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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  



Big step for Helios - by Eurobasket News

It was a tough game for Sixt Primorska, who suffered a painful loss against Krka in the Nova KBM League just a few days before the first SIXT Alpe Adria Cup qauterfinal game. The duel started better for the home team, who got the fast five point lead (7:2), but current Slovenian national champions Helios Suns quickly showed that they're extremely motivated. On the shoulders of their playmaker Jure Jure Mocnik (183-PG-85), who had his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 assists, Suns dominated the game from start to finish, especially under both rims. Although Primorska tried to make a comeback in the third quarter (24:25), the were not successful and their attempts were repulsed by team from Domzale. The fact that only two Sixt Primorska's players - Duda Sanadze (196-G-92, college: San Diego) (13) and Troy Franklin (183-PG-89, college: Coppin St.) (16) - made more than 10 points did not help either. By the end of the game the lead for Helios Suns was already 21 points, but the Aleksander Sekulic's players reduced the gap a little (56:71). Cory Remekun (203-F/C-91, college: St.Louis) nailed 22 points, while Jure Mocnik added 16 points for Helios. Franklin responded with 16 points for Primorska. The second quarterfinal-game between Sixt Primorska and Helis Suns is scheduled for 6th of February, at 19.00.
Courtesy of: alpeadriacup.com



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The Pride Win Back To Back Games Over the Crusaders and the Black Eagles - by Mike Lee

The Manhattan Pride entered this past weekend looking to rebound after starting the season with a 2-3 record.

On Saturday afternoon, the Pride faced off against the New York Crusaders who were coming into the game with a two-game winning streak, including an impressive 109-104 victory over New York City 524.

The Pride came away with a 133-111 wire-to-wire victory. The Pride got impressive performances from Jeffrey Noel (6'5''-F, college: Vaughn), who led all scorers with 34 points and Ahmed Nagaya (6'4''-F, college: Buffalo St.), who finished the game with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Other key contributors were Nate Young (6'7''-F-86) (18 Points, 12 assists), Mike John (6'3''-G, college: Kutztown) (14 points), Rhydeem Samedi (6'4''-F) (10 points), Prince Samuels (6'3''-G) (10 points, 5 steals), Jonathan Youngmann (6'5''-F-85) (9 points), and Seon Jack (6'1''-G) (6 points, 5 assists).

On Sunday, the Pride hosted the NYC Black Eagles and came away with another wire-to-wire victory, winning the game 128-90. The Pride benefitted from a well-balanced offensive attack where everyone who played scored in double figures.

Jeffrey Noel again led the Pride in scoring with 21 points and Nate Young also finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jonathan Youngmann also finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Other key players included Rhydeem Samedi (17 points, 7 rebounds), Prince Samuels (18 points, 5 rebounds), and William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic) (14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals). Veteran co-captains Seon Jack (10 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists) and Idris Agbaje (6'5''-F) (10 points, 10 rebounds) also played well and provided excellent leadership for the Pride.



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 20-6 
 2. Estudiantes C. 17-11 
 3. Regatas C. 16-11 
 4. Instituto 15-12 
 5. Olimpico LB 14-14 
 6. Quimsa 13-14 
 7. La Union 12-14 
 8. Libertad S. 12-15 
 9. Atenas 10-17 
 10. Echague 4-23 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 21-7 
 2. Ferrocarril 18-9 
 3. Weber Bahia 17-10 
 4. Obras Basket 14-13 
 5. Argentino 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. 25: San Martin C. - Argentino 86-71
Jan. 24: Estudiantes C. - Boca Jrs 84-76
Jan. 24: Weber Bahia - GECR Indalo 77-61
Jan. 25: San Lorenzo - Libertad S. 104-73
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. Solano, Echague16.4 
 8. Reed, Penarol16.4 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.16.1 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.16.0 
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.9.0 
 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. Cantero, San M.4.8 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.7 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.6 
 10. De los Santo., GECR I.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Solano, Echague2.1 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.1 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. De los Santo., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Lescano, San M.1.6 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 9. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.6 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
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 10-9 
 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 9-12 
 6. Petr.Argentino 6-14 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 25: Atenas Carmen - Temperley 90-88
Jan. 26: Obera TC - Independiente BBC
Jan. 26: Petr.Argentino - La Union
Jan. 26: Alianza Viedma - Gimnasia LP
Jan. 26: Rocamora - Olimpo BB
Jan. 26: Hindu - Union SF
Jan. 26: BHY Tiro Federal - SP Las Parejas
Jan. 27: Ciclista - Parque Sur
Jan. 27: Salta Basket - San Isidro
Jan. 28: Temperley - Platense
Jan. 28: Huracan - La Union
Jan. 28: Atenas Carmen - Gimnasia LP
Jan. 28: Villa Angela - Union SF
Jan. 29: SP Las Parejas - Barrio Parque
Jan. 29: Hindu - Villa San Martin
Jan. 29: Independiente BBC - Comunicaciones
Jan. 29: Mitre Tuc. - San Isidro


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.9.8 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 6. Graham, Temperley8.3 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.1 
 8. Hill, Huracan8.1 
 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. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Rusconi, Gimnasia.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. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.9 
 10. Cequeira, Villa A.1.8 
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 


Justin Williams claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, agency: DTMones) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Olimpico LB and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 32-year old power forward had a double-double of 17 points and twenty two rebounds, while his team crushed Ferrocarril (#2, 18-9) with 20-point margin 89-69. Olimpico LB is placed at 5th position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. Olimpico LB 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 14-14 record. It's Williams' second year at Olimpico LB and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Wyoming graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams leads league in rebounds with 12.1rpg. Williams is in league's top in and averages solid 3.1bpg and 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old former international swingman Luciano Gonzalez (190-G/F-90) of Quimsa. Gonzalez impressed basketball fans with 35 points and 5 assists. Bad luck as Quimsa was edged by the higher-ranked Ferrocarril (#2, 18-9) 90-89. Quimsa managed to keep the same 6th spot in Sur. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. Gonzalez is a newcomer at Quimsa 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 Dominican Rep. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions) of Echague (#10). Solano got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and six assists. Despite Solano's great performance Echague lost 83-95 to the higher-ranked Regatas C. (#3, 16-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Echague can only dream about fighting for top spots in Norte. They have rather bad season and 4-23 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Solano he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Solano has individually a great season in Argentina. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (8th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Flor (186-G-93) of Quilmes MP - 37 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85) of San Martin C. - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rodney Green (196-G/F-88) of Instituto - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Paolo Quinteros (188-SG-79) of Regatas C. - 28 points and 5 assists
8. Mariano Byro (194-G/F-82) of Hispano Am. - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Federico Van Lacke (191-SG-80) of Olimpico LB - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Dennis Horner (205-F-88) of Obras Basket - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



TNA Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Parque Sur as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Parque Sur defeated top-ranked Olimpo in Concepcion de Urug. 94-83. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Olimpo. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Parque Sur. Olimpo managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) chipped in 17 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) responded with 24 points. Parque Sur have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ciclista. Olimpo at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Olimpo will play next round against Rocamora trying to get back on the winning streak. Parque Sur will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ciclista in Juninense.
Sixth-ranked La Union (5-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Olimpo (14-6) in Colon. The visitors from Bahia Blanca managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) notched 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Valentin Bettiga supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 25 points and 6 rebounds by American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) did not help to save the game for La Union. Olimpo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-6 record. La Union at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Olimpo will play against Rocamora (#5) on the road in the next round. La Union will play against Huracan in Trelew and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in San Francisco between Sportivo and San Isidro. Sixth ranked Sportivo (5-14) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked San Isidro (12-8). Sportivo managed to escape with a 3-point win 72-69 on Tuesday evening. Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Santiago Gonzalez produced 14 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Sportivo maintains sixth position with 5-14 record, which they share with Obera TC. Loser San Isidro keeps the second place with eight games lost. Sportivo will meet at home higher ranked Barrio Parque (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. San Isidro will play against Mitre Tuc. in Tucuman and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Mercedes. It ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Comunicaciones (15-5) to fifth ranked Independiente BBC (6-13) 73-71 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Comunicaciones. Worth to mention a great performance of Julian Aprea who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Independiente BBC maintains fifth position with 6-13 record. Comunicaciones at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Independiente BBC's next round opponent will be Obera TC (#6) on the road. Comunicaciones will play again against Independiente BBC (#5) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Cordoba. Third ranked Villa Angela (12-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Barrio Parque (11-7) 88-85 in the fight for the third place. Cesar Avalle scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners. Villa Angela's coach Leandro Ramella used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Villa Angela maintains third position with 12-7 record having four points less than leader Olimpo BB which they share with defeated Barrio Parque. Barrio Parque lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. Villa Angela will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barrio Parque will play on the road against Sportivo in Las Parejas and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Platense won against Estudiantes O. on the opponent's court 92-83. Villa San Martin unfortunately lost to Union SF in a home game 71-83. Temperley recorded a loss to Alianza Viedma on the road 69-74. Obera TC defeated Salta Basket on its own court 81-72. Atenas Carmen beat Gimnasia LP in Carmen de Patagones 97-90. Huracan destroyed Petr.Argentino at home 78-45. Hindu managed to outperform San Isidro on the opponent's court 75-58. Union SF managed to beat Mitre Tuc. in a home game 87-83. Salta Basket was crushed by Comunicaciones on the road 82-62. Ciclista beat Atenas Carmen on its own court 81-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Bruno Barovero of Union SF.

Estudiantes O. - Platense 83-92

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Olavarria where their biggest opponent Estudiantes O. (14-8) was defeated by third ranked CA Platense (11-8) 92-83 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-83. CA Platense forced 21 Estudiantes O. turnovers. Guard Felipe Pais (185-90) scored 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and center Dario Mansilla (207-82) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) scored 17 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CA Platense maintains third position with 11-8 record having five points less than leader Olimpo BB. Estudiantes O. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second place with eight games lost. CA Platense will face CA Temperley (#4) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: L.Portillo 17+1reb+1ast, D.Figueredo 17+4reb+6ast, R.Sanchez 16+6reb+5ast, J.Gamazo 11+5reb+3ast, A.Brocal 7+1reb+4ast, E.Dominguez 7+5reb+1ast
Platense: F.Pais 39+5reb+1ast, D.Mansilla 20+6reb+3ast, V.Facundo 16+3reb+5ast, E.Cassinelli 13+4reb+3ast, J.Lugrin 2+1reb, A.Pappalardi 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 523855


Villa San Martin - Union SF 71-83

Rather predictable result in Resistencia where first ranked Union SF (15-4) defeated 4th ranked Villa San Martin (8-12) 83-71 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-71. Union SF dominated on the defensive end, holding Villa San Martin to just 7 points in second quarter. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Haitian forward Clide Geffrard (198-94, college: SF Austin) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Chilean swingman Alejo Toledo (194-80) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Union SF have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-4 record. Newly promoted Villa San Martin keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Union SF will face Villa Angela (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Villa San Martin will play on the road against the league's leader Hindu in Chaco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Villa San Martin: C.Geffrard 19+6reb+1ast, A.Carnovale 12+3reb+2ast, A.Toledo 9+8reb+2ast, G.Mascaro 9+4reb+1ast, M.Cabrera 8+1reb+2ast, J.Morales 7+6reb
Union SF: B.Barovero 34+5reb+2ast, P.Tabarez 17+8reb, F.Podesta 12+5reb+2ast, M.Isola 9+4reb+3ast, T.Ligorria 7+1reb+2ast, M.Williams 2+3reb
gschID: 523856


San Isidro - SP Las Parejas 69-72

A very close game took place in San Francisco between Sportivo and San Isidro. Sixth ranked Sportivo (5-14) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked San Isidro (12-8). Sportivo managed to escape with a 3-point win 72-69 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-69. Sportivo outrebounded San Isidro 39-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. Point guard Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-91) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Manuel Olocco (198-88) chipped in 15 points. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Italian swingman German Sciutto (190-78, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four San Isidro players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Sportivo maintains sixth position with 5-14 record, which they share with Obera TC. Loser San Isidro keeps the second place with eight games lost. Sportivo will meet at home higher ranked Barrio Parque (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. San Isidro will play against Mitre Tuc. in Tucuman and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: S.Gonzalez 14+9reb+2ast, G.Sciutto 13+6reb+2ast, J.Kelly 10+2ast, M.Muller 10+1reb, S.Acevedo 8+3reb, H. Feder 5+1ast
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 23+6reb+3ast, M.Olocco 15+3reb+2ast, A.Carlachiani 10+5reb, A.Pautasso 9+7reb, A.Rossi 6+5reb+2ast, M.Negri 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523853


Parque Sur - Olimpo BB 94-83

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Parque Sur as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Parque Sur defeated top-ranked Olimpo in Concepcion de Urug. 94-83. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Olimpo. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Parque Sur. Olimpo managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Five Parque Sur players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) responded with 24 points and American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points. Parque Sur have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ciclista. Olimpo at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Olimpo will play next round against Rocamora trying to get back on the winning streak. Parque Sur will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ciclista in Juninense.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: C.Schoppler 24+2reb+3ast, T.Granado 13+4reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 12+1reb+3ast, F.Pennacchotti 12+1reb+2ast, V.Bettiga 9+8reb+1ast, J.Fabio 6+7reb+3ast
Parque Sur: E.Bolling 21+4reb+3ast, E.Martinez 19+1reb+2ast, G.Mariani 17+3reb+2ast, P.Alderete 13+6reb+1ast, S.Bernasconi 12+4reb, A.Jure 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 523852


Comunicaciones - Independiente BBC 71-73

A very interesting game took place in Mercedes. It ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Comunicaciones (15-5) to fifth ranked Independiente BBC (6-13) 73-71 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Comunicaciones. Independiente BBC dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Comunicaciones' 18 and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Comunicaciones helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of center Julian Aprea (209-87) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Victor Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Jose De Felippo added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Comunicaciones. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Independiente BBC maintains fifth position with 6-13 record. Comunicaciones at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Independiente BBC's next round opponent will be Obera TC (#6) on the road. Comunicaciones will play again against Independiente BBC (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: N.Lauria 19+6reb+3ast, C.Romero 12+5reb+2ast, J.De Felippo 11+8reb+2ast, S.Ferreyra 9+2reb, A.Pau 9+2reb+3ast, V.Burgos 6+2reb+4ast
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 19+8reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 14+3reb+6ast, B.Ingrata 11+4reb+1ast, J.Angel Lopez 11+4reb, M.Martinez 8+6reb+2ast, M.Vittar 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 523854


Alianza Viedma - Temperley 74-69

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Rio Negro where one of their biggest challengers CA Temperley (10-8) was defeated by fourth ranked Alianza Viedma (10-9) 74-69 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Alianza Viedma made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Alianza Viedma outrebounded CA Temperley 39-28 including 33 on the defensive glass. CA Temperley was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Lucas Ortiz (190-87) responded with 19 points and power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Alianza Viedma maintains fourth position with 10-9 record which they share with defeated CA Temperley. CA Temperley lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Alianza Viedma will face Gimnasia LP (#7) in La Plata in the next round. CA Temperley will play at home against CA Platense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Temperley: L.Ortiz 19+1reb+1ast, M.Trimboli 12+8reb+1ast, S.Chaine 11+4reb+2ast, D.Graham 8+6reb+1ast, L.Ibanez Paz 7+3reb+3ast, R.Pelorosso 6+3reb
Alianza Viedma: P.Franco 16+1reb+2ast, O.McCullough 15+5reb+1ast, L.Nwogbo 13+8reb, F.Grun 8+7reb, A.Knecht 8+4reb+3ast, M.Gaynor 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 523851


Obera TC - Salta Basket 81-72

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Obera TC (5-14) beat at home 5th ranked Salta Basket (7-11) 81-72 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Obera TC made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Obera TC outrebounded Salta Basket 42-19 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-91) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. Obera TC's coach Lucas Zurita used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Italian Matias Fioretti (199-84) responded with 15 points and 7 assists and American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Obera TC moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SP Las Parejas. Salta Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Obera TC will face higher ranked Independiente BBC (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Salta Basket will play against the league's second-placed San Isidro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: M.Fioretti 15+7ast, L.Prowell 14+6reb, R.Haag 11+2reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 11+4reb+3ast, I.Okoye 9+3reb, N.Copello 7+1ast
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 22+1reb+4ast, M.Gandoy 19+8reb+1ast, A.Joseph 13+11reb, S.Luduena 10+4reb+2ast, L.Quinteros 7+1reb, J.Deck 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523848


La Union - Olimpo BB 86-89

Sixth-ranked La Union (5-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Olimpo (14-6) in Colon. The visitors from Bahia Blanca managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Olimpo outrebounded La Union 48-26 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) notched 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Valentin Bettiga (190-99) supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Olimpo players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 6 rebounds by American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) did not help to save the game for La Union. Point guard Carlos Buendia (178-95) added 27 points for lost side. Olimpo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-6 record. La Union at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Olimpo will play against Rocamora (#5) on the road in the next round. La Union will play against Huracan in Trelew and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
La Union: C.Buendia 27+1reb+2ast, R.Brown 25+6reb+3ast, P.Bilat 9+3reb+2ast, J.Pegues 8+3reb+3ast, D.Cabezas 7+8reb, F.Mendoza 6+4reb+2ast
Olimpo BB: C.Schoppler 28+5reb+3ast, V.Bettiga 14+10reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 11+3reb+3ast, F.Pennacchotti 10+9reb+1ast, J.Fabio 7+6reb, T.Granado 6+8reb
gschID: 523850


Gimnasia LP - Atenas Carmen 90-97

There was no surprise in La Plata where 7th ranked Gimnasia LP (4-16) was defeated by fifth ranked Atenas (8-12) 97-90 on Sunday. Atenas made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Gimnasia LP was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Lisandro Villa (198-87) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Leonardo La Bella (180-86) scored 23 points and 8 assists. Atenas moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Villa San Martin. Gimnasia LP lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Atenas will face CA Temperley (#4) at home in the next round. Gimnasia LP will play again against Atenas in Carmen de Patagones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: L.Villa 25+7reb+4ast, L.La Bella 23+2reb+8ast, M.Segon 17+5reb+1ast, R.Salvatierra 9+7reb+1ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 6+7reb, J.Lancieri 5+2reb+2ast
Atenas Carmen: H.Wilkerson 25+8reb+2ast, A.Giarraffa 17+2reb+1ast, E.Agostino 17, S.Cutley 16+9reb+3ast, B.Oprandi 13+4reb+4ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523849


Huracan - Petr.Argentino 78-45

No shocking result in a game in Trelew where third ranked Huracan (11-11) outleveled 6th ranked Petr.Argentino (6-14) 78-45 on Saturday. The game without a history. Huracan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Petr.Argentino to just 7 points in second quarter. Huracan dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Petr.Argentino's 28. They outrebounded Petr.Argentino 47-32 including a 40-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Venezuelan forward Juan Coronado (203-90, college: Liberty) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Cedric Blossom (198, college: Morgan St., agency: DTMones) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Damian Pineda (194-88) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huracan have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-11 record having two points less than leader Olimpo BB. Petr.Argentino lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Huracan will face La Union (#6) in Colon in the next round. Petr.Argentino will play at home against La Union and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: C.Blossom 19+12reb, D.Pineda 14+5reb+1ast, M.Lambrisca 4+2reb, S. Frola 3+1reb+1ast, F.Gago 2+3reb, S.Gandolfo 2+1reb
Huracan: L.Ruiz Moreno 16+3reb+4ast, J.Coronado 15+9reb+2ast, J.Hill 12+13reb+1ast, G.Maranguello 8+3reb, J.Ignacio Laterza 7+1reb+2ast, M.Melo 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 523846


San Isidro - Hindu 58-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent San Isidro's (12-8) home loss to first ranked Hindu (16-3) 58-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hindu. San Isidro was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding San Isidro to just 7 points in third quarter. Hindu dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to San Isidro's 26. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hindu made 8 blocks. Point guard Sergio Mora (182-93) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sebastian Picton (196-92) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) responded with 7 points and 12 rebounds and forward Mauricio Corzo (195-95) scored 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hindu have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-3 record. Loser San Isidro keeps the second place with eight games lost. Hindu will face Villa San Martin (#4) in Resistencia in the next round. San Isidro will play on the road against Mitre Tuc. in Tucuman and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: M.Corzo 12+4reb+2ast, S.Acevedo 11+3reb, A.Lozano 9+2reb+4ast, S.Gonzalez 7+12reb+1ast, J.Kelly 6+1reb+2ast, A.Landoni 6+1reb+1ast
Hindu: S.Picton 14+5reb, K.Jones 10+8reb, P.Moya 10+3reb+1ast, N.Paletta 9+4reb+4ast, F.Vieta Stechina 8+1reb+2ast, S.Mora 8+6reb+5ast
gschID: 523845


Union SF - Mitre Tuc. 87-83

Very predictable result in Santa Fe where first ranked Union SF (15-4) defeated 6th ranked Mitre Tuc. (5-15) 87-83 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-83. Center Fernando Podesta (205-92) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Union SF players scored in double figures. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) responded with 25 points and Pablo Osores (194-86) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Union SF have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-4 record. Mitre Tuc. lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. Union SF will face Villa Angela (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitre Tuc. will play at home against the league's second-placed San Isidro (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: J.Muruaga 25+4reb+3ast, P.Osores 20+5reb+1ast, T.Brown 17+6reb+3ast, L.Arganaraz 8+3reb+7ast, J.Carrizo 7+1reb+1ast, G.Gorostiaga 6+6reb+2ast
Union SF: F.Podesta 21+9reb, P.Tabarez 19+3reb+2ast, B.Barovero 17+3reb+1ast, M.Williams 10+3reb, T.Ligorria 7+4reb+1ast, M.Isola 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523842


Comunicaciones - Salta Basket 82-62

Not a big story in a game in Mercedes where 5th ranked Salta Basket (7-11) was rolled over by second ranked Comunicaciones (15-5) 82-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Comunicaciones. Salta Basket was better in fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Cristian Romero (190-79) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Santiago Ferreyra chipped in 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and guard Rodrigo Haag (193-95) scored 17 points. Comunicaciones have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-5 record behind leader Olimpo BB. Salta Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Independiente BBC (#5) in the next round. Salta Basket will play against the league's second-placed San Isidro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: R.Haag 17+1reb+1ast, L.Prowell 14+5reb+1ast, A.Zurbriggen 12+2reb, M.Fioretti 8, G.Eseverri 5+1reb+2ast, N.Copello 3+3reb+3ast
Comunicaciones: S.Ferreyra 16+1reb+2ast, C.Romero 15+6reb+2ast, N.Lauria 13+2reb, V.Burgos 10+3reb+5ast, G.Essengue 8+6reb+1ast, M.Aristu 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523841


Ciclista - Atenas Carmen 81-68

Everything went according to plan in Juninense where second ranked Ciclista (13-7) beat 5th ranked Atenas (8-12) 81-68 on Friday. Atenas was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-15 charge of Ciclista, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Emiliano Agostino (191-84) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ciclista keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Parque Sur. Loser Atenas dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Ciclista will face league's leader Parque Sur in Concepcion de Urug. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atenas will play at home against Gimnasia LP and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 19+5reb+3ast, M.Percaz 9, E.Agostino 9+5reb+2ast, H.Wilkerson 9+6reb+1ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 6+5reb+2ast, G.Peralta 6+4reb
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 23+10reb+2ast, A.Harrison 18+11reb+1ast, M.Tamburini 13+1reb+3ast, P.Martinez 8+2reb, X.Carreras 6+4reb, M.Araujo 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523844


Barrio Parque - Villa Angela 85-88

Important game to mention about took place in Cordoba. Third ranked Villa Angela (12-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Barrio Parque (11-7) 88-85 in the fight for the third place. Villa Angela made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game, while Barrio Parque only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Cesar Avalle (189-85) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Villa Angela players scored in double figures. Villa Angela's coach Leandro Ramella used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Andres Mariani (188-87) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Sebastian Cabello (202-82) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Villa Angela maintains third position with 12-7 record having four points less than leader Olimpo BB which they share with defeated Barrio Parque. Barrio Parque lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. Villa Angela will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barrio Parque will play on the road against Sportivo in Las Parejas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 17+6reb+4ast, G.Marozzi 17+2reb+1ast, E.Martina 15, E.Rossi 9+4reb, S.Cabello 9+10reb+2ast, E.Cantarutti 8+3reb+4ast
Villa Angela: C.Avalle 19+3reb+3ast, N.Carter 19+4reb+1ast, A.Spalla 15+4reb+1ast, M.Cequeira 10+9reb+2ast, L.Strack 9+2reb+3ast, M.Garcia 7+7reb
gschID: 523843





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  ASEAN LEAGUE  

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Jan. 22: Hong Kong ELL - Alab Pilipinas 93-80
Jan. 20: KL Dragons - Saigon H. 82-67
Jan. 25: KL Dragons - Kaohsiung 79-97

Regular Season: Round 8

Feb. 1: Kaohsiung - Saigon H.
Feb. 3: Kaohsiung - Singapore S.
Feb. 5: Kaohsiung - KL Dragons
Feb. 5: Singapore S. - Hong Kong ELL
Feb. 5: Alab Pilipinas - Saigon H.


Round 7: Hong Kong ELL defeat Alab Pilipinas in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (6-2) which hosted in Hong Kong their biggest opponent Filipino Alab Pilipinas (5-3). Third ranked Hong Kong ELL managed to get a 13-point victory 93-80. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Hong Kong ELL. Alab Pilipinas managed to win fourth quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hong Kong ELL made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Alab Pilipinas turnovers. Strangely Alab Pilipinas outrebounded Hong Kong ELL 45-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Tyler Lamb (196-91, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American-Filipino guard Bobby Ray Parks (193-93, college: High School) answered with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for Alab Pilipinas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hong Kong ELL moved-up to second place. Alab Pilipinas at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Hong Kong ELL are looking forward to face league's leader Singapore Slingers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Alab Pilipinas will play against Saigon Heat and are hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Malaysian KL Dragons (2-6) which hosted in Kuala Lumpur 4th placed Vietnamese Saigon Heat (1-5). Fourth ranked KL Dragons had an easy win 82-67. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Freddie Goldstein helped adding 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. KL Dragons' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. KL Dragons maintains fourth place with 2-6 record, which they share with Kaohsiung. Saigon Heat at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. KL Dragons will play against Kaohsiung (#4) in Kaohsiung City in the next round. Saigon Heat will play on the road against Alab Pilipinas in Manila to get more than just one victory in their record.
Bottom-ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung managed to get a second victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur 97-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Kaohsiung is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KL Dragons. It was an exceptional evening for Chris Oliver who led the winners with a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Marcus Melvin came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for KL Dragons in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kaohsiung (2-6) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated KL Dragons. Kaohsiung will meet at home league's leader Singapore Slingers in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KL Dragons will play again against Kaohsiung in Kaohsiung City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

KL Dragons - Kaohsiung 79-97

Bottom-ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung managed to get a second victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur 97-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Kaohsiung is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KL Dragons. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 21-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-79. Kaohsiung dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to KL Dragons' 34. It was a great shooting night for Kaohsiung especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Chris Oliver (201-85, college: Radford) who led the winners with a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. American-Hungarian power forward Derek Hall (211-90, college: Albright) accounted for 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four Kaohsiung players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import power forward Skylar Spencer (208-94, college: San Diego St.) added 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for KL Dragons in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kaohsiung (2-6) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated KL Dragons. Kaohsiung will meet at home league's leader Singapore Slingers in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KL Dragons will play again against Kaohsiung in Kaohsiung City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: M.Melvin 24+14reb, Y.Hou Wong 17+2ast, S.Spencer 15+13reb+3ast, C.Hong Ting 6+2reb, F.Goldstein 6+1reb+4ast, K.Hou Teo 4+2reb+4ast
Kaohsiung: W.Hsu 23+1reb+2ast, D.Hall 19+9reb+3ast, C.Oliver 19+16reb+10ast, R.Jose 17+2reb+2ast, H.Chun Chang 9+3reb+1ast, Q.Jun 6+1ast
gschID: 520713


Hong Kong ELL - Alab Pilipinas 93-80

An interesting game for Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (6-2) which hosted in Hong Kong their biggest opponent Filipino Alab Pilipinas (5-3). Third ranked Hong Kong ELL managed to get a 13-point victory 93-80. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Hong Kong ELL. Alab Pilipinas managed to win fourth quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hong Kong ELL made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Alab Pilipinas turnovers. Strangely Alab Pilipinas outrebounded Hong Kong ELL 45-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Tyler Lamb (196-91, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Hong Kong ELL players scored in double figures. American-Filipino guard Bobby Ray Parks (193-93, college: High School) answered with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Haylett Sports) added 19 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Alab Pilipinas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hong Kong ELL moved-up to second place. Alab Pilipinas at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Hong Kong ELL are looking forward to face league's leader Singapore Slingers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Alab Pilipinas will play against Saigon Heat and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Alab Pilipinas: B.Ray Parks 23+9reb+9ast, J.Hughes 19+16reb+1ast, L.Domingo 12+6reb, S.Carter 9+3reb, R.Celiz 8+2reb, J.Fortuna 3+1ast
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 27+7reb+4ast, T.Lamb 23+7reb+6ast, P.Sullivan 14+8reb+2ast, S.Wing Chan 11+3reb+3ast, S.Guinchard 10+4reb+2ast, S.Yee Fong 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 520712


KL Dragons - Saigon H. 82-67

An interesting game for Malaysian KL Dragons (2-6) which hosted in Kuala Lumpur 4th placed Vietnamese Saigon Heat (1-5). Fourth ranked KL Dragons had an easy win 82-67. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KL Dragons forced 19 Saigon Heat turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. American-Israeli point guard Freddie Goldstein (178-88, college: S.Alabama) helped adding 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. KL Dragons' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. KL Dragons maintains fourth place with 2-6 record, which they share with Kaohsiung. Saigon Heat at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. KL Dragons will play against Kaohsiung (#4) in Kaohsiung City in the next round. Saigon Heat will play on the road against Alab Pilipinas in Manila to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: H.Quaintance 20+16reb+4ast, J.Munzon 14+3reb+3ast, L.Daniel 13+12reb+2ast, T.Nguyen 8+5reb+1ast, D.Arnold 7+1reb+1ast, V.Nguyen Tuan 4
KL Dragons: M.Melvin 21+9reb+2ast, F.Goldstein 13+9reb+6ast, I.Yeo 9+2reb+2ast, K.Hou Teo 8+2reb+3ast, Y.Hou Wong 8+1reb, C.Kheun Ma 8+1reb
gschID: 520711





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  AUSTRALIA  


Texas Cyclones resign Rick James, ex Bundaberg B. - by Jermaine Barnes

Texas Cyclones added to their roster 33-year old guard Ricky James (193-91kg-84, college: Trevecca Nazarene). It is actually his comeback to Central Texas Cyclones as he has played here before. James played last summer at Bundaberg Bulls in Australian QBL. In 16 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.1ppg, 6.9rpg and 3.3apg in 2015 season.

Part of previous (2014-15) season James spent at Al Mina (D1) in Iraqi league. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League 2nd Team. He also played that season for Nift Al-Janoub (D1) in Iraqi league. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League 2nd Team.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others James won UBA championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He was also voted Usbasket.com All-UBL Player of the Year back in 2011.

James is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. James has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Uruguay, ABA (Georgia Gwizzlies), Dominican Republic (Santa Ana), SEBL (Smyrna K.) and UBA (GIE Maile Matrix, Metroplex Lightning, DFW Warriors and Nashville M.).

He attended Trevecca Nazarene until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in UBA



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  AUSTRIA  


Enis Murati claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Forward Enis Murati (194-F-88, agency: Octagon Europe) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Gmunden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Gmunden in his team's victory, helping them to crush Wels (#3, 10-7) with 18-point margin 93-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Gmunden maintains the 2nd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gmunden will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. In the team's last game Murati had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Gmunden's top player in his first season with the team. Murati has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.2ppg) and averages solid 51.6% FGP and 43.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92) of Kapfenberg. Vujosevic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Kapfenberg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Arkadia (#7, 7-11) 87-67. Kapfenberg's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-8 record is not bad at all. Vujosevic is a newcomer at Kapfenberg 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 international center Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg (#9). Rados scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Rados' great performance Klosterneuburg lost 74-80 to the higher-ranked Vienna (#6, 8-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Klosterneuburg can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rados he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rados has individually a great season in Austria. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 11.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anton Maresch (191-SG-91) of UBSC Graz - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Kareem Jamar (194-G-92) of Kapfenberg - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84) of Vienna - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Fabricio Vay (207-F-86) of Arkadia - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Cameron Naylor (201-F-94) of UBSC Graz - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of Vienna - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Marino Sarlija (207-C-89) of Furstenfeld - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  

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 7-3 
 2 Feni Industries 6-4 
 3 Sutjeska 5-4 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 5-5 
 5 Trepca 3-6 
 6 SK Tirana 3-7 

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. 25: Peja - SK Tirana 96-72
Jan. 25: Karpos Sokoli - Feni Industries 79-63
Jan. 26: Sutjeska - Trepca



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Barons Riga 10-2 
 2 Nevezis 8-4 
 3 Rapla 8-4 
 4 Jurmala 6-6 
 5 Liepaja/Triobet 5-7 
 6 Parnu 3-9 
 7 Barsy Atyrau 2-10 
Group B
 1 P.Zvaigzdes 11-1 
 2 Valmiera 9-3 
 3 Jekabpils 8-4 
 4 BK Ogre 6-6 
 5 TTU 5-7 
 6 Tarvas 3-9 
 7 COR-Borisfen 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 25: BK Ogre - TTU 97-93
Jan. 23: Liepaja/Triobet - Barsy Atyrau 87-50
Jan. 25: Barons Riga - Barsy Atyrau 80-73
Jan. 25: P.Zvaigzdes - Valmiera 77-71
Jan. 25: Jurmala - Nevezis 72-71

1/8 Finals: Round 1

Feb. 7: Barsy Atyrau - TU/Rock
Feb. 7: Parnu - Vytautas
Feb. 7: Liepaja/Triobet - TLU/Kalev
Feb. 7: BK Ogre - P.Zvaigzdes
Feb. 7: Jurmala - Barons Riga
Feb. 7: Rapla - Valmiera
Feb. 7: Jekabpils - Nevezis
Feb. 7: TTU - Kalev/Cramo



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  

Standings

Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1 Monaco 12-2 
 2 Banvit BK 11-3 
 3 CEZ Nymburk 10-4 
 4 Aris 8-6 
 5 Fraport SKY 7-7 
 6 Ironi Nahariya 5-9 
 7 Helios 2-12 
 8 Bakken 1-13 
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. 11-3 
 2 Scandone AV 10-4 
 3 Strasbourg 9-5 
 4 Juventus 8-6 
 5 Oostende 6-8 
 6 Cibona 5-9 
 7 Mega Leks 4-10 
 8 Mornar Bar 3-11 
Group E
 1 Besiktas 12-2 
 2 AEK Athens 9-5 
 3 Partizan 8-6 
 4 Ludwigsburg 8-6 
 5 Banco di Srd 7-7 
 6 Spirou 6-8 
 7 Stelmet ZG 4-10 
 8 Szolnok 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

A

Jan. 25: Fraport SKY - Ironi Nahariya 81-64
Jan. 25: Monaco - Aris 80-66
Jan. 25: Bakken - Banvit BK 68-92
Jan. 25: Helios - CEZ Nymburk 57-67

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 74-64
Jan. 25: Mega Leks - Iberostar Tener. 73-98
Jan. 25: Cibona - Oostende 71-77
Jan. 25: Mornar Bar - Strasbourg 70-83

E

Jan. 25: Banco di Srd - Partizan 99-85
Jan. 25: Spirou - Szolnok 92-87
Jan. 25: Besiktas - Ludwigsburg 88-85
Jan. 25: AEK Athens - Stelmet ZG 71-64


Overview of Round 14 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Bakken - Banvit BK 68-92

There was no surprise in Aarhus where 8th ranked Danish Bakken (1-13) was crushed by second ranked Turkish Banvit (11-3) 92-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Banvit. Bakken was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bakken was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 assists and 5 steals. Slovenian center Gasper Vidmar (211-87) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Banvit players scored in double figures. American John Williamson (200-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Inception Sports) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Thomas Laerke (195-91) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Banvit maintains second position in Group A with 11-3 record behind leader Monaco. Loser Bakken stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: J.Theodore 16+3reb+12ast, G.Orelik 13+2reb, G.Vidmar 12+7reb, M.Akyel 11+3reb+1ast, J.Chappell 9+2reb+2ast, F.Korkmaz 7+3reb+2ast
Bakken: J.Williamson 21+5reb+2ast, T.Laerke 17+4reb+2ast, D.Akoon-Purcell 13+6reb+3ast, M.Gesell 8+1reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 3+3reb+1ast, A.Darboe 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 510425


Monaco - Aris 80-66

No shocking result in a game when first ranked French Monaco (12-2) defeated at home 4th ranked Greek Aris (8-6) 80-66 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-66. Monaco made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Aris turnovers. The best player for the winners was Ghanian-French Billy Ouattara (191-92) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Ukrainian swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. Guard Thodoris Zaras (197-88) produced 15 points and American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Monaco maintains first position in Group A with 12-2 record, which they share with Besiktas. Loser Aris dropped to the third place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Monaco: B.Ouattara 15+5reb+2ast, S.Gladyr 15+3reb+2ast, D.Bost 14+1reb+1ast, Z.Wright 10+2reb+4ast, N.Caner-Medley 9+5reb, J.Shuler 6+3reb+6ast
Aris: T.Zaras 15+1reb+2ast, M.Tsairelis 11+1reb, W.Cummings 11+5reb+1ast, V.Kavvadas 10+6reb, M.Jenkins 7+3reb, J.Jackson 6+9reb
gschID: 510420


Helios - CEZ Nymburk 57-67

Very expected game in Domzale where 7th ranked Slovenian Helios (2-12) were defeated by third ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (10-4) 67-57 on Wednesday. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Helios' 24. They outrebounded Helios 50-36 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Cory Remekun (203-91, college: St.Louis) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Czech Tomas Kyzlink (195-93) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Czech champion maintains third position in Group A with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Monaco. Defending Slovenian champion Helios keep the seventh place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: B.Allen 18+5reb+2ast, D.Simpson 11+10reb+1ast, V.Hruban 9+7reb+4ast, P.Benda 8+5reb, M.Peterka 7+1reb+1ast, J.Welsch 6+2reb+5ast
Helios: C.Remekun 15+12reb+2ast, S.Atanackovic 12+6reb+1ast, T.Kyzlink 11+6reb+2ast, J.Mocnik 7+3reb+9ast, A.Bratec 6+1reb, T.Bolcina 2+3reb
gschID: 510419


Fraport SKY - Ironi Nahariya 81-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked German Deutsche Bank Skyliners' (7-7) home victory over 6th ranked Israeli Ironi Nahariya (5-9) 81-64 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Ironi Nahariya 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) who scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Kwame Vaughn (190-90, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 20 points. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. American forward Gilbert Brown (198-87, college: Pittsburgh) produced 12 points and 4 assists and Swedish-Israeli power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Ironi Nahariya's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains fifth position in Group A with 7-7 record, which they share with Banco di Srd. Loser Ironi Nahariya keeps the sixth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: K.Vaughn 20+3reb+3ast, A.English 14+3reb+4ast, Q.Robertson 13+9reb+5ast, S.Shields 12+5reb, M.Morrison 8+6reb, N.Kiel 5+5reb
Ironi Nahariya: J.Skjoldebrand 13+3reb+2ast, G.Brown 12+4reb+4ast, Y.Gates 12+2reb, I.Nesterenko 8+2reb, E.Asante Asare 5+4reb, T.Nash 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 510418


Group B
Kataja Basket - Pinar Karsiyaka 73-83

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Finnish Joensuun Kataja (6-8) was defeated at home by second ranked Turkish Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) 83-73 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-73. Pinar Karsiyaka made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Muhammed Baygul (191-92) who scored 25 points. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 27 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) added 24 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Pinar Karsiyaka maintains second position in Group B with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Monaco, which they share with AEK Athens. Loser Joensuun Kataja keeps the sixth place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Baygul 25+2reb+1ast, J.Brown 15+3reb+4ast, M.Green 13+6reb+6ast, J.Owens 12+8reb, D.Summers 8+8reb, M.Ponitka 8+3reb
Kataja Basket: D.Mullings 27+8reb+4ast, R.Brown 24+5ast, T.Rannikko 13+2reb+8ast, K.Bristol 4+9reb+2ast, J.King 3+4reb+1ast, J.Bradley 2+1reb
gschID: 510411


Avtodor - Le Mans 85-81

Top ranked French Le Mans (9-5) recorded its fifth loss in Saratov. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Russian Avtodor (7-7) 85-81. Le Mans were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 30-20 charge of Avtodor, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American Nick Minnerath (207-88, college: Detroit Mercy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Evgeny Kolesnikov (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Petr Cornelie (211-95) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Le Mans. Four Avtodor and five Le Mans players scored in double figures. Avtodor maintains fourth position in Group B with 7-7 record, which they share with Banco di Srd. Le Mans at the other side still keep top place with five games lost. They share the position with AEK Athens.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: N.Minnerath 28+7reb+3ast, E.Kolesnikov 18+5reb+1ast, B.Frazier 15+1reb+4ast, V.Hunter 10+5reb+3ast, J.Adams 5+3reb+4ast, S.Bykov 5+1reb+4ast
Le Mans: G.Watson 14+2reb+4ast, P.Cornelie 12+9reb, L.Konate 12+2reb+3ast, M.Gelabale 11+4reb+1ast, M.Yarou 11+8reb, R.Pearson 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 510409


Umana VE - Oradea 89-78

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Italian Umana Venezia (9-5) won against at home 5th ranked Romanian Oradea (6-8) 89-78 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Oradea was better in third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Umana Venezia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) who scored 17 points. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) produced 18 points and 9 assists and Canadian center Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara, agency: 011 Sports) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Umana Venezia moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with AEK Athens. Defending Romanian champion Oradea dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Haynes 17+2reb+2ast, M.Bramos 15+3reb, H.Peric 12+4reb+4ast, T.McGee 10+2reb+3ast, M.Ejim 9+5reb+2ast, J.Hagins 8+4reb+1ast
Oradea: S.Denison 19+3reb+2ast, B.Mirkovic 18+4reb+9ast, T.Nicoara 10+2reb+1ast, A.Mandache 8+3reb+1ast, U.Lucic 7+6reb, M.Pasalic 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 510413


Khimik - Maccabi Rishon 60-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Ukrainian Khimik's (3-11) home loss to seventh ranked Israeli Maccabi Rishon (7-7) 60-69 on Tuesday. Maccabi Rishon dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Khimik's 24. Maccabi Rishon forced 19 Khimik turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Nitzan Hanochi (194-86) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. American point guard Jaime Smith (190-89, college: Al.-Huntsville) produced 16 points and his fellow American import guard Daniel Bejarano (193-91, college: Colorado St.) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Defending Israeli champion moved-up to fifth place in Group B, which they share with Banco di Srd. Defending Ukrainian champion Khimik stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: P.Richard 20+7reb+6ast, N.Hanochi 10+4ast, J.McCrea 9+5reb, C.Thomas 7+3reb+1ast, N.Levi 7+2reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 6+2ast
Khimik: J.Smith 16+1reb+3ast, D.Bejarano 14+3reb+3ast, J.Love 8+11reb, V.Petrov 7+2reb, V.Koniev 5+2reb+1ast, O.Antypov 3+2reb
gschID: 510412


Group C
Usak - ASVEL 70-58

The biggest surprise took place in Usak where host Turkish Usak Sportlif (5-9) beat league's leader French ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) 70-58 on Tuesday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Usak Sportlif dominated on the defensive end, holding ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to just 7 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was Latvian Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 18 points. Amine Noua (202-97, agency: BeoBasket) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Usak Sportlif maintains sixth position in Group C with 5-9 record. Defending French champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Monaco.
Top scorers:
Usak: R.Freimanis 23+10reb+1ast, S.McKissic 18+3reb+1ast, D.Harrison 9+5reb+5ast, Z.Auguste 8+11reb, S.Vasiliauskas 8+1reb+4ast, B.Candan 4+4reb+1ast
ASVEL: A.Noua 15+10reb, W.Hodge 12+6reb+6ast, B.Sy 9, A.Uter 9+6reb+2ast, N.Dragovic 6+7reb, D.Nelson 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 510410


Ventspils - PAOK 54-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Greek PAOK (7-7) smashed on the road one of their biggest challengers Latvian Ventspils (7-7) 84-54 on Tuesday. The game without a history. PAOK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Ventspils' 24. PAOK forced 19 Ventspils turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) who scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Jordan Sibert (193-92, college: Dayton) chipped in 14 points. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. Power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) produced 8 points and 10 rebounds and forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PAOK moved-up to fourth place in Group C, which they share with Banco di Srd.
Top scorers:
PAOK: J.Sibert 14+4reb+1ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 13+2reb+1ast, A.Koniaris 10+6reb+1ast, T.McFadden 10+1reb+2ast, V.Margaritis 9+3reb+1ast, A.Glyniadakis 8+1reb
Ventspils: K.Janicenoks 12+3reb+1ast, R.Zakis 8+10reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 8+4reb, F.Campbell 7+2reb+3ast, W.Deane 4+2reb+1ast, T.Leimanis 4
gschID: 510408


Rosa Radom - Neptunas 65-71

Very expected game in Radom where 8th ranked Polish Rosa (3-11) was defeated by third ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (10-4) 71-65 on Tuesday. Rosa trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 18-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-71 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Jamaican-American forward Omari Johnson (206-89, college: Oregon St.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 13 points. American power forward Darnell Jackson (206-85, college: Kansas) produced 14 points and his fellow American import point guard Jordan Callahan (184-90, college: Tulane) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Neptunas keep a position of Group C leader. Loser Rosa stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: O.Johnson 14+10reb+1ast, J.Baron 13+4reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 13+5reb+1ast, M.Mazeika 9+1reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 8+4reb+4ast, J.Grant 6+2reb+2ast
Rosa Radom: J.Callahan 14+1reb+3ast, D.Jackson 14+4reb+3ast, J.Zyskowski 11+4reb+2ast, M.Sokolowski 7+5reb+3ast, G.Bell 7+2reb+3ast, M.Bojanowski 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 510407


EWE Baskets - Openjobmetis V. 78-53

Very predictable result in Oldenburg where second ranked German EWE Baskets (10-4) outscored 7th ranked Italian Openjobmetis VA (4-10) 78-53 on Tuesday. The game without a history. EWE Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Openjobmetis VA to just 6 points in fourth quarter. EWE Baskets forced 20 Openjobmetis VA turnovers. Openjobmetis VA was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Frantz Massenat (193-92, college: Drexel) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Aleksa Avramovic (192-94, agency: BeoBasket) produced 20 points and American-Nigerian power forward O.D. Anosike (203-91, college: Siena) added 4 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory EWE Baskets went down to third position (Group C) due to points difference. Loser Openjobmetis VA keeps the seventh place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: V.Mihailovic 15+6reb+1ast, B.Qvale 12+5reb, F.Massenat 11+3reb+6ast, P.Schwethelm 10+4reb+3ast, D.Kramer 9+2reb, M.De Zeeuw 7+7reb+1ast
Openjobmetis V.: A.Avramovic 20+4reb+3ast, D.Cavaliero 9+3reb, D.Johnson 5+1ast, C.Eyenga 4+3reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 4+5reb, N.Pelle 4+5reb
gschID: 510406


Group D
Mega Leks - Iberostar Tener. 73-98

Not a big story in a game in Sremska Mitrovica where 7th ranked Serbian Mega Leks (4-10) were outplayed by first ranked Spanish CB Canarias (11-3) 98-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by CB Canarias. Mega Leks was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. Mega Leks were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Davin White (185-81, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Rade Zagorac (205-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CB Canarias maintains first position in Group D with 11-3 record. Loser Mega Leks keep the seventh place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: M.Grigonis 15+6reb+1ast, D.White 15+5ast, A.Doornekamp 11+5reb+1ast, F.Vazquez 11+1reb, T.Abromaitis 9+7reb+3ast, F.Bassas 9+1reb+5ast
Mega Leks: R.Zagorac 16+7reb+3ast, A.Kaba 13+16reb, N.Kapetanovic 9+1ast, R.Spasojevic 9+1reb, O.Jaramaz 9+8ast, N.Rebic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 510423


Mornar Bar - Strasbourg 70-83

Everything went according to plan when third ranked French Strasbourg IG (9-5) won against on the road bottom-ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (3-11) 83-70 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Strasbourg IG's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-14 extending their advantage to 13 points. Strasbourg IG outrebounded Mornar Bar 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Balsa Radunovic (208-80, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and American Cameron Tatum (200-88, college: Tennessee) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Mornar Bar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Strasbourg IG moved-up to second place in Group D, which they share with AEK Athens. Loser Mornar Bar stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: E.Murphy 20+2reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 16+10reb+1ast, R.Travis 13+7reb+4ast, E.Walker 10+2reb+7ast, A.Slaughter 9+3reb+3ast, J.Leloup 6+8reb+4ast
Mornar Bar: B.Radunovic 13+8reb+2ast, M.Radunovic 10+3reb, M.Mugosa 9+3reb, A.Waller 9+1reb+2ast, C.Tatum 8+4reb+4ast, V.Pavic 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 510424


Cibona - Oostende 71-77

An interesting game was played in Zagreb where Belgian Oostende (#5) beat host Croatian Cibona (#6) 77-71 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cibona won fourth quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oostende looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jean Salumu (193-90) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and center Luka Zoric (211-84) scored 19 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Belgian champion maintains fifth position in Group D with 6-8 record, which they share with Spirou. Loser Cibona keeps the sixth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 18+2reb, J.Salumu 16+5reb+3ast, P.Gillet 15+9reb+1ast, J.Mwema 9+2reb, K.Boukichou 6+1reb+1ast, M.Keselj 5+4reb
Cibona: L.Zoric 19+1reb, S.Reynolds 15+5reb+11ast, N.Slavica 14+3reb, Z.Sakic 8+2reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 5+3reb+4ast, M.Rozic 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 510422


Scandone AV - Juventus 74-64

There was no surprise in Avellino where one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Juventus (8-6) were defeated by second ranked Italian Scandone AV (10-4) 74-64 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Scandone AV outrebounded Juventus 42-28 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-86) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Levi Randolph (196-92, college: Alabama) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St., agency: Octagon Europe) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Scandone AV and four Juventus players scored in double figures. Scandone AV maintains second position in Group D with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Monaco. Loser Juventus dropped to the third place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: L.Randolph 18+8reb, A.Thomas 14+3reb+2ast, K.Fesenko 14+12reb+1ast, J.Ragland 13+2reb+6ast, M.Leunen 10+11reb+2ast, M.Green 3+1reb+6ast
Juventus: V.Sulskis 16+9reb+2ast, G.Sirutavicius 15+6reb+3ast, J.Diggs 14+5reb+5ast, V.Cepukaitis 10+1ast, A.Best 3+3reb, V.Vasylius 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 510421


Group E
Besiktas - Ludwigsburg 88-85

Fourth-ranked German EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked Turkish Besiktas (12-2) in Istanbul. Besiktas managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But EnBW Ludwigsburg won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. Even 12 points by American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) did not help to save the game for EnBW Ludwigsburg. His fellow American import power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Besiktas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group E with 12-2 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: V.Stimac 17+12reb, D.Strawberry 16+5reb+3ast, E.Clark 14+4reb+1ast, M.Roll 14+2reb+2ast, S.Sanli 7+5reb, M.Thompson 7+1ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 12+5reb+1ast, D.Crawford 12+4reb+2ast, R.Trice 11+2reb+1ast, K.Martin 11+3reb, C.Toppert 9+1reb, T.Cotton 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 510417


Banco di Srd - Partizan 99-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Serbian Partizan (8-6) against fifth ranked Italian Banco di Srd (7-7) on Wednesday night. Visiting Partizan was defeated by Banco di Srd in Sassari 99-85. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-85. Banco di Srd made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Banco di Srd looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Partizan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 23 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points. Four Banco di Srd players scored in double figures. Power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) produced 17 points and guard Stefan Pot (196-94) added 8 points and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Banco di Srd maintains fifth position in Group E with 7-7 record. Loser Partizan keeps the third place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: R.Stipcevic 23+3ast, D.Bell 20+1reb, D.Savanovic 18+4reb+1ast, G.Lawal 11+8reb+1ast, T.Lacey 9+2reb+6ast, L.D'Ercole 9+1ast
Partizan: S.Bircevic 17+3reb+1ast, M.Andric 14+2reb+1ast, K.Karahodzic 13+4reb, A.Vrabac 8+1reb+2ast, B.Ratkovica 8+5ast, S.Pot 8+3reb+9ast
gschID: 510415


AEK Athens - Stelmet ZG 71-64

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Greek AEK Athens (9-5) defeated at home 7th ranked Polish Stelmet (4-10) 71-64 on Wednesday. Stelmet trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 26-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 64-71 at the end of the game. AEK Athens dominated on the defensive end, holding Stelmet to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 21 points. American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 10 points. AEK Athens' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-84, college: Cincinnati) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Eritrean-Polish swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, college: Washington St., agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points respectively for the guests. AEK Athens have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group E with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Stelmet lost sixth consecutive game. Defending Polish champion keeps the seventh place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: M.Dixon 21+1reb+2ast, J.Williams 10+3reb+3ast, D.McGrath 8+1reb, D.Skoulidas 7+1reb+1ast, G.Tsalmpouris 6+3reb+1ast, R.Ukic 6+1reb+3ast
Stelmet ZG: A.Hrycaniuk 19+10reb, T.Kelati 14+2reb+3ast, A.Moore 8+4reb+3ast, P.Zamojski 7+3reb+2ast, J.Vaughn 6+2reb, K.Gruszecki 5+3reb
gschID: 510414


Spirou - Szolnok 92-87

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Belgian Spirou Charleroi (6-8) 92-87 on Wednesday. Spirou Charleroi dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Szolnok's 24. They outrebounded Szolnok 46-28 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Szolnok was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Ioann Iarochevitch (207-89) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Alexandre Libert (194-90, agency: Promotex) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Spirou Charleroi's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (201-85) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Five Spirou Charleroi and four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi maintains sixth position in Group E with 6-8 record. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Spirou: D.Richardson 18+1reb, J.Shepherd 15+5reb, M.Gaudoux 15+2reb+2ast, I.Iarochevitch 14+11reb+3ast, A.Kemp 11+5reb, A.Libert 10+8reb+4ast
Szolnok: M.Borisov 23+8reb+2ast, N.Pavlicevic 21+3reb+3ast, D.Vojvoda 18+1reb, L.Andric 16+7reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 3+2reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 2+5reb
gschID: 510416





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  BOSNIA  

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Bosna-Royal 9-2 
 2. Zrinjski HT 8-3 
 3. Kakanj 7-4 
 4. Sloboda Tuzla 7-4 
 5. Spars Sarajevo 6-6 
 6. Mladost 5-7 
 7. Siroki Primorka 5-7 
 8. Leotar 4-7 
 9. Gradjanski 3-8 
 10. Bosnjak 3-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 28: Mladost - Bosnjak
Jan. 28: Zrinjski HT - Siroki Primorka
Jan. 28: Gradjanski - Kakanj
Jan. 28: Spars Sarajevo - Sloboda Tuzla
Jan. 28: Bosna-Royal - Leotar


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.22.6 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak19.0 
 3. Hasandic, Sloboda .18.6 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.5 
 5. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.3 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.0 
 8. Demic, Zrinjski HT15.0 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.8 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.11.5 
 2. Tomic, Kakanj10.1 
 3. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.7 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.5 
 5. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 6. Marojevic, Gradj.6.7 
 7. Markovic, Gradj.6.7 
 8. Djugum, Siroki P.6.7 
 9. Djurasovic, Leotar6.5 
 10. Demic, Zrinjski HT6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.4 
 2. Naletilic, Siroki P.7.5 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.5 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.3 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.1 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 7. Rikalo, Sloboda Tuzla4.0 
 8. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 9. Svilar, Kakanj3.8 
 10. Hagins, Bosna-Royal3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Josip NALETILIC
  Siroki P.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Naletilic, Siroki P.3.0 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.7 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.3 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.9 
 5. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.9 
 6. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 7. Brown, Sloboda .1.6 
 8. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 9. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.5 
 10. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.2.5 
 2. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 3. Bajramovic, Spars S.1.0 
 4. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 5. Karacic, Siroki P.0.9 
 6. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.9 
 7. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 8. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 
 9. Markovic, Mladost0.7 
 10. Djumic, Sloboda Tuzla0.7 


Division I Round 12: Siroki Primorka beats Kakanj by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Division I took place in Kakanj. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked Kakanj (7-4) to seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (5-7) 94-92 on Saturday evening. Siroki Primorka shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. It was a good game for Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-84) contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Obrad Tomic (206-93) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Kakanj. Kakanj's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siroki Primorka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mladost. Kakanj at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Sloboda Tuzla. Siroki Primorka is looking forward to face league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kakanj will play on the road against Gradjanski in Bijeljina and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Zrinjski HT (8-3) against tenth ranked Bosnjak (3-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Zrinjski HT was defeated by Bosnjak in Hadzici 85-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zrinjski HT. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Amir Dovadzija who added 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Zrinjski HT's coach Hrvoje Vlasic tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bosnjak maintains tenth position with 3-9 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Bosnjak will play against higher ranked Mladost (#6) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zrinjski HT will play at home against Siroki Primorka (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 5th ranked Spars Sarajevo in a game in Trebinje versus Leotar (#8) 80-70. The winners were led by Bojan Pelkic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Even 31 points by Zlatko Jovanovic did not help to save the game for Spars Sarajevo. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leotar maintains eighth position with 4-7 record. Loser Spars Sarajevo keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Leotar will meet league's leader Bosna-Royal in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Spars Sarajevo will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 12 Mladost was beaten by Sloboda Tuzla on the road 96-86.

Leotar - Spars Sarajevo 80-70

An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 5th ranked Spars Sarajevo in a game in Trebinje versus Leotar (#8) 80-70. Leotar looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The winners were led by Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93) supported him with 21 points. Even 31 points by the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: BeoExcell) did not help to save the game for Spars Sarajevo. Power forward Ibrahim Durmo (201-97) added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leotar maintains eighth position with 4-7 record. Loser Spars Sarajevo keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Leotar will meet league's leader Bosna-Royal in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Spars Sarajevo will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leotar: B.Pelkic 24+12reb+5ast, D.Ninkovic 21+1reb+3ast, V.Aleksic 13+5reb+2ast, S.Fekete 9+4reb+6ast, S.Mijovic 6+6reb+2ast, L.Radmilovic 5+4reb
Spars Sarajevo: Z.Jovanovic 31+3ast, I.Durmo 10+13reb+2ast, F.Manjgafic 9+6reb+2ast, R.Basic 6+1reb+1ast, M.Pupovic 6+2reb, P.Reljic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 520904


Bosnjak - Zrinjski HT 85-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Zrinjski HT (8-3) against tenth ranked Bosnjak (3-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Zrinjski HT was defeated by Bosnjak in Hadzici 85-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zrinjski HT. Bosnjak dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zrinjski HT's 36. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) who added 22 points during the contest. Four Bosnjak players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) scored 21 points. Zrinjski HT's coach Hrvoje Vlasic tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bosnjak maintains tenth position with 3-9 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Bosnjak will play against higher ranked Mladost (#6) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zrinjski HT will play at home against Siroki Primorka (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: A.Dovadzija 22+4reb+3ast, M.Tuljkovic 20+10reb+4ast, E.Mujic 18+4reb, S.Damjanovic 12+4reb+7ast, A.Sarajlic 8+3reb+2ast, B.Lulic 5+2reb+4ast
Zrinjski HT: D.Knezevic 21+1reb+2ast, B.Djurasovic 17+10reb+4ast, V.Princ 9+7reb+7ast, M.Zovko 7+4reb+1ast, I.Begic 7+1reb, M.Petric 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 520906


Sloboda Tuzla - Mladost 96-86

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (7-4) beat at home 6th ranked Mladost (5-7) 96-86 on Saturday. The winners were led by the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) who scored that evening 17 points and 6 assists and Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Sloboda Tuzla's coach used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) did not help to save the game for Mladost. Montenegrin Filip Patkovic (200-90) added 18 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Kakanj. Loser Mladost keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Siroki Primorka. Sloboda Tuzla will meet Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round. Mladost will play against Bosnjak and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 17+4reb+6ast, B.Djumic 16+7reb, M.Rikalo 15+1reb+6ast, N.Muratovic 15+3reb, E.Latifagic 14+3reb+2ast, E.Cerkezovic 6+2reb+1ast
Mladost: D.Aleksic 18+2reb+1ast, F.Patkovic 18+4reb, B.Stanojevic 14+7reb+2ast, M.Sutulovic 13+5reb+1ast, O.Nisavic 13+3reb, L.Markovic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 520905


Kakanj - Siroki Primorka 92-94

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Division I took place in Kakanj. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked Kakanj (7-4) to seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (5-7) 94-92 on Saturday evening. Siroki Primorka shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. It was a good game for Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Siroki Primorka players scored in double figures. Center Obrad Tomic (206-93) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Aldin Dzelmo (196-92) added 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kakanj. Kakanj's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siroki Primorka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mladost. Kakanj at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Sloboda Tuzla. Siroki Primorka is looking forward to face league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kakanj will play on the road against Gradjanski in Bijeljina and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Siroki Primorka: J.Mocnik 26+5reb+10ast, I.Karacic 17+6reb, M.Dreznjak 14+3reb+1ast, M.Colak 14+3reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 12+10reb+2ast, D.Dreznjak 11+4reb
Kakanj: A.Dzelmo 19+3reb, O.Tomic 19+8reb, V.Svilar 17+2reb+2ast, E.Merdanovic 12+2reb, Z.Palavra 9+4reb+2ast, H.Curevac 9+5reb+5ast
gschID: 520907





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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 21: Flamengo - Franca 80-83
Jan. 25: Paulistano - Campo Mourao 78-85
Jan. 23: Macae - Franca 75-78
Jan. 25: B.Cearense - Pinheiros 74-77
Jan. 24: Flamengo - Bauru 63-72
Jan. 25: L.Sorocaba - Mogi 60-90
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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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Memorial 9-5 
 2. UNB 8-4 
 3. Dalhousie 8-4 
 4. St.Mary's 8-5 
 5. St.Francis X. 7-6 
 6. Acadia 5-6 
 7. UPEI 4-7 
 8. Cape Breton 0-12 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. Mount Royal 7-7 
 2. TRU 7-7 
 3. UFV 6-8 
 4. MacEwan 4-10 
 5. UNBC 4-10 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-12 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. UBC 13-1 
 2. Alberta 12-4 
 3. Calgary 11-3 
 4. Lethbridge 10-6 
 5. Saskatchewan 9-5 
 6. Winnipeg 9-5 
 7. Manitoba 8-6 
 8. Brandon 7-9 
 9. Regina 6-8 
 10. Victoria 5-9 
 11. TWU 2-15 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 7-4 
 2. McMaster 7-7 
 3. Guelph 3-9 
 4. Lakehead 3-10 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 13-0 
 2. Toronto 8-5 
 3. Queen's 6-6 
 4. York 4-7 
OUA North
 1. Carleton 11-0 
 2. Ottawa 11-1 
 3. Nipissing 5-8 
 4. Laurentian 4-9 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 8-6 
 2. Laurier 7-8 
 3. Algoma 4-9 
 4. Waterloo 3-9 
 5. Western 3-9 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 7-3 
 2. UQAM 5-5 
 3. Laval 4-4 
 4. Concordia 4-4 
 5. Bishop's 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 25: Ryerson - McMaster 99-77
Jan. 26: Bishop's - Concordia
Jan. 26: UQAM - Laval
Jan. 27: Ottawa - Western
Jan. 27: Laurier - Waterloo
Jan. 27: Dalhousie - Cape Breton
Jan. 27: Acadia - UPEI
Jan. 27: St.Mary's - UNB
Jan. 27: Nipissing - Queen's
Jan. 27: Carleton - Windsor
Jan. 27: Algoma - Guelph
Jan. 27: Ryerson - Brock
Jan. 27: Laurentian - York
Jan. 27: Calgary - Regina
Jan. 27: UNBC - Manitoba
Jan. 27: Mount Royal - Saskatchewan
Jan. 27: Winnipeg - MacEwan
Jan. 27: UBC Okanagan - Lethbridge
Jan. 27: Brandon - UBC
Jan. 27: TWU - Victoria
Jan. 27: TRU - UFV


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Morgan, UBC24.8 
 2. Gray, Laurentian23.1 
 3. Cooper, Calgary22.9 
 4. Johnson, Toronto21.9 
 5. Jean-Louis, Cape B.20.9 
 6. Gilmore, McMaster20.6 
 7. Nissen, Acadia20.5 
 8. Kokko, Laurier19.8 
 9. Clayton, St.Mary''s19.7 
 10. Peter-M., Ryerson19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike PEREIRA
  Waterloo
  (196-F-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Pereira, Waterloo11.0 
 2. Dut, UPEI10.8 
 3. Bercy, St.Franc.10.8 
 4. Nissen, Acadia10.8 
 5. Osayande, Saskatch.10.6 
 6. Ross, Mount Royal9.9 
 7. Layton, Mount R.9.6 
 8. Gilmore, McMaster9.5 
 9. Dinkins, Lakehead9.1 
 10. Shaver, Nipissing9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Masters, UNB5.9 
 2. Keane, Carleton5.5 
 3. Mata, Dalhousie5.3 
 4. Farkic, Western4.9 
 5. Allen, TWU4.9 
 6. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.7 
 7. Rocca, Windsor4.6 
 8. Agyeman, UNBC4.6 
 9. Dulay, UFV4.6 
 10. Charvis, Ryerson4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.6 
 2. Agada, Ottawa3.3 
 3. Small, Ryerson2.8 
 4. Jenkins, Western2.5 
 5. Masters, UNB2.5 
 6. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.4 
 7. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.4 
 8. Peter-M., Ryerson2.3 
 9. Basi, Manitoba2.3 
 10. Mata, Dalhousie2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.6 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.5 
 3. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.3 
 4. Debache, UQAM1.9 
 5. Layton, Mount R.1.7 
 6. Voll, Ryerson1.7 
 7. Paul, Brandon1.7 
 8. James, MacEwan1.6 
 9. Iegorov, TRU1.6 
 10. Morgan, UBC1.5 


McDonald is back at Nidaros Jets, ex Orangeville A's - by Eurobasket News

Nidaros Jets Trondheim (BLNO) signed 31-year old American guard Kahlil McDonald (190-100kg-86, college: W.Kentucky). It is actually his comeback to Tromdheim as he has played here before. McDonald started the season at Orangeville A's in Canadian NBL. In only one NBL Canada game he recorded 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others McDonald played in the final of CBL in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Honorable Mention in 2015.
McDonald has played on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Maroochydore Clippers), PBL (Lake Michigan) and CBA (Bowling Green Hornets).
McDonald attended Western Kentucky University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  

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 31: Leader Shanghai Sharks lose to Xinjiang Flying Tigers - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in CBA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Shanghai Sharks (25-6) in Urumqi on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Xinjiang Flying Tigers (25-6) 109-95. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Xinjiang Flying Tigers forced 20 Shanghai Sharks turnovers and outrebounded them 49-33 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Xinjiang Flying Tigers made 7 blocks. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International center Qi Zhou (217-96) chipped in 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Xinjiang Flying Tigers's coach Qiuping Liu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) produced 30 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Xinjiang Flying Tigers used an opportunity after Shanghai S. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Shanghai Sharks. Xinjiang Flying Tigers is looking forward to face Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and are hoping to win this game.
The game in Jinan was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Leopards (20-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (19-12). Shandong Bulls defeated Leopards 117-106. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leopards. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Justin Dentmon contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds for Leopards. Leopards' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shandong Bulls have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 19-12 record. Leopards at the other side keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Shandong Bulls will play against Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leopards will play on the road against TianJin Steel (#11) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Hangzhou, where 13th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-18) lost to sixteenth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (10-21) in a road game 99-114 on Tuesday. It was a great evening for Willie Warren who led his team to a victory scoring 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side Henry Sims responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 21 rebounds. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank moved-up to fifteenth place. Shanxi Zhongyu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will meet Jiangsu TX (#18) on the road in the next round. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against Sichuan BW (#9) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Tianjin, where 4th placed Guandong Tigers (23-8) lost to twelfth ranked TianJin Steel (15-16) in a road game 122-132. It was an exceptional evening for Eugene Jeter who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Guandong Tigers' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TianJin Steel moved-up to eleventh place. Guandong Tigers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. TianJin Steel's next round opponent will be higher ranked Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guandong Tigers will play at home against Beijing Ducks and hope to win that game.
An interesting game took place in Ningbo, where higher ranked Jilin Tigers (12-19) lost to nineteenth ranked Bayi Rockets (6-25) in a road game 87-97 on Tuesday. Yuchen Zou fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayi Rockets maintains nineteenth place with 6-25 record. Jilin Tigers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Bayi Rockets will face higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#3) in Yingkou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 31 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Liaoning H. defeated Qingdao E. in Yingkou 113-100. North Control B. was beaten by Jiangsu D. at home 109-115. Fujian QB lost to Sichuan BW on the opponent's court 111-115. Jiangsu TX unfortunately lost to Guangsha L. in a home game 92-107. Beijing D. managed to beat Guangzhou on the road 86-76.

Shandong FB - Shenzhen L. 117-106

The game in Jinan was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Leopards (20-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (19-12). Shandong Bulls defeated Leopards 117-106. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leopards. Shandong Bulls made 35-of-44 charity shots (79.5 percent) during the game, while Leopards only scored nineteen points from the stripe. Leopards were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. American point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Leopards. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Leopards' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shandong Bulls have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 19-12 record. Leopards at the other side keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Shandong Bulls will play against Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leopards will play on the road against TianJin Steel (#11) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: D.Yanyuhang 40+6reb+3ast, D.Justin 26+5reb+3ast, W.Ke 16+12reb+5ast, T.HanLin 14+8reb, T.Jason 13+13reb, H.Zhang 4+1ast
Shenzhen L.: G.QuAn 24+4reb+1ast, L.Maciej 21+16reb+2ast, M.Duo 19+1reb+3ast, P.Jeremy 17+7reb+9ast, L.Muhao 14+11reb+2ast, S.Zijie 5+6reb
gschID: 514004


Qingdao E. - Liaoning H. 100-113

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Qingdao Eagles (14-16) were defeated at home by third ranked Liaoning Hunters (24-7) 113-100 on Tuesday. Liaoning Hunters made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) fired 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. His fellow American import forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Liaoning Hunters and four Qingdao Eagles players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-7 record behind leader Shanghai S., which they share with Guangsha L. Loser Qingdao Eagles dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Qingdao Eagles will play on the road against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 24+5reb+6ast, G.Ailun 23+2reb+3ast, R.Shavlik 21+8reb+1ast, Z.JiWei 16+5reb+5ast, H.Dejun 12+8reb, L.Zhixuan 9+1reb+1ast
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 28+6reb+13ast, Z.Chengyu 20+1reb+2ast, M.Loukas 18+9reb+2ast, S.Wei 10+3reb, C.Han Jun 9+3reb, Z.Zan 8+2reb
gschID: 514006


Zhejiang CB - Shanxi Zh. 114-99

We should mention about the upset which took place in Hangzhou, where 13th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-18) lost to sixteenth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (10-21) in a road game 99-114 on Tuesday. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory scoring 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) helped adding 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 21 rebounds and point guard Hong Wang (183) scored 20 points. Five Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank and four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank moved-up to fifteenth place. Shanxi Zhongyu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will meet Jiangsu TX (#18) on the road in the next round. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against Sichuan BW (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: W.Willie 43+6reb+6ast, B.Lorenzo 20+6reb+4ast, W.Qian 16+5reb+1ast, Z.Dayu 14+9reb+1ast, Z.Yongpeng 13+12reb+2ast, Y.Lu 5
Shanxi Zh.: S.Henry 28+21reb+2ast, W.Hong 20+1reb, Y.Shuai 15+3reb, Z.XueWen 11+3reb+4ast, Y.PengFei 8+3reb, R.Junwei 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 514012


North Control B. - Jiangsu D. 109-115

No shocking result in a game in Beijing where tenth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (16-15) defeated 17th ranked North Control (7-23) 115-109 on Tuesday. American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) fired 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international Li Yi (203-85) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) produced 38 points (!!!) and 6 assists and Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Jiangsu Dragons and four North Control players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Jiangsu Dragons maintains tenth place with 16-15 record. Loser North Control keeps the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. Jiangsu Dragons will face higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. North Control will play at home against Guangzhou (#20) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 32+6reb+5ast, Y.Li 25+5reb+3ast, C.Lin 20+4reb+2ast, M.Will 16+10reb+1ast, H.XueFeng 11+4reb+3ast, L.Wei 4+4reb
North Control B.: M.Errick 38+3reb+6ast, Y.Chin-Min 15+3reb+5ast, L.DaPeng 15+2reb, B.Esteban 14+12reb+4ast, Y.Liang 13+4reb+1ast, S.KangMing 6+11reb
gschID: 514011


Sichuan BW - Fujian QB 115-111

Very expected game when 15th ranked Fujian (9-22) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Sichuan BW (17-14) 115-111 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Sichuan BW dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian's 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Fujian was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Rongqi Huang (190-99) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) produced 32 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Linjian Chen (198-93) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Five Sichuan BW and four Fujian players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains ninth place with 17-14 record. Loser Fujian dropped to the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. Sichuan BW will face Shanxi Zhongyu (#13) in Taiyuan in the next round. Fujian will play on the road against the league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: H.Hamed 35+20reb+9ast, H.Rongqi 26+11reb+4ast, L.Wei 16+1reb+2ast, Z.ChunJun 11+3reb+5ast, C.Chen 10+4reb, W.Ruheng 5+5reb+3ast
Fujian QB: B.Dwight 32+5reb+9ast, C.Linjian 20+3reb+1ast, H.J.J. 12+9reb+3ast, Y.Yichao 11+10reb+1ast, H.Lung-Mao 9+2reb, Z.TaiLong 8+1reb
gschID: 514010


Jiangsu TX - Guangsha L. 92-107

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (24-7) beat on the road 18th ranked Jiangsu TX (7-24) 107-92 on Tuesday. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 42 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach ChunJiang Li allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jared Cunningham (193-91, college: Oregon St.) produced 48 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) added 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Liaoning H. Jiangsu TX lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 24 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face Jiangsu Dragons (#10) in Nanjing in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu TX will play at home against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 42+5reb+5ast, L.Jinglong 14+1reb+1ast, H.Elijah 14+11reb+1ast, H.Jinqiu 11+9reb, L.Chih-Chieh 9+7reb+4ast, Z.Yanhao 5+2ast
Jiangsu TX: C.Jared 48+7reb+2ast, A.Zaid 17+13reb+4ast, D.Ikechukwu 13+8reb+1ast, F.Xin 8+3reb+10ast, S.JianYe 4+2reb, Z.CaiBao 2
gschID: 514009


Xinjiang FT - Shanghai S. 109-95

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Shanghai Sharks (25-6) in Urumqi on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Xinjiang Flying Tigers (25-6) 109-95. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Xinjiang Flying Tigers forced 20 Shanghai Sharks turnovers and outrebounded them 49-33 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Xinjiang Flying Tigers made 7 blocks. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International center Qi Zhou (217-96) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Xinjiang Flying Tigers players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tigers's coach Qiuping Liu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) produced 30 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) added 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Xinjiang Flying Tigers used an opportunity after Shanghai S. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Shanghai Sharks. Xinjiang Flying Tigers is looking forward to face Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: Z.Qi 21+16reb+4ast, A.Darius 21+3reb+6ast, B.Andray 20+20reb+4ast, L.Gen 19+3reb, K.Makan 17+2reb+1ast, S.TongLin 6+1reb
Shanghai S.: Y.Guerschon 30+6reb+1ast, F.Jimmer 25+5reb+4ast, L.XiaoYu 13+2reb+8ast, Z.Yi 7+4reb, W.Quanxi 6+3reb, Z.ZhaoXu 6+9reb
gschID: 514008


TianJin S. - Guangdong ST 132-122

An interesting game took place in Tianjin, where 4th placed Guandong Tigers (23-8) lost to twelfth ranked TianJin Steel (15-16) in a road game 122-132. TianJin Steel made 32-of-39 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 35 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American-Ukrainian point guard Eugene Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) accounted for 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. The former international Jianlian Yi (212-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Guandong Tigers in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TianJin Steel moved-up to eleventh place. Guandong Tigers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. TianJin Steel's next round opponent will be higher ranked Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guandong Tigers will play at home against Beijing Ducks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: J.Eugene 40+8reb+10ast, S.Sani 27+9reb+5ast, L.Tian 24+8reb+1ast, T.Jeremy 17+8reb+1ast, L.Rongpei 12+4reb+1ast, M.XiangLong 8+2reb
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 38+16reb+1ast, R.JunFei 21+7reb+1ast, S.Donald 17+6reb+7ast, Z.Peng 16+4reb+2ast, B.Carlos 10+8reb+2ast, M.Yang 8
gschID: 514007


Guangzhou - Beijing D. 76-86

Not a big story in a game when 20th ranked Guangzhou (5-26) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Beijing Ducks (18-13) 86-76 on Tuesday. American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Zhe Ji (202-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and Iranian forward Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-83) added 24 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 18-13 record. Guangzhou lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Beijing Ducks will face higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#5) in Dongguan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guangzhou will play on the road against North Control (#17) in Beijing and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing D.: F.Shuo 21+1reb+2ast, J.Grant 19+10reb+2ast, J.Zhe 14+15reb+1ast, S.Yue 10+10reb+2ast, M.Stephon 6+6reb+4ast, Z.Qingpeng 6+1reb+1ast
Guangzhou: N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 24+7reb+1ast, K.D.J. 23+10reb+7ast, S.Hongfei 6+1reb, W.Yue 6+3reb, Z.Zhun 6+6reb, Z.Xuhang 4+3reb
gschID: 514005


Bayi R. - Jilin NE T. 97-87

An interesting game took place in Ningbo, where higher ranked Jilin Tigers (12-19) lost to nineteenth ranked Bayi Rockets (6-25) in a road game 87-97 on Tuesday. Bayi Rockets outrebounded Jilin Tigers 43-32 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bayi Rockets made 7 blocks. Jilin Tigers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. The former international guard Shuo Han (196-86) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) produced 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Cheng Zhong (206-89) added 5 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Bayi Rockets and four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayi Rockets maintains nineteenth place with 6-25 record. Jilin Tigers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Bayi Rockets will face higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#3) in Yingkou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: Z.Yuchen 21+17reb+3ast, Y.Chen 19+3reb+1ast, C.Yan 17+5reb+3ast, H.Liu 15+4reb, H.Shuo 12+7reb+7ast, N.Hongyu 10
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 34+7reb+1ast, L.Ang 14+3reb, Z.Biao 13+4reb, C.Lilong 11+3reb, C.Jinming 7+2reb+5ast, Z.Cheng 5+12reb+2ast
gschID: 514003





Chinese CBA round 30 best performance: Errick McCollum - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for North Control B., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (65 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Jiangsu TX (#18, 7-24) 117-111. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. North Control B. maintains the 17th position in Chinese CBA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 23 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game McCollum had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be North Control B.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Goshen College star has very solid stats this year. McCollum is in league's top in points (2nd best: 36.1ppg) and averages impressive 2.1spg and 52.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Iranian Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Sichuan BW. Haddadi had a very good evening with a double-double of 38 points and 22 rebounds. It was enough for Sichuan BW to edge the higher-ranked Shanghai S. (#1, 25-6) 122-116. Sichuan BW's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Haddadi is a newcomer at Sichuan BW, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jimmer Fredette (188-PG-89) of league's top team Shanghai S.. Fredette got into 30-points club by scoring 50 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and six assists. Despite Fredette's great performance Shanghai S. lost 116-122 to the lower-ranked Sichuan BW (#9, 17-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Shanghai S. had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 6th lost game is hopefully really an accident. Fredette's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Fredette has a great season in China. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 37.0ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 54.7% and 3PT: 41.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Qingdao E. - 36 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jabari Brown (193-G/F-92) of Jilin NE T. - 44 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jeremy Tyler (208-F-91) of TianJin S. - 35 points and 12 rebounds
7. Henry Sims (208-C-90) of Shanxi Zh. - 39 points and 15 rebounds
8. Yanyuhang Ding (200-F-93) of Shandong FB - 43 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dwight Buycks (191-PG-89) of Fujian QB - 34 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Maciej Lampe (211-C/F-85) of Shenzhen L. - 27 points, 8 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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Standings - A2 League

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Center

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

East

Jan. 21: Borovo - Belisce 82-75
Jan. 21: VROS Darda - Pozega 75-111
Jan. 21: Djakovo - Zupanja 70-61
Jan. 21: Rekord Tim - Vinkovci 109-84
Jan. 24: Vukovar - Osjecki Sokol 101-71

North

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

South

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

West

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Center

Jan. 28: Agrodalm - Zapad
Jan. 28: Fortuna - Sesvete
Jan. 28: Rudes - Mladost ZG
Jan. 28: Vern - Bosco
Jan. 28: Maksimir - Zaprude
Jan. 28: Dubrava - Samobor

East

Jan. 28: Osjecki Sokol - Djakovo
Jan. 28: Zupanja - Vinkovci
Jan. 28: Pozega - Borovo
Jan. 28: Belisce - Vukovar
Jan. 28: VROS Darda - Rekord Tim

North

Jan. 28: Bjelovar - Radnik
Jan. 28: Mladost D. - Ivanic
Jan. 28: Podravac Virje - Graficar
Jan. 28: Medjimurje C. - Ivancica
Jan. 28: Koprivnica - Petar Zrinski

South

Jan. 28: Omis-Cagalj T. - Diplomus
Jan. 28: Dubrovnik - Solin
Jan. 28: Puntamika - Cetina
Jan. 28: Ribola Kastela - Sukosan
Jan. 28: Adriatic S. - Jazine

West

Jan. 28: Kraljevica - Pula 1981
Jan. 28: Labin - Kastav
Jan. 28: Ghia Staff - Crikvenica
Jan. 28: Stoja Pula - Jadranka
Jan. 28: Zamet - Rovinj
Jan. 28: Sanac - Istrauni



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Czech Republic NBL round 20 best performance: Terrell Lipkins - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Terrell Lipkins (180-PG-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for J.Hradec, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, six rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Usti n/Labem (#7, 9-11) 88-84. J.Hradec maintains the 9th position in Czech Republic NBL. J.Hradec is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-13 record. In the team's last game Lipkins had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be J.Hradec's top player in his first season with the team. Former Montevallo University star has very solid stats this year. Lipkins is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.5ppg), assists (8th best: 4.3apg) and averages impressive 56.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Lee Skinner (198-F-92) of BK Kolin. Skinner had a very good evening with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as BK Kolin lost that game 71-80 to slightly higher-ranked BK Decin (#3, 14-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. BK Kolin still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-9 record is not bad at all. Skinner is well-known at BK Kolin and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.2ppg (#9). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84, agency: Octagon Europe) of BK Decin (#3). Houska scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of BK Decin, leading his team to a 80-71 win against #4 ranked BK Kolin. BK Decin needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 7 lost games. Houska has a very solid season. In 21 games in Czech Republic he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 5.7rpg, FGP: 58.3% and 3PT: 42.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Torrence Dyck (196-G/F-94) of Prostejov - 23 points and 3 assists
6. Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) of USK Praha - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Pavel Slezak (186-G-84) of Svitavy - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) of MMCITE Brno - 25 points, 5 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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Ligaen Round 20: Leader Horsens IC gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Horsens IC delivered the sixteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked SISU (7-13) 106-100. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) chipped in 29 points and 4 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) produced 30 points for the guests. Horsens IC have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-2 record. SISU at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Horsens IC are looking forward to face league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SISU will play on the road against Naestved (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Randers was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Naestved (10-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Randers (8-12). Naestved defeated Randers 87-73. Senegalese power forward Cheikh Sane (207-92, college: Marshall, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Deon Mitchell contributed with 22 points for the winners. The former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Randers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Svendborg. Randers lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Naestved will play against SISU (#7) in Copenhagen in the next round. Randers will play on the road against Svendborg and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Aarhus. Local Bakken (13-2) outscored 5th ranked Horsholm (8-10) 102-64 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Mike Gesell who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 assists. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Asbjorn Midtgaard responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Bakken maintains second position with 13-2 record having 3 victories less than leader Horsens IC. Horsholm lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Bakken will meet league's leader Horsens IC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Horsholm will play against Stevnsgade (#8) and hope to secure a win.

Randers - Naestved 73-87

The game in Randers was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Naestved (10-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Randers (8-12). Naestved defeated Randers 87-73. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Naestved's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-22 extending their advantage to 14 points. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Naestved forced 20 Randers turnovers. Randers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Senegalese power forward Cheikh Sane (207-92, college: Marshall, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Deon Mitchell (186-93, college: N.Iowa) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Five Naestved players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian-American guard Deuce Bello (193-92, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 20 points and 6 steals in the effort for Randers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Svendborg. Randers lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Naestved will play against SISU (#7) in Copenhagen in the next round. Randers will play on the road against Svendborg and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Naestved: D.Mitchell 22+4reb, D.Daly 20+3reb+2ast, P.Onwenu 17+5reb+2ast, C.Sane 15+14reb+3ast, E.Ross 11+4reb+1ast, P.Nolan 2+1reb+1ast
Randers: D.Bello 20+3reb+2ast, C.Nielsen 17+6reb+3ast, E.Kibi 9+1reb, C.Jorgensen 7+2reb, C.Burgess 6+4reb+3ast, B.Colas 5+2ast
gschID: 489080


Horsens IC - SISU 106-100

Leader Horsens IC delivered the sixteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked SISU (7-13) 106-100. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) chipped in 29 points and 4 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) produced 30 points and his fellow American import forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) added 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Horsens IC have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-2 record. SISU at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Horsens IC are looking forward to face league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SISU will play on the road against Naestved (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: M.Mack 29+1reb+2ast, D.Trist 22+8reb+3ast, G.Lundberg 18+3reb+2ast, L.Alexander 16+2ast, V.Borovcanin 11+2reb+4ast, W.Artino 7+6reb+3ast
SISU: K.Dranginis 30+2reb+1ast, D.Wilson 17+3reb+2ast, T.McGrew 16+12reb+5ast, A.Baru 15+8reb, A.Haas 11+4reb+1ast, A.Touray 11+1reb+1ast
gschID: 489079


Bakken - Horsholm 102-64

The game with biggest result difference took place in Aarhus. Local Bakken (13-2) outscored 5th ranked Horsholm (8-10) 102-64 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 19 Horsholm turnovers. Bakken shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bakken made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Mike Gesell (188-93, college: Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 assists and the former international forward Morten Sahlertz (198-89) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Bakken players scored in double figures. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-97) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bakken maintains second position with 13-2 record having 3 victories less than leader Horsens IC. Horsholm lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Bakken will meet league's leader Horsens IC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Horsholm will play against Stevnsgade (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bakken: M.Gesell 16+8ast, E.Palm 16+3reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 15+5reb, M.Sahlertz 14+5reb+2ast, K.Thomann 10+5reb+2ast, N.Iversen 10+5reb+2ast
Horsholm: M.Dominique 15+4reb+1ast, A.Midtgaard 14+9reb+1ast, J.Smith 11+5reb+4ast, M.Baek 7+2reb+1ast, F.Nielsen 5+1reb+9ast, E.Hjorth 5+6reb
gschID: 489078





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Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 18-10 
 2. Delaware 87ers 15-11 
 3. Westchester K. 12-13 
 4. Long Island N. 10-18 
 5. Greensboro S. 8-19 
 6. Erie Bay H. 7-19 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 19-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 16-9 
 3. Canton C. 15-11 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 12-15 
 5. Windy City B. 9-14 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 20-6 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 14-12 
 3. N.Arizona S. 12-12 
 4. Reno B. 11-16 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 7-19 
Southwest Division
 1. Sioux Falls S. 20-7 
 2. Oklahoma City B 18-9 
 3. Rio Grande VV 16-12 
 4. Texas L. 12-13 
 5. Austin S. 11-15 
 6. Iowa E. 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 65

Jan. 25: Reno B. - Sioux Falls S. 129-116
Jan. 25: Raptors 905 - Texas L. 114-108
Jan. 25: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 111-114
Jan. 25: Canton C. - Maine RC 106-98
Jan. 25: Long Island N. - Delaware 87ers 104-103

Regular Season: Round 66

Jan. 26: Oklahoma City B - Iowa E.
Jan. 26: Austin S. - N.Arizona S.
Jan. 26: Los Angeles D. - Sioux Falls S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.9 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.3 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Patterson, Reno B.23.4 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.8 
 8. Murphy, Grand R.22.4 
 9. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.12.8 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.9 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 6. Long, Delaware.10.5 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. Zubac, Los A.9.6 
 9. Zimmerman, Erie B.9.4 
 10. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Magette, Los A.10.1 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.7 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.1 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 9. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
 10. Pressey, Santa C.6.2 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.0 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. Harris, Texas L.2.5 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.4 
 6. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
 7. Fells, Westches.2.1 
 8. Cousins, Reno B.2.1 
 9. Evans, Canton C.2.1 
 10. Payton II, Rio G.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.7 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .2.3 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 7. Williams, Iowa E.2.0 
 8. Hammons, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.9 


Maine Red Claws ink Ryan Kelly - by Eurobasket News

Maine Red Claws agreed terms with 26-year old power forward Ryan Kelly (211-104kg-91, college: Duke). He played recently at Atlanta Hawks in the NBA, but left the team earlier this month. But in 9 games he had just 1.1ppg and 1.1rpg this season.
The most of last season Kelly spent at the Lakers where in 36 NBA games he recorded 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played earlier that season for another team D-Fenders. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Kelly was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 7 games he averaged impressive 27.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg and 2.0bpg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (48th overall). Kelly attended Duke University and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in ACC for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Kelly was also voted All-ACC Honorable Mention back in 2013 at his college time.
Kelly could be described: More a technical player tha an athletic kind of PF, he is a versatile big man who can spend time in multiple positions. Bright future even at the 3 position, thanks to an interesting shooting accuracy from behing the 3-pts arch ....

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Raptors 905 triumph 114-108 over Texas - by Eurobasket News

In a game that was close through all 48 minutes, Raptors 905 defeated the Texas Legends 114-108 at the Hershey Centre on Wednesday, Jan. 25 to extend its NBA D-League winning streak to seven games. Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) scored a team-high 24 points and connected on six out of 12 three-point attempts for Raptors 905, who remain atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-7. Raptors 905 trailed by one point at halftime and was up by six after three quarters before Texas trimmed the deficit to one in the final minute. Heslip then sank a three-pointer with 26 seconds left before scoring the final four points on free throws. Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92) also had a strong game for Raptors 905 with 19 points while Edy Tavares and Yanick Moreira each came close to recording double-doubles. They each finished with 15 points while Tavares added nine rebounds to go along with Moreira's eight. Meanwhile, Delon Wright (6'5''-G-92, college: Utah) played his first game of the season after recovering from shoulder surgery. He scored 10 points and four assists over 21 minutes. For Texas, Manny Harris (6'5''-F/G-89, college: Michigan) scored 35 points while CJ Williams finished with 18. Raptors 905 will visit the Westchester Knicks on Friday, Jan. 27 before hosting the Delaware 87ers the following night.
Courtesy of: mississauga.com



Red Claws Fall Despite 2nd Half Charge - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, almost erased a 19-point deficit but eventually fell to the Canton Charge Wednesday, 106-98. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Maine (18-10). Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) led Maine with 31 points on 10-16 shooting, along with 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Jalen Jones added 21 points and 10 boards in his 13th double-double of the season. Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) added 14 points, while Marcus Georges-Hunt, Dallas Lauderdale (6'7''-F-88, college: Ohio St.) and Asauhn Dixon-Tatum scored 10 points each in the loss. Nader got off to a hot start, dropping in a three and scoring five quick points. Jones went down hard on a dunk attempt, and had to leave the game, with Canton (15-11) leading 10-9 in the early going. Maine then went on an 8-2 run, with Nader scoring five more and Coron Williams dropping in a long three. Jones returned to the game, and he and Nader kept Maine in the game, evening the score at 25-all with 1:50 to go in the 1st quarter. Nader dropped in a driving lay-up for his 16th points of the quarter, and Maine and Canton finished the first period tied at 29. The Charge opened the 2nd quarter on a 9-3 run, taking a 38-32 lead. Canton extended to a double-digit lead as Mike Williams started to heat up from the outside. The Charge went on a 10-0 run, going up 57-41 with 2:34 to go. Nader finished with 20 points in the first half, but Maine shot just 3-15 from downtown, and were out-scored 30-16 in the 2nd quarter. Evans and Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) (5-5 in first half) continued to dominate, and Canton led 59-45 at the break. Canton started the 3rd with five quick points. Marcus Georges-Hunt dropped in his first bucket of the game with about 9:00 to go, but the Charge lead surged to 73-54. The Red Claws went on a 5-0 run to try to get back in the game, with Georges-Hunt and Jones leading the way. Nader and the Claws followed that up with a 7-0 run to cut it to nine at 77-68. When the dust settled on the 3rd quarter, the Canton lead was 84-72. Maine out-scored Canton 27-25 in the quarter. Quinn Cook (6'2''-PG-93, college: Duke) put the Charge up by 13 with a high floater off the glass. Dallas Lauderdale answered with a dunk, then Jones made back-to-back buckets to get Maine to within six - Canton's lead was 89-83 with 6:26 to go. Coron Williams' three cut it to five with 4:20 to go. A costly turnover by Nader led to a John Holland slam, which made it 97-88 Charge. Williams cut it to 100-95 with another three at the 1:12 mark, but Eric Moreland's big bucket in the final minute put it away for good. Maine out-scored Canton 53-47 in the second half. The Red Claws shot 44% (34-78) from the field, but just 26% (7-27) from three-point range, and 23-29 from the free throw line. Canton shot 43% (41-95) from the floor, 38% (9-24) from downtown, and 15-21 from the charity stripe.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Hollis Thompson To Join Spurs' D-League Affiliate - by Eurobasket News

After being cut by the Sixers before this month's salary guarantee deadline, swingman Hollis Thompson (6'8''-SF-91, college: Georgetown) is headed to the D-League. According to Adam Johnson of D-League Digest, the Windy City Bulls have claimed Thompson, but will send him to the Austin Spurs, San Antonio's affiliate, in exchange for Jarell Eddie (6'7''-G-91, college: Virginia Tech). The deal will be finalized once both players pass physicals, tweets Johnson. Thompson, 25, had been one of the longest-tenured players on the Sixers, having signed with the team back in September of 2013. In 256 games with the franchise, he averaged 7.9 PPG and 3.1 RPG, with a .417/.389/.709 shooting line. Although he has been a solid three-point shooter throughout his career, Thompson's 36.6% mark this season was the worst of his career, and he also averaged just 18.1 minutes per game this year, another career low that led to his release. Having signed a D-League contract, Thompson will remain an NBA free agent, meaning the NBA's Spurs won't hold his rights. However, San Antonio controls and operates the Austin Spurs, so the club will get a first-hand look at the Georgetown product during his time in the D-League. Assuming Thompson plays well in the NBADL, he'll be a strong candidate for at least a 10-day contract or two from an NBA team down the stretch this season, if not a rest-of-season commitment.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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Alexela KML Round 14: TLU/Kalev beats TTU in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: TLU/Kalev (#8) and TTU (#4). TTU was smashed at home by 20 points 62-82 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. TLU/Kalev led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TLU/Kalev had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international point guard Kristo Saage (186-85) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Sten Olmre (192-95) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TLU/Kalev (5-10) moved-up to sixth place. TTU at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. TLU/Kalev's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rapla (9-3) against fifth ranked Parnu (8-7) on Tuesday night. Visiting Rapla was defeated by Parnu in a tough game in Parnu 59-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rapla. The former international power forward Reinar Hallik (208-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Domagoj Bubalo contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International Martin Paasoja (191-93) replied with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Rapla. Parnu moved-up to fourth place. Rapla at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Parnu will play against league's second-placed Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Rapla will play at home against the league's leader TU/Rock and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader TU/Rock delivered the twelfth victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Valga (5-11) 82-56. Venky Jois scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Renato Lindments responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. TU/Rock have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Valga lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. TU/Rock will meet at home TTU (#5) in the next round. Valga will play against TTU in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader TU/Rock recorded the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Parnu (8-7) 88-69 in Tartu. Dominykas Milka notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. TU/Rock have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Parnu at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. TU/Rock's next round opponent will be TTU (#5) in Tallinn. Parnu will play at home against the league's second-placed Kalev/Cramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Noorteliiga (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-67 loss to eighth ranked TLU/Kalev (5-10) in Tallinn on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Kristo Saage who scored 15 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TLU/Kalev moved-up to sixth place. Loser Noorteliiga still closes the standings with 11 games lost. TLU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.

In the last game of round 14 Tarvas crushed Noorteliiga in Rakvere 107-75.
The best stats of 14th round was 17 points and 4 assists by Tom Kaldre of Noorteliiga.

TLU/Kalev - Noorteliiga 94-67

Bottom-ranked Noorteliiga (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-67 loss to eighth ranked TLU/Kalev (5-10) in Tallinn on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by TLU/Kalev. Noorteliiga was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TLU/Kalev forced 21 Noorteliiga turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Kristo Saage (186-85) who scored 15 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Kaido Saks (207-86, agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five TLU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Tom Kaldre (190-98) produced 17 points and 4 assists and point guard Ron-Arnar Pehka (185-98) added 15 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TLU/Kalev moved-up to sixth place. Loser Noorteliiga still closes the standings with 11 games lost. TLU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
Noorteliiga: T.Kaldre 17+3reb+4ast, R.Pehka 15+3ast, K.Jurjens 12+3reb, T.Jurkatamm 8+6reb+2ast, O.Suurorg 7+2reb+3ast, M.Soodla 6+7reb+1ast
TLU/Kalev: K.Saage 15+3reb+4ast, D.Dzeletovic 14+5reb, T.Talumaa 14+7reb, K.Saks 14+7reb+1ast, V.Gurjanov 11+5reb+1ast, M.Kurg 8+4ast
gschID: 524425


Valga - TU/Rock 56-82

Leader TU/Rock delivered the twelfth victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Valga (5-11) 82-56. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Valga managed to win fourth quarter 17-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TU/Rock dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Valga's 24. Australian forward Venky Jois (202-93, college: E.Washington) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized American forward Renato Lindments (202-84, college: Westfield St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and Latvian guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88) scored 10 points. TU/Rock have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Valga lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. TU/Rock will meet at home TTU (#5) in the next round. Valga will play against TTU in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga: R.Lindments 13+12reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 10+4reb+1ast, V.Veski 6, I.Rihards Zvigurs 5+3reb, S.Silavs 5+2reb+1ast, R.Peterson 5+1reb+1ast
TU/Rock: V.Jois 18+6reb+2ast, J.Joesaar 13+3reb+1ast, M.Thomas 10+1ast, D.Milka 9+11reb+2ast, J.Talts 9+3reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 524424


Parnu - Rapla 65-59

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rapla (9-3) against fifth ranked Parnu (8-7) on Tuesday night. Visiting Rapla was defeated by Parnu in a tough game in Parnu 59-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rapla. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 20-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Parnu dominated on the defensive end, holding Rapla to just 7 points in second quarter. The former international power forward Reinar Hallik (208-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International Martin Paasoja (191-93) replied with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Dutch center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland) added 12 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Rapla. Parnu moved-up to fourth place. Rapla at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Parnu will play against league's second-placed Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Rapla will play at home against the league's leader TU/Rock and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rapla: M.Paasoja 20+9reb+4ast, T.van der Mars 12+14reb+1ast, D.Bratoz 10+7reb+2ast, K.Voolaid 8+8reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 6+3reb, M.Ruut 3
Parnu: R.Hallik 23+6reb+5ast, D.Bubalo 13+11reb+1ast, E.Seskus 12+2reb+4ast, N.Kabin 8+4reb+6ast, S.Sutt 4+4reb+2ast, R.Raap 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 524423


TTU - TLU/Kalev 62-82

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: TLU/Kalev (#8) and TTU (#4). TTU was smashed at home by 20 points 62-82 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. TLU/Kalev led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TLU/Kalev had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international point guard Kristo Saage (186-85) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four TLU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Sten Olmre (192-95) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian center Nikola Vujovic (210-93, college: Georgian Court) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TLU/Kalev (5-10) moved-up to sixth place. TTU at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. TLU/Kalev's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
TTU: S.Olmre 17+5reb+2ast, S.Viilup 11+3reb+1ast, N.Vujovic 10+8reb+1ast, T.Raadik 6+6reb+2ast, S.Saare 6+5reb+1ast, R.Koort 5+1reb
TLU/Kalev: D.Dzeletovic 23+10reb+1ast, K.Saage 18+9reb+3ast, M.Jurtom 14+4reb+1ast, M.Kurg 12+5reb+1ast, R.Tamm 7+5reb+7ast, K.Saks 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 524422


Noorteliiga - Tarvas 75-107

There was no surprise in Tallinn where bottom-ranked Noorteliiga (0-11) was crushed by seventh ranked BC Rakvere (4-9) 107-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Noorteliiga was better in third quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Rakvere forced 19 Noorteliiga turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Oliver Metsalu (196-93) chipped in 28 points. Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Ron-Arnar Pehka (185-98) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Madis Soodla (205-97) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five BC Rakvere and four Noorteliiga players scored in double figures. Noorteliiga's coach Indrek Visnapuu gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory BC Rakvere went down to eighth position due to points difference. Loser Noorteliiga still closes the standings with 11 games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round. Noorteliiga will play again on the road against BC Rakvere (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Noorteliiga: M.Soodla 16+5reb, R.Pehka 16+5reb+2ast, T.Kaldre 15+2reb+1ast, K.Jurjens 10+7reb+3ast, T.Jurkatamm 8+6reb+3ast, E.Kuhi 4+2reb
Tarvas: O.Metsalu 28+3reb+3ast, J.Baker 25+9reb+4ast, S.Post 20+3reb+9ast, T.Peil 17+13reb, S.Saaremael 10+5reb+6ast, M.Sumanov 4+2reb
gschID: 524421


TU/Rock - Parnu 88-69

Leader TU/Rock recorded the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Parnu (8-7) 88-69 in Tartu. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Parnu was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) supported him with 16 points and 6 assists. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds by Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91) did not help to save the game for Parnu. The former international power forward Reinar Hallik (208-84) added 15 points for the guests. Four TU/Rock and five Parnu players scored in double figures. TU/Rock have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Parnu at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. TU/Rock's next round opponent will be TTU (#5) in Tallinn. Parnu will play at home against the league's second-placed Kalev/Cramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: R.Hallik 15+4reb+2ast, E.Seskus 12+4reb+1ast, D.Bubalo 12+10reb+1ast, S.Sutt 12+4reb+1ast, M.Kirves 10+5reb+5ast, R.Raap 4+4reb+2ast
TU/Rock: D.Milka 20+9reb, G.Dorbek 16+3reb+3ast, M.Thomas 16+3reb+6ast, J.Talts 14+9reb+2ast, V.Jois 10+6reb+1ast, T.Sokk 7+3reb+7ast
gschID: 524420





Kristjan Kangur selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Openjobmetis VA (4-12) in their last game. Despite Kangur's very good performance Openjobmetis VA lost 76-83 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) Banco di Srd. He was the top scorer with 16 points in 23 minutes on the court. It was Openjobmetis VA's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Kangur averages: 5.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 23.7% and FT: 89.5% in 16 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). Kitsing led Bakken to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Horsholm (8-10) crushing them 102-64 in the Danish Ligaen last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Bakken Bears (13-2) is placed second in the Ligaen. It's Kitsing's first season with the team. Kitsing has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 62.8%(27-43), 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). Kotsar contributed to an S.Carolina's surprising victory against the Auburn University (1-0) crushing them 98-69 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. The University of South Carolina has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. This year Kotsar's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 46.9% in 21 games. He played for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #4. Center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently studies in the States) led Wichita St. to an easy victory against the University of Evansville (2-0) 82-65 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Nurger scored 12 points. The Wichita State University has quite an impressive 5-1 conference record this season. It was Wichita St.'s third consecutive victory in a row. Nurger's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2015.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #5. International guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nassjo (10-11) 82-66 in the Swedish Basketligan last Saturday. Kurbas recorded 8 points in 28 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (10-5) is placed fourth in the Basketligan. This year Kurbas' total stats are: 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #6. Small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help BC Nizhny Novgorod in their game against VEF Riga (7-5) in the VTB United League. Vene did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. He recorded only 2 points. BC Nizhny Novgorod was defeated 81-74 in Riga by the higher-ranked VEF Riga (#6). This season Vene has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Estonian senior team two years ago.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #7. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Ethnikos (8-6) in their game against Doukas (11-2) in the Greek A2 (second division). Laane scored 7 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Ethnikos lost 76-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Doukas. Laane has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg in 14 games. He is also Estonian national team player.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) plays for KFUM Jamtland in Swedish Basketligan
Kregor Hermet (204-PF-97) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA
Henri Drell (198-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Artur Arhangelski (185-G-97) plays for High School in the
Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) plays for Moncalieri in Italian Serie B



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  EUROCUP  

Eurocup Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 4

E

Jan. 25: Fuenlabrada - Lokomotiv 87-91
Jan. 25: UCAM Murcia - Gran Canaria 67-83

F

Jan. 25: Khimky - Ratiopharm 85-84
Jan. 25: Lietkabelis - B.Muenchen 72-78

G

Jan. 25: Lietuvos rytas - N.Novgorod 99-73
Jan. 24: Hapoel J-M - Zenit 97-81

H

Jan. 25: Cedevita - ALBA 99-83
Jan. 25: Valencia - Unicaja 86-62

Second Stage: Round 5

E

Feb. 1: Fuenlabrada - UCAM Murcia
Feb. 1: Lokomotiv - Gran Canaria

F

Feb. 1: Lietkabelis - Khimky
Feb. 1: B.Muenchen - Ratiopharm

G

Feb. 1: Zenit - N.Novgorod
Feb. 1: Hapoel J-M - Lietuvos rytas

H

Feb. 1: Unicaja - ALBA
Feb. 1: Valencia - Cedevita



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  EUROLEAGUE  

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 25: EA7 Armani - Olympiacos 99-83
Jan. 25: Anadolu Efes - Darussafaka 93-81
Jan. 25: Brose Bask. - Real Madrid 89-91
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

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 26: Crvena Zvezda - Panathinaikos
Jan. 26: FC Barcelona - Baskonia
Jan. 26: Fenerbahce - Galatasaray
Jan. 26: Maccabi T-A - Unics
Jan. 27: CSKA - Anadolu Efes
Jan. 27: Darussafaka - Zalgiris
Jan. 27: Olympiacos - Brose Bask.
Jan. 27: Real Madrid - EA7 Armani


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 Madrid17.9 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA16.9 
 5. Goudelock, Maccabi .16.8 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.14.9 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona14.7 
 8. Sanders, EA7 A.14.1 
 9. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.2 
 10. Simonovic, Crvena Z.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.8.1 
 2. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.9 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.8 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.2 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos6.5 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.2 
 9. Dunston, 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, Olympiacos6.4 
 3. Larkin, Baskonia6.2 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.5.9 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 6. Llull, Real Madrid5.8 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.7 
 8. Westermann, Zalgiris5.4 
 9. Colom, Unics5.4 
 10. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.3 
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, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.4 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 9. Stoll, Unics1.3 
 10. Vesely, Fenerbahce1.3 
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. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 6. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 7. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.1 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.1 
 9. Randolph, Real Madrid0.9 
 10. Paul, Anadolu Efes0.9 


Moscow to host Final Four in 2018/19 season - by Eurobasket News

Moscow will reportedly host EuroLeague Final Four in 2018/2019 season. Newly built VTB Arena Park will welcome the top rated event in the European basketball season. Moscow was the host of 2004/2005 EuroLeague Final Four. This season Final Four will be held in Istanbul. Next season Belgrade will accommodate the event.


Recap of Round 19 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Armani - Olympiacos 99-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Greek Olympiacos (13-6) against sixteenth ranked Italian Armani Milano (6-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Olympiacos were defeated by Armani Milano in Milano 99-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Olympiacos. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Armani Milano dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Olympiacos' 42 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Armani Milano looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Croatian swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Olympiacos in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Italian champion moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Maccabi T-A and Galatasaray. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third position with six games lost. Armani Milano will meet league's leader Real Madrid on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olympiacos will play against Brose Baskets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: G.Printezis 16+2reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 11+8reb+1ast, K.Birch 11+8reb, E.Green 10+1reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 9+3reb+2ast, V.Spanoulis 8+3reb+4ast
EA7 Armani: K.Simon 16+5reb+7ast, D.Pascolo 15+6reb+3ast, M.Macvan 15+6reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 12+1reb+2ast, J.McLean 10+3reb+1ast, R.Sanders 10+2reb
gschID: 473824


Brose Bask. - Real Madrid 89-91

Eleventh-ranked German Brose Baskets (7-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Spanish Real Madrid (14-5) in Bamberg. The visitors from Madrid managed to secure only two-point victory 91-89. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Brose Baskets won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Real Madrid won last quarter 21-20. Real Madrid outrebounded Brose Baskets 37-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Sergio Llull (190-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) helped adding 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Darius Miller (202-90, college: Kentucky) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Real Madrid have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with CSKA. Brose Baskets lost third consecutive game. Defending German champion keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Zalgiris and Unics. Real Madrid will play against bottom-ranked Armani Milano (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play against Olympiacos (#3) in Athens and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 14+4reb+1ast, D.Miller 13+4reb+3ast, D.Theis 12+2reb, L.Radosevic 11+1reb, N.Melli 11+6reb+3ast, J.Strelnieks 9+2reb+8ast
Real Madrid: S.Llull 26+6reb+4ast, J.Carroll 24+2reb, G.Ayon 16+8reb+4ast, R.Fernandez 9+5reb+3ast, D.Draper 5+1reb+4ast, F.Reyes 4+3reb
gschID: 473823


Anadolu Efes - Darussafaka 93-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Anadolu Efes (9-10) beat 8th ranked Darussafaka (10-9) in Istanbul 93-81 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. Darussafaka was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Darussafaka outrebounded Anadolu Efes 40-27 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Anadolu Efes made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 assists. American guard Brandon Paul (193-91, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Croatian power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Darussafaka. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Anadolu Efes maintains ninth place with 9-10 record. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Anadolu Efes will face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 24+5reb+6ast, A.Zizic 16+18reb+1ast, A.Moerman 11+2reb, D.Bertans 10+1ast, B.Batuk 10+5reb, W.Clyburn 8+6reb+3ast
Anadolu Efes: B.Paul 21+2reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 17+1reb+7ast, B.Dunston 14+6reb, D.Brown 12+3reb+1ast, J.Granger 9+2reb+5ast, T.Honeycutt 8+7reb+5ast
gschID: 473822


Baskonia - Crvena Zvezda 69-87

The game between 5th ranked Spanish Baskonia (11-8) and eighth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (11-8) in Vitoria on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Beograd beat Baskonia 87-69. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Baskonia was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda forced 20 Baskonia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 assists and 4 steals. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and Dutch-French Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah) added 12 points in the effort for Baskonia. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Crvena Zvezda. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Baskonia. Baskonia lost their third game in a row. Crvena Zvezda will face Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens in the next round. Baskonia will play on the road against FC Barcelona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: S.Larkin 16+2reb+4ast, K.Tillie 12+3reb+1ast, R.Beaubois 9+2reb, A.Hanga 7+4reb+4ast, N.Laprovittola 6+1ast, J.Blazic 5+3reb
Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 23+5reb, S.Jovic 18+1reb+12ast, O.Kuzmic 11+6reb+1ast, N.Wolters 9+1reb+3ast, M.Bjelica 6+2reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 473819


Panathinaikos - FC Barcelona 71-65

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (8-11) lost to sixth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (11-8) in Athens 65-71 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But FC Barcelona won fourth quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos forced 21 FC Barcelona turnovers. Quite impressive performance for center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American-Guinea-Bissau guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 12 points and 5 assists and American-Kosovan forward Justin Doellman (205-85, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for FC Barcelona. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Baskonia and Crvena Zvezda. FC Barcelona at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Panathinaikos will face Crvena Zvezda (#6) in Beograd in the next round. FC Barcelona will play at home against Baskonia (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: T.Rice 12+3reb+5ast, J.Doellman 11+6reb, P.Koponen 10+3reb+3ast, V.Faverani 10+6reb, A.Vezenkov 8+2reb, J.Carlos Navarro 5
Panathinaikos: I.Bourousis 14+11reb+3ast, K.Rivers 13+4reb, M.James 10+2reb+4ast, C.Singleton 10+4reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 8+1reb+1ast, K.Gabriel 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 473820


Zalgiris - CSKA 79-74

Fifth defeat of league's leader Russian CSKA (14-5) against thirteenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (7-12) 79-74 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CSKA. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris forced 19 CSKA turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Aaron Jackson (190-86, college: Duquesne) added 8 points and 8 assists in the effort for CSKA. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Lithuanian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brose Bask. and Unics. Defending Russian champion CSKA still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Real Madrid who have the same record. CSKA will play next round against Anadolu Efes trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Zalgiris will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Darussafaka in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
CSKA: J.Augustine 15+7reb, N.De Colo 11+2reb+3ast, C.Higgins 11+1ast, A.Vorontsevich 9+1reb, V.Khryapa 9+5reb, A.Jackson 8+1reb+8ast
Zalgiris: K.Pangos 21+1reb+4ast, A.Lima 12+5reb+2ast, P.Jankunas 11+4reb, L.Westermann 10+10ast, E.Ulanovas 9+6reb+3ast, B.Motum 9
gschID: 473825


Galatasaray - Maccabi T-A 102-63

Bottom-ranked Turkish Galatasaray managed to get the sixth victory. This time they outleveled thirteenth-ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A in Istanbul 102-63. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 39-point difference suggests that Galatasaray is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Galatasaray led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.6 percent from the field. Galatasaray shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Maccabi T-A's players. American Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sinan Guler (192-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 8 points and 12 assists. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) produced 22 points and the other American import swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Maccabi T-A's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Galatasaray (6-13) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with EA7 Armani and Maccabi T-A. Maccabi T-A lost their third game in a row. Galatasaray's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fenerbahce (#4) in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 22+3reb+1ast, S.Weems 12+1reb+3ast, C.Iverson 8+8reb, D.Smith 6+7reb+3ast, V.Rudd 5+6reb+1ast, G.Pnini 4+1reb+3ast
Galatasaray: J.Diebler 21+6reb, A.Tyus 18+2reb+1ast, V.Micov 16+5reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 16+5reb, B.Schilb 10+4reb+6ast, B.Fitipaldo 8+6ast
gschID: 473818


Unics - Fenerbahce 81-86

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (12-7) won against on the road 11th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-12) 86-81 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Unics Kazan won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Quite impressive performance for Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) contributed with 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American swingman Orlando Johnson (196-89, college: UCSB) added 16 points in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to fourth place. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Fenerbahce will face Galatasaray (#14) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Unics: A.Parakhouski 21+9reb+1ast, O.Johnson 16+3reb, K.Langford 11+1ast, P.Stoll 9+1ast, P.Antipov 8+1reb+3ast, C.Clarke 6+4reb+5ast
Fenerbahce: L.Datome 18+4reb+1ast, B.Bogdanovic 16+5reb+7ast, J.Vesely 15+2reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 12+1reb+6ast, J.Nunnally 8+3reb+3ast, P.Antic 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 473821





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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Papadopoulos is the new Head Coach of the Greek NT U16 - by Chris Mammides

Three-time Basketball champion head coach Konstantinos Papadopoulos (with the team of Panathinaikos) and another seven times Attica champion (Panathinaikos and Ilysiakos) and the most successful Head Coach (in youth ages of the last two decades), has been tabbed as head coach for the Basketball Men's U16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participation and the last position among 16 countries (1-6 record) with the previous coaching team.
Selected to assist Papadopoulos is the well known in the North part of the country, Theodoros Asteriadis (PAOK Thessaloniki), both of whom tackle their first serious assignment as a coaching duet coming from academies and youth teams.

An amazing selection from the Greek Basketball federation as it is the first time after quite many years that a National Coach in younger ages has actually professional career on the specific age area and quite successfully as the previous 'cases' and predecessors fail in total as they were coaching mostly Men Teams or no teams at all…

The Greek Basketball Federation probably felt that Papadopoulos has done a tremendous job with his players (in Panathinaikos and now in Doukas as he has been dismissed last summer from Panathinaikos after winning all the titles..) over the past fifteen years and that having continuity within the program has been a key to the success of the teams, he is coaching all these years.

The U16 European championship 2017 Division B will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 10-19 of August 2017, and Greece will be among the National teams to fight for the promotion in a division which is more suitable for the country.
In addition to Greece teams competing in the U16 zone Division B' championship include: host Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium. Bosnia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Luxemburg, FYROM, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

Training camp to determine the 12-member Greek squad will be held in Athens by Papadopoulos himself while Assistant Coach Asteriadis will be doing the same in Thessaloniki so as to cover the country in total.

Coach Papadopoulos is planning to scout at all edges to be able to find the best players in the country and try to develop a strong and healthy team at all positions, try to give attention to detail, and relate to all the members of the Greek NT the winning mentality and try to combine all the talents with the best feasible way to try and get a gold medal for Greek Basketball even if we will compete in a division lower than we supposed to'. The U16 roster will be bright new and will be build up from scratch..

Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the new coaching team of the U16 Greek NT



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Standings

FIBA Europe Cup Standings
Group K
 1 Chalon 5-1 
 2 Gaziantep 5-1 
 3 Sodertalje 1-5 
 4 Targu Mures 1-5 
Group L
 1 Demir IBB 5-1 
 2 Antwerp 4-2 
 3 Gravelines 2-4 
 4 Prievidza 1-5 
Group M
 1 Telekom Bsk 5-1 
 2 Vytautas 4-2 
 3 Oberwart 2-4 
 4 Apoel 1-5 
Group N
 1 Kormend 4-2 
 2 Nanterre 4-2 
 3 Tsmoki-Minsk 3-3 
 4 Bnei Hertzeliyya 1-5 
Group O
 1 Pau-Lacq-Orthez 4-2 
 2 Alba 4-2 
 3 UBT Cluj Napoca 2-4 
 4 BK Pardubice 2-4 
Group P
 1 Enisey 5-1 
 2 Groningen 4-2 
 3 Lukoil Acad. 3-3 
 4 Benfica 0-6 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

K

Jan. 25: Gaziantep - Chalon 92-80
Jan. 25: Targu Mures - Sodertalje 84-77

L

Jan. 25: Demir IBB - Gravelines 87-77
Jan. 25: Prievidza - Antwerp 81-90

M

Jan. 25: Apoel - Oberwart 75-79
Jan. 25: Vytautas - Telekom Bsk 61-75

N

Jan. 25: Kormend - Bnei Hertzeliyya 91-88
Jan. 25: Tsmoki-Minsk - Nanterre 88-82

O

Jan. 24: Alba - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 78-81
Jan. 25: BK Pardubice - UBT Cluj Napoca 74-65

P

Jan. 25: Groningen - Lukoil Acad. 95-89
Jan. 25: Benfica - Enisey 58-89


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Terry ALLEN
  Kormend
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Allen, Kormend20.1 
 2. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 3. Clark, Chalon19.4 
 4. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 5. Jefferson, Gazia.18.9 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 7. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 8. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 9. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 10. Edwards, Alba16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.10.0 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.4 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 7. Fall, Chalon8.1 
 8. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 9. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
 10. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.0 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.5 
 3. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 4. Petty, Kormend7.1 
 5. Roberson, Chalon6.8 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 8. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 9. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 10. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Gajovic, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.5 
 5. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 6. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 7. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 10. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Mathias LESSORT
  Nanterre
  (205-PF-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lessort, Nanterre1.9 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 4. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 5. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 6. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 7. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 8. West, Siauliai1.2 
 9. Fieler, Groningen1.2 
 10. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.1 


Results and Stats from Day 6 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Group K
Targu Mures - Sodertalje 84-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourth ranked Romanian Targu Mures (1-5) beat at home one of their biggest challengers Swedish Sodertalje Kings (1-5) 84-77 on Wednesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-14. But Sodertalje Kings won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Targu Mures looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. Montenegrin Goran Gajovic (199-88, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Point guard Valter Lindstrom (180-95) replied with 23 points and point guard Thomas Massamba (183-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 14 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for Sodertalje Kings. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Targu Mures maintains fourth position in Group K with 1-5 record.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: V.Lindstrom 23+3reb+2ast, T.Massamba 14+2reb+5ast, N.Spires 9+8reb, A.Ramstedt 8+6reb+3ast, T.Kurbas 8+4reb+1ast, D.Johnson 6+4reb
Targu Mures: G.Martinic 23+10ast, G.Gajovic 19+7reb+4ast, D.Djapa 11+6reb+3ast, D.Andrei 9+1reb+4ast, I.Alin Borsa 6+1reb, L.Lazar 6+4reb
gschID: 522494


Gaziantep - Chalon 92-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of French Chalon/Saor (5-1) on the court of second ranked Turkish Gaziantep on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Gaziantep 92-80. The game was mostly controlled by Gaziantep. Chalon/Saor managed to win fourth quarter 26-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaziantep looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Marcus Denmon (191-90, college: Missouri) notched 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Croatian power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, agency: XL Basketball Agency) supported him with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five Gaziantep players scored in double figures. Even 25 points by American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) did not help to save the game for Chalon/Saor. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) added 8 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Gaziantep keeps a position of Group K leader, which they share with Enisey.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 25+4reb+2ast, J.Roberson 13+4reb+5ast, J.Nzeulie 12+2reb+4ast, M.Fall 8+12reb+6ast, L.Harris 7+2reb+2ast, A.Bouteille 6+2reb+1ast
Gaziantep: M.Denmon 26+6reb+6ast, J.Balazic 23+5reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 16+10reb+3ast, W.Cherry 15+5reb+4ast, A.Rautins 12+5reb+4ast, E.Eryuz 0+1reb+4ast
gschID: 522487


Group L
Demir IBB - Gravelines 87-77

Rather expected game when 3rd ranked French Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-4) lost to first ranked Turkish Demir IBB (5-1) in Buyukcekmece 77-87 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Demir IBB. Gravelines-Dunkerque was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Demir IBB looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for Croatian-Bosnian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. American point guard Kenneth Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American-Jamaican guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) replied with 17 points and American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Demir IBB maintains first position in Group L with 5-1 record, which they share with Enisey. Loser Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps the third place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: S.Henry 17+4reb+2ast, K.Gibson 16+1reb+2ast, A.Mokoka 14+4reb, J.Cobbs 11+3reb+6ast, M.Hesson 7+3reb, R.Solomon 4+3reb
Demir IBB: K.Hayes 21+2reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 16+14reb+7ast, J.Johnson 13+3reb+4ast, T.Erulku 10+2reb+3ast, A.Caloiaro 9+2reb+4ast, O.Eldridge 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 522488


Prievidza - Antwerp 81-90

Rather predictable result when second ranked Belgian Antwerp Giants (4-2) won against on the road 4th ranked Slovakian Prievidza (1-5) 90-81 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prievidza won third quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Prievidza's 38 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Prievidza 38-22 including 29 on the defensive glass. Antwerp Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Croatian forward Igor Maric (196-85) replied with 23 points and American guard Andre Jones (191-90, college: Winthrop) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Prievidza. Antwerp Giants maintains second position in Group L with 4-2 record having just ten point less than leader Chalon, which they share with Groningen. Defending Slovakian champion Prievidza keeps the fourth place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: I.Maric 23+3reb+1ast, A.Jones 17+3reb+6ast, R.Korner 12+2reb+1ast, M.Milovanovic 7+2reb, R.Dramicanin 7+5reb+2ast, M.Batina 7+2reb+1ast
Antwerp: R.Anderson 20+12reb, G.Ware 20+2reb+5ast, J.Clark 16+4reb+6ast, D.Conger 9+4reb+1ast, M.Smith 7+7reb+2ast, D.Marchant 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 522493


Group M
Apoel - Oberwart 75-79

We should not miss a road victory of third ranked Austrian Redwell Gunners Oberwart (2-4) over one of their biggest challengers Cypriot Apoel (1-5) 79-75. It looked good early as Apoel took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Redwell Gunners Oberwart had a 20-12 second period charge getting the lead and Apoel was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-79. Redwell Gunners Oberwart brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) who recorded 20 points and 6 assists and forward Brandon Mobley (206-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending Austrian champion maintains third position in Group M with 2-4 record having just eight point less than leader Chalon. Apoel at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Apoel: R.Brown 20+4reb+6ast, B.Mobley 16+8reb+3ast, T.Bussey 15+3reb+4ast, A.Wright 13+10reb+1ast, M.Burnatowski 11+4reb+2ast, C.Kaskiris 0
Oberwart: C.McNealy 18+7reb+4ast, J.Traylor 16+10reb+3ast, D.Jackson 13+2reb+6ast, A.Cumberbatch 12+6reb+4ast, B.Blazevic 10+3reb, G.Wolf 6
gschID: 522495


Vytautas - Telekom Bsk 61-75

The game worth to mention about is leader Telekom Baskets' easy win against Vytautas 75-61. It was a key game for the top position in Group M. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. Vytautas was better in fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Vytautas' 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Telekom Baskets' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) replied with 16 points and 5 assists and forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Vytautas. Defending German champion maintains first position in Group M with 5-1 record, which they share with Enisey. Loser Vytautas keep the second place with two games lost.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: A.Valeika 16+4reb+5ast, S.Kulvietis 12+5reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 11+8reb+1ast, T.Delininkaitis 9+2reb+6ast, P.Ivanauskas 5+3reb+3ast, M.Kupsas 4+3reb
Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 19+5reb+2ast, J.Gamble 15+6reb+3ast, O.Silins 13+5reb+2ast, J.Mayo 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 6+6reb+3ast, J.Richter 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 522492


Group N
Kormend - Bnei Hertzeliyya 91-88

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Hungarian Kormend as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group N. Kormend edged 4th ranked Israeli Bnei Hasharon at home 91-88. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Kormend made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Bnei Hasharon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-92, college: Connecticut, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Groningen. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: J.Adrien 18+12reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 17+3reb+1ast, H.Kanacevic 14+7reb+3ast, T.Green 14+7reb+10ast, O.Leumi 13+3ast, S.Dennis 8+3reb+3ast
Kormend: P.Petty 16+7reb+5ast, S.Gibbs 16+1reb+5ast, T.Allen 14+4reb+3ast, L.Smith Jr. 10+3reb+2ast, B.Horti 10+2reb+2ast, J.Loveridge 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 522496


Tsmoki-Minsk - Nanterre 88-82

Second defeat of group's leader French JSF Nanterre (4-2) against third ranked Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk (3-3) 88-82 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tsmoki-Minsk shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Dru Joyce (184-85, college: Akron) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Tsmoki-Minsk's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) replied with 18 points and 9 assists and American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Belarusian champion maintains third position in Group N with 3-3 record having just nine point less than leader Chalon, which they share with Lukoil Acad. JSF Nanterre at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Groningen. They were replaced at the leadership position by Chalon.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: H.Schaffartzik 18+1reb+9ast, C.Warren 17+2reb+6ast, H.Invernizzi 13+4reb+1ast, S.Butterfield 11+3reb+1ast, T.Zanna 7+2reb, M.Riley 6+1reb
Tsmoki-Minsk: D.Joyce 18+5reb+7ast, A.Kudrautsau 15+2reb, N.Milosevic 15+3reb+1ast, J.Gray 11+2reb+3ast, D.Gagic 8+2reb+2ast, M.Meshcharakou 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 522486


Group O
BK Pardubice - UBT Cluj Napoca 74-65

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Romanian UBT Cluj Napoca (2-4) lost on the road to fourth ranked Czech BK Pardubice (2-4) 74-65 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 41-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Pardubice forced 20 UBT Cluj Napoca turnovers and outrebounded them 53-42 including a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. BK Pardubice looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. BK Pardubice's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: American) replied with 17 points and Hungarian-Romanian power forward Roland Torok (203-90, agency: HMS) added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for UBT Cluj Napoca. BK Pardubice maintains fourth position in Group O with 2-4 record.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: V.Moldoveanu 17+2reb+3ast, G.Toth 12+6reb, F.Adamovic 8+1reb+3ast, O.Barro 8+5reb, R.Torok 7+11reb+2ast, T.Gheorghe 5+3reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: L.Autrey 13+11reb+1ast, D.Burnett 12+7reb+6ast, D.Pandula 11+5reb+2ast, O.Kohout 9+5reb, J.Wall 7+5reb+5ast, K.Svrdlik 6+5reb
gschID: 522489


Alba - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 78-81

Second ranked French Pau-Lacq-Orthez (4-2) edged top-ranked Hungarian Alba (4-2) in Szekesfehervar 81-78 on Tuesday. It was a key game for the top position in Group O. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Alba was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard D.J. Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) replied with 19 points and American forward James Farr (208-92, college: Xavier) added 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Alba. Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps a position of Group O leader, which they share with Groningen.
Top scorers:
Alba: J.Farr 21+2reb, J.Edwards 19+2reb+2ast, W.Shepard 11+7reb+3ast, P.Lorant 7+5reb+2ast, A.Keller 6+1reb+1ast, B.Taylor 5+2reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Cooper 15+5reb+7ast, A.Koffi 14+6reb, V.Chikoko 13+3reb+2ast, A.Goods 13+1reb+4ast, E.Okobo 10+2reb, J.Edwards 9+7reb+4ast
gschID: 522485


Group P
Groningen - Lukoil Acad. 95-89

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Dutch Groningen and second-best Bulgarian Lukoil Acad. had identical 3-2 record. This time Groningen used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Sofia 95-89 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the second position in Group P. Groningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) replied with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lukoil Acad.Five Groningen and four Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. Groningen have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Dutch champion (4-2) moved-up to second place in Group P. Defending Bulgarian champion Lukoil Acad. dropped to the third position with three games lost.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: D.Gibson 28+5reb+4ast, M.Korniyenko 18+7reb+1ast, S.Zack 12+8reb+4ast, H.Zahariev 10+3reb+1ast, F.Videnov 9+4reb+1ast, A.Beane 7
Groningen: J.Dourisseau 21+4reb+4ast, C.Fieler 17+9reb+6ast, L.Jeter 17+6reb+4ast, A.Slagter 14+2ast, D.Pasalic 13+4reb+1ast, A.Smith 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 522490


Benfica - Enisey 58-89

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Russian Enisey (5-1) crushed on the road 4th ranked Portuguese Benfica (0-6) 89-58 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Enisey led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Benfica's 32. Enisey looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for forward Aleksandr Pavlov (202-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 5 rebounds. U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Enisey players scored in double figures. American power forward Raven Barber (206, college: Mt.St.Mary's) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Angolan-Portuguese guard Carlos Morais (200-85, agency: Duran International) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Benfica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Enisey maintains first position in Group P with 5-1 record. Loser Benfica still closes the standings with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Benfica: R.Barber 16+5reb+2ast, C.Morais 10+5reb+3ast, C.Andrade 8+4reb+2ast, D.Raivio 7+3reb+3ast, J.Soares 5+1reb, M.Fernandes 3+1reb+2ast
Enisey: A.Pavlov 12+5reb+2ast, V.Trushkin 10+3reb+2ast, F.Elegar 10+6reb+1ast, V.Zavoruev 10+7ast, D.Lukashov 9+3reb+3ast, I.Kanygin 8+5reb
gschID: 522491





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  FINLAND  

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Helsinki Seagulls 18-4 
 2. Salon Vilpas 17-6 
 3. Kataja Basket 13-6 
 4. Lapua 13-10 
 5. Kauhajoki 13-10 
 6. Kouvot 9-12 
 7. KTP Basket 8-15 
 8. BC Nokia 8-15 
 9. Pyrinto 8-15 
 10. Korihait 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 25: Korihait - Lapua 75-86
Jan. 25: KTP Basket - Kouvot 74-100

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 27: Lapua - Kataja Basket
Jan. 27: Kouvot - KTP Basket
Jan. 28: Pyrinto - Helsinki Seagulls
Jan. 28: Korihait - BC Nokia
Jan. 28: Kauhajoki - Kataja Basket


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Jones, Lapua22.3 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket20.7 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot20.6 
 4. Morris, Lapua18.0 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.0 
 6. Wesley, Kataja B.17.5 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto17.3 
 8. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.5 
 10. Unruh, Kauhajoki15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Van, Korihait10.9 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.3 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket9.0 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.7 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.3 
 8. Morris, Lapua8.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto8.0 
 10. Cuffee, Kouvot7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.5 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.8 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.8 
 7. Minard, Pyrinto4.4 
 8. Jalonen, Korihait4.3 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.2 
 10. Skamo, BC Nokia3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.4 
 2. Barrett, BC Nokia2.0 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Mullings, Kataja B.1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.7 
 8. Holloway, Korihait1.6 
 9. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 10. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, KTP Basket2.0 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Van, Korihait1.0 
 6. McAlister, Korihait0.9 
 7. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 
 8. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.8 
 10. Huolila, Kataja B.0.7 


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 


Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team FC Barcelona to a victory over the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (9-10) 89-78 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Koponen was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 26 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (8-11) is placed tenth in group A. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year Koponen averages: 9.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 32.7%, 3FGP: 53.2%(33-62) and FT: 87.5% in 16 games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece). He was the major contributor in a Kolossos HH's victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (6-8) 83-77 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Ahonen scored 17 points. Kolossos H Hotels (8-6) is placed sixth in the A1. Ahonen's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 68.4%(13-19), 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 89.5%. Ex-ToPo Helsinki player is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Chalons-Reims (7-10) crushing them 106-78 in the French ProA on Monday night. Murphy scored 13 points in 20 minutes. Strasbourg IG (9-8) is placed ninth in the ProA. This year Murphy's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 85.7% in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #4. Guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Gran Canaria (10-7) to beat Andorra (10-7). Salin scored 6 points. Gran Canaria was crushed 90-64 at home by the higher-ranked Andorra (#7). They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Salin's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #5. International power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Arizona's victory against the University of Southern California (1-1) 73-66 in the NCAA last Thursday. Markkanen scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. The University of Arizona has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. Markkanen has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games. Markkanen plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #6. An experienced small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners was defeated 71-64 on the road by the higher-ranked EWE Baskets (#6). Huff recorded 11 points. Huff has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #7. International shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Saint-Quentin (6-10) crushing them 86-56 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Kanervo recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (7-9) is placed 11th in the ProB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Kanervo's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Croatia) managed to help KK Cibona VIP Zagreb to win against one of league's weakest teams H.Analitica (2-12) 89-80 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 last Monday. Sulejmanovic scored only 4 points. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (9-4) is placed fifth in the A1. Sulejmanovic has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2013.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #9. International power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an USK Praha's victory against the closely-ranked BK Pardubice (16-4) 74-62 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Madsen scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. USK Praha (17-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Madsen has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #10. Forward Alex Murphy (206-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Northeastern (5-1) in their game against the Hofstra University (0-1) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Murphy recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Murphy has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

   #11. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Movil Estudiantes' victory against the 11th-ranked RETAbet BB 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Wilson scored 5 points and added 5 passes in 18 minutes. Wilson has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 1.5apg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson plays currently for the Finnish national team. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

   #12. Former international swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in Argentina) helped Obras Basket win their game against the seventh-ranked Libertad Sunchales 82-67 in the Argentinian LigaA on Monday night. Haanpaa recorded 5 points. Haanpaa has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2014.

   #13. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, another player represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antti Kanervo. But that was another game of his team in French ProB which we would like to mention. Nuutinen couldn't help Chorale de Roanne in their game against Nantes. He scored 5 points in 28 minutes. His team lost 71-84. Nuutinen has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in 16 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

   #14. Former University international forward Julius Rajala (206-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped University of Southern Indiana win their game against the Lewis University crushing them 80-57 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Rajala scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Rajala averaged so far 10.2ppg and 4.7rpg. He used to play for the Finnish university national team back in 2015.

   #15. U20 international forward Joonas Tahvanainen (198-96, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Utah Valley in their game against the Cal State - Bakersfield in the NCAA. Tahvanainen recorded 8 points in only 13 minutes. His team was edged 68-65. Tahvanainen has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.8rpg in 17 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team.

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

   #1. Remu Raitenan (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of San Francisco in a victory against the University of Portland (1-1) crushing them 75-50 in the NCAA last Thursday. Raitenan scored only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. The University of San Francisco has rather weak 2-4 conference record this season. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.7rpg in 20 games he played so far.

   #2. Roberto Mantovani (203-F-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Robert Morris' victory against the Central Connecticut State University (4-1) 74-67 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. The Robert Morris University has rather weak 2-4 conference record this season. Mantovani has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 2.6rpg in 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Finnish and Cypriot.

   #3. Anton Kankaanpaa (196-G-92, currently plays in NCAA2). Kankaanpaa could not help the Southern Nazarene University (5-5) to beat the East Central University (8-3). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. his team was badly defeated 89-72 on the road by the East Central University. Kankaanpaa has been at the team for four years. Kankaanpaa has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.4rpg.



Harris' double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Forward Sean Harris (201-F) had a very impressive game in the last round for Ura Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Karkkila (#9, 6-10) with 22-point margin 94-72. Ura Basket maintains the 4th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ura Basket will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ura Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Utah State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 12.0rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 65.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86, agency: Blacktop Management) of Namika Lr. He is American swingman in his first season at Namika Lr. In the last game Bratton recorded impressive 33 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Namika Lr lost that game 68-95 to the higher-ranked Korikouvot (#5, 11-5). Namika Lr managed to keep the same 13th spot in Division B. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Namika Lr managed to get this year. Bratton is one of the most experienced players at Namika Lr and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of league's leader TuNMKY. Sandberg got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . He was a key player of TuNMKY, leading his team to a 90-88 win against the lower-ranked Korikouvot (#5, 11-5). TuNMKY confirms their top position in Division B. Sandberg has a great season in Finland. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.4rpg (9th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 62.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roderick Flemings (203-F/G-87) of FoKoPo - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bruce Reed (202-F-90) of FoKoPo - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Demondre Harvey (201-F-93) of Oulun NMKY - 24 points and 13 rebounds
7. Teemu Sulonen (188-G/F-94) of FoKoPo - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nicolai Andersen (203-C-96) of Korikouvot - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joshua Gouch (196-G-91) of Espoo Basket - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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ProB Round 16: Leader Provence Basket loses to JL Bourg - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Provence Basket (13-3) recorded its third loss in Fos-sur-Mer on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked JL Bourg (12-4) 75-72. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-18. But Provence Basket won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Provence Basket 38-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) fired 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) produced 20 points for lost side. JL Bourg have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Provence Basket. Provence Basket at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. JL Bourg are looking forward to face ADA Blois (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Provence Basket will play against Saint-Quentin (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Charleville-Mezieres (11-5) against seventeenth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (5-11) on Tuesday night. Visiting Charleville-Mezieres was defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne in Boulogne-sur-Mer 83-67. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Teddy Gipson (191-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 6 rebounds. Grismay Paumier contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American guard Jordan Fouse (201-94, college: Green Bay, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 13 points for Charleville-Mezieres. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SO Maritime Boulogne maintains seventeenth position with 5-11 record. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against higher ranked Boulazac Basket (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Saint Chamond (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Rouen between SPO Rouen and STB Le Havre. Sixteenth ranked SPO Rouen (6-10) got a very close home victory over higher ranked STB Le Havre (9-7). SPO Rouen managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Tuesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Gaylor Curier who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side Dinma Odiakosa responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). SPO Rouen moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with St Quentin and Poitiers. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. SPO Rouen will meet higher ranked ALM Evreux (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. STB Le Havre will play against Chorale de Roanne (#11) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Aix-les-Bains. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Denain Voltaire (9-7) to twelfth ranked Aix-Maurienne (7-9) 76-75 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. The winners were led by Rayvonte Rice who scored that evening 19 points. Denain Voltaire's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Roanne and Evreux. Denain Voltaire at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lille Metropole (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Denain Voltaire will play against Poitiers and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Seventh ranked Lille Metropole (9-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked Poitiers (6-10) 71-70 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Jean-Victor Traore fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Lille Metropole moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Poitiers dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Lille Metropole will face Aix-Maurienne (#13) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Poitiers will play on the road against Denain Voltaire and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Evreux defeated St Chamond in a road game 83-78. Blois beat Vichy Clermont at home 91-78. St Quentin was destroyed by Roanne on the opponent's court 86-56. Nantes unfortunately lost to Boulazac in a home game 55-57.
The best stats of 16th round was 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Caleb Walker of Evreux.

St Chamond - Evreux 78-83

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Saint Chamond (4-12) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked ALM Evreux (7-9) 83-78 on Tuesday. Dominican-American forward Angel Nunez (203-91, college: S.Florida) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. Stephane Gombauld (205-97) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and American center Killian Larson (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Inception Sports) added 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. ALM Evreux moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Roanne and Maurienne. Saint Chamond lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. ALM Evreux will face SPO Rouen (#15) at home in the next round. Saint Chamond will play against Charleville-Mezieres having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: B.Walker 18+1reb+4ast, K.Larson 16+11reb+1ast, S.Gombauld 14+14reb+1ast, J.Hoyaux 9+2reb+1ast, P.Turpin 6+1reb+2ast, M.Guichard 6+1reb+10ast
Evreux: A.Nunez 24+5reb+3ast, C.Walker 22+6reb+4ast, C.Henry 12+6reb+9ast, B.Pinault 10+3reb+2ast, L.Kante 7+3reb, P.Beye 4+6reb
gschID: 484414


Poitiers - Lille 70-71

Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Seventh ranked Lille Metropole (9-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked Poitiers (6-10) 71-70 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Deonte Burton (183-91, college: Nevada) chipped in 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-0) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and Senegalese center Youssoupha Fall (221-95) added 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Lille Metropole moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Poitiers dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Lille Metropole will face Aix-Maurienne (#13) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Poitiers will play on the road against Denain Voltaire and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: S.Omar Doumbouya 21+9reb+2ast, Y.Fall 12+8reb, J.Threatt 10+3reb+6ast, M.Var 7+6reb, C.Leonard 7+1reb+1ast, M.Joseph 4+2reb
Lille: D.Burton 22+7reb+5ast, D.Jones 20+3reb, J.Traore 20+13reb+1ast, T.Ceci-Diop 5+4reb, J.MBida 4+5reb+2ast, B.Pamba-Juille 0+4reb+5ast
gschID: 484410


Maurienne - Denain 76-75

A very interesting game took place in Aix-les-Bains. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Denain Voltaire (9-7) to twelfth ranked Aix-Maurienne (7-9) 76-75 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. Denain Voltaire was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-15 third quarter run of Aix-Maurienne. The winners were led by American guard Rayvonte Rice (193-92, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) who scored that evening 19 points and point guard Aurelien Rigaux (176-88) supported him with 11 points and 9 assists. Five Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Even 15 points by American guard Darnell Harris (184-86, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Denain Voltaire. Power forward Jerome Cazenobe (203-89) added 12 points for lost side. Denain Voltaire's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Roanne and Evreux. Denain Voltaire at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lille Metropole (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Denain Voltaire will play against Poitiers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Denain: D.Harris 15+4reb+3ast, J.Cazenobe 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Smock 10+4reb+2ast, C.Abouo 7+3reb+2ast, A.Wallez 7+1reb, K.Spain 7+3reb+1ast
Maurienne: R.Rice 19+4reb+2ast, A.Williamson 14+4reb, M.Sonko 13+7reb, G.Noel 12+2ast, A.Rigaux 11+9ast, D.Ballo 4+4reb
gschID: 484407


Blois - Vichy Clermont 91-78

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked ADA Blois (8-8) defeated at home 8th ranked JA Vichy (8-8) 91-78 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by ADA Blois. JA Vichy was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded JA Vichy 35-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. ADA Blois looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American Lamayn Wilson (203-80, college: Troy) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Benjamin Monclar (191-88) chipped in 20 points and 7 assists. Four ADA Blois players scored in double figures. David Denave (193-85) produced 22 points and 4 assists and American point guard Dustin Ware (183-90, college: Georgia) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ADA Blois have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Vichy Clermont and Boulazac. ADA Blois will face league's second-placed JL Bourg on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Vichy Clermont: D.Denave 22+3reb+4ast, D.Ware 17+4reb+7ast, J.Cole 11, C.Bronchard 8+7reb+1ast, R.Morency 8+3reb+2ast, G.Lessort 4+4reb+3ast
Blois: L.Wilson 29+13reb+1ast, B.Monclar 20+2reb+7ast, F.Tortosa 11+4ast, E.Boateng 10+6reb+1ast, M.Diame 8+7reb, F.Turner 7+1reb+7ast
gschID: 484406


Rouen - Le Havre 78-77

A very close game took place in Rouen between SPO Rouen and STB Le Havre. Sixteenth ranked SPO Rouen (6-10) got a very close home victory over higher ranked STB Le Havre (9-7). SPO Rouen managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Tuesday evening. STB Le Havre was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Gaylor Curier (197-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Icelandic Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American point guard Josh Greene (183-92, college: CS Northridge) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five SPO Rouen and four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. SPO Rouen moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with St Quentin and Poitiers. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. SPO Rouen will meet higher ranked ALM Evreux (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. STB Le Havre will play against Chorale de Roanne (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: D.Odiakosa 18+10reb+1ast, M.Lebrun 18+1reb+1ast, J.Greene 12+5reb+4ast, B.King 10+2reb+7ast, F.Paschal 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Morin 6+11reb+4ast
Rouen: H.Palsson 19+5reb+3ast, G.Curier 17+11reb+1ast, J.Fairell 16+6reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 11+5reb+1ast, J.Woodard 10+2reb+3ast, D.Colter 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 484413


Roanne - St Quentin 86-56

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Chorale de Roanne and 14th ranked Saint-Quentin had identical 6-9 record. This time Chorale de Roanne used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Saint-Quentin 86-56 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. Saint-Quentin was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chorale de Roanne forced 24 Saint-Quentin turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Point guard Arthur Rozenfeld (178-95) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (196-90) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Canadian point guard Hernst Laroche (185-89, college: N.Mexico St., agency: HMS) added 12 points 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. Chorale de Roanne maintains eleventh position with 7-9 record, which they share with Evreux and Maurienne. Saint-Quentin lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with ten games lost. Chorale de Roanne will face higher ranked STB Le Havre (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's leader Provence Basket (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: P.Drouault 16+7reb+5ast, H.Laroche 12+2reb+2ast, R.Rhoomes 7+2reb+1ast, E.Polynice 6+5reb+1ast, A.Charles 5+2reb, R.Nyakundi 4+6reb+1ast
Roanne: J.Burton 17+11reb+8ast, A.Rozenfeld 15+3reb+5ast, A.Hollins 15+2reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 14+5reb+1ast, C.Cavallo 10+5reb+4ast, A.Gavrilovic 7+4reb
gschID: 484412


Provence Basket - Bourg 72-75

Top ranked Provence Basket (13-3) recorded its third loss in Fos-sur-Mer on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked JL Bourg (12-4) 75-72. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-18. But Provence Basket won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Provence Basket 38-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) fired 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) produced 20 points and his fellow American import center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. JL Bourg have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Provence Basket. Provence Basket at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. JL Bourg are looking forward to face ADA Blois (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Provence Basket will play against Saint-Quentin (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Provence Basket: A.Broussard 20+2reb, B.Waldow 13+8reb, M.Dia 10+1ast, R.Desroses 9+2reb+2ast, D.Obasohan 8+2reb+3ast, R.Martin 8+5reb+1ast
Bourg: Z.Peacock 15+7reb+7ast, G.Sim 13+5reb+5ast, Y.Ndoye 12+12reb+1ast, M.Courby 10+3reb+1ast, P.Braud 8+1reb, M.Houmounou 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 484411


Nantes - Boulazac 55-57

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Boulazac Basket (8-8) edged on the road higher ranked Nantes (9-7) 57-55 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 8-3 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Boulazac Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Nantes to just 3 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 22 Nantes turnovers. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) fired 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. Jerome Sanchez (197-90) chipped in 10 points. Boulazac Basket's coach Antoine Michon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Kwamain Mitchell (178-89, college: St.Louis) added 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Boulazac Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Blois and Vichy Clermont. Loser Nantes keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Boulazac Basket will face SO Maritime Boulogne (#17) in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nantes will play on the road against JA Vichy (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nantes: L.Ekperigin 14+9reb+1ast, V.Bigote 14+1reb, R.Kuksiks 8+5reb, K.Mitchell 6+6reb+5ast, V.Fofana 5+2ast, C.McKnight 3+5reb+1ast
Boulazac: J.Williams 10+2reb+4ast, J.Sanchez 10+3reb+2ast, M.Zianveni 9+1reb+1ast, A.Salmon 6+7reb, M.Pellin 6+1reb+3ast, A.Kerckhof 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 484409


Boulogne - Charleville 83-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Charleville-Mezieres (11-5) against seventeenth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (5-11) on Tuesday night. Visiting Charleville-Mezieres was defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne in Boulogne-sur-Mer 83-67. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. Charleville-Mezieres was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne had a 38-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Teddy Gipson (191-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 6 rebounds. Cuban power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American guard Jordan Fouse (201-94, college: Green Bay, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 13 points and naturalized Ivorian center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SO Maritime Boulogne maintains seventeenth position with 5-11 record. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against higher ranked Boulazac Basket (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Saint Chamond (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Charleville: J.Fouse 13+4reb+3ast, W.Brown 12+2reb+2ast, M.Kone 11+6reb+1ast, M.Hermannsson 9+5reb+3ast, D.Bouquet 8+3reb, S.Buterlevicius 6+3reb+3ast
Boulogne: T.Gipson 30+6reb+2ast, G.Paumier 15+6reb+3ast, K.Mendy 9+9reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 8+4reb+1ast, T.Duren 7+2ast, K.Moendadze 5+11reb
gschID: 484408





Brandon Peterson (ex Start Lublin) is a newcomer at Dijon - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American power forward Brandon Peterson (204-104kg-90, college: Arkansas State, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at Start Lublin in Polish PLK league. In 16 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Peterson played at Mamak DSI in Turkish TBL where in 34 games he averaged 14.0ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.7apg.
His team won Sun Belt West Division Regular Season in 2013.
Peterson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Greece (Nea Kifisia), Sweden (KFUM Jamtland) and France (ALM Evreux).
Peterson attended Arkansas State until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the 13th-ranked Brose Baskets (7-12) crushing them 85-64 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 27 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (14-5) is placed second in group A. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 95.6%(65-68) in 12 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China). He was the main contributor in a Shanghai Sharks' victory against the 16th-ranked Fujian (9-22) crushing them 119-93 in the Chinese CBA last Friday. Yabusele was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 16 rebounds. Yabusele also added 3 assists and 3 steals. Shanghai Dongfang Sharks (25-6) are placed first in the CBA. This season Yabusele has very high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.1%(174-280), 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 69.3%. Yabusele played for the French U20 national team in 2015.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Darussafaka's victory against the 11th-ranked Unics Kazan (7-12) 71-64 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Moerman was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (10-9) is placed eighth in group A. It's Moerman's first season with the team. This year Moerman's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% in 18 games. Ex-Limoges CSP Elite player is also a member of the French senior national team.

Nobel Boungou-Colo
Nobel Boungou-Colo
   #4. Forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in EuroCup) was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (0-4) 85-84 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (3-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Boungou-Colo's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and French. Boungou-Colo used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #5. International center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Dallas Mavericks (15-29) 112-107 in the NBA last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Gobert had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 25 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 41 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 29-18 record this season. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 12.8ppg, 12.6rpg and 2.5bpg in 47 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #6. Guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Darussafaka (10-9) 93-81 in a derby game in the Euroleague on Wednesday night. Heurtel recorded 17 points and added 7 assists. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (9-10) is placed ninth in group A. Heurtel has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #7. International guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked UCAM Murcia (5-12) crushing them 92-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Beaubois scored 15 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (12-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg. He is also French national team player.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #8. Shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Brose Baskets (7-12) in their last game. Despite Causeur's good performance the 13th-placed Brose Baskets (7-12) was edged 91-89 on the road by the leading Real Madrid in the group A of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Causeur also added 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was Brose Baskets' third consecutive loss in a row. Causeur has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg in 18 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
   #9. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Movil Estudiantes' victory against the 11th-ranked RETAbet BB (6-10) 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Jackson was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. Movistar Estudiantes (10-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 22.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. Jackson used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #10. Guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Lithuanian team Zalgiris win their game against the second-ranked CSKA (14-5) 79-74 in the Euroleague last Tuesday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and making the same number of passes in 23 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (7-12) is placed 12th in group A. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Westermann's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.4apg in 19 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in EuroCup) helped his Spanish team Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga 78-70 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Diot scored 9 points and added 7 assists. Diot has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) helped Charlotte Hornets win their game against the Brooklyn Nets 112-105 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Batum scored 16 points, had 9 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals in 35 minutes. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 14.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg in 42 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. U20 international power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Mega Leks (4-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kaba's good performance Mega Leks (#7) was crushed 98-73 at home by the leading CB Canarias in the group D of Basketball Champions League. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds. Kaba averaged so far 10.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.6spg. He is also French U20 national team player.

   #14. An experienced former international small forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy) helped Juvecaserta edge the closely-ranked Grissin Bon RE 86-85 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Diawara recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Juvecaserta this season. Diawara used to play for the French national team back in 2012.

   #15. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rudy Gobert. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw was not able to secure a victory for the Utah Jazz (29-18) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Utah Jazz was defeated 103-93 on their home court in Salt Lake City by the Denver Nuggets. Diaw scored 16 points and added 3 passes. Diaw has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) led Baskonia to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked UCAM Murcia (5-12) crushing them 92-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Tillie scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (12-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Tillie's total stats are: 7.7ppg and 3.1rpg in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in an Academik Plovdiv's victory against one of league's weakest teams Yambol (3-10) 87-78 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Semple had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 3 blocks in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Semple's second season in pro basketball. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (9-4) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Semple has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.2ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7bpg and 1.9spg in 13 games. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #3. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) led Angelico Biella to a 1-point victory against the third-ranked Agrigento (11-7) 84-83 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Udom scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Angelico Biella (13-5) is placed second. Udom averaged so far 11.1ppg and 4.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #4. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) could not help London Lions (10-5) in their last game. Despite Niktash's very good performance London Lions was crushed 100-71 at home by the lower-ranked (#7) Worcester Wolves. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Niktash also added 7 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Niktash has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.4apg in five games. He has both French and Iranian nationalities.

   #5. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) led Kangoeroes to a victory against the closely-ranked Liege Basket (8-5) 82-75 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Saturday night. Chada scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (8-7) is placed fourth in the Euromillions League. Chada's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 15 games. He also holds two passports: French and Belgian. Despite Chada's French nationality, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #6. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion in a victory against the leader Le Mans 73-65 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Kadir recorded 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. Kadir has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.6apg in 13 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #7. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Eilat's surprising victory against the third-ranked Bnei Hasharon 91-84 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Nissim scored 9 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals in 18 minutes. Nissim has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 1.4apg in 12 games. He has French and Israeli nationalities.

   #8. Johnathon Wilkins (208-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the Univ.of Missouri - Kansas City crushing them 94-71 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Wilkins recorded 15 points. Wilkins has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg.

   #9. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Fribourg win their game against one of league's weakest teams Lausanne crushing them 90-69 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Jurkovitz has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2spg in 11 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #10. Thomas Tshikaya (201-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Angelo State University win their game against the Western New Mexico University crushing them 97-61 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. Tshikaya scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Tshikaya's stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg in 14 games.



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D1 Standings

Prva Standings
 1. Rabotnicki 8-1 
 2. Feni Industries 8-1 
 3. Kumanovo 6-3 
 4. Kozuv 5-4 
 5. Pelister Bitola 4-5 
 6. Strumica 3-6 
 7. Ohrid AV 2-7 
 8. Vardar 0-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. Karpos Sokoli
 2. MZT Skopje

Regular Season: Round 9

Jan. 21: Kozuv - Kumanovo 80-69
Jan. 21: Pelister Bitola - Vardar 69-57
Jan. 21: Ohrid AV - Feni Industries 62-83
Jan. 25: Rabotnicki - Strumica 104-64

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 28: Vardar - Rabotnicki
Jan. 28: Feni Industries - Pelister Bitola
Jan. 28: Strumica - Kozuv
Jan. 28: Kumanovo - Ohrid AV


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kozuv
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv19.4 
 2. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.6 
 3. Ceskovic, Feni I.17.4 
 4. Mijovic, Kozuv16.2 
 5. Hawkins, Pelister.15.9 
 6. Zivcevic, Strumica15.0 
 7. Vasilic, Ohrid AV14.1 
 8. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.14.1 
 9. Besovic, Strumica14.0 
 10. Nikolovski, Feni I.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv12.3 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.2 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.7.3 
 4. Zekjiri, Vardar6.9 
 5. Golubovic, Pelister.6.8 
 6. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 7. Djekic, Feni I.6.6 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.3 
 9. Besovic, Strumica6.1 
 10. Sharabidze, Feni I.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki7.3 
 2. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.2 
 3. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 4. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.2 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.2 
 6. McNeaill, Kozuv4.1 
 7. Bogoev, Strumica4.0 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.9 
 9. Hall, Kozuv3.7 
 10. Hawkins, Pelister.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marjan MLADENOVIC
  Ohrid A.
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 2. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 3. Zivcevic, Strumica1.3 
 4. Magdevski, Feni I.1.3 
 5. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.2 
 6. Robev, Vardar1.2 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.1 
 8. Karadzovski, Kuman.1.1 
 9. McNeaill, Kozuv1.1 
 10. Markovski, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan KRSTEVSKI
  Kozuv
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 2. Misanovic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 3. Besovic, Strumica0.8 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.7 
 5. Janevski, Kumanovo0.7 
 6. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.7 
 7. Zekjiri, Vardar0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv0.6 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.6 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki0.5 


Nenad Zivcevic inks with Dalia Sportive de Grombalia - by Mario Divanisov

Nenad Zivcevic (203-F-87, agency: Mansfield and Associates) goes on another international journey as the 30-year old Serbian-Macedonian forward signs with Dalia Sport Grombalia in Tunisia. He started this season at KK Strumica averaging 15.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.4apg in 7 games played in Prva Liga where he had an opened contract with the club.
For the experienced Forward this will be his 13th club in his 11th year pro carrier and his second club in Africa as he previously played at Chabab Rif Al Hoceima in Morocco in the 2015/16 season.
He started his carrier in KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica where he moved on loan to KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo and after a series of clubs in Macedonia he signs for Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Ukraine) where he managed 11.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg in 9 games. His professional carrier also takes him in Qatar where he played for Al Arabi Club Doha averaging 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.5apg in 2013-14 season. In the 2015/16 season he was tested by KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) in the Macedonian league. In two games he recorded 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. Zivcevic also played 7 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg before he moved to Morocco and KK Strumica.

Nenad Zivcevic could be described: "He's a 6-7 wing with long arms and enough quickness and skills to play shooting guard. He can do many things on the court, although you can summarize his game with the word 'inconsistent'. His shot looks good, both in terms of execution, quickness and mechanics, including his release shooting off the dribble. He has also nice handles to put the ball on the floor and beat his matchup using his quickness. He can pass the ball and could become an able defender."

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michael Dixon selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Greek team AEK Athens to a victory over the seventh-ranked Stelmet (4-10) 71-64 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Dixon was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points in 28 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Dixon's third season in pro basketball. AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. It's Dixon's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 56.0%(42-75), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 75.0% in 14 games he played so far. Dixon is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely Dixon has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the 13th-ranked AV Cantu (6-10) crushing them 93-72 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Haynes recorded 18 points and added 3 passes. Umana Reyer Venezia (12-4) is placed second in the Serie A. It's Haynes' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 36.1%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 85.0%. Haynes is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian national team in 2011. Apparently Haynes has never played in Georgia.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kalev/Cramo (2-11) crushing them 81-57 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Pullen recorded 11 points and added 3 passes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (10-3) is placed third in the VTB United League. This season Pullen averages: 9.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 34.5%, 3FGP: 39.6% and FT: 83.3%. He is a naturalized American. Pullen played for the Georgian national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #4. Point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) could not help Bnei Hasharon (9-6) in their last game. Despite Green's very good performance Bnei Hasharon lost 84-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Hapoel Eilat. He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Green also added 3 steals in 35 minutes. Green has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2010. However he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #5. International center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in Andorra's victory against the 14th-ranked Gran Canaria (3-13) crushing them 90-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Shermadini was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). MoraBanc Andorra (10-7) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. Shermadini's stats this season are: 14.4ppg and 8.0rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #6. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-3) crushing them 99-73 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Fisher recorded 14 points and added 8 passes in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (2-2) is placed third in the Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Fisher's stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.4apg in 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team five years ago.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #7. Former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the 14th-ranked Galatasaray (6-13) 92-87 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 10 points. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (6-13) closes the standings in group A. Hickman's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Hickman used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago.

Giorgi Sharabidze
Giorgi Sharabidze
   #8. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Balkan League) helped his FYR Macedonian team Feni Industries win their game against the closely-ranked Sutjeska (5-4) crushing them 80-55 in the Balkan League on Wednesday night. Sharabidze had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. KK Feni Industries (6-4) is placed eighth in the Balkan League. The Regular Season already ended in the Balkan League. Sharabidze averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2apg in nine games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #9. An experienced international center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) helped Golden State Warriors win their game against the Orlando Magic (18-29) crushing them 118-98 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Pachulia recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 38-7 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Pachulia's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #10. Power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze helped Andorra win their game against the 14th-ranked Gran Canaria (3-13) crushing them 90-64. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Burjanadze averaged so far 10.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help KK Primorska in their game against Krka in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Sanadze scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated in an overtime 98-93. Sanadze has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. Sanadze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Jesi in their game against Imola in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He scored 7 points in only 8 minutes. His team lost 89-93. This year Janelidze's overall stats are: 3.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U20 international center Merabi Mirziashvili (207-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef in a victory against the 11th-ranked Rosalia 75-65 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded only 4 points in 13 minutes. This year Mirziashvili's total stats are: 1.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1bpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team three years ago.

   #14. U18 international shooting guard Levan Babilodze (196-98, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viola RC in their game against Roma Virtus in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Babilodze cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was crushed by 21 points 104-83. This season Babilodze averages just 1.8ppg. He plays currently for the Georgian U18 national team.

   #15. U20 international power forward Willy Isiani (203-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gran Canaria B (9-7) in their last game. Despite Isiani's good performance the eighth-placed Gran Canaria B lost 70-75 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#15) Rivas in the Group B. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 27 minutes. Isiani has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 4.1rpg in 12 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) led his Spanish team Valencia Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (2-2) 78-70 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Thomas scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Thomas' overall stats are: 7.1ppg and 5.3rpg in 11 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Quintanar's victory against the seventh-ranked Nautico KIA Tenerife (9-5) 70-62 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Shvangiradze recorded 10 points. Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (9-5) is placed sixth in Group B. Shvangiradze's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 3.1rpg.



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Dennis Schroeder selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Chicago Bulls (23-23) 102-93 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Schroeder was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and added 6 passes in 27 minutes on the court. The Atlanta Hawks have 26-19 record this season. It's Schroeder's fourth year with the team. Schroeder has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.2apg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 82.6% in 45 games he played so far. Schroeder played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (6-13) crushing them 102-63 in the Euroleague last Tuesday. Pleiss recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (6-13) is placed 14th in group A. Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 58.0%(51-88), 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 73.5%. He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Schaffartzik could not help JSF Nanterre (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed JSF Nanterre (4-2) lost 82-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Tsmoki-Minsk in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup. Schaffartzik was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 9 passes in 36 minutes. The Second Stage already ended in the FIBA Europe Cup. It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team. Schaffartzik has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.8apg, 2FGP: 28.0%, 3FGP: 46.3%(38-82) and FT: 87.5% in 12 games. He played for the German national team two years ago.

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #4. Center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Baskonia in their game against Crvena Zvezda (11-8) in the Euroleague. Voigtmann recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Baskonia (#7) was badly defeated 87-69 at home by the higher-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#6) in the group A of Euroleague. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Voigtmann has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6apg. He is also German national team player.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #5. Former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks (15-29) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (15-29) lost 95-99 in Miami to the Heat. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Nowitzki also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 13.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. Nowitzki used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #6. Power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas to win against one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (5-15) crushing them 80-59 in the Lithuanian LKL on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (19-1) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. Hartenstein's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 3.9rpg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #7. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zaragoza (6-11) in their last game. Despite Benzing's very good performance Zaragoza lost 77-82 on their home court in Zaragoza to the much higher-ranked (#6) Unicaja Malaga. He was the second best scorer with 18 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. Benzing has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg in 17 games. He is also German national team player.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #8. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 3-point Chicago Bulls' victory against the Sacramento Kings (17-27) 102-99 in the NBA last Saturday. Zipser scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 23-23 record this season. Zipser's overall stats this year are: 3.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #9. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Mega Leks (4-10) in their game against Oostende (6-8) in the Basketball Champions League. Mushidi recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Mega Leks (#7) was defeated 82-74 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Oostende (#5) in the group D of Basketball Champions League. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. Mushidi's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

Christian Sengfelder
Christian Sengfelder
   #10. Forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Fordham's surprising victory against the University of Massachusetts (0-2) 71-68 in the NCAA last Saturday. Sengfelder recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Fordham University has 1-4 conference record this season. Sengfelder averaged so far 12.4ppg and 4.4rpg in 20 games. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Raiffeisen Wels 93-75 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. Klette scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. He averaged so far 12.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.1apg in 18 games. Klette used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to an San Diego's shocking victory against the Loyola Marymount University 69-62 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Neubauer averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Max Hoetzel (206-96, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the San Diego St. (2-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Hoetzel's good performance the San Diego St. was edged 60-57 on their home court in San Diego by the U.S. Air Force Academy. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Hoetzel's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hoetzel used to play for the German U18 national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the FIU (0-5) in their last game. Despite Kessens' good performance the FIU lost 52-65 in Murfreesboro to the Middle Tennessee State University. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. Kessens averaged so far 13.7ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Michigan (2-3) in their last game. Despite Wagner's good performance the Michigan lost 64-68 on their home court in Ann Arbor to the University of Wisconsin. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Wagner averaged so far 11.9ppg and 3.6rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Bar Timor (190-G-92, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Jerusalem in a 3-point victoryagainst the eighth-ranked Ironi Nahariya (7-8) 81-78 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Timor scored 5 points and added 4 assists in 24 minutes. Hapoel Jerusalem (9-6) is placed fourth in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Timor averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #2. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) led Dalhousie University to a victory over the Axemen (5-6) 101-84 in the Canadian university league CIS on Thursday night. Stammberger was the best player in that game. He scored 28 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Dalhousie University has a solid 8-4 record this season. Stammberger has been at the team for five years. Stammberger averaged so far 13.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and German.

   #3. Mateo Zovko (192-SG-98, currently plays in Bosnia). Zovko could not help Zrinjski HT (8-3) to beat Bosnjak (3-9). He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Zrinjski HT lost 71-85 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#10) Bosnjak. It was Zrinjski HT's first loss after five consecutive victories. This year Zovko's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in nine games. He has both German and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities. Despite Zovko's German passport, he currently plays for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the German team.

   #4. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Maccabi Ashdod in their game against Hapoel Holon (10-5) in the Israeli Winner League. Ariel scored 5 points. The league leader Maccabi Ashdod was crushed 90-68 at home by the second-ranked Hapoel Holon. Ariel's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg. He also holds two passports: German and Israeli.

   #5. Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a St.Martin's University's victory against the Seattle Pacific University (4-6) 93-80 in the NCAA2 on Tuesday night. Joerg recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. The St.Martin's University has 4-5 record this season. This year Joerg's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 4.8rpg in 11 games.

   #6. Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Le Moyne College win their game against the St.Michael's College 90-84 in the NCAA2 last Wednesday. He scored 11 points and added 4 passes in a mere 19 minutes. This year Chambers' overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.8apg in 14 games.

   #7. Experienced Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Ammerud Bskt (5-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Ammerud Bskt was crushed 88-63 in Bekkestua by the second-ranked Baerum Basket. Sanders was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Sanders has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. Sanders is a naturalized American. He used to play for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German league.

   #8. Sven Jeuschede (190-G-95, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Montana St. - Billings (5-4) in their last game. Despite Jeuschede's good performance the Montana St. - Billings were crushed 106-58 in Lacey by the St.Martin's University. He scored 10 points in 29 minutes. This year Jeuschede's overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 2.9rpg in 13 games.

   #9. Philipp Hartwich (216-C-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Portland in their game against the Gonzaga University in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 19 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 83-64. This year Hartwich's overall stats are: 1.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5bpg in 19 games.

   #10. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) helped Iraklis win their game against the closely-ranked Faros 101-97 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points. Cheilaris' overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.6rpg. He has dual citizenship: German and Greek. Despite Cheilaris' German passport, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the German team.



Bourdanos joins forces with Westfalen Mustangs - by Chris Mammides

The experienced combo guard Sotiris Bourdanos (187-G-86) joined forces with Westfalen Mustangs in the German league ProB. Sotiris will help the team of Coach Masnic to win the league and upgrade the division. The experienced guard was playing in Pagrati where he was the top scorer of the team with 13.5 points per game, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.3 steals per game.. This will be his first attend to play professional basketball in other country than Greece. The team of Westfalen Mustangs is quite international as in its roster there are Spaniards, Italians, Germans, Bosnian, Croatians, British, Georgians and now Greek!!!

Eurobasket.com is wishing all the best to Bourdanos!!



ProA Round 19: Crailsheim Merlins edge Oettinger Rockets Gotha by two points - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-9) made lots of trouble for second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (15-4) on Tuesday. The visitors from Crailsheim managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) fired 28 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international forward Konrad Wysocki (202-82, college: Princeton) chipped in 6 points and 11 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Tuomas Iisalo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader MBC. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Trier. Crailsheim Merlins are looking forward to face Gladiators (#8) in Trier in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Leader Mitteldeutscher BC delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (5-14) 84-77 in Weissenfels. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Dominique Johnson contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Igor Jovovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) answered with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for ETB Wohnbau. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first place with 17-2 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Ehingen. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) on the road in the next round. ETB Wohnbau will play against Uni Baskets (#11) in Paderborn and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Heidelberg. Local MLP Academics Heidelberg (12-7) outscored 8th ranked Gladiators (10-9) 91-51 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gladiators. Worth to mention a quality performance of Vance Hall who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Simon Schmitz responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Gladiators' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Loser Gladiators dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Oettinger R.. MLP Academics Heidelberg will meet at home league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gladiators will play against the league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins (#2) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 19 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Uni Baskets defeated Nuernberg in Paderborn 75-71. Hanau beat Ehingen at home 78-73. Baunach lost to Hamburg on the opponent's court 80-91. Kirchheim managed to outperform Dresden in a home game 88-70. Koeln Rh.Stars recorded a loss to Chemnitz on the road 75-67. Bottom-ranked Dresden were crushed by Nuernberg on its own court 67-96.
The best stats of 19th round was 22 points and 4 assists by Joshua Young of Nuernberg.

Oettinger R. - Crailsheim 83-85

Seventh-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-9) made lots of trouble for second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (15-4) on Tuesday. The visitors from Crailsheim managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) fired 28 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international forward Konrad Wysocki (202-82, college: Princeton) chipped in 6 points and 11 rebounds. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Tuomas Iisalo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Grant Gibbs (196-89, college: Creighton) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader MBC. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Trier. Crailsheim Merlins are looking forward to face Gladiators (#8) in Trier in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: D.Watts 23+9reb+3ast, G.Gibbs 22+4reb+4ast, R.Oehle 14+6reb, M.DiLeo 6+2reb+5ast, J.Grof 6+2reb+1ast, G.Gomila 6+1reb+4ast
Crailsheim: C.Dunn 28+1reb+6ast, C.Griffin 13+2ast, K.Tiggs 11+1ast, N.Hilliard IV 10+3ast, P.Flomo 10+8reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 6+11reb+3ast
gschID: 474159


Nuernberg - Uni Baskets 71-75

Everything could happen in Nurnberg at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Uni Baskets and 11th ranked Nuernberg had identical 7-11 record. But Nuernberg was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Paderborn 75-71 on Sunday night. Uni Baskets outrebounded Nuernberg 40-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Morgan Grim (203-88, college: Utah St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Uni Baskets players scored in double figures. Uni Baskets' coach Uli Naechster used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) responded with 27 points and forward Andre Calvin (201-85, college: Drake) scored 17 points. Uni Baskets (8-11) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hamburg. Loser Nuernberg dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Uni Baskets will meet at home ETB Wohnbau (#15) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nuernberg will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nuernberg: D.Watkins 27+4reb+2ast, A.Calvin 17+3reb, D.Oppland 10+4reb+3ast, M.Sanders 7+1reb, J.Young 5+2reb+5ast, S.Schroeder 5+5reb+3ast
Uni Baskets: M.Vest 15+4reb+1ast, M.Grim 12+6reb+4ast, C.Adams 11+5reb+4ast, I.Buntic 10+6reb+3ast, T.Gloger 9+5reb+1ast, N.Tufegdzich 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 474157


Heidelberg - Trier 91-51

The game with biggest result difference took place in Heidelberg. Local MLP Academics Heidelberg (12-7) outscored 8th ranked Gladiators (10-9) 91-51 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gladiators. They outrebounded Gladiators 42-29 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. MLP Academics Heidelberg looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Gladiators' players. Worth to mention a quality performance of American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Niklas Wuerzner (196-94) helped adding 19 points and 4 assists. Four MLP Academics Heidelberg players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) scored 13 points. Gladiators' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Loser Gladiators dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Oettinger R.. MLP Academics Heidelberg will meet at home league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gladiators will play against the league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trier: B.Spearman 13+2reb, S.Schmitz 10+5reb+3ast, K.Smit 8+3reb, P.Coro 6+1ast, R.Hennen 5+1reb, R.Nicholas 5+5reb
Heidelberg: V.Hall 21+6reb+4ast, N.Wuerzner 19+3reb+4ast, D.White 15+8reb+2ast, P.Heyden 13+7reb+3ast, B.Thompson 11+6reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 5+7reb+8ast
gschID: 474158


Hanau - Ehingen 78-73

No shocking result in a game in Hanau where sixth ranked White Wings (11-7) defeated 14th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (5-14) 78-73 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. White Wings shot 22 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Ehingen/Urspringschule only scored six points from the stripe. It was a great evening for American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (193-92) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four White Wings players scored in double figures. At the losing side Tobias Jahn (204-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) responded with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (on 16-of-19 shooting from the field) and American point guard Devon Moore (193-89, college: JMU) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. White Wings maintains sixth place with 11-7 record. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with ETB Wohnbau. White Wings will meet at home Hamburg (#10) in the next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Nuernberg (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: T.Jahn 35+13reb+1ast, D.Moore 14+6reb+7ast, D.Berger 12+5reb+5ast, A.Fraser 9+1reb+1ast, K.Taylor 2+2reb+2ast, J.Aminu 1+1ast
Hanau: K.Pinkins 21+14reb+3ast, E.Harris 18+2reb+3ast, T.Joenke 15+5reb+7ast, R.Spoden 10+5reb, C.von Fintel 9+4reb+1ast, J.Albus 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 474153


Hamburg - Baunach 91-80

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Baunach (5-13) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Hamburg (8-11) 91-80 on Saturday. Hamburg made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for center Justin Raffington (205-91, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Rod Camphor (191-92, college: SW Oklahoma St.) helped adding 18 points and 6 assists. Five Hamburg players scored in double figures. Hamburg's coach Hamed Attarbashi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) responded with 31 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (205-98) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Hamburg maintains tenth place with 8-11 record, which they share with Uni Baskets. Loser Baunach keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Hamburg will meet higher ranked White Wings (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Baunach will play against Chemnitz (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Baunach: A.Nikolic 31+3reb+4ast, M.Mueller 15+4reb+2ast, A.Kulboka 13+8reb+3ast, L.Olinde 7+6reb+1ast, T.Taras 7+3reb, D.Keppeler 7+2reb
Hamburg: A.Canty 19+2reb+4ast, R.Camphor 18+2reb+6ast, J.Raffington 16+11reb, E.Wolf 14+7reb, R.Ferguson 12+5reb+1ast, D.Lansdowne 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 474156


Kirchheim - Dresden 88-70

Very predictable result when third ranked Kirchheim Knights (14-5) beat at home bottom-ranked Titans (2-18) 88-70 on Saturday. Kirchheim Knights made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. Forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) helped adding 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard R.J. Price (180-93, college: Radford) responded with 16 points and 8 assists and power forward David Sturner (206-90, college: S.Oregon) scored 14 points. Titans' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kirchheim Knights. They maintain third place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader MBC. Titans lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Kirchheim Knights will meet at home Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#7) in the next round. Titans will play against Koeln Rh.Stars (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dresden: R.Price 16+3reb+8ast, D.Sturner 14+2reb+1ast, M.von der Wippel 11+4reb+1ast, H.Baues 8+5reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 8+4reb+1ast, M.Coleman 6+4reb+3ast
Kirchheim: J.Williams 17+8reb+3ast, P.Medlin 14+4reb+5ast, C.Love 14+5reb+10ast, T.Koch 14+2ast, A.Kronhardt 14+7reb+3ast, J.Maier 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 474155


MBC - ETB Wohnbau 84-77

Leader Mitteldeutscher BC delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (5-14) 84-77 in Weissenfels. Mitteldeutscher BC made 29-of-32 charity shots (90.6 percent) during the game. ETB Wohnbau was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Dominique Johnson (194-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Igor Jovovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) answered with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Robin Lodders (205-94) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first place with 17-2 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Ehingen. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) on the road in the next round. ETB Wohnbau will play against Uni Baskets (#11) in Paderborn and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 27+6reb+4ast, M.Creek 18+4reb, R.Lodders 11+11reb, E.Thompson 5+6reb, A.Moore 5+4reb+5ast, A.Carraway 5+2reb+1ast
MBC: A.Warren 17+1reb+1ast, D.Johnson 15+5reb+2ast, M.Hatten 13+9reb+8ast, D.Pantelic 12+4reb+2ast, S.Kerusch 7+3reb+1ast, D.Bennett 6+5reb
gschID: 474154


Chemnitz - Koeln Rh.Stars 75-67

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (9-10) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Chemnitz (13-5) 75-67 on Saturday. Chemnitz made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Virgil Matthews (190-83, college: Montana) helped adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) scored 9 points and 8 assists. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chemnitz maintains fourth place with 13-5 record. Loser Koeln Rh.Stars keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Chemnitz will meet Baunach (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Koeln Rh.Stars will play against Titans (#16) in Dresden and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Koeln Rh.Stars: H.Robertson 21+5reb+1ast, R.Williams 9+3reb+8ast, A.King 9+6reb+2ast, J.Hewitt 7+2reb+1ast, R.Christen 6+1reb+1ast, L.Steffen 5+2reb+1ast
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 15+6reb+3ast, C.Carter 12+2reb+5ast, V.Matthews 12+7reb+4ast, C.Bradshaw 8+5reb+6ast, M.Ziegenhagen 8+1reb+1ast, M.Seiferth 7+8reb
gschID: 474152


Dresden - Nuernberg 67-96

Everything went according to plan in Dresden where eleventh ranked Nuernberg (7-12) outleveled bottom-ranked Titans (2-18) 96-67 on Tuesday. Nuernberg shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Titans' players. It was a great evening for American guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) helped adding 13 points and 9 assists. At the losing side American point guard Randal Holt (185-91, college: Kent St.) responded with 12 points and Helge Baues (205-94) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Titans' coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Nuernberg went down to twelfth position due to points difference. Titans lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Nuernberg will meet Ehingen/Urspringschule (#14) in the next round. Titans will play against Koeln Rh.Stars and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dresden: H.Baues 13+1reb+1ast, R.Holt 12+4reb+2ast, M.Nagora 10+4reb, R.Price 10+1reb+2ast, J.Pressley 9+4reb, S.Heck 4+5reb+2ast
Nuernberg: J.Young 22+4reb+4ast, A.Calvin 15+3reb+1ast, A.Njei 14+4reb+1ast, D.Watkins 13+1reb+9ast, M.Sanders 12+4reb, D.Oppland 9+10reb+3ast
gschID: 533457





Lamar Mallory (Licher Basket Baeren) When Your Teammates Know What To Expect From You It Makes It Easier For Them To Trust You - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90, college: Glenville St.) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Dayton, Ohio that is playing his second season in Germany with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB). Before coming to Germany, he started his professional career with the Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL) playing 5 games: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 57.9%. He played at Glenville St. (NCAA2) and as a senior played 25 games: 18.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: NCAA2-2 (68.1%). Last season with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB) he played 21 games averaging 17.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 67.5%. He scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games and had monster games against Speyer with 29 and 28 points and had a 28 point explosion against Wurzburg. He spoke to eurobasket before the start of the 2016-2017 season.

Lamar thanks for talking to eurobasket.com.Did you make any 2017 New Years resolutions or are you more the type of guy that doesn't waste his time with that?

No problem guys, thank you for having me. Yes, I have a resolution and its the same for every new year. My wish is to do better than I did the year before.

Congrats on the huge 85-84 win. How good did it feel to get back on the winning track after the loss in Frankfurt?

Thank you. It felt super good, Even though it was a dog fought game. I have to give credit to Nordlingen, they definitely attacked us, made us change our defense around but it felt really to see us come out on top with the win.

The Giants Nordlingen had the 49-39 lead at halftime. What was giving Lich the biggest problems on defense trying to contain their scoring?

I think our biggest problem was the intensity on defense, which I also think has been our past problem, just defense. But once we came together and turned up the pressure, I think it showed in the last minute how strong we can be defensively.

What adjustments did Lich want to make in the second half and what was key for the 27 points scoring attack in the third quarter?

Our biggest adjustment was to pick up the energy on defense, more active hands, we wanted to be wider in the open court, better close outs, because they were knocking down clutch shots, and talking more, know where each others man is, and I think once we do that it makes our defense a threat.

What an amazing fourth quarter. Nordlingen was up by seven points and Lich stormed back to tie the game only to allow Nordlingen to get the lead back and lead 84-78 with 1.54 minutes to go. How was the team feeling at this point?

We felt like we were still in it. That's plenty of time to make something happen. We knew that we had to be smart and try to make the best plays possible.

How much did good conditioning factor into being able to comeback one more time?

Conditioning was definitely a factor for coming back and winning this game. It really was a factor mentally, because your mind sets up the signal that communicates with your body, that's where the will to fight comes from, it starts with your mind. If you dont let your mind give up, then your body wont give up. I think mentally nobody wanted to give up and in the end, that attitude made us victorious.

The Licher Basket Baeren closed out the game with a 7-0 run and won with your buzzer beater. Was this the most heart and character the team has shown all season long?

It was definitely a big moment for all of us, I think we needed this lift. I wouldn't say it was the most heart shown this season, we've definitely had other moments. It was just a joyful moment for us. Everyone fought really hard and wanted to win so bad, it was just a rewarding feeling.

Take us through your buzzer beater. Was this a designed play or off a broken play?

I cant vividly recall whether it was a set play or broken. If there was a set play I think it ended up being a "no-call offense", and the guy with the best look goes for the basket. In a situation like that being down 1, 10 seconds on the clock, we wanted to get a quick bucket, no matter who it came from.

How many buzzer beater have you had in your career and where did the one against Nordlingen rate in comparison to others in your career?

Rate, a 10. That was my first buzzer beater. It felt good too.


Lich had been on a 4 game losing streak and in three of the four loses, the club lost tight games. Did the team have a crunch-time problem until the win in Nordlingen?

I think in the Weissenhorn game, we may have struggled closing, but other than that I feel like it was a bit of bad luck. And as you can see, any team with the will power to win can come back and beat anybody, It has happen to us and we've done it to other teams.

How excited are you for the second half of the season as Lich is involved in a real playoff fight. Do you feel like the team hasn't reached it's fullest potential yet?

Yes, I feel like we have another level we could reach. I'm excited to see how far we can go. Its time now to really lock-in on where we want be in the end. We know we can compete with anybody, all our guys just need to focus on us for the next few months, and I believe we can do something special.

The team scores 85 points per game, but also allows 85 points per game. It will be beneficial to carve down some of the points per game. In what areas does the team still need to improve and does it have the potential to keep teams between 70-80 points?

We definitely have the potential to slow teams down and get more stops, the little things, which we intend to polish. Sometimes we have miscommunications or we over help, because we are thinking too much. Basketball is a game of rhythm, sometimes we have moments where we over-thinking situations instead of just letting it flow naturally, that's all. Once we get back into our flow, we will be fine.

How vital has the pick up of Blake Justice been. He says that he could be the glue guy. What do you appreciate most about his game?

I think Justice is great pick up for us, He's a solid defender, he can also help spread the floor with his shooting, He helps talks to you on and off the court. He's a all around guy, I think with his positive energy, its easier to adjust to him and make him apart of what we are trying to do here, which play in the playoffs and win.

KK Simmons is having a great rookie season. Where do you compare him to the other top players in the Pro B south like Kerry Carter or Aaron Nelson?

Simmons is having a great rookie season, He has really come into own and has helped out a lot as far as being a leader and helping everyone around him be a better competitor. Carter and Nelson are really good ball players, and just like Simmons, all these guys are individual basketball players. You cant compare them to each in my eyes. Simmons has his own style and is very versatile which makes him hard to guard.

Do you see him heightening his game even more in the second half?

Yes, I believe Simmons will definitely push forward even more effort for the team go far. He has a hunger for winning, as do the rest if the team, I think everyone will turn it up a couple notches achieve this goal we all talk about.

Your having another great season and unlike last season are averaging double double stats in scoring and rebounding and that despite the team being more stacked with scoring power than last season. Have you been content with your play?

Thank you, I appreciate that, if anything, I am only satisfied with the effort of consistency because when your teammates know what to expect from you, it makes it easier for them to trust you. But I'm not content with my stats, I always want to push myself to be better.


What have you been concentrating most on your game in your second season as a professional to help you become a better player?

I have been focusing on being more aggressive, things like attacking the basket, getting to the rim, knocking down open shots. Also using my quickness to be as effective on defensive as I can, playing in the help-side, reading the passing lane, talking to my teammates. I feel like I have to step it up every season so that's what I am trying to do.

What was your impression of Fraport Skyliner Junior IsaacBonga? He has been projected by some of being a 2018 NBA first round pick.

Bonga is a good young ball player, I think he definitely has the potential to go far if he works really hard and develops his game, I have the feeling he could play at a high level of basketball. I wish him all the best, for sure.

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

Thats incredible, that just shows how hard these guys work and how much they love the game. Thompson can get in a rhythm and I think he's definitely one of the best shooters of our time.

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?

Lebron is the best player of out time, hands down. Steph is also one of the best shooters of our time. But when you talk about Russell Westbrook, he is dominant, you have to give credit to the Russell, he plays hard, he's an explosive point guard, he gets his team involved. With that type of game and rhythm he's in right now, it makes Westbrook really hard to guard. I think he's arguably one of the best.

What was the last movie that you saw?

2 fast 2 furious.


Thanks Lamar for the chat.




Tyrone Nash (Ironi Nahariya) We Will Disrupt The Frankfurt Offense And Make Them Work On Defense - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tyrone Nash (203-F/C-88, college: Notre Dame) is a 28 year old 203cm forward from Queens, New York playing his sixth professional season and first with Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Winner League). He started his basketball career with Notre Dame (NCAA) in 2007 and played 118 NCAA games until 2011 and as a senior played 34 games averaging 9.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 68.9%. He started his professional career in 2011 with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen where he played for three seasons playing 99 BBL games and in his last season there played 33 games: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for SPO Rouen Basket (France-ProA): 11 games: 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.1%, FT: 50.0%. Last season he returned back to Germany to play for the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games averaging 10.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the Champions League game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Thanks Tyrone for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has arrived. Are you a type of guy that makes new years resolutions or more a guy that doesn't make to big a deal about that?

I'm a type of guy who doesn't make a big deal out of stuff like that.

Ironi Nahariya have been playing some good basketball as of late having a four game winning streak in the Winner league and two game winning streak in the Champions league. How satisfied have you been with the play of the team?

I always like winning way more than losing. With that being said, even in our wins we can still improve on some keys elements of both our offense and defense. But after a rough losing stretch, it is definitely nice to rattle off some wins.

How important has the current 4 game winning streak been in the Winner League for being able to construct the current 2 game winning streak in the Champions League?

It has been great for our overall confidence, because we know we are a good team but there are times where we do not play up to our full potential or we may have some mental lapses in late game situations and it has costs us some games -- all learning experiences though. Getting those two wins in the Winner definitely allowed us to remain confident going into our Champions League games.


After the huge 75-54 win against the Fraport Skyliners, the team suffered a 4 game losing streak in the Champions League. The team got away from their defensive principles as it averaged giving up 85 points in the next three games. What got lost on the defensive end that didn't allow the team to defend better?

We had some mental lapses on defense and at times, I feel like our struggles on offense effected our defense on the other end and that should never be the case. We know we can bring it every day on the defensive end, all it takes is pride and heart. We just have to continue practicing our defensive principles and get back to getting consecutive stops on the defensive end which will make our lives easier on the offensive end.


The team gave up only 61 points on average against the two weakest teams in the bracket with Bakken and Helios. What has the team been doing better on the defensive end now?

We really focused on getting consecutive stops and letting our defense dictate our offense. We also did a great job of trusting one another. Believing that there will be help in the case that someone gets beat on defense. That trust and belief in one another, especially on the defensive end, goes a long way! When we do that, and move and share the ball on offense, one can see just how good of a team we are.


Do you feel like playing these two weaker teams was the correct competition for the upcoming do or die game in Frankfurt? The self-confidence must be sky high going into Frankfurt?

Yeah, those game were good because as I said before we had a chance to get back to our defensive principles. Also, with our last game in the Winner League against Hapoel Jerusalem, I think it was a good test for our unit going into this big game against Frankfurt. We lost a close game at the buzzer so we are ready to get that bad taste out of our mouths.

How excited are you about this do or die game. This game is for fifth position. If you win you will get the fifth position. Does a game remind you a bit about the game against Phoenix Hagen that you had with Tuebingen? Granted that was too stay I the league which was greater than this situation, but this is still a big game.

My teammates and I are very excited for this game. There is nothing like fighting for a playoff spot. We are poised and ready to go into a tough environment in Frankfurt and give it our best. Yes, It does remind me a little bit of that game in Tuebingen against Hagen. I hope this game will end with the same result -- victory! Lol

Ironi Nahariya played very well at home. Gates and Brown combined for 42 points. How much was scouting responsible for limiting the Fraport Skyliners to 54 points?

The scouting was very important in limiting their key guys. We know they are coming off a big win at Aris and a tough loss to a good Oldenburg team so we will definitely look at those games to see how we again limit their key guys. We know not to expect a high scoring affair with Frankfurt because we know how much they stress defensive. We just hope we can make more stops on Wednesday night.


The Fraport Skyliners are coming off a huge win in Greece against Aris. Both teams are great defensive teams. Can we await a defensive battle?


We will try to disrupt their offense and make them work on defense, especially their key players. We know if we get their key players in foul trouble, and get to their bench, we can use that as an advantage.


Yancy Gates has really grown into the work horse of the team. What have you been able to appreciate most about his game?

Just how skilled and crafty he is on the block and in the paint. He has an adept handle of the ball which allows him to easily get around other bigs. And also his passing skills out of the post, that ability makes it very difficult for the opposition to double team him because he knows how to make the right pass out of it.

How have you adjusted to the Russian Rule. You aren't doing what your used to stat wise this season. What are you focusing most on your game to continue to become a better player despite your role?

I am focusing on going out there and producing whenever my number is called. I just try to take advantage of any opportunity I get out there on the court. This role has definitely been challenging for me but I am making the best out of it.

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


That performance was unreal! I have never seen the likes of it and it definitely goes down as one of the top performances I have ever witnessed.


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 he is. What he is doing in unprecedented. I just hope he can continue at this pace.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Hidden Figures.

Thanks Tyrone for the chat.




Corato adds Turudic to their roster, ex Schwelm - by Eurobasket News

Pasta Granoro Corato (Nazionale C) added to their roster 23-year old German power forward Dominik Turudic (202-94). He played last season at EN Baskets Schwelm in German ProB. In 25 games he recorded just 2.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (14-15) season Turudic played at Titans (also in ProB) where in 28 games he averaged only 2.9ppg and 2.9rpg.
He won Herceg-Bosne League championship title in 2010.
Turudic has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Brotnjo and KK Student Mostar).

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Papadopoulos is the new Head Coach of the Greek NT U16 - by Chris Mammides

Three-time Basketball champion head coach Konstantinos Papadopoulos (with the team of Panathinaikos) and another seven times Attica champion (Panathinaikos and Ilysiakos) and the most successful Head Coach (in youth ages of the last two decades), has been tabbed as head coach for the Basketball Men's U16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participation and the last position among 16 countries (1-6 record) with the previous coaching team.
Selected to assist Papadopoulos is the well known in the North part of the country, Thodoros Asteriadis (PAOK Thessaloniki), both of whom tackle their first serious assignment as a coaching duet coming from academies and youth teams.

An amazing selection from the Greek Basketball federation as it is the first time after quite many years that a National Coach in younger ages has actually professional career on the specific age area and quite successfully as the previous 'cases' and predecessors fail in total as they were coaching mostly Men Teams or no teams at all…

The Greek Basketball Federation probably felt that Papadopoulos has done a tremendous job with his players (in Panathinaikos and now in Doukas as he has been dismissed last summer from Panathinaikos after winning all the titles..) over the past fifteen years and that having continuity within the program has been a key to the success of the teams, he is coaching all these years.

The U16 European championship 2017 Division B will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 10-19 of August 2017, and Greece will be among the National teams to fight for the promotion in a division which is more suitable for the country.
In addition to Greece teams competing in the U16 zone Division B' championship include: host Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium. Bosnia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Luxemburg, FYROM, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

Training camp to determine the 12-member Greek squad will be held in Athens by Papadopoulos himself while Assistant Coach Asteriadis will be doing the same in Thessaloniki so as to cover the country in total.

Coach Papadopoulos is planning to scout at all edges to be able to find the best players in the country and try to develop a strong and healthy team at all positions, try to give attention to detail, and relate to all the members of the Greek NT the winning mentality and try to combine all the talents with the best feasible way to try and get a gold medal for Greek Basketball even if we will compete in a division lower than we supposed to'. The U16 roster will be bright new and will be build up from scratch..

Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the new coaching team of the U16 Greek NT



Bourdanos joins forces with Westfalen Mustangs - by Chris Mammides

The experienced combo guard Sotiris Bourdanos (187-G-86) joined forces with Westfalen Mustangs in the German league ProB. Sotiris will help the team of Coach Masnic to win the league and upgrade the division. The experienced guard was playing in Pagrati where he was the top scorer of the team with 13.5 points per game, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.3 steals per game.. This will be his first attend to play professional basketball in other country than Greece. The team of Westfalen Mustangs is quite international as in its roster there are Spaniards, Italians, Germans, Bosnian, Croatians, British, Georgians and now Greek!!!

Eurobasket.com is wishing all the best to Bourdanos!!



Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (21-23) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (21-23) were badly defeated 111-92 on the road by the Houston Rockets. He had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 11 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 6 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes on the court. It was Bucks' fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 5.4apg, 2.0bpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(339-589), 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 78.7% in 43 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (0-15) 89-76 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Sloukas scored 14 points and added 4 assists. Fenerbahce Istanbul (13-1) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Sloukas has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.9apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(34-60), 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 91.2%(52-57). He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League). Vougioukas led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a 1-point victory against the eighth-ranked Enisey (5-9) 86-85 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (11-2) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. It's Vougioukas' first season with the team. This year Vougioukas' overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(39-68) and FT: 81.1% in 13 games. Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #4. Swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his Italian team Umana Venezia to a victory against the sixth-ranked Oradea (6-8) 89-78 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 15 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. Bramos' total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Bramos used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #5. An experienced former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in China) was not able to help Qingdao Eagles (14-16) in their last game. Despite Mavrokefalidis' very good performance Qingdao Eagles lost 97-112 in Shenzhen to the higher-ranked (#6) Leopards. He had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 11 rebounds. Mavrokefalidis also added and 3 steals in 34 minutes. Mavrokefalidis has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in 12 games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #6. Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) 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. Antetokounmpo scored 16 points. MoraBanc Andorra (10-7) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. Antetokounmpo's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #7. Former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Brose Baskets (7-12) in their game against Real Madrid (14-5) in the Euroleague. He recorded 8 points and added 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). The 13th-placed Brose Baskets (7-12) was edged 91-89 in Madrid by the leading Real in the group A of Euroleague. It was Brose Baskets' third consecutive loss in a row. Zisis' total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.6apg. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #8. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 1-point CB Canarias' victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-12) 82-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Bogris scored 8 points in 27 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (13-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bogris' total stats are: 6.8ppg and 4.0rpg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #9. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Sacramento Kings (17-27) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Koufos' good performance the Sacramento Kings (17-27) were defeated 106-100 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Koufos has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 5.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is also in the roster of the Greek national team. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #10. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Boca Juniors (8-18) in their last game. Despite Lampropoulos' good performance Boca Juniors (#9) lost 76-84 in Concordia to the second-ranked Estudiantes in the Sur group. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. Lampropoulos has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.6apg in 26 games. He is a former U18 international player as fourteen years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Unics Kazan in their game against Fenerbahce in the Euroleague. Kaimakoglou cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. His team was defeated 86-81. Kaimakoglou has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

   #12. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of California crushing them 86-63 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Dorsey scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. This season Dorsey has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey is also in the roster of the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

   #13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo crushing them 70-48 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Dimakopoulos had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Dimakopoulos has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Astana in their game against Zenit in the VTB United League. Katsivelis recorded 6 points and added 8 passes. His team was crushed by 23 points 105-82. Katsivelis has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Wake Forest's victory against the North Carolina State University 93-88 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Mitoglou recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. Mitoglou's stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Usak Sportlif (5-9) in their last game. Despite Auguste's very good performance the sixth-placed Usak Sportlif (5-9) lost 77-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Openjobmetis VA in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Auguste's third season in pro basketball. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. This year Auguste has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg and 8.8rpg in 11 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help AV Cantu (6-10) in their last game. Despite Calathes' good performance AV Cantu was crushed 93-72 in Venezia by the second-ranked Umana. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Calathes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg and 6.0rpg in two games. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #3. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Iowa St. to a victory against the The University of Oklahoma (3-0) 92-87 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Mitrou-Long recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Iowa State University has 3-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. This season he has very high stats. Mitrou-Long averages: 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian. Despite Mitrou-Long's Greek passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider AEK (0-11) crushing them 91-71 in the Cypriot Division A on Friday night. Stylianou scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Keravnos Strovolou (10-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Stylianou has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in eight games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #5. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the 14th-ranked Torrelodones (3-11) 87-68 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Sole recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Real Madrid II (11-5) is placed fourth in Group B. Sole averaged so far 11.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. He has both Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.

   #6. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the St.Francis, PA (3-3) in their last game. Despite Angelou's good performance the St.Francis, PA was edged 84-83 in New Britain by the Central Connecticut State University. He recorded 13 points and had 3 steals in 33 minutes. Angelou has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.4apg in 19 games.

   #7. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help Apoel in their game against Vytautas in the FIBA Europe Cup. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. His team lost 57-68. Kounas has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.1apg in 11 games. He also holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #8. Gerasimos Koutoufas (196-F, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Mansfield, PA in their game against the Gannon University in the NCAA2. Koutoufas scored 6 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 76-81 in the NCAA2. Koutoufas has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg in 12 games.

   #9. Aristides Koronides (188-PG-82, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apollon in their game against Apoel in the Cypriot Division A. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Koronides scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 88-71. Koronides has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.3apg. He holds both Greek and Cypriot passports.

   #10. Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Persbraten in their game against Asker Aliens in the Norwegian BLNO. Aliferis scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds a