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  ABA LEAGUE  



ABA Liga 2 Round 1: Dynamic BG is defeated by KK Primorska - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ABA League just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Serbian Dynamic BG (0-1) in Beograd on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Slovenian KK Primorska (1-0) in overtime 101-90. The game was mostly controlled by KK Primorska. Dynamic BG managed to win fourth quarter 23-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Dynamic BG used huge pressure winning it 23-11 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-16. KK Primorska made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Dynamic BG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian center Marijan Cakarun (204-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Tadej Ferme (187-91, agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. At the losing side guard Milos Milisavljevic (193-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Primorska is looking forward to face Borac (#8) in Cacak in the next round. Dynamic BG will play at home against Teodo Tivat (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 1 winless Lovcen lost to undefeated Krka on the opponent's court 76-89. Split managed to outperform Zrinjski HT in a home game 90-76. Winless Rogaska lost to undefeated Teodo Tivat on the road 69-78. Winless Ohrid AV lost to undefeated Borac on its own court 62-82. Vrsac beat Bosna-Royal in a road game 84-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 4 assists by Drasko Knezevic of Bosna-Royal.

Dynamic BG - KK Primorska 90-101 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Serbian Dynamic BG (0-1) in Beograd on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Slovenian KK Primorska (1-0) in overtime 101-90. The game was mostly controlled by KK Primorska. Dynamic BG managed to win fourth quarter 23-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Dynamic BG used huge pressure winning it 23-11 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-16. KK Primorska made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Dynamic BG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian center Marijan Cakarun (204-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Tadej Ferme (187-91, agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. At the losing side guard Milos Milisavljevic (193-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and Lithuanian center Aurimas Majauskas (203-93, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Octagon Europe) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Five KK Primorska and four Dynamic BG players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Primorska is looking forward to face Borac (#8) in Cacak in the next round. Dynamic BG will play at home against Teodo Tivat (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dynamic BG: A.Majauskas 23+6reb+2ast, M.Milisavljevic 19+9reb+11ast, B.Djurasovic 18+7reb+1ast, A.Capin 14+3reb+3ast, N.Krstic 6+2reb+3ast, D.Beslac 5
KK Primorska: T.Ferme 20+1reb+5ast, M.Mulalic 20+3reb+3ast, M.Cakarun 19+8reb+3ast, S.King 16+7reb+2ast, N.Zupan 14+5reb+1ast, D.Vujasinovic 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 580943


Krka - Lovcen 89-76

Krka used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Cetinje 89-76 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Krka. Lovcen was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lovcen 40-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. Serbian-Bosnian forward Marko Josilo (200-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Croatian guard Paolo Marinelli (191-95) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Milos Latkovic (196-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Nikola Korac (185-86) scored 14 points and 8 assists. Four Krka and five Lovcen players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Krka will face Vrsac (#7) on the road in the next round. Lovcen will play against Ohrid AV (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lovcen: M.Latkovic 14+8reb+3ast, N.Korac 14+1reb+8ast, D.Albijanic 12+4reb+1ast, V.Knezevic 10+4reb, V.Bacovic 10+3reb+1ast, I.Jelenic 6+2reb+1ast
Krka: M.Josilo 19+12reb+2ast, P.Marinelli 16+5ast, D.Cinac 13+6reb, Z.Dimec 12+7reb, M.Kovacevic 7+1reb, D.Bratoz 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 580942


Split - Zrinjski HT 90-76

Split used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Mostar 90-76 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-76. Zrinjski HT was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Mateo Kedzo (205-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners and Mate Kalajzic (187-98, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Split's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Croatian forward Ivan Milicevic (204-95) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American Torrion Brummitt (207-93, college: W.Carolina) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Split will face Rogaska (#16) in Rogaska Slatina in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zrinjski HT will play at home against Bosna-Royal and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: I.Milicevic 20+8reb+1ast, T.Brummitt 19+7reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 13+2reb+3ast, M.Ramljak 11+3reb+1ast, A.Sokolovic 9+5reb+3ast, M.Ljujic 2+1reb+1ast
Split: M.Kedzo 37+10reb+3ast, M.Kalajzic 17+2reb+4ast, H.Sirko 11+4reb+2ast, M.Scott 8+4reb+8ast, F.Najev 6+2reb, D.Kanaet 5+8reb
gschID: 580941


Teodo Tivat - Rogaska 78-69

Teodo Tivat used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Rogaska Slatina 78-69 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Teodo Tivat outrebounded Rogaska 36-18 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Serbian-Montenegrin center Milovan Savic (205-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Milos Popovic (202-98) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Teodo Tivat's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Croatian forward Ivan Batur (203-91, agency: PEPI SPORT) responded with 15 points and Bosnian Dragan Djuranovic (203-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Five Rogaska players scored in double figures. Teodo Tivat will face Dynamic BG (#13) in Beograd in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rogaska will play at home against Split and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rogaska: I.Batur 15+2reb+1ast, D.Djuranovic 11+5reb+2ast, Z.Kosic 11+4reb+1ast, R.Davis 10+4ast, M.Pajic 10+2reb+1ast, M.Fon 8+3reb+2ast
Teodo Tivat: M.Savic 17+13reb+5ast, M.Popovic 17+8reb, M.Sekulovic 12+1reb, M.Djurisic 12+1reb+5ast, N.Vucurovic 9+5reb+1ast, A.Radulovic 9+4reb+8ast
gschID: 580940


Ohrid AV - Borac 62-82

But Ohrid AV was not able to use a home court advantage and was outscored by the opponent from Cacak 82-62 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Borac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Marko Stojadinovic (204-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Ilija Djokovic (191-96) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. Four Borac players scored in double figures. At the losing side French forward Remi Barry (203-91, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with 21 points and American point guard KC Ross-Miller (183-91, college: Auburn) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borac will face KK Primorska (#12) in Koper in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ohrid AV will play on the road against Lovcen in Cetinje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ohrid AV: R.Barry 21+4reb, K.Ross-Miller 13+3reb+2ast, S.Mihajlovski 9+3reb+1ast, S.Gligorijevic 8+6reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 8+3reb+2ast, V.Levkoski 3+1reb+1ast
Borac: M.Stojadinovic 21+12reb, I.Djokovic 14+4reb+8ast, N.Pesakovic 11+1reb+2ast, N.Todorovic 10+5reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 9+1reb+3ast, U.Carapic 7+2reb
gschID: 580939


Bosna-Royal - Vrsac 77-84

But Bosna-Royal was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Vrsac 84-77 on Tuesday night. Bosna-Royal trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-84 at the end of the game. Dusan Kutlesic (199-94) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Djordje Simeunovic (200-95, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side guard Drasko Knezevic (185-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and American forward DeVon Walker (198-94, college: Troy) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Bosna-Royal's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Vrsac will face Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play on the road against Zrinjski HT (#17) in Mostar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: D.Knezevic 23+2reb+4ast, D.Walker 18+6reb+1ast, M.Pasajlic 11+3reb+3ast, M.Sturanovic 9+3reb, G.Ikonic 6+2reb+4ast, A.Radukic 4+2reb+1ast
Vrsac: D.Kutlesic 20+6reb+2ast, D.Ostojic 16+3reb, D.Simeunovic 14+8reb+1ast, M.Djeric 9+4reb, S.Mitrovic 6+2reb, N.Kocovic 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 580944





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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


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 Alpe Adria Cup.

First defeat of Slovakian Prievidza (0-1) against Slovenian Zlatorog (1-0) 98-80 was the most important game of the last round. Zlatorog forced 25 Prievidza turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Prievidza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Miha Lapornik (194-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Uros Zadnik (188-90) contributed with 13 points and 13 assists for the winners. American Colin Voss (201-91, college: N.Texas) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Prievidza. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Prievidza will play next round against strong USK Praha trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Zlatorog will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Slovakian Rieker KN (1-1) recorded a loss in Sentjur. Visitors were defeated by Slovenian Tajfun (1-1) 81-67. Serbian-Hungarian guard Marko Popadic (189-89) scored 18 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and David Gabrovsek chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Miles Bowman-Jr (198-93, college: High Point) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Rieker KN's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tajfun will play against BK Decin (#7) on the road in the next round. Rieker KN will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 2
In Group C Osijek lost to Sencur Gor. on the road 59-80.
In Group D UBSC Graz lost to Levice on its own court 60-89.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 21 points by Dino Muric of Sencur Gor..

Group A
Zlatorog - Prievidza 98-80

First defeat of Slovakian Prievidza (0-1) against Slovenian Zlatorog (1-0) 98-80 was the most important game of the last round. Zlatorog forced 25 Prievidza turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Prievidza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Miha Lapornik (194-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Uros Zadnik (188-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 assists for the winners. Four Zlatorog players scored in double figures. American Colin Voss (201-91, college: N.Texas) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jan Zorvan (201-95) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Prievidza. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Prievidza will play next round against strong USK Praha trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Zlatorog will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: C.Voss 14+8reb+2ast, J.Musil 13+2reb+1ast, J.Zorvan 13+5reb+4ast, J.Mokran 12, R.Glasgow 9+3reb+7ast, G.Sitton 8+4reb+1ast
Zlatorog: M.Lapornik 27+6reb, N.Baric 17+3reb+4ast, U.Zadnik 13+1reb+13ast, J.Ledl 12+2reb+2ast, R.Grdagolnik 9+2reb, U.Durnik 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 572337


Group B
Tajfun - Rieker KN 81-67

Slovakian Rieker KN (1-1) recorded a loss in Sentjur. Visitors were defeated by Slovenian Tajfun (1-1) 81-67. The game was mostly controlled by Tajfun. Rieker KN was better in fourth quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Tajfun forced 21 Rieker KN turnovers. Rieker KN was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian-Hungarian guard Marko Popadic (189-89) scored 18 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward David Gabrovsek (201-94, college: Missouri Baptist) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Tajfun players scored in double figures. American forward Miles Bowman-Jr (198-93, college: High Point) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian power forward Mise Diminic (208-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Rieker KN's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tajfun will play against BK Decin (#7) on the road in the next round. Rieker KN will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rieker KN: M.Diminic 13+7reb, M.Bowman Jr. 12+9reb+2ast, L.Hoferica 9+3reb, S.Jankovic 8+3reb, T.Adams 8+2reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 6+3reb+2ast
Tajfun: M.Popadic 18+6ast, M.Macek 15+2reb+4ast, M.Williams 14+6reb, D.Gabrovsek 13+8reb+2ast, T.Bolcina 8+7reb+1ast, G.Jordan Rojko 8+8reb+4ast
gschID: 572338


Group C
Sencur Gor. - Osijek 80-59

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when Slovenian Sencur Gor. (1-0) crushed Croatian KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (2-1) in Kranj 80-59. The game without a history. Sencur Gor. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Dino Muric (200-90) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Sencur Gor.'s coach felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American guard Jimmie Taylor (193-94, college: Rider) responded with 16 points and Australian forward Venky Jois (202-93, college: E.Washington) scored 14 points. Sencur Gor. will again play against KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Vrijednosnice Osijek will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Osijek: J.Taylor 16+4reb, V.Jois 14+2reb+1ast, B.Markulin 8+3reb, N.Turalija 6+8reb+1ast, F.Krajina 6+2reb, D.Vrkic 4+6reb
Sencur Gor.: D.Muric 21+4reb+1ast, S.Pavic 12+2reb+3ast, J.Rebec 10+4reb+2ast, R.Rizvic 8+9reb+1ast, U.Gorjanc 7+5reb, M.Pavkovic 7+2ast
gschID: 572339


Group D
UBSC Graz - Levice 60-89

Rather expected game when Austrian UBSC Graz (0-2) was smashed at home by Slovakian Levice (2-0) 89-60. It looked good early as UBSC Graz took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Levice had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and UBSC Graz was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-89. Levice will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#14) on the road in the next round. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
gschID: 572340





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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 


Parque Sur inks Felipe Braga, ex Vitoria - by Eurobasket News

Parque Sur de Concepcion del Uruguay (TNA) signed 23-year old Brazilian center Felipe Braga (213-94). He played last season at Vitoria in Brazilian NBB league. But in 26 games he had just 1.4ppg and 1.2rpg. Braga helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He won Paulista League championship title in 2015.
Braga represented Brazil at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.9ppg, 2.7rpg.
Braga has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in France (Pau Lacq Orthez).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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)



Villa Mitre de Capital Federal adds Anderson to their roster, ex T71 - by Eurobasket News

Villa Mitre de Capital Federal (TNA) added to their roster 24-year old American power forward Eric Anderson (204-107kg-93, college: New Haven). He played last season at T71 Dudelange in Luxembourg Total League. In 10 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 11.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1bpg. Anderson helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for Tokyo Cinq (B League D3) in Japan where in 26 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson's team won Luxembourg Cup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Anderson has played also professionally in Germany (Gladiators).
He attended New Haven University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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



Alan Wiggins (ex Aomori Watts) agreed terms with 36ers - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide 36ers (NBL) inked 32-year old American forward Alan Wiggins (206-115kg-85, college: USF). He played most recently at Aomori Watts in Japanese B2 League. In 60 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wiggins played at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL where in 36 games he averaged 9.5ppg and 5.1rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Latvian League All-Star Game. Wiggins also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 7.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
In 2007 Wiggins was drafted by Jackson Wildcats (USBL) in fourth round (31st overall).
The former University of San Francisco staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Wiggins played in the final of Chinese NBL in 2011. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Forward of the Year award back in 2011.
Wiggins is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Wiggins has played previously professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), France (STB Le Havre), Korea (Anyang KGC), Lebanon, Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), Turkey (Balikesir), Ukraine (Polit-Halychyna and DniproAzot) and China (Guangzhou Liu Sui).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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Round 1: Kumanovo lose to Levski 2014 - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Balkan League just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of FYR Macedonian Kumanovo (0-1) in Sofia on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Bulgarian Levski 2014 (1-0) 85-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-25. But Kumanovo won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski 2014 made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Levski 2014 outrebounded Kumanovo 40-25 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Veselin Veselinov (202-83, college: W.Virginia St.) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Miljkovic (204-90) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Levski 2014 is looking forward to face Beroe (#5) in Stara Zagora in the next round. Kumanovo will play at home against Ibar Rozaje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between Bulgarian Academik Plovdiv and Montenegrin Ibar Rozaje where Academik Plovdiv (1-0) beat Ibar Rozaje (0-1) on the road 94-83. Worth to mention a great performance of Vasil Mihaylov (202-94) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Manuel Johnson contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Academik Plovdiv's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Nedim Felec (189-86, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 4 assists for Ibar Rozaje. Academik Plovdiv will play against SK Tirana (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ibar Rozaje will play against Kumanovo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Gevgelija. FYR Macedonian Blokotehna faced Albanian SK Tirana. Host Blokotehna (1-0) smashed guests from Tirana (0-1) 100-68. Dwayne Benjamin stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Endrit Hysenagolli responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 14-of-18 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. Blokotehna will meet at home Bashkimi (#4) in the next round. SK Tirana will play against Academik Plovdiv (#1) and hope to win that game.

Levski 2014 - Kumanovo 85-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of FYR Macedonian Kumanovo (0-1) in Sofia on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Bulgarian Levski 2014 (1-0) 85-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-25. But Kumanovo won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski 2014 made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Levski 2014 outrebounded Kumanovo 40-25 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Veselin Veselinov (202-83, college: W.Virginia St.) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Miljkovic (204-90) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Five Kumanovo players scored in double figures. Levski 2014 is looking forward to face Beroe (#5) in Stara Zagora in the next round. Kumanovo will play at home against Ibar Rozaje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski 2014: V.Veselinov 23+9reb+2ast, N.Maravic 18+7reb+2ast, I.Alipiev 13+9reb+4ast, A.Simeonov 8+6reb+1ast, J.Hunt 8+2reb+2ast, A.Milov 8+4reb+4ast
Kumanovo: N.Miljkovic 17+7reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 16+2reb+2ast, M.Janevski 15+3reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 12+5reb+1ast, G.Ramme 11+4reb+3ast, M.Kovac 4+1reb
gschID: 570458


Ibar Rozaje - Akademik PL 83-94

Another exciting game was between Bulgarian Academik Plovdiv and Montenegrin Ibar Rozaje where Academik Plovdiv (1-0) beat Ibar Rozaje (0-1) on the road 94-83. The game was mostly controlled by Academik Plovdiv. Ibar Rozaje was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Academik Plovdiv shot 65.4 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Academik Plovdiv especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Vasil Mihaylov (202-94) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American Manuel Johnson (202-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. Academik Plovdiv's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Nedim Felec (189-86, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and point guard Eldin Kalic (200-97) added 17 points in the effort for Ibar Rozaje. Academik Plovdiv will play against SK Tirana (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ibar Rozaje will play against Kumanovo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: V.Bachev 17+3reb, S.Smith 16+1reb+1ast, V.Mihaylov 16+7reb+5ast, M.Johnson 16+6reb+1ast, I.Umipig 12+1reb+4ast, M.Durchev 8+4reb
Ibar Rozaje: N.Felec 18+1reb+4ast, E.Kalic 17+1reb+2ast, A.Kalic 12+3reb+2ast, B.Jeknic 9, A.Nurkovic 9+2reb+5ast, A.Andrejevic 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 570457


Blokotehna - SK Tirana 100-68

An exciting game was played in Gevgelija. FYR Macedonian Blokotehna faced Albanian SK Tirana. Host Blokotehna (1-0) smashed guests from Tirana (0-1) 100-68. The game was mostly controlled by Blokotehna. SK Tirana managed to win fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Blokotehna forced 20 SK Tirana turnovers. American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Goran Glavchev (191-93) chipped in 21 points and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Blokotehna players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Endrit Hysenagolli (206-88) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and Kosovan-Albanian Gerti Shima (204-86) scored 11 points and 5 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. Blokotehna will meet at home Bashkimi (#4) in the next round. SK Tirana will play against Academik Plovdiv (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Blokotehna: D.Benjamin 25+9reb+1ast, G.Glavchev 21+2reb+3ast, M.Mladenovic 15+4reb+5ast, D.Mijatovic 13+4reb+1ast, S.Avramovski 10+4reb+3ast, I.Kolev 6+2reb
SK Tirana: E.Hysenagolli 33+7reb, G.Shima 11+2reb+5ast, J.Abdul-Bassit 8+6reb, V.Brckov 5+3reb+2ast, K.Strazimiri 5+1reb, A.Gjyzeli 2
gschID: 570456





Dwayne Benjamin claims Balkan League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Blokotehna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds for Blokotehna in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team SK Tirana (#8, 0-1) with 32-point margin 100-68. Thanks to this victory Blokotehna moved-up to the 2nd position in Balkan League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Blokotehna won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Benjamin turned to be Blokotehna's top player in his first season with the team. University of Oregon graduate has very impressive stats this year. Benjamin is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 4.0spg and 64.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old center Endrit Hysenagolli (206-C-88) of SK Tirana. Hysenagolli impressed basketball fans with 33 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as SK Tirana lost that game 68-100 to Blokotehna (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. Hysenagolli is well-known by SK Tirana fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 33.0ppg (#1). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Veselin Veselinov (202-F-83) of Levski 2014 (#3). Veselinov scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Levski 2014, leading his team to a 85-78 win against Kumanovo (#7, 0-1). Levski 2014 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. Veselinov also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Veselinov as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Goran Glavchev (191-G-93) of Blokotehna - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marjan Mladenovic (180-PG-87) of Blokotehna - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nikola Maravic (212-C-89) of Levski 2014 - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vasil Mihaylov (202-SF-94) of Akademik PL - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Manuel Johnson (202-PF-83) of Akademik PL - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Nemanja Miljkovic (204-C/F-90) of Kumanovo - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Ivan Alipiev (200-F/G-99) of Levski 2014 - 13 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)



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Overview of Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
UCAM Murcia - Hapoel Holon 78-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Israeli Hapoel Holon (0-1) on the court of Spanish UCAM Murcia on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by UCAM Murcia 78-76. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. UCAM Murcia outrebounded Hapoel Holon 49-27 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Holon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Alex Urtasun (193-84) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian center Marcos Delia (211-92) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tu Holloway (183-89, college: Xavier) answered with 21 points and the other American import forward Tashawn Thomas (203-93, college: Oklahoma, agency: Pensack Sports) added 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. UCAM Murcia is looking forward to face Enisey (#25) in Krasnoyarsk in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Monaco (#26) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 21+2reb+2ast, T.Thomas 20+5reb, C.Walden 12+3reb+4ast, J.Alexander 12+6reb+1ast, G.Pnini 9+3reb, J.Mor 2+2reb
UCAM Murcia: A.Urtasun 19+5reb+3ast, V.Benite 16+2reb, M.Delia 12+8reb+3ast, O.Soko 10+5reb+2ast, S.Rojas 9+10reb, K.Tumba 7+11reb
gschID: 581850


Banco di Srd - Pinar Karsiyaka 87-88

A very close game took place in Sassari between Turkish Pinar Karsiyaka and Italian Banco di Srd. Pinar Karsiyaka (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over Banco di Srd (0-1). Pinar Karsiyaka managed to escape with a 1-point win 88-87 on Wednesday evening. Banco di Srd was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-22 charge of Pinar Karsiyaka, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Srd's 32 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American-Hungarian power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) nailed 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St., agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 13 points and 9 assists. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. American guard Levi Randolph (196-92, college: Alabama) came up with 27 points and Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for Banco di Srd in the defeat. Pinar Karsiyaka will meet at home Juventus (#32) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Banco di Srd will play against Telekom Baskets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: L.Randolph 27+4reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 13+3reb+5ast, S.Jones 9+5reb+1ast, A.Polonara 8+7reb+2ast, D.Pierre 8+2reb, S.Bamforth 8+2reb+5ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: J.Jones 29+9reb+1ast, D.Kennedy 16+10reb, D.Waters 13+4reb+9ast, S.Wood 11+2reb+1ast, B.Ugurlu 9+2reb+3ast, M.Turen 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 581852


EWE Baskets - Enisey 86-89

Important game to mention about took place in Oldenburg. Russian Enisey (1-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging German EWE Baskets (0-1) 89-86 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American swingman Anthony Hilliard (195-86, college: Elizabeth City) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) added 21 points in the effort for EWE Baskets. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Enisey will face UCAM Murcia (#28) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Mahalbasic 23+6reb+1ast, B.Allen 21+3reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 13+3reb, M.McConnell 10+1reb+7ast, R.Paulding 10+2reb+1ast, K.Tadda 4+1ast
Enisey: S.Braimoh 18+2reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 16+5reb+6ast, V.Liutych 14+2reb+1ast, Z.Dowdell 13+3reb+1ast, D.Zakharov 10+2reb+3ast, M.Rebec 6+2ast
gschID: 581851


Monaco - Juventus 90-53

Monaco used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Utena 90-53 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Monaco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Monaco forced 25 Juventus turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Juventus' players. Quite impressive performance for Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. Mali-French forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. Monaco's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Mindaugas Kupsas (217-91, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and center Karolis Guscikas (205-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Juventus. Monaco will face Hapoel Holon (#31) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Juventus will play against Pinar Karsiyaka and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Juventus: M.Kupsas 14+6reb, L.Samenas 10+2reb+1ast, S.Buterlevicius 9+5reb, K.Guscikas 9+5reb+1ast, D.Bickauskis 6+4reb+3ast, L.Dendy 3
Monaco: A.Sy 17+1reb+1ast, C.Evans 15+3reb+1ast, E.Kikanovic 14+7reb, P.Lacombe 11+2reb+2ast, A.Craft 9+5reb+5ast, D.Joyce 9+1reb+3ast
gschID: 581849


Group B
Ventspils - Iberostar Tener. 73-72

A very interesting game took place in Ventspils. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of Spanish CB Canarias (0-1) to Latvian Ventspils (1-0) 73-72 on Wednesday evening. CB Canarias were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 20-17 third quarter run of Ventspils. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Aigars Skele (192-92) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Mike Tobey (213-94, college: Virginia) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and Argentinian-Italian point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86) added 14 points respectively for lost side. CB Canarias' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ventspils' next round opponent will be Neptunas (#35) in Klaipeda. CB Canarias will play at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#34) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: M.Tobey 20+6reb, N.Richotti 14+3reb+2ast, M.Ponitka 10+4reb+3ast, F.Bassas 6+2reb+1ast, R.San Miguel 6+2reb+4ast, F.Vazquez 6+2reb
Ventspils: R.Zakis 14+8reb, M.Gulbis 13+3reb+1ast, J.Jucikas 12+3reb+1ast, A.Skele 10+6reb+5ast, B.Hamilton 9+6reb+3ast, E.Ubilla 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 581856


Ludwigsburg - PAOK 103-70

EnBW Ludwigsburg smashed the opponent from Thessaloniki 103-70 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-70. EnBW Ludwigsburg dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to PAOK's 28 and made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. PAOK was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American forward Elgin Cook (198-93, college: Oregon, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Thomas Walkup (193-92, college: SF Austin) contributed with 18 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91) answered with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and American point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) added 12 points in the effort for PAOK. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face CB Canarias (#39) in Tenerife in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. PAOK will play at home against Gaziantep and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PAOK: K.Dillard 12+3ast, T.Zaras 11+3ast, B.Triche 10+2reb, L.Jones 10+4reb, O.Krubally 7+6reb, D.Katsivelis 6+7reb+7ast
Ludwigsburg: E.Cook 18+8reb+2ast, T.Walkup 18+3reb+7ast, K.Johnson 15+3reb+3ast, D.Evans 15+3reb+1ast, J.Thiemann 12+4reb, A.Peter-McNeilly 7
gschID: 581855


Gaziantep - Betaland Cdo 82-77

Gaziantep won against the opponent from Capo d'Orlando 82-77 on Tuesday night. Betaland Cdo trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-82 at the end of the game. Gaziantep looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 assists. Slovenian Jure Balazic (204-80) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (205-98) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Betaland Cdo. Betaland Cdo's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Gaziantep will face PAOK (#40) in Thessaloniki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Betaland Cdo will play on the road against Chalon/Saor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: J.Edwards 18+5reb+1ast, D.Inglis 13+4reb+3ast, A.Kulboka 12+13reb+1ast, M.Ihring 9+3reb+3ast, E.Atsur 8+3reb+5ast, J.Wojciechowski 5+2reb+1ast
Gaziantep: J.Balazic 23+6reb+1ast, M.Lyons 18+3reb+9ast, S.Armand 15+2reb+4ast, S.Williams 7+5reb, V.Rudd 7+11reb+4ast, E.Cinko 6
gschID: 581853


Neptunas - Chalon 75-73

An interesting game for Lithuanian Neptunas (1-0) which hosted in Klaipeda French Chalon/Saor (0-1). Neptunas managed to get a 2-point victory 75-73. Chalon/Saor was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Neptunas, which allowed them to win the game. Colombian-Spanish power forward Juan Palacios (206-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 16 points and center Ousmane Camara (205-89) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. Chalon/Saor's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Neptunas will play against Ventspils (#36) at home in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against Betaland Cdo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: A.Smith 16+3reb+2ast, L.Harris 12+4reb+2ast, P.Gillet 10, O.Camara 8+11reb+1ast, A.Rozenfeld 8+1reb+4ast, K.Joseph 6+2reb
Neptunas: J.Palacios 19+10reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 16+1reb+3ast, M.Armstead 11+3ast, R.Seibutis 8+6reb+4ast, L.Kisielius 5+6reb, E.Zelionis 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 581854


Group C
Strasbourg - Olimpija 83-69

The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Olimpija was better in fourth quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Olimpija 39-19 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Quite impressive performance for American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Central Mo.) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Gregor Hrovat (196-94) answered with 13 points and 5 assists and American forward Jordan Morgan (203-91, college: Michigan) added 12 points in the effort for Olimpija. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Strasbourg IG will face BBC Bayreuth (#41) on the road in the next round. Olimpija will play against Banvit (#46) in Balikesir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpija: G.Hrovat 13+5ast, J.Morgan 12+3reb+1ast, D.Oliver 11+4reb, T.Battle 9+3reb+2ast, D.Bubnic 8+1reb, D.Lorbek 6+2reb
Strasbourg: M.Dixon 21+5reb+4ast, D.Atkins 15+7reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 13+11reb+1ast, Z.Wright 10+7reb+9ast, D.Logan 7+2reb+3ast, J.Leloup 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 581860


Umana VE - Banvit BK 108-101

Umana Venezia defeated the opponent from Balikesir 108-101 on Tuesday night. Umana Venezia shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Banvit was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Lithuanian swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) contributed with 22 points and 6 assists for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Polish power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and American Adonis Thomas (198-93, college: Memphis) added 25 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Banvit. Four Umana Venezia and five Banvit players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia will face AEK (#45) in Athens in the next round. Banvit will play at home against Olimpija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: A.Thomas 25+5reb+2ast, D.Kulig 19+13reb+1ast, T.Taylor 17+1reb+3ast, J.Odum 15+2reb+2ast, G.Vidmar 13+6reb+2ast, A.Caloiaro 10+12reb
Umana VE: G.Orelik 24+8reb+3ast, M.Haynes 22+1reb+6ast, M.Watt 19+6reb+1ast, H.Peric 12+5reb+1ast, D.Johnson 9+4reb+4ast, P.Biligha 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 581859


AEK - Estudiantes 79-87

AEK was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Madrid 87-79 on Tuesday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-15. But AEK won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Movil Estudiantes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. AEK was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 rebounds. American center Alec Brown (216-92, college: Green Bay) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points in the effort for AEK. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Movil Estudiantes will face Rosa (#48) in Radom in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AEK will play on the road against Umana Venezia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AEK: D.James 21+10reb+1ast, D.Sakota 16+4reb, V.Xanthopoulos 13+1reb+4ast, M.Green 9+2reb+3ast, E.Atic 8+5reb, D.Mavroeidis 5+5reb+1ast
Estudiantes: S.Landesberg 28+5reb+3ast, A.Brown 24+7reb+1ast, O.Cook 11+2reb+9ast, A.Cvetkovic 9+1reb+4ast, V.Arteaga 6+1reb, E.Vicedo 5+5reb
gschID: 581858


Rosa - Bayreuth 79-96

Rosa was defeated by the opponent from Bayreuth 96-79 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. It was a great shooting night for BBC Bayreuth especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Quite impressive performance for center Andreas Seiferth (209-89) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kevin Punter (188-93, college: Tennessee) answered with 22 points and 4 assists and swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Rosa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rosa's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. BBC Bayreuth will face Strasbourg IG (#43) at home in the next round. Rosa will play against Movil Estudiantes (#42) in Madrid and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rosa: K.Punter 22+1reb+4ast, I.Zaytsev 15+3reb+2ast, M.Sokolowski 14+7reb+1ast, J.Trojan 10+2reb+4ast, P.Auda 9+5reb+1ast, D.Szymkiewicz 6+1reb+2ast
Bayreuth: A.Seiferth 24+1reb+3ast, A.Marei 13+8reb, G.York 13+4reb+2ast, J.Robinson 12+7reb+3ast, D.Brooks 12+1reb, S.Wachalski 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 581857


Group D
Aris - Stelmet 70-64

Aris beat the opponent from Zielona Gora 70-64 on Wednesday night. Stelmet trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 20-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 64-70 at the end of the game. Aris forced 21 Stelmet turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. Point guard Ioannis Athineou (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Aris' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) answered with 10 points and 7 assists and Eritrean-Polish swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, college: Washington St., agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points in the effort for Stelmet. Five Stelmet players scored in double figures. Aris will face CEZ Nymburk (#54) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stelmet will play against Telekom Baskets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stelmet: T.Kelati 15+3reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 11+6reb, J.Florence 11+1reb+4ast, A.Moore 10+4reb+2ast, L.Koszarek 10+3reb+7ast, A.Hrycaniuk 7+5reb+1ast
Aris: K.Weaver 16+3reb+4ast, P.Vasilopoulos 13+5reb+2ast, I.Athineou 13+1reb+6ast, K.Benson 8+6reb+1ast, G.Bell 7+3reb, K.Vaughn 6
gschID: 581863


Besiktas - Scandone AV 80-86

But Besiktas were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Avellino 86-80 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Scandone AV made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Scandone AV especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. Quite impressive performance for American guard Jason Rich (191-86) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Argentinian-Italian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Sertac Sanli (211-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) added 23 points in the effort for Besiktas. Five Scandone AV and four Besiktas players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Scandone AV will face JSF Nanterre (#50) on the road in the next round. Besiktas will play against Oostende and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: J.Diebler 23+3ast, S.Sanli 17+9reb, K.Weems 14+6reb+3ast, D.Strawberry 13+3reb+7ast, K.Sipahi 4+2reb+2ast, O.Al 3+1reb+1ast
Scandone AV: J.Rich 21+1reb+1ast, A.Filloy 17+2reb+3ast, M.Leunen 12+6reb+1ast, B.Fitipaldo 11+2reb+6ast, D.Wells 10+3reb, K.Fesenko 8+3reb
gschID: 581864


Telekom Bsk - Oostende 66-74

Telekom Baskets trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-74 at the end of the game. Quite impressive performance for Nigerian center Tonye Jekiri (213-94, college: Miami, FL) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Oostende's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Malcolm Hill (198-95, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 28 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Oostende will face Besiktas (#53) in Istanbul in the next round. Telekom Baskets will play on the road against Stelmet in Zielona Gora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: M.Hill 28+1reb+1ast, J.Parks 11+8reb+1ast, J.Gamble 10+5reb, J.Mayo 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 4+6reb+2ast, M.Breunig 4+5reb
Oostende: T.Jekiri 20+8reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 17+2reb+8ast, V.Kesteloot 13+6reb+1ast, J.Mwema 9+5reb+1ast, E.Lasisi 4+4reb+1ast, M.Myers 4+3reb
gschID: 581861


CEZ Nymburk - Nanterre 72-81

CEZ Nymburk trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 19-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-81 at the end of the game. Quite impressive performance for center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Hugo Invernizzi (198-93, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Kendrick Ray (188-94, college: Kennesaw St., agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and forward Pavel Pumprla (198-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for CEZ Nymburk. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. JSF Nanterre will face Scandone AV (#52) in Avellino in the next round. CEZ Nymburk will play at home against Aris and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: E.Lawrence 13+1reb, T.Vyoral 12+4reb+2ast, B.Barac 11+4reb, K.Ray 11+9reb+3ast, P.Pumprla 8+9reb+4ast, V.Hruban 4+3reb
Nanterre: J.Passave-Ducteil 20+4reb+2ast, H.Invernizzi 16+4reb+1ast, L.Konate 11+2reb+2ast, A.Aminu 11+7reb, E.Murphy 9+7reb, H.Schaffartzik 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 581862





Orelik's 24 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Umana VE and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Umana VE in his team's victory, helping them to beat Banvit BK (0-1) 108-101. It's just the very beginning of the season and Umana VE won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Orelik turned to be Umana VE's top player in his first season with the team.

Second best performed player last round was Tonye Jekiri (213-C-94) of Oostende. He is Nigerian center in his first season at Oostende. In the last game Jekiri recorded impressive 20 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Oostende cruised to a 74-66 relatively comfortable win over Telekom Bsk (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. Jekiri is a newcomer at Oostende and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Adonis Thomas (198-SF-93) of Banvit BK. Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Thomas' great performance Banvit BK lost 101-108 to Umana VE 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 Thomas as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elgin Cook (198-F-93) of Ludwigsburg - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Louis Labeyrie (208-C/F-92) of Strasbourg - 13 points and 11 rebounds
6. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90) of Estudiantes - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alec Brown (216-C-92) of Estudiantes - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89) of Bayreuth - 24 points and 3 assists
9. Thomas Walkup (193-G/F-92) of Ludwigsburg - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Sertac Sanli (211-C-91) of Besiktas - 17 points and 9 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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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 


Parque Sur inks Felipe Braga, ex Vitoria - by Eurobasket News

Parque Sur de Concepcion del Uruguay (TNA) signed 23-year old Brazilian center Felipe Braga (213-94). He played last season at Vitoria in Brazilian NBB league. But in 26 games he had just 1.4ppg and 1.2rpg. Braga helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He won Paulista League championship title in 2015.
Braga represented Brazil at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.9ppg, 2.7rpg.
Braga has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in France (Pau Lacq Orthez).

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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





Campo Mourao inks Marcio Dornelles - by Paulo Freire

Campo Mourao (NBB) agreed terms with experienced 42-year old ex-international small forward Marcio Dornelles (196-75) from CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro. In 25 NBB games he had 6.9ppg and 2.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dornelles played at Macae where in 28 NBB games he recorded 12.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dornelles was voted Latinbasket.com All-Liga Ouro 2nd Team in 2016. He was a member of Brazilian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2001.
Dornelles has spent his entire career in Brazil playing for eight other teams: Vivo/Franca, Ulbra, Minas, Pinheiros, Automovel C.F. - Campos Dos Goytacazes, Porto Alegre, Sao Jose and Corinthians.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Campo Mourao.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CAPE VERDE  


The Cavaliers waived Tavares - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers waived 25-year old Spaniard-Cape Verdean center Edy Tavares (220-118kg-92).
The last season Tavares played at another team Raptors 905 where in 50 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.5apg and 2.8bpg. Great season indeed as he was awarded USBasket.com All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
Three years ago he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in second round (43rd overall).
Tavares' team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2016.
He represented Spain at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.1ppg, 6.0rpg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP-1 (73.5%), FT: 53.8%.
Tavares has played previously professionally in Spain (Gran Canaria, La Palma and CB Gran Canaria 2014 Las Palmas II) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs, Northern Arizona Suns and Canton Charge).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Standing 7-3, with an astonishing wingspan of 7-9 he has tremendous size, combined with excellent mobility for a big man with his dimensions ... He's always active on the floor, showing great progresses from a conditioning standpoint, compared to when he arrived on the Canary Islands ... Offensively he's really effective in pick and roll situations, showing the ability to finish above the rim after the cut with aggressiveness, furthermore his mobility and coordination make him an effective contributor in creating space for his teammates with solid screens, playing a key role in Gran Canarias offense .. Most of his offensive repertoire is based on dunks and put backs after an offensive rebound, but he has shown significant improvements on his hook shot using his right hand ... He has a soft touch and he's a solid free throw shooter ... Defensively he's a great pick and roll defender, being able to recover in the painted area after helping on the screen ... Plus with his great size and wingspan he's definitely a great rim protector. According to those with knowledge of him, he's a nice, humble guy with a great work ethic.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  


Las Animas add Robinson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportes Las Animas (Liga Nacional) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Brandon Robinson (198-91kg-89, college: Clayton & State). The last season Robinson played at Osorno Basquetbol where in 55 Liga Nacional games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 23.0ppg and had 6.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com Chilean Liga Nacional All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Robinson won SEBL Metro A-League North Division championship title in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Robinson's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Robinson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax_Rainmen, The Storm, Power and Windsor Express), Germany (Chemnitz and Crailsheim Merlins), SEBL (Marietta O.) and UBA (Gem City S.).
Robinson attended Clayton & State until 2011 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
On Robinson: Mr. Quickness. Vary fast. Many steals. You'd better not leave him any space. Run on the basket very well. Very 'tricky' shots.
Can get 3-pointer. Sometimes relies too much on his long-distance shot
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Martin JUNAKOVIC
  Zagreb
  (193-PG-94)
  Avg: 27
 1. Junakovic, Zagreb27.0 
 2. Svalina, Alkar23.0 
 3. Zrnic, Jazine22.0 
 4. Vrkic, Osijek21.0 
 5. Bundovic, GKK S.20.0 
 6. Bozic, Zadar19.0 
 7. Coric, Cibona19.0 
 8. Stipanovic, Cedevita19.0 
 9. Butorac, Jazine18.0 
 10. Konjevic, Skrljevo18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Venky JOIS
  Osijek
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jois, Osijek12.0 
 2. Spanja, H.Analitica10.0 
 3. Perkovic, Skrljevo9.0 
 4. Stipanovic, Cedevita9.0 
 5. Krajina, Osijek9.0 
 6. Melvin, Cibona9.0 
 7. Krajina, Zadar8.0 
 8. Vitali, GKK Sibenik8.0 
 9. Butorac, Jazine8.0 
 10. Gospic, Cibona8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin JUNAKOVIC
  Zagreb
  (193-PG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Junakovic, Zagreb7.0 
 2. Woods, Jazine7.0 
 3. Svalina, Alkar6.0 
 4. Graf, Alkar6.0 
 5. Maric, Zabok5.0 
 6. Jois, Osijek4.0 
 7. Sarac, Osijek4.0 
 8. Vitali, GKK Sibenik4.0 
 9. Galic, Kastela4.0 
 10. Vucic, Alkar4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Davor KONJEVIC
  Skrljevo
  (197-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Konjevic, Skrljevo4.0 
 2. Junakovic, Zagreb3.0 
 3. Stipcic, Skrljevo3.0 
 4. Woods, Jazine3.0 
 5. Dosen, Kastela3.0 
 6. Brzoja, Zadar3.0 
 7. Bosnjak, Cibona3.0 
 8. Ivanov, Zadar2.0 
 9. Sango, Zagreb2.0 
 10. Boban, Osijek2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrik JAMBROVIC
  Zabok
  (202-F-96)
  Avg: 0
 1. Jambrovic, Zabok0.0 
 2. Alston, Jazine0.0 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar0.0 
 4. Paic, GKK Sibenik0.0 
 5. Herceg, Zagreb0.0 
 6. Novacic, Cibona0.0 
 7. Hall, Cibona0.0 
 8. Nash, Skrljevo0.0 
 9. Gulam, Jazine0.0 
 10. Musa, Cedevita0.0 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


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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  DENMARK  


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.



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Martin Paasoja selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Martin Paasoja
Martin Paasoja
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Martin Paasoja (191-93, currently plays in Romania). He led Craiova to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Politehnica Iasi (0-1) 91-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Paasoja was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Craiova this season. His team is placed first in the Liga Nationala. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Paasoja is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Nassjo (0-2) crushing them 75-42 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Puidet recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. It was his first game for KFUM Jamtland this season. His team is placed second in the Basketligan. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Puidet is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Slovakia). He could not help Levice (1-1) in their last game. Despite Kurbas' good performance Levice lost 85-91 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Rieker KN. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Kurbas also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Kurbas' first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 57.9%(11-19), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7% in three games he played so far. Kurbas is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristian Kullamae
Kristian Kullamae
   #4. Point guard Kristian Kullamae (194-99, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (1-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha was crushed 92-64 in Bamberg by the much higher-ranked Brose Baskets (#6). Kullamae scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was his first game for Oettinger Rockets Gotha this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Kullamae is also Estonian U18 national team player.

Kregor Hermet
Kregor Hermet
   #5. International power forward Kregor Hermet (204-97, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Lleida Basquet (0-2) in their game against Palma (1-1) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his good performance last Friday. He scored 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. But Lleida Basquet lost 89-94 in S'Arenal to the higher-ranked (#10) Palma. This year Hermet averages: 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #6. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help GSA Udine (0-2) in their game against Dinamica MNV (2-0) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Veideman was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 3 passes. It's Veideman's first season with the team. Veideman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg. Veideman is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #7. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Ethnikos' victory against the league outsider Kastoria (0-1) 78-75 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 21 points in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Ethnikos this season. His team is placed second in the A2. Laane is also Estonian national team player.

Kaspar Treier
Kaspar Treier
   #8. Forward Kaspar Treier (203-99, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Poderosa Basket Montegranaro to win against the 16th-ranked Roseto Sharks (0-2) 98-87 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 5 points. It was his first game for Montegrano this season. His team is placed 12th in East group. Treier plays currently for the Estonian U18 national team.

Sander Raieste
Sander Raieste
   #9. U18 international swingman Sander Raieste (200-99, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Fundacion 5+11's victory against the closely-ranked Plasencia (1-1) 85-83 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Fundacion 5+11 (1-1) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. This year Raieste's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 3.5rpg in two games. He is also in the roster of the Estonian U18 national team.



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Results and Stats from Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Paris-Levallois - Darussafaka 64-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of French Paris-Levallois (0-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Turkish Darussafaka (1-0) 69-64. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Darussafaka made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) fired 12 points for the winners. American guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) produced 20 points and Boris Diaw (203-82) added 4 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Darussafaka will meet at home Cedevita (#4) in the next round. Paris-Levallois will play against Unics Kazan and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: S.Wilbekin 13+5ast, J.Johnson 13+2reb+1ast, H.Sant-Roos 12+4reb+3ast, J.Bell 8+5reb, W.Cummings 7+2reb+2ast, F.Aldemir 5+9reb+2ast
Paris-Levallois: K.Prepelic 20+1reb, D.Nwaelele 10+5reb, R.Lesca 10+1reb, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+5reb+2ast, G.Ware 8+4reb, B.Diaw 4+8reb+5ast
gschID: 549959


Andorra - Unics 68-76

And what about another game where Russian Unics Kazan (#3) beat Spanish Andorra 76-68 on the road. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-17 Andorra's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-68 at the end of the game. Unics Kazan made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Andorra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Slovenian Jaka Blazic (196-90) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds and French point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90) added 7 points and 7 assists in the effort for Andorra. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be Paris-Levallois (#6) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Andorra will play against Fiat TO in Torino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unics: J.Smith 15+3reb+2ast, J.Colom 13+2reb+3ast, S.Lasme 12+6reb, A.Ponkrashov 10+4reb+3ast, T.Lockett 9+7reb+2ast, M.Ejim 5+3reb+2ast
Andorra: J.Blazic 11+5reb, D.Jelinek 10+2reb+3ast, M.Diagne 9+5reb, D.Walker 8+2reb+1ast, J.Shurna 7+1reb, A.Albicy 7+1reb+7ast
gschID: 549958


Cedevita - Fiat TO 83-86

Italian Fiat TO's road win over Croatian Cedevita 86-83 was very exciting and close contest. Cedevita was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 47-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fiat TO made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American swingman Lamar Patterson (196-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Demetris Nichols (202-84, college: Syracuse) responded with 17 points and Bosnian-Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Fiat TO will face Andorra (#5) at home in the next round. Cedevita will play against Darussafaka in Istanbul and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fiat TO: T.Mbakwe 20+5reb, D.Garrett 17+4reb+5ast, L.Patterson 15+7reb+6ast, A.Iannuzzi 12+1reb, S.Vujacic 9+3reb+2ast, D.Washington 8+6reb+2ast
Cedevita: D.Nichols 17+4reb+2ast, A.Stipanovic 15+3reb+3ast, F.Kruslin 12+3reb, D.Musa 11+5reb+1ast, R.Ukic 9+4reb+4ast, W.Cherry 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 549957


Group B
Galatasaray - B.Muenchen 69-86

But Galatasaray was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Muenchen 86-69 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Galatasaray was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen forced 20 Galatasaray turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Galatasaray's players. American guard Braydon Hobbs (196-89, college: Bellarmine) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) responded with 19 points and American-FYR Macedonian center Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen will face Lietkabelis in Panevezys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Galatasaray will play on the road against Grissin Bon RE (#4) in Reggio Emilia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: V.Lucic 16+2reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 14+7reb+2ast, M.Macvan 12+5reb+5ast, D.Booker 10+5reb+5ast, A.Gavel 8+1reb, R.Redding 7+3reb+5ast
Galatasaray: S.Hopson 19+3reb+1ast, D.Hardy 17+1ast, R.Hendrix 9+8reb+3ast, G.Koksal 8+1reb, A.Renfroe 7+1reb+6ast, D.Summers 4
gschID: 549961


Buducnost - Grissin Bon RE 82-74

Buducnost defeated the opponent from Reggio Emilia 82-74 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bosnian point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) stepped up and scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and American guard Kyle Gibson (196-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Amedeo Della-Valle (192-93, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) responded with 18 points and American forward Jalen Reynolds (208-92, college: Xavier) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Buducnost will face Hapoel Jerusalem (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Grissin Bon RE will play against Galatasaray and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: K.Gibson 16+5reb+5ast, N.Ivanovic 15+1reb+1ast, N.Gordic 12+6reb+9ast, F.Barovic 8+3reb+1ast, K.Landry 7+1reb, D.Nikolic 6+1reb
Grissin Bon RE: A.Della Valle 18+3reb+2ast, N.De Vico 8+1reb+2ast, L.Sane 8+5reb, G.Nevels 8+2reb+1ast, F.Mussini 8+1ast, J.Wright 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 549960


Lietkabelis - Hapoel J-M 86-72

The most important game of round 1 took place in Panevezys of Group B where Lithuanian Lietkabelis beat Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (0-1) 86-72 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lietkabelis looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Lorenzo Williams (187-84, college: Rice) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) responded with 23 points and 6 assists and American-Israeli power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 15 points. Hapoel Jerusalem will play next round against strong Buducnost trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Lietkabelis will try to continue on its current victory against Bayern Muenchen on the road.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: K.Lavrinovic 20+8reb+3ast, L.Williams 13+2reb+8ast, D.Lavrinovic 11+2reb, G.Talton 11+1reb+1ast, Z.Peineris 8+6reb+3ast, A.Juskevicius 7+1reb+4ast
Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 23+4reb+6ast, A.Daye 16+2reb+1ast, R.Howell 15+4reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 8+4reb+2ast, A.Omic 5+6reb+1ast, B.Timor 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 549962


Group C
ALBA - Partizan NIS 111-85

German ALBA Berlin smashed Serbian Partizan at home 111-85. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.5 percent from the field and made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. ALBA Berlin forced 23 Partizan turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. ALBA Berlin players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Partizan was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: 3Eye) nailed 24 points for the winning side and forward Luke Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) accounted for 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Nigel Williams-Goss (191-94, college: Gonzaga) came up with 22 points and 5 assists and point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Partizan in the defeat. Five ALBA Berlin and four Partizan 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. Partizan will play next round against strong Lietuvos rytas trying to get back on the winning streak. ALBA Berlin will try to continue on its current victory against Lokomotiv at Kuban.
Top scorers:
ALBA: S.Butterfield 24+2reb+2ast, L.Sikma 19+3reb+4ast, S.Peno 15+1reb+3ast, N.Giffey 14+3reb+2ast, D.Clifford 12+4reb, T.Schneider 8+2reb+1ast
Partizan NIS: N.Williams-Goss 22+1reb+5ast, P.Miller 15+4reb+4ast, V.Marinkovic 15+4reb+4ast, D.Salic 12+3reb, M.Pecarski 8+6reb, N.Velickovic 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 549964


Lietuvos rytas - RETAbet BB 83-93

Lietuvos rytas were defeated by the opponent from Bilbao 93-83 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by RETAbet BB. Lietuvos rytas was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. RETAbet BB made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. RETAbet BB had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Lietuvos rytas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Bosnian-Serbian forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American center Mickell Gladness (211-86) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four RETAbet BB players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) scored 15 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. RETAbet BB will face Limoges CSP Elite (#5) at home in the next round. Lietuvos rytas will play against Partizan in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
RETAbet BB: D.Todorovic 20+7reb+2ast, A.Hervelle 13+4reb+2ast, M.Gladness 12+7reb+1ast, P.Tomas 11+3reb+1ast, T.Kempton 10+6reb+1ast, J.Tabu 10+3reb+5ast
Lietuvos rytas: J.Baron 15+6reb+2ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 15+3reb+1ast, R.Carter 12+1reb+2ast, M.Antonio Carter 10+1reb+2ast, M.Lukauskis 9+1reb+4ast, C.Kramer 7+1reb+8ast
gschID: 549965


Limoges - Lokomotiv 61-63

But Limoges CSP Elite was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Kuban 63-61 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 31-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (181-89, college: Wichita St.) stepped up and scored 19 points and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Chris Babb (195-90, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Lokomotiv's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side swingman Axel Bouteille (200-95) responded with 19 points and American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (178-84, college: S.Indiana) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Lokomotiv will face ALBA Berlin at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Limoges CSP Elite will play against RETAbet BB (#3) in Bilbao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: J.Ragland 19+3reb+4ast, C.Babb 13+5reb+2ast, B.Qvale 12+4reb+1ast, T.Lacey 7+4reb+1ast, R.Broekhoff 6+4reb+2ast, P.Antipov 4+5reb+2ast
Limoges: A.Bouteille 19+3reb, D.Gibson 15+4ast, K.Hayes 8+3reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 6+5reb+1ast, B.Conklin 6+4reb, J.Carter 5+3reb
gschID: 549963


Group D
Dolomiti En. TR - ASVEL 85-75

Dolomiti En. TR edged the opponent from Villeurbanne 85-75 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Dolomiti En. TR. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dolomiti En. TR made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Diego Flaccadori (194-96) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) responded with 17 points and Amine Noua (202-97, agency: BeoBasket) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dolomiti En. TR will face Zenit (#4) in Saint Petersburg in the next round. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: C.Behanan 19+5reb+4ast, S.Shields 13+1reb, D.Sutton 13+6reb+2ast, D.Flaccadori 11+7reb+4ast, Y.Franke 9+2reb+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 8+3reb
ASVEL: D.Lighty 17+4reb+2ast, J.Harper 12+3reb, D.Nelson 11+4reb+1ast, A.Noua 10+7reb+2ast, C.Kahudi 7+3reb+2ast, D.Watkins 6+1reb
gschID: 549968


Gran Canaria - Zenit 97-87

Gran Canaria won against the opponent from Saint Petersburg 97-87 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gran Canaria dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Zenit's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Czech center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Oriol Pauli (201-94) chipped in 15 points. Gran Canaria's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side American forward Drew Gordon (206-90, college: N.Mexico) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and forward Sergey Karasev (201-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 18 points. Five Gran Canaria and four Zenit players scored in double figures. Gran Canaria will face Tofas (#5) in Bursa in the next round. Zenit will play at home against Dolomiti En. TR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: O.Pauli 15+2reb+3ast, P.Aguilar 12+3reb+1ast, E.Baez 12+2reb+2ast, O.Balvin 10+9reb+1ast, G.Mekel 10+5ast, M.Eriksson 9+2reb+1ast
Zenit: S.Karasev 18+1reb+1ast, K.Kuric 18+1reb+1ast, D.Harper 12+2reb, D.Gordon 11+8reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 8+4reb+2ast, I.Lazarev 8+1reb
gschID: 549967


Ratiopharm - Tofas 83-73

ratiopharm Ulm used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Bursa 83-73 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 28-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) stepped up and scored 26 points and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Ismet Akpinar (190-95, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Cameroonian power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm will face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tofas will play against Gran Canaria and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: J.Lewis 26+2reb+4ast, D.Butler 13+5reb, R.Thompson 11+2ast, I.Fotu 10+5reb, L.Harangody 9+6reb+1ast, I.Akpinar 8+5reb+7ast
Tofas: K.Kadji 22+5reb, R.Morgan 16+8reb+2ast, Y.Arslan 12+4reb+1ast, S.Mejia 9+1reb+2ast, I.Paunic 5+1reb, J.Owens 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 549966





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  EUROLEAGUE  


McLean: We are ready - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Olympiacos is at Heraklion since Tuesday morning (October 10). The 'reds' travelled to Crete for tonight's game (12/10, 20:00 CET) against Baskonia for the Euroleague premiere, without Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) and Nikos Arsenopoulos (195-PG-00).
'We are ready for our first European game' Jamel McLean (203-C/F-88, college: Xavier) stated. 'I'm excited. We've been preparing for this since summer, time has gone by, the games are here, it's time for basketball. Baskonia is a good team and to get the result we want, we need to remain completely focused throughout the game'.
The 'Two Aorakia' gym, where the game is going to be taking place, is a familiar environment for the American forward/center and his team mates. 'We had recently been here for a tournament. The fans had come and supported us at the time. I hope they do the same at the game against Baskonia. I hope the gym is full and the fans create a beautiful atmosphere'.
Finally, questioned about the defeat in the STOIXIMAN.GR Basket League, he replied: 'It's still very early. Nothing is lost and nothing would have been won… What we need to do is to continue working hard, become better. The season is very long, we have a lot of enthusiasm, we have a good team and we will continue looking forward'.




Olympiacos and OPAP collaborate for one more season - by Kostas Papadopoulos

On last Monday, Olympiacos BC and OPAP presented their sponsoring collaboration for the 2017-18 season. The owners of Olympiacos BC, Panagiotis and Giorgos Angelopoulos attended the event, together with the Vice President Giorgos Skindilias, the Commercial Director Nikos Lepeniotis and the all of the team members.
The statements:
Damian Cop (CEO of OPAP): "Through the years, OPAP and Olympiacos have built a strong and successful collaboration that is based on our common values and actions on both a sporting and a social level. It is with great joy that we present today the extension of this collaboration, aiming to even greater success this season.
SKRATS is one of the most entertaining and popular games of OPAP. During the previous three years, SKRATS has travelled on the Olympiacos shirt in all over Europe and Greece. To be accurate, in two of the three years of our collaboration, Olympiacos has succeeded to qualify for the Euroleague Final Four and the great final. That's why we often say that SKRATS is the team's good luck charm. These years, Olympiacos has played many unforgettable games that have thrilled the fans allowing them to 'have a live experience of the game'.
We are especially happy to be supporting Olympiacos for yet another season. We wish the team, the coaches, the players and the fans good luck in this exciting season, both in Greece and Europe".

Christos Stavropoulos (General Director of Olympiacos BC): "We are very happy to continue our collaboration with OPAP SA for the 7th year in a row. This is a long and successful collaboration since all the previous seasons, from 2011 and forth, either with TZOKER or with SKRATS on our shirts, but always with OPAP by our side, our team has made 4 European finals, we have won 2 Euroleague titles, one Intercontinental Cup and 3 Greek League titles! So, it is obvious that this collaboration is attached to the Olympiacos success and the conquering of the top in Greece and in Europe.
Long term collaborations with companies and organizations of the dynamics and the size of the OPAP corporation are a strategic choice for Olympiacos and a one way street. All the more, our goal is to cooperate with the top company of any sector, so our choice could not have been any different. The development of the organization of OPAP in the last years and its dynamics are a match to our effort to maintain the top and evolve into one of the strongest sporting organizations in Europe.
At the same time, all the common actions in all kinds of levels, marketing, strategic, social policy and advocating social messages, involving the fans and young kids and many more, are always increasing winning the fans as well as relating awards in Greece and abroad.
For Olympiacos, associates of the likes of OPAP are a choice for a parallel route and improvement and we are happy to continue this long term cooperation without any intervals. We certainly have a lot more to create and succeed, in a really tough environment and we hope to contribute to the realization of the OPAP vision for 2020, continuing this collaboration, why not, until 2020 and even further ahead".

Giannis Sfairopoulos (Olympiacos coach): "It's very important that this collaboration continues for seven years now. SKRATS has really brought us luck and we have succeeded a lot in recent years. I wish we continue working together, through which both sides get to show their socially engaged face, besides being models for the sporting family. Both OPAP and Olympiacos have a great interest in matters that affect our society".

Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) (Olympiacos captain): "We are connected with OPAP by two common factors. We are both champions in our field and we both wish to offer to society. I hope to continue working together into the next seasons as well and bring home success ".



Justin Doellman (ex FC Barcelona) is a newcomer at Anadolu Efes - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Kosovan international forward Justin Doellman (205-95kg-85, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Doellman has played for the last three years at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 12 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg last season. Doellman helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 15 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements Doellman's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Imports Team award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Doellman represented Kosovo at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 84.2%.
Doellman has played previously professionally also in France (Cholet Basket, Besancon and Entente Orleans 45) and Spain (Valencia Basket, La ICL Manresa and HLA Alicante).
He attended Xavier University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Justin has good size and he is very skilled athlete, who can shoot with good range. He is a very good passer who has a great understanding of the game. Justin is a very versatile player who can play many roles or positions for us. He passes it. He shoots it. He can rebound. He is a complete player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nemanja MILOSEVIC
  Oradea
  (204-PF-87)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Milosevic, Oradea25.5 
 2. Wright, Demir IBB22.5 
 3. Taylor, Steaua CSM22.0 
 4. Eldridge, Trabzons.21.5 
 5. Gaines, Parma21.5 
 6. Capers, CSU Sibiu21.5 
 7. Demps, Mons-Hai.21.5 
 8. Golden, Le Portel21.0 
 9. Govens, Falco-Vu.20.5 
 10. Vojvoda, Szolnok20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jenkins, KR12.0 
 2. Smith, Boras10.0 
 3. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 4. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut9.8 
 5. Cook, Tartu Ulikool9.0 
 6. Ramstedt, Soder.9.0 
 7. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 8. Adrien, Bnei H.8.8 
 9. Donaldson, Le Po.8.5 
 10. Brooks, Balkan8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Erving WALKER
  Demir IBB
  (173-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Walker, Demir IBB6.8 
 2. Person, Boras6.5 
 3. Miller-M., Parma6.5 
 4. Brooks, Balkan6.3 
 5. Trotter, Oradea6.0 
 6. Hammonds, Wuerz.6.0 
 7. Taylor, Steaua CSM6.0 
 8. Johnson, BM Slam .6.0 
 9. Thompson, Istanbu.6.0 
 10. Colter, Khimik5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  CSU Sibiu
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Pratt, CSU Sibiu3.5 
 2. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.5 
 3. Capers, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 4. Phillip, Szolnok2.8 
 5. Borisov, Falco-Vu.2.5 
 6. Wright, Rilski2.5 
 7. Hollins, Kormend2.5 
 8. Thomas, Spirou2.5 
 9. Person, Boras2.5 
 10. Ryabchuk, Khimik2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo TASIC
  AEK
  (207-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tasic, AEK2.0 
 2. Green, Trabzonspor2.0 
 3. Tibirna, Oradea2.0 
 4. Mornar, Boras1.5 
 5. Searcy, AEK1.5 
 6. Spires, Sodertalje1.5 
 7. Lapeta, BM Slam .1.5 
 8. Stumbris, Nevezis1.5 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 10. Tymofeyenko, Dni.1.5 


Recap of Qualifying Round 2 Return Leg - by Eurobasket News

FC Porto - Bnei Hertzeliya 83-85

FC Porto advanced into the regular season despite a narrow home loss to Bnei Hertzeliya. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 27-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Bnei Hasharon made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by FC Porto Ferpinta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds and American-Montenegrin forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (201-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Sasa Borovnjak (206-89, college: Penn St., agency: 011 Sports) scored 18 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliya: J.Adrien 18+7reb, S.Dawson 14+4reb+3ast, H.Kanacevic 13+8reb+2ast, X.Thames 11+4ast, A.Rosenberg 8+1reb, T.Green 8+2reb+3ast
FC Porto: S.Borovnjak 18+4reb+3ast, W.Hanley 16+5reb+5ast, P.Bastos 13+1reb+6ast, P.Pinto 11+1reb+2ast, A.Monteiro 9+6reb, M.Queiroz 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580707


Spirou - BK Pardubice 88-66

Spirou cruised past Pardubice to complete the sweep. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by American guard Jack Gibbs (183-95, college: Davidson) who scored that evening 19 points and the other American import forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Even 8 points and 9 rebounds by forward Radek Necas (206-80) did not help to save the game for BK Pardubice. American guard Scott Martin (203-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) added 10 points and 6 rebounds 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.
Top scorers:
Spirou: J.Gibbs 19+1reb+3ast, A.Libert 15+5reb, S.Tuttle 12+7reb+1ast, S.Thomas 11+2reb+3ast, H.Delalic 10+7reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 6+8reb+3ast
BK Pardubice: S.Martin 10+6reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 10+4reb, V.Pulpan 9+2reb+3ast, R.Necas 8+9reb+2ast, J.Potocek 8+2reb+1ast, D.Pandula 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 580705


Steaua CSM - Kormend 72-73

Kormend upset Steaua in Bucharest to seal their regular season berth. Steaua CSM trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 32-20 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-73 at the end of the game. American guard Marquis Wright (185-95, college: Siena) fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Eric Fanning (196-92, college: Boston U.) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Kormend players scored in double figures. Kormend's coach used entire bench in such tough game. American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) produced 26 points and 5 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Kormend: M.Wright 19+3reb+5ast, A.Hollins 14+3reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 13+3reb, M.Csorvasi 12+4reb, E.Fanning 10+6reb+4ast, S.Koch 3+4reb
Steaua CSM: B.Taylor 26+1reb+5ast, P.Marinov 14+5reb+5ast, L.Lapornik 10+8reb+2ast, D.Zekovic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Runkauskas 8+2reb+2ast, J.Boone 4+10reb
gschID: 580701


Sodertalje - Szolnok 75-73

Sodertalje topped visiting Szolnok but could not overcome a massive deficit from the opening leg. Szolnok was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of Sodertalje Kings, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for point guard Valter Lindstrom (186-95) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Adam Ramstedt (208-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) replied with 18 points and American forward Quincy Ford (203-93, college: Northeastern) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Szolnok. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: V.Lindstrom 24+2reb+6ast, A.Ramstedt 14+13reb+4ast, N.Spires 10+3reb, M.Pahlmblad 10+6reb+3ast, T.Bizaca 8+4reb+1ast, A.Anderson 5+6reb+1ast
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 18+4reb+2ast, T.Phillip 14+4reb+3ast, Q.Ford 11+9reb+1ast, A.Toth 10+4reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 7+1reb+1ast, L.Polyak 7+3reb
gschID: 580702


Beroe - Mons-Hainaut 66-79

Mons-Hainaut crushed Beroe to ease into the regular season. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Belfius Mons-Hainaut's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-13 extending their advantage to 13 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 22. Belfius Mons-Hainaut looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Juvonte Reddic (206-92, college: VCU) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) who added 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Italian point guard Mike DiNunno (180-90, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) responded with 15 points and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and American forward Alex Davis (206-92, college: Fresno St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 16+1reb+5ast, J.Reddic 15+7reb, G.Green 9+6reb, X.Francois 9+5reb, M.Tiby 8+11reb+2ast, I.Lasisi 6+3reb+2ast
Beroe: A.Yanev Georgiev 15+6reb+1ast, M.DiNunno 15+4reb+6ast, A.Davis 11+11reb, T.Whisnant 8+2reb+1ast, A.Parker 7+2reb+5ast, T.Zhelev 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580704


Khimik - Istanbul BBSK 68-76

Istanbul BBSK upset Khimik in Yuzhny to enter regular season. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Khimik won second period 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Istanbul BBSK shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 assists and Serbian power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Istanbul BBSK players scored in double figures. Istanbul BBSK's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American point guard Derrick Colter (180-94, college: Duquesne, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 8 points and 6 assists and point guard Illya Sidorov (184-96) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Istanbul BBSK: M.Thompson 17+3reb+7ast, S.Bircevic 17+2reb+3ast, U.Dokuyan 11+2reb+1ast, I.Buva 10+5reb+2ast, D.Dulkys 6+1reb+1ast, I.Karaman 4+3reb
Khimik: I.Sidorov 13+4reb, V.Petrov 9+4reb+1ast, V.Malchevskiy 8+4reb+2ast, D.Colter 8+3reb+6ast, O.Ryabchuk 8+1reb+4ast, S.Pavlov 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 580703


Tartu Ulikool - Demir IBB 68-73

Demir IBB rallied past Tartu Ulikool in Estonia to breeze into the regular season. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Steven Cook (196-94, college: Princeton) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Demir IBB: V.Stojanovski 17+2reb+3ast, E.Walker 16+5reb+3ast, D.Simpson 16+8reb+1ast, V.Moldoveanu 7+8reb+2ast, M.Mutlu 6+1reb+2ast, O.Baykan 6+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: S.Cook 21+13reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 14+6reb, V.Cizauskas 11+2reb+6ast, T.Sokk 7+3reb+6ast, C.Engstrom 7+7reb+1ast, J.Talts 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 580700


AEK - Nevezis 85-66

AEK Athens outgunned Nevezis but failed to win on aggregate. The game without a history. AEK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AEK made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Tyreek Duren (183-91, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton) who added 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Russian forward Valery Likhodey (205-86, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 12 points and swingman Gintautas Matulis (196-86) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
AEK: T.Duren 31+6reb+3ast, D.Searcy 21+7reb, I.Panteli 11+3reb+3ast, A.Sizopoulos 10, D.Tasic 8+7reb+2ast, S.Gibson 4+3reb+4ast
Nevezis: V.Likhodey 12+4reb+2ast, G.Matulis 11+3reb+2ast, J.Woodard 10+2reb+1ast, J.Tamulis 9+3reb, M.Grant 9+3reb+3ast, G.Maldunas 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 580699


Falco-Vulcano - Balkan 84-74

Falco knocked down Balkan to celebrate the second straight win in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Vulcano. Balkan was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Balkan outrebounded Falco-Vulcano 39-27 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Balkan was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95) who added 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Falco-Vulcano players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import David Haughton (198-91, college: Purchase) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Falco-Vulcano: D.Govens 21+5reb+3ast, Z.Perl 21+3reb+4ast, B.Varadi 14+3reb+3ast, M.Borisov 10+8reb+3ast, I.Zigeranovic 7+3reb+1ast, J.Norfleet 4+2reb+3ast
Balkan: D.Haughton 22+8reb, D.Brooks 16+10reb+6ast, I.Kesar 14+8reb, B.Fortenberry 8+3reb+2ast, D.Washington 6+8reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 5+1reb
gschID: 580698


Le Portel - Parma 74-55

Le Portel marched past Parma into FIBA Europe Cup regular season. The game was mostly controlled by Le Portel. Parma was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Trae Golden (189-91, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) who added 10 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Le Portel's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (191-94, college: Wake Forest) responded with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: T.Golden 15+6reb+4ast, B.Mangin 12+3ast, M.Hachad 11+4reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 10+6reb+2ast, T.Carter 9+1reb+5ast, F.Hassell 6+4reb+2ast
Parma: F.Gaines 15+5reb, C.Miller-McIntyre 13+6reb+6ast, A.Vinnik 11+6reb+1ast, I.Ukhov 8+7reb, M.Dybovskiy 4+3reb+1ast, N.Zhmako 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580697





FIBA Europe Cup Qualifying Round 2 Return Leg best performance: Tyreek Duren - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Tyreek Duren (183-PG-91) had a great game in the last round for AEK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Qualifying Round 2).
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Nevezis with 19-point margin 85-66. Duren turned to be AEK's top player in his first season with the team. Tyreek Duren averages just after two games 18.0ppg and 4.5apg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Adam Ramstedt (208-SF-95) of Sodertalje. Ramstedt had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Sodertalje to edge Szolnok 75-73. Ramstedt is one of the most experienced players at Sodertalje and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Steven Cook (196-F-94) of Tartu Ulikool. Cook scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Cook's great performance Tartu Ulikool lost 68-73 to Demir IBB. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89) of AEK - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. David Haughton (198-PF-91) of Balkan - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. Trae Golden (189-G-91) of Le Portel - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Diamon Simpson (204-F-87) of Demir IBB - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Alex Davis (206-F-92) of Beroe - 11 points and 11 rebounds
9. Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88) of Steaua CSM - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Valter Lindstrom (186-PG-95) of Sodertalje - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 2-point FC Barcelona's victory against the 14th-ranked Joventut (0-2) 74-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Koponen scored 9 points in 15 minutes on the court. 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 this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Koponen averages: 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, 3FGP: 44.4% in three games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alexander Madsen (208-95, currently plays in Czech Republic). He led USK Praha to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked BK Olomoucko (0-2) 83-67 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. Madsen recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 6 blocks. USK Praha (2-0) is placed third in the NBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Madsen has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.0bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 75.0% and FT: 77.8%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany). Huff contributed to a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' victory against the closely-ranked BG Goettingen (1-3) 88-80 in the German BBL on Tuesday night. He scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 33 minutes. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (2-1) is placed ninth in the BBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Huff's first year with the team. This season Huff has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 116.7% in two games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #4. Power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his French team JSF Nanterre win their game against the -ranked CEZ Nymburk (0-1) 81-72 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. Murphy recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. JSF Nanterre (1-0) is placed in the Basketball Champions League. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Murphy's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 6.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently in the Finnish national team roster. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #5. International center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Israel) could not help Maccabi Ashdod in their last game. Despite his very good performance his team lost 77-84 on the road to the second-ranked Galil Gilboa. Lee had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Maccabi Ashdod this season. Lee is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Finnish national team. Apparently Lee has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #6. Shooting guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Unicaja Malaga to win against the league leader Burgos (2-0) crushing them 93-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Thursday night. He scored only 4 points. Unicaja Malaga (2-1) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It's Salin's first season with the team. Salin's overall stats this year are: 5.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Antto Nikkarinen
Antto Nikkarinen
   #7. International point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in Sweden) helped KFUM Jamtland win their game against one of league's weakest teams Nassjo (0-2) crushing them 75-42 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Nikkarinen recorded 7 points and added 7 assists in 26 minutes. It was his first game for KFUM Jamtland this season. His team is placed second in the Basketligan. Nikkarinen is also Finnish national team player.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #8. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Ourense (0-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Ourense was edged 72-70 at home by the much higher-ranked Cocinas.com (#5). Ahonen was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 6 passes (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Ahonen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. Ahonen plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Carl Lindbom
Carl Lindbom
   #9. International small forward Carl Lindbom (206-91, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Juventus (0-5) in their game against Neptunas (5-1) in the Lithuanian LKL. He scored 5 points in 11 minutes. Juventus was edged 73-72 on their home court in Utena by the second-ranked Neptunas. So far Juventus lost all five games in the Regular Season. This year Lindbom averages only 3.0ppg in five games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Ozan Odabasi
Ozan Odabasi
   #10. Power forward Ozan Odabasi (206-95, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Trabzonspor (0-1) in their game against Besiktas (0-1) in the Turkish BSL. Odabasi cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Trabzonspor this season. Trabzonspor was defeated 82-71 on their home court in Trabzon by the higher-ranked Besiktas (#9). Odabasi is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Vesa Heinonen (194-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Germany) helped Aschersleben win their game against the sixth-ranked Vechta-2 84-81 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 37 minutes. Heinonen has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg in three games. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Aleksis Psychas (202-C-87, currently plays in Spain) could not help Liceo Frances (1-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Psychas' good performance the 13th-placed Liceo Frances (1-2) was defeated 70-66 at home by the higher-ranked CB Guadalajara (#9) in the Group B. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Psychas averaged so far 13.0ppg and 3.5rpg.



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Charleville signs rookie Khalid Hart - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) inked 22-year old Virgin Islander international guard Khalid Hart (188-82kg-95, agency: Two Points). He just graduated from Marist (NCAA). Hart has played there for the last five years. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to All-MAAC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Hart's college team won DIAA Boys Basketball State Tournament in 2012.
He has been also a member of U.S. Virgin Islands international program for some years. Hart has regularly played for U.S. Virgin Islands senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2012.
He also represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. Hart's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 17.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 87.5%.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @oliviermazet)

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Adrien Moerman selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against the league leader Burgos (2-0) crushing them 111-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Moerman scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. 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 this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Moerman has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3FGP: 55.6%(10-18) in three games he played so far. Former Limoges CSP Elite starter played for the French senior national team one years ago.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Kevin Seraphin (208-89, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Adrien Moerman. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Seraphin led FC Barcelona to a 2-point victory over the 14th-ranked Joventut (0-2) 74-72. He was MVP of the game. Seraphin scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. FC Barcelona Lassa (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Seraphin's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 44.1% and FT: 44.4%. Ex-Cholet Basket player is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Spain). Causeur led Real Madrid to a victory over the league outsider Zaragoza (0-3) crushing them 93-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Causeur scored 15 points in 23 minutes. Real Madrid (3-0) is placed fourth 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. Causeur has reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 88.9% in three games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #4. Point guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Adrien Moerman and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Heurtel contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Burgos (2-0) crushing them 111-81. He scored 8 points and added 10 assists in 22 minutes. Heurtel's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 8.3apg and 1.3spg in three games. He is also French national team player.

Axel Toupane
Axel Toupane
   #5. International swingman Axel Toupane (197-92, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) was the main contributor in Zalgiris' victory against one of league's weakest teams Juventus (0-5) crushing them 88-66 in the Lithuanian LKL on Thursday night. Toupane was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (5-1) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Toupane averages: 9.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Mathias Lessort
Mathias Lessort
   #6. Center Mathias Lessort (206-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the 11th-ranked Olimpija (1-2) 82-73 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. Lessort scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. 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. Lessort averaged so far 13.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in three games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the French team two years ago.

Nobel Boungou-Colo
Nobel Boungou-Colo
   #7. Former international forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Spain) could not help Real Betis (0-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Boungou-Colo's very good performance Real Betis was defeated 94-86 at home by the higher-ranked RETAbet BB (#11). He was the top scorer with 25 points. Boungou-Colo also added 7 rebounds. Boungou-Colo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg and 5.7rpg. Boungou-Colo used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Amath M'Baye
Amath M'Baye
   #8. Forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) helped Armani Milano edge one of league's weakest teams Openjobmetis VA (0-2) 74-73 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 7 points in 23 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (2-0) is placed first in the Serie A. This year M'Baye's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 3.5rpg in two games. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

Bandja Sy
Bandja Sy
   #9. Former international forward Bandja Sy (204-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Greece) helped AEK win their game against the league outsider Aiolos Trikallon (0-1) 91-72 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Sy recorded 9 points. It was his first game for AEK this season. His team is placed first in the A1. Sy used to play for the French national team three years ago.

Andrew Albicy
Andrew Albicy
   #10. Point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra (0-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Albicy's good performance Andorra was defeated 81-77 on the road by the higher-ranked UCAM Murcia (#12). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Albicy also added made 7 passes and 5 steals. Albicy's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.3apg and 2.3spg. He is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Vincent Poirier (210-93, currently plays in Spain) helped Baskonia win their game against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes 94-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Poirier scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 18 minutes. This year Poirier's total stats are: 5.0ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vincent Poirier and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Beaubois helped Baskonia win their game against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes 94-76. He scored 9 points. Beaubois has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. Former U18 international power forward Damien Inglis (204-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Betaland Cdo (0-1) in their last game. Despite Inglis' good performance Betaland Cdo lost 77-82 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#33) Gaziantep. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Inglis also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. Inglis averaged so far 14.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 3.3apg in three games. He used to play for the French U18 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international power forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) helped Twarde Pierniki win their game against the 12th-ranked Miasto Szkla 92-75 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Twarde Pierniki this season. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2007.

   #15. International center Moustapha Fall (218-92, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Sakarya BSB in their game against Demir IBB in the Turkish BSL. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Sakarya BSB this season. His team lost 64-71. Fall is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Remi Barry (203-F-91, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led Ohrid AV to a victory over the league outsider Strumica (0-1) 90-76 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Sunday night's game. Barry was the top player that evening. He recorded 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. It was his first game for Ohrid AV this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Barry's third season in pro basketball. His team is placed third in the Prva Liga. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.

   #2. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Starwings (1-1) crushing them 102-65 in the Swiss SBL last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Jurkovitz also added and 4 steals in 24 minutes. Fribourg Olympic (2-0) is placed first in the SBL. Jurkovitz averaged so far 14.0ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.0spg in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #3. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) could not help Ironi Nes-Ziona (0-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kadir's good performance Ironi Nes-Ziona was defeated 72-58 on the road by the leading Bnei Hasharon. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was his first game for Ironi Nes-Ziona this season. Kadir is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #4. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked UCC Piacenza (1-1) 82-67 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 24 minutes. Tezenis Verona (1-1) is placed eighth in East group. Udom has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.5apg in two games. Udom has both French and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, also represented by Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Eilat (0-1) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Hapoel Eilat was defeated 82-68 at home by the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#5). Nissim was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 assists. It was his first game for Hapoel Eilat this season. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Hapoel Eilat's roster. Nissim also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #6. David Ramseier (202-C-87, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Neuchatel's victory against the closely-ranked Boncourt crushing them 91-62 in the Swiss SBL on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. Ramseier has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #7. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, agency: HMS, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Kangoeroes in their game against Oostende in the Belgian Euromillions League. Chada scored 5 points. It was his first game for Kangoeroes this season. His team was crushed by 37 points 92-55. He has French and Belgian nationalities.

   #8. Sango Niang (183-PG-93, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Nassjo in their game against Boras Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. Niang scored 5 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. His team lost 69-79. He has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in two games.

   #9. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) is a teammate of previously mentioned David Ramseier and both played together in the last Swiss SBL game. Maruotto contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boncourt crushing them 91-62. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maruotto has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He holds both French and Swiss passports.

   #10. Eric Katenda (206-F-92, college: N.Texas, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Lakers in their game against Geneve Lions in the Swiss SBL. Katenda scored only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team lost 69-74. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 8.5rpg in two games. Katenda has DR Congolese and French nationalities.



Matthias Flosse claims French ProA U21 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Matthias Flosse (209-PF-98) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Gravelines and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 19-year old power forward had a double-double of 21 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Boulazac (#13, 1-3) 109-102. Gravelines is placed at 2nd position in French ProA U21. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Gravelines already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Flosse turned to be Gravelines' top player in his first season with the team. Flosse has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 54.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Gravelines' star - 17-year old point guard Lucas Bourhis (179-PG). Bourhis impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 7 assists. Of course Gravelines cruised to a 109-102 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Boulazac (#13, 1-3). This victory allowed Gravelines to move up to second position in the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Bourhis is well-known by Gravelines fans and together with Matthias Flosse they both established positions among team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Ivan Fevrier (204-F-99) of Levallois (#15). Fevrier showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Fevrier's great performance Levallois lost 68-79 to the higher-ranked Limoges (1-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Levallois can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Fevrier he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Fevrier has a very solid season. In 4 games in France he scored 14.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mounir Bernaoui (204-F/C-97) of Le Portel - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Digue Diawara) of Hyeres-Toulon - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Florian Fereira (200-F-97) of CCRB Pro - 15 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tim Eboh (197-F-97) of Limoges - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Shekinah Munanga (201-PF-97) of Monaco - 12 points and 9 rebounds
9. Theo Maledon (192-G) of Lyon-Villeurbanne - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Killian Hayes (194-G-01) of Cholet - 18 points, 2 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)



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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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 39
 1. Anakievski, Pelister.39.0 
 2. Barry, Ohrid AV35.0 
 3. Kostov, Rabotnicki30.0 
 4. Karadzovski, Kuman.29.0 
 5. Benjamin, Bloko.28.0 
 6. Davis, Feni I.24.0 
 7. Ginyard, Rabotnicki22.0 
 8. Pekovic, Kozuv22.0 
 9. Ross-Miller, Ohrid A.21.0 
 10. Magdevski, Feni I.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne BENJAMIN
  Bloko.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13
 1. Benjamin, Bloko.13.0 
 2. Apostolov, Kozuv11.0 
 3. Davis, Feni I.9.0 
 4. Janevski, Kumanovo8.0 
 5. Pekovic, Kozuv8.0 
 6. Kostov, Rabotnicki8.0 
 7. Cohadarevic, Rabot.8.0 
 8. Gilbert, Strumica7.0 
 9. Ramme, Kumanovo7.0 
 10. Mirkovic, Feni I.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juraj SEGARIC
  Gostivar
  (185-PG-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Segaric, Gostivar10.0 
 2. Magdevski, Feni I.8.0 
 3. Petrovski, Feni I.7.0 
 4. Lazarevski, Bloko.7.0 
 5. Dimcevski, Gostivar6.0 
 6. Ginyard, Rabotnicki6.0 
 7. Apostolov, Kozuv5.0 
 8. Karadzovski, Kuman.5.0 
 9. Ramme, Kumanovo4.0 
 10. Cvetkov, Strumica4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Apostoli APOSTOLOV
  Kozuv
  (183-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Apostolov, Kozuv4.0 
 2. Mladenovic, Bloko.3.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kozuv3.0 
 4. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.0 
 5. Todorovic, Gostivar3.0 
 6. Kolev, Blokotehna3.0 
 7. Karakolev, Kuman.3.0 
 8. Barry, Ohrid AV3.0 
 9. Bozinov, Blokotehna2.0 
 10. Magdevski, Feni I.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam MIRKOVIC
  Feni I.
  (199-G/F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mirkovic, Feni I.4.0 
 2. Avramovski, Bloko.2.0 
 3. Krstevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 4. Todorovic, Gostivar1.0 
 5. Gocevski, Bloko.1.0 
 6. Zekjiri, Gostivar1.0 
 7. Benjamin, Bloko.1.0 
 8. Kamberov, Bloko.1.0 
 9. Pavlovski, Gostivar1.0 
 10. Gilbert, Strumica0.0 



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  GEORGIA  


Marquez Haynes selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Banvit (0-1) 108-101 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. Haynes recorded 22 points and added 6 assists in 39 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Umana Venezia this season. His team is placed in the Basketball Champions League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Haynes is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian senior national team six years ago. Strangely Haynes has never played in Georgia.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his French team Strasbourg IG to a victory over the -ranked Olimpija (0-1) 83-69 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Dixon was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It was his first game for Strasbourg IG this season. His team is placed 43rd in the Basketball Champions League. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Dixon is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team. Apparently Dixon has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He could not help Bnei Hasharon in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Green's good performance his team was edged 68-65 on the road by the lower-ranked FC Porto_Ferpinta. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Green also added 6 assists. Green has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 70.6%(12-17), 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 84.6%. He is a naturalized American. Green played for the Georgian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #4. Shooting guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 3-point Brose Baskets' victory against the 14th-ranked Giessen 46ers (0-3) 87-84 in the German BBL last Tuesday. Hickman scored 13 points and added 6 passes in 25 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (3-1) is placed sixth in the BBL. 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. It's Hickman's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.5apg and 2.0spg in two games he played so far. Hickman is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2014. However Hickman has never played in Georgia.

Goga Bitadze
Goga Bitadze
   #5. International power forward Goga Bitadze (211-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Mega Bemax (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Mega Bemax was defeated 90-80 in Beograd by the leading Crvena Zvezda. Bitadze scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 4 blocks. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Bitadze's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Bitadze averages: 16.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg and 4.0bpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #6. Power forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baskonia (1-2) in their last game. Despite Shengelia's very good performance Baskonia was badly defeated 100-82 in Las Palmas by the second-ranked Gran Canaria. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Shengelia also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Shengelia is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Baskonia's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg in two games. Shengelia is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #7. International guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a The Flexx PT's victory against the 14th-ranked New Basket BR (0-2) 83-77 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. He scored 9 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 18 minutes. The Flexx Pistoia (2-0) is placed fourth in the Serie A. This year Sanadze's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 2.0rpg in two games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #8. Center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) helped Unicaja Malaga win their game against the league leader Burgos (2-0) crushing them 93-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Shermadini scored 6 points. Unicaja Malaga (2-1) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. Shermadini's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 3.7rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #9. Former international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Burgos (2-0) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the league leader Burgos was crushed 111-81 in Barcelona by the leading FC Barcelona. Fisher was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 assists. Fisher's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 3.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Giorgi Tsintsadze
Giorgi Tsintsadze
   #10. Point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Politehnica Iasi (1-2) in their game against Craiova (1-0) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. He recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Politehnica Iasi this season. But Politehnica Iasi was badly defeated 91-74 on the opponent's court by the leading Craiova. It was Politehnica Iasi's third consecutive loss in a row. Tsintsadze is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Alma Trieste win their game against the sixth-ranked Unieuro Forli 75-66 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Janelidze's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

   #12. International small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (197-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Grissin Bon RE in their game against VL Pesaro in the Italian Serie A. Markoishvili cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. His team lost 95-102. This year Markoishvili's total stats are: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in two games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

   #13. International point guard Otar Pkhakadze (188-93, college: Simpson, CA, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cambados in their game against Albacete in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Pkhakadze scored 5 points. His team was edged 78-76. Pkhakadze has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Georgian national team player.

   #14. U20 international small forward Levan Maskhulia (200-96, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help TTU in their game against Valga in the Estonian Alexela KML. Maskhulia recorded 5 points in 11 minutes. It was his first game for TTU this season. His team was crushed by 23 points 97-74. Maskhulia used to play for the Georgian U20 national team last year.

   #15. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help L'Hospitalet in their game against Navarra in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 6 points. His team was crushed by 32 points 110-78. Gelazonia has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina) could not help Olimpico de La Banda (2-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Olimpico de La Banda (2-3) was edged 76-75 on the road by the leading Salta Basket in the Group B. Diaz was the top scorer with 14 points in 29 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Diaz's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.7apg in three games he played so far. Diaz has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory 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. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #3. Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-F/C-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in a Bipa Basket's victory against the league outsider Politekhnik (0-4) 92-82 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Thursday. Tishchenko scored 16 points in 21 minutes. Bipa Basket Odessa (1-2) is placed sixth in the Superleague. Tishchenko's stats this year are: 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3spg in three games.

   #4. Temur Kiknadze (205-C-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Hagen-Haspe in their game against Bonn II (1-5) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Kiknadze recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. The 12th-placed Hagen-Haspe (1-5) lost 77-82 in Bonn to the higher-ranked (#10) Bonn II in the West group. It was Hagen-Haspe's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Kiknadze has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.5spg in six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Georgian and Spanish.

   #5. Davit Bezhanishvili (198-PF-97, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Flames (2-1) in their game against Lions (3-0) in the Austrian 2.Bundesliga (second division). Bezhanishvili scored only 4 points. Flames were crushed 92-60 in Dornbirn by the leading Lions. Bezhanishvili has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.5rpg.



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Science City Jena Grab Ex BBL Player Martynas Mazeika - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For some it may seem like yesterday when Martynas Mazeika (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) wore an Alba Berlin jersey and played 67 BBL games from 2004-2006, but that actually was 11 seasons ago as he added 38 BBL games a season later with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Martynas Mazeika is a 32 year old 192cm guard that was born in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Since his BBL run from 2005-2007 with Alba Berlin and Telekom Baskets Bonn, he has mainly been active with Lithuanian team Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) where he played 8 seasons reaching three league finals. He also played briefly in Italy, Ukraine, Latvia and Greece. Last season he played with Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) playing 47 games averaging 7.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 83.3%; In the BCL, he played 14 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 75.0%. He started the season with BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-Alexela KML). "We didn't have to take time to decide to bring him in. He brings a lot of quality and the needed physicality, experience and can play 3 positions. He will be able to be integrated into our system on account of the level he played at and his game intelligence", stressed head coach Bjoern Harmsen.

The Lituanian also played with teams liek : Pierrel Capo d'Orlando (Italy-Serie A), Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague), VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL) and AEK Athens (Greece-A1). He is thrilled about returning back to Germany. "I always ha dthe thought of returning back to play in Germany. The BBL was strong then, but has gotten even stronger", stressed Martynas Mazeika. He also played 12 Uleb Cup games and overall has played 70 international club games, 9 Euroleague games and 27 VTB games.. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Lithuanian U16 National Team -01, European Championships U16 in Latvia -01 (Semifinals), Lithuanian U18 National Team -02-03, European Championships U18 in Germany -02, World Championships U18 in Greece -03 (Finalist), Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 2nd Team -04
Eurobasket.com FIBA Europe Cup All-European Players Team -04, Lithuanian U20 National Team -05, European Championships U20 in Moscow -05 (Silver): 4 games: 5.0ppg, 0.8rpg, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -05, 06, German Bundesliga Semifinals -05, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -06, German Bundesliga Finalist -06
Lithuanian League Semifinals -09, 13, 15, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team -09, Lithuanian University National Team -09, World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 8 games: 15.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 68.8%, Lithuanian Cup Semifinals -11, 16, Baltic League Challenge Cup Semifinals -11
Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Quarterfinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -12, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Domestic Players Team -12
Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Defensive Team -12, Lithuanian League All-Star Game -12, 14, Lithuanian League Finalist -14, 16, 17, and Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Defensive Player of the Year -17.

Source:Science City Jena




The Fraport Skyliners Wake Up In The Third Quarter As Tai Webster Steers Them Past the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig 78-71 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

So far in the pre season and in the first two games, Fraport Skyliner guard Philip Scrubb has been exceptional and his scoring brought back memories to his days at Carleton (CIS) where he was that complete player, but also that consistent scorer that many deemed the greatest Canadian college player that ever played during his illustrious career from 2010-2015 where he won 7 titles and averaged 18,0ppg in his last three seasons. Many who see Scrubb as a type of savior this season as having that ruthless and annoying sniper like in the last years with Sean Armand and AJ English is missing and will need the ultimate Scrubb scoring production in many games this season. After dropping a solid 21 points in the victory in Jena and 25 points in the home win against BG Goettingen, the Canadian was brought down from his scoring crest in the disappointing 79-62 loss in Ludwigsburg as those southern German teams aren't the most appetizing for the 2016 Fiba Europe cup winner as he last suffered such a drought in the 2016 BBL semi-finals 3-1 loss to ratiopharm Ulm where he averaged only 7,0ppg and his scoring diminished in every game where the only positive thing was his 7/16 shooting from downtown as at least his stroke hadn't been totally dismantled, but his shots were simply cut down. Last Sunday, the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg also had done their scouting and did a super job taking Scrubb out of the game and just limiting his game. The Canadian finished with only six shots on 1/7 shooting. When you aren't getting shots and when they aren't falling, one tends to attempt to help out in other areas and he did hauling down six rebounds and dishing out three assists. However it is apparent when Scrubb isn't an offensive presence, the Fraport Skyliners struggle and this will continue to be a big key of opposing teams to do in putting a dent in the Frankfurt offensive game plan. The Fraport Skyliners with a 2-1 record welcomed the 1-2 Basketball Lowen Braunschweig who roared into the Fraport arena with a bitter 76-73 loss to the Telekom Baskets Bonn and after a slow first quarter, Frankfurt erupted in the third quarter finding their game again disposing of Braunschweig 78-71. After the third win of the season, Philip Scrubb had rebounded from his poor Ludwigsburg game scoring 11 points, but for a second consecutive game, his shot was off the mark as he went 1/5 from downtown, but reflected on his game and was happy that the club had pulled out a hard fought win. 'We came out slow on defense and they were getting easy lay ups and we had no offense. But in the second half we got stops and started to get out on transition and got easy buckets. I always try to come out aggressive in each game. It isn't all about scoring. Tonight I wanted to be aggressive and not force anything and just make the right plays. Teams are starting to take away my catch and pop shot more, but that opens it up a bit for me being able to get in the paint and get other guys shots', warned Philip Scrubb. The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig played a very strong first half, but collapsed in the third quarter and never recovered. 'It was tough playing in Frankfurt. They were tougher than we and were very physical in the third quarter. We missed too many plays and suffered too many turnovers', stressed Braunschweig center Scott Eatherton.

3,340 patrons turned out for a rare Wednesday night BBL battle as German national coach Henrik Roedl was on hand as was Finish national coach Henrik Dettmann. The Fraport Skyliners were without Niklas Kiel again while German Richard Freudenberg was back again. The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig caught the Fraport Skyliners flat footed at the get go storming out to a quick 7-2 lead as ex SE Missouri St. (NCAA 26 year old American Jarekious Bradley showed his vast scoring qualities sneaking inside for an easy layup as Ex Hamburg guard Deandre Lansdowne supplied the dime and then nailed a trey. Lansdowne took advantage of transition getting a lay in. However Frankfurt quickly found a rhythm thanks to BBL rookie Tai Jack Webster (193-G-95, college: Nebraska) who got going as he tied the score at 7-7 scoring in the lane and nailing a jumper. Basketball runs dominated the first quarter as Braunschweig regained their composure going on a 6-2 run to retake the13-9 lead. In the run, they got vital production from ex Northeastern center Scott Eatherton who is a tough cookie to crack one on one as he blew by Mike Morrison from the wing, Lansdowne hit a free throw and ex Giessen guard Tim Schwartz connected on a trey. Both teams were battling back and forth as Frankfurt had a sudden spurt of offense taking the 14-13 lead as Jonas Wolfath-Botterman made an easy lay in after wonder child Isaac Bonga made a difficult pass in traffic and Webster scored again in the lane as he is almost unstoppable on the penetration. However Braunschweig ended the first quarter getting the lead back as Bradley finished a tasty tip in dunk and ex Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius guard Zygimantas Janavicius hit a tough off balance runner as Braunschwieg led 17-14. Frankfurt was led by Webster while Bradley carried Braunschweig. 'We have been starting off slow in recent games. They shot very well not letting us get out on transition', stressed Fraport Skyliner Philip Scrubb. The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig were shooting 57% from the field and 40% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 37% from the field and 0% from outside. Braunschweig had the 10-7 rebound edge, but four turnovers while Frankfurt only had one turnover.

In the second quarter, it seemed like the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig could easily lead by 10-15 points with the amount of mistakes the Fraport Skyliners were making, but in reality they never led by more than eight points as they just couldn't break away from Frankfurt. Eatherton started off the second quarter with another tough finish a big speciality in his game this time over Wolfarth-Bottermann. Scrubb finally hit his first field goal of the game cutting the Braunschweig lead to 22-18. Whenever Braunschweig was threatening to break away, Frankfurt would crawl back giving an offensive answer. Trailing 26-18, Mike Morrison hit a rare 20 footer off a broken pay and Scrubb found an open Webster who dropped a trey to cut the Braunschwieg advantage to 26-23. The Frankfurt play at both ends was too inconsistent in that after a strong play followed a lousy play that always allowed Braunschweig to add on to their slim lead. Frankfurt also had some fortune as Mike Morrison hit free throws and Quantez Robertson played cherry picker as a third loose ball in the same sequence squirmed right to him allowing him to finish easily cutting the Braunschwieg lead to 28-27. But Braunschweig continued to score and keep the lead as Eatherton scored a lay up in traffic which followed another turnover by Frankfurt which led to a Bradley lay in and 32-27 lead. Frankfurt had a lack of concentration losing some easy balls before getting into the half court offense and had problems with their timing. Braunschweig had stepped up their defense and had become a pest in the passing lanes. Braunschweig played smart playing a zone against Frankfurt's almost non existent ball movement and were going inside a lot finishing easily. Some of the blame on the offense lay on the shoulders of Tai Jack Webster who was an ace finishing and creating for himself, but lacked finding his teammates better in the second quarter. After a Frankfurt time out Eatherton continued to wreck havoc inside scoring again and Bradley nailed a three for the 37-29 lead. Frankfurt didn't let the second quarter go totally to waste going into the break with a strong 8-1 run to trail only 38-37. In the run, Frankfurt continued to have little team play and relied on their stellar 1-1 play as Wolfarth-Botterman scored inside, Webster made a fancy acrobatic lay in and Quantez Robertson scored inside with a second remaining. 'We weren't making shots. We were playing too individual as every guy was trying to make the big play. We have to trust our offense and then the easy shots will come', warned Philip Scrubb. The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig were shooting 49% from the field and 29% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 11% from the three point line. Frankfurt rebounded better taking the rebound battle leading 17-15, but had seven turnovers coughing up the ball six times in the second quarter while Braunschweig had only six turnovers.

After a less than satisfactory first half, it was more than evident that the Fraport Skyliners would come out a changed team and did taking over the game as the turning point came in the third quarter as they charged out on a 15-0 run which hurt Braunschweig and they could never fully recover from. Eatherton actually got Braunschweig on the board first with a massive tip in where the intensity level of Frankfurt on the boards looked meek, but that would change quickly. Then out of seemingly nothing the Fraport Skyliners rattled off 15 unanswered points and halted 6 consecutive Braunschweig offensive possessions to lead 52-40. Scrubb got Frankfurt going nailing a trey as he waited for Bradley to get upinto the Fraport arena sky moved to his right and fired away. Then Wolfarth-Bottermann got easy points inside and Finish national player Shawn Huff nailed a trey as Frankfurt led 45-40. The run continued with a Webster lay in, free throws and a Huff jumper. Frankfurt was a new team that played very controlled on offense and hit their three's better. Webster did a fine job doing the playmaking as there was less one on one play and more team play. 'The second half was the best that Webster has played this season. He was more engaged and got into the plays better', stressed Gordon Herbert. Key for the Frankfurt turn around was also their much improved defense as they became more physical and their good defense led to good offense. They forced turnovers and a good chunk of their 10 steals and 8 blocks in the game came in this sequence as Robertson blocked a Eatherton dunk and Wolfarth-Bottermann denied Lansdowne on the slam down. 23 year old 206cm ex Tenn Tech (NCAA) forward Anthony Morse halted the big Skyliner run with a fast break bucket. Braunschweig was playing catch up basketball now and couldn't do that as their defense couldn't get the fair amount of stops as Frankfurt now could score more at ease something which they couldn't in the first half. All of a sudden, Mike Morrison was a monster in the paint making a huge two handed dunk and then a hard alley-op dunk for the 58-45 advantage. Bradley did a good job keeping his team in the game somewhat, but Huff and Morrison closed out the scoring in the third quarter as Frankfurt led 62-49. 'Coach Herbert told us at half-time to focus more on the defensive end. We started playing harder defense and were locked in. Once we got stops and really dug in and rebounded better our offense also came better. We allowed 11 points. That is how we should defend each quarter', said Philip Scrubb. 'Frankfurt got us out of rhythm and we didn't get the shots that we wanted. They shot better and got out on transition. Once we found our rhythm, it was hard to come back', stressed ex Herten guard Deandre Lansdowne. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 49% from the field and 24% from the parking lot while the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig were shooting 41% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Frankfurt kept the rebound lead 27-21 and had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Fraport Skyliners never relinquished the lead as the closest that Braunschweig got was cutting the Frankfurt lead to seven points. Frankfurt got on the board first as Mike Morrison brought a little Derrick Allen as he made a hectic hook shot, but Braunschweig countered with a mini 5-0 run as Bradley nailed another trey and Eatherton scored inside again cutting the Frankfurt lead to 64-54.After Wolfarth-Botterman free throws, Braunschweig conserved some last energy going on a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 67-60. In the run they got instant power from Janavicius, Lansdowne and Bradley. After the loss, Lansdowne warned that Bradley will make a lot of noise in the BBL this season. 'He is a scoring machine. He can do it inside and out and play the positions 2-4. He is a very good passer and uses the mis-matches well. He will be a scoring killer', warned Deandre Lansdowne. Braunschweig was never totally out of it as even after a Scrubb turnaround and Robertson free throws for the 71-60 lead, they continued to counter as German big man Lars Lagerpusch made a dunk and Janavicius scored in traffic cutting the Frankfurt lead to 72-64. After a mini Frankfurt 4-0 run as Huff scored and Robertson nailed free throws for the 76-64 lead, Braunschweig closed out the game strong with a 7-2 run, but the Eatherton lay in at 1.08 and Lansdowne trey with 30 seconds remaining wasn't enough as Frankfurt wormed out of their den with the hard fought 78-71 victory. 'They had a little run at the end, but we had confidence in our defense and got stops when we needed to. We built that confidence on defense in the third quarter through talking and team defense', warned Philip Scrubb. 'We lost confidence at the end. We had them on their heels, but we didn't fully want it. I think we could have got a lot closer if we had pushed each other more, but we weren't there mentally', added Deandre Lansdowne. The Fraport Skyliners had six guys in double figures and were led by Tai Jack Webster with 16 points. Quantez Robertson had 15 points while Mike Morrison had 14 points. Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann added 12 points while Philip Scrubb produced 1 points and Shawn Huff supplied 0 points. The Baskets Lowen Braunschweig were led by Jarekious Bradley with 21 points while Scott Eatherton had 16 points. Deandre Lansdowne produced 11 points and six assists. The Fraport Skyliners shot 48% from the field and 21% from outside while The Baskets Lowen Braunschweig shot 47% from the field and 30% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound battle 32-30, but had 15 turnovers while Braunschweig coughed up the ball 16 times.




Tibor Pleiss selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a 3-point Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked CB Canarias (2-1) 70-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Pleiss scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 15 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (3-0) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Pleiss averages: 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 66.7% in three games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team one years ago.

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain). Voigtmann contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (0-3) 94-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. He scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (1-2) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Voigtmann's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 16.7%, 3FGP: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Schaffartzik contributed to a JSF Nanterre's victory against the -ranked CEZ Nymburk (0-1) 81-72 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. JSF Nanterre (1-0) is placed in the Basketball Champions League. This year Schaffartzik's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.7apg, 3FGP: 33.3% in three games. He played for the German national team two years ago.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #4. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) could not help Gmunden Swans (1-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Klette's very good performance Gmunden Swans was edged 86-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Dukes (#5). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Klette also added 8 rebounds. Klette has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. Klette has a dual citizenship: German and Austrian. He used to play for the German U22 national team back in 1999.

Bjoern Schoo
Bjoern Schoo
   #5. Former international center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Starwings in their game against Fribourg (2-0) in the Swiss SBL. Schoo scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. Starwings was crushed 102-65 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Fribourg. This year Schoo averages just 3.0ppg in two games. He used to play for the German national team eleven years ago.

Jona Hoffmann
Jona Hoffmann
   #6. Swingman Jona Hoffmann (192-98, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Winterthur (2-0) in their game against Massagno (2-0) in the Swiss SBL. Hoffmann scored 5 points. Winterthur was defeated 69-54 at home by the lower-ranked Massagno (#3). It's Hoffmann's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 3.5ppg and 2.0rpg. Hoffmann is U19 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in Defensor's victory against the 11th-ranked U Universitario (1-3) crushing them 97-69 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. Wachsmann recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (3-1) is placed second in the LUB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Wachsmann's fourth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.3apg.

   #2. Alvaro Munoz (197-SF-90, currently plays in Spain) could not help La ICL Manresa (1-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance La ICL Manresa was edged 68-66 on the road by the leading Melilla_Baloncesto. Munoz was the top scorer with 17 points in 28 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Munoz's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Munoz averages: 16.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Spanish. Worth to mention Munoz played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Munoz's German passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #3. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Apollon Patras (0-1) in their last game. Despite Cheilaris' good performance Apollon Patras was badly defeated 74-54 in Lefkadas by the leading Doxa. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Cheilaris also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Apollon Patras this season. Cheilaris is another player who holds two passports: German and Greek. Despite his German nationality, Cheilaris previously played for the Greek U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the German team.

   #4. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Jerusalem to win against the tenth-ranked Ironi Nahariya (0-1) 76-68 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Hapoel Jerusalem this season. His team is placed third in the Winner League. It's Timor's fourth year with the team. Timor has both German and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Engin Atsur (190-G-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Betaland Cdo (0-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Betaland Cdo was crushed 88-52 in Bologna by the higher-ranked (#10) Virtus. Atsur was the top scorer with 12 points in a mere 19 minutes. It's Atsur's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg in two games. Atsur also holds two passports: Turkish and German.

   #6. Travis Warech (193-G/F-91, college: Ithaca, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Maccabi Ashdod in their game against Galil Gilboa in the Israeli Winner League. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Maccabi Ashdod this season. His team was defeated 84-77. Warech is a naturalized American. He used to play for BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German league.

   #7. Julian Holz (197-SF-96, currently plays in Latvia) led RSU to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Madona crushing them 93-73 in the Latvian LBL2 (second division) last Wednesday. Holz recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was his first game for RSU this season.

   #8. Adam Ariel (192-F/G-94, also represented by Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) is a teammate of previously mentioned Travis Warech and both played together in the last Israeli Winner League game. Ariel couldn't help Maccabi Ashdod in their game against Galil Gilboa. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Ariel recorded only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Maccabi Ashdod this season. His team was defeated 84-77. He has German and Israeli nationalities.

   #9. Julian Hartl (183-G-95, currently plays in Austria) led Raiders to a victory against the closely-ranked Basket 2K 85-72 in the Austrian 2.Bundesliga (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 14 points in only a mere 1 minutes. This year Hartl's total stats are: 5.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg in three games.

   #10. Andy Eicke (208-C-92, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help Contern in their game against Racing in the Luxembourg Total League. He scored 5 points. His team was edged 81-80. Eicke's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 1.5rpg.



The Raptors land Davion Berry, ex Walter Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors tabbed 26-year old guard Davion Berry (193-84kg-91, college: Weber State). He played most recently at Walter Tigers in German BBL league. In 21 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg last season. Berry also spent pre-season at Kolossos in Greek A1 that year where in three games he had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Berry won D-League Atlantic Division championship title in 2015. He received also All-Big Sky Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC Division I All-District 6 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
And here thanks to pro basketball Berry experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Berry has played previously professionally in Italy (Fiat Torino), South Korea (LG Sakers) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws and Raptors 905 Missisauga).
He attended Weber State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Berry's outlook: A great guard, invited to Portsmouth after a remarkable senior season in Weber State. He's very quick in transition and loves to get out and run, showing an ability to fill the lanes and finish or make plays with the ball in his hands. He has a good frame and a quick first step that allows him to get to the rim and finish even in traffic with both hands. Solid defender as well, with quick feet and eager to stay in front of his opponent. Shot with 39% behind the 3-point line and is also a great passer (averaging close to 4 assists per game).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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




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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)



Linos Gavriel is the 2017 GBSL Coach of the Year - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Linos Gavriel , the former FIBA Euro Cup coach, is the 2017 Global Basketball Summer League Coach of the Year. Linos Gavriel won the 2017 GBSL Championship in Session B in Las Vegas this summer and is an outstanding coaching talent. He is student of the professional game, an excellent teacher and his understanding of high level International basketball is paramount. Linos has a knack of motivating American imports and would be perfect in a NBA related coaching position. Additionally, Linos scouted the most talented players at the GBSL event this summer and was responsible for securing a few deals for some of the players in Cyprus and Greece. Adonis Filer (Florida Atlantic), Anton Waters (Western Kentucky), Tracy Abrams (University of Illinois) and Kendrall Brooks (Marist College) all landed jobs because of Linos Gavriel participation in the GBSL this summer.

About Linos
Linos Gavriel is one of the top coaches in the Cyprus and Greek basketball regions. In the 2016-17 season he led AEK Larnaca to the Cyprus Cup Championship and to the Top 16 of the FIBA Europe Cup. AEK Larnaca almost completed the triple in the Cyprus league in the 2016-17 season. During Linos Gavriel coaching career he has led the Tunisian powerhouse Etoile Sportive du Sahel to the FIBA African Cup Championship and participated in the FIBA Europe Cup several times other teams. Linos is the former Assistant Coach of the Cyprus National Team and is the only Greek/Cypriot coach that has won over (11) European titles in two different continents. He has worked with some of the top Euroleague players and coaches in the industry.

courtesy of globalbasketball.com



Olympiacos and OPAP collaborate for one more season - by Kostas Papadopoulos

On last Monday, Olympiacos BC and OPAP presented their sponsoring collaboration for the 2017-18 season. The owners of Olympiacos BC, Panagiotis and Giorgos Angelopoulos attended the event, together with the Vice President Giorgos Skindilias, the Commercial Director Nikos Lepeniotis and the all of the team members.
The statements:
Damian Cop (CEO of OPAP): "Through the years, OPAP and Olympiacos have built a strong and successful collaboration that is based on our common values and actions on both a sporting and a social level. It is with great joy that we present today the extension of this collaboration, aiming to even greater success this season.
SKRATS is one of the most entertaining and popular games of OPAP. During the previous three years, SKRATS has travelled on the Olympiacos shirt in all over Europe and Greece. To be accurate, in two of the three years of our collaboration, Olympiacos has succeeded to qualify for the Euroleague Final Four and the great final. That's why we often say that SKRATS is the team's good luck charm. These years, Olympiacos has played many unforgettable games that have thrilled the fans allowing them to 'have a live experience of the game'.
We are especially happy to be supporting Olympiacos for yet another season. We wish the team, the coaches, the players and the fans good luck in this exciting season, both in Greece and Europe".

Christos Stavropoulos (General Director of Olympiacos BC): "We are very happy to continue our collaboration with OPAP SA for the 7th year in a row. This is a long and successful collaboration since all the previous seasons, from 2011 and forth, either with TZOKER or with SKRATS on our shirts, but always with OPAP by our side, our team has made 4 European finals, we have won 2 Euroleague titles, one Intercontinental Cup and 3 Greek League titles! So, it is obvious that this collaboration is attached to the Olympiacos success and the conquering of the top in Greece and in Europe.
Long term collaborations with companies and organizations of the dynamics and the size of the OPAP corporation are a strategic choice for Olympiacos and a one way street. All the more, our goal is to cooperate with the top company of any sector, so our choice could not have been any different. The development of the organization of OPAP in the last years and its dynamics are a match to our effort to maintain the top and evolve into one of the strongest sporting organizations in Europe.
At the same time, all the common actions in all kinds of levels, marketing, strategic, social policy and advocating social messages, involving the fans and young kids and many more, are always increasing winning the fans as well as relating awards in Greece and abroad.
For Olympiacos, associates of the likes of OPAP are a choice for a parallel route and improvement and we are happy to continue this long term cooperation without any intervals. We certainly have a lot more to create and succeed, in a really tough environment and we hope to contribute to the realization of the OPAP vision for 2020, continuing this collaboration, why not, until 2020 and even further ahead".

Giannis Sfairopoulos (Olympiacos coach): "It's very important that this collaboration continues for seven years now. SKRATS has really brought us luck and we have succeeded a lot in recent years. I wish we continue working together, through which both sides get to show their socially engaged face, besides being models for the sporting family. Both OPAP and Olympiacos have a great interest in matters that affect our society".

Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) (Olympiacos captain): "We are connected with OPAP by two common factors. We are both champions in our field and we both wish to offer to society. I hope to continue working together into the next seasons as well and bring home success ".



Konstantinos Sloukas selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Banvit (0-1) 80-63 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Sloukas recorded 11 points and added 4 assists in a mere 17 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Fenerbahce this season. His team is placed fourth in the BSL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Sloukas is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a 1-point Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (1-1) 79-78 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Bramos scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (2-0) is placed fifth in the Serie A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Bramos averages: 7.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg, 3FGP: 57.1%. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in EuroCup). Mavrokefalidis could not help one of league's weakest teams Lietuvos rytas (0-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Lietuvos rytas lost 83-93 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) RETAbet BB. Mavrokefalidis was the top scorer with 15 points in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Lietuvos rytas this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Former Panathinaikos Athens starter played for the Greek national team four years ago.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Point guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (1-3) crushing them 92-64 in the German BBL in Friday night's game. Zisis scored 9 points and added 7 passes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (3-1) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Zisis' overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 6.0apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2015.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #5. Former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in an Boca Juniors' victory against the fourth-ranked Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (1-4) 85-77 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. Lampropoulos had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 24 minutes. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (1-5) is placed fifth in Group C. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lampropoulos has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.2apg in six games he played so far. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team fourteen years ago.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #6. Small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to help Hapoel Jerusalem in their game against Lietkabelis (1-0) in the Eurocup. Perperoglou recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Hapoel Jerusalem this season. Hapoel Jerusalem was defeated 86-72 on the road by the leading Lietkabelis. Perperoglou is international player as he played for the Greek senior team one years ago.

Vladimir Jankovic
Vladimir Jankovic
   #7. Former international small forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (0-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 95-94 on their home court in Andorra by the second-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Jankovic was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in a mere 18 minutes. So far Andorra lost all three games in the Regular Season. It's Jankovic's first season with the team. This year Jankovic's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg in three games. He used to play for the Greek national team three years ago.

Michail Liapis
Michail Liapis
   #8. Guard Michail Liapis (192-95, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Politehnica Iasi (1-2) in their game against Craiova (1-0) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Liapis recorded only 4 points. It was his first game for Politehnica Iasi this season. Politehnica Iasi was badly defeated 91-74 on the opponent's court by the leading Craiova. It was Politehnica Iasi's third consecutive loss in a row. Liapis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2015.

Anastasios Traianos
Anastasios Traianos
   #9. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants (0-3) in their game against Newcastle Eagles (3-0) in the British BBL. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Traianos scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. The bottom-ranked Manchester Giants was crushed 102-70 in Newcastle by the second-ranked Eagles. So far Manchester Giants lost all three games in the Regular Season. This year Traianos' total stats are: 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg in three games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory over the sixth-ranked Nautico KIA Tenerife (2-1) 81-65 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Sole was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Real Madrid II (3-0) is placed third in Group B. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This season Sole has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Greek.

   #2. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an Uppsala Basket's victory against the league outsider Umea (0-2) 82-69 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Nakos scored 13 points and had 3 steals in 32 minutes. Uppsala Basket (1-1) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. This year Nakos' total stats are: 9.5ppg and 2.0spg in two games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #3. Alexandros Varytimiadis (201-PF-94, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Mannos Nakos in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Varytimiadis. He could not help Umea (0-2) to beat Uppsala Basket (1-1). Varytimiadis scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Umea was defeated 82-69 at home by the higher-ranked Uppsala Basket (#5). Varytimiadis' total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #4. Antonis Sivorotka (204-F-85, agency: SportsVision-Service, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Crailsheim II's victory against the sixth-ranked Fellbach (2-1) 81-77 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Sivorotka recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Crailsheim II this season. His team is placed second in South-West group.

   #5. Alexander Komitakis (203-F/C-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Mainz (1-2) crushing them 99-56 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Sunday. Komitakis recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Stuttgart this season. His team is placed tenth in South-West group. Komitakis has been at the team for ten years. He has both Greek and German nationalities.

   #6. Kosta Karamatskos (194-G-86, currently plays in Germany) managed to help wiha Panthers Villingen-Schwenningen in a victory against the seventh-ranked Tuebingen II crushing them 92-51 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Karamatskos recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 26 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg and 2.7spg in three games. Karamatskos also holds two passports: Greek and German.

   #7. Giorgos Moukas (198-F-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hagen BG's victory against the tenth-ranked Bonn II 70-61 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Moukas has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg.

   #8. Theodoros Ioannidis (198-F-88, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgos Moukas and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Ioannidis helped Hagen BG win their game against the tenth-ranked Bonn II 70-61. He scored only one point in 16 minutes. Ioannidis has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg in five games.



McLean: We are ready - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Olympiacos is at Heraklion since Tuesday morning (October 10). The 'reds' travelled to Crete for tonight's game (12/10, 20:00 CET) against Baskonia for the Euroleague premiere, without Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) and Nikos Arsenopoulos (195-PG-00).
'We are ready for our first European game' Jamel McLean (203-C/F-88, college: Xavier) stated. 'I'm excited. We've been preparing for this since summer, time has gone by, the games are here, it's time for basketball. Baskonia is a good team and to get the result we want, we need to remain completely focused throughout the game'.
The 'Two Aorakia' gym, where the game is going to be taking place, is a familiar environment for the American forward/center and his team mates. 'We had recently been here for a tournament. The fans had come and supported us at the time. I hope they do the same at the game against Baskonia. I hope the gym is full and the fans create a beautiful atmosphere'.
Finally, questioned about the defeat in the STOIXIMAN.GR Basket League, he replied: 'It's still very early. Nothing is lost and nothing would have been won… What we need to do is to continue working hard, become better. The season is very long, we have a lot of enthusiasm, we have a good team and we will continue looking forward'.




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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)



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keron DESHIELDS
  JP-Auto.
  (190-PG-92)
  Avg: 21
 1. DeShields, JP-Auto.21.0 
 2. Zagorac, Sopron KC20.5 
 3. Borisov, Falco-Vu.19.5 
 4. Davis, MAFC18.7 
 5. Evans, Kaposvari18.5 
 6. Ciric, Szedeak18.0 
 7. Wright, Kormend17.5 
 8. Dunn, Kaposvari17.5 
 9. Spica, Kaposvari17.0 
 10. Armwood, DEAC17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roland HENDLEIN
  Kaposvari
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Hendlein, Kaposvari12.5 
 2. Watkins, Sopron KC11.5 
 3. Eilingsfeld, Atome.11.0 
 4. Armwood, DEAC10.5 
 5. Juhos, Szedeak9.5 
 6. Ford, Szolnok9.0 
 7. Thompson, KTE-Duna9.0 
 8. Sejfic, JP.9.0 
 9. Davis, MAFC8.7 
 10. Sulovic, Szedeak8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rayshawn SIMMONS
  ZTE K.
  (192-G-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simmons, ZTE K.11.0 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari7.0 
 3. Hott, MAFC7.0 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak6.5 
 5. Pongo, KTE-Duna6.0 
 6. Durham, PV.5.7 
 7. Spica, Kaposvari5.5 
 8. Hill, Alba5.0 
 9. Perry, Szolnok4.5 
 10. Zagorac, Sopron KC4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOTT
  MAFC
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hott, MAFC3.7 
 2. Simmons, ZTE K.3.0 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak3.0 
 4. Barnies, Atomeromu2.5 
 5. Ford, Szolnok2.5 
 6. Molnar, DEAC2.0 
 7. Brown, JP.2.0 
 8. Koch, Kormend2.0 
 9. Simon, PV.2.0 
 10. Wright, Kormend2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaiah ARMWOOD
  DEAC
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Armwood, DEAC3.0 
 2. Ciric, Szedeak2.0 
 3. Ivosev, Kaposvari2.0 
 4. Farkas, DEAC2.0 
 5. Thompson, KTE-Duna1.5 
 6. Karahodzic, KTE-D.1.5 
 7. Ford, Szolnok1.5 
 8. Brown, JP.1.0 
 9. Spica, Kaposvari1.0 
 10. Toth, Szolnok1.0 


Jarrod Jones selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (0-1) 88-87 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Jones was MVP of the game. He recorded 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (1-0) is placed 27th in the Basketball Champions League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 27.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 74.3%(26-35), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 92.9% in three games he played so far. Jones is a naturalized American. He played for the Hungarian senior national team one years ago. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the league leader Burgos (2-0) crushing them 111-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Hanga scored 11 points, made 4 passes and 4 steals. 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 just started, so everything may happen. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2.7spg and FT: 77.8%. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team.

Rosco Allen
Rosco Allen
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Rosco Allen (207-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Stanford, currently plays in Spain). Allen contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia (1-2) 84-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. He scored 8 points. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (2-1) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Allen's first season with the team. Allen's overall stats this year are: 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #4. An experienced point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Romania). He could not help Oradea (0-1) to beat CSU Sibiu (1-0). Trotter recorded 7 points and added 4 assists in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Oradea this season. Oradea was edged 73-72 at home by the second-ranked CSU Sibiu. Trotter is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2013. Trotter played also for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #5. Former U20 international guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Kaiserslautern in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Kaiserslautern was defeated 95-86 on their home court in Kaiserslautern by the leading Saarlouis/Dillingen in the South-West group. Hosszu was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Hosszu is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kaiserslautern's roster. This season Hosszu has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Momcilo Latinovic (198-G/F-89, college: N.Mexico Highlands, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a London Lions' victory against the league outsider Manchester Giants (0-3) crushing them 115-74 in the British BBL on Friday night. Latinovic scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. London Lions (3-0) is placed first in the BBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Latinovic's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Latinovic averages: 16.0ppg and 4.7rpg in three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #2. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) could not help Openjobmetis VA (0-2) in their last game. Despite Hollis' good performance Openjobmetis VA was edged 74-73 on the road by the leading Armani Milano. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Hollis has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 5.0rpg in two games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hollis' Hungarian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. Hollis used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #3. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) led his Slovenian team Tajfun to a victory over the closely-ranked Rieker KN (1-1) 81-67 in the Alpe Adria Cup on Tuesday night. He was the best player in that game. Popadic scored 18 points, made 6 passes and 5 steals (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). It was his first game for Tajfun this season. His team is placed fifth in the Alpe Adria Cup. There are only four games left until the end of the Alpe Adria Cup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Popadic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian. Despite his Hungarian nationality, Popadic previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Hungarian team.

   #4. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) managed to help U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca in a victory against the tenth-ranked Pitesti (0-1) crushing them 85-58 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. It was his first game for UBT Cluj Napoca this season. His team is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. Torok has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #5. Davorin Kuntic (186-G-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to help Spartak Pleven (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Spartak Pleven was crushed 104-83 at home by the second-ranked Beroe. Kuntic recorded 15 points and added 4 assists. It was his first game for Spartak Pleven this season. Kuntic also holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #6. Experienced Rashad Bell (203-F-82, college: Boston U., currently plays in Greece) contributed to Holargos' victory against one of league's weakest teams Karditsas 71-58 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Holargos this season. Bell is a naturalized American. He used to play for ZTE KK in Hungarian league.

   #7. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) faced previously mentioned Roland Torok in the Romanian Liga Nationala last game. Lazar was not able to secure a victory for Pitesti in their game against UBT Cluj Napoca. He recorded only 4 points in 13 minutes. It was his first game for Pitesti this season. His team was crushed by 27 points 85-58. Lazar holds both Hungarian and Romanian passports.

   #8. Dusan Oluic (196-F-93, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help BBU Salzburg (0-3) in their last game. Despite Oluic's good performance BBU Salzburg was edged 72-70 in Mistelbach by the second-ranked Mustangs. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Oluic also added 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 3.0spg in two games.

   #9. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Tuebingen II crushing them 92-51 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Fekete recorded 10 points and added 3 passes. His overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg. Fekete holds both Serbian and Hungarian passports.

   #10. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in a Mladost SP's victory against the 11th-ranked Napredak 90-75 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Stojanovic recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. It was his first game for Mladost SP this season. He has Hungarian and Serbian nationalities.



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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



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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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  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 



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  ISRAEL  


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)



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



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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Gardner, Niigata .30.3 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT26.8 
 3. Martin, San-en21.5 
 4. Trasolini, Hokkaido.21.5 
 5. Rossiter, Tochigi .19.3 
 6. Uto, Toyama G.17.0 
 7. Sacre, Hitachi SR16.5 
 8. Kirk, Toyota Alvark16.5 
 9. Togashi, Chiba Jets16.0 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh SCOTT
  Shimane SM
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Scott, Shimane SM13.3 
 2. Rossiter, Tochigi .12.8 
 3. Morrison, San-en11.3 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba BT11.0 
 5. Sacre, Hitachi SR10.8 
 6. Butts, SeaHorses10.3 
 7. Fischer, Shiga L.10.3 
 8. Samhan, Shiga L.9.8 
 9. Martin, Ryukyu GK9.8 
 10. Harrellson, Hitac.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Chiba Jets
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Togashi, Chiba Jets7.3 
 2. Uto, Toyama G.6.5 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.5 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi .5.5 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.5.3 
 6. Brown, Ryukyu GK5.0 
 7. Suzuki, San-en4.8 
 8. Namizato, Shiga L.4.8 
 9. Fujii, Toshiba BT4.8 
 10. Burns, Nishinomiya S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Takaya SASAYAMA
  Nagoya D.
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Sasayama, Nagoya D.2.8 
 2. Hashimoto, SeaHo.2.5 
 3. Nakahigashi, Nagoya D.2.3 
 4. Hiejima, SeaHorses2.3 
 5. Kohei, Hokkaido L.2.0 
 6. Uto, Toyama G.2.0 
 7. Chambers, Chiba J.2.0 
 8. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 9. Douhara, Nishinom.2.0 
 10. Trasolini, Hokkaido.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Shiga L.
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fischer, Shiga L.3.0 
 2. Pittman, Toyama G.2.0 
 3. Willard, Toyama G.1.8 
 4. Takeuchi, Tochigi .1.8 
 5. Kirk, Toyota Alvark1.8 
 6. Lammert, Nishinom.1.7 
 7. Lane, Shimane SM1.5 
 8. Edwards, Chiba J.1.3 
 9. Orton, SeaHorses1.3 
 10. Thabeet, Yokohama.1.3 


Japanese B League round 5 best performance: Nick Fazekas - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Toshiba BT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Shiga L-Stars (#3, 1-3) 81-78. Toshiba BT is placed at 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Toshiba BT will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Fazekas has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. Former The University of Nevada star has very solid stats this year. Fazekas is in league's top in points (2nd best: 26.8ppg), rebounds (4th best: 11.0rpg) and averages impressive 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of league's leader Niigata Albirex. Gardner had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Niigata Albirex to edge the lower-ranked Toyota Alvark (3-1) in overtime 97-95. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Toyota Alvark managed to tie with Niigata Albirex at the very top position in the standings. His team has currently 3-1 record. Gardner is well-known at Niigata Albirex and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.3ppg (#1). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ira Brown (193-F-82) of league's second-best Ryukyu GK. Brown showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ryukyu GK, leading his team to a 85-81 win against the lower-ranked Nagoya DD (#5, 1-3). Ryukyu GK needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in West. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Brown has a great season in Japan. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (6th best). Ira Brown has also Japanese passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jordan Vandenberg (216-C-90) of Nishinomiya S. - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Alex Kirk (211-C-91) of Toyota Alvark - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Isaac Butts (208-C-89) of SeaHorses - 15 points and 13 rebounds
8. Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama Grouses - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Garrett Stutz (214-C-90) of Shimane SM - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



Dragonflies ink Wendell White - by Eurobasket News

Hiroshima Dragonflies (B2 League) agreed terms with 33-year old American guard Wendell White (198-100kg-84, college: UNLV). He has played for the last four seasons at Sendai 89ers in B1 League. However his team was relegated to B2 League. In 37 BJ League games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.7apg last season. B2 League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others White's team was regular season runner-up in Japanese BJ League Eastern Division in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Import Player of the Year in 2010 and 2016.
White has played also professionally in Korea (Dongbu Promy), Japan (San en NeoPhoenix, Orange Vikings and Kyoto Hannaryz) and NBA G League (South Bay Lakers).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On White: A strong player, who can add interior toughness to any team. He's built as a typical swingman, but his game is of a power forward. He handles it well enough to do most of his damage facing the basket, but his shooting range is limited. White can certainly gain a bit of explosiveness, but it is hard to see him ever emerging as a true SF at the top level. He seems, instead, the ideal combo forward for the European leagues.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alan Wiggins (ex Aomori Watts) agreed terms with 36ers - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide 36ers (NBL) inked 32-year old American forward Alan Wiggins (206-115kg-85, college: USF). He played most recently at Aomori Watts in Japanese B2 League. In 60 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wiggins played at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL where in 36 games he averaged 9.5ppg and 5.1rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Latvian League All-Star Game. Wiggins also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 7.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
In 2007 Wiggins was drafted by Jackson Wildcats (USBL) in fourth round (31st overall).
The former University of San Francisco staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Wiggins played in the final of Chinese NBL in 2011. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Forward of the Year award back in 2011.
Wiggins is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Wiggins has played previously professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), France (STB Le Havre), Korea (Anyang KGC), Lebanon, Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), Turkey (Balikesir), Ukraine (Polit-Halychyna and DniproAzot) and China (Guangzhou Liu Sui).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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B1 League Round 5: Toyota Alvark lose their first game against Niigata Albirex - by Eurobasket News

B League Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Toyota Alvark (3-1) in Tokyo on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by Niigata Albirex (3-1) in overtime 97-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Niigata Albirex dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Toyota Alvark's 38. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for the winners and point guard Shunki Hatakeyama (170-91) chipped in 18 points. American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Niigata Albirex keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams including defeated Toyota Alvark. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5: Nishinomiya S. lost to Toyama Grouses on the opponent's court 68-73. Shimane SM lost to defending champion Tochigi Brex in a home game 68-75. Yokohama BC recorded a loss to Hokkaido L. on the road 82-89. Toyota Alvark defeated Niigata Albirex on its own court 78-72. Kyoto Hannar. beat Chiba Jets in a road game 77-68. Shiga L-Stars lost to Toshiba BT at home 78-81. Ryukyu GK managed to outperform Nagoya DD on the opponent's court 85-81. SeaHorses managed to beat Osaka Evessa in a home game 81-69. San-en defeated Hitachi SR on the road 64-54.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Julian Mavunga of Kyoto Hannar..

Toyota Alvark - Niigata Albirex 95-97 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Toyota Alvark (3-1) in Tokyo on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by Niigata Albirex (3-1) in overtime 97-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Niigata Albirex dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Toyota Alvark's 38. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for the winners and point guard Shunki Hatakeyama (170-91) chipped in 18 points. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Niigata Albirex keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams including defeated Toyota Alvark. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: A.Kirk 24+7reb+1ast, J.Williams 14+5reb+3ast, J.Takeuchi 13+3reb, Y.Baba 10+3reb, D.Tanaka 9+3reb+9ast, T.Shonaka 8+2reb+3ast
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 40+14reb+2ast, S.Hatakeyama 18+3reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 14+4reb+3ast, A.Dufault 10+2reb, J.Uzawa 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 5+1reb
gschID: 551510


Toyama Grouses - Nishinomiya S. 73-68

Rather expected game when bottom-ranked Nishinomiya S. (0-4) was defeated on the road by third ranked Toyama Grouses (3-1) 73-68 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-68. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Naoki Uto (188-91) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses' coach Miodrag Rajkovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and guard Tadahiro Yanagawa (183-86) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Toyama Grouses keep a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams. Newly promoted Nishinomiya S. still closes the standings with four games lost. Toyama Grouses will face league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nishinomiya S. will play on the road against the league's leader Kyoto Hannar. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: J.Vandenberg 19+14reb+2ast, T.Yanagawa 13+9reb+4ast, Y.Ishitsuka 11+4reb, N.Douhara 9+3reb+1ast, N.Tani 7+4reb+3ast, Y.Otsuka 5+1reb
Toyama Grouses: H.Otsuka 20+1ast, S.Willard 15+11reb+2ast, N.Uto 13+9reb+4ast, Y.Ueta 10+2reb+1ast, D.Viney 9+6reb+3ast, Y.Okada 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 580931


Shimane SM - Tochigi Brex 68-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Tochigi Brex and 4th placed Shimane Magic had identical 1-2 record. But Shimane Magic was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Tochigi 75-68 on Sunday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Shimane Magic won second period 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tochigi Brex made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and international point guard Shusuke Ikuhara (180-94) chipped in 15 points. American center Garrett Stutz (214-90, college: Wichita St.) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion (2-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with San-en. Newly promoted Shimane Magic dropped to the third position with three games lost. Tochigi Brex will face league's leader Chiba Jets at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: G.Stutz 16+7reb, S.Watanabe 11+1reb+4ast, T.Soma 9+4reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 8+1reb, K.Sato 7+3reb, J.Scott 7+9reb+5ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 23+8reb+3ast, S.Ikuhara 15+2ast, K.Richardson 10+3reb, S.Kitagawa 8+1reb, Y.Endo 7+2reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580929


Hokkaido L. - Yokohama BC 89-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Yokohama BC's (1-3) road loss to fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (3-1) 82-89 on Monday. Yokohama BC trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 30-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-89 at the end of the game. Hokkaido L. made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Yokohama BC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Asahi Tajima (173-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Five Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. International point guard Ryo Tawatari (180-93, college: Dominican, CA) responded with 23 points and American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hokkaido L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams. Yokohama BC at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: R.Tawatari 23+2ast, M.Jotaro 15+2reb+1ast, J.Parmer 11+7reb+2ast, M.Hosoya 9+2reb+5ast, J.Washburn 9+8reb+1ast, T.Sato 6+5reb+3ast
Hokkaido L.: M.Trasolini 19+7reb+2ast, A.Tajima 14+1reb+5ast, T.Orimo 12+1reb+5ast, R.Sakurai 10+3reb+7ast, D.Miller 10+4reb, G.Whittington 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 551509


Toyota Alvark - Niigata Albirex 78-72

Everything went according to plan in Tokyo where first ranked Toyota Alvark (3-1) beat 3rd placed Niigata Albirex (3-1) 78-72 on Monday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-72. The former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 assists for the winners and American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) responded with 35 points (!!!) and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-1 record, which they share with 8 other teams including defeated Niigata Albirex. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 35+2reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 13+2reb+4ast, A.Dufault 5+3reb, J.Berggren 4+5reb+1ast, S.Hatakeyama 4+4reb+3ast, T.You 3+7reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: D.Tanaka 20+3reb+6ast, A.Kirk 13+9reb, Y.Baba 11+3reb, S.Ando 11+2reb, J.Williams 11+7reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 7+6reb+5ast
gschID: 551508


Chiba Jets - Kyoto Hannar. 68-77

There was a minor upset when leader Chiba Jets (3-1) were defeated at home by first ranked Kyoto Hannar. (3-1) 77-68 on Sunday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 26-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kyoto Hannar. dominated on the defensive end, holding Chiba Jets to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up and scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) responded with 17 points and 7 assists and international power forward Ryumo Ono (197-88) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannar. maintains first place with 3-1 record, which they share with 8 other teams including defeated Chiba Jets. Kyoto Hannar. will face Nishinomiya S. (#5) in Hyogo in the next round. Chiba Jets will play on the road against Tochigi Brex (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: R.Ono 18+1ast, Y.Togashi 17+1reb+7ast, G.Edwards 9+4reb+2ast, A.Chambers 8+1reb+3ast, T.Gaffney 6+3reb+1ast, M.Parker 4+7reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Smith 15+6reb, N.Yuya 14+2reb+1ast, J.Mavunga 11+8reb+5ast, M.Kataoka 8+4reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 8+1reb+1ast, I.Tatsuya 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 580936


Shiga L-Stars - Toshiba BT 78-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (3-1) edged on the road 3rd placed Shiga L-Stars (1-3) 81-78 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-20. But Shiga L-Stars won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Toshiba Thunders won last quarter 24-22. Strangely Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Israeli center DOr Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: N.Namizato 19+5reb+5ast, Y.Karino 13+1reb, T.Hasegawa 12+4ast, O.Samhan 11+7reb+3ast, D.Fischer 10+13reb+3ast, S.Faye 8+5reb
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 26+8reb+3ast, J.Davis 16+5reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 14+2reb+3ast, T.Kurihara 9+1reb+3ast, Y.Fujii 7+3reb+5ast, R.Shinoyama 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 580935


Nagoya DD - Ryukyu GK 81-85

Rather expected game in Nagoya where 4th placed Diamond Dolphins (1-3) were defeated by second ranked Ryukyu GK (3-1) 85-81 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. International forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners and American forward Hassan Martin (201-95, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Ryukyu GK players scored in double figures. American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Taito Nakahigashi (190-92) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ryukyu GK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams. Diamond Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: T.Nakahigashi 17+5reb+2ast, C.Brackins 15+8reb+5ast, S.Ando 14+1ast, T.Harimoto 8+3reb, J.Tillman 8+2reb, T.Sasayama 7+2reb+4ast
Ryukyu GK: I.Brown 20+11reb+6ast, H.Martin 14+10reb+1ast, K.Ninomiya 11+2reb+1ast, R.Kishimoto 11+2reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 10+2reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 8+3reb
gschID: 580934


SeaHorses - Osaka Evessa 81-69

Rather predictable result in Kariya where second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (3-1) defeated bottom-ranked Osaka Evessa (0-4) 81-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Osaka Evessa was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Osaka Evessa 40-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. The former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) stepped up and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward David Wear (208-90, college: UCLA) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams. Osaka Evessa at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Toyama Grouses (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: G.Pomare 12+5reb+1ast, D.Wear 12+5reb+2ast, S.Konno 10+1reb, N.Kumagae 10+3reb+2ast, S.Negoro 8+3reb+2ast, T.Hashimoto 8+2ast
SeaHorses: M.Hiejima 23+6reb+5ast, K.Kanamaru 17+4reb, I.Butts 15+13reb+1ast, R.Hashimoto 12+3reb+1ast, D.Orton 5+3reb+2ast, J.Sakuragi 3+10reb+3ast
gschID: 580933


Hitachi SR - San-en 54-64

Everything could happen in Tokyo at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked San-en NeoPhoenix and 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers had identical 1-2 record. But Hitachi Sunrockers were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Hamamatsu 64-54 on Sunday night. Hitachi Sunrockers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and point guard Tatsuya Suzuki (169-91) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) scored 6 points and 13 rebounds. San-en NeoPhoenix (2-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tochigi Brex. Hitachi Sunrockers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Harrellson 14+17reb, M.Yamauchi 11+1reb+2ast, Y.Mitsuhara 6+4reb+2ast, R.Sacre 6+13reb, T.Hasegawa 6+2reb+2ast, T.Ito 4+1reb+5ast
San-en: C.Martin 17+6reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 13+5reb+7ast, S.Morrison 12+13reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 8+4reb+1ast, A.Ota 7+1reb, J.Kano 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 580932





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T-Birds Kick-Off the Scrimmage Season in Dallas - by Eurobasket News

The NMJC T-Bird Men's basektball team traveled to North Dallas over the weekend to kickoff the scrimmage portion of the 2017-18 season. The played in 5 scrimmages vs Southwest Mississippi College, Kilgore College, San Jacinto College, Garden City CC, KS and Lee College from Baytown, TX. The competition was intense all weekend and the talent level was on high alert. The scrimmage was organized by the Mullen-Mitchell Jamboree and involved over 60 schools with over 300 NCAA recruiters on site for the event. NMJC entered the contest with on 3 returners from the 2016-17 team and this "warm-up" period of the season will be crtitical for team development. The opening contest vs SW Mississippi College was a battle all the way. NMJC trailed by 10 at half but managed a strong come back with some sharp shooting and timely rebounds to win the scrimmage 62-61!
Game 2 was played late on Friday evening seeing NMCJ battle Kilgore College of Texas. Both teams sputtered early, but got on track in the second half with Kilgore surging ahead in the final few minutes to take the victory 39-33. The remaining three contest were played on Saturday morning and afternoon. NMJC battled Garden City College of Kansas, San Jacinto College of Texas and Lee College. The men won one of the three scrimmages that were played with a running clock and only one timeout allowed for each team. Coach Brian Lohrey considered the weekend to be a success for the team as chemistry and competition were established among the ranks. The team will benefit from all the competitions scheduled during October. This weekend the team travels to Colorado to continue the pre-season.
Courtesy of: nmjcthunderbirds.com



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Justin Doellman (ex FC Barcelona) is a newcomer at Anadolu Efes - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Kosovan international forward Justin Doellman (205-95kg-85, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Doellman has played for the last three years at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 12 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg last season. Doellman helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 15 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements Doellman's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Imports Team award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Doellman represented Kosovo at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 84.2%.
Doellman has played previously professionally also in France (Cholet Basket, Besancon and Entente Orleans 45) and Spain (Valencia Basket, La ICL Manresa and HLA Alicante).
He attended Xavier University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Justin has good size and he is very skilled athlete, who can shoot with good range. He is a very good passer who has a great understanding of the game. Justin is a very versatile player who can play many roles or positions for us. He passes it. He shoots it. He can rebound. He is a complete player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivars ZEMITIS
  Memele/B.
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 34.5
 1. Zemitis, Memele/B.34.5 
 2. Immers, Limbazi31.0 
 3. Berzins, RTU25.0 
 4. Ginters, RSU23.0 
 5. Mikulskiy, VeA22.0 
 6. Metra, Jelgava22.0 
 7. Mednis, Madona21.0 
 8. Pabrieza, Livani21.0 
 9. Vikentsyeu, VeA20.0 
 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. Zemitis, Memele/B.13.0 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA13.0 
 5. Lasmanis, Livani13.0 
 6. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.12.0 
 7. Lemanis, LU/BS R.12.0 
 8. Viksna, Livani12.0 
 9. Sukteris, Valkas SI11.0 
 10. Vecens, Valkas SI11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Buikis, Saldus8.5 
 2. Brencs, Limbazi8.0 
 3. Gabrans, Gulbenes.7.3 
 4. Pabrieza, Livani7.0 
 5. Veinbergs, Limbazi7.0 
 6. Ginters, RSU7.0 
 7. Mikulskiy, VeA7.0 
 8. Silavs, Limbazi7.0 
 9. Vilks, Memele/B.6.5 
 10. Skipars, RSU6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Inguss IMMERS
  Limbazi
  (194-F-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Immers, Limbazi5.0 
 2. Kampuss, Riga/Rid.5.0 
 3. Ginters, RSU5.0 
 4. Berkolds, Ogre/Kum.4.0 
 5. Grabovskis, RTU4.0 
 6. Berzins, VeA4.0 
 7. Mikulskiy, VeA4.0 
 8. Metnieks, Saldus4.0 
 9. Jekabsons, Ogre/Kum.4.0 
 10. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Janis BACA
  Saldus
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baca, Saldus4.0 
 2. Jekabsons, Ogre/Kum.2.0 
 3. Rozitis, Jelgava2.0 
 4. Licitis, Saldus2.0 
 5. Steinbergs, Ogre/Kum.2.0 
 6. Engers, ViA1.5 
 7. Snipke, LU/BS R.1.5 
 8. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki1.3 
 9. Metra, Jelgava1.0 
 10. Kravalis, Saldus1.0 



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Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Martynas ZIGMANTAVICIUS
  KTU
  (187-PG-96)
  Avg: 28
 1. Zigmantavici., KTU28.0 
 2. Biliartas, Delikate.23.0 
 3. Berucka, Perlas21.0 
 4. Petraitis, Delikate.17.0 
 5. Kvedaraviciu., Perlas15.0 
 6. Kigas, KTU15.0 
 7. Matutis, Delikatesas14.0 
 8. Sirvydis, Perlas12.5 
 9. Pilauskas, Perlas12.0 
 10. Maskolaitis, Perlas11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rytis BILIARTAS
  Delikate.
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Biliartas, Delikate.12.0 
 2. Stankevicius, Delikate.8.0 
 3. Kvedaraviciu., Perlas6.5 
 4. Motuzas, KTU6.0 
 5. Kokoska, KTU5.0 
 6. Pipiras, Perlas5.0 
 7. Matutis, Delikatesas5.0 
 8. Maskolaitis, Perlas4.5 
 9. Urbonavicius, Delikate.4.0 
 10. Tubutis, Perlas4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martynas ZIGMANTAVICIUS
  KTU
  (187-PG-96)
  Avg: 9
 1. Zigmantavici., KTU9.0 
 2. Matutis, Delikatesas6.0 
 3. Zukauskas, Delikate.3.0 
 4. Berucka, Perlas3.0 
 5. Sirvydis, Perlas2.5 
 6. Pilauskas, Perlas2.0 
 7. Kryzius, Delikatesas2.0 
 8. Kuprijanovas, KTU2.0 
 9. Giedraitis, Perlas2.0 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., Perlas2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rytis BILIARTAS
  Delikate.
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Biliartas, Delikate.4.0 
 2. Kuprijanovas, KTU2.0 
 3. Zigmantavici., KTU2.0 
 4. Berucka, Perlas1.5 
 5. Sirvydis, Perlas1.5 
 6. Kigas, KTU1.0 
 7. Motuzas, KTU1.0 
 8. Petraitis, Delikate.1.0 
 9. Aniulis, KTU1.0 
 10. Zukauskas, Delikate.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Benius URBONAVICIUS
  Delikate.
  (201-PF-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Urbonavicius, Delikate.2.0 
 2. Stankevicius, Delikate.1.0 
 3. Kuprijanovas, KTU1.0 
 4. Zukauskas, Delikate.1.0 
 5. Tubutis, Perlas0.5 
 6. Berucka, Perlas0.5 
 7. Sirvydis, Perlas0.5 
 8. Kigas, KTU0.0 
 9. Giedraitis, Perlas0.0 
 10. Motuzas, KTU0.0 


Vytautas tab Denys Lukashov - by Eurobasket News

Vytautas Prienu (LKL) inked 28-year old Ukrainian international point guard Denys Lukashov (190-82kg-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played most recently at Enisey in Russian VTB league. In 13 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg last season. Lukashov helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 21 games in VTB United League where he had 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.0apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Lukashov spent at Lietuvos rytas. In 23 LKL games he recorded 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.7apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. The other team Lukashov played that season for was Avtodor in Russian league. In 14 Eurocup games he got 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg. He also played 16 games in VTB United League where he got 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg.
Lukashov won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2011.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Lukashov has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2006.
He represented Ukraine at the European Championships this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.3apg, Steals-3 (2.0spg), FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 33.3%.
Lukashov has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like Budivelnyk, BC Kyiv, Azovmash, BC Donetsk and Kyiv Vovcha zgraya.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Villa Mitre de Capital Federal adds Anderson to their roster, ex T71 - by Eurobasket News

Villa Mitre de Capital Federal (TNA) added to their roster 24-year old American power forward Eric Anderson (204-107kg-93, college: New Haven). He played last season at T71 Dudelange in Luxembourg Total League. In 10 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 11.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1bpg. Anderson helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for Tokyo Cinq (B League D3) in Japan where in 26 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson's team won Luxembourg Cup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Anderson has played also professionally in Germany (Gladiators).
He attended New Haven University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MALAYSIA  


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



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



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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.

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  MONTENEGRO  


Ljujic is back at Jedinstvo - by Darko Pekic

KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje (Erste Liga) signed 26-year old Montenegrin forward Nikola Ljujic (202-91). It is actually his comeback to Bijelo Polje as he has played here before. Ljujic played last season at Trepca in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 27 games he had 9.4ppg and 4.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Ljujic also played 9 games in Balkan League where he recorded 6.7ppg and 3.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Ljujic was tested by Ulcinj. In only one Erste Liga game he averaged 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ljujic played in the final of Montenegrin League in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 2nd Team back in 2009.
Ljujic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 2.1rpg.
Ljujic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Mladost), Sweden (White Eagles) and Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Buducnost II Podgorica and Teodo Tivat).

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Vukovic is back at Jedinstvo - by Darko Pekic

KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje (Erste Liga) signed 23-year old Montenegrin point guard Nenad Vukovic (192-90kg-94). It is actually his comeback to Bijelo Polje as he has played here before. Vukovic played last season at Gradjanski in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 15 games he had 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.1apg. Vukovic also played that season for Jedinstvo where in three Erste Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. The other team Vukovic played shortly was Mladost (also in Division I). In 7 games he averaged remarkable 17.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg.
Vukovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U16 Division B in Strumice (FYR Macedonia) three years ago. His team won Gold.
Vukovic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Sloga) and Montenegro (KK Centar Bijelo Polje).

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  NBA  


The Cavaliers waived Tavares - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers waived 25-year old Spaniard-Cape Verdean center Edy Tavares (220-118kg-92).
The last season Tavares played at another team Raptors 905 where in 50 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.5apg and 2.8bpg. Great season indeed as he was awarded USBasket.com All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
Three years ago he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in second round (43rd overall).
Tavares' team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2016.
He represented Spain at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.1ppg, 6.0rpg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP-1 (73.5%), FT: 53.8%.
Tavares has played previously professionally in Spain (Gran Canaria, La Palma and CB Gran Canaria 2014 Las Palmas II) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs, Northern Arizona Suns and Canton Charge).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Standing 7-3, with an astonishing wingspan of 7-9 he has tremendous size, combined with excellent mobility for a big man with his dimensions ... He's always active on the floor, showing great progresses from a conditioning standpoint, compared to when he arrived on the Canary Islands ... Offensively he's really effective in pick and roll situations, showing the ability to finish above the rim after the cut with aggressiveness, furthermore his mobility and coordination make him an effective contributor in creating space for his teammates with solid screens, playing a key role in Gran Canarias offense .. Most of his offensive repertoire is based on dunks and put backs after an offensive rebound, but he has shown significant improvements on his hook shot using his right hand ... He has a soft touch and he's a solid free throw shooter ... Defensively he's a great pick and roll defender, being able to recover in the painted area after helping on the screen ... Plus with his great size and wingspan he's definitely a great rim protector. According to those with knowledge of him, he's a nice, humble guy with a great work ethic.

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The Raptors land Davion Berry, ex Walter Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors tabbed 26-year old guard Davion Berry (193-84kg-91, college: Weber State). He played most recently at Walter Tigers in German BBL league. In 21 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg last season. Berry also spent pre-season at Kolossos in Greek A1 that year where in three games he had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Berry won D-League Atlantic Division championship title in 2015. He received also All-Big Sky Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC Division I All-District 6 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
And here thanks to pro basketball Berry experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Berry has played previously professionally in Italy (Fiat Torino), South Korea (LG Sakers) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws and Raptors 905 Missisauga).
He attended Weber State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Berry's outlook: A great guard, invited to Portsmouth after a remarkable senior season in Weber State. He's very quick in transition and loves to get out and run, showing an ability to fill the lanes and finish or make plays with the ball in his hands. He has a good frame and a quick first step that allows him to get to the rim and finish even in traffic with both hands. Solid defender as well, with quick feet and eager to stay in front of his opponent. Shot with 39% behind the 3-point line and is also a great passer (averaging close to 4 assists per game).

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The Knicks land Trey Burke - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks tabbed 25-year old point guard Trey Burke (185-86kg-92, college: Michigan). The last season Burke played at the Wizards where in 60 NBA games he averaged 4.8ppg and 1.8apg. Burke helped them to win the Southeast Division title.
In 2013 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (9th overall). The former University of Michigan standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
He received NBA All-Rookie 1st Team award back in 2014.
Burke has played previously for Utah Jazz.

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The Thunder waives Alford - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) waived 23-year old guard Bryce Alford (190-84kg-94, college: UCLA).
Alford has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles and it is his first season as a pro. Alford's team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2015 and 2017.

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The Thunder let Brown go - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) cut 25-year old point guard Markel Brown (191-85kg-92, college: Oklahoma State).
The last season Brown played at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian league where in 11 Eurocup games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Brown played 21 games in VTB United League where he had 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Brown also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers that year. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Three years ago Brown was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in second round (44th overall). The former Oklahoma State standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Brown received All-Big 12 2nd Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Brown has played previously for two other teams: Brooklyn Nets and Maine Red Claws.

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Cleveland Cavaliers sign rookie Isaac Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old guard Isaac Hamilton (196-88kg-94). Hamilton just graduated from Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles (NCAA). He has played there for the last three years. In 34 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.8apg last season. Hamilton helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Hamilton is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He received All-Pac-12 2nd Team award in 2016 at his college time.

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Nets get dominated by Sixers in final preseason game, 133-114 - by Eurobasket News

No more parties on L.I. After starting off 3-0, the Nets finished the preseason with a 133-114 blowout loss Wednesday night at The Nassau Coliseum. The Nets won their two ABA championships in the building in the 1970's. Safe to say: the same luck -and skill level- weren't in the air tonight. Atkinson and the Nets take it as a positive. 'I kind of saw it coming, and we talked about it. I think coaches have to try to be ahead of it. Listen, it's a great wakeup call. I'm going to turn this into a positive. Maybe going through the preseason 4-0, we'd think we're a juggernaut. Really, we have a long way to go. So, it was a good wakeup call for all of us, players and coaches,' Atkinson said after the loss. The Nets held an early 17-7 lead and it looked like the preseason norm - wearing out teams with the fast-pace and three-pointers. Then, everything went downhill from there. The 76ers went on a 31-5 extended run across the first and second quarters. Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas) was a force in the half with 20 points and seven rebounds in 10 minutes, while Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) knocked down four three-pointers. The only player strong enough to cover Embiid was Mozgov and even he struggled. 'Well, we put him on the free throw line 16 times in the first half (18 overall). That's tough to overcome. But it gives us information for the regular season when we do play him,' Atkinson said of Embiid. 'He's got it all. I don't see any flaws in his game. Offensively he's big as Shaq. He can shoot it like Dirk. He's got the whole package. The league - as far as bigs - he's going to make some noise this year,' Russell said of Embiid. The perimeter defense was another story. The Nets allowed Philly to shoot 13-of-30 from deep. Saric nailed five of them, leading Philadelphia with 26 off the bench. He would've outscored the entire Nets bench if it weren't for garbage time. 'It definitely makes you more aware of protecting the paint,' Atkinson said of Sixers' dominance inside the paint. 'There was one where we doubled down on him, and he kicked it out and they hit a three. There's a factor there. I can't deny it.' Embiid finished with 23 on the night - 14 coming at the free throw line. The Nets did not have the bodies to cover him. He only played 15 minutes. Philadelphia scored 46 points (!) in the second quarter and led by 25 at half. It was, by far, Brooklyn's worst defensive performance of the preseason, to say the least. The Nets never really made a run and even trailed by 35 midway in the fourth quarter. D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.) led the Nets and did all he could to keep them afloat, but he needed help. He dropped 24 points in 24 minutes on 9-of-20 shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson sparked the club in the first quarter with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, but he committed five turnovers and didn't log any minutes after the second quarter. After the game, it was revealed he suffered a hand injury. No word on its severity. Defense was a much different story. The Sixers tore them up inside and outside, and the Nets simply weren't communicating enough on that end. Allen Crabbe struggled mightily after a 14-point performance in Brooklyn's last preseason game. Crabbe was 1-of-8 from the field. Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) chipped in 14 points but foul trouble plagued him throughout the game. Caris LeVert (6'7''-G-94, college: Michigan) started the game 1-of-6, but finished 4-of-10 on the night. The Nets finished the preseason with a 3-1 record. Unfortunately it ended on a disappointing note. 'I think we handled it well. We came ready to play straight from training camp. Our hard work from training camp led us into the preseason and we played well,' D'Angelo Russell said.
Courtesy of: netsdaily.com



The Nets waived Jeremy Senglin - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets waived 22-year old guard Jeremy Senglin (188-88kg-95, college: Weber State).
Senglin has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Weber State and it is his first season as a pro. Senglin played in the final of Big Sky Conference Tournament.

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Andrew Wiggins signs contract extension with Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas)' contract extension took long enough. First, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said his team would offer a five-year max deal, but then said he wanted to look Wiggins in the eyes first. When the offer was finally on the table, Wiggins fired his agent then delayed signing. Finally, it's done. Timberwolves release: The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has signed forward Andrew Wiggins to a multi-year contract extension. Presumably, this is a five-year max extension. If so, the value won't be known until the salary cap is set next summer, but it projects be worth $146.45 million. Questions remain: Does the deal contain a player option? Is Wiggins eligible for the super max if he makes an All-NBA team this year? Will an agent receive a commission on the deal? And of course, is Wiggins worth it? A max deal is the only way Minnesota could have secured Wiggins now for the next five years. Any lower salary, and the extension length would have been limited to four years. There's value in locking up a young talent for so long (if, of course, the extension doesn't include a player option). But Wiggins' defense and rebounding are far from commensurate with his athleticism. A volume scorer with good efficiency for his usage, Wiggins doesn't distribute enough. He's also too reliant on mid-range jumpers. Don't get me wrong. Wiggins is already pretty good, and he has the physical tools to become much more. But he'll need to expand his game to justify this extension.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com




Wright is back at the Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) agreed terms with 29-year old forward Chris Wright (203-102kg-88, college: Dayton). It is actually his comeback to the Thunder as he has played here before. Wright played last season at Oklahoma City Blue. In 23 NBA G League games he had 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. Wright also spent pre-season at the Thunder that year.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2011 Maine Red Claws selected him in first round (3rd overall) in the D-League draft.
Wright attended University of Dayton and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Poland (PGE Turow) and other NBA teams (Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors).

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Phoenix Suns waive Jok - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns (NBA) waived 23-year old Sudanese guard Peter Jok (198-91kg-94, college: Iowa).
Jok has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Iowa and it is his first season as a pro. Jok was voted All-Big Ten 1st Team in 2017 at his college time.

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The Nets released Milton Doyle - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets released 24-year old guard Milton Doyle (193-84kg-93, college: Loyola, IL).
Doyle has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and it is his first season as a pro.
Doyle's team made it to the MVC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.

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The Nuggets let Childress go - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets (NBA) cut experienced 34-year old former international swingman Josh Childress (203-95kg-83, college: Stanford).
The last season Childress played at San en NeoPhoenix (B League) in Japan where in 40 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and recorded 9.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League Central Division. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com Japanese B League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
In 2004 Childress was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in first round (6th overall). The former Stanford University standoutis in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Childress' team won Greek Cup in 2010. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Import Player of the Year award back in 2010. Childress was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2003.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Childress experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Australian and of course North American leagues. Childress has played previously professionally in Australia (Kings), other NBA teams (New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards), Greece (Olympiacos) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Very gifted offensively .... Has great touch, scores the ball, can shoot it deep, puts it on the floor, and can play above the rim. Josh has the talent, the grades, the manners, the morals, the ethics. You really couldn't ask for more out of Josh. He's polite. Nothing gets to his head.
Strengths - Josh Childress is an extremely versatile wing player. He is a great rebounder because of his athleticism and incredible wingspan. A very smooth offensive player with good ball handling and shooting ability. He has good range and can shoot the three. He is also a good passer. A great athlete who is quick and explosive. Has the potential to become a great defender in the NBA because of his long arms and mobility.
Weaknesses - Needs to gain weight and get stronger. Is a twig at 6'8 yet barely 200 pounds. Must get stronger and tougher in order to compete with NBA players. His jumpshot is good but not great. Outside jumper could use some work. Might need to become more assertive and aggressive
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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.'
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



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



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  NBLCANADA  


Moncton Miracles add Corey Allmond - by Greg

Moncton Magic (NBL Canada) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Corey Allmond (188-82kg-88, college: Sam Houston State). He played last season at Rochester RazorSharks (PBL) in the U.S. In 21 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.4ppg and had 3.2rpg and 2.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected USBasket.com All-PBL Player of the Year, Guard of the Year, Finals MVP and voted to 1st Team.
He attended Sam Houston State and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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  NCAA1  


Trent Johnson hired as Louisville assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

Louisville acting head coach David Padgett , who took over for Rick Pitino and has seen the two other assistant coaches within the program placed on administrative leave, has hired longtime head coach Trent Johnson as assistant coach. Padgett, 32, has no head-coaching experience and has been an assistant coach at Louisville for one season. Johnson, 61, has been a Division I head coach for 17 seasons at Nevada, Stanford, LSU and TCU. Johnson and Padgett were familiar with each other from when Padgett was playing high school basketball at Reno High and Johnson was the head coach at Nevada. "Coach Johnson is highly experienced," Padgett in a statement. "I've personally known him for a long time. He was the head coach at Nevada when his son and I played in high school together. He is going to bring a wealth of knowledge to our program. He's someone that I will be able to lean on and our players will be able to relate well to him. I think under the circumstances, I don't think that we could find a better hire." Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair were both placed on administrative leave last week. Pitino was also placed on administrative leave after Louisville was mentioned in the recent FBI investigation in which 10 people, including four NCAA assistant coaches, were arrested. Pitino has denied any knowledge, but Louisville was linked to a payment and at least one assistant was allegedly involved in the funneling of money from Adidas to the family of freshman Brian Bowen.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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  NIGERIA  


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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  NORWAY  

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 33.4
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.33.4 
 2. Cugini, Gimle BBK26.0 
 3. Nisavic, Fyllinge.25.3 
 4. Skouen, Froya B.24.2 
 5. Midtvedt, Centrum23.0 
 6. Fivelstad, Gimle B.20.4 
 7. Spear, Nidaros Jets20.2 
 8. Issalhi, Tromso20.0 
 9. Williams, Ammerud .19.0 
 10. Bolinz, Asker Aliens19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aksel BOLINZ
  Asker Aliens
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 15
 1. Bolinz, Asker Aliens15.0 
 2. Thomas, Kongsberg11.5 
 3. Harris, Nidaros .11.3 
 4. Williams, Ammerud .10.3 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso9.8 
 6. Fivelstad, Gimle B.9.4 
 7. Cugini, Gimle BBK8.8 
 8. Sommerfeldt, Asker A.8.4 
 9. Sumskis, Fyllinge.7.8 
 10. Yele, Asker Aliens7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERRALES
  Kongsberg
  (187-G-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ferrales, Kongsberg7.3 
 2. Spear, Nidaros Jets6.4 
 3. Gabrans, Froya B.6.0 
 4. Vangen, Ammerud .5.3 
 5. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.5.0 
 6. Granath, Gimle BBK4.8 
 7. Nisavic, Fyllinge.4.8 
 8. Lange, Tromso4.3 
 9. Issalhi, Tromso4.3 
 10. Stien, Asker Aliens4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joel SPEAR
  Nidaros Jets
  (192-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Spear, Nidaros Jets3.0 
 2. Lange, Tromso2.8 
 3. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.2.8 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso2.5 
 5. Ouakkaha, Gimle B.2.2 
 6. Gabrans, Froya B.2.2 
 7. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 8. Heggelund, Baerum B.2.0 
 9. Elgmork, Fyllinge.2.0 
 10. Silavs, Froya B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brage VEJLGAARD
  Nidaros .
  (205-C-97)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .2.2 
 2. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .1.5 
 3. Harris, Nidaros .1.3 
 4. Yele, Asker Aliens1.3 
 5. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.1.2 
 6. Thomas, Kongsberg1.0 
 7. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.1.0 
 8. Lange, Tromso1.0 
 9. Clark, Froya Basket1.0 
 10. Krivokapic, Kongs.0.8 


BLNO Round 5: Nidaros Jets hand first loss to Fyllingen BBK - by Eurobasket News

There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of BLNO and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of Fyllingen BBK (3-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Nidaros Jets (2-3) 104-91. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fyllingen BBK. Nidaros Jets made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American center Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard Simon Midtvedt (180-96) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Serbian guard Ognjen Nisavic (195-92) answered with 29 points for Fyllingen BBK. Nidaros Jets maintains eighth place with 2-3 record. Newly promoted Fyllingen BBK keeps the second position with one game lost. Nidaros Jets are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Baerum Basket (#10) in Bekkestua in the next round. Fyllingen BBK will play at home against Tromso (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Froya Basket (3-2) against fifth ranked Ammerud Bskt (3-3) on Sunday night. Visiting Froya Basket was defeated by Ammerud Bskt in a tough game in Oslo 72-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Froya Basket. British center Morakinyo Williams (210-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and Karlis Helmanis chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ammerud Bskt's coach Mustafa Mahnin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized American forward Nikolas Phillip (193-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ammerud Bskt maintains fifth place with 3-3 record. Froya Basket at the other side keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with Gimle BBK. Ammerud Bskt will play against higher ranked Gimle BBK (#4) in Bergen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Froya Basket will play at home against Tromso and hopes to get back on the winning track.
BLNO top team - Asker Aliens (5-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Ammerud Bskt (3-3) 90-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ammerud Bskt. Aksel Bolinz nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Asker Aliens' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Morakinyo Williams came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Ammerud Bskt in the defeat. Undefeated Asker Aliens have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Loser Ammerud Bskt keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Asker Aliens will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt will play against Gimle BBK (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
10th ranked Centrum is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to ninth ranked Baerum Basket (0-5) 93-66. The best player for the winners was Stian Mjos who scored 35 points (!!!), 6 assists and 6 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Baerum Basket went down to tenth position due to points difference. Centrum lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Baerum Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Nidaros Jets (#8) in Tromdheim and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game in Tromso was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Kongsberg (2-2) played at the court of seventh ranked Tromso (2-2). Tromso defeated Kongsberg 88-74 on Sunday. Hani Issalhi orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Tromso moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Kongsberg. Tromso will face league's second-placed Fyllingen BBK on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 5 Froya Basket smashed Centrum on the road 97-63. Gimle BBK won against Nidaros Jets on its own court 94-83.

Asker Aliens - Ammerud Bskt 90-70

BLNO top team - Asker Aliens (5-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Ammerud Bskt (3-3) 90-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ammerud Bskt. The game was mostly controlled by Asker Aliens. Ammerud Bskt managed to win second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ammerud Bskt 45-29 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Asker Aliens looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Ammerud Bskt's players. Forward Aksel Bolinz (201-90, college: N.Illinois) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-89, college: Manhattan) accounted for 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Asker Aliens' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British center Morakinyo Williams (210-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Swedish forward Plaisir Mukoko (198-91) added 18 points respectively for Ammerud Bskt in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Asker Aliens have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Loser Ammerud Bskt keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Asker Aliens will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt will play against Gimle BBK (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: A.Bolinz 25+11reb+3ast, T.Sommerfeldt 19+8reb+6ast, D.Yele 12+7reb, J.Hart 11+7reb+2ast, A.Stien 10+2reb+8ast, S.Berg 7+7reb+5ast
Ammerud Bskt: M.Williams 22+10reb, P.Mukoko 18+4reb+1ast, A.Xepapadakis 12+3reb+1ast, K.Helmanis 10+6reb+1ast, S.Malto 2, T.Vangen 2+2reb+5ast
gschID: 563341


Baerum Basket - Centrum 93-66

10th ranked Centrum is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to ninth ranked Baerum Basket (0-5) 93-66. The game was mostly controlled by Baerum Basket. Centrum was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baerum Basket forced 28 Centrum turnovers. Strangely Centrum outrebounded Baerum Basket 43-29 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Stian Mjos (183-89) who scored 35 points (!!!), 6 assists and 6 steals. Canadian guard Keith Omoerah (194-92) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Magnus Midtvedt (182-90) produced 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Marcus Larsson (204-99) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Baerum Basket went down to tenth position due to points difference. Centrum lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Baerum Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Nidaros Jets (#8) in Tromdheim and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 35+1reb+6ast, K.Omoerah 19+7reb+4ast, C.Heggelund 9+5reb+3ast, J.Rost 8+1reb, T.Solem 6+3reb+3ast, P.Frantzvaag 5+4reb+1ast
Centrum: M.Midtvedt 24+4reb+4ast, M.Larsson 11+10reb, A.Haddad 10+1reb+2ast, T.Kambestad 9+7reb, M.Selboe 5+5reb+2ast, K.Adom 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 563340


Fyllingen BBK - Nidaros Jets 91-104

The most surprising game was the first loss of Fyllingen BBK (3-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Nidaros Jets (2-3) 104-91. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fyllingen BBK. Nidaros Jets made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American center Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard Simon Midtvedt (180-96) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Serbian guard Ognjen Nisavic (195-92) answered with 29 points and American-Nigerian forward Patrick Onwenu (198-93, college: Alcorn St.) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Fyllingen BBK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nidaros Jets maintains eighth place with 2-3 record. Newly promoted Fyllingen BBK keeps the second position with one game lost. Nidaros Jets are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Baerum Basket (#10) in Bekkestua in the next round. Fyllingen BBK will play at home against Tromso (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nidaros Jets: S.Midtvedt 28+2reb+1ast, E.Harris 23+13reb+3ast, J.Spear 13+3reb+12ast, E.Skjellaug 11+5reb+1ast, B.Vejlgaard 11+4reb, J.Kvalvaag 10+2reb+1ast
Fyllingen BBK: O.Nisavic 29+3reb+1ast, P.Onwenu 22+5reb+3ast, N.Blatancic 14+2reb+3ast, V.Sumskis 13+7reb+1ast, K.Otabor 7+5reb+5ast, B.Ellingsen 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 563337


Centrum - Froya Basket 63-97

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Froya Basket (3-2) crushed 10th ranked Centrum (1-4) in Oslo 97-63 on Saturday. The game without a history. Froya Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game, while Centrum only scored two points from the stripe. Guard Nikolas Skouen (190-90, college: Pepperdine, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Sigurd Lorange (178-0) contributed with 25 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Froya Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Magnus Midtvedt (182-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Marcus Larsson (204-99) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Centrum. Centrum's coach Inge-Aleksander Kristiansen gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Froya Basket maintains third place with 3-2 record having just two points less than leader Asker Aliens, which they share with Gimle BBK. Centrum lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Froya Basket will face Tromso (#6) at home in the next round. Centrum will play against Gimle BBK and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Froya Basket: N.Skouen 29+6reb+2ast, S.Lorange 25+2reb+3ast, D.Clark 11+8reb+1ast, E.Gabrans 10+6reb+2ast, N.Phillip 9+6reb+2ast, R.Silavs 8+4reb+8ast
Centrum: M.Midtvedt 20+10reb+2ast, M.Larsson 15+10reb+2ast, M.Selboe 6+2reb+1ast, R.Linnestad 5+1reb+1ast, S.Aslesen 4+3reb, T.Kambestad 4+2reb
gschID: 563335


Gimle BBK - Nidaros Jets 94-83

Everything could happen in Bergen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Gimle BBK and 8th ranked Nidaros Jets had identical 2-2 record. This time Gimle BBK used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Tromdheim 94-83 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-83. Gimle BBK forced 22 Nidaros Jets turnovers. American forward Lorenzo Cugini (198-93, college: High Point) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Magne Fivelstad (198-89, college: Barry) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Gimle BBK players scored in double figures. Australian guard Joel Spear (192-94, college: S.Oregon) answered with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard) added 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Nidaros Jets. Gimle BBK (3-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Froya Basket. Loser Nidaros Jets keep the eighth position with three games lost. Gimle BBK will face Ammerud Bskt (#5) in Oslo in the next round. Nidaros Jets will play at home against Baerum Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: M.Fivelstad 24+5reb+3ast, L.Cugini 23+11reb+4ast, D.Berg 17+2reb+3ast, L.Oskar Granath 12+4reb+9ast, A.Ouakkaha 9+5reb, M.Andersen 4
Nidaros Jets: J.Spear 26+5reb+5ast, S.Midtvedt 22+2reb+1ast, E.Harris 12+16reb+4ast, A.Fredheim 9+3reb, E.Skjellaug 6+2reb+2ast, J.Kvalvaag 5
gschID: 563336


Tromso - Kongsberg 88-74

The game in Tromso was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Kongsberg (2-2) played at the court of seventh ranked Tromso (2-2). Tromso defeated Kongsberg 88-74 on Sunday. Tromso forced 19 Kongsberg turnovers. Guard Hani Issalhi (187-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Henrik Lange (192-95) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Fred Thomas (196-93, college: Mississippi St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Cuban-American guard Juan Ferrales (187-91, college: Barry) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Kongsberg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tromso moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Kongsberg. Tromso will face league's second-placed Fyllingen BBK on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Tromso: H.Issalhi 22+8reb, A.Finstad 16+2reb+1ast, H.Lange 16+6reb+5ast, A.Solem 15+4reb+1ast, A.Smalas 11+2reb+1ast, S.Samuelsen 6+6reb+2ast
Kongsberg: F.Thomas 16+12reb+1ast, M.Gjerde 15+2reb+1ast, N.Oestbye 13+5reb+2ast, J.Ferrales 11+7reb+6ast, T.Rotegard 10, H.McCarthy 6+8reb
gschID: 563338


Ammerud Bskt - Froya Basket 81-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Froya Basket (3-2) against fifth ranked Ammerud Bskt (3-3) on Sunday night. Visiting Froya Basket was defeated by Ammerud Bskt in a tough game in Oslo 72-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Froya Basket. They outrebounded Froya Basket 38-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Ammerud Bskt players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. British center Morakinyo Williams (210-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and Latvian forward Karlis Helmanis (200-97) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ammerud Bskt's coach Mustafa Mahnin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized American forward Nikolas Phillip (193-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (188-79) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Froya Basket players scored in double figures. Ammerud Bskt maintains fifth place with 3-3 record. Froya Basket at the other side keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with Gimle BBK. Ammerud Bskt will play against higher ranked Gimle BBK (#4) in Bergen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Froya Basket will play at home against Tromso and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: M.Williams 31+20reb+1ast, P.Mukoko 16+2reb+1ast, K.Helmanis 12+6reb+3ast, N.Okoroafor 8+1reb+1ast, A.Xepapadakis 8+2reb+4ast, S.Malto 3+2reb
Froya Basket: N.Phillip 14+10reb+2ast, N.Skouen 13+3reb+2ast, R.Silavs 13, S.Lorange 11+1ast, E.Gabrans 8+5reb+6ast, M.Leroy Berntsen 8+2ast
gschID: 563339





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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin PUNTER
  Rosa
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 25
 1. Punter, Rosa25.0 
 2. Artis, Czarni25.0 
 3. Lewis, TBV Start23.5 
 4. Bojic, Polpharma23.5 
 5. Washington, TBV S.21.5 
 6. Kovalenko, MKS D.21.0 
 7. Dragicevic, Stelmet20.3 
 8. Shelton, MKS D.20.0 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl19.0 
 10. Thomasson, Polph.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  MKS D.
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Shelton, MKS D.13.0 
 2. Markovic, Trefl9.5 
 3. Aiken, Czarni9.5 
 4. Sokolowski, Rosa9.0 
 5. Jarmakowicz, Legia9.0 
 6. Trojan, Rosa9.0 
 7. Szczotka, Asseco8.5 
 8. Ponitka, Asseco8.5 
 9. Dragicevic, Stelmet8.3 
 10. Zamojski, Stelmet8.3 
Assists Per Game
 James WASHINGTON
  TBV S.
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Washington, TBV S.9.5 
 2. Broussard, MKS D.9.0 
 3. Laczynski, Anwil8.5 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco7.5 
 5. Johnson, BM Slam .7.0 
 6. Artis, Czarni7.0 
 7. Baldwin, AZS K.6.5 
 8. Koszarek, Stelmet5.3 
 9. Zegzula, Rosa5.0 
 10. Brown, Trefl5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron BROUSSARD
  MKS D.
  (195-F/G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Broussard, MKS D.3.0 
 2. Baldwin, AZS K.3.0 
 3. Artis, Czarni3.0 
 4. Dylewicz, Trefl3.0 
 5. Paliukenas, King2.7 
 6. Brown, Trefl2.5 
 7. Dutkiewicz, TBV S.2.5 
 8. Snieg, Polski Cukier2.3 
 9. Thomasson, Polph.2.0 
 10. Wilkerson, Legia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bartlomiej WOLOSZYN
  MKS D.
  (196-SF-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Woloszyn, MKS D.2.0 
 2. Wyka, Asseco2.0 
 3. Shelton, MKS D.2.0 
 4. Leonczyk, Anwil1.5 
 5. Zack, Trefl1.5 
 6. Put, Asseco1.0 
 7. Stelmach, Czarni1.0 
 8. Harris, King1.0 
 9. Gaddefors, Miasto S.1.0 
 10. Lapeta, BM Slam .1.0 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bartlomiej PELCZAR
  Start L.
  (185-G-0)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Pelczar, Start L.32.5 
 2. Jankowski, AZS P.26.0 
 3. Nowak, Miedzychod22.0 
 4. Zagula, Stal SW21.3 
 5. Der, Nowa Sol21.0 
 6. Stepien, WKK W.21.0 
 7. Kozak, Sudety20.5 
 8. Piszczatowsk., MKS D.20.5 
 9. Soltysiak, Domino I.20.0 
 10. Chudy, Pelplin19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Grzegorz SOLTYSIAK
  Domino I.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Soltysiak, Domino I.11.5 
 2. Bogucki, SMS P.11.3 
 3. Majchrzak, AZS U.11.0 
 4. Kapuscinski, Dziki W.10.7 
 5. Barycza, Otmuchow10.5 
 6. Taisner, AZS P.10.3 
 7. Pietrzak, Gimbaske.10.3 
 8. Szydlowski, Gniezno10.0 
 9. Budnikowski, Gniezno10.0 
 10. Wilk, Otmuchow9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.10.0 
 2. Wasowicz, AZS P.8.3 
 3. Skiba, MKS D.7.5 
 4. Chmielarz, AZS K.7.5 
 5. Glapinski, Gornik W.7.3 
 6. Raczek, Sudety7.3 
 7. Sarzalo, Pelplin7.0 
 8. Basinski, AZS K.7.0 
 9. Jozefiak, WKK W.6.5 
 10. Osiakowski, AZS U.6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tomasz JOZEFIAK
  WKK W.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jozefiak, WKK W.5.0 
 2. Kozlowski, Domino I.5.0 
 3. Piszczatowsk., MKS D.4.5 
 4. Wasowicz, AZS P.4.3 
 5. Mol, Pogon RS4.3 
 6. Rajczak, MKS D.4.0 
 7. Borowka, AZS A.4.0 
 8. Stankowski, Kosci.4.0 
 9. Koperski, AZS A.3.5 
 10. Daszke, Trefl I.3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krzysztof WILK
  Otmuchow
  (201-PF-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Wilk, Otmuchow3.5 
 2. Karpacz, AZS A.2.3 
 3. Minciel, Sudety2.0 
 4. Taisner, AZS P.2.0 
 5. Kedel, Legia2.0 
 6. Plebanek, AZS U.1.7 
 7. Matysek, Start L.1.7 
 8. Kozaczka, Bielsko-.1.7 
 9. Bogucki, SMS P.1.7 
 10. Sowa, Rzeszow1.5 



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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Four MCGLYNN
  Lusitania
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. McGlynn, Lusitania26.5 
 2. Borovnjak, FC Porto22.0 
 3. Lima, CAB Madeira21.5 
 4. Soares, Benfica21.0 
 5. Isom, Galitos-.21.0 
 6. Lawrence, Barreire.21.0 
 7. Williams, Illiabum19.0 
 8. Barroso, Benfica19.0 
 9. Hanley, FC Porto18.0 
 10. Dunn, Vitoria SC18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henrique PIEDADE
  Galitos-.
  (189-SF-94)
  Avg: 14
 1. Piedade, Galitos-.14.0 
 2. Van, Terceira12.0 
 3. Sota, Lusitania11.5 
 4. Nealy, Vitoria SC10.0 
 5. Loncovic, Illiabum10.0 
 6. Hanley, FC Porto9.0 
 7. Harris, Barreirense9.0 
 8. Robinson, Benfica9.0 
 9. Coronel, Electric.8.0 
 10. Gilbert, FC Porto8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Antywane ROBINSON
  Benfica
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Robinson, Benfica10.0 
 2. Fernandes, CAB M.7.5 
 3. Isom, Galitos-.6.0 
 4. Cardoso, Vitoria SC6.0 
 5. Barbosa, Oliveirense5.0 
 6. Pinto, Electrico FC5.0 
 7. Johnson, Terceira4.7 
 8. Sanders, Benfica4.0 
 9. Gameiro, CAB M.3.5 
 10. Perry, Ovarense3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Fabio LIMA
  CAB Madeira
  (198-F/G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lima, CAB Madeira3.0 
 2. Graham, Terceira3.0 
 3. Balseiro, Oliveirense3.0 
 4. Cardoso, Vitoria SC3.0 
 5. Slutej, Benfica3.0 
 6. Gameiro, CAB M.3.0 
 7. Johnson, Terceira2.3 
 8. Dunn, Vitoria SC2.0 
 9. Queiroz, FC Porto2.0 
 10. Sa, Illiabum2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  FC Porto
  (201-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hanley, FC Porto3.0 
 2. Isom, Galitos-.2.0 
 3. Van, Terceira1.3 
 4. Danilovic, Illiabum1.0 
 5. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 6. Harris, Barreirense1.0 
 7. Queiroz, FC Porto1.0 
 8. Borovnjak, FC Porto1.0 
 9. Gilbert, FC Porto1.0 
 10. Tadic, Vitoria SC1.0 



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NBL Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

First defeat of SAFSA (2-1) against top-ranked SBPHK H. (3-0) 77-60 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SAFSA. It was a key game for the top position in the league. SBPHK H. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. SAFSA at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by SBPHK H.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Undefeated SinKee (2-1) recorded its first loss on the court of seventh ranked Chong Ghee. Visitors were defeated by Chong Ghee 57-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SinKee. Chong Ghee moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated SinKee. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Tong Whye's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Singapore, where they defeated Youth Select (0-3) 66-48 on Tuesday. Tong Whye (1-2) left bottom position moving up to tenth place. It was Youth Select's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Min Yi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Min Yi is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to fifth ranked Xin Hua (2-1) 71-48. Xin Hua moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Min Yi at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Chong Ghee - SinKee 57-52

Undefeated SinKee (2-1) recorded its first loss on the court of seventh ranked Chong Ghee. Visitors were defeated by Chong Ghee 57-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SinKee. Chong Ghee moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated SinKee. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 584603


SBPHK H. - SAFSA 77-60

First defeat of SAFSA (2-1) against top-ranked SBPHK H. (3-0) 77-60 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SAFSA. It was a key game for the top position in the league. SBPHK H. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. SAFSA at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by SBPHK H.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 584604


Youth Select - Tong Whye 48-66

Tong Whye's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Singapore, where they defeated Youth Select (0-3) 66-48 on Tuesday. Tong Whye (1-2) left bottom position moving up to tenth place. It was Youth Select's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Min Yi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 584602


Min Yi - Xin Hua 48-71

Bottom-ranked Min Yi is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to fifth ranked Xin Hua (2-1) 71-48. Xin Hua moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Min Yi at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 584601





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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Warren WARD
  Caceres
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 19
 1. Ward, Caceres19.0 
 2. Agada, Prat18.0 
 3. Dee, Araberri17.3 
 4. Gatell, Castello17.0 
 5. Gilling, Coruna17.0 
 6. Munoz, Manresa16.5 
 7. Djukanovic, Forca L.16.5 
 8. Arco, Breogan16.0 
 9. Ahonen, Ourense15.7 
 10. Uzas, Ourense14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuel CATE
  Prat
  (206-C-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Cate, Prat11.0 
 2. van-Wijk, Huesca10.0 
 3. Gatell, Castello10.0 
 4. Gerun, FC Barc.10.0 
 5. Yates, CB Clavijo9.7 
 6. Sabonis, Castello9.0 
 7. Guerra, Melilla8.7 
 8. Arteaga, Oviedo8.3 
 9. Ruffin, Palencia8.0 
 10. Slezas, Palma7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  Valladolid
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Alvarado, Valladolid6.5 
 2. Sanz, Coruna5.3 
 3. Pressley, Palencia4.7 
 4. Zubizarreta, Sammic I.4.3 
 5. Wintering, Araberri4.3 
 6. Almazan, Melilla4.0 
 7. Santana, Oviedo3.7 
 8. Figueras, FC Barc.3.7 
 9. Ahonen, Ourense3.7 
 10. Corrales, Caceres3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Caleb AGADA
  Prat
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Agada, Prat3.3 
 2. Sanz, Coruna3.0 
 3. Uriz, Breogan2.5 
 4. van-Wijk, Huesca2.5 
 5. Blanch, Prat2.3 
 6. Dee, Araberri2.3 
 7. Djedovic, FC Barc.2.0 
 8. Djukanovic, Forca L.2.0 
 9. Ott, Castello2.0 
 10. Parejo, Caceres2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johan LOFBERG
  Breogan
  (199-SG-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lofberg, Breogan2.5 
 2. Trias, Manresa2.0 
 3. Orlov, Ourense1.7 
 4. Araujo, Araberri1.7 
 5. Fall, Melilla1.7 
 6. Bieshaar, CB Cl.1.7 
 7. Sakho, Manresa1.5 
 8. Gatell, Castello1.0 
 9. Marti, Forca Lleida1.0 
 10. Motos, Huesca1.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Joel KINDRED
  Cantaire.
  (193-G/F-91)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Kindred, Cantaire.22.3 
 2. Rodriguez, Lanza.22.3 
 3. Drakeford, Mataro P.22.0 
 4. Anton, Cerdanyola21.0 
 5. Maric, Andorra II21.0 
 6. Ortiz, Casvi20.7 
 7. Llorente, Estudio19.7 
 8. Alocen, Olivar19.5 
 9. Faye, Gran C.19.3 
 10. Faniel, Villarrobledo18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey SOLARIN
  Chantada
  (193-F-92)
  Avg: 17
 1. Solarin, Chantada17.0 
 2. Calhoun, Marin16.0 
 3. De la Iglesi., BIOK2.C.16.0 
 4. Gomez, Rivas13.7 
 5. Torres, Menorca11.3 
 6. Faye, Gran C.11.3 
 7. Pradilla, Olivar10.0 
 8. Drakeford, Mataro P.10.0 
 9. Manes, Castellbisbal9.0 
 10. Alzamora, Girona B.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julian Horacio LOPEZ
  Huelva
  (190-F/G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Lopez, Huelva8.0 
 2. Josephs, Chantada8.0 
 3. Akodo, Burgos7.0 
 4. Savitski, Ardoi7.0 
 5. Posse, Rosalia7.0 
 6. Pereiro, Betanzos7.0 
 7. Mendiburu, Pardinye.6.7 
 8. Murphy, Villarrobledo6.7 
 9. Rodriguez, Lanza.5.7 
 10. Lopez-S., Gran C.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jorge MARTINEZ
  La Fecha
  (181-G-96)
  Avg: 7
 1. Martinez, La Fecha7.0 
 2. Colado, COB7.0 
 3. Aranzabal, Mondr.6.0 
 4. Aguilar, Andorra II5.3 
 5. Lewis, Huelva5.0 
 6. Morgan, Zornotza5.0 
 7. Savic, Burgos5.0 
 8. Basterra, Mondr.5.0 
 9. Lopez, Huelva5.0 
 10. Vila, Quart4.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent CALHOUN
  Marin
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Calhoun, Marin5.0 
 2. Demuth, Sevilla 23.0 
 3. Carralero, Unicaja-.3.0 
 4. Diene, Gran C.3.0 
 5. Solarin, Chantada3.0 
 6. Garuba, Real M.2.3 
 7. Pantin, Rosalia2.0 
 8. Abia, Coruna II2.0 
 9. Fowler, Naron2.0 
 10. Niemeyer, Utrera2.0 


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

25-year old forward Jeffrey Solarin (193-F-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chantada and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Culleredo (#11, 0-1) with 31-point margin 83-52. Chantada is placed at 3rd position in their group in Spanish league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Chantada won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Solarin turned to be Chantada's top player in his first season with the team. Idaho State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Solarin leads league in rebounds with 17.0rpg. Solarin is in league's top in and averages solid 3.0bpg and 66.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mario Tobar (200-C-88) of top-ranked Burgos. He is a center in his first season at Burgos. In the last game Tobar recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Burgos to another comfortable win 87-73 over Mondragon (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. 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. Tobar is a newcomer at Burgos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jorge Tejera (200-PF-92) of league's second-best Azuqueca. Tejera got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of Azuqueca, leading his team to a 78-73 win against Estudiantes B (#15, 0-3). Azuqueca started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game in group B. Tejera turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Tejera has a very solid season. In 3 games in Spain he scored 17.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Quim Salvans (187-SF-98) of Menorca - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gerard Sevillano (196-F-94) of Marin - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. Javier Anton (198-F) of Cerdanyola - 28 points and 10 rebounds
7. Oscar Amo (204-C-97) of Sant Adria - 19 points and 12 rebounds
8. Corey Raley-Ross (193-G/F-91) of Innova Chef - 25 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Colton Lewis (206-F) of Huelva - 26 points and 8 rebounds
10. Andoni Aranzabal (188-SG-91) of Mondragon - 26 points, 6 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)



Recap of latest EBA games - by Eurobasket News

Group A-A
Ardoi - Zarautz 95-73

Zarautz (0-1) recorded a loss in Zizur Mayor on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Ardoi (1-0) 95-73. The game was mostly controlled by Ardoi. Zarautz managed to win second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for center Andres Zabaleta (200-94) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Naturalized Ukrainian forward Anton Savitski (196-86) accounted for 13 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Four Ardoi players scored in double figures. Ardoi's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Gonzalo Alvite (198-94) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds and center Iker Lizarriturri (194-78) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Zarautz in the defeat. Ardoi will meet Cantbasket (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zarautz will play against Estela (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zarautz: G.Alvite 20+6reb+1ast, A.Eguskitza 11+5reb+1ast, J.Sanz 10+6reb+3ast, J.Egana 7+2reb+2ast, I.Lizarriturri 6+12reb+2ast, U.Eizaguirre 6+2reb+2ast
Ardoi: A.Zabaleta 25+5reb+2ast, I.Urtasun 13+4reb+4ast, A.Savitski 13+12reb+7ast, F.Eguilaz 11+6reb, N.Uriz 11+1reb, I.Campos 9+8reb+2ast
gschID: 576348


Univ.Burgos - Cantbasket 71-67

No shocking result in a game when Univ.Burgos (0-0) beat at home Cantbasket (0-1) 71-67 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Cantbasket was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 24-15 charge of Univ.Burgos, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Cantbasket's 32. It was a good game for Senegalese center Mouhamadou Diop (212-87) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Rodrigo Cid-Garcia (196-96) contributed with 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Antonio Izquierdo (188-93) answered with 24 points and naturalized Andorra forward Alexis Bartolome (199-98) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cantbasket. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Univ.Burgos will have a break next round. Cantbasket will play at home against Ardoi (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Cantbasket: A.Izquierdo 24+3reb+2ast, A.Bartolome 18+7reb+2ast, A.Rua-Figueroa 14+9reb+1ast, J.Garcia 7+3reb+4ast, D.Champagnie 4+8reb+1ast, D.Garcia 0+1ast
Univ.Burgos: M.Diop 18+9reb+4ast, R.Cid Garcia 17+1reb, N.Garcia 8+2reb+2ast, P.Farina 6+4reb+1ast, J.Manuel Bartolome 6+2reb+2ast, J.Salinas 4+1reb+6ast
gschID: 576347


Estela - Valle de Egues 59-46

Estela used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Olaz 59-46 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Estela outrebounded Valle de Egues 54-27 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Valle de Egues was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Pablo Sanchez (198-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Carlos Iradier (199-94) contributed with 3 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ivan Del Rio (-97) answered with 8 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mikel Domeno (-84) added 9 points in the effort for Valle de Egues. Valle de Egues' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Estela will face Zarautz (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Valle de Egues will play against Burgos and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Valle de Egues: M.Domeno 9+3reb, I.Del Rio 8+7reb+1ast, I.Sesma 6+1reb+1ast, F.Santesteban 6+1reb, J.Del Rio 4+3reb, M.Tew 4+1reb
Estela: P.Sanchez 11+13reb+3ast, J.Olechnavicius 10+5reb+1ast, A.Pariente 8+2reb+1ast, A.Diaz 8+2reb, J.Iglesias 8+7reb, T.Hampl 6+7reb
gschID: 576349


Zornotza - CBT Gimnastica 98-52

Zornotza used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Torrelavega 98-52 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Zornotza led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zornotza forced 22 CBT Gimnastica turnovers and outrebounded them 35-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by CBT Gimnastica's players. It was a good game for Bosnian guard Marko Vukovic (191-94) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American forward Duane Morgan (198-93, college: Adelphi) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Sergio Garcia (195-95) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Tomas Ramon (203-84) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for CBT Gimnastica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zornotza will face Pielagos (#5) in Renedo de Pielagos in the next round. CBT Gimnastica will play at home against La Fecha (#4) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CBT Gimnastica: S.Garcia 16+6reb, R.Gonzalez 8+3ast, E.Rivas 7+1ast, J.Urtiaga 7+1reb, T.Ramon 6+9reb, P.Obregon 4+1reb
Zornotza: M.Vukovic 21+1reb+3ast, D.Morgan 13+7reb+3ast, R.Casanova 13+3reb, D.Westbrook 10+7reb+2ast, R.Pack 9+3reb+4ast, J.Lopez 9+2reb
gschID: 576352


Easo - Santurtzi 61-68

But Easo was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Santurtzi 68-61 on Saturday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Easo won second period 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Santurtzi forced 21 Easo turnovers. It was a good game for forward Juan Torres (196-92) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Jon Betolaza (179-93) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Mikel Esnaola (200-94, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and center Inigo Sarasola (207-95) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Easo. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Santurtzi will face Burgos at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Easo will play against BIOK2.COM OKE (#9) in Ordizia and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Easo: M.Esnaola 15+7reb, N.Mayer 9+1reb+1ast, I.Sarasola 7+8reb, M.Sanz 7+2reb, X.Beraza 6+7reb, A.Azpeitia 6+6reb+1ast
Santurtzi: J.Betolaza 14+2reb+2ast, J.Torres 14+6reb, X.Martin 13+3reb+1ast, X.Vega 8+4reb, P.Albisu 7+1reb+1ast, P.Aranzabal 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 576346


Valladolid Univ. - Pielagos 81-102

But Valladolid Univ. was not able to use a home court advantage and was outplayed by the opponent from Renedo de Pielagos 102-81 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Pielagos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.7 percent from the field and had 20 for 27 from the free-throw line, while Valladolid Univ. only scored four points from the stripe. Pielagos shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. Valladolid Univ. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Brais Gago (180-96) who led his team to a victory with 23 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Power forward Daniel Garcia (203-97) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Pedro Gonzalez (195-89) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Alvaro Encinas (202-94) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Valladolid Univ.Five Pielagos and four Valladolid Univ. players scored in double figures. Valladolid Univ.'s coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Pielagos will face Zornotza (#7) in Amorebieta-Echano in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Valladolid Univ. will play on the road against Mondragon (#13) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Valladolid Univ.: P.Gonzalez 13+9reb+1ast, A.Encinas 12+8reb+1ast, J.Burgoa 11+1reb+1ast, J.Arranz 10+1ast, J.Martinez 10+3reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 9+2reb
Pielagos: B.Gago 23+2reb+1ast, R.Lee 16+4reb+2ast, D.Garcia 16+9reb, R.Gomez 14+5reb+1ast, S.Iglesias 14+4reb+2ast, A.Robertson 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 576351


Burgos - Mondragon 87-73

There was no surprise when Mondragon (0-1) lost on the road to Burgos (2-0) 87-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Burgos. Mondragon was better in third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Burgos dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Mondragon's 28 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Mondragon 45-31 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for center Mario Tobar (200-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Serbian forward Dusan Juzbasic (201-99, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Burgos players scored in double figures. Burgos' coach used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Andoni Aranzabal (188-91) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and Mikel Basterra added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mondragon. Burgos will face Santurtzi (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mondragon will play against Valladolid Univ. (#14) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mondragon: A.Aranzabal 26+6reb+3ast, M.Basterra 21+7reb+2ast, S.Mancebo 6+1reb, J.Andres 6+5reb, D.Lopez 5+3reb+1ast, M.Arejolaleiba 4+2reb+2ast
Burgos: M.Tobar 30+13reb+5ast, D.Juzbasic 23+11reb+1ast, T.Lopez 12+8reb, J.Akodo 11+5reb+7ast, E.Savic 7+1reb+2ast, D.Segura 2
gschID: 576350


La Fecha - BIOK2.COM OKE 77-75

La Fecha used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Ordizia 77-75 on Saturday night. BIOK2.COM OKE was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. La Fecha forced 26 BIOK2.COM OKE turnovers. Strangely BIOK2.COM OKE outrebounded La Fecha 43-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for point guard Andres Fernandez (178-89) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Jorge Martinez (181-96) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Forward Asier De la Iglesia (201-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and Andoni Gaztanaga added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BIOK2.COM OKE. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. La Fecha will face CBT Gimnastica (#11) in Torrelavega in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BIOK2.COM OKE will play at home against Easo and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BIOK2.COM OKE: A.De la Iglesia 19+16reb, A.Gaztanaga 13+6reb, J.Arrondo 11+4reb+3ast, E.Duran 10+5reb+2ast, I.Sarasola 8+4reb+3ast, J.Villar 6+1reb
La Fecha: A.Fernandez 17+3reb+4ast, M.Lopez 13+2reb+2ast, J.Martinez 11+6reb+5ast, H.Parras 10+5reb+1ast, D.Garcia 7+3reb+2ast, A.Sarmiento 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 576353


Group A-B
Estudiantes L. - Carbajosa 82-90

We should not miss anothera road victory of Carbajosa (1-0) over Estudiantes L. (0-1) 90-82. The guests were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 32-24 last quarter charge of Estudiantes L. cut the lead to 90-82 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian forward Enuoma Ebinum (206, college: Bowie St.) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jalen Pendleton (188-93, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Five Carbajosa players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jose Antonio Lopez (190-96) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and Pablo Cordoba (182-97) added 27 points respectively. Carbajosa's next round opponent will be Naron (#6) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Estudiantes L. will play against Coruna II (#10) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes L.: P.Cordoba 27+3reb+3ast, J.Antonio Lopez 26+10reb+1ast, M.Ruiz 12+3reb+6ast, J.Beltran 9+3reb, I.Perez 5+8reb, J.Clar 3+3reb+1ast
Carbajosa: E.Ebinum 22+9reb+2ast, G.Roman 20+4reb+1ast, J.Pendleton 19+9reb+4ast, M.Lamine Dieye 13+12reb+2ast, D.Jones 11+3reb+1ast, A.Cano 3+1reb
gschID: 576589


Betanzos - Innova Chef 91-84

Betanzos used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Zamora 91-84 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 35-27 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Betanzos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for guard Guillermo Pereiro (191-89) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Center Marcos Rozas (202-83) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Betanzos players scored in double figures. American swingman Corey Raley-Ross (193-91, college: Buffalo) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds and Senegalese center Alioune Senghor (200-96) added 24 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Innova Chef. Betanzos will face Marin (#5) at home in the next round. Innova Chef will play against Culleredo (#11) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Innova Chef: C.Raley-Ross 25+16reb+2ast, A.Senghor 24+10reb, E.Johnson 9+4reb+5ast, J.Bosa 9+1ast, J.Quintero 8+3reb+2ast, P.de la Calle 7+2reb+4ast
Betanzos: G.Pereiro 25+5reb+7ast, M.Rozas 24+8reb+3ast, D.Martin 16+4reb+3ast, A.Thiam 12+12reb, M.Escobar 9+4reb+2ast, O.Dvojakovski 5+9reb
gschID: 576586


Leon - Coruna II 88-72

Leon used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Coruna 88-72 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Leon. Coruna II was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Colby Taylor (198-94, college: Central, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Marcos Garcia (-97) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Leon players scored in double figures. Guard Pablo Ferreiro (187-98) answered with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Asier Comendeiro added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Coruna II. Coruna II's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leon will face Gijon (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Coruna II will play against Estudiantes L. and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Coruna II: P.Ferreiro 20+7reb+5ast, A.Comendeiro 18+7reb+2ast, R.Rey 13+7reb+1ast, P.Rusell 6+2reb, L.Abia 6+8reb+4ast, O.Perez 4+4reb
Leon: C.Taylor 27+9reb+1ast, M.Fernandez 15+5reb+1ast, M.Garcia 14+5reb+6ast, P.Ruiz 13+4reb+3ast, E.Florez 7+6reb+2ast, A.Fernandez 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 576588


Rosalia - Ponferrada CDP 78-97

But Rosalia was not able to use a home court advantage and was outscored by the opponent from Ponferrada 97-78 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Ponferrada CDP. Rosalia was better in fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Ponferrada CDP outrebounded Rosalia 39-23 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Senegalese center Serigne Barro (208-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Congolese center Gullit Mukendi (203-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Ponferrada CDP players scored in double figures. Forward Pablo Posse (203-89) answered with 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and power forward Antonio Pantin (206-88, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rosalia. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Ponferrada CDP will face Chantada (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rosalia will play against Obradoiro II (#7) in Santiago de Comp and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rosalia: A.Pantin 19+6reb+1ast, P.Posse 18+3reb+7ast, J.Patino 12+2reb+1ast, L.Lopez 8+4reb+1ast, S.Alvarez 7, S.Lorenzo 6+3reb+1ast
Ponferrada CDP: K.Bracy-Davis 20+6reb+2ast, G.Mukendi 19+11reb+1ast, S.Barro 18+12reb+1ast, J.Davis 16+6reb+3ast, J.Garcia 10+2reb+2ast, D.Valcarce 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 576592


Marin - Gijon 77-61

Marin used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Gijon 77-61 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-61. Marin forced 20 Gijon turnovers and outrebounded them 45-26 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Brent Calhoun (206-93, college: IPFW, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Forward Gerard Sevillano (196-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Marin players scored in double figures. American swingman James Pegues (198-93, college: Newman) answered with 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Alejandro Rubiera (190-98) added 14 points in the effort for Gijon. Marin will face Betanzos on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gijon will play against Leon (#4) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gijon: J.Pegues 21+3reb, A.Rubiera 14+4reb, M.Wineglass 9+6reb+1ast, C.Suarez 6+1reb+1ast, D.Sanchez 4+4reb+3ast, K.Hatch 3+4reb+6ast
Marin: G.Sevillano 18+12reb+1ast, D.Simmons 14+2reb+1ast, B.Calhoun 14+16reb+4ast, J.Romero 12+2reb+4ast, D.Suarez 8+8reb+2ast, J.Oubina 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 576587


Chantada - Culleredo 83-52

Chantada used a home court advantage and outleveled the opponent from Culleredo 83-52 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-52. Chantada dominated on the defensive end, holding Culleredo to just 5 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Culleredo's 24 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Culleredo 50-29 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Nigerian forward Jeffrey Solarin (193-92, college: Idaho St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. British guard Kofi Josephs (198-91, college: Fort Lewis) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Kyree Marshall (198-94, college: Elizabeth City) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Dallas Searles (190-92, college: Quest) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Culleredo. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chantada will face Ponferrada CDP (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Culleredo will play against Innova Chef and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Culleredo: K.Marshall 24+5reb, D.Searles 17+6reb, M.Burnside 4+1ast, S.Sanchez 3, E.Lada 2+7reb, M.Cabanas 2+2reb+2ast
Chantada: J.Solarin 30+17reb+4ast, K.Josephs 23+11reb+8ast, M.Antonio Garcia 8+5reb+2ast, D.Lopez 5+2reb, M.Sanchez 4+7reb, D.Guerra 4+7reb
gschID: 576593


Naron - Venta de Banos 85-58

Naron used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Venta de Banos 85-58 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Naron led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naron outrebounded Venta de Banos 48-28 including a 39-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American Shanon Fowler (-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Mario Lopez (195-97) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Naron players scored in double figures. American forward De'Vaughn Jones (196, college: Midwestern St.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Badhasa Margarsa (185, college: MSU-Northern) added 10 points in the effort for Venta de Banos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Naron will face Carbajosa on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Venta de Banos will play against COB (#9) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Venta de Banos: D.Jones 15+5reb+2ast, D.Parker 13+2reb, B.Margarsa 10+4reb+2ast, C.Manoli 8+7reb, R.Blanco 7+1reb, J.Calvo 3+1reb
Naron: M.Lopez 15+4reb, E.Bermejo 13+4reb+1ast, S.Fowler 13+11reb+3ast, T.Reinholt 10+6reb, D.Poston 9+3reb+2ast, D.Perez 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 576590


COB - Obradoiro II 56-59

But COB was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Santiago de Comp 59-56 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 16-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Obradoiro II outrebounded COB 46-33 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Rodrigo Gomez who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Brais Losada contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Obradoiro II players scored in double figures. Obradoiro II's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Daniel Fernandez (195-99) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Deyan Colado (-96) added 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals in the effort for COB. Obradoiro II will face Rosalia (#15) in Santiago de Camp. in the next round which should be an easy win for them. COB will play on the road against Venta de Banos (#16) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
COB: D.Fernandez 14+5reb, D.Mendizabal 11+5reb+1ast, D.Colado 9+5reb+4ast, X.Arriaga 6+7reb, A.Cortes 5+1reb+1ast, C.Iglesias 5+6reb+1ast
Obradoiro II: A.Diaz 16+2reb, R.Gomez 13+9reb, J.Castro 10+4reb+1ast, B.Losada 10+9reb, R.Garcia 4+4reb+3ast, V.Villadoniga 3
gschID: 576591


Group B
Rivas - Teguise 77-59

Rather predictable result when Rivas (3-0) won against at home Teguise (1-2) 77-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rivas. Teguise was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Pablo Gimenez (192-91) who led his team to a victory with 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Power forward Angel Gomez (197-87) contributed with 7 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Rivas' coach Juanjo Simon used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Jose Artiles answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and center Julio De-Assis (200-92) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Teguise. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Teguise: J.Artiles 12+10reb+3ast, J.De Assis 11+9reb, A.Artiles 10+1reb+2ast, O.Cabrera 6+5reb+1ast, D.Krumins 5+2reb, A.Machin 5
Rivas: P.Gimenez 23+3reb+2ast, G.Ordas 16+1reb+1ast, J.De Pinto 11+2reb+1ast, A.Gomez 7+15reb+2ast, P.Marinan 6+6reb+1ast, A.Avila 5
gschID: 576844


Real Madrid II - Tenerife Naut. 81-65

Real Madrid II used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Santa Cruz de Ten. 81-65 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid II. Tenerife Naut. was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Uruguayan-Greek forward Maximiliano Sole (198-88, agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Usman Garuba (203-2) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Real Madrid II players scored in double figures. Point guard Ayoze Alonso (187-91) answered with 12 points and 7 assists and Cuban power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Tenerife Naut.Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tenerife Naut.: G.Silvestre 14+7reb+1ast, A.Alonso 12+4reb+7ast, R.de la Rosa 11+1ast, S.Niang 8, S.Rodriguez 8+5reb+2ast, A.Omeragic 5+3reb+1ast
Real Madrid II: M.Sole 16+6reb+4ast, M.Jan Pantzar 13+3reb+2ast, U.Garuba 12+6reb, J.Salson 10+4reb+1ast, H.Ngalamulume 9+4reb, A.Sylla 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 576849


Liceo Frances - Guadalajara 66-70

There was a surprise result when CB Guadalajara (1-2) defeated Liceo Frances (1-2) in Madrid 70-66 on Saturday. It was a good game for American CJ Dunston (196-94, college: Lancaster Bible) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Mali-American power forward Nouhoum Bocoum (208-94, college: Arkansas St.) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jorge Garzon answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals and forward Marcos Martin (197-90) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Liceo Frances. Four Liceo Frances players scored in double figures. Liceo Frances' coach Jorge Lorenzo tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Liceo Frances: M.Martin 13+8reb+1ast, A.Psychas 12+4reb, J.Garzon 12+5reb+5ast, I.Iriarte 11+3reb+3ast, S.Larragueta 7+2reb+2ast, I.Rodriguez 5+3reb
Guadalajara: C.Dunston 22+9reb+1ast, N.Bocoum 14+9reb, R.Lazaro 9+1reb+1ast, D.Avila 9+8reb+3ast, F.Santos 7+2reb+1ast, A.Niello 6+4reb
gschID: 576845


Gran Canaria II - Estudio 98-95

Gran Canaria II used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Madrid 98-95 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 28-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gran Canaria II outrebounded Estudio 50-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. Estudio was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Javier Lopez Santana (180-99) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 assists. Center Pamor Diene (208-98) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Gran Canaria II's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Alvaro Nogueras (192-89) answered with 26 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and point guard Juan Llorente (180-93) added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Estudio. Four Gran Canaria II and five Estudio players scored in double figures. Gran Canaria II will have a break next round. Estudio will play at home against Alcobendas (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Estudio: A.Nogueras 26+3reb+5ast, J.Llorente 21+8reb+5ast, G.Rodriguez 16+8reb, R.Alvarez 14+1reb+2ast, R.Tamayo 13+4reb+2ast, R.De Leon 2
Gran Canaria II: J.Lopez Santana 23+3reb+6ast, P.Diene 18+8reb+1ast, J.Kljajic 15+7reb+2ast, B.Faye 13+10reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 11+3reb+3ast, D.Slavinskas 9+11reb+1ast
gschID: 576846


Lanzarote - Casvi 80-79

Lanzarote used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Villaviciosa 80-79 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 29-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Bosnian center Andrej Tomic (213-92, college: Co.Georgia) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Raul Rodriguez (186-92) contributed with 21 points and 5 steals for the winners. Point guard Eduard Montiel (183-92) answered with 22 points and Alfonso Ortiz (190-99) added 17 points in the effort for Casvi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Casvi's coach Jose Antonio Sanchez let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Casvi: E.Montiel 22+3reb+2ast, A.Ortiz 17+2reb, G.Gonzalez 13+1reb, B.Gueye 10+7reb+1ast, G.Thiep 8+8reb, A.Ramon 5
Lanzarote: R.Rodriguez 21+3ast, A.Tomic 14+12reb+1ast, J.Scott 10+7reb+2ast, T.Howard 10+6reb+2ast, J.Herreros 8+4reb, C.Armas 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 576842


Estudiantes B - Azuqueca 73-78

Very expected game when Estudiantes B (0-3) lost to Azuqueca (3-0) in Madrid 73-78 on Saturday. Estudiantes B was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Azuqueca made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game, while Estudiantes B only scored five points from the stripe. It was a good game for Jorge Tejera (200-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Guard Agustin Morales (191-90) contributed with 9 points and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Alex Tamayo (194-0) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and center Bernat Vanaclocha (210-98) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes B. Estudiantes B's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes B: A.Tamayo 20+3reb+4ast, A.Sola 15+3reb+2ast, B.Vanaclocha 12+13reb+1ast, P.Suarez 8+1reb+3ast, A.Grytsak 6+6reb+2ast, I.Arroyo 6+4reb+1ast
Azuqueca: J.Tejera 34+10reb+1ast, A.Morales 9+4reb+4ast, J.Lewis 7+3reb, C.Garcia 6+7reb+2ast, B.Tomic 5+3reb+4ast, C.Hidalgo 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 576848


Almansa - Villarrobledo 76-74

Almansa used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Villarrobledo 76-74 on Saturday night. 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 3 points at the halftime before their 25-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Almansa outrebounded Villarrobledo 37-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Alejandro Jorda (193-95, college: Cuesta JC) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Forward Miguel Raez (200-79) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Almansa players scored in double figures. Almansa's coach Ruben Perello used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Vadal Faniel (201-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard LeShaun Murphy (183-90, college: Auburn-Montgomery) added 10 points and 8 assists in the effort for Villarrobledo. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Villarrobledo: V.Faniel 22+6reb, R.McCarter 10+4reb, L.Murphy 10+8ast, M.Melero 7+3reb, A.Alaminos 7+3reb+1ast, A.Welhouse 7
Almansa: A.Jorda 19+3reb+1ast, M.Raez 14+8reb, K.Navarro 14+2reb+3ast, E.Okoroba 11+10reb, J.Santonja 7+4reb, C.Cerdan 6+1reb
gschID: 576843


Alcobendas - Quintanar 89-82

Alcobendas used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Quintanar 89-82 on Saturday night. Quintanar trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-89 at the end of the game. Alcobendas looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for forward Miguel Young (200-90) who led his team to a victory with 25 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Point guard Nicolas Bermudez (193-95) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Alcobendas' coach Jose Antonio Ramirez used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American guard Khion Sankey (196, college: Lipscomb) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Dominican forward Gregorio Adon (198-91) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Quintanar. Four Quintanar players scored in double figures. Alcobendas will face Estudio (#8) in Madrid in the next round.
Top scorers:
Quintanar: K.Sankey 19+5reb+1ast, G.Adon 19+5reb+1ast, J.Washington 18+4reb, S.Burgess 14+7reb, A.Coulibaly 6+3reb, D.Brickhouse 2+2reb+2ast
Alcobendas: M.Young 25+4reb+2ast, G.Ruiz 24+2reb+1ast, N.Bermudez 10+9reb+9ast, R.Malpede 7+6reb+2ast, J.Parra 7+3reb+3ast, A.Fortes 5+3reb
gschID: 576847


Group C-A
Quart - Sant Josep 66-70

Everything went according to plan when Sant Josep (2-0) defeated on the road Quart (0-2) 70-66 on Sunday. Quart was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Sant Josep, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Quart was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Antonio Ruiz who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Miquel Fons (185-98) contributed with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Eduard Camos (193-90) answered with 11 points and Cuban guard Sigal Benitez (193-94) added 12 points in the effort for Quart. Four Quart players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Quart: S.Benitez 12+3reb, E.Camos 11+3reb+1ast, E.Jimenez 10+3reb+2ast, L.Sima 10+2reb+1ast, A.Coderch-Porras 6+4reb+1ast, M.Martorell 5+2reb+2ast
Sant Josep: M.Fons 15+3reb+1ast, P.Cuesta 12+2reb+2ast, A.Ruiz 12+10reb+1ast, F.Bagues 9+1reb, G.Blat 7+1reb, A.Meruelo 5+4reb
gschID: 577060


Castelldefels - Barbera 72-55

There was no surprise when Barbera (0-1) lost on the road to Castelldefels (2-1) 72-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Castelldefels. Barbera was better in second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Jordi Boronat (-85) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. Forward Albert Olmedo (198-92) contributed with 7 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Castelldefels players scored in double figures. Forward Marc Sobrepera (201-86) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Ivan Llull (185-92) added 12 points in the effort for Barbera. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Barbera: I.Llull 12+2reb, M.Sobrepera 11+5reb, S.Guardia 10+2reb+1ast, O.Botella 5+1reb, H.Olaguibe 5+5reb+1ast, D.Martinez 4+2reb
Castelldefels: J.Boronat 15+4reb+3ast, A.Sese 15+1reb+1ast, J.Zanca 14+4reb+1ast, A.Carrasco 12+6reb, A.Olmedo 7+12reb+2ast, D.Haro 5
gschID: 577061


Tarragona - Roser 73-67

No shocking result in a game when Tarragona (1-0) beat at home Roser (0-3) 73-67 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-14. But Roser won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tarragona won last quarter 22-17. Tarragona outrebounded Roser 45-27 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for center David Mesa (202-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. American David Shepard (201-94, college: Lindenwood-Bellev., agency: Dynamics Global Management) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Joan Gavalda answered with 15 points and point guard Aleix Pujadas (195-96) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Roser. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Roser: J.Gavalda 15+1reb+1ast, A.Sulleva 9+3reb, A.Pujadas 9+5reb+3ast, S.Tubert 7+3reb+2ast, R.Abello 6, M.Palau 6+3reb+2ast
Tarragona: A.Duch 16+2ast, D.Mesa 15+13reb, D.Shepard 14+7reb+1ast, D.Fernandez 8+2reb+3ast, D.Tugores 5+4reb+1ast, G.Villamil 4+2reb
gschID: 577059


Sant Adria - AEC Collblanc 78-59

Sant Adria smashed AEC Collblanc at home 78-59. The game was mostly controlled by Sant Adria. AEC Collblanc was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Sant Adria brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. AEC Collblanc was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for center Oscar Amo (204-97) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Alberto Reyes (195-90) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Sant Adria players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Marc Pico (198-88) with 10 points and 9 rebounds and Antoni Figuerola (-94) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
AEC Collblanc: A.Figuerola 13+2reb+2ast, M.Pico 10+9reb+1ast, M.Pages 8+2reb+1ast, J.Maria Guzman 7+3reb+3ast, I.Belver 7+7reb, A.Soto 6+3reb+1ast
Sant Adria: O.Amo 19+12reb, R.Perez 17+3reb, A.Reyes 13+10reb+1ast, J.Lobo 10+2reb+1ast, M.Ferrer 9+5reb, A.Serra 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 577058


Menorca - Cantaires Tortosa 80-64

There was a minor upset when Cantaires Tortosa (1-2) lost to Menorca (1-2) in Mahon 64-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Menorca. Cantaires Tortosa was better in third quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Menorca made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Cantaires Tortosa was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Quim Salvans (187-98) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Andreu Matali (204-81) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Joel Kindred (193-91, college: St.Augustine) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Sean McDonnell (203, college: Westmont) added 15 points in the effort for Cantaires Tortosa. Cantaires Tortosa's coach Jaume Bouguarout let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cantaires Tortosa: J.Kindred 21+8reb+1ast, S.McDonnell 15+4reb, K.Riverol 11+1reb+1ast, C.Blau 7+2reb+1ast, D.King 4+3reb, E.Massarelli 2+2reb+3ast
Menorca: Q.Salvans 28+5reb+3ast, A.Matali 11+8reb, I.Segui 10+1reb, M.Krtalic 8+4reb, I.Fernandez 8+1reb, S.Llufriu 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 577064


Mataro Parc Boet - Girona Basquet 83-79

First defeat of league's leader Girona Basquet (2-1) against Mataro Parc Boet (2-1) 83-79 was the most important game of the last round. It was a good game for American forward Faronte Drakeford (201-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Eric Manes (194-87) contributed with 20 points for the winners. The former international power forward Alfonso Alzamora (206-79) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Xavier Costa (192-84) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Girona Basquet. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Girona Basquet's coach Quim Costa tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Girona Basquet: R.Carrasco 13+3reb+4ast, X.Costa 12+4reb+4ast, D.Cuellar 12+4reb+1ast, D.Manchon 11+1reb+2ast, P.Juscafresa 10+1reb, A.Alzamora 8+10reb+3ast
Mataro Parc Boet: E.Manes 20+4reb, F.Drakeford 15+10reb, C.Canals 12+1reb+4ast, D.Naharro 11+2ast, E.Vazquez 10, M.Rubio 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 577063


Vive El Masnou - Arenys 82-71

Vive El Masnou used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Arenys del Mar 82-71 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-71. Vive El Masnou dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Arenys' 30. They outrebounded Arenys 40-18 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Albert Valle-Vives (-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Center Jordi Catalan (200-90) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Joel Parra (202-0) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Josep Busquets (197-99) added 17 points in the effort for Arenys. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arenys' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Arenys: J.Busquets 17+4reb, J.Parra 17+6reb+1ast, P.Molins 11+2ast, A.Parrado 10+2reb, A.Grau 6+2ast, H.Oscar 3+1reb
Vive El Masnou: O.Tomeu 17+4reb, A.Gomez 13+3reb, A.Valle Vives 13+7reb+10ast, J.Catalan 13+9reb+1ast, S.Esteves-Garcia 8+3reb, J.Ramon 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 577062


Group CB
Salt - JAC Sants 78-76

Not a big story in a game when JAC Sants (0-3) was edged on the road by Salt (2-1) 78-76 on Sunday. 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 8 points at the halftime before their 41-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Tylor Wimbish (201-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ben Merabli contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Salt players scored in double figures. Salt's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Point guard Alex Olive (-96) answered with 19 points and Javier Balastegui (187-97) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JAC Sants. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
JAC Sants: A.Olive 19+3reb+1ast, J.Balastegui 16+5reb+1ast, D.Fernandez 11+5reb, A.Simon 9+4reb, M.Ruf 7+5reb+1ast, G.Rodriguez 6+1reb+1ast
Salt: T.Wimbish 16+7reb+1ast, G.Planas 15+1reb, B.Merabli 14+6reb+4ast, K.Wilson 10+3reb+3ast, C.Nadal 8+2reb+3ast, E.Garcia 7+5reb
gschID: 577553


Pardinyes-L. - Vic 82-65

There was a surprise result when Pardinyes-L. (2-1) defeated Vic (2-1) in Lleida 82-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pardinyes-L.. Vic was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pardinyes-L. looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Vic's players. It was a good game for forward Javier Mendiburu (197-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 16 assists. Forward Pol Domingo (198-90) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Pardinyes-L. players scored in double figures. Point guard Julian Garrote (185-82) answered with 13 points and GMBn center Buba Toure (203-92) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Vic. Vic's coach Didac Herrero let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Vic: J.Garrote 13+1reb+2ast, X.Torrent 10+1reb+3ast, M.Juanola 10+2reb, B.Toure 8+7reb+1ast, D.Vidal 7+3reb, S.Dominguez 6+8reb
Pardinyes-L.: O.Jorge 17+3reb+1ast, P.Domingo 15+8reb+2ast, O.Balcells 14+1reb+1ast, J.Mendiburu 13+9reb+16ast, C.Gasque 9+6reb, A.Rivas 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 577555


Olivar - Mollet 79-77

There was an upset when Mollet (2-1) was edged by Olivar (1-2) in Zaragoza 79-77 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for guard Carlos Alocen (189-0) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Jaime Pradilla (207-1) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Olivar players scored in double figures. Point guard Nil Angelats (185-93) answered with 18 points and swingman Marc Torres (195-86) added 13 points in the effort for Mollet. Mollet's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Mollet: N.Angelats 18+4reb+2ast, M.Torres 13+4reb+2ast, A.Ferrer 12+3reb, A.Salat 9+7reb+1ast, J.Maria Sanchez 8+3reb+1ast, A.Griso 8+5reb+2ast
Olivar: A.Urdiain 20+5reb, C.Alocen 20+13reb+4ast, J.Pradilla 16+12reb+6ast, R.Lobaco 11+1reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 9+6reb+1ast, J.Lazaro 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 577557


Cornella - Mataro Feimat 55-58

And finally the game worth to mention about is Mataro Feimat's very close three-point victory over Cornella 58-55. It was a good game for Saikou Diallo (-98) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Santiago Serrataco (187-90) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Oscar Raya (209-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and guard Bartu Martinez (187-91) added 9 points in the effort for Cornella. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cornella: R.Lliteras 11+1reb+4ast, O.Raya 10+15reb+1ast, B.Martinez 9+4reb+3ast, F.Villalon 8+1reb, N.Zamora 6+1ast, J.Pilan 5+1reb+2ast
Mataro Feimat: I.Arino 13+2reb, S.Diallo 12+9reb+2ast, S.Serrataco 10+8reb+2ast, V.Sergi 8, J.Cabrera 8+9reb, F.Guallar 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 577552


Valls Nutrion - Andorra II 89-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Valls Nutrion's (2-1) home victory over Andorra II (0-3) 89-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Valls Nutrion. Andorra II was better in second period 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valls Nutrion dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Andorra II's 32. They outrebounded Andorra II 40-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valls Nutrion looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Equatorial Guinean forward Oscar Ngomo (197-90) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Marc Gimenez (195-95) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Valls Nutrion players scored in double figures. Valls Nutrion's coach Francesc Canals used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Bosnian forward Nikola Maric (201-98) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian Sandro Gacic (200-96) added 8 points and 9 assists in the effort for Andorra II. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Andorra II: N.Maric 25+9reb+1ast, H.Schneider 17+2reb, V.Aguilar 10+4reb+2ast, S.Gacic 8+3reb+9ast, G.Tvalabeishvili 7+7reb+1ast, D.Martinez 3+1ast
Valls Nutrion: O.Ngomo 21+6reb+2ast, M.Gimenez 19+8reb+1ast, M.Navarro 14+1reb+4ast, J.Miguel 12+9reb+3ast, J.Andreu 10+4reb+3ast, P.Fontanet 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 577554


Igualada - Palma II 79-82

But Igualada was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from S'Arenal 82-79 on Saturday night. Igualada was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Palma II, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for center Carlos Bustamante (201-88) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Biel Serra (192) contributed with 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Four Palma II players scored in double figures. Jordi Torres (188-83) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Miquel Benito added 10 points in the effort for Igualada. Igualada's coach Jordi Marti let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Igualada: J.Torres 17+5reb+1ast, C.Fons 10+3reb, M.Benito 10+3reb+1ast, S.Carrion 8+1reb, E.Tejero 7+4reb+1ast, A.Gual 7+1ast
Palma II: B.Serra 16+1reb+2ast, J.Reda 16, C.Bustamante 14+8reb+1ast, A.Garcia 12+3reb+1ast, M.Corbacho 11+1reb+1ast, A.Teijido 9+4reb
gschID: 577551


Cerdanyola - Castellbisbal 69-72

There was a surprise result when Castellbisbal (1-2) edged Cerdanyola (1-2) in Cerdanyola del Valle 72-69 on Sunday. Castellbisbal made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for forward Marc Manes (196-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Aleix Camprubi (193-87) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Castellbisbal players scored in double figures. Forward Javier Anton (198) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Aitor Murua (198-90) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Cerdanyola. Cerdanyola's coach Agusti Forne let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cerdanyola: J.Anton 28+10reb, A.Murua 16+9reb+1ast, G.Tena 9+5reb+5ast, M.Algar 6+5reb+1ast, A.Retres 6+4reb, D.Mbodji 2+3reb+2ast
Castellbisbal: M.Manes 25+13reb+1ast, A.Camprubi 15+7reb+2ast, A.Camprubi 14+2reb, D.Lopez 10+1reb+2ast, D.Camacho 6+5reb+4ast, M.Ramon 2
gschID: 577556


Group D-A
Almeria - Coin 81-79

Almeria used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Coin 81-79 on Sunday night. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Almeria outrebounded Coin 49-37 including 20 on the offensive glass. Coin was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Joaquin Reyes (196-96) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Chus Castro contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Francisco Robles (191-81) answered with 21 points and Chema Del Rio added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Coin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Coin: F.Robles 21+4reb+3ast, C.Del Rio 14+6reb+5ast, B.Nevens 12+10reb+1ast, J.Larry 10+5reb+1ast, J.Ballesteros 9+2reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 6+1ast
Almeria: C.Ramon 19+3reb+1ast, J.Reyes 13+12reb+1ast, C.Castro 13+6reb+4ast, P.Bileisis 12+6reb+1ast, J.Moral 9+5reb, L.Rueda 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 577227


Unicaja-Andalucia - Medacbasket 83-72

Unicaja-Andalucia used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Malaga 83-72 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 48-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Unicaja-Andalucia had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for power forward Ignacio Rosa (206-99) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jose-Luis Ibanez (197-0) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Unicaja-Andalucia players scored in double figures. Guard Pablo Imbroda (-95) answered with 20 points and 6 assists and guard Pedro Ramirez (187-94) added 18 points in the effort for Medacbasket. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Medacbasket: P.Imbroda 20+3reb+6ast, P.Ramirez 18+4reb+1ast, J.Perez 12+7reb, J.Imbroda 8+1reb, I.Kasputis 6+9reb, G.Vergara 3+2reb+1ast
Unicaja-Andalucia: I.Rosa 14+6reb+3ast, L.Munoz 14+2reb, A.Scariolo 11+4reb+2ast, J.Luis Ibanez 11+4reb+6ast, P.Fernandez 9+7reb+2ast, J.Carralero 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 577229


Marbella - Novaschool 80-64

Marbella used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Malaga 80-64 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Marbella. Novaschool was better in third quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (207-76, agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Lucas Hausman (190-93, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Marbella players scored in double figures. American forward Alex Jackson (200-84, college: Mo.-St.Louis) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and center Anastasio Vazquez (204-92) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Novaschool. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Novaschool: A.Jackson 18+7reb+1ast, J.Berdugo 15+3reb+2ast, A.Vazquez 12+11reb, D.Garcia 8+3reb, P.Villanueva 4+1reb+1ast, F.Montiel 3+3reb
Marbella: L.Hausman 19+3reb, R.Guillen 13+7reb+3ast, J.Pedro Jimenez 13+1reb+2ast, P.Sow 12+3reb, E.Maxwell 9+9reb+1ast, F.Ferruz 5+1ast
gschID: 577228


CAM E.Soler - Cazorla 78-80

But CAM E.Soler was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Cazorla 80-78 on Saturday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for American point guard Jalen Riley (182-93, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Quarry Greenaway (190, college: J.and Wales, RI) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Cazorla players scored in double figures. Center Javier Gonzalez (207-92) answered with 22 points and point guard Alvaro Garcia (185-96) added 19 points in the effort for CAM E.Soler. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CAM E.Soler: J.Gonzalez 22+4reb+1ast, A.Garcia 19+2reb+3ast, S.Rolls-Tyson 10+12reb, M.Molina 7+5reb, L.Garcia 6+2reb+2ast, D.Terron 5+2reb+2ast
Cazorla: J.Riley 28+5reb+4ast, Q.Greenaway 20+5reb+3ast, S.Weidlich 16+5reb+2ast, P.Romera 10+12reb+1ast, T.Stainbrook 2+1reb+1ast, M.Diop 2+2reb
gschID: 577225


Andujar - Multiopticas Baza 76-82

But Andujar was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Alicante 82-76 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-76. Multiopticas Baza had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. It was a good game for center Jorge Rodriguez (198-94) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Luis Lopez (198-93) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) answered with 23 points and forward David Suka-Umu (197-77) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Andujar. Andujar's coach Nacho Criado let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Andujar: M.Tatum 23+3reb+2ast, R.Ramos 11+3reb+1ast, M.Vukcevic 10+2reb+1ast, D.Suka-Umu 9+6reb+5ast, D.Munoz 9+5reb+2ast, A.Garcia 5+4reb+2ast
Multiopticas Baza: M.Vico 19+2reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 16+8reb+1ast, L.Lopez 12+8reb+3ast, J.Martinez 8+1reb, J.Mesa 6+6reb+1ast, G.Zapata 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 577226


Group D-B
Huelva - San Fernando 74-64

Huelva used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from San Fernando 74-64 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Huelva. San Fernando was better in third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huelva forced 20 San Fernando turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Colton Lewis (206, college: Virginia Union) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jeremiah Davis III (190-93, college: Florida Southern) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Huelva's coach Javier Walls used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Guard Juan-Miguel Pina (189-96) answered with 23 points and center Gonzalo Bueno (205-93) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for San Fernando. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
San Fernando: J.Miguel Pina 23+4reb+2ast, J.Pelayo 14+1reb, G.Bueno 11+10reb+1ast, J.Hidalgo 7+4reb+2ast, A.Benitez 4+1reb+1ast, A.Canas-Balina 3+4reb+2ast
Huelva: C.Lewis 26+8reb+1ast, J.Davis III 20+8reb+2ast, J.Horacio Lopez 10+2reb+8ast, J.Ignacio Romero 5+5reb, A.Romero 5+5reb+1ast, J.Antonio Pizarro 5+1reb
gschID: 577318


ULB OH!TELS - Cordobasket 58-66

But ULB OH!TELS was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Cordoba 66-58 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 35-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Carlos Garcia who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Arturo Lopez (188-92) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard D.J. Irving (183-92, college: Boston U.) answered with 21 points and British forward Dylan Gomez (194-89) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for ULB OH!TELS. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ULB OH!TELS: D.Irving 21+4reb+2ast, D.Gomez 10+7reb+1ast, M.Ortega 8+4reb+5ast, E.Koyanouba 8+7reb, B.Freeland 4+12reb, A.Valor 4+3reb
Cordobasket: C.Garcia 17+6reb+2ast, A.Lopez 13+5reb+2ast, A.Vega 12+4reb, A.Arias 9+10reb, J.Gutierrez 4+5reb, A.Lopez 4+3reb
gschID: 577315


Sevilla 2 - Utrera 64-85

But Sevilla 2 was not able to use a home court advantage and was outplayed by the opponent from Utrera 85-64 on Saturday night. Utrera dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sevilla 2's 30. They outrebounded Sevilla 2 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Zoran Vilotijevic (206-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Juan Toledo (190-96) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Four Utrera players scored in double figures. A Garcia answered with 10 points and Montenegrin swingman Stefan Vlahovic (193-1) added 16 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Sevilla 2. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Utrera will have a break next round. Sevilla 2 will play on the road against Algeciras (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sevilla 2: S.Vlahovic 16, A.Garcia 10+3reb+3ast, A.Pluta 9+1ast, T.Balciunas 6+1reb, L.Demuth 5+8reb, A.Da Silva 5+1reb+2ast
Utrera: J.Toledo 25+2reb, D.Ruiz 16+9reb, Z.Vilotijevic 12+10reb+5ast, A.Tejada 11+4reb, A.Garcia 9+1reb, S.Laghridat 8+3reb+2ast
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Jaguarzo Adepla - Benahavis 64-72

But Jaguarzo Adepla was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Benahavis 72-64 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jaguarzo Adepla was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American Willie Williams (-88) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Diego Aguera contributed with 16 points for the winners. Serbian center Dusan Kostic (205-94) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Pablo Gracia (197-96) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jaguarzo Adepla. Jaguarzo Adepla's coach Jesus Porras let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jaguarzo Adepla: D.Kostic 14+7reb+1ast, R.Perez 11+2reb+1ast, F.Acosta 11+2reb+1ast, D.Atkinson 9+5reb, P.Gracia 8+7reb, D.Garcia 3+3reb
Benahavis: W.Williams 28+4reb, D.Aguera 16+3reb, M.Molina 9+2reb+1ast, A.Mavrodiev 7+2reb+1ast, D.Fernandez-Munkholm 4+1reb, A.Gomez 4+1reb
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San Juan - Algeciras 73-88

But San Juan was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Algeciras 88-73 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Algeciras. San Juan was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Algeciras shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. It was a good game for center Jose Maria Balmon (204-81) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American Michael Murray (196-91, college: Coppin St.) contributed with 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Antonio Rodriguez (185-78) answered with 15 points and forward Samuel Ceada (198-91) added 9 points in the effort for San Juan. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Algeciras will face Sevilla 2 (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
San Juan: A.Rodriguez 15+1ast, J.Rodriguez 11+2reb, S.Ceada 9+3reb+2ast, J.Manuel Campos 9+1reb+1ast, D.Moreno 8+1reb+1ast, J.Lagares 7+3reb+1ast
Algeciras: M.Murray 27+5reb+2ast, A.Mofunanya 22+5reb+1ast, J.Maria Balmon 22+9reb+5ast, M.Crane 8+1reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 3+1reb+3ast, S.Ortiz 3
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David Doblas selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Doblas
David Doblas
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former U20 international center David Doblas (206-81, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to a Estudiantes Concordia's victory against the third-ranked Regatas Corrientes (2-3) 89-85 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Doblas recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. 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 Doblas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 64.7%(22-34) and FT: 63.0%. Doblas played for the Spanish U20 national team sixteen years ago.

Alejandro Hernandez
Alejandro Hernandez
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international guard Alejandro Hernandez (189-90, currently plays in Lithuania). Hernandez helped Dzukija win their game against the closely-ranked Nevezis (0-4) 85-82 in the Lithuanian LKL on Saturday night. He scored 9 points, had