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  ABA LEAGUE  



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

26-year old forward Jordan Morgan (203-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Olimpija and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Cibona (1-1) 85-96. Olimpija moved-up to the 9th position in ABA League. Olimpija is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. Morgan turned to be Olimpija's top player in his first season with the team. University of Michigan graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morgan is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.5rpg. Morgan is in league's top in and averages solid 69.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91) of Mega Bemax. He is Canadian-Jamaican guard in his first season at Mega Bemax. In the last game Ennis recorded impressive 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Mega Bemax lost that game 80-90 to Crvena Zvezda (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Ennis is a newcomer at Mega Bemax and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#4). He also recorded 6.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Partizan NIS (#12). Miller scored 20 points and passed four assists. Despite Miller's great performance Partizan NIS lost 81-83 to Mornar Bar (#7, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Partizan NIS can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Miller has a very solid season. In 2 games in ABA League he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) of Buducnost - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Will Cherry (185-PG-91) of Cedevita - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Uros Lukovic (213-C-89) of Mornar Bar - 13 points and 7 rebounds
7. James Feldeine (193-SG-88) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of Cibona - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Crvena Zvezda - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) of Mega Bemax - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT  


2017-18 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Qualifier hosts, participants announced - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball is excited to confirm the 32 teams who will compete to be crowned European U18 club champions, as well as the 2017-18 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Qualifier hosts. FC Bayern Munich will be one of those qualifier hosts, marking the first time that Germany will see that early phase of the tournament take place on its territory. In addition to Munich, the traditional cities of L'Hospitalet, Kaunas and Belgrade will hold qualifiers whose winners qualify automatically to the Finals next May in the Serbian capital, during the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four! A total of 32 different U18 teams will participate across the four qualifiers, with each city seeing eight teams divided into two groups of four during the first two days, followed by first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-place games on the last day. The Munich qualifier will take place in the historic Audi Dome, the host venue for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games basketball events, and since 2011 the home of FC Bayern Munich. The arena has seen Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, 7DAYS EuroCup and easyCredit BBL games, and next February will also be able to witness Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT games.
The first qualifier, in L'Hospitalet, Spain from January 5 to 7, 2018, will feature 2016 champion FC Barcelona Lassa, 2013 champion Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona as well as ASVEL Villeurbanne, Herbalife Gran Canaria, Promitheas Patras, Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet, Unicaja Malaga and Virtus Bologna.
The second qualifier, in Kaunas, Lithuania from January 19 to 21, will feature three-time continental champion CSKA Moscow, two-time champion Zalgiris Kaunas, two-time champion CFBB Paris, and 2012 champion Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, as well as Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul, Khimki Moscow Region, Stellazzurra Rome and VEF Riga.
The third qualifier, in Munich, Germany from February 9 to 11, will feature 2015 champion Real Madrid as well as ALBA Berlin, Brose Bamberg, Darusafaka Istanbul, FC Bayern Munich, Olympiacos Piraeus, ratiopharm Ulm and Real Betis Energia Plus Seville.
And the fourth and final qualifier, in Belgrade, Serbia from February 23 to 25, will feature 2014 champion Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade as well as Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Cibona Zagreb, GBA Prague, Mega Bemax Belgrade, Partizan NIS Belgrade, Spars Sarajevo and Umana Reyer Venice.
The Finals will be held in parallel with the 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Belgrade from May 17 to 20, 2018. Going into its 16th edition, the alumni of the Euroleague Basketball U18 Tournament are a who's who of EuroLeague stars including Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) (FC Barcelona Lassa), Luka Doncic (201-G-99) (Real Madrid), Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) (AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan), Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) (Olympiacos Piraeus) and Luigi Datome (203-F-87) (Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul), among many others.
Courtesy of: adidasngt.com



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  ANGOLA  


1 De Agosto adds Mingas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (Division I) added to their roster experienced 38-year old international power forward Eduardo Mingas (200-106kg-79) from Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo. Mingas has played there for the last four years. He helped them to win the league title and the Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mingas was voted Afrobasket.com All-Angolan League 1st Team back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Angolan international program for some years. Mingas has regularly played for Angolan senior team since 2000 and previously for University National Team in 2001.
He represented Angola at the Afrobasket Championships this year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5ppg, 4.0rpg.
Mingas has spent his entire career in Angola playing for two other teams: Petroleos and Interclube.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at 1 De Agosto.
On Mingas: An undersized inside player who worked year after year to became a better player at both ends of the floor. His jump shooting has improved visibly, he is stronger than ever and he became a tough defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Angola



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  San M.
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Keenan, San M.20.7 
 2. Fjellerup, Weber B.20.3 
 3. Sims, Atenas19.8 
 4. Davis, Instituto19.7 
 5. Moore, Comunica.19.7 
 6. Johnson, GECR I.19.5 
 7. Tucker, San Lorenzo19.0 
 8. Kemp, Obras Basket19.0 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.18.5 
 10. Zanzottera, Obras B.18.3 
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. Johnson, Weber B.10.0 
 5. Fierro, Boca Jrs9.3 
 6. Crawford, La Union9.3 
 7. Espinoza, Salta B.9.2 
 8. Kent, Argentino9.0 
 9. Famous, GECR I.8.8 
 10. Basualdo, Quilm.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.3 
 2. Figueroa, Comunica.7.7 
 3. Barrera, GECR I.7.5 
 4. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.7.0 
 6. Barral, Obras B.6.5 
 7. Parodi, Weber B.6.0 
 8. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Hispano .5.5 
 10. Vidal, Regatas C.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Garcia, San M.2.7 
 2. Boccia, Boca Jrs2.7 
 3. Johnson, GECR I.2.5 
 4. Goldenberg, Salta B.2.4 
 5. Slider, Penarol2.3 
 6. Fjellerup, Weber B.2.3 
 7. Vildoza, San L.2.3 
 8. Giorgetti, GECR I.2.0 
 9. Elsener, La Union2.0 
 10. Espinoza, Salta B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Olimpico.2.7 
 2. Acuna, Quimsa2.0 
 3. Francis, Quimsa1.7 
 4. Kent, Argentino1.5 
 5. Crawford, La Union1.5 
 6. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.3 
 7. Cosolito, Olimpico.1.0 
 8. Tabarez, Hispano .1.0 
 9. Bernard, Argentino1.0 
 10. Basualdo, Quilm.1.0 


Ciclista welcomes back Goncalves - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Juninense (TNA) inked 30-year old Brazilian forward Rodrigo Goncalves (203-87). It is actually his comeback to Juninense as he has played here before. Goncalves played in the summer at Auriblanco in Uruguayan Metropolitan. In 24 games he averaged impressive 21.7ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.6apg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay Metropolitan League 2nd Team.
Goncalves' team made it to the Brazilian final in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Goncalves has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Goncalves has played previously professionally in Mexico (Linces), Spain (Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres and Cordobasket), Brazil (Palmeiras, Osasco Basquete and Esperia) and Germany (OSB Hellenen Muenchen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Echague inks Bryan Coleman, ex Grengewald - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (TNA) signed 25-year old American forward Bryan Coleman (199-96kg-92, college: Wayne St., MI). He played last season at Grengewald in Luxembourg N2 league.
The previous (15-16) season Coleman played at Gimle BBK Bergen in Norwegian BLNO where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg and 5.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Coleman was voted All-GLIAC 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Coleman has played also professionally in Finland (Ura Basket).
He attended Wayne State University, MI until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Rotnei CLARKE
  Hawks
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 23
 1. Clarke, Hawks23.0 
 2. Ware, United23.0 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks22.0 
 4. Sobey, 36ers21.0 
 5. Prather, United20.0 
 6. Loughton, Taipans19.0 
 7. Drmic, 36ers17.0 
 8. Conger, Hawks16.0 
 9. Creek, 36ers15.0 
 10. Shorter, 36ers14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks11.0 
 2. Sobey, 36ers9.0 
 3. Johnson, Hawks9.0 
 4. Boone, United9.0 
 5. Ware, United8.0 
 6. Andersen, United7.0 
 7. Prather, United6.0 
 8. Majok, United6.0 
 9. Hodgson, 36ers6.0 
 10. Drmic, 36ers5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ware, United6.0 
 2. Shorter, 36ers5.0 
 3. McCarron, Taipans4.0 
 4. Prather, United4.0 
 5. Gliddon, Taipans4.0 
 6. Weigh, Taipans4.0 
 7. Andersen, United4.0 
 8. Kay, Hawks4.0 
 9. Ogilvy, Hawks4.0 
 10. Creek, 36ers3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mitch CREEK
  36ers
  (195-F/G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Creek, 36ers3.0 
 2. Weigh, Taipans2.0 
 3. Wesley, United2.0 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks2.0 
 5. Egwu, Taipans2.0 
 6. Shorter, 36ers2.0 
 7. Forman, Hawks1.0 
 8. McCarron, Taipans1.0 
 9. Conger, Hawks1.0 
 10. Norton, Hawks1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matt HODGSON
  36ers
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hodgson, 36ers2.0 
 2. Wesley, United2.0 
 3. Johnson, 36ers1.0 
 4. Prather, United1.0 
 5. Creek, 36ers1.0 
 6. Shorter, 36ers1.0 
 7. Evans, Taipans1.0 
 8. Sobey, 36ers1.0 
 9. Ogilvy, Hawks1.0 
 10. Conger, Hawks1.0 


Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum undergoes MRI for shoulder injury - by Eurobasket News

After losing Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) to free agency during the offseason the Utah Jazz were counting on younger players to fill the void. One of them may need to wait before stepping up to do so. Fourth-year guard Dante Exum (6'6''-PG-95) fell heavily to the floor during Friday's home game against Phoenix, immediately leaving the game and headed straight to the locker room. After Utah's 112-101 victory, Jazz head coach Quin Snyder admitted that Exum's injury "didn't look good." Exum missed the entire 2015-16 campaign after undergoing ACL surgery on his left knee. He appeared primed for a breakout season, however, after averaging 20.0 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game during the 2017 NBA Summer League.
Courtesy of: nba.com




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  AUSTRIA  


Kapfenberg keeps Woschank for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (A Bundesliga) re-signed experienced 35-year old former international guard Armin Woschank (185-82). He has played there for the last eight seasons. In 42 A Bundesliga games he recorded 7.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.5apg last season. Woschank helped them to win the league title and the cup.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention award back in 2014. Woschank was a member of Austrian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2007.
He has spent his entire career in Austria playing for three other teams: UBC St. Polten, Raiffeisen Flyers Wels and Garnets.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Kapfenberg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Austria



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  BAHRAIN  


Bahrain Premier League round 4 best performance: Jordan Richard - by Eurobasket News

American Center Jordan Richard (206-C-89) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Al-Muharraq, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 30 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Samaheej (#13, 0-4) with 68-point margin 113-45. It allowed Al-Muharraq to consolidate first place in the Bahrain Premier League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Al-Muharraq already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Richard turned to be Al-Muharraq's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Nigerian Augustine Okosun (210-C-86) of Sitra. Okosun had a very good evening with a double-double of 38 points and 26 rebounds. Bad luck as Sitra lost that game 61-73 to slightly lower-ranked Al-Bahrain (#10, 1-3). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Sitra dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 1-2 record. Okosun is a newcomer at Sitra, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.0ppg (#1). He also registered 25.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Loren Woods (218-C-78) of Al-Hala (#7). Woods scored 28 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). Despite Woods' great performance Al-Hala lost 70-74 to the higher-ranked Al-Ittihad (#3, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Al-Hala needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Woods has a great season in Bahrain. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 16.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Quinton Doggett (206-F-90) of Al-Ahli - 30 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of Al-Nweidrat - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Antwan Wilkerson (201-F-91) of Al-Ittihad - 26 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mohamed Nasser) of Al-Muharraq - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Hesham Sarhan (F-92) of Al-Ahli - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Ali Abbas) of Al-Muharraq - 20 points and 3 rebounds

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



Premier League Round 4: #1 Al-Najma is defeated by Al-Nweidrat - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Al-Najma (2-1) in Nuwaidrat on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Al-Nweidrat (3-1) 81-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al-Najma. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Al-Nweidrat made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Al-Najma turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and Hussain Hasan who added 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Al-Nweidrat have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al-Ahli and Al-Ittihad. Al-Najma at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. Al-Nweidrat is looking forward to face Sitra (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al-Najma will play against the league's second-placed Al-Ahli and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Al-Ittihad's (#5) 74-70 road victory against 7th ranked Al-Hala. The winners were led by American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 22 rebounds and Hassan Helal supported him with 10 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 28 points and 21 rebounds by American-Lebanese center Loren Woods (218-78, college: Arizona) did not help to save the game for Al-Hala. Al-Hala's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al-Ittihad (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Al-Ahli and Al-Nweidrat. Al-Hala at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. Al-Ittihad will play against league's leader Al-Muharraq in Al Muharraq in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al-Hala will play on the road against Al-Bahrain (#10) in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Al-Bahrain has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Sitra, where they defeated Sitra (1-2) 73-61 on Thursday. Merrill Holden fired 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Al-Bahrain's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Augustine Okosun produced a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 26 rebounds for lost side. Al-Bahrain (1-3) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Isa Town. Loser Sitra keeps the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Al-Riffa. Al-Bahrain will meet at home higher ranked Al-Hala (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sitra will play against Al-Nweidrat and hope to win that game.
Premier League top team - Al-Muharraq (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Samaheej (0-4) in Manama 113-45. It was a very good performance for Jordan Richard who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 30 rebounds and 8 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Al-Muharraq have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Samaheej at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Al-Muharraq's next round opponent will be Al-Ittihad (#3) in Manama, which may be the game of the day. Samaheej will play against Al-Riffa (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 4 Al-Ahli destroyed Isa Town on the opponent's court 104-47.

Al-Nweidrat - Al-Najma 81-69

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Al-Najma (2-1) in Nuwaidrat on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Al-Nweidrat (3-1) 81-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al-Najma. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Al-Nweidrat made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Al-Najma turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and Hussain Hasan who added 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and Mohammed Bullay scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Al-Najma players scored in double figures. Al-Nweidrat have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al-Ahli and Al-Ittihad. Al-Najma at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. Al-Nweidrat is looking forward to face Sitra (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al-Najma will play against the league's second-placed Al-Ahli and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Al-Najma: Q.Haminn 19+17reb+5ast, M.Bullay 16+6reb+8ast, H.Taqi 10+3reb, A.Jawadi 10+9reb+1ast, Q.Hassan 7+4reb+3ast, M.Alboosta 6+1reb
Al-Nweidrat: M.Ilic 23+15reb+4ast, H.Hasan 16+8reb+2ast, H.Madan 13+7reb+2ast, E.Albasri 10+2reb+1ast, J.Abdulla 9+7reb+6ast, A.Hassan 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 570321


Sitra - Al-Bahrain 61-73

Al-Bahrain has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Sitra, where they defeated Sitra (1-2) 73-61 on Thursday. Al-Bahrain forced 24 Sitra turnovers. American forward Merrill Holden (203-93, college: Iowa St., agency: SDJ Sports) fired 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ali Jalil chipped in 12 points. Al-Bahrain's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) produced a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 26 rebounds and Iraqi Ali Abdulla added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Al-Bahrain (1-3) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Isa Town. Loser Sitra keeps the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Al-Riffa. Al-Bahrain will meet at home higher ranked Al-Hala (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sitra will play against Al-Nweidrat and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sitra: A.Okosun 38+26reb+2ast, M.Abdulredha 7+3reb+1ast, A.Abdulla 6+7reb+1ast, A.Eid 4+2reb, I.Abdulameer 3+2reb+3ast, M.Abdullah 3+1reb+1ast
Al-Bahrain: M.Holden 15+8reb+1ast, A.Jalil 12+4reb+3ast, M.Abdulnabi 11+2reb+2ast, K.Ali 9+5reb+5ast, F.Abbas 7+3reb+4ast, M.Ashoor 7+11reb
gschID: 570318


Isa Town - Al-Ahli 47-104

Very expected game in Issa Town where 10th ranked Isa Town (1-3) was crushed by sixth ranked Al-Ahli (3-1) 104-47. Al-Ahli dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Isa Town's 28. They outrebounded Isa Town 50-28 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Al-Ahli players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Isa Town's players. It was a very good performance for American forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds. The former international forward Hesham Sarhan (-92) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Five Al-Ahli players scored in double figures. Hassan Ramadhan replied with 8 points and Mansoor Jaber added 10 points in the effort for Isa Town. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Al-Ahli have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al-Ittihad and Al-Nweidrat. Isa Town at the other side keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Al-Ahli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al-Najma.
Top scorers:
Isa Town: M.Jaber 10+3reb, H.Ramadhan 8+4reb+2ast, H.Faraj 6+4reb+1ast, R.Nayef 6+1reb, M.Aziz 5+3reb+1ast, F.Abbas 5+4reb
Al-Ahli: Q.Doggett 30+16reb+3ast, H.Alarabi 19+8reb+2ast, J.Abul 11+3reb+2ast, A.Aqeel 10+3reb+2ast, A.Abdulkareem 10+1reb+2ast, H.Sarhan 10+11reb+11ast
gschID: 570319


Al-Hala - Al-Ittihad 70-74

Very significant was Al-Ittihad's (#5) 74-70 road victory against 7th ranked Al-Hala. Al-Hala was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 22 rebounds and point guard Hassan Helal (173-95) supported him with 10 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 28 points and 21 rebounds by American-Lebanese center Loren Woods (218-78, college: Arizona) did not help to save the game for Al-Hala. Jordanian Ahmed Jamal (-87) added 21 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Al-Hala's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al-Ittihad (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Al-Ahli and Al-Nweidrat. Al-Hala at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. Al-Ittihad will play against league's leader Al-Muharraq in Al Muharraq in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al-Hala will play on the road against Al-Bahrain (#10) in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Al-Hala: L.Woods 28+21reb+3ast, A.Jamal 21+5reb+2ast, H.Gerashi 8+4reb+1ast, A.Jaffar 5+1reb+5ast, H.Salman 5+3reb+2ast, H.Jan 2+1reb
Al-Ittihad: A.Wilkerson 26+22reb+2ast, S.Hameed 16+4reb+1ast, H.Helal 10+4reb+8ast, A.Ghadeer 8+11reb+1ast, A.Ghanim 8, A.Helal 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 570320


Samaheej - Al-Muharraq 45-113

Premier League top team - Al-Muharraq (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Samaheej (0-4) in Manama 113-45. Al-Muharraq held Samaheej to an opponent 23.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 50.6 percent accuracy of the winners and had 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Samaheej only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Samaheej 67-25 including a 24-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Al-Muharraq players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Samaheej's players. It was a very good performance for American center Jordan Richard (206-89, college: CS Los Angeles) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 30 rebounds and 8 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Mohamed Nasser contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Al-Muharraq players scored in double figures. Mohammed Busafwan replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds and Mohammed Hameed added 12 points in the effort for Samaheej. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Al-Muharraq have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Samaheej at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Al-Muharraq's next round opponent will be Al-Ittihad (#3) in Manama, which may be the game of the day. Samaheej will play against Al-Riffa (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Samaheej: M.Hameed 12+4reb, M.Busafwan 11+5reb+1ast, A.Fateel 8+2reb, H.Busafwan 7+2reb+3ast, S.Ali Mahmood 3+2reb+1ast, B.Adel 2+2reb
Al-Muharraq: J.Richard 29+30reb+8ast, A.Abbas 20+3reb, M.Nasser 16+9reb+2ast, A.Motawa 14, J.Ahmed 12+2reb+2ast, B.Abdulla 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 570317





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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan PEREZ
  Melsele
  (185-PG-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Perez, Melsele19.8 
 2. Maesen, Houthalen19.8 
 3. Goetgeluck, Soba19.0 
 4. Gorremans, Soba18.5 
 5. Buysse, Gistel O.17.7 
 6. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.17.5 
 7. Vermoessen, Gent H.17.3 
 8. Guillemyn, Waregem16.6 
 9. Schoepen, Melsele16.3 
 10. Spaens, Ieper16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leigh ENOBAKHARE
  Royal B.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Enobakhare, Royal B.13.0 
 2. Dobbelaere, Ieper9.8 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 4. Gorremans, Soba8.3 
 5. Moray, Ninane8.3 
 6. Buysschaert, Gistel O.7.8 
 7. Fusek, Spirou B7.7 
 8. Van-Hoey, Oxaco7.3 
 9. Leemans, Ieper7.0 
 10. De-Meyer, Oxaco7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Celis, Oxaco7.0 
 2. Fassotte, Ninane4.4 
 3. De-Vreught, Gistel O.3.8 
 4. Van-d., Melsele3.8 
 5. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.8 
 6. Peeters, Gembo BBC3.5 
 7. Maio, Ninane3.4 
 8. Perez, Melsele3.3 
 9. Demirtas, Spirou B3.2 
 10. Goetgeluck, Soba3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan PEREZ
  Melsele
  (185-PG-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Perez, Melsele3.3 
 2. Lamot, Melsele3.0 
 3. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.5 
 4. Van-d., Melsele2.5 
 5. Moray, Ninane2.3 
 6. Collette, Ninane2.2 
 7. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 8. Verspeeten, Gent H.1.8 
 9. Goetgeluck, Soba1.8 
 10. Van-Aken, Gembo B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou B
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fusek, Spirou B2.0 
 2. Moray, Ninane1.0 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 4. Marion, Royal B.1.0 
 5. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.8 
 6. Vermoessen, Gent H.0.8 
 7. Billot, Neufchateau0.8 
 8. Delplancq, Gistel O.0.7 
 9. Tuluka-M., Royal B.0.7 
 10. Enobakhare, Royal B.0.7 



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  BOSNIA  


Nemanja Mitrovic agreed terms with Araberri - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) inked 27-year old Bosnian international guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, agency: Octagon Europe) from Ourense Termal. In 37 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Berck/Rang du Fliers in French NM1 where in 15 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg.
Among other achievements Mitrovic's college team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2012. He received also All-WCC 1st Team award back in 2011.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds Canadian passport.
Mitrovic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 0.0%, 3PT: 58.3%.
Mitrovic has played previously professionally in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Greece (Panelefsiniakos and Kavala).
He attended University of Portland until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Mitrovic's game is described as: A versatile player who can spend time in both 2 and 3 positions. He can score and defend and is fundamentally sound, could be an ideal reserve player at top European level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Artis, America18.2 
 2. Anthony, Bauru17.5 
 3. Cook, L.Sorocaba15.8 
 4. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.1 
 6. Dias-Silva, Pauli.13.7 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi13.3 
 8. Bennett, Pinheiros12.9 
 9. Fuller, Paulistano12.9 
 10. Dos-Santos, Pauli.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru7.5 
 2. Drudi, Osasco B.7.0 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros6.7 
 4. Rodrigues, L.Sor.6.5 
 5. Viana, America6.2 
 6. Galvanini, Bauru6.1 
 7. de-Souza, Franca5.7 
 8. Silveira, Mogi5.6 
 9. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 10. Sommer, Paulistano5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Corazza, Paulistano6.4 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.7 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.1 
 4. Lersch, Mogi4.8 
 5. Anthony, Bauru4.3 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.3 
 7. Garcia, Bauru4.3 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi4.1 
 9. Artis, America3.8 
 10. Coelho, Franca3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Andrade, America2.1 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros1.9 
 3. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 4. Knight, America1.9 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.7 
 6. Artis, America1.5 
 7. Rosa, America1.5 
 8. Cook, L.Sorocaba1.5 
 9. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.5 
 10. Oliveira, Mogi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru1.5 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.1 
 3. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano1.0 
 5. Gruber, Franca0.9 
 6. Demetrio, Franca0.8 
 7. Curnell, Mogi0.8 
 8. Pereira, Pinheiros0.7 
 9. Sena, Mogi0.7 
 10. Sommer, Paulistano0.6 


Ciclista welcomes back Goncalves - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Juninense (TNA) inked 30-year old Brazilian forward Rodrigo Goncalves (203-87). It is actually his comeback to Juninense as he has played here before. Goncalves played in the summer at Auriblanco in Uruguayan Metropolitan. In 24 games he averaged impressive 21.7ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.6apg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay Metropolitan League 2nd Team.
Goncalves' team made it to the Brazilian final in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Goncalves has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Goncalves has played previously professionally in Mexico (Linces), Spain (Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres and Cordobasket), Brazil (Palmeiras, Osasco Basquete and Esperia) and Germany (OSB Hellenen Muenchen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


Hunt is back at BC Levski 2014 Sofia, ex BK Kolin - by Maria Mitzova

BC Levski 2014 Sofia (NBL) signed experienced 35-year old American point guard Jimmie Hunt (188-91kg-82, college: Franklin Pierce, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Sofia as he has played here before. Hunt has played for the last two seasons at BK Kolin in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 37 games he had 5.7ppg and 3.1apg last season. He was selected to Czech Republic NBL All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
Hunt's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup Final Four in 2016.
Hunt is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy, Slovenia (Tajfun) and Bulgaria (Cherno More, Yambol and Balkan).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at BC Levski 2014 Sofia.
Hunt attended Franklin Pierce University until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Marousi tabs rookie Nic Maniatis in his first year in pro basketball - by Chris Mammides

A2 newcomer GS Marousi inked Canadian guard Nic Maniatis (193). Maniatis just graduated from Vancouver Island University. He helped them to win PacWest Tournament and end the regular season at the top position.
So his pro career will start in Greece.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marousi signs Maniatis just out of college - by Chris Mammides

GS Marousi (A2) signed Greek Canadian forward Nicoloas Maniatis (193-88kg). just graduated from Concordia. Maniatis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above he is just out of college, so it will be Maniatis' first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Chris Paul helps Rockets rout Shanghai Sharks - by Eurobasket News

Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) is quickly getting adjusted to the up-tempo, high-volume offense under Mike D'Antoni 's Houston Rockets. Paul had 11 points, 12 assists and four steals to lead the Rockets to a 144-82 exhibition victory over the Shanghai Sharks on Thursday night. "Knowing everybody wants the same thing and you're rooting for each other," Paul said. "It's cool - equal opportunity." Paul, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, played 26 minutes and rested the fourth quarter as the Rockets cruised to victory over the overmatched Chinese team. Paul said D'Antoni drew up a play on Thursday night where he was coming off a screen to catch and shoot. He said he couldn't remember the last time that happened. "That stuff is fun - I've always enjoyed that part of the game," Paul said. "The way we play, we don't need a called play because there's a lot of unselfishness in the ball movement." Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, college: UCLA) led Houston with 18 points, and James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had nine points, 10 assists and two blocks. Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) had 17 points, and Clint Capela (6'10''-F/C-94) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes. Houston jumped to a 43-16 lead after the first quarter, making its first seven shots and 13 of 29 3-point attempts in the first half. The Rockets shot 42.3 percent from beyond the arc overall. "This is a big week coming up for us - we've got to turn it on a little bit," D'Antoni said. "We'll learn a lot about where we are by the end of next week. Hopefully, we're in a good spot because right around the corner is Golden State." Houston opens the regular season at Golden State to face the defending champs. Rockets 21-year-old Chinese rookie Qi Zhou (7'2''-C-96) scored eight points, including a thunderous dunk, in 12 minutes. The 7-foot-1, 210-pound center played last season for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association after the Rockets drafted him with the 43rd overall pick in 2016. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (5'11''-PG-86, college: CS Fullerton) led Shanghai with 27 points, and Nick Minnerath (6'10''-PF-88, college: Detroit Mercy) had 22. Shanghai shooting guard Jimmer Fredette watched the game from the bench with a knee injury. Fredette, who was named the regular-season international MVP last year while averaging 37.6 points, agreed to a new deal with Shanghai in July.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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  CYPRUS  


APOP Paphou welcomes back Mavromatis - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted APOP Paphou (Division A) inked 29-year old naturalized Greek power forward Savvas Mavromatis (199-88). It is actually his comeback to Paphou as he has played here before. Mavromatis has played for the last two years at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol in the Division B. Mavromatis helped them to win the Division B title (twice) and the cup (also twice).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus Division B Co-Newcomer of the Year award back in 2014.
Mavromatis represented Cyprus at the World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago.
He has played previously professionally also in Greece (Halkida) and Cyprus (Apollon, Achilleas Agrou and KTE Agiou Nikolaou).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giorgos Stylianou signs at APOP Paphou - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted APOP Paphou (Division A) landed 23-year old former international guard Giorgos Stylianou (201-94) from Petrolina AEK Larnaca. But in 8 Division A games he averaged just 1.9ppg last season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The previous (15-16) season Stylianou played at Apollon where in four Division A games he had only 1.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Stylianou won Cyprus League championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus Division B Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Stylianou was also a member of Cypriot international program for some years. He played for Cypriot Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U16 National Team in 2010.
Stylianou represented Cyprus at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 0.3ppg.
Stylianou has played previously for Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Czech Republic NBL round 1 best performance: Jakub Sirina - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87, agency: Octagon Europe) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked BK Opava, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 30-year old player got a double-double of 20 points and 11 assists, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team J.Hradec (#9, 0-1) with 34-point margin 107-73. BK Opava is placed at 2nd position in Czech Republic NBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and BK Opava 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 Sirina had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BK Opava, through which he has constantly improved. Jakub Sirina has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 6.0spg and 100.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Charles Mitchell (203-F-93) of . Mitchell had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as BK Olomoucko lost that game 67-83 to (). 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. Mitchell is a newcomer at BK Olomoucko 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 on the list of top players last round was American forward Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of Svitavy (#11). Kerr scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Kerr's great performance Svitavy lost 81-83 to BK Decin (#1, 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 Kerr as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ondrej Siska (190-PG-93) of BK Decin - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) of BK Decin - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Hunter Mickelson (208-F-92) of CEZ Nymburk - 17 points and 3 rebounds
8. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Usti n/Labem - 13 points and 10 rebounds
9. QJ Peterson (183-PG-94) of USK Praha - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lukas Stegbauer (197-PF-95) of J.Hradec - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



NBL Round 1: BK Decin takes a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just started. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

BK Decin edged Basketbal Svitavy at home 83-81. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy will play next round against strong CEZ Nymburk trying to get back on the winning streak. BK Decin will try to continue on its current victory against USK Praha on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BK Olomoucko (0-1) on the court of USK Praha. Visitors were defeated by USK Praha 83-67. American point guard QJ Peterson (183-94, college: VMI) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Michal Mares accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Charles Mitchell (203-93, college: Georgia Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for BK Olomoucko in the defeat. BK Olomoucko's coach Predrag Benacek rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha will play against BK Decin at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Olomoucko will play against BK Kolin (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Brno between MMCITE Brno and BK Kolin. MMCITE Brno (1-0) got a very close home victory over BK Kolin (0-1). MMCITE Brno managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 on Monday evening. Jan Tomanec fired 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Adam Ciz produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. BK Kolin's coach Pavel Benes tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MMCITE Brno will meet BK Usti nad Labem (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BK Kolin will play against BK Olomoucko (#8) in Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Pardubice. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of BK Usti nad Labem (0-1) to BK Pardubice (1-0) 84-81 on Thursday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominez Burnett who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Pardubice will have a break next round. BK Usti nad Labem will play at home against MMCITE Brno (#5) and hope to win that game.
BK Opava (1-0) crushed at home BK Lions Hradec (0-1) by 34 points 107-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Jakub Sirina stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 assists and 6 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Opava will face NH Ostrava (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

In the last game of round 1 winless NH Ostrava lost to undefeated CEZ Nymburk on the opponent's court 77-106.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points by Hunter Mickelson of CEZ Nymburk.

USK Praha - BK Olomoucko 83-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BK Olomoucko (0-1) on the court of USK Praha. Visitors were defeated by USK Praha 83-67. American point guard QJ Peterson (183-94, college: VMI) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and international swingman Michal Mares (193-92) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. American forward Charles Mitchell (203-93, college: Georgia Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Serbian Filip Sepa (198-90) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for BK Olomoucko in the defeat. BK Olomoucko's coach Predrag Benacek rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha will play against BK Decin at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Olomoucko will play against BK Kolin (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: Q.Peterson 22+6reb+2ast, M.Mares 16+5reb+4ast, J.Tuma 15+3reb+2ast, A.Madsen 12+10reb, J.Krivanek 12+3reb+2ast, F.Petruzela 4+1ast
BK Olomoucko: C.Mitchell 22+12reb, F.Sepa 15+5reb+4ast, J.Fuller 10+3reb+4ast, M.Sehnal 9+1reb+2ast, M.Nabelek 5+1reb+2ast, J.Mocnik 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 554395


BK Pardubice - Usti n/Labem 84-81

A very interesting game took place in Pardubice. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of BK Usti nad Labem (0-1) to BK Pardubice (1-0) 84-81 on Thursday evening. BK Pardubice players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by BK Usti nad Labem's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Slovakian Dusan Pandula (197-84) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Donald Robinson (193-89, college: W.Virginia Tech) answered with 22 points and the other American import point guard Evan Singletary (185-94, college: Albany) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Pardubice will have a break next round. BK Usti nad Labem will play at home against MMCITE Brno (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 21+5reb+5ast, D.Pandula 13+5reb+4ast, K.Svrdlik 12+2reb, S.Martin 9+6reb, O.Kohout 8+5reb+2ast, V.Pulpan 7+3reb+2ast
Usti n/Labem: D.Robinson 22+4reb, E.Singletary 18+2reb+5ast, L.Pecka 13+10reb+1ast, S.Svejcar 11+2reb, J.Treadwell 6+2reb, J.Wolfram 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 554394


MMCITE Brno - BK Kolin 64-61

A very close game took place in Brno between MMCITE Brno and BK Kolin. MMCITE Brno (1-0) got a very close home victory over BK Kolin (0-1). MMCITE Brno managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 on Monday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BK Kolin outrebounded MMCITE Brno 34-14 including a 27-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Jan Kozina (181-95) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Point guard Adam Ciz (192-91) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin center Milos Pajovic (205-94) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. BK Kolin's coach Pavel Benes tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MMCITE Brno will meet BK Usti nad Labem (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BK Kolin will play against BK Olomoucko (#8) in Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: M.Jedovnicky 17+7reb+1ast, K.Jan 11+5ast, P.Radek 4+4reb+3ast, J.Michal 3+1reb, H.Marian 0+2reb+1ast,
BK Kolin: M.Pajovic 13+7reb, P.Safarcik 8+5reb, L.Skinner 8+9reb+2ast, P.Dokoupil 6+1reb, B.Bakic 6+1ast
gschID: 554391


BK Opava - J.Hradec 107-73

BK Opava (1-0) crushed at home BK Lions Hradec (0-1) by 34 points 107-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. BK Opava shot 60.3 percent from the field. They also forced 27 BK Lions Hradec turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 assists and 6 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and center Martin Gniadek (203-90) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and British center Chris Tawiah (207-93, college: Wiley) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Five BK Opava and four BK Lions Hradec 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. BK Opava will face NH Ostrava (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: J.Sirina 20+4reb+11ast, L.Jurecka 12+3reb+2ast, R.Klecka 11+2reb+3ast, V.Bujnoch 11+6reb, M.Gniadek 11+4reb+4ast, M.Kvapil 10+2reb
J.Hradec: L.Stegbauer 16+6reb+4ast, C.Jones 16+5reb+2ast, C.Tawiah 12+12reb+2ast, D.Lawhorn 10+3reb+2ast, M.Basta 6+2reb+1ast, D.Fait 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 554393


CEZ Nymburk - NH Ostrava 106-77

CEZ Nymburk used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Ostrava 106-77 on Wednesday night. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to NH Ostrava's 38. CEZ Nymburk forced 19 NH Ostrava turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by NH Ostrava's players. American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas, agency: 3Eye) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (183-86, college: E.Washington, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 16 points and 7 assists and Serbian Strahinja Stojacic (197-92) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk will face Basketbal Svitavy (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NH Ostrava will play against BK Opava (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: Q.Diggs 18+5reb+2ast, H.Mickelson 17+3reb+1ast, B.Barac 16+2reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 11+2reb+3ast, K.Ray 11+2reb+6ast, P.Benda 8+4reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: B.Bernardi 18+3reb, M.Stanojevic 16+2reb+7ast, S.Stojacic 13+8reb+3ast, R.Woods 12+4reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 9+7reb+1ast, A.Shoutvin 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 554396


BK Decin - Svitavy 83-81

BK Decin edged Basketbal Svitavy at home 83-81. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Brett Roseboro (208-91, college: UMBC, agency: Inception Sports) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy will play next round against strong CEZ Nymburk trying to get back on the winning streak. BK Decin will try to continue on its current victory against USK Praha on the road.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 17+10reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 13+2reb+2ast, O.Siska 13+3reb+5ast, J.Krakovic 10+1reb+1ast, F.Halada 7+1reb+1ast, L.Festr 6+2ast
Svitavy: G.Kerr 19+11reb+3ast, B.Roseboro 17+3reb+5ast, P.Slezak 14+3ast, B.Smithson 13+2ast, J.Jelinek 8+4reb+2ast, L.Stria 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 554392





Hunt is back at BC Levski 2014 Sofia, ex BK Kolin - by Maria Mitzova

BC Levski 2014 Sofia (NBL) signed experienced 35-year old American point guard Jimmie Hunt (188-91kg-82, college: Franklin Pierce, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Sofia as he has played here before. Hunt has played for the last two seasons at BK Kolin in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 37 games he had 5.7ppg and 3.1apg last season. He was selected to Czech Republic NBL All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
Hunt's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup Final Four in 2016.
Hunt is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy, Slovenia (Tajfun) and Bulgaria (Cherno More, Yambol and Balkan).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at BC Levski 2014 Sofia.
Hunt attended Franklin Pierce University until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ligaen Round 2: Horsens IC hands first defeat to Naestved - by Eurobasket News

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

Naestved (3-1) recorded a loss on the court of Horsens IC on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Horsens IC 77-61. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Naestved managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Naestved's players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian forward Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Horsens IC's coach Arnel Dedic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kazembe Abif (200-92, college: Drexel) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Horsens IC is looking forward to face Svendborg (#6) at home in the next round. Naestved will play against Horsholm (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Svendborg. Local Svendborg (1-2) outscored BMS Skovlunde (0-3) 108-85. American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike Moore contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Durell Vinson (202-85, college: Wagner) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for BMS Skovlunde. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svendborg will play against Horsens IC on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BMS Skovlunde will play against Horsholm (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 2 winless Stevnsgade was crushed by Randers in a road game 89-67. Naestved smashed Svendborg at home 83-60.
The best stats of 2nd round was 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by Charles Burgess of Randers.

Randers - Stevnsgade 89-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Stevnsgade's (0-3) road loss to Randers (1-1) 67-89. The game was mostly controlled by Randers. Stevnsgade was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Randers forced 19 Stevnsgade turnovers and had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Belizean forward Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Chris Nielsen (193-85) contributed with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Brazilian forward Matao de Souza (201-86, college: Idaho) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Stevnsgade. Four Stevnsgade 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. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Randers: C.Burgess 22+6reb+7ast, D.Bello 15+7reb+2ast, K.Hill 14+5reb+2ast, S.Neidhardt 12+2reb, C.Nielsen 9+10reb+9ast, J.Williams 8+7reb
Stevnsgade: F.Filsoof 15+2reb, M.Seilund 15+6reb+1ast, F.Rajovic 13+9reb+2ast, M.de Souza 11+10reb+2ast, S.Khan 6+1reb+1ast, S.Jevric 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 552482


Horsens IC - Naestved 77-61

Naestved (3-1) recorded a loss on the court of Horsens IC on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Horsens IC 77-61. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Naestved managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Naestved's players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian forward Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Horsens IC's coach Arnel Dedic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kazembe Abif (200-92, college: Drexel) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian center Zygimantas Riauka (205-93, college: Wisc.-Parkside) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Horsens IC is looking forward to face Svendborg (#6) at home in the next round. Naestved will play against Horsholm (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: K.Larsen 19+6reb, C.Benzon 15+4reb+3ast, V.Borovcanin 14+5reb+3ast, L.Alexander 11+9reb+2ast, R.Agbeko 8+3reb+1ast, F.Rungby 6+3ast
Naestved: K.Abif 26+6reb, Z.Riauka 11+8reb, T.Franklin 6+5reb+4ast, C.Gabriel 6+3reb, R.Sanders 4+2reb+1ast, C.Washington 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 552481


Svendborg - Wolfpack/BMS 108-85

The game with biggest result difference took place in Svendborg. Local Svendborg (1-2) outscored BMS Skovlunde (0-3) 108-85. The game was mostly controlled by Svendborg. BMS Skovlunde was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Svendborg shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Mike Moore (203-94, college: Mount Olive, agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Durell Vinson (202-85, college: Wagner) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Oliver Stroeh (192-94, college: Shippensburg) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for BMS Skovlunde. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svendborg will play against Horsens IC on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BMS Skovlunde will play against Horsholm (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: T.Harris 31+6reb+5ast, M.Moore 26+7reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 16+3reb+4ast, J.Enevold Jensen 9+2reb+1ast, H.NaNa 8+1reb, R.Christensen 6+2ast
Wolfpack/BMS: D.Vinson 24+9reb+1ast, O.Stroeh 14+2reb+4ast, A.Hansen 14+2ast, E.Stanionis 8+4reb+1ast, A.Moss 7+2reb, A.Nedic 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 552480


Naestved - Svendborg 83-60

No shocking result in a game when Naestved (3-1) smashed at home Svendborg (1-2) 83-60. The game without a history. Naestved led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naestved forced 22 Svendborg turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. British guard Conner Washington (183-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 5 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. American guard Troy Franklin (183-89, college: Coppin St.) contributed with 15 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. The former international forward Jacob Enevold-Jensen (215-94, college: Drake) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Svendborg. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naestved will play against Horsholm (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svendborg will play against Horsens IC to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Naestved: T.Franklin 15+3reb+3ast, K.Abif 13+6reb, D.Daly 10+3reb+3ast, Z.Riauka 10+8reb+1ast, R.Sanders 9+4reb+2ast, C.Gabriel 8+4reb
Svendborg: J.Enevold Jensen 15+6reb+3ast, M.Moore 13+4reb+1ast, H.NaNa 10+5reb+2ast, T.Harris 9+7reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 5+4reb, C.Magaard 3+1reb
gschID: 552478





Terrell Harris claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Terrell Harris (191-G-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for Svendborg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Svendborg in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Wolfpack/BMS (#8, 0-3) with 23-point margin 108-85. Svendborg is placed at 6th position in Danish Ligaen. Svendborg is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Svendborg's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia College & State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is in league's top in assists (8th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 55.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Svendborg's star - 23-year old American forward Mike Moore (203-F-94, agency: Mansfield and Associates). Moore impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Harris he helped Svendborg with another comfortable win outscoring Wolfpack/BMS (0-3) 108-85. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Moore is a newcomer at Svendborg and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#7). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Charles Burgess (186-F-84) of Randers (#5). Burgess showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Randers, leading his team to a 89-67 easy win against Stevnsgade (#7, 0-3). Randers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Burgess has a great season in Denmark. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (3rd best) and assists with 7.0apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Durell Vinson (202-F-85) of Wolfpack/BMS - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Kazembe Abif (200-F-92) of Naestved - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88) of Svendborg - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Deuce Bello (192-G-92) of Randers - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyndahl Hill (201-F-94) of Randers - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Oliver Stroeh (192-G-94) of Wolfpack/BMS - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kevin Larsen (207-C-93) of Horsens IC - 19 points and 6 rebounds

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



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National League Round 3 of Finals. Piratas take second win - by Eurobasket News

Iccan - Piratas 75-80

Piratas recorded the second straight victory in National League Finals. They upset Iccan on the road to take 2-1 advantage. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Iccan outrebounded Piratas 29-14 including a 24-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Puerto Rican point guard Andres Torres (177-89, college: Hartford, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. Guard Carlos Malatay (180-90) helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) with 28 points and 9 rebounds and Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-81) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Iccan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Iccan: C.Silva 28+9reb+3ast, J.Herrera 15+6reb, J.Centeno 14+3reb+1ast, C.Carcelen 11+5reb, J.Porozo 7+3reb+2ast, B.Lituma 0
Piratas: A.Torres 23+1reb+3ast, C.Malatay 22+4reb, C.Delgado 16+4reb+1ast, R.Perez 9+1reb, W.Clayton 8+2reb, J.Luis Mejia 2
gschID: 580197





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Edgars LASENBERGS
  Valga
  (189-G-95)
  Avg: 26
 1. Lasenbergs, Valga26.0 
 2. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.23.0 
 3. Upson, Rapla21.0 
 4. Cressler, Rapla21.0 
 5. Saaremael, Parnu20.0 
 6. Kirves, Parnu18.0 
 7. Fall, TL.17.0 
 8. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.15.0 
 9. Bruzas, Valga14.0 
 10. Olmre, TTU14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maris ZIEDINS
  Rapla
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Ziedins, Rapla13.0 
 2. Lips, Parnu11.0 
 3. Fall, TL.11.0 
 4. Upson, Rapla9.0 
 5. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.9.0 
 6. Eichfuss, Parnu8.0 
 7. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 8. Freimanis, Valga8.0 
 9. Dorbek, Rapla8.0 
 10. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sven KALDRE
  Rapla
  (197-F/G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kaldre, Rapla7.0 
 2. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.5.0 
 3. Kabin, TTU5.0 
 4. Raap, Parnu4.0 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 6. Kirves, Parnu4.0 
 7. Akenparg, TL.4.0 
 8. Lasenbergs, Valga4.0 
 9. Haller, Valga3.0 
 10. Tamm, TL.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Siim-Markus POST
  Parnu
  (183-PG-97)
  Avg: 4
 1. Post, Parnu4.0 
 2. Miglinieks, Valga3.0 
 3. Kirves, Parnu2.0 
 4. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 5. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 6. Jurtom, TL.2.0 
 7. Cressler, Rapla2.0 
 8. Bruzas, Valga2.0 
 9. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 10. Raadik, Valga1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthias TASS
  Kalev/Cramo
  (208-F/C-99)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tass, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 2. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 3. Raadik, Valga2.0 
 4. Kask, Parnu2.0 
 5. Raadik, TTU2.0 
 6. Miculis, Valga1.0 
 7. Upson, Rapla1.0 
 8. Metsalu, TTU1.0 
 9. Ziedins, Rapla1.0 
 10. Saage, TL.1.0 


TLU/Kalev inks Bamba Fall - by Eurobasket News

Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev (Alexela KML) agreed terms with 31-year old Senegalese ex-international center Bamba Fall (217-107kg-86, college: SMU). He played most recently at Azad in Iranian Superleague. Fall managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 16 Superleague games he had 6.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2bpg in 2015-16 season. He also played that season for Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo where in three games he recorded 9.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7bpg. Fall also played 1 game in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Fall was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) as #1 pick overall.
He attended Southern Methodist University until 2009. It will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Fall was voted Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
He also represented Senegal at the African Championships in Angola ten years ago.
Fall is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Afula), Latvia (VEF Riga), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
Fall could be described: A tall and lanky player with gerat upside. Has a very skinny body, but plays hard and understands the game. Rebounds and shot-blocking are his best skills, but he should add a reliable shot and beef up a lot more.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexela KML Round 1: TTU lose to Valga - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Alexela KML just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of TTU (0-1) on the court of Valga on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by Valga 97-74. The game was mostly controlled by Valga. TTU managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to TTU's 26. Guard Edgars Lasenbergs (189-95) stepped up and scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and power forward Roberts Freimanis (204-91, college: BS Liepaja) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international Toomas Raadik (202-90) responded with 11 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. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Valga - TTU 97-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of TTU (0-1) on the court of Valga on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by Valga 97-74. The game was mostly controlled by Valga. TTU managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to TTU's 26. Guard Edgars Lasenbergs (189-95) stepped up and scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and power forward Roberts Freimanis (204-91, college: BS Liepaja) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international Toomas Raadik (202-90) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and international Sten Olmre (192-95, agency: Players Group) scored 14 points. Both teams had five players each who 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. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TTU: S.Olmre 14+3reb+2ast, T.Peil 12+4reb+1ast, S.Viilup 11+2reb, T.Raadik 11+6reb+2ast, N.Kabin 10+3reb+5ast, L.Maskhulia 5+1reb
Valga: E.Lasenbergs 26+6reb+4ast, E.Bruzas 14+3reb+2ast, R.Raadik 13+5reb+1ast, E.Haller 12+2reb+3ast, R.Freimanis 10+8reb+2ast, E.Miculis 9+2reb
gschID: 578550


Parnu - TLU/Kalev 72-78

But Parnu was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Tallinn 78-72 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-72. TLU/Kalev made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Parnu outrebounded TLU/Kalev 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Parnu was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Kristo Saage (186-85) chipped in 10 points. Four TLU/Kalev players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sten Saaremael (186-99) scored 20 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TLU/Kalev will have a break next round. Parnu will play on the road against Kalev/Cramo (#1) in Tallinn and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Parnu: S.Saaremael 20+2reb, M.Kirves 18+6reb+4ast, T.Eichfuss 10+8reb+1ast, K.Kask 7+5reb+1ast, R.Raap 7+1reb+4ast, K.Lips 4+11reb+1ast
TLU/Kalev: B.Fall 17+11reb+1ast, J.Vahter 11+1reb+2ast, K.Saage 10+3reb+2ast, R.Tamm 10+1reb+3ast, M.Jurtom 9+1reb+1ast, M.Paiste 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 578549


Kalev/Cramo - Rapla 78-76 OT

Kalev/Cramo outlasted Rapla in overtime to open win count in the championship. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: 011 Sports) scored 23 points to lead the winners. Tomas van der Mars accounted for 15 points in the winning case. Devonte Upson (206-F-93, college: SE Louisiana) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Rapla.
Top scorers:
Rapla: D.Upson 21+9reb+1ast, N.Cressler 21+6reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 13+8reb+2ast, M.Ziedins 9+13reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 6+3reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 6+2reb+7ast
Kalev/Cramo: B.Mirkovic 23+2reb+5ast, T.vanderMars 15+9reb+2ast, B.Subotic 14+8reb, M.Mazeika 8+4reb+1ast, E.Keedus 7+7reb+1ast, M.Tass 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 578548





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ZONE V: City Oilers Storm into Semis Past Ethiopia's Gondar - by Eurobasket News

City Oilers eased past Ethiopia's basketball Club Gondar City with a commanding victory that took the defending champions to the semifinals. The Oilers recorded a 98-52 comfortable win in a game that was played out at the MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo. Landry Ndikumana (198-F-95) and James Okello (193-F-90) led the scoring charts with 14 points each. Leading from the start, Oilers were in driving seat with a 26-13, 55-18, 79-28 in the order of the first three quarters before cruising to a 46 point game victory. Jimmy Enabu (187-G-88) (12), Robinson Opong (11), Jordin Mayez (12) and Jonah Otim (193-G-94) (13) reached double figure points. Star players Stephen Omony (198-F-81) and Adarius Pegues were rested in preparation for the upcoming tougher semifinals. Mandy Juruni's side are now two wins away from defending their Zone Five Club Basketball crown, and the side will take on Kenya Ports Authority in the first Semifinal today.
Courtesy of: chimpreports.com




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Zenit welcomes back Lazarev - by Eurobasket News

Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB) landed 26-year old power forward Ivan Lazarev (210-91kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Zenit as he has played here before.
Part of last season he spent at CSKA Moscow where in 6 VTB United League games he averaged 3.8ppg and 1.7rpg. Lazarev also spent pre-season at CSKA Moscow youth team earlier that year. He helped them to win the league title (twice).
Lazarev represented Russia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously for five other teams: Dynamo Moscow, Ryazan, Dynamo Moscow 2nd team, Zenit 2 and Dynamo Moscow 2nd team.

