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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  


Wilson will play in Georgia Gwizzlies - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies are pleased to announce that versatile seven-footer Ralph Wilson (7'0''-C, college: Ft.Valley St.) will be the team starting center. Former Fort Valley State University player was invited on Gwizzlies 2016 Jump Ten Tournament in Shanghai China. "Let me say,or state this fact" says Embry Malone . "The last 7/0 footer to suit up for Gwizzlies got drafted by the NBA G-League" says Malone. Wilson haven't played one quarter for Gwizzlies and teams has already forwarded his name to NBA Atlanta Hawks, and they have forwarded his name to their G-League team.



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Cibona inks an open contract with Marko Tomas - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona shook up its backcourt by signing Croatian National team member Marko Tomas (201-G-85) on an open contract.
Tomas arrives from city rival Cedevita, where he averaged 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22 Adriatic League games last season, 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 8 Eurocup games and 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 16 Croatian A1 League games, helped Cedevita to win Croatian Championship and Cup titles.
Tomas grew up with Radnik Krizevci and has already played for Zagreb from 1999 through 2005 before moving to Spain to play for Real Madrid and Funlabrada on loan. In the summer 2009, Tomas returned to Croatia and joined Cibona for one season. The following season 2010-11 he moved to the Turkey giant Fenerbahce Ulker for the two seasons. He then left for Cedevita, spending three seasons there between 2012 and 2015, before returning to Turkey with TED Kolejliler Ankara 2015-16.
Tomas spent the summer representing the Croatian national team at the 2017 European Championship, averaging 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in four games.



Krka adds Dino Cinac - by Zeljko Zule

With few day to go unitil the start of the Sloveina League and ABA 2 League season, Krka inked Croatian Dino Cinac (201-F-88) on a one-year contract.
Cinac arrives from KFUM Jamtland, where he averaged 16.0 points (ranked fifth), 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 28 Sweden Basketligan games last season.
Cinac has already played for Sanac Karlovac, Kraljevica, Kvarner 2010, Jolly JBS Sibenik and Zagreb in his native Croatia.




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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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Thomas Heurtel wins MVP of ACB Round 1 - by David Pick

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.



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Atenas
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 23
 1. Sims, Atenas23.0 
 2. Johnson, GECR I.22.0 
 3. Tucker, San Lorenzo20.7 
 4. Keenan, San M.20.7 
 5. Fjellerup, Weber B.20.5 
 6. Vega, Quimsa20.0 
 7. Austin, Hispano .20.0 
 8. Davis, Instituto19.7 
 9. Moore, Comunica.19.7 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.19.5 
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. Francis, Quimsa10.0 
 7. Fierro, Boca Jrs9.7 
 8. Basualdo, Quilm.9.3 
 9. Vega, Quimsa9.0 
 10. Espinoza, Salta B.8.5 
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. Ciorciari, Hispano .5.0 
 8. Barrera, GECR I.5.0 
 9. Paletta, Hispano .5.0 
 10. Byro, Hispano Am.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. De-l., Quimsa2.5 
 5. Ciorciari, Hispano .2.5 
 6. Tabarez, Hispano .2.5 
 7. Jasen, Weber Bahia2.5 
 8. Johnson, GECR I.2.5 
 9. Elsener, La Union2.3 
 10. Garcia, Argentino2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.5 
 2. Francis, Quimsa2.5 
 3. Acuna, Quimsa2.0 
 4. Kent, Argentino1.7 
 5. Crawford, La Union1.7 
 6. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Meyinsse, Atenas1.5 
 8. Tabarez, Hispano .1.5 
 9. Bortolin, Argentino1.3 
 10. Kemp, Obras Basket1.0 


LigaA Round 3: Salta Basket lose to Instituto - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 3 most important game was a defeat of Salta Basket (2-2). They were defeated by Instituto (2-1) 83-76 on Sunday night. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 16-6. But Salta Basket won third quarter 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Instituto dominated on the defensive end, holding Salta Basket to just 6 points in first quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Salta Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Santiago Scala (186-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) helped adding 12 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89) with 20 points and 9 assists. Salta Basket's coach Ricardo De Cecco rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Salta Basket will play next round against strong Quimsa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Instituto will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Quimsa smashed Atenas in Santiado del Estero 110-72. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Juan Brussino accounted for 16 points and 6 assists. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) came up with 20 points and 6 assists for Atenas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Atenas will play next round against Olimpico de La Banda trying to get back on the winning streak. Quimsa will try to continue on its current victory against Salta Basket on the road.
Salta Basket (2-2) recorded a loss in Cordoba on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Atenas (1-2) 96-79. The best player for the winners was Nicolas Romano who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Pablo Espinoza who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atenas will meet Olimpico de La Banda (#5) on the road in the next round. Salta Basket will play against Quimsa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Regatas Corrientes (#3) beat Comunicaciones 83-70 on the road. It was a good game for Paolo Quinteros who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be Estudiantes C. (#5) in Concordia.
Important game to mention about took place in Concordia. Regatas Corrientes (2-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Estudiantes C. (1-3) 76-74 on Friday evening. It was a great evening for Leemire Goldwire who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points. Estudiantes C.'s coach Lucas Victoriano tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Regatas Corrientes will have a break next round. Estudiantes C. will play again on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#2) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3:
In Group A San Martin C. won against La Union on the opponent's court 86-77. Estudiantes C. outscored Comunicaciones in a home game 97-75.
In Group C Ferrocarril managed to beat Hispano Am. on the road 97-86. Obras Basket defeated Boca Jrs on its own court 79-64. Winless Boca Jrs lost to undefeated San Lorenzo in Almagra 62-97.
In Group D Quilmes MP won against Penarol at home 88-73. Argentino unfortunately lost to Quilmes MP on the opponent's court 72-79.

Group A
Comunicaciones - Regatas C. 70-83

And what about another game where Regatas Corrientes (#3) beat Comunicaciones 83-70 on the road. Regatas Corrientes had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Comunicaciones helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). International Javier Saiz (206-94) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Fernando Funes (193-83) added 17 points in the effort for Comunicaciones. Five Regatas Corrientes and four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be Estudiantes C. (#5) in Concordia.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 18+7reb+3ast, J.Saiz 15+6reb+1ast, F.Martina 14+6reb, F.Ramirez 12+4reb+2ast, S.Vidal 10+6reb+5ast, A.Harris 7+5reb+3ast
Comunicaciones: F.Funes 17+3ast, J.Moore 13+6reb, A.Lucas 12+4reb+1ast, R.Amoroso 11+11reb+4ast, I.Swann 8+3reb+3ast, G.Essengue 6+1reb
gschID: 574006


Estudiantes C. - Regatas C. 74-76

Important game to mention about took place in Concordia. Regatas Corrientes (2-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Estudiantes C. (1-3) 76-74 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 28-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American point guard Leemire Goldwire (184-85, college: Charlotte, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points. The former international forward Fabian Ramirez (193-90) helped adding 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Leonardo Vildoza (180-94) with 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) scored 13 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Estudiantes C.'s coach Lucas Victoriano tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Regatas Corrientes will have a break next round. Estudiantes C. will play again on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: L.Goldwire 15+4reb+2ast, F.Martina 13+6reb+1ast, A.Harris 13+7reb, F.Ramirez 9+6reb+6ast, S.Vidal 8+4reb+4ast, J.Saiz 8+2reb+2ast
Estudiantes C.: D.Doblas 13+4reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 12+3reb+6ast, A.Smith 9+5reb+1ast, S.Uranga 8+2reb+1ast, R.Mendoza 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 574000


La Union - San Martin C. 77-86

Rather expected game in Formosa where La Union (1-2) was defeated by San Martin Corrientes (3-0) 86-77 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 32-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) helped adding 13 points. San Martin Corrientes' coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Spanish guard Jonathan Maldonado (188-90) scored 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five La Union players scored in double figures. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: J.Keenan 22+5reb+2ast, R.Garcia 17, L.Mainoldi 13+3reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 8+5reb+2ast, J.Wood 7+3reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 7+4reb
La Union: J.Maldonado 20+2reb+2ast, A.Elsener 13+6reb+2ast, C.Crawford 12+10reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 12+2reb+2ast, A.Young 10+7reb+2ast, A.Marin 8
gschID: 574002


Estudiantes C. - Comunicaciones 97-75

There was a small surprise in Concordia where Estudiantes C. (1-3) smashed Comunicaciones (1-2) 97-75 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Estudiantes C. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.1 percent from the field. Estudiantes C. outrebounded Comunicaciones 33-21 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Comunicaciones was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Croatian center Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) with 12 points and 7 assists and swingman Fernando Funes (193-83) scored 19 points. Five Estudiantes C. and four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. 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. Estudiantes C. will face Regatas Corrientes on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: Z.Buljan 21+7reb+2ast, L.Vildoza 15+4ast, R.Mendoza 13+7reb+3ast, M.Bolivar 13+3reb+2ast, E.Dominguez 10+2reb, D.Doblas 10+3reb+2ast
Comunicaciones: F.Funes 19+2reb+1ast, J.Moore 17+1ast, R.Amoroso 15+5reb+1ast, I.Swann 12+3reb+7ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 4+3reb+5ast, F.Vallejos 3+1reb
gschID: 573996


Group B
Quimsa - Atenas 110-72

Quimsa smashed Atenas in Santiado del Estero 110-72. Atenas was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 63-24 second half run of Quimsa. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 36. They outrebounded Atenas 40-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Quimsa shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) accounted for 16 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Five Quimsa players scored in double figures. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) came up with 20 points and 6 assists and the former international Diego Lo-Grippo (198-78) added 15 points respectively for Atenas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Atenas will play next round against Olimpico de La Banda trying to get back on the winning streak. Quimsa will try to continue on its current victory against Salta Basket on the road.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: S.Vega 20+9reb+1ast, N.Gadson 17+4reb+1ast, J.Brussino 16+4reb+6ast, R.Acuna 14+8reb, N.De los Santos 11+2reb+4ast, C.Schattmann 10+2reb+3ast
Atenas: D.Sims 20+3reb+6ast, D.Lo Grippo 15+3reb+3ast, N.Romano 11+1reb, J.Pablo Cantero 8+3reb+2ast, J.Cruz Oberto 5+4reb, L.Lema 5+5reb
gschID: 574007


Instituto - Salta Basket 83-76

Round 3 most important game was a defeat of Salta Basket (2-2). They were defeated by Instituto (2-1) 83-76 on Sunday night. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 16-6. But Salta Basket won third quarter 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Instituto dominated on the defensive end, holding Salta Basket to just 6 points in first quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Salta Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Santiago Scala (186-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) helped adding 12 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89) with 20 points and 9 assists and the former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Salta Basket's coach Ricardo De Cecco rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Salta Basket will play next round against strong Quimsa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Instituto will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Instituto: S.Scala 21+4reb+3ast, F.Pinero 14+5reb+1ast, D.Davis 12+4reb+8ast, M.Gerlero 11+4reb+5ast, C.Amicucci 8+4reb, G.Whelan 7+2reb+2ast
Salta Basket: D.Gerbaudo 20+3reb+9ast, R.Harris 18+5reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 17+6reb+2ast, Q.Brown 10+4reb, A.Zilli 5+5reb, R.Buckner 5+1reb
gschID: 574005


Atenas - Salta Basket 96-79

Salta Basket (2-2) recorded a loss in Cordoba on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Atenas (1-2) 96-79. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 52-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 29 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Atenas and four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atenas will meet Olimpico de La Banda (#5) on the road in the next round. Salta Basket will play against Quimsa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: D.Sims 29+1reb, N.Romano 20+10reb+3ast, J.Meyinsse 13+9reb+2ast, D.Lo Grippo 10+2reb+3ast, J.Pablo Cantero 10+1reb+9ast, L.Lema 8+6reb
Salta Basket: P.Espinoza 15+5reb, R.Harris 15+1reb+2ast, R.Buckner 12+6reb, D.Gerbaudo 11+1reb+5ast, L.Goldenberg 6+2reb+1ast, A.Zilli 6+3reb
gschID: 574001


Group C
Hispano Am. - Ferrocarril 86-97

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Hispano Am.'s (0-2) home loss to Ferrocarril (2-1) 86-97 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-86. Ferrocarril shot 64.0 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 68.4 percentage. Ferrocarril looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Jazwin Cowan (203-83, college: Hampton, agency: DTMones) helped adding 19 points. Cowan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) with 30 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) scored 11 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hispano Am.'s coach Marcelo Richotti let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ferrocarril's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Obras Basket.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: J.Cowan 19+3reb, A.Harper 18+3reb+4ast, M.Cuello 15+4reb, W.Baxley 13+3reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 11+2reb+2ast, K.Hernandez 10+6reb+1ast
Hispano Am.: K.Austin 30+7reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 14+2ast, P.Tabarez 14+2reb, N.Paletta 11+2reb+6ast, P.Blackwell 5+5reb+2ast, D.Ciorciari 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 574003


Obras Basket - Boca Jrs 79-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Obras Basket's (2-1) home victory over Boca Juniors (0-3) 79-64 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Obras Basket. Boca Juniors was better in second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Tomas Zanzottera (191-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Angolan center Joaquim Valdelicio (208-90, college: Hawaii, agency: Duran International) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Obras Basket's coach Carlos Romano used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Obras Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Ferrocarril.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: T.Zanzottera 22+5reb+1ast, J.Valdelicio 17+10reb, M.Kemp 16+7reb+2ast, Q.Campbell 6+5reb, F.Zurbriggen 6+2reb+4ast, S.Spieth 5+3reb+3ast
Boca Jrs: M.Bryan-Amaning 15+1reb+1ast, F.Lampropoulos 14+10reb+3ast, A.Boccia 14+9reb+4ast, L.Perez 6+2reb+4ast, E.Gamboa 5+3reb+2ast, M.Fierro 5+9reb
gschID: 574004


San Lorenzo - Boca Jrs 97-62

There was no surprise in Almagra where Boca Juniors (0-3) was outplayed by San Lorenzo (3-0) 97-62 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. Boca Juniors was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Lorenzo shot 64.2 percent from the field. San Lorenzo outrebounded Boca Juniors 35-22 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) helped adding 17 points and 12 rebounds. Five San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) with 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Mariano Fierro (200-86) scored 10 points and 6 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. San Lorenzo will face Hispano Am. (#4) in Rio Gallegos in the next round. Boca Juniors will play at home against Hispano Am. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: D.Tucker 20+1reb+2ast, M.Mata 19+9reb+3ast, J.Justiz 17+12reb+1ast, G.Deck 13+5reb+5ast, N.Aguirre 10+2reb+8ast, M.Calfani 8+2reb+2ast
Boca Jrs: A.Boccia 18+2reb+5ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 11+1reb, M.Fierro 10+6reb, E.Vassirani 6+2reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 5+3reb+3ast, F.Lampropoulos 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 573997


Group D
Quilmes MP - Penarol 88-73

There was a surprise result in Mar del Plata where Quilmes MP (2-2) won against Penarol (2-1) 88-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Quilmes MP. Penarol was better in third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Penarol was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Nicolas Ferreyra (185-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). International guard Eric Flor (186-93) helped adding 24 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) scored 17 points. Quilmes MP will face GECR Indalo (#3) in Comodoro Rivadavia in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 24+2reb+3ast, N.Ferreyra 23+4reb+6ast, E.Ruiz 14, E.Basabe 9+3reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 7+4reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 4+8reb+2ast
Penarol: N.Gianella 17+3reb+3ast, S.Pettigrew 14+10reb+3ast, K.Cochran 11+5reb+2ast, A.Alloatti 8+2reb, J.Slider 7+1reb, R.Glenn 5+12reb+2ast
gschID: 573999


Quilmes MP - Argentino 79-72

There was a minor upset in Mar del Plata where Argentino (1-2) was defeated by Quilmes MP (2-2) 79-72 on Wednesday. Argentino trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-79 at the end of the game. Quilmes MP looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for international guard Eric Flor (186-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 4 assists. Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) helped adding 15 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St.) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Quilmes MP will face GECR Indalo (#3) in Comodoro Rivadavia in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Argentino will play on the road against Weber Bahia in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 23+4reb+4ast, E.Ruiz 15+3reb+5ast, O.Canton 10+3reb+1ast, M.Maciel 9+1reb+1ast, I.Basualdo 8+11reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 7+5reb+1ast
Argentino: A.Kent 15+6reb+1ast, L.Massarelli 14+5reb+2ast, M.Bortolin 10+6reb, G.Mariani 10+2ast, L.Cequeira 9+5reb+8ast, J.Cangelosi 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 573995





Thomas Heurtel wins MVP of ACB Round 1 - by David Pick

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.



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

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). Campazzo was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the 11th-ranked Andorra (0-1) 94-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points and added 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Real Madrid this season. His team is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Campazzo is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Jonatan Machuca
Jonatan Machuca
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international point guard Jonatan Machuca (182-89, currently plays in Chile). He could not help AB Ancud (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Machuca's very good performance the first-placed AB Ancud (0-2) was defeated 90-75 at home by the leading Las Animas in the Conferencia Sur. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Machuca also added 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. It was his first game for AB Ancud this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Machuca's first year with the team. He played for the Argentinian U18 national team in 2006.

Lisandro Rasio
Lisandro Rasio
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Chile). Rasio contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (0-2) crushing them 102-71 in the Chilean Liga Nacional last Sunday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Los Leones this season. His team is placed first in Conferencia Centro. It's Rasio's first year with the team. Rasio played for the Argentinian U19 national team eight years ago.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #4. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain) led CB Canarias to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Burgos (0-1) 81-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for CB Canarias this season. His team is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Richotti is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in CB Canarias' roster. Richotti has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. He used to play for the Argentinian national team last year.

Lucio Redivo
Lucio Redivo
   #5. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help RETAbet BB (0-1) in their last game. Despite Redivo's good performance RETAbet BB lost 68-82 on the road to the second-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. He was the top scorer with 12 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for RETAbet BB this season. Redivo plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #6. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (0-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 9 points in 18 minutes. It was his first game for UCAM Murcia this season. But UCAM Murcia lost 64-74 on their home court in Murcia to the much higher-ranked (#7) Unicaja Malaga. Delia is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Federico Van Lacke
Federico Van Lacke
   #7. Former international shooting guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gipuzkoa (0-1) in their game against Gran Canaria (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Van Lacke cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Gipuzkoa this season. Gipuzkoa was defeated 84-76 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#3). Van Lacke used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #8. Small forward Carlos Delfino (198-82, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baskonia (0-1) in their game against FC Barcelona (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Delfino recorded only 3 points in 15 minutes. It was his first game for Baskonia this season. Baskonia lost 82-87 in Barcelona to the leading FC Barcelona. Delfino used to play for the Argentinian national team last year.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #9. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) couldn't help Dukes (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Dukes were edged 85-82 in Osijek by the higher-ranked (#9) KK Vrijednosnice. Vay recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Dukes this season. There are only four games left until the end of the Alpe Adria Cup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vay used to play for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #10. Small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (200-84, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Roma S.Azzurra to a victory against the 13th-ranked Capo d'Orlando (0-1) 80-74 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Saturday. He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Roma S.Azzurra this season. His team is placed third in Group D. Caceres is a former U16 international player as fifteen years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Albano Chiarastella (199-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Eurotrend Biella (0-1) to beat Cagliari Academy (1-0). Chiarastella recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Eurotrend Biella this season. The 11th-placed Eurotrend Biella (0-1) was edged 82-79 on the road by the second-ranked Cagliari Academy in the West group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Chiarastella has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Nicholas Wadell (201-F-89, currently plays in Uruguay) led Olimpia to a victory over the closely-ranked Malvin (0-1) 68-60 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Wadell recorded 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Olimpia this season. His team is placed sixth in the LUB. But the season just started, so everything may happen.

   #3. Experienced Franco Migliori (200-F/G-82, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Matera (0-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Matera (#12) was defeated 93-82 at home by the much higher-ranked Perugia (#4) in the Group C. Migliori was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Matera this season. Migliori is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against one of league's weakest teams Virtus Bologna (0-1) 78-74 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. It was his first game for Dolomiti En. TR this season. His team is placed second in the Serie A. Forray has been at the team for seven years. Forray has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Patricio Prato (194-F/G-79, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Imola (11-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Imola (#7) lost 63-76 in Forli to the higher-ranked (#5) Unieuro in the East group. Prato was the second best scorer with 11 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Imola this season. Similarly like Forray and Migliori above Prato also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Chile) couldn't help Universidad Catolica in their game against Puente Alto in the Chilean Liga Nacional. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the top scorer with 21 points. Palacios also added 6 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. It was his first game for Universidad Catolica this season.

   #7. Mario Gigena (198-F-77, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Cecina in their game against Firenze All Foods in the Italian Serie B (third division), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Gigena was the top scorer with 25 points (made all of his six free throws) in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Cecina this season. But his team lost 75-80. Gigena has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Pablo Bertone (193-SG-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Atlantic, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help VL Pesaro in their game against Germani BR in the Italian Serie A. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for VL Pesaro this season. His team was edged 73-70. Bertone holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia in a victory against the 13th-ranked Openjobmetis VA 80-62 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Umana Venezia this season. Similarly like Bertone and Gigena above Cerella has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Dante Richotti (180-PG-85, currently plays in Italy) helped Scauri win their game against the 15th-ranked Palestrina 79-75 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Richotti has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



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

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

Mirko Djeric
Mirko Djeric
   #1. This week's number one is former U22 international guard Mirko Djeric (188-95, currently plays in ABA League). Djeric led his Serbian team Vrsac to a triple overtime (!!!) victory against the closely-ranked KK Primorska 109-106 in the ABA League last Wednesday. He scored 16 points. KK Vrsac Swisslionis placed 18th in the ABA League. Djeric has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 1.7apg, 3FGP: 37.5%. Former Wollongong Hawks starter played for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #2. Second place goes to former U22 international forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Ourense (0-1) in their last game. Despite Trist's very good performance Ourense lost 71-83 on the road to the second-ranked Leche Rio Breogan. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Trist also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Ourense this season; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Trist played for the Australian U22 national team in 2015.

Anatoly Kolesnikov
Anatoly Kolesnikov
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international swingman Anatoly Kolesnikov (201-88, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Asia Champions Cup). He contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Seraeyett (1-3) 69-51 in the Asia Champions Cup in Monday night's game. Kolesnikov recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BK Astana (3-1) is placed first in the Asia Champions Cup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Asia Champions Cup. It's Kolesnikov's sixth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 33.3%. Kolesnikov has a dual citizenship: Australian and Kazakhstan. Former Sydney Kings starter played for the Australian university national team eight years ago.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #4. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in a victory against the closely-ranked Dzukija (1-3) crushing them 78-54 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. He scored 5 points in 18 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (3-1) is placed third in the LKL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Madgen's first year with the team. This season Madgen's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg in four games he played so far. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2014.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #5. Former U18 international center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Nishinomiya Storks in their game against Chiba Jets (2-0) in the Japanese B1 League. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. It was his first game for Nishinomiya Storks this season. The fourth-placed Nishinomiya Storks (0-2) were badly defeated 86-70 in Chiba by the leading Jets in the West group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Vandenberg used to play for the Australian U18 national team nine years ago.

Joel Spear
Joel Spear
   #6. Guard Joel Spear (192-94, college: S.Oregon, currently plays in Norway) led Nidaros Jets to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Centrum (0-3) crushing them 89-62 in the Norwegian BLNO on Sunday night. Spear was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes. Nidaros Jets Trondheim (1-2) is placed eighth in the BLNO. It's Spear's first season with the team. Spear has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.5spg in two games. Spear is a former U18 international player as he played for the Australian team five years ago.

Deng Deng
Deng Deng
   #7. Former U22 international forward Deng Deng (203-92, college: Baylor, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a 3-point UU-Korihait's victory against one of league's weakest teams Tampereen Pyrinto (0-1) 92-89 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Friday night's game. He recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 3 blocks. UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki (1-1) is placed seventh in the Korisliiga. Deng's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0bpg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Joshua Wilcher
Joshua Wilcher
   #8. Point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Itzehoe (0-2) in their last game. Despite Wilcher's very good performance Itzehoe (#11) lost 73-86 in Wolfenbuettel to the higher-ranked (#8) Herzoege in the North group. He was the top scorer with 27 points in 24 minutes. Wilcher has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) led his Croatian team KK Vrijednosnice Osijek to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Dukes (0-1) 85-82 in the Alpe Adria Cup in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Jois recorded 24 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (2-0) is placed ninth in the Alpe Adria Cup. There are only four games left until the end of the Alpe Adria Cup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jois has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg in two games he played so far.

   #2. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Japan). Duinker could not help Kumamoto Vorters (0-2) to beat Akita Happinets (2-0). He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Kumamoto Vorters this season. The sixth-placed Kumamoto Vorters (0-2) were defeated 69-54 on the road by the leading Akita Happinets in the West group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Duinker's first year with the team. Duinker has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #3. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Bristol Acadamy Flyers' victory against one of league's weakest teams Plymouth Raiders (0-1) 87-75 in the British BBL last Saturday. He recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. It was his first game for Bristol Acadamy Flyers this season. His team is placed second in the BBL.

   #4. Nelson Kahler (206-C-94, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Itzehoe (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kahler's good performance Itzehoe (#11) was defeated 86-73 in Wolfenbuettel by the higher-ranked Herzoege (#8) in the North group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Kahler also added 7 rebounds. This season Kahler has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #5. Matt Donlan (201-F, college: Youngstown St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Magia Huesca (0-1) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Donlan recorded only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Magia Huesca this season. Magia Huesca lost 63-67 in Valladolid to the higher-ranked (#9) Blancos de Rueda. Donlan is another player who holds two passports: Australian and British.

   #6. Jordan Rost (196-F-97, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Baerum Basket in their game against Gimle BBK in the Norwegian BLNO. He scored only 4 points. It was his first game for Baerum Basket this season. His team was crushed by 24 points 92-68.



Our Aussie Players in the NBA: 2017/18 Preview - by Eurobasket

The NBA season is just about to get underway and eight players from Oz will be representing Australia in the coming year. It's time to take a look at how they performed last year and what we can expect from them as they get ready to start their next campaign.

Patrick Mills (183-PG-88) of San Antonio Spurs

Mills is coming off the back of a sensational season that saw him rewarded with some career-high numbers. He was a vital cog in San Antonio's playing style and delivered the points when the team needed it. After such a breakthrough season for the point guard, his contract extension became a massive talking point on American television. He eventually re-signed with the Spurs in August on a four-year contract worth $50 million.
The Spurs have a real chance of challenging this season after going down to Golden State in the Conference Finals to end their last campaign. The latest basketball odds have them at +1100 to lift the trophy and Mills will be a pivotal part of their playoffs push.

Joe Ingles (203-SF-87) of Utah Jazz

It was a record breaking season for Ingles as he continued to impress at the Utah Jazz. He twice broke his career-high points per game, first with 20 and then again with 21. He also made 5 three pointers in one game and 11 assists in another. He was instrumental in the playoffs campaign and it's easy to see why the Jazz have got him to put pen to paper on another multi-year contract.

Dante Exum (198-PG-95)

Another Australian playing at the Jazz, Dante Exum is still trying to work his way into a more permanent position. Minutes per game fluctuated significantly through the season, and it's something that the point guard will be looking to improve on this campaign. His undeniable speed is a huge asset to the team and one of the attributes Coach Quin Snyder seems to like about his style of play best.

Benjamin Simmons of Philadelphia 76ers

Basketball fans all over the world are waiting with anticipation to see what the big man can do this term. The 2016/17 number one draft pick was ruled out of the entire season last year and everybody is dying to see him in action. The Philadelphia 76ers have stated that he is fully fit and ready to hit the court; however, some pundits have questioned if he will be game-fit after a year on the sidelines.

Matthew Dellavedova of Milwaukee Bucks

Dellavedova's move to the Milwaukee Bucks last season was a huge leap forward in the point guard's career. His defensive and support play was fantastic and he started the first 30 games of the season before an injury saw him sidelined for much of December and January. After a great first term with the Bucks, it wouldn't be surprising to see him pushing for a starting point guard position in the upcoming year.

Thon Maker (216-F-97) of Milwaukee Bucks

In 2016/17, Maker started to show the potential that has all his teammates and coaches throwing praise at him. He recorded a career-high total of 23 points against the Detroit Pistons including 4 from 3 at three-point range. He is exciting to watch and plays with an intense hustle. He will undoubtedly be a massive part of this young Bucks team in 2017/18.

Andrew Bogut (213-C-84) of Los Angeles Lakers

Last season was another injury plagued disaster for Bogut, as he suffered a broken leg in his first minute of his Cleveland debut. He played a mere 583 minutes of basketball last season, with an underwhelming 79 points. It was still enough to show his unquestionable value to a club though, and he was picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers for 2017/18.

Aron Baynes (208-C-86) of Boston Celtics

Baynes recently signed with the Boston Celtics and will be looking forward to this new chapter in his career. He didn't get a lot of time on the court last season but showed glimpses of brilliance when he did. Against the Phoenix Suns he came on for 18 minutes and finished with 13 points and a staggering 17 rebounds. He is definitely one to watch out for in the




Utah Jazz defeat Sydney Kings 108-84 in first game of NBL-NBA preseason series - by Eurobasket News

THE Utah Jazz started strong, the Sydney Kings fought back, and a game that finished with the expected result had its fun moments. The Jazz completed the 108-84 victory over the NBL side, completing an exciting opener to the NBL vs NBA series that will take place over the next few weeks. Accurate statistics weren't readily available, but NBA.com had Rodney Hood (6'8''-F-92, college: Duke) lead the way with 18 points for the Jazz, while Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. For the Kings, Perry Ellis (6'8''-F-93, college: Kansas) dropped 14 points and five rebounds, while Todd Blanchfield chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds. 'It was a bit different hearing our (Australian) national anthem. It was cool, really good experience, and I'm glad I got to be a part of it,' Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) said after his team's win. 'Everyone played hard, gave it their all. The connectivity we've got from the couple of weeks we've been together is pretty special, and I think it'll only get better and stronger as we go on.' It was a rough first quarter by the Kings, who looked to be overwhelmed by the Jazz's length and athleticism. Derrick Favors opened the game with a strong, two-handed jam, before a turnover led to a Rodney Hood dunk in transition; the Jazz beginning the game on a 7-0 run. A Todd Blanchfield layup got the Kings on the board, but it was the Jazz who were in control for much of the opening period. The Jazz's young guards joined the show toward the end of the first quarter, with rookie, Donovan Mitchell (6'3''-G-96, college: Louisville), hitting a three after being switch onto a big-man, before Dante Exum (6'6''-PG-95) finished a pretty reverse layup to put the Jazz up 26-9. 'I thought they showed a lot of character being down like they were,' Jazz head coach, Quin Snyder , said. 'It was a 20-point game in the first quarter and the game could have done either way. 'I think the score was deceiving in that through the meat of the game they were in the game, shot it well. Entering the second quarter, the Kings' starting line-up managed to get some consecutive points up, on the Jazz's bench. Back-to-back three-pointers from Perry Ellis and Blanchfield capped off an 8-0 Kings run, forcing a Jazz time-out. Both teams went back and forth toward the end of the second quarter. Isaac Humphries (7'1''-C-98, college: Kentucky) finished a pair of buckets around the rim, while Rudy Gobert responded in kind on the other end, completing a series of highlight dunks. The half was capped off by a Gobert jam, coming off some impressive pick-and-roll play from Australia's Joe Ingles. The Jazz led the Kings 58-47 heading into the main break. In what was a trend, of sorts, in the first half, Gobert opened the third quarter with another dunk, again highlighting the athletic advantage of the NBA team. Blanchfield continued his admirable game with a layup, but it was Hood who continued to heat up, scoring five quick points to bring his total up to 20, early in the period. An open Cadee three-pointer was answered by an Exum layup, with the Jazz's leading jumping to 70-56, late in the third period. Donovan Mitchell ended the third with a three-pointer from the Wing, with the Jazz entering the final quarter with a 77-60 lead. Mitchell continued to be aggressive as the final quarter began, helping the Jazz's lead extend to beyond 20 points. It was a battle between the very end of each team's bench to finish the game, with the Jazz winning the fourth quarter to ultimately come away with the 108-83 win. The next game that will see an NBL team go up against an NBA team will tip off on October 8 (October 9, AEST), with Melbourne United going up against Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Next, the Brisbane Bullets and Phoenix Suns will go at it, tipping off on October 13 (October 14, AEST) at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Courtesy of: foxsports.com.au



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

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He led EWE Baskets to a victory against the closely-ranked BG Goettingen (1-1) 93-85 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Mahalbasic recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. It was his first game for EWE Baskets this season. His team is placed fifth in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to Braunschweig's victory against the 11th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (0-1) 81-68 in the German BBL last Friday. Klepeisz recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Braunschweig this season. His team is placed second in the BBL. Klepeisz is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in United Kingdom). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Worcester Wolves (0-1) 88-72 in the British BBL on Friday night. Lanegger recorded 11 points and added 7 assists in 24 minutes. It was his first game for London Lions this season. His team is placed first in the BBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Lanegger is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #4. Forward Sebastian Koch (202-88, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to Kormend's victory against Boras Basket 85-72 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Tuesday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Egis Kormendis placed in the FIBA Europe Cup. It's Koch's first season with the team. This year Koch averages: 4.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Bryce Douvier
Bryce Douvier
   #5. International forward Bryce Douvier (201-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Italy) could not help Remer Treviglio (0-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the 15th-placed Remer Treviglio (0-1) was defeated 73-63 on the road by the much higher-ranked Lighthouse TRP (#5) in the West group. Douvier was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 9 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). It was his first game for Remer Treviglio this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Douvier is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Austrian national team. Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #6. Point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help ratiopharm Ulm in their game against ALBA Berlin (1-0) in the German BBL. He recorded 6 points in only 7 minutes. It was his first game for ratiopharm Ulm this season. ratiopharm Ulm lost 68-72 in Berlin to the leading ALBA. Kramer has been at the team for four years. Despite Kramer played previously for the German U20 national team, he is also a former U16 international player as he played for the Austrian team four years ago.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #7. International point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Burgos in their game against CB Canarias (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Schreiner cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for Burgos this season. Burgos was badly defeated 81-65 at home by the lower-ranked CB Canarias (#4). Schreiner is also Austrian national team player.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #8. Forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid in a victory against the 15th-ranked Magia Huesca (0-1) 67-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He recorded only 3 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Blancos de Rueda this season. His team is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. Hopfgartner plays currently for the Austrian national team.

   #9. Former U16 international guard Philipp Svinger (188-99, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Schwabing (0-2) in their game against Treuchtlingen (2-0) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He scored 7 points in 17 minutes. Schwabing (#14) lost 81-90 on their home court in Schwabing to the second-ranked Treuchtlingen in the South-East group. This year Svinger averages only 4.5ppg in two games he played so far. He used to play for the Austrian U16 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Luka Asceric (201-SG-97, currently plays in France) managed to help Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket in a victory against the league outsider Limoges CSP Elite (0-3) 85-70 in the French ProA last Saturday. Asceric scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (3-0) is placed second in the ProA. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Asceric averages just 1.7ppg in three games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Herzogenaurach's victory against the 12th-ranked Jena II (0-2) 104-86 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 18 points, had 6 boards, passed 9 assists and added 3 steals. TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach (1-1) is placed eighth in South-East group. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his tenth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. Kaiser has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.0spg.



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Vladimir Brckov (ex Strumica) is a newcomer at Tirana - by Mario Divanisov

Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) inked FYR Macedonian national member Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89, agency: BeoBasket). The 28-year old Small forward spent the previous season at KK Strumica (Prva Liga) where he averaged 9.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg in 18 games played. Brckov started the 2015-16 season at KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija where he played in two competitions. He averaged 11.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg in 29 games in Prva Liga, as well as 10.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg in 14 games in the Balkan League.
For the well experienced player who previously played for KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje and KK Feni Industries among other Macedonian clubs this will be his first international season.
The 2 times Macedonian League Champion and Balkan League Champion also has experience in the Macedonian national team in Mediterranean Games in Mersin (2013), European Championships in Slovenia (2013) and European Championships in 2015.




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Regular Season Participants Determined - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre - Tsmoki-Minsk 80-75

Nanterre prevailed against Tsmoki-Minsk at home court to reach Champions League regular season. Tsmoki-Minsk was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of JSF Nanterre, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre had a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: 3Eye) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. American Jamal Shuler (191-86, college: VCU) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Swedish-American guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91, college: Davidson) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Mikita Meshcharakou (201-88, college: Wake Forest) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: A.Aminu 17+8reb, T.Petteway 16+4reb+1ast, J.Shuler 16+4reb+5ast, H.Invernizzi 12+3reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 6+7reb+6ast, E.Murphy 5+5reb+1ast
Tsmoki-Minsk: C.Czerapowicz 16+8reb+2ast, D.Saddler 15+2reb+1ast, M.Meshcharakou 11+6reb+1ast, F.Adamovic 8+1reb+4ast, A.Semianiuk 7+6reb, A.Kudrautsau 7+1reb+6ast
gschID: 580685


Betaland Cdo - Avtodor 92-59

Betaland Capo d'Orlando cruised past Avtodor to enter the regular season. The game was mostly controlled by Betaland Cdo. Avtodor managed to win second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Betaland Cdo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Avtodor's 36. Betaland Cdo forced 19 Avtodor turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. Polish-Italian power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and French Damien Inglis (204-95, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Justin Robinson (173-95, college: Monmouth) with 14 points and his fellow American import forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: J.Wojciechowski 17+6reb, D.Inglis 15+5reb, M.Alibegovic 11+4reb, A.Kulboka 11+1ast, D.Ikovlev 9+6reb+2ast, J.Edwards 9+7reb+2ast
Avtodor: J.Robinson 14+4reb+3ast, C.Clarke 9+5reb+1ast, M.Downs 8+4reb+1ast, M.Sheleketo 8+3reb, I.Hummer 7+2reb, E.Morris 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 580687


Estudiantes - Groningen 77-69

Estudiantes survived an overtime thriller versus Donar Groningen to win on aggregate. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Movil Estudiantes dominated on the defensive end, holding Groningen to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) notched 17 points to lead the effort and Bosnian-Croatian guard Goran Suton (208-85, college: Michigan St.) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Movil Estudiantes' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists by American guard Brandyn Curry (187-91, college: Harvard) did not help to save the game for Groningen. American-Dutch swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: S.Landesberg 17+2reb+3ast, G.Suton 12+7reb+1ast, O.Cook 11+3reb+5ast, A.Brown 11+8reb+1ast, A.Cvetkovic 7+1reb+4ast, N.Caner-Medley 6+10reb
Groningen: B.Curry 15+9reb+9ast, D.Pasalic 13+3reb, J.Dourisseau 11+7reb+2ast, T.Koenis 10+8reb+1ast, S.Cunningham 9+5reb+2ast, S.Domingo 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580683


Brussels - Ludwigsburg 50-75

Ludwigsburg crushed Brussels on the road to complete the sweep of the series. The game without a history. EnBW Ludwigsburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Elgin Cook (198-93, college: Oregon, agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and DR Congolese-Belgian point guard Guy Muya (193-83) added 6 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: D.Evans 14+9reb, E.Cook 13+4reb+1ast, D.McCray 9+1reb, F.Koch 9+1reb+2ast, J.Thiemann 8+2reb+1ast, T.Walkup 6+4reb+3ast
Brussels: J.Simmons 13+9reb, K.Harrell 7+1ast, M.Depuydt 7+2reb, G.Muya 6+3reb+3ast, A.Lichodzijewski 6+2reb+1ast, D.Loubry 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 580686


Telekom Bsk - Kataja Basket 85-81

Telekom Baskets held off Kataja to sweep the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Joensuun Kataja won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Telekom Baskets won last quarter 23-21. The best player for the winners was Cuban-German swingman Yorman-Polas Bartolo (192-85) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Alex Marzette (196-93, college: Robert Morris, agency: Inception Sports) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: T.DiLeo 15+4reb, J.Mayo 14+1reb+2ast, K.Klein 13+2reb+3ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 13+8reb+1ast, J.Gamble 12+5reb+2ast, M.Breunig 8+6reb+4ast
Kataja Basket: D.Pitts 18+7reb+5ast, A.Marzette 18+5reb+1ast, M.Hezekiah 14+4reb+1ast, W.Saunders 8+6reb, D.Bejarano 8+3reb, V.Makalainen 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 580682


Pinar Karsiyaka - Alba 81-72

Pinar Karsiyaka overcame 2-point deficit from the opening leg to beat Alba Fehervar. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American-Hungarian power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard DJ Fenner (198-93, college: Nevada) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kasey Hill (185-93, college: Florida) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pinar Karsiyaka: J.Jones 27+11reb+3ast, D.Kennedy 13+8reb+5ast, S.Wood 13+3reb+3ast, D.Waters 10+9reb+5ast, G.Erdi Gulaslan 9+3reb, B.Ugurlu 5+3reb+1ast
Alba: K.Hill 17+3reb+4ast, L.Markovic 16+4reb+2ast, D.Fenner 15+10reb+3ast, A.Keller 11+8reb, A.Harris 7+8reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580681


Rosa - Antwerp 83-70

Rosa Radom celebrated a 13-point victory over Antwerp and paved their way into the regular season. It looked good early as Antwerp Giants took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rosa had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Antwerp Giants were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-83. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Czech Patrik Auda (206-89, college: Seton Hall, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Rosa players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Dave Dudzinski (206-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Antwerp Giants' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Rosa: M.Sokolowski 18+4reb+5ast, P.Auda 18+5reb, K.Punter 17+3reb+3ast, M.Piechowicz 11+7reb+2ast, I.Zaytsev 8+6reb+3ast, D.Szymkiewicz 3+5reb+2ast
Antwerp: J.Clark 17+3reb+4ast, D.Dudzinski 14+7reb+3ast, T.Kalinoski 12+4reb, H.Vanwijn 8+11reb+1ast, P.Lee 5+4reb+3ast, I.Bako 4+1reb
gschID: 580684


Juventus - Lukoil Acad. 86-79

Juventus handed the second defeat to Lukoil and secured their regular season berth. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-14. But Lukoil Acad. won second period 14-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Acad. was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Anthony Ireland (175-91, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. Center Karolis Guscikas (205-92, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: 011 Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Juventus and five Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. Lukoil Acad.'s coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Juventus: A.Ireland 21+3reb+10ast, K.Guscikas 16+10reb+1ast, A.Siksnius 15+5reb+1ast, S.Buterlevicius 11+5reb+4ast, L.Samenas 9+1reb+1ast, L.Dendy 8+10reb
Lukoil Acad.: K.Clanton 16+10reb+2ast, D.Pepper 14+2reb, H.Nikolov 14+7reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 12+2reb+5ast, A.Raffa 11+2reb+6ast, B.Avramov 6+4reb+5ast
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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. Badji, Kangoeroes16.0 
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. Thomas, Spirou7.0 
 9. Peterson, Brussels7.0 
 10. Desiron, Limburg .7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Seth TUTTLE
  Spirou
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Tuttle, Spirou7.0 
 2. Rahon, Limburg .7.0 
 3. Larson, Liege6.5 
 4. Monaghan, Limburg .6.0 
 5. Thomas, Spirou5.0 
 6. Jones, Mons-Hai.5.0 
 7. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut5.0 
 8. Mukubu, Limburg .5.0 
 9. McNeaill, Kangoeroes4.0 
 10. Loubry, Brussels4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Seth TUTTLE
  Spirou
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tuttle, Spirou3.0 
 2. Thomas, Spirou3.0 
 3. McNeaill, Kangoeroes3.0 
 4. Gibbs, Spirou3.0 
 5. Myers, Oostende2.5 
 6. Harrell, Brussels2.0 
 7. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.2.0 
 8. Unruh, Limburg .2.0 
 9. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.2.0 
 10. Simmons, Brussels2.0 
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. Maesen, Houthalen19.8 
 3. Perez, Melsele19.8 
 4. Van de Broek, Oxaco19.0 
 5. Goetgeluck, Soba19.0 
 6. Gorremans, Soba18.5 
 7. Buysse, Gistel O.17.7 
 8. Vermoessen, Gent H.17.3 
 9. Fassotte, Ninane16.8 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem16.6 
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. Van de Broek, Oxaco7.5 
 8. Kohajda, Royal B.7.5 
 9. Fusek, Spirou B7.4 
 10. Van-Hoey, Oxaco7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Celis, Oxaco7.0 
 2. Van-d., Melsele3.8 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.8 
 4. De-Vreught, Gistel O.3.8 
 5. Fassotte, Ninane3.8 
 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. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.5 
 5. Van-d., Melsele2.5 
 6. Collette, Ninane2.5 
 7. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 8. Van de Broek, Oxaco2.0 
 9. Van-Aken, Gembo B.1.8 
 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. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 3. Marion, Royal B.1.0 
 4. Vermoessen, Gent H.0.8 
 5. Billot, Neufchateau0.8 
 6. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.8 
 7. Tuluka-M., Royal B.0.7 
 8. Enobakhare, Royal B.0.7 
 9. Moray, Ninane0.7 
 10. Delplancq, Gistel O.0.7 


Euromillions League Round 2: Limburg United lose to Okapi Aalstar - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Limburg United (0-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Okapi Aalstar (2-0) 76-75. Okapi Aalstar looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) scored 16 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Okapi Aalstar's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Jordan Heath (208-91, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Okapi Aalstar is looking forward to face Antwerp Giants (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Limburg United will play against Basic-Fit Brussels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Oostende (2-0) crushed at home Leuven Bears (0-2) by 22 points 82-60, which is the biggest margin this round. American forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Tonye Jekiri supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Even 17 points by Canadian-Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) did not help to save the game for Leuven Bears. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende will play against Kangoeroes (#3) in Willebroek in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Leuven Bears will play at home against Liege Basket (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 bottom-ranked Mons-Hainaut won against Liege on the opponent's court 102-94.

Oostende - Leuven 82-60

Oostende (2-0) crushed at home Leuven Bears (0-2) by 22 points 82-60, which is the biggest margin this round. Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Leuven Bears' 26. American forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Nigerian center Tonye Jekiri (213-94, college: Miami, FL) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Oostende players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by Canadian-Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) did not help to save the game for Leuven Bears. Maxime Gaudoux (200-90) added 11 points and 6 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. Oostende will play against Kangoeroes (#3) in Willebroek in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Leuven Bears will play at home against Liege Basket (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: E.Zabas 17+4reb+2ast, M.Gaudoux 11+6reb, J.van Zegeren 10+4reb, F.Robinson 6+5reb+2ast, R.Camphor 6+1reb+2ast, F.Alihodzic 6+3reb
Oostende: M.Myers 17+8reb, T.Jekiri 12+5reb, C.Fieler 10+3reb+1ast, E.Lasisi 10+4reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 7+1reb+3ast, J.Salumu 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 568522


Liege - Mons-Hainaut 94-102

But Liege Basket was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Jemappes 102-94. Belfius Mons-Hainaut made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Belfius Mons-Hainaut especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Liege Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Juvonte Reddic (206-92, college: VCU) notched 23 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Matt Tiby (203-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach Daniel Goethals allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 26 points and 6 assists by American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) did not help to save the game for Liege Basket. Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports) added 21 points for the hosts. Five Belfius Mons-Hainaut and four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Spirou Charleroi (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liege Basket will play against Leuven Bears (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: T.Larson 26+2reb+6ast, M.Bojovic 21+3reb+1ast, J.Cebasek 15+4reb+2ast, T.Deroover 12+3reb+1ast, C.Montgomery 9+8reb, L.Hazard 5+3reb+1ast
Mons-Hainaut: J.Reddic 23+3reb+1ast, G.Green 16+3reb, T.Demps 15+1reb+1ast, C.Jones 13+4reb+5ast, M.Tiby 13+9reb+1ast, I.Lasisi 12+3reb+4ast
gschID: 568519


Limburg United - Aalstar 75-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Limburg United (0-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Okapi Aalstar (2-0) 76-75. Okapi Aalstar looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) scored 16 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Okapi Aalstar's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Jordan Heath (208-91, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Yannick Desiron (208-92) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar is looking forward to face Antwerp Giants (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Limburg United will play against Basic-Fit Brussels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: Y.Desiron 18+7reb+2ast, T.Unruh 17+4reb+3ast, J.Heath 16+11reb+1ast, Z.Monaghan 14+2reb+6ast, C.Dixon 6+3reb, W.Boss Mukubu 4+4reb+5ast
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 16+3reb+2ast, V.Taylor 16+1reb+6ast, J.Tofi 12+5reb+4ast, B.Amis 10+8reb, W.Channels 6+3reb+1ast, A.Chrabascz 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 568520





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

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

Sam Van-Rossom
Sam Van-Rossom
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sam Van-Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory against the 15th-ranked Real Betis (0-1) 90-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Van-Rossom recorded 12 points in 20 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Valencia Basket this season. His team is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Van-Rossom's fifth year with the team. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Khalid Boukichou
Khalid Boukichou
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: Two Points, currently plays in France). Boukichou was the major contributor in Pau-Lacq-Orthez's victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (2-0) 89-75 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-1) is placed seventh in the ProA. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Boukichou's first year with the team. This season Boukichou averages: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 61.5%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Moroccan and Belgian. Ex-Kon. BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). De Zeeuw managed to help EWE Baskets Oldenburg in a victory against the closely-ranked BG Goettingen (1-1) 93-85 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. It was his first game for EWE Baskets this season. His team is placed fifth in the BBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Germany) could not help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost 69-82 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#7) Mitteldeutscher BC. Obasohan recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Oettinger Rockets Gotha this season. Obasohan is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. He is also Belgian national team player.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #5. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help RETAbet BB in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Tabu recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. It was his first game for RETAbet BB this season. RETAbet BB was defeated 82-68 in Madrid by the second-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Tabu has both Belgian and Congolese nationalities. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #6. Guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-0) in their game against JDA Dijon (0-3) in the French ProA. Serron scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 33 minutes. But Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 70-80 in Dijon to the much lower-ranked (#16) JDA Dijon. This year Serron's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #7. International power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (0-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Tumba cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for UCAM Murcia this season. UCAM Murcia was defeated 74-64 at home by the much higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#7). Tumba is also Belgian national team player.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #8. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hervelle couldn't help RETAbet BB (0-1) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-0). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Hervelle recorded only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for RETAbet BB this season. RETAbet BB lost 68-82 in Madrid to the second-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Hervelle has been at the team for eight years. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
   #9. International forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chalon/Saor (0-3) in their game against Paris-Levallois (1-2) in the French ProA. Gillet cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Chalon/Saor was edged 79-77 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#14). So far Chalon/Saor lost all three games in the Regular Season. Gillet's total stats this season are: 1.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the Belgian national team.

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

   #1. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boncourt (0-1) 89-70 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Dubas recorded 14 points. It was his first game for Monthey this season. His team is placed fifth in the LNA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Dubas has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.



Belgian Euromillions League round 2 best performance: Juvonte Reddic - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Juvonte Reddic (206-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mons-Hainaut, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Liege (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 102-94. Mons-Hainaut is placed at 5th position in Belgian Euromillions League. Mons-Hainaut 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. Reddic turned to be Mons-Hainaut's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Tyler Larson (190-G-91) of Liege. Larson had a very good evening with 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Liege lost that game 94-102 to Mons-Hainaut (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. Larson is a newcomer at Liege, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#4). He also recorded 6.5 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jordan Heath (208-F/C-91, agency: Inception Sports) of Limburg United (#8). Heath scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Heath's great performance Limburg United lost 75-76 to Aalstar (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Limburg United can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. The season just started for Heath as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Bojovic (198-G/F-81) of Liege - 21 points and 3 rebounds
5. Yannick Desiron (208-F/C-92) of Limburg United - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Matt Tiby (203-F/C-92) of Mons-Hainaut - 13 points and 9 rebounds
7. Mike Myers (206-F-92) of Oostende - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Garlon Green (201-G/F-91) of Mons-Hainaut - 16 points and 3 rebounds
9. Vernon Taylor (192-G-87) of Aalstar - 16 points and 6 assists
10. Tate Unruh (193-G-90) of Limburg United - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the 13th-ranked Giessen 46ers (0-1) crushing them 87-53 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Djedovic recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Bayern Muenchen this season. His team is placed second in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Djedovic's fifth year with the team. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. Djedovic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team one years ago.

Filip Adamovic
Filip Adamovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Belarusian team Tsmoki-Minsk to a victory over the 23rd-ranked Budivelnyk (0-1) 60-53 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. Adamovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Tsmoki-Minsk (4-0) is placed third in the Basketball Champions League. So far his team won all four games in the Qualifying Round. They will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Qualifying Round. And that game will be critical. It's Adamovic's first season with the team. This year Adamovic averages: 10.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 69.2%. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Former KK Mladost Mrkonjic Grad starter played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 2014.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Spain). Kuzmic contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the 11th-ranked Andorra (0-1) 94-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Real Madrid this season. His team is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kuzmic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities. He played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #4. Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in France) could not help Monaco (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kikanovic's very good performance Monaco was edged 67-66 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Le Mans (#17). He was the top scorer with 17 points. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Kikanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg and 5.5rpg. Kikanovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

Nedim Buza
Nedim Buza
   #5. International small forward Nedim Buza (205-95, currently plays in Belgium) helped Oostende win their game against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (0-2) crushing them 82-60 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Telenet BC Oostende (2-0) is placed second in the Euromillions League. This year Buza's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 3.5rpg in two games he played so far. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #6. Guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) helped Strasbourg IG edge the 14th-ranked Paris-Levallois (1-2) 83-81 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Wright scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Strasbourg IG Basket (2-0) is placed sixth in the ProA. Wright's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Wright is international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team one years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Dejan Todorovic
Dejan Todorovic
   #7. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help RETAbet BB (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Todorovic's good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 82-68 on the road by the second-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. It was his first game for RETAbet BB this season. Todorovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in RETAbet BB's roster. Todorovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team eight years ago.

Edin Bavcic
Edin Bavcic
   #8. Power forward Edin Bavcic (209-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) was not able to secure a victory for Dukes (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Dukes were edged 85-82 in Osijek by the higher-ranked KK Vrijednosnice (#9). Bavcic was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Dukes this season. There are only four games left until the end of the Alpe Adria Cup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Bavcic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2015.

Diego Kapelan
Diego Kapelan
   #9. Former international guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Spain) helped Melilla Baloncesto win their game against one of league's weakest teams Palencia Baloncesto (0-1) 67-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Melilla Baloncesto this season. His team is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Kapelan used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team six years ago.

Ismet Sejfic
Ismet Sejfic
   #10. Center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help JP-Auto JKSE (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance JP-Auto JKSE lost 71-85 on their home court in Jaszberenyi to the second-ranked Kormend. Sejfic recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was his first game for JP-Auto JKSE this season. Sejfic is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. U18 international forward Dino Kobic (200-98, currently plays in Spain) helped Girona Basquet win their game against the fifth-ranked Vive El Masnou 80-72 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Kobic scored 7 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Girona Basquet this season. Kobic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team last year.

   #12. International forward Njegos Sikiras (205-99, currently plays in Spain) helped Fontedoso Carrefour win their game against the 13th-ranked L'Hospitalet 68-54 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Fontedoso Carrefour this season. Sikiras used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

   #13. International point guard Amar Gegic (200-98, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help FC Bayern II in their game against Titans in the German ProB (third division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Gegic also added 6 boards, handed out 8 passes and blocked 2 shots in 34 minutes. But his team was edged 77-75. Gegic has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.5apg, 1.5bpg and 2.0spg in two games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international small forward Mirza Bulic (207-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Sammic ISB edge the 13th-ranked Leyma Basquet 72-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Bulic recorded 10 points in only 14 minutes. It was his first game for Sammic ISB this season. Bulic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) managed to help CSM CSU Oradea in a victory against Balkan 85-70 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes. This year Pasalic's total stats are: 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

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

   #1. Experienced Seid Hajric (204-F/C-83, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Miasto Szkla's victory against the 14th-ranked GTK (0-1) 82-76 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Hajric recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Miasto Szkla this season. His team is placed third in the PLK. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Hajric has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish.

   #2. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in Asia Champions Cup) helped his Iranian team Petrochimi win their game against the closely-ranked Seraeyett (1-3) crushing them 108-45 in the Asia Champions Cup in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks. Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (3-1) is placed second in the Asia Champions Cup. It was Petrochimi's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Asia Champions Cup. Begic's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #3. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) helped Kauhajoki win their game against the league outsider KTP-Basket (0-2) 98-93 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Friday night. Sarcevic recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Kauhajoki this season. His team is placed third in the Korisliiga. Sarcevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Kauhajoki's roster.

   #4. Goran Suton (208-G-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Movil Estudiantes (1-0) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Movil Estudiantes was edged 76-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Groningen (#8). Suton recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. It was his first game for Movil Estudiantes this season. The Qualifying Round already ended in the Basketball Champions League. Suton has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #5. Djordje Ninkovic (210-C-93, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Nova Ves win their game against one of league's weakest teams Rieker KN (0-1) 91-78 in the Slovakian SBL last Saturday. He recorded 10 points in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Nova Ves this season. His team is placed fifth in the SBL.

   #6. Njegos Visnjic (200-F/C-79, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Palestrina in their game against Scauri in the Italian Serie B (third division), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 11 rebounds in 41 minutes. It was his first game for Palestrina this season. But his team lost 75-79. Visnjic also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #7. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Orman Genclik in their game against Karesi Spor in the Turkish TBL (second division), despite his good performance on Saturday night. He was the top scorer with 11 points. Rizvic also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Orman Genclik this season. But his team lost 50-60. Rizvic has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #8. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help SAP Vaucluse in their game against Brissac-Aubance in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Atanackovic also added 9 rebounds. Atanackovic has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #9. Nedim Hadzovic (205-F/C-90, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Topstar in their game against Gotha II in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. Hadzovic scored 10 points in 29 minutes. But his team lost 82-90. This year Hadzovic's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 4.0rpg in two games he played so far. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German.

   #10. Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Leuven Bears in their game against Oostende in the Belgian Euromillions League. Alihodzic scored 6 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 82-60. Alihodzic's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and British passports.



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Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Artis, America17.8 
 2. Anthony, Bauru17.2 
 3. Cook, L.Sorocaba17.1 
 4. Fuller, Paulistano14.9 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.4 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi14.0 
 8. Dos-Santos, Pauli.13.8 
 9. Taylor, Mogi12.0 
 10. Toledo, Pinheiros11.9 
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. Viana, America6.2 
 6. Sommer, Paulistano6.2 
 7. Galvanini, Bauru6.2 
 8. Bernardi, Pinheiros5.9 
 9. de-Souza, Franca5.9 
 10. Silveira, Mogi5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Corazza, Paulistano6.4 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.9 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.6 
 4. Lersch, Mogi4.8 
 5. Anthony, Bauru4.5 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.2 
 7. Garcia, Bauru4.1 
 8. Artis, America3.9 
 9. Borges, Franca3.7 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Andrade, America2.5 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros2.1 
 3. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.9 
 4. Knight, America1.9 
 5. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 6. Artis, America1.6 
 7. Rosa, America1.6 
 8. Cook, L.Sorocaba1.4 
 9. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.4 
 10. Ferreira, Franca1.3 
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. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 5. Gruber, Franca0.9 
 6. Sena, Mogi0.9 
 7. Curnell, Mogi0.9 
 8. Demetrio, Franca0.7 
 9. Pereira, Pinheiros0.7 
 10. Sommer, Paulistano0.6 


Paulista Round 9: Leader Vivo/Franca loses to Paulistano - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Vivo/Franca (11-3) recorded its third loss in Sao Paulo on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Paulistano (9-4) 82-78. The best player for the winners was international forward Lucas Dias Silva (209-95) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) chipped in 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) who recorded 14 points and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Paulistano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Franca. Vivo/Franca at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Paulistano are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Osasco B. (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vivo/Franca will play against America (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Rio Preto. Sixth ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-8) saved a 3-point derby victory on the road edging 7th ranked America (3-10) 77-74 in the game for the sixth place. It was a good game for forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Lucas Farina contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for America. America's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liga Sorocaba maintains sixth place with 5-8 record. America at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Liga Sorocaba will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. America will play on the road against the league's leader Vivo/Franca (#1) in Sao Paulo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Vivo/Franca delivered the eleventh victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Osasco B. (1-12) 105-77. Rafael de Souza stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Andre Ferros with 15 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vivo/Franca maintains first place with 11-3 record. Osasco B. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Vivo/Franca will meet at home America (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Osasco B. will play against Paulistano and hope to win that game.
The game in Sorocabana was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Paulistano (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-8). Paulistano defeated Liga Sorocaba 84-72. Kyle Fuller nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paulistano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Franca. Liga Sorocaba lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Paulistano's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Osasco B. (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.

In the last two games of round 9 Bauru was crushed by Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes 88-62. Pinheiros beat Bauru at home 78-70.

Paulistano - Franca 82-78

Top ranked Vivo/Franca (11-3) recorded its third loss in Sao Paulo on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Paulistano (9-4) 82-78. The best player for the winners was international forward Lucas Dias Silva (209-95) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) chipped in 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) who recorded 14 points and 9 assists and Pedro Lima (191-87) added 15 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Paulistano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Franca. Vivo/Franca at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Paulistano are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Osasco B. (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vivo/Franca will play against America (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Franca: P.Lima 15+4reb+1ast, L.Meindl 14+4reb+9ast, J.Andrade 10+6reb+2ast, L.Felipe Gruber 10+3reb+2ast, L.Cipolini 8+3reb, R.de Souza 6+1reb
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 23+5reb+1ast, K.Fuller 15+1reb+2ast, Y.Dos Santos 11+3reb+2ast, E.Corazza 11+2reb+4ast, J.Luz dos Santos 8+10reb+5ast, G.Hubner 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 558404


Mogi - Bauru 88-62

There was no surprise in Mogi das Cruzes where 5th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-8) was crushed by second ranked Mogi (10-3) 88-62. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) nailed 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side and American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. The former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Renan Lenz (206-90, college: Utah) added 13 points respectively for Paschoalotto/Bauru in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mogi have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record behind leader Franca. Paschoalotto/Bauru lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Mogi's next round opponent will be Pinheiros (#4) in Sao Paulo.
Top scorers:
Bauru: R.Lenz 13+3reb+1ast, R.Hettsheimer 13+8reb, M.Uchendu 9+5reb, K.Anthony 9+1reb+3ast, I.Goncalves 5, A.Garcia 4+3reb+5ast
Mogi: L.Taylor 22+1reb+5ast, T.Curnell 18+5reb+2ast, S.Stallworth 13+2reb+5ast, J.Oliveira 11+3reb+1ast, W.Sena 6+3reb, C.Silveira 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 558406


America - L.Sorocaba 74-77

Important game to mention about took place in Rio Preto. Sixth ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-8) saved a 3-point derby victory on the road edging 7th ranked America (3-10) 77-74 in the game for the sixth place. Liga Sorocaba made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Point guard Lucas Farina (185-95) contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Liga Sorocaba players scored in double figures. American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and the other American import guard Justin Knight (185, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for America. America's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liga Sorocaba maintains sixth place with 5-8 record. America at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Liga Sorocaba will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. America will play on the road against the league's leader Vivo/Franca (#1) in Sao Paulo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
America: D.Artis 17+1reb+6ast, F.Souza 12+2reb, J.Knight 11+7reb+2ast, Y.Viana 9+2reb, R.Santos 7+2reb+1ast, G.Andrade 7
L.Sorocaba: C.Araujo 18+3reb+1ast, A.Cook 15+3reb, D.Brite 12+7reb+2ast, L.Farina 11+3reb+8ast, L.Moraes 8+4reb, J.Da Silva 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558405


Osasco B. - Franca 77-105

Leader Vivo/Franca delivered the eleventh victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Osasco B. (1-12) 105-77. The game was mostly controlled by Vivo/Franca. Osasco B. managed to win third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Vivo/Franca outrebounded Osasco B. 43-26 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Rafael de Souza (208-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was guard Andre Ferros (198-95) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) scored 16 points. Five Vivo/Franca and four Osasco B. players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vivo/Franca maintains first place with 11-3 record. Osasco B. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Vivo/Franca will meet at home America (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Osasco B. will play against Paulistano and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Osasco B.: V.Oliveira 16+2reb+3ast, A.Ferros 15+5reb+1ast, W.Drudi 10+8reb, I.Avelino 10+1reb, R.Italo 9+1reb, L.De Souza 6+1reb+1ast
Franca: J.Andrade 18+4reb+2ast, L.Meindl 18+1reb+4ast, A.Ferreira 12+1reb+2ast, L.Felipe Gruber 12+6reb+3ast, R.de Souza 10+10reb+5ast, H.Coelho 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 558403


Pinheiros - Bauru 78-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Pinheiros' (8-5) home victory over 5th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-8) 78-70. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Paschoalotto/Bauru won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinheiros made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Paschoalotto/Bauru helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) nailed 16 points and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-86) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) added 15 points respectively for Paschoalotto/Bauru in the defeat. Five Pinheiros and four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pinheiros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-5 record. Paschoalotto/Bauru lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Pinheiros' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bauru: A.Garcia 19+5reb+4ast, R.Hettsheimer 15+3reb+2ast, K.Anthony 12+5reb+2ast, R.Lenz 12+4reb+3ast, G.Santos 6+3reb, H.Cerimelli 3
Pinheiros: C.Bennett 19+3reb, D.Holloway 16+3reb+4ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 10+10reb+2ast, G.Barbosa 10+5reb, F.Ruivo 10+1reb+7ast, R.Ansaloni 5+3reb
gschID: 558402


L.Sorocaba - Paulistano 72-84

The game in Sorocabana was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Paulistano (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-8). Paulistano defeated Liga Sorocaba 84-72. They outrebounded Liga Sorocaba 39-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Paulistano players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) accounted for 23 points. American point guard Dontrell Brite (175, college: Mount Olive) came up with 16 points and 5 assists and center Lucao Moraes (210-94) added 12 points respectively for Liga Sorocaba in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paulistano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Franca. Liga Sorocaba lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Paulistano's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Osasco B. (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: D.Brite 16+3reb+5ast, L.Moraes 12+3reb+2ast, L.Farina 9+1ast, R.Rodrigues 8+3reb+1ast, J.Da Silva 7+3reb+1ast, C.Araujo 7+3reb+3ast
Paulistano: K.Fuller 23+8reb+2ast, G.Hubner 23+2reb, L.Dias Silva 11+4reb+1ast, E.Corazza 8+4reb+3ast, J.Luz dos Santos 6+2reb, V.Camilo 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 558407





Campo Mourao tabs Christopher Gradnigo - by Paulo Freire

Campo Mourao (NBB) inked 28-year old American forward Christopher Gradnigo (200-89, college: Co.Carolina). He played in the summer at L.Sorocaba in the Paulista. Gradnigo has played there for the last three years.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Big South Conference in 2012. Gradnigo received also All-Big South Conference 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Gradnigo is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Gradnigo has played previously professionally in Argentina (9 de Julio), Austria (Gunners Oberwart), Bahrain (Al-Ittihad), Iceland (IR Reykjavik) and Luxembourg (T71 Dudelange).
He attended Coastal Carolina University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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

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

Gerson Santo
Gerson Santo
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Gerson Santo (206-91, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Weber Bahia (1-1) to beat GECR Indalo (1-1). Santo scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. The fourth-placed Weber Bahia (1-1) was edged 81-79 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) GECR Indalo in the Group D. It's Santo's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 46.7% and FT: 66.7% in two games he played so far. Santo played for the Brazilian senior national team one years ago.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Baskonia (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Huertas' very good performance Baskonia was defeated 87-82 in Barcelona by the leading FC Barcelona. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Huertas also added 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals (made all of his seven free throws). It was his first game for Baskonia this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Huertas has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. He played for the Brazilian national team in 2016.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay). Passos was not able to secure a victory for Malvin (8-1) in their game against Olimpia (1-0) in the Uruguayan LUB. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Malvin this season. Malvin lost 60-68 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#5) Olimpia. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Former Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo starter played for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Ricardo Fischer
Ricardo Fischer
   #4. Point guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB (0-1) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 8 points in only 12 minutes. It was his first game for RETAbet BB this season. RETAbet BB lost 68-82 in Madrid to the second-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Fischer used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2015.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #5. International shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (0-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 8 points. It was his first game for UCAM Murcia this season. UCAM Murcia was defeated 74-64 at home by the much higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#7). Benite used to play for the Brazilian national team last year.

Danilo Fuzaro
Danilo Fuzaro
   #6. Guard Danilo Fuzaro (193-94, currently plays in Spain) led Leche Rio Breogan to a victory against the 16th-ranked Ourense (0-1) 83-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. It was his first game for Leche Rio Breogan this season. His team is placed second in the LEB Gold. Fuzaro is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Leonardo Demetrio
Leonardo Demetrio
   #7. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (208-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Danilo Fuzaro and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Demetrio contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the 16th-ranked Ourense (0-1) 83-71. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Leche Rio Breogan this season. Demetrio used to play for the Brazilian national team last year.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #8. Guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Coviran Granada in a victory against the 14th-ranked Martorell (0-1) crushing them 84-46 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Cobos recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 23 minutes. It was his first game for CB Granada this season. His team is placed fourth in the LEB Silver. Cobos used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Matao de Souza
Matao de Souza
   #9. Former University international forward Matao de Souza (201-86, college: Idaho, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Stevnsgade (0-1) in their game against Naestved (3-0) in the Danish Ligaen. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Stevnsgade was edged 94-91 on their home court in Stevnsgade by the leading Naestved. de Souza has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay). Soarez could not help U Universitario (0-1) to beat Aguada (1-1). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for U Universitario this season. U Universitario was crushed 86-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Aguada (#7). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Soarez has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Experienced Sidnei De Santana (216-C-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Fontedoso Carrefour's victory against the 13th-ranked L'Hospitalet (0-1) 68-54 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. De Santana also added 2 blocks. It was his first game for Fontedoso Carrefour this season. His team is placed third in the LEB Silver. De Santana is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #3. Atilio de Mello (203-C-82, currently plays in Chile) was not able to help CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (#6) was crushed 102-71 in Quilpue by the leading Los Leones in the Conferencia Centro. de Mello scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for CD Tinguiririca San Fernando this season.

   #4. Angelo Guaccio (193-F/G-98, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Desio (0-1) crushing them 89-59 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Saturday night's game. Guaccio recorded 8 points in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Piacenza this season. His team is placed fourth in Group B.

   #5. Gabriel de Oliveira (207-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) led Iserlohn to a victory against the seventh-ranked Elchingen (1-1) 82-71 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. de Oliveira scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Iserlohn Kangaroos (2-0) is placed second in South group. de Oliveira has been at the team for five years. His overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 3.5rpg. de Oliveira has both Brazilian and German nationalities.

   #6. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lorient in their game against UB Chartres in the French NM1 (third division). He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 27 minutes. His team lost 67-82. This year Faroux has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and French. Despite Faroux's Brazilian nationality, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.



Guilherme Hubner claims Brazilian Paulista weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international Center Guilherme Hubner (208-C-87) had a great game in the last round for Paulistano and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 30-year old center had the game-high 23 points adding two rebounds for Paulistano in his team's victory, helping them to beat L.Sorocaba (#6, 5-8) 84-72. Paulistano maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian Paulista. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Paulistano will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. In the team's last game Hubner had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Paulistano, through which he has constantly improved. Guilherme Hubner averages this season 10.8ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Paulistano's star - 25-year old American point guard Kyle Fuller (185-PG-92). Fuller impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Paulistano cruised to a 84-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked L.Sorocaba (#6, 5-8). Paulistano's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-4 record is not bad at all. Fuller is a newcomer at Paulistano and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.9ppg (#4).

The third best performed player last round was American guard Larry Taylor (185-PG-80) of second-ranked Mogi. Taylor scored 22 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Mogi, leading his team to a 88-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Bauru (#5, 6-8). Mogi needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Taylor has a great season in Brazil. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.0ppg (9th best). Larry Taylor has also Brazilian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Meindl (201-SF-93) of Franca - 18 points and 4 assists
5. Andre Ferros (198-G-95) of Osasco B. - 15 points and 5 rebounds
6. Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-F-86) of Pinheiros - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rafael de Souza (208-F-88) of Franca - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros - 19 points and 3 rebounds
10. Lucas Dias Silva (209-F-95) of Paulistano - 23 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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Darius Adams selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Asia Champions Cup). He led his Chinese team Xinjiang Flying Tige to a surprising victory over the league leader Astana (3-1) 79-70 in the Asia Champions Cup in Friday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (3-1) are placed seventh in the Asia Champions Cup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.3apg, 2.9spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 41.8% and FT: 81.8% in seven games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team one years ago. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Aleksander Vezenkov
Aleksander Vezenkov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Aleksander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against the 12th-ranked Baskonia (0-1) 87-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Friday. Vezenkov recorded 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for FC Barcelona this season. His team is placed first in the Liga Endesa. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Vezenkov has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite he played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, Vezenkov is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Lithuania). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (0-2) crushing them 106-64 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. Bost scored 8 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 17 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (3-1) is placed fourth in the LKL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Bost's first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 87.5% in four games. Bost is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently Bost has never played in Bulgaria.

Jason Washburn
Jason Washburn
   #4. Center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) could not help Yokohama BC (1-1) in their last game. Despite Washburn's very good performance the fifth-placed Yokohama BC (1-1) were badly defeated 73-56 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Shiga L-Stars in the Central group. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Washburn also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 20 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Washburn has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg and 5.5rpg in two games. He is a naturalized American. Washburn used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #5. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Kalev/Cramo in their game against Alba (2-1) in the Basketball Champions League. Simmons recorded 6 points and had 3 steals. Kalev/Cramo was defeated 79-64 on the road by the much higher-ranked Alba (#5). The Qualifying Round already ended in the Basketball Champions League. Simmons' total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Stanimir Marinov
Stanimir Marinov
   #6. Guard Stanimir Marinov (192-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Ukraine) was not able to secure a victory for Cherkasy (0-1) in their last game. Despite Marinov's good performance the bottom-ranked Cherkasy was crushed 87-53 in Kyiv by the leading Budivelnyk. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Marinov also added 4 assists in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Cherkasy this season. Marinov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #7. An experienced former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cedric Simmons and both played together in the last Basketball Champions League game. Mirkovic couldn't help Kalev/Cramo (1-2) in their game against Alba (2-1). He recorded only 4 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes. Kalev/Cramo lost 64-79 in Szekesfehervar to the much higher-ranked (#5) Alba. It's Mirkovic's first season with the team. This year Mirkovic's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg in four games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #8. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help DEAC in their last game on Friday. Despite Lilov's good performance his team was defeated 78-66 on their home court in Debrecen by the lower-ranked Szedeak (#5). He recorded 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. It was his first game for DEAC this season. Lilov used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #9. International shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help Rabotnicki in their last game. Despite his good performance his team was crushed 95-73 on their home court in Skopje by the lower-ranked Parma. Kostov scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. Kostov has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.0apg in two games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Atanas Penev
Atanas Penev
   #10. Small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hertener Loewen's victory against the 13th-ranked Dorsten (0-4) 82-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Penev scored 6 points and added 4 assists. Hertener Loewen Basketball (4-0) is placed second in West group. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Penev has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is a former international player as sixteen years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Milen Zahariev (190-92, currently plays in Germany) led Hagen BG to a victory against the eighth-ranked Ibbenbueren 102-92 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Zahariev scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Zahariev has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg in four games. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former University international swingman Sergey Tsvetkov (196-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help BV Villingen-Schwenningen in their game against Speyer in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Tsvetkov scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team lost 81-94. Tsvetkov has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0spg in two games. He used to play for the Bulgarian university national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Samsun in their game against Selcuklu in the Turkish TBL (second division), despite his good performance last Sunday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Samsun this season. But his team lost 79-83. Ivanov used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (185-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in France) led Chalons-Reims to a victory over the 15th-ranked Olympique Antibes (0-3) 86-78 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Deane scored 15 points. Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (1-1) is placed ninth in the ProA. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Deane's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. Deane is a naturalized American. He used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) could not help Cholet Basket (3-0) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the league leader Cholet Basket was defeated 79-73 on the road by the much lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#8). Evtimov scored 11 points. Evtimov's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French.

   #3. Borislav Mladenov (192-G/F-0, currently plays in Italy) managed to help NTS Informatica Rimini Crabs to win against the 14th-ranked Lecco (0-1) crushing them 91-35 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Mladenov recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for Rimini this season. His team is placed fifth in Group B.

   #4. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Aschersleben's victory against the 11th-ranked Rendsburg (0-2) 77-68 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Tenev scored 5 points. BG Aschersleben Tigers (2-0) is placed first in North group. Tenev has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 4.5rpg.



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Philippe announces coaching staff for 2017-18 season - by Eurobasket News

York University Lions head men's basketball coach Nate Philippe announced on Monday his coaching staff for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Philippe, who was hired as the head coach of the program this summer, has added Juan Nunez, Kenan Jorsling and Brandon Emmanuel as assistant coaches, as well as Ben Haile as the team's player development specialist.
Nunez brings to York more than 10 years of coaching experience at a variety of levels. In addition to working with the Lions this season, he is also involved with the Toronto Raptors as the Raptors 905 lead youth skills coach. He has been with the University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, since 2012 with both their men's and women's teams, most recently as the assistant coach of the varsity men's basketball team. He is also the league commissioner for the National Preparatory Association (NPA Canada) and helps run events for North Pole Hoops. Nunez's coaching resume includes stints with CIA Bounce, the Mississauga Monarchs, Ontario Basketball, REDA Basketball and Abbey Park High School. He earned his degree from the University of Toronto and is working on his Level 3 certification.
Jorsling has spent the last four years as an assistant coach with the basketball team at Athlete Institute and he previously worked in elite development with Ontario Basketball. He also served as an AAU assistant coach with a number of different programs, including CIA Bounce and the OVO Bounce Tournament. Jorsling studied sport management and business administration at Durham College and has also been very involved in soccer at the club and provincial levels.
Emmanuel is already part of the York community as the academic advisor for the Department of Economics, and he previously spent one season as the sport programming coordinator for the OUA. He brings to the Lions plenty of experience working with student-athletes, serving as the academic support coordinator at Canisius College and an academic advisor for student-athletes at UCLA. He also spent two seasons as a regional advanced scout with the NBA's Orlando Magic. He had his own playing career in the OUA, spending three seasons with Ryerson and helping the Rams reach the OUA East Division final in 2003. He completed his undergraduate degree with Laurentian University and went on to earn a master of sport administration from Canisius College.
Haile has served as a coach with Desta Player Development since 2015, teaching fundamental basketball skills in group and one-on-one sessions. He is also the head coach of the Vaughan Panthers U11 team. Prior to stepping into the coaching ranks, he spent four years playing professional basketball in Germany with Erft Baskets Euskirchen. He earned his degree in psychology from the University of Guelph and completed a business administration certificate at Humber College.
The four assistants will make their debuts alongside Philippe in OUA regular season action when the Lions tip-off play for the 2017-18 campaign on Saturday, Oct. 28 when the Lakehead Thunderwolves visit the Tait McKenzie Centre.
Courtesy of: yorkulions.ca



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  CD Castro
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 29
 1. Johnson, CD Castro29.0 
 2. Summers, Osorno28.0 
 3. Santiago, Puerto M.27.0 
 4. Okosa, CDE Talca26.0 
 5. Mbamalu, CD Valdi.24.0 
 6. Abdul-Aleem, CDU C.23.0 
 7. Gaskins, Los Leones23.0 
 8. Machuca, AB Ancud23.0 
 9. Thomas, Los Leones22.0 
 10. Arteaga, Los Leones21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luis JULIO
  Las Animas
  (201-F/C-80)
  Avg: 17
 1. Julio, Las Animas17.0 
 2. Rasio, Los Leones13.0 
 3. Drye, CD Castro13.0 
 4. Bravo, Puente Alto13.0 
 5. Fontena, Osorno12.0 
 6. Okosa, CDE Talca12.0 
 7. Johnson, CD Castro11.0 
 8. Carter, CD Valdivia10.0 
 9. Mbamalu, CD Valdi.10.0 
 10. Thomas, Los Leones10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Eduardo MARECHAL
  Los L.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Marechal, Los L.7.0 
 2. Figueroa, Puerto M.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca6.0 
 4. Booker, CD Castro6.0 
 5. Gonzalez, CDE Talca5.0 
 6. Robinson, CDU C.5.0 
 7. Machuca, AB Ancud5.0 
 8. Carrasco, CD Valdi.5.0 
 9. Farmer, Puente A.4.0 
 10. Palacios, CDU C.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Francisco PAVEZ
  Tinguiri.
  (178-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pavez, Tinguiri.3.0 
 2. Santiago, Puerto M.3.0 
 3. Calvo, CD Valdivia3.0 
 4. Valenzuela, Puente A.3.0 
 5. Palacios, CDU C.3.0 
 6. Machuca, AB Ancud3.0 
 7. Alvarez, Puerto M.3.0 
 8. Figueroa, Puerto M.2.0 
 9. Morales, Las A.2.0 
 10. Motley, CDU C.2.0 
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. Marechal, Los L.1.0 
 6. Motley, CDU C.1.0 
 7. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.0 
 8. Cofre, Tinguiri.1.0 
 9. Ramirez, Tinguiri.1.0 
 10. Julio, Las Animas1.0 


Liga Nacional Round 2: Espanol de Talca lose to Universidad de Concepcion - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Liga Nacional. 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 Liga Nacional took place in Concepcion where host Universidad de Concepcion (1-1) edged Espanol de Talca (1-1) 75-73 on Sunday evening. Espanol de Talca was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Universidad de Concepcion, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American Musa Abdul-Aleem (196-88, college: Troy) who scored 23 points. Center Matias Villagran (199-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (207-80, college: La Salle) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the guests. Espanol de Talca will play next round against strong CD Castro trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Universidad de Concepcion will try to continue on its current victory against AB Ancud at home.
Los Leones smashed Tinguiririca S.F. in Quilpue 102-71. American forward John-A Thomas (198-82, college: Columbus St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Gaskins contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Los Leones' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Francisco Pavez (178-92) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Tinguiririca S.F.Tinguiririca S.F. will play next round against Deportivo Valdivia trying to get back on the winning streak. Los Leones will try to continue on its current victory against Osorno Basquetbol on the road.
Universidad Catolica (1-1) recorded a loss in Santiago on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Puente Alto (1-1) 75-64. Aaron Ross scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Puente Alto's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Damian Palacios responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Puente Alto will meet at home Puerto Montt in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Universidad Catolica will play against Las Animas in Valdivia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss the game where Las Animas (2-0) against AB Ancud (1-1) where Las Animas won on the road by fifteen points 90-75. Luis Julio notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort. Las Animas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Las Animas' next round opponent will be Universidad Catolica (#5) in Santiago. AB Ancud will play on the road against Universidad de Concepcion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Puerto Montt. Deportivo Valdivia (1-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Puerto Montt (1-1) 83-80 in the fight for the second place. The best player for the winners was Bryant Mbamalu who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Deportivo Valdivia will face Tinguiririca S.F. (#6) in San Fernando in the next round. Puerto Montt will play on the road against Puente Alto (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 winless Osorno was defeated by CD Castro in a road game 95-86.
The best stats of 2nd round was 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Erik Carrasco of CD Valdivia.

CDU Catolica - Puente Alto 64-75

Universidad Catolica (1-1) recorded a loss in Santiago on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Puente Alto (1-1) 75-64. The game was mostly controlled by Puente Alto. Universidad Catolica managed to win second period 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Puente Alto won last quarter 24-15. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Puente Alto outrebounded Universidad Catolica 45-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. American forward Aaron Ross (203-92, college: Texas Tech) scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Venezuelan center Jose Juan Bravo (202-86, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Puente Alto players scored in double figures. Puente Alto's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Argentinian point guard Damian Palacios (177-85) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Aaron Nelson (203-91, college: S.Indiana) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Puente Alto will meet at home Puerto Montt in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Universidad Catolica will play against Las Animas in Valdivia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Puente Alto: A.Pinedo 16+4reb+2ast, A.Ross 14+9reb+4ast, J.Juan Bravo 13+13reb+1ast, C.Gallardo 13+4reb+4ast, F.Ibarra 7+1reb, J.Farmer 5+8reb+4ast
CDU Catolica: D.Palacios 21+6reb+4ast, A.Nelson 21+9reb+1ast, T.Motley 13+7reb+2ast, F.Schuler 4+1reb+4ast, C.Diaz 3+4reb, J.Schuler 2+2reb
gschID: 577849


Los Leones - Tinguiririca S.F. 102-71

Los Leones smashed Tinguiririca S.F. in Quilpue 102-71. The game without a history. Los Leones led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while Tinguiririca S.F. only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Tinguiririca S.F. 44-25 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Los Leones players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Tinguiririca S.F. was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward John-A Thomas (198-82, college: Columbus St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American-Panamanian forward Tyler Gaskins (193-92, college: St.Peter's) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Los Leones' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Francisco Pavez (178-92) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Nicolas Ulloa (170-90) added 13 points in the effort for Tinguiririca S.F.Five Tinguiririca S.F. players scored in double figures. Tinguiririca S.F. will play next round against Deportivo Valdivia trying to get back on the winning streak. Los Leones will try to continue on its current victory against Osorno Basquetbol on the road.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: T.Gaskins 23+6reb+2ast, J.A. Thomas 22+10reb, E.Arteaga 21+1reb+1ast, L.Rasio 9+13reb+3ast, I.Carrion 8+5reb+2ast, D.Jones 7+2ast
Tinguiririca S.F.: F.Pavez 19+5reb+3ast, N.Ulloa 13+3reb+3ast, M.Flores 11+1reb+1ast, A.de Mello 10+7reb+1ast, G.Caraboni 10+2reb+1ast, D.Ramirez 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 577848


Puerto Montt - CD Valdivia 80-83

Important game to mention about took place in Puerto Montt. Deportivo Valdivia (1-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Puerto Montt (1-1) 83-80 in the fight for the second place. Puerto Montt cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Deportivo Valdivia made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Deportivo Valdivia outrebounded Puerto Montt 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Puerto Montt was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian Bryant Mbamalu (191-91, college: La-Lafayette) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Erik Carrasco (181-83) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Deportivo Valdivia players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican forward Benito Santiago (198-89, college: Cumberlands) produced 27 points and American center James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the hosts. Deportivo Valdivia will face Tinguiririca S.F. (#6) in San Fernando in the next round. Puerto Montt will play on the road against Puente Alto (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: B.Mbamalu 24+10reb+1ast, J.Carter 18+10reb+1ast, E.Carrasco 17+8reb+5ast, A.Calvo 15+8reb+1ast, G.Isla 6+6reb, C.Naranjo 3
Puerto Montt: B.Santiago 27+2reb, J.Williams 17+7reb+1ast, T.Alvarez 11+3reb+2ast, C.Rosemberg 7+4reb+2ast, S.Figueroa 7+5reb+6ast, A.Galindo 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 577853


CDU Concepcion - CDE Talca 75-73

The biggest surprise of round 2 in Liga Nacional took place in Concepcion where host Universidad de Concepcion (1-1) edged Espanol de Talca (1-1) 75-73 on Sunday evening. Espanol de Talca was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Universidad de Concepcion, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American Musa Abdul-Aleem (196-88, college: Troy) who scored 23 points. Center Matias Villagran (199-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (207-80, college: La Salle) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Espanol de Talca will play next round against strong CD Castro trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Universidad de Concepcion will try to continue on its current victory against AB Ancud at home.
Top scorers:
CDU Concepcion: M.Abdul-Aleem 23+3reb+2ast, M.Villagran 14+5reb+2ast, M.Cisternas 10+6reb+1ast, L.Carrillo 8+3reb, D.Silva 7+2reb+2ast, C.Lauler 6+3reb+2ast
CDE Talca: R.Okosa 26+12reb+1ast, T.Shannon 15+6reb, S.Bravo 9+5reb+1ast, D.Gonzalez 8+2reb+5ast, E.Sepulveda 7+1reb+3ast, F.Bravo 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 577850


CD Castro - Osorno 95-86

CD Castro used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Osorno 95-86 on Sunday night. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Osorno Basquetbol won second period 27-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CD Castro looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Osorno Basquetbol was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Trevante Drye (199-93, college: Tulane) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Four CD Castro players scored in double figures. CD Castro's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) produced 28 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Juan Fontena (196-87) added 21 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. CD Castro will face Espanol de Talca (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Osorno Basquetbol will play against Los Leones and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CD Castro: G.Johnson 29+11reb+3ast, T.Drye 21+13reb+3ast, R.Booker 19+2reb+6ast, C.Correa 13+4reb+4ast, C.Sepulveda Jorquera 5+2reb, F.Jara 3+2reb+3ast
Osorno: D.Summers 28+7reb+1ast, J.Fontena 21+12reb+2ast, R.Munoz 21+7reb+3ast, M.Schenoni 9+2reb+2ast, P.Coro 3+2reb+3ast, J.Johnson 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 577852


AB Ancud - Las Animas 75-90

We should not miss the game where Las Animas (2-0) against AB Ancud (1-1) where Las Animas won on the road by fifteen points 90-75. The game without a history. Las Animas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to AB Ancud's 34. They outrebounded AB Ancud 42-21 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Colombian-Venezuelan power forward Luis Julio (201-80) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Kristian Clarkson (202-84, college: Widener) supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Four Las Animas players scored in double figures. Las Animas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points and 5 assists by Argentinian point guard Jonatan Machuca (182-89) did not help to save the game for AB Ancud. The former international point guard Pedro Sandoval (175-89) added 19 points for the hosts. Las Animas' next round opponent will be Universidad Catolica (#5) in Santiago. AB Ancud will play on the road against Universidad de Concepcion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Las Animas: K.Clarkson 21+6reb+1ast, L.Julio 19+17reb+1ast, J.Schuler 14+8reb+3ast, F.Morales 14+1reb+3ast, J.Holt 8+4ast, A.Vergara 8+3reb
AB Ancud: J.Machuca 23+4reb+5ast, P.Sandoval 19+2reb+3ast, A.Joseph 12+8reb, D.Johnson-Marshall 9+3reb, S.Suarez 5+2reb+2ast, R.Vera 5+1reb
gschID: 577851





James Williams (ex Welcome) joins Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News

CEB Puerto Montt (Liga Nacional) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old American center James Williams (204-110kg-79, college: Brown Mackie). He played last season at the junior team of Welcome in Uruguayan LUB league.
Williams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas, Quimsa, Union de Sunchales, Olimpico de La Banda and San Martin Corrientes), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Jordan (ASU), Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Mexico (Barreteros and Gigantes), Sweden and USBL (Kansas C.).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Puerto Montt.
Williams attended Brown Mackie College until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Meeks, Mac lead Wizards to 126-96 win over Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87, college: Kentucky) scored all 19 of his points in the first half and Sheldon Mac added 17 as the Washington Wizards opened their preseason schedule with a 126-96 win over Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association on Monday night. Tomas Satoransky (6'7''-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) had 13 points and Jason Smith 12 for the Wizards, who were without four-time All-Star John Wall (rest). Bradley Beal, Washington's other starting guard, had six points in eight minutes. That left plenty of minutes for the backups. "We have some firepower off the bench," Meeks said. "Guys are ready to play and ready for the season to start." Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina), a seven-year NBA veteran and a member of North Carolina's 2009 national championship team, led the Long-Lions with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Guangzhou missed all nine of its 3-point attempts in the first half and finished 3 of 19 in its sole exhibition game against an NBA team on this trip. "It's a great opportunity for a lot of these guys who have never been in an NBA arena," Hansbrough said. "It's good for us to come over here and play against one of the best teams in the world. We can grow from this." Meeks, one of the Wizards' primary offseason additions, made four of five 3-pointers as Washington led 57-38 at halftime. He finished 7 for 9 overall from the field. "He gives us a knockdown-shooter off the bench," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. Hansbrough had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first half against a Wizards team that came within one game of reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season. "We've watched them on TV. Now we get to come to the court to play against them, " Long-Lions coach Cui Wanjun said. "It (helps) not only the understanding of NBA Basketball but also helps to improve (our) basketball skills.
Courtesy of: thenewstribune.com



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Thomas Heurtel wins MVP of ACB Round 1 - by David Pick

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.



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Cibona inks an open contract with Marko Tomas - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona shook up its backcourt by signing Croatian National team member Marko Tomas (201-G-85) on an open contract.
Tomas arrives from city rival Cedevita, where he averaged 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22 Adriatic League games last season, 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 8 Eurocup games and 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 16 Croatian A1 League games, helped Cedevita to win Croatian Championship and Cup titles.
Tomas grew up with Radnik Krizevci and has already played for Zagreb from 1999 through 2005 before moving to Spain to play for Real Madrid and Funlabrada on loan. In the summer 2009, Tomas returned to Croatia and joined Cibona for one season. The following season 2010-11 he moved to the Turkey giant Fenerbahce Ulker for the two seasons. He then left for Cedevita, spending three seasons there between 2012 and 2015, before returning to Turkey with TED Kolejliler Ankara 2015-16.
Tomas spent the summer representing the Croatian national team at the 2017 European Championship, averaging 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in four games.



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1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marek WELSCH
  GBA Sparta
  (180-G-99)
  Avg: 27
 1. Welsch, GBA Sparta27.0 
 2. Honomichl, Loko Plzen26.0 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK26.0 
 4. Sedlak, Olomouc Bbal25.0 
 5. Zachrla, Sokol S.25.0 
 6. Kolar, Nymburk B25.0 
 7. Bujnoch, Ostrava24.0 
 8. Vyroubal, USK P.24.0 
 9. Peterka, Kralovst.23.0 
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. Sedlak, Olomouc SK11.0 
 5. Pavlicik, Sokol S.11.0 
 6. Zeliznak, GBA S.11.0 
 7. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.5 
 8. Jiricek, Kralovst.10.0 
 9. Zlamal, Olomouc SK10.0 
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. Kolar, Nymburk B6.0 
 6. Bukovjan, Opava B6.0 
 7. Blaha, Olomouc Bbal5.0 
 8. Kouril, Ostrava5.0 
 9. Samoura, USK P.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marek WELSCH
  GBA Sparta
  (180-G-99)
  Avg: 6
 1. Welsch, GBA Sparta6.0 
 2. Honomichl, Loko Plzen3.0 
 3. Pavlicik, Sokol S.3.0 
 4. Tuma, USK P.3.0 
 5. Strniste, Olomo.3.0 
 6. Zeman, Loko Plzen3.0 
 7. Bujnoch, Ostrava3.0 
 8. Nalevanko, Pardu.2.7 
 9. Brozek, Pardubice2.3 
 10. Licenik, Sokol S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jakub SEDLAK
  Olomouc SK
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sedlak, Olomouc SK2.0 
 2. Zachrla, Sokol S.2.0 
 3. Soucek, Sokol S.2.0 
 4. Szabo, BCM Orli1.5 
 5. Dombek, GBA Sparta1.0 
 6. Kovarik, Nymburk B1.0 
 7. Kulich, Nymburk B1.0 
 8. Vlcek, Opava B1.0 
 9. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 


Hruban re-signs at CEZ Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) confirmed in their roster 28-year old international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-87kg-89). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 43 NBL games he had 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Hruban also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg. Hruban won Czech Republic League championship title for five years in a row (between 2013 and 2017) and the cup in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League 1st Team in 2015.
Hruban has been also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. He has regularly played for Czech Republic senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2010.
Hruban also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 87.5%.
Hruban has played previously for USK Praha.
He could be described: Vojtech is an ideal prototype of modern small forward. He is very athletic and has exceptional jumping abilities, which he uses in one-on-one game and in fast breaks. For his opponents he is also very dangerous with middle and long range shooting, so he is very difficult to read for his defenders. He also uses his physical 'equipment' in his defensive play and he is often sent on the floor by his coach with an asset to guard best scorers from the opposing teams. Vojtech is very goal-directed and hardworking, which can be seen in his steeply rising form. He is also very intelligent and along basketball, he manages to study at a university as well. Thanks to that, he was able to represent his country at the World University Games during the summer of 2011, where he was one of the key players of the czech team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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1Liga Round 2: BK Prostejov B lose to Kralovsti sokoli - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in 1Liga. 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 1Liga took place in Hradec Kralove where host Kralovsti sokoli (2-0) beat BK Prostejov B (1-1) 89-73 on Sunday evening. Kralovsti sokoli outrebounded BK Prostejov B 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Prostejov B helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Slovakian center Peter Majerik (207-85) chipped in 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov B will play next round against strong SKB Zlin trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kralovsti sokoli will try to continue on its current victory against Olomouc SK on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of USK Praha B (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Nymburk B (2-0) 77-75. Martin Kolar (194-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Theodor Dlugos contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Nymburk B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. point guard Ondrej Sehnal (183-97) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for USK Praha B. Nymburk B will play against Sokol Pisek (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. USK Praha B will play against Basket Kosice to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was played in Praha where GBA Sparta (#6) beat host Sokol Prazky (#8) 68-58 on Friday evening. Marek Welsch scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Tomas Belohradsky responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Sokol Prazky's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. GBA Sparta will meet at home Slavoj BK Litomerice (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sokol Prazky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena Sokol Zizkov.
We should not miss the game where Ostrava (2-0) against Novy Jicin (1-1) where Ostrava won on the road by thirteen points 87-74. Vaclav Bujnoch notched 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ostrava's next round opponent will be Sokol Slapanice (#7) in Slapnice where they are favorite. Novy Jicin will play on the road against Pardubice and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Litomerice. Slavoj BK Litomerice (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Sokol Pisek (0-2) 68-66 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Martin Klimes who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face GBA Sparta (#5) in Praha in the next round. Sokol Pisek will play on the road against Nymburk B and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 2 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In West Basket Kosice defeated Vysocina in a road game 89-79. Loko Plzen beat Sokol Zizkov at home 76-60.
In East winless Pardubice lost to Olomouc Bbal on the opponent's court 79-84. Olomouc SK managed to outperform Pardubice in a home game 84-79. Olomouc SK recorded a loss to Sokol Slapanice on the road 88-77. Zlin defeated Opava B on its own court 105-97.
The best stats of 2nd round was 25 points and 11 rebounds by Jakub Sedlak of Olomouc Bbal.

EAST
Slavoj Litom. - Sokol Pisek 68-66

Important game to mention about took place in Litomerice. Slavoj BK Litomerice (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Sokol Pisek (0-2) 68-66 on Sunday evening. Sokol Pisek was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Filip Kroutil (190-96) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) produced 19 points and center Vojtech Novak (203-97) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face GBA Sparta (#5) in Praha in the next round. Sokol Pisek will play on the road against Nymburk B and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: F.Kroutil 14+5reb+2ast, M.Klimes 13+9reb, J.Dvoracek 11+1reb, J.Zbroj 8+1reb, A.Zampach 6+9reb+2ast, J.Sotnar 6+2reb+6ast
Sokol Pisek: P.Slechta 19+4reb+1ast, V.Novak 11+9reb+2ast, P.Englicky 9+9reb+3ast, D.Fait 8+3reb+1ast, R.Duda 6+2reb+1ast, M.Spicak 5+3reb
gschID: 574558


USK Praha B - Nymburk B 75-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of USK Praha B (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Nymburk B (2-0) 77-75. Martin Kolar (194-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Theodor Dlugos (183-97) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Nymburk B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Point guard Ondrej Sehnal (183-97) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Jakub Tuma (192-98) added 18 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for USK Praha B. Four USK Praha B players scored in double figures. Nymburk B will play against Sokol Pisek (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. USK Praha B will play against Basket Kosice to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Kolar 25+5reb+6ast, T.Dlugos 13+4reb+4ast, L.Kovarik 9+3reb, E.Kotasek 9+4reb+1ast, L.Stegbauer 8+7reb+2ast, F.Novotny 7+4reb
USK Praha B: J.Tuma 18+13reb+2ast, R.Farsky 18+3reb+3ast, O.Sehnal 16+8reb+9ast, F.Petruzela 16+5reb, R.Bzonek 4+2reb, J.Zidek 2+1reb
gschID: 574604


Vysocina - Basket Kosice 79-89

There was no surprise in Jihlava where Vysocina (0-2) was defeated by Basket Kosice (2-0) 89-79 on Sunday. Basket Kosice will face USK Praha B (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Vysocina will play against BK Loko Plzen and hope to win that game.
gschID: 574605


Sokol Prazky - GBA Sparta 58-68

An interesting game was played in Praha where GBA Sparta (#6) beat host Sokol Prazky (#8) 68-58 on Friday evening. GBA Sparta forced 20 Sokol Prazky turnovers and outrebounded them 49-22 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Marek Welsch (180-99) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Slovakian center Maros Zeliznak (208-99) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Center Tomas Belohradsky (200-97) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and center Jan Stepanek (190-83) scored 12 points. Sokol Prazky's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. GBA Sparta will meet at home Slavoj BK Litomerice (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sokol Prazky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena Sokol Zizkov.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: M.Welsch 21+5reb+2ast, M.Zeliznak 14+11reb+2ast, M.Janosov 8+7reb, D.Randuska 7+2reb+2ast, D.Javorsky 6+12reb+1ast, T.Mikyska 6+3reb+2ast
Sokol Prazky: T.Belohradsky 17+7reb+2ast, J.Stepanek 12+1reb+2ast, T.Reimer 7+2reb+1ast, T.Gavenda 6+1reb, Y.Habily 5+3reb+4ast, D.Celina 4
gschID: 574562


Loko Plzen - Sokol Zizkov 76-60

No shocking result in a game when BK Loko Plzen (2-0) defeated at home Sokol Zizkov (0-2) 76-60 on Friday. BK Loko Plzen will face Vysocina (#10) in Jihlava in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Zizkov's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha Sokol Prazky.
gschID: 574561


WEST
Olomouc Bbal - Pardubice 84-79

Rather expected game when Pardubice (0-3) was defeated on the road by Olomouc Bbal (1-1) 84-79 on Sunday. Olomouc Bbal made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Olomouc Bbal outrebounded Pardubice 43-24 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Jakub Sedlak (209-89) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Martin Novak (199-93) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Tomas Tkadlec (155-99) produced 22 points and guard Frantisek Nemec (189) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Pardubice's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olomouc Bbal will face B&W Opava B (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Pardubice will play against Novy Jicin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: J.Sedlak 25+11reb+2ast, M.Novak 22+7reb+2ast, E.Scripcaru 18+7reb+1ast, Z.Blaha 8+7reb+5ast, R.Jurka 7+7reb+1ast, V.Jancik 3+1reb+1ast
Pardubice: T.Tkadlec 22+2reb, F.Nemec 11+5reb+1ast, M.Kratochvil 10+2reb+1ast, S.Picka 8+1reb, V.Nalevanko 8+1reb+2ast, K.Formanek 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 574646


Novy Jicin - Ostrava 74-87

We should not miss the game where Ostrava (2-0) against Novy Jicin (1-1) where Ostrava won on the road by thirteen points 87-74. Center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) notched 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) supported him with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by center Tadeas Janik (201-94) did not help to save the game for Novy Jicin. Guard Zdenek Jakubu (184-97) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ostrava's next round opponent will be Sokol Slapanice (#7) in Slapnice where they are favorite. Novy Jicin will play on the road against Pardubice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ostrava: V.Bujnoch 24+9reb+2ast, R.Kouril 23+6reb+5ast, D. Jakel 11+1reb, M.Palat 7+3reb+1ast, J.Ricka 5+1reb+3ast, D.Smolka 5+1reb+1ast
Novy Jicin: T.Janik 18+3reb, D.Klimek 10+3reb, Z.Jakubu 9+5reb+4ast, R.Medek 8+4reb, J.Leczo 8+7reb+2ast, L.Mik 7+1reb
gschID: 574487


Kralovsti sokoli - BCM Orli 89-73

The biggest surprise of round 2 in 1Liga took place in Hradec Kralove where host Kralovsti sokoli (2-0) beat BK Prostejov B (1-1) 89-73 on Sunday evening. Kralovsti sokoli outrebounded BK Prostejov B 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Prostejov B helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Slovakian center Peter Majerik (207-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Kralovsti sokoli players scored in double figures. Point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and Slovakian Milan Szabo (205-98) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov B will play next round against strong SKB Zlin trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kralovsti sokoli will try to continue on its current victory against Olomouc SK on the road.
Top scorers:
Kralovsti sokoli: O.Peterka 23+5reb+3ast, L.Svandrlik 14+1reb+3ast, T.Mahler 13+5reb, P.Majerik 11+12reb+4ast, L.Maly 10+2ast, P.Andres 10+3reb+2ast
BCM Orli: M.Nabelek 23+5reb, M.Szabo 16+6reb, A.Goga 8+3reb+1ast, F.Vana 7+3reb, J.Palenik 7+2reb+1ast, V.Vasat 6+4reb
gschID: 574485


Olomouc SK - Pardubice 84-79

Olomouc SK used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Pardubice 84-79 on Sunday night. Olomouc SK made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Olomouc SK outrebounded Pardubice 43-24 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Jakub Sedlak (209-89) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Tomas Tkadlec (155-99) produced 22 points and guard Frantisek Nemec (189) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Pardubice's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olomouc SK will face Kralovsti sokoli in Hradec Kralove in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pardubice will play at home against Novy Jicin (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: J.Sedlak 25+11reb+2ast, P.Novak 22+7reb+2ast, E.Scripcaru 18+7reb+1ast, Z.Blaha 8+7reb+5ast, R.Jurka 7+7reb+1ast, V.Jancik 3+1reb+1ast
Pardubice: T.Tkadlec 22+2reb, F.Nemec 11+5reb+1ast, M.Kratochvil 10+2reb+1ast, S.Picka 8+1reb, V.Nalevanko 8+1reb+2ast, K.Formanek 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 574486


Sokol Slapanice - Olomouc SK 88-77

There was a minor upset in Slapnice where Olomouc SK (1-2) was defeated by Sokol Slapanice (1-1) 88-77 on Sunday. Sokol Slapanice outrebounded Olomouc SK 45-32 including 35 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was power forward Marek Soucek (213-90, college: Oklahoma St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Swingman Ivo Pavlicik (193-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman David Jilek (189-95) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jan Zlamal (193-91) added 6 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sokol Slapanice will face Ostrava on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Olomouc SK will play against Kralovsti sokoli (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol Slapanice: R.Zachrla 25+3reb+1ast, M.Soucek 20+10reb, I.Pavlicik 16+11reb+3ast, A. Stefek 9+6reb+1ast, M. Smid 8+6reb+2ast, M.Licenik 5+7reb+11ast
Olomouc SK: D.Jilek 24+8reb, V.Loyka 13+5ast, M.Strniste 13+2reb+1ast, M.Vanak 9+2reb, J.Sedmik 6+7reb+3ast, J.Zlamal 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 574488


Zlin - Opava B 105-97

Everything went according to plan when SKB Zlin (2-0) won against at home B&W Opava B (0-2) 105-97 on Sunday. They outrebounded B&W Opava B 52-36 including 37 on the defensive glass. B&W Opava B was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 21 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). David Nehoda (193-91) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Krystof Vlcek (195-91) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five SKB Zlin and four B&W Opava B players scored in double figures. B&W Opava B's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. SKB Zlin will face BK Prostejov B (#4) on the road in the next round. B&W Opava B will play against Olomouc Bbal (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zlin: T.Voslajer 27+21reb+2ast, D.Nehoda 18+8reb+4ast, J.Prasil 15+2reb+2ast, Z.Kereselidze 11+2reb+2ast, M.Jedovnicky 10+5reb+4ast, J.Krutilek 10+10reb+1ast
Opava B: L.Bukovjan 26+7reb+10ast, K.Vlcek 18+8reb+3ast, J.Stepanek 16+3reb, V.Branda 16+6reb+2ast, O.Kukla 6+4reb+3ast, J. Kavan 6+2reb
gschID: 574645





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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. Hill, Randers18.0 
 10. Larsen, Horsens IC18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric KUAKUMENSAH
  Horse.
  (204-F-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kuakumensah, Horse.10.0 
 2. Burgess, Randers9.0 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken9.0 
 4. Vinson, Wo.9.0 
 5. Hill, Randers8.0 
 6. Rungby, Horsens IC8.0 
 7. Nielsen, Randers8.0 
 8. Abif, Naestved7.7 
 9. Bonds, Horsholm7.0 
 10. Benzon, Horsens IC7.0 
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. Moore, Svendborg2.0 
 3. Diouf, Bakken2.0 
 4. Boeje, Horsholm1.5 
 5. Benzon, Horsens IC1.0 
 6. Nielsen, Randers1.0 
 7. Mouboe, Randers1.0 
 8. Riauka, Naestved1.0 
 9. Alexander, Horse.1.0 
 10. Rungby, Horsens IC1.0 



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  EL SALVADOR  


Raymond Miller claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Quezaltepeque and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 27 points and twenty seven rebounds, while his team crushed Santiagueno (#11, 3-20) with 19-point margin 110-91. Quezaltepeque maintains the 3rd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quezaltepeque will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Quezaltepeque's top player in his first season with the team. California State University, Fullerton graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miller is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 27.0rpg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American power forward Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Brujos Izalco. Moe impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 28 rebounds. Of course he led Brujos Izalco to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Giants (#13, 2-20) 91-66. Brujos Izalco's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Moe is a newcomer at Brujos Izalco and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of Canarios (#6). Montavious showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, twenty three rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Canarios, leading his team to a 84-74 win against slightly lower-ranked Santa Ana (#7, 12-10). Canarios needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 7 lost games. The season just started for Montavious as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco - 37 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 36 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Eddie Ishman (196-F) of Canarios - 32 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Elder Gimenez (186-F-91) of Isidro Metapan - 38 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Maurice Williams (196-PF) of Santiagueno - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Robert Martinez (185-PG-91) of Santa Tecla - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Eliezer Montano (206-F/C-91) of El Rapido - 24 points, 11 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)



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in El Salvador



Liga MB Round 27: Leader Santa Tecla gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Santa Tecla delivered the nineteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked 11 Lobos (2-18) 103-76 in Chalchuapa. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to 11 Lobos' 46. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by 11 Lobos' players. The best player for the winners was naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. 11 Lobos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost.
Leader Santa Tecla recorded the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Santa Ana (11-10) 87-73. It was a good game for center Carlos Arias (200-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lisvan Valdez contributed with 24 points for the winners. Santa Tecla's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Ramon Mercado (193-91, college: Hampton) answered with 24 points and 5 assists for Santa Ana. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. Santa Ana at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost.
The game in Cojutepeque was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Brujos Izalco (14-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Cojute (11-11). Brujos Izalco defeated Cojute 79-67 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cojute. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Anthony Moe who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 22 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Simeon Howard with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Brujos Izalco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-7 record. Loser Cojute keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost.
Ninth-ranked El Rapido (9-11) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Isidro Metapan (13-8). Isidro Metapan managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Elder Gimenez who led the winners and scored 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Isidro Metapan maintains sixth place with 13-8 record. El Rapido at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from San Salvador: Arcense (#10) and Giants (#13). Arcense (5-13) won against visiting Giants (2-20) 89-77. The best player for the winners was Jovany Austin who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 24 rebounds. Arcense maintains tenth place with 5-13 record. Giants lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Santa Ana were defeated by Canarios in Ahuachapan 84-74. Santiagueno was smashed by Quezaltepeque at home 91-110. Bottom-ranked Giants was destroyed by Brujos Izalco on the opponent's court 91-66.

11 Lobos - Santa Tecla 76-103

Leader Santa Tecla delivered the nineteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked 11 Lobos (2-18) 103-76 in Chalchuapa. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to 11 Lobos' 46. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by 11 Lobos' players. The best player for the winners was naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Joshua White (191-88, college: San Diego CC) added 24 points and 13 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. 11 Lobos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 22+8reb+9ast, O.Torres 22+10reb+3ast, L.Valdez 13+2reb, E.Escalante 13+3reb+3ast, C.Arias 13+6reb+2ast, D.Thompson 8+4reb+1ast
11 Lobos: M.Jackson 34+9reb, J.White 24+13reb+3ast, M.Gonzalez 10+3reb+1ast, P.Smith 4+12reb+3ast, J.Cuestas 2+2reb+1ast, K.Campos 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 553760


Canarios - Santa Ana 84-74

There was no surprise in Ahuachapan where 7th ranked Santa Ana (11-10) was defeated by fifth ranked Canarios (13-6) 84-74 on Saturday. Canarios dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Ana's 36. They outrebounded Santa Ana 53-38 including 38 on the defensive glass. Canarios looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Canarios made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Eddie Ishman (196, college: Miles) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 23 rebounds, 6 assists and 9 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Four Santa Ana players scored in double figures. Canarios maintains fifth place with 13-6 record. Loser Santa Ana keeps the seventh position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Canarios: E.Ishman 32+16reb+2ast, M.Montavious 21+23reb+6ast, D.Lawson 19+5reb+8ast, M.Amaya 9+3reb+1ast, A.Gross Ruano 3+1reb+2ast, W.Molina 0
Santa Ana: R.Mercado 18+4reb+6ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 16+15reb+3ast, T.Dowdell 15+12reb+2ast, M.Ramos 12+2reb+1ast, I.Sandoval 7+3reb+2ast, A.Ruano 4+1ast
gschID: 553756


Cojute - Brujos Izalco 67-79

The game in Cojutepeque was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Brujos Izalco (14-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Cojute (11-11). Brujos Izalco defeated Cojute 79-67 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cojute. Brujos Izalco dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 40. Brujos Izalco forced 19 Cojute turnovers and outrebounded them 51-39 including 38 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 22 rebounds. Power forward Carleton Coleman (203, college: La Sierra) helped adding 17 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jernell Hughes (188, college: Upper Iowa) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Brujos Izalco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-7 record. Loser Cojute keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: A.Moe 31+22reb+1ast, C.Blake 24+4reb+4ast, C.Coleman 17+14reb+2ast, J.Loucel 4+7reb+2ast, R.Palma 3+4reb+7ast, R.Mendez 0+1ast
Cojute: S.Howard 27+13reb+4ast, J.Hughes 21+3reb+4ast, B.Garcia 9+9reb+1ast, D.Austin 6+12reb+2ast, B.Reyes 2, R.Melendez 2
gschID: 553764


Isidro Metapan - El Rapido 82-80

Ninth-ranked El Rapido (9-11) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Isidro Metapan (13-8). Isidro Metapan managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) who led the winners and scored 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Gregoryshon Magee (206, college: S.Alabama) accounted for 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) came up with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Venezuelan power forward Eliezer Montano (206-91) added 24 points and 11 rebounds respectively for El Rapido in the defeat. Isidro Metapan maintains sixth place with 13-8 record. El Rapido at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 38+7reb+5ast, G.Magee 23+15reb, E.Mijares 10+4reb+9ast, A.Regalado 5+2reb, J.Colorado 4+4reb+4ast, M.Artiga 2+1reb
El Rapido: O.Oliva 31+7reb+6ast, E.Montano 24+11reb+2ast, Y.Cubillas 15+8reb, J.Avila 7+1reb+1ast, O.Coreas 2+1reb, M.Aguilar 1+2reb
gschID: 553748


Santiagueno - Quezaltepeque 91-110

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Quezaltepeque (16-6) smashed on the road 11th ranked Santiagueno (3-19) 110-91 on Saturday. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Santiagueno's 56. They outrebounded Santiagueno 58-37 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quezaltepeque looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 27 rebounds and 5 assists. Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) chipped in 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists and Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) added 26 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Quezaltepeque have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. Newly promoted Santiagueno keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 36+8reb+4ast, R.Miller 27+27reb+5ast, I.Urrutia 13+1reb+3ast, D.Bairez 11+5reb+9ast, A.Cacho 9+11reb+4ast, L.Portal 8+2reb+2ast
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 30+8reb+10ast, M.Williams 26+11reb+3ast, B.Castellon 11+6reb+3ast, C.Hernandez 7+5reb+1ast, V.Sanchez 5+1ast, R.Santos 4
gschID: 553751


Brujos Izalco - Giants 91-66

Very expected game when 13th ranked Giants (2-20) were rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Brujos Izalco (14-7) 91-66 on Friday. Brujos Izalco forced 28 Giants turnovers and outrebounded them 65-40 including a 28-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brujos Izalco made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 28 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 37 points (!!!), 7 assists and 7 steals. Brujos Izalco's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Carlos Flores (184-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Carlos Sandoval (180-92) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Brujos Izalco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-7 record. Giants lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 37+4reb+7ast, A.Moe 31+28reb+1ast, C.Coleman 7+18reb+2ast, R.Palma 4+3reb+2ast, A.Alas 4+5reb+1ast, J.Loucel 4+2reb+1ast
Giants: C.Sandoval 23+5reb+1ast, C.Flores 20+13reb+1ast, S.Gwanyanya 12+8reb, C.Duran 6+2reb+2ast, J.Lopez 3+5reb+8ast, D.Urias 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 553758


Arcense - Giants 89-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from San Salvador: Arcense (#10) and Giants (#13). Arcense (5-13) won against visiting Giants (2-20) 89-77. Arcense shot 22 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Giants only scored two points from the stripe. They outrebounded Giants 47-35 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 24 rebounds. Mauricio Lahud chipped in 29 points. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Carlos Sandoval (180-92) who recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Giovanni Sosa (189-95) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arcense maintains tenth place with 5-13 record. Giants lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games.
Top scorers:
Arcense: M.Lahud 29+3reb+3ast, J.Austin 17+24reb+1ast, C.Pineda 14+2reb+3ast, R.Cardona 14+12reb+2ast, M.Rivas 8+2reb+2ast, J.Tochez 7+4reb+1ast
Giants: G.Sosa 20+7reb+4ast, C.Sandoval 20+8reb+5ast, S.Gwanyanya 17+10reb+4ast, C.Duran 14+3reb+2ast, C.Flores 6+4reb, W.Davontae 0
gschID: 553742


Santa Tecla - Santa Ana 87-73

Leader Santa Tecla recorded the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Santa Ana (11-10) 87-73. Santa Tecla made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Santa Ana turnovers. It was a good game for center Carlos Arias (200-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Five Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. Santa Tecla's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Ramon Mercado (193-91, college: Hampton) answered with 24 points and 5 assists and Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) added 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Santa Ana. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. Santa Ana at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 24+3reb+2ast, C.Arias 18+12reb+1ast, O.Rivera 11+6reb+3ast, O.Torres 11+1reb+1ast, R.Martinez 10+4reb+9ast, E.Escalante 5+1ast
Santa Ana: R.Mercado 24+4reb+5ast, T.Dowdell 19+8reb+1ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 13+13reb+4ast, M.Ramos 8+3reb+2ast, D.Pena 5+1reb+1ast, A.Ruano 4+1ast
gschID: 553767





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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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  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. Maxwell, Kauhajoki20.0 
 6. Sinclair, Kouvot20.0 
 7. O''Brien, Korihait20.0 
 8. Council, BC Nokia20.0 
 9. Woodhouse, Lapua19.0 
 10. Edwin, Kauhajoki19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stephen MAXWELL
  Kauhajoki
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13
 1. Maxwell, Kauhajoki13.0 
 2. Gipson, Kouvot12.0 
 3. Kotti, Helsinki.10.5 
 4. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.0 
 5. Ortiz, Lapua10.0 
 6. Haanpaa, Espoo U.9.5 
 7. Jennings, Lapua9.0 
 8. Simms, KTP Basket9.0 
 9. Jones, Salon Vilpas8.5 
 10. Sinclair, Kouvot7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Joonas LEHTORANTA
  Kauha.
  (194-SG-94)
  Avg: 9
 1. Lehtoranta, Kauha.9.0 
 2. Rannikko, Salon V.8.0 
 3. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki6.0 
 4. Council, BC Nokia5.0 
 5. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.5 
 6. Creek, Lapua4.0 
 7. Simms, KTP Basket4.0 
 8. Gilbert, BC Nokia4.0 
 9. Carberry, Salon V.3.5 
 10. Haanpaa, Espoo U.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lawrence GILBERT
  BC Nokia
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gilbert, BC Nokia3.0 
 2. Jennings, Lapua3.0 
 3. Herbert, Korihait3.0 
 4. Kotti, Helsinki.2.5 
 5. Jarvi, Espoo United2.5 
 6. Haanpaa, Espoo U.2.5 
 7. Peltokangas, Lapua2.0 
 8. Alanen, BC Nokia2.0 
 9. Council, BC Nokia2.0 
 10. Manigault, Pyrinto2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrence JENNINGS
  Lapua
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jennings, Lapua5.0 
 2. Jones, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 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. Marshall, Helsinki.1.0 
 9. Saarijarvi, Kouvot1.0 
 10. Kotti, Helsinki.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Juwan HOWARD JR.
  FoKoPo
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 33
 1. Howard Jr., FoKoPo33.0 
 2. Kaaresvirta, PeU-B.31.0 
 3. Sandberg, TuNM.30.0 
 4. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.27.0 
 5. Merchant, FoKoPo26.0 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa25.0 
 7. Graham, PuHu J.23.0 
 8. Moultrie, Ura B.22.0 
 9. Kopio, Jarvenpaa22.0 
 10. Booker, Bisons L.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsene TOWA
  Jarvenpaa
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 20
 1. Towa, Jarvenpaa20.0 
 2. Jennings, ToPo16.0 
 3. Moultrie, Ura B.15.0 
 4. Lawrence, PeU-B.13.0 
 5. Pwono, Lahti12.0 
 6. Rainamaa, Ura B.12.0 
 7. Sandberg, TuNM.11.0 
 8. Kuusisto, ToPo11.0 
 9. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.11.0 
 10. Laihonen, TuNM.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Villematti KOPIO
  Jarvenpaa
  (183-SG-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kopio, Jarvenpaa8.0 
 2. Shchepkin, Raholan .7.0 
 3. Kaukiainen, Korik.6.0 
 4. Heinonen, HBA-M.5.0 
 5. Molenius, FoKoPo5.0 
 6. Pwono, Lahti5.0 
 7. Booker, Bisons L.5.0 
 8. Eboreime, HNMKY U.5.0 
 9. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.5.0 
 10. Innamaa, TuNM.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Juwan HOWARD JR.
  FoKoPo
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Howard Jr., FoKoPo5.0 
 2. Pehkonen, Jarvenpaa5.0 
 3. Kuusisto, ToPo4.0 
 4. Moultrie, Ura B.4.0 
 5. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.4.0 
 6. Merchant, FoKoPo4.0 
 7. Blomqvist, HyPo4.0 
 8. Gustavson, HBA-M.3.0 
 9. Shchepkin, Raholan .3.0 
 10. Towa, Jarvenpaa3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Henry PWONO
  Lahti
  (201-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pwono, Lahti2.0 
 2. Aaltonen, Ura B.2.0 
 3. Sandberg, TuNM.2.0 
 4. Jaakkola, TuNM.2.0 
 5. Vallila, HNMKY U.2.0 
 6. Lawrence, PeU-B.2.0 
 7. Kotavuo, FoKoPo2.0 
 8. Caldwell, Bisons L.2.0 
 9. Henttonen, Bisons L.1.0 
 10. Lehti, PuHu J.1.0 


Samuel Haanpaa claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86, agency: Blacktop Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Espoo United and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 31-year old swingman had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Korihait (1-1) with 23-point margin 92-69. Espoo United was forced-out from the top positions in Finnish Korisliiga. Espoo United 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. Haanpaa turned to be Espoo United's top player in his first season with the team. Haanpaa has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 2.5spg,60.0% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American Brian Asbury (201-SF-86) of Pyrinto. Asbury impressed basketball fans with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Pyrinto was edged by Korihait (1-1) 92-89. 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. Asbury is a newcomer at Pyrinto and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.0ppg (#2). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Kenneth Simms (206-C-86) of KTP Basket (#11). Simms showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Simms' great performance KTP Basket lost 93-98 to Kauhajoki (#3, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. KTP Basket can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Simms he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Simms has individually a great season in Finland. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (8th best) and assists with 4.0apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Sinclair (194-G-93) of Kouvot - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Flenard Whitfield (201-F-90) of Kauhajoki - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Thomas Gipson (201-F-93) of Kouvot - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Aaron Jones (206-F-93) of Salon Vilpas - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86) of BC Nokia - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Stephen Maxwell (201-F-93) of Kauhajoki - 20 points and 13 rebounds
10. Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) of Helsinki Seagulls - 17 points and 13 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)



Juwan Howard Jr. claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Juwan Howard Jr. (200-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader FoKoPo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Porvoon Tarmo (#12, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 96-82. It allowed FoKoPo to jump to the first place in the Finnish 1st Division. But it's just the very beginning of the season and FoKoPo 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 Howard Jr. had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be FoKoPo's top player in his first season with the team. University of Detroit Mercy graduate has very impressive stats this year. Howard Jr. is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.0ppg. Howard Jr. is in league's top in and averages solid 5.0spg,69.2% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old center Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY. Sandberg impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for TuNMKY to edge Jyvaskyla BA (0-1) by 5 points 84-79. 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. Sandberg is well-known by TuNMKY fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.0ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 11.0rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Robert Juvonen (185-PG-91) of Jyvaskyla BA (#9). Juvonen showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Juvonen's great performance Jyvaskyla BA lost 79-84 to TuNMKY (#4, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jyvaskyla BA can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group A.The season just started for Juvonen as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arsene Towa (193-F-81) of Jarvenpaa - 25 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists
5. John Merchant (187-G-89) of FoKoPo - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Samu Kaaresvirta (192-F-81) of PeU-Basket - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of Ura Basket - 22 points and 15 rebounds
8. Sebastian Booker (190-G-93) of Bisons Loimaa - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Kashrell Lawrence (188-F) of PeU-Basket - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Henry Pwono (201-F/C-91) of Lahti - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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

The Regular Season in 1st Division just started. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Forssan Koripojat defeated Porvoon Tarmo at home 96-82. Forssan Koripojat shot 24 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Porvoon Tarmo only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 39-24 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Porvoon Tarmo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Juwan Howard Jr. (200-92, college: Detroit Mercy) fired a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard John Merchant (187-89, college: Dowling) chipped in 26 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Michael Besselink (198-99) produced 21 points for lost side. Porvoon Tarmo's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Porvoon Tarmo will play next round against Jarvenpaa trying to get back on the winning streak. Forssan Koripojat will try to continue on its current victory against ToPo in Helsinki.
Jyvaskyla BA (0-1) recorded a loss in Turun. Visitors were defeated by TuNMKY (1-0) 84-79. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Eero Innamaa contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Jyvaskyla BA. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Mikko Tupamaki tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TuNMKY will play against Oulun NMKY (#6) at home in the next round. Jyvaskyla BA will play against HBA-Marsky to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a home loss of Jarvenpaa (0-1) against Ura Basket (1-0) on Friday night. Host Jarvenpaa was defeated by Ura Basket in a tough game in Jarvenpaa 77-84. Brian Moultrie stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Ura Basket's coach Kristian Palotie used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Arsene Towa responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists. Ura Basket will meet at home Oulun NMKY (#6) in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against Porvoon Tarmo and hope to win that game.
An exciting game was played in Helsinki. HBA-Marsky faced Lahti. Host HBA-Marsky (1-0) edged guests from Lahti (0-1) 81-78. Andre Gustavson nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen used entire bench in such tough game. HBA-Marsky's next round opponent will be Jyvaskyla BA (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Lahti will play against Korikouvot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Loimaa. Loimaan Korikonkarit faced HNMKY U23. Host Loimaan Korikonkarit (1-0) defeated guests from Helsinki (0-1) 82-66. Sebastian Booker fired 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Arttu Mannelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit will face Aalto-Basket (#3) in Espoo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 1 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Division ToPo crushed Korikouvot in Helsinki 84-65. Raholan Pyrkiva lost to PeU-Basket at home 84-85. PuHu Juniorit won against HyPo on the opponent's court 69-65.
The best stats of 1st round was 23 points and 6 rebounds by Justice Graham of PuHu Juniorit.

Group A
TuNMKY - Jyvaskyla BA 84-79

Jyvaskyla BA (0-1) recorded a loss in Turun. Visitors were defeated by TuNMKY (1-0) 84-79. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Guard Eero Innamaa (188-98) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and power forward Jeretapio Luoma (202-93) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jyvaskyla BA. Four Jyvaskyla BA players scored in double figures. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Mikko Tupamaki tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TuNMKY will play against Oulun NMKY (#6) at home in the next round. Jyvaskyla BA will play against HBA-Marsky to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 30+11reb+4ast, E.Innamaa 19+5reb+4ast, M.Laihonen 10+10reb+1ast, T.Lommi 9+2reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 7+3reb+4ast, S.Latvala 5+6reb+2ast
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 27+11reb+5ast, V.Lehtonen 12+1reb, M.Marttinen 11+3reb, J.Luoma 10+7reb, T.Puittinen 5+1reb+2ast, V.Leppanen 5
gschID: 576085


Korikouvot - ToPo 65-84

But Korikouvot was not able to use a home court advantage and was crushed by the opponent from Helsinki 84-65 on Sunday night. ToPo outrebounded Korikouvot 49-38 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Milton Jennings (206-90, college: Clemson) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Miki Kuusisto (194-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four ToPo players scored in double figures. ToPo's coach Pekka Konttinen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Severi Kaukiainen (185-98) produced 18 points and 6 assists and American forward Kenneth Hall (201-93, college: W.Carolina) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. ToPo will face Forssan Koripojat at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Korikouvot will play against Lahti (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: M.Jennings 16+16reb+1ast, J.Kauppinen 14+6reb+2ast, I.Pehkonen 11+1reb+2ast, M.Kuusisto 10+11reb+3ast, T.Antikainen 8+4reb+1ast, L.Williams 8+1reb+2ast
Korikouvot: S.Kaukiainen 18+3reb+6ast, K.Hall 14+7reb+1ast, J.Maenpaa 11+3reb+1ast, V.Leino 7+1reb+1ast, V.Nyman 6+10reb+3ast, I.Toikkanen 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 576084


FoKoPo - Porvoon Tarmo 96-82

Forssan Koripojat defeated Porvoon Tarmo at home 96-82. Forssan Koripojat shot 24 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Porvoon Tarmo only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 39-24 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Porvoon Tarmo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Juwan Howard Jr. (200-92, college: Detroit Mercy) fired a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard John Merchant (187-89, college: Dowling) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Michael Besselink (198-99) produced 21 points and forward Juho Gummerus (201-97) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Porvoon Tarmo's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Porvoon Tarmo will play next round against Jarvenpaa trying to get back on the winning streak. Forssan Koripojat will try to continue on its current victory against ToPo in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: J.Howard Jr. 33+10reb+3ast, J.Merchant 26+10reb+4ast, M.Molenius 14+6reb+5ast, S.Saari 11+4reb+3ast, H.Kotavuo 6+4reb+1ast, J.Kotavuo 4+1reb+2ast
Porvoon Tarmo: M.Besselink 21+1reb+3ast, J.Gummerus 18+5reb+1ast, J.Tuomala 12+4reb+2ast, E.Lahdensuu 10+1reb, E.Asikainen 7+1reb, O.Kaseva 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 576086


Jarvenpaa - Ura Basket 77-84

Very important is a home loss of Jarvenpaa (0-1) against Ura Basket (1-0) on Friday night. Host Jarvenpaa was defeated by Ura Basket in a tough game in Jarvenpaa 77-84. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Ura Basket's coach Kristian Palotie used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (193-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists and Villematti Kopio (183-92) scored 22 points and 8 assists. Ura Basket will meet at home Oulun NMKY (#6) in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against Porvoon Tarmo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: B.Moultrie 22+15reb, E.Aaltonen 17+4reb+1ast, E.Sahlberg 14+3reb+4ast, P.Rainamaa 11+12reb+2ast, V.Hanninen 7+3reb+3ast, T.Niemi 5+1reb+1ast
Jarvenpaa: A.Towa 25+20reb+4ast, V.Kopio 22+4reb+8ast, V.Tarjanne 12+5reb+1ast, L.Tarjanne 7+4reb+3ast, R.Ristsoo 4+3reb, J.Pehkonen 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 576083


HBA-Marsky - Lahti 81-78

An exciting game was played in Helsinki. HBA-Marsky faced Lahti. Host HBA-Marsky (1-0) edged guests from Lahti (0-1) 81-78. HBA-Marsky forced 19 Lahti turnovers. Andre Gustavson (192-99) nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and forward Elias Valtonen (198-99) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen used entire bench in such tough game. American power forward Henry Pwono (201-91, college: East Central) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Aleksanteri Ahola (185-95) added 19 points respectively for Lahti in the defeat. Four Lahti players scored in double figures. HBA-Marsky's next round opponent will be Jyvaskyla BA (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Lahti will play against Korikouvot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HBA-Marsky: E.Valtonen 20+5reb+2ast, A.Gustavson 20+6reb+3ast, V.Tahvanainen 18+3ast, M.Jantunen 8+5reb, M.Heinonen 6+4reb+5ast, M.Amzil 5+2reb+1ast
Lahti: A.Ahola 19+1reb+2ast, R.Barlund 17+3reb, H.Pwono 15+12reb+5ast, J.Jacks 10+4reb+4ast, R.Byman 7+2reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 576082


Group B
Raholan Pyrkiva - PeU-Basket 84-85

But Raholan Pyrkiva was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Pernio 85-84 on Sunday night. Forward Samu Kaaresvirta (192-81) fired 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Canadian forward Kashrell Lawrence (188, college: Dalhousie) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Lauri Tiainen (193-90) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and Russian guard Artem Shchepkin (194-86) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five Raholan Pyrkiva players scored in double figures. Raholan Pyrkiva's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PeU-Basket will face MuKi (#8) in Helsinki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raholan Pyrkiva will play on the road against PuHu Juniorit in Vantaa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PeU-Basket: S.Kaaresvirta 31+7reb+4ast, K.Lawrence 18+13reb+3ast, T.Jarhio 9+3reb+1ast, M.Patrakka 8+6reb+4ast, S.Himberg 6+4reb+3ast, K.Troberg 5+1reb+1ast
Raholan Pyrkiva: L.Tiainen 18+9reb+3ast, A.Shchepkin 17+3reb+7ast, J.Sarja 16+5reb+3ast, S.Sukanen 13+6reb+2ast, S.Vekkila 10+8reb+1ast, S.Mantynen 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 576214


HyPo - PuHu Juniorit 65-69

But HyPo was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Vantaa 69-65 on Sunday night. American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Eshaq Safi chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Akseli Rikka (197-98) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ilkka Blomqvist (196-84) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. HyPo's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PuHu Juniorit will face Raholan Pyrkiva (#11) in Tampere in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HyPo will play on the road against Karkkila and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PuHu Juniorit: J.Graham 23+6reb+2ast, E.Safi 14+7reb, J.Helenius 9+7reb, J.Lehti 8+6reb+1ast, S.Abokar 5+7reb+2ast, M.Visakko 4+3reb
HyPo: C.Ahokas 13+2reb+1ast, A.Rikka 12+7reb+1ast, E.Kivi 9+2reb, B.Grepi 7+4reb+2ast, K.Konttinen 6+5reb+1ast, J.Jokio 6+1reb
gschID: 576216


Bisons Loimaa - HNMKY U23 82-66

An exciting game was played in Loimaa. Loimaan Korikonkarit faced HNMKY U23. Host Loimaan Korikonkarit (1-0) defeated guests from Helsinki (0-1) 82-66. Loimaan Korikonkarit had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Sebastian Booker (190-93) fired 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Josh Caldwell (203, college: William Penn) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Arttu Mannelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Sakari Laakso (194-97) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Aapo Pietilainen (185-97) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Loimaan Korikonkarit will face Aalto-Basket (#3) in Espoo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bisons Loimaa: S.Booker 22+8reb+5ast, J.Caldwell 17+6reb, P.Ruutiainen 9+9reb+3ast, J.Kivinen 9+5reb, E.Salonen 8+4reb+2ast, J.Henttonen 7+6reb+1ast
HNMKY U23: A.Pietilainen 19+3reb, S.Laakso 14+10reb+3ast, T.Takala 8+4reb, J.Eboreime 7+5reb+5ast, C.Altunel 7+6reb, S.Tahvanainen 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 576215





Korisliiga Round 1: Espoo United lose to BC Nokia - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Korisliiga just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results.

The biggest surprise of round 1 in Korisliiga took place in Nokia where host BC Nokia (1-0) edged Espoo United (1-1) 90-87 on Saturday evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Nokia made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Vincent Council (186-90, college: Providence) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) produced 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for lost side. Espoo United will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest. BC Nokia will try to continue on its current victory against Tampereen Pyrinto on the road.
Helsinki Seagulls defeated Salon Vilpas at home 78-72. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Tuukka Kotti contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Salon Vilpas. Salon Vilpas will play next round against Kouvot trying to get back on the winning streak. Helsinki Seagulls will try to continue on its current victory against Kauhajoki on the road.
Lapuan Korikobrat (0-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Kouvot (1-1) 84-76. James Sinclair stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. At the losing side Terrence Jennings responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Kouvot will meet at home Salon Vilpas (#6) in the next round. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Kouvola. It ended with only two-point home defeat of Kouvot (1-1) to Helsinki Seagulls (2-0) 86-84 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Tuukka Kotti nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Helsinki Seagulls' next round opponent will be Kauhajoki (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Kouvot will play against Salon Vilpas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Uusikaupunki. UU-Korihait (1-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Tampereen Pyrinto (0-1) 92-89 on Friday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Sean O'Brien fired 25 points for the winners. UU-Korihait will have a break next round. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against BC Nokia (#2) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 1 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kauhajoki defeated KTP Basket in a road game 98-93. Salon Vilpas beat KTP Basket at home 75-70. Korihait was destroyed by Espoo United on the opponent's court 92-69.
The best stats of 1st round was 22 points and 10 rebounds by Samuel Haanpaa of Espoo United.

Helsinki Seagulls - Salon Vilpas 78-72

Helsinki Seagulls defeated Salon Vilpas at home 78-72. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. International Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and international Juho Nenonen (202-87, agency: Blacktop Management) added 17 points in the effort for Salon Vilpas. Salon Vilpas will play next round against Kouvot trying to get back on the winning streak. Helsinki Seagulls will try to continue on its current victory against Kauhajoki on the road.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: A.Kanervo 20+2reb+3ast, K.Locke 14+3reb, T.Kotti 11+8reb+2ast, A.Vaenerberg 8+2reb+3ast, D.Jackson 8+3reb+4ast, R.Abell 7+3reb
Salon Vilpas: J.Nenonen 17+4reb, T.Carberry 15+10reb+4ast, J.Hawkins 11+4reb, C.Barry 9+5reb+1ast, A.Jones 8+6reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 7+1reb+7ast
gschID: 574268


BC Nokia - Espoo United 90-87

The biggest surprise of round 1 in Korisliiga took place in Nokia where host BC Nokia (1-0) edged Espoo United (1-1) 90-87 on Saturday evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Nokia made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Vincent Council (186-90, college: Providence) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) produced 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and forward Darious Moten (199-92, college: Mercer) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Espoo United will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest. BC Nokia will try to continue on its current victory against Tampereen Pyrinto on the road.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: L.Gilbert 24+6reb+4ast, V.Council 20+3reb+5ast, E.Skamo 14+6reb+2ast, L.Hammonds 12+4reb, D.Dolenc 9+4reb, N.Andersen 3+2reb
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 33+6reb+1ast, D.Moten 16+8reb+3ast, J.Pressley 13+7reb+2ast, S.Haanpaa 13+9reb+4ast, J.Jarvinen 4+8reb+3ast, L.Toivonen 4+2reb
gschID: 574267


Lapua - Kouvot 76-84

Lapuan Korikobrat (0-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Kouvot (1-1) 84-76. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Kouvot outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 47-36 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard James Sinclair (194-93, college: W.Carolina) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Thomas Gipson (201-93, college: Kansas St., agency: HMS) chipped in 12 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side American forward Terrence Jennings (208-88, college: Louisville, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks and American-Italian guard Lucas Woodhouse (190-94, college: Stony Brook, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kouvot will meet at home Salon Vilpas (#6) in the next round. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: J.Sinclair 22+11reb+4ast, W.Bernard 19+2reb, T.Gipson 12+13reb+6ast, J.Skeen 12+5reb, V.Kaunisto 10+10reb, T.Hirvonen 9+6reb+5ast
Lapua: L.Woodhouse 19+3reb+1ast, T.Jennings 16+9reb+3ast, J.Turja 12+4reb, C.Ortiz 10+10reb+1ast, M.Creek 9+5reb+4ast, T.Viertola 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 574266


Korihait - Pyrinto 92-89

Important game to mention about took place in Uusikaupunki. UU-Korihait (1-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Tampereen Pyrinto (0-1) 92-89 on Friday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Sean O'Brien (198-94, college: S.Illinois) fired 25 points for the winners. Forward Juan Pattillo (203-88, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Brian Asbury (201-86, college: Miami, FL) produced 29 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five UU-Korihait and four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. UU-Korihait will have a break next round. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against BC Nokia (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Korihait: S.O'Brien 25+3reb, T.Sulonen 18+2reb+2ast, J.Pattillo 15+6reb+3ast, C.Williams 13+5reb+2ast, J.Kilpinen 12+6reb+2ast, D.Deng 6+7reb+3ast
Pyrinto: B.Asbury 29+7reb, K.Manigault 14+7reb, J.Green 13+2ast, D.Giles 10+6reb, T.Palmi 9+1reb, J.Caven 8+4reb
gschID: 574264


KTP Basket - Kauhajoki 93-98

There was no surprise in Kotka where KTP-Basket (0-2) was defeated by Kauhajoki (1-0) 98-93 on Friday. Kauhajoki made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Stephen Maxwell (201-93, college: CS Northridge, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Flenard Whitfield (201-90, college: W.Michigan) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Center Kenneth Simms (206-86, college: Cumberland) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Jermont Horton (198-84, college: Rutgers-Newark) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. KTP-Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kauhajoki will face Helsinki Seagulls at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTP-Basket will play against Joensuun Kataja (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: F.Whitfield 23+7reb+1ast, S.Maxwell 20+13reb+1ast, F.Edwin 19+4reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 9+1reb, B.Sarcevic 9+4reb+6ast, M.Allen 7+3reb+1ast
KTP Basket: M.Thomas 21+2reb+3ast, K.Simms 17+9reb+5ast, J.Horton 17+8reb+5ast, D.Edwin 8+3reb+1ast, M.Barnes 8+6reb+1ast, M.Pounds 8
gschID: 574265


Salon Vilpas - KTP Basket 75-70

Salon Vilpas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Kotka 75-70 on Wednesday night. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Salon Vilpas made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) chipped in 13 points and 9 assists. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. American center Kenneth Simms (206-86, college: Cumberland) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jermont Horton (198-84, college: Rutgers-Newark) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Salon Vilpas will face Kouvot (#5) in Kouvola in the next round. KTP-Basket will play on the road against Joensuun Kataja (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Jones 14+11reb+1ast, C.Barry 14+2reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 13+2reb+9ast, J.Nenonen 11+2reb+2ast, T.Carberry 11+2reb+3ast, J.Hawkins 6+6reb+1ast
KTP Basket: J.Horton 15+7reb+1ast, K.Simms 14+9reb+3ast, M.Pounds 12+5reb+5ast, M.Aalto 9+3reb+1ast, D.Edwin 8+2reb+2ast, M.Barnes 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 574262


Kouvot - Helsinki Seagulls 84-86

A very interesting game took place in Kouvola. It ended with only two-point home defeat of Kouvot (1-1) to Helsinki Seagulls (2-0) 86-84 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Helsinki Seagulls made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. International Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Jermaine Marshall (193-90, college: Arizona St., agency: SDJ Sports) accounted for 18 points. Five Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. American forward Thomas Gipson (201-93, college: Kansas St., agency: HMS) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the former international Ville Kaunisto (204-82, agency: Court Side) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Kouvot in the defeat. Helsinki Seagulls' next round opponent will be Kauhajoki (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Kouvot will play against Salon Vilpas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: J.Marshall 18+3reb+3ast, T.Kotti 17+13reb, A.Kanervo 16+1reb+4ast, R.Abell 14+2reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 10+4reb, K.Locke 5+1reb
Kouvot: T.Gipson 21+11reb, J.Sinclair 18+4reb+1ast, W.Bernard 11+1reb+2ast, J.Skeen 10+4reb, V.Kaunisto 9+10reb+5ast, T.Hirvonen 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 574263


Espoo United - Korihait 92-69

Very expected game when UU-Korihait (1-1) was rolled over on the road by Espoo United (1-1) 92-69 on Tuesday. Espoo United forced 32 UU-Korihait turnovers and outrebounded them 105-84 including a 68-55 advantage in defensive rebounds. Espoo United looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. UU-Korihait was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86, agency: Blacktop Management) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) chipped in 27 points. American point guard Chaz Williams (175-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) produced 20 points and the other American import forward Sean O'Brien (198-94, college: S.Illinois) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 27+2reb, S.Haanpaa 22+10reb+3ast, O.Jarvi 16+5reb+3ast, J.Jarvinen 8+5reb+4ast, D.Moten 7+5reb+1ast, L.Toivonen 6+2reb
Korihait: C.Williams 20+3reb+3ast, S.O'Brien 15+7reb+1ast, J.Pattillo 9+6reb, D.Deng 7+3reb, M.Herbert 6+2reb, T.Sulonen 3
gschID: 574367





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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. Ware, Paris-Levallois16.7 
 7. Sanford, Antibes15.7 
 8. Kikanovic, Monaco15.0 
 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. Travis, Le Mans7.0 
 9. Farr, Chalon7.0 
 10. Ubel, Boulazac7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Cooper, Gravelines9.3 
 2. Blassingame, Antibes7.3 
 3. Roberson, AS.6.0 
 4. Cobbs, Le Mans6.0 
 5. Sim, Bourg5.0 
 6. Okobo, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
 7. Mangin, Le Portel5.0 
 8. Smith, Hyeres-T.4.7 
 9. Nzeulie, Chalon4.7 
 10. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Craft, Monaco3.0 
 2. Evtimov, Cholet2.3 
 3. Chassang, Hyeres-T.2.3 
 4. Nelson, AS.2.0 
 5. Lacombe, Monaco2.0 
 6. Yeguete, Le Mans2.0 
 7. Cooper, Gravelines1.7 
 8. Eliezer-V., Paris-Le.1.7 
 9. Houmounou, Bourg1.7 
 10. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Strasbourg
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Logan, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Farr, Chalon2.0 
 3. Putney, Chalon1.3 
 4. Lacombe, Monaco1.3 
 5. Smith, Gravelines1.3 
 6. Ware, Paris-Levallois1.0 
 7. Diawara, Hyeres-T.1.0 
 8. Leloup, Strasbourg1.0 
 9. Tarpey, Le Mans1.0 
 10. Blue, Antibes1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Mounir BERNAOUI
  Le Portel
  (204-F/C-97)
  Avg: 23
 1. Bernaoui, Le Portel23.0 
 2. Goulmy, Strasbourg21.5 
 3. Affo, Boulazac19.5 
 4. Muninga, Limoges18.7 
 5. Flosse, Gravelines18.0 
 6. Ca, ES Chalonnais17.7 
 7. Munanga, Monaco17.5 
 8. Esso-Essis, Le Ma.17.3 
 9. Gbetkom-B., Le Po.17.3 
 10. Lopez, Hyeres-T.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shekinah MUNANGA
  Monaco
  (201-PF-97)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Munanga, Monaco13.5 
 2. Hangoue, Boulazac13.0 
 3. Flosse, Gravelines11.5 
 4. Muninga, Limoges11.0 
 5. Affo, Boulazac10.5 
 6. Cassier, CCRB P.10.5 
 7. Sako, Levallois10.3 
 8. Eboh, Limoges10.0 
 9. Morose, Cholet10.0 
 10. Eyoum, Le Mans10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Killian HAYES
  Cholet
  (194-G-1)
  Avg: 9
 1. Hayes, Cholet9.0 
 2. Beyhurst, Stras.9.0 
 3. Mopsus, ES Chalo.6.7 
 4. Leboeuf, CCRB P.6.5 
 5. Hannequin, Gravelines5.5 
 6. Maledon, Lyon-Vil.5.3 
 7. Delage, Limoges5.3 
 8. Imhoff, CCRB P.5.0 
 9. Jackson, Le Mans5.0 
 10. Desseignet, Bourg5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nils GASSER
  Monaco
  (--)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gasser, Monaco4.0 
 2. Beyhurst, Stras.4.0 
 3. Labanere, Boulazac3.5 
 4. Archinard, Dijon3.3 
 5. Lopez, Hyeres-T.3.3 
 6. Cassier, CCRB P.3.0 
 7. Pellure, Pau-Lacq.3.0 
 8. Bouhalloufa, Pau-Lacq.3.0 
 9. Morose, Cholet3.0 
 10. Imhoff, CCRB P.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Marc PANSA
  Nanterre
  (208-C-98)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pansa, Nanterre3.0 
 2. Cissoko, Monaco2.0 
 3. Munanga, Monaco1.5 
 4. Daval-B., Pau-Lacq.1.3 
 5. Bibolet-R., Bourg1.0 
 6. Ndiaye, Bourg1.0 
 7. Weber, CCRB P.1.0 
 8. Piccoli, Le Portel1.0 
 9. Goulmy, Strasbourg1.0 
 10. Cassier, CCRB P.1.0 


Quimper signs Stefan Djukic, ex Vitoria SC - by Philippe Burstert

Quimper UJAP (ProB) signed 28-year old Portuguese international forward Stefan Djukic (202-89). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Djukic was about to sign at Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. in Portuguese LPB league. The last season he played at CAB Madeira (also in LPB) where in 33 games he had 9.8ppg and 6.2rpg. Djukic's team made it to the Portuguese final.
He has been a member of Portuguese international program for some years. Djukic has been regularly called to Portuguese senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
He has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Worcester Wolves), Portugal (Ginasio, Oliveirense, Imortal, Lusitania and Sampaense) and Serbia (Viva Basket, Crnokosa and BC Partizan NiS Beograd U19 team).
Djukic is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He could be described: good jumping ability, good entry, attractive dunks, and forests, and equally well to keep players in all positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Vladimir Brckov (ex Strumica) is a newcomer at Tirana - by Mario Divanisov

Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) inked FYR Macedonian national member Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89, agency: BeoBasket). The 28-year old Small forward spent the previous season at KK Strumica (Prva Liga) where he averaged 9.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg in 18 games played. Brckov started the 2015-16 season at KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija where he played in two competitions. He averaged 11.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg in 29 games in Prva Liga, as well as 10.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg in 14 games in the Balkan League.
For the well experienced player who previously played for KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje and KK Feni Industries among other Macedonian clubs this will be his first international season.
The 2 times Macedonian League Champion and Balkan League Champion also has experience in the Macedonian national team in Mediterranean Games in Mersin (2013), European Championships in Slovenia (2013) and European Championships in 2015.




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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. Stewart, Walter T.20.0 
 8. Stockton, Goett.20.0 
 9. Grigonis, ALBA20.0 
 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. Lo, Brose Bask.1.0 
 7. Macvan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Allen, Jena1.0 
 9. Morrison, Fraport .1.0 
 10. Brooks, Bayreuth1.0 


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. Bonifant, Ehingen17.0 
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. Malu, Ehingen9.0 
 5. Albrecht, Hanau9.0 
 6. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 7. Gay, Crailsheim8.5 
 8. Rohwer, OrangeAc.8.0 
 9. Seiferth, Heidelberg8.0 
 10. Brown, Uni Baskets8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andy MAZURCZAK
  Chemn.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mazurczak, Chemn.8.0 
 2. McDowell-W., Bauna.7.0 
 3. Joenke, Hanau7.0 
 4. Bradshaw, Karlsruh.7.0 
 5. Turner, Crailsheim6.0 
 6. Schmitt, Ehingen5.5 
 7. Kovacevic, Hamburg5.5 
 8. Lacy, Ehingen5.0 
 9. Bogdanov, Crailsheim4.5 
 10. Ziegenhagen, Chemn.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Max DILEO
  Koeln R.
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. DiLeo, Koeln R.5.0 
 2. Baeck, Koeln R.4.0 
 3. McDowell-W., Bauna.4.0 
 4. Fowler, Baunach3.0 
 5. Razis, Vechta2.5 
 6. Yebo, Ehingen2.5 
 7. Bradshaw, Karlsruh.2.5 
 8. Gonzalvez, Vechta2.0 
 9. Meredith, Nuern.2.0 
 10. Brooks, Phoenix .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Enosch WOLF
  Hamburg
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Wolf, Hamburg4.0 
 2. Herrera, Phoenix .3.0 
 3. Raffington, Hambu.2.5 
 4. Smith, Vechta2.0 
 5. Seiferth, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Baumann, Phoenix .2.0 
 7. Bretzel, OrangeAc.1.5 
 8. Rohwer, OrangeAc.1.5 
 9. Gay, Crailsheim1.5 
 10. Reischel, Karlsruh.1.5 


Matt Husek starts his pro career in Germany - by Daniel Poerschke

US-American Power Forward Matt Husek (6'11''-C) will start his pro career in Germany now. The product from NCAA 1 school Holy Cross University signed with BBC Bayreuth II to play for their farmteam in the 2. Regionalliga, but will also have the chance to practice with the BBL team on a daily basis. Husek can play both Power Forward and Center and has a good outside shot for a player his size. He competed in a Las Vegas pro showcase in July run by his agency to get his first taste of international pro basketball.


German BBL round 1 best performance: Scott Eatherton - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Scott Eatherton (203-F/C-91, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for Braunschweig, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Bremerhaven (#11, 0-1) 81-68. Thanks to this victory Braunschweig moved-up to the 4th position in German BBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Braunschweig won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Eatherton turned to be Braunschweig's top player in his first season with the team. Former Northeastern University star has very solid stats this year. Eatherton is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.0rpg) and averages impressive 6.0bpg and 83.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Canadian Philip Scrubb (191-G-92) of Fraport SKY. Scrubb had a very good evening with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Of course Fraport SKY cruised to a 82-70 relatively comfortable win over Jena (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. Scrubb is well-known at Fraport SKY and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#4). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Bryon Allen (193-G-92) of EWE Baskets (#5). Allen got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of EWE Baskets, leading his team to a 93-85 win against Goettingen (#14, 0-1). EWE Baskets 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. Allen also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Allen as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Assem Marei (206-F-92) of Bayreuth - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) of ALBA - 20 points and 3 rebounds
6. Tai Jack Webster (193-G-95) of Fraport SKY - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Michael Stockton (185-PG-89) of Goettingen - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90) of EWE Baskets - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Brandon Spearman (191-G/F-91) of Jena - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Luke Harangody (202-PF-88) of Ratiopharm - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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



ProA 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 ProA.

First defeat of Chemnitz (1-1) against Crailsheim Merlins (2-0) 78-70 was the most important game of the last round. Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Robin Lodders (205-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for Chemnitz. Chemnitz will play next round against strong White Wings trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Crailsheim Merlins will try to continue on its current victory against Kirchheim Knights on the road.
OrangeAcademy (1-1) recorded a loss in Ulm. Hosts were rolled over by White Wings (1-1) 95-76. Forward Paul Albrecht (205-93) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Chase Adams chipped in 21 points during the contest. Forward Joschka Ferner (201-96) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. OrangeAcademy's coach Daniel Jansson rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. White Wings will play against Chemnitz (#5) on the road in the next round. OrangeAcademy will play against Karlsruhe PS to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also a 20-point tough road loss of MLP Academics Heidelberg in a game versus undefeated SC Rasta Vechta (#8) 82-62. Jannik Freese notched 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 11 points and 4 assists by Shy Ely did not help to save the game for MLP Academics Heidelberg. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SC Rasta Vechta will meet Baunach (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Koeln Rh.Stars (#10) and hope to win that game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Baunach (0-2) and Nuernberg (1-1), which took place in Nuernberg. Baunach lost to Nuernberg in a road game 70-78. The best player for the winners was Dan Oppland who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Nuernberg's next round opponent will be Uni Baskets (#16) in Paderborn which should be an easy win for them. Baunach will play at home against SC Rasta Vechta and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 2: Koeln Rh.Stars beat Ehingen on the road 81-70. Kirchheim lost to Trier on its own court 72-87. Karlsruhe PS managed to outperform Phoenix Hagen in a road game 100-83. Hamburg managed to beat Uni Baskets at home 66-53.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Seger Bonifant of Ehingen.

Ehingen - Koeln Rh.Stars 70-81

But Ehingen/Urspringschule was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Koeln 81-70. Koeln Rh.Stars forced 26 Ehingen/Urspringschule turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) who scored 13 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American guard Max DiLeo (185-93, college: Monmouth) chipped in 16 points and 5 steals. Four Koeln Rh.Stars players scored in double figures. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Denis Wucherer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Seger Bonifant (201-93, college: W.Liberty St.) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized DR Congolese Jonathan Malu (200-93) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Koeln Rh.Stars' next round opponent will be MLP Academics Heidelberg (#6) on the road. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Hamburg (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Koeln Rh.Stars: M.DiLeo 16+2reb+3ast, K.Ramsey 13+3reb+5ast, J.Morgan 10+1ast, K.Gilder-Tilbury 10+1reb+4ast, M.Vest 10+4reb+4ast, A.Foster 9+3reb
Ehingen: S.Bonifant 24+5reb+4ast, D.Lacy 12+2reb+8ast, J.Malu 10+9reb+4ast, K.Yebo 8+9reb+1ast, B.Hayes 8+5reb, S.Schmitt 4+6ast
gschID: 553138


OrangeAcademy - Hanau 76-95

OrangeAcademy (1-1) recorded a loss in Ulm. Hosts were rolled over by White Wings (1-1) 95-76. White Wings players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Forward Paul Albrecht (205-93) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Forward Joschka Ferner (201-96) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Austrian point guard David Kramer (191-97) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Five White Wings and four OrangeAcademy players scored in double figures. OrangeAcademy's coach Daniel Jansson rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. White Wings will play against Chemnitz (#5) on the road in the next round. OrangeAcademy will play against Karlsruhe PS to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hanau: C.Adams 21+4reb+2ast, P.Albrecht 20+8reb+2ast, T.Joenke 13+1reb+9ast, J.Eichler 12+6reb+1ast, C.von Fintel 12+2reb+5ast, L.Choice 9+1reb+2ast
OrangeAcademy: J.Ferner 19+6reb+1ast, B.Rohwer 14+7reb, D.Kramer 12+4reb+6ast, N.Bretzel 11+4reb, M.Pongo 8+3reb+3ast, T.Pape 6+3reb
gschID: 553137


Kirchheim - Trier 72-87

There was a minor upset when Kirchheim Knights (1-1) lost at home to Gladiators (1-1) 87-72. Gladiators players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Justin Alston (203-94, college: Boston U.) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swedish point guard Charles Barton (193-92, college: Oregon St., agency: Diamond Sports) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Corban Collins (190-94, college: Alabama) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Gladiators' next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#9) at home where they are favorite. Kirchheim Knights will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Trier: K.Dranginis 35+6reb+2ast, J.Alston 12+6reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 8+1reb+6ast, K.Smit 7+5ast, S.Ilzhoefer 7+1ast, T.Gruen 6+2reb+2ast
Kirchheim: C.Barton 20+6reb+4ast, C.Collins 16+3reb+4ast, A.Kronhardt 13+2reb+1ast, B.Wenzel 10+6reb+3ast, K.Rendleman 6+6reb+1ast, E.Allen 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 553136


Vechta - Heidelberg 82-62

An interesting game was also a 20-point tough road loss of MLP Academics Heidelberg in a game versus undefeated SC Rasta Vechta (#8) 82-62. SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded MLP Academics Heidelberg 39-26 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by MLP Academics Heidelberg's players. Power forward Jannik Freese (211-86) notched 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American Seth Hinrichs (201-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 11 points and 4 assists by American swingman Shy Ely (193-87, college: Evansville, agency: Diamond Sports) did not help to save the game for MLP Academics Heidelberg. His fellow American import guard Jaleen Smith (193-94, college: New Hampshire) added 16 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SC Rasta Vechta will meet Baunach (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Koeln Rh.Stars (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vechta: J.Freese 20+5reb+2ast, S.Hinrichs 14+7reb+3ast, R.Christen 8+2reb+1ast, D.Gonzalvez 7+4reb+1ast, A.Smith 7+2reb, P.Herkenhoff 6+4reb
Heidelberg: J.Smith 16+2reb, S.Ely 11+3reb+4ast, E.McGaughey 9+3reb, J.Hewitt 9+3reb+2ast, M.Seiferth 6+8reb, A.Kuppe 4+1reb
gschID: 553134


Crailsheim - Chemnitz 78-70

First defeat of Chemnitz (1-1) against Crailsheim Merlins (2-0) 78-70 was the most important game of the last round. Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Robin Lodders (205-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard JaJuan Johnson (196-94, college: Marquette) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Chemnitz. Five Crailsheim Merlins and four Chemnitz players scored in double figures. Chemnitz will play next round against strong White Wings trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Crailsheim Merlins will try to continue on its current victory against Kirchheim Knights on the road.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: S.Gay 17+7reb+2ast, F.Turner 15+1reb+7ast, C.Griffin 14+4reb+3ast, S.Herrera 13+3reb, M.Cuffee 11+5reb+1ast, M.Jost 5+2reb+2ast
Chemnitz: M.Ziegenhagen 17+1reb+5ast, R.Lodders 15+10reb+2ast, J.Johnson 12+9reb+4ast, A.Mazurczak 10+3reb+4ast, D.Mixich 7+1ast, M.Fleischmann 5+9reb
gschID: 553132


Nuernberg - Baunach 78-70

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Baunach (0-2) and Nuernberg (1-1), which took place in Nuernberg. Baunach lost to Nuernberg in a road game 70-78. Nuernberg dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Baunach's 34. Nuernberg forced 21 Baunach turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsVision-Service) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Matthew Gibson (195-84, agency: SportsVision-Service) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. American guard Chris Fowler (185-93, college: Cent.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and naturalized Spanish Gerard Gomila (196-95) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Nuernberg's next round opponent will be Uni Baskets (#16) in Paderborn which should be an easy win for them. Baunach will play at home against SC Rasta Vechta and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nuernberg: D.Oppland 15+9reb+3ast, M.Wade 11+2reb+2ast, M.Gibson 10+3reb+6ast, M.Sanders 9+1reb, M.Valerien 9+2reb, M.Meredith 9+5reb+4ast
Baunach: C.Fowler 20+11reb+5ast, H.Drell 13+1reb, G.Gomila 12+5reb+2ast, D.Keppeler 8+1reb+2ast, E.Edigin 8+10reb, F.Edwardsson 6+1ast
gschID: 553133


Phoenix Hagen - Karlsruhe PS 83-100

There was a surprise result when Karlsruhe PS (1-1) won against on the road Phoenix Hagen (1-1) 100-83. Karlsruhe PS forced 22 Phoenix Hagen turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. Karlsruhe PS players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Craig Bradshaw (191-93, college: Belmont) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Naturalized American forward Jarelle Reischel (199-92, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Karlsruhe PS players scored in double figures. Dominik Spohr (198-89) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and American center Alex Herrera (206-92, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Two Points) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Karlsruhe PS's next round opponent will be OrangeAcademy (#13) in Ulm and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play on the road against Gladiators (#7) in Trier and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the BBL just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe PS: J.Reischel 19+7reb+2ast, C.Bradshaw 19+6reb+9ast, R.Williams 15+3reb+6ast, J.Woods 14+1reb+1ast, O.Parker 10+2reb, C.Tate 9+3reb+1ast
Phoenix Hagen: D.Spohr 18+6reb+2ast, J.Reid 15+5ast, D.Brooks 10+3reb+1ast, A.Herrera 9+10reb+3ast, J.Baumann 9+9reb, J.Guenther 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 553131


Hamburg - Uni Baskets 66-53

Not a big story in a game when Uni Baskets (0-2) lost on the road to Hamburg (2-0) 66-53. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Hamburg brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Uni Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Anthony Canty (183-91) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) chipped in 16 points. American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Morgan Grim (203-88, college: Utah St., agency: SportsVision-Service) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hamburg's next round opponent will be Ehingen/Urspringschule (#15) in Allmendingen which should be an easy win for them. Uni Baskets will play at home against Nuernberg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hamburg: J.Williams 16+4reb+1ast, A.Canty 14+5reb+3ast, L.Kamp 10+4reb+2ast, E.Wolf 9+8reb+1ast, J.Raffington 6+11reb+2ast, W.Darley 3+3reb
Uni Baskets: D.Brown 11+8reb, M.Kuhle 10+1reb+2ast, M.Grim 8+8reb+1ast, D.Wolf 6+4reb, I.Buntic 6+6reb+1ast, G.Voigtmann 5+1reb
gschID: 553135





Donte Nicholas (Iserlohn) My Emotion And Passion Can Be A Gift And Curse At Times - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Donte Nicholas (196-F-87, college: Fresno Pacific) is a 30 year old 195cm forward from Washington Dc that is playing his first professional season in Germany with the Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB). He has gained experience down under playing with the Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL) and with the Rockville Victors (APBL) as a rookie in the States. Last season he played with the Plymouth University Raiders (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 33 games averaging 15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

Donte thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You are in Germany now, but how was your summer in general and what was the most memorable thing you?

No problem, thanks for talking to me. My summer was good overall. I got to play a lot of ball against high quality competition this summer and also got an opportunity to work on a few things in my game. Most importantly though, I got the chance to spend some quality time with my friends and family that I wasn't able to the last couple years because I was playing.

You arrived in Germany with new teammate Julian Scott who has had experience in the German Pro B with Leipzig. What was your first impression of him and could the duo from Sacramento-Washington DC become a potent 1-2 scoring force in the Pro B?

My first impression of him from the time we talked is that he's hungry to prove himself in this country. I think we share a similar goal which is to prove that we can compete at the highest level internationally. I think the most important thing for us is that we do what we can to make the entire team a potent force in Pro B. My mindset is to do what I can to make everyone else better and I think he's willing to do the same.

You have been a professional for some years now and had a very strong season in England. I personally am a bit surprised you didn't actually land in a higher league than the Pro B. Did you experience the job market at a more competitive level than in the past?

My focus from the beginning of my basketball career has always been make the best of the situation your in. I try to control what I can control, and let everything else fall in place. The current job market, as most people around the game knows, is tough. It's way more players than jobs available, so when you feel you got a good opportunity that can benefit you. You take it.

Congrats on signing with the very ambitious Pro B team Iserlohn. The club is very high on your abilities and manager Michael Dahmen went as far as saying he believes you can be one of the top players in the league. What impressed you most about the organization that let you sign on the dotted line?

Thank you. I think the main thing was the vision that the club had in place for the season. Like you said, the club is very ambitious and willing to do what is necessary to be successful as it has been in the past and even beyond that. The club wants to prove it can compete at the higher levels and so do I.

What impressed me most about you in my first impression was your positive attitude. In the official team press release you spoke about team chemistry, playing with high intensity and hating to lose. Granted every player shares these views to one or another extent, but don't always openly display them. Do you see yourself already being as the vocal leader of the team?

I think I tend to become the vocal leader on my teams because I've always been naturally vocal anyways. On and off the court.. I've always stressed the importance of communication because I believe it can help resolve a lot of issues and prevent them as well, on and off the court

Let's talk about your game. You're a very versatile player that can play near to every position and can take control. What other strengths do you have on the court besides these, intensity and shooting the ball?

I would say if I had to, one of my biggest strengths on the court would be my IQ. A lot of my past coaches and teammates would always say I have a good feel for the game overall. I pride myself on always trying to make the right play whether it's a drive and kick assist, or a boxout, or even the necessary defensive rotation. My intensity though, would be a close second. I'm a very competitive person and it shows a lot of time on the court sometimes uncontrollably. I play with a lot of emotion and passion, which can be a gift and a curse at times. Like I said before, I hate losing more than I like winning and it shows from time to time. Whether it's on the court, video games, an argument.. anything.. I have to win!

You really can fill the stat sheet and demonstrate your versatility in all phases of the game. If you had to choose a NBA player that you could compare your game to who would you chose?

Honestly, guys I play with usually tell me I play like this guy or play like that guy. The ones I get a lot of are (on a much smaller scale but similar play style of course) is Lebron in the sense that he's really good at a lot of things but not necessarily great at one thing. His best skill is making his teammates around him better and making the right play, offensively or defensively ( as we saw in the playoffs 2 yrs ago). Also get Draymond Green, because his skill set is similar because he does it all. Whatever his team needs he gets it done:rebs, asts, stls, defend the best player, run the offense, etc. But the guy who I try to pattern my game after was Scottie Pippen. I admire how he took pride and locking people down and also dropping 20-25+ daily. He did a lot of things that didn't make the stat sheet or highlights but was very important in those championship runs.

You never played in the NCAA, but in the Juco, NCAA2 and NAIA and as a professional some years in Australia and didn't reach Europe until you were 29 years old. Do you still feel like you have to prove yourself even after your breakout season in England and does having that chip on your shoulder give you that extra to be able to perform better?

Honestly, I don't like to consider it proving myself as much as I think it's about putting people on notice. People who've I've played with know what I can do it's just the people who haven't played with me or seen me play don't know yet. They may have heard but you don't always believe what people tell you, that's human nature. I take pride in the fact that once you see, you become a believer. Every level I played on, I feel as though I'm one of the best and it's my job to go out there and show it so you think so too.

You're a guy that can fill up the stat sheet at easy, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away? Could it be your defense that took a while to really get noticed?

I definitely think my defense is part of it. It's harder to put numbers on things you do defensively. Besides maybe steals, which I've been in the top 5-10 consistently almost my whole career. Maybe even blocks, which I'm usually near the top team wise. Only other real way to notice is to see it in action, the eye test. I take it as a challenge to guard the opposing teams best player and see him finish the game taking double the amount of shots just to reach his average or even below. In the end, my teammates and coaches notice it though and that's all I really need.

After a stellar career in the NCAA2 and NAIA leagues where other guys have made their way to Europe right away, you played in Australia for some years. Why did it take you 5 years to get to Europe?

To be honest with you, there's going to be a book or made for TV movie about the path I took in my basketball career. Lol. I wish I had the answer to that, all I can say is what I've always believed it will happen when it's supposed to happen. Just make sure your ready when it does. I've always wanted to play in Europe, I just had to wait for my opportunity.

How thankful are you to not only knowing ex teammate Cory Dixon, but having him as a friend and helping you get to Europe? I am sure you will travel to Belgium this season to see him play.

Very thankful, I met him at the airport on the way to Australia and we've been friends ever since. I definitely owe him for what's he done. Through that, I've also learned a lot about this basketball world and sometimes it's not really about what you can do but who you know. Yeah, we've been talking about a possible trip, we have to see how our schedules match up though.

How do you feel did you grow as a player last season with Plymouth? You played with three other talented Americans and was fourth best team scorer and the team chemistry and unselfishness seemed to be on so that all four players were content.

Last year was a unique year in my career. I feel like it was a test for me and an opportunity to learn and grow as a player. It taught me that no matter how much talent you have, there's a lot of other stuff that has to be there for you to be successful. We had a lot of talent last season, had a lot of guys had great stats, player of the week, player of the month, etc. but we didn't have other important things in the end and we suffered because of it.

You got your first professional experience in Australia. What was vital in your first seasons as a professional and what was your most memorable experience down under?

One of the most vital things for me was my focus. It's easy to fall into distractions and to stray in those situations but keeping your focus on what you want to accomplish, which was for me getting to Europe, and not forgetting that was important. One of my most memorable experiences was all the success we had my first year in Albury. The swagger that team had that year was crazy, we walked into every game thinking we were going to win and win easily. It was a great feeling.

You played at three schools with Montgomery College-Rockville CC (JUCO), Metro St. (NCAA2) and Fresno Pacific (NAIA,) Do you feel having had experiences at three different schools helped shape your game better than if you had been only at one school?

I definitely believe so because looking back at it, it showed that at no matter what level of competition I'm at, I will be successful and competitive. You can go back and look at the numbers and the accolades and they will tell you the same thing.

After a season at Montgomery College-Rockville CC (JUCO), you made your breakout at Metro State (NCAA2).How tough was that first season in JUCO? Did you always know that you could play at a higher level?

Rockville was tough because prior to that I had never really taken basketball that serious before. It was just like a hobby but that was it. When I met the coaching staff at Rockville who at the time was Coach Hobson and Coach Blackman, I told them what my goal was and they said they could help me get there if I put the work in. The rest is history. I've always believed I can play at the highest level, and still do to this day. Like I said, every level I've had the chance to play at since JUCO I've produced, it comes down to opportunity and when I will get mine that's it.

You won the RMAC Tournament in 2009 and 2010, which title was most sweetest?

2010 definitely, because it was right after we graduated like 6 seniors. The team brought in a bunch of new guys and underclassmen, I transitioned to one of the leaders of the team that year. It was much more difficult for us this year but we stepped up to the task and I personally had a pretty good run during that tournament so that was good too.

You moved one more time to Fresno Pacific (NAIA, starting five) averaging 19.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 76.9%. What were the main reasons for leaving a program like Metro State after 2 title wins?

The main reason was the coaching staff changed that year and simply put the new coaches and I saw different visions for the team. I felt like I had a better opportunity at Fresno with coach Wright and his staff so that's where I ended.

How did head coach Chris Wright give you that last added push at Fresno Pacific to help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Wright was one of the best coaches I've had. He helped me a lot by putting me in a position that season which would help me prepare for the next level on the court. He had former players and pros come in from time to time to play with us and talk to us about what we should focus on if that's the step we want to take. Coach Wright and also Coach Blackman from Rockville were very intricate parts into my transition in pro basketball.

You never played together with Brandon Jefferson who has made a nice professional basketball career for himself in Europe, but you both won 2 GMAC titles at Metro State. He came the year after you left. Do you ever wonder what the team could of accomplished with you both on the court?

Metro has had a pretty consistent stream of talent over the last 20 years or so. They did pretty good before me, we did pretty good while I was there, and they've done pretty good after. Bj is a really good player but I think Metro would've been good regardless, would've been fun though I'm sure.

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

Easy Mj, Lebron, Shaq, Duncan

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

I have this argument with my friends all the time and this is the response I give them every single time because it's the easiest to rationalize. Mike is the standard of excellence in the basketball community can't argue that, but who was the standard before that? Bird, Magic, Kareem, etc? It could be argued because it's all up to opinion, but currently the standard is Lebron. Now the problem is people want to compare them but they are two completely different animals, apples and oranges. People get upset with Bron because he doesn't do what Mike did but Mike can't do a lot of what Bron does. Makes no sense to compare them through the same lense because it's unfair to them both because most of the criteria used to compare them is biased towards Mike because he was here first. Thats my opinion and that's the best I can do because I could go on for days.

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

First off, I would like to state I'm an avid Russell Westbrook fan and support 97% of everything he does on the court. Now, to answer your question how does getting more rebounds hurt your team? Rebounds are an activity stat, your focusing on being more active for your team and your getting criticized for it? Harden scores 30 a night and couldn't stop a runny nose but nobody cares. So no, I don't think it's fair.

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

A lot of potential in the draft. I think instantly Ball and Tatum are going to shine. Sleepers I like Josh Jackson and Dennis Smith Jr. I think they all are in good situations where they can develop and flourish for their teams when called on.

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

They don't have enough because GSW still has everything plus more. But I would like to see them get my guy Melo down there and see what happens. Don't know if it's enough with him but it would interesting to watch.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie I saw was Collateral Beauty with Will Smith. Saw it on the plane ride over, 7.8/10 definitely recommend it.

Thanks Donte for the chat.




BBL Round 1: ratiopharm Ulm lose to ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BBL just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of ratiopharm Ulm (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by ALBA Berlin (1-0) 72-68. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Lithuanian forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) stepped up and scored 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Luke Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. ALBA Berlin's coach Garcia Aito Reneses used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American Luke Harangody (202-88, college: Notre Dame) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. ALBA Berlin is looking forward to face Walter Tigers (#18) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play on the road against Telekom Baskets (#10) in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Deutsche Bank Skyliners' 82-70 road victory against Science City Jena. New Zealand guard Tai-Jack Webster (193-95, college: Nebraska) nailed 15 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Philip Scrubb accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Immanuel McElroy (194-80, college: Cincinnati) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Science City Jena in the defeat. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against BG Goettingen (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play against s Oliver Baskets to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Wuerzburg. host s Oliver Baskets (1-0) edged Brose Baskets (0-1) 76-73. Robin Benzing fired 23 points (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) for the winners. Daniel Hackett produced 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Brose Baskets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. s Oliver Baskets will meet Science City Jena (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play against Giessen 46ers (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Braunschweig. host Braunschweig (1-0) defeated Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (0-1) 81-68. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Scott Eatherton who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Braunschweig's next round opponent will be Bayern Muenchen on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Giessen 46ers (0-1) were outscored at home by Bayern Muenchen (1-0) with the biggest margin this round 87-53 on Saturday night. Devin Booker stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen will face Braunschweig (#4) at home in the next round. Giessen 46ers will play against Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1: EWE Baskets won against Goettingen on the opponent's court 93-85. MBC managed to outperform Oettinger R. in a home game 82-69. Bayreuth managed to beat Walter Tigers on the road 87-77.

Ratiopharm - ALBA 68-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of ratiopharm Ulm (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by ALBA Berlin (1-0) 72-68. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Lithuanian forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) stepped up and scored 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Luke Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. ALBA Berlin's coach Garcia Aito Reneses used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American Luke Harangody (202-88, college: Notre Dame) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) scored 15 points. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin is looking forward to face Walter Tigers (#18) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play on the road against Telekom Baskets (#10) in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: J.Lewis 15+3reb, L.Harangody 11+11reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 11, P.Guenther 10+2ast, R.Thompson 7+3reb+5ast, D.Kramer 6+2reb
ALBA: M.Grigonis 20+3reb+1ast, D.Clifford 13+5reb, L.Sikma 9+10reb+1ast, A.Vargas 8+1reb+1ast, J.Saibou 6+2reb+1ast, B.Radosavljevic 5+2reb
gschID: 552825


Giessen 46ers - B.Muenchen 53-87

Giessen 46ers (0-1) were outscored at home by Bayern Muenchen (1-0) with the biggest margin this round 87-53 on Saturday night. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Giessen 46ers' 22. Bayern Muenchen forced 19 Giessen 46ers turnovers and outrebounded them 37-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bayern Muenchen looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Giessen 46ers' players. American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) stepped up and scored 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and naturalized Bosnian Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side American swingman Jamar Abrams (201-89, college: E.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 9 points and 5 rebounds and forward Benjamin Lischka (204-89) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen will face Braunschweig (#4) at home in the next round. Giessen 46ers will play against Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giessen 46ers: B.Lischka 10+3reb, J.Manigat 9+2reb+1ast, J.Abrams 9+5reb, D.Davis 8+2reb+1ast, M.Marin 6+2ast, A.Hollins 5+2reb+3ast
B.Muenchen: D.Booker 17+4reb+2ast, N.Djedovic 15+4reb+1ast, V.Lucic 13+3reb, A.Gavel 10+2reb+2ast, B.Hobbs 8+3reb+5ast, D.Barthel 7+5reb
gschID: 552818


Goettingen - EWE Baskets 85-93

But BG Goettingen was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Oldenburg 93-85 on Saturday night. BG Goettingen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) stepped up and scored 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and point guard Mickey McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 21 points. EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) responded with 20 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and point guard Brion Rush (191-84, college: Grambling St., agency: 3Eye) scored 22 points. EWE Baskets will face Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BG Goettingen will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#6) in Frankfurt and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: B.Rush 22+1reb+1ast, M.Stockton 20+2reb+8ast, J.Loveridge 12+6reb, E.Smotrycz 8+6reb+1ast, L.Williams 7+3reb+2ast, P.Watson 6+2reb
EWE Baskets: B.Allen 30+6reb+3ast, M.McConnell 21+4reb+3ast, R.Mahalbasic 17+6reb+3ast, P.Schwethelm 9+3reb+1ast, R.Paulding 7+3reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 4+3reb
gschID: 552819


MBC - Oettinger R. 82-69

Mitteldeutscher BC used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Gotha 82-69 on Saturday night. Mitteldeutscher BC dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Oettinger Rockets Gotha's 22. Serbian power forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) stepped up and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American point guard Lamont Jones (183-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 18 points. At the losing side Nigerian-American center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and Belgian-Nigerian guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mitteldeutscher BC will face BBC Bayreuth (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against EWE Baskets (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: E.Ibekwe 15+9reb, D.Schmidt 12+3reb+4ast, R.Obasohan 12+5reb+5ast, N.Jaramaz 11+3reb+3ast, D.Taylor 7+1reb, D.Mitchell 5+1ast
MBC: L.Jones 18+2reb+2ast, D.Pantelic 13+7reb+4ast, D.Drenovac 12+7reb+1ast, J.Sibert 11+4reb+1ast, M.Hatten 9+4reb+7ast, T.Gloger 7+3reb
gschID: 552822


Walter Tigers - Bayreuth 77-87

But Walter Tigers were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Bayreuth 87-77 on Saturday night. BBC Bayreuth made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American guard Gabe York (190-93, college: Arizona) chipped in 21 points. BBC Bayreuth's coach Raoul Korner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American Barry Stewart (193-88, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) scored 9 points and 8 assists. BBC Bayreuth will face Mitteldeutscher BC (#7) in Weissenfels in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Walter Tigers will play on the road against ALBA Berlin (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: B.Stewart 20+3reb+4ast, R.Brooks 14+4reb+2ast, R.Upshaw 10+6reb+1ast, J.Jordan 9+4reb+8ast, K.Richard 9+1reb, P.Heyden 6+1reb+2ast
Bayreuth: G.York 21+2reb+1ast, A.Marei 18+8reb, R.Amaize 11+4reb, J.Cox 11+1ast, D.Brooks 9+6reb+1ast, N.Linhart 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 552824


Wuerzburg - Brose Bask. 76-73

The game between Top Four teams took place in Wuerzburg. host s Oliver Baskets (1-0) edged Brose Baskets (0-1) 76-73. s Oliver Baskets made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) fired 23 points (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) for the winners. Naturalized Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points. American-Italian guard Daniel Hackett (199-87, college: USC) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and international guard Maodo Lo (191-92, college: Columbia) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. s Oliver Baskets will meet Science City Jena (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play against Giessen 46ers (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: M.Lo 16+1reb+1ast, D.Hackett 13+5reb+3ast, B.Taylor 10+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 10+6reb, A.Rubit 6+9reb+1ast, A.Nikolic 5
Wuerzburg: R.Benzing 23+4reb+2ast, K.Loncar 20+2reb, C.Hammonds 11+2reb+4ast, M.Stuckey 10+6reb+4ast, A.Gaddy 5+3reb+2ast, F.Hoffmann 4+1reb
gschID: 552823


Jena - Fraport SKY 70-82

Very significant was Deutsche Bank Skyliners' 82-70 road victory against Science City Jena. Deutsche Bank Skyliners well out of reach of Science City Jena shooting 76.6 percent from the field and made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot the lights out from three nailing 21 long-distance shots on high 123.5 percentage. New Zealand guard Tai-Jack Webster (193-95, college: Nebraska) nailed 15 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Canadian-British guard Philip Scrubb (191-92) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Immanuel McElroy (194-80, college: Cincinnati) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Brandon Spearman (191-91, college: Hawaii) added 18 points (on 7-of-6 shooting from the field) respectively for Science City Jena in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against BG Goettingen (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play against s Oliver Baskets to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Jena: B.Spearman 18+3reb+1ast, D.Allen 13+5reb, I.McElroy 12+11reb+5ast, S.Bowlin 10+2reb+6ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 5+1reb, M.Ugrai 5+4reb+1ast
Fraport SKY: P.Scrubb 21+5reb, T.Jack Webster 15+4reb+7ast, Q.Robertson 11+4reb+3ast, S.Huff 11+1reb+1ast, I.Bonga 10+2reb+2ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 552820


Braunschweig - Bremerhaven 81-68

The game between Top Four teams took place in Braunschweig. host Braunschweig (1-0) defeated Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (0-1) 81-68. They outrebounded Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 39-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard DeAndre Lansdowne (187-89, college: Fort Lewis) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds and center Geoffrey Groselle (212-93, college: Creighton) added 14 points in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Braunschweig's next round opponent will be Bayern Muenchen on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: G.Groselle 14+3reb+1ast, J.Berhanemeskel 12+3reb+1ast, J.Hulls 11+5reb+3ast, C.Baptiste 10+6reb, D.Brembly 5+1reb, I.Elliott 4+2reb+1ast
Braunschweig: D.Lansdowne 16+4reb+1ast, S.Eatherton 15+10reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 10+4reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 10+4reb+4ast, B.Kone 9+1ast, A.Morse 8+9reb
gschID: 552817





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Liga Metropolitana Round 6: ELOHIM keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ELOHIM as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ELOHIM smashed 7th ranked Tencored in Chimaltenango 96-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tencored. The game was mostly controlled by ELOHIM. Tencored managed to win second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tencored 48-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. ELOHIM looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Tencored's players. It was a good game for David Monterroso who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Bernie Diaz (200-81) contributed with 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. ELOHIM's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Erick Palma replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Tencored. Undefeated ELOHIM (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with USAC. Tencored at the other side keeps the seventh place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Guatemala. Seventh ranked Tencored (2-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked You Bet (2-5) 62-59 in the game for the seventh place. Forward Jorge Castaneda (189-82) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Eustorgio Sopalda chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Ingmar Auer (202-76) with 10 points and 9 rebounds. You Bet's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tencored maintains seventh position with 2-4 record. You Bet at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Amatitlan (#4) in a game in Guatemala versus You Bet (#8) 58-48. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Amatitlan. Ingmar Auer notched 7 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. You Bet's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by Walter Ramirez did not help to save the game for Amatitlan. You Bet maintains eighth position with 2-5 record. Loser Amatitlan dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Bantrab. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Millonarios is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Amatitlan (3-3) 74-51. The best player for the winners was Josue Godoy who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. They have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Amatitlan went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Bantrab. Millonarios at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Amatitlan will have a break next round. Millonarios will play on the road against the league's second-placed USAC (#2) in Guatemala and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked URL is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to third ranked Club Force (4-1) 69-51 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Kevin Garcia who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Club Force maintains third position with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader ELOHIM. Loser URL still closes the standings with six games lost. Club Force will face Villa Nueva (#4) at home in the next round. URL will play against Villa Nueva (#4) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

You Bet - Amatitlan 58-48

An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Amatitlan (#4) in a game in Guatemala versus You Bet (#8) 58-48. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Amatitlan. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 31-15 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. You Bet dominated on the defensive end, holding Amatitlan to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when You Bet made 9 blocks. Center Ingmar Auer (202-76) notched 7 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Javier Chavez (190-89) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. You Bet's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by Walter Ramirez (-97) did not help to save the game for Amatitlan. Josue Godoy (-97) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. You Bet maintains eighth position with 2-5 record. Loser Amatitlan dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Bantrab. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Amatitlan: W.Ramirez 15+10reb+4ast, J.Godoy 13+6reb+2ast, P.Paniagua 11+3reb+5ast, A.Estrada 4+2reb, D.Villagran 3+4reb+1ast, O.Pineda 2+5reb
You Bet: H.Vandeveire 18+3reb, J.Chavez 14+4reb+4ast, L.Garcia 8+8reb+1ast, I.Auer 7+11reb+4ast, E.Sinnott 5+2reb, E.Vargas 4+3reb
gschID: 564575


ELOHIM - Tencored 96-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ELOHIM as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ELOHIM smashed 7th ranked Tencored in Chimaltenango 96-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tencored. The game was mostly controlled by ELOHIM. Tencored managed to win second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tencored 48-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. ELOHIM looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Tencored's players. It was a good game for David Monterroso who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Bernie Diaz (200-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. ELOHIM's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Erick Palma replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Eustorgio Sopalda (-81) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Tencored. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ELOHIM (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with USAC. Tencored at the other side keeps the seventh place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tencored: J.Castaneda 19+3reb+2ast, E.Sopalda 16+5reb+5ast, E.Palma 12+11reb+5ast, A.Carrillo 10+3reb+3ast, R.Reinoso 6+4reb, H.Carrillo 4+3reb
ELOHIM: B.Diaz 23+10reb+3ast, D.Monterroso 22+12reb+4ast, K.Alvarez 13+4reb+1ast, R.Jerez 10+2reb+5ast, R.Amaya 6+7reb+4ast, J.Joaquin Ortiz 6+6reb+5ast
gschID: 564574


You Bet - Tencored 59-62

Important game to mention about took place in Guatemala. Seventh ranked Tencored (2-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked You Bet (2-5) 62-59 in the game for the seventh place. You Bet was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 44-37 second half run of Tencored. Forward Jorge Castaneda (189-82) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Eustorgio Sopalda (-81) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Ingmar Auer (202-76) with 10 points and 9 rebounds and guard Victor Melchor (175-82) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. You Bet's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tencored maintains seventh position with 2-4 record. You Bet at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
You Bet: V.Melchor 15+5reb, L.Garcia 13+5reb, I.Auer 10+9reb+3ast, L.Hoffens 8+11reb, O.Contreras 6+3reb, H.Vandeveire 5+2reb+1ast
Tencored: J.Castaneda 21+5reb, R.Quintero 17+3reb, E.Sopalda 13+12reb, M.Vasquez 4+4reb, R.Reinoso 3+4reb, H.Carrillo 2+5reb
gschID: 564573


Amatitlan - Millonarios 74-51

Bottom-ranked Millonarios is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Amatitlan (3-3) 74-51. The game without a history. Amatitlan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Amatitlan forced 20 Millonarios turnovers and outrebounded them 45-29 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Josue Godoy (-97) who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Diego Villagran (-93) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Gonzalo Zarco (-92) who recorded 19 points and 4 steals and Edgar Avendano (-95) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. They have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Amatitlan went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Bantrab. Millonarios at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Amatitlan will have a break next round. Millonarios will play on the road against the league's second-placed USAC (#2) in Guatemala and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Millonarios: G.Zarco 19+3reb, E.Avendano 10+8reb+1ast, E.Diaz 6+6reb+1ast, G.Godinez 6+6reb, O.Rodriguez 4+2reb+1ast, K.Pinto 4+1reb+2ast
Amatitlan: J.Godoy 30+6reb+1ast, D.Villagran 21+5reb+1ast, L.Arias 10+13reb, J.Franco 8+8reb+5ast, J.Barrios 3+3reb+1ast, J.Valenzuela 2+10reb
gschID: 564571


URL - Club Force 51-69

Bottom-ranked URL is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to third ranked Club Force (4-1) 69-51 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Club Force led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Club Force forced 25 URL turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. URL was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Kevin Garcia (-96) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Center Helmut Esquivel (196-0) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Irving Calderon replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Rudy Morales added 19 points in the effort for URL. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Club Force maintains third position with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader ELOHIM. Loser URL still closes the standings with six games lost. Club Force will face Villa Nueva (#4) at home in the next round. URL will play against Villa Nueva (#4) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
URL: R.Morales 19+1ast, I.Calderon 18+5reb+2ast, S.Hurtarte 7+6reb+2ast, G.Menendez 2+3reb, E.Mejia 2, E.Garcia 2+3reb
Club Force: H.Esquivel 16+12reb, K.Garcia 16+12reb+4ast, C.Sandoval 9+4reb, E.Velasquez 9+1ast, A.Hengstenberg 9+2reb, B.Rivera 6+3reb
gschID: 564572





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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. Zagorac, Sopron KC20.0 
 6. Boltic, Szedeak20.0 
 7. Wittmann, KTE-Duna19.0 
 8. Neighbour, MAFC19.0 
 9. Davis, MAFC19.0 
 10. Ciric, Szedeak18.0 
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. Durham, PV.6.0 
 6. Lilov, DEAC5.0 
 7. Varadi, Falco-Vulcano5.0 
 8. Boltic, Szedeak4.0 
 9. Wittmann, KTE-Duna4.0 
 10. Wright, Kormend4.0 
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 



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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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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 30.7
 1. Proby, DCU Saints30.7 
 2. Williams, Killester26.0 
 3. OReilly, UCC D.23.0 
 4. Bonaparte, Templ.23.0 
 5. Williams, Maree22.0 
 6. Oliver, Belfast Star22.0 
 7. Andrews, KUBS19.7 
 8. Garrow, UCD Marian19.0 
 9. Rockall, Maree17.0 
 10. Randolph, Templ.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Proby, DCU Saints19.3 
 2. Hansberry, Maree14.0 
 3. Baltimore, Swords T.12.0 
 4. OReilly, UCC D.11.5 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.10.3 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee10.0 
 7. Cairns, Belfast .9.3 
 8. Cuff, UCC Demons9.0 
 9. McGuire, Moycullen9.0 
 10. Donaghy, Tralee9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.11.0 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.8.5 
 3. Donaghy, Tralee6.0 
 4. Bonaparte, Templ.5.5 
 5. Roe, Killester5.5 
 6. Rockall, Maree5.0 
 7. Kinevane, UCD M.5.0 
 8. Lyons, Moycullen5.0 
 9. Randolph, Templ.5.0 
 10. Drumm, UCD Marian4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Travis BLACK
  Swords T.
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Black, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Randolph, Templ.3.5 
 3. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.3.0 
 4. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.0 
 5. Nihill, Moycullen3.0 
 6. James, Templeogue2.5 
 7. Williams, Killester2.5 
 8. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.5 
 9. James, UCD Marian2.0 
 10. Walsh, Templeogue2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.5 
 3. Bedulskis, UCD M.2.5 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.2.3 
 5. Randolph, Templ.2.0 
 6. Kulinicz, Belfast .2.0 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.2.0 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen2.0 
 9. Jovicic, Swords T.2.0 
 10. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.2.0 



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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. Sims, Vanoli CR18.0 
 10. Rich, Scandone AV18.0 
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. Lalanne, New B.12.0 
 5. Burns, MIA-RO C.12.0 
 6. Reynolds, Grissin .10.0 
 7. Sane, Grissin .9.0 
 8. Washington, Fiat T.9.0 
 9. Mika, VL Pesaro9.0 
 10. Sacchetti, Germa.9.0 
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. Della-Valle, Grissin.4.0 
 3. Markoishvili, Grissin .3.0 
 4. Moore, Germani BR3.0 
 5. Forray, Dolomiti.3.0 
 6. Omogbo, VL Pesaro3.0 
 7. Leunen, Scandone AV3.0 
 8. Scrubb, Scandone AV3.0 
 9. Micov, EA7 Armani3.0 
 10. DeVecchi, Banco d.3.0 
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. NDiaye, Scandone AV2.0 
 4. Landry, Germani BR1.0 
 5. Milbourne, Vanoli C.1.0 
 6. Biligha, Umana VE1.0 
 7. Okoye, Openjobm.1.0 
 8. Cervi, Grissin .1.0 
 9. Oleka, New B.1.0 
 10. Cusin, EA7 Armani1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Benjamin RAYMOND
  Latina B.
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 31
 1. Raymond, Latina B.31.0 
 2. Sanders, Novipiu .30.0 
 3. Greene IV, Tezenis .30.0 
 4. Brown, Aurira Jesi30.0 
 5. Deloach, Eurobask.29.0 
 6. Hasbrouck, Aurira J.26.0 
 7. Veideman, GSA U.26.0 
 8. Green, Alma T.26.0 
 9. Roberts, Viola RC26.0 
 10. Ferguson, Eurotren.26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WILSON
  Imola
  (205-PF-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wilson, Imola13.0 
 2. Sorokas, Bertram .13.0 
 3. Cannon, Agrigento13.0 
 4. Green, Alma T.12.0 
 5. Raymond, Latina B.12.0 
 6. Sherrod, Givova S.11.0 
 7. Tessitori, Eurotren.11.0 
 8. Martinoni, Novipiu .11.0 
 9. Thomas, Virtus R.11.0 
 10. Roberts, Viola RC11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Aurira Jesi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Brown, Aurira Jesi13.0 
 2. Sanguinetti, UCC P.10.0 
 3. Naimy, Unieuro Forli8.0 
 4. Jefferson, Lighthou.8.0 
 5. Hall, Kleb Ferrara7.0 
 6. Mancinelli, F.Kontat.7.0 
 7. Turner, Mens S.7.0 
 8. Fernandez, Alma T.6.0 
 9. Evangelisti, Agrig.6.0 
 10. Vencato, Dinamica.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kerry CARTER
  Cuore N.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Carter, Cuore N.6.0 
 2. Jefferson, Lighthou.5.0 
 3. Marino, Remer T.4.0 
 4. Miles, Givova Scafati3.0 
 5. Roberts, Viola RC3.0 
 6. Sabatini, Treviso .3.0 
 7. Marulli, Roseto S.3.0 
 8. Tessitori, Eurotren.3.0 
 9. Palermo, Tezenis .3.0 
 10. Ferri, Bergamo3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Treviso .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Musso, Treviso .2.0 
 2. Severini, Novipiu .2.0 
 3. De Laurentii., Unieuro .2.0 
 4. Sherrod, Givova S.2.0 
 5. Jones, Dinamica.2.0 
 6. Dykes, GSA Udine2.0 
 7. Allodi, Latina Basket2.0 
 8. Ogide, Roseto S.1.0 
 9. Mollura, Lighthou.1.0 
 10. Tommasini, NPC R.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Fabrizio GIALLORETO
  Fabriano
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 33
 1. Gialloreto, Fabriano33.0 
 2. Visnjic, Palestrina29.0 
 3. Filippini, Lugo28.0 
 4. Cantagalli, Campli28.0 
 5. Bisconti, Valmontone26.0 
 6. Rezzano, San Severo26.0 
 7. Gigena, Cecina25.0 
 8. Petrucci, Cassino25.0 
 9. Di Capua, Battipaglia25.0 
 10. Infanti, Omnia B.25.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giacomo DELL''AGNELLO
  Liber.
  (201-F/C-94)
  Avg: 17
 1. Dell''Agnello, Liber.17.0 
 2. Giacomelli, San M.17.0 
 3. Di-Donato, San S.16.0 
 4. Amanti, Crema16.0 
 5. Serino, Scauri15.0 
 6. Tiberti, Rimini15.0 
 7. Ravazzani, Matera14.0 
 8. Bayehe, Roma S.12.0 
 9. Squeo, Omnia B.12.0 
 10. Vanuzzo, Sestu12.0 
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. Di Marco, Matera8.0 
 7. Magrini, Valsesia7.0 
 8. Simoncelli, Omegna7.0 
 9. Busetto, Rimini7.0 
 10. Richotti, Scauri7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrea LONGOBARDI
  Scauri
  (199-SF-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Longobardi, Scauri4.0 
 2. Banchi, Giulianova4.0 
 3. Mazzoleni, Desio4.0 
 4. Cozzoli, Matera4.0 
 5. Morici, Catanzaro4.0 
 6. Demartini, Vicenza4.0 
 7. Planezio, Olginate4.0 
 8. Colnago, Olginate4.0 
 9. Faragalli Se., Roma L.4.0 
 10. Dagnello, Crema4.0 
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. Dell''Agnello, Liber.3.0 
 5. Locci, Patti2.0 
 6. Persico, Piombino2.0 
 7. Benfatto, Cento2.0 
 8. Petrucci, Montecatini2.0 
 9. Gueye, Venafro2.0 
 10. Ruiu, Bernareggio2.0 


Serie A2 Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Serie A2 just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Agrigento defeated Latina Basket at home 80-69. American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Pendarvis Williams (198-91, college: Norfolk St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. Latina Basket will play next round against NPC Rieti trying to get back on the winning streak. Agrigento will try to continue on its current victory against Mens Sana 1871 in Siena.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Agribertocchi OR (0-1) in Orzinuovi. Hosts were defeated by Alma Trieste (1-0) 78-73. American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Alessandro Cittadini accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: HMS) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for Agribertocchi OR in the defeat. Alma Trieste will play against Unieuro Forli (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Agribertocchi OR will play against Orasi Ravenna to get more than just one victory in their record.
Quite upsetting was Cuore Napoli's (#4) 22-point home defeat in a game versus Eurobasket Roma who smashed hosts Michael Deloach fired 29 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Eurobasket Roma's coach Davide Bonora felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kerry Carter produced 18 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Eurobasket Roma will meet at home Novipiu Casale (#7) in the next round. Cuore Napoli will play against Legnano in Castellanza and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Cagliari. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Eurotrend Biella (0-1) to Cagliari Academy (1-0) 82-79 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Roberto Rullo who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Cagliari Academy's next round opponent will be Givova Scafati (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Eurotrend Biella will play against Lighthouse TRP and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ferrara. host Kleb Ferrara (1-0) defeated Montegrano (0-1) 83-69. Mike Hall stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Kleb Ferrara's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Kleb Ferrara will face Imola (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Montegrano will play against Roseto Sharks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1:
In A2 F.Kontatto BO won against GSA Udine on the opponent's court 76-71. Winless Bergamo lost to undefeated Dinamica MNV in a home game 67-73. Winless Treviso Basket lost to undefeated UCC Piacenza on the road 83-86. Winless Roseto Sharks lost to undefeated Orasi Ravenna on its own court 75-82. Winless Imola lost to undefeated Unieuro Forli in a road game 63-76. Aurira Jesi won against Tezenis Verona at home 96-86. Winless Viola RC lost to undefeated Bertram Tortona on the opponent's court 72-80. Novipiu Casale managed to beat Mens Sana 1871 in a home game 76-66. Winless Remer Treviglio lost to undefeated Lighthouse TRP on the road 63-73. NPC Rieti beat Givova Scafati on its own court 79-72. Legnano won against Virtus Roma in Castellanza 74-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 7 rebounds by Rain Veideman of GSA Udine.

East
Agribertocchi OR - Alma Trieste 73-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Agribertocchi OR (0-1) in Orzinuovi. Hosts were defeated by Alma Trieste (1-0) 78-73. They made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Alessandro Cittadini (207-79) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: HMS) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: HMS) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Agribertocchi OR in the defeat. Alma Trieste will play against Unieuro Forli (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Agribertocchi OR will play against Orasi Ravenna to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Agribertocchi OR: J.Olasewere 17+11reb+1ast, A.Scanzi 17, R.Valenti 11+8reb+1ast, A.Sollazzo 9+8reb+5ast, M.Toure 7+2reb+3ast, D.Zambon 6+4reb+2ast
Alma Trieste: J.Green 26+12reb+3ast, A.Cittadini 15+5reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 13+3reb+6ast, R.Prandin 11+2reb, L.Baldasso 5+1reb+2ast, A.Coronica 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 556281


GSA Udine - F.Kontatto BO 71-76

But GSA Udine was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Bologna 76-71 on Friday night. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Demetri McCamey (191-89, college: Illinois) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and American Kyndall Dykes (192-87, college: New Orleans) scored 18 points. F.Kontatto BO will face Aurira Jesi at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GSA Udine will play against Dinamica MNV (#3) in Mirandola and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GSA Udine: R.Veideman 26+7reb+1ast, K.Dykes 18+4reb+1ast, F.Pellegrino 10+8reb, T.Raspino 6+3reb+5ast, C.Mortellaro 5+6reb, O.Diop 4+8reb+2ast
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 20+6reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 17+3reb+2ast, D.McCamey 15+7reb+3ast, G.Pini 7+5reb, M.Chillo 6+4reb, S.Mancinelli 6+5reb+7ast
gschID: 556283


Bergamo - Dinamica MNV 67-73

But Bergamo was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Mirandola 73-67 on Friday night. Bergamo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Francesco Candussi (211-94) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jared Brownridge (190-94, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 23 points. At the losing side Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack) responded with 22 points and Danish center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Dinamica MNV will face GSA Udine (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bergamo will play against Treviso Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: G.Solano 22+4reb+3ast, G.Mascherpa 11+6reb+2ast, J.Bergstedt 9+9reb+2ast, L.Sergio 9+3reb, G.Fattori 6+2reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 5+3reb+2ast
Dinamica MNV: J.Brownridge 23+3reb+1ast, F.Candussi 21+8reb, R.Jones 11+9reb+3ast, L.Gergati 6+1reb+4ast, M.Ferrara 4+7reb, L.Vencato 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 556280


UCC Piacenza - Treviso Basket 86-83

UCC Piacenza used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Treviso 86-83 on Sunday night. UCC Piacenza made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Treviso Basket's players. The former international guard Matteo Formenti (194-82) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-90) chipped in 14 points and 10 assists. At the losing side American forward John Brown III (201-92, college: High Point) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Michele Antonutti (202-86) scored 17 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Five UCC Piacenza and four Treviso Basket players scored in double figures. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UCC Piacenza will face Tezenis Verona (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Treviso Basket will play against Bergamo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: J.Brown III 22+6reb+1ast, M.Antonutti 17+4reb, M.Imbro 13+2reb+3ast, B.Musso 11+6reb+4ast, L.De Zardo 9+2reb, M.Negri 6+1reb+1ast
UCC Piacenza: M.Formenti 20+3reb+4ast, C.Guyton 15+2ast, G.Sanguinetti 14+2reb+10ast, D.Reati 11+6reb+5ast, J.Arledge 10+5reb, L.Infante 10+4reb+3ast
gschID: 556279


Roseto Sharks - Orasi Ravenna 75-82

But Roseto Sharks were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Ravenna 82-75 on Sunday night. Orasi Ravenna made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Orasi Ravenna especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Rayvonte Rice (193-92, college: Illinois, agency: Two Points) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side Riccardo Casagrande (196-88, agency: Two Points) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) scored 15 points. Four Orasi Ravenna and five Roseto Sharks players scored in double figures. Roseto Sharks' coach Emanuele Di Paolantonio rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Orasi Ravenna will face Agribertocchi OR (#9) in Orzinuovi in the next round. Roseto Sharks will play on the road against Montegrano (#13) in Montenegrano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roseto Sharks: A.Ogide 15+3reb, I.Lupusor 12+5reb, R.Casagrande 12+6reb+1ast, R.Marulli 12+2reb+1ast, M.Contento 11+1reb+1ast, F.Infante 7+4reb
Orasi Ravenna: J.Grant 16+9reb+1ast, R.Rice 16+4reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 15+6reb, A.Chiumenti 13+6reb, M.Montano 8+3reb+2ast, A.Raschi 7+1reb
gschID: 556282


Unieuro Forli - Imola 76-63

Unieuro Forli used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Imola 76-63 on Sunday night. Israeli point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 assists for the winners and naturalized American center Dane DiLiegro (204-88, college: New Hampshire) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 9 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: 3Eye) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unieuro Forli will face Alma Trieste on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Imola will play against Kleb Ferrara (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Imola: L.Penna 12+2reb+2ast, P.Prato 11+3reb+2ast, J.Wilson 9+13reb+1ast, D.Alviti 9+4reb+1ast, D.Bell 8+6reb+3ast, M.Maggioli 8+3reb+2ast
Unieuro Forli: Y.Naimy 22+1reb+8ast, D.Jackson 13+1reb+1ast, M.Fallucca 10+2reb, Q.De Laurentiis 8+6reb, R.Castelli 8+4reb, D.DiLiegro 8+10reb
gschID: 556277


Aurira Jesi - Tezenis Verona 96-86

Aurira Jesi used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Verona 96-86 on Sunday night. Tezenis Verona was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Ken Brown (180-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Phil Greene IV (187-92, college: St.John's) responded with 30 points and the former international forward Mattia Udom (200-93) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. Tezenis Verona's coach Luca Dalmonte rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aurira Jesi will face F.Kontatto BO (#4) in Bologna in the next round. Tezenis Verona will play at home against UCC Piacenza (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: P.Greene IV 30+3reb+3ast, M.Udom 20+6reb+4ast, J.Jones 12+5reb+3ast, M.Palermo 10+2reb+4ast, M.Maganza 6+4reb+1ast, A.Amato 4+1ast
Aurira Jesi: K.Brown 30+6reb+13ast, K.Hasbrouck 26+6reb+1ast, P.Marini 14+6reb+4ast, T.Rinaldi 9+7reb, F.Ihedioha 9+3reb, A.Quarisa 5+2reb
gschID: 556278


Kleb Ferrara - Montegrano 83-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ferrara. host Kleb Ferrara (1-0) defeated Montegrano (0-1) 83-69. Kleb Ferrara made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and naturalized Cuban guard Yankiel Moreno (189-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Five Kleb Ferrara players scored in double figures. Kleb Ferrara's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80, agency: Interperformances) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and American Marshawn Powell (201-90, college: Arkansas, agency: HMS) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Kleb Ferrara will face Imola (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Montegrano will play against Roseto Sharks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: V.Amoroso 21+8reb+1ast, M.Powell 16+5reb+1ast, O.Gueye 7+2ast, L.Corbett 7+3reb, E.Rivali 6+6reb+1ast, L.Campogrande 6+2reb
Kleb Ferrara: M.Hall 18+11reb+7ast, T.Fantoni 14+3reb+1ast, M.Venuto 13+3reb, Y.Moreno 11+5reb+2ast, L.Molinaro 10+5reb+1ast, A.Panni 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 556276


West
Bertram Tortona - Viola RC 80-72

Bertram Tortona used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Reggio Calabria 80-72 on Saturday night. Viola RC was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Marco Spanghero (186-91) chipped in 24 points. Bertram Tortona's coach Lorenzo Pansa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import forward A.J. Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bertram Tortona will face Remer Treviglio (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Viola RC will play against Virtus Roma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Viola RC: C.Roberts 26+11reb+3ast, L.Benvenuti 15+8reb, A.Pacher 14+10reb+1ast, M.Passera 7+3reb, A.Fabi 5+1ast, R.Rossato 4+2reb+1ast
Bertram Tortona: M.Spanghero 24+2reb+3ast, P.Sorokas 17+13reb+2ast, M.Johnson 13+5reb+2ast, F.Stefanelli 9, L.Garri 8+5reb, N.Mei 6+2reb
gschID: 556040


Novipiu Casale - Mens Sana 1871 76-66

Novipiu Casale used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Siena 76-66 on Sunday night. American guard Jamarr Sanders (193-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Niccolo Martinoni (203-89) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Elston Turner (195-90, college: Texas A&M) scored 10 points and 7 assists. Novipiu Casale will face Eurobasket Roma (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mens Sana 1871 will play against Agrigento (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: D.Ebanks 23+8reb, E.Turner 10+4reb+7ast, G.Vildera 10+7reb, M.Simonovic 9+2reb, F.Lestini 6+2reb+1ast, S.Borsato 4
Novipiu Casale: J.Sanders 30+5reb+3ast, B.Blizzard 15+4reb+4ast, N.Martinoni 12+11reb, G.Tomassini 11+2reb+4ast, L.Severini 6+6reb+4ast, D.Denegri 2+2reb
gschID: 556038


Lighthouse TRP - Remer Treviglio 73-63

Lighthouse TRP used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Treviglio 73-63 on Sunday night. The former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Austrian-American forward Bryce Douvier (201-91, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and center Jacopo Borra (215-90, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Lighthouse TRP will face Eurotrend Biella (#10) on the road in the next round. Remer Treviglio will play against Bertram Tortona (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Remer Treviglio: B.Douvier 18+9reb+1ast, J.Borra 10+10reb+2ast, A.Voskuil 10+2reb+1ast, T.Marino 9+2reb+3ast, L.Cesana 7+1reb, M.Palumbo 3+1reb
Lighthouse TRP: A.Renzi 23+3reb+2ast, J.Perry 15+5reb+3ast, K.Viglianisi 8+3reb, G.Ganeto 7+7reb, S.Bossi 7+3reb+3ast, N.Simic 6
gschID: 556039


NPC Rieti - Givova Scafati 79-72

NPC Rieti used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Scafati 79-72 on Sunday night. Strangely Givova Scafati outrebounded NPC Rieti 46-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. American-Nigerian guard Zaid Hearst (193-92, college: Quinnipiac) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and guard Claudio Tommasini (197-91) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import point guard Anthony Miles (185-89, college: Lamar) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. NPC Rieti will face Latina Basket (#12) on the road in the next round. Givova Scafati will play against Cagliari Academy and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: B.Sherrod 17+11reb+3ast, A.Miles 17+5reb+2ast, M.Santiangeli 10+3reb+2ast, N.Crow 9+7reb+3ast, G.Spizzichini 8+7reb+2ast, E.Trapani 4
NPC Rieti: Z.Hearst 23+2reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 17+3reb+4ast, M.Casini 14+4reb+2ast, C.Davenport 9+7reb+1ast, A.Gigli 7+7reb+2ast, N.Savoldelli 6
gschID: 556043


Virtus Roma - Legnano 62-74

But Virtus Roma was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Castellanza 74-62 on Sunday night. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up and scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Daniele Toscano (196-93) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Aaron Thomas (196-91, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Legnano will face Cuore Napoli (#9) at home in the next round. Virtus Roma will play against Viola RC (#15) in Reggio Calabria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Virtus Roma: L.Roberts 17+10reb+1ast, A.Thomas 15+11reb+1ast, G.Maresca 11+2ast, T.Baldasso 8+8reb+2ast, A.Landi 7+6reb, G.Benetti 4+2reb+1ast
Legnano: N.Raivio 22+8reb+4ast, D.Toscano 15+7reb, R.Pullazi 11+3reb+2ast, F.Maiocco 8+1reb, M.Martini 7+4reb+1ast, W.Mosley 4+6reb
gschID: 556037


Cuore Napoli - Eurobasket Roma 68-90

Quite upsetting was Cuore Napoli's (#4) 22-point home defeat in a game versus Eurobasket Roma who smashed hosts They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Cuore Napoli's 28. They outrebounded Cuore Napoli 28-15 including 19 on the defensive glass. American point guard Michael Deloach (184-86, college: Norfolk St.) fired 29 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. Eurobasket Roma's coach Davide Bonora felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Kerry Carter (188-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) added 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Eurobasket Roma will meet at home Novipiu Casale (#7) in the next round. Cuore Napoli will play against Legnano in Castellanza and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cuore Napoli: K.Carter 18+5reb+3ast, S.Nikolic 17+2reb+1ast, R.Maggio 13+3ast, A.Ronconi 6+1reb, B.Mascolo 5+2reb, H.Vucic 5+4reb+1ast
Eurobasket Roma: M.Deloach 29+2reb+2ast, D.Sims 23+9reb, M.Poletti 18+3reb+3ast, G.Casale 7+1reb+1ast, A.Piazza 3+5reb+1ast, D.Brkic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 556042


Agrigento - Latina Basket 80-69

Agrigento defeated Latina Basket at home 80-69. American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Pendarvis Williams (198-91, college: Norfolk St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Giovanni Allodi (206-94, agency: Two Points) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. Latina Basket will play next round against NPC Rieti trying to get back on the winning streak. Agrigento will try to continue on its current victory against Mens Sana 1871 in Siena.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: B.Raymond 31+12reb+1ast, A.Pastore 12+1reb+3ast, A.Drungilas 8+6reb, G.Allodi 7+9reb, R.Tavernelli 5+1reb+2ast, M.Lagana 4+7reb+1ast
Agrigento: J.Cannon 20+13reb+4ast, S.Pepe 14+2reb, P.Williams 10+9reb+4ast, L.Ambrosin 8+1reb, R.Zugno 7+4reb+3ast, T.Guariglia 6+4reb
gschID: 556041


Cagliari Academy - Eurotrend Biella 82-79

A very interesting game took place in Cagliari. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Eurotrend Biella (0-1) to Cagliari Academy (1-0) 82-79 on Saturday evening. Cagliari Academy made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Eurotrend Biella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Roberto Rullo (193-90) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. American point guard Marcus Keene (180-95, college: Cent.Michigan) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) answered with 26 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Amedeo Tessitori (208-94) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Eurotrend Biella. Cagliari Academy's next round opponent will be Givova Scafati (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Eurotrend Biella will play against Lighthouse TRP and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eurotrend Biella: J.Ferguson 26+2reb+4ast, A.Tessitori 15+11reb+3ast, T.Bowers 14+3reb+4ast, G.Sgobba 8+4reb, A.Chiarastella 8+6reb+5ast, L.Uglietti 8+3reb+1ast
Cagliari Academy: R.Rullo 25+3reb+1ast, M.Keene 23+2reb+2ast, L.Bucarelli 13+6reb+1ast, M.Ebeling 7+3reb+2ast, M.Turel 6+3reb+3ast, M.Allegretti 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 556036





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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F/C-85)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT29.5 
 2. Uto, Toyama G.24.0 
 3. Gardner, Niigata .23.0 
 4. Trasolini, Hokkaido.22.0 
 5. Sacre, Hitachi SR20.5 
 6. Smith, Osaka E.19.0 
 7. Scott, Shimane SM17.5 
 8. Whittington, Hokkaido.17.0 
 9. Burrell, Nagoya DD16.5 
 10. Shinoyama, Toshi.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .14.5 
 2. Lane, Shimane SM12.5 
 3. Lammert, Nishinom.11.5 
 4. Martin, Ryukyu GK11.5 
 5. Davis, Toshiba BT11.5 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba BT11.5 
 7. Scott, Shimane SM10.5 
 8. Morrison, San-en10.0 
 9. Whittington, Hokkaido.10.0 
 10. Orton, SeaHorses10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Chiba Jets
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 8
 1. Togashi, Chiba Jets8.0 
 2. Uto, Toyama G.7.0 
 3. Rossiter, Tochigi .6.5 
 4. Burns, Nishinomiya S.5.5 
 5. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.0 
 6. Fujii, Toshiba BT5.0 
 7. Namizato, Shiga L.5.0 
 8. Tajima, Hokkaido.5.0 
 9. Hatakeyama, Niigata .4.5 
 10. Suzuki, San-en4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Takaya SASAYAMA
  Nagoya D.
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sasayama, Nagoya D.3.5 
 2. Trasolini, Hokkaido.3.0 
 3. Douhara, Nishinom.3.0 
 4. Fischer, Shiga L.2.5 
 5. Otsuka, Toyama G.2.0 
 6. Tsuyama, Ryukyu GK2.0 
 7. Bozeman, Tochigi .2.0 
 8. Ueta, Toyama G.2.0 
 9. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 10. Uto, Toyama G.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dexter PITTMAN
  Toyama G.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pittman, Toyama G.2.5 
 2. Lane, Shimane SM2.5 
 3. Fischer, Shiga L.2.5 
 4. Kirk, Toyota Alvark2.0 
 5. Gardner, Niigata .2.0 
 6. Smith, Osaka E.2.0 
 7. Orton, SeaHorses2.0 
 8. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.5 
 9. Lammert, Nishinom.1.5 
 10. Willard, Toyama G.1.5 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrew FITZGERALD
  Kanazawa.
  (202-C/F-90)
  Avg: 24
 1. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.24.0 
 2. Nephawe, Bambitio.22.5 
 3. Buchanan, Iwate B.22.0 
 4. Tapscott, Ehime OV21.5 
 5. Creekmore, Yamag.21.5 
 6. Warren, Kagawa FA20.5 
 7. McHenry, Shins.20.0 
 8. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.18.5 
 9. Nishiyama, Tokyo Z18.0 
 10. Stephan, Gunma18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Markhuri SANDERS-FRISON
  Iwate B.
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sanders-F., Iwate B.19.0 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.14.5 
 3. Warren, Kagawa FA12.5 
 4. Hawkinson, Toyot.12.0 
 5. Nephawe, Bambitio.11.5 
 6. Boykin, Tokyo Z11.0 
 7. Hill, Toyotsu FE11.0 
 8. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.11.0 
 9. Burton, Aomori W.11.0 
 10. Ashaolu, Sendai10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Seiji KOUNO
  Yamagata
  (172-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Kouno, Yamagata7.5 
 2. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.6.5 
 3. Furuno, Kumamoto.6.5 
 4. Yuji, Kanazawa.6.0 
 5. Yosuke, Shinshu BW5.5 
 6. Yamashita, Fukuoka .5.0 
 7. Yonamine, Kanazawa.5.0 
 8. Hamilton, Bambitio.5.0 
 9. Burton, Aomori W.4.5 
 10. Kashiwagura, Tokyo Z.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Keijiro MONMA
  Aomori W.
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Monma, Aomori W.3.0 
 2. Fujioka, Yamagata3.0 
 3. Evans, Kanazawa.3.0 
 4. Tapscott, Ehime OV2.5 
 5. McHenry, Shins.2.5 
 6. Yoshihiko, Ehime O.2.5 
 7. Yuji, Kanazawa.2.0 
 8. Taniguchi, Akita NH2.0 
 9. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.0 
 10. Yosuke, Shinshu BW2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chehales TAPSCOTT
  Ehime OV
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tapscott, Ehime OV2.0 
 2. Maduabum, Cyberdyn.2.0 
 3. Chol, Sendai 89ers2.0 
 4. Peppers, Fukuoka .1.5 
 5. Hill, Toyotsu FE1.0 
 6. Suzuki, Kanazawa.1.0 
 7. Faye, Fukuoka .1.0 
 8. Takayama, Tokyo Z1.0 
 9. Gallon, Aomori Watts1.0 
 10. Takumi, Tokyo Z1.0 


Best players of Japanese B League round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Canadian-Italian Marc Trasolini (206-F/C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hokkaido L. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 27-year old power forward had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds for Hokkaido L. in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Toyama Grouses (1-1) 85-83. Hokkaido L. is placed at 4th position in their group in Japanese B League. Hokkaido L. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Trasolini had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hokkaido L.'s top player in his first season with the team. Santa Clara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Trasolini is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.0ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg,3.0spg and 60.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Joshua Smith (208-C-92) of league's best team Kyoto Hannar.. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Kyoto Hannar. to edge San-en (0-2) by 2 points 65-63. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Smith is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannar. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.0ppg (#6). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama Grouses (#4). Uto showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Uto's great performance Toyama Grouses lost 83-85 to #4 ranked Hokkaido L.. 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 Toyama Grouses needs is to lose another game like this one. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Uto has a great season in Japan. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and assists with 7.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Whittington (203-F-93) of Hokkaido L. - 25 points and 9 rebounds
5. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Dexter Pittman (208-C-88) of Toyama Grouses - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alex Kirk (211-C-91) of Toyota Alvark - 18 points and 5 rebounds
8. Brendan Lane (206-C-90) of Shimane SM - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 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)



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

27-year old forward Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ehime OV and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Tokyo Z (1-1) 82-71. Ehime OV was forced-out from the top positions in Japanese B League D2. Ehime OV 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. Tapscott turned to be Ehime OV's top player in his first season with the team. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tapscott is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.5ppg) and averages solid 2.0bpg,2.5spg and 58.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-G-88). He is a guard in his 3rd season at Ehime OV. In the last game Tatsuhiko recorded impressive 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Ehime OV cruised to a 82-71 relatively comfortable win over Tokyo Z (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Tatsuhiko is one of the most experienced players at Ehime OV and similarly like Chehales Tapscott has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#8). He also recorded 6.5 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Michael Buchanan (213-C-94) of Iwate Big Bulls (#5). Buchanan scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Buchanan's great performance Iwate Big Bulls lost 58-79 to Cyberdyne IR (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Buchanan as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam. - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Josh Hawkinson (208-F-95) of Toyotsu FE - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Yamagata - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Luke Evans (203-C-91) of Kanazawa Sam. - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Gunma - 18 points and 14 rebounds
9. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nyika Williams (203-F/C-87) of Ehime OV - 17 points and 9 rebounds

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



B1 League Round 3: Hokkaido L. hands first defeat to Toyama Grouses - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in B League as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

Toyama Grouses (1-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Hokkaido L. (1-1) 85-83. The guests trailed by 18 points after three quarters before their 34-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hokkaido L. made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Toyama Grouses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Greg Whittington (203-93, college: Rutgers) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Naoki Uto (188-91) who recorded 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. is looking forward to face Yokohama BC (#5) at home in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against Nishinomiya S. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kyoto. Kyoto Hannar. (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging San-en NeoPhoenix (0-2) 65-63 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a good game for American center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. Julian Mavunga contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds for San-en NeoPhoenix. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Chiba Jets on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San-en NeoPhoenix will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Osaka between Toyota Alvark and Osaka Evessa. Toyota Alvark (2-0) got a very close victory on the road over Osaka Evessa (0-2). Toyota Alvark managed to escape with a 3-point win 68-65 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Alex Kirk who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was David Wear with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play against Aishin Sea Horses (#3) in Kariya and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
An exciting game was played in Hyogo. Chiba Jets faced Nishinomiya S.. Guests from Chiba (2-0) smashed host Nishinomiya S. (0-2) 93-72. It was an exceptional evening for Yuki Togashi who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannar. at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nishinomiya S. will play against Toyama Grouses and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Niigata Albirex delivered the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed Shimane Magic (0-2) 87-55. The best player for the winners was Davante Gardner who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Shimane Magic will play at home against Tochigi Brex (#5) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

The best stats of 3rd round was 18 points and 5 assists by Ryumo Ono of Chiba Jets.

Nishinomiya S. - Chiba Jets 72-93

An exciting game was played in Hyogo. Chiba Jets faced Nishinomiya S.. Guests from Chiba (2-0) smashed host Nishinomiya S. (0-2) 93-72. The game without a history. Chiba Jets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for Nishinomiya S. in the defeat. Four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannar. at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nishinomiya S. will play against Toyama Grouses and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: Y.Togashi 23+6reb+9ast, M.Parker 18+9reb, R.Ono 18+1reb+5ast, K.Ishii 11+2reb, A.Chambers 8+4reb+5ast, T.Gaffney 6+7reb+2ast
Nishinomiya S.: N.Tani 13+2reb+5ast, C.Lammert 13+12reb+1ast, T.Yanagawa 12+1reb+5ast, N.Douhara 11+3reb, Y.Ishitsuka 7+4reb, D.Burns 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 580928


Osaka Evessa - Toyota Alvark 65-68

A very close game took place in Osaka between Toyota Alvark and Osaka Evessa. Toyota Alvark (2-0) got a very close victory on the road over Osaka Evessa (0-2). Toyota Alvark managed to escape with a 3-point win 68-65 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Toyota Alvark made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward David Wear (208-90, college: UCLA) with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Shota Konno (184-85) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play against Aishin Sea Horses (#3) in Kariya and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: A.Kirk 18+5reb+1ast, D.Tanaka 14+6reb+3ast, S.Ando 10+2reb+1ast, L.Lucas 9+3reb, J.Takeuchi 9+8reb+4ast, J.Williams 4+2reb
Osaka Evessa: D.Wear 17+8reb, S.Konno 14+1reb+1ast, S.Negoro 10+4reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 8+1reb+2ast, N.Kumagae 5+1reb+1ast, G.Pomare 4+10reb+2ast
gschID: 551499


Kyoto Hannar. - San-en 65-63

Important game to mention about took place in Kyoto. Kyoto Hannar. (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging San-en NeoPhoenix (0-2) 65-63 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-11 San-en NeoPhoenix's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 65-63 at the end of the game. Kyoto Hannar. dominated on the defensive end, holding San-en NeoPhoenix to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded San-en NeoPhoenix 44-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Tatsuya Suzuki (169-91) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for San-en NeoPhoenix. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Chiba Jets on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San-en NeoPhoenix will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Smith 21+16reb+2ast, J.Mavunga 12+11reb+2ast, S.Watanuki 8+1reb+1ast, N.Yuya 6+9reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 6+2reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 6+1reb
San-en: H.Kawashima 14+1ast, S.Morrison 10+9reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 10+5reb+5ast, S.Okada 9+1reb+2ast, S.Tawatari 8+6reb, S.Ohishi 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 551498


Niigata Albirex - Shimane SM 87-55

Niigata Albirex delivered the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed Shimane Magic (0-2) 87-55. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Shimane Magic was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 5 points in first quarter. Niigata Albirex forced 20 Shimane Magic turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Niigata Albirex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Masashi Joho (183-82) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Brendan Lane (206-90, college: Pepperdine) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Shimane Magic will play at home against Tochigi Brex (#5) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: M.Joho 20+5reb+1ast, D.Gardner 18+8reb+5ast, T.You 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 8+4reb+2ast, A.Dufault 8+3reb, J.Berggren 8+1reb
Shimane SM: B.Lane 16+15reb+2ast, J.Scott 15+8reb+2ast, K.Sato 11+3reb, T.Soma 4+4reb+1ast, H.Okamoto 4+3ast, T.Kumagai 3
gschID: 551497


Toyama Grouses - Hokkaido L. 83-85

Toyama Grouses (1-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Hokkaido L. (1-1) 85-83. The guests trailed by 18 points after three quarters before their 34-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hokkaido L. made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Toyama Grouses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Greg Whittington (203-93, college: Rutgers) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Naoki Uto (188-91) who recorded 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. is looking forward to face Yokohama BC (#5) at home in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against Nishinomiya S. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: G.Whittington 25+9reb+1ast, M.Trasolini 23+9reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 9+1reb+3ast, K.Ryohei 7+2reb+2ast, Z.Maki 7+3reb+4ast, S.Kohei 4+1ast
Toyama Grouses: N.Uto 23+9reb+6ast, Y.Ueta 15+5reb+3ast, D.Pittman 15+7reb+3ast, S.Willard 9+5reb+2ast, H.Otsuka 8+1reb+1ast, D.Viney 6
gschID: 551496





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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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. Hamilton, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurijs ALEKSEJEVS
  Jekabpils
  (202-C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils13.0 
 2. Labuckas, VEF Riga10.0 
 3. Mejeris, VEF Riga10.0 
 4. Miculis, Valka/Va.