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  3X3  



Liman win FIBA 3x3 World Tour Mexico City Masters 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Liman (SRB) won the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Mexico City Masters - the final Masters of the season - after defeating Zemun Master (SRB) on October 1 2017. The young Liman team (25 years old on average) took home their second Masters title of the season (after Debrecen) following a thrilling 21-15 all-Serbian final. Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89, agency: Interperformances) caught fire in the final with 14 points, including 5 shots from behind the arc. His teammate Aleksandar Ratkov was held to just 3 points in the title game but was named MVP of the tournament after his heroics in the previous stages, including the game-winner in the semi-final. The two players co-led the scoring charts with 43 points apiece. In the Individual Competitions, Serbian marksman Dejan Majstorovic (200-F-88) (Novi Sad Al Whada (UAE) won the shoot-out contest after tying the all-time World Tour record of 15 points. Chris Staples (191-F-86) (USA) left the crowd in awe during the Dunk Contest. The FIBA 3x3 World Cup Dunk Contest silver medalist narrowly beat Arek 'ArO' Przybylski in a contest that came down to the last dunk. With the conclusion of the Mexico City Masters, the spots and the standings in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final on October 28-29 2017 have been confirmed. The teams will be as follows:

1. Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
2. Ljubljana (SLO)
3. Liman (SRB)
4. Zemun Master (SRB)
5. Piran (SLO)
6. Riga (LAT)
7. Saskatoon (CAN)
8. Belgrade (SRB)
9. Krakow R8 Basket (POL)
10. Kranj (SLO)
11. Lausanne (SUI)
12. Humpolec (CZE)

Additionally, the top 6 teams qualified for the World Tour Final will receive additional prize money for their pre-finals standing. The allocated prize money is as follows: (1) 30,000$ (2) 24,000$ (3) 20,000$ (4) 16,000$ (5) 12,000$ (6) 10,000$. Prize money reached an all-time high 600,000$ this year in the FIBA 3x3 professional season.

Final Standings of Mexico City Masters
1. Liman (SRB)
2. Zemun Master (SRB)
3. Belgrade (SRB)
4. Piran (SLO)
5. Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
6. Rio Preto Guarani (BRA)
7. Santos (BRA)
8. Sao Paulo DC (BRA)
9. Sukhbaatar (MGL)
10. Hamamatsu (JPN)
11. Mexico UNAM (MEX)
12. Wukesong (CHN)
13. Mexico City (MEX)
14. Mexico South (MEX).
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Yordan Minchev on loan at MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

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

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



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  ALBANIA  


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

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

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom). He could not help Worcester Wolves (0-1) to beat London Lions (1-0). Dusha recorded 5 points and added 7 assists in 26 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Worcester Wolves this season. The bottom-ranked Worcester Wolves was badly defeated 88-72 on the road by the second-ranked London Lions. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Dusha has a dual citizenship: Albanian and British. He is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati managed to help Germani Basket Brescia to win against the league outsider VL Pesaro (0-1) 73-70 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Germani BR this season. His team is placed fifth in the Serie A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Bushati is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. He is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany). He led Tuebingen II to a 3-point victory against the eighth-ranked Mainz (1-1) 79-76 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Sunday. Mitku had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Tuebingen II this season. His team is placed fourth in South-West group. It's Mitku's seventh year with the team. Mitku played for the Albanian national team six years ago.

Klaudio Patani
Klaudio Patani
   #4. Power forward Klaudio Patani (197-96, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Isernia (0-1) in their last game. Despite Patani's good performance the 14th-placed Isernia (0-1) lost 63-72 at home to the much higher-ranked (#6) Sestu in the Group D. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Isernia this season. Patani has both Albanian and Italian nationalities. He is also Albanian national team player.

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

   #1. Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88, currently plays in Germany) could not help Dorsten (0-4) in their last game. Despite Pelaj's very good performance the 13th-placed Dorsten (0-4) lost 73-82 on the road to the second-ranked Hertener Loewen in the West group. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Pelaj also added 4 assists in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Dorsten this season. So far Dorsten lost all four games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pelaj has a dual citizenship: Albanian and German.

   #2. Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Rosenheim (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the ninth-placed Rosenheim (1-1) was defeated 98-85 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Ansbach (#7) in the South-East group. Bekteshi was the top scorer with 26 points. It was his first game for Rosenheim this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Bekteshi is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

   #3. Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Rhein Stars Koeln to win against one of league's weakest teams Ehingen/Urspringschule (0-2) 81-70 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points. Rhein Stars Koeln (1-1) is placed tenth in the ProA. It's Bekteshi's first season with the team. This year Bekteshi averages: 1.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg. Similarly like Bekteshi and Pelaj above he has both Albanian and German nationalities.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) plays for Olimpija in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Mike Moser (203-F-90) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Klaudio Ndoja (201-F/G-85) plays for Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A
Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) plays for Viola RC in Italian Serie A2
Ferdi Bedini (192-SG-99) plays for Bergamo in Italian Serie A2
Oresti Beli (201-PF-98) plays for Aris Petropoulis in Greek C
Manolis Kalatzis (190-SF-96) plays for AO Tritonas Sepolion in Greek B



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Atenas
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Sims, Atenas24.5 
 2. Johnson, GECR I.22.0 
 3. Keenan, San M.20.7 
 4. Tucker, San Lorenzo20.7 
 5. Fjellerup, Weber B.20.5 
 6. Austin, Hispano .20.0 
 7. Davis, Instituto19.7 
 8. Moore, Comunica.19.7 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.19.5 
 10. Kemp, Obras Basket18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo GLENN
  Penarol
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Glenn, Penarol13.7 
 2. Williams, Olimpico.13.0 
 3. Famous, GECR I.12.0 
 4. Clancy, Instituto11.0 
 5. Crawford, La Union10.0 
 6. Fierro, Boca Jrs9.7 
 7. Basualdo, Quilm.9.3 
 8. Romano, Atenas8.5 
 9. Espinoza, Salta B.8.5 
 10. Amoroso, Comunica.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril10.5 
 2. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.8 
 3. Figueroa, Comunica.7.7 
 4. Barral, Obras B.7.0 
 5. Parodi, Weber B.6.5 
 6. Aguirre, San L.6.0 
 7. Barrera, GECR I.5.0 
 8. Swann, Comunica.5.0 
 9. Byro, Hispano Am.5.0 
 10. Paletta, Hispano .5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Adrian BOCCIA
  Boca Jrs
  (195-F/G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Boccia, Boca Jrs3.0 
 2. Goldenberg, Salta B.2.8 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.7 
 4. Jasen, Weber Bahia2.5 
 5. Johnson, GECR I.2.5 
 6. Ciorciari, Hispano .2.5 
 7. Tabarez, Hispano .2.5 
 8. Espinoza, Salta B.2.3 
 9. Elsener, La Union2.3 
 10. Vildoza, San L.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.5 
 2. Kent, Argentino1.7 
 3. Crawford, La Union1.7 
 4. Tabarez, Hispano .1.5 
 5. Meyinsse, Atenas1.5 
 6. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Bortolin, Argentino1.3 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.0 
 9. Deck, San Lorenzo1.0 
 10. Bernard, Argentino1.0 


Quimsa inks Steven Smith, ex Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) signed experienced 34-year old American forward Steven Smith (203-102kg-83, college: La Salle). He played last season at Chalons-Reims in French ProA, but left the team in Apr.'17. In 28 games he had 13.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Smith played at Pau Lacq Orthez (also in ProA) where in 36 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (USBL) in third round (18th overall).
The former La Salle University standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Greek Cup in 2012. Smith was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Smith has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Israel (Ironi Nahariya), Spain (Real Betis), NBA (Atlanta Hawks), Greece (Panathinaikos, Panellinios and Kolossos H Hotels), Italy (Napoli J.News and Virtus Bologna) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



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Kapfenberg celebrate SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg - Oberwart 91:72

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kangoeroes
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. McNeaill, Kangoeroes24.0 
 2. Bojovic, Liege19.5 
 3. Demps, Mons-Hai.19.0 
 4. Larson, Liege18.5 
 5. Desiron, Limburg .18.0 
 6. Zabas, Leuven17.0 
 7. Unruh, Limburg .17.0 
 8. Gibbs, Spirou16.0 
 9. Heath, Limburg .16.0 
 10. Troisfontain., Aalst.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan HEATH
  Limburg .
  (208-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11
 1. Heath, Limburg .11.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut10.5 
 3. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.10.0 
 4. Amis, Aalstar9.5 
 5. Simmons, Brussels9.0 
 6. Gorgemans, Spirou8.0 
 7. Mwema, Oostende7.5 
 8. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
 9. Thomas, Spirou7.0 
 10. Desiron, Limburg .7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Joe RAHON
  Limburg .
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Rahon, Limburg .7.0 
 2. Tuttle, Spirou7.0 
 3. Larson, Liege6.5 
 4. Monaghan, Limburg .6.0 
 5. Jones, Mons-Hai.5.0 
 6. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut5.0 
 7. Thomas, Spirou5.0 
 8. Mukubu, Limburg .5.0 
 9. Sapp, Kangoeroes4.0 
 10. Taylor, Aalstar4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Seth TUTTLE
  Spirou
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tuttle, Spirou3.0 
 2. Thomas, Spirou3.0 
 3. Gibbs, Spirou3.0 
 4. McNeaill, Kangoeroes3.0 
 5. Myers, Oostende2.5 
 6. Simmons, Brussels2.0 
 7. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.2.0 
 8. Harrell, Brussels2.0 
 9. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.2.0 
 10. Bojovic, Liege2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Simmons, Brussels1.0 
 3. Peterson, Brussels1.0 
 4. Grant, Spirou1.0 
 5. Badji, Kangoeroes1.0 
 6. Heath, Limburg .1.0 
 7. Fieler, Oostende1.0 
 8. Tuttle, Spirou1.0 
 9. Reddic, Mons-Hai.1.0 
 10. Larson, Liege0.5 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sigfredo CASERO-ORTIZ
  Spirou B.
  (185-PG-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.20.0 
 2. Perez, Melsele19.8 
 3. Maesen, Houthalen19.8 
 4. Vermoessen, Gent H.19.7 
 5. Goetgeluck, Soba19.0 
 6. Gorremans, Soba18.5 
 7. Fassotte, Ninane16.8 
 8. Guillemyn, Waregem16.6 
 9. Spaens, Ieper16.3 
 10. Schoepen, Melsele16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leigh ENOBAKHARE
  Royal B.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Enobakhare, Royal B.13.0 
 2. Dobbelaere, Ieper9.8 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 4. Henrard, Ninane8.5 
 5. Gorremans, Soba8.3 
 6. Buysschaert, Gistel O.7.8 
 7. Kohajda, Royal B.7.5 
 8. Fusek, Spirou B7.4 
 9. Van-Hoey, Oxaco7.3 
 10. De-Meyer, Oxaco7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Celis, Oxaco7.0 
 2. Van-d., Melsele3.8 
 3. De-Vreught, Gistel O.3.8 
 4. Fassotte, Ninane3.8 
 5. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.8 
 6. Maio, Ninane3.5 
 7. Peeters, Gembo BBC3.5 
 8. Perez, Melsele3.3 
 9. Goetgeluck, Soba3.2 
 10. Demirtas, Spirou B3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan PEREZ
  Melsele
  (185-PG-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Perez, Melsele3.3 
 2. Lamot, Melsele3.0 
 3. Moray, Ninane2.7 
 4. Collette, Ninane2.7 
 5. Buysse, Gistel O.2.5 
 6. Van-d., Melsele2.5 
 7. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.5 
 8. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 9. Goetgeluck, Soba1.8 
 10. Verspeeten, Gent H.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou B
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fusek, Spirou B1.8 
 2. Marion, Royal B.1.0 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 4. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.8 
 5. Billot, Neufchateau0.8 
 6. Vermoessen, Gent H.0.7 
 7. Tuluka-M., Royal B.0.7 
 8. Enobakhare, Royal B.0.7 
 9. Delplancq, Gistel O.0.7 
 10. Moray, Ninane0.7 



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  BERMUDAS  


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

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

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

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

Falcons - Marksmen 86-53

No shocking result in a game when Falcons (2-1) crushed at home Marksmen (0-4) 86-53 on Saturday. Falcons will face Renegades (#5) in the next round. Marksmen will play against Panthers and hope to win that game.
gschID: 578897


Hornets - Storm 71-62

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


Marksmen - Lions 54-70

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


Renegades - Warriors 39-65

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


Warriors - Panthers 44-49

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


Hornets - Falcons 70-74

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





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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Artis, America17.9 
 2. Cook, L.Sorocaba17.3 
 3. Anthony, Bauru17.2 
 4. Fuller, Paulistano14.9 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.4 
 6. Dos-Santos, Pauli.14.1 
 7. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi14.0 
 9. Toledo, Pinheiros11.9 
 10. Ruivo, Pinheiros11.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru7.5 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros7.0 
 3. Drudi, Osasco B.7.0 
 4. Rodrigues, L.Sor.6.6 
 5. de-Souza, Franca6.6 
 6. Viana, America6.5 
 7. Sommer, Paulistano6.2 
 8. Galvanini, Bauru6.2 
 9. Bernardi, Pinheiros5.9 
 10. Garcia, Bauru5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Corazza, Paulistano6.6 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.6.3 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.6 
 4. Lersch, Mogi4.8 
 5. Anthony, Bauru4.5 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.2 
 7. Garcia, Bauru4.1 
 8. Borges, Franca3.7 
 9. Artis, America3.7 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Andrade, America2.6 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros2.1 
 3. Knight, America1.9 
 4. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.9 
 5. Rosa, America1.7 
 6. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 7. Artis, America1.6 
 8. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.4 
 9. Cook, L.Sorocaba1.4 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru1.5 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.2 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 4. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 5. Sena, Mogi1.0 
 6. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 7. Curnell, Mogi0.9 
 8. Demetrio, Franca0.8 
 9. Pereira, Pinheiros0.7 
 10. Sommer, Paulistano0.6 



