5+4reb+1ast
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 15+17reb+5ast, D.Harvey 10+9reb, O.Virolainen 9+3reb, I.Kallio 8+3reb+3ast, T.Yrjanheikki 6, V.Makalainen 6+1ast
gschID: 487685


Oulun NMKY - Espoo United 62-85

An interesting game for Espoo United (12-4) which played road game in Oulun against 3rd placed Oulun NMKY (9-8). Second ranked Espoo United had an easy win 85-62. The game was mostly controlled by Espoo United. Oulun NMKY managed to win third quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oulun NMKY to just 6 points in second quarter. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85) accounted for 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Five Espoo United players scored in double figures. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and guard Ilmari Kallio (191-92) added 16 points respectively for Oulun NMKY in the defeat. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second place in Division with 12-4 record having just one point less than leader TuNMKY. Loser Oulun NMKY dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Espoo United will meet ToPo (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oulun NMKY will play against Porvoon Tarmo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 23+5reb+5ast, V.Makalainen 12+7reb+5ast, J.Ivey 12+4reb+4ast, L.Gummerus 12+2reb, L.Toivonen 10+7reb+2ast, I.Sirola 8+3reb+1ast
Oulun NMKY: D.Harvey 24+13reb+1ast, I.Kallio 16+2reb+1ast, O.Virolainen 7+2reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 6+6reb+1ast, Z.Stahl 5+10reb+3ast, J.Vanttaja 4+4reb
gschID: 487684


Lahti - Jyvaskyla BA 87-63

1st Division top team - Lahti (14-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (9-7) 87-63. The game without a history. Lahti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Lahti players scored in double figures. Valtteri Leppanen answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Miikka Marttinen (195-92) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Jyvaskyla BA. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 14-4 record. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Lahti will face Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jyvaskyla BA will play on the road against the league's second-placed Espoo United (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lahti: R.Smith 18+4reb+2ast, J.Fields 13+8reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 13+4reb+6ast, A.Ahola 10+3reb+3ast, O.Aalto 9+2reb+2ast, A.Alanen 6+6reb
Jyvaskyla BA: V.Leppanen 15+6reb+3ast, T.Puittinen 10+2reb+1ast, C.Chukwuma 8+2reb+2ast, M.Marttinen 7+6reb+1ast, J.Luoma 6+2reb, W.Barry 6+3reb
gschID: 487682


HBA-Marsky - Jarvenpaa 93-76

There was an upset when higher ranked Jarvenpaa (7-9) lost to tenth ranked HBA-Marsky (5-12) in Helsinki 76-93 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by HBA-Marsky. Jarvenpaa was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jarvenpaa 45-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. HBA-Marsky looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for forward Elias Valtonen (197-99) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Hannes Polla (210-98) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jarvenpaa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. HBA-Marsky moved-up to ninth place in Division. Loser Jarvenpaa keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. HBA-Marsky will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
HBA-Marsky: E.Maxhuni 21+4reb+5ast, H.Polla 19+11reb+1ast, E.Valtonen 15+14reb+5ast, T.Pihlajamaki 11+3reb+1ast, A.Gustavson 8+3reb+3ast, E.Villa 6
Jarvenpaa: A.Towa 19+11reb+5ast, H.Coleman 14+5reb+2ast, J.Viita 12+5reb+2ast, L.Tarjanne 11+4reb, J.Mantyla 9+3reb+3ast, J.Jousisto 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 487683


ToPo - Pyrinto II 67-52

Very predictable result when fourth ranked ToPo (10-7) won against 10th ranked Pyrinto II (4-13) in Helsinki 67-52 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by ToPo. Pyrinto II was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ToPo dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Pyrinto II's 20. ToPo forced 21 Pyrinto II turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Miki Kuusisto (194-94) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Terrell Vinson (201-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Tuomas Sukanen (198-91) added 7 points and 5 assists in the effort for Pyrinto II. ToPo moved-up to third place in Division. Loser Pyrinto II keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. ToPo will face league's second-placed Espoo United at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pyrinto II will play against the league's leader Lahti (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Latimer 21+8reb+3ast, J.Kauppinen 12+7reb, M.Kuusisto 10+9reb+2ast, J.Hietanen 9+9reb, O.Taylor 7+6reb, I.Pehkonen 6+3reb+2ast
Pyrinto II: T.Vinson 15+6reb, L.Kilpinen 8+5reb+1ast, R.Bellagnaoui 8+3reb+2ast, T.Sukanen 7+3reb+5ast, J.Pentti 6+4reb+1ast, M.Nurmi 4+5reb
gschID: 487681


FoKoPo - HBA-Marsky 101-89

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked HBA-Marsky (5-12) lost on the road to eighth ranked Forssan Koripojat (7-11) 101-89 on Thursday. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. HBA-Marsky was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) contributed with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Reed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) answered with 30 points and 7 assists and forward Elias Valtonen (197-99) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for HBA-Marsky. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Forssan Koripojat maintains eighth place in Division with 7-11 record. Loser HBA-Marsky dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Forssan Koripojat will face higher ranked Jarvenpaa (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: R.Flemings 26+12reb+3ast, B.Reed 25+7reb+8ast, T.Sulonen 19+4reb+1ast, S.Bowden 18+5reb+3ast, H.Kotavuo 6+2reb+4ast, J.Kotavuo 4+2reb+6ast
HBA-Marsky: E.Maxhuni 30+2reb+7ast, E.Valtonen 12+3reb+4ast, M.Suvanto 11+5reb+2ast, L.Nikkarinen 10+4ast, A.Gustavson 8+3reb+2ast, H.Polla 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 487680


Division B
Raholan Pyrkiva - JyWe 96-86

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (11-6) defeated 11th ranked JyWe (4-12) in Tampere 96-86 on Sunday. JyWe was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Raholan Pyrkiva dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to JyWe's 36 and made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Raholan Pyrkiva looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Antti Keski-Koukkari (192-90) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Russian power forward Alexei Ekimov (210-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Russian point guard Sergei Chudinovskich (193-81) added 25 points in the effort for JyWe. Five Raholan Pyrkiva and four JyWe players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth place in Division with 11-6 record. Newly promoted JyWe keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva will have a break next round. JyWe will play at home against Ura Basket (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 28+7reb+4ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 18+6reb+3ast, A.Mavrodiev 15+5reb+1ast, A.Shchepkin 14+3reb+4ast, L.Tiainen 13+8reb+5ast, S.Sukanen 4+2reb
JyWe: S.Chudinovskich 25+4reb+1ast, L.Salovaara 20+7reb+2ast, A.Ekimov 16+10reb+6ast, J.Lehto 11+4reb+1ast, V.Pyykkonen 5+4reb, J.Salo 4
gschID: 487838


Munkkiniemen - HNMKY U23 59-65

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Munkkiniemen (3-12) lost to ninth ranked HNMKY U23 (7-10) in Helsinki 59-65 on Sunday. HNMKY U23 held Munkkiniemen to an opponent 23.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 33.3 percent accuracy of the winners. HNMKY U23 had a 36-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Munkkiniemen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Jyri Eboreime (185-98) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Tuure Takala (185-93) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Pyry Marttinen (184-99) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and forward Antti Hammainen (199-97) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Munkkiniemen. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HNMKY U23 moved-up to eighth place in Division. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the twelfth position with 12 games lost. HNMKY U23 will face higher ranked HyPo (#7) in Hyvinkaa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Munkkiniemen will play on the road against Karkkila (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
HNMKY U23: T.Takala 10+5reb+4ast, J.Eboreime 10+8reb+1ast, V.Tahvanainen 9+3reb+2ast, B.Vanninen 7+1reb, O.Laakkonen 6+5reb, O.Nkamhoua 6+8reb+1ast
Munkkiniemen: P.Marttinen 20+4reb+4ast, C.Adolfsson 12+2reb+1ast, A.Hammainen 9+8reb+2ast, O.Koskela 7+2reb, P.Pursiainen 4+1reb, T.Antikainen 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 487841


Karkkila - Ura Basket 72-94

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Ura Basket (12-5) crushed on the road 8th ranked Karkkila (6-10) 94-72 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-72. Ura Basket outrebounded Karkkila 49-28 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Joona Airenne (197-98) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Point guard Janne Kinnunen (185-87) answered with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Michael King (201-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Karkkila. Ura Basket moved-up to third place in Division. Loser Karkkila dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Ura Basket will face JyWe (#11) in Jyvaskyla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Karkkila will play at home against Munkkiniemen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: S.Harris 30+11reb+1ast, J.Airenne 20+11reb+2ast, V.Hanninen 17+4reb+5ast, J.Forsstrom 16+9reb+2ast, J.Kukkonen 5+1reb, T.Ritanotko 3+9reb
Karkkila: J.Kinnunen 28+5reb+6ast, M.King 18+12reb+2ast, H.Koskinen 14+4reb+1ast, S.Makela 7+2reb+1ast, T.Heino 5+2reb, A.Ekola 0
gschID: 487840


