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  ABA LEAGUE  



Yordan Minchev on loan at MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) straightened their roster with the addition of young prospect Yordan Minchev (202-F-98). The 19-year old Bulgarian international will spent one year at KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom after the club agreed loan terms with Turkish side Fenerbahce Istanbul.
Minchev started last season at Fenerbahce Istanbul where he managed to play 2 Euroleague games managing 1.0rpg before moving on loan at KK Vrsac Swisslion (Serbia-KLS). He played 18 games for the Serbian team where he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg.
Despite being only 19 years old the Bulgarian already has experience in ABA League and BIBL League where he played wearing BC Levski 2014 Sofia jersey.
In the 2014/15 season despite playing mostly for the junior team he played 5 ABA League games where he averaged 2.2ppg, while in the following 2015/16 season he played 14 games in the Balkan League where he averaged 7.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg, as well as 27 games in the NBL where he averaged 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg.

He is also a Bulgaria national team member and winner of several Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division awards in 2016.



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  AUSTRALIA  


Clint Steindl (ex Wildcats) is a newcomer at Panionios - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Australian ex-international swingman Clint Steindl (200-88kg-89, college: St.Mary's, CA). He was about to sign at Wildcats in Australian NBL league. The last season Steindl played at Leuven Bears in Belgian Euromillions League where in 26 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.
Among other achievements his college team won WCC Tournament in 2010 and 2012.
Steindl was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2014 and previously for University National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Steindl also represented Australia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Australia for Mackay Meteors Townsville Crocodiles Cairns Taipans Australian Institute Sport.
Steindl attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2012 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A tall guard/forward with hustling mentality and a very good outside shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Kapfenberg celebrate SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg - Oberwart 91:72

Kapfenberg earned the SuperCup title. They fired past Oberwart for the trophy. Filip Kramer (202-SF-92) tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Bulls.
Kapfenberg jumped to an early lead. They dropped 29 points in the opening quarter to open an 11-point lead. The Bulls accumulated a 22-point halftime lead 53:31. The Gunners dropped 25 points in the third quarter to pull within 20 points. Oberwart limited the Bulls to just 15 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92) nailed 17 points and issued 8 assists, while Kareem Jamar (194-G-92, college: Montana) netted 11 points in the victory. Denzel Gregg (201-F, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 22 points for Oberwart. Louis Dabney (190-G-93, college: Tulane) had 17 points in the loss.



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Basketball Champions League Qualifying Round3 First Leg best performance: Thomas Koenis - by Eurobasket News

Center Thomas Koenis (211-C-89, agency: Court Side) had a very impressive game in the last round for Groningen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round Qualifying Round 3.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. In the team's last game Koenis had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Thomas Koenis averages this season 10.0ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Keith Clanton (205-C/F-90) of Lukoil Acad.. Clanton had a very good evening with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Lukoil Acad. was edged by the lower-ranked Juventus 82-81. Clanton is a newcomer at Lukoil Acad., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Pinar Karsiyaka. Kennedy showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Kennedy's great performance Pinar Karsiyaka lost 90-92 Alba. Kennedy also has a very good start of the Qualifying Round with very strong stats. The season just started for Kennedy as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrik Auda (206-PF-89) of Rosa - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-G/F-85) of Telekom Bsk - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) of Betaland Cdo - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Dave Dudzinski (206-F/C-92) of Antwerp - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Artem Klimenko (214-C-94) of Avtodor - 13 points and 9 rebounds
10. Justin Knox (205-F-89) of Lukoil Acad. - 14 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  BERMUDAS  


ECL Round 2: Hornets hand first loss to Storm - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in ECL. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of Storm (2-1) on the court of Hornets on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Hornets 71-62. Hornets is looking forward to face Lions (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Storm will play against Marksmen and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Falcons (2-1) which played on the court of Hornets (1-2). Falcons won 74-70. Falcons will play against Renegades (#5) in the next round. Hornets will play against Lions to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a home loss of Renegades (1-1) against Warriors (1-2) on Sunday night. Host Renegades were crushed by Warriors in 65-39. Warriors will meet Hornets (#6) in the next round. Renegades will play against Falcons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Lions (2-1) played at the court of Marksmen (0-4). Lions defeated Marksmen 70-54. Lions' next round opponent will be Hornets (#6). Marksmen will play against Panthers and hope to win that game.
The game in was also quite interesting. Panthers (3-0) played at the court of Warriors (1-2). Panthers managed to secure a 5-point victory 49-44 on Wednesday. Panthers will face Marksmen (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Warriors will play against Hornets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 winless Marksmen were smashed by Falcons on the road 86-53.

Falcons - Marksmen 86-53

No shocking result in a game when Falcons (2-1) crushed at home Marksmen (0-4) 86-53 on Saturday. Falcons will face Renegades (#5) in the next round. Marksmen will play against Panthers and hope to win that game.
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Hornets - Storm 71-62

The most surprising game was a loss of Storm (2-1) on the court of Hornets on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Hornets 71-62. Hornets is looking forward to face Lions (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Storm will play against Marksmen and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 578896


Marksmen - Lions 54-70

The game in was also worth to mention about. Lions (2-1) played at the court of Marksmen (0-4). Lions defeated Marksmen 70-54. Lions' next round opponent will be Hornets (#6). Marksmen will play against Panthers and hope to win that game.
gschID: 578892


Renegades - Warriors 39-65

Very important is a home loss of Renegades (1-1) against Warriors (1-2) on Sunday night. Host Renegades were crushed by Warriors in 65-39. Warriors will meet Hornets (#6) in the next round. Renegades will play against Falcons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 578893


Warriors - Panthers 44-49

The game in was also quite interesting. Panthers (3-0) played at the court of Warriors (1-2). Panthers managed to secure a 5-point victory 49-44 on Wednesday. Panthers will face Marksmen (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Warriors will play against Hornets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 578895


Hornets - Falcons 70-74

Another exciting game for Falcons (2-1) which played on the court of Hornets (1-2). Falcons won 74-70. Falcons will play against Renegades (#5) in the next round. Hornets will play against Lions to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 578894





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  BULGARIA  


Academic Bultex 99 celebrate 2017 Plovdiv Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Academic Bultex 99 - Levski 2014 84-67

Academic Bultex 99 celebrate 2017 Plovdiv Cup title leaving no chances for Levski 2014 in the Final game. Academic produced a massive 84-67 win before the start of the regular season.
Academic Bultex 99 took a 22-18 lead, but Levski responded with a 26-15 spurt before the halftime. Academic Bultex 99 posted an 18-11 run in the third quarter and closed the game with a 29-12 surge. Isiah Umipig (183-PG-92, college: Seattle) stepped up with 23 points and Martin Durchev (203-SF-87) notched 17. Vasil Bachev (195-SG-92, college: Cuesta JC) added 14, whilst Vasil Mihaylov (202-SF-94) scored 10. Veselin Veselinov (202-F-83, college: W.Virginia St.) answered with 16 points in a loss and Kris Minkov (199-SG-94) produced 14.



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  CANADA  


Al Shurtah lands Gabe Freeman, ex St.John R. !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Shurtah Police (Superleague) tabbed 32-year old American forward Gabe Freeman (198-85). He has played for the last two years at Saint John Riptide in Canadian NBL. In 37 NBL Canada games he was second best scorer with impressive 22.8ppg and recorded 9.2rpg (#4 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.2spg last season. Freeman helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Atlantic Division. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team.
Among other achievements he won PBL championship title in 2015. Freeman received also USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Freeman experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American, Australian and of course North American leagues. Freeman has played previously professionally also in Australia (Townsville Crocodiles), Mexico (Vaqueros), Philippines (B.Ginebra, Barako Bull, SM Beermen and Philippine Patriots), CBA (Albany P.) and PBL (Rochester RazorSharks).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Freeman's outlook: Gabriel is an incredible rebounder, he is especially a great offensive rebounder. His efficiency is unbelievably, with minimal touches he is very affective. Defending come easy for Gabe with his quickness. Scores in many ways. He is a high energy player that make others around him better. He is a great teammate an easy to coach. Gabe brings his game every night. He is a double double player each game.
Strengths: 'energy, great rebounder, game changer'
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


NBL Round 4 of Finals. Shaanxi claim third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Anhui - Shaanxi W. 102-109

Shaanxi grabbed the third consecutive victory in NBL Finals. They overcame Anhui to take 3-1 lead in the championship series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Anhui won second period 33-31. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shaanxi W. won last quarter 34-28. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Five Shaanxi W. players scored in double figures. Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Bernard James (208-85, college: Florida St.) added 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Anhui: G.Shunjie 32+2reb+1ast, J.Chris 28+12reb+1ast, J.Bernard 23+14reb, L.Qingxiang 7+1reb+5ast, L.Jun 5+3reb+3ast, Z.Yong 4+2reb+1ast
Shaanxi W.: G.Troy 35+11reb+1ast, G.Charles 28+10reb+3ast, B.Jiguang 12+3reb+2ast, M.Daqiang 12+2reb, Y.XiaoHang 12+3reb+4ast, G.Yan 9+2reb
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  COSTA RICA  


Baloncesto Liberia (Costa Rica) join 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup - by Ricardo Dominguez

Liberia join 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup

LIBERIA (FIBA Mitchell Cup) - Baloncesto Liberia joins the 2018 lineup for the Copa Mitchell Cup. This was the first professional season for Liberia in the Costa Rican Premier League (LBS). Surprisingly, Liberia made the post-season with just one import (Cory Bradford (191-SG-78, college: Illinois)). Liberia team owner, Joseph Driggs, announced the news of his club's entry into the CMC Saturday afternoon.

"This is a very exciting time for us", said Driggs. We are working very hard to build a great team in LBS. The Mitchell Cup is a very popular event in South America. This is a great step for me and my franchise.

Liberia has shown great interest in UBA All-Star guard Xavier Rogers (191-G-90, college: Xavier, LA). Last season, Rogers was the shocker of the event averaging just under 21 points per game for the Atlanta Legends. He was later signed by Plaza of the Santiago League.

For more information on team signings follow us @ www.copamitchellcup.com.



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  CROATIA  


ABA Liga: Mega Bemax outscore visiting Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Mega Bemax - Cibona 95:88

Mega Bemax opened win count in the ABA Liga regular season. They held off Cibona in the opener. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) nailed 23 points to pace the Serbian side.
Mega Bemax unloaded 31 points in the first term to build a 9-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout high-scoring second term. The hosts ensured a 57:48 halftime advantage. Mega Bemax notched 23 points in the third term to boost the lead at 13-point mark. Cibona managed to get within single digits in the fourth quarter but failed to rescue the game. Vlatko Cancar (201-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) produced 17 points, while Stefan Fundic (199-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points in the win. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Cibona. Marin Rozic (201-F-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) netted 17 points in the loss.



Timba Timosoara inks Mladen Pavlovic - by Greg

BC Timba Timisoara (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian-Croatian guard Mladen Pavlovic (193-89). He played last season at KK Vrsac Swisslion in Serbian KLS league. In 35 games he had 7.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DENMARK  


1st Division Round 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in 1st Division. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

First defeat of Aalborg (1-1) against EBAA (1-0) 103-54 was the most important game of the last round. Aalborg will play next round against strong Vaerlose trying to make it back to the top of the standings. EBAA will try to continue on its current victory against Hvidovre at home.
Amager BK defeated Hvidovre in Kastrup 74-67. Hvidovre will play next round against SBBC 2015 trying to get back on the winning streak. Amager BK will try to continue on its current victory against SBBC 2015 at Svendborg.

EBAA - Aalborg 103-54

First defeat of Aalborg (1-1) against EBAA (1-0) 103-54 was the most important game of the last round. Aalborg will play next round against strong Vaerlose trying to make it back to the top of the standings. EBAA will try to continue on its current victory against Hvidovre at home.
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Amager BK - Hvidovre 74-67

Amager BK defeated Hvidovre in Kastrup 74-67. Hvidovre will play next round against SBBC 2015 trying to get back on the winning streak. Amager BK will try to continue on its current victory against SBBC 2015 at Svendborg.
gschID: 563002





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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


GIE Maile Matrix gets ready for FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup; Returns Barnes and Maxey - by Ricardo Dominguez

GIE Maile Matrix gets ready for FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup; Returns Barnes and Maxey

Santiago, Dominican Republic- GIE Maile Matrix, now coached by five-time UBA champion D.J. Douglas, is getting ready for the upcoming edition of the FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup, in which they will defend their 2017 Continental Championship. They will play in Group A, set for action February 1st through the 9th. Location hasn't been selected yet by the board between Santiago or Liberia.

The general management is bringing back most of the core Matrix roster with the presence of Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence), Freddie Williams (188-G-87, college: Clayton St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) and Ethan Bradshaw (188-G-87, college: Lake Erie).

Reigning MVP, Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management), will play for the Matrix only in this international tournament and later on will return to Lebanon to coach the Chabibeh Sporting Club. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Keith Closs (224-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (China) and First Team member Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC) (Chile) will not return this season. This defiantly makes the Matrix worry about defending their title.

Regarding the coaching staff, Douglas will be assisted by coaches Kevin Franklin , Ralph Lopez and Will De La Cruz , while Travis McAvene will be in charge of scouting.

GIE Maile Matrix has won the last three Copa Mitchell Cup championships. For more information on follow us at www.copamitchellcup.com.



GIE Maile Matrix gets ready for FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup; Returns Barnes and Maxey - by Ricardo Dominguez

GIE Maile Matrix gets ready for FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup; Returns Barnes and Maxey

Santiago, Dominican Republic- GIE Maile Matrix, now coached by five-time UBA champion D.J. Douglas, is getting ready for the upcoming edition of the FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup, in which they will defend their 2017 Continental Championship. They will play in Group A, set for action February 1st through the 9th. Location hasn't been selected yet by the board between Santiago or Liberia.

The general management is bringing back most of the core Matrix roster with the presence of Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence), Freddie Williams (188-G-87, college: Clayton St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) and Ethan Bradshaw (188-G-87, college: Lake Erie).

Reigning MVP, Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management), will play for the Matrix only in this international tournament and later on will return to Lebanon to coach the Chabibeh Sporting Club. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Keith Closs (224-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (China) and First Team member Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC) (Chile) will not return this season. This defiantly makes the Matrix worry about defending their title.

Regarding the coaching staff, Douglas will be assisted by coaches Kevin Franklin , Ralph Lopez and Will De La Cruz , while Travis McAvene will be in charge of scouting.

GIE Maile Matrix has won the last three Copa Mitchell Cup championships. For more information on follow us at www.copamitchellcup.com.



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  FIBA ASIA CUP  


Chooks-to-Go finishes fifth in FIBA Asia Champions Cup; Al-Riyadi are champs - by Aris Ignacio

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas overcome a sluggish start to overcome gritty Mono Vampire Thailand, 89-79, to clinch fifth place in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China last September 30.

Isaiah Austin (216-C-93, college: Baylor) saved the best for last finishing with 37 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and six blocks to lead all scorers.

Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) added 18 points, while guard Jett Manuel had 13 markers for Chooks.

The Thais were leading, 45-42, at the half but a 24-12 burst in the third canto reversed the fortunes for both ball clubs.

Michael Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech), a former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) import, paced the Thais with 30 points and 12 boards.

Teerawat Chanthachon (191-F-95) added 14 points while Fil-Am Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and six assists in a losing effort.

In other news, Al-Riyadi of Lebanon ruled the tournament with an 88-59 conquest of China Kashgar.

It is Lebanon's fifth title and Al-Riyadi's second.

Chris Daniels (205-C-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) led the Lebanese attack with 21 points while Gen Li (197-F-88) scored 14 to pace the Chinese squad.

The scores:

Chooks-to-Go (89) - Austin 37, Ravena 18, Manuel 13, Jose 8, Cruz 7, Teng 4, Revilla 2, Torres 0, Tamsi 0.

Mono Vampire (79) - Singletary 30, Chanthachon 14, Brickman 14, Klahan 9, Apiromvilaichai 5, Sekteera 3, Phuangla 2, Samerjai 2, Sunthonsiri 0, Boonserm 0, Kruatiwa 0.

Quarterscores: 22-28, 42-45, 66-57, 89-79.

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



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  FINLAND  


The Storm adds Stringer to their roster, ex Pyrinto - by Greg

Island Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 26-year old American point guard Andre Stringer (178-86kg-91, college: LSU, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 14 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg.
In 15/16 season he spent most of that year at Maine Red Claws in U.S. NBA-D-League where in 46 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.0apg.
He graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Panionios add Henderson to their roster, ex Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) added to their roster 31-year old American power forward Esian Henderson (205-100kg-86, college: of Central Missouri, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 24 games he recorded 10.3ppg and 6.2rpg in 2015-16 season. Henderson helped them to make it to the final. He also played that season for Kleb Basket Ferrara in Italian Serie A where in 23 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2013 (four years after he left the college) Henderson was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in fifth round (69th overall).
He attended of Central Missouri (NCAA Div.II) until 2009. It will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Henderson won Slovakian League championship title in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Henderson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Henderson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Jordan (ASU), Sweden (BC Lulea), Turkey (Istanbul DSI), ABA (Kansas City S.), Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK), Czech Republic (Levice and MMCITE Brno), NBA G League (Iowa Wolves) and Slovakia (Levice).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


French NM1 round 2 best performance: Oumarou Sylla - by Eurobasket News

Guard Oumarou Sylla (185-G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Gries/Oberhoffen, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, three rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team La Charite (#15, 0-2) with 18-point margin 86-68. Gries/Oberhoffen is placed at 3rd position in French NM1. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Gries/Oberhoffen won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Sylla turned to be Gries/Oberhoffen's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Will Felder (201-F-91, agency: Inception Sports) of Chartres. Felder had a very good evening with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Chartres to another comfortable win 82-67 over Lorient (1-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Felder is a newcomer at Chartres, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 7.5rpg and 4.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Greg Pryor (188-G-95, agency: Court Side) of Lourdes (#16). Pryor scored 23 points and passed eight assists. Despite Pryor's great performance Lourdes lost 82-91 to Aubenas (#11, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Lourdes can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Pryor he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pryor has individually a great season in France. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.5apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Tresnak (208-C-92) of RAC Basket - 22 points and 4 rebounds
5. Diante Watkins (174-PG-90) of Boulogne - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Elson Mendy (200-F-85) of Souffel - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Dejan Sencanski (198-F/G-84) of RAC Basket - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92) of Lorient - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Demond Watt (200-F-89) of Gries/Oberhoffen - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Deshawn Painter (205-C-90) of Challans - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Yordan Minchev on loan at MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) straightened their roster with the addition of young prospect Yordan Minchev (202-F-98). The 19-year old Bulgarian international will spent one year at KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom after the club agreed loan terms with Turkish side Fenerbahce Istanbul.
Minchev started last season at Fenerbahce Istanbul where he managed to play 2 Euroleague games managing 1.0rpg before moving on loan at KK Vrsac Swisslion (Serbia-KLS). He played 18 games for the Serbian team where he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg.
Despite being only 19 years old the Bulgarian already has experience in ABA League and BIBL League where he played wearing BC Levski 2014 Sofia jersey.
In the 2014/15 season despite playing mostly for the junior team he played 5 ABA League games where he averaged 2.2ppg, while in the following 2015/16 season he played 14 games in the Balkan League where he averaged 7.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg, as well as 27 games in the NBL where he averaged 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg.

He is also a Bulgaria national team member and winner of several Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division awards in 2016.



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DELTA inks Artem Shvets, ex Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

DELTA (A League) agreed terms with 32-year old Ukrainian ex-international power forward Artem Shvets (201-106kg-85). He played last season at MBC Mykolaiv in Ukrainian Superleague. In 32 games he had 6.8ppg and 5.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Shvets played at Infiz Basket (SL Favorit Sport) in Ukrainian league where in 31 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 9.6rpg (leader !!!) and 2.0apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian SL Favorit Sport 2nd Team.
His team made it to the Ukrainian Cup final in 2010.
Shvets was a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He was called to Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2003 and 2006.
Shvets has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like BC Odessa, Dnipro, BC Kyiv, Belaja Tserkov and Polit-Halychyna.

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Louis Craft (ex A.Vlaicu Buc.) agreed terms with DELTA - by Eurobasket News

DELTA (A League) inked 27-year old American forward Louis Craft (208-102kg-90, college: Fayetteville State). He played most recently at Col. Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti in Romanian Liga I.
The previous (15-16) season Craft played at Cestistica Ostuni (Serie C) in Italian league.
He won NJCAA D3 in 2012.
Craft has played also professionally in Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno and Nova Ves).
He attended Fayetteville State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Maurius Hill joins Olimpi - by Eurobasket News

Olimpi Tbilisi (Superleague) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Maurius Hill (196-100kg-94, college: UALR). He just graduated from University of Arkansas at Little Rock (NCAA). Hill has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he had 8.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Hill's college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2016.

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Ray re-signs at DELTA - by Eurobasket News

DELTA (A League) confirmed in their roster American small forward Deondre Ray (196-75kg, college: Cameron). He was a team leader there last season. In 15 A League games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.3ppg and had 7.1rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg. Ray helped them to win the A League title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian A League 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
He graduated from Cameron University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

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Isaiah Sykes (ex Hanau) is a newcomer at Al Kahraba !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Kahraba Electricity (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Isaiah Sykes (198-98kg-91, college: Cent.Florida). He played last season at Hebeisen White Wings Hanau in German ProA. In 12 games he recorded 5.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Sykes also spent pre-season at Hapoel Afula (Winner League) in Israel that year where in four games he averaged 11.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg.
His team made it to the C-USA Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
Sykes has played previously professionally in Italy (Recanati) and Israel (Hasharon).
He attended University of Central Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Who Needs A Nelson Anyway When Rhondorf Has A Taylor Slapping The Bayer Giants Leverkusen 90-72 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If you're a diehard Dragons Rhondorf basketball fan, then the positive 72-55 season opener win on the road in Wurzburg must have been as refreshing for all as it was seeing that Kameron Taylor (198-G-94, college: Seton Hill) will be the new Aaron Nelson version at the point guard position, but what really stood out was the amazing defensive performance giving hope that the club could be on a good way to having a stable defensive team that will show more consistency then up and downs through the course of the season. One had to go back almost four years to find the last game where the Dragons Rhondorf actually gave up less than 55 points then against Wurzburg last weekend. The exact date was November second 2013 when the Dragons Rhondorf silenced Speyer 68-51 as American Cory Remekun was near a triple double registering nine points, hauling down 11 boards and swatting away seven Speyer shots. There were actually three players on the floor on that date on a cold Autumn night with two players Viktor Frankl-Maus who contributed two points, and Tim Schonborn who registered six points and five rebounds for the Dragons Rhondorf and current Dragon Yannik Kneesch then was in uniform for Speyer playing a minute in the loss that were all on the floor again four years later. The Dragons Rhondorf entered their home opener coming off a big defensive win in Wurzburg and wanted to continue their good start with another successful experience while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen also wanted to carry over their season opening 77-69 win at home against KIT SC GEQUOS. Both teams stars with Kameron Taylor and Bruce Beckford were back again as the Rhondorf savior figure scored 24 points and was looking to match or better that while Beckford was coming off a horrible season opener game as he mustered only five points and four rebounds in 38 minutes while shooting only 2/13 from the field. The Dragon Dome was as loud as always as they had waited a little more than five months again for their usual Saturday night Pro B adventure and fans didn't get disappointed as they witnessed a hard fought pretty even game in the first half, but in the second half saw the Dragons Rhondorf take control and stay unbeaten with their second win of the season 90-72. After the victory a reserved, but very happy Kameron Taylor described why the Dragons won again. 'The key to beating Leverkusen was our high energy defense. We didn't play hard in the first half. It was our first home game and we were a little jittery. We calmed down in the second half and brought high energy on both ends. We played good team basketball and put good pressure on the ball and got in passing lanes', added ex Seton Hill guard Kameron Taylor. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen played a good first half, but lost intensity in the second half and just had no defensive answer for the high energy Rhondorf offense led by the unstoppable Kameron Taylor. 'This game was a tale of two halves. Both teams played well in the first half as the game was equal. In the second half Rhondorf played more aggressive, faster and set the tempo and just took advantage of us', stressed CJ Oldham.

