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  ABA  



Magic City Surge making history in the State of Alabama - by Gianni Pascucci

(official Press Release from team Owner) The American Basketball Association is back and bigger than ever! Established in 1967, the ABA produced legendary players such as Julius 'Dr. J' Erving, Artis Gilmore, Rick Barry, Moses Malone, 'The Iceman' George Gervin, and many more. There were also a few NBA teams that were birthed out of the ABA; Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, and the Brooklyn Nets. In 1976 the ABA merged with the NBA, leaving little room for semi- pro basketball in the United States.
In 1999 Richard Tinkham (founder of the Indiana Pacers) and Joe Newman reformed the partnership with the NBA, bringing back the historic ABA.
The ABA is the largest most diversified professional sports league in the world, with over 120 + teams in the United States and abroad. In March of 2017, the ABA named Kimberly Meadows Clark their 13th female owner, but this was not the only big news; Kimberly became the first female professional sports team owner in the State of Alabama!
The Magic City Surge is in the Gulf Coast Division, faced to play many well established teams, Kimberly stated, 'It has definitely been a challenge trying to get support from the community, to get everyone to see the big picture, but I have so much faith in what this will become for our community, and for our youth'. The Surge have completed their try-outs and acquired Coaches. Their Coaches are well-known through the Southeast from the NFL to the NBA (this should be interesting).
The Surge is gearing up for their first season in the ABA recruiting talent from all over the state of Alabama. Their schedule is full of great competition, but their mission goes beyond the court, to improve their community through providing family fun activities, Positive youth interaction, promoting education, sports, and arts; and also by building lasting business and community relationships. The Surge opens doors of endless opportunities for young men who seek to go to the next level in basketball, as well as, opens doors for those who wish to work in the professional sports arena.
Be on the lookout for more exciting news from the Surge! Media Day coming soon!! For interviews or more information please contact:
Phone: 317-762-5733 Email: magiccitysurge@gmail.com // www.magiccitysurge.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dorell WRIGHT
  Igokea
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Wright, Igokea22.0 
 2. Rochestie, Crvena Z.19.7 
 3. Ennis, Mega Bemax19.3 
 4. Morgan, Olimpija18.7 
 5. Knowles, Zadar18.0 
 6. Gordic, Buducnost18.0 
 7. Covic, FMP17.7 
 8. Miller, Partizan.17.3 
 9. Washington, Igokea17.0 
 10. Zoric, Cibona16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan MORGAN
  Olimpija
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Morgan, Olimpija11.7 
 2. Bozic, Zadar9.0 
 3. Milosevic, Igokea8.7 
 4. Ilic, Buducnost8.7 
 5. Oliver, Olimpija7.3 
 6. Trajkovski, MZT S.7.3 
 7. Lazic, Mega Bemax6.7 
 8. Cakarevic, Partizan.6.3 
 9. Radanov, FMP6.3 
 10. Bitadze, Mega B.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Filip COVIC
  FMP
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Covic, FMP9.3 
 2. Williams-G., Partiza.7.0 
 3. Rebic, Mega Bemax7.0 
 4. Rochestie, Crvena Z.6.3 
 5. Ennis, Mega Bemax5.7 
 6. Cherry, Cedevita5.3 
 7. Gordic, Buducnost5.3 
 8. Garcia, MZT Skopje5.0 
 9. Needham, Mornar B.4.7 
 10. Rozic, Cibona4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Preston KNOWLES
  Zadar
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Knowles, Zadar4.0 
 2. Oliver, Olimpija2.7 
 3. Cakarevic, Partizan.2.3 
 4. Feldeine, Crvena Z.2.0 
 5. Dobric, Crvena Z.2.0 
 6. Ennis, Mega Bemax2.0 
 7. Rebic, Mega Bemax1.7 
 8. Cherry, Cedevita1.7 
 9. Bjelica, Crvena Z.1.7 
 10. Sehovic, Buducnost1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Goga BITADZE
  Mega B.
  (211-C/F-99)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bitadze, Mega B.4.0 
 2. Lukovic, Mornar B.2.0 
 3. Zoric, Cibona1.7 
 4. Melvin, Cibona1.3 
 5. Ilic, Buducnost1.3 
 6. Nichols, Cedevita1.3 
 7. Lessort, Crvena Z.1.0 
 8. Barovic, Buducnost1.0 
 9. Antic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 10. Ojo, FMP1.0 


ABA League round 3 best performance: Luka Bozic - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Luka Bozic (201-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zadar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (16 points, nine rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat MZT Skopje (1-2) 85-80. Zadar is placed at 8th position in ABA League. Zadar is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. Bozic turned to be Zadar's top player in his first season with the team. Luka Bozic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.0rpg) and averages impressive 61.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Zadar's star - 28-year old American Preston Knowles (187-G-89). Knowles had a very good evening with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Zadar to edge MZT Skopje (1-2) 85-80. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Knowles is a newcomer at Zadar, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#5). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of MZT Skopje (#12). Lalic scored 23 points. Despite Lalic's great performance MZT Skopje lost 80-85 to Zadar (1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of MZT Skopje not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victory. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lalic could try to bring MZT Skopje's a little bit higher in the standings. Lalic has a very solid season. In 3 games in ABA League he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) of Igokea - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Partizan NIS - 20 points and 4 assists
6. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) of Mega Bemax - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Demetris Nichols (202-F-84) of Cedevita - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Talor Battle (185-PG-88) of Olimpija - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Crvena Zvezda - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Filip Covic (178-PG-89) of FMP - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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



Round 3: Cedevita is defeated by Igokea - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of Croatian Cedevita (2-1) in Zagreb on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Bosnian Igokea (2-1) 84-79. Cedevita was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Igokea made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Dorell Wright (206-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists. Igokea's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Demetris Nichols (202-84, college: Syracuse) with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Igokea is looking forward to face MZT Skopje (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cedevita's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cibona.
The game in Ljubljana was also worth to mention about. Serbian Crvena Zvezda (3-0) played at the court of Slovenian Olimpija (1-2). Crvena Zvezda managed to secure a 9-point victory 82-73. It was an exceptional evening for American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Ognjen Dobric accounted for 17 points. Crvena Zvezda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jordan Morgan (203-91, college: Michigan) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for Olimpija in the defeat. Crvena Zvezda will play against Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round. Olimpija will play on the road against Mega Bemax in Sremska Mitrovica to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Beograd between Partizan and FMP. Partizan (1-2) got a very close home victory over FMP (1-2). Partizan managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 in the game for the sixth place. The best player for the winners was Nigel Williams-Goss who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Filip Covic who recorded 24 points and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan will meet KK Zadar (#8) on the road in the next round. FMP will play against Mornar Bar and hope to win that game.
Serbian Mega Bemax (2-1) crushed at home Montenegrin Mornar Bar (1-2) by 21 points 91-70, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Nikola Rebic who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mega Bemax's next round opponent will be Olimpija (#11) in Ljubljana and are hoping to win another game. Mornar Bar will play at home against FMP (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 3 bottom-ranked Zadar won against MZT Skopje on the opponent's court 85-80. Buducnost managed to outperform Cibona in a home game 71-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Luka Bozic of Zadar.

MZT Skopje - Zadar 80-85

There was a minor upset when FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (1-2) was defeated at home by Croatian KK Zadar (1-2) 85-80. MZT Skopje was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. KK Zadar made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. KK Zadar forced 20 MZT Skopje turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by MZT Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Preston Knowles (187-89, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Luka Bozic (201-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four KK Zadar players scored in double figures. Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) answered with 23 points and American point guard Eric Garcia (183-94, college: Wofford) added 15 points in the effort for MZT Skopje. MZT Skopje's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zadar's next round opponent will be Partizan (#10) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Zadar: P.Knowles 25+5reb+2ast, M.Brzoja 17+5reb+3ast, L.Bozic 16+9reb+4ast, I.Ivanov 12+2reb+3ast, D.Vukovic 5, K.Krajina 4+4reb+3ast
MZT Skopje: J.Lalic 23+4reb+1ast, E.Garcia 15+2reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 11+2reb+4ast, B.Trajkovski 9+3reb, D.Jansen 7+4reb+3ast, B.Bailey 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 582613


Buducnost - Cibona 71-62

Buducnost used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Zagreb 71-62. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-16 Cibona's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 71-62 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Cibona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 13 points. Bosnian point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and center Luka Zoric (211-84) added 8 points in the effort for Cibona. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Buducnost's next round opponent will be Crvena Zvezda in Beograd and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: N.Gordic 14+3ast, K.Gibson 13+1reb+1ast, F.Barovic 13+3reb+2ast, N.Ivanovic 9+1ast, M.Starovlah 8+3reb, S.Sehovic 5+5reb
Cibona: C.Melvin 19+7reb+2ast, L.Zoric 8+2reb+2ast, M.Rozic 8+2reb+2ast, A.Gospic 6+2reb, D.Bosnjak 6+3reb+1ast, I.Novacic 5+1reb
gschID: 582612


Cedevita - Igokea 79-84

The most surprising game was a loss of Croatian Cedevita (2-1) in Zagreb on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Bosnian Igokea (2-1) 84-79. Cedevita was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Igokea made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Dorell Wright (206-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists. Five Igokea players scored in double figures. Igokea's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Demetris Nichols (202-84, college: Syracuse) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian-Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, agency: BeoBasket) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Igokea is looking forward to face MZT Skopje (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cedevita's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cibona.
Top scorers:
Igokea: D.Wright 22+3reb+3ast, V.Radivojevic 16+4reb+6ast, M.Ljubicic 15+1ast, D.Milosevic 12+9reb+2ast, N.Jevtovic 10+6reb, D.Washington 5+1reb
Cedevita: D.Nichols 18+5reb+3ast, K.Murphy 13+1reb+2ast, A.Stipanovic 12+2reb+4ast, F.Kruslin 10+1ast, R.Ukic 9+3reb+4ast, D.Musa 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 582611


Olimpija - Crvena Zvezda 73-82

The game in Ljubljana was also worth to mention about. Serbian Crvena Zvezda (3-0) played at the court of Slovenian Olimpija (1-2). Crvena Zvezda managed to secure a 9-point victory 82-73. It looked good early as Olimpija took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crvena Zvezda took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. Crvena Zvezda outrebounded Olimpija 36-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Ognjen Dobric (200-94, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Crvena Zvezda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jordan Morgan (203-91, college: Michigan) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Talor Battle (185-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) added 17 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively for Olimpija in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda will play against Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round. Olimpija will play on the road against Mega Bemax in Sremska Mitrovica to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Dobric 17+4reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 16+7reb+6ast, S.Jankovic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Lessort 12+9reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 7+4reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 5+1reb
Olimpija: T.Battle 17+2reb+2ast, R.Badzim 12+1ast, D.Oliver 11+4reb+1ast, J.Morgan 10+12reb+4ast, G.Hrovat 7+2reb+3ast, E.Kastrati 6+1reb
gschID: 582610


Partizan NIS - FMP 87-84

A very close game took place in Beograd between Partizan and FMP. Partizan (1-2) got a very close home victory over FMP (1-2). Partizan managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 in the game for the sixth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-20. But FMP won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely FMP outrebounded Partizan 41-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Nigel Williams-Goss (191-94, college: Gonzaga) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Partizan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Filip Covic (178-89) who recorded 24 points and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Nigerian center Michael Ojo (216-93, college: Florida St.) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan will meet KK Zadar (#8) on the road in the next round. FMP will play against Mornar Bar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Partizan NIS: P.Miller 20+1reb+4ast, V.Marinkovic 15+3reb+4ast, N.Williams-Goss 13+6reb+9ast, M.Cakarevic 12+8reb+2ast, D.Salic 9+3reb, M.Andric 8+1reb+1ast
FMP: F.Covic 24+4reb+7ast, N.Nenadic 15+6reb, M.Ojo 12+10reb, A.Radanov 7+6reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 6, R.Seslija 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 582609


Mega Bemax - Mornar Bar 91-70

Serbian Mega Bemax (2-1) crushed at home Montenegrin Mornar Bar (1-2) by 21 points 91-70, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Mega Bemax led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for point guard Nikola Rebic (188-95, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 assists. Slovenian Vlatko Cancar (201-97, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Mega Bemax players scored in double figures. Guard Nemanja Vranjes (187-88) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mornar Bar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mega Bemax's next round opponent will be Olimpija (#11) in Ljubljana and are hoping to win another game. Mornar Bar will play at home against FMP (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mega Bemax: V.Cancar 20+6reb+4ast, N.Rebic 19+3reb+9ast, G.Bitadze 18+4reb+4ast, D.Ennis 14+7reb+5ast, A.Lazic 9+9reb, A.Marjanovic 5+4reb
Mornar Bar: N.Vranjes 16+9reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 14+7reb+2ast, S.Micovic 13+3reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 8+2reb+4ast, B.Bakic 7+1reb+3ast, D.Needham 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 582608





Petrol Olimpija reinforced by Domen Lorbek - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Petrol Olimpija Ljubljana have signed an agreement on cooperation with former Slovenia national team member Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85), who is coming back to Olimpija, where he had previously played in the 2006/07 season. The player has agreed to play for the team from Ljubljana for one season.

32-year old Domen Lorbek, who is a child of Olimpija, began the last season at Spanish Betis Seville, where he has appeared only in four games due to the knee injury. Before that he had successfully played across Europe in the strongest national championships like Spanish, Italian and Turkish.

Lorbek has also appeared in three European championships for Slovenia national team - in 2007, 2009 and 2013, as well as at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. He won the gold medal with Slovenia U20 national team in 2004.

When signing with Petrol Olimpija, Lorbek expressed how pleased he was: 'I am looking forward to be playing again after a year of break. I have been looking for the right place to prove myself in as many games as possible. I came back to Petrol Olimpija without large expectations and with a mentality to take one game at the time. I believe that I would take advantage of the minutes, that coach Okorn would give me, well. I have already undergone some practices with the team and I believe that I would successfully adapt to it.'



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  ALBANIA  


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

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

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Scandone AV (1-1) crushing them 96-75 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Bushati scored 6 points and had 3 steals in 18 minutes on the court. Germani Basket Brescia (2-0) is placed third in the Serie A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Bushati averages: 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 33.3% in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Bushati is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo (0-2) crushing them 88-52 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Ndoja scored 6 points in 17 minutes. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (1-1) is placed tenth in the Serie A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Ndoja's overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Celis Taflaj
Celis Taflaj
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Celis Taflaj (201-98, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a 1-point Viola RC's victory against the 16th-ranked Virtus Roma (0-2) 84-83 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Taflaj scored 7 points. It was his first game for Viola RC this season. His team is placed ninth in West group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Taflaj's first year with the team. He is also a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #4. An experienced forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Limburg (0-2) crushing them 84-55 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (2-0) is placed fourth in South-West group. Mitku is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Tuebingen II's roster. Mitku has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Albanian national team back in 2011.

Klaudio Patani
Klaudio Patani
   #5. International power forward Klaudio Patani (197-96, currently plays in Italy) could not help Isernia (0-2) in their last game. Despite Patani's very good performance the 13th-placed Isernia (0-2) was crushed 95-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) Palestrina in the Group D. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Patani also added 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Patani has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.5spg in two games. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities. Patani plays currently for the Albanian national team.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in ABA League) could not help Olimpija (1-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Olimpija was defeated 96-85 on the road by the higher-ranked Cibona (#7). Kastrati scored 11 points. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Kastrati's first year with the team. His overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg. Kastrati has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help the league outsider Dorsten in their game against Grevenbroich (5-0) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Pelaj scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. But the 13th-placed Dorsten (0-5) was badly defeated 90-73 at home by the leading Grevenbroich in the West group. So far Dorsten lost all five games in the Regular Season. Pelaj has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. Pelaj is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Mike Moser (203-F-90) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Elvisi Dusha (188-G-94) plays for Worcester Wolves in British BBL
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for Koeln Rh.Stars in German ProA
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Rosenheim in German Regionalliga
Denis Denda (210-C-90) plays for Faiakas in Greek C
Oresti Beli (201-PF-98) plays for Aris Petropoulis in Greek C
Ferdi Bedini (192-SG-99) plays for Bergamo in Italian Serie A2
Manolis Kalatzis (190-SF-96) plays for AO Tritonas Sepolion in Greek B

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



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  San M.
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Keenan, San M.20.7 
 2. Fjellerup, Weber B.20.3 
 3. Tucker, San Lorenzo19.8 
 4. Sims, Atenas19.8 
 5. Davis, Instituto19.7 
 6. Moore, Comunica.19.7 
 7. Johnson, GECR I.19.6 
 8. Kemp, Obras Basket19.4 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.18.5 
 10. Gadson, Quimsa17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo GLENN
  Penarol
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Glenn, Penarol11.5 
 2. Clancy, Instituto11.0 
 3. Johnson, Weber B.10.0 
 4. Williams, Olimpico.9.8 
 5. Crawford, La Union9.3 
 6. Espinoza, Salta B.9.2 
 7. Kent, Argentino9.0 
 8. Fierro, Boca Jrs8.6 
 9. Basualdo, Quilm.8.4 
 10. Francis, Quimsa8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Pablo FIGUEROA
  Comunica.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Figueroa, Comunica.7.7 
 2. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.4 
 3. Aguirre, San L.7.2 
 4. Barrera, GECR I.7.2 
 5. Balbi, Ferrocarril7.0 
 6. Parodi, Weber B.6.0 
 7. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 8. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Hispano .5.5 
 10. Vidal, Regatas C.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Garcia, San M.2.7 
 2. Goldenberg, Salta B.2.4 
 3. Boccia, Boca Jrs2.3 
 4. Fjellerup, Weber B.2.3 
 5. Elsener, La Union2.0 
 6. Garcia, Argentino2.0 
 7. Johnson, GECR I.2.0 
 8. Espinoza, Salta B.2.0 
 9. Green, Olimpico LB2.0 
 10. Slider, Penarol1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.5 
 2. Acuna, Quimsa1.8 
 3. Francis, Quimsa1.7 
 4. Crawford, La Union1.5 
 5. Kent, Argentino1.5 
 6. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.4 
 7. Bortolin, Argentino1.0 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.0 
 9. Bernard, Argentino1.0 
 10. Calfani, San L.1.0 


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

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the 15th-ranked Andorra (0-3) 94-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Campazzo recorded 15 points and added 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (3-0) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Campazzo averages: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 75.0% in three games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain). Richotti led CB Canarias to an easy victory against the league leader Burgos (1-0) 81-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (2-1) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Richotti's eighth year with the team. Richotti's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg, 3FGP: 11.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Richotti played for the Argentinian national team in 2016.

Federico Van Lacke
Federico Van Lacke
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international shooting guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80, currently plays in Spain). He led Gipuzkoa to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Real Betis (0-3) crushing them 94-60 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. Van Lacke scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (2-1) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Van Lacke's first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7spg in three games. Van Lacke is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Former Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder starter played for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

Lisandro Rasio
Lisandro Rasio
   #4. Forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Chile) could not help Los Leones (2-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Los Leones (2-2) was edged 109-107 on the road by the lower-ranked Osorno Basquetbol (#5) in the Conferencia Centro. Rasio recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Rasio has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 11.3rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team back in 2009.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #5. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) led UCAM Murcia to a victory against the closely-ranked Andorra (0-3) 81-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Delia had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds in 25 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (1-2) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Delia's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 6.3rpg in three games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Delia plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Jonatan Machuca
Jonatan Machuca
   #6. Point guard Jonatan Machuca (182-89, currently plays in Chile) was not able to help AB Ancud (0-2) in their last game. Despite Machuca's very good performance AB Ancud lost 75-90 at home to the leading Las Animas in the Conferencia Sur. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Machuca also added 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 37 minutes. It's Machuca's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Machuca averages: 16.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.3apg and 2.0spg in three games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Argentinian team eleven years ago.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #7. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) led Dukes to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Gmunden Swans (1-1) 86-84 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Thursday. Vay was MVP of the game. He recorded 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 3 assists. BK Klosterneuburg Dukes (1-1) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. This season Vay has very high stats. He averages: 27.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 3.0apg. Vay used to play for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Alma Trieste's victory against the sixth-ranked Unieuro Forli (1-1) 75-66 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 16 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Alma-Agenzia Per Il Lavoro Trieste (2-0) is placed first in East group. This season Fernandez has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

Lucio Redivo
Lucio Redivo
   #9. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for RETAbet BB (1-2) in their last game. Despite Redivo's good performance RETAbet BB lost 80-87 on their home court in Bilbao to the much higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. He was the second best scorer with 14 points in 21 minutes. This year Redivo averages only 9.7ppg in three games. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Stefano Pierotti
Stefano Pierotti
   #10. Point guard Stefano Pierotti (185-98, currently plays in Brazil) managed to help Paschoalotto/Bauru in a victory against the closely-ranked Pinheiros (7-7) 62-53 in the Brazilian Paulista (third division) on Saturday night. Pierotti scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Paschoalotto/Bauruis placed second in the Paulista. Pierotti has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg in 15 games. He is U18 international player as one years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

   #11. International small forward Carlos Delfino (198-82, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baskonia in their game against Gran Canaria in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Delfino cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 10 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 100-82. Delfino has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg in three games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team last year.

   #12. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Carlos Delfino and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Vildoza couldn't help Baskonia in their game against Gran Canaria. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Vildoza scored only 3 points in 2 minutes on the court. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 100-82. This year Vildoza averages just 2.5ppg in two games. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Dolomiti En. TR (1-1) to beat Umana Venezia (2-0). Forray did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Dolomiti En. TR was edged 79-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Umana Venezia (#4). Forray has been at the team for seven years. Forray has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Donovan Johnson-Marshall (201-F-92, agency: DTMones, college: Ky Wesleyan, currently plays in Chile) led AB Ancud to a victory over the fifth-ranked Universidad de Concepcion (1-3) 80-72 in the Chilean Liga Nacional on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Johnson-Marshall had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud (0-2) is placed first in Conferencia Sur. This year Johnson-Marshall has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg and 5.0rpg in three games he played so far.

   #3. Albano Chiarastella (199-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Eurotrend Biella to win against the tenth-ranked Lighthouse TRP (1-1) 78-60 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Chiarastella scored 5 points. Eurotrend Biella (1-1) is placed seventh in West group. Chiarastella has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Experienced Ignacio Ochoa (202-F/C-79, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Matera's victory against the 15th-ranked Nardo (0-2) 76-73 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. Ochoa scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. Bawer Olimpia Matera (1-1) is placed 11th in Group C. Ochoa has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg and 6.0rpg in two games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Pablo Bertone (193-SG-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Atlantic, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a VL Pesaro's victory against the 14th-ranked Grissin Bon RE (0-2) 102-95 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Bertone scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (1-1) is placed ninth in the Serie A. Bertone has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.5apg. Similarly like Ochoa and Chiarastella above he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scandone AV in their game against Germani BR in the Italian Serie A. Filloy cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 96-75. Filloy has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 2.5rpg in two games. Similarly like three previous players above, he has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) helped Umana Venezia win their game against one of league's weakest teams Openjobmetis VA 80-62 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Cerella recorded only 2 points. Cerella has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Franco Migliori (200-F/G-82, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ignacio Ochoa. But that was another game of his team in Italian Serie B which we would like to mention. Migliori was not able to secure a victory for Matera (1-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Matera (#11) lost 82-93 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Perugia in the Group C. Migliori was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Matera this season. Similarly like five previous players above, Migliori holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Nicholas Wadell (201-F-89, currently plays in Uruguay) couldn't help Olimpia (1-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Olimpia was defeated 91-82 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Defensor (#3). Wadell scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Wadell has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg.

   #10. Patricio Prato (194-F/G-79, currently plays in Italy) helped Imola win their game against the tenth-ranked Kleb Ferrara crushing them 71-45 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Prato has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5spg in two games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Bryce COTTON
  Wildcats
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 24
 1. Cotton, Wildcats24.0 
 2. Newley, Kings24.0 
 3. Abercrombie, Break.23.0 
 4. Ware, United23.0 
 5. Trice, Bullets23.0 
 6. Clarke, Hawks23.0 
 7. Ogilvy, Hawks22.0 
 8. Prather, United20.0 
 9. Kickert, Bullets18.0 
 10. Wagstaff, Wildcats18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks11.0 
 2. Boone, United9.0 
 3. Johnson, Hawks9.0 
 4. Vukona, Breakers9.0 
 5. Martin, Wildcats8.0 
 6. Ware, United8.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.7.0 
 8. Loe, Breakers7.0 
 9. Andersen, United7.0 
 10. Ellis, Kings7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Bullets
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, Bullets7.0 
 2. Shorter, 36ers6.5 
 3. Ware, United6.0 
 4. Lisch, Kings5.0 
 5. Martin, Wildcats5.0 
 6. Newley, Kings4.0 
 7. Andersen, United4.0 
 8. Cadee, Kings4.0 
 9. Prather, United4.0 
 10. Kay, Hawks4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tai WESLEY
  United
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wesley, United2.0 
 2. Ogilvy, Hawks2.0 
 3. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans2.0 
 5. Vukona, Breakers2.0 
 6. Creek, 36ers2.0 
 7. Walker, Wildcats2.0 
 8. Ellis, Kings2.0 
 9. Evans, Taipans1.5 
 10. Weigh, Taipans1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Thomas ABERCROMBIE
  Break.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Abercrombie, Break.4.0 
 2. Johnson, 36ers2.0 
 3. Wesley, United2.0 
 4. Conger, Hawks1.0 
 5. Deng, 36ers1.0 
 6. Shorter, 36ers1.0 
 7. Ellis, Kings1.0 
 8. Buford, Bullets1.0 
 9. Ogilvy, Hawks1.0 
 10. Prather, United1.0 


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

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

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Lietuvos rytas to a victory over the league outsider Vytautas (0-5) 75-69 in the Lithuanian LKL in Thursday night's game. Madgen was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points in 29 minutes on the court. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (4-2) is placed fourth in the LKL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Madgen averages: 9.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 76.9% in six games he played so far. He played for the Australian senior national team three years ago.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan). Vandenberg could not help Nishinomiya Storks (0-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Nishinomiya Storks (0-4) were defeated 73-68 on the road by the second-ranked Toyama Grouses in the West group. Vandenberg recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Vandenberg's overall stats this year are: 9.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(16-24). He played for the Australian U18 national team in 2008.

Deng Deng
Deng Deng
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international forward Deng Deng (203-92, college: Baylor, currently plays in Finland). Deng was not able to help UU-Korihait (1-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance UU-Korihait was badly defeated 85-67 in Kouvola by the one of league's weakest teams Kouvot (#10). Deng recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Deng's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 31.6%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 83.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and South Sudanese. Deng played for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #4. Forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Ourense (0-2) in their game against Cocinas.com (1-1) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance last Friday. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Trist also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. But Ourense was edged 72-70 at home by the higher-ranked (#11) Cocinas.com. It's Trist's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Trist averages: 16.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2015.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #5. International power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Anadolu Efes (0-1) in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (1-0) in the Turkish BSL. Motum recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Anadolu Efes this season. But Anadolu Efes was defeated 92-85 in Karsiyaka by the higher-ranked Pinar (#6). Motum used to play for the Australian national team last year.

Joel Spear
Joel Spear
   #6. Guard Joel Spear (192-94, college: S.Oregon, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Nidaros Jets (2-3) in their game against Gimle BBK (3-2) in the Norwegian BLNO, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Spear also added 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. But Nidaros Jets lost 83-94 in Bergen to the higher-ranked (#4) Gimle BBK. Spear has very impressive stats this year: 20.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.4apg and 3.0spg in five games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Australian team five years ago.

Joshua Wilcher
Joshua Wilcher
   #7. Former international point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in Itzehoe's victory against the 11th-ranked RSV Eintracht (1-2) 90-73 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Wilcher scored 27 points (!!!) and added 5 assists in 28 minutes. Itzehoe Eagles (1-2) is placed seventh in North group. Wilcher has very impressive stats this year: 22.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg in three games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

Rhys Carter
Rhys Carter
   #8. An experienced guard Rhys Carter (190-84, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Uppsala Basket (0-1) in their game against Boras Basket (1-0) in the Swedish Basketligan. Carter recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Uppsala Basket this season. The bottom-ranked Uppsala Basket was crushed 85-54 in Boras by the leading Basket. Carter used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #9. Former U18 international forward Wayne Haydon (195-83, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help KFUM Central in their game against BG Lulea (2-1) in the Swedish Basketettan (third division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. his team was defeated 75-70 on their home court in Stockholm by the second-ranked BG Lulea in the North group. Haydon has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7bpg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team sixteen years ago.

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

   #1. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Cyberdyne IR (2-2) crushing them 85-65 in the Japanese B2 League on Saturday night. Duinker scored 10 points, had 8 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals in 24 minutes. Kumamoto Vorters (2-2) are placed fourth in West group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Duinker's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg in four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #2. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom). Vigor could not help Bristol Acadamy Flyers to beat Leicester Riders (2-0). He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bristol Acadamy Flyers was badly defeated 79-59 on the road by the higher-ranked Leicester Riders (#3). Vigor's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Nelson Kahler (206-C-94, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked RSV Eintracht (1-2) 90-73 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 21 minutes. Itzehoe Eagles (1-2) is placed seventh in North group. Kahler has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7bpg and 1.3spg in three games.



NBL Round 1: Cairns Taipans hand first defeat to New Zealand Breakers - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of New Zealand Breakers (0-1) in Auckland on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Cairns Taipans (2-0) 82-71. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 43-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 30 personal fouls committed by New Zealand Breakers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Scoochie Smith (188-94, college: Dayton) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Stephen Weigh (202-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Cairns Taipans' coach Aaron Fearne used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St.) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for lost side. Cairns Taipans are looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#4) in Findon in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play on the road against Bullets in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Cairns. Cairns Taipans (2-0) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Illawarra Hawks (0-1) 88-87 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists. Alexander Loughton contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Andrew-James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Illawarra Hawks. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cairns Taipans will play against Adelaide 36ers (#4) in Findon in the next round. Illawarra Hawks will play on the road against Kings in Sydney to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Perth was also quite interesting. Bullets (0-1) played at the court of Perth Wildcats (1-0). Perth Wildcats defeated Bullets 96-86 on Saturday. Bryce Cotton stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners. Perth Wildcats' coach Adam Forde allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Travis Trice responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Perth Wildcats will meet at home Illawarra Hawks (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bullets will play against New Zealand Breakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Findon was also worth to mention about. United (1-0) played at the court of Adelaide 36ers (1-1). United managed to secure a 2-point victory 99-97. Casper Ware nailed 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. United's coach Dean Vickerman allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. United's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Melbourne .

In the last game of round 1 36ers defeated Kings in Findon 105-96.

Breakers - Taipans 71-82

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of New Zealand Breakers (0-1) in Auckland on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Cairns Taipans (2-0) 82-71. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 43-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 30 personal fouls committed by New Zealand Breakers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Scoochie Smith (188-94, college: Dayton) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Stephen Weigh (202-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Cairns Taipans' coach Aaron Fearne used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St.) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Cairns Taipans are looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#4) in Findon in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play on the road against Bullets in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 23+7reb+1ast, E.Sosa 15+2reb+3ast, D.Newbill 12+5reb+1ast, K.Penney 7+3reb+1ast, M.Vukona 6+9reb+2ast, R.Loe 4+7reb+1ast
Taipans: S.Smith 18+5reb+2ast, S.Weigh 17+7reb+1ast, C.Gliddon 12+4reb+2ast, A.Loughton 9+3reb, M.McCarron 8+7reb+2ast, J.Evans 6+1reb
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Wildcats - Bullets 96-86

The game in Perth was also quite interesting. Bullets (0-1) played at the court of Perth Wildcats (1-0). Perth Wildcats defeated Bullets 96-86 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Perth Wildcats. Bullets managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and the former international forward Lucas Walker (202-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 14 points. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats' coach Adam Forde allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: 3Eye) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Perth Wildcats will meet at home Illawarra Hawks (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bullets will play against New Zealand Breakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bullets: T.Trice 23+5reb+3ast, D.Kickert 18+1reb, P.Buford 17+5reb+2ast, T.Jervis 8+3reb, S.Holt 7+5reb+3ast, A.Gibson 5+1reb+7ast
Wildcats: B.Cotton 24+4reb+3ast, J.Wagstaff 18+2reb, J.Tokoto 16+4reb+1ast, L.Walker 14+4reb+3ast, A.Brandt 8+5reb+2ast, D.Martin 5+8reb+5ast
gschID: 549830


Kings - 36ers 96-105

There was a minor upset in Sydney where Kings (0-1) were defeated by Adelaide 36ers (1-1) 105-96. Kings were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 59-46 second half run of Adelaide 36ers. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Kings' 46 and made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Kings helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) nailed 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Ramone Moore (193-89, college: Temple, agency: Two Points) accounted for 22 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 24 points and 4 assists and international center Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Kings in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be United in Melbourne and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kings will play at home against Illawarra Hawks (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kings: B.Newley 24+2reb+4ast, J.Cadee 16+4ast, K.Lisch 16+5reb+5ast, P.Ellis 13+7reb+2ast, T.Leslie 12+6reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 7+5reb+1ast
36ers: R.Moore 22+3reb+2ast, D.Johnson 16+8reb+1ast, M.Creek 15+7reb, S.Shorter 14+5reb+8ast, M.Deng 12+4reb+1ast, A.Drmic 11+2reb+1ast
gschID: 549829


Taipans - Hawks 88-87

Important game to mention about took place in Cairns. Cairns Taipans (2-0) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Illawarra Hawks (0-1) 88-87 on Friday evening. Illawarra Hawks were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Cairns Taipans, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Illawarra Hawks outrebounded Cairns Taipans 36-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. Illawarra Hawks were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (206-83, college: ODU) contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Andrew-James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) added 23 points in the effort for Illawarra Hawks. Four Illawarra Hawks players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cairns Taipans will play against Adelaide 36ers (#4) in Findon in the next round. Illawarra Hawks will play on the road against Kings in Sydney to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hawks: R.Clarke 23+3reb+1ast, A.James Ogilvy 22+11reb+4ast, D.Conger 16+4reb+3ast, M.Norton 12+2ast, C.Ellis 5, D.Johnson 4+9reb
Taipans: A.Loughton 19+2reb+1ast, M.McCarron 14+4reb+4ast, N.Jawai 12+5reb, C.Gliddon 8+2reb+4ast, N.Egwu 8+4reb, J.Weeks 7+2ast
gschID: 549828


36ers - United 97-99

The game in Findon was also worth to mention about. United (1-0) played at the court of Adelaide 36ers (1-1). United managed to secure a 2-point victory 99-97. Adelaide 36ers were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 40-27 third quarter run of United. United had a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) nailed 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Casey Prather (198-91, college: Florida) accounted for 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. United's coach Dean Vickerman allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Nathan Sobey (190-90, college: Wyoming) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for Adelaide 36ers in the defeat. Four United and five Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. United's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Melbourne .
Top scorers:
36ers: N.Sobey 21+9reb+3ast, A.Drmic 17+5reb, M.Creek 15+3reb+3ast, S.Shorter 14+4reb+5ast, D.Johnson 13+5reb+2ast, R.Moore 10+3reb+1ast
United: C.Ware 23+8reb+6ast, C.Prather 20+6reb+4ast, T.Wesley 10+1reb+2ast, D.Andersen 10+7reb+4ast, J.Boone 10+9reb, D.Barlow 9+5reb
gschID: 549827



Thunder hold off Australia's Melbourne United 86-85 - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big defensive stand to hold off Melbourne United. Josh Huestis (6'7''-F-91, college: Stanford) had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Thunder escape with an 86-85 exhibition victory Sunday. Huestis blocked Josh Boone (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Connecticut)'s shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather (6'6''-F/G-91, college: Florida)'s shot to clinch the win. Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said he was proud of the way his team played against the All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse). Melbourne withstood a run by the Thunder with their stars in the game in the third quarter and made it competitive down the stretch. "I felt coming into the half that they were really going to try to make a run with their best group," Vickerman said. "We weathered that storm, and they had to keep some of those best players coming back to win the game." Casper Ware (5'10''-PG-90, college: Long Beach St.) Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League. Melbourne, an Australian team, also was up against a time adjustment. "I know most of the guys couldn't really get a good sleeping pattern, including myself," Prather said. "My legs are a bit fatigued, but once you come to a game like this, you know all the adrenaline going and the energy to get going, so you know, we really don't feel it too much." Oklahoma City's stars shot poorly. George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Westbrook was limited to nine points, going 3 for 10. "I was pretty impressed by the statistics that we held some people to," Vickerman said. "For us, because we're a little bit smaller, we try to fight through everything, and I guess that maintained some pressure on them rather than when you switch, there's a little more separation." Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on. "To have the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world and to know that our league can challenge those best teams in the world - it does a lot for our reputation in the league and it does a lot for our club's reputation," Vickerman said.
Courtesy of: kansascity.com



Ramone Moore claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ramone Moore (193-G-89, agency: Two Points) had an amazing evening in the last round for 36ers and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and two assists for 36ers in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kings (#8, 0-1) 105-96. 36ers is placed at 4th position in Australian NBL. 36ers need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Moore turned to be 36ers' top player in his first season with the team.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Irish center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks. Ogilvy impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Hawks was edged by Taipans (2-0) 88-87. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Ogilvy is a newcomer at Hawks and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 11.0rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was New Zealand Thomas Abercrombie (198-F-87) of Breakers (#5). Abercrombie scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Abercrombie's great performance Breakers lost 71-82 to Taipans (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Breakers can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. The season just started for Abercrombie as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of 36ers - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of 36ers - 16 points and 8 rebounds
6. Bryce Cotton (185-G-92) of Wildcats - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) of 36ers - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Demitrius Conger (196-F-90) of Hawks - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92) of Taipans - 14 points, 4 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Klosterneuburg
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. Vay, Klosterneuburg27.0 
 2. Nelson-Henry, UBSC G.25.5 
 3. Danek, Arkadia23.5 
 4. Gregg, Oberwart23.0 
 5. Murati, Gmunden21.5 
 6. Gordon, Furstenfeld19.0 
 7. Klette, Gmunden18.5 
 8. Dabney, Oberwart18.0 
 9. Wichmann, Oberwart18.0 
 10. Novas-Mateo, Wels17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darien NELSON-HENRY
  UBSC G.
  (211-C-94)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Nelson-Henry, UBSC G.17.5 
 2. Pierce, Vienna13.5 
 3. Rados, Kapfenberg12.0 
 4. Gaidys, Gmunden11.5 
 5. Blazevic, Oberwart9.0 
 6. Gordon, Furstenfeld9.0 
 7. Stegnjaic, Kapfe.8.0 
 8. Car, Furstenfeld8.0 
 9. Klette, Gmunden7.0 
 10. Novas-Mateo, Wels7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Danek, Arkadia11.0 
 2. Vujosevic, Kapfe.11.0 
 3. Jamar, Kapfenberg9.0 
 4. Stazic, Vienna8.5 
 5. Chambers, Wels7.0 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.6.0 
 7. Blazevic, Oberwart6.0 
 8. Murati, Gmunden5.5 
 9. Richter, UBSC G.4.5 
 10. Stegnjaic, Kapfe.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Denzel GREGG
  Oberwart
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gregg, Oberwart4.0 
 2. Vujosevic, Kapfe.4.0 
 3. Guettl, Arkadia3.5 
 4. Wolf, Oberwart3.0 
 5. Novas-Mateo, Wels2.0 
 6. Stegnjaic, Kapfe.2.0 
 7. Murati, Gmunden2.0 
 8. Wilson, Wels2.0 
 9. Blazevic, Oberwart2.0 
 10. Dabney, Oberwart2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley GORDON
  Furstenfeld
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gordon, Furstenfeld3.0 
 2. Stazic, Vienna1.5 
 3. Gregg, Oberwart1.0 
 4. Dabney, Oberwart1.0 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden1.0 
 6. Draskovic, Wels1.0 
 7. Rados, Kapfenberg1.0 
 8. Blazan, Gmunden1.0 
 9. Coffin, Kapfenberg1.0 
 10. Chambers, Wels1.0 


Austrian 2.Bundesliga round 3 best performance: Vincent Polakovic - by Eurobasket News

Slovakian Center Vincent Polakovic (203-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Timberwolves, receiving a Eurobasket.com 2.Bundesliga Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Piraten (#12, 0-3) with 62-point margin 115-53. Timberwolves is placed at 3rd position in Austrian 2.Bundesliga. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Timberwolves already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Polakovic has many years of experience at Timberwolves, through which he has constantly improved. Vincent Polakovic averages just after three games 10.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Spanish Antoni Vicens (204-C-90) of league's leader Lions. Vicens had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he led Lions to another comfortable win outscoring Flames (2-1) 92-60. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Vicens is a newcomer at Lions, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#2). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Manuel Jandrasits (185-G-87) of Blackbirds (#4). Jandrasits scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Blackbirds, leading his team to a 64-43 easy win against Rocks (#9, 1-2). Blackbirds needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Jandrasits has a great season in Austria. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luka Brajkovic (206-G-99) of Lions - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ander Arruti (190-G-90) of Lions - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Marko Moric (205-C-81) of Basket 2K - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Sergio Jimenez (188-G-95) of BBU S. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vladimir Sismilich (202-F-85) of Mustangs - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ales Primc (201-F-79) of Raiders - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Armin Topic (192-G-97) of Basket 2K - 24 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)



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

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He led EWE Baskets to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (1-3) crushing them 94-74 in the German BBL in Tuesday night's game. Mahalbasic scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 33 minutes on the court. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (3-0) is placed third in the BBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Mahalbasic's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 78.6% and FT: 75.0% in two games he played so far. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Sebastian Koch (202-88, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Koch contributed to an easy victory against Steaua CSM 91-75 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Egis Kormendis placed in the FIBA Europe Cup. This year Koch averages: 5.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3FGP: 27.3% in three games. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in United Kingdom). Lanegger managed to help London Lions to win against the eighth-ranked Scorchers (1-2) 93-78 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. He recorded 5 points and added 9 assists. London Lions (3-0) is placed first in the BBL. 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. Lanegger's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.0apg and FT: 75.0%. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Bryce Douvier
Bryce Douvier
   #4. Forward Bryce Douvier (201-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Italy) could not help Remer Treviglio (0-2) in their last game. Despite Douvier's very good performance the 15th-placed Remer Treviglio (0-2) lost 63-73 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Lighthouse TRP in the West group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Douvier also added 9 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Douvier has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in two games. He is a naturalized American. Douvier is also Austrian national team player. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #5. International point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Burgos in their game against Unicaja Malaga (2-1) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Schreiner scored 7 points and added 5 passes. The league leader Burgos was crushed 93-72 in Malaga by the much lower-ranked Unicaja (#9). It's Schreiner's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.3ppg and 2.7apg. Schreiner plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #6. Point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Braunschweig in their game against Bayern Muenchen (3-0) in the German BBL. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Braunschweig was crushed 111-53 in Muenchen by the leading Bayern. This year Klepeisz's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg in two games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

   #7. Former U16 international guard Philipp Svinger (188-99, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Schwabing (0-3) in their game against Vilsbiburg (3-0) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Svinger recorded only 3 points in 6 minutes on the court. Schwabing (#14) lost 81-96 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#3) Vilsbiburg in the South-East group. So far Schwabing lost all three games in the Regular Season. This year Svinger averages just 4.5ppg in two games. He used to play for the Austrian U16 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Luka Asceric (201-SG-97, currently plays in France) could not help Hyeres-Toulon (3-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Hyeres-Toulon was crushed 84-56 on the road by the much lower-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#14). Asceric recorded 10 points. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Asceric's first year with the team. This season he averages: 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg.

   #2. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Herzogenaurach in their game against Topstar (1-2) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday Kaiser was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 passes. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his tenth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. Kaiser has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.0spg.



2.Bundesliga Round 3: Flames upset by Lions - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

The most important game of round 3 took place in Dornbirn where Lions crushed Flames (2-1) 92-60 on Saturday night. Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Flames' 26. They outrebounded Flames 45-21 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for Spanish center Antoni Vicens (204-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Spanish guard Ander Arruti (190-90) helped adding 17 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. The best for the losing side was Christian Kunstner (186-90) with 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Very significant was UBC St. Polten's (#8) 18-point road victory against KOS 74-56. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Andreas Bauch accounted for 20 points. Slovenian point guard Ziga Erculj (182-86) came up with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for KOS in the defeat.
The game in Jennersdorf supposed to be also quite interesting. Rocks (1-2) played at the court of Blackbirds (2-1). Blackbirds smashed Rocks 64-43 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Manuel Jandrasits who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Corey Hallett who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
A very interesting game took place in Salzburg. It ended with only two-point home defeat of BBU S. (0-3) to Mustangs (3-0) 72-70 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a good game for Vladimir Sismilich who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds. BBU S.'s coach Aaron Mitchell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
An interesting game took place in Villach where Basket 2K (0-3) was upset on the court of Raiders (1-2) 85-72 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Ales Primc who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Raiders' coach Natalia Tscherkasheva used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest.

In the last game of round 3 winless Piraten lost to undefeated Timberwolves on the opponent's court 53-115.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 5 rebounds by Sergio Jimenez of BBU S..

BBU S. - Mustangs 70-72

A very interesting game took place in Salzburg. It ended with only two-point home defeat of BBU S. (0-3) to Mustangs (3-0) 72-70 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a good game for Czech forward Vladimir Sismilich (202-85) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Stefan Obermann (185-93) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Mustangs players scored in double figures. Spanish guard Sergio Jimenez (188-95) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Hungarian forward Dusan Oluic (196-93) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BBU S.BBU S.'s coach Aaron Mitchell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Mustangs: V.Sismilich 21+5reb+2ast, S.Obermann 13+3reb+6ast, R.Sprung 12+2reb, I.Prachar 10+9reb, M.Semerad 8+5reb+1ast, T.Morwitzer 4+2reb+1ast
BBU S.: S.Jimenez 18+5reb+2ast, D.Oluic 12+6reb+2ast, L.Rattey 10+8reb+1ast, C.Joch 8+4reb, M.Vasic 7+2reb+1ast, G.Sanchez 7
gschID: 572796


Timberwolves - Piraten 115-53

Very expected game in Vienna where Worthersee Piraten (0-3) was crushed by Timberwolves (3-0) 115-53 on Saturday. Timberwolves dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Worthersee Piraten's 28 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Timberwolves forced 19 Worthersee Piraten turnovers and outrebounded them 44-30 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Timberwolves looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Worthersee Piraten's players. It was a great evening for Slovakian center Vincent Polakovic (203-84, college: USF) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international guard David Geisler (186-80) helped adding 15 points. Four Timberwolves players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Maximilian Kunovjanek (199-87) with 10 points and 7 rebounds and guard Kushtrim Dvorani (185-99) scored 8 points and 4 assists. 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.
Top scorers:
Timberwolves: V.Polakovic 26+5reb+5ast, D.Geisler 15+4reb+3ast, P.D'Angelo 12+4reb+1ast, L.Mueller 12+3reb+4ast, J.John 12+5reb, J.Mayerl 11+4reb+2ast
Piraten: M.Kunovjanek 10+7reb+1ast, L.Hahn 8+1ast, T.Schrittwieser 8+4reb+1ast, K.Dvorani 8+2reb+4ast, I.Moschik 5+2reb, L.Simoner 5+5reb
gschID: 572791


Lions - Flames 92-60

The most important game of round 3 took place in Dornbirn where Lions crushed Flames (2-1) 92-60 on Saturday night. Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Flames' 26. They outrebounded Flames 45-21 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for Spanish center Antoni Vicens (204-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Spanish guard Ander Arruti (190-90) helped adding 17 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Lions players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Christian Kunstner (186-90) with 12 points and guard Joshua Rohrboeck (180-96) scored 3 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Lions: A.Vicens 27+15reb+2ast, L.Brajkovic 21+4reb+3ast, A.Arruti 17+6reb+10ast, L.Kevric 10+7reb+3ast, I.Dodig 8+7reb, F.Brajkovic 4+3reb
Flames: C.Kunstner 12+3reb, J.Wonisch 9+1ast, D.Alturban 9+1ast, M.Lanator 7+3reb, L.Haas 6+1reb, T.Mandrucic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 572795


Kosovo - UBC 56-74

Very significant was UBC St. Polten's (#8) 18-point road victory against KOS 74-56. UBC St. Polten forced 23 KOS turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Andreas Bauch (191-85) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Slovenian point guard Ziga Erculj (182-86) came up with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marin Sliskovic (201-95) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for KOS in the defeat.
Top scorers:
UBC: A.Bauch 20+2reb+1ast, M.Speiser 16+9reb+1ast, C.Boeck 15+1reb+1ast, D.Soldo 9+4reb+3ast, H.Obermann 8+2reb, L.Boeck 3+5reb+4ast
KOS: A.Smrtnik 14+4reb, Z.Erculj 13+5reb+4ast, V.Soldo 9+7reb+1ast, J.Strazar 9+4reb+2ast, M.Sliskovic 7+10reb+2ast, J.Razdevsek 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 572792


Blackbirds - Rocks 64-43

The game in Jennersdorf supposed to be also quite interesting. Rocks (1-2) played at the court of Blackbirds (2-1). Blackbirds smashed Rocks 64-43 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was guard Manuel Jandrasits (185-87) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Matthias Klepeisz (190-89) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Blackbirds players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian center Corey Hallett (210-84, college: Monmouth, agency: SportsVision-Service) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and guard Marko Soldo (195-95) added 9 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Blackbirds: M.Jandrasits 17+5reb+3ast, S.Ulreich 16+2reb+1ast, G.Gentner 15+2reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 11+6reb+3ast, N.Hajszan 3, T.Linzer 1+1reb
Rocks: C.Hallett 11+13reb+2ast, M.Soldo 9+1reb+1ast, F.Memcic 6+1reb, D.Najdanovic 5+1reb, B.Bernleithner 5+3reb, F.Reimann 3+1ast
gschID: 572793


Raiders - Basket 2K 85-72

An interesting game took place in Villach where Basket 2K (0-3) was upset on the court of Raiders (1-2) 85-72 on Saturday. Raiders looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for Slovenian forward Ales Primc (201-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Timi Huber (179-92) helped adding 17 points and 6 assists. Five Raiders players scored in double figures. Raiders' coach Natalia Tscherkasheva used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Croatian center Marko Moric (205-81) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and Croatian guard Armin Topic (192-97) scored 24 points.
Top scorers:
Raiders: A.Primc 20+6reb+2ast, T.Huber 17+2reb+6ast, J.Hartl 14+3reb+1ast, N.Gross 10+4reb+6ast, M.Julevic 10+5reb+3ast, S.Finzgar 8+5reb+3ast
Basket 2K: A.Topic 24+3reb+1ast, M.Moric 18+16reb+2ast, A.Avdic 10+1reb+1ast, M.Diesner 9+6reb+2ast, S.Weber 7+1reb+2ast, N.Stevic 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 572794





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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bart MAESEN
  Houthalen
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 19
 1. Maesen, Houthalen19.0 
 2. Spaens, Ieper18.6 
 3. Buysse, Gistel O.18.5 
 4. Perez, Melsele17.6 
 5. Vermoessen, Gent H.17.6 
 6. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.17.5 
 7. Goetgeluck, Soba17.3 
 8. Enobakhare, Royal B.16.5 
 9. Schoepen, Melsele16.3 
 10. Gorremans, Soba16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leigh ENOBAKHARE
  Royal B.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Enobakhare, Royal B.12.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.8 
 3. Buysschaert, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Dobbelaere, Ieper9.2 
 5. Moray, Ninane8.3 
 6. Leemans, Ieper8.2 
 7. Van-de-Broek, Oxaco7.7 
 8. Fusek, Spirou B7.7 
 9. Gorremans, Soba7.6 
 10. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Celis, Oxaco6.0 
 2. Fassotte, Ninane4.4 
 3. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.0 
 4. Van-d., Melsele3.8 
 5. Perez, Melsele3.6 
 6. Maio, Ninane3.4 
 7. De-Vreught, Gistel O.3.4 
 8. Demirtas, Spirou B3.2 
 9. Peeters, Gembo BBC3.2 
 10. Goetgeluck, Soba3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas LAMOT
  Melsele
  (190-F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lamot, Melsele2.6 
 2. Perez, Melsele2.6 
 3. Van-d., Melsele2.5 
 4. Moray, Ninane2.3 
 5. Collette, Ninane2.2 
 6. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 7. Allemand, Ninane1.6 
 8. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.6 
 9. Pierre, Neufchateau1.5 
 10. Goetgeluck, Soba1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou B
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fusek, Spirou B2.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.4 
 3. Moray, Ninane1.0 
 4. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.0.8 
 5. Marion, Royal B.0.8 
 6. Billot, Neufchateau0.8 
 7. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Vermoessen, Gent H.0.6 
 9. Robeyns, Spirou B0.5 
 10. Enobakhare, Royal B.0.5 


Euromillions League Round 3: Kangoeroes lose to Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in Euromillions League as the season just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kangoeroes (1-1) in Willebroek on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Oostende (3-0) 92-55. The best player for the winners was American forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) chipped in 19 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ivan Vranes (205-96) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende are looking forward to face Spirou Charleroi (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Antwerp. Antwerp Giants (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Basic-Fit Brussels (1-2) 84-82 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a good game for international Hans Vanwijn (205-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Jason Clark contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Basic-Fit Brussels. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game was played in Aalstar. Antwerp Giants faced Okapi Aalstar. Guests from Antwerp (2-0) defeated host Okapi Aalstar (2-1) 77-72. It was a great evening for Dave Dudzinski who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Wesley Channels with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Okapi Aalstar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Brussels was also worth to mention about. Limburg United (0-2) played at the court of Basic-Fit Brussels (1-2). Basic-Fit Brussels defeated Limburg United 79-69. It was an exceptional evening for Domien Loubry who led the winners and scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basic-Fit Brussels will have a break next round. Limburg United will play at home against Leuven Bears (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Jemappes was also quite interesting. Spirou Charleroi (1-1) played at the court of Belfius Mons-Hainaut (2-1). Belfius Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 6-point victory 90-84 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Tre Demps who scored 23 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Spirou Charleroi's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will face Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spirou Charleroi will play against Oostende and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 3 bottom-ranked Liege defeated Leuven in a road game 88-78.

Brussels - Limburg United 79-69

The game in Brussels was also worth to mention about. Limburg United (0-2) played at the court of Basic-Fit Brussels (1-2). Basic-Fit Brussels defeated Limburg United 79-69. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) who led the winners and scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Five Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. The former international forward Wen-Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) came up with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Yannick Desiron (208-92) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Limburg United in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basic-Fit Brussels will have a break next round. Limburg United will play at home against Leuven Bears (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: Y.Desiron 16+3reb, T.Unruh 12+2reb, K.Spicer 9+6reb+2ast, J.Heath 9+4reb+2ast, W.Boss Mukubu 7+9reb+4ast, Z.Monaghan 7+5ast
Brussels: G.Muya 16+4reb+2ast, A.Lichodzijewski 13+3reb+1ast, D.Loubry 11+5reb+8ast, K.Harrell 10+5reb, J.Simmons 10+7reb+1ast, B.Peterson 7+4reb
gschID: 568529


Kangoeroes - Oostende 55-92

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kangoeroes (1-1) in Willebroek on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Oostende (3-0) 92-55. The best player for the winners was American forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) chipped in 19 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Four Oostende players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ivan Vranes (205-96) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) added 9 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende are looking forward to face Spirou Charleroi (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: I.Vranes 14+5reb, K.McNeaill 9+2reb+3ast, K.Cheatham Jr. 6+2reb, P.Badji 6+2reb, A.Chada 5+1reb, T.Creppy 5+4reb+1ast
Oostende: C.Fieler 19+3reb, M.Myers 16+8reb, J.Salumu 14+1reb+2ast, L.Schwartz 11+7reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 8+2ast, T.Jekiri 7+3reb
gschID: 568528


Aalstar - Antwerp 72-77

An exciting game was played in Aalstar. Antwerp Giants faced Okapi Aalstar. Guests from Antwerp (2-0) defeated host Okapi Aalstar (2-1) 77-72. Antwerp Giants made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Dave Dudzinski (206-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. International Hans Vanwijn (205-95) helped adding 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) scored 17 points. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 17+1reb+2ast, W.Channels 17+5reb+7ast, A.Chrabascz 15+4reb, V.Taylor 11+3reb+2ast, J.Tofi 8+9reb+1ast, K.Dunham 3+1reb+1ast
Antwerp: D.Dudzinski 18+5reb, D.Donkor 16, P.Lee 11+1reb+4ast, H.Vanwijn 9+10reb, J.Clark 8+2ast, I.Bako 6+7reb
gschID: 568527


Mons-Hainaut - Spirou 90-84

The game in Jemappes was also quite interesting. Spirou Charleroi (1-1) played at the court of Belfius Mons-Hainaut (2-1). Belfius Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 6-point victory 90-84 on Saturday. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Spirou Charleroi's 38. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) who scored 23 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Chris Jones (188-93, college: Angelo St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds and Scott Thomas (198-89, college: Bowling Green) added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will face Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spirou Charleroi will play against Oostende and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spirou: S.Tuttle 24+7reb+2ast, K.Grant 12+2reb+4ast, I.Iarochevitch 12+2reb, A.Libert 11+2reb+1ast, S.Casero-Ortiz 8+1reb+1ast, S.Thomas 7+8reb+8ast
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 23+3reb+3ast, G.Green 19+1reb+2ast, C.Jones 18+4reb+6ast, J.Reddic 16+7reb+1ast, X.Francois 6+1reb, B.Lemaire 4+1ast
gschID: 568525


Leuven - Liege 78-88

But Leuven Bears were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Liege 88-78 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) who scored 15 points and 8 assists. Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 20 points. Five Liege Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian-Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American swingman Sanjay Lumpkin (198-94, college: Northwestern) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Liege Basket will face Kangoeroes (#5) in Willebroek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will play on the road against Limburg United (#9) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Leuven: E.Zabas 20+3reb+4ast, S.Lumpkin 17+6reb+2ast, M.Gaudoux 11+8reb+4ast, R.Camphor 8+4reb+6ast, F.Robinson 6+4reb+1ast, F.Alihodzic 5+5reb
Liege: M.Bojovic 20+4reb+3ast, T.Larson 15+4reb+8ast, J.Cebasek 12+8reb, T.Deroover 12+1reb+1ast, L.Hazard 11+5reb+1ast, D.Harris 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 568526


Round 4
Antwerp - Brussels 84-82

Important game to mention about took place in Antwerp. Antwerp Giants (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Basic-Fit Brussels (1-2) 84-82 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Antwerp Giants made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international Hans Vanwijn (205-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Basic-Fit Brussels. Four Antwerp Giants and five Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brussels: D.Loubry 22+5reb+5ast, K.Harrell 14+3reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 13+3reb+1ast, B.Peterson 10+10reb, J.Simmons 10+9reb+4ast, M.Depuydt 7+3ast
Antwerp: J.Clark 18+2reb+5ast, H.Vanwijn 13+10reb+4ast, A.Marelja 12+2reb+1ast, D.Dudzinski 10+5reb+1ast, I.Bako 9+5reb+1ast, P.Lee 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 568524





Sam Van-Rossom selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sam Van-Rossom
Sam Van-Rossom
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sam Van-Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (2-1) 80-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Van-Rossom scored 13 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (3-0) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Van-Rossom's fifth year with the team. This season he averages: 8.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg in three games he played so far. Van-Rossom is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He led EWE Baskets to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (1-3) crushing them 94-74 in the German BBL last Tuesday. De Zeeuw scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (3-0) is placed third in the BBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. De Zeeuw's overall stats this year are: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). He led RETAbet BB to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Real Betis (0-3) 94-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Tabu was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 20 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (1-2) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.7apg, 2FGP: 29.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 91.7% in three games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #4. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 3-point Panathinaikos' victory against the 11th-ranked Olympiacos (0-1) 71-68 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. He recorded 7 points. It was his first game for Panathinaikos this season. His team is placed sixth in the A1. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Lojeski is a naturalized American. He is also Belgian national team player. Lojeski used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #5. An experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hervelle could not help RETAbet BB (1-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance RETAbet BB lost 80-87 at home to the much higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. Hervelle scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Hervelle has been at the team for eight years. This season his overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 5.7rpg in three games. Hervelle plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #6. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Maxime De Zeeuw in the German BBL last game. Obasohan was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha in their game against EWE Baskets (3-0). Despite his very good performance on Tuesday night He was the top scorer with 17 points. Obasohan also added 4 passes. It's Obasohan's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. Obasohan is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #7. International power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked Andorra (0-3) 81-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in only 13 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (1-2) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. This year Tumba's total stats are: 5.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.7spg in three games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Khalid Boukichou
Khalid Boukichou
   #8. Center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: Two Points, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (3-1) crushing them 84-56 in the French ProA last Saturday. Boukichou recorded 6 points. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (3-1) is placed second in the ProA. Boukichou has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 2.8rpg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Lorenzo Giancaterino
Lorenzo Giancaterino
   #9. Former U20 international shooting guard Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-90, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Apollon Patras (0-1) in their game against Doxa Lefkadas (1-0) in the Greek A2 (second division). Giancaterino was the second best scorer with 7 points. It was his first game for Apollon Patras this season. Apollon Patras was badly defeated 74-54 on the road by the leading Doxa Lefkadas. Giancaterino used to play for the Belgian U20 national team seven years ago.

Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
   #10. Forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chalon/Saor (0-4) in their game against Chalons-Reims (2-2) in the French ProA. He recorded 8 points in 26 minutes. The bottom-ranked Chalon/Saor lost 97-103 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#13) Chalons-Reims. So far Chalon/Saor lost all four games in the Regular Season. Gillet has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 3.5rpg in four games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

   #11. U20 international point guard Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (186-96, currently plays in Holland) couldn't help Rotterdam in their game against Amsterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Kanda-Kanyinda recorded 13 points in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Rotterdam this season. But his team was edged 82-80. Kanda-Kanyinda used to play for the Belgian U20 national team last year.

   #12. International guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Monaco in the French ProA. He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. His team was defeated 61-55. Serron has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Belgian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international center Gilles Dierickx (213-92, college: Seattle Pacific, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point Artland Dragons' victory against the sixth-ranked Rostock 81-80 in the German ProB (third division) on Sunday night. Dierickx scored 6 points in only 6 minutes. Dierickx has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5bpg in two games. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League). Coric could not help Cibona (1-2) to beat Mega Bemax (2-1). He recorded 8 points in 16 minutes. Cibona lost 88-95 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Mega Bemax. Coric has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 2.0rpg in three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian passport, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #2. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Monthey (1-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Dubas' good performance Monthey was defeated 85-78 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Pully (#7). He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dubas has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.



Limburg United tabs Jeroen van der List - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) inked 28-year old Dutch power forward Jeroen van der List (212-109kg-89, college: Indian Hills CC). He played most recently at Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano in Japanese B2 League. In 28 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5bpg last season. van der List also played that season for Tremblay Athletique Club (NM2) in French league where in 28 games he had 14.1ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won Dutch Eredivisie championship title in 2012. van der List received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
van der List was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He played for Dutch Senior National Team between 2010 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team in 2007.
van der List represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg.
van der List has played also professionally for other Dutch teams like Den Bosch, Den Helder, Leiden and Leeuwarden.
He attended Indian Hills Community College until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
van der List's game is described as: Jeroen is a legit 7-footer who is originally from the youth program in Rotterdam. Jeroen is a skilled big man who can play facing the basket without any problem. Has a nice bodyframe and runs the floor well for his size. Active player. Needs to improve his strength a little. Member of the Dutch National U-20 team. Has nice potential & upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Top Division I Round 6: Waregem defeated by Soba - by Eurobasket News

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 took place in Antwerpen where host Soba (5-1) edged league's leader Waregem (5-1) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Waregem. It was a key game for the top position in the league. 25 personal fouls committed by Waregem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Leroy Anthonis (206-90) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Swingman Jonathan Balanga (191-94) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Aaron Van Vooren (200-94) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soba keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Waregem and Spirou B. Waregem will play next round against Melsele trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Soba will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Ieper on the road.
Bottom-ranked Houthalen (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-62 loss to fifth ranked Oxaco (4-1) in Houthalen. It was a good game for Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Mark De-Meyer contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Oxaco's coach Raf Vervoort allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) replied with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Houthalen. Oxaco have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Houthalen at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Oxaco will play against higher ranked Spirou B (#3) in Charleroi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Houthalen will play on the road against Neufchateau (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Royal Brussels (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-77 loss to eleventh ranked Gent Hawks (2-4) in Gent on Saturday evening. Gregory De Pooter scored 20 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Leigh Enobakhare with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gent Hawks maintains eleventh position with 2-4 record. Loser Royal Brussels still closes the standings with four games lost. Gent Hawks will meet higher ranked Gembo BBC (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Royal Brussels will play against Gistel Oostende (#9) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Third ranked Spirou B blasted bottom-ranked Giants B (0-3) in Charleroi 86-48. Giants B is still unable to win any game. Haris Delalic notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou B have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Soba and Waregem. Giants B at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Spirou B's next round opponent will be Oxaco (#4) in Boechout. Giants B will play at home against Ninane (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Ninane was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Neufchateau (3-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Ninane (3-3). Ninane defeated Neufchateau 82-72 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Neufchateau. The best player for the winners was Yannick Moray who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Ninane moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melsele and Neufchateau. Ninane will face Giants B (#12) in Antwerp in the next round where they are favorite.

In the last two games of round 6 Ieper was defeated by Gistel Oostende in a road game 95-80. Melsele beat Gembo BBC at home 77-74.

Houthalen - Oxaco 62-73

Bottom-ranked Houthalen (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-62 loss to fifth ranked Oxaco (4-1) in Houthalen. They also forced 21 Houthalen turnovers. Houthalen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Center Mark De-Meyer (194-88) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Oxaco's coach Raf Vervoort allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) replied with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) added 11 points in the effort for Houthalen. Oxaco have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Houthalen at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Oxaco will play against higher ranked Spirou B (#3) in Charleroi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Houthalen will play on the road against Neufchateau (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: M.De Meyer 17+5reb+1ast, S.Van Hoey 15+5reb+3ast, C.Pegg 13+3reb+3ast, M.Van Gelder 9+2reb+2ast, B.Van de Broek 7+8reb, G.Nau 3+1reb
Houthalen: B.Maesen 16+7reb+4ast, C.Koonings 11+3reb+2ast, D.Clemente 8+6reb+1ast, K.Niayingwanda 6+6reb, T.Ceyssens 5+2reb+1ast, E.Montanari 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 568731


Gistel Oostende - Ieper 95-80

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Ieper (2-3) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Gistel Oostende (2-3) 95-80 on Sunday. Gistel Oostende shot 26 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Ieper only scored ten points from the stripe. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Ieper was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Servaas Buysschaert (204-99, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Simon Buysse (193-97) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Robin Spaens (180-92) who recorded 28 points and 4 assists and swingman Robin Mestdagh (195-88, college: E.Kentucky) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Gistel Oostende and four Ieper players scored in double figures. Gistel Oostende moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Ieper. Gistel Oostende will face Royal Brussels (#13) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Gistel Oostende: S.Buysse 21+7reb+5ast, T.Vanderhaegen 20+11reb+1ast, S.De Vreught 20+2reb+2ast, S.Buysschaert 19+16reb+4ast, L.Kotrulja 12+2reb+6ast, K.Van De Vuurst 3+1reb+1ast
Ieper: R.Spaens 28+4ast, R.Mestdagh 19+5reb+3ast, S.Leemans 10+13reb+2ast, W.Dobbelaere 10+7reb+4ast, A.Schepens 5+3reb+1ast, J.Debrock 4+2reb
gschID: 568730


Soba - Waregem 74-71

Round 6 in Top Division I means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Antwerpen where host Soba (5-1) edged league's leader Waregem (5-1) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Waregem. It was a key game for the top position in the league. 25 personal fouls committed by Waregem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Leroy Anthonis (206-90) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Swingman Jonathan Balanga (191-94) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Aaron Van Vooren (200-94) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Arne Steinbach (180-92, agency: Court Side) added 13 points respectively. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soba keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Waregem and Spirou B. Waregem will play next round against Melsele trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Soba will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Ieper on the road.
Top scorers:
Soba: J.Balanga 19+4reb+1ast, L.Anthonis 17+7reb+1ast, S.Ronge 10+1reb+1ast, A.Goetgeluck 9+5reb+3ast, M.Gorremans 7+5reb, K.van Kempen 7+4reb
Waregem: A.Van Vooren 19+7reb+1ast, A.Steinbach 13+1reb, S.Naudts 9+3reb+1ast, T.Marien 8+3reb, B.Guillemyn 8+4reb, D.D'Haens 6+5reb
gschID: 568729


Melsele - Gembo BBC 77-74

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Melsele (3-3) edged at home one of their biggest challengers Gembo BBC (3-2) 77-74 on Saturday. They outrebounded Gembo BBC 38-17 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Thomas Lamot (190-87) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jens Bouckaert (-91) who recorded 21 points and point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) added 13 points respectively. Melsele moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Neufchateau and Ninane. Loser Gembo BBC dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Melsele will face league's second-placed Waregem on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gembo BBC will play against Gent Hawks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Melsele: T.Lamot 18+4reb+4ast, Y.Schoepen 16+3reb, P.Hilliman 16+11reb+3ast, I.Perez 9+5reb+5ast, N.Dhooge 8+10reb+1ast, W.Leten 5+4reb
Gembo BBC: J.Bouckaert 21+2reb, A.Vermeersch 13+1reb+1ast, P.Peeters 13+3reb+2ast, E.Van Aken 6+2reb, B.De Valck 6+1reb, S.Renier 6
gschID: 568728


Gent Hawks - Royal Brussels 89-77

Bottom-ranked Royal Brussels (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-77 loss to eleventh ranked Gent Hawks (2-4) in Gent on Saturday evening. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Royal Brussels' players. Forward Gregory De Pooter (197-84) scored 20 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized Nigerian center Leigh Enobakhare (206-86, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Adam Hall (198-80, college: Virginia) scored 18 points. Gent Hawks maintains eleventh position with 2-4 record. Loser Royal Brussels still closes the standings with four games lost. Gent Hawks will meet higher ranked Gembo BBC (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Royal Brussels will play against Gistel Oostende (#9) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: G.De Pooter 20+2reb+6ast, J.Vermoessen 19+4reb+2ast, J.Vermoessen 18+4reb+1ast, S.Gesquiere 16+1reb+2ast, R.Van den Berghe 9+2reb+2ast, L.Lhote 5+1reb+9ast
Royal Brussels: L.Enobakhare 19+10reb, A.Hall 18+1reb+1ast, F.Lait 15+2reb+1ast, A.Marion 8+2reb+1ast, J.Nyamsi 7+1reb+1ast, A.Tuluka-Mfumupembe 5+1ast
gschID: 568727


Ninane - Neufchateau 82-72

The game in Ninane was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Neufchateau (3-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Ninane (3-3). Ninane defeated Neufchateau 82-72 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Neufchateau. The best player for the winners was Yannick Moray (199-91) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Romain Fassotte (190-91) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Alexis Pierre (178-92) who recorded 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Arnaud Piette (206-86) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Ninane moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melsele and Neufchateau. Ninane will face Giants B (#12) in Antwerp in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Ninane: Y.Moray 21+17reb+3ast, S.Maio 12+2reb+3ast, R.Allemand 11+5reb, R.Fassotte 9+5reb+7ast, X.Collette 7+7reb+2ast, R.Nicaise 6+4reb+1ast
Neufchateau: A.Pierre 22+3reb+3ast, M.Dekeyser 13+5reb+1ast, G.Hulsen 8+4reb+1ast, A.Piette 8+9reb+2ast, A.Billot 6+7reb, N.Sturam 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 568725


Spirou B - Giants B 86-48

Third ranked Spirou B blasted bottom-ranked Giants B (0-3) in Charleroi 86-48. Giants B is still unable to win any game. Spirou B dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Giants B's 24 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Spirou B had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bosnian forward Haris Delalic (202-94) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Slovakian center Michal Fusek (224-95, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Spirou B players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by center Roby Rogiers (206-97, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Giants B. Swingman Thibaut Vervoort (195-97) added 5 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou B have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Soba and Waregem. Giants B at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Spirou B's next round opponent will be Oxaco (#4) in Boechout. Giants B will play at home against Ninane (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Spirou B: S.Demirtas 16+3reb+3ast, W.Robeyns 15+3reb+2ast, H.Delalic 15+7reb+2ast, M.Fusek 13+9reb+1ast, R.Morini 6+2reb, C.Goffin 6+2reb
Giants B: R.Rogiers 16+6reb, L.Coppens 5+3reb+2ast, D.George 5+2reb+3ast, T.Vervoort 5+5reb+1ast, K.Van Den Langenbergh 4+3reb+1ast, V.Bleijenbergh 3
gschID: 568726



Mike Myers claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Mike Myers (206-F-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Oostende and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 25-year old forward had the game-high 16 points adding eight rebounds for Oostende in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kangoeroes (#5, 1-1) with 37-point margin 92-55. It allowed Oostende to jump to the first place in the Belgian Euromillions League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Oostende already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Myers turned to be Oostende's top player in his first season with the team. Mike Myers averages just after three games 12.7ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Spirou. Tuttle impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Spirou lost that game 84-90 to Mons-Hainaut (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Tuttle is a newcomer at Spirou and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 4.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Juvonte Reddic (206-F-92) of Mons-Hainaut (#4). Reddic scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Mons-Hainaut, leading his team to a 90-84 win against Spirou (#6, 1-1). Mons-Hainaut needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost game. Reddic has a very solid season. In 3 games in Belgium he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tre Demps (188-G-93) of Mons-Hainaut - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Hans Vanwijn (205-PF-95) of Antwerp - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Tyler Larson (190-G-91) of Liege - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Leuven - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Aalstar - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Dave Dudzinski (206-F/C-92) of Antwerp - 18 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)



Servaas Buysschaert claims Belgian Top Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Servaas Buysschaert (204-C-99, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Gistel Oostende and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 18-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Ieper (2-3) 95-80. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Gistel Oostende is placed at 9th position in Belgian Top Division I. Gistel Oostende is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Buysschaert turned to be Gistel Oostende's top player in his first season with the team. Buysschaert has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Aaron Van Vooren (200-C/F-94) of second-ranked Waregem. Van Vooren impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Waregem was edged by slightly higher-ranked Soba (5-1) 74-71. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Waregem still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 1st loss this season, while they won 5 other games. Van Vooren is one of the most experienced players at Waregem and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Robin Spaens (180-G-92) of Ieper (#10). Spaens scored 28 points and passed four assists. Despite Spaens' great performance Ieper lost 80-95 to Gistel Oostende (2-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ieper ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Spaens could help Ieper to bring them higher in the standings. Spaens has a great season in Belgium. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thibault Vanderhaegen (201-F/C-98) of Gistel Oostende - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Yannick Moray (199-PF-91) of Ninane - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gregory De Pooter (197-F-84) of Gent Hawks - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86) of Royal Brussels - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Michal Fusek (224-C-95) of Spirou B - 13 points and 9 rebounds
9. Simon Buysse (193-SF-97) of Gistel Oostende - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Alexis Pierre (178-PG-92) of Neufchateau - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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ECL Round 3: Warriors defeat Hornets in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of Hornets (2-3) to Warriors (3-3) 79-77 in the game for the fourth place. Warriors are looking forward to face Storm in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hornets will play again against Warriors and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Panthers (5-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Marksmen (0-6) 64-43. Panthers will play against Falcons (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Marksmen will play against Storm (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Falcons (3-1) played at the court of Renegades (1-2). Falcons smashed Renegades 87-51 on Saturday. Falcons will meet Panthers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Renegades will play against Lions (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Lions (2-3) played at the court of Hornets (2-3). Hornets defeated Lions 76-64. Hornets' next round opponent will be Warriors (#4) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lions will play against Renegades and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Storm (4-1) crushed at home Marksmen (0-6) by 42 points 93-51, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Storm will face again Marksmen (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.

Renegades - Falcons 51-87

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Falcons (3-1) played at the court of Renegades (1-2). Falcons smashed Renegades 87-51 on Saturday. Falcons will meet Panthers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Renegades will play against Lions (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 578902


Hornets - Lions 76-64

The game in was also worth to mention about. Lions (2-3) played at the court of Hornets (2-3). Hornets defeated Lions 76-64. Hornets' next round opponent will be Warriors (#4) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lions will play against Renegades and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 578903


Hornets - Warriors 77-79

This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of Hornets (2-3) to Warriors (3-3) 79-77 in the game for the fourth place. Warriors are looking forward to face Storm in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hornets will play again against Warriors and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 578900


Marksmen - Panthers 43-64

Panthers (5-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Marksmen (0-6) 64-43. Panthers will play against Falcons (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Marksmen will play against Storm (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 578901


Storm - Marksmen 93-51

Storm (4-1) crushed at home Marksmen (0-6) by 42 points 93-51, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Storm will face again Marksmen (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
gschID: 578899





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

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

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Buducnost (2-1) in their last game. Despite Gordic's very good performance Buducnost lost 94-98 on the road to the second-ranked Igokea. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Gordic also added made 5 passes and 3 steals in 30 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Gordic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.3apg, 1.7spg, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 83.3% in three games he played so far. Gordic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team one years ago.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, agency: BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Gaziantep (0-1) crushing them 82-58 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. Renfroe recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. It was his first game for Galatasaray this season. His team is placed fifth in the BSL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Renfroe is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Renfroe has never played in Bosnia.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League). He was not able to help Cedevita (2-1) in their last game. Despite Stipanovic's good performance Cedevita lost 79-84 at home to the second-ranked Igokea. He scored 12 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Stipanovic's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 46.2% in three games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Stipanovic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team one years ago.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #4. Center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Zaragoza (0-3) crushing them 93-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Real Madrid (3-0) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Kuzmic's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2012.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #5. International small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) led Bayern Muenchen to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Braunschweig (0-1) crushing them 111-53 in the German BBL last Tuesday. He scored 13 points in only a mere 13 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (3-0) is placed first in the BBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Djedovic's fifth season with the team. Djedovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg and 3.5rpg in two games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and German nationalities. Djedovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #6. Shooting guard Dzanan Musa (200-99, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andrija Stipanovic. But that was another game of his team in ABA League which we would like to mention. Musa led his Croatian team Cedevita to an easy victory against the closely-ranked KK Zadar (1-2) 92-76. He scored 12 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (2-1) is placed fifth in the ABA League. This season Musa has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #7. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Monaco's victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (3-0) 61-55 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. Kikanovic scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AS Monaco Basket (3-1) is placed third in the ProA. Kikanovic has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8apg in four games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #8. Guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Chalons-Reims (2-2) crushing them 93-72 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. Wright scored 8 points and added 6 assists in 23 minutes. Strasbourg IG Basket (3-0) is placed third in the ProA. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This year Wright's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.3apg in three games. He is a naturalized American. Wright used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

Dejan Todorovic
Dejan Todorovic
   #9. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) led RETAbet BB to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Real Betis (0-3) 94-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Todorovic scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (1-2) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. Todorovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in RETAbet BB's roster. He averaged so far 13.0ppg and 2.7rpg. Todorovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team eight years ago.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #10. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (203-96, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Mornar Bar (1-2) crushing them 91-70 in the ABA League on Saturday night. Lazic scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica (2-1) is placed third in the ABA League. Lazic has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 6.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Edin Atic (201-97, currently plays in Greece) managed to help AEK Athens in a victory against the league outsider Aiolos Trikallon 91-72 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Atic recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. It was his first game for AEK this season. Atic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Promitheas' victory against one of league's weakest teams PAOK 79-73 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Milosevic recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Promitheas this season. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

   #13. International center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to secure a victory for JP-Auto JKSE (0-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance JP-Auto JKSE was defeated 76-67 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Kaposvari (#4). Sejfic recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Sejfic averages: 15.5ppg and 9.0rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Marko Vukovic (191-94, currently plays in Spain) led Zornotza to a victory over the 11th-ranked CBT Gimnastica crushing them 98-52 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Vukovic was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Zornotza this season. Vukovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former international power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers crushing them 79-55 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 11 points. Brkic has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 1.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

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

   #1. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in Czech Republic) led CEZ Nymburk to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams NH Ostrava (0-2) crushing them 106-77 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. Barac recorded 16 points. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (2-0) is placed second in the NBL. Barac averaged so far 13.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Barac's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #2. Djordje Ninkovic (210-C-93, currently plays in Slovakia) could not help Nova Ves (2-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Nova Ves lost 79-94 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Handlova. Ninkovic was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. It's Ninkovic's first season with the team. Ninkovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg in three games he played so far.

   #3. Goran Suton (208-G-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the major contributor in a Movil Estudiantes' victory against Groningen 77-69 in the Basketball Champions League last Monday. He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Movistar Estudiantes Madridis placed in the Basketball Champions League. Suton averaged so far 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg and 2.0spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #4. Vedran Borovcanin (200-F-85, currently plays in Denmark) led Horsens IC to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (3-1) 77-61 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. Borovcanin scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Horsens IC (2-1) is placed fourth in the Ligaen. Borovcanin has been at the team for five years. He averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg and 2.5spg in two games.

   #5. Experienced Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84, currently plays in Turkey) led Orman Genclik to a victory against the closely-ranked Akhisar Bld (1-1) 88-74 in the Turkish TBL (second division) in Friday night's game. Rizvic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (1-1) is placed eighth in the TBL. It's Rizvic's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5spg. Rizvic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #6. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in a victory against the closely-ranked Cibona 71-62 in the ABA League last Sunday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Sehovic has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7spg in three games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.

   #7. Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the ninth-ranked Mornar Bar 88-77 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. Keselj recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. He has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. Keselj has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #8. Njegos Visnjic (200-F/C-79, currently plays in Italy) led Palestrina to a victory over the 13th-ranked Isernia crushing them 95-73 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Visnjic had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 35 minutes. Visnjic has very impressive stats this year: 27.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 4.0apg in two games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports.

   #9. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) was not able to help Kauhajoki (1-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Sarcevic's good performance Kauhajoki was crushed 98-77 at home by the leading Helsinki Seagulls. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Sarcevic also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #10. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to secure a victory for Cibona in their game against Mega Bemax in the ABA League. Bosnjak recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 95-88. He has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.0rpg.



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Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Artis, America18.6 
 2. Anthony, Bauru16.8 
 3. Cook, L.Sorocaba15.8 
 4. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.1 
 5. Stallworth, Mogi13.3 
 6. Dos-Santos, Pauli.13.0 
 7. Dias-Silva, Pauli.12.9 
 8. Fuller, Paulistano12.6 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros12.5 
 10. Hettsheimer, Bauru12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru7.5 
 2. Drudi, Osasco B.7.3 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros6.9 
 4. Rodrigues, L.Sor.6.5 
 5. Viana, America6.1 
 6. Galvanini, Bauru6.1 
 7. Bernardi, Pinheiros5.9 
 8. Silveira, Mogi5.6 
 9. de-Souza, Franca5.6 
 10. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Corazza, Paulistano6.3 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.5 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros4.9 
 4. Lersch, Mogi4.8 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.3 
 6. Garcia, Bauru4.2 
 7. Anthony, Bauru4.2 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi4.1 
 9. Artis, America3.8 
 10. Borges, Franca3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Andrade, America2.1 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 3. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 4. Knight, America1.8 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.7 
 6. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.6 
 7. Rosa, America1.5 
 8. Cook, L.Sorocaba1.5 
 9. Oliveira, Mogi1.4 
 10. Artis, America1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru1.5 
 2. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano1.0 
 4. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.0 
 5. Curnell, Mogi0.8 
 6. Gruber, Franca0.8 
 7. Demetrio, Franca0.7 
 8. Sena, Mogi0.7 
 9. Pereira, Pinheiros0.7 
 10. Sommer, Paulistano0.6 


Campo Mourao adds Jones to their roster, ex Ruvo - by Paulo Freire

Campo Mourao (NBB) added to their roster 25-year old American swingman Jamail Jones (198-98kg-92, college: FGCU). He played last season at Ruvo in Italian Serie C Silver. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg. Jones also played that season for Sarno Nuova (also in Serie C Silver). But in 14 games he averaged just 0.0ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in A-Sun in 2015. Jones was also voted All-A-Sun 2nd Team in 2015 at his college time.
Jones has played also professionally in Germany (Elchingen).
He attended Florida Gulf Coast University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eduardo Machado (ex B.Cearense) joins Guaros de Lara 2 - by Francisco Vega

Guaros de Lara 2 (LNB) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Brazilian ex-international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82). He has played for the last two seasons at B.Cearense in Brazilian NBB league. In 26 games he had 12.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg last season. He's also going to play for the main team of Guaros de Lara in the upcoming Liga Sudamericana (LSB).
The previous (15-16) season Machado played also at SKY/Basquete (also in NBB) where in 32 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Carioca League championship title in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Machado was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He represented Brazil at the South American Championships in Colombia seven years ago. Machado's team won Gold but his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Machado's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Machado has played previously professionally also in Spain (Menorca) and Brazil (Flamengo, Winner/Limeira, Brasilia, Macae and Mackenzie).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Augusto Lima selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to Besiktas' victory against one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (0-1) 82-71 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Lima recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 18 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Besiktas this season. His team is placed first in the BSL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Lima played for the Brazilian senior national team one years ago.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay). Passos could not help Malvin (8-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Malvin lost 79-83 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#8) U Universitario. Passos scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 25 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Passos averages: 9.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2FGP: 64.3% and FT: 83.3% in three games he played so far. Former Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo starter played for the Brazilian national team in 2010.

Gerson Santo
Gerson Santo
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Gerson Santo (206-91, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Argentina). He was not able to help Weber Bahia in their game against GECR Indalo (3-2) in the Argentinian LigaA. Santo recorded 5 points. The fourth-placed Weber Bahia (2-2) was defeated 92-87 at home by the second-ranked GECR Indalo in the Group D. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Santo's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.3ppg, 5.3rpg. Santo played for the Brazilian national team one years ago.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #4. Shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (1-2) in their game against CB Canarias (2-1) in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. He was the top scorer with 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. But UCAM Murcia lost 78-84 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) CB Canarias. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Benite's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.7apg in three games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team last year.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #5. An experienced international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (0-3) 94-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Thursday night. Huertas scored 6 points and added 3 passes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (1-2) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. Huertas' total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas used to play for the Brazilian national team last year.

Ricardo Fischer
Ricardo Fischer
   #6. Point guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB (1-2) in their game against Real Madrid (3-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. RETAbet BB lost 80-87 on their home court in Bilbao to the much higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. This year Fischer's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 1.3apg in three games. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team two years ago.

Matao de Souza
Matao de Souza
   #7. Former University international forward Matao de Souza (201-86, college: Idaho, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Stevnsgade (1-1) in their game against Randers (1-1) in the Danish Ligaen, despite his good performance on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. But Stevnsgade was crushed 89-67 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#5) Randers. de Souza has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg in three games. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team eight years ago.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #8. Guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Coviran Granada to win against the 12th-ranked Zamorano (0-2) crushing them 88-57 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. He scored only one point and added 4 passes. Coviran Granada (2-0) is placed second in the LEB Silver. Cobos has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg and 2.5spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in an U Universitario's victory against the closely-ranked Malvin (1-2) 83-79 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Tuesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. Urunday Universitario (1-2) is placed eighth in the LUB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Soarez has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg and 8.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Joao Gallina (192-SF-94, currently plays in Portugal) managed to help CAB Madeira to win against the ninth-ranked Electrico FC (0-1) crushing them 109-79 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. Gallina recorded 5 points. It was his first game for CAB Madeira this season. His team is placed fourth in the LPB. Gallina is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Portuguese.

   #3. Experienced Atilio de Mello (203-C-82, currently plays in Chile) led CD Tinguiririca San Fernando to a victory against the sixth-ranked Puerto Montt (1-3) 96-83 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. de Mello recorded 13 points. CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (1-3) is placed sixth in Conferencia Centro. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. de Mello has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #4. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Burgos (2-0) to beat Unicaja Malaga (2-1). Dos Anjos cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. The league leader Burgos was crushed 93-72 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#9) Unicaja Malaga. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg in two games he played so far.

   #5. Gabriel de Oliveira (207-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Iserlohn's victory against the 11th-ranked FC Bayern II (0-3) 87-80 in the German ProB (third division) in Sunday night's game. de Oliveira scored only 4 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 14 minutes. Iserlohn Kangaroos (3-0) is placed second in South group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. de Oliveira has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in three games. de Oliveira has both Brazilian and German nationalities.

   #6. Angelo Guaccio (193-F/G-98, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Piacenza in their game against Lecco in the Italian Serie B (third division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Guaccio scored only 2 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 95-73. This season he averages just 5.0ppg.



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Aleks Simeonov claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Levski 2014 and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Cherno More (#6, 0-1) with 26-point margin 88-62. Levski 2014 is placed at 3rd position in Bulgarian NBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Levski 2014 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 Simeonov had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Levski 2014's top player in his first season with the team. Simeonov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.0ppg) and averages solid 85.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Alex Davis (206-F-92) of second-ranked Beroe. Davis impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Beroe to another comfortable win outscoring Spartak Pleven (0-1) 104-83. 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. Davis is a newcomer at Beroe and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#1).

The third best performed player last round was former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of Yambol (#9). Varbanov showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. Despite Varbanov's great performance Yambol lost 72-78 to Akademik PL (#1, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Varbanov as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keith Clanton (205-C/F-90) of Lukoil Acad. - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Cedrick Bowen (198-F-92) of Spartak Pleven - 23 points and 5 rebounds
6. Nikolay Marinov (174-PG-94) of Spartak Pleven - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Isiah Umipig (183-PG-92) of Akademik PL - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Derek Wright (179-PG-86) of Rilski - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dalton Pepper (196-SF-90) of Lukoil Acad. - 19 points
10. Martin Durchev (202-SF-87) of Akademik PL - 14 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)



NBL Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spartak Pleven (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Beroe (1-0) 104-83. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Spartak Pleven managed to win fourth quarter 33-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beroe shot 63.9 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Alex Davis (206-92, college: Fresno St.) fired 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. International forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Cedrick Bowen (198-92, college: Charleston So.) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Yambol (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game was played in Varna between Levski 2014 and Cherno More where Levski 2014 (1-0) crushed Cherno More (0-1) on the road with 26-point difference 88-62. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Maravic contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kristiyan Krastev (200-97) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Cherno More. Levski 2014 will play against Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Cherno More will play on the road against Rilski in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 1 Yambol lost to Akademik PL in Plovdiv 72-78. Lukoil Acad. smashed Rilski at home 95-75.

Spartak Pleven - Beroe 83-104

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spartak Pleven (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Beroe (1-0) 104-83. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Spartak Pleven managed to win fourth quarter 33-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beroe shot 63.9 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Alex Davis (206-92, college: Fresno St.) fired 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. International forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points. Five Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Cedrick Bowen (198-92, college: Charleston So.) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and point guard Nikolay Marinov (174-94) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Yambol (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Beroe: A.Davis 25+4reb+2ast, A.Yanev Georgiev 17+3reb+3ast, A.Parker 16+1reb+5ast, T.Whisnant 15+2reb+1ast, M.DiNunno 11+4reb+4ast, A.Kemp 10+9reb
Spartak Pleven: C.Bowen 23+5reb, N.Marinov 17+2reb+7ast, D.Kuntic 15+3reb+4ast, K.Koev 9+2reb+8ast, V.Krysevich 8+2reb, G.Nikolov 8+1reb
gschID: 566725


Akademik PL - Yambol 78-72

Academik Plovdiv used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Yambol 78-72. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-17 Yambol's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-72 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Isiah Umipig (183-92, college: Seattle) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. The former international Martin Durchev (202-87) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Yambol. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yambol's coach Ivan Cholakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academik Plovdiv will play against Levski 2014 (#3) in Sofia in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yambol will play at home against Spartak Pleven (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: I.Umipig 22+4reb+5ast, M.Durchev 14+6reb+2ast, S.Smith 11+3reb, M.Johnson 11+9reb+1ast, V.Bachev 10+1reb+5ast, M.Nguirane 4+10reb+1ast
Yambol: B.Perine 18+1reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 14+11reb+7ast, S.Govedarov 10+10reb+4ast, S.Cholakov 10+2reb+1ast, E.Ivanov 8+2reb+1ast, A.Ivanov 8+9reb
gschID: 566724


Cherno More - Levski 2014 62-88

Another exciting game was played in Varna between Levski 2014 and Cherno More where Levski 2014 (1-0) crushed Cherno More (0-1) on the road with 26-point difference 88-62. The game without a history. Levski 2014 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Levski 2014 outrebounded Cherno More 48-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Cherno More's players. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Levski 2014 players scored in double figures. Forward Kristiyan Krastev (200-97) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Portuguese swingman Venelin Hristov (198-95) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cherno More. Levski 2014 will play against Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Cherno More will play on the road against Rilski in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski 2014: A.Simeonov 21+13reb+1ast, N.Maravic 14+10reb+2ast, J.Hunt 13+1reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 12+7reb+1ast, I.Alipiev 10+5reb+5ast, A.Milov 9+8reb+3ast
Cherno More: K.Krastev 15+7reb+1ast, V.Hristov 14+5reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 11+6reb+2ast, M.Stefanov 8+4reb, M.Kotsev 6+7reb+2ast, P.Hristov 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 566723


Lukoil Acad. - Rilski 95-75

Lukoil Acad. used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Samokov 95-75. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Acad.. Rilski was better in fourth quarter 29-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Acad. shot 63.8 percent from the field. Lukoil Acad. outrebounded Rilski 34-18 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Rilski's players. It was a very good performance for American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) contributed with 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. American point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay St.) answered with 18 points and the former international guard Zlatin Georgiev (197-85) added 12 points in the effort for Rilski. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lukoil Acad. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rilski will play at home against Cherno More (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: D.Pepper 19+1reb+1ast, H.Nikolov 12+2reb+1ast, K.Clanton 12+11reb+3ast, A.Raffa 10+1ast, B.Avramov 10+3reb+6ast, J.Knox 10+6reb+1ast
Rilski: D.Wright 18+3reb+3ast, D.Marincheshki 14+4reb, Z.Georgiev 12+3reb+3ast, S.Jeter 10+2reb, M.Marinov 7+2ast, T.Taylor 4+2reb
gschID: 566722





Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in a Eskisehir Basket's victory against the 13th-ranked Istanbul BBSK (0-1) 80-76 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Rowland recorded 17 points and added 3 assists in 33 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Eskisehir Basket this season. His team is placed third in the BSL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Rowland is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team six years ago. Strangely Rowland has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia). He led Kalev/Cramo to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Rapla (1-1) 78-76 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Thursday. Mirkovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Kalev/Cramo this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the Alexela KML. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mirkovic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bulgarian. Former Rilski Sportlist Samokov starter played for the Bulgarian national team in 2013.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in FYR Macedonia). He led Rabotnicki to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Kumanovo (0-1) 91-88 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Saturday night. Kostov was the best player in that game. He recorded 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 44 minutes. It was his first game for Rabotnicki this season. His team is placed third in the Prva Liga. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ex-Levski Sofia player is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Aleksander Vezenkov
Aleksander Vezenkov
   #4. Power forward Aleksander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Burgos (2-0) crushing them 111-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Vezenkov scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. FC Barcelona Lassa (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. 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 season Vezenkov averages: 8.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, currently plays in Hungary) led DEAC to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Atomeromu (1-1) 87-69 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. Lilov scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. Debreceni Egyetemis placed in the A Division. It's Lilov's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Lilov averages: 18.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 3.5apg in two games he played so far. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #6. Small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, currently plays in Romania) led Steaua CSM to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-1) crushing them 97-65 in a derby game in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. He recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Steaua CSM this season. His team is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. Marinov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Jason Washburn
Jason Washburn
   #7. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) could not help Yokohama BC (1-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Yokohama BC (1-3) were badly defeated 86-67 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in the Central group. Washburn was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes. Washburn has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg and 5.8rpg in four games. He is a naturalized American. Washburn used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Stanislav Tsonkov
Stanislav Tsonkov
   #8. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) managed to help KK Ohrid AV in a victory against the league outsider Strumica (0-1) 90-76 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Sunday night's game. Tsonkov recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Ohrid AV this season. His team is placed second in the Prva Liga. Tsonkov used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2011.

Yordan Minchev
Yordan Minchev
   #9. International forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help MZT Skopje in their game against KK Zadar (1-2) in the ABA League. He scored only 4 points. It was his first game for MZT Skopje this season. MZT Skopje was defeated 85-80 at home by the higher-ranked KK_Zadar (#8). Minchev is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Atanas Penev
Atanas Penev
   #10. Small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hertener Loewen's victory against the sixth-ranked Recklinghausen (3-2) 83-71 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. Hertener Loewen Basketball (5-0) is placed second in West group. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. This year Penev's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg in five games. He is a former international player as sixteen years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Milen Zahariev (190-92, currently plays in Germany) helped Hagen BG win their game against the tenth-ranked Bonn II 70-61 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Tuesday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Zahariev has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg in five games. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former University international swingman Sergey Tsvetkov (196-88, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Germany) led BV Villingen-Schwenningen to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Tuebingen II crushing them 92-51 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 24 minutes. Tsvetkov has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg in three games. He used to play for the Bulgarian university national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U20 international swingman Lyuben Paskov (196-90, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Duesseldorf in their game against Recklinghausen in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Paskov scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. His team was crushed by 33 points 93-60. Paskov's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Boyko Pangarov (183-88, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sergey Tsvetkov and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Pangarov led BV Villingen-Schwenningen to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Tuebingen II crushing them 92-51. He recorded 11 points in 21 minutes. This year Pangarov's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 1.7apg in three games. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Samsun in their game against Bursaspor in the Turkish TBL (second division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Ivanov was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 3 passes. Ivanov averaged so far 13.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Pero Antic (211-C/F-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the closely-ranked Mega Bemax (2-1) 90-80 in the ABA League on Wednesday night. Antic scored 10 points. It was his first game for Crvena Zvezda this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the ABA League. So far Crvena Zvezda won all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Antic has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Willie Deane (185-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in France) could not help Chalons-Reims (2-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Chalons-Reims was crushed 93-72 on the road by the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. Deane scored 12 points and had 3 steals. Deane's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) helped Cholet Basket edge one of league's weakest teams JDA Dijon (0-4) 75-73 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Cholet Basket (4-0) is placed first in the ProA. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. This year Evtimov's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg in four games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was not able to help Kumanovo in their game against Rabotnicki (1-0) in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Karadzovski was the top scorer with 29 points. He also added 5 assists. It was his first game for Kumanovo this season. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #5. Keydren Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Greece) led Peristeri GS to a victory over the closely-ranked AE Larissas (0-1) crushing them 106-69 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Clark was the top player that evening. He recorded 31 points (!!!). It was his first game for Peristeri GS this season. His team is placed seventh in the A2. Clark is a naturalized American. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #6. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) helped Aschersleben win their game against the sixth-ranked Vechta-2 84-81 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Tenev recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Tenev's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg.

   #7. Borislav Mladenov (192-G/F-0, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Rimini in their game against Vicenza in the Italian Serie B (third division). Mladenov scored 5 points. His team was defeated 85-70. This season Mladenov averages only 4.0ppg.



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Terrell TAYLOR
  Osorno
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Taylor, Osorno32.5 
 2. Summers, Osorno28.7 
 3. Johnson, CD Castro26.0 
 4. Okosa, CDE Talca24.3 
 5. Mbamalu, CD Valdi.22.7 
 6. Arteaga, Los Leones22.7 
 7. Julio, Las Animas21.3 
 8. Shannon, CDE Talca21.3 
 9. Motley, CDU C.20.3 
 10. Nelson, CDU C.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luis JULIO
  Las Animas
  (201-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16
 1. Julio, Las Animas16.0 
 2. Johnson, CD Castro12.3 
 3. Okosa, CDE Talca12.0 
 4. Rasio, Los Leones11.3 
 5. Joseph, AB Ancud10.3 
 6. Nelson, CDU C.10.3 
 7. Carter, CD Valdivia9.7 
 8. Robinson, CDU C.9.0 
 9. Taylor, Osorno9.0 
 10. Drye, CD Castro9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.10.3 
 2. Munoz, Osorno6.7 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca6.3 
 4. Booker, CD Castro6.3 
 5. Palacios, CDU C.6.0 
 6. Giano, Osorno6.0 
 7. Machuca, AB Ancud5.3 
 8. Marechal, Los L.5.0 
 9. Hernandez, CD Ca.5.0 
 10. Amor, Los Leones5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jovonni SHULER
  Las Animas
  (195-G/F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Shuler, Las Animas4.0 
 2. Munoz, Osorno3.0 
 3. Santiago, Puerto M.2.0 
 4. Calvo, CD Valdivia2.0 
 5. Carrasco, CD Valdi.2.0 
 6. Okosa, CDE Talca2.0 
 7. Machuca, AB Ancud2.0 
 8. Alvarez, Puerto M.1.7 
 9. Arteaga, Los Leones1.7 
 10. Morales, Las A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Luis CARRILLO
  CDU C.
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Carrillo, CDU C.1.7 
 2. Carter, CD Valdivia1.7 
 3. Robinson, CDU C.1.3 
 4. Santiago, Puerto M.1.0 
 5. Clarkson, Las A.1.0 
 6. Fontena, Osorno1.0 
 7. Carrasco, CDE Talca1.0 
 8. Taylor, Osorno1.0 
 9. Johnson, CD Castro1.0 
 10. Shannon, CDE Talca1.0 


Liga Nacional Round 4: Las Animas edge Los Leones to remain perfect - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, and even winless team recording their first victory.

There was a change at the Liga Nacional leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 4 was a defeat of league's leader Los Leones (2-2). They were defeated by top-ranked Las Animas (4-0) 72-62 on Sunday night. Las Animas outrebounded Los Leones 42-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Colombian-Venezuelan power forward Luis Julio (201-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Kristian Clarkson (202-84, college: Widener) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Eduardo Marechal (186-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Las Animas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Los Leones at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Las Animas. Los Leones will play next round against Universidad de Concepcion trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Las Animas will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Puerto Montt on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Espanol de Talca as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Los Leones) loss. Espanol de Talca edged much higher ranked AB Ancud at home 83-82. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The winners were led by Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (207-80, college: La Salle) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and Terrence Shannon supported him with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) did not help to save the game for AB Ancud. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with CD Valdivia. AB Ancud at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. AB Ancud will play next round against strong CD Castro trying to get back on the winning streak. Espanol de Talca will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Universidad Catolica at Santiago.
Quite upsetting was Universidad de Concepcion's home defeat in a game versus CD Castro 69-65. Gary Johnson fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Musa Abdul-Aleem produced 24 points for lost side. CD Castro (2-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Universidad de Concepcion dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. CD Castro will meet at home AB Ancud (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Universidad de Concepcion will play against the league's second-placed Los Leones in Quilpue and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Deportivo Valdivia (#3) beat Puente Alto by 17 points 86-69 on the road. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Puente Alto. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a very good performance for Alvaro Calvo who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Deportivo Valdivia have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with CDE Talca. Puente Alto at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. Deportivo Valdivia's next round opponent will be Osorno Basquetbol (#5) at home. Puente Alto will play against Tinguiririca S.F. and hope to win that game.
Tinguiririca S.F. has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Puerto Montt (1-3) 96-83 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Derwin Ramirez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tinguiririca S.F. left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Puerto Montt. It was Puerto Montt's third loss in a row. Tinguiririca S.F. will face higher ranked Puente Alto (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Puerto Montt will play against the league's leader Las Animas and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 4 CDU Catolica lost to Osorno on the opponent's court 94-100.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds by Terrell Taylor of Osorno.

CDE Talca - AB Ancud 83-82

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Espanol de Talca as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Los Leones) loss. Espanol de Talca edged much higher ranked AB Ancud at home 83-82. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Espanol de Talca players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. AB Ancud was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (207-80, college: La Salle) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC) supported him with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) did not help to save the game for AB Ancud. The former international guard Sebastian Suarez (193-91, college: Portland St.) added 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for lost side. Five AB Ancud players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with CD Valdivia. AB Ancud at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. AB Ancud will play next round against strong CD Castro trying to get back on the winning streak. Espanol de Talca will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Universidad Catolica at Santiago.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: R.Okosa 28+11reb+2ast, T.Shannon 25+8reb+3ast, S.Bravo 7+3reb+5ast, S.Saez 5+4reb+2ast, F.Bravo 5+2reb+9ast, E.Sepulveda 5+2reb
AB Ancud: A.Joseph 22+13reb+1ast, P.Sandoval 19+7ast, S.Suarez 15+11reb+4ast, J.Machuca 11+5reb+5ast, D.Johnson-Marshall 11+1reb, E.Oyarzo 2
gschID: 577861


CDU Concepcion - CD Castro 65-69

Quite upsetting was Universidad de Concepcion's home defeat in a game versus CD Castro 69-65. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Trevante Drye (199-93, college: Tulane) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. American Musa Abdul-Aleem (196-88, college: Troy) produced 24 points and center Matias Villagran (199-88) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. CD Castro (2-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Universidad de Concepcion dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. CD Castro will meet at home AB Ancud (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Universidad de Concepcion will play against the league's second-placed Los Leones in Quilpue and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CD Castro: G.Johnson 30+14reb+1ast, T.Drye 13+11reb+1ast, F.Jara 9+5reb, R.Booker 9+4reb+6ast, M.Hernandez 6+4reb+2ast, F.Garrido 2+2reb+1ast
CDU Concepcion: M.Abdul-Aleem 24+2reb+1ast, M.Villagran 13+9reb+1ast, D.Silva 8+2reb+2ast, M.Cisternas 7+3reb, L.Carrillo 6+7reb, T.Robinson 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 577862


Tinguiririca S.F. - Puerto Montt 96-83

Tinguiririca S.F. has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Puerto Montt (1-3) 96-83 on Sunday. Tinguiririca S.F. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Puerto Montt's 30 and made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. Tinguiririca S.F. had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Puerto Montt's players. Puerto Montt was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan forward Derwin Ramirez (191-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and Venezuelan guard Michael Flores (192-85) who added 23 points during the contest. At the losing side Puerto Rican forward Benito Santiago (198-89, college: Cumberlands) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Puerto Rican Alexander Galindo (200-85, college: FIU) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five Tinguiririca S.F. and four Puerto Montt players scored in double figures. Tinguiririca S.F. left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Puerto Montt. It was Puerto Montt's third loss in a row. Tinguiririca S.F. will face higher ranked Puente Alto (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Puerto Montt will play against the league's leader Las Animas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tinguiririca S.F.: M.Flores 23+3reb+2ast, D.Ramirez 20+13reb+1ast, A.de Mello 13+2reb+1ast, G.Caraboni 12+7reb+4ast, R.Madera 11+8reb+7ast, N.Ulloa 10+1reb+7ast
Puerto Montt: B.Santiago 17+6reb+2ast, A.Galindo 17+6reb, M.Ernst 17+3reb, T.Alvarez 17+2reb+1ast, S.Figueroa 4+6reb+3ast, C.Rosemberg 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 577863


Las Animas - Los Leones 72-62

There was a change at the Liga Nacional leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 4 was a defeat of league's leader Los Leones (2-2). They were defeated by top-ranked Las Animas (4-0) 72-62 on Sunday night. Las Animas outrebounded Los Leones 42-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Colombian-Venezuelan power forward Luis Julio (201-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Kristian Clarkson (202-84, college: Widener) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Eduardo Marechal (186-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and American forward John-A Thomas (198-82, college: Columbus St.) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Las Animas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Los Leones at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Las Animas. Los Leones will play next round against Universidad de Concepcion trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Las Animas will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Puerto Montt on the road.
Top scorers:
Las Animas: L.Julio 22+14reb+3ast, F.Morales 15+4reb+1ast, K.Clarkson 13+10reb+3ast, J.Holt 8+1reb+1ast, J.Del Solar 6+5reb+2ast, J.Shuler 6+4reb+3ast
Los Leones: J.A. Thomas 14+6reb+2ast, E.Marechal 11+11reb+3ast, B.Amor 8+3ast, L.Rasio 8+8reb+2ast, I.Carrion 7+2reb, D.Jones 6+2reb
gschID: 577864


Puente Alto - CD Valdivia 69-86

And what about another game where Deportivo Valdivia (#3) beat Puente Alto by 17 points 86-69 on the road. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Puente Alto. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Deportivo Valdivia players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Puente Alto's players. It was a very good performance for Spanish Alvaro Calvo (202-83, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Erik Carrasco (181-83) contributed with 9 points and 16 assists for the winners. American swingman Jemal Farmer (195-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Blacktop Management) replied with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Venezuelan center Jose-Juan Bravo (202-86, agency: Pro Sports) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Puente Alto. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Deportivo Valdivia have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with CDE Talca. Puente Alto at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. Deportivo Valdivia's next round opponent will be Osorno Basquetbol (#5) at home. Puente Alto will play against Tinguiririca S.F. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: A.Calvo 25+6reb+2ast, J.Carter 17+6reb+3ast, B.Mbamalu 14+9reb+3ast, G.Isla 9+5reb, E.Carrasco 9+3reb+16ast, C.Naranjo 7+1reb+2ast
Puente Alto: J.Farmer 20+2reb+1ast, J.Juan Bravo 12+9reb, A.Pinedo 10+7reb+1ast, A.Ross 8+9reb+1ast, C.Gallardo 7+1reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Collao 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 577860


Osorno - CDU Catolica 100-94

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Osorno Basquetbol and one of their biggest challengers Universidad Catolica had identical 1-2 record. This time Osorno Basquetbol used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Santiago 100-94 on Sunday night. Osorno Basquetbol dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Universidad Catolica's 38. Osorno Basquetbol looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Universidad Catolica was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and the other American import Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) who added 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Argentinian point guard Damian Palacios (177-85) responded with 25 points and 7 assists and American forward Aaron Nelson (203-91, college: S.Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Osorno Basquetbol (2-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Universidad Catolica lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with three games lost. Osorno Basquetbol will face league's second-placed Deportivo Valdivia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Universidad Catolica will play against the league's leader Espanol de Talca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Osorno: T.Taylor 35+11reb+3ast, D.Summers 28+13reb+5ast, E.Giano 14+5reb+4ast, J.Fontena 11+5reb+2ast, P.Coro 6+4reb+3ast, R.Munoz 6+4reb+7ast
CDU Catolica: D.Palacios 25+2reb+7ast, T.Motley 23+5reb+2ast, A.Nelson 19+13reb+2ast, F.Schuler 19+7reb+2ast, C.Diaz 3+8reb, R.Cannobbio 3
gschID: 577865



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

37-year old power forward Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Las Animas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat CDU Catolica (#4, 1-2) 81-74. It allowed Las Animas to consolidate first place in the Chilean league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Las Animas already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Julio turned to be Las Animas' top player in his first season with the team. Julio has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 17.0rpg. Julio

Second best performed player last round was Evandro Arteaga (178-PG-83) of top-ranked Los Leones. He is former international guard in his 2nd season at Los Leones. In the last game Arteaga recorded impressive 41 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Los Leones was edged by Osorno (1-2) 109-107. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Arteaga is well-known at Los Leones and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of league's second-best CDE Talca. Shannon scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of CDE Talca, leading his team to a 97-77 easy win against CD Castro (#5, 1-2). CDE Talca needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in Conferencia Sur. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost game. The season just started for Shannon as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Osorno - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of Osorno - 30 points and 4 rebounds
6. Bryant Mbamalu (191-SG-91) of CD Valdivia - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Javier Carter (203-C-91) of CD Valdivia - 22 points and 13 rebounds
8. Reggie Okosa (207-C-80) of CDE Talca - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rodrigo Munoz (186-G/F-80) of Osorno - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Tracy Robinson (201-SF-86) of CDU Concepcion - 24 points and 12 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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Koblenz adds Banic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz (Regionalliga) added to their roster 24-year old Croatian forward Emilio Banic (197-93). He played last season at Tajfun in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 13 games he recorded 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg. Banic also played that season for TSG Volksbank Reutlingen (2.Regionalliga) where in 9 games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg. The other team he played shortly was REWE Aupperle Fellbach. But in two Regionalliga games he had just 1.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Banic won German 2.Regionalliga (Southwest-South Group) championship title in 2016.
He has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like KK_Zadar, Borik Puntamika and Zapad.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Brian SULLIVAN
  MMCITE B.
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 30
 1. Sullivan, MMCITE B.30.0 
 2. Peterson, USK Praha25.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava23.0 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.21.0 
 5. Primorac, MMCITE B.19.0 
 6. Stanojevic, NH Os.18.5 
 7. Kerr, Svitavy18.5 
 8. Diggs, CEZ Nymburk18.0 
 9. Robinson, Usti n.17.0 
 10. Stojacic, NH Os.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mladen PRIMORAC
  MMCITE B.
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Primorac, MMCITE B.18.0 
 2. Tawiah, J.Hradec12.0 
 3. Kerr, Svitavy11.5 
 4. Pecka, Usti n.10.5 
 5. Peterson, USK Praha10.0 
 6. Skinner, BK Kolin9.0 
 7. Stojacic, NH Os.9.0 
 8. Houska, BK Decin8.0 
 9. Pajovic, BK Kolin7.0 
 10. Madsen, USK Praha7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Sirina, BK Opava9.0 
 2. Kouril, BK Opava6.0 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.5.0 
 4. Necas, BK Pardubice5.0 
 5. Marko, Svitavy5.0 
 6. Peterson, USK Praha4.5 
 7. Stegbauer, J.Hradec4.0 
 8. Kent, BK Pardubice4.0 
 9. Fuller, BK Olomo.4.0 
 10. Pandula, BK Pardu.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sirina, BK Opava5.0 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.4.0 
 3. Ciz, BK Kolin3.0 
 4. Pecka, Usti n.3.0 
 5. Peterson, USK Praha3.0 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.2.5 
 7. Robinson, Usti n.2.0 
 8. Kouril, BK Opava2.0 
 9. Ray, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 10. Necas, BK Pardubice2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexander MADSEN
  USK Praha
  (208-F/C-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Madsen, USK Praha4.0 
 2. Raines, USK Praha2.0 
 3. Mickelson, CEZ N.1.5 
 4. Houska, BK Decin1.5 
 5. Robinson, Usti n.1.0 
 6. Zuzak, J.Hradec1.0 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.1.0 
 8. Safarcik, BK Kolin1.0 
 9. Roseboro, Svitavy1.0 
 10. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Miroslav KVAPIL
  Opava B
  (202-C-93)
  Avg: 29
 1. Kvapil, Opava B29.0 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK26.0 
 3. Welsch, GBA Sparta23.0 
 4. Zachrla, Sokol S.23.0 
 5. Janik, Novy Jicin22.3 
 6. Tkadlec, Pardubice22.0 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin19.3 
 8. Bukovjan, Opava B19.0 
 9. Kolar, Nymburk B19.0 
 10. Slechta, Sokol Pisek18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomas VOSLAJER
  Zlin
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Voslajer, Zlin14.7 
 2. Majerik, Kralovst.13.0 
 3. Zeliznak, GBA S.12.5 
 4. Englicky, Sokol Pisek11.3 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B11.0 
 6. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.5 
 7. Stegbauer, Nymbu.10.0 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B9.5 
 9. Novak, Sokol Pisek8.0 
 10. Jiricek, Kralovst.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lukas BUKOVJAN
  Opava B
  (185-G-98)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bukovjan, Opava B6.0 
 2. Goga, BCM Orli5.7 
 3. Licenik, Sokol S.5.5 
 4. Sotnar, Slavoj L.5.3 
 5. Bele, Sokol Pisek5.0 
 6. Cenek, Sokol Prazky4.5 
 7. Vyroubal, USK P.4.0 
 8. Petric, Pardubice4.0 
 9. Blaha, Olomouc Bbal4.0 
 10. Habily, Sokol Prazky3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marek WELSCH
  GBA Sparta
  (180-G-99)
  Avg: 6
 1. Welsch, GBA Sparta6.0 
 2. Kvapil, Opava B3.0 
 3. Nalevanko, Pardu.3.0 
 4. Pavlicik, Sokol S.2.5 
 5. Dragoun, Opava B2.5 
 6. Nemec, Pardubice2.5 
 7. Brozek, Pardubice2.3 
 8. Majerik, Kralovst.2.0 
 9. Slavik, Opava B2.0 
 10. Slunecko, Slavoj L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 J DOMBEK
  GBA Sparta
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dombek, GBA Sparta2.0 
 2. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.7 
 3. Szabo, BCM Orli1.7 
 4. Sidibe, GBA Sparta1.7 
 5. Kulich, Nymburk B1.0 
 6. Smid, Sokol Slapanice1.0 
 7. Sedlak, Olomouc Bbal1.0 
 8. Fait, Sokol Pisek1.0 
 9. Kovarik, Nymburk B1.0 
 10. Soucek, Sokol S.1.0 



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  DENMARK  


Nathan Gibbs (ex Stevnsgade) joins Schwabing - by Eurobasket News

MTSV Friendsfactory Schwabing (Regionalliga) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Nathan Gibbs (204-102kg-89, college: Westmont). He played last season at Stevnsgade BBK in Danish Ligaen. In 16 games he had 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Gibbs played at Kirchheim/Teck (Oberliga) where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg.
His team made it to the WCBL Semifinals in 2013.
Gibbs has played also professionally in WCBL (Newport BS and LA United), PBL (Carolina Pee Dee) and IBL (LA Team MCL).
He attended Westmont College, CA until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matrix inks Blake Walker for the 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup, ex Gaiteros - by Ricardo Dominguez

GIE Maile Matrix signed experienced 35-year old swingman Blake Walker (197-82, college: Portland State, agency: Pro Sports) for the 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup. He played most recently at Gaiteros in Venezuelan LPB league, but was released by the team in Mar.'16. In 13 games he had 13.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.2apg in 2015-16 season.

"If we want to win the event again we need Blake", said head coach D.J. Douglas . Losing Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.) and Terrence Shannon (6'8''-F-79, college: Elgin CC) hurts our chances of defending our title. We need an electrifying player like Blake Walker to play along side Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management).

Part of previous (2015) summer Walker spent at Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito in Ecuadorian league where in three Liga Sudamericana games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg in 2015 season. He also played that season for Sameji (Santiago League) in Dominican Republic. Walker helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LPB Awards All-Imports Team back in 2011 and 2012.

Walker is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina, Colombia (Guerreros), Germany, Mexico (Fuerza Guinda Nogales and Jefes), Portugal, Puerto Rico, Uruguay (Union Atletica) and Dominican Republic (Huracanes del Atlantico).

Walker is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Matriz.

Walker attended Portland State until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

He could be described: Blake is an explosive and talented player. He has learned to be more consistent, and his basketball I.Q. and maturity have really improved.

Has the ability to score in many different ways and can defend multiple positions, making him even more valuable
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gezira ready for Arab Club Championship - by Mohamed Hafez

Head coach of Al Gezira Cairo Mohamed El-Kerdany is leading his team in a new challenge after two weeks as Al Gezira Cairo will be representing Egypt in Arab Club Championship hosted by AS Sale in Morocco starting 23rd of October till 02 nd of November 2017.

Geriza had inked two american import players especially for the tournament as Egyptian league is not allowing import players this season.

Quinton Day (185-G-84, college: UMKC) and Jalen Robinson had arrived to team daily practices in Cairo only couple of days ago and participated with Al Gezira Cairo in three friendly games.

It worth mentioning that Coach Kerdany is considered as legend in Egyptian basketball as he lead Egyptian national team and Al Gezira Cairo to several titles during past years as a player and after his retirement two years ago he succeeded to lead Al Gezira Cairo to the title of Egyptian super league in 2016/2017 season in his first mission as a Head coach.



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  EL SALVADOR  


Conferencia Occident wins All Star Game 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Conferencia Occident - Conferencia Oriental 124-107

Conferencia Occident edged Conferencia Occident 124-107 in All Star Game. They trailed 32-33 at the end of the first period, up came up with a 26-23 run in the second quarter. Moreover they posted a 34-24 surge in the third period and finished the game with a 32-27 run. Christopher Blake (196-G-88, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up with 34 points, while Marc Montavious (206-C-90, college: Georgetown, KY) collected 18 points and 14 boards. Jared Ruiz Melendez had 19 and David Lawson (185-PG-89, college: Reinhardt) poured in 16 points. Oreste Quiroz replied with 28 points in the losing effort and Raymond Miller delivered 20 points and 14 caroms.



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Edgars LASENBERGS
  Valga
  (189-G-95)
  Avg: 26
 1. Lasenbergs, Valga26.0 
 2. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.23.0 
 3. Cressler, Rapla20.5 
 4. Saaremael, Parnu20.0 
 5. Kirves, Parnu18.0 
 6. Upson, Rapla16.0 
 7. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.15.0 
 8. Saage, TL.14.5 
 9. Dorbek, Rapla14.5 
 10. Olmre, TTU14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maris ZIEDINS
  Rapla
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ziedins, Rapla12.0 
 2. Lips, Parnu11.0 
 3. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.9.0 
 4. Eichfuss, Parnu8.0 
 5. Freimanis, Valga8.0 
 6. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 7. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 8. Upson, Rapla7.0 
 9. Fall, TL.7.0 
 10. Lasenbergs, Valga6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sven KALDRE
  Rapla
  (197-F/G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kaldre, Rapla6.0 
 2. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.5.0 
 3. Kabin, TTU5.0 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 5. Kirves, Parnu4.0 
 6. Lasenbergs, Valga4.0 
 7. Raap, Parnu4.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rapla3.5 
 9. Haller, Valga3.0 
 10. Saage, TL.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Siim-Markus POST
  Parnu
  (183-PG-97)
  Avg: 4
 1. Post, Parnu4.0 
 2. Miglinieks, Valga3.0 
 3. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 4. Jurtom, TL.2.0 
 5. Kirves, Parnu2.0 
 6. Bruzas, Valga2.0 
 7. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 8. Cressler, Rapla2.0 
 9. Saare, Valga1.0 
 10. Raap, Parnu1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Devonte UPSON
  Rapla
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Upson, Rapla2.5 
 2. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 3. Tass, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 4. Kask, Parnu2.0 
 5. Raadik, TTU2.0 
 6. Raadik, Valga2.0 
 7. Kajupank, Rapla1.0 
 8. Miculis, Valga1.0 
 9. Metsalu, TTU1.0 
 10. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.1.0 



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  EUROCUP  


Samardo Samuels (ex Real Betis) signs at Partizan - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) landed 28-year old Jamaican ex-international center Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville). He was tested by Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa, but was not approved after all. Samuels ended the last season at New Basket Brindisi in Italian Serie A where in 7 games he averaged 7.9ppg and 4.6rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Jiangsu Dragons in Chinese CBA. In 22 games he had very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg.
Samuels has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year award in 2015.
Samuels also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Samuels has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks, Reno Bighorns and Canton Charge).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROLEAGUE  


Nikola Milutinov extends contract with Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos and Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The centre will stay in Piraeus through 2020. Nikola Milutinov joined Olympiacos back in 2015. He averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 boards per game in A1 last season. In Euroleague his stats read 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per appearance. He played for Serbian National Team in 2014-16.


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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 D''Von CAMPBELL
  HyPo
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 37
 1. Campbell, HyPo37.0 
 2. Kaisti, Aalto-Basket28.0 
 3. Howard-Jr, FoKoPo27.0 
 4. Sandberg, TuNM.26.3 
 5. Merchant, FoKoPo25.0 
 6. Moultrie, Ura B.25.0 
 7. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.23.5 
 8. Jennings, ToPo23.5 
 9. Kinnunen, Karkkila23.0 
 10. Makela, Karkkila22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsene TOWA
  Jarvenpaa
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 18
 1. Towa, Jarvenpaa18.0 
 2. Lawrence, PeU-B.15.0 
 3. Moultrie, Ura B.14.5 
 4. Dunhour, Oulun N.14.0 
 5. Jennings, ToPo13.0 
 6. Haapoja, Raholan .13.0 
 7. Burnett, Karkkila13.0 
 8. Coleman, Karkkila13.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrin.12.0 
 10. Sandberg, TuNM.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ville HAAPOJA
  Raholan .
  (200-SF-98)
  Avg: 7
 1. Haapoja, Raholan .7.0 
 2. Tenkanen, Aalto-Ba.6.0 
 3. Kuusisto, ToPo6.0 
 4. Kantonen, JyWe6.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrin.6.0 
 6. Campbell, HyPo6.0 
 7. Kaukiainen, Korik.5.5 
 8. Marttinen, MuKi5.0 
 9. Kopio, Jarvenpaa5.0 
 10. Ailio, MuKi5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Oliver KAISTI
  Aalto-Basket
  (--)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kaisti, Aalto-Basket5.0 
 2. Laakso, HNMKY U.4.0 
 3. Kuusisto, ToPo3.5 
 4. Blomqvist, HyPo3.5 
 5. Merchant, FoKoPo3.5 
 6. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.3.0 
 7. Hinkkanen, HNMKY U.3.0 
 8. Makela, Karkkila3.0 
 9. Booker, Bisons L.3.0 
 10. Kuukkanen, JyWe3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Micah DUNHOUR
  Oulun N.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dunhour, Oulun N.3.0 
 2. Hietanen, Pyrin.2.0 
 3. Sandberg, TuNM.2.0 
 4. Barry, JyWe2.0 
 5. Burnett, Karkkila2.0 
 6. Ruutiainen, Bisons L.1.5 
 7. Caldwell, Bisons L.1.5 
 8. Lawrence, PeU-B.1.5 
 9. Hall, Korikouvot1.5 
 10. Tiainen, Raholan .1.5 


1st Division Round 2: TuNMKY keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in 1st Division. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

TuNMKY defeated Oulun NMKY in Turun 80-66. TuNMKY made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Oulun NMKY turnovers and outrebounded them 123-97 including a 79-63 advantage in defensive rebounds. TuNMKY looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists. 36 personal fouls committed by Oulun NMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Eero Innamaa (188-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jack Pasquini (203-93, college: CS East Bay) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for Oulun NMKY. Oulun NMKY will play next round against Porvoon Tarmo trying to get back on the winning streak. TuNMKY will try to continue on its current victory against Oulun NMKY on the road.
Forssan Koripojat (1-1) recorded a loss in Helsinki. Visitors were defeated by ToPo (2-0) 93-75. American forward Milton Jennings (206-90, college: Clemson) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Baboucarr Ceesay chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American guard John Merchant (187-89, college: Dowling) responded with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ToPo will play against Jarvenpaa (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Forssan Koripojat will play against Korikouvot (#6) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of Lahti in a game versus Korikouvot (#7) 84-80. Juuso Maenpaa notched 19 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 28 points and 8 rebounds by Henry Pwono did not help to save the game for Lahti. Korikouvot will meet at home Forssan Koripojat (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lahti will play against Jyvaskyla BA (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss anothera road victory of MuKi (2-0) over PeU-Basket (1-1) 77-68. The best player for the winners was Joonas Timonen who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. MuKi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. MuKi's next round opponent will be Raholan Pyrkiva (#4) in Tampere. PeU-Basket will play on the road against JyWe in Jyvaskyla and hope to win that game.
The game in Tampere was also quite interesting. TuNMKY (3-0) played at the court of Pyrinto II (0-1). TuNMKY defeated Pyrinto II 82-68 on Thursday. Mikael Sandberg orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds. Pyrinto II's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. TuNMKY will face Oulun NMKY (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pyrinto II will play against HBA-Marsky (#2) in Helsinki and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 2:
In Division winless Jarvenpaa was beaten by Porvoon Tarmo on the road 80-69. Ura Basket won against Oulun NMKY on its own court 89-72. HBA-Marsky outscored Jyvaskyla BA in Helsinki 88-68. Karkkila managed to beat HyPo at home 88-86. Raholan Pyrkiva crushed PuHu Juniorit on the opponent's court 94-73. HNMKY U23 smashed Huima in a home game 81-59. JyWe lost to Espoo Basket on the road 65-71. Aalto-Basket lost to Bisons Loimaa on its own court 72-101. Espoo Basket lost to MuKi in Helsinki 66-93.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 12 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists by Ville Haapoja of Raholan Pyrkiva.

Group A
Lahti - Korikouvot 80-84

An interesting game was also tough home defeat of Lahti in a game versus Korikouvot (#7) 84-80. Korikouvot looked well-organized offensively handing out 43 assists. Power forward Juuso Maenpaa (198-93) notched 19 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) supported him with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Korikouvot players scored in double figures. Even 28 points and 8 rebounds by American power forward Henry Pwono (201-91, college: East Central) did not help to save the game for Lahti. His fellow American import guard Jordan Jacks (196-94, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Korikouvot will meet at home Forssan Koripojat (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lahti will play against Jyvaskyla BA (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: S.Kaukiainen 20+5ast, J.Maenpaa 19+4reb+5ast, T.Knihtinen 14+8reb+5ast, K.Hall 13+4reb+3ast, V.Leino 9+3reb+1ast, I.Toikkanen 6+12reb+1ast
Lahti: H.Pwono 28+8reb+1ast, J.Jacks 13+8reb+1ast, R.Barlund 9+5reb+3ast, H.Koskinen 7+6reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 6+2reb+3ast, O.Aalto 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 576093


TuNMKY - Oulun NMKY 80-66

TuNMKY defeated Oulun NMKY in Turun 80-66. TuNMKY made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Oulun NMKY turnovers and outrebounded them 123-97 including a 79-63 advantage in defensive rebounds. TuNMKY looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists. 36 personal fouls committed by Oulun NMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Eero Innamaa (188-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jack Pasquini (203-93, college: CS East Bay) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and guard Oskari Virolainen (189-93) added 15 points in the effort for Oulun NMKY. Oulun NMKY will play next round against Porvoon Tarmo trying to get back on the winning streak. TuNMKY will try to continue on its current victory against Oulun NMKY on the road.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: E.Innamaa 19+3reb+4ast, M.Sandberg 17+6reb+2ast, T.Lommi 16+6reb, A.Talvitie 9+2reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 7+9reb+2ast, M.Laihonen 6+6reb+4ast
Oulun NMKY: J.Pasquini 24+12reb, O.Virolainen 15+2reb+1ast, A.Eskola 9+4reb, V.Hautala 6+4reb+1ast, K.Clement 6+8reb+2ast, T.Yrjanheikki 2
gschID: 576091


Porvoon Tarmo - Jarvenpaa 80-69

Porvoon Tarmo used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Jarvenpaa 80-69 on Sunday night. Porvoon Tarmo forced 27 Jarvenpaa turnovers. Strangely Jarvenpaa outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 146-128 including a 91-80 advantage in defensive rebounds. Porvoon Tarmo looked well-organized offensively handing out 41 assists. Jarvenpaa was plagued by 50 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Michael Besselink (198-99) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Joona Tuomala (197-97) contributed with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Porvoon Tarmo's coach Esa Maki-Tulokas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Visa Tarjanne (194-93) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Villematti Kopio (183-92) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Jarvenpaa. Four Jarvenpaa players scored in double figures. Porvoon Tarmo will face Oulun NMKY (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Jarvenpaa will play against ToPo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: J.Tuomala 23+9reb+5ast, M.Besselink 23+14reb+2ast, K.Straih 12+2reb, E.Lahdensuu 7+4reb+2ast, O.Storgard 4+4ast, J.Gummerus 4+5reb+1ast
Jarvenpaa: V.Tarjanne 22+7reb+2ast, V.Kopio 16+6reb+2ast, J.Pehkonen 11+8reb+3ast, L.Tarjanne 10+2reb+4ast, A.Towa 6+16reb+2ast, A.Korkiatupa 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 576092


ToPo - FoKoPo 93-75

Forssan Koripojat (1-1) recorded a loss in Helsinki. Visitors were defeated by ToPo (2-0) 93-75. Forssan Koripojat was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 53-30 second half run of ToPo. They outrebounded Forssan Koripojat 47-26 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Forssan Koripojat's players. American forward Milton Jennings (206-90, college: Clemson) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Gambian center Baboucarr Ceesay (197-94) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American guard John Merchant (187-89, college: Dowling) responded with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Juwan Howard-Jr (200-92, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ToPo will play against Jarvenpaa (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Forssan Koripojat will play against Korikouvot (#6) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: M.Jennings 31+10reb+1ast, B.Ceesay 17+8reb+3ast, L.Williams 15+1reb+5ast, S.Salminen 8+8reb+1ast, S.Marouf 6, I.Pehkonen 6+6reb+5ast
FoKoPo: J.Merchant 24+9reb+4ast, J.Howard Jr. 21+5reb+2ast, M.Molenius 13+2reb+2ast, S.Saari 6+2reb+1ast, H.Kotavuo 4+1ast, J.Kotavuo 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 576090


Ura Basket - Oulun NMKY 89-72

Very expected game when Oulun NMKY (0-2) lost to Ura Basket (2-0) in Kaarina 72-89 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ura Basket. Oulun NMKY was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Oulun NMKY was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Ura Basket's coach Kristian Palotie used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Micah Dunhour (198-93, college: CS East Bay) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Jack Pasquini (203-93, college: CS East Bay) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Oulun NMKY. Ura Basket will have a break next round. Oulun NMKY will play at home against Porvoon Tarmo (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: B.Moultrie 28+14reb+2ast, P.Rainamaa 15+10reb+2ast, A.Akpaso 11+1reb+2ast, R.Laine 10+10reb+3ast, E.Aaltonen 6+4reb, T.Niemi 5+1reb+1ast
Oulun NMKY: M.Dunhour 21+14reb+4ast, J.Pasquini 19+8reb+3ast, O.Virolainen 12+2reb+1ast, T.Yrjanheikki 9+1ast, S.Laine 6+1reb, V.Hautala 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 576089


Pyrinto II - TuNMKY 68-82

The game in Tampere was also quite interesting. TuNMKY (3-0) played at the court of Pyrinto II (0-1). TuNMKY defeated Pyrinto II 82-68 on Thursday. Center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Mikael Laihonen (202-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Eerik Harju (185-98) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) added 5 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Pyrinto II. Pyrinto II's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. TuNMKY will face Oulun NMKY (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pyrinto II will play against HBA-Marsky (#2) in Helsinki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 32+16reb+2ast, M.Laihonen 19+11reb+3ast, T.Lommi 18+3reb+1ast, E.Innamaa 5+3reb+5ast, V.Salli 3+3reb+1ast, A.Talvitie 3+2reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: E.Harju 19+6reb+1ast, R.Bellagnaoui 11, M.Nurmi 8+1reb+2ast, J.Pentti 6+2reb, J.Hietanen 6+6reb+2ast, D.Williams 5+12reb+6ast
gschID: 576088


Jyvaskyla BA - HBA-Marsky 68-88

Very predictable result when HBA-Marsky (2-0) rolled over on the road Jyvaskyla BA (0-2) 88-68 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. HBA-Marsky dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Jyvaskyla BA's 26. HBA-Marsky forced 20 Jyvaskyla BA turnovers. Forward Mikael Jantunen (203-0) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Elias Valtonen (198-99) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five HBA-Marsky players scored in double figures. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) replied with 20 points and swingman Timi Puittinen (193-94) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Jyvaskyla BA. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. HBA-Marsky will face Pyrinto II (#8) in Tampere in the next round where they are favorite. Jyvaskyla BA will play on the road against Lahti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HBA-Marsky: M.Jantunen 23+8reb+1ast, E.Valtonen 21+5reb+1ast, A.Gustavson 15+3reb+4ast, V.Tahvanainen 12+2reb+2ast, M.Heinonen 11+4reb+3ast, T.Exaucia 4+3reb
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 20+3reb+3ast, A.Kankaanpaa 9+2ast, J.Luoma 8+6reb+2ast, T.Puittinen 8+6reb+3ast, S.Oja 8+6reb+3ast, K.Peltonen 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 576087


Group B
Karkkila - HyPo 88-86

Not a big story in a game when HyPo (0-2) was edged on the road by Karkkila (1-0) 88-86 on Sunday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Karkkila forced 25 HyPo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists. HyPo was plagued by 41 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Samuli Makela (175-99) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Karkkila players scored in double figures. American guard D'Von Campbell (185-92, college: Campbellsville) replied with 37 points (!!!) and 6 assists and forward Ilkka Blomqvist (196-84) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for HyPo. HyPo's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Karkkila will face PuHu Juniorit (#8) in Vantaa in the next round where they are favorite. HyPo will play at home against HNMKY U23 (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Karkkila: J.Kinnunen 23+2reb+4ast, S.Makela 22+4reb+4ast, H.Coleman 20+13reb+2ast, B.Burnett 12+13reb+1ast, J.Anttila 9+7reb, A.Lecklin 2+2reb+1ast
HyPo: D.Campbell 37+4reb+6ast, I.Blomqvist 20+9reb, T.Honka 11+9reb+1ast, C.Ahokas 5+4reb+1ast, M.Laitinen 4+1ast, J.Jokio 3
gschID: 576221


PeU-Basket - MuKi 68-77

We should not miss anothera road victory of MuKi (2-0) over PeU-Basket (1-1) 77-68. MuKi players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists. 36 personal fouls committed by PeU-Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Joonas Timonen (188-0) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Touko Tainamo chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four MuKi players scored in double figures. MuKi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian forward Kashrell Lawrence (188, college: Dalhousie) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and guard Jesse Virtanen (188-95) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. MuKi's next round opponent will be Raholan Pyrkiva (#4) in Tampere. PeU-Basket will play on the road against JyWe in Jyvaskyla and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
MuKi: J.Timonen 23+8reb+2ast, T.Tainamo 14+7reb, M.Rautasalo 12+5reb+3ast, M.Rajala 10+5reb, P.Marttinen 5+6reb+2ast, O.Ailio 5+5reb+3ast
PeU-Basket: K.Lawrence 16+17reb+2ast, J.Virtanen 16+2reb+1ast, S.Himberg 13+4reb+2ast, T.Jarhio 9+1reb+5ast, K.Troberg 8+3reb, S.Kaaresvirta 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 576222


PuHu Juniorit - Raholan Pyrkiva 73-94

There was a surprise result when Raholan Pyrkiva (1-1) outplayed PuHu Juniorit (1-1) in Vantaa 94-73 on Sunday. Raholan Pyrkiva made 30-of-39 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while PuHu Juniorit only scored two points from the stripe. Raholan Pyrkiva forced 22 PuHu Juniorit turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Raholan Pyrkiva made 7 blocks. PuHu Juniorit was plagued by 42 personal fouls down the stretch. Ville Haapoja (200-98) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Russian guard Artem Shchepkin (194-86) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Shchepkin is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists and Eshaq Safi added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for PuHu Juniorit. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Raholan Pyrkiva will face MuKi in Helsinki in the next round and it may be the game of the week. PuHu Juniorit will play at home against Karkkila (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Raholan Pyrkiva: A.Shchepkin 22+2reb, S.Sukanen 18+3reb+1ast, V.Haapoja 12+13reb+7ast, S.Mantynen 10, L.Tiainen 9+3reb+4ast, J.Koskela 8+4reb+2ast
PuHu Juniorit: J.Graham 16+14reb+7ast, T.Bah 12+2ast, E.Safi 8+8reb, S.Abokar 8+4reb, J.Lehti 7+3reb+3ast, N.Juntunen 6
gschID: 576223


HNMKY U23 - Huima 81-59

There was a minor upset when Aanekosken Huima (0-1) was outleveled by HNMKY U23 (1-1) in Helsinki 81-59 on Sunday. HNMKY U23 forced 37 Aanekosken Huima turnovers. Strangely Aanekosken Huima outrebounded HNMKY U23 125-111 including 46 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 39 assists. Aanekosken Huima was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Sakari Laakso (194-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Tuure Takala (185-93) contributed with 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. HNMKY U23's coach Juuso Milen felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Joni Pohjonen (203-98) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Pena Ranta (182-81) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Aanekosken Huima. HNMKY U23 will face HyPo (#12) in Hyvinkaa in the next round where they are favorite. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against Aalto-Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HNMKY U23: S.Laakso 25+7reb+2ast, T.Takala 12+1reb+9ast, M.Vallila 10+1reb+1ast, P.Hinkkanen 10+2reb+2ast, J.Eboreime 8+7reb+4ast, A.Pietilainen 7+5reb+1ast
Huima: J.Pohjonen 19+6reb, P.Ranta 12+9reb+3ast, J.Tuoriniemi 8+5reb, H.Boyd 7+2reb+4ast, R.Hyvarinen 7+4reb+2ast, K.Hakkinen 4+3reb
gschID: 576219


Espoo Basket - JyWe 71-65

There was a small surprise when Espoo Basket (1-1) beat at home JyWe (0-1) 71-65 on Sunday. Espoo Basket forced 24 JyWe turnovers and outrebounded them 139-119 including a 87-72 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. JyWe was plagued by 38 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Tuomas Laine (182-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Mikko Jantunen (192-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Espoo Basket players scored in double figures. Espoo Basket's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Bahamas forward Winslo Barry (208-90, college: Incarnate Word) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Aleksi Kantonen (188-95) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for JyWe. Espoo Basket will face Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JyWe will play against PeU-Basket (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Espoo Basket: T.Laine 23+5reb, M.Jantunen 11+13reb+2ast, M.Leikkonen 11+5reb, A.Heiskanen 10+6reb+3ast, M.Metsamaa 7+3reb+1ast, O.Andersen 4+1reb+1ast
JyWe: J.Ohtonen 17+2reb+1ast, W.Barry 15+8reb+3ast, A.Kantonen 11+4reb+6ast, V.Amegbedzi 7+2reb, J.Lehto 5+7reb+1ast, T.Kuukkanen 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 576220


Aalto-Basket - Bisons Loimaa 72-101

Very expected game when Aalto-Basket (0-1) was smashed by Loimaan Korikonkarit (2-0) in Espoo 101-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Loimaan Korikonkarit. Aalto-Basket was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aalto-Basket 52-31 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Josh Caldwell (203, college: William Penn) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Juho-Matti Henttonen (200-96) contributed with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Oliver Kaisti replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds and guard Rasmus Roslund (192-88) added 6 points in the effort for Aalto-Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit will face Espoo Basket (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Aalto-Basket will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bisons Loimaa: J.Henttonen 21+8reb+4ast, J.Caldwell 20+12reb+5ast, P.Ruutiainen 16+9reb+2ast, R.Marttinen 15+3reb+4ast, T.Rasi 10+2reb+1ast, S.Booker 7+7reb+2ast
Aalto-Basket: O.Kaisti 28+8reb+2ast, M.Hautala 9+3reb+1ast, A.Lohman 8+2reb, T.Tenkanen 6+1reb+6ast, R.Roslund 6+4reb+3ast, A.Aladin 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 576218


MuKi - Espoo Basket 93-66

MuKi used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Espoo 93-66 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. MuKi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Espoo Basket turnovers. MuKi looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Espoo Basket's players. Guard Pyry Marttinen (184-99) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 assists. Point guard Joonas Timonen (188-0) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four MuKi players scored in double figures. Forward Mikko Jantunen (192-92) replied with 18 points and guard Tuomas Laine (182-97) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Espoo Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MuKi will face Raholan Pyrkiva (#4) in Tampere in the next round. Espoo Basket will play on the road against Loimaan Korikonkarit and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
MuKi: P.Marttinen 18+4reb+8ast, M.Rautasalo 16+4reb+1ast, J.Timonen 13+5reb+5ast, T.Oksa 10+4reb+1ast, M.Rajala 7+5reb+1ast, E.Lahdetniemi 7+3reb
Espoo Basket: M.Jantunen 18+3reb+1ast, M.Metsamaa 9+1reb+1ast, R.Hinkkanen 8+2reb+1ast, E.Jaakkola 7+2reb+1ast, T.Laine 7+5reb+4ast, M.Leikkonen 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 576217





Moultrie's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ura Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Oulun NMKY (#12, 0-2) with 17-point margin 89-72. Ura Basket is placed at 4th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Ura Basket won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Moultrie turned to be Ura Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Armstrong Atlantic State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moultrie is in league's top in points (6th best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 14.5rpg) and averages solid 3.0spg and 67.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of top-ranked TuNMKY. He is a center in his 2nd season at TuNMKY. In the last game Sandberg recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he led TuNMKY to another comfortable win 82-68 over Pyrinto II (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Sandberg is well-known at TuNMKY and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.3ppg (#4). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Milton Jennings (206-F-90) of ToPo (#3). Jennings got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of ToPo, leading his team to a 93-75 easy win against FoKoPo (#5, 1-1). ToPo has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Jennings also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Jennings has a great season in Finland. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 13.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. D'Von Campbell (185-G-92) of HyPo - 37 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Henry Pwono (201-F/C-91) of Lahti - 28 points and 8 rebounds
6. Oliver Kaisti) of Aalto-Basket - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mikael Jantunen (203-F) of HBA-Marsky - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Joona Tuomala (197-SG-97) of Porvoon Tarmo - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sakari Laakso (194-PG-97) of HNMKY U23 - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Juho-Matti Henttonen (200-PF-96) of Bisons Loimaa - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  Antibes
  (205-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Blue, Antibes21.8 
 2. Prepelic, Paris-Le.21.3 
 3. Cowels-III, Hyeres-.20.5 
 4. Peacock, Bourg19.5 
 5. Sanford, Antibes16.0 
 6. Ware, Paris-Levallois15.8 
 7. Golden, Le Portel14.8 
 8. Sulaimon, Dijon14.7 
 9. Logan, Strasbourg14.7 
 10. Dixon, Strasbourg14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis LABEYRIE
  Stras.
  (208-C/F-92)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Labeyrie, Stras.10.7 
 2. Yarou, Antibes10.0 
 3. Ware, Paris-Levallois8.0 
 4. Tolbert, Hyeres-T.8.0 
 5. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 6. Cornelie, Paris-Le.7.3 
 7. Daniel, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 8. Jeanne, Le Mans7.0 
 9. Travis, Le Mans7.0 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Cooper, Gravelines9.3 
 2. Blassingame, Antibes6.5 
 3. Cobbs, Le Mans6.0 
 4. Sim, Bourg5.5 
 5. Roberson, AS.5.0 
 6. Nzeulie, Chalon4.8 
 7. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.4.8 
 8. Mangin, Le Portel4.8 
 9. Smith, Hyeres-T.4.8 
 10. Gibson, Limoges4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Craft, Monaco2.5 
 2. Houmounou, Bourg2.0 
 3. Yeguete, Le Mans2.0 
 4. Arnold, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Chassang, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 6. Lacombe, Monaco1.8 
 7. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
 8. Evtimov, Cholet1.8 
 9. Nelson, AS.1.8 
 10. Cooper, Gravelines1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James FARR
  Chalon
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Farr, Chalon2.3 
 2. Putney, Chalon1.8 
 3. Atkins, Strasbourg1.7 
 4. Logan, Strasbourg1.3 
 5. Petteway, Nanterre1.3 
 6. Smith, Gravelines1.3 
 7. Jones, Limoges1.0 
 8. Tarpey, Le Mans1.0 
 9. Lacombe, Monaco1.0 
 10. Jeanne, Le Mans1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Mounir BERNAOUI
  Le Portel
  (204-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bernaoui, Le Portel20.0 
 2. Affo, Boulazac18.7 
 3. Cham, Monaco18.3 
 4. Briki, Lyon-Vil.18.3 
 5. Esso-Essis, Le Ma.18.3 
 6. Muninga, Limoges17.8 
 7. Goulmy, Strasbourg17.8 
 8. Desseignet, Bourg16.8 
 9. Beyhurst, Stras.16.7 
 10. Flosse, Gravelines16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin HANGOUE
  Boulazac
  (201-PF-97)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hangoue, Boulazac13.0 
 2. Flosse, Gravelines11.7 
 3. Muninga, Limoges11.5 
 4. Munanga, Monaco11.0 
 5. Morose, Cholet10.3 
 6. Sako, Levallois9.8 
 7. Eboh, Limoges9.7 
 8. Eyoum, Le Mans8.8 
 9. Affo, Boulazac8.3 
 10. Pansa, Nanterre8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Killian HAYES
  Cholet
  (194-G-1)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Hayes, Cholet8.5 
 2. Beyhurst, Stras.7.3 
 3. Mopsus, ES Chalo.6.3 
 4. Maledon, Lyon-Vil.5.5 
 5. Hannequin, Gravelines5.3 
 6. Eboh, Limoges5.0 
 7. Jackson, Le Mans5.0 
 8. Imhoff, CCRB P.5.0 
 9. Missonnier, ES Chalo.4.8 
 10. Morose, Cholet4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Adrien LABANERE
  Boulazac
  (175-PG-97)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Labanere, Boulazac3.7 
 2. Cham, Monaco3.0 
 3. Beyhurst, Stras.3.0 
 4. Pellure, Pau-Lacq.3.0 
 5. Lopez, Hyeres-T.3.0 
 6. Bernaoui, Le Portel3.0 
 7. Gasser, Monaco2.7 
 8. Briki, Lyon-Vil.2.5 
 9. Hayes, Cholet2.5 
 10. Archinard, Dijon2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Quentin GOULMY
  Strasbourg
  (206-C-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Goulmy, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Cissoko, Monaco1.7 
 3. Piccoli, Le Portel1.5 
 4. Pansa, Nanterre1.5 
 5. Munanga, Monaco1.3 
 6. Daval-B., Pau-Lacq.1.3 
 7. Ca, ES Chalonnais1.3 
 8. Kwedi, Strasbourg1.0 
 9. Diawara, Hyeres-T.0.8 
 10. Ndiaye, Bourg0.8 


Yann Siegwarth claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Yann Siegwarth (180-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SAP Vaucluse and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 24-year old playmaker got a double-double of 25 points and thirteen assists, while his team beat Challans (#6, 2-1) 103-92. SAP Vaucluse is placed at 15th position in French NM1. SAP Vaucluse is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game Siegwarth had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be SAP Vaucluse's top player in his first season with the team. Siegwarth has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 8.3apg. Siegwarth

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old American point guard Austen Rowland (186-PG-81, agency: Inception Sports) of La Charite. Rowland impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for La Charite to edge Boulogne (1-2) by 5 points 104-99. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Rowland is a newcomer at La Charite and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.7 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Saint Vallier (#3). Craion scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Saint Vallier, leading his team to a 101-66 easy win against GET Vosges (#10, 1-2). Saint Vallier started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Craion turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Craion has a very solid season. In 3 games in France he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zarko Rakocevic (204-C/F-84) of SAP Vaucluse - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vincent Fandelet (197-SF-92) of La Charite - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Theo Diehl (192-PG-94) of Souffel - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Xavier Forcada (194-G-88) of Gries/Oberhoffen - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Kyle Tresnak (208-C-92) of RAC Basket - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Warren Niles (196-G-89) of Boulogne - 25 points and 5 rebounds
10. Benoit Gillet (190-SG-86) of Saint-Quentin - 17 points and 6 assists

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



Mickael Gelabale set to sign at Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) will add to their roster experienced 34-year old international small forward Mickael Gelabale (202-98kg-83, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two seasons at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in the ProA. In 34 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg last season. Gelabale helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2005 Gelabale was drafted by Seattle Supersonics (NBA) in second round (48th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won French Cup in 2016. Gelabale was selected to French ProA All-Star Game in 2016.
He has been also a member of French international program for some years. Gelabale has regularly played for French senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001.
He represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.8ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT-3 (60.0%), FT: 83.3%.
Gelabale is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Croatia (Cedevita), Russia (Khimki), Spain (Real Madrid and Valencia Basket), France (Limoges CSP Elite, ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and Strasbourg IG), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and South Bay Lakers).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A player of Caribbean origins (Isla de Punta Negra) who exploded in French League thaks to his athletic skills and his versatility; Knows ho to stay on the court, can make the right choice almost every time. His great defensive skills make him the usual controller of the opponent's best scorer.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Remi BARRY
  Ohrid AV
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 35
 1. Barry, Ohrid AV35.0 
 2. Kostov, Rabotnicki30.0 
 3. Karadzovski, Kuman.29.0 
 4. Benjamin, Bloko.28.0 
 5. Pekovic, Kozuv22.0 
 6. Ginyard, Rabotnicki22.0 
 7. Ross-Miller, Ohrid A.21.0 
 8. Janevski, Kumanovo19.0 
 9. Apostolov, Kozuv18.0 
 10. Tyus, Strumica18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne BENJAMIN
  Bloko.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13
 1. Benjamin, Bloko.13.0 
 2. Apostolov, Kozuv11.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kozuv8.0 
 4. Cohadarevic, Rabot.8.0 
 5. Kostov, Rabotnicki8.0 
 6. Janevski, Kumanovo8.0 
 7. Karakolev, Kuman.7.0 
 8. Gilbert, Strumica7.0 
 9. Ramme, Kumanovo7.0 
 10. Krstevski, Rabotnicki5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar LAZAREVSKI
  Bloko.
  (179-PG-99)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lazarevski, Bloko.7.0 
 2. Ginyard, Rabotnicki6.0 
 3. Karadzovski, Kuman.5.0 
 4. Apostolov, Kozuv5.0 
 5. Cvetkov, Strumica4.0 
 6. Ramme, Kumanovo4.0 
 7. Petrov, Kozuv3.0 
 8. Barry, Ohrid AV3.0 
 9. Mladenovic, Bloko.3.0 
 10. Glavchev, Bloko.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Apostoli APOSTOLOV
  Kozuv
  (183-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Apostolov, Kozuv4.0 
 2. Pekovic, Kozuv3.0 
 3. Mladenovic, Bloko.3.0 
 4. Barry, Ohrid AV3.0 
 5. Karakolev, Kuman.3.0 
 6. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.0 
 7. Kolev, Blokotehna3.0 
 8. Avramovski, Bloko.2.0 
 9. Kostov, Rabotnicki2.0 
 10. Cvetkov, Strumica2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sinisa AVRAMOVSKI
  Bloko.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Avramovski, Bloko.2.0 
 2. Kamberov, Bloko.1.0 
 3. Krstevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 4. Benjamin, Bloko.1.0 
 5. Gocevski, Bloko.1.0 
 6. Karakolev, Kuman.0.0 
 7. Janevski, Ohrid AV0.0 
 8. Stojanovski, Kuman.0.0 
 9. Gligorijevic, Ohrid A.0.0 
 10. Shterjov, Kumanovo0.0 



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The EN Baskets Schwelm Didn't Need A Serious Chris Hortman Scoring Show Taming The Fraport Skyliners Juniors 76-63 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

So it's been only two games, but things sometimes never change and for EN Baskets Schwelm versatile guard Chris Hortman he could be singing the same song he did last season when he exploded game after game and so far has continued to be a menace in the higher league Pro B. Last season the Cinderella career of the Milwaukee native continued after having to prove himself in three lower college level's Juco, NAIA and NCAA 3, the 29 year old 191cm point guard who compares his game as a mix between a Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker who had only one brief gig in Australia as a professional in the last three years just dominated the Regionaliga like no other averaging (25.0ppg), 9.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.9%. He scored in double figures in all 26 games, scoring 20 points or more 16 times, thirty points or more 10 times and totally blasted off against Frintop with 45 points and also registered a triple double against Herten with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists displaying his knack for not always having to go off on teams like a Steph Curry, but can also be that playmaker like Chris Paul. Often those players that were left off the radar and had to prove themselves in the Regionaliga have been able to make the jump the way a Ricky Easterling did with Saarlouis and BG Karlsruhe in the Pro B and with Horton it has been no different in the Pro B. After two games, he has exploded again and is a one man wrecking crew and putting up mind boggling stats leading his club in scoring with 24,5ppg, rebounding with 11,5rpg, assists with 6,5 and three point shooting at 54,5%. On a talented EN Baskets team that has many international veterans, he has meshed in perfectly and also been that special anchor on defense as he has helped lead the team to giving up only 63 points per game in the first two games against new Bavarian Pro B team Coburg and new Pro B team Kit Karlsruhe. Hortman brought his perfect 2-0 EN Baskets Schwelm to Frankfurt for a nontypical 3.00pm afternoon matinee and had less veterans to contend with except Tobias Jahn, but more German talents like Garai Zeeb, Konstantin Schubert, Armin Trtovac and Cosmo Gruehn who wanted to put a dent into his perfect season. However the American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin remained perfect and didn't need to put on a serious scoring show as he had enough support from his teammates taming the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 76-63. 'We had our ups and downs and key was sticking together and getting the 50/50 balls. We let our offense take over which led to easy offense. We communicated very well on the defensive end and helped one another', stressed Chris Hortman. The American who had a stellar rookie season at Ibbenburen finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds and had an off night shooting only 5/13 from the field and 4/8 ( from the free throw line. The American knows that making the jump from the Regionalliga to Pro B is a process. He also showed that he doesn't have to score right away, but tried to get his teammates going before he started taking shots. 'The speed at the Pro B level is a lot faster, but I feel that I am keeping up well. The most important thing for me is always being focused and getting the win. My game comes from the feel of the game. If the team needs me to score then I bring it, but that wasn't the case at the start and I focused on rebounding and being aggressive on defense', stressed Chris Hortman (190-G-88, college: Wisc.-Stout). The Fraport Skyliners Juniors continue to struggle and were once again unable to put together a solid team effort for 40 minutes as they struggled shooting, rebounding and closing the lane. After the loss, German Tobias Jahn struggled to find the right words for the loss. 'We hit nothing and didn't get the job done on defense. Experience was a factor as it seems they average 30 years of age and we 20 minus me. They played with more intensity and we didn't play Frankfurt basketball', stressed ex Ehingen center Tobias Jahn.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were without Isaac Bonga who was questionable for the game and being rested for the BBL game in Ludwigsburg on Sunday while Richard Freudenberg was sick. Hortman was disappointed that he couldn't battle Bonga who is a projected 2018 NBA draft pick. 'I have heard of Bonga's notoriety and I would have liked to measure up to him. But it was all about the team and I was focused on winning. It would have been the same if Kobe would have been on the floor', stressed Chris Hortman. Both teams didn't need much time to find their rhythm as both teams got going quickly as 30 year old 206cm forward Dario Fiorentino who has played with teams like Herten and Essen showed his precise inside out play scoring inside and hitting a trey while Frankfurt countered with an old school hook shot by German Armin Trtovac and three pointer from rookie Alex Fountain who played at Houston Baptist (NCAA) and was making his home debut. However with the score dead locked at 5-5, Frankfurt showed first signs of defensive lapses allowing the EN Baskets Schwelm to go on a 7-0 run as they were sharing the ball as three guys scored with Hortman draining his first three, 29 year old Lithuanian Andrius Mikutis who played at John Brown (NAIA) from 2007-2011 hit a pretty turn around shot and ex Iserlohn small forward Thomas Reuter scored on the fast break as Frankfurt trailed 12-5. However basketball is a game of runs and that was once again proved as now it was Frankfurt's time to shine as they escaped out on a 9-2run to tie the game at 14-14. Alex Fountain was extremely vital in this phase as he scored twice demonstrating that he may not be that total Travis Thompson replacement in terms of ruthless sniper qualities, but he will be a very important scoring threat as he can really shoot the ball. Trtovac scored again showing that the hook shot has slowly become his bread and butter and third year man Konstantin Schubert hit a jumper. Frankfurt couldn't keep that offensive consistency as they allowed the EN Baskets Schwelm to break away again on a 6-0 run to trail 20-14. In the run, Reuter nailed a beautiful fade away jumper while 33 year old Croatian Alexsandar Cuic who played at Oregon State scored on a lay in getting a nice pass from 207cm big man Sebastian Schroeter and then connected on free throws. Reuter then dropped a three, while Frankfurt got some production from the bench from second year man Cosmo Gruehn getting a bucket inside. Hortman put some added salt in the Frankfurt comeback wound hitting an amazing off balance lay in at the buzzer as the EN Baskets Schwelm led 25-19 after 10 minutes. 'Frankfurt had intelligent ball movement and we didn't bring the intensity on defense yet and that is why we couldn't break away sooner. Hortmann didn't have to show his scoring and did what was important for the team. In some games he doesn't even score in the first 10 minutes, but has great stats at the end of the game', stressed EN Baskets Schwelm manager Omar Rahim. The EN Baskets Schwelm were shooting 67% from the field and 50% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 44% from the field and 18% from outside. The EN Baskets Schwelm led the rebound duel 8-6 and had two turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.

The second quarter remained tight as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued to battle back and even led for the first time in the game, but gave it back to Schwelm as they went into halftime with the lead. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors played their best basketball in the first four minutes of the second quarter exploding on a 11-4 run to take their first lead of the game 30-29. In the run, Frankfurt finally found a healthy groove in their offensive sets and did a lot of damage in the paint area playing the EN Baskets Schwelm game. Schubert scored twice, Fountain nailed a jumper and Gruehn finished inside. Garai Zeeb had been hit hard on the chin earlier in the game and was playing with a patch and chip on his shoulder nailed a three pointer to close out the run. Frankfurt was aided by Hortman being off the court and were their most aggressive in this phase in the paint and offensive boards. However Frankfurt just was unable to put it all together and stay consistent as the EN Baskets Schwelm crawled out of their funk ending the second quarter going on an annoying 10-4 run to lead 39-34 at the break. In the run, the guests got a lay in from Mikutis and a trey from Fiorentino. Frankfurt got buckets from Jahn on a turn around shot and a nifty finger tip roll lay in from Zeeb. 'In the Frankfurt run, we didn't play clean sets and had timing problems. After we missed a few shots, we got unsure and were in a rut. However we found back into the game which showed the quality of our team', stressed EN Baskest Schwelm manager Omar Rahim. The EN Baskets Schwelm were shooting 45% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 19% from the three point line. The EN Baskets Schwelm had the slim 19-18 rebound edge and three turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

The EN Baskets Schwelm took over in the third quarter leading by as much as 15 points as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued to struggle at both ends of the court. The EN Baskets Schwelm didn't need much time to get going as they slapped the Fraport Skyliners Juniors in the face with a 10-3 run to extend their lead to 49-37. In the run, the EN Baskets Schwelm got vital support from Hortman with a step back jumper, Fiorentino trey and two buckets inside from Mikutis. The more aggressive defense from the EN Baskets Schwelm forced Frankfurt too numerous tough shots and turnovers which were key in the run of the guests. Sometimes a few three's can change the dimension of a game as Fountain who was the only consistent offensive Skyliner on the afternoon hit a trey which was followed by a trey by Jamine Knothe to cut the EN Baskets Schwelm lead to 49-43. However the lack of Skyliner consistency continued to be that unneeded monkey on their back as their run didn't faze the guests as they shot back with a devastating 9-0 run to extend their lead to double digits again at 58-43. The EN Baskets Schwelm continued to make chaos in the paint as after easy lay ins by Hortman and Cuic, it was 23 year old 188cm guard Jean-Louis Marley who played 66 Regionaliga games for Alba Berlin 2 got started making one difficult lay up after another making one seemingly in New York traffic and the next in Tokyo. But the Fraport Skyliners Juniors didn't hide their faces in the sand, but continued with their comeback going on a 9-2 run to close out the third quarter getting back into the game trailing only 60-52. In the run, Frankfurt was aided by Zeeb getting aggressive in the lane scoring twice including one difficult lay in high off the glass where one could clearly see his fast first step, Trtovac hit a 20 footer and ex Kronberg NBBL star Felix Hecker hit a beautiful trey from the corner. 'We played good team defense and didn't let any of our guys hang out to dry. We were helping out on screens and just working together on the defensive end', stressed Chris Hortman. 'We came out of half-time wanting to minimize our defensive mistakes. We wanted to play well, but just couldn't execute the way we wanted to in certain situations', added Tobias Jahn. The EN Baskets Schwelm were shooting 47% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 28% from the parking lot. The EN Baskets Schwelm led the rebound duel 29-24 and had seven turnovers while Frankfurt had eight turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the EN Baskets Schwelm wore down the Fraport Skyliners Juniors with solid inside out play and played good defense to preserve the win holding them to 11 points. Frankfurt and Knothe started off the fourth quarter with a 5-2 run nailing a trey and Fountain connected on a 20 footer to cut the EN Baskets Schwelm lead to 62-57. However the EN Baskets Schwelm then slammed the door shut on the Fraport Skyliners Juniors with a 8-0 run extending their lead to 70-57. In the run, Mikuto drilled home a three and Marley continued his lethal rampage inside scoring his fourth and fifth difficult lay ups of the second half. Hecker connected for his second three of the game cutting the guests lead to 70-60, but with time elapsing the EN Baskets Schwelm put an exclamation point on their third win of the season as Mikuto nailed another trey and Schroetter scored inside closing out the game. 'Marley was key in the second half. He is our toughness. When we need tough things then we go to him. He is our bully Bob. He is our Ron Artest and put his stamp on the game', warned Chris Hortman. 'Marley hit all tough shots. There will be days where that doesn't happen. When you are scoring and they continue to score then it is hard to come back. We just weren't able to put our stamp on our defense the way we should of. The only positive thing in this game was that we never gave up', warned Tobias Jahn. The EN Baskets Schwelm were led by Andrius Mikutis with 20 points.Chris Hortman supplied 15 points and 14 boards and Jean-Louis Marley produced 12 points and Thomas Reuter 10 points. The Frapor Skyliners Juniors were led by Alex Fountain with 22 points. The EN Baskets Schwelm shot 46% from the field and 36% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 40% from the field and 26% from outside. The EN Baskets Schwelm won the rebound battle 42-30 and had 10 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors coughed up the ball 8 times.



Roderick Trice Returns Back To The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

THe MHP Riesen have added bulk to their roster just in time for the start of the 2017-2018 Basketball Champions League season returning Roderick Trice (185-SG-84, college: S.Carolina). Trice is a 33 year old 185cm guard from Swainsboro, Georgia playing his 11th professional season. He prefered playing most of his career in Germany as he has played with Cuxhaven, Goettingen, Ulm and Ludwigsburg over a course of 7 seasons. Last season he played with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) playing 3 games averaging 7.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2.3spg, 1.0bpg, left in Dec.'16, in Jan.'17 moved to the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) Playing 18 games averaging 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 85.7%; In the BCL, he played 7 games averaging 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 76.9%. The ex back to back NIT tournament winner with South Carolina also played with various Polish teams like Energa Czarni Slupsk and WKS Slask Wroclaw.

Source:MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg



Nathan Gibbs (ex Stevnsgade) joins Schwabing - by Eurobasket News

MTSV Friendsfactory Schwabing (Regionalliga) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Nathan Gibbs (204-102kg-89, college: Westmont). He played last season at Stevnsgade BBK in Danish Ligaen. In 16 games he had 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Gibbs played at Kirchheim/Teck (Oberliga) where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg.
His team made it to the WCBL Semifinals in 2013.
Gibbs has played also professionally in WCBL (Newport BS and LA United), PBL (Carolina Pee Dee) and IBL (LA Team MCL).
He attended Westmont College, CA until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lucky Jones (PAOK Thessaloniki) Has Heard It All From Lucky To Have Me To That Was A Lucky Shot - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Lucky Jones (198-G-93, college: Robert Morris) is a 24 year old 198cm guard from Newark, New Jersey that is playing his third professional season and first with PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). Last season he played with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA) playing 11 games averaging 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 25.7%, left in Jan.'17, later that month moved to ASP Promitheas Patras (Greece-A1) playing 14 games averaging 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 73.8%. As a rookie he played with betFIRST Liege Basket (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 31 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 77.4%. He started his basketball career at St. Anthony's High School and ten had an illustrious career at Robert Morris (NCAA) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 131 games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 78.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the opening Basketball Champions League game against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg Germany.

Lucky thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome back to Germany. You were here some weeks ago playing in a exhibition tournament in Bayreuth. Was that your first time in Germany or had you been here as a rookie when you played in Belgium?

That was my second time in Germany and now it's my third. When I was playing in Belgium as a rookie we played against a German second division team, but I don't remember the name of the team.

Some of the Americans felt the cooler weather refreshing coming off the plane in Germany weeks ago. Do you still appreciate that cooler weather or has the Greek weather already become something that your getting addicted to?

Not really. I am from New Jersey where it's cooler and live in Maryland where the weather is about the same. I don't really have any issues with the weather. When we came to Germany in September to play in that tournament in Bayreuth, we had just come from Thessaloniki where it had been really hot.


You have a very special first name Lucky. How did you experience having a name like this growing up and what has been the coolist and worst comments you have heard concerning your name?


The coolist comments I get is people saying they love the way I play or they are lucky to have me. The worst ones are when people say that was a lucky shot or move. At the end of the day all it is is words and I don't let it bother me. Everybody is entitled to their own opinions.


Your playing your third professional season and first with PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). After a strong rookie season, last season you suffered some growing pains before finishing strong in Greece with ASP Promitheas Patras (Greece-A1). Besides winning what is your goal this season as a player?

My biggest goal is to keep getting better each season, perform at the highest level and help my team get to the best position to win games. I want to become not only the best defender in Greece, but in all of Europe. Playing against the best will bring out the best in me and I will always give my best for my team on the floor.


You have some very talented Americans like Kevin Dillard and Brandon Triche as well as Greek players. What type of role do you have and do you see yourself being an impact player in the Greek and Champions leagues?


My role is to always bring a lot of energy and have to defend the other team's best player being able to hold my own in crunch time and not let him get the best of me. I think that I will always have some kind of impact on the game as long I am focused, attacking, defending and having confidence in my abilities than all will be fine.


Talk a little about the guard tandem of Dillard and Triche? How special are they to your team and what have you appreciated most about their games so far?

I appreciate playing with all my guards. But these two guys can score the ball and relive pressure off of everyone else. I think that I am a threat as well on the offensive end and that I am sure to compliment them as well as they compliment me.


Let's talk a little about your game? You're a forward that can score and rebound and a very tenacious defender. To what NBA player would you describe your game and does your defense often spark your offense?

Lebron is my favorite player that can do so much. I love his work ethic. It is too bad that so many don't appreciate his game, but in my opinon they don't know basketball. I would compare my game to a Kawhi Leonard or a Scottie Pippen from back in the day. I like how Pippen brought that defensive intensity and didn't care how people felt about his game and on offense being able to step up and do anything. He seemed to always be in the right place at the right time and be efficient.


Last season you split time with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA) playing 11 games averaging 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 25.7%, left in Jan.'17, later that month moved to ASP Promitheas Patras (Greece-A1) playing 14 games averaging 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 73.8%. How difficult were the first 5 months in France. What do you feel did you learn from this experience?


I did everything that was asked of me. It wasn't like the coach or I was bad, but it just didn't work out. We were winning when I left, but I felt that I had to be in a situation where I was really being appreciated and where I wouldn't be asked to do things that I wasn't supposed to do. Patras welcomed me with open arms in mid season and appreciated me and I was really thankful for that.


You then moved to to ASP Promitheas Patras (Greece-A1) where everything worked out better. What do you feel was key here for helping you make the next step and rebound from your disappointing months in France?


I came to Patras knowing right away what I had to do. I knew that I was in a better situation than in France. The Patras Organization loved me as a human and as a player. They wanted to bring me back, but I wanted to take the next step and with PAOK I had the chance to play Champions League. I appreciated the chance I got with Patras and am happy to be with PAOK now. I think that in order to get to the top, you need to experience mishaps along the way.


You played against top Euroleague teams Panathinaikos losing by only three points and 72-53 against Olympiacos scoring 13 and 8 points. Were these games sort of your screen test giving you the satisfaction that you can play with these top teams?

I always believe that I can play with the top teams, but it is up to an organization to give me that chance. At the end of the day I feel that I can compete at the highest level. I continue to show that I can. Last summer I played in Atlanta with NBA players That is the confirmation to me that I can play at the highest level. The atmosphere playing against those two top European teams and players was amazing. That was just another opportunity to show that I can play at the highest level.

You played against top Euroleague players and Greek legends Vassillis Spanoulis, Antonis Fotsis and Ioannis Bourousis. Which player will forever stand out most in your mind with what they displayed on the court? You will play two of the three again this season as only Bourousis left for the big bucks in China.

I caught those guys on down years. Spanoulis is a Greek legend. He is an older point guard, but still so smart and knows how to run a team.
Those three guys have put in so much work to get to where they are and I want to do the same so I can be there one day. The toughest guy that I had to guard was Mike James who is with the Phoenix Suns now. For me Panathinaikos was like the Golden State of the NBA while Olympiacos was like the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA being so balanced and not having to rely on athleticism, but rely on basketball principles

You played with one of my favorite guys Miro Todic who I covered 10 years ago in Germany. How will you always remember this Serbian big man?

Todic was a good big. He was a smart big body that would make you pay if you didn't watch out. What I have learned in Europe is that the bigs here are so smart and make you work for everything. The foot work in Europe is the best I have ever seen. In USA there is a lot of athleticism and all the cross overs, but I give credit to the amazing footwork in Europe


As a rookie you played with betFIRST Liege Basket (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 31 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 77.4%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from New Jersey?


The time difference really ate me up in the first weeks. It was very difficult getting used to the time difference. It took me some months to finally get to bed at 12 and not at 4 or 5am. But our schedule forced me to get to bed earlier. I learned very quickly with the veterans on the team that it was important to take care of my body.


You were the youngest of 5 Americans that season with Liege. How valuable was the more experienced Dominique Morrison for you getting a feel for the European life on and off the floor?

He was one of my close friends then and now with Jamie Smith. He showed me the ropes and what was right especially how important it was to get proper treatment before a game. I am considered a hard worker and I got adjusted to the European lifestyle right away. I made sure not only to spend time with my fellow Americans, but also my Belgium teammates. I didn't want to be one sided.

You played at Robert Morris (NCAA) from 2011-2015. You were a two time NEC tournament finalist. Which loss was the most bitter?


Both loses were tough. But the final loss my freshman year, I didn't know about the big deal and circumstances surrounding everything yet. We had had one of the best seasons in Robert Morris history so it hurt a bit. But reaching the final my junior year hurt the most as I had been through a lot with my teammates like Karvel Anderson over the years. It was a tough loss, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. In the next game we beat St Johns and then almost beat Belmont. Losing the final was a bad experience, but in the end, it ended all well.


As a senior you played top schools North Carolina with a starting five of future NBA players and Duke with 7 future NBA players and Grayson Allen. When you remember what some of these great talents were capable of doing then and remember where you were as a player, was there really so much difference between them and you? Do you feel that given the chance other guys including you playing for less known schools could have got to the NBA having that kind of talent to play with?

I am playing with a chip on my shoulder. Many don't give me credit and that has made me the player I am today. I don't see those ex North Carolina or Duke players playing in the NBA now as elite or special, because once you get to Europe or the NBA you still play against them as those NBA players come over here to play. They compete the same way I do. Those guys were more fortunate than me and very many other players to have been very skilled at a young age to be able to play for a North Carolina or Duke. I do credit their hard work. It doesn't matter if you play in the NBA or Europe, because sooner or later you will see them somewhere on the court. It doesn't bother me that they have had that opportunity, but it just fuels me to play harder. I am blessed to be able to call myself a professional, because millions would like to play professionally.

How did head coach Andrew Toole groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Robert Morris?


Coach Andrew Toole took his time to teach and mold me. We had our growing pains. We were two New Jersey guys that bumped heads on many occasions. But we understood each other at the end of the day. I would call him at 6am and ask him to work out with me. He put in the time and effort and helped me to become the player that I am today.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Rodney Pryor who played NBA Summer League last season and averaged 18,0ppg as a senior at Georgetown and is starting his professional season with Sakarya Buyuksehir Basketbol (Turkey-TBL)?


To be honest we never played 1-1. We played 2-2 and I won three years in a row. He is a great talent and has a lot of skill. We played against him in pre-season.


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

Lebron James, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson


Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?


Everyone has their own opinion. Jordan is 6/6 in finals and Lebron has been to the most consecutive finals. I do love what Lebron is doing. I have stopped comparing them. They are the two greatest to ever have played the game.


There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

He has great energy in how he attacks the game. No one except Lebron has the work ethic that he has. He had unselfish teammates that let him get those extra rebounds. I feel his stats were earned. Without them, I feel that they wouldn't have made the playoffs.

How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?

It was an incredible draft with guys like Fultz, Ball, Monk and Fox coming out. It will be interesting to see what they can bring with so many great teams competing this season. This NBA season will be one for the ages.

Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?


James Harden is my second favorite player after Lebron. I love his beard, how elusive he is getting to the rim and how he involves his team. I am on their bandwagon. I hope that they get the third seed. Many say it won't work, but they have great talent. I believe it can work.


How do you rate the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade? Who got the better deal and which team will profit better in the long run?

The Cavs got the better deal short term while the Celtics got the better deal long term. In 2-3 years the Celtics will be scary.


Where will the journey of the Oklahoma Thunder end this season with the trio of Westbrook, George and Anthony?

I think that offensively they could beat Golden State. Those three players are so versatile and key is that they can guard multiple positions. If they gel then they should get to the Western finals. But you can never count out the Spurs. They are always capable of making a splash. They always seem to be able mold together at the right time.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Rush Hour.


Thanks Lucky for the chat.




Koblenz adds Banic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz (Regionalliga) added to their roster 24-year old Croatian forward Emilio Banic (197-93). He played last season at Tajfun in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 13 games he recorded 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg. Banic also played that season for TSG Volksbank Reutlingen (2.Regionalliga) where in 9 games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg. The other team he played shortly was REWE Aupperle Fellbach. But in two Regionalliga games he had just 1.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Banic won German 2.Regionalliga (Southwest-South Group) championship title in 2016.
He has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like KK_Zadar, Borik Puntamika and Zapad.

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ProB Round 3: ETB Wohnbau lose to SSV Lok Bernau - by Eurobasket News

After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the ProB and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of ETB Wohnbau (2-1) on the court of SSV Lok Bernau on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by SSV Lok Bernau 86-81. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. SSV Lok Bernau forced 22 ETB Wohnbau turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by ETB Wohnbau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Robert Kulawick (192-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Dexter Werner (198-94, college: N.Dakota St.) helped adding 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Canadian Nick Tufegdzich (203-92) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SSV Lok Bernau is looking forward to face Schalke on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ETB Wohnbau will play against Artland Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Dresden. Dragons Rhoendorf (4-0) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Titans (1-2) 73-71 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Alexander Moeller (208-98) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kameron Taylor accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dragons Rhoendorf's coach Thomas Adelt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Helge Baues (205-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for Titans in the defeat. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against FC Bayern II (#11) in Muenchen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Titans will play at home against Elchingen to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Rostock between Artland Dragons and Rostock. Artland Dragons (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over Rostock (1-2). Artland Dragons managed to escape with a 1-point win 81-80 in the game for the fifth place. The best player for the winners was Pierre Bland who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Jordan Talbert who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Artland Dragons will meet ETB Wohnbau (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rostock will play against SC Rist Wedel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of SC Rist Wedel (2-1) against Cuxhaven (1-2) on Saturday night. Visiting SC Rist Wedel was defeated by Cuxhaven in Cuxhaven 107-96. It was a good game for Terence Smith who led his team to a victory with 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cuxhaven's next round opponent will be Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) on the road. SC Rist Wedel will play against Rostock (#6) and hope to win that game.
The game in Frankfurt was also quite interesting. SG Schwelmer Baskets (3-0) played at the court of Fraport Skyliners II (1-2). SG Schwelmer Baskets defeated Fraport Skyliners II 76-63 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Chris Hortman who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Falk Moeller used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Giessen 46ers II (#6) at home in the next round. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Karlsruhe SC and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3:
In North Wolfenbuettel lost to Bochum on the opponent's court 82-90. Winless Oldenburg lost to undefeated Schalke in a home game 74-78. Stahnsdorf recorded a loss to Itzehoe on the road 73-90.
In South Elchingen defeated Coburg on its own court 85-72. Iserlohn beat FC Bayern II in a road game 87-80. Wuerzburg won against Karlsruhe SC at home 58-56. Giessen 46ers II unfortunately lost to Bayer Giants on the opponent's court 75-83.

North
Bochum - Wolfenbuettel 90-82

There was a minor upset in Bochum where Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (1-2) was defeated by AstroStars (1-2) 90-82 on Saturday. AstroStars made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for forward Alexander Angerer (203-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American Ryon Howard (198-84, college: Sacred Heart) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. AstroStars' coach Gary Johnson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Tarique Thompson (196-94, college: High Point) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Demetrius Ward (188-90, college: W.Michigan) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AstroStars will face RSV Eintracht (#11) in Stahnsdorf in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Bochum: A.Angerer 22+6reb+4ast, R.Howard 20+6reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 14+1reb+1ast, F.Engel 12+2reb+7ast, M.Gebhardt 10+4reb, A.Smith 6+5reb+9ast
Wolfenbuettel: L.Figge 19+2reb+1ast, T.Thompson 18+5reb+3ast, T.Alte 13+5reb+2ast, D.Ward 12+7reb+3ast, C.Ebert 8+2reb+8ast, L.Lagerpusch 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 553507


Bernau - ETB Wohnbau 86-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of ETB Wohnbau (2-1) on the court of SSV Lok Bernau on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by SSV Lok Bernau 86-81. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. SSV Lok Bernau forced 22 ETB Wohnbau turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by ETB Wohnbau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Robert Kulawick (192-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Dexter Werner (198-94, college: N.Dakota St.) helped adding 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four SSV Lok Bernau players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Canadian Nick Tufegdzich (203-92) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Montrael Scott (190-93, college: Prairie View A&M) scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SSV Lok Bernau is looking forward to face Schalke on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ETB Wohnbau will play against Artland Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bernau: D.Werner 20+4reb, R.Kulawick 17+6reb+3ast, F.Zylka 11+1reb+1ast, B.Hundt 11+3reb+1ast, S.Fuelle 9+1reb, B.Buck 6+1reb+1ast
ETB Wohnbau: M.Scott 23+7reb+4ast, N.Tufegdzich 23+11reb+1ast, Y.Tauch 14+3reb+2ast, A.Touray 7+4reb+2ast, K.Okundaye 6, T.Van der Velde 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 553508


Oldenburg - Schalke 74-78

Very predictable result when Schalke (3-0) defeated on the road Oldenburg (0-3) 78-74 on Saturday. Schalke made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Shawn Gulley (201-93, college: Temple JC) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward RJ Slawson (203-92, college: Jacksonville) helped adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. Schalke's coach Raphael Wilder used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) with 25 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Haris Hujic (193-97) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Schalke will face SSV Lok Bernau at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oldenburg will play against Itzehoe (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Schalke: S.Gulley 20+7reb, C.Belger 13+5reb+3ast, R.Slawson 12+10reb, N.Sperber 10+5reb, L.Friederici 6+1reb, P.Carney 6+3reb+2ast
Oldenburg: M.Kessen 25+9reb+2ast, T.Isemann 13+8reb, R.Drijencic 13+4reb+2ast, H.Hujic 12+2reb+8ast, K.Wohlrath 7+1reb, J.Hollatz 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 553509


Cuxhaven - Rist Wedel 107-96

Very important is a road loss of SC Rist Wedel (2-1) against Cuxhaven (1-2) on Saturday night. Visiting SC Rist Wedel was defeated by Cuxhaven in Cuxhaven 107-96. They shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 29-of-38 charity shots (76.3 percent) during the game. Cuxhaven had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. 35 personal fouls committed by SC Rist Wedel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Terence Smith (193-91, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Point guard Abdulai Abaker (183-96) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Lithuanian center Aurimas Adomaitis (205-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Nino Celebic (191-91) added 17 points in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cuxhaven's next round opponent will be Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) on the road. SC Rist Wedel will play against Rostock (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: T.Smith 27+2reb+2ast, A.Abaker 17+1reb+4ast, C.DeBerry 16+5reb, O.Kyei 12+9reb+1ast, F.Wendeler 11+6reb+1ast, M.Huebner 8+5reb+4ast
Rist Wedel: A.Adomaitis 20+6reb+1ast, N.Celebic 17+2reb+2ast, D.Cortes Rey 13+1reb+3ast, V.Kittmann 12+5reb+1ast, O.Rich Igbineweka 12+4reb+1ast, M.Blessing 11+1reb+1ast
gschID: 553506


Rostock - Art.Dragons 80-81

A very close game took place in Rostock between Artland Dragons and Rostock. Artland Dragons (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over Rostock (1-2). Artland Dragons managed to escape with a 1-point win 81-80 in the game for the fifth place. Artland Dragons made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Center Leon Bahner (209-95, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) added 17 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Artland Dragons will meet ETB Wohnbau (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rostock will play against SC Rist Wedel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: P.Bland 22+6reb+8ast, M.Rockmann 13+5reb, A.Calvin 12+5reb+1ast, L.Bahner 12+9reb+3ast, P.Lieser 11+2reb+1ast, G.Dierickx 6+2reb
Rostock: J.Talbert 25+12reb+2ast, B.Lockhart 17+2reb+3ast, B.Borekambi 10+7reb+2ast, C.Frazier 9+1reb+1ast, T.Vogt 6+2reb, J.Martin 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 582086


Itzehoe - Stahnsdorf 90-73

There was a minor upset when RSV Eintracht (1-2) was defeated on the road by Itzehoe (1-2) 90-73 on Saturday. Itzehoe made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while RSV Eintracht only scored ten points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Itzehoe made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Kaimyn Pruitt (203-90, college: Adams St., agency: Aspire Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. British-Australian point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) helped adding 27 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American Josh Smith (206-94, college: Clemson) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Mike Holton-Jr (185-90, college: St.Michael's) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Itzehoe will face Oldenburg (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Itzehoe: J.Wilcher 27+2reb+5ast, F.Henningsen 26+1reb+2ast, K.Pruitt 15+18reb+2ast, N.Kahler 10+5reb+2ast, L.Kroeger 7+4reb, N.Tienarend 3+3reb+5ast
Stahnsdorf: M.Holton Jr. 18+4reb+4ast, D.Kirchner 14+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 13+14reb+1ast, C.Craven 10+1reb, T.Paul 6+1reb+1ast, T.Decker 4+1reb
gschID: 553510


South
Elchingen - Coburg 85-72

Everything went according to plan when Elchingen (2-1) beat at home Coburg (0-3) 85-72 on Saturday. Elchingen forced 23 Coburg turnovers and had a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Hayden Lescault (196-92, college: Point Loma) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!), 5 assists and 7 steals. Forward Brian Butler (196-91) helped adding 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Steffen Walde (190-92) with 18 points and American forward Jordan Burris (201-92, college: CS San Bernar.) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Four Coburg players scored in double figures. Coburg's coach Simon Bertram rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Elchingen will face Titans (#8) in Dresden in the next round. Coburg will play at home against Bayer Giants and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: H.Lescault 33+2reb+5ast, K.Kuhn 8+4reb, B.Butler 8+12reb+4ast, K.Wysocki 7+3reb+2ast, J.Vucica 7+6reb+1ast, E.Alispahic 7+3reb
Coburg: S.Walde 18+4reb+1ast, J.Burris 12+4reb+5ast, Y.Turan 12+1reb, E.Molosciakas 11+1reb+2ast, C.Wolf 7+4reb+5ast, M.von der Wippel 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 553376


Fraport SKY II - Schwelm 63-76

The game in Frankfurt was also quite interesting. SG Schwelmer Baskets (3-0) played at the court of Fraport Skyliners II (1-2). SG Schwelmer Baskets defeated Fraport Skyliners II 76-63 on Saturday. They outrebounded Fraport Skyliners II 39-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Chris Hortman (190-88, college: Wisc.-Stout) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Lithuanian swingman Andrius Mikutis (194-88, college: John Brown) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Falk Moeller used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Alex Fountain (201-95, college: Houston Baptist) with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Garai Zeeb (187-97) scored 9 points and 9 assists. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Giessen 46ers II (#6) at home in the next round. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Karlsruhe SC and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: A.Mikutis 20+5reb+2ast, C.Hortman 15+14reb+1ast, M.Jean-Louis 12+3reb+2ast, T.Reuter 10+5reb+5ast, D.Fiorentino 8+3reb, S.Cuic 6+1reb
Fraport SKY II: A.Fountain 22+5reb+4ast, G.Zeeb 9+2reb+9ast, A.Trtovac 7+8reb+2ast, F.Hecker 6+3reb, J.Knothe 6, K.Schubert 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 553375


FC Bayern II - Iserlohn 80-87

There was no surprise in Muenchen where FC Bayern II (0-3) was defeated by Iserlohn (3-0) 87-80 on Sunday. Iserlohn made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 FC Bayern II turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Donte Nicholas (196-87, college: Fresno Pacific) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 4 steals. Point guard Soeren Fritze (190-94) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Karim Jallow (199-97) with 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Bosnian point guard Amar Gegic (200-98) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Iserlohn will face Wuerzburg (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FC Bayern II will play against Dragons Rhoendorf and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Iserlohn: D.Nicholas 26+4reb+2ast, S.Fritze 16+4reb+4ast, N.Khartchenkov 13+2ast, R.Dahmen 10+1reb+2ast, J.Scott 9+7reb, D.Giddens 6+6reb
FC Bayern II: K.Jallow 19+8reb+3ast, N.Weidemann 13+2ast, A.Gegic 13+4reb+7ast, N.Markovic 10+5reb+3ast, G.Beyschlag 9+3reb+2ast, M.Ogunsipe 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 553379


Wuerzburg - Karlsruhe SC 58-56

No shocking result in a game when Wuerzburg (1-1) edged at home Karlsruhe SC (0-3) 58-56 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Bosnian Dejan Kovacevic (209-96, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Miles Jackson-Cartwright (190-92, college: Pennsylvania) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Croatian swingman Luka Drezga (196-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) with 21 points and Dutch swingman Chaed Wellian (203-92, college: Tennessee St.) scored 14 points. Wuerzburg will face Giessen 46ers II (#6) on the road in the next round. Karlsruhe SC will play against Fraport Skyliners II (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: D.Kovacevic 18+8reb, M.Jackson-Cartwright 15+4reb+6ast, P.Hadenfeldt 11+2reb+3ast, J.Albus 5+6reb+4ast, J.Weitzel 4+4reb+1ast, T.Leonhardt 3+4reb
Karlsruhe SC: L.Drezga 21+3reb+2ast, C.Wellian 14+4reb+2ast, B.Kaufhold 7+2reb+1ast, N.Maisel 6+3reb, M.Davis 2+3reb+3ast, A.Schmitz 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 553380


Dresden - Dragons 71-73

Important game to mention about took place in Dresden. Dragons Rhoendorf (4-0) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Titans (1-2) 73-71 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Dragons Rhoendorf forced 20 Titans turnovers. Titans were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Alexander Moeller (208-98) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Kameron Taylor (198-94, college: Seton Hill) accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Dragons Rhoendorf's coach Thomas Adelt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Helge Baues (205-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Janek Schmidkunz (183-90, college: Amer.Internat.) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for Titans in the defeat. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against FC Bayern II (#11) in Muenchen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Titans will play at home against Elchingen to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Dragons: A.Moeller 18+10reb+1ast, K.Taylor 18+6reb+4ast, V.Frankl-Maus 16+7reb+2ast, K.Thomas 11+9reb+2ast, Y.Kneesch 2+4reb, A.Geretzki 2+2reb
Dresden: H.Baues 27+12reb, J.Schmidkunz 12+2reb+5ast, S.Heck 7+4reb+1ast, S.Bennett 6+1reb+6ast, P.Madunic 5+5reb, M.Nagora 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 553378


Bayer Giants - Giessen 46ers II 83-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Leverkusen where Giessen 46ers II (1-1) was defeated by Bayer Giants (2-1) 83-75 on Sunday. Bayer Giants made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Giessen 46ers II turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bayer Giants made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Bruce Beckford (203-94, college: N.Carolina A&T) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Michael Kuczmann (193-93) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was the former international Johannes Lischka (203-87) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Nick Hornsby (201-95, college: Sacramento St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bayer Giants will face Coburg (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Giessen 46ers II will play against Wuerzburg (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: B.Beckford 21+7reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 16+5reb+2ast, M.Heckel 12+2ast, A.Blessig 11+4reb+3ast, D.Jack 9+4reb, C.Oldham 6+5reb+3ast
Giessen 46ers II: J.Lischka 22+8reb+2ast, N.Hornsby 20+11reb+1ast, J.Taylor 19+7reb+4ast, L.Vrkas 8+1reb, M.Schick 5, A.Okao 1+3reb
gschID: 553377





German ProB round 3 best performance: Hayden Lescault - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Hayden Lescault (196-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Elchingen, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Coburg (#10, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-72. Elchingen is placed at 5th position in their group in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Elchingen will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Lescault had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Elchingen's top player in his first season with the team. Hayden Lescault averages just after three games 19.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90, agency: Aspire Sports) of Itzehoe. Pruitt had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he led Itzehoe to another comfortable win 90-73 over Stahnsdorf (1-2) 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. Pruitt is well-known at Itzehoe and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Terence Smith (193-G-91) of Cuxhaven (#9). Smith scored 27 points. He was a key player of Cuxhaven, leading his team to a 107-96 win against Rist Wedel (#4, 2-1). The chances of Cuxhaven not to end season at such low position in North, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victory. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smith could try to bring Cuxhaven's a little bit higher in the standings. Smith has individually a great season in Germany. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (6th best), rebounds with 3.5rpg (2nd best) and assists with 2.5apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joshua Wilcher (178-PG-91) of Itzehoe - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Giessen 46ers II - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jordan Talbert (198-F-91) of Rostock - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Pierre Bland (188-G-92) of Art.Dragons - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Nick Tufegdzich (203-PF-92) of ETB Wohnbau - 23 points and 11 rebounds
9. Alex Fountain (201-F-95) of Fraport SKY II - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Josh Smith (206-PF-94) of Stahnsdorf - 13 points and 14 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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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Lamond MURRAY JR.
  Trikalla
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 25
 1. Murray-Jr, Trikalla25.0 
 2. Sarikopoulos, Panio.20.0 
 3. Jones, PAOK19.0 
 4. McLean, Olympiacos18.0 
 5. Faye, Promitheas18.0 
 6. Klassen, PAOK17.0 
 7. DeCosey, Koroivos17.0 
 8. Sakota, AEK16.0 
 9. Benson, Aris16.0 
 10. Mavroeidis, AEK15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  PAOK
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Klassen, PAOK12.0 
 2. Jones, Kolossos HH11.0 
 3. Elonu, AEK10.0 
 4. Traylor, Kymis9.0 
 5. DeCosey, Koroivos8.0 
 6. Saloustros, Promi.8.0 
 7. Evans, Promitheas8.0 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.8.0 
 9. Benson, Aris7.0 
 10. Sarikopoulos, Panio.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Panathin.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Calathes, Panathin.7.0 
 2. Sakellariou, Panio.6.0 
 3. Woodson, Panionios6.0 
 4. Moore, Lavrio6.0 
 5. Jones, Trikalla6.0 
 6. Releford, Promi.6.0 
 7. Ware, G.Lariss.5.0 
 8. Green, AEK4.0 
 9. Ross, Trikalla4.0 
 10. Gikas, Promitheas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Panagiotis VASILOPOULOS
  Aris
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Vasilopoulos, Aris4.0 
 2. Lountzis, Trikalla3.0 
 3. Rountree-III, Koroi.3.0 
 4. Smith-Jr, Kymis3.0 
 5. DeCosey, Koroivos3.0 
 6. Ware, G.Lariss.3.0 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.3.0 
 8. Evans, Promitheas3.0 
 9. Christodoulo., Cretan K.3.0 
 10. Medlock, Cretan K.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marvin JONES
  Kolossos HH
  (213-C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jones, Kolossos HH3.0 
 2. Sarikopoulos, Panio.2.0 
 3. Vasilopoulos, Aris2.0 
 4. Evans, Promitheas2.0 
 5. Milutinov, Olympiacos2.0 
 6. Krubally, PAOK1.0 
 7. McLean, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Moore, Lavrio1.0 
 9. Draper, G.Lariss.1.0 
 10. Papapetrou, Olymp.1.0 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Keydren CLARK
  Peristeri GS
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 31
 1. Clark, Peristeri GS31.0 
 2. Tsiampalis, Ermis A.28.0 
 3. Djordjevic, Kardi.25.0 
 4. Fakopoulidis, Papagou24.0 
 5. Tzakopoulos, Holar.23.0 
 6. Tsoutsos, Ethnikos21.0 
 7. Laane, Ethnikos21.0 
 8. Melissaratos, Papag.21.0 
 9. Liakopoulos, Doxa L.21.0 
 10. Tsougarakis, Arkad.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos12.0 
 2. Tsiokos, Psychiko12.0 
 3. Theos, Karditsas10.0 
 4. Koukounias, Amyntas .10.0 
 5. Tozios, Doukas9.0 
 6. Tsougarakis, Arkad.9.0 
 7. Djordjevic, Kardi.9.0 
 8. Brozos, Kastoria9.0 
 9. Nikou, Psychiko9.0 
 10. Raptis, Doxa L.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Leonidas ZOUPAS
  Amyntas .
  (182-PG-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zoupas, Amyntas .6.0 
 2. Stasinos, Marousi6.0 
 3. Dakoulias, Marousi6.0 
 4. Nikou, Psychiko6.0 
 5. Karamalegkos, Kasto.6.0 
 6. Psaropoulos, Kardi.6.0 
 7. Oikonomopoul., Ethni.5.0 
 8. Peltier, Arkadikos5.0 
 9. Sourlis, Marousi5.0 
 10. Symtsak, Perister.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christos DAKOULIAS
  Marousi
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dakoulias, Marousi5.0 
 2. Polytarchou, Perister.5.0 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.0 
 4. Prodromou, Arkad.4.0 
 5. Papachristos, AE Laris.3.0 
 6. Tsiampalis, Ermis A.3.0 
 7. Tsiotras, Doukas3.0 
 8. Gagaloudis, Iraklis3.0 
 9. Kanelis, Marousi3.0 
 10. Stasinos, Marousi3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Petros MELISSARATOS
  Papag.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Melissaratos, Papag.4.0 
 2. Papanikolaou, Holar.2.0 
 3. Theos, Karditsas2.0 
 4. Tsiokos, Psychiko2.0 
 5. Koukounias, Amyntas .2.0 
 6. Iordanou, Psychiko2.0 
 7. Cheilaris, Apollon .2.0 
 8. Giancaterino, Apollon .1.0 
 9. Oikonomopoul., Ethni.1.0 
 10. Papadopoulos, Ermis A.1.0 


A2 Round 1: Peristeri GS edge AE Larissas - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A2 just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of AE Larissas (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Peristeri GS (1-0) 106-69. The game was mostly controlled by Peristeri GS. AE Larissas managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Peristeri GS dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to AE Larissas' 34 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Peristeri GS forced 21 AE Larissas turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian point guard Keydren Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) who helped to win the game recording 31 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Power forward Vassilis Symtsak (205-81) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin center Stefan Knezevic (205-89) answered with 20 points for AE Larissas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Psychiko.
Another exciting game for Papagou (1-0) which played in Athens against Doukas (0-1). Papagou eked out just a narrow 2-points road win over Doukas 71-69. Doukas was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Point guard Konstantinos Fakopoulidis (190-95) stepped up and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Petros Melissaratos chipped in 21 points and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Papagou's coach Costas Sorotos allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side center Ioannis Tozios (209-90) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Papagou will play against Holargos (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Doukas will play against Apollon Patras (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Psychiko and Amyntas Dafnis (#0). Psychiko (1-0) won against visiting Amyntas Dafnis (0-1) 50-38. Nikos Tsiokos nailed 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Leonidas Zoupas came up with 7 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for Amyntas Dafnis in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Psychiko's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
An interesting game for Holargos (1-0) which hosted in Holargos Karditsas (0-1). Holargos managed to get a 13-point victory 71-58. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos fired 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Holargos' next round opponent will be Papagou (#6) in Athens which should be theoretically an easy game. Karditsas will play at home against Iraklis and hope to win that game.
An interesting game for Ethnikos (1-0) which hosted in Pireus Kastoria (0-1). Ethnikos managed to get a 3-point victory 78-75. It was a very good performance for Rait-Riivo Laane who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Ethnikos will face Amyntas Dafnis (#10) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kastoria will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas (#1) and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant. Winless Ermis Agias lost to undefeated Iraklis on the road 70-79. Marousi won against Arkadikos on its own court 84-68. Winless Apollon Patras lost to undefeated Doxa Lefkadas in a road game 54-74.
The most impressive performance of 1st round was 2 points and 10 rebounds by Panag Koukounias of Amyntas Dafnis.

AE Larissas - Peristeri GS 69-106

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of AE Larissas (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Peristeri GS (1-0) 106-69. The game was mostly controlled by Peristeri GS. AE Larissas managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Peristeri GS dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to AE Larissas' 34 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Peristeri GS forced 21 AE Larissas turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian point guard Keydren Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) who helped to win the game recording 31 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Power forward Vassilis Symtsak (205-81) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin center Stefan Knezevic (205-89) answered with 20 points and forward Sotiris Gioulekas (203-79) added 14 points in the effort for AE Larissas. Five Peristeri GS and four AE Larissas players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Psychiko.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: K.Clark 31+2reb, V.Symtsak 13+3reb+4ast, A.Sigounas 11+4reb+1ast, M.Polytarchou 10+2reb+4ast, S.Magounis 10+6reb+3ast, A.Domprogiannis 8+2reb
AE Larissas: S.Knezevic 20+2reb, S.Gioulekas 14+4reb+2ast, G.Papachristos 12+5reb+2ast, N.Kamaras 10+4reb+1ast, G.Vlahoulis 3, S.Naoumis 3+1ast
gschID: 565526


Holargos - Karditsas 71-58

An interesting game for Holargos (1-0) which hosted in Holargos Karditsas (0-1). Holargos managed to get a 13-point victory 71-58. It looked good early as Karditsas took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Holargos had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Karditsas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-71. They outrebounded Karditsas 45-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Karditsas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Australian guard Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (185-85) fired 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Hungarian forward Rashad Bell (203-82, college: Boston U.) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-92) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Holargos' next round opponent will be Papagou (#6) in Athens which should be theoretically an easy game. Karditsas will play at home against Iraklis and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Holargos: T.Tzakopoulos 23+8reb+4ast, R.Bell 14+7reb+2ast, N.Kokkalis 11+7reb+3ast, N.Papanikolaou 9+7reb+4ast, D.Kompodietas 7+3reb, T.Tsiloulis 4+4reb
Karditsas: S.Djordjevic 25+9reb+1ast, S.Psaropoulos 16+3reb+6ast, S.Theos 7+10reb+1ast, T.Amparas 6+2reb+2ast, T.Kamariotis 4+3reb, A.Kourepis 0
gschID: 565529


Ethnikos - Kastoria 78-75

An interesting game for Ethnikos (1-0) which hosted in Pireus Kastoria (0-1). Ethnikos managed to get a 3-point victory 78-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kastoria won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for Estonian point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Kostas Macheras (205-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Ethnikos players scored in double figures. Forward Giorgos Brozos (198-86, college: Furman) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and center Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-84) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kastoria. Ethnikos will face Amyntas Dafnis (#10) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kastoria will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ethnikos: R.Laane 21+3reb+2ast, N.Tsoutsos 21+1reb+1ast, K.Macheras 12+12reb+2ast, P.Martzos 11+3reb+1ast, K.Oikonomopoulos 6+6reb+5ast, A.Sklivas 4+5reb+2ast
Kastoria: N.Libaris-Psomas 14+6reb+1ast, N.Kaklamanos 11+1ast, G.Brozos 11+9reb+3ast, G.Kyriakopoulos 10+3reb+4ast, I.Karamalegkos 9+3reb+6ast, A.Naoumis 8+3reb
gschID: 565528


Iraklis - Ermis Agias 79-70

Iraklis used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 79-70 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Iraklis made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Ermis Agias was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for the former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Iraklis' coach Vangelis Alexandris used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Stergios Tsiampalis (185-84) answered with 28 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) added 19 points in the effort for Ermis Agias. Iraklis will face Karditsas (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ermis Agias will play against Marousi (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: D.Haritopoulos 20+6reb, Y.Gagaloudis 18+1reb+4ast, D.Bubalo 11+5reb, V.Angelakopoulos 7+5reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 6+5reb+1ast, G.Athanasoulas 6+2reb
Ermis Agias: S.Tsiampalis 28+3reb+1ast, N.Kommatos 19+4reb+3ast, D.Lolas 7+6reb+1ast, L.Triantafillou 7+1reb+1ast, S.Tsoumas 3+2reb, N.Kalles 2+2reb
gschID: 565530


Doukas - Papagou 69-71

Another exciting game for Papagou (1-0) which played in Athens against Doukas (0-1). Papagou eked out just a narrow 2-points road win over Doukas 71-69. Doukas was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Doukas was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Papagou, which allowed them to win the game. Doukas was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Konstantinos Fakopoulidis (190-95) stepped up and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and center Petros Melissaratos (205-93) chipped in 21 points and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Papagou's coach Costas Sorotos allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side center Ioannis Tozios (209-90) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Themis Koupidis (198-84) scored 16 points. Papagou will play against Holargos (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Doukas will play against Apollon Patras (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Papagou: K.Fakopoulidis 24+7reb+4ast, P.Melissaratos 21+3reb+1ast, K.Dedes 6+1reb+1ast, A.Apostolidis 5+4reb, G.Papapetrou 5+2reb+1ast, P.Filippakos 5+6reb+1ast
Doukas: T.Koupidis 16+4reb+1ast, I.Tozios 15+9reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 12+3reb, S.Panagiotaras 9+1reb+3ast, M.Koukoulas 9+4reb+3ast, S.Ioannou 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 565527


Marousi - Arkadikos 84-68

Marousi used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Arkadia 84-68 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Marousi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Arkadikos' 30. Marousi forced 21 Arkadikos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Quite impressive performance for guard Giorgos Sourlis (190-85) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Christos Dakoulias (186-87) contributed with 10 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Marousi players scored in double figures. Marousi's coach Kostas Keramidas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-86) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Pantelis Maragakis (185-94) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Arkadikos. Marousi will face Ermis Agias (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Arkadikos will play against AE Larissas (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marousi: G.Bakas 19+1reb, G.Sourlis 14+5reb+5ast, A.Rekouniotis 12+4reb, C.Dakoulias 10+4reb+6ast, O.Stasinos 8+1reb+6ast, G.Stoukas 7+8reb
Arkadikos: S.Tsougarakis 20+9reb, G.Prodromou 11+5reb+1ast, J.Peltier 10+2reb+5ast, P.Maragakis 9+5reb+4ast, G.Sinnis 9+5reb+3ast, L.Vlachos 3+2reb
gschID: 565532


Doxa Lefkadas - Apollon Patras 74-54

Doxa Lefkadas used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Patra 74-54 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Doxa Lefkadas. Apollon Patras was better in third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quite impressive performance for point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Guard Vaggelis Tzolos (192-91) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Naturalized Israeli guard Marios Matalon (186-89, college: Wyoming) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Giorgios Apostolidis (199-84) added 9 points in the effort for Apollon Patras. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Doxa Lefkadas will face Kastoria (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Apollon Patras will play against Doukas (#13) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the A1 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: N.Liakopoulos 21+3reb+3ast, V.Tzolos 11+4reb+3ast, M.Markovic 8+3reb, D.Tsaldaris 8+5reb+2ast, D.Kalampakas 8+4reb, N.Angelopoulos 6+2reb
Apollon Patras: M.Matalon 12+7reb+2ast, D.Cheilaris 11+2reb+1ast, G.Apostolidis 9+4reb+3ast, L.Giancaterino 7+1ast, V.Kitsoulis 6+6reb+1ast, S.Mastrogiannopoulos 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 565531


Psychiko - Amyntas Dafnis 50-38

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Psychiko and Amyntas Dafnis (#0). Psychiko (1-0) won against visiting Amyntas Dafnis (0-1) 50-38. The game was mostly controlled by Psychiko. Amyntas Dafnis managed to win second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Amyntas Dafnis to just 5 points in third quarter and to 11 points in second half. Psychiko held Amyntas Dafnis to an opponent 16.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 31.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Center Nikos Tsiokos (207-91) nailed 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Thomas Nikou (185-80) accounted for 5 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) came up with 7 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and forward Spyros Diamantopoulos (197-83) added 11 points respectively for Amyntas Dafnis in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Psychiko's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Psychiko: G.Papadionysioy 10+1reb+1ast, I.Anagnostakis 9+2reb+1ast, N.Tsiokos 9+12reb+2ast, N.Houhoumis 8+4reb, T.Nikou 5+9reb+6ast, D.Papadimitriou 3+4reb
Amyntas Dafnis: S.Diamantopoulos 11+4reb, L.Zoupas 7+2reb+6ast, A.Topalis 6+2reb, G.Kerasovitis 5+4reb, T.Vardianos 3+4reb, V.Mansarai 2+3reb
gschID: 565533





B Round 1: Zografou lose to Mandraikos - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League just started. The round was exceptionally exciting as six games ended with a tiny margin. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Zografou (0-1) on the court of Mandraikos on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Mandraikos 84-79. Mandraikos is looking forward to face Panelefsiniakos (#13) in Eleusina in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zografou will play at home against Irakleio and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between Tritonas S. and KAOK Korinthou where Tritonas S. (1-0) beat KAOK Korinthou (0-1) on the road with 16-point difference 70-54. Tritonas S. will play against Proteas V. (#15) in Voula in the next round which should be an easy win for them. KAOK Korinthou will play on the road against Koropi (#12) in Athens to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was played in New Eritrea where Ionikos Nikaias beat host Panerythraikos 88-75 on Sunday evening. Ionikos Nikaias will meet at home Nea Kifisia (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panerythraikos will play against Dafni in Athens and hope to win that game.
We should not miss the game where Dafni (1-0) against Proteas V. (0-1) where Dafni won on the road by fourteen points 76-62. Dafni's next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea which should be an easy win for them. Proteas V. will play against Tritonas S. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Pagrati and Koropi (#0). Pagrati (1-0) crushed visiting Koropi (0-1) by 17 points 61-44. Pagrati will face Diagoras D. (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Koropi will play against KAOK Korinthou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Mandraikos - Zografou 84-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Zografou (0-1) on the court of Mandraikos on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Mandraikos 84-79. Mandraikos is looking forward to face Panelefsiniakos (#13) in Eleusina in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zografou will play at home against Irakleio and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 567354


Pagrati - Koropi 61-44

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Pagrati and Koropi (#0). Pagrati (1-0) crushed visiting Koropi (0-1) by 17 points 61-44. Pagrati will face Diagoras D. (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Koropi will play against KAOK Korinthou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 567352


Irakleio - Diagoras D. 75-66

Irakleio used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 75-66 on Sunday night. Irakleio will face Zografou (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Diagoras D. will play against Pagrati (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 567353


KAOK Korinthou - Tritonas S. 54-70

Another exciting game was between Tritonas S. and KAOK Korinthou where Tritonas S. (1-0) beat KAOK Korinthou (0-1) on the road with 16-point difference 70-54. Tritonas S. will play against Proteas V. (#15) in Voula in the next round which should be an easy win for them. KAOK Korinthou will play on the road against Koropi (#12) in Athens to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 567351


Nea Kifisia - Ikaros NS 69-67

Nea Kifisia used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from 69-67 on Sunday night. Nea Kifisia will face Ionikos Nikaias on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ikaros NS will play against Ippokratis (#3) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 567348


Panerythraikos - Ionikos Nikaias 75-88

An interesting game was played in New Eritrea where Ionikos Nikaias beat host Panerythraikos 88-75 on Sunday evening. Ionikos Nikaias will meet at home Nea Kifisia (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panerythraikos will play against Dafni in Athens and hope to win that game.
gschID: 567349


Proteas V. - Dafni 62-76

We should not miss the game where Dafni (1-0) against Proteas V. (0-1) where Dafni won on the road by fourteen points 76-62. Dafni's next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea which should be an easy win for them. Proteas V. will play against Tritonas S. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 567350


Ippokratis - Panelefsiniakos 78-75

Ippokratis used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Eleusina 78-75 on Sunday night. Ippokratis will face Ikaros NS (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Mandraikos and hope to win that game.
gschID: 567347


Doxa Pefkon - Anatolia 82-79

Doxa Pefkon used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from 82-79 on Sunday night. Doxa Pefkon will face Gefyra (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Anatolia will play against Ermis Lagkada and hope to win that game.
gschID: 567594


Ermis Lagkada - Agriniou 70-64

Ermis Lagkada used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Agrinio 70-64 on Sunday night. Ermis Lagkada will face Anatolia (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Agriniou will play against Ikaroi Serron and hope to win that game.
gschID: 567593


Farsalon - Kavala 75-74

Farsalon used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Kavala 75-74 on Sunday night. Farsalon will face Xanthis (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kavala will play against Stratoni (#7) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the A2 just one year after relegation.
gschID: 567591


Ikaroi Serron - Xanthis 76-59

Ikaroi Serron used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Xanthi 76-59 on Sunday night. Ikaroi Serron will face Agriniou (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Xanthis will play against Farsalon and hope to win that game.
gschID: 567592


Halkidona - Elimeia Kozanis 66-59

Halkidona used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Kozani 66-59 on Sunday night. Halkidona will face Palamas (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Elimeia Kozanis will play against Charilaos TM (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 567589


Stratoni - Palamas 78-63

Stratoni used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Palamas 78-63 on Sunday night. Stratoni will face Kavala (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Palamas will play against Halkidona (#5) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 567590


Charilaos TM - Evropi 64-57

Charilaos TM used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 64-57 on Sunday night. Charilaos TM will face Elimeia Kozanis (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Evropi will play against Periko/Arhelaos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Nikola Milutinov extends contract with Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos and Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The centre will stay in Piraeus through 2020. Nikola Milutinov joined Olympiacos back in 2015. He averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 boards per game in A1 last season. In Euroleague his stats read 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per appearance. He played for Serbian National Team in 2014-16.


A1 Round 1: Lavrio prevail against Kymis - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A1 just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kymis (0-1) on the court of Lavrio on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Lavrio 78-65. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Kymis managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Kymis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Tony Meier (204-90, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Cameron Jones (193-89, college: N.Arizona) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Kymis. Lavrio is looking forward to face Aiolos Trikallon (#14) in Trikala in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kymis will play at home against Olympiacos (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Rodou. Kolossos HH (1-0) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Cretan Kings (0-1) 64-63 on Saturday evening. American point guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Marvin Jones chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kolossos HH's coach Aris Likogiannis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Stefan Moody (179-93, college: Mississippi) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Kolossos HH will play against Panionios (#12) in Athens in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cretan Kings will play at home against Koroivos (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Koroivos was also quite interesting. Aris (0-1) played at the court of Koroivos (1-0). Koroivos defeated Aris 71-55 on Sunday. Quenton DeCosey nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side. Keith Benson came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Aris in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Koroivos will meet Cretan Kings (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play against AEK and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Pireus. It ended with only three-point home defeat of Olympiacos (0-1) to Panathinaikos (1-0) 71-68 on Sunday evening. Nick Calathes fired 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be PAOK (#13) in Thessaloniki which should be an easy win for them. Olympiacos will play on the road against Kymis (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between G.Larissa-Faros (1-0) and Panionios (0-1) in Keratsiniou on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. G.Larissa-Faros outscored guests from Athens 98-68. It was a very good performance for Roeland Schaftenaar who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. G.Larissa-Faros will face Promitheas (#7) in Patras in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Panionios will play at home against Kolossos HH and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 1 Promitheas beat PAOK on the road 79-73. AEK destroyed Trikalla on its own court 91-72.
The most impressive performance of 1st round was 17 points and 12 rebounds by Owen Klassen of PAOK.

Lavrio - Kymis 78-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kymis (0-1) on the court of Lavrio on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Lavrio 78-65. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Kymis managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Kymis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Tony Meier (204-90, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Cameron Jones (193-89, college: N.Arizona) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Kymis. Lavrio is looking forward to face Aiolos Trikallon (#14) in Trikala in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kymis will play at home against Olympiacos (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: M.Moore 15+5reb+6ast, T.Meier 13+3reb+2ast, I.Kouzeloglou 12+2reb+1ast, Z.Nixon 9+3reb+4ast, A.Wiggins 7+6reb+2ast, D.Kaklamanakis 7+5reb+2ast
Kymis: C.Jones 15+6reb+3ast, J.Traylor 13+9reb, L.Smith Jr. 8+4reb+2ast, A.Tsagarakis 8+2reb+3ast, T.Okereafor 6+3reb+1ast, J.O'Brien 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 574947


Olympiacos - Panathinaikos 68-71

A very interesting game took place in Pireus. It ended with only three-point home defeat of Olympiacos (0-1) to Panathinaikos (1-0) 71-68 on Sunday evening. Olympiacos was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) fired 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American James Gist (206-86) chipped in 13 points. American power forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) produced 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import Hollis Thompson (203-91, college: Georgetown) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be PAOK (#13) in Thessaloniki which should be an easy win for them. Olympiacos will play on the road against Kymis (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 14+8reb+7ast, J.Gist 13+3reb, K.Rivers 13+1ast, C.Singleton 9+5reb, M.Lojeski 7+2reb+1ast, N.Pappas 7+2reb
Olympiacos: J.McLean 18+4reb+2ast, H.Thompson 13+4reb+2ast, G.Printezis 8+6reb+2ast, N.Milutinov 8+7reb+2ast, E.Mantzaris 8+3reb+2ast, K.Papanikolaou 5+2reb
gschID: 574948


Koroivos - Aris 71-55

The game in Koroivos was also quite interesting. Aris (0-1) played at the court of Koroivos (1-0). Koroivos defeated Aris 71-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Koroivos. Aris managed to win second period 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aris to just 7 points in first quarter. American guard Quenton DeCosey (196-93, college: Temple) nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Aaron Rountree-III (203-93, college: Iona) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. American center Keith Benson (211-88, college: Oakland) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Aris in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Koroivos will meet Cretan Kings (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play against AEK and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: Q.DeCosey 17+8reb+2ast, A.Rountree III 13+7reb+1ast, J.Carson 9+2reb+2ast, I.Milentigievits 9+2ast, D.Skoulidas 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Sahpatzidis 6+5reb+4ast
Aris: K.Benson 16+7reb, P.Vasilopoulos 9+6reb+3ast, D.Flionis 9+4reb+4ast, K.Vaughn 6+1reb, S.Poulianitis 4+3reb+2ast, M.Tsairelis 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 574945


PAOK - Promitheas 73-79

But PAOK was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Patras 79-73 on Saturday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But PAOK won third quarter 33-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for Christos Saloustros (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Lucky Jones (198-93, college: Robert Morris) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for PAOK. Five Promitheas and four PAOK players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Promitheas will face G.Larissa-Faros in Keratsiniou in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. PAOK will play on the road against Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Promitheas: M.Faye 18+6reb+1ast, C.Saloustros 15+8reb+3ast, O.Lypovyy 15+1reb+3ast, T.Releford 11+2reb+6ast, S.Evans 11+8reb, N.Gikas 7+2reb+4ast
PAOK: L.Jones 19+5reb+2ast, O.Klassen 17+12reb, B.Triche 12+6reb+3ast, T.Zaras 11+3ast, D.Katsivelis 9+1reb+4ast, O.Krubally 2+3reb
gschID: 574949


G.Larissa-Faros - Panionios 98-68

The game between G.Larissa-Faros (1-0) and Panionios (0-1) in Keratsiniou on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. G.Larissa-Faros outscored guests from Athens 98-68. The game was mostly controlled by G.Larissa-Faros. Panionios was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. G.Larissa-Faros dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Panionios' 30 and made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. G.Larissa-Faros forced 19 Panionios turnovers. It was a very good performance for Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Forward Vasileios Mouratos (193-97) contributed with 14 points for the winners. The former international center Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-90, college: Ohio St.) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Vagel Sakellariou (195-89) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Panionios. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. G.Larissa-Faros will face Promitheas (#7) in Patras in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Panionios will play at home against Kolossos HH and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
G.Larissa-Faros: V.Mouratos 14+3reb+3ast, R.Schaftenaar 14+6reb+1ast, G.Forbes 12+1reb, D.Draper 10+2reb, G.Diamantakos 9+6reb, P.Petty 8+4reb+3ast
Panionios: Z.Sarikopoulos 20+7reb, V.Sakellariou 14+5reb+6ast, E.Henderson 11+4reb, S.Cupkovic 6+4reb+2ast, A.Holmes 6+1reb+1ast, G.Kamperidis 5+1ast
gschID: 574946


Kolossos HH - Cretan Kings 64-63

Important game to mention about took place in Rodou. Kolossos HH (1-0) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Cretan Kings (0-1) 64-63 on Saturday evening. Cretan Kings was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 23-14 third quarter run of Kolossos HH. American point guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import center Marvin Jones (213-93, college: Texas Southern) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Kolossos HH players scored in double figures. Kolossos HH's coach Aris Likogiannis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Stefan Moody (179-93, college: Mississippi) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (200-89) scored 13 points. Kolossos HH will play against Panionios (#12) in Athens in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cretan Kings will play at home against Koroivos (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Kolossos HH: M.Griffin 15+5reb+4ast, R.Harris 12+1ast, K.Wright 10+5reb, M.Jones 10+11reb+3ast, S.Schizas 6+4reb, D.Stamatis 5+2reb+3ast
Cretan Kings: H.Giannopoulos 13+3reb+3ast, S.Moody 13+5reb+3ast, C.Medlock 9+3reb+2ast, S.Goodwin 9+4reb+1ast, T.Daniels 8+6reb+1ast, H.Robertson 4+5reb
gschID: 574944


AEK - Trikalla 91-72

AEK used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Trikala 91-72 on Saturday night. AEK outrebounded Aiolos Trikallon 40-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. AEK looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Aiolos Trikallon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for naturalized Serbian Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four AEK players scored in double figures. American swingman Lamond Murray-Jr (196, college: Pepperdine) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import point guard Shawndre Jones (180-94, college: Richmond) added 13 points and 6 assists in the effort for Aiolos Trikallon. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. AEK will face Aris (#8) in Thessaloniki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aiolos Trikallon will play at home against Lavrio (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
AEK: D.Sakota 16+6reb+2ast, D.Mavroeidis 15+6reb+1ast, M.Green 13+5reb+4ast, C.Elonu 10+10reb+2ast, B.Sy 9+1reb, D.Moraitis 8+1reb+3ast
Trikalla: L.Murray Jr. 25+6reb+1ast, S.Jones 13+2reb+6ast, M.Lountzis 7+6reb+1ast, R.Ross 5+1reb+4ast, D.Slaftsakis 4+1reb+2ast, M.Tejic 4+2reb
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Erevidisie Round 1: Leeuwarden overcome Weert - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Eredivisie just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Weert (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Leeuwarden (1-0) 96-80. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-80. Leeuwarden outrebounded Weert 37-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Leeuwarden especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lithuanian Deividas Kumelis (188-95) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Nate Kratch (203-93, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Daan Rosenmuller (193-95) produced 23 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leeuwarden is looking forward to face Den Helder (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Weert will play against Den Bosch and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game where Amsterdam (1-0) edged by two points Rotterdam (0-1) 82-80. Rotterdam was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 assists. Berend Weijs contributed with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chris Commons (206-84, college: USC Aiken) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Rotterdam. Amsterdam will play against Groningen (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rotterdam will play against Zwolle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of Groningen (0-1) against Leiden (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Groningen was defeated by Leiden in Leiden 75-63. Carrington Love stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winners. At the losing side Brandyn Curry responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Groningen will play against Amsterdam (#1) and hope to win that game.
We should not miss the game where Zwolle (1-0) against Den Helder (0-1) where host Zwolle rolled over their opponents by 40 points 87-47. Nigel Van-Oostrum nailed 8 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zwolle's next round opponent will be Rotterdam (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Den Helder will play against Leeuwarden and hope to win that game.

Weert - Leeuwarden 80-96

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Weert (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Leeuwarden (1-0) 96-80. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-80. Leeuwarden outrebounded Weert 37-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Leeuwarden especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lithuanian Deividas Kumelis (188-95) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Nate Kratch (203-93, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. Swingman Daan Rosenmuller (193-95) produced 23 points and power forward Roel Aarts (205-93) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leeuwarden is looking forward to face Den Helder (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Weert will play against Den Bosch and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: D.Kumelis 19+6reb+7ast, E.Blackman 17+4reb+1ast, N.Kratch 15+8reb+3ast, N.Bunschoten 11+3reb+3ast, M.Lufile 10+8reb+1ast, V.Lietmeijer 10
Weert: D.Rosenmuller 23+4reb+2ast, R.Aarts 22+5reb+1ast, S.Van Dijk 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Brussen 7+1reb, N.Gorissen 6+1reb+3ast, W.Nossek 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 562817


Zwolle - Den Helder 87-47

We should not miss the game where Zwolle (1-0) against Den Helder (0-1) where host Zwolle rolled over their opponents by 40 points 87-47. Zwolle dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Den Helder's 30. They outrebounded Den Helder 46-28 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zwolle players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Den Helder's players. Naturalized British guard Nigel Van-Oostrum (196-90, college: Park, agency: Court Side) nailed 8 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Ralf Pagter (200-89) accounted for 8 points and 11 rebounds. Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Luxembourg Alex Laurent (198-93, agency: Court Side) came up with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American guard LaVonte Dority (185-91, college: Valparaiso) added 10 points respectively for Den Helder in the defeat. Zwolle's next round opponent will be Rotterdam (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Den Helder will play against Leeuwarden and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: J.Gregory 16+2reb, F.House 16+5reb+1ast, S.Dorsey-Walker 10+8reb+2ast, O.Schaftenaar 9+5reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 8+2reb+1ast, R.Pagter 8+11reb+3ast
Den Helder: L.Dority 10+3reb+3ast, A.Laurent 10+7reb, B.Van Der Vuurst 9+2reb+2ast, Q.McConico 7+5reb, T.Koopman 5+4reb, T.de Paula 4+2reb
gschID: 584694


Rotterdam - Amsterdam 80-82

Another exciting game where Amsterdam (1-0) edged by two points Rotterdam (0-1) 82-80. Rotterdam was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Rotterdam was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Amsterdam made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 assists. Center Berend Weijs (207-88, college: Maryland) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Amsterdam players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Commons (206-84, college: USC Aiken) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Robert Krabbendam (213-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Rotterdam. Amsterdam will play against Groningen (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rotterdam will play against Zwolle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: M.Madanly 21+2ast, D.Van Der Horst 19+3reb+7ast, J.Markusse 12+5reb+2ast, B.Weijs 10+13reb+3ast, A.Eduardo 8+1reb, M.Van Schaik 5+13reb
Rotterdam: C.Commons 19+7reb+2ast, R.Krabbendam 15+8reb, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 13+1ast, K.Averink 9+2reb+5ast, T.Setty 8+6reb+1ast, T.Theeuwkens 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 562816


Leiden - Groningen 75-63

Very important is a road loss of Groningen (0-1) against Leiden (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Groningen was defeated by Leiden in Leiden 75-63. Leiden dominated on the defensive end, holding Groningen to just 6 points in second quarter. American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winners and his fellow American import center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Brandyn Curry (187-91, college: Harvard) responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, agency: Court Side) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Groningen will play against Amsterdam (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Leiden: C.Vette 24+7reb+1ast, C.Love 15+10reb+12ast, J.Voorn 14+2reb+1ast, W.de Jong 10+5reb+1ast, S.de Randamie 5+3reb+1ast, M.Ververs 4+2reb
Groningen: B.Curry 15+9reb+7ast, D.Pasalic 14+7reb+2ast, E.Bruinsma 11+6reb+2ast, S.Domingo 7+5reb, J.Dourisseau 7+3reb, S.Cunningham 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 562815





Limburg United tabs Jeroen van der List - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) inked 28-year old Dutch power forward Jeroen van der List (212-109kg-89, college: Indian Hills CC). He played most recently at Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano in Japanese B2 League. In 28 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5bpg last season. van der List also played that season for Tremblay Athletique Club (NM2) in French league where in 28 games he had 14.1ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won Dutch Eredivisie championship title in 2012. van der List received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
van der List was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He played for Dutch Senior National Team between 2010 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team in 2007.
van der List represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg.
van der List has played also professionally for other Dutch teams like Den Bosch, Den Helder, Leiden and Leeuwarden.
He attended Indian Hills Community College until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
van der List's game is described as: Jeroen is a legit 7-footer who is originally from the youth program in Rotterdam. Jeroen is a skilled big man who can play facing the basket without any problem. Has a nice bodyframe and runs the floor well for his size. Active player. Needs to improve his strength a little. Member of the Dutch National U-20 team. Has nice potential & upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Lithuanian Deividas Kumelis (188-SG-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Leeuwarden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 22-year old shooting guard had the game-high 19 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Leeuwarden in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Weert (#9, 0-1) with 16-point margin 96-80. Leeuwarden is placed at 2nd position in Dutch Eredivisie. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Leeuwarden won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Kumelis turned to be Leeuwarden's top player in his first season with the team. Kumelis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.0ppg), assists (4th best: 7.0apg) and averages solid 3.0spg,80.0% FGP and 100.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Carrington Love (186-G-94) of Leiden. Love impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Of course Leiden cruised to a 75-63 relatively comfortable win over Groningen (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. Love is a newcomer at Leiden and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Leiden's star - American Clayton Vette (202-C-88, agency: Court Side). Vette scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Leiden, helping his team with a 75-63 win against Groningen (#7, 0-1). Leiden 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. Vette also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Vette as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandyn Curry (187-G-91) of Groningen - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Roel Aarts (205-F/C-93) of Weert - 22 points and 5 rebounds
6. Nate Kratch (203-F-93) of Leeuwarden - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Franko House (198-F-94) of Zwolle - 16 points and 5 rebounds
8. Berend Weijs (207-C-88) of Amsterdam - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-G/F-91) of Amsterdam - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Groningen - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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A Division Round 2: Atomeromu upset by DEAC - by Eurobasket News

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

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Atomeromu (1-1). They were defeated by DEAC (1-1) 87-69 on Saturday night. The game without a history. DEAC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. DEAC had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Isaiah Armwood (206-90, college: G.Washington) had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Bulgarian Ivan Lilov (194-88) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American forward Troy Barnies (200-89, college: Maine) responded with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atomeromu will play next round against ZTE KK trying to make it back to the top of the standings. DEAC will try to continue on its current victory against Alba in Szekesfehervar.
Kormend edged MAFC at home 69-67. American guard Marquis Wright (185-95, college: Siena) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Justin Tuoyo supported him with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Kormend's coach Gasper Potocnik used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for MAFC. MAFC will play next round against strong Kaposvari trying to get back on the winning streak. Kormend will try to continue on its current victory against Sopron KC on the road.
Alba (0-1) recorded a loss in Szombathely on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Falco-Vulcano (1-1) 94-66. The best player for the winners was Milos Borisov who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Coach Srecko Sekulovic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akos Keller produced 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Falco-Vulcano will meet JP-Auto JKSE (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alba will play against DEAC and hope to win that game.
Very important is a home loss of KTE-Duna (1-1) against PVSK-Veolia (1-1) on Friday night. Host KTE-Duna was edged by PVSK-Veolia in a tough game in Kecskemet 72-73. Jabril Durham saved the victory by scoring 7 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. PVSK-Veolia's coach Ferenc Csirke allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. PVSK-Veolia's next round opponent will be Szedeak in Szeged and it may be quite challenging game. KTE-Duna will play on the road against Szolnok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless ZTE KK lost to undefeated Szedeak on the opponent's court 68-87. Szolnok outscored Sopron KC in a home game 86-64. Winless JP-Auto JKSE lost to undefeated Kaposvari on the road 67-76.

Szedeak - ZTE KK 87-68

Very expected game in Szeged where ZTE KK (0-2) was crushed by Szedeak (2-0) 87-68. The game was mostly controlled by Szedeak. ZTE KK was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Szedeak's next round opponent will be PVSK-Veolia (#6) in Pecs where they are favorite. ZTE KK will play at home against Atomeromu (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 570075


DEAC - Atomeromu 87-69

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Atomeromu (1-1). They were defeated by DEAC (1-1) 87-69 on Saturday night. The game without a history. DEAC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. DEAC had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Isaiah Armwood (206-90, college: G.Washington) had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Bulgarian Ivan Lilov (194-88) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four DEAC players scored in double figures. American forward Troy Barnies (200-89, college: Maine) responded with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import point guard Jabarie Hinds (180-92, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atomeromu will play next round against ZTE KK trying to make it back to the top of the standings. DEAC will try to continue on its current victory against Alba in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: J.Hinds 17+3ast, J.Ogunyemi 11+6reb+1ast, T.Barnies 11+6reb+4ast, M.Medve 9+4reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 8+9reb+2ast, A.Rujak 7+1reb+2ast
DEAC: I.Armwood 26+11reb+3ast, I.Lilov 24+7reb+2ast, J.Jones 15+7reb+4ast, A.Molnar 11+4reb+2ast, J.Velkey 8+2reb+3ast, T.Kosa 3
gschID: 570077


Falco-Vulcano - Alba 94-66

Alba (0-1) recorded a loss in Szombathely on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Falco-Vulcano (1-1) 94-66. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 58-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (201-85) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. International swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Falco-Vulcano players scored in double figures. Coach Srecko Sekulovic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. International power forward Akos Keller (208-89) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Serbian Luka Markovic (196-93) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Falco-Vulcano will meet JP-Auto JKSE (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alba will play against DEAC and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alba: A.Keller 12+5reb+1ast, L.Markovic 12+2reb, A.Harris 11+2reb, D.Fenner 9+5reb, K.Hill 6+1reb+4ast, A.Kovacs 6+2reb+3ast
Falco-Vulcano: M.Borisov 28+10reb+4ast, Z.Perl 21+6reb+2ast, J.Norfleet 13+5reb, B.Varadi 13+5reb+1ast, N.Toth 8+5reb+3ast, D.Govens 7+4reb+6ast
gschID: 570076


Kormend - MAFC 69-67

Kormend edged MAFC at home 69-67. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Kormend made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Kormend outrebounded MAFC 41-22 including a 15-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Marquis Wright (185-95, college: Siena) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Justin Tuoyo (208-94, college: Chattanooga) supported him with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Kormend's coach Gasper Potocnik used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for MAFC. Montenegrin guard Amin Hott (192-92) added 20 points and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the guests. MAFC will play next round against strong Kaposvari trying to get back on the winning streak. Kormend will try to continue on its current victory against Sopron KC on the road.
Top scorers:
MAFC: A.Hott 20+1reb+1ast, B.Davis 18+12reb+1ast, M.Fodor 15+1reb+2ast, W.Neighbour 9+3reb, D.Cvetkovic 5+2reb, A.Lakits 0+3reb+3ast
Kormend: M.Wright 20+7reb+2ast, A.Hollins 14+3reb+1ast, E.Fanning 11+2reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 8+2reb, J.Tuoyo 8+11reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 6+6reb
gschID: 570073


Szolnok - Sopron KC 86-64

Very predictable result when Szolnok (2-0) smashed at home Sopron KC (0-2) 86-64. The game without a history. Szolnok led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Slovenian power forward Sasa Zagorac (206-84, agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American power forward Ryan Watkins (206-91, college: Boise St., agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Sopron KC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Szolnok's next round opponent will be KTE-Duna (#8) in Kecskemet and are hoping to win another game. Sopron KC will play at home against Kormend (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sopron KC: S.Zagorac 21+5reb+6ast, U.Duvnjak 15+1reb+4ast, R.Watkins 14+12reb+1ast, L.Autrey 4+5reb+2ast, J.Greene 4+1reb+1ast, M.Meszaros 3+2reb+2ast
Szolnok: L.Andric 15+4reb+2ast, A.Toth 14+4reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 12+6reb+5ast, K.Perry 11+1reb+2ast, T.Phillip 9+4reb, S.Milosevic 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 570072


Kaposvari - JP-Auto JKSE 76-67

Not a big story in a game when JP-Auto JKSE (0-2) was defeated on the road by Kaposvari (1-0) 76-67. JP-Auto JKSE was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 40-21 second half run of Kaposvari. Naturalized Serbian center Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Kaposvari players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian Uros Lucic (207-83, agency: 011 Sports) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for JP-Auto JKSE. Kaposvari's next round opponent will be MAFC (#7) in Budapest. JP-Auto JKSE will play at home against Falco-Vulcano (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
JP-Auto JKSE: I.Sejfic 19+11reb, K.DeShields 16+3reb+2ast, U.Lucic 14+10reb+3ast, M.Rakic 9+5reb+3ast, R.Brown 7+3reb+2ast, G.Cseh 2+3reb
Kaposvari: M.Spica 22+6reb+7ast, T.Ivosev 20+8reb+2ast, C.Dunn 11+2reb+6ast, M.Evans 10+7reb+2ast, R.Hendlein 8+11reb, P.Papp 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 570074


KTE-Duna - PVSK-Veolia 72-73

Very important is a home loss of KTE-Duna (1-1) against PVSK-Veolia (1-1) on Friday night. Host KTE-Duna was edged by PVSK-Veolia in a tough game in Kecskemet 72-73. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Jabril Durham (185-94, college: Arkansas) saved the victory by scoring 7 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) contributed with 14 points for the winners. PVSK-Veolia's coach Ferenc Csirke allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Bernard Thompson (191-93, college: FGCU) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Martin Pongo (187-92) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for KTE-Duna. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PVSK-Veolia's next round opponent will be Szedeak in Szeged and it may be quite challenging game. KTE-Duna will play on the road against Szolnok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 14+3reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 13+2reb+2ast, M.Pongo 13+5reb+4ast, B.Thompson 12+9reb+3ast, M.Pongo 8+1reb, R.Dramicanin 7+1reb+1ast
PVSK-Veolia: N.Dukic 17+2reb+1ast, V.Budimir 14+3reb+3ast, Z.Supola 11+1reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 10+5reb, C.Antoni 7+2reb, K.Simon 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 570071





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Doraghi comes back to Gorgan - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Shahrdary Gorgan (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old international shooting guard Adnan Doraghi (190-89). It is actually his comeback to Shahrdari Gorgan as he has played here before. Doraghi played most recently at Azad (Superleague). In 37 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Doraghi played at Shahrdari Gorgan where in 26 Superleague games he averaged 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg and 2.2spg (in top 5). Great season indeed as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Most Improved Player of the Year.
Doraghi won Iranian Superleague championship title in 2013.
He also represented Iran at the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran (Iran) last year. Doraghi's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 4.1ppg.
Doraghi has played previously for four other teams: Zob Ahan, Petrochimi, M.H.Ahvaz and Naft Abadan.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good outside scorer with a great skills of stealing and also very good on rebounds. needs to improve his ball handling skills and with his explosive speed power will be a star soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 31
 1. Proby, DCU Saints31.0 
 2. OReilly, UCC D.24.3 
 3. Manning, Eanna22.3 
 4. Williams, Maree21.0 
 5. Andrews, KUBS19.7 
 6. Rockall, Maree19.3 
 7. Roe, Killester18.7 
 8. Garrow, UCD Marian18.7 
 9. Oliver, Belfast Star18.5 
 10. Bonaparte, Templ.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Proby, DCU Saints19.5 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue13.5 
 3. Hansberry, Maree12.0 
 4. OReilly, UCC D.12.0 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.10.3 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee9.7 
 7. Kulinicz, Belfast .9.5 
 8. McGuire, Moycullen8.7 
 9. Cairns, Belfast .8.5 
 10. Garrow, UCD Marian8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.10.5 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.9.7 
 3. Bonaparte, Templ.6.0 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee5.7 
 5. Lyons, Moycullen5.7 
 6. Roe, Killester5.3 
 7. Rockall, Maree5.3 
 8. Kinevane, UCD M.5.0 
 9. Randolph, Templ.4.8 
 10. Manning, Eanna4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Travis BLACK
  Swords T.
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Black, Swords T.4.0 
 2. James, UCD Marian3.0 
 3. Sullivan, Killester2.7 
 4. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.5 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.2.5 
 6. Manning, Eanna2.3 
 7. Dunne, Eanna2.3 
 8. Proby, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.2.0 
 10. James, Templeogue2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Provizors, DCU S.2.3 
 2. Baltimore, Swords T.2.3 
 3. Bedulskis, UCD M.2.3 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.0 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue2.0 
 6. Kulinicz, Belfast .2.0 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.7 
 8. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.1.5 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen1.3 
 10. McCann, KU.1.3 



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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David LAURY
  Maccabi .
  (206-F/C-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Laury, Maccabi .19.0 
 2. Stone, Galil Gilboa18.0 
 3. Henry, Maccabi .17.0 
 4. Harrison, Galil G.17.0 
 5. Dawson, Bnei H.17.0 
 6. Thomas, Maccabi .16.0 
 7. McKee, Hapoel T-A16.0 
 8. Shuchman, Galil G.15.0 
 9. Lee, Maccabi .15.0 
 10. Holloway, Hapoel H.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomer GINAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (202-PF-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. Ginat, Hapoel T-A15.0 
 2. Laury, Maccabi .13.0 
 3. Lee, Maccabi .12.0 
 4. Kanacevic, Bnei H.12.0 
 5. Bolden, Maccabi .11.0 
 6. Alexander, Hapoel H.11.0 
 7. Stone, Galil Gilboa10.0 
 8. Kadir, Ironi N.10.0 
 9. Allen, Hapoel T-A9.0 
 10. Howell, Hapoel J-M9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Iftach ZIV
  Ironi Nahariya
  (191-SG-95)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ziv, Ironi Nahariya8.0 
 2. Jackson, Maccabi .6.0 
 3. Henry, Maccabi .6.0 
 4. Harrison, Galil G.5.0 
 5. Stone, Galil Gilboa5.0 
 6. Holloway, Hapoel H.5.0 
 7. Green, Bnei H.5.0 
 8. Skverer, Galil Gilboa4.0 
 9. Nissim, Hapoel Eilat4.0 
 10. Howell, Hapoel J-M4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyler STONE
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Stone, Galil Gilboa4.0 
 2. Lee, Maccabi .3.0 
 3. Walden, Hapoel Holon3.0 
 4. Harrison, Galil G.3.0 
 5. Warech, Maccabi .3.0 
 6. Jerrells, Hapoel J.3.0 
 7. Ziv, Ironi Nahariya3.0 
 8. Allen, Hapoel T-A3.0 
 9. Laury, Maccabi .3.0 
 10. Jackson, Maccabi .3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominique ARCHIE
  Bnei H.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Archie, Bnei H.3.0 
 2. Henry, Maccabi .3.0 
 3. LeDay, Galil Gilboa2.0 
 4. Thomas, Hapoel H.2.0 
 5. Tyus, Maccabi T-A2.0 
 6. Dawson, Bnei H.2.0 
 7. Allen, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 8. Alexander, Hapoel H.2.0 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.1.0 
 10. Loyd, Hapoel Eilat1.0 



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Dallas MOORE
  VL Pesaro
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Moore, VL Pesaro24.5 
 2. Orelik, Umana VE20.5 
 3. Behanan, Dolomiti.20.0 
 4. Aradori, Virtus B.19.5 
 5. Johnson, Umana VE19.0 
 6. Giuri, New B.18.5 
 7. Goudelock, EA7 A.18.5 
 8. Rich, Scandone AV18.0 
 9. Della-Valle, Grissin.17.0 
 10. Chappell, MIA-RO C.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn JONES
  Banco di Srd
  (203-PF-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Jones, Banco di Srd15.0 
 2. Gudaitis, EA7 A.12.5 
 3. Omogbo, VL Pesaro12.0 
 4. Burns, MIA-RO C.11.0 
 5. Lalanne, New B.10.5 
 6. Cain, Openjobm.9.0 
 7. Kennedy, The F.9.0 
 8. Bamforth, Banco d.9.0 
 9. Gentile, Virtus B.8.5 
 10. Mbakwe, Fiat TO8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diante GARRETT
  Fiat TO
  (196-PG-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Garrett, Fiat TO9.0 
 2. Vitali, Germani BR7.5 
 3. Stipcevic, Banco d.6.5 
 4. Moore, The F.6.0 
 5. Johnson-Odom, Vanoli C.5.0 
 6. Smith, MIA-RO C.5.0 
 7. Bamforth, Banco d.5.0 
 8. Wells, Openjobm.4.5 
 9. Giuri, New B.4.5 
 10. Fitipaldo, Scandone.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lamar PATTERSON
  Fiat TO
  (196-G/F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Patterson, Fiat TO4.0 
 2. McGee, The F.3.5 
 3. Omogbo, VL Pesaro3.0 
 4. Gentile, Virtus B.3.0 
 5. Della-Valle, Grissin.2.5 
 6. Theodore, EA7 A.2.5 
 7. Ferrero, Openjobm.2.5 
 8. Behanan, Dolomiti.2.5 
 9. Forray, Dolomiti.2.0 
 10. Leunen, Scandone AV2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CROSARIOL
  MIA-RO C.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Crosariol, MIA-RO C.2.5 
 2. NDiaye, Scandone AV2.0 
 3. Fesenko, Scandone.2.0 
 4. Pelle, Openjobm.1.5 
 5. Magro, The F.1.5 
 6. Lalanne, New B.1.5 
 7. Johnson-Odom, Vanoli C.1.0 
 8. Silins, Dolomiti.1.0 
 9. Stephens, Fiat TO1.0 
 10. Cusin, EA7 Armani1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Massimo REZZANO
  San Severo
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Rezzano, San Severo27.5 
 2. Visnjic, Palestrina27.5 
 3. Gialloreto, Fabriano26.5 
 4. Bloise, Varese R.26.0 
 5. Meschini, Perugia24.5 
 6. Bertoldo, Roma T.24.0 
 7. Bisconti, Valmontone24.0 
 8. Rinaldi, Venafro24.0 
 9. Filippini, Lugo22.0 
 10. Bruni, Barcellona22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giacomo DELL''AGNELLO
  Libertas
  (201-F/C-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. DellAgnello, Libertas15.0 
 2. Di-Donato, San S.13.5 
 3. Serino, Scauri13.5 
 4. Visnjic, Palestrina13.0 
 5. Spera, Lecco13.0 
 6. Ravazzani, Matera12.0 
 7. Bayehe, Roma S.12.0 
 8. Berti, Firenze .11.5 
 9. Capitanelli, Pescara11.0 
 10. Santolamazza, Super F.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo SERAVALLI
  Lugo
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Seravalli, Lugo10.5 
 2. Quartieri, Lecco9.0 
 3. Maccaferri, Lecco9.0 
 4. Marchetti, Ortona9.0 
 5. Guarino, Recanati9.0 
 6. Bruni, Barcellona8.5 
 7. Hidalgo, Oleggio6.5 
 8. Busetto, Rimini6.5 
 9. Graviano, Sestu6.5 
 10. Balic, Capo d.6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davide SERINO
  Scauri
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Serino, Scauri3.5 
 2. Mazzoleni, Desio3.5 
 3. Meschini, Perugia3.5 
 4. Carpanzano, Forli T.3.5 
 5. Morici, Catanzaro3.5 
 6. Guarino, Recanati3.5 
 7. Battisti, Forli T.3.5 
 8. Bruni, Barcellona3.5 
 9. Marchetti, Ortona3.5 
 10. Gatti, Valsesia3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Lorenzo GALMARINI
  Montecat.
  (200-C-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galmarini, Montecat.3.0 
 2. Locci, Patti2.0 
 3. Giacomelli, San M.2.0 
 4. Gueye, Venafro1.5 
 5. Petrucci, Montecatini1.5 
 6. Scarponi, San S.1.5 
 7. DellAgnello, Libertas1.5 
 8. Zanotti, Porto S.1.5 
 9. Benfatto, Cento1.5 
 10. Banchi, Giulianova1.5 


Serie A2 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 Serie A2. 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 Serie A2 took place in Siena where host Mens Sana 1871 (1-1) crushed Agrigento (1-1) 102-81 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Elston Turner (195-90, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Agrigento will play next round against Remer Treviglio trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mens Sana 1871 will try to continue on its current victory against Lighthouse TRP in Trapani.
UCC Piacenza (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Tezenis Verona. Visitors were defeated by Tezenis Verona 82-67. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Mattia Udom contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Tezenis Verona's coach Luca Dalmonte allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jonathan Arledge (206-91, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds for UCC Piacenza. Tezenis Verona will play against Bergamo (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. UCC Piacenza will play against Montegrano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game where Novipiu Casale (#7) beat host Eurobasket Roma (#4) with 16-point difference 78-62 on Sunday evening. Jamarr Sanders scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Michael Deloach responded with 20 points. Novipiu Casale will meet at home Viola RC (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Eurobasket Roma will play against Bertram Tortona and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of Aurira Jesi (1-1) against F.Kontatto BO (2-0) on Sunday night. Visiting Aurira Jesi was defeated by F.Kontatto BO in a tough game in Bologna 70-79. Stefano Mancinelli notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. F.Kontatto BO's next round opponent will be Kleb Ferrara (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Aurira Jesi will play against Treviso Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of Cagliari Academy (1-1) against Givova Scafati (1-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Cagliari Academy was crushed by Givova Scafati in Scafati 101-70. The best player for the winners was Brandon Sherrod who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 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. Givova Scafati will face Virtus Roma (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Cagliari Academy will play against Legnano (#2) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 2 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A2 winless Roseto Sharks was defeated by Montegrano in Montenegrano 98-87. Orasi Ravenna beat Agribertocchi OR at home 69-62. Winless Bergamo was destroyed by Treviso Basket on the opponent's court 88-54. Imola outscored Kleb Ferrara in a home game 71-45. Unieuro Forli lost to undefeated Alma Trieste on the road 66-75. Dinamica MNV defeated GSA Udine on its own court 80-70. Winless Cuore Napoli lost to undefeated Legnano in Castellanza 72-85. Winless Remer Treviglio lost to undefeated Bertram Tortona at home 71-81. Lighthouse TRP unfortunately lost to Eurotrend Biella on the opponent's court 60-78. Viola RC managed to beat Virtus Roma in a home game 84-83.
The best stats of 2nd round was 10 points and 8 rebounds by Alessandro Cittadini of Alma Trieste.

East
Montegrano - Roseto Sharks 98-87

Montegrano used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Roseto 98-87 on Sunday night. Montegrano outrebounded Roseto Sharks 33-18 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American LaMarshall Corbett (189-88, college: Angelo St.) who scored 29 points and 4 assists. The other American import Marshawn Powell (201-90, college: Arkansas, agency: HMS) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Ion Lupusor (203-96) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Darell Combs (188-93, college: IUPUI) added 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Montegrano will face UCC Piacenza (#11) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Roseto Sharks will play on the road against Agribertocchi OR (#13) in Orzinuovi and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: L.Corbett 29+3reb+4ast, L.Maspero 15+4reb+3ast, M.Powell 15+13reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 11+4reb+6ast, L.Campogrande 10+4reb, D.Zucca 6+2reb
Roseto Sharks: D.Combs 21+3reb+2ast, I.Lupusor 21+5reb, A.Ogide 13+2reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 12+4reb+1ast, M.Contento 11+3reb+6ast, F.Infante 7
gschID: 556289


Orasi Ravenna - Agribertocchi OR 69-62

No shocking result in a game when Orasi Ravenna (2-0) defeated at home Agribertocchi OR (0-2) 69-62 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Jacopo Giachetti (190-83) chipped in 13 points. Four Orasi Ravenna players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: HMS) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: HMS) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Orasi Ravenna will face GSA Udine (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Agribertocchi OR will play against Roseto Sharks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Orasi Ravenna: J.Grant 14+5reb+3ast, J.Giachetti 13+4reb+2ast, R.Rice 12+4reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 12+6reb+1ast, M.Montano 9+2reb+1ast, G.Sgorbati 4+1reb
Agribertocchi OR: A.Sollazzo 19+6reb+1ast, J.Olasewere 17+13reb, R.Valenti 9+5reb+1ast, M.Toure 8+1reb+4ast, A.Ruggiero 3+2reb+2ast, M.Antelli 3
gschID: 556288


Treviso Basket - Bergamo 88-54

Treviso Basket used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Bergamo 88-54 on Sunday night. They outrebounded Bergamo 38-21 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Treviso Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Michele Antonutti (202-86) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward John Brown III (201-92, college: High Point) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Treviso Basket players scored in double figures. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Niccolo Cazzolato (194-89) produced 20 points and Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Treviso Basket will face Aurira Jesi (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bergamo will play against Tezenis Verona (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: M.Antonutti 26+7reb+3ast, J.Brown III 19+8reb, B.Musso 14+3reb+4ast, M.Imbro 10+3reb+5ast, M.Negri 9+4reb+3ast, G.Sabatini 6+4reb+2ast
Bergamo: N.Cazzolato 20+1reb, G.Solano 12+2reb+1ast, G.Mascherpa 7+1reb+2ast, M.Ferri 7+2reb+4ast, L.Sergio 3+5reb+1ast, G.Fattori 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 556287


Tezenis Verona - UCC Piacenza 82-67

UCC Piacenza (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Tezenis Verona. Visitors were defeated by Tezenis Verona 82-67. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The former international forward Mattia Udom (200-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Tezenis Verona's coach Luca Dalmonte allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jonathan Arledge (206-91, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Carlton Guyton (193-90, college: Kent St., agency: HMS) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for UCC Piacenza. Tezenis Verona will play against Bergamo (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. UCC Piacenza will play against Montegrano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: J.Jones 21+4reb+1ast, A.Amato 16+6ast, M.Udom 13+11reb+1ast, M.Maganza 9+4reb, P.Greene IV 8+5reb+6ast, M.Palermo 8+2reb+1ast
UCC Piacenza: J.Arledge 20+5reb, C.Guyton 15+5reb+3ast, M.Formenti 9+3reb+1ast, G.Sanguinetti 9+1reb+4ast, D.Reati 8+8reb+2ast, L.Fontecchio 2+2ast
gschID: 556286


F.Kontatto BO - Aurira Jesi 79-70

Very important is a road loss of Aurira Jesi (1-1) against F.Kontatto BO (2-0) on Sunday night. Visiting Aurira Jesi was defeated by F.Kontatto BO in a tough game in Bologna 70-79. The former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 18 points and 10 rebounds. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds by center Andrea Quarisa (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Aurira Jesi. American point guard Ken Brown (180-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. F.Kontatto BO's next round opponent will be Kleb Ferrara (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Aurira Jesi will play against Treviso Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: S.Mancinelli 18+10reb+7ast, A.Legion 18+10reb+1ast, D.McCamey 15+2reb+3ast, D.Cinciarini 10+3reb+5ast, N.Italiano 7+2reb, G.Pini 6+5reb
Aurira Jesi: K.Brown 16+3reb+3ast, P.Marini 13+6reb+2ast, F.Ihedioha 11+5reb+2ast, A.Quarisa 11+11reb+2ast, M.Piccoli 8+2reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 556285


Imola - Kleb Ferrara 71-45

There was a surprise result when Imola (1-1) outscored at home Kleb Ferrara (1-1) 71-45 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: 3Eye) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Five Imola players scored in double figures. Imola's coach Demis Cavina felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) added 6 points and 18 rebounds respectively for the guests. Imola will face Alma Trieste on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kleb Ferrara will play against F.Kontatto BO (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Imola: D.Bell 16+3reb+4ast, P.Prato 14+4reb, J.Wilson 13+11reb, A.Simioni 10+4reb, L.Penna 10+4reb+4ast, D.Alviti 6+5reb
Kleb Ferrara: E.Rush 13+10reb+2ast, R.Cortese 7+1reb, Y.Moreno 6+5reb, M.Hall 6+18reb, T.Fantoni 6+4reb, L.Molinaro 5+3reb
gschID: 556284


Alma Trieste - Unieuro Forli 75-66

Alma Trieste used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Forli 75-66 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) who scored 23 points. Naturalized Argentinian guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Guard Davide Bonacini (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 17 points and 5 assists and forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Unieuro Forli players scored in double figures. Alma Trieste will face Imola (#5) at home in the next round. Unieuro Forli will play against Dinamica MNV and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 23+4reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 16+2reb+4ast, A.Cittadini 10+8reb, L.Bowers 7+2reb, R.Prandin 6+1ast, G.Janelidze 6+9reb+1ast
Unieuro Forli: D.Bonacini 17+2reb+5ast, D.Jackson 15+3reb+1ast, R.Castelli 13+6reb+1ast, D.DiLiegro 10+8reb+2ast, G.Severini 5+6reb+2ast, I.Koite Thiam 4+1reb
gschID: 556291


Dinamica MNV - GSA Udine 80-70

Everything went according to plan in Mirandola where Dinamica MNV (2-0) won against GSA Udine (0-2) 80-70 on Sunday. GSA Udine was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Francesco Candussi (211-94) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. American-Guinean forward Robert Jones (201-84, college: Washington) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) produced 19 points and naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. GSA Udine's coach Lino Lardo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dinamica MNV will face Unieuro Forli (#6) on the road in the next round. GSA Udine will play against Orasi Ravenna (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dinamica MNV: F.Candussi 20+13reb+1ast, R.Jones 18+7reb+2ast, L.Vencato 10+3reb+9ast, L.Gergati 9, J.Brownridge 8+2reb+5ast, M.Timperi 8+6reb
GSA Udine: R.Veideman 19+1reb+3ast, M.Pinton 15, C.Mortellaro 9+9reb, K.Dykes 8+2reb+2ast, O.Diop 6+1reb+1ast, M.Ferrari 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 556290


West
Legnano - Cuore Napoli 85-72

There was no surprise in Castellanza where Cuore Napoli (0-2) was defeated by Legnano (2-0) 85-72 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Matteo Martini (195-92, agency: Players Group) chipped in 20 points. Four Legnano players scored in double figures. Legnano's coach Mattia Ferrari used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian center Hrvoje Vucic (212-91, college: Walsh) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Bruno Mascolo (190-96) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Legnano will face Cagliari Academy (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cuore Napoli will play against Latina Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 25+9reb+6ast, M.Martini 20+1reb+3ast, A.Zanelli 14+4reb+4ast, W.Mosley 11+11reb+1ast, R.Pullazi 8+4reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 5+2reb+2ast
Cuore Napoli: H.Vucic 26+6reb+3ast, K.Carter 14+3reb+2ast, B.Mascolo 12+9reb+4ast, A.Ronconi 7+4reb+3ast, M.Fioravanti 6+4reb, N.Vangelov 4+2reb
gschID: 556050


Givova Scafati - Cagliari Academy 101-70

Very important is a road loss of Cagliari Academy (1-1) against Givova Scafati (1-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Cagliari Academy was crushed by Givova Scafati in Scafati 101-70. Givova Scafati made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati outrebounded Cagliari Academy 37-25 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cagliari Academy was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import point guard Anthony Miles (185-89, college: Lamar) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Swingman Lorenzo Bucarelli (196-98) produced 11 points and American forward Deshawn Stephens (203-89, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) added 11 points respectively for the guests. 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. Givova Scafati will face Virtus Roma (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Cagliari Academy will play against Legnano (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: A.Miles 20+6reb+5ast, B.Sherrod 19+13reb+2ast, N.Crow 18+2reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 15+2reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 12+1reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 7+5reb+5ast
Cagliari Academy: D.Stephens 11+4reb, L.Bucarelli 11+1reb+3ast, R.Rullo 10+1reb+2ast, M.Turel 9+2reb, S.Bonfiglio 6+3reb, M.Ebeling 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 556049


Mens Sana 1871 - Agrigento 102-81

The biggest surprise of round 2 in Serie A2 took place in Siena where host Mens Sana 1871 (1-1) crushed Agrigento (1-1) 102-81 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Elston Turner (195-90, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Mens Sana 1871 and four Agrigento players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Agrigento will play next round against Remer Treviglio trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mens Sana 1871 will try to continue on its current victory against Lighthouse TRP in Trapani.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: E.Turner 24+2reb+5ast, D.Ebanks 24+11reb+2ast, A.Casella 13+1reb, D.Sandri 12+7reb+2ast, L.Saccaggi 11+3reb+3ast, F.Lestini 8+2reb+1ast
Agrigento: J.Cannon 17+9reb+3ast, L.Ambrosin 16+5reb, M.Evangelisti 14+2reb+5ast, P.Williams 12+2ast, S.Pepe 9+2reb+1ast, P.Rotondo 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 556048


Remer Treviglio - Bertram Tortona 71-81

No shocking result in a game when Bertram Tortona (2-0) defeated on the road Remer Treviglio (0-2) 81-71 on Sunday. Bertram Tortona shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Bertram Tortona players scored in double figures. Swingman Andrea Pecchia (194-97) produced 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the former international center Emanuele Rossi (206-82) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Bertram Tortona will face Eurobasket Roma (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Remer Treviglio will play against Agrigento (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bertram Tortona: L.Garri 17+12reb+1ast, M.Johnson 16+1reb+4ast, M.Spanghero 11+2reb+7ast, N.Mei 11+1reb+3ast, P.Sorokas 10+13reb+6ast, T.Radonjic 5+4reb+1ast
Remer Treviglio: A.Pecchia 16+4reb+3ast, B.Douvier 12+5reb+2ast, E.Rossi 10+12reb+1ast, T.Carnovali 8, A.Voskuil 8+2reb+1ast, T.Marino 7+5ast
gschID: 556047


Eurotrend Biella - Lighthouse TRP 78-60

There was a minor upset when Lighthouse TRP (1-1) was defeated on the road by Eurotrend Biella (1-1) 78-60 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) chipped in 20 points. Four Eurotrend Biella players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Gabriele Ganeto (200-87) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Eurotrend Biella will face NPC Rieti (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lighthouse TRP will play against Mens Sana 1871 (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eurotrend Biella: J.Ferguson 20+3reb+3ast, T.Bowers 20+7reb+4ast, A.Tessitori 14+9reb, G.Sgobba 10, L.Pollone 5+3reb+1ast, A.Chiarastella 5+2reb+1ast
Lighthouse TRP: G.Ganeto 16+6reb+2ast, J.Perry 12+5reb, B.Jefferson 11+3reb, S.Spizzichini 7+5reb+1ast, A.Renzi 6+5reb+3ast, M.Mollura 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 556046


Viola RC - Virtus Roma 84-83

Viola RC used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Roma 84-83 on Sunday night. Viola RC outrebounded Virtus Roma 35-24 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Virtus Roma was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) produced 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international Aristide Landi (203-94) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Virtus Roma players scored in double figures. Virtus Roma's coach Fabio Corbani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Viola RC will face Novipiu Casale (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Virtus Roma will play against Givova Scafati (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Viola RC: A.Pacher 31+15reb+1ast, C.Roberts 18+6reb+3ast, L.Caroti 10+1reb+1ast, C.Taflaj 7+1reb+2ast, M.Passera 6+2reb+2ast, R.Rossato 6+4reb+1ast
Virtus Roma: L.Roberts 16+2reb+3ast, M.Chessa 13+1reb+4ast, A.Landi 12+7reb+2ast, G.Maresca 12+2reb, A.Thomas 11+5reb+2ast, T.Baldasso 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 556044


Eurobasket Roma - Novipiu Casale 62-78

An interesting game where Novipiu Casale (#7) beat host Eurobasket Roma (#4) with 16-point difference 78-62 on Sunday evening. Novipiu Casale outrebounded Eurobasket Roma 42-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Jamarr Sanders (193-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Michael Deloach (184-86, college: Norfolk St.) responded with 20 points and point guard Alessandro Piazza (175-87) scored 16 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Novipiu Casale will meet at home Viola RC (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Eurobasket Roma will play against Bertram Tortona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: J.Sanders 22+8reb+6ast, B.Blizzard 18+1reb+4ast, N.Martinoni 8+9reb, D.Denegri 8+4reb+2ast, S.Bellan 7+7reb, L.Severini 6+6reb
Eurobasket Roma: M.Deloach 20+3reb+2ast, A.Piazza 16+4reb+2ast, G.Casale 8+4reb+1ast, D.Brkic 6+1reb, M.Poletti 6+6reb+1ast, D.Sims 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 556045





Serie A 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 Serie A. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

First defeat of league's leader Banco di Srd (1-1) against Fiat TO (2-0) 97-92 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 56-49 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fiat TO made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Banco di Srd turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists. The other American import swingman Lamar Patterson (196-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Fiat TO's coach Luca Banchi used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. International forward Achille Polonara (203-91) replied with 23 points for Banco di Srd. Banco di Srd will play next round against Grissin Bon RE trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fiat TO will try to continue on its current victory against Scandone AV in Avellino.
Armani Milano edged Openjobmetis VA at home 74-73. American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and Jordan Theodore chipped in 21 points during the contest. American-Hungarian forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Openjobmetis VA will play next round against MIA-RO Cantu trying to get back on the winning streak. Armani Milano will try to continue on its current victory against Betaland Cdo at Capo d'Orlando.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Scandone AV (1-1) in Brescia on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Germani BR (2-0) 96-75. Michele Vitali notched 19 points to lead the effort. Even 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Maarten Leunen did not help to save the game for Scandone AV. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Germani BR will meet Dolomiti En. TR (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Scandone AV will play against Fiat TO and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Venezia. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of Dolomiti En. TR (1-1) to Umana Venezia (2-0) 79-78 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Gediminas Orelik who scored 24 points. Umana Venezia's coach Walter De Raffaele allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be New Basket BR (#14) in Brindisi which should be an easy win for them. Dolomiti En. TR will play at home against Germani BR (#3) and hope to win that game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Betaland Cdo (0-2) and Virtus Bologna (1-1), which took place in Bologna. Betaland Cdo was outleveled in a road game by Virtus Bologna 88-52 on Sunday. Alessandro Gentile orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Virtus Bologna will face VL Pesaro (#9) on the road in the next round. Betaland Cdo will play ag