EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 01-08-2017 00:00:00

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  ABA  



Georgia Gwizzlies to return to China 2017 - by Gianni Pascucci

The Gwizzlies are currently playing in tha ABA, but some hours ago they sent us this new release:
The Georgia Gwizzlies will make a milestone this summer.
Team second trip to Shanghai and Beijing China.
"When you going overseas with your team you just get a different mindset,different ballplayers who knows potential lucrative contracts are on the line.Ballplayers are their either 7 straight days or 3 straight weeks full-time as pro ballplayers" states Embry Malone . "Guys eat, practice, play ballgames and have no day job or other things" says Malone.
Tyler Deihl will be the lead PG. Overseas vet Lamar Grimes will be in the backcourt. Greg Howard was recently invited to attend the NBA Golden State Warriors D-League team in Santa Cruz shall be in uniform. 6/8 Johnny Jackson and 6/8 Quinton Brewer also will be on the roster.



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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


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  


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.


Quezada debuts in D'Agosto before facing Petro - by Eurobasket News

Dominican-born American player Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF) made his debut for 1 de Agosto in the Bic Basket competition on Friday, after having already made his appearance in the African Champion Clubs' Cup in Egypt. The base from Petro de Luanda, who signed a two-season contract with 1 de Agosto, debuted with 18 points in the victory over Vila Clotilde by 106-70 in a game played at the Victorino Cunha Pavilion. The official site of the red-black club on the internet highlights the fact and stressed the statistics of the North American players and remembers that the next opponent of 1 de Agosto is Petro de Luanda, on Tuesday at 18.00 in the Cidadela sporting pavilion.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ARAB NATIONS CUP  

Standings

Standings
1. Morocco5-0
2. Egypt4-1
3. S.Arabia2-3
4. Bahrain2-3
5. UAE2-3
6. Algeria0-5

Finals: Round 1

3-4 Place

Jan. 8: KSA - BHR 69-79

FINAL

Jan. 8: MOR - EGY 90-96


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.





Egypt top Morocco to capture Gold - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Morocco - Egypt 90-96
Egypt claimed the title at the championship. The hosts came from behind to beat Morocco for the trophy. Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) nailed 18 points to lead the champions. Morocco got to a furious start. They sank 32 points in the first period to take an 11-point lead. But Egypt slowly turned things around. The hosts pulled within 9 points at halftime 42:51. Egypt unloaded 31 points in the third term to surge ahead for a narrow 3-point lead. Egypt continued to put pressure on the visitors in the fourth term. Egypt boosted the lead and protected it late in regulation to seal the victory. Motaz Okasha (186-PG-90) and Ramy Ibrahim (205-F/C-88) delivered 14 points each in the win. Abdelhakim Zouita (200-F-86) responded with 20 points for Morocco. John Wilkins (207-F/C-89, college: Illinois St., agency: Promotex) had 16 points and 8 boards in the loss.
3-4 Place
Saudi Arabia - Bahrain 69-79
Bahrain claimed the Bronze medals at the Arab Nations Cup. They topped Saudi Arabia in the consolation final. Mohammed Qurban (187-F-87) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Bahrain accumulated a 52:38 halftime lead. Saudi Arabia narrowed the deficit in the second half but could not avoid the loss at the end. Malcolm White (205-C/F-88, college: LSU) provided 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Nassir Abojalas (194-F-94) responded with 19 points for Saudi Arabia.




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  ARGENTINA  


Estalles comes back to Anzorena - by Eurobasket News

A.D. Anzorena de Mendoza (TFB) added to their roster 33-year old power forward Matias Estalles (195-84). It is actually his comeback to Mendoza as he has played here before. Estalles has played for the last three seasons at Atenas Sport Club de Mendoza in the TFB.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for five other teams: Echague, Estudiantes Olavarria, Atletico Regina, Rocamora and Del Bono.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @interbasquet)

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ASEAN LEAGUE  

Standings

ASEAN League Standings
 1 Kaohsiung 89-5 
 2 Singapore S. 7-1 
 3 Hong Kong ELL 4-1 
 4 Alab Pilipinas 3-2 
 5 KL Dragons 1-3 
 6 Saigon H. 0-92 

Regular Season: Round 5

Jan. 7: Kaohsiung - Saigon H. 83-82
Jan. 8: Singapore S. - KL Dragons 78-77
Jan. 8: Kaohsiung - Alab Pilipinas 77-86
Jan. 6: KL Dragons - Singapore S. 76-81

Regular Season: Round 6

Jan. 13: Alab Pilipinas - Singapore S.
Jan. 13: Hong Kong ELL - KL Dragons
Jan. 14: Saigon H. - Kaohsiung
Jan. 15: KL Dragons - Alab Pilipinas
Jan. 15: Singapore S. - Hong Kong ELL


Round 5: #1 Kaohsiung is defeated by Alab Pilipinas - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung (89-5) in Kaohsiung City on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Filipino Alab Pilipinas (3-2) 86-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kaohsiung won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Filipino guard Bobby Ray Parks (193-93, college: High School) stepped up and scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American forward Sampson Carter (203-90, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Alab Pilipinas' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Hungarian power forward Derek Hall (210-90, college: Albright) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Alab Pilipinas maintains fourth place with 3-2 record. Kaohsiung lost fifth consecutive game. They still keep top position with five games lost. Alab Pilipinas are looking forward to face KL Dragons (#5) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round. Kaohsiung will play on the road against Saigon Heat (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Fifth-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (0-92) gave a tough game to first ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung (89-5) in Kaohsiung City. Kaohsiung managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. American forward Chris Oliver (201-85, college: Radford) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Alejandro Inigo accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. American Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for Saigon Heat in the defeat. Kaohsiung maintains first place with 89-5 record. Saigon Heat at the other side still closes the standings. Kaohsiung will again play against bottom-ranked Saigon Heat (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Fifth-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (1-3) gave a tough game to second ranked Singapore Slingers (7-1) on Sunday. Singapore Slingers managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Xavier Alexander who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Singapore Slingers' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Freddie Goldstein produced 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Singapore Slingers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-1 record having 168 points less than leader Kaohsiung. Loser KL Dragons keep the fifth position with three games lost. Singapore Slingers will meet at home Hong Kong ELL (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KL Dragons will play against Alab Pilipinas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kuala Lumpur was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (1-3). Singapore Slingers managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. Americans were the main players on the court. Justin Howard orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 27 rebounds and 4 blocks. Singapore Slingers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-1 record having 168 points less than leader Kaohsiung. KL Dragons at the other side keep the fifth position with three games lost. Singapore Slingers' next round opponent will be Hong Kong ELL (#3), which may be the game of the day. KL Dragons will play against Alab Pilipinas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 17 rebounds by Skylar Spencer of KL Dragons.


Singapore S. - KL Dragons 78-77

Fifth-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (1-3) gave a tough game to second ranked Singapore Slingers (7-1) on Sunday. Singapore Slingers managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was American guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Singapore guard Wei Long Wong (187-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. Singapore Slingers' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American-Israeli point guard Freddie Goldstein (178-88, college: S.Alabama) produced 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Skylar Spencer (208-94, college: San Diego St.) added 18 points and 17 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Singapore Slingers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-1 record having 168 points less than leader Kaohsiung. Loser KL Dragons keep the fifth position with three games lost. Singapore Slingers will meet at home Hong Kong ELL (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KL Dragons will play against Alab Pilipinas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: F.Goldstein 30+5reb+7ast, M.Melvin 21+12reb+1ast, S.Spencer 18+17reb+1ast, C.Kheun Ma 6+1reb+1ast, I.Yeo 2, C.Hong Ting 0
Singapore S.: X.Alexander 25+9reb+9ast, J.Howard 22+10reb, W.Long Wong 17+12reb+3ast, L.Kwek Wei 10+4reb+1ast, O.Desmond 2+2reb+1ast, F.Mitchell 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 520705


Kaohsiung - Alab Pilipinas 77-86

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung (89-5) in Kaohsiung City on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Filipino Alab Pilipinas (3-2) 86-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kaohsiung won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Filipino guard Bobby Ray Parks (193-93, college: High School) stepped up and scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American forward Sampson Carter (203-90, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Alab Pilipinas players scored in double figures. Alab Pilipinas' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Hungarian power forward Derek Hall (210-90, college: Albright) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Chris Oliver (201-85, college: Radford) scored 19 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Alab Pilipinas maintains fourth place with 3-2 record. Kaohsiung lost fifth consecutive game. They still keep top position with five games lost. Alab Pilipinas are looking forward to face KL Dragons (#5) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round. Kaohsiung will play on the road against Saigon Heat (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kaohsiung: D.Hall 31+16reb+4ast, C.Oliver 19+9reb+8ast, C.Hao 10+5reb+1ast, W.Hsu 8+1ast, A.Inigo 6+2reb+1ast, R.Jose 2+10reb+1ast
Alab Pilipinas: B.Ray Parks 28+8reb+6ast, S.Carter 23+6reb+6ast, J.Hughes 12+9reb, V.Acuna 10+3reb+1ast, R.Celiz 6+1reb, L.Domingo 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 520704


Kaohsiung - Saigon H. 83-82

Fifth-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (0-92) gave a tough game to first ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung (89-5) in Kaohsiung City. Kaohsiung managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Saigon Heat was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 26-16 third quarter run of Kaohsiung. American forward Chris Oliver (201-85, college: Radford) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Filipino guard Alejandro Inigo (175) accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. American Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent St.) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Saigon Heat in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kaohsiung maintains first place with 89-5 record. Saigon Heat at the other side still closes the standings. Kaohsiung will again play against bottom-ranked Saigon Heat (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: L.Daniel 25+12reb+3ast, J.Munzon 19+5reb+3ast, H.Quaintance 19+9reb, D.Arnold 12+2reb+2ast, T.Nguyen 5+5reb+6ast, T.Nguyen 2
Kaohsiung: C.Oliver 25+13reb+4ast, A.Inigo 18+3reb+4ast, D.Hall 14+7reb+1ast, R.Jose 12+6reb, C.Hao 8+3reb+3ast, W.Hsu 6+4reb
gschID: 520703


KL Dragons - Singapore S. 76-81

The game in Kuala Lumpur was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (1-3). Singapore Slingers managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. KL Dragons were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Singapore Slingers shot 27 for 37 from the free-throw line, while KL Dragons only scored ten points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by KL Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 27 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Skylar Spencer (208-94, college: San Diego St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for KL Dragons. Four KL Dragons players scored in double figures. Singapore Slingers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-1 record having 168 points less than leader Kaohsiung. KL Dragons at the other side keep the fifth position with three games lost. Singapore Slingers' next round opponent will be Hong Kong ELL (#3), which may be the game of the day. KL Dragons will play against Alab Pilipinas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: S.Spencer 19+15reb, M.Melvin 17+11reb+1ast, K.Hou Teo 12+4reb, F.Goldstein 11+7reb+6ast, C.Kheun Ma 9+1ast, W.Hong Choo 4+1reb+1ast
Singapore S.: J.Howard 26+27reb+1ast, L.Kwek Wei 19+3ast, X.Alexander 17+4reb+6ast, F.Mitchell 6, W.Long Wong 5+4reb+6ast, O.Desmond 4+1reb
gschID: 520702





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

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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Ware, United22.8 
 2. Randle, 36ers22.6 
 3. Prather, Wildcats20.5 
 4. Lisch, Kings17.4 
 5. Newley, Kings17.4 
 6. Clarke, Hawks16.9 
 7. Penney, Breakers16.7 
 8. Goulding, United16.5 
 9. Johnson, 36ers15.6 
 10. Sobey, 36ers15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  Bullets
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Craig, Bullets8.4 
 2. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 3. Boone, United7.3 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.1 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.0 
 6. Whittington, Kings6.7 
 7. Mitchell, Breakers6.6 
 8. Pledger, Breakers6.5 
 9. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 10. Majok, United6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.1 
 4. Ware, United4.9 
 5. Newley, Kings4.2 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.9 
 8. Worthington, Taipa.3.8 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.7 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Whittington, Kings1.6 
 4. Harris, Hawks1.5 
 5. Prather, Wildcats1.4 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 8. Craig, Bullets1.3 
 9. Newley, Kings1.3 
 10. Boone, United1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel MCKAY
  Wildcats
  (206-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. McKay, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Carter, Breakers1.7 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 4. Boone, United1.5 
 5. Pledger, Breakers1.4 
 6. Whittington, Kings1.1 
 7. Wesley, United0.8 
 8. Powell, Kings0.8 
 9. Egwu, Taipans0.7 
 10. Maric, Kings0.7 



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  AUSTRIA  

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 13-2 
 2. Gmunden 12-4 
 3. Wels 10-6 
 4. Kapfenberg 8-8 
 5. Vienna 7-9 
 6. Furstenfeld 6-9 
 7. Arkadia 6-10 
 8. UBSC Graz 5-11 
 9. Klosterneuburg 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 8: Gmunden - Arkadia 81-78
Jan. 8: Furstenfeld - Klosterneuburg 80-71
Jan. 8: Kapfenberg - UBSC Graz 73-62
Jan. 8: Vienna - Oberwart 62-76

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 15: Arkadia - Gmunden
Jan. 15: Oberwart - Vienna
Jan. 15: Klosterneuburg - Furstenfeld
Jan. 15: UBSC Graz - Kapfenberg


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.9 
 2. Miletic, Vienna20.4 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna19.9 
 4. Vay, Arkadia18.9 
 5. McNealy, Oberwart17.2 
 6. Lamesic, Wels16.8 
 7. Jackson, Oberwart16.1 
 8. Naylor, UBSC G.16.0 
 9. Rados, Klostern.15.7 
 10. Wright, Wels15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron NAYLOR
  UBSC G.
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Naylor, UBSC G.11.3 
 2. Rados, Klostern.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.6 
 4. Lamesic, Wels8.4 
 5. Vay, Arkadia8.4 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.6 
 7. Gaidys, Gmunden7.1 
 8. Ferguson, Vienna7.0 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.9 
 10. Traylor, Oberwart6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 2. Stazic, Vienna5.7 
 3. Car, Furstenfeld5.5 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Maresch, UBSC G.4.9 
 6. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 7. Vujosevic, Kapfe.4.7 
 8. Payton, Wels4.3 
 9. Clemmons, Vienna4.2 
 10. O''Neal, Wels3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Vienna
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Coleman, Vienna3.0 
 2. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna2.1 
 4. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 5. Payton, Wels1.8 
 6. Miletic, Vienna1.8 
 7. Koch, Vienna1.6 
 8. Hassan-Zadeh, Vie.1.5 
 9. Car, Furstenfeld1.5 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
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  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.5 
 3. Ferguson, Vienna1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia0.9 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 7. Naylor, UBSC G.0.9 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.8 
 9. Steed, Gmunden0.8 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga

2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mustangs 10-1 
 2. Rocks 9-2 
 3. Lions 8-3 
 4. Dragons 7-3 
 5. Raiders 7-4 
 6. Timberwolves 5-6 
 7. KOS 5-6 
 8. BBU S. 4-7 
 9. Flames 2-8 
 10. Warriors 2-8 
 11. Piraten 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 7: Lions - BBU S. 81-72
Jan. 7: Piraten - Raiders 70-82
Jan. 8: KOS - Rocks 63-57
Jan. 7: Timberwolves - Mustangs 61-72

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 14: Warriors - Lions
Jan. 14: Mustangs - Piraten
Jan. 14: KOS - Raiders
Jan. 14: BBU S. - Flames
Jan. 15: Dragons - Timberwolves


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.


2.Bundesliga Round 12: Rocks lose to KOS - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Klagenfurt between second ranked Rocks (9-2) and seventh ranked KOS (5-6) on Sunday night. Rocks were defeated by KOS in a tough game on the road 57-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rocks. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-57. KOS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Timberwolves. Rocks at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. KOS is looking forward to face higher ranked Raiders (#5) in Villach in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rocks will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to fifth ranked Raiders (7-4) 82-70. Raiders maintains fifth position with 7-4 record. Worthersee Piraten at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Raiders will play against KOS (#7) in Klagenfurt in the next round. Worthersee Piraten will play on the road against the league's leader Mustangs (#1) in Mistelbach and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Vienna was also quite interesting. Second ranked Mustangs (10-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Timberwolves (5-6). Mustangs defeated Timberwolves 72-61 on Saturday. Mustangs have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Timberwolves keep the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with KOS. Mustangs will meet at home bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Timberwolves will play against UBC St. Polten (#4) in St.Polten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 12 BBU S. were beaten by Lions on the road 81-72.


Kosovo - Rocks 63-57

The most important game in the last round took place in Klagenfurt between second ranked Rocks (9-2) and seventh ranked KOS (5-6) on Sunday night. Rocks were defeated by KOS in a tough game on the road 57-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rocks. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-57. KOS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Timberwolves. Rocks at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. KOS is looking forward to face higher ranked Raiders (#5) in Villach in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rocks will have a break next round.
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Lions - BBU S. 81-72

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Lions (8-3) beat 7th ranked BBU S. (4-7) in Dornbirn 81-72 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Mustangs. Loser BBU S. dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Lions will meet Warriors (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBU S. will play against Flames and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Piraten - Raiders 70-82

Bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to fifth ranked Raiders (7-4) 82-70. The game was mostly controlled by Raiders. Worthersee Piraten was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raiders maintains fifth position with 7-4 record. Worthersee Piraten at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Raiders will play against KOS (#7) in Klagenfurt in the next round. Worthersee Piraten will play on the road against the league's leader Mustangs (#1) in Mistelbach and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 495153


Timberwolves - Mustangs 61-72

The game in Vienna was also quite interesting. Second ranked Mustangs (10-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Timberwolves (5-6). Mustangs defeated Timberwolves 72-61 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mustangs have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Timberwolves keep the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with KOS. Mustangs will meet at home bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Timberwolves will play against UBC St. Polten (#4) in St.Polten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 495152





Tilo Klette claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Naturalized German Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Gmunden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 39-year old had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Gmunden in his team's victory, helping them to beat UBSC Graz (#8, 5-10) 71-58. Gmunden maintains the 2nd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gmunden will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. It's Klette's second year at Gmunden and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tilo Klette averages this season 11.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia. Vay impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Arkadia lost that game 79-87 to the higher-ranked Wels (#3, 10-6). Arkadia managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Vay is one of the most experienced players at Arkadia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 8.5rpg and 3.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was Giorgi Bezhanishvili (F-98) of Klosterneuburg (#9). Bezhanishvili scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Bezhanishvili's great performance Klosterneuburg lost 64-78 to the higher-ranked Kapfenberg (#5, 7-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Klosterneuburg can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-11 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bezhanishvili he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bezhanishvili has a very solid season. In 13 games in Austria he scored 4.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Enis Murati (194-F-88) of Gmunden - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Benedikt Guettl (190-G-94) of Arkadia - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. DeJuan Wright (190-G-88) of Wels - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kevin Payton (196-G-86) of Wels - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92) of Kapfenberg - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Toni Blazan (195-F-92) of Gmunden - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90) of Kapfenberg - 18 points and 13 rebounds

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



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
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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





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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

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Tyrone Nelson (ex Sitra) agreed terms with Welcome - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Welcome (LUB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: New Mexico State). He supposed to play at Sitra Club in Bahrain Premier League. The last season Nelson played at Hoops Club (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league where in 26 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Turkish TB2L Semifinals in 2013. Nelson received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Forward of the Year award back in 2012 and 2013.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Nelson has played previously professionally in Finland (Namika Lahti), TPBL (Houston P.T.S.) and Turkey (Akhisar Bld).
He attended New Mexico State until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Long athletic inside-outside player who has a soft touch and excellent ablity to score in bunches... underrated passer. Rebounds hard and his ablity to handle the ball at 6'9 makes him a serious threat for either smaller or bigger fowards. Plays with heart and leaves it all on the floor every night.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Division I Round 10: Bosna-Royal keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Bosna-Royal as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Bosna-Royal defeated 5th ranked Spars Sarajevo at home 81-65. Serbian Strahinja Dragicevic (203-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Spars Sarajevo at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Spars Sarajevo will play next round against strong Kakanj trying to get back on the winning streak. Bosna-Royal will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Kakanj at home.
Bottom-ranked Gradjanski managed to get a third victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Mladost in Bijeljina 95-83. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Dragomir Marojevic supported him with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Even 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) did not help to save the game for Mladost. Gradjanski (3-7) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Siroki Primorka. Mladost lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Gradjanski will play against higher ranked Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mladost will play against Leotar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Kakanj (6-2) crushed at home 10th ranked Bosnjak (2-8) by 25 points 84-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. Kakanj have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Bosnjak stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Kakanj will meet Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round. Bosnjak will play against Siroki Primorka (#8) in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 10 Siroki Primorka lost to Sloboda Tuzla on the opponent's court 69-85.


Kakanj - Bosnjak 84-59

Fourth ranked Kakanj (6-2) crushed at home 10th ranked Bosnjak (2-8) by 25 points 84-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. Kakanj have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Bosnjak stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Kakanj will meet Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round. Bosnjak will play against Siroki Primorka (#8) in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sloboda Tuzla - Siroki Primorka 85-69

Very expected game when 8th ranked Siroki Primorka (3-7) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (6-3) 85-69 on Thursday. Sloboda Tuzla forced 22 Siroki Primorka turnovers. The former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) fired 23 points for the winners. Forward Enes Latifagic (200-92) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Sloboda Tuzla players scored in double figures. Croatian center Ante Djugum (211-88, agency: Court Side) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and forward Dario Dreznjak (202-98) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sloboda Tuzla have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-3 record. Loser Siroki Primorka keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Gradjanski. Sloboda Tuzla will meet league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Siroki Primorka will play against Bosnjak (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 23+1ast, E.Latifagic 15+5reb+2ast, D.Brown 13+3reb+1ast, B.Djumic 11+7reb+3ast, M.Rikalo 10+1reb+5ast, N.Muratovic 7+4reb
Siroki Primorka: A.Djugum 15+9reb, D.Dreznjak 13+6reb+1ast, I.Karacic 12+5reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 8+2reb+8ast, M.Dreznjak 6, M.Colak 4+3reb+3ast
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Gradjanski - Mladost 95-83

Bottom-ranked Gradjanski managed to get a third victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Mladost in Bijeljina 95-83. Gradjanski made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Gradjanski outrebounded Mladost 38-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Mladost was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81) supported him with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Even 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) did not help to save the game for Mladost. Serbian forward Ognjen Nisavic (194-90) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Gradjanski (3-7) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Siroki Primorka. Mladost lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Gradjanski will play against higher ranked Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mladost will play against Leotar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gradjanski: M.Markovic 26+10reb+4ast, D.Marojevic 21+10reb+1ast, D.Negovanovic 16+8reb, M.Bocka 14+6reb+3ast, N.Milesic 12+3reb, S.Svitlica 4+1reb
Mladost: O.Nisavic 16+4reb+1ast, D.Aleksic 16+1reb+4ast, M.Sutulovic 15+2reb+1ast, L.Markovic 13+6reb+1ast, B.Stanojevic 10+9reb+7ast, F.Patkovic 7+1ast
gschID: 520896


Bosna-Royal - Spars Sarajevo 81-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Bosna-Royal as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Bosna-Royal defeated 5th ranked Spars Sarajevo at home 81-65. Serbian Strahinja Dragicevic (203-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 13 points and power forward Ibrahim Durmo (201-97) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Spars Sarajevo at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Spars Sarajevo will play next round against strong Kakanj trying to get back on the winning streak. Bosna-Royal will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Kakanj at home.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: S.Vasiljevic 16+2reb+3ast, S.Dragicevic 16+6reb, L.Campara 9+7reb, M.Sturanovic 8+7reb, M.Saric 8+2reb, J.Hagins 8+5reb
Spars Sarajevo: Z.Jovanovic 13+3reb+2ast, A.Zahiragic 9+2reb+2ast, I.Durmo 9+6reb, I.Djukovic 7+5reb+1ast, R.Basic 6, T.Biberovic 6
gschID: 520897





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  BRAZIL  

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


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.21.6 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo21.1 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru20.6 
 4. Machado, Flamengo20.2 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros20.0 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia19.2 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi18.2 
 8. Anthony, Macae17.7 
 9. Jackson, Vasco D.17.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.9 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.3 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.9 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia7.6 
 5. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.2 
 6. Lopez, Flamengo7.1 
 7. Bernardi, Caxias d.7.1 
 8. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.1 
 9. Toledo, B.Cearense7.1 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Garcia, Bauru8.5 
 2. de Assis, Brasilia6.5 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.9 
 4. Borges, Franca5.8 
 5. Rodgers, Minas5.4 
 6. Freitas, Campo M.5.4 
 7. Dawkins, Vitoria5.2 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.2 
 9. Taylor, Mogi5.0 
 10. Lucas, Paulistano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus Vinicius TOLEDO
  B.Cearense
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toledo, B.Cearense2.2 
 2. Taylor, Mogi2.0 
 3. Curnell, Mogi2.0 
 4. de Oliveira, Mogi1.9 
 5. Rodgers, Minas1.9 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.1.8 
 7. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.8 
 8. Borges, Franca1.7 
 9. Holloway, Pinheiros1.7 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros1.0 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.8 
 4. Freitas, Campo M.0.8 
 5. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.8 
 6. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.8 
 7. de Souza, L.Sor.0.7 
 8. Hayes, Vitoria0.7 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Silveira, Mogi0.6 


NBB Round 13: Bottom-ranked Caxias do Sul win against Vasco Da G. - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Bottom-ranked Caxias do Sul managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Vasco Da G. 78-73. Caxias do Sul looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Vasco Da G. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Gobor Vinicius (185-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) answered with 15 points (made all of his eight free throws) for Vasco Da G.Vasco Da G.'s coach Dede Barbosa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caxias do Sul maintains fifteenth place with 2-11 record. Vasco Da G. at the other side keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Caxias do Sul are looking forward to face higher ranked Pinheiros (#5) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vasco Da G. will have a break next round.
NBB top team - Flamengo (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Caxias do Sul (2-11) in Rio de Janeiro 94-60. The former international power forward Joao Paulo Lopez (205-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Marcelo Machado chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. At the losing side point guard Patrick Vieira (186-93) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. 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 maintains first place with 9-1 record. Caxias do Sul lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Flamengo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caxias do Sul will play at home against Pinheiros (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bauru supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Vivo/Franca (6-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (7-5). Paschoalotto/Bauru did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-69 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. Jefferson Andrade nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Andre Stefanelli came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Vivo/Franca in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will meet Mogi (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vivo/Franca will play against Campo Mourao (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Campo Mourao. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Mogi (4-5) to seventh ranked Campo Mourao (7-5) 95-94 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Betinho Nardi Duarte fired 29 points and 4 assists for the winners. Mogi's coach Jorge Guerra tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Campo Mourao have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Mogi lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the twelfth position with five games lost. Campo Mourao's next round opponent will be Vivo/Franca (#8) in Sao Paulo. Mogi will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#7) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Sao Paolo. Ninth ranked Vasco Da G. (5-6) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Paulistano (7-5) 86-83 on Tuesday evening. It was a very good performance for David Jackson who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Vasco Da G. maintains ninth place with 5-6 record. Loser Paulistano dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Vasco Da G. will have a break next round. Paulistano will play on the road against SKY/Basquete (#10) in Aldeota and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant. Vitoria beat B.Cearense on the road 82-77. Brasilia won against Minas on its own court 92-79. Paulistano outscored L.Sorocaba in Sao Paolo 92-71.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by Kenny Dawkins of Vitoria.


B.Cearense - Vitoria 77-82

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Universo/Vitoria (7-4) beat 10th ranked SKY/Basquete (5-7) in Aldeota 82-77 on Saturday. Universo/Vitoria dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to SKY/Basquete's 22 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Universo/Vitoria looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). The former international Arthur Silva (196-82) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists and the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for SKY/Basquete. Four SKY/Basquete players scored in double figures. Universo/Vitoria moved-up to third place. Loser SKY/Basquete keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. Universo/Vitoria will face Liga Sorocaba (#13) in Sorocabana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Paulistano and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
B.Cearense: D.Rossetto 21+3reb+10ast, F.Ribeiro 20+7reb+2ast, L.Klassmann 17+11reb, M.Vinicius Toledo 11+10reb, A.Parisotto 3+1reb, T.Lima 3+2reb
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 21+5reb+6ast, A.Silva 18+4reb+5ast, D.Kurtz 13+8reb+3ast, C.Hayes 8+3reb, R.Scholz 7+3reb, A.Coimbra 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 495464


Brasilia - Minas 92-79

Very expected game when 11th ranked Minas (5-7) lost on the road to second ranked Brasilia (9-3) 92-79 on Saturday. Brasilia looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for Pilar Alves (201-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Jefferson Campos (191-91) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Brasilia players scored in double figures. American guard Scott Rodgers (191-87, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) answered with 11 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Minas. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brasilia maintains second place with 9-3 record having just two point less than leader Flamengo. Loser Minas dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Brasilia will have a break next round. Minas will play at home against Macae (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Minas: A.Mosso 13+3reb+2ast, D.Maynard 13+6reb, S.Rodgers 11+4reb+5ast, R.Oliveira 10+2reb+1ast, P.Boracini 8+3reb+2ast, D.Fuzaro 6+1reb+2ast
Brasilia: P.Alves 17+6reb+4ast, J.Campos 15+6reb+3ast, L.Mariano 15+4reb+1ast, F.de Assis 14+3reb+6ast, A.Oliveira 9+3reb+1ast, G.Giovannoni 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 495461


L.Sorocaba - Paulistano 71-92

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Paulistano (7-5) rolled over 13th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-8) in Sorocabana 92-71 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for point guard Yago Dos Santos (178-99) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 4 assists. Eddy Carvalho (196-87) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Paulistano players scored in double figures. Argentinian point guard Enzo Cafferata (187-88) answered with 8 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Jefferson Sobral (203-80) added 10 points in the effort for Liga Sorocaba. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Paulistano moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Paulistano will face SKY/Basquete (#10) in Aldeota in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against Universo/Vitoria in Salvador and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: R.Castellon 11+1reb, J.Sobral 10+1reb+3ast, T.Bento 9+3reb, E.Cafferata 8+9reb+3ast, L.Farina 7+2reb+1ast, A.de Souza 6+3reb+1ast
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 16+2reb, E.Carvalho 14+3reb+4ast, Y.Dos Santos 13+4reb+4ast, D.Hure 12+5reb, A.Pecos 10+5reb+3ast, G.Hubner 10+4reb
gschID: 495462


Caxias do Sul - Vasco Da G. 78-73

Bottom-ranked Caxias do Sul managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Vasco Da G. 78-73. Caxias do Sul looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Vasco Da G. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Gobor Vinicius (185-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) answered with 15 points (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83) added 16 points in the effort for Vasco Da G.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vasco Da G.'s coach Dede Barbosa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caxias do Sul maintains fifteenth place with 2-11 record. Vasco Da G. at the other side keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Caxias do Sul are looking forward to face higher ranked Pinheiros (#5) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vasco Da G. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Vasco Da G.: M.Becker 16+4reb, D.Jackson 15+4reb+3ast, W.Dos Santos 13+2ast, W.Drudi 10+4reb, D.Palacios 8+4reb+4ast, H.Vitor Lima 7+2reb+5ast
Caxias do Sul: G.Vinicius 17+5reb+6ast, M.Vinicius 14+4reb+2ast, D.Conceicao 13+8reb+2ast, A.Bernardi 10+5reb+4ast, P.Vieira 9+2reb+1ast, G.Pereira 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 495460


Bauru - Franca 89-69

The game in Bauru supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Vivo/Franca (6-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (7-5). Paschoalotto/Bauru did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-69 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. Paschoalotto/Bauru looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) accounted for 25 points and 7 rebounds. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. The former international Andre Stefanelli (196-84) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Joao Pedro Demetrio (208-95) added 13 points respectively for Vivo/Franca in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will meet Mogi (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vivo/Franca will play against Campo Mourao (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Franca: A.Stefanelli 14+5reb, J.Pedro Demetrio 13+3reb, H.Coelho 8+3reb+4ast, L.Cipolini 8+7reb, P.Lima 6+6reb+2ast, A.Borges 5+6ast
Bauru: R.Hettsheimer 25+7reb, J.Andrade 24+9reb+1ast, A.Garcia 13+3reb+12ast, L.Meindl 11+7reb+2ast, G.Pereira 7+4reb+3ast, S.Santos 4+2reb
gschID: 495457


Campo Mourao - Mogi 95-94

A very interesting game took place in Campo Mourao. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Mogi (4-5) to seventh ranked Campo Mourao (7-5) 95-94 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The former international Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) fired 29 points and 4 assists for the winners. Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) produced 31 points and 6 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all seven shots !!!) and American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) added 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. Mogi's coach Jorge Guerra tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Campo Mourao have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Mogi lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the twelfth position with five games lost. Campo Mourao's next round opponent will be Vivo/Franca (#8) in Sao Paulo. Mogi will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 31+6reb+3ast, T.Curnell 25+7reb+4ast, C.Silveira 17+4reb, J.de Oliveira 10+4reb+2ast, E.Corazza 5+2reb+2ast, G.Filipin 3+1reb+1ast
Campo Mourao: B.Nardi Duarte 29+4reb+4ast, V.Oliveira 15+6reb+1ast, G.Brown 13+2reb+4ast, D.Nunes 10+3reb+2ast, C.Freitas 8+5reb+3ast, W.Henrique 7+11reb
gschID: 495458


Paulistano - Vasco Da G. 83-86

Important game to mention about took place in Sao Paolo. Ninth ranked Vasco Da G. (5-6) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Paulistano (7-5) 86-83 on Tuesday evening. Vasco Da G. made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Paulistano was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and the former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Paulistano. Five Paulistano players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Vasco Da G. maintains ninth place with 5-6 record. Loser Paulistano dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Vasco Da G. will have a break next round. Paulistano will play on the road against SKY/Basquete (#10) in Aldeota and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: A.Pecos 16+2reb+4ast, E.Carvalho 15+1reb+1ast, G.Lucas 11+2reb+3ast, G.Hubner 11+6reb, J.Luz dos Santos 10+6reb+1ast, L.Dias Silva 8+3reb
Vasco Da G.: D.Jackson 22+3reb+4ast, W.Dos Santos 16+1reb+6ast, M.Becker 15+14reb, H.Vitor Lima 9+2reb, G.Zilmer 8+2reb+2ast, W.Drudi 7+2reb
gschID: 495456


Flamengo - Caxias do Sul 94-60

NBB top team - Flamengo (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Caxias do Sul (2-11) in Rio de Janeiro 94-60. Flamengo made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The former international power forward Joao Paulo Lopez (205-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international Marcelo Machado (201-75, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. At the losing side point guard Patrick Vieira (186-93) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Dida Bellato (198-85) scored 10 points and 7 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. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-1 record. Caxias do Sul lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Flamengo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caxias do Sul will play at home against Pinheiros (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Caxias do Sul: P.Vieira 17+5reb+4ast, D.Conceicao 10+3reb, D.Bellato 10+7reb, A.Bernardi 8+1reb, M.Vinicius 6+4reb+3ast, D.dos Reis 4+1reb
Flamengo: J.Paulo Lopez 20+10reb+2ast, M.Machado 17+7ast, R.Ramon 12+4reb+6ast, H.Gomes 11, L.Jacon 9+1reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 9+11reb+3ast
gschID: 495455





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  BULGARIA  

Standings A2

Division Standings
East
 1. UE Varna 11-0 
 2. Shumen 8-4 
 3. Cherno More 2 7-4 
 4. Dolphin 6-5 
 5. Chernomorets 3-9 
 6. Dunav 2016 2-8 
 7. Akademik Varna 2-10 
West
 1. Levski 2014-2 7-3 
 2. Vidabasket 6-3 
 3. Chavdar 6-3 
 4. Akademik Sofia 5-4 
 5. Rilski 2 4-5 
 6. CSKA 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 14

East

Jan. 15: Dolphin - Cherno More 2
Jan. 15: Dunav 2016 - UE Varna

West

Jan. 8: CSKA - Levski 2014-2 32-75
Jan. 15: Chavdar - Vidabasket
Jan. 15: Rilski 2 - Akademik Sofia



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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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Liga Nacional Round 30: Puerto Montt beats Deportivo Valdivia by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Liga Nacional.

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Liga Nacional took place in Puerto Montt. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Deportivo Valdivia (17-12) to eighth ranked Puerto Montt (14-15) 86-83 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Deportivo Valdivia. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Louis Munks (190-90, college: Prairie View A&M) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Mike Phillips (201-90, college: Howard) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds for Deportivo Valdivia. Puerto Montt have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Deportivo Valdivia at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Puerto Montt are looking forward to face higher ranked AB Ancud (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Deportivo Valdivia will play against the league's second-placed Osorno Basquetbol where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game for Los Leones (23-8) which hosted in Quilpue 3rd ranked Universidad de Concepcion (19-10). First ranked Los Leones managed to get a 11-point victory 97-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Universidad de Concepcion. American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Darrol Jones chipped in 25 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Diego Silva (186-93) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Los Leones have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-8 record. Universidad de Concepcion at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Los Leones will play against bottom-ranked Universidad Catolica (#12) in Santiago in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Universidad de Concepcion will play at home against Tinguiririca S.F. (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Valdivia was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked AB Ancud (18-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Las Animas (14-17). AB Ancud managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81 on Saturday. Francisco Centeno notched 22 points to lead the effort. AB Ancud's coach Ivan Gallardo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Terrell Taylor did not help to save the game for Las Animas. AB Ancud moved-up to fourth place. Las Animas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. AB Ancud will meet at home Puerto Montt (#7) in the next round. Las Animas will play against CD Castro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Espanol de Talca (16-13) and Tinguiririca S.F. (9-22), which took place in San Fernando. Higher ranked Espanol de Talca lost to eleventh ranked Tinguiririca S.F. in a road game 85-95. The best player for the winners was Juan Luis Abeiro who scored 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Tinguiririca S.F.'s coach Cipriano Nunez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Tinguiririca S.F. maintains eleventh position with 9-22 record. Espanol de Talca at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Tinguiririca S.F.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Universidad de Concepcion (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 30 CD Castro was beaten by Osorno on the road 65-60. Bottom-ranked CDU Catolica lost to Puente Alto on its own court 73-77.


Tinguiririca S.F. - CDE Talca 95-85

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Espanol de Talca (16-13) and Tinguiririca S.F. (9-22), which took place in San Fernando. Higher ranked Espanol de Talca lost to eleventh ranked Tinguiririca S.F. in a road game 85-95. Tinguiririca S.F. outrebounded Espanol de Talca 38-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Argentinian power forward Juan Luis Abeiro (196-88) who scored 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Venezuelan center Jose Juan Bravo (202-86, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Tinguiririca S.F.'s coach Cipriano Nunez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Decorey Jones (201-90, college: Faulkner) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Espanol de Talca players scored in double figures. Tinguiririca S.F. maintains eleventh position with 9-22 record. Espanol de Talca at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Tinguiririca S.F.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Universidad de Concepcion (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.Jones 24+5reb+2ast, D.McCombs 21+8reb+1ast, V.Guaico 14+2reb+5ast, E.Sepulveda 12+3reb+3ast, V.Lamberg 7+2reb+3ast, P.Barraza 5+3reb+5ast
Tinguiririca S.F.: J.Luis Abeiro 28+6reb+4ast, M.Ernst 21+3reb+1ast, J.Juan Bravo 21+8reb+4ast, M.Moraga 9+2reb+2ast, F.Pavez 7+7reb+4ast, P.Saez 5+7reb+6ast
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Osorno - CD Castro 65-60

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Osorno Basquetbol (22-9) beat at home 9th ranked CD Castro (13-18) 65-60. However just five-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 American center Yamene Coleman (208-86, college: Troy, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. International forward Juan Fontena (196-87) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 9 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Tyrone Lee (204-90, college: Grand Valley St.) added 20 points respectively. CD Castro's coach M De La Fuente rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Osorno Basquetbol maintains second position with 22-9 record behind leader Los Leones. CD Castro at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. Osorno Basquetbol's next round opponent will be Deportivo Valdivia (#5) on the road. CD Castro will play against Las Animas (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CD Castro: T.Lee 20+4reb+1ast, R.Cruces 17+3reb+3ast, T.Thomas 9+15reb+4ast, G.Velasquez 8+2reb+3ast, R.Madera 2+10reb+2ast, J.Coronado 2+1reb
Osorno: J.Fontena 18+9reb, B.Robinson 15+8reb+3ast, Y.Coleman 12+14reb+3ast, M.Schenoni 10+1reb, M.Hernandez 6+6reb+8ast, R.Munoz 4+4reb+4ast
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Puerto Montt - CD Valdivia 86-83

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Liga Nacional took place in Puerto Montt. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Deportivo Valdivia (17-12) to eighth ranked Puerto Montt (14-15) 86-83 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Deportivo Valdivia. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Louis Munks (190-90, college: Prairie View A&M) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Mike Phillips (201-90, college: Howard) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and Charles Rosenberg (198, college: N.Central Coll.) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Deportivo Valdivia. Four Deportivo Valdivia players scored in double figures. Puerto Montt have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Deportivo Valdivia at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Puerto Montt are looking forward to face higher ranked AB Ancud (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Deportivo Valdivia will play against the league's second-placed Osorno Basquetbol where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: D.Summers 33+16reb+3ast, G.Isla 17+2reb+1ast, C.Rosenberg 12+3reb+5ast, C.Altaner 12+2reb+2ast, M.Pino 6+3ast, D.Gonzalez 3+1reb+1ast
Puerto Montt: L.Munks 29+5reb+4ast, M.Phillips 19+9reb+3ast, J.Valencia 12+5reb+1ast, J.Holt 8+4reb+1ast, N.Ulloa 8+1reb+1ast, F.Jara 8+6reb+1ast
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Las Animas - AB Ancud 81-88

The game in Valdivia was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked AB Ancud (18-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Las Animas (14-17). AB Ancud managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81 on Saturday. Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) notched 22 points to lead the effort and the former international point guard Pedro Sandoval (175-89) supported him with 18 points. AB Ancud's coach Ivan Gallardo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Aspire Sports) did not help to save the game for Las Animas. His fellow American import guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. AB Ancud moved-up to fourth place. Las Animas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. AB Ancud will meet at home Puerto Montt (#7) in the next round. Las Animas will play against CD Castro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Las Animas: T.Taylor 37+8reb, D.Cheek 16+5reb+4ast, M.Perez 9+2reb, F.Morales 7+8reb+6ast, J.Del Solar 7+11reb+2ast, C.Torres 5+3ast
AB Ancud: F.Centeno 22+4reb+2ast, P.Sandoval 18+4reb, R.Larry 11+7reb, C.Naranjo 9+5reb+4ast, D.Osses 8+1reb, R.Vera 7+5reb+1ast
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CDU Catolica - Puente Alto 73-77

Rather expected game when 12th ranked Universidad Catolica (6-25) lost to tenth ranked Puente Alto (11-20) in Santiago 73-77. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan forward Lenin Lopez (198-91) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward John Dickson (198-90, college: Sacramento St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Christian Diaz (199-82) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Puente Alto maintains tenth position with 11-20 record. Universidad Catolica lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Puente Alto's next round opponent will be higher ranked Espanol de Talca (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Universidad Catolica will play against the league's leader Los Leones (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
CDU Catolica: J.Dickson 26+10reb+2ast, P.Pinto 15+1ast, C.Diaz 8+9reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Collao 7+3reb+2ast, C.Soto 6+1reb+1ast, M.Barrientos 5+1reb+6ast
Puente Alto: L.Lopez 20+8reb+4ast, D.Valenzuela 19+4reb+2ast, A.Pinedo 9+3reb, J.Luis Campos 8+3reb, J.Diaz 7+7reb+2ast, J.Martin Cardenas 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523280


Los Leones - CDU Concepcion 97-86

An interesting game for Los Leones (23-8) which hosted in Quilpue 3rd ranked Universidad de Concepcion (19-10). First ranked Los Leones managed to get a 11-point victory 97-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Universidad de Concepcion. Los Leones players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Darrol Jones (193-94) chipped in 25 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Diego Silva (186-93) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Los Leones have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-8 record. Universidad de Concepcion at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Los Leones will play against bottom-ranked Universidad Catolica (#12) in Santiago in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Universidad de Concepcion will play at home against Tinguiririca S.F. (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CDU Concepcion: D.Silva 19+5reb+4ast, A.Scott 16+5reb+3ast, P.Harrison 14+4reb+1ast, M.Cisternas 11+2reb+1ast, C.Lauler 9+4reb+3ast, P.Briones 8+4reb+1ast
Los Leones: D.Jones 25+3reb+1ast, H.Crawford 19+9reb, B.Bowdry 17+8reb+6ast, E.Arteaga 11+3reb+2ast, H.Gomez 8+3reb, T.Alvarez 7+1ast
gschID: 523279





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)



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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)



North grab 149-147 win in All Star Game - by Eurobasket News

North-South 149-147

North grab 149-147 win in All Star Game against South tonight. In a fascinating show North took a narrow 2-point win. They started the game with a 39-35 lead at the end of the first period and had a 3-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover North added a 40-36 rally in the third quarter, while South replied with a 45-40 in the last stanza.
Ding Yanyuhang (200-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 31 points. He was named the MVP. While Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) notched 25. Hudson Lester (190-SG-84, college: Tenn-Martin) followed them with 21 points in the winning effort. Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) replied with 32 points for the South team.



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Adriatic League: Cibona outmuscle MZT Skopje in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - MZT Skopje 87:79

Cibona conquered the 11th victory in the ABA League season. They toppled MZT Skopje to improve at 11-6 record. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 26 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace the hosts.
Cibona secured a strong start to the game. The Croatian team built a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. MZT Skopje dropped 27 points in the second term to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 41:43. But Cibona were back in control in the third term. The hosts used a 26:17 run to clear off. MZT Skopje narrowed the deficit in the final quarter but could not avoid the loss. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) finished with 19 points, while Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) added 12 points in the win. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) responded with 27 points for MZT Skopje. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) had 16 points and 8 assists in the loss.

Cibona: Zeljko Sakic 26, Scottie Reynolds 19, Nebojsa Joksimovic 12
MZT Skopje: Djordje Drenovac 27, Charlon Kloof 16



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).

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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



Zabok added Robert Abramovic to its backcourt - by Zeljko Zule

Zabok has added a fresh face to its backcourt by signing Slovenian Robert Abramovic (185-PG-88) for the remainder of the season.
Abramovic arrived from Macedonian side Kozuv, for whom he averaged 19.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals over 35 minutes in 3 Balkan League games this season.
Croatian A1 League side Zabok marks Abramovic's third stop abroad after playing for UBSC Graz in Austria and Kozuv in Macedonia.
Abramovic grew up with Jance and has already played for Terme Olimia Podcetrtek, LTH Skofja Loka, Zlatorog, Grosuplje and Hopsi and his native Slovenia.




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.




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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 9-1 
 2. AEK 7-3 
 3. Apoel 5-5 
 4. Enosis 4-6 
 5. Apollon 3-7 
 6. Etha 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 5: Apollon - Enosis 67-63
Jan. 8: AEK - Keravnos 63-79
Jan. 8: Etha - Apoel 62-71


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxie ESHO
  Etha
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Esho, Etha18.8 
 2. Franklin, Apollon18.4 
 3. Ray, Enosis16.8 
 4. Abukar, Keravnos15.3 
 5. Marshall, Apollon15.1 
 6. Walker, Etha14.5 
 7. Pigram, AEK14.0 
 8. Blakes, Enosis13.6 
 9. Wright, Apoel13.5 
 10. Barker, Keravnos12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cadarian RAINES
  Apollon
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Raines, Apollon8.8 
 2. Esho, Etha8.4 
 3. Thomas, Enosis7.6 
 4. Mobley, Apoel7.5 
 5. Parks, Keravnos7.4 
 6. Blakes, Enosis6.5 
 7. Wright, Apoel6.3 
 8. Barker, Keravnos6.2 
 9. O''Brien, Keravnos5.7 
 10. Franklin, Apollon5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.8 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.3 
 3. Washington, Enosis5.1 
 4. Bussey, Apoel4.6 
 5. Ross, Keravnos3.6 
 6. Koronides, Apollon3.5 
 7. Walker, Etha3.5 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.4 
 9. Blakes, Enosis3.4 
 10. Colimon, Etha3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.4 
 2. Jaxen, Etha1.8 
 3. Franklin, Apollon1.7 
 4. Panteli, AEK1.6 
 5. Parks, Keravnos1.5 
 6. Burnatowski, Apoel1.5 
 7. Ray, Enosis1.5 
 8. Thomas, AEK1.5 
 9. Marshall, Apollon1.4 
 10. Blakes, Enosis1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon MOBLEY
  Apoel
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Mobley, Apoel1.1 
 2. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 3. Raines, Apollon1.0 
 4. N''Doye, Apollon1.0 
 5. Marshall, Apollon1.0 
 6. Burnatowski, Apoel0.8 
 7. O''Brien, Keravnos0.8 
 8. Parks, Keravnos0.7 
 9. Esho, Etha0.6 
 10. Ortiz, Etha0.5 


Something good is going on in Strovolos... - by Chris Mammides

The 10th week of the league found Keravnos Strovolou to be the total triumph after succeeding an awesome road win in Larnaka against the champion team of AEK 63-79. Coach Livadiotis troops were better than their opponent and even though that there was an x factor for the home team, as there was the unknown Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dasic, the visiting side was quite serious and solid with great effort and passion from all the players, were able to finally get this precious (easier than though) victory, as obviously Alex Harris who left the Cyprus team to join forces to the Greek club Doxa Lefkadas in A1 league, was a serious loss for Coach Linos Gavriel, but it wasn't the only reason of the negative result for the champions..

The first period was quite nerve breaking for both the teams as they were quite unsuccessful in most of their offensive tries with quite many "empty" minutes with the score remaining on a very low levels and Keravnos getting a small lead of 1 in a 16-17 in the period with Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) already scoring 9 points and the home team having issues in the rebounding area, as other than Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) from AEK nobody else was able to grab a rebound, while on the other end, Keravnos had a team work with Mohamed Abukar, O' Brien and Parks being able to lock most of the "air fights"

The second period was quite decisive for the game since the visitors were able to get some precious points from nearly all the players who were a continuous thread for AEK's defense while the home offense was terrible with Primoz Brezec fighting alone at both edges... Keravnos further his superiority and team effort was able to increase the deficit taking it to +8, 23.31' to the end of the first half with Neofitou, Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) and Parks entering in the scoring board where they back up successfully Mohamed Abukar's. Ross's and O'Briens' points. The end of the first half was only 31-37 as Tomislav Petrovic helped a bit his team and cut the deficit at the end.

The third period was more or less the same with Keravnos keeping a safe distance but even though the score went to +9, 43-52 and 4.27'' to the end of the third period with Nikolaos Stylianou's long three pointer, AEK found the strength and with Courtney Pigram, Sizopoulos and Palalas three pointer's cut the deficit by the end to 54-59 as Sizopoulos missed the three pointer which would have taken the score into the single point.

The four and final period belonged totally to the visiting side and Coach Livadiotis, AEK cut further the deficit to 56-59 with Primoz Brezec feeling quite tired (let's not forget also his age) and 8.09' to the end the three pointer of the captain of the home team Panteli cut the deficit for the last time to a derby sound result the 58-61 of that particular time became at the end 63-79 with the total domination of Keravnos who outscore his opponent with the awesome 4-18 in the last 8 minutes!! Parks, Nikolaos Stylianou, O' Brien and Neofitou were the leading figures in this period, while AEK Larnakas lost nearly all the shots of the period with the only points coming from Primoz Brezec as nobody else scored on behalf of the home team..

Keravnos dominated in all areas but the rebounding one was the most crucial with 32-44 while in assist 15-20, turnovers 16-12, and steals 4-5 the domination was not so big. The MVP of the game was the Cyprus international forward Nikolaos Stylianou not only for his 16 points but also for his 4 rebounds, 5 assists and no turnovers in 22 minutes of game, while Coach Livadiotis use his 8 players with an accurate time in the court as other than Barker and Mohamed Abukar played exactly the same time, while four of them had double digits. On the other side Coach Livadiotis saw an amazing double-double figures by Primoz Brezec with 23 points and 15 rebounds but that was it!! Nothing else for the champions, Petrovic and Panteli try harder but they were all alone..
Keravnos increase the deficit no in the board to 9-1 followed by AEK's 7-3 and APOEL 5-5
Top scorers:
AEK: Primoz Brezec 23, Panteli and Petrovic 9 per head, Biggs 6
Keravnos: Nikolaos Stylianou 16, Mohamed Abukar 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 turnovers, Barker 12, Parks 10, and O' Brien 8

On the other game of the week, APOEL added his 5th victory after beating the last seated ETHA with 62-71 and Wright and Burnatowski being the leading figures scoring 21 and 18 points respectively while from ETHA, Esho and Walker scored 21 and 16 respectively. ETHA is at the bottom of the board with a negative record of 2-8

Lastly on the opener of the week, Apollon added his third victory after beating PAralimni with 67-63 in a total derby with the Cyprus International guard Iraklis Pittakas being the leading figure and the MVP of the game with 22 points followed by Marshall who scored 19. On behalf of Paralimni which is officially the most unpredictable team of the league, top scorer was Eric Washington (178-PG-93, college: Miami, OH) with 17 points. Apollon in now at the 5th place of this mini league with 3-7 record while Paralimni is at the fourth place with 4-6 record..



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.9 
 3. Bakic, BK Kolin17.8 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.6 
 5. Pecka, Usti n.16.4 
 6. Painter, NH Ostrava15.6 
 7. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.3 
 8. Brooks, J.Hradec15.2 
 9. Jelinek, Svitavy15.0 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.9 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Skinner, BK Kolin6.9 
 6. Smith, NH Ostrava6.8 
 7. Roseboro, Svitavy6.5 
 8. Pomikalek, BK De.6.5 
 9. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.2 
 4. Kouril, BK Opava5.3 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.9 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Sotnar, Usti n.4.7 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.5 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.4 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.3.2 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.3 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.2.1 
 6. Kremen, MMCITE B.1.9 
 7. Lipkins, J.Hradec1.8 
 8. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.8 
 9. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 10. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Hunter MICKELSON
  Svitavy
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 2. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 3. Jacobs, Prostejov1.3 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.1.2 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.2 
 7. Simpson, CEZ N.1.2 
 8. Canty, J.Hradec1.2 
 9. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 
 10. Kvapil, BK Opava0.8 


Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Group A

Jan. 8: Sokol H.K. - Nymburk B 83-84
Jan. 6: USK Praha B - Slavoj Litom. 78-79
Jan. 8: Vysocina - GBA Sparta 74-79
Jan. 6: Basket Kosice - Sokol Prazky 68-69
Jan. 6: Loko Plzen - Sokol Pisek 53-85

Group B

Jan. 6: Opava B - Sokol Slapanice 89-75
Jan. 6: Olomouc Bbal - Zlin 78-67
Jan. 6: Havirov - Novy Jicin 73-86
Jan. 8: Ostrava - Olomouc SK 72-87
Jan. 6: Pardubice - Prostejov B 108-67

Regular Season: Round 14

Group A

Jan. 15: Nymburk B - USK Praha B
Jan. 15: Slavoj Litom. - Basket Kosice
Jan. 13: Sokol Prazky - Loko Plzen
Jan. 13: Sokol Pisek - Vysocina
Jan. 15: GBA Sparta - Sokol H.K.

Group B

Jan. 15: Novy Jicin - Ostrava
Jan. 13: Olomouc SK - Opava B
Jan. 15: Sokol Slapanice - Olomouc Bbal
Jan. 13: Zlin - Pardubice
Jan. 13: Prostejov B - Havirov



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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 


Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Wolfpack/BMS 9-0 
 2. Koge BK 8-1 
 3. Vaerlose 6-4 
 4. EBAA 5-4 
 5. BMI Bloodhounds 5-4 
 6. Amager BK 5-5 
 7. Virum 4-4 
 8. Birkerod 2-7 
 9. SBBC 2015 1-8 
 10. Aalborg 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 8: Vaerlose - Aalborg 97-67
Jan. 7: Amager BK - SBBC 2015 95-77
Jan. 8: Birkerod - EBAA 83-77
Jan. 11: Wolfpack/BMS - Koge BK


Ligaen Round 17: Leader Horsens IC loses to Svendborg - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Top ranked Horsens IC (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of third ranked Svendborg on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by Svendborg 69-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Horsens IC. Horsens IC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Darious Moten (199-92, college: Mercer) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds. Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) produced 9 points and 16 rebounds for the guests. Svendborg maintains third place with 10-7 record having just one point less than leader Horsens IC. Defending champion Horsens IC still keeps top position with two games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Horsholm (#5) on the road in the next round. Horsens IC will play against Randers (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Bakken (11-2) against seventh ranked SISU (5-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Bakken was defeated by SISU in a tough game in Copenhagen 100-108. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Bakken. American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists. Tanner McGrew contributed with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Bakken. SISU maintains seventh place with 5-11 record. Bakken at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. SISU will play against bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (#8) on the road in the next round. Bakken will play against Naestved (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (0-15) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-74 loss to fifth ranked Randers (8-9) in Randers on Wednesday evening. Chris Nielsen stepped up and scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Jesper Sandager responded with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Randers moved-up to fourth place. Loser Stevnsgade still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Randers will meet at home league's leader Horsens IC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stevnsgade will play against SISU (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Naestved was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Horsholm (7-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Naestved (7-8). Naestved managed to secure a 6-point victory 92-86. Moritz Lanegger nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Naestved maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Horsholm at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Naestved's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsholm will play at home against Svendborg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


SISU - Bakken 108-100

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Bakken (11-2) against seventh ranked SISU (5-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Bakken was defeated by SISU in a tough game in Copenhagen 100-108. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Bakken. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 37-24 last quarter charge of Bakken cut the lead to 108-100 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Bakken 47-35 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. SISU players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Bakken's players. Bakken was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists. His fellow American import forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Mike Gesell (188-93, college: Iowa) added 19 points and 7 assists in the effort for Bakken. Five SISU and four Bakken players scored in double figures. SISU maintains seventh place with 5-11 record. Bakken at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. SISU will play against bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (#8) on the road in the next round. Bakken will play against Naestved (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SISU: K.Dranginis 25+12reb+13ast, O.Stroeh 22+5reb+6ast, T.McGrew 21+13reb+9ast, A.Haas 18+3reb+3ast, A.Touray 16+5reb+1ast, A.Hjorth 4+6reb
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 21+8reb+1ast, M.Gesell 19+3reb+7ast, E.Palm 14+2reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 11+3reb, K.Thomann 10+5reb, T.Laerke 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 489068


Svendborg - Horsens IC 69-68

Top ranked Horsens IC (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of third ranked Svendborg on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by Svendborg 69-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Horsens IC. Horsens IC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Darious Moten (199-92, college: Mercer) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Svendborg players scored in double figures. Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) produced 9 points and 16 rebounds and international guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Svendborg maintains third place with 10-7 record having just one point less than leader Horsens IC. Defending champion Horsens IC still keeps top position with two games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Horsholm (#5) on the road in the next round. Horsens IC will play against Randers (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: S.Bonneau 15+2reb+1ast, C.Jones 13+8reb, A.Aboubakar Zaki 13+4reb, H.NaNa 11+10reb+4ast, D.Moten 10+12reb+2ast, M.Kelly 3+1reb
Horsens IC: M.Mack 13+4reb+2ast, G.Lundberg 13+8reb+2ast, W.Artino 11+4reb, D.Trist 9+16reb+1ast, V.Borovcanin 9+2reb+1ast, L.Alexander 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 489067


Randers - Stevnsgade 107-74

Bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (0-15) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-74 loss to fifth ranked Randers (8-9) in Randers on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. Randers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Randers forced 22 Stevnsgade turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Randers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) stepped up and scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Randers players scored in double figures. Swingman Jesper Sandager (194-96) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists and Nicolas Christensen (190-90) scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Randers moved-up to fourth place. Loser Stevnsgade still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Randers will meet at home league's leader Horsens IC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stevnsgade will play against SISU (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Randers: C.Burgess 27+6reb+5ast, C.Nielsen 27+5reb+9ast, C.Jorgensen 10+3reb+4ast, E.Kibi 10+2reb+1ast, B.Colas 9+8reb+1ast, Y.Vernaza 6+4reb
Stevnsgade: J.Sandager 33+2reb+4ast, D.Champagnie 9+6reb+1ast, N.Christensen 8+12reb+2ast, R.Espersen 6+2reb+2ast, B.Vukicevic 5+4reb+1ast, F.Filsoof 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 489066


Naestved - Horsholm 92-86

The game in Naestved was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Horsholm (7-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Naestved (7-8). Naestved managed to secure a 6-point victory 92-86. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Horsholm won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naestved made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Austrian point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90) nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-97) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Horsholm in the defeat. Five Naestved and four Horsholm players scored in double figures. Naestved maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Horsholm at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Naestved's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsholm will play at home against Svendborg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: P.Onwenu 20+1reb+1ast, E.Ross 17+8reb, M.Lanegger 15+6reb+6ast, C.Sane 12+9reb+2ast, P.Hertz 11+3reb+2ast, P.Nolan 9+2reb+1ast
Horsholm: M.Dominique 21+6reb, M.Nielsen 20+1ast, A.Midtgaard 16+9reb, J.Smith 13+8reb, F.Nielsen 7+2reb+8ast, A.Meilby 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 489065





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  D-LEAGUE  


Fourth Quarter Push Powers Skyforce Past Legends - by Eurobasket News

After 18 lead changes and 13 ties, the Texas Legends (10-9) dropped their second straight game to the Sioux Falls Skyforce (16-5) 118-130 Saturday night in South Dakota. The two teams kept it close in the first half, swapping leads 14 times and staying within 7 points of each other. Sioux Falls carried a six-point advantage into the locker room, but the Legends tied it up midway through the third. Texas had a two-point lead with 1:39 to play before Sioux Falls struck with eight unanswered points to lead into the final quarter. The Skyforce finished strong in the fourth, taking their largest lead of the night (+22) with 2:31 to play. The Legends forged a comeback with 10 straight points, including back-to-back threes from CJ Williams (6'7''-F), but the gap proved too large to match as the home team swept the weekend series. Manny Harris (6'5''-F/G-89, college: Michigan) led the Legends with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals, while Gary Neal, making his first start, added 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jameel Warney (6'8''-F-94, college: Stony Brook) went 6-of-11 for 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and a game-high 4 blocks. Sioux Falls' Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) led all with 30 points, 11 rebounds and Denver Nuggets' assignee Malik Beasley (6'5''-G-96, college: Florida St.) added 21 points, 5 rebounds.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Fort Wayne Mad Ants waived Anthony Walker - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants waived 24-year old forward Anthony Walker (206-102kg-93, college: Texas Arlington). But in three D-League games he recorded just 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg this season. Walker also played earlier that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in three D-League games he averaged only 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in third round (51st overall).
The former University of Texas at Arlington standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
He won NJCAA D1 in 2012.

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



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



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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.


Iccan ties the series at Coliseo La Loma - by Eurobasket News

Iccan ties the series at Coliseo La Loma against HRPortoviejo. In Game 2 Iccan posted an 83-73 win for 1-1 in the Final series. They took a 19-16 lead at the end of the first period, while HRPortoviejo tied it all at 39:39. Iccan managed to grab a 2-point lead with 10 minutes to go and then pushed the tempo for good in the last stanza.
Game 3 is scheduled for January 10th.



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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



Van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old center Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rapla and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat TTU (#4, 6-4) 101-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Thanks to this victory Rapla moved-up to the 3rd position in Estonian league. They are still close to the very top. Rapla would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. van der Mars turned to be Rapla's top player in his first season with the team. University of Portland graduate has very impressive stats this year. van der Mars is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.1ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 66.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Justin Baker (203-F/C-89) of Tarvas. He is American forward in his first season at Tarvas. In the last game Baker recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Tarvas lost that game 70-80 to slightly lower-ranked TLU/Kalev (#8, 2-9). Tarvas is still second from the bottom in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Tarvas managed to get this year. Baker is a newcomer at Tarvas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#2). He also registered 9.3 boards per game. Former Utah Valley University star Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Saimon Sutt (200-F/G-95) of Parnu (#5). Sutt scored 24 points. Despite Sutt's great performance Parnu lost 86-93 to slightly lower-ranked Valga (#6, 5-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Parnu needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Sutt has a very solid season. In 12 games in Estonia he scored 9.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93) of TU/Rock - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valga - 14 points and 7 rebounds
7. Kristo Saage (186-PG-85) of TLU/Kalev - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Sandis Silavs (194-G-88) of Valga - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Demonte Harper (193-G-89) of Kalev/Cramo - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla - 16 points, 5 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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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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Langford, Unics23.8 
 2. De Colo, CS.19.0 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid18.4 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA17.4 
 5. Goudelock, Maccabi .16.1 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona15.4 
 7. Sanders, EA7 A.14.4 
 8. Wanamaker, Darussaf.13.9 
 9. Beaubois, Baskonia13.8 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.8.3 
 2. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.8 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.8 
 4. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.8 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.1 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos6.7 
 7. Brown, Anadolu .6.5 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.2 
 9. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.2 
 10. Dunston, Anadolu .6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.6 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.5 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.6.5 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia6.4 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 6. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.4 
 8. Colom, Unics5.4 
 9. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.3 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.2.0 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.6 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.6 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.6 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona1.4 
 7. Dixon, Fenerbahce1.3 
 8. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
 9. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 10. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.0 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.7 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.6 
 4. Birch, Olympiacos1.3 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 8. Theis, Brose Bask.1.1 
 9. Bargnani, Baskonia1.0 
 10. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 


ANGT L'Hospitalet: FC Barcelona top Joventut for the trophy - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona U18 - Joventut U18 74:58

FC Barcelona claimed the Adidas Next Generation Tournament L'Hospitalet stage title. They outgunned Joventut in the Final tonight. Andrija Marjanovic (199-F-99) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners.
FC Barcelona posted a 22:15 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. FC Barcelona piled up a 43:31 halftime advantage. They continued to stay dominant in the second half. FC Barcelona limited their opponents to just 4 points in the third term to boost the margin at 28-point mark and never looked back en route to the win. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) tossed in 15 points, while Nikola Zizic (208-C-00) added 12 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Alejandro Galan (203-C-99) answered with 13 points for Joventut. Eric Gonzalez (200-C-99) deposited 11 points in the loss.
Cedevita finished third as they fired past Alba Berlin 71:65. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 20 points for the Croatian youngsters.

FC Barcelona: Andrija Marjanovic 23, Arnas Velicka 15, Nikola Zizic 12
Joventut: Alejandro Galan 13, Eric Gonzalez 11



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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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





Weems' 24 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old swingman Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Maccabi T-A and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and eight assists for Maccabi T-A in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Darussafaka (#8, 8-8) 93-92. Maccabi T-A is placed at 12th position in Euroleague. Maccabi T-A is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. In the team's last game Weems had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Maccabi T-A's top player in his first season with the team. Sonny Weems averages this season 12.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics. He is American guard in his 3rd season at Unics. In the last game Langford recorded impressive 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Unics lost that game 70-102 to the higher-ranked Baskonia (#3, 11-5). This loss caused Unics to drop to 13th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Langford is one of the most experienced players at Unics and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#1). He also recorded 4.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Mike James (185-PG-90) of Panathinaikos (#6). James scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite James' great performance Panathinaikos lost 69-77 to slightly higher-ranked Olympiacos (#4, 11-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Panathinaikos needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 7 lost games. James has a very solid season. In 8 games in Euroleague he scored 12.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask. - 17 points and 13 rebounds
5. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Alex Tyus (203-C-88) of Galatasaray - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Rodrigue Beaubois (185-G-88) of Baskonia - 29 points
9. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Korisliiga Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in Nokia was quite interesting. Third ranked Joensuun Kataja (11-6) played at the court of 6th ranked BC Nokia (8-13). Joensuun Kataja managed to secure a 9-point victory 79-70 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Nokia won third quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joensuun Kataja made 7 blocks. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was center Daniel Dolenc (205-93) with 12 points and 6 rebounds. BC Nokia's coach Ilpo Rantanen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 11-6 record having five points less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. BC Nokia at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Tampere was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Salon Vilpas (15-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-12). Salon Vilpas managed to secure a 6-point victory 77-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tampereen Pyrinto. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Al'Lonzo Coleman accounted for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Tampereen Pyrinto in the defeat. Salon Vilpas have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. Tampereen Pyrinto at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Salon Vilpas will play against Kouvot (#8) in Kouvola in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (10-9) crushed at home 8th ranked Kouvot (7-11) by 20 points 81-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Jamal Jones who scored 27 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Steven Pledger who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lapuan Korikobrat. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kauhajoki. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will meet Tampereen Pyrinto (#6) on the road in the next round. Kouvot will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to secure a win.


BC Nokia - Kataja Basket 70-79

The game in Nokia was quite interesting. Third ranked Joensuun Kataja (11-6) played at the court of 6th ranked BC Nokia (8-13). Joensuun Kataja managed to secure a 9-point victory 79-70 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Nokia won third quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joensuun Kataja made 7 blocks. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was center Daniel Dolenc (205-93) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. BC Nokia's coach Ilpo Rantanen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 11-6 record having five points less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. BC Nokia at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: T.Rannikko 21+3reb+6ast, R.Brown 20+10reb+3ast, D.Mullings 12+10reb+3ast, J.King 9+3reb+1ast, T.Huolila 7+4reb+1ast, K.Bristol 6+6reb+2ast
BC Nokia: D.Dolenc 12+6reb+1ast, S.Barrett 11+5reb+3ast, N.Mattila 10+1reb, K.Smith 9+7reb+1ast, E.Skamo 8+6reb+3ast, I.Wilkerson 8+4reb
gschID: 488017


Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas 71-77

The game in Tampere was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Salon Vilpas (15-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-12). Salon Vilpas managed to secure a 6-point victory 77-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tampereen Pyrinto. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-19 Tampereen Pyrinto's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-71 at the end of the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) accounted for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) added 13 points respectively for Tampereen Pyrinto in the defeat. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. Tampereen Pyrinto at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Salon Vilpas will play against Kouvot (#8) in Kouvola in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 16+5reb+5ast, D.Williams 16+13reb+3ast, A.Coleman 14+9reb+4ast, M.Ojala 9+2reb, M.Pounds 6+2reb+1ast, A.Kivimaki 6+1reb
Pyrinto: J.Bullock 15+9reb+1ast, A.Lehto 15+2reb+1ast, R.Minard 13+4reb+2ast, A.Stringer 11+2reb+4ast, P.Heinonen 11+7reb+1ast, T.Palmi 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 488016


Lapua - Kouvot 81-61

Fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (10-9) crushed at home 8th ranked Kouvot (7-11) by 20 points 81-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Lapuan Korikobrat. Kouvot managed to win second period 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 24. They outrebounded Kouvot 45-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) who scored 27 points. Forward Lawrence Kinnard (203-86, college: UAB) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds and forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lapuan Korikobrat. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kauhajoki. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will meet Tampereen Pyrinto (#6) on the road in the next round. Kouvot will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 27+4reb+3ast, L.Kinnard 16+8reb+2ast, D.Williams 11+11reb+4ast, A.Conerly 9+4reb+2ast, D.Morris 8+15reb+3ast, M.Van Andringa 8+3reb
Kouvot: S.Pledger 27+5reb+2ast, R.Buckles 10+11reb+2ast, T.Hirvonen 10+3reb+4ast, O.Heinonen 6+1ast, M.Luosmaa 6+4reb, N.Andersen 2+1reb
gschID: 488015





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  FRANCE  

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 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Souffel 14-3 
 2. Quimper 13-4 
 3. RAC Basket 11-6 
 4. Caen 11-6 
 5. GET Vosges 10-7 
 6. St Vallier 10-7 
 7. Chartres 9-8 
 8. Orchies 9-8 
 9. Lourdes 9-8 
 10. Rennes 8-9 
 11. Angers BC 8-9 
 12. Vitre 8-9 
 13. ALS Basket 8-9 
 14. Lorient 7-10 
 15. Challans 7-10 
 16. Gries/Oberhoffen 6-11 
 17. SAP Vaucluse 5-12 
 18. CFBB 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 6: Angers BC - Caen 95-101
Jan. 7: RAC Basket - SAP Vaucluse 90-82
Jan. 7: ALS Basket - Souffel 89-98
Jan. 7: Quimper - Rennes 86-60
Jan. 7: Gries/Oberhoffen - Lorient 84-83
Jan. 6: GET Vosges - Orchies 79-70
Jan. 7: Challans - St Vallier 75-68
Jan. 7: Vitre - Chartres 73-76
Jan. 7: CFBB - Lourdes 61-84


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.4 
 2. Craion, Lorient17.7 
 3. Smith, Orchies17.1 
 4. Vaty, Lourdes16.7 
 5. Brooks, ALS Basket16.7 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.4 
 7. Newson, Lorient16.1 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres15.9 
 9. Kovanusic, ALS B.15.6 
 10. Monteiro, Caen15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Watt, Angers BC10.7 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.7 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel9.5 
 4. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.3 
 5. Nwaukoni, Angers B.8.3 
 6. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Craion, Lorient7.5 
 9. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 10. Vaty, Lourdes7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.1 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 3. Delhomme, St Vallier5.5 
 4. Rathieuville, Rennes5.5 
 5. Bichard, RAC Basket5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.0 
 7. Siegwarth, Vitre4.9 
 8. Uzas, Angers BC4.8 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.6 
 10. Neri, ALS Basket4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Cornely, Caen2.5 
 3. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 4. Gibson, Challans2.3 
 5. Neri, ALS Basket2.3 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Pene, Rennes1.8 
 8. Correia, Souffel1.8 
 9. Damachoua, Lorient1.7 
 10. Newson, Lorient1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.1 
 3. Negrobar, Rennes0.9 
 4. Cox, Challans0.9 
 5. Njiba, St Vallier0.9 
 6. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 7. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 8. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 9. Staniulis, Souffel0.8 
 10. Aded Hussein, St Valli.0.8 


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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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.

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NM1 Round 17: Leader Souffelweyersheim gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

NM1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Leader Souffelweyersheim delivered the fourteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 12th ranked ALS Basket (8-9) 98-89 in Andrezieux. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Souffelweyersheim made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) who scored 37 points (!!!). Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) chipped in 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Souffelweyersheim maintains first place with 14-3 record. ALS Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim are looking forward to face Lourdes-Tarbes (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALS Basket will play against Caen and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-17) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-61 loss to eighth ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (9-8) in Paris. Forward Florian Lesca (198-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Jourdan Demuynck contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Lourdes-Tarbes' coach Alex Casimiri felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Sofiane Briki (190-99) answered with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for CFBB. Lourdes-Tarbes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chartres and Orchies. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Lourdes-Tarbes will play against league's leader Souffelweyersheim at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Gries/Oberhoffen (#16) in Bischwiller and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Bischwiller between Gries/Oberhoffen and Lorient. Sixteenth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (6-11) got a very close home victory over 14th ranked Lorient (7-10). Gries/Oberhoffen managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Saturday evening. Rolandas Jakstas stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 blocks for the winners. Michael Craion responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Newly promoted Gries/Oberhoffen maintains sixteenth place with 6-11 record. Lorient at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Challans. Gries/Oberhoffen will meet at home bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in the next round. Lorient will play against GET Vosges (#5) in Golbey and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Vitre. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 11th ranked Vitre (8-9) to tenth ranked UB Chartres (9-8) 76-73 on Saturday evening. Jonathan Mitchell nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. UB Chartres moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lourdes and Orchies. Vitre at the other side dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. UB Chartres' next round opponent will be Angers BC (#11) on the road. Vitre will play against SAP Vaucluse and hope to win that game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Challans, where 4th placed Saint Vallier (10-7) lost to fifteenth ranked Vendee Challans (7-10) in a road game 68-75 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Jordan Barham who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Vendee Challans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Lorient. Loser Saint Vallier dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Vendee Challans will face higher ranked Union Rennes (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint Vallier will play against Rueil (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

Other games of round 17 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
SAP Vaucluse was defeated by RAC Basket in Rueil 90-82. Quimper smashed Rennes at home 86-60. Caen won against Angers BC on the opponent's court 101-95. GET Vosges managed to outperform Orchies in a home game 79-70.
The best stats of 17th round was 19 points and 5 assists by Olivier Romain of Chartres.


Vitre - Chartres 73-76

A very interesting game took place in Vitre. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 11th ranked Vitre (8-9) to tenth ranked UB Chartres (9-8) 76-73 on Saturday evening. Vitre was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 29-25 charge of UB Chartres, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Yann Siegwarth (180-93) added 15 points and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for Vitre in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. UB Chartres moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lourdes and Orchies. Vitre at the other side dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. UB Chartres' next round opponent will be Angers BC (#11) on the road. Vitre will play against SAP Vaucluse and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chartres: O.Romain 19+3reb+5ast, J.Mitchell 16+9reb+3ast, M.Ruikis 15+2reb+2ast, K.Bichard 12+8reb+3ast, P.Clerence 6+2reb, H.Disy 5+4reb+4ast
Vitre: Y.Siegwarth 15+7ast, G.Merie 14+8reb+2ast, I.Miskovic 14+4reb, A.Belkessa 12+2reb+1ast, A.Radulovic 8+5reb+3ast, D.Quincy-Jones 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 484908


CFBB - Lourdes 61-84

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-17) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-61 loss to eighth ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (9-8) in Paris. The game was mostly controlled by Lourdes-Tarbes. CFBB was better in third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lourdes-Tarbes forced 27 CFBB turnovers. Strangely CFBB outrebounded Lourdes-Tarbes 37-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Forward Florian Lesca (198-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Naturalized American guard Jourdan Demuynck (198-90, college: Prairie View A&M, agency: HMS) contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Lourdes-Tarbes' coach Alex Casimiri felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Sofiane Briki (190-99) answered with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Ivan Fevrier (203-99) added 14 points in the effort for CFBB. Lourdes-Tarbes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chartres and Orchies. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Lourdes-Tarbes will play against league's leader Souffelweyersheim at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Gries/Oberhoffen (#16) in Bischwiller and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: F.Lesca 24+1reb+1ast, J.Demuynck 17+3reb+2ast, L.Vaty 10+7reb+2ast, M.Kazonas 9+3reb, M.Virbalas 6+4reb+1ast, A.Imhoff 6+2reb+5ast
CFBB: I.Fevrier 14+2reb+1ast, Y.Blanc 10+2reb+1ast, S.Briki 9+7reb+4ast, N.Dorez 8+4reb+2ast, T.Bazille 6+6reb, J.Ayayi 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 484905


