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  ABA LEAGUE  



Krka lands Paolo Marinelli (ex-Cibona) - by Zeljko Zule

Krka added another Croatian player to its roster by inking Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) on a one-year contract.
Marinelli arrives from Cibona, for whom he averaged 7.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 35 Croatian A1 League games last season, 4.1 points and 1.3 assists in 18 Adriatic League games and 3.0 points in nine FIBA Chanpions League games. Marinelli has already played in Slovenia from 2013 through 2015 with Olimpija. In his last campaign there, 2014-15 season, Marinelli averaged just 2.2 points in six Slovenian League games. He has already played for Split and Kvarner 2010 in his native Croatia.
Marinelli used to be a standard member of all youth categories of Croatia national team. In 2011 he won the gold medal at U16 European Championship, a year later he won the silver at U17 World Championship and in 2013 he also won the silver at U18 European Championship.



ABA Liga 2: Ohrid AV complete their roster with the additions of K.C. Ross-Miller and Liam Thomas - by Mario Divanisov

It is all set for the start of the new season at KK Ohrid AV. After the successful preparations in Croatia the team completed their roster with the addition of American international K.C. Ross-Miller (183-PG-91, college: Auburn) and Australian international Liam Thomas (213-F).
The 26-year old Point guard will join the Macedonian side from Surrey Scorchers (United Kingdom-BBL) where he played in the 2015/16 season. In 17 games played he managed to averaged 15.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 2.0spg. He started his NCAA career at New Orleans where he averaged 9.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg in 13 games before transferring to N.Mexico State where he played for two seasons. Finally he finished his NCAA career at Auburn where he averaged 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg in 35 games played.

As for the 23-year old Liam Thomas this will be his first experience in Europe. He spent his last season at Nicholls State where he averaged 7.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 4.2bpg in 31 games played. His excellent season gave him the award of All-Southland Conf. Defensive Player of the Year as well as he was selected in the All-Southland Conf. 3rd Team.

KK Ohrid AV roster for the 2017-18 season:

Guards:
Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91)
Antonio Doneski (180-SG-95)
Ervin Cogo (190-G-93)
K.C. Ross-Miller
Georgi Zafirov (194-SG-97)

Forwards:
Remi Barry (203-F-91, college: N.Mexico St.)
Branko Janevski (202-F-87)
Stevan Gligorijevic (196-SF-98)

Centers:

Slobodan Mihajlovski (202-PF-82)
Liam Thomas

Coach:
Petar Chochoroski

Assistant Coach:
Vladimir Djorovic



Deividas Busma (ex Castello) is a newcomer at Cibona - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (212-120kg-87, college: Idaho State, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Castello in Spanish LEB Gold. In 13 games he recorded 8.6ppg and 4.9rpg last season. Busma also played that season for Gunma Crane Thunders (B League D2) in Japan where in 16 games he averaged 5.2ppg and 4.9rpg.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Busma's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Busma has played previously professionally in France (Quimper UJAP), Italy (Germani Basket Brescia) and Lithuania (Neptunas-Akvaservis Klaipeda).
He attended Idaho State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A skilled big man who has good moves back to the basket, runs the court well and seems a solid defender. Has yet upside, but needs of some European playing time to develop.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Croatia



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  ANGOLA  


Libolo keeps Foster for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo (Division I) re-signed experienced 34-year old American guard Je'Kel Foster (194-83, college: Ohio State, agency: Inception Sports). He played there last season. He helped them to win the league title and the Supercup.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Foster spent at La ICL Manresa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 13 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg. He also played that season for Guaros in Venezuelan LPB. In 10 games he averaged 4.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements Foster received Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup 1st Team award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Foster's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Foster has played previously professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), France (Paris Levallois and JSF Nanterre), Germany (ALBA Berlin, EnBW Ludwigsburg, BBC Bayreuth, Bayern Muenchen and EWE Baskets) and Italy (Scandone Avellino and Vanoli Cremona).
He attended Ohio State until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Euroleague experienced guard and seasoned veteran that is a threat at both ends of the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ChetErvin)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Angola



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Shaquille JOHNSON
  GECR I.
  (190-F-90)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Johnson, GECR I.22.7 
 2. Tucker, San Lorenzo20.7 
 3. Keenan, San M.20.7 
 4. Vega, Quimsa20.0 
 5. Sims, Atenas19.8 
 6. Moore, Comunica.19.7 
 7. Davis, Instituto19.7 
 8. Fjellerup, Weber B.19.7 
 9. Kemp, Obras Basket19.0 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo GLENN
  Penarol
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Glenn, Penarol13.7 
 2. Clancy, Instituto11.0 
 3. Williams, Olimpico.10.3 
 4. Famous, GECR I.10.0 
 5. Crawford, La Union10.0 
 6. Francis, Quimsa10.0 
 7. Johnson, Weber B.9.7 
 8. Fierro, Boca Jrs9.3 
 9. Basualdo, Quilm.9.3 
 10. Vega, Quimsa9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.3 
 2. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.8 
 3. Figueroa, Comunica.7.7 
 4. Barral, Obras B.6.5 
 5. Barrera, GECR I.6.3 
 6. Aguirre, San L.6.0 
 7. Vidal, Regatas C.5.3 
 8. Parodi, Weber B.5.0 
 9. Ferreyra, Quilm.4.8 
 10. Stanic, Olimpico.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas GOLDENBERG
  Salta B.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Goldenberg, Salta B.2.8 
 2. Boccia, Boca Jrs2.7 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.7 
 4. De-l., Quimsa2.5 
 5. Vildoza, San L.2.3 
 6. Slider, Penarol2.3 
 7. Johnson, GECR I.2.3 
 8. Espinoza, Salta B.2.3 
 9. Fjellerup, Weber B.2.3 
 10. Elsener, La Union2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Olimpico.2.7 
 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. Bernard, Argentino1.0 
 10. Lallana, Atenas1.0 


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)



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  AUSTRALIA  


Bullets sign Magnay just out of college - by Hugh McAuliffe

Brisbane Bullets (NBL) signed Australian forward Will Magnay (208-107kg). He just graduated from Tulsa (NCAA).
As mentioned above Magnay is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



Jerry Evans joins Taipans - by Hugh McAuliffe

Cairns Taipans (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Jerry Evans (203-95kg-90, college: Nevada). He played last summer at Sandringham Sabres (SEABL-East). In 19 games he had very impressive stats: 21.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.9spg and 1.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Evans won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team in 2015.
Evans has played also professionally in Greece (Lavrio), Poland (AZS Koszalin) and Cyprus (Apoel).
He attended University of Nevada until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



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  BARBADOS  


Warriors and Police advance - by Eurobasket News

Hilton Barbados Warriors and Police are moving on. The two clubs advanced to the semi-final round of the play-offs after winning a pair of decisive Game 3s of the Division 1 basketball second-round series on Monday night in Clapham. Former national forward Corey McDonald dropped 18 points and one-time Premier League teammate Nicky King added 15 to lead Warriors to a series-clinching 60-49 victory over Vyb Patriots. Warriors held their opponents to just five first-quarter points en route to an early 17-point lead before going up by as many as 20 points.
Courtesy of: nationnews.com



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


PAOK without Koniaris against Aris - by Giorgos Diploidis

Today (04/10) Aris Thessaloniki faces PAOK Thessaloniki in the rival game of Thessaloniki in the quarter finals of The Greek cup. The game is knockout and the winner will advance to the semi finals where they will wait for a good draw in order to reach the final.

Aris Thessaloniki last year played in the final against Panathinaikos but the team of Athens won the competition.The semi-finals are also knockout so each game is important.

PAOK Thessaloniki which has a lot of years to play in a Greek cup final has a a last moment problem. Antonios Koniaris (196-PG-97) sprained his left leg. So the team of coach Ilias Papatheodorou will probably play without one of their best guards and defenders.



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  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kangoeroes
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. McNeaill, Kangoeroes24.0 
 2. Bojovic, Liege19.5 
 3. Demps, Mons-Hai.19.0 
 4. Larson, Liege18.5 
 5. Desiron, Limburg .18.0 
 6. Clark, Antwerp18.0 
 7. Unruh, Limburg .17.0 
 8. Zabas, Leuven17.0 
 9. Gibbs, Spirou16.0 
 10. Badji, Kangoeroes16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan HEATH
  Limburg .
  (208-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11
 1. Heath, Limburg .11.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut10.5 
 3. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.10.0 
 4. Vanwijn, Antwerp10.0 
 5. Amis, Aalstar9.5 
 6. Simmons, Brussels9.0 
 7. Peterson, Brussels8.5 
 8. Gorgemans, Spirou8.0 
 9. Mwema, Oostende7.5 
 10. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Joe RAHON
  Limburg .
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Rahon, Limburg .7.0 
 2. Tuttle, Spirou7.0 
 3. Larson, Liege6.5 
 4. Monaghan, Limburg .6.0 
 5. Thomas, Spirou5.0 
 6. Clark, Antwerp5.0 
 7. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut5.0 
 8. Mukubu, Limburg .5.0 
 9. Jones, Mons-Hai.5.0 
 10. Loubry, Brussels4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Scott THOMAS
  Spirou
  (198-SF-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, Spirou3.0 
 2. Tuttle, Spirou3.0 
 3. McNeaill, Kangoeroes3.0 
 4. Gibbs, Spirou3.0 
 5. Myers, Oostende2.5 
 6. Bojovic, Liege2.0 
 7. Clark, Antwerp2.0 
 8. Dudzinski, Antwerp2.0 
 9. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.2.0 
 10. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ismael BAKO
  Antwerp
  (208-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bako, Antwerp2.0 
 2. Simmons, Brussels1.5 
 3. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 4. Tuttle, Spirou1.0 
 5. Dudzinski, Antwerp1.0 
 6. Reddic, Mons-Hai.1.0 
 7. Grant, Spirou1.0 
 8. Vanwijn, Antwerp1.0 
 9. Heath, Limburg .1.0 
 10. Lee, Antwerp1.0 


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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  BOSNIA  


KK Dynamic BG Beograd lands Ratko Varda - by Eurobasket News

KK Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) landed experienced 38-year old former Bosnian international center Ratko Varda (212-120kg-79, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Varda played most recently at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in Feb.'17. In four games he averaged 14.0ppg and 10.5rpg last season.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Varda spent at Sutjeska in Montenegrin league where in 5 ABA League games he had 9.2ppg and 5.2rpg. Varda also spent pre-season at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga that year. In four games he recorded 13.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He also played 2 games in Balkan League where he got 14.5ppg and 3.0rpg.
Among other achievements Varda won Dubai International Tournament championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2011. Strangely Varda also played for Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team in 2011.
He played at the Arab Club Championships last year.
Varda is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eleven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Varda has played previously professionally also in Greece, Iran (Mahram), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Russia (Khimki), Slovenia (Olimpija), Spain (Menorca), Turkey, Ukraine (Azovmash), Poland (Asseco) and Serbia (Mega Bemax and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Lebanon (Byblos).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at KK Dynamic BG Beograd.
Let's have closer look into Varda's outlook: Great athletic skills. Big size, and strong body. Quick and good jumper. Not so impressive technique, but still improving. Not so well logn-range shooter, but can surprise from the middle range. Physical and strong. Has a few nice moves and can play within a system and not hurt the team. Runs the floor well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

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





Minas add Rush to their roster, ex Cape Breton H. - by Paulo Freire

Minas (NBB) added to their roster 29-year old American swingman Billy Rush (198-91kg-88, college: Robert Morris). He played last season at Cape Breton Highlanders in Canadian NBL. In 21 NBL Canada games he recorded 12.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Rush also played that season for IRT Tanger (D1) in Moroccan league where in 21 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.5apg.
He was voted All-NAIA D1 3rd Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Rush is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America) in four different countries. Rush has played previously professionally also in Germany (Uni Baskets and Science City Jena), NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue) and IBA (Kankakee S.).
He attended Robert Morris College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid forward who is a great shooter and can dominate the boards in a lot of leagues. Also possesses a defensive tenacity that is unmatched. Billy can play a stretch 4 man or an oversized 3 man that can cause matchup problems for opposing teams.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pedro Mendonca is a newcomer at Caxias do Sul - by Paulo Freire

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (NBB) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old swingman Pedro Mendonca (194-95) from Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia. But in 12 NBB games he did not score anything and had only 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.
The previous (15-16) season Mendonca was tested by Vivo/Franca where in two NBB games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 2 assists.
He was a member of Brazilian U16 National Team back in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andrade's 16 points and 8 rebounds give him Paulista Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

34-year old power forward Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Franca and receives a Latinbasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 16 points adding eight rebounds for Franca in his team's victory, helping them to crush America (#7, 3-11) with 23-point margin 93-70. Franca was forced-out from the top positions in Brazilian Paulista. They are still close to the very top. Franca would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Andrade had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jefferson Andrade averages this season 10.8ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Darnell Artis (175-PG) of America. He is American guard in his first season at America. In the last game Artis recorded impressive 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as America lost that game 70-93 to the higher-ranked Franca (#2, 12-2). America managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories America managed to get this year. Artis is a newcomer at America and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.4ppg (#1). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-SF-87) of league's leader Paulistano. Luz dos Santos scored 16 points. He was a key player of Paulistano, leading his team to a 88-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Osasco B. (#8, 1-13). Paulistano confirms their top position in the standings. Luz dos Santos has a very solid season. In 13 games in Brazil he scored 10.2ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 60.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Ware (203-C-89) of Pinheiros - 13 points and 7 rebounds
6. Cunha Murilo (178-PG-96) of Osasco B. - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Joao Pedro Demetrio (208-F/C-95) of Franca - 7 points and 6 rebounds
8. Henrique Coelho (183-PG-93) of Franca - 8 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90) of Pinheiros - 11 points and 4 rebounds
10. Vithor Da Silva) of Mogi - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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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Minas add Rush to their roster, ex Cape Breton H. - by Paulo Freire

Minas (NBB) added to their roster 29-year old American swingman Billy Rush (198-91kg-88, college: Robert Morris). He played last season at Cape Breton Highlanders in Canadian NBL. In 21 NBL Canada games he recorded 12.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Rush also played that season for IRT Tanger (D1) in Moroccan league where in 21 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.5apg.
He was voted All-NAIA D1 3rd Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Rush is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America) in four different countries. Rush has played previously professionally also in Germany (Uni Baskets and Science City Jena), NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue) and IBA (Kankakee S.).
He attended Robert Morris College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid forward who is a great shooter and can dominate the boards in a lot of leagues. Also possesses a defensive tenacity that is unmatched. Billy can play a stretch 4 man or an oversized 3 man that can cause matchup problems for opposing teams.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  


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)



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  CHINA  


Shaanxi Wolves clinch NBL title - by Eurobasket News

Shaanxi W. - Anhui 124-90

Shaanxi Wolves celebrated NBL title. They overcame Anhui in the fifth game of the championship series to capture 4-1 victory and therefore the trophy. Shaanxi W. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Anhui's 40 and made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Anhui 45-24 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 32 personal fouls committed by Anhui helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who had a double-double by scoring 54 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. Shaanxi W.'s coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Bernard James (208-85, college: Florida St.) added 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Four Anhui players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: G.Troy 54+14reb+1ast, G.Charles 31+14reb+3ast, G.Yan 11+4reb+1ast, B.Jiguang 9+3reb+1ast, J.JunQi 6+3reb+2ast, Y.DaPeng 5+1reb+1ast
Anhui: J.Chris 26+7reb+2ast, Z.Yong 18+1reb, J.Bernard 16+11reb, G.Shunjie 12+1reb, L.Jian 9+1reb, H.Delong 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 581562





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  CROATIA  


Krka lands Paolo Marinelli (ex-Cibona) - by Zeljko Zule

Krka added another Croatian player to its roster by inking Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) on a one-year contract.
Marinelli arrives from Cibona, for whom he averaged 7.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 35 Croatian A1 League games last season, 4.1 points and 1.3 assists in 18 Adriatic League games and 3.0 points in nine FIBA Chanpions League games. Marinelli has already played in Slovenia from 2013 through 2015 with Olimpija. In his last campaign there, 2014-15 season, Marinelli averaged just 2.2 points in six Slovenian League games. He has already played for Split and Kvarner 2010 in his native Croatia.
Marinelli used to be a standard member of all youth categories of Croatia national team. In 2011 he won the gold medal at U16 European Championship, a year later he won the silver at U17 World Championship and in 2013 he also won the silver at U18 European Championship.



Deividas Busma (ex Castello) is a newcomer at Cibona - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (212-120kg-87, college: Idaho State, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Castello in Spanish LEB Gold. In 13 games he recorded 8.6ppg and 4.9rpg last season. Busma also played that season for Gunma Crane Thunders (B League D2) in Japan where in 16 games he averaged 5.2ppg and 4.9rpg.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Busma's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Busma has played previously professionally in France (Quimper UJAP), Italy (Germani Basket Brescia) and Lithuania (Neptunas-Akvaservis Klaipeda).
He attended Idaho State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A skilled big man who has good moves back to the basket, runs the court well and seems a solid defender. Has yet upside, but needs of some European playing time to develop.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zagreb promotes assistant coach Nikola Garma - by Zeljko Zule

Zagreb promoted assistant coach Nikola Garma to head coach after Daniel Jusup stepped down yesterday.
Garma served as assistant coach on Zagreb's staff last four seasons. He became a head coach for the first time in his career.
Garma played for Zagreb from 2000 through 2008 plus during the 2009/10 and 2012/13 season.
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.



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Omonia keeps Georgiou for another season - by Chris Mammides

Omonia Nicosia (Division B) re-signed 23-year old shooting guard Marios Georgiou (185-94). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 15 Division B games he recorded just 1.5ppg in 2015-16 season.
Georgiou was selected to U20 National Team in 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Omonia lands Panayiotis Doukanaris - by Chris Mammides

Omonia Nicosia (Division B) tabbed 19-year old power forward Panayiotis Doukanaris (196-98). He has played for the last six years at the junior team of Keravnos in the Division A. Division A was a little too high level for him, where in three Division A games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Division B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Doukanaris represented Cyprus at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 77.8%.
Let's have closer look into Doukanaris' outlook: (By Chris Mammides, 2013)
Good athlete with physical power and solid all round skills. Is very mobile but not very quick. Not a big mid-range scorer. He has a great attitude and work ethics. Needs to improve some of the basic skills, but has great heart for the game. He needs to develop his defensive part while as he is expected to gain at least an inch is needed to also add some muscles to be able to play both the forward positions
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anton Waters signs at APOP Paphou - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted APOP Paphou (Division A) landed American forward Anton Waters (201-113kg). He just graduated from W.Kentucky (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 4.2rpg last season.
As mentioned above Waters is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the C-USA Tournament Semifinals in 2016. Waters received also All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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C.J. Turman (ex MMCITE Brno) is a newcomer at Apollon - by Chris Mammides

BC Apollon Limassol (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American center C.J. Turman (206-113kg-95, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played last season at MMCITE Brno in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 25 games he recorded 7.1ppg and 2.8rpg. Turman also spent pre-season at Furstenfeld Panthers (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league that year.
He has played also professionally in NABL (Atlanta Show).
Turman attended Florida Atlantic University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 QJ PETERSON
  USK Praha
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 22
 1. Peterson, USK Praha22.0 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava20.0 
 3. Kerr, Svitavy19.0 
 4. Bernardi, NH Os.18.0 
 5. Diggs, CEZ Nymburk18.0 
 6. Houska, BK Decin17.0 
 7. Tomanec, MMCITE B.17.0 
 8. Roseboro, Svitavy17.0 
 9. Mickelson, CEZ N.17.0 
 10. Jones, J.Hradec16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris TAWIAH
  J.Hradec
  (207-C-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Tawiah, J.Hradec12.0 
 2. Kerr, Svitavy11.0 
 3. Madsen, USK Praha10.0 
 4. Houska, BK Decin10.0 
 5. Skinner, BK Kolin9.0 
 6. Stojacic, NH Os.8.0 
 7. Hruban, CEZ N.7.0 
 8. Tomanec, MMCITE B.7.0 
 9. Pajovic, BK Kolin7.0 
 10. Bohacik, NH Ostrava7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sirina, BK Opava11.0 
 2. Stanojevic, NH Os.7.0 
 3. Ray, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 4. Marko, Svitavy5.0 
 5. Siska, BK Decin5.0 
 6. Roseboro, Svitavy5.0 
 7. Kozina, MMCITE B.5.0 
 8. Stegbauer, J.Hradec4.0 
 9. Sepa, BK Olomoucko4.0 
 10. Fuller, BK Olomo.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Sirina, BK Opava6.0 
 2. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.0 
 3. Kouril, BK Opava3.0 
 4. Ciz, BK Kolin3.0 
 5. Kvapil, BK Opava2.0 
 6. Roseboro, Svitavy2.0 
 7. Jurecka, BK Opava2.0 
 8. Tuma, USK Praha2.0 
 9. Peterson, USK Praha2.0 
 10. Gniadek, BK Opava2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexander MADSEN
  USK Praha
  (208-F/C-95)
  Avg: 6
 1. Madsen, USK Praha6.0 
 2. Mickelson, CEZ N.2.0 
 3. Jelinek, Svitavy2.0 
 4. Houska, BK Decin2.0 
 5. Safarcik, BK Kolin1.0 
 6. Tomanec, MMCITE B.1.0 
 7. Woods, NH Ostrava1.0 
 8. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.0 
 9. Zuzak, J.Hradec1.0 
 10. Shoutvin, NH Os.1.0 


C.J. Turman (ex MMCITE Brno) is a newcomer at Apollon - by Chris Mammides

BC Apollon Limassol (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American center C.J. Turman (206-113kg-95, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played last season at MMCITE Brno in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 25 games he recorded 7.1ppg and 2.8rpg. Turman also spent pre-season at Furstenfeld Panthers (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league that year.
He has played also professionally in NABL (Atlanta Show).
Turman attended Florida Atlantic University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Hall is back at River Lions, ex Soles SD - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) signed 28-year old American forward Carl Hall (202-111kg-89, college: Wichita State, agency: HMS). It is actually his comeback to River Lions as he has played here before. Hall played last summer at Soles de Santo Domingo in LNB league in Dominican Republic. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 10 LNB games he had 13.6ppg and 6.9rpg.
The most of last season Hall spent at River Lions where in 24 NBL Canada games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. Hall also played that season for Tokyo Hachioji Trains (B League D3) in Japan. In 18 games he averaged 9.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hall played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted All-MVC Newcomer of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.
Hall has played previously professionally in France (Boulazac Basket) and Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs, Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano and Nishinomiya Storks).
He attended Wichita State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ECUADOR  


The last resort of Piratas? - by Roberto Dorta

It's hard to believe one week ago that Club Iccan de Macas was have to great finals against Piratas de Los Lagos where would have to won three of the three first matches in this series. Jesus Centeno has played almost all the minutes of this matches, and with his smart and habilities has been easy to take the control since go of each matches. Juan Herrera (197-F-81) has been a great defensive player and showed many efficients in the long distance shot. Carlos Carcelen with greatest deffensive demostration has been another important key in the ICCAN's machine. Piratas didn't show all his strengths : speed, hability and long shooters. Piratas didn't find the deffensive solutions add up to the terrible field goal percentage. Today is the las resort to Lucas Gil and his guys, if today the things doesn't change, it could be possible that Juan Jose Pidal will win his 3rd tittle in Ecuatorian League ( Mavort and UTE), but he had lost the last two.


National League Round 2 of Finals. Piratas bounce back to even title series - by Eurobasket News

Piratas - Iccan 91-85

Piratas held off Iccan to even the championship series at 1-1. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-17. But Iccan won second period 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Piratas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Paul Cano (170-86) chipped in 23 points and 6 assists during the contest. Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) scored 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Five Piratas and four Iccan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Piratas: P.Cano 23+3reb+6ast, W.Clayton 18+14reb+4ast, A.Torres 14+2reb+4ast, R.Perez 14+6reb+2ast, C.Delgado 13+4reb+2ast, C.Malatay 7+2reb+3ast
Iccan: C.Silva 20+11reb+8ast, J.Herrera 20+6reb+1ast, J.Centeno 19+1reb+7ast, C.Carcelen 14+9reb, V.Peralvo 8+1ast, C.Perez 2+1reb
gschID: 580196





National League Round 1 of Finals. Iccan clinch opening win - by Eurobasket News

Piratas - Iccan 77-104

Iccan celebrated the opening win in National League Finals. They stormed past Piratas in the opener. Iccan shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists. Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-81) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 assists for the winners and Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. At the losing side American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five Iccan and four Piratas players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Piratas: C.Delgado 19+7reb+2ast, R.Perez 15+6reb+6ast, W.Clayton 14+11reb+4ast, A.Torres 12+3reb+5ast, P.Cano 5+2reb+2ast, C.Malatay 4+3reb+1ast
Iccan: J.Herrera 27+3reb+5ast, C.Silva 20+5reb+9ast, C.Carcelen 17+8reb+4ast, J.Centeno 13+8reb+13ast, J.Porozo 12+3reb+2ast, V.Peralvo 6
gschID: 580195





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  ESTONIA  


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

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

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup). He led his Slovakian team Levice to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Helios (0-1) 81-74 in the Alpe Adria Cup in Tuesday night's game. Kurbas was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 26 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Levice this season. His team is placed 13th in the Alpe Adria Cup. Kurbas is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy). He could not help GSA Udine (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Veideman's very good performance the 11th-placed GSA Udine (0-1) was defeated 76-71 at home by the much higher-ranked F.Kontatto BO (#4) in the East group. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Veideman also added 7 rebounds. It was his first game for GSA Udine this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Ex-Tartu Ulikool/Rock player is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Joonas Jarvelainen
Joonas Jarvelainen
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, currently plays in United Kingdom). Jarvelainen was not able to help Plymouth Raiders (0-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Plymouth Raiders lost 75-87 on the road to the second-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers. Jarvelainen was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Plymouth Raiders this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Jarvelainen played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Kregor Hermet
Kregor Hermet
   #4. Power forward Kregor Hermet (204-97, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Lleida Basquet (0-1) in their game against Barca II (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded only 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was his first game for Lleida Basquet this season. Lleida Basquet was defeated 76-69 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked Barca II (#3). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Hermet is also Estonian national team player.

Robert Valge
Robert Valge
   #5. Former U18 international small forward Robert Valge (192-97, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Electro Mercantil Plasencia in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Navarra (0-1) 74-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Plasencia this season. His team is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Valge used to play for the Estonian U18 national team two years ago.

Arnold Mitt
Arnold Mitt
   #6. Center Arnold Mitt (206-98, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Montegrano (0-1) in their game against Kleb Ferrara (1-0) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Mitt recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Montegrano this season. Montegrano (#13) was defeated 83-69 in Ferrara by the much higher-ranked Kleb (#5) in the East group. Mitt is a former U18 international player as he played for the Estonian team two years ago.

Sander Raieste
Sander Raieste
   #7. U18 international swingman Sander Raieste (200-99, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Fundacion 5+11 (0-1) in their game against Moron (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded 7 points in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Fundacion 5+11 this season. Fundacion 5+11 lost 83-92 in MorĂ³n de la Frontera to the higher-ranked (#6) Moron. Raieste is also Estonian U18 national team player.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Siim-Sander Vene (201-SF-90) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Mikk Jurkatamm (187-PG-0) plays for Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A
Kristian Kullamae (194-PG-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German BBL
Ilja Stankevits (208-C-98) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Henri Drell (200-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) plays for Montegrano in Italian Serie A2
Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) plays for Ethnikos in Greek A2
Hugo Erkmaa (194-PG-99) plays for Firenze All Foods in Italian Serie B

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



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

19-year old Ilia Chelak (98) had an amazing evening in the last round for Olimp 97 and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He got a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Alvik (0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team 83-69. Olimp 97 need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Chelak as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Chelak has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

Second best performed player last round was Adrian Bogucki (213-F/C-99) of top-ranked SMS PZKosz. He is a forward in his first season at SMS PZKosz. In the last game Bogucki recorded impressive double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led SMS PZKosz to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Asseco U20 (3-2) 62-42. Of course SMS PZKosz still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Bogucki is a newcomer at SMS PZKosz and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to David Jolinder (01) of Alvik. Jolinder scored 18 points. Despite Jolinder's great performance Alvik lost 69-83 to the higher-ranked Olimp 97 (#13, 2-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Alvik can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 5 games. Jolinder has a very solid season. In 5 games in European Youth Basketball League he scored 9.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kacper Nowak (185-PG-99) of Cracovia - 21 points and 5 assists
5. Gergo Nagy (197-F-99) of Bball Academy - 12 points and 9 rebounds
6. Bence Katona (99) of Bball Academy - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Kacper Makowski (193-F-99) of SMS PZKosz - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. David Hook (185-PG-99) of BG Lulea - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. David Hook (185-PG-99) of BG Lulea - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aleksandr Sapronov (98) of Olimp 97 - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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
 Trae GOLDEN
  Le Portel
  (189-G-91)
  Avg: 27
 1. Golden, Le Portel27.0 
 2. Colter, Khimik26.0 
 3. Bizaca, Sodertalje26.0 
 4. Milosevic, Oradea25.5 
 5. Cizauskas, Tartu U.24.0 
 6. Gilbert, FC Porto24.0 
 7. Gaines, Parma23.7 
 8. Demps, Mons-Hai.23.3 
 9. Wright, Demir IBB22.5 
 10. Eldridge, Trabzons.21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jenkins, KR12.0 
 2. Donaldson, Le Po.11.0 
 3. Smith, Boras10.0 
 4. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.9.3 
 6. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut9.3 
 7. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 8. Miller-M., Parma8.7 
 9. Tuoyo, Kormend8.3 
 10. Martin, BK Pardu.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Erving WALKER
  Demir IBB
  (173-PG-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Walker, Demir IBB8.0 
 2. Tuttle, Spirou7.0 
 3. Taylor, Steaua CSM7.0 
 4. Grant, Spirou7.0 
 5. Perry, Szolnok6.7 
 6. Miller-M., Parma6.7 
 7. Person, Boras6.5 
 8. Brooks, Balkan6.3 
 9. Duren, AEK6.0 
 10. Johnson, BM Slam .6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Scott THOMAS
  Spirou
  (198-SF-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thomas, Spirou4.0 
 2. Borg, Sodertalje4.0 
 3. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.5 
 4. Pratt, CSU Sibiu3.5 
 5. Boone, Steaua CSM3.0 
 6. Borovnjak, FC Porto3.0 
 7. Capers, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 8. Borisov, Falco-Vu.3.0 
 9. Taylor, Steaua CSM3.0 
 10. Wright, Rilski2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fusek, Spirou2.0 
 2. Kemp, Beroe2.0 
 3. Spires, Sodertalje2.0 
 4. Iarochevitch, Spi.2.0 
 5. Tibirna, Oradea2.0 
 6. Green, Trabzonspor2.0 
 7. Obekpa, Trabzonspor2.0 
 8. Lapeta, BM Slam .1.5 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 10. Stumbris, Nevezis1.5 


Qualification Round 2. Recap of first leg - by Eurobasket News

Balkan - Falco-Vulcano 95-96

Falco snatched a narrow road win over Balkan in the opening leg. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Balkan won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Vulcano shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Julian Norfleet (188-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who saved his team from a defeat with 22 points. His fellow American import point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) answered with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 18 points in the effort for Balkan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Balkan: D.Brooks 30+9reb+6ast, P.Ivanov 18+2reb, I.Kesar 18+3reb+2ast, B.Fortenberry 13+1reb+5ast, D.Washington 8+7reb+2ast, D.Haughton 6+5reb+1ast
Falco-Vulcano: J.Norfleet 22+3reb+3ast, D.Govens 20+3reb+5ast, Z.Perl 15+5reb+1ast, M.Borisov 15+2reb+4ast, I.Zigeranovic 9+1reb+3ast, N.Toth 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 580695


Kormend - Steaua CSM 91-75

Kormend outmuscled visiting Steaua for a comfortable lead before the return leg. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Steaua CSM was better in fourth quarter 32-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kormend shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Eric Fanning (196-92, college: Boston U.) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Marquis Wright (185-95, college: Siena) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. Kormend's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) with 18 points and 7 assists and Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Five Kormend and four Steaua CSM players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Steaua CSM: B.Taylor 18+7ast, J.Boone 16+3reb, M.Runkauskas 13+3reb+4ast, D.Zekovic 11+1reb, Y.Frasenyuk 8+1reb, P.Marinov 4+2reb+3ast
Kormend: E.Fanning 18+3reb+4ast, M.Wright 16+4reb+4ast, C.Ferencz 14+2reb+2ast, J.Tuoyo 13+8reb+3ast, A.Hollins 11+1reb+5ast, S.Koch 8+5reb
gschID: 580694


Nevezis - AEK 90-60

Nevezis topped AEK to stepped closer to the regular season. The game without a history. Nevezis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while AEK only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded AEK 44-25 including a 38-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Russian forward Valery Likhodey (205-86, agency: Alti Sport) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. American guard James Woodard (191-94, college: Tulsa) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Five Nevezis players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Danilo Tasic (207-93, agency: 011 Sports) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian forward Tomislav Petrovic (202-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for AEK 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.
Top scorers:
AEK: D.Tasic 18+6reb, T.Petrovic 14+5reb, D.Searcy 8+5reb, S.Gibson 7+3reb+5ast, T.Duren 5+2reb+6ast, A.Sizopoulos 3
Nevezis: J.Woodard 15+8reb+1ast, V.Likhodey 14+9reb+2ast, M.Grant 13+2reb+4ast, J.Tamulis 12+2reb+3ast, V.Koreniuk 12+6reb+1ast, G.Maldunas 9+7reb
gschID: 580696


Demir IBB - Tartu Ulikool 87-78

Demir IBB outlasted Tartu Ulikool in the opener. It looked good early as Tartu Ulikool took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Demir IBB took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. The best player for the winners was American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) who scored 20 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian Vytenis Cizauskas (187-92) who recorded 24 points and 5 assists and Janar Talts (206-83) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: V.Cizauskas 24+5ast, C.Engstrom 16+4reb+1ast, J.Talts 13+8reb+1ast, S.Cook 12+5reb+3ast, K.Kitsing 9+5reb+1ast, T.Sokk 4+2reb+3ast
Demir IBB: B.Wright 20+1reb+4ast, E.Walker 20+1reb+8ast, D.Simpson 15+4reb, E.Kairys 11+4reb, V.Moldoveanu 10+5reb+1ast, V.Stojanovski 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 580693


Szolnok - Sodertalje 86-63

Szolnok made a huge step towards the regular season as they crushed visiting Sodertalje. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Sodertalje Kings was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Szolnok forced 21 Sodertalje Kings turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and Martin Pahlmblad (195-86) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sodertalje Kings.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: T.Bizaca 26+6reb+2ast, M.Pahlmblad 14+5reb+3ast, A.Ramstedt 12+5reb+1ast, V.Lindstrom 4+2reb+2ast, A.Anderson 4+3reb, T.Borg 2+3reb+3ast
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 22+5reb+1ast, K.Perry 17+2reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 16+1reb+3ast, T.Phillip 10+6reb+4ast, L.Polyak 8+1reb, L.Andric 8+5reb+8ast
gschID: 580692


Istanbul BBSK - Khimik 89-90

Khimik snatched a narrow road win in Istanbul tonight. Istanbul BBSK cut a 14-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. It was a good game for American point guard Derrick Colter (180-94, college: Duquesne, agency: Inception Sports) who saved his team from a defeat with 26 points and 5 assists. Forward Vitali Malchevskiy (203-87) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) answered with 21 points and 8 assists and Lithuanian Deividas Dulkys (195-88, college: Florida St.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Istanbul BBSK. Four Khimik and five Istanbul BBSK players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Istanbul BBSK: M.Thompson 21+3reb+8ast, D.Dulkys 17+5reb+3ast, I.Buva 15+7reb+1ast, S.Bircevic 11+2reb+2ast, I.Karaman 11+5reb+2ast, J.Klobucar 7+1reb+6ast
Khimik: D.Colter 26+5ast, V.Malchevskiy 16+5reb+1ast, A.Arians 11+7reb, I.Sidorov 10+2reb+4ast, O.Antypov 10+7reb+1ast, S.Pavlov 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 580690


Parma - Le Portel 74-74

Parma and Le Portel drew the opener. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Parma won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Trae Golden (189-91, college: Georgia Tech) who saved his team from a defeat with 27 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors. American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (191-94, college: Wake Forest) answered with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Ivan Ukhov (193-95) added 19 points in the effort for Parma.
Top scorers:
Parma: C.Miller-McIntyre 24+7reb+6ast, I.Ukhov 19+4reb+1ast, F.Gaines 18+4reb, A.Vzdykhalkin 6+1reb+1ast, M.Dybovskiy 3+4reb+2ast, A.Vinnik 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580691


Mons-Hainaut - Beroe 88-69

Mons-Hainaut marched past Beroe in front of the home crowd. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 18. They outrebounded Beroe 37-21 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Chris Jones (188-93, college: Angelo St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) contributed with 22 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Italian point guard Mike DiNunno (180-90, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points and American guard Terry Whisnant (190-92, college: E.Carolina) added 15 points in the effort for Beroe.
Top scorers:
Beroe: M.DiNunno 20+1reb+3ast, T.Whisnant 15+3reb, A.Parker 12+2reb+1ast, A.Davis 9+5reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 4+1reb, A.Yanev Georgiev 4+2reb
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 22, C.Jones 19+8reb+4ast, G.Green 15+6reb+1ast, I.Lasisi 9+1ast, M.Tiby 9+7reb+2ast, J.Reddic 8+6reb
gschID: 580689


Bnei Hertzeliya - FC Porto 65-68

FC Porto snatched a narrow road win in Israel in Game 1. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-65. FC Porto Ferpinta made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Marcus Gilbert (198-93, college: Fairfield) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (201-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Bnei Hasharon.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliya: J.Adrien 14+8reb+1ast, T.Green 14+2reb+6ast, S.Dawson 10+8reb, H.Kanacevic 8+5reb+3ast, D.Archie 8+3reb+1ast, X.Thames 8+2reb+2ast
FC Porto: M.Gilbert 24+7reb+1ast, W.Hanley 15+6reb+3ast, S.Borovnjak 13+6reb+1ast, P.Bastos 8+2ast, M.Miranda 6+1reb, A.Monteiro 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580706


BK Pardubice - Spirou 75-92

Spirou have one foot in the regular season following a comfortable road victory in Pardubice. Spirou Charleroi looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for Scott Thomas (198-89, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) contributed with 18 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Scott Martin (203-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for BK Pardubice. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 14+5reb+7ast, S.Martin 12+9reb, J.Potocek 9, D.Pandula 9+2reb+1ast, D.Walker 7+2reb+2ast, V.Pulpan 7+2reb+1ast
Spirou: S.Thomas 22+6reb+4ast, K.Grant 18+2reb+7ast, J.Gibbs 15+1reb+3ast, I.Iarochevitch 12+6reb+3ast, M.Fusek 11+7reb, S.Tuttle 7+7reb+7ast
gschID: 580688





Brooks' 30-point game gives him (Qualifying Round 2) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Devin Brooks (186-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Balkan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for First Leg (Qualifying Round 2).
He had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Balkan as his team was edged out by Falco-Vulcano 96-95. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Balkan's top player in his first season with the team. Creighton University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brooks is in league's top in assists (8th best: 6.3apg).

Second best performed player last round was Codi Miller-McIntyre (191-G-94) of Parma. He is American guard in his first season at Parma. In the last game Miller-McIntyre recorded impressive 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Miller-McIntyre is a newcomer at Parma and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of Sodertalje. Bizaca scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Bizaca's great performance Sodertalje lost 63-86 to Szolnok. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Jones (188-G-93) of Mons-Hainaut - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Scott Thomas (198-SF-89) of Spirou - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marcus Gilbert (198-F-93) of FC Porto - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Vytenis Cizauskas (187-SG-92) of Tartu Ulikool - 24 points and 5 assists
8. Michael Thompson (177-PG-89) of Istanbul BBSK - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Erving Walker (173-PG-90) of Demir IBB - 20 points and 8 assists
10. Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) of Nevezis - 14 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)



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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 


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

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). He led Unicaja Malaga to a victory against the 16th-ranked UCAM Murcia (0-1) 74-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Salin recorded 11 points in 22 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Unicaja Malaga this season. His team is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Salin is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' victory against the 15th-ranked Science City Jena (0-1) 82-70 in the German BBL last Friday. Huff recorded 11 points and blocked 2 blocks. It was his first game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners this season. His team is placed sixth in the BBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Huff is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He could not help JSF Nanterre (2-0) in their last game. Despite Murphy's good performance JSF Nanterre lost 75-89 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#14) Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Murphy's first year with the team. This season Murphy averages: 10.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3FGP: 87.5% and FT: 75.0% in three games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #4. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Ourense (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Ourense was defeated 83-71 in Lugo by the second-ranked Leche Rio Breogan. Ahonen recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Ourense this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Ahonen is also Finnish national team player.

Carl Lindbom
Carl Lindbom
   #5. International small forward Carl Lindbom (206-91, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Juventus-LKSK Utenos in a 1-point victory against Lukoil Academic Sofia 82-81 in the Basketball Champions League last Friday. He scored only 3 points in 3 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Juventus-LKSK Utenosis placed in the Basketball Champions League. This year Lindbom averages just 1.5ppg in two games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Vesa Heinonen
Vesa Heinonen
   #6. Swingman Vesa Heinonen (194-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Aschersleben's victory against the 11th-ranked Rendsburg (0-2) 77-68 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Heinonen scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. BG Aschersleben Tigers (2-0) is placed first in North group. Heinonen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.0apg. Heinonen is a former U20 international player as he played for the Finnish team six years ago.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Petteri Koponen (194-SG-88) plays for FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa
Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Lauri Markkanen (216-PF-97) plays for Chicago Bulls in the NBA
Ozan Odabasi (206-PF-95) plays for Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL
Gerald Lee (208-C-87) plays for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli Winner League
Alexander Madsen (208-F/C-95) plays for USK Praha in Czech Republic NBL
Matti Nuutinen (202-F-90) plays for Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala
Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) plays for KFUM Jamtland in Swedish Basketligan
Roberto Mantovani (203-F-94) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Jesse Viita (186-G-93) plays for Stevnsgade in Danish Ligaen

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



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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. Sulaimon, Dijon14.7 
 9. Logan, Strasbourg14.7 
 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. Cornelie, Paris-Le.7.3 
 7. Blue, Antibes7.3 
 8. Jeanne, Le Mans7.0 
 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. Smith, Hyeres-T.4.7 
 9. Nzeulie, Chalon4.7 
 10. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Craft, Monaco3.0 
 2. Evtimov, Cholet2.3 
 3. Chassang, Hyeres-T.2.3 
 4. Nelson, AS.2.0 
 5. Lacombe, Monaco2.0 
 6. Yeguete, Le Mans2.0 
 7. Carter, Limoges1.7 
 8. Houmounou, Bourg1.7 
 9. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 10. Cooper, Gravelines1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James FARR
  Chalon
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Farr, Chalon2.0 
 2. Atkins, Strasbourg1.7 
 3. Petteway, Nanterre1.3 
 4. Smith, Gravelines1.3 
 5. Logan, Strasbourg1.3 
 6. Putney, Chalon1.3 
 7. Lacombe, Monaco1.3 
 8. Jeanne, Le Mans1.0 
 9. Diawara, Hyeres-T.1.0 
 10. Nelson, AS.1.0 


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

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

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over the 13th-ranked Baskonia (0-1) 87-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Friday night's game. Heurtel was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and added 9 assists in 28 minutes on the court. 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. Heurtel is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the 12th-ranked Andorra (0-1) 94-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Causeur was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Real Madrid this season. His team is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Causeur is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Moerman contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against the 13th-ranked Baskonia (0-1) 87-82. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was his first game for FC Barcelona this season. Former Limoges CSP Elite starter played for the French national team one years ago.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #4. Center Kevin Seraphin (208-89, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel. He played also in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game facing Adrien Moerman (above) in the other team. Seraphin helped FC Barcelona win their game against the 13th-ranked Baskonia (0-1) 87-82. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for FC Barcelona this season. Seraphin is also French national team player.

Nobel Boungou-Colo
Nobel Boungou-Colo
   #5. Former international forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Spain) could not help Real Betis (0-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Real Betis lost 80-90 at home to the much higher-ranked (#8) Valencia Basket. Boungou-Colo was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 35 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Boungou-Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 5.0rpg in two games he played so far. Boungou-Colo has a dual citizenship: Congolese and French. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Damien Inglis
Damien Inglis
   #6. Power forward Damien Inglis (204-95, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Betaland Cdo in their last game on Friday. Despite Inglis' very good performance his team was edged 70-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Avtodor. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Inglis also added 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. This season Inglis has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg. Inglis is a former U18 international player as he played for the French team four years ago.

Amath M'Baye
Amath M'Baye
   #7. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) managed to help EA7 Emporio Armani Milano to win against the 14th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (0-1) 76-60 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Armani Milano this season. His team is placed third in the Serie A. M'Baye used to play for the French U20 national team eight years ago.

Axel Toupane
Axel Toupane
   #8. Swingman Axel Toupane (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for Zalgiris (3-1) in their game against Neptunas (4-0) in the Lithuanian LKL. He scored 7 points. Zalgiris was defeated 73-64 in Klaipeda by the second-ranked Neptunas. It's Toupane's first season with the team. Toupane's overall stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Landing Sane
Landing Sane
   #9. Former international power forward Landing Sane (207-90, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Grissin Bon RE (0-1) in their game against Scandone AV (1-0) in the Italian Serie A. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was his first game for Grissin Bon RE this season. But Grissin Bon RE was defeated 66-62 in Avellino by the higher-ranked Scandone AV (#6). Sane used to play for the French national team three years ago.

Andrew Albicy
Andrew Albicy
   #10. Point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Fabien Causeur in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Albicy couldn't help Andorra (0-1) in their game against Real Madrid (1-0). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Albicy recorded only 3 points and added 5 assists in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Andorra this season. Andorra lost 88-94 in Madrid to the higher-ranked (#6) Real. Albicy is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Vincent Poirier (210-93, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Poirier couldn't help Baskonia in their game against FC Barcelona. He recorded only 4 points. It was his first game for Baskonia this season. His team was defeated 87-82. Poirier plays currently for the French national team.

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

   #1. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) could not help Tezenis Verona (0-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the 15th-placed Tezenis Verona (0-1) lost 86-96 on the road to the second-ranked Aurira Jesi in the East group. Udom was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Tezenis Verona this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Udom has a dual citizenship: French and Italian.

   #2. Eric Katenda (206-F-92, college: N.Texas, currently plays in Switzerland) led Lakers to a victory against the eighth-ranked Winterthur (1-0) 76-67 in the Swiss SBL on Saturday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Lakers this season. His team are placed fourth in the SBL. Katenda is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and French.

   #3. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Fribourg's victory against the eighth-ranked Neuchatel (0-1) 87-78 in the Swiss SBL last Saturday. Jurkovitz recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Fribourg this season. His team is placed second in the SBL. Jurkovitz has both French and Swiss nationalities.

   #4. Paul Gravet (204-PF-95, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Lions de Geneve to win against one of league's weakest teams Swiss Central (0-1) crushing them 86-61 in the Swiss SBL last Sunday. He recorded 5 points. It was his first game for Geneve Lions this season. His team is placed third in the SBL. Gravet also holds two passports: French and Swiss.

   #5. David Ramseier (202-C-87, currently plays in Switzerland) faced previously mentioned Natan Jurkovitz in the Swiss SBL last game. Ramseier was not able to help Neuchatel (0-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Neuchatel lost 78-87 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Fribourg. Ramseier was the second best scorer with 18 points in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Neuchatel this season. Similarly like Gravet and Jurkovitz above Ramseier has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #6. Manuel Barnes (198-F-92, college: Baker, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for KTP-Basket in their game against Kauhajoki in the Finnish Korisliiga. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team lost 93-98. This year Barnes' overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 4.0rpg in two games he played so far.

   #7. Yoan Granvorka (201-F-98, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an Monthey's surprising victory against the league leader Boncourt 89-70 in the Swiss SBL on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Monthey this season. Granvorka has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #8. Rytis Juknevicius (187-SG-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to an easy victory against AEK crushing them 90-60 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He scored only one point in 9 minutes on the court. This year Juknevicius' overall stats are: 0.7ppg and 2.0apg in three games.

   #9. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) is a teammate of previously mentioned David Ramseier and both played together in the last Swiss SBL game. Maruotto couldn't help Neuchatel (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Neuchatel was defeated 87-78 on their home court in Neuchatel by the higher-ranked Fribourg (#3). Maruotto recorded 12 points. It was his first game for Neuchatel this season. Maruotto holds both French and Swiss passports.

   #10. Experienced Harold Trobo (187-G/F-83, agency: Court Side, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants in their game against Leicester Riders in the British BBL. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Trobo recorded only 2 points in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Manchester Giants this season. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 86-70.



ProA Round 3: Le Mans hand first defeat to Pau-Lacq-Orthez - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-1) on the court of Le Mans on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Le Mans 73-58. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Cobbs (190-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (198-84, college: Akron) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Serge Crevecoeur rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Le Mans is looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of JDA Dijon (2-1) against JL Bourg (2-1) on Friday night. Host JDA Dijon was defeated by JL Bourg in Dijon 87-74. It was a good game for Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Garrett Sim contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American guard Rasheed Sulaimon (193-94, college: Maryland) answered with 16 points and 5 assists for JDA Dijon. JL Bourg will play against Olympique Antibes (#4) at home in the next round. JDA Dijon will play against Cholet Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket delivered the third consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they beat Cholet Basket (0-3) 77-59. It was a great evening for Amine Noua who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Jonathan Rousselle with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet Monaco (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cholet Basket will play against JDA Dijon (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Chalon. It ended with only two-point home defeat of Chalon/Saor (0-3) to Paris-Levallois (1-2) 79-77 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Klemen Prepelic who led the winners and scored 29 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Limoges CSP Elite (#13) at home. Chalon/Saor will play against Chalons-Reims and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Nanterre. Local JSF Nanterre (2-1) outscored Boulazac Basket (0-3) 98-68 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Nicolas Moore who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre will face Le Portel (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chalons-Reims was crushed by Strasbourg in a road game 93-72. Winless Gravelines was beaten by Monaco at home 55-61. Limoges lost to undefeated Hyeres-Toulon on the opponent's court 70-85. Antibes managed to outperform Le Portel in a home game 70-63.
The best stats of 3rd round was 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Louis Labeyrie of Strasbourg.

Nanterre - Boulazac 98-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Nanterre. Local JSF Nanterre (2-1) outscored Boulazac Basket (0-3) 98-68 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Nicolas Moore (175-92, college: SMU, agency: Players Group) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jerome Sanchez (197-90) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and Aurelien Salmon (202-87) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre will face Le Portel (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: N.Moore 21+2reb+10ast, A.Aminu 14+2reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 11, L.Konate 10+4reb+1ast, J.Shuler 9+2ast, E.Murphy 9+1reb+1ast
Boulazac: J.Sanchez 13+8reb+3ast, K.Anderson 12+1reb, D.Ware 11+1reb+3ast, A.Salmon 10+7reb+1ast, B.Ubel 9+4reb+2ast, D.Jackson 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 550954


Strasbourg - Chalons-Reims 93-72

Strasbourg IG used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Reims 93-72 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Chalons-Reims' 38. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was international power forward Louis Labeyrie (208-92) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) chipped in 17 points. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Ghanian-American forward Ben Bentil (206-95, college: Providence) who recorded 19 points and American forward Paul Carter (204-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Strasbourg IG will face Le Mans (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against Chalon/Saor (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: L.Labeyrie 20+12reb+4ast, D.Atkins 17+4reb, D.Logan 14+2reb+4ast, C.Otule 13+5reb, P.Sy 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Wright 8+2reb+6ast
Chalons-Reims: B.Bentil 19+2reb+2ast, P.Carter 13+7reb+2ast, W.Deane 12, L.Ulmer 10+2reb, R.Duport 6+7reb+1ast, M.Hermannsson 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 550955


Gravelines - Monaco 55-61

No shocking result in a game when Monaco (2-1) defeated on the road Gravelines-Dunkerque (0-3) 61-55 on Monday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 35-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Monaco outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 40-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Aaron Craft (188-91, college: Ohio St.) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and the other American import power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) added 11 points respectively. Monaco will face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Boulazac Basket (#15) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Monaco: A.Craft 13+5reb+3ast, E.Kikanovic 11+8reb+1ast, G.Robinson 11+1reb+4ast, A.Sy 9+5reb+2ast, C.Evans 6+4reb, G.Joseph 6+5reb+1ast
Gravelines: D.Cooper 15+5reb+6ast, T.Smith 11+3reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 8+6reb, T.Allen 6+4reb, F.Raposo Laurencio 6+2reb, W.Buford 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 550950


Le Mans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 73-58

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-1) on the court of Le Mans on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Le Mans 73-58. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Cobbs (190-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (198-84, college: Akron) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Kyan Anderson (180-92, college: TCU, agency: Pensack Sports) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Serge Crevecoeur rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Le Mans is looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Cobbs 18+3reb+6ast, R.Travis 14+6reb+2ast, M.Riley 10+8reb+2ast, W.Yeguete 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Fall 8+4reb, P.Amagou 6+3ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Koffi 13+7reb, K.Anderson 11+2reb+4ast, T.Pinero 10+5reb, E.Okobo 9+2ast, L.Cavaliere 4+3reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 550952


Dijon - Bourg 74-87

Very important is a home loss of JDA Dijon (2-1) against JL Bourg (2-1) on Friday night. Host JDA Dijon was defeated by JL Bourg in Dijon 87-74. JDA Dijon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Garrett Sim (188-90, college: Oregon) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American guard Rasheed Sulaimon (193-94, college: Maryland) answered with 16 points and 5 assists and American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) added 16 points in the effort for JDA Dijon. JL Bourg will play against Olympique Antibes (#4) at home in the next round. JDA Dijon will play against Cholet Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bourg: Z.Peacock 19+5reb+1ast, Y.Ndoye 19+8reb+2ast, G.Sim 18+3reb+4ast, G.Biruta 9+1reb, C.Simon 7+5reb+1ast, M.Courby 7+2reb+2ast
Dijon: R.Pearson 16+3reb+1ast, R.Sulaimon 16+1reb+5ast, S.Taylor Jr. 11+2reb, A.Loum 8+8reb, R.Brown 6+1reb, J.Alingue 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 550949


ASVEL - Cholet 77-59

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket delivered the third consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they beat Cholet Basket (0-3) 77-59. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Cholet Basket managed to win third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cholet Basket 43-25 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for Amine Noua (202-97, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) helped adding 17 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and point guard David Michineau (191-94) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet Monaco (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cholet Basket will play against JDA Dijon (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: A.Noua 17+5reb+2ast, J.Roberson 17+2reb+5ast, D.Nelson 8+3reb+2ast, A.Kaba 8+13reb+1ast, D.Watkins 6+8reb, J.Harper 5+4reb+2ast
Cholet: D.Michineau 13+2reb+5ast, J.Rousselle 13+5reb+2ast, J.Boutsiele 12+5reb, T.Gotcher 8+3reb, I.Evtimov 6+3reb+4ast, R.Evans 5+2reb
gschID: 550953


Hyeres-Toulon - Limoges 85-70

Very expected game when Limoges CSP Elite (1-2) was defeated on the road by Hyeres-Toulon (3-0) 85-70 on Saturday. Hyeres-Toulon looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (192-90, college: Santa Clara, agency: SportsVision-Service) who scored 25 points. The former international center Ferdinand Prenom (201-91) chipped in 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (178-84, college: S.Indiana) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Axel Bouteille (200-95) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hyeres-Toulon will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) on the road in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Paris-Levallois (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Cowels III 25+4reb+2ast, F.Prenom 19+3reb+3ast, J.Tolbert 10+9reb+4ast, R.Arnold 10+4reb+2ast, A.Chassang 8+2reb+4ast, E.Diawara 5+2reb
Limoges: D.Gibson 17+3reb+4ast, A.Bouteille 13+4reb+1ast, A.English 12+2reb, K.Hayes 9+1reb+1ast, W.Howard 8+2reb, B.Conklin 4+3reb
gschID: 550951


Chalon - Paris-Levallois 77-79

A very interesting game took place in Chalon. It ended with only two-point home defeat of Chalon/Saor (0-3) to Paris-Levallois (1-2) 79-77 on Saturday evening. Chalon/Saor was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was an exceptional evening for Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) who led the winners and scored 29 points. American power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Cameroonian Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Chalon/Saor in the defeat. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Limoges CSP Elite (#13) at home. Chalon/Saor will play against Chalons-Reims and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: K.Prepelic 29+3reb+2ast, G.Ware 12+7reb+1ast, L.Campbell 9+3reb+7ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+2reb, R.Lesca 6+2ast, D.Nwaelele 5+2reb
Chalon: A.Smith 19+5reb+5ast, R.Putney 14+4reb, K.Joseph 12+3reb+1ast, J.Farr 11+6reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 8+5reb+8ast, L.Harris 6+2reb
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Antibes - Le Portel 70-63

Olympique Antibes used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Le Portel 70-63 on Friday night. Olympique Antibes made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Vincent Sanford (193-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 22 points. Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Trae Golden (189-91, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and power forward Franklin Hassell (205-88, college: ODU) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Olympique Antibes will face JL Bourg (#6) on the road in the next round. Le Portel will play against JSF Nanterre (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: V.Sanford 22+4reb+2ast, T.Blue 17+4reb+1ast, M.Yarou 8+5reb+1ast, J.Tornato 7+4reb+1ast, P.Rigot 7+3reb, J.Blassingame 3+3reb+6ast
Le Portel: T.Golden 15+4reb+4ast, F.Hassell 10+7reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 10+5reb+1ast, J.Begarin 7+2reb+1ast, T.Carter 6+1reb+4ast, J.Traore 5
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Blokotehna signs Michael Mallory - by Dragan Ristov

KK Blokotehna Gevgelija (Prva Liga) signed American guard Michael Mallory (185). He just graduated from S.Connecticut (NCAA2). Mallory has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 23.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. He was also voted All-Northeast-10 1st Team in 2016 and 2017 at his college time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mallory's team won Northeast-10 Southwest Division Regular Season for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
This is his first pro-experience.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shkupi and Pelister to compete in Prva Liga - by Mario Divanisov

The Macedonian First League (Prva Liga) will count 12 clubs in the upcoming season as the leadership of the Macedonian basketball decided to extend the league for two more clubs. According to the proportions, the two new places belonged to the clubs Shkupi and Pelister. Both of the clubs payed their debts for the upcoming season and reserved a spot in the extension.

The new season starts in the upcoming weekend as the match-ups will be the following:

KK MZT Skopje - KK Karpos Sokoli
KK Kumanovo - KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje
KK Kozuv - KK Blokotehna
KK Feni Industries - KK Gostivar
KK Strumica - KK Ohrid-AV
KK Pelister - KK Shkupi




ABA Liga 2: Ohrid AV complete their roster with the additions of K.C. Ross-Miller and Liam Thomas - by Mario Divanisov

It is all set for the start of the new season at KK Ohrid AV. After the successful preparations in Croatia the team completed their roster with the addition of American international K.C. Ross-Miller (183-PG-91, college: Auburn) and Australian international Liam Thomas (213-F).
The 26-year old Point guard will join the Macedonian side from Surrey Scorchers (United Kingdom-BBL) where he played in the 2015/16 season. In 17 games played he managed to averaged 15.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 2.0spg. He started his NCAA career at New Orleans where he averaged 9.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg in 13 games before transferring to N.Mexico State where he played for two seasons. Finally he finished his NCAA career at Auburn where he averaged 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg in 35 games played.

As for the 23-year old Liam Thomas this will be his first experience in Europe. He spent his last season at Nicholls State where he averaged 7.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 4.2bpg in 31 games played. His excellent season gave him the award of All-Southland Conf. Defensive Player of the Year as well as he was selected in the All-Southland Conf. 3rd Team.

KK Ohrid AV roster for the 2017-18 season:

Guards:
Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91)
Antonio Doneski (180-SG-95)
Ervin Cogo (190-G-93)
K.C. Ross-Miller
Georgi Zafirov (194-SG-97)

Forwards:
Remi Barry (203-F-91, college: N.Mexico St.)
Branko Janevski (202-F-87)
Stevan Gligorijevic (196-SF-98)

Centers:

Slobodan Mihajlovski (202-PF-82)
Liam Thomas

Coach:
Petar Chochoroski

Assistant Coach:
Vladimir Djorovic



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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.
Courtesy of: superleague.ge



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

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

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). He 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. Haynes recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 26 minutes on the court. 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. Haynes is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian senior national team six years ago. Strangely Haynes has never played in Georgia.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in France). He led Strasbourg IG to a 2-point victory over the 14th-ranked Paris-Levallois (1-2) 83-81 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Dixon was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Strasbourg IG Basket (2-0) is placed sixth in the ProA. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Dixon's first year with the team. Dixon has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 57.1%. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain). Shermadini managed to help Unicaja Malaga to win against the 16th-ranked UCAM Murcia (0-1) 74-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Unicaja Malaga this season. His team is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Shermadini is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #4. Point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Bnei Hasharon in their last game. Despite his very good performance his team was edged 65-64 on the road by the lower-ranked BM Slam Stal. Green was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Green has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.7apg in three games he played so far. Green is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2010. Interesting that Green has never played in Georgia.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #5. International small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (197-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Grissin Bon RE in their game against Scandone AV (1-0) in the Italian Serie A. Markoishvili recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Grissin Bon RE this season. Grissin Bon RE lost 62-66 in Avellino to the higher-ranked (#6) Scandone AV. Markoishvili plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #6. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Burgos in their game against CB Canarias (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Fisher recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists. It was his first game for Burgos this season. Burgos was badly defeated 81-65 at home by the lower-ranked CB Canarias (#4). Fisher is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team five years ago. However Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Giga Janelidze
Giga Janelidze
   #7. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Alma Trieste's victory against the ninth-ranked Agribertocchi OR (0-1) 78-73 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Monday night. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. It was his first game for Alma Trieste this season. His team is placed first in East group. Janelidze used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

Davit Ioseliani
Davit Ioseliani
   #8. Forward Davit Ioseliani (207-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Cornella's victory against the 13th-ranked JAC Sants (0-2) 77-68 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points. CB Cornella (2-0) is placed first in Group C-B. It's Ioseliani's first season with the team. Ioseliani's overall stats this year are: 7.5ppg and 5.5rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U18 national team back in 2009.

Otar Pkhakadze
Otar Pkhakadze
   #9. International point guard Otar Pkhakadze (188-93, college: Simpson, CA, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cambados (0-1) in their game against Myrtia (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Pkhakadze cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 18 minutes. It was his first game for Cambados this season. Cambados lost 76-89 in Murcia to the higher-ranked (#7) Myrtia. Pkhakadze is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Shota Gelazonia
Shota Gelazonia
   #10. Center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help L'Hospitalet in their game against Fontedoso Carrefour (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded only 4 points. It was his first game for L'Hospitalet this season. L'Hospitalet was defeated 68-54 on their home court in Hospitalet by the higher-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (#3). Gelazonia is a former U20 international player as four years ago he still played for the Georgian national team.

   #11. U20 international swingman Levan Babilodze (198-98, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Salerno's victory against the ninth-ranked Battipaglia 71-61 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Babilodze recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Salerno this season. Babilodze plays currently for the Georgian U20 national team.

   #12. U20 international swingman Luka Bulashvili (192-98, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) led Gran Canaria II to a victory against the 16th-ranked Quintanar 88-80 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and had 3 steals in 30 minutes. This year Bulashvili has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0spg in two games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the league outsider Real Betis (0-2) 90-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Thomas recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Valencia Basket this season. His team is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Thomas is a naturalized American. He used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-F/C-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Ukraine) could not help Bipa Basket (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Bipa Basket was badly defeated 84-68 at home by the higher-ranked Khimik (#3). Tishchenko was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Bipa Basket this season.

   #3. Temur Kiknadze (205-C-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Hagen-Haspe in their game against Herford (4-1) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. The tenth-placed Hagen-Haspe (1-4) was edged 90-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Herford in the West group. It was Hagen-Haspe's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Kiknadze's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.4spg in five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Spanish.



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

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

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the league outsider Real Betis (0-2) 90-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Pleiss recorded 8 points. It was his first game for Valencia Basket this season. His team is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pleiss played for the German senior national team one years ago.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He helped his French team JSF Nanterre win their game against Tsmoki-Minsk 80-75 in the Basketball Champions League in Monday night's game. Schaffartzik scored 6 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. JSF Nanterreis placed in the Basketball Champions League. This season Schaffartzik averages: 7.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 25.0%. He played for the German national team in 2015.

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain). Voigtmann could not help Baskonia (0-1) to beat FC Barcelona (1-0). He did not beat the league record on Friday evening. Voigtmann recorded only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Baskonia this season. Baskonia was defeated 87-82 on the road by the leading FC Barcelona. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Voigtmann is also a member of the German senior national team.

Bjoern Schoo
Bjoern Schoo
   #4. Center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Starwings Basket Regio Basel in a victory against the fifth-ranked Lugano Tigers (0-1) 81-76 in the Swiss SBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Starwings this season. His team is placed tenth in the SBL. Schoo used to play for the German national team back in 2006.

Jona Hoffmann
Jona Hoffmann
   #5. U19 international swingman Jona Hoffmann (192-98, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Winterthur in their game against Lakers (1-0) in the Swiss SBL. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Hoffmann recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Winterthur this season. Winterthur was defeated 76-67 in Vevey by the higher-ranked Lakers (#4). Hoffmann plays currently for the German U19 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) led Defensor to a victory against the closely-ranked Trouville (0-1) 86-82 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 36 minutes. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (1-1) is placed eighth in the LUB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Wachsmann's fourth year with the team. This season Wachsmann averages: 9.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 3.0apg in two games he played so far.

   #2. Alvaro Munoz (197-SF-90, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in 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. Munoz recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 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. Munoz has a dual citizenship: German and Spanish. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite his German passport, Munoz previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #3. Engin Atsur (190-G-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Betaland Cdo in their last game. Despite Atsur's good performance his team was edged 70-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Avtodor. He scored 11 points and added 4 assists in 33 minutes. This year Atsur's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.5apg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Turkish and German.

Other top German players, who play abroad:

Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) plays for Dallas Mavericks in the NBA
Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) plays for Dallas Mavericks in the NBA
Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) plays for Boston Celtics in the NBA
Paul Zipser (203-G/F-94) plays for Chicago Bulls in the NBA
Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Bar Timor (190-PG-92) plays for Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League
Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90) plays for Apollon Patras in Greek A2
Georgios Stamatelos (185-G-94) plays for Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A2

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



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.




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PAOK without Koniaris against Aris - by Giorgos Diploidis

Today (04/10) Aris Thessaloniki faces PAOK Thessaloniki in the rival game of Thessaloniki in the quarter finals of The Greek cup. The game is knockout and the winner will advance to the semi finals where they will wait for a good draw in order to reach the final.

Aris Thessaloniki last year played in the final against Panathinaikos but the team of Athens won the competition.The semi-finals are also knockout so each game is important.

PAOK Thessaloniki which has a lot of years to play in a Greek cup final has a a last moment problem. Antonios Koniaris (196-PG-97) sprained his left leg. So the team of coach Ilias Papatheodorou will probably play without one of their best guards and defenders.



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

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

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy). He 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. Bramos recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 25 minutes on the court. 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. Bramos is a naturalized American. He played for the Greek senior national team four years ago. Strangely Bramos has never played in Greece.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in an Boca Juniors' victory against the fifth-ranked Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (0-3) 85-77 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. Lampropoulos recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (1-3) is placed fourth in Group C. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lampropoulos has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 62.5%. He played for the Greek U18 national team in 2003.

Vladimir Jankovic
Vladimir Jankovic
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, currently plays in Spain). Jankovic could not help Andorra (0-1) to beat Real Madrid (1-0). He recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Andorra this season. Andorra lost 88-94 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Real Madrid. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Jankovic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Greek. Former Panionios Forthnet Athens starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Point guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Brose Baskets in their game against s Oliver Baskets (1-0) in the German BBL. Zisis recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes. It was his first game for Brose Baskets this season. Brose Baskets was edged 76-73 in Wuerzburg by the much higher-ranked (#4) s Oliver Baskets. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Zisis used to play for the Greek national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the 15th-ranked Lanzarote (0-2) 71-65 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Sole also added 3 assists. Real Madrid II (2-0) is placed third in Group B. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Sole averages: 9.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Greek.

   #2. Kostas Stratakis (F-96, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) could not help UBSC Graz (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked UBSC Graz was crushed 93-44 on the road by the higher-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#14). Stratakis was the top scorer with 10 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It was his first game for UBSC Graz this season.

   #3. Giorgos Moukas (198-F-89, currently plays in Germany) led Hagen BG to a victory against the ninth-ranked Ibbenbueren (1-3) 102-92 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Moukas scored 14 points and added 4 assists in 20 minutes. BG Hagen (4-1) is placed fourth in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Moukas averages: 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg in five games he played so far.

   #4. Theodoros Ioannidis (198-F-88, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgos Moukas and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Ioannidis managed to help BG Hagen to win against the ninth-ranked Ibbenbueren (1-3) 102-92. He scored only one point, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It's Ioannidis' fifth season with the team. This year Ioannidis averages: 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #5. Kosta Karamatskos (194-G-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help BV Villingen-Schwenningen in their game against Speyer (0-2) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. The sixth-placed BV Villingen-Schwenningen (1-1) lost 81-94 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#11) Speyer in the South-West group. This year Karamatskos averages: 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and German.

   #6. Dimitrios Minoudis (195-SF-98, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Kaiserslautern 85-66 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Minoudis scored only 2 points. This season Minoudis averages: 1.0ppg. He has both Greek and German nationalities.



Aris, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK enter Cup semis - by Eurobasket News

Aris, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens quite expectedly entered the Greek Cup semifinals.
Aris defeated PAOK 70:63 in the quarterfinal clash. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) and Keith Benson (211-C-88, college: Oakland) nailed 12 points each to pace the winners. Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) and Lucky Jones (198-G-93, college: Robert Morris) responded with 14 points each for PAOK.
Olympiacos cruised past Larissa-Faros 97:67 behind 16 points from Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89). Olympiacos built a 50:41 halftime lead. They never looked back in the second half marching to the win. Hollis Thompson (203-SF-91, college: Georgetown) accounted for 15 points for the Reds. Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) answered with 18 points for Faros.
AEK outgunned Rethymno 92:67 as Sakota posted 15 points. AEK claimed a 44:38 halftime lead in this one. They boosted the margin at 17-point mark heading into the fourth frame and rallied to the win. Barlow topscored with 16 points in the victory. Stefan Moody (179-PG-93, college: Mississippi) deposited game-high 25 points for Rethymno.
Panathinaikos eased past Kolossos 84:54. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) and Ian Vougioukas (212-C-85, college: St.Louis) produced 14 points apiece in the win. Panathinaikos secured a comfortable 49:27 halftime advantage and dominated from there on. Marvin Jones (213-C-93, college: Texas Southern) posted 13 points for Kolossos.



Giannis Sinnis is a newcomer at Arkadikos - by Chris Mammides

SEFA Arkadikos (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old forward Giannis Sinnis (200-89) from Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas.
Sinnis has played previously for Apolloniada.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



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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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Navid Niktash can make an impact for Iran at World Cup Asian Qualifiers - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

TEHRAN (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers) - If his performance at the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 is any indication, then Navid Niktash should make quite a splash for Iran at the Asian Qualifiers in November.

Niktash debuted for Iran this year at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Beirut, Lebanon, but he played sparingly, averaging under 7 minutes per game.

He bounced back in the recently concluded Asia Champions Cup 2017, though, averaging nearly 18 minutes per contest and playing in each of Petrochimi Iran's 7 assignments. Niktash served as a tremendous floor spacer for Petrochimi, hitting 2.0 triples and averaging 9.0 points per game as they made it all the way to the Semi-Finals and finished in fourth place.
That's the kind of performance that can really help Iran, especially when the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers begin next month. Team Melli are set to face Iraq and then host Qatar. Though the Iranians are certainly deeper and bigger than both those teams, they will surely benefit from having someone like Niktash to keep defenses honest.

This is especially true now that old reliables like Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Mahdi Kamrani and Hamed Afagh won't be around. Young guns like Behnam Yakhchali and Sajjad Mashayekhi will certainly be at the top of the pecking order for Iran, but they still need someone like Niktash, who stands 2.03m, to give the team added size and versatility at the wing positions. He is actually big enough to also play the four spot against smaller teams, which can create interesting match up problems favoring Iran.
There is no doubt that Iran are going to be among the heavy favorites to do well in the Asian Qualifiers and make it to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, and having someone like the Paris-born Niktash will only serve to make the former Asian champions that much stronger.



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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. OReilly, UCC D.24.3 
 4. Bonaparte, Templ.23.0 
 5. Oliver, Belfast Star22.0 
 6. Williams, Maree21.0 
 7. Andrews, KUBS19.7 
 8. Rockall, Maree19.3 
 9. Garrow, UCD Marian19.0 
 10. Roe, Killester18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Proby, DCU Saints19.3 
 2. OReilly, UCC D.12.0 
 3. Hansberry, Maree12.0 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.10.3 
 5. Pantovic, Tralee9.7 
 6. Cairns, Belfast .9.3 
 7. Baltimore, Swords T.9.0 
 8. McGuire, Moycullen8.7 
 9. Kulinicz, Belfast .8.7 
 10. Donaghy, Tralee8.3 
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. Lyons, Moycullen5.7 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee5.7 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.5.5 
 6. Roe, Killester5.3 
 7. Rockall, Maree5.3 
 8. Randolph, Templ.5.0 
 9. Kinevane, UCD M.5.0 
 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. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.3.0 
 4. Sullivan, Killester2.7 
 5. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.5 
 6. James, Templeogue2.5 
 7. Kelly, UCD Marian2.0 
 8. Nihill, Moycullen2.0 
 9. Walsh, Templeogue2.0 
 10. Dolenko, Swords T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.2.5 
 2. Bedulskis, UCD M.2.5 
 3. Killeen, Templeogue2.5 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.2.3 
 5. Jovicic, Swords T.2.0 
 6. Kulinicz, Belfast .2.0 
 7. Donaghy, Tralee2.0 
 8. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.2.0 
 9. Randolph, Templ.2.0 
 10. Bonaparte, Templ.2.0 


Super League Round 3: UCC Demons defeat leader Swords Thunder - by Eurobasket News

There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of Super League and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most surprising game was a loss of Swords Thunder (2-1) in Cork on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by UCC Demons (2-1) 96-95. UCC Demons outrebounded Swords Thunder 37-19 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Swords Thunder helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Lehmon Colbert (198-88, college: Jacksonville) who saved his team from a defeat with 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post) contributed with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Charlie Coombes (190-96, college: SE Oklahoma) answered with 22 points and 4 assists for Swords Thunder. UCC Demons is looking forward to face Maree (#12) in Galway in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Swords Thunder will play at home against Belfast Star (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game for Moycullen (2-1) which played in Dublin against Killester (1-2). Moycullen won 66-61. It was a great evening for American forward Brandon McGuire (193, college: Moravian) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Paul Freeman helped adding 10 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international point guard Ciaran Roe (170-93) with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Killester's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Moycullen will play against Tralee (#6) on the road in the next round. Killester will have a break next round.
Belfast Star (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed DCU Saints (1-2) in Dublin 85-65. It was a quality performance for Ryan Oliver who led the winners and scored 18 points. Dee Proby came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 23 rebounds and 4 assists for DCU Saints in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Belfast Star will meet Swords Thunder (#5) in the next round. DCU Saints' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena Eanna.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Templeogue (1-2) and Eanna (1-1), which took place in Dublin. Templeogue lost to Eanna in a road game 86-92. Eanna's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin DCU Saints.

In the last two games of round 3 Tralee beat Maree on the road 87-74. Winless KUBS lost to undefeated UCD Marian on its own court 58-76.

Maree - Tralee 74-87

No shocking result in a game when Tralee (2-1) beat Maree (0-3) in Galway 87-74. Tralee players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was swingman Kieran Donaghy (198-83) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. Guard Patrick McCarthy (191) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tralee's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Eoin Rockall (185-98) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American swingman Watkins Williams (194-87, college: Siskiyous JC) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Tralee's next round opponent will be Moycullen (#4) in Galway. Maree will play at home against UCC Demons (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tralee: D.Bogdanovic 17+3reb+1ast, P.McCarthy 16+6reb+3ast, K.Donaghy 14+7reb+5ast, F.O'Sullivan 10+1reb+1ast, G.Pantovic 8+9reb+4ast, T.Pemberton 8+1reb+3ast
Maree: E.Rockall 24+10reb+6ast, W.Williams 20+5reb+1ast, K.Hansberry 9+8reb+1ast, P.Burke 8+5reb+4ast, S.Commins 7+1ast, C.Crowley 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 571889


Killester - Moycullen 61-66

Another exciting game for Moycullen (2-1) which played in Dublin against Killester (1-2). Moycullen won 66-61. Moycullen had a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Brandon McGuire (193, college: Moravian) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Paul Freeman (201-83) helped adding 10 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international point guard Ciaran Roe (170-93) with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Luis Garcia-hoyos scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Killester's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Moycullen will play against Tralee (#6) on the road in the next round. Killester will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Moycullen: B.McGuire 23+8reb+2ast, C.Nihill 17+3reb+1ast, P.Freeman 10+11reb+2ast, J.Loughnane 8+2reb+4ast, P.Lyons 5+1reb+7ast, D.Cunningham 3+1reb+2ast
Killester: C.Roe 24+9reb+5ast, E.Kiernan 9+5reb+1ast, L.Garcia-hoyos 7+10reb+1ast, A.Casey 6+2reb, K.Anderson 5+2ast, J.Marx 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 571886


UCC Demons - Swords Thunder 96-95

The most surprising game was a loss of Swords Thunder (2-1) in Cork on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by UCC Demons (2-1) 96-95. UCC Demons outrebounded Swords Thunder 37-19 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Swords Thunder helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Lehmon Colbert (198-88, college: Jacksonville) who saved his team from a defeat with 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Charlie Coombes (190-96, college: SE Oklahoma) answered with 22 points and 4 assists and the former international point guard Isaac Westbrooks (189-85) added 12 points and 9 assists in the effort for Swords Thunder. Five Swords Thunder players scored in double figures. UCC Demons is looking forward to face Maree (#12) in Galway in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Swords Thunder will play at home against Belfast Star (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCC Demons: L.Colbert 35+8reb+3ast, C.O'Reilly 27+13reb+4ast, C.Cuff 13+4reb+3ast, K.Hosford 9+7reb+12ast, J.O'Mahony 9+2reb+2ast, D.Bucan 3+3reb+1ast
Swords Thunder: C.Coombes 22+1reb+4ast, O.Dolenko 20+1reb+2ast, T.Black 17+3reb+1ast, C.Baltimore 12+6reb, I.Westbrooks 12+4reb+9ast, K.Lacey 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 571891


KUBS - UCD Marian 58-76

Very expected game when KUBS (0-3) lost to UCD Marian (2-0) in Greendale 58-76. UCD Marian dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to KUBS's 20. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Dan James (189-90) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Mike Garrow (193-91, college: E.Connecticut) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four UCD Marian players scored in double figures. UCD Marian's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Brian Andrews who recorded 28 points and 7 rebounds and center Shane McCann (198-97) added 8 points and 13 rebounds respectively. UCD Marian's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena Templeogue.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: D.James 18+6reb+3ast, M.Garrow 15+8reb+3ast, C.Meany 11+7reb+3ast, C. Dunne 11+2reb+1ast, M.Bedulskis 8+5reb+2ast, B.Drumm 7+2reb+4ast
KUBS: B.Andrews 28+7reb+1ast, G.Barron 9+5reb+2ast, S.McCann 8+13reb, S.Ingle 6+1reb, E.McCann 5+3reb, S.Ingle 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 571890


DCU Saints - Belfast Star 65-85

Belfast Star (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed DCU Saints (1-2) in Dublin 85-65. Belfast Star dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to DCU Saints' 42. Belfast Star forced 21 DCU Saints turnovers. Strangely DCU Saints outrebounded Belfast Star 61-36 including a 30-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for American guard Ryan Oliver (196, college: Siena) who led the winners and scored 18 points. International guard Conor Quinn (185-95, college: Mayville St.) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Four Belfast Star players scored in double figures. American center Dee Proby (208-88, college: Oklahoma City) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 23 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Martins Provizors (202-87) added 6 points and 10 rebounds respectively for DCU Saints in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Belfast Star will meet Swords Thunder (#5) in the next round. DCU Saints' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena Eanna.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: C.Quinn 19+2reb+2ast, R.Oliver 18+4reb+2ast, C.Kulinicz 13+7reb+1ast, G.Clems 10+3reb+2ast, A.Quinn 9+6reb+2ast, K.Cairns 8+6reb+1ast
DCU Saints: D.Proby 26+23reb+4ast, M.Neary 9+3reb+2ast, M.Provizors 6+10reb, R.Sullivan 6+1reb, G.Brannelly 5+5reb, C.Gilligan 5+2ast
gschID: 571887


Eanna - Templeogue 92-86

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Templeogue (1-2) and Eanna (1-1), which took place in Dublin. Templeogue lost to Eanna in a road game 86-92. Eanna's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin DCU Saints.
gschID: 571888





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Burks scores 16, Jazz roll to 117-78 win over Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) is just happy to be healthy after missing 146 games the last three seasons due to ankle, knee, leg and shoulder issues. He's finally feeling like the versatile, athletic wing that the Utah Jazz were excited to sign to a multiyear extension in 2014. Burks scored 16 points and the Jazz cruised to a 117-78 preseason victory over Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night. The Israeli team was the second international opponent the Jazz began the preseason against after beating the Sydney Kings 108-83 on Monday. "Game experience is all I needed," Burks said. "I'm healthy, feeling good. Trying to catch a rhythm. I'm just glad to be out there and not on the sideline hurt." Jazz coach Quin Snyder went deep into the roster and used the night to experiment with different lineups. The score was lopsided, but the Jazz are still searching for an offensive identity after the losses of Gordon Hayward and George Hill. "You always talk about it being about you and your performance and your standards," Snyder said. "So there's a number of things we didn't (do). ... A lot of little things you can use to teach and get better." Burks had a strong effort for the second consecutive game, knocking down 3 of 3 3-pointers and adding eight rebounds. Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) and Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) finished with 12 points apiece in limited playing time. Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) handed out five assists in his second game with Utah, but shot 0 for 4 from the floor and had six turnovers. Dante Exum showed good decision-making with nine points and six assists. Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84, college: Georgetown) led Maccabi with 28 points and former Atlanta Hawk Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) added 18 points and six rebounds. "Could have shot a little better from the floor," Smith said about his performance, "but after not playing since last February, being able to knock the rust off felt good and getting out there and playing against some high-level talent."
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Tel Aviv enter Winner Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Tel Aviv will clash for the Winner Cup title. They celebrated victories in the respective semifinal battles.
Ironi Nahariya topped Galil Gilboa 88:82. Alex Young (198-G/F-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) provided 22 points for the winners. Nahariya grabbed a 28;10 lead after the opening frame and never looked back en route to the win. DAngelo Harrison (193-SG-93, college: St.John's, agency: 3Eye) replied with 23 points for Galil Gilboa.
Maccabi Tel Aviv breezed past Maccabi Rishon Le Zion 86:60 behind 19 points from John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International). Jake Cohen (208-PF-90, college: Davidson) added 14 points for the winning side. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) answered with 13 points for Maccabi Rishon Le Zion.



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Best players of Italian Serie B round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Naturalized Swiss Olivier Giacomelli (198-SF-95, agency: Players Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for San Miniato and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 22-year old had a double-double of 23 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Libertas (#11, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 72-70. San Miniato is placed at 6th position in their group in Italian Serie B. But it's just the very beginning of the season and San Miniato 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 Giacomelli had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at San Miniato and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Giacomelli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 17.0rpg) and averages solid 3.0bpg and 66.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 38-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-F/C-79) of Palestrina. Visnjic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Palestrina was edged by Scauri (1-0) 79-75. 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. Visnjic is a newcomer at Palestrina 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 11.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-G-83) of Super Flavor M. (#15). Santolamazza showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Santolamazza's great performance Super Flavor M. lost 68-79 to Valsesia (#8, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Santolamazza as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edoardo Tiberti (205-C-97) of Rimini - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Porto S.Elpidio - 24 points and 11 rebounds
6. Giacomo Filippini (204-C/F-91) of Lugo - 28 points and 11 rebounds
7. Giovanni Bruni (185-PG-82) of Barcellona - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Giacomo Dell'Agnello (201-F/C-94) of Libertas - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Luca Bisconti (208-C/F-82) of Valmontone - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fabrizio Gialloreto (187-PG-87) of Fabriano - 33 points 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)



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 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





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  JAPAN  


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)



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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
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 29
 1. Jackson, Cimar.29.0 
 2. Ramon, Flamengo16.0 
 3. Vieira, Flamengo14.5 
 4. Keenan, San M.13.5 
 5. Carraway, Cimar.13.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Cimar.12.0 
 7. Hicks, Hebraica12.0 
 8. Rodriguez, Flame.11.0 
 9. Wood, San M.10.5 
 10. Renteria, Cimar.10.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Jackson, Cimar.9.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Cimar.9.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 4. Wood, San M.7.5 
 5. Izaguirre, Hebraica6.0 
 6. Moreno, Cimarrones5.5 
 7. Williams, Hebraica5.0 
 8. Mainoldi, San M.5.0 
 9. Faggiano, San M.5.0 
 10. Zanotta, Hebraica4.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Cimarrones
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Moreno, Cimarrones5.5 
 2. Luis, Flamengo4.5 
 3. Garcia-M., Hebra.4.5 
 4. Faggiano, San M.4.0 
 5. Zanotta, Hebraica3.0 
 6. Machado, Flamengo3.0 
 7. Lescano, San M.3.0 
 8. Garcia, San M.2.5 
 9. Cubillan, Flamengo2.5 
 10. Wood, San M.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jackson, Cimar.5.5 
 2. Rodriguez, Cimar.3.0 
 3. Vieira, Flamengo2.0 
 4. Faggiano, San M.2.0 
 5. Wood, San M.2.0 
 6. Moreno, Cimarrones1.5 
 7. Garcia, San M.1.5 
 8. Garcia-M., Hebra.1.5 
 9. Medina, Hebraica1.5 
 10. Mainoldi, San M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Amir CARRAWAY
  Cimar.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Carraway, Cimar.1.5 
 2. Izaguirre, Hebraica1.5 
 3. Medina, Hebraica0.5 
 4. Wood, San M.0.5 
 5. Faggiano, San M.0.5 
 6. Zuvich, Hebraica0.5 
 7. Batista, Flamengo0.5 
 8. Machado, Flamengo0.5 
 9. Vieira, Flamengo0.5 
 10. Keenan, San M.0.0 


Cimarrones and Flamengo advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

San Martin C. - Cimarrones 76-81
Cimarrones toppled San Martin Corrientes to secure the semifinal round berth. Mike Jackson (190-G-87) scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Colombian team. San Martin Corrientes recorded a 45:44 halftime lead. Cimarrones however turned things around in the third term. The hosts used a 20:13 run in the period to take a 6-point lead. Cimarrones protected the lead throughout the final stanza and raced to the victory. Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91, college: Chico St.) provided 14 points in the win. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) replied with 17 points for San Martin Corrientes.

Hebraica - Flamengo 57-91
Flamengo coasted past Hebraica for the second straight win in Group A. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) scored 18 points to pace the Brazilian team. Flamengo recorded a 42:33 halftime lead. They followed with a massive 31:11 run in the third term to clear off for good. Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Hebraica.




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  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Lietuvos.
  (206-C/F-97)
  Avg: 17
 1. Echodas, Lietuvos.17.0 
 2. Palacios, Neptunas16.6 
 3. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.14.3 
 4. Carter, Lietuvos.14.3 
 5. Reinhardt, Dzukija14.2 
 6. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes13.7 
 7. Kupsas, Juventus13.7 
 8. Dendy, Juventus13.3 
 9. Woodard, Nevezis13.0 
 10. Seibutis, Neptunas12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Lietuvos.
  (206-C/F-97)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Echodas, Lietuvos.7.5 
 2. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes7.3 
 3. Birutis, Siauliai7.3 
 4. Linkevicius, Vytautas7.0 
 5. Peterson, Lietuvos.6.8 
 6. Dimsa, Vytautas6.7 
 7. Kupsas, Juventus6.7 
 8. Carter, Lietuvos.6.5 
 9. Urbutis, Siauliai6.3 
 10. Selakovs, Dzukija6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  Lietuvos.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kramer, Lietuvos.7.3 
 2. Williams, Lietkabelis6.0 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Ireland, Juventus5.0 
 5. Girdziunas, Neptu.5.0 
 6. Micic, Zalgiris4.7 
 7. Dimsa, Vytautas4.7 
 8. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.4.3 
 9. Bost, Zalgiris4.0 
 10. Palacios, Neptunas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arnas BUTKEVICIUS
  Neptu.
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Butkevicius, Neptu.3.0 
 2. Seibutis, Neptunas2.0 
 3. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 4. Matulis, Nevezis2.0 
 5. Kramer, Lietuvos.1.8 
 6. Ireland, Juventus1.7 
 7. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes1.7 
 8. Lekunas, P.Zvaigz.1.7 
 9. Williams, Lietkabelis1.6 
 10. Veljacic, Nevezis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikita BALASHOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 2. Zhukanenko, P.Zvaigz.1.7 
 3. Kupsas, Juventus1.3 
 4. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.2 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris1.0 
 6. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 
 7. Likhodey, Nevezis1.0 
 8. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 9. Sabeckis, Siauliai0.8 
 10. Echodas, Lietuvos.0.8 


Deividas Busma (ex Castello) is a newcomer at Cibona - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (212-120kg-87, college: Idaho State, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Castello in Spanish LEB Gold. In 13 games he recorded 8.6ppg and 4.9rpg last season. Busma also played that season for Gunma Crane Thunders (B League D2) in Japan where in 16 games he averaged 5.2ppg and 4.9rpg.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Busma's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Busma has played previously professionally in France (Quimper UJAP), Italy (Germani Basket Brescia) and Lithuania (Neptunas-Akvaservis Klaipeda).
He attended Idaho State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A skilled big man who has good moves back to the basket, runs the court well and seems a solid defender. Has yet upside, but needs of some European playing time to develop.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexey Domani (ex MBA Moscow) is a newcomer at KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi - by Darko Pekic

KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi (Erste Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old Russian guard Alexey Domani (183-98). He played most recently at MBA Moscow in Russian Superleague 1.
Domani represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 2.0rpg.
Domani has played also professionally for other Russian teams like Rossiya Novogorsk and Trinta Moscow. His father Dmitry Domani (197-G/F-74, college: St.Joseph's) is a well known name of European basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Veselin Kovacevic is a newcomer at Ibar Rozaje - by Darko Pekic

KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Veselin Kovacevic (202-94) from KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi. Kovacevic has played there for the last seven years. In 23 Erste Liga games he recorded 13.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg last season.
He won Montenegrin Prva B League championship title in 2016.
Kovacevic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 75.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ABA Liga: Brandis Raley-Ross carries Mornar Bar past Partizan - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Partizan 83:81

Mornar Bar earned the first victory in the ABA Liga regular season. They held off Partizan for 1-1 record. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87, college: S.Carolina) sank a jumper at the buzzer to lead the Montenegrin side to the win. He finished with 18 points to pace the hosts.
Mornar sank 36 points in the opening frame to take a 14-point lead. Partizan slowed their opponents in the second term. The Serbian team pulled within 13 points at halftime 54:41. Mornar Bar stayed in front throughout the third term. They entered the final quarter up by 14 points. But Partizan denied the deficit in the final stanza. Patrick Miller (185-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) tied things up at 81 late in regulation. Mornar Bar however found the way to reply as Brandis Raley-Ross hit the winner. Derek Needham (180-PG-90, college: Fairfield) tossed in 15 points, while Uros Lukovic (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) had 13 points in the victory. Patrick Miller replied with 20 points for Partizan. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) netted 11 points in the loss.



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The Knicks waive Jamel Artis - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks released 24-year old forward Jamel Artis (201-98kg-93, college: Pittsburgh).
Artis has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Pittsburgh and it is his first season as a pro. He was also voted All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2015 and 2017 at his college time.
Artis' team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
Artis has played also in .

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Burks scores 16, Jazz roll to 117-78 win over Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) is just happy to be healthy after missing 146 games the last three seasons due to ankle, knee, leg and shoulder issues. He's finally feeling like the versatile, athletic wing that the Utah Jazz were excited to sign to a multiyear extension in 2014. Burks scored 16 points and the Jazz cruised to a 117-78 preseason victory over Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night. The Israeli team was the second international opponent the Jazz began the preseason against after beating the Sydney Kings 108-83 on Monday. "Game experience is all I needed," Burks said. "I'm healthy, feeling good. Trying to catch a rhythm. I'm just glad to be out there and not on the sideline hurt." Jazz coach Quin Snyder went deep into the roster and used the night to experiment with different lineups. The score was lopsided, but the Jazz are still searching for an offensive identity after the losses of Gordon Hayward and George Hill. "You always talk about it being about you and your performance and your standards," Snyder said. "So there's a number of things we didn't (do). ... A lot of little things you can use to teach and get better." Burks had a strong effort for the second consecutive game, knocking down 3 of 3 3-pointers and adding eight rebounds. Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) and Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) finished with 12 points apiece in limited playing time. Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) handed out five assists in his second game with Utah, but shot 0 for 4 from the floor and had six turnovers. Dante Exum showed good decision-making with nine points and six assists. Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84, college: Georgetown) led Maccabi with 28 points and former Atlanta Hawk Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) added 18 points and six rebounds. "Could have shot a little better from the floor," Smith said about his performance, "but after not playing since last February, being able to knock the rust off felt good and getting out there and playing against some high-level talent."
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Pistons blow big lead, fall to Hornets 108-106 - by Eurobasket News

The Pistons cruised out to a 32-27 lead in the first quarter as they were led by an engaged Andre Drummond (6'10''-C-93, college: Connecticut). He had 13 points on mostly rim runs and putback finishes. He also did a pretty good job protecting the rim. The Pistons moved the ball well and were hitting their shots. That trend continued into the second quarter as the bench brigade got involved. Henry Ellenson hit a three, Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96, college: Duke) hit a three, and Langston Galloway (6'2''-G-91, college: St.Joseph's) hit a three. The Pistons sprinted out to a 63-45 lead at halftime and it looked like they were going to run away with it. Everybody was hitting their shots and they looked like a team in midseason form. Then the second half happened...everybody on the Pistons forgot how to shoot and Charlotte was firing on all cylinders. The Pistons did not record their first field goal of the third quarter until six minutes in. The Pistons would hold onto a one point lead heading into the final frame. The fourth quarter was pretty competitive and the Pistons had a chance to win down by one with the ball and eight seconds on the clock. However, Tobias Harris (6'9''-F-92, college: Tennessee) dribbled into traffic and lost the ball to Frank Kaminsky (7'0''-F-93, college: Wisconsin). The good thing is this is preseason, so it doesn't count. There were a few bright spots for the Pistons. Andre Drummond finished the game with 16 points, but more impressively was 6-8 (!) from the free throw line after unveiling a new free throw release. Luke Kennard was also solid with 10 points. He was hitting his shots and it is going to be tough for Stan Van Gundy to keep him off the court. Jon Leuer (6'10''-F-89, college: Wisconsin) looked like first half of last season Jon Leuer with 12 points on 5-6 shooting. The Hornets were carried in the second half by their first round pick Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98, college: Kentucky), who finished with 19 points. Frank Kaminsky finished with 13 points and got into a bit of a back-and-forth with Tobias Harris late in the game. The Pistons will face the Hawks on Friday at 7 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena.
Courtesy of: detroitboys.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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Hall is back at River Lions, ex Soles SD - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) signed 28-year old American forward Carl Hall (202-111kg-89, college: Wichita State, agency: HMS). It is actually his comeback to River Lions as he has played here before. Hall played last summer at Soles de Santo Domingo in LNB league in Dominican Republic. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 10 LNB games he had 13.6ppg and 6.9rpg.
The most of last season Hall spent at River Lions where in 24 NBL Canada games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. Hall also played that season for Tokyo Hachioji Trains (B League D3) in Japan. In 18 games he averaged 9.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hall played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted All-MVC Newcomer of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.
Hall has played previously professionally in France (Boulazac Basket) and Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs, Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano and Nishinomiya Storks).
He attended Wichita State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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5-Star SF Prospect Nassir Little Commits to North Carolina - by Eurobasket News

Nassir Little (6'7''-F), one of the most coveted small forwards in the 2018 recruiting class, announced Wednesday he's planning to play his college basketball at North Carolina. Little checks in as a 5-star prospect and the No. 9 overall player in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He's also listed as the fourth-best small forward in the class and the No. 2 asset at the position from the state of Florida. The Orlando Christian Prep sensation has enjoyed a steady rise to become not only one of the top players in the class but also one of the most intriguing long-term projects. His skill set matches what it takes to become a star in today's NBA. He's a long (6'7"), athletic wing capable of creating offense in a variety of ways. While he has enough versatility and aggressiveness to succeed in half-court sets, he's at his best when out in the open floor. Little has also worked to add more range to keep defenses honest, which will be essential as he continues to climb the basketball ranks. He talked about that improvement with Pat Lawless of Made Hoops in late May. "When I was younger I was a raw talent, but I had to refine my skill set," Little said. "I have been working on my perimeter skills because in college I will be playing the 2 and 3. I've been working on ball-handling, shooting, getting my teammates involved and things like that." That effort has paid off. Although his three-point shot is still a work in progress, it's the only thing holding him back from becoming an elite offensive weapon, and a couple of more summers with an intense focus in that area could eliminate that perceived weakness. All told, it's hard not to like what Little brings to the table. He's a fierce competitor whose placement among the top recruits in the class is a testament more to his hard work than natural talent. That's the type of prospect who represents less risk for head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. It may take some time before his role with North Carolina becomes clear. He could even start the campaign coming off the bench in an energy role. But regardless of how it starts, he should be a key piece when tournament time rolls around at the end of his freshman season.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com




Georgia Tech gives coach Josh Pastner 1-year extension - by Eurobasket News

Josh Pastner has signed a one-year contract extension to remain Georgia Tech's coach through the 2022-23 season after exceeding expectations in his debut season. Pastner agreed to a six-year deal with escalating annual salaries with an average value of $1.87 million per year when he was hired from Memphis on April 8, 2016. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year after leading Georgia Tech to a 21-16 record and a spot in the NIT final. The school did not announce terms of the extension. Under terms of the original deal, Pastner, 40, will earn $1.745 million this season. Georgia Tech's surprising first season under Pastner included three teams over ranked teams. In a statement released by the school, athletic director Todd Stansbury said Pastner has been "a great fit" due to the culture he has established in the program.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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



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Grosodonia Named Head Basketball Coach at St. John Fisher College - by Eurobasket News

The St. John Fisher College Athletics Department has announced that Mike Grosodonia II has been named the head coach of the men's basketball program following the announcement that Rob Kornaker will step down after nearly two decades at the helm. 'I would like to start by saying congratulations to Rob Kornaker on an unbelievable career,' stated Grosodonia, who will become just the fourth head coach in the program's storied history that began in 1963 under Hall-of-Famer Bobby Wanzer. 'Rob ran a first-class program and I was fortunate that he thought enough of me to bring me in to be a part of it. I would also like to thank Athletics Director Bob Ward for entrusting to me this incredibly exciting opportunity. I believe in this team and its potential. I'm looking forward to getting started.' Grosodonia, who spent the 2016-17 season as the Cardinals' first assistant coach, brings a wealth of head coaching experience to Fisher after most recently leading the Aquinas Institute's varsity boy's basketball team for over a decade. Grosodonia transformed what had traditionally been a good program at Aquinas into a perennial powerhouse in a short period of time. While patrolling the sidelines, Grosodonia won nearly 200 games (194-38) and boasted a career winning percentage of .836. Under his guidance, Aquinas captured the 2016 New York State Public High School Athletic Association State title for the first time in team history. During his tenure, Grosodonia won six Section V titles and made four trips to the State Final Four. He was named the All-Greater Rochester Coach of the Year twice and would go on to be named the Class AA Coach of the Year as well. 'Coach Grosodonia was an excellent addition to our coaching staff last year as a full-time assistant coach,' commented Ward, who has served as the Athletics Director for over 30 years and won over 200 games as a head coach. 'During Mike's head coaching career at Aquinas Institute and as an assistant last year at St. John Fisher College he has exhibited all the qualities we would look for in a head coach. Mike is extremely hard working, knowledgeable, is an excellent recruiter, has the loyalty of his players and is well-balanced in his professional and family life. He has an important role in the Athletic Department and we expect him to carry on the great tradition of Fisher basketball that Coach Kornaker helped to build.' Last season, Grosodonia helped lead the Cardinals to one of their best seasons in recent memory as the team went 23-6 and 15-1 in Empire 8 Conference play. With Grosodonia on the bench, Fisher won its seventh Empire 8 title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship after ousting St. Lawrence in the opening round of play. Grosodonia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the College at Brockport and would go to obtain a Master's degree in Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. 'My family and I are grateful and excited for the opportunity to carry on the tradition and success that Coach Kornaker, Coach Ward and Coach Wanzer all helped to create here at Fisher,' added Grosodonia. Men's basketball tips off its season on November 15th when it travels to Geneva to battle the Hobart College Statesmen in a non-conference bout.
Courtesy of: athletics.sjfc.edu



Dernbach Named Interim Men's Basketball Head Coach at Wisconsin-La Crosse - by Eurobasket News

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Intercollegiate Athletics Department has named Kent Dernbach as its interim men's basketball head coach for the 2017-18 season. He has served as associate head coach at UW-Stevens Point since 2011. Dernbach was the Pointers' interim head coach for the last 13 games of the 2016-17 season, leading the team to an 8-5 record. 'I could not be more excited to seize this unique opportunity and be named the next head men's basketball coach at UW-La Crosse,' said Dernbach. 'Having followed the WIAC my entire life, in addition to the familiarity I have gained over the past six years, has led to a great deal of admiration for UWL. I am confident we can continue to build a program our alumni, community and University will feel a strong sense of pride in for the foreseeable future.' UW-Stevens Point made four straight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Tournament appearances from 2012-15 and captured the national championship in 2014-15. The Pointers won three consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) titles from 2013-15. 'I am so impressed with Kent's passion for working with these young men and how that translates into the game of basketball,' said UWL Director of Athletics Kim Blum. 'Kent has a wealth of experience as a coach that enables him to move our program forward immediately. His familiarity with the WIAC will only add to the smoothness of this transition.' Dernbach aided in the development of 14 All-WIAC selections at UW-Stevens Point as well as five all-defensive players. He created the Junior Pointers program for area youth and was the assistant camp director for all resident and commuter camps. Prior to arriving at UW-Stevens Point, Dernbach was the director of basketball operations and an assistant coach at Northern Illinois University from 2009-11. He served as director of basketball operations at George Mason University (Va.) from 2007-09 as the Colonials posted back-to-back 20-wins seasons. George Mason (Va.) captured the 2007-08 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Championship advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament. Dernbach was an assistant coach at Marymount University (Va.) from 2005-07. A native of Almond, Wisconsin, Dernbach earned his bachelor's degree in sport management and psychology from Carthage College (Wis.) in 2004 and completed his master's degree in physical activity and educational services from The Ohio State University in 2006. He was a two-year letter winner at Carthage (Wis.) as the Red Men went 46-8 overall and won a pair of College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Championships. Carthage (Wis.) finished third in the 2002 NCAA Division III Tournament. After his playing career, Dernbach was an assistant boys' basketball coach at North Central High School (Salem, Wis.) in 2003-04 and at Whetstone High School (Columbus, Ohio) in 2004-05. 'I want to thank Kim Blum for the trust she has shown in me and welcoming our family to the Eagle community,' added Dernbach. 'Her vision for the UWL Athletics Department enhanced this position even more.' UW-La Crosse opens its 2017-18 season Friday, November 10 at UW-Milwaukee in an exhibition game. The Eagles start regular-season action Wednesday, November 15 at Luther College (Iowa) and their home opener is scheduled for Saturday, November 18 hosting Central College (Iowa). 'I am confident that this program is in the right hands and I look forward to the success our players will have on and off the court under Kent's guidance,' added Blum.
Courtesy of: uwlathletics.com



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.30.3 
 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.23.6 
 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. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 7. Fajardo, SM Be.11.6 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.2 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.10.8 
 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. Castro-W., TNT K.5.9 
 4. Thompson, B.Gin.5.8 
 5. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.2 
 6. Tenorio, B.Ginebra5.1 
 7. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 8. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 9. Newsome, Meralco .5.0 
 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.2.6 
 4. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 5. Walker, Blackwater1.9 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.7 
 8. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.6 
 9. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 2. Fajardo, SM Be.2.3 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 4. Erram, Blackwater2.1 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 6. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.9 
 7. Santos, SM Beermen1.8 
 8. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.7 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.5 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 


TNT evens semis series, topples Ginebra - by Eurobasket News

The TNT KaTropa trounced the Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel, 103-96, to take Game 2 and equalize their best-of-five semis series of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup here at the Batangas City Sports Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The game was tied at 53-all in the third quarter before the KaTropa unloaded a 12-2 run to take a 65-55 advantage, a lead they held until the final buzzer. TNT import Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr., who was benched in the entirety of the third quarter due to foul trouble, took charge when it mattered most as he scored 12 of his 21 points in the final period, punctuated by a triple that gave the KaTropa a 95-83 lead. 'It was really hard especially when you only had a day to prepare,' said TNT coach Nash Racela of his team who played Ginebra last Monday before going to Batangas yesterday afternoon. The TNT KaTropa trounced the Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel, 103-96, to take Game 2 and equalize their best-of-five semis series of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup here at the Batangas City Sports Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The game was tied at 53-all in the third quarter before the KaTropa unloaded a 12-2 run to take a 65-55 advantage, a lead they held until the final buzzer. TNT import Glen Rice Jr. Jr., who was benched in the entirety of the third quarter due to foul trouble, took charge when it mattered most as he scored 12 of his 21 points in the final period, punctuated by a triple that gave the KaTropa a 95-83 lead. 'It was really hard especially when you only had a day to prepare,' said TNT coach Nash Racela of his team who played Ginebra last Monday before going to Batangas yesterday afternoon.
Courtesy of: rappler.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. Dragicevic, Stelmet22.5 
 5. Almeida, Anwil21.0 
 6. Kovalenko, MKS D.21.0 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco21.0 
 8. Shelton, MKS D.20.0 
 9. Palyza, GTK G.19.0 
 10. Artis, Czarni19.0 
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. Wyka, Asseco9.0 
 5. Zamojski, Stelmet9.0 
 6. Ponitka, Asseco9.0 
 7. Watts, Czarni9.0 
 8. Dragicevic, Stelmet8.5 
 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. Baldwin, AZS K.9.0 
 4. Broussard, MKS D.9.0 
 5. Szubarga, Asseco7.0 
 6. Koszarek, Stelmet7.0 
 7. Jakobczyk, Miasto S.6.0 
 8. Florence, Stelmet6.0 
 9. Skibniewski, GTK G.6.0 
 10. Brown, Trefl5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Diante BALDWIN
  AZS K.
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Baldwin, AZS K.5.0 
 2. Artis, Czarni4.0 
 3. Dutkiewicz, TBV S.4.0 
 4. Gruszecki, Polski C.3.0 
 5. Broussard, MKS D.3.0 
 6. Watts, Czarni3.0 
 7. Nowakowski, Anwil3.0 
 8. Snieg, Polski Cukier3.0 
 9. Lewis, TBV Start3.0 
 10. Jogela, King3.0 
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. Jogela, King1.0 
 8. Palyza, GTK G.1.0 
 9. Basabe, AZS K.1.0 
 10. Perka, Polski Cukier1.0 


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)



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Andrei Vizitiu signs at CS Dinamo Bucuresti - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) landed 31-year old center Andrei Vizitiu (200-92kg-86) from Phoenix Galati. In 12 Liga Nationala games he averaged just 2.1ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Vizitiu played at Stiinta (Liga I).
His team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2012.
Vizitiu has played previously for CSM Bucuresti.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Romania



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  RUSSIA  


Alexey Domani (ex MBA Moscow) is a newcomer at KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi - by Darko Pekic

KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi (Erste Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old Russian guard Alexey Domani (183-98). He played most recently at MBA Moscow in Russian Superleague 1.
Domani represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 2.0rpg.
Domani has played also professionally for other Russian teams like Rossiya Novogorsk and Trinta Moscow. His father Dmitry Domani (197-G/F-74, college: St.Joseph's) is a well known name of European basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


ABA Liga: Brandis Raley-Ross carries Mornar Bar past Partizan - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Partizan 83:81

Mornar Bar earned the first victory in the ABA Liga regular season. They held off Partizan for 1-1 record. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87, college: S.Carolina) sank a jumper at the buzzer to lead the Montenegrin side to the win. He finished with 18 points to pace the hosts.
Mornar sank 36 points in the opening frame to take a 14-point lead. Partizan slowed their opponents in the second term. The Serbian team pulled within 13 points at halftime 54:41. Mornar Bar stayed in front throughout the third term. They entered the final quarter up by 14 points. But Partizan denied the deficit in the final stanza. Patrick Miller (185-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) tied things up at 81 late in regulation. Mornar Bar however found the way to reply as Brandis Raley-Ross hit the winner. Derek Needham (180-PG-90, college: Fairfield) tossed in 15 points, while Uros Lukovic (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) had 13 points in the victory. Patrick Miller replied with 20 points for Partizan. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) netted 11 points in the loss.



KK Dynamic BG Beograd lands Ratko Varda - by Eurobasket News

KK Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) landed experienced 38-year old former Bosnian international center Ratko Varda (212-120kg-79, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Varda played most recently at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in Feb.'17. In four games he averaged 14.0ppg and 10.5rpg last season.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Varda spent at Sutjeska in Montenegrin league where in 5 ABA League games he had 9.2ppg and 5.2rpg. Varda also spent pre-season at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga that year. In four games he recorded 13.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He also played 2 games in Balkan League where he got 14.5ppg and 3.0rpg.
Among other achievements Varda won Dubai International Tournament championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2011. Strangely Varda also played for Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team in 2011.
He played at the Arab Club Championships last year.
Varda is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eleven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Varda has played previously professionally also in Greece, Iran (Mahram), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Russia (Khimki), Slovenia (Olimpija), Spain (Menorca), Turkey, Ukraine (Azovmash), Poland (Asseco) and Serbia (Mega Bemax and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Lebanon (Byblos).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at KK Dynamic BG Beograd.
Let's have closer look into Varda's outlook: Great athletic skills. Big size, and strong body. Quick and good jumper. Not so impressive technique, but still improving. Not so well logn-range shooter, but can surprise from the middle range. Physical and strong. Has a few nice moves and can play within a system and not hurt the team. Runs the floor well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVAKIA  


SBL Round 2: Kosice loses to Zilina - by Eurobasket News

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

Kosice (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Zilina on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Zilina 90-89. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zilina made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Walter Wright (178, college: Montana) who scored 30 points and 8 assists. The other American import forward Brandon Conley (201-93, college: ORU) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay) produced 27 points and 5 assists for the guests. Zilina is looking forward to face Nova Ves (#6) on the road in the next round. Kosice will play against Karlovka (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between Inter Bratislava and Karlovka where Inter Bratislava (2-0) beat Karlovka (1-1) on the road 87-75. The former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Nemanja Barac contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward David Abraham (190-96) replied with 20 points for Karlovka. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Inter Bratislava will play against Iskra Svit (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Karlovka will play against Kosice (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Handlova was also quite interesting. Nova Ves (1-1) played at the court of Handlova (1-1). Handlova defeated Nova Ves 94-79 on Wednesday. Jovan Djordjevic scored 22 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Handlova's coach Krunoslav Krajnovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Djordje Ninkovic responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Handlova will meet at home Levice (#5) in the next round. Nova Ves will play against Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Svit. Local Iskra Svit (1-1) outscored Prievidza (0-2) 104-85. Sasa Avramovic notched 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort. Prievidza's coach Ryan Pannone rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Iskra Svit's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prievidza will play against Rieker KN (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 Levice was defeated by Rieker KN in Komarno 91-85.

Zilina - Kosice 90-89

Kosice (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Zilina on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Zilina 90-89. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zilina made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Walter Wright (178, college: Montana) who scored 30 points and 8 assists. The other American import forward Brandon Conley (201-93, college: ORU) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay) produced 27 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-85, agency: 011 Sports) added 24 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Kosice players scored in double figures. Zilina is looking forward to face Nova Ves (#6) on the road in the next round. Kosice will play against Karlovka (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zilina: W.Wright 30+4reb+8ast, R.Rozanek 22+2reb+2ast, B.Conley 20+9reb+1ast, B.Holcomb 8+11reb+2ast, T.Durana 6+8reb, R.Skvasik 4+2reb+1ast
Kosice: R.Fletcher 27+4reb+5ast, P.Sedmak 24+9reb+3ast, V.Djordjevic 14+5reb+3ast, R.Korner 14+13reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 8+2reb, I.Maric 2+1reb
gschID: 564340


Handlova - Nova Ves 94-79

The game in Handlova was also quite interesting. Nova Ves (1-1) played at the court of Handlova (1-1). Handlova defeated Nova Ves 94-79 on Wednesday. Handlova dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Nova Ves' 40. Serbian swingman Jovan Djordjevic (198-93) scored 22 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Doug Brooks (193, college: VCU) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Handlova players scored in double figures. Handlova's coach Krunoslav Krajnovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Bosnian center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian guard Ryan Bennett (193, college: Brock) scored 17 points. Handlova will meet at home Levice (#5) in the next round. Nova Ves will play against Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlova: J.Djordjevic 22+3reb+3ast, D.Brooks 14+5reb+3ast, I.Zejak 13+9reb, O.Haviar 11+5ast, J.Landenbergue 11+3ast, B.Stanojevic 8+2reb
Nova Ves: D.Ninkovic 20+7reb, R.Bennett 17+3reb+1ast, M.L'Africain 14+3ast, A.Antoni 9+8reb+1ast, L.Krajnak 7+3ast, M.Marshall 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 564339


Iskra Svit - Prievidza 104-85

The game with biggest result difference took place in Svit. Local Iskra Svit (1-1) outscored Prievidza (0-2) 104-85. Iskra Svit made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game, while Prievidza only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Prievidza 43-23 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Iskra Svit players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Prievidza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Sasa Avramovic (193-93, agency: BeoBasket) notched 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and the former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) supported him with 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 26 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists by American point guard Rodney Glasgow (180-92, college: VMI) did not help to save the game for Prievidza. The former international swingman Martin Bilik (194-87) added 21 points for the guests. Prievidza's coach Ryan Pannone rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Iskra Svit's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prievidza will play against Rieker KN (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iskra Svit: S.Avramovic 38+7reb+3ast, P.Losonsky 23+10reb+2ast, M.Radonjic 18+6reb+7ast, A.Jackson 7+6reb, M.Galata 7+3reb+1ast, M.Ivan 6+1ast
Prievidza: R.Glasgow 26+5reb+11ast, M.Bilik 21+3reb, G.Sitton 12+2reb, R.Martin 8+3reb+2ast, J.Musil 7+2reb, J.Wisseh 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 564337


Karlovka - Inter Bratislava 75-87

Another exciting game was between Inter Bratislava and Karlovka where Inter Bratislava (2-0) beat Karlovka (1-1) on the road 87-75. Inter Bratislava dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Karlovka's 32. The former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian Nemanja Barac (194-90, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward David Abraham (190-96) replied with 20 points and international guard Dalibor Hlivak (190-95) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Karlovka. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Inter Bratislava will play against Iskra Svit (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Karlovka will play against Kosice (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: R.Rancik 24+10reb, N.Barac 16+4reb+2ast, A.Vlahovic 13+2reb+3ast, T.Mrvis 12+3reb+2ast, M.Batka 8+2reb+1ast, S.Matovic 6+6reb+2ast
Karlovka: D.Abraham 20+2reb+2ast, D.Hlivak 14+1reb+4ast, A.Kuffa 12+6reb, M.Kozar 12+3reb+1ast, R.Vido 8+7reb+1ast, F.Lehman 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 564336


Rieker KN - Levice 91-85

There was a minor upset in Komarno where Levice (1-1) was defeated by Rieker KN (1-1) 91-85. Rieker KN's next round opponent will be Prievidza (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Levice will play against Handlova (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 564338





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  SLOVENIA  


Krka lands Paolo Marinelli (ex-Cibona) - by Zeljko Zule

Krka added another Croatian player to its roster by inking Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) on a one-year contract.
Marinelli arrives from Cibona, for whom he averaged 7.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 35 Croatian A1 League games last season, 4.1 points and 1.3 assists in 18 Adriatic League games and 3.0 points in nine FIBA Chanpions League games. Marinelli has already played in Slovenia from 2013 through 2015 with Olimpija. In his last campaign there, 2014-15 season, Marinelli averaged just 2.2 points in six Slovenian League games. He has already played for Split and Kvarner 2010 in his native Croatia.
Marinelli used to be a standard member of all youth categories of Croatia national team. In 2011 he won the gold medal at U16 European Championship, a year later he won the silver at U17 World Championship and in 2013 he also won the silver at U18 European Championship.



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Henk NOREL
  Gipuzkoa GBC
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Norel, Gipuzkoa GBC24.5 
 2. Heurtel, FC Barce.23.0 
 3. Green, Valencia23.0 
 4. Blazic, Andorra20.0 
 5. Huertas, Baskonia19.0 
 6. Vezenkov, FC Barce.19.0 
 7. Causeur, Real M.19.0 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria17.0 
 9. Thomas, Obradoiro17.0 
 10. Blums, Zaragoza17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henk NOREL
  Gipuzkoa GBC
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Norel, Gipuzkoa GBC11.5 
 2. Tobey, Iberosta.10.0 
 3. Ayon, Real Madrid9.0 
 4. Brooks, Unicaja9.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.8.0 
 6. Diop, Baskonia8.0 
 7. OLeary, Fuenlabrada8.0 
 8. Dubljevic, Valencia7.5 
 9. Saiz, Burgos7.0 
 10. Thompson, Burgos7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas HEURTEL
  FC Barce.
  (189-PG-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. Heurtel, FC Barce.9.0 
 2. Mekel, Gran C.7.0 
 3. Granger, Baskonia7.0 
 4. Perez, Gipuzkoa GBC7.0 
 5. Huertas, Baskonia6.0 
 6. Fernandez, Andorra6.0 
 7. Sabat, Obradoiro6.0 
 8. Bellas, Zaragoza6.0 
 9. Hannah, UCAM M.5.0 
 10. Tabu, RE.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eulis BAEZ
  Gran Canaria
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Baez, Gran Canaria3.0 
 2. Hanga, FC Barcelona3.0 
 3. Diaz, Unicaja3.0 
 4. Huertas, Baskonia3.0 
 5. Tumba, UCAM M.3.0 
 6. Van-Lacke, Gipuzko.2.5 
 7. Soko, UCAM M.2.0 
 8. Milosavljevi., Unica.2.0 
 9. Vega, Burgos2.0 
 10. Timma, Baskonia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  Real Madrid
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ayon, Real Madrid3.0 
 2. Eyenga, Fuenlabrada2.5 
 3. Balvin, Gran Canaria2.0 
 4. Diop, Baskonia2.0 
 5. Fischer, Gran C.2.0 
 6. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.5 
 7. Olaseni, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 8. Diagne, Andorra1.5 
 9. Thompson, Burgos1.0 
 10. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 


David Doblas selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Doblas
David Doblas
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former U20 international center David Doblas (206-81, currently plays in Argentina). Doblas could not help Estudiantes Concordia (1-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Estudiantes Concordia (1-3) was edged 76-74 on the road by the second-ranked Regatas Corrientes in the Group A. Doblas was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Doblas has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 66.7%(18-27) and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Spanish U20 national team sixteen years ago.

Alejandro Hernandez
Alejandro Hernandez
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international guard Alejandro Hernandez (189-90, currently plays in Lithuania). Hernandez was the major contributor in Dzukija's victory against the league outsider Vytautas (0-3) 84-80 in the Lithuanian LKL last Wednesday. He scored 16 points and added 4 passes. Dzukija Alytus (1-3) is placed sixth in the LKL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Hernandez averages: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg and FT: 75.0%. He played for the Spanish U20 national team in 2010.

Oscar Andres
Oscar Andres
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Oscar Andres (200-87, currently plays in Germany). Andres was not able to help Stade in their game against Vechta-2 (2-0) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 14 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Andres has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 12.5rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(18-27). Andres played for the Spanish U20 national team ten years ago.

Michel Acosta
Michel Acosta
   #4. Power forward Michel Acosta (201-92, currently plays in Germany) led Speyer to a victory against the sixth-ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (1-1) 94-81 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Acosta also added 2 blocks. SG TV Duerkheim-BB-Int. Speyer (2-0) is placed third in South-West group. This season Acosta has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and Spanish. Acosta used to play for the Spanish U18 national team back in 2010.

Asier Zengotitabengoa
Asier Zengotitabengoa
   #5. Former U18 international forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked La Charite (0-2) 86-68 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Gries/Oberhoffen BC (2-0) is placed third in the NM1. It's Zengotitabengoa's first season with the team. Zengotitabengoa has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg and 4.5rpg in two games he played so far. He used to play for the Spanish U18 national team eleven years ago.

Xavier Forcada
Xavier Forcada
   #6. Guard Xavier Forcada (194-88, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Asier Zengotitabengoa and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Forcada managed to help Gries/Oberhoffen BC to win against the 15th-ranked La Charite (0-2) 86-68. He scored only 2 points and added 6 passes. Forcada's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 7.0apg and 1.5spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Spanish team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Esteban Batista (208-C-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Atletico Welcome (0-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Atletico Welcome lost 75-82 in a derby game to the second-ranked Bohemios. Batista had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 14 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was his first game for Atletico Welcome this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Batista has a dual citizenship: Spanish and Uruguayan.

   #2. Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in Neptunas' victory against the league outsider Vytautas (0-3) 94-78 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. He scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Neptunas Klaipeda (4-0) is placed second in the LKL. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Palacios' first year with the team. Palacios has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg. Palacios is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Spanish.

   #3. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-8) crushing them 88-62 in the Brazilian Paulista (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Mogi das Cruzes/Helbor (10-3) is placed second in the Paulista. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Silveira averages: 8.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg in 12 games he played so far. He has both Spanish and Brazilian nationalities.

   #4. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a GECR Indalo's victory against the fifth-ranked Weber Bahia (1-2) 92-87 in the Argentinian LigaA in Tuesday night's game. Barrera recorded 10 points and added 9 passes. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (2-1) is placed second in Group D. It's Barrera's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 6.3apg. Barrera also holds two passports: Spanish and Uruguayan.

   #5. Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-F-86, currently plays in Brazil) helped Pinheiros win their game against the closely-ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-8) 78-70 in the Brazilian Paulista (third division) last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Toledo also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes. E.C. Pinheiros Sao Paolo (7-6) is placed fourth in the Paulista. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Toledo has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg and 2.0spg in 14 games. He holds both Spanish and Brazilian passports.

   #6. Jonathan Maldonado (188-G-90, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help La Union in their last game. Despite Maldonado's very good performance his team lost 77-86 at home to the leading San Martin Corrientes in the Group A. He was the top scorer with 20 points in 35 minutes. Maldonado has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in three games. He has dual citizenship: Spanish and Argentinian.

   #7. Alvaro Calvo (202-SF-83, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Chile) led Deportivo Valdivia to a 3-point victory against the second-ranked Puerto Montt 83-80 in the Chilean Liga Nacional on Sunday night. Calvo scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Deportivo Valdivia this season.

   #8. Eduard Arques (202-C-94, currently plays in Germany) led Speyer to a victory against the sixth-ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen 94-81 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Arques has very impressive stats this year: 24.0ppg and 8.5rpg in two games.

   #9. Marco Porcher Jimenez (193-G-92, college: FIU, currently plays in Germany) led Hertener Loewen to a victory over the 13th-ranked Dorsten 82-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Porcher Jimenez scored 23 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Porcher Jimenez has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in four games. He is a naturalized American. Porcher Jimenez used to play for CB Novaschool Malaga in Spanish league.

   #10. Jordi Salto (190-PG-90, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Eduard Arques and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Salto helped Speyer win their game against the sixth-ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen 94-81. He scored 7 points, had 4 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals. Salto has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 8.0apg and 4.0spg.



Bauza left Palencia - by Eurobasket News

21-year old power forward Marc Bauza (204-96) left Chocalates Trapa Palencia (LEB Gold).
The most of last season Bauza spent at Marin PeixeGalego where in 32 LEB Gold games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.1rpg. He also played that season for Muro Basquet (EBA). But in 23 games he recorded only 1.6ppg.
Bauza played in the final of Spanish U18 Championships in 2011.
He represented Spain at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.5ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%.
Bauza has played previously for three other teams: Joventut, CB Prat and Arenys.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Club Ourense Baloncesto adds Cortes to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Club Ourense Baloncesto (EBA) added to their roster forward Abel Cortes (200) from C.B. Chantada Galicia Vento. In 29 EBA games he recorded 7.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Fenerbahce conquer President's Cup title in Ankara - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Banvit 75:64

Fenerbahce conquered President's Cup title in Ankara beating Banvit 75:64 today. Fenerbahce took control of the game in the first period and led 19-11 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added a 20-17 rally in the second frame for a comfortable 11 points halftime advantage. Fenerbahce posted a 21-20 run in the third quarter, while Banvitspor closed the game with a narrow 16-15 rally.
Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Luigi Datome (203-F-87) nailed 14. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) poured in 13, whilst Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 11. Angelo Caloiaro (205-PF-89, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 15 points for Banvit. Gasper Vidmar (211-C-87) and Jake Odum (193-G-91, college: Indiana St.) accounted for 10 points each in the defeat.



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First NBA game a special experience for Cardinal Newman grad John Collins and his mother - by David Edole

The moment meant more for his mother than for former Cardinal Newman basketball standout John Collins (208-F-97, college: Wake Forest).

Collins made his NBA debut for the Atlanta Hawks against the Miami Heat Sunday in the preseason opener at AmericanAirlines Arena. While it was monumental for him, it was even more special for his mom, Lyria Rissing-Collins.

'My mom supports the hell out of me, whatever I do,' John Collins (208-F-97, college: Wake Forest) said. 'She's always there ready to support me, at a moment's notice. She's definitely excited, probably more excited than I am.'

The experience made it well worth it for Rissing-Collins. All the times she picked up her son from practice. All the times she traveled to his high school games. All the times she watched him play on television as a collegian at Wake Forest.

'It is one of my proudest moments,' Rissing-Collins said before tip-off. 'He worked hard and diligently to get to this point. Coming to see his debut warms my heart. Very overwhelming.'

The venue was the perfect spot for Collins to play professionally for the first time. He grew up about 90 minutes north in West Palm Beach. After starring at the high school level, he played two seasons at Wake Forest before deciding to enter the NBA Draft. He became just the third player from Palm Beach County to be chosen in the first round, joining Otis Thorpe and Derek Harper.

'It's kind of cool having my first, true professional game in South Florida, back home,' said Collins, a 6-foot-10 power forward. 'It's kind of crazy. I got a lot of people coming to see me but definitely a good experience. I'm happy to get it started back home.'

Collins had about 100 family members and friends in attendance. They were scattered throughout the arena, but his mother sat 11 rows behind the visiting bench. She could be heard cheering on her son while wearing an Atlanta Hawks T-shirt with his name and No. 20 jersey on it.

She called the experience more exciting than when he was drafted last June.

'Because it shows he has finally arrived,' Rissing-Collings said. 'It shows that it actually is a reality.'

Before the game, Collins tried to calm his nerves by munching on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because the feeling was so 'surreal.' He had visited the arena several times as a spectator, growing up a huge fan of former Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

'I've been here too many times watching, and now I'm going to play on it,' Collins said. He played 19 minutes in his NBA preseason debut, scoring nine points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

The only negative of the trip for Collins, other than the Hawks' 96-90 loss to the Miami Heat, was that he didn't get to spend as much time with his mother. With the exception of a dinner that consisted of Caribbean-style chicken and rice, the two only briefly saw each other. They will make it up during the season.

His mother plans to travel to as many home games as possible in Atlanta. She also will make a few road trips, just as she did when he was in college.

That's not to say she wasn't disappointed when the hometown Heat chose to pass on Collins when they had opportunity to take him in the first round. The Heat selected Bam Adebayo at No. 14 and Collins was taken five picks later by the Hawks.

'Miami could have picked him up,' Rissing-Collins joked. 'But we love Atlanta. Atlanta has welcomed us with open arms. He has a nice fan base there. It's no problem at all. It's a quick drive.'

Shandel RichardsonContact Reporter
Sun Sentinel



Texas Tech's Gray excited to begin senior college basketball season - by David Edole

After several months of downtime, and time to reflect on missing out on the NCAA Tournament, the Texas Tech men's basketball team got back to work Monday afternoon for its first official practice inside United Supermarkets Arena.

'The basketball bouncing, the squeaks of the shoes, whistles blowing and even coach (Chris) Beard yelling,' Texas Tech senior guard Justin Gray said, cracking a smile. 'Everyone is excited to play together again. It's basketball season, and nothing beats that. Nothing beats the first day of putting on the practice jersey and going at it.'

The Red Raiders, who finished with an 18-14 overall record and 6-12 mark in Big 12 play, began their journey to their reach one of many team goals, including a return to the NCAA Tournament under second-year head coach Chris Beard.

'The goal has always been making the NCAA Tournament,' said Gray, who helped Texas Tech reach the NCAA Tournament back in 2015 - snapping a drought going back to 2007. 'But this year, not only making it, but making a run and winning a national championship. That's the ultimate goal. Anything below that is not acceptable.'

While there were plenty of familiar faces who helped engineer that special run, including Keenan Evans, Justin Gray, Zach Smith, Norense Odiase, the Red Raiders have also added some new names - through graduate transfers, junior college transfers and freshmen recruits - to the group.

With a year under his belt, Niem Stevenson - a transfer from Seward County Community College - is looking to increase his offensive production in the motion offense.

Transfers Brandone Francis (Florida) and Tommy Hamilton (DePaul) are looking to become mainstays in the lineup after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations. South Plains College's Josh Webster and Trinity Valley Community College guard Hyron Edwards are also hoping to find their niche with Red Raiders.

Beard and his coaching staff hit the recruiting trail, bringing in a plethora of freshmen talent: including Jarrett Culver, Zhaire Smith, Malik Ondigo, Davide Moretti, Alex Vilarino, Parker Hicks and Avery Benson.

Vilarino, Hicks and Benson accepted preferred walk-on spots with a chance to earn playing time.

'Man, it's been a long process,' Gray said. 'We've got a lot of new guys: Jarrett Culver, Zhaire Smith, Parker Hicks, Avery Benson, Malik Ondigo, and Alex, too. All of those guys are working hard and pushing us to be better, get us to the highest level before the season gets started.'

When asked who's impressed during offseason workouts and practice, Gray provided a couple of names.

'In my opinion, they're kind of at a tie with me,' he said. 'But, definitely, Zhaire Smith and Jarrett Culver. They came in seeking for anything they could to make them a better player. They're definitely going to play some major minutes this year.'

Culver, a standout at Coronado High School in Lubbock, is happy to be on the court with his teammates. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard has spent a majority of his offseason rehabilitating a surgically repaired shoulder.

But, after months of work in the weight room, he's back taking jump shots and dunking the ball.

'It's a big difference from high school. It's a lot of hardwork,' he said. 'Guys are bigger, faster. But it's something I've always dreamed of. It's all fun though.'

Gray agreed, noting he's going to do his best to keep his Texas Tech teammates motivated and on task during a grueling process that will prepare the Red Raiders for a breakout season.

'It's my last go-around. I've had a great three years here at Texas Tech,' said Gray, a 6-6, 210-pound guard. 'But definitely looking to make this year a lasting memory and end out my career on a bang.'



KU basketball player from 1988 title team seeks help for Virgin Islands after Irma - by David Edole

Former Kansas basketball forward Milt Newton and his wife, Shalaun, have established a fund to assist hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Newton, a starting forward on KU's 1988 national title team and current assistant general manager of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and served as co-captain of the U.S. Virgin Islands team in the 1987 Pan American Games.

The Virgin Islands and other areas in the Caribbean were devastated recently by Hurricane Irma and are also in the path of Hurricane Maria this week.

'Our friends and loved ones describe St. Thomas, once lush and beautiful, as having the appearance of a Third World country,' Milt and Shalaun Newton wrote in a request for donations at their Emerald Gems Foundation Website. The address is http://www.emeraldgemsfoundation.com/articles/help-with-us-virgin-islands-hurricane-irma-relief-efforts/

'While that may be true, the hearts of our people despite their dire situation, continue to be one of beauty and of strong resilience and courage. Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. (Newton's foundation) and the people of the US Virgin Islands will be most grateful for any donation you are able to make. Please donate today!' the Newtons added.

Former NBA great Tim Duncan also has set up a fund for relief efforts in Virgin Islands at the Web address https://www.youcaring.com/21usvirginislandrelieffund-942738

Newton, 52, was hired by the Milwaukee Bucks on Aug. 9. He has 13 years of NBA front-office experience, including three seasons as general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves during 2013-16. He's also worked for USA Basketball, the Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards and in the NBA office in New York.



Liberty University to host Paradise Jam, aid relief effort - by David Edole

The Paradise Jam, a men's and women's basketball tournament held in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, has been a premier destination for college basketball teams the past 17 seasons.

The three-day tournament is held the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The islands were devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria and forced the tournament to be relocated for the first time. All eight teams were allowed the opportunity to submit a bid for hosting the men's tournament between Nov. 17 and 19, and Liberty's bid won out.

The Flames will host the 18th edition of the Paradise Jam. It was a 'competitive bid,' according to LU athletics director Ian McCaw, and one that will see all the gate receipts from the tournament be donated to relief efforts in the Virgin Islands. McCaw said a relief agency has not been determined yet to receive the funds.

'I think it speaks volumes of our administration that they would so vehemently pursue an opportunity not only to host some really good basketball, but more importantly to be a part of the expansive relief efforts for the people who have suffered in the Virgin Islands,' Liberty men's basketball coach Ritchie McKay said. 'I absolutely love that.'

The eight-team tournament features Liberty, Wake Forest, Colorado, Mercer, Houston, Drexel, Drake and Quinnipiac, and 12 games over the three-day period will be played at the Vines Center.

The Flames will open the tournament by playing Mercer, which features former LU coaches Dale Layer and Jason Eaker, at noon on Nov. 17. Drexel and Houston play in the second game of the afternoon session. Colorado and Quinnipiac open the evening session, followed by Wake Forest and Drake.

'We received several strong proposals from participating universities and ultimately made the decision based off of feasibility for traveling teams, hotel availability, flight availability, associated costs, and practice and competition venues,' Jenn Ashby, the Paradise Jam tournament director, said in a written release.

McCaw said LU Send Now, the university's quick response team for urgent disaster relief and humanitarian need, will collect donations throughout the three-day tournament and will distribute those in the Virgin Islands relief efforts.

All 12 games will be streamed through FloHoops.com, and McCaw added the university is working with local television networks to distribute the games.

'I think it's going to be a really fun event. If you come, I think you will see a high-level of basketball,' McKay said. 'Again, I say it very confidently - eight teams of this caliber in Lynchburg for 12 games in a three-day span, I don't think it's ever happened before. Hopefully it will happen again one day, but we have to do our part in order to even be considered for that.'



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Williams re-signs at GIE Maile Matrix - by Mike Amico

Five-time UBA champion GIE Maile Matrix confirmed in their roster 30-year old guard Freddie Williams (188-86kg-87, college: Clayton & State, agency: Gamble Sports Management). He has played there for the last three seasons. Williams helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to USBasket.com All-UBA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. His team won Mitchell Americas Cup. Last season Williams averaged 19.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams was voted USBasket.com All-UBA Player of the Year in 2016.

He is quite experienced player. Williams has played also professionally in Dominican Rep., Dominican Republic (Santa Ana), FBA (Heartland P.), other UBA team (S.Generals) and SEBL (Phoenix).

He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

Williams attended Clayton & State until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fort Worth F.I.R.M. confirms reigning MVP Daylon Guy for the season - by Mike Amico

Fort Worth F.I.R.M. agreed terms with 25-year old point guard Daylon Guy (183-75kg-92, college: Tarleton State) after he was tested there shortly from GIE Maile Matrix. Quite impressive season as he was voted USBasket.com All-UBA Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and USBasket.com All-UBA Rookie of the Year. He also played that season for Fort Worth F.I.R.M.. It was another spectacular season as he was voted USBasket.com All-UBA Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and USBasket.com All-UBA Rookie of the Year.

Guy was voted All-LSC Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Guy graduated from Tarleton State in 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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City Oilers, Power look good for Africa Zone 5 basketball semis - by Eurobasket News

If Monday's results at the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships are anything to go by, Ugandan sides Power and City Oilers will have an easy march into the semi-finals when they face Ethiopian opponents in today's quarterfinals. Defending champions City Oilers have a date against Gondar at 7pm while Power face Hawassa City at 9pm at Lugogo Arena that hosts quarterfinal games from 3pm. City Oilers are unbeaten, having won their hardest test so far on Tuesday, a 77-73 win over Rwanda's Patriots. Mandy Juruni 's side should have too much firepower for Gondar, who were hammered 111-31 by the other Ugandan representative Power. Power, who are also unbeaten, take on Hawassa City. Hawassa were mauled 111-41 by City Oilers in their last game. The winner of this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017 that will be hosted in Tunisia in December. The women's round robin tourney continues, with Kenyan sides Equity and KPA, and Ugandan sides KCCA and UCU favourites to snatch the top two places. The highlight in Wednesday's round robin games saw Maureen Amoding grab 39 points as KCCA Leopards annihilated Horseed 139-35. Kenya's Equity edged APR 61-51 and KPA routed Don Bosco 93-43. The top two teams from this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017 set to be held in Angola from November 3-12.
Courtesy of: independent.co.ug



City Oilers, Power maintain unbeaten run at Africa Zone 5 basketball - by Eurobasket News

Ugandan basketball sides Power, City Oilers and UCU made it three wins out of three as the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships entered day three Tuesday at Lugogo in Kampala. The game of the day was in men's Group A where Rwanda's Patriots gave Uganda's City Oilers as much as they got, and kept fans off their seats for long spells. City Oilers went into halftime 45-42 before Patriots took a 61-60 lead in the 3rd quarter to set up a tense final quarter. New signing Jordan Mayez did most of the damage in the final quarter as a total 19 points from Adarius Pegues ensured the defending champions Oilers sealed it 77-73. The other Ugandan men's side Power was also made to sweat in their Group B match against Kenya's KPA. KPA led for most of the first half, taking a 33-29 lead at the break before Power got back into contention and eventually snatched what looked like a comfortable 73-60 victory. UCU Mukono had set the tone for the day earlier, with yet another commanding 93-36 victory over Don Bosco to keep their 100% record in the women's round robin contest. They had a day earlier come from behind to stun Kenya's KPA 69-68. The week-long tournament that started on Sunday, enters the quarterfinals Thursday at Lugogo. The Zone 5 winners will qualify for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup set to be held in Tunisia in December.
Courtesy of: independent.co.ug



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Gabriel Olaseni selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gabriel Olaseni
Gabriel Olaseni
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Iowa, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Montakit Fuenlabrada to win against the 16th-ranked RETAbet BB (0-1) 82-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Olaseni recorded only 4 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was his first game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada this season. His team is placed second in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Olaseni is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Will Neighbour
Will Neighbour
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Will Neighbour (210-90, agency: HMS, college: UALR, currently plays in Hungary). He was the major contributor in MAFC's victory against one of league's weakest teams Sopron KC (0-1) 70-69 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Neighbour recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for MAFC this season. His team is placed in the A Division. Neighbour played for the British national team in 2016.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington, currently plays in Argentina). He led Boca Juniors to a victory against the fifth-ranked Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (0-3) 85-77 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. Bryan-Amaning recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (1-3) is placed fourth in Group C. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bryan-Amaning's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 53.5% and FT: 64.7% in four games he played so far. Bryan-Amaning has a dual citizenship: Ghanian and British. Former London Lions starter played for the British national team one years ago.

Conner Washington
Conner Washington
   #4. Guard Conner Washington (183-92, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Svendborg (0-2) crushing them 83-60 in the Danish Ligaen in Sunday night's game. Washington scored 5 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 10 assists in 29 minutes. Team FOG Naestved (3-0) is placed first in the Ligaen. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This year Washington averages: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.5apg in two games. He used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2012.

Ashley Hamilton
Ashley Hamilton
   #5. International forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Spain) 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) last Sunday. Hamilton recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for La ICL Manresa this season. His team is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. Hamilton used to play for the British national team last year.

Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark
   #6. Power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) could not help Gipuzkoa (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Gipuzkoa lost 76-84 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Gran Canaria. Clark recorded 11 points in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Gipuzkoa this season. Clark is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

Ovie Soko
Ovie Soko
   #7. Former international power forward Ovie Soko (201-91, college: Duquesne, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia in their game against Unicaja Malaga (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He was the second best scorer with 9 points. Soko also added 3 assists. It was his first game for UCAM Murcia this season. But UCAM Murcia was defeated 74-64 at home by the much higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#7). Soko used to play for the British national team two years ago.

Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin
   #8. Forward Ryan Martin (206-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Prievidza (0-1) in their game against Inter Bratislava (1-0) in the Slovakian SBL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 25 points. Martin also added 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Prievidza this season. Martin used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2010.

Will Saunders
Will Saunders
   #9. International forward Will Saunders (201-91, college: Charleston So., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cambados (0-1) in their game against Myrtia (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday Saunders was the second best scorer with 18 points. It was his first game for Cambados this season. Saunders used to play for the British national team last year.

Luke Nelson
Luke Nelson
   #10. Guard Luke Nelson (190-95, agency: 3Eye, college: Cal-Irvine, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Betis (0-1) in their game against Valencia Basket (1-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 7 points in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Real Betis this season. Real Betis lost 80-90 on their home court in Sevilla to the much higher-ranked (#8) Valencia Basket. Nelson is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

   #11. International center Eric Boateng (208-85, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) led Saint Vallier to a victory over the 13th-ranked ALS Basket crushing them 90-68 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Boateng scored 13 points. This season Boateng has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg and 5.0rpg. He plays currently for the British national team.

   #12. Former U18 international guard Jordan Whelan (193-94, college: MidAmerica Naz., currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hertener Loewen's victory against the 13th-ranked Dorsten 82-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Whelan scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Whelan has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg and 3.3rpg in four games. He used to play for the British U18 national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Rowell Graham (197-94, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda win their game against the 15th-ranked Magia Huesca 67-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Blancos de Rueda this season. Graham used to play for the British U20 national team three years ago.

   #14. International center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Leuven Bears in their game against Oostende in the Belgian Euromillions League. He scored 6 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 82-60. Alihodzic's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the British national team last year.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Jesse Chuku (203-93, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leyma Basquet in their game against Sammic ISB in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Chuku cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for Leyma Basquet this season. His team was edged 72-71. Chuku used to play for the British U20 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Philip Scrubb (191-G-92, currently plays in Germany) 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. He was MVP of the game. Scrubb recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. 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.

   #2. Warren Niles (196-G-89, agency: Inception Sports, college: ORU, currently plays in France) could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne was badly defeated 93-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Souffelweyersheim (#6). Niles was the second best scorer with 16 points. It was his first game for SO Maritime Boulogne this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Niles' first year with the team. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Niles has never played in United Kingdom.

   #3. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Saint-Quentin's victory against one of league's weakest teams Orchesien BC (0-2) 72-69 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (1-1) is placed tenth in the NM1. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Walker has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 9.5rpg and 3.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.

   #4. Thomas Scrubb (198-F-91, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Scandone AV's victory against the tenth-ranked Grissin Bon RE (0-1) 66-62 in the Italian Serie A last Monday. He recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Scandone AV this season. His team is placed sixth in the Serie A. Scrubb has both British and Canadian nationalities.

   #5. Morakinyo Williams (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Citadel, currently plays in Norway) was not able to help Ammerud Bskt (2-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Ammerud Bskt was badly defeated 83-67 in Laksevag by the higher-ranked (#3) Froya Basket. Williams had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Williams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 8.0rpg in four games he played so far.

   #6. Daniel Huffor (193-G/F-87, college: Newberry, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Maurice Walker in the French NM1 last game. Huffor was not able to secure a victory for Orchesien BC (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Orchesien BC was edged 72-69 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Saint-Quentin (#10). Huffor scored 11 points. Huffor's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Huffor used to play for Durham Wildcats in British league.

   #7. Kris Douse (198-F-86, college: Point Park, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Herford's victory against the tenth-ranked Hagen-Haspe 90-87 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Douse had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 36 minutes. Douse has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg in five games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and British.

   #8. Malcolm Delpeche (203-C-95, college: Bates, currently plays in Germany) helped Grevenbroich win their game against the 13th-ranked Dorsten 90-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Tuesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds. This season Delpeche has very high stats. He averages: 18.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. Delpeche is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Delpeche played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #9. Joshua Wilcher (178-PG-91, college: Cent.Wyoming, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Itzehoe in their game against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel in the German ProB (third division), despite his very good performance last Saturday. Wilcher was the top scorer with 27 points in 24 minutes. But his team lost 73-86. Wilcher has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He holds both British and Australian passports.

   #10. Marcus Delpeche (201-F-95, college: Bates, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Malcolm Delpeche and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Delpeche helped Grevenbroich win their game against the 13th-ranked Dorsten 90-73. He scored 17 points in 25 minutes. This year Delpeche's overall stats are: 9.8ppg and 3.6rpg in five games. He is a naturalized American. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. Strangely Delpeche has never played in United Kingdom.



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Daniel STEWART
  Bohemios
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 34
 1. Stewart, Bohemios34.0 
 2. Batista, Welcome27.0 
 3. Danridge, Nacional25.5 
 4. Martinez, Goes23.0 
 5. Osimani, Bigua21.5 
 6. Caceres, Trouville21.0 
 7. Frazier, Defensor21.0 
 8. Lopez, Larre Borges20.0 
 9. Thompson, U Univer.19.0 
 10. Newsome, Trouville19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Larre B.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Johnson, Larre B.19.0 
 2. Brown, Goes15.0 
 3. Batista, Welcome14.0 
 4. West, Bigua13.0 
 5. Soarez, U Univer.11.0 
 6. Trelles, Bohemios10.0 
 7. Jackson, Goes10.0 
 8. Vazquez, Goes9.0 
 9. Stewart, Bohemios9.0 
 10. Harrison, Olimpia8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CAMBON
  Bigua
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Cambon, Bigua8.0 
 2. Mazzarino, Malvin6.5 
 3. Izuibejeres, Trouv.6.0 
 4. De-Gouveia, Welco.6.0 
 5. Perdomo, Bohemios6.0 
 6. Romero, U Univer.5.5 
 7. Marotta, Trouville5.0 
 8. Martinez, Goes5.0 
 9. Trelles, Bohemios5.0 
 10. Smith, Aguada4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Defensor
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Frazier, Defensor6.5 
 2. Lopez, Larre Borges3.0 
 3. Garcia, Goes3.0 
 4. Perdomo, Bohemios2.0 
 5. Severe, Bigua2.0 
 6. Pereiras, Aguada2.0 
 7. Barriola, Aguada2.0 
 8. Nicoletti, Larre B.2.0 
 9. Thompson, U Univer.1.5 
 10. Silvarrey, Olimpia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Larre B.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Johnson, Larre B.4.0 
 2. Brown, Goes2.0 
 3. Eziukwu, Nacional2.0 
 4. Phillips, Defensor1.5 
 5. Trelles, Bohemios1.0 
 6. Newsome, Trouville1.0 
 7. Jackson, Goes1.0 
 8. Passos, Malvin1.0 
 9. Curtis, Aguada1.0 
 10. Espinosa, Bohemios1.0 


Bigua is the LUB leader - by Hector Lopez

Bigua took the leadership for the Uruguayan League with a 2-0 record after defeating Olimpia 64-61. AJ West (206-C-91, college: Nevada) finished with a double-double (12 points 12 rebounds), while Joaquin Osimani (193-F-87) added 13 points, Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86, agency: Pro Sports) netted 13 points and Jon Severe (188-F-94, college: Iona) scored 8 points. For Olimpia, Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Nick Waddell scored 10 points. Other results:
Nacional 89 - Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) 25 points and 8 rebounds, Callistus Eziukwu (208-C-85, college: Grand Valley St.) 12 points 8 rebounds, and Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 17 points.
Defensor Sporting 67 - Winsome Frazier (193-G-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) 22 points; Marvin Philips 22 points and 10 rebounds, Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona) 6 points.
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Urunday Universitariuo 89 - Jonathan Thompson 24 points and 6 rebounds, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri, agency: Pro Sports) 15 points and 9 rebounds,
Malvin 79 -Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89) 15 points, Darrius Garrett (206-C-90, college: Richmond) 7 points 5 rebounds, Frank Robinson (193-F-84, college: CS Fullerton) 14 points.



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  VENEZUELA  

Stats Leaders - LNB

Points Per Game
 Jose VARGAS
  Guaros 2
  (195-G/F-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Vargas, Guaros 220.0 
 2. Barrios, Metropol.19.0 
 3. Lopez, Metropol.18.0 
 4. Sifontes, Guaros 217.5 
 5. Aguilera, Aduaneros17.0 
 6. Umbria, Aduaneros14.0 
 7. Colmenares, Guaros13.5 
 8. Ramos, Atleticos13.0 
 9. Cedeno, Cangrejeros13.0 
 10. Sierralta, Cangreje.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomas AGUILERA
  Aduaneros
  (198-F-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Aguilera, Aduaneros10.7 
 2. Lopez, Metropol.10.5 
 3. Sucre, Cangrejeros10.3 
 4. Umbria, Aduaneros7.7 
 5. Balza, Comuna7.5 
 6. Marquez, Atleticos6.5 
 7. Bayona, Cangrejeros6.3 
 8. Barrios, Metropol.6.0 
 9. Chourio, Aduaneros5.7 
 10. Vargas, Guaros 25.5 
Assists Per Game
 Heldrin GUILLENT
  Guaros 2
  (--)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Guillent, Guaros 26.5 
 2. Sifontes, Guaros 25.5 
 3. Cedeno, Cangrejeros4.7 
 4. Alvarez, Aduaneros4.3 
 5. Palacios, Comuna4.0 
 6. Colmenares, Guaros4.0 
 7. Lopez, Metropol.3.5 
 8. Palacios, Metropol.3.5 
 9. Valera, Guaros 23.5 
 10. Chourio, Aduaneros3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Yoeser VALERA
  Guaros 2
  (186-SG-96)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valera, Guaros 22.0 
 2. Bethelmy, Guaros 22.0 
 3. Palacios, Metropol.2.0 
 4. Chourio, Aduaneros2.0 
 5. Sifontes, Guaros 22.0 
 6. Blanco, Atleticos1.8 
 7. Ramos, Atleticos1.8 
 8. Almeida, Atleticos1.8 
 9. Alvarez, Aduaneros1.7 
 10. Perdomo, Aduaneros1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Heberth BAYONA
  Cangrejeros
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bayona, Cangrejeros1.7 
 2. Vargas, Guaros 21.5 
 3. Barrios, Metropol.1.5 
 4. Lopez, Metropol.1.5 
 5. Acosta, Guaros 21.0 
 6. Aguilera, Aduaneros1.0 
 7. Martinez, Guaros 21.0 
 8. Angulo, Aduaneros0.5 
 9. Perez, Cangrejeros0.5 
 10. Mendoza, Atleticos0.5 



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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




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
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Vreny VAN DRIEL
  B.Willeb.
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Van Driel, B.Willeb.24.5 
 2. Steinberga, Castors .24.3 
 3. Resimont, Sint K.22.8 
 4. Nared, Waregem21.5 
 5. Vine, Laarne19.5 
 6. Malashenko, Castors .17.7 
 7. Raman, Kangoeroes16.3 
 8. Williams, Belfius .16.0 
 9. Henket, Liege15.8 
 10. Aizsila, Waregem15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jackie NARED
  Waregem
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Nared, Waregem14.3 
 2. Maes, Liege12.0 
 3. Steinberga, Castors .9.0 
 4. Capoen, Deerlijk9.0 
 5. Massey, Sint K.8.8 
 6. Van Driel, B.Willeb.8.0 
 7. Henket, Liege7.8 
 8. Hendrickx, Belfius .7.5 
 9. Beaurang, B.Willeb.7.5 
 10. Boel, B.Willebroek7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Castors .
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Carpreaux, Castors .6.3 
 2. Ortiz, Belfius Namur5.0 
 3. Devliegher, Wareg.5.0 
 4. Van Driel, B.Willeb.4.5 
 5. Ramette, Sint K.4.3 
 6. Foucart, Deerlijk4.0 
 7. Raman, Kangoeroes4.0 
 8. Delaere, Castors .3.7 
 9. Malashenko, Castors .3.3 
 10. Putman, Laarne3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sien DEVLIEGHER
  Wareg.
  (177-PG-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Devliegher, Wareg.4.0 
 2. Celus, Waregem3.0 
 3. Roekens, B.Willebroek2.5 
 4. Van Driel, B.Willeb.2.5 
 5. Delaere, Castors .2.3 
 6. Ortiz, Belfius Namur2.3 
 7. Raman, Kangoeroes2.0 
 8. Beaurang, B.Willeb.2.0 
 9. Beeckmans, Laarne2.0 
 10. Resimont, Sint K.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  Sint K.
  (186-C-0)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Massey, Sint K.1.8 
 2. Aizsila, Waregem1.5 
 3. Nared, Waregem1.3 
 4. Vesterberg, Belfius .0.8 
 5. Colson, Verviers.0.7 
 6. Jones, Castors .0.7 
 7. Malashenko, Castors .0.7 
 8. Maes, Liege0.5 
 9. Vanrenterghe., Laa.0.5 
 10. Williams, Belfius .0.5 


Top Division Women Round 4: B.Willebroek lose to Sint Kateline Waver - by Eurobasket News

After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Top Division Women and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of B.Willebroek (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Sint Kateline Waver (4-0) 78-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B.Willebroek. B.Willebroek was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Sint Kateline Waver, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sint Kateline Waver made 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by B.Willebroek helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Billie Massey (184-0) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Elise Ramette (171-98) who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Vreny Van Driel (175-88) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sint Kateline Waver have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kangoeroes. Newly promoted B.Willebroek dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Sint Kateline Waver is looking forward to face Tulikivi (#8) in Deerlijk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B.Willebroek will play on the road against the league's leader Kangoeroes in Boom and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top Division Women top team - Kangoeroes (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Jeugd Gentson (0-3) 42-30. The winners were led by Heleen Adams (172-94) who scored that evening 9 points and 6 rebounds and Brittany Starling supported her with 12 points. Even 12 points by the former international power forward Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-90) did not help to save the game for Jeugd Gentson. Jeugd Gentson's coach Wesley Wauters rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kangoeroes have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Sint Katelijne. Jeugd Gentson at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Kangoeroes will play against B.Willebroek (#5) at home in the next round. Jeugd Gentson will play against Belfius Namur (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Belfius Namur (2-2) 84-49 on Sunday evening. Sofie Hendrickx fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Julita Bungaite produced 16 points 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. Belfius Namur moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liege. Newly promoted Verviers-Pep. still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Laarne. Belfius Namur will meet at home Jeugd Gentson (#10) in the next round. Verviers-Pep. will play against Castors Braine and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Laarne (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Declercq Stortbeton (3-1) 95-69. It was a very good performance for Jackie Nared who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. Declercq Stortbeton moved-up to fourth place. Laarne at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Declercq Stortbeton's next round opponent will be Liege (#7) at home. Laarne will play against R.Spirou Monceau (#9) in Charleroi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top-ranked Castors Braine (3-0) crushed at home 8th ranked Tulikivi (1-2) by 71 points 122-51, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Anete Steinberga who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (made all of her nine free throws !!!). Castors Braine's coach Ainars Zvirgzdins felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Castors Braine have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Tulikivi keeps the eighth position with two games lost. Castors Braine will face bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tulikivi will play against the league's second-placed Sint Kateline Waver (#2) in Sint Katelijne and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 4 Spirou Monceau lost to Liege on the opponent's court 25-31.

Castors Braine - Deerlijk 122-51

Top-ranked Castors Braine (3-0) crushed at home 8th ranked Tulikivi (1-2) by 71 points 122-51, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Castors Braine led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Tulikivi's 28 and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game, while Tulikivi only scored two points from the stripe. Castors Braine forced 27 Tulikivi turnovers and outrebounded them 48-18 including a 16-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Castors Braine looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Tulikivi's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Latvian center Anete Steinberga (190-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (made all of her nine free throws !!!) and Serbian-Bosnian center Nikolina Milic (191-94, agency: LBM Management) who added 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Castors Braine players scored in double figures. Castors Braine's coach Ainars Zvirgzdins felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Nele Poffyn (173-91) responded with 12 points and point guard Lisa Foucart (170-92) scored 6 points and 7 assists. Castors Braine have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Tulikivi keeps the eighth position with two games lost. Castors Braine will face bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tulikivi will play against the league's second-placed Sint Kateline Waver (#2) in Sint Katelijne and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Castors Braine: A.Steinberga 34+13reb+3ast, M.Anderson 22+1reb+1ast, O.Malashenko 19+5reb+4ast, N.Milic 16+12reb+1ast, B.Jones 15+2reb+3ast, A.Delaere 6+5reb+6ast
Deerlijk: N.Poffyn 12+4reb+2ast, L.Capoen 9+5reb, R. Leire 7+1reb, L.Foucart 6+2reb+7ast, C.Lemmens 6+1reb+2ast, T.Kapenga 5+2reb
gschID: 549161


Belfius Namur - Verviers-Pep. 84-49

Bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Belfius Namur (2-2) 84-49 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Belfius Namur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Belfius Namur outrebounded Verviers-Pep. 46-24 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. International Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Hanne Mestdagh (178-93, college: Colorado St., agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 15 points. Four Belfius Namur players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Julita Bungaite (187-87, college: Hawaii) produced 16 points and French point guard Najat Ouardad (152-90, college: Auburn, agency: LBM Management) added 13 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. Belfius Namur moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liege. Newly promoted Verviers-Pep. still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Laarne. Belfius Namur will meet at home Jeugd Gentson (#10) in the next round. Verviers-Pep. will play against Castors Braine and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Belfius Namur: S.Hendrickx 17+12reb+2ast, H.Mestdagh 15+4reb+2ast, J.Vesterberg 13+7reb, B.Day 10+4reb, R.Williams 10+5reb+1ast, E.Bestagno 9+5reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: J.Bungaite 16+4reb, N.Ouardad 13+2reb+2ast, N.Crelot 11+2ast, N.Bonvoisin 2+4reb+2ast, G.Dethier 2+2reb+1ast, E.Vanaubel 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 549158


B.Willebroek - Sint Katelijne 75-78

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of B.Willebroek (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Sint Kateline Waver (4-0) 78-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B.Willebroek. B.Willebroek was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Sint Kateline Waver, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sint Kateline Waver made 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by B.Willebroek helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Billie Massey (184-0) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Elise Ramette (171-98) who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Vreny Van Driel (175-88) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Ines Beaurang (180-89) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five Sint Kateline Waver and four B.Willebroek players scored in double figures. Sint Kateline Waver have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kangoeroes. Newly promoted B.Willebroek dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Sint Kateline Waver is looking forward to face Tulikivi (#8) in Deerlijk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B.Willebroek will play on the road against the league's leader Kangoeroes in Boom and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Sint Katelijne: B.Massey 23+8reb+1ast, E.Ramette 14+5reb+6ast, B.Massey 14+7reb+1ast, S.Ouahabi 12+5reb+2ast, L.Resimont 10+6reb+3ast, F.Bastiaenssen 3+4reb
B.Willebroek: V.Van Driel 21+5reb+4ast, I.Beaurang 13+11reb+1ast, A.Lydia Boel 12+5reb+1ast, P.Vanhoven 10+7reb+4ast, S.Debie 7+3reb, K.Hendrickx 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 549162


Laarne - Waregem 69-95

Bottom-ranked Laarne (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Declercq Stortbeton (3-1) 95-69. The game was mostly controlled by Declercq Stortbeton. Laarne was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Declercq Stortbeton dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Laarne's 36. They outrebounded Laarne 48-36 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard Jackie Nared (183-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. The former international point guard Sien Devliegher (177-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Declercq Stortbeton players scored in double figures. Spanish guard Victoria Vine (173-95, college: Eckerd) replied with 28 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Tine Putman (170-82) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Laarne. Declercq Stortbeton moved-up to fourth place. Laarne at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Declercq Stortbeton's next round opponent will be Liege (#7) at home. Laarne will play against R.Spirou Monceau (#9) in Charleroi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Waregem: J.Nared 25+17reb+1ast, A.Aizsila 19+7reb+1ast, S.Devliegher 18+11reb+3ast, L.Gaspar 10+3reb+2ast, M.Celus 9+4reb, S.Bogaert 7+2reb
Laarne: V.Vine 28+6reb, T.Putman 15+9reb+5ast, B.Vanrenterghem 7+3reb, K.Beeckmans 6+2reb, Y.Baeyens 5+1reb+3ast, I.Deforche 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 549157


Liege - Spirou Monceau 31-25

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Liege and 9th ranked R.Spirou Monceau had identical 1-2 record. This time Liege used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Charleroi 31-25 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Jaleesa Maes (188-92, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 7 rebounds and center Laura Henket (183-98, agency: LBM Management) who added 6 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Sarah Deneil (173-90) responded with 10 points and Seraphine Bastin (170-0) scored 8 points. Liege (2-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Belfius Namur. Loser R.Spirou Monceau keeps the ninth position with three games lost. Liege will face higher ranked Declercq Stortbeton (#4) in Waregem in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. R.Spirou Monceau will play at home against Laarne (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: J.Maes 10+7reb, L.Henket 6+5reb+2ast, E.Hambursin 5+3reb+2ast, N.Doppee 4+4reb+1ast, E.Leblon 3+3reb+2ast, M.Descamps 3+1reb+1ast
Spirou Monceau: S.Deneil 10+1reb, S.Bastin 8+2reb, M.Hamaide 3+1reb+1ast, A.Radic 2+2reb, V.Patelli 2, I.Medjo 0
gschID: 549159


Jeugd Gentson - Kangoeroes 30-42

Top Division Women top team - Kangoeroes (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Jeugd Gentson (0-3) 42-30. It looked good early as Jeugd Gentson took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kangoeroes had a 25-11 second period charge getting the lead and Jeugd Gentson was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 30-42. Kangoeroes dominated down low during the game scoring 34 of its points in the paint compared to Jeugd Gentson's 4. The winners were led by Heleen Adams (172-94) who scored that evening 9 points and 6 rebounds and American-Cameroonian center Brittany Starling (183-94, college: USC Upstate) supported her with 12 points. Even 12 points by the former international power forward Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-90) did not help to save the game for Jeugd Gentson. Point guard Emma Uittenhove (167-96) added 4 points for lost side. Jeugd Gentson's coach Wesley Wauters rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kangoeroes have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Sint Katelijne. Jeugd Gentson at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Kangoeroes will play against B.Willebroek (#5) at home in the next round. Jeugd Gentson will play against Belfius Namur (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: B.Starling 12+1reb+1ast, J.Goyvaerts 9+1reb, H.Adams 9+6reb, E.Correal 6+2reb+1ast, A.Nauwelaers 6+6reb+1ast, J. Deleyn 0
Jeugd Gentson: A.Strubbe 12+2reb, M.Versavel 7+2reb, E.Uittenhove 4+4reb+2ast, E.Heyse 3, A.Verelst 3+1ast, L.Lentacker 1+3reb
gschID: 549160





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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


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

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

Romana Hejdova
Romana Hejdova
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Romana Hejdova (184-88, currently plays in France). She was the major contributor in Mondeville's victory against one of league's weakest teams Roche (0-1) 72-62 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Hejdova recorded 18 points, 3 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes on the court. It was her first game for Mondeville this season. Her team is placed fourth in the LFB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Hejdova played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Tereza Peckova
Tereza Peckova
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Tereza Peckova (190-87, currently plays in Hungary). She led Miskolc to an easy victory against the league outsider Vasas Akademia (0-1) crushing them 89-54 in the Hungarian A Division last Friday. Peckova recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (1-1) is placed fifth in the A Division. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Peckova has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(10-18). She played for the Czech Republic national team in 2015.

Julia Reisingerova
Julia Reisingerova
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was U18 international center Julia Reisingerova (194-98, currently plays in Spain). Reisingerova contributed to a Sant Adria's victory against the 12th-ranked Gernika (0-1) 80-73 in the Spanish LFB on Sunday night. She recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. It was her first game for Sant Adria this season. Her team is placed second in the LFB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Reisingerova played for the Czech Republic U18 national team one years ago.

Romana Stehlikova
Romana Stehlikova
   #4. Forward Romana Stehlikova (190-85, currently plays in Slovakia) led Good Angels to an easy victory against the league outsider UKF Nitra (0-1) crushing them 96-51 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. She recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was her first game for Good Angels this season. Her team is placed first in the Extraliga. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Stehlikova used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2008.

Kamila Stepanova
Kamila Stepanova
   #5. Former international center Kamila Stepanova (191-88, currently plays in Hungary) helped UNI Gyor win their game against one of league's weakest teams PINKK-Pecsi (0-1) crushing them 97-64 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. She recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. It was her first game for UNI Gyor this season. Her team is placed fourth in the A Division. Stepanova used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Petra Zaplatova
Petra Zaplatova
   #6. Swingman Petra Zaplatova (175-91, currently plays in Germany) managed to help TSV 1880 Wasserburg to win against the league outsider BasCats Heidelberg (0-3) 72-68 in the German DBBL on Saturday night. She scored only 4 points and had 3 steals. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (3-0) is placed third in the DBBL. So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Zaplatova's first season with the team. This year Zaplatova averages: 6.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Lenka Bartakova
Lenka Bartakova
   #7. International guard Lenka Bartakova (175-91, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Piestanske Cajky (0-2) in their last game. Despite Bartakova's good performance Piestanske Cajky was crushed 71-46 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) CCC Polkowice. She was the second best scorer with 10 points. Bartakova also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. The Qualifying Round already ended in the Euroleague. This year Bartakova's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.5spg in two games she played so far. She is also Czech Republic national team player.

Michaela Stara
Michaela Stara
   #8. Guard Michaela Stara (175-90, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help JAS FBG (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Stara's good performance JAS FBG was defeated 86-81 at home by the higher-ranked TS Ostrovia (#8). She scored 10 points. Stara's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 1.5spg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2013.

Barbora Kasparkova
Barbora Kasparkova
   #9. Former University international power forward Barbora Kasparkova (185-92, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lenka Bartakova and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Kasparkova was not able to secure a victory for Piestanske Cajky (0-2) in their game against CCC Polkowice (2-0). She recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Piestanske Cajky was crushed 71-46 in Polkowice by the lower-ranked (#3) CCC Polkowice. This year Kasparkova's total stats are: 5.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0spg in two games. She used to play for the Czech Republic university national team two years ago.



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  FINLAND  


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

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

Annika Holopainen
Annika Holopainen
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Annika Holopainen (185-93, college: ODU, currently plays in Germany). She led TSV 1880 Wasserburg to a victory over the closely-ranked SV Halle Lions (1-2) 82-74 in the German DBBL in Tuesday night's game. Holopainen was MVP of the game. She scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Holopainen's first season in pro basketball. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (3-0) is placed third in the DBBL. So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Holopainen has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 70.6%(12-17), 3FGP: 28.6% in three games she played so far. She played for the Finnish senior national team three years ago.

Sophie Weckstrom
Sophie Weckstrom
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Sophie Weckstrom (173-93, college: Maine, currently plays in Spain). Weckstrom was the main contributor in an Aros Patatas' victory against the ninth-ranked Ascensores Tresa (0-1) crushing them 86-59 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) last Saturday. She was the best player in that game. Weckstrom recorded 18 points and added 3 assists. It was her first game for Aros Patatas this season; not bad, considering it's only her second season in pro basketball. Her team is placed first in Group A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Weckstrom played for the Finnish national team in 2015.

Anni Makitalo
Anni Makitalo
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Anni Makitalo (175-91, agency: SportsVision-Service, currently plays in Germany). She managed to help TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries in a victory against the seventh-ranked Fireballs (1-2) 69-61 in the German DBBL on Tuesday night. Makitalo scored only 3 points in 22 minutes. TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries (3-0) is placed first in the DBBL. So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Makitalo averages: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 28.6% in three games. She played for the Finnish national team one years ago.

Vilma Kesanen
Vilma Kesanen
   #4. Guard Vilma Kesanen (173-88, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Magec Tias (0-1) 69-53 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Kesanen recorded only 2 points. It was her first game for Real Canoe this season. Her team is placed sixth in Group B. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Kesanen used to play for the Finnish national team last year.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Evita Iiskola (183-F-93) plays for Umbertide in Italian Serie A2
Sofia Pelander (192-C-92) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Damligan
Camilla Groenberg (179-SG-94) plays for Homburger TG in German 2.Bundesliga



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  FRANCE  

LFB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Giorgia SOTTANA
  Lattes M.
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 25
 1. Sottana, Lattes M.25.0 
 2. Talbot, Mondeville21.0 
 3. Raincock-E., Nantes18.5 
 4. Bouderra, Flammes18.5 
 5. Baer, Lattes M.18.0 
 6. Hurt, Lattes M.17.0 
 7. Berkani, Mondeville16.5 
 8. Sulciute, Hainaut15.5 
 9. Hejdova, Mondeville15.5 
 10. Tanqueray, Lyon14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nayo RAINCOCK-EKUNWE
  Nantes
  (188-F/C-91)
  Avg: 14
 1. Raincock-E., Nantes14.0 
 2. Gaucher-S., Monde.13.0 
 3. Kobryn, Lattes M.10.0 
 4. Robert, Nice9.0 
 5. Dia, Roche8.5 
 6. Casas, Landes8.0 
 7. Berkani, Mondeville8.0 
 8. Hurt, Lattes M.8.0 
 9. Badiane, Lyon7.5 
 10. Diallo, Tarbes7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bintou DIEME-MARIZY
  Hainaut
  (164-PG-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Dieme-Marizy, Hainaut10.5 
 2. Baer, Lattes M.7.0 
 3. Tanqueray, Lyon7.0 
 4. Bouderra, Flammes6.5 
 5. Heriaud, Roche6.0 
 6. Berkani, Mondeville5.5 
 7. Allemand, Lyon4.5 
 8. Minte, Flammes4.0 
 9. Casas, Landes4.0 
 10. Konteh, Tarbes4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cristina OUVINA
  Bourges
  (173-PG-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ouvina, Bourges4.0 
 2. Casas, Landes3.0 
 3. Hejdova, Mondeville2.5 
 4. Chevaugeon, Flamm.2.5 
 5. Garcia, Hainaut2.5 
 6. Thorburn, Nantes2.5 
 7. Dieme-Marizy, Hainaut2.5 
 8. Dia, Roche2.0 
 9. Plouffe, Tarbes2.0 
 10. Robert, Nice2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kendall COOPER
  Nice
  (193-F-95)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Cooper, Nice3.5 
 2. Ayim, Landes2.5 
 3. Tchatchouang, Bourg.2.0 
 4. Minte, Flammes1.5 
 5. Dia, Roche1.5 
 6. Skoric, Landes1.0 
 7. Baer, Lattes M.1.0 
 8. Gaye, Tarbes1.0 
 9. Bernies, Lattes M.1.0 
 10. Diallo, Tarbes1.0 


LFB Round 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

First defeat of league's leader Hainaut (1-1) against Flammes (1-1) 85-77 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 50-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Flammes made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Hainaut turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Flammes looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. International Kadidia Minte (186-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. International guard Amel Bouderra (160-89) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Ashley Bruner (183-91, college: S.Carolina, agency: Two Points) replied with 16 points for Hainaut. Hainaut's coach Fabrice Fernandes rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hainaut will play next round against Villeneuve D'Ascq trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Flammes will try to continue on its current victory against Nice on the road.
Mondeville edged Lyon at home 70-67. Lisa Berkani (176-97) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Kimberley Gaucher-Smith chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. International point guard Ingrid Tanqueray (164-88) responded with 20 points and 6 assists. Lyon will play next round against Nantes Reze trying to get back on the winning streak. Mondeville will try to continue on its current victory against Bourges on the road.
Bourges (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Tarbes on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tarbes 71-61. Christelle Diallo notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by Katherine Plouffe did not help to save the game for Bourges. Tarbes will meet Lattes Montpellier on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bourges will play against Mondeville (#1) and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of Nice (1-1) against Basket Landes (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Nice was defeated by Basket Landes in a tough game in Mont de Marsan 50-57. The best player for the winners was Queralt Casas who scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Nice's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Basket Landes' next round opponent will be Roche (#12) in La Roche and are hoping to win another game. Nice will play at home against Flammes (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 winless Roche was beaten by Nantes on the road 67-60.

Tarbes - Bourges 71-61

Bourges (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Tarbes on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tarbes 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Tarbes. Bourges managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tarbes won last quarter 17-9. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Tarbes outrebounded Bourges 37-24 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international center Christelle Diallo (193-93) notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Adja Konteh (178-92) supported her with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Tarbes players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by Canadian forward Katherine Plouffe (190-92, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Bourges. The former international Sarah Michel (180-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Tarbes will meet Lattes Montpellier on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bourges will play against Mondeville (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: A.Konteh 14+5reb+4ast, A.Gaye 13+3reb, C.Diallo 12+12reb, M.Plouffe 10+6reb+1ast, A.Bjorklund 10+3reb+1ast, T.Pouye 7+7reb+5ast
Bourges: K.Plouffe 13+5reb+2ast, S.Michel 13+5reb+2ast, V.Ayayi 7+1ast, M.Johannes 7+1reb+2ast, C.Ouvina 6+1reb+3ast, E.Godin 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 567940


Nantes - Roche 67-60

Nantes Reze used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from La Roche 67-60. Roche was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 38-30 second half run of Nantes Reze. They outrebounded Roche 45-30 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Roche helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Canadian power forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (188-91, college: Simon Fraser) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian Lidija Turcinovic (184-94) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Senegalese center Mariame Dia (187-78) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Caroline Heriaud (165-96) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Nantes Reze's next round opponent will be Lyon (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Roche will play against Basket Landes (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nantes: N.Raincock-Ekunwe 23+18reb, L.Turcinovic 13+5reb+4ast, K.Clanet 8+3reb, M.Skuballa 8+6reb, M.Medenou 8+8reb+1ast, S.Thorburn 5+4reb+2ast
Roche: M.Dia 12+7reb, C.Heriaud 11+4reb+3ast, K.Elenga 8+6reb, M.Sinico 8+3reb, M.Ivanovic 7+2reb+3ast, J.Tayeau 6+4ast
gschID: 567938


Flammes - Hainaut 85-77

First defeat of league's leader Hainaut (1-1) against Flammes (1-1) 85-77 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 50-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Flammes made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Hainaut turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Flammes looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. International Kadidia Minte (186-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. International guard Amel Bouderra (160-89) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Flammes players scored in double figures. American forward Ashley Bruner (183-91, college: S.Carolina, agency: Two Points) replied with 16 points and Senegalese point guard Bintou Dieme-Marizy (164-84) added 8 points and 11 assists in the effort for Hainaut. Hainaut's coach Fabrice Fernandes rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hainaut will play next round against Villeneuve D'Ascq trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Flammes will try to continue on its current victory against Nice on the road.
Top scorers:
Flammes: K.Minte 20+9reb+7ast, A.Bouderra 18+1reb+5ast, C.Dos Santos 13+8reb+1ast, S.Chevaugeon 13+6reb+4ast, V.Berezhynska 8+6reb+2ast, K.Loyd 7+3reb+3ast
Hainaut: A.Bruner 16+4reb+2ast, J.Fouasseau 15+2reb+3ast, E.Sulciute 14+6reb+1ast, K.Tetemondova 13+3reb+1ast, L.Garcia 9+2reb+6ast, B.Dieme-Marizy 8+2reb+11ast
gschID: 567942


Landes - Nice 57-50

Very important is a road loss of Nice (1-1) against Basket Landes (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Nice was defeated by Basket Landes in a tough game in Mont de Marsan 50-57. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-13 Nice's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 57-50 at the end of the game. Basket Landes dominated on the defensive end, holding Nice to just 6 points in second quarter. They also forced 23 Nice turnovers. The best player for the winners was Spanish swingman Queralt Casas (177-92) who scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Cierra Bravard (193-89, college: Florida St., agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Geraldine Robert (183-80) produced 9 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Joyce Cousseins-Smith (165-88) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Nice's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Basket Landes' next round opponent will be Roche (#12) in La Roche and are hoping to win another game. Nice will play at home against Flammes (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Landes: Q.Casas 10+8reb+4ast, C.Dumerc 9+2reb+2ast, C.Bravard 9+6reb, M.Ayim 8+6reb+1ast, K.Sissoko 7+2reb+1ast, A.Plagnard 7+4reb+3ast
Nice: J.Cousseins-Smith 12+2reb+1ast, G.Robert 9+8reb, A.Duchet 7+2reb+1ast, N.Coulibaly 6+3reb+1ast, M.Toure 5+1reb+1ast, S.Brunckhorst 4+1reb
gschID: 567943


Mondeville - Lyon 70-67

Mondeville edged Lyon at home 70-67. Lyon was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 24-20 charge of Mondeville, which allowed them to win the game. Lisa Berkani (176-97) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian forward Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (185-84, college: Utah) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. International point guard Ingrid Tanqueray (164-88) responded with 20 points and 6 assists and Australian guard Rebecca Allen (185-92, agency: LBM Management) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Mondeville and four Lyon players scored in double figures. Lyon will play next round against Nantes Reze trying to get back on the winning streak. Mondeville will try to continue on its current victory against Bourges on the road.
Top scorers:
Mondeville: L.Berkani 20+11reb+5ast, R.Hejdova 13+6reb+4ast, K.Gaucher-Smith 13+10reb+2ast, S.Talbot 12+4reb+5ast, A.Tadic 10+2reb, M.Djekoundade 2+2reb
Lyon: I.Tanqueray 20+3reb+6ast, H.Peters 14+7reb+1ast, R.Allen 12+7reb+3ast, P.Salagnac 11+2reb, D.Diawara 7+4reb, M.Badiane 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 567939





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Kim Pierre-Louis claims German DBBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Kim Pierre-Louis (183-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Donau-Ries and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and fourteen rebounds, while her team beat Bad Aibling (#7, 1-2) 69-61. It allowed Donau-Ries to consolidate first place in the German DBBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Donau-Ries already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. It's Pierre-Louis' second year at Donau-Ries and it's hard to imagine this team without her. University of Massachusetts graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pierre-Louis is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.7ppg. Pierre-Louis is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 12.0rpg) and averages solid 67.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American Rebecca Tobin (195-C/F-88) of Wasserburg. Tobin impressed basketball fans with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Wasserburg cruised to a 82-74 relatively comfortable win over Halle (1-2). A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Tobin is a newcomer at Wasserburg and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#5). Her other stats are also decent: 12.0rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Melissa Jeltema (175-SF-88) of Hannover (#5). Jeltema showcased her all-around game by recording 16 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Jeltema's great performance Hannover lost 50-71 to Saarlouis (#9, 1-2). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hannover needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Jeltema has a great season in Germany. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tonisha Baker (173-G-90) of Marburg - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Vee Young (186-PF-89) of Heidelberg - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Schaquilla Nunn (190-F/C-94) of Keltern - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Diana Voynova (192-C/F-88) of Marburg - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87) of Keltern - 11 points and 9 rebounds
9. Annika Holopainen (185-F-93) of Wasserburg - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Tiffany Jones (190-F-91) of Heidelberg - 17 points and 8 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)



Deanna Weaver (ex Neuss) is a newcomer at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Damligan) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Deanna Weaver (180-92, college: Boise State). She played last season at TG Neuss Tigers in German 2.Bundesliga. In 10 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.0spg. Weaver helped them to make it to the group semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer she played at Meteorettes in Australian QBL where in 21 games she averaged 12.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in 2016 season. Weaver contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her college team won MWC Tournament in 2015. Weaver was also voted All-MWC 1st Team in 2014 and 2015.
She has played also professionally in Finland (Espoo Team).
Weaver attended Boise State until 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.

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2.Bundesliga Round 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

First defeat of league's leader Eisvogel Freiburg (1-1) against Keltern II (1-1) 91-85 in double-overtime was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 20-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 12-12. Keltern II dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Eisvogel Freiburg's 46. American forward Jasmine Smith (183, college: San Jose St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Guard Alina Fody (174-90) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Luana Rodefeld (172-97) replied with 38 points (!!!) for Eisvogel Freiburg. Eisvogel Freiburg will play next round against Don Bosco Bamberg trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Keltern II will try to continue on its current victory against Homburger TG on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of SG BBZ Opladen (1-1) in Leverkusen. Hosts were defeated by TG Neuss (2-0) 83-77. American center Julia Duggan (185, college: Rider) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Briana Williams chipped in 17 points during the contest. Forward Leonie Schuetter (177-98) responded with 29 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). SG BBZ Opladen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TG Neuss will play against Baskets Grunberg (#5) in Gruenberg in the next round. SG BBZ Opladen will play on the road against Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel to get more than just one victory in their record.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 2:
In North Recklinghausen were beaten by Gruenberg on the road 85-68. B.Loewen won against Wolfenbuettel on its own court 68-63. Osnabrueck SC managed to outperform Osnabruecker TB in a road game 56-55.
In South Krofdorf/Gleib. managed to beat Weiterstadt at home 73-72. Winless Speyer was crushed by Bad Homburg on the opponent's court 85-54. Bamberg lost to Jahn Muenchen in a home game 45-59. Winless Rhein MB lost to Wasserburg II on the road 54-62.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 16 points and 13 rebounds by Gergana Georgieva of Bad Homburg.

North
Gruenberg - Recklinghausen 85-68

Baskets Grunberg used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Recklinghausen 85-68 on Tuesday night. Baskets Grunberg will face TG Neuss on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Recklinghausen will play against Osnabruecker (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 568904


Opladen - Neuss 77-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of SG BBZ Opladen (1-1) in Leverkusen. Hosts were defeated by TG Neuss (2-0) 83-77. SG BBZ Opladen was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 31-19 third quarter run of TG Neuss. They also forced 24 SG BBZ Opladen turnovers. American center Julia Duggan (185, college: Rider) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Briana Williams (170-92, college: Mercer, agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Five TG Neuss players scored in double figures. Forward Leonie Schuetter (177-98) responded with 29 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Canadian guard Jill Stratton (180-91) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. SG BBZ Opladen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TG Neuss will play against Baskets Grunberg (#5) in Gruenberg in the next round. SG BBZ Opladen will play on the road against Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Neuss: J.Duggan 20+12reb, B.Williams 17+2reb, K.Tzokov 13+4reb, F.Worthmann 13+4reb, J.Heinrich 12+5reb+1ast, S.Asuamah-Kofoh 6
Opladen: L.Schuetter 29+8reb+1ast, J.Stratton 14+8reb+2ast, K.Julia Krabbe 8+3reb+2ast, N.Happel 8+2reb, M.Nettersheim 6+7reb+1ast, J.Loock 4+2reb
gschID: 568905


B.Loewen - Wolfenbuettel 68-63

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel (0-1) lost on the road to B.Loewen (1-1) 68-63 on Tuesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-8. But Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel won second period 13-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B.Loewen dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel's 28. American guard Deeshyra Thomas (168-95, college: Weber St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Center Viktoria Jaeger (184) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. B.Loewen's coach Dhnesch Kubendrarajah used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Brianna Rollerson (183-94, college: Creighton) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 22 rebounds and Leonie Rosemeyer (182-99) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel. Four Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. B.Loewen will face TuSLi Berlin (#8) in Lichterfelde in the next round. Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel will play at home against SG BBZ Opladen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
B.Loewen: D.Thomas 24+13reb+5ast, L.Fueg 16+3reb+3ast, V.Jaeger 14+7reb+2ast, A.Storck 8+4reb+1ast, T.Brooks 2+6reb+1ast, L.Marre 2+4reb
Wolfenbuettel: B.Rollerson 14+22reb, T.Simon 11+3reb+1ast, L.Rosemeyer 11+10reb+1ast, A.Draganova 10+3reb+2ast, N.Hyde 7+8reb, N.Rosemeyer 6+1ast
gschID: 568903


Osnabruecker TB - Osnabrueck SC 55-56

Very predictable result when Osnabrueck SC (2-0) edged on the road Osnabruecker (0-2) 56-55 on Tuesday. Osnabruecker was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Osnabrueck SC forced 22 Osnabruecker turnovers. Montenegrin forward Milica Milosev (185-93, agency: BeoBasket) saved the victory by scoring 26 points. American guard Dara Taylor (172-91, college: Penn St.) contributed with 13 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Osnabrueck SC's coach Mario Zurkowski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard NDea Bryant (183-94, college: N.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Michelle Mueller (180-92) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Osnabruecker. Osnabrueck SC will face Braunschweig (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Osnabruecker will play against Recklinghausen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osnabrueck SC: M.Milosev 26+4reb, D.Taylor 13+1reb+5ast, M.Gustafsson 6+5reb, R.Tews 5+7reb+1ast, J.Myers-Sanders 4+3reb, J.Strozyk 2+1reb+2ast
Osnabruecker TB: N.Bryant 20+16reb+5ast, M.Mueller 15+5reb+1ast, E.Borchers 8+2reb+2ast, X.McDaniel 5+4reb+1ast, A.Potratz 3+4reb+5ast, K.Doelle 2+1reb
gschID: 568902


South
Krofdorf/Gleib. - Weiterstadt 73-72

Krofdorf/Gleib. used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Weiterstadt 73-72 on Tuesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Weiterstadt won fourth quarter 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Alise Karlsone (183-91, college: Charleston So.) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Erin Bratcher (176-92, college: Charleston So.) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Guard Christina Krick (169) replied with 14 points and 6 assists and forward Saskia Giesselbach (174) added 13 points in the effort for Weiterstadt. Weiterstadt's coach Conrad Jackson tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Krofdorf/Gleib. will face Friendsfactory Germering on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Weiterstadt will play against Wasserburg II (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krofdorf/Gleib.: E.Bratcher 25+3reb+1ast, A.Karlsone 20+10reb+2ast, S.Flottmann 9+8reb, S.Seel 7+2reb+1ast, K.Quapil 6+3reb, K.Aizsila 6+4reb+4ast
Weiterstadt: C.Krick 14+4reb+6ast, S.Giesselbach 13+2reb+1ast, K.Annawald 10+5reb, A.Engeln 8+3reb, A.Stiller 7+5reb+2ast, K.Kilpatrick 6+8reb
gschID: 568910


Bad Homburg - Speyer 85-54

Homburger TG used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from Dudenhofen 85-54 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Homburger TG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Speyer / Schifferstadt's 28. They outrebounded Speyer / Schifferstadt 42-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. Naturalized Bulgarian guard Gergana Georgieva (181-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Stephanie Furr (179, college: Wisc.-Parkside) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Homburger TG players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Kathryn Verboom (179-86) replied with 16 points and American guard Jennifer Mocanu (172-90) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for Speyer / Schifferstadt. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Homburger TG will face Keltern II (#5) at home in the next round. Speyer / Schifferstadt will play against Ladybaskets Wuerzburg (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bad Homburg: C.Groenberg 16+2reb+1ast, G.Georgieva 16+13reb+2ast, S.Furr 16+7reb+2ast, N.Kacperska 11+1reb+2ast, H.Finke 7+2ast, T.Lehnert 6+4reb+1ast
Speyer: K.Verboom 16+4reb+1ast, J.Mocanu 13+3reb+1ast, A.Jalalpoor 9+2reb+4ast, P.Faul 7+4reb+1ast, M.Ruf 5+6reb+1ast, A.Netter 2+3reb
gschID: 568911


Bamberg - Jahn Muenchen 45-59

There was no surprise when Don Bosco Bamberg (0-2) lost at home to Friendsfactory Germering (2-0) 59-45 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Friendsfactory Germering. Don Bosco Bamberg was better in fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Friendsfactory Germering made 8 blocks. Emily Bessoir (192-1) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks. The former international Anne Delafosse (184-84) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American power forward Tori Waldner (196-93, college: Penn St.) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds and forward Magdalena Landwehr (183-1) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Don Bosco Bamberg. Don Bosco Bamberg's coach tested twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Friendsfactory Germering will face Krofdorf/Gleib. in Giessen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Don Bosco Bamberg will play on the road against Eisvogel Freiburg (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jahn Muenchen: E.Bessoir 14+7reb+2ast, A.Delafosse 14+2reb+1ast, M.Damaschek 8+8reb, M.Bohn 8+5reb, J.Molz 6+2reb+1ast, N.Schmidt 6+2reb+5ast
Bamberg: T.Waldner 10+9reb, M.Landwehr 10+5reb+2ast, S.Zeis 6+6reb, C.Van der Velde 6+6reb, S.Schruefer 6+3reb+5ast, F.Hager 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 568909


Keltern II - Freiburg 91-85 2OT

First defeat of league's leader Eisvogel Freiburg (1-1) against Keltern II (1-1) 91-85 in double-overtime was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 20-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 12-12. Keltern II dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Eisvogel Freiburg's 46. American forward Jasmine Smith (183, college: San Jose St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Guard Alina Fody (174-90) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Keltern II players scored in double figures. Luana Rodefeld (172-97) replied with 38 points (!!!) and forward Kirsten Gaffney (185) added 23 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Eisvogel Freiburg. Eisvogel Freiburg will play next round against Don Bosco Bamberg trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Keltern II will try to continue on its current victory against Homburger TG on the road.
Top scorers:
Keltern II: J.Smith 24+10reb+3ast, A.Fody 20+4reb+4ast, S.Schubitschew 16+3reb+1ast, V.Seemann 14+5reb+2ast, L.Elbert 8+2reb+3ast, V.Genten 5+1reb+2ast
Freiburg: L.Rodefeld 38+2reb+3ast, K.Gaffney 23+12reb, K.Hughes 13+7reb, P.Mayer 5+2reb+1ast, S.Ouedraogo 4+1reb, L.Zdravevska 2+2reb+1ast
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Wasserburg II - Rhein MB 62-54

No shocking result in a game when Wasserburg II (1-0) beat at home Rhein Main Baskets (0-2) 62-54 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rhein Main Baskets won third quarter 11-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wasserburg II forced 19 Rhein Main Baskets turnovers. Strangely Rhein Main Baskets outrebounded Wasserburg II 35-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Austrian guard Julia Poecksteiner (177-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Sophie Perner (176) contributed with 14 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Wasserburg II players scored in double figures. American forward Tori Fisher (0, college: Colorado Springs) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Nelli Dietrich (169-89) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Rhein Main Baskets. Rhein Main Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Wasserburg II will face Weiterstadt (#7) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Wasserburg II: J.Poecksteiner 21+4reb+2ast, S.Perner 14+4reb+2ast, A.Heise 12+6reb, E.Wood 10+7reb+3ast, V.Luthardt 3+1reb, P.Huber 2+1ast
Rhein MB: T.Fisher 16+10reb+1ast, P.Waterloh 13+4reb+1ast, N.Dietrich 9+5reb+6ast, A.Stupar 6+6reb, A.Koehler 4+2reb, P.Dietrich 4+4reb+4ast
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DBBL Round 3: Hannover lose to TV Saarlouis Royals - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in DBBL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Hannover (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of TV Saarlouis Royals on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by TV Saarlouis Royals 71-50. The game was mostly controlled by TV Saarlouis Royals. Hannover managed to win third quarter 11-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TV Saarlouis Royals made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Latvian forward Sabine Niedola (184-91) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. French-Luxembourg Magaly Meynadier (170-91) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American Melissa Jeltema (175-88, college: Oakland) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TV Saarlouis Royals is looking forward to face BC Pharmaserv Marburg (#8) at home in the next round. Hannover will play against Fireballs in Bad Aibling and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
TH Wohnbau Angels delivered the third consecutive victory. This time they beat Fireballs (1-2) 69-61 in Noerdlingen. It was a good game for Canadian forward Kim Pierre-Louis (183-93, college: Massachusetts) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Samantha Hill contributed with 17 points for the winners. American swingman Chelsea Waters (185, college: Gonzaga) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for Fireballs. TH Wohnbau Angels will play against BasCats Heidelberg (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fireballs will play against Hannover (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Herne between Herner TC and BasCats Heidelberg. Herner TC (2-1) got a very close home victory over BasCats Heidelberg (0-3). Herner TC managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 on Tuesday evening. It was a great evening for Courtney Range who led her team to a victory scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Vee Young with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Herner TC will meet SV Halle Lions (#6) on the road in the next round. BasCats Heidelberg will play against TH Wohnbau Angels (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Keltern. Local Gruner Stern Keltern (3-0) outscored Goettingen (1-2) 83-56. It was a quality performance for Schaquilla Nunn who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Gruner Stern Keltern's coach Christian Hergenroether felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gruner Stern Keltern's next round opponent will be ChemCats Chemnitz (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Goettingen will play against TSV 1880 Wasserburg (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 3 winless Chemnitz were crushed by Marburg in a road game 72-52. Wasserburg beat Halle at home 82-74.
The best stats of 3rd round was 11 points and 9 rebounds by Agnieszka Fikiel of Keltern.

Keltern - Goettingen 83-56

The game with biggest result difference took place in Keltern. Local Gruner Stern Keltern (3-0) outscored Goettingen (1-2) 83-56. The game without a history. Gruner Stern Keltern led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Goettingen's 32. Gruner Stern Keltern brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a quality performance for American power forward Schaquilla Nunn (190-94, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Agnieszka Fikiel (194-87) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four Gruner Stern Keltern players scored in double figures. Gruner Stern Keltern's coach Christian Hergenroether felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Alissa Pierce (177-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Marissa Janning (173-93, college: Creighton) added 19 points respectively for Goettingen in the defeat. Gruner Stern Keltern's next round opponent will be ChemCats Chemnitz (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Goettingen will play against TSV 1880 Wasserburg (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Keltern: A.Orrange 16+2reb+2ast, S.Nunn 15+11reb+1ast, M.Markovic 13+6reb+2ast, A.Fikiel 11+9reb+1ast, R.Ciappina 7+2reb+1ast, C.Miloglav 7+6reb+3ast
Goettingen: M.Janning 19+1reb+1ast, A.Pierce 11+10reb+2ast, C.Smith 9+9reb+1ast, V.Warner 6+9reb, C.Dobroniak 5+4reb, J.Crowder 4+2reb+1ast
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Marburg - Chemnitz 72-52

There was a minor upset when ChemCats Chemnitz (0-2) was crushed on the road by BC Pharmaserv Marburg (1-2) 72-52. The game was mostly controlled by BC Pharmaserv Marburg. ChemCats Chemnitz was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Pharmaserv Marburg dominated on the defensive end, holding ChemCats Chemnitz to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded ChemCats Chemnitz 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for Bulgarian power forward Diana Voynova (192-88, college: Duquesne) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Tonisha Baker (173-90, college: Campbell) accounted for 13 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four BC Pharmaserv Marburg players scored in double figures. BC Pharmaserv Marburg's coach Patrick Unger allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swedish forward Abigail Asoro (183-93, college: Iowa Western CC) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds and French guard Margot Vidal-Geneve (165-95) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for ChemCats Chemnitz in the defeat. BC Pharmaserv Marburg's next round opponent will be TV Saarlouis Royals (#9) on the road. ChemCats Chemnitz will play against Gruner Stern Keltern and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Marburg: D.Voynova 16+8reb, T.Baker 13+4reb+5ast, F.Schaake 12+4ast, M.Bertholdt 11+7reb+1ast, K.Yohn 8+5reb, A.Wilke 4+1ast
Chemnitz: A.Asoro 12+7reb+1ast, M.Vidal-Geneve 10+3reb+5ast, K.Noble 8+5reb, V.McQuade 8+2reb, L.Peroche 6+2reb, J.Mandic 6+2reb
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Herner - Heidelberg 76-73

A very close game took place in Herne between Herner TC and BasCats Heidelberg. Herner TC (2-1) got a very close home victory over BasCats Heidelberg (0-3). Herner TC managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-73. It was a great evening for American forward Courtney Range (190-95, college: California, agency: