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  ABA  



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

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



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Round 16: Igokea defeats Un.Olimpija in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 16 in the Adriatic League took place in Ljubljana. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (7-9) to sixth ranked Bosnian Igokea (9-7) 81-80 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Un.Olimpija. The guests trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Igokea made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) who added 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Igokea's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Defending Bosnian champion maintains sixth position with 9-7 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face FMP (#10) in Beograd in the next round. Un.Olimpija will play on the road against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Adriatic League top team - Serbian Crvena Zvezda (16-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (6-10) in Beograd 113-65. The winners were led by Luka Mitrovic (204-93) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and Milko Bjelica supported him with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by Serbian-Slovenian power forward Ivan Marinkovic (209-93) did not help to save the game for KK Zadar. Undefeated Crvena Zvezda have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with 16-0 record. KK Zadar at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Crvena Zvezda will play against Mega Leks (#12) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round which should be another easy win for them. KK Zadar will play at home against Cedevita (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Zagreb was also quite interesting. Second ranked Serbian Partizan (13-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Croatian Cibona (10-6). Partizan managed to secure a 5-point victory 82-77 on Friday. Wiliam Hatcher fired 19 points and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Scottie Reynolds produced 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record having just seven point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Loser Cibona keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Partizan will meet at home Karpos Sokoli (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play against MZT Skopje (#14) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Krka lost to FMP on the opponent's court 60-78. Bottom-ranked MZT Skopje lost to Croatian defending champion Cedevita in a home game 79-100. Mornar Bar recorded a loss to Karpos Sokoli on the road 63-75. Buducnost defeated Mega Leks on its own court 88-80.


FMP - Krka 78-60

There was a minor upset in Beograd where higher ranked Slovenian Krka (5-11) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Serbian FMP (5-11) 78-60 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by FMP. Krka managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. FMP forced 19 Krka turnovers and outrebounded them 45-26 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Dragan Apic (206-95) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four FMP players scored in double figures. Serbian Marko Lukovic (207-92, agency: BeoBasket) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sandi Cebular (195-86, agency: Duran International) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FMP moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Krka. Krka lost eighth consecutive game. FMP will meet higher ranked Igokea (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Krka will play against Buducnost and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FMP: D.Apic 18+8reb+1ast, F.Covic 14+2reb+4ast, J.Bolden 13+16reb+1ast, D.Davidovac 10+5reb+3ast, N.Zizic 9+6reb+3ast, S.Lazarevic 5+5reb
Krka: S.Cebular 14+2reb, M.Lukovic 10+6reb+3ast, Z.Dimec 10+5reb, R.Curry 9+4reb+2ast, D.Elliott 4+1reb, D.Bunic 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 476241


Un.Olimpija - Igokea 80-81

The most exciting game of round 16 in the Adriatic League took place in Ljubljana. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (7-9) to sixth ranked Bosnian Igokea (9-7) 81-80 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Un.Olimpija. The guests trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Igokea made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) who added 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Igokea's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Defending Bosnian champion maintains sixth position with 9-7 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face FMP (#10) in Beograd in the next round. Un.Olimpija will play on the road against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: S.Micovic 17+2reb, D.Albijanic 11+2reb+1ast, B.Mahkovic 9+1reb+1ast, V.Radivojevic 9+6reb+3ast, N.Pesakovic 9+5reb, M.Pasajlic 7+1reb+1ast
Un.Olimpija: N.Jankovic 21+9reb+1ast, M.Mulalic 11+3reb+3ast, J.Barbaric 11+4reb+1ast, B.Jefferson 10+1reb+1ast, D.Oliver 9+9reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 8+4reb
gschID: 476242


Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 113-65

Adriatic League top team - Serbian Crvena Zvezda (16-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (6-10) in Beograd 113-65. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. KK Zadar was better in fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda shot 60.5 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. The winners were led by Luka Mitrovic (204-93) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and Montenegrin-Serbian power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by Serbian-Slovenian power forward Ivan Marinkovic (209-93) did not help to save the game for KK Zadar. Forward Kristijan Krajina (211-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Five Crvena Zvezda and four KK Zadar players scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with 16-0 record. KK Zadar at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Crvena Zvezda will play against Mega Leks (#12) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round which should be another easy win for them. KK Zadar will play at home against Cedevita (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: N.Wolters 17+2reb+2ast, L.Mitrovic 16+10reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 15+1reb, N.Dangubic 14+4reb+2ast, M.Bjelica 11+6reb+8ast, B.Lazic 10+2reb
Zadar: I.Marinkovic 20+8reb+2ast, B.Barac 13+3reb+2ast, K.Krajina 12+8reb, M.Brzoja 10+1reb+4ast, I.Ramljak 4+4reb+3ast, I.Vranes 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476239


MZT Skopje - Cedevita 79-100

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Croatian Cedevita (11-5) smashed on the road bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (4-12) 100-79 on Monday. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Cedevita had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Cedevita especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) fired 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) chipped in 18 points. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Xavier Thames (191-91, college: San Diego St.) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. MZT Skopje lost fourth consecutive game. Defending FYR Macedonian champion stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Cedevita will meet KK Zadar (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. MZT Skopje will play against Cibona (#5) in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: R.James 21+3reb+4ast, R.Boatright 18+3reb+3ast, J.Shurna 10+5reb, M.Bilan 10+6reb+2ast, M.Begic 9+3reb, T.Katic 8+5reb+2ast
MZT Skopje: J.Scott 23+8reb+1ast, X.Thames 18+2reb+1ast, M.Simonovski 9+1reb, M.Souleyman Diabate 7+2reb+5ast, S.Sinovec 6+2reb+3ast, C.Kloof 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 476238


Karpos Sokoli - Mornar Bar 75-63

There was a minor upset in Skopje where higher ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (5-11) was defeated by thirteenth ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli (5-11) 75-63 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Karpos Sokoli. Mornar Bar managed to win second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Karpos Sokoli made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Karpos Sokoli outrebounded Mornar Bar 36-20 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Croatian guard Dominik Mavra (195-94) chipped in 18 points. American point guard Lamont Jones (183-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 12 points and 4 assists and guard Boris Bakic (193-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Mornar Bar's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Karpos Sokoli moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Mornar Bar. Karpos Sokoli will meet league's second-placed Partizan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mornar Bar will play against Un.Olimpija (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: D.Mavra 18+3reb+1ast, D.Labovic 18+1reb+1ast, K.Perry 17+5reb+6ast, Z.Vrkic 6+11reb, D.Zekovic 6+4reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 6+7reb+3ast
Mornar Bar: L.Jones 12+2reb+4ast, B.Bakic 11+2reb+5ast, R.Vujosevic 11+3reb, E.Hadzibegovic 6+2reb+1ast, B.Radunovic 5+2reb, O.Ellis 5+1reb
gschID: 476243


Cibona - Partizan 77-82

The game in Zagreb was also quite interesting. Second ranked Serbian Partizan (13-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Croatian Cibona (10-6). Partizan managed to secure a 5-point victory 82-77 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-77. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) fired 19 points and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points. American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) produced 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Nik Slavica (201-97) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record having just seven point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Loser Cibona keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Partizan will meet at home Karpos Sokoli (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play against MZT Skopje (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Partizan: W.Hatcher 19+1reb+6ast, N.Velickovic 17+4reb+3ast, S.Bircevic 14+6reb+2ast, V.Marinkovic 9+2reb+3ast, A.Vrabac 9+6reb, U.Lukovic 7+8reb+1ast
Cibona: N.Slavica 21+3reb+3ast, E.Sulejmanovic 18+4reb+1ast, S.Reynolds 15+7reb+9ast, N.Joksimovic 8+1reb+3ast, M.Rozic 7+2reb, A.Gospic 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 476244


Buducnost - Mega Leks 88-80

Everything went according to plan in Podgorica where third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (11-5) beat 10th ranked Serbian Mega Leks (5-11) 88-80 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Buducnost made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Mega Leks only scored nine points from the stripe. Strangely Mega Leks outrebounded Buducnost 39-27 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) fired 22 points and 9 assists for the winners. Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Buducnost players scored in double figures. Swingman Rade Zagorac (205-95, agency: BeoBasket) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains third position with 11-5 record having just five point less than leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Cedevita. Loser Mega Leks dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Buducnost will meet Krka (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mega Leks will play against the league's leader Crvena Zvezda (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: M.Williams 22+1reb+9ast, S.Sehovic 13+8reb+3ast, N.Gordic 11+1ast, B.Savovic 11+1reb+1ast, Z.Nikolic 10+6reb, J.Reynolds 8+1reb+1ast
Mega Leks: R.Zagorac 23+9reb+3ast, A.Kaba 18+11reb+2ast, V.Cancar 11+1reb+2ast, O.Jaramaz 8+2reb+6ast, R.Spasojevic 7+5reb+2ast, J.Novak 5+6reb+5ast
gschID: 476240





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  ALBANIA  


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ALGERIA  


Algerian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

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


Ahmed Loubachria Head Coach

Faysal Aktouf Assistant



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  ARAB NATIONS CUP  


Morocco stay undefeated in Egypt - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Algeria 73-56
Egypt improved at 3-1 record following a comfortable win over Algeria. Mostafa Meshaal (200-F-86) came up with 15 points for the hosts. Egypt built a 31:27 halftime lead. They followed with a 21:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Omar Tarek (218-C-91) chipped in 14 points and grabbed 11 boards for the hosts. Rabah Zitoun (C) responded with 13 points for Algeria.

United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia 72-70
United Arab Emirates nipped Saudi Arabia to claim the second victory at the championship. Qais Alshabebi (200-C-91) provided 25 points and 7 rebounds for the UAE. They sank 30 points in the second frame to secure a 13-point halftime lead. Saudi Arabia went on a determined comeback rally in the second half but stopped just short of win at the end. Mohamed Elagmany netted 12 points in the victory. Marzouq Almuwallad (180-PG-92) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Saudi Arabia.

Morocco - Bahrain 73-57
Morocco recorded the fourth straight victory in Egypt. They topped Bahrain to remain undefeated. Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Bahrain grabbed an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. But Morocco stepped on the gas in the second half. They ignited a 46:27 rally to seal the victory. Adil El Makssoud (193-G/F-85) netted 12 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Mohamed Alderazi (194-F/G-80) responded with 10 points for Bahrain.





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

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

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

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





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  ARGENTINA  


Rodney Alexander named Latin American Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

Rodney Alexander (201-F-87, college: Illinois) of Club Atletico Olimpia Montevideo has been chosen by latinbasket.com as the Latin American MVP for December. American forward played 4 games last month averaging impressive 31.3ppg, 14.5rpg, 3.5apg while shooting 67.2% from the field and 87.8% from the free throw line. His team managed to win all 4 games. Alexander is averaging 24.6ppg and 12.9rpg so far this season.

Second best performer of December was Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88, college: Fairfield) of Weber Bahia. American big man had solid individual perfmrance last month and finished it with the averages of 18.2ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.5apg while shooting 59.5% from the field. In 5 out of 6 games played he recorded doubl-double.

Third best performer of the month was Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) of Larre Borges. He finished December with the averages of 31.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 84.8%.



Flamengo tabs Hakeem Rollins, ex Instituto - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miguel Marriaga left Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sebastian Punet signs at Salta Basket - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket (TNA) landed 28-year old guard Sebastian Punet (188-89) from Huracan. In 16 TNA games he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg this season. The last season Punet played at Union where in 29 TNA games he had just 2.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
He has played previously for four other teams: Almagro, Atletico Brown de San Vicente, UNCAus and Atletico TL.

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Santiago Gandolfo joins Petr.Argentino - by Eurobasket News

Petrolero Argentino (TNA) added to their roster 22-year old swingman Santiago Gandolfo (192-95) from Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. In 16 TNA games he had just 2.1ppg and 1.0rpg this season. The last season Gandolfo played at Ciclista where in 36 TNA games he recorded 3.4ppg and 1.7rpg.
He won Argentinian TNA championship title in 2014.

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Leonel Rodriguez agreed terms with Petr.Argentino - by Eurobasket News

Petrolero Argentino (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old swingman Leonel Rodriguez (194-96). He played most recently at the junior team of Club Atletico Temperley in TFB. Rodriguez helped his team get promotion to TNA. But in only one TFB game he did not score anything.

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Eidintas re-signs at Alianza Viedma - by Eurobasket News

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

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Australian NBL round 13 best performance: Casper Ware - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Casper Ware (178-PG-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for United, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, two rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass 36ers (#1, 11-7) with 31-point margin 104-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. United is placed at 3rd position in Australian NBL. United is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-9 record. In the team's last game Ware had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be United's top player in his first season with the team. Former Long Beach State University star has very solid stats this year. Ware is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg. Ware is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 51.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Travis Trice (183-PG-93) of Taipans. Trice had a very good evening with 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Taipans lost that game 76-93 to the higher-ranked Bullets (#5, 9-10). This loss caused Taipans to slide to the very bottom (8) position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. Trice is a newcomer at Taipans, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.2 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86) of Wildcats (#6). Wagstaff scored 20 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Wildcats, leading his team to a 95-87 win against slightly higher-ranked Hawks (#4, 10-9). The chances of Wildcats ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wagstaff could help Wildcats to bring them higher in the standings. Wagstaff has a very solid season. In 17 games in Australia he scored 8.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brad Newley (199-F/G-85) of Kings - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of 36ers - 14 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Wildcats - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Bullets - 19 points and 3 assists
9. Alex Pledger (215-C-87) of Breakers - 11 points and 6 rebounds
10. Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of 36ers - 21 points, 3 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)



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

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

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


United - 36ers 104-73

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


Hawks - Wildcats 87-95

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


Bullets - Taipans 93-76

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


Kings - Breakers 85-80

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


Taipans - United 78-79

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





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Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions fire Head Coach Georgi Mladenov - by Stefan Prager

After losing six straight home games the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions have fired head coach Georgi Mladenov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ). The devastating home loss against UBSC Graz last thursday was his last. The experienced Mladenov came to Traiskirchen in summer. He coached the team in 14 ABL games, 8 of them losses. Besides the Lions had a positive record in the Alpe Adria Cup with two wins and a loss. Assistant Coach Stefan Grassegger will serve as an interim head coach on Thursday when the Lions face WBC Wels on the road.


Coach Mladenov leaves Arkadia - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 55-year old Bulgarian coach Georgi Mladenov (agency: Global Sports Plaza) left Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (A Bundesliga).
The last season Mladenov coached at NTS Basket Rimini Crabs (Serie B) in Italian league.
Among other achievements he won Bulgarian Division A championship title in 2012. Mladenov received also Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A Coach of the Year award back in 2012.
He was coaching Bulgarian Senior National Team in 2014 and coached also U20 National Team in 2010.
Mladenov has coached previously in Morocco and Bulgaria (Beroe and Beroe).

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

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

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Coach Sappenberghs leaves Leuven - by Eurobasket News

Head coach Stefan Sappenberghs left Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Euromillions League).
Among other achievements Sappenberghs won Belgian D2 championship title in 2013 and 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 Coach of the Year award in 2013 and 2015.
Sappenberghs has coached previously Gembo BBC.

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L.Sorocaba signs Gustavo Scaglia - by Paulo Freire

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

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Flamengo tabs Hakeem Rollins, ex Instituto - by Eurobasket News

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

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British V.Islands National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

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

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




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Coach Mladenov leaves Arkadia - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 55-year old Bulgarian coach Georgi Mladenov (agency: Global Sports Plaza) left Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (A Bundesliga).
The last season Mladenov coached at NTS Basket Rimini Crabs (Serie B) in Italian league.
Among other achievements he won Bulgarian Division A championship title in 2012. Mladenov received also Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A Coach of the Year award back in 2012.
He was coaching Bulgarian Senior National Team in 2014 and coached also U20 National Team in 2010.
Mladenov has coached previously in Morocco and Bulgaria (Beroe and Beroe).

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

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

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Rilski inks Tony Woods, ex Doxa Lefkadas - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American center Tony Woods (211-110kg-90, college: Oregon). He played recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. The last season Woods played at Apollon Patras (A1) in Greece where in 24 games he had 8.5ppg and 6.0rpg.
His college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2013.
Woods has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Greece (Panionios and Nea Kifisia).
He attended University of Oregon until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
Woods could be described: An extremely athletic big man with great size and length ... Has a reputation as a tough, physical inside presence who attacks the rim with great fury ... Runs the floor very well ... Terrific shot blocker ... Skilled big man with a soft touch around the rim and on the perimeter.

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MBida comes back to Lille - by Eurobasket News

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

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ANTHONY BROWN AND GABE YORK COMBINE FOR 62 IN VICTORY - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM The ERIE Bayhawks 6-12, used 62 points from Anthony Brown and Gabe York to grag a 99-95 victory from Raptors 905 12-6 in Missauga Ontario. The Bayhawks held the 905 scoreless through the first three minutes of the game to jump out to a ten point lead. The 905 would rebound and take the lead into the half 48-45. Erie forced nine turnovers to get there biggest lead of the game at 18 while scoring 36 points in the quarter. Raptors 905 went on to close the gap to four with less than a minute to play but brown would make four free throws to seal the victory after being intentionally fouled on two separate plays with under 3o seconds left.


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Chinese CBA round 24 best performance: Jason Thompson - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Jason Thompson (211-F-86) had a great game in the last round for Shandong FB, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat North Control B. (#17, 5-18) 120-113. Shandong FB maintains the 7th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shandong FB will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. Thompson turned to be Shandong FB's top player in his first season with the team. Former Rider University star has very solid stats this year. Thompson is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 14.0rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 58.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American MarShon Brooks (196-G/F-89) of Jiangsu D.. Brooks had a very good evening with a double-double of 56 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Jiangsu D. to another comfortable win 110-94 over Sichuan BW (12-12) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Jiangsu D. managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Brooks is well-known at Jiangsu D. and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 37.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.4rpg and 4.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Sichuan BW (#11). Haddadi got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds . Despite Haddadi's great performance Sichuan BW lost 94-110 to Jiangsu D. (12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sichuan BW needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Haddadi has a great season in China. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.8rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 60.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Qingdao E. - 33 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of North Control B. - 51 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Guangzhou - 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jamaal Franklin (196-SG-91) of Shanxi Zh. - 35 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jeremy Tyler (208-F-91) of TianJin S. - 30 points and 17 rebounds
9. J.J. Hickson (206-F-88) of Fujian QB - 27 points and 13 rebounds
10. Henry Sims (208-C-90) of Shanxi Zh. - 24 points, 13 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)



Jimmer Fredette named Asian Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

For the second straight month Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) has been chosen by asia-basket.com as the Asian MVP for December. American guard played 11 games last month averaging unbeliveable 39.6ppg, 10.1rpg and 4.3apg while shooting 58.1% from the field (39.7% from 3PT line). His team Shanghai Sharks won 10 games and are still on the top of CBA standings with 21-3 record.
Fredette, in his first year on the Sharks, leads the CBA in scoring with 38.8 points per game.

Second best performer of December was Adams Darius (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) of Xinjiang Flying Tigers. the product of the University of Indianapolis had an outstanding month and finished it with the averages of 36.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.5apg while shooting 62.5% from the field. On Dec.18 Adams posted 52-point game in a win over TianJin.

Third best performer of the month was Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Al Riyadi. In 5 Lebanee lleague games he averaged 16.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 bpg. His team recorded 4-1 record.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR December 2016
1. Alade Aminu of Al Riyadi (LEB): 57, 5 games: 18 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 apg, 6 bpg, 2FGP: 56%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 60%
2. Darius Adams of Xinjiang FT (CHN): 54, 10 games: 33 ppg, 1 rpg, 5 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 65%, 3PT: 31%, FT: 86%
3. Jimmer Fredette of Shanghai S. (CHN): 57, 11 games: 36 ppg, 1 rpg, 3 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 51%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 90%
4. Michael Taylor of Al Gharafa (QAT): 49, 3 games: 30 ppg, 0 rpg, 7 apg, 2FGP: 64%, 3PT: 35%, FT: 85%
5. Jean Abdel Nour of Al Riyadi (LEB): 47, 5 games: 10 ppg, 2 rpg, 6 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 60%, 3PT: 34%, FT: 68%
6. Nick Fazekas of Toshiba BT (JPN): 48, 10 games: 22 ppg, 11 rpg, 4 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 56%, 3PT: 51%, FT: 85%
7. Jamaal Franklin of Shanxi Zh. (CHN): 42, 11 games: 38 ppg, 7 rpg, 6 apg, 4 bpg, 2FGP: 58%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 82%
8. MarShon Brooks of Jiangsu D. (CHN): 46, 11 games: 41 ppg, 9 rpg, 9 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 53%, 3PT: 40%, FT: 82%
9. Malcolm Thomas of Jilin NE T. (CHN): 46, 11 games: 20 ppg, 15 rpg, 1 apg, 4 bpg, 2FGP: 65%, 3PT: 43%, FT: 67%
10. Qi Zhou of Xinjiang FT (CHN): 45, 9 games: 11 ppg, 8 rpg, 6 apg, 8 bpg, 2FGP: 56%, 3PT: 26%, FT: 68%



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

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

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


Liaoning H. - Shenzhen L. 115-101

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


North Control B. - Shandong FB 113-120

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


Zhejiang CB - Qingdao E. 105-108

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


Beijing D. - TianJin S. 109-83

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


Shanxi Zh. - Jilin NE T. 112-99

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


Guangdong ST - Shanghai S. 116-107

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


Guangzhou - Fujian QB 99-101

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


Jiangsu D. - Sichuan BW 110-94

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


Jiangsu TX - Xinjiang FT 89-104

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


Guangsha L. - Bayi R. 84-72

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

Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 113:65

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

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




Brandon Johnson (ex Alkar Sinj) is a newcomer at Sopron KC - by Eurobasket News

Sopron KC (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket). He started the season at Alkar Sinj in Croatian A1 league. In 12 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 8.1apg and 2.9spg this season. Johnson ended the last season at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB where in 5 games he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. But the most of that year he spent at Crailsheim Merlins in German BBL. In 9 games he had 4.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.8apg.
In 2010 Johnson was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in second round (8th overall).
He attended University of San Diego and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Johnson's college team won WCC Tournament in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Johnson's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Johnson has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Hoops Club), Romania (Giurgiu), NBA (Phoenix Suns), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors), Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats), PBL (Shrevep./Boss.) and ABA (N.Dallas V. and Sugar Land L.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A high basketball IQ player capable of playing either 1 or 2. Great ball handling ability and decision making ability. Can shoot 35% or higher from 3 point range. A floor General type of PG, able to direct players into position and control the game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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



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Legends Acquire Gary Neal - by Eurobasket News

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



Anthony Brown and Gabe York Combine for 62 in Victory - by Eurobasket News

The Erie BayHawks (6-12) used 62 points from Anthony Brown (6'7''-G/F-92, college: Stanford) and Gabe York (6'3''-G-93, college: Arizona) to grab a 99-95 victory from the Raptors 905 (12-6) tonight in Mississauga, ON. The BayHawks held the 905 scoreless through the first three minutes of the game to jump out to a ten-point lead. The 905 would rebound, though, and take the lead into halftime, 48-45. Erie forced nine turnovers in the third to get their biggest lead of the game at 18 while scoring 36 points in the quarter. Raptors 905 went on a run to close the gap to four with less than a minute to play but Brown would make four free throws to seal the victory after being intentionally fouled on two separate plays with under thirty-seconds to play. Erie was paced by 31 from Brown and York apiece. Brown added six assists and three rebounds. York had five rebounds and five assists to go with his 31. Stephen Zimmerman (7'0''-F-96, college: UNLV) narrowly missed out on a double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds. TJ Price added 13 points, all coming in the second half. The 905 were led by 22 points from Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92) on 10 free throw makes. Will Sheehey (6'7''-F-92, college: Indiana) added 17 points. Jarrod Uthoff (6'8''-F-93, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) and CJ Leslie were the other two 905 players in double-digits with 14 and 10 points.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Red Claws Take Down Bulls - by Eurobasket News

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



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Ciro Perez celebrate San Cristobal title - by Eurobasket News

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



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Georgia Spartans welcome back Rice Jr., ex Halcones - by Jermaine Barnes

Georgia Spartans tabbed 26-year old swingman Glen Rice Jr. (198-93kg-91, college: Georgia Tech). It is actually his comeback to Georgia Spartans as he has played here before. Rice Jr. played in the summer at Halcones in Salvadorean Liga MB, but left. In 8 games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg. The last season Rice played at Georgia where in 8 UBA games he had very remarkable stats: 19.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg.

In 2012 Rice was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (55th overall).
He attended Georgia Tech and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements Rice played in the final of NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando in 2015. He received also USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 2nd Team award back in 2013.

Rice has played previously professionally in NBA (Washington Wizards) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Iowa Energy).

Let's have closer look into His outlook: Wing player who is characterized as a "point-forward" ... Excellent feel for the game learned from being around the game and his ultra-successful father from an early age ... Has good court vision and an improving jump shot ... Long arms allows him to get his hands on lots of balls defensively for steals and blocks.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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



Deon Thompson officially joins Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

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




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Desmond Williams claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

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

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-F-89, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of Kauhajoki. Washington impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Kauhajoki to edge the lower-ranked Pyrinto (#7, 7-11) by 2 points 84-82. Kauhajoki's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-9 record is not bad at all. Washington is a newcomer at Kauhajoki and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Kauhajoki's star - American Tate Unruh (193-G-90, agency: Inception Sports). Unruh scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Kauhajoki, helping his team with a 84-82 win against the lower-ranked Pyrinto (#7, 7-11). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Unruh has a very solid season. In 9 games in Finland he scored 15.6ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, FGP: 53.8% and 3PT: 52.8%.

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

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



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Jones left Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MBida comes back to Lille - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maurienne signs Rayvonte Rice, ex Verona - by Eurobasket News

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) signed 25-year old American guard Rayvonte Rice (193-107kg-92, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Tezenis Verona in Italian Serie A2. In 29 games he had 13.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg (in top 5).
Rice has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Rice graduated from University of Illinois in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marqueze Coleman Headed To The Dresden Titans - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The months of waiting and waiting to finally continue his professional basketball career seems to have paid off as according to eurobasket sources, Marqueze Coleman (193-G, college: Nevada) is headed to the Pro A and Dresden Titans. Coleman is a 193cm guard that started the season with the s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-BBL), but had an injury and had to go. The California native who was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League,3rd (55) now will be able to display his all around guard skills and scoring in the Pro A with Dresden who need a strong second half of the season.

Coleman played at Nevada (NCAA) from 2012 to 2016 playing a total of 120 games and as a freshman played 31 games: 4.5ppg, 1.2rpg. In his second season he played 27 games: 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 73.8%. As a junior he played 29 games: 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 75.7%. Last season as a senior was his best as he played 33 games: 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 74.3%. He scored in double figures in 25 of 33 games and had some massive games against Hawaii with 34 points and Nevada rival UNLV with 31 points. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been MWC Tournament Semifinals -16, All-MWC 2nd Team -16, NABC All-District 17 2nd Team -16, and CBI Championship Winner -16




Tony Meier (CEZ Basketball Nymburk) Poland Was The Turning Point In My Career Where I Realized I Could Make This A Long Term Profession - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tony Meier (204-F-90, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) is a 26 year od 206cm forward from Wildwood, Missouri playing his third professional season and first with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL). He started his basketball career in 2008 with Wisc.-Milwaukee (NCAA) where he played until 2012 playing a total of 118 NCAA games and as a senior played 27 games averaging 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 68.1%. He started his professional basketball career in 2013 with Frankston Blues (Australia-SEABL): 3 games: 18.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 75.0%. He tzen came to Europe and played the 2013-2014 season with Vitoria, SC / M.Couto Alves Guimaraes (Portugal-LPB) playing 33 games averaging 14.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 82.0%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (Poland-TBL) playing 30 games averaging 14.1ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 82.0%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Champions League game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Tony thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 is here and have you made any basketball new years resolutions?

Thanks so much for talking with me as well. The new year is definitely an exciting time and I was fortunate enough to have a pretty decent holiday break this season but our team had a great start to the year and finished strong right before the break as well so I just hope to keep that momentum going and do everything we can to make it a great full season.


You are playing your first season with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL). You are playing for the best basketball team in the Czech Republic. What is the best example that shows you that this is the countries most prestigious team?

I am definitely lucky and grateful to be a part of an organization of this caliber. From the first day I arrived here in Nymburk the management and staff has been nothing short of professional. Walking into the gym and seeing all the championship banners on the wall from the past 13 seasons made me feel proud to be here and it's just exciting to be a part of. Our fans are great and each and every opponent in the Czech league shows up to play their best game of the season against us, which I take as a compliment and a welcome challenge.


The club doesn't lose often and doesn't like to lose in their country league. Do you feel a lot of pressure each weekend playing against teams that are playing their season game against you wanting to beat you every time?

I wouldn't necessarily call it pressure, but there is a sense of responsibility. Winning is an expectation and anything short of that means we aren't doing our job. Every team we face in Czech Republic definitely brings their A-game for us, but we actually prefer that because otherwise it just seems like a waste of time if the opponent is already feeling defeated before the game even starts.

The club has won 13 league titles in a row. Do you ever ask a veteran like Petr Benda for advice who has won 9 in a row with the team?

Petr is a great leader for our team for sure. He leads by example a lot. I personally am not a very talkative guy but I do watch a lot of veterans, and luckly we have quite a few veterans on our team that I can learn from.

How difficult is it making adjustments and improvements in the NBL league on a daily basis when your scoring 95 points per game and giving up only 66 points?

Our coaches do a good job of keeping our focus on doing what we do best and reaching our own goals. Our success isn't necessarily measured by the final score of each game. We set certain goals going into each game and then learn from our performance and turn our attention to all the ways we have to sharpen up or refocus for the next game. Practicing every single day against these guys, some of the best guys in the country, is always a great way to challenge myself to continue to get better.

The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners, How difficult was it digesting the bitter 74-61 loss in Frankfurt? How was Frankfurt able to have a 44-21 second half?

Yeah, that loss definitely still stings. Especially because it was one of our worst performances of the season and getting that win would have put us in a much better position within our group. We just came out way too flat in the second half and got away from what we do well. We will need to keep our intensity and focus high for 40 minutes in order to get a win at home in the next matchup.


This game is a big big game for the Fraport Skyliners as every new win moves them a step closer to reaching the next round as they battle against Ironi Nahariya for the final spot. What will be key to getting a home victory?

I think we just have to play our game and play with confidence. We struggle a bit on the road and we tend to let teams force us to play their game. Since it's our home court we need to control the pace of the game and the overall flow. It's just as important a game for us because we want to solidify our place to advance to the next round in Champions League.


Does it sometimes feel like the NBL league is like practice and the Champions League games is where the real challenge is even if each weekend every Czech Republic team is gunning for you?

In a way, yes, only because the intensity level of Champions League is a bit higher than the NBL. But a game is still a game and we still have to show up and play our game every time no matter what. We already experienced a loss in NBL because we started to take our foot off the gas. I think it's easy to fall into that mentality, but it'll end up hurting us if we do.


You saw Dee Bost play this season. I recently kidded with him about the possibility of the NBA and he just laughed and said that dream is over as he is concentrating on a career in Europe. Is he a guy that could still make a run for the NBA if he wanted to?

He's definitely a great player, and he has the skill and athleticism to play at the NBA level. A lot of players over here have the skills to make a run in the NBA, but I really respect the players that choose to keep competing in Europe because I really believe the competition here is extremely high, it's a different type of basketball than the NBA but it's still phenomenal basketball.


How much of a pleasure has it been playing with ex NBA player and Czech Republic legend Jiri Welsch? What have you benefited most with having him on the club?

Well, my wife would say the biggest benefit has been having him as our neighbor to come over and help us fix things in our apartment or to help us navigate local Czech life (haha), but in all honesty it has been really great having him as a teammate, too. It continues to amaze me how smart and poised he is on the court and his leadership in the locker room is invaluable to us all. Outside of basketball though he is just a really good person, easy to talk to and always willing to help out, it's been great getting to know him this season.


How challenging is it battling American Diamon Simpson each day in practice? How have you made each other better this season on and off the court?

Well, luckily for me, Diamon and I usually play different positions (him the 5, me the 4), so I don't have to battle him physically too often in practice. When we do go up against each other though he is definitely a force in the paint. His raw strength is always a challenge to deal with. He also is a very hard worker which forces me to keep pushing myself every day on and off the court.


You are having a very solid season with CEZ Basketball Nymburk. You have always been a great shooter for your size, but this season your shooting out the lights in the country league at 61%. How do you explain your rapid climb in shooting percentage? Has it been more extra shifts in the gym or better shot selection?

I put in a lot of time this past summer to try to get my game ready for this level, but I also think a lot of it has to do with being on a team with so many good players around me. We have too many threats for any opponent to focus on just one person, which leads to a lot more open looks than I've been used to in the past.

Last season you played for AS Apollon Patras (Greece-A1) averaging 11,3ppg, 3,9rpg and 1,0apg. Why was this season so challenging coming from the Polish league?

It was actually my toughest challenge as a professional. The Greek league is one of the toughest in Europe and the style of play is so physical, it took a lot of adjusting to make sure I could make an impact every game. Also going up against multiple Euroleague and Eurocup teams was a different challenge for me but I was able to get an understanding of what it takes to make it to the next level.

Two seasons ago you played with Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (Poland-TBL) playing 30 games: 14.1ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 82.0%. How important was this season for you where you were able to prove you could play at an even higher level than in your rookie season in Portugal?

I would say this season was the turning point in my career where I realized I could make this a long term profession. Every rookie struggles mentally and physically and it's hard to figure out where you fall within this huge array of leagues and levels and opportunities in Europe. This year in Poland proved to myself that I not only wanted to play at the highest level in Europe but that I could also be successful at it.


Did you know that you were a more than just a solid professional when you dropped 29 points against PGE Turow in a 126-110 loss that featured ex NBA players Mardy Collins and Chris Wright?

At that point in my career I was just so focused on myself and trying to perform my best every single game that I didn't really pay much attention to who our opponents were. Looking back on it now, I guess you could say that game definitely helped my career moving forward.

As a rookie you played for Vitoria, SC / M.Couto Alves Guimaraes (Portugal-LPB) playing 33 games: 14.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 82.0%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie where you knew that you were very far away from home?

There really wasn't a huge difference between NCAA D1 and the LPB in Portugal, so basketball-wise I felt pretty good, but it was the off the court stuff that hit me hard that year. Like any rookie, you have to deal with the culture shock, the homesickness, a lot questioning yourself, etc.

How difficult was that rookie season in general? You were the lone American on the team. Did you feel like being a leader despite being a rookie?

That season was actually one of my favorites and it was mainly due to my teammates and coach. Yes, I was the only American, but they didn't treat me that way. It was the closest thing I've experienced in Europe comparable to a college team in the states in terms of camaraderie and enjoying being with your teammates, etc. It was easy to fit in and being able to prove myself on the court right away definitely helped.

How did head coach Rob Jeter at Wisc.-Milwaukee (NCAA) groom and prepare you best for aprofessional basketball career?

Coach Jeter has coached many winning teams at UWM and a lot of professional players have come from his organization. He's good at forcing you to be mentally tough and challenging you to rise to any occasion. I have to give his assistants a lot of credit though too, they invested a lot of time and energy into me both on and off the court and I'm very grateful to all of them.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Kyle Kelm?

Haha, well Kyle is a good friend of mine (last time I saw him was at my wedding this past summer), so I do have to give him credit because he's a great player. However, I was the older player during our time together at UWM so it was probably me more often back then.


Who was the toughest guy that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

I'd have to say Gordon Hayward. Having Butler in our conference was so tough for us, especially since I played during the same years Hayward led them to the National Championship and then again when they repeated their Final Four appearance. The rivalry there was intense, so the games were always good ones. And he really is a skilled player with incredible athleticism for his size.
Although they weren't in our conference, Marquette was our inner-city rivals in Milwaukee which exposed me to Jimmy Butler early on in his career and I'm not surprised at all at how successful he's been in the NBA. He's the toughest player I ever had to defend and I could see his potential even back then.


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

Jordan, Bird, Magic, Duncan (with Shaq being a close 5th)


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

I really don't like this question and usually turn off SportsCenter when they start talking about it because it's not fair to compare players from that era to players of today…basketball is a completely different game now. The style of play, the natural athleticism, the skill level, it's all completely different. I mean, LeBron is an absolute beast and he's the best player of today for sure, but I don't know if I can give him the all-time crown.


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


I've worn #21 my whole life because of KG and Tim Duncan. They were the two best power forwards in the NBA when I started following the league as a kid. In my opinion Garnett is one of the top 3 power forwards to ever play.


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

That was absolutely unreal. Again though, that's just another example of how the game is completely different than it was in the 80s and 90s. It's probably in the top 10 performances of all time though.

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 I guess so, but stats are overrated in my opinion. You got to win games, and even more importantly, you have to win championships to be considered the best. The best players in the world just know how to flat out win games (especially important games), that's what makes them so good.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Just yesterday my wife and I went to the movie theater in Prague to see Rogue One; A Star Wars Story.

Thanks Tony for the chat.




Jevohn Shepherd (Proximus Spirou Charleroi) I Feel I Am Approaching My Prime Still Learning And Adding Things To My Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan) is a 30 year old 196cm forward from Toronto, Canada playing his seventh professional season and first with Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-Euromillions League). He started his basketball career with Michigan in 2005 where he played until 2009 playing a total of 115 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with the Halifax Rainmen (PBL): 11 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP-1 (71.4%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 63.2%. In the 2010-2011 season he moved to Europe to Germany to play with the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA) 20 games: Score-2 (20.2ppg), 6.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 70.9%, in March'11 moved to Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 15 games: 4.7ppg, 2.1rpg. In the 2011-2012 season he moved to Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie) playing EuroChallenge: 11 games: 8.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 76.5%; Dutch League: 34 games: 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 74.1%. In the 2012-2013 season he went to CS Municipal Bucuresti (Romania-Division A): 33 games: Score-4 (18.7ppg), 4.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 75.7%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Paffoni Omegna (Italy-Lega Due Silver) playing 33 games: 18.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 79.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for Sigma Barcellona (Italy-A2 Gold) playing 27 games: 17.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he started with Openjobmetis Varese (Italy-Serie A): 5 games: 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 83.3%; FIBA Europe Cup: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0spg, in Dec.'15 moved to Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Italy-Serie A) 19 games: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 72.0%. Eurobasket spoke to Shepherd before a Basketball champions League game in Ludwigsburg.

Jevohn Welcome back to Germany. You are in Ludwigsburg now playing here for the first time with Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-Euromillions League. Did you make any new years basketball resolutions that could come into effect in Ludwigsburg?

Danke Schoen., No real resolutions other than continuing to improve into the new year.


It seems like ages since you last played for the then Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Since then you have played three years in Italy, in Romania and Holland. Have you been back to Germany over the years besides when you played Eurochallenge against Oldenburg and BG Goettingen?

It does feel like years as I started my professional career in Germany. Unfortunately I have not been back to visit but have very fond memories of my time in Germany as well as some of the great people I met while there.

Could you remember off the top of your head how well you did against these two German teams? Let me help you. You had a 3-1 record in the 2011-2012 Eurochallenge campaign and had two very good games against Oldenburg and BG Goettingen. With so many games that you have played since then can you remember anything from these games?


I remember being very young as those games were early in my career so I did not really understand the European game as much luckily I played well figuring it out on the fly.


The club is currently at 7-6 in the Belgium league and 4-6 in the Champions League. Is the team still trying to find it's self?

We have slowly found our identity and will continue to do so. We had some injuries early in addition to a new coach and only 2 returning players from last season so it took some time but we are on track now.


The math is pretty easy. For you to advance in the Champions League you will have to defend better as a team. In what area's on defense can the team make improvements?

Yes I think that goes for everyone in champions league as it is very competitive and you aren't just going to outscore your opponent in this league.


The club has a lot of talented players like Brandon Bowman. How important has his leadership been and how have you benefited most from his game?

His leadership is tremendous and even better person off the court. he's a guy that does a bit of everything so he has benefitted everyone in the sense he has the ability to pick up the slack anywhere.

Bowman is known as a gym rat. Has he affected you with the gym workouts or are you with him anyway?

He is definitely a gym rat, he is probably in the gym right now in fact. I consider myself a gym rat too but he is definitely on another level. I tip my hat to him, I've worked out once with him and I will probably wait until he is done until I start next time lol

You are having a solid season in both competitions. Now at the age of 30 and in your tenth season, do you feel like you are in your prime?

I feel I am approaching my prime still learning and adding things to my game.

Last season you split time with Openjobmetis Varese (Italy-Serie A): 5 games: 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 83.3%; FIBA Europe Cup: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0spg, in Dec.'15 moved to Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Italy-Serie A, starting five): 19 games: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 72.0%. Were you a bit contemplative in April when you saw Varese dueling Frankfurt in the Eurochallenge final?

It was tough for me to watch seeing as I had ties to both teams and friends on both but in the end Frankfurt won soIi can still celebrate


With Paffoni Omenga you played with American Mike James. He tore up the league then. How much fun was it playing with him and how sure were you that he would become a Euroleague player?

Thats my brother, playing alongside him was a real treat, I would become a fan in practices and games at some of the things he did. I was not surprised at all that he would become a Euroleague player I think he has NBA level talent so it was a matter of time before he cracked the door to either one.


You were teammates with young Dutch man Worthy De Jong who turned into a national player. How athletic was he already then. What amazing thing do you remember him doing in a game or practice then?

Worthys athleticism was unreal then and unreal now. There were a number of times he would impress all of us. for me I was always impressed with how he had a knack for the ball and could get from point a to point b before you could blink for a steal or rebound out of his position.


You came to the Frankfurt Skyliners in mid season from Pro A team Osnabruck. I remember you showing your flight to the basket in your firt game in Giessen with a hard dunk. What do you remember from that game?

I remember how easy Dashaun Wood made the game for us on the court he demanded so much attention all i had to do was jump and there it was.

You were teammates with Quantez Robertson. What do you remember most from his freak athleticism most and will never forget?

I remember coming to Frankfurt and thinking i was athletic until being on the same court with Tez. I was humbled very quick.


The Canadian national team continues to make strides in the last years. Do you see the country producing a medal in the future at the world cup or Olympic games as new talent is always coming in?

Absolutely, the talent coming out of Canada is unreal and the game continues to grow across the waters s I have no doubt we will medal in international competition.


What kind of battles do you remember having with ex NBA player Manny Harris at Michigan (NCAA) and who won most of them in practice?

Manny, that is my guy man we had a lot of battles; he's tough as nails and great scorer. I think we split those battles.


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

MJ Kobe Shaq Tim Duncan

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

He is on his way, but he will need a couple more rings first in my opinion

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

Its tough I was just having this debate the other day but he is in top 3 power forwards


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


That performance was the best scoring performance in my opinion because of how efficient he was with it


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

I am not the best person to ask this I'm not the biggest Russ fan so I will pass on this one.

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


But as for the memories hard to pick just one, so long as all my family is there and granny is cooking I'm good!


What was the last movie that you saw?


Last movie I saw was Triple 9.


Thanks Jevohn for the chat.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was the Avengers.

Thanks Dj for the chat.




Gotha Add Jonas Grof - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

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

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

Source: Gotha



Medi Bayreuth Sign David Gonzalvez - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

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

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

Source: medi Bayreuth



Terrell Everett (ex Goettingen) signs at Lugano Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers (LNA) landed 33-year old American guard Terrell Everett (193-83kg-84, college: Oklahoma). He played most recently at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. In 27 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg last season.
Everett ended the previous (2014-15) season at Artland Dragons (also in BBL) where in 9 games he had 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg. But the most of that year he spent at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 17 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements Everett received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team award back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Everett has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Greece (Iraklis), Ukraine (BC Odessa), France (Cholet Basket, JDA Dijon, Hyeres-Toulon and Chalon/Saor), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Everett's outlook: A heady left-handed wing with solid ball skills ... Can play the point if the need arises ... Regarded as a slasher ... Excels at penetration and getting the ball to the rim ... A savvy player who boasts tremendous court awareness and is an excellent passer ... Possesses a soft touch on his jump shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Diamond__Sports)

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Rilski inks Tony Woods, ex Doxa Lefkadas - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American center Tony Woods (211-110kg-90, college: Oregon). He played recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. The last season Woods played at Apollon Patras (A1) in Greece where in 24 games he had 8.5ppg and 6.0rpg.
His college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2013.
Woods has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Greece (Panionios and Nea Kifisia).
He attended University of Oregon until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
Woods could be described: An extremely athletic big man with great size and length ... Has a reputation as a tough, physical inside presence who attacks the rim with great fury ... Runs the floor very well ... Terrific shot blocker ... Skilled big man with a soft touch around the rim and on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AV Cantu eye Patrick Calathes - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) is considering to ink 32-year old American (has also Greek passport) forward Patrick Calathes (207-104kg-85, college: St.Joseph's) who currently plays at Panathinaikos Athens in Greece. In 9 A1 games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 2.8rpg this season. The last season Calathes played at BK Astana in Kazakhstan league where in 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he had 10.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3bpg. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 12.5ppg, 8.2rpg (#5 in the league), 2.5apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements Calathes played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Forward of the Year award in 2015 and 2016.
Calathes has played previously professionally also in Israel (Maccabi Haifa).
He attended Saint Joseph's University until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brandon Johnson (ex Alkar Sinj) is a newcomer at Sopron KC - by Eurobasket News

Sopron KC (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket). He started the season at Alkar Sinj in Croatian A1 league. In 12 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 8.1apg and 2.9spg this season. Johnson ended the last season at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB where in 5 games he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. But the most of that year he spent at Crailsheim Merlins in German BBL. In 9 games he had 4.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.8apg.
In 2010 Johnson was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in second round (8th overall).
He attended University of San Diego and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Johnson's college team won WCC Tournament in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Johnson's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Johnson has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Hoops Club), Romania (Giurgiu), NBA (Phoenix Suns), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors), Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats), PBL (Shrevep./Boss.) and ABA (N.Dallas V. and Sugar Land L.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A high basketball IQ player capable of playing either 1 or 2. Great ball handling ability and decision making ability. Can shoot 35% or higher from 3 point range. A floor General type of PG, able to direct players into position and control the game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miklos Szabo returns to Hungary - by Levente Szabo

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

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





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Snaefell tabs Christian Covile - by Eurobasket News

Ungmennafelagio Snaefell (Dominos League) inked 24-year old American guard Christian Covile (193-88kg-93). He just graduated from Adrian (NCAA3). In 25 games he averaged impressive 20.8ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.7apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to All-MIAA 1st Team.
So his pro career will start in Iceland.

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Stjarnan tabs Anthony Odunsi - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

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


Templeogue - DCU Saints 98-75

Super League top team - Templeogue (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked DCU Saints (3-9) in Dublin 98-75. Templeogue dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to DCU Saints' 56. Templeogue forced 19 DCU Saints turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta) who added 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Templeogue's coach Mark Keenan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Martins Provizors (202-87) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Kevin O'Hanlon (186-95) scored 12 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Templeogue have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. DCU Saints lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Eanna. Templeogue are looking forward to face Killester (#5) in Dublin in the next round. DCU Saints will play at home against Moycullen (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Templeogue: M.Bonaparte 25+11reb+6ast, J.Killeen 24+9reb, L.Murphy 15+4reb+2ast, N.Randolph 10+4reb+6ast, B.Morrison 8+3ast, P.Cummins 4+3reb+3ast
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 24+13reb+3ast, D.Heaney 14+6reb, K.O'Hanlon 12+4reb+7ast, E.Darling 10+2reb+7ast, G.Brannelly 9+3reb, M.Neary 2+2reb
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UL Eagles - Belfast Star 64-65

A very close game took place in Limerick between Belfast Star and UL Eagles. Eighth ranked Belfast Star (5-7) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked UL Eagles (1-11). Belfast Star managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 on Saturday evening. Belfast Star forced 20 UL Eagles turnovers. Strangely UL Eagles outrebounded Belfast Star 48-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) who scored 24 points. International forward Keelan Cairns (211-92, college: Pennsylvania) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Ryan Wilson (195-88, college: William Penn) who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds and French guard Jonathan Dogbo (193, college: Gannon) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Belfast Star moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Moycullen. UL Eagles lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Belfast Star will meet at home higher ranked Tralee (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UL Eagles will play against KUBS (#11) in Greendale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: D.Stith 24+4reb+2ast, K.Cairns 18+6reb+1ast, P.McGaharan 9+2reb+2ast, P.Mullan 7+4reb+1ast, C.Johnston 4+6reb, A.Ryan 3+3reb+1ast
UL Eagles: R.Wilson 26+7reb, J.Dogbo 14+9reb, R.Howlin 6+3reb+3ast, J.Kelly 6+11reb, P.McCarthy 4+4reb, M.Hall 4+5reb+3ast
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Moycullen - KUBS 87-81

Very expected game in Galway where 11th ranked KUBS (1-10) was defeated by seventh ranked Moycullen (5-7) 87-81 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Moycullen maintains seventh position with 5-7 record, which they share with Belfast Star. Newly promoted KUBS keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. Moycullen will meet DCU Saints (#10) in the next round. KUBS will play against UL Eagles and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Swords Thunder - Killester 85-64

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


Tralee - UCC Demons 81-67

The game in Tralee was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked UCC Demons (7-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Tralee (8-4). Tralee defeated UCC Demons 81-67. Tralee moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion UCC Demons dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Tralee will play against Belfast Star (#8) on the road in the next round. UCC Demons will play against UCD Marian and hope to get back on the winning track.
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Irish Super League round 11 best performance: Dustan Moreira - by Eurobasket News

Spanish Forward Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for UCD Marian, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds, while his team crushed Moycullen (#7, 5-7) with 21-point margin 92-71. UCD Marian maintains the 3rd position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. UCD Marian will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. It's Moreira's second year at UCD Marian and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dustan Moreira has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 13.3rpg) and averages impressive 1.6bpg and 58.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Paul Freeman (201-F-83) of Moycullen. Freeman had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Moycullen lost that game 71-92 to the higher-ranked UCD Marian (#3, 9-3). Moycullen managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Freeman is one of the most experienced players at Moycullen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints (#10). Provizors showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Provizors' great performance DCU Saints lost 75-78 to the higher-ranked Killester (#5, 7-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. DCU Saints can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Provizors he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Provizors has individually a great season in Ireland. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 15.9rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 67.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dillon Stith (200-F-92) of Belfast Star - 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan Leonard (191-SF-98) of Tralee - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian - 13 points and 17 rebounds
8. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 18 points and 17 rebounds
10. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) of Tralee - 14 points, 18 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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Enisey tabs Anthony Hilliard, ex Maccabi Rishon - by Alex Rovenskyi

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) inked 31-year old American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-92kg-86, college: Elizabeth City). He supposed to play at Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. In four Winner League games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg this season. Hilliard also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg. The last season he played at Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) in Belarus. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Hilliard had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In three Premier League games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 7.0apg and 3.3spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Belarusian All-Star Game. Hilliard also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he got 14.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg.
Among other achievements Hilliard received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Hilliard is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar and VOO Verviers-Pepinster), Finland (Loimaan Korikonkarit), France (Olympique Antibes) and Germany (Artland Dragons).
Hilliard attended Elizabeth City State University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rami Hadar to take over Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) have reportedly hired coach Rami Hadar who lately worked with Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv. The last season Hadar coached at Maccabi Haifa. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Coach Assistant: Israeli League All-Star Game.
He coached in the final of Israeli National League in 2014.
Hadar has coached previously two other teams: Benyamina and Hapoel Afula.

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Maurienne signs Rayvonte Rice, ex Verona - by Eurobasket News

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) signed 25-year old American guard Rayvonte Rice (193-107kg-92, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Tezenis Verona in Italian Serie A2. In 29 games he had 13.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg (in top 5).
Rice has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Rice graduated from University of Illinois in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AV Cantu eye Patrick Calathes - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) is considering to ink 32-year old American (has also Greek passport) forward Patrick Calathes (207-104kg-85, college: St.Joseph's) who currently plays at Panathinaikos Athens in Greece. In 9 A1 games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 2.8rpg this season. The last season Calathes played at BK Astana in Kazakhstan league where in 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he had 10.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3bpg. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 12.5ppg, 8.2rpg (#5 in the league), 2.5apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements Calathes played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Forward of the Year award in 2015 and 2016.
Calathes has played previously professionally also in Israel (Maccabi Haifa).
He attended Saint Joseph's University until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

27-year old forward Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) had a great game in the last round for JuveCaserta and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Scandone AV (#3, 10-4) 86-82. JuveCaserta moved-up to the 9th position in Italian league. JuveCaserta is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 14 games. Watt turned to be JuveCaserta's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Buffalo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Watt is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg and 59.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jarrod Jones (205-C/F-90) of VL Pesaro. He is American-Hungarian in his first season at VL Pesaro. In the last game Jones recorded impressive 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as VL Pesaro was edged by the higher-ranked EA7 Armani (#1, 12-2) 88-84. VL Pesaro is still in a red zone at 15th spot in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories VL Pesaro managed to get this year. Jones is a newcomer at VL Pesaro and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#3). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tashawn Thomas (203-F-93, agency: Pensack Sports) of Vanoli CR (#16). Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Vanoli CR, leading his team to a 85-71 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Openjobmetis V. (#14, 4-10). Vanoli CR can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-11 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Thomas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Thomas has individually a great season in Italy. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (7th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88) of JuveCaserta - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Betaland Cdo - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Lee Moore (193-G-95) of Brescia - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Robert Carter (206-F-94) of Enel Brindisi - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. D.J. White (206-PF-86) of Auxilium TO - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91) of Openjobmetis V. - 13 points and 20 rebounds
10. Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) of Grissin Bon RE - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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

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

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


Auxilium TO - Brescia 86-91

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


EA7 Armani - VL Pesaro 88-84

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


Betaland Cdo - Enel Brindisi 86-82

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


Dolomiti En. TR - AV Cantu 68-77

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


The Flexx PT - Grissin Bon RE 85-71

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


Vanoli CR - Openjobmetis V. 85-71

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


JuveCaserta - Scandone AV 82-86

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


Umana VE - Banco di Srd 71-84

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





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  JAPAN  

Standings - JBL

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

Regular Season: Round 30

Jan. 2: Yokohama BC - Kyoto Hannar. 83-75
Dec. 31: Chiba Jets - Toshiba BT 82-84
Jan. 2: Toyota Alvark - Niigata Albirex 82-76
Jan. 1: Toyota Alvark - Niigata Albirex 77-68
Dec. 31: Hokkaido L. - Ryukyu GK 74-76
Jan. 3: Yokohama BC - Kyoto Hannar. 74-64
Dec. 31: Shiga L-Stars - Sanen 64-82
Dec. 31: Nagoya DD - Tochigi Brex 59-77

Regular Season: Round 31

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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT28.4 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .22.0 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.7 
 4. White, Sendai19.6 
 5. Rossiter, Tochigi .19.3 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.18.3 
 7. Burrell, Nagoya DD18.3 
 8. Chapman, Niigata .18.0 
 9. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.3 
 10. Gillenwater, Toyota A.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Harrellson, Osaka E.12.3 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.7 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba BT11.6 
 5. White, Sendai11.1 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.10.6 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota A.10.1 
 8. Spangler, Toshi.9.6 
 9. Kotzur, Kyoto H.9.2 
 10. Burrell, Nagoya DD9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Chiba Jets
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.2 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses3.9 
 3. Namizato, Shiga L.3.7 
 4. Uto, Toyama G.3.7 
 5. Suzuki, Sanen3.7 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.7 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.7 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .3.6 
 9. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 10. Garrett, Toyota A.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.2 
 2. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.9 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.9 
 4. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.8 
 5. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.7 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.1.7 
 8. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.6 
 9. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  Niigata .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chapman, Niigata .2.0 
 2. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.9 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.8 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.5 
 5. Pittman, Toyama G.1.5 
 6. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.3 
 8. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.2 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.1 
 10. Gibson, Osaka E.1.1 


Standings - BJ League

B Standings
Central
 1. Toyotsu FE 22-6 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 19-9 
 3. Tokyo Z 11-18 
 4. Shinshu BW 10-19 
 5. Tokyo Excel. 8-19 
 6. Bambitious Nara 8-20 
East
 1. Fukushima 20-8 
 2. Gunma 19-9 
 3. Yamagata 14-14 
 4. Cyberdyne IR 13-15 
 5. Aomori Watts 12-16 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 7-21 
West
 1. Kumamoto V. 23-5 
 2. Hiroshima D. 22-6 
 3. Shimane SM 21-6 
 4. Ehime OV 11-17 
 5. Kagawa FA 9-19 
 6. Kagoshima 3-25 

Regular Season: Round 30

Jan. 3: Shinshu BW - Kagoshima 84-77
Jan. 3: Shimane SM - Aomori Watts 81-73
Jan. 3: Nishinomiya S. - Kumamoto V. 80-66
Jan. 3: Ehime OV - Yamagata 74-67
Jan. 3: Bambitious Nara - Fukushima 66-80
Jan. 3: Tokyo Z - Iwate Big Bulls 64-60

Regular Season: Round 31

Jan. 20: Nishinomiya S. - Ehime OV
Jan. 20: Kumamoto V. - Bambitious Nara
Jan. 20: Tokyo Excel. - Cyberdyne IR
Jan. 21: Kumamoto V. - Bambitious Nara
Jan. 21: Tokyo Excel. - Cyberdyne IR
Jan. 21: Toyotsu FE - Iwate Big Bulls
Jan. 21: Nishinomiya S. - Ehime OV
Jan. 21: Yamagata - Shimane SM
Jan. 21: Aomori Watts - Shinshu BW
Jan. 21: Fukushima - Hiroshima D.
Jan. 21: Kagawa FA - Tokyo Z
Jan. 21: Kagoshima - Gunma


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chad POSTHUMUS
  Kagos.
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Posthumus, Kagos.19.4 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.19.3 
 3. Ford, Tokyo Z19.3 
 4. Tapscott, Kagawa F.18.4 
 5. Barone, Aomori W.17.3 
 6. Alabi, Toyotsu FE16.9 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.16.4 
 8. Wiggins, Aomori Watts16.2 
 9. Evans, Tokyo Excel.15.0 
 10. Kennedy, Gunma14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE12.3 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM12.0 
 3. Creekmore, Tokyo Z11.9 
 4. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 5. Rickert, Cyberdyn.11.6 
 6. Stephan, Tokyo E.11.1 
 7. Barone, Aomori W.10.9 
 8. Posthumus, Kagos.10.7 
 9. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Yuto OTSUKA
  Toyotsu FE
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.6 
 2. Furuno, Kumamoto.4.5 
 3. Sameshima, Kagos.4.3 
 4. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.3 
 5. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.3.3 
 6. Sawaguchi, Iwate B.3.0 
 7. Tapscott, Kagawa F.2.9 
 8. Bozeman, Fukushima2.8 
 9. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.2.8 
 10. Murakami, Fukus.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.0 
 2. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE2.0 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z1.7 
 4. Creekmore, Nishinom.1.6 
 5. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 6. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 7. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.5 
 8. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.5 
 9. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.1 
 2. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.9 
 3. Kuso, Gunma1.9 
 4. Spikes, Fukushima1.8 
 5. Creekmore, Tokyo Z1.7 
 6. Marshall, Shima.1.7 
 7. Barone, Aomori W.1.5 
 8. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 9. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.5 
 10. Davis, Shimane SM1.4 


B League D2 Round 29 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked Kagoshima (3-24) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Shinshu BW (8-19) in Nagano on Monday. Shinshu BW managed to secure only eighteen-point victory 94-76. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Will Carter who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 21 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Kagoshima's coach rotated twelve players in such tough game. Shinshu BW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bambitious Nara and Tokyo Excel. Kagoshima at the other side keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Shinshu BW will face Aomori Watts (#5) at home in the next round.

In the last game of round 29 Fukushima defeated Bambitious Nara in a road game 90-83. Nishinomiya S. was beaten by Kumamoto V. at home 77-84. Iwate Big Bulls won against Tokyo Z on the opponent's court 69-60. Ehime OV unfortunately lost to Yamagata in a home game 60-64. Aomori Watts recorded a loss to Shimane SM on the road 65-77.
The best stats of 29th round was 17 points and 13 rebounds by Nigel Spikes of Fukushima.


Bambitious Nara - Fukushima 83-90

There was no surprise when 4th placed Bambitious Nara (8-19) was defeated at home by second ranked Fukushima (19-8) 90-83 on Monday. Fukushima made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Shota Kanno (187-92) chipped in 26 points. Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and guard Atsunobu Hirao (178-89) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fukushima keeps a position of league leader. Bambitious Nara at the other side keeps the fourth place with 19 games lost. Fukushima will have a break next round. Bambitious Nara will play again at home against the league's leader Fukushima (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: S.Kanno 26+2reb+2ast, N.Spikes 17+13reb+1ast, S.Murakami 17+3reb+6ast, C.Bozeman 16+1reb+1ast, K.Tomori 6+3reb+6ast, Y.Masuda 6+1reb
Bambitious Nara: A.Ogide 27+8reb+2ast, A.Hirao 14+4reb+3ast, R.Kato 13+3reb, D.Terashita 11+7reb+1ast, R.Boykin 8+9reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523188


Nishinomiya S. - Kumamoto V. 77-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Kumamoto V.'s (23-4) road victory over second-ranked Nishinomiya S. (18-9) 84-77 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Nishinomiya S. won third quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kumamoto V. forced 19 Nishinomiya S. turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Kumamoto V. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) who scored 21 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) produced 21 points and Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) added 8 points and 16 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nishinomiya S.'s coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumamoto V. maintains first place with 23-4 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Kumamoto V. will have a break next round. Nishinomiya S. will play again at home against the league's leader Kumamoto V. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: T.Furuno 21+5reb+9ast, J.James 12+9reb, S.Kobayashi 12+3reb+2ast, R.Warren 11+2reb+3ast, R.Nakanishi 9+4reb+1ast, M.Fukuda 8+4reb+3ast
Nishinomiya S.: N.Douhara 21+4reb+2ast, L.Owens 15+6reb+1ast, N.Tani 12+4reb+1ast, D.Burns 11+5reb+1ast, J.Vandenberg 8+16reb+1ast, J.Taniguchi 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523187


Tokyo Z - Iwate Big Bulls 60-69

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Tokyo Z (10-18) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (7-20) 69-60 on Monday. Tokyo Z trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 60-69 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Tokyo Z 41-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Ohara Yoko (186-89) chipped in 14 points. Iwate Big Bulls' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) produced 25 points and the other American import center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) added 11 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth place with 7-20 record. Tokyo Z lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 18 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Tokyo Z will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: N.Doaks 16+18reb, O.Yoko 14+4reb, S.Onodera 11+1reb+2ast, D.Lawson 8+6reb+2ast, K.Nagata 6+3reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 5+2reb+6ast
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 25+3reb, S.Watanabe 15+1reb+1ast, W.Creekmore 11+14reb, R.Nishitani 6+4reb, K.Murakoshi 2+1reb+1ast, S.Akiba 1+3reb+3ast
gschID: 523186


Ehime OV - Yamagata 60-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Yamagata's (14-13) road victory over 4th placed Orange Vikings (10-17) 64-60 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Orange Vikings won second period 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Masanari Masanari (186-91) chipped in 20 points. Yamagata's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and guard Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-88) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Yamagata maintains third place with 14-13 record having nine points less than leader Fukushima. Orange Vikings lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Yamagata will have a break next round. Orange Vikings will play again at home against Yamagata (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: M.Masanari 20+1ast, M.Sanders-Frison 10+12reb+1ast, S.Murakami 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Ishikawa 8+8reb, M.Izawa 6+3reb+1ast, S.Yamamoto 5+5reb+3ast
Ehime OV: T.Tatsuhiko 18+2reb, C.Williams 10+12reb+1ast, T.Yoshihiko 9+1reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 8+3reb+1ast, T.Kasahara 5+5reb+2ast, J.Crawford 5+8reb
gschID: 523185


Shimane SM - Aomori Watts 77-65

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Aomori Watts (12-15) were defeated on the road by third ranked Shimane Magic (21-6) 77-65 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Aomori Watts was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Aomori Watts' 28. Shimane Magic forced 24 Aomori Watts turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who scored 8 points and 13 rebounds. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) chipped in 16 points and 6 steals. Center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shimane Magic have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 21-6 record behind leader Fukushima. Aomori Watts at the other side keep the fifth position with 15 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Aomori Watts will play on the road against Shinshu BW (#4) in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: W.Marshall 16+3reb+2ast, K.Takabatake 14+1reb+1ast, T.Goya 12+3reb, E.Yamamoto 9+3reb+1ast, J.Davis 8+13reb, R.Reid 6+12reb
Aomori Watts: A.Wiggins 18+9reb+2ast, N.Norisato 15+1ast, K.Barone 12+13reb+5ast, D.Shimoyama 8+7reb+2ast, H.Inoue 5+1reb, T.Kan 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523184


Shinshu BW - Kagoshima 94-76 OT

Sixth-ranked Kagoshima (3-24) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Shinshu BW (8-19) in Nagano on Monday. Shinshu BW managed to secure only eighteen-point victory 94-76. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 18-point victory in overtime. Shinshu BW made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Shinshu BW outrebounded Kagoshima 51-37 including 16 on the offensive glass. Kagoshima was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Will Carter (200-88, college: San Jose St., agency: HMS) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 21 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Yosuke Yosuke (184-85) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Kagoshima's coach rotated twelve players in such tough game. Shinshu BW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bambitious Nara and Tokyo Excel. Kagoshima at the other side keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Shinshu BW will face Aomori Watts (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: W.Carter 22+21reb+1ast, J.Dollard 20+5reb+2ast, Y.Yosuke 18+7reb+5ast, D.Suzuki 15+4reb+1ast, Y.Yasuhiko 11+4reb, S.Uesugi 3+5reb+3ast
Kagoshima: C.Maduabum 29+12reb, T.Murphy 16+8reb+3ast, A.Yamada 10+2reb+2ast, R.Nakazono 9+5reb, K.Matsuzaki 5+1reb+1ast, H.Yamashita 4+1ast
gschID: 523183





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  KOSOVO  


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Naser signs Jarrid Famous - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jimmer Fredette named Asian Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

For the second straight month Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) has been chosen by asia-basket.com as the Asian MVP for December. American guard played 11 games last month averaging unbeliveable 39.6ppg, 10.1rpg and 4.3apg while shooting 58.1% from the field (39.7% from 3PT line). His team Shanghai Sharks won 10 games and are still on the top of CBA standings with 21-3 record.
Fredette, in his first year on the Sharks, leads the CBA in scoring with 38.8 points per game.

Second best performer of December was Adams Darius (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) of Xinjiang Flying Tigers. the product of the University of Indianapolis had an outstanding month and finished it with the averages of 36.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.5apg while shooting 62.5% from the field. On Dec.18 Adams posted 52-point game in a win over TianJin.

Third best performer of the month was Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Al Riyadi. In 5 Lebanee lleague games he averaged 16.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 bpg. His team recorded 4-1 record.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR December 2016
25. Jimmer Fredette of Shanghai S. (CHN): 57, 11 games: 36 ppg, 1 rpg, 3 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 51%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 90%



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LKL Round 17: Lietuvos rytas defeat Neptunas in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Neptunas (8-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Lietuvos rytas (12-5) in Vilnius on Friday. Lietuvos rytas managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. Neptunas was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 28-19 charge of Lietuvos rytas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Lietuvos rytas' coach Tomas Pacesas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas maintains third place with 12-5 record having four points less than leader Zalgiris. Neptunas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with P.Zvaigzdes. Lietuvos rytas are looking forward to face Nevezis (#8) in Kedainiai in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Neptunas will play on the road against Vytautas in Prienai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Utena. Fourth ranked Vytautas (9-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Juventus (7-10) 76-73 on Friday evening. Vytenis Cizauskas (187-92) nailed 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Saulius Kulvietis accounted for 13 points. Power forward Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Juventus in the defeat. Vytautas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-8 record. Juventus at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Vytautas will play against Neptunas (#6) in Klaipeda in the next round. Juventus will play on the road against P.Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Panevezys. Second ranked host Lietkabelis (14-3) defeated 3rd placed Lietuvos rytas (12-5) 93-85. The best player for the winners was Mindaugas Lukauskis who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Lietkabelis' coach Kazys Maksvytis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Drew Gordon produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Lietkabelis have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Loser Lietuvos rytas keeps the third position with five games lost. Lietkabelis will meet league's leader Zalgiris in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietuvos rytas will play against Nevezis in Kedainiai and hope to secure a win.
LKL top team - Zalgiris (16-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Nevezis (5-12) in Kaunas 89-62. Lukas Lekavicius orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Zalgiris. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Nevezis at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Lietkabelis in Panevezys and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play at home against Lietuvos rytas (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 17 Dzukija lost to P.Zvaigzdes on the opponent's court 72-79.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 10 rebounds by Julius Kazakauskas of Dzukija.


Zalgiris - Nevezis 89-62

LKL top team - Zalgiris (16-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Nevezis (5-12) in Kaunas 89-62. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Zalgiris especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. International point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 7 assists. Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 5 points and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Paulius Petrilevicius (200-91) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Nevezis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Zalgiris. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Nevezis at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Lietkabelis in Panevezys and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play at home against Lietuvos rytas (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: R.Seibutis 12+1ast, B.Motum 11+2reb, I.Hartenstein 10+5reb, A.Lima 10+2reb, L.Lekavicius 9+4reb+7ast, A.Kavaliauskas 8+4reb+1ast
Nevezis: V.Volkus 13+5reb+1ast, P.Petrilevicius 12+5reb+1ast, J.Love-Roberts 9+1reb, I.Smiljanic 8+4reb+2ast, K.Petrukonis 8+2ast, I.Vaitkus 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 491529


Juventus - Vytautas 73-76

Important game to mention about took place in Utena. Fourth ranked Vytautas (9-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Juventus (7-10) 76-73 on Friday evening. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-14 Juventus' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-73 at the end of the game. Vytautas forced 19 Juventus turnovers. Juventus was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Vytenis Cizauskas (187-92) nailed 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-91) accounted for 13 points. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. Power forward Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) added 15 points respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Vytautas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-8 record. Juventus at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Vytautas will play against Neptunas (#6) in Klaipeda in the next round. Juventus will play on the road against P.Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: S.Kulvietis 13+4reb+2ast, T.Dimsa 12+2reb+1ast, M.Linkevicius 12+4reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 11+7reb+1ast, A.Valeika 11+8reb, T.Delininkaitis 9+3reb
Juventus: V.Cepukaitis 18+8reb, J.Diggs 15+2reb+3ast, V.Sulskis 10+6reb+1ast, D.Bickauskis 9+3reb+1ast, A.Best 8+5reb+4ast, O.Galdikas 6+4reb
gschID: 491525


Lietuvos rytas - Neptunas 78-75

Fifth-ranked Neptunas (8-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Lietuvos rytas (12-5) in Vilnius on Friday. Lietuvos rytas managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. Neptunas was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 28-19 charge of Lietuvos rytas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas' coach Tomas Pacesas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard Larry Drew II (188-90, college: UCLA) scored 7 points and 11 assists. Lietuvos rytas maintains third place with 12-5 record having four points less than leader Zalgiris. Neptunas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with P.Zvaigzdes. Lietuvos rytas are looking forward to face Nevezis (#8) in Kedainiai in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Neptunas will play on the road against Vytautas in Prienai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: D.Gailius 14+5reb+1ast, D.Logan 13+3reb+8ast, J.Jucikas 13+2reb, D.Gordon 11+12reb+2ast, C.Fisher 8+2reb+3ast, C.Hannah 5+1reb+2ast
Neptunas: J.Grant 12+13reb+2ast, M.Girdziunas 11+2reb+2ast, O.Johnson 10+3reb, J.Baron 10+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 9+5reb, M.Mazeika 8+3reb+1ast
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P.Zvaigzdes - Dzukija 79-72

Rather expected game in Pasvalys where 9th ranked Dzukija (4-13) was defeated by seventh ranked P.Zvaigzdes (8-9) 79-72. Dzukija was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Strangely Dzukija outrebounded P.Zvaigzdes 34-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American point guard Derrick Low (191-86, college: Washington St., agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 assists. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Osvaldas Macernis (200-82) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Dzukija. Five P.Zvaigzdes and four Dzukija players scored in double figures. Dzukija's coach Andrej Urlep rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. P.Zvaigzdes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Neptunas. Dzukija lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. P.Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be Juventus (#7) in Utena. Dzukija will play at home against Siauliai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: O.Olisevicius 17+7reb+3ast, D.Low 16+1reb+11ast, A.Agafonov 11+1reb+1ast, J.Tamulis 11+2reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 10+6reb+2ast, E.Zabas 7+1ast
Dzukija: J.Kazakauskas 17+10reb+1ast, G.Navickas 13+3reb+2ast, O.Macernis 13+9reb, P.Morkeliunas 13+2reb+2ast, J.Gavin 5, K.Guscikas 5+7reb+2ast
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Lietkabelis - Lietuvos rytas 93-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Panevezys. Second ranked host Lietkabelis (14-3) defeated 3rd placed Lietuvos rytas (12-5) 93-85. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lietkabelis dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Lietuvos rytas' 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Donatas Tarolis (202-94, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points. Lietkabelis' coach Kazys Maksvytis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Loser Lietuvos rytas keeps the third position with five games lost. Lietkabelis will meet league's leader Zalgiris in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietuvos rytas will play against Nevezis in Kedainiai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: M.Lukauskis 21+5reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 15+1reb+1ast, D.Tarolis 13+4reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 9+3reb+1ast, G.Leonavicius 8+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 8+3reb+4ast
Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 20+3reb+4ast, D.Gordon 14+15reb+5ast, A.Gudaitis 12+5reb+2ast, J.Akognon 11+1reb+2ast, A.Jomantas 8+1reb, R.Giedraitis 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 491524





The Pelicans land Donatas Motiejunas - by Eurobasket News

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Falzon starts his pro career at Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

Ametx Zornotza (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 25-year old Maltese international forward Tevin Falzon (203-102kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe). Falzon just graduated from Sacred Heart (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 25 games he had 10.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season. Falzon helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Northeast Conference. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countries 1st Team.
He has been also a member of Maltese international program for some years. Falzon has regularly played for Maltese senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2009.
He represented Malta at the European Championship for Small Countries in Moldova last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 14.8ppg, Reb-1 (15.0rpg), 2.8apg, 1.6spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 17.4%, FT: 47.1%.
As mentioned above Falzon is just out of college, so it will be his first season as a professional player.

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Georgia Vipers add Jones to their roster, ex Nogales - by Jermaine Barnes

Georgia Vipers added to their roster experienced 38-year old forward Jumaine Jones (202-104kg-79, college: Georgia). He played last summer at Fuerza Guinda de Nogales in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left the team in May. In 12 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.9apg.

In 1999 Jones was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (27 th overall). He attended University of Georgia and it will be his 18th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jones played in the final of Mexican CIBACOPA in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Forward of the Year in 2015.

Jones is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Jones tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously also in Bulgaria (Levski), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Italy (VL Pesaro, Juvecaserta and Napoli Megaride), Puerto Rico (Mets), Russia (Ural Great) and NBA (LA Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets).

On Jones: A powerful forward with a soft shooting touch, who can hit a 3 pointer if needed. Thanks to his strong body, can successfully play inside as an undersized 4, and his shooting skills make him an effective SF. Plus, he has experience of top level competitions and great rebounding skills. Could be not totally convincing for the NBA, but he's a top player for Europe.

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UA-BASCO claim Cup title - by Eurobasket News

UA-BASCO celebrated the Moldovan Cup title. They beat Admirals UT 59:53 in the Final. Evgheni Nartov (200-F-87) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners.
UA-BASCO grabbed a 13:8 lead ten minutes into the game. They extended the margin at 9-point mark at the big break 32:23. Admirals UT narrowed the gap in the third term. They pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. UA-BASCO however limited their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory. Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F-88) accounted for 12 points, while Chumar added 11 points in the win. Petru Romanov (97) answered with 15 points for Admirals UT. Vitalie Oprea (205-F-86) tossed in 14 points in the defeat.




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Nikola Korac joins KB Bashkimi from Prizren - by Darko Pekic

KB Bashkimi from Prizren, member of Kosovo basketball league and Balkan League, announced today the signing of Montenegrin point guard Nikola Korac (185-G-86). The team coached by Montenegrin Dragan Radovic started the season well and is currently placed 2nd in local league. In Balkan League they are still in the race for the 2nd round qualification (4-4 record).

Korac started this season in Mornar , played in Adriatic league and Champions League, but was released by the club in December. He spent the last season in Sutjeska (Adriatic league.



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

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

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D1 Top 25 ranking

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

Regular Season: Round 80

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

Regular Season: Round 78

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



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The Hornets waive Aaron Harrison - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Hornets are releasing 23-year old shooting guard Aaron Harrison (198-99kg-94, college: Kentucky). But in 5 NBA games he had just 0.2ppg this season. Harrison also played for another team Greensboro Swarm where in 14 NBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Harrison's college team won SEC Tournament in 2015. He was also voted All-SEC 2nd Team in 2015.
Harrison has played also professionally in D-League (Oklahoma City Blue and Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended University of Kentucky until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Brogdon's free throws seal Bucks' 98-94 win over Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) had 26 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) hit two free throws with eight seconds left, lifting the Milwaukee Bucks over the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-94 on Monday night. With Milwaukee leading 96-94, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) drove the lane, but Tony Snell (6'7''-G/F-91, college: N.Mexico) deflected the ball off the Thunder guard's leg and the ball went out of bounds. The referees initially signaled the ball went off Snell, but after a video review, they reversed the call and gave Milwaukee possession. Brogdon then was fouled and made both free throws to seal the victory. Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 30 points and six assists but made only 3 of 17 shots in the second half. Antetokounmpo had five assists, including when he drove the lane and passed to John Henson for a layup, giving Milwaukee a 96-94 lead with 54 seconds to go.
Courtesy of: fox6now.com



Bench sparks short-handed Cavaliers over Pelicans, 90-82 - by Eurobasket News

Injuries and illnesses aren't slowing down the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) scored 26 points while playing with a case of the flu that's been going around the team, and the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a 90-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving missed his second straight game because of tightness in his right hamstring as Cleveland dressed only 10 players. Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) scored 12 points with 11 rebounds despite playing only 24 minutes because of food poisoning. Coach Tyronn Lue said Love, who spent the final minutes in the locker room, lost 10 pounds in the last few days. The defending NBA champions, who have won 13 of 15, managed to persevere despite the obstacles. 'As ugly as it was tonight, you have to find a way to get through it,' said James, who scored six straight points and blocked a shot over a late 1:47 stretch to seal the Cavaliers' eight win in nine games. After Buddy Hield (6'4''-G-93, college: Oklahoma) hit two free throws to pull the Pelicans to 84-82 with 2:56 remaining, James went to work, hitting four foul shots and a jumper. Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) scored 20 points with 17 rebounds for the Pelicans, whose four-game winning streak came to an end. Cleveland erased a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter and took a 73-71 lead on a basket by rookie Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), who scored eight points in the fourth. Felder and Iman Shumpert each finished with 12 points while Channing Frye (6'11''-PF-83, college: Arizona) - another flu victim - scored 14. 'No excuses, no matter what's going on with the team,' James said. 'Has to be next man up. When a guy's number is called he has to be ready to go.' The Cavaliers were also without Mike Dunleavy (sprained right ankle), J.R. Smith (fractured right thumb) and Chris Andersen (torn ACL in right knee). The injuries and assortment of bugs caused Lue to cancel the team's morning shoot-around. James and Davis, who was scoreless in the fourth quarter, tumbled into the courtside seats chasing a loose ball late in the hotly-contested game. The Pelicans' star blamed himself for the loss. 'When we need buckets, the team relies on me - and I didn't deliver,' said Davis, who was 10 of 27 from the field. 'We just have to make open shots, mainly myself. It's on me. I've got to play better.' James moved past Dominique Wilkins for 14th place on the all-time field goals made list (9,972).
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



Nuggets hang tough against Warriors but still fall short, 127-119 - by Eurobasket News

Before the Denver Nuggets (14-20) took the court against the Golden State Warriors (30-5), coach Michael Malone wondered aloud whether his young team would be able to handle its first road game against the West's best squad. 'Can we be poised under pressure and adversity and hang in there?', Malone asked. 'Because we're going to need to be able to do that tonight.' Malone knew that the loaded Warriors had three players that could easily 'go off for 40, 50 or 60,' and his concern was how would his squad handle it. They didn't execute perfectly, falling to the Warriors 127 to 119. Nikola Jokic (6'10''-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) notched his 10th double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) finished with a quiet 21 points. Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) led the Warriors with 25 points. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) finished with 22 points and Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) recorded his 16th double double of his career.
Courtesy of: usaonlinepress.com



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

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



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

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

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) tabbed 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) from Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
Among other achievements he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Let's have closer look into Motiejunas' outlook: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
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Pistons rally past short-handed Heat, 107-98 - by Eurobasket News

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




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

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



River Lions rebound against Express - by Eurobasket News

Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) perhaps says it best as it pertains to the Niagara River Lions 2016-17 season. 'We definitely have to play defence. We can score, we have guys that can fill the stat sheet up, but if we don't play defence we allow teams to get into games, and it kills us. Our bread and butter this season is defence.' And play defence was exactly what the River Lions did Monday afternoon at Meridian Centre in a 94-86 win over the Windsor Express. The Lions defence forced the Express to shoot just 37.5 per cent from the field. And while the defence stood tall at one end of the floor, Commons was leading the way at the other. Commons, one of Niagara's newest additions and the longest serving member of the Windsor franchise, drained a game-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds as the River Lions improved to (2-2) on the young season. Commons didn't hide the fact he was extra motivated to play against his former club. 'I don't like them, I don't like them, I don't like them. Every single time I play that one particular team I'm going to die on the court. I don't like them, said Commons, who also went on to praise the River Lions franchise. 'Since I've been here I've had the best treatment that I've had in my life playing in the NBL Canada,' he added. 'I'm not afraid to say that. 'That's not a shot at anybody, that's just praise for my organization. For this season I'm going to give everything in my body for every single game - home or away - to help this organization get a championship.' Niagara head coach Grace Lokole knows what Commons and another new arrival in Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr, bring to the second-year franchise. 'I knew Chris was motivated. Kirk was motivated to play this game. I knew their energy would lead them today. We were able to ride Chris, ride Kirk when we needed it, and we were successful because of it,' Lokole said. 'Chris brings experience.' The River Lions were playing without two of their starters in Logan Stutz (flu) and Sammy Zeglinski (wrist) but still managed to outscore the Express in every quarter but the third. 'We did what we had to do, and that was play defence,' said Lokole who used his entire shortened bench in the game. 'We needed defensive stops and we got them.' Josiah Moore (6'5''-F-92, college: Tenn Tech) was also impressive on the boards for Niagara finishing with a game-high 11 as the River Lions out-rebounded the Express 51-45 overall. Russ Conley (6'9''-C-91, college: Penn St. Behrend, agency: Court Side) finished with a season high 10 points off the bench as the River Lions now play three straight road games, including an east coast trip to St. John and Moncton, New Brunswick this weekend. Niagara's next home is Monday, Jan. 16, against Windsor. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca



Halifax Hurricanes come back from early deficit to beat Storm 94-91, remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Hurricanes will head into the new year on a high note. The Hurricanes took down the Island Storm 94-91 in front of a loud Scotiabank Centre crowd of 1,659. With the win, the defending NBL Canada champions improve to 3-0 on the season to remain in the Atlantic Division's top spot. With just three players returning from last year's squad, Hurricanes head coach Mike Leslie has been impressed with how quickly the team's been able to gel. 'I think we have really intelligent basketball players who know how to play,' he said. 'We make a lot of adjustments and adaptations on the fly and it takes a lot of pressure off me.' The Storm came out physical and the Hurricanes could not match their intensity, leading to a 31-16 first-quarter Storm lead. The Hurricanes began to chip away at the Storm lead in the back half of the second quarter and the Storm would head to the break up 48-44. 'If you go (into the half) down by a lot, you basically have to start from scratch,' said Leslie. 'We dug in, got some stops and put the ball in the bucket a little bit and (the game) loosened up for us.' Leon Gibson (6'9''-C-91, college: Houston) led the way for the Storm with 12 points at the half, while Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona) scored 11 to lead the Hurricanes. Halifax grabbed the lead by the end of the third frame by a single point, 70-69. After edging ahead in the flinal seconds of the third, the Hurricanes rode the momentum in the fourth, scoring another 24 points in the frame to finish off the game. 'It was just a great exhibition of what the NBL is all about,' said Leslie. 'I was thinking as the fourth quarter was winding down: 'The people here should be entertained by the product.'' Antoine Mason (6'1''-G-92, college: Auburn) led the Hurricanes with 20 points in the game. Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) (16), Mike Poole (15) and Tyrone Watson (12) rounded out the Hurricanes' double-digit scorers. Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) scored a game-high 23 points for the Storm. The Hurricanes' next game is Jan. 5 when the Cape Breton Highlanders come to town.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



Windsor Express waived Patterson - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) waived 27-year old American forward Shawntez Patterson (201-91kg-90, college: Alabama State). In four NBL Canada games he recorded 4.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg this season.
The last summer Patterson played at Julie News Napoli (Serie C Silver) in Italian league. But in 16 games he averaged just 0.0ppg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Finnish 1st Division Division A in 2014.
Patterson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Kosovo (Besa), Montenegro (Strsljen), United Kingdom (Scorchers) and Finland (Porvoon Tarmo).
Worth to mention Patterson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Alabama State until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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USF fires head coach Orlando Antigua - by Eurobasket News

USF announced on Tuesday morning that head coach Orlando Antigua had been fired. Assistant coach Murry Bartow will take over as the interim head coach. 'After a thorough and deliberate review of our men's basketball program, a decision has been made to make a head coaching change,' athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. 'We will continue to provide all the resources and support necessary for our student-athletes and coaching staff to have success. A national search to find our next head coach will commence immediately.' USF is currently sitting at 6-7 on the season having lost their first two games in AAC play. Leading scorer Jahmal McMurry transferred out of the program last month after playing just three games this season; he was averaging 20.3 points on the year. Antigua and South Florida were also facing an NCAA investigation into academic fraud issues within the program. Oliver Antigua, Orlando's brother and a former assistant coach with the program, was fired over the summer in connection to the investigation. Antigua, a former Kentucky assistant coach, had won just 23 games in two-and-a-half seasons in Tampa. USF had originally tried to hire Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello to replace Stan Heath, but it was discovered that Masiello had written on his resume that he had graduated from Kentucky when, in fact, he did not complete his degree.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com




American beats Colgate in OT despite missing 18 FT attempts - by Eurobasket News

Mark Gasperini (6'10''-F/C) had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and American overcame poor free-throw shooting to beat Colgate 67-64 in overtime on Monday. The Eagles were just 13 of 31 (41.9 percent) at the stripe, including 2 of 6 in the final 40 seconds of regulation. American was up by two and had Delante Jones (6'5''-G/F) at the line with eight seconds left in regulation, but he missed two. Colgate grabbed the rebound and Sean O'Brien's turnaround jumper bounced high off the rim and it fell through to tie it. He was fouled on the play but his free throw with 0.9 seconds left was short. Colgate didn't make its first field goal of overtime until Tom Rivard (6'7''-F)'s basket in the lane at the 1:04 mark. After Alexandre Paquin (6'0''-PG) missed two free throws, Rivard completed a 3-point play to tie it at 64. American split a pair at the line on its next three possessions - the last with five seconds left - and Colgate had a decent look at the buzzer but Francisco Amiel (6'2''-G-96)'s 3 was off the mark. Sa'eed Nelson and Jones added 10 points apiece for American (4-9, 1-1 Patriot League). O'Brien had five 3-pointers and 21 points, and Will Rayman (6'8''-F/C) scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half for Colgate (3-12, 1-1).
Courtesy of: nwitimes.com



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

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



Interview | Ilker Er "I have the potential to face the best players" - by Ugur Turker

There is not so many Turkish players in NCAA. University of Maine small forward Ilker Er (199-G-94) is one of them. After 2 years JUCO experience in San Jacinto, his season with University of Maine is impressive so far. He averaged 10.1 points and 4 rebound in 19.7 mins. He is given exclusive interview to Eurobasket.com

You made a brave decision and opted to continue your basketball career in college. After all 3 years, are you happy with your decision?
Of course I am happy with my decision. I could also choose to stay in Turkey but I chased my dreams and I decided to play college basketball.

Going to USA for college is becoming a trend in Turkey for young players. What is your suggestion for them?
If they believe that they can handle school and basketball together, I am sure that they can play in Ncaa but I have to admit that it is not easy and they need to be ready not only physically but also mentally.

You spent two years in JUCO and got your chance to play for Maine. How do you feel, are you satisfied with your performance?
Living in Houston for 2 years was a great experience for me. Every player dreams of getting an offer from a Division 1 school in which the competition is extremely hard. I believe that such an environment made me a better player. I am also happy to be here in Maine. I am working hard each day and just focusing myself on basketball.

Duke is one of well known college in Turkey and you played a great game against Duke, scored 20 pts in just 13 attempt. How did game against Duke effect your self confidence?
Duke game was a great experience for me. That was my dream to play against Coach K. During summer time when I'm working out, I was dreaming of playing against Duke and I believe that I performed well. I got no fear and it doesn't matter who I am playing against.

Your season is good so far but Maine is struggling, won only 4 games out of 14 games. Should it be worrying?
Of course, losing a game is not a good feeling. When we lose a game, I can't even go to sleep easily because I can't get the game out of my head. But in the end, we must forget about defeat and focus on the next game. I also believe that we will surprise a lot of people this year.

You have one more year in college. What is your plan for professional career?
I can't say anything about the future but I believe that I have the potential to face the best players. Playing for my national team is also one of my biggest dreams. For now, the best thing to do is to keep playing my best and working hard

I believe most of people who read this interview do not know who lker Er is as a player. Which players are best fit for you to understand who lker Er is?
As being a shooter myself, I mostly watch the NBA or Euroleage players in my position. I admire a lot of players but If I have to pick some, I would say Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) and J.J. Redick (193-G-84, college: Duke). I also know that I have to work so hard to be like them.




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NCAA D2 Top 25 Ranking

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

Regular Season: Round 41

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

Regular Season: Round 44

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


Interview | Ilker Er "I have the potential to face the best players" - by Ugur Turker

There is not so many Turkish players in NCAA. University of Maine small forward Ilker Er (199-G-94) is one of them. After 2 years JUCO experience in San Jacinto, his season with University of Maine is impressive so far. He averaged 10.1 points and 4 rebound in 19.7 mins. He is given exclusive interview to Eurobasket.com

You made a brave decision and opted to continue your basketball career in college. After all 3 years, are you happy with your decision?
Of course I am happy with my decision. I could also choose to stay in Turkey but I chased my dreams and I decided to play college basketball.

Going to USA for college is becoming a trend in Turkey for young players. What is your suggestion for them?
If they believe that they can handle school and basketball together, I am sure that they can play in Ncaa but I have to admit that it is not easy and they need to be ready not only physically but also mentally.

You spent two years in JUCO and got your chance to play for Maine. How do you feel, are you satisfied with your performance?
Living in Houston for 2 years was a great experience for me. Every player dreams of getting an offer from a Division 1 school in which the competition is extremely hard. I believe that such an environment made me a better player. I am also happy to be here in Maine. I am working hard each day and just focusing myself on basketball.

Duke is one of well known college in Turkey and you played a great game against Duke, scored 20 pts in just 13 attempt. How did game against Duke effect your self confidence?
Duke game was a great experience for me. That was my dream to play against Coach K. During summer time when I'm working out, I was dreaming of playing against Duke and I believe that I performed well. I got no fear and it doesn't matter who I am playing against.

Your season is good so far but Maine is struggling, won only 4 games out of 14 games. Should it be worrying?
Of course, losing a game is not a good feeling. When we lose a game, I can't even go to sleep easily because I can't get the game out of my head. But in the end, we must forget about defeat and focus on the next game. I also believe that we will surprise a lot of people this year.

You have one more year in college. What is your plan for professional career?
I can't say anything about the future but I believe that I have the potential to face the best players. Playing for my national team is also one of my biggest dreams. For now, the best thing to do is to keep playing my best and working hard

I believe most of people who read this interview do not know who lker Er is as a player. Which players are best fit for you to understand who lker Er is?
As being a shooter myself, I mostly watch the NBA or Euroleage players in my position. I admire a lot of players but If I have to pick some, I would say Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) and J.J. Redick (193-G-84, college: Duke). I also know that I have to work so hard to be like them.




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Kogi Wins 9th Ajanah Basketball Tourney - by Eurobasket News

TEAM Kogi on New Year eve emerged winners of the 9th edition of the Justice Nasir Ajanah lnter Local Government Area Basketball Championship after beating Team Okene 31-29 points in a competitive game decided at the outdoor court of the Okene Club, in Okene, Kogi State. The winners came from behind after trailing in all the quarters before the Most Valuable Player of the championship, Azolibe Chijioke stole the show by dunking the winning points when both teams were tied on 29 points with 10 seconds to go. Not even the combination of last season's MVP David Edward and Gombe Bulls' lbeabuchi Agu whose three pointers in the first quarter gave Team Okene a 15-3 points lead before Team Kogi bounced back to tie in the second quarter could save the Okene boys. President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijjani Umar, who watched the final hailed the improvement of the championship while calling on the government of Kogi State to improve in its commitment to the development of the game and facilities in the state. He spoke against the background of N1million donation made by Kogi State governor, Yaya Bello to the annual championship. Umar said, "I am happy with the show of commitment for basketball development and capacity building for the youth that the Ajanah championship has entrenched over the years. This championship has entered nine years and it keeps improving yearly. Hence our commitment to this laudable course. I am happy with his level of consistency and commitment and call on the Kogi State government to do more in the area of basketball development. What Ajanah is doing is capacity building and I encourage the younger players to aspire and focus on education while l hope to see some of the senior players in the national team."
Courtesy of: vanguardngr.com



Stjarnan tabs Anthony Odunsi - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tyquan Stroman signs at Chautauqua Hurricanes - by Eurobasket

Chautauqua Hurricanes landed forward Tyquan Stroman (198, college: St.Augustine). He played most recently at Jamestown Jackals (PBL).
Stroman's team was Runner-Up of PBL Northeast Division 2016.
He graduated from Saint Augustine's College in 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mavericks roster announced - by Gianni Pascucci

The Kentucky Mavericks announce their Roster to begin the 2016-17 PBL Season:
Anthony Jackson (6'1-180-G)
Marcus Fillyaw (6'1-180-G)
Mike Crain (6'3-190-G/F)
Ben Vozzola (6'6-190-G)
Corey Wilford (6'3-180-G)
Andrew Christen (6'7-220-F)
Josh Johnson (6'6-220-F)
Brandon McGee (6'9-235)
Nicholas Waddell (6'6-240-F)
Chris Watson (6'7-225-F)
Gerard DeVaughn (6'8-250-C/F)
Jackie Butler (6'11-265-C)
Head Coach: Steve Tucker
Coach Assistant; Jonathan Greenaway
The MAVS tip-off their season in Columbus, OH on Sunday, January 8th. The Mavericks Home Open will be Saturday night, January 14th.



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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Polfarmex Kutno inks D.J. Thompson, ex Best Balikesir - by Eurobasket News

AZS Polfarmex Kutno (PLK) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard D.J. Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian State). He played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Feb.'16. In 22 games he had 11.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.7apg.
The previous (14-15) season Thompson played at Demir IBB (BSL) in Turkish league where in 42 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.1apg and 2.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 2nd Team.
Thompson's team won Southern Conference North Division Regular Season in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Thompson has played also professionally in France (STB Le Havre), Greece (AEK Athens and Ilysiakos), Poland (Anwil and AZS Koszalin) and Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye).
He attended Appalachian State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
Thompson could be described: Super quick scoring PG, with high basketball IQ. Virtually unstoppable. His size doesn't prevent him from being one of the best defenders around. His tenacious defense & his quick hands allow him to steal many balls from the opponent. Despite of being a scoring machine, DJ will also contribute in running the team and creating for his teammate. Is also an excellent passer.
Big heart & winner mentality
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Coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz leaves Polfarmex Kutno - by Eurobasket News

49-year old coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz left AZS Polfarmex Kutno (PLK). Krysiewicz has coached there for the last six years.
Among other achievements he won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2014. Krysiewicz received also Eurobasket.com All-PLKK Coach of the Year award back in 2008.
He has coached previously Rawia.

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

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

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R8 Basket AZS Politechnika Krakow lands Marcin Malczyk - by Greg

2Liga newcomer R8 Basket AZS Politechnika Krakow tabbed experienced 35-year old swingman Marcin Malczyk (193-82, agency: Promotex). He started the season at Siarka (PLK). In 12 games he averaged just 2.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg this season. 2Liga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Malczyk played at AZS Polfarmex (TBL) where in 33 games he had only 2.0ppg.
He has spent his entire career in Poland playing for six other teams: ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola, Kwidzyn, Elblag, Viking, Krosno and GTK Asseco II Gdynia.

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Siarka adds Grzegorz Malecki to their roster - by Greg

Siarka Tarnobrzeg (PLK) added to their roster 33-year old swingman Grzegorz Malecki (195-84, agency: Promotex) from Start Lublin. In 11 PLK games he had 4.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg this season. Malecki will replace Marcin Malczyk who just left the team.

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Andre Calabote leaves Lusitania - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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BC Timisoara waived Otasevic - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

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Enisey tabs Anthony Hilliard, ex Maccabi Rishon - by Alex Rovenskyi

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) inked 31-year old American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-92kg-86, college: Elizabeth City). He supposed to play at Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. In four Winner League games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg this season. Hilliard also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg. The last season he played at Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) in Belarus. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Hilliard had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In three Premier League games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 7.0apg and 3.3spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Belarusian All-Star Game. Hilliard also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he got 14.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg.
Among other achievements Hilliard received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Hilliard is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar and VOO Verviers-Pepinster), Finland (Loimaan Korikonkarit), France (Olympique Antibes) and Germany (Artland Dragons).
Hilliard attended Elizabeth City State University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

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

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

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

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



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APR Sign Former Espoir Shooting Guard Karekezi - by Eurobasket News

APR Basketball Club have signed Pascal Karekezi (187-G-94), one the best shooting guards in the country on a one-year contract. The experienced player was among the players that had been recruited by newly created Bank of Kigali Basketball Club that dramatically pulled out from the league at the last minute ahead of the 2016/17 league start. Karekezi left Espoir at the end of last season after eight years with the Nyamirambo-based side where he won the league title in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as the FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships in 2012. He also helped the club to reach the semi-finals of 2015 edition. "I have signed for APR on a one year deal and I hope to feature in the next game against Espoir," he confirmed, adding that, "I had many offers including one from Espoir but I decided to join APR." In a separate interview, APR head coach Cliff Owour, praised his new signing disclosing that, "Karekezi is one of those players that every club would like to have, he has experience and leadership qualities." Karekezi began his career in 2007 at United Generation Basketball (UGB) after completing his secondary education at APE Rugunga where he only spent 10 months before signing for Espoir. After three games played this season, former champions APR are unbeaten with six points, one point behind leaders Espoir, who however played a game more.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Kittitian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

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

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

8Tomboro Caines

9Demaine Rawlins

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


G Philip Head Coach



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Guadalajara lands Pape Sow - by Eurobasket News

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

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BC Timisoara waived Otasevic - by Eurobasket News

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

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Nikola Jeftic joins Vrsac - by Ivan Milenkovic

KK Vrsac Swisslion (KLS) agreed terms with 30-year old power forward Nikola Jeftic (205-87) from Dynamic BG Beograd. In 11 KLS games he had 12.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Jeftic played at TBV Start in Polish TBL where in 16 games he recorded 8.8ppg and 4.0rpg. He also played earlier that season for Estudiantes in Argentinian LigaA. In 11 games he averaged 9.7ppg and 4.3rpg. The other team Jeftic played shortly was U Universitario in Uruguayan LUB. In 5 games he got 13.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.
He is quite experienced player. Jeftic's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Jeftic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Bosnia, Finland (BC Nokia), Montenegro (Ulcinj), Slovenia (Rudar), Serbia (OKK Beograd and KK Beovuk 72 Beograd), FYR Macedonia (Millenium) and Poland (Polpharma).

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

Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 113:65

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

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




Deon Thompson officially joins Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

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




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

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

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

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

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

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



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Liga Endesa Round 15: Baskonia outgun Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Real Madrid (11-3). They were defeated by seventh ranked Baskonia (9-5) 77-62 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Real Madrid managed to win fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia forced 19 Real Madrid turnovers. It was a great evening for American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was international Rudy Fernandez (197-85) with 12 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baskonia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Unicaja. Defending champion Real Madrid still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by FC Barcelona who have the same record. Real Madrid will play next round against Andorra trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Baskonia will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid.
Important game to mention about took place in Bilbao. Eleventh ranked Sevilla (6-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked RETAbet BB (6-7) 85-82 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian guard Nikola Radicevic (197-94) who led the winners and scored 20 points. Rasid Mahalbasic accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds for RETAbet BB in the defeat. RETAbet BB's coach Carles Duran rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sevilla moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Fuenlabrada. RETAbet BB at the other side keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Sevilla will play against higher ranked Unicaja Malaga (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. RETAbet BB will play against Gran Canaria (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Valencia Basket (10-4) crushed at home 17th ranked La ICL Manresa (2-12) by 45 points 100-55, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The best player for the winners was Fernando San Emeterio who scored 17 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Pere Tomas who recorded 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valencia Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Iberostar Tener. Loser La ICL Manresa stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Valencia Basket will meet UCAM Murcia (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La ICL Manresa will play against CB Canarias (#4) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: FC Barcelona won against CAI Zaragoza on the opponent's court 86-75. Unicaja managed to outperform Obradoiro in a home game 87-69. Joventut recorded a loss to Gran Canaria on the road 98-80. UCAM Murcia defeated Estudiantes on its own court 100-91. Andorra was beaten by Iberostar Tener. in Tenerife 89-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points by Adam Waczynski of Unicaja.


Baskonia - Real Madrid 77-62

Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Real Madrid (11-3). They were defeated by seventh ranked Baskonia (9-5) 77-62 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Real Madrid managed to win fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia forced 19 Real Madrid turnovers. It was a great evening for American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was international Rudy Fernandez (197-85) with 12 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baskonia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Unicaja. Defending champion Real Madrid still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by FC Barcelona who have the same record. Real Madrid will play next round against Andorra trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Baskonia will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: S.Larkin 16+4reb+3ast, A.Hanga 16+2reb+3ast, K.Tillie 14+4reb, T.Shengelia 7+3reb+1ast, I.Diop 7+1reb+1ast, C.Budinger 6+6reb+1ast
Real Madrid: L.Doncic 12+2reb, R.Fernandez 12+3reb+1ast, A.Randolph 9+4reb+1ast, S.Llull 8+1reb+3ast, O.Hunter 6+7reb, F.Reyes 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 478279


CAI Zaragoza - FC Barcelona 75-86

Very expected game when 12th ranked CAI Zaragoza (5-9) was defeated at home by second ranked FC Barcelona (11-3) 86-75 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by FC Barcelona. CAI Zaragoza managed to win fourth quarter 25-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. FC Barcelona looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) chipped in 18 points. Five FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. FC Barcelona's coach Giorgos Bartzokas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Dutch center Henk Norel (213-87) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and German forward Robin Benzing (208-89) added 20 points respectively. FC Barcelona keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Real Madrid. Loser CAI Zaragoza keeps the twelfth place with nine games lost. They share the position with UCAM Murcia. FC Barcelona will meet at home Blusens Monbus (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CAI Zaragoza will play against Movil Estudiantes in Madrid and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 18+6reb+2ast, P.Koponen 18+1reb+2ast, B.Oleson 12+1reb+5ast, A.Vezenkov 10+5reb+2ast, A.Renfroe 10+3reb+1ast, J.Doellman 7+3reb+2ast
CAI Zaragoza: R.Benzing 20+3reb+1ast, H.Norel 15+8reb+2ast, M.Gecevicius 15+3reb+4ast, A.Juskevicius 8+1reb+2ast, S.Jelovac 6+4reb+1ast, S.Holt 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 478283


Unicaja - Obradoiro 87-69

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Unicaja Malaga (9-5) defeated at home 14th ranked Blusens Monbus (4-9) 87-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Blusens Monbus managed to win fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unicaja Malaga made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game, while Blusens Monbus only scored four points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) who scored 20 points. Polish swingman Adam Waczynski (199-89) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Shayne Whittington (209-91, college: W.Michigan) who recorded 12 points and point guard Francisco Cardenas (177-90) added 6 points and 8 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unicaja Malaga maintains fifth place with 9-5 record, which they share with Baskonia. Blusens Monbus lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Unicaja Malaga will meet Sevilla (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Blusens Monbus will play against the league's leader FC Barcelona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: K.Fogg 20+2ast, A.Waczynski 17+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+1reb+2ast, J.Brooks 8+4reb+1ast, D.Diez 7+5reb, D.Musli 6+9reb
Obradoiro: S.Whittington 12+4reb+1ast, D.Dulkys 11+1reb+3ast, T.Urtasun 9+1reb, R.Allen 9+2reb, A.Pustovyi 8+3reb, J.Pozas 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 478286


Gran Canaria - Joventut 98-80

Not a big story in a game in Las Palmas where 16th ranked Joventut (4-11) was defeated by eighth ranked Gran Canaria (9-6) 98-80 on Friday. The game without a history. Gran Canaria led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Joventut's 40. The best player for the winners was Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. FYR Macedonian-American point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Four Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Sergi Vidal (199-81) who recorded 11 points and 8 assists and American center Garrett Stutz (214-90, college: Wichita St.) added 17 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gran Canaria have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Joventut keeps the sixteenth position with 11 games lost. Gran Canaria will meet RETAbet BB (#9) in the next round. Joventut will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: A.Pasecniks 18+5reb, B.McCalebb 17+5ast, P.Aguilar 12+3reb+2ast, K.Kuric 12+1reb, R.Hendrix 10+7reb+2ast, X.Rabaseda 8+2reb
Joventut: G.Stutz 17+4reb+1ast, T.Smith 11+1reb, L.Bogdanovic 11+1reb+1ast, S.Vidal 11+4reb+8ast, A.Sabat 8+2reb+3ast, A.Abalde 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 478281


UCAM Murcia - Estudiantes 100-91

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked UCAM Murcia and 14th ranked Movil Estudiantes had identical 4-9 record. This time UCAM Murcia used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Madrid 100-91 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. The best player for the winners was Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (212-88) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was French Edwin Jackson (190-89, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 16 points and Bosnian-Croatian center Goran Suton (208-85, college: Michigan St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UCAM Murcia (5-9) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with CAI Zaragoza. Movil Estudiantes lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with ten games lost. UCAM Murcia will meet at home higher ranked Valencia Basket (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Movil Estudiantes will play against CAI Zaragoza (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
UCAM Murcia: V.Faverani 21+9reb+2ast, V.Benite 20+1reb+1ast, M.Pocius 14+2reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 14+2reb+8ast, B.Baron 7, N.Radovic 7+3reb
Estudiantes: E.Jackson 16+2reb+3ast, E.Vicedo 15+3reb, S.Savane 12+3reb, G.Suton 12+7reb+2ast, D.Brizuela 10+3ast, V.Arteaga 8+1reb
gschID: 478284


Iberostar Tener. - Andorra 89-72

There was no surprise in Tenerife where 7th ranked Andorra (8-6) was defeated by fourth ranked CB Canarias (10-4) 89-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by CB Canarias. Andorra managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CB Canarias shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Davin White (185-81, college: CS Northridge) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Georgian Beka Burjanadze (201-94) who recorded 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CB Canarias moved-up to third place, which they share with Valencia. Loser Andorra dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. CB Canarias will meet bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Andorra will play against the league's second-placed Real Madrid (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: D.White 20+2reb+5ast, A.Doornekamp 17+3reb+5ast, W.Hanley 10+5reb, T.Abromaitis 9+6reb+1ast, T.Dean 8+1ast, G.Bogris 7+5reb
Andorra: G.Shermadini 14+7reb+2ast, B.Burjanadze 12+8reb+4ast, A.Albicy 12+2reb+6ast, D.Jelinek 9+3reb+1ast, T.Antetokounmpo 8+4reb+1ast, O.Stevic 7+2reb
gschID: 478282


RETAbet BB - Sevilla 82-85

Important game to mention about took place in Bilbao. Eleventh ranked Sevilla (6-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked RETAbet BB (6-7) 85-82 on Friday evening. RETAbet BB was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Sevilla, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Sevilla outrebounded RETAbet BB 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. RETAbet BB was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian guard Nikola Radicevic (197-94) who led the winners and scored 20 points. Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Sevilla players scored in double figures. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American-Kosovan swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for RETAbet BB in the defeat. RETAbet BB's coach Carles Duran rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sevilla moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Fuenlabrada. RETAbet BB at the other side keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Sevilla will play against higher ranked Unicaja Malaga (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. RETAbet BB will play against Gran Canaria (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sevilla: N.Radicevic 20+3reb, R.Mahalbasic 17+5reb, V.Stojanovski 12+5reb, A.Sanchez 11+3reb+3ast, B.Nachbar 6+2reb, T.Lockett 6+7reb+1ast
RETAbet BB: S.Bamforth 20+5reb+3ast, A.Mumbru 19+6reb+3ast, I.Buva 11+3reb+1ast, M.Lapornik 11+1ast, M.Eric 7+6reb, T.Borg 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 478280


Valencia - Manresa 100-55

Fourth ranked Valencia Basket (10-4) crushed at home 17th ranked La ICL Manresa (2-12) by 45 points 100-55, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game without a history. Valencia Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding La ICL Manresa to just 7 points in third quarter. Valencia Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to La ICL Manresa's 20. Valencia Basket forced 20 La ICL Manresa turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by La ICL Manresa's players. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Fernando San Emeterio (199-84) who scored 17 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Georgian Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Pere Tomas (202-89) who recorded 15 points and Brazilian-American point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valencia Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Iberostar Tener. Loser La ICL Manresa stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Valencia Basket will meet UCAM Murcia (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La ICL Manresa will play against CB Canarias (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valencia: F.San Emeterio 17+6ast, W.Thomas 15+6reb+1ast, R.Sato 11+3reb+1ast, R.Martinez 10+3ast, L.Sikma 9+10reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 8+4reb+4ast
Manresa: P.Tomas 15+2reb, S.Machado 10+4ast, J.Sakho 6+2reb, J.Trapani 6+1reb+1ast, A.Cvetkovic 4+2ast, M.Cakarun 3+8reb+1ast
gschID: 478285





Solsona left Lucentum - by Eurobasket News

28-year old forward Francisco Solsona (198-89) left HLA Lucentum Alicante (LEB Silver). In 10 games he recorded 4.8ppg and 1.4rpg this season.
The last season Solsona played at Servigroup Benidorm (EBA) where in 20 games he was second best scorer with impressive 23.0ppg and had 5.5rpg and 2.0apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention.
He won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2011.
Solsona has played previously for eight other teams: Joventut, UCAM Murcia, Menorca, Archena, Cartagena, Santa Pola, Ciutadella and Begastri.

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Agustin Morales is a newcomer at La Roda - by Eurobasket News

Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda (EBA) added to their roster 27-year old guard Agustin Morales (191-90). He just played at Melilla Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold. LEB Gold was a little too high level for him, where in four games he recorded only 0.5ppg this season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Morales also played earlier that season for CB Santfeliuenc. In two LEB Gold games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0spg.
He played in the final of Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) in 2008.
Morales has played previously for five other teams: FC Barcelona, Navas, Novaschool, Villarrobledo and Medacbasket.

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Falzon starts his pro career at Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

Ametx Zornotza (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 25-year old Maltese international forward Tevin Falzon (203-102kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe). Falzon just graduated from Sacred Heart (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 25 games he had 10.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season. Falzon helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Northeast Conference. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countries 1st Team.
He has been also a member of Maltese international program for some years. Falzon has regularly played for Maltese senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2009.
He represented Malta at the European Championship for Small Countries in Moldova last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 14.8ppg, Reb-1 (15.0rpg), 2.8apg, 1.6spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 17.4%, FT: 47.1%.
As mentioned above Falzon is just out of college, so it will be his first season as a professional player.

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Guadalajara lands Pape Sow - by Eurobasket News

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

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Manresa welcomes back Rey - by Eurobasket News

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

HLA Lucentum Alicante (LEB Silver) signed 24-year old forward Alejandro Reyes (197-93). He played recently at CB Clavijo in the LEB Gold, but left the team earlier this month. Reyes has played there for the last three years. In 9 LEB Gold games he had just 2.7ppg this season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Reyes played also at Cocinas.com (also in LEB Gold) where in 26 games he recorded only 2.3ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was named to Eurobasket.com All- EBA Honorable Mention in 2014.
Reyes has played previously for two other teams: Leche Rio Breogan and Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura.

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Reyes leaves CB Clavijo - by Eurobasket News

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

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Guadalajara adds Dunston to their roster - by Eurobasket News

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

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Jerome Seagears signs at Boras - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

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Terrell Everett (ex Goettingen) signs at Lugano Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers (LNA) landed 33-year old American guard Terrell Everett (193-83kg-84, college: Oklahoma). He played most recently at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. In 27 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg last season.
Everett ended the previous (2014-15) season at Artland Dragons (also in BBL) where in 9 games he had 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg. But the most of that year he spent at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 17 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements Everett received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team award back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Everett has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Greece (Iraklis), Ukraine (BC Odessa), France (Cholet Basket, JDA Dijon, Hyeres-Toulon and Chalon/Saor), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Everett's outlook: A heady left-handed wing with solid ball skills ... Can play the point if the need arises ... Regarded as a slasher ... Excels at penetration and getting the ball to the rim ... A savvy player who boasts tremendous court awareness and is an excellent passer ... Possesses a soft touch on his jump shot.

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Quincy Davis gets MVP of the Week award for Taiwanese SBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Naturalized American Power forward Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pauian and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 33-year old power forward had a double-double of 27 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Taiwan Beer (#4, 10-9) with 18-point margin 94-76. Pauian maintains the 5th position in Taiwanese SBL. Pauian is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-11 record. Davis turned to be Pauian's top player in his first season with the team. Tulane University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is in league's top in points (2nd best: 14.1ppg), rebounds (4th best: 11.4rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 65.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) of KKL. Phelps impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 24 rebounds. Bad luck as KKL lost that game 62-70 to the higher-ranked Fubon Braves (#1, 14-6). This loss caused KKL to slide to the very bottom (7) position in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories KKL managed to get this year. Phelps is a newcomer at KKL and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.1ppg (#1). He also registered 16.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Bryan Davis (206-C-86) of Taiwan Beer (#4). Davis showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Davis' great performance Taiwan Beer lost 76-94 to slightly lower-ranked Pauian (#5, 8-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Taiwan Beer needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Davis has a great season in Taiwan. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 13.2rpg (4th best) and assists with 5.4apg (best passer). He also has 2.8spg and 1.8bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sim Bhullar (226-C-92) of Dacin Tigers - 20 points and 18 rebounds
5. Liam McMorrow (218-C-87) of Fubon Braves - 18 points and 18 rebounds
6. Luke Nevill (218-C-86) of Bank of Taiwan - 22 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Shih-Yuan Chou (188-G-83) of Yulon Luxgen - 25 points and 5 rebounds
8. Ching-Pang Lin (190-F/G-85) of Pauian - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81) of Yulon Luxgen - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Po-Chen Chou (196-SG-90) of Yulon Luxgen - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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

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


Yulon Luxgen - Dacin Tigers 66-81

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


KKL - Fubon Braves 62-70

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


Pauian - Taiwan Beer 94-76

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


Bank of Taiwan - Yulon Luxgen 76-86

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





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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Efe Odigie Joined Etoile sportive du Sahel (Tunisia) - by Ahmed Abderrahim

Etoile sportive du Sahel (Division I) added to their roster 24-year old American PF/C EFE ODIGiE (6'8 / 2:03cm). He started the season at Al Ansar Saudi Arabia Super league. In four games he had 16ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 3.0spg this season.
Odigie the last season 2015/2016 he play with Stade Nabeulien in the beginning of the season after in playoffs he joined USMonastir in Tunisia D1 league and he played the final cup face to Etoile . The player know the Tunisian league and all the players there.

Highlight : https://youtu.be/zO0gVO27_0E



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

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

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

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



BSL Round 13: Anadolu Efes lose to Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Round 13 in BSL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Istanbul where host Fenerbahce (11-2) beat league's leader Anadolu Efes (11-2) 81-75 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Anadolu Efes. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Fenerbahce made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) fired 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) produced 20 points for lost side. Fenerbahce have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Besiktas. Anadolu Efes will play next round against Galatasaray trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fenerbahce will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Besiktas in Istanbul.
Another exciting game was played in Istanbul between fifth ranked Darussafaka and 6th ranked Galatasaray where Darussafaka (9-4) beat Galatasaray (8-5) on the road with 15-point difference 87-72. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 assists. Adrien Moerman contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for Galatasaray. Darussafaka maintains fifth place with 9-4 record. Galatasaray at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Darussafaka will play against Demir IBB (#10) in Buyukcekmece in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galatasaray will play on the road against Anadolu Efes (#3) in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Twelfth-ranked Trabzonspor (4-9) made lots of trouble for second ranked Besiktas (11-2) on Saturday. The visitors from Istanbul managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected much easier game. Earl Clark stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Julian Wright responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Besiktas have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce. Trabzonspor lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Gaziantep and Usak. Besiktas will meet at home league's leader Fenerbahce in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trabzonspor will play against TED Kolejliler (#16) in Ankara and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked TED Kolejliler (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-69 loss to fourteenth ranked Gaziantep (4-9) in Gaziantep. Davon Jefferson nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning 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. Gaziantep moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Trabzonspor and Usak. TED Kolejliler lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still close the standings with 13 games lost. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Usak Sportlif (#13) on the road. TED Kolejliler will play against Trabzonspor and hopes to get finally their first victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Buyukcekmece, where 7th ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (7-6) lost to tenth ranked Demir IBB (6-7) in a road game 68-72 on Saturday. Kenneth Hayes fired 21 points for the winners. Demir IBB moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Tofas and Yesilgiresun. Loser Pinar Karsiyaka keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Demir IBB will face higher ranked Darussafaka (#5) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 13 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Usak was defeated by Banvit BK in Balikesir 82-72. Tofas beat Istanbul BBSK at home 86-81. Yesilgiresun lost to Best Balikesir on the opponent's court 76-81.
The best stats of 13th round was 11 points and 5 rebounds by Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes.


Galatasaray - Darussafaka 72-87

Another exciting game was played in Istanbul between fifth ranked Darussafaka and 6th ranked Galatasaray where Darussafaka (9-4) beat Galatasaray (8-5) on the road with 15-point difference 87-72. Darussafaka made 16-of-16 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 assists. French Adrien Moerman (202-88) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American-Czech swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Galatasaray. Five Darussafaka and four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Darussafaka maintains fifth place with 9-4 record. Galatasaray at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Darussafaka will play against Demir IBB (#10) in Buyukcekmece in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galatasaray will play on the road against Anadolu Efes (#3) in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: S.Wilbekin 15+2reb+3ast, B.Wanamaker 15+3reb+7ast, J.Anderson 15+6reb+1ast, A.Moerman 13+5reb+4ast, B.Batuk 13+2reb, S.Erden 10+6reb
Galatasaray: T.Pleiss 18+11reb+1ast, V.Micov 17+1reb+3ast, B.Schilb 16+5reb+3ast, S.Guler 11+2reb+6ast, J.Diebler 6+3reb+1ast, G.Koksal 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 478536


Fenerbahce - Anadolu Efes 81-75

Round 13 in BSL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Istanbul where host Fenerbahce (11-2) beat league's leader Anadolu Efes (11-2) 81-75 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Anadolu Efes. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Fenerbahce made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) fired 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) produced 20 points and international forward Cedi Osman (204-95) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Fenerbahce have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Besiktas. Anadolu Efes will play next round against Galatasaray trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fenerbahce will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Besiktas in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: B.Dixon 18+2reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 17+3reb+7ast, L.Datome 16+5reb+1ast, J.Nunnally 10+1reb+1ast, E.Udoh 9+9reb+2ast, N.Kalinic 8+5reb+1ast
Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 20+3reb+2ast, C.Osman 14+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 11+5reb, J.Granger 11+2reb+3ast, D.Brown 9+4reb+4ast, D.Balbay 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 478542


Demir IBB - Pinar Karsiyaka 72-68

We should mention about the upset which took place in Buyukcekmece, where 7th ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (7-6) lost to tenth ranked Demir IBB (6-7) in a road game 68-72 on Saturday. American point guard Kenneth Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) fired 21 points for the winners. His fellow American import guard Osiris Eldridge (191-88, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Demir IBB moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Tofas and Yesilgiresun. Loser Pinar Karsiyaka keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Demir IBB will face higher ranked Darussafaka (#5) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Demir IBB: K.Hayes 21+3reb+1ast, K.Seawright 14+2reb+2ast, O.Eldridge 12+5reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 9+3reb+1ast, T.Erulku 5+2reb+4ast, J.Johnson 4+1reb+6ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 22+7reb+5ast, J.Owens 12+5reb+1ast, M.Ponitka 12+3reb+4ast, D.Summers 7+7reb, B.Petway 6+1reb, M.Baygul 5+1ast
gschID: 478535


Trabzonspor - Besiktas 90-91

Twelfth-ranked Trabzonspor (4-9) made lots of trouble for second ranked Besiktas (11-2) on Saturday. The visitors from Istanbul managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected much easier game. Besiktas forced 21 Trabzonspor turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American-Tunisian Michael Roll (197-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas, agency: Alti Sport) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Besiktas have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce. Trabzonspor lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Gaziantep and Usak. Besiktas will meet at home league's leader Fenerbahce in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trabzonspor will play against TED Kolejliler (#16) in Ankara and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: E.Clark 27+7reb+1ast, K.Weems 16+5reb+2ast, M.Roll 14+3reb+8ast, V.Stimac 13+2reb, M.Thompson 11+2reb+7ast, D.Strawberry 5+4reb+2ast
Trabzonspor: J.Wright 19+13reb+5ast, J.Gutierrez 18+5reb+5ast, K.Kadji 16+4reb+1ast, D.Hardy 16+1reb+1ast, C.Green 15+9reb+5ast, S.Moody 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 478541


Banvit BK - Usak 82-72

There was no surprise in Balikesir where 13th ranked Usak Sportlif (4-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Banvit (10-3) 82-72 on Saturday. Banvit looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Slovenian forward Edo Muric (202-91) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and Latvian Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport) added 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Usak Sportlif players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banvit maintains fourth place with 10-3 record. Loser Usak Sportlif dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. Banvit will face Istanbul BBSK (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Usak Sportlif will play against Gaziantep and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: E.Muric 21+9reb+2ast, J.Theodore 19+5reb+5ast, G.Vidmar 8+2reb+1ast, G.Orelik 8+4reb+1ast, F.Korkmaz 7+2reb+3ast, E.Gokalp 6+2ast
Usak: Z.Auguste 19+9reb+1ast, R.Freimanis 19+3reb+2ast, S.McKissic 17+6reb, S.Vasiliauskas 11+3reb+10ast, D.Harrison 4+1ast, B.Candan 2+4reb
gschID: 478539


Tofas - Istanbul BBSK 86-81

Everything could happen in Bursa at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Tofas and 11th ranked Istanbul BBSK had identical 5-7 record. This time Tofas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Istanbul 86-81 on Friday night. Tofas looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Dominican-American swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Bulgarian power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Tofas players scored in double figures. American guard Sean Armand (196-91, college: Iona) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and Swedish-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (209-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Istanbul BBSK's coach Ertugrul Erdogan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tofas. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Yesilgiresun and Demir IBB. Loser Istanbul BBSK keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Tofas will face Yesilgiresun Bld (#8) in Giresun in the next round. Istanbul BBSK will play at home against Banvit and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TOFAS: S.Mejia 17+11reb+1ast, K.Ivanov 16+7reb+2ast, B.Ermis 16+3reb+4ast, V.Micic 13+2reb+2ast, C.Copeland 9+7reb+2ast, Y.Arslan 4+1reb
Istanbul BBSK: S.Armand 24+9reb+1ast, D.Markota 22+6reb+2ast, E.Calloway 10+2reb+5ast, B.McCauley 9+5reb+3ast, M.Birsen 7+3reb, J.Klobucar 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 478538


Gaziantep - TED Kolejliler 93-69

Bottom-ranked TED Kolejliler (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-69 loss to fourteenth ranked Gaziantep (4-9) in Gaziantep. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Will Cherry (185-91, college: Montana) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Gaziantep players scored in double figures. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) came up with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Dominican guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) added 14 points respectively for TED Kolejliler in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaziantep moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Trabzonspor and Usak. TED Kolejliler lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still close the standings with 13 games lost. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Usak Sportlif (#13) on the road. TED Kolejliler will play against Trabzonspor and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: D.Jefferson 24+10reb+2ast, M.Denmon 15+3reb+1ast, W.Cherry 14+5reb+4ast, J.Balazic 11+4reb+4ast, A.Rautins 11+4reb+6ast, T.Ruzic 6+5reb
TED Kolejliler: S.Shorter 22+8reb+4ast, M.Carter 14+2reb+2ast, I.Hummer 12+3reb, D.Morrison 9+4reb, Y.Onar 8+5reb, A.Dagdelen 2+2reb
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Best Balikesir - Yesilgiresun 81-76

There was an upset when higher ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (6-7) was defeated on the road by fifteenth ranked Balikesir (2-11) 81-76 on Friday. Balikesir made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Yesilgiresun Bld was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Andrew Andrews (188-93, college: Washington) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American-Nigerian Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Okben Ulubay (200-97) produced 21 points and 7 assists and American-Romanian point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-89, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Balikesir and four Yesilgiresun Bld players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Balikesir maintains fifteenth place with 2-11 record. Loser Yesilgiresun Bld keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Balikesir will face higher ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Best Balikesir: I.Ofoegbu 19+5reb, A.Andrews 15+6reb+3ast, A.Nichols 14+8reb+1ast, A.Kelley 14+2reb+4ast, Y.Akcay 11+4reb+7ast, V.Golubovic 6+5reb
Yesilgiresun: O.Ulubay 21+4reb+7ast, M.Armstead 18+2reb+4ast, D.Ivanov 12+6reb+1ast, A.Gill 11+7reb, T.Murry 6+4reb+1ast, E.Taskiran 6+1reb+2ast
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Interview | Ilker Er "I have the potential to face the best players" - by Ugur Turker

There is not so many Turkish players in NCAA. University of Maine small forward Ilker Er (199-G-94) is one of them. After 2 years JUCO experience in San Jacinto, his season with University of Maine is impressive so far. He averaged 10.1 points and 4 rebound in 19.7 mins. He is given exclusive interview to Eurobasket.com

You made a brave decision and opted to continue your basketball career in college. After all 3 years, are you happy with your decision?
Of course I am happy with my decision. I could also choose to stay in Turkey but I chased my dreams and I decided to play college basketball.

Going to USA for college is becoming a trend in Turkey for young players. What is your suggestion for them?
If they believe that they can handle school and basketball together, I am sure that they can play in Ncaa but I have to admit that it is not easy and they need to be ready not only physically but also mentally.

You spent two years in JUCO and got your chance to play for Maine. How do you feel, are you satisfied with your performance?
Living in Houston for 2 years was a great experience for me. Every player dreams of getting an offer from a Division 1 school in which the competition is extremely hard. I believe that such an environment made me a better player. I am also happy to be here in Maine. I am working hard each day and just focusing myself on basketball.

Duke is one of well known college in Turkey and you played a great game against Duke, scored 20 pts in just 13 attempt. How did game against Duke effect your self confidence?
Duke game was a great experience for me. That was my dream to play against Coach K. During summer time when I'm working out, I was dreaming of playing against Duke and I believe that I performed well. I got no fear and it doesn't matter who I am playing against.

Your season is good so far but Maine is struggling, won only 4 games out of 14 games. Should it be worrying?
Of course, losing a game is not a good feeling. When we lose a game, I can't even go to sleep easily because I can't get the game out of my head. But in the end, we must forget about defeat and focus on the next game. I also believe that we will surprise a lot of people this year.

You have one more year in college. What is your plan for professional career?
I can't say anything about the future but I believe that I have the potential to face the best players. Playing for my national team is also one of my biggest dreams. For now, the best thing to do is to keep playing my best and working hard

I believe most of people who read this interview do not know who lker Er is as a player. Which players are best fit for you to understand who lker Er is?
As being a shooter myself, I mostly watch the NBA or Euroleage players in my position. I admire a lot of players but If I have to pick some, I would say Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) and J.J. Redick (193-G-84, college: Duke). I also know that I have to work so hard to be like them.




Turkish BSL Round 14 Betting Preview - by Eurobasket

The Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL) Round 13 concluded on Monday. Round 14 will begin on January 7th 2016 and we're here to provide a preview of the biggest games on the schedule.

Before getting into our betting tips for this weekend - let's briefly recap what happened during Round 13.

Turkish BSL Round 13 Scores

Get the latest Turkish BSL and Turkish TBL scores, standings and results at SportsStats.com.

•Demir IBB defeated Pinar Karsiyaka (72-68)
•Darussafaka defeated Galatasaray (87-72)
•Best Balikesir defeated Yesilgiresun (81-76)
•Tofas defeated Istanbul BBSK (86-81)
•Banvit BK defeated Usak (82-72)
•Gaziantep defeated TED Kolejliler (93-69)
•Besiktas defeated Trabzonspor (91-90)
•Fenerbahce defeated Anadolu Efes (81-75)

Anadolu Efes lost a hard-fought game against Fenerbahce and they're now tied in first place with Fenerbahce and Besiktas. They have another tough game in Round 14, as they have to play Galatasaray.

Anadolu Efes vs. Galatasaray Preview

Galatasaray (8-5) is coming off a tough loss against Darussafaka and will need to regroup quickly, as they have to play the #1 team in the league in Anadolu Efes (11-2) who are also coming off a tough loss.
Thomas Heurtel scored 20 points last week, well above his season average of 11.9 PPG, but it wasn't enough to pick up the win for Anadolu Efes. The starters actually played well and kept the game close.
The problem last week for Anadolu Efes was the lack of bench production. Three bench players played over 41 minutes combined in the game, but they shot 2/6 from the field and were unable to get anything going.
Galatasaray averages 79.3 PPG, but only managed to score 72 points in Round 13 against Darussafaka. Tibor Pleiss led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds. It was one of the best games of the season for Pleiss.
I recommend a bet on Galatasaray to cover the handicap. The odds aren't out yet for this game, but Galatasaray will be getting points on the handicap and I expect them to have a shot at winning this game in the fourth quarter.

Besiktas vs. Fenerbahce Preview

Fenerbahce (11-2) and Besiktas (11-2) also played in Round 14 and it'll be a great game. Earl Clark exploded for 27 points against Trabzonspor last week and it was needed as Besiktas only won by a single point.
Besiktas averages 81.9 PPG on offense and allows 71.3 PPG on defense. There was no defense in the game last week and they'll need to fix that quickly, as Fenerbahce is scoring 82.5 PPG this season.
Kostas Sloukas leads Fenerbahce is scoring this season (12.2 PPG) and he led the team against Anadolu Efes. Sloukas scored 17 points and added 7 assists, while Ekpe Udoh was one point and one rebound away from a double-double.
Fenerbahce are allowing teams to score 72.4 PPG and there offense is among the best in the BSL. All five starters were able to score double-digits again in Round 13 and when one player can't find his shot it seems another always can.
I recommend a bet on Fenerbahce to win this game. Both teams are playing great basketball. Besiktas have won six games in a row, while Fenerbahce have won four in a row. Something will have to give and I predict Fenerbahce wins.
Want to bet on Turkish Basketball Super League Round 14 action? Your best bet is the Rivalo betting site, as they consistently have the best odds and great betting offers for Turkish basketball.



Polfarmex Kutno inks D.J. Thompson, ex Best Balikesir - by Eurobasket News

AZS Polfarmex Kutno (PLK) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard D.J. Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian State). He played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Feb.'16. In 22 games he had 11.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.7apg.
The previous (14-15) season Thompson played at Demir IBB (BSL) in Turkish league where in 42 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.1apg and 2.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 2nd Team.
Thompson's team won Southern Conference North Division Regular Season in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Thompson has played also professionally in France (STB Le Havre), Greece (AEK Athens and Ilysiakos), Poland (Anwil and AZS Koszalin) and Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye).
He attended Appalachian State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
Thompson could be described: Super quick scoring PG, with high basketball IQ. Virtually unstoppable. His size doesn't prevent him from being one of the best defenders around. His tenacious defense & his quick hands allow him to steal many balls from the opponent. Despite of being a scoring machine, DJ will also contribute in running the team and creating for his teammate. Is also an excellent passer.
Big heart & winner mentality
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgia Vipers add Jones to their roster, ex Nogales - by Jermaine Barnes

Georgia Vipers added to their roster experienced 38-year old forward Jumaine Jones (202-104kg-79, college: Georgia). He played last summer at Fuerza Guinda de Nogales in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left the team in May. In 12 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.9apg.

In 1999 Jones was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (27 th overall). He attended University of Georgia and it will be his 18th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jones played in the final of Mexican CIBACOPA in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Forward of the Year in 2015.

Jones is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Jones tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously also in Bulgaria (Levski), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Italy (VL Pesaro, Juvecaserta and Napoli Megaride), Puerto Rico (Mets), Russia (Ural Great) and NBA (LA Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets).

On Jones: A powerful forward with a soft shooting touch, who can hit a 3 pointer if needed. Thanks to his strong body, can successfully play inside as an undersized 4, and his shooting skills make him an effective SF. Plus, he has experience of top level competitions and great rebounding skills. Could be not totally convincing for the NBA, but he's a top player for Europe.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgia Spartans welcome back Rice Jr., ex Halcones - by Jermaine Barnes

Georgia Spartans tabbed 26-year old swingman Glen Rice Jr. (198-93kg-91, college: Georgia Tech). It is actually his comeback to Georgia Spartans as he has played here before. Rice Jr. played in the summer at Halcones in Salvadorean Liga MB, but left. In 8 games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg. The last season Rice played at Georgia where in 8 UBA games he had very remarkable stats: 19.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg.

In 2012 Rice was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (55th overall).
He attended Georgia Tech and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements Rice played in the final of NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando in 2015. He received also USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 2nd Team award back in 2013.

Rice has played previously professionally in NBA (Washington Wizards) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Iowa Energy).

Let's have closer look into His outlook: Wing player who is characterized as a "point-forward" ... Excellent feel for the game learned from being around the game and his ultra-successful father from an early age ... Has good court vision and an improving jump shot ... Long arms allows him to get his hands on lots of balls defensively for steals and blocks.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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UAE National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

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

8Ahmed AlBraiki 192-G-91
9Said Elagmany

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

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

14Mohamed Elagmany

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


Monir Soliman Head Coach

Abdelhamid Alhousany Assistant



Al Naser signs Jarrid Famous - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BBL All Star Five - Week 13 - by Paul Nilsen

It's our first line-up to be revealed in 2017 and includes a debutante and two players appearing for a third time.

Zaire Taylor (London Lions)
The experienced playmaker led his team to a hard-fought road win against Surrey Scorchers in front of a sell-out crowd. Taylor inspired victory for Lions on the first day of the New Year by contributing 24 points and wrapping up an all-action stat-line with an excellent seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals, for this third starting slot of the campaign.

Daryl Corletto (Plymouth Raiders)
The Raiders' guard produced the joint-best performance efficiency valuation of the entire week after coming up with a scintillating downtown shooting display in the big home win against Manchester Giants. Corletto put on a three-point clinic as he converted five of his six attempts en-route to 21 points, as well as dishing up seven assists.

Donte Nicholas (Plymouth Raiders)
The honours for the best performance of the week is shared in the same locker room, with Nicholas matching the performance efficiency valuation of his Raiders' team-mate. He was also on-form in the match-up against Giants as he secured his third starting berth of the season off the back of a terrific 20 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Malcolm Riley (196-F-93, college: Texas Southern) (DBL Sharks Sheffield)
The forward finds himself in our fab five for a second time since he arrived in the BBL earlier in the season. He has played a major role in helping Sharks finish December with three wins from as many games, after starring with 21 points and six boards in a thrilling one-point road success at the Copper Box Arena against London Lions.

Taylor King (Leicester Riders)
It's a debut place in our starting line-up for the Riders' big man after playing the main role in cutting down the visiting Leeds Force. King dropped 19 points at the Leicester Sports Arena and was particularly effective under the hoop as he fell just one rebound shy of securing a double-double on a nice night of work.

Off the bench - Rashad Hassan (London Lions), Jawad Adekoya (Cheshire Phoenix), Cory Dixon (Plymouth Raiders), Gareth Murray (Glasgow Rocks), Jermaine Sanders (Leeds Force), Maurice Walker (Worcester Wolves), Will Neighbour (Surrey Scorchers).



BBL Round-Up Sunday 01 Jan - by Paul Nilsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Leopards to host Wales - by Dave Ryan

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





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Rodney Alexander named Latin American Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

Rodney Alexander (201-F-87, college: Illinois) of Club Atletico Olimpia Montevideo has been chosen by latinbasket.com as the Latin American MVP for December. American forward played 4 games last month averaging impressive 31.3ppg, 14.5rpg, 3.5apg while shooting 67.2% from the field and 87.8% from the free throw line. His team managed to win all 4 games. Alexander is averaging 24.6ppg and 12.9rpg so far this season.

Second best performer of December was Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88, college: Fairfield) of Weber Bahia. American big man had solid individual perfmrance last month and finished it with the averages of 18.2ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.5apg while shooting 59.5% from the field. In 5 out of 6 games played he recorded doubl-double.

Third best performer of the month was Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) of Larre Borges. He finished December with the averages of 31.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 84.8%.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR December 2016
1. Rodney Alexander of Olimpia (URU): 53, 4 games: 33 ppg, 15 rpg, 5 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 62%, 3PT: 20%, FT: 88%
2. Anthony Laveal Johnson of Weber Bahia (ARG): 49, 6 games: 12 ppg, 13 rpg, 5 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, FT: 47%
3. Anthony Young of Larre Borges (URU): 49, 3 games: 33 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 44%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 88%
4. Shamell Stallworth of Mogi (BRA): 45, 5 games: 12 ppg, 2 rpg, 0 apg, 2FGP: 57%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 80%
5. Tyrone Curnell of Mogi (BRA): 47, 5 games: 12 ppg, 6 rpg, 8 apg, 0.6 bpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41%, FT: 80.0%
6. Chaz Crawford of Argentino (ARG): 45, 5 games: 14 ppg, 12 rpg, 8 apg, 8 bpg, 2FGP: 62%, FT: 60.0%
7. Olivinha Rodriguez of Flamengo (BRA): 48, 6 games: 18 ppg, 13 rpg, 0 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 56%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 53%
8. Guilherme Giovannoni of Brasilia (BRA): 45, 4 games: 18 ppg, 3 rpg, 8 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 43%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 85%
9. Rafael Hettsheimer of Bauru (BRA): 40.6, 5 games: 24 ppg, 4 rpg, 0.6 apg, 2FGP: 48%, 3PT: 42%, FT: 85%
10. Lucas Mariano of Brasilia (BRA): 40.2, 4 games: 10 ppg, 0 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 49%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 64%



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Miguel Marriaga left Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Gisela Vega is a newcomer at Araski - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer ADB Araski Arabako Emakumeen Saskibaloia strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old Argentinian international center Gisela Vega (188-82) from IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco. In 9 LFB games in Spain she recorded 8.1ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg this season. She helped them to make it to the Supercup final. The last season Vega played at Gernika Bizkaia where in 26 games she averaged 12.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements she won Ecuadorian Liga Femenina championship title in 2014. Vega received also Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 2nd Team award in 2014 and 2016.
She represented Argentina at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 8.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 33.3%, FT: 60.0%.
Vega is a very experienced player. Thanks to her pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Vega has played previously professionally in France (Tarbes), Spain (Real Canoe, Mann Filter and Argon Uni Girona), Argentina (Union Florida and Pueblo Nuevo), Ecuador (Quito and Santa Maria) and El Salvador (Zaragoza).
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Araski.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

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

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



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  BOSNIA  


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

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

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

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

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

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

Other top Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play abroad:

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

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



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  BULGARIA  


Stefka Miteva signs at Beroe - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


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

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

Ruth Hamblin
Ruth Hamblin
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ruth Hamblin (198-94, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Australia). She could not help one of league's weakest teams Perth Lynx (9-6) in their last game. Despite Hamblin's good performance Perth Lynx was crushed 93-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Sydney Uni Flames. She scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. It's Hamblin's first season with the team. This year Hamblin averages: 9.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.3bpg, 2FGP: 48.7% and FT: 54.8% in 15 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Cheyenne Creighton
Cheyenne Creighton
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Cheyenne Creighton (185-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). Creighton led Memphis to an easy victory against the Vanderbilt University 75-59 in the NCAA last Wednesday. She recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds. The University of Memphis have 0-1 conference record this season. Creighton has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 16.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(34-59), 3FGP: 75.0% and FT: 36.8%. Creighton played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2015.

Nirra Fields
Nirra Fields
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Nirra Fields (175-93, college: UCLA, currently plays in Turkey). She led Edremit to a victory over the closely-ranked Izmit (13-5) 64-58 in the Turkish TKBL (second division) on Friday night. Fields was MVP of the game. She scored 20 points, had 7 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 3 shots in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fields' third season in pro basketball. Edremit Belediyesi Gurespor (16-2) is placed second in the TKBL. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Fields has very impressive stats this year: 24.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 72.6% in 17 games. She is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder
Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder
   #4. Center Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder (193-95, currently studies in the States) contributed to an Arizona St.'s victory against the University of California (1-1) 72-62 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Urbaniak-Dornstauder recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. She also added and 4 steals. The Arizona State University has 0-1 conference record this season. Urbaniak-Dornstauder is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Arizona St.'s roster. Urbaniak-Dornstauder's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2bpg. She is also Canadian national team player.

Kia Nurse
Kia Nurse
   #5. International guard Kia Nurse (183-96, is currently at the American university) contributed to Connecticut's surprising victory against the University of Maryland (1-0) 87-81 in the NCAA last Thursday. Nurse recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes. The University of Connecticut has 0-2 conference record this season. Nurse has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.3apg in 13 games. She plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Emily Potter
Emily Potter
   #6. Forward Emily Potter (196-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Utah (1-0) in their last game on Friday. Despite Potter's very good performance the Utah was defeated 67-56 at home by the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles. She scored 20 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Potter has been at the team for four years. This season Potter has very high stats. She averages: 17.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.2bpg and 1.3spg. Potter is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Omowumi Agunbiade
Omowumi Agunbiade
   #7. Former University international power forward Omowumi Agunbiade (188-92, college: Duquesne, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Cluj Napoca's victory against the league outsider Iasi (1-13) 72-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Thursday night's game. She scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. It was her first game for Cluj Napoca this season. Her team is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Agunbiade used to play for the Canadian university national team two years ago.

Bridget Carleton
Bridget Carleton
   #8. Guard Bridget Carleton (185-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Iowa St. (1-0) in their last game on Thursday. Despite her very good performance the Iowa St. was defeated 71-59 on their home court in Ames, IA by the Oklahoma State University. Carleton recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Carleton has very high stats. She averages: 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. Carleton plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Samantha Hill
Samantha Hill
   #9. Former international guard Samantha Hill (178-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Virginia Tech win their game against the Delaware State University crushing them 88-48 in the NCAA on Friday night. She scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. The Virginia Tech has 1-0 conference record this season. Hill plays fourth season for the team. This year Hill has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg in 13 games. She used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Kolbie Orum
Kolbie Orum
   #10. Forward Kolbie Orum (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oregon St. win their game against the The University of Washington (2-1) 73-70 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Orum recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Oregon State University has 0-1 conference record this season. Orum plays for the team since 2013. Her overall stats this year are: 5.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg. Orum is a former U17 international player as five years ago she still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Christina Buttenham (183-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Iowa (1-1) in their last game. Despite her good performance the Iowa lost 65-70 on their home court in Iowa City, IA to the University of Illinois. Buttenham scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Buttenham's overall stats are: 4.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 15 games. She used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U17 international forward Eternati Willock (188-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Kansas St. win their game against the West Virginia University 86-71 in the NCAA last Sunday. Willock recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Willock's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. She used to play for the Canadian U17 national team back in 2014.

   #13. International center Saicha Grant-Allen (196-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Dayton in their game against the The University of Virginia in the NCAA. Despite her good performance in Thursday night's game Grant-Allen recorded 12 points. Her total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 5.4rpg. Grant-Allen is also Canadian national team player.

   #14. U18 international guard Kendra Van Leeuwen (175-98, college: CAN NT U16, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Wisconsin in their game against the University of Michigan in the NCAA. She recorded 8 points and added 6 assists in 31 minutes. Her team was badly defeated by 17 points 73-56. This year Van Leeuwen's total stats are: 4.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg in 13 games. She plays currently for the Canadian U18 national team.

   #15. U18 international guard Aislinn Konig (175-98, college: CAN NT U16, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Carolina St. win their game against the Florida State University 70-61 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. She scored 9 points in 24 minutes. Konig has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg in 15 games. She is also in the roster of the Canadian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Jennifer Mathurin (185-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Carolina St. to a victory against the University of Notre Dame (0-1) 70-62 in the NCAA last Thursday. She had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. The North Carolina State University has 0-1 conference record this season. It's Mathurin's fourth year playing for the team. This season Mathurin's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg in 13 games she played so far.

   #2. Jose-Ann Johnson (193-C-93, college: Duquesne, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a Visby Ladies' victory against the closely-ranked KFUM Ostersund (6-9) 87-78 in the Swedish Damligan on Wednesday night. She scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks; not bad, considering it's only Johnson's second season in pro basketball. Visby Ladies (3-11) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the Damligan. Johnson has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2bpg.

   #3. Brianna Thomas (183-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to Duquesne's victory against the University of Pittsburgh 63-54 in a derby game in the NCAA on Thursday night. Thomas recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 25 minutes. The University of Duquesne has 1-0 conference record this season. It's Thomas' fourth year playing for the team. This year her total stats are: 4.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in four games.

   #4. Jaelyne Kirkpatrick (170-G, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Illinois (1-1) to beat the Michigan State University (2-0). Kirkpatrick recorded 5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. The Illinois were crushed 71-47 at home by the Michigan State University. Kirkpatrick has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg.

   #5. Loysha Morris (175-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Memphis in a victory against the Vanderbilt University 75-59 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Morris scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. The University of Memphis have 0-1 conference record this season. Morris has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in five games.

   #6. Sirah Diarra (188-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Bethune-Cookman University crushing them 59-38 in the NCAA last Thursday. She recorded only 2 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 15 minutes. Diarra has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 3.5rpg in 14 games.

   #7. Yasmine Bidikuindila (198-C-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Alabama State University crushing them 93-40 in the NCAA last Wednesday. She scored only 2 points. This season Bidikuindila averages just 0.8ppg.



Michelle Hudyn leaves Ovarense - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


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

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

Shavonte Zellous
Shavonte Zellous
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Shavonte Zellous (178-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Turkey). She could not help Besiktas (11-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite Zellous' very good performance Besiktas was defeated 73-67 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Yakin Dogu BGD (#3). She was the second best scorer with 17 points. Zellous also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Zellous has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 37.6%, 3FGP: 23.7% and FT: 81.6%. Zellous is a naturalized American. She is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team. Strangely Zellous has never played in Croatia.

Luca Ivankovic
Luca Ivankovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Luca Ivankovic (201-87, currently plays in Turkey). She managed to help Botasspor Adana in a 1-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Abdullah Gul (7-3) 70-69 in the Turkish KBSL on Friday night. Ivankovic scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 13 minutes. Botasspor Adana (6-5) is placed fifth in the KBSL. This year Ivankovic's overall stats are: 1.0ppg, 4.5rpg in two games she played so far. She is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Tea Buzov
Tea Buzov
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Tea Buzov (176-90, currently plays in Sweden). Buzov led Visby Ladies to a victory against the closely-ranked KFUM Ostersund (6-9) 87-78 in the Swedish Damligan in Wednesday night's game. She scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Visby Ladies (3-11) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the Damligan. Buzov's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 36.5% and FT: 76.2%. She is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Tihana Stojsavljevic
Tihana Stojsavljevic
   #4. Power forward Tihana Stojsavljevic (186-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Maine (0-0) in their game against the Boston College in the NCAA. Stojsavljevic did not have that impressive stats last Friday. She scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The Maine lost 53-64 at home to the Boston College. This year Stojsavljevic averages just 1.4ppg in five games. She is also Croatian U20 national team player.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Croatian passport:

   #1. Experienced Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) led Townsville Fire to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Boomers (4-11) 88-75 in the Australian WNBL in Saturday night's game. She was MVP of the game. Batkovic-Brown had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 15 rebounds. She also added 4 assists in 34 minutes. Townsville Fire (9-7) is placed fifth in the WNBL. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Batkovic-Brown's fourth season with the team. Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 20.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3bpg and 1.3spg in 16 games she played so far. Batkovic-Brown has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

Other top Croatian players, who play abroad:

Carmen Miloglav (170-G-91) plays for Perfumerias Avenida in Spanish LFB
Mirna Mazic (188-F-85) plays for Abdullah Gul in Turkish KBSL
Josipa Bura (186-C-85) plays for Sokol Hradec Kralove in Czech Republic ZBL
Iva Slonjsak (183-SG-97) plays for Athlete Celje in Slovenian SKL
Andrea Maric (195-C-97) plays for Athlete Celje in Slovenian SKL
Lorena Molnar (192-C-98) plays for Athlete Celje in Slovenian SKL
Josipa Silov (171-PG-98) plays for Napoli in Italian Seria A1
Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85) plays for Al-Qazeres in Spanish LFB
Ivana Seric (170-G-88) plays for ZKK Kraljevo in Serbian 1 ZLS
Marija Rezan (198-C-89) plays for CCC Polkowice in Polish TBLK
Ivana Dojkic (180-SG-97) plays for Spartak Vidnoye in Russian PBL
Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) plays for Campus Promete in Spanish LFB

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



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Zamarat inks Katerina Bartonova - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maria Vadeeva named European Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) of Dynamo Kursk has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the European MVP for December. Russian center led her team to perfect 5-0 record last month (3-0 in PBL and 2-0 in Euroleague). She had impressive averages of 14.4ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.2apg (including 3 double-doubles). She played her best game on Dec.18 against Kazanochka when she registered 23 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists.

Second best performer of December was Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of Sudova. Lithuanian forward averaged 19.2ppg, 12.2rpg and 2.7apg in 6 games (all won) including two monster performances in Baltic League - 30pts, 16rebs and 30pts, 18rebs - both games against Tim-Scuf.

Third best performer of the month was Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) of Dynamo Kursk. She finished the month with the averages of 11.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg while shooting 57.1% from 2PT and unbeliveable 71.4% from behing the arc.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR December 2016
1. Maria Vadeeva of Dynamo K. (RUS): 50.8, 5 games: 14 ppg, 6 rpg, 2 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 78%
2. Laura Svaryte of Suduva (LTU): 48, 6 games: 12 ppg, 12 rpg, 7 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 62%, 3PT: 11%, FT: 10%
3. Nneka Ogwumike of Dynamo K. (RUS): 48, 5 games: 12 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 apg, 2FGP: 51%, 3PT: 74%, FT: 90.0%
4. Jantel Lavender of Fenerbahce (TUR): 48, 6 games: 10 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 69%, FT: 67%
5. Courtney Vandersloot of Yakin Dogu BGD (TUR): 43, 9 games: 14 ppg, 6 rpg, 7 apg, 0.6 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 56%, FT: 80%
6. Sandrine Gruda of Fenerbahce (TUR): 42, 7 games: 13 ppg, 4 rpg, 1 apg, 1 bpg, 2FGP: 50%, FT: 56%
7. Victoria Macaulay of Nice (FRA): 48, 6 games: 18 ppg, 15 rpg, 0 apg, 5 bpg, 2FGP: 43%, FT: 74%
8. Tiffany Jackson of Maccabi Ashdod (ISR): 45, 8 games: 19 ppg, 9 rpg, 1 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 56%, 3PT: 100.0%, FT: 67%
9. Ifunanya Ibekwe of Girona (ESP): 44, 6 games: 17 ppg, 8 rpg, 8 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 45%, 3PT: 45%, FT: 87%
10. Tayler Hill of Bnot Hertzeliya (ISR): 42, 5 games: 26 ppg, 0 rpg, 6 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 49%, FT: 95%



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Marina Maljkovic leaves Serbian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) has resigned from her head coaching position with the Serbian National Team. One of the most successful coaches for the Serbian NT has opted to change her career path. Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) took over Serbia back in 2011. She led the team to the Gold medals at the 2015 EuroBasket. She also steered Serbia to the Bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) is currently working with Galatasaray in Turkey.


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

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



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Panathinaikos tab Corin Adams - by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) inked 29-year old American guard Corin Adams (174-88, college: Morgan State, agency: Two Points) from Panathlitikos. Adams also played for Politehnica National Iasi in Romanian Liga Nationala earlier that season where in 14 A1 games she averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.6apg and 3.1spg this season.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team award back in 2012.
Adams is a very experienced player. She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Adams has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Play Off), Bulgaria (Haskovo 2012), Chile (Los Leones), Poland (CCC Polkowice), Puerto Rico (Cabo Rojo Turistas), Sweden (Mark), Switzerland (Pully), Czech Republic (Basket Slovanka MB) and Portugal (Boa Viagem).
She attended Morgan State until 2010 and it is her seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Shenise Johnson returns to Sopron - by Adam Patonay

Former Miami Hurricane Shenise Johnson (181-G-90, college: Miami, FL) was the 1/5 WNBA draft pick in 2012 and signed her first overseas contract with hungarian Euroleague team, UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron. She won the league and the cup also with the team and finished a very succesful rookie season. After Shenise signed to Turkey and spent there two seasons in a role and than one in Slovakia. On the same time she played for San Antonio Silver Star and signed back to Turkey on the past summer. The official webiste of UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron published the news that Shenise returns to the club on the 22nd of December. She already joined to the team and has been preparing for the first Euroleague game tommorrow against french team, Villeneuve.


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Linda Ordis Robertsdottir agreed terms with Njardvik - by Eurobasket News

Dominos League newcomer U.M.F. Njardvik strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old forward Linda Ordis Robertsdottir (179-98). She played recently at Tindastoll in Icelandic D2 league. Robertsdottir has played there for the last three years.
She represented Iceland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) last year. Robertsdottir's team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.2ppg, 1.7rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D1 Round 9: Maccabi Ramat Gan defeats Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

D1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An interesting game for Maccabi Ramat Gan (7-1) which hosted in Ramat Hen 4th placed Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (3-5). First ranked Maccabi Ramat Gan had an easy win 84-50. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Maccabi Ramat Gan dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's 32. They outrebounded Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion 53-27 including a 40-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi Ramat Gan looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's players. It was a good game for American power forward Danielle Adams (185-89, college: Texas A&M) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Alyssa Baron (178-92, college: Pennsylvania) contributed with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Shae Kelley (185-91, college: Minnesota) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Maccabi Ramat Gan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-1 record, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Ramat Hasharon. Maccabi Ramat Gan is looking forward to face Hapoel Z/MM (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi Raanana managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive losses. This time newly promoted Maccabi Raanana won against eighth-ranked Hapoel Z/MM 85-74. American players dominated the game. Forward Karisma Penn (188-91, college: Illinois) stepped up and scored 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners and Amanda Houts chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Kim Demmings (173-92, college: Wright St.) with 15 points and 6 assists. Maccabi Raanana (2-6) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hap.Petah Tikva and Hapoel Z/MM. Hapoel Z/MM lost third consecutive game. Maccabi Raanana will play against higher ranked Ramat Hasharon (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Z/MM will play against the league's leader Maccabi Ramat Gan where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Holon was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Ramat Hasharon (3-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Elitzur Holon (4-4). Elitzur Holon managed to secure a 6-point victory 71-65 on Monday. Alexis Hornbuckle nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Cierra Burdick came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists for Ramat Hasharon in the defeat. Elitzur Holon moved-up to fourth place. Ramat Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with H.R. Le-Zion. Elitzur Holon will meet at home Hap.Petah Tikva (#7) in the next round. Ramat Hasharon will play against Maccabi Raanana and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 9 Hap.Petah Tikva was smashed by Maccabi Ashdod on the road 83-57.


Elitzur Holon - Ramat Hasharon 71-65

The game in Holon was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Ramat Hasharon (3-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Elitzur Holon (4-4). Elitzur Holon managed to secure a 6-point victory 71-65 on Monday. American guard Alexis Hornbuckle (180-85, college: Tennessee) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and Nigerian-American power forward Atonye Nyingifa (180-90, college: UCLA) accounted for 18 points and 10 rebounds. Four Elitzur Holon players scored in double figures. American forward Cierra Burdick (188-93, college: Tennessee) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Yael Aharonov (163-88) added 16 points respectively for Ramat Hasharon in the defeat. Elitzur Holon moved-up to fourth place. Ramat Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with H.R. Le-Zion. Elitzur Holon will meet at home Hap.Petah Tikva (#7) in the next round. Ramat Hasharon will play against Maccabi Raanana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Holon: A.Nyingifa 18+10reb+1ast, M.Walker 16+9reb+2ast, N.Kolodny 13+3ast, A.Hornbuckle 13+16reb+7ast, N.Zelivanski 9+2reb+6ast, O.Oren 2+1reb
Ramat Hasharon: C.Burdick 16+19reb+5ast, Y.Aharonov 16+3ast, A.Cohen 10+3reb+1ast, N.Kedem 9+5reb+4ast, J.Thomas 8+6reb+5ast, L.Tal 6+1reb
gschID: 520651


Maccabi Ashdod - Hap.Petah Tikva 83-57

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Maccabi Ashdod (7-1) crushed at home 7th ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (2-6) 83-57 on Monday. Maccabi Ashdod dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hap.Petah Tikva's 32 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod forced 20 Hap.Petah Tikva turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American center Tiffany Jackson (191-85, college: Texas) nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland) accounted for 11 points and 11 assists. Five Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Adan Inbar felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Nikki Dixon (178-93, college: Clemson) came up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Ruvanna Campbell (190, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Hap.Petah Tikva in the defeat. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi R.Gan. Hap.Petah Tikva lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Z/MM and Maccabi Raanana. Maccabi Ashdod will meet at home Bnot Hertzeliya (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hap.Petah Tikva will play against Elitzur Holon (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: T.Jackson 17+8reb+3ast, K.Levitsky 14+7reb, T.Johnson 14+1reb+2ast, A.Farhiya 12+5reb+2ast, S.Doron 11+2reb+11ast, N.Shafir 10+8reb+3ast
Hap.Petah Tikva: N.Dixon 22+6reb+4ast, R.Campbell 12+10reb+3ast, A.Beverly-Kelley 10+2reb+2ast, O.Lavy 5+3reb+1ast, S.Levy 4+4reb+3ast, Y.Gutt 4+1reb
gschID: 520649


Maccabi R.Gan - H.R. Le-Zion 84-50

An interesting game for Maccabi Ramat Gan (7-1) which hosted in Ramat Hen 4th placed Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (3-5). First ranked Maccabi Ramat Gan had an easy win 84-50. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Maccabi Ramat Gan dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's 32. They outrebounded Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion 53-27 including a 40-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi Ramat Gan looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's players. It was a good game for American power forward Danielle Adams (185-89, college: Texas A&M) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Alyssa Baron (178-92, college: Pennsylvania) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Shae Kelley (185-91, college: Minnesota) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Keren Nechama (176-90) added 9 points in the effort for Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Maccabi Ramat Gan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-1 record, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Ramat Hasharon. Maccabi Ramat Gan is looking forward to face Hapoel Z/MM (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Maccabi R.Gan: D.Adams 33+11reb, D.Feder 10+3reb, A.Baron 10+11reb+5ast, C.Hopkins 9+6reb+6ast, B.Holmes 8+7reb+6ast, D.Diamant 8+8reb+1ast
H.R. Le-Zion: S.Kelley 18+10reb, K.Nechama 9+1reb+1ast, A.Rachel Lux 8, L.Mincy 6+2reb+2ast, J.Robbins 4+6reb, L.Peleg 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 520650


Maccabi Raanana - Hapoel Z/MM 85-74

Bottom-ranked Maccabi Raanana managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive losses. This time newly promoted Maccabi Raanana won against eighth-ranked Hapoel Z/MM 85-74. Maccabi Raanana made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Karisma Penn (188-91, college: Illinois) stepped up and scored 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners and point guard Amanda Houts (168-87, college: Georgia, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Kim Demmings (173-92, college: Wright St.) with 15 points and 6 assists and guard Alex Harden (180-93, college: Wichita St.) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Four Maccabi Raanana and five Hapoel Z/MM players scored in double figures. Maccabi Raanana (2-6) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hap.Petah Tikva and Hapoel Z/MM. Hapoel Z/MM lost third consecutive game. Maccabi Raanana will play against higher ranked Ramat Hasharon (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Z/MM will play against the league's leader Maccabi Ramat Gan where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: K.Penn 29+6reb+4ast, A.Houts 16+7reb+8ast, J.Payne 15+8reb+5ast, Y.Yizchaki 13+4reb+3ast, L.Doron 6+1reb+2ast, S.Tirosh 6+1reb+1ast
Hapoel Z/MM: K.Demmings 15+4reb+6ast, E.Rotberg 15+5reb+1ast, A.Harden 13+7reb+4ast, Y.Grossman 11+2ast, S.Shabtai 10+3reb+2ast, M.Levy 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 520652





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Maria Vadeeva named European Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) of Dynamo Kursk has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the European MVP for December. Russian center led her team to perfect 5-0 record last month (3-0 in PBL and 2-0 in Euroleague). She had impressive averages of 14.4ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.2apg (including 3 double-doubles). She played her best game on Dec.18 against Kazanochka when she registered 23 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists.

Second best performer of December was Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of Sudova. Lithuanian forward averaged 19.2ppg, 12.2rpg and 2.7apg in 6 games (all won) including two monster performances in Baltic League - 30pts, 16rebs and 30pts, 18rebs - both games against Tim-Scuf.

Third best performer of the month was Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) of Dynamo Kursk. She finished the month with the averages of 11.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg while shooting 57.1% from 2PT and unbeliveable 71.4% from behing the arc.



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Buducnost Bemax lands Andzelika Mitrasinovik to a multi-year deal - by Zeljko Zule

Defending WABA champion Buducnost Bemax improved its backcourt before the start of the Superleague Top 8 by getting Macedonian Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) to a multi-year deal.
Mitrasinovik arrived from the Macedonian champion Badel 1862, where she averaged 9.1 points (2P 18-55, 3P 4-14, FT 16-23), 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 steals over 29.4 minutes in 7 WABA League games this season.
It will be her second season abroad, having otherwise played in Bosnian and Herzegovina for Celik and Banovici. She has already played for Vardar in her native Macedonia.
Mitrasinovik has won three Macedonian League titles, three Macedonian Cups and one Bosnian Cup title.




Buducnost Bemax lands Mitrasinovik to a multi-year deal - by Zeljko Zule

Defending WABA champion Buducnost Bemax improved its backcourt before the start of the Superleague Top 8 by getting Macedonian Andzelika Mitrasinovik to a multi-year deal.
Mitrasinovik arrived from the Macedonian champion Badel 1862, where she averaged 9.1 points (2P 18-55, 3P 4-14, FT 16-23), 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 steals over 29.4 minutes in 7 WABA League games this season.
It will be her second season abroad, having otherwise played in Bosnian and Herzegovina for Celik and Banovici.
Mitrasinovik has won four Macedonian League titles, four Macedonian Cups and one Bosnian Cup title.



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

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



No. 13 Duke women knock off No. 8 Louisville, 58-55 - by Eurobasket News

Lexie Brown (5'9''-G-94) feels pressure every time she shoots a free throw for No. 13 Duke. That makes it easier to take the really tense ones at the ends of games. Brown hit four key free throws in the final 17.9 seconds of the Blue Devils' 58-55 victory over No. 8 Louisville on Monday night. Brown, who finished with 17 points, extended her school-record streak to 45 consecutive made foul shots - a number she's only aware of because school officials have begun to publicize it on Twitter. "It's a little more pressure, but it kind of made it easier for high-pressure situations because now, every free throw, the pressure's on me because I want to keep that streak going," Brown said. Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-G-95) had 10 points for the Blue Devils (13-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 44 percent and forced 19 turnovers, turning them into 18 points. Myisha Hines-Allen (6'2''-F-96) had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals (13-3, 1-1), who had won seven in a row. Asia Durr (5'10''-G-97) finished with 15 points and Mariya Moore (6'0''-F-96) added 14 points in a tight game with six ties and 16 lead changes. The last of those came on Greenwell's running layup through contact with 56.7 seconds left that put Duke up 54-53. Kendall Cooper blocked Briahanna Jackson (5'6''-G-93)'s 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left, and after Brown hit those four free throws, the Cardinals had one last chance to send it to overtime. Durr handed off to Sydney Zambrotta - who hadn't taken a shot all night until she uncorked an off-balance 3-pointer with about 2 seconds left that bounced twice off the rim before Cooper grabbed the rebound.
Courtesy of: thestate.com



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Erin Rooney (ex COB Calais) joins Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (TBLK) agreed terms with 27-year old New Zealander international guard Erin Rooney (173-90, college: Fordham, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at COB Calais in French LFB league. In 15 games she had 10.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.9apg.
The previous (14-15) season Rooney played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (also in LFB) where in 29 games she recorded 7.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. She helped them to make it to the French Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rooney's college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2014. She was also voted All-Atlantic 10 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014.
Rooney represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Rooney has played also professionally for other New Zealand teams like Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats and Taranaki Thunder.
She attended Fordham University until 2014 and it will be her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michael comes back to Energa Torun - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Energa Torun (TBLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American center Nicole Michael (188-87, college: Syracuse, agency: Two Points). It is actually her comeback to Torun as she has played here before. Michael started the season at KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec in the TBLK. In 12 games she recorded 13.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg this season. The last season Michael played at CCC Polkowice where in 29 games she averaged 12.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg and 1.1bpg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Polish BLK All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Michael is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Toulouse), Italy (Alcamo), Puerto Rico, Spain (Gran Canaria) and Ukraine (Dynamo-NPU Kyiv).
Michael attended Syracuse University until 2010 and it is her seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Erin Rooney (ex COB Calais) joins Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (TBLK) agreed terms with 27-year old New Zealander international guard Erin Rooney (173-90, college: Fordham, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at COB Calais in French LFB league. In 15 games she had 10.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.9apg.
The previous (14-15) season Rooney played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (also in LFB) where in 29 games she recorded 7.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. She helped them to make it to the French Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rooney's college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2014. She was also voted All-Atlantic 10 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014.
Rooney represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Rooney has played also professionally for other New Zealand teams like Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats and Taranaki Thunder.
She attended Fordham University until 2014 and it will be her third season as a professional player.

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  PORTUGAL  


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

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

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Michelle Hudyn leaves Ovarense - by Eurobasket News

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

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  PUERTO RICO  


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

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

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  RUSSIA  


Maria Vadeeva named European Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) of Dynamo Kursk has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the European MVP for December. Russian center led her team to perfect 5-0 record last month (3-0 in PBL and 2-0 in Euroleague). She had impressive averages of 14.4ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.2apg (including 3 double-doubles). She played her best game on Dec.18 against Kazanochka when she registered 23 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists.

Second best performer of December was Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of Sudova. Lithuanian forward averaged 19.2ppg, 12.2rpg and 2.7apg in 6 games (all won) including two monster performances in Baltic League - 30pts, 16rebs and 30pts, 18rebs - both games against Tim-Scuf.

Third best performer of the month was Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) of Dynamo Kursk. She finished the month with the averages of 11.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg while shooting 57.1% from 2PT and unbeliveable 71.4% from behing the arc.



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Marina Maljkovic leaves Serbian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) has resigned from her head coaching position with the Serbian National Team. One of the most successful coaches for the Serbian NT has opted to change her career path. Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) took over Serbia back in 2011. She led the team to the Gold medals at the 2015 EuroBasket. She also steered Serbia to the Bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) is currently working with Galatasaray in Turkey.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Tina Trebec moves from Ilirija to Neftohimik 2010 - by Zeljko Zule

National team member Tina Trebec (190-C-90) has parted ways with Ilirija and in a quick turn of events, has signed with the Bulgarian side Neftochimic 2010 Burgas for the remainder of the season.
Trebec joined Ilirija last summer and averaged 14.6 points (2P 41-80, 3P 1-10, FT 32-39), 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.5 blocks over 28.8 minutes in 8 Slovenian League games this season. She represented Slovenian at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.3 apg and 0.5 spg.
Trebec grew up with Sezana and has already played for Jezica, Kranjska Gora and Celje in her native Slovenia plus Ruzomeberok in Slovakia, Slovanka MB Tabor in Czech, Novi Zagreb in Croatia and Northland Lulea in Sweden.
Trebec has won four Slovenian League titles, three Slovenian Cups and two Swedish Championship titles.




Celje loses Potocnik for season with injured knee - by Zeljko Zule

Alma Potocnik (173-PG-97) of Athlete Celje will miss the remainder of the season and will be sidelined at least six month after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee. Potocnik is averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists (sixth in the WABA) and 2.7 steals (fifth) in 6 WABA League games this season and 6.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.0 steals and 0.4 blocks in 8 Slovenian League games.
Last summer she was a member of Slovenian national team at the 2016 European Championship U20 Division B, where she averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebunds, 4.6 assists and 3.0 steals in five games, helped to win a gold medal.




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Zamarat inks Katerina Bartonova - by Eurobasket News

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

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Gisela Vega is a newcomer at Araski - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer ADB Araski Arabako Emakumeen Saskibaloia strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old Argentinian international center Gisela Vega (188-82) from IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco. In 9 LFB games in Spain she recorded 8.1ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg this season. She helped them to make it to the Supercup final. The last season Vega played at Gernika Bizkaia where in 26 games she averaged 12.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements she won Ecuadorian Liga Femenina championship title in 2014. Vega received also Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 2nd Team award in 2014 and 2016.
She represented Argentina at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 8.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 33.3%, FT: 60.0%.
Vega is a very experienced player. Thanks to her pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Vega has played previously professionally in France (Tarbes), Spain (Real Canoe, Mann Filter and Argon Uni Girona), Argentina (Union Florida and Pueblo Nuevo), Ecuador (Quito and Santa Maria) and El Salvador (Zaragoza).
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Araski.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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  UKRAINE  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other top Ukrainian players, who play abroad:

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

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



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Busch comes back to Sevenoaks Suns - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WABA  


Buducnost Bemax lands Andzelika Mitrasinovik to a multi-year deal - by Zeljko Zule

Defending WABA champion Buducnost Bemax improved its backcourt before the start of the Superleague Top 8 by getting Macedonian Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) to a multi-year deal.
Mitrasinovik arrived from the Macedonian champion Badel 1862, where she averaged 9.1 points (2P 18-55, 3P 4-14, FT 16-23), 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 steals over 29.4 minutes in 7 WABA League games this season.
It will be her second season abroad, having otherwise played in Bosnian and Herzegovina for Celik and Banovici. She has already played for Vardar in her native Macedonia.
Mitrasinovik has won three Macedonian League titles, three Macedonian Cups and one Bosnian Cup title.




Celje loses Potocnik for season with injured knee - by Zeljko Zule

Alma Potocnik (173-PG-97) of Athlete Celje will miss the remainder of the season and will be sidelined at least six month after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee. Potocnik is averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists (sixth in the WABA) and 2.7 steals (fifth) in 6 WABA League games this season and 6.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.0 steals and 0.4 blocks in 8 Slovenian League games.
Last summer she was a member of Slovenian national team at the 2016 European Championship U20 Division B, where she averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebunds, 4.6 assists and 3.0 steals in five games, helped to win a gold medal.




Beroe lands Stefka Miteva - by Zeljko Zule

Beroe signed Bulgarian national team member Stefka Miteva (191-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) to reshape its squad ahead of the WABA Superleague Top 8.
Miteva arrives from the fellow Bulgarian side Neftohimik 2010, for whom she averaged 7.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks in 20 Bulgarian League games last season. She represented Bulgaria the Qualifications to European Championships 2017, averaging. 2.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.5 steals over 19.5 minutes in four games
Miteva has already played for Rilski Sportist Samokov and Levski Sofia in Bulgaria plus Leon and Joventud Mariana in Spain, Crack Blue Cats Ieper in Belgium and AS CBST Alexandria and CSB Alba Iulia in Romania.