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  ABA LEAGUE  



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

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

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


FMP - Krka 78-60

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


Un.Olimpija - Igokea 80-81

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


Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 113-65

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


MZT Skopje - Cedevita 79-100

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


Karpos Sokoli - Mornar Bar 75-63

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


Cibona - Partizan 77-82

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


Buducnost - Mega Leks 88-80

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





ABA League round 16 best performance: Luka Mitrovic - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Crvena Zvezda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Zadar (#8, 6-10) with 48-point margin 113-65. It allowed Crvena Zvezda to consolidate first place in the ABA League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Crvena Zvezda keeps a perfect 16-0 record. Mitrovic has many years of experience at Crvena Zvezda, through which he has constantly improved. Luka Mitrovic averages this season 7.7ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Josh Scott (208-F-93, agency: Pensack Sports) of MZT Skopje. Scott had a very good evening with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as MZT Skopje lost that game 79-100 to the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4, 11-5). MZT Skopje are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories MZT Skopje managed to get this year. Scott is a newcomer at MZT Skopje, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) of Un.Olimpija (#7). Jankovic scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Jankovic's great performance Un.Olimpija lost 80-81 to slightly higher-ranked Igokea (#6, 9-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Un.Olimpija ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jankovic could help Un.Olimpija to bring them higher in the standings. Jankovic has a great season in ABA League. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 6.7rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Karpos Sokoli - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ra'shad James (188-G-90) of Cedevita - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dragan Apic (206-C/F-95) of FMP - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) of Zadar - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marcus Williams (191-G-85) of Buducnost - 22 points and 9 assists
9. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84) of Crvena Zvezda - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Partizan - 17 points, 4 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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  ANTIGUA  


Antiguan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Zach Thomas
Thomas
Phillip Johnson
Johnson
Cohen Desouza
Desouza
Maverick Weatherhead
Weatherhead
#e#4
1Zach Thomas 201-F-96 Bucknell USA
2Davidson Beasor

3Decosta Walbrook

4Phillip Johnson 193-G-93 Incarnate Word USA
6Isha Gore

8Kebo Osford

9Maverick Weatherhead 200-F
10Cohen Desouza 201-F-94 Tyler JC USA
11Dandris Connell
Yorks Crushers Antigua
12Rodney John
Yorks Crushers Antigua
13Greg Thomas G LA SW CC USA
14Ronsford Walbrook





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  ARAB NATIONS CUP  


Morocco stay undefeated in Egypt - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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





Egypt and Morocco advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Saudi Arabia - Egypt 50-73
Egypt trounced Saudi Arabia to finish the preliminary round in the second place. Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) scored 24 points to lead the winners. The hosts jumped to a 17:4 lead after ten minutes. Saudi Arabia picked up the tempo in the next two periods. They pulled within 8 points at the final break. But Egypt ignited a 23:8 run in the fourth term to seal the victory. Moustafa Almekawy (204-F/C-94) delivered 12 points for the winners. Marzouq Almuwallad (180-PG-92) replied with 13 points for Saudi Arabia.

Algeria - Bahrain 71-82
Bahrain improved at 2-3 record in the ladder as they beat Algeria today. Mohamed Alderazi (194-F/G-80) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Algeria jumped to a 37:31 halftime advantage. But Bahrain used a strong 31:16 fourth quarter to snatch the victory. Malcolm White (205-C/F-88, college: LSU) stepped up with 17 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. Anis Fedala (G) and Oussama Aggoun (F-94) responded with 15 points each for Algeria.

United Arab Emirates - Morocco 52-106
Morocco claimed the fifth straight win at the championship. Yacine Yacine (196-F/G-89, agency: Promotex) and John Wilkins (207-F/C-89, college: Illinois St., agency: Promotex) provided 20 points each to lead them past the United Arab Emirates. Morocco built a 54:32 halftime lead. They held the UAE to just 20 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Mohamed Choua (202-F/C-92) recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Salem Suwais (180-F-98) responded with 13 points for the UAE.





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  ARGENTINA  


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

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

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

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



Estudiantes Olavarria welcomes back Gamazo - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Olavarria (TNA) landed 26-year old power forward Joaquin Gamazo (198-91). It is actually his comeback to Olavarria as he has played here before. Gamazo started the season at Argentino (LigaA). In 22 games he averaged 4.4ppg and 2.4rpg this season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last summer Gamazo played at 25 de Agosto in Uruguayan Ascenso where in 5 games he had very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
Gamazo played in the final of Argentinian TNA in 2012.
He has played previously for four other Argentina teams: Union de Santa Fe, San Martin de Junin, San Lorenzo and SL Chivilcoy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sebastian Punet signs at Salta Basket - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Santiago Gandolfo joins Petr.Argentino - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


Luigi Gresta likely to take over the Traiskirchen Lions - by Stefan Prager

According to Italian sports newspaper Gazzeta dello Sport Luigi Gresta (agency: Interperformances ) will take the vacant head coaching job at the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. He is likely to succeed Georgi Mladenov who got fired after suffering six home losses in a row. An official confirmation by the Lions is striking. Gresta last coached at Bawer Olimpia Matera in Italys Serie A2. He was hired in November 2015 and left two months later. Before that he coached in Kuwait in Vanoli Cremona in the SerieA. Gresta has won a Serie A2 championship with Jesi in 2004. The Lions will face WBC Wels on the road tomorrow, assistant coach Stefan Grassegger will serve as interim Head Coach until Gresta arrives.


Coach Mladenov leaves Arkadia - by Eurobasket News

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

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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 11

A

Jan. 3: Banvit BK - Aris 95-94
Jan. 3: CEZ Nymburk - Fraport SKY 87-72
Jan. 3: Bakken - Helios 68-74
Jan. 3: Ironi Nahariya - Monaco 67-73

B

Jan. 4: Maccabi Rishon - Umana VE 79-61
Jan. 4: Pinar Karsiyaka - Avtodor 78-65
Jan. 3: Kataja Basket - Khimik 61-76
Jan. 4: Oradea - Le Mans 60-79

C

Jan. 4: Usak - Rosa Radom 96-76
Jan. 4: Openjobmetis V. - Ventspils 82-88
Jan. 4: ASVEL - PAOK 70-56
Jan. 4: Neptunas - EWE Baskets 69-73

D

Jan. 3: Juventus - Mega Leks 85-78
Jan. 3: Mornar Bar - Cibona 81-92
Jan. 4: Oostende - Scandone AV 73-78
Jan. 3: Strasbourg - Iberostar Tener. 72-75

E

Jan. 4: Ludwigsburg - Spirou 88-66
Jan. 4: Banco di Srd - AEK Athens 80-78
Jan. 4: Partizan - Szolnok 77-67
Jan. 3: Stelmet ZG - Besiktas 66-84

Regular Season: Round 12

A

Jan. 10: Helios - Ironi Nahariya
Jan. 11: Aris - CEZ Nymburk
Jan. 11: Fraport SKY - Bakken
Jan. 11: Monaco - Banvit BK

B

Jan. 10: Khimik - Oradea
Jan. 10: Le Mans - Pinar Karsiyaka
Jan. 10: Umana VE - Kataja Basket
Jan. 11: Avtodor - Maccabi Rishon

C

Jan. 10: PAOK - Neptunas
Jan. 10: Ventspils - ASVEL
Jan. 10: Rosa Radom - Openjobmetis V.
Jan. 10: EWE Baskets - Usak

D

Jan. 11: Cibona - Juventus
Jan. 11: Scandone AV - Mornar Bar
Jan. 11: Mega Leks - Strasbourg
Jan. 11: Iberostar Tener. - Oostende

E

Jan. 10: Spirou - Partizan
Jan. 10: AEK Athens - Ludwigsburg
Jan. 11: Szolnok - Stelmet ZG
Jan. 11: Besiktas - Banco di Srd


Overview of Round 11 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Bakken - Helios 68-74

Another exciting game was played in Aarhus between seventh ranked Slovenian Helios and 8th ranked Danish Bakken where Helios (2-9) beat Bakken (1-10) on the road 74-68. It looked good early as Bakken took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Helios had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Bakken was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-74. Strangely Bakken outrebounded Helios 43-27 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Czech Tomas Kyzlink (195-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 assists. American power forward Cory Remekun (203-91, college: St.Louis) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds and American guard Mike Gesell (188-93, college: Iowa) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Bakken. Bakken's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Slovenian champion maintains seventh place in Group A with 2-9 record. Bakken lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Helios will play against higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bakken will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 20+18reb+2ast, M.Gesell 18+5reb+5ast, T.Laerke 11+8reb+2ast, C.Christoffersen 8+5reb+2ast, N.Iversen 5+2reb+2ast, M.Diouf 2+2reb
Helios: T.Kyzlink 23+1reb+5ast, B.Curry 23+2reb, C.Remekun 15+7reb+4ast, S.Atanackovic 7+5reb+2ast, L.Voncina 4+5reb+5ast, M.Vesel 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 510351


Ironi Nahariya - Monaco 67-73

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Israeli Ironi Nahariya (3-8) was defeated at home by first ranked French Monaco (10-1) 73-67 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ironi Nahariya 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 Monaco won last quarter 17-13. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center John Bryant (210-87, college: Santa Clara) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) produced 5 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monaco have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 10-1 record. Ironi Nahariya lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Monaco will face league's second-placed Banvit in Balikesir in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Nahariya will play on the road against Helios (#7) in Domzale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: Y.Gates 19+5reb, N.Faust 12+7reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 10+6reb+1ast, G.Brown 10+6reb, D.Kitchen 5+15reb+6ast, E.Asante Asare 4+1reb
Monaco: J.Bryant 14+11reb+3ast, Z.Wright 14+5reb+2ast, J.Shuler 14+2reb+2ast, A.Sy 12+5reb+2ast, D.Bost 8+3reb+2ast, S.Gladyr 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 510352


CEZ Nymburk - Fraport SKY 87-72

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (8-3) defeated at home 5th ranked German Deutsche Bank Skyliners (4-7) 87-72 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. CEZ Nymburk made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Deutsche Bank Skyliners turnovers. The best player for the winners was Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) who scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) chipped in 18 points. CEZ Nymburk's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending Czech champion maintains third place in Group A with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Monaco. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners keep the fifth position with seven games lost. CEZ Nymburk will face Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play at home against Bakken and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: S.Shields 21+8reb+1ast, K.Vaughn 15+3reb+3ast, M.Morrison 10+6reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 10+8reb+5ast, S.Ilzhoefer 7+1reb, A.Graves 6+4reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: H.Sant-Roos 27+6reb+4ast, B.Allen 18+1reb+1ast, V.Hruban 11+2reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 9+3reb+5ast, D.Simpson 8+6reb, P.Benda 8+4reb
gschID: 510349


Banvit BK - Aris 95-94

A very interesting game took place in Balikesir. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Greek Aris (7-4) to second ranked Turkish Banvit (9-2) 95-94 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aris. Banvit shot 29 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Aris only scored eleven points from the stripe. Banvit forced 19 Aris turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 31 personal fouls committed by Aris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists. Guard Furkan Korkmaz (198-97) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) came up with 19 points and 6 assists and the other American import Michael Jenkins (193-86, college: Winthrop) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Aris in the defeat. Four Banvit and five Aris players scored in double figures. Aris' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Banvit maintains second place in Group A with 9-2 record behind leader Monaco. Aris at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Banvit's next round opponent will be league's leader Monaco on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aris will play against CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aris: T.Dragicevic 20+2reb+1ast, W.Cummings 19+4reb+6ast, M.Jenkins 18+6reb+1ast, T.Zaras 12+2ast, V.Kavvadas 10+5reb, V.Symtsak 6+4reb
Banvit BK: J.Theodore 22+6reb+14ast, F.Korkmaz 20+5reb+1ast, G.Orelik 17+3reb+3ast, D.Kulig 15+4reb+1ast, J.Chappell 9+3reb, G.Vidmar 9+4reb
gschID: 510354


Group B
Oradea - Le Mans 60-79

Very expected game when 5th ranked Romanian Oradea (5-6) was rolled over at home by first ranked French Le Mans (8-3) 79-60 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Mans. Oradea was better in third quarter 17-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Oradea 37-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Le Mans looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Petr Cornelie (211-95) who scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Lahaou Konate (196-91) chipped in 13 points. Five Le Mans players scored in double figures. Canadian center Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara, agency: 011 Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Oradea's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Le Mans maintains first place in Group B with 8-3 record. Defending Romanian champion Oradea keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Le Mans will face league's second-placed Pinar Karsiyaka at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oradea will play against Khimik in Yuzhny and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oradea: S.Denison 18+13reb+3ast, B.Mirkovic 13+1reb+6ast, M.Zeno 10+2reb+1ast, U.Lucic 9+5reb, M.Pasalic 8+1reb+4ast, T.Nicoara 2+2reb+1ast
Le Mans: L.Konate 13+4reb+3ast, G.Watson 12+8ast, R.Pearson 12+3reb+1ast, M.Yarou 12+5reb, P.Cornelie 11+9reb+2ast, M.Gelabale 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 510360


Pinar Karsiyaka - Avtodor 78-65

Rather predictable result when third ranked Turkish Pinar Karsiyaka (7-4) beat at home 6th ranked Russian Avtodor (4-7) 78-65 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Pinar Karsiyaka. Avtodor was better in second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinar Karsiyaka forced 19 Avtodor turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward DaJuan Summers (203-88, college: Georgetown) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. American Vince Hunter (203-94, college: UTEP) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Evgeny Kolesnikov (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Pinar Karsiyaka moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Umana VE. Avtodor lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Pinar Karsiyaka will face league's leader Le Mans on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Avtodor will play against Maccabi Rishon (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: V.Hunter 22+6reb+1ast, E.Kolesnikov 15+4reb+3ast, M.Kolyushkin 12+1ast, A.Makiev 8+8reb+1ast, B.Frazier 3+4reb+10ast, A.Astapkovich 3+1ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: D.Summers 23+11reb+1ast, J.Brown 12+6reb+2ast, M.Green 12+2reb+9ast, M.Ponitka 10+6reb+2ast, J.Owens 8+9reb, M.Baygul 6+1reb
gschID: 510359


Maccabi Rishon - Umana VE 79-61

There was an upset in Rishon Le-Zion where second-ranked Italian Umana Venezia (7-4) was defeated by seventh ranked Israeli Maccabi Rishon (5-6) 79-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Maccabi Rishon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Umana Venezia's 20. The best player for the winners was American forward Javon McCrea (201-92, college: Buffalo) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Avi Ben-Chimol (194-85) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. American-Italian power forward Tomas Ress (208-80, college: Texas A&M) produced 14 points and American-Italian swingman Jeffrey Viggiano (197-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Umana Venezia's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending Israeli champion moved-up to fifth place in Group B, which they share with Oradea. Loser Umana Venezia keeps the second position with four games lost. Maccabi Rishon will face Avtodor (#7) in Saratov in the next round. Umana Venezia will play at home against Joensuun Kataja (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: T.Ress 14+4reb, J.Viggiano 9+7reb, M.Haynes 9+1reb+5ast, M.Bramos 8+1reb+1ast, M.Ejim 6+7reb+2ast, R.Visconti 5+4reb+1ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.McCrea 24+13reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 20+1reb+5ast, P.Richard 13+4reb+6ast, I.Zalmanson 11+1reb, E.Kadir 7+7reb+3ast, C.Thomas 4+3reb
gschID: 510357


Kataja Basket - Khimik 61-76

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Ukrainian Khimik (2-9) won against on the road 3rd placed Finnish Joensuun Kataja (6-5) 76-61 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Khimik outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Joensuun Kataja was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Volodymyr Koniev (203-89) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. American point guard Jaime Smith (190-89, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) produced 23 points and 6 assists and Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains eighth place in Group B with 2-9 record. Loser Joensuun Kataja dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Khimik will face higher ranked Oradea (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Joensuun Kataja will play against Umana Venezia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: T.Rannikko 23+2reb+6ast, R.Brown 12+7reb+2ast, D.Mullings 11+9reb+3ast, J.King 6+6reb+1ast, T.Huolila 4+1reb+1ast, I.Seppala 3
Khimik: V.Koniev 19+12reb+2ast, J.Smith 18+1reb+4ast, O.Ryabchuk 10+1reb, O.Belikov 9+5reb+3ast, V.Petrov 8+9reb+4ast, D.Bejarano 5+3reb
gschID: 510347


Group C
Usak - Rosa Radom 96-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Turkish Usak Sportlif and 6th ranked Polish Rosa had identical 3-7 record. This time Usak Sportlif used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Radom 96-76 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Usak Sportlif dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rosa's 28. The best player for the winners was Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Gary Bell (192-92, college: Gonzaga, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 19 points and the other American import power forward Darnell Jackson (206-85, college: Kansas) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Usak Sportlif and four Rosa players scored in double figures. Rosa's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Usak Sportlif (4-7) moved-up to sixth place in Group C. Rosa lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Usak Sportlif will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#3) in Oldenburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rosa will play at home against Openjobmetis VA (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: G.Bell 19+4reb+3ast, D.Jackson 16+7reb+2ast, M.Sokolowski 14+5reb+5ast, J.Callahan 12+3reb+6ast, R.Witka 6+2reb, D.Jeszke 3+2reb+3ast
Usak: Z.Auguste 31+14reb+2ast, D.Harrison 16+3reb+3ast, S.McKissic 13+9reb+3ast, R.Freimanis 12+5reb+2ast, S.Vasiliauskas 11+2reb+2ast, H.Demirel 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 510363


ASVEL - PAOK 70-56

No shocking result in a game when first ranked French ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-2) defeated at home 4th placed Greek PAOK (5-6) 70-56 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's pressure prevailed and they won that period 17-9 extending their advantage to 14 points. PAOK was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 17 points respectively for the guests. PAOK's coach let to play eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending French champion maintains first place in Group C with 9-2 record. Loser PAOK dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face Ventspils (#4) on the road in the next round. PAOK will play against the league's second-placed Neptunas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PAOK: T.McFadden 17+3reb+1ast, J.Sibert 12+1reb, K.Clanton 11+19reb+1ast, Z.Peiners 8+1reb+2ast, V.Margaritis 5+2reb, A.Koniaris 2+2reb+2ast
ASVEL: D.Nelson 15+9reb+2ast, W.Hodge 13+5reb+6ast, D.Watkins 12+9reb, N.Lang 8+3ast, N.Dragovic 8+5reb, B.Sy 6+6reb
gschID: 510364


Openjobmetis V. - Ventspils 82-88

Rather expected game in Varese where 8th ranked Italian Openjobmetis VA (2-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Latvian Ventspils (6-5) 88-82 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-82. Openjobmetis VA was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Folarin Campbell (189-86, college: George Mason) who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Maris Gulbis (200-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 14 points. Ventspils' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and DR Congolese Christian Eyenga (201-89) added 21 points and 4 blocks respectively for the hosts. Four Openjobmetis VA players scored in double figures. Ventspils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place in Group C. Openjobmetis VA lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Ventspils will face league's leader ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Openjobmetis VA will play against Rosa (#7) in Radom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Openjobmetis V.: D.Johnson 22+5reb+4ast, C.Eyenga 21+3reb+2ast, G.Ferrero 12+1reb+1ast, O.Anosike 12+11reb, E.Maynor 8+2reb+5ast, K.Kangur 3+1reb+2ast
Ventspils: F.Campbell 16+7reb+7ast, M.Gulbis 14+4reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 12+1reb, E.Zelionis 12+4reb, R.Zakis 9+3reb+2ast, A.Skele 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 510356


Neptunas - EWE Baskets 69-73

Top ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (8-3) recorded its third loss in Klaipeda on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked German EWE Baskets (7-4) 73-69. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-69. EWE Baskets forced 23 Neptunas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) produced 17 points and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. EWE Baskets maintains third place in Group C with 7-4 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Neptunas at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. EWE Baskets are looking forward to face Usak Sportlif (#6) at home in the next round. Neptunas will play against PAOK (#5) in Thessaloniki and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: J.Baron 17+4reb+1ast, M.Mazeika 13+4reb+2ast, M.Girdziunas 12+1reb+6ast, M.Kacinas 8+8reb+2ast, L.Beliauskas 6, O.Johnson 6+4reb
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 18+3reb+6ast, C.Kramer 10+5reb+8ast, M.De Zeeuw 10+4reb, F.Massenat 8+1reb+4ast, B.Qvale 6+5reb, D.Madrich 6+3reb
gschID: 510355


Group D
Oostende - Scandone AV 73-78

Rather predictable result when second ranked Italian Scandone AV (8-3) beat on the road 5th ranked Belgian Oostende (4-7) 78-73 on Wednesday. Oostende trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-78 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Adonis Thomas (198-93, college: Memphis) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 14 points. Moroccan-Belgian center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: BeoBasket) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Scandone AV maintains second place in Group D with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Monaco. Oostende lost third consecutive game. Defending Belgian champion keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Scandone AV will face bottom-ranked Mornar Bar (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oostende will play against the league's leader CB Canarias in Tenerife and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 16+2reb+1ast, C.Walden 12+1ast, K.Boukichou 10+8reb+2ast, P.Gillet 10+5reb, M.Keselj 9+2reb, D.Djordjevic 8+3reb+4ast
Scandone AV: A.Thomas 14+5reb+4ast, J.Ragland 14+1reb+2ast, M.Leunen 12+3reb+1ast, M.Green 11+2reb+3ast, L.Randolph 9+4reb+1ast, K.Fesenko 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 510358


Strasbourg - Iberostar Tener. 72-75

A very close game took place in Strasbourg between Spanish CB Canarias and French Strasbourg IG. First ranked CB Canarias (9-2) got a very close victory on the road over second-ranked Strasbourg IG (7-4). CB Canarias managed to escape with a 3-point win 75-72 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 31-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CB Canarias made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Davin White (185-81, college: CS Northridge) helped adding 9 points and 6 assists. CB Canarias' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Polish point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points. CB Canarias maintains first place in Group D with 9-2 record. Loser Strasbourg IG dropped to the third position with four games lost. CB Canarias will meet at home Oostende (#5) in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against Mega Leks in Sremska Mitrovica and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: P.Lacombe 15+5reb+4ast, A.Slaughter 14+2reb+2ast, E.Murphy 13+2reb+3ast, E.Walker 9+1reb+5ast, J.Leloup 7+3reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 4+4reb+1ast
Iberostar Tener.: A.Doornekamp 21+5reb+2ast, R.San Miguel 9+1ast, M.Grigonis 9+2reb+2ast, D.White 9+2reb+6ast, G.Bogris 8+3reb+2ast, T.Abromaitis 8+5reb
gschID: 510353


Mornar Bar - Cibona 81-92

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (2-9) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Croatian Cibona (4-7) 92-81 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Cibona dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mornar Bar's 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 assists. Forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Five Cibona players scored in double figures. Point guard Marko Mijovic (187-87) produced 16 points and American center Octavius Ellis (208-93, college: Cincinnati) added 5 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Mornar Bar's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cibona moved-up to fifth place in Group D, which they share with Oostende. Mornar Bar lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Cibona will face higher ranked Juventus (#4) in Utena in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mornar Bar will play on the road against the league's second-placed Scandone AV (#2) in Avellino and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: M.Mijovic 16+2reb+3ast, R.Vujosevic 13+3reb, M.Mugosa 12+1ast, A.Waller 10+3ast, B.Bakic 9+6ast, B.Radunovic 7+4reb+3ast
Cibona: A.Coric 17+5reb, Z.Sakic 17+6reb+2ast, N.Slavica 14+6reb+3ast, S.Reynolds 12+1reb+17ast, A.Gospic 12+1reb+1ast, E.Sulejmanovic 11+7reb+2ast
gschID: 510348


Juventus - Mega Leks 85-78

Everything went according to plan in Utena where fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (7-4) won against 7th ranked Serbian Mega Leks (3-8) 85-78 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mega Leks won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Canadian guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson) who scored 21 points. Guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St., agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 20 points. Guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-95, agency: BeoBasket) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Jovan Novak (188-94) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Four Mega Leks players scored in double figures. Juventus moved-up to third place in Group D, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser Mega Leks keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Juventus will face Cibona (#6) in Zagreb in the next round. Mega Leks will play at home against Strasbourg IG and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: A.Marelja 17+4reb, O.Jaramaz 16+7reb+7ast, J.Novak 16+4reb+5ast, R.Zagorac 16+4reb+2ast, R.Spasojevic 7+1reb+1ast, A.Kaba 5+6reb+1ast
Juventus: A.Best 21+4reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 20+3reb+1ast, J.Diggs 11+3reb+7ast, D.Bickauskis 10+2reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 9+7reb+1ast, O.Galdikas 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 510346


Group E
Banco di Srd - AEK Athens 80-78

Important game to mention about took place in Sassari. Fifth ranked Italian Banco di Srd (5-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Greek AEK Athens (6-5) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AEK Athens won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 13 points and 5 assists. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 14 points. Four Banco di Srd players scored in double figures. Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 16 points and 6 assists and American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Banco di Srd maintains fifth place in Group E with 5-6 record. Loser AEK Athens keep the fourth position with five games lost. Banco di Srd will face league's leader Besiktas in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK Athens will play at home against the league's second-placed EnBW Ludwigsburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: M.Dixon 18+2reb+4ast, R.Ukic 16+4reb+6ast, D.Sakota 13+3reb+2ast, G.Larentzakis 9+7reb+2ast, J.Williams 6+3reb+2ast, D.Mavroeidis 6+10reb+2ast
Banco di Srd: D.Bell 14+2reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 13+3reb+5ast, D.Savanovic 12+2reb, T.Lacey 11+4reb+1ast, G.Lawal 9+4reb, D.Johnson-Odom 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 510365


Partizan - Szolnok 77-67

There was no surprise in Beograd where 8th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (1-10) was defeated by fourth ranked Serbian Partizan (7-4) 77-67 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Szolnok was better in third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Szolnok's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Szolnok was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. Partizan's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) produced 21 points and 5 assists and Croatian center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Partizan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group E. Szolnok lost ninth consecutive game. Defending Hungarian champion stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Partizan will face Spirou Charleroi (#6) on the road in the next round. Szolnok will play against Stelmet and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 21+2reb+5ast, L.Andric 13+5reb, M.Borisov 12+5reb+1ast, A.Toth 8+3reb, J.Kinney 5+1reb+3ast, N.Pavlicevic 3+3ast
Partizan: U.Lukovic 14+6reb+1ast, S.Pot 13+3reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 12+1reb+6ast, S.Bircevic 11+4reb+2ast, N.Velickovic 11+4reb+5ast, A.Vrabac 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 510362


Ludwigsburg - Spirou 88-66

No shocking result in a game when second ranked German EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-3) smashed at home 6th ranked Belgian Spirou Charleroi (4-7) 88-66 on Wednesday. The game without a history. EnBW Ludwigsburg 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 Spirou Charleroi's 22. They outrebounded Spirou Charleroi 48-29 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) who scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87, agency: Promotex) added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists 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. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains second place in Group E with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Monaco. Loser Spirou Charleroi keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face AEK Athens (#4) on the road in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against Partizan and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spirou: J.Shepherd 11+6reb, B.Bowman 9+4reb+1ast, M.Gaudoux 9+2reb+1ast, K.Tumba 8+4reb, L.Schwartz 6+1reb+4ast, D.Richardson 6+4reb
Ludwigsburg: M.Breunig 15+7reb, K.Martin 13+6reb+1ast, B.Loesing 13+3reb+4ast, J.Cooley 12+11reb, D.Crawford 9+12reb+2ast, C.Toppert 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 510361


Stelmet ZG - Besiktas 66-84

Very expected game in Zielona Gora where 7th ranked Polish Stelmet (4-7) was defeated by first ranked Turkish Besiktas (9-2) 84-66 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 43-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Besiktas dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Stelmet's 24. Besiktas forced 22 Stelmet turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. Besiktas' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) produced 7 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Przemyslaw Zamojski (193-86, college: Independence CC) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Besiktas maintains first place in Group E with 9-2 record. Stelmet lost third consecutive game. Defending Polish champion dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Besiktas will face Banco di Srd (#5) in Sassari in the next round. Stelmet will play on the road against Szolnok in Szolnok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: K.Gruszecki 13+2reb, P.Zamojski 12+4reb, A.Moore 9+4reb+1ast, T.Kelati 8+4reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 7+9reb+2ast, L.Koszarek 7+1reb+7ast
Besiktas: M.Thompson 19+1reb+6ast, E.Clark 13+3reb, V.Stimac 13+4reb+4ast, K.Weems 12+4reb+3ast, M.Roll 9+2reb+7ast, E.Veyseloglu 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 510350





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Coach Sappenberghs leaves Leuven - by Eurobasket News

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

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Coach Mladenov leaves Arkadia - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



McDonald is back at Jiangsu Dragons, ex Humacao - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing (CBA) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old American center Will McDonald (211-116kg-79, college: S.Florida). It is actually his comeback to Jiangsu Dragons as he has played here before. McDonald played last summer at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 5 BSN games he had 11.4ppg and 5.0rpg. The last season McDonald played at Azad (Superleague) in Iran where in four games he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.0spg. McDonald also played that season for Jiangsu Dragons. In three CBA games he averaged impressive 22.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 2.7apg. McDonald also spent pre-season at Jiangsu Tongxi that year.
In 2003 he was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in fifth round (46th overall).
The former University of South Florida staris in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others McDonald's team won Spanish ACB Regular Season in 2009. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Center of the Year back in 2012.
McDonald is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in five different countries. McDonald tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Chalon/Saor), Philippines (SM Beermen), Spain (Joventut, Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes and Gran Canaria) and China (Fujian).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Jiangsu Dragons.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE  


Bassoumba re-signs at Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old Congolese forward Earvine Bassoumba (202-96). The forward inked his first pro deal with the team. He has played there for the last three seasons. He also played for U21 team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moncton Miracles ink Leon Sutton, ex Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) signed 29-year old American point guard Leon Sutton (185-88, college: Great Falls). He was supposed to play at Apollon in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Dec.'16. In only one game he recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals this season. The last summer Sutton played at Campo Mourao in Brazilian Liga Ouro where in 15 games he had 6.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Sutton has played previously professionally in D-League (Salt Lake City Stars) and Brazil (Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo and Lins).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Sutton attended University of Great Falls until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Prostejov Bring in Trio of Foreign Imports - by Surujh Roopnarine

The new year has brought many changes to Orli Prostejov, as the club said goodbye to veteran players Roman Marko and Pavel Slezak, after recently saying goodbye to Jan Tomanec and Lukas Palyza soon before.
With their departures and injury to Michal Norwa which will see him sidelined for several months, the club quickly reacted with the addition of American imports Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89, college: Bucknell), Torrence Dyck (196-G/F-94, college: Daemen) and Rayshawn Simmons (193-G) to bolster their depleted roster.
Fitzpatrick, 27, is a 6-8 forward out of Bucknell, who is in his 3rd professional season. He began this season in Japan where he averaged 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in eight games before leaving in October. His previous stops as a professional where in Greece and Denmark and as a dual citizenship player represented Ireland in the 2016 European Championship for Small Countries in Moldova.
Torrence Dyck is a 22-year old small forward out of Rochester, New York who is in his first professional season after playing collegiately at Daemen College (NCAA2). He began this season in Switzerland with Boncourt, where in eight games he averaged 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists before departing in December.
The last of the trio is rookie point guard Rayshawn Simmons out of Central Michigan. The 6-4 Simmons averaged 12.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a starter in his senior season last year.
All three players are expected to be in Orli Prostejov this week and will be expected to suit up immediately.




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  D-LEAGUE  


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

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



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  ECUADOR  


Iccan reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Iccan reach the Finals of the Liga Ecuatoriana de Baloncesto. They posted the decisive 86-68 win against Importadora to win the Semifinal series 3-2. Iccan ensured a good start leading 50-29 at the halftime. They had a 64-51 lead with 10 minutes to go and increased to final 18 points at the end.
The first final game between Icaan and Portviejo is scheduled for January 6th.



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  EL SALVADOR  


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

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

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

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

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ESTONIA  


BSBC: Estonian teams start with victories - by Janar

Both U16 and U18 NT of Estonia won their opening games in an annual Baltic Sea Basketball Cup (BSBC), held in Tallinn.
Hosts' U18 team forced Sweden to make 28 turnovers and overpowered opponents in off-rebounds 13:3 on a way to a firm 95:67 (50:37) victory. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) led the winners with 15pts+12 rbs, Eric Schmalz (183-PG-99) added 14pts, Hugo Erkmaa (194-PG-99) 13pts+3stl and Sander Raieste (203-F/G-99) 11pts. Jonathan Ninkingira (193-G-99) had 18pts in losing effort.
The box score: http://bsbc.basket.ee/et/bsbc-u18-m/79/ajakava-ja-tulemused/?gid=2017079002
In the other game, Finland defeated Latvia 85:56.

Hosts' U16 team defeated Sweden 99:65 (45:34). Kitsing Kaspar (196-F/G-01) scored 19pts, Ran-andre Pehka had 14pts and Kerr Kriisa (187-PG-01) 11pts+6ast. Barra Nije led the Swedes with 15pts+6stl.
The box score: http://bsbc.basket.ee/et/bsbc-u16-m/77/ajakava-ja-tulemused/?gid=2017077002
In the other game, Finland defeated Latvia 69:64.



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  EUROCUP  

Eurocup Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

E

Jan. 4: UCAM Murcia - Fuenlabrada 87-75
Jan. 4: Gran Canaria - Lokomotiv 71-86

F

Jan. 4: Khimky - Lietkabelis 88-80
Jan. 4: Ratiopharm - B.Muenchen 57-68

G

Jan. 4: Lietuvos rytas - Hapoel J-M 76-80
Jan. 4: N.Novgorod - Zenit 113-105

H

Jan. 4: Cedevita - Valencia 86-89
Jan. 4: ALBA - Unicaja 69-77

Second Stage: Round 2

E

Jan. 11: Fuenlabrada - Gran Canaria
Jan. 11: Lokomotiv - UCAM Murcia

F

Jan. 11: Lietkabelis - Ratiopharm
Jan. 11: B.Muenchen - Khimky

G

Jan. 11: Zenit - Lietuvos rytas
Jan. 11: Hapoel J-M - N.Novgorod

H

Jan. 11: Unicaja - Cedevita
Jan. 11: Valencia - ALBA


Recap of Round 1 of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Gran Canaria - Lokomotiv 71-86

The most crucial game of the round was a loss of Spanish Gran Canaria (0-1) in Las Palmas on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Russian Lokomotiv (1-0) 86-71. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lokomotiv outrebounded Gran Canaria 32-19 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) nailed 19 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Australian-Dutch forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso) accounted for 17 points. American-FYR Macedonian power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) came up with 11 points and FYR Macedonian-American point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for Gran Canaria in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gran Canaria's coach rotated eleven players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv will meet at home UCAM Murcia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gran Canaria will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 13+3reb, R.Hendrix 11+3reb+2ast, S.Salin 11+1reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 11+5ast, P.Aguilar 7+5reb+1ast, A.Pasecniks 5+3reb+1ast
Lokomotiv: M.Janning 19+3reb+4ast, R.Broekhoff 17+4reb+2ast, I.Vougioukas 12+1reb+3ast, K.Jones 12+6reb+1ast, M.Collins 9+2reb+5ast, A.Zubkov 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 525630


UCAM Murcia - Fuenlabrada 87-75

First defeat of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (0-1) against UCAM Murcia (1-0) 87-75 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by UCAM Murcia. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada managed to win second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UCAM Murcia made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 assists. Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (212-88) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. UCAM Murcia's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian Ivan Paunic (198-87, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 22 points and Montenegrin center Blagota Sekulic (210-82) added 12 points in the effort for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play next round against strong Gran Canaria. UCAM Murcia will try to continue on its current victory against Lokomotiv in Kuban.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: I.Paunic 22+2reb+2ast, B.Sekulic 12+3reb+2ast, L.Hakanson 9+2reb+3ast, R.Smits 8+2reb+2ast, D.Wear 8+2reb, L.Rupnik 8
UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 18+1reb+9ast, B.Baron 17+1reb+3ast, V.Faverani 16+5reb+1ast, V.Benite 10+1reb, J.Angel Antelo 8+5reb, N.Radovic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 525631


Group F
Ratiopharm - B.Muenchen 57-68

We should not miss another road victory of Bayern Muenchen (1-0) over ratiopharm Ulm (0-1) 68-57. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. ratiopharm Ulm was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 42-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Maximilian Kleber (207-92) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American Taylor Braun (201-91, college: N.Dakota St.) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be Khimky at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Lietkabelis in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: A.Rubit 12+7reb, T.Braun 11+7reb+3ast, B.Hobbs 10+3reb+5ast, R.Morgan 9+3reb+3ast, C.Babb 7+2reb+2ast, J.Ferner 3
B.Muenchen: D.Booker 19+15reb+2ast, M.Kleber 15+9reb, R.Redding 10+7reb+5ast, B.Taylor 8+2reb+1ast, V.Lucic 6+1reb, N.Djedovic 4+2reb
gschID: 525632


Khimky - Lietkabelis 88-80

Russian Khimky defeated Lithuanian Lietkabelis at home 88-80. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-23 Lietkabelis' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-80 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Lietkabelis 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Khimky players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American-Bulgarian point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. At the losing side Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lietkabelis will play next round against strong ratiopharm Ulm trying to get back on the winning streak. Khimky will try to continue on its current victory against Bayern Muenchen on the road.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 19+3reb+4ast, Z.Skucas 13+3reb, L.Williams 11+1reb+5ast, K.Lavrinovic 10+8reb+1ast, D.Tarolis 8+3reb+4ast, Z.Janavicius 7+2reb+3ast
Khimky: A.Shved 21+7reb+7ast, R.Hummel 18+4reb, N.Boungou-Colo 18+5reb, E.Rowland 10+6reb+9ast, J.Pullen 7+2reb+1ast, S.Ilnitskiy 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 525633


Group G
Lietuvos rytas - Hapoel J-M 76-80

The game worth to mention about is Hapoel Jerusalem's victory against Lietuvos rytas 80-76. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Jerusalem shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. It was a very good performance for American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. His fellow American import guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) answered with 19 points and Polish center Adam Lapeta (217-87, agency: Alti Sport) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lietuvos rytas. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Jerusalem will face BC Nizhny Novgorod at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietuvos rytas will play against Zenit in Saint Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 19+3reb+3ast, R.Giedraitis 12+5reb, A.Jomantas 10+2reb, A.Lapeta 9+8reb+1ast, D.Gordon 7+8reb+1ast, C.Hannah 7+3ast
Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 26+2reb+2ast, J.Dyson 15+3reb, Y.Halperin 10+1reb+2ast, S.Jones 10+3reb+2ast, D.Thompson 9+7reb, A.Stoudemire 4+2reb
gschID: 525635


N.Novgorod - Zenit 113-105

BC Nizhny Novgorod used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Saint Petersburg 113-105 on Wednesday night. Zenit trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 35-30 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 105-113 at the end of the game. BC Nizhny Novgorod shot 60.9 percent from the field and made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Zenit was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-91) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) answered with 17 points and 5 assists and Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Zenit. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zenit's coach let to play eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Nizhny Novgorod will face Hapoel Jerusalem on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zenit will play against Lietuvos rytas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zenit: S.Markovic 17+3reb+5ast, K.Landry 16+6reb+1ast, R.Toolson 16+3ast, S.Karasev 14+2reb+2ast, A.White 12+4reb+1ast, A.Vikhrov 9+3reb+4ast
N.Novgorod: D.Kane 31+9reb+2ast, I.Strebkov 18+7reb+8ast, T.Zubcic 14+2reb+3ast, I.Popov 12+2reb, S.Vene 12+4reb+1ast, K.Boynton 11+2reb+6ast
gschID: 525634


Group H
ALBA - Unicaja 69-77

ALBA Berlin lost to the opponent from Malaga 77-69 on Wednesday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ALBA Berlin won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quite impressive performance for American forward Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Daniel Diez (202-93) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Unicaja Malaga players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Malcolm Miller (200-93, college: Holy Cross) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ALBA Berlin. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga will face Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against Valencia Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Milosavljevic 22+5reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 12+5reb+1ast, M.Miller 9+8reb+3ast, N.Giffey 8+4reb, E.Atsur 5+4ast, P.Siva 4+4reb+5ast
Unicaja: J.Brooks 15+6reb+3ast, D.Diez 13+6reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 12+5reb, J.Smith 11+3ast, N.Nedovic 10+3reb+2ast, O.Lafayette 7+1reb
gschID: 525636


Cedevita - Valencia 86-89

Cedevita was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Valencia 89-86 on Wednesday night. Cedevita was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-21 charge of Valencia Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Cedevita's players. Quite impressive performance for Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. French point guard Antoine Diot (193-89) contributed with 5 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) answered with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 11 assists and the other American import guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cedevita. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Valencia Basket will face ALBA Berlin (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cedevita will play against Unicaja Malaga and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: R.Boatright 37+5reb+11ast, R.James 16+6reb+1ast, M.Bilan 9+1reb, F.Kruslin 8+4reb, L.Babic 5+3reb, M.Begic 5+9reb+1ast
Valencia: B.Dubljevic 17+4reb+2ast, P.Oriola 15+3reb, R.Sato 13+4reb+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 9+2reb+1ast, F.San Emeterio 8+7reb+3ast, R.Martinez 8+1ast
gschID: 525637





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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

M-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group A
1. Croatia0-0
2. Israel0-0
3. Lithuania0-0
4. Serbia0-0
Group B
1. Finland0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. Slovenia0-0
4. Turkey0-0
Group C
1. Estonia0-0
2. France0-0
3. Italy0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group D
1. Spain0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. Montenegro0-0
4. Sweden0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Aug. 11: LTU - SRB
Aug. 11: ISR - CRO

B

Aug. 11: SRB - GER
Aug. 11: RUS - FIN

C

Aug. 11: FRA - ITA
Aug. 11: EST - RUS

D

Aug. 11: ESP - LAT
Aug. 11: SWE - MNT


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Belgium0-0
2. Belarus0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Iceland0-0
5. Romania0-0
6. Switzerland0-0
Group B
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Cyprus0-0
3. Denmark0-0
4. Holland0-0
5. Poland0-0
6. Ukraine0-0
Group C
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Hungary0-0
4. Ireland0-0
5. Norway0-0
6. Slovakia0-0
Group D
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. Georgia0-0
3. Kosovo0-0
4. Luxembourg0-0
5. FYR Macedon.0-0
6. Portugal0-0

Regular Season: Round 1

A

Aug. 10: SUI - ISL
Aug. 10: POL - BEL
Aug. 10: GRE - BLR

B

Aug. 10: BLR - CYP
Aug. 10: UKR - NED
Aug. 10: POL - DEN

C

Aug. 10: GRE - IRL
Aug. 10: SVK - CZE
Aug. 10: BIH - NOR

D

Aug. 10: POR - KOS
Aug. 10: MKD - GEO
Aug. 10: ENG - LUX


Div.3 standings

Standings
Group A
1. Armenia0-0
2. Gibraltar0-0
3. Moldova0-0
4. Malta0-0
5. Wales0-0
Group B
1. Albania0-0
2. Andorra0-0
3. Azerbaijan0-0
4. Monaco0-0
5. San Marino0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 23: GIB - ARM
Jul. 23: WAL - MDA

B

Jul. 23: AZE - MON
Jul. 23: AND - ALB



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18  

Div.C standings

Standings
Group A
1. Armenia0-0
2. Cyprus0-0
3. Kosovo0-0
4. Norway0-0
Group B
1. Gibraltar0-0
2. Moldova0-0
3. Malta0-0
4. San Marino0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 4: NOR - KOS
Jul. 4: ARM - CYP

B

Jul. 4: SMR - MLT
Jul. 4: GIB - MDA



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20  

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Czech Rep.0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Sweden0-0
Group B
1. France0-0
2. Iceland0-0
3. Montenegro0-0
4. Turkey0-0
Group C
1. Israel0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. Lithuania0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group D
1. Spain0-0
2. Italy0-0
3. Slovenia0-0
4. Serbia0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 15: CZE - GRE
Jul. 15: SWE - GER

B

Jul. 15: MNT - TUR
Jul. 15: ISL - FRA

C

Jul. 15: UKR - LTU
Jul. 15: ISR - LAT

D

Jul. 15: ITA - SRB
Jul. 15: SLO - ESP


M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Armenia0-0
2. Belgium0-0
3. Belarus0-0
4. Finland0-0
5. Malta0-0
6. Poland0-0
Group B
1. Azerbaijan0-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. Holland0-0
4. Russia0-0
5. Slovakia0-0
Group C
1. Albania0-0
2. Bosnia0-0
3. Georgia0-0
4. Moldova0-0
5. FYR Macedon.0-0
6. Romania0-0
Group D
1. Croatia0-0
2. Hungary0-0
3. Ireland0-0
4. Kosovo0-0
5. Portugal0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 14: MLT - BLR
Jul. 14: BEL - POL
Jul. 14: FIN - ARM

B

Jul. 14: ENG - NED
Jul. 14: AZE - RUS

C

Jul. 14: GEO - ROM
Jul. 14: ALB - BIH

D

Jul. 14: MDA - IRL
Jul. 14: POR - HUN
Jul. 14: CRO - KOS



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 3

K

Jan. 3: Sodertalje - Targu Mures 88-68
Jan. 4: Chalon - Gaziantep 102-83

L

Jan. 4: Gravelines - Demir IBB 85-90
Jan. 4: Antwerp - Prievidza 111-94

M

Jan. 4: Telekom Bsk - Vytautas 89-70
Jan. 4: Oberwart - Apoel 79-74

N

Jan. 4: Nanterre - Tsmoki-Minsk 94-85
Jan. 4: Bnei Hertzeliyya - Kormend 70-87

O

Jan. 4: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Alba 89-63
Jan. 4: UBT Cluj Napoca - BK Pardubice 84-67

P

Jan. 4: Enisey - Benfica 99-69
Jan. 4: Lukoil Acad. - Groningen 88-62

Second Stage: Round 4

K

Jan. 11: Targu Mures - Chalon
Jan. 11: Sodertalje - Gaziantep

L

Jan. 11: Prievidza - Gravelines
Jan. 11: Antwerp - Demir IBB

M

Jan. 11: Oberwart - Vytautas
Jan. 11: Apoel - Telekom Bsk

N

Jan. 11: Kormend - Nanterre
Jan. 11: Bnei Hertzeliyya - Tsmoki-Minsk

O

Jan. 10: BK Pardubice - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Jan. 11: TU/Rock - Alba

P

Jan. 11: Enisey - Groningen
Jan. 11: Benfica - Lukoil Acad.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje23.9 
 2. Cobbs, Gravelines21.0 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.20.8 
 4. Allen, Kormend20.2 
 5. Clark, Chalon19.4 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.19.0 
 7. Jeter, Groningen18.6 
 8. Bozov, Rilski18.5 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .18.3 
 10. Hollis, Benfica17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Elegar, Enisey9.8 
 3. Grabauskas, TL.9.8 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.9.8 
 5. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk9.4 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 7. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.7 
 8. Mashour, Bnei H.8.3 
 9. Solomon, Gravelines7.8 
 10. Jevtovic, Steaua C.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.8 
 3. Roberson, Chalon7.7 
 4. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.7.6 
 5. Petty, Kormend7.2 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.9 
 7. Massamba, Soder.6.6 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 9. Autrey, BK Pardu.5.6 
 10. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jackson, Oberwart3.0 
 2. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 3. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.7 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.4 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 7. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Eldridge, Demir I.2.1 
 10. Wall, BK Pardubice2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Enisey
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Elegar, Enisey1.8 
 2. Fall, Chalon1.8 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.8 
 4. Lessort, Nanterre1.7 
 5. Mobley, Apoel1.6 
 6. Anderson, Antwerp1.4 
 7. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.3 
 8. West, Siauliai1.2 
 9. Lazar, Targu Mures1.2 
 10. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 


Results and Stats from Day 3 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Group K
Chalon - Gaziantep 102-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Turkish Gaziantep (2-1) on the court of French Chalon/Saor. Visitors were rolled over by Chalon/Saor 102-83. It looked good early as Gaziantep took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalon/Saor had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Gaziantep was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-102. Chalon/Saor shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a great evening for American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. Swingman Axel Bouteille (201-95) helped adding 24 points and 5 rebounds. Five Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Marcus Denmon (191-90, college: Missouri) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Chalon/Saor will play against Targu Mures (#4) on the road in the next round. Gaziantep will play against Sodertalje Kings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: A.Bouteille 24+5reb+2ast, J.Roberson 18+4reb+10ast, L.Harris 17+5reb, C.Clark 17+5reb, M.Fall 12+9reb+5ast, A.Loum 7+5reb
Gaziantep: D.Jefferson 26+13reb+2ast, A.Rautins 21+4ast, M.Denmon 15+9reb+3ast, T.Ruzic 7+2ast, C.Ozcan 5+2reb+1ast, W.Cherry 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 522457


Sodertalje - Targu Mures 88-68

An interesting game for Swedish Sodertalje Kings (1-2) which hosted in Sodertalje Romanian Targu Mures (0-3). Sodertalje Kings had an easy win 88-68. The game was mostly controlled by Sodertalje Kings. Targu Mures managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sodertalje Kings forced 21 Targu Mures turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Sodertalje Kings looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led the winners and scored 23 points. Point guard Thomas Massamba (183-85, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 10 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Four Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. Montenegrin Goran Gajovic (199-88, agency: 011 Sports) came up with 18 points, 8 assists and 5 steals and Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Targu Mures in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sodertalje Kings will meet at home Gaziantep in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Targu Mures will play against Chalon/Saor and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: T.Bizaca 23+4reb+2ast, T.Kurbas 15+3reb, T.Massamba 10+2reb+7ast, T.Ongwae 10+5reb+1ast, V.Lindstrom 9+2reb+7ast, D.Johnson 8+5reb+2ast
Targu Mures: G.Gajovic 18+3reb+8ast, D.Djapa 14+2reb, E.Kalve 12+5reb+2ast, D.Popescu 6+3reb+3ast, L.Lazar 6+3reb+1ast, S.Santa 4+4reb
gschID: 522450


Group L
Antwerp - Prievidza 111-94

An interesting game for Belgian Antwerp Giants (2-1) which hosted in Antwerp Slovakian Prievidza (1-2). Antwerp Giants had an easy win 111-94. Prievidza was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 61-42 second half run of Antwerp Giants. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Prievidza's 40 and made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Antwerp Giants especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Prievidza's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) chipped in 26 points and 9 assists. Antwerp Giants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Andre Jones (191-90, college: Winthrop) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists and Richard Korner (197-90) added 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Antwerp Giants and four Prievidza players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be Demir IBB in Buyukcekmece and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prievidza will play at home against Gravelines-Dunkerque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: J.Clark 26+1reb+9ast, M.Smith 23+9reb+5ast, G.Ware 18+7reb+2ast, D.Marchant 16+5reb+6ast, D.Conger 11+8reb+3ast, Y.Schoepen 5
Prievidza: A.Jones 20+3reb+4ast, R.Korner 20+1reb+2ast, R.Dramicanin 17+1reb+3ast, M.Batina 17+6reb, I.Maric 9+7reb+6ast, M.Milovanovic 7+5reb
gschID: 522460


Gravelines - Demir IBB 85-90

Turkish Demir IBB (3-0) played road game in Gravelines against French Gravelines-Dunkerque (0-3). Demir IBB managed to get a 5-point victory 90-85. Demir IBB looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American guard Osiris Eldridge (191-88, college: Illinois St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (205-89, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import guard Kyle Gibson (196-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Five Demir IBB and four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Demir IBB will face Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Prievidza and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Demir IBB: O.Eldridge 19+5reb+4ast, K.Hayes 18+2reb+5ast, A.Stipanovic 14+7reb+3ast, K.Seawright 12+6reb+2ast, J.Johnson 11+5reb+5ast, A.Caloiaro 10+13reb+4ast
Gravelines: J.Cobbs 19+6reb+7ast, K.Gibson 17+7reb+5ast, S.Henry 16+3reb+5ast, M.Hesson 13+3reb+1ast, R.Solomon 7+6reb, M.Keita 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 522452


Group M
Telekom Bsk - Vytautas 89-70

Telekom Baskets used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Prienai 89-70 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. Vytautas was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Telekom Baskets made 7 blocks. Vytautas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-91) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Vytautas. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Telekom Baskets will face Apoel (#4) in Nicosia in the next round. Vytautas will play on the road against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 20+6reb, J.Mayo 17+3reb+3ast, R.Thompson 15+4reb+7ast, J.Gamble 11+4reb+1ast, O.Silins 10+3reb, T.DiLeo 5+2reb+3ast
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 15+4reb+5ast, S.Kulvietis 15+3reb+4ast, T.Dimsa 11+5reb+3ast, V.Lipkevicius 6+11reb+1ast, V.Cizauskas 5+2ast, M.Linkevicius 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 522456


Oberwart - Apoel 79-74

Redwell Gunners Oberwart used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Nicosia 79-74 on Wednesday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Apoel. Five Apoel players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will face Vytautas in Prienai in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apoel will play at home against Telekom Baskets and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: C.McNealy 24+4reb+1ast, A.Cumberbatch 23+8reb+2ast, D.Jackson 12+4reb+3ast, C.Kuakumensah 7+6reb+4ast, J.Traylor 6+5reb, B.Blazevic 4+1reb+1ast
Apoel: A.Wright 17+5reb+1ast, T.Bussey 15+8reb+3ast, M.Burnatowski 14+5reb+1ast, R.Brown 13+4reb+1ast, B.Mobley 10+5reb+2ast, G.Kilaras 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 522458


Group N
Nanterre - Tsmoki-Minsk 94-85

Rather predictable result when French JSF Nanterre (3-0) won against at home Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk (1-2) 94-85 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game, while Tsmoki-Minsk only scored twelve points from the stripe. Tsmoki-Minsk was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. His fellow American import forward Brian Conklin (198-89, college: St.Louis) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Dru Joyce (184-85, college: Akron) answered with 21 points and 5 assists and Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Tsmoki-Minsk. Four Tsmoki-Minsk players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. JSF Nanterre will face Kormend on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tsmoki-Minsk will play against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: C.Warren 27+4reb+3ast, B.Conklin 17+6reb+1ast, T.Zanna 11+3reb, S.Butterfield 11+3reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 9+3reb+3ast, M.Riley 9+5reb+5ast
Tsmoki-Minsk: D.Joyce 21+5ast, D.Gagic 16+4reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 12+7reb+4ast, J.Gray 10+2reb+4ast, A.Trastsinetski 8+7reb+3ast, A.Lashkevich 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 522453


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Kormend 70-87

Not a big story in a game when Israeli Bnei Hasharon (0-3) lost to Hungarian Kormend (2-1) in Hod Hasharon 70-87 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. Kormend outrebounded Bnei Hasharon 39-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Bnei Hasharon's players. It was a good game for Csaba Ferencz (194-85) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Kormend players scored in double figures. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Orr Leumi (192-96) added 12 points in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Kormend will face JSF Nanterre at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bnei Hasharon will play against Tsmoki-Minsk and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kormend: C.Ferencz 26+4reb+3ast, T.Allen 15+5reb+4ast, J.Loveridge 13+3reb+1ast, L.Smith Jr. 13+10reb+5ast, P.Petty 10+8reb+11ast, B.Horti 6+7reb+2ast
Bnei Hertzeliyya: J.Adrien 14+5reb+2ast, O.Leumi 12+4reb+3ast, T.Green 10+1reb+3ast, H.Kanacevic 9+6reb+1ast, S.Dennis 9+3reb+4ast, A.Jacko 7+3reb
gschID: 522459


Group O
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Alba 89-63

First defeat of Hungarian Alba (2-1) against French Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-1) 89-63 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-63. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outrebounded Alba 41-29 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Alba's players. It was a good game for American point guard D.J. Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 assists. Ivorian-French center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St.) answered with 16 points and Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points in the effort for Alba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alba will play next round against strong TU/Rock trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will try to continue on its current victory against BK Pardubice on the road.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Mipoka 20+3reb+2ast, A.Koffi 17+10reb, D.Cooper 15+4reb+8ast, A.Robinson 13+6reb+3ast, E.Okobo 8+4reb+2ast, V.Chikoko 6+6reb
Alba: J.Edwards 16+3reb+1ast, W.Shepard 16+4reb+2ast, J.Farr 10+5reb+1ast, A.Keller 6+4reb+1ast, P.Lorant 5+6reb, L.Markovic 4+3reb
gschID: 522454


UBT Cluj Napoca - BK Pardubice 84-67

Everything went according to plan when Romanian UBT Cluj Napoca (2-1) defeated at home Czech BK Pardubice (0-3) 84-67 on Wednesday. The game without a history. UBT Cluj Napoca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Serbian point guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-84, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 assists. Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four UBT Cluj Napoca players scored in double figures. American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) answered with 21 points and the other American import guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Pardubice. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UBT Cluj Napoca will have a break next round. BK Pardubice will play at home against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: A.Rasic 22+4reb+7ast, O.Barro 19+13reb, M.Pustozvonov 15+3reb+2ast, F.Adamovic 13+5reb+7ast, K.Dykes 5+1reb+4ast, R.Torok 4+3reb
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 21+3reb+1ast, L.Autrey 10+5reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 10+2reb+2ast, L.Kotas 9+2reb+1ast, J.Wall 8+1reb+1ast, D.Skranc 5+4reb
gschID: 522451


Group P
Lukoil Acad. - Groningen 88-62

Lukoil Acad. used a home court advantage and outleveled the opponent from Groningen 88-62 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Lukoil Acad. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lukoil Acad. forced 22 Groningen turnovers. It was a good game for Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Pavlin Ivanov (195-93, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. Lukoil Acad.'s coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for Groningen. Lukoil Acad. will face Benfica (#4) on the road in the next round. Groningen will play against Enisey in Krasnoyarsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: P.Ivanov 20+3reb+3ast, M.Korniyenko 17+8reb+3ast, D.Gibson 14+1reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 14+5reb+4ast, S.Zack 9+6reb+4ast, F.Videnov 9
Groningen: C.Fieler 26+6reb+3ast, L.Jeter 12+2reb+8ast, D.Pasalic 9+6reb+3ast, S.Cunningham 5+1reb, A.Slagter 4+4reb+2ast, A.Smith 4+7reb
gschID: 522455


Enisey - Benfica 99-69

No shocking result in a game when Russian Enisey (3-0) crushed Portuguese Benfica (0-3) in Krasnoyarsk 99-69 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Enisey led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Benfica's 30. They outrebounded Benfica 37-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. Enisey looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Benfica's players. It was a good game for U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American point guard Tony Taylor (185-90, college: G.Washington) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. American-Hungarian forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Angolan-Portuguese guard Carlos Morais (200-85, agency: Duran International) added 11 points in the effort for Benfica. Four Benfica players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Enisey will face Groningen (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Benfica will play against Lukoil Acad. and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Enisey: F.Elegar 22+5reb+1ast, T.Taylor 14+3reb+4ast, V.Trushkin 10+3reb+2ast, V.Zavoruev 9+2reb+7ast, D.Lukashov 9+2reb+6ast, S.Braimoh 9+6reb+3ast
Benfica: D.Hollis 19+7reb+1ast, R.Barber 13+2reb, C.Morais 11+1reb+3ast, D.Raivio 10+3reb+2ast, C.Andrade 9+4reb, M.Fernandes 5+2ast
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  FRANCE  


Nantes add Kuksiks to their roster, ex Ventspils - by Philippe Burstert

Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) added to their roster 29-year old Latvian ex-international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-95kg-88, college: Arizona State, agency: HMS). He started the season at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 8 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg this season. Kuksiks also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.0rpg. The last season he played at Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A. In 24 games he had 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.3apg. Kuksiks also played 16 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The other team Kuksiks played shortly was BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 6 games he got impressive 16.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention back in 2011 at his college time.
Kuksiks was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
Kuksiks represented Latvia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Kuksiks is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Avtodor and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Valencia Basket and Gipuzkoa) and Ukraine (Budivelnyk).
Kuksiks attended Arizona State until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Kuksiks: A shooter, with great 3-pts range and a clutch mentality. Showed the ability to stretch defenses with his three-point shooting on the college level, he could become one of the best pure shooters in Europe.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dijon lands LaQuinton Ross, ex Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) tabbed 25-year old American forward LaQuinton Ross (203-100kg-92, college: Ohio State). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In three games he had 9.3ppg and 5.0rpg this season. The last season Ross played at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A where in 11 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 8.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Ross has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
His team made it to the Israeli Premier League Semifinals in 2016.
Ross has played also professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro).
He attended Ohio State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Bassoumba re-signs at Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old Congolese forward Earvine Bassoumba (202-96). The forward inked his first pro deal with the team. He has played there for the last three seasons. He also played for U21 team.

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Maurienne signs Rayvonte Rice, ex Verona - by Eurobasket News

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

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Lucky Jones (ex Hyeres-Toulon) signs at Promitheas - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) landed 24-year old American guard Lucky Jones (198-95kg-93, college: Robert Morris). He played recently at Hyeres-Toulon in French ProA, but left the team earlier this month. In 11 games he averaged 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Jones played at Liege Basket (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 31 games he had 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg (leader !!!). He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
Among other achievements Jones' college team won NEC Tournament in 2015. He received also NABC All-District 18 2nd Team award in 2015.
Jones graduated from Robert Morris University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
He is described as: Long, athletic forward with the ability to score and rebound, tenacious on the defensive end and loves to compete.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gravelines welcome back Jomby - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) tabbed 29-year old swingman Rudy Jomby (196-97kg-88). It is actually his comeback to Gravelines-Dunkerque as he has played here before. Jomby started the season at ADA Blois Basket 41 in the ProB. In 13 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Jomby played at Cholet Basket where in 34 ProA games he had 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg.
Jomby's team won French ProA Regular Season in 2012.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg.
Jomby has played previously for STB Le Havre.

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Karpos Sokoli welcomes back Sepa - by Dragan Ristov

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) landed 27-year old Serbian shooting guard Filip Sepa (198-87kg-90). It is actually his comeback to Skopje as he has played here before. Sepa supposed to play at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 8 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.3apg this season. The last season Sepa played at Karpos Sokoli where in 32 Prva Liga games he had 12.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.7apg. Sepa's team was regular season runner-up in Macedonian League.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 16.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Sepa has played also professionally in Italy, Serbia (Partizan, OKK Beograd, Vojvodina, Crvena Zvezda and Zemun) and FYR Macedonia (Kozuv).

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Ryan White (ex Kozuv) joins Uhud !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Uhud Medina (SBL) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan White (180-81kg-88, college: Texas State at San Marcos). He played last season at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 16 games he had 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg. White also played 8 games in Balkan League where he recorded 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season White played at Wolfpack in Danish Ligaen. In 31 games he averaged impressive 20.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.2apg and 2.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team.
His team was regular season runner-up in Southland Conference West Division in 2011.
White has played also professionally in Kosovo (Trepca and KB RTV 21 Prishtina), Luxembourg (Soleuvre) and Denmark (Aalborg).
He attended Texas State at San Marcos until 2011 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

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

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

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




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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

What was the last movie that you saw?

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

Thanks Tony for the chat.




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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

MJ Kobe Shaq Tim Duncan

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


What was the last movie that you saw?


Last movie I saw was Triple 9.


Thanks Jevohn for the chat.




Focus on EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Nicola Egidio

Except Bamberg and Ulm, in terms of players' continuity Oldenburg is the least changed team in BBL. Only two players arrived to shore up the roster this summer: Frantz Massenat (193-G-92, college: Drexel) (from Mitteldeutscher) and Maxime De Zeeuw (206-PF-87) (from Nymburk). Usually working more time with a bunch of people is the most important requirement to be a solid and winning team. But EWE Baskets' first part of season has been anything but simple and key-players' precarious physical conditions - such as Vaughn Duggins (190-SG-87, college: Wright St.), who's having many different troubles (now he's suffering a foot issue) - have contributed to make even more unstable the situation. Club decided to acquire from Wurzburg Vladimir Mihajlovic to replace Duggins, but Montenegrin guy, despite being a good player, can't offer the same effort. Vaughn is a significant balancer for Mladen Drijencic because of his ability at playing off the ball and also at reading what defense proposes due to his basketball IQ. Compared to last year, Duggins has a higher usage percentage in ball screen's situations, where he takes advantage of his game's knowledge to make the correct choices, picking between individual initiatives and passing to the screener - Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) most of the time - who cuts after setting the screen. Without possessing great physicality, he's also able to put intensity on defense and in particulary he always tries to help his teammates, putting team before himself.

Brian Qvale doubtless has been the most positive note so far. I really like him because of his capacity to be a "two-way" player: he can guarantee high quality on offense and on defense, too. Due to his physical features - he's massive but he does not possess athleticism and explosiveness - he loves receiving the ball in the post statically, taking advantage of his body. Post-up constitutes the main weapon of his game, thanks to his feet speed at spinning to get around the defender and then to finish with a great and sweet tip off the glass, also from 8-9 feet. Probably he can be considered an old-style player, if we take a look at his ability at posting-up and especially at his great fundamentals and technique, not only about post-up - where he's also able to finish with the weak hand - but also about the way he sets a screen or he passes the ball when he's closed by a double-team. Considering his size, in my humble opinion he's an efficient cutter in pick and roll's situations, able to break up the pick correctly after screening and to choose the right time when he has to cut toward the basket and to increase his speed to receive and finish as well as possible. Good at running the floor, he's also able to duck in the paint to receive the ball and to conclude the transition; finally, his IQ at attacking the right spaces to receive the passes and at working off the ball make him an excellent player, particularly if we look at the defensive side of his game. Very capable at containing opposing penetrations, always with the right balance and defensive position - also in 1-on-1 situations near the basket - , good at helping and rebounding. Naturally, he may have some trouble when he has to fight with a more athletic and explosive opponent who can attack him dynamically away from the basket. Lack of lateral quickness, little and poor athleticism and explosiveness: probably these are the reasons why - maybe - he'll never join a top-team.

In addition to defensive solidity, one of the Oldenburg's biggest issues has been rebounds so far. EWE is one of the worst team of BBL at rebounding and his front-court is full of not exceptional rebounders. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89) and Dirk Madrich (212-C-83) are substantially spot-up players on offense where they usually pop out for an open 3-point shot. Schwethelm is a substantial defender: good aggressiveness and ability to switch, although he has not great physicality and athleticism, while Madrich has got to be better at switching and at having the right defensive attitude. Jan Niklas Wimberg (206-F-96) is not playing a lot of minutes, but I believe he'll have more space because he possesses an important physical size that might help EWE's front-court, especially if we consider there will be a lot of matches this season.

Maxime De Zeeuw has been an interesting signing. As well as Qvale, he's an other excellent post-up's player, where he combines technique with a capable feet speed and variegated moves; he can score with a baby-hook shot, using both hands to finish close to the rim, but he can also produce points performing a fade-away, profiting by his smooth tip and release. De Zeeuw is a "modern" player. I talked about his ability near to the basket, but it should be mentioned his outside dimension; in BBL, Belgian guy is averaging 41% behind the arc, recording the higher percentage from downtown in his career, and this precious side of his game is so notable for opening the court and widen offensive spaces when a spread-pick and roll is played. He feels comfortable at dribbling and driving with the ball, so he possesses a discreet ball handling and speed front of the rim. Coming to talk about defensive half-court, he has to improve, especially because I think he can do a better job. When a big-man is analysed and scouted, each of us wonders if he's good at making lateral slips; but in De Zeeuw's case I believe the main issue is not the lateral quickness, but his position and attitude. When he has to contain opposing penetrations and also on the switches, he is often too much straight and stiff and naturally he's not ready and reactive to put his body between the opponent and the rim he has to protect. He needs to get better and to find a better balance.

As regards the back-court, I would like to do a special mention to Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue). Well, that guy is a player! He's playing the fifth season with Oldenburg's jersey and the first stuff I note when I'm going to see his stats is the average of the dishes. Since he arrived in the Lower Saxony's city, he has always increased his assists' average and now he's averaging 7.1 dishes per game, showing a great ability at reading opposing defense and at getting the ball off the pick and roll, finding teammates with excellent overturnings. If I was a head-coach, I should like to be able to count on a player like Chris. Always. Why? Because he's a fighter, he's a warrior, he never gives up and he's an intelligent player. Due to an important body plan, he's a tenacious defender on the ball and he's showing the usual physicality he has always brought to his team. Physical strenght allows him the possibility to struggle and to deny the inside-pass when he's matched up with a bigger opponent and he always helps team's defense with pressure and aggressiveness on the ball, energy, deflections and especially efficient close-outs. His size is the reason why he's an extraordinary rebounder for his height. Unfortunately he's not a complete player: the weak shooting range represents a clear limit, although he's shooting with good percentages in terms of dribble-jump stop-shot. He's bringing leadership to the team and he knows when he has to assume responsibilities. Also Dominic Lockhart (198-G-94) achieved a better confidence than at the beginning of the season. Mladen Drijencic is working to make him a game's creator, but if he has to improve his shot, otherwise he'll be a simple and normal player. Good physicality but not an extraordinary athlete; he's not a slasher by not having an instantaneous first step, so he needs to widen his range and to improve defensively off the ball, too. He's growing in terms of personality. As I said before, Frantz Massenat is a newcomer; but he get an important role in the team from the very beginning. Oldenburg signed him with a pluriannual deal, that witnesses how much German club trusts him. Massenat needs to have the ball in his hands but he is showing an interesting offensive luggage: he can score directly off the dribble, especially when he decides to take the right direction in a ball screen's situation, but he can also arrive to the rim taking advantage of his quickness and discreet ball handling, despite not being his principal weapon. I think he's a good passer, able to find the right pass angles and also good at reading defense, but he has to improve at taking quick decisions. When Oldenburg plays quick and efficient offensive transitions - often characterized by a "drag" - something good happens immediately. Defensively, I observe when he's focused and has the right attitude, he's also a good defender. But he's too much inconstant, so it happens that he's stiff and off-balance. He has to get better at using his weak hand, too. Old soldier, Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82, college: Missouri), is something special for Oldenburg's fans; he's playing the tenth (!!!) season with these colors. But it seems he won't stop impressing! He has always improved all over the years, focusing on the aspects of the game in which he was lacking. He's still a solid player on offense with an amazing physicality, strenght and explosiveness - good off the ball, but also in ISO's situations when he has to attack the setted defender - , but he's having a lot of troubles on defense. He's often off balance and position and also on the switches he's not too much ready; it seems he wants to persevere on the defensive side without putting the right abnegation. His opponent beats him regularly and he does not snap off the ball and put pressure in a pick and roll.

Finally, in my opinion EWE has got defensive issues; except Kramer, all the rest of the back-court are poor perimetric defenders, or at least not exceptional defenders: Massenat and Paulding have got to be better, Duggins is a better defender for sure, but he does not have great physicality. Same speech about De Zeeuw: it needs a better and different defensive attitude, while on offense flow and pace are good. Taking a look to the roster, there are a bunch of players that loves running the court with fast transitions and fast-breaks, such as Kramer or Paulding. But transition and fast-break grow only if there is an efficient defensive job!



Elijah Johnson (ex Hapoel T-A) agreed terms with Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Elijah Johnson (192-88kg-90, college: Kansas). He supposed to play at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. Johnson managed to play in four leagues this year (!!!). He also spent pre-season at Cibona in Croatian A1 earlier that year. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Johnson had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In four Winner League games he recorded 11.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played 9 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.9apg. Johnson also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements Johnson's college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2013. He received also All-Big 12 Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Johnson has played also professionally in Greece (Panelefsiniakos), Poland (Anwil and Rosa) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Pertevniyal).
He attended University of Kansas until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An explosive guard who can play either one or two guard spots. Can get to the basket, yet has solid range from beyond the arc… Has an above average vertical leap, making him one of few guards that can finish plays above the rim.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Diamond__Sports)

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Opoku Ware Alumni rewards team for winning Sprite Ball - by Yaw Mintah


Former students of Opoku Ware School have rewarded the school's basketball team after winning the Sprite Ball Championship a few days ago. The team beat Mfantsipim School 27-25 in the boys division final game at the El Wak Stadium to win the Championship's tenth anniversary edition.

In the process, Opoku Ware became the first school from Ghana's Ashanti Region to triumph in the boys division. To reward the team for its outstanding display in the tournament, past students have rewarded all 12 players 500 Ghana Cedis each.

Coach Alexander Obeng Takyi and Physical Education Head Charles Darkwa will receive similar financial rewards for leading the side to win its maiden trophy in the most coveted high school tournament in the West African nation.

The school has 10,000 Ghana Cedis in its kitty as prize money for emerging Champions in the tournament. Opoku Ware led 19-9 in the first half with Shooting Guard Emmanuel Agyapong draining two quick three point shots.

However, Mfantsipim rallied in the second half to take the lead before Opoku Ware Center Harris Amuzu sealed victory for the Kumasi side with a three point play. Wesley Girls High School won the girls division on its return from a four year absence from the Championship.




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AV Cantu signs Patrick Calathes, ex Panathinaikos - by Andrea Centenari

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) signed 32-year old American (has also Greek passport) forward Patrick Calathes (207-104kg-85, college: St.Joseph's). He started the season at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. In 9 games he had just 2.7ppg and 2.8rpg this season. The last season Calathes played at BK Astana in Kazakhstan league where in 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 10.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3bpg. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 8.2rpg (#5 in the league), 2.5apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Calathes played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Forward of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Calathes has played previously professionally also in Israel (Maccabi Haifa).
He attended Saint Joseph's University until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lucky Jones (ex Hyeres-Toulon) signs at Promitheas - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) landed 24-year old American guard Lucky Jones (198-95kg-93, college: Robert Morris). He played recently at Hyeres-Toulon in French ProA, but left the team earlier this month. In 11 games he averaged 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Jones played at Liege Basket (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 31 games he had 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg (leader !!!). He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
Among other achievements Jones' college team won NEC Tournament in 2015. He received also NABC All-District 18 2nd Team award in 2015.
Jones graduated from Robert Morris University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
He is described as: Long, athletic forward with the ability to score and rebound, tenacious on the defensive end and loves to compete.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AV Cantu eye Patrick Calathes - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Snaefell tabs Christian Covile - by Eurobasket News

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

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Icelanders in LEB Gold Spain - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Results from last few games in LEB Gold where Icelandivc National team players are playing
Burgos 91 Caceras 61. Aegir STeinarsson 4 points and 1 assist for Burgos. Ragnar Nathanealson 2 points 1 rebounds for Caceras.
Caceras 73 Palma 57 Ragnar Nathanealson 2 points and 2 rebounds for Caceras
Burgos 93 Palencia 65. Aegir Steinarsson (185-PG-91, college: Newberry, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) 4 points 1 rebounds and 4 assist for Burgos

Caceras 74 Palencia 89. Ragnar Nathanealson 1 point 3 rebounds for Caceras
Burgos 80 Forca Lleida 78. Aegir Steinarsson (185-PG-91, college: Newberry, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored his only basket on a buzzer to win the game for BUrgos he also took 7 rebounds and dished out 5 assist



Icelanders in Pro B France - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Two Icelandic National team players in Pro B France this season.
Results from their last games.
Roanne 74 Charleville 76. Martin Hermansson 17 points 5 rebounds and 3 assist for the winner.
Rouen 71 Poiters 79. Haukur Palsson 23 points 5 rebounds and 3 assist for Rouen
Charleville 71. Nantes 75 Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) 10 points 1 rebounds and 9 assist.
Rouen 83 Boulougue 79. Haukur Palsson 7 points 6 rebounds 4 assist.
Lille 70 Charleville 76 Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) 25 points 6 rebounds and 6 assist .
Rouen 72 Blois 68. Haukur Palsson 7 points 6 rebounds and 4 assist



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  IRAN  


Mike Rostampour (ex Prievidza) is a newcomer at Highlanders - by Eurobasket News

NBL Canada newcomer Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) added to their roster 26-year old American (has also Iranian passport) forward Mike Rostampour (203-109kg-91, college: Omaha). He played last season at BC Prievidza in Slovakian SBL league. In 45 games he recorded 8.6ppg and 6.4rpg. Rostampour helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Rostampour also played 5 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged 12.2ppg and 6.4rpg (#5 in the league). He was voted Eurobasket.com Alpe Adria Cup All-Imports Team in 2016.
Rostampour graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Stith, Belfast Star29.8 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles25.3 
 3. Turner, Killester22.2 
 4. Lawrence, Moycu.20.7 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.20.0 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.19.5 
 7. Pemberton, Tralee19.0 
 8. Edwards, KUBS18.9 
 9. Murphy, Templeogue18.8 
 10. Killeen, Templeogue18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Provizors, DCU S.15.9 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian14.3 
 3. Turner, Killester13.9 
 4. Moreira, UCD M.13.9 
 5. Pantovic, Tralee12.8 
 6. Killeen, Templeogue12.8 
 7. Gil, Swords T.11.9 
 8. Freeman, Moycullen11.1 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee10.1 
 10. Lawson, UCC Demons10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.0 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian8.7 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.1 
 4. Bonaparte, Templ.6.7 
 5. Meany, UCD Marian6.7 
 6. Hosford, UCC D.6.1 
 7. Downey, UCC Demons6.1 
 8. Roe, Killester5.1 
 9. James, Templeogue4.4 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.8 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.1 
 3. Murphy, Templeogue3.1 
 4. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.1 
 5. Calvo, Swords T.2.5 
 6. Donaghy, Tralee2.4 
 7. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 8. Makarenko, DCU S.2.3 
 9. Howlin, UL Eagles2.3 
 10. James, Templeogue2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Maria GIL
  Swords T.
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gil, Swords T.2.9 
 2. Lawson, UCC Demons2.8 
 3. Killeen, Templeogue2.8 
 4. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.3 
 5. Pantovic, Tralee2.3 
 6. Turner, Killester2.1 
 7. Stith, Belfast Star2.0 
 8. Freeman, Moycullen1.9 
 9. Garrow, UCD Marian1.8 
 10. Bogdanovic, Tralee1.8 


Best players of Irish Super League round 12 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Grenadian Forward Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Templeogue and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 34-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed DCU Saints (#10, 3-9) with 23-point margin 98-75. It allowed Templeogue to consolidate first place in the Irish Super League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Templeogue still have not lost a single game, getting all 12 victories. In the team's last game Bonaparte had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Templeogue and it's hard to imagine this team without him. College of the Ozarks graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bonaparte is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.5ppg), assists (4th best: 6.7apg) and averages solid 55.3% FGP and 45.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old American Brian Edwards (201-C/F-80) of KUBS. Edwards impressed basketball fans with 37 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as KUBS lost that game 81-87 to the higher-ranked Moycullen (#7, 5-7). KUBS is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory KUBS managed to get this year. Edwards is well-known by KUBS fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#7). He also registered 8.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another KUBS's star - Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83). Foley showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Foley's great performance KUBS lost 81-87 to the higher-ranked Moycullen (#7, 5-7). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. KUBS can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Foley he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Foley has a very solid season. In 11 games in Ireland he scored 15.6ppg. He also has 8.4rpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 24 points and 9 rebounds
6. Adrian O'Sullivan (180-G-93) of UCC Demons - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) of UCC Demons - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Goran Pantovic (208-F-91) of Tralee - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of Killester - 12 points and 13 rebounds

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



Irish Super League round 11 best performance: Dustan Moreira - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dillon Stith (200-F-92) of Belfast Star - 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan Leonard (191-SF-98) of Tralee - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian - 13 points and 17 rebounds
8. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 18 points and 17 rebounds
10. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) of Tralee - 14 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  ISRAEL  


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dijon lands LaQuinton Ross, ex Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) tabbed 25-year old American forward LaQuinton Ross (203-100kg-92, college: Ohio State). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In three games he had 9.3ppg and 5.0rpg this season. The last season Ross played at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A where in 11 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 8.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Ross has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
His team made it to the Israeli Premier League Semifinals in 2016.
Ross has played also professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro).
He attended Ohio State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Elijah Johnson (ex Hapoel T-A) agreed terms with Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Elijah Johnson (192-88kg-90, college: Kansas). He supposed to play at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. Johnson managed to play in four leagues this year (!!!). He also spent pre-season at Cibona in Croatian A1 earlier that year. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Johnson had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In four Winner League games he recorded 11.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played 9 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.9apg. Johnson also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements Johnson's college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2013. He received also All-Big 12 Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Johnson has played also professionally in Greece (Panelefsiniakos), Poland (Anwil and Rosa) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Pertevniyal).
He attended University of Kansas until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An explosive guard who can play either one or two guard spots. Can get to the basket, yet has solid range from beyond the arc… Has an above average vertical leap, making him one of few guards that can finish plays above the rim.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Yavzuri is back at Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon (Winner League) signed 32-year old shooting guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-90kg-85). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Holon as he has played here before. Yavzuri started the season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League). In 8 games he had just 2.9ppg and 1.3rpg this season. Yavzuri helped them to make it to the cup final. The last season he played also at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv where in 23 Winner League games he recorded 6.6ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.4apg. Yavzuri contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Yavzuri also played 3 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.7ppg and 1.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Yavzuri was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg.
Yavzuri has played previously for three other teams: Galil Gilboa, Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Yokneam/Megido.
He could be described: One of the best shooters in Israel. High percentage 3 point shooter and good ball handling. Midlevel defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


AV Cantu eye Patrick Calathes - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maurienne signs Rayvonte Rice, ex Verona - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

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

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



Latina Basket signs Marco Passera - by Andrea Centenari

Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina Basket (Serie A2) signed experienced 35-year old ex-international point guard Marco Passera (180-74kg-82). He started the season at Germani Basket Brescia in Serie A. Passera helped his team get promotion to Serie A. He has played there for the last three years. Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he had just 0.5ppg this season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Passera played also at Brescia. In 50 Serie A2 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.7apg. He contributed to his team winning the Serie A2 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Passera was voted Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Newcomers Team back in 2009. He was a member of Italian Senior National Team back in 2003.
Passera has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Openjobmetis VA, Imola, Vigevano, Chieti, Betaland Cdo, Vanoli Cremona, Varese Robur and Piacenza Basket Club.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Latina Basket.
Passera could be described: A quickly improving PG, who could reach soon the elite level. He's tiny and very quick, but he's also a coach son (his dad is Franco Passera) and this helped a lot in completing his skills. Can score from outside and outside, passes very well and is very hard to stop, thanks to his ability to dish the ball in traffic. Not a case that his preferite player is Gianmarco Pozzecco....

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AV Cantu signs Patrick Calathes, ex Panathinaikos - by Andrea Centenari

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) signed 32-year old American (has also Greek passport) forward Patrick Calathes (207-104kg-85, college: St.Joseph's). He started the season at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. In 9 games he had just 2.7ppg and 2.8rpg this season. The last season Calathes played at BK Astana in Kazakhstan league where in 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 10.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3bpg. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 8.2rpg (#5 in the league), 2.5apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Calathes played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Forward of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Calathes has played previously professionally also in Israel (Maccabi Haifa).
He attended Saint Joseph's University until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IVORY COAST  


Allou's pro career starts at Al Jabil !! - by Ahmad Madwar

D1 newcomer Al Jabil tabbed 30-year old Ivorian power forward Jordan Allou (200-93kg-87). just graduated from Montana State University (NCAA). Allou missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Allou helped his team to make it to the NJCAA D1 Final Four in 2010.
He is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dalia Sport Grombalia signs Willy Kouassi !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Dalia Sport Grombalia (Division I) signed 26-year old Ivorian ex-international center Willy Kouassi (208-104kg-91, college: Arkansas).
He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships U18 in Egypt nine years ago.
Kouassi graduated from University of Arkansas in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAPAN  

Standings - JBL

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

Regular Season: Round 30

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

Regular Season: Round 31

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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

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


Standings - BJ League

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

Regular Season: Round 30

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

Regular Season: Round 31

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


BJ League Stats Leaders

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


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

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

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


Bambitious Nara - Fukushima 83-90

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


Nishinomiya S. - Kumamoto V. 77-84

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


Tokyo Z - Iwate Big Bulls 60-69

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


Ehime OV - Yamagata 60-64

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


Shimane SM - Aomori Watts 77-65

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


Shinshu BW - Kagoshima 94-76 OT

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





B League Round 30: Toshiba Thunders beat Chiba Jets by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Third-ranked Chiba Jets (19-10) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Toshiba Thunders (25-4) on Saturday. The visitors from Kanagawa managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected easier game. Chiba Jets were trailing by 15 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Toshiba Thunders, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Chiba Jets to just 7 points in first quarter. Toshiba Thunders made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Toshiba Thunders especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) contributed with 27 points for the winners. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for Chiba Jets. Toshiba Thunders maintains first position with 25-4 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the third place with ten games lost. Toshiba Thunders are looking forward to face Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) in Tokyo in the next round. Chiba Jets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth-ranked Hokkaido L. (7-22) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (13-16) in Saporro. The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Shuhei Kitagawa chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) with 21 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ryukyu GK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Hokkaido L. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Akita NH. Ryukyu GK will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (22-5) which hosted in Tokyo 3rd ranked Niigata Albirex (15-14). First ranked Toyota Alvark managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. Troy Gillenwater notched 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Toyota Alvark's coach Takuma Ito used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds by Davante Gardner did not help to save the game for Niigata Albirex. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-5 record. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. Toyota Alvark will meet Sendai 89ers (#4) on the road in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (22-5) which hosted in Tokyo 3rd ranked Niigata Albirex (15-14). First ranked Toyota Alvark managed to get a 9-point victory 77-68. The best player for the winners was Diante Garrett who scored 16 points. Toyota Alvark's coach Takuma Ito allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-5 record. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Sendai 89ers (#4) on the road. Niigata Albirex will play against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Tochigi Brex (21-6) which played road game in Nagoya against second-best Diamond Dolphins (18-11). Second ranked Tochigi Brex had an easy win 77-59. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Diamond Dolphins. It was a good game for Ryan Rossiter who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds. Tochigi Brex keeps a position of league leader, which they share with SeaHorses. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second place with 11 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Diamond Dolphins will play against Shiga L-Stars and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 30: Kyoto Hannar. were beaten by Yokohama BC on the road 74-64. Yokohama BC won against Kyoto Hannar. on its own court 83-75. Sanen managed to outperform Shiga L-Stars in Hamamatsu 82-64.
The most impressive performance of 30th round was 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists by Kevin Kotzur of Kyoto Hannar..


Yokohama BC - Kyoto Hannar. 74-64

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Yokohama BC (11-18) beat at home one of their biggest challengers Kyoto Hannar. (13-16) 74-64 on Tuesday. 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 74-64. Yokohama BC made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Kyoto Hannar. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-Bulgarian center Jason Washburn (210-90, college: Utah, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Yokohama BC's coach Taketo Aoki used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Yokohama BC maintains fifth position with 11-18 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Yokohama BC will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: K.Kotzur 25+16reb+5ast, Y.Okada 10+4reb+4ast, T.Sato 6+5reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 6+3reb, S.Murakami 6+1ast, L.Hill 5+4reb
Yokohama BC: J.Washburn 24+7reb+1ast, J.Parmer 16+6reb+6ast, M.Hosoya 8+2reb, P.Faye 6+10reb, K.Takeda 6+3reb+1ast, K.Yamada 5
gschID: 474773


Yokohama BC - Kyoto Hannar. 83-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Kyoto Hannar. (13-16) lost on the road to fifth ranked Yokohama BC (11-18) 83-75 on Monday. Kyoto Hannar. trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 31-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-83 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. American forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Hill (203-87, college: Stanford) added 12 points in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Yokohama BC maintains fifth position with 11-18 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Yokohama BC will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: K.Kotzur 21+15reb+4ast, L.Hill 12+4reb, K.Yamabuchi 11+1reb+2ast, T.Sato 8+1reb+1ast, S.Murakami 8+4reb+2ast, H.Kawashima 7+1reb+3ast
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 20+3reb+2ast, K.Yamada 15+3reb, J.Parmer 14+11reb+3ast, K.Takeda 10+1reb, J.Washburn 8+6reb+2ast, K.Takashima 6+4reb
gschID: 474772


Toyota Alvark - Niigata Albirex 82-76

An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (22-5) which hosted in Tokyo 3rd ranked Niigata Albirex (15-14). First ranked Toyota Alvark managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 46-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) notched 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) supported him with 12 points and 7 assists. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Toyota Alvark's coach Takuma Ito used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds by American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Niigata Albirex. Kimitake Sato (186-84) added 20 points. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-5 record. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. Toyota Alvark will meet Sendai 89ers (#4) on the road in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 30+10reb+2ast, K.Sato 20+4reb, C.Chapman 14+7reb+1ast, S.Hatakeyama 4+4reb, K.Igarashi 3+4reb+8ast, Y.Ikeda 3+1reb
Toyota Alvark: T.Gillenwater 20+5reb+2ast, Z.Baranski 13+2reb, D.Tanaka 12+3reb+7ast, D.Garrett 11+5reb+4ast, S.Kikuchi 11+5reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 10+10reb+1ast
gschID: 474771


Toyota Alvark - Niigata Albirex 77-68

An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (22-5) which hosted in Tokyo 3rd ranked Niigata Albirex (15-14). First ranked Toyota Alvark managed to get a 9-point victory 77-68. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-14 Niigata Albirex's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-68 at the end of the game. Toyota Alvark made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who scored 16 points. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (191-84) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Toyota Alvark's coach Takuma Ito allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-5 record. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Sendai 89ers (#4) on the road. Niigata Albirex will play against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 20+6reb+3ast, C.Chapman 17+11reb+1ast, S.Hatakeyama 12+2reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 8+3reb+1ast, T.You 5+4reb, K.Sato 4+3reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 16+1reb+2ast, T.Gillenwater 14+3reb, D.Tanaka 12+2reb, S.Kikuchi 10+5reb+2ast, A.Naymick 8+7reb, J.Takeuchi 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 474770


Shiga L-Stars - Sanen 64-82

Rather predictable result when third ranked Sanen Neophoenix (16-13) won against on the road 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (6-23) 82-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sanen Neophoenix. Shiga L-Stars was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Shiga L-Stars 36-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sanen Neophoenix made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks. Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) contributed with 6 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American center David Weaver (207-87, college: Wake Forest) replied with 20 points and Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points and 8 assists in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sanen Neophoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Shiga L-Stars lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 23 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face Toyama Grouses (#6) at home in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against the league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: D.Weaver 20+4reb, T.Hasegawa 12+4reb, J.Mavunga 10+1reb+8ast, Y.Karino 6+3reb+1ast, N.Namizato 6+1reb+3ast, S.Faye 4+2reb
Sanen: R.Dozier 28+10reb+4ast, J.Kano 12+3reb, S.Okada 10+3reb+4ast, S.Ohishi 9+2reb+1ast, O.Ashaolu 6+11reb+1ast, A.Ota 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 474769


Nagoya DD - Tochigi Brex 59-77

An interesting game for Tochigi Brex (21-6) which played road game in Nagoya against second-best Diamond Dolphins (18-11). Second ranked Tochigi Brex had an easy win 77-59. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Diamond Dolphins. 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 77-59. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Diamond Dolphins' 30. It was a good game for American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds. The other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Guard Takaya Sasayama (178-93) replied with 13 points and Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) added 13 points in the effort for Diamond Dolphins. Tochigi Brex keeps a position of league leader, which they share with SeaHorses. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second place with 11 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Diamond Dolphins will play against Shiga L-Stars and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Bachynski 13+3reb, T.Sasayama 13+3reb+2ast, T.Ishizaki 9+3reb, T.Harimoto 7+4reb, T.Nakatsuka 6+3reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 4+4reb
Tochigi Brex: J.Gibbs 17+11reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 13+1ast, Y.Tabuse 11+2reb+1ast, R.Rossiter 10+19reb+3ast, N.Kumagae 9+1reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 6
gschID: 474768


Chiba Jets - Toshiba BT 82-84

Third-ranked Chiba Jets (19-10) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Toshiba Thunders (25-4) on Saturday. The visitors from Kanagawa managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected easier game. Chiba Jets were trailing by 15 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Toshiba Thunders, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Chiba Jets to just 7 points in first quarter. Toshiba Thunders made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Toshiba Thunders especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) contributed with 27 points for the winners. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) added 20 points and 6 assists in the effort for Chiba Jets. Five Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders maintains first position with 25-4 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the third place with ten games lost. Toshiba Thunders are looking forward to face Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) in Tokyo in the next round. Chiba Jets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: Y.Togashi 20+4reb+6ast, M.Parker 19+13reb, T.Stone 14+8reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 12+5reb+2ast, R.Ono 11+3reb+1ast, S.Ito 4+1reb
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+12reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 27+2reb+1ast, R.Spangler 12+12reb+5ast, R.Shinoyama 6+2reb+6ast, T.Hasegawa 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Fujii 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 474767


Hokkaido L. - Ryukyu GK 74-76

Fourth-ranked Hokkaido L. (7-22) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (13-16) in Saporro. The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hokkaido L. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Shuhei Kitagawa (185-85) chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) with 21 points and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 9 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ryukyu GK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Hokkaido L. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Akita NH. Ryukyu GK will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 21+4reb+3ast, D.Noguchi 10+3reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 9+2reb+3ast, T.Orimo 9+1reb+5ast, J.Thorpe 8+6reb, Y.Matsushima 6+3reb+2ast
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 22+5reb+2ast, S.Kitagawa 18+3reb, L.Hamilton 10+8reb+3ast, S.Tsuyama 6, R.Kishimoto 5+3reb+3ast, M.Yamauchi 3
gschID: 474766





B League D2 Round 30: Nishinomiya S. defeat leader Kumamoto V. - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kumamoto V. (23-5) in Hyogo on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Nishinomiya S. (19-9) 80-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Nishinomiya S.. Kumamoto V. managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for Kumamoto V.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nishinomiya S. maintains second position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Fukushima, which they share with Gunma. Kumamoto V. at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. Nishinomiya S. is looking forward to face Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Kumamoto V. will play at home against Bambitious Nara and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Yamagata (14-14) against fourth ranked Orange Vikings (11-17) on Tuesday night. Visiting Yamagata was defeated by Orange Vikings in a tough game in Matsuyama 67-74. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Yoshihumi Nakajima chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Masanari Masanari (186-91) with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Yamagata's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Orange Vikings maintains fourth position with 11-17 record. Yamagata at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Orange Vikings will play against league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Yamagata will play at home against Shimane Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League D2 top team - Fukushima (20-8) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Bambitious Nara (8-20) 80-66. Cedric Bozeman notched 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by Andy Ogide did not help to save the game for Bambitious Nara. Fukushima maintains first position with 20-8 record. Loser Bambitious Nara dropped to the sixth place with 20 games lost. Fukushima will meet at home league's second-placed Dragonflies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bambitious Nara will play against the league's leader Kumamoto V. (#1) and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 30: Kagoshima were beaten by Shinshu BW on the road 84-77. Tokyo Z won against Iwate Big Bulls on its own court 64-60. Aomori Watts unfortunately lost to Shimane SM in a road game 73-81.


Ehime OV - Yamagata 74-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Yamagata (14-14) against fourth ranked Orange Vikings (11-17) on Tuesday night. Visiting Yamagata was defeated by Orange Vikings in a tough game in Matsuyama 67-74. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 15-11 Yamagata's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-67 at the end of the game. Orange Vikings dominated on the defensive end, holding Yamagata to just 3 points in second quarter. They made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while Yamagata only scored nine points from the stripe. Yamagata was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Yoshihumi Nakajima (176-90) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Masanari Masanari (186-91) with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Shusuke Yamamoto (174-93) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Yamagata's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Orange Vikings maintains fourth position with 11-17 record. Yamagata at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Orange Vikings will play against league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Yamagata will play at home against Shimane Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: C.Williams 13+14reb+1ast, T.Yoshihiko 12+3reb+5ast, Y.Nakajima 11+9reb+1ast, T.Kasahara 9+5reb+2ast, T.Tatsuhiko 9+5reb+1ast, J.Crawford 9+3reb
Yamagata: S.Kento 16+1reb+1ast, M.Masanari 12+6reb+4ast, S.Yamamoto 10+6reb+4ast, M.Izawa 8+1reb+2ast, M.Sanders-Frison 6+10reb+2ast, S.Tarver 6+2reb
gschID: 523194


Bambitious Nara - Fukushima 66-80

B League D2 top team - Fukushima (20-8) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Bambitious Nara (8-20) 80-66. The game was mostly controlled by Fukushima. Bambitious Nara managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fukushima won last quarter 22-10. American guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) notched 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) supported him with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) did not help to save the game for Bambitious Nara. Guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Fukushima maintains first position with 20-8 record. Loser Bambitious Nara dropped to the sixth place with 20 games lost. Fukushima will meet at home league's second-placed Dragonflies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bambitious Nara will play against the league's leader Kumamoto V. (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: C.Bozeman 19+6reb+1ast, S.Kanno 17+2reb+2ast, K.Tomori 10+3reb+3ast, N.Spikes 9+10reb+4ast, D.Kirk 8+5reb+1ast, A.Nogami 7+2reb
Bambitious Nara: A.Ogide 17+9reb, S.Komatsu 15+6reb+2ast, A.Hirao 9+3reb+4ast, R.Boykin 7+7reb+3ast, H.Mato 6+3reb, J.Honda 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 523192


Nishinomiya S. - Kumamoto V. 80-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kumamoto V. (23-5) in Hyogo on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Nishinomiya S. (19-9) 80-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Nishinomiya S.. Kumamoto V. managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kumamoto V.Five Nishinomiya S. and four Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nishinomiya S. maintains second position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Fukushima, which they share with Gunma. Kumamoto V. at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. Nishinomiya S. is looking forward to face Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Kumamoto V. will play at home against Bambitious Nara and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: N.Tani 19+4reb+5ast, D.Burns 13+1reb+2ast, T.Yanagawa 13+2reb+5ast, J.Vandenberg 12+7reb+3ast, N.Douhara 12+8reb+1ast, J.Taniguchi 4+5reb
Kumamoto V.: J.James 15+8reb, R.Warren 14+12reb+1ast, T.Furuno 13+3reb+2ast, R.Nakanishi 11+7reb+1ast, T.Takahama 8, M.Fukuda 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523191


Shinshu BW - Kagoshima 84-77

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Shinshu BW (10-19) beat 6th ranked Kagoshima (3-25) in Nagano 84-77 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kagoshima won third quarter 26-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shinshu BW made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Kagoshima outrebounded Shinshu BW 49-30 including 20 on the offensive glass. American forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: Auburn) notched 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Will Carter (200-88, college: San Jose St., agency: HMS) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) did not help to save the game for Kagoshima. American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) added 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kagoshima's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shinshu BW maintains fourth position with 10-19 record. Loser Kagoshima keeps the sixth place with 25 games lost. Shinshu BW will meet Aomori Watts (#5) on the road in the next round. Kagoshima will play against the league's second-placed Gunma and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: J.Dollard 23+7reb+3ast, W.Carter 19+9reb+1ast, Y.Yosuke 13+1reb+3ast, S.Uesugi 11+2reb+1ast, T.Hiroaki 11+2reb+2ast, T.Takato 6+1reb+3ast
Kagoshima: R.Nakazono 14+4reb, T.Murphy 12+9reb+2ast, C.Maduabum 12+14reb+2ast, H.Fujita 12+3reb+1ast, K.Sameshima 10+4reb+7ast, K.Matsuzaki 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523190


Tokyo Z - Iwate Big Bulls 64-60

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (7-21) lost on the road to third ranked Tokyo Z (11-18) 64-60 on Tuesday. Iwate Big Bulls were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Shinji Akiba (185-93) supported him with 18 points. Four Tokyo Z players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds by American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) did not help to save the game for Iwate Big Bulls. Swingman Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) added 14 points and 5 assists. Iwate Big Bulls' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tokyo Z maintains third position with 11-18 record having ten points less than leader Fukushima. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the sixth place with 21 games lost. Tokyo Z will meet Kagawa FA (#5) in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's leader Toyotsu FE in Nagoya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: S.Akiba 18+4reb+1ast, S.Watanabe 14+5reb, W.Creekmore 13+15reb+4ast, K.Irabu 10+1reb+1ast, D.Jones 6+4reb+2ast, S.Takayama 3+8reb
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Sawaguchi 14+3reb+5ast, D.Lawson 13+17reb+1ast, K.Nagata 12+6reb+1ast, S.Chiba 9+4reb+1ast, S.Onodera 3+5reb, Y.Kodera 3
gschID: 523189


Shimane SM - Aomori Watts 81-73

Rather predictable result when third ranked Shimane Magic (21-6) won against at home 5th ranked Aomori Watts (12-16) 81-73 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 29-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic forced 19 Aomori Watts turnovers. American players dominated the game. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) supported him with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks by center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) did not help to save the game for Aomori Watts. Forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) added 16 points. Four Aomori Watts players scored in double figures. Aomori Watts' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shimane Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-6 record behind leader Fukushima. Loser Aomori Watts keep the fifth place with 16 games lost. Shimane Magic will meet Yamagata (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Aomori Watts will play against Shinshu BW and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 20+12reb+1ast, W.Marshall 20+14reb+2ast, J.Abe 10+2ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 8+3reb+2ast, T.Hiroaki 7+1reb+3ast, R.Reid 5+5reb+2ast
Aomori Watts: A.Wiggins 16+3reb+1ast, K.Barone 16+14reb+4ast, N.Norisato 14+4reb, D.Shimoyama 12+4reb, R.Yamaguchi 7+2reb, T.Kan 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523193





Best players of Japanese B League D2 round 29 - by Eurobasket News

American Will Carter (200-F-88, agency: HMS) had a great game in the last round for Shinshu BW and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team crushed Kagoshima (#6, 3-25) with 18-point margin in overtime 94-76. Shinshu BW maintains the 4th position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Shinshu BW is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-19 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Carter as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Will Carter averages this season 11.4ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-F-91) of Kagoshima. Maduabum impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Kagoshima lost that overtime game 76-94 to slightly higher-ranked Shinshu BW (#4, 10-19). Kagoshima managed to keep the same 6th spot in West. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Kagoshima managed to get this year. Maduabum is a newcomer at Kagoshima and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Takumi Furuno (179-PG-93) of top-ranked Kumamoto V.. Furuno showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kumamoto V., leading his team to a 84-77 win against #2 ranked Nishinomiya S. in a game of the week. Kumamoto V. confirms their top position in West. Furuno has a great season in Japan. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.5apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nigel Spikes (208-C-89) of Fukushima - 17 points and 13 rebounds
5. Andy Ogide (204-F-87) of Bambitious Nara - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Noriaki Douhara (178-PG-89) of Nishinomiya S. - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nicchaeus Doaks (201-F/C-87) of Iwate Big Bulls - 16 points and 18 rebounds
8. Shinya Murakami (172-PG-91) of Fukushima - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Shota Kanno (187-G-92) of Fukushima - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Deon Jones (198-G-93) of Tokyo Z - 25 points and 3 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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Nantes add Kuksiks to their roster, ex Ventspils - by Philippe Burstert

Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) added to their roster 29-year old Latvian ex-international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-95kg-88, college: Arizona State, agency: HMS). He started the season at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 8 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg this season. Kuksiks also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.0rpg. The last season he played at Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A. In 24 games he had 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.3apg. Kuksiks also played 16 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The other team Kuksiks played shortly was BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 6 games he got impressive 16.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention back in 2011 at his college time.
Kuksiks was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
Kuksiks represented Latvia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Kuksiks is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Avtodor and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Valencia Basket and Gipuzkoa) and Ukraine (Budivelnyk).
Kuksiks attended Arizona State until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Kuksiks: A shooter, with great 3-pts range and a clutch mentality. Showed the ability to stretch defenses with his three-point shooting on the college level, he could become one of the best pure shooters in Europe.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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



Denzel Bowles (ex Al Naser) joins Moutahed !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 28-year old American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-116kg-89, college: JMU, agency: Stealth Sport). He started the season at Al Naser in UAE D1 league. The last summer Bowles played at Leones in Puerto Rican BSN where in 16 games he had 14.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6bpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bowles' team made it to the PBA Commissioner's Cup Final Four in 2013 and 2015. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Bowles is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in five different countries. Bowles tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Siauliai), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Venezuela (Marinos), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers) and China (Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank and Jilin Tigers).
Bowles attended James Madison University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lithuanian LKL round 17 best performance: Mindaugas Lukauskis - by Eurobasket News

Former international Guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Lietkabelis, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 37-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Lietuvos rytas (#3, 12-5) 93-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Lietkabelis maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian LKL. They are still close to the very top. Lietkabelis would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 14-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Lukauskis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Mindaugas Lukauskis averages this season 11.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Drew Gordon (205-F-90) of Lietuvos rytas. Gordon had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Lietuvos rytas lost that game 85-93 to slightly higher-ranked Lietkabelis (#2, 14-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lietuvos rytas still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Gordon is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Dzukija (#9). Kazakauskas scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Kazakauskas' great performance Dzukija lost 72-79 to the higher-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (#5, 8-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Dzukija can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kazakauskas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kazakauskas has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derrick Low (191-PG-86) of P.Zvaigzdes - 16 points and 11 assists
5. Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) of Neptunas - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. David Logan (185-G-82) of Lietuvos rytas - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C/F-89) of Juventus - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Mindaugas Kupsas (217-C-91) of Vytautas - 11 points and 7 rebounds
9. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) of P.Zvaigzdes - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Arturas Valeika (207-F-85) of Vytautas - 11 points and 8 rebounds

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



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

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

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


Zalgiris - Nevezis 89-62

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


Juventus - Vytautas 73-76

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


Lietuvos rytas - Neptunas 78-75

Fifth-ranked Neptunas (8-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Lietuvos rytas (12-5) in Vilnius on Friday. Lietuvos rytas managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. Neptunas was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 28-19 charge of Lietuvos rytas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas' coach Tomas Pacesas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard Larry Drew II (188-90, college: UCLA) scored 7 points and 11 assists. Lietuvos rytas maintains third place with 12-5 record having four points less than leader Zalgiris. Neptunas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with P.Zvaigzdes. Lietuvos rytas are looking forward to face Nevezis (#8) in Kedainiai in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Neptunas will play on the road against Vytautas in Prienai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: D.Gailius 14+5reb+1ast, D.Logan 13+3reb+8ast, J.Jucikas 13+2reb, D.Gordon 11+12reb+2ast, C.Fisher 8+2reb+3ast, C.Hannah 5+1reb+2ast
Neptunas: J.Grant 12+13reb+2ast, M.Girdziunas 11+2reb+2ast, O.Johnson 10+3reb, J.Baron 10+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 9+5reb, M.Mazeika 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 491526


P.Zvaigzdes - Dzukija 79-72

Rather expected game in Pasvalys where 9th ranked Dzukija (4-13) was defeated by seventh ranked P.Zvaigzdes (8-9) 79-72. Dzukija was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Strangely Dzukija outrebounded P.Zvaigzdes 34-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American point guard Derrick Low (191-86, college: Washington St., agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 assists. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Osvaldas Macernis (200-82) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Dzukija. Five P.Zvaigzdes and four Dzukija players scored in double figures. Dzukija's coach Andrej Urlep rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. P.Zvaigzdes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Neptunas. Dzukija lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. P.Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be Juventus (#7) in Utena. Dzukija will play at home against Siauliai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: O.Olisevicius 17+7reb+3ast, D.Low 16+1reb+11ast, A.Agafonov 11+1reb+1ast, J.Tamulis 11+2reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 10+6reb+2ast, E.Zabas 7+1ast
Dzukija: J.Kazakauskas 17+10reb+1ast, G.Navickas 13+3reb+2ast, O.Macernis 13+9reb, P.Morkeliunas 13+2reb+2ast, J.Gavin 5, K.Guscikas 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 529495


Lietkabelis - Lietuvos rytas 93-85

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





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Falzon starts his pro career at Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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UA-BASCO claim Cup title - by Eurobasket News

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




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Nikola Korac joins KB Bashkimi from Prizren - by Darko Pekic

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

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



Ibar Rozaje inks Damon Bates - by Darko Pekic

KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Damon Bates (186-84kg-93, college: J.and Wales, CO). He played last summer at Miami in Eurobasket Summer League in Orlando, which is considered top international summer league on the market. In 25 ESL games he had 9.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.9apg. Bates also played for New York in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas 1 that season.
He graduated from Johnson and Wales Univ., CO in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Hornets waive Aaron Harrison - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Phi.76ers released Thompson - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers released 26-year old small forward Hollis Thompson (203-96kg-91, college: Georgetown). Thompson has played there for the last four years. In 31 NBA games he had 5.5ppg and 2.6rpg this season. He played there last season where in 77 NBA games he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg.
Thompson has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2010. Thompson was also voted NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Thompson has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Oklahoma City Thunder) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended Georgetown University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Thompson could be described: Full name is Keith Hollis Thompson II ... A native of Pasadena, California ... The son of Debra Shaw and Keith Thompson ... Has two older siblings, Bryan and Brandi, and two younger, Courtney and Christian.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Booker, Chriss lead Suns past short-handed Heat, 99-90 - by Eurobasket News

The last time the Phoenix Suns beat the Miami Heat, Devin Booker (6'6''-SG-96, college: Kentucky) was 13 years old and rookie Marquese Chriss (6'9''-F-97, college: Washington) was 12. So the Suns' 99-90 victory Tuesday night was a long time coming. Booker scored 27 points - 18 in the second half - and Chriss added a career-best 18 as Phoenix handed the undermanned Heat their sixth consecutive loss. The Suns snapped a 12-game losing streak against Miami. Phoenix hadn't beaten the Heat since Nov. 3, 2009. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86), who missed three of the previous four games with lower back spasms, scored 22 in the first half for Miami before his back tightened up in the second. "I felt like I didn't move so well anymore," he said. Dragic finished with 24 points. He just about had to play, though, because he was one of Miami's eight available players. Willie Reed (6'10''-F/C-90, college: St.Louis) had 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Heat, both career highs. Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-PG-89, college: Kentucky) added 17 points for the Suns, who stretched a four-point halftime lead to 19 in the second half. Phoenix, playing on consecutive nights after a road loss to the Clippers on Monday, wore down Miami in the second half. "That was the game plan going in," Booker said. "But we couldn't take them lightly. They started out with a short lead but we kept fighting, we kept pushing and finally came out with the win." Booker shot 3 of 7 in the first half and 6 of 12 in the second, including 3 for 5 on 3-pointers. "Just trying to find the flow," he said. "I came in at halftime, everybody thought I was being passive. I just tried to be a little more aggressive, at the same time always trying to make the right play, which is tough. You've got to go through trial and error in this league." Miami scored 14 points in the third quarter. "That's the type of effort we need," Phoenix coach Earl Watson said. "We understand that defense has to be our foundation in order to change our culture, in order to achieve something greater than just scoring points and having our name in the paper." The Heat led by nine early and were up 42-37 on Dragic's inside basket with 8:34 left in the first half, but Bledsoe and Chriss sank consecutive 3s in a 9-0 spurt that put Phoenix up 46-42 when Booker made one of two free throws 3:13 before the break. Dragic cut the lead to 54-52 with a left-handed driving layup with 9.3 seconds left before Bledsoe's two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining put the Suns up 56-52 at the break. The Suns opened the second half with an 11-3 run and were up 79-62 when Booker sank a 28-foot 3-pointer with 1:59 left in the third quarter. Phoenix led 83-66 entering the fourth. "We struggled to score. We struggled to get good looks," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I am not absolving us from that, but what I want to see us do is be able to defend during that stretch and be able to hold them to under 40 percent - make it ugly and be a stone's throw away in the fourth quarter." Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina)'s 3 cut the Suns' lead to 85-74 with 8:13 to play, but Booker sank a 3-pointer with 6:36 remaining to boost the lead back to 14. Miami cut it to eight in the final two minutes but got no closer.
Courtesy of: miamiherald.com



Covington's buzzer-beater lifts 76ers over Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas)'s most valuable role was as a decoy. Robert Covington (6'9''-F-90, college: Tennessee St.) made a fall-away shot off an inbounds pass set up by Embiid's screen with 0.2 seconds left to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 93-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. "We've been working on that for a long time," Embiid said. With everyone on the Minnesota bench to the fans in the last row expecting Embiid to get the ball, he instead set the high screen on Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas) that helped free Covington for the acrobatic winner . Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) hit Covington, who had been booed most of the game, for the decisive bucket that sent the crowd of 17,124 into a frenzy. The 76ers couldn't even believe they won - the scoreboard read Wolves 94, Sixers 93 after the final horn. The Sixers needed the late basket after they blew a 26-point lead and seemed headed to overtime. Ricky Rubio, just a 26 percent 3-point shooter, buried one with 1.6 seconds left that tied it at 91. Covington, who missed all 11 shots last week at Utah, was booed after he airballed an early 3 and the fans never stopped as each shot clanked off the rim. "I'm never going to give in to what others say about me," Covington said. Embiid, who led the Sixers with 25 points, again showed that the NBA's top rookie just might play on one of the league's worst teams. Embiid has won over Philly with his humor on social media and colorful quotes as he chases A-list celebrities for potential dates. He'll be a bigger hit if he helps the Sixers win more games. Embiid waved his arms and encouraged fans to get louder when they chanted his nickname "The Process," and he later baited Karl-Anthony Towns into a technical foul. When the Sixers' 26-point lead was whittled to 11 late in the third quarter, Embiid made a steal and fed Nik Stauskas (6'6''-SG-93, college: Michigan) for a 3-pointer that seemed to steady the offense. Towns had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, and Zach LaVine (6'5''-G-95, college: UCLA) scored 28. Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said the Timberwolves continued to struggle playing a complete 48 minutes - especially that final fateful second. "We wanted the ball to go away from the basket. That didn't happen," he said. "We needed some help on the curl and we didn't get it." Embiid, who sat out two seasons recovering from a broken foot, was named before the game the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for the second time this season. Embiid averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 10 games - numbers that could be even better had the Sixers not placed minutes restrictions on him and held him out in at least one game of back-to-backs. "He feels like this is his program," coach Brett Brown said. Even with concern over the 7-footer's health, the Sixers have made a big push for fans to tweet, hashtag and vote Embiid onto the East All-Star team. "I think he deserves it," Brown said. "I think the health risk is becoming increasingly less, as I'm advised." Embiid's popularity is soaring in a city desperate to cheer for competitive basketball. The big man had fans going wild in the second quarter. He pump-faked at the 3-point line, drove the lane and dished to Nerlens Noel on his right. Noel hit him back for a shot and was fouled. Towns airballed a 3 during a Minnesota run in the third, and Embiid was quick to pounce. Towns cursed near a referee as Embiid gleefully egged him on for the technical. Embiid, naturally, made the free throw. He stripped former Kansas teammate Wiggins later in the quarter and hit Stauskas for the 3. Embiid's dunk over Towns late in the fourth made it 88-80, and he flexed his muscle a bit and cupped his hand to his ear to hear the crowd like Allen Iverson. The Sixers have struggled with which natural center to pair with Embiid. Jahlil Okafor sat out the first quarter and Noel was benched for the third as the Sixers try to find the right big man to match with Embiid for the long haul.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com




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

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



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

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



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

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



Barnes leads Mavericks to 113-105 win over Wizards - by Eurobasket News

After a disappointing 2016, the Dallas Mavericks started the new year off on the right foot. Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) scored 26 points and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) added 21 as the Mavericks rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 113-105 on Tuesday night. Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) had 17 points and Seth Curry 16 for Dallas, which went 10-24 before the New Year. Williams, Harris and Curry all hit four 3-pointers as Dallas made 17-of-32 from long range. Six Mavericks scored in double figures, including Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78), who started at center and chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds. "We've got to find ways to win right now," Nowitzki said. "We want to make some ground up this month. Whoever's number is called has to be ready." John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) led Washington with 27 points and Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) added 25 for the Wizards, who fell to 1-6 on the second half of back-to-back games. They lost to Houston on Monday night. Dallas trailed by nine points in the third quarter before rallying on the strength of 11-for-16 3-point shooting in the second half. "If we shoot the way we shot tonight, we're pretty good," Harris said. Trailing 88-87, the Mavericks scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter and led 110-100 on Barnes' 3-pointer with 2:51 to play. The Wizards shaved the lead to five, but Beal missed a 3-pointer and then Wall missed two 3s, any of which would cut the lead to two before Barnes made another 3 with 24.3 seconds left to put the game away. "We had a great situation, a great opportunity to come in and take advantage of it, and we didn't," Beal said.
Courtesy of: thestate.com



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River Lions rebound against Express - by Eurobasket News

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



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

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



Mike Rostampour (ex Prievidza) is a newcomer at Highlanders - by Eurobasket News

NBL Canada newcomer Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) added to their roster 26-year old American (has also Iranian passport) forward Mike Rostampour (203-109kg-91, college: Omaha). He played last season at BC Prievidza in Slovakian SBL league. In 45 games he recorded 8.6ppg and 6.4rpg. Rostampour helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Rostampour also played 5 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged 12.2ppg and 6.4rpg (#5 in the league). He was voted Eurobasket.com Alpe Adria Cup All-Imports Team in 2016.
Rostampour graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Orangeville splits two-game basketball set against Windsor - by Eurobasket News

The Orangeville A's split a two-game set against the Windsor Express when they dropped a narrow 95-94 loss Friday (Dec. 30). It was the second of a pair of games against Windsor after Orangeville notched a commanding 105-93 victory in the home-opener of their 2016-17 National Basketball League of Canada regular season campaign at Athlete Institute on Dec. 29. It was the season's first win for Windsor, who played on home hardwood for the set's second game. Orangeville did most of their damage inside the paint while Windsor relied on outside scoring. Every basket had a response and the stats were practically identical on both ends but the A's managed to take a small 25-21 lead into the second quarter. Early into the 2nd frame the A's took a 10-point lead early into the second quarter. Thanks to a few timely steals, the A's held Windsor to only 19 points and prevented them from getting their offence going. The A's Rahlir Jefferson was the standout of the first half and scored at will when attacking the rim. After 24 minutes of play, the A's were up 50-40. Windsor put a stop to Orangeville running away with the game. The Express potted 29 points in the second half. Going into the final quarter, the momentum shifted to Windsor's favour despite the A's still being up 76-69. Their lead was quickly erased in the first few minutes and the game was tied at 78 before the clock hit the nine-minute mark. Unfortunately for Orangeville, they made timely mistakes of their own that allowed Windsor to take their first lead since the beginning of the 2nd quarter. The A's had possession of the ball down 94-95 with a few seconds left and the chance to steal the victory but couldn't sink the buzzer beater as time expired.
Courtesy of: orangeville.com



Moncton Miracles tab Melvin Johnson III - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) inked 27-year old American guard Melvin Johnson III (198-77kg-90, college: Arkansas State). He played most recently at Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in the U.S. In only one game he had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal last season. Johnson III also played that season for another team Maine Red Claws in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. But in only one game he recorded just 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 assist.
Three years ago he was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in first round (13th overall).
Johnson III attended Arkansas State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Johnson III received also All-Sun Belt 3rd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Johnson III has played also professionally for other D-League teams like Texas Legends, Reno Bighorns, Delaware 87ers and Raptors 905 Missisauga.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moncton Miracles released Williams - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) released 25-year old American point guard Hunter Williams (183-75kg-92, college: Troy). But in three NBL Canada games he had just 1.0ppg this season.
The last season Williams played at Chernomorets in Bulgarian NBL where in 15 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and averaged 3.4rpg, 5.2apg (top 4) and 1.1spg.
He was named to Bulgarian League All-Star Game in 2016.
Williams graduated from Troy University in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moncton Miracles cut Mike Malat - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) cut American guard Mike Malat (191-88kg, college: Missouri S&T). But in three NBL Canada games he averaged just 1.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3apg this season.
The last season Malat played at Cerignola Udas (Serie C Gold) in Italian league where in 36 games he had very impressive stats: 20.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 5.4apg.
He played in the final of ABA in 2013.
Malat has played previously professionally in IBA-PBL (Cent.Illinois D.) and ABA (N.Dallas V.).
He graduated from Missouri S&T in 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Windsor Express waived Patterson - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moncton Miracles ink Leon Sutton, ex Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) signed 29-year old American point guard Leon Sutton (185-88, college: Great Falls). He was supposed to play at Apollon in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Dec.'16. In only one game he recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals this season. The last summer Sutton played at Campo Mourao in Brazilian Liga Ouro where in 15 games he had 6.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Sutton has played previously professionally in D-League (Salt Lake City Stars) and Brazil (Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo and Lins).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Sutton attended University of Great Falls until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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USF fires head coach Orlando Antigua - by Eurobasket News

USF announced on Tuesday morning that head coach Orlando Antigua had been fired. Assistant coach Murry Bartow will take over as the interim head coach. 'After a thorough and deliberate review of our men's basketball program, a decision has been made to make a head coaching change,' athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. 'We will continue to provide all the resources and support necessary for our student-athletes and coaching staff to have success. A national search to find our next head coach will commence immediately.' USF is currently sitting at 6-7 on the season having lost their first two games in AAC play. Leading scorer Jahmal McMurry transferred out of the program last month after playing just three games this season; he was averaging 20.3 points on the year. Antigua and South Florida were also facing an NCAA investigation into academic fraud issues within the program. Oliver Antigua, Orlando's brother and a former assistant coach with the program, was fired over the summer in connection to the investigation. Antigua, a former Kentucky assistant coach, had won just 23 games in two-and-a-half seasons in Tampa. USF had originally tried to hire Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello to replace Stan Heath, but it was discovered that Masiello had written on his resume that he had graduated from Kentucky when, in fact, he did not complete his degree.
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Mykhailiuk gives No. 3 Kansas 90-88 win over K-State - by Eurobasket News

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (6'8''-G-97) claimed he had no idea whether he traveled during his coast-to-coast, buzzer-beating layup that gave No. 3 Kansas a dramatic 90-88 victory over Kansas State on Tuesday night. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber couldn't have been more certain. "I think everybody knows what happened. Want to see my phone? There's a hundred (messages)," Weber said. "Everybody knows what happened. I mean, it's obvious. The TV people came up to me. Everyone." Indeed, replays showed Mykhailiuk picking up his dribble shy of midcourt and taking four massive strides to the basket. But the officiating crew of Mike Stuart, Natalie Ray (6'0''-F) and Keith Kimble never blew a whistle, and traveling calls are not covered by instant replay. The game was over. Even if the controversy was certain to continue. "Svi showed some athletic ability there at the end," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I haven't seen it. I don't' know if he walked or not. I know everybody said he did. He may have, I don't know. But it still was a heck of an athletic play to get all the way to the hole." Josh Jackson matched a career high with 22 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists, and Landen Lucas (6'10''-F) added 18 points and 12 rebounds, as the Jayhawks (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) pushed their home winning streak to 50 in one of the closest games during that incredible streak. "It was a great play by Svi," Lucas said of the final play, which broke down on the inbounds. "It wasn't exactly what we drew up, but he improvised and made it happen." The Wildcats (13-2, 1-1) had the first chance to take the lead in the final seconds, but Dean Wade (6'10''-F-96) missed a 3-pointer and the ball bounced out of bounds with 5.6 ticks left on the clock. Kansas struggled to get the ball inbounds, but once it got into Mykhailiuk's hands, he used his long stride to carry him down the court - four of them, as it turned out. His winning basket gave him 11 points for the game, not to mention kept Self from losing to Kansas State for the second time at home. Wade matched a career high with 20 points. Wesley Iwundu (6'7''-F-94) finished with 17, Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown added 13 points apiece, and D.J. Johnson (6'9''-F-93) had 10. The Wildcats have often been shell-shocked by the Phog, the early minutes taking them right out of the game. But they never appeared to be intimidated by the atmosphere Tuesday night. In fact, it was Kansas State that raced to a 21-13 lead in the opening minutes. The Wildcats eventually cooled down from beyond the arc, where they hit four of their first five shots, and Kansas began to claw back. A big run midway through the half allowed the Jayhawks to take the lead, and they hit nine of their last 10 shots to forge a 52-42 halftime advantage. Kansas never trailed the rest of the way. Kansas State never made it easy. The Wildcats used a five-point trip thanks in part to a technical foul on Jackson to trim into a 56-48 deficit. Then, Johnson single-handedly got Lucas into foul trouble by bulldozing for baskets, robbing the Jayhawks of their best interior player for much of the half. Kansas State finally tied the game 84-all when Brown scored high off the glass in transition, but the Jayhawks went right back to Lucas, whose inside basket made it 86-84 with 1:27 to go. Back and forth it went: Stokes answered with two free throws - par for the course in a foul-filled game - only for Lucas to get his revenge by fouling out Johnson at the other end. And after his two free throws, Iwundu's basket tied it at 88 with 49 seconds to go. That set up the final, frantic play that ultimately overshadowed everything else.
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Interview | Ilker Er "I have the potential to face the best players" - by Ugur Turker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Kogi Wins 9th Ajanah Basketball Tourney - by Eurobasket News

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

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



Tyquan Stroman signs at Chautauqua Hurricanes - by Eurobasket

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

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Maksym Kulon joins Polonia Leszno - by Greg

1Liga newcomer Jamalex Polonia 1912 Leszno added to their roster 24-year old Polish guard Maksym Kulon (191-93). He played recently at Orli Prostejov in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 17 NBL games he recorded 3.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg this season. The last season Kulon played at Slask. But in 13 PLK games he averaged just 0.5ppg. He also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had only 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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R8 Basket AZS Politechnika Krakow lands Marcin Malczyk - by Greg

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siarka adds Grzegorz Malecki to their roster - by Greg

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

AZS Polfarmex Kutno (PLK) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard D.J. Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian State). He played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Feb.'16. In 22 games he had 11.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.7apg.
The previous (14-15) season Thompson played at Demir IBB (BSL) in Turkish league where in 42 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.1apg and 2.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 2nd Team.
Thompson's team won Southern Conference North Division Regular Season in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Thompson has played also professionally in France (STB Le Havre), Greece (AEK Athens and Ilysiakos), Poland (Anwil and AZS Koszalin) and Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye).
He attended Appalachian State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
Thompson could be described: Super quick scoring PG, with high basketball IQ. Virtually unstoppable. His size doesn't prevent him from being one of the best defenders around. His tenacious defense & his quick hands allow him to steal many balls from the opponent. Despite of being a scoring machine, DJ will also contribute in running the team and creating for his teammate. Is also an excellent passer.
Big heart & winner mentality
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R8 Basket AZS Politechnika Krakow tabs Patryk Pelka - by Eurobasket News

2Liga newcomer R8 Basket AZS Politechnika Krakow inked 28-year old power forward Patryk Pelka (202-89). He started the season at Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK). In 10 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg this season. 2Liga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Pelka played also at Krosno (1Liga) where in 41 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Honorable Mention.
Pelka represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Pelka has played previously for five other teams: Stelmet, TBV Start, AZS Politechnika Warszawska, KK Warszawa and GTK Asseco II Gdynia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz leaves Polfarmex Kutno - by Eurobasket News

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

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Elias Desport (ex AIK) signs at Sanjoanense - by Joao Santos

Proliga newcomer A. Desportiva Sanjoanense landed 25-year old Swedish forward Elias Desport (203-104kg-92, college: St.Peter's). He started the season at AIK Basket Solna in Swedish Basketettan. But in three games he averaged just 1.0ppg and 2.3rpg this season.
Desport's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg.
Desport has played also professionally for other Swedish teams like KFUM Blackeberg and Taby Basket.
He attended St.Peter's College until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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McDonald is back at Jiangsu Dragons, ex Humacao - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing (CBA) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old American center Will McDonald (211-116kg-79, college: S.Florida). It is actually his comeback to Jiangsu Dragons as he has played here before. McDonald played last summer at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 5 BSN games he had 11.4ppg and 5.0rpg. The last season McDonald played at Azad (Superleague) in Iran where in four games he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.0spg. McDonald also played that season for Jiangsu Dragons. In three CBA games he averaged impressive 22.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 2.7apg. McDonald also spent pre-season at Jiangsu Tongxi that year.
In 2003 he was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in fifth round (46th overall).
The former University of South Florida staris in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others McDonald's team won Spanish ACB Regular Season in 2009. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Center of the Year back in 2012.
McDonald is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in five different countries. McDonald tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Chalon/Saor), Philippines (SM Beermen), Spain (Joventut, Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes and Gran Canaria) and China (Fujian).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Jiangsu Dragons.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leones de Ponce sign Warrick, Dawson and Colon - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce announced the signing of Hakim Warrick (206-F/C-82, college: Syracuse), Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) and Gabriel Colon (200-G/F-84).

Ponce is going to play in Liga de las Americas on February 10-12 and then in BSN in April.

Warrick won a NCAA Championship with Syracuse and has 8 seasons of experience in the NBA. Dawson played during the 2015 playoffs with Ponce but got injured during the semifinals.

Colon has 16 years of experience in BSN and 14 of them have been with Ponce.

Ponce also has Carlos Arroyo, Victor Liz, Derek Reese, Filiberto Rivera and Angel Vassallo in their roster. The team is going to be coached by Nelson Colon.



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D1 Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game of round 9 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Qatar Sports Club (3-4) by fifth ranked Al Arabi (4-3) who outscored them by 20 points 98-78. The game was mostly controlled by Al Arabi. Qatar Sports Club managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Qatar Sports Club 54-33 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Al Arabi looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American-Ghanian Adamu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman) chipped in 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American point guard James Justice (178-89, college: Martin Methodist) with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Al Arabi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Ahli. Qatar Sports Club lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Al Sadd. Al Arabi is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Al Khor (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Qatar Sports Club will play against Al Wakrah (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Doha: El Jaysh (#1) and Al Rayyan (#3). El Jaysh (8-0) won against visiting Al Rayyan (5-3) 91-77. American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Dominic James accounted for 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American point guard Marcel Anderson (183-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.) came up with 27 points and 6 assists for Al Rayyan in the defeat. Undefeated El Jaysh have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Defending champion Al Rayyan keeps the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Al Khor (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Al Ahli (4-3) 73-69 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Ndoye Seydou Elhadj who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Rickey Young who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Al Ahli. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Arabi. Al Khor lost their seventh game in a row. They still close the standings with seven games lost. Al Ahli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Shamal.

In the last game of round 9 Al Sadd won against Al Wakrah on the opponent's court 67-63.


El Jaysh - Al Rayyan 91-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Doha: El Jaysh (#1) and Al Rayyan (#3). El Jaysh (8-0) won against visiting Al Rayyan (5-3) 91-77. The game was mostly controlled by El Jaysh. Al Rayyan was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. El Jaysh dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Al Rayyan's 40. They outrebounded Al Rayyan 48-29 including a 37-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. El Jaysh players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Al Rayyan's players. American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) accounted for 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four El Jaysh players scored in double figures. American point guard Marcel Anderson (183-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.) came up with 27 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Tanguy Ngombo (197-84) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Al Rayyan in the defeat. El Jaysh have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Defending champion Al Rayyan keeps the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Al Rayyan: M.Anderson 27+3reb+6ast, T.Ngombo 19+5reb+4ast, M.Bell 19+7reb+1ast, A.Abdelhaleem 6+6reb, M.Haracic 4+2reb, O.Nasser Al-Khanji 2+6reb+2ast
El Jaysh: V.Macklin 31+13reb+4ast, D.James 17+10reb+6ast, A.Badara Ndoye 15+5reb, M.Mohamed Yousef 12+5reb+3ast, F.Hani Abilmoni 9+13reb+11ast, A.Saeed Erfan 7+1reb+2ast
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Qatar Club - Al Arabi 78-98

The most interesting game of round 9 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Qatar Sports Club (3-4) by fifth ranked Al Arabi (4-3) who outscored them by 20 points 98-78. The game was mostly controlled by Al Arabi. Qatar Sports Club managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Qatar Sports Club 54-33 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Al Arabi looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American-Ghanian Adamu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman) chipped in 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Al Arabi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard James Justice (178-89, college: Martin Methodist) with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 9 assists and the other American import forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Al Arabi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Ahli. Qatar Sports Club lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Al Sadd. Al Arabi is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Al Khor (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Qatar Sports Club will play against Al Wakrah (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Qatar Club: J.Justice 34+10reb+9ast, Q.Doggett 30+12reb+1ast, A.Mahmood Abdallah 12+3reb+4ast, A.Jamal 1, M.Almuhnai 1+5reb, A.Al-Malki 0
Al Arabi: A.Saaka 29+12reb+6ast, M.Adako 29+17reb+7ast, M.Souleye 24+13reb+4ast, G.Momar Talla 10+4reb+5ast, O.Adel 6+4reb+4ast, T.Abu Faisal Ahmad 0
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Al Khor - Al Ahli 69-73

Bottom-ranked Al Khor (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Al Ahli (4-3) 73-69 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Ndoye Seydou Elhadj who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian point guard Branko Jereminov (186-87) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American Rickey Young (205-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import point guard Dairese Gary (185-88, college: N.Mexico) added 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Al Ahli. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Arabi. Al Khor lost their seventh game in a row. They still close the standings with seven games lost. Al Ahli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Shamal.
Top scorers:
Al Khor: R.Young 29+15reb+2ast, D.Gary 28+7reb+4ast, A.Hadzibegovic 9+5reb+1ast, K.Roushdi Mohamed 2+2reb+1ast, M.Elserafy Shawky 1+1reb, A.Muhamad 0
Al Ahli: N.Seydou Elhadj 20+8reb+2ast, B.Jereminov 15+5reb+7ast, N.Miljkovic 10+2reb+2ast, A.Al-Muftah 9+8reb+5ast, H.Omar 8+5reb, O.Ahmad 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 522292


Al Wakrah - Al Sadd 63-67

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Al Wakrah (1-6) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Al Sadd (3-4) 67-63 on Tuesday. Al Wakrah trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 24-14 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-67 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Khalid Abdi (198-87) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. American forward AJ West (206-91, college: Nevada) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Nigerian forward Olatunbo Ayeni (196-87, college: St.Francis, NY) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Jezreel De Jesus (185-91, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Al Wakrah players scored in double figures. Al Sadd moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Qatar Club. Al Wakrah lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. Al Sadd's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Gharafa.
Top scorers:
Al Wakrah: J.De Jesus 19+3reb+4ast, O.Ayeni 18+13reb+1ast, E.Mujkic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Saleem 10+5reb+2ast, A.Al-Darwish 5+6reb+5ast, A.Mohamed 0
Al Sadd: K.Abdi 25+7reb+3ast, M.Essam Fouda 16+1reb+1ast, A.West 10+18reb+3ast, M.Ouiri 6+5reb+1ast, F.Nabil Abuissa 6+4reb+1ast, Y.Mahdi 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 522291





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Oradea bring back William Franklin - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala) re-signed 32-year old American point guard William Franklin (184-85, college: Bradley, agency: 011 Sports). He played there last season. In 44 Liga Nationala games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.7apg (top 5) and 1.3spg. Franklin helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The most of previous (2014-15) season Franklin spent at Twarde Pierniki in Polish TBL where in 20 games he had 13.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 7.7apg (leader !!!) and 1.6spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention. Franklin also played that season for Energa Czarni (TBL) in Poland. In 10 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.5apg and 1.0spg. Impressive indeed as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements he received Africabasket.com All-Tunisian League Player of the Year award and Africabasket.com All-Tunisian League Guard of the Year award back in 2011.
Franklin is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Franklin has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Borac Banja Luka), Cyprus (Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios), Germany (Braunschweig) and Tunisia (ES Sahel).
He attended Bradley University until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Franklin's game is described as: Point guard with great instincts who has a great understanding of the game. He has nice speed, plays the game with great passion and intensity, and has a good assist turnover ratio. At times he also played at SG as he is a great shooter who can shoot in transition, off the dribble, off the catch and is very hard to detain.

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

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

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APR Sign Former Espoir Shooting Guard Karekezi - by Eurobasket News

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

Defending champion Al Ittihad Jeddah (SBL) landed 31-year old American forward Travis Gabbidon (201-86, college: UTSA). He has played for the last two years at Al Shaab in UAE D1 league.
Among other achievements Gabbidon's team made it to the ABA Semifinals in 2014. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Gabbidon is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Gabbidon has played previously professionally in Argentina (9 de Julio), Australia, Kuwait (Al Jahraa), Dominican Republic (Callero), Mexico (Tijuana Zonkeys and Guerreros) and ABA (Arizona Scorpions).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Gabbidon attended Univ.of Texas - San Antonio until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Allou's pro career starts at Al Jabil !! - by Ahmad Madwar

D1 newcomer Al Jabil tabbed 30-year old Ivorian power forward Jordan Allou (200-93kg-87). just graduated from Montana State University (NCAA). Allou missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Allou helped his team to make it to the NJCAA D1 Final Four in 2010.
He is a very experienced player.

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Ryan White (ex Kozuv) joins Uhud !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Uhud Medina (SBL) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan White (180-81kg-88, college: Texas State at San Marcos). He played last season at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 16 games he had 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg. White also played 8 games in Balkan League where he recorded 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season White played at Wolfpack in Danish Ligaen. In 31 games he averaged impressive 20.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.2apg and 2.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team.
His team was regular season runner-up in Southland Conference West Division in 2011.
White has played also professionally in Kosovo (Trepca and KB RTV 21 Prishtina), Luxembourg (Soleuvre) and Denmark (Aalborg).
He attended Texas State at San Marcos until 2011 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

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Gareth Murray named Scotland U16 Men's Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Basketballscotland is delighted to announce the appointment of Gareth Murray (201-F-84, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) as the new Scotland Under 16 Men's Head Coach. The GB, Scotland and Glasgow Rocks Forward brings a wealth of experience and is excited to inspire the next generation of talent in the new role. Murray will take up the new role with immediate effect under the supervision of National Performance Coach, Erik Olson. The role will see Murray work with some of Scotland's top young athletes who have the potential to represent Great Britain. Speaking on the new appointment, National Performance Coach, Erik Olson commented: "After much discussion and thought around the U16 Men's Coaching role, we're thrilled to have Gareth on board. Gareth's experience as a Great Britain Internationalist will help educate our younger players about what it takes to make it at the next level and continue our focus on embedding a performance culture within Scottish Basketball." Murray will coach his first session with the U16 Men this weekend and is excited to hit the ground running: "I am honoured to be given this opportunity to transfer my experiences as a player in to developing the next generation of Scottish talent and can't wait to have my first session with the team this weekend."
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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Karpos Sokoli welcomes back Sepa - by Dragan Ristov

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) landed 27-year old Serbian shooting guard Filip Sepa (198-87kg-90). It is actually his comeback to Skopje as he has played here before. Sepa supposed to play at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 8 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.3apg this season. The last season Sepa played at Karpos Sokoli where in 32 Prva Liga games he had 12.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.7apg. Sepa's team was regular season runner-up in Macedonian League.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 16.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Sepa has played also professionally in Italy, Serbia (Partizan, OKK Beograd, Vojvodina, Crvena Zvezda and Zemun) and FYR Macedonia (Kozuv).

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Nikola Jeftic joins Vrsac - by Ivan Milenkovic

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

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

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

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Falzon starts his pro career at Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

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

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Huelva tabs Gavin Schumann - by Eurobasket News

Por Huelva (EBA) inked 24-year old American guard Gavin Schumann (188-73kg-93, college: S.Indiana). He played recently at Free Agency in Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas 2, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won GLVC Tournament in 2014. Schumann received also GLVC All-Defensive Team award back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Senegal (DUC Dakar), ABA (Bowling G. B.) and MPBA (St.Louis RiverSharks).
Schumann attended University of Southern Indiana until 2015 and it will be his second season as a pro.

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

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

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


Baskonia - Real Madrid 77-62

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


CAI Zaragoza - FC Barcelona 75-86

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


Unicaja - Obradoiro 87-69

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


Gran Canaria - Joventut 98-80

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


UCAM Murcia - Estudiantes 100-91

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


Iberostar Tener. - Andorra 89-72

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


RETAbet BB - Sevilla 82-85

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


Valencia - Manresa 100-55

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





Spanish Liga Endesa round 15 best performance: Vitor Faverani - by Eurobasket News

Brazilian Center Vitor Faverani (212-C-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for UCAM Murcia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Estudiantes (#15, 4-10) 100-91. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. UCAM Murcia is placed at 13th position in Spanish Liga Endesa. UCAM Murcia is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-9 record. It's Faverani's second year at UCAM Murcia and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vitor Faverani averages this season 9.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Croatian Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of league's leader FC Barcelona. Tomic had a very good evening with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course FC Barcelona cruised to an 86-75 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#12, 5-9). This victory allowed FC Barcelona to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team has currently 11-3 record. Tomic is one of the most experienced players at FC Barcelona and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#6). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dutch center Henk Norel (213-C-87) of CAI Zaragoza (#12). Norel scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Norel's great performance CAI Zaragoza lost 75-86 to the higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#1, 11-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of CAI Zaragoza not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Norel could try to bring CAI Zaragoza's a little bit higher in the standings. Norel has individually a great season in Spain. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.9rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of Valencia - 15 points and 6 rebounds
5. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) of RETAbet BB - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Anzejs Pasecniks (216-C-95) of Gran Canaria - 18 points and 5 rebounds
7. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90) of Sevilla - 17 points and 5 rebounds
8. Beka Burjanadze (201-PF-94) of Andorra - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Will Hanley (201-G/F-90) of Iberostar Tener. - 10 points and 5 rebounds
10. Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) of Valencia - 17 points 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)



Lucentum signs Alejandro Reyes - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Solsona left Lucentum - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Elias Desport (ex AIK) signs at Sanjoanense - by Joao Santos

Proliga newcomer A. Desportiva Sanjoanense landed 25-year old Swedish forward Elias Desport (203-104kg-92, college: St.Peter's). He started the season at AIK Basket Solna in Swedish Basketettan. But in three games he averaged just 1.0ppg and 2.3rpg this season.
Desport's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg.
Desport has played also professionally for other Swedish teams like KFUM Blackeberg and Taby Basket.
He attended St.Peter's College until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Basketligan Round 19: No surprise as #1 BC Lulea defeats Umea - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

Basketligan top team - BC Lulea (14-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Umea (3-13) 91-65. The game was mostly controlled by BC Lulea. Umea managed to win second period 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 assists. Guard Quinton Upshur (196-93, college: N.Arizona) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. BC Lulea's coach Peter Oqvist felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Gerald Williams (190-91, college: La Sierra) responded with 16 points. BC Lulea have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-3 record. Umea lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. BC Lulea are looking forward to face Sodertalje Kings (#4) at home in the next round. Umea will play against Boras Basket (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Jamtland was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Boras Basket (10-7) played at the court of 6th ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-9). Boras Basket managed to secure a 8-point victory 77-69. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Christian Maraker (207-82, college: Pacific) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Fredrik Andersson accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian forward Dino Cinac (201-88) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for KFUM Jamtland in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Boras Basket. They maintain third place with 10-7 record having four points less than leader BC Lulea. KFUM Jamtland lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Boras Basket will play against Umea (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KFUM Jamtland will play against Nassjo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
9th ranked Malbas (1-15) were outscored at home by seventh ranked Nassjo (8-9) with the biggest margin this round 91-54 on Tuesday night. Auston Barnes fired 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Coach Felix Alonso's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lasse Elbaek produced 11 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Nassjo. They moved-up to sixth place. Malbas lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Nassjo will meet at home KFUM Jamtland (#7) in the next round. Malbas will have a break next round.


Jamtland - Boras 69-77

The game in Jamtland was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Boras Basket (10-7) played at the court of 6th ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-9). Boras Basket managed to secure a 8-point victory 77-69. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-22 KFUM Jamtland's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-69 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Christian Maraker (207-82, college: Pacific) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. International swingman Fredrik Andersson (202-93) accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Croatian forward Dino Cinac (201-88) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Mike Bruesewitz (201-90, college: Wisconsin) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for KFUM Jamtland in the defeat. Four KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Boras Basket. They maintain third place with 10-7 record having four points less than leader BC Lulea. KFUM Jamtland lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Boras Basket will play against Umea (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KFUM Jamtland will play against Nassjo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: D.Cinac 20+7reb, M.Bruesewitz 12+10reb+2ast, G.Hansson 11+1reb, J.Durham 10+2ast, S.Berkelund 8+2reb, J.Puidet 7+7reb+1ast
Boras: J.Sigurdarson 21+2reb+4ast, F.Andersson 19+8reb+2ast, C.Maraker 17+10reb+5ast, S.Hines 8+8reb+1ast, S.Gunnarsson 7+3reb+2ast, J.Brandmark 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 477178


Umea - BC Lulea 65-91

Basketligan top team - BC Lulea (14-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Umea (3-13) 91-65. The game was mostly controlled by BC Lulea. Umea managed to win second period 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 assists. Guard Quinton Upshur (196-93, college: N.Arizona) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four BC Lulea players scored in double figures. BC Lulea's coach Peter Oqvist felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Gerald Williams (190-91, college: La Sierra) responded with 16 points and forward George Valentine (203-88, college: Winthrop, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. BC Lulea have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-3 record. Umea lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. BC Lulea are looking forward to face Sodertalje Kings (#4) at home in the next round. Umea will play against Boras Basket (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Umea: G.Williams 16+3ast, G.Valentine 11+6reb, E.Saleman 11+1reb+1ast, J.Pierre 9+1reb+7ast, J.Ronstrom 7+2reb, J.Hallberg 5+3reb
BC Lulea: B.Rozzell 21+1reb+6ast, Q.Upshur 17+5reb+2ast, A.Ronnqvist 13+2reb+3ast, T.Liden 12+5reb+4ast, Y.Anzuluni 9+3reb+3ast, T.Kearney 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 477179


Malbas - Nassjo 54-91

9th ranked Malbas (1-15) were outscored at home by seventh ranked Nassjo (8-9) with the biggest margin this round 91-54 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Nassjo. Malbas managed to win second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Malbas' 28 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Nassjo forced 19 Malbas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American Auston Barnes (203-91, college: Bradley) fired 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. His fellow American import center Dartaye Ruffin (205-91, college: Drexel, agency: Dynamics Global Management) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Coach Felix Alonso's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Danish center Lasse Elbaek (208-94) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jordan Peltier (193-95) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Nassjo. They moved-up to sixth place. Malbas lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Nassjo will meet at home KFUM Jamtland (#7) in the next round. Malbas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Malbas: L.Elbaek 11+7reb, J.Peltier 10+4reb+3ast, S.Petersen 10+3reb+3ast, F.Larsson 10+1reb+3ast, A.Rodgers 7+5reb+3ast, T.Kvederavicius 2+1reb
Nassjo: A.Barnes 17+2reb+2ast, K.Wazzi 14+1reb+5ast, K.Ternell 13+3reb+3ast, R.Johnson 11+2reb+5ast, M.Griskenas 11+7reb+1ast, D.Ruffin 9+8reb+3ast
gschID: 477177





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Lugano Tigers split ways with Williams - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers (LNA) parted ways with 28-year old American guard Kaylon Williams (190-89, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). In 10 LNA games he recorded 9.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 8.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.8spg (in top 7) this season.
Among other achievements Williams' team won Horizon League Regular Season in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year award in 2015.
Williams has played previously professionally also in Slovenia (Grosuplje).
He attended University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Diamond__Sports)

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Highlight : https://youtu.be/zO0gVO27_0E



Dalia Sport Grombalia signs Willy Kouassi !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Dalia Sport Grombalia (Division I) signed 26-year old Ivorian ex-international center Willy Kouassi (208-104kg-91, college: Arkansas).
He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships U18 in Egypt nine years ago.
Kouassi graduated from University of Arkansas in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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


Galatasaray - Darussafaka 72-87

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


Fenerbahce - Anadolu Efes 81-75

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


Demir IBB - Pinar Karsiyaka 72-68

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


Trabzonspor - Besiktas 90-91

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


Banvit BK - Usak 82-72

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


Tofas - Istanbul BBSK 86-81

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


Gaziantep - TED Kolejliler 93-69

Bottom-ranked TED Kolejliler (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-69 loss to fourteenth ranked Gaziantep (4-9) in Gaziantep. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Will Cherry (185-91, college: Montana) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Gaziantep players scored in double figures. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) came up with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Dominican guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) added 14 points respectively for TED Kolejliler in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaziantep moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Trabzonspor and Usak. TED Kolejliler lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still close the standings with 13 games lost. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Usak Sportlif (#13) on the road. TED Kolejliler will play against Trabzonspor and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: D.Jefferson 24+10reb+2ast, M.Denmon 15+3reb+1ast, W.Cherry 14+5reb+4ast, J.Balazic 11+4reb+4ast, A.Rautins 11+4reb+6ast, T.Ruzic 6+5reb
TED Kolejliler: S.Shorter 22+8reb+4ast, M.Carter 14+2reb+2ast, I.Hummer 12+3reb, D.Morrison 9+4reb, Y.Onar 8+5reb, A.Dagdelen 2+2reb
gschID: 478540


Best Balikesir - Yesilgiresun 81-76

There was an upset when higher ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (6-7) was defeated on the road by fifteenth ranked Balikesir (2-11) 81-76 on Friday. Balikesir made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Yesilgiresun Bld was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Andrew Andrews (188-93, college: Washington) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American-Nigerian Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Okben Ulubay (200-97) produced 21 points and 7 assists and American-Romanian point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-89, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Balikesir and four Yesilgiresun Bld players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Balikesir maintains fifteenth place with 2-11 record. Loser Yesilgiresun Bld keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Balikesir will face higher ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Best Balikesir: I.Ofoegbu 19+5reb, A.Andrews 15+6reb+3ast, A.Nichols 14+8reb+1ast, A.Kelley 14+2reb+4ast, Y.Akcay 11+4reb+7ast, V.Golubovic 6+5reb
Yesilgiresun: O.Ulubay 21+4reb+7ast, M.Armstead 18+2reb+4ast, D.Ivanov 12+6reb+1ast, A.Gill 11+7reb, T.Murry 6+4reb+1ast, E.Taskiran 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 478537





Earl Clark gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish BSL - by Eurobasket News

American Earl Clark (208-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Besiktas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds for Besiktas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Trabzonspor (#12, 4-9) 91-90. Besiktas maintains the 2nd position in Turkish BSL. They are still close to the very top. Besiktas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 11-2 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Besiktas' top player in his first season with the team. Earl Clark averages this season 15.3ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Gaziantep. Jefferson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Gaziantep to another comfortable win outscoring TED Kolejliler (#16, 0-13) 93-69. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Gaziantep keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. Jefferson is a newcomer at Gaziantep and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#5). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Julian Wright (203-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) of Trabzonspor (#12). Wright showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Wright's great performance Trabzonspor lost 90-91 to the higher-ranked Besiktas (#2, 11-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Trabzonspor not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wright could try to bring Trabzonspor's a little bit higher in the standings. Wright has individually a great season in Turkey. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edo Muric (202-F-91) of Banvit BK - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of TED Kolejliler - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Okben Ulubay (200-G/F-97) of Yesilgiresun - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Tibor Pleiss (217-C-89) of Galatasaray - 18 points and 11 rebounds
8. Mike Green (185-PG-85) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Sammy Mejia (198-F/G-83) of Tofas - 17 points and 11 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)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

Turkish BSL Round 13 Scores

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

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

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

Anadolu Efes vs. Galatasaray Preview

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

Besiktas vs. Fenerbahce Preview

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



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  UBA  


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

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

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

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

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  


Travis Gabbidon (ex Al Shaab) signs at Al Ittihad !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Al Ittihad Jeddah (SBL) landed 31-year old American forward Travis Gabbidon (201-86, college: UTSA). He has played for the last two years at Al Shaab in UAE D1 league.
Among other achievements Gabbidon's team made it to the ABA Semifinals in 2014. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Gabbidon is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Gabbidon has played previously professionally in Argentina (9 de Julio), Australia, Kuwait (Al Jahraa), Dominican Republic (Callero), Mexico (Tijuana Zonkeys and Guerreros) and ABA (Arizona Scorpions).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Gabbidon attended Univ.of Texas - San Antonio until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Denzel Bowles (ex Al Naser) joins Moutahed !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 28-year old American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-116kg-89, college: JMU, agency: Stealth Sport). He started the season at Al Naser in UAE D1 league. The last summer Bowles played at Leones in Puerto Rican BSN where in 16 games he had 14.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6bpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bowles' team made it to the PBA Commissioner's Cup Final Four in 2013 and 2015. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Bowles is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in five different countries. Bowles tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Siauliai), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Venezuela (Marinos), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers) and China (Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank and Jilin Tigers).
Bowles attended James Madison University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


BBL All Star Five - Week 13 - by Paul Nilsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Double-double for Rian Pearson - by Hector Lopez

Rian Pearson (193-F-90, college: Toledo) netted 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds leading Malvin to beat Larre Borges for the Uruguayan Super Liga 3rd round. For the winner Jazwin Cowan (203-F-83, college: Hampton, agency: DTMones) added 17 points and 5 rebounds while Federico Bavosi (186-G-81, agency: Pro Sports) added 21 points and Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) added 14 points and 13 rebounds. For Larre Borges, Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) scored 28 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Albert Jackson (211-C-88, college: Georgia) adedd 16 points and 3 rebounds. For the Uruguyan League second group, Goes defeeated Olimoi 82-64. For the winner David Nesbitt (200-F-91, college: St.Thomas, FL) scored 22 points and added 7 rebounds, while Calvin Warner (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville) finihed with 14 points and 14 rebounds. For Olimpia the main scorer was Rodney Alexander (201-F-87, college: Illinois) with 22 points and 18 rebounds.and Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) added 13 points and 4 rebounds.



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

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

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

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




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Women News


Gisela Vega is a newcomer at Araski - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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  CHINA  


WCBA Round 8 of Third Stage - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Henan - Shanghai 75-93

Shanghai Dahua forced 19 Henan turnovers. Strangely Henan outrebounded Shanghai Dahua 35-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Breanna Stewart (193-94, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Forward Gong Yun (183-91) contributed with 19 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Shanghai Dahua players scored in double figures. American forward Cheyenne Parker (193-92, college: Middle Tenn.St.) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Xiaoli Chen (193-82) added 25 points and 4 assists in the effort for Henan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: S.Breanna 38+9reb+3ast, Y.Gong 19+4reb+2ast, L.Yingyun 17+3reb, S.Binbin 14+2reb+8ast, J.Lan 3+1reb, H.Huan 2+4reb+1ast
Henan: C.Xiaoli 25+3reb+4ast, P.Cheyenne 24+9reb+1ast, T.Ying 12+4reb, Z.WangLai 4+3reb+3ast, W.Di 4+3reb, L.Zhang 3+1reb
gschID: 529197


Beijing - Guangdong 76-68

Beijing Great Wall dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Guangdong Dolphins' 36. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Sylvia Fowles (198-85, college: LSU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and international forward Ting Shao (183-89) who added 15 points during the contest. Four Beijing Great Wall players scored in double figures. Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Yi Shen (174-93) scored 14 points and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Beijing: F.Sylvia 24+14reb+3ast, S.Ting 15+4reb+2ast, G.Song 15+1reb+2ast, S.Xiufeng 12+4reb, Q.Site 4+4reb+2ast, Z.Honghua 3+2ast
Guangdong: Y.Dong 15+4reb+1ast, S.Yi 14+1reb+5ast, L.Yelena 11+13reb+5ast, Y.Yahui 9+1reb+1ast, L.Yueru 7+1reb, Z.Dongxia 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 529198


Group B
Xinjiang - Shenyang 75-80

Shenyang Golden Lions forced 19 Xinjiang turnovers. Strangely Xinjiang outrebounded Shenyang Golden Lions 38-22 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Jiabao Jin (184-93) who scored 36 points (!!!). The former international forward Shuang Zhao (188-90) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Glory Johnson (191-90, college: Tennessee) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and guard Lee Wang (170-92) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Xinjiang players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Shenyang: J.Jiabao 36+4reb+2ast, Z.Shuang 16+7reb+6ast, L.Meng 15+3ast, J.Qiujiao 5+4reb+2ast, H.Jiali 4+2reb+1ast, L.Shuai 4+4reb+1ast
Xinjiang: J.Glory 27+14reb+1ast, W.Lee 19+8reb+1ast, D.Lana 13+5reb, H.Lin 11+6reb+5ast, Z.Ni 3+1reb, C.Hongyang 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 529199


Shanxi - Bayi 81-87

Bayi Kylin made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by international center Mengran Sun (197-92) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Xue Wang (185-93) supported her with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Five Bayi Kylin players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by American guard Tamera Young (188-86, college: JMU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Shanxi Rui Flame. Tongtong Wu added 14 points and 5 steals for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Bayi: W.Xue 26+5reb+2ast, S.Mengran 21+11reb+6ast, S.MengXin 13+10reb+4ast, P.Zhenqi 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Zhifang 10+8reb+3ast, Z.Liting 6+4reb
Shanxi: Y.Tamera 35+10reb+2ast, W.DI 14+3reb+1ast, W.Tongtong 14+4reb+2ast, W.Wei 9+8reb, Q.Yu 5+3reb+1ast, W.Yinuo 2
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Group C
Shandong - Sichuan 84-64

Shandong outrebounded Whale 38-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Hengyu Yang (194-95) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Yanan Lily (184-87) chipped in 11 points. Shandong's coach Li Guangqi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard HongChun Wang (182-88) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Fangzhu Gong (170-91) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Four Whale players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Shandong: Y.Hengyu 13+12reb+5ast, F.Ling 12+3reb+2ast, L.Yanan 11+4reb+3ast, C.Wei 10+2reb+1ast, J.Xiao 9+4reb+2ast, A.Jing 9+3reb+1ast
Sichuan: G.Fangzhu 17+3ast, W.HongChun 15+9reb+1ast, L.Xinyi 13, W.Siyang 11+3reb, X.Tong 4+5reb+1ast, C.Beidi 3+3reb+1ast
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Heilongjiang - Liaoning 71-65

Heilongjiang Chenneng made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Heilongjiang Chenneng outrebounded Liaoning Hengye 35-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Crystal Langhorne (188-86, college: Maryland) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard YanYan Ji (182-85) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Zhu Meiqi (186-96) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jinbo Xing (181-96) added 13 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: L.Crystal 29+16reb+4ast, J.YanYan 15+6reb+7ast, Z.Jiahe 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Xiangjun 9+1reb+3ast, C.Liqing 4+6reb+1ast, Z.Qijia 2+1reb
Liaoning: L.Jiamei 16, M.Zhu 13+8reb+1ast, X.Jinbo 13+3reb+3ast, H.MingXiu 8+6reb+1ast, H.Mengyi 7+4ast, B.Kelsey 4+4reb
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  CROATIA  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other top Croatian players, who play abroad:

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

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



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

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

Petra Holesinska
Petra Holesinska
   #1. This week's number one is U20 international guard Petra Holesinska (175-97, currently plays college basketball in the States). She led Illinois to a victory against the University of Iowa (1-1) 70-65 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Holesinska scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. The University of Illinois have 1-1 conference record this season. This year Holesinska averages: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 89.3% in 15 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Czech Republic U20 national team.

Petra Kulichova
Petra Kulichova
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Petra Kulichova (198-84, currently plays in Turkey). Kulichova managed to help Botasspor Adana to win against the closely-ranked Abdullah Gul (7-3) 70-69 in the Turkish KBSL last Friday. She scored only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks. Botasspor Adana (6-5) is placed fifth in the KBSL. Kulichova's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6% and FT: 31.3%. She played for the Czech Republic national team in 2014.

Edita Sujanova
Edita Sujanova
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Edita Sujanova (190-85, currently plays in Turkey). Sujanova contributed to an Adana ASKI's victory against the 12th-ranked Girne Universitesi (3-8) 82-76 in the Turkish KBSL on Friday night. She scored only 2 points in 24 minutes. Adana ASKI Mersin (5-6) is placed eighth in the KBSL. This year Sujanova's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 5.3% in 11 games. She played for the Czech Republic national team six years ago.

Hana Vesela
Hana Vesela
   #4. Center Hana Vesela (193-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Illinois (1-1) crushing them 71-47 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Vesela recorded only 2 points. The Michigan State University has 2-0 conference record this season. Vesela's total stats this year are: 4.8ppg and 1.9rpg. She is also Czech Republic U20 national team player.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) plays for Villeneuve D'Ascq in French LFB
Romana Stehlikova (189-PF-85) plays for Good Angels in Slovakian Extraliga
Renata Brezinova (190-C-90) plays for Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women
Romana Hejdova (184-F/G-88) plays for Hainaut in French LFB
Katerina Bartonova (174-PG-90) plays for Zamarat in Spanish LFB
Michaela Stara (175-G-90) plays for Niki Lefkadas in Greek A1
Michaela Stejskalova (186-F-87) plays for Gran Canaria in Spanish LFB
Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) plays for Rotenburg/Scheessel in German DBBL
Katarina Flasarova (171-G-85) plays for Goettingen in German 2.Bundesliga
Tereza Brantlova (172-G-82) plays for Crusaders in British WBBL
Zuzana Sediva (180-F-87) plays for Baden in Swiss LNB
Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) plays for Empoli in Italian Serie A2
Tereza Vorlova (186-F-86) plays for Costa Masnaga in Italian Serie A2

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



EuroLeague: USK Praha outlast Schio - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha - Famila Schio 74:73

USK Praha survived a tough test against Famila Schio to snatch a tough home win at the end. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 23 points to lead the Czech champions. The hosts climbed at 5-2 record in Group A.
Famila Schio got to a strong start. The Italian team jumped to a 20:14 lead after the first period. USK Praha stepped on the gas in the second frame. The hosts pulled within 5 points at halftime 37:42. Famila Schio protected the advantage throughout the third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth quarter up by six points. But USK Praha turned the tables in the fourth stanza. They ignited a 23:16 run capped by a jumper from Alena Hanusova (190-C-91) to seal the victory. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90), Kia Vaughn (193-F/C-87, college: Rutgers) and Alena Hanusova netted 11 points each for the home side. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) and Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96) answered with 15 points apiece for Schio.

USK Praha: Sonja Petrovic 23, Marta Xargay Casademont 11, Kia Vaughn 11, Alena Hanusova 11
Famila Schio: Nwal-Endene Miyem 15, Cecilia Zandalasini 15




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

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

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

Third best performer of the month was Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) of Dynamo Kursk. She finished the month with the averages of 11.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg while shooting 57.1% from 2PT and unbeliveable 71.4% from behing the arc.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR December 2016
1. Maria Vadeeva of Dynamo K. (RUS): 50.8, 5 games: 14 ppg, 6 rpg, 2 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 78%
2. Laura Svaryte of Suduva (LTU): 48, 6 games: 12 ppg, 12 rpg, 7 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 62%, 3PT: 11%, FT: