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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



Sunrise Jewels late ABA entry - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the Sunrise Jewels will begin play when the 2017-2018 season begins in early November. "It might seem late to be adding a team," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman , "but actually the owners have been working all spring and summer putting things together and have been working closely with Lori and Mike Watson of the South Florida Gold also. They are ready to compete.
The team will be co-owned by Evaristo Pangillnan, a native of the Philippines and a graduate of the Cebu Institute of Technology and Central Colleges of the Philippines. He is currently working for the FAA Federal Aviation Administration in Miami, FL and has an extenstive background in sports and Business. Mr. Pangillnan is the President of the Sinulog Festival of Miami, formerly Vice Chairman of the Asian American Basketball League, Chairman of Philam Sports, former City Director of Filipino Basketball Assn of South Florida and will serve as Head Coach of the Jewels.
"We are very pleased and proud to be a part of the ABA," added Pangillnan. "The Florida Division is one of the best in the league and it is our goal to be one of the best in our Division and the league. We will work very hard."
For more information, call 786 863 9889 or email estong1026@yahoo.com or philamsports@gmail.com or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


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)



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Instituto
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Davis, Instituto22.3 
 2. OBannon, Hispano .20.8 
 3. Sims, Atenas20.8 
 4. Keenan, San M.20.7 
 5. Fjellerup, Weber B.20.3 
 6. Tucker, San Lorenzo19.8 
 7. Moore, Comunica.19.7 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.19.5 
 9. Kemp, Obras Basket19.4 
 10. Johnson, GECR I.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo GLENN
  Penarol
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Glenn, Penarol11.5 
 2. Williams, Olimpico.11.2 
 3. Crawford, La Union10.8 
 4. Clancy, Instituto10.3 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.10.0 
 6. Kent, Argentino9.0 
 7. Espinoza, Salta B.8.7 
 8. Basualdo, Quilm.8.4 
 9. Francis, Quimsa8.3 
 10. Amoroso, Comunica.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Pablo FIGUEROA
  Comunica.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Figueroa, Comunica.7.7 
 2. Aguirre, San L.7.2 
 3. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.2 
 4. Balbi, Ferrocarril7.0 
 5. Barrera, GECR I.7.0 
 6. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 7. Parodi, Weber B.6.0 
 8. Ciorciari, Hispano .5.6 
 9. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 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. Elsener, La Union2.4 
 3. Fjellerup, Weber B.2.3 
 4. Garcia, Argentino2.2 
 5. Johnson, GECR I.2.2 
 6. Espinoza, Salta B.2.2 
 7. Boccia, Boca Jrs2.2 
 8. Goldenberg, Salta B.2.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto2.0 
 10. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.4 
 2. Acuna, Quimsa1.8 
 3. Francis, Quimsa1.7 
 4. Meyinsse, Atenas1.7 
 5. Kent, Argentino1.4 
 6. Bortolin, Argentino1.4 
 7. Crawford, La Union1.2 
 8. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.2 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.0 
 10. Basualdo, Quilm.1.0 


Al Karkh inks Ike Okoye (EX Salta Basket) !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Karkh (Superleague) signed 31-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise State, agency: Aspire Sports). He played last season at Salta Basket in Argentinian TNA. In 24 games he had 12.5ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.0bpg. Okoye also played that season for Deportivo Valdivia in Chilean Liga Nacional where in 9 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 12.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional Center of the Year in 2015.
Okoye is quite experienced player. He has played in eleven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Okoye has played previously professionally in Estonia (TLU/Kalev), Finland, Germany, Holland, Poland (Stelmet), Romania, Spain (Palencia_Baloncesto and Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia), Uruguay (25 de Agosto), Bolivia (La Salle Tarija) and Chile (CD Castro).
He attended Boise State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Okoye could be described: Ike is a triple threat post man - scorer. He can score with his back to the buck with good footwork. He can face up and shoot or face up and drive to the rim and finish. He is fast in transition and aggressive on rebounds especially defensive rebounds. Good court vision and goog basketball IQ. Great character on and off the court.

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Dwayne Davis claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Dwayne Davis (196-F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Instituto and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Instituto in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Atenas (#5, 1-4) 88-86. Instituto maintains the 2nd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Instituto will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Instituto's top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.3ppg. Davis is in league's top in and averages solid 53.1% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old guard Luciano Massarelli (183-G-93) of Argentino. Massarelli impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Argentino to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#2, 3-3) 86-64. Argentino's 5th position in Group D has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Massarelli is a newcomer at Argentino 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 Ghanian Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Boca Jrs (#5). Bryan-Amaning scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Bryan-Amaning's great performance Boca Jrs lost 70-77 to the higher-ranked Obras Basket (#2, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Boca Jrs can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group C. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bryan-Amaning he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bryan-Amaning has a very solid season. In 5 games in Argentina he scored 15.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paolo Quinteros (188-SG-79) of Regatas C. - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nicolas Gianella (186-PG-78) of Penarol - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Anthony Young (200-F-89) of La Union - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Donald Sims (185-G-87) of Atenas - 25 points and 5 assists
8. Jerome Meyinsse (207-C-88) of Atenas - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Diego Romero (206-C-82) of GECR Indalo - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Alexis Elsener (196-G/F-88) of La Union - 18 points and 4 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)



LigaA Round 5: Instituto edge Atenas by two points - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 5 in the LigaA took place in Cordoba. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Atenas (1-4) to second ranked Instituto (3-1) 88-86 on Monday evening. Instituto dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 22 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) who scored 30 points. The former international point guard Santiago Scala (186-91) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) produced 25 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Atenas' coach Nicolas Casalanguida rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Instituto have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of Group B leader. Atenas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with four games lost. Instituto are looking forward to face Olimpico de La Banda (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atenas will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Buenos Aires: Obras Basket (#3) and Boca Juniors (#4). Boca Juniors was defeated at home 70-77 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Pedro Barral contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Boca Juniors. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obras Basket (3-2) moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with Ferrocarril. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Obras Basket will play against league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Quimsa (2-2) against fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (2-2) on Sunday night. Host Quimsa was defeated by Olimpico de La Banda in a tough game in Santiado del Estero 70-74. Rodney Green stepped up and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Novar Gadson responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with defeated Quimsa. Olimpico de La Banda will meet league's leader Instituto in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimsa will play against the league's second-placed Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked GECR Indalo (3-3) against fifth ranked Argentino (2-3) on Monday night. Visiting GECR Indalo was crushed by Argentino in Junin 86-64. Luciano Massarelli nailed 25 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winning side. Argentino maintains fifth place in Group D with 2-3 record. GECR Indalo at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Argentino's next round opponent will be higher ranked Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Formosa. Second ranked La Union faced 3rd placed Regatas Corrientes. Host La Union (3-2) defeated guests from Corrientes (2-3) 96-91. The best player for the winners was Anthony Young who scored 25 points. La Union maintains second place in Group A with 3-2 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Quilmes MP. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the third position with three games lost. La Union will face Estudiantes C. (#4) in Concordia in the next round.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A Estudiantes C. was defeated by La Union in Formosa 79-70.
In Group C Ferrocarril lost to defending champion San Lorenzo at home 54-94.
In Group D GECR Indalo won against Penarol on the opponent's court 99-88.

Group A
La Union - Regatas C. 96-91

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Formosa. Second ranked La Union faced 3rd placed Regatas Corrientes. Host La Union (3-2) defeated guests from Corrientes (2-3) 96-91. La Union outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 43-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) who scored 25 points. His fellow American import power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) chipped in 7 points and 17 rebounds. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) produced 29 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Diamond Sports) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. La Union maintains second place in Group A with 3-2 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Quilmes MP. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the third position with three games lost. La Union will face Estudiantes C. (#4) in Concordia in the next round.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 29+2reb+2ast, A.Harris 17+7reb+1ast, L.Goldwire 15+4reb+1ast, F.Martina 14+3reb, J.Saiz 8+5reb, J.Arengo 6+2reb+1ast
La Union: A.Young 25+3reb+3ast, A.Elsener 18+4reb+1ast, J.Maldonado 17+3reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 11+3reb+5ast, C.Crawford 7+17reb+2ast, J.Ruiz 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 574022


La Union - Estudiantes C. 79-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed Estudiantes C.'s (2-4) road loss to second ranked La Union (3-2) 70-79 on Friday. La Union made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) chipped in 25 points. Elsener is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Anthony Smith (195-86, college: Liberty, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Estudiantes C.'s coach Lucas Victoriano tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. La Union maintains second place in Group A with 3-2 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Quilmes MP. Loser Estudiantes C. dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. La Union will face again Estudiantes C. (#4) in Concordia in the next round. Estudiantes C. will play at home against the league's leader San Martin Corrientes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: E.Dominguez 15+8reb, R.Mendoza 12+2reb+1ast, A.Smith 11+10reb+1ast, S.Orresta 9+6reb+4ast, D.Doblas 6+2reb, M.Bolivar 6+2reb+1ast
La Union: A.Young 25+2reb, A.Elsener 19+8reb+2ast, A.Marin 8+4reb+2ast, T.Gallizzi 7+7reb, I.Clark 7+1reb, J.Maldonado 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 574017


Group B
Atenas - Instituto 86-88

The most exciting game of round 5 in the LigaA took place in Cordoba. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Atenas (1-4) to second ranked Instituto (3-1) 88-86 on Monday evening. Instituto dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 22 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) who scored 30 points. The former international point guard Santiago Scala (186-91) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) produced 25 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the other American import center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Nicolas Casalanguida rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Instituto have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of Group B leader. Atenas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with four games lost. Instituto are looking forward to face Olimpico de La Banda (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atenas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Atenas: D.Sims 25+1reb+5ast, J.Meyinsse 16+7reb+1ast, N.Romano 15+7reb+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 12+2reb+4ast, F.Baralle 6, J.Emiliano Fernandez 5+1reb
Instituto: D.Davis 30+4reb+3ast, S.Scala 13+4reb+5ast, L.Gonzalez 12+3reb+2ast, S.Clancy 9+8reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 8+1reb+1ast, F.Pinero 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 574025


Quimsa - Olimpico LB 70-74

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Quimsa (2-2) against fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (2-2) on Sunday night. Host Quimsa was defeated by Olimpico de La Banda in a tough game in Santiado del Estero 70-74. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) stepped up and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Georgian-Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and international center Roberto Acuna (208-90) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with defeated Quimsa. Olimpico de La Banda will meet league's leader Instituto in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimsa will play against the league's second-placed Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: N.Gadson 18+7reb+2ast, C.Schattmann 16+3reb+3ast, R.Acuna 9+12reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 9+1reb+2ast, J.Brussino 8+1reb+2ast, M.Melvin 6+3reb+1ast
Olimpico LB: R.Green 14+5reb+7ast, M.Cosolito 12+4reb+1ast, R.Clemente 11+7reb, G.Diaz 10+5reb+4ast, J.Williams 10+8reb, M.Stanic 9+4reb+4ast
gschID: 574021


Group C
Boca Jrs - Obras Basket 70-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Buenos Aires: Obras Basket (#3) and Boca Juniors (#4). Boca Juniors was defeated at home 70-77 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Pedro Barral (186-94) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Lucas Perez (185-87) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Boca Juniors. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obras Basket (3-2) moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with Ferrocarril. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Obras Basket will play against league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: M.Bryan-Amaning 22+7reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 14+5reb+1ast, L.Perez 14+2reb+6ast, L.Gargallo 7+1reb+2ast, A.Boccia 6+2reb+3ast, M.Fierro 5+6reb
Obras Basket: M.Kemp 21+9reb+5ast, P.Barral 16+1reb+4ast, J.Valdelicio 14+4reb, L.Berra 8+3reb, T.Zanzottera 8+5reb+2ast, S.Spieth 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 574018


Ferrocarril - San Lorenzo 54-94

The game between closely ranked teams ended with leader San Lorenzo's (5-0) road victory over second-ranked Ferrocarril (3-2) 94-54 on Sunday. The game without a history. San Lorenzo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. San Lorenzo outrebounded Ferrocarril 37-26 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Ferrocarril's players. The best player for the winners was American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who scored 23 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. American Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) produced 17 points and center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. San Lorenzo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in Group C with 5-0 record. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with two games lost. San Lorenzo will face league's second-placed Obras Basket in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: W.Baxley 17+3reb, J.Ignacio Alessio 12+6reb+1ast, M.Cuello 6+3reb, A.Harper 5+2reb+1ast, A.Ramos 4+2reb+2ast, D.Figueredo 4+2reb
San Lorenzo: D.Tucker 23+3reb+2ast, M.Mata 13+6reb+3ast, J.Justiz 12+3reb+1ast, M.Calfani 11+7reb+4ast, J.Vildoza 8+1reb+1ast, C.Matias Sandes 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 574020


Group D
Argentino - GECR Indalo 86-64

Very important is a road loss of second ranked GECR Indalo (3-3) against fifth ranked Argentino (2-3) on Monday night. Visiting GECR Indalo was crushed by Argentino in Junin 86-64. Argentino dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to GECR Indalo's 38. Guard Luciano Massarelli (183-93) nailed 25 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and naturalized Italian swingman Juan Cangelosi (196-81) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Argentino players scored in double figures. Juan-Manuel Riveiro (191-85) came up with 18 points and American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) added 14 points respectively for GECR Indalo in the defeat. Argentino maintains fifth place in Group D with 2-3 record. GECR Indalo at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Argentino's next round opponent will be higher ranked Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: J.Manuel Riveiro 18+1reb+3ast, S.Johnson 14+3reb+2ast, J.Famous 12+4reb, F.Giorgetti 8+3reb+2ast, C.Buendia 6+3reb+1ast, D.Romero 4+3reb+1ast
Argentino: L.Massarelli 25+2reb+5ast, J.Cangelosi 15+6reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 11+7reb+2ast, G.Garcia 10+6reb+2ast, A.Kent 10+9reb, L.Cequeira 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 574023


Penarol - GECR Indalo 88-99

There was a minor upset in Mar del Plata where second-ranked Penarol (2-2) was defeated by second ranked GECR Indalo (3-3) 99-88 on Saturday. It was a key game for the second position in Group D. GECR Indalo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Diego Romero (206-82, college: Florida St.) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) produced 20 points and 6 assists and American center Ricardo Glenn (202-90, college: USC Upstate, agency: HMS) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Marcelo Macias tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. GECR Indalo maintains second place in Group D with 3-3 record having just one point less than leader Quilmes MP. Loser Penarol dropped to the third position with two games lost. GECR Indalo will have a break next round. Penarol will play on the road against Argentino in Junin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: N.Gianella 20+3reb+6ast, R.Glenn 15+5reb+1ast, D.Guaita 12+3reb+2ast, S.Pettigrew 10+3reb+1ast, K.Cochran 9+2reb, A.Alloatti 8+3reb
GECR Indalo: D.Romero 22+5reb+1ast, S.Johnson 20+5reb+4ast, G.Barrera 14+2reb+6ast, J.Manuel Riveiro 11+2reb+3ast, D.Hure 11+4reb+2ast, F.Giorgetti 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 574019





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Ringwood Hawks to tour Kerala for International Hoopathon in November - by Eurobasket News

Ringwood Hawks, the women's basketball team who play in the BigV league in Australia, will visit India in early November to take part in five matches against Kerala's All Star Women's team in five cities around the state for the International Hoopathon Series 2017. A number of local schools and colleges in each city of this tour will be invited to take part in skills and entertainment competitions. The tour is being organised by Kerala's Team Rebound, the auspices of the Kerala Basketball Association and approval of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI). This is the first time that Kerala is hosting an international women's basketball event. "It is our endeavor to organise this International Hoopathon Series as the beginning of the Roadmap for Team India to improve its standing at the Asian level" said Mohammed Iqbal, the president of Team Rebound. The Hawks already have a close relationship with India - and Kerala in particular. Ten years ago, India and Kerala basketball legend Geethu Anna Rahul played for Ringwood in Australia, becoming the first Indian women to play professionally abroad, and won MVP of the BigV division.
Ringwood Hawks schedule in Kerala - November 5-12, 2017
November 5: Regional Sports Centre - Kochi
November 7: VKK Menon Indoor Stadium - Trichur
November 9: Indoor Stadium - Kottayam
November 11: Jimmy George Indoor Stadium - Thiruvanathapuram
November 12: VKN Menon Indoor Stadium - Calicut.

PJ Sunny, President of the Kerala Basketball Association said "Such international matches will help the women's basketball to grow further in Kerala and KBA is extremely happy to be joining hands with Team Rebound." During the 125th birthday of World Basketball last year, Team Rebound & KBA joined hands to organise the Kerala Hoopathon, where basketball was introduced to 12,500 kids between the ages of 10-12 across 125 schools in all districts of the state.
Courtesy of: hopistani.blogspot.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, Furstenfeld20.0 
 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. Gaidys, Gmunden11.5 
 4. Gordon, Furstenfeld10.5 
 5. Rados, Kapfenberg9.5 
 6. Blazevic, Oberwart9.0 
 7. Kramer, Kapfenberg8.0 
 8. Klette, Gmunden7.0 
 9. Novas-Mateo, Wels7.0 
 10. Guettl, Arkadia6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Danek, Arkadia11.0 
 2. Vujosevic, Kapfe.10.5 
 3. Stazic, Vienna8.5 
 4. Jamar, Kapfenberg8.5 
 5. Chambers, Wels7.0 
 6. Blazevic, Oberwart6.0 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.6.0 
 8. Murati, Gmunden5.5 
 9. Richter, UBSC G.4.5 
 10. Car, Furstenfeld4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Denzel GREGG
  Oberwart
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gregg, Oberwart4.0 
 2. Guettl, Arkadia3.5 
 3. Wolf, Oberwart3.0 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.2.5 
 5. Ochsenhofer, Furstenf.2.5 
 6. Murati, Gmunden2.0 
 7. Zulic, Wels2.0 
 8. Detrick, Vienna2.0 
 9. Miletic, Klostern.2.0 
 10. Danek, Arkadia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley GORDON
  Furstenfeld
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gordon, Furstenfeld1.5 
 2. Stazic, Vienna1.5 
 3. Draskovic, Wels1.0 
 4. Gregg, Oberwart1.0 
 5. Chambers, Wels1.0 
 6. Rados, Kapfenberg1.0 
 7. Blazan, Gmunden1.0 
 8. Friedrich, Gmunden1.0 
 9. Reyes, Furstenfeld1.0 
 10. Dabney, Oberwart1.0 


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)



Austrian A Bundesliga round 2 best performance: Darien Nelson-Henry - by Eurobasket News

American Center Darien Nelson-Henry (211-C-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for UBSC Graz, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 36 points and 20 rebounds, while his team UBSC Graz moved-up to the 9th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 2 games and recorded no victories. Nelson-Henry turned to be UBSC Graz's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Pennsylvania star has very solid stats this year. Nelson-Henry is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.5ppg) and averages impressive 70.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86) of league's leader Arkadia. Danek had a very good evening with 28 points and 9 assists. It was enough for Arkadia to edge Klosterneuburg (1-1) 82-76. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Danek is one of the most experienced players at Arkadia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.5ppg (#3). He also recorded 11.0 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Wesley Gordon (206-F-94) of Furstenfeld (#8). Gordon scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Gordon's great performance Furstenfeld lost 70-80 to Kapfenberg (#2, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Furstenfeld can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Gordon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gordon has individually a great season in Austria. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Denzel Gregg (201-F) of Oberwart - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Andre Pierce (206-F) of Vienna - 18 points and 14 rebounds
6. Hannes Ochsenhofer (185-PG-85) of Furstenfeld - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Enis Murati (194-F-88) of Gmunden - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Kapfenberg - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Filip Kramer (202-SF-92) of Kapfenberg - 15 points and 12 rebounds
10. Cody Wichmann (196-G-94) of Oberwart - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



A Bundesliga Round 2: Dukes lose to Arkadia Lions - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Dukes (1-1) in Traiskirchen on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Arkadia Lions (2-0) 82-76. Arkadia Lions forced 20 Dukes turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Dukes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) scored 28 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Benedikt Guettl (190-94) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Arkadia Lions is looking forward to face Vienna (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Dukes will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Gmunden supposed to be also worth to mention about. Vienna (1-1) played at the court of Gmunden Swans (1-1). Gmunden Swans smashed Vienna 88-63. International forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 22 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Tilo Klette supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Gmunden Swans' coach Bernd Wimmer felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds by American forward Andre Pierce (206, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for Vienna. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play at home against Arkadia Lions (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 2 Furstenfeld lost to Kapfenberg on the opponent's court 70-80. Oberwart managed to outperform UBSC Graz in a home game 95-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 12 rebounds by Wesley Gordon of Furstenfeld.

Kapfenberg - Furstenfeld 80-70

Very expected game when Furstenfeld Panthers (0-2) were defeated on the road by Kapfenberg Bulls (2-0) 80-70. Kapfenberg Bulls outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 40-26 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Furstenfeld Panthers' players. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) notched 18 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and international Filip Kramer (202-92) supported him with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by American forward Wesley Gordon (206-94, college: Colorado) did not help to save the game for Furstenfeld Panthers. Croatian Marko Car (188-85) added 9 points and 6 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Dukes (#5) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play on the road against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 18+2reb+8ast, J.Rados 17+7reb+2ast, F.Kramer 15+12reb+1ast, B.Oliver 9+6reb+2ast, L.Hahn 9, B.Vujosevic 7+7reb+10ast
Furstenfeld: W.Gordon 21+12reb, H.Ochsenhofer 11+2reb+3ast, C.Reyes 9+4reb, M.Car 9+2reb+6ast, P.Radakovics 8+1reb+3ast, D.Koka 7+1reb
gschID: 572746


Oberwart - UBSC Graz 95-85

Rather predictable result when Gunners Oberwart (1-0) defeated at home UBSC Graz (0-2) 95-85. Gunners Oberwart forced 22 UBSC Graz turnovers. American forward Denzel Gregg (201, college: St.Bonaventure) notched 23 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Cody Wichmann (196-94, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) supported him with 18 points. Gunners Oberwart's coach Lluis Pino allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 36 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds (on 14-of-15 shooting from the field) by American center Darien Nelson-Henry (211-94, college: Pennsylvania) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Swingman Fabian Richter (191-95) added 20 points and 5 assists for the guests. Gunners Oberwart will play against Raiffeisen Flyers Wels (#7) at home in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Gregg 23+3reb+4ast, L.Dabney 18+2reb+1ast, C.Wichmann 18+4reb+2ast, B.Blazevic 9+9reb+6ast, J.Szkutta 8+2reb+1ast, G.Wolf 7+1ast
UBSC Graz: D.Nelson-Henry 36+20reb, F.Richter 20+1reb+5ast, A.Maresch 17+2reb+6ast, D.Heuberger 5+5reb, T.Rasic 3, B.Ohakwe 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 572743


Arkadia - Klosterneuburg 82-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Dukes (1-1) in Traiskirchen on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Arkadia Lions (2-0) 82-76. Arkadia Lions forced 20 Dukes turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Dukes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) scored 28 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Benedikt Guettl (190-94) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dukes players scored in double figures. Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Arkadia Lions is looking forward to face Vienna (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Dukes will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: B.Danek 28+1reb+9ast, B.Guettl 10+5reb+3ast, M.Trmal 9+7reb, F.Trmal 9+2reb, J.Brkic 7+2reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 7+3reb
Klosterneuburg: F.Vay 16+6reb+3ast, C.Greimeister 13+1reb, P.Miletic 11+6reb+2ast, L.Burgemeister 10+2reb+1ast, V.Bauer 9+2reb, E.Bavcic 6+7reb
gschID: 572745


Gmunden - Vienna 88-63

The game in Gmunden supposed to be also worth to mention about. Vienna (1-1) played at the court of Gmunden Swans (1-1). Gmunden Swans smashed Vienna 88-63. International forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 22 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach Bernd Wimmer felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds by American forward Andre Pierce (206, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for Vienna. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the guests. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play at home against Arkadia Lions (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: E.Murati 22+4reb+7ast, D.Friedrich 17+1ast, T.Klette 14+6reb+2ast, A.Wesby 12+6reb+3ast, A.Mitchell 10+4reb, L.Schartmueller 5+1reb+1ast
Vienna: A.Pierce 18+14reb+1ast, J.Hubalek 16+5reb, M.Hassan-Zadeh 9+3ast, L.Gvozden 8+1ast, S.Stazic 6+6reb+10ast, J.Detrick 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 572744





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  BELGIUM  


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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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.Sorocaba16.0 
 4. Ferreira, Franca15.5 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba15.2 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi14.0 
 7. Meindl, Franca13.5 
 8. Dos-Santos, Pauli.13.0 
 9. Dias-Silva, Pauli.12.9 
 10. Taylor, Mogi12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru7.5 
 2. Drudi, Osasco B.7.2 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros6.9 
 4. Rodrigues, L.Sor.6.6 
 5. Viana, America6.1 
 6. Galvanini, Bauru6.1 
 7. Bernardi, Pinheiros5.9 
 8. Silveira, Mogi5.9 
 9. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 10. Sommer, Paulistano5.5 
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. Meindl, Franca4.6 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.4 
 7. Anthony, Bauru4.2 
 8. Garcia, Bauru4.2 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi4.0 
 10. Artis, America3.8 
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. Cook, L.Sorocaba1.5 
 8. Rosa, America1.5 
 9. Meindl, Franca1.4 
 10. Artis, America1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru1.5 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.0 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano1.0 
 4. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 5. Gruber, Franca0.8 
 6. Demetrio, Franca0.7 
 7. Sena, Mogi0.7 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.7 
 9. Pereira, Pinheiros0.7 
 10. Sommer, Paulistano0.6 


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.



Paulista Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Franca - Osasco B. 90-84

Franca held off Osasco to sweep the quarterfinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Osasco B. won fourth quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Osasco B. outrebounded Vivo/Franca 40-27 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Osasco B. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Antonio Ferreira (200-94) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists during the contest. Five Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Leonardo Fernandes (185-97) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds and the former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Osasco B.: L.Fernandes 30+16reb+3ast, C.Murilo 17+2reb+2ast, W.Drudi 14+6reb+1ast, A.Ferros 7+6reb+3ast, R.Italo 5+1reb+8ast, P.Sousa 4
Franca: A.Ferreira 25+6reb+5ast, L.Meindl 15+3reb+8ast, H.Coelho 15+3ast, L.Felipe Gruber 14+1reb+4ast, A.Ferreira 10+4reb, J.Pedro Demetrio 6+5reb
gschID: 582460


Mogi - L.Sorocaba 88-79

Mogi knocked down Liga Sorocaba to advance into the semifinal series. Liga Sorocaba trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 27-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. Mogi made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Mogi's coach Jorge Guerra used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Dontrell Brite (175, college: Mount Olive) responded with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard Anton Cook (188-95, college: SE Oklahoma) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: D.Brite 32+6reb+6ast, A.Cook 18+3reb+1ast, L.Moraes 7+6reb, C.Araujo 7+4reb+1ast, R.Rodrigues 7+7reb, L.Moraes 6+6reb
Mogi: S.Stallworth 24+7reb+2ast, L.Taylor 22+9reb+8ast, C.Silveira 16+10reb+1ast, T.Curnell 8+2reb+3ast, G.Filipin 6, J.Oliveira 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 582458


Paulistano - America 101-83

Paulistano outgunned America to seal their next round appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Paulistano. America managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by America helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Yago Dos-Santos (178-99) scored 16 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) chipped in 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) responded with 25 points and guard Gabriel Andrade (185-93, college: BYU-Hawaii) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
America: D.Artis 25+1reb+3ast, G.Andrade 17+2reb+1ast, Y.Viana 11+6reb+1ast, L.Rosa 8+5reb+1ast, J.Knight 6, K.Torres 4+3reb+2ast
Paulistano: J.Luz dos Santos 18+3reb+2ast, Y.Dos Santos 16+4reb+4ast, V.Camilo 15+6reb, D.Andre 11+3reb+1ast, K.Fuller 10+1reb+1ast, L.Dias Silva 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 582459


Pinheiros - Bauru 53-62

Bauru completed the sweep of Pinheiros following a road win in Game 2. The former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Arthur Bernardi (206-90, college: Houston Baptist) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-86) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: M.Vinicius Toledo 10+10reb+1ast, A.Bernardi 10+10reb+1ast, F.Ruivo 10+1reb+3ast, C.Bennett 9+5reb+4ast, C.Ware 7+7reb+1ast, R.Ansaloni 4+6reb
Bauru: R.Hettsheimer 14+9reb+2ast, A.Garcia 12+5reb+4ast, R.Lenz 10+4reb+2ast, K.Anthony 9+2reb+3ast, I.Goncalves 8+3reb, G.Santos 5+3reb
gschID: 582457





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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)



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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The Pistons let Nnoko go - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons cut 23-year old Cameroonian center Landry Nnoko (208-114kg-94, college: Clemson).
The last season Nnoko played at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 30 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 7.1rpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Nnoko received ACC All-Defensive Team award in 2016 at his college time. Nnoko was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played also professionally in .
Nnoko attended Clemson University until 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D.J. Strawberry selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

D.J. Strawberry
D.J. Strawberry
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Turkey). He led Besiktas to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (0-1) 82-71 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Strawberry recorded 12 points and added 6 assists in 29 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. Strawberry has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American. He is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). Kadji contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Darussafaka (0-1) 97-81 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Tofas this season. His team is placed seventh in the BSL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kadji is in the roster of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France). He contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the league outsider Chalon/Saor (0-4) 103-97 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Pitard recorded 14 points, 3 assists and 4 steals in 26 minutes. Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (2-2) is placed 13th in the ProA. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Pitard's first year with the team. This season he averages: 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 64.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 77.8% in four games he played so far. Pitard is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite he played previously for the French U18 national team, Pitard played also for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #4. Shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Gedeon Pitard in the French ProA last game. Nzeulie could not help Chalon/Saor (0-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Chalon/Saor was defeated 103-97 on the road by the higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#13). Nzeulie was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Nzeulie's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.8apg. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Nzeulie used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. An experienced former international forward Arsene Towa (193-81, currently plays in Finland) was not able to help Jarvenpaa in their game against Porvoon Tarmo (1-1) in the Finnish 1st Division (second division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 33 minutes. The ninth-placed Jarvenpaa (0-2) lost 69-80 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#7) Porvoon_Tarmo in the Division A. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Jarvenpaa's roster. Towa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 18.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg in two games. Towa used to play for the Cameroonian national team six years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #6. Forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider BMS Skovlunde (0-4) crushing them 108-85 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. He scored 8 points. Svendborg Rabbits (1-2) is placed sixth in the Ligaen. NaNa's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #7. Former international forward Michel Ipouck (200-86, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Aubenas (1-2) in their game against UB Chartres (2-1) in the French NM1 (third division). Ipouck scored 9 points, had 6 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. But Aubenas was edged 73-72 at home by the much higher-ranked UB Chartres (#7). Ipouck's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 3.0apg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Ipouck is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

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

   #1. JP Tokoto (198-F-93, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Australia) led Perth Wildcats to a victory against the closely-ranked Bullets (0-1) 96-86 in the Australian NBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Perth Wildcats this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Tokoto's third season in pro basketball. His team are placed third in the NBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Tokoto has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (1-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne lost 99-104 on the road to the lower-ranked (#11) La Charite. Temgoua scored 17 points in 25 minutes. Temgoua has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.7spg in three games he played so far. Temgoua is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #3. Experienced Danny Gibson (178-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in France) contributed to a Limoges CSP Elite's victory against the 15th-ranked Paris-Levallois (1-3) 87-81 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 7 points and added 7 passes in 34 minutes. Limoges CSP Eliteis placed seventh in the ProA. It's Gibson's first season with the team. This year Gibson's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg in four games. He has both American and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #4. Paul Biligha (200-C/F-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the closely-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (1-1) 79-78 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Biligha scored only 2 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (2-0) is placed fifth in the Serie A. It's Biligha's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.5ppg and 2.0rpg. Biligha also holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #5. Johan Bitjaa Kody (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help L'Hospitalet (0-0) in their game against Navarra (1-1) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Bitjaa Kody scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. But L'Hospitalet was crushed 110-78 in Pamplona by the lower-ranked (#11) Navarra. It's Bitjaa Kody's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 6.0rpg in two games.

   #6. Max Massing (203-F-93, agency: SportsVision-Service, currently plays in Germany) helped Muenster win their game against the ninth-ranked Ibbenbueren 100-89 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. This year Massing's overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 5.8rpg in four games. He has dual citizenship: Cameroonian and German.



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Adika Peter-McNeilly selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adika Peter-McNeilly
Adika Peter-McNeilly
   #1. This week's number one is former University international guard Adika Peter-McNeilly (190-93, college: Ryerson, currently plays in Germany). He led EnBW Ludwigsburg to a victory over the 12th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1-3) crushing them 98-77 in the German BBL in Thursday night's game. Peter-McNeilly was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes on the court. It was his first game for EnBW Ludwigsburg this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Peter-McNeilly's first season in pro basketball. His team is placed seventh in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Peter-McNeilly's first year with the team. He played for the Canadian university national team two years ago.

Philip Scrubb
Philip Scrubb
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Philip Scrubb (191-92, currently plays in Germany). Scrubb was the main contributor in a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' victory against the closely-ranked BG Goettingen (1-3) 88-80 in the German BBL last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Scrubb scored 25 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (2-1) is placed ninth in the BBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Scrubb has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 108.3%. Scrubb has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British. He played for the Canadian national team in 2016.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania). Pangos contributed to a 3-point Zalgiris' victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (4-2) 70-67 in the Lithuanian LKL on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Pangos scored 19 points and added 4 assists in 28 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (5-1) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pangos has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 68.8%(11-16), 3FGP: 59.1%(13-22) in six games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Slovenian. Pangos played for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Tyrell Green
Tyrell Green
   #4. Power forward Tyrell Green (201-95, college: UNLV, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the closely-ranked Umea (0-1) 99-95 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Green recorded 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Norrkoping Dolphins this season. His team is placed third in the Basketligan. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Green used to play for the Canadian U17 national team back in 2012.

Stefan Jankovic
Stefan Jankovic
   #5. Former U19 international power forward Stefan Jankovic (211-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda win their game against the 11th-ranked Olimpija (1-2) 82-73 in the ABA League on Sunday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (3-0) is placed first in the ABA League. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Jankovic's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team six years ago.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #6. Forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (2-1) 80-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Wednesday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Valencia Basket (3-0) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Doornekamp's first season with the team. Doornekamp's overall stats this year are: 4.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #7. Former international center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) could not help Hitachi Sunrockers (1-3) in their last game. Despite Sacre's very good performance the sixth-placed Hitachi Sunrockers (1-3) lost 66-72 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) San-en NeoPhoenix in the East group. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Sacre also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 35 minutes. It was Hitachi Sunrockers' third consecutive loss in a row. Sacre has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in four games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kai Williams
Kai Williams
   #8. Power forward Kai Williams (198-88, college: S.Dakota St., currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Newcastle Eagles win their game against the tenth-ranked Glasgow Rocks (0-2) 119-104 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Williams scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (3-0) is placed second in the BBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This season Williams has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Kenny Chery
Kenny Chery
   #9. Former U18 international point guard Kenny Chery (180-92, college: Baylor, currently plays in Spain) helped Gipuzkoa win their game against the 13th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (0-3) 92-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Chery scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Gipuzkoa this season. His team is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. Chery used to play for the Canadian U18 national team seven years ago.

Thomas Scrubb
Thomas Scrubb
   #10. Forward Thomas Scrubb (198-91, currently plays in Italy) helped Scandone AV win their game against the 13th-ranked Grissin Bon RE (0-2) 66-62 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. Scrubb recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 21 minutes. Scandone Avellino (1-1) is placed eighth in the Serie A. This year Scrubb's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in two games. He is international player as one years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Japan) helped San-en NeoPhoenix win their game against the sixth-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers 64-54 in the Japanese B1 League last Sunday. Morrison recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. Morrison has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 11.3rpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help PAOK in their last game. Despite Klassen's very good performance PAOK lost 73-79 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Promitheas. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was his first game for PAOK this season. Klassen used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U19 international power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Japan) helped Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo win their game against the sixth-ranked Yokohama BC 86-67 in the Japanese B1 League last Sunday. Trasolini was the top player that evening. He recorded 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes. Trasolini has very impressive stats this year: 21.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg in four games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former University international guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Betaland Cdo (0-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Edwards' very good performance Betaland Cdo was badly defeated 73-57 on their home court in Capo d'Orlando by the much higher-ranked The Flexx PT (#4). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Edwards also added 3 assists. Edwards averaged so far 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2013.

   #15. An experienced former University international forward Konrad Tota (196-80, college: Dickinson St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Recklinghausen (3-2) in their last game. Despite Tota's very good performance Recklinghausen (#6) lost 71-83 in Herten to the second-ranked er Loewen in the West group. He was the top scorer with 31 points. Tota also added 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Tota has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in five games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team fourteen years ago.

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

   #1. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, agency: BeoBasket, college: Oregon, currently plays in ABA League) could not help Mega Bemax (2-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Mega Bemax lost 80-90 on the road to the leading Crvena Zvezda. Ennis was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added made 7 passes and 4 steals in 38 minutes. It's Ennis' first season with the team. Ennis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.7apg and 2.0spg in three games he played so far. Ennis has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #2. Michael L'Africain (185-PG-92, college: Ottawa, currently plays in Slovakia) led Nova Ves to a victory over the league outsider Zilina (1-2) 93-84 in the Slovakian SBL in Saturday night's game. L'Africain was the top player that evening. He scored 29 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 36 minutes. BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (2-1) is placed fourth in the SBL. L'Africain has very impressive stats this year: 21.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.0apg in three games.

   #3. Meshack Lufile (203-PF-92, college: Cape Breton, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Weert (0-1) 96-80 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Leeuwarden this season. His team is placed second in the Eredivisie.

   #4. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked CFBB (1-2) crushing them 93-52 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (2-1) is placed eighth in the NM1. Walker averaged so far 13.0ppg, 8.7rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.

   #5. Aleksandar Danilovic (202-F-93, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to Illiabum's victory against the tenth-ranked FC Porto Ferpinta (0-1) 80-76 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. Danilovic recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Illiabum this season. His team is placed sixth in the LPB. Danilovic has both Canadian and Serbian nationalities.

   #6. Nick Tufegdzich (203-PF-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help ETB Wohnbau (2-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ETB Wohnbau (#3) lost 81-86 in Bernau to the leading SSV Lok in the North group. Tufegdzich had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Tufegdzich has very impressive stats this year: 25.0ppg, 8.7rpg and 2.0apg in three games.

   #7. Ryan Bennett (193-G, college: Brock, currently plays in Slovakia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael L'Africain. But that was another game of his team in Slovakian SBL which we would like to mention. Bennett was not able to secure a victory for Nova Ves (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Nova Ves was defeated 94-79 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Handlova (#5). Bennett was the second best scorer with 17 points. Bennett's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #8. Matt Marshall (198-F, college: Brock, currently plays in Slovakia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael L'Africain and both played together in the last Slovakian SBL game. Marshall contributed to a Nova Ves' victory against the league outsider Zilina 93-84. He scored 8 points, had 13 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Marshall's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2.0bpg and 1.3spg.

   #9. Kiefer Douse (190-G-92, college: Canisius, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Leicester Riders win their game against the closely-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers crushing them 79-59 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. This year Douse's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 2.5apg in two games.

   #10. Experienced Mohamed Hachad (194-SG-83, college: Northwestern, currently plays in France) managed to help ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale to win against the fifth-ranked JSF Nanterre 87-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hachad's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 3.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Moroccan and Canadian.



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Chilean Liga Nacional round 4 best performance: Terrell Taylor - by Eurobasket News

American Center Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) had a great game in the last round for Osorno, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 36-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat CDU Catolica (#4, 1-3) 100-94. Osorno is placed at 5th position in their group in Chilean Liga Nacional. Osorno is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. In the team's last game Taylor had a remarkable 55.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Osorno's top player in his first season with the team. Former Virginia Tech star has very solid stats this year. Taylor is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.5ppg. Taylor is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 9.0rpg) and averages impressive 61.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old Colombian Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) of league's leader Las Animas. Julio had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Las Animas cruised to a 72-62 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Los Leones (#2, 2-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Conferencia Centro. Las Animas consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Julio is a newcomer at Las Animas, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#7). He also registered 16.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian center Reggie Okosa (207-C-80) of league's top team CDE Talca. Okosa scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of CDE Talca, leading his team to a 83-82 win against #3 ranked AB Ancud. CDE Talca confirms their top position in Conferencia Sur. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Okosa has a great season in Chile. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.3ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of CD Castro - 30 points and 14 rebounds
5. Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of Osorno - 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of CDE Talca - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Arkeem Joseph (206-C-94) of AB Ancud - 22 points and 13 rebounds
8. Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) of Tinguiririca S.F. - 20 points and 13 rebounds
9. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85) of CDU Catolica - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of CD Valdivia - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 16 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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  CHINA  


Xinjiang Flying Tige inks Shawn Long - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) signed 24-year old American ex-international forward Shawn Long (208-112kg-93, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Pensack Sports). He was about to sign at Houston Rockets in the NBA. Long ended the last season at the 76ers in NBA where in 17 games he had 8.7ppg and 4.9rpg (#3 in the league). But the most of that year he spent at another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 11.2rpg (#3 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.3bpg. Great season as he was named to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Long's team made it to the Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He was also voted All-Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2016 at his college time.
Long represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. His team won Bronze.
Long graduated from University Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


Cibona almost blew a 20-point lead - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona almost blew a gigantic third quarter lead, but held on for a 71-66 win over newly promoted Jazine Arbanasi in the last game of the opening round of the HT Premijer Liga 2017-18. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95) scored 19 points, Josip Bilinovac (191-SG-90) added 16 points including four 3-pointers and Cleveland Melvin (203-F-91, college: De Paul) was a rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Jazine was led by Marin Zrnic (201-F-88) with game-high 22 points and Dino Butorac (191-G-90) scored 18 points.
After trailing 7-8, Cibona scored five straight points to ignite a 14-4 run for a 21-12 lead and never looked back from there. Cibona led by as many as 20 points before the halftime break and matched their largest lead of the night at 55-35 midway through the third quarter. At that point on, Jazine went on a 14-0 run to cut the deficit to six points and later scored seven consecutive points to come within three, 63-66, going into the final two minutes. On the next possession, Josip Bilinovac sank his fourth 3-pointer of the contest to double Cibona's advantage. Marin Zrnic then made just one of his two free throws for Jazine and Andrija Coric hit a 2-pointer to put Cibona up 71-64 in the final minute.



Leon Radosevic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Leon Radosevic (207-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He led Brose Baskets to a victory over the 13th-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (1-3) crushing them 92-64 in the German BBL in Friday night's game. Radosevic was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets Bamberg (3-1) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Radosevic has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 65.0%(13-20) and FT: 75.0% in three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Radosevic played for the Croatian senior national team one years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (2-1) 77-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Popovic scored 13 points and added 4 assists. Montakit Fuenlabrada (3-0) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Popovic has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 86.7%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Josip Sobin (203-89, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland). Sobin contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Miasto Szkla (1-1) crushing them 88-57 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. Anwil Wloclawek (2-0) is placed first in the PLK. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Sobin has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 81.3%(13-16) and FT: 33.3% in two games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #4. Forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the -ranked Banvit (0-1) 108-101 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. Peric recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Umana Venezia this season. His team is placed 43rd in the Basketball Champions League. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Peric's fifth year with the team. He is also Croatian national team player.

Zeljko Sakic
Zeljko Sakic
   #5. International forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in an UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against the tenth-ranked Pitesti (0-1) crushing them 85-58 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Sakic was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was his first game for UBT Cluj Napoca this season. His team is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. Sakic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #6. Forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point s Oliver Baskets' victory against the 16th-ranked Science City Jena (0-3) 81-79 in the German BBL in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points in 29 minutes. s.Oliver Wuerzburg (2-0) is placed second in the BBL. Loncar has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 2.0rpg in two games. Loncar is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team seven years ago.

Zvonko Buljan
Zvonko Buljan
   #7. Former U18 international center Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a Estudiantes Concordia's victory against the third-ranked Regatas Corrientes (2-3) 89-85 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Estudiantes Concordia (2-4) is placed fourth in Group A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Buljan's first season with the team. Buljan's stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team twelve years ago.

Ivan Siriscevic
Ivan Siriscevic
   #8. Swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Romania) helped Craiova win their game against one of league's weakest teams Politehnica Iasi (0-1) 91-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Siriscevic recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Craiova this season. His team is placed first in the Liga Nationala. Siriscevic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2015.

Ante Delas
Ante Delas
   #9. International guard Ante Delas (200-88, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Josip Sobin and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Delas managed to help Anwil Wloclawek in a victory against the ninth-ranked Miasto Szkla (1-1) crushing them 88-57. He scored 5 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals in 22 minutes. Delas averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg in two games. He used to play for the Croatian national team last year.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #10. Center Jure Lalic (211-86, currently plays in ABA League) could not help MZT Skopje (1-2) in their last game on Monday. Despite Lalic's very good performance MZT Skopje was defeated 85-80 at home by the higher-ranked KK_Zadar (#8). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Lalic also added 4 rebounds. Lalic's stats this season are: 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former U20 international player as eleven years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Banco di Srd (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Stipcevic's good performance Banco di Srd was defeated 97-92 on the road by the second-ranked Fiat TO. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Stipcevic also added 5 passes. Stipcevic averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.5apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team last year.

   #12. Former international center Luksa Andric (208-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szolnok win their game against one of league's weakest teams Sopron KC crushing them 86-64 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Andric was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Andric averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2014.

   #13. International power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Istanbul BBSK (0-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Buva's very good performance Istanbul BBSK was defeated 80-76 in Edirne by the much higher-ranked Eskisehir Basket (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. It was his first game for Istanbul BBSK this season. Buva is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. U20 international guard Roko Badzim (196-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help Olimpija (1-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Badzim's good performance Olimpija was defeated 82-73 on their home court in Ljubljana by the leading Crvena Zvezda. He was the second best scorer with 12 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). This season Badzim averages only 4.0ppg. He plays currently for the Croatian U20 national team.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Toni Prostran (182-91, currently plays in Greece) helped Kolossos HH edge the ninth-ranked Cretan Kings 64-63 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Prostran recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was his first game for Kolossos HH this season. Prostran used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Sodertalje Kings in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Bizaca's very good performance his team was crushed 86-63 on the road by the lower-ranked Szolnok. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Bizaca also added 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Sodertalje Kings this season.

   #2. Marin Mornar (205-F-93, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Sweden) led Boras Basket to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Uppsala Basket (0-1) crushing them 85-54 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Mornar recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Boras Basket (2-0) is placed first in the Basketligan. Mornar's stats this season are: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, 3.0bpg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Adelaide 36ers (1-1) in their last game. Despite Drmic's very good performance Adelaide 36ers were edged 99-97 in Melbourne by the second-ranked United. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Drmic also added 5 rebounds in 21 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Drmic averaged so far 14.0ppg and 3.5rpg in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #4. Jure Gunjina (203-F-92, college: Georgia SW, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Manchester Giants (0-3) crushing them 102-70 in the British BBL last Sunday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (3-0) is placed second in the BBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Gunjina averaged so far 11.7ppg and 5.0rpg in three games.

   #5. Mise Diminic (208-C/F-89, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Rieker KN (1-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Rieker KN was defeated 81-67 in Sentjur by the higher-ranked Tajfun (#5). Diminic was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Rieker KN this season. There are only four games left until the end of the Alpe Adria Cup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.

   #6. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider UBSC Graz crushing them 94-58 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Friday night's game. Stegnjaic recorded 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 21 minutes. This year Stegnjaic's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.5apg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #7. Mateo Seric (205-PF-99, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg to win against the -ranked PAOK crushing them 103-70 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He recorded 5 points. Seric's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He has both Croatian and German nationalities.

   #8. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help MMCITE Brno in their game against BK Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic NBL, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Primorac had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 18 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was his first game for MMCITE Brno this season. But his team lost 69-81.

   #9. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) was the major contributor in PVSK-Veolia's victory against the closely-ranked KTE-Duna 73-72 in the Hungarian A Division in Friday night's game. Budimir scored 14 points and added 3 passes. Budimir averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg.

   #10. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mise Diminic and both played together in the last Alpe Adria Cup game. Jankovic couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Rieker KN in their game against Tajfun. He scored 8 points in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Rieker KN this season. His team lost 67-81.



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Javier Justiz selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in a 2-point San Lorenzo's victory against the fifth-ranked Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (0-4) 92-90 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. Justiz recorded 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. San Lorenzo de Almagra (5-0) is placed first in Group C. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Justiz's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 2FGP: 59.1%(26-44) and FT: 68.0% in five games he played so far. Justiz played for the Cuban senior national team one years ago.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his German team Telekom Baskets to a victory against the 15th-ranked Joensuun Kataja 85-81 in the Basketball Champions League last Monday. Bartolo scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Telekom Baskets Bonn (0-1) closes the standings in the Basketball Champions League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Bartolo has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(12-21), 3FGP: 28.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo played for the Cuban national team in 2011.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana). He could not help San Martin Corrientes (1-2) to beat Flamengo (3-0). Garcia recorded 7 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 21 minutes. San Martin Corrientes was edged 76-75 on the road by the leading Flamengo. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Sudamericana. This year Garcia's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 37.5% and FT: 63.6% in three games. He played for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Yoanki Mensia
Yoanki Mensia
   #4. Forward Yoanki Mensia (196-97, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a GECR Indalo's victory against the fourth-ranked Weber Bahia (2-2) 92-87 in the Argentinian LigaA in Tuesday night's game. Mensia recorded 6 points. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (3-3) is placed second in Group D. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Mensia averages: 2.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team last year.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #5. An experienced former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) led Albacete to a 2-point victory over the 13th-ranked Cambados (0-2) 78-76 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Elias scored 14 points, grabbed 8 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots in 37 minutes. Arcos Albacete Basket (2-0) is placed first in the LEB Silver. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Elias' total stats are: 9.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5bpg in two games. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #6. Power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Nautico KIA Tenerife (2-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Nautico KIA Tenerife (2-1) was badly defeated 81-65 in Madrid by the higher-ranked (#3) Real II in the Group B. Silvestre was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Nautico KIA Tenerife this season. Silvestre is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team seventeen years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Darussafaka (0-1) in their last game. Despite Sant-Roos' good performance Darussafaka was badly defeated 97-81 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) Tofas. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Darussafaka this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen.

   #2. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-PG-97, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Spirou Charleroi in their game against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (2-1) in the Belgian Euromillions League. Casero-Ortiz scored 8 points. It was his first game for Spirou Charleroi this season. Spirou Charleroi was defeated 90-84 in Jemappes by the higher-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#4). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Casero-Ortiz has a dual citizenship: Cuban and Belgian. Despite his Cuban passport, Casero-Ortiz currently plays for the Belgian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #3. Juan Ferrales (187-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Kongsberg (2-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ferrales' good performance Kongsberg was defeated 88-74 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Tromso (#6). He scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Ferrales has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 7.3apg. Ferrales is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #4. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Kleb Ferrara (1-1) in their game against Imola (1-1) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Moreno scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. The tenth-placed Kleb Ferrara (1-1) was crushed 71-45 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#5) Imola in the East group. Moreno has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 5.0rpg in two games he played so far. He has both Cuban and Italian nationalities. Despite Moreno's Cuban passport, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cuban team.

   #5. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Quart (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Benitez's good performance the 13th-placed Quart (0-2) was defeated 70-66 at home by the second-ranked Sant Josep in the Group C-A. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Benitez has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg and 2.5rpg.



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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. Kerr, Svitavy18.5 
 7. Stanojevic, NH Os.18.5 
 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. Mitchell, BK Olomo.12.0 
 3. Tawiah, J.Hradec12.0 
 4. Kerr, Svitavy11.5 
 5. Pecka, Usti n.10.5 
 6. Peterson, USK Praha10.0 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin9.5 
 8. Stojacic, NH Os.9.0 
 9. Houska, BK Decin8.0 
 10. Norwa, BK Olomo.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Sirina, BK Opava9.0 
 2. Kouril, BK Opava6.0 
 3. Necas, BK Pardubice5.0 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.5.0 
 5. Marko, Svitavy5.0 
 6. Peterson, USK Praha4.5 
 7. Stanojevic, NH Os.4.0 
 8. Stegbauer, J.Hradec4.0 
 9. Sepa, BK Olomoucko4.0 
 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. Peterson, USK Praha3.0 
 4. Pecka, Usti n.3.0 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.2.5 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava2.0 
 7. Robinson, Usti n.2.0 
 8. Ciz, BK Kolin2.0 
 9. Pomikalek, BK De.2.0 
 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. Safarcik, BK Kolin1.0 
 7. Woods, NH Ostrava1.0 
 8. Mitchell, BK Olomo.1.0 
 9. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 
 10. Roseboro, 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 


NBL 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 NBL.

The biggest surprise of round 2 in NBL took place in Praha where host USK Praha (2-0) beat BK Decin (1-1) 82-74 on Saturday evening. 29 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard QJ Peterson (183-94, college: VMI) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Jan Krivanek (203-94) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Decin will play next round against BK Olomoucko trying to make it back to the top of the standings. USK Praha will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
MMCITE Brno (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of BK Usti nad Labem. Visitors were defeated by BK Usti nad Labem 81-69. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Donald Robinson contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. BK Usti nad Labem's coach Antonin Pistecky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds for MMCITE Brno. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Kolin (#7) at home in the next round. MMCITE Brno will play against BK Lions Hradec to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was played in Prostejov where BK Kolin (#7) beat host BK Olomoucko (#8) 83-77 on Saturday evening. Lee Skinner had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Filip Sepa responded with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. BK Olomoucko's coach Predrag Benacek tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Kolin will meet BK Usti nad Labem (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Olomoucko will play against BK Decin (#6) and hope to win that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ostrava. Local NH Ostrava (0-2) was outscored by BK Opava (2-0) 104-78. Jakub Sirina notched 26 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. BK Opava's coach Petr Czudek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Opava's next round opponent will be Basketbal Svitavy (#12) at home which should be another easy win for them. NH Ostrava will play against BK Pardubice and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 CEZ Nymburk defeated Svitavy in a road game 90-80.

BK Olomoucko - BK Kolin 77-83

An interesting game was played in Prostejov where BK Kolin (#7) beat host BK Olomoucko (#8) 83-77 on Saturday evening. Strangely BK Olomoucko outrebounded BK Kolin 49-35 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Adam Ciz (192-91) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Serbian Filip Sepa (198-90) responded with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard J.C. Fuller (193-94, college: W.Illinois) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Olomoucko's coach Predrag Benacek tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Kolin will meet BK Usti nad Labem (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Olomoucko will play against BK Decin (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BK Olomoucko: F.Sepa 18+9reb+4ast, J.Fuller 17+7reb, J.Mocnik 14+4reb+6ast, M.Norwa 10+14reb, C.Mitchell 7+12reb, M.Novak 6+1reb
BK Kolin: L.Skinner 24+10reb+2ast, A.Ciz 18+5reb+3ast, V.Bratcenkov 15+4reb+4ast, P.Safarcik 11+5reb+4ast, P.Dokoupil 6+1reb+2ast, M.Pajovic 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 554399


Svitavy - CEZ Nymburk 80-90

There was no surprise when Basketbal Svitavy (0-2) was defeated at home by CEZ Nymburk (2-0) 90-80. American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) notched 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Petr Benda (203-82) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) did not help to save the game for Basketbal Svitavy. The former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) added 17 points for the hosts. Five CEZ Nymburk and four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk will have a break next round. Basketbal Svitavy will play on the road against BK Opava (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: G.Kerr 18+12reb+3ast, P.Slezak 17+2ast, B.Smithson 12+1reb+1ast, B.Roseboro 10+8reb, R.Marko 9+3reb+5ast, J.Jelinek 7+3reb+4ast
CEZ Nymburk: Q.Diggs 18+9reb+4ast, P.Benda 14+5reb, K.Ray 13+2reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 12+5ast, B.Barac 11+3reb, J.Bohacik 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 554400


Usti n/Labem - MMCITE Brno 81-69

MMCITE Brno (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of BK Usti nad Labem. Visitors were defeated by BK Usti nad Labem 81-69. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard Donald Robinson (193-89, college: W.Virginia Tech) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. BK Usti nad Labem's coach Antonin Pistecky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds and American point guard Brian Sullivan (183-93, college: Davidson) added 30 points in the effort for MMCITE Brno. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Kolin (#7) at home in the next round. MMCITE Brno will play against BK Lions Hradec to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: B.Sullivan 30+3reb+2ast, M.Primorac 19+18reb+1ast, J.Tomanec 10+7reb+1ast, R.Pumprla 8+3reb, K.Mays 2+2reb+1ast, M.Jedovnicky 0
Usti n/Labem: L.Pecka 16+11reb, E.Singletary 12+1reb+1ast, D.Robinson 12+7reb+3ast, J.Treadwell 8+1reb, M.Sotnar 8+2reb+3ast, F.Smid 7+1reb
gschID: 554402


USK Praha - BK Decin 82-74

The biggest surprise of round 2 in NBL took place in Praha where host USK Praha (2-0) beat BK Decin (1-1) 82-74 on Saturday evening. 29 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard QJ Peterson (183-94, college: VMI) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Jan Krivanek (203-94) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Decin will play next round against BK Olomoucko trying to make it back to the top of the standings. USK Praha will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 13+6reb+3ast, F.Halada 11+3reb, T.Pomikalek 10+4reb+3ast, L.Festr 10+3reb+2ast, S.Jezek 8+1reb+1ast, O.Siska 7+7reb+1ast
USK Praha: Q.Peterson 29+14reb+7ast, M.Mares 15+2reb+1ast, J.Krivanek 14+8reb+1ast, A.Madsen 10+4reb+1ast, C.Raines 7+5reb, J.Tuma 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 554401


NH Ostrava - BK Opava 78-104

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ostrava. Local NH Ostrava (0-2) was outscored by BK Opava (2-0) 104-78. BK Opava players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 26 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and center Martin Gniadek (203-90) supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five BK Opava players scored in double figures. BK Opava's coach Petr Czudek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by Serbian Strahinja Stojacic (197-92) did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (183-86, college: E.Washington, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 21 points for the hosts. BK Opava's next round opponent will be Basketbal Svitavy (#12) at home which should be another easy win for them. NH Ostrava will play against BK Pardubice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: M.Stanojevic 21+1ast, S.Stojacic 20+10reb+4ast, R.Woods 12+9reb+1ast, A.Shoutvin 9+3reb, M.Medvecky 6+2reb, B.Bernardi 6+3reb+3ast
BK Opava: J.Sirina 26+6reb+7ast, M.Gniadek 19+7reb+3ast, R.Klecka 17+2reb, F.Zbranek 12+1ast, V.Bujnoch 11+6reb, R.Kouril 10+5reb+8ast
gschID: 554398





1Liga Round 3: BK Loko Plzen loses to Vysocina - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in 1Liga, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

BK Loko Plzen (2-1) recorded a loss in Jihlava on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Vysocina (1-2) 83-57. The game was mostly controlled by Vysocina. BK Loko Plzen managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vysocina is looking forward to face Sokol Prazky (#8) in Praha in the next round. BK Loko Plzen will play at home against USK Praha B (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Nymburk. Nymburk B (3-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Sokol Pisek (0-3) 76-74 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Martin Kolar contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for Sokol Pisek. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Nymburk B will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sokol Pisek will play against Basket Kosice (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Very important is a road loss of SKB Zlin (2-1) against BK Prostejov B (2-1) on Sunday night. Visiting SKB Zlin was crushed by BK Prostejov B in Prostejov 102-70. It was a great evening for Frantisek Vana who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Tomas Voslajer with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov B will meet Olomouc Bbal (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. SKB Zlin will play against Kralovsti sokoli (#1) in Hradec Kralove and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of Ostrava (2-1) against Sokol Slapanice (2-1) on Sunday night. Host Ostrava was defeated by Sokol Slapanice in Ostrava 72-62. It was an exceptional evening for Roman Zachrla who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokol Slapanice's next round opponent will be Pardubice (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Ostrava will play against Olomouc SK (#9) and hope to win that game.
Basket Kosice delivered the third consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed USK Praha B (1-2) 84-56. The best player for the winners was Jan Kratochvil who scored 18 points and 7 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. Basket Kosice will face Sokol Pisek (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha B will play against BK Loko Plzen (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In West Sokol Prazky defeated Sokol Zizkov in Praha 70-52. GBA Sparta lost to undefeated Slavoj Litom. at home 61-69.
In East Olomouc Bbal lost to Opava B on the opponent's court 77-88. Pardubice outscored Novy Jicin in a home game 102-59. Kralovsti sokoli rolled over Olomouc SK on the road 104-55.
The best stats of 3rd round was 35 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds by Miroslav Kvapil of Opava B.

EAST
Vysocina - Loko Plzen 83-57

BK Loko Plzen (2-1) recorded a loss in Jihlava on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Vysocina (1-2) 83-57. The game was mostly controlled by Vysocina. BK Loko Plzen managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vysocina is looking forward to face Sokol Prazky (#8) in Praha in the next round. BK Loko Plzen will play at home against USK Praha B (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 574565


Nymburk B - Sokol Pisek 76-74

Important game to mention about took place in Nymburk. Nymburk B (3-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Sokol Pisek (0-3) 76-74 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Martin Kolar (194-98) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Sokol Pisek. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Nymburk B will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sokol Pisek will play against Basket Kosice (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: D.Fait 22+3reb+3ast, P.Englicky 20+15reb+1ast, P.Slechta 17+10reb+4ast, R.Duda 7+3reb+1ast, M.Spicak 4+5reb, V.Novak 4+7reb
Nymburk B: L.Stegbauer 17+13reb+1ast, M.Kolar 13+6reb, L.Kovarik 11+6reb, E.Kotasek 8+7reb+3ast, F.Novotny 7+4reb, M.Kulich 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 574612


Sokol Zizkov - Sokol Prazky 52-70

But Sokol Zizkov was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Praha 70-52 on Sunday night. Sokol Prazky outrebounded Sokol Zizkov 39-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was center Jiri Bruha (210-86) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Center Jan Stepanek (190-83) chipped in 17 points. Four Sokol Prazky players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Vojtech Sindelar (191) who recorded 11 points and guard Jan Srna (189-94) added 10 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sokol Prazky will face Vysocina (#7) in Jihlava in the next round. Sokol Zizkov's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena GBA Sparta.
Top scorers:
Sokol Zizkov: V.Sindelar 11+4reb, J.Srna 10+3reb+1ast, J.Jirsak 6+2reb+1ast, A.Komarek 6+5reb+2ast, M.Maly 5+2reb+1ast, F. Novotny 5+1reb+2ast
Sokol Prazky: J.Stepanek 17+4reb+1ast, M.Kohout 15+6reb, J.Bruha 12+15reb+1ast, Y.Habily 10+1reb+4ast, F.Cenek 4+2reb+6ast, S.Brix 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 574564


GBA Sparta - Slavoj Litom. 61-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Slavoj BK Litomerice's (3-0) road victory over GBA Sparta (1-2) 69-61 on Friday. Slavoj BK Litomerice forced 23 GBA Sparta turnovers. The best player for the winners was international center Pavel Grunt (208-94) who scored 5 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Filip Kroutil (190-96) chipped in 15 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Slovakian center Maros Zeliznak (208-99) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and guard Marek Welsch (180-99) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face Nymburk B at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. GBA Sparta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha Sokol Zizkov.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: M.Zeliznak 15+14reb+1ast, M.Welsch 15+6reb+3ast, D.Javorsky 13+2reb+1ast, Y.Sidibe 8+8reb+1ast, M.Siler 8+1reb+1ast, D.Randuska 2+2reb+3ast
Slavoj Litom.: F.Kroutil 15+4reb+1ast, A.Zampach 11+4reb, J.Zbroj 11+2reb+1ast, J.Karlovsky 11+2reb, P.Grunt 5+13reb+2ast, J.Sotnar 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 574563


USK Praha B - Basket Kosice 56-84

Basket Kosice delivered the third consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed USK Praha B (1-2) 84-56. Basket Kosice looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Jan Kratochvil (200-82) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Martin Hruby (192-87) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Basket Kosice players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jan Zidek (204-99) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Radek Farsky (193-99) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. 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. Basket Kosice will face Sokol Pisek (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha B will play against BK Loko Plzen (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha B: J.Zidek 15+6reb+1ast, R.Farsky 15+5reb+1ast, P.Samoura 9+1reb+1ast, J.Simon 7+4reb, M.Vyroubal 4+2reb+1ast, M.Taussig 2+2reb
Basket Kosice: J.Kratochvil 18+7reb+2ast, M.Bernath 15+8reb, M.Hruby 13+6reb+5ast, J.Nekolny 12+3reb, J.Lycka 11+2reb+6ast, M.Vansa 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 574566


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BCM Orli - Zlin 102-70

Very important is a road loss of SKB Zlin (2-1) against BK Prostejov B (2-1) on Sunday night. Visiting SKB Zlin was crushed by BK Prostejov B in Prostejov 102-70. BK Prostejov B outrebounded SKB Zlin 51-37 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for swingman Frantisek Vana (192-98) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Adam Goga (196-97) helped adding 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. The best for the losing side was center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and David Nehoda (193-91) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds 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. BK Prostejov B will meet Olomouc Bbal (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. SKB Zlin will play against Kralovsti sokoli (#1) in Hradec Kralove and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zlin: T.Voslajer 19+13reb, D.Nehoda 13+6reb+4ast, J.Prasil 9+4reb+3ast, M.Ihring 8+4ast, M.Susak 6+4reb+1ast, J.Vybiral 5
BCM Orli: F.Vana 28+7reb+4ast, J.Palenik 13+6reb, M.Szabo 12+10reb+1ast, A.Goga 9+5reb+10ast, L.Sychra 8+3reb, M.Michalcik 7
gschID: 574492


Ostrava - Sokol Slapanice 62-72

Very important is a home loss of Ostrava (2-1) against Sokol Slapanice (2-1) on Sunday night. Host Ostrava was defeated by Sokol Slapanice in Ostrava 72-62. It was an exceptional evening for forward Roman Zachrla (200-87, agency: Octagon Europe) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Ivo Pavlicik (193-93) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Guard Michal Palat (194-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Martin Horkel (197) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Ostrava in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokol Slapanice's next round opponent will be Pardubice (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Ostrava will play against Olomouc SK (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ostrava: M.Palat 19+11reb+2ast, J.Ricka 10+4reb, T.Havlik 9+1reb+1ast, M.Horkel 8+8reb, J. Zikl 7, O.Siko 6+6reb+2ast
Sokol Slapanice: R.Zachrla 21+12reb+2ast, I.Pavlicik 14+2reb+1ast, J.Rotrekl 9+5reb, M.Licenik 8+4reb, M.Muller 7+1reb+1ast, M. Smid 7+5reb
gschID: 574490


Opava B - Olomouc Bbal 88-77

There was a minor upset when Olomouc Bbal (1-2) was defeated on the road by B&W Opava B (1-2) 88-77 on Sunday. B&W Opava B dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc Bbal's 36. B&W Opava B forced 23 Olomouc Bbal turnovers and outrebounded them 46-33 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jiri Dedek (190-95) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and guard Lubos Lachman (190-93) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olomouc Bbal's coach Michal Pekarek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. B&W Opava B will face Novy Jicin (#7) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: L.Lachman 20+5reb+1ast, J.Dedek 13+10reb+7ast, M.Novak 13+4reb+3ast, J.Sedlak 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Blaha 7+5reb+3ast, V.Smerda 6+3reb
Opava B: M.Kvapil 35+13reb, L.Bukovjan 18+3reb+6ast, K.Vlcek 13+5reb+1ast, R.Dragoun 10+12reb+1ast, J.Stepanek 9+8reb+1ast, J.Slavik 3+5reb+4ast
gschID: 574647


Pardubice - Novy Jicin 102-59

There was a surprise result when Pardubice (1-3) outscored at home Novy Jicin (1-2) 102-59 on Friday. Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Novy Jicin's 38. Pardubice forced 27 Novy Jicin turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Novy Jicin's players. The best player for the winners was forward Michal Svoboda (190-99) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Lukas Brozek (180-98) chipped in 16 points. Four Pardubice players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Tadeas Janik (201-94) who recorded 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Zdenek Jakubu (184-97) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Pardubice will face Sokol Slapanice (#3) in Slapnice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: T.Janik 23+9reb+1ast, Z.Jakubu 12+4reb+4ast, J.Leczo 10+6reb+2ast, D.Panak 4+1reb, J.Kelar 3+3reb, J.Kovac 2+1reb+2ast
Pardubice: M.Svoboda 25+11reb+5ast, J.Potocek 18+3ast, L.Brozek 16+3reb+3ast, J.Cejka 13+1reb+1ast, O.Vycha 8+4reb+5ast, M.Kratochvil 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 574491


Olomouc SK - Kralovsti sokoli 55-104

Not a big story in a game when Olomouc SK (1-3) was outplayed at home by Kralovsti sokoli (3-0) 104-55 on Friday. Kralovsti sokoli dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc SK's 38. They outrebounded Olomouc SK 48-19 including a 36-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jan Jiricek (203-90) who scored 29 points and 6 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). Slovakian center Peter Majerik (207-85) chipped in 7 points and 14 rebounds. Four Kralovsti sokoli players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Martin Vanak (198-87) who recorded 20 points and forward Kamil Sin (198-97) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Kralovsti sokoli will face SKB Zlin (#5) at home in the next round. Olomouc SK will play against Ostrava (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: M.Vanak 20+4reb, K.Sin 10+6reb, O. Strubl 6+1reb, V.Loyka 6+2reb, J.Horvath 5, M.Strniste 3+2reb
Kralovsti sokoli: J.Jiricek 29+6reb+1ast, L.Svandrlik 13+4reb+1ast, D.Sirek 11+6reb+3ast, P.Andres 10+5reb, O.Peterka 10+6reb, M.Bures 9+3reb
gschID: 574489





Patrik Auda selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Polish team Rosa to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Antwerp Giants 83-70 in the Basketball Champions League in Monday night's game. Auda was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Rosa Radom (0-1) is placed in the Basketball Champions League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Auda's first year with the team. Auda has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 73.9%(17-23) and FT: 70.6% in three games he played so far. Auda is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He led Gran Canaria to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Baskonia (1-2) 100-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Balvin scored 11 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria (2-0) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Balvin's overall stats this year are: 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 71.4% and FT: 62.5%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Lukas Palyza
Lukas Palyza
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89, currently plays in Poland). Palyza could not help GTK (0-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance GTK was crushed 86-64 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#6) Rosa. Palyza scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Palyza's first year with the team. He has very impressive stats this season: 15.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 3FGP: 55.6% in two games. Palyza is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Adam Pechacek
Adam Pechacek
   #4. Center Adam Pechacek (207-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Blusens Monbus in their game against Valencia Basket (3-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. His contribution was not very remarkable in Wednesday's game. Pechacek scored only 3 points. Blusens Monbus was defeated 80-67 in Valencia by the higher-ranked Basket (#5). But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Pechacek averages just 2.5ppg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #5. An experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Real Betis (0-3) in their game against Gipuzkoa (2-1) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Schilb scored 9 points in 16 minutes. But Real Betis was crushed 94-60 in San Sebastian by the much higher-ranked (#6) Gipuzkoa. So far Real Betis lost all three games in the Regular Season. It's Schilb's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 2.0rpg in two games. Schilb is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team last year. Schilb played also for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #6. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Vienna (1-1) in their game against Gmunden Swans (1-1) in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Hubalek also added 5 rebounds. This season Hubalek has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg and 3.5rpg. Hubalek is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team eight years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #7. International swingman David Jelinek (195-90, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (0-3) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (3-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 6 points. Andorra was edged in an overtime 95-94 at home by the second-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. So far Andorra lost all three games in the Regular Season. Jelinek's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team last year.

Vladimir Sismilich
Vladimir Sismilich
   #8. Forward Vladimir Sismilich (202-85, currently plays in Austria) led Mustangs to a 2-point victory over one of league's weakest teams BBU Salzburg (0-3) 72-70 in the Austrian 2.Bundesliga (second division) in Sunday night's game. Sismilich was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mistelbach Mustangs (3-0) are placed second in the 2.Bundesliga. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Sismilich is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Mustangs' roster. This season Sismilich has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. Sismilich used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team back in 2005.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #9. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Estela's victory against the 15th-ranked Valle de Egues (0-1) 59-46 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Estela this season. His team is placed third in Group A-A. Hampl used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

Ivo Prachar
Ivo Prachar
   #10. Center Ivo Prachar (210-82, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Sismilich and both played together in the last Austrian 2.Bundesliga game. Prachar contributed to a 2-point Mustangs' victory against one of league's weakest teams BBU Salzburg (0-3) 72-70. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Prachar has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 3.7apg. He is a former university international player as fourteen years ago he still played for the Czech Republic national team.

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

   #1. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Sixers' victory against the ninth-ranked ALBA-2 (0-2) 73-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (3-0) is placed third in North group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This year Tyrna's total stats are: 7.7ppg and 4.3rpg in three games he played so far.

   #2. Marek Ivan (197-F-98, currently plays in Slovakia). Ivan could not help Iskra Svit (1-2) to beat Inter Bratislava (3-0). He scored 5 points and added 5 assists in 28 minutes. Iskra Svit was badly defeated 92-73 at home by the leading Inter Bratislava. This year Ivan's total stats are: 5.7ppg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg in three games. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Slovakian.

   #3. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) led Vilsbiburg to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Schwabing (0-3) 96-81 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded 15 points in 23 minutes. Baskets Vilsbiburg (3-0) is placed third in South-East group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Novy has been at the team for seven years. Novy has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg and 4.7rpg in three games.

   #4. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Gotha II (2-1) 67-49 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Boyer recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in 30 minutes. TSV Oberhaching Deisenhofen (2-1) is placed fourth in South-East group. Boyer has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.3apg and 3.0spg in three games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Boyer used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #5. Jakub Kasa (203-F/C-92, 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). Kasa scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. The 14th-placed Dorsten (0-6) was badly defeated 90-73 on their home court in Dorsten by the leading Grevenbroich in the West group. So far Dorsten lost all six games in the Regular Season. This year Kasa's total stats are: 7.4ppg and 4.0rpg in five games.

   #6. Michal Semerad (190-G-89, currently plays in Austria) contributed to a 2-point Mustangs' victory against one of league's weakest teams BBU Salzburg 72-70 in the Austrian 2.Bundesliga (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Semerad's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.7apg and 2.0spg.

   #7. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (195-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Perugia in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Perugia lost 92-98 on their home court in Perugia to the leading Campli in the Group C. Meccoli Matejca scored 12 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes. This year Meccoli Matejca's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Czech Republic and Italian.



QJ Peterson claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American QJ Peterson (183-PG-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for USK Praha and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 23-year old playmaker had a double-double of 29 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat BK Decin (#6, 1-1) 82-74. USK Praha is placed at 3rd position in Czech Republic NBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and USK Praha won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Peterson turned to be USK Praha's top player in his first season with the team. Virginia Military Institute graduate has very impressive stats this year. Peterson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.5ppg), rebounds (6th best: 10.0rpg), assists (6th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 3.0spg and 58.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) of MMCITE Brno. Primorac impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as MMCITE Brno lost that game 69-81 to Usti n/Labem (1-1). 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. Primorac is a newcomer at MMCITE Brno 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 19.0ppg (#5). He also registered 18.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was guard Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87, agency: Octagon Europe) of top-ranked BK Opava. Sirina showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of BK Opava, leading his team to a 104-78 easy win against NH Ostrava (#11, 0-2). BK Opava 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. Sirina also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Sirina has a great season in Czech Republic. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (3rd best) and assists with 9.0apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Strahinja Stojacic (197-SG-92) of NH Ostrava - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Filip Sepa (198-SG-90) of BK Olomoucko - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of Svitavy - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lee Skinner (198-F-92) of BK Kolin - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Usti n/Labem - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90) of CEZ Nymburk - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Martin Gniadek (203-C-90) of BK Opava - 19 points, 7 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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Shavon Shields selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Dolomiti En. TR (1-1) in their last game. Despite Shields' good performance Dolomiti En. TR was edged 79-78 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Umana Venezia. He scored 12 points in 24 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Shields' first year with the team. Shields has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and FT: 83.3% in two games he played so far. Shields played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Zarko Jukic
Zarko Jukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Zarko Jukic (201-93, currently plays in United Kingdom). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Manchester Giants (0-3) crushing them 102-70 in the British BBL last Sunday. Jukic scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (3-0) is placed second in the BBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Jukic's first year with the team. His overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7bpg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 52.0%. Jukic played for the Danish national team in 2016.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain). He led Leyma Basquet to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked Araberri (2-1) 76-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Gilling was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Gilling's third season in pro basketball. Leyma Basquet Coruna (1-1) is placed 13th in the LEB Gold. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Gilling's first year with the team. He has very impressive stats this season: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 63.6% and FT: 83.3% in two games. Gilling played for the Danish national team one years ago.

Gabriel Lundberg
Gabriel Lundberg
   #4. Guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La ICL Manresa (1-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance La ICL Manresa was edged 68-66 on the opponent's court by the leading Melilla_Baloncesto. Lundberg was the second best scorer with 14 points. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Lundberg's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. Lundberg used to play for the Danish national team last year.

Nicolai Andersen
Nicolai Andersen
   #5. International center Nicolai Andersen (204-96, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for BC Nokia in their game against Tampereen Pyrinto (1-2) in the Finnish Korisliiga. He scored 9 points in only 12 minutes. Buthis team lost 71-76 in Tampere to the much lower-ranked (#9) en Pyrinto. This year Andersen's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 1.5rpg in two games. He used to play for the Danish national team last year.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #6. An experienced guard Chanan Colman (190-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Holon (0-1) in their game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (1-0) in the Israeli Winner League. Colman recorded 6 points. It was his first game for Hapoel Holon this season. Hapoel Holon was edged 81-78 in Tel-Aviv by the higher-ranked Hapoel (#4). Colman is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team nine years ago.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #7. International guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Remer Treviglio (0-2) in their game against Bertram Tortona (2-0) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He scored 8 points in 28 minutes. The 15th-placed Remer Treviglio (0-2) lost 71-81 at home to the leading Bertram Tortona in the West group. This year Voskuil's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 2.0rpg in two games. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil used to play for the Danish national team last year. He played also for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Thomas Laerke
Thomas Laerke
   #8. Swingman Thomas Laerke (194-91, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in Finland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nicolai Andersen and both played together in the last Finnish Korisliiga game. Laerke couldn't help BC Nokia in their game against Tampereen Pyrinto (1-2). He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Laerke scored only 3 points. his team was defeated 76-71 in Tampere by the much lower-ranked en Pyrinto (#9). Laerke has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2014.

Tobias Reinholt
Tobias Reinholt
   #9. Former international center Tobias Reinholt (208-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Venta de Banos (0-1) crushing them 85-58 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Reinholt scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Naron this season. His team is placed sixth in Group A-B. Reinholt used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Alexander Bak
Alexander Bak
   #10. Swingman Alexander Bak (193-91, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Fontedoso Carrefour (1-1) in their game against La Roda (1-1) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 5 points. Fontedoso Carrefour was defeated 65-60 in La Roda by the higher-ranked La Roda (#9). Bak has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg. He is international player as one years ago he still played for the Danish senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international guard Mikkel Andersen (194-95, currently plays in Norway) managed to help Gimle BBK Bergen in a victory against the eighth-ranked Nidaros Jets 94-83 in the Norwegian BLNO last Saturday. Andersen scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. Andersen has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.4rpg in five games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team three years ago.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He led Tofas to a victory over the 11th-ranked Darussafaka (0-1) 97-81 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Mejia was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Tofas this season. His team is placed seventh in the BSL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Mejia has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Mejia has never played in Dominican Republic.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #2. Second place goes to former U17 international forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Quintanar (0-3) in their last game. Despite Adon's very good performance the 16th-placed Quintanar (0-3) lost 82-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Alcobendas in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Adon also added 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. So far Quintanar lost all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Adon has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 46.7%(7-15) and FT: 66.7% in three games he played so far. Adon played for the Dominican Republic U17 national team in 2007.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former U17 international center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Chile). He contributed to a CD Tinguiririca San Fernando's victory against the sixth-ranked Puerto Montt (1-3) 96-83 in the Chilean Liga Nacional last Sunday. Madera recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (1-3) is placed sixth in Conferencia Centro. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Madera's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg. Madera is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Chilean. He played for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #4. Power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain) helped Mataro Feimat win their game against the fifth-ranked Cornella (2-1) 58-55 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Cabrera scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Mataro Feimat (3-0) is placed first in Group C-B. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This year Cabrera's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3bpg in three games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana) led his Brazilian team Flamengo to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked San Martin Corrientes (1-2) 76-75 in the Liga Sudamericana last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Ramon recorded 21 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Sudamericana. So far his team won all three games in the Preliminary Round. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Sudamericana. Ramon has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. James Feldeine (193-SG-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in ABA League) was the major contributor in a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the closely-ranked Mega Bemax (2-1) 90-80 in the ABA League on Wednesday night. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (3-0) is placed first in the ABA League. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Feldeine's first year with the team. Feldeine has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in two games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92, agency: Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Argentina) led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory over the third-ranked Regatas Corrientes (2-3) 89-85 in the Argentinian LigaA in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Mendoza recorded 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Estudiantes Concordia (2-4) is placed fourth in Group A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mendoza's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg.

   #4. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-PF-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Baskonia (1-2) 100-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Baez scored 8 points, had 11 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (2-0) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Baez's sixth year with the team. This season he averages: 9.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg in three games.

   #5. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ronald Ramon. But that was another game of his team in Liga Sudamericana which we would like to mention. Rhett contributed to Flamengo's victory against the closely-ranked Cimarrones (2-1) 80-70. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Sudamericana. So far his team won all three games in the Preliminary Round. This season Rhett averages: 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Rhett used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #6. Sadiel Rojas (197-G/F-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked Andorra 81-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Rojas scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Rojas averages: 9.0ppg and 2.7rpg in three games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Rojas used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #7. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Australia) could not help New Zealand Breakers (0-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance New Zealand Breakers were defeated 82-71 on the road by the leading Cairns Taipans. Sosa was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 assists. It was his first game for New Zealand Breakers this season. Sosa holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. He used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #8. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in France) contributed to a Boulazac Basket's surprising victory against the second-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque 75-71 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. Vargas recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 9 minutes. This year Vargas averages: 5.8ppg and 4.3rpg in four games.

   #9. Dagoberto Pena (198-F/G-88, college: Marshall, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Movil Estudiantes in their game against Gipuzkoa in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 5 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 92-75. This season Pena averages: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #10. Carlos Novas Mateo (197-F-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Raiffeisen Flyers Wels (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Raiffeisen Flyers Wels were defeated 82-77 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Vienna (#6). Novas Mateo was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). It was his first game for Raiffeisen Flyers Wels this season. Novas Mateo has Dominican Republic and Austrian nationalities. Despite his Dominican Republic passport, Novas Mateo previously played for the Austrian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team.



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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  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. Upson, Rapla16.0 
 5. Dorbek, Rapla14.5 
 6. Saage, TL.14.5 
 7. Olmre, TTU14.0 
 8. Kangur, Kalev/Cr.14.0 
 9. Bruzas, Valga14.0 
 10. Kirves, Parnu13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maris ZIEDINS
  Rapla
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ziedins, Rapla12.0 
 2. Freimanis, Valga8.0 
 3. Eichfuss, Parnu8.0 
 4. Lips, Parnu7.5 
 5. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 6. Fall, TL.7.0 
 7. Upson, Rapla7.0 
 8. Kask, Parnu6.5 
 9. Dorbek, Rapla6.0 
 10. Cressler, Rapla6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sten-Timmu SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo7.0 
 2. Kaldre, Rapla6.0 
 3. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.5.0 
 4. Raap, Parnu5.0 
 5. Kabin, TTU5.0 
 6. Lasenbergs, Valga4.0 
 7. Dorbek, Rapla3.5 
 8. Kirves, Parnu3.5 
 9. Haller, Valga3.0 
 10. Joesaar, Kalev/Cr.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kristaps MIGLINIEKS
  Valga
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Miglinieks, Valga3.0 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.3.0 
 3. Cressler, Rapla2.0 
 4. Post, Parnu2.0 
 5. Jurtom, TL.2.0 
 6. Bruzas, Valga2.0 
 7. Raap, Parnu1.5 
 8. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Saare, Valga1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Devonte UPSON
  Rapla
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Upson, Rapla2.5 
 2. Raadik, TTU2.0 
 3. Tass, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 4. Raadik, Valga2.0 
 5. Metsalu, TTU1.0 
 6. Kajupank, Rapla1.0 
 7. Miculis, Valga1.0 
 8. Kask, Parnu1.0 
 9. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 10. Niits, Parnu0.5 



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nemanja MILOSEVIC
  Oradea
  (204-PF-87)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Milosevic, Oradea25.5 
 2. Demps, Mons-Hai.23.3 
 3. Wright, Demir IBB22.5 
 4. Capers, CSU Sibiu21.5 
 5. Eldridge, Trabzons.21.5 
 6. Gaines, Parma21.5 
 7. Green, Mons-Hai.21.3 
 8. Golden, Le Portel21.0 
 9. Vojvoda, Szolnok20.7 
 10. Brooks, Balkan20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jenkins, KR12.0 
 2. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 3. Smith, Boras10.0 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.9.3 
 5. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut9.3 
 6. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.8.5 
 8. Tuoyo, Kormend8.3 
 9. Martin, BK Pardu.8.3 
 10. Miller-M., Parma8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erving WALKER
  Demir IBB
  (173-PG-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Walker, Demir IBB8.0 
 2. Perry, Szolnok6.7 
 3. Person, Boras6.5 
 4. Miller-M., Parma6.5 
 5. Brooks, Balkan6.3 
 6. Trotter, Oradea6.0 
 7. Johnson, BM Slam .6.0 
 8. Hammonds, Wuerz.6.0 
 9. Thompson, Istanbu.5.7 
 10. Burnett, BK Pardu.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus GINYARD
  Rabotnicki
  (196-F/G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.5 
 2. Pratt, CSU Sibiu3.5 
 3. Capers, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 4. Wright, Rilski2.5 
 5. Person, Boras2.5 
 6. Phillip, Szolnok2.3 
 7. Laser, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 8. Hachad, Le Portel2.0 
 9. Taylor, Rilski2.0 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Trabzons.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bogdan TIBIRNA
  Oradea
  (210-C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tibirna, Oradea2.0 
 2. Green, Trabzonspor2.0 
 3. Stumbris, Nevezis1.5 
 4. Lapeta, BM Slam .1.5 
 5. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 6. Tymofeyenko, Dni.1.5 
 7. Mornar, Boras1.5 
 8. Dawson, Bnei H.1.3 
 9. Jenkins, KR1.0 
 10. Loncar, Wuerzburg1.0 



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  FINLAND  


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. Cobbs, Le Mans15.3 
 8. Logan, Strasbourg15.3 
 9. Golden, Le Portel14.8 
 10. Dixon, Strasbourg14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis LABEYRIE
  Stras.
  (208-C/F-92)
  Avg: 10
 1. Labeyrie, Stras.10.0 
 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. Jeanne, Le Mans7.0 
 8. Daniel, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 9. Watkins, AS.6.8 
 10. Travis, Le Mans6.5 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Cooper, Gravelines9.3 
 2. Blassingame, Antibes6.5 
 3. Sim, Bourg5.5 
 4. Cobbs, Le Mans5.0 
 5. Roberson, AS.5.0 
 6. Nzeulie, Chalon4.8 
 7. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.4.8 
 8. Smith, Hyeres-T.4.8 
 9. Gibson, Limoges4.8 
 10. Mangin, Le Portel4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Craft, Monaco2.5 
 2. Houmounou, Bourg2.0 
 3. Chassang, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 4. Arnold, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Evtimov, Cholet1.8 
 6. Nelson, AS.1.8 
 7. Lacombe, Monaco1.8 
 8. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
 9. Gibson, Limoges1.5 
 10. Alingue, Dijon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 James FARR
  Chalon
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Farr, Chalon2.3 
 2. Putney, Chalon1.8 
 3. Petteway, Nanterre1.3 
 4. Atkins, Strasbourg1.3 
 5. Smith, Gravelines1.3 
 6. Lacombe, Monaco1.0 
 7. Jeanne, Le Mans1.0 
 8. Jaiteh, Limoges1.0 
 9. Jones, Limoges1.0 
 10. Logan, Strasbourg1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Mounir BERNAOUI
  Le Portel
  (204-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bernaoui, Le Portel20.0 
 2. Affo, Boulazac19.8 
 3. Esso-Essis, Le Ma.18.3 
 4. Briki, Lyon-Vil.18.3 
 5. Cham, Monaco18.3 
 6. Muninga, Limoges17.8 
 7. Goulmy, Strasbourg17.8 
 8. Flosse, Gravelines17.5 
 9. Desseignet, Bourg16.8 
 10. Beyhurst, Stras.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin HANGOUE
  Boulazac
  (201-PF-97)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hangoue, Boulazac13.0 
 2. Flosse, Gravelines11.5 
 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. Pansa, Nanterre8.0 
 10. Goulmy, Strasbourg7.8 
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. Labanere, Boulazac5.5 
 5. Maledon, Lyon-Vil.5.5 
 6. Hannequin, Gravelines5.0 
 7. Imhoff, CCRB P.5.0 
 8. Eboh, Limoges5.0 
 9. Jackson, Le Mans5.0 
 10. Delage, Limoges4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Adrien LABANERE
  Boulazac
  (175-PG-97)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Labanere, Boulazac3.5 
 2. Beyhurst, Stras.3.0 
 3. Lopez, Hyeres-T.3.0 
 4. Bernaoui, Le Portel3.0 
 5. Cham, Monaco3.0 
 6. Pellure, Pau-Lacq.3.0 
 7. Gasser, Monaco2.7 
 8. Archinard, Dijon2.5 
 9. Briki, Lyon-Vil.2.5 
 10. Hayes, Cholet2.5 
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. Daval-B., Pau-Lacq.1.3 
 6. Ca, ES Chalonnais1.3 
 7. Munanga, Monaco1.3 
 8. Kwedi, Strasbourg1.0 
 9. Diawara, Hyeres-T.0.8 
 10. Ndiaye, Bourg0.8 


ProA Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in ProA and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

First defeat of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (3-1) against seventh ranked Monaco (3-1) 83-68 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 54-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Monaco especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paul Lacombe (190-90, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monaco moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play next round against Le Portel trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Monaco will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked Cholet Basket at home.
Undefeated Hyeres-Toulon (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Visitors were rolled over by Pau-Lacq-Orthez 84-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hyeres-Toulon. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds and Elie-Franck Okobo who added 21 points during the contest. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Serge Crevecoeur felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American-Armenian point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) responded with 13 points and 5 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Hyeres-Toulon. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against bottom-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Paris-Levallois (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Strasbourg between Le Mans and Strasbourg IG. Top-ranked Le Mans (4-0) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Strasbourg IG (2-2). Le Mans managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 on Monday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. The winners were led by Justin Cobbs who scored that evening 21 points. Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by Darion Atkins did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. Le Mans have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Le Mans will meet at home JL Bourg (#4) in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against Limoges CSP Elite and hope to secure a win.
Boulazac Basket's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Gravelines-Dunkerque (0-4) 75-71. American players dominated the game. Darnell Jackson fired 17 points for the winners. Boulazac Basket's coach Claude Bergeaud allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Boulazac Basket (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with Cholet and Paris-Levallois. It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#13) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against the league's second-placed Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Cholet Basket's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked JDA Dijon (2-2) 75-73 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Ivan Maras who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 9 rebounds. Cholet Basket's coach Philippe Herve used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Cholet Basket (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Boulazac. Loser JDA Dijon dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Cholet Basket will face higher ranked Monaco (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Other games in round 4 were not that significant. Winless Chalon was beaten by Chalons-Reims on the road 103-97. Paris-Levallois lost to Limoges on its own court 81-87. Nanterre unfortunately lost to Le Portel in a road game 73-87. Bourg managed to beat Antibes at home 94-81.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 16 points and 6 rebounds by Youssoupha Fall of Le Mans.

Boulazac - Gravelines 75-71

Boulazac Basket's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Gravelines-Dunkerque (0-4) 75-71. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Boulazac Basket outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 33-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. Power forward Darnell Jackson (206-85, college: Kansas) fired 17 points for the winners. Point guard Dustin Ware (183-90, college: Georgia) chipped in 13 points. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket's coach Claude Bergeaud allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) produced 8 points and 9 assists and power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) added 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) respectively for lost side. Boulazac Basket (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with Cholet and Paris-Levallois. It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#13) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against the league's second-placed Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: D.Jackson 17+3reb+1ast, D.Ware 13+4reb+1ast, B.Ubel 12+4reb+2ast, K.Anderson 10+6reb+1ast, A.Salmon 8+3reb+1ast, E.Vargas 7+5reb+1ast
Gravelines: T.Smith 16+1reb+1ast, W.Buford 14+4reb, Q.Serron 11+1reb, D.Cooper 8+3reb+9ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 6+5reb, T.Allen 5+3reb
gschID: 550956


Strasbourg - Le Mans 76-78

A very close game took place in Strasbourg between Le Mans and Strasbourg IG. Top-ranked Le Mans (4-0) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Strasbourg IG (2-2). Le Mans managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 on Monday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-76. The winners were led by American guard Justin Cobbs (190-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored that evening 21 points and Senegalese center Youssoupha Fall (221-95) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Central Mo.) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Le Mans have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Le Mans will meet at home JL Bourg (#4) in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against Limoges CSP Elite and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Cobbs 21+2reb+2ast, Y.Fall 16+6reb, D.Stephens 14+6reb, M.Riley 9+2reb+4ast, R.Travis 6+5reb+4ast, T.Tarpey 6+7reb+4ast
Strasbourg: D.Logan 17+3reb+2ast, M.Dixon 16+4reb+3ast, D.Atkins 10+10reb+3ast, L.Labeyrie 9+8reb+2ast, Z.Wright 9+10reb+4ast, C.Otule 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 550964


Chalons-Reims - Chalon 103-97

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Chalons-Reims (2-2) beat at home bottom-ranked Chalon/Saor (0-4) 103-97 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Chalons-Reims made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a very good performance for Icelandic guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Ed Daniel (203-90, college: Murray St.) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Cameroonian Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91) replied with 18 points and 5 assists and American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Five Chalons-Reims and four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor's coach rotated nineteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalons-Reims moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending champion Chalon/Saor still closes the standings with four games lost. Chalons-Reims will face Boulazac Basket (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chalon/Saor will play against JDA Dijon and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: E.Daniel 18+8reb+2ast, B.Bentil 18+4reb+1ast, P.Carter 16+5reb+2ast, M.Hermannsson 16+8reb+4ast, G.Pitard 14+3reb+3ast, L.Ulmer 12+2reb+1ast
Chalon: J.Nzeulie 18+4reb+5ast, A.Smith 17+3reb+6ast, K.Joseph 14+1reb, J.Farr 12+2reb, B.Pinault 10, P.Gillet 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 550957


Paris-Levallois - Limoges 81-87

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite and 14th ranked Paris-Levallois had identical 1-2 record. But Paris-Levallois was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Limoges 87-81 on Saturday night. Limoges CSP Elite dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Paris-Levallois' 32. Limoges CSP Elite looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Paris-Levallois was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Kenny Hayes (186-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) replied with 21 points and American power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) added 13 points in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite (2-2) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Paris-Levallois keeps the fourteenth position with three games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face Strasbourg IG (#11) at home in the next round. Paris-Levallois will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.Hayes 18+5ast, M.Jaiteh 16+8reb+2ast, B.Conklin 12+7reb+2ast, J.Morency 11+4reb, W.Howard 9+3reb+2ast, A.Bouteille 7+3reb+2ast
Paris-Levallois: K.Prepelic 21+4reb+1ast, G.Ware 13+4reb+2ast, R.Lesca 11+3reb+4ast, B.Diaw 10+6reb+3ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 7+4reb+3ast, M.Roos 7+1reb
gschID: 550962


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Hyeres-Toulon 84-56

Hyeres-Toulon (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Visitors were rolled over by Pau-Lacq-Orthez 84-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hyeres-Toulon. The game was mostly controlled by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Hyeres-Toulon was better in third quarter 12-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pau-Lacq-Orthez forced 23 Hyeres-Toulon turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Elie-Franck Okobo (188-97) who added 21 points during the contest. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Serge Crevecoeur felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American-Armenian point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) responded with 13 points and 5 assists and Austrian Luka Asceric (201-97) scored 10 points. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Hyeres-Toulon. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against bottom-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Paris-Levallois (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: E.Okobo 21+2reb+2ast, A.Koffi 17+8reb+3ast, T.Pinero 15+1reb+3ast, K.Horton 9+7reb+2ast, C.Dowe 8+3reb+4ast, K.Boukichou 6+2reb
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Smith 13+3reb+5ast, R.Arnold 12+2reb+1ast, L.Asceric 10+3reb+2ast, A.Chassang 6+6reb+1ast, J.Tolbert 6+6reb, R.Cowels III 5+3reb
gschID: 550963


Monaco - ASVEL 83-68

First defeat of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (3-1) against seventh ranked Monaco (3-1) 83-68 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 54-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Monaco especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paul Lacombe (190-90, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) added 12 points in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Five Monaco and four ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monaco moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play next round against Le Portel trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Monaco will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked Cholet Basket at home.
Top scorers:
Monaco: P.Lacombe 22+7reb+4ast, G.Robinson 18+4reb+3ast, C.Evans 10+3reb+3ast, A.Craft 10+1reb+4ast, E.Kikanovic 10+2reb+4ast, A.Sy 9+5reb
ASVEL: D.Nelson 12+3reb+3ast, A.Kaba 12+5reb+2ast, J.Roberson 11+2reb+2ast, J.Harper 10+3reb+1ast, D.Watkins 6+3reb, A.Slaughter 5+1ast
gschID: 550961


Le Portel - Nanterre 87-73

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Le Portel (2-2) won against at home higher ranked JSF Nanterre (2-2) 87-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-73. JSF Nanterre was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for guard Trae Golden (189-91, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. Center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Point guard Nicolas Moore (175-92, college: SMU, agency: Players Group) replied with 15 points and Jamal Shuler (191-86, college: VCU) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Le Portel moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated JSF Nanterre. Le Portel will face higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: T.Golden 22+3reb+4ast, J.Donaldson 18+4reb+3ast, J.Begarin 13+2reb, D.Odiakosa 8+7reb+1ast, B.Mangin 7+1reb+4ast, J.Traore 5+1reb+3ast
Nanterre: N.Moore 15+3reb+2ast, L.Konate 11+2reb, E.Murphy 10+2reb, J.Shuler 9+5reb+2ast, A.Aminu 8+3reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550960


Bourg - Antibes 94-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked JL Bourg and one of their biggest challengers Olympique Antibes had identical 2-1 record. This time JL Bourg used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Antibes 94-81 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. JL Bourg looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a very good performance for Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. Congolese-Central African Max Kouguere (198-87) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Olympique Antibes. JL Bourg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. JL Bourg will face league's leader Le Mans on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olympique Antibes will play against JSF Nanterre (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bourg: Z.Peacock 23+4reb+4ast, Y.Ndoye 21+12reb+1ast, C.Simon 19+1reb+1ast, G.Sim 12+2reb+7ast, L.Jeter 8+1reb+5ast, K.Dinal 5
Antibes: M.Kouguere 19+5reb+3ast, V.Sanford 17+2reb+5ast, T.Blue 14+9reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 9+4ast, M.Yarou 8+9reb, P.Rigot 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550959


Cholet - Dijon 75-73

Cholet Basket's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked JDA Dijon (2-2) 75-73 on Saturday. JDA Dijon was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Cholet Basket, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin Ivan Maras (207-86) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Cholet Basket's coach Philippe Herve used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JDA Dijon. Five Cholet Basket and four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. Cholet Basket (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Boulazac. Loser JDA Dijon dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Cholet Basket will face higher ranked Monaco (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Cholet: J.Rousselle 13+3reb+2ast, H.Palsson 13+1reb+2ast, R.Evans 11+3reb+1ast, I.Maras 11+9reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 10+5reb+1ast, D.Michineau 8+2reb+3ast
Dijon: R.Brown 17+5reb+2ast, V.Bigote 13+5reb+2ast, R.Pearson 12+3reb+1ast, J.Alingue 10+5reb+4ast, J.Frazier 9+3reb+1ast, A.Julien 8+5reb+7ast
gschID: 550958





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

26-year old center Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) had a great game in the last round for Bourg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Antibes (#8, 2-2) 94-81. Bourg is placed at 4th position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Bourg will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. It's Ndoye's second year at Bourg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Youssou Ndoye averages this season 14.3ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Trae Golden (189-G-91) of Le Portel. He is American guard in his first season at Le Portel. In the last game Golden recorded impressive 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Le Portel to another comfortable win 87-73 over the lower-ranked Nanterre (2-2) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Le Portel managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Golden is a newcomer at Le Portel and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket) of league's second-best Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Koffi scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Pau-Lacq-Orthez, leading his team to a 84-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (3-1). Pau-Lacq-Orthez needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Koffi has a very solid season. In 4 games in France he scored 13.8ppg. Alain Koffi has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Paul Lacombe (190-G-90) of Monaco - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jakim Donaldson (204-C-83) of Le Portel - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Youssoupha Fall (221-C-95) of Le Mans - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ed Daniel (203-F/C-90) of Chalons-Reims - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kenny Hayes (186-PG-87) of Limoges - 18 points and 5 assists
10. Jeremy Nzeulie (188-SG-91) of Chalon - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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



ProA U21 Round 4: Le Portel hands first defeat to Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in ProA U21, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

Nanterre (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of eleventh ranked Le Portel on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Le Portel 67-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nanterre. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 29-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Le Portel looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Power forward Mounir Bernaoui (204-97) fired 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Cameroonian guard Samir Gbetkom-Bikantchou (191-98) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Le Portel's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Aboubakar Jaiteh (195-98) produced 19 points for lost side. Le Portel (2-2) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lyon-Villeurbanne. Nanterre at the other side keeps the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Le Portel is looking forward to face Lyon-Villeurbanne (#10) on the road in the next round. Nanterre will play against Antibes (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked ES Chalonnais (3-1) against eighth ranked CCRB Pro (3-1) on Saturday night. Visiting ES Chalonnais was defeated by CCRB Pro in Reims 71-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ES Chalonnais. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martin Imhoff (183-98) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Florian Fereira contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. CCRB Pro's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Hugo Besson (184-1) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds for ES Chalonnais. CCRB Pro moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ES Chalonnais. CCRB Pro will play against Boulazac (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ES Chalonnais will play against Dijon (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Limoges can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Levallois, where they defeated Levallois (1-3) 79-68 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Merveille Muninga who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side Ivan Fevrier responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Levallois. It was Levallois' third loss in a row. Limoges will meet at home higher ranked Strasbourg (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Levallois will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#6) and hope to win that game.
Undefeated leader Cholet delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Dijon (0-4) 88-59. The winners were led by Killian Hayes who scored that evening 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cholet have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Gravelines and Strasbourg. Dijon at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Monaco (#12) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Dijon will play against ES Chalonnais (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Le Mans (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 72-65 loss to top-ranked Strasbourg (4-0) in Strasbourg on Monday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Ludovic Beyhurst fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Strasbourg's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Strasbourg have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines and Cholet. Loser Le Mans still closes the standings with four games lost. Strasbourg will face Limoges (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Mans will play against Bourg (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Rest of the games of round 4 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Gravelines defeated Boulazac in a road game 109-102. Monaco was beaten by Lyon-Villeurbanne at home 65-74. Hyeres-Toulon won against Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the opponent's court 69-62. Bourg managed to outperform Antibes in a home game 71-69.

Group U21
Boulazac - Gravelines 102-109

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Boulazac (1-3) was defeated at home by top-ranked Gravelines (4-0) 109-102 on Tuesday. Gravelines made 33-of-40 free shots (82.5 percent) during the game, while Boulazac only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Boulazac 36-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. Boulazac was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Matthias Flosse (209-98) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Lucas Bourhis (179-0) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. Five Gravelines players scored in double figures. Point guard Adrien Labanere (175-97, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 26 points and 8 assists and Aygalenq Alexandre (187-97) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gravelines have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cholet and Strasbourg. Loser Boulazac keeps the eleventh place with three games lost. Gravelines will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac will play against CCRB Pro and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: M.Flosse 21+11reb+2ast, L.Bourhis 19+1reb+7ast, P.Hannequin 15+3reb+4ast, V.Meite 15+7reb, L.Marnette 11+1reb, M.Le Douarin 10+6reb+1ast
Boulazac: A.Labanere 26+1reb+8ast, A.Alexandre 24+5reb+6ast, D.Affo 23+4reb+1ast, Y.Cheviot 7+2reb+3ast, D.Padane 7+1reb+1ast, F.Adolphe 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 580228


Strasbourg - Le Mans 72-65

Bottom-ranked Le Mans (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 72-65 loss to top-ranked Strasbourg (4-0) in Strasbourg on Monday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-65. It was a great shooting night for Strasbourg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Point guard Ludovic Beyhurst (172-99) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Marc Kwedi (200-97) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Strasbourg players scored in double figures. Strasbourg's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Mel Esso-Essis (199-98) produced 21 points and guard Liam Jackson (185-99) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Strasbourg have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines and Cholet. Loser Le Mans still closes the standings with four games lost. Strasbourg will face Limoges (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Mans will play against Bourg (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: L.Beyhurst 17+5reb+5ast, L.Rucklin 16+2reb+4ast, M.Kwedi 15+7reb, Q.Goulmy 13+7reb+1ast, H.Sanchez 5+2reb, V.Pota 5+4reb+1ast
Le Mans: M.Esso-Essis 21+1reb, L.Jackson 11+1reb+5ast, A.Anastasia 9+4reb+3ast, J.Zero 8+3reb, M.Gauzin 4+5reb+2ast, M.Nzita 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 580236


Monaco - Lyon-Villeurbanne 65-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Lyon-Villeurbanne and 11th ranked Monaco had identical 1-2 record. But Monaco was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Villeurbanne 74-65 on Sunday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Monaco won second period 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lyon-Villeurbanne won last quarter 21-14. Strangely Monaco outrebounded Lyon-Villeurbanne 40-21 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Sofiane Briki (193-99) fired 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Theo Maledon (192-0) chipped in 19 points and 6 assists. Romain Poinas (203-98) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and DR Congolese Shekinah Munanga (201-97) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lyon-Villeurbanne (2-2) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Le Portel. Loser Monaco keeps the eleventh position with three games lost. Lyon-Villeurbanne will face Le Portel (#9) at home in the next round. Monaco will play against the league's leader Cholet having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lyon-Villeurbanne: S.Briki 27+6reb, T.Maledon 19+3reb+6ast, L.Alexis 9+3reb+3ast, K.Sow 5+9reb+1ast, N.Pharose 4, V.Memishi 0
Monaco: R.Poinas 14+6reb+6ast, K.Cham 14+2reb+2ast, S.Munanga 12+9reb+1ast, L.Ca 7+9reb+1ast, A.Boisson 7, A.Nardini 4+5reb
gschID: 580234


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Hyeres-Toulon 62-69

Very expected game when 12th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (1-3) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (3-1) 69-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon forced 21 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. Digue Diawara fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Corentin Lopez (193-97) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Emile Chassaigne (192-99) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and center Thibault Daval-Braquet (210-97) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Pau-Lacq-Orthez dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face Levallois (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against the league's second-placed Gravelines (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Diawara 26+7reb+2ast, C.Lopez 8+8reb+3ast, L.Cerclier 7+2reb+1ast, I.Sarr 6+2reb, W.Gantswa-Babami 6+3ast, B.Bouquier 5+1reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: E.Chassaigne 15+6reb+7ast, H.Labadie 9+2reb+1ast, A.Darrieutort 8+2reb+1ast, S.Bouhalloufa 6+1reb, L.Zabalou 6+2ast, T.Daval-Braquet 6+8reb
gschID: 580235


Levallois - Limoges 68-79

Limoges can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Levallois, where they defeated Levallois (1-3) 79-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges. Levallois managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Levallois 42-28 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Limoges looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of DR Congolese center Merveille Muninga (203-97) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and forward Tim Eboh (197-97) who added 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four Limoges players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Ivan Fevrier (204-99) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and point guard Sylvain Francisco (180-97, college: High School) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Levallois. It was Levallois' third loss in a row. Limoges will meet at home higher ranked Strasbourg (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Levallois will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: R.Bordin 16+4reb+2ast, M.Muninga 15+13reb, T.Bazille 12+4reb+1ast, B.Delage 11+2reb+3ast, T.Eboh 10+9reb+6ast, A.Alix 7+5reb+5ast
Levallois: S.Francisco 21+4ast, I.Fevrier 19+8reb+4ast, B.Ngondo-Bayela 17+2reb+1ast, R.Albicy 6+2reb+3ast, F.Kashala 4+1reb, D.Mpondo Ekoume 1+1reb+2ast
gschID: 580233


Le Portel - Nanterre 67-65

Nanterre (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of eleventh ranked Le Portel on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Le Portel 67-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nanterre. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 29-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Le Portel looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Power forward Mounir Bernaoui (204-97) fired 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Cameroonian guard Samir Gbetkom-Bikantchou (191-98) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Le Portel's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Aboubakar Jaiteh (195-98) produced 19 points and Maxence Dadiet (192-99) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Le Portel (2-2) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lyon-Villeurbanne. Nanterre at the other side keeps the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Le Portel is looking forward to face Lyon-Villeurbanne (#10) on the road in the next round. Nanterre will play against Antibes (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: M.Bernaoui 17+6reb+5ast, M.Courtois 13+2reb+2ast, S.Gbetkom Bikantchou 12+4reb+6ast, M.Piccoli 8+8reb, A.Perrault 5, N.Sam Mbaka 5+1ast
Nanterre: A.Jaiteh 19+4reb+1ast, M.Dadiet 15+4reb+2ast, J.Pansa 6+7reb+1ast, A.Mendy 6+2reb+1ast, F.Viho 5+5reb+3ast, A.Brimont 5+2reb
gschID: 580232


Cholet - Dijon 88-59

Undefeated leader Cholet delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Dijon (0-4) 88-59. The game without a history. Cholet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dijon to just 7 points in third quarter. Cholet forced 23 Dijon turnovers and outrebounded them 37-23 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Dijon's players. The winners were led by guard Killian Hayes (194-1) who scored that evening 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Guyanese forward Youri Morose (200-97) supported him with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. Even 16 points by guard Damien Archinard (196-98) did not help to save the game for Dijon. Guard Dimitri Radnic (194-99) added 8 points and 4 steals for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cholet have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Gravelines and Strasbourg. Dijon at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Monaco (#12) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Dijon will play against ES Chalonnais (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cholet: K.Hayes 18+2reb+7ast, Y.Thalgott 18+3reb+2ast, W.Woghiren 15+3reb, R.Edzata 12+6reb+3ast, Q.Ruel 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Morose 6+11reb+8ast
Dijon: D.Archinard 16+1reb+1ast, D.Radnic 8+2reb+2ast, G.Berchel 7+2reb, E.Der 5+4reb, H.Lesne 5+2reb, B.Miyem Bell 5+1reb
gschID: 580231


CCRB Pro - ES Chalonnais 71-59

Very important is a road loss of second ranked ES Chalonnais (3-1) against eighth ranked CCRB Pro (3-1) on Saturday night. Visiting ES Chalonnais was defeated by CCRB Pro in Reims 71-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ES Chalonnais. It looked good early as ES Chalonnais took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CCRB Pro had a 29-13 second period charge getting the lead and ES Chalonnais was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-71. CCRB Pro forced 21 ES Chalonnais turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martin Imhoff (183-98) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Forward Florian Fereira (200-97) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. CCRB Pro's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Hugo Besson (184-1) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Matthieu Missonnier (184-97) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for ES Chalonnais. CCRB Pro moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ES Chalonnais. CCRB Pro will play against Boulazac (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ES Chalonnais will play against Dijon (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CCRB Pro: M.Imhoff 17+4reb+5ast, F.Fereira 15+7reb+1ast, P.Massoma 10+4reb+1ast, J.Rambaut 9+5reb+5ast, A.Leboeuf 7+4reb+3ast, Q.Fernandez 4+4reb+1ast
ES Chalonnais: H.Besson 18+5reb, M.Missonnier 10+1reb+5ast, L.Kouyate 8+3reb, E.Ca 8+3reb+1ast, V.Mopsus 6+4reb+5ast, B.Niasse 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 580230


Bourg - Antibes 71-69

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Bourg (3-1) edged at home bottom-ranked Antibes (0-4) 71-69 on Friday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Thibault Desseignet (178-98) fired 21 points for the winners. Thao Rey chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Bourg's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Tom Wiscart Goetz (188-99) produced 20 points and 4 assists and Belgian Giuliano Neri (193-99) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. They have a solid three-game winning streak. Bourg moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Antibes still closes the standings with four games lost. Bourg will face bottom-ranked Le Mans (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Antibes will play against Nanterre and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bourg: T.Desseignet 21+2reb+1ast, T.Rey 14+5reb+3ast, J.Cretinon 8+6reb+3ast, T.Van Ounsem 8+7reb+3ast, A.Bibolet-Ruche 8+4reb+1ast, N.Emmanuel 7+1reb+2ast
Antibes: T.Wiscart Goetz 20+3reb+4ast, T.Durand 16+2reb, G.Neri 15+6reb+1ast, F.Sangodeyi 4+2reb+1ast, M.Rostomoff 4+6reb, T.Touze 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 580229





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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. Bulatovic, Shkupi20.0 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo19.0 
 10. Apostolov, Kozuv18.0 
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. Tyus, Strumica5.0 
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. Karadzovski, Kuman.0.0 
 7. Ilievski, Pelister.0.0 
 8. Stupar, Kozuv0.0 
 9. Golubovic, Pelister.0.0 
 10. Stojanovski, Kuman.0.0 



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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)



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.




Will Scott Eatherton Be The Savior and Become An Elite BBL Center This Season With The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If you were to take a stroll in Braunschweig's most bustling shopping area Schloss-Arkaden which is a German version of a shopping mall which would pass very well and with flying colors in the states and notice a tall young man hovering over every other shopper with his 203cm, you probably wouldn't even know who he was unless you followed basketball in Braunschweig. A Bremerhaven fan that has been in the basketball closet for many years might even mix up the Hersey, Pennsylvania native with a young Judson Wallace give or take three centimeters and six kilo's, but that young man in fact is Scott Eatherton (203-F/C-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) of the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig who could be the team's savior and become an elite BBL center this season. The American will be turning 26 in late December and is in his third professional season. He had a stellar NCAA career at St Francis and Northeastern where as a junior he averaged 15.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.8% and was a CAA Tournament Winner in 2015 with Northeastern. His steep road to the top of the basketball ladder has risen each season and as a rookie he played for Moncada Solar Agrigento (Italy-Serie A2) playing 35 games averaging 12.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2apg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 64.1%. Last season he made another step moving to the higher EasyCredit BBL to BG Goettingen (Germany-BBL) playing 33 games averaging 11.9ppg, Reb-4 (6.9rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 76.9%. Why can Eatherton be the club's savior and become an elite BBL player this season. Quite simple, when one looks at the current Braunschweig roster, there isn't much offensive force besides Eatherton. The club has a very limited budget and hauled in very inexperienced Americans who haven't played in a high league like the BBL with Deandre Lansdowne, Jarkeious Bradley and Anthony Morse who have to prove this season that they can. They have talented young Germans, but none that have made their real BBL breakthrough yet. The only two proven players in Europe are Austrian Thomas Klepeisz and Lithuanian Zygimantas Janavicious. After his very strong last season Eatherton could have been even better had he not ran out of gas in the second half of the season, he could have been one of the top three centers in the league last season. With so much responsibility and offensive need on his shoulders, this could be the season where he has to put it all together and have monster stats and become an elite BBL center for the sake of his team. One could say that the American who describes his play to Argentine legend and NBA player Luis Scola played very well through mid March scoring in double figures in 19 of 24 games and produced five double doubles. He had some very good personal games early in the season against FC Bayern Munich and Brose Bamberg, but then did cool down in the last six weeks something that he wants to change this season. 'I thought I had a very good season but I did realize a lot of things I still need to improve on and then just didn't have the opportunity to finish it off', stressed Scott Eatherton who lists Harrison Barnes as his toughest foe on the court in the NCAA.. This off-season the American worked very hard on his game and could also give his valuable hidden strength to his teammates when trying to involve them better in the offense. 'I worked on gaining muscle to be a better defender on the block. I also am always working on improving my skills all over the court. My ability to get my teammates involved. I feel I do not need the ball a lot of possessions to have an impact on the game', warned Scott Eatherton. Given his vast array of offensive tools, sky is the limit for Scott Eatherton this season as coupled with less talent and more responsibility, the American will have a very good season, but if he totally explodes depends on how well his teammates give offensive support, but becoming an elite center is makeable. He is a confident player as are all players, but then again not too cocky about his game, but in one area where you definitely don't want to get in an argument is about chocolate. A German can laud the Milka and Ritter Sport as much as they want, but being that Eatherton comes from Hersey where America's top chocolate bar Hersey is produced, he remains faithful to his home roots and like in the one on one taking himself over any opponent knows which chocolate bar he would choose. 'I would still choose a Hershey bar', smiled Scott Eatherton.

After barely missing the EasyCredit BBL playoffs in 2015 and 2016, the club last season had a season to forget as they struggled finishing in 16th place. That they only won six games and stayed in the league was mainly due to Phoenix Hagen closing down shop and Rasta Vechta playing an even worse season then Braunschweig. Braunschweisg started off the 2016-2017 season winning the first game against Vechta, but then prompt fell into a hole losing 12 of 13 games and never recovering and getting out. A huge problem was consistency, but also nights where they couldn't offer more than a Pro A type effort on offense and just didn't defend well giving up 80 points or more 24 times. It didn't help their cause either when they did defend well, they still lost not being able to close out the game losing 77-75 to BG Goettingen or 67-66 to Wurzburg. On top of that they mustered under 60 points five times and just didn't have that offensive stability. What has to bring some fear to Braunschweig this season is that last season's imports were stronger than what is present this season. The club had massive fortune that Pro A players Carlos Medlock and Carlton Guyton panned out and were able to make the next step up and had solid seasons. On top of that there was Dyshawn Pierre who was one of the leagues biggest steals coming from Dayton (NCAA) and having his breakout season with Braunschweig leading the BBL in rebounding and averaging 14.9ppg, Reb-1 (7.9rpg), 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 80.7%. The other import Geoffrey Groselle also made the jump from the NCAA and Creighton to the BBL giving vital offensive stability averaging 10.9ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-2 (1.2bpg), FGP: 64.1%, FT: 60.2%. All four players have departed and their skill with the exception of Scott Eatherton can't be matched on paper. Braunschweig Head coach Frank Menz will need the kind of production he got from these players last year from his imports this year that will be difficult to match.

The only players the club was able to keep were their German players experienced Tim Schwartz and young talents Constantin Ebert, Luis Figge, Lars Lagerpusch, Niklas Bilski, Tom Alte and Austrian Thomas Klepeisz. Schwarz is a 29 year old 197cm forward that has the most BBL experience from the Germans having played four seasons with teams like Giessen, Artland, Crailsheim and Braunschweig totaling 91 games. Last season he played 31 games averaging 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg. He is the captain and a feared three point shooter and excellent free throw shooter. Him giving added stability a push in his BBL stats would be refreshing. Constantin Ebert is a 21 year old 184cm point guard that also has BBL experience with Wurzburg playing eight games and last season with Braunschweig played nine games and with MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (ProB) 21 games averaging 8.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 75.8%. He is a quick pass first guard that likes to penetrate and one of many Germans on the team looking for his breakthrough. Luis Figge is a 20 year old 197cm swing man that brought 57 Pro A games to Braunschweig last season and had his first taste of the BBL last season playing 20 games averaging 2.2ppg, He played also at MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (ProB) playing 7 games averaging 0.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 71.0%. In the summer of 2016 he played at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) -16 (Semifinals) playing 7 games averaging 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4spg. He is a well rounded inside out player, but still needs to be groomed at the BBL level as his breakthrough may still be one season away. Lars Lagerpusch is a 19 year old 207cm forward that has belonged to the BBL roster the last two seasons. He breathed his first BBL minute at age 17 against FC Bayern Munich. Last season he played 4 BBL games played also at MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (ProB) playing 15 games averaging 5.8ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 60.6%, and played also for Junior Loewen Braunschweig (NBBL) playing 7 games: Score-3 (21.6ppg), Reb-1 (13.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.9spg, 1.4bpg, 2PT: 59.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 74.4%. He may be the current biggest Braunschweig talent and he has the complete big man game and should get more opportunities to showcase his game should he stay injury free. Niklas Bilski is a 19 year old 185cm point guard that started his career in the Giessen organization and played his first pro A game at age 16 .Last season he played with the MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (ProB) playing 20 games averaging 6.3ppg, 2.3apg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 66.7%, He played also for Junior Loewen Braunschweig (NBBL) playing 10 games: Score-2 (23.0ppg), 3.0rpg, 4.7apg, 2.4spg, 2PT: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 60.9%. He is a very skilled point guard that can score and pass, but might get his first BBL minutes this season. Tom Alte is a 22 year old 207cm forward that is another player that will get big minutes with MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (ProB), but also hope for some BBL time. He first came on the scene and was noticed in the 2014-2015 season when he played with TV Langen in the Pro B playing 28 games averaging 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 53.6%, FT: 75.3%. He was rewarded with a season with Ratiopharm Ulm where he played 6 games and played in the Pro B with Weissenhorn. Last season he played one BBL game with Braunschweig and mostly played with MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (ProB) playing 7 games averaging 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 73.3%, FT: 50.0%. Injuries kept him back last season, but this left handed strong inside player with good shot blocking qualities still has a lot of upside. Thomas Klepeisz is a 26 year old 185cm point guard that is going into his second season with the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. The two time Austrian champion with UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights last season with Braunschweig played 29 games averaging 6.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 91.9%. Last season he had some big games against Vechta with 23 points and 19 points against FC Bayern Munich, but he will need to make another step this season if his team wants to be successful. His organization may be the most important thing for the success as he isn't the overwhelming scorer.

Besides Scott Eatherton, the team added five new players with German Bazu Kone, Lithuanian Zygimantas Janavicius, Deandre Lansdowne, Jarekious Bradley and Anthony Morse. Kone is looking for another chance and his breakthrough after not reaching that in Ludwigsburg or Giessen last season playing only a total of 15 BBL games and eight BCL games. He already got his first taste of the BBL from 2012-2014 playing 22 BBL games for Bremerhaven and then had two fine Pro A seasons with the Hamburg Towers, but he wants to prove that he is more than just a good Pro A player. He has the tools to be a solid BBL player, but has to finally prove it. He is an exciting guard that is lightening quick and gets in passing lanes well, but needs to show that he can take responsibility and hit the three with more consistency. Janavicius is a 28 year old 192cm guard that brings valuable experience to a very young team. He knows what it takes to win having won 4 titles in his homeland and reaching six finals. Last season with Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) he played 46 games averaging 6.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 71.6%; He also played 14 Eurocup: games averaging 3.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg. The pass first point guard will be a plus for the young German guards, but also needs to show them that he can make the next step in a higher league. Deandre Lansdowne is a 28 year old 187cm guard that has lived the Cinderella basketball story not playing professional basketball for years after finishing at FT Lewis in the NCAA 2 where he helped his team to two RMAC tournaments wins. Via Mexico, he was discovered in 2015 by Herten where he exploded averaging 22,9ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5%. He didn't disappoint last season making the jump from the Pro B to Pro A with the Hamburg Towers averaging 12.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 71.7%.. He is a physical guard that just has the knack for being able to score in many ways especially in traffic and is a great defender. His never die attitude will infect his teammates with positive vibes when the tough gets going. Bradley is a 26 year old 195cm forward that like so many players in the past have made the next step to the higher league BBL from the lower league Finland. The Memphis native brings two years of valuable European experience as he had a fine rookie season with BK Iskra Svit (Slovakia-SBL) playing 15 games averaging 15.7ppg, Reb-5 (6.9rpg), 1.1spg, Blocks-4 (1.0bpg), FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 87.8% and last season helped Joensuun Kataja Basket (Finland-Korisliiga) win the league title playing 43 games averaging 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 85.3%; FIBA Europe Cup: 2 games: 7.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg; BCL: 15 games: 7.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 92.3%. He is an athletic player that can finish inside as well as hit the three with authority. He should be another player like a Ken Horton did in the past and make the next step in the BBL. Morse is a 23 year old 206cm forward from Georgia that played 106 NCAA games at Tennessee Tech, but didn't get real minutes until his senior year averaging 7.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9bpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 58.5%. Last season as a rookie he had his growing pains starting with SCM CSU Craiova (Romania-Liga Nationala), in Oct.'16 signed at Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division) playing 8 games averaging 2.9ppg, 5.0rpg, He is hungry to show that he has game and it will be interesting to see if he can make his breakthrough under Frank Menz and get minutes.

So where will the journey of the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig go in the 2017-2018 season? The club isn't quite as deep as last season and will have to rely heavily on their import players to get ample and consistent production and hope that a few of the young Germans can also help the team improve on last season's 74 points per game average. The club isn't as big, but smaller than last season, but more athletic and will have to use that to their advantage and play quick basketball. The club has a deep guard rotation and will have to live by that in large chunks of games and need extra help on the boards to improve their 28 rebounds a game from last season. Last season the team built a pretty good team chemistry despite the tough season and will need that to be growing and working early into the season. A slow start would be a catastrophe as they can't start as slow as last season. It is a delight to see this organization function as Frank Menz has always had a special heart for the German youth and hopefully some of his race horses in his stable can make the next step and become good BBL role players already this season as they will continue to get their chances. Any serious injuries to their imports will be fatal. It won't be an easier season than last season, but maybe tougher as their lack of depth will derail them in many games as well as lack of experience with the German players. The Basketball Lowen Braunschwieg will finish somewhere between 14-18




EuroCup: Ratiopharm Ulm hold off Tofas - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Tofas 83:73

Ratiopharm Ulm topped Tofas in the EuroCup 17/18 season opener. Joseph Lewis (188-G-92, college: Louisville) nailed 26 points to lead the German side.
Tofas led throughout the first three quarters. The Turkish team recorded a 44:42 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 7-point mark at the final intermission 62:55. But Ratiopharm Ulm turned things around in the final stanza. The German side ignited a 28:11 run to secure the winning outcome. Da'Sean Butler (201-F-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) netted 13 points, while Ryan Thompson had 11 points in the win. Kenny Kadji (211-F/C-88, college: Miami, FL) answered with 22 points for Tofas. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88, college: Michigan St.) had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the defeat.



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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 


Trikalla adds Vasiliadis to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) added to their roster 33-year old swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-98kg-84). He played last season at AEK Athens (A1). In 27 games he had 6.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg. Vasiliadis helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
Vasiliadis ended the previous (2015-16) season at Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa. In four games he averaged 6.3ppg and 3.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at PAOK Thessaloniki. In 22 A1 games he got 14.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.1apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Vasiliadis also played 13 games in Eurocup where he got 13.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg.
Vasiliadis played in the final of Spanish ACB in 2011.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Vasiliadis played for Greek Senior National Team between 2005 and 2014 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
He represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) five years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Vasiliadis is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Turkey (Anadolu Efes) and Spain (Unicaja Malaga and RETAbet Bilbao Basket).

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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





Champions League: Estudiantes upset AEK in Athens - by Eurobasket News

AEK - Estudiantes 79:87

Estudiantes got to the winning start of their Champions League regular season campaign. They upset AEK in Athens in Group C tonight. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) nailed 28 points to lead the Madrid team.
Estudiantes knocked down 31 points in the opening frame to jump to a 16-point lead. AEK narrowed the gap at 10-point mark at the interval 38:48. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Estudiantes ensured a 10-point lead at the final break. AEK dropped 24 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Alec Brown (216-C-92, college: Green Bay) connected for 24 points, while Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, college: St.John's, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points in the win. Delroy James (203-F-87, college: Rhode Island) answered with 21 points and 10 rebounds for AEK. Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86, agency: BeoBasket) deposited 16 points in the defeat.



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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Mavroeidis' 15 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team AEK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 15 points adding six rebounds for AEK in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Trikalla (#14, 0-1) with 19-point margin 91-72. It allowed AEK to consolidate first place in the Greek league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and AEK won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Mavroeidis has many years of experience at AEK, through which he has constantly improved.

Second best performed player last round was Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) of Panionios. He is former international center in his first season at Panionios. In the last game Sarikopoulos recorded impressive 20 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Panionios lost that game 68-98 to G.Larissa-Faros (1-0). 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. Sarikopoulos is a newcomer at Panionios and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#2). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Owen Klassen (208-C/F-91) of PAOK (#13). Klassen scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Klassen's great performance PAOK lost 73-79 to Promitheas (#7, 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 Klassen as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. McKenzie Moore (198-G-92) of Lavrio - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Panathinaikos - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Quenton DeCosey (196-G-93) of Koroivos - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lamond Murray Jr. (196-G/F) of Trikalla - 25 points and 6 rebounds
8. Jamel McLean (203-C/F-88) of Olympiacos - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) of AEK - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85) of Promitheas - 18 points and 6 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)



Clark's 31-point game gives him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old point guard Keydren Clark (180-PG-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Peristeri GS and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds for Peristeri GS in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team AE Larissas (#9, 0-1) with 37-point margin 106-69. Thanks to this victory Peristeri GS moved-up to the 7th position in Greek A2. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Peristeri GS 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 Clark had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Peristeri GS's top player in his first season with the team. St. Peter's College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.0ppg. Clark is in league's top in and averages solid 100.0% FGP and 90.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Stefan Djordjevic (206-C-89) of Karditsas. He is Serbian center in his first season at Karditsas. In the last game Djordjevic recorded impressive 25 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Karditsas lost that game 58-71 to Holargos (1-0). 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. Djordjevic is a newcomer at Karditsas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stergios Tsiampalis (185-G-84) of Ermis Agias (#14). Tsiampalis scored 28 points. Despite Tsiampalis' great performance Ermis Agias lost 70-79 to Iraklis (#4, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ermis Agias can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. The season just started for Tsiampalis as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (185-G-85) of Holargos - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-F/C-83) of Iraklis - 20 points and 6 rebounds
6. Petros Melissaratos (205-C-93) of Papagou - 21 points and 3 rebounds
7. Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) of Arkadikos - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Christos Dakoulias (186-G-87) of Marousi - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Konstantinos Fakopoulidis (190-PG-95) of Papagou - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) of Ethnikos - 21 points, 3 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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Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana round 7 best performance: Dangelo Vaughn - by Eurobasket News

Panamanian Forward Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Villa Nueva, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga Metropolitana Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 37-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat URL (#10, 0-7), the league's bottom-ranked team 72-59. Villa Nueva is placed at 3rd position in Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Villa Nueva will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Vaughn turned to be Villa Nueva's top player in his first season with the team. Dangelo Vaughn has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.2rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-G/F-90) of league's leader USAC. Gonzalez had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists. Of course he led USAC to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Bantrab (#6, 3-5) 73-48. Of course USAC still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and USAC managed to win all 8 games keeping a perfect record. Gonzalez is a newcomer at USAC, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 9.0rpg and 5.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Helmut Esquivel (196-C) of Club Force (#4). Esquivel showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Club Force, leading his team to a 70-66 win against slightly lower-ranked Bantrab (#6, 3-5). Club Force needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Esquivel has a great season in Guatemala. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luis Menendez (180-G-95) of USAC - 25 points and 9 rebounds
5. Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82) of Villa Nueva - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. David Goddard (185-G-89) of Villa Nueva - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vinicio Enriquez) of Villa Nueva - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Juan Carlos Ubico (194-F/C-80) of Villa Nueva - 6 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Luis Perez (191-F-97) of URL - 15 points and 11 rebounds
10. Kevin Garcia (96) of Club Force - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Liga Metropolitana Round 7: Bantrab is defeated by USAC in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Liga Metropolitana. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Guatemala: USAC (#1) and Bantrab (#6). Bantrab was crushed at home by 25 points 48-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. USAC forced 22 Bantrab turnovers and outrebounded them 42-31 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. Guard Luis Menendez (180-95) helped adding 22 points and 9 rebounds. USAC's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Mynor Aquino (175-89) responded with 6 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Undefeated USAC (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Bantrab lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. USAC are looking forward to face league's second-placed ELOHIM in Chimaltenango in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bantrab will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Club Force (5-2) against fourth ranked Villa Nueva (5-2) on Monday night. Host Club Force was defeated by Villa Nueva in a tough game at home 82-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Club Force. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American guard David Goddard (185-89) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Enrique Samayoa accounted for 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Helmut Esquivel (196-0) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Club Force in the defeat. Villa Nueva moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Club Force. Villa Nueva will play against You Bet (#8) in Guatemala in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Club Force will have a break next round.
Liga Metropolitana top team - USAC (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Millonarios (0-6) in Guatemala 85-38. Miguel Gonzalez fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Jose Palacios produced 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for USAC. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Millonarios lost their sixth game in a row. They still close the standings with six games lost. USAC will meet at home league's second-placed ELOHIM in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Millonarios will play against the league's second-placed ELOHIM (#2) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked URL (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to fourth ranked Villa Nueva (5-2) 72-59. Worth to mention a great performance of Dangelo Vaughn who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. URL's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Villa Nueva moved-up to third place, which they share with Club Force. URL lost their seventh game in a row. They still close the standings with seven games lost. Villa Nueva's next round opponent will be You Bet (#8) in Guatemala which should be theoretically an easy game. URL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Guatemala You Bet.
The game in Guatemala was also quite interesting. Third ranked Club Force (5-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Bantrab (3-5). Club Force managed to secure a 4-point victory 70-66 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Helmut Esquivel who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Club Force's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Club Force maintains third place with 5-2 record having four points less than leader USAC, which they share with Villa Nueva. Bantrab lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Bantrab - USAC 48-73

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Guatemala: USAC (#1) and Bantrab (#6). Bantrab was crushed at home by 25 points 48-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. USAC forced 22 Bantrab turnovers and outrebounded them 42-31 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. Guard Luis Menendez (180-95) helped adding 22 points and 9 rebounds. USAC's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Mynor Aquino (175-89) responded with 6 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals and Cesar Del Cid scored 15 points. USAC (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Bantrab lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. USAC are looking forward to face league's second-placed ELOHIM in Chimaltenango in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bantrab will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bantrab: C.Del Cid 15+2reb+2ast, J.Ventura 12+2reb, J.Urrutia 6+10reb, M.Aquino 6+9reb+6ast, A.Marroquin 4+1reb, A.Izaguirre 3+4reb+1ast
USAC: L.Menendez 22+9reb, M.Gonzalez 21+6reb+10ast, A.Guerra 14+8reb+1ast, L.Dominguez 4+3reb, W.Corado 4+1reb, A.Juarez 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 564580


Club Force - Villa Nueva 82-87

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Club Force (5-2) against fourth ranked Villa Nueva (5-2) on Monday night. Host Club Force was defeated by Villa Nueva in a tough game at home 82-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Club Force. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American guard David Goddard (185-89) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Enrique Samayoa (193-82) accounted for 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Center Helmut Esquivel (196-0) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Kevin Garcia (-96) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Club Force in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Villa Nueva moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Club Force. Villa Nueva will play against You Bet (#8) in Guatemala in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Club Force will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Club Force: H.Esquivel 17+8reb+3ast, G.Escobar 13+3reb, C.Sandoval 12+2reb+2ast, J.Sandoval 11+3reb+4ast, B.Rivera 10+9reb+2ast, K.Garcia 9+9reb+3ast
Villa Nueva: D.Goddard 23+6reb+5ast, V.Enriquez 18+5reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 18+5reb, E.Samayoa 15+10reb+4ast, A.Carrillo 8+1reb+3ast, W.Gasparico 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 564579


URL - Villa Nueva 59-72

Bottom-ranked URL (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to fourth ranked Villa Nueva (5-2) 72-59. Worth to mention a great performance of Panamanian forward Dangelo Vaughn (192-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American guard David Goddard (185-89) contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Luis Perez (191-97) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Erick Mejia added 10 points in the effort for URL. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. URL's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Villa Nueva moved-up to third place, which they share with Club Force. URL lost their seventh game in a row. They still close the standings with seven games lost. Villa Nueva's next round opponent will be You Bet (#8) in Guatemala which should be theoretically an easy game. URL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Guatemala You Bet.
Top scorers:
URL: L.Perez 15+11reb, R.Morales 11+1reb+2ast, J.Sandoval 10+2reb+2ast, E.Mejia 10+4reb+1ast, E.Garcia 4+4reb+1ast, S.Hurtarte 4+8reb
Villa Nueva: D.Goddard 23+8reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 20+17reb+4ast, M.Zetina 12+3reb+1ast, A.Vega 11+6reb, J.Carlos Ubico 6+11reb+2ast, V.Enriquez 0
gschID: 564576


USAC - Millonarios 85-38

Liga Metropolitana top team - USAC (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Millonarios (0-6) in Guatemala 85-38. USAC held Millonarios to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.2 percent accuracy of the winners. USAC forced 23 Millonarios turnovers and outrebounded them 54-28 including a 40-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-90) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Guard Luis Menendez (180-95) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds. Jose Palacios (-99) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and Erick Diaz added 4 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for USAC. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Millonarios lost their sixth game in a row. They still close the standings with six games lost. USAC will meet at home league's second-placed ELOHIM in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Millonarios will play against the league's second-placed ELOHIM (#2) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Millonarios: J.Palacios 14+5reb+2ast, G.Zarco 7+2reb, E.Avendano 6+6reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 5+4reb+1ast, E.Diaz 4+8reb+1ast, G.Godinez 2+2reb
USAC: L.Menendez 25+9reb, M.Gonzalez 24+15reb+6ast, V.Sosa 10+7reb+4ast, W.Corado 8+4reb+1ast, L.Dominguez 6+2reb+3ast, E.Juarez Hernandez 6+2reb
gschID: 564577


Bantrab - Club Force 66-70

The game in Guatemala was also quite interesting. Third ranked Club Force (5-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Bantrab (3-5). Club Force managed to secure a 4-point victory 70-66 on Sunday. Club Force forced 19 Bantrab turnovers. It was a great evening for center Helmut Esquivel (196-0) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Bryan Rivera (189-98) helped adding 11 points. Club Force's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Alejandro Izaguirre (191-87) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Allan Marroquin (-0) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Club Force maintains third place with 5-2 record having four points less than leader USAC, which they share with Villa Nueva. Bantrab lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bantrab: A.Izaguirre 14+7reb+2ast, C.Del Cid 14+1reb+1ast, J.Ventura 9+4reb+2ast, A.Marroquin 9+9reb+1ast, J.Urrutia 9+4reb+1ast, M.Aquino 7+6reb+2ast
Club Force: H.Esquivel 13+10reb+4ast, R.Castro 13+1reb, B.Rivera 11+2reb+2ast, A.Hengstenberg 10+1reb+1ast, C.Sandoval 9+3reb+2ast, K.Garcia 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 564578





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  HOLLAND  


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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  HONG KONG  


Lamb re-signs at Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions - by Eurobasket

Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions (D1) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American guard Tyler Lamb (196-93kg-91, college: Long Beach State). He was a team leader there last season. In 25 ASEAN League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 2.5spg. Lamb helped them to win the ASEAN League championship (twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Hitech in Thailand league where in 18 ASEAN League games he averaged remarkable 18.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.8spg (leader !!!). Lamb contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted HS All-CIF Southern Section first team and the CIF Division IAA Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Lamb has played also professionally in .
He attended Long Beach State until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  INDIA  


Ringwood Hawks to tour Kerala for International Hoopathon in November - by Eurobasket News

Ringwood Hawks, the women's basketball team who play in the BigV league in Australia, will visit India in early November to take part in five matches against Kerala's All Star Women's team in five cities around the state for the International Hoopathon Series 2017. A number of local schools and colleges in each city of this tour will be invited to take part in skills and entertainment competitions. The tour is being organised by Kerala's Team Rebound, the auspices of the Kerala Basketball Association and approval of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI). This is the first time that Kerala is hosting an international women's basketball event. "It is our endeavor to organise this International Hoopathon Series as the beginning of the Roadmap for Team India to improve its standing at the Asian level" said Mohammed Iqbal, the president of Team Rebound. The Hawks already have a close relationship with India - and Kerala in particular. Ten years ago, India and Kerala basketball legend Geethu Anna Rahul played for Ringwood in Australia, becoming the first Indian women to play professionally abroad, and won MVP of the BigV division.
Ringwood Hawks schedule in Kerala - November 5-12, 2017
November 5: Regional Sports Centre - Kochi
November 7: VKK Menon Indoor Stadium - Trichur
November 9: Indoor Stadium - Kottayam
November 11: Jimmy George Indoor Stadium - Thiruvanathapuram
November 12: VKN Menon Indoor Stadium - Calicut.

PJ Sunny, President of the Kerala Basketball Association said "Such international matches will help the women's basketball to grow further in Kerala and KBA is extremely happy to be joining hands with Team Rebound." During the 125th birthday of World Basketball last year, Team Rebound & KBA joined hands to organise the Kerala Hoopathon, where basketball was introduced to 12,500 kids between the ages of 10-12 across 125 schools in all districts of the state.
Courtesy of: hopistani.blogspot.com



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  IRAN  


Naft Abadan signs Byron Mullens - by Eurobasket News

Naft Abadan (Superleague) signed 28-year old British ex-international center Byron Mullens (213-125kg-89, college: Ohio State). He played last season at Al Wasl in UAE D1 league.
Mullens ended the previous (2015-16) season at Konyaspor in Turkish BSL where in 9 games he had 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg. But the most of that year he spent at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 27 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2009 Mullens was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in first round (24th overall). The former Ohio State staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mullens won D-League Central Division championship title in 2015. He was also voted Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009 at his college time. Mullens was a member of British Senior National Team in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Mullens has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Brave Dragons and Shaanxi Wolves), Greece (Panionios), NBA (LA Clippers, Phi.76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Mullens could be described: Has tremendous presence and a good sense of where he is on the floor with his back to the basket. Excellent finisher. Solid rebounder and shot-blocker. Fundamentally sound for his position ... Most of his points come off pick and rolls, put-backs and second shots opportunities, as well as dunks around the basket and alley-oops.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  IRAQ  


Al Karkh inks Ike Okoye (EX Salta Basket) !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Karkh (Superleague) signed 31-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise State, agency: Aspire Sports). He played last season at Salta Basket in Argentinian TNA. In 24 games he had 12.5ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.0bpg. Okoye also played that season for Deportivo Valdivia in Chilean Liga Nacional where in 9 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 12.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional Center of the Year in 2015.
Okoye is quite experienced player. He has played in eleven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Okoye has played previously professionally in Estonia (TLU/Kalev), Finland, Germany, Holland, Poland (Stelmet), Romania, Spain (Palencia_Baloncesto and Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia), Uruguay (25 de Agosto), Bolivia (La Salle Tarija) and Chile (CD Castro).
He attended Boise State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Okoye could be described: Ike is a triple threat post man - scorer. He can score with his back to the buck with good footwork. He can face up and shoot or face up and drive to the rim and finish. He is fast in transition and aggressive on rebounds especially defensive rebounds. Good court vision and goog basketball IQ. Great character on and off the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRELAND  

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. Colbert, UCC D.21.5 
 5. Andrews, KUBS19.7 
 6. Roe, Killester18.7 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian18.7 
 8. Oliver, Belfast Star18.5 
 9. Williams, Maree18.0 
 10. Murphy, Templeogue17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Proby, DCU Saints19.5 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue13.5 
 3. OReilly, UCC D.12.0 
 4. Hansberry, Maree11.5 
 5. Colbert, UCC D.11.0 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.10.3 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee9.7 
 8. Kulinicz, Belfast .9.5 
 9. McGuire, Moycullen8.7 
 10. Cairns, Belfast .8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.10.5 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.10.3 
 3. Bonaparte, Templ.6.0 
 4. Rockall, Maree6.0 
 5. Donaghy, Tralee5.7 
 6. Lyons, Moycullen5.7 
 7. Roe, Killester5.3 
 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. Proby, DCU Saints2.3 
 8. Dunne, Eanna2.3 
 9. James, Templeogue2.0 
 10. Nihill, Moycullen2.0 
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. Kulinicz, Belfast .2.0 
 6. Killeen, Templeogue2.0 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.7 
 8. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.1.5 
 9. Proby, DCU Saints1.3 
 10. McCann, KU.1.3 


Super League Round 4: Swords Thunder edge Belfast Star - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Super League, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise took place in Dublin where host Swords Thunder (3-1) beat league's leader Belfast Star (3-1) 65-58 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Belfast Star. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Swords Thunder dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Belfast Star's 32. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Swords Thunder made 9 blocks. American forward Justin Goldsborough (203, college: Lehigh) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Isaac Westbrooks (189-85) chipped in 12 points and 11 assists. International guard Conor Quinn (185-95, college: Mayville St.) produced 20 points for lost side. Belfast Star's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Swords Thunder moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Belfast Star. Belfast Star will play next round against Killester trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Swords Thunder will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked KUBS in Greendale.
Important game to mention about took place in Tralee. Sixth ranked Tralee (3-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Moycullen (2-2) 73-70 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tralee have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Moycullen at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Tralee will play against DCU Saints (#10) in Dublin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Moycullen will play at home against Eanna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Maree (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-70 loss to third ranked UCC Demons (3-1) in Galway on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Worth to mention a great performance of Kyle Hosford who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. At the losing side Kenneth Hansberry responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Maree's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. UCC Demons moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Maree still closes the standings with four games lost. UCC Demons will meet Templeogue (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maree will play against the league's leader UCD Marian in Dublin and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: Eanna (#7) and DCU Saints (#10). Eanna (2-1) smashed visiting DCU Saints (1-3) by 20 points 95-75. The winners were led by Tamron Manning who scored that evening 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. DCU Saints' coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Eanna moved-up to sixth place. DCU Saints at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Eanna's next round opponent will be Moycullen (#7) in Galway. DCU Saints will play on the road against Tralee and hope to win that game.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Dublin: UCD Marian (#2) and Templeogue (#9). Despite it looked like an easy game for UCD Marian, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host Templeogue challenged much higher ranked UCD Marian giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by six points 78-72. Mike Garrow fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. UCD Marian have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Templeogue lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with three games lost. UCD Marian will face bottom-ranked Maree (#12) in Galway in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Templeogue will play at home against UCC Demons and hope to win that game.

The best stats of 4th round was 14 points and 18 rebounds by Jason Killeen of Templeogue.

Maree - UCC Demons 70-93

Bottom-ranked Maree (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-70 loss to third ranked UCC Demons (3-1) in Galway on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. UCC Demons looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Kyle Hosford (175-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and forward Carleton Cuff (190-87) who added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side international Kenneth Hansberry responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Eoin Rockall (185-98) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maree's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. UCC Demons moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Maree still closes the standings with four games lost. UCC Demons will meet Templeogue (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maree will play against the league's leader UCD Marian in Dublin and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Maree: P.Burke 12+7reb+1ast, K.Hansberry 12+10reb+2ast, W.Williams 12+2reb+1ast, C.Finn 10+3reb+1ast, S.Commins 9+2reb+2ast, E.Rockall 8+5reb+8ast
UCC Demons: C.Cuff 21+7reb+5ast, K.Hosford 18+5reb+12ast, A.O'Sullivan 16+4reb+4ast, J.O'Mahony 14+4reb+6ast, D.Bucan 9, L.Colbert 8+14reb+1ast
gschID: 571894


Swords Thunder - Belfast Star 65-58

The biggest surprise took place in Dublin where host Swords Thunder (3-1) beat league's leader Belfast Star (3-1) 65-58 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Belfast Star. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Swords Thunder dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Belfast Star's 32. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Swords Thunder made 9 blocks. American forward Justin Goldsborough (203, college: Lehigh) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Isaac Westbrooks (189-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists. International guard Conor Quinn (185-95, college: Mayville St.) produced 20 points and Clement Kulinicz added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Belfast Star's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Swords Thunder moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Belfast Star. Belfast Star will play next round against Killester trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Swords Thunder will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked KUBS in Greendale.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: C.Quinn 20+3reb+2ast, C.Kulinicz 10+12reb, K.Cairns 9+6reb+2ast, R.Oliver 8+3reb, P.McGaharan 5+2reb+1ast, G.Galvin 2+1reb+1ast
Swords Thunder: J.Goldsborough 20+10reb, I.Westbrooks 12+2reb+11ast, T.Black 11+3reb, O.Dolenko 8+3reb+1ast, C.Coombes 5+2reb+1ast, O.Kerlin 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 571892


Eanna - DCU Saints 95-75

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: Eanna (#7) and DCU Saints (#10). Eanna (2-1) smashed visiting DCU Saints (1-3) by 20 points 95-75. Eanna shot 61.7 percent from the field. Strangely DCU Saints outrebounded Eanna 52-35 including 20 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by American point guard Tamron Manning (193-93, college: Ky Wesleyan) who scored that evening 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Aidan Dunne (198-97) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Eanna players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 32 points and 20 rebounds by American center Dee Proby (208-88, college: Oklahoma City) did not help to save the game for DCU Saints. Martin Neary (198-97) added 15 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. DCU Saints' coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Eanna moved-up to sixth place. DCU Saints at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Eanna's next round opponent will be Moycullen (#7) in Galway. DCU Saints will play on the road against Tralee and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: D.Proby 32+20reb+1ast, M.Neary 15+10reb+1ast, R.Sullivan 6+4reb+1ast, T.Guebali 6+2reb+3ast, C.Gilligan 5+4reb, D.Heaney 4+1reb+1ast
Eanna: T.Manning 31+5reb+4ast, A.Dunne 19+9reb+1ast, N.Lynch 16+7reb+5ast, G.Garcia Nivar 10+4reb+1ast, C.Gallagher 7+3reb+1ast, C.White 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 571893


Templeogue - UCD Marian 72-78

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Dublin: UCD Marian (#2) and Templeogue (#9). Despite it looked like an easy game for UCD Marian, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host Templeogue challenged much higher ranked UCD Marian giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by six points 78-72. UCD Marian outrebounded Templeogue 49-37 including 34 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UCD Marian made 7 blocks. American guard Mike Garrow (193-91, college: E.Connecticut) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Spanish forward Jordi Vall-Llobera (193-83) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds and international forward Neil Randolph (196, college: Elmira) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. UCD Marian have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Templeogue lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with three games lost. UCD Marian will face bottom-ranked Maree (#12) in Galway in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Templeogue will play at home against UCC Demons and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Templeogue: N.Randolph 18+5reb+2ast, J.Killeen 14+18reb+2ast, M.Bonaparte 13+2reb+6ast, L.Thompson 9+1reb, S.James 8+6reb+6ast, L.Murphy 6+2reb+2ast
UCD Marian: M.Garrow 18+13reb+1ast, J.Vall-Llobera 13+7reb+5ast, C.Meany 11+2reb+3ast, M.Markowicz 9+6reb+1ast, N.Baynes 8+1reb+1ast, D.James 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 571895


Tralee - Moycullen 73-70

Important game to mention about took place in Tralee. Sixth ranked Tralee (3-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Moycullen (2-2) 73-70 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tralee have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Moycullen at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Tralee will play against DCU Saints (#10) in Dublin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Moycullen will play at home against Eanna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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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 


Pacers top Israel's Maccabi Haifa 108-89 in preseason matchup - by Eurobasket News

Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) received a roaring ovation in his home debut with the Indiana Pacers. Then he gave everyone something to really cheer Tuesday night. Oladipo scored 13 points in the first quarter, making three 3-pointers, and gave Indiana the spark it needed in the third quarter to help the Pacers pull away from Maccabi Haifa 108-89. He finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes. 'It was good to play in front of the home crowd, be on our home floor and get familiar with everything,' Oladipo said. 'It's great to be in this locker room, great to play with these guys.' And the fans enjoyed seeing the former Indiana Hoosiers' star get back to his old form. He drew fouls on drives. He made free throws. He made defensive plays, and, of course, he energized the team in its final preseason game. Before the start, coach Nate McMillan told reporters he was fine-tuning his lineups and rotations for next week's season opener. But when Myles Turner (6'11''-C/F-96, college: Texas) picked up his second foul less than five minutes into the game, Oladipo swung into action. He spurred a 15-3 run that gave Indiana a 29-14 lead late in the first quarter. And after watching a 23-point lead cut to three in the third quarter, Oladipo did it again. His steal and outlet pass to Turner on a fast break started a 16-3 spurt that included another Oladipo assist and a 3-pointer that made it a double-digit lead. When the spurt ended, Indiana led 82-66 and Maccabi Haifa didn't get closer than 11 the rest of the way. Former NBA player Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 16 points to lead Maccabi. 'First of all, when you play an NBA team you pray - that is the game plan,' coach Offer Rahimi said. 'Seriously, I tried. I tried a lot of lineups.'
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



Israeli Winner League round 1 best performance: Tyler Stone - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Tyler Stone (203-PF-91, agency: Diamond Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Galil Gilboa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi Ashdod (#12, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 84-77. Galil Gilboa is placed at 2nd position in Israeli Winner League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Galil Gilboa 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 Stone had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. Former Southeast Missouri State University star has very solid stats this year. Stone is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.0rpg), assists (5th best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 4.0spg and 63.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Maccabi Ashdod. Lee had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi Ashdod lost that game 77-84 to Galil Gilboa (1-0). 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. Lee is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#9). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Maccabi Ashdod's star - American forward David Laury (206-F/C-90). Laury scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Laury's great performance Maccabi Ashdod lost 77-84 to Galil Gilboa (#2, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The season just started for Laury 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. DAngelo Harrison (193-SG-93) of Galil Gilboa - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Shawn Dawson (198-G/F-93) of Bnei Hertzeliya - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jeff Allen (201-C/F-87) of Hapoel T-A - 12 points and 9 rebounds
7. Sek Henry (193-G-87) of Maccabi Ashdod - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Joe Alexander (203-F-86) of Hapoel Holon - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87) of Hapoel J-M - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) of Hapoel T-A - 14 points and 15 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)



Winner League Round 1: Hapoel Eilat lose to Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Winner League just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hapoel Eilat (0-1) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Maccabi T-A (1-0) 82-68. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maccabi T-A outrebounded Hapoel Eilat 44-30 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Australian power forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Jordan Loyd (193-93, college: Indianapolis) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A is looking forward to face Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Eilat will play on the road against Hapoel Holon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Hapoel Jerusalem's (#5) 76-68 road victory against Ironi Nahariya. Americans were the main players on the court. Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) nailed 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Curtis Jerrells accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Fotis Katsikaris allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Maccabi Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Nahariya will play at home against Hapoel Tel-Aviv to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Tel-Aviv between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (1-0) got a very close home victory over Hapoel Holon (0-1). Hapoel Tel-Aviv managed to escape with a 3-point win 81-78 on Sunday evening. Tomer Ginat fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Joe Alexander produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet Ironi Nahariya (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Holon will play against Hapoel Eilat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 1 Maccabi Ashdod lost to Galil Gilboa on the opponent's court 77-84. Bnei Hertzeliya managed to outperform Ironi Nes-Ziona in a home game 72-58.

Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi T-A 68-82

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hapoel Eilat (0-1) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Maccabi T-A (1-0) 82-68. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maccabi T-A outrebounded Hapoel Eilat 44-30 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Australian power forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. DiBartolomeo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American guard Jordan Loyd (193-93, college: Indianapolis) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A is looking forward to face Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Eilat will play on the road against Hapoel Holon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Thomas 16+3reb, J.DiBartolomeo 14+5reb+3ast, A.Parakhouski 9+1reb, P.Jackson 9+3reb+6ast, Y.Zoosman 8+3reb, J.Bolden 8+11reb
Hapoel Eilat: A.Nissim 12+1reb+4ast, A.Simhon 10+1reb+2ast, M.Rosario 10+3reb, J.Loyd 10+6reb+4ast, A.Tucker 9+6reb+1ast, D.Bowles 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 562685


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 84-77

Galil Gilboa used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Ashdod 84-77 on Monday night. Strangely Maccabi Ashdod outrebounded Galil Gilboa 50-26 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. His fellow American import DAngelo Harrison (193-93, college: St.John's, agency: 3Eye) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and American-Finnish center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Galil Gilboa will meet Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Maccabi Haifa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: T.Stone 18+10reb+5ast, D.Harrison 17+5reb+5ast, J.Shuchman 15+1reb+3ast, J.Brown 11+1reb+4ast, B.Altit 9+2reb, E.Skverer 8+1reb+4ast
Maccabi Ashdod: D.Laury 19+13reb+3ast, S.Henry 17+3reb+6ast, G.Lee 15+12reb+1ast, C.Long 10+4reb+1ast, T.Warech 7+6reb+1ast, A.Chubrevich 6+2reb
gschID: 562684


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Holon 81-78

A very close game took place in Tel-Aviv between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (1-0) got a very close home victory over Hapoel Holon (0-1). Hapoel Tel-Aviv managed to escape with a 3-point win 81-78 on Sunday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv had a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. International Tomer Ginat (202-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Tu Holloway (183-89, college: Xavier) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet Ironi Nahariya (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Holon will play against Hapoel Eilat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: T.McKee 16+3reb+2ast, T.Ginat 14+15reb, R.Limonad 12+1reb+2ast, J.Allen 12+9reb+1ast, A.Banks 9+4reb+1ast, M.Howard 7+5reb+2ast
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 15+1reb+5ast, J.Alexander 14+11reb+3ast, C.Walden 11+3reb+1ast, G.Pnini 11+4reb+1ast, T.Blatt 10+2reb+3ast, T.Thomas 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 562686


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel J-M 68-76

Very significant was Hapoel Jerusalem's (#5) 76-68 road victory against Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Nahariya was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 45-30 second half run of Hapoel Jerusalem. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) nailed 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Fotis Katsikaris allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Maccabi Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Nahariya will play at home against Hapoel Tel-Aviv to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Dyson 14+6reb+2ast, A.Daye 14+4reb, C.Jerrells 13+3reb+4ast, Y.Ohayon 8+4reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 7+2reb+1ast, A.Omic 6+3reb
Ironi Nahariya: D.Livingston 14+8reb+1ast, C.Webster 14+2reb+1ast, A.Young 13+6reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 9+4reb+2ast, I.Ziv 8+5reb+8ast, I.Nesterenko 6+4reb
gschID: 562687


Bnei Hertzeliya - Ironi Nes-Ziona 72-58

Bnei Hasharon used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Nes Ziyona 72-58 on Sunday night. The former international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93) fired 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-Montenegrin forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bnei Hasharon will meet Maccabi T-A (#5) in the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Galil Gilboa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliya: S.Dawson 17+8reb+3ast, J.Adrien 13+5reb, T.Maayan 12+8reb+2ast, H.Kanacevic 8+12reb+4ast, D.Archie 7+3reb+1ast, T.Green 5+1reb+5ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: E.Kadir 12+10reb+1ast, G.Browne 10+7reb+3ast, T.Zanna 9+5reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 7+6reb+1ast, J.Johnson 6+2reb+1ast, N.Sharon 4+2reb
gschID: 562683





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Serie B Round 2: Cecina overcome Piombino - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Serie B. The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of Piombino (1-1) on the court of Cecina on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Cecina 62-61. 25 personal fouls committed by Piombino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Davide Liberati (190-91, agency: Players Group) saved the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Edoardo Fontana (193-98) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Piombino. Cecina is looking forward to face Libertas (#14) in Livorno in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Piombino will play at home against Varese Robur (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Firenze All Foods (2-0) which played on the court of San Miniato (1-1). Firenze All Foods had an easy win 83-71. Guard Simone Berti (196-85) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Salvatore Genovese chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Roberto Bertolini (198-86, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 17 points. San Miniato's coach Federico Barsotti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Firenze All Foods will play against Omnia Basket (#10) in Pavia in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Miniato will play on the road against LTC Sangiorg. (#5) in San Giorgio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also tough home loss of Pescara in a game versus undefeated San Severo (#8) 71-65. Massimo Rezzano notched 29 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Andrea Capitanelli did not help to save the game for Pescara. San Severo will meet Campli on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pescara will play against Ortona (#9) and hope to win that game.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Campli (2-0) over Perugia (1-1) 98-92. The best player for the winners was Gianluca Di-Carmine who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Perugia's coach Filippo Fiorucci tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Campli's next round opponent will be San Severo (#4) at home. Perugia will play against Nardo and hope to win that game.
And finally the game worth to mention about is Roma Luiss' win against Sestu 70-66. Eugenio Beretta orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Roma Luiss' coach Andrea Paccarie used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Roma Luiss will face Cassino (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Sestu will play against Scauri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 2:
In B Montecatini was beaten by Omnia Basket on the road 88-83. Valsesia destroyed Alba on its own court 87-66. Super Flavor M. outscored Moncalieri in Milano 88-68. Omegna managed to beat LTC Sangiorg. at home 79-67. Winless Oleggio lost to undefeated USE Basket on the opponent's court 62-72. Varese Robur beat Libertas in a home game 98-85. Forli Tigers lost to undefeated Padova on the road 76-83. Faenza outscored Reggio Emilia on its own court 84-54. Crema managed to beat Desio in a road game 59-56. Lecco crushed Piacenza at home 95-73. Rimini lost to undefeated Vicenza on the opponent's court 70-85. Winless Volpino lost to undefeated Cento in a home game 81-90. Olginate unfortunately lost to Bernareggio on the road 72-74. Lugo rolled over Palermo GB on its own court 97-72. Matera defeated Nardo in a road game 76-73. Teramo smashed Recanati at home 89-67. Bisceglie won against Civitanova on the opponent's court 67-63. Winless Senigallia lost to undefeated Porto S.Elpidio in a home game 60-68. Winless Fabriano was rolled over Ortona on the road 66-96. Winless Cerignola Udas lost to undefeated Giulianova on its own court 60-69. Winless Isernia were smashed by Palestrina in Roma 73-95. Barcellona destroyed Valmontone at home 84-65. Salerno managed to outperform Venafro on the opponent's court 81-76. Winless Battipaglia lost to undefeated Scauri in a home game 61-75. Winless Roma Tiber was defeated by Capo d'Orlando on the road 62-76. Cassino beat Catanzaro on its own court 76-61. Roma S.Azzurra destroyed Patti in a road game 83-61.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 15 points and 12 rebounds by Davide Serino of Scauri.

Group A
Cecina - Piombino 62-61

The most surprising game was a loss of Piombino (1-1) on the court of Cecina on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Cecina 62-61. 25 personal fouls committed by Piombino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Davide Liberati (190-91, agency: Players Group) saved the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Edoardo Fontana (193-98) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Alessio Iardella (188-88, agency: Players Group) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Piombino. Cecina is looking forward to face Libertas (#14) in Livorno in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Piombino will play at home against Varese Robur (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Piombino: A.Iardella 17+5reb+2ast, E.Fontana 15+10reb+2ast, E.Persico 10+4reb+1ast, D.Malbasa 6+6reb+1ast, E.Pedroni 4+2reb+1ast, A.Procacci 4+2reb+3ast
Cecina: D.Liberati 16+5reb+1ast, M.Gigena 14+3reb+1ast, A.Spera 7+6reb, L.Salvadori 7+8reb, G.Biancani 6+2reb+1ast, L.Turini 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 556529


Omnia Basket - Montecatini 88-83

There was a surprise result when Omnia Basket (1-1) beat Montecatiniterme (1-1) in Pavia 88-83 on Sunday. It was a great shooting night for Omnia Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Forward Matteo Samoggia (200-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Swingman Saverio Mazzantini (195-95, agency: Players Group) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Giorgio Artioli (200-95, agency: Players Group) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and center Lorenzo Galmarini (200-95) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Montecatiniterme. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Omnia Basket will face Firenze All Foods on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Montecatiniterme will play against Valsesia (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montecatini: L.Galmarini 19+6reb, S.Centanni 14+1reb+5ast, G.Artioli 13+9reb+3ast, A.Bolis 12+1reb+1ast, F.Galli 8+1reb, M.Petrucci 5+3reb+3ast
Omnia Basket: M.Samoggia 20+2reb+2ast, T.De Min 15+4reb+4ast, S.Mazzantini 15+6reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 12+9reb+2ast, M.Squeo 10+5reb, D.Manuelli 8+3ast
gschID: 556531


San Miniato - Firenze All Foods 71-83

Another interesting game for Firenze All Foods (2-0) which played on the court of San Miniato (1-1). Firenze All Foods had an easy win 83-71. Guard Simone Berti (196-85) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Salvatore Genovese (200-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Roberto Bertolini (198-86, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 17 points and guard Tommaso Tempestini (180-87, agency: Players Group) scored 8 points and 5 assists. Five Firenze All Foods and four San Miniato players scored in double figures. San Miniato's coach Federico Barsotti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Firenze All Foods will play against Omnia Basket (#10) in Pavia in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Miniato will play on the road against LTC Sangiorg. (#5) in San Giorgio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Miniato: R.Bertolini 17+2reb+1ast, A.Chiriatti 12, O.Giacomelli 10+4reb, F.Nasello 10+2reb+1ast, T.Tempestini 8+3reb+5ast, A.Zita 7+3reb+1ast
Firenze All Foods: S.Genovese 20+5reb, J.Lucarelli 19+3reb, S.Berti 14+11reb+1ast, B.Ondo Mengue 13+1reb, H.Erkmaa 10+1reb, D.Banti 5+2reb
gschID: 556530


Valsesia - Alba 87-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Alba's (0-2) road loss to Valsesia (2-0) 66-87 on Sunday. Guard Nicolo Gatti (196-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Bosnian forward Adem Catakovic (201-96) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Santiago Boffelli (195-83) replied with 17 points and power forward Paolo Gallo (200-90) added 12 points in the effort for Alba. Both teams had four players each who 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. Valsesia will face Montecatiniterme (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alba will play against Omegna and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alba: S.Boffelli 17+3reb+3ast, P.Gallo 12+4reb, C.Maino 12+1ast, L.Dello Iacovo 10+1reb+5ast, R.Draghici 6+3reb, M.Negro 5+4reb+1ast
Valsesia: N.Gatti 21+9reb+5ast, A.Catakovic 21+7reb+1ast, M.Magrini 14+2reb+3ast, R.Quartuccio 11+2reb+3ast, G.Sodero 9+3reb+2ast, M.Gloria 6+4reb
gschID: 556528


Moncalieri - Super Flavor M. 68-88

But Moncalieri was not able to use a home court advantage and was rolled over by the opponent from Milano 88-68 on Saturday night. Super Flavor M. made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Super Flavor M. outrebounded Moncalieri 39-25 including 32 on the defensive glass. Swingman Stefano Laudoni (196-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Super Flavor M. players scored in double figures. Swingman Filippo Creati (194-98) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Guglielmo De-Ros (185-98) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Moncalieri. Super Flavor M. will face USE Basket (#3) in Empoli in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Moncalieri will play on the road against Oleggio (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Moncalieri: G.De Ros 15+6reb+2ast, F.Creati 14+7reb+2ast, E.Enihe 8+4reb, A.Buffo 8+4ast, A.Bianchi 8+2reb+2ast, G.Ianuale 6+2reb+3ast
Super Flavor M.: S.Laudoni 28+11reb+3ast, A.Negri 14+4reb, L.Albique 14+4reb+2ast, G.Eliantonio 13+6reb+3ast, R.Santolamazza 12+10reb+3ast, S.Ferrarese 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 556527


Omegna - LTC Sangiorg. 79-67

Omegna used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from San Giorgio 79-67 on Saturday night. Omegna made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game, while LTC Sangiorg. only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded LTC Sangiorg. 38-25 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. LTC Sangiorg. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Point guard Francesco Villa (182-97, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Point guard Andrea Tassinari (188-96, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 19 points and 5 assists and forward Sebastiano Bianchi (195-92) added 20 points in the effort for LTC Sangiorg.LTC Sangiorg.'s coach Daniele Quilici let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Omegna will face Alba (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. LTC Sangiorg. will play against San Miniato (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
LTC Sangiorg.: S.Bianchi 20+4reb+1ast, A.Tassinari 19+2reb+5ast, L.Falconi 13+1reb+3ast, L.Antonietti 7+1reb+1ast, F.Rossi 5+5reb+1ast, G.Scali 2+1reb+1ast
Omegna: A.Simoncelli 26+2reb+5ast, F.Villa 15+1reb+6ast, M.Dip 12+6reb+1ast, K.Brigato 7+5reb, N.Benedusi 6+4reb, M.Di Pizzo 6+1reb
gschID: 556526


USE Basket - Oleggio 72-62

Everything went according to plan when USE Basket (2-0) defeated Oleggio (0-2) in Empoli 72-62 on Saturday. Oleggio was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Gabriele Giarelli (200-93, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Filippo Giannini (184-91) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Alessandro Spatti (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Dominican guard Shaquille Hidalgo (188-94) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Oleggio. Oleggio's coach Franco Passera let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. USE Basket will face Super Flavor M. (#9) in Milano in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oleggio will play at home against Moncalieri (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oleggio: A.Spatti 20+9reb, E.Gallazzi 11+4reb+2ast, S.Hidalgo 10+10reb+8ast, S.Colombo 6+1reb, M.Lo Biondo 5+10reb, M.Calzavara 5+2reb
USE Basket: G.Giarelli 14+6reb+4ast, F.Giannini 14+5reb+1ast, S.Poti 14+2reb+1ast, D.Sesoldi 9+5reb, V.Marsili 6+4reb, G.Terrosi 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 556525


Varese Robur - Libertas 98-85

Varese Robur used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Livorno 98-85 on Saturday night. Varese Robur shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Point guard Giacomo Bloise (179-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 4 assists (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Corrado Bianconi (202-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Giacomo DellAgnello (201-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Daniele Mastrangelo (189-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 19 points and 7 assists in the effort for Libertas. Four Varese Robur and five Libertas players scored in double figures. Varese Robur will face Piombino (#6) on the road in the next round. Libertas will play against Cecina (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Libertas: D.Mastrangelo 19+1reb+7ast, G.Dell'Agnello 16+13reb, S.Lasagni 15+1reb+1ast, G.Giorgi 13+2reb, A.Giampaoli 13+5reb+6ast, F.Bastoni 5+2reb+1ast
Varese Robur: G.Bloise 43+3reb+4ast, M.Santambrogio 14+4ast, M.Maruca 12+1reb+4ast, C.Bianconi 10+10reb+3ast, N.Croci 9+5reb+3ast, D.Rosignoli 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 556524


Group B
Padova - Forli Tigers 83-76

Padova used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Forli 83-76 on Sunday night. Padova made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Forli Tigers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Andrea Piazza (188-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Claudio Nobile (206-82, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Padova players scored in double figures. Swingman Christian Villani (198-82, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Antonio De-Fabritiis (188-90) added 13 points in the effort for Forli Tigers. Padova will face Rimini (#5) on the road in the next round. Forli Tigers will play against Lecco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Forli Tigers: C.Villani 16+8reb+1ast, A.De Fabritiis 13+2reb+3ast, F.Papa 10+4reb, G.Carpanzano 10+2reb+1ast, M.Battisti 9+4reb+2ast, A.Cicchetti 7+5reb
Padova: A.Piazza 19+9reb+6ast, F.Schiavon 15+2reb, F.Miaschi 14+2reb+2ast, E.Crosato 12+6reb, C.Nobile 10+7reb+4ast, M.Lazzaro 9+12reb
gschID: 556771


Faenza - Reggio Emilia 84-54

Faenza used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Reggio Emilia 84-54 on Sunday night. Faenza forced 20 Reggio Emilia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Swingman Riccardo Iattoni (198-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Point guard Mattia Venucci (188-90) contributed with 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Faenza players scored in double figures. Point guard Leonardo Malagutti (180-95) replied with 14 points and power forward Massimo Farioli (204-77, agency: Octagon Europe) added 7 points and 7 assists in the effort for Reggio Emilia. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Faenza will face Palermo GB (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Reggio Emilia will play against Tessilform Bernareggio and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Reggio Emilia: L.Malagutti 14+3reb+2ast, E.Germani 10+4reb+1ast, E.Verrigni 8+8reb, M.Farioli 7+3reb+7ast, F.Pugi 6+3reb, M.Motta 5+5reb+3ast
Faenza: R.Iattoni 20+4reb+2ast, M.Venucci 18+2reb+6ast, M.Perin 12+3reb+3ast, G.Chiappelli 10+7reb+4ast, L.Brighi 7+3ast, S.Aromando 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 556770


Desio - Crema 56-59

Very predictable result when Crema (2-0) edged on the road Desio (0-2) 59-56 on Sunday. Point guard Francesco Paolin (190-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Andrea Dagnello (189-91) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Crema players scored in double figures. Naturalized American swingman Xavier Brown (196-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency) replied with 11 points and 6 assists and point guard Carlo Fumagalli (188-96) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Desio. Crema will face Lugo (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Desio will play against Cento and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Desio: C.Fumagalli 11+4reb+4ast, X.Brown 11+3reb+6ast, S.Casati 9+3reb+1ast, S.Fiorito 8+5reb, A.Mazzoleni 7+5reb+2ast, D.Perez 4+6reb+2ast
Crema: A.Dagnello 19, F.Paolin 13+9reb+3ast, M.Molteni 12+3reb+2ast, G.Poggi 11+7reb+1ast, M.Peroni 2+3reb+3ast, E.Amanti 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 556768


Lecco - Piacenza 95-73

There was a minor upset when Piacenza (1-1) was outscored on the road by Lecco (1-1) 95-73 on Sunday. Lecco outrebounded Piacenza 42-24 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Lecco looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Piacenza's players. Power forward Gaetano Spera (210-93, college: St.Peter's, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Daniele Quartieri (192-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 16 points and 9 assists for the winners. Five Lecco players scored in double figures. Lecco's coach Massimo Meneguzzo felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (200-89, agency: Players Group) replied with 23 points and the former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-77, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Piacenza. Lecco will face Forli Tigers (#9) on the road in the next round. Piacenza will play against Volpino (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: R.Pederzini 23+3reb+1ast, R.Rombaldoni 15+3reb+5ast, N.Stanic 9+6reb+4ast, D.Birindelli 9+4reb+2ast, S.Bruno 7+5reb+3ast, R.Perego 7+3reb+2ast
Lecco: M.Fabi 16+5reb+2ast, D.Quartieri 16+1reb+9ast, A.Maccaferri 15+2reb+9ast, A.Cacace 13+5reb+1ast, J.Balanzoni 12+7reb+5ast, G.Spera 11+13reb+3ast
gschID: 556767


Vicenza - Rimini 85-70

Vicenza used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Rimini 85-70 on Sunday night. They outrebounded Rimini 43-30 including 34 on the defensive glass. Vicenza looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Rimini's players. Naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (203-86, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Argentinian guard Ariel Svoboda (193-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Vicenza players scored in double figures. Guard Paolo Busetto (192-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Joel Myers (185-95) added 20 points in the effort for Rimini. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vicenza will face Olginate (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Rimini will play against Padova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rimini: J.Myers 20+3reb, P.Busetto 11+11reb+6ast, G.Signorini 11, F.Foiera 7+9reb+1ast, A.Sipala 7, B.Mladenov 5+1reb+1ast
Vicenza: D.Corral 25+10reb+3ast, A.Svoboda 18+7reb+3ast, E.Chinellato 11+8reb+3ast, A.Campiello 10+6reb+4ast, D.Demartini 8+8reb+10ast, P.Montanari 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 556766


Volpino - Cento 81-90

There was no surprise when Volpino (0-2) lost at home to Cento (2-0) 90-81 on Sunday. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Volpino was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Giorgio Piunti (205-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Argentinian guard Adrian Chiera (190-94, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Edoardo Caversazio (199-96) replied with 16 points and 5 assists and power forward Alessio Sabbadini (203-93) added 17 points in the effort for Volpino. Five Cento and four Volpino players scored in double figures. Cento will face Desio (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Volpino will play against Piacenza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Volpino: A.Sabbadini 17+4reb, E.Caversazio 16+3reb+5ast, G.Conte 13+1ast, M.Borghetti 11+2reb+2ast, K.Cusenza 10+8reb+2ast, M.Coltro 7+2reb+1ast
Cento: A.Chiera 22+6reb+1ast, G.Piunti 21+10reb+4ast, M.Benfatto 14+4reb+2ast, C.Cantone 14+2reb+7ast, S.Vico 10+2reb+4ast, M.Pasqualin 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 556769


Bernareggio - Olginate 74-72

There was a surprise result when Tessilform Bernareggio (1-1) edged at home Olginate (1-1) 74-72 on Saturday. Point guard Federico De-Bettin (180-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Center Davide Bossola (200-90) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Tessilform Bernareggio's coach Marco Cardani used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Davide Todeschini (190-93) replied with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Marco Planezio (198-91, agency: Players Group) added 16 points in the effort for Olginate. Tessilform Bernareggio will face Reggio Emilia (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olginate will play against Vicenza (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olginate: D.Todeschini 20+2reb+2ast, M.Planezio 16+4reb+3ast, M.Tagliabue 9+6reb+1ast, A.Bassani 8+8reb, P.Colnago 7, G.Siberna 4+5reb+1ast
Bernareggio: F.De Bettin 17+6ast, D.Bossola 14+5reb, S.Vecerina 11+5ast, E.Ruiu 8+5reb+2ast, G.Baldini 8+6reb+1ast, G.Bortolani 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 556764


Lugo - Palermo GB 97-72

Lugo used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Palermo 97-72 on Saturday night. Lugo dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Palermo GB's 22 and made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while Palermo GB only scored five points from the stripe. Palermo GB was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Matteo Seravalli (184-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line !!!). Power forward Giacomo Filippini (204-91) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Daro Gullo (185-86) replied with 19 points and guard Michele Venturelli (190-82) added 17 points in the effort for Palermo GB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lugo will face Crema on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Palermo GB will play against Faenza (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Palermo GB: D.Gullo 19+3reb+1ast, M.Venturelli 17+2reb+3ast, G.Lombardo 16+2reb+2ast, A.Lombardo 8+8reb, G.Trevisano 5+7reb, E.Nicosia 3+1ast
Lugo: M.Seravalli 27+6reb+8ast, G.Filippini 16+8reb, T.Tinsley 10+3reb+3ast, M.Rubbini 9+1reb+2ast, S.Moretti 9+6reb+1ast, T.Gatto 8+3reb
gschID: 556765


Group C
Nardo - Matera 73-76

But Nardo was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Matera 76-73 on Sunday night. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Ignacio Ochoa (202-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Leonardo Battistini (198-95) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Stefano Provenzano (195-86) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Alessandro Poti (192-91) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Nardo. Four Nardo players scored in double figures. Matera will face Civitanova (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Nardo will play against Perugia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nardo: S.Provenzano 20+6reb+2ast, A.Poti 14+6reb+2ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 13+4reb+3ast, F.Ingrosso 13+4reb+2ast, F.Luis Marengo 7+6reb+1ast, V.Polonara 4+8reb+3ast
Matera: L.Battistini 22+5reb+2ast, I.Ochoa 20+9reb+1ast, M.Cozzoli 10+2reb+4ast, M.Di Marco 9+2reb+4ast, L.Varaschin 6+2reb, A.Marra 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 557010


Pescara - San Severo 65-71

An interesting game was also tough home loss of Pescara in a game versus undefeated San Severo (#8) 71-65. The former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (205-82, agency: SPORTlab Agency) notched 29 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Ivan Scarponi (198-86, agency: Players Group) supported him with 19 points. Even a double-double of 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by center Andrea Capitanelli (208-86) did not help to save the game for Pescara. Forward Mathias Drigo (203-89, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. San Severo will meet Campli on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pescara will play against Ortona (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pescara: L.Bedetti 18+5reb+2ast, A.Capitanelli 15+12reb+5ast, M.Drigo 14+9reb+2ast, M.Caverni 8+5reb+7ast, E.Leonzio 7+3reb+3ast, M.Bini 3
San Severo: M.Rezzano 29+7reb+2ast, I.Scarponi 19+4reb, L.Ciribeni 8+8reb+6ast, E.Di Donato 7+11reb+3ast, R.Bottioni 6+5reb+2ast, R.Malagoli 2+1ast
gschID: 557009


Teramo - Recanati 89-67

There was a minor upset when Recanati (1-1) was outscored on the road by Teramo (1-1) 89-67 on Sunday. Teramo outrebounded Recanati 35-16 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Teramo looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Swingman Valerio Staffieri (196-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Serbian power forward Bogdan Milojevic (200-98) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Yande Fall (203-90, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 10 points and 8 rebounds and guard Vincenzo Di-Viccaro (192-84) added 17 points in the effort for Recanati. Five Teramo and four Recanati players scored in double figures. Teramo will face Senigallia (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Recanati will play against Cerignola Udas (#13) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the Serie A2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Recanati: V.Di Viccaro 17+1reb+1ast, A.Pierini 12+3reb, F.Guarino 10+1reb+7ast, Y.Fall 10+8reb+2ast, G.Gurini 7+1reb, D.Raponi 7+2reb+1ast
Teramo: V.Staffieri 29+4reb+1ast, G.Cicognani 19+6reb, B.Milojevic 12+12reb+5ast, L.Nolli 11+3reb, S.Salamina 11+2reb+9ast, A.LaGioia 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 557008


Perugia - Campli 92-98

We should not miss anothera road victory of Campli (2-0) over Perugia (1-1) 98-92. The best player for the winners was power forward Gianluca Di-Carmine (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Luca Bolletta (198-91) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Joseph Mobio (199-97) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and Umberto Meschini (188-94) added 26 points and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perugia's coach Filippo Fiorucci tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Campli's next round opponent will be San Severo (#4) at home. Perugia will play against Nardo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perugia: U.Meschini 26+3reb+2ast, J.Mobio 20+14reb+2ast, F.Meccoli Matejca 12+1reb+3ast, A.Panzieri 11+9reb+2ast, E.Casuscelli 8+4reb+6ast, L.Petrosino 6+3reb+1ast
Campli: G.Di Carmine 28+11reb+4ast, D.Petrucci 18+2reb+4ast, L.Bolletta 17+9reb+3ast, G.Cantagalli 12+4reb+1ast, F.Burini 8+4reb+6ast, V.Miglio 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 557007


Civitanova - Bisceglie 63-67

There was a surprise result when Bisceglie (1-1) defeated on the road Civitanova (1-1) 67-63 on Sunday. Power forward Riccardo Antonelli (208-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Diego Terenzi (191-95) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bisceglie's coach Domenico Sorgentone used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Lorenzo Andreani (183-87) replied with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Francesco Amoroso (201-78) added 16 points in the effort for Civitanova. Bisceglie will face Giulianova on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Civitanova will play against Matera and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Civitanova: L.Andreani 23+7reb+6ast, F.Amoroso 16+2reb+2ast, R.Coviello 7+3reb+1ast, A.Cassese 7+1reb, M.Vallasciani 6+3reb+1ast, M.Marinelli 4+5reb
Bisceglie: R.Antonelli 16+12reb+2ast, D.Terenzi 11+7reb+1ast, F.Bedetti 11+6reb, M.Diomede 9+2ast, L.Castelluccia 7+2reb, A.Azzaro 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 557006


Senigallia - Porto S.Elpidio 60-68

There was no surprise when Senigallia (0-2) lost at home to Porto S.Elpidio (2-0) 68-60 on Sunday. Guard Andrea Maggiotto (190-88, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Porto S.Elpidio's coach Massimiliano Domizioli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Lorenzo Tortu (200-92) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Emiliano Paparella (184-83, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 6 assists in the effort for Senigallia. Porto S.Elpidio will face Fabriano (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Senigallia will play against Teramo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Senigallia: L.Tortu 17+8reb+3ast, M.Giacomini 11+1reb+2ast, A.Brighi 10+1reb, M.Bertoni 8+4reb+1ast, E.Paparella 7+3reb+6ast, M.Pierantoni 4+4reb
Porto S.Elpidio: A.Maggiotto 24+10reb+1ast, S.Zanotti 17+5reb+1ast, F.Cinalli 11+2reb+3ast, F.Piccone 5+2ast, N.Balilli 3, A.Navarini 2+10reb+2ast
gschID: 557005


Ortona - Fabriano 96-66

Ortona used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Fabriano 96-66 on Sunday night. Ortona looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Fabriano's players. Point guard Gianluca Marchetti (178-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Swingman Alex Martelli (195-91) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Ortona players scored in double figures. Center Lorenzo Bruno (201-91) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and point guard Fabrizio Gialloreto (187-87) added 20 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Fabriano. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ortona will face Pescara (#8) on the road in the next round. Fabriano will play against Porto S.Elpidio (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fabriano: L.Bruno 23+9reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 20+1reb+3ast, S.De Angelis 13+7reb+1ast, M.Bugionovo 3+3reb+2ast, G.Beltran 3+2reb+1ast, D.Cimarelli 2
Ortona: G.Marchetti 29+4reb+8ast, A.Martelli 17+5reb+5ast, D.Martino 14+8reb+4ast, M.Crusca 13+4reb+6ast, F.Pavicevic 13+6reb+2ast, L.Malfatti 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 557004


Cerignola Udas - Giulianova 60-69

Very expected game when Cerignola Udas (0-2) lost at home to Giulianova (2-0) 69-60 on Sunday. Giulianova shot 70.0 percent from the field and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Point guard Alessandro Banchi (185-98, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Forward Jacopo Preti (200-94) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Forward Gianluca Tredici (198-92) replied with 19 points and point guard Nunzio Sabbatino (188-92, agency: Players Group) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Cerignola Udas. Giulianova will face Bisceglie (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Cerignola Udas will play against Recanati (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cerignola Udas: G.Tredici 19+1reb+1ast, G.Gambarota 9+1reb+1ast, G.Ippedico 9+1ast, N.Sabbatino 8+4ast, A.Iannilli 7+2reb, S.Colonnelli 6+1ast
Giulianova: A.Banchi 25+4reb, A.Ricci 13+2ast, J.Preti 12+1reb+2ast, N.Bastone 9+1ast, D.Tomasello 6+2ast, M.Criconia 4
gschID: 557011


Group D
Palestrina - Isernia 95-73

Palestrina used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Isernia 95-73 on Sunday night. Palestrina made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Isernia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Isernia's players. Isernia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Gianmarco Rossi (182-90) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Palestrina players scored in double figures. Naturalized Albanian power forward Klaudio Patani (197-96) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Andrea Murolo (179-96) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Isernia. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Palestrina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Roma S.Azzurra.
Top scorers:
Isernia: K.Patani 19+9reb+1ast, A.Murolo 16+7reb+3ast, F.Riccio 12+2reb+2ast, F.Smorra 8+1reb+2ast, A.Gaadoudi 8+3reb, A.Razzi 5+7reb+1ast
Palestrina: N.Visnjic 26+15reb+6ast, F.Alessandri 18+1reb+6ast, G.Rossi 14+5reb+6ast, A.Barsanti 13+3reb+2ast, B.Duranti 12+1reb+3ast, D.Molinari 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 557250


Barcellona - Valmontone 84-65

Basket Barcellona used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Valmontone 84-65 on Sunday night. Basket Barcellona dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Valmontone's 26. They outrebounded Valmontone 36-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Giovanni Bruni (185-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Power forward Luigi Brunetti (205-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (208-82, agency: SPORTlab Agency) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) added 17 points in the effort for Valmontone. Basket Barcellona will face Catanzaro (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valmontone will play against Patti (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valmontone: L.Bisconti 22+11reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 17+3reb+3ast, M.Pierangeli 10+2reb+2ast, S.Rischia 7+5reb+1ast, G.Mathlouti 4+2reb+3ast, M.Gentili 2
Barcellona: G.Bruni 22+5reb+10ast, L.Brunetti 17+14reb+2ast, D.Grilli 16+1reb+2ast, M.Teghini 6+2reb+1ast, F.Gay 6+3reb+3ast, F.Stefanini 6+4reb
gschID: 557247


Venafro - Salerno 76-81

Everything went according to plan when Salerno (2-0) defeated on the road Venafro (0-2) 81-76 on Sunday. Salerno made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Power forward Paolo Paci (204-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Onorio Petrazzuoli (193-88) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Power forward Niccolo Rinaldi (199-93) replied with 27 points and naturalized Argentinian power forward Guillermo Laguzzi (204-82) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Venafro. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Salerno will face Capo d'Orlando (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Venafro will play against Battipaglia (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Venafro: N.Rinaldi 27+2reb, G.Laguzzi 14+9reb+4ast, M.Rossi 12+7reb+6ast, G.Moretti 10+5reb+3ast, R.Minchella 6+4reb+3ast, K.Gueye 4+1reb
Salerno: P.Paci 21+4reb+2ast, O.Petrazzuoli 20+5reb+1ast, M.Cucco 13+2reb+2ast, L.Babilodze 11+6reb+2ast, G.Leggio 6+4reb+2ast, R.Bartolozzi 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 557246


Battipaglia - Scauri 61-75

There was no surprise when Battipaglia (0-2) lost at home to Scauri (2-0) 75-61 on Sunday. Forward Davide Serino (199-81) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Vincenzo Provenzani (188-99) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Scauri's coach Renato Sabatino used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Simon Anumba (191-96) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Aldo Filippi (200-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Battipaglia. Scauri will face Sestu (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Battipaglia will play against Venafro and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Battipaglia: S.Anumba 18+9reb+1ast, M.Norcino 11+2reb+3ast, V.Di Capua 9+4reb+4ast, A.Filippi 9+10reb+1ast, V.Visentin 8+5reb, F.Cuccarese 3+4reb
Scauri: D.Serino 15+12reb+1ast, V.Provenzani 13+2reb+1ast, D.Richotti 10+1reb+4ast, R.Marzullo 9+4reb+3ast, S.Manzo 8+1reb+2ast, A.Longobardi 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 557251


Capo d'Orlando - Roma Tiber 76-62

Capo d'Orlando used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Roma 76-62 on Sunday night. Capo d'Orlando made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Strangely Roma Tiber outrebounded Capo d'Orlando 37-22 including a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Jacopo Pozzi (201-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points. Bosnian point guard Amar Balic (180-96) contributed with 10 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Capo d'Orlando players scored in double figures. Power forward Andrea Valentini (199-98, agency: SPORTlab Agency) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Filippo Bertoldo (180-89) added 19 points and 6 assists in the effort for Roma Tiber. Roma Tiber's coach Marco Polidori let to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Capo d'Orlando will face Salerno (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Roma Tiber will play against Isernia (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roma Tiber: A.Valentini 19+11reb, F.Bertoldo 19+4reb+6ast, D.Ricciardi 6+4reb+1ast, A.Moretti 5+1reb+1ast, G.Algeri 4+3reb, F.Padovani 3+3reb
Capo d'Orlando: J.Pozzi 28+3reb+1ast, A.Sorrentino 14+5reb+2ast, D.Paunovic 10+1ast, A.Balic 10+4reb+9ast, R.Marinello 6+7reb+3ast, S.Forte 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 557249


Cassino - Catanzaro 76-61

There was a minor upset when Catanzaro (1-1) lost on the road to Cassino (1-1) 76-61 on Saturday. Cassino outrebounded Catanzaro 34-21 including a 30-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Power forward Biagio Sergio (197-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Lorenzo Panzini (186-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Cassino players scored in double figures. Guard Pasquale Battaglia (188-93) replied with 19 points and Argentinian guard Nicolas Morici (192-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Catanzaro. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cassino will face Roma Luiss on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Catanzaro will play against Basket Barcellona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Catanzaro: P.Battaglia 19+4reb+3ast, N.Morici 12+5reb+1ast, Y.Biordi 11+3reb, T.Di Dio 7+1reb+2ast, T.Pichi 6, L.Calabretta 4+1reb+2ast
Cassino: B.Sergio 19+9reb+2ast, L.Panzini 15+2reb+6ast, E.Damian Cena 11+8reb+1ast, N.Petrucci 10+4reb+1ast, F.De Ninno 9+3reb+6ast, M.Carrizo 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 557244


Sestu - Roma Luiss 66-70

And finally the game worth to mention about is Roma Luiss' win against Sestu 70-66. Roma Luiss looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Eugenio Beretta (208-96) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Leonardo Marcon (190-95) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Roma Luiss' coach Andrea Paccarie used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Romeo Trionfo (197-85, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international Manuel Vanuzzo (203-75) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Sestu. Roma Luiss will face Cassino (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Sestu will play against Scauri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sestu: R.Trionfo 16+8reb+7ast, M.Vanuzzo 14+10reb+2ast, M.Pilo 14+3ast, M.Passaretti 7+2reb, D.Locci 7+2reb+1ast, M.Graviano 6+6reb+8ast
Roma Luiss: E.Beretta 22+9reb+1ast, L.Marcon 18+5reb+5ast, P.De Dominicis 7+3reb+1ast, A.Scuderi 7+8reb+5ast, F.Faragalli Serroni 5+4reb+4ast, F.Veccia 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 557245


Patti - Roma S.Azzurra 61-83

Very predictable result when Roma S.Azzurra (2-0) rolled over on the road Patti (0-2) 83-61 on Sunday. Roma S.Azzurra's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Roma Palestrina.
gschID: 557248





Moore's 29 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Dallas Moore (185-G-94, agency: 3Eye) put on an amazing game in the last round for VL Pesaro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had the game-high 29 points adding four rebounds and three assists for VL Pesaro in his team's victory, helping them to beat Grissin Bon RE (#13, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 102-95. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. VL Pesaro is placed at 9th position in Italian league. VL Pesaro is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Moore had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be VL Pesaro's top player in his first season with the team. University of North Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moore is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.5ppg. Moore is in league's top in assists (4th best: 3.5apg) and averages solid 58.8% FGP and 46.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Emmanuel Omogbo (203-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He is Nigerian-American forward in his first season at VL Pesaro. In the last game Omogbo recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course VL Pesaro cruised to a 102-95 relatively comfortable win over Grissin Bon RE (0-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Omogbo is a newcomer at VL Pesaro and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) of Virtus Bologna (#10). Gentile showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Virtus Bologna, leading his team to a 88-52 easy win against Betaland Cdo (#12, 0-2). Virtus Bologna needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Gentile has a great season in Italy. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of EA7 Armani - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84) of MIA-RO Cantu - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Chane Behanan (198-F-92) of Dolomiti En. TR - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Randy Culpepper (183-PG-89) of MIA-RO Cantu - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Trevor Mbakwe (207-C/F-89) of Fiat TO - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of Scandone AV - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dario Hunt (206-F-89) of Germani BR - 19 points, 3 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)



Best players of Italian Serie A2 round 2 - by Eurobasket News

American A.J. Pacher (208-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Viola RC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Virtus Roma (#16, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 84-83. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings in West. Viola RC is placed at 9th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. Viola RC is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Pacher had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Viola RC's top player in his first season with the team. Wright State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pacher is in league's top in points (9th best: 22.5ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 12.5rpg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Devin Ebanks (206-F-89) of Mens Sana 1871. Ebanks impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Mens Sana 1871 to another comfortable win outscoring Agrigento (1-1) 102-81. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Ebanks is a newcomer at Mens Sana 1871 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 23.5ppg (#6). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Nikolas Raivio (192-SG-86, agency: Pensack Sports) of second-ranked Legnano. Raivio showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Legnano, leading his team to a 85-72 easy win against Cuore Napoli (#14, 0-2). Legnano 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. Raivio also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Raivio has a great season in Italy. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.0apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefano Mancinelli (204-F-83) of F.Kontatto BO - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. LaMarshall Corbett (189-SG-88) of Montegrano - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Hrvoje Vucic (212-C-91) of Cuore Napoli - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86) of Treviso Basket - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Elston Turner (195-G-90) of Mens Sana 1871 - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jamarr Sanders (193-G-88) of Novipiu Casale - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Anthony Miles (185-PG-89) of Givova Scafati - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Guaros add Toure to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Guaros de Lara (LPB) added to their roster experienced 35-year old Ivorian ex-international power forward Herve Toure (205-82). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Toure played last season at Estudiantes Concordia in Argentinian LigaA, but left. In 6 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Chemidor (Superleague) in Iran where in 16 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 8.6rpg (#4 in the league), 1.1spg and 2.2bpg. Toure helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com Iranian Superleague All-Imports Team. He also played that season for Sagesse (Division A) in Lebanese league. In 16 games he had 14.3ppg and 8.6rpg (#4 in the league). Toure was a member of Ivorian Senior National Team back in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Toure's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Toure has played previously professionally in Belgium, Italy (MIA-RO Cantu, Virtus Roma and New Basket Brindisi), Spain (Blancos de Rueda), France (Pau Lacq Orthez, Paris Levallois, Sluc Nancy, Chalon/Saor and JL Bourg) and Iran (Isfahan).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Guaros.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An athletic forward who can play in the 3 and 4 poistions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Japanese B League D3 round 2 best performance: Jordan Faison - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Jordan Faison (201-F-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Tokyo Excel., receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Kagoshima (#8, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-84. Tokyo Excel. maintains the 2nd position in Japanese B League D3. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Tokyo Excel. will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Faison had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tokyo Excel.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former California State Polytechnica Un. Pomona star has very solid stats this year. Faison is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 66.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Brennan McElroy (201-F-91) of league's leader Tokyo HT. McElroy had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Tokyo HT to another comfortable win outscoring Tokyo Cinq R. (0-4) 106-42. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. McElroy is a newcomer at Tokyo HT, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Tokyo Excel.'s star - American forward Justin Herold (203-PF-91). Herold scored 28 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Tokyo Excel., helping his team with a 100-78 easy win against Kagoshima (#8, 0-4). Tokyo Excel. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost game. Herold has a great season in Japan. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 13.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edward Morris (204-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chris Olivier (203-F-92) of Kagoshima - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Joe Wolfinger (216-C-85) of Otsuka A. - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT - 18 points and 10 rebounds
8. Ray Raymond (203-F-84) of Otsuka A. - 29 points and 6 rebounds
9. Wendell Lewis (208-C-89) of Tokyo HT - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Hayate Yamashita (193-F/G-92) of Kagoshima - 17 points, 9 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)



Hawkinson's double-double lands him B League D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Josh Hawkinson (208-F-95) had a great game in the last round for Toyotsu FE and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Ehime OV (#3, 2-2) 94-88. Toyotsu FE is placed at 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Toyotsu FE will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Hawkinson turned to be Toyotsu FE's top player in his first season with the team. Washington State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hawkinson is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.3ppg) and rebounds (4th best: 12.5rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Gunma. He is American center in his first season at Gunma. In the last game Stephan recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Gunma to another comfortable win 93-74 over slightly higher-ranked Aomori Watts (#5, 0-4) being unquestionably team leader. Gunma's 5th position in East has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stephan is a newcomer at Gunma and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.5ppg (#1). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Conor Clifford (213-C-93) of Ehime OV (#3). Clifford scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Clifford's great performance Ehime OV lost 88-94 to #3 ranked Toyotsu FE. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Ehime OV needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in West. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Clifford has a very solid season. In 4 games in Japan he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-G-86) of Fukuoka Rizing - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Gunma - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of Toyotsu FE - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) of Hiroshima D. - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Yamagata - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Kagawa FA - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nigel Spikes (208-C-89) of Akita NH - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivars ZEMITIS
  Memele/B.
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 35
 1. Zemitis, Memele/B.35.0 
 2. Immers, Limbazi31.0 
 3. Smidrins, Saldus26.0 
 4. Berzins, RTU25.0 
 5. Ginters, RSU23.0 
 6. Metra, Jelgava22.0 
 7. Mikulskiy, VeA22.0 
 8. Mednis, Madona21.0 
 9. Pabrieza, Livani21.0 
 10. Savcenko, Kandava20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uldis SLAPJUMS
  Valkas S.
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Slapjums, Valkas S.18.0 
 2. Stikuts, Turiba14.0 
 3. Vikentsyeu, VeA13.0 
 4. Lasmanis, Livani13.0 
 5. Lemanis, LU/BS R.12.0 
 6. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.12.0 
 7. Viksna, Livani12.0 
 8. Hermanis, DSN/.12.0 
 9. Vecens, Valkas SI11.0 
 10. Sukteris, Valkas SI11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rolands BRENCS
  Limbazi
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brencs, Limbazi8.0 
 2. Gabrans, Gulbenes.7.3 
 3. Ginters, RSU7.0 
 4. Pabrieza, Livani7.0 
 5. Veinbergs, Limbazi7.0 
 6. Mikulskiy, VeA7.0 
 7. Silavs, Limbazi7.0 
 8. Skipars, RSU6.0 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola6.0 
 10. Buikis, Saldus6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Armands GINTERS
  RSU
  (196-SF-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ginters, RSU5.0 
 2. Immers, Limbazi5.0 
 3. Metnieks, Saldus4.0 
 4. Smidrins, Saldus4.0 
 5. Grabovskis, RTU4.0 
 6. Jekabsons, Ogre/Kum.4.0 
 7. Berkolds, Ogre/Kum.4.0 
 8. Berzins, VeA4.0 
 9. Kapostins, Riga/Rid.4.0 
 10. Mikulskiy, VeA4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Janis LICITIS
  Saldus
  (200-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Licitis, Saldus2.0 
 2. Jekabsons, Ogre/Kum.2.0 
 3. Steinbergs, Ogre/Kum.2.0 
 4. Hermanis, DSN/.2.0 
 5. Rozitis, Jelgava2.0 
 6. Engers, ViA1.5 
 7. Snipke, LU/BS R.1.5 
 8. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki1.3 
 9. Saknitis, Kekava1.0 
 10. Mikulskiy, VeA1.0 


Jakovics' 17 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ventspils and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had the game-high 17 points adding three rebounds for Ventspils in his team's victory, helping them to beat Jurmala (#7, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-70. It allowed Ventspils to take over top position in the Latvian league. The season is still on an early stage, but Ventspils already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Jakovics' second year at Ventspils and it's hard to imagine this team without him. BS Liepajas U16 team graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jakovics is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.0ppg) and averages solid 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Viktors Iljins (212-C-91) of Valmiera. He is a center in his first season at Valmiera. In the last game Iljins recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Valmiera was edged by Betsafe/Liepaja (1-1) 83-81. 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. Iljins is a newcomer at Valmiera and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#4). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Valmiera's star - guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-PG-89, agency: HMS). Kaufmanis showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Kaufmanis' great performance Valmiera lost 81-83 to Betsafe/Liepaja (#5, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Valmiera can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Kaufmanis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kaufmanis has individually a great season in Latvia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (6th best) and assists with 3.8apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Jurmala - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Aigars Skele (192-F-92) of Ventspils - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Edmunds Elksnis (187-G-90) of Valmiera - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Maris Gulbis (200-F-85) of Ventspils - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Blake Hamilton (198-G-94) of Ventspils - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rolands Freimanis (208-PF-88) of VEF Riga - 16 points and 6 rebounds
10. Julius Jucikas (205-C/F-89) of Ventspils - 16 points and 6 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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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Rytis BILIARTAS
  Delikate.
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 23
 1. Biliartas, Delikate.23.0 
 2. Berucka, Perlas19.0 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.17.0 
 4. Kvedaraviciu., Perlas17.0 
 5. Sirvydis, Perlas16.0 
 6. Matutis, Delikatesas14.0 
 7. Stankevicius, Delikate.11.0 
 8. Tubutis, Perlas11.0 
 9. Pilauskas, Perlas10.0 
 10. Kelmelis, Delikatesas8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rytis BILIARTAS
  Delikate.
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Biliartas, Delikate.12.0 
 2. Stankevicius, Delikate.8.0 
 3. Pipiras, Perlas7.0 
 4. Kvedaraviciu., Perlas7.0 
 5. Matutis, Delikatesas5.0 
 6. Pilauskas, Perlas4.0 
 7. Tubutis, Perlas4.0 
 8. Urbonavicius, Delikate.4.0 
 9. Kelmelis, Delikatesas3.0 
 10. Vaiciunas, Perlas2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dominikas MATUTIS
  Delikatesas
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Matutis, Delikatesas6.0 
 2. Zukauskas, Delikate.3.0 
 3. Kvedaraviciu., Perlas3.0 
 4. Giedraitis, Perlas2.0 
 5. Pilauskas, Perlas2.0 
 6. Sirvydis, Perlas2.0 
 7. Berucka, Perlas2.0 
 8. Biliartas, Delikate.2.0 
 9. Kryzius, Delikatesas2.0 
 10. Keliacius, Perlas1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rytis BILIARTAS
  Delikate.
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Biliartas, Delikate.4.0 
 2. Sirvydis, Perlas3.0 
 3. Pilauskas, Perlas2.0 
 4. Berucka, Perlas2.0 
 5. Pipiras, Perlas1.0 
 6. Margis, Delikatesas1.0 
 7. Kvedaraviciu., Perlas1.0 
 8. Matutis, Delikatesas1.0 
 9. Petraitis, Delikate.1.0 
 10. Zukauskas, Delikate.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Benius URBONAVICIUS
  Delikate.
  (201-PF-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Urbonavicius, Delikate.2.0 
 2. Zukauskas, Delikate.1.0 
 3. Tubutis, Perlas1.0 
 4. Stankevicius, Delikate.1.0 
 5. Kryzius, Delikatesas0.0 
 6. Giedraitis, Perlas0.0 
 7. Petraitis, Delikate.0.0 
 8. Biliartas, Delikate.0.0 
 9. Maskolaitis, Perlas0.0 
 10. Berucka, Perlas0.0 


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 3 - by Eurobasket News

American Ryan Harrow (188-G-91, agency: 3Eye) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for P.Zvaigzdes and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding three assists for P.Zvaigzdes in his team's victory, helping them to crush Dzukija (#7, 2-4) with 22-point margin 95-73. P.Zvaigzdes is placed at 5th position in Lithuanian LKL. P.Zvaigzdes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. In the team's last game Harrow had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be P.Zvaigzdes' top player in his first season with the team. Georgia State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harrow is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.8ppg), assists (4th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP and 46.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Arnas Butkevicius (197-SF-92) of second-ranked Neptunas. Butkevicius impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Neptunas lost that game 76-88 to Lietkabelis (6-0). 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. Butkevicius is one of the most experienced players at Neptunas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Malcolm Grant (185-G-88) of Nevezis (#8). Grant scored 25 points and passed five assists. Despite Grant's great performance Nevezis lost 82-85 to Dzukija (#7, 2-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Nevezis can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Grant he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Grant has individually a great season in Lithuania. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.0ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Katin Reinhardt (198-G-93) of Dzukija - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93) of Zalgiris - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Brandon Davies (208-C-91) of Zalgiris - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Donatas Tarolis (202-F-94) of Lietkabelis - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Axel Toupane (197-G/F-92) of Zalgiris - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85) of Neptunas - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  MALAYSIA  


Kelantan Warriors and Bintulu Eagles join forces - by Eurobasket News

Two basketball clubs have joined forces for the Malaysia Pro League (MPL) challenge. The Kelantan Warriors, winners of the now defunct Malaysian National Basketball League in 2013, have teamed up with East Malaysian outfit Bintulu Eagles to form a new team - the PRG Eagles. The Eagles are not just aiming to win the title, they are also in it for the long haul. 'The idea of setting up this club is to take care of the players by signing them on long-term deals thus providing them with stable incomes,' said team owner Datuk Joseph Lee. 'In a way, we are setting up the club in the mould of KL Dragons. "And we're not just looking at the MPL. This is just a stepping stone for us. We are also looking at more tournaments outside the country,' added Joseph. And the Eagles may even become the second Malaysian team in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) alongside Westports Malaysia Dragons. But for now, the team under Filipino coach Britt Renoma, are focused on making a good impression in the MPL. The Eagles are certainly not short of talented players with seasoned national players Chee Kheun Ma (180-G-90), Wei Hong Choo (197-C-92), Shen Hao Yim (185-G-90), Zhi Shin Chin (190-F-87) and Ryan Liaw on their payroll. They have also snapped up several promising youngsters - Heng Yee Tong, Ong Wei Yong, Yek Liang Chuan and Thea Zhong Shin. To beef up the squad they have signed two Americans - forward Shelton Boykin and centre Anthony McClain. The other teams in the MPL are KL Dragons, Farmco TouchUp, Penang Stallions, Verve and Kings Pinas Asia.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



Ex-national skipper Wen Keong to play for PRG Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Cager Wen Keong Tong (180-G-92) has defied all odds to make the PRG Eagles squad to play in the Malaysia Pro League (MPL). The 25-year-old point guard was one of Malaysia's brightest prospects, playing for Westports Malaysia Dragons in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) in 2015. He was also the national team captain for the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. But his career was cut short in a fatal car accident on Oct 11 the same year. The 1.80m tall Wen Keong survived the accident which claimed two lives. But he suffered a serious left elbow fracture and was told by doctors he would not be able to compete at the highest level again. Now two years later, the Johor-born Wen Keong is back on court and ready to impress in the inaugural MPL which tips off on Friday. 'I wanted to be back on court so bad but my elbow injury was quite serious. I couldn't take any chances. But I diligently went through the physiotherapy sessions and managed to play again. 'I'm really excited to be back. And I'm really grateful to the Eagles and the coaches for giving me another chance. I'm not sure if I can ever reach my previous best but I definitely want to help the team as best as I can,' added Wen Keong who is also the Eagles' assistant team manager. There are six teams competing in the one-month MPL. Besides the Eagles, the others are KL Dragons Basketball Academy, Farmco TouchUp, Penang Stallions, Verve Club and King Pinas Asia. The Dragons will take on Farmco in the opening match at the Maba Stadium on Friday. 'This is the inaugural league so there will definitely be some shortcomings. But we hope to keep improving and get the league properly running next year,' said MPL commissioner Sim Sin Heng at the launch of the league yesterday.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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  MEXICO  


Soles welcome back Soto - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) inked 24-year old Puerto Rican guard Joseph Soto (190-93). It is actually his comeback to Soles as he has played here before. Soto played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 40 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 5.2apg. The last season Soto played at Soles where in 26 LNBP games he had 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg.
Soto's team won Mexican LNBP Regular Season in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Colombia (Llaneros) and Mexico (Caballeros de Culiacan).
Soto's game is described as: 6-5 wingspan. 36-inch standing vert.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MITCHELL CUP  


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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  MONTENEGRO  


Ibar Rozaje adds Draskovic to their roster - by Darko Pekic

KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) added to their roster 32-year old center Danilo Draskovic (207-85, agency: BeoExcell) from Jedinstvo. In 23 Erste Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg and 1.1bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Draskovic played at Lucon Basket Club (NM2) in French league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals in 2011. Draskovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Draskovic has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha), Greece (Xanthis), Serbia (Metalac, Atlas, Radnicki KG 06 and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and France (Lorient).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBA  


The Pistons waive Derek Willis - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons released 22-year old international forward Derek Willis (206-93kg-95, college: Kentucky).
Willis has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Kentucky and it is his first season as a pro. Willis' team won SEC Tournament for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017).
He has been a member of USA international program for some years. Willis was called to USA senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team back in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pacers top Israel's Maccabi Haifa 108-89 in preseason matchup - by Eurobasket News

Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) received a roaring ovation in his home debut with the Indiana Pacers. Then he gave everyone something to really cheer Tuesday night. Oladipo scored 13 points in the first quarter, making three 3-pointers, and gave Indiana the spark it needed in the third quarter to help the Pacers pull away from Maccabi Haifa 108-89. He finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes. 'It was good to play in front of the home crowd, be on our home floor and get familiar with everything,' Oladipo said. 'It's great to be in this locker room, great to play with these guys.' And the fans enjoyed seeing the former Indiana Hoosiers' star get back to his old form. He drew fouls on drives. He made free throws. He made defensive plays, and, of course, he energized the team in its final preseason game. Before the start, coach Nate McMillan told reporters he was fine-tuning his lineups and rotations for next week's season opener. But when Myles Turner (6'11''-C/F-96, college: Texas) picked up his second foul less than five minutes into the game, Oladipo swung into action. He spurred a 15-3 run that gave Indiana a 29-14 lead late in the first quarter. And after watching a 23-point lead cut to three in the third quarter, Oladipo did it again. His steal and outlet pass to Turner on a fast break started a 16-3 spurt that included another Oladipo assist and a 3-pointer that made it a double-digit lead. When the spurt ended, Indiana led 82-66 and Maccabi Haifa didn't get closer than 11 the rest of the way. Former NBA player Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 16 points to lead Maccabi. 'First of all, when you play an NBA team you pray - that is the game plan,' coach Offer Rahimi said. 'Seriously, I tried. I tried a lot of lineups.'
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Jazz finish preseason unbeaten with 105-99 victory over Lakers - by Eurobasket News

The Utah Jazz wrapped up a perfect preseason with a 105-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, as Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) led the way with 29 points on 10 of 12 shooting to along with 13 rebounds. Rookie Donovan Mitchell (6'3''-G-96, college: Louisville) had a career-high 26 points off the bench, making 10 of 20 shots. Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) scored 22 points and 6 assists, as the Jazz wrapped up the preseason with a record of 5-0. Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) and Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) each added 10 points for the Jazz, who shot 46 percent from the floor. With Rodney Hood (6'8''-F-92, college: Duke) only playing four minutes because of a minor neck injury, Mitchell picked up the scoring slack. The Jazz defense forced 18 turnovers and held the Lakers to 44 percent shooting from the field. Former University of Utah star Kyle Kuzma (6'9''-F-95, college: Utah) led the Lakers with 18 points. The Jazz finish the preseason with a perfect 5-0 record, including victories over the Sydney Kings and Maccabi Haifa. The Jazz will begin the regular season Wednesday, October 18th at home against Denver.
Courtesy of: good4utah.com



The Pistons let Nnoko go - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons cut 23-year old Cameroonian center Landry Nnoko (208-114kg-94, college: Clemson).
The last season Nnoko played at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 30 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 7.1rpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Nnoko received ACC All-Defensive Team award in 2016 at his college time. Nnoko was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played also professionally in .
Nnoko attended Clemson University until 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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Stockton comes back to the Kings - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old point guard David Stockton (180-75kg-91, college: Gonzaga). It is actually his comeback to the Kings as he has played here before. Stockton played most recently at Reno Bighorns. He managed to play in five leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 15 NBA G League games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg. Stockton also played that season for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL where in 10 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.2apg. The other team Stockton played shortly was Cedevita in Croatian A1. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In four A1 games he had 13.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.0apg and 2.8spg. Stockton also played 2 games in Eurocup where he got 5.5ppg and 1.5apg. He also played 6 games in ABA League where he got 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg.
Stockton has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2014 Maine Red Claws selected him in third round (40th overall) in the D-League draft.
He attended Gonzaga University and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Stockton won D-League West Division championship title in 2016. He received also USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 2nd Team award in 2015.
Stockton has played previously for Washington Wizards.

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Reggie Hearn signs at the Kings - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) landed 26-year old international guard Reggie Hearn (193-95kg-91, college: Northwestern). He has played for the last two years at Reno Bighorns. In 42 NBA G League games he averaged 13.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Hearn has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2013 Idaho Stampede selected him in sixth round (89th overall) in the D-League draft.
He attended Northwestern University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Hearn won D-League West Division championship title in 2016. He was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
Hearn has played previously professionally in other NBA G League teams (Salt Lake City Stars and Westchester Knicks) and CBA (Fort Wayne Flite).

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The Kings released Marcus Williams - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) released 32-year old guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut).
Part of last season Williams spent at Cholet Basket in French ProA where in 9 games he had 8.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg. He also played that season for Buducnost in Montenegrin league. In 7 Eurocup games he recorded 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 5.1apg. Williams played 27 games in ABA League where he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.1apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets in first round (22nd overall). The former University of Connecticut staris in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Serbian League championship title in 2015. Williams was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Williams has played in six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Puerto Rico (Manati), Russia (Unics Kazan, Enisey and Lokomotiv), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), other NBA teams (Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda).
Williams could be described: (by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ..
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LA Clippers let Henton go - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) cut 25-year old forward LaDontae Henton (198-98kg-92, college: Providence).
The last summer Henton played at Alaska Aces (PBA) in Filipino league where in 11 games he averaged impressive 28.1ppg, 11.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.6spg and 2.1bpg.
Henton has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2016 Santa Cruz Warriors selected him in first round (10th overall) in the D-League draft.
He attended Providence College until 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Henton received Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Governor's Cup 1st Team award in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Real Betis).

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Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree Upon Five-Year, $148M Extension - by Eurobasket News

Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas) and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed upon a five-year, $148 million extension. If Embiid meets the super max criteria, he could earn an as much as $178 million on the contract. Embiid has played in only 31 games during his career due to multiple foot surgeries and a torn meniscus. The deal will include some salary-cap protection for the 76ers should Embiid suffer injury that causes him to miss significant playing time. Zach Lowe reports that the extension is described as "perhaps the most complex" in NBA history. But sources say the 76ers would have to waive Embiid for him not to reach the full value of his $148 million extension.
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Rockets down Knicks 117-95 for third straight preseason win - by Eurobasket News

No Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), no problem. The Houston Rockets continue to look good in the preseason, as they handled the New York Knicks with relative ease, despite Chris Paul's absence with a sore shoulder. In a game that ended up essentially as a regular season dress rehearsal, the Rockets simply had too much firepower for a Knicks squad playing without Kristaps Porzingis. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) finished the game with 36 points in 38 minutes played, to go along with 11 assists and 9 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 117-95 win and their third straight preseason victory. The rest of the the Houston starters also played regular season minutes, as the Rockets also got 19 points and 9 rebounds from Clint Capela (6'10''-F/C-94), 18 points from Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana), who started for Paul, and 14 from Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, college: UCLA). Houston wasn't nearly as efficient offensively tonight as in their prior two contests, as they committed 24 turnovers and allowed the Knicks to get back into the game in the first half after building a 19-point lead. But the defense remained on point, and the Rockets shut the Knicks down while staying hot from beyond the arc themselves. Houston held New York to just 44.8 percent from the field, kept them under 100 points and forced 17 turnovers. They hit 22-46 on their own downtown shots, and that was just a bit too much for the shorthanded Knicks. Despite some mild offensive hitches without CP3 - namely some second-quarter sloppiness - the Rockets impressively maintained the same defensive focus and intensity we've seen from them thus far. A defensive-oriented lineup featuring Harden, Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Nene and Luc Mbah a Moute (6'7''-G/F-86, college: UCLA) sparked several big Houston runs, including a 12-0 one in the first half that took control of the game. That's going to be a tough defensive lineup for anyone to match up against, and it's really quite impressive the way the Rockets can mix and match their groups for optimum effect. It's important to note that Tucker and Mbah Moute also combined to shoot 3-4 from deep, while leading the defensive charge. The Rockets didn't have this type of depth last season. It was also refreshing to see Capela so involved. He was energetic, ran the floor well, and scored off of some patented pick-and-rolls from The Beard. The Knicks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. with 21 points, and they also got 17 from former Rocket Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.), 17 from Damyean Dotson, and 14 from new acquisition Enes Kanter. The Rockets now have tomorrow night off before returning to the court on Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Don't expect to see too much of the starters that night, even if Chris Paul does return. I get the feeling head coach Mike D'Antoni has seen all he needs to see at this point of his main lineup, and though it's just the preseason, the Rockets have looked impressive. We'll likely get to catch some more of the Houston younger players from here on out, as we only saw limited time from Zhou Qi, who knocked down a trey and blocked 2 shots in just 3 minutes of action, and Chris Johnson, who went scoreless in 17 minutes. The Rockets, despite a minor kink or two, look ready for opening night. Can't wait to see them match up with the Warriors.
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Miami Heat welcomes back Liggins - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat tabbed 29-year old guard Deandre Liggins (198-95kg-88, college: Kentucky). It is actually his comeback to the Heat as he has played here before. He played earlier for the Clippers. The other team Liggins played shortly were the Rockets.
In 2011 he was drafted by Orlando Magic in second round (53rd overall). Liggins attended University of Kentucky and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
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