EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 01-07-2017 00:00:00

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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


Decin ends their AAC campaing with first victory - by Eurobasket News

Rieker Komarno - BK Decin 65:72

The home team started the game out a little better, but practically both of the teams tried to keep a winning position trough the first 2 quarters of the game. In the end of the first and second quarter Decin managed to turn the score to their advantage (23 -25; 43-47). Decin did well in the offensive rebounds and in the work under the basket. The second half of the game was practically equal, especially the third quarter of the game when the fans could see an equal division of powers among the teams. It was clearly visible that both of the teams wanted to win (56-58). Everything was open in the beginning of the last quarter of the game, which changed when the home team failed the shooting from all the possible distances almost completely. Moreover, the opponent team was successful with its quality offensive rebounds and because of the small amount of points in the last quarter (9-14), Decin was able to bring the game to a successful end with a win, which they deserved. The game ended with a score 65-72 for the opponent team. However, the fact that Komarno is one of the two teams which advance to the next level of the Alpe Adria Cup and Decin has to exit the competition with this valuable win does not change. Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) topscored for the visitors with 29 points. Tomas Vyoral (190-PG-92, agency: Octagon Europe) and Tomas Pomikalek (200-F-89) tossed in 11 points each in the win. Roman Vido (204-PF-88) responded with 16 points for Komarno.
Courtesy of: alpeadriacup.com



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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



Libolo open year 2017 with a double overtime win - by Eurobasket News

Clube Libolo opened year 2017 with a double overtime win at the Bic Basket. They grabbed a 120-114 win against Atletico Luanda due to 10-4 in the last 5 minutes of the game. Atletico Luanda managed to win the first period 22-21 and had a 3-point advantage at the halftime. Later in the game Clube Libolo managed to tie the score and grabbed the win. Je'Kel Foster (194-G-83, college: Ohio St., agency: Inception Sports) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Eduardo Mingas (200-F/C-79) added 25. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) replied with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a loss.


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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.





Morocco and Egypt to clash for title - by Eurobasket News

Bahrain - Egypt 56-89
Egypt knocked down Bahrain to reach the title game at the championship. The hosts dominated from start to finish in this one. Egypt secured a comfortable 49:33 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Motaz Okasha (186-PG-90) came up with 12 points to pace the effort. Hussain Al-Tawash (174-G-86) responded with 14 points for Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia - Morocco 71-81
Morocco claimed the Final birth as they topped Saudi Arabia in the semifinal clash. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the victory. Morocco jumped to a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. Saudi Arabia erased the deficit in the second term. They tied things up at 38. However Morocco used a 24:13 rally in the third term to regain the lead. Morocco protected the advantage throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Abdelhakim Zouita (200-F-86) netted 12 points for the winners. Mathna Almarwani (184-C-92) responded with 15 points for Saudi Arabia.





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  ARGENTINA  


Jesse Pellot-Rosa (ex Bayamon) is a newcomer at Libertad Sunchales - by Eurobasket News

Libertad Sunchales (LigaA) added to their roster 33-year old Puerto Rican ex-international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-88kg-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Pellot-Rosa played last summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 28 games he recorded 6.8ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Pellot-Rosa also played that season for Piratas (also in BSN) where in 17 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
His college team won CAAC Tournament in 2007. Pellot-Rosa was a member of Puerto Rican Senior National Team back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Pellot-Rosa has played also professionally in Denmark, Dominican Rep., Iceland, Israel, Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Uruguay (Malvin), Argentina (Ferrocarril, Quimsa and Olimpico de La Banda), Puerto Rico (Atleticos, Manati and Mets) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana and Titanes Licey).
He attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An outstanding athlete, Jesse can play the 2/3, is physically very strong, he can compete at any level, good 3 point shooter, excellent defender, good rebounder, has the ability to score points many different ways, usually at his best in pressure situations.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Haminn Quaintance (ex Al Ahli) agreed terms with Saigon Heat - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat (VBA) inked 32-year old American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent State). He played most recently at Al Ahli in Bahrain Premier League. Quaintance also played that season for Sitra Club (also in Premier League).
In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Quaintance was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (26th overall).
The former Kent State standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Quaintance's team made it to the Bahrain Cup final in 2015. He was selected to Icelandic League All-Star Game back in 2013.
Quaintance is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and of course North America). Quaintance has played previously professionally in Australia (Frankston Blues), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (BBC Bayreuth), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba and Ironi Kiryat Ata), Japan (Dragonflies), Morocco (IRT Tanger), Saudi Arabia (Al Qadisiya), Iceland (Skallagrimur) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
His game is described as: A scorer who can play with his back to the basket, put the ball on the floor or face up and hit the mid-range jumper. A well-rounded and athletic forward who fills up the stat sheet: he scores, rebounds, gets assists, steals and blocked shots. He can guard several positions well and can defend out on the perimeter or in the paint. He was a dominant player in Israel in 2008-09 when he finished third in the league in rebounding (8.8 rpg). He lost a season to injury but came back and dominated in Australian SEABL in 2011 (19.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg). He is an unusually gifted passer for a frontcourt player and he is very unselfish. He can be deployed successfully in the high post or low post.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Vietnam



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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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Switzerland



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  AUSTRIA  


A Bundesliga Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in Graz was quite interesting. Second ranked Gmunden Swans (11-4) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-10). Gmunden Swans defeated UBSC Graz 71-58 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. UBSC Graz managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded UBSC Graz 39-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). International forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Cameron Naylor (201-94, college: Texas St.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 11-4 record behind leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen in the next round. UBSC Graz will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Klosterneuburg. Local Dukes (4-11) lost to fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (7-8) 78-64. American power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Kareem Jamar contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (-98) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for Dukes. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vienna. Dukes lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against UBSC Graz (#8) at home in the next round. Dukes will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 Arkadia were defeated by Wels in a road game 87-79.


UBSC Graz - Gmunden 58-71

The game in Graz was quite interesting. Second ranked Gmunden Swans (11-4) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-10). Gmunden Swans defeated UBSC Graz 71-58 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. UBSC Graz managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded UBSC Graz 39-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). International forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. American forward Cameron Naylor (201-94, college: Texas St.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and international Anton Maresch (191-91) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 11-4 record behind leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen in the next round. UBSC Graz will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 14+6ast, D.Brcina 11+4reb+1ast, C.Naylor 10+11reb+2ast, M.Krivokapic 9+6reb+4ast, D.Hasenburger 6+1reb, S.Leitgeb 6+3reb
Gmunden: T.Klette 24+9reb+2ast, E.Murati 17+6reb+3ast, T.Blazan 11+6reb+8ast, A.Wesby 10+5reb+3ast, M.Linortner 5+2reb+1ast, A.Steed 4+11reb+3ast
gschID: 495017


Wels - Arkadia 87-79

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Arkadia Lions (6-9) were defeated on the road by third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (10-6) 87-79. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-18 Arkadia Lions' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-79 at the end of the game. Raiffeisen Wels players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard DeJuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) contributed with 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Benedikt Guettl (190-94) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Five Raiffeisen Wels and four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels maintains third place with 10-6 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Oberwart. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: B.Guettl 22+7reb+2ast, F.Vay 19+11reb+3ast, J.Detrick 13+1reb+2ast, M.Draskovic 10+6reb+1ast, B.Danek 9+3reb+6ast, T.Aryee 4+1reb+2ast
Wels: D.Wright 20+7reb+4ast, K.Payton 16+4reb+7ast, E.Zulic 13+5reb, D.Lamesic 11+7reb+4ast, A.Chan 10+3reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 9+4reb
gschID: 495016


Klosterneuburg - Kapfenberg 64-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Klosterneuburg. Local Dukes (4-11) lost to fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (7-8) 78-64. It looked good early as Dukes took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kapfenberg Bulls had a 25-18 second period charge getting the lead and Dukes were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-78. They outrebounded Dukes 46-28 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (-98) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-British guard Michael Ojo (195-89, college: Lehigh) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dukes. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vienna. Dukes lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against UBSC Graz (#8) at home in the next round. Dukes will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneuburg: G.Bezhanishvili 20+5reb+2ast, M.Ojo 10+6reb+1ast, L.Burgemeister 10+3reb+3ast, R.Vieider 7+2reb+1ast, C.Leydolf 6+4reb+2ast, J.Blazevic 5+2reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: C.Baptiste 18+13reb, B.Vujosevic 13+4reb+3ast, K.Jamar 13+5reb+5ast, F.Kramer 11+5reb, M.Coffin 9+9reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495015





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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Dukes part ways with Michael Ojo - by Stefan Prager

The BK Klosterneuburg Dukes have parted ways with point guard Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh). His try-out was terminated on a mutual agreement. Ojo came to the Klosterneuburg in December but wasn't the playmaker the Dukes were looking for. In four games Ojo posted averages of 10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and just 1.3 apg. Three of those games were losses. His personal best were 14 points along with 6 rebounds and 1 assist in a loss to the Swans Gmunden. The Dukes do not plan to replace the vacant point guard spot. With Ojo gone the Dukes do not have an import player on their roster.


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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  BAHRAIN  


Haminn Quaintance (ex Al Ahli) agreed terms with Saigon Heat - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat (VBA) inked 32-year old American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent State). He played most recently at Al Ahli in Bahrain Premier League. Quaintance also played that season for Sitra Club (also in Premier League).
In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Quaintance was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (26th overall).
The former Kent State standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Quaintance's team made it to the Bahrain Cup final in 2015. He was selected to Icelandic League All-Star Game back in 2013.
Quaintance is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and of course North America). Quaintance has played previously professionally in Australia (Frankston Blues), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (BBC Bayreuth), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba and Ironi Kiryat Ata), Japan (Dragonflies), Morocco (IRT Tanger), Saudi Arabia (Al Qadisiya), Iceland (Skallagrimur) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
His game is described as: A scorer who can play with his back to the basket, put the ball on the floor or face up and hit the mid-range jumper. A well-rounded and athletic forward who fills up the stat sheet: he scores, rebounds, gets assists, steals and blocked shots. He can guard several positions well and can defend out on the perimeter or in the paint. He was a dominant player in Israel in 2008-09 when he finished third in the league in rebounding (8.8 rpg). He lost a season to injury but came back and dominated in Australian SEABL in 2011 (19.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg). He is an unusually gifted passer for a frontcourt player and he is very unselfish. He can be deployed successfully in the high post or low post.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Vietnam



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Bashkimi signs Nikola Korac - by Dren Shporta

KB Bashkimi Prizren has sealed new player at the squad for the second part of the season.

The team from Prizren city has reached agreement with Montenegrin player, Nikola Korac (185-G-86), that recently played for KK Mornar Basket Bar at Adriatic League, ABA.

Nikola Korac is the first signing of KB Bashkimi Prizren in 2017 and the team will look for more additions during these days after parting ways with Eric Palm, Ermin Jazvin and more.

KB Bashkimi Prizren has finished third in the first part of the season in Super league of Kosova with 10-2 record after 12 matches played.

While, they have captured and excellent form in last matches of Balkan League with total record of 4-4 after 8 matches.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


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)



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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.
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  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)



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Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 9-1 
 2. Brasilia 9-3 
 3. Vitoria 7-4 
 4. Paulistano 7-5 
 5. Pinheiros 7-5 
 6. Campo Mourao 7-5 
 7. Bauru 7-5 
 8. Franca 6-6 
 9. Vasco Da G. 5-6 
 10. B.Cearense 5-7 
 11. Minas 5-7 
 12. Mogi 4-5 
 13. L.Sorocaba 4-8 
 14. Macae 2-8 
 15. Caxias do Sul 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 6: Campo Mourao - Mogi 95-94
Dec. 27: Flamengo - Caxias do Sul 94-60
Jan. 7: Brasilia - Minas 92-79
Jan. 7: Bauru - Franca 89-69
Jan. 3: Paulistano - Vasco Da G. 83-86
Jan. 7: Caxias do Sul - Vasco Da G. 78-73
Jan. 7: B.Cearense - Vitoria 77-82
Jan. 7: L.Sorocaba - Paulistano 71-92

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 10: Minas - Macae
Jan. 10: Mogi - Bauru
Jan. 10: Campo Mourao - Franca
Jan. 11: Caxias do Sul - Pinheiros
Jan. 11: B.Cearense - Paulistano
Jan. 11: Vitoria - L.Sorocaba



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Robert Sacre agreed terms with Hitachi Sunrockers - by Eurobasket News

Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya (B League) inked 28-year old Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-118kg-89, college: Gonzaga). He played recently at New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA.
In 2012 Sacre was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The former Gonzaga University staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Sacre played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He received also All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012 at his college time.
Sacre was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2006.
Sacre represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.1ppg, 2.1rpg.
Sacre has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Lakers) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
His game is described as: Known for his shot-blocking at Gonzaga, this seven footer is a very good defender and has team mentality. Plus, he brings scoring, energy and the right "chemistry" to his team. He often plays small, not using his size and strength advantages to bully opponents … Lacks length. Arms appear to be very short for his height ... Not a great leaper; doesn't explode off the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Edge_Sports)

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Durrell Summers claims Chilean Liga Nacional weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) had a great game in the last round for CD Valdivia and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old had a double-double of 50 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat CD Castro (#9, 13-17) 102-92. CD Valdivia is placed at 4th position in Chilean Liga Nacional. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CD Valdivia will need more victories to improve their 17-11 record. In the team's last game Summers had a remarkable 56.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be CD Valdivia's top player in his first season with the team. Michigan State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Summers is league's best scorer averaging so far 30.0ppg. Summers is in league's top in and averages solid 57.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Tyrone Lee (204-F-90) of CD Castro. Lee impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as CD Castro lost that game 92-102 to the higher-ranked CD Valdivia (#4, 17-11). This loss caused CD Castro to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-17 record. Lee is a newcomer at CD Castro 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 Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: DTMones) of Las Animas (#7). Taylor got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds . Despite Taylor's great performance Las Animas lost 74-92 to slightly lower-ranked Puerto Montt (#8, 13-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Las Animas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Taylor could help Las Animas to bring them higher in the standings. Taylor has a great season in Chile. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.2ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.6rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwight McCombs (203-F-89) of CDE Talca - 24 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mike Phillips (201-F/C-90) of Puerto Montt - 23 points and 13 rebounds
6. Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88) of Tinguiririca S.F. - 30 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yamene Coleman (208-C-86) of Osorno - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Brandon Robinson (198-F-89) of Osorno - 25 points and 13 rebounds
9. Ignacio Carrion (202-F-93) of Los Leones - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Terrance Thomas (198-F-80) of CD Castro - 19 points, 9 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)



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





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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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
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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





Andray Blatche claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American-Filipino Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Xinjiang FT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 38 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Jiangsu D. (#11, 12-13) 109-98. Xinjiang FT maintains the 3rd position in Chinese CBA. They are still close to the very top. Xinjiang FT would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 20-5 record. In the team's last game Blatche had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Xinjiang FT, through which he has constantly improved. Andray Blatche averages this season 26.5ppg and 11.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old international forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-F-93) of Shandong FB. Ding impressed basketball fans with 36 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Shandong FB to another comfortable win 130-117 over slightly higher-ranked Guangsha L. (#5, 18-7) being unquestionably team leader. Shandong FB's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ding is one of the most experienced players at Shandong FB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Xinjiang FT's star - American Darius Adams (188-PG-89, agency: Stealth Sport). Adams got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and six assists. He was another key player of Xinjiang FT, helping his team with a 109-98 win against the lower-ranked Jiangsu D. (#11, 12-13). Xinjiang FT is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 20-5 record is not that bad... Adams has a great season in China. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 33.2ppg (6th best) and assists with 5.8apg (9th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 56.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95) of Shanghai S. - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Sichuan BW - 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Lester Hudson (190-SG-84) of Liaoning H. - 41 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) of TianJin S. - 31 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) of Guangsha L. - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 20 assists
9. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of North Control B. - 34 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jamaal Franklin (196-SG-91) of Shanxi Zh. - 36 points, 9 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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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 


Parnu inks Domagoj Bubalo - by Eurobasket News

Parnu Sadam (Alexela KML) agreed terms with 26-year old Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91). He started the season at BC Siauliai in Lithuanian LKL league. In four games he had 5.0ppg and 4.3rpg this season. Bubalo also played 1 game in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals. The last season he played also at Siauliai (also in LKL). In 24 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg. Bubalo also played 8 games in Baltic League where he got 6.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to win the Baltic League championship (twice). The other team Bubalo played shortly was BBC Bayreuth in German BBL. In four games he got 6.8ppg and 2.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team in 2015.
Bubalo represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 10.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1spg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 56.3%, FT: 61.9%.
Bubalo has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Croatia (KK Zagreb, KK Zadar, Jolly and KK Zabok) and Estonia (Rapla).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kvarner 2010 continues to reshape roster with addition of Mario Pesut - by Zeljko Zule

Kvarner 2010 continued to reshape its roster for the second part of the season with the addition of Mario Pesut (184-PG-90).
Pesut arrives from German side Koblenz, for whom he averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 13 Germany Regionalliga games this season.
He has already played for Zabok and Borik Puntamika in his native Croatia plus Eco Orebro and Jamtland in Sweden and Trepca Mitrovica in Kosova. In his last Croatian A1 League's season, 2015-16 with Zabok, Pesut averaged 5.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 21 games.