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EuroLeague clubs denied to alter the schedule - by Eurobasket News

EuroLeague clubs turned down the proposal of FIBA and they will not change their schedule during the World Cup qualifying windows in order to accomodate the national teams. Representatives of the 16 EuroLeague clubs met today in Barcelona and their position has not change. Despite the decision of FIBA to modify by one day the European World Cup qualification games schedule, the clubs decided that the core issue of the whole debate, 'windows' during the season, remain unchanged. All the clubs agreed to present a united front, even if some of them stressed the fact that a solution between the two sides must be found. However, that's not expected to happen in the near future.
The official announcement about the decision is the following:
In a meeting held on Friday October 6, EuroLeague clubs got together in a working group session to analyse FIBA's calendar proposal, and unanimously concluded the following:
1. It is FIBA's and the national federations' responsibility and obligation to organise national team competitions and official qualifying games at the highest standards possible involving the best players, coaches and officials, to meet fan expectations and grow the sport of basketball globally.
2. EuroLeague clubs have always supported every national team competition that has met these basic standards and will continue doing so.
3. FIBA's proposal does not solve the main problems of the 'FIBA 2017 calendar' that FIBA has approved and plans to impose without prior due diligence nor agreement with clubs. Instead, the proposal creates additional difficulties:

a.It does not solve the most central problem, as not all players will be available for official national team games (for example those from major North American competitions), therefore damaging the product, failing to meet fan expectations, placing some national teams at a competitive disadvantage, while discriminating among players of the same nationality
b.It increases the travel and game frequency load on players, forcing them to play numerous games in a reduced time period without rest days, causing excessive accumulated journey times which in some cases surpass the 30-, 40-and 50-hour marks for both European and non-European players, therefore increasing the risk of fatigue and injury
4. In light of the motives expressed above, EuroLeague clubs will not submit a 2017-18 calendar change proposal to an ECA Shareholders Meeting.
5. EuroLeague clubs consider unfortunate that FIBA's first ever proposal arrived five years after Euroleague Basketball's original attempt to find an agreement.
However, they continue their ongoing commitment to maintain an open dialogue with a view to reaching a broad and long-term agreement with FIBA that regulates the relationship and responsibilities between the international federation, EuroLeague and EuroCup clubs. Such agreement should include the definition of a national team calendar amongst several other important topics, setting the basis for a true collaboration that takes European basketball and all of its professional offerings to much greater heights in a coordinated effort.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net





Real Madrid announce Chasson Randle - by Eurobasket News

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



Evaluation: Recruiting in this year's Euroleague - by Dimitris Katsionis



Ten days before the Euroleague starts, Eurobasket.com evaluates the recruiting of some of the league's teams. A first taste before the main course...

We can now wish ourselves and everyone a good season. A few days ago some of the greatest national leagues kicked off, whereas for some other teams the preseason is still underway. We are over the off season, so the timing seems ideal for a first evaluation of the moves of some of Euroleague's 'gladiators'. Last year's 'deep' season and the new format, in conjunction with the improvement of the level of competitiveness and quality affected the recruiters of European basketball, who tried to adjust and create a full roster. I chose specific clubs to focus for now, as before the season kicks off, we will post our power rankings, where we will have a more general evaluation of the dynamic (which is a different part of the recruiting evaluation) of all the teams, as the season starts. . Let's go...

KHIMKI MOSCOW

The new situation coach Bartsokas has found himself in, gives him an inherent advantage: the chance to build the roster and its main core with his own 'materials', as opposed to last year's Barcelona team, where he was given money to spend, but he also had to make use of player he found at Barcelona with fixed playing minutes in the team's rotation. This year, the coach brought 8 players to Moscow. These players will be (to a great extent) the hard core of this year's Khimki team, which was built by him. It's also important that Khimki has a good core of Russian players (Shved, Monya, Zubkov, Vyaltsev, Zaytsev, Sokolov), which in terms of assets will be able to support what coach Bartsokas is building. Looking at the final outcome, his choices were very good and we can jokingly say that this year's Khimki is the most Hoopfellas-oriented team of the Euroleague.

The quartet of Thomas Robinson -Gill (Hoopfellas proposals for Olympiacos) -neycutt-Markovic is excellent and will give a tough and versatile character to the Moscovites on defense. The frontline is extra full (basically it might be 'too full' and I hope this traffic does not backfire in the Euroleague, where player like Zubkov-Monya may be left behind in the rotation, although I believe that M. Thomas and Gill will have good internal competition in their positions) with the addition of a facilitator in the name of Malcolm Thomas next to a banger with a big body (Sokolov), and a flexible PnR centre (Todorovic), who can be the extra ace up the sleeve, after a very good season (let's not forget that he is the product of our beloved 'Penya'). The Russians got Jenkins and James Anderson for their wings. I must say I was expecting something fresher, but it's absolutely understood that the coach invested in experienced players that can secure for him a productive flow, at times when he will not 'love' Shved... The key-player in this structure in the way it has been build will be Markovic. He brings with him leadership, quarterback skills and a pass first character that changes the heart rate of this team. It's important for him to avoid injuries. Coach Bartsokas has Zytsev behind him (a long, athletic guard) and has left a gap on purpose, as he often plays Shved, and even Jenkins sometimes, at '1'. We may see an addition there during the season, depending on the performance of the Russian role-players, which will set the limits of the real depth of the line. Generally, Khimki has a full roster, I repeat, and not only do they have several players, they also have a group of players that offers them a great variety of solutions and lineups (they can play Small or Big, without giving anything away in terms of quality), which means that they have a high degree of adjustability in various situations, something that is considered necessary in modern basketball. What remains to be seen is how the tempo that will be chosen as the basis of their philosophy will affect the productivity of this group of players in relation to their characteristics. Excellent work.

GRADE: A

BROSE BASKETS

A total change of philosophy by Andrea Trinkieri, after Daniele Baiesi left the team. They turned to the American market again to fill in the places of the important players that left the team, and they are leaving behind their 'European' character of last year's roster. What surprised us the most was the selection of players with different assets in relation to the players that last year presented us with the best fundamental offense in the league. This year's Brose is a more physical/athletic team (especially its backcourt), but they are lacking the ability for outside execution, an asset on which they relied their (ideally spaced) offense last year.

I am almost certain that the coach will change the way they execute through PnR action, setting different objectives regarding the nature of the final shot. Coach Trinkieri's offensive philosophy relies a lot on close outs and the movement of the opponents' defense, so this year we might see the Germans get in the paint more (Hickman-Hackett) and attack within this context. With Bryce Taylor at '3' (there is a gap there, as behind him there are two German SF with a common basis in their game) and Augustine Rubit sharing the '5' position with Radosevic, the Germans have to focus more on the open court. The key (traditionally in the game of the Italian coach) for this year will again be the '4' position, where Brose invested in two players that have a lot to prove, Mitrovic and Quincy Miller. The extent to which the American will respond, will significantly affect the image of the team, and this may have a negative or positive effect on his individual status. The Defensive Anchor named Daniel Theiss will be missed (they will probably have to look for a player in the frontcourt soon), as will the high IQ of last year. For some reason, I believe that the players that came to Bamberg this year will improve their individual status (almost everyone, excellent individuals with a motive), but I am not yet sure how they will function well together.

GRADE: B-

CSKA MOSCOW

I have great respect in the ability (apart from everything else) of coach Dimitris Itoudis as a recruiter. Without doubt, it is as good as his coaching ability, which puts him in the top of Europe. After CSKA returned to losing at semifinals last year, this year they are trying to go to battle with fresh, unaffected from bad karma players in main roles. Rodriguez was the best player to replace Teodosic, and the new go-to-guy in crucial moments. With him on the driver's seat, the coach ensures that the team's up tempo offense he brought to Moscow will continue at the highest level. Jackson's replacement, Leo Westerman is a player with different assets (it's a fact that CSKA will be worse on the defensive end), and the Russian team is called to develop the player. The French guard (it's a huge opportunity for him) is able to develop his chemistry with DeColo and help the Russian offense with his passive character, but I am still having second thoughts, not for his talent, but for how he will be able to respond in his first season. With Clybern (he will support Small Ball situations with his physical/athletic package and play everywhere) next to Higgins (plus DeColo), CSKA have some of the best finishers in Europe both in traffic and in the open court, and they are probably the strongest team in the league in terms of 1 on 1. Hunter is an upgrade compared to Augustine, given his ability on defense, but I get the feeling that the Russians may need the safety net of a bigger body on the bench. Maybe Khryapa will play most of his minutes at '5'.

GRADE: B

OLYMPIACOS

Going in the Off Season, I had the feeling that Olympiacos will have very specific targets and priorities, aiming at improving parts of their game (we have talked about them in the beginning of last season) that 'hurt' them last year. Playmaking/alternative source of creation (except Spanoulis) in their effort to have a more versatile offense, depth, in order to decompress some of their players (Printezis), vertical game/better ability for the team to get in the paint in the final stretch of offense for executing or creating. The loss of Birch required his replacement by a good rim protector in order for the Reds to be able to keep their high standards in the main categories of the nature of their game that have been the main components of their philosophy. Their total investment in the market money-wise was more than good. Almost every player that signed with them is excellent. Just excellent. However, it is highly doubtful whether they will be able to perform within this environment and give Olympiacos a more versatile character in both ends of the court.

Coach Sfairopoulos insisted on adding backcourt firepower and having a complete roster with quality shooters, but this led to them not having a slasher or an 1 on 1 player that can create good shots for the rest of them. Roberts-Strelnieks (two players that I really like as units) bring quality, but they are two guards with similar assets (the Latvian will have to step up on defense). Maybe after the choice of Thompson at '3' (we had said that since you are investing in the 'Pap' duo, a special-role player would have been a good fit there, who wouldn't ask for many playing minutes) the Reds should have looked for a different type of guard, minimizing the risk of being too guard-oriented on offense when Spanoulis is on the bench. Tillie is a great tool and McLean has offensive skills that didn't exist in the '5' position last year, but will Milutinov (who has worked on his footwork, as we said last year, he will be the main pillar of the new team's offense, I can safely say that he will be one of the best Centres in the Euroleague) efficiently defend above the rim? It is clear (as it was last year) that the members of the team declare their will for the team to run more and look for the open court, but do they have really good finishers and creators in fast break? Olympiacos have more sting (and personality) this year, but it will be interesting to see through what process the coach will be able to activate these peripheral 'arrows' (when Spanoulis is on the bench, with him on the court it's certain that they will roll). Will Olympiacos be able to show us the same hard-nosed defense (which has been their constant for several years) with its current form in the backcourt and frontcourt? These are questions that must be answered. The whole endeavour is expected with great interest...

GRADE: B

ANADOLU EFES

Let's move on to the -always special- proposal of coach Perasovic. First of all I would like to say that I would really like to see players such as Motum or Simon (or Causeur, who signed with Real Madrid) playing for the Greek teams, but this is the context of coach Perasovic's basketball (Dynamic basketball as the main philosophy from which every action is derived). The Croatian coach is back to iso guards, signing Errick McCollum (without doubt an elite scorer) and Josh Adams (we had talked about him) looking for the package of the next Mike James. Stimac-Muric are good players, but the latter will be called to play a bigger (than the one he is ready for) role, playing for a coach that had players such as Hanga and Honeycutt in his position... Batuk is adding outside shooting (although there might be traffic with Simon, even though the way the Croatian plays with the ball may suggest lineups with two G/F on the wings). Ledo is a talented swingman and he may have good numbers within this context (and draw some attention) but he is not very efficient when it comes to deciding under pressure. There is no PnR-guard (I can see Simon running PnR actions) to work with Dunston on a regular basis. Anadolu is screaming 1 on 1. They will mostly rely on transition, but it is doubtful whether they can be efficient (and make few mistakes when they are asked to cooperate, which is important in this type of basketball) in set actions, where they look like they can be easily read.

GRADE: -

FENERBAHCE

The champions must defend their title after last year's triumphant season, which will not be easy. The duo of Obradovic-Gherardini had to work really hard this offseason, as their team lost two of the most significant pillars when Bogdanovic and Udoh left for the NBA. Let's not forget that not only were these two players among the elite in terms of Euroleague basketball, they were also two players that had delved deep into Zoc's philosophy, which is very important. So, their replacement in the Fener structure requires time, not just signing two equally great players instead of them. With the much respected Gherardini on their side, the Turks managed to sign Nicolo Melli (probably the most versatile PF around...) and invested fot their frontcourt in a talented and proven American player that played his entire career in the Kings, Jason Thompson. The common ground of these choices was their ability to pass the ball (remember how significant Udoh was as a playmaker from the free throw line or the low post), aiming at Fener being able to keep similar standards in their half court offense. Apart from being a quality Turkish player, the presence of Guler in the team as a facilitator will give depth to the team, as Dixon will become 34 this season and Sloukas will be called to step up (good timing with the leadership he showed in the Eurobasket, which followed his successful season last year with everything he gave to his team), an internal change that will bring a fresh breeze to the Turkish team. This will be Guduric's first year with coach Obradovic (it will be hard for the Serbian wing) and everyone is expecting to see how he will improve his thinking, decision-making and behaviour with the ball in his hands. Wannamaker was just necessary to complete the puzzle, as he is one of the overall best players in Europe today with his vertical game and his impressive 1 on 1 ability that creates chances for his teammates. There is, I think, an intentional gap in the '4' position (Zoc will probably have a short rotation in his frontline, relying on the trio of Melli-Vessly-Thompson) in order to use the depth at '3' (Datome, Nunnaly as a defensive stopper, Kalinic) with coach Obradovic playing Kalinic in a PF role (we saw that it was successful last year) allowing for a 'window' at '5' for Duverioglou. Fenerbahce did the best they could do...

GRADE: A

PANATHINAIKOS

Panathinaikos moved in very specific financial standards in this year's market, aiming at depth and good fits that would be within coach Pascual's philosophy. The 'Greens' will try to change their philosophy on offense and rely more on terms such as motion, ball movement, and detailed spacing, as opposed to last year, where they relied more on 1 on 1. Their thinking is quite good, but it will not be easy and it requires patience. The 'Clover' lost in personality (James, Bouroussis), but in the long term they can cover this lack of personality with proper decoding of their new objectives through cooperation. It is clear that in this roster shooting firepower has piled up, as at '2' '3' and '4' there are shooters such as Denmon, Rivers, Lojeski and Singleton (provided that he continues to consistently open up defenses from '4').

Panathinaikos' whole game this year (apart from the quality of work of their coach, who will be the barometer in this effort, as we stressed immediately after the end of last season) will be decided by the players that come from behind. These players will be called (regardless of the importance of the role they will be given) to support this structure. It's more than obvious that Panathinaikos will need one of the two '5' that are behind Gist (Auguste, Vougioukas) to step up. It's also obvious that Lucas Lekavicius' performance in the year of his transition to the next level in a very significant role, will play a major role in the performance of the team. Will James Gist (I was expecting something more fresh, more 'hungry' here) be able to stay injury-free and keep the balance of roles in the rotation? Panathinaikos has defensive versatility with Antetokounmpo and Gabriel behind the main lineup, and Matt Lojeski may gradually become a point of reference in the Weak Side and generally in Close Out offense. In general, the Greens made less fancy moves than their 'eternal' opponents, who signed players with bigger individual status, but the Greens' selection of players shows a specific direction and they will be able to work well within the specific context coach Pascual has in mind.

GRADE: B+

BARCELONA

Barcelone moved in the market aiming to sign players that are able to support Sito Alonso's fast game, as the Catalans want to revive the fast pace of the past in the era of their new coach. Their team will be fast this year, emphasising on speed of deployment and execution, but they will need to work. There is lots of talent and depth. The forward line is more than full (Hanga-the only swingman-Sanders, Klaver, Moerman and, of course, Vezenkov, the young player will be even more important this year, despite the internal competition) and gives the coach a wide variety of choices, but the entire nature of the roster, as it has shaped up, gives the impression that the Catalans may have bet more than they should in bringing together offensive skills, without placing defensive pillars among it. For example, the duo of Heurtel-Pressey at '1' may hide the ball in the open court, offering superb playmaking skills (very good in PnR actions), but with Kopponen-Ribas still recovering from injuries, it's unclear how they will be able to give defensive stops (Hanga, get ready!). At '5' Seraphin brings scoring and a great physical package, but (especially with Tomic as his partner) they lack in great defensive instincts (even though they can defend up high). So, we may see Small Ball, based on the versatility of the forward line. It will also be interesting to see how well this team can shoot the ball, and mainly how they will 'distribute' the possessions on offense, as they have several players that get in the game through their execution. Barcelona has the background to offer a great spectacle, but there are question about how fast they will find the necessary balance in their game to take advantage of all their players.

GRADE: B

MACCABI TEL AVIV

Total rebuilding in Tel Aviv with Maccabi creating an entirely new team on a different basis and a different direction. Neven Spahija brings the culture of Pace & Space offense, which he adopted in Atlanta next to coach Budenholzer. The Croatian coach (coming from the U.S., but from an organisation with deep European influence and a game style deriving from the Spurs tank) made deep changes in the team and changed everything, which is exactly what MTL needed in my opinion. The veteral Israeli players (Pnini, Mekel, Ohayon, Landesberg) left the team as part of the problem, and Spahija only kept Segev and brought Di Bartolomeo and Mashour (they both had excellents season last year), Cohen (he returns to Maccabi) to 'fill' the frontcourt, and he also brought Yovel Zoosman (a SF born in 1998, whom the Croatian coach plays a lot, a young player who can shoot the ball, as we saw in the U20 championship in Crete). This young core of Israeli players is great news and also a significant parameter regarding how these young players will respond in main or secondary (but equally significant) or supporting roles, as the roster has been structured in such a manner as to leave certain gaps with these player in mind. The recruiting of the main core was Spahija-oriented, i.e. with players that can support his game. Guards that can both shoot and create (Pierre Jackson-Michael Roll), a Spurs draftee in the forwards (DeShaun Thomas), a very strong body with a specific physical/athletic package that can play the role of defensive stopper on the wings (Deandre Kane), plus the quick feet of Tyus next to the size of Parakhouski. The cherry on top was the twice NBA champion, Norris Cole, who brings the necessary star quality in the backcourt (although Jackson seems more in line with this type of basketball). One of the most intriguing moves was signing the Australian player, Jonah Bolden, who will start at '4' and his development (great potential, as we've mentioned before, although he needs time to adapt his game to this level, that's why he might be a bit late in performing well) being a bet for the organisation. Maccabi is more fresh, more modern, more rationally built for modern standards of European basketball. They are certainly a better 'team' (in the sense that regardless of the result, this year they have a specific direction) than last year's mess. The key to their game will be their defensive behaviour. For starters, there are certain questions in regard to whether coach Spahija will be able to get this group of players on the same page on defense. However, in total, based on the philosophy this roster was built, the work done in the Off Season was good.

GRADE: B+



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Juwan HOWARD JR.
  FoKoPo
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 33
 1. Howard Jr., FoKoPo33.0 
 2. Sandberg, TuNM.31.0 
 3. Kaaresvirta, PeU-B.31.0 
 4. Merchant, FoKoPo26.0 
 5. Towa, Jarvenpaa25.0 
 6. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.23.5 
 7. Graham, PuHu J.23.0 
 8. Booker, Bisons L.22.0 
 9. Moultrie, Ura B.22.0 
 10. Kopio, Jarvenpaa22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsene TOWA
  Jarvenpaa
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 20
 1. Towa, Jarvenpaa20.0 
 2. Jennings, ToPo16.0 
 3. Moultrie, Ura B.15.0 
 4. Sandberg, TuNM.13.5 
 5. Lawrence, PeU-B.13.0 
 6. Pwono, Lahti12.0 
 7. Williams, Pyrin.12.0 
 8. Rainamaa, Ura B.12.0 
 9. Kuusisto, ToPo11.0 
 10. Laihonen, TuNM.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pyry MARTTINEN
  MuKi
  (184-G-99)
  Avg: 8
 1. Marttinen, MuKi8.0 
 2. Kopio, Jarvenpaa8.0 
 3. Shchepkin, Raholan .7.0 
 4. Ailio, MuKi7.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrin.6.0 
 6. Kaukiainen, Korik.6.0 
 7. Pwono, Lahti5.0 
 8. Booker, Bisons L.5.0 
 9. Eboreime, HNMKY U.5.0 
 10. Timonen, MuKi5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julius PEHKONEN
  Jarvenpaa
  (191-G/F-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Pehkonen, Jarvenpaa5.0 
 2. Howard Jr., FoKoPo5.0 
 3. Pursiainen, MuKi5.0 
 4. Blomqvist, HyPo4.0 
 5. Merchant, FoKoPo4.0 
 6. Kuusisto, ToPo4.0 
 7. Moultrie, Ura B.4.0 
 8. Hall, Korikouvot3.0 
 9. Shchepkin, Raholan .3.0 
 10. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikael SANDBERG
  TuNM.
  (210-C-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sandberg, TuNM.2.5 
 2. Vallila, HNMKY U.2.0 
 3. Pwono, Lahti2.0 
 4. Caldwell, Bisons L.2.0 
 5. Kotavuo, FoKoPo2.0 
 6. Aaltonen, Ura B.2.0 
 7. Hietanen, Pyrin.2.0 
 8. Lawrence, PeU-B.2.0 
 9. Heiskanen, Espoo B.1.0 
 10. Jaakkola, Espoo B.1.0 


Korisliiga Round 2: Tampereen Pyrinto defeat BC Nokia - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of BC Nokia (1-1) on the court of Tampereen Pyrinto on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tampereen Pyrinto 76-71. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with 18 points and 4 assists for BC Nokia. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tampereen Pyrinto is looking forward to face Lapuan Korikobrat (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BC Nokia will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Helsinki Seagulls (3-0) which played road game in Kauhajoki against Kauhajoki (1-1). Helsinki Seagulls had an easy win 98-77. The former international Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Kayel Locke chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Flenard Whitfield (201-90, college: W.Michigan) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kauhajoki will play against Salon Vilpas to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game between Joensuun Kataja (1-0) and KTP-Basket (0-3) in Joensuu on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Joensuun Kataja outscored guests from Kotka 109-70. Wesley Saunders notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by Deon Edwin did not help to save the game for KTP-Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja will meet Helsinki Seagulls on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTP-Basket will play against Espoo United (#4) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 Salon Vilpas was smashed by Kouvot on the road 96-71.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 25 points and 12 rebounds by Jamie Skeen of Kouvot.

Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 96-71

Kouvot used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Salo 96-71 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 18-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-71. Kouvot looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Jamie Skeen (203-88, college: VCU) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international Ville Kaunisto (204-82, agency: Court Side) supported him with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Five Kouvot players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by American guard Javontae Hawkins (196-93, college: Fordham, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Salon Vilpas. His fellow American import guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kouvot will meet UU-Korihait (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Salon Vilpas will play against Kauhajoki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: J.Skeen 25+12reb+3ast, W.Bernard 20+2reb+5ast, V.Kaunisto 19+11reb+3ast, J.Sinclair 15+5reb+1ast, T.Hirvonen 10+1reb+9ast, T.Gipson 4+11reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: J.Hawkins 17+10reb, T.Carberry 12+7reb+2ast, A.Jones 12+5reb+1ast, C.Barry 9+4reb, T.Rannikko 7+1reb+6ast, J.Nenonen 5+3reb
gschID: 574272


Kataja Basket - KTP Basket 109-70

The game between Joensuun Kataja (1-0) and KTP-Basket (0-3) in Joensuu on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Joensuun Kataja outscored guests from Kotka 109-70. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 21 KTP-Basket turnovers. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American swingman Wesley Saunders (196-93, college: Harvard) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall, agency: Inception Sports) supported him with 18 points and 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by U.S. Virgin Islands guard Deon Edwin (190-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for KTP-Basket. American center Kenneth Simms (206-86, college: Cumberland) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja will meet Helsinki Seagulls on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTP-Basket will play against Espoo United (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: W.Saunders 21+10reb+5ast, I.Seppala 19+5ast, D.Pitts 18+2reb+9ast, A.Marzette 14+7reb, M.Kauhanen 10+3reb, M.Hezekiah 9+1reb
KTP Basket: D.Edwin 22+9reb+3ast, K.Simms 14+5reb+5ast, M.Pounds 9+2reb+1ast, M.Thomas 8+3reb+1ast, M.Aalto 6+3reb, J.Horton 5+1reb
gschID: 574271


Pyrinto - BC Nokia 76-71

The most surprising game was a loss of BC Nokia (1-1) on the court of Tampereen Pyrinto on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tampereen Pyrinto 76-71. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with 18 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Vincent Council (186-90, college: Providence) added 6 points and 6 assists in the effort for BC Nokia. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tampereen Pyrinto is looking forward to face Lapuan Korikobrat (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BC Nokia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 25+1reb+3ast, D.Giles 14+8reb+3ast, J.Caven 11+5reb, B.Asbury 8+6reb+2ast, K.Manigault 7+8reb+1ast, J.Green 4+3reb+1ast
BC Nokia: L.Gilbert 18+4reb+4ast, E.Skamo 11+3reb+1ast, N.Andersen 9+1reb, N.Mattila 7, V.Council 6+4reb+6ast, A.Alanen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 574270


Kauhajoki - Helsinki Seagulls 77-98

An interesting game for Helsinki Seagulls (3-0) which played road game in Kauhajoki against Kauhajoki (1-1). Helsinki Seagulls had an easy win 98-77. Strangely Kauhajoki outrebounded Helsinki Seagulls 101-88 including 39 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 60.7 percentage. Helsinki Seagulls players were unselfish on offense dishing 39 assists. Kauhajoki was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Flenard Whitfield (201-90, college: W.Michigan) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kauhajoki will play against Salon Vilpas to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: A.Kanervo 23+5reb+4ast, J.Marshall 20+1reb+1ast, K.Locke 14+7reb+2ast, T.Heinonen 12+2reb+2ast, D.Jackson 9+4reb+6ast, T.Kotti 8+7reb+4ast
Kauhajoki: S.Maxwell 15+3reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 13+4reb+5ast, F.Whitfield 12+8reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 9+6reb+2ast, F.Edwin 9+5reb, M.Allen 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 574269





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

24-year old swingman Wesley Saunders (196-G/F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kataja Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team KTP Basket (#11, 0-3) with 39-point margin 109-70. Kataja Basket is placed at 3rd position in Finnish league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Kataja Basket 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 Saunders had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kataja Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Harvard University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Saunders is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.0rpg), assists (7th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 4.0spg,55.6% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jamie Skeen (203-F-88) of league's second-best Kouvot. He is American forward in his first season at Kouvot. In the last game Skeen recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Kouvot to another comfortable win outscoring Salon Vilpas (1-2) 96-71. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Skeen is a newcomer at Kouvot and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kouvot's star - forward Ville Kaunisto (204-PF-82, agency: Court Side). Kaunisto scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Kouvot, helping his team with a 96-71 easy win against Salon Vilpas (#9, 1-2). Kouvot needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost game. Kaunisto has a great season in Finland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Kataja Basket - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Deon Edwin (190-G-92) of KTP Basket - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Antti Kanervo (192-SG-89) of Helsinki Seagulls - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Antero Lehto (185-PG-84) of Pyrinto - 25 points and 3 assists
8. Kenneth Simms (206-C-86) of KTP Basket - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ilari Seppala (188-G-93) of Kataja Basket - 19 points and 5 assists
10. Kayel Locke (196-F-94) of Helsinki Seagulls - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Kyle TRESNAK
  RAC Basket
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Tresnak, RAC Basket22.0 
 2. Watkins, Boulogne21.0 
 3. Watt, Gries/Ob.20.5 
 4. Milka, Lorient20.0 
 5. Temgoua, Boulogne18.0 
 6. Sencanski, RAC B.18.0 
 7. Painter, Challans17.5 
 8. Zengotitaben., Gries/Ob.17.5 
 9. Rakocevic, SAP V.17.0 
 10. Reed, Saint Vallier17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moise DIAME
  Brissac-.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Diame, Brissac-.12.0 
 2. Gourari, RAC Basket10.5 
 3. Robinson, Orchies9.5 
 4. Walker, Saint-Quentin8.7 
 5. Milosevic, La Charite8.5 
 6. Duro, Gries/Ob.8.0 
 7. Jean-B., Boulogne8.0 
 8. Watt, Gries/Ob.8.0 
 9. Mitchell, ALS B.8.0 
 10. Staniulis, Souffel7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon CLARK
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 8
 1. Clark, ALS Basket8.0 
 2. Forcada, Gries/Ob.7.0 
 3. Bichard, RAC Basket7.0 
 4. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 5. Pryor, Lourdes6.5 
 6. Siegwarth, SAP V.6.0 
 7. Temgoua, Boulogne5.5 
 8. Saounera, Challans5.5 
 9. El-Amrani, Saint V.5.0 
 10. Harris, Souffel5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jared NEWSON
  Lorient
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Newson, Lorient4.0 
 2. Rigaux, Brissac-.3.0 
 3. Robin, Brissac-.3.0 
 4. Diehl, Souffel3.0 
 5. Lesca, Lourdes3.0 
 6. Mendy, Souffel2.5 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket2.5 
 8. Watkins, Boulogne2.5 
 9. El-Amrani, Saint V.2.5 
 10. Diemer, Souffel2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Gries/Ob.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Watt, Gries/Ob.2.0 
 2. Pansa, CFBB2.0 
 3. Dossou-Yovo, CF.1.7 
 4. Clerence, Chartres1.7 
 5. Davis, Saint-Quentin1.3 
 6. Zengotitaben., Gries/Ob.1.0 
 7. Milosevic, La Charite1.0 
 8. Awich, Souffel1.0 
 9. Mukuna, ALS Basket1.0 
 10. Staniulis, Souffel1.0 


Lille signs Cory Remekun - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) signed 26-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Cory Remekun (203-107kg-91, college: St.Louis, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 19 games he had 6.9ppg and 4.5rpg. Remekun helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 5.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Remekun played at Rogaska (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 26 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 7.8rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.3bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Slovenian League All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team.
His college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2013.
Remekun has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Germany (Dragons Rhoendorf) and Greece (Nea Kifisia).
He attended Saint Louis University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ProA U21 Round 3: CCRB Pro lose to Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

ProA U21 Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of CCRB Pro (2-1) on the court of Strasbourg on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Strasbourg 83-67. Strasbourg forced 24 CCRB Pro turnovers. It was a great evening for point guard Ludovic Beyhurst (172-99) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Power forward Marc Kwedi (200-97) helped adding 15 points and 11 rebounds. Strasbourg's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Thomas Pottier (196-99) with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Strasbourg is looking forward to face Le Mans (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CCRB Pro will play against ES Chalonnais (#2) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Toulon. Hyeres-Toulon (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Limoges (0-3) 84-82 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was an exceptional evening for Digue Diawara who led the winners and scored 23 points. Corentin Lopez accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds. Hyeres-Toulon's coach used entire bench in such tough game. DR Congolese center Merveille Muninga (203-97) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Limoges in the defeat. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Limoges will play against Levallois (#14) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Antibes where Antibes (0-3) was upset on its own court by Le Portel (1-2) 87-62 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Mounir Bernaoui who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Thomas Durand who recorded 17 points and 5 assists. Le Portel will meet at home Nanterre (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Antibes will play against Bourg (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3: Boulazac lost to undefeated Nanterre on the opponent's court 66-86. Gravelines managed to outperform Monaco in a home game 68-61. Levallois lost to undefeated ES Chalonnais on the road 46-61. Lyon-Villeurbanne lost to undefeated Cholet on its own court 60-80. Pau-Lacq-Orthez beat Le Mans in a road game 78-70. Winless Dijon lost to Bourg at home 65-74.

Group U21
Nanterre - Boulazac 86-66

Very expected game when Boulazac (1-2) was crushed on the road by Nanterre (3-0) 86-66 on Wednesday. Nanterre forced 19 Boulazac turnovers and outrebounded them 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Armand Mensah (182-99) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Forward Arson Mendy (203-98) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dylan Affo (196-99) who recorded 17 points and Aygalenq Alexandre (187-97) added 15 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nanterre will meet Le Portel (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac will play against Gravelines and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: D.Affo 17+4reb+1ast, A.Alexandre 15+4reb+1ast, M.Da Silva 10+4reb+1ast, V.Eugenie 10+8reb+1ast, A.Labanere 5+2reb+7ast, F.Adolphe 5+4reb
Nanterre: A.Mensah 20+5ast, A.Mendy 12+10reb, A.Baal 12+4reb+3ast, J.Pansa 11+6reb+1ast, M.Dadiet 8+5reb+5ast, A.Brimont 6+4reb
gschID: 580226


Strasbourg - CCRB Pro 83-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of CCRB Pro (2-1) on the court of Strasbourg on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Strasbourg 83-67. Strasbourg forced 24 CCRB Pro turnovers. It was a great evening for point guard Ludovic Beyhurst (172-99) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Power forward Marc Kwedi (200-97) helped adding 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Strasbourg players scored in double figures. Strasbourg's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Thomas Pottier (196-99) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Jules Rambaut (202-98) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Strasbourg is looking forward to face Le Mans (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CCRB Pro will play against ES Chalonnais (#2) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CCRB Pro: T.Pottier 17+7reb+1ast, J.Rambaut 12+11reb+1ast, P.Massoma 11+8reb+2ast, F.Fereira 8+11reb, A.Leboeuf 8+2reb+1ast, M.Imhoff 5+1reb+5ast
Strasbourg: L.Beyhurst 19+5reb+8ast, V.Pota 16+2ast, Q.Goulmy 15+7reb+1ast, M.Kwedi 15+11reb+2ast, L.Rucklin 6+1reb+1ast, J.Wagner 5
gschID: 580227


Gravelines - Monaco 68-61

Very predictable result when Gravelines (3-0) defeated at home Monaco (1-2) 68-61 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Matthias Flosse (209-98) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Louis Marnette (194-1) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Kevin Cham (182-98, college: High School) who recorded 24 points and 5 steals and DR Congolese Shekinah Munanga (201-97) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Gravelines will meet Boulazac (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Monaco will play against Lyon-Villeurbanne and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Monaco: K.Cham 24+2reb+3ast, S.Munanga 16+8reb+2ast, R.Poinas 10+7reb+1ast, A.Boisson 5+5reb, A.Nardini 4+5reb+1ast, B.Cissoko 2+1reb
Gravelines: L.Marnette 21+1reb+2ast, M.Flosse 13+12reb+1ast, B.David 11+2reb, L.Bourhis 8+6reb+4ast, D.Stariniets 6+2reb, D.Marico 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 580222


ES Chalonnais - Levallois 61-46

Not a big story in a game when Levallois (1-2) was defeated on the road by ES Chalonnais (3-0) 61-46 on Saturday. ES Chalonnais forced 27 Levallois turnovers. The best player for the winners was Polish swingman Jan Wojcik (205-99) who scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Etienne Ca (210-97) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Neal Sako (207-98) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and forward Ivan Fevrier (204-99) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ES Chalonnais will meet CCRB Pro (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Levallois will play against Limoges and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Levallois: N.Sako 18+13reb, I.Boutinane 10+2reb, I.Fevrier 7+8reb, R.Albicy 7+3reb+3ast, D.Mpondo Ekoume 2+2reb, T.Gricourt 2+2reb+3ast
ES Chalonnais: E.Ca 13+5reb, H.Besson 13+1reb, J.Wojcik 10+7reb+3ast, M.Missonnier 9+3ast, W.Wembo 4+4reb+1ast, S.Wojcik 3+6reb
gschID: 580220


Hyeres-Toulon - Limoges 84-82

Important game to mention about took place in Toulon. Hyeres-Toulon (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Limoges (0-3) 84-82 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Hyeres-Toulon made 26-of-29 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Limoges turnovers. Limoges was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Digue Diawara who led the winners and scored 23 points. Guard Corentin Lopez (193-97) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Hyeres-Toulon's coach used entire bench in such tough game. DR Congolese center Merveille Muninga (203-97) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Benjamin Delage (183-97) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively for Limoges in the defeat. Four Hyeres-Toulon and five Limoges players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Limoges will play against Levallois (#14) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Limoges: B.Delage 22+1reb+5ast, M.Muninga 16+10reb+2ast, T.Eboh 14+7reb+3ast, A.Alix 13+2reb, R.Bordin 11+4reb+1ast, J.Verove 4+6reb+1ast
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Diawara 23+4reb+3ast, C.Lopez 19+7reb+2ast, S.Sanou 15+1reb+3ast, I.Sarr 14+5reb+1ast, B.Bouquier 5+3reb+2ast, Q.Losser 4+2reb
gschID: 580223


Lyon-Villeurbanne - Cholet 60-80

Everything went according to plan when Cholet (3-0) outscored on the road Lyon-Villeurbanne (1-2) 80-60 on Saturday. Cholet dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Lyon-Villeurbanne's 20. They outrebounded Lyon-Villeurbanne 44-12 including a 15-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cholet looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was center Warren Woghiren (207-98) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guyanese forward Youri Morose (200-97) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Five Cholet players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Theo Maledon (192-0) who recorded 18 points and 6 assists and guard Sofiane Briki (193-99) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Cholet will meet at home Dijon (#16) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lyon-Villeurbanne will play against Monaco (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lyon-Villeurbanne: T.Maledon 18+2reb+6ast, S.Briki 15+5reb+3ast, L.Alexis 8+2reb, F.Bastien 7+1reb+1ast, M.Strazel 5+1ast, N.Pharose 3+1reb+1ast
Cholet: Q.Ruel 18+6reb+2ast, W.Woghiren 17+11reb, Y.Thalgott 14+4reb+4ast, K.Hayes 11+4reb+8ast, Y.Morose 10+13reb+4ast, R.Edzata 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 580225


Le Mans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 70-78

But Le Mans was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Pau 78-70 on Saturday night. Pau-Lacq-Orthez forced 21 Le Mans turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Hugo Blanc (201-98) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Center Thibault Daval-Braquet (210-97) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mel Esso-Essis (199-98) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jacques Eyoum (196-0) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will meet at home Hyeres-Toulon (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Mans will play against Strasbourg (#5) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: M.Esso-Essis 21+6reb+2ast, J.Eyoum 14+6reb+1ast, L.Jackson 9+2reb+5ast, J.Zero 8+5reb+3ast, M.Ebonkoli 6+2reb, M.Doumbe 5+4reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: H.Blanc 20+8reb+1ast, T.Daval-Braquet 14+5reb+4ast, L.Zabalou 14, S.Bouhalloufa 10+2reb+1ast, E.Chassaigne 9+2reb+4ast, H.Pellure 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 580224


Dijon - Bourg 65-74

No shocking result in a game when Bourg (2-1) won against on the road Dijon (0-3) 74-65 on Friday. Bourg dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Dijon's 38. The best player for the winners was Alexis Collin (196-98) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Belgian power forward Thomas Van-Ounsem (206-99) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Swiss point guard Noah Burrell (190-97) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and center Gary Berchel (203-98) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bourg will meet at home Antibes (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dijon will play against Cholet and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dijon: N.Burrell 19+7reb+1ast, G.Berchel 15+5reb, D.Archinard 9+4reb, L.Weber 7+2reb, N.Dorez 5+3reb+1ast, E.Der 4+1reb
Bourg: A.Collin 20+9reb+1ast, T.Van Ounsem 19+6reb+1ast, T.Desseignet 10+4ast, T.Rey 9+6reb+5ast, M.Ndiaye 5+3reb+1ast, J.Cretinon 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 580221


Antibes - Le Portel 62-87

An interesting game took place in Antibes where Antibes (0-3) was upset on its own court by Le Portel (1-2) 87-62 on Friday. Le Portel dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Antibes' 38. Le Portel forced 23 Antibes turnovers. The best player for the winners was power forward Mounir Bernaoui (204-97) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Vladimir Ilic chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Thomas Durand (190-97) who recorded 17 points and 5 assists and guard Robin Pradines (192-0) added 14 points respectively. Le Portel will meet at home Nanterre (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Antibes will play against Bourg (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Durand 17+4reb+5ast, R.Pradines 14+3reb+2ast, F.Sangodeyi 8+3reb, G.Neri 8+3reb+1ast, M.Rostomoff 6+3reb+2ast, B.Maukner 5+3reb+3ast
Le Portel: M.Bernaoui 23+5reb+3ast, Y.Diaby 12+5reb+2ast, V.Ilic 11+6reb+2ast, M.Courtois 10+3reb+3ast, M.Piccoli 10+4reb, R.Deprez 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 580219





Nic Batum Likely Out 2-3 Months After Tearing Ligament In Elbow - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) tore a ligament in his left elbow during Wednesday's preseason game. Batum will likely miss 8-12 weeks with the injury. Spencer Perry of Queen City Hoops first reported the injury. Batum will receive additional opinions on whether he needs to undergo surgery. Batum signed a five-year, $120 million deal to stay with the Hornets in 2016.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Louis Labeyrie claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Louis Labeyrie (208-C/F-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Strasbourg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 25-year old had a double-double of 20 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Chalons-Reims (#11, 1-2) with 21-point margin 93-72. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Strasbourg is placed at 10th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Strasbourg will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Labeyrie turned to be Strasbourg's top player in his first season with the team. Labeyrie has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Labeyrie is in league's top in and averages solid 63.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg. Ndoye impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Bourg to another comfortable win 87-74 over Dijon (2-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Ndoye is well-known by Bourg fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Nicolas Moore (175-PG-92, agency: Players Group) of Nanterre (#8). Moore scored 21 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was a key player of Nanterre, leading his team to a 98-68 easy win against Boulazac (#15, 0-3). Nanterre needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Moore has a very solid season. In 3 games in France he scored 13.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Paris-Levallois - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Justin Cobbs (190-G-91) of Le Mans - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 19 points and 5 rebounds
7. Vincent Sanford (193-G-90) of Antibes - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Adam Smith (185-PG-92) of Chalon - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Danny Gibson (178-PG-84) of Limoges - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Monaco - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Kozuv adds Shalev to their roster - by Dragan Ristov

KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija (Prva Liga) added to their roster 21-year old power forward Martin Shalev (204-96) from Vardar. Shalev has played there for the last three years. In 16 Prva Liga games he recorded 4.6ppg and 2.3rpg last season. He also played that season for Vardar where in 16 Prva Liga games he averaged 4.6ppg and 2.3rpg.
Shalev's team made it to the U18 Championships Semifinals in 2013.
He represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.4ppg, 1.1rpg.
Shalev has played previously for two other teams: Rabotnicki and Junior Fruktal.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in FYR Macedonia



Kozuv inks Miladin Pekovic - by Dragan Ristov

KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija (Prva Liga) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell). He will still stay in FYR Macedonia where he played last season at KK Kumanovo 2009 (Prva Liga). In 25 games he had 11.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.6apg. Pekovic also played 17 games in Balkan League where he recorded 10.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Pekovic played at Feni Industries. In 33 Prva Liga games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2015 and 2016.
Pekovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Germany (Gladiators and EWE Baskets), Romania (Targu Mures) and Serbia (BKK Radnicki, Beobanka and Proleter Naftagas).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jordan Theodore selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jordan Theodore
Jordan Theodore
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (0-1) 76-60 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Theodore recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. It was his first game for Armani Milano this season. His team is placed third in the Serie A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Theodore is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely Theodore has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League). He contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the closely-ranked Mega Bemax (1-1) 90-80 in the ABA League on Wednesday night. Antic scored 10 points in only 10 minutes. It was his first game for Crvena Zvezda this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the ABA League. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Antic's first year with the team. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He helped his Turkish team Demir IBB win their game against Tartu Ulikool 87-78 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Stojanovski scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basketis placed in the FIBA Europe Cup. This season Stojanovski averages: 8.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 83.3%. He is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Nenad Dimitrijevic
Nenad Dimitrijevic
   #4. Point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98, currently plays in Spain). Dimitrijevic could not help Joventut to beat FC Barcelona (2-0). He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Joventut this season. Joventut was edged 74-72 at home by the leading FC Barcelona. Dimitrijevic has been at the team for six years. Dimitrijevic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2015.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #5. Former international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica to win against the closely-ranked Cibona (1-1) 95-88 in the ABA League on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points. BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica (1-1) is placed fourth in the ABA League. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Samardziski averages just 2.0ppg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Romeo Travis (198-PF-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Le Mans' victory against the 14th-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (1-2) 73-58 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (3-0) is placed third in the ProA. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Travis has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.3apg in three games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Travis has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help KK Mornar Basket Bar in a 2-point victory against the 12th-ranked Partizan (0-2) 83-81 in the ABA League in Wednesday night's game. Pavic scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. KK Mornar Basket Bar (1-1) is placed seventh in the ABA League. This year Pavic's overall stats are: 3.5ppg and 4.0rpg in two games.

   #3. Boris Vukicevic (190-F-98, currently plays in Denmark). He could not help Stevnsgade (0-1) to beat Randers (1-1). Vukicevic cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Stevnsgade was crushed 89-67 on the road by the lower-ranked Randers (#5). This season Vukicevic averages just 0.7ppg.

Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:

Armin Musovic (192-PG-96) plays for EWE Baskets in German BBL
Cedi Osman (204-F-95) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Richard Hendrix (203-C-86) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish BSL
Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) plays for Yesilgiresun Bld in Turkish BSL
Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) plays for Ilirija in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Aleksandar Kostoski (186-PG-88) plays for Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala
Petar Mihajlovski (197-F-0) plays for Lugo in Italian Serie B

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



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Dinamo Is the Winner of the Dudu Dadiani Memorial 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo is the winner of the Dudu Dadiani Memorial tournament 2017. They defeated Olimpi in the second half of the game and got the title 2nd time in a row since the last season. Dinamo had tremendously played at the group phase and defeated their main counterpart in the championship Kutaisi in the semifinals. The first half of the game against Olimpi was an even game. No sharp leadership has occurred during the game. Starting from the second half of the 3rd period, Dinamo took the dominance and held it till the end, winning the game with the more than 20 points difference. The most efficient players from the winners were Nikola Gacesa (206-F-87, college: TCU) with 17 points and 7 rebounds, Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89) with 11 points and Turpin with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Olimpi's most productive baller was Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) with 18 points, Ogden scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. After the final game , before the awarding the winning team Dinamo, Diploma of Honor was given out by GBF President Mikheil Gabrichidze to veteran player Yury Pulawski, who had his 70th birthday. The Finals MVP became Nikola Gacesa, who was awarded by Dudu's nieces Nita, Sandro and Andrew Dadianis. They awarded the Captain of Dinamo - Ilia Londaridze with the special Memorial cup. The memorial bids farewell to the Georgian basketball fans till the start of the next season. Superleague is about to start, though! See you there!
Courtesy of: superleague.ge



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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bryon ALLEN
  EWE Baskets
  (193-G-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Allen, EWE Baskets25.0 
 2. Scrubb, Fraport SKY23.0 
 3. Benzing, Wuerzburg22.0 
 4. Mayo, Telekom Bsk21.0 
 5. Peter-M., Ludwigsb.21.0 
 6. Marei, Bayreuth18.0 
 7. Booker, B.Muenchen18.0 
 8. Rush, Goettingen17.5 
 9. McConnell, EWE B.17.5 
 10. Stockton, Goett.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ratio.
  (202-PF-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Harangody, Ratio.10.5 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth10.0 
 3. Mitrovic, Brose B.10.0 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .9.0 
 5. Ibekwe, Oettinge.8.3 
 6. McElroy, Jena8.0 
 7. Morrison, Fraport .7.5 
 8. Eatherton, Braunsch.7.5 
 9. Linhart, Bayreuth7.0 
 10. Barthel, B.Mue.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Michael STOCKTON
  Goett.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Stockton, Goett.8.0 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.5 
 3. Webster, Fraport .7.0 
 4. Siva, ALBA6.7 
 5. Mahalbasic, EWE B.6.0 
 6. Zisis, Brose Bask.6.0 
 7. Bowlin, Jena5.5 
 8. Hickman, Brose B.5.5 
 9. Allen, EWE Baskets5.5 
 10. Hulls, Bremerhaven5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jahenns MANIGAT
  Giessen .
  (186-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Manigat, Giessen .3.0 
 2. Saibou, ALBA3.0 
 3. Hobbs, B.Muenchen3.0 
 4. Walkup, Ludwigsb.3.0 
 5. Bartolo, Telekom .3.0 
 6. Akpinar, Ratio.2.5 
 7. Paulding, EWE B.2.5 
 8. Lansdowne, Braunsch.2.0 
 9. McCray, Ludwigsb.2.0 
 10. Scrubb, Fraport SKY2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Scott EATHERTON
  Braunsch.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Eatherton, Braunsch.4.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Oettinge.2.7 
 3. Parks, Telekom Bsk2.0 
 4. Giffey, ALBA2.0 
 5. Miller-Scott, Brose B.2.0 
 6. Bryant, Giessen .2.0 
 7. Huff, Fraport SKY1.5 
 8. Barthel, B.Mue.1.5 
 9. Gaddy, Wuerzburg1.0 
 10. Groselle, Bremerha.1.0 


BBL Round 2: Bayern Muenchen cruise past Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News

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

Bayern Muenchen smashed Braunschweig at home 111-53. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Braunschweig's 28 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen forced 19 Braunschweig turnovers and outrebounded them 38-18 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Braunschweig helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. International Danilo Barthel (208-91) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) produced 10 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Braunschweig will play next round against Telekom Baskets trying to get back on the winning streak. Bayern Muenchen will try to continue on its current victory against BG Goettingen on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Mitteldeutscher BC (1-1) on the court of BBC Bayreuth. Visitors were defeated by BBC Bayreuth 82-74. Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Nate Linhart contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. BBC Bayreuth's coach Raoul Korner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Mitteldeutscher BC. BBC Bayreuth will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against ALBA Berlin (#6) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Jena between s Oliver Baskets and Science City Jena. s Oliver Baskets (2-0) got a very close victory on the road over Science City Jena (0-2). s Oliver Baskets managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Robin Benzing scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. s Oliver Baskets' coach Dirk Bauermann used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Skyler Bowlin responded with 14 points and 5 assists. s Oliver Baskets will meet at home Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Berlin. It ended with only two-point home defeat of ALBA Berlin (2-1) to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1-2) 66-64 on Monday evening. The game was dominated by American players. Jordan Hulls notched 9 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be s Oliver Baskets (#5) in Wuerzburg and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Bamberg. Brose Baskets (2-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Giessen 46ers (0-2) 87-84 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Luka Mitrovic who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Brose Baskets will face Walter Tigers (#17) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Giessen 46ers will play at home against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#18) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 2 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Brose Bask. crushed Oettinger R. in Bamberg 92-64. ALBA smashed Walter Tigers at home 99-63. Winless Ratiopharm lost to undefeated Telekom Bsk on the opponent's court 74-86. Bremerhaven lost to undefeated Ludwigsburg in a home game 77-98. EWE Baskets rolled over Oettinger R. on the road 94-74. Fraport SKY defeated Goettingen on its own court 88-80.
The best stats of 2nd round was 19 points and 5 rebounds by Leon Radosevic of Brose Bask..

Oettinger R. - Brose Bask. 64-92

There was no surprise when Oettinger Rockets Gotha (0-3) was crushed at home by Brose Baskets (2-1) 92-64 on Friday. Brose Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Oettinger Rockets Gotha's 16. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Oettinger Rockets Gotha's players. The best player for the winners was naturalized Croatian center Leon Radosevic (207-90, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Serbian Luka Mitrovic (204-93) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Daniel Schmidt (189-90) produced 20 points and Belgian-Nigerian guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Brose Baskets will face Walter Tigers (#17) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play on the road against Giessen 46ers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: L.Radosevic 19+5reb+2ast, B.Taylor 16+1reb+1ast, L.Mitrovic 12+9reb+2ast, A.Rubit 9+4reb, N.Zisis 9+3reb+7ast, R.Hickman 9+1reb+5ast
Oettinger R.: D.Schmidt 20+2reb+3ast, R.Obasohan 16+3reb+2ast, K.Kullamae 10+4reb+3ast, D.Dizdarevic 9+1reb+1ast, R.Oehle 6+8reb, F.Stanic 3+3reb
gschID: 584579


ALBA - Walter Tigers 99-63

No shocking result in a game when ALBA Berlin (2-1) smashed at home Walter Tigers (0-2) 99-63 on Friday. ALBA Berlin dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Walter Tigers' 32 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Walter Tigers' players. Walter Tigers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Peyton Siva (183-90, college: Louisville) who scored 11 points and 7 assists. The former international center Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-93) chipped in 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. American guard Kris Richard (196-89, college: Tulane, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced 23 points and his fellow American import point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) added 8 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin will face Mitteldeutscher BC (#11) in Weissenfels in the next round where they are favorite. Walter Tigers will play at home against Brose Baskets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Clifford 17+2reb, B.Radosavljevic 15+4reb+1ast, P.Siva 11+2reb+7ast, J.Saibou 10+2reb+4ast, N.Giffey 9+4reb+1ast, S.Peno 7+1reb+6ast
Walter Tigers: K.Richard 23+3reb+2ast, J.Jordan 8+1reb+7ast, R.Brooks 8+3reb, S.Theis 7+1reb+1ast, T.Easley 5+5reb+2ast, R.Upshaw 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 552826


Telekom Bsk - Ratiopharm 86-74

Very expected game in Bonn where ratiopharm Ulm (0-2) was defeated by Telekom Baskets (1-0) 86-74 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was American power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 21 points. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Tongan-New Zealand forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii) produced 23 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets will face Braunschweig (#10) on the road in the next round. ratiopharm Ulm will play against BBC Bayreuth and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Mayo 21+2reb+1ast, J.Gamble 16+9reb+2ast, J.Parks 15+7reb+1ast, M.Hill 12+2reb, R.Curry 7+1reb, M.Breunig 6+2reb+1ast
Ratiopharm: I.Fotu 23+2ast, J.Lewis 15+3reb+4ast, I.Akpinar 11+2reb+3ast, L.Harangody 8+10reb+2ast, D.Butler 5+6reb, P.Guenther 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 552830


Bremerhaven - Ludwigsburg 77-98

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when EnBW Ludwigsburg (1-0) outscored on the road Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1-2) 98-77 on Thursday. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Eisbaeren Bremerhaven turnovers. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Canadian guard Adika Peter-McNeilly (190-93, college: Ryerson) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. American point guard Kerron Johnson (183-90, college: Belmont) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. American point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) produced 11 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#4) in Frankfurt in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play on the road against s Oliver Baskets (#5) in Wuerzburg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: A.Peter-McNeilly 21+2reb+4ast, D.Evans 15+3reb, K.Johnson 14+1reb+4ast, J.Thiemann 9+5reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 8+3reb+2ast, J.Sears 8+2reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: G.Groselle 12+1reb, C.Baptiste 12+2reb+2ast, M.Kessens 12+1reb, J.Hulls 11+4reb+6ast, F.Bleck 9+4reb+2ast, D.Brembly 6+3reb
gschID: 552831


Oettinger R. - EWE Baskets 74-94

Not a big story in a game when Oettinger Rockets Gotha (0-3) was outplayed at home by EWE Baskets (2-0) 94-74 on Tuesday. EWE Baskets had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The other American import swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) chipped in 23 points. Belgian-Nigerian guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama) produced 17 points and 4 assists and Nigerian-American center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five EWE Baskets and four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets will face Science City Jena (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Giessen 46ers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 23+3reb+2ast, B.Allen 20+6reb+8ast, M.McConnell 14+5reb+6ast, R.Mahalbasic 11+8reb+9ast, M.De Zeeuw 11+5reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 6+3reb
Oettinger R.: R.Obasohan 17+2reb+4ast, A.Obst 15+3reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 12+8reb+1ast, D.Dizdarevic 11+1reb+1ast, D.Taylor 8+2reb+1ast, R.Oehle 6
gschID: 552833


B.Muenchen - Braunschweig 111-53

Bayern Muenchen smashed Braunschweig at home 111-53. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Braunschweig's 28 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen forced 19 Braunschweig turnovers and outrebounded them 38-18 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Braunschweig helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. International Danilo Barthel (208-91) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. American power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) produced 10 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard DeAndre Lansdowne (187-89, college: Fort Lewis) added 10 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Braunschweig will play next round against Telekom Baskets trying to get back on the winning streak. Bayern Muenchen will try to continue on its current victory against BG Goettingen on the road.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Booker 19+6reb+2ast, D.Barthel 14+9reb+3ast, N.Djedovic 13+3reb, V.Lucic 13+2reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 12+4reb+2ast, R.Redding 8+1reb+5ast
Braunschweig: J.Bradley 11+2ast, S.Eatherton 10+5reb, D.Lansdowne 10+3ast, A.Morse 6+2reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 5+3ast, L.Lagerpusch 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 552828


Bayreuth - MBC 82-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Mitteldeutscher BC (1-1) on the court of BBC Bayreuth. Visitors were defeated by BBC Bayreuth 82-74. BBC Bayreuth outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 42-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for BBC Bayreuth especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. BBC Bayreuth's coach Raoul Korner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) added 19 points in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against ALBA Berlin (#6) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: R.Amaize 20+2reb+1ast, A.Marei 18+12reb+3ast, N.Linhart 15+9reb+2ast, D.Brooks 9+4reb, J.Cox 6+1reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 5+4reb+1ast
MBC: K.Pinkins 19+8reb+2ast, M.Hatten 19+2reb+1ast, L.Jones 12+2ast, J.Sibert 10+1reb, D.Drenovac 7+5reb+3ast, T.Gloger 4+1reb
gschID: 552829


Jena - Wuerzburg 79-81

A very close game took place in Jena between s Oliver Baskets and Science City Jena. s Oliver Baskets (2-0) got a very close victory on the road over Science City Jena (0-2). s Oliver Baskets managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. s Oliver Baskets' coach Dirk Bauermann used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Skyler Bowlin (191-89, college: Missouri So.) responded with 14 points and 5 assists and Maximilian Ugrai (201-95) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Science City Jena players scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets will meet at home Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: R.Benzing 21+5reb+4ast, V.Lipkevicius 13+6reb+2ast, K.Loncar 11+2reb+2ast, O.Olisevicius 10+5reb+1ast, M.Stuckey 9+7reb+1ast, A.Gaddy 9+5reb+4ast
Jena: I.McElroy 14+5reb, S.Bowlin 14+4reb+5ast, M.Ugrai 13+6reb+2ast, B.Spearman 12+2reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 11+3reb+2ast, D.Allen 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 552834


Fraport SKY - Goettingen 88-80

Everything went according to plan in Frankfurt where Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-0) won against BG Goettingen (0-2) 88-80 on Tuesday. They outrebounded BG Goettingen 33-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Deutsche Bank Skyliners especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Canadian-British guard Philip Scrubb (191-92) who scored 25 points and 5 assists. American forward Mike Morrison (206-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) produced 15 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import forward Jordan Loveridge (198-93, college: Utah) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against Bayern Muenchen (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: P.Scrubb 25+2reb+5ast, M.Morrison 17+8reb+2ast, I.Bonga 10+4reb+3ast, S.Huff 10+3reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 9+8reb+3ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 6+3reb+2ast
Goettingen: J.Loveridge 16+3reb+1ast, M.Stockton 15+1reb+8ast, B.Rush 13+1reb+1ast, E.Smotrycz 12+1reb, L.Williams 8+3reb+2ast, J.Gruettner Bacoul 7+2reb
gschID: 552832


Brose Bask. - Giessen 46ers 87-84

Important game to mention about took place in Bamberg. Brose Baskets (2-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Giessen 46ers (0-2) 87-84 on Tuesday evening. Giessen 46ers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Serbian Luka Mitrovic (204-93) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. American-Georgian Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. American center John Bryant (210-87, college: Santa Clara) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and forward Benjamin Lischka (204-89) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Brose Baskets and five Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Brose Baskets will face Walter Tigers (#17) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Giessen 46ers will play at home against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: M.Lo 14+3reb+1ast, R.Hickman 13+1reb+6ast, L.Mitrovic 12+11reb+1ast, B.Taylor 10+1reb+1ast, A.Rubit 10+5reb+1ast, N.Zisis 9+1reb+8ast
Giessen 46ers: B.Lischka 16+8reb+1ast, J.Abrams 15+2reb+1ast, J.Bryant 14+13reb+2ast, A.Hollins 12+1reb+2ast, D.Davis 11+2reb+8ast, M.Agva 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 552827


ALBA - Bremerhaven 64-66

A very interesting game took place in Berlin. It ended with only two-point home defeat of ALBA Berlin (2-1) to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1-2) 66-64 on Monday evening. The game was dominated by American players. Point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) notched 9 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and center Geoffrey Groselle (212-93, college: Creighton) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by center Dennis Clifford (216-92, college: Boston Coll.) did not help to save the game for ALBA Berlin. Point guard Peyton Siva (183-90, college: Louisville) added 8 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be s Oliver Baskets (#5) in Wuerzburg and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: J.Berhanemeskel 14+2reb+2ast, D.Brembly 13+4reb+1ast, G.Groselle 12+7reb, J.Hulls 9+5reb+7ast, M.Kessens 8+6reb+1ast, I.Elliott 4+4reb+3ast
ALBA: D.Clifford 18+7reb, L.Sikma 9+3reb, P.Siva 8+2reb+7ast, M.Grigonis 7+3reb+2ast, T.Schneider 7+4reb+2ast, N.Giffey 6
gschID: 582734





Will This Season's American Basketball Troops Version Lift The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg To New Glory? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isn't always the most exciting time during the dog days of summer when the EasyCredit BBL is on hiatus and while teams are filling up their rosters at a gradual rate with some massive signings in Ulm like Luka Harangody or Toure Murray or the higher quality players that land in Bamberg or Alba Berlin most other teams land some interesting players here and there, but can't really compete with these three teams in marque players. However one club that hasn't belonged to the top 4 teams in the last years has been the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, but head coach John Patrick continues to make the summer exciting as he keeps staying faithful to bringing in American basketball troops to help bolster his roster. No Patrick doesn't look to the Army bases for his future basketball talent as American troops are just a delicate figure of speech, but loves to experiment and haul in American players from the NCAA or NBA and D-league that gives him that unique challenge of having to mesh together talented American players that in most cases have never played in a European league and need to get adapted to the European style of play and get that we mentality strapped into his mind instead of that I thinking. Patrick has done a great job over the years spicing up the EasyCredit BBL with exceptional prospects. Since arriving in Ludwigsburg in 2013, he has a long list of players that he has signed like Coby Karl, Jon Brockman, Michael Stockton, DJ Kennedy, Jack Cooley, Tekele Cotton and Royce O'Neale who has made the jump to the NBA with the Utah Jazz. This season head coach John Patrick has fortified his roster with two European newbies with Thomas Walkup (193-G/F-92, college: SF Austin) and Elgin Cook. Walkup was a three time Southland Conf. Tournament Winner with SF Austin and last season as a professional rookie was teammates with German national player Paul Zipser with the Windy City Bulls (D-League) playing 40 games averaging 7.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 84.5%. He has the all-around game that loves to fill up the stat sheet and could be a smaller version of a Alex Ruoff. Elgin Cook like Walkup comes from the NCAA, had a rookie season in the D-League and played in the NBA Summer League, but has a famous father Alvin who was a 4 time NBA allstar. Cook is a 198cm forward that played at Oregon (NCAA) and as a senior played 38 games averaging 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.3%. Last season as a rookie he played with the Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) playing 20 games averaging 16.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.8%. He is a very athletic player that will get many buckets in the paint, but not so dangerous from outside. Once again John Patrick has reeled in two very interesting and talented players and will be worth watching develop in their first season in Europe. One or more will probably be added throughout the season so seeing those new troops develop further with be a joy to watch how well John Patrick chooses new gems from overseas. Sometimes Americans falter in their first season abroad, but when looking at the Patrick track record if in Ludwigsburg or Goettingen where he hauled in guys like Jason Boone, Taylor Rochestie, John Little or Chris Oliver, all made the next step and have had long and fruitful careers in Europe. There were some other players that didn't make the grade in Patricks system, but the majority have passed in flying colors which has made this coaching general proud of his American basketball troops.

Head coach John Patrick is in his fifth season with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and reaching the playoffs with this club with him is as self-evident each season as it is for for the San Antonio Spurs getting to the post season. Patrick's playoff track overall is excellent as he got teams like Goettingen and Wurzburg there in the past and playoff record in Ludwigsburg is perfect as he has led his team there each season and was extremely close the last two seasons to pulling off the major upset and reaching the semi's. In his first two seasons there, he played FC Bayern Munich tough losing in four games and then was swept by Brose Bamberg in his second season. In the 2015-2017 season, he took FC Bayern Munich to the wire losing in five and last season in the Schwaben series took last seasons surprise club ratiopharm Ulm also to the distant losing in a hard fought five game series. Last season they strung together two four game winning streaks and big wins in the regular season included a win against ratiopharm Ulm, but that was it in terms of beating the top teams. The question remains as always in the Patrick tenor when will the team make the next step and get through the quarterfinals? One can almost say just reaching the playoffs and losing right away has become boring. The organization and fans want more and could that step be this season?

Patrick always has a very talented roster and depth is always present, but he also always has to contend with an almost new roster as the fluctuation process of players coming and going is large. It is always more difficult to start over and be able to mesh together the many different playing styles and characters of players, but Patrick is a coach that has vast experience and has always been able to overcome adversity even during seasons when players came and went. His biggest losses were ex NBA players Jack Cooley and DJ Kennedy. Cooley who played with the Utah Jazz belonged to the most efficient players averaging 13,0ppg and 6,8rpg. DJ Kennedy came for the stretch run last season averaging1 2.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.1apg, As always his leadership was vital and not only his scoring was huge in two wins against ratiopharm Ulm, but his overall team play infected his teammates. The other big loss was Tekele Cotton who offered offensive stability averaging 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 86.3% and will play for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-VTB) this season. The team also lost valuable experience with Cliff Hammonds and Rocky Trice. The club held on two Germans Johannes Thiemann and David Mccray. Thiemann who couldn't develop further in Bamberg made his breakout last season averaging 8.3ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 71.2%; BCL: 20 games: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.3%. His day to day battles with Cooley last season helped him mature into a real BBL player and he should make the next step this season if he continues to get ample minutes which won't be easy as the club has so much depth. Mccray will be turning 32 this season and entering his 12th full BBL season and eighth with Ludwigsburg. He won't get you back to back 22 point games, but he is always good for a huge game. He is the ultimate team player that gives 110% on the floor on both ends of the court and with Adam Waleskowski has the most BBL experience on the squad. The team also held young German talent Mateo Seric is a 18 year old 205cm that didn't start to play basketball until age 14 in 2013, but his development has been exceptional as he played his first BBL game last season against Alba Berlin at age 17. He played in three competitions last season playing six BBL games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg, played also at BSG Basket Ludwigsburg (Germany-2.Regionalliga) averaging 18.4ppg, played also at Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg U19 team (NBBL) playing 13 games averaging 18.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2.9spg, 2PT: 52.5%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 77.8%. In his second game last season against Alba Berlin, he scored 12 points in 18 minutes. His potential is unending as he can score inside and has developed a nice mid range shot.

This season John Patrick hauled in nine new players and besides the two American troops with Thomas Walkup, and Elgin Cook returned two players that had reached the playoffs with the club some years before with Adam Waleskowski and Kerron Johnson. Waleskowski is a 203cm center that will turn 35 in November and is one of those guys that just keeps chugging along and won't hang up his sneakers. The ex Flordia State player is going into his 13th professional season, eighth in Germany and fifth with Ludwigsburg. Patrick and the American/German already worked together in Goettingen in the 2010-2011 season. Last season he returned back to BG Goettingen averaging 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 80.0%. He proved that he can still be a consistent and valuable player despite his age. His athleticism is still there and his work around the rim is immaculate and he always finds a way to sting the opponent with a big three. He will be one of many weapons from the bench. Kerron Johnson is a 26 year old 183cm point guard from Huntsville, Alabama that won two A-Sun Tournaments with Belmont (NCAA) and is going into his fifth professional season after stops in New Zealand, France and Poland. This will be his third tour of duty with Ludwigsburg as he played the entire 2014-2015 season with Ludwigsburg averaging 14.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 79.2%. He came back in 2015-2016 averaging 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.9apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 80.5%; In the Eurocup he played six games averaging 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 77.8%. Last season he played with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) playing 34 games averaging 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.5%. After a big season in Poland, he will be another force in the BBL with his overall strong point guard skills and lead Ludwigsburg to success as he led the team twice to the promised land.

