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  ABA  



Massey signs With Atlanta Aliens - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Atlanta Aliens announced that the team has signed 3-times NCAA Conference and League Champion Isaiah Massey (6'8''-F/C) "Adding Massey who is a true post player with the magnificent guards Kenny Holmes (33.1 ppg) and Michael Stanley (21.5 ppg), it should give the team a tremendous boost for the second half of the season. The addition to Massey also allows Jon Tassin 6'7 (17.3 ppg) to move out on the wing and Michael Zeigler (19.1 ppg) can have more flexibility playing inside or out" states coach Duck Richards
During his college career, Massey averaged 11 ppg, 7 rebs, 2.5 blks 1ast. Massey will be activated for the team next game on January 14, 2017.



DMV Warriors hold onto #1 in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 8th and the DMV Warriors coached by Kevin Waters held onto the number one position followed closely by the Arizona Scorpions and the Atlanta Wildcats, all three with undefeated records. A minimum of 6 games was required to be Power Ranked.

1. DMV Warriors 9-0
2. Arizona Scorpions 8-0
3. Atlanta Wildcats 8-0
4. Kentucky Enforcers 9-1
5. South Florida Gold 11-2
6. Orlando Waves 10-2
7. Salina Saints 7-0
8. Mobile Bay Tornados 6-0
9. Windy City Groove 6-0
10. Chicago Fury 7-1
11. New England Anchors 6-0
12. Austin Bats 7-1
13. Georgia Kingz 6-0
14. Grand Rapids Danger 7-2
15. Orange County Novastars 8-3
16. Michigan Giant Knights 7-1
17. Carolina Cougars 6-2
18. Chicago Steam 6-2
19. Yuba City Goldminers 6-2
20. Springfield Sting 6-2
21. Baltimore Hawks 7-3
22. WNY Thundersnow 5-1
23. Atlantic Coast Cardinals 5-1
24. Roc City Ravens 5-1
25. T-Universal City Seraphims 6-3 Steel City Yellowjackets 6-4

Teams to watch: Virginia Storm, New York Court Kingz, Newark Express, Fayetteville Flights, Richmond Elite, Texas Red Wolves, Jacksonville Giants, Pro Elite All Stars. For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com



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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  ABA LEAGUE  

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 17-0 
 2 Partizan 14-3 
 3 Buducnost 12-5 
 4 Cedevita 12-5 
 5 Cibona 11-6 
 6 Igokea 9-7 
 7 Un.Olimpija 7-10 
 8 Zadar 6-11 
 9 Mornar Bar 6-11 
 10 FMP 5-11 
 11 Karpos Sokoli 5-12 
 12 Mega Leks 5-12 
 13 Krka 5-12 
 14 MZT Skopje 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 8: Mornar Bar - Un.Olimpija 93-70
Jan. 8: Cibona - MZT Skopje 87-79
Jan. 7: Zadar - Cedevita 80-94
Jan. 7: Partizan - Karpos Sokoli 76-72
Jan. 9: Mega Leks - Crvena Zvezda 69-81
Jan. 8: Krka - Buducnost 67-75
Jan. 10: Igokea - FMP


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar19.6 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.4 
 4. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija17.1 
 5. Lukovic, Krka16.8 
 6. Hatcher, Partizan16.6 
 7. Zagorac, Mega Leks15.2 
 8. Sakic, Cibona15.2 
 9. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.14.9 
 10. Labovic, Karpos S.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks8.0 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.8 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.9 
 7. Bolden, FMP6.8 
 8. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.7 
 9. Savovic, Buducnost6.6 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Reynolds, Cibona7.4 
 2. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 3. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.5 
 4. Covic, FMP6.3 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.2 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.1 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar5.2 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar5.1 
 9. Radivojevic, Igokea4.8 
 10. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Cedevita
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Vladovic, Zadar2.0 
 3. Ramljak, Zadar1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona1.8 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.7 
 6. Perry, Karpos S.1.7 
 7. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.6 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 9. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 10. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Partizan2.1 
 2. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 3. James, Buducnost1.6 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.3 
 5. Davidovac, FMP1.3 
 6. Nikolic, Buducnost1.3 
 7. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 8. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 9. Scott, MZT Skopje1.1 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 



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  ALBANIA  


Kevin Dillard selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kevin Dillard
Kevin Dillard
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton, currently plays in Australia). He could not help New Zealand Breakers (8-12) in their last game. Despite Dillard's very good performance the bottom-ranked New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 113-95 on the road by the leading Adelaide 36ers. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Dillard also added 3 passes in 28 minutes on the court. It was his first game for New Zealand Breakers this season. It was New Zealand Breakers' third consecutive loss in a row. Dillard is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely Dillard has never played in Albania.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). Broadus was not able to help SC Rasta Vechta in their game against ALBA Berlin (12-5) in the German BBL. It was not his best game last Saturday. Broadus scored only 2 points, made 8 passes and 4 steals in 23 minutes. It was his first game for SC Rasta Vechta this season. SC Rasta Vechta lost 69-80 in Berlin to the much higher-ranked (#5) ALBA. It was SC Rasta Vechta's 11th consecutive loss in a row. Broadus is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team. Apparently Broadus has never played in Albania.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). He managed to help Germani Basket Brescia to win against the closely-ranked The Flexx PT (7-8) 97-79 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Bushati scored only 4 points. Germani Basket Brescia (7-8) is placed seventh in the Serie A. This season Bushati averages: 2.0ppg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 53.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team five years ago.

Celis Taflaj
Celis Taflaj
   #4. Small forward Celis Taflaj (201-98, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Agropoli (5-11) 81-62 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Friday. He recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. It's Taflaj's first season with the team. This year Taflaj's overall stats are: 1.2ppg and 1.3rpg in 13 games he played so far. He is also Albanian national team player.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #5. Former international forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Tuebingen II's surprising victory against the second-ranked Speyer (10-4) 73-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Mitku scored only 4 points, had 12 rebounds and made 3 blocks. SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (4-10) is placed 11th in South-West group. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Mitku is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Tuebingen II's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mitku averages: 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Albanian national team six years ago.

Ferdi Bedini
Ferdi Bedini
   #6. Shooting guard Ferdi Bedini (184-99, currently plays in Italy) helped Bergamo win their game against the tenth-ranked Desio (6-9) 80-70 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Wednesday. Bedini scored only 2 points. Bergamo Basket 2014 (12-3) is placed second in Group B. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This season Bedini averages just 0.8ppg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Albanian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Krka (5-12) to beat FMP (5-11). Kastrati did not impress in that game on Tuesday. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. Krka was badly defeated 78-60 on the road by the higher-ranked FMP (#10). It was Krka's ninth consecutive loss in a row. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. This year Kastrati averages: 3.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Isernia in their game against Porto S.Elpidio (9-6) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Patani scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. The 13th-placed Isernia (5-9) was crushed 78-52 in Porto S.Elpidio by the much higher-ranked (#6) Porto S.Elpidio in the Group D. The Regular Season already ended. This year Patani's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.2spg in 14 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Klaudio Ndoja (201-F/G-85) plays for Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Elvisi Dusha (188-G-94) plays for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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  ANGOLA  


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


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  


Pablo Prigioni announces his retirement - by Eurobasket News

A while after joining Baskonia, Pablo Prigioni (190-PG-77), 39, announced his retirement through his twitter account! In the post written in Spanish, the player highlights: 'I never dreamed of the day when I had to announce that I would stop playing basketball. It's because I do not know what the ideal way to do so would be. The truth is that I had very clear signals from my body and my head, indicating that the time had come to leave. I pay attention to these signs and make this decision without hesitation. As I always did during my career. When I had to make a decision, I have always been 100% convinced. My head and my body are completely in agreement that it is the moment I withdraw from the professional basketball. As an Argentian song goes, 'everything ends in order, everything ends'.
Prigioni has had a prosperous career both in Europe (Baskonia, Real Madrid, Fuenlabrada), as well as the NBA (New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers) and was a member of the Argentinean national team for several years.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



Facundo Campazzo selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Spanish team UCAM Murcia to a victory over the third-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (0-1) 87-75 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Campazzo was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and added 9 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (1-0) is placed first in group E. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Campazzo has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.5apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 71.9% in eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Denver Nuggets (14-23) crushing them 127-99 in the NBA on Thursday night. Ginobili scored 11 points and added 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 30-7 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's 15th year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 34.3%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 86.8% in 31 games. Ginobili has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). Nocioni managed to help Real Madrid to win in overtime against the eighth-ranked Andorra (8-7) 96-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 4 points. Real Madrid (12-3) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. Nocioni's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 36.8% and FT: 62.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #4. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the closely-ranked Burgos (13-6) 92-83 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Fernandez was the best player in that game. He recorded 29 points (!!!) and added 6 assists in 33 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (12-6) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. This year Fernandez averages: 9.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.3apg in 18 games. Similarly like Nocioni and Ginobili above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Fernandez used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #5. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia. He could not help UCAM Murcia (5-10) to beat Valencia Basket (11-4). Delia recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. UCAM Murcia was edged 78-75 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket. It's Delia's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 15 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Delia also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #6. Point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (12-3) 77-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Tuesday night's game. Prigioni scored only 2 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (10-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. Prigioni's total stats this season are: 0.7ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team three years ago.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #7. International power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Brooklyn Nets in their game against the Indiana Pacers (20-18) in the NBA. Scola scored 7 points in 25 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets (8-28) lost 109-121 on the road to the Indiana Pacers. It was Nets' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Scola's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 3.9rpg in 27 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #8. Forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Arkadia Lions (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vay's very good performance Arkadia Lions were edged 81-78 in Gmunden by the second-ranked Swans. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Vay also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vay averages: 18.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2009.

Luciano Tognon
Luciano Tognon
   #9. Former U18 international center Luciano Tognon (205-94, currently plays in Chile) contributed to a Universidad de Concepcion's victory against one of league's weakest teams CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (9-23) 80-75 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. Tognon recorded 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 17 minutes. CD Universidad de Concepcion (18-4) is placed third in the Liga Nacional. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Tognon has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 1.4rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U18 national team five years ago.

Stefano Pierotti
Stefano Pierotti
   #10. Point guard Stefano Pierotti (185-98, currently plays in Brazil) helped Paschoalotto/Bauru win their game against the closely-ranked Vivo/Franca (6-6) crushing them 89-69 in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. Pierotti recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-12) is placed seventh in the NBB. Pierotti has averaged so far 0.9ppg and 1.1apg in seven games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Argentinian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Valmontone win their game against the 13th-ranked Roma S.Azzurra 89-82 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Saturday. Caceres was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Caceres has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg in 10 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) led Paulistano to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-8) crushing them 92-71 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. Hure recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (7-5) is placed fourth in the NBB. This season Hure has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Experienced Omar Canton (206-C-82, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in an Union Atletica's victory against the sixth-ranked Sayago (0-3) 94-83 in the Uruguayan LUB on Wednesday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Union Atletica Montevideo (2-1) is placed fourth in Promocional 2 group. Canton's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Canton has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg. Canton has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian.

   #3. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) could not help FCM Ferentino (7-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the 12th-placed FCM Ferentino (7-9) lost 95-101 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Roma Virtus in the West group. Musso was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes. It was FCM Ferentino's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Musso's first season with the team. Musso has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg in 16 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro in their game against Caxias do Sul (2-11) in the Brazilian NBB. Palacios recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro was defeated 78-73 on the road by the league outsider Caxias do Sul (#15). It was CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro's first loss after five consecutive victories. Palacios' overall stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg.

   #5. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Dolomiti En. TR (6-9) in their game against AV Cantu (6-8) in the Italian Serie A. Forray scored 9 points and had 3 steals. But Dolomiti En. TR was defeated 77-68 on their home court in Trento by the higher-ranked AV Cantu (#12). Forray has been at the team for six years. He has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Forray has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88, currently plays in Brazil) faced previously mentioned Daniel Hure in the Brazilian NBB last game. Cafferata couldn't help Liga Sorocaba in their game against Paulistano. He recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 92-71. Cafferata has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.4spg in 12 games.

   #7. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led New Orleans to an easy victory against the The University of Incarnate Word 87-72 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Thomas has very high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. Thomas is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Argentina.

   #8. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) led Neuchatel to a victory over the closely-ranked Swiss Central crushing them 97-66 in the Swiss LNA on Friday night. Savoy was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. Savoy has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg in 11 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Swiss.

   #9. Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88, currently plays in Chile) was the main contributor in a CD Tinguiririca San Fernando's victory against the tenth-ranked Puente Alto 81-65 in the Chilean Liga Nacional last Wednesday. Abeiro was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds. Abeiro also added and 4 steals in 35 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 25.8ppg, 11.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.9spg in 31 games.

   #10. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) couldn't help SK Knights (9-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kim's good performance SK Knights were defeated 87-81 in Busan by the league outsider Sonic Boom KT (#10). He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kim has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg. He has South Korean and Argentinian nationalities.



La Union lands James Pegues - by Facundo Iatzky

La Union Colon (TNA) tabbed 24-year old American forward James Pegues (198-100kg-93). He just graduated from Newman (NCAA2). In 32 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Pegues played at the Heartland Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2016.
So his pro career will start in Argentina.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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





ASEAN League round 5 best performance: Justin Howard - by Eurobasket News

American Center Justin Howard (208-C-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Singapore S., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 27 rebounds, while his team beat KL Dragons (#5, 1-3) 81-76. Singapore S. maintains the 2nd position in ASEAN League . They are still close to the very top. Singapore S. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 7-1 record. Howard turned to be Singapore S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Mercer University star has very solid stats this year. Howard is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.5ppg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Derek Hall (210-C/F-90) of league's leader Kaohsiung. Hall had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Kaohsiung lost that game 77-86 to the lower-ranked Alab Pilipinas (#4, 3-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kaohsiung still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team belongs to top of the standings with 89-5 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Hall is a newcomer at Kaohsiung, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#6). He also registered 15.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93) of Alab Pilipinas (#4). Parks showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Alab Pilipinas, leading his team to a 86-77 win against #1 ranked Kaohsiung. Alab Pilipinas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Parks has a great season in ASEAN League. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.6ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 9.2rpg (8th best) and assists with 3.8apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Oliver (201-F-85) of Kaohsiung - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) of Singapore S. - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Skylar Spencer (208-F-94) of KL Dragons - 18 points and 17 rebounds
7. Sampson Carter (203-F-90) of Alab Pilipinas - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S. - 22 points and 10 rebounds
9. Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H. - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Wei Long Wong (187-G-88) of Singapore S. - 17 points, 12 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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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 13-7 
 2. Hawks 11-10 
 3. Kings 11-11 
 4. Wildcats 10-9 
 5. United 10-10 
 6. Bullets 9-11 
 7. Taipans 8-10 
 8. Breakers 8-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 8: Breakers - 36ers 95-113
Jan. 7: Kings - Wildcats 74-80
Jan. 9: Bullets - Wildcats 68-72
Jan. 6: Taipans - Breakers 65-63
Jan. 5: 36ers - Hawks 117-85
Jan. 7: Hawks - United 106-88

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 12: 36ers - United
Jan. 13: Hawks - Bullets
Jan. 13: Breakers - Kings
Jan. 14: Wildcats - 36ers
Jan. 14: United - Taipans
Jan. 15: Bullets - Breakers
Jan. 16: Taipans - Wildcats


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 


Ryan Broekhoff selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in EuroCup). Broekhoff was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked Gran Canaria (0-1) 86-71 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Lokomotiv Kuban (1-0) is placed second in group E. This season Broekhoff averages: 7.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 3FGP: 34.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Broekhoff is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help Lietkabelis (0-1) in their last game. Despite Madgen's very good performance the fourth-placed Lietkabelis (0-1) lost 80-88 on the road to the second-ranked Khimky in the group F of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Madgen also added 4 assists in 26 minutes. Madgen has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 47.4%(18-38) and FT: 91.7% in nine games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2014.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania). Motum contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (14-4) 76-65 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (17-1) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. This season Motum has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 58.5%(48-82), 3FGP: 47.2%(17-36) and FT: 88.4%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #4. Forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in ABA League) led his Serbian team FMP to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Krka (5-12) 78-60 in the ABA League last Tuesday. Bolden had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. FMP Beograd (5-11) is placed tenth in the ABA League. It's Bolden's first season with the team. Bolden has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2013.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #5. International point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Charlotte Hornets (20-18) 102-85 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Mills recorded 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 30-7 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. His stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg in 37 games. Mills plays currently for the Australian national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #6. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point Utah Jazz's victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-26) 94-92 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded 9 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. The Utah Jazz has 23-16 record this season. Ingles' overall stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #7. Former U22 international forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Horsens IC in their game against Svendborg (10-7) in the Danish Ligaen. He scored 9 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. But the league leader Horsens IC was edged 69-68 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Svendborg (#3). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Trist averaged so far 11.4ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #8. Center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) led Nishinomiya Storks to a victory against the leader Kumamoto Vorters (23-5) 80-66 in the Japanese B League D2 in Tuesday night's game. Vandenberg scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Central. Nishinomiya Storks (19-9) are placed second. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Vandenberg's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.9bpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2008.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #9. International center Andrew Bogut (213-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks (11-26) in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (21-16) in the NBA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Bogut recorded only 2 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks (11-26) were defeated 97-82 in Atlanta by the Hawks. Bogut's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 9.3rpg and 2.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Bosko Kostur
Bosko Kostur
   #10. Swingman Bosko Kostur (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point Bryant's victory against the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD (2-0) 72-71 in the NCAA last Thursday. Kostur scored 24 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. The Bryant University has 0-2 conference record this season. Kostur has been at the team for four years. This year his total stats are: 6.6ppg and 2.8rpg in 14 games. Kostur is a former U18 international player as five years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a 3-point Leuven Bears' victory against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 82-79 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes. Steindl averaged so far 13.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Dane Pineau (206-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Mary's, CA's surprising victory against the University of San Francisco 63-52 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pineau also added 3 blocks. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.9rpg. Pineau used to play for the Australian national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former U19 international guard Dejan Vasiljevic (190-97, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Miami, FL (1-0) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Miami, FL was defeated 70-55 at home by the Syracuse University. Vasiljevic scored 18 points. He has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 1.2rpg. Vasiljevic used to play for the Australian U19 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international guard Emmett Naar (185-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dane Pineau. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Naar helped St.Mary's, CA win their game against the Brigham Young University 81-68. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes. Naar averaged so far 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 5.7apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2013.

   #15. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the Washington Wizards in the NBA. Dellavedova cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 4 passes. His team were defeated 107-101 in the NBA. Dellavedova averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 5.5apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (8-28) 116-108 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He scored 32 points (!!!) and added 4 passes (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 36 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have quite an impressive 28-8 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 24.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg in 31 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Defensor (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Duinker's good performance Defensor (#2) was badly defeated 91-73 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Hebraica (#4) in the Promocional 1 group. He scored 11 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Duinker's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Duinker's stats this season are: 13.1ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #3. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams TU/Rock (9-2) in their last game. Despite Jois' good performance TU/Rock lost 75-85 on the road to the leading Kalev/Cramo. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Jois' overall stats are: 9.9ppg and 9.0rpg in nine games.

   #4. Jock Landale (211-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) led St.Mary's, CA to a victory against the Brigham Young University (1-1) 81-68 in the NCAA last Thursday. Landale scored 26 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. The Saint Mary's College of California has 2-0 conference record this season. Landale has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1bpg in 15 games.

   #5. Duop Reath (208-F-96, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the LSU (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the LSU was badly defeated 95-78 in Miss.State, MS by the Mississippi State University. Reath recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. Reath averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.0bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #6. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95, is currently at the American university) contributed to Winthrop's victory against the High Point University 80-74 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Cooks recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. This season Cooks has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5bpg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Manchester Giants crushing them 93-72 in the British BBL on Saturday night. Vigor had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 27 minutes. This year Vigor's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 16 games.

   #8. Sunday Dech (193-G, college: Metro St., currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Metropolitan State College of Denver (5-1) in their last game. Despite Dech's very good performance his team lost 81-85 in Alamosa, CO to the Adams St. College. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. Dech averaged so far 14.3ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.2apg in nine games.

   #9. Kai Healy (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Portland crushing them 70-42 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Healy has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.5apg.

   #10. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help Mayrouba (2-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Mayrouba lost 67-74 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Louaize. Ammar recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in seven games. Ammar has both Australian and Lebanese nationalities.



NBL Round 14: Cairns Taipans edge New Zealand Breakers by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the NBL took place in Cairns. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-12) to eighth ranked Cairns Taipans (8-10) 65-63 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Mitchell McCarron (190-92, college: Metro St.) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) produced 21 points for the guests. Cairns Taipans moved-up to seventh place. New Zealand Breakers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans are looking forward to face higher ranked Perth Wildcats (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. New Zealand Breakers will play against Bullets (#6) in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kings (11-11) against fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (10-9) on Saturday night. Host Kings were defeated by Perth Wildcats in a tough game in Sydney 74-80. American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Jameel McKay contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Perth Wildcats' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Kings. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Kings at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round. Kings will play against New Zealand Breakers (#8) in Auckland and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked United (10-10) against fourth ranked Illawarra Hawks (11-10) on Saturday night. Visiting United was defeated by Illawarra Hawks in Gwynneville 106-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of United. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Rotnei Clarke scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Casper Ware responded with 21 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Illawarra Hawks moved-up to second place. Loser United dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Illawarra Hawks will meet at home Bullets (#6) in the next round. United will play against Cairns Taipans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Findon. First ranked Adelaide 36ers faced one of their biggest challengers Illawarra Hawks. Host Adelaide 36ers (13-7) smashed guests from Gwynneville (11-10) 117-85. Jerome Randle notched 25 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Adelaide 36ers maintains first position with 13-7 record. Illawarra Hawks at the other side dropped to the second place with ten games lost. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be Perth Wildcats (#4) on the road. Illawarra Hawks will play against Bullets and hope to win that game.
Leader Adelaide 36ers delivered the thirteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-12) 113-95 in Auckland. The best player for the winners was Jerome Randle who scored 23 points and 5 assists. Adelaide 36ers' coach Joey Wright used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Adelaide 36ers maintains first position with 13-7 record. New Zealand Breakers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face Perth Wildcats (#4) on the road in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play against Bullets (#6) in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 Wildcats defeated Bullets in Perth 72-68.
The best stats of 14th round was 19 points by Casey Prather of Wildcats.


Bullets - Wildcats 68-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Bullets' (9-11) home loss to fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (10-9) 68-72 on Monday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Perth Wildcats forced 19 Bullets turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Casey Prather (198-91, college: Florida) who scored 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The other American import power forward Jameel McKay (206-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 6 points and 13 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach Trevor Gleeson used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Bullets keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Perth Wildcats will face Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round. Bullets will play against New Zealand Breakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bullets: A.Gibson 17+2reb+4ast, T.Craig 11+12reb+4ast, T.Jervis 11+8reb+1ast, D.Kickert 9+3reb+2ast, M.Young 9+3reb, I.Tueta 5+1ast
Wildcats: C.Prather 19+4reb+1ast, B.Cotton 11+1reb+2ast, J.Wagstaff 9+1reb+2ast, A.Brandt 9+3reb+1ast, D.Martin 6+1reb+3ast, J.McKay 6+13reb+1ast
gschID: 487510


Breakers - 36ers 95-113

Leader Adelaide 36ers delivered the thirteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-12) 113-95 in Auckland. The game was mostly controlled by Adelaide 36ers. New Zealand Breakers was better in third quarter 32-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Adelaide 36ers made 30-of-33 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game, while New Zealand Breakers only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded New Zealand Breakers 40-25 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. New Zealand Breakers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. The former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Adelaide 36ers' coach Joey Wright used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Albanian point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) produced 18 points and New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Five Adelaide 36ers and four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers maintains first position with 13-7 record. New Zealand Breakers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face Perth Wildcats (#4) on the road in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play against Bullets (#6) in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Dillard 18+1reb+3ast, K.Penney 17+2reb+3ast, P.Carter 12+6reb+1ast, S.Ili 12+2ast, R.Loe 10+1reb+2ast, M.Vukona 10+5reb+1ast
36ers: J.Randle 23+4reb+5ast, D.Johnson 19+6reb+3ast, M.Creek 16+5reb+1ast, N.Sobey 15+7reb+3ast, E.Jacobsen 11+8reb, B.Teys 10+3reb
gschID: 487509


Kings - Wildcats 74-80

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kings (11-11) against fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (10-9) on Saturday night. Host Kings were defeated by Perth Wildcats in a tough game in Sydney 74-80. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Kings won second period 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perth Wildcats made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The other American import power forward Jameel McKay (206-92, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Perth Wildcats' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Jason Cadee (186-91) added 15 points in the effort for Kings. Four Kings players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Kings at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round. Kings will play against New Zealand Breakers (#8) in Auckland and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kings: J.Cadee 15+2reb+2ast, B.Newley 14+6reb+6ast, G.Whittington 13+3reb+1ast, K.Lisch 10+4reb+3ast, W.McDowell-White 8+2reb, A.Maric 6+4reb+1ast
Wildcats: B.Cotton 26+5reb+1ast, J.McKay 19+8reb+1ast, M.Knight 11+8reb+1ast, C.Prather 8+2reb+3ast, A.Brandt 7+1reb+2ast, J.Kenny 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487508


Hawks - United 106-88

Very important is a road loss of third ranked United (10-10) against fourth ranked Illawarra Hawks (11-10) on Saturday night. Visiting United was defeated by Illawarra Hawks in Gwynneville 106-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of United. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Illawarra Hawks made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game, while United only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded United 40-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Illawarra Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St.) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Illawarra Hawks and four United players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Illawarra Hawks moved-up to second place. Loser United dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Illawarra Hawks will meet at home Bullets (#6) in the next round. United will play against Cairns Taipans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
United: C.Ware 21+1reb+4ast, N.Tomlinson 16+2reb+2ast, T.Wesley 15+5reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 11+3reb+1ast, C.Goulding 8+1reb+2ast, M.Majok 8+6reb+1ast
Hawks: R.Clarke 25+2reb+4ast, N.Kay 22+5reb+1ast, T.Coenraad 15+3reb, M.Norton 12+1reb+2ast, A.James Ogilvy 12+12reb+6ast, O.Forman 9+2reb
gschID: 487507


Taipans - Breakers 65-63

The most exciting game of round 14 in the NBL took place in Cairns. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-12) to eighth ranked Cairns Taipans (8-10) 65-63 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Mitchell McCarron (190-92, college: Metro St.) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) produced 21 points and American-Panamanian forward Akil Mitchell (206-92, college: Virginia) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Cairns Taipans moved-up to seventh place. New Zealand Breakers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans are looking forward to face higher ranked Perth Wildcats (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. New Zealand Breakers will play against Bullets (#6) in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Penney 21+2reb+2ast, R.Loe 11+3reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 8+7reb+3ast, A.Pledger 7+4reb+2ast, S.Ili 5+5reb+5ast, M.Vukona 4+3reb+1ast
Taipans: M.McCarron 14+6reb+3ast, N.Jawai 12+5reb+1ast, C.Gliddon 11+4reb+2ast, S.Weigh 10+3reb+1ast, T.Trice 7+5reb+6ast, A.Loughton 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487506


36ers - Hawks 117-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Findon. First ranked Adelaide 36ers faced one of their biggest challengers Illawarra Hawks. Host Adelaide 36ers (13-7) smashed guests from Gwynneville (11-10) 117-85. The game was mostly controlled by Adelaide 36ers. Illawarra Hawks was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Adelaide 36ers forced 19 Illawarra Hawks turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Illawarra Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) notched 25 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Nathan Sobey (190-90, college: Wyoming) supported him with 19 points and 6 assists. Five Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Marvelle Harris (193-93, college: Fresno St.) did not help to save the game for Illawarra Hawks. The former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) added 12 points and 9 rebounds 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. Adelaide 36ers maintains first position with 13-7 record. Illawarra Hawks at the other side dropped to the second place with ten games lost. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be Perth Wildcats (#4) on the road. Illawarra Hawks will play against Bullets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hawks: M.Harris 15+5reb+3ast, R.Clarke 14+4reb+4ast, A.James Ogilvy 12+9reb+1ast, O.Forman 9+1reb+1ast, N.Kay 9+4reb+1ast, M.Norton 7+2ast
36ers: J.Randle 25+3reb+4ast, N.Sobey 19+4reb+6ast, M.Creek 18+7reb+3ast, D.Johnson 14+9reb+3ast, A.Drmic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Hodgson 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 487505





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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
  (203-F-92)
  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


Swans Gmunden sign Michael Ojo - by Stefan Prager

Just two days after his try-out at the BK Klosterneuburg was terminated Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh) has found a new club in Austria. The Basket Swans Gmunden signed the point guard as a replacemnet for injured starting point guard Daniel Friedrich. HIs contract runs until the end of March. Friedrich suffered a broken hand in practice and is expected to be out for two months. Ojo played in four games for the Dukes averaging 10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 1.3 apg. He had his best game for Dukes in a 62:84 road loss in Gmunden, scoring 14 points. Ojo wasn't cleared to play in yesterdays home win against Traiskirchen but is expected to debut for the Swans on Saturday when Gmunden faces Traiskirchen again, this time on the road.


Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Sevilla to a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (9-6) 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Mahalbasic recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (7-8) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 74.3%(26-35) and FT: 82.6% in five games he played so far. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a 2-point Umana Venezia's victory against the eighth-ranked Enel Brindisi (7-8) 108-106 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Ortner scored 6 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (11-4) is placed second in the Serie A. This season Ortner averages: 4.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.3%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Toronto Raptors (24-13) to beat the San Antonio Spurs (30-7). Poeltl scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors (24-13) were crushed 110-82 on the road by the Spurs. Poeltl's overall stats this season are: 2.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.1% and FT: 52.2%. He played for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #4. Point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to Naestved's victory against the second-ranked Horsholm (7-3) 92-86 in the Danish Ligaen last Wednesday. Lanegger scored 15 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 36 minutes. Team FOG Naestved (7-8) is placed sixth in the Ligaen. This year Lanegger's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in seven games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #5. International point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra in their game against Real Madrid (12-3) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Schreiner did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. Andorra was defeated in an overtime 96-92 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. Schreiner's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.4apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #6. Point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Ratiopharm Ulm in a victory against the 12th-ranked Science City Jena (6-11) crushing them 114-83 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Kramer scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Ratiopharm Ulm (17-0) is placed first in the BBL. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. This year Kramer's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.3rpg in four games. He is a former U16 international player as he played for the Austrian team four years ago.

Valentine Bauer
Valentine Bauer
   #7. Former U20 international point guard Valentine Bauer (183-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Mars Hill College (1-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Bauer's very good performance his team was crushed 93-64 in Harrogate, TN by the Lincoln Memorial University. He scored 16 points and added 3 passes. Bauer has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.3apg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team three years ago.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #8. Point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an Braunschweig's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked BBC Bayreuth (13-4) 82-63 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Klepeisz scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (1-11) is placed 12th in the BBL. Klepeisz has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #9. International forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Navarra's victory against the third-ranked Meridiano Alicante (11-5) 78-75 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Hopfgartner recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (9-7) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Austrian national team.

Benedikt Haid
Benedikt Haid
   #10. Guard Benedikt Haid (193-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Palm Beach Atlantic University (11-5) crushing them 102-67 in the NCAA last Monday. Haid scored 6 points in only 8 minutes. The University of North Florida has conference record this season. This year Haid averages only 1.4ppg in seven games. He is a former U16 international player as four years ago he still played for the Austrian national team.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) could not help Ovarense (6-8) in their last game. Despite Douvier's very good performance Ovarense lost 74-83 at home to the leading Benfica. He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Douvier also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. This year Douvier has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.6apg in 14 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.



A Bundesliga Round 18: Gmunden Swans beat Arkadia Lions by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

A Bundesliga is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 18 rounds left.

Sixth-ranked Arkadia Lions (6-10) were very close to win a game against second ranked Gmunden Swans (12-4) on Sunday. Gmunden Swans managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Arkadia Lions trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-81 at the end of the game. Gmunden Swans looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Arkadia Lions. Gmunden Swans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Oberwart. Arkadia Lions lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are again looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#7) in Traiskirchen in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart (13-2) which played road game in Wien against 4th ranked Vienna (7-9). First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to get a 14-point victory 76-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vienna. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Chris McNealy chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Vienna at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play again on the road against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 18 UBSC Graz were beaten by Kapfenberg on the road 73-62. Furstenfeld won against Klosterneuburg on its own court 80-71.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Anton Maresch of UBSC Graz.


Vienna - Oberwart 62-76

An interesting game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart (13-2) which played road game in Wien against 4th ranked Vienna (7-9). First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to get a 14-point victory 76-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vienna. It looked good early as Vienna took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Redwell Gunners Oberwart had a 21-13 second period charge getting the lead and Vienna was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-76. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Vienna at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play again on the road against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Jackson 20+5reb+4ast, C.McNealy 19+5reb+1ast, J.Traylor 13+8reb, A.Cumberbatch 10+4reb+1ast, J.Szkutta 6, C.Kuakumensah 5+3reb
Vienna: P.Miletic 20+6reb+4ast, A.Clemmons 13+2reb+1ast, S.Stazic 12+2reb+4ast, C.Ferguson 7+5reb+1ast, A.Andjelkovic 6+5reb, S.Koch 4+3reb+2ast
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Kapfenberg - UBSC Graz 73-62

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (8-8) beat at home 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-11) 73-62. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. UBSC Graz was better in fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Cameron Naylor (201-94, college: Texas St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and international Anton Maresch (191-91) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to fourth place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will again play against UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: M.Stegnjaic 19+6reb+2ast, K.Jamar 16+1reb+4ast, C.Baptiste 10+3reb+1ast, A.Woschank 9+5reb+5ast, B.Vujosevic 8+1reb+7ast, F.Kramer 8+12reb
UBSC Graz: C.Naylor 23+11reb, A.Maresch 12+6reb+8ast, D.Brcina 10+8reb+1ast, D.Hasenburger 6, S.Leitgeb 5+4reb, G.Florian 3+1ast
gschID: 495022


Gmunden - Arkadia 81-78

Sixth-ranked Arkadia Lions (6-10) were very close to win a game against second ranked Gmunden Swans (12-4) on Sunday. Gmunden Swans managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Arkadia Lions trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-81 at the end of the game. Gmunden Swans looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Oberwart. Arkadia Lions lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are again looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#7) in Traiskirchen in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: T.Klette 24+3reb+4ast, E.Murati 21+7reb+5ast, T.Blazan 16+4reb+8ast, A.Steed 15+3reb+5ast, A.Mitchell 3+3reb+2ast, M.Linortner 2+4reb
Arkadia: F.Vay 23+8reb+4ast, M.Draskovic 14+9reb+1ast, B.Guettl 14+1reb+2ast, T.Aryee 11+2ast, B.Danek 8+1reb+9ast, J.Detrick 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 495020


Furstenfeld - Klosterneuburg 80-71

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Dukes (4-12) lost on the road to seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (6-9) 80-71. It looked good early as Dukes took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Furstenfeld Panthers had a 25-21 second period charge getting the lead and Dukes were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-80. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 21 Dukes turnovers. Croatian Marko Car (188-85) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Jurica Blazevic (199-94, agency: Interperformances) with 23 points and international Romed Vieider (195-91) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Furstenfeld Panthers moved-up to sixth place. Dukes lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will again play against bottom-ranked Dukes (#9) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Dukes will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: J.Ernst 21+1reb+2ast, S.Iliev 18+6reb+1ast, M.Car 17+5reb+6ast, H.Ochsenhofer 15+2ast, P.Radakovics 5+3reb+4ast, C.Astl 2+5reb+1ast
Klosterneuburg: J.Blazevic 23+4reb+2ast, R.Vieider 14+5reb+5ast, G.Bezhanishvili 12+8reb, T.Bas 9+2reb, L.Burgemeister 5+1ast, C.Greimeister 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495019





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)



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.
gschID: 495154


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.
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Buddy Hield selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield could not help the New Orleans Pelicans (14-24) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the New Orleans Pelicans (14-24) were defeated 90-82 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hield was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds. It's Hield's first season with the team. Hield has relatively good stats this year: 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 92.3%(24-26). He played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Uruguay). Nesbitt led Goes to a victory over the third-ranked Olimpia (2-1) 82-64 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Nesbitt scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Promocional 2. Goes Montevideo (18-10) is placed . His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Nesbitt has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 55.3%(68-123), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 85.1% in 15 games he played so far. Nesbitt is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Wagner (1-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Carey Jr.'s very good performance the Wagner was edged 70-69 in Madison, NJ by the Fairleigh Dickinson University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 22 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). This season Carey Jr. has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 24.1% and FT: 75.0%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #4. Point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Michigan St. (2-0) in their last game. Despite Nairn's good performance the Michigan St. lost 63-72 at home to the The Pennsylvania State University. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Nairn's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.9apg in 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team back in 2011.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #5. International forward Travis Munnings (198-94, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the La-Monroe (0-1) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the La-Monroe was crushed 76-45 on their home court in Monroe, LA by the Arkansas State University. Munnings scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Munnings has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

Kentwan Smith
Kentwan Smith
   #6. Forward Kentwan Smith (203-91, college: Stetson, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a BC Nokia's victory against the league leader Helsinki Seagulls (15-4) 77-69 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Nokia (5-2) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. Smith's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #7. International swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) helped Zornotza win their game against the 14th-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (5-11) 79-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Cadot had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 27 minutes. Ametx Zornotza (8-8) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Cadot's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg in four games. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #8. An experienced forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) couldn't help SAP Vaucluse (5-12) in their last game. Despite Davis' good performance SAP Vaucluse lost 82-90 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#3) Rueil. He scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. It was his first game for SAP Vaucluse this season. It was SAP Vaucluse's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Davis used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2014.

Shamar Burrows
Shamar Burrows
   #9. Former U16 international guard Shamar Burrows (190-97, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Laurier University (5-6) in their game against the Gee-Gees (5-2) in the Canadian university league CIS. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Laurier University (#2) was crushed 87-58 in Ottawa, ON by the Gee-Gees. Burrows has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg in 11 games. He used to play for the Bahamas U16 national team four years ago.

Tavario Miller
Tavario Miller
   #10. Forward Tavario Miller (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Texas A&M University to win against the Texas A&M University (10-6) crushing them 100-58 in a derby game in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded only 3 points. The Texas A&M University has 0-1 conference record this season. Miller has been at the team for four years. Miller has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bahamas senior national team.

   #11. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in Hap.Haifa's victory against the league outsider Ironi Ramat Gan crushing them 113-71 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. This season Burrows has very high stats. He averages: 23.3ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. Burrows plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Denver Nuggets (14-23) 127-119 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very good 32-6 record this season. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Thompson averages: 21.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.0apg in 38 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland). Knowles could not help Stabill (2-12) to beat AZS Koszalin (4-9). He recorded 5 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks in 33 minutes. Stabill was crushed 90-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#14) AZS Koszalin. Knowles' stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.3bpg in seven games.

   #3. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Texas' surprising victory against the Oklahoma State University (1-1) 82-79 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Cleare scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The The University of Texas have 0-1 conference record this season. Cleare has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #4. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the Acadia University in their game against the X-Men (0-9) in the Canadian university league CIS. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Acadia University (#6) was defeated 86-80 in Antigonish, NS by the X-Men. Grant has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5spg.

   #5. Phillip Jones (201-F-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Sam Houston St.'s victory against the McNeese State University (3-1) 74-67 in the NCAA last Thursday. Jones scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots. The Sam Houston State University has 2-1 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Jones has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #6. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zamorano (4-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Zamorano was badly defeated 98-82 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#6) Cambados. Forbes was the second best scorer with 16 points in 26 minutes. Forbes has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 12 games.

   #7. Azaro Roker (198-F, currently plays in Canada) faced previously mentioned Trevon Grant in the Canadian CIS last game. Roker helped St.Francis Xavier win their game against the Axemen 86-80. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. Roker has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5bpg in eight games.

   #8. Brad Nairn (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Henderson State University to win against the SW Oklahoma State University crushing them 87-61 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. He recorded only 4 points. Nairn has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #9. Romone Adderley (190-G, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Northeastern State University win their game against the Lindenwood University 58-53 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Adderley has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.8rpg in four games.

   #10. Shavanno Cooper (198-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Palm Beach Atlantic University in their game against the Rollins College in the NCAA2. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 59-47 in the NCAA2. Cooper has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg.



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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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Artsiom Parakhouski selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Unics Kazan (6-10) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's good performance the 13th-placed Unics Kazan (6-10) was crushed 102-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Baskonia in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Parakhouski also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes on the court. It was Unics Kazan's first loss after three consecutive victories. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 65.0%(76-117) and FT: 75.6% in 16 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). Wayns was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Rishon (7-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 87-86 at home by the higher-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5). Wayns was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 7 assists. This season Wayns has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(17-30). He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary). He contributed to a 3-point Falco KC's victory against the tenth-ranked Sopron KC (5-7) 79-76 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Pustahvar scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Falco KC Szombathely (7-5) is placed sixth in the A Division. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Pustahvar's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 68.6%(24-35), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 88.0% in 12 games. Pustahvar has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #4. Power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for AZS Polfarmex (3-10) in their game against Polpharma (7-8) in the Polish PLK. Salash recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 17 minutes. But AZS Polfarmex lost 62-71 in Starogard to the higher-ranked (#12) Polpharma. It was AZS Polfarmex's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Salash averages: 3.8ppg and 3.5rpg in 12 games. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #5. Former U18 international forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Avtodor (4-7) in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (7-4) in the Basketball Champions League. Astapkovich did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. He scored only 3 points. Avtodor (#7) was defeated 78-65 in Karsiyaka by the second-ranked Pinar in the group B of Basketball Champions League. It was Avtodor's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Astapkovich averages just 1.1ppg. He used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team six years ago.

   #6. Forward Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-98, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Start Lublin II (3-14) crushing them 89-36 in the Polish 2Liga (third division) in Friday night's game. Dziatchuk recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes. KK Warszawa (15-2) is placed first in Group B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dziatchuk's overall stats are: 3.5ppg and 1.3rpg in four games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Belarusian National Team roster.

Yauhen Massalski
Yauhen Massalski
   #7. U18 international forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Perlas-MRU (16-10) in their game against Vytis (14-12) in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Massalski scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Perlas-MRU was crushed 80-57 on their home court in Vilnius by the lower-ranked Vytis (#6). The Regular Season already ended. Massalski's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also Belarusian U18 national team player.

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

   #1. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia) led Ryazan to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Khimky-Podmoskoye (3-10) 87-68 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Iurchik also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. BC Ryazan (3-10) is placed 11th in the Superleague 1. It was his team's first victory after ten consecutive loses. Iurchik's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Roman Rubinshteyn (195-G-96) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) plays for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML
Vladzimir Krysevich (209-C-91) plays for Galitos-Barreiro in Portuguese LPB
Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96) plays for KTU in Lithuanian NKL
Vasiliy Prokofiev plays for Portviejo in Ecuadorian National League

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



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Standings - Division I

Euromillions League Standings
 1. Oostende 11-3 
 2. Antwerp 11-3 
 3. Aalstar 8-7 
 4. Kangoeroes 7-7 
 5. Spirou 7-7 
 6. Brussels 7-7 
 7. Mons-Hainaut 7-7 
 8. Liege 5-10 
 9. Leuven 4-10 
 10. Limburg United 4-10 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 6: Limburg United - Aalstar 90-83
Jan. 7: Antwerp - Spirou 86-80
Jan. 7: Leuven - Mons-Hainaut 82-79
Jan. 8: Brussels - Kangoeroes 79-76
Jan. 6: Liege - Oostende 67-78

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 21: Antwerp - Limburg United
Jan. 21: Kangoeroes - Liege
Jan. 21: Mons-Hainaut - Aalstar
Jan. 21: Leuven - Brussels
Jan. 21: Oostende - Spirou


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Clark, Antwerp20.3 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven17.8 
 3. Simpson, Liege17.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 5. Ware, Antwerp16.0 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar15.5 
 7. Samhan, Leuven15.4 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .14.7 
 9. Katic, Oostende14.6 
 10. Dowe, Brussels14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.5 
 2. Ware, Antwerp7.4 
 3. Samhan, Leuven7.0 
 4. Tuttle, Limburg .6.6 
 5. Fields, Liege6.5 
 6. Dowe, Brussels6.4 
 7. Amis, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Mann, Mons-Hainaut6.2 
 9. Simmons, Brussels5.9 
 10. Ubel, Brussels5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.4 
 2. Channels, Kango.5.4 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.4 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.7 
 5. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.6 
 6. Anderson, Limburg .4.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.1 
 8. Simpson, Liege4.0 
 9. Clark, Antwerp3.9 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.8 
 3. Simpson, Liege1.8 
 4. Billbury, Leuven1.7 
 5. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Swing, Limburg United1.4 
 8. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.3 
 9. Marnegrave, Spirou1.3 
 10. Gugino, Liege1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.6 
 3. Bako, Leuven1.2 
 4. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 5. Fields, Liege0.9 
 6. Blair, Aalstar0.9 
 7. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 8. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 9. Simmons, Brussels0.7 
 10. Ware, Antwerp0.6 


Standings - Division II

Top Division I Standings
 1. Waregem 13-2 
 2. Gembo BBC 12-3 
 3. Gent Hawks 11-3 
 4. Oxaco 11-4 
 5. Soba 8-7 
 6. Giants B 7-8 
 7. Melsele 7-8 
 8. Houthalen 7-8 
 9. Ieper 7-8 
 10. Royal Brussels 7-8 
 11. Ninane 4-10 
 12. RPC Anderlecht 3-11 
 13. Ekeren 3-11 
 14. Gistel Oostende 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 8: Melsele - Waregem 78-70
Jan. 8: RPC Anderlecht - Gistel Oostende 73-91
Jan. 8: Soba - Gembo BBC 68-87
Jan. 7: Giants B - Royal Brussels 101-57

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 13: Ninane - Giants B
Jan. 14: Waregem - Oxaco
Jan. 14: Gent Hawks - Royal Brussels
Jan. 14: RPC Anderlecht - Houthalen
Jan. 14: Ieper - Melsele
Jan. 15: Gistel Oostende - Soba
Jan. 15: Gembo BBC - Ekeren


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels18.6 
 2. Lhoest, Ninane18.0 
 3. Celis, Oxaco17.9 
 4. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 5. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 6. Kotrulja, Gistel O.16.4 
 7. Gorremans, Soba16.2 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.0 
 9. De Pooter, Gent H.15.9 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Lhoest, Ninane10.4 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.9 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.0 
 4. Fall, Ieper9.0 
 5. Gorremans, Soba7.8 
 6. Moris, Royal Brussels7.3 
 7. Celis, Oxaco7.3 
 8. De Pooter, Gent H.7.2 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B6.8 
 10. Van Herzeele, Eke.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent LHOTE
  Gent Hawks
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Lhote, Gent Hawks5.2 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.5 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 4. Lait, Royal Brussels4.3 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.9 
 6. Hemeleers, Gistel O.3.9 
 7. Snyers, Houthalen3.1 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.1 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
 10. Perez, Melsele2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas GOETHAERT
  Gembo B.
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.2 
 2. De Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 3. Van den Bran., Eke.2.0 
 4. Riahi, RPC A.1.9 
 5. Benzouien, Royal B.1.8 
 6. Rojas Palma, Eke.1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 9. Mwendanga, Giants B.1.5 
 10. Creppy, Royal B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Hilliman, Melsele1.1 
 2. Fall, Ieper1.1 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. Samaey, Waregem0.8 
 5. De Pooter, Gent H.0.6 
 6. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Hendrickx, Melsele0.5 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B0.5 
 10. Diop, Ieper0.5 


Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the eighth-ranked Kymis (5-8) 90-72 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Lojeski was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (9-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. Lojeski has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 69.0%(29-42), 3FGP: 49.1%(26-53) and FT: 78.3% in 12 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Lojeski is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). De Zeeuw was the major contributor in a EWE Baskets' victory against the 16th-ranked Walter Tigers (3-14) 86-82 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (9-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team. This year De Zeeuw averages: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 81.8%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). Hervelle could not help RETAbet BB (6-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 82-68 at home by the lower-ranked Gran Canaria (#14). Hervelle was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. Hervelle's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 81.3%. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Scandone AV's victory against the 13th-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (6-9) 79-69 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Obasohan scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. Scandone Avellino (11-4) is placed third in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also Belgian national team player.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #5. International point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the fourth-ranked Cedevita (0-1) 89-86 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He recorded only 3 points. Valencia Basket (1-0) is placed second in group H. Van Rossom plays fourth season for the team. Van Rossom's total stats this year are: 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #6. Point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the Oklahoma State University (1-1) 61-57 in the NCAA last Saturday. Lecomte scored 17 points and added 3 passes. The Baylor University has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.9apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #7. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Axel Hervelle and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Tabu was not able to help RETAbet BB in their game against Gran Canaria (2-12). He recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes. RETAbet BB lost 68-82 on their home court in Bilbao to the lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria. This year Tabu's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg in 13 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #8. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, currently plays in Germany) helped SG Schwelmer Baskets win their game against the 14th-ranked Bielefeld (1-14) 87-70 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Hulsen scored 5 points and added 3 assists. EN Baskets Schwelm (12-3) is placed second in West group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Hulsen has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2009.

Kamal Tall
Kamal Tall
   #9. Former U20 international forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Montana St. - Billings (3-1) in their game against the Central Washington University (2-2) in the NCAA2. Tall recorded 6 points in 21 minutes. his team lost 77-81 on the road to the Central Washington University. Tall has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 4.0rpg in nine games. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

Dion Wade
Dion Wade
   #10. Guard Dion Wade (198-93, currently studies in the States) helped Miami, OH edge the Northern Illinois University (1-0) 69-67 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Wade recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Miami University, Ohio has conference record this season. Wade has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 5.5rpg. He is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the Belgian national team.

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

   #1. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the major contributor in Cibona's victory against the eighth-ranked Mornar Bar (2-9) 92-81 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (4-7) is placed sixth in group D. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Coric's overall stats are: 6.7ppg and 2.0rpg in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian passport, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #2. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to an easy victory against the league outsider Winterthur (0-12) crushing them 104-81 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. Dubas had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 25 minutes. BBC Monthey (10-2) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dubas' total stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #3. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland). Haws could not help Anwil (9-6) to beat Rosa (8-6). He recorded 6 points. Anwil was defeated 74-61 on the road by the lower-ranked Rosa (#6). Haws has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 2.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and probably cannot be called to the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #4. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) managed to help BC Souffelweyersheim in a victory against the 13th-ranked ALS Basket (8-9) 98-89 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (14-3) is placed first in the NM1. Kayembe has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg in 17 games. He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.

   #5. Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Goshen College in their game against the Grace College (0-4) in the CrRdsL. Barrie cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 15 minutes. It was his first game for Goshen College this season. The Goshen College lost 79-87 in Winona Lake, IN to the Grace College.



Euromillions League Round 14: Basic-Fit Brussels defeat Kangoeroes in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Euromillions League took place in Brussels. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Kangoeroes (7-7) to seventh ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (7-7) 79-76 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kangoeroes. The former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) chipped in 17 points during the contest. American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kangoeroes. Basic-Fit Brussels is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-7) against tenth ranked Limburg United (4-10) on Friday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Limburg United in a tough game in Limburg 83-90. American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) notched 23 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Hans Vanwijn supported him with 14 points. Even 28 points by American guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Limburg United will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Jemappes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Leuven Bears managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 82-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The best player for the winners was Codi Miller-McIntyre who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Lionel Bosco produced 22 points and 7 assists for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Leuven Bears (4-10) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Limburg United. Loser Belfius Mons-Hainaut dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Leuven Bears will meet at home higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Euromillions League top team - Oostende (11-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Liege Basket (5-10) 78-67. Rasko Katic orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Antwerp. Liege Basket at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Oostende's next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#5) at home. Liege Basket will play against Kangoeroes in Willebroek and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 14 Spirou lost to Antwerp on the opponent's court 80-86.


Brussels - Kangoeroes 79-76

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Euromillions League took place in Brussels. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Kangoeroes (7-7) to seventh ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (7-7) 79-76 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kangoeroes. The former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) chipped in 17 points during the contest. American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Dennis Donkor (193-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Five Kangoeroes players scored in double figures. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kangoeroes. Basic-Fit Brussels is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: D.Donkor 16+4ast, T.Henry 11+8reb+2ast, P.Badji 11+6reb+1ast, W.Channels 10+4reb+5ast, I.Williams 10+3reb+2ast, A.Chada 8+5reb
Brussels: D.Loubry 17+2reb+2ast, G.Muya 15+5reb+4ast, A.Lichodzijewski 12+4reb+1ast, B.Ubel 9+9reb+3ast, C.Dowe 9+6reb+3ast, M.Depuydt 8+5reb+2ast
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Antwerp - Spirou 86-80

Very expected game when 6th ranked Spirou Charleroi (7-7) was defeated on the road by second ranked Antwerp Giants (11-3) 86-80. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Antwerp Giants players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 steals. The other American import power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spirou Charleroi. Antwerp Giants have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Oostende. Spirou Charleroi at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Limburg United (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Spirou Charleroi will play against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spirou: B.Bowman 21+6reb+2ast, J.Shepherd 17+5reb+3ast, K.Tumba 8+11reb+1ast, L.Schwartz 7+2reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 6+1reb+5ast, A.Libert 6+1reb+2ast
Antwerp: M.Smith 23+2ast, R.Anderson 16+1reb, G.Ware 15+8reb, J.Clark 10+8reb+5ast, D.Marchant 10+4reb+7ast, Y.Schoepen 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 478758


Leuven - Mons-Hainaut 82-79

Bottom-ranked Leuven Bears managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 82-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The best player for the winners was American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Lionel Bosco (175-81, agency: Court Side) produced 22 points and 7 assists and swingman Idris Lasisi (188-88, college: Whitworth) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Leuven Bears (4-10) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Limburg United. Loser Belfius Mons-Hainaut dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Leuven Bears will meet at home higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: L.Bosco 22+3reb+7ast, I.Lasisi 15+3reb+1ast, J.Cage 10+5reb+3ast, J.Mann 10+5reb+2ast, T.Demps 9+1reb, A.Olah 7+5reb+1ast
Leuven: C.Miller-McIntyre 19+4reb+5ast, O.Samhan 14+6reb+2ast, C.Steindl 14+3reb+3ast, T.Setty 11+3reb+1ast, I.Bako 9+5reb+1ast, K.Billbury 7+6reb+3ast
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Limburg United - Aalstar 90-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-7) against tenth ranked Limburg United (4-10) on Friday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Limburg United in a tough game in Limburg 83-90. Limburg United made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) notched 23 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and international Hans Vanwijn (205-95) supported him with 14 points. Even 28 points by American guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. The former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (192-89, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 7 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Limburg United will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Jemappes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: V.Taylor 28+3reb+2ast, O.Troisfontaines 12+3reb+7ast, J.Tofi 11+2reb+3ast, Q.Taylor 10+3reb, B.Amis 8+6reb+1ast, T.De Thaey 8+8reb
Limburg United: S.Tuttle 23+4reb+4ast, H.Vanwijn 14+4reb+3ast, D.Jansen 10+3reb+4ast, E.Lasisi 9+4reb+2ast, B.Simons 9+1reb, J.Anderson 7+1ast
gschID: 478757


Liege - Oostende 67-78

Euromillions League top team - Oostende (11-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Liege Basket (5-10) 78-67. Oostende forced 21 Liege Basket turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Liege Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) contributed with 13 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. American point guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: Promotex) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Liege Basket. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Antwerp. Liege Basket at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Oostende's next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#5) at home. Liege Basket will play against Kangoeroes in Willebroek and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Liege: V.Simpson 17+3reb+4ast, J.Fields 12+9reb+1ast, L.Giancaterino 11+2reb+1ast, M.Colbert 8, Y.Hertay 6+2reb+2ast, L.Hazard 5+3reb+1ast
Oostende: C.Walden 13+1reb+2ast, R.Katic 12+5reb, K.Boukichou 10+3reb, J.Mwema 8+3reb+2ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 8+3reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 478756





Top Division I Round 16: Leader Waregem loses to Melsele - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Waregem (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of seventh ranked Melsele on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Melsele 78-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Waregem. Melsele (7-8) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Waregem at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Melsele is looking forward to face Ieper (#7) on the road in the next round. Waregem will play against Oxaco (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Gistel Oostende managed to get a third victory. This time they won against twelfth-ranked RPC Anderlecht 91-73. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Gistel Oostende is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian Luka Kotrulja (196-98) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Tim Lambrecht contributed with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Nicolas Neskens (201-84, agency: Promotex) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds for RPC Anderlecht. RPC Anderlecht's coach Philippe Hoornaert rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gistel Oostende (3-12) moved-up to twelfth place. RPC Anderlecht lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ekeren. Gistel Oostende will play against higher ranked Soba (#5) in Antwerpen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. RPC Anderlecht will play at home against Houthalen (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Antwerpen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Gembo BBC (12-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Soba (8-7). Gembo BBC did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-68 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Sam Renier who helped to win the game recording 27 points. At the losing side Amaury Marion responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gembo BBC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-3 record behind leader Waregem. Loser Soba keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Gembo BBC will meet at home Ekeren (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soba will play against Gistel Oostende (#12) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Antwerp. Local Giants B (7-8) outscored higher ranked Royal Brussels (7-8) 101-57. The winners were led by Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda who scored that evening 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Giants B's coach Thomas Crab felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Giants B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Royal Brussels. Giants B's next round opponent will be Ninane (#11) on the road where they are favorite.


Melsele - Waregem 78-70

Top ranked Waregem (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of seventh ranked Melsele on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Melsele 78-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Waregem. Melsele (7-8) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Waregem at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Melsele is looking forward to face Ieper (#7) on the road in the next round. Waregem will play against Oxaco (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 488812


RPC Anderlecht - Gistel Oostende 73-91

Bottom-ranked Gistel Oostende managed to get a third victory. This time they won against twelfth-ranked RPC Anderlecht 91-73. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Gistel Oostende is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian Luka Kotrulja (196-98) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Power forward Tim Lambrecht (206-98, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Nicolas Neskens (201-84, agency: Promotex) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) added 14 points in the effort for RPC Anderlecht. RPC Anderlecht's coach Philippe Hoornaert rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gistel Oostende (3-12) moved-up to twelfth place. RPC Anderlecht lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ekeren. Gistel Oostende will play against higher ranked Soba (#5) in Antwerpen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. RPC Anderlecht will play at home against Houthalen (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gistel Oostende: L.Kotrulja 34+6reb+1ast, T.Lambrecht 18+12reb+1ast, A.Baptista 14+2ast, F.El Mahsini 7+3reb+5ast, S.Buysschaert 7+1reb, J.Kohajda 4+2reb+1ast
RPC Anderlecht: N.Neskens 18+5reb, G.Hockins 14+3reb+2ast, L.Nziye 10+1reb+1ast, C.Tshimuanga 9+8reb+1ast, T.Ghenne 5+3reb, C.Jouniaux 3+1reb
gschID: 488813


Soba - Gembo BBC 68-87

The game in Antwerpen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Gembo BBC (12-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Soba (8-7). Gembo BBC did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-68 on Sunday. Gembo BBC made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Sam Renier (187-92) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and French swingman Nicolas Wachowiak (200-91) who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side Amaury Marion (199-91) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) scored 7 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gembo BBC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-3 record behind leader Waregem. Loser Soba keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Gembo BBC will meet at home Ekeren (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soba will play against Gistel Oostende (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: S.Renier 27+3reb, N.Wachowiak 16+4reb+1ast, T.Beaujean 12+1reb, B.Iliaens 9+3reb+1ast, J.Bouckaert 9+3reb+1ast, E.Van Aken 5+3reb+1ast
Soba: A.Marion 14+7reb, M.Gorremans 10+6reb, R.Haerbos 8+2reb+1ast, V.Vanden Berghe 8+2reb, D.Bogaerts 7+12reb, Y.Deville 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 488815


Giants B - Royal Brussels 101-57

The game with biggest result difference took place in Antwerp. Local Giants B (7-8) outscored higher ranked Royal Brussels (7-8) 101-57. Giants B dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Royal Brussels' 20. They outrebounded Royal Brussels 37-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by point guard Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (186-96) who scored that evening 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Lenny Coppens (195-99) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Giants B players scored in double figures. Giants B's coach Thomas Crab felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 7 points and 9 rebounds by forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) did not help to save the game for Royal Brussels. Point guard Frederic Marbaix (184-89) added 7 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Giants B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Royal Brussels. Giants B's next round opponent will be Ninane (#11) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Giants B: L.Coppens 20+6reb+1ast, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 16+7reb+5ast, M.Mwendanga 14+2reb+8ast, R.Rogiers 12+3reb+1ast, B.Van Den Broek 11+7reb+1ast, L.Kuijt 9+5reb+2ast
Royal Brussels: F.Marbaix 7+5reb+2ast, O.Tis 7+1reb, T.Creppy 7+9reb+2ast, E.Vangu 6+3reb, L.Loris 4+1reb+1ast, R.Benzouien 3+3reb+3ast
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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
gschID: 520894


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





Ognjen Kuzmic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in ABA League). He led his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda to a victory over the 12th-ranked Mega Leks (5-12) 81-69 in the ABA League in Monday night's game. Kuzmic was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (17-0) is placed first in the ABA League. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. This year Kuzmic averages: 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 66.3%(61-92) and FT: 72.1% in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team five years ago.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in ABA League). He contributed to Partizan's victory against the 11th-ranked Karpos Sokoli (5-12) 76-72 in the ABA League last Saturday. Vrabac scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BC Partizan NiS Beograd (14-3) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Vrabac's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(27-49), 3FGP: 19.2% and FT: 33.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Vrabac is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the main contributor in Monaco's victory against the sixth-ranked Ironi Nahariya (3-8) 73-67 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Wright was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (10-1) is placed first in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wright has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 72.7% in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #4. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in a Dynamic BG's victory against the 13th-ranked Smederevo (1-10) crushing them 115-70 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. Lazic scored 17 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Dynamic BG Beograd (10-2) is placed second in the KLS. It's Lazic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg in nine games. Lazic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team player.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #5. International shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the eighth-ranked KK Zadar (6-11) 94-80 in the ABA League on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Cedevita Zagreb (12-5) is placed fourth in the ABA League. Musa's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 1.9rpg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #6. Point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-10) crushing them 100-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Renfroe recorded 9 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (12-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Renfroe's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg in six games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #7. International center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Denver Nuggets (14-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets (14-23) lost 113-120 on the road to the Sacramento Kings. Nurkic scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in a mere 18 minutes. It was Nuggets' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Nurkic has relatively solid stats: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg in 33 games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to Cibona's victory against the eighth-ranked Mornar Bar (2-9) 92-81 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (4-7) is placed sixth in group D. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sulejmanovic has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 5.1rpg in 10 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #9. Former U18 international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, currently plays in ABA League) faced previously mentioned Dzanan Musa in the ABA League last game. Ramljak was not able to help KK Zadar (6-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was defeated 94-80 in Zagreb by the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4). Ramljak was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Ramljak has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team twelve years ago.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #10. Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Olimpic (1-13) crushing them 92-54 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Pasalic was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points in 22 minutes. CSM CSU Oradea (5-2) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. Pasalic's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg in 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-85, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Promitheas (4-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Todic's very good performance Promitheas was edged 81-79 at home by the lower-ranked Koroivos (#12). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Todic also added 9 rebounds. Todic averaged so far 11.5ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

   #12. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Demir IBB (6-8) in their last game. Despite Stipanovic's very good performance Demir IBB was crushed 97-75 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked (#5) Darussafaka. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Stipanovic also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Stipanovic has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. International forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Aris crushing them 81-61 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Milosevic recorded 6 points. Milosevic has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 5.8rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against the closely-ranked Pitesti 88-82 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Adamovic scored 16 points and added 5 assists in 29 minutes. Adamovic averaged so far 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.2apg and 2.0spg in 10 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U16 international swingman Dejan Sakotic (195-93, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked LTH Castings crushing them 115-70 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Sakotic recorded 14 points. Sakotic has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93, currently plays in Hungary) could not help PVSK Pannon (8-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sejfic's very good performance PVSK Pannon was defeated 77-70 at home by the leading Alba. He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 12 rebounds. It's Sejfic's first season with the team. Sejfic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg and 8.4rpg.

   #2. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) led Rogaska to a victory over the tenth-ranked LTH Castings (1-11) crushing them 115-70 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Djuranovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rogaska Crystal (9-4) is placed third in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Djuranovic has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in Zlatorog's victory against the seventh-ranked Helios (7-5) 69-64 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Rizvic recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Zlatorog Lasko (12-2) is placed first in the Liga Nova KBM. Rizvic has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg.

   #4. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Borac's victory against the closely-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (6-6) crushing them 90-66 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (7-5) is placed sixth in the KLS. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg and 6.1rpg in 12 games he played so far.

   #5. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help KK Zadar (6-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was defeated 94-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4). Barac was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Barac has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.8apg.

   #6. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Ramo Rizvic in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last game. Atanackovic was not able to secure a victory for Helios (7-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Helios was defeated 69-64 in Lasko by the leading Zlatorog. Atanackovic recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. Atanackovic has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 5.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #7. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a Kauhajoen Karhu's victory against the league leader Helsinki Seagulls 92-85 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Sunday night. Sarcevic was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 37 minutes. Sarcevic has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg and 1.6spg in 20 games.

   #8. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Croatian team Cedevita win their game against the league outsider MZT Skopje crushing them 100-79 in the ABA League last Monday. Begic recorded 9 points and blocked 2 shots. Begic has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #9. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Croatian team Cibona win their game against the league outsider MZT Skopje 87-79 in the ABA League on Sunday night. Bosnjak scored 10 points in 30 minutes. Bosnjak has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 1.4rpg in nine games.

   #10. Dejan Kravic (211-F/C-90, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AGOR (6-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance AGOR was defeated 86-80 on their home court in Rethymno by the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (#14). Kravic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Kravic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3bpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canadian nationalities.



Kastropil is back at Siroki Primorka, ex KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

HKK Siroki Primorka (Division I) signed 33-year old Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-111kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Siroki Brijeg as he has played here before. Kastropil started the season at KK Zagreb in Croatian A1 league. In 9 games he had 5.6ppg and 3.2rpg this season. The last season Kastropil played at SAP Vaucluse in French ProB where in 8 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 4.1rpg. Kastropil also spent pre-season at Apoel (Division A) in Cypriot league earlier that year. He helped them to win the cup. The other team Kastropil played that season for was Lille Metropole (ProB) in France. In 14 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 4.4rpg.
Kastropil was a member of Croatian U18 National Team between 2002 and 2003.
He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol) and Cyprus (Apollon).

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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 


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

35-year old Joao Paulo Lopez (205-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Flamengo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Caxias do Sul (#15, 2-11) with 34-point margin 94-60. It allowed Flamengo to consolidate first place in the Brazilian league. Flamengo has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. It's Lopez's second year at Flamengo and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gonzaga University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lopez is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.1rpg) and averages solid 63.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances) of Mogi. He is naturalized American guard in his 3rd season at Mogi. In the last game Stallworth recorded impressive 31 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Mogi was edged by the higher-ranked Campo Mourao (#6, 7-5) 95-94. Mogi is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Stallworth is one of the most experienced players at Mogi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#7).

Third place about best performers goes to another Mogi's star - forward Tyrone Curnell (203-F-88). Curnell showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Curnell's great performance Mogi lost 94-95 to the higher-ranked Campo Mourao (#6, 7-5). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Mogi ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Curnell could help Mogi to bring them higher in the standings. Curnell has a very solid season. In 9 games in Brazil he scored 16.8ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 55.0% and 3PT: 46.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Klassmann (208-C-89) of B.Cearense - 17 points and 11 rebounds
5. Murilo Becker (211-C/F-83) of Vasco Da G. - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Kenny Dawkins (175-PG-87) of Vitoria - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru - 24 points and 9 rebounds
8. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Arthur Silva (196-SF-82) of Vitoria - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Pilar Alves (201-SF-84) of Brasilia - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Acad. 10-2 
 2. Beroe 9-3 
 3. Akademik PL 7-4 
 4. Balkan 6-5 
 5. Rilski 6-6 
 6. Spartak Pleven 5-6 
 7. Cherno More 4-8 
 8. Yambol 3-8 
 9. Levski 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 7: Beroe - Spartak Pleven 96-65
Jan. 8: Akademik PL - Cherno More 90-89
Jan. 7: Lukoil Acad. - Levski 84-69
Jan. 8: Rilski - Yambol 102-90

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 14: Yambol - Lukoil Acad.
Jan. 14: Spartak Pleven - Rilski
Jan. 14: Levski - Akademik PL
Jan. 14: Cherno More - Balkan


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


NBL Round 13: Academik Plovdiv edges Cherno More by one point - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game of round 13 in the NBL took place in Plovdiv. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Cherno More (4-8) to third ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-4) 90-89 on Sunday evening. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) chipped in 23 points. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Cherno More's coach Spas Natov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academik Plovdiv maintains third place with 7-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Cherno More at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Levski (#9) in Sofia in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cherno More will play at home against Balkan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Leader Lukoil Acad. delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Levski (2-10) 84-69 in Sofia. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Denis Agre (205-88, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Danny Gibson contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Kiril Raykov (192-87) answered with 20 points for Levski. Lukoil Acad. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Levski lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Yambol (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Levski will play against Academik Plovdiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Stara Zagora. Local Beroe (9-3) outscored 5th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-6) 96-65 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak Pleven. Brandis Raley-Ross stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. At the losing side Aleksandar Gruev responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 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. Beroe have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-3 record behind leader Lukoil Acad. Loser Spartak Pleven dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak Pleven will play against Rilski (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Yambol was defeated by Rilski in Samokov 102-90.


Akademik PL - Cherno More 90-89

The most exciting game of round 13 in the NBL took place in Plovdiv. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Cherno More (4-8) to third ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-4) 90-89 on Sunday evening. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) chipped in 23 points. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four Academik Plovdiv and five Cherno More players scored in double figures. Cherno More's coach Spas Natov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academik Plovdiv maintains third place with 7-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Cherno More at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Levski (#9) in Sofia in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cherno More will play at home against Balkan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: S.Smith 23+2reb+1ast, J.Semple 18+18reb+2ast, O.Bellfield 11+3reb+8ast, V.Aleksandrov 10+8reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 9+5reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 9+4reb+4ast
Cherno More: M.Markovic 19+6reb+2ast, S.Tsonkov 15+12reb+4ast, D.Karamfilov 15+9reb+6ast, N.Djuric 14+8reb, V.Hristov 13+4reb+2ast, T.Kurtev 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 496068


Rilski - Yambol 102-90

There was no surprise in Samokov where 8th ranked Yambol (3-8) was defeated by fifth ranked Rilski (6-6) 102-90 on Sunday. Rilski made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Rilski outrebounded Yambol 39-18 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American forward D.J. Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists and the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Rilski and five Yambol players scored in double figures. Rilski maintains fifth place with 6-6 record. Yambol lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Rilski will meet Spartak Pleven (#6) on the road in the next round. Yambol will play against the league's leader Lukoil Acad. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rilski: D.Shelton 33+12reb, E.Bruinsma 19+2reb+4ast, Y.Bozov 14+4reb+6ast, T.Woods 11+4reb, N.Stoyanov 10+1reb, K.Parker 9+6reb+7ast
Yambol: V.Petkov 25+10ast, S.Petkov 19+3reb, N.Varbanov 16+8reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 10+1reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 10+1reb+4ast, A.Ivanov 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 496069


Beroe - Spartak Pleven 96-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Stara Zagora. Local Beroe (9-3) outscored 5th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-6) 96-65 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak Pleven. Beroe dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 30. Beroe forced 21 Spartak Pleven turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) scored 14 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. Beroe have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-3 record behind leader Lukoil Acad. Loser Spartak Pleven dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak Pleven will play against Rilski (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe: B.Raley-Ross 19+5reb+5ast, S.Gibson 14+5reb+4ast, S.Tesija 13+3reb+1ast, A.Jones 12+3reb+3ast, O.Gudul 10+2reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 8+3reb+2ast
Spartak Pleven: M.Savic 14+6reb, G.Nikolov 11+1reb+1ast, A.Gruev 11+5reb+8ast, D.Marincheshki 9+11reb, M.Marinov 8+2reb, M.Dudev 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 496070


Lukoil Acad. - Levski 84-69

Leader Lukoil Acad. delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Levski (2-10) 84-69 in Sofia. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Denis Agre (205-88, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Kiril Raykov (192-87) answered with 20 points and Angel Peychinov (201-95) added 19 points in the effort for Levski. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lukoil Acad. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Levski lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Yambol (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Levski will play against Academik Plovdiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: H.Zahariev 12+3reb+2ast, D.Agre 12+9reb, D.Gibson 10+4reb+6ast, N.Grozev 10+1reb+1ast, A.Beane 10+3reb+3ast, K.Minkov 8+2reb+3ast
Levski: K.Raykov 20+4reb+2ast, A.Peychinov 19+2reb, E.Hadjirusev 16+2reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 12+5reb+2ast, L.Dimitrov 2+2reb+1ast, V.Avramov 0
gschID: 496067





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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Memorial 7-3 
 2. Dalhousie 6-2 
 3. St.Francis X. 6-3 
 4. UNB 5-4 
 5. St.Mary's 5-4 
 6. Acadia 4-4 
 7. UPEI 2-7 
 8. Cape Breton 0-8 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. TRU 6-6 
 2. Mount Royal 5-5 
 3. UFV 5-5 
 4. UNBC 4-8 
 5. MacEwan 3-9 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-10 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. Alberta 11-1 
 2. UBC 9-1 
 3. Calgary 8-2 
 4. Winnipeg 8-4 
 5. Lethbridge 8-4 
 6. Saskatchewan 6-4 
 7. Regina 6-4 
 8. Manitoba 4-6 
 9. Brandon 4-8 
 10. Victoria 3-7 
 11. TWU 2-13 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 5-3 
 2. McMaster 4-5 
 3. Guelph 3-5 
 4. Lakehead 2-7 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 9-0 
 2. Toronto 7-3 
 3. Queen's 6-2 
 4. York 2-6 
OUA North
 1. Ottawa 7-0 
 2. Carleton 6-0 
 3. Laurentian 4-6 
 4. Nipissing 4-6 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 6-4 
 2. Laurier 5-6 
 3. Algoma 2-7 
 4. Western 2-8 
 5. Waterloo 1-7 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 4-2 
 2. McGill 4-2 
 3. Concordia 3-3 
 4. UQAM 3-3 
 5. Bishop's 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 7: Dalhousie - UPEI 90-86
Jan. 8: St.Mary's - Memorial 88-82
Jan. 7: McMaster - Laurentian 87-95
Jan. 7: Ottawa - Laurier 87-58
Jan. 7: Brandon - Mount Royal 86-80
Jan. 7: UBC - Saskatchewan 83-74
Jan. 7: MacEwan - UFV 82-89
Jan. 7: Alberta - Calgary 81-80
Jan. 7: TWU - Winnipeg 80-84
Jan. 7: Queen's - Windsor 77-78
Jan. 7: Guelph - Ryerson 76-98
Jan. 7: York - Western 71-81
Jan. 7: Victoria - TRU 71-78
Jan. 7: St.Mary's - Memorial 70-93
Jan. 7: Regina - UBC Okanagan 70-79
Jan. 7: UQAM - Concordia 68-67
Jan. 7: UNB - St.Francis X. 66-85
Jan. 7: Brock - Nipissing 66-69
Jan. 7: Lakehead - Toronto 64-74
Jan. 7: UNBC - Lethbridge 63-76

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 10: Acadia - Dalhousie
Jan. 10: Cape Breton - St.Francis X.
Jan. 11: Western - Windsor
Jan. 11: Laurier - McMaster
Jan. 12: UFV - Calgary
Jan. 13: Toronto - York
Jan. 13: MacEwan - Brandon
Jan. 13: UPEI - Cape Breton
Jan. 13: St.Mary's - Acadia
Jan. 13: Brock - Lakehead
Jan. 13: Ryerson - Queen's
Jan. 13: Laurentian - Ottawa
Jan. 13: Laurier - Guelph
Jan. 13: Nipissing - Carleton
Jan. 13: Algoma - Waterloo
Jan. 13: Bishop's - Laval
Jan. 13: McGill - UQAM
Jan. 13: Manitoba - Regina
Jan. 13: Saskatchewan - Lethbridge
Jan. 13: Winnipeg - TRU
Jan. 13: Victoria - UBC Okanagan
Jan. 13: Mount Royal - UNBC
Jan. 13: UFV - Calgary
Jan. 13: Alberta - UBC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Morgan, UBC25.3 
 2. Cooper, Calgary24.3 
 3. Gray, Laurentian23.9 
 4. Johnson, Toronto22.2 
 5. Ramirez, York21.0 
 6. Nissen, Acadia20.6 
 7. Gilmore, McMaster20.2 
 8. Clayton, St.Mary''s19.9 
 9. Jean-Louis, Cape B.19.8 
 10. Sentance, Lethb.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erik NISSEN
  Acadia
  (208-F-)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Nissen, Acadia12.8 
 2. Dut, UPEI11.3 
 3. Pereira, Waterloo11.0 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.11.0 
 5. Graham, Queen''s10.3 
 6. Dinkins, Lakehead10.0 
 7. Bercy, St.Franc.9.8 
 8. Layton, Mount R.9.5 
 9. Yengue, Laurentian9.3 
 10. Ross, Mount Royal9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kaza KEANE
  Carleton
  (185-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Keane, Carleton6.4 
 2. Masters, UNB6.4 
 3. Rocca, Windsor5.5 
 4. Dulay, UFV5.4 
 5. Miller, Acadia5.0 
 6. Mata, Dalhousie4.9 
 7. Allen, TWU4.9 
 8. Farkic, Western4.8 
 9. Agyeman, UNBC4.8 
 10. Kapinga, Calgary4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.7 
 2. Small, Ryerson3.3 
 3. Agada, Ottawa3.0 
 4. Masters, UNB3.0 
 5. Mata, Dalhousie2.8 
 6. Jenkins, Western2.7 
 7. Dulay, UFV2.7 
 8. Anderson, Carleton2.6 
 9. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.6 
 10. Boye, UQAM2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yassin DEBACHE
  UQAM
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Debache, UQAM2.7 
 2. Osayande, Saskatch.2.6 
 3. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.5 
 4. Graham, Queen''s2.4 
 5. Layton, Mount R.2.1 
 6. Paul, Brandon2.0 
 7. Elgadi, Brock1.8 
 8. Nissen, Acadia1.8 
 9. James, MacEwan1.7 
 10. Yengue, Laurentian1.7 


The Nets waive Anthony Bennett - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets released 24-year old Canadian international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV). In 23 NBA games he had 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg this season.
The most of last season Bennett spent at the Raptors. But in 19 NBA games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg. Bennett helped them to win the Atlantic Division title (twice) (also twice). He also played that season for another team Raptors 905 where in 6 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0spg.
In 2013 Bennett was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers as #1 pick overall. The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bennett was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 1st Team in 2015.
He has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Bennett has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2015 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. Bennett's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 64.7%.
Bennett has played previously for Minnesota Timberwolves.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CBL  

CBL Standings

CBL Standings
 1. Durham 2-0 
 2. Scarborough 2-1 
 3. Hamilton 0-1 
 4. Wellington 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Jan. 7: Scarborough - Hamilton 92-72
Jan. 8: Durham - Wellington 113-86

Regular Season: Round 3

Jan. 13: Hamilton - Durham
Jan. 14: Scarborough - Wellington
Jan. 15: Wellington - Durham
Jan. 15: Hamilton - Scarborough


Durham United Basketball Club Win in their Home Opener - by Eurobasket News

This past Sunday was Durham United Basketball Club's home opener and despite the frigid temperatures outside, the team was red hot in the arena. They went on to defeat the Wellington Basketball Club with a final score of 113-86. "They were on fire," said Wellington Basketball Club's interim coach, Butch Carter . "We were a second short on every open shot and they buried every single one of them." Durham did most of their damage from beyond the arc and finished the game 14-of-19 from the three-point line. Coach Carter had nothing but praise for his counterpart, Durham's Coach Palacio and how well he has worked his squad into form and feels that as a whole, the league is headed in the right direction. Despite the great shooting night from his team, Coach Palacio was more pleased with the way they shared the ball, finishing the night with a season-high 21 assists. When asked how he will approach their upcoming game against Hamilton United on Friday, Palacio stressed defence. "I'm always a guy that thinks offence sells tickets, defence wins championships. I'm going to get after them, they know I'm going to stay after them.They know that we got film session tomorrow and we're going to get after it defensively. I just hope we can keep playing the same way, just sharing the ball. I have a great group, they are so unselfish. They could care less who's scoring as long as everybody is doing their job." So, players of Durham United, enjoy your win, but just be aware that coach is expecting you to show up and be ready to work tomorrow. With the type of leadership on display by the league's coaches, and with Butch Carter at the helm, the future of the league looks bright.
Courtesy of: canadianbasketball.com



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  CHILE  

Standings - DIMAYOR

Liga Nacional Standings
 1. Los Leones 24-8 
 2. Osorno 22-10 
 3. CDU Concepcion 20-10 
 4. AB Ancud 19-13 
 5. CD Valdivia 18-12 
 6. CDE Talca 17-13 
 7. Puerto Montt 14-16 
 8. CD Castro 14-18 
 9. Las Animas 14-18 
 10. Puente Alto 11-21 
 11. Tinguiririca S.F. 9-23 
 12. CDU Catolica 6-26 

Regular Season: Round 31

Jan. 8: CDU Catolica - Los Leones 84-90
Jan. 8: CDE Talca - Puente Alto 83-70
Jan. 8: CD Castro - Las Animas 83-51
Jan. 8: CDU Concepcion - Tinguiririca S.F. 80-75
Jan. 8: CD Valdivia - Osorno 79-76
Jan. 8: AB Ancud - Puerto Montt 73-70


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.8 
 2. Taylor, Las Animas27.5 
 3. Dickson, CDU C.27.1 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.8 
 5. Robinson, Osorno23.1 
 6. Larry, AB Ancud21.3 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.20.9 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud20.7 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.4 
 10. Harrison, CDU C.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.9 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.13.6 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.7 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro11.7 
 6. Taylor, Las Animas11.5 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.11.4 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.11.4 
 9. Bowdry, Los Leones10.9 
 10. Lee, CD Castro10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.10.1 
 2. Morales, Las A.5.9 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.2 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.1 
 7. Marechal, Los L.3.9 
 8. Hammonds, Puente A.3.6 
 9. Scott, CDU C.3.6 
 10. Sepulveda, CDE T.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.6 
 2. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.9 
 3. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 4. Kirkland, Osorno1.9 
 5. Dickson, CDU C.1.8 
 6. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.7 
 7. Phillips, Puerto M.1.7 
 8. Diaz, Puente Alto1.7 
 9. Cheek, Las Animas1.7 
 10. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Lee, CD Castro1.4 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.4 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 6. Harrison, CDU C.1.0 
 7. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 10. Diaz, Puente Alto0.7 


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
gschID: 523284


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
gschID: 523283


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
gschID: 523282


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
gschID: 523281


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





Abeiro's 28 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Tinguiririca S.F. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Tinguiririca S.F. in his team's victory, helping them to beat CDE Talca (#6, 17-13) 95-85. Tinguiririca S.F. maintains the 11th position in Chilean league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 23 games and recorded just nine victories. In the team's last game Abeiro had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tinguiririca S.F.'s top player in his first season with the team. Abeiro has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 25.8ppg), rebounds (6th best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 58.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of CD Valdivia. He is American in his first season at CD Valdivia. In the last game Summers recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as CD Valdivia was edged by slightly lower-ranked Puerto Montt (#7, 14-16) 86-83. CD Valdivia managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Summers is a newcomer at CD Valdivia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.1ppg (#1). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Aspire Sports) of Las Animas (#9). Taylor got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Taylor's great performance Las Animas lost 81-88 to the higher-ranked AB Ancud (#4, 19-13). 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 18 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 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Decorey Jones (201-F/G-90) of CDE Talca - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Louis Munks (190-G-90) of Puerto Montt - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. John Dickson (198-F-90) of CDU Catolica - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Brandon Bowdry (200-F/G-88) of Los Leones - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Darrol Jones (193-SF-94) of Los Leones - 25 points and 3 rebounds
9. Howard Crawford (205-F-88) of Los Leones - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Francisco Centeno (201-F/G-85) of AB Ancud - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Vern 12-2 
 2. Agrodalm 9-5 
 3. Bosco 8-4 
 4. Rudes 8-6 
 5. Zaprude 8-6 
 6. Zapad 8-6 
 7. Mladost ZG 6-5 
 8. Sesvete 6-7 
 9. Samobor 6-8 
 10. Dubrava 4-9 
 11. Maksimir 4-10 
 12. Fortuna 1-12 
East
 1. Belisce 8-2 
 2. Borovo 7-2 
 3. Osjecki Sokol 5-3 
 4. Zupanja 5-4 
 5. Djakovo 5-5 
 6. Rekord Tim 5-5 
 7. Vukovar 4-6 
 8. Pozega 4-6 
 9. VROS Darda 2-6 
 10. Vinkovci 2-8 
North
 1. Podravac Virje 9-1 
 2. Medjimurje C. 8-2 
 3. Graficar 8-2 
 4. Mladost D. 5-5 
 5. Petar Zrinski 5-5 
 6. Radnik 5-5 
 7. Ivanic 4-4 
 8. Bjelovar 2-8 
 9. Ivancica 2-9 
 10. Koprivnica 1-8 
South
 1. Jazine 9-1 
 2. Ribola Kastela 8-0 
 3. Diplomus 7-3 
 4. Puntamika 6-3 
 5. Omis-Cagalj T. 5-4 
 6. Adriatic S. 4-6 
 7. Sukosan 3-7 
 8. Dubrovnik 3-7 
 9. Solin 2-6 
 10. Cetina 0-10 
West
 1. Sanac 11-1 
 2. Ghia Staff 8-2 
 3. Crikvenica 8-4 
 4. Istrauni 7-4 
 5. Kastav 7-5 
 6. Labin 6-4 
 7. Pula 1981 6-6 
 8. Stoja Pula 5-7 
 9. Jadranka 4-7 
 10. Zamet 3-9 
 11. Kraljevica 2-8 
 12. Rovinj 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Center

Jan. 7: Agrodalm - Maksimir 96-69
Jan. 7: Samobor - Sesvete 95-59
Jan. 7: Zaprude - Fortuna 82-42
Jan. 7: Rudes - Dubrava 77-68
Jan. 7: Zapad - Vern 57-73

East

Jan. 7: Vukovar - Vinkovci 78-84
Jan. 7: Pozega - Belisce 72-79
Jan. 7: Rekord Tim - Djakovo 104-71
Jan. 11: VROS Darda - Osjecki Sokol

West

Jan. 7: Rovinj - Kraljevica 88-75
Jan. 7: Crikvenica - Sanac 79-77
Jan. 7: Kastav - Zamet 59-68
Jan. 7: Pula 1981 - Stoja Pula 100-65
Jan. 11: Labin - Ghia Staff


Kastropil is back at Siroki Primorka, ex KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

HKK Siroki Primorka (Division I) signed 33-year old Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-111kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Siroki Brijeg as he has played here before. Kastropil started the season at KK Zagreb in Croatian A1 league. In 9 games he had 5.6ppg and 3.2rpg this season. The last season Kastropil played at SAP Vaucluse in French ProB where in 8 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 4.1rpg. Kastropil also spent pre-season at Apoel (Division A) in Cypriot league earlier that year. He helped them to win the cup. The other team Kastropil played that season for was Lille Metropole (ProB) in France. In 14 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 4.4rpg.
Kastropil was a member of Croatian U18 National Team between 2002 and 2003.
He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol) and Cyprus (Apollon).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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



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.




Dino Peraica scores 51 points, Ivan Pavic is a new coach of Dubrava (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

Dino Peraica (F-92) scored 51 points for Vukovar, but it still wasn't enough to beat Vinkovci in Croatian A2 League Eastern Division Round 10.
A2 Central Divsion League side Dubrava have parted ways with coach Ivan Kapov and tabbed Ivan Pavic as his replacement.

Central Division - Round 14: Zapad-Vern 57-73 (Markocic 16, Cubela 13 - Bakovic 20, Penic 15), Rudes-Dubrava 77-68 (Ljubicic 18, Uljarevic 17 - Smolic 18, Majcunic 14), Zaprudje-Fortuna 82-42 (Herendic 22, Stanic 13, Vukicevic 13 - Zupan 11), Samobor-Sesvete 95-59 (Silobod 24, Gril 19 - Papak 24, Semren 11), Agrodalm-Maksimir 96-69 (Ribaric 20, Matic 19 - Mandic 23, Stojanovic 20), Mladost-Bosco 18/01.
Standings: Vern 12-2, Bosco 9-4, Agrodalm 9-5, Mladost 8-5, Rudes 8-6, Zaprudje 8-6, Zapad 8-6, Samobor 6-8, Sesvete 6-8, Dubrava 4-10, Maksimir 4-10, Fortuna 1-13.

Northern Division - Round 13: Crikvenica-Samac 79-77 (M.Benic 29, Bilalovic 16 - Kraljic 18, Panjevic 16), Pula 1981-Stoja 100-61 (Bozic 30, Rakic 24 - Dasko 32, Ban 20), Rovinj-Kraljevica 88-75 (Honovic 30, Benko 24 - Protega 20, Konjevic 19)
Kastav-Zamet 59-68 (Miletic 19 - Antunovic 19, Delpin 15), Labin-Ghia Staff 11/01, Jadranka-Istrauni 22/01.
Standings: Sanac 10-3, Crikvenica 9-4, Ghia Staff 8-3, Istrauni 8-4, Labin 8-4, Pula 1981 8-5, Kastav 8-5, Jadranka 5-7, Stoja 5-8, Kraljevica 2-10, Zamet 2-11, Rovinj 2-11.

Eastern Division - Round 10: Rekord Tim-Djakovo 104-71 (Radosavljevic 39, Celebija 22 - Rados 21, Car 13), Vukovar-Vinkovci 78-84 OT (Peraica 51 - Jukic 18, Pezer 17), Pozega-Belisce 72-79 (Calis 17, Herceg 15, Abramovic 15 - Preglej 18, Bicvic 16), Vrijednosnice Darda II-Osjecki sokoli 11/01, Borovo-Zupanja postponed.
Standings: Belisce 8-2, Borovo 7-2, Osjecki sokol 5-3, Zupanja 5-4, Vukovar 5-5, Djakovo 5-5, Rekord Tim 5-5, Pozega 4-6, Vrijednosnice Darda 2-6, Vinkovci 1-9.




Skrljevo cut four players, inks Sinisa Stemberger and brings back Jasmin Perkovic - by Zeljko Zule

Skrljevo have parted ways with Marko Milekic (201-SF-95), Matija Bilalovic (192-G/F-97), Frano Marasovic (214-C-92) and Ivan Vodopija (202-F/C-93) and inked veteran Sinisa Stemberger (196-G-79) and their former member Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80) for the remainder of the season.
Stemberger arrived from local rival Kvarner 2010, for whom he played just one Croatia A1 League game this season before left the club due to disciplinary reasons. Stemberger has already played for Zadar and Split in his native Croatia plus, Siroki and Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Levice iz Czech.
Perkovic returns to Skrljevo, where he spet last season, averaging 15.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.4 blocks in 28 Croatian A1 League games. He started the 2016-17 season in Bahrain with Nuwaidrat. Perkovic has already played for Sava Osiguranje Rijeka, Zadar in Croatia plus Triglav, Hopsi and Union Olimpija in Slovenia, Siroki and Bosna in Bosnia and Herzegovina, AEK in Greece, Oldenburg in Germany, Cremona in Italy, Al Kuwait in Kuwait, Nift Al-Janoub in Iraq and Zepter Vienna in Austria.




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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..



Games' update - week 10 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

10th week featured three games.

Etha 62 - Apoel 71

Apoel rolled to an important victory against Etha by 62-71 advancing to 3rd position on the board. Wright had 21 points and 8 rebs whereas Burnoutowski had 18 and grabbed 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Esho had 21 and Walker had 16 points.

Aek 63 - Keravnos 79

Keravnos, who holds the 1st position on the board, reached a crucial road win against Aek. Keravnos had Stylianou, Barker, Abukar and Parks with double digits whereas in the loosing squad Brezec had 21 pts and 15 rebs and was the only one who survived. Aek who was bad from the perimeter (had 9 in 30 three-pointers) has grabbed only 32 rebs compared to 44 of Keravnos plus it has committed 16 turnovers.

In the final game Apollon rolled to its 3rd victory against ENP with 67-63. The Cypriot Iraklis Pitakkas finished the game had 22 points (had 8 in 8 FT). In the loosing squad, Washington had 17 pts.




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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


1Liga Round 13: Leader Sokol Hradec Kralove loses to Nymburk B - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (11-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Nymburk B (9-4) 84-83. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group A. Nymburk B shot the lights out from three sinking 20 long-distance shots on high 51.3 percentage. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) chipped in 18 points. Slovakian center Peter Majerik (207-85) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Nymburk B moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with Slavoj Litom. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Nymburk B is looking forward to face USK Praha B (#5) at home in the next round. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against GBA Sparta (#8) in Praha and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Praha. Second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (9-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed USK Praha B (6-7) 79-78 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. Admir Alic contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vilem Svoboda (195-95) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds for USK Praha B. Slavoj BK Litomerice have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group A with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Zlin, which they share with Nymburk B. USK Praha B at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Basket Kosice (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha B will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Kosice between Sokol Prazky and Basket Kosice. Fifth ranked Sokol Prazky (7-6) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Basket Kosice (6-8). Sokol Prazky managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Kosice. Jan Sop stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners. Sokol Prazky's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Dusan Hlavacek responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sokol Prazky moved-up to fourth place in Group A. Loser Basket Kosice keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet at home BK Loko Plzen (#7) in the next round. Basket Kosice will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sokol Slapanice (8-5) against fourth ranked B&W Opava B (9-4) on Friday night. Visiting Sokol Slapanice was defeated by B&W Opava B in Opava 89-75. Miroslav Kvapil nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. B&W Opava B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. B&W Opava B moved-up to third place in Group B. Sokol Slapanice at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. B&W Opava B's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Olomouc SK and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Slapanice will play against Olomouc Bbal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked SKB Zlin (12-1) against fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal (7-6) on Friday night. Visiting SKB Zlin was defeated by Olomouc Bbal in Olomouc 78-67. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of SKB Zlin. Evgeni Scripcaru fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. SKB Zlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olomouc Bbal maintains fifth place in Group B with 7-6 record. Loser SKB Zlin still keeps top position with one game lost. Olomouc Bbal will face higher ranked Sokol Slapanice (#4) in Slapnice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKB Zlin will play at home against Pardubice and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 13 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A GBA Sparta defeated Vysocina in Praha 79-74. Loko Plzen was smashed by Sokol Pisek at home 53-85.
In Group B Olomouc SK won against Ostrava on the opponent's court 87-72. Havirov unfortunately lost to Novy Jicin in a home game 73-86. Prostejov B was rolled over Pardubice on the road 67-108.
The best stats of 13th round was 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Josef Potocek of Pardubice.


Group A
Sokol H.K. - Nymburk B 83-84

Top ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (11-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Nymburk B (9-4) 84-83. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group A. Nymburk B shot the lights out from three sinking 20 long-distance shots on high 51.3 percentage. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) chipped in 18 points. Slovakian center Peter Majerik (207-85) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. Nymburk B moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with Slavoj Litom. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Nymburk B is looking forward to face USK Praha B (#5) at home in the next round. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against GBA Sparta (#8) in Praha and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Peterka 25+9reb+3ast, M.Svoboda 18+4reb, E.Kotasek 12+1reb+5ast, M.Kolar 8+2reb+1ast, M.Ivan 8+2reb, T.Dlugos 6+2ast
Sokol H.K.: P.Majerik 22+6reb+1ast, O.Peterka 19+6reb+4ast, S.Faifr 19+6reb+1ast, D.Sirek 15+2reb+5ast, T.Mahler 10+1reb, L.Svandrlik 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 483397


Vysocina - GBA Sparta 74-79

There was no surprise in Jihlava where 10th ranked Vysocina (3-10) was defeated by eighth ranked GBA Sparta (5-7) 79-74 on Sunday. Polish Karol Majchrzak (195-97, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Michal Kozak (202-98) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and Martin Novak (199-93) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five GBA Sparta and four Vysocina players scored in double figures. GBA Sparta moved-up to seventh place in Group A, which they share with Loko Plzen. Vysocina lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. GBA Sparta will face league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vysocina will play against Sokol Pisek (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: M.Welsch 16+1reb+2ast, K.Majchrzak 16+8reb+4ast, M.Kozak 13+8reb+2ast, I.Tyrtyshnyk 12+5reb+2ast, D.Javorsky 10+2reb, M.Kainc 7+3reb
Vysocina: M.Novak 19+6reb+3ast, J.Bubak 15+13reb+2ast, O.Manak 13+4reb+3ast, T.Siroky 12+1reb, J.Knetl 9+1reb+3ast, P.Knetl 4+2reb
gschID: 483398


Basket Kosice - Sokol Prazky 68-69

A very close game took place in Kosice between Sokol Prazky and Basket Kosice. Fifth ranked Sokol Prazky (7-6) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Basket Kosice (6-8). Sokol Prazky managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Kosice. They outrebounded Basket Kosice 39-23 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Jan Sop (185-96) stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners and point guard Tomas Gavenda (182-96) chipped in 7 points and 6 assists. Sokol Prazky's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side power forward Dusan Hlavacek (197-77) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Jan Nekolny (192-91) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Sokol Prazky moved-up to fourth place in Group A. Loser Basket Kosice keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet at home BK Loko Plzen (#7) in the next round. Basket Kosice will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sokol Prazky: Y.Habily 14+2reb, J.Sop 12+3reb+2ast, S.Brix 9+4reb+2ast, J.Tomas 8+4reb+1ast, M.Hartig 7+4reb+2ast, T.Gavenda 7+3reb+6ast
Basket Kosice: J.Kratochvil 13+2reb, J.Nekolny 11+1reb+5ast, D.Hlavacek 11+8reb, M.Vansa 9+1ast, D.Adasek 8+2reb+4ast, J.Zavadil 7+3reb
gschID: 483400


USK Praha B - Slavoj Litom. 78-79

Important game to mention about took place in Praha. Second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (9-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed USK Praha B (6-7) 79-78 on Friday evening. Slavoj BK Litomerice shot 60.9 percent from the field. USK Praha B was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vilem Svoboda (195-95) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Jan Streba (195-95) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for USK Praha B. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Slavoj BK Litomerice have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group A with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Zlin, which they share with Nymburk B. USK Praha B at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Basket Kosice (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha B will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 27+8reb, A.Alic 18+6reb, A.Zampach 14+3reb+2ast, M.Basta 11+1reb+1ast, M.Slunecko 6+1reb+4ast, J.Sotnar 3+7ast
USK Praha B: V.Svoboda 31+11reb, J.Streba 19+8reb+1ast, J.Tuma 10+1reb+2ast, O.Sehnal 10+2reb+5ast, D.Zikla 4+1reb+1ast, F.Petruzela 2+1reb
gschID: 483401


Loko Plzen - Sokol Pisek 53-85

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Sokol Pisek (4-10) smashed on the road 7th ranked BK Loko Plzen (5-7) 85-53 on Friday. They outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 57-25 including a 45-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Dalibor Fait (203-93) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Vojtech Novak (205-97) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Four Sokol Pisek players scored in double figures. Point guard Kamil Riha (180-91) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (203-82) added 9 points and 8 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. Sokol Pisek moved-up to ninth place in Group A. Loser BK Loko Plzen keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Sokol Pisek will face Vysocina (#10) in Jihlava in the next round.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: D.Fait 22+11reb, P.Slechta 17+6reb+3ast, V.Novak 17+9reb+4ast, P.Englicky 11+9reb+1ast, R.Duda 8+2reb, D.Hejda 4+2reb
Loko Plzen: K.Riha 11+5reb+3ast, J.Lejsek 10+3reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 9+8reb+1ast, M.David 7, V.Honomichl 6+2reb, O.Fleischhans 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 483399


Group B
Ostrava - Olomouc SK 72-87

Very expected game when 6th ranked Ostrava (5-8) was defeated at home by second ranked Olomouc SK (10-3) 87-72 on Sunday. Olomouc SK outrebounded Ostrava 103-77 including a 66-49 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 25 long-distance shots on high 53.2 percentage. Ostrava was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Martin Vanak (198-87) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Olomouc SK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) produced 18 points and guard Michal Palat (194-90) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Olomouc SK have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Olomouc SK maintains second place in Group B with 10-3 record having just two points less than leader Zlin. Ostrava lost fourth consecutive game. Ostrava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Olomouc SK will face B&W Opava B (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ostrava will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 22+7reb+3ast, M.Vanak 16+9reb, M.Sedlacek 15+1reb+1ast, D.Jilek 9+5reb+1ast, J.Zlamal 9+5reb+5ast, K.Sin 8+4reb
Ostrava: L.Bukovjan 18+3reb+1ast, J.Lycka 9+1reb+7ast, M.Palat 9+6reb+2ast, P.Hosek 8+1reb, J.Stepanek 7+3reb+1ast, T.Havlik 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 483478


Havirov - Novy Jicin 73-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Novy Jicin's (4-9) road victory over 10th ranked Havirov (1-12) 86-73 on Friday. They outrebounded Havirov 52-34 including 18 on the offensive glass. Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) fired 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Tadeas Janik (201-94) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. Daniel Klimek (190-96) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and center Jan Kolonicny (208-93) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Novy Jicin moved-up to eighth place in Group B, which they share with Prostejov B. Loser Havirov keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Novy Jicin will face higher ranked Ostrava (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Havirov will play against BK Prostejov B (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: O.Soska 27+9reb+2ast, T.Janik 19+7reb+2ast, R.Pelikan 11+14reb+1ast, R.Medek 10+5reb+2ast, M.Rudolf 5+6reb+1ast, J.Kelar 5+2reb
Havirov: D.Klimek 21+6reb+3ast, J.Kolonicny 14+9reb+2ast, A.Urbanek 12+4reb+1ast, J. Hubacek 8+3reb, V.Jancik 7+1reb+1ast, J.Landor 6
gschID: 483475


Opava B - Sokol Slapanice 89-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sokol Slapanice (8-5) against fourth ranked B&W Opava B (9-4) on Friday night. Visiting Sokol Slapanice was defeated by B&W Opava B in Opava 89-75. B&W Opava B forced 22 Sokol Slapanice turnovers and outrebounded them 47-35 including 35 on the defensive glass. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) accounted for 24 points and 12 rebounds. B&W Opava B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Radek Hilser (197-81) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sokol Slapanice in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. B&W Opava B moved-up to third place in Group B. Sokol Slapanice at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. B&W Opava B's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Olomouc SK and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Slapanice will play against Olomouc Bbal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Opava B: M.Kvapil 24+13reb+3ast, V.Bujnoch 24+12reb+3ast, R.Dragoun 18+5reb+5ast, J.Dihel 14+6reb+1ast, R.Matejka 5+2reb+1ast, S.Kurecka 2+3reb+1ast
Sokol Slapanice: Z.Sebela 24+7reb+3ast, I.Pavlicik 15+3reb+2ast, R.Sir 13+5reb+3ast, R.Hilser 13+8reb+3ast, R.Hlavacek 4+5reb+2ast, M.Vyroubal 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 483477


Olomouc Bbal - Zlin 78-67

Very important is a road loss of first ranked SKB Zlin (12-1) against fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal (7-6) on Friday night. Visiting SKB Zlin was defeated by Olomouc Bbal in Olomouc 78-67. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of SKB Zlin. Olomouc Bbal forced 23 SKB Zlin turnovers. SKB Zlin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Jiri Dedek (190-95) chipped in 16 points, 5 assists and 7 steals. David Nehoda (193-91) produced 26 points and point guard David Zumer (174-95) added 16 points respectively for lost side. SKB Zlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olomouc Bbal maintains fifth place in Group B with 7-6 record. Loser SKB Zlin still keeps top position with one game lost. Olomouc Bbal will face higher ranked Sokol Slapanice (#4) in Slapnice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKB Zlin will play at home against Pardubice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: E.Scripcaru 18+10reb+3ast, J.Dedek 16+2reb+5ast, V.Smerda 12+3reb+2ast, R.Jurka 9+5reb, A.Choleva 8+5reb+1ast, J.Kozak 8+4reb
Zlin: D.Nehoda 26+3reb, D.Zumer 16+3reb+3ast, M.Susak 7+7reb, J.Kozina 7+1reb, J.Krutilek 5+1reb+2ast, R.Stencl 2
gschID: 483476


Pardubice - Prostejov B 108-67

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Pardubice and 7th ranked BK Prostejov B had identical 4-8 record. This time Pardubice used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from Prostejov 108-67 on Friday night. Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BK Prostejov B's 38. Pardubice forced 22 BK Prostejov B turnovers and outrebounded them 51-35 including 20 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by BK Prostejov B's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pardubice made 7 blocks. Forward Josef Potocek (196-96) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Karel Formanek (202-97) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Pardubice players scored in double figures. Slovakian Milan Szabo (204-98) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) added 16 points 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. Pardubice (5-8) moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Ostrava. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Pardubice will face league's leader SKB Zlin on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov B will play against Havirov (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: J.Potocek 33+5reb, V.Pulpan 11+7ast, D.Skranc 11+9reb+4ast, K.Formanek 10+13reb+4ast, M.Svoboda 10+5reb+1ast, F.Nimec 10+6reb+1ast
Prostejov B: M.Nabelek 16+4reb+1ast, M.Szabo 15+12reb+1ast, A.Goga 11+5reb+3ast, V.Vasat 6+5reb, J.Hlobil 5+3reb+2ast, L.Jencik 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 512510





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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


Chris Nielsen claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Swingman Chris Nielsen (193-G/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Randers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 31-year old swingman had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Randers in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Stevnsgade (#8, 0-15) with 33-point margin 107-74. Randers is placed at 4th position in Danish Ligaen. Randers is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-9 record. In the team's last game Nielsen had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Randers, through which he has constantly improved. Nielsen has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 45.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Tanner McGrew (203-F-93, agency: Duran International) of SISU. McGrew impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Of course SISU cruised to a 108-100 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Bakken (#2, 11-2). SISU's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. McGrew is a newcomer at SISU 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 17.1ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 10.8rpg and 3.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was another SISU's star - American Kyle Dranginis (195-SG-92). Dranginis showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and thirteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of SISU, helping his team with a 108-100 win against the higher-ranked Bakken (#2, 11-2). The chances of SISU not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dranginis could try to bring SISU's a little bit higher in the standings. Dranginis has individually a great season in Denmark. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jesper Sandager (194-G/F-96) of Stevnsgade - 33 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Charles Burgess (186-PG-84) of Randers - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Oliver Stroeh (192-G-94) of SISU - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90) of Naestved - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Earnest Ross (196-G-91) of Naestved - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-C/F-97) of Horsholm - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Mike Gesell (188-G-93) of Bakken - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.1 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.7 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.4 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.0 
 5. Murphy, Grand R.23.3 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.1 
 7. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.9 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.21.9 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.3 
 10. Pressey, Santa C.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.8 
 2. Zimmerman, Erie B.11.7 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.11.2 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.11.2 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 7. Long, Delaware.10.4 
 8. Zubac, Los A.9.6 
 9. Alexander, Erie B.9.4 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Magette, Los A.9.8 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.6 
 6. Taylor, Rio G.7.3 
 7. Weber, Sioux F.7.0 
 8. VanVleet, Raptors .6.7 
 9. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
 10. Jackson, Texas L.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.2 
 2. Harris, Texas L.2.6 
 3. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 6. Fells, Texas L.2.3 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Payton II, Rio G.2.2 
 9. Dinwiddie, Windy C.2.2 
 10. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Benson, Sioux F.3.1 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC2.8 
 3. Foster, Los A.2.5 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.4 
 5. Tavares, Raptors .2.3 
 6. Ndour, Westches.2.2 
 7. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Wood, Greensbo.2.1 
 9. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.9 


Power Trio Leads Red Claws to 5th Straight Win - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, got balanced scoring from three different players to cruise past the Fort Wayne Mad Ants Sunday afternoon, 111-103. It was a matchup of first-place teams at the Portland Expo. Maine has now won five straight games. Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech) led Maine with 30 points. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), on assignment from the Boston Celtics, added 26 points, while Jalen Jones scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. Jones and Georges-Hunt combined to go 21-21 from the free throw line. In the 1 st quarter, the Red Claws (15-7) struggled shooting the ball early on, while the Mad Ants (13-7) jumped out to an early 10-4 lead after a pair of three pointers from Stephan Hicks. After a mid-quarter surge from Maine, they closed the gap to 2 points (20-18) with 3:00 minutes left in the quarter. Fort Wayne closed the quarter on a 10-9 run to hold a 30-27 lead. Hicks and Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93, college: Kentucky) led the Mad Ants scoring with 8 points apiece, while Jalen Jones led the Red Claws with 8 points. Opening the 2nd quarter Maine tied the game at 33-33 quickly after 4 points from Jalen Jones. Halfway through the quarter Maine went on a 9-5 run to take their first lead (42-38) since the first basket of the game fueled by Marcus Georges-Hunt's 7-point run. The Red Claws closed the quarter strong clinging to a 54-47 halftime lead. Georges-Hunt led all scorers in the first half with 17 points, while Jalen Jones had 14. Alex Poythress led the Mad Ants with 13 points. On to the 3rd quarter where Maine didn't score until the 9:12 mark, on a free throw from Dallas Lauderdale to lead 55-50. Shortly after Maine started to get hot, as they hit back-to-back three pointers from Marcus Georges-Hunt and Coron Williams, to take their largest lead of the game 63-51. Maine ended the quarter with their largest lead of the ball game 79-64, led by Marcus Georges Hunt's 22 game high 22 points. In the 4th and final quarter Demetrius Jackson opened up with a big three pointer to push the lead to 16 points (82-66), followed up with another three pointer from Malcolm Miller (6'6''-G-91, college: Southern), which pushed the lead to 19 points (85-66). Fort Wayne responded quickly going on their own 7-point run, closing the gap to 12 points (85-73). The Red Claws quieted the run by pushing the lead back to 16 (92-76) with 5:35 left to play in the game. Maine thwarted a late comeback effort from Fort Wayne, by holding on to win 111-103. Maine was led by Marcus Georges-Hunt who topped all scorers with 30 points on 9/19 shooting, while going 11/11 from the free throw line. Demetrius Jackson, on assignment from the Boston Celtics poured in 26 points, shooting 9/15 from the field and 7/8 from the charity stripe. Jalen Jones had a double-double for Maine, posting 25 points and 10 rebounds. Leading the Fort Wayne Mad Ants was Jordan Loyd off the bench with 21 points on 7/12 shooting and 6/7 from the free throw line. Stephan Hicks finished with 19 points after 8 1st quarter points. Trey McKinney-Jones who fouled out in the 4th quarter, finished with 18 points. The Red Claws were 37-80 (46.3%) for the game from the floor, while shooting just 8-28 (28.6%) from 3 point land. Maine finished with an impressive 29-33 (87.9%) from the free throw line. Fort Wayne was 37-87 (42.5%) from the floor, going 13-37 (35.1%) from downtown and 16-19 (84.2%) from the free throw line.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com





Santa Cruz rallies past Austin in OT - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) scored eight of his team-high 27 points in overtime as the Santa Cruz Warriors rallied past Austin 111-108 in the teams' NBA D-League game at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas, on Sunday. Pressey, a 25-year-old who was born in Dallas, made two of his five 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in overtime. Forward Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) had eight points and pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds, helping the Warriors earn the narrow edge in rebounding, 50-49. Warriors center Dennis Clifford recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. With the win, the Warriors (11-9) moved to five games behind Pacific Division leader Los Angeles (17-5) in the Western Conference standings. Austin, which sits in fifth place in the Southwest Division, drops to 8-13. The Warriors travel to Hidalgo, Texas, to face Rio Grande Valley (14-8) on Monday at 5 p.m. before returning to Santa Cruz for a game against Canton (12-9) at Kaiser Permanente Arena on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Santa Cruz forward LaDontae Henton (6'6''-F-92, college: Providence) finished with 13 points in the see-saw battle against Austin, which saw the teams exchange the lead 14 times. They were tied 12 times, including 100-all at the end of regulation. The seasoned Pressey, who played in 148 NBA games from 2013-15, was fouled driving to the basket late in regulation and made both his free throws to lock the score at 100. Austin guard Dejounte Murray (6'4''-G-96, college: Washington) missed a spinning layup in the final seconds and the Warriors rebounded the ball with seven-tenths of a second on the clock. A 3-point attempt by Scott Wood, who finished with a minus-15 rating when on the floor, fell short. Austin held a 106-103 lead in overtime after getting baskets from Murray and guard Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G-93, college: Michigan St.). Pressey tied the score at 106 with a 3 and gave the Warriors a 109-108 lead with another 3 - draining an off-balance shot on the wing while defended by Murray. Santa Cruz finished 11 of 33 on 3-point shots and 28 of 37 from the free-throw line. Henton gave the Warriors some breathing room after draining a pair of free throws in the game's final seconds. Forbes missed the Spurs' final shot, a 3-point attempt, and Pressey gathered the rebound and chucked the ball across the court to kill the remainder of the clock. Alex Hamilton (6'4''-G-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) came off the bench and scored 19 points for Santa Cruz. Austin's backcourt of Murray and Forbes combined for 61 points with Murray scoring 31 and pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds. Spurs center Cory Jefferson had 19 points and seven rebounds. Austin was plagued by 17 turnovers; Santa Cruz had 15.
Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com



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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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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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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Kazma club in Kuwait signed Abdullah Al Sarraf - by David Pick

Kazma club in Kuwait signed experienced veteran 34-year old forward Abdullah Al Sarraf (190-F-82) from Al Arabi.

He is 1.90 meters, and the list of his achievements is quite long. He has played in the league since just 2012, but was also voted Asia-Basket.com, All-Kuwait League Guard of the Year in 2014.

Al Sarraf played at the Arab Club Championships nine years ago. He has played also professionally for other Kuwaiti teams like Al Qadsia and Al Kuwait.




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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



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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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Helsinki Seagulls 15-4 
 2. Salon Vilpas 15-4 
 3. Kataja Basket 11-6 
 4. Kauhajoki 11-9 
 5. Lapua 10-9 
 6. Pyrinto 8-12 
 7. BC Nokia 8-13 
 8. Kouvot 7-11 
 9. KTP Basket 6-13 
 10. Korihait 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 8: Helsinki Seagulls - Kauhajoki 85-92
Jan. 6: Lapua - Kouvot 81-61
Jan. 6: Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas 71-77
Jan. 7: BC Nokia - Kataja Basket 70-79

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 11: Pyrinto - Lapua
Jan. 11: Korihait - Helsinki Seagulls
Jan. 11: Kauhajoki - KTP Basket
Jan. 11: Kouvot - Salon Vilpas


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jones, Lapua22.4 
 2. Pledger, Kouvot21.1 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket20.9 
 4. Brown, Kataja B.18.9 
 5. Morris, Lapua17.7 
 6. Wesley, Kataja B.17.5 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto17.3 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.9 
 9. Minard, Pyrinto15.8 
 10. Dia, BC Nokia15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Van, Korihait11.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.3 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.9 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket9.1 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.7 
 6. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 7. Williams, Salon V.8.5 
 8. Williams, Lapua8.5 
 9. Cuffee, Kouvot8.3 
 10. Morris, Lapua8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.9 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.6.8 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.4 
 5. Williams, Lapua4.9 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto4.9 
 7. Edwards, Lapua4.8 
 8. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.4 
 9. Skamo, BC Nokia4.0 
 10. Stringer, Pyrinto4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.3 
 2. Coleman, Salon Vilpas2.0 
 3. Mullings, Kataja B.2.0 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 5. Holloway, Korihait1.8 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.7 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 10. Williams, Salon V.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.2 
 5. Van, Korihait1.2 
 6. McAlister, Korihait1.0 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.8 
 8. Bailey, KTP Basket0.8 
 9. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Lahti 11-4 
 2. Espoo United 9-4 
 3. Oulun NMKY 9-5 
 4. ToPo 8-6 
 5. Jyvaskyla BA 6-6 
 6. Jarvenpaa 6-7 
 7. Porvoon Tarmo 6-8 
 8. FoKoPo 6-9 
 9. Pyrinto II 4-10 
 10. HBA-Marsky 4-10 
Division B
 1. PuHu Juniorit 11-2 
 2. TuNMKY 10-2 
 3. Ura Basket 9-4 
 4. Korikouvot 9-4 
 5. Espoo Basket 9-5 
 6. Raholan Pyrkiva 8-6 
 7. HyPo 6-6 
 8. HNMKY U23 6-8 
 9. Karkkila 5-8 
 10. PeU-Basket 4-9 
 11. JyWe 4-10 
 12. Munkkiniemen 3-9 
 13. Namika Lr 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Division A

Jan. 8: FoKoPo - Oulun NMKY 79-90
Jan. 8: Lahti - ToPo 79-69
Jan. 8: Jarvenpaa - Pyrinto II 79-61
Jan. 7: Espoo United - Lahti 75-81
Jan. 8: HBA-Marsky - Espoo United 68-73

Division B

Jan. 8: HNMKY U23 - JyWe 86-82
Jan. 8: Korikouvot - Munkkiniemen 84-70
Jan. 8: Espoo Basket - Raholan Pyrkiva 78-88
Jan. 8: TuNMKY - Namika Lr 100-64

Regular Season: Round 14

Division A

Jan. 12: HBA-Marsky - Lahti
Jan. 12: ToPo - Jarvenpaa
Jan. 13: FoKoPo - Espoo United
Jan. 13: Porvoon Tarmo - Jyvaskyla BA
Jan. 15: Jyvaskyla BA - Oulun NMKY
Jan. 15: Pyrinto II - Porvoon Tarmo
Jan. 15: Espoo United - Jarvenpaa

Division B

Jan. 12: Ura Basket - TuNMKY
Jan. 13: PuHu Juniorit - Raholan Pyrkiva
Jan. 13: JyWe - Korikouvot
Jan. 13: Karkkila - PeU-Basket
Jan. 13: HNMKY U23 - Espoo Basket
Jan. 13: Munkkiniemen - Namika Lr
Jan. 15: Karkkila - Raholan Pyrkiva
Jan. 15: Ura Basket - HNMKY U23
Jan. 15: Espoo Basket - Munkkiniemen
Jan. 15: PeU-Basket - HyPo
Jan. 15: PuHu Juniorit - TuNMKY


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





Finnish Korisliiga round 21 best performance: Bojan Sarcevic - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina Guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kauhajoki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, three rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Helsinki Seagulls (#1, 15-4) 92-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kauhajoki is placed at 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Kauhajoki 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 11-9 record. In the team's last game Sarcevic had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Kauhajoki, through which he has constantly improved. Bojan Sarcevic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.4apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Lawrence Kinnard (203-F-86) of Lapua. Kinnard had a very good evening with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Lapua to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kouvot (#8, 7-11) 81-61. Lapua's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kinnard is a newcomer at Lapua and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Steven Pledger (193-G-90) of Kouvot (#8). Pledger scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Pledger's great performance Kouvot lost 61-81 to the higher-ranked Lapua (#5, 10-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kouvot not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pledger could try to bring Kouvot's a little bit higher in the standings. Pledger has individually a great season in Finland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kammeon Holsey (203-F-90) of Kauhajoki - 23 points and 2 rebounds
5. Juwan Staten (185-PG-92) of Salon Vilpas - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Kataja Basket - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Desmond Williams (199-G-91) of Salon Vilpas - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rion Brown (198-SG-91) of Kataja Basket - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) of Kataja Basket - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



1st Division Round 13: Espoo Basket is defeated by Raholan Pyrkiva - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Espoo Basket (9-5) and sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (8-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Espoo Basket was defeated by Raholan Pyrkiva in Espoo 88-78. The game was mostly controlled by Raholan Pyrkiva. Espoo Basket managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raholan Pyrkiva forced 22 Espoo Basket turnovers. Guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and swingman Antti Keski-Koukkari (192-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Espoo Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth place in Division with 8-6 record. Espoo Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva are looking forward to face Karkkila (#9) on the road in the next round. Espoo Basket will play against Munkkiniemen (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Lahti. First ranked host Lahti (11-4) defeated 4th placed ToPo (8-6) 79-69. Guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) nailed 17 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Aleksi Alanen accounted for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds for ToPo in the defeat. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 11-4 record. Newly promoted ToPo keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Lahti will play against HBA-Marsky (#10) in Helsinki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ToPo will play at home against Jarvenpaa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Espoo. Their biggest opponent host Espoo United (9-4) lost to first ranked Lahti (11-4) 81-75. Americans were the main players on the court. Rashad Smith fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Omar Calhoun produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 11-4 record. Newly promoted Espoo United keeps the second position with four games lost. Lahti will meet HBA-Marsky (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Espoo United will play against Jarvenpaa (#6) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Forssa was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Oulun NMKY (9-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Forssan Koripojat (6-9). Oulun NMKY defeated Forssan Koripojat 90-79. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of Demondre Harvey who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Oulun NMKY maintains third place in Division with 9-5 record having just one point less than leader PuHu Juniorit. Forssan Koripojat at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road. Forssan Koripojat will play against the league's second-placed Espoo United and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13:
In Division Pyrinto II lost to Jarvenpaa on the opponent's court 61-79. HBA-Marsky unfortunately lost to Espoo United in a home game 68-73. Munkkiniemen recorded a loss to Korikouvot on the road 70-84. HNMKY U23 defeated JyWe on its own court 86-82. Namika Lr was smashed by TuNMKY in Turun 100-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 5 rebounds by Lauri Salovaara of JyWe.


Division A
Jarvenpaa - Pyrinto II 79-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Pyrinto II's (4-10) road loss to eighth ranked Jarvenpaa (6-7) 61-79. It looked good early as Pyrinto II took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jarvenpaa had a 28-13 second period charge getting the lead and Pyrinto II was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-79. They outrebounded Pyrinto II 52-38 including 19 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Leo Tarjanne (189-95) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Jarvenpaa's coach Jarkko Lanu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Tuomas Sukanen (198-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Lassi Kilpinen (185-93) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Pyrinto II. Jarvenpaa moved-up to sixth place in Division. Pyrinto II at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Jarvenpaa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Espoo United on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pyrinto II will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: L.Tarjanne 21+8reb+3ast, H.Coleman 18+12reb+2ast, A.Towa 11+16reb+4ast, J.Mantyla 9+3reb, J.Jousisto 7+4reb+1ast, J.Viita 5+1reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: T.Sukanen 10+11reb+2ast, M.Nurmi 10+6reb, J.Pentti 8+5reb+3ast, L.Kilpinen 8+7reb+4ast, J.Koskinen 7+2reb+2ast, A.Lehtisaari 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 487669


FoKoPo - Oulun NMKY 79-90

The game in Forssa was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Oulun NMKY (9-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Forssan Koripojat (6-9). Oulun NMKY defeated Forssan Koripojat 90-79. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. Forssan Koripojat was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Forssan Koripojat 41-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. Swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Forssan Koripojat. Oulun NMKY maintains third place in Division with 9-5 record having just one point less than leader PuHu Juniorit. Forssan Koripojat at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road. Forssan Koripojat will play against the league's second-placed Espoo United and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 22+12reb+1ast, O.Virolainen 21+2reb, D.Harvey 15+18reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 14+3reb+2ast, T.Yrjanheikki 6+1reb+1ast, D.Holmes Jr 5+3reb
FoKoPo: B.Reed 22+8reb+2ast, R.Flemings 21+9reb+3ast, S.Bowden 19+1reb+1ast, T.Sulonen 8+1reb+3ast, J.Henttonen 4+4reb, J.Kotavuo 2+3ast
gschID: 487672


HBA-Marsky - Espoo United 68-73

Very predictable result in Helsinki where second ranked Espoo United (9-4) defeated 10th ranked HBA-Marsky (4-10) 73-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But HBA-Marsky won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. His fellow American import guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Hannes Polla (210-98) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Lassi Nikkarinen (184-97) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for HBA-Marsky. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second place in Division with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader PuHu Juniorit. HBA-Marsky at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Espoo United's next round opponent will be Jarvenpaa (#6) at home. HBA-Marsky will play against the league's leader Lahti (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: J.Ivey 27+4reb+3ast, O.Calhoun 11+6reb, V.Makalainen 7+6reb, A.Hartikainen 7+4reb, L.Gummerus 7+5reb+1ast, L.Toivonen 5+4reb+2ast
HBA-Marsky: L.Nikkarinen 19+2reb+5ast, H.Polla 18+14reb, E.Maxhuni 15+3ast, A.Gustavson 6+4reb+1ast, E.Valtonen 6+4reb, M.Suvanto 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 487671


Lahti - ToPo 79-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lahti. First ranked host Lahti (11-4) defeated 4th placed ToPo (8-6) 79-69. The game was mostly controlled by Lahti. ToPo was better in fourth quarter 32-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) nailed 17 points and 7 assists for the winning side and swingman Aleksi Alanen (194-91) accounted for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Lahti players scored in double figures. Guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ilpo Pehkonen (181-89) added 14 points respectively for ToPo in the defeat. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 11-4 record. Newly promoted ToPo keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Lahti will play against HBA-Marsky (#10) in Helsinki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ToPo will play at home against Jarvenpaa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lahti: S.Ikavalko 17+4reb+7ast, A.Alanen 15+8reb+4ast, J.Fields 14+3reb+5ast, V.Karvonen 10+6reb+2ast, O.Aalto 7+5reb, A.Ahola 6+4reb+3ast
ToPo: E.Djeen 23+6reb+2ast, I.Pehkonen 14+4reb+3ast, C.Latimer 9+8reb, S.Booker 8+1reb+1ast, J.Hietanen 6+5reb+1ast, O.Taylor 4+3reb
gschID: 487670


Espoo United - Lahti 75-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Espoo. Their biggest opponent host Espoo United (9-4) lost to first ranked Lahti (11-4) 81-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Espoo United won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lahti dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Espoo United's 28 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 11-4 record. Newly promoted Espoo United keeps the second position with four games lost. Lahti will meet HBA-Marsky (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Espoo United will play against Jarvenpaa (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lahti: R.Smith 24+12reb, S.Ikavalko 19+4reb+2ast, J.Fields 15+7reb+4ast, A.Alanen 7, R.Byman 6+2reb, V.Karvonen 5+9reb+1ast
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 20+12reb+1ast, J.Ivey 15+1reb+4ast, V.Makalainen 9+6reb+2ast, L.Gummerus 9+3reb, L.Toivonen 8+3reb, A.Hartikainen 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487668


Division B
Korikouvot - Munkkiniemen 84-70

Not a big story in a game in Kouvola where 12th ranked Munkkiniemen (3-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Korikouvot (9-4) 84-70. It looked good early as Munkkiniemen took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Korikouvot had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and Munkkiniemen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-84. Korikouvot made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Korikouvot outrebounded Munkkiniemen 52-29 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Korikouvot players scored in double figures. Forward Antti Hammainen (199-97) answered with 21 points and guard Pyry Marttinen (184-99) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Munkkiniemen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Korikouvot moved-up to fourth place in Division. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Korikouvot's next round opponent will be JyWe (#11) in Jyvaskyla and are hoping to win another game. Munkkiniemen will play on the road against Espoo Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: T.Knihtinen 22+17reb+1ast, H.Kantonen 16+12reb+7ast, N.Andersen 12+5reb+1ast, J.Maenpaa 11+9reb+1ast, V.Leino 9+6reb+1ast, K.Shiwan 5+1ast
Munkkiniemen: A.Hammainen 21+4reb+1ast, J.Timonen 16+3reb+2ast, P.Marttinen 15+7reb+2ast, M.Rautasalo 7+3reb, P.Pursiainen 4+2reb+1ast, O.Ailio 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 487821


HNMKY U23 - JyWe 86-82

Everything went according to plan in Helsinki where eighth ranked HNMKY U23 (6-8) beat 10th ranked JyWe (4-10) 86-82. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But JyWe won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when HNMKY U23 won last quarter 21-19. HNMKY U23 outrebounded JyWe 51-30 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for guard Jyri Eboreime (185-98) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Karri Kallela (200-93) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Russian power forward Alexei Ekimov (210-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Lauri Salovaara (190-94) added 25 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JyWe. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. HNMKY U23 maintains eighth place in Division with 6-8 record. Newly promoted JyWe dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. HNMKY U23's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ura Basket (#3) in Kaarina and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JyWe will play at home against Korikouvot (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
HNMKY U23: J.Eboreime 20+5reb+8ast, K.Kallela 16+8reb, V.Tahvanainen 14+4reb, E.Clement 12+5reb+1ast, P.Ruutiainen 10+11reb, O.Laakkonen 9+6reb+4ast
JyWe: L.Salovaara 25+5reb+1ast, A.Ekimov 17+13reb+4ast, A.Kantonen 12+7reb+5ast, S.Chudinovskich 10, T.Lemmetyinen 8+2reb+1ast, J.Lehto 3+1ast
gschID: 487823


Espoo Basket - Raholan Pyrkiva 78-88

The game between third ranked Espoo Basket (9-5) and sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (8-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Espoo Basket was defeated by Raholan Pyrkiva in Espoo 88-78. The game was mostly controlled by Raholan Pyrkiva. Espoo Basket managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raholan Pyrkiva forced 22 Espoo Basket turnovers. Guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and swingman Antti Keski-Koukkari (192-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Four Raholan Pyrkiva players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Espoo Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth place in Division with 8-6 record. Espoo Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva are looking forward to face Karkkila (#9) on the road in the next round. Espoo Basket will play against Munkkiniemen (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 22+6reb+3ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 18+4reb+5ast, L.Tiainen 15+9reb+3ast, A.Mavrodiev 10+5reb+2ast, J.Hamalainen 9+5reb+2ast, A.Kaivonen 8+1reb+2ast
Espoo Basket: J.Gouch 26+5reb+1ast, J.Graham 21+7reb+6ast, I.Kerminen 9+2reb+3ast, C.Carapinha 8+5reb+3ast, R.Ahman 7+4reb, A.Vialen 7+9reb
gschID: 487820


TuNMKY - Namika Lr 100-64

There was no surprise in Turun where 13th ranked Namika Lr (1-12) was outplayed by second ranked TuNMKY (10-2) 100-64. The game was mostly controlled by TuNMKY. Namika Lr was better in third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Namika Lr 42-25 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. TuNMKY players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Namika Lr's players. It was a very good performance for center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four TuNMKY players scored in double figures. TuNMKY's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Santeri Mantynen (192-95) answered with 18 points and 4 steals and swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Namika Lr. TuNMKY maintains second place in Division with 10-2 record behind leader PuHu Juniorit. Namika Lr at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. TuNMKY's next round opponent will be league's leader PuHu Juniorit in Vantaa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lr will play on the road against Munkkiniemen (#12) in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 17+12reb+2ast, A.Talvitie 16+1reb+2ast, E.Innamaa 16+7reb+5ast, M.Laihonen 14+6reb+1ast, V.Salli 14+2ast, P.Luomala 8+3reb+2ast
Namika Lr: S.Mantynen 18+3reb+2ast, T.Turunen 14+1reb+2ast, A.Tapio 10+5reb+3ast, L.Aavamaki 6+4reb+3ast, S.Laine 5+1reb+2ast, A.Nieminen 5
gschID: 487822





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  FRANCE  

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 14: Vitre - SAP Vaucluse
Jan. 14: Caen - ALS Basket
Jan. 14: Gries/Oberhoffen - CFBB
Jan. 13: GET Vosges - Lorient
Jan. 14: Challans - Rennes
Jan. 14: RAC Basket - St Vallier
Jan. 13: Angers BC - Chartres
Jan. 13: Lourdes - Souffel
Jan. 14: Quimper - Orchies


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 


Fabyon Harris claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Fabyon Harris (180-PG-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Souffel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old playmaker had the game-high 37 points adding four rebounds for Souffel in his team's victory, helping them to beat ALS Basket (#13, 8-9) 98-89. It allowed Souffel to consolidate first place in the French NM1. Souffel have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Souffel's top player in his first season with the team. Fabyon Harris averages this season 13.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 39-year old American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-F/C-77) of St Vallier. Bradford impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as St Vallier lost that game 68-75 to the lower-ranked Challans (#15, 7-10). This loss caused St Vallier to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bradford is a newcomer at St Vallier 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 18.4ppg (#1). He also registered 5.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Dwight Burke (202-F-86) of second-ranked Quimper. Burke scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Quimper, leading his team to a 86-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Rennes (#10, 8-9). Quimper needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 4 lost games. Burke has a very solid season. In 17 games in France he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 56.2%. Burke attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. B.J. Monteiro (196-F/G-90) of Caen - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) of Souffel - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Thibaut Lonzieme (195-G/F-89) of Angers BC - 24 points and 5 rebounds
7. Rolandas Jakstas (202-F-92) of Gries/Oberhoffen - 21 points, 4 re