EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 01-06-2017 00:00:00

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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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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  

Alpe Adria Cup standings

Alpe Adria Cup Standings
Group A
 1 Zlatorog 5-1 
 2 Lastovka 4-2 
 3 Vrij.Osijek 2-4 
 4 Klosterneuburg 1-5 
Group B
 1 Helios 2-1 
 2 Arkadia 2-1 
 3 Zabok 0-2 
Group C
 1 Levice 3-1 
 2 Kapfenberg 3-1 
 3 Tajfun 0-4 
Group D
 1 Rogaska 3-1 
 2 Rieker KN 2-2 
 3 BK Decin 1-3 

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 16: Rogaska - Rieker KN 85-56
Jan. 6: Rieker KN - BK Decin 65-72



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  ANGOLA  


ASA and 1 de Agosto out of under16 championship - by Eurobasket News

The current title holders ASA and 1 de Agosto are out of the 29th edition of the Under16 Men's Basketball Championship, to start on Friday in Lubango, southern Huila province. ASA did not register the team in the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), while 1 de Agosto are out due to unknown reasons. The participating teams in the event are Petro do Huambo, 1 de Maio and Sporting of Benguela, Heja Sport Clube, Desportivo da Huila, Progresso, Interclube, Petro, Recreativo do Libolo and Desportivo do Cuanza Norte.
The matches will be held at arenas of Nossa Senhora do Monte and of Benfica do Lubango.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ARAB NATIONS CUP  


Saudi Arabia and Bahrain earn semifinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

Saudi Arabia - United Arab Emirates 68-63
Saudi Arabia made it into semifinal stage in Egypt. They topped the United Arab Emirates tonight. Nassir Abojalas (194-F-94) stepped up with 15 points for the winners. Saudi Arabia accounted for a comfortable 23:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The UAE narrowed the gap at 9-point mark at the final break. They pulled even closer in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. Mathna Almarwani (184-C-92) deposited 11 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Qais Alshabebi (200-C-91) responded with 21 points and 9 boards for the UAE.

Bahrain - Algeria 76-63
Bahrain sealed their semifinal tickets at the Arab Nations Cup. They beat Algeria to stay in the title chase. Hassan Naorooz (F) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Algeria eked out a 36:35 halftime lead. But Bahrain used a 21:12 run in the third term to surge ahead. They added 20 points in the fourth period to ice the win. Malcolm White (205-C/F-88, college: LSU) and Mohammed Qurban (187-F-87) accounted for 11 points each for the winners. Mohamed Guermat (180-PG-93) responded with 17 points for Algeria.





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  ARGENTINA  


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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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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  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  


Winterthur adds Southwell to their roster, ex Hobart C. - by Luca Maffioli

BC Winterthur (LNA) added to their roster 25-year old American swingman Shane Southwell (201-95kg-92, college: Kansas State). He played last summer at Hobart Chargers in Australian SEABL-South. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. Southwell helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Mexican LNBP in 2015. Southwell was also voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention back in 2013 at his college time.
Southwell has played also professionally in Mexico (Pioneros).
He attended Kansas State until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Luka Gvozden is a newcomer at Raiders - by Eurobasket News

Villach Raiders (2.Bundesliga) added to their roster 24-year old point guard Luka Gvozden (184-93). He supposed to play at Arkadia (A Bundesliga), but left the team in Dec.'16. A Bundesliga was a little too high level for him, where in 5 A Bundesliga games he recorded just 0.6ppg and 1.0rpg this season. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Gvozden played at Vienna (also in A Bundesliga). A Bundesliga was a little too high level for him, where in 8 A Bundesliga games he averaged only 1.0ppg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Gvozden represented Austria at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5ppg, 1.8apg.
Gvozden has played previously for three other teams: UBC St. Polten, Timberwolves and Furstenfeld Panthers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BBU Salzburg adds Rakocevic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

BBU Salzburg (2.Bundesliga) added to their roster 26-year old Serbian-Hungarian swingman Marko Rakocevic (198-94kg-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at RW Cuxhaven in German Regionalliga. In 22 games he recorded 3.9ppg.
Rakocevic's team was Runner-Up of German Regionalliga (North Group) 2016.
He has played also professionally in Hungary (TF Budapest).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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


Olmre's 27 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old shooting guard Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) put on an amazing game in the last round for TTU and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and three assists for TTU in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Jekabpils (#10, 7-4) 86-82. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. TTU maintains the 12th position in Baltic League . TTU 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 4-5 record. In the team's last game Olmre had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be TTU's top player in his first season with the team. Olmre has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.7ppg) and averages solid 57.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Denis Krestinin (202-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) of top-ranked Barons Riga. He is Lithuanian forward in his first season at Barons Riga. In the last game Krestinin recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Barons Riga to another comfortable win 94-75 over the lower-ranked Parnu (#6, 2-8) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Barons Riga to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 8 matches. Krestinin is a newcomer at Barons Riga and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88) of Valmiera (#9). Berzins scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Valmiera, leading his team to a 86-76 win against slightly lower-ranked BK Ogre (#11, 5-6). Valmiera is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-2 record is not that bad... Berzins has a great season in Baltic League. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (9th best). He also has FGP: 52.3% and 3PT: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-C-85) of Jekabpils - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mihkel Kirves (190-F-96) of Parnu - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) of Jekabpils - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Viktors Iljins (212-C-91) of Jurmala - 14 points and 12 rebounds
9. Karl-Martin Kask (209-C-95) of Parnu - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. Tyler Larson (190-G-91) of Barons Riga - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  


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)



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  BERMUDAS  


Wins for Crossfire and Flyboys in the League - by Eurobasket News

Makeup games took center stage in the Island Basketball League inside the CedarBridge Academy Gymnasium. Crossfire recorded only their second win of season by defeating the still winless Skyforce 56 - 36 , Crossfire were led to victory by Linden Jackson (183-G) with 27, while the Skyforce got 13 points from Jorel Smith.
In the second game of the night it saw the defending champions Flyboys defeat the Hoopstars 55-47. Keiron Burgess scored 18 points for the Flyboys to lead them to the win, while the Hoopstars were led by Johnny Lowe with 17 points.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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  BOSNIA  

Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 22: Gradjanski - Mladost 95-83
Dec. 22: Sloboda Tuzla - Siroki Primorka 85-69
Jan. 5: Kakanj - Bosnjak 84-59
Dec. 22: Bosna-Royal - Spars Sarajevo 81-65

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 15: Siroki Primorka - Bosnjak
Jan. 15: Zrinjski HT - Sloboda Tuzla
Jan. 15: Mladost - Leotar
Jan. 15: Spars Sarajevo - Gradjanski
Jan. 15: Bosna-Royal - Kakanj
Jan. 10: Spars Sarajevo - Kakanj


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.22.3 
 2. Hasandic, Sloboda .18.4 
 3. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.7 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 5. Svilar, Kakanj16.0 
 6. Stanojevic, Mlado.15.4 
 7. Palavra, Kakanj15.0 
 8. Demic, Zrinjski HT15.0 
 9. Djumic, Sloboda Tuzla14.9 
 10. Djurasovic, Leotar14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Tomic, Kakanj11.9 
 2. Stanojevic, Mlado.8.1 
 3. Kadic, Bosnjak7.7 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.0 
 5. Djugum, Siroki P.6.7 
 6. Marojevic, Gradj.6.6 
 7. Markovic, Gradj.6.6 
 8. Demic, Zrinjski HT6.5 
 9. Djurasovic, Leotar6.5 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.1 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.8 
 3. Svilar, Kakanj4.6 
 4. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.2 
 5. Aleksic, Mladost4.1 
 6. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.0 
 7. Rikalo, Sloboda Tuzla4.0 
 8. Luzajic, Leotar3.8 
 9. Vukovic, Mladost3.7 
 10. Hagins, Bosna-Royal3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.3.1 
 2. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 3. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.9 
 4. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.9 
 5. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 6. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 7. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.5 
 8. Markovic, Gradj.1.4 
 9. Rikalo, Sloboda Tuzla1.4 
 10. Zovko, Zrinjski HT1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alin DEMIC
  Zrinjski HT
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 2. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 3. Brummitt, Zrinjski.1.0 
 4. Tomic, Kakanj0.9 
 5. Djumic, Sloboda Tuzla0.9 
 6. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 7. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.9 
 8. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 9. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 
 10. Pelkic, Leotar0.6 


Knezevic's 38-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Zrinjski HT and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 38 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Zrinjski HT in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Gradjanski (#9, 3-7) 87-83. Zrinjski HT was forced-out from the top positions in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Zrinjski HT will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Knezevic had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He turned to be Zrinjski HT's top player in his first season with the team. Knezevic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Knezevic is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 7.0apg) and averages solid 2.6spg.

Second best performed player last round was Bojan Lulic (196-SF-95) of Bosnjak. He is a in his first season at Bosnjak. In the last game Lulic recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Bosnjak lost that game 69-77 to the higher-ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#4, 6-3). Bosnjak is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Bosnjak managed to get this year. Lulic is a newcomer at Bosnjak 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.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar (#7). Pelkic scored 13 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Leotar, leading his team to a 89-80 win against slightly lower-ranked Siroki Primorka (#8, 3-7). The chances of Leotar not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pelkic could try to bring Leotar's a little bit higher in the standings. Pelkic has a very solid season. In 8 games in Bosnia he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 68.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Gradjanski - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Danilo Negovanovic (194-F/G-88) of Gradjanski - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bozo Djumic (208-C/F-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86) of Leotar - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Enes Latifagic (200-F-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Djordje Ninkovic (210-C-93) of Leotar - 17 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)



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).

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.





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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  CHILE  


Los Leones sign Michael Glover, ex Globalport - by Eurobasket News

Colegio Los Leones de Quilpue (Liga Nacional) signed 30-year old American forward Michael Glover (203-98kg-87, college: Iona). He played last summer at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 25.7ppg, 14.0rpg and 2.7apg. The last season Glover played at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL Canada where in 53 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.3ppg and 7.0rpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted NBL Canada Sixth Man of the Year, USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Sixt Man of the Year and named to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 2nd Team.
He is quite experienced player. Glover has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Estudiantes Concordia and Villa Angela), Dominican Rep., Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Turkey (Hacettepe) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Metros de Santiago and Parque Hostos).
Glover attended Iona College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Extremely strong performer that also possesses great quickness in the post... Possesses good leaping ability and an excellent touch around the basket... Expanded his game in the offseason by working hard on his ball-handling and outside shooting ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @patmosintl)

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Liga Nacional Round 29: Osorno Basquetbol beats AB Ancud in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ancud. Second ranked Osorno Basquetbol faced 4th placed AB Ancud. Guests from Osorno (21-9) defeated host AB Ancud (17-13) 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Osorno Basquetbol. AB Ancud managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded AB Ancud 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import center Yamene Coleman (208-86, college: Troy, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. AB Ancud's coach Ivan Gallardo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Osorno Basquetbol maintains second place with 21-9 record behind leader Los Leones. AB Ancud at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Osorno Basquetbol are looking forward to face CD Castro (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AB Ancud will play against Las Animas (#7) in Valdivia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Los Leones delivered the twenty second victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Espanol de Talca (16-12) 88-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Espanol de Talca. American forward Howard Crawford (205-88, college: UAB) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. Ignacio Carrion contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for Espanol de Talca. Los Leones maintains first place with 22-8 record. Espanol de Talca at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Los Leones will play against Universidad de Concepcion (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Espanol de Talca will play against Tinguiririca S.F. in San Fernando and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Concepcion. Local Universidad de Concepcion (19-9) beat 12th ranked Universidad Catolica (6-24) 83-65 on Wednesday night. Akeem Scott stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. John Dickson responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Universidad de Concepcion maintains third place with 19-9 record having five points less than leader Los Leones. Universidad Catolica lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Universidad de Concepcion will meet league's leader Los Leones in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Universidad Catolica will play against Puente Alto (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Tinguiririca S.F. defeated Puente Alto in San Fernando 81-65. CD Valdivia beat CD Castro at home 102-92. Las Animas lost to Puerto Montt on the opponent's court 74-92.
The best stats of 29th round was 30 points and 12 rebounds by Juan Luis Abeiro of Tinguiririca S.F..


CDU Concepcion - CDU Catolica 83-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Concepcion. Local Universidad de Concepcion (19-9) beat 12th ranked Universidad Catolica (6-24) 83-65 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Universidad de Concepcion led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Diego Silva (186-93) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward John Dickson (198-90, college: Sacramento St.) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import power forward Brandon Crawford (201-84, college: Albion) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Universidad de Concepcion maintains third place with 19-9 record having five points less than leader Los Leones. Universidad Catolica lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Universidad de Concepcion will meet league's leader Los Leones in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Universidad Catolica will play against Puente Alto (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CDU Concepcion: A.Scott 20+5reb+2ast, M.Cisternas 18+4reb, D.Silva 16+4reb+5ast, C.Lauler 9+5reb+4ast, P.Briones 6+6reb+2ast, M.Villagran 4+6reb+2ast
CDU Catolica: J.Dickson 24+6reb+1ast, B.Crawford 10+14reb, J.Ignacio Collao 8+2reb+1ast, M.Barrientos 7+3reb+3ast, C.Soto 5+4reb+4ast, P.Pinto 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523273


CDE Talca - Los Leones 82-88

Leader Los Leones delivered the twenty second victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Espanol de Talca (16-12) 88-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Espanol de Talca. It looked good early as Espanol de Talca took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Los Leones had a 27-21 second period charge getting the lead and Espanol de Talca was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-88. They outrebounded Espanol de Talca 46-31 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Howard Crawford (205-88, college: UAB) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. International forward Ignacio Carrion (202-93) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Eduardo Sepulveda (186-86) added 15 points and 8 assists in the effort for Espanol de Talca. Four Los Leones and five Espanol de Talca players scored in double figures. Los Leones maintains first place with 22-8 record. Espanol de Talca at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Los Leones will play against Universidad de Concepcion (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Espanol de Talca will play against Tinguiririca S.F. in San Fernando and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: I.Carrion 20+7reb+1ast, E.Arteaga 19+4ast, T.Alvarez 14+2reb+1ast, D.Jones 14+6reb+4ast, H.Crawford 10+16reb+2ast, B.Amor 7+3reb+6ast
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 24+15reb+2ast, E.Sepulveda 15+8ast, P.Barraza 14+4reb+2ast, D.Jones 12+4reb+2ast, S.Bravo 11+2reb+5ast, V.Guaico 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 523274


Puente Alto - Tinguiririca S.F. 65-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Puente Alto (10-20) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Tinguiririca S.F. (8-22) 81-65 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-65. Tinguiririca S.F. made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game, while Puente Alto only scored three points from the stripe. Argentinian power forward Juan Luis Abeiro (196-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Venezuelan center Jose Juan Bravo (202-86, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 17 points. Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and Venezuelan forward Lenin Lopez (198-91) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Puente Alto players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tinguiririca S.F. maintains eleventh place with 8-22 record. Puente Alto lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost. Tinguiririca S.F. will meet at home higher ranked Espanol de Talca (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Puente Alto will play against Universidad Catolica (#12) in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tinguiririca S.F.: J.Luis Abeiro 30+12reb+2ast, J.Juan Bravo 17+3reb+1ast, F.Gonzalez 9+3reb, M.Ernst 8+5reb+1ast, F.Acuna 6+4reb+5ast, P.Saez 6+6reb+2ast
Puente Alto: A.Pinedo 13+4reb+1ast, L.Lopez 12+8reb+1ast, J.Diaz 11+14reb+3ast, D.Valenzuela 10+3reb+1ast, J.Martin Cardenas 8+3reb+3ast, F.Garrido 7+3reb+7ast
gschID: 523278


AB Ancud - Osorno 66-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ancud. Second ranked Osorno Basquetbol faced 4th placed AB Ancud. Guests from Osorno (21-9) defeated host AB Ancud (17-13) 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Osorno Basquetbol. AB Ancud managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded AB Ancud 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import center Yamene Coleman (208-86, college: Troy, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. AB Ancud's coach Ivan Gallardo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Osorno Basquetbol maintains second place with 21-9 record behind leader Los Leones. AB Ancud at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Osorno Basquetbol are looking forward to face CD Castro (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AB Ancud will play against Las Animas (#7) in Valdivia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osorno: B.Robinson 25+13reb, Y.Coleman 20+14reb+3ast, F.Ibarra 9+3reb+2ast, R.Munoz 8+1reb+6ast, N.Mendez 6+4reb, J.Fontena 6+3reb+1ast
AB Ancud: R.Larry 22+7reb+1ast, F.Centeno 21+3reb+2ast, P.Sandoval 8+1reb+1ast, R.Armijo 6+1reb, S.Figueroa 5+6reb+4ast, C.Naranjo 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 523276


CD Valdivia - CD Castro 102-92

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Deportivo Valdivia (17-11) defeated at home 8th ranked CD Castro (13-17) 102-92 on Wednesday. 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 102-92. American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international Gerardo Isla (201-91, college: Columbia, MO) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Tyrone Lee (204-90, college: Grand Valley St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Deportivo Valdivia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser CD Castro dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. Deportivo Valdivia will meet Puerto Montt (#8) on the road in the next round. CD Castro will play against the league's second-placed Osorno Basquetbol and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: D.Summers 50+14reb, G.Isla 23+5reb+1ast, D.Gonzalez 13+1reb+1ast, C.Rosenberg 8+5reb+2ast, F.Schuler 6+5reb+12ast, C.Altaner 2+1reb+1ast
CD Castro: T.Lee 29+17reb+4ast, T.Thomas 19+9reb+3ast, R.Madera 13+11reb+2ast, G.Velasquez 8+1ast, R.Cruces 6+1reb+6ast, C.Sepulveda Fredes 6+2reb
gschID: 523275


Puerto Montt - Las Animas 92-74

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Las Animas (14-16) were defeated on the road by ninth ranked Puerto Montt (13-15) 92-74 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Puerto Montt. Las Animas managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Mike Phillips (201-90, college: Howard) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Francisco Jara (192-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Puerto Montt players scored in double figures. Puerto Montt's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: DTMones) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and the former international point guard Franco Morales (179-92) scored 11 points. Puerto Montt moved-up to eighth place. Las Animas lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Puerto Montt will meet at home higher ranked Deportivo Valdivia (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Las Animas will play against AB Ancud and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Puerto Montt: M.Phillips 23+13reb+1ast, F.Jara 17+7reb+3ast, L.Munks 15+8reb+2ast, J.Holt 14+3reb+2ast, N.Ulloa 6+1reb+4ast, I.Navarrete 6+1reb+7ast
Las Animas: T.Taylor 33+16reb, F.Morales 11+2reb+3ast, D.Cheek 8+6reb+1ast, M.Perez 6+3reb, J.Del Solar 4+1reb+1ast, D.Low 4
gschID: 523277





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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 


CBA Round 25: Leader Shanghai Sharks lose to Leopards - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Shanghai Sharks (21-4) recorded its fourth loss in Shenzhen on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by sixth ranked Leopards (17-8) 103-101. Leopards dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 46. 24 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International center Muhao Li (218-92) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leopards maintains sixth place with 17-8 record. Shanghai Sharks at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. They share it with Guangdong ST. Leopards are looking forward to face Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against Jilin Tigers (#13) and are hoping to win this game.
The game in Jinan was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (18-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (15-10). Shandong Bulls defeated Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 130-117. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Justin Dentmon contributed with 25 points and 8 assists for the winners. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 20 assists for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Shandong Bulls have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 15-10 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Shandong Bulls will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#15) in Hangzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against TianJin Steel (#14) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Changchun, where 4th placed Liaoning Hunters (19-6) lost to thirteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-14) in a road game 109-113 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. Jabari Brown stepped up and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. At the losing side Lester Hudson responded with 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Liaoning Hunters' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers maintains thirteenth place with 11-14 record, which they share with TianJin S. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the fourth position with six games lost. Jilin Tigers will meet league's leader Shanghai Sharks on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liaoning Hunters will play against Shanxi Zhongyu and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sichuan. Local Sichuan BW (13-12) outscored 20th ranked Guangzhou (4-21) 114-88. Hamed Haddadi nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to ninth place. Guangzhou lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Sichuan BW's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guangzhou will play on the road against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 25 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Jiangsu TX were defeated by Qingdao E. in a road game 117-106. Jiangsu D. was beaten by Xinjiang FT at home 98-109. Fujian QB lost to Guangdong ST on the opponent's court 113-123. Beijing D. managed to outperform Shanxi Zh. in a home game 95-85. TianJin S. rolled over North Control B. on the road 124-100. Zhejiang CB defeated Bayi R. on its own court 88-83.
The best stats of 25th round was 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks by Yuchen Zou of Bayi R..


Shenzhen L. - Shanghai S. 103-101

Top ranked Shanghai Sharks (21-4) recorded its fourth loss in Shenzhen on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by sixth ranked Leopards (17-8) 103-101. Leopards dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 46. 24 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International center Muhao Li (218-92) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Leopards players scored in double figures. French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) added 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leopards maintains sixth place with 17-8 record. Shanghai Sharks at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. They share it with Guangdong ST. Leopards are looking forward to face Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against Jilin Tigers (#13) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 31+8reb+3ast, L.Muhao 22+6reb+2ast, G.QuAn 17+6reb+1ast, L.Maciej 15+7reb+1ast, M.Duo 9+5ast, S.Zijie 5+3reb
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 30+5reb+4ast, Y.Guerschon 28+15reb+2ast, Z.ZhaoXu 10+1ast, W.Quanxi 8+5reb, C.Liang 7+3reb, L.Wei 6+1reb
gschID: 513945


Shandong FB - Guangsha L. 130-117

The game in Jinan was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (18-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (15-10). Shandong Bulls defeated Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 130-117. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Shandong Bulls made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws). American point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) contributed with 25 points and 8 assists for the winners. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 20 assists and the other American import power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Shandong Bulls have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 15-10 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Shandong Bulls will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#15) in Hangzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against TianJin Steel (#14) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: D.Yanyuhang 36+6reb+7ast, D.Justin 25+2reb+8ast, T.Jason 19+11reb+2ast, J.Cheng 16+3reb+1ast, W.Ke 12+7reb, L.JingYu 9+5reb+1ast
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 22+11reb+20ast, H.Elijah 21+10reb, L.Chih-Chieh 20+2reb+5ast, L.Cheng 18+3reb+1ast, L.Jinglong 15+1reb, H.Jinqiu 13+9reb
gschID: 513944


Qingdao E. - Jiangsu TX 117-106

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Jiangsu TX (5-20) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Qingdao Eagles (11-13) 117-106. Qingdao Eagles players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 assists for the winning side and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) accounted for 26 points and 4 assists. Qingdao Eagles' coach XiaoBin Gong allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Nigerian-American power forward Ikechukwu Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) added 24 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Jiangsu TX in the defeat. Five Qingdao Eagles and four Jiangsu TX players scored in double figures. Qingdao Eagles maintains twelfth place with 11-13 record. Jiangsu TX lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighteenth position with 20 games lost. Qingdao Eagles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#11) in Nanjing and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu TX will play on the road against Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: M.Loukas 26+3reb+4ast, Z.Chengyu 24+4reb+4ast, J.Dominique 21+3reb+13ast, X.Chenghao 13+5reb+1ast, S.Wei 12+12reb+3ast, D.Haoran 8+1reb
Jiangsu TX: A.Zaid 24+6reb+1ast, D.Ikechukwu 24+11reb+1ast, C.Jared 21+4reb+4ast, Z.ZhengDong 13+9reb+2ast, F.Xin 9+1reb+7ast, S.JianYe 8+4reb
gschID: 513946


Jiangsu D. - Xinjiang FT 98-109

No shocking result in a game in Nanjing where third ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (20-5) defeated 10th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-13) 109-98. 26 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for the winning side and American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) accounted for 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) came up with 36 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) added 16 points and 17 rebounds respectively for Jiangsu Dragons in the defeat. Four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Xinjiang Flying Tige. They maintain third place with 20-5 record behind leader Shanghai S. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Guangzhou (#20) at home which should be an easy win for them. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: B.Andray 38+13reb+1ast, A.Darius 35+6reb+6ast, Z.Qi 16+15reb+3ast, K.Makan 7+3reb+1ast, L.Gen 6+3reb+1ast, L.Xudong 3+2reb+2ast
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 36+7reb+4ast, M.Will 16+17reb+1ast, Y.Li 14+5reb+3ast, H.XueFeng 10+3reb, L.Wei 6+3reb+1ast, C.Lei 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 513947


Guangdong ST - Fujian QB 123-113

Very expected game in Dongguan where 15th ranked Fujian (7-18) was defeated by second ranked Guandong Tigers (21-4) 123-113. Guandong Tigers players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 30 personal fouls committed by Fujian helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) nailed 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) accounted for 18 points and 15 rebounds. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) came up with 41 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international Zhelin Wang (215-94) added 19 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Fujian in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers used an opportunity after Shanghai S. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Fujian at the other side dropped to the sixteenth place with 18 games lost. Guandong Tigers' next round opponent will be Sichuan BW (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Fujian will play against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: S.Donald 35+5reb+3ast, B.Carlos 18+15reb+3ast, R.JunFei 15+4reb+3ast, Z.Peng 11+3reb+3ast, Z.FangYu 11+5reb+2ast, Z.Rui 11+5reb+5ast
Fujian QB: B.Dwight 41+6reb+4ast, W.Zhelin 19+14reb+4ast, H.J.J. 18+10reb+1ast, Z.TaiLong 13+1reb, Y.Yichao 11+5reb+3ast, G.Lei 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 513943


Jilin NE T. - Liaoning H. 113-109

We should mention about the upset which took place in Changchun, where 4th placed Liaoning Hunters (19-6) lost to thirteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-14) in a road game 109-113 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) stepped up and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 11 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) responded with 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international center Dejun Han (215-89) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers maintains thirteenth place with 11-14 record, which they share with TianJin S. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the fourth position with six games lost. Jilin Tigers will meet league's leader Shanghai Sharks on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liaoning Hunters will play against Shanxi Zhongyu and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 30+5reb+6ast, C.Jinming 17+3reb+3ast, C.Zhangyi 16+4reb, Z.Biao 16+1reb+3ast, T.Malcolm 11+19reb+4ast, Z.Cheng 10+5reb+3ast
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 41+8reb+4ast, G.Ailun 16+4reb+6ast, H.Dejun 15+16reb, R.Shavlik 13+9reb+1ast, Z.JiWei 12+8reb+4ast, L.Zhixuan 6
gschID: 513948


Beijing D. - Shanxi Zh. 95-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Beijing Ducks' (14-11) home victory over 9th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (12-13) 95-85. Beijing Ducks made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) nailed 41 points (!!!) and 4 steals for the winning side and forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) came up with 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Shanxi Zhongyu in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beijing Ducks maintains eighth place with 14-11 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Beijing Ducks' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beijing to the arena North Control.
Top scorers:
Beijing D.: M.Stephon 41+3reb+2ast, J.Grant 17+6reb+2ast, J.Zhe 13+8reb, F.Shuo 8+3reb+6ast, D.JiangPeng 7+1reb, W.Xiaohui 5+2reb+1ast
Shanxi Zh.: F.Jamaal 36+9reb+5ast, S.Henry 19+7reb, R.Junwei 8+4reb+2ast, Y.Shuai 8+1reb, Z.LingXu 5+1reb+1ast, Z.XueWen 5+1reb
gschID: 513949


Sichuan BW - Guangzhou 114-88

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sichuan. Local Sichuan BW (13-12) outscored 20th ranked Guangzhou (4-21) 114-88. They outrebounded Guangzhou 48-31 including a 38-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sichuan BW players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side and guard Rongqi Huang (190-99) accounted for 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) came up with 18 points and 5 assists and center Zhun Zheng (214-92) added 18 points respectively for Guangzhou in the defeat. Five Guangzhou players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to ninth place. Guangzhou lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Sichuan BW's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guangzhou will play on the road against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: H.Hamed 31+12reb+5ast, L.Wei 20+2reb+2ast, H.Rongqi 14+15reb+6ast, M.Da 9+5reb+2ast, Z.ChunJun 9+5reb+3ast, C.XiaoDong 8+2reb
Guangzhou: K.D.J. 18+4reb+5ast, Z.Zhun 18+4reb+2ast, Z.Xuhang 15+5reb+2ast, N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 14+6reb+4ast, F.Ziming 13+4reb, J.Mingxin 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 513950


North Control B. - TianJin S. 100-124

Not a big story in a game in Beijing where 17th ranked North Control (5-19) was outplayed by fourteenth ranked TianJin Steel (11-14) 124-100. TianJin Steel made 19-of-20 charity shots (95.0 percent) during the game. American-Ukrainian point guard Eugene Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) nailed 38 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side and Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) accounted for 31 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) came up with 34 points (!!!) and 6 assists and Taiwanese guard Chin-Min Yang (195-84) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for North Control in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TianJin Steel moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Jilin NE T. North Control lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 19 games lost. TianJin Steel's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. North Control's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beijing Beijing Ducks.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: J.Eugene 38+5reb+5ast, S.Sani 31+13reb+2ast, Z.Zhihan 19+4reb+3ast, L.Rongpei 10+4reb+4ast, T.Jeremy 9+7reb, Z.Ji 5+2reb
North Control B.: M.Errick 34+4reb+6ast, Y.Chin-Min 19+8reb+4ast, B.Esteban 12+12reb, J.Jingjia 10+3reb, H.Xining 9+2reb+1ast, W.Zhenyu 8+4reb
gschID: 513951


Zhejiang CB - Bayi R. 88-83

Everything went according to plan in Hangzhou where sixteenth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (8-17) won against 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (5-20) 88-83. 25 personal fouls committed by Bayi Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Lei Meng (193-95) added 21 points respectively for Bayi Rockets in the defeat. Five Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank and four Bayi Rockets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank moved-up to fifteenth place. Bayi Rockets at the other side dropped to the eighteenth position with 20 games lost. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's next round opponent will be higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayi Rockets will play at home against Jiangsu TX (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: B.Lorenzo 19+6reb+7ast, W.Willie 18+6reb+2ast, Z.Dayu 12+8reb+1ast, W.Qian 11+2reb, Z.Yongpeng 10+12reb+1ast, W.Yujia 7+3reb
Bayi R.: Z.Yuchen 23+11reb+2ast, M.Lei 21+2reb+1ast, F.Hao 14+5reb+3ast, C.Yan 11+2reb, Y.Chen 6+2reb+1ast, L.Tian-he 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 513952





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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. Jolly JBS 11-1 
 2. GKK Sibenik 10-3 
 3. KK Split 9-2 
 4. Cedevita 9-3 
 5. KK Zagreb 8-4 
 6. Vrij.Osijek 8-5 
 7. Cibona 7-4 
 8. Zadar 7-5 
 9. Alkar Sinj 4-8 
 10. Zabok 3-8 
 11. Skrljevo 3-10 
 12. Gorica 2-10 
 13. H.Analitica 2-11 
 14. Kvarner 2010 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 5: KK Split - Cibona 82-75
Jan. 5: Kvarner 2010 - Gorica 73-77
Jan. 21: Zadar - Kvarner 2010
Jan. 21: Skrljevo - KK Zagreb
Jan. 21: Gorica - Jolly JBS
Jan. 21: Vrij.Osijek - Zabok
Jan. 21: H.Analitica - Cibona
Jan. 21: KK Split - Cedevita
Jan. 21: GKK Sibenik - Alkar Sinj
Jan. 10: KK Zagreb - Cibona
Jan. 17: KK Split - Jolly JBS
Jan. 14: Zabok - KK Split


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.5 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.6 
 5. Konjevic, Skrljevo18.5 
 6. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.6 
 8. Novacic, Jolly JBS17.2 
 9. Marinkovic, Zadar16.2 
 10. Halilovic, GKK S.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb8.1 
 2. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek8.1 
 3. Arapovic, Cedevita7.4 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar7.3 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Halilovic, GKK S.6.3 
 8. Slavica, Cibona6.2 
 9. Marinkovic, Zadar6.1 
 10. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Scott, Jolly JBS7.1 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.0 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .6.2 
 5. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.5 
 8. Petani, GKK Sibenik4.9 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Johnson, Cibona4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Jurlina, Zabok2.5 
 4. Katic, Cedevita2.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.0 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 7. Brzoja, Zadar1.7 
 8. Sirko, KK Split1.6 
 9. Markulin, Jolly J.1.6 
 10. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan RAMLJAK
  KK Zagreb
  (203-SF-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ramljak, KK Zagreb2.0 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.6 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.4 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.1 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita1.0 
 7. Zrnic, Zabok1.0 
 8. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.0.8 
 9. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.8 
 10. Loncar, Cedevita0.7 


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.




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.




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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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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



Long Island Nets land R.J. Hunter - by Eurobasket News

Long Island Nets tabbed 24-year old guard R.J. Hunter (198-84kg-93, college: Georgia State). He played recently at Chicago Bulls in the NBA. But in three games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Hunter also played for another team Windy City Bulls where in 5 NBA games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.6apg and 2.0spg this season.
Two years ago he was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (28th overall). Hunter attended Georgia State until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2015. Hunter received also All-Sun Belt Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 24 1st Team award in 2015.
He has played previously for Maine Red Claws.
Let's have closer look into Hunter's outlook: Versatile shooting guard with tremendous range and very good ball handling skills. .. Has very good leaping ability and has shown the ability to defend players at multiple positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bighorns Fall to Oklahoma City - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns (6-13) fell to the Oklahoma City Blue (14-7) 123-94 Thursday night at the Reno Events Center. Kings Assignment Player Skal Labissiere (6'11''-PF-96, college: Kentucky) led the Bighorns with 19 points and seven rebounds while Renaldo Major (6'6''-F-82, college: Fresno St.) notched 18 points, four rebounds and three assists. Kings assignee Georgios Papagiannis scored 12 points and added six rebounds. Josh Huestis (6'7''-F-91, college: Stanford) paced the Blue with 23 points, seven rebounds and two assists while Cameron Payne (6'2''-G-94, college: Murray St.) totaled 22 points and four assists. The first quarter proved to be a tightly-contested battle that saw five lead changes and three ties. The Blue ended the frame with a narrow 23-22 lead over the Bighorns. The Blue opened up the second quarter going on a 11-2 run to hold a 10 point advantage over the Bighorns. The Bighorns rallied back to edge the Blue 46-45 at the 1:00 mark before Kameron Woods (6'9''-F-93, college: Butler) made a lay-up to give the Blue a 48-45 lead at the half. Oklahoma City heated up coming out of the break, leading by as many as 28 points in the third quarter. The Bighorns would never regain the advantage in the second half, falling 123-94.
Courtesy of: ktvn.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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Estonia U16 clinch home title - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U16 clinch home title at the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn. They finished with 2-1 record on top even after a narrow 94-96 loss from Latvia U16 in the last game of the competition. Ran-andre Pehka top-scored for Estonia with 26 points and Johannes Kirsipuu (188-PG-02) as well as Kerr Kriisa (187-PG-01) scored 13 each. Ojars Berzins (187-PG-01) led Latvian side with 29 points. Latvia U16 ended up on the second place and Finland U16 with the same 2-1 record finished third.


Estonia U18 win Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18 won Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn with 4 participating teams. They posted three consecutive wins against Finland U18, Sweden U18 and Latvia U18. In the last game Estonia U18 overcame Latvia U18 83-68. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) paced all the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Hugo Erkmaa (188-PG-99) notched 13. Edgars Kaufmanis (185-SG-99) replied with 23 points in the losing effort as Latvia ended up last with a 0-3 record. Finland finished the tournament with 2-1 record on the second place and Sweden ended up third with a 1-2 record.


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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)



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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)



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

31-year old Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for KTP Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 19 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Salon Vilpas (#2, 14-4) 70-79. KTP Basket maintains the 9th position in Finnish league. KTP Basket is currently ranked second from the bottom. But it was their 13th lost game this season out of 19 games. Pratt turned to be KTP Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Stillman College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pratt is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.1rpg), assists (2nd best: 6.7apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 58.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Pyrinto. He is American forward in his first season at Pyrinto. In the last game Bullock recorded impressive 21 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he led Pyrinto to another comfortable win 83-65 over slightly lower-ranked Kouvot (#8, 7-10) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Pyrinto to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Bullock is a newcomer at Pyrinto and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#7). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Pyrinto's star - swingman Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82). Minard showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Pyrinto, helping his team with a 83-65 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Kouvot (#8, 7-10). The chances of Pyrinto ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Minard could help Pyrinto to bring them higher in the standings. Minard has a great season in Finland. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.1apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of BC Nokia - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-F-89) of Salon Vilpas - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Michael Cuffee (195-G-83) of Kouvot - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Okko Jarvi (193-F-96) of Salon Vilpas - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Helsinki Seagulls - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket - 15 points and 5 rebounds
10. Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90) of Kouvot - 16 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)



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
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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
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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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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Nancy inks Abdoulaye M'Baye - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) signed 29-year old ex-international point guard Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-88). He has played for the last two seasons at SPO Rouen Basket in the ProB. In 16 games he had 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others M'Baye's team won French Leaders Cup in 2013. He was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2009.
M'Baye was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2010 and 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
M'Baye represented France at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team won Silver.
M'Baye has played previously for five other teams: JDA Dijon, Gravelines-Dunkerque, Strasbourg IG, CFBB and Entente Orleans 45.

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Limoges ink Bernard James, ex Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) signed 32-year old American power forward Bernard James (208-109kg-85, college: Florida State). He played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league, but left. In four games he had 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg. James also played that season for Shanghai Sharks in Chinese CBA where in 36 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). James attended Florida State and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won ACC Tournament in 2012. James was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team back in 2012.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks) and D-League (Texas Legends).
James could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Pretty strong player who doesn't back down from physical play…Also is an NBA caliber athlete, who shows good leaping skills and explosiveness and adequate ability to run as well…His standout traits lie in his defensive ability. James biggest weakness is his ability to contribute offensively…Not ever going to be more than a 5th option scorer, and lacks in nearly every area on the offensive end…His post game, outside of his jump hook is non-existant
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Kraidon Woods (ex Ura Basket) agreed terms with Olimpi - by Eurobasket News

Olimpi Tbilisi (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old St.Kitts power forward Kraidon Woods (205-88, college: Drake). He played most recently at Ura Basket in Finnish 1st Division. In 18 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Finnish 1st Division Division B All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Woods also played that season for BC Nokia (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. But in two games he did not score anything.
Woods' team made it to the 1st Division Semifinals in 2013. He was a member of St.Kitts Senior National Team back in 2006.
Woods is a very experienced player.
He graduated from Drake University in 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Jacob Mampuya Joins PS Karlsruhe Lions - by Dockers Hoops

Young forward Jacob Mampuya (200-SF-94) has left German Pro B side Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen to join 'South Division' leaders PS Karlsruhe Lions.

The Giants granted Mampuya's request to continue his career with another team just days before the two teams are set to meet one another in round 14 action.

The departure of the 22-year-old Mampuya is a blow for the 2-11 Giants, a team that has struggled with consistent injury issues this season.

Mampuya joins his third Pro B club after a solid stint with the Artland Dragons last season and a minor role with the Kirchheim Knights (ProA) during the 2014-15 season.



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









MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel Name Demetrius Ward Player Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel have given player Demetrius Ward (188-G-90, college: W.Michigan) the honor of also having the title as head coach. After the dismissal of Ralf Rehberger, the club was unable to find a suitable coach and decided on the player/coach alternative with Ward. Ward is a 26 year old 190cm guard playing his fifth season with the team and curently having his strongest statistical season averaging 21,1ppg, 5,8rpg and 3,8apg. MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel president Burkhart Junker added that making Ward the player coach wasn't the most optimal decision, but according to the circumstances at the moment the best one. The club is hopeful that with the return of Tom Alte and Luis Figge that the club will be able to have success in the second half of the season.The club also announced that Henje Knopke has returned back to the team after a short stay with the SG MTV/BG Wolfenbuettel (2.Regionalliga).

Source:MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel



BV Chemnitz Sign Craig Bradshaw - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

As is so often the case when a situation doesn't work out in one place, teams aren't hesitant to bringing in that player and that is exactly what BV Chemnitz did reeling in Craig Bradshaw (191-G-93, college: Belmont) Bradshaw is a 23 year old 191cm guard from Tennessee that started his rookie season in Germany with the Crailsheim Merlins. There the American played 16 games and averaged only 15 minutes per game on a team that is well stocked at the guard position. He averaged 7,0ppg, 2,9rpg and 1,3apg and shot 38,5% from outside. He scored in double figures five times including a 20 point nine rebound game against the RheinStars,

Bradshaw started his basketball career in 2012 with Belmont (NCAA) playing 34 games averaging 2.1ppg, 1.3rpg. In his second season he played 35 games: 15.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 81.0%. As a junior he played 30 games: 18.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 74.7%. In his senior year he played 32 games: 16.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 73.7%. In his last two seasons he showed how consistent he could be at the NCAA level scoring in double figures in 56 of 62 games. He had some massive games against Ohio scoring 42 points and 33 points against Eastern Kentucky. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been OVC Regular Season East Division Champion 13, 14, OVC Tournament Winner -13, 15, All-OVC 2nd Team -14, OVC Tournament Finalist -14, NABC Division I All-District 19 2nd Team -14, NIT Elite Eight -14, Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-District 3 1st Team -15, OVC East Division Regular Season Co-Champion -15, Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-America 3rd Team -15, All-OVC 1st Team -15, 16, OVC All-Tournament Team -15, NABC All-District 19 1st Team -15, 16, CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 3 1st Team -16, OVC East Division Regular Season Champion -16
OVC Tournament Semifinals -16, and CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-America 2nd Team -16



David Sturner (Dresden Titans) We Are Now Starting To Trust Each Other And Do The Little Things It Takes To Be A Great Defensive Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

David Sturner (206-F/C-90, college: S.Oregon) is a 206cm power forward/center playing his second season in Germany for Pro A team Dresden Titans He started his basketball career with Oregon State playing 13 NCAA games and then moved to S.Oregon (NAIA) and as a senior played 31 games: 14.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 56.2%. He started his professional basketball career with the West Adelaide Bearcats (Australia-Central ABL) before coming to Germany. Last season for Dresden he played 27 games averaging 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 65.4%. This season he is averaging 17,3ppg, 8,3rpg and 3,0apg. He spoke to eurobasket after the big 75-61 win against the Hamburg Towers.

David thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on the big 75-61 win at home against the Hamburg Towers. How much of a release was it getting that 10 game losing streak monkey off your back?

My pleasure Miles, always great to talk with you! Thank you, I think it was very important for us to get that win going into the break. Not so much to end the losing streak, but to put us in the right direction heading into the second half of the season.

This was the best defensive performance of the season. Why do you feel did it take so long to defend consistently for 40 minutes?

I think we had focused a lot on pushing the tempo against teams and getting quick shots that often times put us in bad spots on defense. Since coach Flynn has been with us, our focus is defense, and we are now starting to trust each other and do the little things it takes to be a great defensive team.

The Dresden Titans were up by 12 points after three quarters. Despite all that has happened this season in games, was their some trepidation going into the fourth quarter or did you sense that the club was confident to finish the game strong?

Earlier in the season we wouldn't know how to keep a 12 point lead. But with guys stepping up in their roles and everybody having faith in each other, we knew that we were in control in that fourth quarter.

The Dresden Titans are a talented team, but do you feel that the wrong goals were set before the season in terms of what the club was capable of doing?

No, I think we are an extremely talented team and have had the potential to beat the top teams in this league all season. Sometimes things don't go how you planned and adjustments are made. That's where we are at now, but we as a club still know that we can play with anyone when we are at our best.

The biggest sore spot has been the defense. The worst phase was in November where it averaged giving up 99 points in five games. Why has it been getting defensive schemes working so difficult this season?

I think teams scouting us knew that we were trying to push the ball on offense all game. If we were averaging 95pts a game, then other teams were going to get a lot of shots as well. We weren't putting enough effort into our defense, and defensive rebounding, and teams really took advantage of that.

It was a shame that head coach Steven Clauss had to go, but usually it's the coach that has to go when things aren't working. You were here last season where he turned a sinking ship into a playoff team. Why didn't his basketball philosophy mesh with the players he had this season?

It was really tough to see coach Clauss go, but that's how things work out sometimes. There's a lot of great things he did for our club and obviously he helped us to have this opportunity in the ProA. I can't give exact answers as to why we didn't have success this season under coach Clauss, but unfortunately things didn't work out.

Even when new head coach Liam Flynn came on board, wins didn't pop up. Are you confident that fans will see a new Dresden Titans attitude that will translate in more success?

It's no easy task to turn around a team in just a few games. Coach Flynn has done a great job rebuilding our schemes and demanding hard work and professionalism out of us. I know the Titans fans can already see our hard work paying off as it did in the Hamburg game, and as we keep this mentality up, we will continue to succeed on the court.

One of the big winners in this tough time has been German Helge Baus who really has stepped up his game. Can one say that he has now arrived in the Pro A with his game?

This is the first year I've played with Helge so I can't speak on his previous seasons, but just throughout this year he has developed so much and shown that he is a great player. The best part about him is that he hasn't come close to his potential yet. He's a guy I expect to see playing at the next level in a few years.

The team brought in some experience with Tafari Toney. What has been your first impression of him and how will he help the team most besides his wisdom?

Tafari was only with us for 3 weeks while Jervon Pressley was healing from an injury. Taf was a true veteran and a fun guy to be around. In the short time he was here he provided leadership and wisdom for us, and helped us to our win against Hamburg.

Your having a very solid season, but in the last two games didn't produce in the scoring department getting only three shots in 39 minutes. Is this something you had to swallow at first? Even on a talented team like Dresden, a scoring player of your caliber is used to getting 10-16 shots a game.

I think the last two games I wasn't very smart choosing when to be aggressive on offense and when not to be. That being said, whether I get 15 shots or 1, I'll do whatever it takes to help our team win games.

Would you say a baseball player has a harder time breaking a hitless streak than a basketball player finding his groove again in the next game?

As a former baseball player, I'd say it's harder for a baseball player to break a hitless streak. I say this just because baseball you have a lot less opportunities. In basketball there's a lot of different things you can do to score or get your confidence up. That being said, the best basketball scorers make over 50% of their shots, while the best baseball hitters get hits on less than 33% of their at bats.

Will you work on specific things before the next game or is more about just getting right back into the game and just letting the game come to you?

There's definitely some things that I want to work on before the next game, but just letting the game come to me will also be important. I'm not going to try and do anything new or play outside of my game.

What have you learned to appreciate the most about the holiday season in Germany this season?

My wife and I love everything about Dresden during Christmas. The Christmas markets are amazing, and the city lights up for the whole month of December. It helps to live in such a beautiful city for the holidays because it makes it a little easier being away from home and our families.

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

Klay is one of the most gifted scorers in the NBA in my opinion. I think his performance was amazing, but I wouldn't know where to rank it among other great games. All I'll say is he would have got 75 if he had played the 4th!

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?

Well if the best player in the world was based off of stats, I think it would have to be James Harden. Russell is averaging a triple double, but he is also shooting low percentages from the field and the 3. Harden is 2 rebounds away from the same stats as Westbrook, and is shooting at a high clip.

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

I think every Christmas with my family growing up was memorable. My sister and brother and I would stay up late too excited to sleep, and then get up early to see the presents under the tree. My parents always made it such a loving and fun experience, something we would never forget.

What was the last movie that you saw?

I watched Maze Runner with my wife the other day. Great movie!

Thanks David for the chat.





Thomas Scrubb (Giessen 46ers) Upholds The Low Key Manner And High Level Play In The Scrubb Family - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Almost eight months ago a tall young man that looked like he could have just come from a long Caribbean trip or had fallen asleep under the tanning machine was in the Fraport arena and really stood out from the rest of the spectators as he was the tallest in his seating area. One might not have right away come to the notion that he was related to Fraport Skyliner Philipp Scrubb, but the Carlton University sweat shirt that he was wearing and his dark tint could have been the needed hint that these two people might be related. Six days after his rookie season had ended with Joensuun Kataja Basket (Finland-Korisliiga) where he had poured in 26 points in a loss to BC Nokia, The tall figure that was roaming the Fraport arena was in fact Thomas Scrubb (198-F-91) the older brother of Philipp and was in Germany watching his brother play a game. After the Fraport Skyliners had easily disposed of the 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC 89-61 and Philip Scrubb had contributed four points and four assists, both brothers met after the game and had some brief small talk before the younger brother went to the fans to give the obligatory post game autographs. When one observes the two Canadian brothers who made watching basketball so much more enjoyable in the last five years at Carleton (CIS), Philip seems like he could moonlight as a ball boy at an NBA game getting balls for the players and being too shy to answer after getting asked a question or an altar boy who attends to supporting tasks at the altar such as getting and carrying and ringing the altar bell and just standing by the side of the priest like a loyal dog does his master. Thomas on the other hand could easily moonlight as a fitness trainer as his seemingly perfect looking body would be destined for that job or as a model gracing the cover of Fitness magazine. Even if Philip could get lost in the shuffle of a group of basketball players walking down a hall and Thomas rather be asked what the easiest weight lift plan could be instead of what the correct and easiest method is too getting a rebound, once these two brothers slip on their jersey's and lace up their sneakers and step on the basketball court, they are in their perfect world and everyone would experience that their passion and biggest strength is basketball. One thing that stands out with both players, is their low key demeanor that seems to be cemented inside them as firmly as a new laid down drive way. There is no cockiness or self adulation present in their characters and that reflects their play as they display pure unselfishness on the court. Last season Philip explained how their parents set them on the right path to how to deal with success the correct way. 'If you do a good job on the court then you feel good internally', explained Philip Scrubb.

Thomas Scrubb is a 26 year old 198cm forward that grew up in Vancouver, but now a days hangs out in Ottawa during the summers and is playing his second professional season in Germany for the Giessen 46ers. Before the Canadian turned professional last season and played as a rookie in Finland, he had to mature and develop further as a player and did at Carleton (CIS). There he played from 2010-2014 and had the delight to play four seasons with his brother Philip. Combined both players won a ridiculous 16 titles together including 10 CIS championships and 6 OUA titles. The only thing missing from their illustrious career together would have been that opportunity to display their abilities at the big dance during March Madness in the NCAA. Thomas Scrubb is 14 months and one day older and seven centimeters taller then brother Philip and both played at Carleton from 2010-2015 while Philip Scrubb played 127 CIS games while Thomas played one less. Despite Thomas having great stats at Carleton and crowning his senior year playing 24 games and averaging 17.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 49.0%, FT: 76.4%: there was no hiding the fact that he was in the shadow of his Philip as he got the label of being the greatest Canandian college player of all-time. That low key demeanor that both possess was something that never got in the way of each other or was ever able to deter their efforts in bringing forth their best efforts to be successful on the court with their play. Thomas never got tied up with the fact that he was in the shadow of Philip. 'I never really felt that way around people that were close to us even when Phil was much better than me. I know he also got more attention from media and some fans but I wouldn't want that attention anyway. Within our team, family, and friends I didn't feel like they put him on a pedestal over me', stressed Thomas Scrubb. Philip showed just how humble he is as the label of being the best Canadian of all-time never fazed him. ''There have been many great players from Canada. I played at the best program and the best coach. There was much handed to me. Winning improves the way people look at you. I was lucky to be on winning teams. The media helps people remember this', added Philp Scrubb. Thomas was able to improve every season in terms of scoring and rebounding as he improved each stat each season and also displayed a special knack of hitting the trey as he shot over 40% in three of his last four seasons including 49% in his last season. He never hit more than four three's in a game, but his shot selection was spot on as his concentration lied more on mixing it up under the glass. He also learned something even more valuable than winning, but how to prepare the right way which head coach David Smart plastered into his mind which will benefit him as his professional career grows. 'He taught me so much about work ethic, competitiveness, and how to train properly that I feel prepared for every situation that I run into. I went into Carleton as someone who never trained and now I feel like I will always be one of the hardest workers on my team', added Thomas Scrubb.

After his illustrious 5 year career at Carleton, he was ready for the next step at the professional ranks and joined Joensuun Kataja Basket (Finland-Korisliiga). Finland is a great stomping ground for talented players to help bolster their stats to improve their chances of making the next step to a higher level. A perfect example of this was American Ken Horton who dominated the Korisliga two seasons ago and then came to Germany last season and had a strong season with medi Bayreuth and is doing the same this season with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Despite having a great college career at Carleton, just stepping on the court in Finish arenas and being met with open arms by opponents wasn't happening as he had to adjust like every other rookie. 'The most difficult thing I had to get used to was being able to play confidently within the teams offensive and defensive systems. On defense it was hard to get the system that we played at Carleton for 5 years out of my head so it was tough at the start. I think the style of play in the CIS is not too different than in Europe so I had no issues with that', stressed Thomas Scrubb. As a rookie in Finland, he played 40 games averaging 14.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP-1 (62.8%), 3PT-1 (44.4%), FT: 79.0%. He also demonstrated in the FIBA Europe Cup that he was capable of putting up consistent stats as he played 12 games averaging 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 65.4%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 86.4%.' I had a great time playing in the Finnish league. It helped a lot that I got to play major minutes every game in my first year being pro. It allowed me to grow and improve without having to worry about playing time. Playing in the FIBA Europe Cup gave me experience against teams such as ASVEL and Maccabi Rishon which play in top leagues. Getting to play against those teams has given me confidence that I can play in a great league like the BBL', stressed Thomas Scrubb. The only thing that put a road block in his stellar rookie season was not living up to expectations of winning the korisliga regular season and bowing out in four games to BC Nokia. 'I think the problem we ran into during the playoffs that we weren't strong enough on defense. We were not great all year but were scoring over 90 points per game so it never was an issue. The shots we made all year just didn't fall during the playoff series and our defense wasn't good enough to win games for us', said Thomas Scrubb. When examining his stats in Finland, it would be difficult to find any area where he could of improved on, but there is no better judge for his own play than himself. 'I think the biggest thing that I improved over the year was my 3 point shooting. I was very bad to start the year so teams started to leave me open. Eventually I started to make all of my open shots and my confidence everywhere on offense started to grow from there', expressed Thomas Scrubb.

Before moving on to the Giessen 46ers for his second professional season, Thomas had the opportunity to take part in a two day mini-camp with the Toronto Raptors. It was here that both brothers learned that landing in the NBA isn't a cup of tea, but an opportunity that every basketball player is dreaming of and where nonstop ending hard work is what has to be on the minds of every player. 'It was definitely tough at first but I thought I got better as the camp went on. I realized that I either needed to get a lot stronger or a lot more skilled because I didnt feel like I had much of an advantage in any area over the guys there', warned Thomas Scrubb. Scrubb then was named to the Canadian Olympic team that took part at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila (Philippines) where the team reached the final, but bowed out to France in the final dashing their 2016 Olympic dream of going to Rio. Thomas Scrubb played 4 games averaging 5.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 50.0%. 'I think my summer with the national team really helped prepare me for the BBL. It gave me a chance to play some top levels players and figure out what I needed to do to have success against them. In the Olympic qualifying tournament I had some pretty good moments and some bad moments so I just wanted to come into this season and show that I belonged at the highest level', warned Thomas Scrubb. Scrubb and Entersport agency didn't waste anytime last summer inking with the Giessen 46ers as he was signed early in the transfer period. Scrubb joined one of the big movers in the last years with traditional team Giessen that was founded in 1937 and won four titles in the 60's and four in the 70's, but were rudely kicked out of the BBL in 2013 and needed two seasons in the Pro A before returning back in 2015 and almost making the playoffs despite a budget that is in the lower half of the league. Nothing has changed this season as the club once again has had to make the best of their resources out of a limited budget and like last season the club has held their own having a 8-8 record and sitting confident at position 10 in the standings and knocking on the playoff door. Six weeks ago, the Giessen 46ers erased an ugly 14 year losing streak as they finally beat the Fraport Skyliners again in their own living room 69-52 as the only disappointing aftermath for Thomas was that he couldn't duel against his brother Philip for the first time as professionals as he has a season ending injury. 'Its been tough for Phil. I just want him to be back on the court as soon as possible. It would have been fun to play him since we've never had that opportunity but it just wasn't meant to be', said Thomas Scrubb. After the historic win, Scrubb didn't even know how big the win had been. 'It definitely felt good to win. I am not too familiar with the Giessen Frankfurt rivalry but I could tell how much it meant to the fans so I am happy we were able to give them a win', stressed Thomas Scrubb.

When you lose against top teams like FC Bayern Munich and ratiopharm Ulm by only four points and to Bamberg by a mere two points, it isn't surprising that confidence within the team keeps growing. 'We feel we can compete with anybody at the point so we just need to make sure we bring energy and focus to every game', warned Thomas Scrubb. As is often the case with teams that have less budget and players that always want to prove themselves, the effort and heart is bigger than with other teams which brings out their scrappiness to new proportions often bringing their best play to new heights annoying each and every new opponent one bit more. On top of that, the club has one of the up and coming coaches in the league with Dennis Wucherer who has put together the perfect mix of skill and characters four years in a row and that continues to translate into success. The success of the team is a combination of players and Denis Wucherer. 'I think coach really puts an emphasis on team play. We try and play a lot of guys so during the week everyone has to practice hard to fight for minutes. I also think he lets guys play their game and be comfortable trying to make plays for the team', stressed Thomas Scrubb. Scrubb has meshed in well with other key figures on the team with Cameron Wells, Justin Sears and Skyler Bowlin. 'Cam is always very composed on the court. He always seems to be going at his own pace and getting the shot that he wants. Justin may have an unorthodox game but he's very tough to stop on the offensive glass and is very mobile for a big guy. I appreciate how Skyler competes every day. He i a guy who has won championships in other leagues so you can tell that he has a winners mentality', stressed Thomas Scrubb.As for his own play, the Canadian has had no problems adjusting to the BBL as he is second in scoring and rebounding, third in assists and first in steals with Giessen. 'Im reasonably happy with how I have played so far. I still think I could be more consistent with my shooting and be more of a factor against the top teams in the league.I think for us to make the playoffs we are going to need to win some more games against the top who are above us in the standings. In the second half we'll just need to be able to work on being consistent throughout the game and putting teams away if we get a lead against them.', warned Thomas Scrubb.So far this season he has scored in double figures in 12 of 17 games and saved his best for the Frankfurt win scoring 21 points, grabbing five rebounds and steals and dishing out four assists. 'It was probably my best game. I just wanted to come out with confidence after not having shot too well the past month', added Thomas Scrubb. With the allstar break coming up, Thomas Scrubb has only one game left and that is the rematch in the Hessen derby against the Fraport Skyliners on the road on January eighth. Once again There will only be one Scrubb on the court as Philip continues to be in North Americia rehabilitating so Thomas can only dream about the next time they will meet again on the court. Even if the first professional Scrubb head to head confrontation will not take place this season, the Scrubb Brothers might meet the next time for some head to head battle this summer on the court. Of all the countless titles the Scrubb's have won, it isn't what they did as young men that stands out most to Thomas, but what they did as kids as his fondest memory. 'Playing on our Fisher Price basketball hoop in the garage was my fondest memory with my brother', stated Thomas Scrubb. Even if it will be difficult to make predictions to the Hessen derby game this weekend, Thomas Scrubb stays faithful to 100% of every other basketball player out there when it comes to saying who would win a one on one with his brother Philip. 'I would win', said Thomas Scrubb. With Philip Scrubb being out this season, Thomas Scrubb surely would have the advantage this summer in a one on one duel with Philip having been injured and not active and that is something that his brother Philip might even agree with.





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L'Hospitalet signs Savvas Manousos, ex Kavala - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver) signed 32-year old Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85). He just played at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas in Greek A2 league. In 12 games he had 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg this season. Manousos also spent pre-season at Doxa Lefkadas (A2) in Greece earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Cyprus League Regular Season in 2010. Manousos was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 3rd Team in 2015 and 2016.
He was a member of Greek U16 National Team back in 2001.
Manousos is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Greece (Apollon Patras, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, KAO Dramas, Olimpiada and Ermis Lagkada), Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol), FYR Macedonia (Millenium) and Czech Republic (NH Ostrava).

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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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.

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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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BBU Salzburg adds Rakocevic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

BBU Salzburg (2.Bundesliga) added to their roster 26-year old Serbian-Hungarian swingman Marko Rakocevic (198-94kg-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at RW Cuxhaven in German Regionalliga. In 22 games he recorded 3.9ppg.
Rakocevic's team was Runner-Up of German Regionalliga (North Group) 2016.
He has played also professionally in Hungary (TF Budapest).

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67th Senior National Basketball Championship to tip off in Puducherry from tomorrow - by Eurobasket News

The prestigious 67th Senior National Basketball Championship will be held at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Puducherry from the 7th to 14th January. 27 men's teams and 25 women's teams have confirmed their participation. The championship is being organised by the Puducherry Basketball Association under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India. Defending champions Railways women will be the team to watch out for as it rekindles its rivalry with previous winners Chhattisgarh. In the men's section, traditional powerhouses Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu will be vying for top honours. 29 international players from across the country will be adding their experience to the fray.
Courtesy of: basketballfederationindia.org



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 11-1 
 2. Naft Abadan 9-3 
 3. Arak 8-4 
 4. Azad 8-4 
 5. Tabriz 7-5 
 6. Chemidor 6-6 
 7. Kashan 5-7 
 8. Army 4-8 
 9. Gorgan 2-10 
 10. Shiraz a.s Pipe 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 5: Petrochimi - Army 87-70
Jan. 5: Naft Abadan - Arak 86-80
Jan. 5: Shiraz a.s Pipe - Kashan 77-87
Jan. 5: Chemidor - Azad 68-70
Jan. 5: Gorgan - Tabriz 60-67

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 12: Naft Abadan - Chemidor
Jan. 12: Army - Gorgan
Jan. 12: Azad - Kashan
Jan. 12: Arak - Shiraz a.s Pipe
Jan. 12: Tabriz - Petrochimi


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



Superleague Round 12: Azad beats Chemidor by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Superleague took place in Tehran. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Chemidor (6-6) to fourth ranked Azad (8-4) 70-68 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chemidor. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Chemidor won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. The other American import power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 14 points and 4 steals for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Chemidor. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Azad moved-up to third place, which they share with Arak. Chemidor at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Azad is looking forward to face Kashan (#7) at home in the next round. Chemidor will play against the league's second-placed Naft Abadan and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An interesting game for Naft Abadan (9-3) which hosted in Abadan second-best Arak (8-4). Third ranked Naft Abadan managed to get a 6-point victory 86-80. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of international Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and Meisam Mirzaei who added 13 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Naft Abadan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Arak at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Azad. Naft Abadan will play against Chemidor (#6) in Tehran in the next round. Arak will play at home against Shiraz a.s Pipe and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Superleague top team - Petrochimi (11-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat seventh ranked Army (4-8) in Bandar Imam 87-70. The winners were led by James White who scored that evening 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 4 assists by Vahid Dalirzahan did not help to save the game for Army. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petrochimi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-1 record. Loser Army dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Petrochimi will meet Tabriz (#5) on the road in the next round. Army will play against Shahrdari Gorgan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 12th consecutive match to eighth ranked Kashan (5-7) 87-77. The best player for the winners was Ivan Koljevic who scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Kashan moved-up to seventh place. Shiraz a.s Pipe at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Kashan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Azad (#4) in Tehran and it may be quite challenging game. Shiraz a.s Pipe will play on the road against Arak (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 12 Tabriz beat Gorgan on the road 67-60.


Naft Abadan - Arak 86-80

An interesting game for Naft Abadan (9-3) which hosted in Abadan second-best Arak (8-4). Third ranked Naft Abadan managed to get a 6-point victory 86-80. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Arak won third quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naft Abadan dominated on the defensive end, holding Arak to just 5 points in second quarter. They also forced 23 Arak turnovers and outrebounded them 48-34 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Arak was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) who added 13 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and international center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Five Naft Abadan and four Arak players scored in double figures. Naft Abadan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Arak at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Azad. Naft Abadan will play against Chemidor (#6) in Tehran in the next round. Arak will play at home against Shiraz a.s Pipe and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arak: Q.Hosley 21+5reb+2ast, D.Williams 16+4reb+5ast, A.Kardoust 13+13reb+1ast, H.Afagh 12+1reb+1ast, A.Davoudi 8+3reb+4ast, M.Ojaghi 7+2reb+2ast
Naft Abadan: R.Richards 20+4reb, M.Hassanzadeh 20+7reb+1ast, M.Mirzaei 13+15reb, D.Perkins 11+12reb+3ast, S.Davarpanah 11+5reb+3ast, S.Mashayekhi 10+1reb
gschID: 520589


Chemidor - Azad 68-70

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Superleague took place in Tehran. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Chemidor (6-6) to fourth ranked Azad (8-4) 70-68 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chemidor. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Chemidor won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. The other American import power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 14 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Azad players scored in double figures. Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Chemidor. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Azad moved-up to third place, which they share with Arak. Chemidor at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Azad is looking forward to face Kashan (#7) at home in the next round. Chemidor will play against the league's second-placed Naft Abadan and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: D.Cook 18+8reb+1ast, P.Cukinas 18+10reb, I.Zandi 9+2reb, A.Amini 8+6reb+1ast, D.Derghokasian 6+1reb, A.Sedighi 4+1reb
Azad: J.Prince 19+3reb+3ast, J.Jones 14+4reb+2ast, A.Doraghi 11+4reb+1ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 10+1reb+1ast, M.Yousofvand 7+5reb+3ast, A.Baheran 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 520591


Gorgan - Tabriz 60-67

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Tabriz (7-5) beat on the road 9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (2-10) 67-60. Tabriz made 28-of-36 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Shahrdari Gorgan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Sean Williams (208-86, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Guyanese Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and center Mahdi Moradinasab (202-92) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Tabriz maintains fifth position with 7-5 record. Shahrdari Gorgan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Tabriz's next round opponent will be league's leader Petrochimi in Bandar Imam and it may be quite challenging game. Shahrdari Gorgan will play on the road against Army (#8) in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gorgan: R.Marshall 17+5reb+2ast, S.Mohammadi 9+2reb+1ast, M.Hoseinpour 9+4reb, F.Toncinic 8+9reb+1ast, M.Moradinasab 8+10reb+1ast, S.Abramian 4+6reb
Tabriz: N.Gacesa 22+7reb, A. Taherkhani 14+5reb, S.Williams 12+15reb+1ast, E.Nasajpour 7+9reb+2ast, M.Ghamari 6+6reb, M.Falahat 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 520592


Shiraz a.s Pipe - Kashan 77-87

Bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 12th consecutive match to eighth ranked Kashan (5-7) 87-77. Shiraz a.s Pipe was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 29-18 charge of Kashan, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Shiraz a.s Pipe helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Hamzeh Aghajari (185-87) who recorded 31 points and Amir Allahverdi added 22 points and 4 assists respectively. Kashan moved-up to seventh place. Shiraz a.s Pipe at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Kashan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Azad (#4) in Tehran and it may be quite challenging game. Shiraz a.s Pipe will play on the road against Arak (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Shiraz a.s Pipe: H.Aghajari 31+3reb+1ast, A.Allahverdi 22+4reb+4ast, S.Pourkavehdehkordi 7, R.Ranjbar 7+6reb+1ast, S.Taherpour 6+2reb+2ast, M.Rezaei 4+1reb+1ast
Kashan: I.Koljevic 34+4reb+8ast, M.Soleimani 22+8reb, V.Mijovic 16+4reb, M.Shahrian 7+4reb+1ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 4+3reb, M.Rezaei 2+1reb
gschID: 520593


Petrochimi - Army 87-70

Superleague top team - Petrochimi (11-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat seventh ranked Army (4-8) in Bandar Imam 87-70. The game without a history. Petrochimi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.8 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Petrochimi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The winners were led by American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored that evening 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the other American import point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) supported him with 12 points and 4 assists. Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 4 assists by the former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) did not help to save the game for Army. The former international swingman Ashkan Khalilnejad (191-91) added 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petrochimi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-1 record. Loser Army dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Petrochimi will meet Tabriz (#5) on the road in the next round. Army will play against Shahrdari Gorgan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Army: V.Dalirzahan 16+4reb+4ast, A.Khalilnejad 14+4reb+1ast, S.Foroutannik 11+3reb, M.Torabi 8+5reb+2ast, M.Sheikhi 6+1reb+2ast, M.Azizi 6+2reb+1ast
Petrochimi: J.White 21+3reb+3ast, R.Arghavan 14+2reb, G.Robinson 12+2reb+4ast, B.Yakhchali 10+5reb+2ast, M.Atashi 8+3reb+1ast, M.Jamshidi 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 520590





Best players of Iranian Superleague round 11 - by Eurobasket News

International Power forward Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-PF-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Naft Abadan and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Army (#8, 4-8) with 24-point margin 79-55. Naft Abadan is placed at 2nd position in Iranian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Naft Abadan will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. In the team's last game Hassanzadeh had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Naft Abadan and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Hassanzadeh has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 55.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old international shooting guard Adnan Doraghi (190-SG-89) of Azad. Doraghi impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Azad to another comfortable win outscoring Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10, 0-12) 92-57. Azad's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-4 record is not bad at all. Doraghi is a newcomer at Azad 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 another Naft Abadan's star - American Doron Perkins (189-G-83). Perkins showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Naft Abadan, helping his team with a 79-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Army (#8, 4-8). Naft Abadan needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Perkins has a great season in Iran. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. J.P. Prince (203-G/F-87) of Azad - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. James White (201-F/G-82) of Petrochimi - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) of Arak - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Povilas Cukinas (210-C/F-83) of Chemidor - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Sean Williams (208-F-86) of Tabriz - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of Petrochimi - 20 points and 4 assists
10. Quinton Hosley (201-F-84) of Arak - 16 points, 7 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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All Eyeson Cork for National Cup semi-finals. - by Patrick Maher


All eyes will be on Cork this weekend as the much-anticipated Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals get underway from Friday January 6 until Sunday January 8.

Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall will host a massive festival of basketball over the course of the weekend, with the eagerly awaited local derby clash between Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Singleton SuperValu Brunell taking centre stage on Friday evening.

With a long-standing history between the two sides, their journey to this weekend's game is very different, with current Cup champions Glanmire aiming for four titles in-a-row, while Brunell are looking forward to their first Cup semi-final at this level in 25 years.
'We are hungry for victory,' said Brunell Head Coach, Francis O'Sullivan, whose charges secured their first win of the season when they overcame NUIG Mystics in the Cup quarter-final. 'It's 25 years since Brunell last played in the Cup semi-final at this level. We're certainly the underdogs, but our girls are not afraid of anybody.'
Mark Scannell of Glanmire was also relishing the prospect of the local derby: 'We're ready and we've trained hard. Hopefully our big players show up on the night. We're not underestimating Brunell they've had a good run the last few weeks. It's going to be tough.'
In the other women's semi-final, DCU Mercy take on Courtyard Liffey Celtics once more, having met them just before the Christmas break in the League in a game that DCU won.
'Liffey Celtics are a very good team,' Mark Ingle of DCU reflected. 'They have two very good American players too, so we know what we're facing. It will be an interesting challenge.'
'We're feeling good,' reflected Head Coach of Liffey Celtics, Mark Byrne. 'It's the first time Liffey Celtics have made the semi-finals at this level, so we're excited and really looking forward to it. Hopefully, this game will be different and we'll give a good account of ourselves.'

Meanwhile, two interesting clashes await in the Men's National Cup, with SSE Airtricity Moycullen facing Griffith Swords Thunder and Pyrobel Killester taking on UCD Marian.
'It's great to be there,' said Moycullen's John Cunningham as his side prepares for their first ever Cup semi-final at this level. 'We're heavy underdogs being up against Swords, but I think we have a shot. I have faith in the lads and we'll be hoping we can catch Swords on the day.'
Head Coach of Griffith Swords Thunder, Dave Baker, added that they won't be taking anything for granted this weekend: 'Moycullen have a lot of different options, their American is very good. Cup is special and I think anyone on their day can beat anyone else so there will be no complacency here.'
Pyrobel Killester meanwhile are hoping to right the wrong of last year's Cup semi-final which saw them pipped in the dying minutes by Templeogue.
'We feel like we left the Cup semi-final behind us last year against Templeogue,' admitted Brian O'Malley. 'We felt we let that one get away from us so want to get over the line this year. UCD got the better of us the last time we played in the League and we want to correct that performance. They are in a really good place so it's going to take a lot for us to get through.'
UCD Head Coach, Ioannis Liapakis, is also relishing the experience of being in the Cup semi-final: 'There is no tomorrow in this game - it's not like the League, we are treating this as a final, there's no second chance, so we have to be ready. We will need 110% from everybody.'

From : www.irishexaminer.ie

PREVIEW: Hula Hoops National Cup Semi-Finals
Jan 05,2017
January may be one of the gloomiest months of the year for many, but not if you're a basketball player.
In fact, January is one of the big highlights of the Irish basketball season as all roads lead to the Hula Hoops National Cup and with the semi-finals kicking off this weekend in Cork, there's no doubt that fans and players alike are certainly in for a treat.
The feast of basketball action kicks off on Friday, January 6th from 6.30pm and carries on right the way through the weekend, with 40 teams competing across 20 games and two venues (Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall) in a bid to get one step closer to a coveted spot in the Hula Hoops National Cup finals in the National Basketball Arena.
In the Women's National Cup, Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Singleton SuperValu Brunell will be first to take centre stage as the big Cork derby gets underway at 8.30pm in Neptune Stadium on Friday (January 6th).
With a long-standing history between the two sides, their journey to this weekend's game is very different, with current Cup champions Glanmire aiming for four titles in-a-row, while Brunell are looking forward to their first Cup semi-final at this level in 25 years.
'We are hungry for victory,' said Brunell Head Coach, Francis O'Sullivan, whose charges secured their first win of the season when they overcame NUIG Mystics in the Cup quarter-final.
'We practised hard over Christmas, and we're feeling good about it. It is Glanmire - they are 8 and 0 we are 1 and 7 in the League so we're certainly the underdogs, but we had two good wins before the break, and we're finally healthy after struggling with injury massively this year. Glanmire are very dynamic and athletic and I think it will be interesting for those watching to see who wins the style battle - if it's quick and high scoring, that's Glanmire's style, whereas if it's a bit slower, with the ball going inside a lot, then it will be our style. Either way it will be an interesting game.
'Glanmire have years of experience, but our girls have no fear of anybody and like being the underdogs. Hopefully we've garnered enough confidence from our last two wins that we can finish out a game and take it. We are very hungry for victory. It's 25 years since Brunell last played in the Cup semi-final - my wife Grace was the coach at the time, and she was expecting Ciaran so I filled in as deputy for the quarter-final and we beat Meteors in overtime, and she went on to coach them in the semi-final and they were beaten there, so that's 25 years ago now, so there's a good bit of history there and in general, I enjoy beating Mark too!' he finished with a laugh.

Mark Scannell of Glanmire was also relishing the prospect of the local derby: 'We're ready and we've trained hard. We're ready to go out there all guns blazing. It will be tough, it's a local derby and they have absolutely nothing to lose. We are the champions, we have won it for the last three years, and we'd love to get to the final again. But we're not underestimating Brunell at all, they've had a good run the last few weeks. It's going to be difficult and it will be all on the night.'
In the other women's semi-final, DCU Mercy take on Courtyard Liffey Celtics once more, having met them just before the Christmas break in the League in a game that DCU won.
'It's a big weekend for us, as we've three teams in the semi-finals, our Under 18, 20s and Super League sides,' reflected DCU Head Coach, Mark Ingle. 'There's four of our Under 18s on the Super League team so we're going to be trying to avoid fatigue that will be the big thing. These Under 18s have played a big role for us the last few weeks, they stepped up and have been great.
'Celitcs are a very good team, they have two very good American players and have the best player probably in the League last year, Jazmen Boone, and Emma O'Connor has been very good this season as well, so we know what we're facing, but we have girls who have been down this road in semi-finals before. It will be an interesting challenge and I'm really looking forward to it.'

'We're feeling good,' said Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach, Mark Byrne. 'It's the first time Liffey Celtics have made the semi-finals at this level, so we're excited and really looking forward to it. We met DCU Mercy just before Christmas, and hopefully this will be a different game altogether and we'll give a good account of ourselves. I think we match up pretty well and it will be very tight. DCU are good and Mark Ingle is a very experienced coach too so it should be interesting - we're not going to get anything easy.
'There should be a great atmosphere down there too and we're sandwiched between the two men's games as well. Neptune is a cracking place to play basketball and we know each other so well that will add to it as well. I think it will be a great occasion.'
Meanwhile, two interesting clashes await in the Men's National Cup, with SSE Airtricity Moycullen facing Griffith Swords Thunder and Pyrobel Killester taking on UCD Marian.
'It's great to be there,' said Moycullen's John Cunningham as his side prepares for their first ever Cup semi-final at this level. 'We're heavy underdogs being up against Swords, but I think we have a shot. The pressure is on them really - everyone expects them to win, they've had the tough run, they came over Tralee and over Templeogue so they had the nightmare draw and many will think they now have their easy game so that has to play a bit on their heads, they'll be looking ahead to the final. We'll be hoping we can catch them on the day.
"I'd have a lot of faith in our guys playing to their ability, they'll turn up and they'll battle and they'll do what they can. You hope it will be a day when the shots fall. If we are there in the fourth quarter, the pressure goes on them - they have to produce, our guys will be delighted to be in the game at that stage. The key for us really is getting to the fourth quarter and then it'll be game on."

Head Coach of Griffith Swords Thunder, Dave Baker, stressed that they won't be taking anything for granted this weekend.
"You can't take anything for granted in the Cup. Moycullen have a lot of different options, their American is very good and they are well coached and are a good squad. I think anyone on their day can beat anyone else so we won't be taking anything for granted, there will be no complacency here, we'll be working hard this week to be ready to face them."
Pyrobel Killester meanwhile are hoping to right the wrong of last year's Cup semi-final which saw them pipped in the dying minutes by Templeogue.
'We feel like we left the Cup semi-final behind us last year against Templeogue,' admitted Brian O'Malley. 'We felt we let that one get away from us so want to get over the line this year. UCD got the better of us the last time we played in the League and we want to correct that performance. They are in a really good place so it's going to take a lot for us to get through.'
UCD Head Coach, Ioannis Liapakis, is also relishing the experience of being in the Cup semi-final: 'We're really excited for the game, and we're really looking forward to it. We had a long break there with Christmas, sometimes it's not the best thing, but training has been going well though, and we are ready for the game. There is no tomorrow in this game - it's not like the League, there's no second chance so we are treating this as a final, so we have to show up."

'We know Killester are very experienced. They have a really high standard. It's going to be a battle, we are preparing for a battle. The League results don't mean anything for us, we beat them in the first round of the League but we know it's a completely different team. Hopefully, all our players will be healthy and focused on the day. We are going to need 110% from everybody to win.'

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Friday, 6th January, Neptune Stadium, Cork
Hula Hoops President's Cup semi-finals:
18:30 Kestrels v BFG Neptune
Hula Hoops Women's National Cup semi-finals:
20:30 Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Singleton SuperValu Brunell


Saturday, 7th January, Neptune Stadium, Cork

Hula Hoops U18 Men's Cup semi-finals:
10:00 BFG Neptune v Liffey Celtics
12:00 Templeogue V KUBS

Hula Hoops President's Cup semi-finals:
14:00 EJ Sligo All Stars v Team Kilkenny

Hula Hoops Men's National Cup semi-finals:
16:00 SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Griffith Swords Thunder

Hula Hoops Women's National Cup semi-finals:
18:00 Courtyard Liffey Celtics v DCU Mercy

Hula Hoops Men's National Cup semi-finals:
20:00 Pyrobel Killester v UCD Marian

Saturday, 7th January, Parochial Hall, Cork

Hula Hoops U18 Women's Cup semi-finals:
10:00 DCU Mercy v Portlaoise Panthers
12:00 Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Courtyard Liffey Celtics

Hula Hoops U20 Women's Cup semi-finals:
14:00 Meteors BC v Killester BC

Hula Hoops Senior Women's Cup semi-finals:
16:00 Oblate Dynamos v Marble City Hawks

Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-finals:
18:00 St Mary's Castleisland v Maree BC

Hula Hoops Senior Women's Cup semi-finals:
20:00 ITC Basketball v Ulster Rockets

Sunday, 8th January, Neptune Stadium, Cork
Hula Hoops U20 Men's Cup semi-finals:
10:00 Maree BC v BFG Neptune

Hula Hoops U20 Men's Cup semi-finals:
12:00 Moycullen BC v KUBS

Hula Hoops Men's NICC semi-finals:
14.00 Ballincollig BC v UCD Marian

Sunday, 8th January, Parochial Hall, Cork
Hula Hoops U20 Women's Cup semi-finals:
10:00 DCU Mercy v Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-finals:
12:00 Muckno Lakers v Limerick Celtics

Hula Hoops Men's NICC semi-finals:
14:00 Limerick Celtics v Blue Demons

Ticket information for Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals:

Tickets will be available on the door of each venue (Parochial Hall and Neptune Stadium)
Tickets cover both venues.
Note: In order to enter each venue you must have a ticket and a wristband.

Weekend Pass: (only available for purchase on Friday night)
Adults: 25
Student/OAP: 15
U16s: 10
U10s: Free

Friday 6th January 2017, Neptune Stadium
Adults: 10
Student/OAP: 6
U16s: 5
U10s: Free

Saturday 7th January 2017, Neptune Stadium & Parochial Hall
Adults: 12
Student/OAP: 8
U16s: 5
U10s: Free

Sunday 8th January 2017, Neptune Stadium & Parochial Hall
Adults: 10
Student/OAP: 6
U16s: 5
U10s: Free From : www.basketballireland.ie

Tanner Brooks (185-G, college: St.Mary's, MD)



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Hapoel Eilat adds Daniels to their roster, ex Moutahed - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) added to their roster 31-year old American forward Will Daniels (202-104kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 6 games he had very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Daniels played at Caneros in Dominican Rep. LNB where in only one game he recorded 9 points and 5 rebounds.
His team made it to the French Leaders Cup final in 2014.
Daniels is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Daniels tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Kavala), Latvia (VEF Riga), Puerto Rico (Mets), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), France (Limoges CSP Elite and JSF Nanterre) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
Daniels attended Rhode Island University until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Serie B Round 14: Palestrina edges Roma Luiss by three points - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Serie B took place in Roma. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Roma Luiss (8-5) to third ranked Palestrina (11-3) 106-103 on Wednesday evening. Palestrina forced 22 Roma Luiss turnovers. Strangely Roma Luiss outrebounded Palestrina 35-13 including a 23-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. Palestrina looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Gianmarco Rossi (182-90) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Mathias Drigo (202-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points. Center Eugenio Beretta (206-96) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Palestrina keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Roma Luiss lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Palestrina is looking forward to face Forli Tigers (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Roma Luiss' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Roma S.Azzurra.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Cecina (8-5) against twelfth ranked Varese Robur (6-7) on Wednesday night. Host Cecina was defeated by Varese Robur in Cecina 77-66. The former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds. Giulio Castelletta contributed with 5 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Saverio Mazzantini (194-95) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Cecina. Varese Robur moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cefalu and Teramo. Cecina at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Varese Robur will play against Piombino (#10) at home in the next round. Cecina will play against Valsesia (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked San Severo (10-4) against seventh ranked Matera (8-5) on Wednesday night. Host San Severo was defeated by Matera in San Severo 81-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of San Severo. Gionata Zampolli scored 14 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Matias Di Marco responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. San Severo's coach Piero Coen rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Matera have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser San Severo dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Pescara. Matera will meet at home league's leader Montegrano in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Severo will play against Senigallia and hope to secure a win.
Leader Omegna delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 14th ranked Oleggio (5-9) 74-66. Giovanni Gasparin notched 16 points and 8 assists to lead the effort. Oleggio's coach Franco Passera tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Omegna (11-3) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with 4 other teams. Oleggio lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Omegna's next round opponent will be San Miniato (#7) at home where they are favorite. Oleggio will play against the league's second-placed Moncalieri and hope to win that game.
Leader Orzinuovi GaGa recorded the twelfth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Reggio Emilia (5-9) 73-59. The best player for the winners was Rodolfo Valenti who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Orzinuovi GaGa (12-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Bergamo. Newly promoted Reggio Emilia dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Orzinuovi GaGa will face San Vendemiano (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Reggio Emilia will play against Cento (#3) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Moncalieri crushed Piombino in a road game 77-58. Bottegone was beaten by Valsesia at home 58-65. Firenze Enic lost to USE Basket on the opponent's court 58-64. Fiorentina managed to outperform Montecatini in a home game 89-82. Sangiorgese recorded a loss to San Miniato on the road 77-68. Domodossola defeated Siena Virtus on its own court 86-69. Lecco were beaten by Cento in a road game 65-57. Crema won against Vicenza at home 62-53. Milano Urania unfortunately lost to Padova on the opponent's court 58-64. Iseo recorded a loss to San Vendemiano in a home game 63-77. Desio was defeated by Bergamo on the road 70-80. Faenza was beaten by Volpino AltoSeb. on its own court 79-81. Piacenza destroyed Sestu in a road game 95-73. Maddaloni unfortunately lost to Catanzaro at home 65-78. Patti recorded a loss to Valmontone on the opponent's court 67-72. Barcellona crushed Viterbo SA in a home game 83-59. Scauri was beaten by Cassino on the road 88-76. Cefalu won against Teramo on its own court 83-68. Napoli Cuore managed to outperform Roma Vis Nova in a road game 76-62. Forli Tigers managed to beat Roma S.Azzurra at home 104-93. Campli defeated Giulianova on the opponent's court 76-74. Bisceglie beat Valdiceppo in a home game 84-74. Porto S.Elpidio won against Taranto on the road 61-56. Montegrano outscored Monteroni on its own court 92-55. Rimini recorded a loss to Pescara in a road game 93-79. Bergamo defeated Faenza at home 88-75.
The best stats of 14th round was 22 points and 7 rebounds by Alessandro Panni of Bergamo.


Group A
Piombino - Moncalieri 58-77

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Piombino (6-8) was crushed at home by third ranked Moncalieri (9-4) 77-58 on Wednesday. Moncalieri dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Piombino's 22. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Francesco Conti (205-83) who scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Point guard Daniele Merletto (175-93) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Point guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88) produced 14 points and 4 assists and center Luca Malfatti (202-90) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Moncalieri have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Piombino lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Moncalieri will face Oleggio (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Piombino will play against Varese Robur (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moncalieri: A.Fabrizio Smorto 13+2ast, M.Tassone 11+2ast, D.Merletto 11+1reb+4ast, F.Conti 8+7reb+7ast, A.Agbogan 7+7reb+1ast, L.Gioria 7+4reb+1ast
Piombino: S.Bonfiglio 14+3reb+4ast, L.Malfatti 13+3reb+2ast, C.Bianchi 11+4reb+1ast, R.Romano 7+4reb, M.Jovancic 5+4reb, M.Franceschini 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 490965


Bottegone - Valsesia 58-65

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Valsesia (8-6) defeated on the road 13th ranked Bottegone (5-9) 65-58 on Wednesday. Valsesia held Bottegone to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.3 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was guard Nicolo Gatti (190-91) who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Jacopo Mercante (192-90) chipped in 13 points. Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized Bulgarian guard Georgi Sirakov (187-92, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Valsesia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Bottegone dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Valsesia will face higher ranked Cecina (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bottegone will play against Sangiorgese (#11) in San Giorgio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valsesia: J.Mercante 13+3reb+2ast, N.Gatti 12+7reb+2ast, M.Molteni 10+3reb+1ast, V.Visentin 9+5reb+1ast, F.Gay 8+5reb, E.Caversazio 8+4reb+6ast
Bottegone: G.Sirakov 18+1reb+1ast, D.Toscano 16+14reb+2ast, F.Toppo 6+8reb+2ast, F.Galli 5+3reb, E.Fontana 5+2reb, M.Divac 4+2reb
gschID: 490960


Cecina - Varese Robur 66-77

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Cecina (8-5) against twelfth ranked Varese Robur (6-7) on Wednesday night. Host Cecina was defeated by Varese Robur in Cecina 77-66. The former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Giulio Castelletta (206-92) contributed with 5 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Saverio Mazzantini (194-95) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Alessandro Spatti (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Cecina. Varese Robur moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cefalu and Teramo. Cecina at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Varese Robur will play against Piombino (#10) at home in the next round. Cecina will play against Valsesia (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Varese Robur: F.Bolzonella 26+5reb+2ast, G.Pagani 10+2reb, L.Moalli 9+3reb+1ast, M.Santambrogio 8+2reb+4ast, A.Sabbadini 8+7reb+2ast, L.Matteucci 7+5reb+1ast
Cecina: S.Mazzantini 21+6reb, S.Lasagni 12+2reb, A.Spatti 12+9reb+1ast, A.Danna 9+3reb+2ast, L.Zaccariello 8+9reb+2ast, L.Turini 2+2reb
gschID: 490958


USE Basket - Firenze Enic 64-58

Very expected game in Empoli where 16th ranked Firenze Enic (2-12) was defeated by fourth ranked USE Basket (8-5) 64-58 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Firenze Enic was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Daniele Mariotti (186-84) who scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Filippo Giannini (180-91) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Center Lorenzo Galmarini (200-95) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and swingman Lorenzo Passoni (195-97) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. USE Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Firenze Enic dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. USE Basket will face Montecatiniterme (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Firenze Enic will play against Domodossola (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
USE Basket: G.Terrosi 12+1reb+1ast, F.Giannini 12+6reb, M.Bei 11+5reb, F.Mascagni 8+5reb+1ast, D.Mariotti 8+8reb+3ast, D.Sesoldi 6+2reb
Firenze Enic: L.Galmarini 22+12reb, L.Passoni 12+11reb+1ast, M.Magini 9+1reb+4ast, A.Filippi 6+1reb, D.Terenzi 6+3reb, G.Rugolo 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 490962


Fiorentina - Montecatini 89-82

Everything could happen in Firenze at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Fiorentina and 5th ranked Montecatiniterme had identical 7-5 record. This time Fiorentina used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Montecatini 89-82 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who scored 24 points and 5 assists. Swingman Jacopo Valentini (193-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five Fiorentina players scored in double figures. Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Guido Meini (188-79) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Fiorentina have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Montecatiniterme dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Fiorentina will face Siena Virtus (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Montecatiniterme will play against USE Basket (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fiorentina: D.Poltroneri 24+3reb+5ast, J.Valentini 16+10reb+1ast, D.Rosignoli 12+5reb+3ast, G.Bloise 12+1reb+5ast, M.De Leone 11+6reb+1ast, M.Bevilacqua 6+1reb+1ast
Montecatini: N.Rizzitiello 21+5reb+1ast, V.Circosta 20+1reb, G.Meini 16+5reb+2ast, E.Di Giacomo 8+4reb+1ast, M.Petrucci 6+3reb, A.Tabbi 5+3reb
gschID: 490959


Oleggio - Omegna 66-74

Leader Omegna delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 14th ranked Oleggio (5-9) 74-66. Guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency) supported him with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Five Omegna players scored in double figures. Even 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Andrea Resca (185-93) did not help to save the game for Oleggio. Guard Filiberto Dri (190-89) added 20 points for the hosts. Oleggio's coach Franco Passera tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Omegna (11-3) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with 4 other teams. Oleggio lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Omegna's next round opponent will be San Miniato (#7) at home where they are favorite. Oleggio will play against the league's second-placed Moncalieri and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Omegna: A.Simoncelli 17+1reb+5ast, G.Gasparin 16+3reb+8ast, D.Corral 15+8reb, A.Dagnello 13+5reb, M.Arrigoni 10+13reb+3ast, F.Villa 3+1reb
Oleggio: F.Dri 20+3reb+1ast, A.Resca 15+5reb+5ast, F.Testa 14+6reb+2ast, S.Hidalgo 8+3reb+2ast, E.Gallazzi 6+4reb+3ast, L.Petrosino 2+5reb
gschID: 490963


San Miniato - Sangiorgese 77-68

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Sangiorgese (6-8) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked San Miniato (8-6) 77-68 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was guard Francesco Stefanelli (190-95) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. Forward Gabriele Giarelli (197-93, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Daniele Mario Benzoni (196-80) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Francesco Gorreri (191-95) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. San Miniato moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Sangiorgese dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. San Miniato will face league's leader Omegna on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sangiorgese will play against Bottegone (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Miniato: G.Giarelli 21+6reb, F.Stefanelli 18+3reb+6ast, S.Sam Gaye 8+1reb, R.Bertolini 8+4reb+2ast, A.Benites 5+1reb+5ast, J.Grassi 5+3reb
Sangiorgese: F.Gorreri 19+5reb+1ast, D.Mario Benzoni 19+7reb+2ast, A.Tommei 9+1reb, S.Tomasini 9+2reb+1ast, A.Priuli 6+4reb, F.Toso 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 490961


Domodossola - Siena Virtus 86-69

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Domodossola (6-8) won against at home higher ranked Siena Virtus (6-8) 86-69 on Wednesday. Domodossola looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Corrado Bianconi (202-94) who scored 21 points. Swingman Luca Falconi (190-91) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Domodossola players scored in double figures. Point guard Simone Lenardon (189-85) produced 20 points and 4 assists and guard Ferdinando Nasello (194-95) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Siena Virtus' coach Francesco Braccagni let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Domodossola have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Siena Virtus. Domodossola will face Firenze Enic (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Domodossola: C.Bianconi 21+2reb, P.Hidalgo 15+2reb+2ast, F.Tuci 15+6reb+1ast, F.Petricca 12+7reb+1ast, L.Falconi 10+6reb+7ast, P.Avanzini 9+10reb+2ast
Siena Virtus: S.Lenardon 20+4reb+4ast, F.Nasello 11+7reb+2ast, G.Olleia 10+6reb+1ast, G.Mirone 8+3reb+1ast, F.Bonelli 6+2reb, F.Bianchi 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 490964


Group B
Cento - Lecco 65-57

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Lecco (8-6) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Cento (11-3) 65-57 on Thursday. Cento made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Cento outrebounded Lecco 39-24 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. The former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (186-82) chipped in 15 points. Four Cento players scored in double figures. Point guard Davide Todeschini (190-93) produced 15 points and 4 assists and guard Daniele Quartieri (195-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Cento have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Lecco dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. Cento will face Reggio Emilia (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lecco will play against Crema (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cento: M.Benfatto 16+15reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 15+3reb+2ast, L.D'Alessandro 14+3reb, L.Brighi 10+2reb+1ast, D.Andreaus 6+2reb, L.Bedetti 4+8reb+1ast
Lecco: D.Todeschini 15+3reb+4ast, D.Quartieri 13+4reb+3ast, G.Siberna 10+5reb, G.Spera 6+5reb, E.Urbani 5+2reb, J.Balanzoni 4+1reb
gschID: 491083


Crema - Vicenza 62-53

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Crema (9-5) defeated at home 10th ranked Vicenza (5-9) 62-53 on Thursday. Crema forced 24 Vicenza turnovers. Vicenza was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Davide Bozzetto (207-89, agency: Players Group) who scored 6 points and 18 rebounds. Point guard Davide Liberati (190-91, agency: Players Group) chipped in 16 points. Point guard Daniele Demartini (187-84, agency: Players Group) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Crema moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Vicenza keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Crema will face Lecco (#7) on the road in the next round. Vicenza will play against Sestu and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Crema: D.Manuelli 18+1ast, D.Liberati 16+4reb+2ast, M.Pasqualin 11+4reb+3ast, D.Bozzetto 6+18reb+3ast, L.Nicoletti 3, L.Tardito 3+4reb+1ast
Vicenza: D.Demartini 17+5reb, N.Boaro 9+3reb+2ast, F.Vai 9+1reb, A.Campiello 7+6reb+2ast, F.Rizzetto 5+4reb+1ast, U.Campiello 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 491082


Padova - Milano Urania 64-58

Very expected game when 13th ranked Milano Urania (4-10) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Padova (7-7) 64-58 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The best player for the winners was naturalized Dominican guard Jean Carlos Canelo (188-89) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Marco Lazzaro (198-92) chipped in 22 points. The former international power forward Andrea Paleari (202-81) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) added 18 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Padova maintains eighth position with 7-7 record. Loser Milano Urania keeps the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Padova will face Desio (#9) on the road in the next round. Milano Urania will play against the league's second-placed Bergamo (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Padova: M.Lazzaro 22+4reb+1ast, J.Carlos Canelo 16+10reb+6ast, S.Stojkov 9+2reb+2ast, E.Crosato 7+3reb+1ast, C.Nobile 6+13reb+1ast, F.Schiavon 4+2reb
Milano Urania: S.Ferrarese 18+3reb+7ast, A.Paleari 18+9reb+2ast, T.Ingrosso 13+9reb+1ast, L.Bartoli 5+4reb+1ast, N.Gorla 2+3reb, M.Lagana 2+3reb
gschID: 491080


Iseo - San Vendemiano 63-77

Rather predictable result when fourteenth ranked San Vendemiano (4-10) beat on the road 16th ranked Iseo (2-12) 77-63 on Wednesday. San Vendemiano made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Iseo only scored seven points from the stripe. Iseo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Andrea Carlesso (202-82) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Michele Antelli (183-98) chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Andrea Leone (186-94) produced 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Gianluigi Prestini (200-89) added 9 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. San Vendemiano moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Milano Urania and Patti. Iseo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. San Vendemiano will face league's leader Orzinuovi GaGa at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Iseo will play against Volpino AltoSeb. (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Vendemiano: A.Carlesso 21+9reb, E.Rossetto 13+3reb+1ast, F.Fazioli 10+4reb+1ast, D.Masocco 8+4reb+3ast, M.Antelli 8+7reb+2ast, A.Locci 6+6reb
Iseo: A.Leone 19+4reb+5ast, G.Prestini 9+4reb+6ast, M.Azzola 8+7reb+3ast, G.Giorgi 8+3reb, D.Crescini 6+4reb+2ast, S.Scuratti 6+3reb
gschID: 491079


Bergamo - Desio 80-70

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Desio (6-8) was defeated on the road by second ranked Bergamo (12-2) 80-70 on Wednesday. Bergamo made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Simone Berti (196-85) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Bergamo players scored in double figures. Forward Marco Torgano (197-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency) produced 35 points (!!!) and Andrea Mazzoleni (200-98) added 5 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Desio's coach Davide Villa let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bergamo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Orzinuovi GaGa. Loser Desio dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. Bergamo will face Milano Urania (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Desio will play against Padova (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 22+8reb+3ast, S.Berti 15+7reb+3ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 15+4reb+2ast, M.Planezio 11+5reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 8+1reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 4+1reb+1ast
Desio: M.Torgano 35+4reb, G.Poggi 9+2reb, A.Negri 6+4reb, F.Politi 6+3reb, A.Mazzoleni 5+5reb+2ast, D.Verri 4+2reb
gschID: 491081


Faenza - Volpino AltoSeb. 79-81

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Volpino AltoSeb. (5-9) edged on the road higher ranked Faenza (9-5) 81-79 on Wednesday. Faenza was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Simone Centanni (185-91, agency: Interperformances) who scored 31 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Point guard Francesco Belloni (193-94) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Marco Perin (183-93) produced 19 points and 5 assists and swingman Riccardo Iattoni (198-92) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Volpino AltoSeb. moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Faenza dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Volpino AltoSeb. will face Iseo (#16) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Faenza will play against Piacenza (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Volpino AltoSeb.: S.Centanni 31+4reb+5ast, A.Bergamin 10+1reb+2ast, F.Belloni 10+5reb+2ast, A.Pilotti 9+4reb+3ast, M.Borghetti 7+2reb, A.Esposito 6+10reb
Faenza: M.Perin 19+2reb+5ast, R.Iattoni 16+4reb+3ast, D.Casadei 11+7reb, J.Silimbani 9+4reb, L.Benedetti 7+2reb, A.Maccaferri 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 491084


Orzinuovi GaGa - Reggio Emilia 73-59

Leader Orzinuovi GaGa recorded the twelfth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Reggio Emilia (5-9) 73-59. Orzinuovi GaGa looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-91) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Orzinuovi GaGa (12-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Bergamo. Newly promoted Reggio Emilia dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Orzinuovi GaGa will face San Vendemiano (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Reggio Emilia will play against Cento (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Orzinuovi GaGa: M.Bona 14+5reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 14+7reb+6ast, R.Valenti 13+14reb+1ast, A.Scanzi 11+4ast, G.Piunti 9+6reb+5ast, C.Cantone 7+1reb
Reggio Emilia: G.Astolfi 14+2reb+1ast, M.Farioli 13+8reb+1ast, G.Chiappelli 10+11reb+2ast, L.Malagutti 10+3reb+1ast, L.Bertolini 8+3reb+3ast, E.Germani 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 491085


Sestu - Piacenza 73-95

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Sestu (2-12) was crushed at home by fourth ranked Piacenza (11-3) 95-73 on Wednesday. Piacenza shot 66.7 percent from the field. They also forced 19 Sestu turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Piacenza looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored 25 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Power forward Diego Banti (206-83, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Piacenza's coach Furio Steffe felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Romeo Trionfo (197-85, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Mauro Graviano (180-89) added 13 points and 9 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Piacenza keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Sestu lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. Piacenza will face Faenza (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Sestu will play against Vicenza (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: G.Sanguinetti 25+3reb+4ast, D.Banti 22+7reb+2ast, T.Tempestini 16+3reb+10ast, M.Rezzano 10+1reb+3ast, M.Soragna 8+4reb+3ast, M.Samoggia 4+2reb
Sestu: R.Trionfo 17+7reb+4ast, M.Pilo 16+1reb, M.Graviano 13+4reb+9ast, G.Laguzzi 12+4reb+1ast, F.Villani 7+1reb+3ast, M.Passaretti 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 491078


Group C
Maddaloni - Catanzaro 65-78

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Catanzaro (5-8) defeated on the road 16th ranked Maddaloni (1-13) 78-65 on Thursday. Catanzaro shot 60.9 percent from the field. They also forced 23 Maddaloni turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Nicolas Morici (193-94) who scored 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Power forward Davide Naso (200-84) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Catanzaro players scored in double figures. Catanzaro's coach Orlando Pullano used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Fabio Sansone (172-96) produced 20 points and guard Ernesto Carrichiello (197-84) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Catanzaro maintains eleventh position with 5-8 record, which they share with Isernia. Maddaloni lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 13 games lost. Catanzaro will face higher ranked Basket Barcellona (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maddaloni will play against Viterbo SA (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Catanzaro: N.Morici 19+4reb+1ast, D.Naso 12+5reb+2ast, G.Carpanzano 12+2reb, D.Medizza 10+3reb, D.Guadagnola 9+1reb, T.Di Dio 8
Maddaloni: F.Sansone 20+1reb+2ast, E.Carrichiello 14+3reb+1ast, G.De Vincenzo 9+1reb, G.Luongo 9+3reb+1ast, A.Guagliardi 9+3reb, G.Esposito 4+5reb
gschID: 491204


Valmontone - Patti 72-67

Very expected game when 14th ranked Patti (4-10) was defeated on the road by first ranked Valmontone (13-1) 72-67 on Thursday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Valmontone made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Patrisio Cicive (205-91) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Luca Bolletta (198-91) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. They have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Valmontone maintains first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Patti dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Valmontone will face Roma S.Azzurra (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Patti will play against Cefalu and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valmontone: L.Bisconti 21+6reb, J.Manuel Caceres 15+4reb+3ast, M.Carrizo 14+7reb+5ast, A.De Fabritiis 10+1reb+1ast, A.Martino 8+5reb+1ast, F.Guarino 4+6reb+7ast
Patti: P.Cicive 20+7reb+1ast, T.Gullo 12+2reb+5ast, G.Busco 10+1reb+2ast, E.Waldner 8+1reb, G.Costantino 8+3reb+1ast, L.Bolletta 7+10reb+2ast
gschID: 491199


Roma Luiss - Palestrina 103-106

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Serie B took place in Roma. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Roma Luiss (8-5) to third ranked Palestrina (11-3) 106-103 on Wednesday evening. Palestrina forced 22 Roma Luiss turnovers. Strangely Roma Luiss outrebounded Palestrina 35-13 including a 23-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. Palestrina looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Gianmarco Rossi (182-90) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Mathias Drigo (202-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points. Center Eugenio Beretta (206-96) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Andrea Scuderi (188-92) added 29 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Palestrina keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Roma Luiss lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Palestrina is looking forward to face Forli Tigers (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Roma Luiss' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Roma S.Azzurra.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: G.Rossi 24+6reb+5ast, M.Drigo 23+1reb+2ast, R.Pederzini 18+2reb+4ast, L.Montanari 12+1reb+4ast, S.Rischia 10+1ast, F.Gagliardo 8+1reb+4ast
Roma Luiss: A.Scuderi 29+3reb+7ast, E.Beretta 21+16reb+2ast, P.De Dominicis 20+5reb+1ast, S.Pozzetti 13+4reb+1ast, F.Ramenghi 9+3reb+2ast, F.Faragalli Serroni 8+1reb+9ast
gschID: 491205


Barcellona - Viterbo SA 83-59

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Basket Barcellona (9-5) outscored at home 15th ranked Viterbo SA (2-12) 83-59 on Wednesday. Basket Barcellona made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game. Basket Barcellona outrebounded Viterbo SA 32-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. Viterbo SA was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Giacomo Sereni (202-84) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Daniele Grilli (191-87) chipped in 16 points. Basket Barcellona's coach Milan Nisic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Luca Fowler (192-96) produced 17 points and naturalized Polish power forward Sandro Listwon (204-93) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basket Barcellona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Viterbo SA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Basket Barcellona will face Catanzaro (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Viterbo SA will play against Maddaloni (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: D.Grilli 16+3reb+1ast, G.Sereni 14+7reb+4ast, G.Ippedico 12+2reb+2ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 12+1reb+3ast, M.De Angelis 8+2reb+3ast, L.Brunetti 7+7reb+3ast
Viterbo SA: L.Fowler 17+3reb+2ast, G.Cianci 15, S.Listwon 12+7reb, R.Rovere 10+6reb+1ast, G.Ianuale 4, A.Ciampaglia 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 491198


Cassino - Scauri 88-76

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Scauri (6-8) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Cassino (9-5) 88-76 on Wednesday. Cassino made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Cassino outrebounded Scauri 47-27 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Scauri was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Andrea Giampaoli (185-90) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Cassino's coach Luca Vettese used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Montenegrin forward Nikola Markus (200-96) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Dante Richotti (180-85) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Cassino moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Scauri keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Cassino will face Teramo (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Scauri will play against Roma Vis Nova and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cassino: S.Bagnoli 19+16reb+4ast, A.Giampaoli 15+5reb+4ast, G.Valesin 15+5reb+1ast, B.Sergio 12+6reb+5ast, M.Del Testa 11+5reb+3ast, V.Marsili 6+3reb
Scauri: N.Markus 18+5reb+1ast, S.Boffelli 14+3reb+3ast, D.Richotti 13+1reb+8ast, L.Antonietti 12+9reb, E.Merella 10+2reb+2ast, D.Mastrangelo 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 491201


Cefalu - Teramo 83-68

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Cefalu (6-7) won against at home 8th ranked Teramo (6-7) 83-68 on Wednesday. Cefalu dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Teramo's 20. They outrebounded Teramo 45-33 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Marco Mollura (196-93) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Cefalu players scored in double figures. Cefalu's coach Fabio Nardone used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Simone Salamina (188-88) produced 22 points and the former international guard Gennaro Tessitore (193-82) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Cefalu moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Varese Robur and Teramo. Cefalu will face Patti (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Cefalu: E.Paparella 20+1reb+4ast, M.Mollura 20+9reb+1ast, J.Losi 12+10reb+6ast, G.Sodero 10+4reb+3ast, R.Malagoli 8+11reb+1ast, D.Tinto 6+2reb+1ast
Teramo: S.Salamina 22+1reb+2ast, G.Tessitore 14+3reb+1ast, E.Gaeta 9+7reb, A.LaGioia 8+3reb+1ast, D.Tomasello 6+3reb, F.Papa 3+7reb+3ast
gschID: 491202


Roma Vis Nova - Napoli Cuore 62-76

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Roma Vis Nova (4-9) was defeated at home by second ranked Napoli Cuore (13-2) 76-62 on Wednesday. Napoli Cuore outrebounded Roma Vis Nova 41-26 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Serbian forward Njegos Visnjic (199-79) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Andrea Barsanti (189-86) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Giulio Casale (187-91) produced 21 points and 5 assists and point guard Tommaso Rossetti (185-88) added 13 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore maintains second position with 13-2 record having just three point less than leader Orzinuovi GaGa. Roma Vis Nova at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth place with nine games lost. Napoli Cuore will face Roma Luiss (#6) at home in the next round. Roma Vis Nova will play against Scauri (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Napoli Cuore: A.Barsanti 21+4reb+4ast, N.Visnjic 19+13reb+1ast, M.Mastroianni 18+7reb, A.Murolo 6+3reb+1ast, A.Ronconi 5+4reb+1ast, B.Rappoccio 4+2reb+3ast
Roma Vis Nova: G.Casale 21+4reb+5ast, T.Rossetti 13+3reb, F.Argenti 12+1reb, M.Legnini 8+1reb+4ast, G.Barraco 4+7reb, F.Casoni 2+1reb
gschID: 491203


Forli Tigers - Roma S.Azzurra 104-93

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Forli Tigers (8-6) defeated at home 13th ranked Roma S.Azzurra (4-9) 104-93 on Wednesday. Forli Tigers made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Joel Myers (185-95) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Forli Tigers' coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Emanuele Trapani (181-99) produced 22 points and 6 assists and Serbian Lazar Nikolic (203-99, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Five Forli Tigers and four Roma S.Azzurra players scored in double figures. Forli Tigers moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Roma S.Azzurra dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. Forli Tigers will face higher ranked Palestrina (#3) in Roma in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Roma S.Azzurra's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Roma Roma Luiss.
Top scorers:
Forli Tigers: L.Fontecchio 32+11reb+4ast, J.Myers 18+5ast, C.Villani 14+2reb+1ast, E.Giovara 12+7reb+1ast, M.Ghirelli 10+4reb+1ast, L.Agatensi 7+3reb+1ast
Roma S.Azzurra: E.Trapani 22+2reb+6ast, L.Nikolic 15+2reb+2ast, K.Cassar 12+3reb, D.Pazin 11+2reb, M.Palumbo 9+2reb, A.Antonaci 8+8reb
gschID: 491200


Group D
Giulianova - Campli 74-76

Very expected game when 9th ranked Giulianova (6-8) was edged at home by fifth ranked Campli (10-3) 76-74 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Simone Gatti (202-82) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Simone De Angelis (201-86) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Ludovico De Paoli (207-92, agency: Two Points) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Campli moved-up to third place. Loser Giulianova keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Campli will face Pescara (#5) at home in the next round. Giulianova will play against Rimini (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Campli: R.Bottioni 21+11reb+3ast, S.Gatti 20+5reb+2ast, B.Duranti 10+7reb+2ast, D.Petrucci 8+1reb+2ast, R.Ponziani 8+3reb+1ast, A.Serafini 5+4reb
Giulianova: S.De Angelis 16+5reb+1ast, R.Rosa 12+5reb, L.De Paoli 11+8reb+1ast, S.Colonnelli 9+3reb, G.Sacripante 7+2reb+6ast, D.Gallerini 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 491321


Bisceglie - Valdiceppo 84-74

Very predictable result when second ranked Bisceglie (11-3) beat at home 14th ranked Valdiceppo (3-10) 84-74 on Thursday. Bisceglie shot 17 for 27 from the free-throw line, while Valdiceppo only scored one point from the stripe. Valdiceppo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Marco Cucco (188-94, agency: Players Group) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Riccardo Antonelli chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Five Bisceglie players scored in double figures. Umberto Meschini (190-94) produced 22 points and 6 assists and center Alessandro Panzieri (201-95, college: High School) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Valdiceppo's coach Paolo Pierotti let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bisceglie have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Valdiceppo lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with ten games lost. Bisceglie will face Monteroni (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Valdiceppo will play against Ortona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bisceglie: M.Cucco 22+6ast, R.Bartolozzi 13+7reb, A.Poti 13+3reb, R.Antonelli 11+9reb+3ast, G.Leggio 10+5reb+1ast, E.Di Emidio 6+2reb
Valdiceppo: U.Meschini 22+2reb+6ast, A.Panzieri 18+9reb, F.Burini 9+4reb, M.Orlandi 7+3reb+2ast, E.Casuscelli 6+1reb+2ast, L.Negrotti 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 491322


Taranto - Porto S.Elpidio 56-61

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Taranto (5-9) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Porto S.Elpidio (8-6) 61-56 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was point guard Antonio Brighi (190-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Stefano Cernivani (190-91) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74, agency: SPORTlab Agency) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Matteo Fioravanti (194-97) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Porto S.Elpidio moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Taranto dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Porto S.Elpidio will face Isernia (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Taranto will play against Venafro and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Porto S.Elpidio: A.Brighi 16+6reb+1ast, S.Cernivani 14+3reb+4ast, S.Fiorito 9+3reb, D.Torresi 8+4reb+1ast, A.Cacace 4+2reb, A.Catakovic 3
Taranto: R.Chiacig 19+9reb+2ast, M.Fioravanti 14+10reb+2ast, A.Procacci 12+7reb, A.Azzaro 6+6reb, T.Sacchetti 3, M.Di Salvatore 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 491319


Montegrano - Monteroni 92-55

Everything went according to plan in Montenegrano where first ranked Montegrano (12-1) outleveled 15th ranked Monteroni (3-11) 92-55 on Wednesday. Montegrano forced 24 Monteroni turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Francesco Bedetti (195-93, agency: Interperformances) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Alessandro Paesano (203-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Four Montegrano players scored in double figures. Power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Francesco Leucci (195-95) added 14 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Montegrano have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-1 record. Monteroni lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 11 games lost. Montegrano will face Matera (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Monteroni will play against the league's second-placed Bisceglie (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: V.Di Viccaro 20+1ast, F.Bedetti 14+5reb+5ast, R.Marzullo 12+6reb, R.Valerio Callara 11+7reb+1ast, A.Paesano 9+11reb+2ast, M.Diomede 8+1reb+4ast
Monteroni: S.Zanotti 16+7reb+2ast, F.Leucci 14+3reb+1ast, A.Balic 7+7reb+3ast, A.Paiano 6+6reb+2ast, M.Martina 6+4reb+1ast, E.Mavric 4+3reb
gschID: 491324


San Severo - Matera 66-81

Very important is a home loss of second ranked San Severo (10-4) against seventh ranked Matera (8-5) on Wednesday night. Host San Severo was defeated by Matera in San Severo 81-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of San Severo. Point guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) scored 14 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Alessandro Grande (185-94, agency: Two Points) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Matera players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Matias Di Marco (180-84) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Mauro Torresi Lelli (189-84) scored 20 points. San Severo's coach Piero Coen rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Matera have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser San Severo dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Pescara. Matera will meet at home league's leader Montegrano in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Severo will play against Senigallia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Matera: G.Zampolli 14+3reb+9ast, A.Grande 13+7reb+3ast, S.Crotta 12+8reb, G.Cantagalli 12+2reb+1ast, F.Lestini 11+2reb+2ast, S.Laudoni 9+1reb+1ast
San Severo: M.Torresi Lelli 20+1reb, M.Di Marco 13+5reb+5ast, L.Ciribeni 11+3reb+4ast, A.Cecchetti 8+8reb+1ast, I.Ikangi 4+2reb+1ast, I.Morgillo 4+8reb
gschID: 491325


Pescara - Rimini 93-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Rimini's (7-6) road loss to fifth ranked Pescara (10-4) 79-93 on Wednesday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pescara made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Simone Pepe (184-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Guard Pasquale Battaglia (188-93) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Four Pescara players scored in double figures. Point guard Luca Pesaresi (180-89) produced 28 points and 6 assists and swingman Leonardo Battistini (194-95) added 24 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Rimini's coach Andrea Maghelli let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pescara have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with San Severo. Loser Rimini dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Pescara will face higher ranked Campli (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Rimini will play against Giulianova (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pescara: S.Pepe 39+2reb+3ast, P.Battaglia 19+4reb+5ast, A.Grosso 13+2reb+3ast, P.Pelliccione 10+8reb+1ast, E.Di Donato 8+10reb+6ast, A.Capitanelli 4+5reb+2ast
Rimini: L.Pesaresi 28+1reb+6ast, L.Battistini 24+9reb, D.Meluzzi 11+3reb+2ast, J.Aglio 5+1reb+1ast, P.Busetto 4+5reb+2ast, G.Altavilla 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 491318


Round 12
Bergamo - Faenza 88-75

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bergamo (12-2) defeated at home 5th ranked Faenza (9-5) 88-75 on Wednesday. Bergamo made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Bergamo had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Alessandro Panni (189-91) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Bergamo's coach Cesare Ciocca used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Riccardo Iattoni (198-92) produced 21 points and 5 assists and forward Jacopo Silimbani (202-86, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Bergamo and four Faenza players scored in double figures. Bergamo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Orzinuovi GaGa. Loser Faenza dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Bergamo will face Milano Urania (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Faenza will play against Piacenza (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: A.Panni 22+7reb+3ast, R.Pullazi 19+9reb+2ast, M.Planezio 15+1reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 12+6reb+3ast, S.Berti 10+1reb+7ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 7+5reb+2ast
Faenza: R.Iattoni 21+4reb+5ast, E.Pini 13+2reb, J.Silimbani 10+8reb+2ast, A.Maccaferri 10+1reb+4ast, A.Donadoni 7+5reb, L.Benedetti 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 524434





EuroLeague: Fenerbahce outlast visiting Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Emporio Armani 86:79

Fenerbahce conquered the 10th EuroLeague victory. They edged Emporio Armani to gain 10-6 record. James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) came up with 19 points to lead the charge.
Emporio Armani eked out a 19:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts bounced back in the second term. Fenerbahce pulled ahead for a narrow 41:40 halftime advantage. The Turkish team boosted the lead in the third term. Fenerbahce secured a 63:58 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The hosts drained 23 points in the fourth stanza and got away with a tough win. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) chipped in 18 points, while Luigi Datome (203-F-87) added 17 points in the victory. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) responded with 20 points for Emporio Armani. Richard Hickman (189-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) totalled 15 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: James Nunnally 19, Ekpe Udoh 18, Luigi Datome 17
Emporio Armani: Mantas Kalnietis 20, Richard Hickman 15



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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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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Herbert Morrison sweep basketball titles - by Eurobasket News

Herbert Morrison Technical completed an unprecedented third-straight double championships in the Inter Secondary Sports Association Western Conference boys Under-16 and Under-19 basketball after sweeping Cornwall College 2-0 in their best-of-three finals that ended at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Friday. On Friday, the Dave Black-coached Herbert Morrison won 54-42 in the Under-16 game and 73-49 at the Under-19 level, after winning 51-30 and 76-34, respectively, in Game One played on Wednesday. Additionally, they completed their double without a blemish, having won all their games played this season in both categories. Former champions Muschett High took third place in both sections, beating Rhodes Hall in the Under-16 section 31-25 in the play-off on Friday.Ryheem Barrett of Herbert Morrison, who took the individual awards for leading shot blocker and top rebounder, was named the Most Valuable Player in the Under-16 section, while his teammate Tafari Vassell, who also won the award for most steals and top scorer in the Under-19, was also named MVP. Despite improved performances on Friday, Cornwall College were no match for Herbert Morrison as both teams will now set their sights on the all-island play-offs set to start in January. Notwithstanding a game-high 30 points by Jowayne Jones, yet another third-quarter collapse sentenced the Cornwall College Under-16 team - who trailed by a point (26-27) at the half time break after trailing by nine (19-10) after the first quarter. Herbert Morrison outscored them by 10 points 15-5 in the third quarter, and even a competitive fourth quarter could not get them back into the game. Davaughn Campbell led Herbert Morrison with 22 points, nine rebounds and eight steals, while David Gordon scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds.
In the senior game, Herbert Morrison who had five players score in double digits, led 18-9, 44-19 and 51-27 at the end of the quarters. Shaquile Benti was the top scorer with 13 points, while three players got 12 each - Michael Palmer who also had 15 rebounds, Brendan Dawkins, Vassell who had a triple-double with 22 rebounds and 10 steals - while Ralique Grant scored 10 points. Ryan Whyte scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds for Cornwall College, Giovanni Bailey scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds, while Alwayde Thompson scored 11 points.
Courtesy of: jamaicaobserver.com



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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)



Boncourt lands Jarvis Williams, ex Kagawa FA - by Luca Maffioli

BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) tabbed 28-year old American forward Jarvis Williams (198-88kg-89, college: Minn.St.-Mankato). He played most recently at Kagawa Five Arrows in Japanese B League D2. In 44 games he averaged impressive 16.9ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.5apg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Japanese BJ League All-Star Game.
The previous (14-15) season Williams played at another team Erie Bay Hawks in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 42 games he had 7.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Among other achievements Williams won NSIC Regular Season South Division championship title in 2013. He received also All-NSIC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.
Williams has played also professionally in Luxembourg (Black Star).
He attended Minnesota State University Mankato until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D1 Round 5: Leader Kazma loses to Al Kuwait - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Kazma (3-1) in Kuwait City on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Al Kuwait (4-0) 86-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kazma. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Kuwait have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Kazma at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Al Qadsia and Al Jahraa. Al Kuwait will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kazma will play on the road against Al Sulaibikhat and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Kuwait City. Sixth ranked Al Arabi (2-2) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging second-ranked Al Qadsia (3-1) 86-84 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Qadsia. Al Arabi moved-up to fifth place. Defending champion Al Qadsia keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with Al Jahraa and Kazma. Al Arabi will play against bottom-ranked Al Tadhamon (#11) in Al Farwaniya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Al Qadsia will have a break next round.
Al Nasar can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Al Tadhamon (0-3) 60-39 on Thursday. Al Nasar (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Al Sahel. It was Al Tadhamon's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. Al Nasar will meet higher ranked Al Yarmook (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Tadhamon will play against Al Arabi (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Al Jahraa. Local Al Jahraa (3-1) beat 6th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (1-2) 70-55. Al Jahraa moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Qadsia and Kazma. Al Sulaibikhat at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Al Jahraa's next round opponent will be Al Shabab (#6) in Al Ahmadi. Al Sulaibikhat will play at home against Kazma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Al Nasar - Al Tadhamon 60-39

Al Nasar can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Al Tadhamon (0-3) 60-39 on Thursday. Al Nasar (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Al Sahel. It was Al Tadhamon's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. Al Nasar will meet higher ranked Al Yarmook (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Tadhamon will play against Al Arabi (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 529008


Al Jahraa - Al Sulaibikhat 70-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Al Jahraa. Local Al Jahraa (3-1) beat 6th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (1-2) 70-55. Al Jahraa moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Qadsia and Kazma. Al Sulaibikhat at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Al Jahraa's next round opponent will be Al Shabab (#6) in Al Ahmadi. Al Sulaibikhat will play at home against Kazma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 529006


Al Kuwait - Kazma 86-72

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Kazma (3-1) in Kuwait City on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Al Kuwait (4-0) 86-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kazma. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Kuwait have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Kazma at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Al Qadsia and Al Jahraa. Al Kuwait will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kazma will play on the road against Al Sulaibikhat and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 529007


Al Arabi - Al Qadsia 86-84

Important game to mention about took place in Kuwait City. Sixth ranked Al Arabi (2-2) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging second-ranked Al Qadsia (3-1) 86-84 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Qadsia. Al Arabi moved-up to fifth place. Defending champion Al Qadsia keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with Al Jahraa and Kazma. Al Arabi will play against bottom-ranked Al Tadhamon (#11) in Al Farwaniya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Al Qadsia will have a break next round.
gschID: 529005





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  LATVIA  


Highlanders land Charles Mann, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

NBL Canada newcomer Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) tabbed 23-year old American guard Charles Mann (196-98kg-94, college: Georgia). He was tried out at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league.
The previous (12-13) season Mann played at another team Bulldogs in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 32 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.9apg.
Last year he was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in second round (31st overall).
Mann attended University of Georgia until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). Mann received also All-SEC 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Hapoel Eilat adds Daniels to their roster, ex Moutahed - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) added to their roster 31-year old American forward Will Daniels (202-104kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 6 games he had very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Daniels played at Caneros in Dominican Rep. LNB where in only one game he recorded 9 points and 5 rebounds.
His team made it to the French Leaders Cup final in 2014.
Daniels is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Daniels tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Kavala), Latvia (VEF Riga), Puerto Rico (Mets), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), France (Limoges CSP Elite and JSF Nanterre) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
Daniels attended Rhode Island University until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vladan Vukosavljevic signs at Hoops - by Eurobasket News

Hoops Club (Pepsi LBL) landed 33-year old Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: BeoBasket) from Tadamon. In 26 Pepsi LBL games in Lebanon he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 10.1rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.9apg last season.
Among other achievements Vukosavljevic's team made it to the Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals in 2013. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team award back in 2014.
Vukosavljevic represented Serbia at the World University Championships in Bangkok ten years ago.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Vukosavljevic experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Vukosavljevic has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Oostende), Turkey (Aliaga), Montenegro (Lovcen), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Crvena Zvezda, Vrsac and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Ukraine (Halychyna and BC Donetsk).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Interview with coach Marwan Khalil - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com had a chance to talk to Marwan Khalil , head coach of Louaize Zouk. The team is now 3rd best in the league and ready to challenge all the basketball powerhouses.