Adriatic League: Cedevita upset Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Cedevita 80:94

Cedevita secured the 12th victory in the Adriatic League season. They upset Zadar on the road. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) nailed 27 points to lead the visitors.
Zadar jumped off to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Cedevita sank 31 points in the second frame to narrow the gap at one point 47:46. The visitors pulled ahead in the third term. Cedevita poured in 27 points in the third term to take an 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Cedevita maintained the advantage throughout the final frame and raced to the victory. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points, while Ra'shad James (188-G-90, college: Kaiser) added 13 points in the win. Boris Barac (205-F-92) replied with 17 points for Zadar. Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) tossed in 16 points in the loss.

Zadar: Boris Barac 17, Ivan Ramljak 16
Cedevita: Ryan Boatright 27, Dzanan Musa 14, Ra'shad James 13



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Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 13-2 
 2. Bakken 11-2 
 3. Svendborg 10-7 
 4. Randers 8-9 
 5. Horsholm 7-7 
 6. Naestved 7-8 
 7. SISU 5-11 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 4: Naestved - Horsholm 92-86
Jan. 5: Svendborg - Horsens IC 69-68
Jan. 7: SISU - Bakken 108-100
Jan. 4: Randers - Stevnsgade 107-74

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 10: Bakken - Naestved
Jan. 10: Randers - Horsens IC
Jan. 10: Stevnsgade - SISU
Jan. 11: Horsholm - Svendborg


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.4 
 2. Dominique, Horsholm20.3 
 3. Burgess, Randers19.7 
 4. Haas, SISU18.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC18.3 
 6. Nielsen, Randers18.0 
 7. McGrew, SI.17.1 
 8. Lundberg, Horse.16.4 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.16.3 
 10. Champagnie, Stevn.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.2 
 3. Smith, Horsholm8.7 
 4. NaNa, Svendborg7.7 
 5. Champagnie, Stevn.7.6 
 6. Trist, Horsens IC7.5 
 7. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.4 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 9. Colas, Randers6.9 
 10. Baru, SISU6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Charles BURGESS
  Randers
  (186-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Burgess, Randers6.0 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm5.8 
 3. Dranginis, SISU4.9 
 4. Mack, Horsens IC4.3 
 5. Gesell, Bakken4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 7. Porta, Svendborg4.1 
 8. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 9. Mitchell, Naestved3.9 
 10. McGrew, SI.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.3 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken2.0 
 4. Baru, SISU2.0 
 5. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 7. Borovcanin, Horse.1.8 
 8. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
 9. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 10. Bonneau, Svendborg1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.4 
 2. Colas, Randers1.3 
 3. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.2 
 4. Baru, SISU1.2 
 5. Sane, Naestved1.1 
 6. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 7. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 8. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 9. Dranginis, SISU0.9 
 10. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.9 



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Westchester Knicks falter in waning minutes, lose to Windy City - by Eurobasket News

For three quarters and most of the fourth quarter, the Westchester Knicks and Windy City Bulls were neck-and-neck with each other. In the end, however, a late surge from Windy City saw the Bulls claim a 113-102 win over the Westchester Knicks after a see-saw affair Friday night in Chicago. Westchester trailed 83-82 going into the fourth quarter, and managed to take an 89-86 lead on a Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky) three-pointer with 9:18 left. Windy City, however, followed that up with a 10-2 run to take a 96-91 lead with 5:31 left. At one point, the W-Knicks were able to cut the deficit to two points thanks to a Chasson Randle (6'2''-PG-93, college: Stanford) three-pointer, but were unable to get closer the rest of the way. Randle paced the W-Knicks with 22 points, while Lamb had 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Damien Inglis (6'9''-PF-95, agency: BeoBasket) had a well-rounded stat line of 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four blocks. The W-Knicks saw two of their parent club New York Knicks affiliate players play: Marshall Plumlee had 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting to go with six rebounds, while Maurice Ndour (6'9''-F-92, college: Ohio), who used to play at Monroe College in New Rochelle, had six points. For Windy City, Bobby Portis (6'10''-PF-95, college: Arkansas) had a game-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds, while Paul Zipser (6'8''-G/F-94, agency: BeoBasket) had 18 points and nine rebounds.
Courtesy of: lohud.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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Nader Leads Red Claws Past Nets - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, used a very strong 4th quarter to pull away from the Long Island Nets Friday afternoon, 123-104 at Barclays Center. Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) finished near a triple-double with 32 points (11-17 shooting), 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the win, Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) scored 17 points (5-6 from 3 pt. range), Jalen Jones added 14 points and 11 boards, Arthur Edwards (6'6''-G, college: Alabama) scored 12 off the bench, and Dallas Lauderdale (6'7''-F-88, college: Ohio St.) had a season-high 10 points on 4-4 shooting. In the 1st quarter, the Red Claws (14-7) started well offensively, jumping out to a 14-5 lead, thanks to three quick buckets by Lauderdale. Yogi Ferrell and the Nets (7-15) came back, and Lazar Hayward (7'5''-SF-86, college: Marquette) made it a 22-21 lead for Long Island. Arthur Edwards hit a cutting layup inside to give Maine a 25-24 lead after the 1st quarter. Nader continued to carry the Red Claws offense in the 2nd quarter, making 5 of his first 7 shots. Nader's offensive rebound and reverse put-back gave Maine a 50-45 lead. Taurean Prince (6'7''-F-94, college: Baylor) drained a long two, then Ferrell stole the ball and drained a three to give the Nets a 53-52 lead. Edwards' steal and Georges-Hunt's lay-up put the Claws back up four in the closing minute of the half, but Ferrell knocked down another three to tie the game at 57. Nader capped off a 17 point first half with a hoop plus the foul, but Chris McCullough (6'10''-F-95, college: Syracuse) slammed home a fast break bucket in the final second to make it 59-59 at halftime. The Red Claws shot 57% (20-35) from the floor in the first half. Both teams started the 3rd quarter slowly on offense. The Red Claws jumped out to a 71-64 lead, but once again Long Island climbed back, cutting it to three after another Maine turnover in the backcourt. Edwards hit a long three to put Maine up 82-72, the largest lead of the game, but again Long Island fought back, making it an 84-80 game after three. Malcolm Miller (6'6''-G-91, college: Southern) opened the 4th quarter with a corner three, and Coron Williams followed that up with a three of his own, surging Maine to a 92-80 lead. The 10-0 run gave the Claws control of the game, with Nader dropping in a three-point play for good measure. The Red Claws extended the lead to 20+, out-scoring Long Island 39-24 in the 4th quarter, shooting 53% (41-77) from the floor, 36% (12-33) from three-point range and 29-38 from the free throw line. Long Island shot 39% (38-97) from the field, 39% (9-23) from beyond the arc, and 19-23 from the charity stripe.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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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HRPortoviejo win the Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

HRPortoviejo have won the Finals opener of the Liga Ecuatoriana de Baloncesto. In Game 1 they overcame Iccan 85-81 in a thriller. The latter managed to post an 18-16 lead in the first period and ensured a 37-36 half-time advantage. The third period was decisive in the game as HRPortoviejo replied with a 26-20 run to take a 5-point lead with 10 minutes to go. In the last period Iccan tried to recover but lost short in the game.


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  ESTONIA  

Standings - KML

Alexela KML Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 9-2 
 2. TU/Rock 9-2 
 3. Rapla 9-2 
 4. TTU 6-4 
 5. Parnu 6-6 
 6. Valga 5-8 
 7. Tarvas 3-8 
 8. TLU/Kalev 2-9 
 9. Noorteliiga 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 7: Parnu - Valga 86-93
Jan. 7: Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 85-75
Jan. 6: Tarvas - TLU/Kalev 70-80
Jan. 7: Rapla - TTU 101-91

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 10: Valga - TLU/Kalev
Jan. 10: Noorteliiga - Kalev/Cramo
Jan. 13: TLU/Kalev - Parnu
Jan. 13: Valga - TTU
Jan. 14: TU/Rock - Tarvas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 21
 1. Strupovics, Valga21.0 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.4 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.20.1 
 4. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.19.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU18.3 
 6. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 7. Olmre, TTU17.8 
 8. Saage, TL.16.3 
 9. Seskus, Parnu14.8 
 10. Harper, Kalev/Cr.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. van der Mars, Rap.14.2 
 2. Baker, Tarvas9.3 
 3. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.9.0 
 4. Jois, TU/Rock9.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU8.5 
 6. Milka, TU/Rock8.1 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga8.0 
 8. Marshall, TL.6.5 
 9. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.4 
 10. Heath, TL.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.8 
 2. Bratoz, Rapla4.8 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.7 
 4. Saage, TL.4.7 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.4 
 6. Jones, TL.4.0 
 7. Sokk, TU/Rock4.0 
 8. Paiste, Tarvas3.9 
 9. Thomas, TU/Rock3.8 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.7 
 2. Kabin, Parnu2.0 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Olmre, TTU1.9 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
 7. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 8. Post, Tarvas1.6 
 9. Joesaar, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Tamm, TL.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Forrest ROBINSON
  TU/Rock
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robinson, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Haughton, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu2.0 
 4. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.3 
 5. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 6. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 7. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 8. Palmer, Tarvas1.0 
 9. Saks, TL.0.9 
 10. Marshall, TL.0.8 


Parnu inks Domagoj Bubalo - by Eurobasket News

Parnu Sadam (Alexela KML) agreed terms with 26-year old Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91). He started the season at BC Siauliai in Lithuanian LKL league. In four games he had 5.0ppg and 4.3rpg this season. Bubalo also played 1 game in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals. The last season he played also at Siauliai (also in LKL). In 24 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg. Bubalo also played 8 games in Baltic League where he got 6.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to win the Baltic League championship (twice). The other team Bubalo played shortly was BBC Bayreuth in German BBL. In four games he got 6.8ppg and 2.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team in 2015.
Bubalo represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 10.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1spg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 56.3%, FT: 61.9%.
Bubalo has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Croatia (KK Zagreb, KK Zadar, Jolly and KK Zabok) and Estonia (Rapla).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexela KML Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Alexela KML round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader TU/Rock (9-2) against third ranked Kalev/Cramo (9-2) 85-75 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TU/Rock. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Demonte Harper (193-89, college: Morehead St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international Janar Talts (206-83) replied with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for TU/Rock. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with TU/Rock and Rapla. TU/Rock will play next round against BC Rakvere trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kalev/Cramo will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Noorteliiga. It will be extra interesting game as Noorteliiga is their local rival from Tallinn.
An interesting game for Rapla (9-2) which hosted in Rapla 4th ranked TTU (6-4). Second ranked Rapla managed to get a 10-point victory 101-91. 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 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Rasham Suarez who added 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Sten Olmre (192-95) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. TTU's coach Rait Kabin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rapla have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with TU/Rock and Kalev/Cramo. TTU at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Rapla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTU will play on the road against Valga (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 12 Valga beat Parnu on the road 93-86. Tarvas lost to TLU/Kalev on its own court 70-80.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 24 points by Saimon Sutt of Parnu.