RAC Basket - SAP Vaucluse 90-82

There was no surprise when 17th ranked SAP Vaucluse (5-12) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Rueil (11-6) 90-82 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-14. But SAP Vaucluse won second period 29-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rueil looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Court Side) who scored 19 points. Forward Karim Gourari (204-89) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American point guard Deremy Geiger (180-90, college: Idaho, agency: Blacktop Management) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Five Rueil and four SAP Vaucluse players scored in double figures. Rueil moved-up to third place, which they share with Caen. SAP Vaucluse lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 12 games lost. Rueil will face Saint Vallier (#6) at home in the next round. SAP Vaucluse will play against Vitre (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
RAC Basket: W.Felder 19+2reb+2ast, S.Rafai 16+3reb+3ast, L.Sambe 15+4reb+2ast, D.Sencanski 13+5reb+3ast, K.Gourari 10+7reb+5ast, J.Bichard 10+4reb+8ast
SAP Vaucluse: A.Liorel 20+2reb, D.Geiger 19+2reb+3ast, B.Davis 14+6reb+6ast, C.Soumaoro 11+4reb, D.Tarvydas 8+3reb, B.Pierard 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 484903


Challans - St Vallier 75-68

We should mention about the upset which took place in Challans, where 4th placed Saint Vallier (10-7) lost to fifteenth ranked Vendee Challans (7-10) in a road game 68-75 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saint Vallier won third quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vendee Challans won last quarter 14-8. The best player for the winners was American guard Jordan Barham (193-94, college: Davidson) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 8 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-77, college: Nebraska) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Sade Aded Hussein (208-93) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Vendee Challans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Lorient. Loser Saint Vallier dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Vendee Challans will face higher ranked Union Rennes (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint Vallier will play against Rueil (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Challans: J.Barham 20+11reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 15+4reb+2ast, D.Gentil 15+1reb+2ast, J.Jones 8+3reb+3ast, D.Cox 8+13reb+1ast, B.Thomas 5+2ast
St Vallier: S.Bradford 30+10reb+1ast, P.Njiba 12+7reb+2ast, S.Aded Hussein 11+10reb, R.Gregoire 7+2reb+1ast, T.Lefebvre 5+6reb, J.Delhomme 2+4reb+9ast
gschID: 484902


ALS Basket - Souffel 89-98

Leader Souffelweyersheim delivered the fourteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 12th ranked ALS Basket (8-9) 98-89 in Andrezieux. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Souffelweyersheim made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) who scored 37 points (!!!). Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) added 25 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim maintains first place with 14-3 record. ALS Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim are looking forward to face Lourdes-Tarbes (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALS Basket will play against Caen and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Souffel: F.Harris 37+4reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 17+12reb+4ast, E.Mendy 10+6reb+2ast, J.Delmas 10+1reb, F.Minet 8+2reb+5ast, V.Correia 7+2reb+1ast
ALS Basket: P.Blackwell 25+7reb, N.Kovanusic 24+10reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 13+2reb+5ast, J.Brooks 11+4reb+9ast, J.Christnel 7+4reb, S.Neri 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 484901


Quimper - Rennes 86-60

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Quimper UJAP (13-4) smashed at home 9th ranked Union Rennes (8-9) 86-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Quimper UJAP led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Quimper UJAP outrebounded Union Rennes 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Union Rennes' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) produced 18 points and point guard Johan Rathieuville (178-85) added 11 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. Quimper UJAP maintains second place with 13-4 record behind leader Souffel. Newly promoted Union Rennes dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Quimper UJAP will face Orchesien BC (#8) in Orchies in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Union Rennes will play on the road against Vendee Challans and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quimper: D.Burke 25+6reb+2ast, J.Bluntt 17+4reb+2ast, V.Bobrov 15+8reb+3ast, M.Choplin 9+1reb+3ast, K.Mondesir 8+9reb+3ast, T.Prost 6+3reb+1ast
Rennes: D.Davis 18+2reb+3ast, S.Ben Driss 11+3reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 11+4reb+3ast, A.Hill 9+1reb+1ast, E.Kabir Pene 5+2reb, J.Sclear 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 484900


Gries/Oberhoffen - Lorient 84-83

A very close game took place in Bischwiller between Gries/Oberhoffen and Lorient. Sixteenth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (6-11) got a very close home victory over 14th ranked Lorient (7-10). Gries/Oberhoffen managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-83. Gries/Oberhoffen made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gries/Oberhoffen made 7 blocks. Lithuanian forward Rolandas Jakstas (202-92) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 blocks for the winners and American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mathieu Bigote (190-84) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Four Gries/Oberhoffen and five Lorient players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Gries/Oberhoffen maintains sixteenth place with 6-11 record. Lorient at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Challans. Gries/Oberhoffen will meet at home bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in the next round. Lorient will play against GET Vosges (#5) in Golbey and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gries/Oberhoffen: R.Jakstas 21+4reb+3ast, G.Thondique 16+8reb+1ast, O.Varanauskas 13+3reb+6ast, A.Doumbia 12+2reb+2ast, T.Ghezala 9+4reb+3ast, G.Duro 8+3reb+3ast
Lorient: M.Craion 20+7reb+3ast, M.Oluic 16+4reb, M.Bigote 14+3reb+5ast, J.Newson 12+3reb+1ast, C.Faroux 12+3reb+4ast, D.Damachoua 5+2reb
gschID: 484904


Angers BC - Caen 95-101

Very expected game when 11th ranked Angers BC (8-9) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Caen (11-6) 101-95 on Friday. It was a great shooting night for Caen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Angers BC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Cape Verdean swingman B.J. Monteiro (196-90, college: Duquesne) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Center Moustapha Diarra (204-87, college: USF) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) produced 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Hugo Suhard (184-92) added 25 points and 8 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Caen and four Angers BC players scored in double figures. Caen moved-up to third place, which they share with RAC Basket. Loser Angers BC dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Caen will face ALS Basket (#13) in Andrezieux in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angers BC will play at home against UB Chartres and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Caen: B.Monteiro 24+11reb+1ast, M.Diarra 19+8reb, L.Chelle 19+1reb+2ast, J.Sinica 14+3reb+1ast, R.Gordon 12+4reb+1ast, T.Cornely 11+4reb+9ast
Angers BC: H.Suhard 25+8ast, T.Lonzieme 24+5reb+1ast, R.Uzas 21+9reb+4ast, A.Calhoun 11+5reb+3ast, J.Douillet 8+3reb+2ast, S.Nwaukoni 4+4reb
gschID: 484907


GET Vosges - Orchies 79-70

Everything could happen in Golbey at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked GET Vosges and 7th ranked Orchesien BC had identical 9-7 record. This time GET Vosges used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Orchies 79-70 on Friday night. GET Vosges (10-7) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St Vallier. Loser Orchesien BC keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. GET Vosges will face Lorient (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Orchesien BC will play against the league's second-placed Quimper UJAP (#2) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
gschID: 484906





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Adriatic League: Cibona outmuscle MZT Skopje in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - MZT Skopje 87:79

Cibona conquered the 11th victory in the ABA League season. They toppled MZT Skopje to improve at 11-6 record. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 26 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace the hosts.
Cibona secured a strong start to the game. The Croatian team built a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. MZT Skopje dropped 27 points in the second term to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 41:43. But Cibona were back in control in the third term. The hosts used a 26:17 run to clear off. MZT Skopje narrowed the deficit in the final quarter but could not avoid the loss. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) finished with 19 points, while Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) added 12 points in the win. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) responded with 27 points for MZT Skopje. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) had 16 points and 8 assists in the loss.

Cibona: Zeljko Sakic 26, Scottie Reynolds 19, Nebojsa Joksimovic 12
MZT Skopje: Djordje Drenovac 27, Charlon Kloof 16



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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 



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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



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.





Aaron Nelson Leads The Dragons Rhondorf Past The Uni-Riesen Leipzig 86-76 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the past years the Dragons Rohndorf have had some very tight games in the Pro B against the Giants Nordlingen and Hebeisen White Wings Hanau, but in two contests, the Dragons lost by one point in two exciting and tight affairs and in both games American Cardell Mcfarland was instruemental for leading his teams past the Dragons Rhondorf. Back in the 2013-2014 season, Mcfarland who was playing his second professional season after playing in Romania was tearing up the German pro B that led him to being second in scoring and assists after the season. Against Rhondorf, Mcfarland steered the Giants Nordlingen past Rhondorf 73-72 as the American hammered home 26 points and in the 2014-2015 season, the last time Mcfarland visited the Dragon Dome, he helped lead Hanau to a 65-64 victory as he had 13 points. Last season Mcfarland played in England for Bristol and started this season with the Sheffield Sharks on a short term contract and moved to the Uni-Riesen Leipzig with the hope of being their season savior. 'I feel like I'm just the missing piece of the team. My main goal is to lead another team in Germany into the playoffs. Show my leader ship abilities no matter what situation I'm in I can win. Obviously if we win I will be a huge part of that and individually success will come. I also want help the younger guys on the team reach they full potential and hopefully the get better from me being around', stressed Cardell Mcfarland. Mcfarland was back in Rhondorf a little more than two years after helping Hanau beat Rhondorf and was looking to up his career record against Rhondorf to 3-1 while the Dragons Rhondorf were looking to take their momentum from the big 87-63 win against FC Bayern Munich and continue to defend with a passion and play with character and start of 2017 with a bang and did winning their second game in a row holding off the Uni-Riesen Leipzig 86-76 who lost their second game in a row. Mcfarland was unable to find to his old lethal scoring ways in the Pro B finishing with 10 points and two assists and shot 40% from the field, but teammate Terrence Billups isn't worried about the American breaking out and finding back to his old habits. 'We had a seven man rotation which was tough, but we didn't come to terms with their zone defense. Mcfarland is good for us. He is smart, experienced and controlled. He brings the toughness and game IQ that we need. It was only his first game with us, he will do just fine', warned Terrence Billups. The team mentality of the Dragons Rhondorf seems to be on a healthy way again and the club showed against the Uni-Riesen Leipzig that when they play together on both ends of the court, they are able to beat anyone in the Pro B. The Dragons Rhondorf as usual had a big production day from Aaron 'the big dawg' Nelson, but also got quality games from Michael Lucier and Viktor-Frankl-Maus as well as solid minutes from Patrick Reus and Anton Geretzki. 'We played hard and focused. In the past games where we were struggling, we were thinking too much, but tonight we played hard, had fun and made the right decisions. We knew that Mcfarland is a good player and that he could change the game. We stayed focused on him for 40 minutes and didn't give him anything easy', stated Canadian Michael Lucier.

The Dragons Rhondorf came out with a bang in 2017 taking a quick 9-0 lead stopping the Uni-Riesen Leipzig on their first three possessions. In the run. Rhondorf got quality production from Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana) who scored two buckets in the paint. Lucier nailed a trey and German Thomas Michel hit a pull up jumper. However this annoying run by the Dragons Rhondorf didn't faze Leipzig in any way as they calmed down on offense and found their rhythm going on a 17-4 run to take their first lead of the game 17-13. In the run, Leipzig was led by German 34 year old Sascha Leutloff who got aggressive scoring two buckets as well as three baskets from California native Jordan Faison. 20 year old German Jonas Niedermanner hit a trey. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig stepped up their defense forcing Rhondorf to turnovers and losing their offensive rhythm. The game continued to show why basketball's middle name should be 'it's a game of runs' as Rhondorf stormed back to close out the first quarter with a 7-1 run to lead 20-18. In the run, Rhondorf continued to get production from Nelson, Frankl-Maus hit a three pointer and American Will Trawick scored on the fast break after 18 year Anton Geretzky blocked Billups setting up the fast break opportunity. 'We started very well and made good decisions. Leipzig held back on defense a bit with their seven man rotation. I didn't await that we would march over Leipzig until the end', stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 47% from the field and 29% from outside while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig were shooting 43%% from the field and 40% from outside. Rhondorf had the 11-8 rebound edge, but three turnovers while Leipzig had two turnovers.

In the second quarter, the game showed it was a game of runs as the Dragons Rhondorf got a snug nine point lead, but the Uni-Riesen Leipzig fought back and cut the lead down to two points at the break. Cardell Mcfarland finally got on the board after being held scoreless in the first quarter sinking two baskets while Rhondorf got buckets from Trawick and Lucier to dead lock the contest at 24-24. The Dragons Rhondorf then took advantage of a few stagnant Leipzig possessions and let the Canadian sensation Michael Lucier go to work as he scored seven points in the run and Nelson also contributed with a lay in after retrieving a no look pass from Frankl-Maus. Lucier has been looking to find consistency this season and had another good game scoring 16 points. He had scored 18 points against BG Karlsruhe and 16 points against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen earlier in the season and knows what he has to do to have performances like this. 'I have to be aggressive, catch the ball and go. I know that I have to produce more on offense. I just have to play my game and be efficient', warned Michael Lucier. Lucier then made a tip in as the Dragons Rhondorf led 35-26. But then as if a stroke of lightening had rattled the Uni-Riesen Leipzig awake, they closed out the second quarter in fine fashion going on a rapid 9-2 run to trail the Dragons Rhondorf only 37-35. In the run, the Uni-Riesen Leipzig got vintage production from Jordan Faison who held his own against the more muscular Aaron Nelson, but got his share of baskets. Leutlof also continued to be active in the paint and draw fouls and get to the line. Indiana native Terrence Billups who played his first two seasons in the German Regionaliga with REndsburg and Cottbus made a spectatcular shot under the basket from a tough angle. 'I feel that we lost our goals a bit and thought too much about the Leipzig seven man rotation. We played good team basketball in our run. Michael Lucier played great and I am happy for his production. He worked very hard on his game during the Christmas break', stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 42r% from the field and 27% from the three point line while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig were shooting 46% from the field and 20% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 20-17 rebound edge and six turnovers while Leipzig had seven turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Dragons Rhondorf were able to break free and away like against FC Bayern Munich in the last game and lead by as much as 19 points and led by 13 points after 30 minutes. The Dragons Rhondorf took advantage of the first three Leipzig missed possessions as Illinois native Aaron Nelson scored in bunches taking Rhondorf on a 4-0 run for the 41-35 lead. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig then went on a 5-0 run as Niedermanner scored a jumper and Mcfarland stroked home a trey as the Dragons Rhondorf led only 41-40 and it looked like a tight ball game once again. However then came the turning point of the game as the Dragons Rhondorf went on a brutal 21-4 run to extend their lead to 61-44. The Dragons Rhondorf had switched to zone, something the Uni-Riesen Leipzig couldn't handle putting their offense into disarray. Before Leipzig had even known what had hit them, it was Frankl-Maus with a trey and Nelson scoring back to back buckets for the 48-42 advantage. The Dragons onslaught continued as they got big time production form the bench as German 23 year old guard Patrick Reus scored twice and Trawick nailed a jumper. German U-18 national player Anton Geretzky made some big plays on defense that sparked the offense as Rhondorf led 57-44. Then it was Nelson again scoring in bunches with free throws and a lay in. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig didn't totally lay down and die as they responded with a timely 6-0 run to cut the Rhondorf lead after three quarters too only 63-50. In the run, they got big buckets from Nidermanner, Vinzent Zimmer and Leutloff. 'We always want to come out into the third quarter with more intensity than what we had to start the game. Our zone slowed them down and shook them up. Our offense was consistent and we all shared the ball', added Michael Lucier. 'We were too passive just standing around when they went to zone. They also hit tough shots on offense. We need to be more focused on the defensive end', stressed Terrence Billups. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 44% from the field and 29% from the parking lot while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig were shooting 46% from the field and 23% from the parking lot. Rhondorf had the 28-24 rebound edge and nine turnovers while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig had 13 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter the Uni-Riesen Leipzig continued to fight and crawl back, but just couldn't get over the hump as the Dragons Rhondorf displayed consistent offense closing out the game in strong fashion. The Dragons Rhondorf got solid buckets in the first few minutes from Nelson and German Florian Wendeler while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig were fortified by buckets from Nidermanner who hit his third trey of the day and a Faison lay in. Trawick and Mcfarland then swapped three pointers, but the Uni-Riesen Leipzig still trailed Rhondorf 70-59. With Rhondorf holding up a consistent offense, it was Faison who continued to keep Leipzig in the game as he continued to play his game in the paint as he scored on a hook shot and lay in cutting the Rhondorf lead to 74-63. Leutlof continued to be his aggressive self scoring back to back buckets, but Frankl-Maus was unstoppable in the fourth quarter scoring six unanswered points keeping the Uni-Riesen Leipzig at bay at 80-67. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig continued to play hard despite having only a seven man rotation and were able to cut the Rhondorf lead to 81-74 late as Leutlof scored twice, but it was Frankl-Maus once again that played under control and was the crunch-time killer as he sunk a free throw and made a bucket giving Rhondorf the 84-74 lead with 40 seconds to play. Faison and Michel traded baskets as the game ended. 'We knew that they only had seven guys so we wanted to run on them and tire them out. However they did a good job with only seven men. Frankl-Maus closed the door at the end. He was so composed and always makes the right plays in those moments and plays good defense', stressed Michael Lucier. 'We were a little tired at the end and not focused', added Terrence Billups. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Aaron Nelson with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Viktor Frankl-Maus added 17 points and Michael Lucier 16 points and six rebounds. Will Trawick contributed 10 points. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig were led by Sascha Leutlof with 26 points. Jordan Faison added 21 points and 12 rebounds while Jonas Nidermanner had 13 points. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 44% from the field and 25% from outside while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig shot 49% from the field and 28% from outside. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig won the rebound duel 27-25, but had 16 turnovers while Rhondorf had 12 turnovers.




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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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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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Cummings, Aris14.2 
 4. Young, Lavrio13.8 
 5. Barlow, Trikalla13.6 
 6. Releford, Kolossos.13.5 
 7. Hall, Koroivos13.0 
 8. Dixon, AEK Athens13.0 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos13.0 
 10. Robinson, Doxa L.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.2 
 2. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 3. Morgan, Kymis8.6 
 4. Reddic, Kolossos HH7.6 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR7.1 
 6. Biruta, Trikalla6.8 
 7. Kravic, AGOR6.8 
 8. Hall, Koroivos6.3 
 9. Faye, Promitheas6.3 
 10. Kalinoski, Apollon .5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.4 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.6.3 
 4. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.5 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.3 
 7. Miljenovic, PAOK4.1 
 8. El-Amin, Kymis4.0 
 9. Releford, Kolossos.4.0 
 10. Hall, Kolossos HH4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.2 
 2. McMillan, Trikalla2.0 
 3. Releford, Kolossos.2.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.9 
 5. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 6. Hickey, Apollon .1.8 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.8 
 8. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos1.5 
 10. Cummings, Aris1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 3. Kravic, AGOR1.3 
 4. Kavvadas, Aris1.3 
 5. Clanton, PAOK1.2 
 6. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR1.0 
 9. Gentile, Panathin.1.0 
 10. Cobbins, Apollon .0.9 


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


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.3 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.5 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.1 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos15.7 
 5. Liakopoulos, Faros15.4 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.3 
 7. Macheras, Ethnikos15.1 
 8. Redikas, Arkadikos14.9 
 9. Martzos, Ethnikos14.8 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.5 
 2. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.5 
 3. Rubio, Doukas8.5 
 4. Lolas, Irakleio8.1 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.5 
 6. Charismidis, Aiolos A.7.1 
 7. Papanikolaou, Psyhiko6.6 
 8. Alihodzic, Panionios6.5 
 9. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.4 
 10. Karavolas, Pagrati6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psyhiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psyhiko7.5 
 2. Milosevic, Holargos6.7 
 3. Koutras, GS Laris.5.7 
 4. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.4 
 5. Mazurczak, Kavala4.9 
 6. Karydas, Panionios4.8 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.6 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros4.5 
 9. Koukas, Doukas4.3 
 10. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis KARYDAS
  Panionios
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Karydas, Panionios2.3 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis2.2 
 3. Nikou, Psyhiko1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.6 
 5. Koutras, GS Laris.1.6 
 6. Oikonomopoul., Ethni.1.6 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos1.5 
 8. Mazurczak, Kavala1.5 
 9. Naoumis, Arkadikos1.5 
 10. Karamalegkos, Arkad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.6 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.4 
 3. Gilchrist, Holargos1.0 
 4. Kasabalis, Aiolos A.0.8 
 5. Koutroulias, Holargos0.8 
 6. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 7. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.8 
 8. Psaropoulos, Pagra.0.8 
 9. Paulos, Pagrati0.7 
 10. Papanikolaou, Psyhiko0.7 


A2 Round 13: Iraklis lose to Aiolos Astakou - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between second ranked Iraklis (10-2) and seventh ranked Aiolos Astakou (7-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Iraklis was defeated by Aiolos Astakou in a tough game in Astakou 62-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Iraklis. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. Center Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-84) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Iraklis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aiolos Astakou have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ethnikos. Iraklis at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Aiolos Astakou is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pagrati (#16) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Iraklis will play at home against Doxa Pefkon (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked GS Larissas managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time newly promoted GS Larissas won against fifth-ranked Ethnikos 85-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ethnikos. Serbian guard Stefan Nikolic (193-87) stepped up and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Anastasios Spyropoulos chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side center Kostas Macheras (205-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Ethnikos' coach Vangelis Vlahos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. GS Larissas (3-10) moved-up to fifteenth place. Ethnikos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Aiolos Astakou. GS Larissas will play against league's leader Panionios in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ethnikos will play at home against Arkadikos (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A2 top team - Panionios (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Arkadikos (4-7) in Arkadia 77-61. Sakis Karydas nailed 22 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winning side. Savvas Tsougarakis came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for Arkadikos in the defeat. Undefeated Panionios have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Newly promoted Panionios maintains first place with 12-0 record. Arkadikos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Doxa Pefkon. Panionios will meet at home GS Larissas (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Arkadikos will play against Ethnikos (#6) in Piraeus and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Holargos. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 11th ranked Holargos (4-8) to eighth ranked Psyhiko (6-7) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Nikolaos Papanikolaou fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Psyhiko maintains eighth place with 6-7 record. Holargos lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Psyhiko's next round opponent will be Arkadikos (#10) in Arkadia. Holargos will play on the road against Pagrati in Athens and hope to win that game.
The game between thirteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (5-8) and 15th ranked Pagrati (2-9) in Athens on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Amyntas Dafnis outscored guests from Athens 86-59. It was a very good performance for Spyros Diamantopoulos who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 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. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to ninth place. Loser Pagrati dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face Irakleio (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pagrati will play against Faros and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 13 AE Larissas beat Doxa Pefkon on the road 75-70.


Arkadikos - Panionios 61-77

A2 top team - Panionios (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Arkadikos (4-7) in Arkadia 77-61. Panionios made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Arkadikos turnovers. Guard Sakis Karydas (182-79) nailed 22 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and the former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. Center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92) added 19 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for Arkadikos in the defeat. Panionios have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Newly promoted Panionios maintains first place with 12-0 record. Arkadikos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Doxa Pefkon. Panionios will meet at home GS Larissas (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Arkadikos will play against Ethnikos (#6) in Piraeus and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: D.Redikas 19+3reb+6ast, S.Tsougarakis 18+15reb+1ast, I.Karamalegkos 7+5reb+4ast, E.Tsakaleris 6+3reb+1ast, G.Prodromou 6+4reb, S.Naoumis 5+1reb
Panionios: S.Karydas 22+2reb+5ast, N.Barlos 13+6reb+2ast, T.Dimitriadis 12+4reb, M.Pelekanos 11+7reb+1ast, M.Matalon 7+3reb+9ast, P.Noeas 5+5reb
gschID: 493867


Holargos - Psyhiko 72-74

A very interesting game took place in Holargos. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 11th ranked Holargos (4-8) to eighth ranked Psyhiko (6-7) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Forward Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-85) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward John Sinis (206-91, college: San Diego) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 16 points and 9 assists and Serbian-Hungarian guard Marko Popadic (189-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Psyhiko maintains eighth place with 6-7 record. Holargos lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Psyhiko's next round opponent will be Arkadikos (#10) in Arkadia. Holargos will play on the road against Pagrati in Athens and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Holargos: I.Milosevic 16+3reb+9ast, M.Popadic 13+5reb, A.Koutroulias 12+5reb+1ast, N.Angelopoulos 10+5reb+2ast, S.Motsenigos 6+3reb+1ast, S.Gizogiannis 5+1reb
Psyhiko: N.Papanikolaou 18+10reb+2ast, V.Mouratos 14+1reb+2ast, D.Achis 13+2reb+1ast, J.Sinis 13+9reb+2ast, N.Tsiokos 8+4reb+1ast, T.Nikou 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 493866


GS Larissas - Ethnikos 85-73

Bottom-ranked GS Larissas managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time newly promoted GS Larissas won against fifth-ranked Ethnikos 85-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ethnikos. Serbian guard Stefan Nikolic (193-87) stepped up and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side center Kostas Macheras (205-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Anastasios Antonakis (205-92) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ethnikos' coach Vangelis Vlahos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. GS Larissas (3-10) moved-up to fifteenth place. Ethnikos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Aiolos Astakou. GS Larissas will play against league's leader Panionios in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ethnikos will play at home against Arkadikos (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ethnikos: K.Macheras 20+13reb+5ast, N.Kokkalis 13+1reb, A.Antonakis 12+6reb+2ast, P.Martzos 11+6reb+1ast, R.Laane 6+7reb+3ast, S.Halaris 5+1reb
GS Larissas: S.Nikolic 19+7reb+4ast, S.Gioulekas 18+1ast, A.Spyropoulos 14+10reb, E.Bebis 10+3reb+2ast, I.Tozios 10+6reb, R.Tsourakis 8+5reb
gschID: 493868


Aiolos Astakou - Iraklis 70-62

The game between second ranked Iraklis (10-2) and seventh ranked Aiolos Astakou (7-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Iraklis was defeated by Aiolos Astakou in a tough game in Astakou 62-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Iraklis. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. Center Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-84) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-79) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Iraklis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aiolos Astakou have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ethnikos. Iraklis at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Aiolos Astakou is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pagrati (#16) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Iraklis will play at home against Doxa Pefkon (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: Y.Gagaloudis 20+6reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 10+2reb+1ast, K.Totsios 10+1reb+2ast, V.Angelakopoulos 9+5reb, D.Cheilaris 8+4reb, M.Giannakidis 3+3reb+1ast
Aiolos Astakou: N.Kaklamanos 16+3reb+4ast, V.Kitsoulis 12+3reb, S.Papadionysiou 10+3reb+1ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 9+8reb, F.Koumpouras 8+1ast, G.Brozos 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 493861


Amyntas Dafnis - Pagrati 86-59

The game between thirteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (5-8) and 15th ranked Pagrati (2-9) in Athens on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Amyntas Dafnis outscored guests from Athens 86-59. Amyntas Dafnis dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Pagrati's 30. They outrebounded Pagrati 41-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for forward Spyros Diamantopoulos (197-83) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Vassilis Mansarai (190-95) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Christodoulos Karavolas (197-83, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Nicholas Paulos (201-91, college: NC-Greensboro) added 14 points in the effort for Pagrati. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to ninth place. Loser Pagrati dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face Irakleio (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pagrati will play against Faros and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: C.Karavolas 17+10reb+1ast, N.Paulos 14+4reb+1ast, B.Radetic 8+3reb+1ast, A.Mitsialos 8+3reb+1ast, S.Psaropoulos 6+3reb+3ast, G.Ralatos 6+4reb+1ast
Amyntas Dafnis: P.Koukounias 12+2reb+1ast, S.Diamantopoulos 12+6reb+2ast, C.Barbas 11+1reb+3ast, V.Mansarai 9+6reb+2ast, P.Dorkofikis 8+8reb, I.Angelopoulos 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 493865


Doxa Pefkon - AE Larissas 70-75

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked AE Larissas (8-5) beat on the road 10th ranked Doxa Pefkon (4-7) 75-70 on Saturday. They outrebounded Doxa Pefkon 32-18 including 26 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for Icelandic center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Nikos Tsoutsos (202-82) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Norwegian forward Karamo Jawara (203-91, college: N.C.Central) answered with 19 points and forward Dimitris Kalampakas (202-89) added 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Doxa Pefkon. Doxa Pefkon's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AE Larissas moved-up to fourth place. Loser Doxa Pefkon keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. AE Larissas will face Aiolos Astakou (#7) at home in the next round. Doxa Pefkon will play against the league's second-placed Iraklis in Thessaloniki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Doxa Pefkon: K.Jawara 19+4reb+1ast, D.Kalampakas 18+3reb+1ast, A.Naoumis 11+2reb+3ast, N.Diplaros 9+1reb+1ast, D.Chatzikyriakidis 6+1reb+2ast, K.Nikolopoulos 3
AE Larissas: N.Tsoutsos 21+3reb, S.Thorsteinsson 18+11reb+2ast, T.Tsiloulis 12+8reb+2ast, G.Papachristos 9+5reb+2ast, M.Politis 6+3ast, K.Saribalidis 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 493862





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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Best players of Icelandic Dominos League round 12 - by Eurobasket News

American Tobin Carberry (193-G-91, agency: HMS) put on an amazing game in the last round for Thor Thorl and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 35 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Grindavik (#4, 7-5) 96-85. Thor Thorl maintains the 8th position in Icelandic Dominos League. Thor Thorl 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 6-6 record. In the team's last game Carberry had a remarkable 60.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Thor Thorl's top player in his first season with the team. LIU Post graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carberry is in league's top in points (3rd best: 28.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.9rpg) and averages solid 61.6% FGP. Worth to mention Carberry played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Sherrod Wright (193-G-91) of Haukar. Wright impressed basketball fans with 48 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Haukar was edged by the higher-ranked Skallagrimur (#5, 6-6) 104-102. This loss caused Haukar to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Wright is a newcomer at Haukar and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 10.4rpg and 4.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Flenard Whitfield (200-F-90) of Skallagrimur (#5). Whitfield got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . He was a key player of Skallagrimur, leading his team to a 104-102 win against the lower-ranked Haukar (#11, 4-8). Skallagrimur needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Whitfield has a great season in Iceland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.9ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 14.3rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 57.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik - 25 points and 17 rebounds
5. Antonio Hester (198-F-90) of Tindastoll - 28 points and 11 rebounds
6. Matthias Sigurdarson (180-PG-94) of IR - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Jeremy Atkinson (193-F-90) of Njardvik - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tomas Tomasson (192-F/G-91) of Stjarnan - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) of KR - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Petur Birgisson (185-G-96) of Tindastoll - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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



King's double-double lands him D1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Urald King (198-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Valur and receives a Eurobasket.com D1 Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Hamar (#5, 5-8) with 16-point margin 108-92. Valur is placed at 3rd position in Icelandic D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valur will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. King turned to be Valur's top player in his first season with the team. SE Oklahoma State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. King is in league's top in points (8th best: 22.2ppg), rebounds (5th best: 11.3rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 55.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Derek Shouse (188-G-93) of IA. He is American guard in his first season at IA. In the last game Shouse recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led IA to another comfortable win outscoring Armann (#9, 0-13) 90-62. IA's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. Shouse is a newcomer at IA and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.2ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 9.3rpg and 4.7apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Chris Woods (195-F-89) of Hamar (#5). Woods scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Woods' great performance Hamar lost 92-108 to slightly higher-ranked Valur (#3, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hamar not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Woods could try to bring Hamar's a little bit higher in the standings. Woods has individually a great season in Iceland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.4ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrance Motley (201-F-91) of FSU - 22 points and 14 rebounds
5. Austin Bracey (190-G-90) of Valur - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Benedikt Blondal (188-G-93) of Valur - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Magnus Hjalmarsson (184-G) of Armann - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Egill Vignisson (198-F-91) of Breidablik - 15 points and 8 rebounds
9. Sigurdur Sigurdsson (198-F-88) of IA - 13 points and 9 rebounds
10. Helgi Hrafn Thorlaksson (180-PG-82) of Armann - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  IRAN  


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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  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.


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 David HUERTAS
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-G/F-87)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Huertas, Hap.Haifa23.9 
 2. Warren, Maccabi .23.4 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa23.3 
 4. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 5. Brown, Ironi R.21.4 
 6. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.5 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.2 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A19.8 
 9. Gaston, Hapoel M.19.8 
 10. Livingston, Hapoel K.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WATSON
  Hapoel K/S
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Watson, Hapoel K/S12.2 
 2. Sykes, Hapoel G/A11.5 
 3. Jordan, Galil Elion11.3 
 4. Pointer, Ironi K-A11.2 
 5. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.9 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.8 
 7. Warren, Maccabi .10.5 
 8. Gaston, Hapoel M.10.4 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.10.3 
 10. Bowers, Galil Elion9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Hap.H.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.9.4 
 2. Teel, Ironi R.9.3 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.7 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 5. Niv, Hap.Haifa5.2 
 6. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.9 
 7. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.4.8 
 8. Tal, Hapoel G/A4.6 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Teel, Ironi R.3.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.3.1 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.9 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.6 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.4 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .2.2 
 7. Cohen, Hapoel K/S1.9 
 8. Hofman, Ironi N.1.9 
 9. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.8 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.3 
 3. Gaston, Hapoel M.2.2 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.4 
 7. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Caracter, Ramat H.1.3 
 9. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.3 
 10. Allen, Hapoel B/S1.2 


National League Round 13: Hap.R/G Givat. is upset by Ironi Kiryat Ata - by Eurobasket News

National League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left.

The game between second ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (8-5) and ninth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-6) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Hap.R/G Givat. was defeated by Ironi Kiryat Ata in Givataim 74-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hap.R/G Givat.. Ironi Kiryat Ata looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Kiryat Ata made 7 blocks. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) chipped in 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Hapoel Migd.H. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata is looking forward to face higher ranked Maccabi Raanana (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against Galil Elion and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Ironi Nes-Ziona delivered the ninth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Hapoel Afula (5-8) 81-51. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Billy McShepard contributed with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Orel Lev (195-93) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Hapoel Afula. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-4 record, which they share with Hapoel B/S. Hapoel Afula lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Galil Elion. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#5) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Afula will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Tarshicha was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel B/S (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (7-6). Hapoel B/S defeated Hapoel Migd.H. 76-66 on Saturday. Jeff Allen stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. At the losing side Marcus Relphorde responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Hapoel B/S have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ironi Nes-Ziona. Loser Hapoel Migd.H. dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Hapoel K/S and Ironi K-A. Hapoel B/S will meet Hasharon (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hapoel Migd.H. will play against Hasharon (#10) in Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Hod Hasharon, where 4th placed Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-6) was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Hasharon (6-7) 101-81. Storm Warren nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hasharon maintains tenth place with 6-7 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (#9) in Tarshicha and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Hap.Haifa (7-5) outscored 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-11) 113-71 on Tuesday night. Jaraun Burrows fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hap.Haifa moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot. Ironi Ramat Gan lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Hap.Haifa will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#7) at home in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hapoel Afula (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ramat Hasharon was defeated by Maccabi Raanana in a road game 81-75. Macc.Rehovot beat Galil Elion at home 81-74. Maccabi Raanana lost to Hap.R/G Givat. on the opponent's court 82-91.
The best stats of 13th round was 24 points and 9 rebounds by Jamal Olasewere of Hap.R/G Givat..


Maccabi Raanana - Ramat Hasharon 81-75

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Hasharon (3-10) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Maccabi Raanana (7-4) 81-75 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Maccabi Raanana dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Hasharon's 24. Point guard Guy Lavie (188-92) fired 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Swiss point guard Jonathan Shtarkman (188-91) produced 23 points and 6 assists and American Brian Asbury (201-86, college: Miami, FL) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four Hasharon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Raanana moved-up to fourth place. Hasharon lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Maccabi Raanana will face Ironi Kiryat Ata (#8) at home in the next round. Hasharon will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel B/S (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: G.Lavie 21+1reb+5ast, J.Hairston 15+10reb+2ast, S.Givens 14+4reb+2ast, L.Moran 8+5reb, G.Karni 8+9reb+2ast, B.Gil 5+4reb+4ast
Ramat Hasharon: J.Shtarkman 23+2reb+6ast, B.Asbury 16+3reb+6ast, L.Gordon 13+6reb+3ast, A.Honig 13+3reb+4ast, A.Navon 5, R.Cornelius 3+8reb+7ast
gschID: 498449


Hapoel G/A - Ironi Nes-Ziona 51-81

Leader Ironi Nes-Ziona delivered the ninth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Hapoel Afula (5-8) 81-51. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Afula's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Billy McShepard (208-87, college: Valdosta St., agency: Blacktop Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Orel Lev (195-93) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) added 15 points in the effort for Hapoel Afula. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-4 record, which they share with Hapoel B/S. Hapoel Afula lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Galil Elion. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#5) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Afula will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 17+10reb+3ast, B.McShepard 16+10reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 11+4reb+6ast, A.Ben David 11+2reb+1ast, G.Gutt 8+2reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 6+5reb+1ast
Hapoel G/A: J.Cannon 15+4reb, O.Lev 13+5reb+3ast, R.Sabag 6+1reb+2ast, Nathaniel 5+5reb+1ast, T.Slutsky 4+6reb, A.Gershon 4+2reb
gschID: 498446


Hapoel Migd.H. - Hapoel B/S 66-76

The game in Tarshicha was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel B/S (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (7-6). Hapoel B/S defeated Hapoel Migd.H. 76-66 on Saturday. They outrebounded Hapoel Migd.H. 47-30 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hapoel B/S looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Ohad Cohen (194-87) chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel B/S have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ironi Nes-Ziona. Loser Hapoel Migd.H. dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Hapoel K/S and Ironi K-A. Hapoel B/S will meet Hasharon (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hapoel Migd.H. will play against Hasharon (#10) in Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Allen 17+15reb+6ast, O.Cohen 15+9reb+4ast, J.Williams 14+10reb+1ast, A.Fisher 12+2reb, D.Shamriz 7+2reb, B.Eisenhardt 6+5reb+2ast
Hapoel Migd.H.: M.Relphorde 20+11reb+3ast, C.Gaston 13+7reb+2ast, L.Ariely 11+2reb+1ast, C.Rosenberg 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Holodov 5+5reb+3ast, A.Levin 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 498451


Hap.R/G Givat. - Ironi K-A 63-74

The game between second ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (8-5) and ninth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-6) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Hap.R/G Givat. was defeated by Ironi Kiryat Ata in Givataim 74-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hap.R/G Givat.. Ironi Kiryat Ata looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Kiryat Ata made 7 blocks. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and Yaniv Solomon (196-94) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Hapoel Migd.H. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata is looking forward to face higher ranked Maccabi Raanana (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against Galil Elion and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Joyner 22+14reb+1ast, N.Matalon 19+3reb+1ast, S.Pointer 15+13reb+4ast, Y.Ainhorn 8+2reb+7ast, G.Halamish 5+4reb+7ast, S.David 3
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 20+6reb+2ast, Y.Solomon 15+12reb+1ast, J.Olasewere 15+8reb+2ast, J.Nir 6+8reb, L.Shem-Tov 4+2reb+3ast, L.Lifshitz 3+3reb+5ast
gschID: 498445


Macc.Rehovot - Galil Elion 81-74

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Maccabi Rehovot (7-5) defeated at home 11th ranked Galil Elion (5-8) 81-74 on Tuesday. Maccabi Rehovot looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Gur Porat (197-79) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Maccabi Rehovot have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hap.Haifa. Loser Galil Elion keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Maccabi Rehovot will face league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Elion will play on the road against Hap.R/G Givat. (#3) in Givataim and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Macc.Rehovot: G.Porat 19+6reb+3ast, M.Addison 17+4reb+3ast, E.Yates 16+12reb+4ast, I.Eiram 9+2reb+4ast, Y.Levi 7+2reb+2ast, D.Drapic 6+5reb
Galil Elion: C.Bowers 26+8reb+1ast, R.Geffen 15+3reb, G.Jordan 13+10reb+1ast, M.Kikus 10, S.Salz 5+5reb+5ast, Y.Strauss 3+3reb+7ast
gschID: 498448


Hap.Haifa - Ironi Ramat Gan 113-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Hap.Haifa (7-5) outscored 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-11) 113-71 on Tuesday night. Hap.Haifa forced 22 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 58.1 percentage. Hap.Haifa looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Ironi Ramat Gan's players. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Puerto Rican swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hap.Haifa players scored in double figures. U.S. Virgin Islands forward Aaron Brown (196-92, college: Boston Coll.) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Sean Daniel (197-89) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hap.Haifa moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot. Ironi Ramat Gan lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Hap.Haifa will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#7) at home in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hapoel Afula (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hap.Haifa: D.Huertas 25+5reb+2ast, J.Burrows 25+10reb+1ast, M.Niv 17+3reb+10ast, T.Parselani 14+3reb+3ast, O.Zinderman 14+1ast, G.Saar 9+3reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Brown 26+6reb+1ast, S.Daniel 14+10reb+2ast, A.Harari 8+2reb+2ast, E.Co 6+3ast, S.Labanowski 6+2reb+1ast, J.Hall 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 498447


Maccabi H/H - Hapoel K/S 101-81

We should mention about the upset which took place in Hod Hasharon, where 4th placed Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-6) was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Hasharon (6-7) 101-81. Hasharon shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Hapoel Kfar Saba's players. American Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) accounted for 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Adi Cohen (178-93) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat. Five Hasharon and four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hasharon maintains tenth place with 6-7 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (#9) in Tarshicha and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 31+10reb+3ast, V.Teel 18+9reb+8ast, I.Simin 16+2reb+3ast, C.Bouchman 13+10reb+2ast, O.Shaashoua 13+1reb+12ast, S.Malkov 7+2reb
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 19+12reb+4ast, A.Cohen 17+7reb+6ast, G.Gilinski 14+1reb+3ast, T.Watson 13+6reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 8+7reb, M.Ruina 6+2reb
gschID: 498450


Hap.R/G Givat. - Maccabi Raanana 91-82

Very expected game in Givataim where 9th ranked Maccabi Raanana (7-4) was defeated by second ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (8-5) 91-82 on Saturday. Maccabi Raanana was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Gilad Karni (195-87) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hap.R/G Givat. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Hap.R/G Givat. went down to third position due to points difference. Maccabi Raanana lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Hap.R/G Givat. will face Galil Elion (#11) in Kazrin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Raanana will play at home against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: J.Olasewere 24+9reb+2ast, R.Madden 22+6reb+1ast, Y.Solomon 20+4reb+2ast, L.Lifshitz 11+2reb+8ast, U.Kokia 10+8reb+4ast, J.Nir 4+5reb
Maccabi Raanana: S.Givens 22+11reb+4ast, G.Karni 14+7reb+5ast, B.Gil 13+4reb+4ast, J.Hairston 12+3reb+3ast, G.Lavie 11+5reb+5ast, L.Moran 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 529566





Galil Gilboa adds Rinski to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Hapoel Galil Gilboa (Winner League) added to their roster 22-year old guard Nimrod Rinski (190-95). He started the season at Maccabi Raanana in the National League. In 8 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg this season. The last season Rinski played at Hapoel Migdal Haemek (also in National League) where in 21 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.2rpg.
He was selected to U18 National Team in 2013.

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Arecibo inks D'or Fischer, ex Hapoel J-M - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Israeli center D'or Fischer (211-116kg-81, college: W.Virginia). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Fischer played last season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. In 19 games he had 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5bpg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.6bpg.
In 2005 Fischer was drafted by Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (USBL) as #5 pick overall.
The former West Virginia University standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Fischer has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Eurocup Semifinals in 2015. Fischer was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
He represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-3 (1.8bpg), FGP: 48.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Fischer is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Bree), Poland, Russia (Unics Kazan), Spain (Real Madrid and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Ukraine (BC Donetsk), NBA (Washington Wizards) and Germany (Brose Baskets and EWE Baskets).
Fischer is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Arecibo.

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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.

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Standings - SerieA

Serie A Standings
 1. EA7 Armani 12-2 
 2. Umana VE 11-4 
 3. Scandone AV 11-4 
 4. Grissin Bon RE 9-6 
 5. Betaland Cdo 8-7 
 6. Banco di Srd 8-7 
 7. Brescia 7-8 
 8. Enel Brindisi 7-8 
 9. The Flexx PT 7-8 
 10. JuveCaserta 7-8 
 11. Auxilium TO 7-8 
 12. AV Cantu 6-8 
 13. Dolomiti En. TR 6-9 
 14. VL Pesaro 5-10 
 15. Openjobmetis V. 4-11 
 16. Vanoli CR 4-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 8: Brescia - The Flexx PT 97-79
Jan. 8: Banco di Srd - JuveCaserta 95-77
Jan. 8: Openjobmetis V. - Auxilium TO 79-86
Jan. 8: Scandone AV - Dolomiti En. TR 79-69
Jan. 8: VL Pesaro - Betaland Cdo 70-68
Jan. 8: Grissin Bon RE - Vanoli CR 66-83
Jan. 8: Enel Brindisi - Umana VE 106-108
Jan. 10: AV Cantu - EA7 Armani


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Amath M''BAYE
  Enel B.
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. M''Baye, Enel B.20.6 
 2. Landry, Brescia20.4 
 3. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.6 
 4. Jones, VL Pesaro19.4 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu18.3 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.18.1 
 7. White, Auxilium TO18.0 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .17.3 
 9. Scott, Enel Brindisi17.1 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.6 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro9.7 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.8.7 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu8.4 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.3 
 6. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.6 
 7. Watt, JuveCaserta7.3 
 8. Jefferson, Dolomiti.7.2 
 9. Burns, Brescia7.0 
 10. Nnoko, VL Pesaro6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  AV Cantu
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Dowdell, AV Cantu8.3 
 2. Waters, AV Cantu7.6 
 3. Vitali, Brescia7.5 
 4. Fitipaldo, Betaland.7.5 
 5. Sosa, JuveCaserta6.9 
 6. Wright, Auxilium.6.1 
 7. Moore, The F.5.5 
 8. Ragland, Scandone.5.5 
 9. Maynor, Openjobm.5.4 
 10. Moore, Enel Brindisi4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Corey HAWKINS
  The F.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hawkins, The F.2.5 
 2. Goss, Enel Brindisi2.1 
 3. Ragland, Scandone.1.9 
 4. Craft, Dolomiti.1.8 
 5. Moss, Brescia1.8 
 6. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 7. Washington, Auxilium.1.6 
 8. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.6 
 9. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.5 
 10. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.7 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.3 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.6 
 5. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.6 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.5 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.3 
 8. M''Baye, Enel B.1.1 
 9. Crosariol, The F.1.1 


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 


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)



Grissin Bon RE keeps Kaukenas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) re-signed experienced 40-year old Lithuanian ex-international shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-92kg-77, college: Seton Hall). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 34 Serie A games he averaged 12.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.6apg last season. Kaukenas helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Kaukenas also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 11.2ppg and 2.7apg.
In 2000 Kaukenas was drafted by New Jersey (USBL) in first round (10th overall).
The former Seton Hall University standoutis in his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won Lithuanian League championship title in 2002 and 2013.
Kaukenas also represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.8ppg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 50.0%.
Kaukenas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Germany (Telekom Baskets), Israel, Spain (Real Madrid and Baskonia) and Lithuania (Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas).
Kaukenas is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Grissin Bon RE.
Kaukenas' game is described as: Athletic and versatile player who fills a number of roles on the court. Does the things that don't appear in the box score ... diving for loose balls, taking charges, etc. Outstanding shooter with three-point range.

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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Ruvo tabs Jamail Jones - by Eurobasket News

Tecnoswitch Ruvo di Puglia (Serie C Silver) inked 25-year old American swingman Jamail Jones (198-98kg-92, college: FGCU) from Sarno Nuova. The last season Jones was tested by ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB) in German league.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in A-Sun in 2015. Jones received also All-A-Sun 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Jones graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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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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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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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.