Marwan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. First of all let me congratualte you a good start of the season. Your team is currently in top 3 in the league's standing. Where do you see your team at the end of the season?
Thanks eurobasket.com for giving me this chance for interview. Yes, we had a good start of the season. We already beat Al Riyadi, Sagesse ... I see the team is ready to challenge all the basketball powerhouses.

Ready to win the title?
Too early to talk about the title. We try to focues on every next opponent.

What do you think about 3 imports rule in the league?

I'm not a decision maker in this matter. But I make sure I make good use out of it and this is what I'm doing with my team. I would adapt to any rule the federation decide. My job is to coach and the federation job it to make and apply the rules.

Are you satisfied with your siginings?
I managed to sign the players that I thought they would be a good add to the team and renewed the players that fit my style of play. So basically I have all the players I need at this stage.

Imports too?
I'm more than satisfied with the American trio. They have great work ethics , good leadership values and great potential.

What is your team's biggest weakness? Lack of size?

True. May be the team lacks size but we surely have spirit, brain and heart and this what matters

We can see great chemistry on and off the court between players and staff. Is that also important to you?
The fact that we managed to keep the core of the team and build around it with new upgrades helped the chemistry big time. We're still getting better game after game and this group of guys has a great potential and big margin to improve

What can you say about your club managment and staff? Do you feel comfortable on your position?
Louaize management is very professional and they have a clear vision for the future. We have agreed on a plan and we're working together to make it happen.

Where do you see yourself in few years? Head Coach of the National Team?
Too early to talk about national team or any other team. My whole focus and heart is with Louaize at this moment

Thank you and good luck in the upcoming games!



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LNBP Round 24: Toros are upset by Garzas - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Plata Hidalgo between second ranked Toros (16-9) and fourth ranked Garzas (15-10) on Thursday night. Toros were defeated by Garzas on the road 93-83. The game was mostly controlled by Garzas. Toros managed to win fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyrone White (201-90, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. International center Israel Gutierrez (206-93) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Garzas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) who recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Garzas have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Garzas maintains fourth position with 15-10 record. Toros at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the second place with nine games lost. They share the position with Soles. Garzas are again looking forward to face higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Toros will have a break next round.
The game in Guanajuato was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Soles (16-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Abejas (8-17). Soles managed to secure a 4-point victory 84-80. It was a good game for American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Perez contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Rayes Gallegos (188-90, college: Nebraska) replied with 30 points and 4 assists for Abejas. Soles moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros. Abejas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost.
The game in Guanajuato was also quite interesting. Third ranked Soles (16-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Abejas (8-17). Soles defeated Abejas 102-92 on Monday. Worth to mention a great performance of Justin Keenan who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Steffphon Pettigrew with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Abejas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros. Abejas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost.

In the last game of round 24 bottom-ranked Correcaminos were defeated by Panteras in Aguascalientes 82-75.
The best stats of 24th round was 15 points and 17 rebounds by Grandy Glaze of Correcaminos.


Panteras - Correcaminos 82-75

There was no surprise in Aguascalientes where 10th ranked Correcaminos (5-20) were defeated by fifth ranked Panteras (13-12) 82-75 on Thursday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Panteras forced 21 Correcaminos turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Panteras made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Jorge Alfredo Casillas (196-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) who added 18 points during the contest. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Canadian forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and American forward Kennedy Jones (201, college: Arlington Baptist) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panteras maintains fifth position with 13-12 record. Loser Correcaminos stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Panteras will again meet at home bottom-ranked Correcaminos (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Correcaminos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Correcaminos: G.Glaze 15+17reb+1ast, K.Jones 15+5reb+4ast, J.Martin del Campo 14+6reb+4ast, L.Williams 6+2reb+1ast, H.Carrillo 6+3reb, M.Ayala 6+5reb+3ast
Panteras: J.Mojica 18+2reb+1ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 17+9reb+3ast, J.Villalobos 12+2reb+3ast, F.Benitez 11+5reb+1ast, K.Rodriguez 10+1ast, F.Jaimes 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 524393


Garzas - Toros 93-83

The most important game in the last round took place in Plata Hidalgo between second ranked Toros (16-9) and fourth ranked Garzas (15-10) on Thursday night. Toros were defeated by Garzas on the road 93-83. The game was mostly controlled by Garzas. Toros managed to win fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyrone White (201-90, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. International center Israel Gutierrez (206-93) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Garzas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) who recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Noe Alonzo (200-83, college: Grand Canyon) added 23 points respectively. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Garzas have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Garzas maintains fourth position with 15-10 record. Toros at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the second place with nine games lost. They share the position with Soles. Garzas are again looking forward to face higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Toros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toros: N.Alonzo 23+4reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 20+9reb+4ast, S.Yeager 16+4reb+2ast, J.Manuel Esteva 11+5reb+4ast, G.Mondragon 9+2reb+6ast, I.Dawud 4+2reb
Garzas: T.White 22+5reb+2ast, R.Beck 14+1ast, M.Samarco 14+1reb+1ast, I.Gutierrez 12+6reb+4ast, W.Chism 9+8reb+2ast, B.Manjarres 7+5reb+8ast
gschID: 524392


Abejas - Soles 80-84

The game in Guanajuato was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Soles (16-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Abejas (8-17). Soles managed to secure a 4-point victory 84-80. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Soles made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Anthony Perez (206-93, college: Mississippi) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Rayes Gallegos (188-90, college: Nebraska) replied with 30 points and 4 assists and American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Abejas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Soles moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros. Abejas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Abejas: R.Gallegos 30+4reb+4ast, M.Guzman 17+4reb, S.Pettigrew 12+7reb+1ast, M.Mattis 10+11reb+2ast, E.Zuniga 7+2reb+1ast, T.Sanchez 4+1reb+3ast
Soles: J.Keenan 26+11reb+2ast, A.Perez 19+5reb, C.Oguchi 17+5reb+1ast, P.Meza 13+2reb+5ast, R.Martinez 7+2reb+1ast, J.Soto 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 524390


Abejas - Soles 92-102

The game in Guanajuato was also quite interesting. Third ranked Soles (16-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Abejas (8-17). Soles defeated Abejas 102-92 on Monday. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and Nigerian Chamberlain Oguchi (196-86, college: Illinois St.) who added 22 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American Eder Zuniga (190-87, college: Carroll, MT) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Abejas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros. Abejas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Abejas: E.Zuniga 20+7reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 18+8reb+4ast, M.Mattis 14+8reb+3ast, M.Guzman 10+5reb+1ast, T.Sanchez 9+3reb+2ast, M. Hays 8+3reb+3ast
Soles: J.Keenan 34+10reb+3ast, C.Oguchi 22+8reb, P.Meza 14+2reb+6ast, R.Martinez 12+2reb+1ast, O.Richards 8+2reb, J.Griffin 8
gschID: 524389





Correcaminos add Williams to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) added to their roster 29-year old American swingman L.D. Williams (193-95kg-88, college: Wake Forest, agency: Basket Management Solutions). He played last season at Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in the U.S. In 8 games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg.
The previous (14-15) season Williams played at another team Drive in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 34 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
In 2010 Williams was drafted by Springfield Armor (D-League) in second round (12th overall).
He attended Wake Forest University and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Williams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won D-League East Conference championship title in 2012. Williams was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2013.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (JL Bourg), Philippines (Alaska Aces) and D-League (Springfield A.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - 1A

Erste Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 10-2 
 2. Sutjeska 9-2 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 7-4 
 4. Lovcen 6-5 
 5. Ulcinj 6-6 
 6. S.Centar 6-6 
 7. Jedinstvo 6-6 
 8. Danilovgrad 1-10 
 9. Primorje 1945 1-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 10: Sutjeska - S.Centar
Jan. 10: Lovcen - Jedinstvo
Jan. 10: Primorje 1945 - Ibar Rozaje
Jan. 10: Teodo Tivat - Danilovgrad


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nenad VUKOVIC
  Jedinstvo
  (188-PG-94)
  Avg: 22
 1. Vukovic, Jedinstvo22.0 
 2. Sutulovic, Danilovg.21.8 
 3. Jelenic, Ulcinj21.0 
 4. Koljevic, S.Centar18.7 
 5. Bacovic, Primorje.18.4 
 6. Bogojevic, S.Centar18.1 
 7. Kovacevic, Primorje.17.7 
 8. Draskovic, Jedin.17.3 
 9. Knezevic, Lovcen16.5 
 10. Stanojevic, Teodo T.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen12.5 
 2. Jocovic, Primorje.10.5 
 3. Palameta, Danilovgrad9.0 
 4. Bacovic, Primorje.8.8 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.8.3 
 6. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje7.9 
 7. Djurkovic, Sutjeska7.6 
 8. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.3 
 9. Lekovic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 10. Popovic, Teodo T.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nedjeljko BOGDANOVIC
  Ibar R.
  (--)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bogdanovic, Ibar R.6.0 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Lovcen5.5 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.6 
 5. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.3 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo4.3 
 7. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.8 
 8. Gajovic, Sutjeska3.0 
 9. Felec, Ibar Rozaje3.0 
 10. Vukovic, Jedinstvo3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nedjeljko BOGDANOVIC
  Ibar R.
  (--)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bogdanovic, Ibar R.4.0 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.1 
 3. Jovovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Milosevic, S.Centar1.8 
 5. Felec, Ibar Rozaje1.8 
 6. Lalic, Sutjeska1.8 
 7. Koljevic, S.Centar1.8 
 8. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
 9. Nurkovic, Ibar R.1.7 
 10. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje3.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.7 
 3. Patkovic, Ulcinj1.0 
 4. Salic, Sutjeska1.0 
 5. Djurkovic, Sutjeska1.0 
 6. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje0.8 
 7. Draskovic, Jedin.0.8 
 8. Lopicic, Lovcen0.8 
 9. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.7 
 10. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.6 


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

Eldin Huremovic put on an amazing game in the last round for Ibar Rozaje and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Danilovgrad (#8, 1-10) with 17-point margin 81-64. Ibar Rozaje maintains the 3rd position in Montenegrin league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ibar Rozaje will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Huremovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Eldin Huremovic averages this season 1.7ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) of Lovcen. He is a center in his 3rd season at Lovcen. In the last game Knezevic recorded impressive 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Lovcen to another comfortable win 74-59 over slightly lower-ranked Ulcinj (#5, 6-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Lovcen to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 6-5 record is not bad at all. Knezevic is one of the most experienced players at Lovcen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#8). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Bojan Ratkovic (183-PG-92) of Danilovgrad (#8). Ratkovic scored 18 points and passed six assists. Despite Ratkovic's great performance Danilovgrad lost 64-81 to the higher-ranked Ibar Rozaje (#3, 7-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Danilovgrad 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 Ratkovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ratkovic has individually a great season in Montenegro. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.1apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jovan Bacovic (197-F-86) of Primorje 1945 - 12 points and 7 rebounds
5. Nikola Rondovic (207-PF-91) of Ibar Rozaje - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Danilo Draskovic (207-C-85) of Jedinstvo - 21 points and 5 rebounds
7. Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) of S.Centar - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) of Teodo Tivat - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Elvis Cekic (201-F-97) of S.Centar - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) of Ibar Rozaje - 11 points, 10 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)



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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  NBA  


Lowry lifts Raptors to 101-93 win over Jazz - by Eurobasket News

Moments before Toronto took the court against Utah on Thursday, Jazz coach Quin Snyder was heaping praise on Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova), calling him his favourite player in the Eastern Conference. And then - much to Snyder's chagrin - Lowry went out and reminded him why. The Raptors guard scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Raptors a 101-93 win over Utah on Thursday - a game the Raptors never led until the final three-and-a-half minutes. The late-game heroics came two weeks after Lowry scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to propel Toronto past the Jazz in Utah. And after the game, it was Toronto coach Dwane Casey's turn to compliment his all-star point guard. "I tell you what, if it's a loose ball down there, he's like a little pitbull on it," Casey said. "That's why he's who he is, he's been that way since high school and it's not going to change. He took over the game down the stretch. "There's going to be games he just doesn't have it in the tank or situations he may not overcome, but my money would be on him if I was a betting man. I don't gamble but if I did, I'd bet on him." DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) added 23 points for the Raptors (24-11), while Jonas Valanciunas (7'0''-C-92) finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Terrence Ross (6'7''-G-91, college: Washington) contributed 12 points. Shelvin Mack had 17 points, while Gordon Hayward added 16 for the Jazz (22-15). The game was the Raptors' first in the friendly confines of the Air Canada Centre since a six-game western road trip saw them go 3-3, ending it with an ugly 110-82 loss at San Antonio on Tuesday. The Raptors, who didn't arrive back in Toronto until Wednesday afternoon, got off to a sluggish start, and it was the Jazz who led virtually from the opening tipoff and had an 11-point lead over the home team in the first half. A better third-quarter effort by the Raptors pulled them to within 73-71 with one quarter to play in front of a capacity crowd of 19,800. The Jazz led by six points several times in the fourth before six consecutive points from Lowry, and a pullup jumper from DeRozan with 3:28 to play gave Toronto its first lead of the game - 89-88. Lowry drilled a three-pointer on Toronto's next possession to put Toronto up by six points with 2:42 left. "It's not surprising to me," DeRozan of Lowry's performance. "He picked up his aggressiveness, he's the leader of the team, the things he's able to do with the ball in his hands just orchestrating us offensively, he understands where he's going to get his shots from. . . just being ultra-aggressive." The Jazz were within a point with two minutes to play before another basket by Lowry, and a rebound and bucket from Valanciunas with just under a minute to play - and the crowd on its feet - all but sealed Utah's fate. Snyder had talked glowingly about Lowry before the game, saying "I don't know that there's a better competitor in the league." "He's like my favourite player in the league, in the East. And it's because of his toughness and his competitiveness. He's not tall, but there's a strength that he has that we don't underestimate. And he knows how to use his body and his hips and his strength. "It's just a different type - he's not going to finish over the rim. But his game is so versatile. You get to that point and it's like: how do you guard him?" The Jazz had no answer for Lowry on Thursday, who finished with six rebounds and five assists, and shot 10-for-17 from the field including hitting four of his eight three-point shots. "Kyle's been doing a great job," said DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86, college: Missouri). "He started the game off trying to get other guys involved. He knows at the end either him or (DeRozan) have got to close it. Kyle stepped in and took it on his shoulders and kind of willed us to that win." After the Raptors' woeful start at San Antonio, Casey changed up his lineup, starting Lucas Nogueira (7'0''-C-92) in place of Pascal Siakam. It didn't help. When Saskatoon-born Trey Lyles drilled a three with less than a minute to play in the first quarter, it sent the Jazz into the second up 27-18. The Jazz would stretch their lead to 11 points early in the second, but the Raptors clawed back with an 11-2 run, and would come within a point late in the quarter. Utah took a 52-48 advantage into the halftime break. The Raptors showed more hustle in the third, outrebounding the Jazz 18-9 in the quarter, and tied the game on a pair of free throws by Valanciunas with five minutes left in the frame. Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) sat out his third straight game with a strained left knee. The Raptors weren't home for long. They play Saturday at Chicago then return home to host Houston on Sunday, the first of four in a row at the ACC.
Courtesy of: ctvnews.ca



Nene's late free throws lift Rockets over Thunder, 118-116 - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets weren't happy to have squandered an 18-point lead, leaving them tied with Oklahoma City with just seconds left on Thursday night. But they were proud of the plays they made at the end of the game to hang on for the win. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 26 points and Nene Hilario (6'11''-C-82) hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining to lift the Rockets to their sixth straight victory, 118-116 over the Thunder. "There's going to be some close games in the postseason where we'll have to figure ways to close them out, and it isn't always going to be us making shots and it being perfect," Harden said. "We're going to have to get stops sometimes." Houston overcame Russell Westbrook's 49 points, though the star guard struggled down the stretch. Harden found Nene right under the basket and he was fouled by Jerami Grant (6'8''-F-94, college: Syracuse) as he attempted a shot, setting up the winning free throws. Nene had a season-high 18 points for his 12th double-digit game this season. "I saw two defenders guarding me and I saw Nene wide open," Harden said. "No matter if it's the fourth quarter with three seconds to go or the first quarter with 10 minutes to go, I'm going to make that pass. And my teammates know that and he was prepared and ready for it." A pair of foul shots by Harden tied it with just under two minutes remaining. The teams combined to miss seven shots after that, with Westbrook missing three in that span, before Nene's free throws. Westbrook was a bit touchy was asked about his last missed 3-point attempt. "Did you see what happened? There's nothing to take you through," he said. "I missed the shot." The Thunder attempted an alley-oop on the inbounds pass after that, but Enes Kanter (6'11''-C-92, college: Kentucky) couldn't finish the play and Houston held on. Westbrook finished two points shy of his season high as Oklahoma City dropped its third straight. Houston was clinging to a four-point lead with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining before Westbrook and Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) made consecutive 3-pointers to put Oklahoma City up 116-114. The Rockets had a 14-point lead early the fourth quarter before their offense stalled, and the Thunder went on a 20-7 run to cut the lead to 107-104 with about 5 1/2 minutes left. Westbrook was on the bench for most of that time and Oladipo scored five points during that run before Westbrook returned and capped it with four straight points. Westbrook had 40 points entering the fourth quarter. But he wasn't getting much help from his teammates, with the rest of the Thunder managing just 43 points as Houston led 97-83 after three. "He played an incredible game and in a lot of ways ... kept us close because we weren't getting a lot of production offensively," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. Westbrook, who finished with eight 3-pointers, made one with about nine minutes left in the third quarter to get Oklahoma City within 10. Houston scored the next eight points to extend the lead to 82-64. Another 3 by Westbrook came after that to end a scoring drought by the Thunder of almost three minutes. Houston had an 18-point lead with about six minutes left in the quarter when the Thunder scored the next eight points to cut it to 10 again. But Houston responded with an 8-2 spurt, with five points from Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana), to push the lead to 93-77. The Rockets led 67-56 at the break.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com




Cavaliers Agree To Trade With Hawks For Kyle Korver - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks are trading Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) to the Cleveland Cavaliers with Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) Jr. likely moving to a third team. Atlanta will likely receive Cleveland's 2019 first round pick as part of the deal. Korver will be a free agent in the offseason and is making $5.2 million this season. Korver is shooting .40.9 percent on three-pointers on 5.0 attempts per game this season for the Hawks. The Cavaliers will be without J.R. Smith at shooting guard for several more weeks as he recovers from surgery on his thumb. "From a basketball perspective, it's a great, great fit for me. And I know that," said Korver.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Former Raptor Matt Bonner retiring from basketball after 12 seasons in NBA - by Eurobasket News

Matt Bonner (6'10''-F-80, college: Florida), known affectionately as "The Red Rocket" during his time in Toronto, is retiring from the NBA. The 36-year-old announced the news in a humorous video posted on The Players Tribune on Friday. Bonner made his debut in 2004-05 and played his first two seasons for the Raptors before he was traded to San Antonio in the deal that brought Rasho Nesterovic to Toronto. He was beloved in Toronto for his humble, good-natured demeanour, and garnered his "Red Rocket" nickname when he revealed he was a regular user of Toronto's mass transit system. One of his most popular moments as a Raptor was when future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) tried to fight him after he knocked down Garnett with a flagrant foul. Bonner was ejected and the Air Canada Centre gleefully ushered Bonner off the floor with a standing ovation and chorus of cheers. Bonner high-fived fans on his way to the locker-room. Bonner met his Canadian wife while playing in Toronto, and was also unsuccessful in a bid to become a Canadian citizen in order to play for Canada's national team. He went on to win NBA championships with the Spurs in 2007 and 2014, plying his trade as a lethal three-point shooter. In his retirement video, Bonner makes the announcement to an empty press conference room "Live from Concord, N.H.," while eating a sandwich. A custodian slowly sweeps the stage behind him. The sounds of crickets play. The custodian pauses sweeping to say in a New England accent: "Bonnah? I thought he retired yee-ahs ago?" Bonner gives a shout out to "The T-Dot" (Toronto) and "The Hammer" (Hamilton) and "everywhere else in Canada," and "anyone else who supported me in any location you did so." Bonner averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds over his 12 NBA seasons.
Courtesy of: theguardian.pe.ca



Phoenix Suns waived Jenkins - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns (NBA) waived 26-year old guard John Jenkins (193-98kg-91, college: Vanderbilt). But in four NBA games he recorded just 1.8ppg this season.
The last season Jenkins played at the Mavericks where in 21 NBA games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.0rpg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in first round (23rd overall). Jenkins has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
Among other achievements Jenkins received NABC Division I All-District 21 1st Team award back in 2011 and 2012.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 90.9%.
Jenkins has played also professionally in D-League (Salt Lake City Stars, Northern Arizona Suns and Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
His game is described as: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Has a natural, fundamentally sound jumper that allows him to be nearly equally effective spotting up, coming off screens, and off the dribble … Always shoots the same shot, and keeps his shoulders and feet squared at all times … Quick release. He struggles off the dribble to create much offense for himself because he simply doesn't have the quickness to be more than a sporadic slasher to the rim … Doesn't have many moves when handling the ball, and only does handle the ball when a jumper is simply out of the question
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Nuggets let Gee go - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets (NBA) cut 30-year old guard Alonzo Gee (198-99kg-87, college: Alabama). But in 12 NBA games he averaged just 0.9ppg and 1.2rpg this season.
The last season Gee played at the Pelicans where in 72 NBA games he had 4.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2009 Austin oros selected him in first round (6th overall) in the D-League draft.
The former University of Alabama standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
He received D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2010.
Gee has played also professionally in Poland (Asseco), other NBA teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Austin Spurs).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com




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.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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.
Courtesy of: dailyherald.com



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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.
Courtesy of: lfpress.com



Highlanders land Charles Mann, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

NBL Canada newcomer Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) tabbed 23-year old American guard Charles Mann (196-98kg-94, college: Georgia). He was tried out at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league.
The previous (12-13) season Mann played at another team Bulldogs in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 32 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.9apg.
Last year he was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in second round (31st overall).
Mann attended University of Georgia until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). Mann received also All-SEC 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.

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Hurricanes stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Basketball fans in Halifax got their first taste of the newly formed battle of Nova Scotia Thursday. Despite some early communication issues, the Halifax Hurricanes took down the Cape Breton Highlanders 103-86 at the Scotiabank Centre. With the win, the defending-champion Hurricanes improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season. The Highlanders fall to 1-4. 'In the first half we came out a bit shaky, but in the second half we came back for each other and finished the game strong,' said Cj Washington (6'7''-F) who scored a game-high 27 points for the Hurricanes, including 22 in the second half alone. 'My teammates believe in me, so when I have a chance to score the ball, they tell me to be aggressive and go get it.' With only three players returning from last year's team, Halifax was bound to show some growing pains to begin the season. The Hurricanes committed 14 turnovers and 27 fouls in the game. 'I think we're ahead of schedule,' said Ta'Quan Zimmerman (6'2''-G-91, college: Monroe CC),, who scored 17 points for the Hurricanes. 'Especially since we didn't have any preseason games or anything like that. 'We're going to be a pretty good team. We've just got to keep working.' The Highlanders were without Jarryn Skeete (6'3''-G-93) for the night, who will miss the forseeable future with a broken hand. 'We knew they only had eight guys so our game plan was to come out and try to wear them down early,' said Zimmerman. The Hurricanes took a 23-21 lead after the first quarter and managed to grow the lead to six points by the break, 42-36. Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) led the way for Hurricanes with 11 points and three steals at the break. Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.), Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona), Billy White and Zimmerman each scored six. Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86, college: Creighton, agency: Interperformances) scored a game-high nine points by halftime for the Highlanders. Keith Thomas added eight of his own. The Hurricanes were able to keep the Highlanders at bay in the third, in part due to Washington's 16 points in the frame. The Hurricanes went to the fourth with a 74-65 lead and were able to cruise to the 103-86 victory. Washington finished with a game-high 27 points, while Mason (17), Zimmerman (17) and Mime Poole (14) rounded out the Hurricanes top scorers. Woodfox (21), Hank Thorns (17) and Thomas Keith (16) carried the load for the Highlanders. Austin Witter (6'8''-F-91, college: N.Carolina A&T) scored 10 points and added 14 rebounds for the Highlanders - the game's only double-double. Halifax's next game comes Friday night in Moncton against the Miracles while the Highlanders head back home for a Friday night showdown with the Island Storm.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



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Iowa Recruit leads Maret over Flint Hill - by Frank Simpson

Washington, DC - Behind a strong performance from Iowa University (NCAA Division I) signee, Luka Garza, Maret School cruised to victory over Flint Hill School by a wide margin of 74-47.

Luka Garza continues to show why he is worthy of his ESPN top 100 ranking and widely considered to be the #1 post player in Washington, DC Metropolitan High School Sports (18U/Varsity). The 6'11, 240 pound stretch post paced Maret School with 21 points, including two made baskets from behind the arc.

Coached by former NCAA Division I Head Coach, Chuck Driesell, Maret School improves their record to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in MAC conference play. With the loss, Flint Hill School drops to 3-6 on the year, 0-2 in MAC conference play. Next up for Maret School is a 4:30pm EST. January 7th conference match up versus Bullis School.



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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No. 17 Arizona Wears Down Utah for 66-56 Win - by Eurobasket News

Arizona has not had its expected go-to player all season, lost a potential key contributor before the first game and at one point had seven scholarship players available. The Wildcats are still long and a handful to deal with, even for a team with a big front line like Utah. Dusan Ristic (7'0''-C-95) scored 18 points, Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) added 11 and No. 17 Arizona wore down the Utes for a 66-56 victory Thursday night. "They brought a lot of guys who are big and physical, and I don't think we were quite ready for that," Utah forward David Collette (6'8''-F-93) said. Arizona (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12) did not exactly play crisp, at times having lapses at both ends. The Wildcats used their size as an advantage, outrebounding one of the nation's best teams by 11 and getting the Utes into foul trouble. The Wildcats held Utah (10-4, 1-1) to a long scoreless drought in the first half and pushed back each time the Utes tried to make a run to win their 14th straight home game. Parker Jackson-Cartwright led the offense despite taking just five shots, finishing with nine assists and no turnovers while controlling Arizona's offense much of the night in his third game back from a sprained ankle. "With Parker coming back, we have a new dimension to our game," Ristic said. "We move the ball much better. It felt like he had 15 assists." The Utes got off to a great start and made several runs as Arizona tried to pull away. Utah had a hard time making it all the way back with Collette in foul trouble and the perimeter shots not falling. Collette scored 13 points despite battling foul trouble most of the game, Devon Daniels (6'5''-G-98) added 12 and the Utes finished 4 for 21 from 3-point range to lose their seventh straight at McKale Center. "We went on a dry spell and you can only defend them for so long," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "That's when the lead expanded, but we're growing, we're getting better." Utah wanted to exploit Arizona's interior defense and did just that early, hitting seven of its first eight shots to go up five points. Then Collette went to the bench with his second foul midway through and the shots stopped falling, leading to a scoreless streak that stretched nearly 7 minutes. Collette remained on the bench and Utah went 6 for 17 the rest of the half. Jackson-Cartwright was key to Arizona breaking Utah's zone in the first half, dribbling through defenders and setting up teammates with pinpoint passes. He had seven assists and no turnovers by halftime, his only basket a runner at the buzzer that put the Wildcats up 35-27. "It was mostly luck," Jackson-Cartwright said. "Time was winding down and I was in the open floor, I looked up at the clock and just let it go." The Utes clawed their way back in the second half, pulling within 51-43 despite Collette going to the bench with his third foul midway through. Collette got his fourth foul with about 6 minutes left and his backup, Jayce Johnson, fouled out right after that. Arizona began to stretch the lead from there, pushing it to 11 with just over a minute left.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com




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Araberri lands Akinlolu Akingbala - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Saenz Horeca Araberri landed experienced 34-year old Nigerian ex-international center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-102kg-83, college: Clemson). He played most recently at Shahrdary Tabriz in Iranian Superleague. In 5 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Akingbala played at SPO Rouen in French ProA. But in 11 games he had just 1.8ppg and 2.4rpg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Butte Daredevils (CBA) in third round (22nd overall).
The former Clemson University standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He won French ProA championship title in 2011.
Akingbala also represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Libya eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 50.0%.
Akingbala is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Latvia (Ventspils), Russia (Universitet-Yugra), Ukraine (Azovmash), France (Sluc Nancy), Spain (Lleida Basquet) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  


Los Leones sign Michael Glover, ex Globalport - by Eurobasket News

Colegio Los Leones de Quilpue (Liga Nacional) signed 30-year old American forward Michael Glover (203-98kg-87, college: Iona). He played last summer at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 25.7ppg, 14.0rpg and 2.7apg. The last season Glover played at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL Canada where in 53 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.3ppg and 7.0rpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted NBL Canada Sixth Man of the Year, USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Sixt Man of the Year and named to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 2nd Team.
He is quite experienced player. Glover has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Estudiantes Concordia and Villa Angela), Dominican Rep., Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Turkey (Hacettepe) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Metros de Santiago and Parque Hostos).
Glover attended Iona College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Extremely strong performer that also possesses great quickness in the post... Possesses good leaping ability and an excellent touch around the basket... Expanded his game in the offseason by working hard on his ball-handling and outside shooting ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @patmosintl)

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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.



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)



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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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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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  QATAR  


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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


EuroLeague: Baskonia cruise past Unics - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia - Unics 102:70

Baskonia captured the 11th victory in EuroLeague regular season. They drubbed visiting Unics to improve at 11-5 record. Rodrigue Beaubois (185-G-88) came up with 29 points to lead the winners.
Baskonia jumped to a 25:15 lead after the opening quarter. The Basque team dropped 28 points in the second term to secure a comfortable 53:36 halftime lead. Baskonia did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They used a 24:14 run in the third term to take a massive 77:50 lead at the final break. Baskonia never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) chipped in 14 points, while Andrea Bargnani (213-F/C-85), Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) and Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah) chipped in 8 points each for the winners. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) responded with 19 points for Unics. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) had 13 points in the loss.

Baskonia: Rodrigue Beaubois 29, Johannes Voigtmann 14, Andrea Bargnani 8, Ilimane Diop 8, Kim Tillie 8
Unics: Keith Langford 19, Artsiom Parakhouski 13



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  RWANDA  


Unbeaten Patriots Target Victory Against 30-Plus - by Eurobasket News

Patriots broke off for the festive holiday after beating arch-rivals Espoir. Now, the reigning basketball league champions will be seeking a fourth successive victory when they face struggling 30-Plus on Friday evening at Amahoro Indoor Stadium. Patriots head coach Henry Mwinuka is confident that his side will make it 4:0 and continue their bid for a second regular season league title, "30-Plaus have not won this season but we cannot afford to take anything for granted and assume we will win easily." The Kagugu-based club defeated United Generation Basketball (UGB) 95-34 in the season opener. They are fourth on the table standing with six points after three wins and 89 points. Mwinuka's team beat Espoirs (65-51) in their last game before they beat new league entrants and title hopefuls, Rwanda Energy Group (REG) 75-51. The game will be followed by the clash between IPRC-Kigali and REG at the same venue, starting at 8pm. REG, under former Espoir coach Jean Bahufite , are sixth in the table, averaging 93 points from two wins against Cercle Sportif Rwanda (CSK) 127-45 and Rusizi 93-35, respectively. IPRC-Kigali have won all their games, and victory against REG would take them top of the table in case current leaders Espoir fall to Rusizi on Saturday. Meanwhile, Rwanda Basketball Federation FERWABA has released the fixtures for the national women's league, which starts on Sunday. The championship will have only five teams, namely: APR, The Hoops, Ubumwe, UR-Huye and Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC-South).
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SAINT KITTS  


Kraidon Woods (ex Ura Basket) agreed terms with Olimpi - by Eurobasket News

Olimpi Tbilisi (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old St.Kitts power forward Kraidon Woods (205-88, college: Drake). He played most recently at Ura Basket in Finnish 1st Division. In 18 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Finnish 1st Division Division B All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Woods also played that season for BC Nokia (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. But in two games he did not score anything.
Woods' team made it to the 1st Division Semifinals in 2013. He was a member of St.Kitts Senior National Team back in 2006.
Woods is a very experienced player.
He graduated from Drake University in 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SENEGAL  


Melilla adds Fall to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) added to their roster 24-year old Senegalese center Masine Fall (208-93). He started the season at CAM E.Soler (EBA). In 10 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6bpg this season. The last season Fall played at Arcos Albacete Basket (also in EBA) where in 29 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 4 title (twice) (also twice).
Fall has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Ovarense) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, CB Fuenlabrada II, San Isidro, Aridane and Fontedoso Carrefour).

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Lugano Tigers signs Aw - by Luca Maffioli

Lugano Tigers (LNA) signed 31-year old former Senegalese international power forward Jules Aw (202-86). He played there last season. In 35 LNA games he recorded 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1spg. Aw helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Union Neuchatel Basket where in 15 LNA games he averaged 4.3ppg and 5.7rpg. Aw contributed to his team making it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Aw also represented Senegal at the African Championships in Angola ten years ago.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Aw has played previously professionally also in Saudi Arabia (Al Ansar) and Switzerland (Monthey, Geneve Lions, BBC Nyon and Rh.Herens).

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  SERBIA  


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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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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Vladan Vukosavljevic signs at Hoops - by Eurobasket News

Hoops Club (Pepsi LBL) landed 33-year old Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: BeoBasket) from Tadamon. In 26 Pepsi LBL games in Lebanon he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 10.1rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.9apg last season.
Among other achievements Vukosavljevic's team made it to the Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals in 2013. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team award back in 2014.
Vukosavljevic represented Serbia at the World University Championships in Bangkok ten years ago.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Vukosavljevic experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Vukosavljevic has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Oostende), Turkey (Aliaga), Montenegro (Lovcen), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Crvena Zvezda, Vrsac and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Ukraine (Halychyna and BC Donetsk).

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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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SBL Round 22: Lucenec beats Iskra Svit by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

SBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 22 rounds left.

The most exciting game of round 22 in the SBL took place in Lucenec. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Iskra Svit (11-10) to eighth ranked Lucenec (8-11) 98-96 on Wednesday evening. Lucenec made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Garrick Sims (203-91, college: Lake Erie) contributed with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (185-89, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 24 points and 6 assists for Iskra Svit. Lucenec moved-up to seventh place. Iskra Svit at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Lucenec are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Nova Ves (#11) at home in the next round. Iskra Svit will play against Levice (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 10th ranked Nitra (2-18) and sixth ranked Rieker KN (10-9) in Nitra ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Komarno outscored Nitra 93-57. Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89, agency: 011 Sports) scored 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Wayne Langston chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Rieker KN's coach Richard Duris felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Serbian forward Filip Pejovic (198-89, college: Erskine) responded with 15 points. Rieker KN have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-9 record. Nitra lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Nova Ves. Rieker KN will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nitra will play at home against Karlovka (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 22 Handlova was beaten by Levice on the road 80-65. Karlovka was destroyed by Kosice on its own court 59-93.


Nitra - Rieker KN 57-93

The game between 10th ranked Nitra (2-18) and sixth ranked Rieker KN (10-9) in Nitra ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Komarno outscored Nitra 93-57. Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89, agency: 011 Sports) scored 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Wayne Langston (201-93, college: Murray St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Rieker KN's coach Richard Duris felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Serbian forward Filip Pejovic (198-89, college: Erskine) responded with 15 points and point guard Adam Samek (181-95) scored 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Nitra players scored in double figures. Rieker KN have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-9 record. Nitra lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Nova Ves. Rieker KN will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nitra will play at home against Karlovka (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nitra: A.Samek 16+2reb, F.Pejovic 15+4reb, G.Ostojic 14, K.Rhymes 10+6reb, T.Panis 2+3reb, N.Milosevic 0
Rieker KN: S.Bilic 25+1reb, W.Langston 16+5reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 12+3reb+2ast, A.Kuffa 9+2reb, R.Vido 8+4reb, F.Halada 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475427


Levice - Handlova 80-65

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Levice (15-5) beat at home 7th ranked Handlova (8-12) 80-65. It looked good early as Handlova took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Levice had a 17-12 second period charge getting the lead and Handlova was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-80. Levice dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Handlova's 30. They outrebounded Handlova 42-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. American swingman Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Zarko Djuric (202-89) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin Ivan Zejak (203-87) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83, agency: 011 Sports) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Five Levice and four Handlova players scored in double figures. Levice moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Handlova dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Levice will play against Iskra Svit (#5) at home in the next round. Handlova will play against Prievidza and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Handlova: I.Zejak 17+7reb, N.Milosevic 13+2reb+4ast, L.Stria 11+5reb+2ast, N.Gudzic 10+4reb+1ast, L.Stojanov 8+2ast, P.Sedmak 6+6reb+1ast
Levice: Z.Djuric 15+6reb+3ast, J.Nofflet 14+9reb+2ast, J.Summers 14+5reb+3ast, I.Josipovic 12+5reb, D.Djokic 10+3reb+3ast, R.Keely 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 475425


Karlovka - Kosice 59-93

Very expected game when 9th ranked Karlovka (5-16) was smashed by second ranked Kosice (17-3) in Bratislava 93-59. Kosice dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Karlovka's 38. Kosice forced 20 Karlovka turnovers and had a 28-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Stefan Matovic (203-91) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side center Daniel Stransky (204-93) responded with 11 points and swingman Michal Podhorsky (193-87) scored 12 points. Five Kosice and four Karlovka players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kosice have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Karlovka lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. Kosice will play against league's leader Inter Bratislava on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Karlovka will play against Nitra (#10) in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlovka: M.Podhorsky 12+2reb+1ast, M.Kozar 12+2reb, D.Stransky 11+4reb, D.Hlivak 11+2ast, M.Dolezaj 6+5reb+2ast, F.Halmes 5+2reb
Kosice: A.Lee 18+8reb+2ast, S.Matovic 16+5reb+4ast, L.White 16+1reb, M.Batka 12+5reb, V.Ivelja 11+4reb+3ast, S.Baldovsky 7+1reb
gschID: 475423


Lucenec - Iskra Svit 98-96

The most exciting game of round 22 in the SBL took place in Lucenec. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Iskra Svit (11-10) to eighth ranked Lucenec (8-11) 98-96 on Wednesday evening. Lucenec made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Garrick Sims (203-91, college: Lake Erie) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (185-89, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 24 points and 6 assists and Israeli center Anton Shoutvin (206-89) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Iskra Svit. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lucenec moved-up to seventh place. Iskra Svit at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Lucenec are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Nova Ves (#11) at home in the next round. Iskra Svit will play against Levice (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iskra Svit: J.Gonzalez 24+3reb+6ast, M.Bachan 16+4reb+4ast, A.Shoutvin 15+6reb+4ast, J.Fleming 15+4reb+3ast, E.Singletary 13+1reb+3ast, S.Jankovic 11+4reb+1ast
Lucenec: M.Blagojevic 22+6reb+4ast, B.Pipiska 22, G.Sims 18+11reb+1ast, R.Davis 14+7ast, A.Rountree III 12+7reb+5ast, K.Storey 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 475426





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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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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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KBL Round 23: LG Sakers edge Mobis Phoebus by three points - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the KBL took place in Ulsan. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-14) to seventh ranked LG Sakers (11-15) 76-73 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Jong-Kyu Kim (207-91) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. LG Sakers' coach Gang-Yang Taek used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. LG Sakers maintains seventh place with 11-15 record. Mobis Phoebus lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. LG Sakers are looking forward to face league's second-placed Anyang KGC on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mobis Phoebus will play against Dongbu Promy (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Goyang Orions (18-9) against fourth ranked Dongbu Promy (16-11) on Friday night. Visiting Goyang Orions were defeated by Dongbu Promy in Wonju 89-78. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Wendell McKines contributed with 21 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. The former international center Jae-Seok Jang (205-91) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Goyang Orions. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Defending champion Goyang Orions dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Dongbu Promy will play against Mobis Phoebus (#6) in Ulsan in the next round. Goyang Orions will play at home against KCC Egis and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Daegu. Second ranked Goyang Orions faced second-ranked Anyang KGC. Host Goyang Orions (18-9) defeated guests from Anyang (18-8) 85-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. It was a great evening for Seung-Hyun Lee who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. David Simon responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Goyang Orions went down to third position due to points difference. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Goyang Orions will meet at home KCC Egis (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Anyang KGC will play against LG Sakers (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Samsung Thunders delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (13-14) 94-83 in Inchon. It was a quality performance for Ricardo Ratliffe who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Samsung Thunders' coach Hoon-Keun Park allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Samsung Thunders (20-6) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Samsung Thunders' next round opponent will be Mobis Phoebus (#6) in Ulsan which should be theoretically an easy game. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Sonic Boom KT and hope to win that game.
The game in Jeonju was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (13-14) played at the court of 8th ranked KCC Egis (10-17). ET Land Elephants managed to secure a 9-point victory 89-80 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Ivan Aska who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 13-14 record. Loser KCC Egis keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#10) in Busan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KCC Egis will play on the road against Goyang Orions in Daegu and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 23 SK Knights were defeated by KCC Egis in Jeonju 84-79.
The best stats of 23th round was 31 points and 9 rebounds by Leo Lyons of KCC Egis.


Dongbu Promy - Goyang Orions 89-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Goyang Orions (18-9) against fourth ranked Dongbu Promy (16-11) on Friday night. Visiting Goyang Orions were defeated by Dongbu Promy in Wonju 89-78. It looked good early as Goyang Orions took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dongbu Promy had a 24-17 second period charge getting the lead and Goyang Orions were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-89. Dongbu Promy made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Dongbu Promy outrebounded Goyang Orions 43-24 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. The former international center Jae-Seok Jang (205-91) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Il-Young Heo (197-85) added 15 points in the effort for Goyang Orions. Five Dongbu Promy and four Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Defending champion Goyang Orions dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Dongbu Promy will play against Mobis Phoebus (#6) in Ulsan in the next round. Goyang Orions will play at home against KCC Egis and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: W.McKines 21+11reb+3ast, R.Benson 18+16reb+2ast, H.Kim 17, H.Yoon 13+4reb+8ast, U.Heo 11+4reb+2ast, J.Park 6+2reb+3ast
Goyang Orions: I.Heo 15+4reb+1ast, J.Jang 13+7reb+3ast, O.Bassett 13+2reb+5ast, J.Chun 12+3reb+4ast, J.Choi 8+2reb+1ast, T.Moon 8+1reb
gschID: 510006


KCC Egis - ET Land 80-89

The game in Jeonju was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (13-14) played at the court of 8th ranked KCC Egis (10-17). ET Land Elephants managed to secure a 9-point victory 89-80 on Friday. The best player for the winners was U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St.) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Hyo Geun Jeong (200-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) produced 31 points and 9 rebounds and forward Kyo-Chang Song (200-96) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 13-14 record. Loser KCC Egis keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#10) in Busan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KCC Egis will play on the road against Goyang Orions in Daegu and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ET Land: I.Aska 23+5reb, B.Chung 22+1reb, H.Geun Jeong 11+13reb+3ast, S.Kang 9+3reb+1ast, C.Park 8+2reb+9ast, V.Cuthbert 5+13reb+5ast
KCC Egis: L.Lyons 31+9reb+3ast, J.Kim 21+4reb, K.Song 16+8reb+4ast, H.Lee 6+8reb+5ast, T.Joo 4+2reb+2ast, S.Choi 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 510007


Mobis Phoebus - LG Sakers 73-76

The most exciting game of round 23 in the KBL took place in Ulsan. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-14) to seventh ranked LG Sakers (11-15) 76-73 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Jong-Kyu Kim (207-91) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. LG Sakers' coach Gang-Yang Taek used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and the former international forward Jun-Beom Yang (195-91) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. LG Sakers maintains seventh place with 11-15 record. Mobis Phoebus lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. LG Sakers are looking forward to face league's second-placed Anyang KGC on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mobis Phoebus will play against Dongbu Promy (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: J.Mays 38+15reb+5ast, M.Little 15+2reb+2ast, J.Kim 11+8reb+1ast, S.Choi 4+2reb, C.Young Jung 3+1reb+2ast, W.Yaung 3+1reb
Mobis Phoebus: C.Rhodes 17+15reb+2ast, J.Ham 17+1reb+7ast, J.Yang 17+8reb+4ast, N.Miller 9+5reb, K.Gwang-cheon 5+4reb+4ast, H.Ji 5+2reb
gschID: 510005


Goyang Orions - Anyang KGC 85-69

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Daegu. Second ranked Goyang Orions faced second-ranked Anyang KGC. Host Goyang Orions (18-9) defeated guests from Anyang (18-8) 85-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-69. It was a great evening for international center Seung-Hyun Lee (201-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Jasper Johnson (203-83, college: Delta St., agency: HMS) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard Keifer Sykes (183-93, college: Green Bay) scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Goyang Orions went down to third position due to points difference. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Goyang Orions will meet at home KCC Egis (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Anyang KGC will play against LG Sakers (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: S.Lee 18+10reb+3ast, J.Johnson 18+6reb+2ast, O.Bassett 16+3reb+4ast, T.Moon 10+5reb, D.Kim 7+2reb+6ast, J.Choi 6+3reb+2ast
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 20+13reb+1ast, K.Sykes 17+3reb+2ast, S.Oh 8+5reb+1ast, J.Lee 8+6reb+7ast, C.Lee 7+5reb, S.Moon 5+1reb
gschID: 510003


ET Land - Samsung Th. 83-94

Leader Samsung Thunders delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (13-14) 94-83 in Inchon. The game was mostly controlled by Samsung Thunders. ET Land Elephants was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Samsung Thunders made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a quality performance for the former international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. American swingman Michael Craig (196-91, college: S.Mississippi) accounted for 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Samsung Thunders' coach Hoon-Keun Park allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St.) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Chan-Hee Park (190-87) added 8 points, 13 assists and 5 steals respectively for ET Land Elephants in the defeat. Five Samsung Thunders and four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. Samsung Thunders (20-6) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Samsung Thunders' next round opponent will be Mobis Phoebus (#6) in Ulsan which should be theoretically an easy game. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Sonic Boom KT and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: R.Ratliffe 22+14reb+2ast, M.Craig 18+3reb+4ast, G.Stevenson 15+3reb+1ast, K.Ngi 14+4reb+2ast, J.Kim 12+4reb, T.Kim 6+1reb+4ast
ET Land: I.Aska 20+7reb+3ast, S.Kang 17+3reb, V.Cuthbert 14+5reb+2ast, B.Chung 12+1reb+1ast, C.Park 8+4reb+13ast, H.Geun Jeong 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 510004


KCC Egis - SK Knights 84-79

There was a minor upset in Jeonju where 8th ranked SK Knights (9-17) were defeated by eighth ranked KCC Egis (10-17) 84-79 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Kyo-Chang Song (200-96) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) chipped in 20 points. American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) produced 27 points and the other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SK Knights' coach Hee-Chul Chun tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis maintains eighth place with 10-17 record. Loser SK Knights dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. KCC Egis will face higher ranked Goyang Orions (#3) in Daegu in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SK Knights will play on the road against Sonic Boom KT (#10) in Busan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: L.Lyons 20+4reb+1ast, K.Song 18+9reb+1ast, E.Wise 17+3reb+3ast, J.Kim 14+1reb, H.Lee 9+2reb+5ast, S.Choi 4+1reb+2ast
SK Knights: T.White 27+3reb+3ast, J.Singleton 17+10reb+2ast, S.Kim 17+2reb+5ast, W.Choi 11+10reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 3, W.Kim 2+4reb
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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
gschID: 489846


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
gschID: 489843





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




Aleksandar Marcius claims Spanish LEB Gold weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Croatian Aleksandar Marcius (208-C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Caceres and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 25 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Palencia (#4, 12-6) 74-89. Caceres maintains the 12th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Caceres is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 18 games. In the team's last game Marcius had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Caceres' top player in his first season with the team. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Marcius is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 62.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old center Maodo Nguirane (210-C-93) of Castello. Nguirane impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Castello was edged by the higher-ranked Araberri (#7, 11-7) 83-81. Castello managed to keep the same 11th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Nguirane is a newcomer at Castello 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 American Mike Carlson (206-F/C-91, agency: Duran International) of second-ranked Gipuzkoa GBC. Carlson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Gipuzkoa GBC, leading his team to a 78-73 win against the lower-ranked Palma (#13, 8-10). Gipuzkoa GBC needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Carlson has a great season in Spain. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zaid Hearst (193-G) of Araberri - 23 points and 7 rebounds
5. Dmitriy Flis (204-F/C-84) of Ourense - 21 points and 11 rebounds
6. Johnny Berhanemeskel (188-G-92) of Araberri - 21 points and 5 assists
7. Hector Manzano (207-C/F-80) of Melilla - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Marcos Suka-Umu (192-G-85) of Melilla - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jason Cain (208-F-85) of Marin - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Victor Serrano (211-C-89) of Palma - 17 points and 10 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)



EuroLeague: Baskonia cruise past Unics - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia - Unics 102:70

Baskonia captured the 11th victory in EuroLeague regular season. They drubbed visiting Unics to improve at 11-5 record. Rodrigue Beaubois (185-G-88) came up with 29 points to lead the winners.
Baskonia jumped to a 25:15 lead after the opening quarter. The Basque team dropped 28 points in the second term to secure a comfortable 53:36 halftime lead. Baskonia did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They used a 24:14 run in the third term to take a massive 77:50 lead at the final break. Baskonia never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) chipped in 14 points, while Andrea Bargnani (213-F/C-85), Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) and Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah) chipped in 8 points each for the winners. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) responded with 19 points for Unics. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) had 13 points in the loss.

Baskonia: Rodrigue Beaubois 29, Johannes Voigtmann 14, Andrea Bargnani 8, Ilimane Diop 8, Kim Tillie 8
Unics: Keith Langford 19, Artsiom Parakhouski 13



L'Hospitalet signs Savvas Manousos, ex Kavala - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver) signed 32-year old Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85). He just played at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas in Greek A2 league. In 12 games he had 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg this season. Manousos also spent pre-season at Doxa Lefkadas (A2) in Greece earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Cyprus League Regular Season in 2010. Manousos was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 3rd Team in 2015 and 2016.
He was a member of Greek U16 National Team back in 2001.
Manousos is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Greece (Apollon Patras, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, KAO Dramas, Olimpiada and Ermis Lagkada), Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol), FYR Macedonia (Millenium) and Czech Republic (NH Ostrava).

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Araberri lands Akinlolu Akingbala - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Saenz Horeca Araberri landed experienced 34-year old Nigerian ex-international center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-102kg-83, college: Clemson). He played most recently at Shahrdary Tabriz in Iranian Superleague. In 5 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Akingbala played at SPO Rouen in French ProA. But in 11 games he had just 1.8ppg and 2.4rpg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Butte Daredevils (CBA) in third round (22nd overall).
The former Clemson University standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He won French ProA championship title in 2011.
Akingbala also represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Libya eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 50.0%.
Akingbala is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Latvia (Ventspils), Russia (Universitet-Yugra), Ukraine (Azovmash), France (Sluc Nancy), Spain (Lleida Basquet) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).

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Melilla adds Fall to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) added to their roster 24-year old Senegalese center Masine Fall (208-93). He started the season at CAM E.Soler (EBA). In 10 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6bpg this season. The last season Fall played at Arcos Albacete Basket (also in EBA) where in 29 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 4 title (twice) (also twice).
Fall has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Ovarense) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, CB Fuenlabrada II, San Isidro, Aridane and Fontedoso Carrefour).

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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)



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Boncourt lands Jarvis Williams, ex Kagawa FA - by Luca Maffioli

BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) tabbed 28-year old American forward Jarvis Williams (198-88kg-89, college: Minn.St.-Mankato). He played most recently at Kagawa Five Arrows in Japanese B League D2. In 44 games he averaged impressive 16.9ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.5apg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Japanese BJ League All-Star Game.
The previous (14-15) season Williams played at another team Erie Bay Hawks in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 42 games he had 7.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Among other achievements Williams won NSIC Regular Season South Division championship title in 2013. He received also All-NSIC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.
Williams has played also professionally in Luxembourg (Black Star).
He attended Minnesota State University Mankato until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Winterthur adds Southwell to their roster, ex Hobart C. - by Luca Maffioli

BC Winterthur (LNA) added to their roster 25-year old American swingman Shane Southwell (201-95kg-92, college: Kansas State). He played last summer at Hobart Chargers in Australian SEABL-South. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. Southwell helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Mexican LNBP in 2015. Southwell was also voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention back in 2013 at his college time.
Southwell has played also professionally in Mexico (Pioneros).
He attended Kansas State until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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Lugano Tigers signs Aw - by Luca Maffioli

Lugano Tigers (LNA) signed 31-year old former Senegalese international power forward Jules Aw (202-86). He played there last season. In 35 LNA games he recorded 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1spg. Aw helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Union Neuchatel Basket where in 15 LNA games he averaged 4.3ppg and 5.7rpg. Aw contributed to his team making it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Aw also represented Senegal at the African Championships in Angola ten years ago.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Aw has played previously professionally also in Saudi Arabia (Al Ansar) and Switzerland (Monthey, Geneve Lions, BBC Nyon and Rh.Herens).

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Firm Set Plans to Develop Basketball - by Eurobasket News

Planet Social Development (PSD), a non-governmental organization based here has outlined its priorities toward the promotion of basketball in 2017. Speaking to 'The Daily News yesterday, the executive director of PSD, Kizito Bahati said there are three major areas his organization will focus in its endeavour to see basketball in the region advanced to the desired level. The former Mwanza Heroes and national team player, Bahati named the Junior Basketball League as the first event and the preparations of the players for the event were almost complete ahead of the event's take off in Dar-es- Salaam at the end of February. Bahati said his training centre will take children graded in U-13, U-15 and U-17 years to the competition. He, however, called upon the wellwishers to continue supporting his center in order to achieve this year's strategies. Bahati said his center will collaborate with Angelina Foundation to prepare the basketball bonanza for the U-13 boys and girls to be held at the end of this month at Mwanza Eagles court. He added, in March this year the centre will bring again the United States (USA) based- Minneapolis High School head coach, George Ellis to conduct a two-week basketball training for the children. According to him the centre has managed to draw 300 students in the training course at Mwanza Eagles court in Kiloleli ward. Elaborating more on the strategies, Bahati said in early July the centre will collaborate with the Mwanza Regional Basketball Association (MRBA) to prepare the team for the Inter Secondary School Basketball League. Last time the Inter Secondary School Basketball tournament was held in 2007 at Butimba Teachers Training College (TTC) and Taqwa secondary schools emerged the overall winners.
Courtesy of: dailynews.co.tz



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  TUNISIA  

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


ES Sahel awarded bonus point after defeating CA 91-78 - by Eurobasket News

The ES Sahel was awarded the bonus point for the playoffs phase of Tunisia's Basketball Championship, after defeating Club Africain 91-78, in a playoff game played Tuesday. Club Africain had won the first-leg game 87-72 but had conceded defeat to ES Sahel 77-86, in last Friday's second-leg game. For their part, JS Kairouan qualified for the playoff after beating AS Hammamet 83-77 in a playoff game. They had won the first-leg and second-leg games over AS Hammamet 76-73 and 95-92, respectively.
Courtesy of: tap.info.tn



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  TURKEY  


EuroLeague: Fenerbahce outlast visiting Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Emporio Armani 86:79

Fenerbahce conquered the 10th EuroLeague victory. They edged Emporio Armani to gain 10-6 record. James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) came up with 19 points to lead the charge.
Emporio Armani eked out a 19:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts bounced back in the second term. Fenerbahce pulled ahead for a narrow 41:40 halftime advantage. The Turkish team boosted the lead in the third term. Fenerbahce secured a 63:58 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The hosts drained 23 points in the fourth stanza and got away with a tough win. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) chipped in 18 points, while Luigi Datome (203-F-87) added 17 points in the victory. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) responded with 20 points for Emporio Armani. Richard Hickman (189-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) totalled 15 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: James Nunnally 19, Ekpe Udoh 18, Luigi Datome 17
Emporio Armani: Mantas Kalnietis 20, Richard Hickman 15



Limoges ink Bernard James, ex Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) signed 32-year old American power forward Bernard James (208-109kg-85, college: Florida State). He played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league, but left. In four games he had 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg. James also played that season for Shanghai Sharks in Chinese CBA where in 36 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). James attended Florida State and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won ACC Tournament in 2012. James was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team back in 2012.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks) and D-League (Texas Legends).
James could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Pretty strong player who doesn't back down from physical play…Also is an NBA caliber athlete, who shows good leaping skills and explosiveness and adequate ability to run as well…His standout traits lie in his defensive ability. James biggest weakness is his ability to contribute offensively…Not ever going to be more than a 5th option scorer, and lacks in nearly every area on the offensive end…His post game, outside of his jump hook is non-existant
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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





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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


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



Stephaun Adams sparked the Tennessee Tech - by Don Farrell

Stephaun Adams sparked the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team (6-11, 2-0) to a 76-67, comeback victory over in-state and Ohio Valley Conference rival Austin Peay (4-12, 0-2) Thursday evening. Adams scored 10 points, dished out a team-high five assists while making his second straight start.
Tech inched out to a seven-point lead with five and a half to play, but Peay put together one more stand, tying things at 63 with just over three minutes left in action. Adams, a sophomore guard, triple made it a four-point game with just a little over two to play, forcing Austin Peay into some uncomfortable shots and to begin fouling.

The Golden Eagles knocked down seven free throws down the stretch to close things out, gathering their second consecutive season with a 2-0 start to league play, the first time a Tech team accomplished the feat since the 2004-05 and 2005-06 squads.

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  UBA  


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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  UGANDA  


Oilers take win in the Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Oilers take the win in the Final opener against Power. They grabbed a 78-76 victory in game 1 of NBL Finals at MTN Arena. Oilers posted a decisive 23-15 surge in the second period that was a key point in the game. Jonah Otim (SG) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Jimmy Enabu (187-SG-88) netted 16. Joseph Ikong (193-F/G) replied with 27 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.


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Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan agreed terms with Cheshire Phoenix - by Jeff King

Cheshire Phoenix (BBL) inked American forward Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan (196-86kg, college: Campbellsville). He supposed to play at Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in the U.S.
Last year Allen-Jordan was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in fourth round (77th overall).
The former Campbellsville University (NAIA) standoutis in his first season in pro basketball. Allen-Jordan's team made it to the MSC Tournament Semifinals. He received All-MSC 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  


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)



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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Zbaf Wants 2 Friendlies for Afro-Basketball Preps - by Eurobasket News

THE Zambia Basketball Federation (ZBAF) is courting two countries for practice games ahead of the 2017 Afro-basketball tournament qualifiers. ZBAF general secretary Mwembe Kaona in a statement said the federation was courting Kenya, Rwanda for both the men's and women's national teams. Kaona said the federation was also looking at organising another friendly with a top club from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He said the move was aimed at according the teams the best preparations possible so that they qualify the teams to the Afro-basketball. Kaona said the friendlies were planned for next month and hoped that they would materialise in order for the coaches to access the teams. "We are looking at organising friendlies for both the men's and women's national teams in order to prepare them for this prestigious tournament slated for Congo Brazzaville. Kaona said ZBAF had made some changes and appointed University of Zambia coach Cuthbert Tembo and Australian born Liz Mills to handle the senior national teams along with Obert Shamboko of Matero Magic and Lunga's Connell Kandala. He said Tembo and Mills last year put in a proposal on coaching and qualifying the senior national teams which prompted the ZBAF to consider them. "Tembo and Mills proposed on how they would help the teams qualify for the Africa Cup which would be in Congo," he said. He said the executive considered the position that the national sides needed to gauge their strength and also provide the coaches an opportunity to assess the players and make adjustments where need should be.
Courtesy of: times.co.zm




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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 


Rachel Theriot claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Rachel Theriot (183-G-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tsmoki-Minsk and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Tsmoki-Minsk in her team's victory, helping them to edge out Suduva (#2, 3-2) 72-68. Tsmoki-Minsk maintains the 3rd position in their group in Baltic League group A. Tsmoki-Minsk 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. Theriot turned to be Tsmoki-Minsk's top player in her first season with the team. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Theriot is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.5ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg,55.9% FGP and 44.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of second-ranked Suduva. Svaryte impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Suduva was edged by slightly lower-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (#3, 3-3) 72-68. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group A. Suduva still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Svaryte is well-known by Suduva fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.2ppg (#2). She also registered 10.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Tsmoki-Minsk's star - Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85). Murauskaya showcased her all-around game by recording 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. She was another key player of Tsmoki-Minsk, helping her team with a 72-68 win against #2 ranked Suduva. Tsmoki-Minsk needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Murauskaya has a very solid season. In 6 games in Baltic League she scored 14.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rachel Theriot (183-G-94) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ieva Simkute (192-F-89) of Suduva - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 17 points and 6 rebounds
7. Neringa Skadaite (179-F-92) of Suduva - 6 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Viktoriya Hasper (193-C-88) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 7 points and 7 rebounds
9. Hanna Lapo (189-C/F-97) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 14 points
10. Volha Gromik (183-G-93) of Gorizont - 6 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)



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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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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 68-55
Jan. 5: CCC Polkowice - UMMC 64-77
Jan. 4: UNIQA Eurol. - Villeneuve 62-72
Jan. 4: Avenida - Nadezhda O. 49-64

Regular Season: Round 8

A

Jan. 11: Fenerbahce - Familia Schio
Jan. 11: Lattes Montp. - Mersin BSB
Jan. 11: USK Praha - UNI Gyor
Jan. 11: Dynamo K. - Wisla Can-Pack

B

Jan. 12: UMMC - Avenida
Jan. 11: UNIQA Eurol. - CCC Polkowice
Jan. 12: Nadezhda O. - Hatay
Jan. 11: Bourges - Villeneuve


Vadeeva's 22 points and 6 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

18-year old center Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Dynamo K. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
She had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Dynamo K. in her team's victory, helping them to outclass UNI Gyor (#7, 1-6) with 35-point margin 90-55. It allowed Dynamo K. to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Dynamo K. keeps a perfect 7-0 record. Vadeeva turned to be Dynamo K.'s top player in her first season with the team. Maria Vadeeva averages this season 12.0ppg and 6.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Brittney Griner (203-C-90) of top-ranked UMMC. She is American center in her first season at UMMC. In the last game Griner recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she led UMMC to another comfortable win 77-64 over CCC Polkowice (#8, 0-7) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed UMMC to move up to 1st position in the standings. Her team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Griner is a newcomer at UMMC and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#9). She also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Geraldine Robert (183-F/C-80) of Lattes Montp. (#4). Robert scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Lattes Montp., leading her team to a 74-68 win against slightly lower-ranked Wisla Can-Pack (#6, 2-5). Lattes Montp. 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. Robert has a very solid season. In 7 games in Euroleague she scored 12.7ppg. She also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 62.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jantel Lavender (191-C-88) of Fenerbahce - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Tiffany Mitchell (175-G-94) of Nadezhda O. - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86) of Dynamo K. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Fenerbahce - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) of Mersin BSB - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of Wisla Can-Pack - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) of Villeneuve - 19 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 Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Lattes Montp. - Wisla Can-Pack 74-68

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked French Lattes Montpellier (4-3) beat at home 6th ranked Polish Wisla Can-Pack (2-5) 74-68 on Wednesday. Wisla Can-Pack trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 16-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-74 at the end of the game. Lattes Montpellier dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Wisla Can-Pack's 36. Lattes Montpellier looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for Gabonese-French power forward Geraldine Robert (183-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Center Elodie Godin (191-85) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Ewelina Kobryn (193-82) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Meighan Simmons (175-92, college: Tennessee) added 19 points in the effort for Wisla Can-Pack. Defending French champion maintains fourth place in Group A with 4-3 record. Defending Polish champion Wisla Can-Pack keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Lattes Montpellier will face bottom-ranked Mersin BSB (#8) at home in the next round. Wisla Can-Pack will play against the league's leader Dynamo Kursk and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: G.Robert 25+11reb, E.Godin 12+6reb+5ast, G.Skrela 12+6reb+4ast, F.Sacko 10+5reb+1ast, S.Michel 9+4reb+6ast, A.Lardy 6+5reb+6ast
Wisla Can-Pack: E.Kobryn 19+9reb+2ast, M.Simmons 19+4reb+3ast, S.Ygueravide 11+2reb+4ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 8+3reb+5ast, O.Szumelda-Krzycka 5+5reb+1ast, A.Szott-Hejmej 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 474438


USK Praha - Familia Schio 74-73

Important game to mention about took place in Praha. Third ranked Czech USK Praha (5-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Italian Familia Schio (3-4) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. Familia Schio was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of USK Praha, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points. American power forward Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Laura Macchi (188-79) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and French Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) scored 15 points. Defending Czech champion maintains third place in Group A with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Dynamo K. Defending Italian champion Familia Schio keeps the fifth position with four games lost. USK Praha will play against UNI Gyor (#7) at home in the next round. Familia Schio will play against the league's second-placed Fenerbahce in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: S.Petrovic 23+4reb+1ast, M.Xargay Casademont 11+3reb+4ast, K.Vaughn 11+6reb+2ast, A.Hanusova 11+4reb+1ast, C.Dupree 6+6reb+1ast, A.Steinberga 4+2reb+1ast
Familia Schio: N.Miyem 15+3reb+1ast, C.Zandalasini 15+2reb, L.Macchi 14+8reb+2ast, K.Ress 7+7reb+2ast, N.Martinez 6+1reb+3ast, J.Anderson 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 474437


Dynamo K. - UNI Gyor 90-55

Euroleague top team - Russian Dynamo Kursk (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Hungarian UNI Gyor (1-6) 90-55. The game without a history. Dynamo Kursk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to UNI Gyor's 34. They outrebounded UNI Gyor 39-27 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dynamo Kursk players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Center Maria Vadeeva (193-98) fired 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!) for the winners. American Angel McCoughtry (187-86, college: Louisville) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Slovakian power forward Zofia Hruscakova (190-95) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Brianna Kiesel (170-93, college: Pittsburgh) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dynamo Kursk maintains first place in Group A with 7-0 record. UNI Gyor at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Dynamo Kursk's next round opponent will be Wisla Can-Pack (#6) in Krakow which should be theoretically another easy game. UNI Gyor will play on the road against USK Praha and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dynamo K.: M.Vadeeva 22+6reb+5ast, A.McCoughtry 22+6reb+2ast, N.Ogwumike 9+8reb, A.Cruz 8+9reb+5ast, E.Prince 7+2reb+5ast, E.Kirillova 7+2ast
UNI Gyor: Z.Hruscakova 15+7reb+1ast, C.Goree 10+6reb, B.Kiesel 8+4reb+4ast, T.Likhtarovich 7+3reb+3ast, A.Lakloth 6+2reb+4ast, V.Kovacs 4+4reb
gschID: 474439


Mersin BSB - Fenerbahce 73-89

Bottom-ranked Mersin BSB is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to second ranked Fenerbahce (6-1) 89-73 on Wednesday evening. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Fenerbahce's pressure prevailed and they won that period 21-11 extending their advantage to 16 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Mersin BSB's 38. Fenerbahce looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. It was a very good performance for American center Jantel Lavender (191-88, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Belarusian center Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-87) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Lithuanian center Gintare Petronyte (196-89) answered with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Nilay Kartaltepe (172-79) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists in the effort for Mersin BSB. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Turkish champion maintains second place in Group A with 6-1 record behind leader Dynamo K. Loser Mersin BSB still closes the standings with seven games lost. Fenerbahce will face Familia Schio (#5) at home in the next round. Mersin BSB will play against Lattes Montpellier and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: J.Lavender 22+6reb, A.Veremeenko 18+4reb+5ast, P.Bilgic 15+2reb+4ast, S.Gruda 13+3reb+4ast, S.Stricklen 8+2reb+3ast, A.Cora 7+4reb+1ast
Mersin BSB: K.Nevlin 16+3reb+1ast, G.Petronyte 14+7reb+4ast, G.Dogan 14+4reb+3ast, D.Robinson 12+2reb+4ast, N.Kartaltepe 9+5reb+10ast, F.Bayraktar 6+2reb
gschID: 474436


Group B
CCC Polkowice - UMMC 64-77

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Polish CCC Polkowice (0-7) lost at home to second ranked Russian UMMC Ekaterinburg (6-1) 77-64 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by UMMC Ekaterinburg. CCC Polkowice was better in second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UMMC Ekaterinburg made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMMC Ekaterinburg made 7 blocks. Quite impressive performance for American center Brittney Griner (203-90, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Italian-American Diana Taurasi (182-82, college: Connecticut) contributed with 20 points for the winners. UMMC Ekaterinburg's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian center Marija Rezan (198-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Jamierra Faulkner (168-92, college: S.Mississippi) added 14 points and 8 assists in the effort for CCC Polkowice. Four CCC Polkowice players scored in double figures. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of Group B leader. Loser CCC Polkowice still closes the standings with seven games lost. UMMC Ekaterinburg will face Perfumerias Avenida (#4) in Salamanca in the next round. CCC Polkowice will play on the road against MKB Euroleasing (#5) in Sopron and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
UMMC: B.Griner 21+11reb+2ast, D.Taurasi 20+3reb+3ast, K.Toliver 13+5reb+6ast, E.Meesseman 9+5reb+1ast, N.Baric 6+5ast, S.Lyttle 4+3reb+2ast
CCC Polkowice: J.Faulkner 14+1reb+8ast, V.Musina 14+5reb+3ast, M.Ortiz 13+2reb+4ast, M.Rezan 10+12reb+2ast, M.Leciejewska 6+5reb, E.Gala 5+5reb
gschID: 474440


Avenida - Nadezhda O. 49-64

An interesting game for Russian Nadezhda Orenburg (6-1) which played road game in Salamanca against 3rd placed Spanish Perfumerias Avenida (4-3). Second ranked Nadezhda Orenburg had an easy win 64-49. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-49. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Tiffany Mitchell (175-94, college: S.Carolina, agency: LBM Management) who led the winners and scored 26 points. Swedish center Amanda Bazoukou (196-93, college: Minnesota) accounted for 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Nigerian-American forward Adaora Elonu (185-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 15 points and 6 steals and point guard Silvia Dominguez (166-87) added 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Perfumerias Avenida in the defeat. Nadezhda Orenburg maintains second place in Group B with 6-1 record behind leader Dynamo K. Defending Spanish champion Perfumerias Avenida dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Nadezhda Orenburg will meet at home Hatay (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Perfumerias Avenida will play against the league's leader UMMC Ekaterinburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nadezhda O.: T.Mitchell 26+3reb+2ast, A.Bazoukou 14+15reb+2ast, E.Williams 9+9reb+2ast, N.Zhedik 5+4reb+1ast, N.Anoykina 4+2reb, C.Ouvina 4+8reb+4ast
Avenida: A.Elonu 15+4reb+1ast, A.Salvadores 9+1reb, E.De Souza 7+4reb+2ast, J.Milovanovic 4+7reb+1ast, S.Dominguez 4+5reb+4ast, L.Gil 3+4reb
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Bourges - Hatay 68-55

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked French Bourges and 7th ranked Turkish Hatay had identical 2-4 record. This time Bourges used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Hatay 68-55 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Bourges. Hatay was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bourges forced 19 Hatay turnovers. Quite impressive performance for Brazilian center Clarissa Dos Santos (184-88) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Diandra Tchatchouang (186-91, college: Maryland) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Bourges' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Courtney Paris (191-87, college: Oklahoma) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and American-Turkish swingman Bahar Ozturk (183-84, college: Connecticut, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hatay. Bourges maintains sixth place in Group B with 3-4 record. Loser Hatay keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Bourges will face higher ranked Villeneuve D'Ascq (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hatay will play against the league's second-placed Nadezhda Orenburg (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bourges: D.Tchatchouang 16+3reb+1ast, C.Dos Santos 11+9reb+3ast, M.Johannes 11+1reb+1ast, K.Alexander 8+8reb+1ast, P.Salagnac 8+4ast, M.Bojovic 5+1reb
Hatay: B.Ozturk 13+3reb+4ast, C.Paris 13+14reb+1ast, D.Stankovic 11+1reb+1ast, K.Snytsina 7+3reb+3ast, N.Hurst 5+1reb+1ast, J.Popovic 4+2reb+2ast
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UNIQA Eurol. - Villeneuve 62-72

Euroleague round 7 most important game was a victory of French Villeneuve D'Ascq over 4th placed Hungarian MKB Euroleasing 72-62 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-62. Villeneuve D'Ascq forced 27 MKB Euroleasing turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Olivia Epoupa (165-94) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Valerianne Ayayi (184-94) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Yvonne Turner (176-87, college: Nebraska) answered with 17 points and 4 assists and Australian center Cayla George (192-89) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for MKB Euroleasing. Four MKB Euroleasing players scored in double figures. Villeneuve D'Ascq (4-3) moved-up to third place in Group B. Defending Hungarian champion MKB Euroleasing dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Villeneuve D'Ascq are looking forward to face Bourges (#6) on the road in the next round. MKB Euroleasing will play against CCC Polkowice and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: O.Epoupa 19+5reb+1ast, V.Ayayi 16+5reb+4ast, J.Gomis-Halilovic 16+6reb+2ast, M.Amant 7+7reb+2ast, M.Sy-Diop 6+6reb+3ast, A.Iagupova 6+3reb+2ast
UNIQA Eurol.: Y.Turner 17+4reb+4ast, C.George 16+8reb+1ast, A.Crvendakic 10+5reb+2ast, Z.Fegyverneky 10+4reb+7ast, S.Krnjic 6+16reb, D.Dubei 3+1reb+1ast
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Roberto Iniguez to lead Montenegrin National Team - by Eurobasket News

Roberto Iniguez has taken over the Montenegrin National Team. The Spanish specialist will replace Momir Milatovic at helm. Roberto Iniguez will steer Montenegro at the European Championship in 2017. Montenegro will face Latvia, Belgium and Russia in Group D. Roberto Iniguez has been guiding Nadezhda Orenburg since 2015. Previously he worked with Valencia and Fenerbahce. He was named All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year back 2012.



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W-Standings - Div.A

Standings
Group A
1. Spain0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group B
1. Croatia0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Germany0-0
4. Holland0-0
Group C
1. Hungary0-0
2. Italy0-0