HyPo - Espoo Basket 73-103

Very expected game when 7th ranked HyPo (7-7) was smashed by third ranked Espoo Basket (12-5) in Hyvinkaa 103-73 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Espoo Basket. HyPo was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded HyPo 45-30 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Espoo Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Darian Cartharn (183-91, college: Mo.-St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Ilkka Blomqvist (196-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) added 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals in the effort for HyPo. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Espoo Basket moved-up to second place in Division. Loser HyPo keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Espoo Basket will face Namika Lr (#13) in Lappeenranta in the next round which should be another easy win for them. HyPo will play on the road against HNMKY U23 (#8) in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Espoo Basket: D.Cartharn 24+7reb+5ast, J.Gouch 22+4reb+7ast, J.Graham 18+5reb+2ast, C.Carapinha 9+2reb+3ast, B.Ceesay 8+13reb+4ast, A.Vialen 6+8reb
HyPo: I.Blomqvist 22+12reb, D.Upchurch 21+5reb+4ast, S.Saari 9+4reb, K.Konttinen 5+1reb+2ast, J.Jokio 4+1reb+1ast, B.Grepi 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 487837


Korikouvot - TuNMKY 88-90

Important game to mention about took place in Kouvola. First ranked TuNMKY (12-3) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Korikouvot (11-5) 90-88 on Sunday evening. Korikouvot was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 29-16 third quarter run of TuNMKY. It was a great evening for center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) helped adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Danish center Nicolai Andersen (203-96) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Four TuNMKY and five Korikouvot players scored in double figures. TuNMKY maintains first place in Division with 12-3 record. Korikouvot at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. TuNMKY will play against PeU-Basket (#10) in Pernio in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Korikouvot will play at home against PuHu Juniorit (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 34+11reb+3ast, E.Innamaa 21+7reb+2ast, T.Lommi 17+5reb+4ast, T.Jaakkola 11+6reb+1ast, V.Salli 4+4reb+2ast, J.Salatera 3+1ast
Korikouvot: H.Kantonen 27+7reb+5ast, N.Andersen 20+10reb+1ast, V.Leino 18+5reb+1ast, T.Knihtinen 11+10reb+5ast, S.Lehtonen 10+3reb+2ast, K.Shiwan 2+1reb
gschID: 487839


PeU-Basket - Ura Basket 79-75

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked PeU-Basket (5-11) won against 4th placed Ura Basket (12-5) in Pernio 79-75 on Thursday. Ura Basket was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of PeU-Basket, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Riku Laine (197-97) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Tiel Daniels (200-92, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and forward Samu Kaaresvirta (192-81) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ura Basket. Ura Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PeU-Basket moved-up to tenth place in Division. Loser Ura Basket dropped to the third position with five games lost. PeU-Basket will face Namika Lr (#13) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Ura Basket will play on the road against JyWe (#11) in Jyvaskyla and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PeU-Basket: R.Laine 29+8reb+1ast, T.Daniels 22+5reb+2ast, H.Niemisto 12+4reb+1ast, J.Savolainen 8+8reb+1ast, J.Rasanen 4, S.Himberg 4+5reb+1ast
Ura Basket: S.Harris 36+14reb, S.Kaaresvirta 9+8reb+1ast, J.Forsstrom 7+3reb+3ast, J.Airenne 6+3reb+2ast, T.Jarhio 6+3reb+4ast, T.Ritanotko 4+3reb
gschID: 487836


Korikouvot - Namika Lr 95-68

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Namika Lr (2-13) was outscored by third ranked Korikouvot (11-5) in Kouvola 95-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Korikouvot. Namika Lr was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Namika Lr to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Namika Lr 50-34 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Korikouvot looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Namika Lr's players. It was a good game for Danish center Nicolai Andersen (203-96) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) added 11 points in the effort for Namika Lr. Despite that victory Korikouvot went down to fifth position (Division) due to points difference. Loser Namika Lr keeps the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Korikouvot will face higher ranked PuHu Juniorit (#4) in Vantaa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lr will play at home against PeU-Basket (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: N.Andersen 23+7reb+2ast, H.Kantonen 15+9reb+5ast, V.Leino 15+1reb+1ast, E.Johansson 11+2reb+2ast, A.Kukkonen 10+1reb, T.Lapila 9+11reb+2ast
Namika Lr: R.Bratton 33+9reb+3ast, A.Tapio 11+3reb+1ast, T.Turunen 9+2reb+2ast, S.Laine 8+3reb+2ast, S.Mantynen 7+3reb, L.Aavamaki 0+1reb
gschID: 487835





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  FRANCE  

Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 24: Blois - Vichy Clermont 91-78
Jan. 24: Roanne - St Quentin 86-56
Jan. 24: Boulogne - Charleville 83-67
Jan. 24: St Chamond - Evreux 78-83
Jan. 24: Rouen - Le Havre 78-77
Jan. 24: Maurienne - Denain 76-75
Jan. 24: Provence Basket - Bourg 72-75
Jan. 24: Poitiers - Lille 70-71
Jan. 24: Nantes - Boulazac 55-57

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 3: Boulazac - Boulogne
Feb. 3: Charleville - St Chamond
Feb. 3: Denain - Poitiers
Feb. 3: Evreux - Rouen
Feb. 3: Bourg - Blois
Feb. 3: Le Havre - Roanne
Feb. 3: Lille - Maurienne
Feb. 3: St Quentin - Provence Basket
Feb. 3: Vichy Clermont - Nantes


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jarvis WILLIAMS
  Boulazac
  (198-C/F-93)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Williams, Boulazac19.8 
 2. Jones, Lille18.2 
 3. Hermannsson, Charlevi.18.1 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.17.0 
 5. Peacock, Bourg17.0 
 6. Burton, Roanne16.8 
 7. Bigote, Nantes16.2 
 8. Rozenfeld, Roanne15.8 
 9. Obasohan, Provence.15.6 
 10. Broussard, Provence.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Kone, Charleville10.4 
 2. Burton, Roanne9.5 
 3. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg8.9 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.2 
 6. Traore, Lille7.9 
 7. Paumier, Boulogne7.7 
 8. Williams, Boulazac7.6 
 9. Diame, Blois7.5 
 10. Fall, Poitiers7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Aurelien RIGAUX
  Maurienne
  (176-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Rigaux, Maurienne6.6 
 2. Ware, Vichy C.6.5 
 3. Turner, Blois6.2 
 4. King, Le Havre6.2 
 5. Hermannsson, Charlevi.6.2 
 6. Duren, Boulogne6.0 
 7. Henry, Evreux5.8 
 8. Sim, Bourg5.6 
 9. Rozenfeld, Roanne5.5 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Henry, Evreux2.3 
 2. Maille, Provence.2.1 
 3. Denave, Vichy C.2.1 
 4. Burton, Roanne2.1 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne2.1 
 6. Williams, Boulazac1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 8. Fouse, Charleville1.9 
 9. Turner, Blois1.9 
 10. Moendadze, Boulo.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.4 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.4 
 4. Loum, Boulogne1.3 
 5. MBida, Lille1.3 
 6. Jones, Lille1.3 
 7. Boateng, Blois1.2 
 8. Williams, Boulazac1.2 
 9. Diame, Blois1.2 
 10. Traore, Lille1.2 


Darnell Dodson (ex Angers BC) is a newcomer at Petr.Argentino - by Facundo Iatzky

Petrolero Argentino (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones). He played last season at Angers BC 49 in French NM1 league. In 20 games he recorded 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg. Dodson helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2012 he was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in fourth round (60th overall).
The former University of Southern Mississippi standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Dodson's team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Argentina (Echague), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders) and APBL (Alexandria A.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Clark's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old swingman Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Chalon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 31 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Dijon (#17, 5-12) 95-83. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 13-4 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.1ppg) and averages solid 53.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Limoges. He is Slovenian guard in his first season at Limoges. In the last game Prepelic recorded impressive 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Limoges lost that game 69-77 to the higher-ranked Monaco (#1, 15-2). Limoges managed to keep the same 11th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. Prepelic is a newcomer at Limoges and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#4). He also recorded 3.1 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Isaiah Miles (201-F-94) of Dijon (#17). Miles scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Miles' great performance Dijon lost 83-95 to the higher-ranked Chalon (#2, 13-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Dijon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Miles he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Miles has a very solid season. In 17 games in France he scored 10.5ppg. He also has 4.9rpg and and 3PT: 51.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dario Hunt (206-F-89) of Nancy - 16 points and 16 rebounds
5. Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon - 14 points and 6 rebounds
6. Myles Hesson (198-F-90) of Gravelines - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Strasbourg - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Franklin Hassell (203-F/C-88) of Le Portel - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists
10. Petr Cornelie (211-F/C-95) of Le Mans - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  GEORGIA  


Scafati adds Metreveli to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A2) added to their roster 26-year old Georgian power forward Nika Metreveli (211-105kg-91). He played recently at JuveCaserta in the Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in 10 games he recorded just 0.6ppg and 1.0rpg this season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Metreveli won Georgian League championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Georgian League All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Metreveli was also a member of Georgian international program for some years. He played for Georgian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
Metreveli also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 2.7rpg.
Metreveli has played previously professionally in Italy (Rimini, Banco di Srd, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Roseto and Betaland Cdo) and Georgia (MIA and Sokhumi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising Georgian teenager, expected to become a 7-foot inside force. Has a very nice outside shooting that enables him to easily play at the 4 position.
Georgia is among the countries that produces very skilful and strong high towers. Nika belongs to this team; he is very tall with long edges and has a harmonic body which simply shows that with some extra work out he can do a lot of things in the court. He is a hard worker and he likes to play the physical game even though his doesn't have so big strength, he is very good on the defence. He needs to upgrade his moves in the paint, even though he already did so he will have to work hard in order to be able to play on a much higher level than the one currently plays in the junior championship of Italy with Montepaschi's jersey and then possibly enter in the men's team. He has all the prospects, body and physical moves to do so
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 17-2 
 2. Crailsheim 15-4 
 3. Kirchheim 14-5 
 4. Chemnitz 13-5 
 5. Heidelberg 12-7 
 6. Hanau 11-7 
 7. Oettinger R. 10-9 
 8. Trier 10-9 
 9. Koeln Rh.Stars 9-10 
 10. Hamburg 8-11 
 11. Uni Baskets 8-11 
 12. Nuernberg 7-12 
 13. Baunach 5-13 
 14. Ehingen 5-14 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 5-14 
 16. Dresden 2-18 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 21: Hamburg - Baunach 91-80
Jan. 22: Heidelberg - Trier 91-51
Jan. 21: Kirchheim - Dresden 88-70
Jan. 21: MBC - ETB Wohnbau 84-77
Jan. 24: Oettinger R. - Crailsheim 83-85
Jan. 21: Hanau - Ehingen 78-73
Jan. 21: Chemnitz - Koeln Rh.Stars 75-67
Jan. 22: Nuernberg - Uni Baskets 71-75
Jan. 17: Dresden - Nuernberg 67-96

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 28: Trier - Crailsheim
Jan. 28: Hanau - Hamburg
Jan. 28: Baunach - Chemnitz
Jan. 28: Uni Baskets - ETB Wohnbau
Jan. 28: Kirchheim - Oettinger R.
Jan. 29: Dresden - Koeln Rh.Stars
Jan. 29: Heidelberg - MBC
Jan. 29: Ehingen - Nuernberg


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. Hatten, MBC5.4 
 7. Schmitz, Trier5.4 
 8. Zazai, MBC5.3 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.3 
 10. Watkins, Nuernberg5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hatten, MBC2.7 
 2. Love, Kirchheim2.7 
 3. Adams, Uni Baskets2.6 
 4. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.6 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 6. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.1 
 8. Hewitt, Koeln R.1.9 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.8 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.8 
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 


Taevaunn Prince (ScanPlus Baskets) It's Not About How You Start But How You Finish - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Toronto, Canada playing his rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2011 with S.Dakota St. (NCAA) where he played two seasons playing 59 NCAA games. He then moved to Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2014 and as a junior played 16 games averaging 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.8%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 26.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 84.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball recently.

Taevaunn thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You are taking in your first Christmas season in Germany. What have you learned about the German Christmas tradition this season?

Yes this is my First Christmas in Germany and everything is pretty much the same I have not been exposed to any differences from North America, I'm sure there are some difference though.


You are playing your rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) and have a record at 10-3 at the moment. How happy have you been with the team's play in the first three months?

I think overall we have played well for the first 3 months, but we are not content or satisfied with 10-3, our goal is to improve and fix all the little mistakes and have a better second half to the season.

The ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB are first in points in the pro B with 89, but 22nd in points given up with 86. That is a pretty risky way to play. Why is the defense such a big work in progress?

We need to play better defensively, and that is a goal of ours for the second half of the season. if we can improve our defense and remain effective on offense the sky will be the limit for us.


The ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) have been a very good crunch time team this season except against PS Karlsruhe. What was key in the last minutes for losing this game?

Just execution for the most part, PS Karlsruhe is a good team and so are we so in the crunch it could of went either way.


Is it the overall experience that has made the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) such a good crunch time team this season or does it rely also on other factors?

I think we have some big time players in Filmore Beck as he is one of the best shooters in Germany that people don't know about, we have Brian Bulter a monster in the paint, Brandon Lockhart a great lead guard and Experience with Marin Petric, so we have all the tools to play well in the crunch time.

What does the club have to do most on the defensive end to carve down some of those opponents points most?

We need to play better team defense and help each other as all the great championship teams play great team defense. Communication will also be important for us to grow as a better defensive team.


You averaged 25,7ppg as a senior at Missouri Southern and this year your on a club stacked with a lot of scoring power, but your still averaging 17,2ppg. Are you a bit surprised that you are averaging so much?

No I am not surprised to be averaging so much because of all the hard work I put into my game throughout the summer, I am confident that I can score efficiently at the highest level on anybody because of my work ethic and consistent work on my craft


You have had some big games, but then some games where the opponent closed you out better limiting your shots and you lost two of those games. How well have you been learning to deal with patience as a rookie?

I wouldn't say my opponents closed me out I more closed myself out mentally, As a first year player in those games I was still figuring myself out as a pro. As a rookie I'm absorbing everything I can learn and adding into my game, patience is apart of the process so I ask God to help me at all times.


How strange is it having Brian Butler as a teammate who is 4 months younger than you but already playing his 7th season in the German second division. How has he helped you get adjusted to the professional life in Germany on and off the court?

It's great because he can help me with it being my first and he has been there when I have questions about anything about German basketball or Germany in general, I am thankful to have him as my teammate.

How easy is basketball life for you when you have a guy like point guard Brandon Lockhart finding you all night long? What do you appreciate most about his game?

Brandon is a great point guard and I am happy to be playing with him on the court, he's always looking for others and making the best play possible for our team. I appreciate his vision the most , he see's everything on the court which is huge for our team.

How happy have you been on your game so far in the German Pro B? On what things will you be working on in the second part of the season to help your game get to the next level in your maturity?

I feel I have played ok , still have plenty more in the tank I think I'm just showing flashes of what I can do but haven't displayed it all, I will be working on every aspect of my game because I am not perfect and I can always improve.


You can really fill up the stats sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away?

I think I'm a good passer, my natural position is point guard so I think my court vision and passing is my hidden strength.


If you had to to what NBA player would you compare your game to?

I would say my game compares to James Harden, Deron Williams and for todays NBA and Baron Davis who is a former NBA player, we are big guards who don't mind contact and physical play


You played your first two college years at S.Dakota St. (NCAA) playing 59 NCAA games. In your second game as a freshman you scored 13 points and hauled down 10 rebounds against powerhouse Minnesota in a 71-55 loss. You held your own against a guy like Trevor Mbakwe who played at top Euroleague team Maccabi Tel Aviv. Do you sometimes ask yourself why your playing in the German Pro B?

Yes I have had some big games against some great completion in my college career, it is God's plan for me to be where I'm playing at currently so I can never question it , I'm confident that I will be playing at the highest level because of the hard work I am willing to put in and Prayers .It's not how you start it's how you finish.


At S.Dakota St. (NCAA) you played with top point guard Nate Wolters. What do you remember him doing on the court in a game that will always remain in your memory bank?

Everything, he was the best guard I have seen in the college ranks and watching him work in the gym and seeing all his success carved out the blueprint in my memory bank that hard work really pays off.


After having a decline in your stats in your second season at S.Dakota St. (NCAA) you moved to Missouri Southern State. Do you believe that taking a step back will help you as a player as you continue to climb the professional basketball ladder?

Making the move From SDSU was the best decision for my playing career, SDSU just wasn't the right fit for me, I went on to do great things at MSSU. To me basketball is basketball put me up against anybody and I'm going to fight and be the last one standing so I wouldn't say I step back more of a change of scenery and a better situation where I could display my talent and show what I can really do/


You recently played against Jordan Talbert of PS Karlsruhe who had an illustrious career at Missouri Southern State. What stories do you remember hearing about him when you were there?

Yes me and Jordan come from the same school, remember those times Jordan was just that smooth individual and always a had worker who took the game of basketball serious.


How did head coach Jeff Boschee groom and prepare you best for a professional career?

Coach Boschee is the best coach in the world, he's a players coach and I respect him for his work on and off the court, He helped prepare my game for the next level because he pushed me to my limits and held me accountable all the time.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Austin Wright?

