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  ABA LEAGUE  



Dorell Wright is a newcomer at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American forward Dorell Wright (206-95kg-85). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA.
Wright ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Heat in NBA where in 5 games he recorded 3.2ppg and 1.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Fly Dragons in Chinese CBA. In 37 games he averaged impressive 24.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg.
In 2004 Wright was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in first round (19th overall).
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Florida F.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Atenas
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 23
 1. Sims, Atenas23.0 
 2. Johnson, GECR I.22.7 
 3. Keenan, San M.20.7 
 4. Tucker, San Lorenzo20.7 
 5. Vega, Quimsa20.0 
 6. Fjellerup, Weber B.19.7 
 7. Moore, Comunica.19.7 
 8. Davis, Instituto19.7 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.18.7 
 10. Kemp, Obras Basket18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo GLENN
  Penarol
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Glenn, Penarol13.7 
 2. Williams, Olimpico.13.0 
 3. Clancy, Instituto11.0 
 4. Crawford, La Union10.0 
 5. Famous, GECR I.10.0 
 6. Francis, Quimsa10.0 
 7. Johnson, Weber B.9.7 
 8. Basualdo, Quilm.9.3 
 9. Fierro, Boca Jrs9.3 
 10. Vega, Quimsa9.0 
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. Barrera, GECR I.6.3 
 6. Aguirre, San L.6.0 
 7. Parodi, Weber B.5.0 
 8. Ferreyra, Quilm.4.8 
 9. Konsztadt, La Union4.7 
 10. Brussino, Quimsa4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas GOLDENBERG
  Salta B.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Goldenberg, Salta B.2.8 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.7 
 3. Boccia, Boca Jrs2.7 
 4. De-l., Quimsa2.5 
 5. Elsener, La Union2.3 
 6. Garcia, Argentino2.3 
 7. Vildoza, San L.2.3 
 8. Johnson, GECR I.2.3 
 9. Espinoza, Salta B.2.3 
 10. Slider, Penarol2.3 
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. Meyinsse, Atenas1.5 
 7. Bortolin, Argentino1.3 
 8. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.3 
 9. Lescano, San M.1.0 
 10. Gadson, Quimsa1.0 


Argentinian LigaA round 3 best performance: Justin Keenan - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked San Martin C., receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, five rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat La Union (#4, 1-2) 86-77. It allowed San Martin C. to consolidate first place in the Argentinian LigaA. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but San Martin C. already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Keenan had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be San Martin C.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Ferris State University star has very solid stats this year. Keenan is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.7ppg) and averages impressive 62.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-F-87) of Atenas. Romano had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Atenas to another comfortable win 96-79 over Salta Basket (2-2) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Romano is a newcomer at Atenas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Hispano Am. (#5). Austin got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Austin's great performance Hispano Am. lost 86-97 to Ferrocarril (#3, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hispano Am. can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group C. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Austin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Austin has a very solid season. In 3 games in Argentina he scored 17.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicolas Ferreyra (185-PG-85) of Quilmes MP - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Diego Gerbaudo (178-PG-89) of Salta Basket - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Donald Sims (185-G-87) of Atenas - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of San Lorenzo - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tomas Zanzottera (191-SG-93) of Obras Basket - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of San Lorenzo - 17 points and 12 rebounds

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



Paul Larsen (ex La Salle) joins Villa San Martin - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Villa San Martin (TNA) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Paul Larsen (198-102kg-92, college: USC Aiken). He played last summer at La Salle in Peruvian LNB league. Larsen also played that season for Osos (also in LNB).
He was voted NABC Division II All-Southeast Region 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Larsen has played previously professionally in Germany (PS Karlsruhe Lions) and Spain (Estela and Cantbasket).
He attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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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





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  ASIA CHAMPIONS CUP  


Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Champions Cup Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Champions Cup 1st Team 2017
Darius Adams
Adams
Quincy Douby
Douby
Arsalan Kazemi
Kazemi
Justin Carter
Carter
Chris Daniels
Daniels

Best Player: Darius Adams (188-PG-89) of Xinjiang FT
Best Guard: Darius Adams (188-PG-89) of Xinjiang FT
Best Forward: Justin Carter (193-G/F-87) of Astana
Best Center: Chris Daniels (205-C-84) of Al Riyadi

1st Team
PG: Darius Adams (188-PG-89) of Xinjiang FT
G: Quincy Douby (190-G-84) of Al Riyadi
SF: Arsalan Kazemi (200-SF-90) of Petrochimi
G/F: Justin Carter (193-G/F-87) of Astana
C: Chris Daniels (205-C-84) of Al Riyadi

2nd Team
PG: Wael Arakji (194-PG-94) of Al Riyadi
PG: Willie Warren (193-PG-89) of Petrochimi
PG: Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94) of Astana
C: Sim Bhullar (226-C-92) of Dacin Tigers
C: Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Pilipinas

Honorable Mention
Mohamad Haidar (201-F-90) of Al Riyadi
Makan Kelanbaike (197-F-92) of Xinjiang FT
Chia-Jung Chang (194-F-88) of Dacin Tigers
Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) of Pilipinas
Todd O'Brien (211-C-89) of Seraeyett
Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of Mono Vampire
Michael Singletary (198-F-88) of Mono Vampire
Qais Alshabebi (200-C-91) of Ahli Shabab
Singh Yadwinder (197-PF-86) of ONGC



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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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Kremen keeps Hamzayev for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Kremen Kremenchuk (Higher League) re-signed 27-year old Azerbaijani ex-international power forward Amil Hamzayev (204-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played there last season. In 28 Superleague games he averaged 10.3ppg and 3.4rpg. Higher League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Hamzayev played in the final of Azerbaijan League for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
He also represented Azerbaijan at the 3x3 Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku (Georgia) this year.
Hamzayev has played also professionally for other Azerbaijani teams like Araz-NDT Baku, Gala-Atena and Gyandzha.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Ukraine



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Moutahed adds Godfrey to their roster, ex Al-Riffa - by Eurobasket News

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-109kg-90, college: Memphis). He already started the season at Al-Riffa in Bahrain Premier League. In two games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg and 3.5bpg this season.
The most of last season Godfrey spent at Sagesse where in 15 Pepsi LBL games he averaged remarkable 18.8ppg, 10.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg. He also played earlier that season for Budivelnyk (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 8 games he had 10.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Godfrey won ASEAN League championship title in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team in 2016.
Godfrey has played previously professionally in Malaysia (KL Dragons) and Uruguay.
He attended University of Memphis until 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lebanon



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Showdown for semis spots - by Eurobasket News

The battle for semi-final places in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association's Men's Division 1 play-offs takes place tonight at the Clapham courts. Patriots and Barbados Lumber Company Lakers forced a decisive Game 3 in their quarter-final series with contrasting victories on Saturday night. Patriots defeated Barbados Hilton Resort Warriors 65-55 in Game 2 at the Barbados Community College to set up tonight's 6:30 p.m. showdown. Julian Walcott led the way for Patriots with 17 points while Damien Gaskin contributed 11 points. Shawn Ifill, Cheyne Freeman and Jehnard Brewster all supported with 11 points.
Courtesy of: nationnews.com



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


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
gschID: 580680





Jarrod Jones claims Basketball Champions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Hungarian Jarrod Jones (207-F/C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pinar Karsiyaka and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Qualifying Round).
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 27 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Alba 81-72. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Pinar Karsiyaka's top player in his first season with the team. Jarrod Jones averages just after two games 27.0ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American point guard Anthony Ireland (175-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) of Juventus. Ireland impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists. Of course Juventus cruised to a 86-79 relatively comfortable win over Lukoil Acad. Ireland is a newcomer at Juventus 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 Nigerian Alade Aminu (207-F/C-87, agency: 3Eye) of Nanterre. Aminu scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Nanterre, leading his team to an 80-75 win against Tsmoki-Minsk. Aminu also has a very good start of the Qualifying Round with very strong stats. Aminu has a very solid season. In 2 games in Basketball Champions League he scored 14.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Kataja Basket - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Brandyn Curry (187-G-91) of Groningen - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Patrik Auda (206-PF-89) of Rosa - 18 points and 5 rebounds
8. Alex Marzette (196-G-93) of Kataja Basket - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Karolis Guscikas (205-C-92) of Juventus - 16 points and 10 rebounds
10. Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89) of Brussels - 13 points and 9 rebounds

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



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  BELGIUM  


FIBA Europe Cup: Mons-Hainaut crush Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Mons-Hainaut - Beroe 88:69

Mons-Hainaut recorded a comfortable home win over Beroe in the first leg of FIBA Europe Cup Qualification Round 2. Tre Demps (188-G-93, college: Northwestern) scored 22 points to pace the Belgian side.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first period. They were tied at 15 after ten minutes. Mons-Hainaut pulled ahead in the second term. The Belgian team ensured a 40:33 halftime advantage. The hosts protected the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 7 points. Mons-Hainaut then used a 24:12 rally in the final period to secure a convincing win. Chris Jones (188-G-93, college: Angelo St.) produced 19 points, while Garlon Green (201-G/F-91, college: TCU) added 15 points for the winners. Mike DiNunno (180-PG-90, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) replied with 20 points for Beroe. Terry Whisnant (190-G-92, college: E.Carolina) had 15 points in the loss.



FIBA Europe Cup: Spirou roll past Pardubice - by Eurobasket News

Pardubice - Spirou 75:92

Proximus Spirou secured their winning start of their FIBA Europe Cup Second Qualifying Round series versus Pardubice. The Belgian side claimed a comfortable road win to step closer to the regular season. Scott Thomas (198-SF-89, college: Bowling Green) scored 22 points to pace the winners.
Spirou posted a 19:16 lead after the opening frame. The visitors poured in 22 points in the second term to take a 4-point halftime lead 41:37. Pardubice erased the deficit in the third term. They tied things up at 58 heading into the fourth period. But the hosts ran out of steam in the final stanza. Spirou capitalised igniting a 34:17 run to seal the victory. Jack Gibbs (183-G-95, college: Davidson) had 15 points, while Ioann Iarochevitch (207-F/C-89) netted 12 points for the winners. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 14 points for Pardubice. Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.




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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Dorell Wright is a newcomer at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American forward Dorell Wright (206-95kg-85). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA.
Wright ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Heat in NBA where in 5 games he recorded 3.2ppg and 1.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Fly Dragons in Chinese CBA. In 37 games he averaged impressive 24.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg.
In 2004 Wright was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in first round (19th overall).
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Florida F.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Koron Reed signs at Vogosca - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KK Vogosca Sarajevo (Division I) landed 26-year old American forward Koron Reed (201-104kg-91). just graduated from Shaw (NCAA2).
Two years ago London Lightning selected him as fifth overall pick in NBL Canada draft.
Reed just graduated from Shaw and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the MEAC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Artis, America18.4 
 2. Anthony, Bauru17.2 
 3. Cook, L.Sorocaba17.1 
 4. Fuller, Paulistano14.4 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.4 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi13.4 
 8. Dos-Santos, Pauli.13.0 
 9. Taylor, Mogi12.2 
 10. Bennett, Pinheiros11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru7.5 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros7.1 
 3. Drudi, Osasco B.7.0 
 4. Rodrigues, L.Sor.6.6 
 5. Viana, America6.2 
 6. Galvanini, Bauru6.2 
 7. Sommer, Paulistano6.0 
 8. Bernardi, Pinheiros5.8 
 9. Silveira, Mogi5.8 
 10. de-Souza, Franca5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Corazza, Paulistano6.4 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.8 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.4 
 4. Lersch, Mogi4.8 
 5. Anthony, Bauru4.5 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.2 
 7. Garcia, Bauru4.1 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi3.9 
 9. Artis, America3.8 
 10. Borges, Franca3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Andrade, America2.3 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 3. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 4. Knight, America1.9 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.9 
 6. Artis, America1.6 
 7. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.6 
 8. Rosa, America1.5 
 9. Cook, L.Sorocaba1.4 
 10. Coelho, Franca1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru1.5 
 2. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 3. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.1 
 4. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 5. Gruber, Franca0.9 
 6. Sena, Mogi0.8 
 7. Demetrio, Franca0.8 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.8 
 9. Sommer, Paulistano0.7 
 10. Pereira, Pinheiros0.7 


Paulista Round 10: Mogi defeats Pinheiros in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Mogi (10-3) which hosted in Mogi das Cruzes 4th ranked Pinheiros (7-6). Second ranked Mogi managed to get a 4-point victory 77-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pinheiros. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 20-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mogi dominated on the defensive end, holding Pinheiros to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American center Chris Ware (203-89, college: Indiana Tech) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Pinheiros. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mogi have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-3 record behind leader Franca. Pinheiros at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
Paulista top team - Vivo/Franca (11-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked America (3-10) in Sao Paulo 93-70. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Luis Felipe Gruber chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vivo/Franca maintains first position with 11-2 record, which they share with Paulistano. America at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost.
The game in Osasco was also quite interesting. Third ranked Paulistano (11-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Osasco B. (1-12). Paulistano defeated Osasco B. 88-72 on Tuesday. Jhonatan Luz dos Santos notched 16 points to lead the effort. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by William Drudi did not help to save the game for Osasco B.. Paulistano have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Franca. Osasco B. lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost.

Osasco B. - Paulistano 72-88

The game in Osasco was also quite interesting. Third ranked Paulistano (11-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Osasco B. (1-12). Paulistano defeated Osasco B. 88-72 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Paulistano. Osasco B. managed to win third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paulistano looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) notched 16 points to lead the effort and power forward Victor Camilo (203-97) supported him with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by the former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) did not help to save the game for Osasco B.. Point guard Cunha Murilo (178-96) added 8 points and 7 assists for lost side. Paulistano have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Franca. Osasco B. lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Osasco B.: W.Drudi 13+7reb+1ast, A.Ferros 13+4reb+1ast, I.Avelino 9+3reb+2ast, L.Fernandes 8+3reb+1ast, C.Murilo 8+4reb+7ast, V.Oliveira 7+7reb+4ast
Paulistano: J.Luz dos Santos 16+4reb+2ast, K.Fuller 11, E.Carvalho 9+5reb+1ast, G.Hubner 9+5reb, V.Camilo 8+6reb+1ast, L.Dias Silva 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 558408


Mogi - Pinheiros 77-73

An interesting game for Mogi (10-3) which hosted in Mogi das Cruzes 4th ranked Pinheiros (7-6). Second ranked Mogi managed to get a 4-point victory 77-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pinheiros. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 20-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mogi dominated on the defensive end, holding Pinheiros to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. American center Chris Ware (203-89, college: Indiana Tech) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) added 15 points in the effort for Pinheiros. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mogi have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-3 record behind leader Franca. Pinheiros at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: C.Bennett 15+2reb+2ast, C.Ware 13+7reb+1ast, A.Bernardi 11+4reb, D.Santos 8+2reb+3ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 7+8reb+2ast, V.Pinto 6
Mogi: T.Curnell 15+2reb+1ast, W.Sena 15+8reb, L.Taylor 14+3reb+1ast, V.Da Silva 10+3reb+2ast, C.Silveira 7+4reb+1ast, R.Da Silva 6+2reb
gschID: 558409


Franca - America 93-70

Paulista top team - Vivo/Franca (11-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked America (3-10) in Sao Paulo 93-70. The game without a history. Vivo/Franca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while America only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded America 51-40 including 36 on the defensive glass. America was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Luis Felipe Gruber (206-85) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and Kleiton Torres (201-89) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 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 position with 11-2 record, which they share with Paulistano. America at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
America: D.Artis 25+6reb+2ast, K.Torres 12+11reb+1ast, G.Andrade 6, G.Martins 6, L.Rubens 5+1reb, H.Winkler 4+4reb
Franca: J.Andrade 16+8reb, A.Ferreira 13+4reb, L.Felipe Gruber 10+7reb+2ast, P.Lima 10+1reb+4ast, L.Cipolini 10+6reb+1ast, L.Meindl 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 558410





Daniel Castellar agreed terms with Campo Mourao - by Paulo Freire

Campo Mourao (NBB) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old center Daniel Castellar (203-83) from Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia. In 19 NBB games he recorded 4.4ppg and 3.9rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Castellar played at Rio Claro Basquete (Paulista) where in 29 games he averaged 7.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg.
His team won Paulista League Group A Regular Season in 2015.
Castellar has spent his entire career in Brazil playing for four other teams: Rio Pardo, Winner/Limeira, AABI/CLINESP/Artur Nogueira and Mogi.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Joao De Sa agreed terms with B.Cearense - by Paulo Freire

SKY/Basquete Cearense (NBB) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old forward Joao De Sa (201-93, college: NE Oklahoma A&M CC). The last time (15) he played at Sport Club do Recife in Brazilian Liga Ouro. De Sa missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
De Sa won NJCAA D1 Region II in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Palmeiras and Liga Sorocaba.
De Sa attended NE Oklahoma A&M College until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.



FIBA Europe Cup: Mons-Hainaut crush Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Mons-Hainaut - Beroe 88:69

Mons-Hainaut recorded a comfortable home win over Beroe in the first leg of FIBA Europe Cup Qualification Round 2. Tre Demps (188-G-93, college: Northwestern) scored 22 points to pace the Belgian side.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first period. They were tied at 15 after ten minutes. Mons-Hainaut pulled ahead in the second term. The Belgian team ensured a 40:33 halftime advantage. The hosts protected the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 7 points. Mons-Hainaut then used a 24:12 rally in the final period to secure a convincing win. Chris Jones (188-G-93, college: Angelo St.) produced 19 points, while Garlon Green (201-G/F-91, college: TCU) added 15 points for the winners. Mike DiNunno (180-PG-90, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) replied with 20 points for Beroe. Terry Whisnant (190-G-92, college: E.Carolina) had 15 points in the loss.



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  CAMEROON  


Gedeon Pitard selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France). Pitard led Chalons-Reims to a victory against the 15th-ranked Olympique Antibes (0-3) 86-78 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He scored 11 points in 32 minutes on the court. Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (1-1) is placed ninth in the ProA. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Pitard's first year with the team. This season Pitard averages: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Pitard played previously for the French U18 national team, he played also for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Arsene Towa (193-81, currently plays in Finland). He could not help Jarvenpaa (0-1) in their last game. Despite Towa's very good performance the eighth-placed Jarvenpaa (0-1) lost 77-84 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Ura Basket in the Division A. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 20 rebounds. Towa also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Jarvenpaa this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Jarvenpaa's roster. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). Nzeulie was not able to help Chalon/Saor in their game against Paris-Levallois (1-2) in the French ProA. He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Chalon/Saor was edged 79-77 on the road by the higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#14). So far Chalon/Saor lost all three games in the Regular Season. Nzeulie's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 16.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #4. Power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Comunicaciones (1-2) in their game against Regatas Corrientes (2-1) in the Argentinian LigaA. Essengue scored 6 points. Comunicaciones (#3) was defeated 83-70 on their home court in Mercedes by the second-ranked Regatas Corrientes in the Group A. This season Essengue averages only 4.0ppg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #5. Former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (0-2) in their last game. Despite NaNa's good performance Svendborg was crushed 83-60 on the opponent's court by the leading Naestved. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year NaNa's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #6. Forward Michel Ipouck (200-86, currently plays in France) contributed to Aubenas' victory against the 16th-ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (0-2) 91-82 in the French NM1 (third division) on Friday night. Ipouck scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Aubenas US (1-1) is placed 11th in the NM1. Ipouck's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.5apg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Ipouck is also a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Paul Biligha (200-C/F-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (0-1) 80-62 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Umana Venezia this season. His team is placed seventh in the Serie A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Biligha has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #2. Experienced Danny Gibson (178-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in France) could not help Limoges CSP Elite in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 85-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#8). Gibson was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added made 4 passes and 3 steals. This season Gibson averages: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and American.

   #3. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) was not able to help SO Maritime Boulogne (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Temgoua's good performance SO Maritime Boulogne was badly defeated 93-73 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Souffelweyersheim (#6). He scored 12 points and added 3 passes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Temgoua's first year with the team. Temgoua has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.0spg. Temgoua has both Cameroonian and French nationalities.

   #4. Philippe Bayehe (204-F-99, currently plays in Italy) led Roma S.Azzurra to a victory against the 14th-ranked Capo d'Orlando (1-2) 80-74 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Roma S.Azzurra this season. His team is placed fourth in Group D.

   #5. Johan Bitjaa Kody (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for L'Hospitalet in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bitjaa Kody's good performance L'Hospitalet was defeated 68-54 at home by the higher-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (#3). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Bitjaa Kody also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was his first game for L'Hospitalet this season.

   #6. Maxime Djo Ebala (208-C-94, currently plays in France) couldn't help Orchesien BC in their game against Saint-Quentin in the French NM1 (third division). Djo Ebala cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team was edged 72-69. This year Djo Ebala's total stats are: 1.5ppg and 2.5rpg in two games he played so far. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #7. Max Massing (203-F-93, agency: SportsVision-Service, currently plays in Germany) managed to help WWU Baskets Muenster in a victory against the 11th-ranked Recklinghausen 76-60 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. This year Massing's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 6.0rpg in three games. He has dual citizenship: Cameroonian and German.



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  CANADA  


Philip Scrubb selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Philip Scrubb
Philip Scrubb
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Philip Scrubb (191-92, currently plays in Germany). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a victory over the 15th-ranked Science City Jena (0-1) 82-70 in the German BBL in Friday night's game. Scrubb was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners this season. His team is placed sixth in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Scrubb has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British. He played for the Canadian senior national team one years ago.

Dyshawn Pierre
Dyshawn Pierre
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton, currently plays in Italy). Pierre contributed to a Banco di Srd's victory against the 11th-ranked MIA-RO Cantu (0-1) 94-80 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Banco di Srd this season. His team is placed first in the Serie A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pierre is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Adika Peter-McNeilly
Adika Peter-McNeilly
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international guard Adika Peter-McNeilly (190-93, college: Ryerson, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in a EnBW Ludwigsburg's victory against UBT Cluj Napoca 88-77 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Peter-McNeilly recorded 17 points in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburgis placed in the Basketball Champions League. It's Peter-McNeilly's first year with the team. This season Peter-McNeilly averages: 9.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 46.7%(14-30) and FT: 77.8% in six games he played so far. He played for the Canadian university national team two years ago.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #4. Center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) could not help Hitachi Sunrockers (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sacre's very good performance the third-placed Hitachi Sunrockers (1-1) was defeated 65-53 on the road by the second-ranked Ryukyu GK in the East group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Sacre also added and 3 steals. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Sacre's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Sacre averages: 20.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #5. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the eighth-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (0-2) crushing them 106-64 in the Lithuanian LKL last Monday. Pangos scored 11 points and added 4 passes in a mere 18 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (3-1) is placed fourth in the LKL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Pangos' overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.3apg in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Slovenian. Pangos used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Murphy Burnatowski
Murphy Burnatowski
   #6. Power forward Murphy Burnatowski (200-90, college: Colgate, currently plays in Switzerland) was the main contributor in Fribourg's victory against the eighth-ranked Neuchatel (0-1) 87-78 in the Swiss SBL in Saturday night's game. Burnatowski was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Fribourg this season. His team is placed second in the SBL. Burnatowski is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Kai Williams
Kai Williams
   #7. Former international power forward Kai Williams (198-88, college: S.Dakota St., currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Newcastle Eagles win their game against the ninth-ranked Leeds Force (0-1) crushing them 148-60 in the British BBL on Friday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Newcastle Eagles this season. His team is placed fourth in the BBL. Williams used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Olu Ashaolu
Olu Ashaolu
   #8. Power forward Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Sendai 89ers (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Sendai 89ers (#6) were defeated 77-72 at home by the higher-ranked Toyotsu FE (#4) in the East group. Ashaolu recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). It's Ashaolu's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Ashaolu averages: 18.0ppg, 10.0rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Canadian U18 national team back in 2006.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #9. Former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the 15th-ranked Real Betis (0-1) 90-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Doornekamp recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Valencia Basket this season. His team is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. Doornekamp used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Marc Trasolini
Marc Trasolini
   #10. Power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Japan) helped Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo edge the fourth-ranked Toyama Grouses (1-1) 85-83 in the Japanese B1 League last Sunday. Trasolini scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (1-1) is placed fourth in East group. This season Trasolini has very high stats. He averages: 22.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5bpg and 3.0spg. Trasolini is a former U19 international player as eight years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former international center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for San-en NeoPhoenix (0-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance San-en NeoPhoenix (#6) was edged 65-63 in Kyoto by the leading Hannaryz in the Central group. Morrison scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 36 minutes. This year Morrison's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former University international center Josh Wolfram (208-92, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) helped his Czech Republic team BK Usti nad Labem win their game against the league outsider UBSC Graz crushing them 93-44 in the Alpe Adria Cup on Wednesday night. Wolfram recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for BK Usti nad Labem this season. Wolfram used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U19 international guard Marek Klassen (185-92, college: Point Loma, currently plays in Turkey) helped Bakirkoy win their game against the 11th-ranked Ankara D.S.I. 77-66 in the Turkish TBL (second division) in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and making 12 passes. Klassen also added 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Bakirkoy this season. Klassen used to play for the Canadian U19 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former University international guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Betaland Cdo in their game against Avtodor in the Basketball Champions League. Despite his good performance last Friday He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Edwards also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Edwards has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former University international guard Caleb Agada (193-94, agency: Blacktop Management, college: Ottawa, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Prat win their game against the league outsider Palma 79-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Agada was the top player that evening. He recorded 25 points and had 5 steals. It was his first game for CB Prat this season. Agada used to play for the Canadian university national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Michael L'Africain (185-PG-92, college: Ottawa, currently plays in Slovakia) led Nova Ves to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Rieker KN (0-1) 91-78 in the Slovakian SBL on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. L'Africain recorded 22 points. It was his first game for Nova Ves this season; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. His team is placed fifth in the SBL.

   #2. AJ Basi (180-PG-93, college: Manitoba, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Leeds Force (0-1) crushing them 148-60 in the British BBL last Friday. He recorded 12 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Newcastle Eagles this season. His team is placed fourth in the BBL. Basi has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #3. Matt Marshall (198-F, college: Brock, currently plays in Slovakia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael L'Africain and both played together in the last Slovakian SBL game. Marshall contributed to a Nova Ves' victory against one of league's weakest teams Rieker KN (0-1) 91-78. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds. Marshall also added 2 blocks in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Nova Ves this season.

   #4. Nick Tufegdzich (203-PF-92, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a ETB Wohnbau's victory against the sixth-ranked Rostock (1-1) 76-72 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Tufegdzich had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (2-0) is placed second in North group. Tufegdzich has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 26.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.5apg in two games he played so far.

   #5. Kiefer Douse (190-G-92, college: Canisius, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Leicester Riders win their game against the tenth-ranked Manchester Giants (0-1) 86-70 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Douse recorded 10 points. It was his first game for Leicester Riders this season. His team is placed third in the BBL.

   #6. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in France) helped Saint-Quentin win their game against one of league's weakest teams Orchesien BC 72-69 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Walker scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Walker has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 9.5rpg and 3.5apg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.

   #7. Experienced Mohamed Hachad (194-SG-83, college: Northwestern, currently plays in France) could not help Le Portel (1-2) in their last game. Despite Hachad's good performance Le Portel was crushed 91-53 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) JL Bourg. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Hachad also added 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Hachad has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.3rpg in three games. He has both Moroccan and Canadian nationalities.

   #8. Billy McNutt (203-C/F-85, currently plays in Luxembourg) was not able to help Etzella (1-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Etzella lost 69-77 at home to the leading Racing. McNutt had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 15 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Etzella this season.

   #9. Ashton Smith (187-G-89, college: Indiana, PA, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for AstroStars in their last game. Despite Smith's very good performance AstroStars (#2) lost 54-65 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#4) Schalke in the North group. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Smith also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. This year Smith has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.0apg in two games.

   #10. Kashrell Lawrence (188-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in PeU-Basket's victory against the 11th-ranked Raholan Pyrkiva 85-84 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. Lawrence also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. It was his first game for PeU-Basket this season.



The Storm tabs Tyler Scott - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) inked guard Tyler Scott (190, agency: Interperformances). He just graduated from University of Prince Edward Island. Scott has played there for the last three years. In 19 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 21.5ppg and recorded 4.8rpg and 2.6apg last season. NBL Canada will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-AUS 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Scott played in the final of AUS in 2013 and 2016.
He previously for Axemen.
Scott's game is described as: Can create off the dribble and a great shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gary Johnson claims Chilean Liga Nacional weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Gary Johnson (198-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for CD Castro and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Osorno (#6, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 95-86. CD Castro maintains the 4th position in their group in Chilean Liga Nacional. CD Castro 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. Johnson turned to be CD Castro's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.0ppg. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 11.0rpg) and averages solid 54.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 37-year old Nigerian center Reggie Okosa (207-C-80) of CDE Talca. Okosa impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as CDE Talca was edged by CDU Concepcion (1-1) 75-73. 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. Okosa is a newcomer at CDE Talca 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 26.0ppg (#4). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of Osorno (#6). Summers scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Summers' great performance Osorno lost 86-95 to CD Castro (#4, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Osorno can only dream about fighting for top spots in Conferencia Sur. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Summers he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Summers as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of CD Valdivia - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) of Las Animas - 19 points and 17 rebounds
6. Jonatan Machuca (182-PG-89) of AB Ancud - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Benito Santiago (198-F-89) of Puerto Montt - 27 points and 2 rebounds
8. Trevante Drye (199-F-93) of CD Castro - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85) of CDU Catolica - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aaron Nelson (203-F-91) of CDU Catolica - 21 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)



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
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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





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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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Zagreb, coach Danijel Jusup part ways - by Zeljko Zule

Coach Daniel Jusup has parted ways with Zagreb only a few days before the new season begins.
Jusup was hired in 2012 and led the club to Croatian Cup Kresimir Cosic finals in 2014, Croatian Championship semifinals in 2015 and Alpe-Adria Cup Final-Four appearances in 2016.
Jusup started his coaching carrer as cadet and junior coach at Zadar. He became a head coach for the first time in 1992, taking Zadar. He also served as head coach of Benston Zagreb plus Wloclawek in Poland, Siroki in Bosnia, Telekom Bonn in Germany and Lokomotiv Rostov in Russia.



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

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

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a 3-point s Oliver Baskets' victory against the 12th-ranked Brose Baskets (0-1) 76-73 in the German BBL in Friday night's game. Loncar recorded 20 points in 28 minutes on the court. It was his first game for s Oliver 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. Loncar has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. He played for the Croatian senior national team seven years ago.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy). Stipcevic led Banco di Srd to a victory against the 11th-ranked MIA-RO Cantu (0-1) 94-80 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. It was his first game for Banco di Srd this season. His team is placed first in the Serie A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Stipcevic played for the Croatian national team in 2016.

Zvonko Buljan
Zvonko Buljan
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international center Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Argentina). He led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory over the third-ranked Comunicaciones (1-2) crushing them 97-75 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. Buljan was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Estudiantes Concordia (1-3) is placed fifth in Group A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Buljan has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(15-27), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 44.4% in four games he played so far. He played for the Croatian U18 national team twelve years ago.

Ante Delas
Ante Delas
   #4. Guard Ante Delas (200-88, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the 12th-ranked AZS Koszalin (0-1) 93-85 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. Delas recorded 18 points. It was his first game for Anwil this season. His team is placed first in the PLK. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Delas used to play for the Croatian national team last year.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #5. International point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, another player represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the 16th-ranked RETAbet BB (0-1) 82-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He recorded 11 points and added 5 assists in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada this season. His team is placed second in the Liga Endesa. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Popovic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #6. Center Josip Sobin (203-89, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ante Delas and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Sobin helped Anwil win their game against the 12th-ranked AZS Koszalin (0-1) 93-85. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Anwil this season. Sobin is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Jakov Mustapic
Jakov Mustapic
   #7. Former U20 international guard Jakov Mustapic (193-94, currently plays in Poland) was the main contributor in a Miasto Szkla's victory against the 14th-ranked GTK (0-1) 82-76 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Mustapic recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. It was his first game for Miasto Szkla this season. His team is placed third in the PLK. Mustapic used to play for the Croatian U20 national team three years ago.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #8. Center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rok Stipcevic and both played together in the last Italian Serie A game. Planinic helped Banco di Srd win their game against the 11th-ranked MIA-RO Cantu (0-1) 94-80. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Banco di Srd this season. Planinic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #9. Former international power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Groningen in their last game. Despite Pasalic's good performance his team was edged 76-76 at home by the lower-ranked Movil Estudiantes. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Pasalic has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg and 3.3rpg in six games. He used to play for the Croatian national team eight years ago.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #10. Forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the 13th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (0-1) 80-62 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Peric recorded only 4 points. It was his first game for Umana Venezia this season. His team is placed seventh in the Serie A. It's Peric's fifth year with the team. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Petar Babic (190-85, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Starwings win their game against the fifth-ranked Lugano Tigers 81-76 in the Swiss SBL in Saturday night's game. Babic recorded 14 points and added 7 assists in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Starwings this season. He used to play for the Croatian national team ten years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Teo Petani (190-88, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) helped his Slovakian team Levice win their game against one of league's weakest teams Helios 81-74 in the Alpe Adria Cup last Tuesday. Petani recorded 10 points and added 8 assists. It was his first game for Levice this season. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2008.

   #13. International guard Dominik Mavra (195-94, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Joventut in their game against Joensuun Kataja in the Basketball Champions League. Mavra recorded 6 points. His team was edged 71-71. This season he averages: 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Mavra is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. Former international center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szolnok win their game against the 12th-ranked PVSK-Veolia 91-72 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. He recorded 7 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Szolnok this season. Andric used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2014.

   #15. International point guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Houston, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Virtus Bologna (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Virtus Bologna was defeated 78-74 on the road by the second-ranked Dolomiti En. TR. Lafayette recorded 12 points. It was his first game for Virtus Bologna this season. He is a naturalized American. Lafayette used to play for the Croatian national team last year. Strangely he has never played in Croatia.

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

   #1. Jure Gunjina (203-F-92, college: Georgia SW, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Newcastle Eagles to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Leeds Force (0-1) crushing them 148-60 in the British BBL on Friday night. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Newcastle Eagles this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Gunjina's second season in pro basketball. His team is placed fourth in the BBL.

   #2. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) was the major contributor in Kosice's victory against the closely-ranked Handlova (0-1) crushing them 100-72 in the Slovakian SBL in Saturday night's game. Maric recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. It was his first game for Kosice this season. His team is placed third in the SBL.

   #3. Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Lithuania) could not help Nevezis (0-2) in their last game. Despite Veljacic's very good performance Nevezis lost 66-77 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Zalgiris. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Veljacic also added 3 steals in only a mere 14 minutes. It's Veljacic's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far.

   #4. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) was not able to help MMCITE Brno (0-1) in their last game on Monday. Despite Primorac's very good performance MMCITE Brno was defeated 90-84 on their home court in Brno by the higher-ranked KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (#9). He recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. It was his first game for MMCITE Brno this season.

   #5. Mateo Seric (205-PF-99, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in a victory against Basic-Fit Brussels crushing them 75-50 in the Basketball Champions League on Monday night. Seric scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburgis placed in the Basketball Champions League. This year Seric's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.5rpg in two games. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #6. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, also represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in ABA League) led his Slovenian team KK Primorska to a victory against Siroki Primorka 81-69 in the ABA League on Thursday night. Cakarun scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cakarun has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #7. Mise Diminic (208-C/F-89, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Rieker KN in their game against Nova Ves in the Slovakian SBL. He recorded 6 points in only 9 minutes. It was his first game for Rieker KN this season. His team lost 78-91.

   #8. Experienced Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mise Diminic and both played together in the last Slovakian SBL game. Jankovic couldn't help Rieker KN in their game against Nova Ves. He recorded 5 points. It was his first game for Rieker KN this season. His team was defeated 91-78.

   #9. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help PVSK-Veolia (0-1) in their last game. Despite Budimir's good performance PVSK-Veolia was badly defeated 91-72 on their home court in Pecs by the higher-ranked (#6) Szolnok. He recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was his first game for PVSK-Veolia this season.

   #10. Marin Mornar (205-F-93, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help Boras Basket in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Mornar's good performance his team was defeated 85-72 on the road by the lower-ranked Kormend. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mornar's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5bpg.



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Javier Justiz's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cubans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led San Lorenzo to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Boca Juniors (0-3) crushing them 97-62 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. Justiz had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. San Lorenzo de Almagra (3-0) is placed first in Group C. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Justiz has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(14-25) and FT: 64.7% in three games he played so far. He played for the Cuban senior national team one years ago.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia was the major contributor in a San Martin Corrientes' victory against the fourth-ranked La Union (1-2) 86-77 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. He scored 17 points. San Martin Corrientes (3-0) is placed first in Group A. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This season Garcia has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 3.0apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(15-27) and FT: 85.7%. He played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Bartolo led his German team Telekom Baskets to an easy victory against Joensuun Kataja crushing them 90-70 in the Basketball Champions League on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Bartolo also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telekom Baskets Bonnis placed in the Basketball Champions League. Bartolo has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 58.8%(10-17), 3FGP: 33.3% in two games. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo played for the Cuban national team six years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #4. An experienced forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Arcos Albacete Basket to win against the league outsider Real Canoe (0-1) 76-62 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Albacete this season. His team is placed second in the LEB Silver. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Elias used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Juan Ferrales (187-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) could not help Kongsberg (2-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Kongsberg was defeated 89-76 at home by the leading Asker Aliens. Ferrales was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Ferrales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 7.7apg. Ferrales has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #2. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Kleb Ferrara to a victory against the 13th-ranked Montegrano (0-1) 83-69 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Saturday. Moreno recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was his first game for Kleb Ferrara this season. His team is placed fifth in East group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Moreno is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and Italian. Despite his Cuban nationality, Moreno previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

Other top Cuban players, who play abroad:

Yoanki Mensia (196-F-97) plays for GECR Indalo in Argentinian LigaA
Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-PG-97) plays for Spirou Charleroi in Belgian Euromillions League
Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) plays for Darussafaka in Turkish BSL
Karel Guzman (188-F-95) plays for Ciclista in Argentinian TNA
Rangel Ramirez (206-C-75) plays for Barbera in Spanish EBA
Grismay Paumier (204-C/F-88) plays for Saint Chamond in French ProB
Sigal Benitez (193-G-94) plays for Quart in Spanish EBA
Ismael Romero (203-C-91) plays for Hap.Haifa in Israeli National League
Oreste Torres (204-PF-87) plays for Santa Tecla in Salvadorean Liga MB

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



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FIBA Europe Cup: Spirou roll past Pardubice - by Eurobasket News

Pardubice - Spirou 75:92

Proximus Spirou secured their winning start of their FIBA Europe Cup Second Qualifying Round series versus Pardubice. The Belgian side claimed a comfortable road win to step closer to the regular season. Scott Thomas (198-SF-89, college: Bowling Green) scored 22 points to pace the winners.
Spirou posted a 19:16 lead after the opening frame. The visitors poured in 22 points in the second term to take a 4-point halftime lead 41:37. Pardubice erased the deficit in the third term. They tied things up at 58 heading into the fourth period. But the hosts ran out of steam in the final stanza. Spirou capitalised igniting a 34:17 run to seal the victory. Jack Gibbs (183-G-95, college: Davidson) had 15 points, while Ioann Iarochevitch (207-F/C-89) netted 12 points for the winners. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 14 points for Pardubice. Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.




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

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

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Rosa in their last game. Despite Auda's very good performance his team lost 69-75 on the road to the lower-ranked Antwerp Giants. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Auda also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court. Auda has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 84.2%(16-19) and FT: 71.4% in two games he played so far. Auda is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the 14th-ranked Gipuzkoa (0-1) 84-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Balvin recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was his first game for Gran Canaria this season. His team is placed third in the Liga Endesa. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Balvin is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Lukas Palyza
Lukas Palyza
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89, currently plays in Poland). He was not able to help GTK (0-1) in their last game. Despite Palyza's very good performance GTK lost 76-82 in Krosno to the much higher-ranked (#3) Miasto Szkla. He was the top scorer with 19 points in 28 minutes. It was his first game for GTK this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Palyza is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Adam Pechacek
Adam Pechacek
   #4. Center Adam Pechacek (207-95, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB to win against the league outsider Zaragoza (0-1) 80-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Blusens Monbus this season. His team is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pechacek is also Czech Republic national team player.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #5. International swingman David Jelinek (195-90, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (0-1) in their game against Real Madrid (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 5 points in 12 minutes. It was his first game for Andorra this season. Andorra lost 88-94 in Madrid to the higher-ranked (#6) Real. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Jelinek used to play for the Czech Republic national team last year.

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

   #1. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Sixers' victory against the ninth-ranked Westerstede (0-1) 84-74 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 6 points. BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (2-0) is placed third in North group. Tyrna's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #2. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) led Oberhaching to a victory over the tenth-ranked GGZ Baskets (1-1) 92-74 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Boyer was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, had 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 5 steals in 31 minutes. TSV Oberhaching Deisenhofen (1-1) is placed fifth in South-East group. Boyer has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.5apg and 2.5spg in two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Boyer used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #3. Marek Ivan (197-F-98, currently plays in Slovakia). He could not help Iskra Svit (0-1) to beat Levice. Ivan recorded 6 points and added 4 assists. It was his first game for Iskra Svit this season. Iskra Svit was defeated 86-82 on the road by the much higher-ranked Levice. Ivan has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Slovakian. Despite his Czech Republic passport, Ivan currently plays for the Slovakian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Czech Republic team.

   #4. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Bamberg (0-2) 91-75 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Baskets Vilsbiburg (2-0) is placed fourth in South-East group. It's Novy's seventh season with the team. Novy has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg and 5.5rpg in two games.

   #5. Jakub Kasa (203-F/C-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Dorsten in their game against Hertener Loewen (4-0) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He scored 8 points. The 13th-placed Dorsten (0-4) was defeated 82-73 in Herten by the second-ranked er Loewen in the West group. So far Dorsten lost all four games in the Regular Season. Kasa's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 4.3rpg.



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Shavon Shields selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy). He led Dolomiti En. TR to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Virtus Bologna (0-1) 78-74 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Shields was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Dolomiti En. TR this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Shields' second season in pro basketball. His team is placed second in the Serie A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Shields played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Zarko Jukic
Zarko Jukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Zarko Jukic (201-93, currently plays in United Kingdom). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Leeds Force (0-1) crushing them 148-60 in the British BBL last Friday. Jukic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals. It was his first game for Newcastle Eagles this season. His team is placed fourth in the BBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Jukic played for the Danish national team in 2016.

Gabriel Lundberg
Gabriel Lundberg
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an La ICL Manresa's victory against the tenth-ranked Caceres Basket (0-1) 81-73 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. Lundberg recorded 15 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. It was his first game for La ICL Manresa this season. His team is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Lundberg played for the Danish national team one years ago.

Thomas Laerke
Thomas Laerke
   #4. Swingman Thomas Laerke (194-91, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in Finland) managed to help BC Nokia to win against the fourth-ranked Espoo United (1-1) 90-87 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for BC Nokia this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed in the Korisliiga. Laerke used to play for the Danish national team back in 2014.

Nicolai Andersen
Nicolai Andersen
   #5. International center Nicolai Andersen (204-96, currently plays in Finland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Laerke and both played together in the last Finnish Korisliiga game. Andersen contributed to a 3-point BC Nokia's victory against the fourth-ranked Espoo United (1-1) 90-87. He recorded only 3 points in 15 minutes. It was his first game for BC Nokia this season. Andersen used to play for the Danish national team last year.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #6. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain). He could not help Leyma Basquet (0-1) to beat Sammic ISB (1-0). Gilling recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Leyma Basquet this season. But Leyma Basquet was edged 72-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Sammic ISB (#8). But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Gilling is international player as he played for the Danish senior team one years ago.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #7. International guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Remer Treviglio (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the 14th-placed Remer Treviglio (0-1) lost 63-73 in Trapani to the much higher-ranked (#6) Lighthouse TRP in the West group. Voskuil was the second best scorer with 10 points in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Remer Treviglio this season. Voskuil is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Danish national team last year. Voskuil played also for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Alexander Bak
Alexander Bak
   #8. Swingman Alexander Bak (193-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to 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 only 3 points and had 4 steals. It was his first game for Fontedoso Carrefour this season. His team is placed third in the LEB Silver. Bak used to play for the Danish national team last year.

Mikkel Andersen
Mikkel Andersen
   #9. Former U18 international guard Mikkel Andersen (194-95, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gimle BBK (2-2) in their game against Ammerud Bskt (2-2) in the Norwegian BLNO. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Andersen recorded only 3 points in 22 minutes. Gimle BBK was edged 62-59 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Ammerud Bskt. This year Andersen averages: 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg in four games he played so far. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team three years ago.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #10. Center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Bergamo (4-4) in their game against Dinamica MNV (1-0) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Bergstedt recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was his first game for Bergamo this season. But Bergamo (#6) was defeated 73-67 on their home court in Bergamo by the higher-ranked Dinamica MNV (#3) in the East group. Bergstedt is international player as one years ago he still played for the Danish senior national team.



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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)



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Brian Roberts out for up to two weeks - by Kostas Papadopoulos

A big trouble occured for Olympiacos just before the beginning of the new season, as Brian Roberts (187-PG-85, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) will have to stay out of action for the upcoming games.
Brian Roberts (187-PG-85, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) underwent an MRI tomography, which showed that he has suffered a first-degree fracture in the right biceps. The player is set to miss 12 to 15 days of game action, which means he will be doubtful in Olympiacos' EuroLeague premiere and will miss the upcoming games against Faros for the Greek Cup and the the big game against Panathinaikos in the very first day of the Greek league on next Sunday, October 8th.



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  EYBL  


Round 6: BA Tallinn Kalev lose to BG Lulea - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Lulea between Estonian BA Tallinn Kalev and twelfth ranked Swedish BG Lulea (3-2) on Sunday night. BA Tallinn Kalev was crushed by BG Lulea on the road 33-54. BG Lulea held BA Tallinn Kalev to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.6 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a good game for point guard David Hook (185-99) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Simon Finden (190-0) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. BG Lulea's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Erki Kuhi (199-0) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds for BA Tallinn Kalev. BG Lulea have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams.
An interesting game for SMS PZKosz (5-0) which played road game in Gdynia against 4th ranked Asseco U20 (3-2). Top-ranked SMS PZKosz had an easy win 62-42. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Asseco U20. Power forward Adrian Bogucki (213-99) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kacper Makowski chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. SMS PZKosz's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Maciej Leszczynski (193-99) with 10 points and 8 rebounds. SMS PZKosz have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Asseco U20 at the other side keeps the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams.
Bottom-ranked Swedish Alvik is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Russian Olimp 97 (2-3) 83-69 on Sunday evening. Ilia Chelak notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 assists and 6 steals to lead the effort. Even 18 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) by David Jolinder did not help to save the game for Alvik. Alvik's coach rotated twelve players saving starting five for next games. Olimp 97 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with BA Tallinn Kalev and Cracovia. Loser Alvik still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Helsinki Rock and TBV Start.

In the last game of round 6 Cracovia was beaten by Bball Academy on the road 62-52.

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Asseco U20 - SMS PZKosz 42-62

An interesting game for SMS PZKosz (5-0) which played road game in Gdynia against 4th ranked Asseco U20 (3-2). Top-ranked SMS PZKosz had an easy win 62-42. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Asseco U20. SMS PZKosz had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Adrian Bogucki (213-99) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Kacper Makowski (193-99) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four SMS PZKosz players scored in double figures. SMS PZKosz's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Maciej Leszczynski (193-99) with 10 points and 8 rebounds and guard Grzegorz Kaminski (198-0) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. SMS PZKosz have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Asseco U20 at the other side keeps the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams.
Top scorers:
SMS PZKosz: K.Makowski 16+6reb+2ast, H.Wyszkowski 11+5reb+1ast, A.Bogucki 10+14reb+3ast, A.Matyszkiewicz 10+5reb, M.Szlachetka 8+6ast, K.Dawdo 2+2reb
Asseco: M.Leszczynski 10+8reb+1ast, G.Kaminski 10+5reb+2ast, M.Marcinkowski 7+1reb, M.Korolczuk 5+2reb+1ast, M.Kaszowski 5+1reb+1ast, M.Korolczuk 3+1ast
gschID: 578663


Olimp 97 - Alvik 83-69

Bottom-ranked Swedish Alvik is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Russian Olimp 97 (2-3) 83-69 on Sunday evening. Olimp 97 outrebounded Alvik 43-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ilia Chelak (-98) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 assists and 6 steals to lead the effort and Ukrainian Borys Piskus (195-98) supported him with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) by David Jolinder (-1) did not help to save the game for Alvik. Forward Max Jonevret (196-0) added 9 points and 7 rebounds. Alvik's coach rotated twelve players saving starting five for next games. Olimp 97 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with BA Tallinn Kalev and Cracovia. Loser Alvik still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Helsinki Rock and TBV Start.
Top scorers:
Olimp 97: I.Chelak 21+3reb+10ast, B.Piskus 21+8reb, A.Sapronov 16+8reb+2ast, N.Romanov 10+5reb, I.Veselovskii 9+11reb+2ast, I.Vinokurov 6+8reb+2ast
Alvik: D.Jolinder 18+2reb+3ast, C.Lim 12+2reb+1ast, M.Jonevret 9+7reb, A.El Amrani 9+2reb+3ast, O.Lim 9+3reb+3ast, F.Gatter 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 578661


Bball Academy - Cracovia 62-52

Everything could happen in Budapest at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Hungarian Bball Academy and 11th ranked Polish Cracovia had identical 2-2 record. This time Bball Academy used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Krakow 62-52 on Sunday night. Bence Katona (-99) notched 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Gergo Nagy (197-99) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Bball Academy players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 5 assists by point guard Kacper Nowak (185-99) did not help to save the game for Cracovia. Forward Patryk Pacholek (196-99) added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Cracovia's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bball Academy have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Cracovia keeps the eleventh position with three games lost. They share it with Olimp 97 and BA Tallinn Kalev.
Top scorers:
Bball Academy: G.Nagy 12+9reb, R.Csik 12+4reb, B.Katona 12+7reb+7ast, B.Steier 11+4reb+3ast, B.Solyom 9+2reb, T.Szephelyi 4+2reb+1ast
Cracovia: K.Nowak 21+1reb+5ast, P.Pacholek 11+7reb+3ast, M.Nowacki 8+9reb+3ast, T.Wojcicki 4+2reb, B.Salamon 3+1reb+1ast, D.Malinovski 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 578662


BG Lulea - BA Tallinn Kalev 54-33

The most important game in the last round took place in Lulea between Estonian BA Tallinn Kalev and twelfth ranked Swedish BG Lulea (3-2) on Sunday night. BA Tallinn Kalev was crushed by BG Lulea on the road 33-54. BG Lulea held BA Tallinn Kalev to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.6 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a good game for point guard David Hook (185-99) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Simon Finden (190-0) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. BG Lulea's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Erki Kuhi (199-0) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds and Vadim Gurjanov (-98) added 6 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BA Tallinn Kalev. BG Lulea have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams.
Top scorers:
BG Lulea: D.Hook 13+6reb+4ast, S.Finden 9+7reb+4ast, A.Yemane 8+5reb+1ast, P.Larsson 7+1ast, G.Moberg 6+1reb+1ast, V.Larsson 6+3reb+2ast
BA Tallinn Kalev: A.Gruning 9+2reb, R.Kaamer 6+4reb+1ast, E.Kuhi 6+10reb+1ast, V.Gurjanov 6+6reb+1ast, R.Roos 2+2reb, T.Kaldre 2+4reb
gschID: 578664





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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Frank GAINES
  Parma
  (191-SG-90)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Gaines, Parma26.5 
 2. Milosevic, Oradea25.5 
 3. Wright, Demir IBB25.0 
 4. Gilbert, FC Porto24.0 
 5. Demps, Mons-Hai.23.3 
 6. Thomas, Spirou22.0 
 7. Eldridge, Trabzons.21.5 
 8. Capers, CSU Sibiu21.5 
 9. Green, Mons-Hai.21.3 
 10. Perry, Szolnok21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jenkins, KR12.0 
 2. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 3. Smith, Boras10.0 
 4. Miller-M., Parma9.5 
 5. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut9.3 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.9.3 
 7. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 8. Tuoyo, Kormend8.5 
 9. Milosevic, Szolnok8.5 
 10. Martin, BK Pardu.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Szolnok
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Perry, Szolnok8.0 
 2. Walker, Demir IBB8.0 
 3. Miller-M., Parma7.0 
 4. Grant, Spirou7.0 
 5. Tuttle, Spirou7.0 
 6. Person, Boras6.5 
 7. Brooks, Balkan6.5 
 8. Hammonds, Wuerz.6.0 
 9. Trotter, Oradea6.0 
 10. Johnson, BM Slam .6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Scott THOMAS
  Spirou
  (198-SF-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thomas, Spirou4.0 
 2. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.5 
 3. Pratt, CSU Sibiu3.5 
 4. Csorvasi, Kormend3.0 
 5. Borovnjak, FC Porto3.0 
 6. Capers, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 7. Wright, Rilski2.5 
 8. Person, Boras2.5 
 9. Gibbs, Spirou2.0 
 10. Laser, CSU Sibiu2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher OBEKPA
  Trabzonspor
  (208-F/C-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Obekpa, Trabzonspor2.0 
 2. Kemp, Beroe2.0 
 3. Green, Trabzonspor2.0 
 4. Tibirna, Oradea2.0 
 5. Fusek, Spirou2.0 
 6. Iarochevitch, Spi.2.0 
 7. Tymofeyenko, Dni.1.5 
 8. Yakovenko, Parma1.5 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 10. Moldoveanu, Demir I.1.5 



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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. Council, BC Nokia20.0 
 5. Sinclair, Kouvot20.0 
 6. O''Brien, Korihait20.0 
 7. Kanervo, Helsinki.19.7 
 8. Woodhouse, Lapua19.0 
 9. Whitfield, Kauhajoki17.5 
 10. Maxwell, Kauhajoki17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas GIPSON
  Kouvot
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Gipson, Kouvot12.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.0 
 3. Ortiz, Lapua10.0 
 4. Haanpaa, Espoo U.9.5 
 5. Kotti, Helsinki.9.3 
 6. Simms, KTP Basket9.0 
 7. Jennings, Lapua9.0 
 8. Jones, Salon Vilpas8.5 
 9. Maxwell, Kauhajoki8.0 
 10. Whitfield, Kauhajoki7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Salon V.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 8
 1. Rannikko, Salon V.8.0 
 2. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.5 
 3. Lehtoranta, Kauha.5.0 
 4. Council, BC Nokia5.0 
 5. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.5 
 6. Simms, KTP Basket4.0 
 7. Gilbert, BC Nokia4.0 
 8. Creek, Lapua4.0 
 9. Jackson, Helsinki.3.7 
 10. Kanervo, Helsinki.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mikael HERBERT
  Korihait
  (205-PF-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Herbert, Korihait3.0 
 2. Jennings, Lapua3.0 
 3. Gilbert, BC Nokia3.0 
 4. Haanpaa, Espoo U.2.5 
 5. Jarvi, Espoo United2.5 
 6. Peltokangas, Lapua2.0 
 7. Manigault, Pyrinto2.0 
 8. Council, BC Nokia2.0 
 9. Woodhouse, Lapua2.0 
 10. Alanen, BC Nokia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrence JENNINGS
  Lapua
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jennings, Lapua5.0 
 2. Jones, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 3. Hammonds, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Dolenc, BC Nokia2.0 
 5. Deng, Korihait2.0 
 6. Gilbert, BC Nokia2.0 
 7. Simms, KTP Basket1.5 
 8. Mattila, BC Nokia1.0 
 9. Pattillo, Korihait1.0 
 10. Saarijarvi, Kouvot1.0 


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)



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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. Peacock, Bourg18.3 
 5. Ware, Paris-Levallois16.7 
 6. Sanford, Antibes15.7 
 7. Kikanovic, Monaco15.0 
 8. Logan, Strasbourg14.7 
 9. Sulaimon, Dijon14.7 
 10. Dixon, Strasbourg14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis LABEYRIE
  Stras.
  (208-C/F-92)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Labeyrie, Stras.10.7 
 2. Yarou, Antibes10.3 
 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. Ubel, Boulazac7.0 
 9. Travis, Le Mans7.0 
 10. Farr, Chalon7.0 
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. Mangin, Le Portel5.0 
 6. Okobo, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
 7. Sim, Bourg5.0 
 8. Nzeulie, Chalon4.7 
 9. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
 10. Smith, Hyeres-T.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. Houmounou, Bourg1.7 
 9. Carter, Limoges1.7 
 10. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James FARR
  Chalon
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Farr, Chalon2.0 
 2. Atkins, Strasbourg1.7 
 3. Putney, Chalon1.3 
 4. Smith, Gravelines1.3 
 5. Lacombe, Monaco1.3 
 6. Logan, Strasbourg1.3 
 7. Jones, Limoges1.0 
 8. Diawara, Hyeres-T.1.0 
 9. Nelson, AS.1.0 
 10. Tarpey, Le Mans1.0 



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  GEORGIA  


Amida Brimah features in San Antonio preseason loss - by Yaw Mintah

Ghana Center Amida Brimah has featured in San Antonio Spurs 100-106 loss to Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center early today as part of both teams preseason games ahead of the new NBA season . Brimah registered six points, an assist and one rebound in ten minutes on his debut for San Antonio.

The former University of Connecticut Captain had an all round efficient game converting a pair of free throws in the game and slamming dunking the ball after collecting a pass on a fastbreak. As the sole listed Center on the roster, the Tudu-born defender is expected to feature for San Antonio this season in a role similar to what new Atlanta Hawks recruit DeWayne Dedmon played last season.

However, expected starting Center Pau Gasol had a rough night as he registered zero points in the game but made two rebounds, three assists and a steal in 15 minutes of action.

Power Forward LaMarcus Aldridge was San Antonio's top scorer in the game with 17 points; Spurs played the game without Point Guard Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard who missed the game due to injuries.

Sacramento first year player Frank Mason matched Aldridge's mark with 17 points as well as he led his team to an encouraging win for the rebuilding young side; the two teams will meet again on Friday October 7 at Spurs home arena, AT&T Center.



The Second Day of the Dudu Dadiani Memorial - by Eurobasket News

The second day of the Dudu Dadiani Memorial has opened with the game between Rustavi and Cactus. The Stingers needed the victory as an air and were trying hard to gain one. Rustavi was not about to back down, so we have seen very intense game. All was decided in the very last minutes of the game, Cactusi gained 7 points dominance and left no chance for the opponents, winning game 83:82 against Rustavi. The next game was with the country's most well known team Dinamo and young-blooded TSU. The first period of the game was an equal, sometimes TSU was dominated over the experienced Dinamo. But only in 1st quarter. The Dinamo's experience got the job done and they eliminated TSU with 30 points - 86:56. The last game was last year's vice-champion Kutaisi and newcomer from the A-League Delta. Kutaisi is considered one of the favorites of the new season. Delta showed solid resistance against Imeretian team, but lost the game overall 89:80. The remaining group stage games will be played on October 3, in the Tbilisi Olympic Palace. This will be the last round before the playoffs of the tournament.
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Dudu Dadiani Memorial Has Started - by Eurobasket News

The new season of Georgian Superleague is about to start and prelude for the season is as usual: Dudu Dadiani Memorial has officially opened. The memorial of the tragically murdered Georgian captain is being held in the Olympic Palace of Tbilisi on October 1-6. Teams are scouting each others' playing techniques and trying each other out as well before the main championship of the republic breaks. The opening game was between Mgzavrebi and TSU (Tbilisi State University, playing in the A-League) and this latter surprisingly won against the previous season's outsider 85:66. Mgzavrebi has strengthened their positions with new players and are gonna test the leggionaires as well, while TSU is mainly completed by the U-20 ballers of Georgian National team. The game 2 was between newcomer Delta of Marneuli and Sokhumi, a well experienced basketball team of the nation. The situation was calm for Sokhumi but vice-versa for Delta. Sokhumi has defeated the newcomer of the Superleague easily 77:94. The last game was between Cactus and Olimpi, who boosted up their team with some good new players, which led them to victory against playoff hitter of the last year - Olimpi defeated Cactus 87:66.
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Is This The Year Michael Stockton Becomes An Elite Point Guard In The BBL And Leads BG Goettingen To New Heights? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the 90s the Chicago Bulls owned the NBA winning 6 NBA titles thanks to the stellar play of Michael Jordan and his side kick Scottie Pippen that carried the team and helped put Chicago back on to the NBA map. But there were also many other great teams and players that just didn't have the fortune the Bulls had and one of those was the Utah Jazz with their special dynamic duo of Karl the mail man Malone and John Stockton. It would have been every kid's childhood dream to be able to hang out with Malone and Michael Stockton not only had the luck to do that, but also to play pick up basketball with the NBA legend. Remembering Malone's unending amazing plays on the court might be difficult to pick just one experience that was unforgettable, but Stockton always has that one childhood memory in his mind. 'I remember one time as me and friends were playing basketball outside, and he came over took the ball and dunked over 7 kids as some were hanging on to him', said Michael Stockton (185-PG-89, college: Westminster, UT) It was obvious that the kid Stockton would go the college and professional route like his father did, but even if his father played 19 seasons in the NBA, was a 10 time NBA allstar and is the all-time NBA leader in assists and steals, the name Stockton didn't mean a free pass to the NCAA and NBA as nothing was given to him, but he had to fight his way to get to the top leagues in Europe. Michael Stockton never even reached the elite NCAA, but played four seasons in the fourth college division NAIA for Westminster and after three sub par season broke out somewhat as a senior averaging 8.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3Pts: 36.4%, FT: 78.5%. Still having NBA Summer league gigs and that basketball name that has most people wondering at first if that is the son of the famous John Stockton, he once again couldn't start at the top, but played his first two professional seasons in the German Pro A with BG Karlsruhe registering solid, but not overwhelming stats. However his game was good enough for BBL coach John Patrick and Ludwigsburg who snapped him up in 2013 and he played two very good seasons there reaching the playoffs twice and displaying good stats. In the 2015-2016 season he ventured home to the states and played with the Canton Charge (D-League) playing 53 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.8apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 84.3%. After getting that D-league experience, he came back to Europe looking to make another step, but instead had a season to forget last season as he split time with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-VTB) playing 13 games averaging 4.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.6apg; In the VTB United League he played 11 games averaging 6.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 79.2%;In Jan.'17 moved to AS Apollon Patras (Greece-A1) playing 11 games averaging 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg. Now the lefty who likes the kick out pass over the flashy pass and once described Charles Barkley as being his favorite non Utah Jazz as a player is back in Germany and is looking to rebound from his less than satisfactory season. Stockton is 28 now and in his best basketball age. He has joined a hungry BG Goettingen team and a team that isn't as deep as his former Ludwigsburg teams, a place where the American could flourish. Stockton has the talent to become an elite BBL player as he is hungry, has the work ethic and game of a point guard that knows how to lead his team successfully. If he can find his touch from downtown something which has lacked in consistency throughout his career then he could become an elite guard in the league. Just being used to never having been given anything for free and having to work for everything everywhere will help him find back to his game that he possessed with Ludwigsburg. The most important thing that he learned from his dad was to never take anything for granted and that has helped him through his professional basketball career up until now. The whole positive attitude that the American has had over the last years continues to steer him in the right direction as despite losing the opener to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg, he poured in 20 points and dished out eight assists.

In the last few years coaches like Denis Wucherer and Johannes Roijakkers have done a superb job making the best out of their limited budgets and bringing the club as far as possible. Wucherer just missed the playoffs with Giessen and Roijakkers has scrathed the playoff surface twice in the last three years and one could say overachieved which didn't bother anyone in basketball Goettingen. Last season the 2010 Eurochallenge winner finished in 11th place and weren't rewarded at the end with their spectacular finish winning five of their last six games and were brutally denied against Brose Bamberg 71-70. As is usually the case, the club was unable to keep a core of last season's team as guys like Alex Ruoff, Scott Eatherton and Jessie Sanders found more lucrative spots for this season. However one can call keeping American Darius Carter a huge success since he was the club's best defender and fascinated fans with his athletic play on the boards and played consistently on offense averaging 10.1ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 60.9%. The ex Wichita St (NCAA) player showed his fine offensive qualities netting 24 against Brose Bamberg and 18 points against Alba Berlin. With the departure of Eatherton, Carter should have an even bigger role than last season. The other important player kept was Dutch player Leon Williams who is a two time Dutch cup winner and national player played 30 games averaging 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 61.3%. On a team that has little of it's core from last season, keeping him was very valuable as he will be back up to Stockton and supply the team with needed energy and needs to keep his fine touch from outside alive and heighten his scoring.

The club did another fine job picking up five solid Americans and five solid Germans that will construct the rest of the roster. In addition to Stockton, the club also picked up the most important signing with Brion Rush who is a 32 year old 191cm guard that played at Grambling St. (NCAA) and will have to serve as a consistent scorer. He brings valuable experience having played in countries like France, Russia and Spain. He won titles in Russia, Kazakhstan and Dubai. He is used to scoring and will need the ball to be effective, but he will get the ball enough and could be a guy that lands in the top 10 scoring in the BBL. Sometimes you need that mix between the experienced and the young and with Paul Watson, Roijakkers found a talented rookie out of Fresno St. (NCAA) who won the MWC title as a junior and as a senior played 32 games averaging 11.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 69.1%. He brings all the qualities to Goettingen that a swingman of 198cm needs to have to be successful. All he needs to do is be able to make the adjustment from the NCAA to the BBL and bring more stability from the free throw line. The club also reeled in 26 year old 201cm Evan Smotrycz who saw it all in the NCAA playing at Michigan with Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr and Maryland and after a tough senior year at Maryland where he averaged only 4.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, came back strong as a professional having a stellar rookie season in Cyprus and last season a solid second campaign with Bremerhaven, but injuries struck a chord in his season ending it in November. He was extremely efficient last season and has a nice inside/out game. He will be a huge spark in their offense.The club recently picked up Jordan Loveridge who is a 23 year old 198cm forward that played four strong seasons at Utah (NCAA) averaging in double figures each season in scoring reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2015. Last season as a rookie he split time with Egis Kormend (Hungary-A Division) playing 17 games averaging 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 34.1%, FT: 71.4%; In the FIBA Europe Cup he played 13 games averaging 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 40.0%, 3FGP: 44.6%, FT: 63.0%, In Feb.'17 moved to BBC Lausanne (Switzerland-LNA) playing 10 games averaging 16.4ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 65.0. It will be interesting to see if the sniper can make the next step to a higher level. His three point accuracy will help BG Goettingen.

The club also signed six Germans with Nico Simon, Dennis Kramer, Dominic Lockhart, Stephen Haukohl, Lennart Larysz and Lennart Stechmanm. Nico Simon is the club's most valuable German pick up as the 30 year old brings 267 BBL games experience and six international games with the German national team. He is entering his 11th BBL season having played with Alba Berlin, Paderborn, Walter Tigers Tuebingen, medi Bayreuth and the last three years with Braunschweig. Last season he played 28 games averaging 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and it was his worst statistical season since playing with Alba Berlin. He finished the last few months not being able to hit the ocean as he was under 20% from the field and outside. He will be one of the leaders on the team with Rush and Carter and will need to find back to his old self on the court. The club also reeled in two ex Oldenburg players with Lockhart and Kramer. Both especially Lockhart are striving to accomplish their breakthrough with BG Goettingen. Lockhart played 101 BBL games in four years with Oldenburg and never averaged more than 9,0 minutes per game. Last season he played 43 BBL games averaging 1,7ppg. He is a big guard at 198cm and that gives him important advantages over the smaller ones. His drive and defensive physicality are his strengths, but he can also shoot from outside. He should average more BBL minutes here, but will also need to heighten his game and make the next step. At age 23 he still isn't done with his basketball development. Kramer is a 25 year old 204cm forward that grew up in Encinitas, California, but also has the German citizenship. He played four years at San Diego (NCAA) and had a strong senior season averaging 11.3ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 71.2%. After returning to play at Baunach, he played the last two seasons in Oldenburg amassing 73 BBL games and like Lockhart didn't get ample minutes. In his two seasons he averaged 5,8 minutes per season and 2,7ppg. Like Lockhart he should average more minutes in Goettingen, but also need to make the next step as his inside out game will be refreshing to see. Haukohl is a 201cm forward and seems like he has been around for ages, but is only 24 years old. He is also one of those players that had to work extra hard to make it to the big show as he toiled in the Pro A for 4 years with Science City Jena, Ehingen and Nurnberg before making the jump to MBC in 2015. Last season he made another step with Science City Jena (BBL) playing 32 games averaging 5.7ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 59.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.4%. Roijakkers still remembers his 24 point outburst last season in the Jena 102-92 win against them and will hope that he can add a few more games like that this season off the bench. He is a good team player that will get the difficult rebounds and play hustle defense. With Lennart Larysz coming from Wurzburg playing in the Pro B averaging 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg and Lennart Stechman coming from BG 74 Goettingen II (2.Regionalliga) where he averaged 19,3ppg and was third in the league, Roijakkers has two hungry and talented Germans waiting in the wings for some minutes.

So where will the journey of BG Goettingen go this season? Without the spirited team basketball that BG Goettingen displayed last season the club would have suffered a different kind of fate. This season Roijakkers will rely on the same tactic of getting everyone involved on the offensive end and playing good team basketball. He must find a way to get that will and desire from his new players to build a new team chemistry that will be able to annoy teams on occasion. Last season the club averaged 77 points per game, but with prolific scorers like Ruoff, Eatherton and Veikalis departed, new guys will have to fill that void. In 15 of 17 games they allowed 80 plus points this showing that they weren't able to find that needed consistency on the defensive end. They did a pretty good job rebounding last season averaging almost 32 per contest, but with the departure of Scott Eatherton don't have that real rebounding presence inside and with Dennis Kramer have their tallest player at 204cm. They will need consistent production from Brion Rush and Michael Stockton has to find back to his old self for BG Goettingen not to get into problems in the lower half of the standings. Plus the club needs another reliable scorer like a Veikalis was last season and also at least one German to have a strong season. Roijakkers will give his best to build as competitive team as possible, but he just doesn't have the depth and talent to be able to get to the playoffs. The club will finish somewhere between 12-16.




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)



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.


Philip Scrubb Does Like Bird Powering The Fraport Skyliners past BG Goettingen 86-80 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One of the great thrills of any basketball season is the home opener and with the Fraport Skyliners it's no different as fans had to wait a long five months after the last game of last season where Frankfurt closed out the season in flying colors beating 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin 83-71 making missing the playoffs a little less annoying. The biggest change off the court was getting that much needed tip that there would be 450 less parking spaces on Hundsruck street as they were no longer available for patrons to use, so making your way to the arena an hour earlier was your best bet to not already having a bad mood before even having entered the arena. Once in the arena one was greeted by the arena employees with a warm hello, one saw many familiar faces from the last season as well as a few new ones and the smell of the usual German delectable foods like hot dogs, pretzels and donuts made the whole basketball experience come back to life that had been so dearly missed during the dogs days of summer. On the court a Voigtmann and Barthel were still very much missed, but then again other players from last season like a Vaughn or Starks not so much, but an AJ English on the other hand was missed. A Quantez Robertson was still around entering his ninth professional season and as ex Skyliner Justin Gray recently stated with a smile a real Skyliner lifer and for him to ever switch jerseys would be as untypical as a Ricky Paulding to ever move to another venue away from Oldenburg. A Mike Morrison was still present with his high energy play and crashing dunks always looming on the horizon as well as defensive specialist Shawn Huff who had a few stories to tell from his 2017 European championships run with Finland. The next young generation of name that next Voigtmann and Barthel candidates of Isaac Bonga who scorched Science City Jena with 10 points on Friday and new Skyliner Richard Freudenberg were ready to battle while four year man Niklas Kiel was missing with a concussion. New on the floor were new point guard Tai Webster who quickly let everyone forget Kwame Vaughn from last season' as the ex Nebraska (NCAA) point guard who from a distance could pass for ex Skyliner Shavon Shields brother had a great professional debut in Jena with 15 points and seven assists and Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann who has the most professional experience from any German this season on the club and will finally make his real BBL breakthrough. But the biggest jewel on the court was Canadian Philip Scrubb (191-G-92) who won 7 titles with Carleton and for many has been seen as the greatest Canadian college player of all-time is also known as Mr Canada and this season could become Mr EasyCredit BBL as he is on the verge of having his break out season as a professional. 3.00 finally came around and the Fraport Skyliners were looking to continue their win streak after their solid 82-70 win in Jena while 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen were looking to make amends from their 93-85 loss to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg, but couldn't as even despite knocking down 14 three's Frankfurt almost matched that, but just destroyed them inside and wore them down in the fourth quarter winning 88-80. After the victory, it seemed like Philip Scrubb was more pooped from all the single photo requests from fans, but also from the obligatory group photos of Skyliner corporate supporters than he was from his 33 minute 25 point effort, but when all calmed down, he was just thankful to be back home in the Fraport arena after missing a whole season due to injury. 'I missed the atmosphere and the crowd the most. It had been a long time since I had played here. I remember the home games well here. It was great getting the energy from the fans and my teammates. I quickly felt comfortable hitting three's again. As for our game, we gave them confidence hitting easy open shots in the first half. Once we played better defense, they hit tough shots keeping their confidence high. We did a good job battling back and played very good defense in the fourth quarter. We did a better job helping each other out and playing team defense and not leaving guys in one on one situations', stressed Philip Scrubb. BG Goettingen played a spirited game, but just were unable to find a way to limit Frankfurt's buckets inside which really took a toll on their team. 'Frankfurt wore us down. They played hard all game long and made the big plays down the stretch and we didn't. We will have to deal with our inside game on the defensive end and find ways to get rebounds', warned BG Goettingen Guard Michael Stockton.

With no Jordan Theodore on board since two seasons and Philip Scrubb back from a long injury, some people have speculated if the Canadian sensation not only will be able to replace the current Milan point guard who still has aspirations of making the NBA, but if he can also become a EasyCredit BBL superstar this season. After two games, the first signs are pointing in this direction as he is averaging 23,0ppg and his three pointer has been hotter than hot as in his first two games against Science City Jena and BG Goettingen he is shooting an overwhelming 10-16 and as ex Skyliner Jacob Burtschi would say ' hitting the ocean'. On a club that is lacking that sure-fire scorer as well as clutch time performer, Scrubb finds himself in a role that he once had at Carleton and something he exceled at in the CIS in Canada and now should be able to master in the EasyCredit BBL. Two seasons ago, he showed his scoring qualities, but also displayed a knack for amazing playmaking skills, but this season there is less scoring power and his making points on a regular basis is more than needed. After the contest his teammate Quantez Robertson who has had the limelight in Frankfurt for years now is more than comfortable to share it with him. 'Phil has had two strong outings shooting the ball very well and making his free throws. He is pushing superstar status', smiled ex Auburn guard Quantez Robertson. Even if his three pointer might stand out a lot more than two years ago, Mr Canada Scrubb still has the complete game and is capable of getting ample assists, rebounds and steals on any night. Mike Morrison may disagree about what was the play of the game as he has an ESPN moment every night with his thunderous dunks, but at the start of the fourth quarter, Scrubb made like Larry Bird making an amazing play. Scrubb already has that Bird like three pointer accuracy, but he also has those passing instincts. Early in the fourth quarter, a loose ball was heading out of bounds on the baseline in the Frankfurt end and he saved the ball throwing it over his head finding Finish national player Shawn Huff as if he had had eyes in the back of his head. Bird made passes like these on many occasions liking to find his big men Robert Parish or Keven Mchale in the 80's. Scrubb was flattered by the Bird comparison and was just happy he found Huff somehow. 'On that play I didn't want to throw the ball toward the basket. I didn't know who was there, but just threw it up and was lucky that Huff was there. These kind of passes aren't my style. I rather like to keep it simple. You never know when you have to throw one of those passes, but who knows maybe you will see one or two of those again this season', smiled Philip Scrubb. Shawn Huff smiled when asked about the Bird like pass from Scrubb. 'Maybe that was like Bird, but we actually practice those kind of situations with a guy getting the ball and other guys running in that direction. You can never give up in that type of situation', added Shawn Huff. Quantez Robertson added his humor and saw all Bird on that play. 'It was a Birdesque pass. Maybe He heard Huff say something so he found him so easily. But he knows how to make those kind of passes and shows it in practices and games', stressed Quantez Robertson.

BG Goettingen got on the board first as Frankfurt denied the pick and roll and Dominic Lockhart had the open 15 footer draining it. The Fraport Skyliners retaliated quickly and threw a nasty 6-0 run at their opponent to take the 6-2 lead. Three different Skyliners scored with Robertson, Wohlfart-Bottermann and Tai Webster as the club showed early that they would try to take advantage of the BG Goettingen inside woes. However that basketball is a game of runs is proved every new game as from Frankfurt's short term momentum quickly fell and BG Goettingen cruised out on a 8-0 run to lead 10-6. In the run, the club got a three from ex Utah (NCAA) forward Jordan Loveridge, a lay in from Stockton and a trey from ex Michigan (NCAA) forward Evan Smotrycz. Frankfurt would gain the lead back on a Huff three as both teams displayed solid offense as their shots were popping. BG Goettingen retained the lead as their shots continued to fly as Smotrycz nailed another trey and Stockton again got inside and scored over Huff for the 15-11 advantage. Frankfurt was active on the glass in the closing minutes as Florida native Mike Morrison scored a tap in on an alley-op and made an offensive rebound and turn around shot, but Frankfurt was unable to gain any ground as BG Goettingen got vital bench support from ex Jena forward Stephen Haukohl who drained a trey and then scored inside as BG Goettingen had the slim 20-19 lead after one quarter. 'Both teams got into an offensive rhythm quickly. Both teams didn't defend bad, but their offenses were just better. It was fun watching Tai Webster. He is real solid. He doesn't have the level of a Scrubb yet, but he will get there', stressed Fraport Skyliner Junior Tobias Jahn. BG Goettingen was shooting 50% from the field and 44% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the overwhelming 11-4 rebound edge, but five turnovers while BG Goettingen had three turnovers.

The second quarter remained a real dog fight as no team could break away until the Fraport Skyliners gradually did in the last few minutes. BG Goettingen jumped all over Frankfurt quickly going on a 5-0 run as ex Nancy scorer Brion Rush scored on a lay in and Smotrycz hit his third trey of the game extending the BG Goettingen lead to 25-19. The Fraport Skyliners went on a 6-2 run benefited by the Mike Morrison four point play as he made one of two free throws got his rebound scored and then was rewarded another free throw which he dropped and Robertson scored on an easy lay up cutting the BG Goettingen lead to 27-25. Despite a clutch three from 22 year old German talent Joanic Gruttner, Frankfurt was in charge and threatening again as they strolled out on a 7-0 run to get back the lead at 32-30. In the run, Frankfurt was fortified by a Richard Freudenberg lay in, Scrubb three which only happened because Frankfurt got a loose ball and a hard dunk by Wohlfarth-Bottermann dunk from the wing after Robertson dished him the ball. Scrubb finally had made his first field goal and Frankfurt had dominated in the paint overpowering the smaller BG Goettingen team. Gruttner continued to have the range from outside connecting on one more trey giving BG Goettingen the 33-32 advantage, but after a Scrubb three pointer giving Frankfurt the 35-33 lead, they would never get the lead back again until briefly in the fourth quarter. Frankfurt couldn't totally break away, because Rush was inserted again scoring eight points including back to back three's as Frankfurt led only 46-43 as Frankfurt got big trey's from Huff and German Garai Zeeb. In the last minute Morrison scored inside while Scrubb made a big steal and on Frankfurt's last possession hit a step back buzzer beater giving Frankfurt the 52-45 lead at the break. 'Frankfurt did a better job getting their bigs Morrison and Wohlfarth-Bottermann involved something they didn't do as well in the first quarter. Scrubb was forcing a little too much in the first quarter and doing things he usually doesn't do, but in the second quarter he stuck to what he does best and had success with his three pointer. Scrubb was Frankfurt's x-factor', stressed ex Ehingen center Tobias Jahn.The Fraport Skyliners were shooting an amazing 63% from the field and 60% from the three point line while BG Goettingen was shooting 52% from the field and 50% from the three point line. Frankfurt still dominated the boards 20-9, but had 10 turnovers while BG Goettingen had six turnovers.

The third quarter was a tale of two quarters as the first half belonged to the Fraport Skyliners and the second half belonged to BG Goettingen. BG Goettingen had the better start out of halftime going on a 6-2 run as they stuck to their biggest strength on that day shooting strolling home two three's from Rush and ex BG Karlsruhe guard Stockton while Morrison made another easy lay up as BG Goettingen crept closer trailing only 54-51. However the Fraport Skyliners then made their move breaking out on a vicious 11-3 run to extend their lead to 62-54. The run was started by a Huff lay in as he clawed and huffed to the basket scoring in traffic and then Frankfurt drilled home three trey's as Isaac Bonga connected twice showing that working on his shot has paid dividends as he is 4/5 from downtown in the first two games and was fed each time by Scrubb and the Canadian also nailed a trey. However BG Goettingen never let down, but figured that two can play that game going on their own 12-1 run to suddenly be right back in the game deadlocking the game at 66-66. They got huge trey's from Loveridge and Dutch national player Leon Williams as well as another Stockton lay in as he finished with his left hand and free throws. Frankfurt held the slim 71-70 lead after 30 minutes thanks to a Wohlfarth-Bottermann lay in and free throws from Bonga and Robertson. 'There were ups and downs. BG Goettingen is that type of team that doesn't run many plays, but just take quick shots which raises their confidence. We let them get on too big runs', stressed Philip Scrubb. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 58% from the field and 64% from the parking lot while BG Goettingen was shooting 52% from the field and 52% from the parking lot. Frankfurt still had the huge rebound advantage 17-15, but had 13 turnovers while BG Goettingen only mustered nine turnovers.

In the fourth quarter Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert did something that he doesn't do often and that is keeping work horse Quantez Robertson on the bench. Robertson is a guy who sometimes plays 40 minutes a game and usually is somewhere between 35-38 minutes per game, but he was missing in action in the first seven minutes as Frankfurt played small and three guards with Webster, Bonga and Scrubb and it worked as they went on a 10-0 run to lead 81-72 and would never look back. 'The guys were playing good, so coach didn't feel a need to put me in and break up the chemistry. They were making easy baskets and playing good defense. It is usually when things get sloppy that coach puts me in to keep things under control', smiled Quantez Robertson. BG Goettingen did get the first points on the board in the fourth quarter has Loveridge made a two hand dunk as Stockton fed him the perfect pass but their 72-71 lead was short lived as Frankfurt went to work unleashing 10 unanswered points. Scrubb dropped back to back three pointers and Bonga made a tap in and Huff a tap in dunk. On the defensive side Frankfurt forced BG Goettingen to only getting tough shots and not making them as they once did in the first half. BG Goettingen made one last comeback attempt going on a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 81-78. In the BG Goettingen run it was the Loveridge show as he scored all six points with a lay in,free throw and a step back shot clock buzzer beater. However Frankfurt kept their composure closing out the game with a 7-2 run as Morrison put some sweet icing on the cake with a runner and a thunderous two handed dunk that one could of felt outside the Fraport arena. Scrubb hit three free throws for good measure as BG Goettingen was unable to stand the atmosphere and Frankfurt heat going to 0-2. 'During that early stretch without Tez we had good guard versatility. We used many mismatches in the post and finished with confidence. We knew then that if we got the ball in the post that there would be a good chance that we would score', added Philip Scrubb. 'Frankfurt just executed very well and made the big plays while we didn't', added Michael Stockton. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Philip Scrubb with 25 points. Mike Morrison added 17 points and eight rebounds. Isaac Bonga and Shawn Huff supplied 10 points apiece. BG Goettingen was led by Jordan Loveridge with 16 points. Michael Stockton produced 15 points and eight rebounds. Brion Rush produced 13 points and Evan Smotrycz 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 55% from the field and 61% from outside while BG Goettingen shot 46% from the field and 44% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 37-24, but had 16 turnovers while BG Goettingen coughed up the ball 13 times.




ProB Round 2: Rhoendorf beat Bayer Giants - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game of round 2 took place in Rhoendorf of South where Dragons Rhoendorf beat Bayer Giants (1-1) 90-72 on Saturday night. American guard Kameron Taylor (198-94, college: Seton Hill) scored 31 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Viktor Frankl-Maus (186-93) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. American forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Bayer Giants will play next round against strong Giessen 46ers II trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Dragons Rhoendorf will try to continue on its current victory against Titans in Dresden.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of RSV Eintracht (1-1) on the court of SC Rist Wedel. Visitors were rolled over by SC Rist Wedel 94-63. Lithuanian center Aurimas Adomaitis (205-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Nino Celebic supported him with 13 points and 10 assists. Even a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds by forward Yannick Hildebrandt (197-97) did not help to save the game for RSV Eintracht. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SC Rist Wedel will play against Cuxhaven (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RSV Eintracht will play against Itzehoe (#11) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a road loss of Elchingen (1-1) against Iserlohn (2-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Elchingen was defeated by Iserlohn in Iserlohn 82-71. The best player for the winners was Julian Scott who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Hayden Lescault produced 12 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Iserlohn will meet FC Bayern II (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elchingen will play against Coburg (#10) and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Essen. host ETB Wohnbau (2-0) defeated Rostock (1-1) 76-72. Nick Tufegdzich orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. ETB Wohnbau's next round opponent will be SSV Lok Bernau on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rostock will play against Artland Dragons (#8) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Muenchen. Titans (1-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging FC Bayern II (0-2) 77-75 on Sunday evening. Travis Thompson scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Titans will face Dragons Rhoendorf at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. FC Bayern II will play against Iserlohn (#2) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2:
In North Bochum lost to Schalke on the opponent's court 54-65. Bernau managed to outperform Oldenburg in a home game 80-76. Itzehoe recorded a loss to Wolfenbuettel on the road 86-73. Winless Art.Dragons defeated Cuxhaven on its own court 78-60.
In South Fraport SKY II beat Coburg in Frankfurt 77-74. Karlsruhe SC lost to Schwelm at home 56-62.

North
Schalke - Bochum 65-54

Very expected game when AstroStars (0-2) were defeated on the road by Schalke (2-0) 65-54 on Sunday. Schalke forced 24 AstroStars turnovers. AstroStars were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) scored 14 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American forward Shawn Gulley (201-93, college: Temple JC) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) responded with 16 points and forward Alexander Angerer (203-96) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. AstroStars' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Schalke will face Oldenburg (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AstroStars will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bochum: A.Smith 16+4reb+3ast, A.Angerer 12+7reb+1ast, M.Gebhardt 11+5reb, R.Howard 8+6reb+1ast, D.Stachanczyk 4+1reb, D.Roberts 3+8reb+2ast
Schalke: S.Gulley 14+7reb+1ast, C.Belger 14+4reb+8ast, R.Slawson 8+1reb+1ast, L.Weichsel 8+1reb, T.Volk 7+3reb+1ast, N.Sperber 4+2reb
gschID: 553504


Rist Wedel - Stahnsdorf 94-63

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of RSV Eintracht (1-1) on the court of SC Rist Wedel. Visitors were rolled over by SC Rist Wedel 94-63. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to RSV Eintracht's 38. SC Rist Wedel forced 22 RSV Eintracht turnovers. Strangely RSV Eintracht outrebounded SC Rist Wedel 35-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Lithuanian center Aurimas Adomaitis (205-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian guard Nino Celebic (191-91) supported him with 13 points and 10 assists. Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds by forward Yannick Hildebrandt (197-97) did not help to save the game for RSV Eintracht. American Josh Smith (206-94, college: Clemson) added 9 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SC Rist Wedel will play against Cuxhaven (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RSV Eintracht will play against Itzehoe (#11) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: M.Holton Jr. 12+2ast, Y.Hildebrandt 10+12reb+2ast, J.Smith 9+10reb+1ast, T.Paul 9+3reb+3ast, D.Kirchner 8+1ast, O.Drews 4+2reb
Rist Wedel: V.Kittmann 16+3reb, A.Adomaitis 16+9reb, N.Celebic 13+1reb+10ast, M.Blessing 10+1ast, T.Moeller 8+1reb, D.Cortes Rey 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 553505


Bernau - Oldenburg 80-76

Very predictable result when SSV Lok Bernau (2-0) defeated at home Oldenburg (0-2) 80-76 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. SSV Lok Bernau looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Dexter Werner (198-94, college: N.Dakota St.) scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Robert Kulawick (192-86) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. SSV Lok Bernau's coach Rene Schilling used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international Philip Zwiener (201-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian point guard Robert Drijencic (190-96) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Oldenburg players scored in double figures. SSV Lok Bernau will face ETB Wohnbau in Essen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oldenburg will play at home against Schalke (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: P.Zwiener 23+10reb+2ast, R.Drijencic 15+6reb+4ast, K.Wohlrath 14+2reb+2ast, P.Niehus 10+2reb+1ast, T.Isemann 6+1reb, A.Musovic 5+2reb+2ast
Bernau: D.Werner 24+9reb+3ast, R.Kulawick 17+1reb+2ast, F.Zylka 12+5reb+1ast, K.Brown 8+6reb+3ast, S.Fuelle 7+3reb+2ast, J.Knauf 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 553501


Wolfenbuettel - Itzehoe 86-73

Herzoege Wolfenbuettel used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Itzehoe 86-73 on Saturday night. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Itzehoe's players. Point guard Constantin Ebert (184-96) scored 15 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Tom Alte (207-95) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's coach Steven Esterkamp used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. British-Australian point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) responded with 27 points and American forward Kaimyn Pruitt (203-90, college: Adams St., agency: Aspire Sports) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face AstroStars (#9) in Bochum in the next round. Itzehoe will play at home against RSV Eintracht and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Itzehoe: J.Wilcher 27+1reb, N.Kahler 13+7reb+1ast, K.Pruitt 12+9reb+3ast, F.Henningsen 6+3reb, L.Kroeger 5+4reb, J.Konrad 5+1ast
Wolfenbuettel: L.Lagerpusch 16+2reb+1ast, C.Ebert 15+3reb+8ast, D.Ward 14+3reb+4ast, T.Alte 14+8reb, L.Figge 13+4reb+2ast, T.Thompson 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 553500


Art.Dragons - Cuxhaven 78-60

Everything went according to plan in Quakenbrueck where Artland Dragons (0-1) beat Cuxhaven (0-2) 78-60 on Saturday. Artland Dragons will face Rostock (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cuxhaven will play against SC Rist Wedel and hope to win that game.
gschID: 553502


ETB Wohnbau - Rostock 76-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Essen. host ETB Wohnbau (2-0) defeated Rostock (1-1) 76-72. Canadian Nick Tufegdzich (203-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Montrael Scott (190-93, college: Prairie View A&M) contributed with 4 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Bill Borekambi (198-92, college: Sequoias CC) replied with 26 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Rostock. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. ETB Wohnbau's next round opponent will be SSV Lok Bernau on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rostock will play against Artland Dragons (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rostock: B.Borekambi 26+6reb+2ast, D.Cardenas 14+3reb, B.Lockhart 13+7reb+3ast, J.Martin 7+1reb+3ast, N.Kamdem 5+4reb, J.Talbert 4+7reb+3ast
ETB Wohnbau: N.Tufegdzich 30+11reb+4ast, A.Touray 14+2reb+1ast, T.Van der Velde 8+5reb+3ast, F.Fleute 7+2reb+1ast, D.Durant 6+2reb+3ast, M.Scott 4+10reb+5ast
gschID: 553503


South
FC Bayern II - Dresden 75-77

Important game to mention about took place in Muenchen. Titans (1-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging FC Bayern II (0-2) 77-75 on Sunday evening. American guard Travis Thompson (185-91, college: Alaska-Anch., agency: SportsVision-Service) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Janek Schmidkunz (183-90, college: Amer.Internat.) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Karim Jallow (199-97) responded with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Bosnian point guard Amar Gegic (200-98) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Five FC Bayern II players scored in double figures. Titans will face Dragons Rhoendorf at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. FC Bayern II will play against Iserlohn (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FC Bayern II: K.Jallow 17+8reb+6ast, M.Ogunsipe 16+5reb+4ast, A.Gegic 16+6reb+8ast, N.Weidemann 10+4reb+3ast, N.Markovic 10+10reb, L.Maximilian Burkardt 6+3reb+1ast
Dresden: T.Thompson 22+7reb+2ast, J.Schmidkunz 18+5reb+7ast, H.Baues 13+6reb+1ast, S.Heck 8+4reb+4ast, M.Fall 8+6reb+1ast, M.Nagora 3+4reb
gschID: 553373


Coburg - Fraport SKY II 74-77

But Coburg was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Frankfurt 77-74 on Sunday night. Serbian center Armin Trtovac (210-97) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Richard Freudenberg (206-98, college: St.John's) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American forward Jordan Burris (201-92, college: CS San Bernar.) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Christopher Wolf (199-95) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Coburg players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Fraport Skyliners II will face SG Schwelmer Baskets (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Coburg will play against Elchingen (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Coburg: J.Burris 18+5reb+2ast, C.Wolf 15+4reb+4ast, E.Molosciakas 10+2reb+3ast, M.von der Wippel 10+3reb, S.Walde 7+7reb, K.Eichelsdoerfer 5+2reb
Fraport SKY II: A.Trtovac 18+12reb+3ast, R.Freudenberg 15+5reb+2ast, K.Schubert 15+2reb+4ast, A.Fountain 10+4reb, A.Onyia 8+3reb+3ast, C.Gruehn 6+2reb
gschID: 553372


Karlsruhe SC - Schwelm 56-62

No shocking result in a game when SG Schwelmer Baskets (2-0) won against on the road Karlsruhe SC (0-2) 62-56 on Saturday. Karlsruhe SC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Chris Hortman (190-88, college: Wisc.-Stout) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mathias Perl (188-89, agency: SportsVision-Service) chipped in 13 points and 4 steals during the contest. Croatian swingman Luka Drezga (196-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) responded with 19 points and American center Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Fraport Skyliners II (#8) in Frankfurt in the next round where they are favorite. Karlsruhe SC will play on the road against Wuerzburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe SC: L.Drezga 19+3reb+1ast, J.Black 10+8reb+3ast, C.Wellian 8+1reb, F.Rothenberg 4+12reb, A.Rueck 3+4reb, B.Kaufhold 3+2reb
Schwelm: C.Hortman 17+13reb+7ast, M.Perl 13+2reb+3ast, D.Fiorentino 9+3reb, A.Mikutis 7+2reb+1ast, T.Reuter 6+7reb, M.Jean-Louis 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 553371


Iserlohn - Elchingen 82-71

Very important is a road loss of Elchingen (1-1) against Iserlohn (2-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Elchingen was defeated by Iserlohn in Iserlohn 82-71. The best player for the winners was American power forward Julian Scott (203-90, college: Adams St.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Soeren Fritze (190-94) chipped in 25 points. American guard Hayden Lescault (196-92, college: Point Loma) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian forward Jere Vucica (206-92, college: Miami, OH, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Elchingen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Iserlohn will meet FC Bayern II (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elchingen will play against Coburg (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: H.Lescault 12+8reb+1ast, F.Beck 12+3reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 11+3reb, J.Vucica 11+6reb+2ast, G.Graves 8+4reb+1ast, B.Butler 7+1reb+1ast
Iserlohn: S.Fritze 25+3reb, J.Scott 17+11reb, G.de Oliveira 11+4reb+1ast, R.Dahmen 9+2reb+2ast, S.Kutzschmar 9+2reb+2ast, D.Nicholas 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 553370


Dragons - Bayer Giants 90-72

The most important game of round 2 took place in Rhoendorf of South where Dragons Rhoendorf beat Bayer Giants (1-1) 90-72 on Saturday night. American guard Kameron Taylor (198-94, college: Seton Hill) scored 31 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Viktor Frankl-Maus (186-93) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. American forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Tim Schonborn (193-90) scored 13 points. Bayer Giants will play next round against strong Giessen 46ers II trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Dragons Rhoendorf will try to continue on its current victory against Titans in Dresden.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: D.Jack 14+7reb+1ast, M.Heckel 14+2reb+2ast, T.Schonborn 13+3reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 8+2reb+2ast, B.Beckford 8+8reb, A.Blessig 8+2reb+2ast
Dragons: K.Taylor 31+8reb+6ast, V.Frankl-Maus 14+3reb+5ast, A.Moeller 12+6reb, K.Thomas 10+7reb+2ast, T.Michel 10+1reb+1ast, R.Elksnis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 553369





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Reformers of Prisons clinch top spot in Division II after sixth win - by Yaw Mintah

Reformers of Prisons have climbed to the summit of the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division II after beating Novas Academy 79-62 on Monday to clinch its sixth win of the campaign in as many games. The tie was played on the unusual date after the original game was cancelled due to rain.

As a result, Prisons are the new leaders of Accra's second tier competition and hold a one point lead over second placed CYO who lost 57-75 to Ghana Police to record its first loss this season; the loss ended CYO's five game winning run in the competition.

Third placed Police has ten points after winning all five games played this season but have featured in a game less than its main rivals Reformers and CYO. In the aftermath of Reformers big win over Novas, Dunk Knights registered its first win of the season courtesy a 60-58 win over DC Dynamics Aspirants.

The two point win gives Dunk a win in five attempts at the expense of Aspirants whose losing run has been extended to six and maintains its place in the bottom half of the standings with fellow winless group Akatsi Rifles.

However, the past week had a lot of rain stoppages and postponed games in order to avoid players picking up injuries in damp conditions at the Lebanon House Court league venue in Tudu. The court has no roof and is at the mercy of the weather; the slightest hint of rain forces game officials to call off games.

Games between Junior Reformers and Junior Rangers and Panthers and Spartans have been rescheduled to take place on Monday October 9; Junior Reformers are ranked sixth in the standings while Rangers are ranked ninth despite a splendid start to the season. Following a shock loss to Navy Warriors, Panthers have slipped to seventh and Spartans occupy the 11th spot.




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Brian Roberts out for up to two weeks - by Kostas Papadopoulos

A big trouble occured for Olympiacos just before the beginning of the new season, as Brian Roberts (187-PG-85, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) will have to stay out of action for the upcoming games.
Brian Roberts (187-PG-85, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) underwent an MRI tomography, which showed that he has suffered a first-degree fracture in the right biceps. The player is set to miss 12 to 15 days of game action, which means he will be doubtful in Olympiacos' EuroLeague premiere and will miss the upcoming games against Faros for the Greek Cup and the the big game against Panathinaikos in the very first day of the Greek league on next Sunday, October 8th.



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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





Diaz's double-double lands him Liga Metropolitana Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

36-year old center Bernie Diaz (200-C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team ELOHIM and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga Metropolitana Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Tencored (#7, 2-4) with 29-point margin 96-67. It allowed ELOHIM to take over top position in the Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but ELOHIM already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Diaz had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be ELOHIM's top player in his first season with the team. Diaz has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg), rebounds (5th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 2.5spg,77.5% FGP and 62.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Kevin Garcia (96) of Club Force. He is a in his first season at Club Force. In the last game Garcia recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Club Force to another comfortable win 69-51 over URL (#10, 0-6) being unquestionably team leader. Club Force's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Garcia is a newcomer at Club Force and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another ELOHIM's star - David Monterroso. Monterroso showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of ELOHIM, helping his team with a 96-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Tencored (#7, 2-4). ELOHIM started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Monterroso turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Monterroso has a great season in Guatemala. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Helmut Esquivel (196-C) of Club Force - 16 points and 12 rebounds
5. Josue Godoy (97) of Amatitlan - 30 points and 6 rebounds
6. Luis Garcia) of You Bet - 13 points and 5 rebounds
7. Erick Palma) of Tencored - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Walter Ramirez (97) of Amatitlan - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Eustorgio Sopalda (81) of Tencored - 13 points and 12 rebounds
10. Ingmar Auer (202-C-76) of You Bet - 7 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Andrew Nembhard commits to Florida - by Moritz Korff

Andrew Nembhard (6'4''-PG-00) has announced his decision to commit to the University of Florida. According to espn.com, he chose Florida over Ohio State, the University of Southern California and Gonzaga. He is set to join the Gators for the 2018-19 season.

A Canadian from Vaughan, Ontario, Nembhard plays at Montverde Academy in Florida and has represented his home country on several occasions. In 2015, he helped Team Canada capture silver at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships, while earning Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U16 Honorable Mention status. Last year, Nembhard participated in the U17 World Championships, averaging 5.4 points, 3.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals a contest.



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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 


Brandon Taylor (ex Alba) is a newcomer at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti - by Nagy Szilveszter

Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-76kg-94, college: Utah). He played most recently at Alba in Hungarian A Division. In 45 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg last season. Taylor helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Taylor also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Taylor received All-Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Taylor graduated from University of Utah in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Keflavik lands Cameron Forte, ex Los Mochis - by Eurobasket News

Keflavik (Dominos League) tabbed 24-year old American forward Cameron Forte (201-100kg-93, college: Portland State). He played last summer at Pioneros de Los Mochis in Mexican CIBACOPA. Forte managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 25 CIBACOPA games he was second best scorer with impressive 25.4ppg and averaged 12.2rpg (leader !!!), 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention. The last season Forte played at Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo where in two games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.0rpg. He also played 1 game in Balkan League where he recorded 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. Forte also spent pre-season at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division that year. In 5 games he got 14.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg.
Forte's team was regular season runner-up in SEC in 2014.
He graduated from Portland State in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @patmosintl)

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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Lehmon COLBERT
  UCC D.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 35
 1. Colbert, UCC D.35.0 
 2. Proby, DCU Saints30.7 
 3. Williams, Killester26.0 
 4. OReilly, UCC D.24.3 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.23.0 
 6. Williams, Maree22.0 
 7. Oliver, Belfast Star22.0 
 8. Andrews, KUBS19.7 
 9. Garrow, UCD Marian19.0 
 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. OReilly, UCC D.12.0 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.10.3 
 5. Pantovic, Tralee10.0 
 6. Cairns, Belfast .9.3 
 7. Baltimore, Swords T.9.0 
 8. Donaghy, Tralee9.0 
 9. McGuire, Moycullen9.0 
 10. Kulinicz, Belfast .8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.10.0 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.9.7 
 3. Donaghy, Tralee6.0 
 4. Roe, Killester5.5 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.5.5 
 6. Randolph, Templ.5.0 
 7. Kinevane, UCD M.5.0 
 8. Lyons, Moycullen5.0 
 9. Rockall, Maree5.0 
 10. Drumm, UCD Marian4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Travis BLACK
  Swords T.
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Black, Swords T.5.0 
 2. Randolph, Templ.3.5 
 3. Nihill, Moycullen3.0 
 4. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.3.0 
 5. James, Templeogue2.5 
 6. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.5 
 7. Williams, Killester2.5 
 8. Quigley, Tralee2.0 
 9. Dolenko, Swords T.2.0 
 10. Colbert, UCC D.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike BEDULSKIS
  UCD M.
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bedulskis, UCD M.2.5 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.5 
 3. Baltimore, Swords T.2.5 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.2.3 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.2.0 
 6. Randolph, Templ.2.0 
 7. Kulinicz, Belfast .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 - 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. Bertoldo, Roma T.29.0 
 4. Filippini, Lugo28.0 
 5. Cantagalli, Campli28.0 
 6. Rezzano, San Severo26.0 
 7. Bisconti, Valmontone26.0 
 8. Di Capua, Battipaglia25.0 
 9. Petrucci, Cassino25.0 
 10. Corbinelli, Roma S.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. Papa, Forli Tigers15.0 
 7. Tiberti, Rimini15.0 
 8. Ravazzani, Matera14.0 
 9. Bayehe, Roma S.12.0 
 10. Squeo, Omnia B.12.0 
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. Bruni, Barcellona7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gianluca CARPANZANO
  Forli T.
  (188-G-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Carpanzano, Forli T.7.0 
 2. Faragalli Se., Roma L.4.0 
 3. Longobardi, Scauri4.0 
 4. Battisti, Forli T.4.0 
 5. Mazzoleni, Desio4.0 
 6. Cozzoli, Matera4.0 
 7. Morici, Catanzaro4.0 
 8. Demartini, Vicenza4.0 
 9. Planezio, Olginate4.0 
 10. Colnago, Olginate4.0 
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. Malbasa, Piombino2.0 
 6. Persico, Piombino2.0 
 7. Petrucci, Montecatini2.0 
 8. Bossola, Bernareg.2.0 
 9. Ruiu, Bernareggio2.0 
 10. Locci, Patti2.0 


Serie B Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

Firenze All Foods defeated Cecina at home 80-75. Guard Simone Berti (196-85) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jacopo Lucarelli (197-96, agency: Players Group) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) produced 25 points for lost side. Cecina will play next round against Piombino trying to get back on the winning streak. Firenze All Foods will try to continue on its current victory against San Miniato on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Libertas (0-1) in Livorno. Hosts were edged by San Miniato (1-0) 72-70. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Swiss Olivier Giacomelli (198-95, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Andrea Chiriatti contributed with 10 points for the winners. San Miniato's coach Federico Barsotti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Power forward Giacomo Dell'Agnello (201-94) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds for Libertas. San Miniato will play against Firenze All Foods at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Libertas will play against Varese Robur (#16) to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game where Civitanova (1-0) edged by one point Fabriano (0-1) 72-71 on Sunday night. Fabriano was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Riccardo Coviello stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Fabrizio Gialloreto responded with 33 points (!!!) (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Civitanova will meet at home Bisceglie (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fabriano will play against Ortona and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Bisceglie. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Bisceglie (0-1) to Pescara (1-0) 71-70 on Sunday evening. Andrea Capitanelli nailed 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Pescara's next round opponent will be San Severo (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Bisceglie will play against Civitanova and hope to win that game.
Very important is a home loss of Alba (0-1) against USE Basket (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Alba was defeated by USE Basket in Alba 80-62. Gabriele Giarelli fired 20 points for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USE Basket will face Oleggio (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Alba will play against Valsesia (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group A
Firenze All Foods - Cecina 80-75

Firenze All Foods defeated Cecina at home 80-75. Guard Simone Berti (196-85) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jacopo Lucarelli (197-96, agency: Players Group) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) produced 25 points and naturalized Senegalese Samuel Gaye-Serigne (198-96) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Firenze All Foods and four Cecina players scored in double figures. Cecina will play next round against Piombino trying to get back on the winning streak. Firenze All Foods will try to continue on its current victory against San Miniato on the road.
Top scorers:
Firenze All Foods: S.Genovese 19+1ast, J.Lucarelli 13+5reb+2ast, B.Ondo Mengue 12+1reb, A.Mazzucchelli 12+2reb+2ast, S.Berti 10+12reb+3ast, D.Banti 10+5reb+2ast
Cecina: M.Gigena 25+3reb+2ast, L.Turini 13+2reb+1ast, S.Gaye Serigne 12+5reb, D.Liberati 12+4reb, A.Spera 6+4reb, L.Salvadori 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 556520


Libertas - San Miniato 70-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Libertas (0-1) in Livorno. Hosts were edged by San Miniato (1-0) 72-70. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Swiss Olivier Giacomelli (198-95, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Andrea Chiriatti (198-93) contributed with 10 points for the winners. San Miniato's coach Federico Barsotti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Power forward Giacomo Dell'Agnello (201-94) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds and guard Andrea Giampaoli (185-90) added 24 points and 4 assists in the effort for Libertas. Four Libertas players scored in double figures. San Miniato will play against Firenze All Foods at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Libertas will play against Varese Robur (#16) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
San Miniato: O.Giacomelli 23+17reb+1ast, A.Chiriatti 10+3reb, S.Perin 9, M.Neri 7+4reb, A.Benites 7+1reb+1ast, A.Zita 5+2reb+4ast
Libertas: A.Giampaoli 24+2reb+4ast, S.Lasagni 17+5reb+1ast, G.Dell'Agnello 11+17reb+3ast, D.Mastrangelo 10+2ast, L.Benini 7+2reb, G.Giorgi 1+6reb
gschID: 556521


LTC Sangiorg. - Varese Robur 74-46

LTC Sangiorg. used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Varese 74-46 on Sunday night. Forward Luca Antonietti (197-94, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Andrea Tassinari (188-96, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 15 points. Corrado Bianconi (202-94) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Giacomo Bloise (179-90) added 9 points and 6 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. LTC Sangiorg. will face Omegna (#4) on the road in the next round. Varese Robur will play against Libertas (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LTC Sangiorg.: A.Tassinari 15+3reb+1ast, L.Antonietti 12+6reb+1ast, L.Falconi 11+3reb+2ast, S.Bianchi 8+2reb+1ast, G.Scali 8+4reb+2ast, G.Lenti 7+5reb
Varese Robur: C.Bianconi 19+9reb+1ast, M.Santambrogio 10+1reb+2ast, G.Bloise 9+6reb+1ast, M.Maruca 5+1reb, N.Croci 2+4reb, T.Somaschini 1+1reb
gschID: 556519


Montecatini - Moncalieri 89-53

Montecatiniterme used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Moncalieri 89-53 on Sunday night. They outrebounded Moncalieri 50-21 including a 39-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Montecatiniterme made 8 blocks. Point guard Simone Centanni (187-91, agency: Interperformances) fired 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Lorenzo Galmarini (200-95) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Swingman Filippo Creati (194-98) produced 14 points and point guard Alessandro Buffo (193-99) added 11 points and 4 assists 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. Montecatiniterme will face Omnia Basket (#14) in Pavia in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Moncalieri will play at home against Super Flavor M. (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Montecatini: L.Galmarini 19+6reb, S.Centanni 13+8reb+5ast, G.Artioli 13+6reb+3ast, A.Bolis 10+3ast, R.Callara 9+11reb, M.Petrucci 8+5reb+1ast
Moncalieri: F.Creati 14+2reb+2ast, A.Buffo 11+1reb+4ast, G.Ianuale 9+5reb, F.Delvecchio 8+3reb, A.Bianchi 4+2reb, C.Zugno 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 556522


Piombino - Omnia Basket 65-59

Piombino used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Pavia 65-59 on Sunday night. Swingman Camillo Bianchi (194-94) fired 15 points for the winners. Edoardo Fontana (193-98) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Alessandro Infanti (193-85, agency: Two Points) produced 25 points and the former international point guard Fabio Di-Bella (185-78) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Piombino will face Cecina (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Omnia Basket will play against Montecatiniterme and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piombino: C.Bianchi 15+4reb, D.Malbasa 10+4reb+1ast, A.Procacci 10+2reb, E.Fontana 9+5reb+3ast, A.Iardella 7+2reb+3ast, E.Persico 6+10reb
Omnia Basket: A.Infanti 25+2reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 13+6reb+2ast, M.Squeo 8+12reb, T.De Min 5+8reb, D.Manuelli 4+1reb+1ast, S.Mazzantini 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 556523


Super Flavor M. - Valsesia 68-79

But Super Flavor M. was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Valsesia 79-68 on Saturday night. Valsesia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Nicolo Gatti (196-91) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Mattia Magrini (190-93) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Andrea Negri (193-88) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Valsesia will face Alba (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Super Flavor M. will play against Moncalieri and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valsesia: A.Catakovic 21+2reb+1ast, M.Gloria 16+5reb, N.Gatti 14+10reb+2ast, M.Magrini 10+7reb+7ast, E.Gobbato 8+1reb+1ast, G.Sodero 6+1reb+4ast
Super Flavor M.: R.Santolamazza 16+12reb+4ast, S.Ferrarese 14+4reb+2ast, A.Negri 12+8reb+2ast, G.Eliantonio 11+6reb+1ast, S.Laudoni 9+3reb+2ast, L.Albique 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 556516


Oleggio - Omegna 56-63

But Oleggio was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Omegna 63-56 on Saturday night. Forward Marco Arrigoni (198-91, agency: Players Group) fired 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Power forward Alessandro Spatti (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and center Stefano Colombo (200-95, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Omegna will face LTC Sangiorg. in San Giorgio in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oleggio will play on the road against USE Basket (#7) in Empoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Omegna: M.Arrigoni 15+9reb+1ast, A.Simoncelli 14+4reb+7ast, F.Fratto 10+7reb, T.Milani 9+3reb, M.Torgano 6+2reb+1ast, F.Villa 4+4reb+2ast
Oleggio: E.Gallazzi 11+5reb, A.Spatti 11+9reb+1ast, S.Colombo 9+8reb+1ast, P.Hidalgo 6+1ast, S.Hidalgo 6+2reb+5ast, A.Marusic 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 556518


Alba - USE Basket 62-80

Very important is a home loss of Alba (0-1) against USE Basket (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Alba was defeated by USE Basket in Alba 80-62. Forward Gabriele Giarelli (200-93, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 20 points for the winners. Guard Filippo Giannini (184-91) chipped in 12 points. Four USE Basket players scored in double figures. Romanian guard Radu Draghici (191-90) produced 15 points and naturalized Argentinian swingman Santiago Boffelli (195-83) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USE Basket will face Oleggio (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Alba will play against Valsesia (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USE Basket: G.Giarelli 20+4reb+1ast, M.Giancarli 13+1reb+1ast, F.Giannini 12+3reb+3ast, G.Terrosi 12+3reb, L.Raffaelli 7+3reb+1ast, V.Marsili 6+5reb
Alba: R.Draghici 15+4reb+3ast, S.Boffelli 14+5reb+1ast, L.Calabrese 10+7reb+1ast, C.Maino 9+1reb+3ast, P.Gallo 5+4reb, L.Dello Iacovo 3+3reb
gschID: 556517


Group B
Palermo GB - Padova 61-92

But Palermo GB was not able to use a home court advantage and was outleveled by the opponent from Padova 92-61 on Sunday night. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Padova especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Naturalized Dominican guard Jean Carlos Canelo (188-89, agency: Interperformances) fired 22 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Enrico Crosato (196-85) chipped in 19 points. Five Padova players scored in double figures. Padova's coach Daniele Rubini felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Daro Gullo (185-86) produced 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Michele Venturelli (190-82) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Padova will face Forli Tigers (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Palermo GB will play against Lugo (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Padova: J.Carlos Canelo 22+1reb+6ast, E.Crosato 19+3reb+1ast, M.Lazzaro 12+2reb, A.Piazza 10+4reb+5ast, C.Nobile 10+3reb+3ast, F.Miaschi 7+2reb
Palermo GB: M.Venturelli 19+1ast, D.Marchini 10, G.Trevisano 10+3reb+1ast, A.Lombardo 8+1reb+2ast, D.Gullo 8+7reb+5ast, G.Lombardo 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 556759


Forli Tigers - Volpino 85-61

Forli Tigers used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Volpino 85-61 on Saturday night. Forli Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Volpino's 18. Forli Tigers forced 25 Volpino turnovers. Volpino was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Francesco Papa (198-95) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Michael Sacchettini (205-95, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 24 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Four Forli Tigers players scored in double figures. Forli Tigers' coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Edoardo Caversazio (199-96) produced 8 points and 8 rebounds and Gianmarco Conte (191-97) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Forli Tigers will face Padova (#5) on the road in the next round. Volpino will play against Cento (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Forli Tigers: M.Sacchettini 24+4reb+1ast, F.Papa 19+15reb+3ast, G.Carpanzano 17+2reb+2ast, A.De Fabritiis 13+5reb+2ast, M.Battisti 8+2reb+4ast, G.Rossi 2
Volpino: G.Conte 12+5reb, F.Gorreri 11+1ast, A.Sabbadini 9+1reb+1ast, E.Caversazio 8+8reb+1ast, M.Borghetti 7+4reb, M.Coltro 5+4reb
gschID: 556762


Cento - Faenza 81-69

Cento used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Faenza 81-69 on Sunday night. Cento looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Faenza's players. Naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) fired 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Point guard Mattia Venucci (188-90) produced 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cento will face Volpino (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Faenza will play against Reggio Emilia (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cento: S.Vico 18+3reb+5ast, M.Benfatto 17+7reb+2ast, A.Chiera 14+3reb+8ast, G.Piunti 11+6reb+4ast, C.Cantone 9+1reb+4ast, L.D'Alessandro 9+7reb
Faenza: M.Venucci 21+8reb+5ast, G.Chiappelli 15+5reb, M.Perin 10+4reb+3ast, R.Iattoni 10+4reb, J.Silimbani 5+4reb+1ast, L.Brighi 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 556763


Rimini - Lecco 91-35

Rimini used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Lecco 91-35 on Sunday night. Rimini dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Lecco's 20. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Lecco's players. Center Edoardo Tiberti (205-97) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Giacomo Signorini (192-98, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Alessandro Riva (202-98) produced 8 points and 5 rebounds and Alessandro Albenga (190-98) added 8 points and 4 assists 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. Rimini will face Vicenza (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lecco will play against Piacenza and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rimini: G.Signorini 19+1reb+2ast, E.Tiberti 19+15reb+2ast, A.Sipala 17+1reb+3ast, N.Moffa 10+1ast, G.Altavilla 8+1reb+4ast, J.Myers 7+7ast
Lecco: A.Riva 8+5reb+1ast, A.Albenga 8+2reb+4ast, R.Calo 6+3reb+3ast, S.Figini 5+1reb, A.Allevi 4+4reb+1ast, A.Ratti 4
gschID: 556758


Reggio Emilia - Vicenza 56-60

But Reggio Emilia was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Vicenza 60-56 on Sunday night. Vicenza dominated down low during the game scoring 36 of its points in the paint compared to Reggio Emilia's 14. Forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Daniele Demartini (184-84, agency: Players Group) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Vicenza's coach Marco Silvestrucci used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Luca Bertolini (192-85) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Federico Pugi (206-85) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Vicenza will face Rimini (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Reggio Emilia will play against Faenza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vicenza: A.Campiello 12+8reb+1ast, D.Demartini 11+7reb+1ast, E.Chinellato 11+5reb+1ast, D.Corral 9+4reb, U.Campiello 7+2reb, P.Montanari 7+7reb+2ast
Reggio Emilia: L.Bertolini 16+6reb+3ast, F.Pugi 12+6reb+1ast, M.Motta 8+4reb+2ast, L.Malagutti 8+1reb+1ast, M.Farioli 7+4reb, E.Germani 2+10reb
gschID: 556760


Crema - Bernareggio 78-60

Crema used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Bernareggio 78-60 on Sunday night. Crema dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Tessilform Bernareggio's 18. They outrebounded Tessilform Bernareggio 56-29 including a 27-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Andrea Dagnello (189-91) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Eugenio Amanti (200-96) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds. Giacomo Baldini (190-96) produced 15 points and center Davide Bossola (200-90) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Crema will face Desio (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tessilform Bernareggio will play against Olginate and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Crema: A.Dagnello 22+6reb+3ast, M.Peroni 14+4reb+4ast, F.Paolin 13+7reb+4ast, E.Amanti 9+16reb+1ast, P.Del Sorbo 9+6reb+4ast, G.Poggi 6+6reb
Bernareggio: G.Baldini 15+3reb+2ast, D.Bossola 10+4reb+3ast, F.De Bettin 7+2reb+2ast, S.Vecerina 6+4reb+3ast, E.Ruiu 6+5reb+3ast, L.Restelli 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 556761


Piacenza - Desio 89-59

Piacenza used a home court advantage and outleveled the opponent from Desio 89-59 on Saturday night. Piacenza looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Desio's players. Naturalized Argentinian forward Duilio Birindelli (200-84) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Riccardo Pederzini (200-89, agency: Players Group) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Piacenza players scored in double figures. Andrea Mazzoleni (197-98) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Carlo Fumagalli (188-96) added 11 points 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. Piacenza will face Lecco (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Desio will play against Crema and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: R.Pederzini 17+4reb+4ast, D.Birindelli 15+10reb+3ast, R.Perego 13+6reb+2ast, S.Bruno 11+1reb+5ast, A.Guaccio 8+1reb, N.Stanic 8+4reb+4ast
Desio: C.Fumagalli 11+1reb+2ast, M.Corti 8+2reb, A.Mazzoleni 8+6reb+3ast, D.Perez 8+2reb, S.Fiorito 5+3reb+2ast, A.Canzi 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 556756


Olginate - Lugo 85-78

Olginate used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Lugo 85-78 on Saturday night. Olginate looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Power forward Andrea Bassani (198-89) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marco Planezio (198-91, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Giacomo Filippini (204-91) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Matteo Seravalli (184-91) added 12 points and 13 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lugo's coach Gianluigi Galetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olginate will face Tessilform Bernareggio (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lugo will play against Palermo GB and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olginate: A.Bassani 17+9reb+1ast, M.Planezio 15+7reb+5ast, P.Colnago 13+3ast, G.Siberna 13+6reb+3ast, D.Todeschini 10+4reb+6ast, M.Tagliabue 6+7reb+3ast
Lugo: G.Filippini 28+11reb, S.Moretti 14+6reb, T.Tinsley 13+5reb+1ast, M.Seravalli 12+2reb+13ast, M.Rubbini 4+1reb+4ast, L.Campori 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 556757


Group C
Recanati - Senigallia 82-60

Recanati used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Senigallia 82-60 on Sunday night. Recanati dominated down low during the game scoring 34 of its points in the paint compared to Senigallia's 14. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Recanati looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Senigallia's players. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Yande Fall (203-90, agency: Octagon Europe) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Vincenzo Di-Viccaro (192-84) chipped in 20 points. Five Recanati players scored in double figures. Recanati's coach Piero Coen felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Emiliano Paparella (184-83, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Marco Giacomini (182-94) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Recanati will face Teramo (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Senigallia will play against Porto S.Elpidio (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Recanati: V.Di Viccaro 20+3reb+2ast, A.Pierini 16+3reb+5ast, Y.Fall 14+11reb+2ast, F.Guarino 12+1reb+11ast, G.Gurini 12+2reb+1ast, A.Gurini 6+4reb+1ast
Senigallia: E.Paparella 13+10reb+4ast, F.Giampieri 11+1reb+1ast, M.Giacomini 10+2reb+4ast, A.Brighi 9+3reb, M.Pierantoni 3+4reb, F.Ricci 3+2ast
gschID: 556997


San Severo - Nardo 70-63

San Severo used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Nardo 70-63 on Sunday night. San Severo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (205-82, agency: SPORTlab Agency) fired 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Emidio Di-Donato (198-92) chipped in 6 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Valerio Polonara (202-84) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian forward Ferdinando Luis Marengo (193-92, agency: Players Group) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. San Severo will face Pescara (#5) on the road in the next round. Nardo will play against Matera (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Severo: M.Rezzano 26+5reb+3ast, I.Scarponi 15+2reb, R.Bottioni 9+3reb+9ast, E.Di Donato 6+16reb+5ast, R.Malagoli 6+4reb, A.Fabrizio Smorto 5+2reb+1ast
Nardo: S.Provenzano 15+1ast, V.Polonara 14+11reb+3ast, F.Luis Marengo 12+7reb, F.Ingrosso 7+5reb+4ast, A.Poti 6+4reb, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 557000


Fabriano - Civitanova 71-72

An interesting game where Civitanova (1-0) edged by one point Fabriano (0-1) 72-71 on Sunday night. Fabriano was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. They outrebounded Fabriano 35-23 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Riccardo Coviello (195-88) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Lorenzo Andreani (183-87) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side point guard Fabrizio Gialloreto (187-87) responded with 33 points (!!!) (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and center Lorenzo Bruno (201-91) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Civitanova will meet at home Bisceglie (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fabriano will play against Ortona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Civitanova: R.Coviello 21+6reb+1ast, L.Andreani 15+4reb+1ast, M.Marinelli 9+3reb+1ast, A.Cassese 8+2reb+2ast, M.Vallasciani 8+8reb+1ast, F.Amoroso 6+7reb
Fabriano: F.Gialloreto 33+1reb+2ast, L.Bruno 18+5reb, M.Jovancic 9+5reb+3ast, S.De Angelis 4+2reb, M.Bugionovo 3+1reb+4ast, J.Vita Sadi 2+6reb
gschID: 556998


Giulianova - Teramo 70-62

Giulianova used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Teramo 70-62 on Sunday night. Giulianova shot 33 for 50 from the free-throw line, while Teramo only scored ten points from the stripe. Giulianova forced 21 Teramo turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Teramo was plagued by 38 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Antonello Ricci (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Daniele Tomasello (203-93) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Giacomo Cicognani (205-92, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Victorio-Gustavo Musso (185-84) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Teramo players scored in double figures. Teramo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Giulianova will face Cerignola Udas (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Teramo will play against Recanati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giulianova: A.Ricci 22+7reb+2ast, A.Banchi 18+2reb, D.Tomasello 12+8reb, J.Preti 7+10reb+1ast, N.Bastone 6+4reb, M.Criconia 4+2reb+1ast
Teramo: V.Gustavo Musso 13+5reb, G.Cicognani 12+10reb+2ast, L.Nolli 10, A.LaGioia 10+2reb, V.Staffieri 9+2reb, S.Salamina 4+3ast
gschID: 557002


Matera - Perugia 82-93

But Matera was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Perugia 93-82 on Sunday night. Umberto Meschini (188-94) fired 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Alessandro Panzieri (199-95, college: High School) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Perugia players scored in double figures. Perugia's coach Filippo Fiorucci used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Nicolo Ravazzani (198-85) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized Argentinian swingman Franco Migliori (200-82) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Perugia will face Campli at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Matera will play against Nardo (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perugia: U.Meschini 23+1reb+5ast, A.Panzieri 16+8reb, E.Casuscelli 16+2reb+3ast, L.Monacelli 14+2reb+2ast, J.Mobio 11+5reb+2ast, M.Orlandi 7+3reb
Matera: F.Migliori 21+7reb+1ast, N.Ravazzani 17+14reb+2ast, L.Battistini 15+3reb+3ast, L.Varaschin 8+1reb, I.Ochoa 8+3reb+1ast, M.Cozzoli 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 557001


Porto S.Elpidio - Ortona 74-62

Porto S.Elpidio used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Ortona 74-62 on Sunday night. They outrebounded Ortona 42-25 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Andrea Maggiotto (190-88, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Porto S.Elpidio's coach Massimiliano Domizioli used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Gianluca Marchetti (178-93) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and point guard Diego Martino (167-93) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Porto S.Elpidio will face Senigallia (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ortona will play against Fabriano (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Porto S.Elpidio: S.Zanotti 24+11reb, A.Maggiotto 20+8reb+2ast, A.Navarini 17+5reb+2ast, F.Piccone 12+1reb, S.Cernivani 1+3reb+4ast, G.Prati 0
Ortona: L.Malfatti 14+2reb+1ast, D.Martino 13+4reb+3ast, M.Crusca 11+1reb+2ast, G.Marchetti 11+7reb+10ast, A.Martelli 9+7reb+1ast, F.Pavicevic 4+3reb
gschID: 556996


Campli - Cerignola Udas 89-64

Campli used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Cerignola 89-64 on Sunday night. Campli shot 61.5 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Cerignola Udas turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 28 points for the winners. Guard Federico Burini (191-93) chipped in 7 points and 4 assists. Four Campli players scored in double figures. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Gianluca Tredici (198-92) added 11 points 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. Campli will face Perugia (#4) on the road in the next round. Cerignola Udas will play against Giulianova (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Campli: G.Cantagalli 28+1reb, V.Miglio 13+1reb, R.Ponziani 11+2reb, A.Serafini 10+3reb, F.Burini 7+3reb+4ast, G.Di Carmine 7+2reb+2ast
Cerignola Udas: A.Iannilli 17+6reb, G.Gambarota 12+1reb+1ast, G.Tredici 11+3reb+2ast, S.Colonnelli 9+1ast, M.Marchetti 7+2reb, A.Dinoia 2
gschID: 556999


Bisceglie - Pescara 70-71

A very interesting game took place in Bisceglie. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Bisceglie (0-1) to Pescara (1-0) 71-70 on Sunday evening. Center Andrea Capitanelli (208-86) nailed 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Michele Caverni (186-96, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 15 points. Swingman Luca Castelluccia (202-86) came up with 15 points and point guard Manuel Diomede (189-90, agency: Two Points) added 13 points respectively for Bisceglie in the defeat. Four Bisceglie players scored in double figures. Pescara's next round opponent will be San Severo (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Bisceglie will play against Civitanova and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pescara: M.Caverni 15+3reb+2ast, M.Bini 13+3reb+1ast, M.Drigo 12+1reb+2ast, A.Capitanelli 9+10reb+2ast, A.Grosso 7+4reb+2ast, E.Leonzio 6+2reb+4ast
Bisceglie: L.Castelluccia 15+4reb, A.Azzaro 14+1reb, M.Diomede 13+1reb+1ast, D.Terenzi 10+3reb, R.Antonelli 7+2reb+3ast, E.Di Emidio 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 557003


Group D
Roma Tiber - Barcellona 77-82

But Roma Tiber was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Barcellona 82-77 on Saturday night. Point guard Giovanni Bruni (185-82, agency: Interperformances) fired 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners (made all of his eight free throws). Guard Daniele Grilli (190-87) chipped in 17 points. Four Basket Barcellona players scored in double figures. Point guard Filippo Bertoldo (180-89) produced 29 points and guard Daniele Ricciardi (184-81) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Basket Barcellona will face Valmontone (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roma Tiber will play against Capo d'Orlando and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: G.Bruni 22+8reb+7ast, D.Grilli 17+2reb+3ast, L.Brunetti 12+7reb+2ast, G.Sereni 10+3reb+4ast, M.Teghini 8+2ast, F.Stefanini 7+5reb
Roma Tiber: F.Bertoldo 29+3reb+1ast, D.Ricciardi 16+2reb+4ast, G.Algeri 8+1reb+2ast, S.Napolitano 8+3reb+2ast, A.Dal Sasso 5+4reb+1ast, F.Ridolfi 4+5reb
gschID: 557238


Roma S.Azzurra - Capo d'Orlando 80-74

Roma S.Azzurra used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Capo d'Orlando 80-74 on Saturday night. Cameroonian forward Philippe Bayehe (204-99) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Giovanni Corbinelli (180-97) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. Four Roma S.Azzurra players scored in double figures. Center Enrico Di-Coste (218-95, college: Northwood) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Bosnian point guard Amar Balic (180-96) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Roma S.Azzurra will face Patti (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Capo d'Orlando will play against Roma Tiber (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma S.Azzurra: G.Corbinelli 25+4ast, G.Ianelli 17+6reb+1ast, P.Bayehe 15+12reb+2ast, J.Manuel Caceres 11+5reb+3ast, A.Denis 6+4reb+2ast, L.Donadio 4+5reb+1ast
Capo d'Orlando: E.Di Coste 16+11reb, A.Balic 16+6reb+4ast, R.Marinello 14+2reb, D.Paunovic 8+3reb, S.Forte 7+5reb+1ast, J.Pozzi 7+2reb
gschID: 557236


Scauri - Palestrina 79-75

Scauri used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Roma 79-75 on Sunday night. Scauri forced 21 Palestrina turnovers. Palestrina was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Davide Serino (199-81) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Andrea Longobardi (199-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Scauri's coach Renato Sabatino used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and guard Andrea Barsanti (188-86, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Scauri will face Battipaglia (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Palestrina will play against Isernia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Scauri: D.Serino 21+15reb, R.Marzullo 13+3reb, A.Longobardi 13+10reb, V.Provenzani 10+1ast, S.Manzo 8+1reb+1ast, D.Richotti 7+6reb+7ast
Palestrina: N.Visnjic 29+11reb+2ast, A.Barsanti 17+7reb, F.Alessandri 14+4reb+2ast, G.Rossi 12+8reb, B.Duranti 2+8reb, D.Molinari 1+1reb
gschID: 557239


Isernia - Sestu 63-72

But Isernia was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Sestu 72-63 on Sunday night. Sestu dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Isernia's 24. Swingman Romeo Trionfo (197-85, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international Manuel Vanuzzo (203-75) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Ferdinando Smorra (185-88) produced 12 points and 5 assists and point guard Andrea Murolo (179-96) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Sestu and five Isernia players scored in double figures. Isernia's coach Nino Sanfilippo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sestu will face Roma Luiss (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Isernia will play against Palestrina (#13) in Roma and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sestu: R.Trionfo 17+4reb+4ast, D.Locci 13+6reb+1ast, M.Graviano 10+3reb+5ast, M.Vanuzzo 10+12reb+2ast, G.Samoggia 8+7reb+1ast, M.Pilo 6+1reb
Isernia: A.Murolo 14+2reb+4ast, F.Smorra 12+3reb+5ast, F.Riccio 11+4reb+2ast, A.Razzi 11+6reb+1ast, K.Patani 10+9reb, S.Saletti 2+6reb
gschID: 557240


Catanzaro - Patti 93-55

Catanzaro used a home court advantage and outleveled the opponent from Patti 93-55 on Sunday night. Catanzaro dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Patti's 20 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Patti 32-14 including a 26-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Argentinian guard Nicolas Morici (192-94, agency: Octagon Europe) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Ygor Biordi (204-96) chipped in 22 points. Five Catanzaro players scored in double figures. Catanzaro's coach Fabrizio Tunno felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Andrea Locci (203-93) produced 16 points and swingman Luca Fowler (192-96) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Catanzaro will face Cassino (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Patti will play against Roma S.Azzurra and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Catanzaro: Y.Biordi 22+4reb+2ast, N.Morici 15+10reb+3ast, T.Di Dio 12+3reb+2ast, P.Battaglia 12+1reb+1ast, M.Botteghi 11+2reb+1ast, L.Calabretta 9+1reb+2ast
Patti: A.Locci 16+4reb, L.Fowler 14+2reb, G.Busco 9+2reb, A.Sidoti 9+1ast, M.Legnini 7+4reb+1ast, A.Piperno 0
gschID: 557243


Valmontone - Cassino 73-70

Valmontone used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Cassino 73-70 on Sunday night. Valmontone made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Cassino was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (208-82, agency: SPORTlab Agency) fired 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Matteo Pierangeli (201-92) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Niccolo Petrucci (193-89) produced 25 points and naturalized Argentinian power forward Enzo-Damian Cena (200-92) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cassino's coach Luca Vettese rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmontone will face Basket Barcellona on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cassino will play against Catanzaro (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valmontone: L.Bisconti 26+6reb+2ast, S.Rischia 17+1reb+1ast, M.Pierangeli 13+7reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 7+6reb, L.Di Francesco 4+5reb+1ast, G.Mathlouti 4+3reb+3ast
Cassino: N.Petrucci 25+3reb, E.Damian Cena 13+10reb+2ast, B.Sergio 7+6reb, M.Del Testa 7+1reb, M.Carrizo 6+2reb+3ast, G.Di Poce 6
gschID: 557242


Salerno - Battipaglia 71-61

Salerno used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Battipaglia 71-61 on Sunday night. Point guard Valerio Circosta (188-87) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Georgian swingman Levan Babilodze (198-98) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Four Salerno players scored in double figures. Point guard Vincenzo Di Capua (186-87) produced 25 points and power forward Vittorio Visentin (205-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Salerno will face Venafro (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Battipaglia will play against Scauri (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Salerno: V.Circosta 15+7reb, G.Leggio 11+3reb+3ast, P.Paci 10+3reb+1ast, E.Beatrice 10+3reb+1ast, L.Babilodze 9+5reb+3ast, R.Bartolozzi 8+4reb+1ast
Battipaglia: V.Di Capua 25+3reb+2ast, A.Filippi 11+1reb, V.Visentin 10+7reb, F.Cuccarese 7+2reb+1ast, M.Norcino 6+2reb+4ast, F.Santoro 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 557241


Roma Luiss - Venafro 73-66

Roma Luiss used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Venafro 73-66 on Saturday night. They outrebounded Venafro 39-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Center Eugenio Beretta (208-96) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Antongiulio Bonaccorso (197-97) chipped in 7 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Niccolo Rinaldi (199-93) produced 21 points and guard Mario Tamburrini (188-94) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Roma Luiss will face Sestu (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Venafro will play against Salerno and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma Luiss: R.Martone 11+2reb, E.Beretta 10+12reb, F.Veccia 9+2reb+1ast, A.Scuderi 7+2reb+2ast, F.Faragalli Serroni 7+3reb+1ast, A.Bonaccorso 7+5reb+2ast
Venafro: N.Rinaldi 21+3reb+1ast, M.Rossi 12+4reb, M.Tamburrini 12+7reb, K.Gueye 8+1reb, G.Moretti 8+3reb, R.Minchella 4+3reb
gschID: 557237





Italian Serie A2 round 1 best performance: Ken Brown - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Ken Brown (180-PG-89, agency: Octagon Europe) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Aurira Jesi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 28-year old player got a double-double of 30 points and 13 assists, while his team beat Tezenis Verona (#15, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 96-86. Aurira Jesi is placed at 2nd position in their group in Italian Serie A2. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Aurira Jesi 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 Brown had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Aurira Jesi's top player in his first season with the team. Former Philander Smith College star has very solid stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (4th best: 30.0ppg) and averages impressive 100.0% FGP and 75.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87) of Latina Basket. Raymond had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Latina Basket lost that game 69-80 to Agrigento (1-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Raymond is a newcomer at Latina Basket, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.0ppg (#1). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Javonte Green (193-G-93, agency: Duran International) of league's top team Alma Trieste. Green scored 26 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Alma Trieste, leading his team to a 78-73 win against Agribertocchi OR (#9, 0-1). Alma Trieste has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Green also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Green as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jalen Cannon (198-F-93) of Agrigento - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jamarr Sanders (193-G-88) of Novipiu Casale - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Brandon Sherrod (198-F/C-92) of Givova Scafati - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michael Deloach (184-PG-86) of Eurobasket Roma - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Paulius Sorokas (202-SF-92) of Bertram Tortona - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Chris Roberts (193-G-88) of Viola RC - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Eurobasket Roma - 23 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)



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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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F/C-85)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT29.5 
 2. 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. Kotzur, Hiroshim.18.5 
 10. Nishiyama, Tokyo Z18.0 
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. Hill, Toyotsu FE11.0 
 7. Alabi, Fukushima11.0 
 8. Boykin, Tokyo Z11.0 
 9. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.11.0 
 10. Burton, Aomori W.11.0 
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
 Shinya MURAKAMI
  Fukus.
  (172-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Murakami, Fukus.3.5 
 2. Monma, Aomori W.3.0 
 3. Fujioka, Yamagata3.0 
 4. Evans, Kanazawa.3.0 
 5. Nakama, Hiroshim.2.5 
 6. Yoshihiko, Ehime O.2.5 
 7. Tapscott, Ehime OV2.5 
 8. McHenry, Shins.2.5 
 9. Yuji, Kanazawa.2.0 
 10. Obuchi, Gunma2.0 
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. Kawamitsu, Fukus.1.5 
 5. Alabi, Fukushima1.5 
 6. Peppers, Fukuoka .1.5 
 7. Gallon, Aomori Watts1.0 
 8. Nephawe, Bambitio.1.0 
 9. Suzuki, Kanazawa.1.0 
 10. Faye, Fukuoka .1.0 


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)



Japanese B League D2 round 2 best performance: Anthony McHenry - by Eurobasket News

American Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Shinshu BW, receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Aomori Watts (#4, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 88-75. Shinshu BW maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Shinshu BW 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 McHenry had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Shinshu BW's top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgia Tech star has very solid stats this year. McHenry is in league's top in points (7th best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 85.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of league's second-best Kanazawa Sam.. Fitzgerald had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Kanazawa Sam. to another comfortable win 86-69 over Kagawa FA (0-2) being unquestionably team leader. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Fitzgerald is one of the most experienced players at Kanazawa Sam. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.0ppg (#1). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88) of Sendai 89ers (#6). Ashaolu scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Ashaolu's great performance Sendai 89ers lost 72-77 to Toyotsu FE (#4, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sendai 89ers can only dream about fighting for top spots in Central. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Ashaolu he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ashaolu has a very solid season. In 2 games in Japan he scored 18.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-G-88) of Tokyo Z - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-C-89) of Bambitious Nara - 29 points and 12 rebounds
6. Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Ehime OV - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Kevin Kotzur (203-F-89) of Hiroshima D. - 28 points and 4 rebounds
8. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Kagawa FA - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ide Yuji (181-G-88) of Kanazawa Sam. - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of Toyotsu FE - 16 points, 13 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)



B2 League Round 2: Orange Vikings lose to Tokyo Z - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in B League D2. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Orange Vikings (1-1). They were edged by Tokyo Z (1-1) 88-86 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tokyo Z made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) scored 25 points and 8 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Orange Vikings will play next round against strong Toyotsu FE trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tokyo Z will try to continue on its current victory against Akita Happinets at home.
Fukuoka Rizing defeated Gunma at home 70-66. American Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: Arizona St.) notched 9 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Daisuke Kobayashi supported him with 18 points. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) did not help to save the game for Gunma. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gunma will play next round against strong Aomori Watts trying to get back on the winning streak. Fukuoka Rizing will try to continue on its current victory against Yamagata on the road.
Dragonflies (1-1) recorded a loss in Hiroshima on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Fukushima (1-1) 89-75. The best player for the winners was Solomon Alabi who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Kevin Kotzur produced 28 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukushima will meet at home Kagawa FA (#5) in the next round. Dragonflies will play against Iwate Big Bulls and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Hiroshima. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of Fukushima (1-1) to Dragonflies (1-1) 68-66 in the fight for the second place. Clint Chapman orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Dragonflies' next round opponent will be Iwate Big Bulls (#5) on the road. Fukushima will play against Kagawa FA and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Nara. Bambitious Nara (1-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Yamagata (1-1) 79-77 in the fight for the second place. Tshilidzi Nephawe had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Yamagata's coach Joe Cook rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bambitious Nara will face Shinshu BW (#3) in Nagano in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yamagata will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless Iwate Big Bulls lost to undefeated Cyberdyne IR on the opponent's court 60-74. Akita NH managed to outperform Kumamoto V. in a home game 69-54. Toyotsu FE managed to beat Sendai 89ers on the road 77-72. Winless Aomori Watts lost to undefeated Shinshu BW on its own court 75-88. Kanazawa Sam. beat Kagawa FA in Ishikawa 86-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points by Shinya Murakami of Fukushima.

Hiroshima D. - Fukushima 75-89

Dragonflies (1-1) recorded a loss in Hiroshima on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Fukushima (1-1) 89-75. The game was mostly controlled by Fukushima. Dragonflies managed to win second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) chipped in 20 points. Four Fukushima players scored in double figures. American forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) produced 28 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Terrence Drisdom (196-92, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukushima will meet at home Kagawa FA (#5) in the next round. Dragonflies will play against Iwate Big Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: K.Kotzur 28+4reb, C.Chapman 12+8reb+1ast, T.Drisdom 8+9reb+5ast, S.Asayama 8+3reb+2ast, D.Yamada 6+1reb+1ast, H.Cort 5+4reb+2ast
Fukushima: D.Jones 20+3reb+2ast, S.Alabi 18+9reb+1ast, J.Shaw 13+3reb, T.Kawamitsu 11+5reb+3ast, T.Shinnosuke 8+2reb, S.Murakami 7+3reb+5ast
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Hiroshima D. - Fukushima 68-66

A very interesting game took place in Hiroshima. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of Fukushima (1-1) to Dragonflies (1-1) 68-66 in the fight for the second place. It looked good early as Fukushima took a 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dragonflies had a 25-13 second period charge getting the lead and Fukushima was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-68. Dragonflies forced 21 Fukushima turnovers. American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Shinya Murakami (172-91) added 18 points in the effort for Fukushima. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Dragonflies' next round opponent will be Iwate Big Bulls (#5) on the road. Fukushima will play against Kagawa FA and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: S.Murakami 18+3ast, S.Alabi 16+13reb+2ast, T.Kawamitsu 8+4reb, J.Shaw 6+5reb, A.Nogami 4+1reb, S.Muto 4+6reb+2ast
Hiroshima D.: C.Chapman 17+8reb+3ast, S.Asayama 11+2ast, K.Kotzur 9+6reb+1ast, A.Sakata 8+4reb+1ast, T.Drisdom 7+7reb+1ast, D.Yamada 5+1ast
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Tokyo Z - Ehime OV 88-86

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Orange Vikings (1-1). They were edged by Tokyo Z (1-1) 88-86 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tokyo Z made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) scored 25 points and 8 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-88) scored 14 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Orange Vikings will play next round against strong Toyotsu FE trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tokyo Z will try to continue on its current victory against Akita Happinets at home.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: C.Tapscott 18+5reb+6ast, M.Tate 15, T.Yoshihiko 15+3reb+3ast, T.Tatsuhiko 14+2reb+7ast, N.Williams 14+7reb+1ast, T.Kasahara 7+7reb+2ast
Tokyo Z: T.Nishiyama 25+2reb+8ast, K.Kashiwagura 12+1reb+3ast, M.Takumi 11+2reb+7ast, R.Vilde 10+8reb+1ast, R.Boykin 9+10reb+2ast, S.Takayama 8+5reb+1ast
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Fukuoka Rizing - Gunma 70-66

Fukuoka Rizing defeated Gunma at home 70-66. It looked good early as Gunma took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fukuoka Rizing had a 18-13 second period charge getting the lead and Gunma was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-70. Fukuoka Rizing players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: Arizona St.) notched 9 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) supported him with 18 points. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) did not help to save the game for Gunma. His fellow American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gunma will play next round against strong Aomori Watts trying to get back on the winning streak. Fukuoka Rizing will try to continue on its current victory against Yamagata on the road.
Top scorers:
Gunma: R.Stephan 18+6reb+3ast, Y.Kanbara 14+2reb, T.Kennedy 11+9reb+3ast, D.Sidate 9+6reb, S.Kurihara 6+1reb, M.Obuchi 4+3reb+5ast
Fukuoka Rizing: D.Kobayashi 18+2reb+1ast, J.Peppers 11+5reb+3ast, P.Faye 10+7reb+1ast, M.Kano 9+1reb+1ast, E.Jacobsen 9+13reb+3ast, Y.Yamashita 4+1reb+3ast
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Bambitious Nara - Yamagata 79-77

Important game to mention about took place in Nara. Bambitious Nara (1-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Yamagata (1-1) 79-77 in the fight for the second place. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-77. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kiichi Kikuyama (178-92) chipped in 21 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Billy McShepard (208-87, college: Valdosta St., agency: Blacktop Management) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Yamagata players scored in double figures. Yamagata's coach Joe Cook rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bambitious Nara will face Shinshu BW (#3) in Nagano in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yamagata will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: W.Creekmore 20+5reb+2ast, B.McShepard 17+8reb+2ast, M.Masanari 13+2reb, S.Kouno 12+3reb+9ast, M.Izawa 6+3reb+1ast, K.Fujioka 6
Bambitious Nara: T.Nephawe 29+12reb, K.Kikuyama 21+1reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 9+3reb+1ast, D.Terashita 8+4reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 8+5reb+2ast, R.Takeda 4
gschID: 551956


Cyberdyne IR - Iwate Big Bulls 74-60

Very expected game in Tsukuba where Iwate Big Bulls (0-2) were defeated by Cyberdyne IR (2-0) 74-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cyberdyne IR. Iwate Big Bulls was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Iwate Big Bulls to just 6 points in first quarter. American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Josei Maniwa (193-86) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 24 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Yuki Suzuki (185-91) scored 15 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR will face Kumamoto V. (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Dragonflies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: Y.Suzuki 15, M.Sanders-Frison 14+24reb+4ast, T.Fujie 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Masuda 7+2reb, K.Nagata 6+3reb+3ast, R.Kato 5+1reb+1ast
Cyberdyne IR: A.Warren 15+2reb+1ast, R.Rickert 13+17reb+3ast, Y.Takahashi 13+2reb+2ast, J.Maniwa 13+5reb+2ast, C.Maduabum 10+4reb+2ast, M.Yosuke 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 551955


Akita NH - Kumamoto V. 69-54

Very predictable result when Akita Happinets (2-0) defeated at home Kumamoto V. (0-2) 69-54 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: S.Florida) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Bahamas power forward Kadeem Coleby (206-89, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Coleby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Akita Happinets' coach Josep Claros used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-88) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) scored 12 points. Akita Happinets will face Tokyo Z (#5) on the road in the next round. Kumamoto V. will play against Cyberdyne IR and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: R.Nakanishi 17+6reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 12+4reb, Y.Tatsuhiro 10+3reb+2ast, J.Duinker 5+6reb+1ast, M.Fukuda 4+5reb+2ast, N.Takamura 3+1reb
Akita NH: T.Nakayama 10+2reb+2ast, T.Fitzpatrick 10+6reb+3ast, S.Onodera 9+3reb+1ast, R.Shirahama 8+5reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 8+3reb+2ast, K.Coleby 7+10reb
gschID: 551954


Sendai 89ers - Toyotsu FE 72-77

Not a big story in a game when Sendai 89ers (0-2) were defeated at home by Toyotsu FE (2-0) 77-72 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Josh Hawkinson (208-95, college: Washington St.) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Toyotsu FE will face Orange Vikings (#3) in Matsuyama in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sendai 89ers will play on the road against Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: O.Ashaolu 25+10reb+1ast, C.Williams 15+5reb+5ast, K.Ishikawa 7+5reb+3ast, S.Mizoguchi 6+6reb+4ast, H.Fujita 5+1reb+1ast, S.Izumi 4+1reb
Toyotsu FE: H.Hill 16+13reb+2ast, J.Hawkinson 13+7reb+1ast, H.Tobita 10+7reb+1ast, S.Kozu 9+1reb, K.Fukuzawa 9+2reb+1ast, K.Sugimoto 6+4reb
gschID: 551953


Aomori Watts - Shinshu BW 75-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Shinshu BW's (2-0) road victory over Aomori Watts (0-2) 88-75 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Shinshu BW. Aomori Watts was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shinshu BW dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Aomori Watts' 32. Shinshu BW forced 21 Aomori Watts turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) scored 29 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 13-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Yosuke Yosuke (184-85) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Daichi Shimoyama (181-89) scored 13 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shinshu BW will face Bambitious Nara at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aomori Watts will play against Gunma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: J.Burton 16+11reb+7ast, D.Shimoyama 13+3reb+1ast, K.Monma 10+4reb+1ast, T.Kan 8+5reb+1ast, K.Gallon 8+2reb+1ast, N.Banyard 7+3reb+3ast
Shinshu BW: A.McHenry 29+8reb+4ast, K.Mitsui 16+2reb, Y.Yosuke 11+3reb+6ast, N.Washburn 9+4reb+2ast, T.Dezelski 8+5reb+1ast, T.Hiroaki 8+2ast
gschID: 551952


Kagawa FA - Kanazawa Sam. 69-86

There was no surprise in Takamatsu where Kagawa FA (0-2) was defeated by Kanazawa Sam. (2-0) 86-69 on Sunday. The game without a history. Kanazawa Sam. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Kanazawa Sam. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ide Yuji (181-88) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Kanazawa Sam. players scored in double figures. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Montay Brandon (203-93, college: Florida St.) scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kanazawa Sam. will face Sendai 89ers (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kagawa FA will play against Fukushima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: R.Warren 26+13reb+2ast, A.Kuso 8+5reb+1ast, M.Brandon 7+5reb+4ast, T.Tsukuba 6+1reb+1ast, T.Shuichi 5+4reb, K.Kimura 5+4reb+2ast
Kanazawa Sam.: A.Fitzgerald 29+11reb+3ast, I.Yuji 21+4reb+6ast, L.Evans 13+6reb+2ast, Y.Inoue 10+4reb, T.Tsukino 7+3reb+5ast, Y.Suzuki 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 551951





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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Salvis METRA
  Jelgava
  (195-G/F-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Metra, Jelgava22.0 
 2. Savcenko, Kandava20.0 
 3. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki17.0 
 4. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.17.0 
 5. Gabrans, Gulbenes.16.0 
 6. Putans, LU/BS R.16.0 
 7. Arnitis, LU/BS R.15.0 
 8. Strakis, Kandava15.0 
 9. Feldmanis, Jelgava15.0 
 10. Dambis, LU/BS R.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ingars AIZPURS
  Gulbenes.
  (195-F/G-92)
  Avg: 10
 1. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.10.0 
 2. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 3. Justovics, Jelgava9.0 
 4. Veselovs, Gulbenes.8.0 
 5. Savcenko, Kandava7.0 
 6. Bergmanis, LU/BS R.7.0 
 7. Silbergs, Kandava7.0 
 8. Metra, Jelgava7.0 
 9. Gabrans, Gulbenes.7.0 
 10. Rozitis, Jelgava7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Raimonds GABRANS
  Gulbenes.
  (184-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gabrans, Gulbenes.8.0 
 2. Metra, Jelgava5.0 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava4.0 
 4. Rozentals, Kandava3.0 
 5. Strakis, Kandava3.0 
 6. Ramza, LU/BS R.3.0 
 7. Snipke, LU/BS R.3.0 
 8. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki3.0 
 9. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.2.0 
 10. Putans, LU/BS R.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Artis ARNITIS
  LU/BS R.
  (195-F-96)
  Avg: 4
 1. Arnitis, LU/BS R.4.0 
 2. Savcenko, Kandava2.0 
 3. Strakis, Kandava2.0 
 4. Gabrans, Gulbenes.2.0 
 5. Dambis, LU/BS R.2.0 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 7. Rozitis, Jelgava1.0 
 8. Ozolins, LU/BS R.1.0 
 9. Metra, Jelgava1.0 
 10. Justovics, Jelgava1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Jelgava
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rozitis, Jelgava2.0 
 2. Veselovs, Gulbenes.2.0 
 3. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki1.0 
 4. Metra, Jelgava1.0 
 5. Savcenko, Kandava1.0 
 6. Justovics, Jelgava1.0 
 7. Bergmanis, LU/BS R.1.0 
 8. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.1.0 
 9. Gabrans, Gulbenes.0.0 
 10. Davids, Gulbenes Buki0.0 


Freimanis comes back to VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) added to their roster 29-year old Latvian international power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-106kg-88, agency: Alti Sport). It is actually his comeback to Riga as he has played here before. Freimanis played last season at Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol in Turkish BSL league. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 30 BSL games he recorded 12.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.0apg. Freimanis also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. And finally Freimanis contributed to 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 10.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Freimanis played at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 27 Alexela KML games he got 14.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg. Freimanis contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Freimanis also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 9.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0apg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in VTB United League where he got impressive 16.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Freimanis was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Freimanis has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 6.3%, FT: 57.1%.
Freimanis is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Russia (Unics Kazan), Ukraine (Khimik), Spain (Baskonia, Magia_Huesca, Girona FC, Gipuzkoa and Baloncesto Sevilla 2nd team) and Latvia (ASK/Juniors and ASK Riga).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Rolands is an efficient scorer on the offensive end with a developing insideout game. Loves to run the floor and has good footwork. His ability to shoot, ballhandle, pass, run the court, rebound makes him very intriguing big man. Fundamentally sound, Rolands is learning to play on perimeter and improving his 3pt percentage. His outside shot has both range and consistency (200910 season shot 58.5% 2PT and 37% 3PT). He is fairly comfortable facing up and taking defenders off the dribble. Can get to the basket off the dribble and finish in traffic. Excellent in pick and roll, both as rolling to the basket or poping out. Working out of the high post, he is a difficult matchup because of his ability to shoot and because he can put the ball on the floor. Rolands also shows the toughness to play inside with contact. His athleticism, length and versatility make him a perfect faceup power forward for European basketball.
Solid rebounder and defender. Rolands is playing mainly PF, but can also spend some time at SF and C. A late bloomer, who still has a lot of potential and upside left
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Latvian LBL round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Linards Jaunzems (198-F-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for LU and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 22-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds for LU in his team's victory, helping them to beat Valmiera (#9, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 96-87. LU is placed at 3rd position in Latvian LBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and LU 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 Jaunzems had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at LU, through which he has constantly improved. Jaunzems has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 30.0ppg. Jaunzems is in league's top in and averages solid 4.0spg,66.7% FGP and 60.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old center Viktors Iljins (212-C-91) of Valmiera. Iljins impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Valmiera lost that game 87-96 to LU (1-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Iljins is a newcomer at Valmiera and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#7). He also registered 5.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Mareks Mejeris (208-F-91, agency: Players Group) of VEF Riga (#8). Mejeris scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Mejeris' great performance VEF Riga lost 80-85 to BK Ogre (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. VEF Riga can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. The season just started for Mejeris as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edmunds Elksnis (187-G-90) of Valmiera - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Blake Hamilton (198-G-94) of Ventspils - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Renars Birkans (184-PG-97) of LU - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Janis Poznaks (203-F-83) of BK Ogre - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Roberts Freimanis (204-F/C-91) of Valka/Valga - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Aigars Skele (192-F-92) of Ventspils - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marcis Vitols (183-PG-92) of BK Ogre - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 12 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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  LEBANON  


Moutahed adds Godfrey to their roster, ex Al-Riffa - by Eurobasket News

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-109kg-90, college: Memphis). He already started the season at Al-Riffa in Bahrain Premier League. In two games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg and 3.5bpg this season.
The most of last season Godfrey spent at Sagesse where in 15 Pepsi LBL games he averaged remarkable 18.8ppg, 10.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg. He also played earlier that season for Budivelnyk (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 8 games he had 10.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Godfrey won ASEAN League championship title in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team in 2016.
Godfrey has played previously professionally in Malaysia (KL Dragons) and Uruguay.
He attended University of Memphis until 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Darian Townes agreed terms with Moutahed - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American power forward Darian Townes (208-113kg-84). He has played with Champville (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese cup earlier this season. The last season Townes played also at Champville where in 21 Pepsi LBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 13.2rpg (leader !!!), 2.6apg and 2.2bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements his team won Taiwanese SBL Regular Season in 2016. Townes received also Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Townes' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Townes has played previously professionally in Holland, Hungary (Sopron KC), Japan (Tochigi Brex), Korea (Samsung Thunders, KCC Egis and Sonic Boom KT), Poland, Puerto Rico, Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile and Pauian) and D-League (Utah F.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Champville signs Robert Upshaw, ex Guaros - by Ahmad Madwar

Champville (Pepsi LBL) signed 23-year old American center Robert Upshaw (213-116kg-94, college: Washington). He was about to sign at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB league. The last season Upshaw played at Chemidor (Superleague) in Iran where in three games he had 8.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7bpg. He also played earlier that season for Mayrouba. In 18 Pepsi LBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 12.3rpg (#3 in the league), 1.3apg and 3.6bpg. Great season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team. Upshaw also spent pre-season at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML earlier that year. In two games he averaged 5.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0bpg. He also played 3 games in VTB United League where he got 5.0ppg and 2.7rpg.
Upshaw has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Upshaw has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Lakers), Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco) and NBA G League (South Bay Lakers).
Upshaw attended University of Washington until 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ronald RAMON
  Flamengo
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Ramon, Flamengo21.0 
 2. Hicks, Hebraica20.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Cimar.17.0 
 4. Batista, Flamengo14.0 
 5. Faggiano, San M.13.0 
 6. Aguerre, San M.13.0 
 7. Carraway, Cimar.12.0 
 8. Vieira, Flamengo11.0 
 9. Newsome, Hebraica11.0 
 10. Renteria, Cimar.10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sebastian IZAGUIRRE
  Hebraica
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Izaguirre, Hebraica11.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Cimar.11.0 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones8.0 
 4. Faggiano, San M.8.0 
 5. Rodriguez, Flame.8.0 
 6. Mainoldi, San M.7.0 
 7. Marotta, Hebraica7.0 
 8. Keenan, San M.6.0 
 9. Zanotta, Hebraica4.0 
 10. Gonzalez, San M.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Leandro GARCIA MORALES
  Hebra.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Garcia-M., Hebra.6.0 
 2. Moreno, Cimarrones5.0 
 3. Luis, Flamengo4.0 
 4. Garcia, San M.4.0 
 5. Lescano, San M.3.0 
 6. Machado, Flamengo3.0 
 7. Wood, San M.3.0 
 8. Faggiano, San M.2.0 
 9. Ramon, Flamengo2.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Cimar.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jose RODRIGUEZ
  Cimar.
  (197-PF-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rodriguez, Cimar.4.0 
 2. Wood, San M.3.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.3.0 
 4. Moreno, Cimarrones2.0 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo2.0 
 6. Garcia-M., Hebra.1.0 
 7. Machado, Flamengo1.0 
 8. Mainoldi, San M.1.0 
 9. Batista, Flamengo1.0 
 10. Medina, Hebraica1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sebastian IZAGUIRRE
  Hebraica
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Izaguirre, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Medina, Hebraica1.0 
 3. Machado, Flamengo0.0 
 4. Lescano, San M.0.0 
 5. Wood, San M.0.0 
 6. Laudermill, Cimar.0.0 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo0.0 
 8. Keenan, San M.0.0 
 9. Solanas, San M.0.0 
 10. Hicks, Hebraica0.0 


Recap of Day 1 in Quibdo - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Cimarrones - Hebraica 78-72
Cimarrones prevailed against Hebraica for the opening win in Group A. Mike Jackson (190-G-87) stepped up with 31 points and 7 steals to lead the hosts. Cimarrones recorded a 36:34 halftime lead. Hebraica spurred ahead in the third term. The Uruguayan side ensured a 4-point lead at the final break. But Cimarrones stepped on the gas in the fourth quarter. They used a 25:15 run to steal the win. Jose Rodriguez (197-PF-94) had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) netted 20 points for Hebraica.

Flamengo - San Martin C. 76-75
Flamengo nipped San Martin Corrientes for the opening win in Liga Sudamericana Group A. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. San Martin Corrientes led throughout the first three quarters. The Argentinean team entered the fourth term up by 11 points. But Flamengo used a 24:12 run in the fourth quarter to snatch the victory. Joao Paulo Batista (205-C/F-81, college: Gonzaga) had 14 points in the win. Federico Aguerre (203-SF-88) and Lucas Faggiano (189-PG-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) netted 13 points each for San Martin Corrientes.




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  LITHUANIA  


Lithuanian LKL round 2 best performance: Katin Reinhardt - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Katin Reinhardt (198-G-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for Dzukija, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Vytautas (#10, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 84-80. Dzukija maintains the 6th position in Lithuanian LKL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Reinhardt had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Dzukija's top player in his first season with the team. Former Marquette University star has very solid stats this year. Reinhardt is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.0ppg) and averages impressive 56.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Donatas Sabeckis (197-F-92) of Siauliai. Sabeckis had a very good evening with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Siauliai cruised to a 82-73 relatively comfortable win over Juventus (0-3). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Sabeckis is well-known at Siauliai and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Arnas Butkevicius (197-SF-92) of league's second-best Neptunas. Butkevicius showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Neptunas, leading his team to a 94-78 easy win against Vytautas (#10, 0-3). Neptunas started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Butkevicius turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Butkevicius has a very solid season. In 4 games in Lithuania he scored 8.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Renaldas Seibutis (196-SG-85) of Neptunas - 19 points and 6 rebounds
5. Martynas Echodas (206-C/F-97) of Lietuvos rytas - 18 points and 14 rebounds
6. Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85) of Neptunas - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Brandon Davies (208-C-91) of Zalgiris - 14 points and 5 rebounds
8. LaRon Dendy (205-C-88) of Juventus - 17 points and 6 rebounds
9. Vytautas Sarakauskas (205-C-82) of Siauliai - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Egidijus Dimsa (205-F/C-85) of Vytautas - 12 points and 9 rebounds

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



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Keflavik lands Cameron Forte, ex Los Mochis - by Eurobasket News

Keflavik (Dominos League) tabbed 24-year old American forward Cameron Forte (201-100kg-93, college: Portland State). He played last summer at Pioneros de Los Mochis in Mexican CIBACOPA. Forte managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 25 CIBACOPA games he was second best scorer with impressive 25.4ppg and averaged 12.2rpg (leader !!!), 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention. The last season Forte played at Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo where in two games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.0rpg. He also played 1 game in Balkan League where he recorded 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. Forte also spent pre-season at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division that year. In 5 games he got 14.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg.
Forte's team was regular season runner-up in SEC in 2014.
He graduated from Portland State in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @patmosintl)

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Soles sign White just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) signed 23-year old American center R.J. White (203-127kg-94). He just graduated from NC-Greensboro (NCAA). White has played there for the last five years. In 35 games he had 12.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg last season. White helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to All-SoCon 3rd Team. White also played 2 games where he recorded 6.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg.
As mentioned above White is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Goran Martinic agreed terms with Craiova - by Nagy Szilveszter

SCM CSU Craiova (Liga Nationala) inked 30-year old Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87). He has played for the last two years at Targu Mures in the Liga Nationala. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.1apg and 2.1spg last season. Martinic helped them to make it to the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Martinic also played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he was third best scorer with 12.3ppg and had 2.4rpg, 8.5apg (top 2) and 2.1spg (in top 4).
Among other achievements Martinic played in the final of Romanian League in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Martinic was a member of Montenegrin U21 National Team in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Martinic has played also professionally in Hungary (Falco-Vulcano), Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas) and Montenegro (Lovcen and Ulcinj).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ulcinj signs Novica Scekic - by Darko Pekic

KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj (Erste Liga) signed 21-year old Montenegrin small forward Novica Scekic (202-96). He played last season at Goodbook Manerbio Basket in Italian Serie C Gold. Scekic also played that season for NB Sora 2000 (also in Serie C Gold).
He was a member of Montenegrin U16 National Team back in 2012.
Scekic has played previously for Mornar Bar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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



Nuggets hold on to defeat Lakers, 113-107 - by Eurobasket News

On a night when basketball seems far less important than it did just a day before, the Nuggets and Lakers took the floor at the Staples Center for the first of two preseason matchups. Following Saturday's victory over Golden State, Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) and Emmanuel Mudiay (6'5''-G-96, agency: 3Eye) were the talk of the town but this time it was Gary Harris (6'4''-G-94, college: Michigan St.) who stole the show. Harris finished with a game-high 25 points on 5-for-7 shooting from three while otherwise filling up the stat sheet and leading a defensive effort that ultimately led to another Nuggets win. For Denver this game was really a tale of two halves. As in Oakland two nights ago, the Nuggets offense struggled early (LA nightlife, probably). Some of it is definitely getting used to Millsap in the lineup, but that narrative can only go so far. They looked confused and sometimes passed too much as they deferred to one another. Jokic especially seemed lackadaisical in the first half and struggled to find his rhythm until late in the second quarter. From there, though, the Joker was nothing short of phenomenal. His shot was falling from three, he was backing down Zubac with ease, he was fighting for rebounds. The dude even sprinted down the court every play. While the starters eventually gained their footing, the bench unit did not have the same improvement. Jokic and Harris came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and the Nuggets built a nice 20 point lead. But as soon as the bench came in, the Lakers were able to chip away at the lead, and it wasn't until Harris came back for a few minutes did the Nuggets really put the Lakers away - for a little bit. Will Barton (6'6''-SG-91, college: Memphis) in particular was frustrating to watch. For reasons unknown, more often than not he ran the point for the second unit while Murray played off-ball. That meant isolation plays, dribbling out the entire shot clock only to take a contested jumper, and he even taking (and missing) a three on a three-on-one fast break. Murray finished with seven points. Once the starters sat for good, the Lakers comeback began again and a double-digit lead was whittled down to four points. Malone rode out the game with a variety of bench players, and the Nuggets held on despite Kuzma catching fire for Los Angeles to the tune of 23 points. As expected, Coach Malone made some lineup changes for this game, starting Emmanuel Mudiay at point guard and inserting Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) into the backup power forward slot (Lyles was out for rest). Mudiay looked pretty mediocre overall. He hit some shots but also had several Mudiay-esque turnovers throughout the night. True to his word, Faried hustled but defensively he got burned by summer league darling Kyle Kuzma all night long. Neither Mudiay nor Faried did much to convince absolute certainty for their respective roles. Defensively the Nuggets' effort was impressive. They smothered switches on the pick and roll, got hands into passing lanes and in general were all over the place. The intensity got to LA, who turned the ball over 20+ times on the night, including 10 in the second quarter alone. Denver still has room for improvement, but no one can deny the effort on that end of the floor. Paul Millsap quietly had a good night. His stat line wasn't as impressive as against Golden State, but he impacted the game in other ways. In the first few minutes of the game he blocked a shot, took a charge and drew a foul. His overall impact of the game was limited, however, as he had three fouls early in the first quarter and played limited minutes from there. The Nuggets and Lakers meet again on Wednesday night in Ontario, California.
Courtesy of: denverstiffs.com



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



NBA announces dramatic changes to All-Star Game format: No more East vs. West - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) - despite playing in different conferences - on the same All-Star team? That's a possibility under the new NBA All-Star Game format. Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving playing on the same All-Star team? Sure, why not. In an attempt to revitalize the NBA All-Star Game, there will be no Eastern Conference vs. the Western Conference at the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Instead, two captains - the leading fan vote-getter from the East and leading fan vote-getter from the West - will select players for their squad regardless of conference affiliation. The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced the new format on Tuesday, and the Los Angeles contest on Feb. 18 will be the first NBA All-Star Game that is not East vs. West. 'I'm thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,' NBPA president and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul said in a statement. 'We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.' The winner will also donate to a Los Angeles-based or national charity where donations can help the Los Angeles area. The new format is an attempt to bring back some competitiveness to the NBA's February showcase that has devolved into a dunk contest, layup drill and three-point shootout. The winning team scored 192 points in the 2017 game and 196 in the 2016 game. The games were absent of any competitiveness. Not that the All-Star game needs to be played with the same intensity as a Game 7, but both players and the league recognized changed was necessary. Paul, a nine-time All-Star, watched last year's game from home, and the day after the game, he reached out to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressing need for a change to the game. Paul made sure NBPA executive director Michele Roberts got involved, and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the president of the league's labor relations committee, fostered further discussion. This was a player-driven answer, a person familiar with the new format told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the changes. 'We're excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players' willingness to try something new,' NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said in a statement. Those voted starters by the fans, media and players will be selected first so that they remain starters in the game and then the reserves will be selected by the two captains. Specific details about the All-Star player draft will be determined later. The process of selecting the All-Stars remains the same. Starters - two guards and three frontcourt players per conference - will be chosen by a combination of fans (50% of the vote), players (25%) and media (25%). Coaches will select the reserves - two guards, three frontcourt players and two players from any position. That is just one of the many changes aimed at improving the 2017-18 season. Also:

- The number of timeouts per game has been reduced to 14 from 16, and during the last three minutes of the game, teams will be allowed just two timeouts instead of the three per team under the previous rule.
- Back-to-backs per team have been reduced for the third consecutive season to just 14.9 back-to-backs per team this season, and the league has eliminated scenarios in which teams play four games in five days.
- Teams are prohibited from resting healthy players in high-profile national TV games, and teams are not supposed to rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players on the road.
- Point of education for referees this season include continuation calls, especially perimeter jump shots in which screens are involved.
- The trade deadline is Feb. 8 - before the All-Star game instead of after so teams don't have to worry about disruptions to the roster following the All-Star break.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Former Purdue star Robbie Hummel retires from playing to begin broadcasting - by Eurobasket News

Robbie Hummel (6'9''-F-89, college: Purdue) earned the respect of a generation of Purdue basketball fans while playing through pain and exhibiting a love of the game. While playing for Khimki of the VTB United League in Russia last season, Hummel noticed that passion beginning to wane. So he decided time had come to begin the next phase of his basketball life. Hummel announced Tuesday night on Twitter that he is retiring from playing basketball. He said he has agreed to join both ESPN and BTN as a color commentator and studio analyst. "The sad reality is, I've just had a tough time staying healthy since my sophomore year of college" Hummel wrote. "Last season was difficult for me, living abroad. It got to the point where there were many nights I wondered if I was cheating a game I love by not being 100 percent all in. "That's never been me with this game, and because of that, a change has become something I feel is necessary." Hummel played two seasons in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He spent time with the Denver Nuggets prior to last season. Hummel also played with professional teams in Spain and Italy. A broadcasting career has been on Hummel's horizon for years. In the summer of 2015, Hummel spent a weekend at the National Basketball Players Association's Sportscaster U experience at Syracuse University. He had previously done some on-air work with CBS and XM Radio while accepting the Lowes Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award as a senior. Hummel currently ranks among Purdue's all-time leaders in starts (fourth), points (ninth), rebounds (fifth), 3-pointers made (fourth), free throw percentage (sixth), blocked shots (eighth) and steals (10th). Hummel admitted he doubted whether he would ever play high-level basketball again after suffering two ACL tears in eight months at Purdue. He called the resulting Boilermaker and pro careers "things that I'll never forget and cherish." "I've been so fortunate to have incredible teammates, coaches and basketball organizations in my life that go back to Valparaiso High School, and for that I am so thankful," Hummel wrote. "It's been a hell of a ride, and I look forward to continuing that watching a sport I've loved since I was a kid, college basketball."
Courtesy of: jconline.com




Lakers To Hire Antawn Jamison As Scout - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers will hire Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) as a scout. Jamison will work under Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jesse Buss. Jamison played for the Lakers in the 2012-13 season. He has served as a TV analyst for the Lakers since 2014 after finishing his career with the Los Angeles Clippers. Jamison was the fourth overall pick in 1998 out of North Carolina.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Clippers top Raptors to split Hawaii games - by Eurobasket News

The LA Clippers bested the Toronto Raptors, 98-84, to split their pair of preseason games at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tuesday. Toronto previously won 121-113 on October 2. Things were close early on, with the Raptors trailing by just three, 21-18. However, the Clippers pulled away via a 7-1 run to lead 28-19 at the end of the first period, putting momentum squarely in their favor. LA's advantage got as high as 18 in the second quarter, 62-44, but DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scattered five points going into the half, 62-49. In the third, a dunk by Jonas Valanciunas and a split by DeRozan at the stripe got it down to 10, 62-52, but the Clippers showed their deadly form, and a 26-8 blast made it 88-60, a period to go. Both teams turned things over to their third-stringers, but a 22-10 fourth quarter for Toronto was not enough to change the result. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) led all scorers with 17 points for the Clippers. The starting power forward shot 6-of-11 from the field, 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, to go with four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block, though he turned the ball over six times. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers went with a two point guard lineup, slotting Milos Teodosic (6'5''-PG-87) alongside Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas). The duo combined for nine points, seven rebounds, and nine assists, including plenty of several highlight-reel dishes by the rookie Teodosic. DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Willie Reed (6'11''-F/C-90, college: St.Louis) was a perfect 4-of-4 off the bench for 12 markers. The Raptors drew 15 points from DeMar DeRozan, while Fred VanVleet (6'0''-PG-94, college: Wichita St.) came off the bench and contributed 13. Toronto however played without Kyle Lowry (rest) and Norman Powell (strained right ankle). Toronto will finish their preseason against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 6. The Clippers will then play the Blazers on October 9.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com



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The Storm tabs Tyler Scott - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) inked guard Tyler Scott (190, agency: Interperformances). He just graduated from University of Prince Edward Island. Scott has played there for the last three years. In 19 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 21.5ppg and recorded 4.8rpg and 2.6apg last season. NBL Canada will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-AUS 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Scott played in the final of AUS in 2013 and 2016.
He previously for Axemen.
Scott's game is described as: Can create off the dribble and a great shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eddie Payne Steps Down At USC-Upstate - by Eurobasket News

After 15 seasons, Eddie Payne has decided to step down as the head basketball coach at USC-Upstate. Payne cites a slow recovery from the second of two ankle replacement surgeries as the reason for this decision. The coach knew it was time to step down after the Spartans' first practice. 'I was on my feet for four hours and the adrenaline was pumping, but I started having a lot of pain that night,' Payne said. 'The pain got worse through the weekend.' Payne says after thinking about his long-term mobility and the desire to be a grandfather one day proved to be the deciding factors. 'It was a hard decision,' Payne said. 'I've been doing this 43 years, I still have two years left on my contract and I'm close to 500 wins. It's hard to just stop.' A former USC assistant coach under George Fellton, Payne is the only current NCAA Division I coach to have coached at all five levels of college basketball, Payne has compiled a 484-474 career record, including a 227-241 mark at USC Upstate.
Courtesy of: wltx.com



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.


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Kornaker Resigns as Head Basketball Coach at St. John Fisher College - by Eurobasket News

Rob Kornaker , who has guided the St. John Fisher College men's basketball team for nearly two decades, has announced his decision to step down as head coach of the Cardinals following one of the most successful coaching stints in the College's history. 'Looking back at the last 20 years here at Fisher, I don't think I could have asked for a better experience for me and my family,' said Kornaker. 'All four of us grew up here! I want to thank Athletics Director, Bob Ward, for not only for the opportunity to coach here 17 years ago, but his friendship and guidance as well. I also want to thank President Rooney. His support throughout the years has been unmatched.' Kornaker, who took over the team leading into the 2001-02 season, has cemented himself as one of the best coaches in Fisher history, and in all of Division III. Kornaker, who became the program's all-time leader in coaching victories in 2017, owns a 318-126 record (.716 winning percentage) and has led Fisher to seven Empire 8 Conference titles during his time on the sidelines. His winning percentage lands him among elite company as he ranks 14th all-time in Division III with coaches that have at least five years on the bench. A nine-time Empire 8 Coach of the Year honoree, Kornaker, who was just the third coach in the team's prolific history, brought the Cardinals to new heights. Under his guidance, Fisher reached the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship eight times and advanced to the second round or better seven times overall. He coached the Cardinals to the Sweet 16 four times during his career and took Fisher all the way to the Elite 8 in 2006 after defeating both Norwich University and Utica College. During his time at Fisher, Kornaker posted nine seasons with at least 20 wins and set a program record with 28 victories during the 2005-06 (28-1) season as the Cardinals entered the NCAA Championship as the only unbeaten team in Division III. Furthermore, from 2002-07, his teams posted five straight 20-win campaigns and amassed 121 victories in that span. 'Coach Kornaker has been an outstanding employee of the College for the past two decades,' commented Bob Ward who has served as the College's Athletics Director for over 30 years. 'He will be truly missed. He has been an employee of the Athletic Department but more importantly a friend. In his dominant role of being the head men's basketball coach for the past 16 years Rob has been outstanding. His qualities are universal in all successful coaches and people. Qualities like being a competitor, having a great work ethic, evaluating talent, keeping things simple, knowing when to push the players and when not to, being extremely loyal to his players, listening to your players and staff, being flexible, remaining calm in the most stressful circumstances, and not being afraid to ask for excellence from your team and staff. It is obvious that myself, along with the entire department and the College will miss Coach Kornaker. We wish Rob, Leslie, Alexis, and Griffin all the best as the family embarks on the next stage of their lives.' Last season, the Cardinals posted a 23-6 overall record, which included a 15-1 mark against Empire 8 opponents. Kornaker's squad earned the top overall seed in the Empire 8 Championship and defeated both Utica and Stevens Institute of Technology to earn the Conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. Following that title, Fisher went on to defeat St. Lawrence University in opening round play before falling to Tufts University in the second round. Under Kornaker's watch, several student-athletes have left their mark on the program including Keegan Ryan who concluded his career in a Fisher uniform ranked fourth all-time in scoring with 1,765 total points and set a new program record with 996 career rebounds. In all, nine different players have scored at least 1,000 career points since Kornaker took over with three ranking in the program's top-10 all-time. With Kornaker at the helm, Fisher earned 38 All-Conference selections including 15 First-Team honorees while another four student-athletes would go on to be named the Empire 8 Conference's Player of the Year. On the national stage, Kornaker mentored four players who combined to earn nine All-American selections. Outside of basketball, Kornaker's team was routinely recognized for their work in the classroom by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as well with numerous players being named Academic All-District and Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Kornaker, who was named the DIII Coach of the Year in 2005, has also had a significant impact in the coaching world as many of his former assistants have gone on to secure head coaching positions throughout collegiate basketball. 'I've met so many wonderful people along the way that I would be remiss not to mention Assistant Athletics Director, Jennifer Granger,' added Kornaker. 'She has helped me so much along the way. I've always believed in surrounding yourself with better people and I have done that throughout my career. My success is directly tied to my wife Leslie who has sacrificed so much along with my children, Alexis and Griffin. Those four along with the many assistant coaches and the wonderful players made my job very easy. Without them, the program would not have achieved the way it has. It is because of them that we won the right way. I am looking forward to what the next chapter brings.'
Courtesy of: athletics.sjfc.edu



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Best players of Norwegian BLNO round 4 - by Eurobasket News

Aksel Bolinz (201-F-90) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Asker Aliens and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Tromso (#7, 1-2) with 28-point margin 92-64. It allowed Asker Aliens to consolidate first place in the Norwegian BLNO. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Asker Aliens already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Bolinz had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Asker Aliens' top player in his first season with the team. Northern Illinois University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bolinz leads league in rebounds with 16.0rpg. Bolinz is in league's top in and averages solid 54.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Asker Aliens' star - 28-year old American guard Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-G-89). Sommerfeldt impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Of course together with Bolinz he helped Asker Aliens with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tromso (#7, 1-2) 92-64. Of course Asker Aliens still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Sommerfeldt is a newcomer at Asker Aliens 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 Australian Joel Spear (192-G-94) of Nidaros Jets (#8). Spear scored 22 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Nidaros Jets, leading his team to a 89-62 easy win against Centrum (#9, 0-3). The chances of Nidaros Jets not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Spear could try to bring Nidaros Jets' a little bit higher in the standings. Spear has individually a great season in Norway. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.0apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Morakinyo Williams (210-C-88) of Ammerud Bskt - 18 points and 6 rebounds
5. Lorenzo Cugini (198-F-93) of Gimle BBK - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Jorgen Kvalvaag (196-F) of Nidaros Jets - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Karlis Helmanis (200-F-97) of Ammerud Bskt - 16 points and 2 rebounds
8. Anders Solem (196-F-92) of Tromso - 13 points and 14 rebounds
9. Henrik Lange (192-G-95) of Tromso - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Brage Vejlgaard (205-C-97) of Nidaros Jets - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  PERU  


Paul Larsen (ex La Salle) joins Villa San Martin - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Villa San Martin (TNA) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Paul Larsen (198-102kg-92, college: USC Aiken). He played last summer at La Salle in Peruvian LNB league. Larsen also played that season for Osos (also in LNB).
He was voted NABC Division II All-Southeast Region 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Larsen has played previously professionally in Germany (PS Karlsruhe Lions) and Spain (Estela and Cantbasket).
He attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.31.1 
 2. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 4. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 5. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 6. Hill, Star Hotshots26.0 
 7. Durham, Meralco .25.5 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.23.5 
 9. Bullock, Rain o.23.3 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Durham, Meralco .20.1 
 2. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 3. Fuller, NLEX R.17.7 
 4. Walker, Blackwater16.8 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 6. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 7. Fajardo, SM Be.11.6 
 8. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.5 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.3 
 10. Abueva, Alaska Aces10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Durham, Meralco .6.9 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Thompson, B.Gin.6.0 
 4. Castro-W., TNT K.5.6 
 5. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.3 
 6. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 7. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 8. Newsome, Meralco .5.0 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra5.0 
 10. Walker, Blackwater4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 3. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.7 
 4. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 5. Walker, Blackwater1.9 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 8. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.7 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.6 
 10. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 2. Fajardo, SM Be.2.3 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.2 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 5. Erram, Blackwater2.1 
 6. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.8 
 7. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.8 
 8. Santos, SM Beermen1.8 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.6 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 


Meralco nears finals berth after blowout win vs Star in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

The Meralco Bolts moved within reach of clinching a finals berth after a dominant 98-74 win over the Star Hotshots in Game Two of the Oppo PBA Governors' Cup semifinals on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. The victory handed the Bolts a 2-0 lead in the short best-of-five series, needing only another win in Game Three on Thursday to book a return trip to the Governors' Cup finals. Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) pulled off another monster game, scoring 18 points, 25 boards and five assists. Jared Dillinger (195-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) waxed hot from downtown, making six out of eight three-pointers to finish with 18 points. Ranidel De Ocampo also tallied his conference-high of 18 points for his best game in a Meralco uniform. Baser Amer) collected 16 points and eight assists as Chris Newsome (187-G, college: N.Mexico Highlands) made 10 points for the Bolts. After needing a late rally to win Game One, the Bolts made sure that they wouldn't need another difficult comeback this time around. Meralco got off to a 19-6 start as it simply handcuffed the Hotshots. It also didn't help that Star was forced to sit out Paul Lee after just over three minutes of action due to knee pain. He never returned to the game as the Hotshots missed his scoring. The Bolts closed the first quarter with a commanding 30-11 lead and never looked back from there, ballooning its cushion to as big as 30 points, 78-48, entering the fourth period. Mark Barroca (178-PG-86) led the Hotshots with 16 points, while reserve guard Mon Abundo scored 14 points. But the Hotshots once again didn't get much scoring from import Kristofer Acox (198-F-93, college: Furman) who had nine points and 12 rebounds.
Courtesy of: interaksyon.com



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chavaughn LEWIS
  TBV Start
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Lewis, TBV Start26.0 
 2. Watts, Czarni26.0 
 3. Washington, TBV S.25.0 
 4. Kovalenko, MKS D.21.0 
 5. Almeida, Anwil21.0 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco21.0 
 7. Shelton, MKS D.20.0 
 8. Palyza, GTK G.19.0 
 9. Artis, Czarni19.0 
 10. Mlynarski, AZS K.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  MKS D.
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Shelton, MKS D.13.0 
 2. Szczotka, Asseco10.0 
 3. Hajric, Miasto Szkla10.0 
 4. Dragicevic, Stelmet10.0 
 5. Zamojski, Stelmet9.0 
 6. Ponitka, Asseco9.0 
 7. Wyka, Asseco9.0 
 8. Watts, Czarni9.0 
 9. Markovic, Trefl8.0 
 10. Zack, Trefl8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kamil LACZYNSKI
  Anwil
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Laczynski, Anwil13.0 
 2. Washington, TBV S.12.0 
 3. Broussard, MKS D.9.0 
 4. Baldwin, AZS K.9.0 
 5. Szubarga, Asseco7.0 
 6. Jakobczyk, Miasto S.6.0 
 7. Skibniewski, GTK G.6.0 
 8. Brown, Trefl5.0 
 9. Sulima, Polski Cukier5.0 
 10. Koszarek, Stelmet5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Diante BALDWIN
  AZS K.
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Baldwin, AZS K.5.0 
 2. Dutkiewicz, TBV S.4.0 
 3. Artis, Czarni4.0 
 4. Lewis, TBV Start3.0 
 5. Snieg, Polski Cukier3.0 
 6. Gruszecki, Polski C.3.0 
 7. Watts, Czarni3.0 
 8. Broussard, MKS D.3.0 
 9. Jogela, King3.0 
 10. Nowakowski, Anwil3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Steve ZACK
  Trefl
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zack, Trefl3.0 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.2.0 
 3. Wyka, Asseco2.0 
 4. Shelton, MKS D.2.0 
 5. Leonczyk, Anwil2.0 
 6. Stelmach, Czarni2.0 
 7. Moore, Stelmet1.0 
 8. Put, Asseco1.0 
 9. Basabe, AZS K.1.0 
 10. Smigielski, Trefl1.0 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bartlomiej PELCZAR
  Start L.
  (185-G-0)
  Avg: 35
 1. Pelczar, Start L.35.0 
 2. Jankowski, AZS P.32.0 
 3. Zagula, Stal SW29.0 
 4. Maj, MCKiS J.26.0 
 5. Der, Nowa Sol26.0 
 6. Podkowinski, MCKiS J.24.0 
 7. Wasowicz, AZS P.24.0 
 8. Kozaczka, Bielsko-.24.0 
 9. Piotrkowski, AZS A.23.0 
 10. Pawlak, Polonia Bytom23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leszek KULCZYNSKI
  Goleniow
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Kulczynski, Goleniow16.0 
 2. Wisniewski, AZS U.13.0 
 3. Bogucki, SMS P.13.0 
 4. Weselak, AZS A.12.0 
 5. Taberski, Nowa Sol12.0 
 6. Soltysiak, Domino I.11.5 
 7. Kapuscinski, Dziki W.11.0 
 8. Krzywdzinski, Gornik W.11.0 
 9. Bednarczyk, Olsztyn11.0 
 10. Smugala, Pelplin10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.10.0 
 2. Wasowicz, AZS P.9.0 
 3. Banys, Rzeszow8.0 
 4. Sarzalo, Pelplin8.0 
 5. Raczek, Sudety8.0 
 6. Bartnicki, Katy W.7.0 
 7. Chmielarz, AZS K.7.0 
 8. Traczyk, Nowa Sol7.0 
 9. Baczynski, Polonia .6.0 
 10. Kochaniak, LKS M.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof WASOWICZ
  AZS P.
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wasowicz, AZS P.7.0 
 2. Zagula, Stal SW6.0 
 3. Zalucki, Cracovia5.0 
 4. Bialdyga, Rybnik5.0 
 5. Konopatzki, Asseco I.5.0 
 6. Daszke, Trefl I.5.0 
 7. Plocica, Przemysl5.0 
 8. Kozlowski, Domino I.5.0 
 9. Dobrzycki, Gniezno5.0 
 10. Golasinski, Gniezno5.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eryk ZIELINKO
  Tur B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zielinko, Tur B.3.0 
 2. Wisniewski, AZS U.3.0 
 3. Szydlowski, Gniezno2.0 
 4. Matysek, Start L.2.0 
 5. Minciel, Sudety2.0 
 6. Kulczynski, Goleniow2.0 
 7. Motylewski, Trefl I.2.0 
 8. Bednarczyk, Olsztyn2.0 
 9. Sloniewski, Ostrow M.2.0 
 10. Kozlowski, Domino I.1.5 


Shelton number one in Poland for round 1 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward D.J. Shelton (208-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for MKS DG, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Polski Cukier (#16, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-76. MKS DG is placed at 4th position in Polish PLK. But it's just the very beginning of the season and MKS DG 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 Shelton had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be MKS DG's top player in his first season with the team. Former Washington State University star has very solid stats this year. Shelton is in league's top in points (7th best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg and 80.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American James Washington (182-PG-87) of TBV Start. Washington had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 12 assists. Of course TBV Start cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over PGE Turow (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. Washington is a newcomer at TBV Start, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). He also recorded 12.0 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another TBV Start's star - American swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93). Lewis scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of TBV Start, helping his team with a 91-83 win against PGE Turow (#15, 0-1). TBV Start 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. Lewis also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Lewis as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Stelmet - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Vitaliy Kovalenko (204-PF-84) of MKS DG - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivan Almeida (198-SF-89) of Anwil - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michal Kolenda (200-SF-97) of Trefl - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Justin Watts (196-G/F-90) of Czarni - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kamil Laczynski (183-PG-89) of Anwil - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Boris Savovic (208-F-87) of Stelmet - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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



Zebski number one in Polish 1Liga for round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Mateusz Zebski (190-G/F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Polfarmex Kutno, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Enea Astoria (#12, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 73-62. Polfarmex Kutno is placed at 2nd position in Polish 1Liga. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Polfarmex Kutno 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 Zebski had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Polfarmex Kutno's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Piotr Zielinski (200-C-83) of Pogon Prudnik. Zielinski had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Pogon Prudnik lost that game 76-103 to GKS Tychy (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. Zielinski is a newcomer at Pogon Prudnik, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#4). He also registered 15.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Patryk Pelka (202-PF-89) of R8 Krakow (#10). Pelka scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Pelka's great performance R8 Krakow lost 71-88 to Spojnia (#5, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing R8 Krakow needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Pelka has a very solid season. In 2 games in Poland he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hubert Pabian (201-F-89) of Spojnia - 20 points and 6 rebounds
5. Michal Sadlo (205-C-94) of Sokol Lancut - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Filip Malgorzaciak (192-G/F-93) of GKS Tychy - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alan Czujkowski (199-SF-90) of Spojnia - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jakub Kobel (190-PG-98) of Polonia Leszno - 13 points and 6 assists
9. Adrian Kordalski (185-G-95) of Pruszkow - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Tomasz Prostak (188-SG-88) of Pogon Prudnik - 21 points, 9 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)



PLK Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in PLK just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Anwil defeated AZS Koszalin in Wloclawek 93-85. Anwil forced 19 AZS Koszalin turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international point guard Kamil Laczynski (183-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 assists for the winners and Cape Verdean-Portuguese Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill) chipped in 21 points. At the losing side forward Kacper Mlynarski (202-92) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds. AZS Koszalin will play next round against Twarde Pierniki trying to get back on the winning streak. Anwil will try to continue on its current victory against Miasto Szkla in Krosno.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Legia (0-1) in Szczecin. Visitors were rolled over by Wilki Morskie (1-0) 86-66. The former international swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-86) nailed 13 points for the winning side and Jimmy Gavin accounted for 13 points. Wilki Morskie's coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-79) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Legia in the defeat. Wilki Morskie will play against MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#4) on the road in the next round. Legia will play against Asseco (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 1 PGE Turow lost to TBV Start on the opponent's court 83-91. MKS DG managed to outperform Polski Cukier in a home game 89-76. GTK Gliwice lost to Miasto Szkla on the road 76-82. Winless Trefl lost to defending champion Stelmet on its own court 77-84.

King - Legia 86-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Legia (0-1) in Szczecin. Visitors were rolled over by Wilki Morskie (1-0) 86-66. Wilki Morskie shot 63.6 percent from the field. Wilki Morskie had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Wilki Morskie especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. The former international swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-86) nailed 13 points for the winning side and American guard Jimmy Gavin (190-91, college: Winthrop) accounted for 13 points. Four Wilki Morskie players scored in double figures. Wilki Morskie's coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-79) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Legia in the defeat. Wilki Morskie will play against MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#4) on the road in the next round. Legia will play against Asseco (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Legia: T.Andrzejewski 14+6reb, I.Wilkerson 14+5reb, G.Kukielka 13+1reb+1ast, J.Wall 9+6reb+1ast, P.Robak 7+3reb+2ast, L.Wilczek 4+3reb+2ast
King: P.Kikowski 13+3reb+1ast, J.Gavin 13+1reb+3ast, T.Jogela 11+4reb+2ast, M.Bartosz 10+4reb, S.Kowalczyk 10, M.Paliukenas 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 566800


TBV Start - PGE Turow 91-83

Start used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Zgorzelec 91-83 on Sunday night. Start made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Start especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American point guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Start players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) responded with 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Bartosz Bochno (193-88) scored 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Start will face Czarni (#13) in Slupsk in the next round which should be an easy win for them. PGE Turow will play at home against BM Slam Stal (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: M.Mack 18+3reb+4ast, B.Bochno 15+1reb+1ast, C.Ayers 14+2reb+1ast, J.Patoka 11+1ast, K.Borowski 8+1reb+1ast, B.Waldow 7+7reb
TBV Start: C.Lewis 26+6reb, J.Washington 25+3reb+12ast, M.Dutkiewicz 12+4reb, M.Dziemba 10+2reb+3ast, U.Mirkovic 10+4reb+2ast, R.Szymanski 4+2reb
gschID: 566799


MKS DG - Polski Cukier 89-76

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Torun 89-76 on Sunday night. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza shot 63.2 percent from the field. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza outrebounded Twarde Pierniki 30-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward D.J. Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Ukrainian Vitaliy Kovalenko (204-84) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's coach Jacek Winnicki used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side power forward Krzysztof Sulima (204-90) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and international swingman Karol Gruszecki (193-89, college: Texas Arlington) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Four MKS Dabrowa Gornicza and five Twarde Pierniki players scored in double figures. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza will face Wilki Morskie (#8) in Szczecin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Twarde Pierniki will play on the road against AZS Koszalin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Polski Cukier: K.Gruszecki 14+3reb+4ast, K.Sulima 13+5reb+5ast, T.Snieg 12+2reb+2ast, B.Diduszko 12+2reb+1ast, A.Perka 11+4reb+1ast, G.Cosey 8+2reb+3ast
MKS DG: V.Kovalenko 21+5reb+2ast, D.Shelton 20+13reb+3ast, P.Dambrauskas 14+3reb+1ast, B.Woloszyn 11+2ast, A.Broussard 8+2reb+9ast, P.Pamula 8+3ast
gschID: 566798


Anwil - AZS Koszalin 93-85

Anwil defeated AZS Koszalin in Wloclawek 93-85. Anwil forced 19 AZS Koszalin turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international point guard Kamil Laczynski (183-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 assists for the winners and Cape Verdean-Portuguese Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill) chipped in 21 points. At the losing side forward Kacper Mlynarski (202-92) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Diante Baldwin (183-94, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. AZS Koszalin will play next round against Twarde Pierniki trying to get back on the winning streak. Anwil will try to continue on its current victory against Miasto Szkla in Krosno.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: K.Mlynarski 18+5reb+3ast, M.Basabe 17+7reb, D.Baldwin 11+5reb+9ast, J.Dloniak 11+2reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 10+2reb+1ast, D.Jeszke 10+2reb+3ast
Anwil: I.Almeida 21+4reb+3ast, A.Delas 18+3reb+1ast, P.Leonczyk 15+8reb+1ast, K.Laczynski 15+3reb+13ast, J.Sobin 13+6reb+2ast, S.Szewczyk 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 566797


Asseco - Czarni 81-77 OT

Asseco held off Czarni in overtime. Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84) scored 21 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winning side. Marcel Ponitka (195-G-97) added 15 points and 9 boards in the victory. Justin Watts (196-G/F-90, college: N.Carolina, agency: SPORTlab Agency) replied with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Czarni.
Top scorers:
Czarni: J.Watts 26+9reb+2ast, D.Artis 19+7reb+5ast, D.Wall 10+2reb+1ast, M.Cesnauskis 8+2reb+1ast, C.Aiken 7+7reb+1ast, L.Bonarek 6+6reb+2ast
Asseco: K.Szubarga 21+2reb+7ast, M.Ponitka 15+9reb+1ast, P.Szczotka 12+10reb+2ast, P.Zolnierewicz 10+2reb+3ast, J.Garbacz 8+3reb+1ast, D.Wyka 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 566796


Miasto Szkla - GTK Gliwice 82-76

Miasto Szkla used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Gliwice 82-76 on Saturday night. GTK was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of Miasto Szkla, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Miasto Szkla especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Guard Krzysztof Jakobczyk (183-86) stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 assists for the winners and American forward Jayvaughn Pinkston (201-91, college: Villanova) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Czech forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) responded with 19 points and American center Maverick Morgan (208-94, college: Illinois) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Miasto Szkla will face Anwil in Wloclawek in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. GTK will play on the road against Rosa (#11) in Radom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: L.Palyza 19+3reb+2ast, M.Morgan 15+5reb+3ast, J.Williams 11+1reb, Q.Hooker 11+5reb+1ast, K.Radwanski 10+3reb+1ast, P.Zmarlak 5+5reb+4ast
Miasto Szkla: K.Jakobczyk 15+1reb+6ast, D.Lejasmeiers 15+2reb+3ast, J.Mustapic 15+5reb, J.Pinkston 13+7reb+1ast, D.Wallace 10+2reb+2ast, S.Hajric 8+10reb
gschID: 566795


Trefl - Stelmet 77-84

But Trefl was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Zielona Gora 84-77 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Stelmet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Michal Kolenda (200-97) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nikola Markovic (208-89) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stelmet will face Wilki Morskie (#8) in Szczecin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Trefl will play on the road against Polpharma (#10) in Starogard Gdanski and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Trefl: M.Kolenda 18+5reb+2ast, B.Brown 12+1reb+5ast, N.Markovic 12+8reb+1ast, P.Smigielski 11+8reb+1ast, S.Zack 9+8reb+1ast, J.Karolak 7+1reb
Stelmet: B.Savovic 17+7reb, V.Dragicevic 12+10reb+4ast, J.Mokros 12+3reb+1ast, F.Matczak 11+1reb+1ast, P.Zamojski 10+9reb+1ast, J.Florence 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 566794





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Brandon Taylor (ex Alba) is a newcomer at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti - by Nagy Szilveszter

Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-76kg-94, college: Utah). He played most recently at Alba in Hungarian A Division. In 45 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg last season. Taylor helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Taylor also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Taylor received All-Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Taylor graduated from University of Utah in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Goran Martinic agreed terms with Craiova - by Nagy Szilveszter

SCM CSU Craiova (Liga Nationala) inked 30-year old Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87). He has played for the last two years at Targu Mures in the Liga Nationala. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.1apg and 2.1spg last season. Martinic helped them to make it to the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Martinic also played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he was third best scorer with 12.3ppg and had 2.4rpg, 8.5apg (top 2) and 2.1spg (in top 4).
Among other achievements Martinic played in the final of Romanian League in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Martinic was a member of Montenegrin U21 National Team in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Martinic has played also professionally in Hungary (Falco-Vulcano), Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas) and Montenegro (Lovcen and Ulcinj).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Djordjevic number one in Slovakia for round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Shooting guard Vladimir Djordjevic (194-SG-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kosice, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, four rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Handlova (#6, 0-1) with 28-point margin 100-72. Thanks to this victory Kosice moved-up to the 3rd position in Slovakian SBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Kosice won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Djordjevic turned to be Kosice's top player in his first season with the team. Vladimir Djordjevic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (4th best: 7.0apg) and averages impressive 4.0spg,80.0% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Jamaican Ryan Martin (206-F-91) of Prievidza. Martin had a very good evening with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Prievidza was edged by Inter Bratislava (1-0) 97-95. 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. Martin is a newcomer at Prievidza, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-F-88) of Iskra Svit (#7). Losonsky scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Losonsky's great performance Iskra Svit lost 82-86 to Levice (#4, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Iskra Svit can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. The season just started for Losonsky as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boban Tomic (190-G-88) of Rieker KN - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Michael L'Africain (185-PG-92) of Nova Ves - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sasa Avramovic (193-PG-93) of Iskra Svit - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Brandon Conley (201-F-93) of Zilina - 15 points and 12 rebounds
8. Brandon Holcomb (201-C-93) of Zilina - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nemanja Barac (194-SG-90) of Inter Bratislava - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Igor Maric (196-F-85) of Kosice - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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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Spanish LEB Gold round 1 best performance: Volodymyr Gerun - by Eurobasket News

Ukrainian Power forward Volodymyr Gerun (208-F/C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for FC Barcelona II, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Forca Lleida (#14, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 76-69. FC Barcelona II is placed at 3rd position in Spanish LEB Gold. But it's just the very beginning of the season and FC Barcelona II won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Gerun turned to be FC Barcelona II's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Portland star has very solid stats this year. Gerun leads league in rebounds with 14.0rpg. Gerun is in league's top in and averages impressive 66.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) of Coruna. Sanz had a very good evening with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Coruna was edged by Sammic ISB (1-0) 72-71. 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. Sanz is a newcomer at Coruna, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 8.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian guard Caleb Agada (193-G-94, agency: Blacktop Management) of Prat (#7). Agada scored 25 points. He was a key player of Prat, leading his team to a 79-65 easy win against Palma (#18, 0-1). Prat 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. Agada also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Agada as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oliver Arteaga (208-C-83) of Oviedo - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Tre' Coggins (190-G) of CB Clavijo - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Evan Yates (198-F-91) of CB Clavijo - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kedar Edwards (196-F-93) of Araberri - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) of Ourense - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Francisco Cardenas (177-PG-90) of Oviedo - 11 points,