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  BULGARIA  


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

Academic Bultex 99 - Levski 2014 84-67

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



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  CANADA  


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Benito SANTIAGO
  Puerto M.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Santiago, Puerto M.27.0 
 2. Abdul-Aleem, CDU C.23.0 
 3. Thomas, Los Leones22.0 
 4. Drye, CD Castro21.0 
 5. Palacios, CDU C.21.0 
 6. Booker, CD Castro19.0 
 7. Carter, CD Valdivia18.0 
 8. Carrasco, CD Valdi.17.0 
 9. Calvo, CD Valdivia15.0 
 10. Shannon, CDE Talca15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevante DRYE
  CD Castro
  (199-F-93)
  Avg: 13
 1. Drye, CD Castro13.0 
 2. Rasio, Los Leones13.0 
 3. Thomas, Los Leones10.0 
 4. Carter, CD Valdivia10.0 
 5. Robinson, CDU C.9.0 
 6. Ross, Puente Alto9.0 
 7. Carrasco, CD Valdi.8.0 
 8. Joseph, AB Ancud8.0 
 9. Farmer, Puente A.8.0 
 10. Calvo, CD Valdivia8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Roy BOOKER
  CD Castro
  (191-SG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Booker, CD Castro6.0 
 2. Robinson, CDU C.5.0 
 3. Carrasco, CD Valdi.5.0 
 4. Ross, Puente Alto4.0 
 5. Palacios, CDU C.4.0 
 6. Farmer, Puente A.4.0 
 7. Johnson, Osorno3.0 
 8. Drye, CD Castro3.0 
 9. Rasio, Los Leones3.0 
 10. Silva, CDU C.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Benito SANTIAGO
  Puerto M.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Santiago, Puerto M.3.0 
 2. Palacios, CDU C.3.0 
 3. Calvo, CD Valdivia3.0 
 4. Naranjo, CD Valdi.2.0 
 5. Motley, CDU C.2.0 
 6. Abdul-Aleem, CDU C.2.0 
 7. Jones, Los Leones2.0 
 8. Carrasco, CD Valdi.2.0 
 9. Lauler, CDU C.2.0 
 10. Carter, CD Valdivia1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Benito SANTIAGO
  Puerto M.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Santiago, Puerto M.2.0 
 2. Carrillo, CDU C.2.0 
 3. Robinson, CDU C.2.0 
 4. Carter, CD Valdivia2.0 
 5. Motley, CDU C.1.0 
 6. Isla, CD Valdivia0.0 
 7. Farmer, Puente A.0.0 
 8. Ernst, Puerto M.0.0 
 9. Palacios, CDU C.0.0 
 10. Drye, CD Castro0.0 



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  CHINA  


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

Anhui - Shaanxi W. 102-109

Shaanxi grabbed the third consecutive victory in NBL Finals. They overcame Anhui to take 3-1 lead in the championship series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Anhui won second period 33-31. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shaanxi W. won last quarter 34-28. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Five Shaanxi W. players scored in double figures. Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Bernard James (208-85, college: Florida St.) added 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Anhui: G.Shunjie 32+2reb+1ast, J.Chris 28+12reb+1ast, J.Bernard 23+14reb, L.Qingxiang 7+1reb+5ast, L.Jun 5+3reb+3ast, Z.Yong 4+2reb+1ast
Shaanxi W.: G.Troy 35+11reb+1ast, G.Charles 28+10reb+3ast, B.Jiguang 12+3reb+2ast, M.Daqiang 12+2reb, Y.XiaoHang 12+3reb+4ast, G.Yan 9+2reb
gschID: 572720





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  COSTA RICA  


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

Liberia join 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup

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

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

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

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



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  CROATIA  


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

Mega Bemax - Cibona 95:88

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



Timba Timosoara inks Mladen Pavlovic - by Greg

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pavel NOVAK
  Olomouc SK
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 30
 1. Novak, Olomouc SK30.0 
 2. Welsch, GBA Sparta27.0 
 3. Honomichl, Loko Plzen26.0 
 4. Zachrla, Sokol S.25.0 
 5. Kolar, Nymburk B25.0 
 6. Vyroubal, USK P.24.0 
 7. Kvapil, Opava B23.0 
 8. Peterka, Kralovst.23.0 
 9. Janik, Novy Jicin22.0 
 10. Tkadlec, Pardubice22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomas VOSLAJER
  Zlin
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Voslajer, Zlin15.5 
 2. Tuma, USK P.13.0 
 3. Majerik, Kralovst.12.0 
 4. Pavlicik, Sokol S.11.0 
 5. Zeliznak, GBA S.11.0 
 6. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.5 
 7. Krutilek, Zlin10.0 
 8. Zlamal, Olomouc SK10.0 
 9. Englicky, Sokol Pisek9.5 
 10. Zampach, Slavoj L.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marek LICENIK
  Sokol S.
  (192-PG-96)
  Avg: 11
 1. Licenik, Sokol S.11.0 
 2. Sehnal, USK P.9.0 
 3. Vyroubal, USK P.7.0 
 4. Bele, Sokol Pisek6.5 
 5. Bukovjan, Opava B6.0 
 6. Kolar, Nymburk B6.0 
 7. Samoura, USK P.5.0 
 8. Sotnar, Slavoj L.4.5 
 9. Dlugos, Nymburk B4.0 
 10. Voslajer, Zlin4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marek WELSCH
  GBA Sparta
  (180-G-99)
  Avg: 6
 1. Welsch, GBA Sparta6.0 
 2. Pavlicik, Sokol S.3.0 
 3. Tuma, USK P.3.0 
 4. Zeman, Loko Plzen3.0 
 5. Honomichl, Loko Plzen3.0 
 6. Strniste, Olomo.3.0 
 7. Nalevanko, Pardu.2.5 
 8. Slavik, Opava B2.0 
 9. Svandrlik, Kralovst.2.0 
 10. Zlamal, Olomouc SK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roman ZACHRLA
  Sokol S.
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Zachrla, Sokol S.2.0 
 2. Szabo, BCM Orli1.5 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK1.0 
 4. Dombek, GBA Sparta1.0 
 5. Siler, GBA Sparta1.0 
 6. Madera, BCM Orli1.0 
 7. Sidibe, GBA Sparta1.0 
 8. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.0 
 9. Sehnal, USK P.1.0 
 10. Kovarik, Nymburk B1.0 



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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Filip RAJOVIC
  Stevnsgade
  (190-F-97)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Rajovic, Stevnsgade24.5 
 2. Bonds, Horsholm24.5 
 3. Franklin, Naestved24.3 
 4. Alexander, Horse.24.0 
 5. Nielsen, Randers23.0 
 6. Sabin, Horsholm22.5 
 7. Bello, Randers21.0 
 8. Stanionis, Wolfpac.20.5 
 9. Larsen, Horsens IC18.0 
 10. Hill, Randers18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric KUAKUMENSAH
  Horse.
  (204-F-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kuakumensah, Horse.10.0 
 2. Akoon-P., Bakken9.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers9.0 
 4. Vinson, Wo.9.0 
 5. Hill, Randers8.0 
 6. Rungby, Horsens IC8.0 
 7. Nielsen, Randers8.0 
 8. Abif, Naestved7.7 
 9. Benzon, Horsens IC7.0 
 10. Berg, Bakken7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Charles BURGESS
  Randers
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Burgess, Randers7.0 
 2. Petersen, Svendborg6.5 
 3. Washington, Naest.5.5 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm5.5 
 5. Berg, Bakken5.0 
 6. Rajovic, Stevnsgade4.0 
 7. Franklin, Naestved4.0 
 8. Alexander, Horse.4.0 
 9. Wiggins, Bakken4.0 
 10. Jevric, Stevnsgade3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles BURGESS
  Randers
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Burgess, Randers3.0 
 2. Nielsen, Randers3.0 
 3. Franklin, Naestved3.0 
 4. Stanionis, Wolfpac.2.5 
 5. Vinson, Wo.2.0 
 6. Sanders, Naestved2.0 
 7. Bonds, Horsholm2.0 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 9. Kuakumensah, Horse.2.0 
 10. Jukic, Bakken2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric KUAKUMENSAH
  Horse.
  (204-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kuakumensah, Horse.3.0 
 2. Diouf, Bakken2.0 
 3. Moore, Svendborg2.0 
 4. Boeje, Horsholm1.5 
 5. Benzon, Horsens IC1.0 
 6. Mouboe, Randers1.0 
 7. Alexander, Horse.1.0 
 8. Nielsen, Randers1.0 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.0 
 10. Hjorth, Horsholm0.5 


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

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

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

EBAA - Aalborg 103-54

First defeat of Aalborg (1-1) against EBAA (1-0) 103-54 was the most important game of the last round. Aalborg will play next round against strong Vaerlose trying to make it back to the top of the standings. EBAA will try to continue on its current victory against Hvidovre at home.
gschID: 563004


Amager BK - Hvidovre 74-67

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





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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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  EL SALVADOR  


Cojute lands Jernell Hughes - by Eurobasket News

Club de Baloncesto Cojute (Liga MB) tabbed American guard Jernell Hughes (188-91kg). He has only college experience while playing for Upper Iowa (NCAA2). In 35 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg in 2015-16 season.
So his pro career will start in El Salvador.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ETHIOPIA  


Patriots begin FIBA-African Zone 5 title bid with big win - by Eurobasket News

RWANDA's Patriots Basketball Club kicked off their quest for a first FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championship title by demolishing Hawusa City of Ethiopia 110-43 on Sunday. The week-long tournament started on Sunday and will run until October 7 at Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda. However, Rwanda's representative in the women's category, APR, lost the opener, 45-57 at the hands of the favourites Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA). Charles Mbazumutima 's team returns to action Monday morning, when they face Don Bosco of Tanzania. Making their third appearance in a row at the East Africa's flagship tournament, Patriots played the game with high energy and Hawasa City were no-march for Henry Mwinuke's side that led 50-28 at half time before sealing a thumping victory with a 60-15 win the second half. The 2016 Rwandan national league champions face Savio from Tanzania in the second game in Monday, starting at 12pm. In the same group (A), title holders City Oilers of Uganda, will take on Hawasa City at 6pm. The tournament has attracted 15 teams; eight in men and seven in the women's category, coming from six countries namely; Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda and hosts Uganda. Egypt and Burundi did not send any representatives.
The men's teams have been drawn in two groups of 4 teams each. Group A includes; defending champions City Oilers of Uganda, Rwanda's Patriots, Savio (Tanzania) and Ethiopia's Hawasa City, while Group B comprises Betway Power (Uganda), KPA (Kenya), ABC from Tanzania and Gonder City of Ethiopia.
The seven women's teams will play against each other on a round-robin basis. The female teams in the competition are APR (Rwanda), Don Bosco (Tanzania), Horseed (Somalia), UCU and KCCA of Uganda and as well as Equity and KPA of Kenya.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Real Madrid lands Chasson Randle - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Chasson Randle (187-82kg-93, college: Stanford). He was about to sign at New York Knicks in the NBA. The last season Randle played at another team Knicks in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 20 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements he won Czech Republic League championship title in 2016. Randle received also Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team award in 2016.
He represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. Randle's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP-1 (73.9%), 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 50.0%.
Randle has played also professionally in NBA (Phi.76ers), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and NBA G League (Delaware 87ers).
He attended Stanford University until 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FIBA ASIA CUP  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

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

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

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

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



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Omar CALHOUN
  Espoo U.
  (198-G-93)
  Avg: 30
 1. Calhoun, Espoo U.30.0 
 2. Asbury, Pyrinto29.0 
 3. Gilbert, BC Nokia24.0 
 4. Whitfield, Kauhajoki23.0 
 5. Sinclair, Kouvot20.0 
 6. Maxwell, Kauhajoki20.0 
 7. Council, BC Nokia20.0 
 8. O''Brien, Korihait20.0 
 9. Woodhouse, Lapua19.0 
 10. Edwin, Kauhajoki19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tuukka KOTTI
  Helsinki.
  (205-PF-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Kotti, Helsinki.13.0 
 2. Maxwell, Kauhajoki13.0 
 3. Gipson, Kouvot12.0 
 4. Jones, Salon Vilpas11.0 
 5. Ortiz, Lapua10.0 
 6. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.0 
 7. Haanpaa, Espoo U.9.5 
 8. Simms, KTP Basket9.0 
 9. Jennings, Lapua9.0 
 10. Sinclair, Kouvot7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Salon V.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Rannikko, Salon V.9.0 
 2. Lehtoranta, Kauha.9.0 
 3. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki6.0 
 4. Council, BC Nokia5.0 
 5. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.5 
 6. Kanervo, Helsinki.4.0 
 7. Creek, Lapua4.0 
 8. Gilbert, BC Nokia4.0 
 9. Simms, KTP Basket4.0 
 10. Haanpaa, Espoo U.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tuukka KOTTI
  Helsinki.
  (205-PF-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kotti, Helsinki.4.0 
 2. Gilbert, BC Nokia3.0 
 3. Herbert, Korihait3.0 
 4. Jennings, Lapua3.0 
 5. Jarvi, Espoo United2.5 
 6. Haanpaa, Espoo U.2.5 
 7. Alanen, BC Nokia2.0 
 8. Manigault, Pyrinto2.0 
 9. Marshall, Helsinki.2.0 
 10. Edwin, Kauhajoki2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrence JENNINGS
  Lapua
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jennings, Lapua5.0 
 2. Jones, Salon Vilpas3.0 
 3. Dolenc, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Gilbert, BC Nokia2.0 
 5. Hammonds, BC Nokia2.0 
 6. Deng, Korihait2.0 
 7. Simms, KTP Basket1.5 
 8. Kotti, Helsinki.1.0 
 9. Marshall, Helsinki.1.0 
 10. Ortiz, Lapua1.0 


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Raymond COWELS III
  Hyeres-.
  (192-F/G-90)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Cowels-III, Hyeres-.25.7 
 2. Blue, Antibes24.3 
 3. Prepelic, Paris-Le.21.3 
 4. Dixon, Strasbourg18.5 
 5. Peacock, Bourg18.3 
 6. Kikanovic, Monaco17.0 
 7. Ware, Paris-Levallois16.7 
 8. Sanford, Antibes15.7 
 9. Logan, Strasbourg15.0 
 10. Sulaimon, Dijon14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouphtaou YAROU
  Antibes
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Yarou, Antibes10.3 
 2. Labeyrie, Stras.10.0 
 3. Ware, Paris-Levallois9.3 
 4. Tolbert, Hyeres-T.8.7 
 5. Watkins, AS.8.0 
 6. Blue, Antibes7.3 
 7. Cornelie, Paris-Le.7.3 
 8. Farr, Chalon7.0 
 9. Jeanne, Le Mans7.0 
 10. Ubel, Boulazac7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Cooper, Gravelines11.0 
 2. Blassingame, Antibes7.3 
 3. Lacombe, Monaco6.0 
 4. Roberson, AS.6.0 
 5. Cobbs, Le Mans6.0 
 6. Sim, Bourg5.0 
 7. Okobo, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
 8. Mangin, Le Portel5.0 
 9. Smith, Hyeres-T.4.7 
 10. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Craft, Monaco3.5 
 2. Evtimov, Cholet2.3 
 3. Chassang, Hyeres-T.2.3 
 4. Nelson, AS.2.0 
 5. Yeguete, Le Mans2.0 
 6. Carter, Limoges1.7 
 7. Houmounou, Bourg1.7 
 8. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 9. Eliezer-V., Paris-Le.1.7 
 10. Cowels-III, Hyeres-.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James FARR
  Chalon
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Farr, Chalon2.0 
 2. Logan, Strasbourg2.0 
 3. Smith, Gravelines1.5 
 4. Putney, Chalon1.3 
 5. Leloup, Strasbourg1.0 
 6. Evans, Monaco1.0 
 7. Lacombe, Monaco1.0 
 8. Jeanne, Le Mans1.0 
 9. Ware, Paris-Levallois1.0 
 10. Jones, Limoges1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Kyle TRESNAK
  RAC Basket
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Tresnak, RAC Basket22.0 
 2. Watkins, Boulogne21.0 
 3. Watt, Gries/Ob.20.5 
 4. Felder, Chartres20.5 
 5. Milka, Lorient20.0 
 6. Davis, Saint-Quentin20.0 
 7. Temgoua, Boulogne18.0 
 8. Sencanski, RAC B.18.0 
 9. Zengotitaben., Gries/Ob.17.5 
 10. Painter, Challans17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moise DIAME
  Brissac-.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Diame, Brissac-.12.0 
 2. Gourari, RAC Basket10.5 
 3. Walker, Saint-Quentin9.5 
 4. Robinson, Orchies9.5 
 5. Milosevic, La Charite8.5 
 6. Watt, Gries/Ob.8.0 
 7. Mitchell, ALS B.8.0 
 8. Jean-B., Boulogne8.0 
 9. Duro, Gries/Ob.8.0 
 10. Romain, Chartres8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olivier ROMAIN
  Chartres
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Romain, Chartres8.5 
 2. Clark, ALS Basket8.0 
 3. Forcada, Gries/Ob.7.0 
 4. Bichard, RAC Basket7.0 
 5. Pryor, Lourdes6.5 
 6. Bichard, Chartres6.0 
 7. Siegwarth, SAP V.6.0 
 8. Saounera, Challans5.5 
 9. Temgoua, Boulogne5.5 
 10. Egloff, CFBB5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jared NEWSON
  Lorient
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Newson, Lorient4.0 
 2. Rigaux, Brissac-.3.0 
 3. Robin, Brissac-.3.0 
 4. Diehl, Souffel3.0 
 5. Lesca, Lourdes3.0 
 6. Choupas, CFBB2.5 
 7. Mendy, Souffel2.5 
 8. Watkins, Boulogne2.5 
 9. El-Amrani, Saint V.2.5 
 10. Bichard, RAC Basket2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Gries/Ob.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Watt, Gries/Ob.2.0 
 2. Davis, Saint-Quentin2.0 
 3. Clerence, Chartres2.0 
 4. Dossou-Yovo, CF.1.5 
 5. Gouez, Challans1.0 
 6. Mukuna, ALS Basket1.0 
 7. Boundy, Boulogne1.0 
 8. Staniulis, Souffel1.0 
 9. Craion, Saint Vallier1.0 
 10. Zengotitaben., Gries/Ob.1.0 


Quimsa inks Steven Smith, ex Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) signed experienced 34-year old American forward Steven Smith (203-102kg-83, college: La Salle). He played last season at Chalons-Reims in French ProA, but left the team in Apr.'17. In 28 games he had 13.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Smith played at Pau Lacq Orthez (also in ProA) where in 36 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (USBL) in third round (18th overall).
The former La Salle University standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Greek Cup in 2012. Smith was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Smith has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Israel (Ironi Nahariya), Spain (Real Betis), NBA (Atlanta Hawks), Greece (Panathinaikos, Panellinios and Kolossos H Hotels), Italy (Napoli J.News and Virtus Bologna) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

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

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

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

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

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

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



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Yordan Minchev on loan at MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

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

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



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  GEORGIA  


Maurius Hill joins Olimpi - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ray re-signs at DELTA - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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DELTA inks Artem Shvets, ex Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bryon ALLEN
  EWE Baskets
  (193-G-92)
  Avg: 30
 1. Allen, EWE Baskets30.0 
 2. Benzing, Wuerzburg23.0 
 3. Rush, Goettingen22.0 
 4. Scrubb, Fraport SKY21.0 
 5. McConnell, EWE B.21.0 
 6. York, Bayreuth21.0 
 7. Stockton, Goett.20.0 
 8. Grigonis, ALBA20.0 
 9. Stewart, Walter T.20.0 
 10. Loncar, Wuerzburg20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ratio.
  (202-PF-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Harangody, Ratio.11.0 
 2. McElroy, Jena11.0 
 3. Sikma, ALBA10.0 
 4. Eatherton, Braunsch.10.0 
 5. Morse, Braunsch.9.0 
 6. Ibekwe, Oettinge.9.0 
 7. Rubit, Brose Bask.9.0 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth8.0 
 9. Zirbes, B.Muenchen7.0 
 10. Drenovac, MBC7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.0 
 2. Stockton, Goett.8.0 
 3. Webster, Fraport .7.0 
 4. Hatten, MBC7.0 
 5. Siva, ALBA6.0 
 6. Bowlin, Jena6.0 
 7. Macvan, B.Muenchen6.0 
 8. Jenkins, Jena6.0 
 9. McElroy, Jena5.0 
 10. Thompson, Ratio.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jahenns MANIGAT
  Giessen .
  (186-G-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Manigat, Giessen .5.0 
 2. Hobbs, B.Muenchen4.0 
 3. Paulding, EWE B.3.0 
 4. Ibekwe, Oettinge.3.0 
 5. Lansdowne, Braunsch.2.0 
 6. Macvan, B.Muenchen2.0 
 7. Brooks, Walter T.2.0 
 8. Mahalbasic, EWE B.2.0 
 9. Elliott, Bremerhaven2.0 
 10. Mitchell, Oettinge.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Scott EATHERTON
  Braunsch.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Eatherton, Braunsch.6.0 
 2. Smotrycz, Goett.2.0 
 3. Miller-Scott, Brose B.2.0 
 4. Huff, Fraport SKY2.0 
 5. Ibekwe, Oettinge.1.0 
 6. Macvan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 7. Akpinar, Ratio.1.0 
 8. Morrison, Fraport .1.0 
 9. Booker, B.Muenchen1.0 
 10. Obasohan, Oettinge.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Kyle DRANGINIS
  Trier
  (195-SG-92)
  Avg: 30
 1. Dranginis, Trier30.0 
 2. Adams, Hanau21.0 
 3. Collins, Kirchheim21.0 
 4. Fowler, Baunach20.5 
 5. Barton, Kirchheim19.5 
 6. Ziegenhagen, Chemn.18.5 
 7. Freese, Vechta18.0 
 8. Brown, Uni Baskets17.5 
 9. Morgan, Koeln R.17.0 
 10. Pongo, OrangeAc.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robin LODDERS
  Chemnitz
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lodders, Chemnitz10.0 
 2. Raffington, Hambu.10.0 
 3. Herrera, Phoenix .9.5 
 4. Joenke, Hanau9.0 
 5. Albrecht, Hanau9.0 
 6. Malu, Ehingen9.0 
 7. Girard II, Nuern.9.0 
 8. Rohwer, OrangeAc.9.0 
 9. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 10. Gay, Crailsheim8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Andy MAZURCZAK
  Chemn.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mazurczak, Chemn.12.0 
 2. McDowell-W., Bauna.7.0 
 3. Bradshaw, Karlsruh.7.0 
 4. Turner, Crailsheim6.0 
 5. Schmitt, Ehingen5.5 
 6. Kovacevic, Hamburg5.5 
 7. Lacy, Ehingen5.0 
 8. Joenke, Hanau5.0 
 9. Wuerzner, Heide.5.0 
 10. Schmitz, Trier4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Leon BAECK
  Koeln R.
  (187-PG-96)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baeck, Koeln R.4.0 
 2. McDowell-W., Bauna.4.0 
 3. Fowler, Baunach3.0 
 4. Yebo, Ehingen2.5 
 5. Razis, Vechta2.5 
 6. Bradshaw, Karlsruh.2.5 
 7. Smith, Heidelberg2.0 
 8. Bonifant, Ehingen2.0 
 9. Meredith, Nuern.2.0 
 10. Carter, Vechta2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Enosch WOLF
  Hamburg
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Wolf, Hamburg4.0 
 2. Rohwer, OrangeAc.3.0 
 3. Herrera, Phoenix .3.0 
 4. Raffington, Hambu.2.5 
 5. Smith, Vechta2.0 
 6. Seiferth, Heidelberg2.0 
 7. Baumann, Phoenix .2.0 
 8. Bretzel, OrangeAc.1.5 
 9. Gay, Crailsheim1.5 
 10. Reischel, Karlsruh.1.5 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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  GREECE  


Ioanninon tabs Spyros Bartzokas - by Chris Mammides

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

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Vournas comes back to Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou - by Chris Mammides

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

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

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

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Ioanninon inks Kostas Papanikolaou - by Chris Mammides

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

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Sotiris Papagiannis agreed terms with Ioanninon - by Chris Mammides

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

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Melissia inks Dimitrios Kalogeropoulous - by Chris Mammides

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

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Panionios add Molfetas to their roster - by Chris Mammides

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

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Avery Woodson joins Panionios - by Chris Mammides

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

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Sarikopoulos is back at Panionios - by Chris Mammides

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

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Grigoris Ralatos agreed terms with Panionios - by Chris Mammides

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

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Ioannis Dimakopoulos is a newcomer at Panionios - by Chris Mammides

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

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Panionios add Henderson to their roster, ex Pyrinto - by Chris Mammides

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

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Rafael Skembes signs at AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

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

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Simitris Adamopoulos joins AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

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

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AEE Panagitsa lands Martin Lazaridis - by Chris Mammides

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

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Pavlos Karvounis joins AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

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

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Sokrates Gizogiannis joins AEE Panagitsa - by Chris Mammides

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mathaios Karahalios joins Melissia - by Chris Mammides

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Melissia inks Nikos Voulgaris - by Chris Mammides

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Arkadikos sign Christian Koutras - by Chris Mammides

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keron DESHIELDS
  JP-Auto.
  (190-PG-92)
  Avg: 26
 1. DeShields, JP-Auto.26.0 
 2. Dramicanin, KTE-D.23.0 
 3. Fanning, Kormend22.0 
 4. Ford, Szolnok21.0 
 5. Boltic, Szedeak20.0 
 6. Zagorac, Sopron KC20.0 
 7. Wittmann, KTE-Duna19.0 
 8. Neighbour, MAFC19.0 
 9. Davis, MAFC19.0 
 10. Govens, Falco-Vu.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janos EILINGSFELD
  Atome.
  (198-F/C-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Eilingsfeld, Atome.13.0 
 2. Watkins, Sopron KC11.0 
 3. Sulovic, Szedeak11.0 
 4. Dramicanin, KTE-D.11.0 
 5. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.10.0 
 6. Ogunyemi, Atome.10.0 
 7. Govens, Falco-Vu.9.0 
 8. Thompson, KTE-Duna9.0 
 9. Cvetkovic, MAFC9.0 
 10. Ford, Szolnok9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rayshawn SIMMONS
  ZTE K.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simmons, ZTE K.11.0 
 2. Pongo, KTE-Duna8.0 
 3. Hott, MAFC8.0 
 4. Perry, Szolnok7.0 
 5. Lilov, DEAC5.0 
 6. Varadi, Falco-Vulcano5.0 
 7. DeShields, JP-Auto.4.0 
 8. Wittmann, KTE-Duna4.0 
 9. Wright, Kormend4.0 
 10. Eilingsfeld, Atome.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  Szedeak
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Boltic, Szedeak4.0 
 2. Ford, Szolnok4.0 
 3. Simmons, ZTE K.3.0 
 4. Simon, PV.3.0 
 5. Hinds, Atomeromu3.0 
 6. Perry, Szolnok3.0 
 7. Cvetkovic, MAFC2.0 
 8. Norfleet, Falco-Vu.2.0 
 9. Antoni, PV.2.0 
 10. Pongo, KTE-Duna2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Javion OGUNYEMI
  Atome.
  (208-F/C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ogunyemi, Atome.2.0 
 2. Ciric, Szedeak2.0 
 3. Farkas, DEAC2.0 
 4. Eilingsfeld, Atome.2.0 
 5. Lucic, JP.1.0 
 6. Simmons, ZTE K.1.0 
 7. Takacs, Sopron KC1.0 
 8. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.1.0 
 9. Thompson, KTE-Duna1.0 
 10. Karahodzic, KTE-D.1.0 


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

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

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

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

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

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



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  ICELAND  


Thor Thorl edge KR to lift SuperCup 2017 title - by Eurobasket News

Thor Thorl - KR 90-86

Thor Thorl edged KR to lift SuperCup 2017 title in Keflavik. The latter grabbed a 26-21 lead after the first 10 minutes, but Thor Thorl replied with a 25-14 surge to take the lead. KR replied with two narrow wins in the second half, but could not win the game. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) was unstoppable with 37 points, while Emil Einarsson (196-SF-94) netted 14. Adam Asgeirsson and Olafur Jonsson (192-F-92) followed them with 9 points each. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87) answered with 17 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) poured in 16. Jalen Jenkins (201-F, college: George Mason) netted 15, whilst Brynjar Bjornsson (188-G-88, college: Francis Marion) had 13.



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  IRAQ  


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Dominique JOHNSON
  Umana VE
  (192-SG-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. Johnson, Umana VE22.0 
 2. Smith, MIA-RO C.22.0 
 3. Aradori, Virtus B.21.0 
 4. Moore, VL Pesaro20.0 
 5. Barber, New B.19.0 
 6. Jones, Banco di Srd19.0 
 7. Shields, Dolomiti.19.0 
 8. Randolph, Banco d.18.0 
 9. Ceron, VL Pesaro18.0 
 10. Sims, Vanoli CR18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  EA7 A.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 17
 1. Gudaitis, EA7 A.17.0 
 2. Jones, Banco di Srd17.0 
 3. Omogbo, VL Pesaro14.0 
 4. Burns, MIA-RO C.12.0 
 5. Lalanne, New B.12.0 
 6. Mika, VL Pesaro9.0 
 7. Sacchetti, Germa.9.0 
 8. Washington, Fiat T.9.0 
 9. Diener, Vanoli CR8.0 
 10. Moore, Germani BR8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rok STIPCEVIC
  Banco d.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Stipcevic, Banco d.8.0 
 2. Slaughter, Virtus B.7.0 
 3. Giuri, New B.7.0 
 4. Garrett, Fiat TO7.0 
 5. Theodore, EA7 A.6.0 
 6. Haynes, Umana VE6.0 
 7. Forray, Dolomiti.6.0 
 8. Randolph, Banco d.5.0 
 9. Diener, Vanoli CR5.0 
 10. Wells, Openjobm.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Giancarlo FERRERO
  Openjobm.
  (196-G/F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ferrero, Openjobm.5.0 
 2. Micov, EA7 Armani3.0 
 3. Moore, Germani BR3.0 
 4. Omogbo, VL Pesaro3.0 
 5. Lalanne, New B.3.0 
 6. Forray, Dolomiti.3.0 
 7. DeVecchi, Banco d.3.0 
 8. Moore, VL Pesaro2.0 
 9. Stipcevic, Banco d.2.0 
 10. Behanan, Dolomiti.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CROSARIOL
  MIA-RO C.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Crosariol, MIA-RO C.4.0 
 2. Silins, Dolomiti.2.0 
 3. Landry, Germani BR1.0 
 4. Lawson, Virtus B.1.0 
 5. Milbourne, Vanoli C.1.0 
 6. Bramos, Umana VE1.0 
 7. Okoye, Openjobm.1.0 
 8. Cusin, EA7 Armani1.0 
 9. Oleka, New B.1.0 
 10. Iannuzzi, Fiat TO1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michael DELOACH
  Eurobask.
  (184-PG-86)
  Avg: 29
 1. Deloach, Eurobask.29.0 
 2. Ferguson, Eurotren.26.0 
 3. Rullo, Cagliari.25.0 
 4. Keene, Cagliari.23.0 
 5. Renzi, Lighthou.23.0 
 6. Raivio, Legnano22.0 
 7. Amoroso, Monte.21.0 
 8. Formenti, UCC P.20.0 
 9. Hall, Kleb Ferrara18.0 
 10. Powell, Montegrano16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Kleb Ferrara
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Hall, Kleb Ferrara11.0 
 2. Tessitori, Eurotren.11.0 
 3. Allodi, Latina Basket9.0 
 4. Raivio, Legnano8.0 
 5. Baldasso, Virtus R.8.0 
 6. Amoroso, Monte.8.0 
 7. Ganeto, Lighthou.7.0 
 8. Crow, Givova S.7.0 
 9. Vildera, Mens S.7.0 
 10. Severini, Novipiu .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Kleb Ferrara
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Hall, Kleb Ferrara7.0 
 2. Evangelisti, Agrig.6.0 
 3. Rush, Kleb Ferrara5.0 
 4. Chiarastella, Eurotren.5.0 
 5. Raivio, Legnano4.0 
 6. Panni, Kleb Ferrara4.0 
 7. Bonacini, Unieuro .4.0 
 8. Blizzard, Novipiu .4.0 
 9. Fanti, Eurobask.4.0 
 10. Severini, Novipiu .4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Remer T.
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Marino, Remer T.4.0 
 2. Tessitori, Eurotren.3.0 
 3. Gueye, Montegrano2.0 
 4. Panni, Kleb Ferrara2.0 
 5. Castelli, Unieuro .2.0 
 6. Pecchia, Remer T.2.0 
 7. Ganeto, Lighthou.2.0 
 8. Turel, Cagliari.2.0 
 9. Masciadri, Orasi R.2.0 
 10. Bonacini, Unieuro .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Giovanni ALLODI
  Latina Basket
  (206-F/C-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Allodi, Latina Basket2.0 
 2. Severini, Novipiu .2.0 
 3. Masciadri, Orasi R.1.0 
 4. Powell, Montegrano1.0 
 5. Campogrande, Monte.1.0 
 6. Rush, Kleb Ferrara1.0 
 7. Fantoni, Kleb F.1.0 
 8. Tessitori, Eurotren.1.0 
 9. Bowers, Eurotren.1.0 
 10. Zucca, Montegrano1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Njegos VISNJIC
  Palestrina
  (200-F/C-79)
  Avg: 29
 1. Visnjic, Palestrina29.0 
 2. Filippini, Lugo28.0 
 3. Cantagalli, Campli28.0 
 4. Rezzano, San Severo26.0 
 5. Bisconti, Valmontone26.0 
 6. Infanti, Omnia B.25.0 
 7. Gigena, Cecina25.0 
 8. Giampaoli, Libertas24.0 
 9. Zanotti, Porto S.24.0 
 10. Meschini, Perugia23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivier GIACOMELLI
  San M.
  (198-SF-95)
  Avg: 17
 1. Giacomelli, San M.17.0 
 2. Di-Donato, San S.16.0 
 3. Amanti, Crema16.0 
 4. Tiberti, Rimini15.0 
 5. Santolamazza, Super F.12.0 
 6. Vanuzzo, Sestu12.0 
 7. Squeo, Omnia B.12.0 
 8. Berti, Firenze .12.0 
 9. Callara, Montecatini11.0 
 10. Visnjic, Palestrina11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo SERAVALLI
  Lugo
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Seravalli, Lugo13.0 
 2. Guarino, Recanati11.0 
 3. Marchetti, Ortona10.0 
 4. Bottioni, San S.9.0 
 5. Chiera, Cento8.0 
 6. Magrini, Valsesia7.0 
 7. Simoncelli, Omegna7.0 
 8. Myers, Rimini7.0 
 9. Busetto, Rimini7.0 
 10. Todeschini, Olginate6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrea LONGOBARDI
  Scauri
  (199-SF-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Longobardi, Scauri4.0 
 2. Mazzoleni, Desio4.0 
 3. Colnago, Olginate4.0 
 4. Morici, Catanzaro4.0 
 5. Dagnello, Crema4.0 
 6. Planezio, Olginate4.0 
 7. Banchi, Giulianova4.0 
 8. Demartini, Vicenza4.0 
 9. Cozzoli, Matera4.0 
 10. Falconi, LTC S.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lorenzo GALMARINI
  Montecat.
  (200-C-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Galmarini, Montecat.4.0 
 2. Giacomelli, San M.3.0 
 3. Gallo, Alba3.0 
 4. Morici, Catanzaro2.0 
 5. Petrucci, Montecatini2.0 
 6. Benfatto, Cento2.0 
 7. Ruiu, Bernareggio2.0 
 8. Malbasa, Piombino2.0 
 9. Scarponi, San S.2.0 
 10. Persico, Piombino2.0 


Vai is back at Varese Robur - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F/C-85)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT29.5 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .28.0 
 3. Uto, Toyama G.25.0 
 4. Trasolini, Hokkaido.21.0 
 5. Sacre, Hitachi SR20.5 
 6. Scott, Shimane SM20.0 
 7. Smith, Osaka E.19.0 
 8. Tani, Nishinomiya S.18.0 
 9. Edwards, Chiba J.18.0 
 10. Lammert, Nishinom.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .14.5 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.13.0 
 3. Scott, Shimane SM13.0 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba BT11.5 
 5. Davis, Toshiba BT11.5 
 6. Martin, Ryukyu GK11.5 
 7. Lammert, Nishinom.11.0 
 8. Whittington, Hokkaido.11.0 
 9. Morrison, San-en11.0 
 10. Parker, Chiba Jets10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 8
 1. Uto, Toyama G.8.0 
 2. Tajima, Hokkaido.8.0 
 3. Burns, Nishinomiya S.7.0 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets7.0 
 5. Rossiter, Tochigi .6.5 
 6. Scott, Shimane SM6.0 
 7. Gaffney, Chiba Jets5.0 
 8. Namizato, Shiga L.5.0 
 9. Fujii, Toshiba BT5.0 
 10. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Noriaki DOUHARA
  Nishinom.
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Douhara, Nishinom.4.0 
 2. Otsuka, Toyama G.4.0 
 3. Sasayama, Nagoya D.3.5 
 4. Ueta, Toyama G.3.0 
 5. Watanabe, Tochigi .3.0 
 6. Uto, Toyama G.3.0 
 7. Fischer, Shiga L.2.5 
 8. Mavunga, Kyoto H.2.0 
 9. Kawashima, San-en2.0 
 10. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gardner, Niigata .3.0 
 2. Fischer, Shiga L.2.5 
 3. Pittman, Toyama G.2.0 
 4. Smith, Osaka E.2.0 
 5. Trasolini, Hokkaido.2.0 
 6. Orton, SeaHorses2.0 
 7. Lane, Shimane SM2.0 
 8. Thabeet, Yokohama.1.5 
 9. Scott, Shimane SM1.0 
 10. Parker, Chiba Jets1.0 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chehales TAPSCOTT
  Ehime OV
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 25
 1. Tapscott, Ehime OV25.0 
 2. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.23.0 
 3. Peppers, Fukuoka .23.0 
 4. Creekmore, Yamag.23.0 
 5. Buchanan, Iwate B.22.0 
 6. Maniwa, Cyberdyn.20.0 
 7. Hawkinson, Toyot.19.0 
 8. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.19.0 
 9. Burton, Aomori W.19.0 
 10. Jacobsen, Fukuoka .18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh HAWKINSON
  Toyot.
  (208-F-95)
  Avg: 17
 1. Hawkinson, Toyot.17.0 
 2. Stephan, Gunma14.0 
 3. Sanders-F., Iwate B.14.0 
 4. Evans, Kanazawa.12.0 
 5. Warren, Kagawa FA12.0 
 6. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.0 
 7. Boykin, Tokyo Z12.0 
 8. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.11.0 
 9. Nephawe, Bambitio.11.0 
 10. Tapscott, Ehime OV11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 8
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.8.0 
 2. Yamashita, Fukuoka .7.0 
 3. Yosuke, Cyberdyn.6.0 
 4. Fujie, Iwate B.6.0 
 5. Kashiwagura, Tokyo Z.6.0 
 6. Yuji, Kanazawa.6.0 
 7. Sugimoto, Toyot.6.0 
 8. Kouno, Yamagata6.0 
 9. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.6.0 
 10. Hamilton, Bambitio.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Keijiro MONMA
  Aomori W.
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Monma, Aomori W.5.0 
 2. Kan, Aomori Watts3.0 
 3. Yosuke, Shinshu BW3.0 
 4. Evans, Kanazawa.3.0 
 5. Fitzpatrick, Akita N.3.0 
 6. Obuchi, Gunma2.0 
 7. Takayama, Tokyo Z2.0 
 8. Hawkinson, Toyot.2.0 
 9. Takumi, Tokyo Z2.0 
 10. Kojima, Yamagata2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh PEPPERS
  Fukuoka .
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Peppers, Fukuoka .3.0 
 2. Gallon, Aomori Watts2.0 
 3. Nephawe, Bambitio.2.0 
 4. Tapscott, Ehime OV2.0 
 5. Fitzpatrick, Akita N.2.0 
 6. Faye, Fukuoka .2.0 
 7. Chol, Sendai 89ers2.0 
 8. Yuji, Kanazawa.1.0 
 9. Tsukuba, Kagawa FA1.0 
 10. McShepard, Yamag.1.0 


JBL2 stats leaders

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


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

The Regular Season in B League D3 just started.

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

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

Otsuka A. - Tokyo Cinq R. 92-65

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


Otsuka A. - Tokyo Cinq R. 81-43

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


Tokyo HT - Kagoshima 74-63

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


Tokyo Excel. - Saitama Bron. 113-91

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


Tokyo Excel. - Saitama Bron. 84-90

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


Tokyo HT - Kagoshima 86-71

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





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

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

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

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

Ryukyu GK - Hitachi SR 65-53

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


Yokohama BC - Shiga L-Stars 76-45

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


Niigata Albirex - Shimane SM 82-75

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


Toyama Grouses - Hokkaido L. 83-78

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


Tochigi Brex - SeaHorses 70-85

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


Nishinomiya S. - Chiba Jets 70-86

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


Kyoto Hannar. - San-en 80-62

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


Osaka Evessa - Toyota Alvark 60-81

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


Toshiba BT - Nagoya DD 87-85 OT

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





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

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

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

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

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

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



B2 League Round 1: Fukuoka Rizing takes over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League D2 just started.

Fukuoka Rizing defeated Gunma at home 78-74. Gunma trailed by 21 points after 3 quarters before a 33-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. Fukuoka Rizing had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Gunma's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. His fellow American import Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for Gunma. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gunma will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Fukuoka Rizing will try to continue on its current victory against Gunma at home.
Bambitious Nara (1-1) recorded a loss at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Yamagata (1-1) 80-61. American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Billy McShepard chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yamagata will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bambitious Nara will play again at home against Yamagata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Shinshu BW (2-0) which played road game in Aomori against Aomori Watts (0-2). Shinshu BW managed to get a 7-point victory 72-65. Nick Washburn nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Shinshu BW's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Joe Burton came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Aomori Watts in the defeat. Shinshu BW will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aomori Watts will play again against Shinshu BW (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tokyo was also worth to mention about. Orange Vikings (1-1) played at the court of Tokyo Z (1-1). Orange Vikings defeated Tokyo Z 82-71. Chehales Tapscott fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Orange Vikings will have a break next round. Tokyo Z will play again at home against Orange Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sendai supposed to be also quite interesting. Toyotsu FE (2-0) played at the court of Sendai 89ers (0-2). Toyotsu FE smashed Sendai 89ers 84-62 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Josh Hawkinson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Toshihiro Goto gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Toyotsu FE (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant. Winless Iwate Big Bulls lost to undefeated Cyberdyne IR on the road 58-79. Winless Kagawa FA lost to undefeated Kanazawa Sam. on its own court 67-76. Winless Kumamoto V. lost to undefeated Akita NH in a road game 59-73.

Bambitious Nara - Yamagata 61-80

Bambitious Nara (1-1) recorded a loss at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Yamagata (1-1) 80-61. The game without a history. Yamagata led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Billy McShepard (208-87, college: Valdosta St., agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Inception Sports) scored 8 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yamagata will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bambitious Nara will play again at home against Yamagata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: W.Creekmore 23+8reb+3ast, B.McShepard 14+11reb+4ast, M.Masanari 12+3reb+2ast, S.Kouno 8+2reb+6ast, T.Takahama 5+2reb, M.Izawa 4
Bambitious Nara: T.Nephawe 16+11reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 8+2reb+5ast, C.Jenkins 8+1reb, J.Honda 7+1reb, S.Komatsu 6+5reb+2ast, R.Takeda 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 551950


Tokyo Z - Ehime OV 71-82

The game in Tokyo was also worth to mention about. Orange Vikings (1-1) played at the court of Tokyo Z (1-1). Orange Vikings defeated Tokyo Z 82-71. Tokyo Z was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 48-35 second half run of Orange Vikings. Orange Vikings shot 27 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Tokyo Z only scored eleven points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Tokyo Z helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-88) chipped in 23 points and 6 assists. American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) produced 9 points and 12 rebounds and Latvian center Ricmonds Vilde (211-90, college: Houston Baptist) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Orange Vikings will have a break next round. Tokyo Z will play again at home against Orange Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: C.Tapscott 25+11reb+2ast, T.Tatsuhiko 23+4reb+6ast, N.Williams 17+9reb+1ast, T.Yoshihiko 8+2reb+4ast, T.Kasahara 5+5reb+1ast, K.Katoh 2
Tokyo Z: R.Vilde 12+6reb, M.Takumi 11+2reb+2ast, T.Nishiyama 11+1reb, R.Boykin 9+12reb+1ast, S.Akiba 6+2reb, J.Silvie 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 551949


Cyberdyne IR - Iwate Big Bulls 79-58

No shocking result in a game when Cyberdyne IR (2-0) crushed Iwate Big Bulls (0-2) in Tsukuba 79-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cyberdyne IR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Cyberdyne IR especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was a very good performance for American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Josei Maniwa (193-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American center Michael Buchanan (213-94, college: USC Upstate) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) added 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: J.Maniwa 20+4reb+1ast, R.Rickert 17+12reb+1ast, A.Warren 15+3reb, C.Maduabum 8+8reb+2ast, R.Kubota 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Yamaguchi 4
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Buchanan 22+10reb, M.Sanders-Frison 11+14reb+4ast, Y.Suzuki 8, T.Fujie 6+2reb+6ast, N.Sugasawa 5+2reb+2ast, Y.Masuda 2+2reb
gschID: 551948


Sendai 89ers - Toyotsu FE 62-84

The game in Sendai supposed to be also quite interesting. Toyotsu FE (2-0) played at the court of Sendai 89ers (0-2). Toyotsu FE smashed Sendai 89ers 84-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyotsu FE. Sendai 89ers was better in second period 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sendai 89ers to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Sendai 89ers 48-37 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American forward Josh Hawkinson (208-95, college: Washington St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Toyotsu FE players scored in double figures. Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers' coach Toshihiro Goto gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Toyotsu FE (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyotsu FE: J.Hawkinson 19+17reb+2ast, H.Hill 14+9reb+1ast, K.Sugimoto 13+3reb+6ast, H.Tobita 13+7reb+1ast, K.Fukuzawa 10+1reb+2ast, M.Narita 6+3reb+2ast
Sendai 89ers: A.Chol 14+7reb, C.Williams 13+9reb+2ast, O.Ashaolu 11+10reb+3ast, S.Izumi 6+2ast, S.Mizoguchi 6+1reb+2ast, R.Yanagawa 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 551947


Aomori Watts - Shinshu BW 65-72

An interesting game for Shinshu BW (2-0) which played road game in Aomori against Aomori Watts (0-2). Shinshu BW managed to get a 7-point victory 72-65. Shinshu BW forced 19 Aomori Watts turnovers. American center Nick Washburn (208-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Washburn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Shinshu BW's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Daichi Shimoyama (181-89) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Aomori Watts in the defeat. Shinshu BW will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aomori Watts will play again against Shinshu BW (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: A.McHenry 11+6reb+2ast, N.Washburn 11+10reb+1ast, K.Mitsui 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Yasuhiko 8+2reb, Y.Yosuke 7+4reb+5ast, T.Hiroaki 7+1ast
Aomori Watts: J.Burton 19+11reb+2ast, D.Shimoyama 17+5reb+1ast, K.Aita 9+3reb+2ast, T.Kan 7+9reb+2ast, K.Gallon 6+1reb+1ast, N.Banyard 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 551946


Fukuoka Rizing - Gunma 78-74

Fukuoka Rizing defeated Gunma at home 78-74. Gunma trailed by 21 points after 3 quarters before a 33-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. Fukuoka Rizing had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Gunma's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. His fellow American import Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Hirotaka Kondo (187-82) added 16 points in the effort for Gunma. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gunma will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Fukuoka Rizing will try to continue on its current victory against Gunma at home.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 23+3reb+2ast, E.Jacobsen 18+6reb+2ast, T.Komoda 12+3reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 11+2reb+4ast, P.Faye 5+11reb+2ast, Y.Yamashita 5+6reb+7ast
Gunma: R.Stephan 18+14reb+1ast, H.Kondo 16+1reb+2ast, T.Kennedy 10+2reb+1ast, Y.Kanbara 8+1ast, S.Kurihara 6+3reb+1ast, D.Sidate 6+4reb
gschID: 551945


Kagawa FA - Kanazawa Sam. 67-76

Rather expected game when Kagawa FA (0-2) lost to Kanazawa Sam. (2-0) in Takamatsu 67-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-67. Kanazawa Sam. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Quite impressive performance for power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Kanazawa Sam. players scored in double figures. Forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and guard Montay Brandon (203-93, college: Florida St.) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kagawa FA. Kagawa FA's coach Kohei Etoh rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kanazawa Sam. will have a break next round. Kagawa FA will play again at home against Kanazawa Sam. (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: A.Fitzgerald 19+11reb+2ast, Y.Inoue 15+2reb+1ast, L.Evans 14+12reb+2ast, I.Yuji 11+4reb+6ast, Y.Suzuki 6, T.Tsukino 5+5reb+4ast
Kagawa FA: R.Warren 15+12reb+3ast, M.Brandon 10+5reb+3ast, A.Kuso 9+6reb, A.Osawa 8+3reb+5ast, T.Tsukuba 7+4reb+1ast, M.Abe 6+1reb
gschID: 551944


Akita NH - Kumamoto V. 73-59

Very predictable result when Akita Happinets (2-0) won against at home Kumamoto V. (0-2) 73-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-59. Akita Happinets forced 25 Kumamoto V. turnovers. Quite impressive performance for point guard Takuya Nakayama (182-94) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach Josep Claros used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) answered with 16 points and forward Mao Fukuda (192-89) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kumamoto V.Akita Happinets will face again Kumamoto V. (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Onodera 13+1reb+1ast, N.Spikes 13+3reb, S.Taguchi 12+4reb+2ast, T.Nakayama 11+9reb+2ast, R.Shirahama 7+3reb+2ast, K.Coleby 5+5reb+1ast
Kumamoto V.: T.Woodbury 16+1reb+2ast, J.James 8+5reb+1ast, M.Fukuda 8+7reb+2ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 8+4reb+1ast, T.Furuno 5+4reb+8ast, R.Nakanishi 5+5reb
gschID: 551943





Japanese B League round 2 best performance: Naoki Uto - by Eurobasket News

Forward Naoki Uto (188-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Toyama Grouses, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, four rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Hokkaido L. (1-1) 83-78. Thanks to this victory Toyama Grouses moved-up to the 4th position in their group in Japanese B League. Toyama Grouses is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. It's Uto's second year at Toyama Grouses and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Naoki Uto has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 25.0ppg) and averages impressive 3.0spg and 66.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex. Rossiter had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Tochigi Brex lost that game 70-85 to SeaHorses (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. Rossiter is one of the most experienced players at Tochigi Brex and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR (#3). Sacre scored 25 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Sacre's great performance Hitachi SR lost 53-65 to #2 ranked Ryukyu GK. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Hitachi SR needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in East. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Sacre has a great season in Japan. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.5ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT - 27 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Josh Scott (208-F-93) of Shimane SM - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Hassan Martin (201-F-95) of Ryukyu GK - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. JR Sakuragi (206-C-76) of SeaHorses - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Asahi Tajima (173-G-88) of Hokkaido L. - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 8 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)



Raymond's double-double lands him B League D3 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old forward Ray Raymond (203-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Otsuka A. and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Tokyo Cinq R. (#9, 0-2) with 27-point margin 92-65. It allowed Otsuka A. to take over top position in the Japanese B League D3. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Otsuka A. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Raymond had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Otsuka A., through which he has constantly improved. University of Wisconsin graduate has very impressive stats this year. Raymond is in league's top in points (3rd best: 27.0ppg), rebounds (9th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Olivier (203-F-92) of Kagoshima. He is American forward in his first season at Kagoshima. In the last game Olivier recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Kagoshima lost that game 63-74 to Tokyo HT (2-0). 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. Olivier is a newcomer at Kagoshima and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#4). He also registered 16.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Herold (203-PF-91) of Tokyo Excel. (#3). Herold got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . He was a key player of Tokyo Excel., leading his team to a 113-91 easy win against #4 ranked Saitama Bron. in a game of the week. Tokyo Excel. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Herold has a great season in Japan. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Wolfinger (216-C-85) of Otsuka A. - 29 points and 12 rebounds
5. Edward Morris (204-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Masaya Ueda (177-PG-93) of Saitama Bron. - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT - 25 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jordan Faison (201-F-94) of Tokyo Excel. - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nishi Yutaro (176-PG-92) of Saitama Bron. - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ibrahima Thomas (213-F-87) of Saitama Bron. - 24 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Linards JAUNZEMS
  LU
  (198-F-95)
  Avg: 30
 1. Jaunzems, LU30.0 
 2. Eiduks, LU22.0 
 3. Freimanis, Valka/Va.21.0 
 4. Scott, VEF Riga19.0 
 5. Birkans, LU19.0 
 6. Poznaks, BK Ogre19.0 
 7. Iljins, Valmiera18.5 
 8. Mejeris, VEF Riga18.0 
 9. Skele, Ventspils15.5 
 10. Kaufmanis, Valmiera15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurijs ALEKSEJEVS
  Jekabpils
  (202-C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils13.0 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga10.0 
 3. Labuckas, VEF Riga10.0 
 4. Miculis, Valka/Va.9.0 
 5. Hamilton, Ventspils7.0 
 6. Freimanis, Valka/Va.7.0 
 7. Antrops, BK Ogre6.5 
 8. Gulbis, Ventspils6.0 
 9. Magone, Jekabpils6.0 
 10. Kanbergs, Jekabpils6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Renars BIRKANS
  LU
  (184-PG-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Birkans, LU11.0 
 2. Vitols, BK Ogre8.5 
 3. Elksnis, Valmiera6.0 
 4. Zebergs, BK Ogre5.0 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera4.5 
 6. Kaufmanis, Valmiera4.0 
 7. Kanbergs, Jekabpils4.0 
 8. Niedra, BK Ogre3.0 
 9. Lasenbergs, Valka/Va.3.0 
 10. Scott, VEF Riga3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Linards JAUNZEMS
  LU
  (198-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jaunzems, LU4.0 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga4.0 
 3. Raadik, Valka/Valga3.0 
 4. Hamilton, Ventspils3.0 
 5. Zebergs, BK Ogre2.5 
 6. Gromovs, VEF Riga2.0 
 7. Miglinieks, Valka/Va.2.0 
 8. Stiebrins, Jekabpils2.0 
 9. Virsis, Jekabpils2.0 
 10. Skele, Ventspils2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arnas LABUCKAS
  VEF Riga
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Labuckas, VEF Riga2.0 
 2. Niedra, BK Ogre1.5 
 3. Kanbergs, Jekabpils1.0 
 4. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Mezulis, LU1.0 
 6. Bruesewitz, Ventspils1.0 
 7. Antrops, BK Ogre0.5 
 8. Poznaks, BK Ogre0.5 
 9. Skele, Ventspils0.5 
 10. Iljins, Valmiera0.5 


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Juan PALACIOS
  Neptunas
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Palacios, Neptunas17.5 
 2. Echodas, Lietuvos.17.0 
 3. Carter, Lietuvos.14.3 
 4. Zeisloft, Siauliai14.0 
 5. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes14.0 
 6. Reinhardt, Dzukija14.0 
 7. Seibutis, Neptunas14.0 
 8. Kupsas, Juventus13.7 
 9. Girdziunas, Neptu.13.5 
 10. Peineris, Lietkabelis13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  P.Zvaigzdes
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes8.0 
 2. Echodas, Lietuvos.7.5 
 3. Birutis, Siauliai7.3 
 4. Linkevicius, Vytautas7.0 
 5. Peterson, Lietuvos.6.8 
 6. Dimsa, Vytautas6.7 
 7. Kupsas, Juventus6.7 
 8. Selakovs, Dzukija6.5 
 9. Palacios, Neptunas6.5 
 10. Carter, Lietuvos.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  Lietuvos.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kramer, Lietuvos.7.3 
 2. Williams, Lietkabelis6.0 
 3. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.5.0 
 4. Girdziunas, Neptu.5.0 
 5. Ireland, Juventus5.0 
 6. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.0 
 7. Dimsa, Vytautas4.7 
 8. Micic, Zalgiris4.7 
 9. Palacios, Neptunas4.3 
 10. Bost, Zalgiris4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arnas BUTKEVICIUS
  Neptu.
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Butkevicius, Neptu.2.8 
 2. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes2.0 
 3. Seibutis, Neptunas2.0 
 4. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 5. Matulis, Nevezis2.0 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis1.8 
 7. Kramer, Lietuvos.1.8 
 8. Ireland, Juventus1.7 
 9. Zeisloft, Siauliai1.7 
 10. Zelionis, Neptunas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikita BALASHOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.3.0 
 2. Zhukanenko, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 3. Kupsas, Juventus1.3 
 4. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.3 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas1.3 
 6. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.1.0 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris1.0 
 8. Sabeckis, Siauliai0.8 
 9. Echodas, Lietuvos.0.8 
 10. Dimsa, Vytautas0.7 



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  LUXEMBOURG  

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Jaylen BLAND
  Contern
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 30
 1. Bland, Contern30.0 
 2. McNutt, Etzella27.0 
 3. Freeman, Residence25.0 
 4. Gindt, Sparta24.0 
 5. Johnson, T7124.0 
 6. Wolzfeld, Contern23.0 
 7. Nwelue, Musel Pikes23.0 
 8. Robinson, Sparta21.0 
 9. Morton, Racing20.0 
 10. Gulley, Musel Pikes20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Titus ROBINSON
  Sparta
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Robinson, Sparta18.0 
 2. Coleman, Amicale17.5 
 3. McNutt, Etzella15.0 
 4. Wolzfeld, Contern14.0 
 5. Stephens, T7114.0 
 6. Vujakovic, Resid.13.0 
 7. Johnson, T7111.0 
 8. Gutenkauf, Etzella11.0 
 9. Ford, Contern11.0 
 10. Gulley, Musel Pikes10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tom SCHUMACHER
  T71
  (190-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Schumacher, T716.0 
 2. Wolzfeld, Contern5.0 
 3. Melcher, Amicale5.0 
 4. Bernimont, Racing5.0 
 5. McAlister, Racing5.0 
 6. Biever, Basket Esch5.0 
 7. Arendt, Sparta4.0 
 8. Freeman, Residence4.0 
 9. Gutenkauf, Etzella4.0 
 10. Johnson, T713.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dean GINDT
  Sparta
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gindt, Sparta3.0 
 2. Johnson, T713.0 
 3. Delgado, Etzella3.0 
 4. Bland, Contern3.0 
 5. Birenbaum, Contern2.0 
 6. Hicks, Basket Esch2.0 
 7. McNutt, Etzella2.0 
 8. Andjelkovic, Sparta2.0 
 9. Robinson, Sparta2.0 
 10. Benseghir, Etzella2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan HICKS
  Basket Esch
  (201-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hicks, Basket Esch3.0 
 2. Kalmes, Musel Pikes2.0 
 3. Melcher, Amicale1.5 
 4. Robinson, Sparta1.0 
 5. Weyrich, Contern1.0 
 6. Gillardin, Racing1.0 
 7. McAlister, Racing1.0 
 8. Reese, Sparta1.0 
 9. Coleman, Amicale1.0 
 10. Wolzfeld, Contern1.0 


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

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

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

Etzella - Racing 69-77

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


Contern - Residence 80-79

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


Amicale - Basket Esch 70-56

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


Heffingen - Musel Pikes 71-67

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


Sparta - T71 88-85

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





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

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

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

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

Kordall Steelers - Black Star 97-78

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


Arantia - Wiltz 90-55

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


T.Hesperange - Avanti 93-64

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


BC Mess - Bascharage 80-58

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


Soleuvre - Grengewald 96-93

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





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  MADAGASCAR  


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Atlanta Legends return to Copa Mitchell Cup (Santiago)

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

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

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

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

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



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

Liberia join 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup

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

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

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

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



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Martell Webster Announces NBA Retirement - by Eurobasket News

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



The Warriors waive Alex Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Warriors waived Cleveland - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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



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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 33
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.33.0 
 2. Midtvedt, Centrum28.5 
 3. Cugini, Gimle BBK27.7 
 4. Skouen, Froya B.26.3 
 5. Nisavic, Fyllinge.24.0 
 6. Issalhi, Tromso22.0 
 7. Fivelstad, Gimle B.21.7 
 8. Ferrales, Kongsberg21.7 
 9. Spear, Nidaros Jets20.0 
 10. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aksel BOLINZ
  Asker Aliens
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Bolinz, Asker Aliens15.3 
 2. Fivelstad, Gimle B.12.3 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso11.5 
 4. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .11.5 
 5. Thomas, Kongsberg11.3 
 6. Cugini, Gimle BBK9.0 
 7. Williams, Ammerud .8.7 
 8. Sumskis, Fyllinge.8.0 
 9. Yele, Asker Aliens8.0 
 10. Clark, Froya Basket7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERRALES
  Kongsberg
  (187-G-91)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Ferrales, Kongsberg7.7 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.7.3 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso6.5 
 4. Nisavic, Fyllinge.6.0 
 5. Vangen, Ammerud .5.3 
 6. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.5.0 
 7. Ouakkaha, Gimle B.5.0 
 8. Toefte, Nidaros .5.0 
 9. Granath, Gimle BBK4.3 
 10. Lange, Tromso4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Issalhi, Tromso3.5 
 2. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.3.0 
 3. Ouakkaha, Gimle B.2.7 
 4. Nisavic, Fyllinge.2.7 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.2.7 
 6. Spear, Nidaros Jets2.5 
 7. Elgmork, Fyllinge.2.3 
 8. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .2.3 
 9. Xepapadakis, Ammerud .2.0 
 10. Finstad, Tromso2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brage VEJLGAARD
  Nidaros .
  (205-C-97)
  Avg: 3
 1. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .3.0 
 2. Lange, Tromso2.0 
 3. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .2.0 
 4. Yele, Asker Aliens1.5 
 5. Thomas, Kongsberg1.3 
 6. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.1.3 
 7. Clark, Froya Basket1.3 
 8. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.1.0 
 9. Krivokapic, Kongs.1.0 
 10. Solem, Baerum B.0.8 


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

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

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

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

Froya Basket - Ammerud Bskt 83-67

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


Fyllingen BBK - Baerum Basket 87-85

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


Gimle BBK - Baerum Basket 92-68

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


Kongsberg - Asker Aliens 76-89

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





Fivelstad number one in Norway for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Guard Magne Fivelstad (198-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Gimle BBK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Baerum Basket (#10, 0-4) with 24-point margin 92-68. Thanks to this victory Gimle BBK moved-up to the 5th position in Norwegian BLNO. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Gimle BBK will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Fivelstad has many years of experience at Gimle BBK, through which he has constantly improved. Former Barry University star has very solid stats this year. Fivelstad is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.3rpg) and averages impressive 53.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Gimle BBK's star - 24-year old American Lorenzo Cugini (198-F-93). Cugini had a very good evening with 34 points and 7 rebounds. Of course together with Fivelstad he helped Gimle BBK with another comfortable win outscoring Baerum Basket (0-4) 92-68. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Cugini is a newcomer at Gimle BBK, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.7ppg (#3). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was British center Morakinyo Williams (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) of Ammerud Bskt (#7). Williams scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Williams' great performance Ammerud Bskt lost 67-83 to Froya Basket (#4, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ammerud Bskt not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Williams could try to bring Ammerud Bskt's a little bit higher in the standings. Williams has individually a great season in Norway. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ali Ouakkaha (187-G-90) of Gimle BBK - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Stian Mjos (183-G-89) of Baerum Basket - 41 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Roy Nwachukwu (196-F-90) of Ammerud Bskt - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nikola Blatancic (192-F-94) of Fyllingen BBK - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ognjen Nisavic (195-G-92) of Fyllingen BBK - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nikolas Skouen (190-G-90) of Froya Basket - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Joshua Hart (194-G-90) of Asker Aliens - 28 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)



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Gyno Pomare inks with Osaka in Japan - by Robert OConnell

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

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

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




Anell Alexis is playing in Germany again - by Robert OConnell

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

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

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



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.31.6 
 2. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 4. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 5. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 6. Durham, Meralco .26.1 
 7. Hill, Star Hotshots26.0 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.23.8 
 9. Bullock, Rain o.23.3 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Durham, Meralco .19.8 
 2. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 3. Fuller, NLEX R.17.7 
 4. Walker, Blackwater16.8 
 5. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 7. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.6 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.6 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.11.6 
 10. Abueva, Alaska Aces10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Durham, Meralco .7.0 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Thompson, B.Gin.6.1 
 4. Castro-W., TNT K.5.5 
 5. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.4 
 6. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .5.1 
 8. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.8 
 10. Walker, Blackwater4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 3. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.7 
 4. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 5. Walker, Blackwater1.9 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.7 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.7 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.6 
 10. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 3. Fajardo, SM Be.2.3 
 4. Erram, Blackwater2.1 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 6. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.9 
 7. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.8 
 8. Santos, SM Beermen1.8 
 9. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.6 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

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

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

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

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



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chavaughn LEWIS
  TBV Start
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Lewis, TBV Start26.0 
 2. Watts, Czarni26.0 
 3. Washington, TBV S.25.0 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco21.0 
 5. Almeida, Anwil21.0 
 6. Palyza, GTK G.19.0 
 7. Artis, Czarni19.0 
 8. Delas, Anwil18.0 
 9. Mlynarski, AZS K.18.0 
 10. Mack, PGE Turow18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Piotr SZCZOTKA
  Asseco
  (196-F-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Szczotka, Asseco10.0 
 2. Hajric, Miasto Szkla10.0 
 3. Dragicevic, Stelmet10.0 
 4. Watts, Czarni9.0 
 5. Zamojski, Stelmet9.0 
 6. Wyka, Asseco9.0 
 7. Ponitka, Asseco9.0 
 8. Smigielski, Trefl8.0 
 9. Zack, Trefl8.0 
 10. Leonczyk, Anwil8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kamil LACZYNSKI
  Anwil
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Laczynski, Anwil13.0 
 2. Washington, TBV S.12.0 
 3. Broussard, MKS D.9.0 
 4. Baldwin, AZS K.9.0 
 5. Szubarga, Asseco7.0 
 6. Skibniewski, GTK G.6.0 
 7. Jakobczyk, Miasto S.6.0 
 8. Koszarek, Stelmet5.0 
 9. Sulima, Polski Cukier5.0 
 10. Artis, Czarni5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Diante BALDWIN
  AZS K.
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Baldwin, AZS K.5.0 
 2. Dutkiewicz, TBV S.4.0 
 3. Artis, Czarni4.0 
 4. Lewis, TBV Start3.0 
 5. Snieg, Polski Cukier3.0 
 6. Watts, Czarni3.0 
 7. Broussard, MKS D.3.0 
 8. Gruszecki, Polski C.3.0 
 9. Nowakowski, Anwil3.0 
 10. Dziemba, TBV Start2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Steve ZACK
  Trefl
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zack, Trefl3.0 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.2.0 
 3. Wyka, Asseco2.0 
 4. Leonczyk, Anwil2.0 
 5. Stelmach, Czarni2.0 
 6. Morgan, GTK G.1.0 
 7. Smigielski, Trefl1.0 
 8. Basabe, AZS K.1.0 
 9. Szymanski, TBV S.1.0 
 10. Moore, Stelmet1.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Filip MALGORZACIAK
  GKS T.
  (192-G/F-93)
  Avg: 24
 1. Malgorzaciak, GKS T.24.0 
 2. Hicks, R8 Krakow23.0 
 3. Prostak, Pogon P.21.0 
 4. Zielinski, Pogon P.21.0 
 5. Pabian, Spojnia19.5 
 6. Sadlo, Sokol Lancut19.0 
 7. Dymala, Spojnia19.0 
 8. Chanas, Polonia .19.0 
 9. Niedzwiedzki, Siarka18.0 
 10. Sanny, Nysa Klodzko17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Piotr ZIELINSKI
  Pogon P.
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Zielinski, Pogon P.15.0 
 2. Grod, Enea Astoria14.0 
 3. Szwed, Polfarme.11.0 
 4. Dluski, R8 Krakow10.0 
 5. Wrobel, SKK S.10.0 
 6. Cetnar, Pruszkow9.5 
 7. Metelski, Biofarm .9.0 
 8. Prostak, Pogon P.9.0 
 9. Bodych, Kotwica9.0 
 10. Cechniak, Pruszkow8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Norbert KULON
  GKS Tychy
  (187-PG-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kulon, GKS Tychy7.0 
 2. Zywert, Sokol L.7.0 
 3. Sobczak, Polfarme.6.5 
 4. Kordalski, Prusz.6.5 
 5. Dymala, Spojnia6.0 
 6. Kobel, Polonia Leszno6.0 
 7. Dluski, R8 Krakow5.5 
 8. Gospodarek, Enea A.5.0 
 9. Sirijatowicz, Polonia .5.0 
 10. Halas, GKS Tychy5.0 
Steals Per Game
 January SOBCZAK
  Polfarme.
  (179-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Sobczak, Polfarme.4.5 
 2. Malczyk, R8 Krakow4.0 
 3. Trubacz, Polonia .3.0 
 4. Hybiak, KK Warsz.3.0 
 5. Malecki, Notec I.3.0 
 6. Czujkowski, Spojn.2.5 
 7. Paszkiewicz, Prusz.2.5 
 8. Prostak, Pogon P.2.0 
 9. Spica, Enea Astoria2.0 
 10. Dluski, R8 Krakow2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bartosz WROBEL
  SKK S.
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wrobel, SKK S.2.0 
 2. Rajewicz, SKK S.2.0 
 3. Cechniak, Pruszkow1.5 
 4. Szwed, Polfarme.1.0 
 5. Fenrych, GKS Tychy1.0 
 6. Krakowczyk, Slask W.1.0 
 7. Frackiewicz, Enea A.1.0 
 8. Kliniewski, Nysa K.1.0 
 9. Prostak, Pogon P.1.0 
 10. Kaczmarzyk, Polonia .1.0 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bartlomiej PELCZAR
  Start L.
  (185-G-0)
  Avg: 35
 1. Pelczar, Start L.35.0 
 2. Zagula, Stal SW29.0 
 3. Maj, MCKiS J.26.0 
 4. Kozaczka, Bielsko-.24.0 
 5. Wasowicz, AZS P.24.0 
 6. Podkowinski, MCKiS J.24.0 
 7. Pawlak, Polonia Bytom23.0 
 8. Piotrkowski, AZS A.23.0 
 9. Kaminski, Asseco I.22.0 
 10. Wroblewski, Zubry22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leszek KULCZYNSKI
  Goleniow
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Kulczynski, Goleniow16.0 
 2. Wisniewski, AZS U.13.0 
 3. Bogucki, SMS P.13.0 
 4. Weselak, AZS A.12.0 
 5. Soltysiak, Domino I.11.5 
 6. Kapuscinski, Dziki W.11.0 
 7. Krzywdzinski, Gornik W.11.0 
 8. Bednarczyk, Olsztyn11.0 
 9. Smugala, Pelplin10.5 
 10. Zaczek, Wisla K.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.10.0 
 2. Wasowicz, AZS P.9.0 
 3. Raczek, Sudety8.0 
 4. Banys, Rzeszow8.0 
 5. Sarzalo, Pelplin8.0 
 6. Chmielarz, AZS K.7.0 
 7. Bartnicki, Katy W.7.0 
 8. Baczynski, Polonia .6.0 
 9. Kutta, Slask6.0 
 10. Glapinski, Gornik W.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof WASOWICZ
  AZS P.
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wasowicz, AZS P.7.0 
 2. Zagula, Stal SW6.0 
 3. Zalucki, Cracovia5.0 
 4. Konopatzki, Asseco I.5.0 
 5. Dobrzycki, Gniezno5.0 
 6. Kozlowski, Domino I.5.0 
 7. Plocica, Przemysl5.0 
 8. Golasinski, Gniezno5.0 
 9. Bialdyga, Rybnik5.0 
 10. Daszke, Trefl I.5.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eryk ZIELINKO
  Tur B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zielinko, Tur B.3.0 
 2. Wisniewski, AZS U.3.0 
 3. Minciel, Sudety2.0 
 4. Motylewski, Trefl I.2.0 
 5. Sloniewski, Ostrow M.2.0 
 6. Kulczynski, Goleniow2.0 
 7. Szydlowski, Gniezno2.0 
 8. Bednarczyk, Olsztyn2.0 
 9. Matysek, Start L.2.0 
 10. Kozlowski, Domino I.1.5 


Asseco Gdynia beat Czarni Slupsk - by Greg

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



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  ROMANIA  


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Timba Timosoara inks Mladen Pavlovic - by Greg

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


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

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

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

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

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

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



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  RWANDA  


Patriots begin FIBA-African Zone 5 title bid with big win - by Eurobasket News

RWANDA's Patriots Basketball Club kicked off their quest for a first FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championship title by demolishing Hawusa City of Ethiopia 110-43 on Sunday. The week-long tournament started on Sunday and will run until October 7 at Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda. However, Rwanda's representative in the women's category, APR, lost the opener, 45-57 at the hands of the favourites Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA). Charles Mbazumutima 's team returns to action Monday morning, when they face Don Bosco of Tanzania. Making their third appearance in a row at the East Africa's flagship tournament, Patriots played the game with high energy and Hawasa City were no-march for Henry Mwinuke's side that led 50-28 at half time before sealing a thumping victory with a 60-15 win the second half. The 2016 Rwandan national league champions face Savio from Tanzania in the second game in Monday, starting at 12pm. In the same group (A), title holders City Oilers of Uganda, will take on Hawasa City at 6pm. The tournament has attracted 15 teams; eight in men and seven in the women's category, coming from six countries namely; Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda and hosts Uganda. Egypt and Burundi did not send any representatives.
The men's teams have been drawn in two groups of 4 teams each. Group A includes; defending champions City Oilers of Uganda, Rwanda's Patriots, Savio (Tanzania) and Ethiopia's Hawasa City, while Group B comprises Betway Power (Uganda), KPA (Kenya), ABC from Tanzania and Gonder City of Ethiopia.
The seven women's teams will play against each other on a round-robin basis. The female teams in the competition are APR (Rwanda), Don Bosco (Tanzania), Horseed (Somalia), UCU and KCCA of Uganda and as well as Equity and KPA of Kenya.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SERBIA  


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

Mega Bemax - Cibona 95:88

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



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  SLOVAKIA  


MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno signs rookie Troynell Adams - by Eurobasket News

MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (SBL) inked 27-year old American guard Troynell Adams (193-90). just graduated from Oklahoma City (NAIA).
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Adams' college team won SAC Tournament in 2013. He received also All-SAC 3rd Team award back in 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:

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

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



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  SOUTH AFRICA  


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

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

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

Mpumalanga R. - Egoli Magic 65-86

No shocking result in a game when Magic (4-0) crushed Rhinos (0-4) in Mbombela 86-65 on Sunday. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Soweto P. - NW Eagles 97-63

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


Tshwane S. - Limpopo Pride 65-31

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


NW Eagles - Soweto P. 77-69

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


Egoli Magic - Mpumalanga R. 91-68

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


Limpopo Pride - Tshwane S. 47-73

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





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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Valencia
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 27
 1. Green, Valencia27.0 
 2. Norel, Gipuzkoa GBC24.0 
 3. Heurtel, FC Barce.23.0 
 4. Thomas, Obradoiro21.0 
 5. Blazic, Andorra20.0 
 6. Boungou-Colo, Real B.20.0 
 7. Vezenkov, FC Barce.19.0 
 8. Anosike, Real Betis19.0 
 9. Huertas, Baskonia19.0 
 10. Causeur, Real M.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henk NOREL
  Gipuzkoa GBC
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Norel, Gipuzkoa GBC11.0 
 2. Tobey, Iberosta.10.0 
 3. Olaseni, Fuenlabrada10.0 
 4. Ayon, Real Madrid9.0 
 5. Brooks, Unicaja9.0 
 6. Anosike, Real Betis8.0 
 7. Voigtmann, Basko.8.0 
 8. Pustovyi, Obradoiro8.0 
 9. Diop, Baskonia8.0 
 10. Vezenkov, FC Barce.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas HEURTEL
  FC Barce.
  (189-PG-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. Heurtel, FC Barce.9.0 
 2. Perez, Gipuzkoa GBC9.0 
 3. Mekel, Gran C.7.0 
 4. Granger, Baskonia7.0 
 5. Fernandez, Andorra6.0 
 6. Sabat, Obradoiro6.0 
 7. Bellas, Zaragoza6.0 
 8. Pozas, Obradoiro6.0 
 9. Huertas, Baskonia6.0 
 10. McGrath, Real B.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 David NAVARRO
  Obradoiro
  (189-G/F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Navarro, Obradoiro3.0 
 2. Sastre-Morro, Valen.3.0 
 3. Diaz, Unicaja3.0 
 4. Tumba, UCAM M.3.0 
 5. Huertas, Baskonia3.0 
 6. Hanga, FC Barcelona3.0 
 7. Baez, Gran Canaria3.0 
 8. Heurtel, FC Barce.2.0 
 9. Oleson, UCAM M.2.0 
 10. Blazic, Andorra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  Real Madrid
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ayon, Real Madrid3.0 
 2. Fischer, Gran C.2.0 
 3. Olaseni, Fuenlabrada2.0 
 4. Diop, Baskonia2.0 
 5. Balvin, Gran Canaria2.0 
 6. Eyenga, Fuenlabrada2.0 
 7. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 8. Sekulic, Fuenlabrada1.0 
 9. Seraphin, FC Barce.1.0 
 10. Gailius, Burgos1.0 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Caleb AGADA
  Prat
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 25
 1. Agada, Prat25.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Melilla20.0 
 3. Coggins, CB Clavijo20.0 
 4. Edwards, Araberri19.0 
 5. Trist, Ourense19.0 
 6. Arteaga, Oviedo18.0 
 7. Costa, Manresa18.0 
 8. Jakstas, Caceres18.0 
 9. Uzas, Ourense17.0 
 10. Perez, Oviedo16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Volodymyr GERUN
  FC Barc.
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gerun, FC Barc.14.0 
 2. van-Wijk, Huesca12.0 
 3. Sabonis, Castello11.0 
 4. Ruffin, Palencia11.0 
 5. Cate, Prat11.0 
 6. Yates, CB Clavijo10.0 
 7. Arteaga, Oviedo10.0 
 8. Trias, Manresa9.0 
 9. Ucles, Araberri9.0 
 10. Feliu, Forca Lleida9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fabio SANTANA
  Oviedo
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Santana, Oviedo6.0 
 2. Alvarado, Valladolid6.0 
 3. Almazan, Melilla6.0 
 4. Guerra, Melilla5.0 
 5. Wintering, Araberri5.0 
 6. Grimau, Palencia4.0 
 7. Rubio, Breogan4.0 
 8. Bivia, Palma4.0 
 9. Motos, Huesca4.0 
 10. Hermet, Forca L.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Caleb AGADA
  Prat
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Agada, Prat5.0 
 2. Djukanovic, Forca L.4.0 
 3. Lundberg, Manresa3.0 
 4. Martinez, FC Barc.3.0 
 5. Costa, Palma3.0 
 6. Dee, Araberri3.0 
 7. Parejo, Caceres2.0 
 8. Rubio, Breogan2.0 
 9. Ruffin, Palencia2.0 
 10. Diaz, Breogan2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Massine FALL
  Melilla
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fall, Melilla3.0 
 2. Mugica, Manresa2.0 
 3. Sakho, Manresa2.0 
 4. Lofberg, Breogan2.0 
 5. Gatell, Castello2.0 
 6. Marti, Forca Lleida2.0 
 7. Gerun, FC Barc.1.0 
 8. Olivier, Caceres1.0 
 9. Balamou, CB Cl.1.0 
 10. Orlov, Ourense1.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  Lucen.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 34
 1. Outerbridge, Lucen.34.0 
 2. Matagrano, Myrtia27.0 
 3. Gonzalez, Fundacio.26.0 
 4. Covington, Albacete26.0 
 5. Barros, Cambados25.0 
 6. Almazan, Granada19.0 
 7. Cameron, Moron19.0 
 8. Saunders, Cambados18.0 
 9. Jimenez, Moron18.0 
 10. Conde, Moron17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karamo JAWARA
  Cambados
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 11
 1. Jawara, Cambados11.0 
 2. Garcia, L''Hospit.11.0 
 3. De-Santana, Avila11.0 
 4. Smith, Agustino.10.0 
 5. Almazan, Granada9.0 
 6. Chagoyen, Moron9.0 
 7. Don, Myrtia9.0 
 8. Estevez, Cambados8.0 
 9. Nakidjim, La Roda8.0 
 10. Niang, Moron8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Manuel RODRIGUEZ
  Granada
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rodriguez, Granada6.0 
 2. Noguerol, La Roda6.0 
 3. Cobos, Granada6.0 
 4. Herrero, Real Canoe5.0 
 5. Sanz, Agustino.5.0 
 6. Marin, Albacete5.0 
 7. Fernandez, La Roda5.0 
 8. Barros, Cambados4.0 
 9. Norris, Agustino.4.0 
 10. Ballespin, Avila4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander BAK
  Avila
  (193-G/F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bak, Avila4.0 
 2. Obiekwe, Lucentum4.0 
 3. Jasen, Myrtia3.0 
 4. Medina, Agustino.3.0 
 5. Cobos, Granada3.0 
 6. Noguerol, La Roda3.0 
 7. Ballesta, Myrtia3.0 
 8. Covington, Albacete3.0 
 9. Marin, Albacete3.0 
 10. Gelazonia, L''Hospit.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmed KHALAF
  Martorell
  (206-F/C-99)
  Avg: 4
 1. Khalaf, Martorell4.0 
 2. Nakidjim, La Roda4.0 
 3. Galan, Plasencia2.0 
 4. Outerbridge, Lucen.2.0 
 5. Bitjaa-Kody, L''Hospit.2.0 
 6. De-Santana, Avila2.0 
 7. Kavas, Agustino.1.0 
 8. Poyatos, Cambados1.0 
 9. Garcia, L''Hospit.1.0 
 10. Rodriguez, L''Hospit.1.0 


Heurtel's 23 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team FC Barcelona and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 23 points adding nine assists for FC Barcelona in his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#12, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 87-82. Thanks to this victory FC Barcelona moved-up to the 1st position in Spanish league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and FC Barcelona 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 Heurtel had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be FC Barcelona's top player in his first season with the team. Heurtel has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.0ppg) and averages solid 70.0% FGP and 100.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Henk Norel (213-C-87) of Gipuzkoa GBC. He is Dutch center in his first season at Gipuzkoa GBC. In the last game Norel recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Gipuzkoa GBC lost that game 76-84 to Gran Canaria (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. Norel is a newcomer at Gipuzkoa GBC and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.0ppg (#2). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Erick Green (190-PG-91) of Valencia (#8). Green scored 27 points. He was a key player of Valencia, leading his team to a 90-80 win against Real Betis (#15, 0-1). Valencia 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. Green also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Green as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Matt Thomas (196-G-94) of Obradoiro - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of Burgos - 13 points and 7 rebounds
7. Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) of Iberostar Tener. - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mike Tobey (213-C-94) of Iberostar Tener. - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91) of Real Betis - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83) of Baskonia - 19 points, 5 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)



Real Madrid lands Chasson Randle - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Chasson Randle (187-82kg-93, college: Stanford). He was about to sign at New York Knicks in the NBA. The last season Randle played at another team Knicks in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 20 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements he won Czech Republic League championship title in 2016. Randle received also Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team award in 2016.
He represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. Randle's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP-1 (73.9%), 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 50.0%.
Randle has played also professionally in NBA (Phi.76ers), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and NBA G League (Delaware 87ers).
He attended Stanford University until 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

Real Madrid - Andorra 94-88

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


Burgos - Iberostar Tener. 65-81

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


UCAM Murcia - Unicaja 64-74

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


Real Betis - Valencia 80-90

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


Gran Canaria - Gipuzkoa GBC 84-76

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


Obradoiro - Zaragoza 80-74

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


Fuenlabrada - RETAbet BB 82-68

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


FC Barcelona - Baskonia 87-82

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





Zachow re-signs at Gijon - by Eurobasket News

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

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  SWEDEN  

BasketEttan standings

Points Per Game
 Mustafa DIBBA
  Nacka Basket
  (186-G/F-95)
  Avg: 36
 1. Dibba, Nacka Basket36.0 
 2. Gronhage, Bankeryd31.0 
 3. Rasmussen, Helsingb.30.0 
 4. Sakariya, Huddinge29.0 
 5. Yigzaw, KFUM C.27.0 
 6. Schultz, Orebro23.0 
 7. Eriksson, Bankeryd22.0 
 8. Johansson, Brahe B.22.0 
 9. Sundkvist, Brahe B.22.0 
 10. Hedstrom, KFUM C.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 William SKAGIUS
  Sundsvall
  (201-C/F-96)
  Avg: 14
 1. Skagius, Sundsvall14.0 
 2. Elfving, Sundsvall12.0 
 3. Dibba, Nacka Basket12.0 
 4. Robinson, Bankeryd11.0 
 5. Johansson, Brahe B.11.0 
 6. Schultz, Orebro10.0 
 7. Gronhage, Bankeryd10.0 
 8. Andersson, Helsingb.10.0 
 9. Aronsson, Eskil.9.0 
 10. Joelsson, Helsingborg9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nils HEDSTROM
  KFUM C.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Hedstrom, KFUM C.8.0 
 2. Otgonbaatar, Huddi.6.0 
 3. Musie, Nacka B.6.0 
 4. Lightner, KFUM F.6.0 
 5. Mirianidis, Eskil.6.0 
 6. Panghulan, KFUM F.6.0 
 7. Koprucu, Sundsvall5.5 
 8. Johansson, Jamtland.5.0 
 9. Tjernberg, Norrort5.0 
 10. Robinson, Bankeryd5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Simon TEWELDE
  Akropol
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Tewelde, Akropol7.0 
 2. Gronhage, Bankeryd4.0 
 3. Tandberg-W., Jamtland.4.0 
 4. Panghulan, KFUM F.4.0 
 5. Dibba, Nacka Basket3.0 
 6. Hedstrom, KFUM C.3.0 
 7. Eriksson, Bankeryd3.0 
 8. Andersson, Helsingb.3.0 
 9. Bymnet, KFUM C.3.0 
 10. Otgonbaatar, Huddi.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hugh ROBINSON
  Bankeryd
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Robinson, Bankeryd4.0 
 2. Joelsson, Helsingborg3.0 
 3. Dibba, Akropol2.0 
 4. Dibba, Nacka Basket2.0 
 5. Lightner, KFUM F.2.0 
 6. Wiberg, BG Lulea2.0 
 7. Skagius, Sundsvall1.5 
 8. Elfving, Sundsvall1.5 
 9. Fraser, Nacka B.1.0 
 10. Silveira-O., KFUM B.1.0 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Arkadikos sign Christian Koutras - by Chris Mammides

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

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  SWITZERLAND  

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 R.J. PRICE
  Winterthur
  (180-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Price, Winterthur26.0 
 2. Brown, Boncourt25.0 
 3. Roberson, Massagno22.0 
 4. Burnatowski, Fribo.21.0 
 5. Addison, Geneve L.21.0 
 6. Parker, Neuchatel20.0 
 7. Humphrey, Monthey19.0 
 8. Carey, Lugano T.19.0 
 9. Padgett, Lugano T.19.0 
 10. Ramseier, Neuch.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja CALASAN
  Starwings
  (204-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Calasan, Starwings12.0 
 2. Thompson, Swiss C.11.0 
 3. Humphrey, Monthey11.0 
 4. Downey, Winterthur11.0 
 5. Williamson, Neuchatel10.0 
 6. Toure, Fribourg9.0 
 7. Katenda, Lakers9.0 
 8. Padgett, Lugano T.9.0 
 9. Moore, Massagno9.0 
 10. Danys, Boncourt8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Justin ROBERSON
  Massagno
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Roberson, Massagno7.0 
 2. Babic, Starwings7.0 
 3. Rambo, Lugano T.7.0 
 4. Hess, Starwings7.0 
 5. Timberlake, Fribourg6.0 
 6. Louissaint, Lakers5.0 
 7. Kostic, Starwings4.0 
 8. Williamson, Neuchatel4.0 
 9. Zivanovic, Lakers4.0 
 10. Pluess, Swiss Central4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan ZIVANOVIC
  Lakers
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Zivanovic, Lakers5.0 
 2. Wade, Pully4.0 
 3. Medford, Geneve L.4.0 
 4. Louissaint, Lakers4.0 
 5. Colon, Neuchatel3.0 
 6. Katnic, Monthey3.0 
 7. Moore, Massagno3.0 
 8. Mladjan, Geneve L.2.0 
 9. Roberson, Massagno2.0 
 10. Burnatowski, Fribo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mansour KASSE
  Lakers
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kasse, Lakers3.0 
 2. Louissaint, Lakers2.0 
 3. Lehmann, Swiss C.2.0 
 4. Henry, Monthey1.0 
 5. Mussongo, Lugano T.1.0 
 6. Cleare, Pully1.0 
 7. Toure, Fribourg1.0 
 8. Elliott, Geneve Lions1.0 
 9. Williams, Boncourt1.0 
 10. Hess, Starwings1.0 



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  TUNISIA  


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

The Regular Season in Division I just started.

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

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

Group A
C Africain - US Ansar 65-49

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of US Ansar (0-1) in Tunis on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Club Africain (1-0) 65-49. Club Africain are looking forward to face DSG (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. US Ansar will play against ESG (#6) in Goulette and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 581076


ES Rades - ESG 76-54

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


Group B
Stade Nabeulien - JS Manazeh 57-66

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


US Monastir - ES Sahel 82-68

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


AS Hammamet - Ezzahra 67-82

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





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  TURKEY  

TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Morris CURRY
  TED K.
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 26
 1. Curry, TED K.26.0 
 2. Ivanov, Petkim23.0 
 3. Gizir, TED K.23.0 
 4. Holmes, Akhisar Bld22.0 
 5. Atkins, Bakirkoy22.0 
 6. Sykes, Ankara DSI22.0 
 7. Hagins, Afyon21.0 
 8. Jefferson, Bahce.20.0 
 9. Borovnjak, Bursa.20.0 
 10. Randle, Bahcesehir20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikael HOPKINS
  Yalova Bld
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 14
 1. Hopkins, Yalova Bld14.0 
 2. Tekin, Istanbulspor13.0 
 3. Rey, Ankara DSI13.0