One on one is my thing and I am scorer so I had to beat Austin in that category but he is the best shooter I have ever played with


Who was the best player that you played in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

Terrance Ross


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

Micheal Jordan , Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James


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

He's definitely up there when it comes down to it he will be top5 or even top 3 of all time


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

For sure KG is Top 5 of all time out of all power forwards

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

Klay Thompson's performance ranks very high because of how efficient he did it and with the amount time he had the ball that hard to do.


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

Stat wise yes Russell is a monster and he is in the race for MVP, stat wise yes he is the best player in the NBA right now


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

Best memories are always being with my family and cousins, just hanging out and being together is always a good time


What was the last movie that you saw?

Last Movie I saw was Belly and the last show I been watching is Power.


Thanks Taevaunn for the chat.




Brandon Nazione claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Brandon Nazione (202-F-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bayer Giants and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 22-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Bayer Giants in his team's victory, helping them to edge out FC Bayern II (#5, 9-6) 75-71. Bayer Giants maintains the 3rd position in their group in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bayer Giants will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Nazione had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bayer Giants' top player in his first season with the team. Eastern Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nazione is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 58.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Khalil Kelley (203-C-91) of Wolfenbuettel. Kelley impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Wolfenbuettel to edge slightly higher-ranked Rostock (#9, 7-9) by 1 point 81-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in North. Wolfenbuettel keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Kelley is a newcomer at Wolfenbuettel and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#9). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Bayer Giants' star - American Kerry Carter (188-G-91). Carter showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Bayer Giants, helping his team with a 75-71 win against slightly lower-ranked FC Bayern II (#5, 9-6). Bayer Giants needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Carter has a great season in Germany. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.3ppg (best scorer). He also has 3.2spg and FGP: 53.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarvis Davis (183-PG-91) of Rostock - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90) of Itzehoe - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90) of Licher Baeren - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Bochum - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91) of Elchingen - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Jordan Faison (201-F-94) of Leipzig - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Davon Roberts (197-F-86) of Bochum - 16 points, 13 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)



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

32-year old power forward Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for ALBA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Braunschweig (#15, 4-14) 84-76. ALBA is placed at 4th position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Gaffney as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tony Gaffney averages this season 7.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Skyler Bowlin (191-G-89) of Giessen 46ers. He is American guard in his first season at Giessen 46ers. In the last game Bowlin recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 assists. Of course Giessen 46ers cruised to an 82-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vechta (#17, 2-17). Giessen 46ers' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bowlin is a newcomer at Giessen 46ers and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jamal Boykin (203-F/C-87) of Braunschweig (#15). Boykin scored 25 points. Despite Boykin's great performance Braunschweig lost 76-84 to the higher-ranked ALBA (#4, 14-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Braunschweig can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Boykin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Boykin has a very solid season. In 4 games in Germany he scored 13.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shaquille Goodwin (206-F-94) of Jena - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92) of Bayreuth - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Anton Gavel (189-PG-84) of B.Muenchen - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Giessen 46ers - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Quantez Robertson (188-G-84) of Fraport SKY - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Frantz Massenat (193-G-92) of EWE Baskets - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) of Giessen 46ers - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Ghana in line to host AfroBasket - by Eurobasket News

The absence of a world class gymnasium has hampered Ghana's prospects of hosting international basketball tournaments for several years. However, the construction of a modern gymnasium at the Sports Emporium in the nation's capital Accra could see the West African country host Africa's flagship tournament- FIBA AfroBasket- for the first time. The court which seats little over a thousand people however, is yet to be completed as the playing surface is yet to be fixed likewise rims and ventilation amenities. With the biannual competition set to take place this year in Congo Brazzaville and the 2019 host yet to be determined, completing the edifice could put Ghana in the mix as potential host. This year's competition takes place between August 17 and August 31. After successfully hosting the 2015 All Africa Games, the Kintele Sports Complex in Brazzaville will host the continent's top ranked teams. The 2019 edition will also serve as qualification to the World Cup. Nigeria beat Angola 74-65 to win the 2015 Championship.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



Accra League 2017 season to begin in March - by Yaw Mintah

Right after Ghana celebrates its 60th Independence Day, the 2017 Accra Basketball League season tips off on March 9 in the Women's Division due to be followed by the first set of games in the Men's Division I a day later.

The new season will have two new entrants Adenta Leopards and Tema Youth's Junior side after both teams qualified from the men's second tier. However, with Tema Youth's Senior side firmly fixed on the ten team roster in the division, management is yet to take an official stance on the lingering issue.

The competition's dates were announced after a general meeting was held by league management and club representatives at the Lebanon House forecourt. Registration of players for the new season has begun and ends on February 24.

Braves of Customs male and female teams are defending champions in the Men's and Women's Divisions respectively. Tema Youth placed second after falling to Braves Male side in last year's final game.

However, neither team represented Ghana at the FIBA Zone Three Africa Championship in Togo. Ghana Air Force placed second in the Women's Division behind Braves.



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Malbas ink Josh Ritchart, ex Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

Malbas Oresund Malmo (Basketligan) agreed terms with 25-year old American power forward Josh Ritchart (206-107kg-92, college: Cal-Davis). He started the season at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 5 games he had 7.8ppg and 4.4rpg this season. The last season Ritchart played at Bambitious Nara (BJ League) in Japan where in 49 games he recorded 11.5ppg and 6.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Big West Regular Season in 2015. Ritchart was also voted All-Big West 2nd Team in 2015 at his college time.
Ritchart graduated from University of California - Davis in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos outlast Barcelona in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - FC Barcelona 71:65

Panathinaikos captured the 11th victory in EuroLeague regular season. They outmuscled visiting FC Barcelona in Athens tonight. Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) stepped up with 14 points and 11 boards for the Greek side.
Panathinaikos eked out a 15:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the second term. The Greek team piled up a 36:29 halftime lead. Panathinaikos stayed in charge in the third quarter. The home team entered the fourth period up by 8 points 54:46. Panathinaikos gave no chance for the visitors in the final quarter and marched to the victory. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) chipped in 13 points, while Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) and Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) added 10 points each for the hosts. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, college: Boston Coll.) responded with 12 points for FC Barcelona. Justin Doellman (205-F-85, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) banked in 11 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Ioannis Bourousis 14+11 boards, K.C. Rivers 13, Mike James 10, Chris Singleton 10
FC Barcelona: Tyrese Rice 12, Justin Doellman 11



ASP Promitheas Patras part ways with Clark - by Stefanos Marolachakis

Keydren Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's) (180-PG, 84, college: St. Peter's) agreed with ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) to solve their contract, as a result of his injury during the last game against Panathinaikos (A1).

Clark played 13 games in Greek League and he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.2 apg in 27.5 mpg.

ASP Promitheas Patras thanked Clark for his commitment to the club as he returns to the USA.

Coach Vangelis Angelou is seeking for his replacement in order to help Promitheas to secure the place in A1.






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Hungarian A Division round 14 best performance: Peter Lorant - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Alba, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, seven rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat ZTE KK (#3, 9-5) 90-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Alba to consolidate first place in the Hungarian A Division. Alba have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Lorant had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Alba and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Peter Lorant averages this season 12.8ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Matt Tiby (203-F/C-92) of Atomeromu. Tiby had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he led Atomeromu to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Falco KC (#5, 8-6) 82-59. Atomeromu's 12th position in the standings has not changed. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Atomeromu managed to get this year. Tiby is a newcomer at Atomeromu, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#8). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Andrija Bojic (207-PF-93, agency: BeoBasket) of Jaszberenyi (#11). Bojic scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Jaszberenyi, leading his team to a 79-63 easy win against slightly lower-ranked MAFC (#13, 3-11). The chances of Jaszberenyi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bojic could try to bring Jaszberenyi's a little bit higher in the standings. Bojic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Hungary he scored 13.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Williams (196-G/F-92) of Jaszberenyi - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Marko Djerasimovic (198-F/G-84) of KTE-Duna - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Anthony Nelson (185-G-89) of PVSK Pannon - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Brandon Johnson (183-G-86) of Sopron KC - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Julien Mills (193-G-85) of Sopron KC - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Terry Allen (203-F-93) of Kormend - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jaytornah Wisseh (185-PG-88) of Kaposvari - 24 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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D1 Round 18: Hottur defeat Breidablik in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Hottur (14-1) which played road game in Kopavogur against 4th ranked Breidablik (10-6). First ranked Hottur managed to get a 13-point victory 82-69. The game was mostly controlled by Hottur. Breidablik managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Aaron Moss (185, college: Cabrini, agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) contributed with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) replied with 30 points and 4 assists for Breidablik. Breidablik's coach Larus Jonsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hottur have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-1 record. Breidablik at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Hottur are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fjolnir in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Breidablik will play against Vestri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Selfoss was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Hamar (6-10) played at the court of seventh ranked FSU (6-10). FSU defeated Hamar 93-80. American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ari Gylfason chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. FSU's coach Eloy Doce allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. FSU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Hamar. FSU will play against IA (#8) in Akranes in the next round. Hamar will have a break next round.
The game between third ranked Valur (11-3) and 5th ranked Vestri (6-9) in Reykjavik on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Valur outscored guests from 125-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vestri. Austin Bracey notched 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by Yima Chia-Kur did not help to save the game for Vestri. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valur have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-3 record having four points less than leader Hottur. Newly promoted Vestri keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Valur's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik Armann.

In the last game of round 18 IA was smashed by Fjolnir on the road 117-80.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Urald King of Valur.

FSU - Hamar 93-80

The game in Selfoss was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Hamar (6-10) played at the court of seventh ranked FSU (6-10). FSU defeated Hamar 93-80. American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Ari Gylfason (186-89) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. Four FSU players scored in double figures. FSU's coach Eloy Doce allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds and forward Orn Sigurdarson (202-89) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. FSU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Hamar. FSU will play against IA (#8) in Akranes in the next round. Hamar will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
FSu: T.Motley 28+16reb+8ast, A.Gylfason 24+6reb+2ast, H.Hreinsson 14+4reb+6ast, S.Stefansson 12+7reb+1ast, J.Jokull Thrainsson 6+1ast, S.Gunnarsson 5
Hamar: C.Woods 35+19reb+1ast, E.Stefansson 12+1reb+1ast, H.Petursson 10+2reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 9+5reb+4ast, S.Hrafnsson 6+1reb+6ast, O.Olafsson 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 492069


Valur - Vestri 125-73

The game between third ranked Valur (11-3) and 5th ranked Vestri (6-9) in Reykjavik on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Valur outscored guests from 125-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vestri. The game without a history. Valur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Vestri's 32 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Vestri 52-28 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valur looked well-organized offensively handing out 39 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Vestri's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 7 blocks. Naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) notched 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and center Birgir Petursson (205-86) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Valur players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) by American forward Yima Chia-Kur (196-86, college: Arkansas St.) did not help to save the game for Vestri. Magnus Thordason added 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valur have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-3 record having four points less than leader Hottur. Newly promoted Vestri keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Valur's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik Armann.
Top scorers:
Valur: A.Bracey 23+4reb+7ast, B.Petursson 20+10reb+2ast, U.King 18+7reb+5ast, S.Sturluson 16+4reb+5ast, B.Blondal 15+4reb+9ast, O.Petursson 12+5reb
Vestri: Y.Chia-Kur 22+6reb+1ast, N.Knezevic 15+1reb+1ast, M.Thordason 13+4reb+1ast, H.Gudbjartsson 9+3reb+3ast, J.Fridriksson 5+5reb, A.Olafsson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 492071


Fjolnir - IA 117-80

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Fjolnir (13-3) crushed 8th ranked IA (4-12) in Reykjavik 117-80 on Sunday. The game without a history. Fjolnir led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to IA's 44 and made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Fjolnir looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) notched 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and swingman Gardar Sveinbjornsson (192-87) supported him with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Derek Shouse (188-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) did not help to save the game for IA. Swingman Bjorn Brynjolfsson (192-82) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fjolnir have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record behind leader Hottur. IA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Fjolnir will meet at home league's leader Hottur in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. IA will play against FSU (#6) in Selfoss and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: C.Pryor 25+9reb+2ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 20+3reb+2ast, R.Sigurdsson 20+1reb+4ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 13+3reb+3ast, E.Sigurdsson 13, S.Karason 7+5reb
IA: D.Shouse 23+11reb+6ast, B.Brynjolfsson 18+5reb+2ast, J.Kristjansson 13+5reb+6ast, S.Sigurdsson 7+3reb+1ast, A.Vilbergsson 6+2reb, K.Karvelsson 5+6reb
gschID: 492070


Breidablik - Hottur 69-82

An interesting game for Hottur (14-1) which played road game in Kopavogur against 4th ranked Breidablik (10-6). First ranked Hottur managed to get a 13-point victory 82-69. The game was mostly controlled by Hottur. Breidablik managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Aaron Moss (185, college: Cabrini, agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Hottur players scored in double figures. American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) replied with 30 points and 4 assists and guard Kjartan Kjartansson (191-84) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Breidablik. Breidablik's coach Larus Jonsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hottur have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-1 record. Breidablik at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Hottur are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fjolnir in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Breidablik will play against Vestri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hottur: A.Moss 22+13reb+7ast, M.Virijevic 20+15reb+1ast, S.Hakonarson 20+6reb+2ast, R.Albertsson 11+2reb+1ast, H.Birgisson 5+4reb+3ast, V.Hafsteinsson 4+4reb
Breidablik: T.Garland 30+4reb+4ast, K.Kjartansson 19+7reb+2ast, R.Ragnarsson 7+4reb+2ast, S.Johannesson 5+5reb+2ast, E.Vignisson 4+5reb, L.Arnason 4+2reb
gschID: 492068





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  INDIA  


The game is going to be raised in season 4 - by Eurobasket News

The United Basketball Alliance will launch its Season 4 beginning 16 February in Chennai on the campus of Satyabhama University where basketball fans will be in for a real treat. At least one American player will be joining all eight UBA teams in what promising to be the most exciting and most competitive season yet. UBA Chairman Tommy Fisher is the man behind it all. 'I think the main thing is just setting the standard of excellence and how much competition there is out there in this world of basketball,' says Fisher, who recently brought 15 of the UBA's top players from India to the United States for a two week training camp. It is there where the selected Indian players got to train and play with the Americans who will be joining them for Season 4 in India. Narender Grewal of the Pune Peshwas, who has represented India on the international stage before becoming the UBA's Season 3 Most Valuable Player, was one of the players who attended the camp in Phoenix, Arizona. Narender not only worked on improving his already special abilities, but got a taste of how the UBA is about to become even better and faster. 'The major difference between the Indian player and the American player is the speed,' says Narender. 'The basic fundamentals are very different in terms of speed and moving fast. This will take a new turn for the next UBA session when it happens back in India.' Another former Indian national team player who attended the camp in the USA is Jat JaiRam (189-G/F-81) of the Chennai Slam. Jairam agrees with Narender's assessment. 'I played basketball for my department, for the country many times, but after joining to UBA I have seen that the basketball is different in US and in our country.' Jairam added, 'I think the alliance with UBA and the USA players and coaches has taken the game to a different level.' The most experienced American player coming to India to play in UBA Season 4 is Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon), who played briefly with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. Scales was a star at the University of Oregon before launching his pro career which has also included two different NBA D-League teams and professional teams around the world in 11 different countries. Scales trained and played with the Indian players at the US camp. 'We got a good group of guys,' says Scales. 'And we just want to come in here and do what's right, make everyone better and learn some basketball.' Scales, who has played in places like China and Russia is about to play in India for the first time. 'At the end of the day this is something I always wanted to do. I always wanted to be part of the game and help break down situations and help others.' Scales is looking forward to helping his new Indian teammates and others who love the game in India. 'I want to be able to help guys understand to make them as good as they want to be and to give them confidence that they're capable of doing this just as well as I am. 'While all the Indian players who attended the US training camp enjoyed their interaction with the American players, Siddhanth Shinde of the Pune Peshwas, who has also represented India internationally, was pleasantly surprised at the way the American players treated his fellow UBA stars and him. 'I didn't think these guys would be so friendly,' said Shinde. 'As soon as we stepped in the gym everyone was silent and then everyone was pumping each other and we had made a couple of teams and had some games happening and we supported each other.' The American players are anxious to step in to the UBA spotlight with new teammates, in front of new fans, in a new country. But no American may be looking forward to it more than Chris Solomon (191-G-90, college: Kaiser), who played college ball in Florida at Northwood University, then professionally in Italy and Mexico. However, playing in India will be a dream come true for the young man with Indian blood. 'This hits home, it's a personal goal of mine,' says Solomon. 'I always wanted to go to India being as I'm half Indian, my Dad is from New Delhi. He came over to the States when he was about 11 so this is more than just basketball to me, this is getting to see the other side of my family.' Solomon was flying high above the rim frequently at the US training camp, but nothing has him flying higher than his chance to help basketball in his father's native land. Both the American players and the Indians left the training camp knowing their work had really just begun, but all made it clear they were committed to raising the game in the UBA and all of India. UBA Chairman Tommy Fisher liked what he saw at his camp in Phoenix and like most of us, can't wait to see what happens in Season 4. 'I really see potential here. Nothing comes in one day, you've got to work for it, you've got to earn it. Mr. Fisher added, 'I think if everyone's committed to that, you might be surprised what happens here two years, three years, four years from now with what we're talking about. It's exciting, it's fun.
Courtesy of: ubaindia.com