After scoring 24 points in the victory in Wurzburg, ex Ehingen guard Kameron Taylor shifted up another gear and had another MVP type game stroking home 31 points, hauling down eight rebounds, dishing out six assists, getting three steals and getting a block against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. Last season the Dragons Rhondorf had the American big dawg Aaron Nelson who averaged 23ppg and 12rpg and this season the club doesn't need that Nelson as they have their Taylor. Taylor started the game slowly having a few jitter bugs, but let the game come to him and stopped forcing shots and took what the defense gave him. In the first victory in Wurzburg, the American who registered a triple double against Shippenburg in the NCAA 2 with Seton Hill took 17 shots and against Leverkusen it was 18 shots making 11 shooting 61% from the field. He did a good job finding his teammates when he had too and in an important phase in the second half was the defensive energizer as he led Rhondorf to three steals in a row in a 12-0 run that totally broke open the game and the team never looked back. Taylor who compares his game to a Russell Westbrook who knows how to fill up the stat sheet was flattered after hearing the Westbrook comparison again, but isn't thinking of any triple doubles. 'It is always nice to get a triple double, but most important is we get the win. It was a solid game, but I always feel like I can do better', warned Kameron Taylor. Keeping Taylor in check in some way this season will be the goal of every Pro B team, but that will be better said than done as the early MVP candidate is almost unstoppable. 'He is a really good player that can get to the hole and has a nice mid-range jumper. But his team also did a good job finding ways to get him the ball and find the mismatches so he could attack them', stressed Bayer Giants Leverkusen forward CJ Oldham.

1,100 fans came to the home opener in the Dragon Dome, but witnessed the Dragons slip up early as the Bayer Giants Leverkusen broke out on a 4-0 lead as both new imports Bruce Beckford who played at North Carolina A&T hit a step back and ex Akron (NCAA) forward CJ Oldham also nailed a step back. However it didn't take Rhondorf long to get out of their hibernation as they captured the lead back 5-4 on a Viktor Frankl-Maus trey and a Thomas MIchel lay in who played 3 BBL games with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. The lead would bounce back and forth in the next two minutes as ex Wurzburg guard Marvin Heckel and Frankl-Maus traded lay ins exploiting their quickness into easy baskets. EX Penn State American Donovan Jack snuck back door giving Leverkusen the 8-7 lead back. However Taylor then reacted with a lay in which infected his team to hold the lead as ex Speyer German Yannik Kneesch hit a floater for the 12-8 advantage. Alexander Blessig and Donovan Jack kept Leverkusen at bay, but they couldn't get consistent stops as Rhondorf got two buckets from 19 year old German Alexander Moeller who also has had his first BBL experience with Bonn and Taylor nailed another pull up jumper for the 16-13 lead. Blessig who played at Rollins (NCAA) for three season remained active on offense hitting a floater and Beckford made free throws, but Rhondorf kept their nose ahead with a Valentin Blass lay in and Alexander Moeller lay in as the Dragons led 20-17 after 10 minutes. 'We didn't start as well as it was the first game and there was some nervousness present. We didn't do a good job on the rebounds with boxing out, but fought back to get the lead', stressed Dragons Rhondorf manager Alexander Dohms. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 53% from the field and 50% from outside while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 37% from the field and 25% from outside. Leverkusen had the 12-9 rebound edge and each team had one turnover apiece.

The contest remained tight in the second quarter as the Bayer Giants Leverkusen stormed back and grabbed the lead back and led by as much as seven points, but a 12-3 Rhondorf run in the last minutes preserved them the lead again. Latvian 205cm forward Ronalds Elksnis who played at Clark (JUCO) started off the second quarter with a three pointer giving Rhondorf the 23-17 advantage. However the Bayer Giants Leverkusen then stepped it up a notch going on a 14-4 run to steal back the lead 31-27. In the run, it was American Donovan Jack who played as a rookie in Australia with Rockingham let his presence be felt as he scored seven points including two baskets in the paint and a trey. Michael Kuczmann also nailed from deep and ex Rhondorf forward Tim Schonborn scored with a lay in. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen did a good job catching Rhondorf napping scoring two transition baskets and got more aggressive on defense taking Rhondorf out of their sets. After a Taylor step back jumper to cut the Leverkusen lead to 31-30, the guests scored in bunches going on a 6-0 run as Jack made an easy lay up off the pick and role and Schonborn scored easily inside and hit free throws upping their lead to 37-30. However the Bayer Giants Leverksuen were unable to hold the momentum losing some concentration as Rhondorf went on a 12-3 run to get the lead back 42-40 at the break. Rhondorf got clutch three's from Taylor and Frankl-Maus as well as buckets inside from Michel and Canadian Kevin Thomas. 'Leverkusen did a good job with their transition game, but we came back with a 1-3-1 zone defense to get back into the game', added Rhondorf Dragons manager Alex Dohms. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 52% from the field and 36% from the three point line. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 44% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Leverkusen still had the 22-16 rebound edge, but had four turnovers while Rhondorf had only two turnovers.

The turning point of the game happened in the third quarter as the Dragons Rhondorf rattled off 12 unanswered points and would never look back again. The game seemed like it would continue to be a very tight affair as Beckford scored two buckets to keep Leverkusen on Rhondorf's door step trailing only 46-44. But then came the turning point of the game as the Dragons Rhondorf went on a 12-0 run to extend their lead to 58-44. In the run, Rhondorf played not only their best defense of the night, but were most aggressive as they threw a nasty press at Leverkusen that totally stumped them. Rhondorf got three steals in a row with two by Taylor and one by Frankl-Maus which resulted in easy baskets from Thomas and free throws from Kneesch and Michel. Two massive trey's from Michel and Taylor added extra salt into the Leverkusen wound. However Leverkusen did a good job not to become totally paralyzed by this Rhondorf offensive explosion by going on a 6-0 run to cut the Rhondorf lead to 58-50. In the run, Leverkusen got four points from Kuczmann and a step back jumper from Jack. Down the stretch, Rhondorf continued to score consistently while Leverkusen did also, but couldn't make any ground on the home team. Rhondorf got key baskets from Alexander Moeller who made an old school hook shot and offensive rebound and put back while Taylor continued to be his usual self dangerous making a mid-distance jumper and coast to coast run and lay in at the buzzer as the Dragons Rhondorf led 67-57. 'We played their game slowing down the tempo and played their tempo. Once we noticed that. We realized that we had to play faster and speed up the game that led to our run', added Kameron Taylor. 'They did a good job switching up their defense going from full court press to a 1-3-1 zone defense which we couldn't adjust to', expressed CJ Oldham. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 54% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 45% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Leverkusen continued to lead the rebound battle 30-23, but had nine turnovers while Rhondorf had five turnovers.

The Dragons Rhondorf continued to play their game in the fourth quarter scoring with ease and giving up less than what they scored preserving the win. Taylor continued to be a one man wrecking crew scoring a step back jumper and making a thunderous two handed dunk after a coast to coast sprint as Rhondorf led 73-59. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen would make one more comeback attempt going on a 6-0 run to cut the Rhondorf lead to 75-65, but they just were unable to get over the hump and get under 10 points. In the desperation Leverkusen run, they got valuable production from German youngster Marvin Heckel who did some extra stat stacking for himself scoring on a steal from him and making an aggressive lay in with his left hand cutting the Rhondorf lead to75-65. Rhondorf may have had a Taylor who poured in 31 points, but also had other vital weapons that continued to produce as did Frankl-Maus again scoring with a lay in and then dropping a trey for the 81-68 advantage. With a few minutes to play, Taylor put an exclamation point on the game nailed a trey extending the Rhondorf lead to 84-69. Rhondorf closed out the game in style as Thomas made an offensive rebound and put back and Maus nailed a three pointer for the 90-72 victory. 'Key in the fourth quarter was that we didn't let up. We had our feet on their throats and didn't let them back into the game. We did a good job continuing to push the pace and get easy baskets', stressed Kameron Taylor. 'We weren't tired, but just let the game get away. When you try to play catch up in the fourth quarter on the road, the chances to win are small. We need to play hard for 40 minutes', stated CJ Oldham. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Kameron Taylor with 31 points. Viktor Frankl-Maus scored 14 points while Alexander Moeller produced 12 points and Kevin Thomas and Thomas Michel added 10 points apiece. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were led by Donovan Jack and Marvin Heckel with 14 points apiece while Tim Schonborn added 13 points. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 54% from the field and 43% from outside while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen shot 42% from the field and 32% from outside. Both teams grabbed 36 rebounds apiece. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen had 13 turnovers while Rhondorf had 11 turnovers.



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Ioanninon tabs Spyros Bartzokas - by Chris Mammides

AGS Ioanninon (C) inked experienced 40-year old forward Spyros Bartzokas (200-77). The last time (11-12) he played at GAS Kronos Ioanninon in Greek D league. Bartzokas missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Bartzokas is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Ioanninon.

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Vournas comes back to Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou - by Chris Mammides

Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou (B) inked 27-year old guard Andreas Vournas (190-90). It is actually his comeback to Charilaos TM as he has played here before. Vournas He moved there from Aiolos Astakou in C. However his team was relegated to C where he played this season. The last season Vournas played at Charilaos.
He has played previously for three other teams: Esperos Patras, Keravnos Aigio and Doxa Lefkadas.

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Jordan Peltier (ex Nacka Basket) signs at Arkadikos - by Chris Mammides

SEFA Arkadikos (A2) landed 22-year old Swedish guard Jordan Peltier (193-95). He already started the season at Nacka Basket in Swedish Basketettan. In only one game he had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal this season. The last season Peltier played at Malbas (Basketligan) in Swedish league where in 31 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.7apg.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg.
Peltier has played previously professionally also in Denmark (Naestved) and Sweden (Orebro and Sanda Basket).

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Sotiris Papagiannis agreed terms with Ioanninon - by Chris Mammides

AGS Ioanninon (C) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old forward Sotiris Papagiannis (201-88). The last time (8-11) he played at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. Papagiannis has played there for the last three years. Papagiannis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
He won C Division (North-Group 1) in 2010.
Papagiannis has played previously for St-Truiden.

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Melissia inks Nikos Voulgaris - by Chris Mammides

KAO Melission (C) signed experienced 39-year old guard Nikos Voulgaris (193-78) from AO Porfyras.
Voulgaris won Greek A2 championship title in 2012.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for five other teams: Peristeri GS Athens, Pagrati, Ionikos Nikaias, Panelefsiniakos and Holargos.
Voulgaris is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Melissia.

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Mathaios Karahalios joins Melissia - by Chris Mammides

KAO Melission (C) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old guard Mathaios Karahalios (185-80). The last time (8-9) he played at Panelefsiniakos in Greek B league. Karahalios missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Karahalios won Greek C Division (South-Group 2) championship title in 2009.
He has played previously professionally in Greece (Esperos Patras, Ionikos Neas Filadelfeias, Ano Liosia and Argonafitis) and Italy (Padova Unione).
Karahalios is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Melissia.

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Melissia inks Dimitrios Kalogeropoulous - by Chris Mammides

KAO Melission (C) agreed terms with 25-year old guard Dimitrios Kalogeropoulous (196-92). The last time (10-12) he played at Marousi in Greek B league. Kalogeropoulous missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

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Ioanninon inks Kostas Papanikolaou - by Chris Mammides

AGS Ioanninon (C) agreed terms with 32-year old guard Kostas Papanikolaou (188-85). He played last season at Olimpiada in the D.
Papanikolaou has played previously for Keravnos Aigio.

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AS An.Aktis Zefyros 02 tabs Dimitris Tsolakis - by Chris Mammides

AS An.Aktis Zefyros 02 (C) inked experienced 34-year old swingman Dimitris Tsolakis (197-83). The last time (10-11) he played at APS Pappados Geras Lesvou in Greek D league. Tsolakis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Tsolakis has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Achilleas Agrou).

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Panionios add Molfetas to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) added to their roster 25-year old swingman Giannis Molfetas (194-92). He has played for the last two seasons at Doukas in the A2. In 30 games he had 4.7ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Molfetas helped them to make it to the semifinals.
His team made it to the Greek Cup final in 2015.
Molfetas represented Greece at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 0.6ppg, 1.6rpg.
Molfetas has played previously for two other teams: Apollon Patras and Apolloniada.
On Molfetas: (By Chris Mammides)
Ioannis is a strong shooting guard/small forward who has the physical strength to play in the paint too. Has good basketball characteristics and he is made of a good basketball material. He is a hard worker and eager to learn on a fast mode. He is a very good smasher and his vertical jump is over the 30 inches. Molfetas is a very coachable player and he can be scarify his self for the sake of his team whether the Hellenic NT or his club, Apolloniada Patras
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Avery Woodson joins Panionios - by Chris Mammides

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) agreed terms with 24-year old American point guard Avery Woodson (188-82kg-93). He just graduated from Butler (NCAA). In 34 games he had 8.9ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Woodson helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Big East Conference and they also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Woodson played in the final of AAC Tournament in 2016.

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Sarikopoulos is back at Panionios - by Chris Mammides

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) agreed terms with 27-year old ex-international center Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-90, college: Ohio State). It is actually his comeback to Athens as he has played here before. Sarikopoulos was about to sign at Aris (A1). The last season he played at Promitheas where in 22 A1 games he had 5.1ppg and 3.2rpg.
Sarikopoulos' team made it to the Greek Cup final in 2014.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Sarikopoulos played for Greek Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. Sarikopoulos' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.8ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 60.5%, FT: 66.7%.
Sarikopoulos has played previously for three other teams: Olympiacos, AEK Athens and Marousi.
He attended Ohio State until 2010 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.

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Grigoris Ralatos agreed terms with Panionios - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) inked 31-year old forward Grigoris Ralatos (202-86). He played most recently at Pagrati in C. Ralatos helped his team get promotion to B, but left the team in Apr.'17. In 25 C games he recorded 12.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Marousi (B). Ralatos contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in C Division.
He won Greek C Division (South-Group 1) championship title in 2013.
Ralatos was a member of Greek U16 National Team back in 2002.
He has played previously for four other teams: AE Ikaros Kallitheas, Panerythraikos, Niki Polygirou and Polis Kallitheas.

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Ioannis Dimakopoulos is a newcomer at Panionios - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-116kg-94, college: Cal-Irvine) from Kolossos H Hotels. Dimakopoulos also played earlier that season for Partizan (KLS) in Serbian league.
He just graduated from University of California-Irvine and it is his first season as a pro. Dimakopoulos' team won Big West Regular Season in 2014 and 2017. He received All-Big West 2nd Team award in 2017 at his college time.
Dimakopoulos represented Greece at the CIT Championship Finalist last year.
He has played previously for Panathinaikos.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (By Chris Mammides)
Talented center prospect whose best days are ahead; possesses a diversity of abilities; excellent rebounder and shot blocker who can score in the paint and has a nice touch up to 20 feet; runs the floor well (for his age and experience) and has a good feel for the game; very productive with the minutes he is given, the Big man from Patras even though just 16 years old has a tough body, and is improved his posting up a lot the last year who spent in the Green academy of Panathinaikos. Giannis gets very good position in the paint, a very good finisher and a tough, consistent defender. Along with being a facilitator, he is also capable of scoring. Does not shoot from the outside a lot but in the post he can do the job with one way or the other. The scouters of Panathinaikos smell the young talent in Patras and immediately sign him up as his height and his talent are somehow quite disappearing today in Greece
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Panionios add Henderson to their roster, ex Pyrinto - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) added to their roster 31-year old American power forward Esian Henderson (205-100kg-86, college: of Central Missouri, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 24 games he recorded 10.3ppg and 6.2rpg in 2015-16 season. Henderson helped them to make it to the final. He also played that season for Kleb Basket Ferrara in Italian Serie A where in 23 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2013 (four years after he left the college) Henderson was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in fifth round (69th overall).
He attended of Central Missouri (NCAA Div.II) until 2009. It will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Henderson won Slovakian League championship title in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Henderson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Henderson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Jordan (ASU), Sweden (BC Lulea), Turkey (Istanbul DSI), ABA (Kansas City S.), Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK), Czech Republic (Levice and MMCITE Brno), NBA G League (Iowa Wolves) and Slovakia (Levice).

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Rafael Skembes signs at AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer AEE Panagitsa landed 24-year old point guard Rafael Skembes (187-93) from Aris Nikaias. Skembes also played earlier that season for Kadmos.
He has played previously for Halkida.

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Simitris Adamopoulos joins AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

AEE Panagitsa (C) agreed terms with 19-year old swingman Simitris Adamopoulos (193-98) from Aris Petropoulis.

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AEE Panagitsa lands Martin Lazaridis - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer AEE Panagitsa tabbed 32-year old forward Martin Lazaridis (199-85). The last time (12-13) he played at Amyntas Dafnis in Greek A2 league. Lazaridis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Among other achievements Lazaridis won Greek B Division championship title in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2009.
Lazaridis has played previously for three other teams: Ionikos Nikaias, Peiraikos and Diagoras.

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Pavlos Karvounis joins AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

AEE Panagitsa (C) agreed terms with experienced 44-year old point guard Pavlos Karvounis (180-73). The last time (15-16) he played at Pannaxiakos in Greek C league. Karvounis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Karvounis won Greek B Division championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention back in 2011.
Karvounis has spent his entire career in Greece playing for eight other teams: Papagou, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, Alimos, KAP Agia Paraskevis, Lavrio, Proodeftiki, Holargos and AGE Zakinthos.
Karvounis is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at AEE Panagitsa.

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Sokrates Gizogiannis joins AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

AEE Panagitsa (C) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82). He played last season at Holargos B.C. in Greek A2 league. In 29 games he had 6.7ppg and 2.2rpg. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Gizogiannis also played that season for Holargos where in 29 C games he recorded 6.7ppg and 2.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League 2nd Team in 2015.
Gizogiannis has spent his entire career in Greece playing for eight other teams: Amyntas Dafnis, Irakleio, Makedonikos, Halkida, Trikalla, Cretan Kings, Arkadikos and Ionikos Lamias.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at AEE Panagitsa.

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Andronikos Gizogiannis is a newcomer at AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer AEE Panagitsa strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83). He played last season at Aiolos Astakou in B. However his team was relegated to C. In 30 A2 games he recorded 7.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Gizogiannis helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Ethnikos (also in A2) where in 31 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gizogiannis was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 1st Team back in 2012 and 2014.
He represented Greece at the World Military Championships in Klaipeda (Lithuania) eight years ago.
Gizogiannis has spent his entire career in Greece playing for six other teams: AEK Athens, Apollon Patras, Halkida, Egaleo, AEK/Argous and Arkadikos.

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Clint Steindl (ex Wildcats) is a newcomer at Panionios - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Australian ex-international swingman Clint Steindl (200-88kg-89, college: St.Mary's, CA). He was about to sign at Wildcats in Australian NBL league. The last season Steindl played at Leuven Bears in Belgian Euromillions League where in 26 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.
Among other achievements his college team won WCC Tournament in 2010 and 2012.
Steindl was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2014 and previously for University National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Steindl also represented Australia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Australia for Mackay Meteors Townsville Crocodiles Cairns Taipans Australian Institute Sport.
Steindl attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2012 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A tall guard/forward with hustling mentality and a very good outside shot.

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Arkadikos sign Christian Koutras - by Chris Mammides

SEFA Arkadikos (A2) signed 29-year old naturalized Swedish guard Christian Koutras (189-88, college: Cuesta JC). He played last season at GS Larissas in the D. In 23 games he had 9.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.3apg (top 4) and 1.5spg (in top 5). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Koutras played at Doxa Lefkadas where in 25 A2 games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.1rpg.
Koutras won Swedish BasketEttan championship title in 2012.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) nine years ago. Koutras' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were : 8 games: 8.3ppg, 4.6rpg, Assists-4 (4.5apg), 1.8spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 64.0%.
Koutras has played previously professionally also in Sweden (Sodertalje Kings, Solna Vikings, Akropol, Orebro and Talje Knights) and Greece (Koroivos and Argos Orestiko).
He attended Cuesta College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

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

26-year old power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Atomeromu and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Falco-Vulcano (#10, 0-1) with 16-point margin 84-68. It allowed Atomeromu to take over top position in the Hungarian league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Atomeromu won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It was one of impressive evenings for Eilingsfeld as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Eilingsfeld has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 13.0rpg. Eilingsfeld is in league's top in and averages solid 2.0bpg and 60.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Boltic (193-G-87, agency: 011 Sports) of Szedeak. He is Serbian guard in his 2nd season at Szedeak. In the last game Boltic recorded impressive 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Szedeak cruised to a 78-66 relatively comfortable win over DEAC (0-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Boltic is well-known at Szedeak and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 4.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Quincy Ford (203-F-93) of Szolnok (#6). Ford scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Szolnok, leading his team to a 91-72 easy win against PVSK-Veolia (#12, 0-1). Szolnok has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Ford also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Ford as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Szolnok - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Eric Fanning (196-G-92) of Kormend - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Keron DeShields (190-PG-92) of JP-Auto JKSE - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Rastko Dramicanin (208-C-86) of KTE-Duna - 23 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jahmal Jones (183-PG-91) of DEAC - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marko Djerasimovic (198-F/G-84) of KTE-Duna - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Maurice Jeffers (206-F-94) of ZTE KK - 12 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  IRAQ  


Al Shurtah lands Gabe Freeman, ex St.John R. !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Shurtah Police (Superleague) tabbed 32-year old American forward Gabe Freeman (198-85). He has played for the last two years at Saint John Riptide in Canadian NBL. In 37 NBL Canada games he was second best scorer with impressive 22.8ppg and recorded 9.2rpg (#4 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.2spg last season. Freeman helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Atlantic Division. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team.
Among other achievements he won PBL championship title in 2015. Freeman received also USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Freeman experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American, Australian and of course North American leagues. Freeman has played previously professionally also in Australia (Townsville Crocodiles), Mexico (Vaqueros), Philippines (B.Ginebra, Barako Bull, SM Beermen and Philippine Patriots), CBA (Albany P.) and PBL (Rochester RazorSharks).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Freeman's outlook: Gabriel is an incredible rebounder, he is especially a great offensive rebounder. His efficiency is unbelievably, with minimal touches he is very affective. Defending come easy for Gabe with his quickness. Scores in many ways. He is a high energy player that make others around him better. He is a great teammate an easy to coach. Gabe brings his game every night. He is a double double player each game.
Strengths: 'energy, great rebounder, game changer'
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Isaiah Sykes (ex Hanau) is a newcomer at Al Kahraba !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Kahraba Electricity (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Isaiah Sykes (198-98kg-91, college: Cent.Florida). He played last season at Hebeisen White Wings Hanau in German ProA. In 12 games he recorded 5.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Sykes also spent pre-season at Hapoel Afula (Winner League) in Israel that year where in four games he averaged 11.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg.
His team made it to the C-USA Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
Sykes has played previously professionally in Italy (Recanati) and Israel (Hasharon).
He attended University of Central Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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  ITALY  


Vai is back at Varese Robur - by Eurobasket News

Robur et Fides Varese (Serie B) agreed terms with 22-year old small forward Federico Vai (191-95). It is actually his comeback to Varese as he has played here before. Vai was about to sign at MIA-RO Cantu (Serie A). Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Vai played at Tramarossa Vicenza where in 33 Serie B games he had 8.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg.
Vai played in the final of Italian LNP Gold in 2015.
He has played previously for two other teams: Varese Robur and Agrigento.

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  JAPAN  

JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin HEROLD
  Tokyo E.
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 28
 1. Herold, Tokyo E.28.0 
 2. Wolfinger, Otsuka A.27.0 
 3. Raymond, Otsuka A.27.0 
 4. Olivier, Kagoshima25.0 
 5. Jones, Tokyo HT24.0 
 6. Thomas, Saitama .22.5 
 7. Ueda, Saitama .21.0 
 8. Faison, Tokyo E.18.0 
 9. Hall, Saitama Bron.17.0 
 10. Aiki, Tokyo Excel.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris OLIVIER
  Kagoshima
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 16
 1. Olivier, Kagoshima16.0 
 2. Jones, Tokyo HT15.0 
 3. Elliman, Tokyo C.14.5 
 4. Herold, Tokyo E.12.5 
 5. Hall, Saitama Bron.10.5 
 6. Wolfinger, Otsuka A.10.0 
 7. Tamura, Otsuka A.10.0 
 8. Morris, Tokyo HT9.5 
 9. Raymond, Otsuka A.9.0 
 10. Yamashita, Kagos.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Masaya UEDA
  Saitama .
  (177-PG-93)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Ueda, Saitama .9.5 
 2. Taguchi, Tokyo E.5.5 
 3. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.5.0 
 4. Hiroki, Saitama Bron.4.5 
 5. Oogane, Tokyo HT4.5 
 6. Miyata, Tokyo E.4.0 
 7. Morris, Tokyo HT4.0 
 8. Tamura, Otsuka A.4.0 
 9. Kamezaki, Tokyo HT3.5 
 10. Yutaro, Saitama .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo HT
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McElroy, Tokyo HT2.5 
 2. Raymond, Otsuka A.2.0 
 3. Taguchi, Tokyo E.2.0 
 4. Yamada, Kagoshima2.0 
 5. Nagasawa, Tokyo E.2.0 
 6. Jones, Tokyo HT2.0 
 7. Herold, Tokyo E.2.0 
 8. Shiozuka, Otsuka A.1.5 
 9. Sakai, Tokyo C.1.5 
 10. Gill, Kagoshima1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Joe WOLFINGER
  Otsuka A.
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wolfinger, Otsuka A.1.5 
 2. Faison, Tokyo E.1.5 
 3. Elliman, Tokyo C.1.5 
 4. Olivier, Kagoshima1.0 
 5. Tamura, Otsuka A.1.0 
 6. Morris, Tokyo HT1.0 
 7. Thomas, Saitama .1.0 
 8. Herold, Tokyo E.1.0 
 9. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.0.5 
 10. Aiki, Tokyo Excel.0.5 


B League D3 Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League D3 just started.

First defeat of Saitama Broncos (1-1) against Tokyo Excel. (1-1) 113-91 was the most important game of the last round. Tokyo Excel. dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Justin Herold (203-91, college: Sonoma St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. point guard Tanno Aiki (172-95) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Masaya Ueda (177-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for Saitama Broncos. Saitama Broncos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saitama Broncos will play next round against strong Otsuka A. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tokyo Excel. will try to continue on its current victory against Kagoshima in Renova.
Otsuka A. smashed Tokyo Cinq R. at home 92-65. American forward Ray Raymond (203-84, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Joe Wolfinger chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds. Otsuka A.'s coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Senegalese point guard Pu Elliman (202-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Tokyo Cinq R. will play next round against strong Tokyo HT trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo - Tokyo HT. Otsuka A. will try to continue on its current victory against Saitama Broncos on the road.
Tokyo Excel. (1-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Saitama Broncos (1-1) 90-84. Ibrahima Thomas nailed 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Justin Herold came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for Tokyo Excel. in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saitama Broncos will meet at home Otsuka A. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Excel. will play against Kagoshima in Renova and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the B2 League just one year after relegation.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tokyo: Otsuka A. (#2) and Tokyo Cinq R. (#8). Otsuka A. (2-0) crushed visiting Tokyo Cinq R. (0-2) by 38 points 81-43. Joe Wolfinger fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Otsuka A.'s next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#4) on the road. Tokyo Cinq R.'s supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Tokyo HT.

In the last two games of round 1 Kagoshima lost to Tokyo HT on the road 63-74. Tokyo HT won against Kagoshima on its own court 86-71.

Otsuka A. - Tokyo Cinq R. 92-65

Otsuka A. smashed Tokyo Cinq R. at home 92-65. Otsuka A. dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 38. They outrebounded Tokyo Cinq R. 42-26 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Otsuka A. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Tokyo Cinq R.'s players. American forward Ray Raymond (203-84, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import center Joe Wolfinger (216-85, college: Citadel) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds. Otsuka A.'s coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Senegalese point guard Pu Elliman (202-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and guard Daiki Uematsu (187-90) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Tokyo Cinq R. will play next round against strong Tokyo HT trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo - Tokyo HT. Otsuka A. will try to continue on its current victory against Saitama Broncos on the road.
Top scorers:
Otsuka A.: R.Raymond 33+16reb+7ast, J.Wolfinger 25+8reb+2ast, S.Murata 12+1ast, T.Hasegawa 9+5reb+7ast, S.Samejima 7+3reb+3ast, R.Narumi 2+2reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: P.Elliman 19+16reb+1ast, D.Uematsu 13+2reb+5ast, Y.Sakai 11, K.Kusano 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Kenko 6+1reb, Y.Kenzu 5+3reb
gschID: 551255


Otsuka A. - Tokyo Cinq R. 81-43

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tokyo: Otsuka A. (#2) and Tokyo Cinq R. (#8). Otsuka A. (2-0) crushed visiting Tokyo Cinq R. (0-2) by 38 points 81-43. Otsuka A. dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Tokyo Cinq R.'s players. American center Joe Wolfinger (216-85, college: Citadel) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import forward Ray Raymond (203-84, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 21 points. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Senegalese point guard Pu Elliman (202-91) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and guard Daiki Uematsu (187-90) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Otsuka A.'s next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#4) on the road. Tokyo Cinq R.'s supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Tokyo HT.
Top scorers:
Otsuka A.: J.Wolfinger 29+12reb+1ast, R.Raymond 21+2reb, S.Samejima 8+2reb+3ast, S.Murata 7+4reb+1ast, R.Narumi 6+4reb+4ast, S.Tamura 6+10reb+4ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: P.Elliman 10+13reb+1ast, K.Kusano 8+3reb, D.Uematsu 8+3reb, Y.Kenzu 6+4reb, Y.Ono 4+3reb+1ast, Y.Kenko 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 551254


Tokyo HT - Kagoshima 74-63

No shocking result in a game when Tokyo HT (2-0) beat at home Kagoshima (0-2) 74-63. Tokyo HT forced 22 Kagoshima turnovers. American power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Hiroya Oogane (180-89) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Chris Olivier (203-92, college: Oklahoma St.) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds and swingman Hayate Yamashita (193-92) added 5 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Tokyo HT's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Tokyo Cinq R..
Top scorers:
Tokyo HT: A.Jones 23+12reb, M.Kamezaki 15+3reb+1ast, H.Oogane 13+5reb+5ast, W.Lewis 9+5reb, K.Kanai 5+1reb+2ast, C.Kenaru 5+1reb
Kagoshima: C.Olivier 31+18reb+1ast, C.Maduabum 10+4reb+1ast, R.Nakazono 9+1reb, Y.Yamada 8+2ast, H.Yamashita 5+9reb+2ast, N.Ishikawa 0
gschID: 551253


Tokyo Excel. - Saitama Bron. 113-91

First defeat of Saitama Broncos (1-1) against Tokyo Excel. (1-1) 113-91 was the most important game of the last round. Tokyo Excel. dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Justin Herold (203-91, college: Sonoma St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Point guard Tanno Aiki (172-95) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Masaya Ueda (177-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and American forward Ferrakohn Hall (203-90, college: Memphis) added 21 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Five Tokyo Excel. and four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saitama Broncos will play next round against strong Otsuka A. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tokyo Excel. will try to continue on its current victory against Kagoshima in Renova.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: J.Herold 33+12reb+1ast, T.Aiki 22+4reb+4ast, J.Faison 18+3reb+3ast, Y.Saito 11+4reb+2ast, S.Miyata 10+6reb+4ast, K.Nagasawa 6+3reb+4ast
Saitama Bron.: M.Ueda 26+5reb+12ast, F.Hall 21+11reb+1ast, I.Thomas 21+1reb, N.Yutaro 11+2reb+1ast, I.Hiroki 4+6reb+6ast, S.Kento 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 551252


Tokyo Excel. - Saitama Bron. 84-90

Tokyo Excel. (1-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Saitama Broncos (1-1) 90-84. Saitama Broncos looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Senegalese forward Ibrahima Thomas (213-87, college: Cincinnati) nailed 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Nishi Yutaro (176-92) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. American Justin Herold (203-91, college: Sonoma St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Jordan Faison (201-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Tokyo Excel. in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saitama Broncos will meet at home Otsuka A. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Excel. will play against Kagoshima in Renova and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the B2 League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: I.Thomas 24+6reb+1ast, N.Yutaro 17+5reb+6ast, M.Ueda 16+2reb+7ast, F.Hall 13+10reb+2ast, S.Kento 7+1reb+1ast, T.Yotaku 4+3reb+1ast
Tokyo Excel.: J.Herold 23+13reb+2ast, J.Faison 18+12reb+4ast, T.Aiki 11+4reb+2ast, O.Kei 8+3reb+1ast, D.Taguchi 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Saito 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 551250


Tokyo HT - Kagoshima 86-71

Very expected game when Kagoshima (0-2) lost on the road to Tokyo HT (2-0) 86-71. Tokyo HT dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 44. They outrebounded Kagoshima 50-29 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Tokyo HT players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Kagoshima helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Edward Morris (204-84, college: Pittsburg St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Chris Olivier (203-92, college: Oklahoma St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Hayate Yamashita (193-92) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Tokyo HT's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Tokyo Cinq R..
Top scorers:
Tokyo HT: A.Jones 25+18reb+2ast, E.Morris 21+14reb+5ast, H.Oogane 13+1reb+4ast, M.Kamezaki 9+2reb+6ast, B.McElroy 8+6reb+2ast, C.Kenaru 6+1reb
Kagoshima: C.Olivier 19+14reb+3ast, H.Yamashita 15+7reb+5ast, K.Matsuzaki 14+1ast, Y.Yamada 8+2reb+5ast, B.Gill 5+1reb+2ast, R.Nakazono 5+1reb
gschID: 551251





Fazekas' 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Toshiba BT and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds for Toshiba BT as his team was edged out by Nagoya DD (1-1) 77-76. Toshiba BT is placed at 5th position in their group in Japanese league. Toshiba BT is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. In the team's last game Fazekas had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.0ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 64.7% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars. He is a guard in his 2nd season at Shiga L-Stars. In the last game Namizato recorded impressive 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he led Shiga L-Stars to another comfortable win 73-56 over Yokohama BC (1-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Namizato is well-known at Shiga L-Stars and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 8.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Burrell (207-F-88) of Nagoya DD (#3). Burrell scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Nagoya DD, leading his team to a 77-76 win against Toshiba BT (1-1). Nagoya DD needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Central. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. The season just started for Burrell as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jason Washburn (210-C-90) of Yokohama BC - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. D'Or Fischer (211-C-81) of Shiga L-Stars - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yuma Fujii (178-PG-91) of Toshiba BT - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) of Hitachi SR - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Hasheem Thabeet (218-C-87) of Yokohama BC - 11 points and 3 rebounds

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



B1 League Round 2: Hitachi Sunrockers lose to Ryukyu - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in B League. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Hitachi Sunrockers (1-1). They were defeated by Ryukyu GK (1-1) 65-53 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Ryukyu GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Hassan Martin (201-95, college: Rhode Island) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Niigata Albirex defeated Shimane Magic at home 82-75. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) notched 28 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Kei Igarashi supported him with 13 points. Even a double-double of 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Shimane Magic. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Niigata Albirex will try to continue on its current victory against Shimane Magic at home.
Shiga L-Stars (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Yokohama BC on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Yokohama BC 76-45. The best player for the winners was Alexis Minatoya who scored 22 points. Omar Samhan produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 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. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: Hokkaido L. lost to Toyama Grouses on the opponent's court 78-83. Tochigi Brex unfortunately lost to SeaHorses in a home game 70-85. Chiba Jets managed to beat Nishinomiya S. on the road 86-70. Kyoto Hannar. defeated San-en on its own court 80-62. Toyota Alvark smashed Osaka Evessa in Tokyo 81-60.

Ryukyu GK - Hitachi SR 65-53

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Hitachi Sunrockers (1-1). They were defeated by Ryukyu GK (1-1) 65-53 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Ryukyu GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Hassan Martin (201-95, college: Rhode Island) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) scored 9 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 25+12reb+1ast, K.Hirose 9+3reb, M.Yamauchi 7+3reb+2ast, L.Vendrame 4+3reb+2ast, T.Ito 4+1reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 2+2reb+2ast
Ryukyu GK: H.Martin 18+10reb+2ast, K.Ninomiya 11+3ast, I.Brown 9+9reb+6ast, H.Armstrong 7+4reb+3ast, T.Ishizaki 7+1reb, S.Tsuyama 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 581090


Yokohama BC - Shiga L-Stars 76-45

Shiga L-Stars (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Yokohama BC on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Yokohama BC 76-45. The game without a history. Yokohama BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Shiga L-Stars to an opponent 23.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.1 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was guard Alexis Minatoya (191-88) who scored 22 points. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American-Israeli center DOr Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) added 4 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: O.Samhan 15+10reb, Y.Karino 7+1reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 6, D.Fischer 4+11reb+3ast, S.Faye 4+4reb, K.Takahashi 3+1reb
Yokohama BC: A.Minatoya 22+4reb, T.Kawamura 16+3reb+4ast, J.Washburn 9+5reb, H.Thabeet 8+9reb, R.Tawatari 8+4reb+5ast, J.Parmer 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 581089


Niigata Albirex - Shimane SM 82-75

Niigata Albirex defeated Shimane Magic at home 82-75. Shimane Magic was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 24-14 third quarter run of Niigata Albirex. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) notched 28 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) supported him with 13 points. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Shimane Magic. His fellow American import center Brendan Lane (206-90, college: Pepperdine) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Niigata Albirex will try to continue on its current victory against Shimane Magic at home.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Scott 20+13reb+6ast, B.Lane 10+10reb+3ast, T.Soma 10+3reb+3ast, K.Sato 9+4reb, G.Stutz 8+4reb, T.Kumagai 7+1ast
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 28+9reb+3ast, K.Igarashi 13+4reb+2ast, S.Hatakeyama 11+4reb+3ast, J.Uzawa 11+4reb, M.Joho 8+4reb+1ast, T.You 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 551495


Toyama Grouses - Hokkaido L. 83-78

Toyama Grouses used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Saporro 83-78 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 55-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toyama Grouses forced 19 Hokkaido L. turnovers. Forward Naoki Uto (188-91) scored 25 points and 8 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Asahi Tajima (173-88) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyama Grouses will face again Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: M.Trasolini 21+5reb, A.Tajima 12+4reb+8ast, G.Whittington 9+11reb+2ast, Z.Maki 8+2reb+2ast, K.Ryohei 6+3reb+1ast, D.Miller 6+4reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: N.Uto 25+4reb+8ast, D.Pittman 15+5reb, N.Hashimoto 12+2reb+2ast, H.Otsuka 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Ueta 5+2reb+2ast, S.Willard 5+9reb+3ast
gschID: 551494


Tochigi Brex - SeaHorses 70-85

There was a small surprise when Aishin Sea Horses (1-1) defeated on the road Tochigi Brex (1-1) 85-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Tochigi Brex was better in fourth quarter 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Tochigi Brex was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Aishin Sea Horses and four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex's coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 18+17reb+8ast, C.Bozeman 14+1reb, K.Takeuchi 14+8reb+2ast, Y.Endo 12+3reb+3ast, K.Richardson 5+3reb, S.Kitagawa 4
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 23+2reb+2ast, J.Sakuragi 16+5reb+6ast, R.Hashimoto 15+3reb+4ast, M.Hiejima 13+3reb+4ast, D.Orton 10+10reb+4ast, T.Nishikawa 4
gschID: 551493


Nishinomiya S. - Chiba Jets 70-86

But Nishinomiya S. was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Chiba 86-70 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Chiba Jets. Nishinomiya S. was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chiba Jets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) scored 18 points. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Nishinomiya S. will play again at home against Chiba Jets (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: N.Tani 18+2ast, C.Lammert 17+11reb+1ast, T.Yanagawa 11+2reb+3ast, N.Douhara 9+1reb+1ast, J.Vandenberg 5+4reb, D.Burns 5+7reb+7ast
Chiba Jets: G.Edwards 18+6reb+1ast, M.Parker 13+10reb+2ast, R.Ono 12+2reb+3ast, K.Ishii 11+3reb+1ast, S.Hara 9+1reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 551492


Kyoto Hannar. - San-en 80-62

Kyoto Hannar. used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hamamatsu 80-62 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Tatsuya Suzuki (169-91) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kyoto Hannar. will face again San-en NeoPhoenix (#6) in Hamamatsu in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
San-en: T.Suzuki 13+4ast, A.Ota 11+4reb+1ast, S.Morrison 10+11reb+1ast, S.Tawatari 9+3reb+1ast, J.Kano 6+5reb+2ast, H.Kawashima 5+3reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Dove 16+13reb+2ast, Y.Okada 13+1reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 11+3reb+2ast, N.Yuya 9+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 7+3reb+1ast, I.Tatsuya 7+3ast
gschID: 551491


Osaka Evessa - Toyota Alvark 60-81

But Osaka Evessa was not able to use a home court advantage and was outplayed by the opponent from Tokyo 81-60 on Saturday night. Toyota Alvark outrebounded Osaka Evessa 45-32 including 35 on the defensive glass. American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. American center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St.) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. 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. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Toyota Alvark (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: G.Smith 19+7reb, T.Hashimoto 9+1reb+3ast, N.Kumagae 6+2reb+1ast, G.Pomare 6+9reb+1ast, S.Negoro 5+4reb+4ast, R.Goda 5+1reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: J.Williams 15+4reb+1ast, L.Lucas 12+5reb, A.Kirk 11+10reb, T.Shonaka 10+4reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 10+8reb+1ast, S.Ando 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 551490


Toshiba BT - Nagoya DD 87-85 OT

Toshiba Brave Thunders held off Nagoya in overtime to gain 1-1 record. Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85, college: Nevada) scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Shinoyama added 21 points in the victory. J Tillman responded with 15 points for Nagoya.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 15+4reb+3ast, J.Burrell 14+9reb+2ast, T.Harimoto 12+1ast, S.Ando 11+4reb+2ast, C.Brackins 10+7reb+2ast, T.Nakahigashi 8+6reb+3ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+15reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 21+3reb+6ast, J.Davis 14+9reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 9+2reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 8+2reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 551489





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N2 Round 3: Soleuvre beats Grengewald by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of N2 and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 3 in the N2 took place in Belvaux. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Grengewald (1-2) to Soleuvre (3-0) 96-93 on Sunday evening. Soleuvre is looking forward to face Bascharage (#8) in Kaerjeng in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Grengewald will play at home against Kordall Steelers and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Arantia (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Wiltz (0-3) in Larochette 90-55. Arantia will play against Avanti (#7) in Mondorf in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Wiltz will play at home against BC Mess and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 3: winless Black Star lost to undefeated Kordall Steelers on the road 78-97. T.Hesperange destroyed Avanti on its own court 93-64. Winless Bascharage was outscored by BC Mess in Mondercange 80-58.

Kordall Steelers - Black Star 97-78

No shocking result in a game when Kordall Steelers (3-0) crushed Black Star (0-3) in Rodange 97-78. Kordall Steelers will play against Grengewald (#6) in Niederanven in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Black Star will play at home against T.Hesperange and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 559086


Arantia - Wiltz 90-55

Arantia (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Wiltz (0-3) in Larochette 90-55. Arantia will play against Avanti (#7) in Mondorf in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Wiltz will play at home against BC Mess and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 559084


T.Hesperange - Avanti 93-64

Rather expected game when Avanti (0-3) was smashed on the road by T.Hesperange (3-0) 93-64. T.Hesperange will play against Black Star (#9) in Mersch in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Avanti will play at home against Arantia and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 559085


BC Mess - Bascharage 80-58

Rather predictable result when BC Mess (2-1) rolled over Bascharage (0-3) in Mondercange 80-58. BC Mess will play against Wiltz (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Bascharage will play against Soleuvre and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 559083


Soleuvre - Grengewald 96-93

The most exciting game of round 3 in the N2 took place in Belvaux. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Grengewald (1-2) to Soleuvre (3-0) 96-93 on Sunday evening. Soleuvre is looking forward to face Bascharage (#8) in Kaerjeng in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Grengewald will play at home against Kordall Steelers and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 559082





Total League Round 2: Basket Esch lose to Amicale - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Total League. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 2 in Total League took place in Steinsel where host Amicale (1-1) beat Basket Esch (1-1) 70-56 on Saturday evening. They outrebounded Basket Esch 50-34 including 39 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Billy McDaniel (199-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Shavon Coleman (196-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 17 rebounds. American power forward Clancy Rugg (203-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Basket Esch will play next round against Heffingen trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Amicale will try to continue on its current victory against Residence in Bereldange.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Etzella (1-1) in Ettelbruck. Hosts were defeated by Racing (2-0) 77-69. American forward Eric McAlister (204-90, college: Stony Brook) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Scott Morton contributed with 20 points for the winners. Racing's coach Etienne Louvrier allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian power forward Billy McNutt (203-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds for Etzella. Racing's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Luxembourg Contern.
Very important is a road loss of Musel Pikes (1-1) against Heffingen (1-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Musel Pikes was defeated by Heffingen in a tough game in Heffingen 67-71. Heffingen will meet Basket Esch (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Musel Pikes will play against Sparta and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Luxembourg. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of Residence (0-2) to Contern (1-1) 80-79 on Saturday evening. Rene Wolzfeld notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Contern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Luxembourg to the arena Racing.
Important game to mention about took place in Bertrange. Sparta (1-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging T71 (1-1) 88-85 in the game for the second place. The best player for the winners was Titus Robinson who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. T71's coach Pascal Meurs rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sparta will face Musel Pikes (#6) in Stadrbredimus in the next round. T71 will play at home against Etzella (#7) and hope to win that game.

Etzella - Racing 69-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Etzella (1-1) in Ettelbruck. Hosts were defeated by Racing (2-0) 77-69. Strangely Etzella outrebounded Racing 47-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. American forward Eric McAlister (204-90, college: Stony Brook) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import swingman Scott Morton (195-87, college: Geneseo St.) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Racing's coach Etienne Louvrier allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian power forward Billy McNutt (203-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and Frederic Gutenkauf (185-92) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Etzella. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Racing's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Luxembourg Contern.
Top scorers:
Racing: S.Morton 20+3reb+3ast, E.McAlister 17+7reb+5ast, M.Hilger 10+3reb+1ast, L.Soragna 10+4reb, M.Gillardin 9+9reb, G.Bernimont 6+2reb+5ast
Etzella: B.McNutt 27+15reb+2ast, D.Barden 16+7reb, J.Delgado 11+2reb+3ast, F.Gutenkauf 11+11reb+4ast, T.Schmit 2+3reb+1ast, P.Gutenkauf 2+1reb
gschID: 559170


Contern - Residence 80-79

A very interesting game took place in Luxembourg. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of Residence (0-2) to Contern (1-1) 80-79 on Saturday evening. The former international swingman Rene Wolzfeld (194-91) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American guard Jaylen Bland (190-93, college: Cal-Riverside) supported him with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Even 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) did not help to save the game for Residence. His fellow American import forward Vincent Bailey (201-91, college: Lincoln Memorial) added 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the guests. Contern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Luxembourg to the arena Racing.
Top scorers:
Contern: J.Bland 30+5reb+2ast, R.Wolzfeld 23+14reb+5ast, X.Ford 17+11reb+2ast, R.Birenbaum 8+6reb+3ast, D.Weyrich 2+1ast, B.Goergen 0
Residence: A.Freeman 25+6reb+4ast, V.Bailey 20+6reb+3ast, O.Vujakovic 15+13reb, K.Moura 9+6reb, P.Arbaut 5+1reb+1ast, M.Schmit 3+2reb
gschID: 559171


Amicale - Basket Esch 70-56

The biggest surprise of round 2 in Total League took place in Steinsel where host Amicale (1-1) beat Basket Esch (1-1) 70-56 on Saturday evening. They outrebounded Basket Esch 50-34 including 39 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Billy McDaniel (199-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Shavon Coleman (196-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds. American power forward Clancy Rugg (203-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Pit Biever (185-91) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Basket Esch will play next round against Heffingen trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Amicale will try to continue on its current victory against Residence in Bereldange.
Top scorers:
Amicale: B.McDaniel 23+9reb+3ast, S.Coleman 11+17reb+1ast, B.Melcher 10+7reb+8ast, P.Koster 9+2reb+3ast, S.Picard 8+7reb, J.Hoeser 5+2reb+1ast
Basket Esch: C.Rugg 14+8reb+1ast, A.Rodenbourg 12+2reb, J.Hicks 10+6reb, P.Biever 9+8reb+5ast, B.Kovac 6+4reb+2ast, J.Biever 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 559167


Heffingen - Musel Pikes 71-67

Very important is a road loss of Musel Pikes (1-1) against Heffingen (1-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Musel Pikes was defeated by Heffingen in a tough game in Heffingen 67-71. Heffingen will meet Basket Esch (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Musel Pikes will play against Sparta and hope to win that game.
gschID: 559168


Sparta - T71 88-85

Important game to mention about took place in Bertrange. Sparta (1-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging T71 (1-1) 88-85 in the game for the second place. Sparta outrebounded T71 44-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. T71 was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Titus Robinson (201-90, college: Buffalo) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. The former international Dean Gindt (201-91) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Cory Johnson (202-88, college: Valparaiso) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and international point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. T71's coach Pascal Meurs rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sparta will face Musel Pikes (#6) in Stadrbredimus in the next round. T71 will play at home against Etzella (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sparta: D.Gindt 24+5reb, T.Robinson 21+18reb+3ast, B.Reese 16+8reb+1ast, T.Abdiu 10+5reb+3ast, X.Engel 10+3reb+3ast, M.Andjelkovic 4+3reb+1ast
T71: C.Johnson 24+11reb+3ast, T.Schumacher 19+2reb+6ast, E.Jeitz 11+1reb+2ast, D.Stephens 10+14reb, V.Sunnen 10+2reb, S.Lanners 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 559169





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  MADAGASCAR  


ASCUT Madagascar clinch Clubs Champions de l'Ocean Indien title - by Eurobasket News

Gnbc (Madagascar) - Ascut (Madagascar) 61-63

ASCUT Madagascar clinched Clubs Champions de l'Ocean Indien title as they edged Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club 63-61. AS Commune Urbaine Tamatave took a 17-9 lead with 10 minutes, but saved only 1 point at the halftime. In the third period AS Commune Urbaine Tamatave posted an 18-15 and Ramamonjisoa made a free throw at the every end of the game for the final result.
VALERI Botou was named MVP of the tournament as he nailed 10 points. Evrard Fataka (196-F-87), Ahmed Ibrahim and Lalason Ratsimbazafy (193-F/G-92) also scored 10 points in a win. Constant Mandimbison replied with 22 points in the losing effort.



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GIE Maile Matrix gets ready for FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup; Returns Barnes and Maxey - by Ricardo Dominguez

GIE Maile Matrix gets ready for FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup; Returns Barnes and Maxey

Santiago, Dominican Republic- GIE Maile Matrix, now coached by five-time UBA champion D.J. Douglas, is getting ready for the upcoming edition of the FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup, in which they will defend their 2017 Continental Championship. They will play in Group A, set for action February 1st through the 9th. Location hasn't been selected yet by the board between Santiago or Liberia.

The general management is bringing back most of the core Matrix roster with the presence of Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence), Freddie Williams (188-G-87, college: Clayton St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) and Ethan Bradshaw (188-G-87, college: Lake Erie).

Reigning MVP, Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management), will play for the Matrix only in this international tournament and later on will return to Lebanon to coach the Chabibeh Sporting Club. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Keith Closs (224-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (China) and First Team member Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC) (Chile) will not return this season. This defiantly makes the Matrix worry about defending their title.

Regarding the coaching staff, Douglas will be assisted by coaches Kevin Franklin , Ralph Lopez and Will De La Cruz , while Travis McAvene will be in charge of scouting.

GIE Maile Matrix has won the last three Copa Mitchell Cup championships. For more information on follow us at www.copamitchellcup.com.



Atlanta Legends return to Copa Mitchell Cup (Santiago) - by Ricardo Dominguez

Atlanta Legends return to Copa Mitchell Cup (Santiago)

SANTIAGO (FIBA Mitchell Cup 2018) - Legends may have fallen short at the FIBA Copa Mitchell Cup 2017, but Coach Will Campbell is ramping up their training to improve their chances at the FIBA Mitchell Cup 2018.

Atlanta Legends fell short in the spring of last season in the Final of the CMC Championship, losing the final bid to Academia de la Montana (Colombia).

In order to return to the winners circle, Coach Campbell resigned 2017 Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Cup member Tony Omotayo (196-G/F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.). "If we want to repeat the surprise preformance of last season, we need Tony", said Campbell.

Omotayo average 24.3 points per game (4th best) while shooting 45.6% from the feild. His best game was versus Plaza where he scored 25 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.

For more information on team signings follow us @ www.copamitchellcup.com



Baloncesto Liberia (Costa Rica) join 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup - by Ricardo Dominguez

Liberia join 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup

LIBERIA (FIBA Mitchell Cup) - Baloncesto Liberia joins the 2018 lineup for the Copa Mitchell Cup. This was the first professional season for Liberia in the Costa Rican Premier League (LBS). Surprisingly, Liberia made the post-season with just one import (Cory Bradford (191-SG-78, college: Illinois)). Liberia team owner, Joseph Driggs, announced the news of his club's entry into the CMC Saturday afternoon.

"This is a very exciting time for us", said Driggs. We are working very hard to build a great team in LBS. The Mitchell Cup is a very popular event in South America. This is a great step for me and my franchise.

Liberia has shown great interest in UBA All-Star guard Xavier Rogers (191-G-90, college: Xavier, LA). Last season, Rogers was the shocker of the event averaging just under 21 points per game for the Atlanta Legends. He was later signed by Plaza of the Santiago League.

For more information on team signings follow us @ www.copamitchellcup.com.



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The Warriors waive Alex Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) released 24-year old guard Alex Hamilton (193-86kg-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: 3Eye).
The last season Hamilton played at another team Warriors where in 46 games he had 11.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in D-League Pacific Division.
Hamilton has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2016 Oklahoma City Blue selected him in first round (3rd overall) in the D-League draft.
The former Louisiana Tech University standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-C-USA Player of the Year and NABC All-District 11 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Hamilton has played previously for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Warriors waived Cleveland - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) waived 23-year old point guard Antonius Cleveland (198-85kg-94, college: Southeast Missouri State).
Cleveland has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Southeast Missouri State and it is his first season in pro basketball. Cleveland played in the final of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Martell Webster Announces NBA Retirement - by Eurobasket News

Martell Webster (6'7''-G-86) has announced his retirement from the NBA. The New Orleans Pelicans signed Webster to a camp deal and hadn't played in the NBA since the 14-15 season. Webster was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Lonzo Ball steals the show but Lakers lose to Minnesota, 108-99, in preseason debut - by Eurobasket News

Half an hour before tipoff, a line of fans snaked between sections 221 and 222, from the concourse level almost to the floor, where LaVar Ball posed for selfies. 'I will take them all day,' Lonzo Ball said. Magic Johnson sat courtside and signed autographs, front and smiling center among a sellout crowd of 18,000 at Honda Center. Nine seats down from him the man he replaced as president of basketball operation watched from under a trademark black cap. Yes, the occasion was so momentous that it even lured Jim Buss out of exile. Back in his seat across the court from the Lakers bench, in the fourth row next to his wife Tina, LaVar Ball declared, 'Welcome to the Lonzo Ball Era.' The Lakers made their long-awaited season debut in a 108-99 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a game that gave fans - as well as Lakers executives and owners - their first look at rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, the hero of Chino Hills, as he stepped into the spotlight of Lakers stardom. The second overall pick in June's draft and the Most Valuable Player of the Las Vegas Summer League, Lonzo Ball was the last starter introduced pregame and took the floor to a swell of cheers. 'That's what you dream about as a kid,' Lonzo Ball said. 'It was finally here. That was a great moment, but now at the end of the day, now I have a job to do now I've got to come in here and keep doing it.' The former UCLA star finished with 5 points in 22 minutes, stuffing the stat sheet with 8 assists and 7 rebounds. 'Lonzo is so gifted as far as the way he always makes everybody on the floor a threat,' coach Luke Walton said. 'With him we've been working on, he's so unselfish that sometimes he has good shots for himself and he tries to get someone else a shot. We want him taking those.' Lonzo Ball finished 2-for-9 from the field, but on the Lakers first possession, he naturally looked to pass. He and Larry Nance Jr. (6'8''-F-93, college: Wyoming) Jr., the Lakers best leaper, worked on alley-oops throughout training camp - 'There's been some fun ones,' Nance said - and Lonzo Ball tried to open the exhibition season with a highlight play. 'I probably should have threw it a little higher,' Lonzo Ball said of the play that was ultimately broken up. 'I know that Larry can go up and get it. By the time Lonzo Ball made his first shot, a 3-pointer with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter, Honda Center erupted, releasing the excitement that had been pent up since the Lakers landed the No. 2 overall pick in the lottery way back in May. Since then, Lonzo Ball has been the subject of intense scrutiny, enhanced by Lonzo Ball's showman father LaVar's ability to stay in the spotlight. A reality series debuted on Facebook over the summer. And Lonzo Ball released not one, but two generations of his signature shoe. 'He seems to not let it really affect him,' coach Luke Walton said. 'It's pretty impressive for a guy his age that has the whole world talking about him all the time. Everywhere we go he's getting swarmed like an All-Star already.' The Lakers will continue their preseason schedule on Monday, when they host host Denver at Staples Center. Walton, who has stressed the Lakers need to play a fast pace to be successful, said his players 'need to get in much better shape to play the way we want to play.' 'I felt like fatigue was a big factor,' he said. Lonzo Ball's fellow rookie, Kyle Kuzma (6'9''-F-95, college: Utah), led the Lakers with 19 points in 26 minutes off the bench. Selected 27th overall, the former University of Utah star shot 9-of-12 from the field. Julius Randle (6'9''-F-94, college: Kentucky) scored 15 for the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson (6'5''-G-92, college: Missouri) added 14 and Brandon Ingram finished with 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting. Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-SF-92, college: UCLA), a Lakers target in free agency over the summer, led Minnesota with 22 points. Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, college: USC) scored 18 points and Jimmy Butler, an All-Star in Chicago, finished with 10 points in his Timberwolves debut.
Courtesy of: ocregister.com



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The Storm adds Stringer to their roster, ex Pyrinto - by Greg

Island Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 26-year old American point guard Andre Stringer (178-86kg-91, college: LSU, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 14 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg.
In 15/16 season he spent most of that year at Maine Red Claws in U.S. NBA-D-League where in 46 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.0apg.
He graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NORWAY  


BLNO Round 3: Kongsberg lose their first game against Asker Aliens - by Eurobasket News

After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the BLNO and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kongsberg (2-1) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by Asker Aliens (3-0) 89-76. It was a great evening for American guard Joshua Hart (194-90, college: Va Intermont) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Forward Anders Stien (195-90) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Cuban-American guard Juan Ferrales (187-91, college: Barry) with 24 points and 8 assists. Asker Aliens is looking forward to face Tromso (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kongsberg will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Fyllingen. Fyllingen BBK (3-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Baerum Basket (0-4) 87-85 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian guard Ognjen Nisavic (195-92) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Nikola Blatancic accounted for 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Fyllingen BBK's coach Tore Ervik allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Stian Mjos (183-89) came up with 41 points (!!!) and 4 assists for Baerum Basket in the defeat. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Laksevag was also quite interesting. Ammerud Bskt (1-2) played at the court of Froya Basket (2-1). Froya Basket defeated Ammerud Bskt 83-67 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Nikolas Skouen who scored 24 points. Froya Basket's coach DuRell Sanford used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Roy Nwachukwu who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Froya Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt will play against Gimle BBK (#5) in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Gimle BBK (2-1) crushed at home Baerum Basket (0-4) by 24 points 92-68, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Magne Fivelstad who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. Gimle BBK's coach Audun Eskeland felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gimle BBK's next round opponent will be Ammerud Bskt (#7) in Oslo.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 11 rebounds by Morakinyo Williams of Ammerud Bskt.

Froya Basket - Ammerud Bskt 83-67

The game in Laksevag was also quite interesting. Ammerud Bskt (1-2) played at the court of Froya Basket (2-1). Froya Basket defeated Ammerud Bskt 83-67 on Saturday. Froya Basket forced 20 Ammerud Bskt turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Nikolas Skouen (190-90, college: Pepperdine, agency: Duran International) who scored 24 points. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (188-79) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Four Froya Basket players scored in double figures. Froya Basket's coach DuRell Sanford used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Roy Nwachukwu (196-90, college: Seminole St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and British center Morakinyo Williams (210-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) added 22 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Froya Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt will play against Gimle BBK (#5) in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Froya Basket: N.Skouen 24+4reb+1ast, D.Clark 13+6reb+2ast, E.Gabrans 11+4reb+7ast, R.Silavs 10+2reb+4ast, L.Rakner 7+5reb+2ast, A.Ingebrigtsen 7+4reb+3ast
Ammerud Bskt: M.Williams 22+11reb+2ast, R.Nwachukwu 22+11reb+2ast, T.Vangen 6+5reb+5ast, K.Helmanis 6+4reb+1ast, A.Xepapadakis 5+2reb+4ast, P.Mukoko 5+4reb
gschID: 563331


Fyllingen BBK - Baerum Basket 87-85

Important game to mention about took place in Fyllingen. Fyllingen BBK (3-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Baerum Basket (0-4) 87-85 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Fyllingen BBK dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Baerum Basket's 34. They outrebounded Baerum Basket 37-18 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fyllingen BBK players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian guard Ognjen Nisavic (195-92) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Nikola Blatancic (192-94) accounted for 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Five Fyllingen BBK players scored in double figures. Fyllingen BBK's coach Tore Ervik allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Stian Mjos (183-89) came up with 41 points (!!!) and 4 assists and guard Christoffer Heggelund (186-0) added 19 points and 4 steals respectively for Baerum Basket in the defeat. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fyllingen BBK: O.Nisavic 18+9reb+4ast, N.Blatancic 16+9reb+4ast, V.Sumskis 14+3reb+1ast, B.Ellingsen 14+2reb+2ast, S.Rakneberg 14+6reb+2ast, S.Enge 8+4reb+4ast
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 41+3reb+4ast, C.Heggelund 19+3reb+1ast, U.Stranger-Johannessen 9+1reb+3ast, G.Haugen 9+3reb+2ast, J.Bohn 4, P.Frantzvaag 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 563330


Gimle BBK - Baerum Basket 92-68

Gimle BBK (2-1) crushed at home Baerum Basket (0-4) by 24 points 92-68, which is the biggest margin this round. Gimle BBK dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Baerum Basket's 22. They outrebounded Baerum Basket 37-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Magne Fivelstad (198-89, college: Barry) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. American forward Lorenzo Cugini (198-93, college: High Point) contributed with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. Gimle BBK's coach Audun Eskeland felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Stian Mjos (183-89) answered with 30 points and 5 assists and guard Gaute Haugen (190-97) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Baerum Basket. Gimle BBK's next round opponent will be Ammerud Bskt (#7) in Oslo.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: L.Cugini 34+7reb+1ast, M.Fivelstad 28+16reb+2ast, A.Ouakkaha 15+6reb+10ast, D.Berg 6, J.Odfjell 5+3reb+1ast, L.Oskar Granath 4+3reb+3ast
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 30+1reb+5ast, C.Heggelund 11+1reb, G.Haugen 10+6reb+1ast, J.Bohn 6+2reb, J.Rost 4+2reb, P.Frantzvaag 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 563329


Kongsberg - Asker Aliens 76-89

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kongsberg (2-1) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by Asker Aliens (3-0) 89-76. It was a great evening for American guard Joshua Hart (194-90, college: Va Intermont) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Forward Anders Stien (195-90) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Cuban-American guard Juan Ferrales (187-91, college: Barry) with 24 points and 8 assists and American guard Fred Thomas (196-93, college: Mississippi St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Asker Aliens is looking forward to face Tromso (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kongsberg will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: J.Hart 28+4reb+1ast, A.Stien 16+5reb+2ast, T.Sommerfeldt 15+5reb, S.Berg 15+4reb+2ast, A.Bolinz 9+9reb, A.Eglitis 6+6reb+2ast
Kongsberg: J.Ferrales 24+4reb+8ast, F.Thomas 14+14reb+1ast, N.Oestbye 11+4reb+3ast, M.Gjerde 10+3reb+1ast, H.McCarthy 9+3reb+1ast, T.Rotegard 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 563328





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  PANAMA  


Anell Alexis is playing in Germany again - by Robert OConnell

Panamanian small forward Anell Alexis (200-F/G-90, college: Marist) is playing in Germany again this season with BBC Coburg ProB divison 3. He played last season with Bremenhaven also in Division 3.

Last year he played with Caballos de Cocle Aguadulce de Cocle in Panama averaging 16.6ppg 59.9% from the FG, 4.5rpg 3.8apg. Went to the liga de las Americas playing three games in Monterrey, Mexico.

Anell will give them perimeter shooting, ball handling, and interior offense playing in the low post. He is an average defender been his offense the strongest weapon.



Gyno Pomare inks with Osaka in Japan - by Robert OConnell

Panamanian power forward Gyno Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) will stay in Japan for another season but with another team and a higher division. This time he will play with Osaka Evessa in the division one B1 League.

He played with Kanazawa Samuraiz last year in the BL3 and helped them win the league.while averiging a double-double 13.7ppg 10.0rpg 1.2apg 1.2spg 1.7bpg. He has played in Japan in the last 6 seasons with 5 different teams. He started in 2011 with Hamamatsu Higashi Mikawa, 2012 with Kyoto Hannaryz, 2013 with Iwate Big Bulls, 2015 with Aomori Watts, 2016 and 2017 with Kanazawa Samuraiz.

He also played with the Panamanian National Team in the 2016 in the Fiba Americas 2015 in 8 games he averaged 6.9ppg 4.4rpg 1.5apg 1.3bpg.




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Chooks-to-Go finishes fifth in FIBA Asia Champions Cup; Al-Riyadi are champs - by Aris Ignacio

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas overcome a sluggish start to overcome gritty Mono Vampire Thailand, 89-79, to clinch fifth place in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China last September 30.

Isaiah Austin (216-C-93, college: Baylor) saved the best for last finishing with 37 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and six blocks to lead all scorers.

Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) added 18 points, while guard Jett Manuel had 13 markers for Chooks.

The Thais were leading, 45-42, at the half but a 24-12 burst in the third canto reversed the fortunes for both ball clubs.

Michael Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech), a former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) import, paced the Thais with 30 points and 12 boards.

Teerawat Chanthachon (191-F-95) added 14 points while Fil-Am Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and six assists in a losing effort.

In other news, Al-Riyadi of Lebanon ruled the tournament with an 88-59 conquest of China Kashgar.

It is Lebanon's fifth title and Al-Riyadi's second.

Chris Daniels (205-C-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) led the Lebanese attack with 21 points while Gen Li (197-F-88) scored 14 to pace the Chinese squad.

The scores:

Chooks-to-Go (89) - Austin 37, Ravena 18, Manuel 13, Jose 8, Cruz 7, Teng 4, Revilla 2, Torres 0, Tamsi 0.

Mono Vampire (79) - Singletary 30, Chanthachon 14, Brickman 14, Klahan 9, Apiromvilaichai 5, Sekteera 3, Phuangla 2, Samerjai 2, Sunthonsiri 0, Boonserm 0, Kruatiwa 0.

Quarterscores: 22-28, 42-45, 66-57, 89-79.

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



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  POLAND  


Asseco Gdynia beat Czarni Slupsk - by Greg

Asseco Gdynia beat Czarni Slupsk 81:77 after overtime. The host team has a well balanced roster with the mix of routine and young athletes. The player that stood out the most among the winners was Marcel Ponitka (195-G-97) who produced 15 points and 9 rebounds. Talented guard born in 1997 was fired up after practising two weeks with Fenerbahce Istanbul where he even impresses coach Obradovic. He played with great confidence and shared playmaking responsibility with experienced PG - Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84) who finished with 21 points. Czarni's offense was run by import players from USA. Dominic Artis (192-G-93, college: UTEP) ended the game with 19 points including game-tying lay up but it is not great achievement considering he took 22 shots on very questionable selection. Much better and effective performer was Justin Watts (196-G/F-90, college: N.Carolina, agency: SPORTlab Agency). Strong swingman showed serious shooting skills and ability to utilize his physical advantage.



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  ROMANIA  


Louis Craft (ex A.Vlaicu Buc.) agreed terms with DELTA - by Eurobasket News

DELTA (A League) inked 27-year old American forward Louis Craft (208-102kg-90, college: Fayetteville State). He played most recently at Col. Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti in Romanian Liga I.
The previous (15-16) season Craft played at Cestistica Ostuni (Serie C) in Italian league.
He won NJCAA D3 in 2012.
Craft has played also professionally in Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno and Nova Ves).
He attended Fayetteville State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Timba Timosoara inks Mladen Pavlovic - by Greg

BC Timba Timisoara (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian-Croatian guard Mladen Pavlovic (193-89). He played last season at KK Vrsac Swisslion in Serbian KLS league. In 35 games he had 7.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Butjankovs' double-double lands him Superleague 1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spartak-Prim. and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague 1 Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Zenit-Farm (#13, 0-1) with 35-point margin 96-61. Spartak-Prim. is placed at 3rd position in Russian Superleague 1. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Spartak-Prim. won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Butjankovs turned to be Spartak-Prim.'s top player in his first season with the team. Butjankovs has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 29.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 76.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dmitriy Nezvankin (186-PG-93) of Ural Ekaterinb.. He is a guard in his 2nd season at Ural Ekaterinb.. In the last game Nezvankin recorded impressive 31 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Ural Ekaterinb. to another comfortable win outscoring Ryazan (0-2) 101-73. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Nezvankin is well-known at Ural Ekaterinb. and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.0ppg (#1). He also recorded 6.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Timofey Yakushin (194-PG-97) of league's second-best Khimky-Podmos.. Yakushin showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Khimky-Podmos., leading his team to a 74-70 win against Kupol-Rodniki (#5, 1-1). Khimky-Podmos. has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Yakushin also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Yakushin as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavel Bugaenko (206-C-94) of Ryazan - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ruslan Abdulbasirov (211-C-93) of Kupol-Rodniki - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Maxim Krivosheev (207-F/C-88) of Spartak-Prim. - 16 points and 5 rebounds
7. Andrey Zverkov (199-F-94) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Alexandr Varnakov (185-PG-92) of TEMP-SUMZ - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Andrey Semenov (201-F-90) of Ryazan - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Evgeny Fidiy (207-F/C-91) of Samara-SGEU - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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



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  SERBIA  


ABA Liga: Mega Bemax outscore visiting Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Mega Bemax - Cibona 95:88

Mega Bemax opened win count in the ABA Liga regular season. They held off Cibona in the opener. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) nailed 23 points to pace the Serbian side.
Mega Bemax unloaded 31 points in the first term to build a 9-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout high-scoring second term. The hosts ensured a 57:48 halftime advantage. Mega Bemax notched 23 points in the third term to boost the lead at 13-point mark. Cibona managed to get within single digits in the fourth quarter but failed to rescue the game. Vlatko Cancar (201-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) produced 17 points, while Stefan Fundic (199-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points in the win. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Cibona. Marin Rozic (201-F-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) netted 17 points in the loss.



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  SLOVAKIA  


Michal Fusek selected the top Slovakian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Michal Fusek
Michal Fusek
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Michal Fusek (224-95, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Belgium). He contributed to a 1-point Spirou Charleroi's victory against the closely-ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (0-1) 66-65 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Saturday night's game. Fusek recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Spirou Charleroi this season. His team is placed fourth in the Euromillions League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Fusek is currently a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

Maros Zeliznak
Maros Zeliznak
   #2. Second place goes to U18 international center Maros Zeliznak (208-99, currently plays in Czech Republic). He was the major contributor in a GBA Sparta's victory against the ninth-ranked Sokol Prazky (0-2) 68-58 in a derby game in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) last Friday. Zeliznak recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. It was his first game for GBA Sparta this season. His team is placed fifth in West group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Zeliznak is in the roster of the Slovakian U18 national team.

Mario Ihring
Mario Ihring
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Mario Ihring (192-98, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Betaland Cdo to beat Avtodor (4-1). It was not Ihring's best game last Friday. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Betaland Cdo this season. Betaland Cdo was edged 70-69 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Avtodor. Ihring is also a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

David Javorsky
David Javorsky
   #4. Small forward David Javorsky (197-99, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maros Zeliznak and both played together in the last Czech Republic 1Liga game. Javorsky contributed to a GBA Sparta's victory against the ninth-ranked Sokol Prazky (0-2) 68-58 in a derby game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. It's Javorsky's fourth season with the team. This year Javorsky averages: 6.0ppg and 8.0rpg. He is also Slovakian U18 national team player.

Milan Janosov
Milan Janosov
   #5. U18 international guard Milan Janosov (192-99, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maros Zeliznak. He played also in the last Czech Republic 1Liga game facing David Javorsky (above) in the other team. Janosov helped GBA Sparta win their game against the ninth-ranked Sokol Prazky (0-2) 68-58 in a derby game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Janosov's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 3.5rpg in two games he played so far. He plays currently for the Slovakian U18 national team.

Jakub Kadasi
Jakub Kadasi
   #6. Small forward Jakub Kadasi (199-99, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Jena II in their game against TSV Troester (1-0) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He cannot count it as his best performance. Kadasi scored only one point and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was his first game for Jena II this season. The 11th-placed Jena II (0-1) was crushed 61-37 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) TSV Troester in the South-East group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kadasi is U18 international player who is currently on the Slovakian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Vincent Polakovic (203-C-84, college: USF, currently plays in Austria) managed to help Vienna D.C. Timberwolves to win against the closely-ranked Basket 2K (0-1) crushing them 109-56 in a derby game in the Austrian 2.Bundesliga (second division) on Saturday night. Polakovic recorded only 3 points and blocked 2 blocks. It was his first game for Timberwolves this season. His team are placed sixth in the 2.Bundesliga. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Polakovic has been at the team for six years.

Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:

Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) plays for Zenit in Russian VTB
Andre Jones (195-G-90) plays for Fiat TO in Italian Serie A
Anton Gavel (189-PG-84) plays for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL
Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) plays for BK Pardubice in Czech Republic NBL
Roman Marko (193-PG-86) plays for Basketbal Svitavy in Czech Republic NBL
Milan Szabo (205-PF-98) plays for BK Prostejov B in Czech Republic 1Liga
Ido Halifa (197-F-95) plays for Hapoel Hevel Ayalot in Israeli Artzit
Tomas Valasek (84) plays for Bonn-Meckenheimer in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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BNL Round 3: Magic keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Magic smashed Rhinos in Johannesburg 91-68. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Panthers (3-1) recorded a loss in Potchefstroom. Visitors were defeated by Eagles (1-3) 77-69. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Panthers (3-1) and Eagles (1-3) in Johannesburg on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Panthers outscored guests from Potchefstroom 97-63. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 3: Egoli Magic smashed Mpumalanga R. on the road 86-65. Tshwane S. destroyed Limpopo Pride on its own court 65-31. Tshwane S. outscored Limpopo Pride in a road game 73-47.

Mpumalanga R. - Egoli Magic 65-86

No shocking result in a game when Magic (4-0) crushed Rhinos (0-4) in Mbombela 86-65 on Sunday. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 555766


Soweto P. - NW Eagles 97-63

The game between Panthers (3-1) and Eagles (1-3) in Johannesburg on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Panthers outscored guests from Potchefstroom 97-63. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 555761


Tshwane S. - Limpopo Pride 65-31

Very expected game when Limpopo Pride (0-4) was smashed by Suns (4-0) in Tshwane 65-31 on Sunday. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 555762


NW Eagles - Soweto P. 77-69

Panthers (3-1) recorded a loss in Potchefstroom. Visitors were defeated by Eagles (1-3) 77-69. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 555764


Egoli Magic - Mpumalanga R. 91-68

Magic smashed Rhinos in Johannesburg 91-68. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 555765


Limpopo Pride - Tshwane S. 47-73

Very predictable result when Suns (4-0) rolled over on the road Limpopo Pride (0-4) 73-47 on Saturday. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 555763





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  SPAIN  


Liga Endesa Round 1: Real Madrid defeat Andorra - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Liga Endesa just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Andorra (0-1) on the court of Real Madrid on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Real Madrid 94-88. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Andorra won third quarter 25-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Andorra's 34. They outrebounded Andorra 40-19 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of French Fabien Causeur (195-87) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Mexican center Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian Jaka Blazic (196-90) answered with 20 points for Andorra. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid is looking forward to face RETAbet BB (#16) in Bilbao in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Andorra will play at home against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#2) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for FC Barcelona (1-0) which hosted in Barcelona Baskonia (0-1). FC Barcelona managed to get a 5-point victory 87-82. French point guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 assists for the winners and Alexander Vezenkov chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. FC Barcelona's coach Alfonso Alonso allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Brazilian-Italian point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). FC Barcelona will play against Joventut (#10) in Badalona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baskonia will play at home against Movil Estudiantes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Las Palmas was also quite interesting. Gipuzkoa (0-1) played at the court of Gran Canaria (1-0). Gran Canaria managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76 on Sunday. Albert Oliver nailed 17 points for the winning side. Henk Norel came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Gipuzkoa in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gran Canaria will meet Zaragoza (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gipuzkoa will play against Real Betis (#15) and hope to win that game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Burgos (0-1) and CB Canarias (1-0), which took place in Burgos. Burgos lost at home to CB Canarias 65-81. Mike Tobey fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CB Canarias' next round opponent will be UCAM Murcia (#17) at home which should be an easy win for them. Burgos will play against Unicaja Malaga (#7) and hope to win that game.
Another upset was a game between Real Betis (0-1) and Valencia Basket (1-0), which took place in Sevilla. Real Betis lost at home to Valencia Basket 80-90 on Sunday. It was a very good performance for Erick Green who helped to win the game recording 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Real Betis' coach Alejandro Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valencia Basket will face Blusens Monbus (#5) in Santiago de Comp in the next round. Real Betis will play on the road against Gipuzkoa (#14) in San Sebastian and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant. Unicaja beat UCAM Murcia on the road 74-64. Obradoiro won against Zaragoza on its own court 80-74. Winless RETAbet BB lost to undefeated Fuenlabrada in Madrid 68-82.
The most impressive performance of 1st round was 13 points and 7 rebounds by Deon Thompson of Burgos.

Real Madrid - Andorra 94-88

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Andorra (0-1) on the court of Real Madrid on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Real Madrid 94-88. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Andorra won third quarter 25-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Andorra's 34. They outrebounded Andorra 40-19 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of French Fabien Causeur (195-87) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Mexican center Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Slovenian Jaka Blazic (196-90) answered with 20 points and American guard David Walker (197-93, college: Northeastern) added 13 points in the effort for Andorra. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid is looking forward to face RETAbet BB (#16) in Bilbao in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Andorra will play at home against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#2) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: F.Causeur 19+6reb+3ast, F.Campazzo 15+2reb+4ast, T.Thompkins 12+1ast, G.Ayon 10+9reb+2ast, A.Randolph 10+7reb, L.Doncic 8+6reb+4ast
Andorra: J.Blazic 20+1ast, D.Walker 13+2reb+2ast, O.Stevic 12+3reb+1ast, J.Shurna 10+2reb+1ast, M.Diagne 10+2reb, V.Jankovic 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 569316


Burgos - Iberostar Tener. 65-81

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Burgos (0-1) and CB Canarias (1-0), which took place in Burgos. Burgos lost at home to CB Canarias 65-81. The game without a history. CB Canarias led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. CB Canarias outrebounded Burgos 45-31 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Mike Tobey (213-94, college: Virginia) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Argentinian-Italian point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four CB Canarias players scored in double figures. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Saiz (206-94, college: Mississippi) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CB Canarias' next round opponent will be UCAM Murcia (#17) at home which should be an easy win for them. Burgos will play against Unicaja Malaga (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: J.Beiran 15+3reb+1ast, M.Tobey 15+10reb, N.Richotti 11+5reb+3ast, F.Vazquez 10+7reb+2ast, R.San Miguel 8+2reb+1ast, T.Abromaitis 8+5reb+3ast
Burgos: D.Thompson 13+7reb+1ast, A.Lopez 10+2reb+1ast, D.Gailius 10+2reb+3ast, S.Saiz 9+7reb, J.Vega 7+2reb+2ast, G.Huskic 6+2reb
gschID: 569323


UCAM Murcia - Unicaja 64-74

But UCAM Murcia was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Malaga 74-64 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. UCAM Murcia was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American point guard Brad Oleson (191-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) answered with 15 points and British Ovie Soko (201-91, college: Duquesne) added 9 points in the effort for UCAM Murcia. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga will face Burgos (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. UCAM Murcia will play against CB Canarias in Tenerife and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: J.Brooks 15+9reb, N.Nedovic 12+3reb+5ast, S.Salin 11+3reb+1ast, A.Diaz 9+2reb+2ast, C.Suarez 7+2reb+2ast, J.Augustine 7+6reb+4ast
UCAM Murcia: B.Oleson 15+1ast, M.Delia 9+2reb+2ast, O.Soko 9+3reb+3ast, V.Benite 8+2reb+2ast, A.Urtasun 5+2reb+1ast, C.Hannah 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 569321


Real Betis - Valencia 80-90

Another upset was a game between Real Betis (0-1) and Valencia Basket (1-0), which took place in Sevilla. Real Betis lost at home to Valencia Basket 80-90 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Valencia Basket. Real Betis was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Valencia Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a very good performance for American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). International swingman Joan Sastre-Morro (201-91) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American-Nigerian power forward O.D. Anosike (203-91, college: Siena, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Congolese-French forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Real Betis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Real Betis' coach Alejandro Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valencia Basket will face Blusens Monbus (#5) in Santiago de Comp in the next round. Real Betis will play on the road against Gipuzkoa (#14) in San Sebastian and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valencia: E.Green 27+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 13+1reb+3ast, S.Van-Rossom 12+1ast, B.Dubljevic 11+6reb, T.Pleiss 8+3reb, G.Vives 7+3reb+3ast
Real Betis: N.Boungou-Colo 20+6reb, O.Anosike 19+8reb, R.Kelly 12+4reb+2ast, D.McGrath 10+1reb+5ast, L.Nelson 7+1reb+2ast, J.Franch 6+2reb
gschID: 569319


Gran Canaria - Gipuzkoa GBC 84-76

The game in Las Palmas was also quite interesting. Gipuzkoa (0-1) played at the court of Gran Canaria (1-0). Gran Canaria managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gipuzkoa won third quarter 23-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gran Canaria looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Point guard Albert Oliver (187-78) nailed 17 points for the winning side and Swedish swingman Marcus Eriksson (201-93) accounted for 10 points and 5 rebounds. Dutch center Henk Norel (213-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Jordan Swing (198-90, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Gipuzkoa in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gran Canaria will meet Zaragoza (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gipuzkoa will play against Real Betis (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: A.Oliver 17+3ast, M.Eriksson 10+5reb, E.Baez 9+3reb, D.Seeley 8+2reb+2ast, P.Aguilar 7+4reb+1ast, A.Pasecniks 7+6reb
Gipuzkoa GBC: H.Norel 24+11reb+1ast, J.Swing 17+5reb+4ast, D.Clark 11+2reb+1ast, M.Fakuade 8+4reb+2ast, M.Salvo Llambrich 7+6reb, D.Perez 4+2reb+9ast
gschID: 569317


Obradoiro - Zaragoza 80-74

Blusens Monbus used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Zaragoza 80-74 on Saturday night. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Zaragoza was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 24-13 charge of Blusens Monbus, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for American guard Matt Thomas (196-94, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Ukrainian center Artem Pustovyi (218-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) added 17 points in the effort for Zaragoza. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Blusens Monbus will face Valencia Basket (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zaragoza will play against Gran Canaria (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obradoiro: M.Thomas 21+3reb+2ast, A.Pustovyi 15+8reb, N.Radovic 10+6reb+1ast, E.Bendzius 8+1reb, M.Laksa 7+1reb+1ast, J.Pozas 5+4reb+6ast
Zaragoza: J.Blums 17+4reb, N.Dragovic 16+5reb, G.Neal 16+1reb+2ast, N.de Jong 6+4reb, J.Barreiro 6+3reb, J.Varnado 4+3reb
gschID: 569318


Fuenlabrada - RETAbet BB 82-68

Baloncesto Fuenlabrada used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Bilbao 82-68 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. RETAbet BB was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for DR Congolese Christian Eyenga (201-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Baloncesto Fuenlabrada players scored in double figures. Belgian-Congolese point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85) answered with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for RETAbet BB. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will face Andorra (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RETAbet BB will play against Real Madrid and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: C.Eyenga 16+5reb+1ast, I.O'Leary 11+5reb+1ast, M.Popovic 11+2reb+5ast, L.Rupnik 10+6reb+1ast, R.Smits 9+3reb+1ast, F.Cruz 8+3reb+1ast
RETAbet BB: L.Redivo 12+1reb+1ast, D.Todorovic 10+3reb, J.Tabu 8+7reb+5ast, R.Fischer 8+2reb+2ast, A.Mumbru 7+5reb+2ast, M.Gladness 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 569322


FC Barcelona - Baskonia 87-82

An interesting game for FC Barcelona (1-0) which hosted in Barcelona Baskonia (0-1). FC Barcelona managed to get a 5-point victory 87-82. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 11-point deficit before their 31-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. French point guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 assists for the winners and Cypriot-Bulgarian Alexander Vezenkov (206-95) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. FC Barcelona's coach Alfonso Alonso allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Brazilian-Italian point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Four FC Barcelona and five Baskonia players scored in double figures. FC Barcelona will play against Joventut (#10) in Badalona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baskonia will play at home against Movil Estudiantes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: T.Heurtel 23+1reb+9ast, A.Vezenkov 19+7reb, A.Hanga 11+6reb+2ast, P.Ribas 11+4reb+3ast, A.Moerman 10+4reb+2ast, K.Seraphin 9+6reb+1ast
Baskonia: M.Huertas 19+5reb+6ast, J.Timma 15+1reb, J.Granger 13+4reb+7ast, I.Diop 11+8reb+1ast, M.Janning 11+1reb+2ast, V.Poirier 4+1reb
gschID: 569320





Zachow re-signs at Gijon - by Eurobasket News

Gijon Basket 2015 (EBA) confirmed in their roster Uruguayan guard Julian Zachow (185). He played there last season. But in 9 EBA games he had just 0.8ppg.
Zachow has played also professionally in Uruguay (Hebraica).

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Jordan Peltier (ex Nacka Basket) signs at Arkadikos - by Chris Mammides

SEFA Arkadikos (A2) landed 22-year old Swedish guard Jordan Peltier (193-95). He already started the season at Nacka Basket in Swedish Basketettan. In only one game he had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal this season. The last season Peltier played at Malbas (Basketligan) in Swedish league where in 31 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.7apg.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg.
Peltier has played previously professionally also in Denmark (Naestved) and Sweden (Orebro and Sanda Basket).

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Chris Czerapowicz selected the top Swedish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Chris Czerapowicz
Chris Czerapowicz
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91, college: Davidson, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Tsmoki-Minsk (4-0) in their last game. Despite Czerapowicz's very good performance Tsmoki-Minsk was edged 68-68 at home by the much lower-ranked (#14) JSF Nanterre. He scored 18 points, 8 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. Czerapowicz's team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Qualifying Round. And that game will be critical. Czerapowicz has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3FGP: 44.4% in five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Czerapowicz played for the Swedish senior national team one years ago. Strangely he has never played in Sweden.

Simon Birgander
Simon Birgander
   #2. Second place goes to U20 international power forward Simon Birgander (211-97, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Birgander was not able to help Joventut (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Joventut was edged 71-71 on the road by the much lower-ranked Joensuun_Kataja (#24). Birgander recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds. The Qualifying Round already ended in the Basketball Champions League. It's Birgander's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.3bpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(18-29) and FT: 58.3%. Birgander is in the roster of the Swedish U20 national team.

Johan Lofberg
Johan Lofberg
   #3. The Swedish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Johan Lofberg (199-95, currently plays in Spain). He led Leche Rio Breogan to a victory over the 16th-ranked Ourense (0-1) 83-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. Lofberg was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Leche Rio Breogan this season. His team is placed second in the LEB Gold. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Former Eco Orebro starter played for the Swedish national team one years ago.

Charles Barton
Charles Barton
   #4. Point guard Charles Barton (193-92, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Kirchheim Knights' victory against the ninth-ranked Baunach (0-1) 87-72 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Barton recorded 19 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Kirchheim Knights this season. His team is placed fifth in the ProA. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Barton used to play for the Swedish national team last year.

Ludde Hakanson
Ludde Hakanson
   #5. International point guard Ludde Hakanson (190-96, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Movil Estudiantes in their game against Groningen (2-2) in the Basketball Champions League. He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Movil Estudiantes this season. Movil Estudiantes was edged 76-76 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#8) Groningen. Hakanson used to play for the Swedish national team last year.

William Gutenius
William Gutenius
   #6. Forward William Gutenius (205-92, also represented by Diamond Sports, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cocinas.com (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Cocinas.com was defeated 84-80 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Oviedo_CB (#6). Gutenius recorded 10 points. It was his first game for Cocinas.com this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Gutenius is a former university international player as he played for the Swedish team two years ago.

Pierre Hampton
Pierre Hampton
   #7. Former international forward Pierre Hampton (201-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in a victory against the tenth-ranked Manchester Giants (0-1) 86-70 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Leicester Riders this season. His team is placed first in the BBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Hampton used to play for the Swedish national team three years ago.

Plaisir Mukoko
Plaisir Mukoko
   #8. Forward Plaisir Mukoko (198-91, currently plays in Norway) contributed to an Ammerud Bskt's victory against the league outsider Baerum Basket (0-4) 67-58 in the Norwegian BLNO last Sunday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Ammerud Basket Oslo (1-2) is placed seventh in the BLNO. Mukoko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Ammerud Bskt's roster. This season Mukoko averages: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Swedish U20 national team back in 2011.

Melwin Jan Pantzar
Melwin Jan Pantzar
   #9. U16 international guard Melwin Jan Pantzar (190-0, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B (0-2) 85-67 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Pantzar recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Real Madrid II this season. His team is placed third in Group B. Pantzar used to play for the Swedish U16 national team last year.

Anton Gaddefors
Anton Gaddefors
   #10. Forward Anton Gaddefors (200-89, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Miasto Szkla's victory against one of league's weakest teams GTK (0-1) 82-76 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for Miasto Szkla this season. His team is placed second in the PLK. Gaddefors is international player as one years ago he still played for the Swedish senior national team.

   #11. U18 international power forward Felix Edwardsson (205-99, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Charles Barton in the German ProA last game. Edwardsson couldn't help Baunach in their game against Kirchheim Knights. He recorded 6 points in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Baunach this season. His team lost 72-87. Edwardsson plays currently for the Swedish U18 national team.

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

   #1. Lars Oskar Granath (183-G-95, currently plays in Norway) managed to help Gimle BBK Bergen to win against the closely-ranked Tromso (1-1) 75-66 in the Norwegian BLNO on Saturday night. He recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Gimle BBK Bergen (2-1) is placed fifth in the BLNO. Granath's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.3apg.



Arkadikos sign Christian Koutras - by Chris Mammides

SEFA Arkadikos (A2) signed 29-year old naturalized Swedish guard Christian Koutras (189-88, college: Cuesta JC). He played last season at GS Larissas in the D. In 23 games he had 9.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.3apg (top 4) and 1.5spg (in top 5). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Koutras played at Doxa Lefkadas where in 25 A2 games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.1rpg.
Koutras won Swedish BasketEttan championship title in 2012.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) nine years ago. Koutras' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were : 8 games: 8.3ppg, 4.6rpg, Assists-4 (4.5apg), 1.8spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 64.0%.
Koutras has played previously professionally also in Sweden (Sodertalje Kings, Solna Vikings, Akropol, Orebro and Talje Knights) and Greece (Koroivos and Argos Orestiko).
He attended Cuesta College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

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  TUNISIA  


Division I Round 1: Club Africain hands first defeat to US Ansar - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Division I just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of US Ansar (0-1) in Tunis on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Club Africain (1-0) 65-49. Club Africain are looking forward to face DSG (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. US Ansar will play against ESG (#6) in Goulette and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between JS Manazeh and Stade Nabeulien where JS Manazeh (1-0) beat Stade Nabeulien (0-1) on the road 66-57. JS Manazeh will play against U.S. Monastir (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stade Nabeulien will have a break next round.
An interesting game where Ezzahra (#4) beat host AS Hammamet (#1) with 15-point difference 82-67 on Saturday evening. Ezzahra will meet at home ES Sahel (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AS Hammamet will play against ASM Marsa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of ES Sahel (0-1) against U.S. Monastir (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting ES Sahel was defeated by U.S. Monastir in Monastir 82-68. U.S. Monastir's next round opponent will be JS Manazeh on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. ES Sahel will play against Ezzahra (#1) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 In I ESG lost to ES Rades in a road game 54-76.

Group A
C Africain - US Ansar 65-49

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of US Ansar (0-1) in Tunis on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Club Africain (1-0) 65-49. Club Africain are looking forward to face DSG (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. US Ansar will play against ESG (#6) in Goulette and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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ES Rades - ESG 76-54

ES Rades used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Goulette 76-54. ES Rades' next round opponent will be JS Kairouan (#5) at home. ESG will play against US Ansar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 581071


Group B
Stade Nabeulien - JS Manazeh 57-66

Another exciting game was between JS Manazeh and Stade Nabeulien where JS Manazeh (1-0) beat Stade Nabeulien (0-1) on the road 66-57. JS Manazeh will play against U.S. Monastir (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stade Nabeulien will have a break next round.
gschID: 581073


US Monastir - ES Sahel 82-68

Very important is a road loss of ES Sahel (0-1) against U.S. Monastir (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting ES Sahel was defeated by U.S. Monastir in Monastir 82-68. U.S. Monastir's next round opponent will be JS Manazeh on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. ES Sahel will play against Ezzahra (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 581072


AS Hammamet - Ezzahra 67-82

An interesting game where Ezzahra (#4) beat host AS Hammamet (#1) with 15-point difference 82-67 on Saturday evening. Ezzahra will meet at home ES Sahel (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AS Hammamet will play against ASM Marsa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 581075





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  TURKEY  


Besiktas win Istanbul Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas - Gaziantep BB 72:67

Besiktas won Istanbul Preseason Tournament as they beat Gaziantep BB 72:67 in the Final game. Both team nailed 16 points in the opening period, while Gaziantep needed a 24-19 run in the second frame for a 5-point halftime advantage. Besiktas meanwhile dominated the second half and came up with two victories. They won the third quarter 17-12 and closed the game with a 20-15 rally.
Sertac Sanli (211-C-91, agency: BeoBasket) was named MVP of the tournament as he netted 9 points. Augusto Lima (207-C-91) top-scored with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) followed with 12.



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Budivelnyk signs Maks Adam Konate - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) signed 26-year old Ukrainian power forward Maks Adam Konate (202-104kg-91, agency: Alti Sport). He played last season at Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. In 15 games he had 9.2ppg and 6.1rpg. Konate helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Konate also played 6 games in Baltic League where he recorded 7.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0apg. Konate was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team in 2017.
He was a member of Ukrainian U20 National Team back in 2010.
Konate has played also professionally in Belarus (BSEU-GrandPrint), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr and Sakhalin) and Ukraine (Zaporizhye, BC Donetsk and DniproAzot).

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DELTA inks Artem Shvets, ex Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

DELTA (A League) agreed terms with 32-year old Ukrainian ex-international power forward Artem Shvets (201-106kg-85). He played last season at MBC Mykolaiv in Ukrainian Superleague. In 32 games he had 6.8ppg and 5.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Shvets played at Infiz Basket (SL Favorit Sport) in Ukrainian league where in 31 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 9.6rpg (leader !!!) and 2.0apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian SL Favorit Sport 2nd Team.
His team made it to the Ukrainian Cup final in 2010.
Shvets was a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He was called to Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2003 and 2006.
Shvets has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like BC Odessa, Dnipro, BC Kyiv, Belaja Tserkov and Polit-Halychyna.

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Borys Piskus selected the top Ukrainian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Borys Piskus
Borys Piskus
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international small forward Borys Piskus (195-98, currently plays in European Youth Basketball League), who plays in Russia. Piskus could not help Olimp 97 (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the 13th-placed Olimp 97 (1-3) was defeated 69-61 at home by the leading SMS PZKosz in the U20 Division 1 of EYBL. Piskus was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Piskus' team will play only one more game in the EYBL Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Piskus played for the Ukrainian U16 national team three years ago.

Vyacheslav Bobrov
Vyacheslav Bobrov
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (203-92, currently plays in Lithuania). He was not able to help P.Zvaigzdes (0-2) in their last game. Despite Bobrov's very good performance P.Zvaigzdes was crushed 106-64 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Zalgiris. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Bobrov's first year with the team. Bobrov has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 61.1%(11-18) in two games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Ukrainian senior national team.

Artem Pustovyi
Artem Pustovyi
   #3. The Ukrainian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artem Pustovyi (218-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Spain). Pustovyi was the major contributor in a Blusens Monbus' victory against the league outsider Zaragoza (0-1) 80-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Blusens Monbus this season. His team is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pustovyi is also a member of the Ukrainian senior national team.

Vladyslav Koreniuk
Vladyslav Koreniuk
   #4. Center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) led his Lithuanian team Nevezis to a victory over Rilski crushing them 91-62 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Koreniuk scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Nevezis Kedainiaiis placed in the FIBA Europe Cup. It's Koreniuk's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg in two games. Koreniuk used to play for the Ukrainian U20 national team back in 2014.

Sergii Gladyr
Sergii Gladyr
   #5. International swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) managed to help AS Monaco Basket in a victory against the 14th-ranked Paris-Levallois (1-2) 77-71 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Gladyr recorded 5 points in 17 minutes. AS Monaco Basketis placed eighth in the ProA. This year Gladyr's overall stats are: 2.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He plays currently for the Ukrainian national team.

Igor Zaytsev
Igor Zaytsev
   #6. Power forward Igor Zaytsev (210-89, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Rosa in their game against Antwerp Giants (5-0) in the Basketball Champions League. Zaytsev scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Rosa this season. Rosa was defeated 75-69 in Antwerp by the second-ranked Giants. Zaytsev is an international player who is currently on the senior Ukrainian National Team roster.

Denis Ikovlev
Denis Ikovlev
   #7. Former international forward Denis Ikovlev (200-86, college: Nevada, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Betaland Cdo in their game against Avtodor (4-1) in the Basketball Champions League. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Ikovlev scored only 3 points in 19 minutes. It was his first game for Betaland Cdo this season. Betaland Cdo was edged 70-69 in Saratov by the much higher-ranked (#4) Avtodor. Ikovlev is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Ukrainian national team four years ago. Strangely Ikovlev has never played in Ukraine.

Andrii Kalnichenko
Andrii Kalnichenko
   #8. Small forward Andrii Kalnichenko (201-86, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help UBT Cluj Napoca (0-1) in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-0) in the Basketball Champions League. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Kalnichenko scored only 3 points. UBT Cluj Napoca was defeated 78-72 in Ludwigsburg by the leading EnBW. The Qualifying Round already ended in the Basketball Champions League. This season Kalnichenko averages: 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Ukrainian university national team back in 2009.

Andriy Grytsak
Andriy Grytsak
   #9. An experienced U18 international small forward Andriy Grytsak (198-0, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Estudiantes B (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Grytsak's good performance Estudiantes B (#14) was defeated 70-64 in Santa Cruz de Ten. by the much higher-ranked Nautico KIA Tenerife (#4) in the Group B. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Grytsak also added made 3 passes and 5 steals. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Grytsak's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 3.0spg. He is also in the roster of the Ukrainian U18 national team.

Konstantyn Glazyrin
Konstantyn Glazyrin
   #10. Forward Konstantyn Glazyrin (202-88, currently plays in Russia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Ryazan (0-2) crushing them 92-63 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Glazyrin recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. It was his first game for TEMP-SUMZ Revda this season. His team is placed first in the Superleague 1. Glazyrin is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Ukrainian senior national team.

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

   #1. Denys Dymchenko (98, currently plays in European Youth Basketball League) led his Russian team Runa to a victory over the 20th-ranked TBV Start (0-5) crushing them 86-42 in the EYBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Dymchenko scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. BC Runa Moscow U20 team (3-2) is placed seventh in U20 Division 1. The Regular Season already ended in the EYBL.

   #2. Dmitri Paliashchuk (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Tsmoki-Minsk to win against the 26th-ranked Budivelnyk (0-1) 60-53 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Tsmoki-Minsk (4-0) is placed third in the Basketball Champions League. So far his team won all four games in the Qualifying Round. They will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Qualifying Round. And that game will be critical. This season Paliashchuk averages: 4.4ppg and 2.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Belarusian.

   #3. Artem Shelukha (198-F-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hertener Loewen's victory against the 13th-ranked Kamp-Lintfort (0-3) 71-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Sunday. Shelukha scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Hertener Loewen Basketball (3-0) is placed second in West group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Shelukha's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in three games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ukrainian and German.



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


BBL Wrap Sunday 01 October - by Paul Nilsen

London Lions became the first team to pick up their second win, while DBL Sharks Sheffield bounced back from their opening loss to complete the opening weekend.

The Lions raced clear for an impressive 93-78 win at home to Surrey Scorchers with 19 points from Demonte Flannigan.

Meanwhile, Sheffield defeated Glasgow Rocks 76-86 on the road with Mackey McKnight (183-PG-92, college: Lehigh) getting his side over the line with 18 points and six assists to spoil the party for a huge crowd of over 4,000 at the Emirates.

BBL Championship

Glasgow Rocks 76-86 DBL Sharks Sheffield (28-27, 41-51, 65-66)

DBL Sharks Sheffield recorded their first win of the season after beating Glasgow Rocks in front of a large crowd at the Emirates Arena.

Atiba Lyons' side bounced back from a home loss to Surrey on Friday as they came out on top in an entertaining game that flowed back and forth.

Leading Scorers - Murray 21, Harrison 17, Billups 13 (Rocks) - McKnight 18, Tuck 17, Alexander 12 (Sharks)

Turning Point - The game went back and forth with Sheffield making a 13-0 start to the second before Glasgow went on a huge 16-0 run to open the third. However, the key run came in the fourth as the Sharks used a 10-2 burst to take control and there was no way back for Glasgow.

Key Stat - The Sharks gave up just six turnovers in the contest and put up 18 points from their opponents' turnovers, whilst keeping Glasgow to just seven free throw attempts as they made 13.

Game Hero (es) - Mackey McKnight had a quiet game on Friday, but starred with 18 points including 5-of-6 from inside the arc, whilst handing out six assists in the win. Martez Harrison looked to have swung momentum in Glasgow's favour with 11 straight in a 16-0 run, but it was not to be for the home side.

BBL Championship

London Lions 93-78 Surrey Scorchers (27-19, 49-33, 75-48)

London Lions made it two wins from two on the opening weekend as they recorded a convincing win against Surrey Scorchers in their first home game.

Mariusz Karol's side backed up their road win in Worcester on Friday night to inflict a first defeat on Surrey - who had also won away from home on the opening night.

Leading Scorers - Flannigan 19, Robinson 15, Latinovic 13 (Lions) - Ogedengbe 18, Owumi 16, Robinson 13 (Scorchers)

Turning Point - The Lions never trailed in the contest, but Surrey were only three down late in the first before back-to-back triples gave the hosts the momentum into a dominant second before leading by 33 at one stage.

Key Stat - The depth of the Lions told with their bench outscoring Surrey 37-18, while their ball movement resulted in 24 assists, shooting 55% from the field.

Game Hero (es) - Demonte Flannigan top scored again with 19 points, while Brandon Peel impressed off the bench with 11 points on 5-6 shooting along with a team-high six rebounds, while Moritz Lanegger handed out nine assists.



Rocks fly in Earl Brown for season opener - by Paul Nilsen

The Glasgow Rocks have confirmed the signing of ex Cheshire Phoenix Guard/Forward Earl Brown (198-F-92, college: St.Francis, PA)

Given the recent season ending injury to Dante Holmes, the Rocks have worked quickly to bring in Earl Brown in time for the season opener that will be played this evening at the Emirates Arena at 5:00pm in front of an anticipated close to sell out crowd of 5,000.

Brown is a graduate from Division 1 College Saint Francis, where he finished his college career 11th on the Saint Francis scoring list with 1,373 points averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds per game during his senior year.

Brown spent his first professional season in the Icelandic league during the 2015-16 season, where he averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds for Keflavik. Last year with Phoenix in the BBL, he averaged an impressive 18.3 points and 8.12 rebounds a game.

Glasgow Rocks General Manager, Daniel Bajwoluk said: 'It's been a difficult pre-season for us due to the number of injuries we have accumulated, none more significant than that of Dante Holmes, who suffered a season ending knee injury in a pre-season game last week.

"We had to work very quickly to get a replacement and we were fortunate enough to call in Earl Brown, who will be available to play for us in our season opener.

"We are expecting a bumper crowd for our fixture against Sheffield this evening and we have a phenomenal show planned for all in attendance.'

Glasgow will be taking on the Sheffield Sharks in their official season opener this evening with minimal tickets still remaining.



BBL Wrap Sat 30 Sep - by Paul Nilsen

New American swingman Rohndell Goodwin (196-G, college: Chaminade) produced some late heroics, scoring 12 fourth quarter points, to see Bristol Flyers past Plymouth Raiders in their opening BBL Championship game.

BBL Championship
Bristol Flyers 87-75 Plymouth Raiders (20-12, 44-31, 59-58)

Bristol Flyers outlasted Plymouth Raiders, 87-75, to win a south-west derby on the opening weekend of the BBL Championship season for the third time in four years.

Flyers led by 21 points in the first half, but found themselves in arrears early in the fourth quarter before late heroics from new American swingman Rohndell Goodwin.

Leading Scorers - Goodwin 26, Boggs 21, Edozie 12 (Flyers); Tomsick 18, Jarvelainen 15, Watson 14 (Raiders)

Turning Point - After Raiders had dominated the third quarter, and taken the lead early in the fourth, Flyers dug in to respond with a 12-2 run as Goodwin scored six points, making it 71-63 with six minutes to play. That after they had led 35-14 in the first half, when Brandon Boggs scored 12 points in 12 minutes.

Key Stat - Flyers scored 48 points in the paint, shooting 52% from two-point range, with the backcourt of Goodwin and Adam Weary getting to the basket and shooting a combined 16-21 (76%) two-pointers.

Game Hero - Rohndell Goodwin, on his BBL debut, scored 26 points on 71% shooting inside the arc, including 12 absolutely vital points in the fourth quarter.



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Zachow re-signs at Gijon - by Eurobasket News

Gijon Basket 2015 (EBA) confirmed in their roster Uruguayan guard Julian Zachow (185). He played there last season. But in 9 EBA games he had just 0.8ppg.
Zachow has played also professionally in Uruguay (Hebraica).

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The LUB finished its first round - by Hector Lopez

Nicholas Waddell (200-C-89, college: Grand Valley St.) scored 19 points and added 7 rebounds leading Olimpia to beat Malvin 68-60, to finish the Uruguayan League first round. Olimpia scoired an 8-0 during the last 2.30 minutes to take the lead. Also for Olimpia, German Silvarrey (170-G-87) netted 13 points and Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) added 9 points and 9 rebounds. For Malvin, Marcel Souberbielle (200-F-91, college: Indiana, PA) was the best scorer with 11 points, Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) added 8 points and 10 rebounds, Darrius Garrett (206-C-90, college: Richmond) finished finished with 8 points and Frank Robinson (193-F-84, college: CS Fullerton) netted 9 and garbbed 6 rebounds. The second round will be played next Monday 3 and Tuesday4.


Luciano Parodi selected the top Uruguayan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luciano Parodi
Luciano Parodi
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Luciano Parodi (182-94, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Quilmes MP (2-2) crushing them 99-74 in the Argentinian LigaA in Saturday night's game. Parodi scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 10 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (1-1) is placed fourth in Group D. It's Parodi's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.5apg, 2FGP: 36.4% in two games he played so far. Parodi is currently a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.

Gonzalo Iglesias
Gonzalo Iglesias
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Gonzalo Iglesias (201-93, currently plays in Argentina) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luciano Parodi. But that was another game of his team in Argentinian LigaA which we would like to mention. Iglesias. He could not help Weber Bahia (1-1) to beat GECR Indalo (1-1). Iglesias scored 6 points. The fourth-placed Weber Bahia (1-1) was edged 81-79 on the road by the higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#3) in the Group D. Iglesias' overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3FGP: 66.7%. Ex-Capitol Montevideo player is in the roster of the Uruguayan senior national team.

Santiago Vidal
Santiago Vidal
   #3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He was not able to help Regatas Corrientes (1-1) in their last game. Despite Vidal's good performance Regatas Corrientes (#3) was badly defeated 90-72 in Formosa by the lower-ranked (#4) La Union in the Group A. He scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. This year Vidal's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in two games. He played for the Uruguayan national team two years ago.

Mathias Calfani
Mathias Calfani
   #4. Center Mathias Calfani (204-92, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Boca Juniors (0-2) crushing them 97-62 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. Calfani scored 8 points. San Lorenzo de Almagra (3-0) is placed first in Group C. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Calfani's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Uruguayan national team player.

Gustavo Barrera
Gustavo Barrera
   #5. International guard Gustavo Barrera (194-85, currently plays in Argentina) faced previously mentioned Gonzalo Iglesias in the Argentinian LigaA last game. Barrera managed to help Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia in a 2-point victory against the fourth-ranked Weber Bahia (1-1) 81-79. He scored only 4 points and added 5 passes in 28 minutes. This year Barrera's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.0apg in two games. He has a dual citizenship: Spanish and Uruguayan. Barrera used to play for the Uruguayan national team last year.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #6. Guard Jayson Granger (189-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baskonia (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Granger's good performance Baskonia was defeated 87-82 in Barcelona by the leading FC Barcelona. He recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. It was his first game for Baskonia this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Granger is an international player who is currently on the senior Uruguayan National Team roster.

Maximiliano Sole
Maximiliano Sole
   #7. Former international forward Maximiliano Sole (198-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory over the 15th-ranked Lanzarote (0-2) 71-65 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Sole had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 22 minutes. Real Madrid II (2-0) is placed third in Group B. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Sole has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He used to play for the Uruguayan national team two years ago.

   #8. Center Rogelio De Leon (208-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Liceo Frances (1-1) 88-71 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. De Leon scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots. CD Estudio Madrid (1-1) is placed seventh in Group B. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. De Leon has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0bpg. He used to play for the Uruguayan U17 national team back in 2005.

Other top Uruguayan players, who play abroad:

Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) plays for Scandone AV in Italian Serie A
Bruno Ingratta plays for Asociacion Mitre Tucuman in Argentinian TNA
Phillip Holm (175-PG-80) plays for CAM E.Soler in Spanish EBA
Juan Ducasse (202-F-98) plays for Sunrise Christian Academy in the
Julian Zachow (185-G) plays for Gijon in Spanish EBA



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Jose Materan selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jose Materan
Jose Materan
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Jose Materan (196-96, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Weber Bahia (1-1) to beat GECR Indalo (1-1). Materan scored 5 points in 13 minutes on the court. The fourth-placed Weber Bahia (1-1) was edged 81-79 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) GECR Indalo in the Group D. It's Materan's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.0ppg in two games he played so far. Materan played for the Venezuelan senior national team one years ago.

John Cox
John Cox
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard John Cox (194-81, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in Germany). He led BBC Bayreuth to a victory against the league outsider Walter Tigers (0-1) 87-77 in the German BBL last Saturday. Cox recorded 11 points. It was his first game for BBC Bayreuth this season. His team is placed third in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Cox is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Venezuelan senior national team. Cox used to play for Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuelan league.

Harold Cazorla
Harold Cazorla
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Harold Cazorla (175-91, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Fontedoso Carrefour's victory against the 13th-ranked L'Hospitalet (0-1) 68-54 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Cazorla recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. It was his first game for Fontedoso Carrefour this season. His team is placed third in the LEB Silver. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Cazorla is also a member of the Venezuelan senior national team.

Gregory Vargas
Gregory Vargas
   #4. Point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Montakit Fuenlabrada to win against the 16th-ranked RETAbet BB (0-1) 82-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists. It was his first game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada this season. His team is placed second in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Vargas is also Venezuelan national team player.

Luis Valera
Luis Valera
   #5. Former international forward Luis Valera (202-88, also represented by Duran International, college: UTRGV, currently plays in Spain) helped Azuqueca win their game against the eighth-ranked Gran Canaria II (1-1) 87-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded only 3 points in 6 minutes on the court. Isover Basket Azuqueca (2-0) is placed second in Group B. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Valera averages just 2.5ppg in two games. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in El Salvador) could not help Santa Ana (11-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hinestroza Javes' very good performance Santa Ana was defeated 84-74 on the road by the higher-ranked Canarios (#5). He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Hinestroza Javes also added 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Hinestroza Javes has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 14.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

Other top Venezuelan players, who play abroad:

David Cubillan (181-PG-87) plays for Flamengo in Brazilian NBB
Michael Carrera (196-SF-93) plays for Cairns Taipans in Australian NBL
Luis Carrillo (206-C-93) plays for Universidad de Concepcion in Chilean Liga Nacional
Elvis Baez (189-PG-89) plays for San Isidro in Argentinian TNA
Emiro Hernandez (188-PG-94) plays for Parque Sur in Argentinian TNA
Francisco Centeno (201-F/G-85) plays for Deportivo Viedma in Argentinian TNA
Michael Flores (192-G-85) plays for CD Tinguiririca San Fernando in Chilean Liga Nacional
Carlos Paez (180-PG-0) plays for Sunrise Christian Academy in the
Luis Mora (188-G-99) plays for Redemption Christian Prep in the

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



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VBA Round 7: Hochiminh CW hands first defeat to Saigon Heat - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat (5-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Hochiminh CW (3-4) 79-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Saigon Heat. Hochiminh CW forced 30 Saigon Heat turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Saigon Heat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Manh Luong-Chi fired 26 points for the winners. Paul Chong (184) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American David Arnold (188, college: Mont.St.-Billings) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for lost side. Hochiminh CW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hanoi B. Saigon Heat at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Hochiminh CW is looking forward to face higher ranked Can Tho CF (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
An exciting game was played in . Third ranked Thang Long W. faced their biggest opponent Can Tho CF. Host Thang Long W. (5-2) defeated guests from Can Tho (4-3) 79-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Can Tho CF. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Quang To contributed with 19 points for the winners. American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Inception Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 20 rebounds for Can Tho CF. Thang Long W. moved-up to second place. Can Tho CF at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Thang Long W. will again play against Can Tho CF (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Can Tho CF will play against Hochiminh CW and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Danang Dragons (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 67-58 loss to fourth ranked Hanoi B. (3-4) in Danang on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Vincent Nguyen who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. At the losing side Rudolphe Joly responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Hanoi B. maintains fourth place with 3-4 record, which they share with Hochiminh CW. Defending champion Danang Dragons still closes the standings with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Thang Long W. - Can Tho CF 79-67

An exciting game was played in . Third ranked Thang Long W. faced their biggest opponent Can Tho CF. Host Thang Long W. (5-2) defeated guests from Can Tho (4-3) 79-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Can Tho CF. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 27-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Thang Long W. forced 25 Can Tho CF turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. International point guard Quang To (180-84) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Inception Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 20 rebounds and Dinh Thanh added 11 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Can Tho CF. Thang Long W. moved-up to second place. Can Tho CF at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Thang Long W. will again play against Can Tho CF (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Can Tho CF will play against Hochiminh CW and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Can Tho CF: D.Hamilton 25+20reb+1ast, T.Dinh Duy 12+4reb+2ast, D.Thanh 11+11reb+5ast, N.Le 8+2reb, N.Ngcc 4+5reb+3ast, T.Le Hieu 3+2reb
Thang Long W.: J.Hill 37+10reb+1ast, Q.To 19+4reb+3ast, J.Young 9+8reb+2ast, H.Nguyen Van 7+5reb, R.Le 5+8reb+1ast, T.Truong 2+4reb+3ast
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Danang Dragons - Hanoi B. 58-67

Bottom-ranked Danang Dragons (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 67-58 loss to fourth ranked Hanoi B. (3-4) in Danang on Saturday evening. They also forced 21 Danang Dragons turnovers. It was a great evening for Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) helped adding 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Hanoi B. players scored in double figures. At the losing side Canadian center Rudolphe Joly (208-92, college: Sheridan JC) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Horace Nguyen (178, college: Bristol) scored 14 points and 7 assists. Hanoi B. maintains fourth place with 3-4 record, which they share with Hochiminh CW. Defending champion Danang Dragons still closes the standings with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Danang Dragons: R.Joly 19+10reb+3ast, H.Nguyen 14+4reb+7ast, T.Nguyen 10, T. Trcn Qucc 6+5reb+4ast, D.Huy Dai 5+2ast, W.Tim 2+1reb
Hanoi B.: J.Collins 15+7reb+4ast, H.Dang Thai 12+7reb+1ast, V.Nguyen 12+4reb+10ast, C.Dinh Tien 12+4reb+1ast, T.Pham 10+6reb, T.Hoang 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 571235


Saigon H. - Hochiminh CW 74-79

Saigon Heat (5-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Hochiminh CW (3-4) 79-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Saigon Heat. Hochiminh CW forced 30 Saigon Heat turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Saigon Heat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Manh Luong-Chi fired 26 points for the winners. Paul Chong (184) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American David Arnold (188, college: Mont.St.-Billings) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and the former international point guard Ngoc Tu-Le (179-90) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Saigon Heat players scored in double figures. Hochiminh CW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hanoi B. Saigon Heat at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Hochiminh CW is looking forward to face higher ranked Can Tho CF (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: D.Arnold 19+5reb+5ast, N.Tu Le 17+6reb+3ast, T.Nguyen 10+5reb+2ast, G.Lan Hong 10+2reb+8ast, D.Lewis 7+5reb, K.Hucnh 4+3reb
Hochiminh CW: M.Luong Chi 26+3reb+2ast, H.Minh Trieu 13+3reb+3ast, P.Chong 9+5reb+7ast, T.Nguyen 9+2reb+1ast, H.Nguyen 8+7reb+3ast, B.Richardson 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 571236






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Women News


La Paz crowned U17 champions - by Eurobasket News

La Paz crowned U17 champions in Bolivia. Yacuiba finished second and Montero third. TOVAR NICOLE was named MVP of the tournament, while JOFFRE DENISSE from Montero became the top-scorer of the event.
Quillacollo meanwhile are the champions in U15 category. CANDIA MARY was named MVP of the tournament, while HERBAS GABRIELA became the top-scorer.



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Goran Lojo named National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News

Goran Lojo has been named the Bosnian Women's National Team head coach. Goran Lojo has experience working with the U18 National Selection. He has worked lately with Play Off Sarajevo. Goran Lojo guided the team to the Bosnian Cup trophy back in 2017. He also guided Play Off to League titles in 2016 and 2017.


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Sydnor's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Maryah Sydnor (185-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Horsholm and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
She had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while her team beat Stevnsgade (#5, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 63-54. Thanks to this victory Horsholm moved-up to the 1st position in Danish Dameligaen. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Horsholm won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Sydnor's second year at Horsholm and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Appalachian State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sydnor is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg. Sydnor is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 14.0rpg) and assists (4th best: 4.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Valerie Driscoll (193-F-92) of Virum. She is American forward in her 3rd season at Virum. In the last game Driscoll recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Virum cruised to a 71-61 relatively comfortable win over Lemvig (0-1). Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Driscoll is one of the most experienced players at Virum and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.0ppg (#9). She also registered 13.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Emilie Hesseldal (186-F-90) of Stevnsgade (#5). Hesseldal showcased her all-around game by recording 7 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Hesseldal's great performance Stevnsgade lost 54-63 to Horsholm (#1, 1-0). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Stevnsgade can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Hesseldal she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Hesseldal as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lisa Murphy (185-F-94) of Lemvig - 15 points and 6 rebounds
5. Kaitlyn Mathieu (188-F-92) of Lemvig - 14 points and 12 rebounds
6. Ivana Jovanovic (185-F-85) of Horsholm - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Catharina Jensen (182-F-89) of SISU - 19 points and 3 rebounds
8. Maria Hoegh (178-G-98) of Virum - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Frida Formann (178-F-01) of Vaerlose - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Caitlin Ingle (172-G-95) of Virum - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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LFB Round 1: Mondeville hands first defeat to Roche - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LFB just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Roche (0-1) in La Roche on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Mondeville (1-0) 72-62. The game was mostly controlled by Mondeville. Roche managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Roche to just 6 points in second quarter. Australian guard Stephanie Talbot (188-94) fired 30 points and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winners. Canadian forward Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (185-84, college: Utah) chipped in 5 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Senegalese center Mariame Dia (187-78) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Mondeville is looking forward to face Lyon (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Roche will play against Nantes Reze (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Mont de Marsan between Hainaut and Basket Landes where Hainaut (1-0) beat Basket Landes (0-1) on the road 67-53. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian Egle Sulciute (190-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Katarina Tetemondova contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Hainaut's coach Fabrice Fernandes allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Spanish swingman Queralt Casas (177-92) answered with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Basket Landes. Hainaut will play against Flammes (#8) in Charleville in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basket Landes will play at home against Nice to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Montpellier was also quite interesting. Flammes (0-1) played at the court of Lattes Montpellier (1-0). Lattes Montpellier defeated Flammes 83-73 on Saturday. Romy Baer stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. At the losing side Amel Bouderra responded with 19 points and 8 assists (made all of her eight free throws). Lattes Montpellier will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Flammes will play against Hainaut (#1) and hope to win that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Lyon. Local Lyon (1-0) outscored Tarbes (0-1) 74-45. Marieme Badiane nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Lyon's coach Valery Demory felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lyon's next round opponent will be Mondeville (#4) on the road. Tarbes will play against Bourges (#6) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 winless Nantes lost to undefeated Nice in a road game 44-69.

Roche - Mondeville 62-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Roche (0-1) in La Roche on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Mondeville (1-0) 72-62. The game was mostly controlled by Mondeville. Roche managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Roche to just 6 points in second quarter. Australian guard Stephanie Talbot (188-94) fired 30 points and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winners. Canadian forward Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (185-84, college: Utah) chipped in 5 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Senegalese center Mariame Dia (187-78) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds and guard Johana Tayeau (173-89) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mondeville is looking forward to face Lyon (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Roche will play against Nantes Reze (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mondeville: S.Talbot 30+5reb+2ast, R.Hejdova 18+3reb+3ast, L.Berkani 13+5reb+6ast, C.Mosengo-Masa 6+4reb, K.Gaucher-Smith 5+16reb+4ast, S.Boucher 0
Roche: J.Tayeau 16+5reb, K.Mann 15+3reb, M.Dia 9+10reb+3ast, T.Radocaj 7+5reb+1ast, M.Ivanovic 6+1reb+2ast, K.Elenga 5+4reb
gschID: 567933


Lattes Montp. - Flammes 83-73

The game in Montpellier was also quite interesting. Flammes (0-1) played at the court of Lattes Montpellier (1-0). Lattes Montpellier defeated Flammes 83-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 42-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lattes Montpellier made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Lattes Montpellier especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. German forward Romy Baer (187-87) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Italian guard Giorgia Sottana (178-88, agency: Two Points) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. Four Lattes Montpellier players scored in double figures. At the losing side international guard Amel Bouderra (160-89) responded with 19 points and 8 assists (made all of her eight free throws) and international guard Sara Chevaugeon (177-93) scored 11 points. Lattes Montpellier will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Flammes will play against Hainaut (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: G.Sottana 25+4ast, R.Baer 18+5reb+7ast, C.Hurt 17+8reb+3ast, E.Kobryn 10+10reb+2ast, R.Bernies 8+2reb+2ast, O.Bankole 5+3reb+2ast
Flammes: A.Bouderra 19+2reb+8ast, K.Loyd 13+3reb, S.Chevaugeon 11+4reb+2ast, A.Filip 8+2reb+1ast, V.Berezhynska 8+4reb+1ast, C.Dos Santos 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 567936


Nice - Nantes 69-44

Nice used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Nantes 69-44. Nice held Nantes Reze to an opponent 23.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Nice had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international power forward Geraldine Robert (183-80) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Antiesha Brown (178-92, college: N.Mexico) accounted for 17 points. Nice's coach felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. German Margret Skuballa (186-87) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian power forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (188-91, college: Simon Fraser) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Nantes Reze in the defeat. Nice's next round opponent will be Basket Landes (#9) in Mont de Marsan and are hoping to win another game. Nantes Reze will play at home against Roche and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nice: A.Brown 17+2reb, G.Robert 12+10reb+3ast, K.Cooper 10+6reb, A.Duchet 7+2reb+2ast, N.Coulibaly 6+3reb+2ast, M.Toure 6+4reb+2ast
Nantes: M.Skuballa 15+6reb+3ast, N.Raincock-Ekunwe 14+10reb, M.Medenou 9+6reb+2ast, L.Turcinovic 4+4reb+2ast, C.Lenglet 2+2reb, D.Andre 0
gschID: 567932


Lyon - Tarbes 74-45

The game with biggest result difference took place in Lyon. Local Lyon (1-0) outscored Tarbes (0-1) 74-45. The game was mostly controlled by Lyon. Tarbes was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tarbes to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Lyon forced 23 Tarbes turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Power forward Marieme Badiane (190-94) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Mali center Djene Diawara (192-85) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds. Lyon's coach Valery Demory felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Aby Gaye (195-95) came up with 10 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Adja Konteh (178-92) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for Tarbes in the defeat. Lyon's next round opponent will be Mondeville (#4) on the road. Tarbes will play against Bourges (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lyon: D.Diawara 17+5reb, M.Badiane 15+11reb, R.Allen 13+6reb+2ast, H.Peters 9+5reb+3ast, I.Tanqueray 9+4reb+8ast, P.Salagnac 6+3reb+3ast
Tarbes: A.Gaye 10+6reb, A.Konteh 8+3reb+4ast, C.Diallo 8+3reb, N.Mbandu 5+1reb, A.Suarez 5+2ast, M.Plouffe 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 567934


Landes - Hainaut 53-67

Another exciting game was played in Mont de Marsan between Hainaut and Basket Landes where Hainaut (1-0) beat Basket Landes (0-1) on the road 67-53. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian Egle Sulciute (190-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Slovakian forward Katarina Tetemondova (188-88) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Hainaut's coach Fabrice Fernandes allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Spanish swingman Queralt Casas (177-92) answered with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Basket Landes. Hainaut will play against Flammes (#8) in Charleville in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basket Landes will play at home against Nice to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hainaut: E.Sulciute 17+8reb+1ast, K.Tetemondova 12+9reb+2ast, L.Garcia 10+3reb+1ast, J.Fouasseau 9+9reb+1ast, A.Bruner 8+3reb+2ast, M.Mbuyamba 8+3reb
Landes: M.Ayim 12+6reb, C.Bravard 12+5reb, Q.Casas 10+8reb+4ast, M.Skoric 9+7reb+1ast, A.Plagnard 4+1reb+1ast, M.Milapie 2+5reb
gschID: 567937





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DBBL Round 2: #1 Herner TC is defeated by Fireballs - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in DBBL.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Herner TC (1-1) in Bad Aibling on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Fireballs (1-1) 62-47. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 33-14 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fireballs dominated on the defensive end, holding Herner TC to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 14 points in second half. They outrebounded Herner TC 44-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Lindsay Sherbert (184, college: Gonzaga) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and French guard Cyrielle Recoura (172-91) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Dutch forward Isabella Slim (183-95, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Fireballs is looking forward to face TH Wohnbau Angels in Noerdlingen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Herner TC will play at home against BasCats Heidelberg (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of Goettingen (1-1) against SV Halle Lions (1-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Goettingen was defeated by SV Halle Lions in Halle 64-52. American forward Milan Quinn (185-95, college: Wake Forest) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and Brittany Hrynko supported her with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. SV Halle Lions' coach Rene Spandauw allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds by Trinidad and Tobago-Vincentian center Verdine Warner (196-92, college: Shaw) did not help to save the game for Goettingen. SV Halle Lions will play against TSV 1880 Wasserburg (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Goettingen will play against Gruner Stern Keltern to get more than just one victory in their record.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: Donau-Ries won against Saarlouis on the opponent's court 87-79. Winless Marburg lost to undefeated Keltern in a home game 71-81. Wasserburg managed to beat Heidelberg on the road 72-68.

Bad Aibling - Herner 62-47

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Herner TC (1-1) in Bad Aibling on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Fireballs (1-1) 62-47. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 33-14 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fireballs dominated on the defensive end, holding Herner TC to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 14 points in second half. They outrebounded Herner TC 44-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Lindsay Sherbert (184, college: Gonzaga) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and French guard Cyrielle Recoura (172-91) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Dutch forward Isabella Slim (183-95, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Courtney Range (190-95, college: California, agency: LBM Management) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Fireballs is looking forward to face TH Wohnbau Angels in Noerdlingen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Herner TC will play at home against BasCats Heidelberg (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Herner: I.Slim 13+5reb+1ast, C.Range 8+6reb+2ast, J.Bettonvil 7+7reb, K.Kuijt 6+3reb+3ast, E.Karic 6+3reb, K.Bussey 3+2reb+1ast
Bad Aibling: C.Recoura 19+6reb+4ast, L.Sherbert 16+11reb+2ast, D.Young 9+4reb, L.Engeln 8+4reb, C.Waters 8+13reb+4ast, A.Hartmann 2+5reb
gschID: 568141


Saarlouis - Donau-Ries 79-87

Very expected game when TV Saarlouis Royals (0-2) were defeated at home by TH Wohnbau Angels (2-0) 87-79. It looked good early as TV Saarlouis Royals took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then TH Wohnbau Angels took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to TV Saarlouis Royals' 34 and made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. TV Saarlouis Royals were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jennifer Schlott (168-91, college: Utah St., agency: LBM Management) notched 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Canadian forward Kim Pierre-Louis (183-93, college: Massachusetts) supported her with 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by Latvian forward Sabine Niedola (184-91) did not help to save the game for TV Saarlouis Royals. Estonian power forward Maaja Bratka (190-92, agency: LBM Management) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Five TH Wohnbau Angels and four TV Saarlouis Royals players scored in double figures. TV Saarlouis Royals' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. TH Wohnbau Angels will play against Fireballs (#5) in Bad Aibling in the next round. TV Saarlouis Royals will play at home against Hannover (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis: S.Niedola 19+9reb+2ast, M.Bratka 16+5reb, N.Ilmberger 14+3reb, A.Tisdale 12+1reb+2ast, J.Adams 6+4reb+2ast, L.Brodersen 5+1reb+7ast
Donau-Ries: J.Schlott 25+5reb+1ast, K.Pierre-Louis 21+8reb, A.Racic 15+3reb+2ast, L.Geiselsoeder 12+8reb+1ast, S.Hill 10+3reb, A.Makitalo 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 568140


Marburg - Keltern 71-81

Very predictable result when Gruner Stern Keltern (2-0) defeated on the road BC Pharmaserv Marburg (0-2) 81-71. It was a great shooting night for Gruner Stern Keltern especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Serbian Marina Markovic (185-91, agency: ProDep Management) notched 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and Estonian forward Mailis Pokk (186-92) supported her with 18 points. Gruner Stern Keltern's coach Christian Hergenroether allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 9 points and 10 rebounds by the former international power forward Svenja Greunke (188-89) did not help to save the game for BC Pharmaserv Marburg. American guard Katlyn Yohn (181-91, college: Bradley) added 14 points for the hosts. Gruner Stern Keltern will play against Goettingen (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BC Pharmaserv Marburg will play against ChemCats Chemnitz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marburg: K.Yohn 14+1reb+2ast, D.Voynova 12+4reb, A.Wilke 10+2reb+2ast, S.Greunke 9+10reb+2ast, F.Schaake 7+1reb+1ast, T.Baker 7+5reb+3ast
Keltern: M.Pokk 18+4reb, M.Markovic 17+7reb+4ast, S.Barnert 12+1reb+2ast, T.Likhtarovich 8+1reb+3ast, A.Fikiel 6+7reb+1ast, R.Ciappina 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 568139


Halle - Goettingen 64-52

Very important is a road loss of Goettingen (1-1) against SV Halle Lions (1-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Goettingen was defeated by SV Halle Lions in Halle 64-52. The game was mostly controlled by SV Halle Lions. Goettingen was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Goettingen to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American forward Milan Quinn (185-95, college: Wake Forest) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Brittany Hrynko (173-93, college: De Paul, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four SV Halle Lions players scored in double figures. SV Halle Lions' coach Rene Spandauw allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds by Trinidad and Tobago-Vincentian center Verdine Warner (196-92, college: Shaw) did not help to save the game for Goettingen. American Casey Smith (188, college: Fairfield) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. SV Halle Lions will play against TSV 1880 Wasserburg (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Goettingen will play against Gruner Stern Keltern to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: V.Warner 20+18reb, C.Smith 14+9reb, A.Pierce 9+6reb+2ast, J.Crowder 4+6reb+2ast, M.Janning 4+4reb+1ast, C.Dobroniak 1+3reb
Halle: M.Quinn 18+15reb, I.Henningsen 13+1reb+1ast, K.Shumpert 11+2reb, B.Hrynko 10+8reb+6ast, J.Schinkel 8+5reb+1ast, T.Djukic 4+4reb
gschID: 568138


Heidelberg - Wasserburg 68-72

Not a big story in a game when BasCats Heidelberg (0-2) was defeated at home by TSV 1880 Wasserburg (2-0) 72-68. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-18 BasCats Heidelberg's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-68 at the end of the game. TSV 1880 Wasserburg brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American power forward Rebecca Tobin (195-88, college: Arizona St.) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks to lead the effort and French forward Margaux Galliou-Loko (183-93) supported her with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Even a double-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Sara Kranzhoefer (180-96) did not help to save the game for BasCats Heidelberg. American forward Tiffany Jones (190-91, college: Seton Hall) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. BasCats Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TSV 1880 Wasserburg will play against SV Halle Lions (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BasCats Heidelberg will play against Herner TC (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: T.Jones 12+11reb+3ast, S.Kranzhoefer 11+11reb+5ast, R.Arthur 10+2reb+1ast, H.Chatzitheodoros 9+2reb+4ast, N.Hammonds 8+1reb+1ast, M.Palenickova 7+1ast
Wasserburg: R.Tobin 19+12reb+4ast, M.Galliou-Loko 15+15reb+3ast, S.Okockyte 12+2reb+4ast, M.Deura 7+3reb+3ast, H.Palmer 7+2reb+1ast, A.Holopainen 6
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Hungarian A Division round 1 best performance: Nirra Fields - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Guard Nirra Fields (175-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for UNI Gyor, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, five rebounds and three assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team PINKK-Pecsi (#10, 0-1) with 33-point margin 97-64. UNI Gyor is placed at 5th position in Hungarian A Division. But it's just the very beginning of the season and UNI Gyor won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Fields had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. She turned to be UNI Gyor's top player in her first season with the team. Former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles star has very solid stats this year. Fields is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.0ppg. Fields is in league's top in and averages impressive 100.0% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old former international power forward Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92, agency: Interperformances) of league's leader Atomeromu. Mansare had a very good evening with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Of course she led Atomeromu to another comfortable win outscoring MTK (0-1) 93-53. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Mansare is one of the most experienced players at Atomeromu and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#5). She also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Briana Roberson (170-PG) of PEAC-Pecs (#9). Roberson scored 17 points and passed four assists. Despite Roberson's great performance PEAC-Pecs lost 65-85 to Cegledi EKK (#2, 1-0). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. PEAC-Pecs can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. The season just started for Roberson as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90) of UNI Gyor - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Fanni Szabo (185-G/F-94) of Miskolc - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jelena Milovanovic (189-PF-89) of Sopron Basket - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Zenta Melnika (197-C-91) of Miskolc - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shelby Cheslek (196-C-92) of PINKK-Pecsi - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Erica McCall (190-F-95) of Atomeromu - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Chanel Mokango (196-F-88) of Cegledi EKK - 17 points, 6 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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Fandrefiala Madagascar is the champion of Clubs Champions de l'Ocean Indien - by Eurobasket News

FANDREFIALA (Madagascar) vs TAMIFA (Madagascar) 67-42

Fandrefiala Madagascar is the champion of Clubs Champions de l'Ocean Indien, while NAMBININA Nefatriniaina was named MVP of the event. Trailing 3 points at the halftime, Fandrefiala Madagascar beat Tamifa 67-42. They won the third period 21-11 and closed the game with final 27-9 surge. RANDRIATAHIANA SAROBIDY top-scored for the winners with 18 points and RAVAOMA FELICIA netted 16. SAMBATRIMORA TOKIN'IAINA produced 12 points in the losing effort.



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Ewelina Kobryn selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket News

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

Ewelina Kobryn
Ewelina Kobryn
#1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Ewelina Kobryn (193-82, currently plays in Euroleague). She could not help one of league's weakest teams Lattes Montpellier (0-1) in their last game. Despite Kobryn's good performance Lattes Montpellier was edged 80-79 on the road by the second-ranked Atomeromu. She recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 17 minutes on the court. It was her first game for Lattes Montpellier this season. Kobryn's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Qualifying Round. And that game will be critical. Kobryn played for the Polish senior national team one year ago.

Katarzyna Kiejdrowska
Katarzyna Kiejdrowska
#2. Second place goes to former U18 international forward Katarzyna Kiejdrowska (183-99, college: UTSA, currently plays in Germany). She was not able to help SV Halle Lions in their game against Gruner Stern Keltern (1-0) in the German DBBL. Kiejdrowska recorded 9 points. It was her first game for SV Halle Lions this season. But SV Halle Lions was defeated 78-66 in Keltern by the higher-ranked Gruner Stern (#5). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kiejdrowska played for the Polish U18 national team in 2012.

Marta Urbaniak
Marta Urbaniak
#3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international small forward Marta Urbaniak (182-87, currently plays in Spain). She managed to help CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Campus Promete (0-1) crushing them 83-55 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. Urbaniak recorded only 4 points in 17 minutes. It was her first game for Al-Qazeres this season. Her team is placed first in the LFB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Urbaniak played for the Polish university national team six years ago.

Nikola Kacperska
Nikola Kacperska
#4. Point guard Nikola Kacperska (169-93, college: Ft.Hays State, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for RBC Verviers Peinster (0-3) in their game against Liege (0-2) in the Belgian Top Division Women. She scored only 4 points. The bottom-ranked RBC Verviers Peinster was crushed 77-56 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Liege (#10). So far RBC Verviers Peinster lost all three games in the Regular Season. This season Kacperska averages: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg. She used to play for the Polish U20 national team back in 2013.

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

#1. Angelika Miszkiel (188-F-87, currently plays in Czech Republic) led MK Technic to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams U19 Chance (0-2) crushing them 90-54 in the Czech Republic ZBL in Sunday night's game. She recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. MK Technic Brno (2-0) is placed first in the ZBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Miszkiel averages: 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games she played so far.

#2. Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Gruener Stern Keltern to win against the ninth-ranked SV Halle Lions (0-1) 78-66 in the German DBBL last Sunday. She recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was her first game for Gruner Stern Keltern this season. Her team is placed fifth in the DBBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Fikiel has a dual citizenship: Polish and German.

Other top Polish players, who play abroad:

Helena Ciak (197-C-89) plays for Dynamo Kursk in Russian PBL
Bianka Vaigl (180-C-95) plays for Slovan in Slovakian Extraliga
Paulina Kutycka (174-G/F-94) plays for Hatters in British WBBL
Mirela Damaschek (186-F-88) plays for Friendsfactory Germering in German 2.Bundesliga
Paula Tarnachowicz (188-F-91) plays for Durham in British WBBL
Julia Demirer (187-F-81) plays for Mersin Uni in Turkish TKBL
Joanna Semerda (174-F-82) plays for Homburger TG in German 2.Bundesliga



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Quinta dos Lombos clinch SuperCup 2017 title in Lisbon - by Eurobasket News

Quinta dos Lombos - Barreiro 73:60

Quinta dos Lombos overcame Barreiro 73:60 to clinch SuperCup 2017 title. Quinta dos Lombos grabbed a 23-17 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game and led 4 points at the halftime. Moreover they dominated the second half and came up with two narrow wins. Quinta dos Lombos posted a 19-14 rally in the third period and finished the game with a 17-13 run.
Josephine Filipe (177-G/F-95) was named MVP of the game as she nailed 24 points. Taylor Anderson (183-G-93, college: Loyola Mary) posted 14, while Ana Rodrigues (170-F/G-98) had 9. Marcia Costa (173-SG-89) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Emilia Ferreira (180-F-96) collected 13 points and 9 boards, while Luana Serranho (164-PG-99) produced 8.



Carla Nascimento selected the top Portuguese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Carla Nascimento
Carla Nascimento
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Carla Nascimento (171-86, currently plays in Spain). She contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Campus Promete (0-1) crushing them 83-55 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. Nascimento recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. It was her first game for Al-Qazeres this season. Her team is placed first in the LFB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Nascimento played for the Portuguese senior national team two years ago.

Sofia Da Silva
Sofia Da Silva
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Sofia Da Silva (187-90, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Carla Nascimento in the Spanish LFB last game. Da Silva. She could not help Campus Promete (0-1) to beat Al-Qazeres (1-0). Da Silva did not impress in that game on Saturday. She recorded only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was her first game for Campus Promete this season. Campus Promete was crushed 83-55 at home by the leading Al-Qazeres. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Da Silva played for the Portuguese national team in 2016.

Michelle Brandao
Michelle Brandao
   #3. The Portuguese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Michelle Brandao (178-91, college: ODU, currently plays in Czech Republic). Brandao was not able to help LOKO Trutnov in their game against Basket Slovanka MB (1-1) in the Czech Republic ZBL. Her contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game. Brandao recorded only 2 points and added 6 assists. It was her first game for LOKO Trutnov this season. LOKO Trutnov was badly defeated 84-66 on the road by the higher-ranked Basket Slovanka MB (#7). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Brandao played for the Portuguese national team one years ago.

Maria Bettencourt Correia
Maria Bettencourt Correia
   #4. Guard Maria Bettencourt Correia (173-91, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Valencia's victory against the 11th-ranked Adelantados (0-1) 64-56 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) last Saturday. She recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes. It was her first game for Valencia this season. Her team is placed fifth in Group B. The Regular Season already ended. Bettencourt Correia used to play for the Portuguese national team last year.

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

   #1. Joana Ferreira (174-PG-90, currently plays in Spain). She could not help ADBA (0-1) to beat GDKO Bizkaia (1-0). Ferreira recorded 7 points and had 3 steals in 34 minutes. It was her first game for ADBA this season. The tenth-placed ADBA (0-1) was crushed 75-40 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) GDKO Bizkaia in the Group A. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.

Other top Portuguese players, who play abroad:

Lavinia Da Silva (187-C-88) plays for Spezzina in Italian Serie A2
Martina Gomes Pereira (174-G/F-95) plays for Winterthur in Swiss LNA
Catia Coutinho (156-G-0) plays for BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents in Swiss LNA
Susana Rodrigues (167-G-96) plays for DEL Basket in Swiss LNB
Luiana Livulo (190-C-91) plays for Promete in Spanish LF2



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LFB Round 1: AE Sedis lose to Gipuzkoa UPV - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LFB just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of AE Sedis (0-1) in San Sebastian on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gipuzkoa UPV (1-0) 72-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AE Sedis won third quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Argentinian Lyndra Weaver stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Swedish guard Ellen Nystrom (185-93, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Mehryn Kraker (183, college: Green Bay, agency: LBM Management) responded with 14 points. AE Sedis' coach Joan Carles Pie rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gipuzkoa UPV is looking forward to face Sant Adria (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AE Sedis will play against Campus Promete and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Al-Qazeres' (#2) 28-point road victory against Campus Promete 83-55. American forward Joy Brown (180-93, college: Iona) nailed 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Rita-Esther Montenegro accounted for 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Al-Qazeres' coach Jacinto Carbajal felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Leslie Knight (184-86, college: Minnesota) came up with 11 points and 6 rebounds for Campus Promete in the defeat. Al-Qazeres will play against Perfumerias Avenida (#3) in Salamanca in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Campus Promete will play on the road against AE Sedis (#8) in Seu D'urgell and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Gernika where Gernika (0-1) was upset on its own court by Sant Adria (1-0) 80-73 on Sunday. Belen Arrojo fired 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sant Adria's coach Fabian Tellez used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishah Sutherland produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Sant Adria will meet at home Gipuzkoa UPV (#5) in the next round. Gernika will play against Zamarat in Zamora and hope to win that game.
An interesting game took place in Girona where Socinsa Bembibre (0-1) was upset on the court of Argon Uni Girona (1-0) 71-53. Worth to mention a great performance of Kristina Alminaite who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. Argon Uni Girona's coach Eric Suris allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Argon Uni Girona's next round opponent will be ASEFA Estudiantes (#11) in Madrid and are hoping to win another game. Socinsa Bembibre will play at home against Universitario de Ferrol and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1: winless Zamarat lost to undefeated Araski on the opponent's court 54-63. Ferrol managed to outperform Mann Filter in a home game 90-81. Winless Estudiantes lost to undefeated Avenida on the road 58-82.

Gipuzkoa UPV - AE Sedis 72-68

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of AE Sedis (0-1) in San Sebastian on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gipuzkoa UPV (1-0) 72-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AE Sedis won third quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Argentinian Lyndra Weaver stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Swedish guard Ellen Nystrom (185-93, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five Gipuzkoa UPV players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Mehryn Kraker (183, college: Green Bay, agency: LBM Management) responded with 14 points and Argentinian swingman Macarena Rosset (178-91) scored 13 points. AE Sedis' coach Joan Carles Pie rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gipuzkoa UPV is looking forward to face Sant Adria (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AE Sedis will play against Campus Promete and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gipuzkoa UPV: L.Weaver 19+8reb, L.Gonzalez 13+1reb+3ast, I.Brkic 13+1reb+3ast, E.Nystrom 11+8reb+2ast, O.Sarr 10+6reb+2ast, O.Aduriz 3+4reb+4ast
AE Sedis: M.Kraker 14+2reb+3ast, M.Rosset 13+2reb+1ast, A.Vilaro 11+2reb+1ast, S.Richards 8+1reb+1ast, N.Lo Sylla 8+3reb, C.Ramirez 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 554528


Gernika - Sant Adria 73-80

An interesting game took place in Gernika where Gernika (0-1) was upset on its own court by Sant Adria (1-0) 80-73 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-73. International Belen Arrojo (188-95) fired 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Mali center Mariam Coulibaly (193-97) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Sant Adria's coach Fabian Tellez used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Belizean forward Aishah Sutherland (187-90, college: Kansas, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Anna Gomez (181-86, agency: ProDep Management) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Sant Adria will meet at home Gipuzkoa UPV (#5) in the next round. Gernika will play against Zamarat in Zamora and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sant Adria: B.Arrojo 25+6reb+2ast, A.Riley 15+3reb, J.Reisingerova 9+7reb+1ast, M.Coulibaly 9+10reb+1ast, L.Pena 9+1reb+3ast, M.Vila 5+3reb+3ast
Gernika: A.Sutherland 22+15reb+2ast, A.Gomez 15+5reb+9ast, J.Molina-Prados 12+2reb+2ast, A.Alston 9+2reb+5ast, M.Pina 8+2reb+2ast, N.Diez 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 554527


Araski - Zamarat 63-54

Araski used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Zamora 63-54. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zamarat won third quarter 26-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Araski won last quarter 21-13. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zamarat to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Zamarat outrebounded Araski 41-29 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch guard Natalie Van-Den-Adel (185-90, college: Colorado St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Venezuelan point guard Roselis Silva (166-91, college: Arkansas Tech) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Alisia Jenkins (186-94, college: S.Florida) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Marina Lizarazu (173-95, college: Iona) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Zamarat. Araski's next round opponent will be Mann Filter (#13) in Zaragoza which should be an easy win for them. Zamarat will play at home against Gernika and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Araski: N.Van Den Adel 17+4reb, A.Agirre 12+2ast, I.Etxarri 10+6reb, R.Silva 9+6reb+3ast, J.Forster 4+7reb+2ast, U.Diallo 4+1ast
Zamarat: A.Jenkins 24+9reb, A.Lopez 12+4reb+2ast, M.Lizarazu 8+9reb+3ast, B.Butler 5+4reb+1ast, C.Garcia-Panuero 2+4reb, A.Majstorovic 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 554526


Ferrol - Mann Filter 90-81

Universitario de Ferrol used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Zaragoza 90-81. Mann Filter was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Universitario de Ferrol players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Maria Perez-Araujo (182-97) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists. Canadian point guard Jamie Weisner (178-94, college: Oregon St., agency: LBM Management) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American swingman Shacobia Barbee (179-94, college: Georgia, agency: LBM Management) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Italian-Paraguayan swingman Paola Ferrari (178-85, college: Union, TN, agency: ProDep Management) added 18 points and 7 assists in the effort for Mann Filter. Four Universitario de Ferrol and five Mann Filter players scored in double figures. Universitario de Ferrol's next round opponent will be Socinsa Bembibre (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Mann Filter will play against Araski and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ferrol: J.Weisner 21+4reb+3ast, A.Prince 15+2reb, M.Perez Araujo 14+16reb+7ast, R.Vanderwal 14+1reb+3ast, P.Cabrera 9+1ast, A.Calvo 6+1reb
Mann Filter: S.Barbee 23+6reb+2ast, P.Ferrari 18+2reb+7ast, T.Abalde 13+6reb, J.Zlatanova 12+11reb+1ast, G.Ocete 11+4reb+10ast, L.Pascua 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 554525


Campus Promete - Al-Qazeres 55-83

Very significant was Al-Qazeres' (#2) 28-point road victory against Campus Promete 83-55. Campus Promete was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 53-22 second half run of Al-Qazeres. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Campus Promete's 28. American forward Joy Brown (180-93, college: Iona) nailed 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Rita-Esther Montenegro (188-82, agency: ProDep Management) accounted for 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Al-Qazeres players scored in double figures. Al-Qazeres' coach Jacinto Carbajal felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Leslie Knight (184-86, college: Minnesota) came up with 11 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Paula Estebas (175-93) added 8 points respectively for Campus Promete in the defeat. Al-Qazeres will play against Perfumerias Avenida (#3) in Salamanca in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Campus Promete will play on the road against AE Sedis (#8) in Seu D'urgell and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Al-Qazeres: J.Brown 26+7reb+3ast, S.Cooper 12+7reb+1ast, R.Esther Montenegro 11+10reb+5ast, M.Foraste 11+3reb, C.Nascimento 10+7reb+2ast, M.Martin 6+1reb
Campus Promete: L.Knight 11+6reb+1ast, W.Knight 10+3reb+2ast, P.Hall 10+4reb+1ast, P.Estebas 8+4reb+3ast, L.Herrera 5+3reb+1ast, C.Escuert 5+1reb
gschID: 554529


Girona - Bembibre 71-53

An interesting game took place in Girona where Socinsa Bembibre (0-1) was upset on the court of Argon Uni Girona (1-0) 71-53. The game was mostly controlled by Argon Uni Girona. Socinsa Bembibre was better in fourth quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Socinsa Bembibre 43-26 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian center Kristina Alminaite (205-90) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. French point guard Magali Mendy (178-90, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Argon Uni Girona's coach Eric Suris allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Brittany Brown (173-95, college: Florida St., agency: ProDep Management) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Canadian center Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder (193-95, college: Arizona St.) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Socinsa Bembibre. Argon Uni Girona's next round opponent will be ASEFA Estudiantes (#11) in Madrid and are hoping to win another game. Socinsa Bembibre will play at home against Universitario de Ferrol and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Girona: K.Alminaite 13+9reb, A.Traore 13+3reb+1ast, M.Mendy 12+4reb+2ast, M.Conde 9+6reb+2ast, S.Evans 6+6reb, R.Buch 5+3reb+3ast
Bembibre: Q.Urbaniak-Dornstauder 15+5reb+1ast, B.Brown 12+8reb+3ast, A.Stanacev 9+3reb+1ast, E.Astrom 6+2ast, J.Pasic 4+1reb, E.Gustavsson 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 554524


Avenida - Estudiantes 82-58

Perfumerias Avenida used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Madrid 82-58. The game without a history. Perfumerias Avenida led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perfumerias Avenida forced 21 ASEFA Estudiantes turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Perfumerias Avenida especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin-American forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. International point guard Maria Asurmendi (168-86) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Perfumerias Avenida players scored in double figures. Coach Miguel Angel Ortega's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Alejandra Quirante (167-92, agency: ProDep Management) answered with 10 points and 5 rebounds and forward Paula Ginzo (187-98) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for ASEFA Estudiantes. Perfumerias Avenida's next round opponent will be Al-Qazeres in Caceres and it will be for sure the game of the week. ASEFA Estudiantes will play at home against Argon Uni Girona (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Avenida: A.Robinson 19+9reb, S.Dominguez 15+1reb+2ast, M.Asurmendi 13+3reb+5ast, A.Elonu 12+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 8+1reb+3ast, A.Farhiya 7+2ast
Estudiantes: B.Baker 13+2reb, C.Menendez 11+4reb+2ast, A.Quirante 10+5reb+3ast, P.Ginzo 8+9reb+1ast, I.San Roman 6+1reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 4+4reb
gschID: 554523





Platges Mataro signs rookie Janelle Hubbard in her first year in pro basketball - by Mike Amico

Unio Esportiva Mataro (Liga Catalana) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American guard Hubbard Janelle (173-95). Janelle just graduated from Richmond (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 27 games she recorded 13.4ppg and 2.7rpg last season.

Her ability to score ranked her 5th all-time in University of Richmond history with 1,717 career points, and she was also named to an Atlantic 10 All-Conference team three years in a row. Hubbard finished her senior season averaging 15.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3spg, and 1.2apg.

As mentioned above Janelle is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

The scouts decsribe her following way: Janelle Hubbard is a quick guard who also has the ability to handle the ball with pressure. She is a playmaker with an immense ability to score by creating shots for herself. Hubbard?s offense is a problem for opposing team?s defenses because she can score both outside of the perimeter and inside the paint, and is well known for her pull-up jumper.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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WBBL Wrap Sunday 01 October - by Paul Nilsen

Leicester Riders and Manchester Mystics joined the three victorious travelling sides from Saturday in making a winning start to the new season.

Mystics held off Team Northumbria for a 74-79 road success as Georgia Jones (172-G-90, college: ORU) contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Meanwhile, Leicester produced a dominant display as they defeated BA London Lions 35-61 away from home with 15 points for Dee Hayward.
WBBL Championship

Team Northumbria 74-79 Manchester Mystics (19-21, 37-35, 55-52)

Manchester Mystics came out on top in an entertaining opener away at Team Northumbria with a host of GB internationals showing out.

The visitors led by as many as nine in the final period before surviving a nervy finish to secure their first victory of the new season.

Leading Scorers - Handy 18, Ovner/Gorrell 14 (Northumbria) - Jones 19, Allen 16, Bailey/Chaloner 14 (Mystics)

Turning Point - The home side had a narrow two-point advantage heading into the final 10 minutes, but a 13-2 start for the Mystics put them in control. Northumbria rallied to close to within a single point before Natalie Chaloner hit a huge triple to help seal the win.

Key Stat - With Northumbria relying heavily on their starting five, Mystics were boosted by the role of Chaloner with 14 of her side's 16 bench points - more than double their opponents.

Game Hero - Georgia Jones was one rebound shy of an impressive triple-double after putting up 19 points along with 10 assists and nine boards in a key all-round display. Meanwhile, GB forward Chantelle Handy had 18 points on her WBBL debut as Northumbria came up short.
WBBL Championship

BA London Lions 35-61 Leicester Riders (10-19, 16-35, 27-50)

Leicester Riders started their league campaign in style with a comprehensive victory away at BA London Lions.

Krumesh Patel's side set the tone on the defensive end, keeping BA to under 40 points in a clinical display.

Leading Scorers - Willis 13, Gaskin 8, Durgerian/Ellmore/Christie 4 (Lions) - Hayward 15, McGarrachan 12, Smith 8 (Riders)

Turning Point - Leicester began to pull away by the end of the first quarter and a dominant 6-16 second period put them firmly in control and there was no looking back.

Key Stat - While the Lions were held to 25% FG shooting, Riders were not much more efficient at 28%, but they put up an additional 18 shots than their opponents and converted almost three times as many free throws.

Game Hero - Dee Hayward led the way with 15 points in 21 minutes and proved too strong inside for BA, going 8-of-11 from the foul line, whilst netting her only attempt from downtown.