Parnu - Valga 86-93

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Valga (5-8) beat on the road 5th ranked Parnu (6-6) 93-86. Parnu was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 55-44 second half run of Valga. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (190-87) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) who added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Saimon Sutt (200-95) with 24 points and Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Valga maintains sixth position with 5-8 record. Parnu at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Valga will play against higher ranked TTU (#4) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Parnu will play on the road against TLU/Kalev in Tallinn and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Parnu: S.Sutt 24+4reb+3ast, D.Bubalo 14+7reb+1ast, M.Kirves 13+6reb+1ast, N.Kabin 11+4reb+4ast, R.Hallik 10+5reb+3ast, E.Seskus 8+4reb+1ast
Valga: R.Strupovics 23+4reb+1ast, S.Silavs 17+6reb+4ast, I.Rihards Zvigurs 14+7reb+1ast, A.Bricis 12+4reb+2ast, R.Lindments 10+4reb+3ast, R.Raadik 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 524414


Rapla - TTU 101-91

An interesting game for Rapla (9-2) which hosted in Rapla 4th ranked TTU (6-4). Second ranked Rapla managed to get a 10-point victory 101-91. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. TTU was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TTU was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. 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 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Puerto Rican guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) who added 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Sten Olmre (192-95) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rapla and five TTU players scored in double figures. TTU's coach Rait Kabin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rapla have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with TU/Rock and Kalev/Cramo. TTU at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Rapla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTU will play on the road against Valga (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU: J.Jarvelainen 20+6reb+1ast, S.Olmre 18+8reb+3ast, T.Raadik 15+3reb+1ast, I.Pajumets 14+8reb+2ast, S.Viilup 11+4reb+2ast, R.Koort 5+1reb
Rapla: T.van der Mars 26+11reb, R.Suarez 22+3reb+4ast, S.Kaldre 19+3reb+1ast, D.Bratoz 16+5reb+7ast, K.Voolaid 11+4reb, M.Paasoja 7+6reb+7ast
gschID: 524413


Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 85-75

Alexela KML round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader TU/Rock (9-2) against third ranked Kalev/Cramo (9-2) 85-75 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TU/Rock. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Demonte Harper (193-89, college: Morehead St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international Janar Talts (206-83) replied with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TU/Rock. Four Kalev/Cramo and five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with TU/Rock and Rapla. TU/Rock will play next round against BC Rakvere trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kalev/Cramo will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Noorteliiga. It will be extra interesting game as Noorteliiga is their local rival from Tallinn.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: J.Joesaar 15+6reb+2ast, T.Sokk 12+3reb+4ast, J.Talts 11+8reb+4ast, V.Jois 11+7reb+2ast, D.Milka 10+6reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 10+3reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: D.Harper 22+4reb+2ast, R.Veideman 13+4reb+4ast, E.Keedus 11+4reb+2ast, C.Simmons 11+9reb+2ast, S.Sokk 9+2reb+4ast, M.Tollefsen 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 524412


Tarvas - TLU/Kalev 70-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked BC Rakvere (3-8) lost at home to eighth ranked TLU/Kalev (2-9) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by TLU/Kalev. BC Rakvere was better in third quarter 19-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Kristo Saage (186-85) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Martin Jurtom (200-94) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Oliver Metsalu (196-93) scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. TLU/Kalev maintains eighth position with 2-9 record. BC Rakvere lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. TLU/Kalev will play against higher ranked Parnu (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Rakvere will play against the league's second-placed TU/Rock where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: J.Baker 24+16reb+2ast, T.Eichfuss 13+3reb, S.Saaremael 8+3reb, O.Metsalu 7+8reb+4ast, S.Post 7+5reb+6ast, T.Peil 5+5reb
TLU/Kalev: K.Saage 20+8reb+5ast, M.Kurg 13+5reb+1ast, M.Jurtom 13+7reb, T.Talumaa 11+2reb, J.Vahter 9+5reb+5ast, K.Saks 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 524411



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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Standings

Euroleague Standings
 1 CSKA 12-4 
 2 Real Madrid 11-5 
 3 Baskonia 11-5 
 4 Olympiacos 11-5 
 5 Fenerbahce 10-6 
 6 Panathinaikos 9-7 
 7 Anadolu Efes 8-8 
 8 Darussafaka 8-8 
 9 Crvena Zvezda 8-8 
 10 Brose Bask. 7-9 
 11 FC Barcelona 7-9 
 12 Maccabi T-A 6-10 
 13 Unics 6-10 
 14 Zalgiris 6-10 
 15 EA7 Armani 4-12 
 16 Galatasaray 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 6: Real Madrid - CSKA 95-85
Jan. 5: Maccabi T-A - Darussafaka 93-92
Jan. 6: Fenerbahce - EA7 Armani 86-79
Jan. 5: Brose Bask. - FC Barcelona 85-65
Jan. 5: Anadolu Efes - Galatasaray 84-73
Jan. 6: Olympiacos - Panathinaikos 77-69
Jan. 6: Zalgiris - Crvena Zvezda 61-77
Jan. 5: Baskonia - Unics 102-70

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: Crvena Zvezda - Fenerbahce
Jan. 12: Darussafaka - Baskonia
Jan. 12: FC Barcelona - Olympiacos
Jan. 12: Unics - Brose Bask.
Jan. 13: CSKA - EA7 Armani
Jan. 13: Galatasaray - Zalgiris
Jan. 13: Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes
Jan. 13: Real Madrid - Maccabi T-A


Recap of Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - CSKA 95-85

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Russian CSKA (12-4) on the court of fourth ranked Spanish Real Madrid on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Real Madrid 95-85. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-85. Real Madrid outrebounded CSKA 34-20 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Sergio Llull (190-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 assists. American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) replied with 13 points and 5 assists and French Nando De Colo (196-87) added 18 points in the effort for CSKA. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Spanish champion (11-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Olympiacos and Baskonia. CSKA lost third consecutive game. Defending Russian champion still keeps top position with four games lost. Real Madrid is looking forward to face Maccabi T-A (#12) in Tel-Aviv in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CSKA will play at home against Armani Milano (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Llull 24+3reb+6ast, J.Maciulis 20+2reb, G.Ayon 14+3reb+4ast, A.Randolph 14+9reb+1ast, L.Doncic 9+1reb+5ast, F.Reyes 6+3reb+4ast
CSKA: N.De Colo 18+1ast, M.Teodosic 13+2reb+5ast, J.Augustine 8+5reb, C.Higgins 8+2ast, K.Hines 8+2reb, N.Kurbanov 7+3reb
gschID: 473800


Olympiacos - Panathinaikos 77-69

One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Greece/Olympiacos-SFP-Pireus/93. The game took place in Athens where fourth ranked Olympiacos won against visiting Panathinaikos (9-7) 77-69. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-11. But Panathinaikos won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiacos made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) who added 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and American-Guinea-Bissau guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) scored 23 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Greek champion (11-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid and Baskonia. Panathinaikos at the other side keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Olympiacos will play against FC Barcelona (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panathinaikos will play against Anadolu Efes (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: I.Papapetrou 13+4reb+3ast, V.Spanoulis 12+3reb+7ast, K.Birch 11+9reb+1ast, E.Green 10+2reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 7+3reb+1ast, G.Printezis 7+3reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: M.James 24+6reb+2ast, K.Rivers 23+3reb+1ast, C.Singleton 10+6reb, J.Feldeine 5+1reb+1ast, N.Calathes 4+3reb+3ast, I.Bourousis 3+1reb
gschID: 473799


Fenerbahce - EA7 Armani 86-79

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (10-6) beat 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (4-12) in Istanbul 86-79 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-79. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a very good performance for Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward James Nunnally (201-90, college: UCSB) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group) replied with 20 points and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Armani Milano. Five Fenerbahce and four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to fifth place. Armani Milano lost ninth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Fenerbahce will face Crvena Zvezda (#9) in Beograd in the next round. Armani Milano will play on the road against the league's leader CSKA (#1) in Moscow and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: J.Nunnally 19+3reb+5ast, E.Udoh 18+8reb+1ast, L.Datome 17+1reb+1ast, B.Dixon 11+3reb+4ast, N.Kalinic 10+2reb+2ast, K.Sloukas 8+1reb+3ast
EA7 Armani: M.Kalnietis 20+3reb+1ast, R.Hickman 15+2reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 12+5reb+1ast, J.McLean 12+3reb+2ast, M.Macvan 6+4reb+2ast, K.Simon 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 473798


Zalgiris - Crvena Zvezda 61-77

Rather expected game when 12th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (6-10) lost to ninth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (8-8) in Kaunas 61-77 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Zalgiris was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 7 points in first quarter. Crvena Zvezda forced 20 Zalgiris turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. Guard Branko Lazic (195-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 15 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Paulius Jankunas (205-84) replied with 10 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) added 6 points and 7 assists in the effort for Zalgiris. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Crvena Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Darussafaka. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face higher ranked Fenerbahce (#5) in Istanbul in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zalgiris will play on the road against Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 16+4reb+1ast, B.Lazic 15+3reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 13+1reb+2ast, N.Dangubic 8+6reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 8+3reb+1ast, M.Guduric 7+2ast
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 10+5reb+3ast, B.Motum 8+4reb, R.Seibutis 8+1reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 7+1reb, A.Milaknis 6+4reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 473801


Baskonia - Unics 102-70

The game between third ranked Spanish Baskonia (11-5) and 12th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (6-10) in Vitoria ended with biggest points difference. Baskonia outscored guests from Kazan 102-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. The game without a history. Baskonia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Unics Kazan's 28. Baskonia players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Unics Kazan's players. French guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88) fired 29 points for the winners. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) added 13 points and 6 rebounds 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. Baskonia moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid and Olympiacos. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Baskonia's next round opponent will be Darussafaka (#8) in Istanbul where they are favorite. Unics Kazan will play at home against Brose Baskets (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: R.Beaubois 29+1ast, J.Voigtmann 14+8reb+4ast, T.Shengelia 8+2reb+1ast, K.Tillie 8+4reb+1ast, I.Diop 8+2reb, A.Bargnani 8+1ast
Unics: K.Langford 19+6reb+5ast, A.Parakhouski 13+6reb, P.Stoll 11+1reb+2ast, J.Colom 8+5reb+3ast, O.Johnson 8+1reb, P.Antipov 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 473796


Maccabi T-A - Darussafaka 93-92

A very close game took place in Tel-Aviv (derby !!!) between Israeli Maccabi T-A and Turkish Darussafaka. Fourteenth ranked Maccabi T-A (6-10) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Darussafaka (8-8). Maccabi T-A managed to escape with a 1-point win 93-92 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Darussafaka. Darussafaka was trailing by 17 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Maccabi T-A, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Darussafaka outrebounded Maccabi T-A 42-30 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who scored that evening 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) supported him with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) did not help to save the game for Darussafaka. Guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 16 points and 8 assists for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Maccabi T-A moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Zalgiris and Unics. Loser Darussafaka keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Anadolu Efes and Crvena Zvezda. Maccabi T-A will meet league's second-placed Real Madrid on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Darussafaka will play against Baskonia (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: S.Weems 24+5reb+8ast, M.Zirbes 13+3reb, V.Rudd 13+2reb, D.Seeley 12+3reb+4ast, A.Goudelock 10+6reb+3ast, S.Landesberg 7+4reb
Darussafaka: W.Clyburn 17+8reb+3ast, B.Wanamaker 16+3reb+8ast, A.Zizic 14+9reb, J.Anderson 13+6reb+3ast, A.Moerman 11+5reb+3ast, S.Wilbekin 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 473797


Brose Bask. - FC Barcelona 85-65

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked German Brose Baskets (7-9) rolled over 10th ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (7-9) in Bamberg 85-65 on Thursday. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) added 5 points and 4 assists in the effort for FC Barcelona. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending German champion moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated FC Barcelona. Brose Baskets will face Unics Kazan (#13) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: J.Strelnieks 20+1reb+4ast, D.Miller 20+2reb+1ast, N.Melli 17+13reb+1ast, D.Theis 11+3reb+1ast, F.Causeur 7+2reb+5ast, L.Radosevic 6+2reb+1ast
FC Barcelona: T.Rice 19+2reb+4ast, A.Vezenkov 9+2reb, P.Koponen 8+1reb+1ast, A.Tomic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 6+1reb, J.Carlos Navarro 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 473795


Anadolu Efes - Galatasaray 84-73

One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Istanbul - Anadolu Efes and Galatasaray. The game took place in Istanbul where ninth ranked Anadolu Efes defeated visiting Galatasaray (4-12) 84-73. The game without a history. Anadolu Efes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) added 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Galatasaray. Anadolu Efes (8-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Darussafaka and Crvena Zvezda. Galatasaray lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Anadolu Efes will face higher ranked Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Galatasaray will play at home against Zalgiris (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: B.Dunston 17+6reb+1ast, D.Brown 13+3reb+1ast, J.Granger 12+1reb+6ast, B.Paul 11+3reb, C.Mutaf 9+3reb+1ast, T.Heurtel 8+8reb+7ast
Galatasaray: S.Guler 20+2reb+2ast, V.Micov 17+7reb+3ast, A.Tyus 16+10reb+1ast, B.Fitipaldo 6+2ast, T.Pleiss 6+3reb, G.Koksal 4+1ast
gschID: 473794





Jonathan Holmes left FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American forward Jonathan Holmes (204-108kg-92, college: Texas) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). In three games he had 7.7ppg and 3.7rpg this season. He also played 7 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg. Holmes also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. Holmes was also voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2015 at his college time.
Holmes has played previously for another NBA team LA Lakers.
He attended University of Texas until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Monaco 13-2 
 2. Chalon 12-3 
 3. Nanterre 10-5 
 4. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 10-5 
 5. Le Mans 8-7 
 6. Gravelines 8-7 
 7. Paris-Levallois 8-7 
 8. ASVEL 8-7 
 9. Strasbourg 8-7 
 10. Le Portel 7-8 
 11. Limoges 7-8 
 12. Chalons-Reims 6-9 
 13. Hyeres-Toulon 6-9 
 14. Cholet 6-9 
 15. Dijon 5-10 
 16. Orleans 5-10 
 17. Antibes 5-10 
 18. Nancy 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 13: Antibes - Le Mans
Jan. 13: Chalons-Reims - Chalon
Jan. 13: Dijon - Orleans
Jan. 13: ASVEL - Nancy
Jan. 13: Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg
Jan. 14: Monaco - Nanterre
Jan. 14: Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon
Jan. 14: Gravelines - Le Portel
Jan. 14: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Limoges

Round 14

Jan. 7: Gravelines - Nanterre 91-81


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gibson, Gravelines18.9 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.1 
 3. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 4. Prepelic, Limoges15.9 
 5. Clark, Chalon15.7 
 6. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.7 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans15.6 
 8. Cobbs, Gravelines15.5 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.9 
 10. Buford, Limoges14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Fall, Chalon8.9 
 2. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Yeguete, Le Mans8.2 
 4. Blue, Antibes7.7 
 5. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.7.7 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.0 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre7.0 
 10. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.2 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.2 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.3 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 5. Holston, Dijon5.5 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.1 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.0 
 9. Eito, Orleans5.0 
 10. Nelson, AS.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.3 
 3. Wood, Limoges2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.9 
 5. Sutton, Nancy1.8 
 6. Holston, Dijon1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.7 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans1.5 
 10. Rodriguez, Cholet1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Fall, Chalon2.9 
 2. Jeanne, Nancy1.7 
 3. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 4. Uter, AS.1.2 
 5. Jaiteh, Strasbourg1.1 
 6. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.1 
 7. Joseph, Orleans1.1 
 8. Hunt, Nancy0.9 
 9. Murphy, Strasbourg0.9 
 10. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 


Rolandas Jakstas (ex Juventus) agreed terms with Gries/Oberhoffen - by Eurobasket News

NM1 newcomer Gries/Oberhoffen BC strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Lithuanian forward Rolandas Jakstas (202-102kg-92). He started the season at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL league. In 13 games he recorded 3.1ppg and 1.2rpg this season. Jakstas also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg. The last season he played at Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold. In 33 games he had 13.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention.
Jakstas won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2015.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.8ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 48.5%, FT: 58.3%.
Jakstas has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Lithuania for LSU-Atletas Neptunas Nevezis Zalgiris II Kaunas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sutton may be back at Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) is close to add to their roster 31-year old American swingman Dominique Sutton (198-98kg-86, college: N.C.Central) who currently plays at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in France. It will actually be his comeback to Trento as he has played here before. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 ProA games he recorded 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.8spg. Sutton also played earlier that season for ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL where in 8 ProA games he averaged 7.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg.
In 2012 Sutton was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (6th overall).
The former N.Carolina Central standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Sutton has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com D-League All-Defensive 3rd Team in 2015.
Sutton is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in five different countries. Sutton tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Philippines (Globalport and Air21 Express), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Oklahoma City Blue) and Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  GEORGIA  

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Dinamo Tbilisi 14-0 
 2. Kutaisi 10-3 
 3. Rustavi 8-5 
 4. Batumi 6-8 
 5. Sokhumi 5-8 
 6. Cactus Tbilisi 5-9 
 7. Olimpi 4-9 
 8. Mgzavrebi 2-12 


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Illya SHEMOSIUK
  Batumi
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Shemosiuk, Batumi19.1 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi18.9 
 3. Miller, Sokhumi18.2 
 4. Lathan, Sokhumi16.8 
 5. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.8 
 6. Vaughn, Dinamo T.15.4 
 7. Florveus, Cactus T.15.3 
 8. Chikviladze, Cactus T.15.0 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.0 
 10. Lezhava, Batumi14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.7 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi11.4 
 3. Spagnolo, Rustavi10.5 
 4. Burnette, Olimpi9.6 
 5. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.5 
 6. Tishchenko, Sokhu.9.4 
 7. Reynolds, Mgzav.9.0 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.8 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.4 
 10. Bridgeman, Cactus T.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.2 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi5.8 
 3. Lee, Rustavi5.2 
 4. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.0 
 5. Pashaev, Kutaisi4.7 
 6. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.6 
 8. Rogava, Olimpi4.5 
 9. Bokolishvili, Sokhumi4.5 
 10. Tsivtsivadze, Mgzav.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Phillip MILLER
  Sokhumi
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Miller, Sokhumi2.8 
 2. Peters, Mgzavrebi2.3 
 3. Rogava, Olimpi2.2 
 4. Burnette, Olimpi2.2 
 5. Lee, Rustavi2.2 
 6. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.0 
 7. Lomidze, Cactus T.2.0 
 8. Baqradze, Olimpi1.9 
 9. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 10. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Terik BRIDGEMAN
  Cactus T.
  (198-G-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bridgeman, Cactus T.2.0 
 2. Tubak, Kutaisi2.0 
 3. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.8 
 4. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.6 
 5. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.5 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.3 
 7. Florveus, Cactus T.1.2 
 8. Kadaria, Kutaisi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Tishchenko, Sokhu.1.0 


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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  GERMANY  


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.



Sonic Boom KT lands Lakeem Jackson, ex ETB Wohnbau - by Eurobasket News

Sonic Boom KT (KBL) tabbed 27-year old American guard Lakeem Jackson (195-111kg-90, college: S.Carolina). He played recently at ETB Wohnbau in German ProA, but left the team earlier this month. In 9 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.7apg this season. The last season Jackson played at Rhein Stars Koeln (also in ProA) where in 29 games he had 12.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
His team won Slovakian Cup in 2014.
Jackson has played also professionally in Slovakia (Iskra Svit).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Koroivos sign Markel Starks, ex Fraport SKY - by Eurobasket News

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (A1) signed 26-year old American guard Markel Starks (188-79kg-91, college: Georgetown). He was supposed to play at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in German BBL league, but left the team in Oct.'16. In four games he had 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg this season. Starks ended the last season at Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A where in 13 games he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. But the most of that year he spent at Cairns Taipans in Australian NBL. In 26 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg.
Starks has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He was voted All-Big East 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Starks has played also professionally in Italy (FCM Ferentino).
He attended Georgetown University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
Starks could be described: A super quick player, with great offensive instinct and scoring ability that make him more a combo guard that a true PG. Has great athletic skills and he's actively working to his defense on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jervon Pressley (Dresden Titans) You Are Only As Good As Your Last Performance - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jervon Pressley (203-F/C-95, college: Hampton) is a 21 year old 203cm forward from Charlotte, North Carolina that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the Dresden Titans. He started his basketball career in 2011 with Towson (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging 3.6ppg, 3.0rpg. In 2013 he moved to Hampton (NCAA) playing 21 games averaging 6.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 43.8%, FT: 56.9%. In his junior year he played 32 games averaging 6.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 44.3%, FT: 54.5%. As a senior he played 27 games averaging 6.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 46.7%, FT: 53.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about the first few months of his rookie season.

Jervon 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?

It was a great release for the club and the long loyal supporting fans.

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 just feel as if everything is coming into play, we have a new coach and a new defensive philosophy, took time to adjust but everyone bought in so we could go into this break and new year with a win. "You are only as good as your last performance"

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

I noticed the will to win this game from how everyone
came out for warm ups, everyone was focused and together.

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?

I wouldn't say the wrong goals were set I would say we had a lesser focused team than we have now.

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?

We had an offensive minded team previously before Coach Flynn and it was a system in place were we would win by out scoring teams instead of defensively stopping teams.

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?

Winning doesn't happen overnight, nor can one person make a team win at ANY position. I'm certain with Coach Flynn the Dresden Titans fans will see a new confident and hard playing attitude from us Titan players.

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?

Helge has been playing great, gained his confidence and believed in himself as we had been and started showing on the court he belongs!!!

It has been a tough season for you as a rookie after starting off strong, you have been hit hard with injuries. How tough was this time for you getting adjusted to not playing, rehabbing and losing games?

It was very hard sitting out watching loss after loss but it's all a learning process, but I am grateful for the club keeping me in good spirits and supporting me.

How difficult is it in general coming back from an injury and having to get back on the floor and performing as if nothing had happened?

It's not hard at all when you are doing something you love to do after watching practices and learning the system from the side, noticing what the team lacks helps you come in and think to fill in those voids.

What do you feel was most vital in your time away that you were able to pick up from the game and style of the Pro A that you will be able to use now as you continue to develop this season?

I feel as if I learned a lot about team timing and value of possessions are a major key not only in this league but all and being PHYSICAL in the low post on offense and defense from jump ball to the end of the game is a major factor in helping a team win.

You have continued to remain very active on the defensive end as your averaging 1,9 blocks. Has it been mostly your timing or knowing the opponents tendencies that has allowed you to be successful?

I would say it's a combination of both and playing off of natural instincts and my teammates knowing I have their backs on protecting the rim.

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

I learned that holiday time is very special here, and this is a giving country with a big heart.

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

That performance has nothing to do with me. He is playing basketball in the NBA in America and I am playing basketball in the Pro A in Germany.

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?

Yes without a doubt he is statistically the best player in the world. "Men lie, women lie but numbers don't

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

My most memorable Christmas was waking up in the middle of the night at my grandparents house while they were sleeping on the morning of Christmas and coming to the couch to be first to opening my gifts and bragging on how great they were and just always loved being around my family and eating good.

What was the last movie that you saw?

I just recently see Bad Santa 2 on the fire stick.

Thanks Jervon for the chat.





The Licher Basket Baeren Add Blake Justice - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren have reacted to the departure of Shawn Gulley and brought in Blake Justice (191-G-92). Justice is a 24 year old 191cm guard from Peebles, Ohio that is starting his professional basketball career in Germany. He played his college ball at Akron and Valdosta St. (NCAA2). "It was important for us to get an allrounder that can play the positions 1-3", stressed head coach Rolf Scholtz. Last season as a senior At Valdosta State (NCAA2)Justice played 28 games averaging 15.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.5%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 79.3%.

Justice started his basketball career at Akron and played 6 NCAA games. He moved to Valdosta St. (NCAA2) in 2013 and played 28 games: 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 83.3%. In his junior season he played 16 games: 12.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 83.3%. Awatds and achievements in his basketball career have been MAC Regular Season East Division Co-Champion -13, MAC Tournament Winner -13, GSC Tournament Semifinals -14
and All-GSC 1st Team -16.

Source:Licher Basket Baeren



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.





Skyler Bowlin (Giesen 46ers) We Feel Like We Still Have A Lot To Prove In The Second Half Of The Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Skyler Bowlin (191-G-89, college: Missouri So.) is a 27 year old 190cm guard from Paragould, Arkansas playing his sixth professional season and first with the Giessen 46ers. Last season he played for the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan) playing FIBA Europe Cup: 12 games: 10.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 58.8%; Swedish Basketligan: 42 games: 14.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 78.3% He played with Horsens IC (Denmark-Ligaen) from 2012-2015 winning the league title and cup. As a rookie he played for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-Pro A) playing 28 games: 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-2 (2.0spg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 80.5% and then played with Ringwood Hawks (Australia-ABA): 18 games: 18.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.7apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 80.5%. He started his basketball career with Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2007 until 2011 playing atotal of 118 games and as a senior played 31 games: 18.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.7apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 82.7%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Skyler thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. The Christmas season has come and gone and in the past you have seen it in places like Austria, Denmark and Sweden. What did you really enjoy from this years Christmas time in Germany?

Theres not much like Christmas in Germany. The Christmas Markets are of course always a lot of fun to go and visit so that was probably the best part about Christmas here.


You are playing your first season with the Giessen 46ers and currently the club is currently in eighth place with a record of 8-8. What is your summary of the team season so far?

I think if you would have asked a lot of people before the season if they thought we would be in the playoff hunt halfway through the season they would have thought you were crazy. However, as a team we know that we are very dangerous when we play our style and can compete with anyone. We have had a lot of close games against top teams that we let slip away so we feel like we still have a lot to prove in the second half of the season.

In the last weeks before the Christmas break the club was up and down having a record of 2-2 as before it had won three of four games. Do you feel like the win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg was an important boost to heighten the self confidence one notch more heading into 2017?

The win at Oldenburg was huge for us. We fought hard for 40 minutes and were rewarded with a much needed win against a very good team.


The Giessen 46ers played top teams Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich very tough, but lost very very close games. What do you feel is mainly missing for a team like Giessen to make these close games into wins?

Maybe our inexperience in the BBL hurt us against those teams, but I have faith in myself and my team that we will close out those games this second part of the season.


Giessen had some top notch defensive games against Braunschweig and Frankfurt, but how much potential do you see the team having and can it be a team keeping teams closer to 70 points on a more consistent level?

We always have a nice game plan going into each game and when we execute correctly then we can be a very good defensive team.


The players play the game, but one has to give a lot of credit to head coach Denis Wucherer who continues to do an amazing job building very competitive teams from a small budget. What do you feel has helped the team be so successful within his basketball philosophy?

Denis just lets us play. Of course we have a good structure, but he really lets us loose and makes sure we stay under control. We know in order to be a successful team we have to play together at all times and Denis really preaches that to us.


The team has many talented players, but in comparison to many other teams can't match them on paper. Does effort and heart make up for that and how vital are the good characters that are evident on the team?

That's why the game isn't played on paper I guess.. haha. But yes, our team is constructed in a way that everyone needs to contribute in order for us to be successful. Each player that is in the game knows that without 100% effort and teamwork we wont be as successful as we have been.


After playing in lower leagues your whole professional career, you are playing in your highest level ever with the EasyCredit BBL. What has been the biggest adjustment for you this season on the court?

My biggest adjustment has probably been the size and strength of every player. Each team we go against has guys that are bigger and stronger than I have really ever played against on a regular basis, so every game I have to be prepared mentally and physically to go against them.


Currently your averaging 8,7ppg, 4,0apg and 2,0rpg and second most on the team in minutes at 26. How pleased have you been with your play and do you feel like you can heighten your play in the second half of the season?

Overall I feel that I have done a solid job in the first half of the season, but I am disappointed in my shooting so far. I have not shot the ball as well as I have in the past, so that is something that I am working through and will pick up in the second part of the season.


How thrilling has it been playing with American Cameron Wells in the backcourt. He has really proved this season that he can play in the BBL. How do you guys compliment each other best on the court and help each other best to get better?

Cam is one of the better guards in the BBL in my opinion. He is a tough guy to guard and he hits shots from all over the floor. Cam and I can play both guard positions so its nice that we can take the pressure off of each other by bringing the ball up the court or trying to set each other up if we need to.


Canadian national player Thomas Scrubb has been a vital scorer and rebounder, but what other aspects to his game have been vital for the success of the team?

Tommy does it all for sure. He hits shots, plays great defense, and rebounds well. He is a hard worker and never has a negative thing to say. Tommy is a great guy to have on the team and he has definitely shown that he is a major part of our success.


The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners that you beat recently on your home court. Do you feel like you will remember this win for a long time as it was the first time in 16 years that Giessen had finally won at home against Frankfurt again?

I didn't know that stat, but any win, especially on the road in the BBL is a good one to remember.


How excited are you to be playing in Frankfurt again? The last time that you played in Frankfurt you lost 95-64 in the Fiba Europe Cup with the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan), but had 18 points and five assists while dishing out 5 assists. Do you feel like that game opened up the door with Giessen?

I am excited to be coming back to play in Frankfurt. It's a big derby game so I know the atmosphere will be a great one to play in. Yes, I think the game I had against Frankfurt last year was one of the reasons I was able to come and play in the BBL and am very grateful for the opportunity.


The Fraport Skyliners are a much better team now then during the 69-52 loss in mid November. How confident are you that Giessen can give another strong defensive performance and what else will be key to getting the win?

Defense will always be the most important part of winning any game and we know we will be going against a very different Frankfurt team. We need to make sure we control the pace and play our style of basketball if we want to win the game.

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


I am going to go with MJ, Shaq, Lebron, and Kobe


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

Lebron is about as close to the top as it gets. There will always be a debate, but I don't think its fair to compare him against Jordan since their style of play is so different.


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

That's a tough one, but KG is up there. He was always a lot of fun to watch and always brought a ton of energy to his team.


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

That's got to be one of the most impressive performances of all time. To score like that and to make it look so easy is unreal.


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

I think you can definitely make that argument. What he does night in and night out is crazy. He is definitely one of the best athletes of all time.


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

All of my Christmas experiences involve being around my family. I am very close to them and we always had a great time being around each other during Christmas and any other holiday when we could get together.

Thanks Skyler for the chat.





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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Panionios 12-0 
 2. Iraklis 10-2 
 3. Doukas 9-2 
 4. AE Larissas 8-5 
 5. Faros 7-4 
 6. Ethnikos 7-5 
 7. Aiolos Astakou 7-5 
 8. Psyhiko 6-7 
 9. Amyntas Dafnis 5-8 
 10. Arkadikos 4-7 
 11. Doxa Pefkon 4-7 
 12. Holargos 4-8 
 13. Kavala 4-8 
 14. Irakleio 3-8 
 15. GS Larissas 3-10 
 16. Pagrati 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 7: Amyntas Dafnis - Pagrati 86-59
Jan. 7: GS Larissas - Ethnikos 85-73
Jan. 7: Holargos - Psyhiko 72-74
Jan. 7: Doxa Pefkon - AE Larissas 70-75
Jan. 7: Aiolos Astakou - Iraklis 70-62
Jan. 7: Arkadikos - Panionios 61-77

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 21: AE Larissas - Aiolos Astakou
Jan. 21: Doxa Pefkon - Kavala
Jan. 21: Iraklis - Faros
Jan. 21: Irakleio - Amyntas Dafnis
Jan. 21: Pagrati - Holargos
Jan. 21: Psyhiko - Arkadikos
Jan. 21: Panionios - GS Larissas
Jan. 21: Ethnikos - Doukas

Round 11

Jan. 11: Aiolos Astakou - Pagrati
Jan. 11: Doxa Pefkon - Irakleio
Jan. 11: Arkadikos - Doukas

Round 12

Jan. 14: Iraklis - Doxa Pefkon
Jan. 14: Pagrati - Faros
Jan. 14: Ethnikos - Arkadikos


Koroivos sign Markel Starks, ex Fraport SKY - by Eurobasket News

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (A1) signed 26-year old American guard Markel Starks (188-79kg-91, college: Georgetown). He was supposed to play at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in German BBL league, but left the team in Oct.'16. In four games he had 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg this season. Starks ended the last season at Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A where in 13 games he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. But the most of that year he spent at Cairns Taipans in Australian NBL. In 26 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg.
Starks has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He was voted All-Big East 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Starks has played also professionally in Italy (FCM Ferentino).
He attended Georgetown University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
Starks could be described: A super quick player, with great offensive instinct and scoring ability that make him more a combo guard that a true PG. Has great athletic skills and he's actively working to his defense on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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).

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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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Standings - Iceland Express League

Dominos League Standings
 1. Stjarnan 10-2 
 2. KR 9-3 
 3. Tindastoll 9-3 
 4. Grindavik 7-5 
 5. Skallagrimur 6-6 
 6. Keflavik 6-6 
 7. Thor AK 6-6 
 8. Thor Thorl 6-6 
 9. IR 5-7 
 10. Njardvik 4-8 
 11. Haukar 4-8 
 12. Snaefell 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 6: Thor Thorl - Grindavik 96-85
Jan. 5: Stjarnan - Thor AK 92-77
Jan. 6: Tindastoll - KR 87-94
Jan. 5: Snaefell - IR 82-98
Jan. 5: Keflavik - Njardvik 80-73
Jan. 5: Skallagrimur - Haukar 104-102

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 12: Njardvik - Snaefell
Jan. 12: IR - Stjarnan
Jan. 12: KR - Skallagrimur
Jan. 12: Keflavik - Thor Thorl
Jan. 13: Thor AK - Tindastoll
Jan. 13: Haukar - Grindavik


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Sherrod WRIGHT
  Haukar
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 32
 1. Wright, Haukar32.0 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik30.6 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.28.0 
 4. Whitfield, Skallagr.27.9 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll24.5 
 6. Samb, Tindastoll22.0 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK22.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.4 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Atkinson, Njardvik20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.0 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.3 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.2 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll11.3 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 6. Hankins-Cole, IR11.2 
 7. Carberry, Thor T.10.9 
 8. Wright, Haukar10.4 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll9.5 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.2 
 3. Clinch, Grindavik5.9 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.7 
 5. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.5.7 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.3 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.3 
 8. Bjornsson, Skallagr.4.7 
 9. Wright, Haukar4.5 
 10. Carberry, Thor T.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew HUNTER
  IR
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hunter, IR3.1 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 4. Olafsson, Grindavik2.4 
 5. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.3 
 6. Barja, Haukar2.3 
 7. Stevens, Keflavik2.2 
 8. Wright, Haukar2.0 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik1.9 
 10. Thomas, Thor AK1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.3 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.2 
 3. Hester, Tindastoll1.5 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 7. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 8. Saevarsson, Grind.1.3 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 10. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Hottur 11-1 
 2. Fjolnir 10-3 
 3. Valur 9-3 
 4. Breidablik 9-4 
 5. Hamar 5-8 
 6. Vestri 5-8 
 7. FSU 5-9 
 8. IA 4-9 
 9. Armann 0-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 6: Hamar - Valur 92-108
Jan. 5: IA - Armann 90-62
Jan. 5: FSU - Breidablik 64-79

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 13: Hottur - Armann
Jan. 13: Valur - IA
Jan. 13: Fjolnir - FSU
Jan. 13: Breidablik - Hamar


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 33.1
 1. Motley, FSU33.1 
 2. Garland, Breidablik28.2 
 3. Shouse, IA27.2 
 4. Woods, Hamar25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.4 
 6. Chia-Kur, Vestri22.7 
 7. Knezevic, Vestri22.4 
 8. King, Valur22.2 
 9. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir21.8 
 10. Bracey, Valur21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Collin PRYOR
  Fjolnir
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Pryor, Fjolnir13.3 
 2. Moss, Hottur13.0 
 3. Woods, Hamar12.7 
 4. Motley, FSU12.6 
 5. King, Valur11.3 
 6. Knezevic, Vestri10.1 
 7. Virijevic, Hottur9.8 
 8. Kristjansson, IA9.4 
 9. Shouse, IA9.3 
 10. Chia-Kur, Vestri9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Moss, Hottur9.2 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.9 
 3. Garland, Breidablik6.2 
 4. Bracey, Valur5.3 
 5. Olafsson, Hamar5.1 
 6. Blondal, Valur4.9 
 7. Shouse, IA4.7 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.4 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU4.3 
 10. King, Valur4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Garland, Breidablik4.5 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA2.8 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Van Kasteren, FSU2.3 
 6. Hreinsson, FSU2.3 
 7. Motley, FSU2.3 
 8. King, Valur2.0 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 10. Olafsson, Hamar1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. King, Valur1.5 
 2. Audunsson, Valur1.4 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.3 
 4. Johannesson, Breid.1.2 
 5. Karason, Fjolnir1.1 
 6. Motley, FSU1.1 
 7. Kristjansson, IA0.9 
 8. Virijevic, Hottur0.9 
 9. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 10. Stefansson, FSU0.8 


D1 Round 15: Armann still not able to record any victory - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked Armann is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to eighth ranked IA (4-9) 90-62 on Thursday evening. The game was mostly controlled by IA. Armann managed to win fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Armann 55-41 including a 45-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. IA looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American guard Derek Shouse (188-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Forward Sigurdur Sigurdsson (198-88) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. IA's coach Jon Thordarson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Magnus Hjalmarsson (184) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Armann. IA maintains eighth place with 4-9 record. Armann at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. IA are looking forward to face higher ranked Valur (#3) in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armann will play on the road against the league's leader Hottur (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Hamar was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Valur (9-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Hamar (5-8). Valur defeated Hamar 108-92. It was a great evening for American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Austin Bracey helped adding 26 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Hamar at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Vestri. Valur will play against IA (#8) in Akranes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hamar will play on the road against Breidablik in Kopavogur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Selfoss was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Breidablik (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked FSU (5-9). Breidablik defeated FSU 79-64 on Thursday. It was an exceptional evening for Tyrone Garland who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Terrance Motley came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for FSU in the defeat. FSU's coach Eloy Doce rotated eleven players saving starting five for next games. Breidablik maintains fourth place with 9-4 record. Loser FSU dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Breidablik will meet at home Hamar (#5) in the next round. FSU will play against the league's second-placed Fjolnir in Reykjavik and hope to secure a win.


Hamar - Valur 92-108

The game in Hamar was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Valur (9-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Hamar (5-8). Valur defeated Hamar 108-92. It looked good early as Hamar took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Valur had a 26-20 second period charge getting the lead and Hamar was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 92-108. Valur made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Valur had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) helped adding 26 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import point guard Oddur Olafsson (180-92, college: Birm.Southern) scored 12 points and 7 assists. Five Hamar players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Hamar at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Vestri. Valur will play against IA (#8) in Akranes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hamar will play on the road against Breidablik in Kopavogur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamar: C.Woods 28+14reb+1ast, B.Fridgeirsson 14+2reb+3ast, O.Olafsson 12+4reb+7ast, S.Thorvaldsson 11+4reb+1ast, H.Petursson 10+3reb+5ast, O.Sigurdarson 9+2reb+1ast
Valur: U.King 27+13reb+6ast, A.Bracey 26+4reb+5ast, B.Blondal 22+4reb+4ast, I.Baldursson 8+2reb+2ast, B.Petursson 8+8reb+2ast, I.Audunsson 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 492059


FSU - Breidablik 64-79

The game in Selfoss was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Breidablik (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked FSU (5-9). Breidablik defeated FSU 79-64 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Breidablik forced 19 FSU turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Egill Vignisson (198-91) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Five Breidablik players scored in double figures. American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and Svavar Stefansson (200-94) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for FSU in the defeat. FSU's coach Eloy Doce rotated eleven players saving starting five for next games. Breidablik maintains fourth place with 9-4 record. Loser FSU dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Breidablik will meet at home Hamar (#5) in the next round. FSU will play against the league's second-placed Fjolnir in Reykjavik and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FSU: T.Motley 22+14reb+1ast, H.Hreinsson 11+3reb+2ast, A.Gylfason 10+5reb, S.Stefansson 9+7reb+1ast, H.Hreinsson 8+2reb+4ast, J.Jokull Thrainsson 3
Breidablik: T.Garland 19+5reb+5ast, B.Vidisson 16+2reb+1ast, E.Vignisson 15+8reb+1ast, S.Vignisson 13+6reb+1ast, R.Ragnarsson 10+1reb+1ast, S.Johannesson 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 492057


IA - Armann 90-62

Bottom-ranked Armann is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to eighth ranked IA (4-9) 90-62 on Thursday evening. The game was mostly controlled by IA. Armann managed to win fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Armann 55-41 including a 45-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. IA looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American guard Derek Shouse (188-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Forward Sigurdur Sigurdsson (198-88) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. IA's coach Jon Thordarson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Magnus Hjalmarsson (184) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Helgi Hrafn Thorlaksson (180-82) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Armann. IA maintains eighth place with 4-9 record. Armann at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. IA are looking forward to face higher ranked Valur (#3) in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armann will play on the road against the league's leader Hottur (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Armann: M.Hjalmarsson 22+6reb+1ast, H.Hrafn Thorlaksson 12+8reb+4ast, T.Hjorleifsson 9+2reb+3ast, H.Maggyarson 6+5reb, T.Hermannsson 5+9reb+1ast, A.Fjalarsson 4
IA: D.Shouse 27+12reb+8ast, S.Sigurdsson 13+9reb, B.Brynjolfsson 11+3reb+3ast, S.Ingason 9+1reb+1ast, A.Jonsson 8+2reb+2ast, S.Gardarsson 8+5reb
gschID: 492058





Dominos League Round 12: Stjarnan keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Stjarnan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Stjarnan defeated 5th ranked Thor AK at home 92-77. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Thor AK managed to win third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Thor AK 38-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Tomas Tomasson (192-91, college: Newberry) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) chipped in 13 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Stjarnan's coach Hrafn Kristjansson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Danero Thomas (196-86, college: Murray St.) who recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Stjarnan have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Thor AK keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Thor AK will play next round against strong Tindastoll trying to get back on the winning streak. Stjarnan will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked IR in Reykjavik.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sauoarkrokur. Third ranked KR faced second-best Tindastoll. Guests from Reykjavik (9-3) defeated host Tindastoll (9-3) 94-87. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tindastoll. It was a good game for the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Cedrick Bowen contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for Tindastoll. Tindastoll's coach Israel Martin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Tindastoll. KR will play against Skallagrimur (#5) in Borgarnes in the next round. Tindastoll will play on the road against Thor AK in Akureyri and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was played in Thorlakshofn where host Thor Thorl (#8) won against one of their biggest challengers Grindavik 96-85 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Tobin Carberry who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Thor Thorl's coach Einar Johannsson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Olafur Olafsson with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Thor Thorl (6-6) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Grindavik at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Thor Thorl will meet Keflavik (#6) on the road in the next round. Grindavik will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Snaefell (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 98-82 loss to ninth ranked IR (5-7) in Stykkisholmur. The winners were led by Matthias Sigurdarson who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. IR maintains ninth position with 5-7 record. Snaefell at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. IR's next round opponent will be league's leader Stjarnan at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Snaefell will play against Njardvik (#10) in Njardvik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Borgarnes. Sixth ranked Skallagrimur (6-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Haukar (4-8) 104-102 on Thursday evening. The best player for the winners was Flenard Whitfield who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Skallagrimur moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Haukar lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Skallagrimur will face league's second-placed KR in Reykjavik in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Haukar will play at home against Grindavik (#4) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 12 Njardvik was defeated by Keflavik in a road game 80-73.


Tindastoll - KR 87-94

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sauoarkrokur. Third ranked KR faced second-best Tindastoll. Guests from Reykjavik (9-3) defeated host Tindastoll (9-3) 94-87. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tindastoll. It looked good early as Tindastoll took a 21-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KR took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. Tindastoll was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. American forward Cedrick Bowen (198-92, college: Charleston So.) contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) added 28 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Tindastoll. Four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Tindastoll's coach Israel Martin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Tindastoll. KR will play against Skallagrimur (#5) in Borgarnes in the next round. Tindastoll will play on the road against Thor AK in Akureyri and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KR: J.Stefansson 33+6reb+2ast, C.Bowen 17+2reb, B.Bjornsson 14+2reb, S.Hrafnkelsson 7+5reb, D.Hilmarsson 7+4reb, P.Ermolinskij 7+7reb+4ast
Tindastoll: A.Hester 28+11reb+1ast, P.Birgisson 26+11reb+3ast, B.Rikhardsson 12+5reb, C.Caird 11+4reb, H.Ingi Masson 3+3reb+1ast, V.Agustsson 3
gschID: 491935


Thor Thorl - Grindavik 96-85

An interesting game was played in Thorlakshofn where host Thor Thorl (#8) won against one of their biggest challengers Grindavik 96-85 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Thor Thorl led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Polish Maciej Baginski (195-95) who added 17 points during the contest. Carberry is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Thor Thorl's coach Einar Johannsson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Thor Thorl (6-6) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Grindavik at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Thor Thorl will meet Keflavik (#6) on the road in the next round. Grindavik will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 35+16reb+4ast, M.Baginski 17+2ast, O.Jonsson 15+1reb, G.Erlendsson 8+6reb+3ast, R.Bragason 8+2reb, H.Hermannsson 7+1reb+2ast
Grindavik: D.Jonsson 21+1reb+1ast, O.Olafsson 18+10reb+2ast, L.Clinch 13+6reb+5ast, T.Olafsson 10+1reb+1ast, T.Finnbogason 8+5reb, O.Saevarsson 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 491939


Stjarnan - Thor AK 92-77

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Stjarnan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Stjarnan defeated 5th ranked Thor AK at home 92-77. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Thor AK managed to win third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Thor AK 38-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Tomas Tomasson (192-91, college: Newberry) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Stjarnan's coach Hrafn Kristjansson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Danero Thomas (196-86, college: Murray St.) who recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) added 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stjarnan have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Thor AK keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Thor AK will play next round against strong Tindastoll trying to get back on the winning streak. Stjarnan will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked IR in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: T.Tomasson 24+6reb+7ast, J.Shouse 21+2reb+7ast, H.Baeringsson 13+12reb+9ast, E.Aevarsson 10+5reb, A.Gudmundsson 9+3reb+2ast, T.Hilmarsson 8+8reb
Thor AK: D.Lewis 21+4reb+3ast, D.Thomas 18+9reb+5ast, G.Beamon 10+1reb+1ast, T.Hlinason 10+6reb, R.Fridriksson 8+3reb+2ast, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 7+2ast
gschID: 491936


Snaefell - IR 82-98

Bottom-ranked Snaefell (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 98-82 loss to ninth ranked IR (5-7) in Stykkisholmur. The game was mostly controlled by IR. Snaefell was better in third quarter 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. IR had a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Snaefell helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists and American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) supported him with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Four IR players scored in double figures. Even 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by guard Snjolfur Bjornsson (183-94) did not help to save the game for Snaefell. Swedish forward Andre Michelsson (188-97) added 26 points and 4 steals. IR maintains ninth position with 5-7 record. Snaefell at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. IR's next round opponent will be league's leader Stjarnan at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Snaefell will play against Njardvik (#10) in Njardvik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
IR: S.Claessen 19+8reb+1ast, M.Sigurdarson 18+8reb+10ast, K.Marinosson 18+7reb+2ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 17+10reb+5ast, H.Hjalmarsson 13, H.Fridriksson 7+6reb+3ast
Snaefell: A.Michelsson 26+3reb+2ast, S.Bjornsson 19+7reb+5ast, S.Davidsson 15+10reb, A.Hrafnsson 7+2reb+1ast, T.Saethorsson 6+4reb+1ast, G.Helgason 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 491937


Keflavik - Njardvik 80-73

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Njardvik (4-8) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Keflavik (6-6) 80-73 on Thursday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Njardvik won fourth quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Magnus Traustason (190-96) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeremy Atkinson (193-90, college: NC-Asheville) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) added 28 points respectively. Keflavik have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Njardvik lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Keflavik will face Thor Thorl (#8) in Thorlakshofn in the next round. Njardvik will play at home against Snaefell and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: A.Stevens 25+17reb, M.Traustason 22+4reb+1ast, R.Dupree 9+3reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 6+3reb+9ast, G.Jonsson 6+4reb+5ast, A.Orrason 5+2reb+4ast
Njardvik: L.Gunnarsson 28+1reb+1ast, J.Atkinson 21+11reb+4ast, B.Kristjansson 15+2reb, J.Olafsson 7+9reb+2ast, J.Sverrisson 2+3reb+1ast, G.Hafsteinsson 0
gschID: 491938


Skallagrimur - Haukar 104-102

Important game to mention about took place in Borgarnes. Sixth ranked Skallagrimur (6-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Haukar (4-8) 104-102 on Thursday evening. Haukar was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Skallagrimur, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Flenard Whitfield (200-90, college: W.Michigan) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Point guard Sigtryggur Bjornsson (180-93) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Skallagrimur players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Sherrod Wright (193-91, college: George Mason) who recorded 48 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Hjalmar Stefansson (196-96) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Skallagrimur moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Haukar lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Skallagrimur will face league's second-placed KR in Reykjavik in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Haukar will play at home against Grindavik (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: F.Whitfield 34+15reb+2ast, S.Bjornsson 22+5reb+4ast, M.Gunnarsson 18+3reb+5ast, D.Flake 10+4reb+6ast, D.Asgeirsson 9+1reb+2ast, E.Halldorsson 9+3reb+4ast
Haukar: S.Wright 48+7reb+5ast, H.Oskarsson 20+4reb+2ast, H.Stefansson 19+8reb+4ast, F.Magnusson 7+8reb+1ast, E.Barja 7+8reb+6ast, B.Gylfason 1+4reb
gschID: 491934





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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


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)



Koljevic's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-PG-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kashan and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 34 points adding four rebounds and eight assists for Kashan in his team's victory, helping them to beat Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10, 0-12), the league's bottom-ranked team 87-77. Kashan is placed at 7th position in Iranian league. Kashan 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 5-7 record. In the team's last game Koljevic had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Kashan's top player in his first season with the team. Koljevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 55.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Amir Allahverdi of Shiraz a.s Pipe. He is a in his first season at Shiraz a.s Pipe. In the last game Allahverdi recorded impressive 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Shiraz a.s Pipe lost that game 77-87 to the higher-ranked Kashan (#7, 5-7). Shiraz a.s Pipe are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Allahverdi is a newcomer at Shiraz a.s Pipe and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kashan's star - center Masoud Soleimani (207-C). Soleimani scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Kashan, helping his team with a 87-77 win against Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10, 0-12). The chances of Kashan ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Soleimani could help Kashan to bring them higher in the standings. Soleimani has a very solid season. In 12 games in Iran he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 70.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hamzeh Aghajari (185-F-87) of Shiraz a.s Pipe - 31 points and 3 rebounds
5. Sean Williams (208-F-86) of Tabriz - 12 points and 15 rebounds
6. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Arak - 13 points and 13 rebounds
7. James White (201-F/G-82) of Petrochimi - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Meisam Mirzaei (210-C-92) of Naft Abadan - 13 points and 15 rebounds
9. Nikola Gacesa (206-F-87) of Tabriz - 22 points and 7 rebounds
10. J.P. Prince (203-G/F-87) of Azad - 19 points, 3 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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  IRELAND  


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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  ISRAEL  

Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 9-4 
 2. Hapoel B/S 9-4 
 3. Hap.R/G Givat. 8-5 
 4. Maccabi Raanana 7-4 
 5. Macc.Rehovot 7-5 
 6. Hap.Haifa 7-5 
 7. Hapoel K/S 7-6 
 8. Ironi K-A 7-6 
 9. Hapoel Migd.H. 7-6 
 10. Maccabi H/H 6-7 
 11. Galil Elion 5-8 
 12. Hapoel G/A 5-8 
 13. Ramat Hasharon 3-10 
 14. Ironi Ramat Gan 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

Dec. 31: Hap.R/G Givat. - Maccabi Raanana 91-82
Jan. 7: Maccabi Raanana - Ramat Hasharon 81-75
Jan. 3: Macc.Rehovot - Galil Elion 81-74
Jan. 7: Hapoel Migd.H. - Hapoel B/S 66-76
Jan. 4: Hap.R/G Givat. - Ironi K-A 63-74
Jan. 7: Hapoel G/A - Ironi Nes-Ziona 51-81
Jan. 3: Hap.Haifa - Ironi Ramat Gan 113-71
Jan. 3: Maccabi H/H - Hapoel K/S 101-81

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 10: Hap.R/G Givat. - Galil Elion
Jan. 10: Hapoel G/A - Ironi Ramat Gan
Jan. 10: Hap.Haifa - Hapoel K/S
Jan. 10: Macc.Rehovot - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Jan. 10: Maccabi Raanana - Ironi K-A
Jan. 10: Ramat Hasharon - Hapoel B/S
Jan. 10: Maccabi H/H - Hapoel Migd.H.


Galil Gilboa lands Gilberto Clavell, ex Aguada - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Galil Gilboa (Winner League) tabbed 28-year old Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (200-95kg-89, college: Sam Houston State, agency: Inception Sports). He played in the summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 24 games he averaged 8.5ppg and 3.3rpg. Clavell helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Hapoel Afula (National League) where in 16 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 20.8ppg and recorded 8.0rpg and 2.9apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Clavell's team won Southland Conference West Division Regular Season for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He received also All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Clavell was also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. He played for Puerto Rican Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U21 National Team in 2006.
Clavell represented Puerto Rico at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 50.0%.
And here thanks to pro basketball Clavell experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Clavell has played previously professionally in Finland (Kouvot) and Israel (Hapoel Migdal Haemek).
He attended Sam Houston State until 2011 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Israel



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Israel



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Smith, Roseto24.9 
 2. Davis, Jesi22.9 
 3. Harrell, Mens S.20.5 
 4. Lawson, Virtus B.20.5 
 5. Golden, Chieti20.4 
 6. Legion, Viola RC20.1 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Ferguson, Angelico.19.7 
 9. Sims, Rieti19.6 
 10. Bowers, Bondi F.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.9 
 2. Radic, Viola RC12.8 
 3. Reynolds, Recanati12.3 
 4. Myers, Mens S.9.9 
 5. Easley, Roma E.9.6 
 6. Jones, Piacenza9.6 
 7. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 8. Maganza, Jesi9.2 
 9. Sorokas, Treviglio9.2 
 10. Mosley, Legnano9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.8 
 2. Fantinelli, Treviso .6.1 
 3. Moreno, Bondi F.5.9 
 4. Piazza, Agrigento5.2 
 5. Bowers, Jesi5.1 
 6. Fultz, Roseto5.0 
 7. Imbro, FCM F.4.7 
 8. Tomassini, Novipiu .4.4 
 9. Sollazzo, Treviglio4.4 
 10. Cosey, Tortona4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Green, Alma T.3.3 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.3 
 3. Spissu, Virtus B.2.1 
 4. Okoye, Udine APU2.1 
 5. Brown, Roma Virtus2.1 
 6. Fantinelli, Treviso .1.9 
 7. Crockett, Unieuro .1.8 
 8. Legion, Viola RC1.8 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.1.7 
 10. Fabi, Viola RC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.4 
 2. Mosley, Legnano1.9 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.8 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.6 
 6. Daniels, Mantova1.3 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 8. Cittadini, Alma T.1.3 
 9. Bowers, Bondi F.1.1 
 10. Easley, Roma E.1.0 


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





Best players of Italian Serie B round 14 - by Eurobasket News

Luca Fontecchio (202-PF-91, agency: Players Group) had a great game in the last round for Forli Tigers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 32 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Roma S.Azzurra (#12, 4-9) 104-93. Forli Tigers maintains the 7th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Forli Tigers will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. In the team's last game Fontecchio had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Forli Tigers' top player in his first season with the team. Luca Fontecchio averages this season 17.7ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Simone Pepe (184-G-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) of Pescara. Pepe impressed basketball fans with 39 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Pescara to another comfortable win 93-79 over the lower-ranked Rimini (#8, 7-6) being unquestionably team leader. Pescara's 5th position in Group D has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pepe is one of the most experienced players at Pescara and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#1). He also registered 4.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Simone Centanni (185-PG-91, agency: Interperformances) of Volpino AltoSeb. (#12). Centanni got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of Volpino AltoSeb., leading his team to a 81-79 win against the higher-ranked Faenza (#6, 9-5). The chances of Volpino AltoSeb. not to end season at such low position in Group B, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Centanni could try to bring Volpino AltoSeb.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Centanni has individually a great season in Italy. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.2apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eugenio Beretta (206-C-96) of Roma Luiss - 21 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lorenzo Galmarini (200-C-95) of Firenze Enic - 22 points and 12 rebounds
6. Marco Torgano (197-F-91) of Desio - 35 points and 4 rebounds
7. Gianmarco Rossi (182-PG-90) of Palestrina - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) of Cassino - 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Andrea Scuderi (188-G-92) of Roma Luiss - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Riccardo Antonelli) of Bisceglie - 11 points, 9 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)



Sutton may be back at Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) is close to add to their roster 31-year old American swingman Dominique Sutton (198-98kg-86, college: N.C.Central) who currently plays at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in France. It will actually be his comeback to Trento as he has played here before. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 ProA games he recorded 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.8spg. Sutton also played earlier that season for ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL where in 8 ProA games he averaged 7.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg.
In 2012 Sutton was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (6th overall).
The former N.Carolina Central standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Sutton has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com D-League All-Defensive 3rd Team in 2015.
Sutton is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in five different countries. Sutton tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Philippines (Globalport and Air21 Express), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Oklahoma City Blue) and Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey).

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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



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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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Robert Sacre agreed terms with Hitachi Sunrockers - by Eurobasket News

Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya (B League) inked 28-year old Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-118kg-89, college: Gonzaga). He played recently at New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA.
In 2012 Sacre was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The former Gonzaga University staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Sacre played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He received also All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012 at his college time.
Sacre was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2006.
Sacre represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.1ppg, 2.1rpg.
Sacre has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Lakers) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
His game is described as: Known for his shot-blocking at Gonzaga, this seven footer is a very good defender and has team mentality. Plus, he brings scoring, energy and the right "chemistry" to his team. He often plays small, not using his size and strength advantages to bully opponents … Lacks length. Arms appear to be very short for his height ... Not a great leaper; doesn't explode off the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Edge_Sports)

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KOSOVO  


Bashkimi signs Nikola Korac - by Dren Shporta

KB Bashkimi Prizren has sealed new player at the squad for the second part of the season.

The team from Prizren city has reached agreement with Montenegrin player, Nikola Korac (185-G-86), that recently played for KK Mornar Basket Bar at Adriatic League, ABA.

Nikola Korac is the first signing of KB Bashkimi Prizren in 2017 and the team will look for more additions during these days after parting ways with Eric Palm, Ermin Jazvin and more.

KB Bashkimi Prizren has finished third in the first part of the season in Super league of Kosova with 10-2 record after 12 matches played.

While, they have captured and excellent form in last matches of Balkan League with total record of 4-4 after 8 matches.



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  KUWAIT  


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  

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 14-1 
 2. VEF Riga 9-1 
 3. Valmiera 9-7 
 4. Jurmala 8-9 
 5. Jekabpils 7-7 
 6. Barons Riga 7-8 
 7. Liepaja/Triobet 7-9 
 8. BK Ogre 5-9 
 9. Valka/Valga 3-6 
 10. LU 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 7: Ventspils - Jurmala 85-77
Jan. 7: LU - Liepaja/Triobet 76-87
Jan. 7: BK Ogre - Jekabpils 63-85
Jan. 7: Valmiera - Barons Riga 100-89

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 11: Jekabpils - BK Ogre
Jan. 14: BK Ogre - LU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Barons Riga
  (202-PF-93)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jogela, Barons Riga16.3 
 2. Kaufmanis, Valmiera15.7 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga15.6 
 4. Laksa, Valmiera14.7 
 5. Geks, Barons Riga14.5 
 6. Saage, Valka/Valga14.3 
 7. Pinete, Jurmala13.5 
 8. Stumbris, Jekabpils13.2 
 9. Silavs, Valka/Valga13.1 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.9 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.7.7 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala7.5 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.2 
 5. Strelnieks, Jurmala7.1 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.9 
 7. Jonats, Valmiera6.7 
 8. Zakis, Ventspils6.5 
 9. Raadik, Valka/Valga6.5 
 10. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.8 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.7 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.4 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.6 
 5. Larson, Barons Riga5.5 
 6. Vitols, BK Ogre5.3 
 7. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.3 
 8. Pitts, Valmiera5.1 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 10. Dargais, Barons R.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.3.5 
 2. Larson, Barons Riga2.3 
 3. Skele, VEF Riga2.2 
 4. Richard, VEF Riga2.1 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.9 
 6. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.9 
 7. Campbell, Ventspils1.8 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.7 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga1.6 
 10. Leimanis, Ventspils1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  BK Ogre
  (213-PF-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Berzins, BK Ogre1.5 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.4 
 3. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 4. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.2 
 5. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 6. Dembskis, LU1.0 
 7. Montgomery, Liepaja/.1.0 
 8. Rozitis, Jurmala1.0 
 9. Niedra, BK Ogre0.9 
 10. Gromovs, VEF Riga0.8 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
Places 1-12
 1. Kekava 10-0 
 2. Turiba 10-0 
 3. ViA 8-2 
 4. Jelgava 6-4 
 5. RSU 6-4 
 6. Marupe 6-5 
 7. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 4-5 
 8. Limbazi 3-6 
 9. RTU 3-7 
 10. Gulbenes Buki 1-7 
 11. Saldus 1-10 
 12. Livani 0-8 
Places 13-21
 1. VeA 7-0 
 2. DSN/SB 5-2 
 3. Valmiera/ORDO-2 4-1 
 4. LU/BS Riga 3-2 
 5. VEF skola 2-2 
 6. Madona 2-4 
 7. Jekabpils II 2-5 
 8. Riga/Ridzene 0-4 
 9. BJBS Riga 0-5 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Jan. 4: Turiba - RSU 92-65
Jan. 6: ViA - Jelgava 86-84
Jan. 5: Jekabpils II - Madona 80-90
Jan. 7: Valmiera/ORDO-2 - DSN/SB 79-90
Jan. 6: RTU - Kekava 67-82
Jan. 6: Limbazi - Marupe 66-94
Jan. 6: RSU - Ogre/Kumho Tyre 65-57
Jan. 6: Saldus - Turiba 59-67

Second Stage: Round 5

Jan. 10: VEF skola - DSN/SB
Jan. 10: Jelgava - Livani
Jan. 10: Kekava - Gulbenes Buki
Jan. 11: Turiba - RTU
Jan. 11: Ogre/Kumho Tyre - Saldus
Jan. 11: Madona - Valmiera/ORDO-2
Jan. 11: Limbazi - ViA
Jan. 11: Riga/Ridzene - Jekabpils II
Jan. 12: VeA - LU/BS Riga


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Edgars KRUMINS
  Jelgava
  (194-G/F-86)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Krumins, Jelgava23.9 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.7 
 3. Ginters, RSU22.5 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.21.7 
 5. Saknitis, Kekava18.9 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.18.3 
 7. Skute, Madona18.2 
 8. Zotovs, VEF skola16.7 
 9. Osins, Limbazi16.4 
 10. Muiznieks, Turiba16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Klavs DUBULTS
  ViA
  (198-F-96)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Dubults, ViA11.9 
 2. Cavars, Kekava11.7 
 3. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.5 
 4. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 5. Skute, Madona9.4 
 6. Lasmanis, Ogre/Kum.9.2 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.1 
 8. Sapovalovs, RSU9.0 
 9. Strelis, Livani8.8 
 10. Viksna, Livani8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gatis JUSTOVICS
  Jelgava
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Justovics, Jelgava9.3 
 2. Buikis, Saldus8.1 
 3. Kohanovs, ViA6.9 
 4. Bikovs, RTU6.5 
 5. Zotovs, VEF skola6.2 
 6. Endzels, Turiba6.0 
 7. Osins, Limbazi6.0 
 8. Paze, Marupe5.8 
 9. Vecens, Marupe5.5 
 10. Pabrieza, Livani5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.9 
 2. Mikulskiy, VeA3.2 
 3. Bikovs, RTU3.0 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 5. Osins, Limbazi2.6 
 6. Dambis, BJBS R.2.6 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 8. Skripka, Madona2.5 
 9. Brants, Madona2.4 
 10. Paze, Marupe2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 3. Engers, ViA1.4 
 4. Scerbinskis, Kekava1.3 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.3 
 6. Kravcenko, Limbazi1.3 
 7. Jurjans, RSU1.2 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.1 
 9. Saknitis, Kekava1.1 
 10. Viksna, Livani1.1 


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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  LEBANON  


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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Cleveland Melvin (ex Mono Vampire) agreed terms with Moutahed - by Eurobasket News

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) inked 26-year old American forward Cleveland Melvin (203-94kg-91, college: De Paul). He played in the summer at Mono Vampire in Thailand TBL league. Melvin also played that season for Hawks in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
He received All-Big East Honorable Mention award back in 2012 at his college time.
Melvin has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Melvin has played previously professionally in Hungary (Alba), Mexico (Fuerza Guinda Nogales and Jefes) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended De Paul University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pepsi LBL Round 7: Al Moutahed defeats Al Riyadi in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Pepsi LBL took place in Tripoli. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Al Riyadi (4-3) to seventh ranked Al Moutahed (3-4) 86-84 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Riyadi. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 26-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. Al Moutahed's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: AproK Sports Group) responded with 26 points. Al Moutahed moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sagesse. Defending champion Al Riyadi keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Tadamon. Al Moutahed is looking forward to face Sagesse (#7) in Beirut in the next round. Al Riyadi's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beirut Homenetmen.
Pepsi LBL top team - Homenetmen (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Hoops Club (0-7) in Beirut 91-70. It was a quality performance for South Sudanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Dewayne Jackson accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Ali Mezher (182-94) came up with 21 points and 6 assists for Hoops Club in the defeat. Undefeated Homenetmen have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Hoops Club at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Homenetmen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beirut to the arena Al Riyadi.
A very close game took place in Beirut (derby !!!) between Sagesse and Tadamon. Ninth ranked Sagesse (3-4) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Tadamon (4-3). Sagesse managed to escape with a 2-point win 86-84 on Monday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Terrell Stoglin fired 45 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Maurice Kemp produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Sagesse moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Moutahed. Loser Tadamon dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Al Riyadi. Sagesse will meet Al Moutahed (#6) in the next round. Tadamon will play against Mayrouba and hope to secure a win.
Fourth ranked Byblos (5-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Champville (2-5) by 24 points 97-73, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Ndudi Ebi who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 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. Byblos moved-up to second place, which they share with Louaize. Champville at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Byblos' next round opponent will be Louaize (#3) in Zouk, which may be the game of the day. Champville will play at home against Hoops Club (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 Louaize won against Mayrouba on the opponent's court 74-67.


Moutahed - Al Riyadi 86-84

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Pepsi LBL took place in Tripoli. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Al Riyadi (4-3) to seventh ranked Al Moutahed (3-4) 86-84 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Riyadi. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 26-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. Al Moutahed's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: AproK Sports Group) responded with 26 points and Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Al Moutahed moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sagesse. Defending champion Al Riyadi keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Tadamon. Al Moutahed is looking forward to face Sagesse (#7) in Beirut in the next round. Al Riyadi's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beirut Homenetmen.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: B.Cvetkovic 26+2reb+1ast, A.Aminu 17+8reb+1ast, A.Ismail 12+6reb+4ast, K.Brown 11+2reb+9ast, W.Arakji 7+4reb+3ast, A.Haidar 7+5reb+1ast
Moutahed: D.Spencer 25+8reb+4ast, C.Melvin 20+9reb+1ast, R.Curry 16+2reb+1ast, E.Roustom 11+4reb+1ast, C.Tabet 8+12reb, R.Akl 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 522111


Byblos - Champville 97-73

Fourth ranked Byblos (5-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Champville (2-5) by 24 points 97-73, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Byblos. Champville was better in fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. The former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Four Byblos players scored in double figures. American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) added 18 points in the effort for Champville. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Byblos moved-up to second place, which they share with Louaize. Champville at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Byblos' next round opponent will be Louaize (#3) in Zouk, which may be the game of the day. Champville will play at home against Hoops Club (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Champville: P.Rembert 18+3ast, B.Thomas 13+2reb+3ast, D.Townes 11+17reb+1ast, J.Assi 9, B.Bawji 7+6reb, A.Eddin Arnaout 6+4reb+1ast
Byblos: J.Youngblood 28+2reb+3ast, N.Ebi 22+13reb+2ast, C.Tucker 13+3reb+5ast, R.Akl 11+6reb+4ast, A.Kanaan 6+7reb, J.Hatem 5+2reb
gschID: 522109


Hoops - Homenetmen 70-91

Pepsi LBL top team - Homenetmen (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Hoops Club (0-7) in Beirut 91-70. The game without a history. Homenetmen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Homenetmen forced 21 Hoops Club turnovers and had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for South Sudanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Homenetmen players scored in double figures. International point guard Ali Mezher (182-94) came up with 21 points and 6 assists and American forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Hoops Club in the defeat. Homenetmen have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Hoops Club at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Homenetmen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beirut to the arena Al Riyadi.
Top scorers:
Hoops: A.Mezher 21+4reb+6ast, O.Thomas 19+6reb+1ast, I.Kaissy 10+2reb+1ast, O.Bailey 8+8reb+2ast, D.Garrett 8+15reb+1ast, H.Abdallah 4+1reb+2ast
Homenetmen: F.Khatib 19+1reb, D.Jackson 18+8reb+3ast, A.Majok 14+13reb+3ast, N.Souaid 12+3reb+1ast, E.Chamoun 8+1reb+4ast, K.Mechref 7+1reb
gschID: 522110


Mayrouba - Louaize 67-74

Very expected game when 9th ranked Mayrouba (2-5) was defeated at home by second ranked Louaize (5-2) 74-67. It was a very good performance for international guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international Elie Stephan (193-86, college: Alabama So. CC) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American center Robert Upshaw (213-94, college: Washington) answered with a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks and the other American import forward John Bohannon (210-91, college: UTEP) added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Mayrouba. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Louaize. They maintain second place with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Homenetmen, which they share with Byblos. Mayrouba lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Louaize's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Byblos at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mayrouba will play against Tadamon (#5) in Zouk and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mayrouba: J.Bohannon 15+13reb+2ast, R.Upshaw 15+14reb+2ast, I.Umipig 13+2reb+5ast, T.Ammar 10+6reb+2ast, P.Chehwan 6+6reb+2ast, C.Kodsi 6+1ast
Louaize: G.Johnson 24+12reb+7ast, T.McKie 17+6reb, E.Stephan 16+7reb+1ast, W.Lewis 10+11reb, M.Martinez 7+6reb+3ast, J.Salem 0
gschID: 522107


Sagesse - Tadamon 86-84

A very close game took place in Beirut (derby !!!) between Sagesse and Tadamon. Ninth ranked Sagesse (3-4) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Tadamon (4-3). Sagesse managed to escape with a 2-point win 86-84 on Monday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) fired 45 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: CS San Bernar., agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Earvin Morris (196-94, college: UTEP) added 28 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sagesse moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Moutahed. Loser Tadamon dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Al Riyadi. Sagesse will meet Al Moutahed (#6) in the next round. Tadamon will play against Mayrouba and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tadamon: E.Morris 28+5reb+3ast, M.Kemp 19+15reb+4ast, J.Holton 13+9reb+1ast, J.Khalil 9+5reb+11ast, A.Fakhreddine 8+8reb+2ast, G.Hadidian 7+4reb
Sagesse: T.Stoglin 45+6reb+3ast, I.Johnson 23+6reb+2ast, T.O'Brien 10+13reb+2ast, G.Beyrouthy 3+3reb+2ast, P.Bou Abboud 2+5reb+2ast, G.Yves-Daaboul 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 522108





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!



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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Rolandas Jakstas (ex Juventus) agreed terms with Gries/Oberhoffen - by Eurobasket News

NM1 newcomer Gries/Oberhoffen BC strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Lithuanian forward Rolandas Jakstas (202-102kg-92). He started the season at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL league. In 13 games he recorded 3.1ppg and 1.2rpg this season. Jakstas also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg. The last season he played at Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold. In 33 games he had 13.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention.
Jakstas won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2015.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.8ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 48.5%, FT: 58.3%.
Jakstas has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Lithuania for LSU-Atletas Neptunas Nevezis Zalgiris II Kaunas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - Nationale 2

N2 Standings
 1. Racing 15-0 
 2. Heffingen 13-2 
 3. Kordall Steelers 10-4 
 4. T.Hesperange 9-5 
 5. BC Mess 9-6 
 6. Grengewald 7-8 
 7. Black Star 5-9 
 8. Soleuvre 3-12 
 9. BBC Nitia 2-13 
 10. Preizerdaul 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 7: Heffingen - Soleuvre 89-73
Jan. 7: BBC Nitia - Kordall Steelers 85-68
Jan. 7: Racing - T.Hesperange 81-70
Jan. 7: Grengewald - BC Mess 61-75

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 10: Preizerdaul - Black Star
Jan. 13: BC Mess - T.Hesperange
Jan. 13: Preizerdaul - Grengewald
Jan. 14: Heffingen - Racing
Jan. 14: Black Star - BBC Nitia
Jan. 15: Kordall Steelers - Soleuvre


N2 Round 15: Kordall Steelers lose to BBC Nitia - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between third ranked Kordall Steelers (10-4) and ninth ranked BBC Nitia (2-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Kordall Steelers was defeated by BBC Nitia in Bettembourg 68-85. Newly promoted BBC Nitia maintains ninth place with 2-13 record. Kordall Steelers at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. BBC Nitia are looking forward to face higher ranked Black Star (#7) in Mersch in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kordall Steelers will play at home against Soleuvre (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Racing (15-0) which hosted in Luxembourg 4th placed T.Hesperange (9-5). Leader Racing managed to get a 11-point victory 81-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of T.Hesperange. Undefeated Racing have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. T.Hesperange at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Racing will play against league's second-placed Heffingen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. T.Hesperange will play against BC Mess in Mondercange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Niederanven was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked BC Mess (9-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Grengewald (7-8). BC Mess defeated Grengewald 75-61 on Saturday. BC Mess maintains fifth place with 9-6 record. Loser Grengewald keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. BC Mess will meet at home higher ranked T.Hesperange (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Grengewald will play against Preizerdaul and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 15 Soleuvre was beaten by Heffingen on the road 89-73.


Grengewald - BC Mess 61-75

The game in Niederanven was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked BC Mess (9-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Grengewald (7-8). BC Mess defeated Grengewald 75-61 on Saturday. BC Mess maintains fifth place with 9-6 record. Loser Grengewald keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. BC Mess will meet at home higher ranked T.Hesperange (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Grengewald will play against Preizerdaul and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 490231


Heffingen - Soleuvre 89-73

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Heffingen (13-2) beat at home 8th ranked Soleuvre (3-12) 89-73 on Saturday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Heffingen. They maintain second place with 13-2 record having just two points less than leader Racing. Soleuvre lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Heffingen will meet at home league's leader Racing in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Soleuvre will play against Kordall Steelers (#3) in Rodange and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 490230


BBC Nitia - Kordall Steelers 85-68

The game between third ranked Kordall Steelers (10-4) and ninth ranked BBC Nitia (2-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Kordall Steelers was defeated by BBC Nitia in Bettembourg 68-85. Newly promoted BBC Nitia maintains ninth place with 2-13 record. Kordall Steelers at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. BBC Nitia are looking forward to face higher ranked Black Star (#7) in Mersch in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kordall Steelers will play at home against Soleuvre (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 490229


Racing - T.Hesperange 81-70

An interesting game for Racing (15-0) which hosted in Luxembourg 4th placed T.Hesperange (9-5). Leader Racing managed to get a 11-point victory 81-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of T.Hesperange. Racing have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. T.Hesperange at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Racing will play against league's second-placed Heffingen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. T.Hesperange will play against BC Mess in Mondercange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 490228





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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





Best players of Mexican LNBP round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Soles and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 34 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Abejas (#8, 8-17) 102-92. Soles is placed at 2nd position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Soles will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Keenan had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Soles' top player in his first season with the team. Ferris State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Keenan is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.4ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 65.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-F/G-86) of Toros. Rougeau impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Toros lost that game 83-93 to slightly lower-ranked Garzas (#4, 15-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Toros still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-9 record is not bad at all. Rougeau is a newcomer at Toros and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Toros' star - former international forward Noe Alonzo (200-PF-83). Alonzo scored 23 points. Despite Alonzo's great performance Toros lost 83-93 to #4 ranked Garzas. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Toros needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Alonzo has a very solid season. In 25 games in Mexico he scored 8.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Grandy Glaze (204-F) of Correcaminos - 15 points and 17 rebounds
5. Rayes Gallegos (188-G-90) of Abejas - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Steffphon Pettigrew (196-F-89) of Abejas - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Anthony Perez (206-F-93) of Soles - 19 points and 5 rebounds
8. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84) of Abejas - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Israel Gutierrez (206-C-93) of Garzas - 12 points, 6 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)



Fuerza Regia signs Michael Perez - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Regia Monterrey (LNBP) signed 26-year old American guard Michael Perez (190-88kg-91, college: Nevada). He played most recently at Halc.Rojos in the Regional, but left the team in Nov.'15. In 5 LNBP games he had 3.4ppg and 1.0apg last season.
Perez played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2011.
He graduated from University of Nevada in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alex Oriakhi (ex Socar Petkim) joins Garzas - by Eurobasket News

Garzas de Plata Hidalgo (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old American power forward Alex Oriakhi (208-119kg-90, college: Connecticut). He started the season at Socar Petkim in Turkish TBL league. In 10 games he had 10.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3bpg this season. The last season Oriakhi played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 5 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (57th overall). The former University of Connecticut standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of Venezuelan LPB in 2016.
Oriakhi is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Oriakhi tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France, Israel (Hapoel Holon), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Erie Bay Hawks).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @miskoraznatovic)

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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.).

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  MONTENEGRO  

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 


Lopicic number one in Montenegro for round 13 - by Eurobasket News

Center Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lovcen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out S.Centar (#6, 6-6) 84-83. Lovcen is placed at 4th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Lovcen 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 6-5 record. In the team's last game Lopicic had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lovcen's top player in his first season with the team. Milos Lopicic has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 12.5rpg. Lopicic is in league's top in and averages impressive 67.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) of Primorje 1945. Jocovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Primorje 1945 lost that game 72-83 to slightly higher-ranked Jedinstvo (#7, 6-6). Primorje 1945 is still second from the bottom in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Primorje 1945 managed to get this year. Jocovic is a newcomer at Primorje 1945, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian Marko Djurkovic (206-C/F-87, agency: HMS) of league's second-best Sutjeska. Djurkovic scored 24 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sutjeska, leading his team to a 77-74 win against the lower-ranked Ulcinj (#5, 6-6). Sutjeska is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 9-2 record is not that bad... Djurkovic has a great season in Montenegro. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) of Ibar Rozaje - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Milan Stanojevic (183-G-86) of Teodo Tivat - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Boris Jeknic (203-C-89) of Ulcinj - 25 points and 6 rebounds
7. Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86) of S.Centar - 24 points and 2 rebounds
8. Nikola Rondovic (207-PF-91) of Ibar Rozaje - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Djoko Salic (213-C-95) of Sutjeska - 24 points and 8 rebounds
10. Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) of S.Centar - 21 points and 7 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)



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)



*****************************************************
  NBA  


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



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



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



The Mavericks waive Jackson - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) waived 26-year old point guard Pierre Jackson (180-82kg-91, college: Baylor). In four NBA games he recorded 3.0ppg and 1.8apg this season. Jackson also played for another team Texas Legends where in 10 NBA games he averaged impressive 29.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.0apg and 1.8spg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in second round (42nd overall). The former Baylor University staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NIT championship title in 2013. Jackson was selected to D-League All-Star Game back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Jackson has played also professionally in Croatia (Cedevita), France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket), Turkey (Fenerbahce), other NBA team (Phi.76ers) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars).
The scouts decsribe him following way: An energetic PG who loves to create out from the dribble. He can be unstoppable when he goes inside and can be effective at the defensive side too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Timberwolves waived John Lucas III - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) waived experienced 35-year old point guard John Lucas III (180-75kg-82, college: Oklahoma State). But in 5 NBA games he recorded just 0.4ppg this season.
Lucas III ended the last season at Guizhou (NBL) in Chinese league. But the most of that year he spent at Piratas in Puerto Rican BSN where in 8 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg.
Lucas III has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2005 Sioux Falls Skyforce selected him in second round (11th overall) in the CBA draft.
The former Oklahoma State standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lucas III won NBA Central Division championship title in 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com Chinese CBA All-Imports Team back in 2010.
Lucas III is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Lucas III has played previously professionally in Italy, Spain, other NBA teams (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat), China (Fujian) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A true point guard, who runs the court extremely well has great court vision. Despite limited size, he is not afraid of contacts and can go inside to finish. Shoots well from outside and likes the fast tempo game, but knows how to run a team even at a controlled ball game. Should improve his defense, that seemed so-so in his first European experience.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Hawks waive Kelly - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks waived 26-year old power forward Ryan Kelly (211-104kg-91, college: Duke). But in 9 NBA games he recorded just 1.1ppg and 1.1rpg this season.
The most of last season Kelly spent at the Lakers where in 36 NBA games he averaged 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played that season for another team D-Fenders. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Kelly was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 7 games he had very impressive stats: 27.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg and 2.0bpg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers in second round (48th overall). Kelly attended Duke University and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in ACC for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Kelly was also voted All-ACC Honorable Mention back in 2013 at his college time.
On Kelly: More a technical player tha an athletic kind of PF, he is a versatile big man who can spend time in multiple positions. Bright future even at the 3 position, thanks to an interesting shooting accuracy from behing the 3-pts arch ....

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trail Blazers Officially Acquire First-Round Pick - by Eurobasket News

The Cavaliers and Trail Blazers have finalized the trade that was first reported on Thursday night, the team writes in a press release. The deal will see Portland return the 2018 first-round pick they acquired from Cleveland last season in exchange for Cleveland's unprotected 2017 first-round picks. The deal sets the stage for the Cavs to acquire Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) and gives the Trail Blazers a pair of first-round picks in a draft that's already being touted as incredibly exciting and loaded with high-end talent even outside of the Top 10. The Blazers had originally acquired Cleveland's 2018 first-round pick in last February's Anderson Varajao deal, but the Cavs needed to reacquire it in order to work around the Ted Stepien Rule, which prohibits teams from dealing first-round picks in consecutive years. The Cavaliers have reportedly committed to sending Atlanta their 2019 first-round pick, thus their need to reacquire a first-round pick for 2018.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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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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).

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Grizzlies rally from 24 down to stun Warriors 128-119 in OT - by Eurobasket News

Rarely did Stephen Curry, coach Steve Kerr and the rest of those 73-win Warriors have to stop and re-evaluate things last season. Until they lost the NBA championship to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, of course. Golden State sure is taking inventory now, having squandered Curry's 40-point performance and a 24-point lead in the second half of a 128-119 overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. "There's no panic at all. You go through these hiccups, these road bumps and it pokes air out of the balloon a little bit, but that's what the regular season's for," Curry said. "Last year, I don't think we had many opportunities to kind of self-assess and look ourselves in the mirror and see where we were at, just riding that wave." Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) plans to do his part in the learning process after criticizing his own poor body language. He figures that affected his teammates as the game got away. The Warriors watched as Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) knocked down a key jumper with 55 seconds left in OT on the way to 27 points, and the Grizzlies beat Golden State for the second time this season. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) each made two quick baskets as the Grizzlies hit their initial five shots in the extra period and snapped Golden State's nine-game home winning streak. "I'm actually happy we lost today because there are some things that we need to correct in order to win a championship. That's our goal," Green said. "Our fourth-quarter offense has been atrocious." Green converted a three-point play for the Warriors with 2:22 left in overtime, then made a steal on the other end. But he turned the ball over and Troy Daniels (6'4''-G-91, college: VCU) immediately hit a corner 3-pointer for Memphis. Conley tied it on a 17-footer with 7.4 seconds left in regulation, and a heavily guarded Curry missed from way back before the buzzer. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) had 27 points and 13 rebounds but missed five free throws in the Warriors' sixth defeat of the season. The Grizzlies handed Golden State a 110-89 loss on Dec. 10. "The fourth quarter, once they made that run, our body language was bad, and that can't happen," Kerr said. "And that bothered me." One spectacular play seemed it would sum up Curry's night until his team crumbled. Off the ground mid-shot, he knocked down a 3-pointer and converted the four-point play to chants of "M-V-P!" with 5:16 left in the third quarter after a foul on his backside by Vince Carter. Curry's bottom on the court and mouthpiece hanging out moments later, he raised both arms to make sure everybody knew the shot was good. The Warriors didn't make their first field goal in the fourth until Curry's jumper with 3:14 to go. They shot 2 for 13 in the period with five turnovers. "I love that it was a great team that we beat, but I want more consistency," Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said. "Right now we play like spoilers. We haven't proven that as a contender we can do it night in and night out." Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) had been questionable with an illness but got going in a hurry. He scored 12 points on 12 shots in 13 minutes out of the gate and wound up with 17 points for Golden State. Curry, who shot 15 for 27 and 5 of 13 on 3s, has made a concerted effort to be more aggressive on the offensive end during this recent stretch and since a defeat at Cleveland on Christmas after which he said he didn't shoot enough. He had his second 40-point game following a 35-point outing Wednesday against Portland. But the Warriors lost for the first time in 26 regular-season games when Curry scored at least 30 points. Memphis won on Golden State's home floor for the first time since an 88-81 victory in overtime on Nov. 20, 2013.
Courtesy of: theeagle.com



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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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Micah Seaborn scores 25 points; Monmouth beats Iona 92-74 - by Eurobasket News

Micah Seaborn (6'5''-G-95) scored 25 points and Monmouth rolled to a 92-74 victory over Iona on Friday night. Seaborn was 10 of 17 from the floor. Chris Brady (6'10''-C-95) and Justin Robinson (5'8''-PG-95) added 18 points apiece for the Hawks (11-5, 3-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who snapped a three-game losing skid, their longest since 2014. Iona (9-7, 2-3) has lost four of its last five. Sam Cassell Jr. (6'4''-G-92) Jr. had 20 points and made five 3-pointers to lead the Gaels. Iona Jordan Washington (6'8''-F) scored 17 points, and Rickey McGill (6'1''-G) made just 1 of 8 field goals, but was 9-of-10 shooting from the line and finished with 11 points and five assists. Monmouth had a double-digit lead midway through the first half and led 54-41 at the break. Robinson's 3-pointer with 9:14 to play stretched the Hawks' lead to 20 points.
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



Kansas lands Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe - by Eurobasket News

Kansas continues to do well with transfers for next season as the Jayhawks landed a commitment from Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe (6'6''-F) on Saturday, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 6-foot-6 Cunliffe is a former four-star prospect who left the Sun Devils after 10 games into his freshman season to explore new options. Cunliffe averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 34 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range. Cunliffe will have to sit out the rest of this season and the first semester of next season but the Jayhawks getting Cunliffe and former Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman should give them some quality reinforcements for next season. Newman can help offset the loss of Frank Mason while Cunliffe can help fill some minutes on the wing if Josh Jackson leaves.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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. 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




UMBC Opens Conference Play In Impressive Fashion - by Carl Berman

Baltimore, MD - First year coach Ryan Odom has UMBC off to a great start this season. They won their conference home opener 85-71, against a solid Binghamton Bearcats squad that will be a tough competitor in the America East. Coach Odom came to UMBC after one successful season at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne. Odom has a long history as an assistant coach at the Division I level, as well as being the interim head coach at Charlotte in 2015. UMBC's offense and overall team cohesion is miles better than it was last season. UMBC should contend for one of the top spots in the America East this season.

After hearing that they would be missing starting guard J.C. Show for the rest of the season the Bearcats knew someone would have to step up. They do have several of decent contributors, and even first team all conference pick in 6-6 junior forward Willie Rodriquez who is still working his way back into game shape after missing time with an injury. Binghamton just didn't have enough fire power and lacked the ability to run with the home Retrievers. Rodriguez labored down the court at times, but provided solid veteran leadership and a post presence. His crafty low post game was on display as he finished with ten points and six rebounds.

Two other solid contributors for Binghamton were guards 6-0 Fard Muhammad and 6-1 Timmy Rose. Muhammad was not shy and looked to pick up the much needed scoring presence Show left behind. Muhammad finished with 16 points, four three pointers, three rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes. Rose, who stepped into the starting point guard role, set the offense well and made sure his team was going through their sets, even if they weren't executing. He did a solid job providing leadership that a point guard should. Rose finished with 12 points, four assists, two rebounds and only one turnover in 36 minutes.

For UMBC pace was key. They are a run and gun type team when they have the advantage in the open court. They only finished with eight fast break points but that was not indicative of their frenetic pace. Led by junior 6-2 shooting guard Jairus Lyles (6'2''-G-95), who leads the team with an average of 22 ppg., the Retrievers used a balanced inside out attack to keep Binghamton off balance. Lyles would help spread the floor and open up lanes for him to use his solid one on one scoring ability. He has a quick crossover that frees him from his defender and allows him to get to the rim, where he is a good below the rim finisher. Lyles is also electric in the open floor finishing breakaways by blowing past defenders and finishing layups at the rim. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The other big contributor on the night was senior 6-8 stretch four man Will Darley. Darley is a prototypical stretch four player. He also has an ability to score close to the basket, but prefers to face up in post situations. Darley proved to be a mismatch all night for the Bearcats. He pulled the big guys away from the paint and really opened up the lane for his teammates. Since the defense was concerned with protecting Darley against the three, it allowed him to pump fake and go by defenders on several occasions. Darley made two three's on the night but had chance to shoot more of them if he wanted too. Darley finished with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists.

Two other solid scoring options on the night for the Retrievers were 6-6 sophomore wing Joe Sherburne and 6-10 sophomore forward Nolan Gerrity. Sherburne finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Gerrity finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

UMBC is continuing to prove why they will be a force to be reckoned with in the America East. Once Rodney Elliott is full strength, he will add another dimension for them on offense.

Binghamton will really be hurt by the loss of J.C. Show. Once Rodriguez is at full strength it will help with the scoring load, but they will need some of their young guards to continue to produce to make up for it.

Up next for Binghamton is a home game vs, UMass Lowell on Sunday while UMBC has a home game against Maine also on Sunday.

This article was written by Greg Walter and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



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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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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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Jesse Pellot-Rosa (ex Bayamon) is a newcomer at Libertad Sunchales - by Eurobasket News

Libertad Sunchales (LigaA) added to their roster 33-year old Puerto Rican ex-international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-88kg-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Pellot-Rosa played last summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 28 games he recorded 6.8ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Pellot-Rosa also played that season for Piratas (also in BSN) where in 17 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
His college team won CAAC Tournament in 2007. Pellot-Rosa was a member of Puerto Rican Senior National Team back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Pellot-Rosa has played also professionally in Denmark, Dominican Rep., Iceland, Israel, Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Uruguay (Malvin), Argentina (Ferrocarril, Quimsa and Olimpico de La Banda), Puerto Rico (Atleticos, Manati and Mets) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana and Titanes Licey).
He attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An outstanding athlete, Jesse can play the 2/3, is physically very strong, he can compete at any level, good 3 point shooter, excellent defender, good rebounder, has the ability to score points many different ways, usually at his best in pressure situations.

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Galil Gilboa lands Gilberto Clavell, ex Aguada - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Galil Gilboa (Winner League) tabbed 28-year old Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (200-95kg-89, college: Sam Houston State, agency: Inception Sports). He played in the summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 24 games he averaged 8.5ppg and 3.3rpg. Clavell helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Hapoel Afula (National League) where in 16 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 20.8ppg and recorded 8.0rpg and 2.9apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Clavell's team won Southland Conference West Division Regular Season for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He received also All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Clavell was also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. He played for Puerto Rican Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U21 National Team in 2006.
Clavell represented Puerto Rico at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 50.0%.
And here thanks to pro basketball Clavell experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Clavell has played previously professionally in Finland (Kouvot) and Israel (Hapoel Migdal Haemek).
He attended Sam Houston State until 2011 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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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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. B