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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 JaJuan SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 42
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah42.0 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah26.0 
 3. Barfield, NSH G.26.0 
 4. Corbin, Bima P.24.0 
 5. Peterson, Bima P.23.5 
 6. Jacobs, NSH G.23.0 
 7. White, Pelita Jaya23.0 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .21.7 
 9. Loiselle, Pacific .20.3 
 10. Brantley, Garuda20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah16.5 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.15.0 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.7 
 4. Gunawan, Garuda13.0 
 5. McKinney, CLS K.12.5 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya12.0 
 7. Brand, JNE B.11.5 
 8. Peterson, Bima P.11.5 
 9. Smith, Satria Muda11.5 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Widyantaputra TEJA
  Aspac
  (181-PG-97)
  Avg: 5
 1. Teja, Aspac5.0 
 2. Wijaya, Garuda5.0 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.4.0 
 4. White, Pelita Jaya4.0 
 5. Wuysang, CLS K.3.5 
 6. Jewell, Satria Muda3.5 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .3.3 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah3.0 
 9. Corbin, Bima P.3.0 
 10. Dhyaksa, Aspac3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Corbin, Bima P.3.0 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.3.0 
 3. Dhyaksa, Aspac2.5 
 4. Purwanto, Hang T.2.0 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.2.0 
 6. Surawi, JNE B.2.0 
 7. Barfield, NSH G.2.0 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah2.0 
 9. Ardiansyah, CLS K.2.0 
 10. White, Pelita Jaya2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Maxey, Satya W.2.5 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.2.5 
 3. Peterson, Bima P.1.5 
 4. Regowo, Aspac1.5 
 5. Brand, JNE B.1.5 
 6. Gunawan, Garuda1.5 
 7. Kosasih, Aspac1.0 
 8. Thoyib, CLS Knights1.0 
 9. Hangrove, Aspac1.0 
 10. Ulhaq, Satria Muda1.0 


Indonesian IBL round 3 best performance: JaJuan Smith - by Eurobasket News

American Guard JaJuan Smith (188-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hang Tuah, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (42 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Garuda (1-1) 94-91. Hang Tuah is placed at 6th position in Indonesian IBL. Hang Tuah 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 1-1 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He turned to be Hang Tuah's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Tennessee star has very solid stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 42.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 9.0rpg. Smith is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.0apg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP and 75.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Tyrell Corbin (184-PG-92) of Bima Perkasa. Corbin had a very good evening with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Bima Perkasa cruised to a 85-73 relatively comfortable win over JNE BSC (0-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Corbin is a newcomer at Bima Perkasa, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.0ppg (#5). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Hang Tuah's star - American forward Andre Smith (208-C, college: William Jessup). Smith scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Hang Tuah, helping his team with a 94-91 win against Garuda (1-1). Hang Tuah needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost game. The season just started for Smith as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamine Peterson (201-F-88) of Bima Perkasa - 33 points and 10 rebounds
5. Kore White (205-F-89) of Pelita Jaya - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. David Seagers (188-G-88) of Pacific Caesar - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Carlos Smith (206-F-90) of Satria Muda - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chris Brand (208-F-90) of JNE BSC - 14 points and 13 rebounds
9. Dechriston McKinney (203-F-92) of CLS Knights - 10 points and 18 rebounds
10. Tyreek Jewell (185-G-93) of Satria Muda - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  IRAN  


All systems go for Iran at WABA - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

TEHRAN (WABA Championship 2017) - Iran have been among the best teams in Asian basketball for the past decade but that guarantees nothing at the upcoming WABA Championship.

The event tips off on Sunday in Amman, Jordan, and while Iran have announced a roster that has players with experience, there are also newcomers that have to prove they belong.
All of the players will be hoping to impress new coach Mehran Hatami, the 52-year-old who turned out for Team Melli at the Asian Games and FIBA Asia Championships during the 1990s.

As a coach, Hatami is best known for having led the country's U18 team four years ago. He's taking nothing for granted.

"WABA is an unpredictable competition," he warned. "All the teams are ready and well prepared for it."

Because Lebanon is the host of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017, four teams will now qualify for the continental Championship at the WABA event.

Hatami is cautious, but also feeling good about his charges.

"Our players are ready," he said. "They've been playing a lot in the local league and they're in great shape."

While some of the big names in Iranian basketball are not with the team now, there was a lot of promise shown by those that played last year.

At the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Italy, players like Jamshidi, Kazemi and Yakhchali had some terrific moments. The country nearly upset Mexico and reached the Semi-Finals but fell, 75-70.
One of the veterans in that team was Oshin Sahakian. He's looking forward to WABA.

"We have some young players in the camp who are trying hard to make a position and have a place in the national team," he said. "They are motivated and that's something good for us."

Experience tells Sahakian to be wary of all opponents. Yes, Iran have been one of the dominant sides in the Asian game since 2007 but they cannot rest on their laurels.
"WABA has always been a tough competition and therefore we have to double our efforts and concentrate more," he said. "The whole team is ready for the WABA Championship, we know this year's competition won't be an easy one at all, but we're the Iran national team."

To be anxious and nervous ahead of a tournament like the WABA Championship is not unexpected, even for a team like Iran. Even so, there is also a lot of confidence.

That self-belief is heard in the voice of Mahmoud Mashhon, the president of the country's basketball federation.

"We all believe in this team and the coaching staff," he said. "I'm sure the team will be very competitive in Jordan and hopefully just like last year emerge victorious."
Full Roster:
- Rouzbeh arghavan
- Saeid Davarpanah
- Mohammad Hasanzadeh
- Mohammad Javari
- Mohammad Jamshidi
- Asghar Kardoust
- ARSALAN KAZEMI
- Sajjad Mashayekhi
- Erfan Nasajpour
- Ehsan Samadi
- Oshin Sahakian
- Behnam Yakhchali



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  IRAQ  


Travele Jones (ex Welcome) is a newcomer at Nift Al-Janoub !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Travele Jones (203-88, college: Texas Southern). He started the season at Welcome in Uruguayan LUB league. In three games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0spg this season. Jones ended the last season at Arkadikos in Greek A1 where in 5 games he averaged just 2.8ppg and 2.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Los Leones in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 27 games he had also remarkable stats: 19.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg. Jones helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received All-SWAC Player of the Year award and All-SWAC 1st Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Thanks to Jones' pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Jones has played previously professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster), Japan (Sendai 89ers and Aomori Watts) and Switzerland (Massagno).
He attended Texas Southern University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  

Standings - National League

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 24: Hapoel G/A - Hapoel Migd.H. 85-79
Jan. 24: Hap.R/G Givat. - Ironi Ramat Gan 84-74
Jan. 21: Maccabi Raanana - Hap.Haifa 83-72
Jan. 24: Maccabi Raanana - Ironi Nes-Ziona 83-70
Jan. 24: Hap.Haifa - Maccabi H/H 70-73
Jan. 24: Macc.Rehovot - Hapoel K/S 69-71
Jan. 24: Ramat Hasharon - Galil Elion 108-110
Jan. 25: Hapoel B/S - Ironi K-A


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Jaraun BURROWS
  Hap.Haifa
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Burrows, Hap.Haifa24.3 
 2. Warren, Maccabi .24.3 
 3. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 4. Brown, Ironi R.22.2 
 5. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 6. Gaston, Hapoel M.20.5 
 7. Livingston, Hapoel K.20.5 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.5 
 9. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.5 
 10. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WATSON
  Hapoel K/S
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.8 
 2. Sykes, Hapoel G/A11.5 
 3. Jordan, Galil Elion10.9 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .10.7 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.6 
 6. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.6 
 7. McShepard, Ironi N.10.5 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.5 
 9. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.4 
 10. Gaston, Hapoel M.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Teel, Ironi R.9.3 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.8.8 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.4 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.1 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.3 
 6. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.9 
 7. Honig, Ramat H.4.7 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.6 
 9. Salz, Galil Elion4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Teel, Ironi R.3.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.9 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.6 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 7. Cohen, Hapoel K/S1.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.5 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.9 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.7 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .1.6 
 6. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 7. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.3 
 9. Givens, Maccabi .1.2 
 10. McShepard, Ironi N.1.1 


Winner League Round 15: Hapoel Jerusalem beat Ironi Nahariya by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 15 in the Winner League took place in Nahariya. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Ironi Nahariya (7-8) to fourth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (9-6) 81-78 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-78. It was a good game for the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) answered with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists for Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Jerusalem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Nahariya will play against Maccabi Haifa (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tel-Aviv: Maccabi T-A (#1) and Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5). Maccabi T-A (12-3) won against visiting Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-7) 87-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Tel-Aviv. It was a great evening for naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Victor Rudd helped adding 19 points. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) with 17 points and 6 assists. Maccabi T-A maintains first place with 12-3 record. Hapoel Tel-Aviv at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bnei Hasharon (9-6) against ninth ranked Hapoel Eilat (7-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Bnei Hasharon was defeated by Hapoel Eilat in a tough game in Eilat 84-91. It was an exceptional evening for Landon Milbourne who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Karam Mashour came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for Bnei Hasharon in the defeat. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Haifa. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Hapoel Eilat will meet bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bnei Hasharon will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (5-10) and second ranked Hapoel Holon (10-5) in Ashdod ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Holon outscored Maccabi Ashdod 90-68. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was James Bell who scored 21 points. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hapoel Holon maintains second place with 10-5 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) on the road. Maccabi Ashdod will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 15 Maccabi Haifa smashed Galil Gilboa on the road 94-73. Maccabi Rishon won against Maccabi K/G on its own court 77-69.

Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel Holon 68-90

The game between 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (5-10) and second ranked Hapoel Holon (10-5) in Ashdod ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Holon outscored Maccabi Ashdod 90-68. The game without a history. Hapoel Holon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was swingman James Bell (198-92, college: Villanova) who scored 21 points. Point guard Jordan Taylor (187-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded 26 points and center Jackie Carmichael (206-90, college: Illinois St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Hapoel Holon maintains second place with 10-5 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) on the road. Maccabi Ashdod will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Bell 21+4reb+3ast, J.Taylor 17+2reb+5ast, K.Wyatt 16+3reb+3ast, S.Harush 13+4reb+3ast, D.Atkins 11+10reb+3ast, A.Chubrevich 7+6reb+1ast
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 26+2reb+3ast, J.Carmichael 14+9reb, I.Ziv 9+5reb+2ast, D.Ewing 9+1reb+3ast, A.Ariel 5+2reb+2ast, J.Cohen 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 493043


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa 73-94

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Maccabi Haifa (7-8) crushed 11th ranked Galil Gilboa (5-10) in Rosh Pina 94-73. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Haifa. Galil Gilboa was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was international forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. International swingman Amit Simhon (198-89) chipped in 28 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) who recorded 22 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Galil Gilboa's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Hapoel Eilat. Galil Gilboa lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Maccabi Haifa's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#8) on the road. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Rishon and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: A.Simhon 28+6reb+3ast, O.Blayzer 27+11reb+3ast, G.Vargas 16+3reb+11ast, T.Mitchell 9+7reb+2ast, J.DiBartolomeo 8+1reb+1ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 5+3reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 22+4reb+5ast, M.Qualls 13+2reb+4ast, E.Griffin 13+8reb+4ast, E.Skverer 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 6+2reb+5ast, J.Shuchman 5+2ast
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Hapoel Eilat - Bnei Hertzeliyya 91-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bnei Hasharon (9-6) against ninth ranked Hapoel Eilat (7-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Bnei Hasharon was defeated by Hapoel Eilat in a tough game in Eilat 84-91. Bnei Hasharon trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 32-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-91 at the end of the game. Hapoel Eilat made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hapoel Eilat made 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) accounted for 17 points and 5 blocks (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winning side. Five Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida) added 25 points respectively for Bnei Hasharon in the defeat. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Haifa. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Hapoel Eilat will meet bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bnei Hasharon will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: L.Milbourne 20+6reb, R.Buckner 17+3reb, W.Daniels 11+6reb+1ast, P.Henry 11+4reb+4ast, R.Menco 11+6reb+1ast, A.Nissim 9+5ast
Bnei Hertzeliyya: K.Mashour 25+12reb, T.Green 25+2reb+2ast, O.Leumi 13+4reb, J.Adrien 7+6reb+1ast, S.Dennis 7+3reb+2ast, A.Zelkovits 7+2reb+3ast
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Maccabi T-A - Hapoel T-A 87-73

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tel-Aviv: Maccabi T-A (#1) and Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5). Maccabi T-A (12-3) won against visiting Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-7) 87-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Tel-Aviv. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-37 charity shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Hapoel Tel-Aviv only scored nine points from the stripe. Hapoel Tel-Aviv was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) helped adding 19 points. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) with 17 points and 6 assists and naturalized American Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A maintains first place with 12-3 record. Hapoel Tel-Aviv at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 19+2reb, S.Landesberg 18+6reb+3ast, D.Seeley 14+1reb+2ast, G.Pnini 13+7reb+1ast, G.Mekel 7+3reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 6+2reb+2ast
Hapoel T-A: R.Howell 18+7reb+1ast, M.Lyons 17+4reb+6ast, A.Tucker 12+11reb+2ast, T.Ginat 10+4reb, T.Blatt 8+4reb+7ast, D.Williams 8+3reb
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Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi K/G 77-69

Very expected game when 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-12) lost to seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (8-7) in Rishon Le-Zion 69-77. Maccabi K/G was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 50-37 second half run of Maccabi Rishon. They also forced 19 Maccabi K/G turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Avi Ben-Chimol (194-85) chipped in 7 points and 8 assists. Maccabi Rishon's coach Arik Shivek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St., agency: HMS) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) added 12 points respectively. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Maccabi K/G at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be Galil Gilboa (#11) in Rosh Pina which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi K/G will play at home against Hapoel Eilat and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 20+6reb+2ast, P.Richard 10+4reb+1ast, M.Wayns 9+2reb+1ast, J.McCrea 8+7reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 7+6reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 7+1reb+8ast
Maccabi K/G: C.Kelly 18+8reb+1ast, B.Bowman 12+4reb+2ast, J.Carter 12+4ast, J.Selby 8+3reb+1ast, E.Shulman 8+3reb+4ast, A.Rosenberg 7+1ast
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Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel J-M 78-81

The most exciting game of round 15 in the Winner League took place in Nahariya. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Ironi Nahariya (7-8) to fourth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (9-6) 81-78 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-78. It was a good game for the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) answered with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists and the other American import power forward Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) added 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Jerusalem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Nahariya will play against Maccabi Haifa (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: L.Eliyahu 18+6reb+3ast, T.Peterson 16+5reb, C.Jerrells 14+2reb+3ast, J.Dyson 13+5reb+1ast, T.Kinsey 7+2reb, B.Timor 5+3reb+4ast
Ironi Nahariya: T.Nash 16+9reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 15+5reb+2ast, G.Brown 11+1reb+3ast, Y.Gates 11+2reb+1ast, D.Kitchen 6+7reb+14ast, N.Faust 6+2reb
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Best players of Italian Serie A round 16 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Croatian Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Umana VE and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds for Umana VE in his team's victory, helping them to crush AV Cantu (#13, 6-10) with 21-point margin 93-72. Umana VE maintains the 2nd position in Italian Serie A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Umana VE will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. In the team's last game Peric had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Umana VE, through which he has constantly improved. Hrvoje Peric averages this season 10.9ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American point guard Chris Wright (185-PG-89) of Auxilium TO. Wright impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Auxilium TO to edge the higher-ranked Scandone AV (#3, 11-5) by 5 points 84-79. Auxilium TO's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wright is a newcomer at Auxilium TO and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Croatian Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86, agency: Alti Sport) of Banco di Srd (#5). Stipcevic scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Banco di Srd, leading his team to a 83-76 win against the lower-ranked Openjobmetis V. (#15, 4-12). Banco di Srd needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Stipcevic has a very solid season. In 16 games in Italy he scored 11.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) of Grissin Bon RE - 15 points and 14 rebounds
5. Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84) of AV Cantu - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Jarrod Jones (205-C/F-90) of VL Pesaro - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nathan Boothe (206-C-94) of The Flexx PT - 19 points and 3 rebounds
8. Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Dolomiti En. TR - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86) of Scandone AV - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Achille Polonara (203-F-91) of Grissin Bon RE - 12 points, 12 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)



Italian Serie B round 17 best performance: Michele Bei - by Eurobasket News

Michele Bei (200-C/F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for USE Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 19 rebounds, while his team USE Basket moved-up to the 6th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. USE Basket will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Bei had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at USE Basket and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Michele Bei averages this season 12.8ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old former international power forward Andrea Paleari (202-F/C-81) of Milano Urania. Paleari had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Milano Urania to edge the higher-ranked Crema (#7, 9-8) 77-71. This victory allowed Milano Urania to move up to 11th position in Group B. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Paleari is one of the most experienced players at Milano Urania and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Argentinian center Marcelo Dip (205-C-84, agency: Players Group) of league's top team Montegrano. Dip scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Montegrano, leading his team to a 90-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Valdiceppo (#14, 3-13). Many experts and fans count Montegrano as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 14 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings in Group D. Dip has a very solid season. In 14 games in Italy he scored 12.6ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 57.6%. Marcelo Dip has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jacopo Mercante (192-G-90) of Valsesia - 25 points and 13 rebounds
5. Andrea Scuderi (188-G-92) of Roma Luiss - 30 points and 6 rebounds
6. Francesco Stefanelli (190-G-95) of San Miniato - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Luca Bisconti (206-C/F-82) of Valmontone - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Massimo Farioli (202-C/F-77) of Reggio Emilia - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ferdinando Nasello (194-G-95) of Siena Virtus - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Yande Fall (200-C/F-90) of Senigallia - 21 points and 13 rebounds

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



Alan Voskuil (ex Antwerp) is a newcomer at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News

Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Danish international guard Alan Voskuil (191-92kg-86, college: Texas Tech). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Voskuil played recently at Port of Antwerp Giants in Belgian Euromillions League. The last season he played at Roma Virtus (Serie A) where in 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.9apg.
Voskuil has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Italian DNA Cup in 2014. Voskuil was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold Bosman Player of the Year in 2015.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 38.8%.
Voskuil is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Canada (Halifax Rainmen), France (Chorale de Roanne), Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Fontedoso Carrefour), Turkey (Eskisehir Basket and Bornova), Denmark (Horsens IC) and Italy (Angelico Biella and Piacenza Basket Club).
Voskuil attended Texas Tech University until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A great outside shooter, who can "kill" the teams from behind the 3pts arch. Has a very good shooting techinque, passes the ball well, he's enough quick to defend well on the perimeter. But skills are typical for a 2 man, not for the point.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Johnson is back at JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta (Serie A) signed experienced 37-year old American power forward Linton Johnson (203-93kg-80, college: Tulane, agency: SPORTlab Agency). It is actually his comeback to Juvecaserta as he has played here before. Johnson started the season at Givova Scafati Basket in the Serie A2. In 11 games he had 11.0ppg and 7.5rpg this season. The last season Johnson played at Juvecaserta where in four Serie A games he recorded 6.0ppg and 5.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Imports Team back in 2012.
Johnson has played also professionally in Spain (Baskonia) and NBA (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA, The Flexx Pistoia, Banco di Srd and Scandone Avellino).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at JuveCaserta.
Johnson attended Tulane University until 2002 and it is his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: Linton Johnson was phenomenal on the glass. He didn't shoot well, but he did a lot of things well. They're things that don't necessarily show up in the box score. Has that kind of hard-working mentality that is loved by all the coaches and team managers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Smith's 40-point game gives him Serie A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Adam Smith (185-PG-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Roseto and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 40 points adding five assists for Roseto in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Bondi Ferrara (#14, 6-12) with 32-point margin 107-75. Roseto maintains the 8th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Roseto will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Roseto's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.2ppg. Smith is in league's top in and averages solid 53.1% FGP and 43.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jonathan Arledge (206-F-91, agency: Two Points) of Latina Basket. He is American forward in his first season at Latina Basket. In the last game Arledge recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Latina Basket to another comfortable win 74-61 over the lower-ranked Scafati (#16, 4-14) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Latina Basket to move up to 6th position in West. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Arledge is a newcomer at Latina Basket and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Tony Easley (206-C-87) of Roma E-basket (#7). Easley scored 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Easley's great performance Roma E-basket lost 85-89 to the higher-ranked Tortona (#4, 11-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Roma E-basket needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in West. Their record is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Easley has a great season in Italy. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stan Okoye (198-G/F-91) of Udine APU - 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Massimo Chessa (188-PG-88) of Roma Virtus - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Rieti - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Timothy Bowers (188-PG-82) of Jesi - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. William Mosley (203-C-89) of Legnano - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeffrey Crockett (201-F-91) of Unieuro Forli - 21 points and 12 rebounds
10. Alessandro Amici (200-G/F-91) of Mantova - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Ion Lupusor agreed terms with Scafati - by Armando Caporaso

Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition on loan of 21-year old power forward Ion Lupusor (203-95kg-96). He started the season at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in the Serie A2. Lupusor has played there for the last four years. In 14 Serie A2 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 2.4rpg this season. The last season he played also at Viola (Serie A) where in 30 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.7rpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
Lupusor represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 1.3rpg.

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Scafati adds Metreveli to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A2) added to their roster 26-year old Georgian power forward Nika Metreveli (211-105kg-91). He played recently at JuveCaserta in the Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in 10 games he recorded just 0.6ppg and 1.0rpg this season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Metreveli won Georgian League championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Georgian League All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Metreveli was also a member of Georgian international program for some years. He played for Georgian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
Metreveli also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 2.7rpg.
Metreveli has played previously professionally in Italy (Rimini, Banco di Srd, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Roseto and Betaland Cdo) and Georgia (MIA and Sokhumi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising Georgian teenager, expected to become a 7-foot inside force. Has a very nice outside shooting that enables him to easily play at the 4 position.
Georgia is among the countries that produces very skilful and strong high towers. Nika belongs to this team; he is very tall with long edges and has a harmonic body which simply shows that with some extra work out he can do a lot of things in the court. He is a hard worker and he likes to play the physical game even though his doesn't have so big strength, he is very good on the defence. He needs to upgrade his moves in the paint, even though he already did so he will have to work hard in order to be able to play on a much higher level than the one currently plays in the junior championship of Italy with Montepaschi's jersey and then possibly enter in the men's team. He has all the prospects, body and physical moves to do so
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Berme Viola Reggio Calabria adds Baldassarre to their roster - by Armando Caporaso

Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria (Serie A2) added to their roster 31-year old power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-95kg-86, agency: Players Group). He started the season at Givova Scafati Basket in the Serie A2. In 15 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg this season. Baldassarre helped them to make it to the Supercup final. The last season he played also at Scafati (Serie A) where in 42 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.1apg. Baldassarre contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Italian Lega Due Play-Offs championship title in 2010. Baldassarre was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention back in 2013.
He represented Italy at the World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago.
Baldassarre has played previously for seven other teams: Benetton Treviso, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Banco di Srd, Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Treviglio, Air Force and Lighthouse Conad Trapani.
On Baldassarre: Has great offensive instinct, and he finally found his position, and not at the 3, as he was expected to, but as an undersized inside player. In fact, he gives his best at he 4 and 5 positions, where he can use his quick feet and good timing for the ball.

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Interview | Kenny Hasbrouck:" The next game against Recanati is a must win for us" - by Andrea Centenari

I have a little chat with Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena), leading scorer of UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2 East) with 17.4 points per game.

Hi Kenny, how is the mood of the team after the defeat against Tezenis Verona?
After the loss, no one is happy because we lose the game but we understand that we need to be better. We have a lot of key injuries which makes things more difficult but we also understand that we are still professional athletes and still need to figure out ways to win games!

What were the main causes of this defeat in your opinion?
Tezenis Verona came into the game with a great game plan on offense and defense. They executed very well and we could not overcome this. Bravo to their team and coaches.

With Robert Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) out seems that the opposing teams defense is more focused on you. Is your approach to the game changed? Do you feel more pressure on you?

I don't feel more pressure and I have not changed my approach. I come into every game playing my hardest and trusting my preparations before to be ready for the game.

Now you'll play against the last team in the stadings, Ambalt Recanati, before two weeks without games (next game 12 february). Do you think that this will be a crucial game in the race for the playoffs?
I think every game we play for the rest of the season will be crucial for playoffs. The next game against Ambalt Recanati is a MUST WIN for us.





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Japanese B League D3 round 10 best performance: Eve Nyokozera - by Eurobasket News

Center Eve Nyokozera (199-C-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Aisin AW, receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Tokyo Big Blue (#9, 1-17) 84-72. Aisin AW is placed at 5th position in Japanese B League D3. Aisin AW is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Nyokozera as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Eve Nyokozera averages this season 8.8ppg and 7.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of league's leader Fukuoka Rizing. Peppers had a very good evening with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he led Fukuoka Rizing to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#7, 5-13) 86-58. Of course Fukuoka Rizing still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 16 matches. Peppers is one of the most experienced players at Fukuoka Rizing and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#3). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Matthew Kendrick (215-C-90) of Toyoda Gosei (#8). Kendrick scored 19 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toyoda Gosei, leading his team to a 74-58 easy win against the higher-ranked Otsuka A. (#3, 12-6). Toyoda Gosei can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kendrick he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kendrick has individually a great season in Japan. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. R.J. Slawson (206-F-92) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. R.J. Slawson (206-F-92) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 25 points and 12 rebounds
7. Bingo Merriex (206-F-80) of Fukuoka Rizing - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Yusuke Ikeda (180-PG-88) of Tokyo HT - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



B League D2 Round 32: Toyotsu FE edge Iwate Big Bulls by two points - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (7-23) made lots of trouble for first ranked Toyotsu FE (24-6) in Nagoya on Sunday. Toyotsu FE managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But Iwate Big Bulls won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who scored 6 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Yuto Otsuka (188-90) chipped in 9 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Toyotsu FE's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward