EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 01-05-2017 00:00:00

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  ABA LEAGUE  



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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  ALBANIA  


Breakers ink Kevin Dillard - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Breakers (NBL) signed 28-year old Albanian international point guard Kevin Dillard (183-83kg-89, college: Dayton). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Dillard started the season at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. In 9 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0spg this season. Dillard also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg. The last season he played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 6 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. The other team Dillard played that season for was Apollon Patras in Greek A1. In 11 games he got remarkable 18.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 4.0apg. Another team he played shortly was Cholet Basket in French ProA. In two games he got 9.0ppg and 2.5apg. Dillard also spent pre-season at EnBW Ludwigsburg (BBL) in German league earlier that year.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dillard was voted NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time. Dillard has been regularly called to Albanian Senior National Team since 2016.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Novipiu Casale), Latvia (VEF Riga) and France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez).
Dillard attended University of Dayton until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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  


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  


Jordan Richard (ex Dosa) signs at Obras Basket - by Facundo Iatzky

Obras Basket Buenos Aires (LigaA) landed 28-year old American center Jordan Richard (206-89, college: CS Los Angeles). He played in the summer at Dosa in La Vega League in Dominican Republic. Richard helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in LNB South Division. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team. Richard also played that season for Soles (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league where in 21 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg and 3.5bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Richard was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fifth round (92nd overall).
The former Cal State - Los Angeles (NCAA Div.II) staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Richard's college team won CCAA Tournament in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Richard experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Richard has played previously professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Matera), Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela) and Mongolia (Darkhan Garid).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Argentino lands Luis Cequeira - by Facundo Iatzky

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) tabbed 32-year old former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) from Quilmes Mar del Plata. In 48 LigaA games he averaged 10.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg last season.
Among other achievements Cequeira's team made it to the LigaA Semifinals in 2010, 2014 and 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA 2nd Team award back in 2010.
Cequeira was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
Cequeira also represented Argentina at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) six years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 6.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.3%, FT: 37.5%.
Cequeira has played previously for four other teams: Obras Basket, Boca Juniors, Regatas Corrientes and Sionista.
He is described as: An exposive point guard, who has the athletic skills to penetrate inside and to defend hard even on higher opponents.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Carter, Hughes tapped to reinforce Alab Pilipinas - by Aris Ignacio

Alab Pilipinas has tapped the services of Sampson Carter (203-F-90, college: Massachusetts) and James Hughes (211-C-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Haylett Sports) as its new world imports in the ongoing ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

The hiring was confirmed by no other than Alab head coach Mac Cuan and they replaced Korean-American imports and brothers Lee Seung Jun and Lee Dong Jun.

Alab Pilipinas
, led by Bobby Ray Parks Jr., currently has a 2-2 (win-loss) record and in the middle of the team standings behind league leader Singapore Slingers and the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions and is in its maiden season in the league.

The 26-year-old Carter last played in Mexico for the Caballeros de Culiacan where he averaged 14.8 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting at a 44-percent clip from three-point range in the 2016 season.

The 6-foot-8 Carter was a product of the University of Massachusetts program where he averaged 14.8 points and 4.2 rebounds from 2009-2014.

He had also strutted his wares in Slovakia, Dominican Republic and Portugal before being signed by the Memphis Grizzlies in October 2015.

After being waived by the Grizzlies, he had a brief stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA Developmental League.

The 6-foot-11 Hughes is a Northern Illinois product who also played for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Summer League. He also played professional ball abroad including stops in Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Japan.


Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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  AUSTRALIA  


Breakers ink Kevin Dillard - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Breakers (NBL) signed 28-year old Albanian international point guard Kevin Dillard (183-83kg-89, college: Dayton). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Dillard started the season at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. In 9 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0spg this season. Dillard also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg. The last season he played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 6 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. The other team Dillard played that season for was Apollon Patras in Greek A1. In 11 games he got remarkable 18.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 4.0apg. Another team he played shortly was Cholet Basket in French ProA. In two games he got 9.0ppg and 2.5apg. Dillard also spent pre-season at EnBW Ludwigsburg (BBL) in German league earlier that year.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dillard was voted NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time. Dillard has been regularly called to Albanian Senior National Team since 2016.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Novipiu Casale), Latvia (VEF Riga) and France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez).
Dillard attended University of Dayton until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Arkadia inks coach Luigi Gresta, ex Matera - by Eurobasket News

Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (A Bundesliga) agreed terms with 46-year old Italian coach Luigi Gresta (agency: Interperformances). He coached last season at Bawer Olimpia Matera in Italian Serie A2.
The previous (14-15) season Gresta coached at Al Kuwait (D1) in Kuwaiti league.
He has coached also professionally for other Italian teams like Italy for Scafati Vanoli Cremona.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @IP_sport)

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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.


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  BAHAMAS  


SAP Vaucluse signs Bennet Davis - by Eurobasket News

Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (NM1) signed 33-year old Bahamas ex-international forward Bennet Davis (206-100kg-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at St Chamond in the ProB. In 11 games he had 4.1ppg and 2.6rpg this season. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Davis played at UB Chartres where in 35 NM1 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention.
In 2008 (a year after he left the college) Davis was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League) in third round (41st overall).
He attended Northeastern University until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Davis' team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
Davis represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Tortola (Virgin Islands) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 5.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 31.6%, FT: 80.0%.
Davis is quite experienced player. He has played in nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Davis has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK Zadar), Finland (KTP-Basket), Israel (GreenTops Netanya), Japan (Niigata Albirex), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Spain (Palencia Baloncesto), Hungary (Kormend, Kaposvari and Marso Nyiregyhazi KK) and D-League (Utah F.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Davis could be described: A tall forward who is known for his ability to handle the ball at 6-9, he never missed a game at collegiate level, starting 102 of the 123 games he played at Northeastern. A good scorer and shotblocker, he finished his career with 170 blocks, the second most in school history. He also attended St. George's School in the Bahamas where he played baseball. As a pitcher, Davis was a member of Bahamas' national team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALTIC LEAGUE  

Standings - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 4: Barons Riga - Parnu 94-75
Jan. 4: TTU - Jekabpils 86-82
Jan. 2: Valmiera - BK Ogre 86-76
Jan. 2: Jurmala - Rapla 58-64

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 10: Nevezis - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 10: Rapla - Liepaja/Triobet
Jan. 10: TTU - P.Zvaigzdes
Jan. 11: Parnu - Liepaja/Triobet
Jan. 11: Tarvas - P.Zvaigzdes
Jan. 12: Jurmala - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 13: Rapla - Barons Riga


Recap of Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Latvian Barons Riga as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Barons Riga smashed 6th ranked Estonian Parnu at home 94-75. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 54-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Barons Riga outrebounded Parnu 49-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for Parnu. Barons Riga (8-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Valmiera. Parnu at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Parnu will play next round against strong Liepaja/Triobet trying to get back on the winning streak. Barons Riga will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Rapla on the road.
The game in Jurmala was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Estonian Rapla (7-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Latvian Jurmala (4-6). Rapla managed to secure a 6-point victory 64-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jurmala. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Domen Bratoz who added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Viktors Iljins (212-91) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jurmala's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rapla have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-2 record behind leader Barons Riga. Jurmala at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Rapla will play against league's leader Barons Riga at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jurmala will play against Barsy Atyrau (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 12 Jekabpils was beaten by TTU on the road 86-82. Valmiera won against BK Ogre on its own court 86-76.


TTU - Jekabpils 86-82

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Estonian TTU (4-5) beat 10th ranked Latvian Jekabpils (7-4) in Tallinn 86-82. It looked good early as Jekabpils took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then TTU had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Jekabpils were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-86. TTU made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Sten Olmre (192-95) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four Jekabpils players scored in double figures. TTU maintains twelfth position with 4-5 record. Jekabpils at the other side keep the tenth place with four games lost. TTU will play against higher ranked P.Zvaigzdes (#8) in Pasvalys in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jekabpils will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: R.Sirsnins 20+8reb+6ast, J.Aleksejevs 17+12reb+2ast, R.Stumbris 11+10reb+2ast, K.Miglinieks 10+1reb+2ast, J.Antrops 9, E.Stelmahers 8+3reb+1ast
TTU: S.Olmre 27+5reb+3ast, J.Jarvelainen 16+6reb+1ast, T.Raadik 11+5reb+2ast, S.Viilup 9+2reb+3ast, I.Pajumets 8+3reb+2ast, K.Akenparg 8+1ast
gschID: 495342


Barons Riga - Parnu 94-75

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Latvian Barons Riga as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Barons Riga smashed 6th ranked Estonian Parnu at home 94-75. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 54-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Barons Riga outrebounded Parnu 49-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Reinar Hallik (208-84) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Parnu. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Barons Riga (8-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Valmiera. Parnu at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Parnu will play next round against strong Liepaja/Triobet trying to get back on the winning streak. Barons Riga will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Rapla on the road.
Top scorers:
Parnu: M.Kirves 17+13reb+3ast, R.Hallik 15+6reb+4ast, E.Seskus 14+1reb+3ast, K.Kask 14+7reb+1ast, S.Sutt 10+1reb+3ast, R.Raap 5+3reb+3ast
Barons Riga: D.Krestinin 16+13reb, D.Zonne 14+1reb+5ast, K.Mediss 13+3reb, S.Metra 12+9reb+1ast, T.Larson 12+7reb+7ast, R.Freimanis 11+8reb+1ast
gschID: 495343


Valmiera - BK Ogre 86-76

Rather expected game when 11th ranked BK Ogre (5-6) lost on the road to ninth ranked Valmiera (8-2) 86-76. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. BK Ogre was better in fourth quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BK Ogre 35-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Valmiera especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. BK Ogre was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Arturs Berzins (204-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Valmiera's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was point guard Marcis Vitols (183-92) with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Kristaps Plavnieks (183-95) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists. Five Valmiera and four BK Ogre players scored in double figures. Valmiera have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending Latvian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Barons Riga. BK Ogre lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BK Ogre: G.Antrops 15+4reb, M.Vitols 12+5reb+4ast, L.Mizis 12+3reb+1ast, K.Plavnieks 10+10ast, J.Poznaks 9+4reb+2ast, R.Niedra 6+1reb+1ast
Valmiera: A.Berzins 19+6reb+3ast, M.Laksa 15+2reb+3ast, D.Pitts 13+6reb+2ast, E.Jonats 12+10reb, J.Kaufmanis 12+2reb+2ast, L.Blaus 11+6reb+3ast
gschID: 495340


Jurmala - Rapla 58-64

The game in Jurmala was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Estonian Rapla (7-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Latvian Jurmala (4-6). Rapla managed to secure a 6-point victory 64-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jurmala. Jurmala was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Rapla, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93, agency: Two Points) who added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Viktors Iljins (212-91) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) scored 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Jurmala's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rapla have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-2 record behind leader Barons Riga. Jurmala at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Rapla will play against league's leader Barons Riga at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jurmala will play against Barsy Atyrau (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: V.Iljins 14+12reb, A.Duselis 14+3reb, U.Pinete 7+5reb+1ast, K.Viksne 6+1reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 4+3reb, A.Strelnieks 4+7reb+1ast
Rapla: T.van der Mars 16+10reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 11+1reb+6ast, R.Suarez 10+4reb+2ast, D.Bratoz 10+7reb+6ast, I.Kajupank 8+1reb, S.Kaldre 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 495341





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  

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


Zach Auguste claims Basketball Champions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Greek-American Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Usak and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 31 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Rosa Radom (#7, 3-8) with 20-point margin 96-76. Usak is placed at 6th position in their group in Basketball Champions League group C. Usak is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-7 record. Auguste turned to be Usak's top player in his first season with the team. University of Notre Dame graduate has very impressive stats this year. Auguste is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 63.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Javon McCrea (201-F-92) of Maccabi Rishon. McCrea impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Maccabi Rishon to another comfortable win 79-61 over slightly higher-ranked Umana VE (#3, 7-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Maccabi Rishon to move up to 5th position in group B. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. McCrea is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk (#3). Sant-Roos showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of CEZ Nymburk, leading his team to an 87-72 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Fraport SKY (#5, 4-7). CEZ Nymburk needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Sant-Roos has a very solid season. In 10 games in Basketball Champions League he scored 14.4ppg. He also has 6.4rpg, 3.2apg and 2.8spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 23 points and 11 rebounds
5. Sean Denison (210-C-85) of Oradea - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vince Hunter (203-PF-94) of Avtodor - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87) of Openjobmetis V. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Aleksandar Marelja (207-F/C-92) of Mega Leks - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Volodymyr Koniev (203-F-89) of Khimik - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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BC Timisoara split ways with head coach Mandic - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) split ways with 38-year old Bosnian coach Nenad Mandic. Mandic has coached there for the last three years.
He won Cup in 2015.
Mandic has coached also professionally in Bosnia (KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad).

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Rilski inks D.J. Shelton, ex Lavrio - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) signed 26-year old American forward D.J. Shelton (208-113kg-91, college: Washington State). He started the season at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league. In only one game he recorded 5 points and 3 rebounds this season.
The most of last season Shelton spent at Akhisar Bld in Turkish TBL where in 13 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.1apg. He also played earlier that season for VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 10 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 4.3rpg.
Shelton has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Kangoeroes).
Shelton attended Washington State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lukoil Academic with big victory to start new year - by Valentin Anguelov

Lukoil Academic started the new year with a win as they defeated Dutch Donar Groningen by the score 88-62 points in the match number three of group stage of "FIBA EuroCup". The players of coach Tony Detchev led for the majority of the game and at the end won by the important big margin. After three rounds champions of Bulgaria are second in the group "P" with 2 wins and one loss, while Donar is the opposite pole and occupies third place. In the next round Lukoil will travel to Benfica, while the Dutch will make the journey to Russia to play with the Yenisei in Krasnoyarsk.

Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) made his presence felt on both ends of the floor. The 26-year-old Bulgarian small forward made 6-of-11 shots from the field, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Pavlin Ivanov finished with 20 points, including four three-pointers.

Chase Fiehler became the top scorer of all guests with its 26 points, 4 triples, 6 rebounds, but six errors. Lance Jeter added 12 points and handed 8 assists.



Cvetkovic is back at Balkan - by BGbasket

Balkan Botevgrad (NBL) agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian power forward Dusan Cvetkovic (205-89, agency: BeoBasket). He is coming back to Botevgrad, where he played last season. Cvetkovic started the season at Rilski (NBL). He managed to play in three leagues this year. In 10 NBL games he had 4.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 6 games in the FIBA Europe Cup, where he recorded 3.5ppg and 3.8rpg. And finally, Cvetkovic contributed to 2 games in the Basketball Champions League qualification round, where he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.5rpg.
Last season at Balkan, Cvetkovic had 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg, in 35 NBL games. He contributed to the team making it to the NBL final, after they ended the regular season as the second best team. Quite an impressive season for him, as he was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention.
Cvetkovic was a member of the Serbian U20 National Team in 2009.
He is quite an experienced player, who has also played also professionally in Bosnia (Leotar), Montenegro (Jedinstvo), FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries) and Serbia (Vrsac and Mega Leks).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lukoil Academic and Sasa Zagorac part ways - by Vladislava Lazarova

Lukoil Academic and long time Slovenian National team player Sasa Zagorac (206-F/C-84) decided to part ways after less than a week, after the new year started. The contract of the player will be terminated and he will be free to continue his career in another club, where Zagorac could finish the season.

Sasa Zagorac joined Bulgarian champion Lukoil Academic in early September. He was part of the European victories of Lukoil in FIBA Cup and always was giving his best for the best of his team. Lukoil is at the first place in NBL Bulgaria current standings and last night won for the second time in Stage 2 of FIBA Cup, after beating Dutch champion Donar Groningen at home.





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Standings - CBA

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 4: Jiangsu D. - Xinjiang FT 98-109
Jan. 4: Beijing D. - Shanxi Zh. 95-85
Jan. 4: Zhejiang CB - Bayi R. 88-83
Jan. 4: Shandong FB - Guangsha L. 130-117
Jan. 4: Guangdong ST - Fujian QB 123-113
Jan. 4: Qingdao E. - Jiangsu TX 117-106
Jan. 4: Sichuan BW - Guangzhou 114-88
Jan. 4: Jilin NE T. - Liaoning H. 113-109
Jan. 4: Shenzhen L. - Shanghai S. 103-101
Jan. 4: North Control B. - TianJin S. 100-124

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 10: Shenzhen L. - Fujian QB
Jan. 11: Bayi R. - Jiangsu TX
Jan. 11: Shandong FB - Zhejiang CB
Jan. 11: Qingdao E. - Jiangsu D.
Jan. 11: TianJin S. - Guangsha L.
Jan. 11: Xinjiang FT - Guangzhou
Jan. 11: Liaoning H. - Shanxi Zh.
Jan. 11: Sichuan BW - Guangdong ST
Jan. 11: North Control B. - Beijing D.
Jan. 11: Shanghai S. - Jilin NE T.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 38.4
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.38.4 
 2. Brooks, Jiangsu D.37.4 
 3. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.36.2 
 4. McCollum, North C.36.0 
 5. Cunningham, Jiang.33.7 
 6. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.2 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning H.33.2 
 8. Brown, Jilin NE T.32.0 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.29.9 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.17.1 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.15.6 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.8 
 4. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 5. Hickson, Fujian QB13.5 
 6. Batista, North C.13.3 
 7. Sakakini, TianJ.13.0 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.12.7 
 9. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.11.9 
 10. Lampe, Shenzhen L.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.9 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.3 
 3. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.1 
 4. Jeter, TianJin S.6.9 
 5. Warren, Zhejiang.6.8 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.5 
 7. Brown, Zhejiang CB6.3 
 8. Jones, Qingdao E.5.9 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.8 
 10. Marbury, Beiji.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.4 
 2. Sui, Shandong FB2.7 
 3. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.7 
 4. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.5 
 5. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 6. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Fortson, Guangsha.2.2 
 9. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.2 
 10. McCollum, North C.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.8 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.4 
 3. Huang, Sichuan BW2.2 
 4. Sun, Beijing D.1.9 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 7. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 8. Haddadi, Sichu.1.7 
 9. Xu, Bayi R.1.6 
 10. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 


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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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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Osijek inks shooter Luka Katura - by Zeljko Zule

Vrijednosnice Osijek added more fire power to its roster by inking sharp shooter Luka Katura (194-G/F-89) for the remainder of the season.
Katura arrived from the Croatian A2 League side Jazine Arbanasi, for whom he averaged league-leading 23.1 points in 10 North Division games this season.
Katura grew up with Cibona junior team and has already played for Zabok, Gorica, Mladost, Rudes, Zrinjvac, Jolly JBS Sibenik in his native Croatia plus Kormend in Hungary and Furstenfeld in Austria.
In his last Croatian A1 League's season, 2014-15 with Sibenik Jolly JBS, Katura averaged 16.0 points (ranked third), 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29 games.




Split beat Cibona, Gorica rallies from a 15-point deficit for a first road win - by Zeljko Zule

Split's reserves outscored Cibona's 33-3, leading the club to a 82-75 win and Gorica erased a 15-point deficit to beat Kvarner 2010 77-73 for the first road win of the season
Split-Cibona 82-75: After trailing 45-51 midway through the third quarter, Split scored nine straight points to go up 54-51 and never looked back for the rest of the game. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) made a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 63-57 and later made back-to-back 3-pointers for a 72-62 advantange. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) finished with 21 points on shooting 7-of-9 from the field including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line, Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) came off the bench for 16 points, Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) had 12 points and 13 assists and Filip Najev (206-C-92) added 10 points. Cibona's bench players were outscored by an opponents 3-33. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) scored 32 points on shooting 9-of-12 from the field, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) scored 15 points and Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) 10.
Kvarner 2010-Gorica 73-77: Kvarner opened the game with a 14-2 run and lead 25-10 late in the first quarter. At that point, Gorica hit three straight 3-pointers to ignite a 23-4 run to go up 33-29. The rest of the game was very close to finished. Masan Vrbica (190-PG-94) made a step-back jumper with 19 seconds remaining to pull Gorica to 76-73. Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds left, Masan Vrbica (190-PG-94) grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled. He made the first free throw and the intentionally missed the second. Ljubo Prgomet came off the bench for 22 points, Masan Vrbica (190-PG-94) had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, Ante Masic (200-F-85) scored 14 points and Marko Petrovic (192-G-91, college: USF) added 10. Kvarner outrebounded Gorica 37-27, allowing just two offensive boards. Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93), Mate Vucic (203-F/C-97) and Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) all scored 14 points and Ivan Milicevic (204-F-95) had 12 points.




Kvarner 2010 lands Dino Butorac - by Zeljko Zule

Kvarener 2010 added experience to its roster by signing Dino Butorac (191-G-90) for the rest of the season. Butorac arrives from Croatian A2 League side Jazine Arbanasi, where he averaged 16.1 points in 10 North Division games this season.
Butorac has already played for Cedevita and Jolly JBS Sibenik in Croatia, Siroki in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sodertalje Kings in Sweden, Falco Szombathley in Hungary and Plymouth University Raiders in United Kingdom.
In his last Croatian A1 League's season, 2012-13 with Sibenik Jolly JBS, Butorac averaged 8.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31 games.
Buturac has won two Swedish League titles, one Bosnian Championship and one Bosnian Cup. He was a member of the Croatian U19 national team at the 2009 World Championship in New Zealand and won bronze medal.




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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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Petrolina AEK Larnaca lands Vladimir Dasic, ex Ulcinj - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) tabbed 29-year old Montenegrin international power forward Vladimir Dasic (207-107kg-88). He played most recently at Ulcinj in Montenegrin Erste Liga.
The previous (14-15) season Dasic played at Buducnost in Montenegrin league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 15 Eurocup games he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg. Dasic also played 26 games in ABA League where he recorded 8.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 3rd Team. Dasic also played 3 games in Erste Liga where he got 14.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.0spg.
Among other achievements Dasic's team won Montenegrin Cup in 2007, 2009 and 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Forward of the Year award back in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Dasic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2008 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007.
Dasic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.0ppg, 5.7rpg, Steals-4 (2.5spg), FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Dasic is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Dasic has played previously professionally also in Italy (Roma Virtus), Serbia (Metalac), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Spain (Real Madrid and Gran Canaria), Turkey (Besiktas) and United Arab Emirates (Al Ahli).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very versatile big man, who can spend time inside and outside with the same effectiveness. Needs to become more continous on the court, but he's yet very green, and the time will help a lot. Has a huge upside at 3 position, even at NBA level.
The Montenegrin power forward, is an athletic, versatile and skilled power forward, a natural born scorer, has great potential. From a complementary guy that looked capable of doing a lot of things but hardly found consistency displaying them, he successfully assumed his leading role as a talented, veteran and experienced player.
Outlook (2007):
Dasic is one of the top prospects of Montenegro, he has what it takes to become a very good power forward, he is strong, has very high basketball IQ and has silky moves in the paint. He has very good results in the catch-and-shoot mode as he can grab from any place the most amazing offensive rebound. Vladimir can be a real defensive weapon for his coach as his is very energetic on defence, his strength; length and quickness are adaptable to the three frontcourt positions at this level. His weaknesses is that is horrible from the charity line as his percentages are around 45-50%, moreover he can play much better in the power forward position than the one of the small forward as he has Inconsistency in his shooting from the perimeter. With a bit of work on techniques and shooting he can be a really very good material for both Europe and NBA courts
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Drive Earn Comeback Win over Knicks - by Eurobasket News

The Grand Rapids Drive (10-10) rallied from an eight-point deficit going into the fourth quarter to defeat the Westchester Knicks (10-8) at home on Wednesday night. They outscored the Knicks 33-22 in the fourth and came away with a 111-108 victory. After losing three games in a row before Friday's win against Greensboro, the Drive have now won two in a row before their upcoming seven-game road trip. Four players recorded at least 19 points for the Drive. Henry Ellenson (6'10''-C-97, college: Marquette) led the way on assignment from the Detroit Pistons with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Ray McCallum (6'3''-PG-91, college: Detroit Mercy) had 19 with nine rebounds and 10 assists, Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) also scored 19 points and Jordan Crawford was another player with 19, his coming off the bench. Chris Horton was also a huge factor off the bench for the second consecutive game, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds, eight of those coming at the offensive end. The eight offensive rebounds were a season-high for an individual Drive player. Maurice Ndour (6'9''-F-92, college: Ohio) was incredible playing on assignment from the New York Knicks for Westchester, especially before halftime. He had 22 points at the half and finished with 26 on 9-of-15 shooting. Jaylen Bond piled up 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Courtney Fells (6'5''-F/G-86, college: N.Carolina St.) and Damien Inglis (6'9''-PF-95, agency: BeoBasket) also had 14 points each. The score was tightly contested for the majority of the game. The lead changed hands 10 times in the span of the first half until the Knicks were able to pull ahead and gain an eight-point halftime advantage, 56-48. Both teams scored 30 points in the third quarter, but the Drive started to chip away at the lead in the fourth. Two three-pointers by Kevin Murphy brought Grand Rapids within two, but Von Wafer was able to answer with a jumper each time. But the Knicks' constant answers began to wear out, and the Drive eventually went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 96, and then scored six more unanswered after that. The Knicks rallied back with five points in a row to bring the deficit back to one, but it was all Drive from there and they secured the win. Two overturned calls that went in Grand Rapids' favor were key to the end of the game. The Drive uncharacteristically had trouble with coughing up the basketball. They had 15 turnovers at halftime, already above their season average of 13.5. They finished with 23 turnovers but shot 40 percent from three and 77 percent from the line on 31 attempts to make up for it. The Drive also won the rebounding battle 55-44, a rarity for this roster. The Knicks were much less efficient but turned the ball over just 12 times. For the teams' next action, Grand Rapids begins their seven-game road stretch on the West coast on Jan. 6 against the Santa Cruz Warriors, while the Knicks will take on Windy City in Chicago the same day.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Jordan Richard (ex Dosa) signs at Obras Basket - by Facundo Iatzky

Obras Basket Buenos Aires (LigaA) landed 28-year old American center Jordan Richard (206-89, college: CS Los Angeles). He played in the summer at Dosa in La Vega League in Dominican Republic. Richard helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in LNB South Division. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team. Richard also played that season for Soles (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league where in 21 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg and 3.5bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Richard was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fifth round (92nd overall).
The former Cal State - Los Angeles (NCAA Div.II) staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Richard's college team won CCAA Tournament in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Richard experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Richard has played previously professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Matera), Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela) and Mongolia (Darkhan Garid).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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 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


Kane's 31-point game gives him (Top 16) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to beat Zenit (#4, 0-1) 113-105. N.Novgorod is placed at 2nd position in their group in EuroCup group G. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and N.Novgorod won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Kane had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be N.Novgorod's top player in his first season with the team. Iowa State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kane is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP and 41.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita. He is American guard in his first season at Cedevita. In the last game Boatright recorded impressive double-double of 37 points and 11 assists. Bad luck as Cedevita was edged by Valencia (1-0) 89-86. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Boatright is a newcomer at Cedevita and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Devin Booker (205-C-91) of B.Muenchen. Booker scored 19 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of B.Muenchen, leading his team to a 68-57 win against #3 ranked Ratiopharm in a game of the week. B.Muenchen has a very good start of the Second Stage. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Booker also has a very good start of the Second Stage with very strong stats. Booker has a great season in EuroCup. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.4rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Khimky - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) of N.Novgorod - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-F-88) of Khimky - 18 points and 5 rebounds
7. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G/F-89) of ALBA - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ivan Paunic (198-SG-87) of Fuenlabrada - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) of Zenit - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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 


Smith's 23 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Mike Smith (198-G-87, agency: Inception Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Antwerp and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Antwerp in his team's victory, helping them to crush Prievidza (#3, 1-2) with 17-point margin 111-94. Antwerp is placed at 2nd position in their group in FIBA Europe Cup group L. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Antwerp and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mike Smith averages this season 10.6ppg and 5.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of league's second-best Gaziantep. He is American forward in his first season at Gaziantep. In the last game Jefferson recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Gaziantep lost that game 83-102 to Chalon (3-0). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Jefferson is a newcomer at Gaziantep and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.8ppg (#3). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Antwerp's star - guard Jason Clark (188-G-90). Clark scored 26 points and passed nine assists. He was another key player of Antwerp, helping his team with a 111-94 easy win against #3 ranked Prievidza in a game of the week. Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in group L. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost game. Clark has a great season in FIBA Europe Cup. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (5th best). He also has FGP: 52.4% and 3PT: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Axel Bouteille (201-G/F-95) of Chalon - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Csaba Ferencz (194-SF-85) of Kormend - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Maxym Korniyenko (205-F/C-87) of Lukoil Acad. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93) of Oberwart - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Sodertalje - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Enisey - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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



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
gschID: 522449





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Korisliiga Round 20: BC Nokia defeat leader Helsinki Seagulls - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Helsinki Seagulls (15-3) on the court of eighth ranked BC Nokia on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by BC Nokia 77-69. Helsinki Seagulls trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) replied with 14 points and 8 assists for Helsinki Seagulls. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Nokia (8-12) moved-up to seventh place. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. BC Nokia are looking forward to face higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Helsinki Seagulls will have a break next round.
The game between 6th ranked Kouvot (7-10) and seventh ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-11) in Kouvola ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tampere beat Kouvot 83-65. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and J'Nathan Bullock who added 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Guard Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Kouvot's coach Antti Hurri rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tampereen Pyrinto moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion Kouvot dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against league's second-placed Salon Vilpas at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kouvot will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 20 KTP Basket was beaten by Salon Vilpas on the road 79-70.


Kouvot - Pyrinto 65-83

The game between 6th ranked Kouvot (7-10) and seventh ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-11) in Kouvola ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tampere beat Kouvot 83-65. It looked good early as Kouvot took a 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tampereen Pyrinto took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 18 points. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) who added 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Guard Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Kouvot's coach Antti Hurri rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tampereen Pyrinto moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion Kouvot dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against league's second-placed Salon Vilpas at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kouvot will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: J.Bullock 21+9reb+1ast, T.Palmi 17+6reb, R.Minard 17+9reb+6ast, A.Lehto 15+3reb+6ast, J.Caven 5+7reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 4+3reb
Kouvot: M.Cuffee 20+8reb+3ast, R.Buckles 16+11reb, S.Pledger 11+2reb+3ast, N.Andersen 5+1reb, T.Hirvonen 4+2reb+6ast, M.Luosmaa 4+1reb
gschID: 488011


BC Nokia - Helsinki Seagulls 77-69

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Helsinki Seagulls (15-3) on the court of eighth ranked BC Nokia on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by BC Nokia 77-69. Helsinki Seagulls trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) replied with 14 points and 8 assists and the former international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Helsinki Seagulls. Five BC Nokia and four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Nokia (8-12) moved-up to seventh place. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. BC Nokia are looking forward to face higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Helsinki Seagulls will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: S.Barrett 21+10reb+2ast, P.Dia 13+3reb+1ast, E.Skamo 12+3reb+4ast, D.Dolenc 11+4reb, K.Smith 10+6reb+1ast, I.Wilkerson 4+3reb+4ast
Helsinki Seagulls: G.Lee 15+5reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 14+2reb+8ast, J.Conley 11+7reb+4ast, R.Cowels III 11+5reb+1ast, A.Niskanen 6+4reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 5+5reb
gschID: 488013


Salon Vilpas - KTP Basket 79-70

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Salon Vilpas (14-4) beat at home 9th ranked KTP-Basket (6-13) 79-70. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-21 KTP-Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-70 at the end of the game. KTP-Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Okko Jarvi (193-96) who added 16 points during the contest. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 19 rebounds and 9 assists and Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. KTP-Basket's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Salon Vilpas have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record behind leader Helsinki Seagulls. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Salon Vilpas will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#6) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: O.Jarvi 16+4reb+3ast, A.Coleman 15+6reb+5ast, M.Ojala 14+6reb+1ast, J.Staten 12+5reb+4ast, D.Williams 8+8reb, N.Buss 6+5reb
KTP Basket: M.Pratt 22+19reb+9ast, S.Gay 15+5reb+1ast, W.Walker 11+8reb, M.Barnes 9+1reb+1ast, D.Bailey 7+3reb, J.Herrala 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 488012





Energa Czarni signs Nino Johnson, ex Kataja Basket - by Eurobasket News

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) signed 24-year old American forward Nino Johnson (206-111kg-93, college: Southeast Missouri State, agency: Octagon Europe). He started the season at Kataja Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 11 games he had 12.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg this season. Johnson also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.9bpg. The last season he played at Kagawa (B League) in Japan. In 48 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg and 1.4bpg.
Johnson was voted Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year back in 2011 at his college time.
Johnson graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

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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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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.

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Lukas Sipetic (ex Tuebingen II) joins Manchester Giants - by Eurobasket News

Manchester Giants (BBL) added to their roster 23-year old French swingman Lukas Sipetic (185-94). He has played for the last three seasons at SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team in German Regionalliga. In 24 games he had 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.8apg last season.
Sipetic's team was Runner-Up of German Regionalliga (South-West Group) 2015.
He has played also professionally in Germany for Walter Tigers.

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Steve McWhorter (ex Poitiers) joins Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Steve McWhorter (188-84kg-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). He started the season at Union Poitiers Basket 86 in French ProB. In 13 games he had 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season McWhorter played at Landstede Basketbal Zwolle where in 37 Eredivisie games he recorded 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg and 2.2spg (in top 4). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.
McWhorter's college team won Horizon League Tournament in 2014.
He graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Coach Vincent leaves Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 53-year old coach Pierre Vincent parted ways with Entente Orleans 45 (ProA).
Among other achievements Vincent's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2011 and 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Coach of the Year award back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Vincent was coaching French U18 National Team between 1998 and 2002.
He has coached previously two other teams: ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and Bourges.

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SAP Vaucluse signs Bennet Davis - by Eurobasket News

Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (NM1) signed 33-year old Bahamas ex-international forward Bennet Davis (206-100kg-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at St Chamond in the ProB. In 11 games he had 4.1ppg and 2.6rpg this season. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Davis played at UB Chartres where in 35 NM1 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention.
In 2008 (a year after he left the college) Davis was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League) in third round (41st overall).
He attended Northeastern University until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Davis' team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
Davis represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Tortola (Virgin Islands) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 5.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 31.6%, FT: 80.0%.
Davis is quite experienced player. He has played in nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Davis has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK Zadar), Finland (KTP-Basket), Israel (GreenTops Netanya), Japan (Niigata Albirex), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Spain (Palencia Baloncesto), Hungary (Kormend, Kaposvari and Marso Nyiregyhazi KK) and D-League (Utah F.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Davis could be described: A tall forward who is known for his ability to handle the ball at 6-9, he never missed a game at collegiate level, starting 102 of the 123 games he played at Northeastern. A good scorer and shotblocker, he finished his career with 170 blocks, the second most in school history. He also attended St. George's School in the Bahamas where he played baseball. As a pitcher, Davis was a member of Bahamas' national team.

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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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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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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!



EuroLeague: Brose Baskets fire past FC Barcelona for third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - FC Barcelona 85:65

Brose Baskets claimed the third consecutive win in EuroLeague regular season. The German powerhouse denied FC Barcelona at home court to gain 6-9 record. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) and Darius Miller (202-G-90, college: Kentucky) posted 20 points apiece in the victory.
Brose Baskets snatched an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The German side extended the lead throughout the second term. Brose Baskets built a 40:31 halftime advantage. The hosts maintained the pressure throughout the third term. Brose Baskets entered the final quarter up by 12 points 59:47. The home side did not slow down in the fourth frame. They poured in 26 points in the final term and cruised to the win. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) accounted for 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, college: Boston Coll.) responded with 19 points for FC Barcelona. Alexander Vezenkov (206-PF-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

Brose Baskets: Janis Strelnieks 20, Darius Miller 20, Nicolo Melli 17+13 boards
FC Barcelona: Tyrese Rice 19, Alexander Vezenkov 9




Rashaun Broadus Moves To SC Rasta Vechta - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

SC Rasta Vechta have found a replacement for the departed ex NBA player Scott Machado reeling in major experience with Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe). Broadus is a 32 year old 183cm point guard from Washington that also has the Albanian citzenship. He is currently in his eighth professional season and started the season with Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL) where he played 10 LKL games averaging 7,3ppg, 2,orpg and 3,2apg and in Europe Cup action played seven games averaging 3,4ppg and 2,1apg. He has experience having played in 5 countries, but played mostly in Lithuania.

He started his basketball career at Western Nebraska CC and then moved to: BYU (NCAA) and in his junior season played 28 games averaging 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, FG: 39.3%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 64.2%. As a senior he played 15 games averaging 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 34.4%, 3Pts: 30.4%, FT: 58.3%. He started his professional career in 2008 with CSU Cuadripol Brasov (Romania-Div.A) playing Balkan League: 7 games: 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg; Romanian League: 26 games: Score-5 (17.3ppg), 3.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 66.3%. In the 2009-2010 season he moved to Marijampole Suduva-Arvi (Lithuania-LKL) playing Baltic League: 6 games: 21.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.7apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 70.0%; Lithuanian League: 16 games: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.3apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 71.4%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague): 19 games: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 66.7%; left in Dec.'10 and signed at BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 18 games: 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.2apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 62.5%; Baltic League: 12 games: 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-2 (5.1apg), Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 83.8%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL): Lithuanian League: 31 games: 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-3 (1.6spg), FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.0%; Baltic League: 23 games: 10.5ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-2 (4.4apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 25.8%, FT: 85.0%; VTB League: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 17.6%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 50.0%. In the 2012-2013 season he moved to Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL) playing VTB League: 18 games: 7.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 65.7%; Lithuanian LKL: 28 games: 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 62.8%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for Juventus-LKSK Utenos (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): 49 games: 13.2ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-5 (3.9apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 75.0%; Baltic League: 17 games: 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 57.9%. In the 2015-2016 season he played for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) playing 31 games: 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 71.6%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been NJCAA Region IX All-Tournament Team -05, Team Ranked #1 for three weeks in NJCAA -05, Team won NJCAA Region IX Title -05, All-MWC Honorable Mention -06, MWC Regular Season Champion -07, MWC Tournament Finalist -07, IBL All-Western-Conference 2nd Team -08, Romanian Cup Semifinals -09, Romanian League All-Star Game -09, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports/Bosmans Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) 2nd Team -10, IBL Regular Season Continental Division Runner-Up -10, Baltic League Quarterfinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 2nd Team -11, Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team -11, 12, 15, IBL International Division Regular Season Champion -11, IBL Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League, Guard of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 1st Team -12, 15, Baltic League Elite Division Regular Season Champion -12, Baltic League Semifinals -12, 15, Lithuanian League Semifinals -12, 13, 15, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Defensive Team -12, Lithuanian League All-Star Game -12, IBL International Division Regular Season Runner-Up -12, Lithuanian Cup Semifinals -15, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team -15, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team -15
Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention -16, Albanian National Team -16, and Qualifications to European Championships 2017 -16: 5 games: Score-1 (19.8ppg), 1.6rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-2 (2.8spg), FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 65.4%.





Larry Gordon (SC Rasta Vechta) Derrick Allen Gives Me Hope As A Basketball Player - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona)s a 29 year old 196cm forward that is back in Germany having signed with SC Rasta Vechta. He started the season with Sonic Boom KT (Korea-KBL) playing 19 games averaging 14.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 35.6%, FT: 82.1%. Last season he played with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 33 games averaging 10.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 84.3%. The American played a total of 101 games for Phoenix Hagen from 2012-2015 leading them into the playoffs once He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NCAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 36 games and averaging 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) from 2010-2012 before coming to Phoenix Hagen in 2012. Larry Gordon has been a regular for eurobasket.com as he gave his 40th interview for the website.

Larry thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome back to Germany. When I say 36/22 do you have any idea what I am referring to?

I have no idea

Well let me clear up the math lesson and tell you that 36 stands for the minutes you played in a 75-67 win in Vecta 3 years ago where you led the team with 22 points. What do you remember about the breathtaking atmosphere in the Rasta Dome?

It's small and loud, with a great fan base

How excited are you to be playing in Vechta? How big is this challenge for you coming and trying to get Vechta back to winning ways?

I'm very excited, I'm back in Germany which is like a second home for me. This will be a very big challenge for me given the situation but nothing I haven't experienced before.

SC Rasta Vechta have many talented players, but do you feel in a way like being a type of savior?

Oh no I'm no savior, I'm just here to add more fire power to the team. Like you said we have many talented players. I don't think the team needs to be saved, we just need the extra boost to get us over the top and get in a rhythm of winning games.

You played 12 minutes in a bitter 87-83 loss at home against the Giessen 46ers. What was key for not being able to pull out the win?

I think we just kind of lost focus in the 3rd, which lead to huge run for them and then from there on they had the momentum.

Giessen is a very talented team and might be overachieving, but don't tell them that. What positives could you take out of this loss as a team?

Yea they were not a bad team, they played well in the 2nd half against us. Well for me, I can see the potential we have as a team to really turn this season around. We played a really good first half in this game and I think if we can transfer that focus, energy and intensity to the second half, we will win games.

How confident are you that this team with many BBL veterans can turn this team around?

I'm actually very confident. Vechta has been in a lot of games this season where they could have gotten a Win. One thing about having experience is that you have the knowledge to know how to Win in these situations.

You only played 12 minutes after just arriving. How tough was it for you just getting reacquainted with everything as well as fighting the jet lag?

It was pretty tough man I'm not going to lie. I was pretty exhausted but I fought through it. I think I could have played more if called upon but I don't think they wanted to push me too hard first time out. It's going to take me a few days but I'll be back to my old self really soon.

Some figured you fled Germany for team Sonic Boom KT (Korea-KBL) because of the money and you had good stats there, but now your back in Germany. What were the main reasons for coming back to Germany?

Well that's not true, I fled Germany because there were no opportunities for me after my season last year. So I chose to try out a different market including Korea to expand my chances of playing somewhere. And I came back to Germany because things didn't work out with KT, so I left. And I was lucky enough that this opportunity in Vechta was available, so I'm very happy to be back in the BBL.

You lived a few months in a totally new culture. Did you experience some kind of culture shock? What was the coolist thing you experienced in Korea that you will always remember?

It definitely was a culture shock. But it was definitely fun and exciting to experience. The favorite moment was when I got to go to a festival and experienced the South Korean culture first hand. I wore traditional clothes, ate traditional food, watched traditional shows and events. It was a very good time and I enjoyed it.

You were a scorer and rebounder for Phoenix Hagen, but also glue guy that kept that team together. What kind of role do you see having with SC Rasta Vechta?

I feel I will have that exact same roll here in Vechta. Scoring and rebounding are two of my major strengths, But I have improved my game since then and I have a lot more to bring to the team, like my defensive prowess and my play-making IQ.

You have some talented guys at the small forward position with sharp shooter Moses Ehambe and Travis Warech. Are you concerned that you might get less minutes?

Not at all, because it doesn't matter to me as long as we are winning games. You know me, points, stats and minutes don't mean anything to me if we are not winning games.

How excited are you to be playing with BBL dinosaur Derrick Allen. He belongs to the hardest working and most dedicated players in the BBL. What has always amazed you about his game over the years when you played against him?

Actually I am excited to be playing with him. What has amazed me the most is that he still finds the energy to get back on the court year after year. He gives me hope as a basketball player, that if I take care of my body and work hard, I can play for a very long time.

This is your second season away from Phoenix Hagen, but how much do you feel for the organization that closed up shop? How much does Ingo Freyer deserve a new coaching job?

I have a lot of love for Hagen, some of my best times as a pro were in Hagen. Great teammates, great people and great fans. It was sad to see the situation there and I hope they are able to overcome it and get back. I'm sure Ingo with get his shot somewhere for sure.

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

It was incredible to watch, and definitely enjoyed one of the top performances in our basketball generation.

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?

He is definitely the best all around player in the league right now. I wouldn't give him best player in the world just yet, I think Lebron still holds on to that title.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Mac Steel.

Thanks for the chat Larry.





The Fraport Skyliners Add Shawn Huff - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners have gained an experienced defensive specialist with Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) and given him a contract to the end of the season. Huff is a 32 year old 198cm forward from Finland that is the captain of the national team and brings 3 years of BBL experience to Frankfurt having played 106 games from 2013-2016 and also 16 Eurocup games last season with Ludwigsburg. Last season in his final season with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) he played 33 games averaging 9.4ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 82.1%; Eurocup: 16 games: 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 75.0%. He started this season with ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (France-ProA) playing 11 games averaging 2,5ppg, and 1,2rpg. His best scoring game was 11 points against Dijon. "We have been interested in the past in getting Shawn. It didn't happen in the past because of various reasons. He has a good charachter and is a good player that has the correct values. He knows the league and was very succcesful here", stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

Huff started his basketball career in 2000 with Torppari and then moved to the Honka Espoo Playboys where he played from 2001-2004. He then went overseas and played in the NCAA from 2004 to 2008 with California school Valparaiso (NCAA) where he played a total of 108 NCAA games and as a senior played 36 games averaging 12.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3Pts: 47.9%, FT: 83.8%. He was able to improve his scoring stats each season at Valparaiso. He came back to Europe in 2008 and played three years in Greece, then two years in Italy before moving to Ludwigsburg in 2013. In the 2008-2009 season he played for Costa Cafe Marousi (Greece-A1): Eurocup: 12 games: 2.2ppg; Greek League: 24 games: 1.5ppg. In the 2009-2010 he moved to Kavala/Panorama (Greece-A1): 20 games: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg. In the 2010-2011 season he played for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1): 17 games: 5.4ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 77.8%, in Feb.'11 moved to MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 9 games: 12.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 70.0%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (Italy-Lega2) playing 28 games: 15.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 75.3%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Vanoli Cremona (Italy-SerieA): 18 games: 3.9ppg, 3.2rpg, in Mar.'13 moved to Upea Capo d'Orlando (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 8 games: 15.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2013 he moved to the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL): 37 games: 10.1ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 67.6%. In the 2014-2015 season for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) he played 36 games: 11.1ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 81.8%. "I am very happy about having the chance to play for Frankfurt. I want to be a good teammate and win as many games as possible. I remember every game that we had with Ludwigsburg in Frankfurt. There were many really intense classic games that had a good atmosphere. I know Gordon Herbert since a while and have often spoken with him. He was active as a player in Finland when my father was. I am ready to get started, warned Shawn Huff.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been, Finnish U18 National Team -01-02, Finnish U20 National Team -02, Finnish League Champion -03
Scandinavian U21 National Team -03, Global Games U18 in Dallas -03, Finnish National Team -03-16, Eurobasket.com Finnish League All-Domestic Players 2nd Team -04, Finnish League Regular Season Champion -04, Finnish League Semifinals -04, MCC Tournament Semifinals -06, All-MCC Honorable Mention -07
Horizon League Tournament Semifinals -08, Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08: 8 games: 13.3ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 51.4%, FT: 84.2%
Greek Cup Semifinals -09, Greek League Semifinals -09, Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 8 games: 10.8ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 71.4%, European Championships in Lithuania -11: 12 games: 9.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 73.3%, Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 13.9ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 61.8%, 3PT-2 (57.6%), FT: 85.7%, European Championships in Slovenia -13: 8 games: 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 66.7%, World Cup in Spain -14: 5 games: 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 58.8%, and European Championships -15: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.8%.

Source:Fraport Skyliners









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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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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Rilski inks D.J. Shelton, ex Lavrio - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) signed 26-year old American forward D.J. Shelton (208-113kg-91, college: Washington State). He started the season at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league. In only one game he recorded 5 points and 3 rebounds this season.
The most of last season Shelton spent at Akhisar Bld in Turkish TBL where in 13 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.1apg. He also played earlier that season for VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 10 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 4.3rpg.
Shelton has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Kangoeroes).
Shelton attended Washington State until 2014 and it is his third 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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KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac welcomes back Vitkovac, ex Apollon Patras - by Eurobasket News

KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (KLS) inked experienced 35-year old Greek forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac as he has played here before. Vitkovac played recently at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league. In four games he averaged 3.3ppg and 2.8rpg this season. Vitkovac also played earlier that season for KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac where in only one A1 game he had 5 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block.
Among other achievements Vitkovac won Montenegrin League championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Vitkovac has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Serbia (Partizan, Vojvodina Srbijagas and Crvena Zvezda) and Montenegro (Buducnost).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch keeps Aarts for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch (Eredivisie) re-signed experienced 34-year old former international center Marcel Aarts (213-104kg-83). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 34 Eredivisie games he averaged 4.5ppg and 3.8rpg last season. Aarts helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg.
Among other achievements Aarts won Dutch Eredivisie championship title in 2006, 2007 and 2015.
He was a member of Dutch international program for some years. Aarts was called to Dutch Senior National Team back in 2008 and previously for U18 National Team in 2000.
He M.Magixx.
Aarts' game is described as: Good atlethe for his size. Nice 15ft shot and moves around the basket. Still can improve a lot and should add some more weight on his frame.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Steve McWhorter (ex Poitiers) joins Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Steve McWhorter (188-84kg-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). He started the season at Union Poitiers Basket 86 in French ProB. In 13 games he had 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season McWhorter played at Landstede Basketbal Zwolle where in 37 Eredivisie games he recorded 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg and 2.2spg (in top 4). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.
McWhorter's college team won Horizon League Tournament in 2014.
He graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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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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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Cook, Chemidor24.3 
 2. Koljevic, Kashan23.0 
 3. Buljan, Kashan21.6 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.7 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan19.4 
 6. Hosley, Arak18.9 
 7. Marshall, Gorgan18.6 
 8. Prince, Azad18.2 
 9. Gacesa, Tabriz17.8 
 10. Kovacevic, Kashan17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Kazemi, Army12.4 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.8 
 3. Toncinic, Gorgan9.8 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.7 
 5. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.9.4 
 6. Kardoust, Arak8.8 
 7. Cukinas, Chemidor8.3 
 8. Perkins, Naft A.7.6 
 9. Taherpour, Shiraz a.7.1 
 10. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.9 
 2. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.4 
 3. Koljevic, Kashan4.3 
 4. Aslani, Army4.0 
 5. Prince, Azad3.5 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.3 
 7. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.3 
 8. Marshall, Gorgan3.3 
 9. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.0 
 10. Perkins, Naft A.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kazemi, Army3.2 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.2 
 3. Hosley, Arak2.7 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.3 
 5. Beigi, Army2.3 
 6. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.1 
 7. Jones, Azad2.0 
 8. Marshall, Gorgan2.0 
 9. Prince, Azad1.9 
 10. Perkins, Naft A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.5 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.3 
 3. Kardoust, Arak1.3 
 4. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 5. Rahmati, Kashan1.0 
 6. Moradkhani, Azad0.9 
 7. Abramian, Gorgan0.8 
 8. Mijovic, Kashan0.8 
 9. Torabi, Army0.8 
 10. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.0.8 


Superleague Round 11: Chemidor edges Tabriz by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 11 in the Superleague took place in Tabriz. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Tabriz (6-5) to sixth ranked Chemidor (6-5) 65-63 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tabriz. The best player for the winners was American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Sean Williams (208-86, college: Boston Coll.) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chemidor moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Tabriz. Chemidor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tehran Azad.
Leader Petrochimi delivered the tenth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Kashan (4-7) 82-62. American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Gerald Robinson contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Kashan. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petrochimi (10-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Newly promoted Kashan dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Army. Petrochimi will play against Army (#7) in Tehran in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kashan will play on the road against Shiraz a.s Pipe and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-57 loss to fourth ranked Azad (7-4) in Tehran on Monday evening. It was a great evening for Adnan Doraghi who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Azad's coach Farzad Kouhian felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Amir Allahverdi responded with 13 points and 5 assists. Azad maintains fourth place with 7-4 record. Shiraz a.s Pipe lost their eleventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Azad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tehran to the arena Chemidor.
The game in Tehran supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Naft Abadan (8-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Army (4-7). Naft Abadan smashed Army 79-55. It was an exceptional evening for Mohammad Hassanzadeh who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Naft Abadan moved-up to second place, which they share with Arak. Army at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Naft Abadan's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Arak at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Army will play against the league's leader Petrochimi (#1) in Bandar Imam and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 11 Gorgan was defeated by Arak in a road game 88-74.


Tabriz - Chemidor 63-65

The most exciting game of round 11 in the Superleague took place in Tabriz. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Tabriz (6-5) to sixth ranked Chemidor (6-5) 65-63 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tabriz. The best player for the winners was American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Chemidor players scored in double figures. American forward Sean Williams (208-86, college: Boston Coll.) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Erfan Nasajpour (177-84) added 7 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chemidor moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Tabriz. Chemidor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tehran Azad.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: D.Cook 15+5reb+2ast, P.Cukinas 15+7reb, A.Azari 10+3reb, J.Davari 10+3reb+4ast, K. Riaie 9+8reb, A.Amini 3+3reb+1ast
Tabriz: S.Williams 20+8reb+4ast, N.Gacesa 10+4reb+2ast, A. Taherkhani 8, E.Nasajpour 7+6reb+5ast, M.Falahat 6+9reb, M.Ghamari 5+1reb
gschID: 520587


Azad - Shiraz a.s Pipe 92-57

Bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-57 loss to fourth ranked Azad (7-4) in Tehran on Monday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Azad. Shiraz a.s Pipe managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shiraz a.s Pipe to just 3 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Shiraz a.s Pipe 40-22 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Azad shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for international Adnan Doraghi (190-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). American swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. Azad's coach Farzad Kouhian felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Amir Allahverdi responded with 13 points and 5 assists and the former international Reza Ranjbar scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Azad maintains fourth place with 7-4 record. Shiraz a.s Pipe lost their eleventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Azad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tehran to the arena Chemidor.
Top scorers:
Azad: A.Doraghi 26+2reb+3ast, J.Prince 21+6reb+3ast, J.Jones 11+7reb+1ast, M.Yousofvand 9+3reb, B.Koochoie 8+3reb+3ast, M.Moradkhani 7+2reb+1ast
Shiraz a.s Pipe: H.Aghajari 15+1reb+1ast, R.Ranjbar 14+5reb, A.Allahverdi 13+2reb+5ast, S.Taherpour 5+8reb+3ast, M.Rezaei 5+3reb, M.Ali Ghodrati 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 520585


Army - Naft Abadan 55-79

The game in Tehran supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Naft Abadan (8-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Army (4-7). Naft Abadan smashed Army 79-55. The game without a history. Naft Abadan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Army to just 7 points in first quarter. Naft Abadan forced 22 Army turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for international Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) accounted for 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. M Rajaei came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Army 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. Naft Abadan moved-up to second place, which they share with Arak. Army at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Naft Abadan's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Arak at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Army will play against the league's leader Petrochimi (#1) in Bandar Imam and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: M.Hassanzadeh 22+12reb+2ast, D.Perkins 15+6reb+4ast, S.Davarpanah 12+3reb+2ast, E.Salmani 8+4reb+2ast, M.Reza Akbari 6+3reb, R.Richards 6
Army: M. Rajaei 14+6reb+2ast, S.Foroutannik 9+9reb, M.Torabi 8+8reb, V.Dalirzahan 7+7reb+5ast, S.Derboghosian 5+2reb, M.Tavana 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 520584


Kashan - Petrochimi 62-82

Leader Petrochimi delivered the tenth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Kashan (4-7) 82-62. Petrochimi dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kashan's 28. American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Montenegrin point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and international swingman Mohammad Shahrian (193) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Kashan. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petrochimi (10-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Newly promoted Kashan dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Army. Petrochimi will play against Army (#7) in Tehran in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kashan will play on the road against Shiraz a.s Pipe and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: G.Robinson 20+1reb+4ast, J.White 16+9reb+4ast, R.Arghavan 14+4reb+1ast, M.Jamshidi 12+4reb+4ast, B.Yakhchali 7+2reb+2ast, M.Nabipour 5+2reb
Kashan: I.Koljevic 21+8reb+6ast, M.Shahrian 13+5reb+4ast, M.Soleimani 8+6reb, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 8+3reb+1ast, H.Rahmati 5+2reb+1ast, A.Najafi 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 520588


Arak - Gorgan 88-74

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (2-9) was defeated on the road by second ranked Arak (8-3) 88-74. The game was mostly controlled by Arak. Shahrdari Gorgan was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arak dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Shahrdari Gorgan's 30. Arak forced 19 Shahrdari Gorgan turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Hamed Afagh (193-83) who led the winners and scored 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American-Guyanese Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) came up with 20 points and Croatian power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Shahrdari Gorgan in the defeat. Five Arak and four Shahrdari Gorgan players scored in double figures. Shahrdari Gorgan's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Arak maintains second place with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Petrochimi, which they share with Naft Abadan. Shahrdari Gorgan lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Arak's next round opponent will be Naft Abadan (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Shahrdari Gorgan will play against Tabriz (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Arak: H.Afagh 20+4reb+2ast, Q.Hosley 16+7reb+2ast, A.Davoudi 13+2reb+7ast, A.Kardoust 12+7reb, H.Sohrabnejad 10+3reb+3ast, M.Ojaghi 9+2reb+2ast
Gorgan: R.Marshall 20+4reb+3ast, F.Toncinic 16+9reb, M.Hoseinpour 12+1reb+1ast, S.Mohammadi 12+1reb+5ast, K.Ahmadian 4+4reb+3ast, M.Shahsavand 4+2reb
gschID: 520586



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)



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Kyle Casey (ex Helios) agreed terms with Hapoel Afula - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Gilboa Afula (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Kyle Casey (201-102kg-89, college: Harvard). He supposed to play at Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 8 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg this season. Casey also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Casey's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 1st Team award in 2015.
Casey has played previously professionally in NBA (Phoenix Suns) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended Harvard University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

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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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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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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  ITALY  


Johndre Jefferson left Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) left Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) from In 11 games in Italy he had 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season.
The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor in Turkish BSL where in 26 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. Jefferson was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Jefferson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), APBL (Beltway Bombers) and IBL (Salem S.).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
Jefferson could be described: An athletic center who runs the court very well and has great timing to grab rebounds and bock the opponent' shots inside.

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Arkadia inks coach Luigi Gresta, ex Matera - by Eurobasket News

Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (A Bundesliga) agreed terms with 46-year old Italian coach Luigi Gresta (agency: Interperformances). He coached last season at Bawer Olimpia Matera in Italian Serie A2.
The previous (14-15) season Gresta coached at Al Kuwait (D1) in Kuwaiti league.
He has coached also professionally for other Italian teams like Italy for Scafati Vanoli Cremona.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @IP_sport)

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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....

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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.

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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.

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.

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

31-year old forward Robert Dozier (206-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Sanen and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Shiga L-Stars (#6, 6-23) with 18-point margin 82-64. Sanen is placed at 2nd position in their group in Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sanen will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Dozier had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sanen's top player in his first season with the team. Robert Dozier averages this season 16.6ppg and 8.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex. He is American forward in his first season at Niigata Albirex. In the last game Gardner recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Niigata Albirex lost that game 76-82 to slightly higher-ranked Toyota Alvark (#1, 22-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Niigata Albirex still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-14 record is not bad at all. Gardner is a newcomer at Niigata Albirex and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#2). He also registered 8.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kevin Kotzur (203-F-89) of Kyoto Hannar. (#4). Kotzur showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Kotzur's great performance Kyoto Hannar. lost 64-74 to slightly lower-ranked Yokohama BC (#5, 11-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kyoto Hannar. ranking at the top of West, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kotzur could help Kyoto Hannar. to bring them higher in the standings. Kotzur has a great season in Japan. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Kotzur (203-F-89) of Kyoto Hannar. - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT - 27 points and 12 rebounds
6. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84) of Ryukyu GK - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets - 19 points and 13 rebounds
8. Jason Washburn (210-C-90) of Yokohama BC - 24 points and 7 rebounds
9. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ryan Spangler (203-F-91) of Toshiba BT - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Davis' double-double lands him B League D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Josh Davis (203-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Shimane SM and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aomori Watts (#5, 12-16) 81-73. Shimane SM maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shimane SM will need more victories to improve their 21-6 record. It's Davis' second year at Shimane SM and it's hard to imagine this team without him. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.0rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 55.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83) of top-ranked Fukushima. He is American guard in his first season at Fukushima. In the last game Bozeman recorded impressive 19 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he led Fukushima to another comfortable win 80-66 over the lower-ranked Bambitious Nara (#6, 8-20) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Fukushima still keep East's top spot. His team has currently 20-8 record. Bozeman is a newcomer at Fukushima and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) of Shinshu BW (#4). Dollard scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Shinshu BW, leading his team to a 84-77 win against slightly lower-ranked Kagoshima (#6, 3-25). The chances of Shinshu BW not to end season at such low position in West, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dollard could try to bring Shinshu BW's a little bit higher in the standings. Dollard has a very solid season. In 2 games in Japan he scored 21.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Craig Williams (206-C-89) of Ehime OV - 13 points and 14 rebounds
7. Naoki Tani (193-G/F-88) of Nishinomiya S. - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Donald Lawson (208-C-88) of Iwate Big Bulls - 13 points and 17 rebounds
9. Will Carter (200-F-88) of Shinshu BW - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Nigel Spikes (208-C-89) of Fukushima - 9 points, 10 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)



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)



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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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





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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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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)



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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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Petrolina AEK Larnaca lands Vladimir Dasic, ex Ulcinj - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) tabbed 29-year old Montenegrin international power forward Vladimir Dasic (207-107kg-88). He played most recently at Ulcinj in Montenegrin Erste Liga.
The previous (14-15) season Dasic played at Buducnost in Montenegrin league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 15 Eurocup games he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg. Dasic also played 26 games in ABA League where he recorded 8.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 3rd Team. Dasic also played 3 games in Erste Liga where he got 14.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.0spg.
Among other achievements Dasic's team won Montenegrin Cup in 2007, 2009 and 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Forward of the Year award back in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Dasic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2008 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007.
Dasic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.0ppg, 5.7rpg, Steals-4 (2.5spg), FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Dasic is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Dasic has played previously professionally also in Italy (Roma Virtus), Serbia (Metalac), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Spain (Real Madrid and Gran Canaria), Turkey (Besiktas) and United Arab Emirates (Al Ahli).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very versatile big man, who can spend time inside and outside with the same effectiveness. Needs to become more continous on the court, but he's yet very green, and the time will help a lot. Has a huge upside at 3 position, even at NBA level.
The Montenegrin power forward, is an athletic, versatile and skilled power forward, a natural born scorer, has great potential. From a complementary guy that looked capable of doing a lot of things but hardly found consistency displaying them, he successfully assumed his leading role as a talented, veteran and experienced player.
Outlook (2007):
Dasic is one of the top prospects of Montenegro, he has what it takes to become a very good power forward, he is strong, has very high basketball IQ and has silky moves in the paint. He has very good results in the catch-and-shoot mode as he can grab from any place the most amazing offensive rebound. Vladimir can be a real defensive weapon for his coach as his is very energetic on defence, his strength; length and quickness are adaptable to the three frontcourt positions at this level. His weaknesses is that is horrible from the charity line as his percentages are around 45-50%, moreover he can play much better in the power forward position than the one of the small forward as he has Inconsistency in his shooting from the perimeter. With a bit of work on techniques and shooting he can be a really very good material for both Europe and NBA courts
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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.

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Tyler Johnson leads Heat over Kings to snap 6-game skid - by Eurobasket News

Tyler Johnson (6'4''-G-93, college: Fresno St.) had a modest cheering section on the road Wednesday night and gave relatives and Fresno State fans plenty to cheer about as he helped rally the Miami Heat. Johnson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including his team's final five, to help the struggling Heat beat the Sacramento Kings 107-102 to snap a six-game losing streak. The Heat squandered a 19-point third-quarter lead and trailed on several occasions in the fourth before Johnson put them ahead 105-102 on a three-point play with 27.8 seconds left. "It's not a coincidence that his most memorable plays come down the stretch," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of the third-year guard. "He's a fearless player, a real competitor." Johnson, a former Fresno State player, blocked Matt Barnes' shot from close range with just under a minute left. He then came down court and made a floating jumper and was fouled. He hit the free throw to complete the three-point play. "I was trying to make the shot (by Barnes) difficult, I wasn't really trying to block it," Johnson said. The victory was Miami's sixth straight over Sacramento and 16th in 17 meetings. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) had 19 points and seven assists for the Heat. James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, college: Wake Forest) had 14 points and Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) had 13. Miami had dropped nine of its previous 10 games. Reserves Arron Afflalo, Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) and Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) each had 15 points for the Kings. Anthony Tolliver had 14 points, DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) had 13 and Matt Barnes added 10. "Miami has always been a team and franchise that takes pride in playing great from top to bottom no matter if they have superstar talent or low-level players," Afflalo said. "We expected that coming in, and they did what they had to do." Trailing by 19 points in the third quarter and looking lethargic, the Kings closed the period with 13 straight points to pull within 87-81 entering the fourth.
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Butler, bench lift Bulls to 106-94 win over Cavs - by Eurobasket News

The Bulls couldn't have started much worse in Wednesday's game at Cleveland. Five minutes in, the visitors trailed 15-2. Then the Bulls seemed to look around, realize the defending champion Cavaliers were missing three starters and started feeling confident. Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic (6'10''-F/C-91) led a comeback in the second quarter, then Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) finished it off in the fourth and the Bulls beat Cleveland 106-94 at Quicken Loans Arena. Fluke or not, the Bulls are now 5-1 against the Cavs over the past two seasons. They won an earlier meeting at the United Center when the Cavaliers were close to full strength. Cleveland (26-7) was down a few men on Wednesday. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury. Kevin Love, recovering from food poisoning, did not play. J.R. Smith is out for a while with a broken thumb. Even LeBron James stayed home from shootaround because he was battling the flu. James was his normal self once the game tipped off, though, finishing with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. This was essentially how the Bulls were hoping to play all season, mainly with McDermott and Mirotic playing valuable roles off the bench. In the first half, Butler and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) combined to hit 2 of 14 shots from the field for 6 points, yet the Bulls held a 6-point halftime edge. That's because McDermott and Mirotic were the team's leading scorers, with a combined 26 points. McDermott went 6-for-6 from the field with 3 baskets from 3-point range in the first half. The Bulls stretched the lead into double digits in the third quarter. The Cavaliers made a comeback, closing within 89-88 with 6:48 remaining after a James drive. That's when Butler took over. He took a charge against James, then scored the Bulls' next 7 points. Butler scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. He was coming off a 52-point performance on Monday against Charlotte. Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, college: USC) finished with 18 points, hitting 9 of 10 shots from the field. McDermott finished with 17 points and Mirotic scored 16. Point guard Michal Carter-Williams might have had his best game as a Bulls, with 13 points. Dwyane Wade returned after missing Monday's game with a swollen left knee and scored 10 points in 27 minutes. The Bulls set a season-high by making 13 baskets from 3-point range on 30 attempts. The previous high was 11, which the Bulls hit in two of their first three games of the regular season. At the morning shootaround, Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) talked briefly about his weekend meeting with Bulls management. Rondo did not play Wednesday for the third straight game. Last Saturday, Rondo said if he wasn't in the Bulls' plans, he would like to find a new home. He said there "wasn't a clear-cut message" from John Paxson and Gar Forman during their meeting after Saturday's loss to Milwaukee.
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Clippers Rally Behind Rivers to Beat Grizzlies 115-106 - by Eurobasket News

Usually coach Doc Rivers replaces his son at a certain point in the game. Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92, college: Duke) wouldn't let him. The younger Rivers scored a season-high 28 points while playing a game-high 44 minutes and helped rally the Los Angeles Clippers from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 115-106 on Wednesday night for their second win in a row. "We couldn't take him out. He was rolling and we needed points," the elder Rivers said. "As Raymond (Felton) said, 'He's the 24-year-old out here.'" Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) added 22 points off the bench and DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 20 rebounds for the Clippers, who improved to 4-9 in the regular season without Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Both injured stars watched from the bench; Paul could return from a sore hamstring this week. "When these guys come back, we will be whole again," Crawford said. "Other guys have gotten confident; they have gotten a better rhythm. It will be to our advantage." Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) scored 23 points and Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) had 17 points and a season-high 12 assists for the Grizzlies. "When they get going it's hard to stop them," Gasol said. "We had too many defensive breakdowns and we got beat off the dribble too much." Memphis closed to 97-96 with seven straight points in the fourth. Jordan missed a pair of free throws but got bailed out by Crawford's 3-pointer that kept the Clippers ahead, 100-96. The Grizzlies were limited to two field goals in the final 4:19. They have lost four of six. The Clippers snapped a six-game skid Monday against Phoenix but they were in a close game early against the Grizzlies and fell into a 13-point hole in the second quarter. Memphis led by 12 early in the third before the Clippers engineered a dramatic turnaround. They ran off 11 consecutive points, including seven by J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke), to close to 73-70. Redick finished with 19 points. From there, Austin Rivers took over. He scored seven in a row before Jordan's three-point play on a dunk and free throw. Crawford had seven of the Clippers' final nine points to give them an 89-85 lead heading into the fourth. Redick scored 10 points during the spurt, which brought the crowd back into the game. "We needed to have a little bit more fight, more aggression," Jordan said. "We were attacking and when we do that, we're pretty good." Memphis built a 13-point lead in the second when the Grizzlies closed on a 26-13 run for a 63-53 halftime lead. Four players hit 3-pointers in that span.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 A's defeat London Lightning - by Eurobasket News

For a couple of games in a row, the London Lightning dropped at least 120 points on defenceless foes. Now, they know how the other half lives. The Bolts (2-2) stumbled 121-113 and booted away first place in the Central Division to the Orangeville A's (3-1) Wednesday at the Athlete Institute. London got a game-high 31 points from Julian Boyd (6'7''-F-90, college: LIU Brooklyn), but long-bomber Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) struggled, going just 2-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc, including missing a potential game-tying shot late in the fourth quarter. The A's, who led by five at halftime, increased their advantage to 14 quickly in the third. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) scored 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting and plucked 15 rebounds to lead the A's. Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85) added 29 points. The Lightning roared back to jump ahead, but couldn't sustain the surge down the stretch. They missed 12 free throws on the night and were outrebounded 56-37 (19-8 on the offensive end). London heads home to face the Niagara River Lions Thursday. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens.
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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.

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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.

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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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No. 18 Butler ends top-ranked Villanova's 20-game win streak - by Eurobasket News

Kethan Savage (6'3''-G) scored five of his 13 points during a decisive seven-point run to give No. 18 Butler a 66-58 victory over No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night in Indianapolis, ending the Wildcats' 20-game winning streak. Butler (13-2, 2-1 Big East) improved to 4-0 against ranked opponents this season and extended its home winning streak to 12 games by beating a top-ranked team for the second time in school history. The Bulldogs did it by upending the defending national champions and stopping the longest winning streak in Villanova history. Jalen Brunson (6'2''-PG-96) had 23 points and Josh Hart (6'5''-G-95) scored 13 on a rugged shooting night for the Wildcats (14-1, 2-1), beaten for the first time since a 69-67 loss to Seton Hall in the Big East championship game last March. From there, the Wildcats won all six games in the NCAA Tournament before opening 14-0 this season.
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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.
Courtesy of: sacbee.com



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Japeth Aguilar gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for B.Ginebra and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 31-year old center had a double-double of 32 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Star Hotshots (3-3) 86-79. B.Ginebra maintains the 9th position in Filipino PBA. B.Ginebra 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 3-3 record. Aguilar has many years of experience at B.Ginebra, through which he has constantly improved. Western Kentucky University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Aguilar is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.6ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.2rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 57.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Sean Anthony (193-F-86) of NLEX RW. Anthony impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as NLEX RW lost that game 97-107 to the higher-ranked Rain or Shine (#2, 4-2). This loss caused NLEX RW to slide to the very bottom (12) position in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory NLEX RW managed to get this year. Anthony is well-known by NLEX RW fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Mark Borboran (198-F/C-84) of Phoenix (#5). Borboran scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Phoenix, leading his team to a 101-99 win against slightly lower-ranked Globalport (#7, 3-3). Phoenix needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Borboran has a very solid season. In 7 games in Philippines he scored 10.4ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 73.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jewel Ponferada (196-PF-88) of Rain or Shine - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) of Globalport - 32 points and 9 assists
6. Matthew Wright (193-G-91) of Phoenix - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jeth Troy Rosario (201-C-92) of TNT Ka Tropa - 26 points and 7 rebounds
8. Jean Marc Pingris (193-C-81) of Star Hotshots - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of SM Beermen - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mark Borboran (198-F/C-84) of Phoenix - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Carter, Hughes tapped to reinforce Alab Pilipinas - by Aris Ignacio

Alab Pilipinas has tapped the services of Sampson Carter (203-F-90, college: Massachusetts) and James Hughes (211-C-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Haylett Sports) as its new world imports in the ongoing ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

The hiring was confirmed by no other than Alab head coach Mac Cuan and they replaced Korean-American imports and brothers Lee Seung Jun and Lee Dong Jun.

Alab Pilipinas
, led by Bobby Ray Parks Jr., currently has a 2-2 (win-loss) record and in the middle of the team standings behind league leader Singapore Slingers and the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions and is in its maiden season in the league.

The 26-year-old Carter last played in Mexico for the Caballeros de Culiacan where he averaged 14.8 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting at a 44-percent clip from three-point range in the 2016 season.

The 6-foot-8 Carter was a product of the University of Massachusetts program where he averaged 14.8 points and 4.2 rebounds from 2009-2014.

He had also strutted his wares in Slovakia, Dominican Republic and Portugal before being signed by the Memphis Grizzlies in October 2015.

After being waived by the Grizzlies, he had a brief stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA Developmental League.

The 6-foot-11 Hughes is a Northern Illinois product who also played for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Summer League. He also played professional ball abroad including stops in Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Japan.


Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



Taulava reconsiders trade request, will accept role in NLEX - by Aris Ignacio

Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), regarded as one of the best centers the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has produced, reconsidered his trade request following a personal meeting with NLEX Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao and team manager Ronald Dulatre.

The 43-year-old center earlier lamented a trade request following a diminished role under the fiery coach after enjoying major minutes under former mentor Boyet Fernandez .

Also, frustration added to the former Most Valuable Player as a heel injury sustained before the opening of the new PBA season and the current skid of the team.

Lastly, Taulava was seen out of rotation due to the system being in place by Guiao.

The former Rain or Shine Elasto Painters coach's new system is implementing pushing the ball and aggressively defending pick and rolls which has some incompatibility in the big man's game.

Taulava is used to a deliberate offense with him being his back to the basket.


Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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Shmoolky signs Marcin Jurkiewicz - by Greg

KS Shmoolky Warszawa (2Liga) signed 23-year old small forward Marcin Jurkiewicz (195-94). He has played for the last time at Polonia W-wa in 2liga in 2014/2015 season. In 8 games he had 5.8ppg.

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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.

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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.

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Energa Czarni signs Nino Johnson, ex Kataja Basket - by Eurobasket News

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) signed 24-year old American forward Nino Johnson (206-111kg-93, college: Southeast Missouri State, agency: Octagon Europe). He started the season at Kataja Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 11 games he had 12.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg this season. Johnson also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.9bpg. The last season he played at Kagawa (B League) in Japan. In 48 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg and 1.4bpg.
Johnson was voted Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year back in 2011 at his college time.
Johnson graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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  PORTUGAL  


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.

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  PUERTO RICO  


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.



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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  QATAR  


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
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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
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Adako number one in Qatar for round 9 - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian-American Power forward Manny Adako (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) had a great game in the last round for Al Arabi, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Qatar Club (#6, 3-4) with 20-point margin 98-78. Al Arabi is placed at 4th position in Qatari D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Al Arabi will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Adako had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Al Arabi's top player in his first season with the team. Former Northeastern University star has very solid stats this year. Adako is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 12.7rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg,56.8% FGP and 43.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Quinton Doggett (206-F-90) of Qatar Club. Doggett had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Qatar Club lost that game 78-98 to slightly higher-ranked Al Arabi (#4, 4-3). Qatar Club managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Doggett is a newcomer at Qatar Club, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.9ppg (#5). He also registered 13.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Rickey Young (205-PF-90) of Al Khor (#10). Young scored 29 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Young's great performance Al Khor lost 69-73 to the higher-ranked Al Ahli (#5, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Al Khor can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 7 games. Too bad for Young he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Young has individually a great season in Qatar. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (8th best). He also has 2.3bpg and FGP: 51.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86) of El Jaysh - 31 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dairese Gary (185-PG-88) of Al Khor - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Adamu Saaka (198-SF-88) of Al Arabi - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
7. James Justice (178-PG-89) of Qatar Club - 34 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Mame Souleye (206-C-87) of Al Arabi - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. AJ West (206-F-91) of Al Sadd - 10 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ndoye Seydou Elhadj) of Al Ahli - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  ROMANIA  


BC Timisoara split ways with head coach Mandic - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) split ways with 38-year old Bosnian coach Nenad Mandic. Mandic has coached there for the last three years.
He won Cup in 2015.
Mandic has coached also professionally in Bosnia (KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad).

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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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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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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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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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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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Cvetkovic is back at Balkan - by BGbasket

Balkan Botevgrad (NBL) agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian power forward Dusan Cvetkovic (205-89, agency: BeoBasket). He is coming back to Botevgrad, where he played last season. Cvetkovic started the season at Rilski (NBL). He managed to play in three leagues this year. In 10 NBL games he had 4.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 6 games in the FIBA Europe Cup, where he recorded 3.5ppg and 3.8rpg. And finally, Cvetkovic contributed to 2 games in the Basketball Champions League qualification round, where he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.5rpg.
Last season at Balkan, Cvetkovic had 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg, in 35 NBL games. He contributed to the team making it to the NBL final, after they ended the regular season as the second best team. Quite an impressive season for him, as he was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention.
Cvetkovic was a member of the Serbian U20 National Team in 2009.
He is quite an experienced player, who has also played also professionally in Bosnia (Leotar), Montenegro (Jedinstvo), FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries) and Serbia (Vrsac and Mega Leks).

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Miroslav Tomic agreed terms with Smederevo - by Ivan Milenkovic

Smederevo 1953 (KLS) inked 33-year old center Miroslav Tomic (205-84) from OKK Beograd. In 8 KLS games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg this season.
The most of last season Tomic spent at Mladost where in 15 KLS games he averaged 5.9ppg and 1.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Mladost earlier that year.
Tomic won B League in 2011.
He has spent his entire career in Serbia playing for two other teams: BKK Radnicki and KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac.

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Milos Milisavljevic joins Dynamic BG Beograd - by Eurobasket News

Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) agreed terms with 24-year old point guard Milos Milisavljevic (193-93). He started the season at Mega Leks (KLS). In 8 games he had 3.0ppg and 1.1rpg this season. Milisavljevic also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League, but he recorded just 0.3ppg and 2.7rpg.
Part of last season he spent at La ICL Manresa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in four games he averaged 3.8ppg and 1.3rpg. Milisavljevic also spent pre-season at Metalac earlier that year.
Three years ago he was drafted by Texas Legends (D-League) in first round (6th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Milisavljevic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Baskonia) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).

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KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac welcomes back Vitkovac, ex Apollon Patras - by Eurobasket News

KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (KLS) inked experienced 35-year old Greek forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac as he has played here before. Vitkovac played recently at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league. In four games he averaged 3.3ppg and 2.8rpg this season. Vitkovac also played earlier that season for KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac where in only one A1 game he had 5 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block.
Among other achievements Vitkovac won Montenegrin League championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Vitkovac has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Serbia (Partizan, Vojvodina Srbijagas and Crvena Zvezda) and Montenegro (Buducnost).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac.

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Kyle Casey (ex Helios) agreed terms with Hapoel Afula - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Gilboa Afula (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Kyle Casey (201-102kg-89, college: Harvard). He supposed to play at Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 8 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg this season. Casey also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Casey's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 1st Team award in 2015.
Casey has played previously professionally in NBA (Phoenix Suns) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended Harvard University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

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Sasa Zagorac part ways with Lukoil Academic - by Zeljko Zule

Sasa Zagorac (206-F/C-84) has parted ways with Lukoil Academic at his own request, effective immediately.
Zagorac joined Bulgarian club last summer and averaged 7.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 asissts and 0.2 blocks in 11 Bulgarian League games this and 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.4 steals in 9 FIBA Europe Cup games, started in just five of those 20 contests.
Zagorac started his career with Olimpija and played in its first team in the 2003-04 and 2015-16 season. He has also played for Birokrat SQL Ljubljana, Postojnska jama, Rogla Zrece, Grosuplje and Zlatorog of Slovenia, Superfund Bulls Kapfenberg of Austria, Caja Rural Melilla, Gandia Basquet, Knet Rioja Clavijo and Coinga of Spain, Shiraz of Iran, as well as for Aget Service Imola and Banca Tercas Teramo of Italy.
He helped Olimpija win the Slovenian League title in 2004 and has been a member of all Slovenian youth national teams, winning a gold medal at the 2004 U20 European Championships.




Sasa Zagorac joins Parma Basket Perm - by Darko Pekic

After parting ways with Lukoil Academic it did not take Sasa Zagorac (206-F/C-84) to find a new club. According to EuroBasket.com reliable sources the experienced forward agreed terms with Parma Basket Perm, a Russian club that plays in VTB league. He signed a deal until end of season with team option for next year. Perm did not start the season well and Zagorac will try to help them achieve better results in second part of the season.

Zagorac started his career in Union Olimpija and then played for Postojna, Grosuplje and Zlatorog. He also has international experience in Austria, Spain, Iran, Italy and Bulgaria. Zagorac was a member of Slovenian national team in the Qualifications for European Championships 2017.



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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)



LEB Gold Round 18: Leader Oviedo CB lose to Ourense - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Oviedo CB (13-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Ourense (11-7) 74-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Oviedo CB. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-13. But Oviedo CB won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized Russian power forward Dmitriy Flis (204-84) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Cristian Diaz (185-92) chipped in 11 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Swedish Johan Lofberg (199-95) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ourense moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Coruna and Araberri. Oviedo CB at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Burgos and Gipuzkoa GBC. Ourense is looking forward to face CB Prat (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oviedo CB will play against Cocinas.com (#15) in Logrono and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Lleida. Third ranked Burgos (13-5) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Lleida Basquet (10-8) 80-78 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a good game for center Javier Vega (205-88) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Eduardo Martinez contributed with 17 points for the winners. American guard Garrett Nevels (188-92, college: Hawaii) replied with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Lleida Basquet. Lleida Basquet's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Burgos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gipuzkoa GBC and Oviedo. Lleida Basquet lost third consecutive game. Lleida Basquet at the other side keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Melilla. Burgos will play against Leche Rio Breogan (#5) in Lugo in the next round. Lleida Basquet will play on the road against Caceres Basket (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Castellon between Araberri and Castello. Seventh ranked Araberri (11-7) got a very close victory on the road over 11th ranked Castello (8-10). Araberri managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Castello. Zaid Hearst scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Maodo Nguirane with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Castello's coach Toni Ten tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Araberri moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ourense and Coruna. Loser Castello keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Caceres and Palma. Araberri will meet at home league's second-placed Gipuzkoa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Castello will play against Barca II (#18) in Barcelona and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Coruna. Local Leyma Basquet (11-7) outscored 16th ranked Magia Huesca (4-14) 95-66. Dagoberto Pena notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leyma Basquet maintains sixth position with 11-7 record, which they share with Ourense and Araberri. Magia Huesca lost sixth consecutive game. Magia Huesca at the other side keeps the sixteenth place with 14 games lost. Leyma Basquet's next round opponent will be Marin (#17) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Magia Huesca will play against Palencia Baloncesto and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Marin was crushed by Melilla in a road game 91-63. Palencia beat Caceres at home 89-74. Palma lost to Gipuzkoa GBC on the opponent's court 73-78.
The best stats of 18th round was 25 points and 14 rebounds by Aleksandar Marcius of Caceres.


Oviedo - Ourense 70-74

Top ranked Oviedo CB (13-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Ourense (11-7) 74-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Oviedo CB. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-13. But Oviedo CB won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized Russian power forward Dmitriy Flis (204-84) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Cristian Diaz (185-92) chipped in 11 points. Four Ourense players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Swedish Johan Lofberg (199-95) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Daniel Perez (200-69) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ourense moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Coruna and Araberri. Oviedo CB at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Burgos and Gipuzkoa GBC. Ourense is looking forward to face CB Prat (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oviedo CB will play against Cocinas.com (#15) in Logrono and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ourense: D.Flis 21+11reb, N.Mitrovic 12+2reb, D.Wright 11+5reb, C.Diaz 11+4reb+3ast, F.Guerra 10+4reb, D.Kapelan 9+4reb+2ast
Oviedo: J.Lofberg 17+6reb, P.Jesperson 15+1reb, D.Perez 9+5reb+7ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 9+7reb+1ast, F.Dos Anjos 7+6reb, V.Perez 4+2ast
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Castello - Araberri 81-83

A very close game took place in Castellon between Araberri and Castello. Seventh ranked Araberri (11-7) got a very close victory on the road over 11th ranked Castello (8-10). Araberri managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Castello. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Castello won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Araberri won last quarter 22-21. American-Nigerian guard Zaid Hearst (193, college: Quinnipiac) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (188-92, agency: Two Points) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Araberri players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Maodo Nguirane (210-93) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and guard Eduardo Duran (190-91, agency: Duran International) scored 17 points. Castello's coach Toni Ten tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Araberri moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ourense and Coruna. Loser Castello keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Caceres and Palma. Araberri will meet at home league's second-placed Gipuzkoa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Castello will play against Barca II (#18) in Barcelona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Araberri: Z.Hearst 23+7reb+1ast, J.Berhanemeskel 21+1reb+5ast, M.Durchev 13+2reb+1ast, N.Cvetinovic 10+4reb, I.Garcia 7+5reb+1ast, O.Alvarado 7+3reb+7ast
Castello: M.Nguirane 20+12reb+1ast, E.Duran 17+4reb+3ast, F.Ucles 8+2reb+1ast, K.Cooper 7+4reb+1ast, J.Maria Garcia 7+1reb+2ast, J.Faner 7+4reb+7ast
gschID: 489844


Melilla - Marin 91-63

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Marin (3-15) was crushed on the road by tenth ranked Melilla Baloncesto (10-8) 91-63. The game without a history. Melilla Baloncesto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Melilla Baloncesto had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Marcos Suka-Umu (192-85) notched 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and power forward Hector Manzano (207-80) supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Melilla Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by American guard Tim Derksen (191-94, college: USF) did not help to save the game for Marin. Point guard Jose Simeon (187-91) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Melilla Baloncesto have a solid three-game winning streak. Melilla Baloncesto moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Forca Lleida. Marin lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Melilla Baloncesto's next round opponent will be Palma (#13) in S'Arenal. Marin will play at home against Leyma Basquet (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Melilla: M.Suka-Umu 19+5reb+2ast, H.Manzano 15+10reb+1ast, E.Gatell 12+5reb+1ast, K.van Wijk 10+5reb+1ast, A.Ott 9+2reb+1ast, E.Almazan 9+4reb+2ast
Marin: T.Derksen 17+4reb+1ast, J.Cain 13+4reb+2ast, J.Simeon 13+6reb+2ast, J.Mugica 8+8reb+4ast, A.Homs 6+1reb+1ast, G.Adon 2+2reb
gschID: 489842


Coruna - Huesca 95-66

The game with biggest result difference took place in Coruna. Local Leyma Basquet (11-7) outscored 16th ranked Magia Huesca (4-14) 95-66. Leyma Basquet dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Magia Huesca's 30. Leyma Basquet had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Leyma Basquet players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Dominican swingman Dagoberto Pena (198-88, college: Marshall, agency: Duran International) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American guard Zach Monaghan (188-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato, agency: Duran International) supported him with 11 points and 7 assists. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by Serbian Andrija Simovic (203-95) did not help to save the game for Magia Huesca. American guard Greg Gantt (188-91, college: Florida Atlantic) added 17 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. Leyma Basquet maintains sixth position with 11-7 record, which they share with Ourense and Araberri. Magia Huesca lost sixth consecutive game. Magia Huesca at the other side keeps the sixteenth place with 14 games lost. Leyma Basquet's next round opponent will be Marin (#17) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Magia Huesca will play against Palencia Baloncesto and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Coruna: D.Pena 18+2reb+5ast, J.Creus 13+2reb+3ast, Z.Monaghan 11+2reb+7ast, S.Olmos 9+6reb, J.Mikulic 8+4reb, F.Djuran 8+1reb
Huesca: G.Gantt 17+1reb+1ast, A.Simovic 14+6reb+1ast, J.Lafuente 8+4reb+2ast, M.Bulic 6+4reb, M.Portalez 6+2reb+1ast, J.Gunjina 5+2reb
gschID: 489841


Palencia - Caceres 89-74

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (12-6) defeated at home 12th ranked Caceres Basket (8-10) 89-74. It looked good early as Caceres Basket took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Palencia Baloncesto took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 15 points. Palencia Baloncesto dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Caceres Basket's 38. Palencia Baloncesto players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Caceres Basket's players. Forward Joan Tomas (202-92) notched 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Daniel Rodriguez (182-84) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) by Croatian center Aleksandar Marcius (208-90, college: De Paul) did not help to save the game for Caceres Basket. Montenegrin guard Nikola Rakocevic (191-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Palencia Baloncesto moved-up to fourth place. Caceres Basket at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Palencia Baloncesto's next round opponent will be Magia Huesca (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Caceres Basket will play against Lleida Basquet (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Palencia: D.Rodriguez 16+1reb+4ast, J.Tomas 14+5reb+3ast, M.Blanch 12+4reb+3ast, J.Zamora 10+1reb+2ast, L.Barnes 8+2reb, R.Bas 8+3reb
Caceres: A.Marcius 25+14reb+1ast, N.Rakocevic 16+2ast, S.Perez 8+3reb, L.Parejo 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Riauka 6+1reb, G.Corrales 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 489849


Forca Lleida - Burgos 78-80

Important game to mention about took place in Lleida. Third ranked Burgos (13-5) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Lleida Basquet (10-8) 80-78 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a good game for center Javier Vega (205-88) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Forward Eduardo Martinez (202-90) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Burgos players scored in double figures. American guard Garrett Nevels (188-92, college: Hawaii) replied with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Argentinian guard Juan Sutina (192-90) added 17 points in the effort for Lleida Basquet. Lleida Basquet's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Burgos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gipuzkoa GBC and Oviedo. Lleida Basquet lost third consecutive game. Lleida Basquet at the other side keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Melilla. Burgos will play against Leche Rio Breogan (#5) in Lugo in the next round. Lleida Basquet will play on the road against Caceres Basket (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Burgos: E.Martinez 17+2reb+3ast, J.Garcia 16+2reb+1ast, J.Vega 16+3reb+3ast, G.Huskic 12+5reb+1ast, A.Barrera 8+4reb+1ast, B.Brine 4+2reb
Forca Lleida: J.Sutina 17+1reb+2ast, G.Nevels 12+6reb+4ast, L.Demetrio 11+6reb+1ast, M.Marti 10+2reb+1ast, M.Feliu 8+7reb+2ast, N.Papantoniou 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 489848


Gipuzkoa GBC - Palma 78-73

Very expected game in San Sebastian where 13th ranked Palma (8-10) was defeated by second ranked Gipuzkoa (13-5) 78-73. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Palma won fourth quarter 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Mike Carlson (206-91, college: Truman St., agency: Duran International) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Ricardo Uriz (188-80) supported him with 18 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by center Victor Serrano (211-89) did not help to save the game for Palma. British guard Benjamin Mockford (188-89, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: HMS) added 17 points. Four Palma players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gipuzkoa keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Burgos and Oviedo. Palma at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. Gipuzkoa's next round opponent will be Araberri (#7) in Vitoria-Gasteiz where they are favorite. Palma will play at home against Melilla Baloncesto (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gipuzkoa GBC: M.Carlson 20+8reb+2ast, R.Uriz 18+3reb+5ast, A.Ndoye 13+4reb, T.Slezas 8+6reb+3ast, J.Pardina 7+8reb+1ast, L.Lasa 5+3reb+1ast
Palma: B.Mockford 17+2reb+2ast, V.Serrano 17+10reb, J.Medori 11+5reb, C.Bivia 10+4reb+6ast, R.Fornas 8+4reb+2ast, G.Rogers 3
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EuroLeague: Brose Baskets fire past FC Barcelona for third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - FC Barcelona 85:65

Brose Baskets claimed the third consecutive win in EuroLeague regular season. The German powerhouse denied FC Barcelona at home court to gain 6-9 record. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) and Darius Miller (202-G-90, college: Kentucky) posted 20 points apiece in the victory.
Brose Baskets snatched an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The German side extended the lead throughout the second term. Brose Baskets built a 40:31 halftime advantage. The hosts maintained the pressure throughout the third term. Brose Baskets entered the final quarter up by 12 points 59:47. The home side did not slow down in the fourth frame. They poured in 26 points in the final term and cruised to the win. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) accounted for 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, college: Boston Coll.) responded with 19 points for FC Barcelona. Alexander Vezenkov (206-PF-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

Brose Baskets: Janis Strelnieks 20, Darius Miller 20, Nicolo Melli 17+13 boards
FC Barcelona: Tyrese Rice 19, Alexander Vezenkov 9




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.

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
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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
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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
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Rozzell number one in Sweden for round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Brandon Rozzell (188-G-89) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked BC Lulea, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (21 points and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Umea (#8, 3-13) with 26-point margin 91-65. It allowed BC Lulea to consolidate first place in the Swedish Basketligan. BC Lulea have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Rozzell had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be BC Lulea's top player in his first season with the team. Former Virginia Commonwealth University star has very solid stats this year. Rozzell is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.6ppg), assists (7th best: 3.4apg) and averages impressive 2.1spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old former international power forward Christian Maraker (207-PF-82) of Boras. Maraker had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Boras cruised to a 77-69 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jamtland (#7, 7-9). Boras' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-7 record is not bad at all. Maraker is one of the most experienced players at Boras and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Auston Barnes (203-PF-91) of Nassjo (#6). Barnes scored 17 points. He was a key player of Nassjo, leading his team to a 91-54 easy win against the lower-ranked Malbas (#9, 1-15). The chances of Nassjo 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, Barnes could help Nassjo to bring them higher in the standings. Barnes has a very solid season. In 17 games in Sweden he scored 10.2ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and FGP: 59.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fredrik Andersson (202-G/F-93) of Boras - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dartaye Ruffin (205-C-91) of Nassjo - 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82) of Boras - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Quinton Upshur (196-G-93) of BC Lulea - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Karim Wazzi (167-G-88) of Nassjo - 14 points and 5 assists
9. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85) of Nassjo - 11 points and 7 rebounds
10. Tom Liden (202-F-87) of BC Lulea - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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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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Standings - D1

Division Standings
Group A
 1. C Africain 11-0 
 2. Stade Nabeulien 10-3 
 3. US Monastir 8-4 
 4. AS Hammamet 7-7 
 5. CS Cheminots 3-8 
 6. Stade Gabesien 2-9 
 7. ESG 1-10 
Group B
 1. ES Rades 11-1 
 2. ES Sahel 9-1 
 3. JS Kairouan 9-5 
 4. DSG 5-8 
 5. Ezzahra 3-7 
 6. JS Manazeh 3-8 
 7. US Ansar 0-11 

Play-Offs: Round 1

Jan. 7: ES Sahel - Stade Nabeulien 88-66
Jan. 7: US Monastir - ES Rades 63-77
Jan. 7: JS Kairouan - C Africain 49-52


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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EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes beat Galatasaray in derby - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Galatasaray 84:73

Anadolu Efes claimed the 8th victory in EuroLeague regular season. They beat their cross-town rivals Galatasaray to improve at 8-8 record. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) notched 17 points to lead the winners.
Anadolu Efes jumped to a 22:18 lead after the opening frame. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. Anadolu Efes piled up a 42:36 halftime advantage. The home team stayed in front throughout the third term. Anadolu Efes secured a 66:59 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The hosts did not loosen the grasp in the final stanza and marched to the win. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) delivered 13 points, while Jayson Granger (189-G-89) added 12 points for the winners. Sinan Guler (192-SG-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 20 points for Galatasaray. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 17 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Bryant Dunston 17, Derrick Brown 13, Jayson Granger 12
Galatasaray: Sinan Guler 20, Vladimir Micov 17





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)



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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shoemaker sophomore Roberts an emerging force in post - by David Edole

J'wan Roberts might be young, but he is developing into a stout presence around the basket for Shoemaker.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore post showed his growth Dec. 21 against Buda Hays in nondistrict action when he registered a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
For his performance, Roberts was recently voted Freddy's-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week, an honor he has hoped to receive for quite a while.
'It feels good because it's my first time winning it,' Roberts said. 'I really wanted to win this one.
'I came out, ran the floor and did what my coach said - just execute, get rebounds and score for my team.'
Grey Wolves head coach Emund Prichett was not surprised by Roberts' output against Hays.
'Those are kind of our expectations for him,' Prichett said. 'Sometimes we forget he's a sophomore because he's so talented. When he shows up and plays and is really, really focused, he has a chance to be a great player.'
Roberts took advantage of his size against the Rebels, especially on the offensive glass. He tallied 13 first-quarter points, most of which occurred on putbacks.
Second-chance points are invaluable to any team, and Prichett certainly appreciates when Roberts is able to assert himself underneath on the offensive end.
'Every rebound is a possession,' Prichett said. 'Basketball is a possession game, and his rebounding is definitely helping us out as a team.'
Obviously, there were some growing pains for Roberts to begin the season. It is his first at the varsity level, and his youth showed early on.
But he has continued to progress with each game, and Prichett said his growth from the onset to the present has been astronomical.
'He's developed tremendously,' Prichett said. 'He's learning how to post up, learning to pick his spots and is getting better defensively. He's come a long way, and he continues to get better.
'We saw a lot of improvement this weekend from him (at the Whataburger Basketball Tournament in Fort Worth).'
Moving forward, Prichett believes the sky is the limit for Roberts.
'He can be the best player on the floor on any given night,' Prichett said. 'He's just young, and he's learning to focus every time out and getting into the heat of the game right. He's going to be one of the better players in the district, for sure.'
But player development isn't based purely on talent. He must be willing to soak in what his coaches are trying to teach him, and Prichett said Roberts is doing just that.
'We're just trying to teach him how to have proper footwork and finding out when to seal and why he's sealing,' Prichett said. 'Like I said, sometimes I forget how young he is because he's so talented. But we've got to sit back and be patient with him - take what we can get as long as he's playing as hard as he can.'
Roberts, a left-hander, agreed with his coach's sentiment.
'In the post, I always used to go left,' he said. 'I never used to really use my right. I started working harder and progressing, and I can now use my right hand just as much as I can use my left.
'It's really more dominant to use my right hand now, so I think I've really improved, but I've just got to keep working.'
Roberts won the award in a landslide, as he garnered 62 percent of the vote.
C.J. Berryman



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AE Muro Basquet lands Brandon Givens - by David Walls

AE Muro Basquet Academy (Spain) landed 28-year old American forward Brandon Givens (6'6''-G-87, college: NC-Wesleyan). He played last season at Piratas de Bogota in Colombia. Givens was the top scorer in the league with an average of 27.8 points per game. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Liga DirecTV-2 2nd Team.

Givens attended NC-Wesleyan (NCAA Div.II). In his senior season he lead the NCAA in scoring (27.0ppg). He was later named NCAA D2 1st Team All-American for the second straight season.

The Carolina Cavs drafted Givens with the 5th overall pick in the 2016 UBA Draft.



Quin Humphrey (ex GIE Maile Matrix) signs at Feimat Mataro - by David Walls

Feimat Mataro (Spain) landed 30-year old American guard Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Youngstown St.). He was drafted by the GIE Maile Matrix in the first round (2nd overall). He was later named Usbasket.com All-UBA Defensive Player of the Year. After a successful season the Matrix traveled to Santiago, Dominican Republic to play in the FIBA Mitchell Cup. In 5 games Humphrey averaged 15.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3 steals. He was named Latinbasket.com All Copa Mitchell Cup 1st Team and Top Defender.

Two years ago (four years after he left the college) Humphrey was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in second round (4th overall). He would spend four seasons with the Vipers.

He attended Youngstown State until 2008 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

Humphrey has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2009.

His college team won Horizon Conference Tournament in 2007. He was later named Horizon Conference Player of the Year averaging a league best 19.7 points per game.

Humphrey is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Portugal, NBA DL, UBA, NBL Canada and the Dominican Republic.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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.

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.

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Manchester Giants tab Michael Creppy - by Eurobasket News

Manchester Giants (BBL) inked 31-year old naturalized American guard Michael Creppy (190-86, college: Cal-Riverside). He played most recently at McDonald's in Spanish 1 Div.. In two games he averaged 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in 2014-15 season.
The previous (13-14) season Creppy played at Cheshire Phoenix where in 14 BBL games he had 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Creppy received USBasket.com UBA All-Imports Team award back in 2011.
He represented United Kingdom at the 19th FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championship, Caguas, Puerto Rico ten years ago.
Creppy is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Denmark (Naestved), Germany (BBC Magdeburg), Greece (Ilysiakos) and United Kingdom (Worcester Wolves).
Creppy attended University of California, Riverside until 2008 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

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Lukas Sipetic (ex Tuebingen II) joins Manchester Giants - by Eurobasket News

Manchester Giants (BBL) added to their roster 23-year old French swingman Lukas Sipetic (185-94). He has played for the last three seasons at SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team in German Regionalliga. In 24 games he had 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.8apg last season.
Sipetic's team was Runner-Up of German Regionalliga (South-West Group) 2015.
He has played also professionally in Germany for Walter Tigers.

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Rian Pearson gets MVP of the Week award for Uruguayan LUB (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Rian Pearson (193-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Malvin and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Larre Borges (#7, 0-2), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 99-92. Malvin is placed at 6th position in their group in Uruguayan LUB. Malvin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. Pearson turned to be Malvin's top player in his first season with the team.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of Promocional 2 second-ranked Olimpia. Alexander impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 38 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Olimpia to edge Cordon (0-2) by 2 points 84-82. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Alexander is a newcomer at Olimpia 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 24.4ppg (#2). He also registered 13.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Anthony Young (200-F-89, agency: Interperformances) of Larre Borges (#7). Young showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, ten rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Young's great performance Larre Borges lost 92-99 to Malvin (#6, 1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Larre Borges can only dream about fighting for top spots in Prom 1. They have awful Second Stage campaign losing so far all 2 games. Young has individually a great season in Uruguay. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.9ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Sayago - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Calvin Warner (201-F-80) of Goes - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Hatila Passos (211-C-85) of Malvin - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kevin Young (206-C-84) of Trouville - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Shaquille Johnson (190-F-90) of U Universitario - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Gonzalo Meira (192-F-88) of Welcome - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Jazwin Cowan (203-F-83) of Malvin - 25 points, 10 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)



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.



Douible-Dounble for Jeremis Smith - by Hector Lopez

Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) netted 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds leading Aguada, one of the Uruguyayan teams to play the next Liga de las Americas, to beat Trouville 89-73 for the Super Liga 3rd round. Aguada is leading the tournament with a 13-3 record. Also for the winner Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) added 8 points and 6 rebounds and Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) added 28 points. For Trouville Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri, agency: Pro Sports) scored 22 points and added 4 rebounds, while Musa Abdul-Aleem (196-SG-88, college: Troy) finished ith 7 points. Other results:
Hebarica Macabi 91 - Luciano Parodi (182-G-94) 26 points 4 assists, Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) 21 points and Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) 14 points 16 rebounds.
Defensor Sporting 73 - Federico Haller (198-F-88) 21 points, Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona) 12 point 12 rebounds, Doug Herring Jr. (191-G, college: Utica) 5 points, Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond) 11 points 6 rebounds
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Urunday 80 - Shaquille Johnson (190-F-90, college: Marshall) 25 points 6 rebounds, Andrew Feeley (206-C-83, college: UMBC) 11 points 11 rebounds, Emilio Taboada (191-F-82, agency: Pro Sports) 21 points
Bigua 77 - Ricardo Glenn (202-C-90, college: USC Upstate, agency: HMS) 14 points 10 rebounds 5 assists, Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy) 8 points 5 rebounds.
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Union Atletica 94 - Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) 38 points 8 rebounds, Omar Canton (206-C-82) 17 points 9 rebounds, Justin Rutty (200-F-89, college: Quinnipiac, agency: HMS) 9 points 7 rebounds
Sayago 83 - Trevante Drye (200-F-93, college: Tulane) 24 points 15 rebounds, Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) 13 points 3 rebounds.




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Women News


Milosev moves from Play Off Happy to Germany - by Sead Buljina

Montenegrin National team member Milica Milosev (186-F-93) has left Play Off Happy. Namely, Milosev had an open contract, which enabled her to leave in case of a better offer. German club Osnabruck (Division 2) has obviously offered financially better contract.
Play Off Happy, who reached the second stage of the WABA League for the first time has a strong team with or without Milica Milosev. It remains to be seen if club decides to seek any replacement at her position. Milosev averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.1 blocks in seven WABA League games this season. She was a MVP of the Round 3 with an index performance of 36.
Milica Milosev (186-F-93).



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  

Standings

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Energa Torun 7-0 
 2 Suduva 3-2 
 3 Tsmoki-Minsk 3-3 
 4 Gorizont 2-4 
 5 Tim-Scuf 0-6 
Group B
 1 Dynamo-Farm 6-0 
 2 Rapla KK 3-3 
 3 Olimpia 3-4 
 4 Interkhim 2-4 
 5 Aistes-LSU 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 4: Suduva - Tsmoki-Minsk 68-72
Dec. 21: Gorizont - Tsmoki-Minsk 56-64

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 11: Olimpia - Aistes-LSU
Jan. 11: Gorizont - Suduva
Jan. 12: Tsmoki-Minsk - Suduva


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Miriam URO-NILE
  Tim-Scuf
  (188-C-94)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Uro-Nile, Tim-Scuf24.4 
 2. Svaryte, Suduva22.2 
 3. Zavidna, Tim-Scuf21.4 
 4. Morris, Energa T.19.9 
 5. Theriot, Tsmoki-Minsk18.5 
 6. Bilocerkivsk., Suduva17.0 
 7. Mesila-K., Rapla K.16.5 
 8. Saurazaite, Aiste.15.8 
 9. Dashkevich, Olimpia15.7 
 10. Gajda, Energa Torun15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristina KARP
  Interkhim
  (196-C-98)
  Avg: 13
 1. Karp, Interkhim13.0 
 2. Svaryte, Suduva10.6 
 3. Kress, Gorizont9.6 
 4. Uro-Nile, Tim-Scuf9.2 
 5. Mesila-K., Rapla K.9.2 
 6. Sema, Dynamo-Farm9.0 
 7. Dashkevich, Olimpia8.5 
 8. Juceviciute, Aiste.8.0 
 9. Kapylova, Olimpia8.0 
 10. Murauskaya, Tsmoki-M.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julie MCBRIDE
  Energa T.
  (165-PG-82)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. McBride, Energa T.9.5 
 2. Gajda, Energa Torun6.6 
 3. Bilocerkivsk., Suduva5.7 
 4. Puu, Rapla KK5.3 
 5. Skorbatyuk, Tim-S.5.3 
 6. Saurazaite, Aiste.5.2 
 7. Petronelia D., Rapla K.5.0 
 8. Krayevska, Tim-S.4.6 
 9. Kolotovska, Inter.4.5 
 10. Theriot, Tsmoki-Minsk4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rachel THERIOT
  Tsmoki-Minsk
  (183-G-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Theriot, Tsmoki-Minsk2.8 
 2. Puu, Rapla KK2.7 
 3. Golovchenko, Dynamo-F.2.6 
 4. McBride, Energa T.2.5 
 5. Sema, Dynamo-Farm2.4 
 6. Saurazaite, Aiste.2.4 
 7. Gajda, Energa Torun2.3 
 8. Krymova, Dynamo-F.2.3 
 9. Valko, Olimpia2.2 
 10. Styapanava, Tsmoki-M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina KARP
  Interkhim
  (196-C-98)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Karp, Interkhim1.5 
 2. Ivashchanka, Energa T.1.4 
 3. Rashchenia, Olimpia1.3 
 4. Sema, Dynamo-Farm1.2 
 5. Zelnyte, Aistes-LSU1.2 
 6. Juceviciute, Aiste.1.0 
 7. Cain, Energa Torun0.9 
 8. Paulauskaite, Aistes-L.0.8 
 9. Kazlauskaite, Sud.0.8 
 10. Mesila-K., Rapla K.0.7 


Round 11 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The biggest surprise of round 11 was guest Tsmoki-Minsk's (3-3) road victory over Gorizont (2-4) 64-56 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Gorizont won second period 12-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Rachel Theriot (183-94, college: Nebraska) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Ala Murauskaya (187-85) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Marina Kress (196-80) produced 5 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Tsmoki-Minsk keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Rapla KK. Gorizont lost third consecutive game. Defending Belarusian champion keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Interkhim. Tsmoki-Minsk is looking forward to face league's second-placed Suduva in Marijampole in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gorizont will play at home against the league's second-placed Suduva and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Marijampole. Third ranked Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk faced second-ranked Lithuanian Suduva. Guests from Minsk (3-3) defeated host Suduva (3-2) 72-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Suduva. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Forward Ala Murauskaya (187-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Rachel Theriot contributed with 22 points, 7 assists and 9 steals for the winners. Power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) answered with 25 points and 4 assists for Suduva. Tsmoki-Minsk keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Rapla KK. Suduva at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Suduva will play again on the road against Tsmoki-Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Suduva - Tsmoki-Minsk 68-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Marijampole. Third ranked Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk faced second-ranked Lithuanian Suduva. Guests from Minsk (3-3) defeated host Suduva (3-2) 72-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Suduva. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 16-7 Suduva's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-68 at the end of the game. Tsmoki-Minsk forced 25 Suduva turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Ala Murauskaya (187-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Rachel Theriot (183-94, college: Nebraska) contributed with 22 points, 7 assists and 9 steals for the winners. Power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and forward Ieva Simkute (192-89) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Suduva. Tsmoki-Minsk keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Rapla KK. Suduva at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Suduva will play again on the road against Tsmoki-Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Suduva: L.Svaryte 25+4reb+4ast, I.Kazlauskaite 11+4reb+3ast, R.Milieskiene 10+6reb, I.Simkute 9+6reb+4ast, N.Skadaite 6+5reb+6ast, K.Dobrikova 4+3reb
Tsmoki-Minsk: R.Theriot 22+3reb+7ast, A.Murauskaya 20+9reb+5ast, H.Lapo 14+1reb, V.Hasper 7+7reb+1ast, Y.Styapanava 5+2reb+3ast, E.Rybalka 2
gschID: 499118


Gorizont - Tsmoki-Minsk 56-64

The biggest surprise of round 11 was guest Tsmoki-Minsk's (3-3) road victory over Gorizont (2-4) 64-56 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Gorizont won second period 12-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Rachel Theriot (183-94, college: Nebraska) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Ala Murauskaya (187-85) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Marina Kress (196-80) produced 5 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Nadzeya Nadzezhka (180-87) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Tsmoki-Minsk keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Rapla KK. Gorizont lost third consecutive game. Defending Belarusian champion keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Interkhim. Tsmoki-Minsk is looking forward to face league's second-placed Suduva in Marijampole in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gorizont will play at home against the league's second-placed Suduva and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gorizont: N.Nadzezhka 12+2reb+4ast, Y.Rytsikava 11+5reb+2ast, D.Panasiuk 8, V.Gromik 6+3reb, M.Kress 5+11reb+4ast, G.Shylovich 4+3reb+3ast
Tsmoki-Minsk: R.Theriot 19+7reb+4ast, A.Murauskaya 17+6reb, Y.Styapanava 9+1reb, V.Hasper 8+4reb+1ast, H.Lapo 5+2reb+3ast, A.Sushchyk 3+2ast
gschID: 499117





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  BOSNIA  


Milosev moves from Play Off Happy to Germany - by Sead Buljina

Montenegrin National team member Milica Milosev (186-F-93) has left Play Off Happy. Namely, Milosev had an open contract, which enabled her to leave in case of a better offer. German club Osnabruck (Division 2) has obviously offered financially better contract.
Play Off Happy, who reached the second stage of the WABA League for the first time has a strong team with or without Milica Milosev. It remains to be seen if club decides to seek any replacement at her position. Milosev averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.1 blocks in seven WABA League games this season. She was a MVP of the Round 3 with an index performance of 36.
Milica Milosev (186-F-93).



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Doneeka Hodges Lewis left Olympiakos Piraeus after mutual agreement - by Greg

34-year old Bulgarian-American Combo Guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, college: LSU) left Olympiacos Pireus (A1) after mutual agreement due the team?s early non-qualification to the next round of Eurocup.
Hodges-Lewis is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Belgium, Israel, Italy (Umbertide and Pomezia), Poland, WNBA (Indiana Fever, Dallas Wings and Seattle Storm) and Turkey (Abdullah Gul, Mersin BSB, Istanbul Uni, Galatasaray, Adana ASKI Mersin, Samsun).
Hodges-Lewis attended Louisiana State University until 2004 and it is her 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

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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
gschID: 529200


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
gschID: 529201


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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Gernika inks Antonija Sandric - by Eurobasket News

Gernika Bizkaia (LFB) agreed terms with 29-year old Croatian international forward Antonija Sandric (181-88, agency: 1x1 Sports). She was supposed to play at Canik Belediyesi Samsun in Turkish KBSL, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 8 games she had 7.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg this season. The last season Sandric played at Toulouse Metropole Basket in LFB where in 26 games she recorded 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team made it to the French Cup Final Four in 2014. Sandric was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League 1st Team back in 2013.
She has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Sandric has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
She also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 76.9%.
Sandric has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Sibenik and Vidici.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kristina Benic (ex Nottingham) is a newcomer at La Spezia - by Eurobasket News

Serie A1 newcomer Carispezia La Spezia strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Croatian forward Kristina Benic (186-88). She started the season at Nottingham in British WBBL. In 9 games she recorded 7.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Benic played at C.U.S. Cagliari where in 26 Serie A1 games she averaged 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
She won WFBAL championship title in 2015.
Benic was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. She played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2006.
Benic also represented Croatia at the European Championships in France four years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 1.2rpg.
Benic has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Sibenik, Ragusa and Lupa Promotion.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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




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.



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Standings (Women)

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1 Dynamo K. 7-0 
 2 Fenerbahce 6-1 
 3 USK Praha 5-2 
 4 Lattes Montp. 4-3 
 5 Familia Schio 3-4 
 6 Wisla Can-Pack 2-5 
 7 UNI Gyor 1-6 
 8 Mersin BSB 0-7 
Group B
 1 UMMC 6-1 
 2 Nadezhda O. 6-1 
 3 Villeneuve 4-3 
 4 Avenida 4-3 
 5 UNIQA Eurol. 3-4 
 6 Bourges 3-4 
 7 Hatay 2-5 
 8 CCC Polkowice 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

A

Jan. 4: Dynamo K. - UNI Gyor 90-55
Jan. 4: USK Praha - Familia Schio 74-73
Jan. 4: Lattes Montp. - Wisla Can-Pack 74-68
Jan. 4: Mersin BSB - Fenerbahce 73-89

B

Jan. 4: Bourges - Hatay