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  ABA  



Giants defeat Fayetteville, climbing Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jacksonville Giants flourished in front of the home crowd, at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena, with a 184-82 triple digit win over the Fayetteville Flight. Jacksonville improves to 8-2 on the season and has won six games in a row. The Giants had six players score in double figures.
'I was proud of the guys,' said Giants head coach Jerry Williams 'We played tough and meshed together well.'
The Giants started the game fast and aggressive with a strong offensive play from veteran Ed Horton (6'1''-PG-85, college: Murray St.). Horton scored 32 points, all in the first half, with 23 points coming in the second quarter. 2014 ABA MVP Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) complimented Horton with 14 first half points and 16 overall.
'That's why they call him Hollywood,' said Williams in reference to Horton. 'Ed (Horton) played a great game and is one of our leaders.'
Offensively Jacksonville had other players step up as leaders to keep the second half lead over the Flight. Other leading scorers included Jacksonville native Bernard Nugent (6'0''-PG, college: Clayton St.) (27 points), former Georgetown star Aaron Bowen (6'6''-F-91, college: Georgetown, agency: Interperformances) (21 points) and former St. John's River standout Clarence Tillman (6'4''-F-90, college: N.Georgia) (21 points).
'We've added a lot more players to the roster since the DMV game and they are really playing well right now,' said Williams.
The Giants also owned the boards in the contest as they out-rebounded Fayetteville 76-47. Bell led the Giants with 13 rebounds with Elijah Smith adding 12. Smith, Bell, and Bowen had multiple slam dunks in the game and center Bruce Brown landed a three-pointer late in the game.
'The team is gelling together, nicely,' said Horton. 'We have a great team and will continue to improve.'



DMV Warriors continue to rank #1 in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, Jan 29th, and once again, the DMV Warriors hold the #1 position. "We have some very strong teams in the ABA," stated ABA Co-Founder Joe Newman . "Being ranked #1 is pretty special when you have teams like South Florida, Windy City, Orlando, Salina, Austin and others playing so well. It will be like that throughout the season." A minimum of 9 games were required to be ranked.

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

Teams to Watch: Indy Naptown All Stars, Roc City Ravens, Mobile Bay Tornados, Elmira Eagles. For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 20-0 
 2 Partizan 15-5 
 3 Buducnost 14-6 
 4 Cedevita 14-6 
 5 Cibona 11-9 
 6 Igokea 9-11 
 7 Un.Olimpija 9-11 
 8 FMP 8-12 
 9 Karpos Sokoli 8-12 
 10 Mornar Bar 7-13 
 11 Krka 7-13 
 12 Mega Leks 6-14 
 13 MZT Skopje 6-14 
 14 Zadar 6-14 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 29: Un.Olimpija - Karpos Sokoli 92-97
Jan. 28: Cedevita - Igokea 89-78
Jan. 29: FMP - Cibona 84-75
Jan. 30: Crvena Zvezda - Mornar Bar 82-71
Jan. 29: Zadar - Krka 77-83
Jan. 28: MZT Skopje - Mega Leks 75-74
Jan. 28: Buducnost - Partizan 74-68

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 4: Un.Olimpija - MZT Skopje
Feb. 4: Karpos Sokoli - FMP
Feb. 4: Cibona - Buducnost
Feb. 4: Partizan - Crvena Zvezda
Feb. 4: Mornar Bar - Cedevita
Feb. 4: Igokea - Zadar
Feb. 4: Krka - Mega Leks


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.8 
 3. Lukovic, Krka16.9 
 4. Boatright, Cedevita16.8 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.1 
 6. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.5 
 7. Covic, FMP15.3 
 8. Hatcher, Partizan15.2 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks14.7 
 10. Labovic, Karpos S.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Lukovic, Krka8.1 
 3. Kaba, Mega Leks8.0 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.8 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Klassen, Buducnost7.1 
 7. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.9 
 8. Bolden, FMP6.8 
 9. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 10. Scott, MZT Skopje6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Reynolds, Cibona7.3 
 2. Covic, FMP6.8 
 3. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 4. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.3 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.1 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar4.9 
 8. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.7 
 9. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
 10. Perry, Karpos S.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Cedevita
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar1.8 
 4. Perry, Karpos S.1.8 
 5. Ramljak, Zadar1.7 
 6. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 7. Trajkovski, Karpos S.1.6 
 8. Rozic, Cibona1.6 
 9. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 10. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Partizan2.1 
 2. Austin, FMP2.0 
 3. James, Buducnost1.6 
 4. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 5. Scott, MZT Skopje1.3 
 6. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 7. Davidovac, FMP1.2 
 8. Nikolic, Buducnost1.2 
 9. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 


Round 20: Buducnost beat Partizan in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Podgorica. Third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost faced second-ranked Serbian Partizan. Host Buducnost (14-6) defeated guests from Beograd (15-5) 74-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Partizan won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Buducnost shot 26 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Partizan only scored ten points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains third position with 14-6 record having just six point less than leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Cedevita. Partizan at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Buducnost is looking forward to face Cibona (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. Partizan's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.
Bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje managed to get a sixth victory. This time defending FYR Macedonian champion edged eleventh-ranked Serbian Mega Leks 75-74. American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Charlon Kloof contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Mega Leks. Mega Leks' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending FYR Macedonian champion (6-14) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Zadar and Mega Leks. MZT Skopje will play against higher ranked Un.Olimpija (#7) in Ljubljana in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mega Leks will play on the road against Krka (#11) in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Serbian undefeated leader Crvena Zvezda delivered the twentieth consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (7-13) 82-71 in Beograd. Worth to mention a quality performance of Luka Mitrovic who helped to win the game recording 4 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Antabia Waller responded with 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Crvena Zvezda (20-0) have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 20 victories in a row. Loser Mornar Bar keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Krka. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Ljubljana, where higher ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (9-11) lost at home to tenth ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli (8-12) 92-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Un.Olimpija. The winners were led by Zoran Vrkic who scored that evening 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Karpos Sokoli's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Karpos Sokoli have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with FMP. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Karpos Sokoli's next round opponent will be FMP (#8) in Beograd.
An interesting game took place in Beograd, where higher ranked Croatian Cibona (11-9) lost to ninth ranked Serbian FMP (8-12) in a road game 75-84 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Filip Covic who scored 30 points and 7 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Cibona's coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. FMP moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Karpos Sokoli. Cibona lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. FMP will face Karpos Sokoli (#9) in Skopje in the next round. Cibona will play at home against Buducnost (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 20 Krka defeated Zadar in Novo Mesto 83-77. Cedevita beat Igokea at home 89-78.
The best stats of 20th round was 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Devin Oliver of Un.Olimpija.

Crvena Zvezda - Mornar Bar 82-71

Serbian undefeated leader Crvena Zvezda delivered the twentieth consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (7-13) 82-71 in Beograd. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Crvena Zvezda shot 26 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Mornar Bar only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Mornar Bar 44-29 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Crvena Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Luka Mitrovic (204-93) who helped to win the game recording 4 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) who added 12 points and 7 assists during the contest. American guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn) responded with 15 points and FYR Macedonian center Vukota Pavic (203-93) scored 10 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Crvena Zvezda (20-0) have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 20 victories in a row. Loser Mornar Bar keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Krka. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 15+3reb+2ast, C.Jenkins 12+3reb+7ast, B.Lazic 12+2ast, D.Thompson 11+5reb, M.Bjelica 9+5reb, M.Guduric 8+6reb+2ast
Mornar Bar: A.Waller 15+2reb+1ast, C.Tatum 10+1reb+2ast, V.Pavic 10+4reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 8+4reb, B.Bakic 7+5reb+2ast, O.Ellis 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 476269


Un.Olimpija - Karpos Sokoli 92-97

We should mention about the upset which took place in Ljubljana, where higher ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (9-11) lost at home to tenth ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli (8-12) 92-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Un.Olimpija. It looked good early as Un.Olimpija took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Karpos Sokoli had a 28-18 second period charge getting the lead and Un.Olimpija was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 92-97. Karpos Sokoli players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by Croatian forward Zoran Vrkic (203-87) who scored that evening 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Karpos Sokoli's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by American Devin Oliver (204-92, college: Dayton) did not help to save the game for Un.Olimpija. His fellow American import point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-91, college: Metro St.) added 17 points and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Five Karpos Sokoli and four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Karpos Sokoli have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with FMP. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Karpos Sokoli's next round opponent will be FMP (#8) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: Z.Vrkic 15+7reb+4ast, D.Labovic 14+5reb+2ast, K.Perry 13+1reb+4ast, D.Zekovic 13+7reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 12+1reb, D.Mavra 10+1reb+5ast
Un.Olimpija: D.Oliver 30+8reb+5ast, B.Jefferson 17+2reb+7ast, N.Jankovic 14+4reb, G.Hrovat 11+9reb+5ast, M.Mulalic 9+4ast, S.Milosevic 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 476272


FMP - Cibona 84-75

An interesting game took place in Beograd, where higher ranked Croatian Cibona (11-9) lost to ninth ranked Serbian FMP (8-12) in a road game 75-84 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-75. FMP made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Cibona was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Filip Covic (178-89) who scored 30 points and 7 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Center Luka Zoric (211-84) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Paolo Marinelli (191-95) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cibona's coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. FMP moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Karpos Sokoli. Cibona lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. FMP will face Karpos Sokoli (#9) in Skopje in the next round. Cibona will play at home against Buducnost (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FMP: F.Covic 30+4reb+7ast, J.Bolden 12+9reb+1ast, N.Zizic 10+1reb, D.Davidovac 10+7reb+3ast, I.Austin 8+3reb, S.Lazarevic 7+4reb
Cibona: L.Zoric 14+9reb+2ast, P.Marinelli 13+2reb+3ast, M.Rozic 12+2reb+3ast, N.Joksimovic 10+3reb+1ast, A.Coric 7, Z.Sakic 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 476271


Zadar - Krka 77-83

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Slovenian Krka and 12th ranked Croatian KK Zadar had identical 6-13 record. But KK Zadar was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Novo Mesto 83-77 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 15 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Dusko Bunic (207-89, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). American guard Ron Curry (191-93, college: JMU, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Krka's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Serbian-Slovenian power forward Ivan Marinkovic (209-93) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Lovro Mazalin (204-97, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Krka (7-13) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Mornar Bar. KK Zadar lost fifth consecutive game. Loser KK Zadar dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Krka will face Mega Leks (#12) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round. KK Zadar will play on the road against Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Krka: D.Bunic 21+7reb+1ast, R.Curry 18+6reb+4ast, M.Rebec 18+1reb+3ast, S.Cebular 8+5ast, M.Lukovic 8+14reb+5ast, D.Elliott 4+1reb+1ast
Zadar: I.Marinkovic 20+10reb+3ast, L.Mazalin 16+7reb+2ast, B.Barac 15+3reb+1ast, M.Kovacevic 9+1reb+3ast, J.Vladovic 8+1reb+5ast, I.Ramljak 7+7reb+5ast
gschID: 476267


Cedevita - Igokea 89-78

No shocking result in a game in Zagreb where fourth ranked Croatian Cedevita (14-6) defeated 6th ranked Bosnian Igokea (9-11) 89-78 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 52-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cedevita outrebounded Igokea 35-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) who scored 19 points. Power forward Marko Arapovic (207-96) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) produced 14 points and 8 assists and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Cedevita and four Igokea players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Igokea lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Bosnian champion keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Cedevita will face Mornar Bar (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Igokea will play against KK Zadar (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: R.James 19+4reb+1ast, M.Arapovic 16+7reb+1ast, M.Bilan 15+4reb, F.Kruslin 13+4reb+1ast, K.Zganec 11+7reb+1ast, R.Boatright 10+4reb+7ast
Igokea: J.Robinson 14+2reb+8ast, S.Micovic 12+3reb+1ast, D.Sibalic 12+1reb, D.Milosevic 10+7reb+1ast, R.Rikic 8+3reb+2ast, V.Radivojevic 8+3ast
gschID: 476268


Buducnost - Partizan 74-68

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Podgorica. Third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost faced second-ranked Serbian Partizan. Host Buducnost (14-6) defeated guests from Beograd (15-5) 74-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Partizan won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Buducnost shot 26 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Partizan only scored ten points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains third position with 14-6 record having just six point less than leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Cedevita. Partizan at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Buducnost is looking forward to face Cibona (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. Partizan's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: J.Reynolds 19+3reb+3ast, O.Klassen 16+10reb, N.Vranjes 8+1reb, S.Sehovic 7+1reb, N.Gordic 6+2ast, B.Savovic 5+3reb+1ast
Partizan: N.Velickovic 15+8reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 14+10reb, M.Andric 14+5reb+1ast, F.Robinson 8+3reb+3ast, B.Ratkovica 6+1reb+7ast, M.Koprivica 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 476270


MZT Skopje - Mega Leks 75-74

Bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje managed to get a sixth victory. This time defending FYR Macedonian champion edged eleventh-ranked Serbian Mega Leks 75-74. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-7 Mega Leks' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 75-74 at the end of the game. Mega Leks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Jovan Novak (188-94) added 10 points and 7 assists in the effort for Mega Leks. Four MZT Skopje and five Mega Leks players scored in double figures. Mega Leks' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending FYR Macedonian champion (6-14) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Zadar and Mega Leks. MZT Skopje will play against higher ranked Un.Olimpija (#7) in Ljubljana in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mega Leks will play on the road against Krka (#11) in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: J.Scott 17+12reb, C.Kloof 15+4reb+4ast, D.Drenovac 12+3reb, J.Lalic 10+5reb+1ast, X.Thames 7+5reb+5ast, M.Simonovski 6
Mega Leks: R.Spasojevic 14+1reb+1ast, R.Zagorac 13+5reb+1ast, A.Kaba 12+9reb, V.Cancar 10+3reb+3ast, J.Novak 10+3reb+7ast, N.Rebic 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 476266





Coach Plantak left Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Head coach Neven Plantak left KK Zadar (A1). Plantak also coached for Trepca (SuperLeague) in Kosovo earlier that season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Coach of the Year back in 2012.
Plantak has coached also professionally in Slovakia, Croatia (Slavonski Brod, Jazine and Borik Puntamika) and Bosnia (Siroki Primorka).

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  ALGERIA  

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. CRB Dar El-B. 4-0 
 2. Arreridj 3-0 
 3. GS Petroliers 3-0 
 4. NAH Dey 3-1 
 5. Olympic Batna 3-1 
 6. WA Boufarik 3-1 
 7. Constantine CSC 2-2 
 8. US Setif 2-2 
 9. USM Blida 1-1 
 10. Miliana 1-2 
 11. Staoueli 1-3 
 12. Constantine JP 1-3 
 13. Skikda 1-3 
 14. Ouargla 1-3 
 15. El Eulma 1-4 
 16. Oran 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

Jan. 28: GS Petroliers - El Eulma 91-42
Jan. 28: Staoueli - Skikda 84-76
Jan. 28: Miliana - Oran 84-58
Jan. 28: WA Boufarik - Constantine JP 83-62
Jan. 28: CRB Dar El-B. - Olympic Batna 75-66
Jan. 28: Arreridj - NAH Dey 58-50
Jan. 28: US Setif - Ouargla 55-50


D1 Round 6: Olympic Batna lose to CRB Dar El-B. - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Olympic Batna (3-1) in El-Beida on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by CRB Dar El-B. (4-0) 75-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olympic Batna. It was a key game for the top position in the league. CRB Dar El-B. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Olympic Batna at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with WA Boufarik and NAH Dey.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked NAH Dey (3-1) against top-ranked Arreridj (3-0) on Saturday night. Visiting NAH Dey was defeated by Arreridj in a tough game in B.B. Arreridj 50-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of NAH Dey. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Arreridj have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with GS Petroliers. NAH Dey at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with WA Boufarik and Olympic Batna.
Miliana has finally registered their first victory this season after two consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Oran (0-4) 84-58 on Saturday. Miliana (1-2) left bottom position moving up to tenth place. It was Oran's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost.
Staoueli has finally registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Skikda (1-3) 84-76. Staoueli left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Skikda.
Top-ranked GS Petroliers (3-0) crushed at home 13th ranked El Eulma (1-4) by 49 points 91-42, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. GS Petroliers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Arreridj. El Eulma lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost.

In the last two games of round 6 Ouargla lost to US Setif on the opponent's court 50-55. WA Boufarik outscored Constantine JP in a home game 83-62.

Miliana - Oran 84-58

Miliana has finally registered their first victory this season after two consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Oran (0-4) 84-58 on Saturday. Miliana (1-2) left bottom position moving up to tenth place. It was Oran's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost.
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US Setif - Ouargla 55-50

Everything could happen in Setif at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked USS and 12th ranked Ouargla had identical 1-2 record. This time USS used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 55-50 on Saturday night. USS (2-2) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Constantine CSC. Ouargla lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost.
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CRB Dar El-B. - Olympic Batna 75-66

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Olympic Batna (3-1) in El-Beida on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by CRB Dar El-B. (4-0) 75-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olympic Batna. It was a key game for the top position in the league. CRB Dar El-B. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Olympic Batna at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with WA Boufarik and NAH Dey.
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Arreridj - NAH Dey 58-50

Very important is a road loss of second ranked NAH Dey (3-1) against top-ranked Arreridj (3-0) on Saturday night. Visiting NAH Dey was defeated by Arreridj in a tough game in B.B. Arreridj 50-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of NAH Dey. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Arreridj have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with GS Petroliers. NAH Dey at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with WA Boufarik and Olympic Batna.
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GS Petroliers - El Eulma 91-42

Top-ranked GS Petroliers (3-0) crushed at home 13th ranked El Eulma (1-4) by 49 points 91-42, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. GS Petroliers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Arreridj. El Eulma lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost.
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Staoueli - Skikda 84-76

Staoueli has finally registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Skikda (1-3) 84-76. Staoueli left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Skikda.
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WA Boufarik - Constantine JP 83-62

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked WA Boufarik (3-1) smashed at home 10th ranked Constantine JP (1-3) 83-62 on Saturday. WA Boufarik have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with NAH Dey and Olympic Batna. Constantine JP lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost.
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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 20-8 
 2. Estudiantes C. 18-11 
 3. Regatas C. 17-11 
 4. Instituto 17-12 
 5. Olimpico LB 15-14 
 6. Quimsa 14-14 
 7. La Union 13-14 
 8. Libertad S. 13-15 
 9. Atenas 11-17 
 10. Echague 5-24 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 22-7 
 2. Ferrocarril 19-9 
 3. Weber Bahia 18-11 
 4. GECR Indalo 14-14 
 5. Obras Basket 14-14 
 6. Argentino 14-15 
 7. Penarol 14-17 
 8. Quilmes MP 12-17 
 9. Boca Jrs 8-20 
 10. Hispano Am. 8-22 

Regular Season: Round 30

Jan. 29: Instituto - Penarol 96-85
Jan. 30: Estudiantes C. - Echague 95-64
Jan. 28: Olimpico LB - San Martin C. 90-85
Jan. 30: Quilmes MP - Ferrocarril 88-99
Jan. 30: Quimsa - San Martin C. 88-76
Jan. 28: Libertad S. - Boca Jrs 84-73
Jan. 29: Hispano Am. - Weber Bahia 76-87
Jan. 29: La Union - Argentino 72-65
Jan. 31: Boca Jrs - Weber Bahia
Jan. 31: Instituto - GECR Indalo
Feb. 1: Penarol - Ferrocarril
Feb. 1: La Union - Obras Basket


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.2 
 2. Green, Instituto19.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.9 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.7 
 5. Horner, Obras B.18.1 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Solano, Echague17.0 
 8. Reed, Penarol16.8 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.16.3 
 10. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.9.2 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.6 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.6 
 9. Francis, La Union8.3 
 10. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.5 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.6 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.0 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.7 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.6 
 10. De los Santo., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Garcia, San M.2.1 
 2. Solano, Echague1.9 
 3. De los Santo., GECR I.1.9 
 4. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 8. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.6 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.8 
 4. Caracter, Echague1.4 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.1 
 2. Brown, La Union20.4 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.1 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 5. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.19.6 
 7. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.7 
 9. Montes Cardo., Obera T.18.5 
 10. Cutley, Atenas C.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.4 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.6 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.7 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC7.9 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB7.9 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista7.9 
 10. Smith, Olimpo BB7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Cajal, Independ.7.1 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.8 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.2 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.5 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 7. Franco, Alianza .4.5 
 8. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.2 
 9. Rusconi, Gimnasia.4.1 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pais, Platense2.6 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista2.2 
 4. Lopez, Independ.2.2 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.1 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 8. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.1.9 
 9. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.9 
 10. Castets, Petr.Arg.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.5 
 3. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.3 
 5. Stroud, Parque Sur1.3 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.1 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB1.0 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. Morales, Villa S.0.9 
 10. Moya, Hindu0.9 


Standings - Liga B

TFB Standings
Bonaerense
 1. Chivilcoy Racing 9-3 
 2. Belgrano SN 8-4 
 3. Villa Mitre BB 8-5 
 4. Sarmiento 7-5 
 5. Sportivo E. 5-5 
 6. Argentino PRG 4-8 
 7. Atletico Pilar 3-9 
 8. U.Mar del Plata 3-10 
Centro
 1. Atletico Tostado 11-4 
 2. Deportivo Norte A. 10-2 
 3. Ameghino 10-3 
 4. Union Sunch. 10-4 
 5. Central SJ 5-8 
 6. Independ. Oliva 5-9 
 7. San Justino 4-9 
 8. H.San Javier 4-9 
 9. Olimpico Ceres 4-9 
Mesopotamia
 1. Gualeguay 10-3 
 2. C.Entrerriano 8-4 
 3. Union Goya 7-6 
 4. Atletico Tala 6-6 
 5. Ferrocarril C. 6-7 
 6. Penarol 6-7 
 7. Saladas 5-8 
 8. Regatas U. 5-8 
 9. Capuchinos 4-8 
Metropolitana
 1. P.Echague 11-4 
 2. River Plate 11-4 
 3. Ramos Mejia 10-5 
 4. H.San Justo 10-6 
 5. RC Avellaneda 8-7 
 6. Union Vecinal 8-7 
 7. Lanus 5-7 
 8. Villa Mitre CF 5-10 
 9. Estudiantil 4-11 
 10. Estudiantes LP 1-14 
Noa
 1. Talleres TV 13-0 
 2. San Martin LR 9-4 
 3. Amancay LR 9-5 
 4. N.Avellaneda Tuc. 8-6 
 5. Olimpia Catam. 6-8 
 6. Union Oran 5-8 
 7. Hindu BBC 4-9 
 8. Rio Grande 0-14 
Oeste
 1. Perfora 10-2 
 2. C.Espanol P. 10-3 
 3. Rivadavia M. 10-4 
 4. M.Junin 5-9 
 5. Independ.N. 3-9 
 6. Anzorena 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 13

Bonaerense

Jan. 27: U.Mar del Plata - Belgrano SN 81-70
Jan. 27: Argentino PRG - Chivilcoy Racing 79-81
Jan. 27: Atletico Pilar - Sarmiento 61-74

Centro

Jan. 27: Ameghino - Central SJ 79-60
Jan. 27: Union Sunch. - Olimpico Ceres 77-69
Jan. 27: Atletico Tostado - H.San Justo 77-52
Jan. 27: Deportivo Norte A. - San Justino 71-88

Mesopotamia

Jan. 27: Ferrocarril C. - Regatas U. 90-88
Jan. 27: Union Goya - Capuchinos 86-80
Jan. 27: Penarol - Gualeguay 67-81

Metropolitana

Jan. 27: Atletico Tostado - River Plate 99-54
Jan. 27: Estudiantil - Estudiantes LP 82-77
Jan. 29: Villa Mitre CF - RC Avellaneda 81-71
Jan. 29: H.San Justo - River Plate 77-83
Jan. 29: Union Vecinal - Atletico Tostado 74-75
Jan. 29: Estudiantil - Ramos Mejia 71-77
Jan. 27: RC Avellaneda - H.San Justo 70-66
Jan. 27: Villa Mitre CF - Ramos Mejia 69-68
Jan. 29: Estudiantes LP - P.Echague 63-79
Jan. 27: Union Vecinal - P.Echague 60-71

Noa

Jan. 27: Amancay LR - San Martin LR 80-77
Jan. 27: Olimpia Catam. - N.Avellaneda Tuc. 73-93

Oeste

Jan. 27: Anzorena - Rivadavia M. 75-87
Jan. 27: Independ.N. - C.Espanol P. 62-69


TFB Round 13: Atletico Tostado keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Atletico Tostado as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Metropolitana. Atletico Tostado smashed 3rd placed H.San Justo at home 77-52. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of H.San Justo. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with River Plate and P.Echague. H.San Justo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. H.San Justo will play next round against San Justino trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in San Justo to the arena of San Justino. Atletico Tostado will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Ameghino in Villa Maria.
Top ranked Deportivo Norte A. (10-2) recorded its second loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked San Justino (4-9) 88-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Deportivo Norte A.. San Justino moved-up to seventh place in Centro, which they share with H.San Javier and Olimpico Ceres. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. dropped to the second position with two games lost. San Justino's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Justo H.San Justo.
Sixth-ranked Argentino PRG (4-8) made lots of trouble for first ranked Chivilcoy Racing (9-3) on Friday. The visitors from Chivilcoy managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Newly promoted Chivilcoy Racing maintains first place in Bonaerense with 9-3 record. Loser Argentino PRG keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Chivilcoy Racing will meet at home Villa Mitre BB (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Argentino PRG will play against the league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in La Rioja. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent San Martin LR (9-4) to third ranked Amancay LR (9-5) 80-77 on Friday evening. Newly promoted Amancay LR maintains third place in Noa with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader P.Echague. San Martin LR at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Amancay LR's next round opponent will be Olimpia Catam. (#5) in Catamarca. San Martin LR will play at home against Hindu BBC and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in La Plata. Fourth ranked Atletico Tostado (11-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Union Vecinal (8-7) 75-74 on Sunday evening. Atletico Tostado keeps a position of Metropolitana leader, which they share with River Plate and P.Echague. Union Vecinal lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Atletico Tostado will face Ameghino (#3) in Villa Maria in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Union Vecinal will play on the road against the league's second-placed River Plate in Buenos Aires and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Bonaerense Sarmiento defeated Atletico Pilar in Junin 74-61. U.Mar del Plata beat Belgrano SN at home 81-70.
In Centro Olimpico Ceres lost to Union Sunch. on the opponent's court 69-77. Ameghino outscored Central SJ in a home game 79-60.
In Mesopotamia Capuchinos recorded a loss to Union Goya on the road 86-80. Penarol was defeated by Gualeguay on its own court 67-81. Regatas U. was beaten by Ferrocarril C. in Concordia 90-88.
In Metropolitana Estudiantil lost to Ramos Mejia at home 71-77. River Plate managed to outperform H.San Justo on the opponent's court 83-77. Villa Mitre CF managed to beat RC Avellaneda in a home game 81-71. P.Echague defeated Estudiantes LP on the road 79-63. Villa Mitre CF beat Ramos Mejia on its own court 69-68. H.San Justo lost to RC Avellaneda in a road game 66-70. Union Vecinal unfortunately lost to P.Echague at home 60-71. River Plate was rolled over Atletico Tostado on the opponent's court 54-99. Estudiantil defeated Estudiantes LP in a home game 82-77.
In Noa N.Avellaneda Tuc. smashed Olimpia Catam. on the road 93-73.
In Oeste Independ.N. lost to C.Espanol P. on its own court 62-69. Rivadavia M. managed to outperform Anzorena in a road game 87-75.

Bonaerense
Atletico Pilar - Sarmiento 61-74

There was no surprise in Buenos Aires where 7th ranked Atletico PL (3-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Sarmiento (7-5) 74-61 on Friday. Sarmiento maintains fourth place in Bonaerense with 7-5 record. Loser Atletico PL keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Sarmiento will face higher ranked Villa Mitre BB (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atletico PL will play against U.Mar del Plata (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Argentino PRG - Chivilcoy Racing 79-81

Sixth-ranked Argentino PRG (4-8) made lots of trouble for first ranked Chivilcoy Racing (9-3) on Friday. The visitors from Chivilcoy managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Newly promoted Chivilcoy Racing maintains first place in Bonaerense with 9-3 record. Loser Argentino PRG keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Chivilcoy Racing will meet at home Villa Mitre BB (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Argentino PRG will play against the league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 511686


U.Mar del Plata - Belgrano SN 81-70

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked U.Mar del Plata (3-10) defeated at home much higher ranked Belgrano SN (8-4) 81-70 on Friday. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata maintains eighth place in Bonaerense with 3-10 record. Loser Belgrano SN keeps the second position with four games lost. U.Mar del Plata will face higher ranked Sportivo E. (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgrano SN will play against Argentino PRG and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511684


Centro
Deportivo Norte A. - San Justino 71-88

Top ranked Deportivo Norte A. (10-2) recorded its second loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked San Justino (4-9) 88-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Deportivo Norte A.. San Justino moved-up to seventh place in Centro, which they share with H.San Javier and Olimpico Ceres. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. dropped to the second position with two games lost. San Justino's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Justo H.San Justo.
gschID: 511865


Atletico Tostado - H.San Justo 77-52

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Atletico Tostado as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Metropolitana. Atletico Tostado smashed 3rd placed H.San Justo at home 77-52. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of H.San Justo. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with River Plate and P.Echague. H.San Justo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. H.San Justo will play next round against San Justino trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in San Justo to the arena of San Justino. Atletico Tostado will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Ameghino in Villa Maria.
gschID: 511864


Union Sunch. - Olimpico Ceres 77-69

Very expected game when 7th ranked Olimpico (4-9) was defeated on the road by third ranked Union de Sunchales (10-4) 77-69 on Friday. Union de Sunchales have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Union de Sunchales went down to fourth position (Centro) due to points difference. Olimpico lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Union de Sunchales will face Independ. Oliva (#6) in the next round. Olimpico will play against Ameghino and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511863


Ameghino - Central SJ 79-60

Rather predictable result in Villa Maria where second ranked Ameghino (10-3) outscored 5th ranked Central SJ (5-8) 79-60 on Friday. Ameghino have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Ameghino went down to third position (Centro) due to points difference. Loser Central SJ keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Ameghino will face Olimpico (#9) in Ceres in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Central SJ will play against the league's second-placed Deportivo Norte A. (#2) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511862


Mesopotamia
Union Goya - Capuchinos 86-80

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Capuchinos (4-8) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Union Goya (7-6) 86-80 on Friday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Union Goya moved-up to third place in Mesopotamia. Loser Capuchinos keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Union Goya will face league's leader Gualeguay in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Capuchinos will play against Saladas (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511464


Penarol - Gualeguay 67-81

Everything went according to plan in Rosario del Tala where first ranked Gualeguay (10-3) won against 4th placed Penarol (6-7) 81-67 on Friday. Gualeguay have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Gualeguay maintains first place in Mesopotamia with 10-3 record. Loser Penarol dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Gualeguay will face Union Goya (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Penarol will play against Regatas CU in Concepcion del Urug. and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511463


Ferrocarril C. - Regatas U. 90-88

Everything could happen in Concordia at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Ferrocarril and 6th ranked Regatas CU had identical 5-7 record. This time Ferrocarril used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Concepcion del Urug. 90-88 on Friday night. Ferrocarril (6-7) moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Penarol. Regatas CU lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Ferrocarril will face higher ranked Atletico TL (#4) in Rosario del Tala in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Regatas CU will play at home against Penarol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511462


Metropolitana
Estudiantil - Ramos Mejia 71-77

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Ramos Mejia (10-5) defeated on the road 8th ranked Estudiantil (4-11) 77-71 on Sunday. Ramos Mejia moved-up to third place in Metropolitana. Loser Estudiantil dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Ramos Mejia will face league's leader Atletico Tostado on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Estudiantil will play against the league's leader P.Echague (#1) in Buenos Aires and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511591


H.San Justo - River Plate 77-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed H.San Justo's (10-6) home loss to second ranked River Plate (11-4) 77-83 on Sunday. River Plate keeps a position of Metropolitana leader, which they share with P.Echague. Loser H.San Justo dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. River Plate will face Union Vecinal (#6) in La Plata in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. H.San Justo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Justo to the arena San Justino.
gschID: 511590


Union Vecinal - Atletico Tostado 74-75

Important game to mention about took place in La Plata. Fourth ranked Atletico Tostado (11-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Union Vecinal (8-7) 75-74 on Sunday evening. Atletico Tostado keeps a position of Metropolitana leader, which they share with River Plate and P.Echague. Union Vecinal lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Atletico Tostado will face Ameghino (#3) in Villa Maria in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Union Vecinal will play on the road against the league's second-placed River Plate in Buenos Aires and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511588


Villa Mitre CF - RC Avellaneda 81-71

There was a surprise result in Buenos Aires where ninth ranked Villa Mitre CF (5-10) beat higher ranked RC Avellaneda (8-7) 81-71 on Sunday. Villa Mitre CF moved-up to eighth place in Metropolitana. Newly promoted RC Avellaneda keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Villa Mitre CF will face higher ranked H.San Justo (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. RC Avellaneda will play against Estudiantes LP in La Plata and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511589


Estudiantes LP - P.Echague 63-79

Not a big story in a game in La Plata where 10th ranked Estudiantes LP (1-14) was defeated by first ranked P.Echague (11-4) 79-63 on Sunday. P.Echague maintains first place in Metropolitana with 11-4 record, which they share with River Plate. Estudiantes LP lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. P.Echague will face Estudiantil (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Estudiantes LP will play against RC Avellaneda and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511587


Villa Mitre CF - Ramos Mejia 69-68

There was a surprise result in Buenos Aires where ninth ranked Villa Mitre CF (5-10) edged 4th placed Ramos Mejia (10-5) 69-68 on Friday. Villa Mitre CF moved-up to eighth place in Metropolitana. Newly promoted Ramos Mejia dropped to the third position with five games lost. Villa Mitre CF will face higher ranked H.San Justo (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ramos Mejia will play against the league's leader Atletico Tostado having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 511586


RC Avellaneda - H.San Justo 70-66

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed H.San Justo (10-6) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked RC Avellaneda (8-7) 70-66 on Friday. RC Avellaneda have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted RC Avellaneda maintains fifth place in Metropolitana with 8-7 record, which they share with Union Vecinal. Loser H.San Justo dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. RC Avellaneda will face Estudiantes LP (#10) in La Plata in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. H.San Justo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Justo to the arena San Justino.
gschID: 511585


Union Vecinal - P.Echague 60-71

No shocking result in a game in La Plata where first ranked P.Echague (11-4) defeated 6th ranked Union Vecinal (8-7) 71-60 on Friday. P.Echague maintains first place in Metropolitana with 11-4 record, which they share with River Plate. Union Vecinal lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. P.Echague will face Estudiantil (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Union Vecinal will play against the league's second-placed River Plate (#2) in Buenos Aires and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511584


Atletico Tostado - River Plate 99-54

There was a minor upset when much higher ranked River Plate (11-4) was rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Atletico Tostado (11-4) 99-54 on Friday. It was a key game for the top position in Metropolitana. Atletico Tostado keeps a position of Metropolitana leader, which they share with River Plate and P.Echague. Atletico Tostado will face Ameghino (#3) in Villa Maria in the next round, which may be the game of the day. River Plate will play at home against Union Vecinal and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511583


Estudiantil - Estudiantes LP 82-77

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Estudiantil (4-11) beat at home 10th ranked Estudiantes LP (1-14) 82-77 on Friday. Despite that victory Estudiantil went down to ninth position (Metropolitana) due to points difference. Estudiantes LP lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. Estudiantil will face league's leader P.Echague in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Estudiantes LP will play against RC Avellaneda (#5) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511582


Noa
Olimpia Catam. - N.Avellaneda Tuc. 73-93

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Olimpia Catam.'s (6-8) home loss to fourth ranked N.Avellaneda Tuc. (8-6) 73-93 on Friday. Newly promoted N.Avellaneda Tuc. maintains fourth place in Noa with 8-6 record. Loser Olimpia Catam. keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. N.Avellaneda Tuc. will face UD Nueva Oran (#6) on the road in the next round. Olimpia Catam. will play against Amancay LR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511365


Amancay LR - San Martin LR 80-77

A very interesting game took place in La Rioja. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent San Martin LR (9-4) to third ranked Amancay LR (9-5) 80-77 on Friday evening. Newly promoted Amancay LR maintains third place in Noa with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader P.Echague. San Martin LR at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Amancay LR's next round opponent will be Olimpia Catam. (#5) in Catamarca. San Martin LR will play at home against Hindu BBC and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511364


Group Oeste
Independ.N. - C.Espanol P. 62-69

Everything went according to plan in Neuquen where second ranked C.Espanol P. (10-3) won against 5th ranked Independ.N. (3-9) 69-62 on Friday. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. maintains second place in Oeste with 10-3 record behind leader P.Echague. Loser Independ.N. keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. C.Espanol P. will face league's leader Perfora in Plaza Huincul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Independ.N. will play at home against Anzorena (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511780


Anzorena - Rivadavia M. 75-87

There was no surprise in Mendoza where 6th ranked Anzorena (1-14) was defeated by third ranked Rivadavia M. (10-4) 87-75 on Friday. Rivadavia M. maintains third place in Oeste with 10-4 record behind leader P.Echague. Anzorena lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Rivadavia M. will face M.Junin (#4) in the next round. Anzorena will play against the league's leader Perfora in Plaza Huincul and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511779





TNA Round 23: Parque Sur lose to Ciclista - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as five games ended with a tiny margin. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise took place in Juninense where host Ciclista (14-7) beat league's leader Parque Sur (13-8) 96-78 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Parque Sur. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Ciclista. Parque Sur managed to win fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ciclista dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Parque Sur's 50 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Ciclista forced 19 Parque Sur turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Ciclista's coach Facundo Sucatzky used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) produced 14 points and 4 assists for the guests. Ciclista used an opportunity after Olimpo BB lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Parque Sur at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Olimpo BB. Parque Sur will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Ciclista will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked La Union in Colon.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Union SF (16-5) in Chaco. Visitors were defeated by Hindu (18-3) 94-84. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Pablo Moya contributed with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) answered with 22 points for Union SF. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hindu have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record which they share with defeated Union SF. Union SF at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Comunicaciones. Hindu will play against BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round. Union SF will play against Independiente BBC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Rocamora between Rocamora and Olimpo. Fifth ranked Rocamora (10-9) got a very close home victory over leader Olimpo (14-7). Rocamora managed to escape with a 3-point win 75-72 on Thursday evening. It was a great evening for Matias Novello who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dwayne Smith responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Olimpo's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Rocamora. They maintain fifth place with 10-9 record. Loser Olimpo still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Ciclista. Rocamora will meet at home higher ranked Alianza Viedma (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpo will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Carmen de Patagones. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked CA Temperley (11-9) to fifth ranked Atenas (10-12) 90-88 on Wednesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Cesar Lavoratornuovo who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They maintain fifth place with 10-12 record. CA Temperley lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Atenas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Estudiantes O. in Olavarria and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Plaza Huincul. Sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (7-14) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked La Union (5-15) 86-84 in the game for the sixth place. The best player for the winners was Cedric Blossom who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Petr.Argentino maintains sixth place with 7-14 record which they share with defeated La Union. La Union lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Petr.Argentino will have a break next round.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Comunicaciones defeated Independiente BBC in Mercedes 76-68. Hindu smashed Villa San Martin at home 79-54. Barrio Parque won against SP Las Parejas on the opponent's court 88-81. Mitre Tuc. managed to outperform San Isidro in a home game 101-97. La Union recorded a loss to Huracan on the road 69-66. Temperley defeated Platense on its own court 83-80. Gimnasia LP was beaten by Atenas Carmen in Carmen de Patagones 87-80. Villa Angela lost to Union SF at home 79-93. San Isidro unfortunately lost to Salta Basket on the opponent's court 73-77. BHY Tiro Federal managed to beat SP Las Parejas in a home game 82-65. Independiente BBC was defeated by Obera TC on the road 83-74. Alianza Viedma beat Gimnasia LP on its own court 96-93.
The best stats of 23th round was 30 points and 6 rebounds by Jose Muruaga of Mitre Tuc..

Independiente BBC - Comunicaciones 68-76

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Independiente BBC (6-15) was defeated at home by second ranked Comunicaciones (16-5) 76-68 on Sunday. Comunicaciones made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Comunicaciones outrebounded Independiente BBC 37-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Ariel Pau (184-84) chipped in 15 points. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Milton Vittar (185-91) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Victor Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Independiente BBC players scored in double figures. Comunicaciones keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Union SF. Newly promoted Independiente BBC keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Salta Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Independiente BBC will play against the league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: N.Lauria 21+8reb+3ast, A.Pau 15+4reb+2ast, G.Essengue 11+1reb+1ast, S.Ferreyra 9+2reb, M.Aristu 7+8reb+1ast, C.Romero 5+2reb+1ast
Independiente BBC: M.Vittar 13+5reb+3ast, J.Aprea 12+4reb+1ast, B.Ingrata 11+3reb+3ast, M.Martinez 11+2reb+1ast, J.Angel Lopez 9+3reb+2ast, V.Hugo Cajal 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 523872


Hindu - Villa San Martin 79-54

No shocking result in a game in Chaco where first ranked Hindu (18-3) smashed 5th ranked Villa San Martin (8-13) 79-54 on Sunday. The game without a history. Hindu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Villa San Martin to just 6 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was forward Sebastian Picton (196-92) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Agustin Carnovale (195-86) produced 13 points and American-Haitian forward Clide Geffrard (198-94, college: SF Austin) added 14 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Hindu. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Villa San Martin lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Hindu will face BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round. Villa San Martin will play at home against BHY Tiro Federal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hindu: S.Picton 14+6reb+1ast, N.Paletta 12+1reb+1ast, K.Jones 11+7reb, M.Robledo 10+2reb, J.Mas Delfino 9+2reb+1ast, M.Coronel 7+4reb+4ast
Villa San Martin: C.Geffrard 14+3reb, A.Carnovale 13+4reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 7+2reb+3ast, A.Toledo 6+4reb, J. Corvalan 6+2reb+3ast, J.Morales 5+1ast
gschID: 523871


SP Las Parejas - Barrio Parque 81-88

Rather expected game in Las Parejas where 6th ranked Sportivo (5-16) was defeated by third ranked Barrio Parque (12-7) 88-81 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 52-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Andres Mariani (188-87) who scored 30 points and 6 assists. Power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-91) produced 23 points and 5 assists and guard Augusto Rossi (192-88) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Sportivo players scored in double figures. Barrio Parque moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Sportivo keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Barrio Parque will face San Isidro (#3) in San Francisco in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sportivo will play against Independiente BBC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 30+3reb+6ast, E.Martina 16+7reb+1ast, L.Guerra 11+3reb+1ast, S.Cabello 9+3reb+2ast, E.Cantarutti 7+4reb+3ast, L.Rivata 6+2reb+2ast
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 23+4reb+5ast, A.Rossi 20+3reb+4ast, M.Olocco 13+5reb+3ast, M.Negri 12+12reb+1ast, A. Meinero 7+1reb+2ast, M.Luchi 3+1ast
gschID: 523870


Mitre Tuc. - San Isidro 101-97

There was a surprise result in Tucuman where seventh ranked Mitre Tuc. (6-15) beat second-ranked San Isidro (12-10) 101-97 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. Pablo Osores (194-86) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists. Power forward Sebastian Acevedo (198-90, agency: DTMones) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Andres Landoni (202-90) added 23 points respectively for the guests. Four Mitre Tuc. and five San Isidro players scored in double figures. Mitre Tuc. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Independiente BBC. San Isidro lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Mitre Tuc. will face league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Isidro will play at home against the league's second-placed Barrio Parque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: J.Muruaga 30+6reb, T.Brown 21+4reb+1ast, P.Osores 21+4reb+6ast, L.Arganaraz 15+11reb, R.Banegas 7+5reb+1ast, F.Toia 7+3reb+3ast
San Isidro: A.Landoni 23+4reb+1ast, S.Acevedo 21+7reb+1ast, J.Kelly 16+3reb+4ast, S.Gonzalez 15+12reb+1ast, M.Corzo 11+3reb+1ast, M.Muller 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523873


Huracan - La Union 69-66

Not a big story in a game in Trelew where 6th ranked La Union (5-15) was edged by fourth ranked Huracan (12-11) 69-66 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan forward Juan Coronado (203-90, college: Liberty) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Lisandro Ruiz Moreno (183-89) chipped in 21 points. Center Facundo Mendoza (200-84) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and Sergio Ravina (194-86) added 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Huracan. They moved-up to third place. La Union lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Huracan will have a break next round. La Union will play at home against the league's leader Ciclista (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Huracan: L.Ruiz Moreno 21+3reb, J.Coronado 19+9reb, J.Hill 10+3reb+3ast, M.Melo 10+3reb, F.Cosolito 7+1ast, J.Ignacio Laterza 2+2reb
La Union: S.Ravina 15+2reb+1ast, R.Brown 12+1reb, F.Mendoza 11+6reb+1ast, C.Buendia 11+1ast, D.Cabezas 8+6reb, J.Pegues 6+2reb
gschID: 523867


Temperley - Platense 83-80

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked CA Temperley (11-9) edged at home 3rd placed CA Platense (11-9) 83-80 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CA Platense won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when CA Temperley won last quarter 16-14. The best player for the winners was American forward Delwan Graham (203-88, college: Jacksonville) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. Center Sebastian Chaine (201-86) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ignacio Romani (181-90) produced 20 points and 4 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and center Alejandro Pappalardi (198-80) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four CA Temperley and five CA Platense players scored in double figures. CA Temperley moved-up to third place, which they share with Alianza Viedma and Platense. CA Temperley will have a break next round. CA Platense will play at home against Gimnasia LP and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Temperley: S.Chaine 21+6reb+3ast, D.Graham 21+16reb+1ast, L.Ortiz 13+3reb+3ast, L.Ibanez Paz 10+3reb+4ast, R.Pelorosso 7+3reb+3ast, A.Eiguren 7+5reb+4ast
Platense: I.Romani 20+3reb+4ast, D.Mansilla 14+7reb, F.Pais 13+4reb+5ast, A.Pappalardi 12+9reb+2ast, S.Suarez 10+2reb+2ast, E.Cassinelli 5+1reb
gschID: 523866


Atenas Carmen - Gimnasia LP 87-80

There was no surprise in Carmen de Patagones where 7th ranked Gimnasia LP (4-18) was defeated by fifth ranked Atenas (10-12) 87-80 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Emiliano Agostino (191-84) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Leonardo La Bella (180-86) produced 21 points and 7 assists and power forward Lisandro Villa (198-87) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Atenas and four Gimnasia LP players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They maintain fifth place with 10-12 record. Gimnasia LP lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. Atenas will face league's second-placed Estudiantes O. in Olavarria in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gimnasia LP will play on the road against CA Platense (#3) in Florida and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 25+6reb+3ast, E.Agostino 14+7reb+3ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 13+1reb, H.Wilkerson 12+4reb+2ast, M.Percaz 11+3reb, B.Oprandi 4+5reb+4ast
Gimnasia LP: L.La Bella 21+2reb+7ast, L.Villa 14+10reb+1ast, J.Lancieri 13+2reb, R.Salvatierra 10+2reb, M.Segon 9+6reb+1ast, E.Rusconi 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523868


Villa Angela - Union SF 79-93

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Union SF (16-5) defeated on the road 3rd placed Villa Angela (12-8) 93-79 on Saturday. Union SF forced 19 Villa Angela turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Union SF especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Villa Angela was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) who scored 21 points. Point guard Tomas Acosta (180-91) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Union SF players scored in double figures. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Cesar Avalle (189-85) produced 28 points and Alejandro Spalla (197-89, agency: DTMones) added 15 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the hosts. Union SF maintains first place with 16-5 record, which they share with Comunicaciones. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third position with eight games lost. Union SF will face Independiente BBC (#5) in the next round. Villa Angela will play against Villa San Martin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 21+4reb+3ast, T.Acosta 16+7reb+1ast, P.Tabarez 13+4reb+2ast, M.Isola 12+2reb+1ast, F.Podesta 10+5reb+2ast, M.Williams 5+1reb
Villa Angela: C.Avalle 28+3reb+2ast, A.Spalla 15+3reb+2ast, N.Carter 10+2reb, M.Cequeira 9+6reb+3ast, M.Garcia 8+7reb+2ast, A.Zago 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523869


Salta Basket - San Isidro 77-73

There was a minor upset when second-ranked San Isidro (12-10) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Salta Basket (8-11) 77-73 on Friday. The best player for the winners was American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Rodrigo Haag (193-95) chipped in 16 points. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Martin Muller (191-85) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Salta Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BHY Tiro Federal. San Isidro lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Salta Basket will face league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Isidro will play at home against the league's second-placed Barrio Parque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 19+5reb+2ast, R.Haag 16+2reb+3ast, M.Fioretti 13+4reb+3ast, I.Okoye 10+7reb, G.Eseverri 9+8reb+3ast, S.Punet 4+3reb+7ast
San Isidro: J.Kelly 15+3reb, S.Gonzalez 15+8reb, M.Muller 12+5reb+5ast, G.Sciutto 9+7reb+1ast, S.Acevedo 9+3reb, M.Corzo 8+2reb
gschID: 523865


Ciclista - Parque Sur 96-78

The biggest surprise took place in Juninense where host Ciclista (14-7) beat league's leader Parque Sur (13-8) 96-78 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Parque Sur. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Ciclista. Parque Sur managed to win fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ciclista dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Parque Sur's 50 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Ciclista forced 19 Parque Sur turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Ciclista's coach Facundo Sucatzky used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) produced 14 points and 4 assists and point guard Augustin Richard (176-90) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Ciclista used an opportunity after Olimpo BB lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Parque Sur at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Olimpo BB. Parque Sur will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Ciclista will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked La Union in Colon.
Top scorers:
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 23+5reb, A.Harrison 21+8reb+4ast, M.Araujo 12+4reb+1ast, N.Paciotti 8+1reb+2ast, P.Martinez 8+1reb+6ast, A.Merlo 8+4reb+7ast
Parque Sur: A.Richard 15+4reb+1ast, P.Alderete 14+3reb, G.Mariani 14+3reb+4ast, E.Bolling 8+3reb+1ast, J.Stroud 8+5reb, E.Martinez 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 523864


BHY Tiro Federal - SP Las Parejas 82-65

Rather predictable result in Morteros where fourth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (8-11) beat 6th ranked Sportivo (5-16) 82-65 on Thursday. BHY Tiro Federal made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Sportivo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Spanish swingman Martin Maximiliano (189-90) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four BHY Tiro Federal players scored in double figures. Point guard Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-91) produced 14 points and center Mauro Negri (200-81) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fourth place with 8-11 record, which they share with Salta Basket. Newly promoted Sportivo keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal will face Villa San Martin (#5) in Resistencia in the next round. Sportivo will play against Independiente BBC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: M.Maximiliano 21+5reb+4ast, P.Lockett 18+13reb+4ast, J.Xynos 14+3reb+2ast, M.Ceruti 11+2reb+3ast, T. Lucero 9+1reb, L.Cecchi 7+4reb+1ast
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 14+2reb+2ast, U.Pasqualetto 9+3reb, M.Negri 8+8reb+2ast, M.Olocco 8+4reb, A.Rossi 7+3reb, A.Pautasso 5+2reb
gschID: 523863


Obera TC - Independiente BBC 83-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Independiente BBC (6-15) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Obera TC (6-14) 83-74 on Thursday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Independiente BBC won fourth quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obera TC dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Independiente BBC's 24. The best player for the winners was guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Joaquin Deck (198-92) chipped in 18 points. Point guard Victor Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) produced 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and center Julian Aprea (209-87) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Obera TC. They maintain sixth place with 6-14 record. Newly promoted Independiente BBC keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Obera TC will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Independiente BBC will play on the road against the league's leader Union SF (#1) in Santa Fe and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 18+3ast, J.Deck 18+3reb, M.Gandoy 16+7reb+8ast, A.Joseph 13+8reb, S.Luduena 9+6reb+4ast, I.Luna 4+7reb
Independiente BBC: M.Vittar 17+2reb+2ast, J.Aprea 16+6reb+2ast, J.Angel Lopez 14+5reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 10+6reb+8ast, M.Martinez 9+2reb, B.Ingrata 8+5reb
gschID: 523858


Petr.Argentino - La Union 86-84

Important game to mention about took place in Plaza Huincul. Sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (7-14) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked La Union (5-15) 86-84 in the game for the sixth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-19. But La Union won second period 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petr.Argentino made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Strangely La Union outrebounded Petr.Argentino 33-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Cedric Blossom (198, college: Morgan St., agency: DTMones) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Italian point guard Mariano Castets (183-83) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Power forward David Cabezas (197-88) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds and American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) added 22 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Petr.Argentino maintains sixth place with 7-14 record which they share with defeated La Union. La Union lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Petr.Argentino will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: C.Blossom 19+7reb+2ast, M.Castets 19+1reb+4ast, D.Pineda 17+3reb+3ast, S.Gandolfo 11+3reb+2ast, D.Dodson 7+2reb+1ast, L.Diaz 7+3reb+1ast
La Union: R.Brown 22+2reb, F.Mendoza 16+5reb+2ast, M.Solanas 13+2ast, D.Cabezas 10+18reb+3ast, J.Pegues 10+2reb, P.Bogado 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523859


Hindu - Union SF 94-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Union SF (16-5) in Chaco. Visitors were defeated by Hindu (18-3) 94-84. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Hindu players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Pablo Moya (203-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Hindu players scored in double figures. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) answered with 22 points and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Union SF. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hindu have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record which they share with defeated Union SF. Union SF at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Comunicaciones. Hindu will play against BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round. Union SF will play against Independiente BBC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 24+9reb+4ast, P.Fernandez 14+6reb+4ast, P.Moya 12+12reb+1ast, N.Paletta 12+3reb+8ast, F.Vieta Stechina 12+3reb, S.Picton 10+2reb+1ast
Union SF: B.Barovero 22+4reb+3ast, M.Williams 13+6reb, P.Tabarez 12+8reb+5ast, F.Podesta 10+4reb, T.Acosta 9+3reb+6ast, M.Isola 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 523862


Rocamora - Olimpo BB 75-72

A very close game took place in Rocamora between Rocamora and Olimpo. Fifth ranked Rocamora (10-9) got a very close home victory over leader Olimpo (14-7). Rocamora managed to escape with a 3-point win 75-72 on Thursday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-72. It was a great evening for center Matias Novello (198-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) helped adding 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Rocamora players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Dwayne Smith (198-89, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) scored 14 points. Olimpo's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Rocamora. They maintain fifth place with 10-9 record. Loser Olimpo still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Ciclista. Rocamora will meet at home higher ranked Alianza Viedma (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: M.Novello 17+8reb+6ast, I.Davico 17+6reb+5ast, M.Cuello 13+3reb+2ast, F.Benitez 10+1reb, A.Space 9+6reb, G.Dellavedova 3+1reb+1ast
Olimpo BB: D.Smith 14+7reb+1ast, C.Schoppler 14+2reb+2ast, F.Pennacchotti 10+2reb, J.Fabio 9+7reb, T.Granado 8+7reb+2ast, R.Iglesias 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 523861


Alianza Viedma - Gimnasia LP 96-93

Everything went according to plan in Rio Negro where fourth ranked Alianza Viedma (11-9) edged 7th ranked Gimnasia LP (4-18) 96-93 on Thursday. Alianza Viedma shot 35 for 51 from the free-throw line, while Gimnasia LP only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Gimnasia LP was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Mateo Gaynor (199-90) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Lisandro Villa (198-87) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and forward Maximiliano Segon (200-91) added 22 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Alianza Viedma. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Platense and Temperley. Gimnasia LP lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. Alianza Viedma will face Rocamora (#5) on the road in the next round. Gimnasia LP will play against CA Platense in Florida and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: L.Nwogbo 21+7reb+1ast, O.McCullough 19+4reb, M.Gaynor 18+11reb+1ast, P.Franco 16+4reb+2ast, M.Tabieres 10+3reb, A.Knecht 7+7reb+2ast
Gimnasia LP: M.Segon 22+8reb+1ast, L.Villa 21+12reb+3ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 12+2reb, E.Rusconi 12+6reb+2ast, R.Salvatierra 11+2reb, L.Capponi Febo 11+2reb
gschID: 523860


Atenas Carmen - Temperley 90-88

A very interesting game took place in Carmen de Patagones. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked CA Temperley (11-9) to fifth ranked Atenas (10-12) 90-88 on Wednesday evening. CA Temperley was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 28-17 charge of Atenas, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Cesar Lavoratornuovo (190-91) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Agustin Giarraffa (188-94) accounted for 22 points for the winning side. American forward Delwan Graham (203-88, college: Jacksonville) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and guard Lucas Ortiz (190-87) added 18 points respectively for CA Temperley in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They maintain fifth place with 10-12 record. CA Temperley lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Atenas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Estudiantes O. in Olavarria and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: A.Giarraffa 22+2reb, C.Lavoratornuovo 16+6reb+2ast, E.Agostino 15+1reb, S.Cutley 13+6reb+2ast, H.Wilkerson 12+5reb+2ast, G.Peralta 7+4reb+1ast
Temperley: L.Ortiz 18+2reb+1ast, D.Graham 18+13reb, S.Chaine 13+2reb, L.Ibanez Paz 11+3reb, A.Eiguren 11+3reb+5ast, R.Pelorosso 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523857





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

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

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

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a victory against the tenth-ranked FC Barcelona (8-12) 93-79 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Laprovittola scored 5 points and added 5 passes in 12 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (12-8) is placed sixth in group A. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Laprovittola's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in two games. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria). Vay could not help Arkadia Lions (8-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Arkadia Lions were badly defeated 87-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#3). Vay was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. It's Vay's fourth season with the team. Vay has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 79.0%. Vay is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Former Instituto de Cordoba starter played for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #4. Guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (36-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs (36-11) were defeated 105-101 in Dallas by the Mavericks. Ginobili scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 15th year in Spurs' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. Ginobili has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #5. International power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Brooklyn Nets (9-38) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (32-14) in the NBA. Scola scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets (9-38) lost 116-124 in Cleveland to the Cavaliers. It was Nets' fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Scola's total stats are: 5.4ppg and 3.9rpg in 34 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. Scola plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #6. Point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (1-3) in their game against Gran Canaria (2-2) in the Eurocup. Despite his good performance last Wednesday He recorded 11 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Campazzo has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.7apg and 2.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #7. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-15) 73-63. He recorded 11 points in 29 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (6-12) is placed 14th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Delia has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.4rpg in 18 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Stefano Pierotti
Stefano Pierotti
   #8. Point guard Stefano Pierotti (185-98, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Macae (3-13) crushing them 87-67 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. He recorded 9 points. Paschoalotto/Bauru (10-6) is placed fourth in the NBB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Pierotti averages only 1.5ppg. He plays currently for the Argentinian U18 national team.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #9. International swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (16-34) crushing them 122-73 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Brussino recorded 8 points in only 12 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 17-30 record this season. It's Brussino's first year with the team. He has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.4rpg in 27 games. Brussino is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #10. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Stevnsgade (0-18) crushing them 106-84 in the Danish Ligaen last Friday. He scored only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. Svendborg Rabbits (11-8) is placed third in the Ligaen. Porta has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in 18 games. He is a former international player as nine years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valmontone in their game against Cefalu in the Italian Serie B (third division). Caceres scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. His team lost 68-75. Caceres' stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg in 12 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the 13th-ranked AV Cantu (7-10) crushing them 93-72 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Filloy recorded only 4 points and added 7 passes. Umana Reyer Venezia (12-5) is placed second in the Serie A. It's Filloy's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88, currently plays in Brazil) could not help Liga Sorocaba (4-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Liga Sorocaba lost 64-74 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Campo Mourao. Cafferata was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 assists in 34 minutes. It was Liga Sorocaba's third consecutive loss in a row. Cafferata has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.1apg and 1.6spg in 16 games he played so far.

   #3. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help FCM Ferentino (8-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Musso's very good performance the 12th-placed FCM Ferentino (8-11) was defeated 92-82 at home by the much higher-ranked Treviglio (#3) in the West group. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Musso also added 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Musso has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.7spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to secure a victory for Paulistano (11-7) in their game against Mogi (9-7) in the Brazilian NBB. Hure scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. Paulistano was edged 78-77 on their home court in Sao Paolo by the lower-ranked (#8) Mogi. Hure has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in nine games.

   #5. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a 1-point CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro's victory against the closely-ranked Flamengo (11-5) 78-77 in a derby game in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. He scored 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro (7-5) is placed second in the NBB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Palacios has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg.

   #6. Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88, currently plays in Chile) led CD Tinguiririca San Fernando to a victory over the second-ranked Universidad de Concepcion 87-76 in the Chilean Liga Nacional on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Abeiro had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 40 minutes. Abeiro has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.5ppg, 11.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.8spg in 36 games.

   #7. Experienced Patricio Prato (194-F/G-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Imola's victory against the ninth-ranked Jesi 93-89 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Prato scored 17 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Prato has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Lighthouse TR (9-10) in their last game. Despite Filloy's very good performance the tenth-placed Lighthouse TR lost 83-96 on their home court in Trapani to the lower-ranked (#11) Novipiu Casale in the West group. He recorded 17 points in 34 minutes. Filloy has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg in 17 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) couldn't help SK Knights (12-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kim's good performance SK Knights were defeated 84-76 on their home court in Seoul by the higher-ranked Goyang Orions (#3). He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kim has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 5.0rpg. He has South Korean and Argentinian nationalities.

   #10. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the New Orleans (6-2) in their last game. Despite Thomas' very good performance the New Orleans lost 61-71 on their home court in New Orleans to the Stephen F. Austin State University. He recorded 23 points in 38 minutes. Thomas has very impressive stats this year: 19.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Thomas has never played in Argentina.



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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Ware, United22.4 
 2. Randle, 36ers21.8 
 3. Cotton, Wildcats21.7 
 4. Prather, Wildcats19.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.1 
 6. Newley, Kings17.4 
 7. Goulding, United17.3 
 8. Penney, Breakers17.2 
 9. Lisch, Kings17.0 
 10. Clarke, Hawks16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  Bullets
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Craig, Bullets7.9 
 2. Boone, United7.6 
 3. Johnson, 36ers7.5 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.3 
 5. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 6. Whittington, Kings6.5 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Pledger, Breakers6.5 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.2 
 10. Majok, United6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.3 
 4. Dillard, Breakers4.6 
 5. Ware, United4.4 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.2 
 8. Sobey, 36ers4.0 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.6 
 5. Cotton, Wildcats1.4 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Whittington, Kings1.4 
 8. Harris, Hawks1.4 
 9. Ware, United1.3 
 10. Newley, Kings1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.6 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.6 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 4. Boone, United1.0 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.0 
 6. Jacobsen, 36ers0.8 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Knight, Wildcats0.7 
 9. Egwu, Taipans0.7 
 10. Wesley, United0.7 


Patrick Mills selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). Mills led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (9-38) crushing them 112-86 in the NBA last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Mills scored 20 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 36-11 record this season. It's Mills' fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 85.2%. Mills is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Houston Rockets (35-16) 127-114 in the NBA on Monday night. Dellavedova scored 16 points and added 7 assists in 31 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 21-26 record this season. This year Dellavedova has relatively solid stats: 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.3apg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 83.3% in 42 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania). Motum was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (5-16) crushing them 80-59 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. He scored 10 points in only 12 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (19-1) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. Motum has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 58.2%(53-91), 3FGP: 47.6%(20-42) and FT: 87.0% in 20 games. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #4. Forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against one of league's weakest teams SISU (7-13) 106-100 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. Trist scored 22 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Horsens IC (16-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Trist's first year with the team. Trist's stats this season are: 12.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2015.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #5. Former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in EuroCup) could not help Lietkabelis (1-3) in their last game. Despite Madgen's good performance Lietkabelis lost 72-78 at home to the leading Bayern Muenchen. He was the second best scorer with 11 points in 25 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Madgen's first season with the team. Madgen's stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg in 12 games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #6. Center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Nishinomiya Storks (22-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vandenberg's good performance the second-placed Nishinomiya Storks (22-10) were edged 73-72 on the road by the lower-ranked Aomori Watts (#4) in the Central group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 19 rebounds. This season Vandenberg averages: 8.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9bpg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Australian team nine years ago.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #7. Former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan) was the main contributor in Dragonflies' victory against the leader Toyotsu FE (24-8) 88-75 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. Dillon was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and added 4 passes in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Hiroshima Dragonflies (26-6) are placed first. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Dillon averaged so far 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.2apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

Lewis Thomas
Lewis Thomas
   #8. Forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Glasgow Rocks win their game against the league outsider Manchester Giants (3-17) 91-73 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Thomas scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Glasgow Rocks (12-4) is placed third in the BBL. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2011.

Daryl Corletto
Daryl Corletto
   #9. An experienced former U22 international guard Daryl Corletto (193-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Plymouth Raiders win their game against one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force (4-13) 83-73 in the British BBL last Sunday. Corletto recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes. Plymouth University Raiders (11-6) is placed fourth in the BBL. Corletto has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. Corletto used to play for the Australian U22 national team seventeen years ago.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #10. Forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv edge the eighth-ranked Enisey (6-9) 86-85 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (11-2) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Broekhoff's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 5.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team FMP win their game against the closely-ranked Cibona 84-75 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. Bolden scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Bolden averaged so far 12.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

   #12. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Los Angeles Lakers 96-88 in the NBA last Thursday. Ingles scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ingles' overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. International point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joe Ingles. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Exum was not able to secure a victory for the Utah Jazz in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He scored 8 points in only 14 minutes. His team was edged 97-95 in the NBA. This year Exum's overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg in 34 games. He is also Australian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Jack McVeigh (203-96, college: Nebraska, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Nebraska win their game against the Purdue University 83-80 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. McVeigh scored 21 points and blocked 2 shots. McVeigh's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international guard Rhys Carter (190-84, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Daryl Corletto and both played together in the last British BBL game. Carter helped Plymouth Raiders win their game against one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force 83-73. He recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. Carter averaged so far 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.2apg and 2.9spg in 16 games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (32-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers (32-14) were edged 124-122 on the road by the New Orleans Pelicans. Irving was the top scorer with 49 points. He also added 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) in 42 minutes. It's Irving's sixth season with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 24.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.6apg and 1.2spg in 40 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Estonia) led TU/Rock to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Valga (5-12) crushing them 82-56 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Tuesday night's game. Jois was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Jois' third season in pro basketball. Tartu Ulikool/Rock (13-2) is placed first in the Alexela KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Jois' first year with the team. This season he averages: 9.6ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.1apg.

   #3. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the Toronto Raptors (29-19) in the NBA. Maker scored 8 points in only 8 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks (21-26) were badly defeated 102-86 in Toronto by the Raptors. It was Bucks' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Maker's total stats are: 2.6ppg and 1.2rpg in 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #4. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Winthrop (5-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cooks' very good performance the Winthrop was edged 83-80 in High Point by the University. He scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 5 blocks. This season Cooks has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6bpg.

   #5. Jock Landale (211-C, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Mary's, CA's surprising victory against the Santa Clara University (1-1) 72-59 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Landale had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Saint Mary's College of California has a very good 5-1 conference record this season. It was St.Mary's, CA's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Landale has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg in 20 games.

   #6. Joseph Acuil (213-F-94, is currently at the American university) helped Baylor win their game against the The University of Mississippi 78-75 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 16 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Acuil's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.9bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Sudanese.

   #7. Chima Moneke (198-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Cal-Davis win their game against the University of California-Irvine 74-65 in the NCAA last Saturday. Moneke scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 29 minutes. Moneke has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.2bpg in 20 games.

   #8. Duop Reath (208-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the LSU (1-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the LSU was defeated 77-64 at home by the Texas Tech University. Reath recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Reath averaged so far 13.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8bpg. He has both Australian and South Sudanese nationalities.

   #9. Anthony Semerad (196-SF-91, currently plays in Philippines) helped Globalport win their game against the closely-ranked Rain or Shine 117-99 in the Filipino PBA last Sunday. Semerad recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Semerad's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #10. Obi Kyei (203-F-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Eckerd College in their game against the Embry Riddle University in the NCAA2, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 34 minutes. But his team lost 80-93 in the NCAA2. Kyei averaged so far 11.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in 15 games.



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

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (7-11) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's good performance Sevilla lost 86-91 on the road to the league outsider (#17) La ICL Manresa. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It was Sevilla's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(38-57) and FT: 85.2% in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ortner managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the sixth-ranked Oradea (6-8) 89-78 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Ortner averages: 4.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 46.7% and FT: 58.3%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in EuroCup). He was not able to help ratiopharm Ulm in their game against Khimky (3-1) in the Eurocup. Kramer's contribution was not very remarkable in Wednesday's game. He recorded only 3 points. ratiopharm Ulm was edged 85-84 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Khimky. So far ratiopharm Ulm lost all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This season Kramer averages just 0.4ppg, 2FGP: 33.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and German. Former Redwell Gunners Oberwart starter played for the Austrian U16 national team four years ago.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (10-8) in their game against Joventut (5-13) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Schreiner did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. He recorded only 3 points in 14 minutes. Andorra lost 59-74 in Badalona to the much lower-ranked (#15) Joventut. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. This season Schreiner's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg in 18 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #5. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Braunschweig (2-13) in their game against ALBA Berlin (14-5) in the German BBL. Klepeisz recorded 7 points. Braunschweig was defeated 84-76 in Berlin by the much higher-ranked ALBA (#4). Klepeisz's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #6. Forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (10-8) in their game against Sammic ISB (13-5) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Hopfgartner scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. Navarra was crushed 93-57 at home by the leading Sammic ISB. This year Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

Valentine Bauer
Valentine Bauer
   #7. Former U20 international point guard Valentine Bauer (183-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Mars Hill College (2-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bauer's good performance the Mars Hill College was defeated 72-68 in Salisbury by the Catawba College. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bauer's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.5apg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team three years ago.

Mladen Perak
Mladen Perak
   #8. Forward Mladen Perak (203-94, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the St.Gregory's University (3-6) in their game against the Texas Wesleyan University (8-1) in the NAIA. Perak recorded 5 points and added 3 passes. The St.Gregory's University was crushed 100-79 in Fort Worth by the Texas Wesleyan University. Perak's total stats this season are: 2.2ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) could not help one of league's weakest teams Ovarense (8-9) in their last game. Despite Douvier's very good performance Ovarense lost 76-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) CAB Madeira. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Douvier's third season in pro basketball. This year Douvier has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.4apg in 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.

   #2. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Herzogenaurach in their game against TSV Troester (12-5) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Kaiser scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. The 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (3-14) was crushed 93-63 in Breitenguessbach by the much higher-ranked (#3) TSV Troester in the South-East group. It was Herzogenaurach's ninth consecutive loss in a row. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg in 17 games.



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  BAHAMAS  


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

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

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). He managed to help New Orleans Pelicans in a victory against the San Antonio Spurs (36-11) 119-103 in the NBA last Friday. Hield scored 5 points in 13 minutes on the court. The New Orleans Pelicans have 19-29 record this season. Hield has relatively good stats this year: 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 89.7% in 47 games he played so far. He played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Wagner to a 2-point victory against the St.Francis College (NY) (2-3) 66-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Carey Jr. had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Wagner College has 3-3 conference record this season. This year Carey Jr. has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 78.4% in 19 games. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). Cadot led Zornotza to a victory over the closely-ranked Albacete (5-13) 71-61 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Cadot recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Ametx Zornotza (9-9) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. It's Cadot's first season with the team. Cadot's overall stats this year are: 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 52.6% and FT: 33.3%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #4. Forward Travis Munnings (198-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the La-Monroe (0-5) in their last game. Despite Munnings' good performance the La-Monroe lost 63-73 on the road to the Arkansas State University. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 39 minutes. So far La-Monroe lost all five games in the conference Munnings has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 8.8rpg and 2.1apg in 20 games. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Tavario Miller
Tavario Miller
   #5. Former international forward Tavario Miller (203-94, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Texas A&M in their game against the Texas A&M University (13-6) in the NCAA. He scored 5 points in 18 minutes. The Texas A&M lost 76-80 in a derby game to the Texas A&M. Miller has been at the team for four years. This season Miller averages: 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team two years ago.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #6. Point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Michigan St.'s surprising victory against the University of Michigan (2-0) 70-62 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Nairn scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. The Michigan State University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nairn's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn is a former U17 international player as he played for the Bahamas team six years ago.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #7. An experienced former international power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Arenys (7-7) in their game against Calvia (10-4) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in only 12 minutes. The eighth-placed Arenys (7-7) lost 63-77 at home to the leading Calvia in the Group C-A. It was Arenys' third consecutive loss in a row. Turnquest averaged so far 11.1ppg and 6.3rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team eleven years ago.

Dwight Coleby
Dwight Coleby
   #8. Forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Kansas win their game against the University of Kentucky (5-0) 79-73 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. The University of Kansas have 5-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all five games in the conference. This year Coleby's overall stats are: 1.1ppg and 1.8rpg in 11 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2014.

Shamar Burrows
Shamar Burrows
   #9. Former U16 international guard Shamar Burrows (190-97, currently plays in Canada) helped Laurier University win their game against the Warriors (5-9) 82-75 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. The Laurier University has 8-8 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Burrows' total stats are: 6.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg in 16 games. He used to play for the Bahamas U16 national team four years ago.

Mikhail Rolle
Mikhail Rolle
   #10. Guard Mikhail Rolle (190-94, currently plays in NAIA) helped Saint Thomas University win their game against the Southeastern University 87-77 in the TSC last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Saint Thomas University has record this season. Rolle has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former U17 international player as six years ago he still played for the Bahamas national team.

   #11. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hap.Haifa (7-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Burrows' very good performance Hap.Haifa was edged 73-70 on their home court in by the higher-ranked Hasharon (#8). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Burrows also added 7 rebounds. Burrows has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 24.3ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg. Burrows plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a 2-point Golden State Warriors' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (21-27) 113-111 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very good 41-7 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. Thompson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg in 47 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) led SPO Rouen to a victory against the sixth-ranked STB Le Havre (9-7) 78-77 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fairell's second season in pro basketball. SPO Rouen Basket (6-10) is placed 15th in the ProB. It's Fairell's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. Fairell is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Texas' surprising victory against the The University of Oklahoma (3-0) 84-83 in the NCAA on Monday night. He scored 23 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. The The University of Texas have 1-4 conference record this season. This year Cleare averages: 8.6ppg and 5.1rpg in 20 games.

   #4. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) led Acadia University to a victory over the Panthers (6-7) 84-68 in the Canadian university league CIS in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Grant recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. The Acadia University has 5-8 record this season. It's Grant's first year with the team. Grant has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg.

   #5. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) could not help Stabill (3-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Knowles' good performance Stabill was crushed 97-71 on the road by the much higher-ranked PGE Turow (#5). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It's Knowles' first season with the team. This year Knowles has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.8bpg.

   #6. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Gandia (5-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Forbes' good performance Gandia was defeated 89-82 at home by the second-ranked CB Granada. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Forbes' stats this season are: 14.0ppg and 3.0rpg.

   #7. Romone Adderley (190-G, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Northeastern State University in their game against the Pittsburg State University in the NCAA2. Adderley scored 8 points. His team was crushed by 21 points 80-59 in the NCAA2. Adderley's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 2.1rpg.

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

   #9. McDonald Jean-Louis (190-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Webber International University in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jean-Louis' very good performance his team was defeated 105-94 in Ave Maria by the University. He recorded 18 points and had 3 steals. Jean-Louis has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.

   #10. Shavanno Cooper (198-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Palm Beach Atlantic University in their game against the Rollins College in the NCAA2. He scored 8 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 72-80 in the NCAA2. Cooper has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg in 11 games.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Four Macedonian clubs among top 8 in BIBL - by Mario Divanisov

Balkan League continues this week as the second stage will be opened on Tuesday with the games between BC Beroe - KK Sutjeska Niksic and KK Kozuv Gevgelija - KK Feni Industries in Bulgaria and Macedonia. The teams that progressed in the second stage count four Macedonian clubs as KK Kumanovo 2009, KK Feni Industries, Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje and KK Kozuv Gevgelija who survived the elementary stage with the Bulgarian side BC Beroe, Montenegrin KK Teodo Tivat and KK Sutjeska Niksic and KB Peja from Kosovo.
The eight clubs will divided within two groups "C" and "D" as BC Beroe and KK Kumanovo 2009 take the leadership position with 4 points from the first round.
In group "C": BC Beroe (4pts), KK Feni Industries (3pts), KK Sutjeska Niksic (3pts) and KK Kozuv Gevgelija (2pts).
In group "D": KK Kumanovo 2009 (4pts), KB Peja (3pts), Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (3pts) and KK Teodo Tivat (2pts).

The compilation of interesting games continues as one of the eight clubs will give the new champion of the "Balkans" since Sigal Prishtina was eliminated in the first round.



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Basketball Champions League Play-offs draw - by Eurobasket

The draw for the playoffs for the inaugural FIBA Basketball Champions League has been made, and has certainly thrown up some tantalising match-ups.
Of the twenty-four teams remaining in the competition out of the original forty, France's AS Monaco seem to be favourites most basketball betting sites, despite having to face the winners of the first playoff round game between Juventus and AEK Athens. Of that pairing, AEK Athens must be considered overwhelming favourites for that tie after finishing second in Group E as Juventus just scraped into the playoffs with an 8-6 record. An AEK win would set up a thrilling game with AS Monaco, with Monaco's Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) coming up against fellow American Michael Dixon.
Should Monaco slip up in their tie with either AEK or Juventus, then of the chasing pack perhaps Turkey's Besiktas would be best placed to march to the title. They too have a bye into the second round of the playoffs, where they will meet the winners of the tie between Germany's Fraport and Pinar Karsiyaka, also of Turkey. Fraport of Frankfurt who are the rank outsiders left in the competition, a juicy all-Turkish tie is surely on the cards.
The leading scorer in the qualifying rounds (even though he did not play all fourteen games) was powerful US-born forward Nicolas Minnerath of Russia's Avtodor Saratov. Despite having Minnerath in their ranks Saratov are not thought likely to challenge for the Champions League title, and have to negotiate a tricky tie with EWE Baskets of Germany if they want to progress. Saratov could only manage a 7-7 record in qualifying, whereas EWE Baskets ended up 10-4 to finish third in Group C. The winners of this tie will face Banvit of Turkey in the next round. Banvit finished second in Group A behind Monaco.
Group B winners Le Mans Sarthe of France will have to await the outcome of the tie between Dinamo Sassari of Italy and CEZ Nymburk from the Czech basketball league before they know who they will be facing. This preliminary tie is one of the closest to call, although Sassari might be considered the slight favourites, even though Nymburk finished the season with the better record. Either way, Le Mans must be considered the most likely team of the three to reach the final eight.
Of the remaining ties, Greece's Aris will play SIG Strasbourg of France for the right to meet ASVEL, also of France, in the round of sixteen. PAOK of Greece will meet Serbia's Partizan in the hope of progressing to the next round where fancied Ibnerostar Tenerife of Spain await. Maccabi RAND Media of Israel will play MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg of Germany, with the winner of that tie going on to play Neptunas of Lithuanuia, while Latvia's Ventspils will take on Italy's Umana Reyer Venezia to progress to play Avellino, also of Italy.
All ties will take place over two rounds on the 7th or 8th and the 21st or 22nd of February, 2017.



Jamon Lukas Gordon joins Aris - by Giorgos Diploidis

Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) is officially player of Aris Thessaloniki as it was announced by the team of Thessaloniki. Jamon Lukas Gordon after Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul will help the club of Dimitris Priftis (agency: Octagon Europe ) in the Greek competitions and in the Basketball Champions League.

Aris Thessaloniki has to face PAOK Thessaloniki in the rival game for the Basket League, Strasbourg IG for the Champions League and Panathinaikos Athens for the Greek cup final.

Gordon in the past has played again in Greece for GS Marousi (season 2009-10) and Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (2010-11).Last year in Darussafaka in euroleague Jamon Lukas Gordon had 8.2 ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.5 apg.


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  BELARUS  


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

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

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Rishon (8-8) in their last game. Despite Wayns' very good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 93-92 on the road by the lower-ranked (#10) Galil Gilboa. He was the second best scorer with 28 points. Wayns also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes on the court. It's Wayns' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Wayns averages: 15.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 43.2% and FT: 66.7% in eight games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to help Unics Kazan (7-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Parakhouski's very good performance the 14th-placed Unics Kazan (7-13) was defeated 86-81 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Fenerbahce in the group A of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Parakhouski also added 9 rebounds. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 65.9%(91-138) and FT: 78.0%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary). Pustahvar was the major contributor in a Falco KC's victory against the league leader Alba (12-3) crushing them 89-61 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Falco KC Szombathely (9-6) is placed fourth in the A Division. This year Pustahvar has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 63.0%(29-46), 3FGP: 45.7%(37-81) and FT: 86.1% in 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #4. Shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Estonian team Kalev/Cramo to a victory against the league outsider Parma (0-14) 85-79 in the VTB United League in Thursday night's game. Liutych scored 15 points. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (3-11) is placed second from the bottom (#12) in the VTB United League. They ended the series of nine consecutive loses. Liutych has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #5. An experienced former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Brose Baskets (7-13) in their game against Olympiacos (14-6) in the Euroleague. Veremeenko did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He scored only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets (#12) lost 77-83 in Athens to the much higher-ranked (#3) Olympiacos in the group A of Euroleague. It was Brose Baskets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Veremeenko's overall stats are: 1.9ppg and 1.5rpg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko used to play for the Belarusian national team ten years ago.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #6. Forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Avtodor (4-9) in their game against BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-9) in the VTB United League. Astapkovich cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. Avtodor was crushed 110-68 in Nizhny Novgorod by the higher-ranked (#9) BC Nizhny Novgorod. This year Astapkovich's total stats are: 1.5ppg and 1.5rpg in 11 games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Belarusian team six years ago.

Denis Vikentsyeu
Denis Vikentsyeu
   #7. U18 international power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Valmiera/ORDO-2 (4-4) 80-65 in the Latvian LBL2 (second division) last Tuesday. Vikentsyeu recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals. BK Ventspils Augstskola (10-0) is placed first in Places 13-21 group. So far his team won all ten games in the Second Stage. Vikentsyeu's stats this season are: 14.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. He is also Belarusian U18 national team player.

Vlad Mikulskiy
Vlad Mikulskiy
   #8. Guard Vlad Mikulskiy (192-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Vikentsyeu and both played together in the last Latvian LBL2 game. Mikulskiy contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Valmiera/ORDO-2 (4-4) 80-65. He scored 8 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. Mikulskiy's stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.7apg and 2.9spg in 15 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia) could not help Ryazan (3-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Ryazan was crushed 92-61 at home by the higher-ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (#8). Iurchik was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Iurchik's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

   #2. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Craiova in their game against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (4-13) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Solopa cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Craiova was edged 88-86 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#10). It was Craiova's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Solopa has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Moldovan.

   #3. Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for KTU (12-20) in their game against Delikatesas (12-19) in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Balaban cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. KTU (#4) lost 62-73 in Joniskis to the higher-ranked (#3) Delikatesas in the Places 8-14 group. Balaban has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg in 10 games he played so far. He has both Belarusian and Lithuanian nationalities.



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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Clark, Antwerp19.9 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven16.9 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tuttle, Limburg .16.1 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar15.7 
 6. Samhan, Leuven15.3 
 7. Simpson, Liege15.1 
 8. Ware, Antwerp14.6 
 9. Simmons, Brussels13.9 
 10. Katic, Oostende13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Anderson, Antwerp6.9 
 2. Ware, Antwerp6.9 
 3. Samhan, Leuven6.8 
 4. Tuttle, Limburg .6.5 
 5. Amis, Aalstar6.5 
 6. Fields, Liege6.4 
 7. Mann, Mons-Hainaut6.1 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.1 
 9. Dowe, Brussels6.1 
 10. Ubel, Brussels6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven5.3 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.2 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.9 
 5. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.4 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.1 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.1 
 8. Anderson, Limburg .4.0 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
 10. Simpson, Liege3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.7 
 3. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 4. Tuttle, Limburg .1.5 
 5. Swing, Limburg United1.5 
 6. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.1.4 
 8. Gugino, Liege1.3 
 9. Channels, Kango.1.2 
 10. Muya, Brussels1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.6 
 3. Bako, Leuven1.1 
 4. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 5. Bray, Brussels1.0 
 6. Fields, Liege0.9 
 7. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 8. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.8 
 10. Ware, Antwerp0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels19.7 
 2. Celis, Oxaco18.5 
 3. Lhoest, Ninane17.6 
 4. Baptista, Gistel O.17.2 
 5. Guillemyn, Waregem16.6 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 7. Van Hoey, Oxaco16.5 
 8. Lambrecht, Gistel O.16.2 
 9. Kotrulja, Gistel O.16.0 
 10. Hilliman, Melsele15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Lhoest, Ninane12.1 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.8 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.1 
 4. Fall, Ieper8.4 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels7.9 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.2 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.2 
 8. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.0 
 9. De Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 10. Rogiers, Giants B6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent LHOTE
  Gent Hawks
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.4 
 3. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.4 
 4. Lait, Royal Brussels4.3 
 5. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.9 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.7 
 7. Snyers, Houthalen3.3 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen2.8 
 10. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. De Lepeleire, Wareg.2.2 
 2. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 3. Benzouien, Royal B.1.9 
 4. Riahi, RPC A.1.7 
 5. Van den Bran., Eke.1.7 
 6. Van Hoey, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 9. Mwendanga, Giants B.1.4 
 10. Creppy, Royal B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.1 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.1 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.1.0 
 4. Samaey, Waregem0.8 
 5. De Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Van den Berg., Gent H.0.6 
 9. Dierickx, Ieper0.5 
 10. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.5 


Top Division I Round 19: Gembo BBC is defeated by Oxaco - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Gembo BBC (13-5) and fourth ranked Oxaco (13-5) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Gembo BBC was defeated by Oxaco in Borgerhout 80-67. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Gembo BBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for swingman Nick Celis (196-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Van Hoey (190-91) helped adding 21 points and 9 rebounds. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Anthony Vermeersch (202-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Oxaco moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Gembo BBC. Oxaco is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Gistel Oostende (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gembo BBC will play against Melsele (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked RPC Anderlecht managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive losses. This time newly promoted RPC Anderlecht won against eighth-ranked Melsele 78-71. It was an exceptional evening for guard Leon Nziye who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Constantin Tshimuanga accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Ivan Perez (185-90) came up with 26 points for Melsele in the defeat. RPC Anderlecht (4-13) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ekeren. Melsele at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Giants B and Royal Brussels. RPC Anderlecht will play against Ekeren (#13) on the road in the next round. Melsele will play against Gembo BBC (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top Division I top team - Waregem (15-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Ninane (6-11) 68-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ninane. Brecht Guillemyn fired 25 points for the winners. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Francois Lhoest produced 9 points and 22 rebounds for lost side. Waregem maintains first place with 15-3 record. Loser Ninane keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Waregem will meet Royal Brussels (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ninane will play against the league's second-placed Gent Hawks and hope to secure a win.
13th ranked Gistel Oostende (4-14) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Houthalen (10-8) with the biggest margin this round 98-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Bart Maesen who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists. Houthalen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Soba. Gistel Oostende at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Houthalen's next round opponent will be Soba (#5) in Antwerpen. Gistel Oostende will play on the road against Oxaco (#3) in Boechout and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Ekeren lost to Soba on the opponent's court 75-87. Ieper unfortunately lost to Royal Brussels in a home game 68-74. Giants B was rolled over Gent Hawks on the road 80-106.

Gistel Oostende - Houthalen 71-98

13th ranked Gistel Oostende (4-14) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Houthalen (10-8) with the biggest margin this round 98-71. Houthalen dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Gistel Oostende's 42. Strangely Gistel Oostende outrebounded Houthalen 36-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Bart Maesen (198-89) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists. Point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Center Justin Kohajda (203-96) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Abel Baptista (190-96) added 16 points in the effort for Gistel Oostende. Houthalen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Soba. Gistel Oostende at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Houthalen's next round opponent will be Soba (#5) in Antwerpen. Gistel Oostende will play on the road against Oxaco (#3) in Boechout and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: B.Maesen 26+2reb+4ast, C.Koonings 20+3reb+2ast, D.Clemente 18+5reb+1ast, V.Jatulevicius 9, D.Snyers 9+1reb+4ast, J.Smith 8+1reb+2ast
Gistel Oostende: A.Baptista 16+4reb+2ast, J.Kohajda 14+8reb, T.Lambrecht 11+6reb, S.Buysschaert 9+2reb, S.Hemeleers 8+3reb+7ast, L.Kotrulja 7+4reb+3ast
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Gembo BBC - Oxaco 67-80

The game between third ranked Gembo BBC (13-5) and fourth ranked Oxaco (13-5) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Gembo BBC was defeated by Oxaco in Borgerhout 80-67. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Gembo BBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for swingman Nick Celis (196-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Van Hoey (190-91) helped adding 21 points and 9 rebounds. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Anthony Vermeersch (202-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jens Bouckaert (-91) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Oxaco moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Gembo BBC. Oxaco is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Gistel Oostende (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gembo BBC will play against Melsele (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: N.Celis 28+10reb+3ast, S.Van Hoey 21+9reb, M.De Meyer 8+6reb+2ast, G.Nau 8+4reb, E.Derby 5+7reb, M.Van Gelder 4+2reb+2ast
Gembo BBC: A.Vermeersch 16+11reb, J.Bouckaert 14+5reb+1ast, S.Renier 8+6reb+1ast, P.Van Rillaer 8+5reb, T.Goethaert 7+8reb+5ast, T.Beaujean 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 488837


Soba - Ekeren 87-75

Very expected game in Antwerpen where 12th ranked Ekeren (4-13) was defeated by fifth ranked Soba (10-8) 87-75. Soba dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Ekeren's 30. 24 personal fouls committed by Ekeren helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for guard Yiri Deville (-94) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Amaury Marion (199-91) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Soba players scored in double figures. Guard Dave Van den Brande (189-82) answered with 23 points and forward Pieter De Cock (198-93) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ekeren. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Soba maintains fifth place with 10-8 record, which they share with Houthalen. Newly promoted Ekeren keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Soba's next round opponent will be Houthalen (#6) on the road. Ekeren will play against RPC Anderlecht (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soba: A.Marion 20+3reb+2ast, Y.Deville 18+6reb+3ast, D.Bogaerts 16+5reb+2ast, J.Balanga 10+4reb, M.Gorremans 7+2reb+2ast, R.Haerbos 6+3reb
Ekeren: D.Van den Brande 23+2reb+1ast, Z.Peeters 11+1reb, A.Rojas Palma 11+2reb, P.De Cock 8+5reb+2ast, M.Rademakers 6+4reb+1ast, F.Biot 6+1ast
gschID: 488835


Waregem - Ninane 68-60

Top Division I top team - Waregem (15-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Ninane (6-11) 68-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ninane. Ninane was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 19-7 charge of Waregem, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ninane to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Waregem forced 26 Ninane turnovers. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) fired 25 points for the winners. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Francois Lhoest (196-85) produced 9 points and 22 rebounds and the former international point guard Xavier Colette (185-85) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Waregem maintains first place with 15-3 record. Loser Ninane keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Waregem will meet Royal Brussels (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ninane will play against the league's second-placed Gent Hawks and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Waregem: B.Guillemyn 25+3reb+1ast, S.Naudts 10+6reb+1ast, B.Willy Samaey 9+6reb+3ast, L.De Lepeleire 9+6reb+2ast, R.Naudts 8+3reb, T.Foucart 7+9reb+2ast
Ninane: X.Colette 22+3reb, S.Maio 11+6reb+1ast, F.Lhoest 9+22reb+1ast, J.Dedave 5+3reb, R.Fassotte 5+3reb, G.Henrard 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 488831


Ieper - Royal Brussels 68-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Royal Brussels and 10th ranked Ieper had identical 7-10 record. But Ieper was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Brussels 74-68. Ieper was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 20-11 charge of Royal Brussels, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Royal Brussels players scored in double figures. Swingman Alexander Schepens (191-93) answered with 12 points and Spanish center Malick Fall (211-92) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ieper. Royal Brussels (8-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Melsele and Giants B. Ieper lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Royal Brussels' next round opponent will be league's leader Waregem in Waregem and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ieper will play on the road against Giants B (#7) in Antwerp and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Royal Brussels: S.Moris 20+16reb+2ast, T.Creppy 20+6reb+3ast, A.Hall 13+7reb+1ast, R.Benzouien 10+9reb+3ast, C.De Medina 7+3reb+3ast, E.Vangu 2+1reb
Ieper: A.Schepens 12+4reb+3ast, M.Fall 10+8reb+1ast, C.Benoot 10+4reb+1ast, R.Mestdagh 9+2reb+2ast, M.Diop 8+6reb+2ast, R.Luyten 7+3reb
gschID: 488834


Gent Hawks - Giants B 106-80

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Giants B (8-10) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Gent Hawks (14-3) 106-80. Gent Hawks shot 65.6 percent from the field. Gent Hawks outrebounded Giants B 37-24 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Giants B's players. It was a very good performance for point guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Joeri Vermoesen contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. Center Bert Van Den Broek (201-92) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (186-96) added 15 points in the effort for Giants B. Giants B's coach Thomas Crab gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Gent Hawks have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record behind leader Waregem. Giants B at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Gent Hawks' next round opponent will be Ninane (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Giants B will play against Ieper (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: J.Vermoesen 22+4reb+1ast, L.Lhote 21+3reb+4ast, R.Spaens 16+2reb+3ast, J.Vermoesen 12+1reb+3ast, G.De Pooter 12+7reb+3ast, M.Verspeeten 11+5reb+3ast
Giants B: B.Van Den Broek 16+8reb, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 15+4reb, T.Vervoort 10+1reb+1ast, K.Van Den Langenbergh 10+1reb, P.Peeters 9+3reb+3ast, M.Mwendanga 8+2ast
gschID: 488832


RPC Anderlecht - Melsele 78-71

Bottom-ranked RPC Anderlecht managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive losses. This time newly promoted RPC Anderlecht won against eighth-ranked Melsele 78-71. Melsele was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 38-28 second half run of RPC Anderlecht. They outrebounded Melsele 27-14 including 19 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for guard Leon Nziye who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized DR Congolese Constantin Tshimuanga (202-86) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Point guard Ivan Perez (185-90) came up with 26 points and Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) added 13 points respectively for Melsele in the defeat. RPC Anderlecht (4-13) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ekeren. Melsele at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Giants B and Royal Brussels. RPC Anderlecht will play against Ekeren (#13) on the road in the next round. Melsele will play against Gembo BBC (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
RPC Anderlecht: L.Nziye 20+6reb+3ast, C.Tshimuanga 17+5reb+2ast, T.Ghenne 15+3reb+1ast, J.Riahi 8+1reb+2ast, G.Hockins 5+2reb+4ast, S.Chapelle 5+6reb+3ast
Melsele: I.Perez 26+3reb+2ast, P.Hilliman 13+4reb, N.Dhooge 8+1ast, A.Kabeya 7+1reb+1ast, T.Lamot 5+5reb+1ast, W.Leten 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488833





Euromillions League Round 16: Okapi Aalstar defeat leader Oostende - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Oostende (12-4) on the court of fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Okapi Aalstar 84-69. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Oostende. Okapi Aalstar dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Oostende's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Quincy Taylor (194-82, college: UAB, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Oostende. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okapi Aalstar (9-8) moved-up to third place. Defending champion Oostende still keeps top position with four games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Leuven Bears (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oostende will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Limburg. Eighth ranked Limburg United (6-10) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Kangoeroes (8-8) 85-84 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Benjamin Simons who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Dennis Donkor (193-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 20 points and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Limburg United have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 6-10 record. Kangoeroes at the other side keep the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Limburg United will play against higher ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#7) in Jemappes in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kangoeroes will play at home against Spirou Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Antwerp Giants (11-5) against seventh ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (8-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Antwerp Giants were defeated by Basic-Fit Brussels in Brussels 86-69. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by Brandon Ubel who scored that evening 23 points and 9 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 assists by Jason Clark did not help to save the game for Antwerp Giants. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the second position with five games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels will meet at home Liege Basket (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Antwerp Giants will play against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-8) against tenth ranked Liege Basket (6-11) on Friday night. Visiting Belfius Mons-Hainaut was defeated by Liege Basket in Liege 81-68. Devin Sweetney fired 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Liege Basket moved-up to ninth place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Liege Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Limburg United and hope to win that game.
The game between 10th ranked Leuven Bears (5-11) and sixth ranked Spirou Charleroi (8-8) in Leuven on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Charleroi outscored Leuven Bears 92-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leuven Bears. It was a very good performance for Ivan Radenovic who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Leuven Bears stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Kangoeroes (#4) in Willebroek in the next round. Leuven Bears will play at home against Okapi Aalstar (#3) and hope to win that game.

Brussels - Antwerp 86-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Antwerp Giants (11-5) against seventh ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (8-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Antwerp Giants were defeated by Basic-Fit Brussels in Brussels 86-69. Basic-Fit Brussels looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Antwerp Giants' players. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored that evening 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) supported him with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 6 assists by guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) did not help to save the game for Antwerp Giants. Guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the second position with five games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels will meet at home Liege Basket (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Antwerp Giants will play against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: J.Clark 14+1reb+6ast, M.Smith 10+6reb+2ast, R.Anderson 10+4reb, G.Ware 8+4reb, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 8, D.Marchant 8+4reb+5ast
Brussels: B.Ubel 23+9reb+2ast, J.Simmons 15+10reb+4ast, D.Loubry 13+4reb+11ast, M.Depuydt 11+6reb+2ast, C.Dowe 7+3reb+2ast, T.Bray 7+5ast
gschID: 478767


Aalstar - Oostende 84-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Oostende (12-4) on the court of fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Okapi Aalstar 84-69. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Oostende. Okapi Aalstar dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Oostende's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Quincy Taylor (194-82, college: UAB, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) added 11 points in the effort for Oostende. 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. Okapi Aalstar (9-8) moved-up to third place. Defending champion Oostende still keeps top position with four games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Leuven Bears (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oostende will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: C.Walden 12+2ast, P.Gillet 11+4reb+1ast, K.Boukichou 10+2reb+3ast, R.Katic 10+2reb, D.Djordjevic 8+7reb+5ast, D.Newbill 7+1reb+1ast
Aalstar: J.Tofi 17+6reb, Q.Taylor 16+5reb+2ast, O.Troisfontaines 14+2reb+2ast, S.Geukens 14+2reb+2ast, S.Blair 6+4reb, T.De Thaey 6
gschID: 478769


Leuven - Spirou 72-92

The game between 10th ranked Leuven Bears (5-11) and sixth ranked Spirou Charleroi (8-8) in Leuven on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Charleroi outscored Leuven Bears 92-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leuven Bears. Spirou Charleroi made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Leuven Bears were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. American guard D.J. Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 19 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. American guard Korey Billbury (193-93, college: VCU, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with 17 points and Australian swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Leuven Bears. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Leuven Bears stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Kangoeroes (#4) in Willebroek in the next round. Leuven Bears will play at home against Okapi Aalstar (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Leuven: K.Billbury 17+4reb+3ast, I.Bako 12+3reb, C.Steindl 10+5reb+1ast, C.Miller-McIntyre 8+2reb+4ast, J.Delalieux 7+1ast, O.Samhan 7+5reb+1ast
Spirou: D.Richardson 19+4reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 18+4reb+3ast, D.Harris 14+4reb+1ast, M.Gaudoux 13+1reb+1ast, J.Shepherd 12+2reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 478770


Liege - Mons-Hainaut 81-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-8) against tenth ranked Liege Basket (6-11) on Friday night. Visiting Belfius Mons-Hainaut was defeated by Liege Basket in Liege 81-68. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) fired 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The other American import power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Lionel Bosco (175-81, agency: Court Side) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American swingman J.J. Mann (198-91, college: Belmont) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Liege Basket moved-up to ninth place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Liege Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Limburg United and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: L.Bosco 17+6reb+5ast, J.Mann 14+6reb+1ast, T.Demps 9+2reb, I.Lasisi 9+2reb+2ast, J.Cage 7+3reb+4ast, A.Olah 6+5reb
Liege: D.Sweetney 26+8reb, J.Fields 13+6reb, B.Penninck 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Hertay 9+2reb+5ast, T.Huff 9+4reb, L.Giancaterino 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 478768


Limburg United - Kangoeroes 85-84

Important game to mention about took place in Limburg. Eighth ranked Limburg United (6-10) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Kangoeroes (8-8) 85-84 on Friday evening. It was a great shooting night for Limburg United especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Benjamin Simons (203-91, college: Drake) who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Dennis Donkor (193-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 20 points and 6 assists and Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Limburg United have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 6-10 record. Kangoeroes at the other side keep the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Limburg United will play against higher ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#7) in Jemappes in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kangoeroes will play at home against Spirou Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: D.Donkor 20+2reb+6ast, W.Channels 14+4reb+4ast, P.Badji 13+9reb+1ast, R.Oveneke 11+2reb+2ast, A.Chada 9+5reb+2ast, I.Williams 9+5reb+2ast
Limburg United: S.Tuttle 23+9reb+6ast, B.Simons 20+2reb+1ast, J.Anderson 15+1reb+2ast, A.Lodwick 9, H.Vanwijn 5+3reb+4ast, W.Boss Mukubu 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 478766





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

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He was the major contributor in Olympiacos' victory against the ninth-ranked Koroivos (5-10) crushing them 85-62 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Lojeski scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 21 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (12-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 68.1%(32-47) and FT: 81.5% in 14 games he played so far. Lojeski is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. Lojeski used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory against the 14th-ranked Gran Canaria (3-14) 86-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Van Rossom recorded 11 points and added 6 assists. Valencia Basket (13-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season he averages: 4.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 37.8%. Van Rossom is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a EWE Baskets' victory against the 15th-ranked Braunschweig (4-15) 83-76 in the German BBL on Saturday night. De Zeeuw scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (11-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 39.6% and FT: 80.5% in 18 games. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #4. Point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) could not help RETAbet BB (7-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tabu's very good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 87-83 on the road by the higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#4). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Tabu also added 8 passes (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Tabu's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu is also Belgian national team player.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #5. International guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scandone AV in their game against Auxilium TO (9-8) in the Italian Serie A. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. Scandone AV lost 79-84 in Torino to the lower-ranked (#6) Auxilium TO. This year Obasohan's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.8apg in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #6. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hervelle helped RETAbet BB win their game against the closely-ranked Zaragoza (6-12) 81-77. He recorded 7 points. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (7-10) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. Hervelle has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the The University of Mississippi (1-0) 78-75 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Lecomte scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 39 minutes. The Baylor University has 4-1 conference record this season. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg in 20 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #8. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (1-3) in their game against Gran Canaria (2-2) in the Eurocup. Tumba recorded only 4 points. It was his first game for UCAM Murcia this season. UCAM Murcia was badly defeated 83-67 at home by the second-ranked Gran Canaria. It was UCAM Murcia's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Tumba plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Kamal Tall
Kamal Tall
   #9. Former U20 international forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Montana St. - Billings win their game against the Simon Fraser University (0-11) 93-86 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Tall scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Montana St. - Billings have 6-5 record this season. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Tall has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) led Souffelweyersheim to a victory against the eighth-ranked UB Chartres (10-10) 74-69 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. BC Souffelweyersheim (15-5) is placed second in the NM1. This season Kayembe has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #2. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) managed to help KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in a victory against one of league's weakest teams H.Analitica (2-13) 89-80 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. Coric scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (10-4) is placed fifth in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Coric has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.7rpg in 14 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Croatian.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Starwings (8-6) 72-56 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. BBC Monthey (11-2) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Dubas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 12 games. He has both Belgian and Swiss nationalities.

   #4. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Basket Esch (9-9) crushing them 81-52 in the Luxembourg Total League in Saturday night's game. Jones scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 minutes. It was his first game for T71 this season. His team is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Jones also holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.

   #5. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions (9-4) 68-50 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fribourg Olympic (13-1) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Leemans has averaged so far 1.1ppg and 1.1rpg. He holds both Belgian and Swiss passports.

   #6. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an ADA Blois' victory against the closely-ranked JA Vichy 91-78 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Pontens recorded only 2 points and added 3 passes in 15 minutes. Pontens has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.2apg in 13 games. He has Belgian and French nationalities.

   #7. Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA). Barrie could not help the Goshen College to beat the Grace College. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Barrie recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 76-68 in the CrRdsL. Barrie has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.2apg.



Bergamo lands Dimitri Lauwers - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) tabbed experienced 38-year old former Belgian international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-92kg-79). He has played for the last two years at Ambalt Recanati in the Serie A2. In 30 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.8apg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Among other achievements Lauwers won Belgian League championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Silver All-Domestic Players Team award in 2015.
Lauwers represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 52.6%, FT: 75.0%.
Lauwers has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket and JDA Dijon), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona, Scandone Avellino, Scafati and Sutor Montegranaro) and Belgium (Oostende).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Bergamo.
Let's have closer look into Lauwers' outlook: A natural shooting guard, with explosive athletic skills, 3-pts range and a quick release of the ball; his passing skills allow him to play the point too, and he could also adapt in this position by maturing.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 28: Spars Sarajevo - Sloboda Tuzla 87-66
Jan. 28: Bosna-Royal - Leotar 85-61
Jan. 28: Mladost - Bosnjak 81-86
Jan. 28: Zrinjski HT - Siroki Primorka 78-69
Jan. 28: Gradjanski - Kakanj 72-68

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 4: Kakanj - Zrinjski HT
Feb. 4: Siroki Primorka - Mladost
Feb. 4: Leotar - Gradjanski
Feb. 4: Sloboda Tuzla - Bosna-Royal
Feb. 4: Bosnjak - Spars Sarajevo


Ognjen Kuzmic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bosnians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the seventh-ranked Panathinaikos (11-9) 72-66 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Kuzmic had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (12-8) is placed fifth in group A. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Kuzmic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(79-141) and FT: 71.0% in 20 games he played so far. Kuzmic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. He played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team five years ago.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #2. Second place goes to U20 international swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia). Lazic led Dynamic BG to a 1-point victory over the sixth-ranked Vrsac (10-6) 77-76 in the Serbian KLS last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Lazic recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Dynamic BG Beograd (12-3) is placed second in the KLS. This season Lazic averages: 9.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 61.1%. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup). Kikanovic could not help ALBA Berlin (1-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ALBA Berlin was badly defeated 99-83 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Cedevita. Kikanovic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Kikanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 59.5%(94-158) and FT: 76.7% in 11 games. Kikanovic is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #4. Guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his French team Monaco win their game against the fourth-ranked Aris (8-6) 80-66 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 10 points and added 4 passes. AS Monaco Basket (12-2) is placed first in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. This season Wright has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.4apg and 2.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #5. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was the major contributor in a Demir IBB's victory against the third-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-4) 87-77 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Stipanovic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 7 assists in 32 minutes. Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (5-1) is placed first in group L. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Stipanovic has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.4apg in 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stipanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Markus Loncar
Markus Loncar
   #6. Center Markus Loncar (211-96, currently plays in Croatia) led Cedevita to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams H.Analitica (2-13) crushing them 106-85 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Cedevita Zagreb (11-4) is placed fourth in the A1. Loncar's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Kenan Karahodzic
Kenan Karahodzic
   #7. International power forward Kenan Karahodzic (209-96, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Partizan (8-6) in their last game. Despite Karahodzic's good performance the third-placed Partizan (8-6) lost 85-99 in Sassari to the lower-ranked (#5) Banco di Srd in the group E of Basketball Champions League. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Karahodzic's overall stats are: 2.9ppg and 3.0rpg in 11 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #8. Small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, currently plays in Croatia) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar (8-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ramljak's very good performance KK Zadar was defeated 64-53 in Sibenik by the higher-ranked GKK Sibenik (#3). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Ramljak also added 9 rebounds. Ramljak averaged so far 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team back in 2005.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #9. International shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Markus Loncar and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Musa led Cedevita to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams H.Analitica (2-13) crushing them 106-85 in a derby game. He scored 12 points. Musa averaged so far 13.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.4apg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Marko Josilo
Marko Josilo
   #10. Guard Marko Josilo (200-92, currently plays in Serbia) led Metalac to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Konstantin (1-14) 83-80 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Josilo was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 44 minutes. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (7-8) is placed tenth in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Josilo's stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in seven games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian U19 national team, Josilo is also a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Aleksej Nesovic (189-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) led OKK Beograd to a victory over the closely-ranked Sloga 76-60 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Nesovic scored 20 points, had 6 boards, passed 9 assists and added 4 steals. This season Nesovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.1apg and 2.0spg. Nesovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

   #12. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) faced previously mentioned Ivan Ramljak in the Croatian A1 last game. Halilovic helped GKK Sibenik win their game against the closely-ranked KK Zadar 64-53. He scored 9 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 6 assists and added 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Halilovic averaged so far 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6bpg and 1.2spg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86, currently plays in Croatia) helped Jolly win their game against the tenth-ranked KK Skrljevo 86-74 in the Croatian A1 last Saturday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. This year Brkic's total stats are: 9.6ppg and 4.2rpg in 13 games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #14. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) helped UBT Cluj Napoca win their game against the closely-ranked Steaua CSM 85-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 11 passes. Adamovic averaged so far 12.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 6.7apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-85, agency: Diamond Sports, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Promitheas' victory against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas 79-73 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Todic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points in 25 minutes. Todic averaged so far 11.7ppg and 5.5rpg in six games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) led Borac to a victory over the ninth-ranked Beovuk 72 (7-8) crushing them 87-62 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. Todorovic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Todorovic also added 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 34 minutes. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (10-5) is placed third in the KLS. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg and 6.3rpg in 15 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in an overtime Hopsi Polzela's victory against the league outsider LTH Castings (1-15) 83-74 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Cup recorded 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Hopsi Polzela (10-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Nova KBM. Cup has reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help Zlatorog (13-4) in their last game. Despite Rizvic's very good performance the league leader Zlatorog lost 86-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Un.Olimpija. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 32 minutes. Rizvic's stats this year are: 13.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.5apg in 17 games.

   #4. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help KK Zadar (6-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Barac's good performance the bottom-ranked KK Zadar was badly defeated 92-75 on the road by the higher-ranked Mega Leks (#12). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Barac also added 6 rebounds. Barac averaged so far 14.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg.

   #5. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a Kauhajoen Karhu's victory against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja (14-7) 99-87 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 12 passes. Sarcevic also added 6 rebounds and 3 steals (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Karhu Kauhajoki (14-10) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. Sarcevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kauhajoen Karhu's roster. He averaged so far 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.9apg and 1.6spg.

   #6. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Movil Estudiantes' victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Suton scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 5.1rpg in 18 games. Suton is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #7. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to secure a victory for Cedevita in their game against Krka in the ABA League. Begic recorded 8 points. His team was defeated 90-86. He has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2bpg. Begic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #8. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Israel) helped Hapoel Eilat win their game against the league outsider Maccabi K/G crushing them 96-74 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Rothbart has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 4.4rpg in 15 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.

   #9. Nedim Muslic (197-F-99, currently plays in Qatar) helped Al Gharafa win their game against the 11th-ranked Al Wakrah 98-91 in the Qatari D1 in Sunday night's game. Muslic scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg in 12 games. Muslic has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatari.

   #10. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Helios (2-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Helios (#7) was defeated 67-57 on their home court in Domzale by the higher-ranked CEZ Nymburk (#3) in the group A of Basketball Champions League. Atanackovic was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Atanackovic has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.



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

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

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help FC Barcelona (8-12) in their last game. Despite Faverani's good performance the tenth-placed FC Barcelona (8-12) lost 79-93 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Baskonia in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes on the court. Faverani has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 77.8%(14-18) in three games he played so far. He played for the Brazilian senior national team four years ago.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in EuroCup). Benite was not able to help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (1-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance UCAM Murcia was badly defeated 83-67 on their home court in Murcia by the second-ranked Gran Canaria. Benite was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Benite has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 79.2%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Euroleague). Lima was the major contributor in Zalgiris' surprising victory against the second-ranked CSKA (15-5) 79-74 in the Euroleague on Tuesday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (8-12) is placed 11th in group A. This year Lima averages: 5.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 61.5%(40-65) and FT: 57.6% in 20 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #4. An experienced center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA) led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (16-30) 123-118 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Hilario scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have a solid 35-16 record this season. Hilario has reliable stats this year: 8.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #5. International power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Orlando Magic (19-31) 100-92 in the NBA last Tuesday. Felicio had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 24-25 record this season. It's Felicio's first year with the team. This year his overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 5.0rpg in 41 games. Felicio plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #6. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (21-26) 102-86 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and made 5 blocks. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 29-19 record this season. Nogueira's total stats this year are: 5.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.8bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team six years ago.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #7. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Phoenix Suns (15-33) in their game against the Denver Nuggets (21-25) in the NBA. Barbosa recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 16 minutes. But the Phoenix Suns (15-33) lost 112-123 on the road to the Nuggets. It was Suns' fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Barbosa's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 5.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg in 44 games. Barbosa is also Brazilian national team player.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #8. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (8-10) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (12-6) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada this season. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was badly defeated 89-73 in Malaga by the higher-ranked Unicaja (#5). Hettsheimer plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #9. Former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) led Mens Sana 1871 to a victory over the 14th-ranked Viola RC (6-13) crushing them 75-54 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Tavernari recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Mens Sana 1871 Siena (11-8) is placed eighth in West group. Tavernari has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.1rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Tulio Da Silva
Tulio Da Silva
   #10. Forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the S.Florida (0-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Da Silva's good performance the S.Florida was crushed 81-60 in Storrs by the University of Connecticut. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Da Silva has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 7.5rpg. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the Brazilian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against UCAM Murcia in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Machado recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. His team lost 63-73. Machado has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg in seven games. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

   #12. Former international center Anderson Varejao (211-82, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Golden State Warriors to win against the Los Angeles Clippers crushing them 144-98 in the NBA on Saturday night. Varejao recorded only 3 points. Varejao has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2014.

   #13. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet (11-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Lleida Basquet was defeated 77-67 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams Magia_Huesca (#17). Demetrio was the second best scorer with 13 points. His stats this season are: 11.0ppg and 5.9rpg. Demetrio is also Brazilian national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international center Lucas Siewert (202-97, currently studies in the States) helped Colorado win their game against the University of Oregon 74-65 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 5 points in 12 minutes. Siewert has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.8rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U19 international center Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-91, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Gimnasia LP in their game against Alianza Viedma in the Argentinian TNA (second division). Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game Jeronimo scored 12 points. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3bpg. Jeronimo used to play for the Brazilian U19 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Gabriel Andrade (185-G-93, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the BYU-Hawaii (3-8) in their last game. Despite Andrade's very good performance the BYU-Hawaii lost 79-91 at home to the Hawaii-Pacific University. He scored 18 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. Andrade has been at the team for four years. Andrade has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in 12 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Ryukyu GK in their game against Niigata Albirex (18-16) in the Japanese B League. He recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Ryukyu GK (#5) lost 74-82 on their home court in Okinawa to the higher-ranked (#3) Niigata Albirex in the West group. It was Ryukyu GK's third consecutive loss in a row. Hatano has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.9rpg in 32 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.

   #3. Lucas Doria (201-F-97, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help St.Edward's University in a victory against the Newman University (4-6) 109-103 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Doria scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The St.Edward's University has 6-4 record this season. Doria has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg in 13 games.

   #4. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Barbera's victory against the seventh-ranked Vive El Masnou (7-7) 64-56 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored 5 points. Barbera Team Values (9-5) is placed fifth in Group C-B. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #5. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lorient (7-13) in their game against Vendee Challans (8-12) in the French NM1 (third division). Faroux cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Lorient was edged 84-82 on the road by the higher-ranked (#14) Vendee Challans. It was Lorient's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Faroux has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in 18 games. He has both Brazilian and French nationalities.

   #6. Luis Ricci Maia (180-PG, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Minot State University (6-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maia's very good performance the Minot State University was defeated 82-67 in Fayette by the Upper Iowa University. He scored 19 points. Maia averaged so far 13.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ponferrada CDP in their game against Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He scored only 4 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. His team lost 70-83. Miranda has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7bpg in three games.



Brazilian NBB round 17 best performance: Desmond Holloway - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pinheiros, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Vitoria (#5, 9-6) 72-67. Pinheiros is placed at 3rd position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pinheiros will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Holloway had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Pinheiros and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Coastal Carolina College star has very solid stats this year. Holloway is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.7ppg), rebounds (9th best: 6.7rpg) and averages impressive 57.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) of league's second-best Flamengo. Rodriguez had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Flamengo was edged by the lower-ranked Vasco Da G. (#6, 9-7) 78-77. Flamengo managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Rodriguez is one of the most experienced players at Flamengo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Marcao Vinicius (205-C-84) of Caxias do Sul (#14). Vinicius scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Caxias do Sul, leading his team to a 66-52 easy win against the higher-ranked Minas (#11, 7-9). Caxias do Sul can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vinicius he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Vinicius has a very solid season. In 16 games in Brazil he scored 9.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) of Pinheiros - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-SG-88) of Campo Mourao - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88) of L.Sorocaba - 18 points and 8 assists
9. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) of Vasco Da G. - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Drew Maynard (200-F-89) of Minas - 17 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Jordan Semple claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

French-American Jordan Semple (201-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Akademik PL and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Spartak Pleven (#6, 6-8) 90-88. Akademik PL is placed at 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akademik PL will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Semple had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Akademik PL's top player in his first season with the team. Cal State - Chico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Semple is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.8ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 68.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-F-93, agency: Two Points) of Beroe. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Beroe lost that game 80-87 to the higher-ranked Lukoil Acad. (#1, 13-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Beroe still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 9-5 record is not bad at all. Jones is a newcomer at Beroe 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 former international forward Veselin Veselinov (202-F-83) of Levski (#9). Veselinov showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Levski, leading his team to a 79-70 win against slightly higher-ranked Cherno More (#7, 4-10). Levski can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-12 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Veselinov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Veselinov has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Videnov (196-SF-80) of Lukoil Acad. - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Shakir Smith (185-G-92) of Akademik PL - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Steve Zack (211-C-92) of Lukoil Acad. - 12 points and 15 rebounds
8. Oscar Bellfield (187-PG-90) of Akademik PL - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Martin Marinov (191-SG-85) of Spartak Pleven - 23 points and 6 rebounds
10. Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) of Cherno More - 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)



Darius Adams selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He was the major contributor in a Xinjiang Flying Tige's victory against the league leader Shanghai Sharks (25-6) 109-95 in the Chinese CBA in Tuesday night's game. Adams recorded 21 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in 38 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (25-6) are placed second in the CBA. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 33.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 6.0apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 56.2%(219-390), 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 86.5% in 30 games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help FC Barcelona (8-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Vezenkov's good performance the tenth-placed FC Barcelona (8-12) was defeated 93-79 at home by the higher-ranked Baskonia (#6) in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Vezenkov also added 5 rebounds. Vezenkov's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 66.0%(31-47), 3FGP: 51.4%(19-37) and FT: 89.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Bost led his French team Monaco to a victory against the fourth-ranked Aris (8-6) 80-66 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. He scored 14 points in 22 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (12-2) is placed first in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. It's Bost's first season with the team. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 41.3%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 78.3% in 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Bost is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. An experienced point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (7-6) 104-90 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Rowland scored 14 points and added 8 assists. BC Khimky Moscow Region (11-3) is placed fourth in the VTB United League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Rowland has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #5. Former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Oradea (6-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Mirkovic's very good performance Oradea (#6) was defeated 89-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Umana Venezia (#3) in the group B of Basketball Champions League. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Mirkovic also added 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. Mirkovic has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bulgarian. Mirkovic used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #6. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked PVSK Pannon (8-7) crushing them 101-62 in the Hungarian A Division in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 11 passes in 40 minutes. Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (8-7) is placed seventh in the A Division. Lilov has very impressive stats this year: 21.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg in 15 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #7. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) contributed to a 3-point Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (8-8) 74-71 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Sunday. Simmons scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (11-2) is placed second in the Alexela KML. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Simmons averaged so far 10.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5bpg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Jason Washburn
Jason Washburn
   #8. Center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) led Yokohama BC to a victory over the sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (6-28) 86-73 in the Japanese B League on Sunday night. Washburn was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Yokohama B-Corsairs (13-21) are placed fifth in Central group. Washburn has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.2apg in 34 games. He is a naturalized American. Washburn plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #9. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Yesilgiresun Bld (7-9) in their game against Gaziantep (7-9) in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov recorded 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Yesilgiresun Bld was defeated 78-71 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#8). Ivanov averaged so far 11.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #10. Small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti (10-7) in their last game. Despite Marinov's very good performance Pitesti lost 71-80 on their home court in Pitesti to the higher-ranked (#3) CSU Sibiu. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Marinov also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Marinov's stats this year are: 14.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 4.2apg in 17 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an Stal Ostrow Wlkp.'s surprising victory against the second-ranked Twarde Pierniki 80-63 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. Nikolov recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Nikolov's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Dukes 77-61 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Iliev also added 3 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. This season Iliev has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.2apg. Iliev used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Tofas Bursa to win against the fifth-ranked Darussafaka 83-66 in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. Ivanov recorded only 2 points. Ivanov averaged so far 13.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 3-point Hertener Loewen's victory against the 13th-ranked Hagen-Haspe 88-85 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Penev scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 31 minutes. This year Penev's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg in 18 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2001.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Georgi Boyanov (201-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Alabama in their game against the Georgia State University in the NCAA. Boyanov recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team was edged 83-80. Boyanov averaged so far 10.3ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the 14th-ranked Unics Kazan (7-13) 86-81 in the Euroleague last Tuesday. Antic recorded 7 points in 18 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (13-7) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 2.3rpg in 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Deane could not help Ventspils (7-7) to beat PAOK (7-7). He scored only 4 points in 22 minutes. Ventspils (#5) was crushed 84-54 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) PAOK in the group C of Basketball Champions League. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Deane averaged so far 12.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to help Kumanovo in their game against Beroe (2-0) in the Balkan League. He recorded 8 points in 30 minutes. Kumanovo was crushed 91-70 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Beroe. There are only four games left until the end of the Balkan League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Karadzovski's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg in 10 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #4. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Bielefeld (5-5) in their last game. Despite Arabadzhiyski's good performance Bielefeld (#7) was badly defeated 105-86 on their home court in Bielefeld by the lower-ranked (#10) Ibbenbueren in the West group. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. Arabadzhiyski also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 25 minutes. This year Arabadzhiyski's total stats are: 8.7ppg and 6.5rpg in 17 games.

   #5. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Juliy Arabadzhiyski in the German Regionalliga last game. Kostov led Ibbenbueren to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Bielefeld (2-16) 105-86. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 13 passes. Kostov also added 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Kostov's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) led Aschersleben to a victory against the leader RW Cuxhaven 74-61 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 15 points in 34 minutes. This year Tenev's total stats are: 9.6ppg and 1.1rpg in 11 games.

   #7. Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88, currently plays in Germany) managed to help wiha Panthers Villingen-Schwenningen to win against the fifth-ranked Karlsruhe SC 83-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored only one point. This season Borisov averages only 1.5ppg.



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CBL Standings

CBL Standings
 1. Scarborough 7-2 
 2. Durham 5-2 
 3. Hamilton 2-5 
 4. Wellington 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 5

Jan. 27: Durham - Scarborough 96-92
Jan. 29: Wellington - Hamilton 87-83
Jan. 28: Scarborough - Durham 81-76
Jan. 27: Hamilton - Wellington 103-99



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 30
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.30.0 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.27.0 
 3. Taylor, Las Animas26.9 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.6 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.4 
 7. Larry, AB Ancud21.1 
 8. Cheek, Las Animas21.1 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Arteaga, Los Leones19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.13.4 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas11.8 
 5. Crawford, CDU C.11.8 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Abeiro, Tinguiri.11.1 
 8. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 9. Bowdry, Los Leones10.9 
 10. Austin, Puente Alto10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.6 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.9 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.2 
 5. Saez, Tinguiri.5.0 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro4.8 
 7. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.3 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.9 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.9 
 10. Hammonds, Puente A.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.2.0 
 3. Kirkland, Osorno1.9 
 4. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 5. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.8 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas1.7 
 7. Diaz, Puente Alto1.7 
 8. Dickson, CDU C.1.7 
 9. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 10. Munks, Puerto M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Louis, CD Valdivia1.5 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.4 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 10. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.3 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.1 
 5. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 6. Konjevic, Skrljevo17.4 
 7. Novacic, Jolly JBS17.1 
 8. Veljacic, Kvarner .16.7 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.6 
 10. Prgomet, Gorica16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.7 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.3 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.1 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar6.8 
 5. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 6. Arapovic, Cedevita6.5 
 7. Halilovic, GKK S.6.5 
 8. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.3 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 10. Marinkovic, Zadar5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Scott, Jolly JBS7.2 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.6 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .6.1 
 5. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.7 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Jurlina, Zabok2.5 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.1 
 5. Katic, Cedevita2.0 
 6. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 7. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.8 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.6 
 10. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.6 
 2. Bundovic, Cedevita1.3 
 3. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.1 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.1 
 6. Yanev Georgi., Zad.1.0 
 7. Zrnic, Zabok0.9 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.8 
 9. Bilan, Cedevita0.8 
 10. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Vern 15-2 
 2. Rudes 11-6 
 3. Agrodalm 10-7 
 4. Bosco 9-6 
 5. Zapad 9-8 
 6. Zaprude 9-8 
 7. Mladost ZG 8-6 
 8. Sesvete 8-8 
 9. Samobor 7-10 
 10. Dubrava 6-10 
 11. Maksimir 5-12 
 12. Fortuna 1-15 
East
 1. Belisce 10-3 
 2. Borovo 9-3 
 3. Osjecki Sokol 8-5 
 4. Rekord Tim 8-5 
 5. Djakovo 7-6 
 6. Zupanja 6-6 
 7. Vukovar 6-8 
 8. Pozega 5-8 
 9. Vinkovci 3-10 
 10. VROS Darda 2-10 
North
 1. Podravac Virje 11-2 
 2. Graficar 11-2 
 3. Medjimurje C. 10-3 
 4. Mladost D. 7-6 
 5. Petar Zrinski 7-6 
 6. Radnik 7-6 
 7. Ivanic 5-6 
 8. Koprivnica 2-10 
 9. Bjelovar 2-11 
 10. Ivancica 2-12 
South
 1. Jazine 12-1 
 2. Ribola Kastela 10-0 
 3. Omis-Cagalj T. 8-4 
 4. Puntamika 8-4 
 5. Diplomus 8-5 
 6. Adriatic S. 5-8 
 7. Sukosan 4-8 
 8. Solin 3-8 
 9. Dubrovnik 3-10 
 10. Cetina 0-13 
West
 1. Sanac 13-1 
 2. Ghia Staff 11-3 
 3. Kastav 10-5 
 4. Crikvenica 10-5 
 5. Istrauni 10-5 
 6. Labin 8-5 
 7. Pula 1981 7-9 
 8. Stoja Pula 6-9 
 9. Jadranka 4-9 
 10. Zamet 3-10 
 11. Kraljevica 2-11 
 12. Rovinj 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Center

Jan. 28: Maksimir - Zaprude 90-88
Jan. 28: Dubrava - Samobor 90-77
Jan. 28: Agrodalm - Zapad 86-83
Jan. 28: Rudes - Mladost ZG 81-66
Jan. 28: Vern - Bosco 78-49
Jan. 28: Fortuna - Sesvete 62-86

East

Jan. 28: VROS Darda - Rekord Tim 88-100
Jan. 28: Belisce - Vukovar 86-60
Jan. 28: Osjecki Sokol - Djakovo 81-76
Jan. 28: Pozega - Borovo 80-93
Jan. 28: Zupanja - Vinkovci 59-60
Jan. 28: Vukovar - Osjecki Sokol 101-71

North

Jan. 28: Mladost D. - Ivanic 90-97
Jan. 28: Medjimurje C. - Ivancica 87-57
Jan. 28: Podravac Virje - Graficar 75-82
Jan. 28: Koprivnica - Petar Zrinski 66-91
Jan. 28: Bjelovar - Radnik 57-72

South

Jan. 28: Omis-Cagalj T. - Diplomus 82-67
Jan. 28: Puntamika - Cetina 81-45
Jan. 28: Adriatic S. - Jazine 77-105
Jan. 28: Dubrovnik - Solin 76-78

West

Jan. 28: Ghia Staff - Crikvenica 93-87
Jan. 28: Sanac - Istrauni 87-67
Jan. 28: Kraljevica - Pula 1981 62-75
Jan. 28: Labin - Kastav 59-77
Jan. 28: Stoja Pula - Jadranka 100-72

Regular Season: Round 18

Center

Feb. 4: Sesvete - Vern
Feb. 4: Bosco - Dubrava
Feb. 4: Zapad - Rudes
Feb. 4: Zaprude - Agrodalm
Feb. 4: Samobor - Maksimir
Feb. 4: Mladost ZG - Fortuna

East

Feb. 4: Borovo - VROS Darda
Feb. 4: Vinkovci - Osjecki Sokol
Feb. 4: Rekord Tim - Zupanja
Feb. 4: Vukovar - Pozega
Feb. 4: Djakovo - Belisce

North

Feb. 4: Radnik - Koprivnica
Feb. 4: Petar Zrinski - Medjimurje C.
Feb. 4: Ivancica - Podravac Virje
Feb. 4: Graficar - Mladost D.
Feb. 4: Ivanic - Bjelovar

South

Feb. 4: Diplomus - Adriatic S.
Feb. 4: Jazine - Ribola Kastela
Feb. 4: Sukosan - Puntamika
Feb. 4: Cetina - Dubrovnik
Feb. 4: Solin - Omis-Cagalj T.

West

Feb. 4: Sanac - Kraljevica
Feb. 4: Istrauni - Zamet
Feb. 4: Rovinj - Stoja Pula
Feb. 4: Jadranka - Ghia Staff
Feb. 4: Crikvenica - Labin
Feb. 4: Kastav - Pula 1981
Feb. 5: Jadranka - Sanac


Coach Plantak left Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Head coach Neven Plantak left KK Zadar (A1). Plantak also coached for Trepca (SuperLeague) in Kosovo earlier that season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Coach of the Year back in 2012.
Plantak has coached also professionally in Slovakia, Croatia (Slavonski Brod, Jazine and Borik Puntamika) and Bosnia (Siroki Primorka).

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Graficar triumph to tie at the top (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

Graficar claimed important road win over Podravac, 82-75, and move into a two-way tie for the lead at the top of the Croatian A2 League Northern Division.

Central Division - Round 17: Maksimir-Zaprudje 90-88 (Maksic 33, Klapan 21 - Gasparac 27, Herendic 21), Rudes-Mladost 81-66 (Uljarevic 15, Dmitrovic 14 - Perkovic 27, Pesut 12), Dubrava-Samobor 90-77 (Tomic 26, Majcunic 24 - Milatic 20, Mandalinic 17), Agrodalm-Zapad 86-83 (Matic 30, Cosic 16 - Kuzmanovic 18, Markocic 10, Knezevic 10), Vern-Bosco 78-49 (Bakovic 19, Zivko 18 - Baricevic 14, Bubalo 12), Fortuna-Sesvete 62-86 (Barun 18, Bucevic 10, Trucek 10 - Papak 24, Musulin 14).
Standings: Vern 15-2, Rudes 11-6, Bosco 11-6, Agdrodalm 10-7, Mladost 10-7, Zaprudje 9-8, Zapad 9-8, Sesvete 8-9, Samobor 7-10, Dubrava 6-11, Maksimir 5-12, Fortuna 1-16.

Eastern Division - Round 13: Zupanja-Vinkovci 59-60 (Orsolic 16, Kopic 11 - Ostovic 18, Pezer 13), Osjecki sokol-Djakovo 81-76 (Boras 21,Katavic 18 - Car 20, Hajdukovic 18), Belisce-Vukovar 88-60 (Preglej 29, Markota 16 - Bjelanovic 33), Vrijednosnice Osijek II-Rekord Tim 88-100 (Ilic 19, Bacic 19 - Radosavljevic 23, Zivkovic 20), Pozega-Borovo 80-93 (Calis 23, Herceg 17 - Rajisic 30, Pusic 16). Postponed game of Round 12:, Vukovar-Osjecki sokol 101-71 (Kovacevic 27, Berisic 17 - Boras 15,Katavic 12).
Standings: Belisce 10-3, Borovo 9-3, Osjecki sokol 8-4, Rekord Tim 8-5, Djakovo 7-6, Zupanja 6-6, Vukovar 6-7, Pozega 5-8, Vrijednosnice Osijek II 2-10, Vinkovci 2-11.

Western Division - Round 16: Kraljevica-Pula 1981 62-75 (Protega 21,Konjevic 13 - Bozic 29, P.Graso 16), Rudar-Kastav 59-77 (Troskot 18, Fable 13 - Saftic 22, Ratko 16), Stoja-Jadranka 100-72 (Tumpic 28, Martinovic 19 - Muzic 26, Kovacevic 20), Ghia Staff-Crikvenica 93-87 (Belina 25, Grbic 18 - Bilalovic 20, Modic 19), Sanac-Istrauni 87-67 (Beber 21, Kraljic 21 - Samija 15, Mileta 15), Zamet-Rovinj postponed.
Standings: Sanac 13-2, Crikvenica 11-5, Istrauni 11-5, Rudar 11-5, Ghia Staff 11-5, Kastav 10-6, Pula 1981 9-7, Jadranka 6-9, Stoja 6-10, Zamet 2-13, Rovinj 2-13, Kraljevica 2-14.

Northern Division - Round 13: Bjelovar-Radnik 57-72 (Vrinjanin 18, Vrdoljak 10, Gecek 10 - Nervo 22, Hekic 22), Mladost-Ivanic 90-97 (Golub 24, Beljan 22 - Havlicek 34, Grobotek 25), Podravac-Graficar 75-82 (Siprak 16, Sestak 14 - Petrovic 21, Poljak 16, Hatlak 16), Medjimurje-Ivanec 87-57 (Bisevac 20, S.Kranjcec 20 - Putar 12, Smontara 11), Koprivnica-Petar Zrinski 66-91 (Vedris 15, Jakupic 14 - Tomic 24, Matoic 18),
Standings: Podravac 11-2, Graficar 11-2, Medjimurje 10-3, Petar Zrinski 7-6, Radnik 7-6, Mladost 7-6, Ivanic 6-7, Ivancica 2-10, Bjelovar 2-11, Koprivnica 1-11.

Southern Division - Round 13: Omis Cagalj Tours-Diplomus 82-67 (Mimica 38, Dzapo 18 - Omrcen 16, Maric 14), Dubrovnik-Solin 76-78 (Vidovic 17, Vucinic 14 - Lozancic 24, Jukic 16),Sonik Puntamika-Cetina 81-45 (Mrkic 19, Marcev 15 - Zaper 13, Vukas 11), Adriatic-Jazine Arbanasi 77-105 (Rados 16, Skaro 11, Bilic 11 - Drazovic 26, Mrva 26), Ribola Kastela-Sukosan postponed.
Standings: Ribola Kastela 12-0, Jazine Arbanasi 12-1, Sonik Puntamika 9-4, Diplomus 8-5, Omis Cagalj Tours 8-5, Adriatic 5-8, Sukosan 4-8, Dubrovnik 3-10, Solin 3-10, Cetina 0-13.



Zadar part ways with coach Neven Plantak - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar and head coach Neven Plantak have mutually agreed to part ways. The coach was hired in November 2016 to replace Ante Matulovic who stepped down.
Zadar is currently bottom placed in the Adriatic League with a 6-14 record and under coach Plantak won just two of their last ten games. Zadar has an 8-6 record in the Croatian A1 League.
According to the club, we can except to find out who that new coach will be in the upcoming days.



Coach Jaksa Vulic part ways with Helios Suns - by Zeljko Zule

Croatian coach Jaksa Vulic and Slovenian champion Helios Suns have mutually agreed to part ways. Vulic was replaced by junior team coach Dejan Cikic who will be an interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Vulic took over Helios Suns as head coach in December 2015 and led them to the Slovenian Championship title and Alpe-Adria Cup title, both last season.
Vulic become the second Croatian coach in Slovenian League to lose his job this season, joining Kresimir Basic of Tajfun Sentjur.




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

24-year old point guard Roko Rogic (185-PG-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Cedevita and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 31 points adding five rebounds and eight assists for Cedevita in his team's victory, helping them to crush H.Analitica (#13, 2-13) with 21-point margin 106-85. Cedevita maintains the 4th position in Croatian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cedevita will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. In the team's last game Rogic had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Roko Rogic averages this season 2.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Luka Bozic (199-PG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) of KK Zagreb. He is international guard in his 3rd season at KK Zagreb. In the last game Bozic recorded impressive 29 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he led KK Zagreb to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kvarner 2010 (#14, 2-13) 96-75. This victory allowed KK Zagreb to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bozic is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 7.4rpg and 6.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Henrik Sirko (201-F-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of league's leader KK Split. Sirko showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of KK Split, leading his team to a 93-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Alkar Sinj (#11, 4-11). KK Split confirms their top position in the standings. Sirko has a very solid season. In 15 games in Croatia he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 4.7rpg, FGP: 70.2% and 3PT: 45.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of Cibona - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89) of KK Zagreb - 24 points and 9 rebounds
6. Ivan Batur (201-G-91) of KK Zagreb - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Cibona - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of Jolly JBS - 26 points and 8 rebounds
9. Brian Williams (187-G-92) of Skrljevo - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Ivan Svoboda (190-G-87) of H.Analitica - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 20-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 17-4 
 3. BK Decin 14-8 
 4. BK Opava 12-9 
 5. BK Kolin 11-10 
 6. USK Praha 11-10 
 7. Usti n/Labem 9-12 
 8. Prostejov 8-13 
 9. J.Hradec 7-14 
 10. Svitavy 6-15 
 11. NH Ostrava 6-15 
 12. MMCITE Brno 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 28: BK Kolin - BK Opava 85-96
Jan. 28: MMCITE Brno - CEZ Nymburk 75-82
Jan. 28: Usti n/Labem - USK Praha 66-69
Jan. 28: Prostejov - Svitavy 60-73
Jan. 28: NH Ostrava - J.Hradec 102-82
Jan. 30: BK Pardubice - BK Decin 101-75

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 4: CEZ Nymburk - Prostejov
Feb. 4: Svitavy - BK Kolin
Feb. 4: BK Opava - BK Pardubice
Feb. 4: BK Decin - Usti n/Labem
Feb. 4: USK Praha - NH Ostrava
Feb. 4: MMCITE Brno - J.Hradec


Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Sokol H.K. 13-3 
 2. Slavoj Litom. 12-4 
 3. Nymburk B 11-4 
 4. Sokol Prazky 9-7 
 5. Loko Plzen 7-8 
 6. Basket Kosice 7-10 
 7. USK Praha B 6-9 
 8. GBA Sparta 5-9 
 9. Sokol Pisek 5-11 
 10. Vysocina 3-13 
Group B
 1. Zlin 15-1 
 2. Olomouc SK 12-4 
 3. Opava B 11-5 
 4. Sokol Slapanice 9-7 
 5. Olomouc Bbal 9-7 
 6. Pardubice 7-9 
 7. Prostejov B 6-10 
 8. Novy Jicin 5-11 
 9. Ostrava 5-11 
 10. Havirov 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 16

Group A

Jan. 27: Sokol Prazky - Sokol H.K. 90-71
Jan. 29: Slavoj Litom. - Vysocina 89-72
Jan. 27: USK Praha B - Loko Plzen 65-69
Jan. 29: Nymburk B - Basket Kosice 102-82

Group B

Jan. 29: Zlin - Prostejov B 78-74
Jan. 27: Ostrava - Olomouc Bbal 67-70
Jan. 29: Novy Jicin - Opava B 59-76
Jan. 27: Olomouc SK - Pardubice 57-105
Jan. 29: Sokol Slapanice - Havirov 109-76

Regular Season: Round 17

Group A

Feb. 3: Sokol Pisek - Nymburk B
Feb. 5: GBA Sparta - Sokol Prazky
Feb. 5: Sokol H.K. - Slavoj Litom.
Feb. 5: Vysocina - USK Praha B
Feb. 3: Loko Plzen - Basket Kosice

Group B

Feb. 3: Zlin - Novy Jicin
Feb. 3: Havirov - Olomouc SK
Feb. 3: Pardubice - Ostrava
Feb. 3: Olomouc Bbal - Opava B
Feb. 3: Prostejov B - Sokol Slapanice

Round 14

Feb. 2: Nymburk B - USK Praha B


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.9 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.5 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK22.9 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.6 
 5. Peterka, Nymburk B22.3 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.4 
 7. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 8. Sebela, Sokol S.19.1 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.4 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.7 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.7 
 3. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.4 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov10.2 
 5. Voslajer, Zlin9.6 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.5 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 8. Bujnoch, Opava B9.0 
 9. Streba, USK P.8.9 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.4 
 2. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 3. Petric, Pardubice5.0 
 4. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 6. Jancik, Havirov4.6 
 7. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.4 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B3.8 
 10. Goga, Prostejov B3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 3. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.7 
 4. Nehoda, Zlin2.4 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 6. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 7. Zlamal, Olomouc SK2.0 
 8. Kroutil, Slavoj L.2.0 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
 10. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 David SKRANC
  Pardubice
  (206-C/F-96)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 3. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.6 
 4. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 6. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 7. Goga, Prostejov B1.1 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 9. Soska, Novy Jicin1.0 
 10. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 


Estudiantes ink Ondrej Balvin - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) signed 25-year old Czech center Ondrej Balvin (217-115kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe). He started the season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. In 13 games he had 5.7ppg and 2.1rpg this season. Balvin also played 11 games in Eurocup where he recorded 3.4ppg and 1.9rpg. The last season he played at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla. In 34 Liga Endesa games he averaged 9.6ppg and 7.4rpg (#2 in the league). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention.
Balvin 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 his team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group D in 2012. Balvin was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team back in 2011 and 2012.
He was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. Balvin played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012.
He also represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 67.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Balvin has played previously professionally in Czech Republic (USK Praha) and Spain (Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team).
He could be described: Ondrej is 218 cm (7'2') tall. Has athletic predispositions, huge wingspan, good coordination, mobility and strong legs. Ondrej is one of the most prospective big men in Europe. He is coachable, intelligent, has a great working attitude. He has worked on his game back and face to the basket and around the paint. He puts up more weight and has larger frame than last year. He fights for every rebound and space under basket - whih makes him one of the best rebounders in the Spanish ACB. Thanks to a great deal of personal contribution, he has improved his athletic skills, and has become a very quick player for his size. He played several seasons in the ACB - great games against Real Madrid and other Euroloeague competition.
- ACB: Most rebounds in one game - 17rebs (2016)
- Eurocup: Most rebounds in one game - 19rebs (2015)
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1Liga Round 16: Leader Sokol Hradec Kralove lose to Sokol Prazky - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in 1Liga. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (13-3) recorded its third loss in Praha on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Sokol Prazky (9-7) 90-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. Center Jan Stepanek (190-83) fired 32 points for the winners. point guard Tomas Gavenda (182-96) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Sokol Prazky's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Sokol Prazky maintains fourth position in Group A with 9-7 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Sokol Prazky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena GBA Sparta.
Another exciting game was between sixth ranked BK Loko Plzen and 7th ranked USK Praha B where BK Loko Plzen (7-8) beat USK Praha B (6-9) on the road 69-65. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jaroslav Kovanda contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. BK Loko Plzen's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Jan Streba (195-95) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds for USK Praha B. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to fifth place in Group A. USK Praha B lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. BK Loko Plzen will play against Basket Kosice (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha B will play against Nymburk B and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Olomouc SK (12-4) against sixth ranked Pardubice (7-9) on Friday night. Host Olomouc SK was crushed by Pardubice in Olomouc 105-57. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Olomouc SK. Worth to mention a great performance of Josef Potocek who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Jan Zlamal responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pardubice maintains sixth position in Group B with 7-9 record. Newly promoted Olomouc SK keeps the second place with four games lost. Pardubice will meet at home Ostrava (#9) in the next round. Olomouc SK will play against Havirov (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Leader SKB Zlin delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked BK Prostejov B (6-10) 78-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Prostejov B. The winners were led by Tomas Voslajer who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. BK Prostejov B's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. SKB Zlin have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group B with 15-1 record. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. SKB Zlin's next round opponent will be Novy Jicin (#8) in Novy Jicin and are hoping to win another game. BK Prostejov B will play at home against Sokol Slapanice and hope to win that game.
The game in Novy Jicin was also quite interesting. Third ranked B&W Opava B (11-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Novy Jicin (5-11). B&W Opava B did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-59 on Sunday. Rostislav Dragoun fired 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. B&W Opava B maintains third position in Group B with 11-5 record having four points less than leader Zlin. Newly promoted Novy Jicin keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. B&W Opava B will face Olomouc Bbal (#5) on the road in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against the league's leader SKB Zlin and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A Basket Kosice was crushed by Nymburk B in a road game 102-82. Slavoj Litom. beat Vysocina at home 89-72.
In Group B Havirov was destroyed by Sokol Slapanice on the opponent's court 109-76. Ostrava unfortunately lost to Olomouc Bbal in a home game 67-70.

Group A
Nymburk B - Basket Kosice 102-82

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Basket Kosice (7-10) was crushed on the road by third ranked Nymburk B (11-4) 102-82 on Sunday. Nymburk B shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Basket Kosice's players. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Dominik Adasek (190-92) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Nymburk B and four Basket Kosice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nymburk B have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group A with 11-4 record having five points less than leader Zlin. Loser Basket Kosice keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Nymburk B will face USK Praha B (#7) at home in the next round. Basket Kosice will play against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Kosice: J.Kratochvil 19+6reb+1ast, D.Adasek 16+5reb+3ast, M.Burian 13+7reb+3ast, M.Schinko 13+3reb+1ast, D.Zach 9+5reb+1ast, J.Bohm 6+1reb
Nymburk B: M.Peterka 26+12reb+4ast, M.Svoboda 21+5reb+6ast, L.Stegbauer 20+7reb+4ast, E.Kotasek 17+2reb+6ast, M.Kolar 10+6reb+4ast, F.Novotny 3
gschID: 483412


Sokol Prazky - Sokol H.K. 90-71

Top ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (13-3) recorded its third loss in Praha on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Sokol Prazky (9-7) 90-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. Center Jan Stepanek (190-83) fired 32 points for the winners. Point guard Tomas Gavenda (182-96) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Sokol Prazky's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and Samuel Faifr (203-93, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sokol Prazky maintains fourth position in Group A with 9-7 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Sokol Prazky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena GBA Sparta.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: O.Peterka 24+5reb+1ast, S.Faifr 10+5reb+2ast, T.Mahler 9+3reb+1ast, T.Kirsbaum 9+4reb, M.Honzak 7+2reb+4ast, L.Lachman 4+1reb
Sokol Prazky: J.Stepanek 32+3reb+2ast, M.Hartig 16+3reb, T.Gavenda 11+6reb+3ast, T.Bruha 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Habily 6+1reb, S.Brix 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 483415


Slavoj Litom. - Vysocina 89-72

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (12-4) defeated at home 10th ranked Vysocina (3-13) 89-72 on Sunday. Slavoj BK Litomerice dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Vysocina's 32. Slavoj BK Litomerice looked well-organized offensively handing out 39 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Vysocina's players. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) fired 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Slavoj BK Litomerice players scored in double figures. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Miroslav Krajcigr (178-94) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Slavoj BK Litomerice have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group A with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Zlin. Vysocina lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vysocina will play against USK Praha B (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vysocina: J.Bubak 22+7reb+1ast, M.Krajcigr 19+4reb+3ast, J.Knetl 10+1reb+3ast, J.Dokulil 3+6reb+1ast, P.Knetl 2+3reb+1ast, V.Burian 0
Slavoj Litom.: A.Alic 21+4reb+4ast, M.Klimes 18+5reb+2ast, M.Slunecko 12+3reb+5ast, A.Zampach 10+4reb+1ast, M.Basta 10+2reb+5ast, M.Klouda 7+3reb
gschID: 483414


USK Praha B - Loko Plzen 65-69

Another exciting game was between sixth ranked BK Loko Plzen and 7th ranked USK Praha B where BK Loko Plzen (7-8) beat USK Praha B (6-9) on the road 69-65. BK Loko Plzen dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha B's 18 and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded USK Praha B 38-15 including a 29-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (203-82) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. BK Loko Plzen's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Jan Streba (195-95) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and center Filip Petruzela (205-97) added 5 points in the effort for USK Praha B. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to fifth place in Group A. USK Praha B lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. BK Loko Plzen will play against Basket Kosice (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha B will play against Nymburk B and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
USK Praha B: J.Streba 22+9reb+1ast, F.Petruzela 5+3reb, Z.Blaha 2+3reb, M. Taussig 0, J.Sejbl 0, R.Bzonek 0
Loko Plzen: V.Honomichl 17+7reb+4ast, J.Kovanda 12+7reb+1ast, K.Riha 9+4reb+1ast, J.Suchy 8+4reb+1ast, J.Lejsek 8+6reb, M.Volf 7+5reb
gschID: 483413


Group B
Sokol Slapanice - Havirov 109-76

Very expected game in Slapnice where 10th ranked Havirov (1-15) was rolled over by fifth ranked Sokol Slapanice (9-7) 109-76 on Sunday. Sokol Slapanice dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Havirov's 10. They outrebounded Havirov 52-13 including a 39-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sokol Slapanice looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Havirov's players. Forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Radek Sir (188-91) chipped in 31 points. Sokol Slapanice's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Vojtech Jancik (181-96) produced 12 points and J Hubacek added 11 points respectively for lost side. Sokol Slapanice moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Olomouc Bbal. Havirov lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Sokol Slapanice will face BK Prostejov B (#7) on the road in the next round. Havirov will play against the league's second-placed Olomouc SK and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Havirov: J. Hubacek 12+2reb+3ast, H.J 11+2reb+2ast, U.Adam 8+5reb+2ast, L.Jan 0+4reb+1ast,
Sokol Slapanice: R.Sir 31+3reb+1ast, Z.Sebela 24+13reb+2ast, K.Trunecek 17+3reb+3ast, M.Muller 10+5reb+3ast, M.Licenik 6+7reb+6ast, M.Vyroubal 6+10reb+5ast
gschID: 483490


Zlin - Prostejov B 78-74

Leader SKB Zlin delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked BK Prostejov B (6-10) 78-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Prostejov B. The winners were led by center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Marian Hrabovsky (198-94) supported him with 15 points. Even 18 points by Slovakian Milan Szabo (204-98) did not help to save the game for BK Prostejov B. Point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) added 14 points for lost side. BK Prostejov B's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. SKB Zlin have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group B with 15-1 record. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. SKB Zlin's next round opponent will be Novy Jicin (#8) in Novy Jicin and are hoping to win another game. BK Prostejov B will play at home against Sokol Slapanice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Prostejov B: M.Szabo 18+4reb+1ast, M.Sehnal 14+3reb+1ast, M.Nabelek 14+4reb+2ast, J.Hlobil 6+7reb+1ast, A.Goga 6+4reb, F.Vana 6+2reb+2ast
Zlin: T.Voslajer 18+12reb+1ast, M.Hrabovsky 15+4reb+3ast, M.Jedovnicky 12+1reb, D.Zumer 9+6reb+5ast, D.Nehoda 8+1reb, J.Krutilek 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 512513


Novy Jicin - Opava B 59-76

The game in Novy Jicin was also quite interesting. Third ranked B&W Opava B (11-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Novy Jicin (5-11). B&W Opava B did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-59 on Sunday. B&W Opava B outrebounded Novy Jicin 50-30 including a 18-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Rostislav Dragoun (190-96) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Four B&W Opava B players scored in double figures. Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Lukas Pindroch (198-92) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. B&W Opava B maintains third position in Group B with 11-5 record having four points less than leader Zlin. Newly promoted Novy Jicin keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. B&W Opava B will face Olomouc Bbal (#5) on the road in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against the league's leader SKB Zlin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: O.Soska 16+9reb+1ast, L.Pindroch 11+7reb, M.Rudolf 8+2reb+1ast, R.Medek 7+3reb+2ast, D.Panak 6+2reb+1ast, J.Kelar 5+1ast
Opava B: R.Dragoun 20+8reb+5ast, J.Dihel 17+3reb+1ast, V.Bujnoch 15+15reb+2ast, M.Kvapil 10+10reb+2ast, V.Branda 8+3reb, S.Kurecka 6+2reb
gschID: 483487


Olomouc SK - Pardubice 57-105

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Olomouc SK (12-4) against sixth ranked Pardubice (7-9) on Friday night. Host Olomouc SK was crushed by Pardubice in Olomouc 105-57. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Olomouc SK. Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc SK's 32. Pardubice forced 29 Olomouc SK turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Josef Potocek (196-96) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-96) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Pardubice players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Jan Zlamal (193-91) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Kamil Sin (198-97) scored 11 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. Pardubice maintains sixth position in Group B with 7-9 record. Newly promoted Olomouc SK keeps the second place with four games lost. Pardubice will meet at home Ostrava (#9) in the next round. Olomouc SK will play against Havirov (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: J.Zlamal 14+6reb, K.Sin 11+2reb, O. Strubl 10, R.Polasek 8+2reb, P.Langstein 5+2reb, D.Jilek 4+2reb
Pardubice: J.Potocek 21+7reb, M.Roub 17+4reb+1ast, V.Pulpan 17+5reb+2ast, K.Formanek 13+5reb+1ast, M.Vecera 11+6reb+1ast, V.Nalevanko 11
gschID: 483489


Ostrava - Olomouc Bbal 67-70

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal (9-7) edged on the road 9th ranked Ostrava (5-11) 70-67 on Friday. Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Radek Jurka (192-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Five Olomouc Bbal players scored in double figures. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michal Palat (194-90) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ostrava's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olomouc Bbal moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Sokol Slapanice. Ostrava lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Olomouc Bbal will face higher ranked B&W Opava B (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ostrava will play against Pardubice (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ostrava: M.Palat 13+5reb+2ast, L.Bukovjan 12+6reb+3ast, J.Lycka 8+9ast, J.Slavik 7+2reb, T.Havlik 5+2reb, J.Ricka 4+3reb+1ast
Olomouc Bbal: E.Scripcaru 16+10reb+4ast, R.Jurka 13+14reb+2ast, J.Dedek 12+2reb+3ast, V.Smerda 11+4reb+2ast, A.Choleva 10+3reb+3ast, F.Pekarek 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 483488





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Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 19-11 
 2. Delaware 87ers 15-13 
 3. Westchester K. 13-14 
 4. Long Island N. 11-19 
 5. Greensboro S. 10-20 
 6. Erie Bay H. 7-21 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 21-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 17-10 
 3. Canton C. 16-11 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 13-16 
 5. Windy City B. 10-15 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 22-6 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 16-12 
 3. N.Arizona S. 12-14 
 4. Reno B. 11-18 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 8-20 
Southwest Division
 1. Oklahoma City B 20-9 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 20-9 
 3. Rio Grande VV 17-13 
 4. Austin S. 13-16 
 5. Texas L. 12-14 
 6. Iowa E. 6-21 

Regular Season: Round 70

Jan. 30: Long Island N. - Greensboro S. 108-118
Jan. 30: Delaware 87ers - Grand Rapids D. 105-116

Regular Season: Round 71

Jan. 31: Canton C. - Raptors 905
Jan. 31: Sioux Falls S. - Oklahoma City B


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.9 
 3. Blue, Los A.25.5 
 4. Cook, Canton C.25.3 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.6 
 8. Murphy, Grand R.21.9 
 9. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.0 
 2. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.11.6 
 4. Long, Delaware.10.8 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.7 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.4 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. Webb III, Delaware.9.2 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Zimmerman, Erie B.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Magette, Los A.10.0 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.5 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.5 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.2 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 9. Pressey, Santa C.6.7 
 10. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.0 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. Harris, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.4 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Evans, Canton C.2.1 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Price, Erie Bay H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.8 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .2.3 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.2 
 6. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 7. Williams, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Hammons, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.9 


Bighorns acquire Gary Neal - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns completed a trade with the Texas Legends on Monday, with the Bighorns acquiring NBA veteran Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) in exchange for Reno's 2017 fourth-round draft pick. Neal, a six-year NBA veteran who appeared in 352 games, began his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs (2010-13) before joining the Milwaukee Bucks (2013-14), Charlotte Hornets (2013-14 - 2014-15), Minnesota Timberwolves (2014-15), Washington Wizards (2015-16) and the Atlanta Hawks (2016-17). A Towsen alumnus, Neal's time with the Tigers includes a two-year career (2005-06 - 2006-07). He averaged 25.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, during his time with Towsen. The Bighorns will host the Iowa Energy at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Reno Events Center.
Courtesy of: rgj.com



Raptors 905 complete trade with Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News

Raptors 905 made a trade on Friday, acquiring forward Christian Watford (6'9''-F-91, college: Indiana) and a third-round pick in the 2017 NBA D-League Draft from the Fort Erie Mad Ants in exchange for forward Jarrod Uthoff (6'8''-F-93, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports). Standing six-foot-nine and 220 pounds, Watford has averaged 5.9 points and 2.4 rebounds over 16.2 minutes per game with Fort Wayne this season. He'll likely fit in as a depth piece in coach Jerry Stackhouse's lineup. Uthoff was assigned to Raptors 905 after earning a training camp invite with the Toronto Raptors in the fall. He averaged 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 24 games this year.
Courtesy of: mississauga.com



D-Fenders Rout Spurs to Begin Road Swing - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles D-Fenders cruised to a victory over the Austin Spurs on Sunday at the H-E-B Center, 132-104, behind 28 points each from guards Josh Magette (6'1''-G-89, college: Al.-Huntsville) and Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette). Los Angeles (22-6) controlled the contest throughout the afternoon, even leading by double digits for more than three quarters of the game. Seven of the team's nine available players would finish in double figures. Magette paced a starting lineup that combined for 101 points on the afternoon, and he added four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Meanwhile, Blue had nine rebounds in addition to his point total. David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) (18 points, seven rebounds, three steals), Speedy Smith (13 points, five assists), Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) (12 points, six rebounds) and Troy DeVries (6'4''-G-82, college: N.Mexico) (11 points) each scored more than 10 points. Jeff Ayres added the team's only double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Austin (13-16) was led by a 20-point, eight-rebound performance from sixth man Hollis Thompson (6'8''-SF-91, college: Georgetown) as five Spurs players finished in double figures. Magette and Blue combined for 21 points to give LA the lead after the first quarter, 36-25. Magette's efficiency only continued into the second period, where the third-year D-Fender finished the first half with a career-high 25 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Los Angeles outscored the Spurs, 41-20, in the second frame, totaling a season-best 77 first-half points. The D-Fenders bench began to see extended minutes in the third quarter as the team maintained a 30+ point advantage. Los Angeles led by as much as 37 points in the third frame, the team's biggest lead over any opponent this season. Overall, Los Angeles shot an efficient 54.2 percent on the day and connected on 17 attempts from three-point range, trying a season high.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


DaJuan Wagner (ex La Mattica) joins Gaiteros - by Eurobasket News

Gaiteros de Zulia (LPB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American guard DaJuan Wagner (191-83, college: Memphis). He played last summer at La Mattica in La Vega League in Dominican Republic. The last season Wagner played at Spirit in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
In 2002 he was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in first round (6th overall). The former University of Memphis staris in his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Wagner's team made it to the Polish League final in 2007.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Golden State Warriors), Poland (Asseco) and ABA (Philadelphia S.).
On Wagner: Very strong player for a guard. handling skills, shooting skills and passing skills. Now it is about playing without the basketball. A great defender. During last years, he tried to become a true point guard, but that's not an easy transition to anyone. He remains a SG with a too selfish mentality on the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 22
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.22.0 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.1 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.19.6 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU19.3 
 5. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU17.9 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.2 
 8. Strupovics, Valga16.0 
 9. Saage, TL.15.0 
 10. Bratoz, Rapla14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. van der Mars, Rap.14.2 
 2. Jarvelainen, TTU9.3 
 3. Baker, Tarvas9.2 
 4. Milka, TU/Rock8.4 
 5. Jois, TU/Rock8.4 
 6. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.8.4 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu8.0 
 8. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.9 
 9. Dzeletovic, TL.7.0 
 10. Marshall, TL.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.7 
 2. Saage, TL.4.6 
 3. Bratoz, Rapla4.5 
 4. Post, Tarvas4.4 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 6. Sokk, TU/Rock4.3 
 7. Olmre, TTU4.2 
 8. Jones, TL.4.0 
 9. Paiste, Tarvas3.9 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu2.0 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Dzeletovic, TL.2.0 
 5. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 6. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Bratoz, Rapla1.7 
 9. Olmre, TTU1.7 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 2. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu1.2 
 4. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 5. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 7. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 9. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 10. Saks, TL.0.7 



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 36.5
 1. Upchurch, HyPo36.5 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Maxhuni, HBA-M.25.1 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.6 
 5. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.0 
 6. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.9 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 9. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 10. Clark, Porvoon .22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.9 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.8 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket11.9 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.3 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 8. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.8 
 9. Blomqvist, HyPo10.7 
 10. Flemings, FoKoPo10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .5.7 
 3. Kantonen, Korik.5.4 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United5.1 
 6. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 7. Innamaa, TuNM.4.5 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 9. Kantonen, JyWe4.2 
 10. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
Steals Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Upchurch, HyPo2.9 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 4. Moore, ToPo2.4 
 5. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.4 
 6. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.3 
 7. Kuusisto, ToPo2.3 
 8. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 9. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.2 
 10. King, Karkkila2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Harvey, Oulun N.1.5 
 3. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.5 
 4. Ekimov, JyWe1.5 
 5. Reed, FoKoPo1.4 
 6. Sandberg, TuNM.1.3 
 7. Lehtinen, PuHu J.1.3 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Bratton, Namika Lr1.3 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 


Salon Vilpas land Brandon Edwards - by Greg

Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) tabbed 26-year old American forward Brandon Edwards (198-102kg-91, college: Texas Arlington) who is expected to play his first game on Wednesday against Kataja. He started the season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1 league. In 14 games he averaged 4.0ppg and 3.6rpg this season. The last season Edwards played at Melilla Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold where in 41 games he had 8.8ppg and 6.1rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team and 3rd Team.
He attended University of Texas at Arlington until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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1st Division Round 16: TuNMKY defeat HyPo in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Seventh-ranked HyPo (8-8) gave a tough game to first ranked TuNMKY (14-3) in Hyvinkaa on Friday. The visitors from Turun managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-15. But HyPo won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TuNMKY made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. TuNMKY looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Tomi Lommi (193-96) who added 29 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. HyPo's coach Besim Maxhuni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TuNMKY maintains first position in Division with 14-3 record. HyPo at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. TuNMKY are looking forward to face Espoo Basket (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. HyPo will play against Karkkila (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Helsinki. Third ranked ToPo (11-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent Espoo United (13-5) 95-94 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Nigel Moore supported him with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) did not help to save the game for Espoo United. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted ToPo maintains third position in Division with 11-7 record having just two points less than leader TuNMKY. Espoo United at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second place with five games lost. ToPo will play against Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road in the next round. Espoo United will play against Pyrinto II and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Forssa between Forssan Koripojat and Jarvenpaa. Eighth ranked Forssan Koripojat (8-11) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Jarvenpaa (7-11). Forssan Koripojat managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 on Sunday evening. Roderick Flemings fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. HL Coleman produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Forssan Koripojat moved-up to sixth place in Division. Loser Jarvenpaa dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Forssan Koripojat will meet Porvoon Tarmo (#7) on the road in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against the league's leader Lahti and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Espoo. Second ranked host Espoo United (13-5) smashed 4th ranked Jyvaskyla BA (9-8) 100-66. It was a very good performance for Omar Calhoun who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Espoo United's coach Ville Neva felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second position in Division with 13-5 record behind leader TuNMKY. Jyvaskyla BA at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Espoo United's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere and are hoping to win another game. Jyvaskyla BA will play at home against ToPo (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1st Division top team - Lahti (15-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Pyrinto II (4-14) 90-51. Worth to mention a quality performance of Rashad Smith who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Coach Arttu Mannelin's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lahti maintains first position in Division with 15-4 record. Loser Pyrinto II keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. Lahti will face Jarvenpaa (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pyrinto II will play against the league's second-placed Espoo United and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16:
In Division Porvoon Tarmo was destroyed by Oulun NMKY on the opponent's court 80-59. Oulun NMKY managed to outperform Jarvenpaa in a home game 76-59. HyPo managed to beat HNMKY U23 on the road 103-94. Karkkila was crushed by Munkkiniemen on its own court 58-87. Ura Basket beat JyWe in Kaarina 82-71. Namika Lr was destroyed by Espoo Basket at home 73-100. TuNMKY managed to outperform PeU-Basket on the opponent's court 87-73. Korikouvot was rolled over PuHu Juniorit in a home game 60-88. PeU-Basket defeated Namika Lr on the road 84-70. Munkkiniemen was smashed by PuHu Juniorit on its own court 59-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 9 rebounds by Pyry Rainamaa of PuHu Juniorit.

Division A
Lahti - Pyrinto II 90-51

1st Division top team - Lahti (15-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Pyrinto II (4-14) 90-51. The game without a history. Lahti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pyrinto II to just 6 points in second quarter. Lahti dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Pyrinto II's 36. They outrebounded Pyrinto II 40-22 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lahti looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Pyrinto II's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lahti made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) who added 10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Lahti players scored in double figures. Coach Arttu Mannelin's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Tuomas Sukanen (198-91) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Lassi Kilpinen (185-93) scored 8 points and 7 assists. Lahti maintains first position in Division with 15-4 record. Loser Pyrinto II keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. Lahti will face Jarvenpaa (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pyrinto II will play against the league's second-placed Espoo United and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: T.Sukanen 16+6reb, A.Juutinen 12+1reb+1ast, M.Nurmi 8+5reb, L.Kilpinen 8+2reb+7ast, E.Harju 4+1reb, R.Bellagnaoui 3+5reb+1ast
Lahti: R.Smith 27+6reb+1ast, R.Ojanen 15+1reb+1ast, V.Karvonen 14+3reb+3ast, J.Fields 10+8reb+5ast, O.Aalto 9+5reb, A.Alanen 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 487692


Oulun NMKY - Porvoon Tarmo 80-59

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (7-10) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Oulun NMKY (11-8) 80-59 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. Porvoon Tarmo was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 43-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds and guard Oskari Virolainen (187-93) who added 15 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward B.J. Cardarelli (203, college: S.New Hampshire, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 13 points. 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. Oulun NMKY maintains fourth position in Division with 11-8 record. Loser Porvoon Tarmo dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Oulun NMKY will have a break next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play at home against Forssan Koripojat (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: L.Giese 13+7reb+2ast, B.Cardarelli 13+4reb+1ast, C.Clark 12+6reb, E.Salonen 11+2reb+1ast, K.Straih 6+1ast, K.Iovine 2
Oulun NMKY: O.Virolainen 15+2reb+7ast, D.Harvey 14+19reb+2ast, I.Kallio 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Stahl 12+7reb+1ast, J.Vanttaja 10+1ast, T.Yrjanheikki 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 487693


FoKoPo - Jarvenpaa 86-83

A very close game took place in Forssa between Forssan Koripojat and Jarvenpaa. Eighth ranked Forssan Koripojat (8-11) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Jarvenpaa (7-11). Forssan Koripojat managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 on Sunday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Jarvenpaa won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forssan Koripojat made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forssan Koripojat looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Reed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Leo Tarjanne (189-95) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Four Forssan Koripojat and five Jarvenpaa players scored in double figures. Forssan Koripojat moved-up to sixth place in Division. Loser Jarvenpaa dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Forssan Koripojat will meet Porvoon Tarmo (#7) on the road in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against the league's leader Lahti and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: L.Tarjanne 22+2reb+3ast, H.Coleman 20+11reb+4ast, J.Jousisto 16+1reb+5ast, A.Towa 15+11reb+1ast, J.Mantyla 10+1ast, T.Rista 0
FoKoPo: R.Flemings 24+14reb+6ast, B.Reed 22+14reb+2ast, T.Sulonen 19+3reb+6ast, J.Kotavuo 10+1reb+4ast, J.Henttonen 7+2reb+2ast, H.Kotavuo 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487691


ToPo - Espoo United 95-94

Important game to mention about took place in Helsinki. Third ranked ToPo (11-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent Espoo United (13-5) 95-94 on Sunday evening. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 25-24 run, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) supported him with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) did not help to save the game for Espoo United. His fellow American import point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 17 points and 11 assists for lost side. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted ToPo maintains third position in Division with 11-7 record having just two points less than leader TuNMKY. Espoo United at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second place with five games lost. ToPo will play against Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road in the next round. Espoo United will play against Pyrinto II and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 35+10reb+2ast, J.Ivey 17+1reb+11ast, V.Makalainen 15+5reb+3ast, J.Jarvinen 7+3reb+2ast, L.Gummerus 6+5reb+1ast, T.Laitinen 5+3reb+2ast
ToPo: C.Latimer 33+6reb+2ast, N.Moore 21+8reb+1ast, I.Pehkonen 11+6reb+5ast, M.Kuusisto 9+4reb+4ast, J.Kauppinen 8+4reb+1ast, E.Djeen 7+3reb
gschID: 487690


Espoo United - Jyvaskyla BA 100-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Espoo. Second ranked host Espoo United (13-5) smashed 4th ranked Jyvaskyla BA (9-8) 100-66. The game was mostly controlled by Espoo United. Jyvaskyla BA was better in third quarter 29-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espoo United dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Jyvaskyla BA's 32 and made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jyvaskyla BA 45-26 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Espoo United players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Forward Akseli Hartikainen (195-96) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Espoo United players scored in double figures. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) replied with 21 points and 4 assists and Bahamas forward Winslo Barry (208-90, college: Incarnate Word) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Jyvaskyla BA. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second position in Division with 13-5 record behind leader TuNMKY. Jyvaskyla BA at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Espoo United's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere and are hoping to win another game. Jyvaskyla BA will play at home against ToPo (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 21+3reb+4ast, W.Barry 20+8reb, V.Leppanen 10+2reb+3ast, T.Puittinen 8+2reb+1ast, M.Marttinen 4+3reb+3ast, J.Bjork 2+3reb+1ast
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 24+8reb+3ast, A.Hartikainen 15+7reb, L.Gummerus 13+6reb+2ast, J.Ivey 13+2reb+6ast, L.Toivonen 10+2reb+1ast, T.Halme 7+2ast
gschID: 487689


Oulun NMKY - Jarvenpaa 76-59

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Oulun NMKY (11-8) defeated at home 7th ranked Jarvenpaa (7-11) 76-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. Jarvenpaa was better in second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oulun NMKY had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Jarvenpaa's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Ilmari Kallio (191-92) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists and American forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) who added 20 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Oulun NMKY's coach Jussi Eskola used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Jarvenpaa players scored in double figures. Oulun NMKY maintains fourth position in Division with 11-8 record. Loser Jarvenpaa dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. Oulun NMKY will have a break next round. Jarvenpaa will play at home against the league's leader Lahti (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: A.Towa 14+15reb+3ast, H.Coleman 14+7reb, L.Tarjanne 13+3reb, J.Jousisto 11+2reb+1ast, J.Pehkonen 4+4reb+1ast, T.Rista 2+1ast
Oulun NMKY: I.Kallio 25+2reb+7ast, D.Harvey 20+13reb, Z.Stahl 12+8reb+5ast, J.Vanttaja 7+5reb, O.Virolainen 6+3reb+1ast, K.Clement 4+8reb+6ast
gschID: 487688


Division B
HNMKY U23 - HyPo 94-103

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked HNMKY U23's (7-11) home loss to seventh ranked HyPo (8-8) 94-103 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 59-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. HyPo shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. HNMKY U23 was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) who helped to win the game recording 45 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and forward Ilkka Blomqvist (196-84) who added 23 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Petteri Ruutiainen (207-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and center Otso Laakkonen (198-93) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Five HNMKY U23 players scored in double figures. HNMKY U23's coach gave the chance to play for twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. HyPo maintains seventh position in Division with 8-8 record. Loser HNMKY U23 keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. HyPo will face Karkkila (#9) at home in the next round. HNMKY U23 will play against Namika Lr and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
HNMKY U23: P.Ruutiainen 25+10reb, V.Tahvanainen 18+6reb+1ast, O.Laakkonen 12+12reb+6ast, J.Eboreime 11+2ast, M.Meldo 10+4reb+1ast, A.Pietilainen 7+1reb
HyPo: D.Upchurch 45+8reb+3ast, I.Blomqvist 23+13reb+3ast, E.Kivi 15+4reb, P.Puustinen 6+2reb+2ast, A.Rikka 6+4ast, S.Saari 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487849


Karkkila - Munkkiniemen 58-87

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Munkkiniemen (4-13) outscored on the road 9th ranked Karkkila (6-11) 87-58 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Munkkiniemen. Karkkila was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Karkkila 48-31 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Miika Heinonen (193-99) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Panu Pursiainen (195-84) who added 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Munkkiniemen had such big advantage that coach felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 11 players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Michael King (201-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Janne Kinnunen (185-87) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Karkkila players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen maintains twelfth position in Division with 4-13 record. Loser Karkkila keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Munkkiniemen will face higher ranked JyWe (#11) in Jyvaskyla in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Karkkila: M.King 19+6reb+1ast, J.Kinnunen 12+5reb+8ast, T.Heino 11+3reb+3ast, H.Koskinen 10+6reb, A.Lecklin 3+4reb+2ast, S.Ryynanen 3+6reb+1ast
Munkkiniemen: M.Heinonen 37+8reb+5ast, J.Timonen 10+8reb+1ast, P.Pursiainen 10+8reb+1ast, M.Oksa 9+4reb+1ast, T.Antikainen 8+1reb+3ast, A.Hammainen 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 487844


JyWe - Ura Basket 71-82

There was no surprise in Jyvaskyla where 11th ranked JyWe (4-13) was defeated by fourth ranked Ura Basket (13-5) 82-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Ura Basket. JyWe was better in fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded JyWe 45-34 including 30 on the defensive glass. JyWe was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Ville Hanninen (193-95) who added 26 points during the contest. Watson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side Russian power forward Alexei Ekimov (210-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and guard Aleksi Kantonen (188-95) scored 10 points and 5 assists. JyWe's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ura Basket maintains fourth position in Division with 13-5 record. Newly promoted JyWe keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Ura Basket will face Raholan Pyrkiva (#6) in Tampere in the next round. JyWe will play on the road against Munkkiniemen (#12) in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
JyWe: A.Ekimov 23+12reb+1ast, J.Salo 12, A.Kantonen 10+2reb+5ast, J.Salmela 7+4reb+2ast, L.Salovaara 5+5reb+5ast, R.Visuri 4+3reb
Ura Basket: V.Hanninen 26+3reb+3ast, J.Watson 16+11reb+7ast, S.Harris 12+11reb+1ast, T.Ritanotko 11+6reb, J.Forsstrom 4+6reb+2ast, T.Jarhio 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487848


Namika Lr - Espoo Basket 73-100

No shocking result in a game in Lappeenranta where third ranked Espoo Basket (13-5) outleveled 13th ranked Namika Lr (2-15) 100-73 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-73. Espoo Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lr's 36. Espoo Basket forced 26 Namika Lr turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Angolan guard Cesar Carapinha (183-89) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) who added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Five Espoo Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) responded with 30 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Namika Lr's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Espoo Basket maintains third position in Division with 13-5 record behind leader TuNMKY. Loser Namika Lr keeps the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Espoo Basket will face league's leader TuNMKY in Turun in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lr will play on the road against HNMKY U23 (#8) in Helsinki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Namika Lr: R.Bratton 30+9reb, A.Tapio 20+5reb+2ast, K.Engelvuori 7+3reb+2ast, L.Aavamaki 6+4reb, S.Mantynen 6+7reb+3ast, K.Puittinen 4+2ast
Espoo Basket: C.Carapinha 19+6reb+6ast, R.Ahman 16+4reb+1ast, B.Ceesay 16+7reb+1ast, J.Gouch 15+6reb+7ast, J.Graham 14+9reb+5ast, I.Kerminen 14+5ast
gschID: 487845


PeU-Basket - TuNMKY 73-87

Very expected game in Pernio where 10th ranked PeU-Basket (6-12) was defeated by first ranked TuNMKY (14-3) 87-73 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-73. TuNMKY made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. TuNMKY outrebounded PeU-Basket 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five TuNMKY players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tiel Daniels (200-92, college: Colorado St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Riku Laine (197-97) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. TuNMKY maintains first position in Division with 14-3 record. Loser PeU-Basket keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. TuNMKY will face Espoo Basket (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. PeU-Basket will play against the league's second-placed PuHu Juniorit (#2) in Vantaa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PeU-Basket: T.Daniels 15+11reb+3ast, R.Laine 14+7reb+1ast, J.Virtanen 10+2reb+2ast, S.Himberg 9+3reb, A.Kivimaki 9+3reb+2ast, T.Niitynpera 8+2reb+1ast
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 25+13reb+5ast, E.Innamaa 18+5reb+3ast, A.Talvitie 14+4reb+1ast, T.Lommi 13+4reb+2ast, M.Laihonen 13+6reb+3ast, J.Salatera 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 487846


Korikouvot - PuHu Juniorit 60-88

Rather predictable result in Kouvola where second ranked PuHu Juniorit (13-4) smashed 5th ranked Korikouvot (11-6) 88-60 on Sunday. The game without a history. PuHu Juniorit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Korikouvot's 26. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Sakari Laakso (194-97) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) who added 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five PuHu Juniorit players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) scored 13 points and 9 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. PuHu Juniorit maintains second position in Division with 13-4 record behind leader TuNMKY. Loser Korikouvot keeps the fifth place with six games lost. PuHu Juniorit will face PeU-Basket (#10) in Pernio in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: H.Kantonen 13+9reb, T.Knihtinen 13+10reb+3ast, N.Andersen 11+8reb+2ast, S.Lehtonen 9+1reb, E.Mombilo 7+3reb, V.Leino 5
PuHu Juniorit: S.Laakso 18+5reb+3ast, E.Sahlberg 14+5reb+3ast, E.Lehtinen 14+9reb+2ast, P.Rainamaa 11+7reb+4ast, J.Aho 11+5reb+3ast, J.Kyllonen 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 487847


Namika Lr - PeU-Basket 70-84

Not a big story in a game in Lappeenranta where 13th ranked Namika Lr (2-15) was defeated by tenth ranked PeU-Basket (6-12) 84-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by PeU-Basket. Namika Lr was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Namika Lr 41-24 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tiel Daniels (200-92, college: Colorado St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds and forward Riku Laine (197-97) who added 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) responded with 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Namika Lr's coach gave the chance to play for ten players saving starting five for next games. PeU-Basket maintains tenth position in Division with 6-12 record. Loser Namika Lr keeps the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. PeU-Basket will face league's second-placed PuHu Juniorit in Vantaa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Namika Lr will play on the road against HNMKY U23 (#8) in Helsinki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Namika Lr: R.Bratton 34+6reb+2ast, S.Mantynen 9+4reb, A.Tapio 8+5reb+1ast, K.Engelvuori 8+3reb+3ast, T.Turunen 6, O.Salonen 2+3reb
PeU-Basket: R.Laine 28+9reb+5ast, T.Daniels 24+18reb+2ast, A.Kivimaki 11+8reb+5ast, J.Arell 6+1reb+2ast, T.Niitynpera 4+1reb, S.Himberg 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 533846


HyPo - TuNMKY 92-94

Seventh-ranked HyPo (8-8) gave a tough game to first ranked TuNMKY (14-3) in Hyvinkaa on Friday. The visitors from Turun managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-15. But HyPo won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TuNMKY made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. TuNMKY looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Tomi Lommi (193-96) who added 29 points during the contest. Four TuNMKY players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Ilkka Blomqvist (196-84) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. HyPo's coach Besim Maxhuni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TuNMKY maintains first position in Division with 14-3 record. HyPo at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. TuNMKY are looking forward to face Espoo Basket (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. HyPo will play against Karkkila (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HyPo: D.Upchurch 37+5reb+4ast, S.Saari 18+1reb+1ast, I.Blomqvist 17+16reb+5ast, A.Rikka 6+2reb+2ast, P.Puustinen 4+3reb+1ast, K.Konttinen 3
TuNMKY: T.Lommi 29+2ast, E.Innamaa 19+6reb+9ast, V.Salli 16+5reb+1ast, M.Sandberg 13+5reb+7ast, A.Talvitie 8+3reb+1ast, T.Jaakkola 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 487843


Munkkiniemen - PuHu Juniorit 59-87

Everything went according to plan in Helsinki where second ranked PuHu Juniorit (13-4) outscored 12th ranked Munkkiniemen (4-13) 87-59 on Tuesday. The game without a history. PuHu Juniorit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Munkkiniemen's 32. PuHu Juniorit looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Munkkiniemen's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Pyry Marttinen (184-99) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Tuomo Antikainen (185-99) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PuHu Juniorit maintains second position in Division with 13-4 record behind leader TuNMKY. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the twelfth place with 13 games lost. PuHu Juniorit will face PeU-Basket (#10) in Pernio in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Munkkiniemen will play at home against JyWe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Munkkiniemen: P.Marttinen 19+7reb+3ast, T.Antikainen 13+4reb, A.Hammainen 10+7reb, O.Koskela 5, A.Kuran 4+3reb, Y.Majuri 4+1reb+1ast
PuHu Juniorit: P.Rainamaa 19+9reb+3ast, S.Salminen 18+3reb+2ast, A.Michelsen 10+7reb+1ast, E.Lahdensuu 10+1reb, E.Sahlberg 7+2reb+2ast, J.Aho 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 534209





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

25-year old guard Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kataja Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Lapua (#5, 13-11) 106-94. Kataja Basket maintains the 3rd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja Basket will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. In the team's last game Mullings had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kataja Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Daniel Mullings averages this season 14.1ppg and 6.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Topias Palmi (194-SG-94) of Pyrinto. He is a guard in his 5th season at Pyrinto. In the last game Palmi recorded impressive 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Pyrinto to another comfortable win 88-71 over the higher-ranked Helsinki Seagulls (#1, 18-5) being unquestionably team leader. Pyrinto's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Palmi is one of the most experienced players at Pyrinto and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of Kauhajoki (#4). Sarcevic showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, six rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 99-87 win against #3 ranked Kataja Basket in a game of the week. Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Sarcevic has a great season in Finland. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.9apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki - 25 points and 2 rebounds
5. Raheem Appleby (190-G-93) of Kouvot - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rion Brown (198-SG-91) of Kataja Basket - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Papa Dia (208-F-87) of BC Nokia - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Isaiah Wilkerson (191-G-90) of BC Nokia - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85) of KTP Basket - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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French NM1 round 20 best performance: B.J. Monteiro - by Eurobasket News

American-Cape Verdean Swingman B.J. Monteiro (196-F/G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Caen, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, five rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Lourdes (#9, 10-10) 85-76. Caen maintains the 4th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Caen will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. In the team's last game Monteiro had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Caen's top player in his first season with the team. B.J. Monteiro averages this season 15.7ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 39-year old American Steffon Bradford (198-F/C-77) of St Vallier. Bradford had a very good evening with 31 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as St Vallier lost that game 63-89 to the lower-ranked Angers BC (#11, 9-11). St Vallier managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bradford is a newcomer at St Vallier, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#1). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Karim Gourari (204-F-89) of RAC Basket (#3). Gourari showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of RAC Basket, leading his team to a 77-75 win against the lower-ranked Orchies (#6, 11-9). RAC Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 6 lost games. Gourari has a great season in France. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Will Felder (201-F-91) of RAC Basket - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ibrahim Saounera (179-PG-87) of Challans - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kevin Mondesir (204-PF-91) of Quimper - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Olivier Romain (180-PG-88) of Chartres - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Valentin Correia (192-SG-93) of Souffel - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yann Siegwarth (180-PG-93) of Vitre - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) of Quimper - 15 points, 11 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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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kozuv
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv19.4 
 2. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.6 
 3. Ceskovic, Feni I.16.4 
 4. Mijovic, Kozuv16.2 
 5. Hawkins, Pelister.15.9 
 6. Zivcevic, Strumica15.0 
 7. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.14.1 
 8. Vasilic, Ohrid AV14.1 
 9. Besovic, Strumica14.0 
 10. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv12.3 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.2 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.7.3 
 4. Zekjiri, Vardar7.1 
 5. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.7 
 6. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 7. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.2 
 8. Djekic, Feni I.6.2 
 9. Besovic, Strumica6.1 
 10. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki7.4 
 2. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.2 
 3. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 4. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.2 
 5. McNeaill, Kozuv4.1 
 6. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.1 
 7. Bogoev, Strumica4.0 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.4.0 
 9. Hall, Kozuv3.7 
 10. Stajic, Feni I.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marjan MLADENOVIC
  Ohrid A.
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 2. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 4. Magdevski, Feni I.1.3 
 5. Zivcevic, Strumica1.3 
 6. Karadzovski, Kuman.1.1 
 7. Hall, Kozuv1.1 
 8. McNeaill, Kozuv1.1 
 9. Robev, Vardar1.1 
 10. Markovski, Feni I.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.5 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.8 
 4. Besovic, Strumica0.8 
 5. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.7 
 6. Janevski, Kumanovo0.7 
 7. Djekic, Feni I.0.6 
 8. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 9. Mijovic, Kozuv0.6 
 10. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.4 


Four Macedonian clubs among top 8 in BIBL - by Mario Divanisov

Balkan League continues this week as the second stage will be opened on Tuesday with the games between BC Beroe - KK Sutjeska Niksic and KK Kozuv Gevgelija - KK Feni Industries in Bulgaria and Macedonia. The teams that progressed in the second stage count four Macedonian clubs as KK Kumanovo 2009, KK Feni Industries, Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje and KK Kozuv Gevgelija who survived the elementary stage with the Bulgarian side BC Beroe, Montenegrin KK Teodo Tivat and KK Sutjeska Niksic and KB Peja from Kosovo.
The eight clubs will divided within two groups "C" and "D" as BC Beroe and KK Kumanovo 2009 take the leadership position with 4 points from the first round.
In group "C": BC Beroe (4pts), KK Feni Industries (3pts), KK Sutjeska Niksic (3pts) and KK Kozuv Gevgelija (2pts).
In group "D": KK Kumanovo 2009 (4pts), KB Peja (3pts), Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (3pts) and KK Teodo Tivat (2pts).

The compilation of interesting games continues as one of the eight clubs will give the new champion of the "Balkans" since Sigal Prishtina was eliminated in the first round.



Prva Liga Round 10: Vardar is defeated by Rabotnicki in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Rabotnicki (#1) and Vardar (#8). Vardar was defeated at home 73-82 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Rabotnicki had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rabotnicki made 8 blocks. The former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) chipped in 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks during the contest. At the losing side Jetmir Zekjiri (200-96) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Vardar's coach Gjorgi Kocov rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rabotnicki maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Feni Industries. Newly promoted Vardar still closes the standings with ten games lost. Rabotnicki will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vardar will play on the road against the league's second-placed Feni Industries (#2) in Kavadarci and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Second ranked Feni Industries (9-1) crushed at home 5th ranked Pelister Bitola (4-6) by 37 points 88-51, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pelister Bitola. International point guard Andrej Magdevski (192-96) notched 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Jane Petrovski supported him with 11 points and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-90, college: Texas St.) did not help to save the game for Pelister Bitola. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Feni Industries have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Rabotnicki. Newly promoted Pelister Bitola keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Feni Industries will play against bottom-ranked Vardar (#8) in Skopje in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pelister Bitola will play at home against Kumanovo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Vardar - Rabotnicki 73-82

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Rabotnicki (#1) and Vardar (#8). Vardar was defeated at home 73-82 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Rabotnicki had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rabotnicki made 8 blocks. The former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) chipped in 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks during the contest. At the losing side Jetmir Zekjiri (200-96) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American-Nigerian guard Deji Ibitayo (193-93, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Vardar's coach Gjorgi Kocov rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rabotnicki maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Feni Industries. Newly promoted Vardar still closes the standings with ten games lost. Rabotnicki will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vardar will play on the road against the league's second-placed Feni Industries (#2) in Kavadarci and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: V.Ilievski 20+6reb+8ast, N.Misanovic 18+11reb, G.Cekovski 15+7reb+5ast, D.Mirakovski 15+3reb+3ast, V.Efremovski 14+4reb+1ast, M.Atanasovski 0
Vardar: J.Zekjiri 17+9reb+3ast, D.Robev 12+2reb+1ast, M.Mitev 11+3reb+5ast, D.Ibitayo 10+6reb+4ast, V.Levkoski 10+3reb+3ast, D.Kalov 9+1reb
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Feni Industries - Pelister Bitola 88-51

Second ranked Feni Industries (9-1) crushed at home 5th ranked Pelister Bitola (4-6) by 37 points 88-51, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pelister Bitola. The game without a history. Feni Industries led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Feni Industries outrebounded Pelister Bitola 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Pelister Bitola's players. International point guard Andrej Magdevski (192-96) notched 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) supported him with 11 points and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-90, college: Texas St.) did not help to save the game for Pelister Bitola. Guard Dimitar Ilievski (190-95) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Feni Industries have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Rabotnicki. Newly promoted Pelister Bitola keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Feni Industries will play against bottom-ranked Vardar (#8) in Skopje in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pelister Bitola will play at home against Kumanovo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Industries: P.Pajic 13+4reb, B.Djekic 12+3reb+1ast, A.Magdevski 11+6reb+5ast, J.Petrovski 11+2reb+4ast, B.Stajic 9+2reb+6ast, M.Ceskovic 9+1reb
Pelister Bitola: P.Hawkins 16+6reb+2ast, D.Ilievski 9+5reb+1ast, G.Anakievski 8+1ast, M.Golubovic 7+3reb+1ast, D.Bosevski 4+2reb+1ast, D.Zaharievski 3+1reb+1ast
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  GEORGIA  


Georgian League All-Star Game 2017 Rosters - by Igor Obradovic


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Revaz Rogava
Rogava
#e#2

Otar Pkhakadze
Pkhakadze
#e#1

Deonta Vaughn
Vaughn
#e#1

Irakli Chlaidze
Chlaidze
#e#1

Kakhaber Tomaradze
Tomaradze
#e#1

Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) of Olimpi Tbilisi
Otar Pkhakadze (188-PG-93) of Mgzavrebi-Armia Tbilisi
Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86) of Dinamo Tbilisi
Irakli Chlaidze (198-G/F-89) of BC Cactus Tbilisi
Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-SG-95) of Olimpi Tbilisi
Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89)
Terik Bridgeman (198-G, college: William Pater.)
Levan Patsatsia (198-SF-88, college: Troy)
Mikheil Berishvili (204-SF-87)
Nodar Gogodze (191-PG-94)
John Florveus (211-C-90, college: Georgia)
Walter Pitchford (208-F-92, college: Nebraska)



Maurice Lewis-Briggs (ex Cheshire P.) joins Rustavi - by Eurobasket News

Energy Invest Rustavi (Superleague) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-109kg-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He just played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 7 games he had 13.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg this season. Lewis-Briggs also played earlier that season for T71 Dudelange (Total League) in Luxembourg where in four BBL games he recorded 12.8ppg and 7.0rpg. He also spent pre-season at Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A) in Italian league earlier that year.
Lewis-Briggs has played previously professionally in Luxembourg (Black Star) and Georgia (MIA).
He attended Slippery Rock University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Georgia



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.9 
 2. Knight, Jena18.6 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen18.3 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA17.3 
 5. Jenkins, Jena16.5 
 6. Thompson, Telekom .16.3 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets16.3 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.15.3 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen15.2 
 10. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.6 
 3. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 4. McGhee, Walter T.7.2 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.1 
 6. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 7. Knight, Jena6.8 
 8. Standharding., Vec.6.6 
 9. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.6 
 10. Marei, Bayreuth6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.6 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.7 
 4. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.6.5 
 5. Odum, Wuerzburg6.2 
 6. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 7. Hobbs, Ratiopharm6.1 
 8. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen4.9 
 10. Hulls, Bremerhaven4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  EWE B.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kramer, EWE B.2.7 
 2. Robertson, Fraport .2.4 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 5. Redding, B.Mue.1.8 
 6. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 7. Stewart, Walter T.1.7 
 8. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
 10. Siva, ALBA1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.4 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.3 
 3. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 6. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 7. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 8. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Southerland, Wuerz.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB W.
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Alexander, ETB W.20.1 
 2. Williams, Kirchheim19.2 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach18.3 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg18.3 
 6. Kerusch, MBC17.5 
 7. Holt, Dresden16.4 
 8. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 9. Warren, MBC15.8 
 10. Moore, Ehingen15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Kratzer, Baunach13.1 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.7 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.6 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.2 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg7.2 
 8. Sturner, Dresden7.2 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.7 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.4 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.2 
 3. Moore, Ehingen6.0 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.5 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg5.4 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.4 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.4 
 8. Zazai, MBC5.3 
 9. Schmitz, Trier5.3 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim2.9 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.7 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 4. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.3 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.3 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.9 
 9. Vest, Uni Baskets1.9 
 10. Hewitt, Koeln R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.0 
 3. Kratzer, Baunach1.6 
 4. White, Heidelberg1.6 
 5. Grim, Uni Baskets1.4 
 6. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 7. van, Trier1.2 
 8. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 9. King, Koeln R.1.2 
 10. Fraser, Ehingen1.2 


Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
North
 1. Bernau 12-5 
 2. Art.Dragons 12-5 
 3. Oldenburg 12-5 
 4. Bochum 11-6 
 5. Iserlohn 11-6 
 6. Schalke 8-9 
 7. Itzehoe 8-9 
 8. Rist Wedel 7-10 
 9. Rostock 7-10 
 10. Wolfenbuettel 6-11 
 11. Stahnsdorf 5-12 
 12. Recklinghausen 3-14 
South
 1. Karlsruhe PS 13-4 
 2. Weissenhorn 12-5 
 3. Elchingen 11-5 
 4. Bayer Giants 11-6 
 5. Karlsruhe BG 9-7 
 6. FC Bayern II 9-7 
 7. Licher Baeren 7-10 
 8. Dragons 7-10 
 9. Wuerzburg 7-10 
 10. Fraport SKY II 6-10 
 11. Leipzig 5-12 
 12. Noerdlingen 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

North

Jan. 28: Iserlohn - Schalke 93-90
Jan. 29: Bochum - Itzehoe 87-81
Jan. 29: Wolfenbuettel - Recklinghausen 86-77
Jan. 29: Stahnsdorf - Oldenburg 75-83
Jan. 28: Bernau - Rostock 65-52
Jan. 29: Rist Wedel - Art.Dragons 64-68

South

Jan. 28: Licher Baeren - Bayer Giants 94-84
Jan. 28: Elchingen - Leipzig 94-72
Jan. 28: Fraport SKY II - Dragons 92-81
Jan. 28: Karlsruhe BG - Noerdlingen 92-76
Jan. 29: Wuerzburg - Karlsruhe PS 89-86
Jan. 30: FC Bayern II - Weissenhorn 71-77

Regular Season: Round 18

North

Feb. 4: Art.Dragons - Stahnsdorf
Feb. 4: Iserlohn - Bochum
Feb. 4: Recklinghausen - Itzehoe
Feb. 5: Schalke - Wolfenbuettel
Feb. 5: Rostock - Rist Wedel
Feb. 5: Oldenburg - Bernau

South

Feb. 4: Dragons - Wuerzburg
Feb. 4: Noerdlingen - Elchingen
Feb. 4: Karlsruhe PS - Licher Baeren
Feb. 5: Bayer Giants - Fraport SKY II
Feb. 5: Leipzig - FC Bayern II
Feb. 5: Weissenhorn - Karlsruhe BG


Travis Thompson Owns The Parkling Lot Charging The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Past The Dragons Rhondorf 92-81 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In his short basketball career Rilwan Bakara has really gotten around the block as he was never comfortable playing at one school as he bounced around the States playing for schools like Columbus State Community College (NJCAA), Danville Area Community College (NJCAA), Campbellsville (NAIA) and Texas Wesleyan (NAIA) before turning professional two seasons ago. Now in his third professional season, the 26 year old 201cm forward that hails from Chicago is already playing with his fifth professional team with the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. After playing his rookie season in Germany with TuS Breckerfeld (Germany-2.Regionalliga) where he played 18 games averaging 19.9ppg, and 10.5rpg where he was able to get a first feel for the European game, he moved to BK Iskra Svit (Slovakia-SBL) last season where he played 18 games averaging 11.2ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 57.8%, FT: 58.5% and demonstrated further that he was prepared for tasks in higher leagues. This season the big American has really been active as he started the season with Pernion Urheilijat Basket (Finland-1st Division playing 2 games averaging 20.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.0spg, in Oct.'16 moved to Union de Santa Fe (Argentina-TNA), where he played 17 games averaging 4.5ppg, 3.4rpg. Usually when you leave a misfortunate situation, you want to get back on the floor as quickly as possible and forget the last experience, but just doing that was a problem the last weeks as he wasn't cleared to play for Frankfurt, so sitting around and watching the Frankfurt BBL team battle and new team Fraport Skyliners Juniors duel against opposing teams was a difficult matter for him to accept and adjust to, but last weekend he finally made his debut in Germany scoring four points and hauling down two rebounds in a bitter 80-74 loss at Weissenhorn. Bakare was ready to finally make his home debut, but had to match his skills with the top power forward in the Pro B and good buddy Aaron Nelson who was his teammate in high school in Illinois as both the Fraport Skyliners Juniors and Dragons Rhondorf were looking to rebound from loses and Frankfurt came away with the big 92-81 loss. After the tough loss, Nelson was sitting on the floor looking as pooped as if Shaq had just run full speed around the court, but he still had a smile ready for his small daughter who had made the trip to watch big daddy play and was disappointed at the loss, but blessed that he could play against friend Rilwan Bakare. 'It was fun playing against Rilwan. Who would have thought 7-8 years ago that we would both be playing in Germany one day. It has been a great experience for both of us in Germany. He has gotten stronger and I know his strength and weaknesses. Not only he made me tired today, but the whole Frankfurt team. Rilwan is a great player', stressed Dragons Rhondorf forward Aaron Nelson. After making his home debut and winning, Bakare strolled over to a battered Nelson in front of the Dragons bench and the American looked a lot fresher than Nelson and was also blessed to finally play against his ex teammate. 'I knew from day one when I arrived in Frankfurt where Aaron played and had marked this day on the calendar. When I was playing in Finland earlier this season, I always watched his games. I haven't seen him play in 7-8 years, but he has gotten better, but is still the old Aaron Nelson in that he is still a dominant player. I like how Rhondorf gives him the freedom to shoot the ball', stressed Chicago and Fraport Skyliners Junior Rilwan Bakare.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors entered the game coming off a tough loss in Weissenhorn where they had a huge lead at halftime, but threw away the game in the second half. This time the Fraport Skyliners Juniors got off to another quick and potent start like in Weissenhorn, but this time they were able to play a complete game. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were sparked by the hot shooting by Alaska native Travis Thompson (185-G-91, college: Alaska-Anch.) who drilled home six trey's in the first half paving the way for his team. 'We executed well tonight. We played with a lot of confidence tonight. In Weissenhorn we gave up in the second half and the difference tonight was that we were disciplined and kept our composure in the second half helping us get the win', added Fraport Skyliners Junior Rilwan Bakare. The Dragons Rhondorf were also coming off a tough loss in the Pro B against PS Karlsruhe where they shot the ball well, but didn't box out well enough and were unable to combat the aggressiveness on the boards of the opponents who scraped 19 offensive rebounds off the glass. Against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors , they let a big start hurt their game plan as well as they weren't able to come to terms with the deep bench of Frankfurt. 'We dug a hole early and Frankfurt came out more aggressive. We seemed to be a step slower all night long and Travis Thompson really lit us up. We had to expand more energy as the night went on and just couldn't come back', stressed Dragons Rhondorf forward Aaron Nelson. Rilwan Bakare finished with seven points and three rebounds in 16 minutes and knows that he is still far away from his A game. 'I missed some shots, but I have confidence. I still need to be integrated, but we have a good team where I can grow well. My role is to rebound and score when I can. We have shooters on the team and I won't get the ball 90% of the time like Nelson does, but I just want do the best I can to help the team to win', stressed Rilwan Bakare.

In the first few minutes, both teams displayed their offensive strength as both executed early. Aaron Nelson got his team going scoring the Dragons first five points while Thompson drilled home two three's putting a stamp on the parking lot for himself early. With the contest deadlocked at 8-8, Frankfurt went on a 10-2 run to get the 18-10 lead as they stepped up their defense forcing Rhondorf to two turnovers and Thompson also notched a steal. In the run, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors got added valuable production from Thompson as he nailed two more three pointers and also got a trey from 20 year old Jamin Knothe and a free throw from Armin Trtovac. Frankfurt didn't lose any concentration or register any flaws in their execution as they continued to shoot very well upping their lead to 27-15 as Rilwan Bakare got a bucket inside and hit a 15 footer while ex Freibrug forward German Cosmo Griehn also dropped a three pointer. Frankfurt continued to use their bench and get solid production from everyone as German wing Lenny Okeke scored inside as did ex Ludwigsburg guard Stefan ilzhoefer and Thompson closed out the first quarter with a memorable three pointer buzzer beater giving Frankfurt the very comfortable 34-20 lead. 'Thompson took over the team with his shooting, but I felt that overall is was a very good team performance. Our bench played very well and our second five can bring it just like our first five. We bring a good mix and all play with 100% energy', stressed Fraport Skyliner Mahir Agva. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 52% from the field and 50% from the field and the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 67% from the field and 57% from the field. Frankfurt had the 9-5 rebound edge and had two turnovers while Rhondorf had five turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued to overpower the Dragons Rhondorf with their potent scoring and led by as much as 18 points having the 54-39 advantage at the break. The Dragons Rhondorf started off solid going on a 5-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 36-25 as Nelson executed on a hook shot and Bedford, New York native Will Trawick hit a three pointer, but Fraport Skyliners Juniors head coach Eric Detlev who was coaching against his ex team had the luxury of a hungry bench and guys that came on the floor to perform as young German Konstantin Schubert gave the team a vital spark nailing a floater and lay in to give Frankfurt the 38-25 lead. Trawick who played at Emory (NCAA3) with RheinStars forward Alex Foster continued to have his teams hot hand dropping a trey as Frankfurt led only 38-28. However the Fraport Skyliners then exploded on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 48-28 as Thompson continued to get open and hit two trey's while 17 year old German wunderkind Isaac Bonga connected on a 20 footer and German forward Tim Oldenburg scored inside as Bonga fed him with the pretty no look pass. The Dragons Rhondorf were able to bounce back and go into half-time trailing only 54-39 as they went on a 11-6 run. In the run, Rhondorf was fortified by the Canadian sensation Mike Lucifer who scored on a hook shot, German Thomas Michel hit a pull up jumper and Wil Trawick made another three pointer. Frankfurt got another big trey from young German Cosmo Gruehn to keep Rhondorf at bay. 'We hit shots against their zone and we did a good job with our ball movement getting good shots. Our defense was solid, but could have been better', stressed ex Tuebingen center Mahir Agva. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 58% from the field and 56% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 16-15 rebound edge and five turnovers while Rhondorf had 10 turnovers.

In the third quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf played better on defense, but so did the Fraport Skyliners Juniors not allowing their opponent any big runs and easy short cuts back into the contest. Ilzhoefer and Nelson traded buckets in the first minute, but then it was Thompson again not only shinning with his sharp shooting instincts, but helping the club in other ways as he showed his quickness sneaking inside for the lay in and then fed Tim Oldenburg for the two handed stuff as Frankfurt led 61-45. Rhondorf continued to look for ways to get back and even managed an important 8-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 63-53 as they got massive support from Wil Trawick who scored over 1000 points at Emory (NCAA3) hitting two clutch three pointers. However the Fraport Skyliners Juniors never really allowed Rhondorf to really cut into their lead as they continued to have answers on the offensive end as Oldenburg executed with a dunk again as Schubert made the nifty pass and Bonga nailed a 20 footer and Thompson once again hit a trey from the parking lot that he owned on that night. Ex Bayer Giants Leverkusen German Florian Wendeler and Ilzhoefer traded free throws to close out the third quarter, but Frankfurt still led 74-59. 'In Weissenhorn they switched to zone and we missed shots and today when Rhondorf did we made shots. We stayed very disciplined against the zone and didn't go wild. We executed well, set good screens and hit open shots', added Rilwan Bakare. 'We were a little more physical, but not enough. They continued to have a good rhythm and we played better defense, but they still hit shots. Thompson continued to keep team going and it continued to be hard to come back', commented Aaron Nelson. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 49% from the field and 48% from the parking lot while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 45% from the field and 39% from the parking lot. Both teams had 26 rebounds apiece and Frankfurt had eight turnovers and Rhondorf 12 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf continued to show fight and heart and made one last run as Aaron Nelson showed his dominance cutting the Frankfurt lead down to five points as he scored 12 consecutive points, but their defense couldn't contain Frankfurt at the end resulting in the loss. Dragons Rhondorf head coach Matthias Sonnenschein had the right words in the short break between periods as the club put a clamp on the Frankfurt offense stopping their first 6 possessions and Aaron Nelson got to work bringing his team back on a 12-0 run cutting the Frankfurt lead down to 74-68. In the run, Nelson did what he does best using his whole offensive arsenal as he dropped a trey, jumper, lay in and made a put back. 'I tried to give us a boost. I fell down on a play and that was the moment where I knew that I could either go out hurt or take over. The team did a good job finding me and I took advantage of it', stressed Aaron Nelson. After Bakare free throws, Nelson made a hook shot and free throw cutting the once 18 point Frankfurt lead down to 76-71. However Frankfurt didn't let this giant comeback get in the way of their goals on the floor as a relatively quiet Isaac Bonga to that point in the scoring department ripped out the heart of the Dragons Rhondorf as he made two shots upping the Frankfurt advantage to 83-74. In the last few minutes, Bonga sealed the win getting to the free throw line three times keeping Rhondorf out of reach in any more last minute miraculous come-back attempts. 'That Nelson run reminded me of 2009 when we were playing together when he was doing things like that. Even when he is way back in the game, Nelson always stays calm and composed. Our deep bench helped us seal the win. We have very good players and everybody does their job which is a big credit to our coach', added Rilwan Bakare. 'We fought well, but fatigue got to us. We came back from 18 points and cut it down to five points showing a lot of heart. Our biggest mistake was digging that hole early from which we couldn't recover', stressed Aaron Nelson. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Travis Thompson with 32 points, five rebounds and five assists. Isaac Bonga contributed 15 points, six rebounds and six assists and Stefan ilzhoefer produced 13 points and seven boards. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Aaron Nelson with 33 points and nine rebounds. Will Trawick added 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 45% from the field and 43% from outside while the Dragons Rhondorf shot 45% from the field and 31<% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound battle 38-35 and had 15 turnovers while Rhondorf coughed up the ball 17 times.




AJ English Releases The Fraport Skyliners From Their Start Funk Helping Crush The Walter Tigers Tuebingen 84-64 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes there are certain factors that could come into play why a player wasn't able to stay in a situation, but for Middletown, Delaware native A.J. English (192-G-92, college: Iona), living in paradise in Brindisi, Italy on the beautiful Adriatic sea which was a far cry from the long grey winter nights in New Rochelle, New York where he worked on his basketball trade for 4 years at Iona (NCAA) didn't seem to help his play that much there the last few months. So for his rookie season with Enel Basket Brindisi (Italy-Serie A):where he played 8 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 75.0% to turn out so unspectacular most likely had nothing to do with his surroundings as he could of spent all his free time on the beach in early autumn and annoyed his friends back home with the exotic scenery via a Skype conversation. Since leaving the kodak picture scenery of Brindisi, Italy where he had an unspectacular 4-4 record with the club, he has been nothing short of spectacular with his new home in Germany and the Fraport Skyliners as he came and conquered as he has helped the team to a 7-0 record and aided the team to the Champions League playoffs while scoring in double figures in each game. The grey winter's of Frankfurt would remind him more of New York city with the skyscrapers than anything else, but moreover there must be a reason for his stellar play and being able to feel so comfortable in his new location. English came into his eighth game with the Fraport Skyliners looking to remain perfect and had very fond memories of the Walter TIgers Tuebingen as shortly before the new year, he made all Tiger fans hearts sink as he dropped a spectacular off balance buzzer beater in traffic that would even have had NBA legend Larry Bird smiling from his French Lick living room sofa as the American finished with 21 points and six three's. English has been a type of spark plug for the team as head coach Gordon Herbert made the right choice in hauling in English who could be that missing piece for that playoff hope. English didn't have any last second buzzer beater heroics this time, but still played an instruemental part in the game as he was a major force coming into the game in the first quarter with Frankfurt down 11-2 and stinking up the Fraport arena with their play worse than a dead skunk could on the side of the road. English didn't play as many minutes as teammates Kwame Vaughn or Shawn Huff or have their stats, but the American made key plays, shots, passes and got the team ball movement rolling in the last 5.08 of the first quarter which helped turn around the game and lead the team on the right path to victory where they would never look back. At the end of the day, The American finished with 12 points, three rebounds and five assists and everyone noticed. 'English hit a big shot in Tuebingen and did again today. He attacks well and is like a snake that slithers around the court. I saw him play at Iona (NCAA) and he put up good numbers there. He can definitely play', stressed ex Telekom Baskets Bonn point guard Jared Jordan.

The Fraport Skyliners arrived into the game in 12th place with a record of 7-11 and came into the game having won three of their last games and had lost their last BBL game in Oldenburg 71-64. Like in Oldenburg, they had problems against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen in the first quarter, but rebounded from their funk and then played a complete game for 35 minutes. 'We played good defense for long phases of the game and did a good job not allowing them any open shots. We had good ball movement and when we can do that in the game, we usually have a good chance to win', warned Fraport Skyliner point guard Max Merz. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen were clinging to their basketball lives at 16th place having a 4-15 record. They had lost their last eight games and last weekend to Science City Jena and in the first five minutes of the first quarter, one carefully could have thought that this may be the turning point of their long losing streak, but a basketball game has 40 minutes and Tuebingen was unable to offer any resistance against the Frankfurt offense for the last three quarters and couldn't come to terms with the always aggressive and consistent defense. 'We wanted to have a good start in Frankfurt something we hadn't had in the last three games and did. But Frankfurt came back and did a good job making shots and getting to the free throw line. Shawn Huff gave them a huge boost with his shooting and they played good defense. You have to give Frankfurt a lot of credit with their defense. They play very good one on one defense, switch well and have good help. Coach Herbert always has good defensive teams', added ex Marist (NCAA) point guard Jared Jordan. 'We didn't have a good start, but came back with our energy and defense. We did a good job staying calm and got back into the game', added Fraport Skyliner forward Niklas Kiel.

In the last years, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen weren't necessarily the best draw in Frankfurt, but minutes before tip-off every entrance to the Fraport arena was packed with a line until almost the street as the interest by the spectators must have been a delight for the Fraport Skyliners as 5000 patrons caught the game. Ex Medi Bayreuth head coach Michael Koch and his son Kevin were also at the game watching Jared Jordan who played three seasons in Bonn when he was coaching and some may have been wondering when he would set foot in the coaching world again as there still isn't a coaching vacancy in Vechta yet. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen did everything right in the first five minutes earning the 9-0 lead as they halted the Fraport Skyliners first six possessions while on offense they were able to get buckets as 24 year old 202 cm forward Baltimore native and ex Colorado St. (NCAA) player Stanton Kidd got aggressive on the offensive glass getting his own miss and making the put back, ex TBB Trier guard Barry Stewart hit a catch and pop trey and Jared Jordan also connected from downtown. Frankfurt had problems on offense as they held onto the ball too long as the shot clock continued to have little time to complete a play while Shavon Shields, Kwame Vaughn and A.J. English all sat on the bench wondering when Herbert would give them the nod. Frankfurt rookie Shavon Shields had also mysteriously disappeared shortly after the game started as he had been in the lineup, but then left as there was suspicion of the American having a concussion. Ex Ludwigsburg guard Shawn Huff finally got Frankfurt on the board at the 5.47 minute mark, but the club continued to have difficulty containing ex Medi Bayreuth center Gary Mcghee who snatched his own rebound and made the put back while Stewart made a difficult runner look easy like a stroll in the park on a Sunday as Tuebingen led 14-2. The Fraport Skyliners then inserted Americans Kwame Vaughn and A.J. English and things finally began to change. It was like night and day as Frankfurt escaped out on a 13-0 run to get their first lead of the game at 15-14. In the run, Frankfurt got valuable support from Vaughn and English who nailed shots and also got points from Huff and Quantez Robertson who delivered a no look pass to Huff and then made a fancy spin move and lay up once again showing why he is a top one on one player in the BBL even at age 32. Jared Jordan then made a quick pass inside to Mcghee who made the hard dunk, but Huff had the last laugh sinking a trey as Frankfurt led 18-16 after one quarter. 'Frankfurt started off very bad as they had no intensity. English came in and the game changed and the team got better. Tuebingen disappeared and never returned. It was the same story like against Jena last weekend. Tuebingen had no fire or emotion', stressed S.Oliver Wurzburg assistant coach Stephan Voelkl. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 29% from outside while the Walter Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 38% from the field and 29% from outside. Frankfurt had the 9-8 rebound edge and four turnovers while Tuebingen had five turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners were able to completely break away and would never look back keeping the lead until the final buzzer. Mike Morrison and Jordan traded buckets in the teams first possessions, but Frankfurt then delved out on a 6-0 run as English let his three point presence be felt knocking one down while Robertson scored in the paint and made a free throw. However the Walter Tigers Tuebingen didn't allow Frankfurt to get their first double digit lead just yet as ex UTEP (NCAA) forward Julian Washburn made a hook shot and Jordan surprised the defense with a lay in from the wing cutting the Frankfurt lead to 28-23. However just as it seemed like Tuebingen was threatening, Frankfurt always had an answer on offense as English nailed another trey from the parking lot and Morrison made free throws for the 32-23 lead. Frankfurt was versatile playing good inside out basketball while Tuebingen was missing that go to guy as they were being stifled by the Frankfurt defense over and over. Frankfurt continued to execute as their 5-0 run grew into a 9-0 run as Vaughn and Morrison got to the free throw line and scored upping the Frankfurt lead to 37-23. In the last few minutes, Tuebingen head coach Tyron Mccoy switched to zone which gave Frankfurt difficulty and let the guests coast into the break with a 7-2 run and trail only 39-30. In the run, Tuebingen was fortified by buckets from Kidd, Jordan and Mcghee. 'Frankfurt got easy baskets while Tuebingen had no real rhythm which was the same as against Jena. Tuebingen played zone in the last few minutes giving Frankfurt problems. Frankfurt had very good spacing which allowed them to get many good open shots', stressed Stephan Voelkl. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 29% from the three point line while the Walter Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 33% from the field and 18% from the three point line. Both teams aha 20 rebounds and nine turnovers apiece.

In the third quarter, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen made a run, but it was the Frankfurt bench and German duo of Niklas Kiel and Stefan Ilzhoefer that gave the home team a spark and back to the double digit lead. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had a super start in the third quarter going on a 9-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 43-39. In the run, the visiting team owned the paint area as they hauled down some offensive rebounds and got easy buckets from Mcghee who scored on a tip in and dunk getting the perfect shovel pass from Stewart and Stewart made a tip in off his own miss and then caught the Frankfurt defense napping as he reeled in the touchdown pass from Jordan for the hard throw down. One may have thought that the Fraport Skyliners were getting tired with their short rotation, but head coach Gordon Herbert had to play the young Germans and they came through producing very well. Frankfurt shocked Tuebingen going on a back breaking 10-1 run to extend their lead to 53-40 as Kiel and Ilzhoefer combined for 8 points. It was Ilzhoefer's first three pointer this season in his 19th game something that Jared Jordan knew after the game and wasn't all too happy that his team had allowed this run. Tuebingen got some buckets from ex ratiopharm ulm forward Isaiah Philmore and Barry Stewart while Frankfurt continued to get to the free throw line as English and Vaughn connected giving Frankfurt the 57-46 advantage after 30 minutes. 'It was super from our Germans how they contributed. I was very happy for them and it was nice that they could show it after working so hard in practice', added Max Merz. 'The Germans really helped them. I felt that Kiel had a very good game. Frankfurt have always shown that they have Germans that can step up and they took advantage of it and you need to respect that', warned Jared Jordan. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 36% from the field and 27% from the parking lot while the Walter Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 34% from the field and 12% from the parking lot. Tuebingen had the 35-27 rebound edge, but 16 turnovers while Frankfurt had 11 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued to play their game and seemed to get stronger while the Walter Tigers Tuebingen seemed to get weaker missing shot after shot and slowly wondering what they have to do to finally stop their long losing streak. Tuebingen still had some energy at the begin of the fourth quarter as Barry Stewart was a one man wrecking crew scoring five unanswered points as he made two pretty and difficult shots with a finger tip roll in in traffic and a beautiful off balance fade away from the wing that garnered him a and one free throw as Tuebingen trailed 59-51. However Frankfurt had too much fire power on this day to allow another Tuebingen run as Huff and Robertson connected on back to back trey's and Vaughn made free throws extending the Frankfurt lead to 67-53. Tuebingen had one last gasp going on a mini 4-0 run as Stewart hit a turn around shot and Kidd made free throws to cut the Frankfurt lead to 67-57. That was as close as Tuebingen would get on this afternoon as the Fraport Skyliners then sealed the win with a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 77-59. In the run, Frankfurt did a great job continuing to get to the free throw line as English,Kiel and Vaughn connected. Morrison made a pretty alley-oop dunk as English fed him the perfect pass and then made a tough bullet pass to Kiel who was all alone in the paint for the easy basket and Vaughn scored inside. Huff made a three to give Frankfurt the 20 point lead. Tuebingen made a few more free throws and got a tap in from ex Weber St. (NCAA) guard Davion Berry. English put a final exclamation mark on the victory with a lay in in traffic ending the game with a well deserved win for the Fraport Skyliners. 'Tuebingen is a dangerous team and we never felt safe in this game. We closed out the game well', added Max Merz. 'Frankfurt closed out the game well. This has been the story of our season in that we are missing the needed luck. We tried different things like zone, but they were able to figure everything out and hit shots', stressed Jared Jordan. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Shawn Huff with 21 points. Kwame Vaughn had 17 points, five rebounds, nine assists and four steals. A.J. English added 12 points and Quantez Robertson and Niklas Kiel contributed 10 points apiece. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen were led by Barry Stewart with 18 points. Gary Mcghee and Jared Jordan added 12 points apiece. The Fraport Skyliners shot 42% from the field and 32% from outside whole the Walter Tigers Tuebingen shot 34% from the field and 8% from outside. Tuebingen won the rebound battle 4-37 and had 19 turnovers while Frankfurt coughed up the ball 15 times.



BBL Round 20: ALBA Berlin defeat Giessen 46ers in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Giessen 46ers (9-10) gave a tough game to fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (14-5) on Sunday. ALBA Berlin managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. 26 personal fouls committed by Giessen 46ers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists and American forward Malcolm Miller (200-93, college: Holy Cross) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-5 record. Giessen 46ers at the other side keep the eighth place with ten games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn in the next round. Giessen 46ers will play at home against BG Goettingen and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked BG Goettingen (7-11) 94-63. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who scored that evening 22 points and 6 rebounds and Augustine Rubit supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 13 points and 5 assists by power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for BG Goettingen. ratiopharm Ulm maintains first position with 18-0 record. BG Goettingen at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 11 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against BBC Bayreuth (#5) at home in the next round. BG Goettingen will play against Giessen 46ers (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bremerhaven between Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Science City Jena. Fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-11) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Science City Jena (7-12). Eisbaeren Bremerhaven managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 on Sunday evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Quincy Diggs who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Marcos Knight produced 21 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Science City Jena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to thirteenth place. Newly promoted Science City Jena dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will meet higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Science City Jena will play against Braunschweig (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Ninth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-10) gave a tough game to fifth ranked BBC Bayreuth (14-4). The visitors from Bayreuth managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The game was dominated by American players. Nate Linhart orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BBC Bayreuth maintains fifth position with 14-4 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Brose Bask. destroyed Vechta on the opponent's court 96-68. Fraport SKY outscored Walter Tigers in a home game 84-64. B.Muenchen managed to beat Wuerzburg on the road 68-63. Braunschweig was defeated by EWE Baskets on its own court 76-83.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 5 assists by Jerel McNeal of Brose Bask..

Vechta - Brose Bask. 68-96

Very expected game when 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (1-18) was crushed at home by second ranked Brose Baskets (17-1) 96-68. Brose Baskets shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American guard Jerel McNeal (191-87, college: Marquette) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Patrick Heckmann (197-92, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) added 15 points in the effort for SC Rasta Vechta. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-1 record behind leader Ratiopharm. SC Rasta Vechta lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 18 games lost. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be s Oliver Baskets (#14) in Wuerzburg which should be another easy win for them. SC Rasta Vechta will play on the road against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vechta: F.Gaines 15+1reb+2ast, M.Ehambe 12+1reb+1ast, D.Searcy 10+11reb+2ast, C.Standhardinger 8+3reb+1ast, L.Gordon 8+1reb+2ast, R.Broadus 5+5ast
Brose Bask.: J.McNeal 18+4reb+5ast, P.Heckmann 16+4reb, D.Miller 12+2reb+2ast, L.Radosevic 11+1reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 11+1reb+3ast, M.Lo 8+3reb+6ast
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Ludwigsburg - Bayreuth 76-79

Ninth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-10) gave a tough game to fifth ranked BBC Bayreuth (14-4). The visitors from Bayreuth managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. BBC Bayreuth made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 4 assists. Forward De'Mon Brooks (201-92, college: Davidson) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. Power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) added 10 points and 7 assists in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BBC Bayreuth maintains fifth position with 14-4 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 15+10reb+1ast, D.Crawford 11, T.Cotton 11+3reb+3ast, C.Hammonds 10+1reb+7ast, J.Thiemann 8+5reb+1ast, R.Trice 8+5reb+1ast
Bayreuth: D.Brooks 17+3reb+1ast, N.Linhart 13+4reb+4ast, A.Marei 10+8reb, K.Anderson 10+1reb+4ast, J.Lewis 9+4reb, S.Wachalski 8+4reb
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Bremerhaven - Jena 83-82

A very close game took place in Bremerhaven between Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Science City Jena. Fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-11) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Science City Jena (7-12). Eisbaeren Bremerhaven managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 on Sunday evening. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Guard Marcos Knight (188-89, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Immanuel McElroy (194-80, college: Cincinnati) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Science City Jena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to thirteenth place. Newly promoted Science City Jena dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will meet higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Science City Jena will play against Braunschweig (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jena: M.Knight 21+6reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 17+1reb+4ast, I.McElroy 15+8reb+7ast, W.Bernard 14+3reb+4ast, K.Frease 6+5reb+2ast, S.Haukohl 5+2reb
Bremerhaven: J.Hulls 19+2reb+4ast, Q.Diggs 17+9reb+4ast, N.Aleksandrov 10+4reb+1ast, H.Kamp 10+7reb+1ast, W.Austin 7+2reb, I.Elliott 7+5reb+3ast
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Fraport SKY - Walter Tigers 84-64

Rather predictable result in Frankfurt where twelfth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-11) smashed 15th ranked Walter Tigers (6-16) 84-64. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Kwame Vaughn (190-90, college: CS Fullerton) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Finnish Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. American point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) replied with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import Barry Stewart (193-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 18 points in the effort for Walter Tigers. Walter Tigers' coach Tyron McCoy let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to tenth place. Walter Tigers lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Walter Tigers will play against SC Rasta Vechta (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: B.Stewart 18+4reb+2ast, G.McGhee 12+8reb+1ast, J.Jordan 12+5reb+7ast, S.Kidd 9+4reb+1ast, I.Philmore 8+5reb, J.Washburn 3+6reb+1ast
Fraport SKY: S.Huff 21+5reb+2ast, K.Vaughn 17+5reb+9ast, A.English 12+3reb+5ast, N.Kiel 10+7reb, Q.Robertson 10+5reb+2ast, M.Morrison 9+6reb+1ast
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ALBA - Giessen 46ers 85-84

Eighth-ranked Giessen 46ers (9-10) gave a tough game to fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (14-5) on Sunday. ALBA Berlin managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. 26 personal fouls committed by Giessen 46ers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists and American forward Malcolm Miller (200-93, college: Holy Cross) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-5 record. Giessen 46ers at the other side keep the eighth place with ten games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn in the next round. Giessen 46ers will play at home against BG Goettingen and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Giessen 46ers: D.Evans 17+3reb, C.Wells 15+2reb+4ast, J.Saibou 14+3reb+1ast, J.Sears 13+10reb+3ast, B.Lischka 10, S.Bowlin 6+2reb+9ast
ALBA: M.Miller 15+5reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 14+3reb+4ast, N.Giffey 13+4reb+1ast, E.Kikanovic 10+3reb+2ast, E.Atsur 8+2ast, T.Gaffney 7+5reb+2ast
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Wuerzburg - B.Muenchen 63-68

Not a big story in a game in Wuerzburg where 13th ranked s Oliver Baskets (5-13) were defeated by third ranked Bayern Muenchen (15-3) 68-63. Bayern Muenchen made 28-of-31 charity shots (90.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was also dominated by American players. Swingman Reggie Redding (195-88, college: Villanova) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Center