Patrick did a good job getting experienced BBL players with Dwayne Evans, Justin Sears, Niklas Geske and Florian Koch. Dwayne Evans is a 25 year old 201cm forward that continues to develop very well in Germany making the step from the Pro A with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) playing 36 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 31.5%, FT: 68.8%, and last season moved to the Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL) and proved he can be an impact player at the BBL level with the Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL) playing 30 games averaging 11.8ppg, Reb-3 (7.1rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 80.3%. He will be a force on the boards with Patrick as well as bring excitement with his athleticism and be one of many good scoring options. His heart carries him to be that special player and Patricks best pick up from the BBL players. Justin Sears is a 23 year old 203cm forward that played tennis at age four before moving to basketball in the eighth grade and was the All-Ivy League Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 with Yale. He came to Germany last season had had no problems making the jump from the NCAA to BBL with the Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL) playing 31 games averaging 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.7%. He will be another very athletic inside player that will excite the crowd with spectacular finishes around the rim, but also make the mid distance shot. Niklas Geske is a 188cm point guard, but only 23 and like so many talented German players still searching for his breakthrough at the BBL level. He brings four seasons of BBL experience with three with Phoenix Hagen and one with Vechta and 116 games to Ludwigsburg. In the last three seasons he has averaged 15 minutes per game in the BBL, but is still searching for that chance of responsibility that can make him into a 20 plus minute BBL player. Last season with SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) he played 31 games averaging 4.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.6apg. He has all the good tools of a good point guard, but at times gets problems with more physical guards. All he needs is a chance, but that will also be difficult here with Patrick's strong guard rotation. Florian Koch is a 197cm forward that played his whole career in the Telekom Baskets Bonn organization and in six seasons played 113 BBL games, but did become a more used player the last two seasons playing 68 BBL games. Last season he played 34 BBL games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.2rpg; In the FIBA Europe Cup he played 15 games averaging 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg. The German seemed to be getting more integrated into the Bonn system the last few years, but feels that he can make that next step in Ludwigsburg. He has a nice game and can shoot the three, but he wont increase his minutes in Ludwigsburg either with the stocked rotation. The last pick up of the season was 24 year old 190cm guard Adika Peter-Mcneilly from Canada who is a rookie out of Ryerson College (CIS) as he won a OUA title and was able to improve his scoring and rebounding each season and as a senior played 25 games averaging 18.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 85.0%. He is an all-rounder that can score at a high rate and his excellent rebounding skills stand out. On a team that is stacked with very much talent and as always strong Americans, this Canadian could be the big surprise of the season for Patrick if he can make the next step from the CIS to BBL.

So where the basketball journey of the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg end this season? Last season the club averaged 77 point per game while allowing 77 points. They were a solid rebounding team, but with the talent they had and duo of Cooley and Thiemann probably should have averaged more than 31 per game. This season the club is younger, but not less hungry as they have many BBL veterans on the team and with Thiemann and Mccray two guys burning for more than what the club reached last season. The club most likely will play a quicker form of basketball than what they practiced the season before, but nothing uncharacteristic to how Patrick has played the game the last 10 years starting in Goettingen to Ludwigsburg via Wurzburg. With the quickness and athleticism that the team has more of this season, the club should make a step on the defensive end and improve in that area. Since the club is smaller have more of a void on the boards, but with Evans/Sears should be able to make up with the losses to Cooley and Kennedy and with the adept rebounding of Mcneilly have another strong rebounding guard helping out. There are question marks as the club needs to build new chemistry and get the three American troops, Walkup, Cook and Johnson BBL ready, but there is a reason why John Patrick is one of the best coaches in the BBL and he will as usual have a playoff team come May 2018. If it is ready to make that next step and reach the semi finals will depend how well the three American troops play, if the club can defend better than last season and how well Patrick can mesh the talent and characters together to form a strong successful unit. The MHP Riesen will end up somewhere between 5th and 10th place in the regular season.




Adika Peter Mcneilly (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg) Bringing Immaculate Work Ethic from Ryerson To John Patrick's Lab - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adika Peter-McNeilly (190-G-93, college: Ryerson) is a 24 year old 190cm guard that was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Scarborough that is making his professional debut with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He played at : Ryerson College (CIS) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 93 games and as a senior played 25 games averaging 18.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 85.0%. His career highlights at Ryerson included winning the 2016 OUA championship and being a 2017 CIS finalist. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

Thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your full name is Adika Peter-McNeilly, but your new club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg titled you as Peter Mcneilly. How do you like to be called best and does a nickname slip in at times?

My first name is Adika and everyone calls me that. Don't have a nickname

Before we get to basketball, I have to ask you about Family Fued and Steve Harvey. You're a huge fan. In every episode, it isn't rare for Harvey to have hilarious lines. Out of all all the shows you have seen, which Harvey line has stuck with you most?

There has been a lot of lines that Steve Harvey gets me laughing at. I think the funniest moments is when he doesn't say anything and he has this blank expression on his face because of the wild answers he hears.

Congrats on signing with German EasyCredit BBL team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. How was your summer following the transfer market. How did you experience your first contact with an agent and teams looking for your services. What kind of offers did you have?

This first summer transfer window has been an amazing opportunity, I am happy that MHP Riesen saw potential in me and I am excited to put on their jersey and play for the organization, the city, and the fans.

What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? Some of your teammates from the Canadian national team like the Scrubb brothers have played in Germany. Did you ask them for any last minute advice or other friends like Jahmal Jones who played in the Czech republic or others who have had dealings with playing in Germany?

It really helps having Jahmal Jones and Aaron Best as friends that goes beyond basketball and that I have kept in touch with after their time at Ryerson. They told me that playing professional basketball will be an experience and that I should go out and play as hard as I can.

You had a stellar career at Ryerson improving your points and rebounds each season and like Michael Frazier will be a rookie starting in one of the top leagues in Europe. Patrick has to have high expectations otherwise he would of signed more experienced players. Do you feel pressure coming in and living up to what you achieved on the court in the CIS to let it carry over into the professional ranks.

I feel no pressure, I have played basketball a very long time and I am confident in my abilities. Nothing will be easy, as the league is very good but once again I am excited to go out on the hardwood and play.

We have loud guys on the team, like energy guys, but Adika is a different type of energy. He's always there to help guys with anything they're struggling with,' says your ex teammate Jean-Victor Mukama. Does this special energy trait that you have come from your big focus of family?

Of course it does, my family instilled positive vibes throughout our household that helped each of us grow as individuals and I use those philosophies with basketball and everything I do in life.

You played four years in the Canadian college league CIS which continues to make strides and send more and more Canadians to the professional level. You probably have watched your share of NCAA games over the years, but with your experience in the CIS, how do you feel has this league grown over the years and is it still very far away from being as top level as the NCAA?

The CIS has grown a lot, coming into the league several years ago to now I have seen the shift of players coming and out and playing oversees.

You played four years at Ryerson and to no surprise lost the CIS final to Carleton in 2017, the Golden State Warriors of the CIS. Do you feel like your development playing at a school like Ryerson was better in the long run than if you would have played at a Carleton where the top competition probably wouldn't have hurt, but still would have been a different experience than having played at Ryerson?

I enjoyed my time playing at Ryerson and I've learned a lot playing for coach Roy Rana. He has taught me the game to the best of my abilities and always believed in me. These last four years I've grown so much as a student and basketball player and there are countless people at Ryerson that helped me along the way.

You won the 2017 OUA title against top team Carleton 86-79 where your 29 points, 12 boards and four assists were significant in the win. What will you always remember most from this victory?

Our team perseverance during times of distress and how everyone in the locker room dealt with adversity.

Eight days later you lost the 2017 CIS final to Carleton 78-69? You gave your all with a 23 point game, but as a competitor I am sure even 40 points and the loss would of meant nothing to you. Did this put somewhat of a damper to the end of your CIS career?

We played a hard game and gave it to Carleton as they won another Championship. One game would not define my CIS career, of course a national championship would be nice but I was more than happy with the way we played and how our season was played out.

You had many great games at Ryerson, but was your 36 point explosion/10/13 three's), seven rebounds and six assists against Western your best game as a professional?

It may have been and I have to thank my teammates and the coaching staff in putting confidence in me that game. Having a group of people wanting you to excel feels great.

How did head coach Roy Rana groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Ryerson?

Coach Roy taught me how to work hard and be the best player I can possibly be every time I stepped out on the court, whether that was in practice or individual workouts.


How does your summer workout plan look like on and off the court in 2017?

Every day I am in the gym training with some teammates at Ryerson or in the weight room getting stronger, other than that I was finishing up summer school in preparation to graduate.

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

Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

LeBron is will always be behind MJ.

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

Russell Westbrook is an amazing player and I love to watch him play. The effort he gives and the will to win the game inspires me to be better whenever I play.

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

I think it is too early to know but I try and keep up with the season and let you know.

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

Both CP3 and Harden are phenomenal players with the very high IQ coming off the pick and roll. This season it is going to be amazing to watch them both work their craft to help the Rockets win basketball games.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Shutter Island on Netflix

Thanks Adika for the chat.




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Karditsas ink Giorgos Lepeniotis - by Chris Mammides

AS Karditsas (A2) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old point guard Giorgos Lepeniotis (189-79). He has played for the last three seasons at GS Larissas in the D.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lepeniotis won Greek C Division (North-Group 1) championship title in 2010 and 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Lepeniotis has spent his entire career in Greece playing for four other teams: Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, Trikalla, Aiolos Trikallon and Holargos.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Karditsas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Niki Amarousiou signs Giorgos Danas - by Chris Mammides

AS Niki Amarousiou (C) signed 26-year old guard Giorgos Danas (185-91). He played most recently at Promitheas (A1), but left the team in May.'16. A1 was a little too high level for him, where in 24 games he had just 0.3ppg in 2015-16 season. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (14-15) season Danas played at GS Lavrio (A2). In 25 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.2apg.
He has played previously for Kolossos H Hotels.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marousi tabs rookie Nic Maniatis in his first year in pro basketball - by Chris Mammides

A2 newcomer GS Marousi inked Canadian guard Nic Maniatis (193). Maniatis just graduated from Vancouver Island University. He helped them to win PacWest Tournament and end the regular season at the top position.
So his pro career will start in Greece.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marousi signs Maniatis just out of college - by Chris Mammides

GS Marousi (A2) signed Greek Canadian forward Nicoloas Maniatis (193-88kg). just graduated from Concordia. Maniatis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above he is just out of college, so it will be Maniatis' first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ethnikos land Apostolos Pantsios - by Chris Mammides

Ethnikos Piraeus (A2) landed 33-year old guard Apostolos Pantsios (188-84). He played most recently at Ionikos Nikaias in the B.
The previous (15-16) season Pantsios played at G.S. Apollon Smyrnis (C). He also played that season for Apollon Kalamarias (C).
Pantsios won C Division (South-Group 1) in 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for six other teams: Makedonikos, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, GS Larissas, Goumenissa, Ergotelis and APS Pappados Geras Lesvou.

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Apollon Deligiorgis signs at Iraklis - by Chris Mammides




APOP Paphou welcomes back Mavromatis - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted APOP Paphou (Division A) inked 29-year old naturalized Greek power forward Savvas Mavromatis (199-88). It is actually his comeback to Paphou as he has played here before. Mavromatis has played for the last two years at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol in the Division B. Mavromatis helped them to win the Division B title (twice) and the cup (also twice).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus Division B Co-Newcomer of the Year award back in 2014.
Mavromatis represented Cyprus at the World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago.
He has played previously professionally also in Greece (Halkida) and Cyprus (Apollon, Achilleas Agrou and KTE Agiou Nikolaou).

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Spyros Theodoropoulos signs at Olympiada Asou Leheou - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer Olympiada Asou Leheou landed 22-year old point guard Spyros Theodoropoulos (178-95). The last time (12-14) he played at the junior team of ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. Theodoropoulos missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

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Olympiada Asou Leheou lands Kostas Papanikolaou - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer Olympiada Asou Leheou tabbed 32-year old guard Kostas Papanikolaou (188-85) from Ioanninon. The last season Papanikolaou played at Olimpiada.
He has played previously for Keravnos Aigio.

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Irakleio adds Staboulis to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Irakleio OAA (B) added to their roster 27-year old forward Giannis Staboulis (202-90). He played last season at AE Larissas in the A2. In 29 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 3.2rpg. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Staboulis played at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1) where in 19 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.4rpg.
He won Greek A2 championship title in 2011.
Staboulis has played previously for five other teams: Iraklis, KAO Dramas, OF Irakleio, Ikaroi Serron and GAS Komotinis.

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Henk Norel's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain). He led Gipuzkoa to a victory over the 15th-ranked Real Betis (0-2) crushing them 94-60 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Norel was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Norel also added 4 assists in 29 minutes on the court. RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (1-1) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Norel's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Norel averages: 24.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 64.7%(22-34) and FT: 83.3% in two games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Thomas vanderMars
Thomas vanderMars
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Thomas vanderMars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). vanderMars was the major contributor in an overtime Kalev/Cramo's victory against one of league's weakest teams Rapla (0-1) 78-76 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Thursday. He recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was his first game for Kalev/Cramo this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only vanderMars' third season in pro basketball. His team is placed first in the Alexela KML. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. vanderMars is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Yannick Franke
Yannick Franke
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Yannick Franke (194-96, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Italy). Franke contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against one of league's weakest teams Virtus Bologna (0-1) 78-74 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points. It was his first game for Dolomiti En. TR this season. His team is placed second in the Serie A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Franke is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #4. Center Jito Kok (206-94, also represented by Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda win their game against the 15th-ranked Magia Huesca (0-1) 67-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Blancos de Rueda this season. His team is placed eighth in the LEB Gold. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Kok is also Dutch national team player.

Gerald Robinson
Gerald Robinson
   #5. An experienced former international power forward Gerald Robinson (202-84, college: Tenn-Martin, currently plays in United Kingdom) could not help Scorchers (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Scorchers was defeated 93-78 on the road by the leading London Lions. Robinson recorded 13 points. Robinson has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Robinson used to play for the Dutch national team six years ago.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #6. Forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Jito Kok in the Spanish LEB Gold last game. van Wijk was not able to help Magia Huesca in their game against Blancos de Rueda (1-0), despite his good performance in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. van Wijk also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Magia Huesca this season. But Magia Huesca lost 63-67 in Valladolid to the much higher-ranked (#8) Blancos de Rueda. van Wijk is a former U16 international player as he played for the Dutch team twelve years ago.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #7. Former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Kumamoto Vorters (0-2) in their game against Akita Happinets (2-0) in the Japanese B2 League. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The sixth-placed Kumamoto Vorters (0-2) were defeated 69-54 in Akita by the leading Happinets in the West group. It's Duinker's first season with the team. Duinker's overall stats this year are: 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #8. Center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zaragoza (0-2) in their game against Gran Canaria (2-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. de Jong scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Zaragoza lost 95-99 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Gran Canaria. This year de Jong's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.0rpg in two games. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #9. International point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help BG Goettingen in their game against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-0) in the German BBL. Williams scored 8 points. BG Goettingen was defeated 88-80 in Frankfurt by the lower-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#4). Williams' total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Dutch national team.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #10. Guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (0-2) in their game against CB Canarias (2-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Kloof scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 16 minutes. UCAM Murcia lost 78-84 in Tenerife to the much higher-ranked (#4) CB Canarias. This year Kloof's total stats are: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in two games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Shane Hammink (201-94, another player represented by Court Side, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Hammink recorded only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 68-82. This year Hammink averages just 1.5ppg in two games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

   #12. U20 international center Terrence Bieshaar (208-97, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cocinas.com in their game against Oviedo CB in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Bieshaar cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Cocinas.com this season. His team was defeated 84-80. Bieshaar is also in the roster of the Dutch U20 national team.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Bas Veenstra (203-95, another player represented by Court Side, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zamorano in their game against HLA Alicante in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Zamorano this season. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 77-59. Veenstra used to play for the Dutch U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Frederik Adriaans (200-95, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bamberg in their game against Vilsbiburg in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 91-75. This year Adriaans has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.5apg in two games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international center Kenneth van Kempen (207-87, another player represented by Court Side, college: Ohio, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Soba in their game against Neufchateau in the Belgian Top Division I (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. But his team was edged 70-67. van Kempen has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.8apg in five games. He used to play for the Dutch national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (1-1) 80-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Valencia Basket (1-0) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Doornekamp's first year with the team. This season Doornekamp's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0spg in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch.

   #2. Joey van Zegeren (208-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Belgium) could not help Leuven Bears (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite van Zegeren's good performance Leuven Bears was crushed 82-60 on the road by the second-ranked Oostende. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season van Zegeren has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 5.0rpg.

   #3. Jandell Hersisia (200-F/C-90, currently plays in Germany) led Neustadt TSV to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked WSG Koenigs (1-1) crushing them 101-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. TSV Neustadt temps Shooters (2-0) is placed fourth in North group. Hersisia has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.0spg.

   #4. Dyon Doekhi (188-PG-87, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jandell Hersisia and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Doekhi led Neustadt TSV to a victory over the seventh-ranked WSG Koenigs (1-1) crushing them 101-73. He was the best player in that game. Doekhi scored 20 points in 20 minutes. Doekhi has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in two games.

   #5. Chaed Wellian (203-G/F-92, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Karlsruhe SC in their game against SG Schwelmer Baskets (2-0) in the German ProB (third division). He scored 8 points. Karlsruhe SC (#12) was defeated 62-56 at home by the much higher-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (#3) in the South group. Wellian has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 1.5rpg.

   #6. Maikel-Bastiaan Post (207-C-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Ibbenbueren in their game against Muenster in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Post cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 100-89. Post has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.5rpg.



Zwolle seal SuperCup title in Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Groningen - Zwolle 69-77

Zwolle seal SuperCup title beating Groningen 77-69. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the opening period and then Groningen posted a 22-14 rally to take an 8-point advantage at the halftime. Zwolle took control of the game in the second half and came up with two wins. They replied with a 25-13 surge in the third quarter and won the last period 21-17.
Noah Dahlman (201-F-89, college: Wofford) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93, college: Oregon St.) notched 18. Jordan Gregory (188-G-92, college: Montana) delivered 15, whilst Dorcey-Walker scored 11. Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86, college: Cal-Riverside) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) produced 14. Brandyn Curry (187-G-91, college: Harvard) followed them with 13 points in defeat.



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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric FANNING
  Kormend
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Fanning, Kormend22.0 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari22.0 
 3. DeShields, JP-Auto.21.0 
 4. Ford, Szolnok21.0 
 5. Ivosev, Kaposvari20.0 
 6. Zagorac, Sopron KC20.0 
 7. Boltic, Szedeak20.0 
 8. Neighbour, MAFC19.0 
 9. Davis, MAFC19.0 
 10. Govens, Falco-Vu.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janos EILINGSFELD
  Atome.
  (198-F/C-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Eilingsfeld, Atome.13.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari11.0 
 3. Sulovic, Szedeak11.0 
 4. Watkins, Sopron KC11.0 
 5. Ogunyemi, Atome.10.0 
 6. Sejfic, JP.9.0 
 7. Ford, Szolnok9.0 
 8. Cvetkovic, MAFC9.0 
 9. Thompson, KTE-Duna9.0 
 10. Govens, Falco-Vu.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rayshawn SIMMONS
  ZTE K.
  (192-G-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simmons, ZTE K.11.0 
 2. Hott, MAFC8.0 
 3. Perry, Szolnok7.0 
 4. Spica, Kaposvari7.0 
 5. Durham, PV.6.5 
 6. Dunn, Kaposvari6.0 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna6.0 
 8. Varadi, Falco-Vulcano5.0 
 9. Lilov, DEAC5.0 
 10. Wright, Kormend4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  Szedeak
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Boltic, Szedeak4.0 
 2. Ford, Szolnok4.0 
 3. Simmons, ZTE K.3.0 
 4. Perry, Szolnok3.0 
 5. Hinds, Atomeromu3.0 
 6. Allen, Atomeromu2.0 
 7. Cvetkovic, MAFC2.0 
 8. Denes, Sopron KC2.0 
 9. Brown, JP.2.0 
 10. Csorvasi, Kormend2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomislav IVOSEV
  Kaposvari
  (204-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ivosev, Kaposvari2.0 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari2.0 
 3. Ogunyemi, Atome.2.0 
 4. Ciric, Szedeak2.0 
 5. Farkas, DEAC2.0 
 6. Eilingsfeld, Atome.2.0 
 7. Karahodzic, KTE-D.1.5 
 8. Thompson, KTE-Duna1.5 
 9. Ban, Kormend1.0 
 10. Dunn, Kaposvari1.0 



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Taylor STAFFORD
  Hottur
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 33
 1. Stafford, Hottur33.0 
 2. Vinson, Njardvik32.0 
 3. Jenkins, KR27.0 
 4. Baeringsson, Stjar.26.0 
 5. Forte, Keflavik25.0 
 6. Birgisson, Tindastoll22.0 
 7. Bracey, Valur21.0 
 8. Taylor, IR20.0 
 9. Pryor, Stjarnan20.0 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 20
 1. King, Valur20.0 
 2. Vinson, Njardvik12.0 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.0 
 4. Jenkins, KR10.0 
 5. Forte, Keflavik10.0 
 6. Taylor, IR10.0 
 7. Hilmarsson, Stjar.9.0 
 8. Stafford, Hottur9.0 
 9. Thomas, IR8.0 
 10. Nathanaelsso., Njard.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Keflavik
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Forte, Keflavik7.0 
 2. Jonsson, Keflavik7.0 
 3. Fridriksson, Njardvik6.0 
 4. King, Valur6.0 
 5. Blondal, Valur6.0 
 6. Ermolinskij, KR6.0 
 7. Stafford, Hottur5.0 
 8. Sigurdarson, IR5.0 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik5.0 
 10. Hilmarsson, Stjar.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sigtryggur Arnar BJORNSSON
  Tindastoll
  (180-PG-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bjornsson, Tindastoll6.0 
 2. Kristjansson, KR4.0 
 3. Sigurdarson, IR3.0 
 4. Thomas, IR3.0 
 5. Birgisson, Tindastoll3.0 
 6. Gretarsson, IR3.0 
 7. Birgisson, Hottur2.0 
 8. Pryor, Stjarnan2.0 
 9. Sigurdsson, Stjar.2.0 
 10. Gudmundsson, Stjar.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jenkins, KR3.0 
 2. Taylor, IR2.0 
 3. Nathanaelsso., Njard.2.0 
 4. Jonsson, Keflavik2.0 
 5. Forte, Keflavik1.0 
 6. King, Valur1.0 
 7. Albertsson, Hottur1.0 
 8. Kristjansson, KR1.0 
 9. Bragason, Keflavik1.0 
 10. Petursson, Valur1.0 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Sigvaldi EGGERTSSON
  Fjolnir
  (197-F-0)
  Avg: 31
 1. Eggertsson, Fjolnir31.0 
 2. Ragnarsson, Breid.27.0 
 3. Shouse, IA26.0 
 4. Covile, Snaefell23.0 
 5. Richardson, Gnupv.22.0 
 6. Halldorsson, Skallagr.22.0 
 7. Smith, Breidablik22.0 
 8. Gylfason, FSU21.0 
 9. Helgason, Snaefell20.0 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vestri
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 20
 1. Knezevic, Vestri20.0 
 2. Flake, Skallagrimur13.0 
 3. Jovanov, FSU12.0 
 4. Shouse, IA10.0 
 5. Gylfason, FSU9.0 
 6. Omarsson, Skallagr.9.0 
 7. Smith, Breidablik9.0 
 8. Helgason, IA8.0 
 9. Richardson, Gnupv.7.0 
 10. Vignisson, Breidablik7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nebojsa KNEZEVIC
  Vestri
  (196-F/G-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Knezevic, Vestri10.0 
 2. Carter, Skallagrimur8.0 
 3. Richardson, Gnupv.7.0 
 4. Hrafnsson, Breidablik7.0 
 5. Smith, Breidablik7.0 
 6. Hreinsson, FSU5.0 
 7. Shouse, IA4.0 
 8. Flake, Skallagrimur4.0 
 9. Alexandersso., Snaef.4.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Snaef.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darrell FLAKE
  Skallagrimur
  (193-F-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Flake, Skallagrimur5.0 
 2. Omarsson, Skallagr.4.0 
 3. Knezevic, Vestri3.0 
 4. Richardson, Gnupv.3.0 
 5. Carter, Skallagrimur3.0 
 6. Kristinsson, Gnupv.3.0 
 7. Bjarnason, Gnupv.3.0 
 8. Eggertsson, Fjolnir2.0 
 9. Johannesson, Breid.2.0 
 10. Covile, Snaefell2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vestri
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Knezevic, Vestri3.0 
 2. Omarsson, Skallagr.2.0 
 3. Johannesson, Breid.2.0 
 4. Hardarson, Vestri1.0 
 5. Kristinsson, Gnupv.1.0 
 6. Flake, Skallagrimur1.0 
 7. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.0 
 8. Alexandersso., Snaef.1.0 
 9. Gylfason, FSU1.0 
 10. Hreidarsson, Gnupv.1.0 



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  IRAN  


Azad signs Erfan Nasajpour - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Azad University Tehran (Superleague) signed 33-year old international point guard Erfan Nasajpour (177-75kg-84) from Shahrdary Tabriz. In 25 Superleague games he had 11.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.0apg (top 3) and 2.7spg (in top 3) last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Asia-Basket.com Iranian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Nasajpour played at Samen where in 22 Superleague games he recorded 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg (#5 in the league), 6.1apg (leader !!!) and 3.2spg (leader !!!). Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nasajpour won Iranian Superleague championship title for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He also represented Iran at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Amman (Jordan) this year. Nasajpour's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 4.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg.
Nasajpour has played previously professionally also in Canada (Wesmen) and Iran (Zob Ahan and Petrochimi).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rouzbeh Arghavan signs at Tabriz - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) landed 29-year old international power forward Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-110kg-88) from Petrochimi. In 32 Superleague games he averaged 6.9ppg and 3.1rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice).
The previous (15-16) season Arghavan played at Azad where in 30 Superleague games he had 10.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention.
Arghavan has been also a member of Iranian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Iranian senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team back in 2009.
Arghavan also represented Iran at the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon this year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.4rpg.
Arghavan has played previously for two other teams: Zob Ahan and Khorasan.
His game is described as: A rough inside player who isn't afraid of contacts, instead he loves to bang and to battle for a rebound or a loose ball. Has a very solid body and long arms, plays the 5 position but can spend time even at the 4, thanks to good shooting range.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tabriz signs Asghar Kardoust - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) signed 31-year old international center Asghar Kardoust (212-124kg-86) from Shahrdary Arak. In 33 Superleague games he had 13.5ppg, 8.3rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.0bpg last season. Kardoust helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention. Kardoust was also voted Asia-basket.com All-West Asia Basketball Championships 1st Team in 2017.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Iranian Superleague in 2008 and 2012.
He has been also a member of Iranian international program for some years. Kardoust has regularly played for Iranian senior team since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2004.
He represented Iran at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Amman (Jordan) this year. Kardoust's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP-3 (61.1%), FT: 58.3%.
Kardoust has played also professionally in Kuwait (Kazma), Lebanon (Champville) and Iran (Saba, Azad, Mahram, Jahesh Tarabar and Foolad Mahan).
He could be described: A solid center, who takes a lot of room in the paint and doesn' t fear any opponent. Needs to improve a little his offensive skills, but he's yet an effective presence at the defensive side.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRELAND  

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. Oliver, Belfast Star22.0 
 5. Murphy, Templeogue21.7 
 6. Williams, Maree21.0 
 7. Andrews, KUBS19.7 
 8. Rockall, Maree19.3 
 9. Bonaparte, Templ.19.3 
 10. Garrow, UCD Marian19.0 
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. Killeen, Templeogue12.0 
 4. Hansberry, Maree12.0 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.10.3 
 6. Baltimore, Swords T.9.7 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee9.7 
 8. Cairns, Belfast .9.3 
 9. Kulinicz, Belfast .8.7 
 10. McGuire, Moycullen8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.10.3 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.9.7 
 3. Bonaparte, Templ.6.0 
 4. Randolph, Templ.5.7 
 5. Donaghy, Tralee5.7 
 6. Lyons, Moycullen5.7 
 7. Roe, Killester5.3 
 8. Rockall, Maree5.3 
 9. Kinevane, UCD M.5.0 
 10. Manning, Eanna5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Travis BLACK
  Swords T.
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Black, Swords T.3.7 
 2. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.3.0 
 3. Bonaparte, Templ.3.0 
 4. Dunne, Eanna3.0 
 5. Sullivan, Killester2.7 
 6. James, Templeogue2.5 
 7. Manning, Eanna2.5 
 8. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.5 
 9. Randolph, Templ.2.3 
 10. Dolenko, Swords T.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.2.7 
 2. Bedulskis, UCD M.2.5 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.2.3 
 4. Kulinicz, Belfast .2.0 
 5. Donaghy, Tralee2.0 
 6. Killeen, Templeogue2.0 
 7. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.2.0 
 8. Bonaparte, Templ.1.7 
 9. Proby, DCU Saints1.7 
 10. Garrow, UCD Marian1.5 


Irish Super League round 3 best performance: Lehmon Colbert - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Lehmon Colbert (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCC Demons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Swords Thunder (2-1) 96-95. UCC Demons is placed at 3rd position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. UCC Demons will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Colbert had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at UCC Demons, through which he has constantly improved. Former Jacksonville University star has very solid stats this year. Colbert is league's best scorer averaging so far 35.0ppg. Colbert is in league's top in and averages impressive 63.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Dee Proby (208-C-88) of DCU Saints. Proby had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 23 rebounds. Bad luck as DCU Saints lost that game 65-85 to Belfast Star (3-0). 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. Proby is a newcomer at DCU Saints, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.7ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 19.3rpg and 3.3apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was international guard Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue (#9). Murphy got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. Despite Murphy's great performance Templeogue lost 86-92 to Eanna (#7, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Templeogue not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victory. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Murphy could try to bring Templeogue's a little bit higher in the standings. Murphy has a very solid season. In 2 games in Ireland he scored 14.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 21 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84) of UCC Demons - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Eoin Rockall (185-PG-98) of Maree - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Brian Andrews) of KUBS - 28 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ciaran Roe (170-PG-93) of Killester - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Brandon McGuire (193-F) of Moycullen - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tamron Manning (193-PG-93) of Eanna - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrate Winner Cup title in Holon - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi Tel Aviv 79-93

Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrate Winner Cup title in Holon. They coasted past Ironi Nahariya 93-79 to take the first trophy of the upcoming season. Maccabi Tel Aviv grabbed a 22-15 lead after the first 10 minutes and added a 27-21 rally in the second period. Moreover Maccabi notched a 24-21 run in the third quarter and did not mind a narrow 20-22 loss at the end of the game.
DeShaun Thomas (201-PF-91, college: Ohio St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 4 assists while Alex Tyus (203-C-88, college: Florida) had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Roll (198-SG-87, college: UCLA) netted 14 points and added 6 assists, while John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) and Jonah Bolden (208-F/C-96, college: UCLA) contributed 11 points each. Alex Young (198-G/F-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) scored 23 points, Denzel Livingston (193-G-93, college: Incarnate Word) delivered 13 and Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) 12 for Ironi Nahariya.



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  ITALY  


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

Lithuanian Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for EA7 Armani and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 24-year old had a double-double of 17 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Vanoli CR (#14, 0-1) with 16-point margin 76-60. EA7 Armani is placed at 3rd position in Italian Serie A. But it's just the very beginning of the season and EA7 Armani won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Gudaitis turned to be EA7 Armani's top player in his first season with the team. Gudaitis has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 17.0rpg. Gudaitis

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American guard Lee Moore (193-G-95) of Germani BR. Moore impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Germani BR to edge VL Pesaro (0-1) by 3 points 73-70. 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. Moore is well-known by Germani BR fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Shawn Jones (203-PF-92) of top-ranked Banco di Srd. Jones scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Banco di Srd, leading his team to a 94-80 easy win against MIA-RO Cantu (#11, 0-1). Banco di Srd 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. Jones also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Jones as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chane Behanan (198-F-92) of Dolomiti En. TR - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Dolomiti En. TR - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Emmanuel Omogbo (203-F-95) of VL Pesaro - 10 points and 14 rebounds
7. Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87) of Umana VE - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Banco di Srd - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Tyrus McGee (188-G-91) of The Flexx PT - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Banco di Srd - 13 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Durand Scott (ex Fiat TO) signs at the Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) landed 27-year old former Jamaican international swingman Durand Scott (196-92kg-90, college: Miami, FL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. The last season he played at New Basket Brindisi (also in Serie A) where in 28 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
Scott has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. Scott received also All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013. He was a member of Jamaican Senior National Team in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball Scott experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Scott has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros) and Spain (Blusens Monbus).
He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2013 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrew FITZGERALD
  Kanazawa.
  (202-C/F-90)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.24.7 
 2. Nephawe, Bambitio.22.5 
 3. Buchanan, Iwate B.22.0 
 4. Creekmore, Yamag.21.5 
 5. Tapscott, Ehime OV21.5 
 6. Warren, Kagawa FA20.5 
 7. McHenry, Shins.20.0 
 8. Ashaolu, Sendai18.7 
 9. Kotzur, Hiroshim.18.5 
 10. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Markhuri SANDERS-FRISON
  Iwate B.
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sanders-F., Iwate B.19.0 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.14.5 
 3. Warren, Kagawa FA12.5 
 4. Hawkinson, Toyot.12.0 
 5. Nephawe, Bambitio.11.5 
 6. Alabi, Fukushima11.0 
 7. Hill, Toyotsu FE11.0 
 8. Burton, Aomori W.11.0 
 9. Boykin, Tokyo Z11.0 
 10. Buchanan, Iwate B.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Seiji KOUNO
  Yamagata
  (172-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Kouno, Yamagata7.5 
 2. Furuno, Kumamoto.6.5 
 3. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.6.5 
 4. Yosuke, Shinshu BW5.5 
 5. Hamilton, Bambitio.5.0 
 6. Yamashita, Fukuoka .5.0 
 7. Yonamine, Kanazawa.5.0 
 8. Burton, Aomori W.4.5 
 9. Takumi, Tokyo Z4.5 
 10. Kashiwagura, Tokyo Z.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shinya MURAKAMI
  Fukus.
  (172-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Murakami, Fukus.3.5 
 2. Monma, Aomori W.3.0 
 3. Fujioka, Yamagata3.0 
 4. McHenry, Shins.2.5 
 5. Nakama, Hiroshim.2.5 
 6. Yoshihiko, Ehime O.2.5 
 7. Tapscott, Ehime OV2.5 
 8. Taniguchi, Akita NH2.0 
 9. Kitagawa, Hiroshim.2.0 
 10. McShepard, Yamag.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chehales TAPSCOTT
  Ehime OV
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tapscott, Ehime OV2.0 
 2. Maduabum, Cyberdyn.2.0 
 3. Kawamitsu, Fukus.1.5 
 4. Peppers, Fukuoka .1.5 
 5. Alabi, Fukushima1.5 
 6. Chol, Sendai 89ers1.3 
 7. Marshall, Kanazawa.1.0 
 8. Hill, Toyotsu FE1.0 
 9. James, Kumamoto V.1.0 
 10. Takumi, Gunma1.0 



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SuperLeague Round 1: Sigal Prishtina defeat Bashkimi - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Liga e pare just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bashkimi (0-1) on the court of Sigal Prishtina on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sigal Prishtina 89-54. The game was mostly controlled by Sigal Prishtina. Bashkimi managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigal Prishtina is looking forward to face Peja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bashkimi will play against Borea (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Peja (1-0) which played in Mitrovice against Trepca (0-1). Peja crushed hosts 93-70. Swingman Beq Kovaqi (193-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Arian Qallaku chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds. Peja's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Musab Malaj (185-96) responded with 25 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Peja will play against Sigal Prishtina (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Trepca will play against Kerasan (#7) in Prishtina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also home loss of Kerasan in a game in Prishtina versus undefeated Xhebrailat 94-91. Kerasan was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Taylor Bessick nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Kushtrim Sadiku came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Kerasan in the defeat. Kerasan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Xhebrailat will meet at home Rahoveci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kerasan will play against Trepca and hope to win that game.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Rahoveci (1-0) who crushed Borea (0-1) by 29 points 111-82. Rahoveci's next round opponent will be Xhebrailat (#4) in Therande. Borea will play on the road against Bashkimi in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Sigal Prishtina - Bashkimi 89-54

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bashkimi (0-1) on the court of Sigal Prishtina on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sigal Prishtina 89-54. The game was mostly controlled by Sigal Prishtina. Bashkimi managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigal Prishtina is looking forward to face Peja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bashkimi will play against Borea (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Trepca - Peja 70-93

Another interesting game for Peja (1-0) which played in Mitrovice against Trepca (0-1). Peja crushed hosts 93-70. Peja shot 28 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Trepca only scored ten points from the stripe. Trepca was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Beq Kovaqi (193-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international guard Arian Qallaku (195-92) chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds. Five Peja players scored in double figures. Peja's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Musab Malaj (185-96) responded with 25 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and X Haxhiu scored 12 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Peja will play against Sigal Prishtina (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Trepca will play against Kerasan (#7) in Prishtina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trepca: M.Malaj 25+2reb+5ast, B.Zekiqi 14+4reb+1ast, X.Haxhiu 12+6reb+2ast, A.Selmani 7+4reb+2ast, V.Haxhiu 5+3reb+1ast, Y.Sahiti 4+6reb
Peja: A.Qallaku 21+12reb+1ast, B.Kovaqi 19+10reb+6ast, L.Mekaj 18+1reb+5ast, R.Uka 15+2reb+2ast, A.Hajdari 15+3reb+2ast, E.Devolli 3
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Kerasan - Ylli 91-94

An interesting game was also home loss of Kerasan in a game in Prishtina versus undefeated Xhebrailat 94-91. Kerasan was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. American forward Taylor Bessick (206, college: Iona) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Arif Mehmetaj (201-94, college: Daemen) accounted for 26 points and 8 rebounds. Kushtrim Sadiku (193-96) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Alban Latifaj (185-91) added 18 points respectively for Kerasan in the defeat. Five Xhebrailat and four Kerasan players scored in double figures. Kerasan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Xhebrailat will meet at home Rahoveci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kerasan will play against Trepca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kerasan: K.Sadiku 22+10reb+2ast, A.Latifaj 18+3reb+3ast, R.Ahmeti 13+4reb+3ast, A.Haliti 10+3reb+3ast, G.Shala 10+3reb, K.Ujkani 8+6reb+1ast
Ylli: A.Mehmetaj 26+8reb, T.Bessick 18+13reb+3ast, M.Harmon 15+1reb+4ast, A.Gashi 13+5reb+2ast, B.Azemi 10+6reb, A.Tahiri 7+1reb+4ast
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Borea - Rahoveci 82-111

We should not miss anothera road victory of Rahoveci (1-0) who crushed Borea (0-1) by 29 points 111-82. Rahoveci's next round opponent will be Xhebrailat (#4) in Therande. Borea will play on the road against Bashkimi in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 578568





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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivars ZEMITIS
  Memele/B.
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 35
 1. Zemitis, Memele/B.35.0 
 2. Immers, Limbazi31.0 
 3. Ginters, RSU23.0 
 4. Metra, Jelgava22.0 
 5. Mednis, Madona21.0 
 6. Savcenko, Kandava20.0 
 7. Sukteris, Valkas SI19.0 
 8. Vecens, Valkas SI18.0 
 9. Kapostins, Riga/Rid.18.0 
 10. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uldis SLAPJUMS
  Valkas S.
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Slapjums, Valkas S.18.0 
 2. Stikuts, Turiba14.0 
 3. Vecens, Valkas SI11.0 
 4. Sukteris, Valkas SI11.0 
 5. Silavs, Limbazi10.0 
 6. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.10.0 
 7. Petersons, Madona10.0 
 8. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 9. Justovics, Jelgava9.0 
 10. Vaivods, Valkas SI8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rolands BRENCS
  Limbazi
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brencs, Limbazi8.0 
 2. Gabrans, Gulbenes.8.0 
 3. Silavs, Limbazi7.0 
 4. Veinbergs, Limbazi7.0 
 5. Ginters, RSU7.0 
 6. Klegeris, Turiba7.0 
 7. Skipars, RSU6.0 
 8. Vilks, Memele/B.5.0 
 9. Metra, Jelgava5.0 
 10. Vecens, Valkas SI5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Armands GINTERS
  RSU
  (196-SF-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ginters, RSU5.0 
 2. Immers, Limbazi5.0 
 3. Jekabsons, Ogre/Kum.4.0 
 4. Kapostins, Riga/Rid.4.0 
 5. Arnitis, LU/BS R.4.0 
 6. Berkolds, Ogre/Kum.4.0 
 7. Holz, RSU3.0 
 8. Slapjums, Valkas S.3.0 
 9. Lapans, Ogre/Kum.3.0 
 10. Simsons, Memele/B.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavels VESELOVS
  Gulbenes.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Veselovs, Gulbenes.2.0 
 2. Jekabsons, Ogre/Kum.2.0 
 3. Steinbergs, Ogre/Kum.2.0 
 4. Rozitis, Jelgava2.0 
 5. Justovics, Jelgava1.0 
 6. Metra, Jelgava1.0 
 7. Penka, Limbazi1.0 
 8. Brencs, Limbazi1.0 
 9. Rudzitis, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 10. Cvetkovs, Limbazi1.0 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Jackson, Cimar.30.3 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo14.3 
 3. Mainoldi, San M.12.3 
 4. Rodriguez, Flame.12.0 
 5. Carraway, Cimar.12.0 
 6. Ramon, Flamengo11.7 
 7. Keenan, San M.11.3 
 8. Rodriguez, Cimar.11.3 
 9. Wood, San M.11.3 
 10. Medina, Hebraica11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Cimar.10.3 
 3. Wood, San M.7.7 
 4. Jackson, Cimar.7.3 
 5. Williams, Hebraica6.0 
 6. Izaguirre, Hebraica5.0 
 7. Medina, Hebraica5.0 
 8. Faggiano, San M.4.7 
 9. Moreno, Cimarrones4.7 
 10. Rhett, Flamengo4.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Cimarrones
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5
 1. Moreno, Cimarrones5.0 
 2. Garcia-M., Hebra.4.5 
 3. Luis, Flamengo4.0 
 4. Faggiano, San M.4.0 
 5. Machado, Flamengo3.3 
 6. Wood, San M.3.0 
 7. Zanotta, Hebraica3.0 
 8. Lescano, San M.2.7 
 9. Cubillan, Flamengo2.7 
 10. Carraway, Cimar.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Jackson, Cimar.3.7 
 2. Wood, San M.2.7 
 3. Rodriguez, Cimar.2.3 
 4. Faggiano, San M.2.0 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo2.0 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.7 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones1.7 
 8. Carraway, Cimar.1.7 
 9. Mainoldi, San M.1.7 
 10. Garcia, San M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Amir CARRAWAY
  Cimar.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Carraway, Cimar.1.7 
 2. Izaguirre, Hebraica1.3 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.1.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Cimar.0.7 
 5. Mainoldi, San M.0.3 
 6. Rhett, Flamengo0.3 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo0.3 
 8. Garcia, San M.0.3 
 9. Wood, San M.0.3 
 10. Batista, Flamengo0.3 


Flamengo claim top position in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Cimarrones - Flamengo 70-80
Flamengo beat Cimarrones to top Group A. Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) and Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) scored 14 points each to lead the Brazilian side. Flamengo accumulated a 42:29 halftime lead. Cimarrones used a strong 29:11 run in the third term to take the lead. But Flamengo bounced back with a 27:12 rally in the final period to snatch the victory. David Cubillan (181-PG-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) contributed 13 points for Flamengo. Mike Jackson (190-G-87) responded with 33 points for Cimarrones.

Hebraica - San Martin C. 63-74
San Martin Corrientes ended their Liga Sudamericana campaign on a winning note. They knocked down Hebraica to improve at 1-2 record. Leonardo Mainoldi (203-PF-85) scored 19 points to pace the Argentinean team. Hebraica eked out a 33:31 halftime lead. But San Martin picked up the tempo in the second half. They sank 43 points after the long break and raced to the victory. Lucas Faggiano (189-PG-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) accounted for 16 points in the win. Facundo Medina (190-PG-94) replied with game-high 28 points for Hebraica.




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Stats Leaders - NKL

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Arturas Gudaitis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Lithuanians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Arturas Gudaitis
Arturas Gudaitis
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93, currently plays in Italy). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 14th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (0-1) 76-60 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Gudaitis was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Armani Milano this season. His team is placed third in the Serie A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Gudaitis is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the 13th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (0-1) 80-62 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Orelik recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Umana Venezia this season. His team is placed eighth in the Serie A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Orelik is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Paulius Dambrauskas
Paulius Dambrauskas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international guard Paulius Dambrauskas (195-85, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Poland). He contributed to a MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's victory against the 14th-ranked Twarde Pierniki (0-1) 89-76 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. Dambrauskas recorded 14 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza this season. His team is placed fifth in the PLK. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Dambrauskas played for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

Julius Jucikas
Julius Jucikas
   #4. Power forward Julius Jucikas (205-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Latvia) helped Ventspils win their game against the closely-ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-1) crushing them 85-58 in the Latvian LBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (3-0) is placed second in the LBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Jucikas' first season with the team. This year Jucikas averages: 8.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2011.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #5. International forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the league outsider ratiopharm Ulm (0-2) 72-68 in the German BBL last Saturday. Grigonis was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points in 25 minutes. It was his first game for ALBA Berlin this season. His team is placed tenth in the BBL. Grigonis plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #6. An experienced center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Budivelnyk win their game against the sixth-ranked Cherkasy (0-1) crushing them 87-53 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He recorded 8 points. It was his first game for Budivelnyk this season. His team is placed first in the Superleague. Anisimovas is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team ten years ago.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Poland) helped Wilki Morskie win their game against one of league's weakest teams Legia (0-1) crushing them 86-66 in the Polish PLK in Monday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. King Szczecin (1-1) is placed eighth in the PLK. Jogela has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in two games he played so far. He used to play for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

Zygimantas Janavicius
Zygimantas Janavicius
   #8. Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Germany) helped Braunschweig win their game against the 11th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1-1) 81-68 in the German BBL last Friday. Janavicius recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was his first game for Braunschweig this season. His team is placed second in the BBL. Janavicius used to play for the Lithuanian national team last year.

Deividas Dulkys
Deividas Dulkys
   #9. International shooting guard Deividas Dulkys (195-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Istanbul BBSK in their last game. Despite his very good performance his team was edged 90-89 at home by the lower-ranked Khimik. Dulkys was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. This year Dulkys has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.7apg in three games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Gilvydas Biruta
Gilvydas Biruta
   #10. Power forward Gilvydas Biruta (203-91, college: Rhode Island, currently plays in France) helped JL Bourg win their game against the 16th-ranked JDA Dijon (0-3) 87-74 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Biruta scored 9 points. JL Bourg Basket (2-1) is placed sixth in the ProA. This season Biruta averages only 9.0ppg. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91, currently plays in France) helped Souffelweyersheim win their game against the closely-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne crushing them 93-73 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Staniulis scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. Staniulis has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 3.0apg in two games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international power forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93, currently plays in Germany) managed to help s.Oliver Wuerzburg to win against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets 76-73 in the German BBL on Friday night. Olisevicius recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for s Oliver Baskets this season. Olisevicius used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former University international guard Martynas Mazeika (192-85, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Estonia) helped Kalev/Cramo edge in an overtime the league outsider Rapla 78-76 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Thursday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Kalev/Cramo this season. Mazeika used to play for the Lithuanian university national team eight years ago.

   #14. International forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90, currently plays in Spain) helped Blusens Monbus win their game against the league outsider Zaragoza 80-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He recorded 8 points. Bendzius' overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.5rpg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international shooting guard Martynas Paliukenas (191-93, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tauras Jogela and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Paliukenas helped Wilki Morskie win their game against one of league's weakest teams Legia crushing them 86-66. He recorded 8 points in 28 minutes. This year Paliukenas' overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5spg in two games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-PF-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Spain) could not help Andorra (0-2) in their last game. Despite Shurna's good performance Andorra lost 88-94 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. He recorded 10 points in 28 minutes. This year Shurna's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Experienced Vilius Sumskis (215-F-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Norway) led Fyllingen BBK to a 2-point victory against the league outsider Baerum Basket (0-4) 87-85 in the Norwegian BLNO last Saturday. He scored 14 points. Fyllingen BBK (3-0) is placed second in the BLNO. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Sumskis averaged so far 13.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.7apg.

   #3. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help Steaua CSM in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance his team was badly defeated 91-75 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Kormend. Runkauskas scored 13 points and added 4 assists. It was his first game for Steaua CSM this season.

   #4. Robertas Grabauskas (208-C-90, agency: HMS, college: Northwood, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket (0-1) in their game against La ICL Manresa (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Grabauskas recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Caceres Basket this season. But Caceres Basket lost 73-81 in Manresa to the higher-ranked (#4) La ICL.

   #5. Mike Bedulskis (206-F-92, college: Rollins, currently plays in Ireland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams KUBS (0-3) 76-58 in the Irish Super League on Saturday night. Bedulskis scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. UCD Marian Dublin (2-0) is placed second in the Super League. Bedulskis' total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5bpg.

   #6. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Boncourt in their game against Monthey in the Swiss SBL, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Danys also added 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Boncourt this season. But his team was badly defeated by 19 points 89-70.

   #7. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lorient in their game against UB Chartres in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Milka was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Milka has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5spg.

   #8. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a SG Schwelmer Baskets' victory against the 12th-ranked Karlsruhe SC 62-56 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Mikutis scored 7 points in 22 minutes. This year Mikutis' total stats are: 8.5ppg and 2.5rpg in two games.

   #9. Justas Rimkus (198-C-95, currently plays in Germany) helped Crailsheim II edge the 13th-ranked Kronberg 76-74 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Crailsheim II this season.

   #10. Tomas Romanovskij (187-SG-95, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help GGZ Baskets in their game against Oberhaching in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Romanovskij scored 10 points and added 3 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Romanovskij's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg.



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Jaylen BLAND
  Contern
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Bland, Contern26.5 
 2. Schumacher, T7126.0 
 3. Morton, Racing25.5 
 4. Freeman, Residence25.0 
 5. Gulley, Musel Pikes24.5 
 6. Logan, Heffingen23.0 
 7. Barden, Etzella22.5 
 8. Ford, Contern22.0 
 9. Bailey, Residence20.0 
 10. Reese, Sparta19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavon COLEMAN
  Amicale
  (196-F-92)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Coleman, Amicale17.5 
 2. Stephens, T7116.0 
 3. Robinson, Sparta13.5 
 4. Vujakovic, Resid.13.0 
 5. Nwelue, Musel Pikes11.5 
 6. McNutt, Etzella11.0 
 7. Rugg, Basket Esch10.5 
 8. Wolzfeld, Contern10.0 
 9. Ford, Contern10.0 
 10. Gulley, Musel Pikes9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pit BIEVER
  Basket Esch
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Biever, Basket Esch5.0 
 2. Melcher, Amicale5.0 
 3. Schumacher, T714.5 
 4. McAlister, Racing4.0 
 5. Freeman, Residence4.0 
 6. Wolzfeld, Contern3.5 
 7. McNutt, Etzella3.0 
 8. Bailey, Residence3.0 
 9. Bernimont, Racing3.0 
 10. Morton, Racing3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jarmar GULLEY
  Musel Pikes
  (196-F/G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gulley, Musel Pikes3.0 
 2. Welter, Musel Pikes2.5 
 3. Gindt, Sparta2.5 
 4. Bland, Contern2.5 
 5. Oly, Heffingen2.0 
 6. Bingaya, Heffingen2.0 
 7. Arbaut, Residence2.0 
 8. Ford, Contern2.0 
 9. Barden, Etzella2.0 
 10. Andjelkovic, Sparta2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy MCNUTT
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. McNutt, Etzella2.0 
 2. McAlister, Racing1.5 
 3. Melcher, Amicale1.5 
 4. Hicks, Basket Esch1.5 
 5. Kalmes, Musel Pikes1.5 
 6. Robinson, Sparta1.0 
 7. Bingaya, Heffingen1.0 
 8. Coleman, Amicale1.0 
 9. Wolzfeld, Contern1.0 
 10. Rugg, Basket Esch1.0 


Total League Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Total League, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The biggest surprise of round 3 was guest Etzella's (2-1) road victory over T71 (#8) 87-77 on Friday evening. T71 trailed 47-44 at halftime, rallying from a 34-18 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Etzella made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Derrick Barden (196-92, college: N.Colorado) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. International swingman Jairo Delgado (188-85) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87) who recorded 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Etzella is looking forward to face Musel Pikes (#3) in Stadrbredimus in the next round, which may be the game of the day. T71 will play on the road against Contern in Luxembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Luxembourg. Racing (3-0) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Contern (1-2) 81-80 on Friday evening. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Scott Morton (195-87, college: Geneseo St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 31 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Eric McAlister contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Xavier Ford (201-93, college: Buffalo) answered with 27 points and 9 rebounds for Contern. Racing will play against Amicale in Steinsel in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Contern will play at home against T71 (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was played in Stadrbredimus where host Musel Pikes (#7) won against Sparta 84-72 on Friday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Jarmar Gulley who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Brad Reese with 23 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Musel Pikes will meet Etzella (#4) in the next round. Sparta will play against Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Esch. Local Basket Esch (2-1) outscored Heffingen (1-2) 86-58. American players dominated the game. It was a quality performance for Clancy Rugg who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 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. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be Sparta (#7) in Bertrange which should be theoretically another easy game. Heffingen will play at home against Residence and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 3 Amicale defeated Residence in Steinsel 107-101.

Racing - Contern 81-80

Important game to mention about took place in Luxembourg. Racing (3-0) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Contern (1-2) 81-80 on Friday evening. Contern was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 21-12 charge of Racing, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Contern 43-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Scott Morton (195-87, college: Geneseo St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 31 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Forward Eric McAlister (204-90, college: Stony Brook) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Xavier Ford (201-93, college: Buffalo) answered with 27 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jaylen Bland (190-93, college: Cal-Riverside) added 23 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Contern. Four Contern players scored in double figures. Racing will play against Amicale in Steinsel in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Contern will play at home against T71 (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Contern: X.Ford 27+9reb, J.Bland 23+9reb+3ast, R.Birenbaum 13+2reb+1ast, R.Wolzfeld 10+6reb+2ast, A.Eicke 5, D.Weyrich 2+1reb+2ast
Racing: S.Morton 31+8reb+3ast, E.McAlister 14+5reb+3ast, O.Braun 9+9reb, G.Bernimont 8+6reb+1ast, M.Hilger 8+6reb+1ast, L.Soragna 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 559175


T71 - Etzella 77-87

The biggest surprise of round 3 was guest Etzella's (2-1) road victory over T71 (#8) 87-77 on Friday evening. T71 trailed 47-44 at halftime, rallying from a 34-18 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Etzella made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Derrick Barden (196-92, college: N.Colorado) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. International swingman Jairo Delgado (188-85) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Four Etzella players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87) who recorded 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Denell Stephens (190-86, college: Slippery Rock) added 10 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Etzella is looking forward to face Musel Pikes (#3) in Stadrbredimus in the next round, which may be the game of the day. T71 will play on the road against Contern in Luxembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
T71: T.Schumacher 33+8reb+3ast, C.Johnson 12+6reb+2ast, D.Stephens 10+18reb+4ast, C.Bemtgen 9+1ast, M.M'Putu 6+1ast, V.Sunnen 5
Etzella: D.Barden 29+7reb+3ast, J.Delgado 23+7reb+1ast, P.Gutenkauf 17+3reb+2ast, B.McNutt 11+7reb+4ast, F.Gutenkauf 6+2reb+2ast, D.Benseghir 1+2reb
gschID: 559174


Musel Pikes - Sparta 84-72

An interesting game was played in Stadrbredimus where host Musel Pikes (#7) won against Sparta 84-72 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for swingman Jarmar Gulley (196-91, college: Missouri St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Michael Nwelue (195-93, college: Drury) helped adding 15 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Brad Reese (200-88, college: Texas Tech) with 23 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Titus Robinson (201-90, college: Buffalo) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Musel Pikes will meet Etzella (#4) in the next round. Sparta will play against Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: B.Reese 23+5reb+2ast, T.Robinson 12+9reb, M.Andjelkovic 11+4reb+2ast, D.Gindt 8+5reb, P.Arendt 6+3reb+1ast, X.Engel 5+4reb+1ast
Musel Pikes: J.Gulley 29+9reb+3ast, M.Nwelue 15+13reb+2ast, L.Schwartz 11+1reb+2ast, J.Kalmes 9+10reb, J.Kox 9+2ast, T.Welter 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 559173


Basket Esch - Heffingen 86-58

The game with biggest result difference took place in Esch. Local Basket Esch (2-1) outscored Heffingen (1-2) 86-58. Basket Esch dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Heffingen's 32 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Heffingen 49-27 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Basket Esch players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Heffingen's players. American players dominated the game. It was a quality performance for power forward Clancy Rugg (203-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Jordan Hicks (201-90, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Basket Esch players scored in double figures. Forward Ryan Logan (201-94, college: Stonehill) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Matt Bingaya (193-94, college: Fairmont St., agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Heffingen 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. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be Sparta (#7) in Bertrange which should be theoretically another easy game. Heffingen will play at home against Residence and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Heffingen: R.Logan 23+6reb+2ast, M.Bingaya 17+8reb, J.Thesen 5+2reb, M.Berens 3+2reb, T.Schomer 3+2reb+1ast, C.Oly 2+3reb
Basket Esch: C.Rugg 22+13reb+5ast, J.Hicks 20+5reb+3ast, P.Biever 13+5reb+5ast, J.Monteiro 10+4reb+1ast, A.Rodenbourg 8+4reb+2ast, E.Kesseler 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 559172


Residence - Amicale 101-107

There was no surprise in Bereldange where Residence (0-3) was defeated by Amicale (2-1) 107-101. Amicale's next round opponent will be Racing in Luxembourg and it will be for sure the game of the week. Residence will play on the road against Heffingen (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 559176





Echague inks Bryan Coleman, ex Grengewald - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (TNA) signed 25-year old American forward Bryan Coleman (199-96kg-92, college: Wayne St., MI). He played last season at Grengewald in Luxembourg N2 league.
The previous (15-16) season Coleman played at Gimle BBK Bergen in Norwegian BLNO where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg and 5.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Coleman was voted All-GLIAC 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Coleman has played also professionally in Finland (Ura Basket).
He attended Wayne State University, MI until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He contributed to Monaco's victory against the third-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (3-0) 61-55 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. Sy scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (2-1) is placed seventh in the ProA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 65.2%(15-23) and FT: 66.7% in three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France). Saounera contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked CFBB (0-2) crushing them 90-54 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and added 4 passes in 20 minutes. Vendee Challans Basket (2-0) is placed second in the NM1. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Saounera has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.5apg, 3FGP: 33.3% in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Saounera played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Mamadou Sy
Mamadou Sy
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Mamadou Sy (196-85, college: Cloud County CC, currently plays in France). He managed to help Brissac-Aubance Basket to win against the league outsider SAP Vaucluse (0-2) 76-70 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Sy scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Brissac-Aubance Basket (2-0) is placed first in the NM1. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Sy averages: 5.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 44.4%. Similarly like Saounera and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Sy played for the Mali national team six years ago.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #4. Swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mamadou Sy and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Cisse contributed to Brissac-Aubance's victory against the league outsider SAP Vaucluse (0-2) 76-70. He scored 5 points and added 5 passes in 28 minutes. It's Cisse's first season with the team. Cisse has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg and 4.0apg in two games. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Cisse used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Nouhoum Bocoum (208-F/C-94, college: Arkansas St., currently plays in Spain) could not help CB Guadalajara (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the 14th-placed CB Guadalajara (0-2) was crushed 96-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked Rivas (#4) in the Group B. Bocoum recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Bocoum's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bocoum averages: 15.5ppg and 8.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and American.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93) plays for Olympique Antibes in French ProA
Cheick Diallo (206-C/F-96) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
Namory Boundy (202-F-89) plays for SO Maritime Boulogne in French NM1
Cheick Soumaoro (204-F-90) plays for Saint-Quentin in French NM1
Sambou Traore (198-PF-79) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProB
Bandja Sy (204-F-90) plays for AEK in Greek A1
Boubacar Sidibe (205-C-94) plays for HLA Alicante in Spanish LEB Silver
Drissa Ballo (208-C-95) plays for ADA Blois in French ProB
Baba Samake (200-F-94) plays for Saint Chamond in French ProB
Modibo Niakate (185-G-81) plays for Pontoise in French NM2
Mamoudou Sy (198-F-83) plays for Metz-Ste Marie in French NM2
Mahamadou Doucoure (208-C-85) plays for Metz-Ste Marie in French NM2

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



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Dragoje Djokovic joins Danilovgrad - by Darko Pekic

KK Danilovgrad (Erste Liga) added to their roster 24-year old guard Dragoje Djokovic (190-93) from Ulcinj. Djokovic has played there for the last five years. In 23 Erste Liga games he had 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2013 and 2016.

Danilovgrad is expected to announce few more signings in the next couple of days.

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Milickovic comes back to Danilovgrad - by Darko Pekic

KK Danilovgrad (Erste Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Montenegrin center Stefan Milickovic (204-94). It is actually his comeback to Danilovgrad as he has played here before. Milickovic was tested by Alma Trieste in Italian Serie A2, but was not approved after all. The last season he played at KK Danilovgrad where in 23 Erste Liga games he recorded 7.7ppg and 5.3rpg.
Milickovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) five years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 0.7ppg, 1.4rpg.
Milickovic has played previously professionally also in Montenegro (Lovcen, Zeta and KK Podgorica) and Italy (Mela and Spilimbergo).

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Zvezdan Mitrovic to guide Montenegrin National Team - by Eurobasket News

Zvezdan Mitrovic is set to be named the next Montenegrin National Team head coach. The specialist will replace Bogdan Tanjevic. Zvezdan Mitrovic worked previously as coach assistant with Ukrainian and Montenegrin NTs. He also guided the Montenegrin University National Team. Mitrovic has worked with AS Monaco Basket since 2015. He was named All-French ProA Coach of the Year in 2016.


Vladimir Dragicevic's 33 points make him top Montenegrin player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland). He led Stelmet to a victory over the league outsider PGE Turow (0-2) crushing them 102-64 in the Polish PLK in Wednesday night's game. Dragicevic was MVP of the game. He scored 33 points (!!!), grabbed 7 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 31 minutes on the court. Stelmet Zielona Gora (2-0) is placed first in the PLK. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Dragicevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 91.3%(21-23) in two games he played so far. Former BC Buducnost Podgorica starter played for the Montenegrin senior national team three years ago.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in ABA League). Rochestie was the main contributor in a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the closely-ranked Mega Bemax (1-1) 90-80 in the ABA League last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Rochestie scored 26 points (!!!) and added 6 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (2-0) is placed first in the ABA League. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Rochestie's first year with the team. This season he has very high stats. Rochestie averages: 21.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.5apg, 2FGP: 68.8%(11-16), 3FGP: 55.6%. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie played for the Montenegrin national team in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Dubljevic contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (1-1) 80-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. Valencia Basket (1-0) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Dubljevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Valencia Basket's roster. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 2FGP: 41.2% and FT: 83.3% in two games. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Boris Savovic
Boris Savovic
   #4. Forward Boris Savovic (208-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic. But that was another game of his team in Polish PLK which we would like to mention. Savovic helped Stelmet win their game against the 14th-ranked Trefl (0-1) 84-77. He was the top player that evening. Savovic recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Stelmet this season. His team is placed first in the PLK. Savovic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2007.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #5. International power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his German team Telekom Baskets win their game against Joensuun Kataja crushing them 90-70 in the Basketball Champions League last Friday. Djurisic scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Telekom Baskets this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed in the Basketball Champions League. Djurisic plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #6. Center Blagota Sekulic (210-82, currently plays in Spain) helped Baloncesto Fuenlabrada win their game against the 16th-ranked RETAbet BB (0-2) 82-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Montakit Fuenlabrada (2-0) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Sekulic's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 6.5rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team two years ago.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #7. International power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Taylor Rochestie. However that was another game of his team in ABA League which brought him to that list. Bjelica helped his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda win their game against the seventh-ranked Mornar Bar (1-1) 88-77. He recorded 15 points in 30 minutes. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (2-0) is placed first in the ABA League. This year Bjelica has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg in two games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Amin Hott
Amin Hott
   #8. Guard Amin Hott (192-92, currently plays in Hungary) helped MAFC edge the 12th-ranked Sopron KC (0-1) 70-69 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Hott recorded 12 points and added 8 assists in 39 minutes. It was his first game for MAFC this season. His team is placed in the A Division. Hott used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team back in 2010.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #9. International power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) helped Blusens Monbus win their game against the league outsider Zaragoza (0-2) 80-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (1-1) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. Radovic's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 4.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #10. Point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Movil Estudiantes to beat Groningen. Cook scored 9 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 8 assists and added 3 steals in 29 minutes. Buthis team was edged 76-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Groningen. This year Cook's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.5apg and 2.5spg in two games. He is a naturalized American. Cook is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team. He used to play for KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in Montenegrin league.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Slobodan Miljanic (201-90, college: Lynn, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Fribourg win their game against the sixth-ranked Starwings crushing them 102-65 in the Swiss SBL last Thursday. Miljanic scored 14 points and added 4 passes. Miljanic has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in France) was not able to help SAP Vaucluse (0-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SAP Vaucluse lost 70-76 in Brissac-Quince to the leading Brissac-Aubance. Rakocevic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. Rakocevic has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2009.

   #13. U18 international center Marko Simonovic (210-99, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Mens Sana 1871 in their game against Novipiu Casale in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Simonovic recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Mens Sana 1871 this season. His team was defeated 76-66. Simonovic is also Montenegrin U18 national team player.

   #14. Former international center Vladimir Golubovic (212-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Betis in their game against Gipuzkoa in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 11 minutes. His team was crushed by 34 points 94-60. This year Golubovic's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 3.0rpg in two games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former international swingman Milos Borisov (201-85, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Hungarian team Falco-Vulcano edge Balkan 96-95 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Borisov scored 15 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. It was his first game for Falco-Vulcano this season. Borisov used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Estonia) led Kalev/Cramo to an overtime victory against one of league's weakest teams Rapla (0-1) 78-76 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Thursday. Subotic recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Kalev/Cramo this season. His team is placed first in the Alexela KML. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.

   #2. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in Spain) could not help Zaragoza (0-2) in their last game. Despite Dragovic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Zaragoza lost 74-80 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#10) Blusens Monbus. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Dragovic also added 5 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 24 minutes. This year Dragovic's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 5.5rpg in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #3. Goran Bulatovic (186-PG-88, currently plays in Slovakia) led Inter Bratislava to a 2-point victory against the league outsider Prievidza (0-2) 97-95 in the Slovakian SBL on Saturday night. Bulatovic recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. BK Inter Bratislava (2-0) is placed first in the SBL. Bulatovic's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg.

   #4. Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85, agency: HMS, college: Purdue, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Starwings' victory against the closely-ranked Lugano Tigers (0-1) 81-76 in the Swiss SBL on Saturday night. Calasan had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (1-1) is placed sixth in the SBL. Calasan's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #5. Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87, currently plays in Slovakia) led Handlova to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nova Ves (1-1) 94-79 in the Slovakian SBL in Wednesday night's game. Zejak scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. MBK Handlova (1-1) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the SBL. Zejak averaged so far 12.0ppg and 7.0rpg.

   #6. Sekula Jovanovic (203-F-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked KFUM Lidingo crushing them 113-86 in the Swedish Basketettan (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. It was his first game for KFUM Fryshuset this season.

   #7. Nikola Rakocevic (191-G-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Caceres Basket in their game against La ICL Manresa in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Rakocevic recorded only 4 points. It was his first game for Caceres Basket this season. His team was defeated 81-73.

   #8. Milos Milosevic (201-F-89, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for La Charite in their game against Gries/Oberhoffen in the French NM1 (third division). Milosevic scored 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 86-68. Milosevic has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 8.5rpg in two games.



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Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum undergoes MRI for shoulder injury - by Eurobasket News

After losing Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) to free agency during the offseason the Utah Jazz were counting on younger players to fill the void. One of them may need to wait before stepping up to do so. Fourth-year guard Dante Exum (6'6''-PG-95) fell heavily to the floor during Friday's home game against Phoenix, immediately leaving the game and headed straight to the locker room. After Utah's 112-101 victory, Jazz head coach Quin Snyder admitted that Exum's injury "didn't look good." Exum missed the entire 2015-16 campaign after undergoing ACL surgery on his left knee. He appeared primed for a breakout season, however, after averaging 20.0 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game during the 2017 NBA Summer League.
Courtesy of: nba.com




The Hawks waive Jenkins - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks waived 26-year old guard John Jenkins (193-98kg-91, college: Vanderbilt).
The last season Jenkins played at another team Knicks where in 16 games he had very impressive stats: 20.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.9apg.
In 2012 he was drafted by the Hawks in first round (23rd overall). Jenkins has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jenkins' team made it to the NBA Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 21 1st Team back in 2011 and 2012.
Jenkins represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 90.9%.
Jenkins has played previously for five other NBA teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Salt Lake City Stars, Northern Arizona Suns and Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
On Jenkins: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Has a natural, fundamentally sound jumper that allows him to be nearly equally effective spotting up, coming off screens, and off the dribble Always shoots the same shot, and keeps his shoulders and feet squared at all times Quick release. He struggles off the dribble to create much offense for himself because he simply doesn't have the quickness to be more than a sporadic slasher to the rim Doesn't have many moves when handling the ball, and only does handle the ball when a jumper is simply out of the question
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The Hawks cut Jordan Mathews - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks cut 23-year old guard Jordan Mathews (193-93kg-94, college: Gonzaga).
Mathews has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Gonzaga University and it is his first season in pro basketball. Mathews' team won WCC Tournament. He received All-WCC Honorable Mention award in 2017 at his college time.

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Thunder's Big 3 lead way in 102-91 win over Pelicans - by Eurobasket News

The Thunder's new Big Three looked ready to do big things in their first action together. Fans got their first chance to see reigning MVP Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) and All-Stars Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) play together since the Thunder acquired George and Anthony in trades. They were dominant in Oklahoma City's 102-91 win over New Orleans on Friday night. Westbrook played for the first time this preseason after getting a platelet rich plasma injection in his knee. He missed the team's Blue-White scrimmage and the preseason opener against Houston in Tulsa on Monday. He finished with nine points, four assists and one rebound in 9:58 before coming out for good late in the first quarter. Westbrook has said that he is fine and the injection is something he does each year, but he did it later than usual this year because he spent a lot of time at home focusing on his newborn son. Now that Westbrook is back to basketball, Thunder coach Billy Donovan can start figuring out how to blend the stars' skill sets. 'That's the thing with Coach,' George said. 'He sat down with myself, sat down with Russ, Carmelo and he wants us to be ourselves. He wants us to bring what makes us so special. Just do it within the confinements of this team. That's what's going to make the game easier for everybody.' George scored 25 points in just over 27 minutes and Anthony added nine points and six rebounds. George said he's still adjusting to Westbrook's speed, mentally and physically. 'We joke about it - how to run a fastbreak, because he is just so fast,' George said. 'About the time you catch it, your feet is all messed up trying to catch up to him. It's going to be an adjustment, but again, you got a guy to put that much pressure on defense, you know it's going to make the game so much easier for me. So my job is the easy part. It's just to finish those plays for him.' Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) led the Pelicans with 14 points and seven rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) scored 13 points and Ian Clark and Jrue Holiday each scored 11.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com



Celtics defeat Sixers 110-102 in second preseason game - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 110-102 on Friday night at Wells Fargo Center. Boston got their first look at the Sixers in each team's second preseason game. One of the major storylines going into this one was the development of Boston's chemistry, especially between Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke), Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler), and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida). Against Charlotte, the Celtics were able to generate a lot of open shots off of their ball movement, but the shots weren't falling. Tonight the ball movement was still there, and more shots were going down. The starting lineup for Boston included Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98, college: Duke) alongside Irving-Hayward-Horford, forming a small-ball combination. The Celtics switched on defense very effectively making things very difficult on the Sixers. Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) faced off against his old team and got the start at center for the Sixers. He finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. Also, the matchup between Jayson Tatum and Markelle Fultz was an important narrative going into this matchup. However, Fultz was did not play in the game. Boston will play Philadelphia on Monday, so maybe we'll see these two rookies face off then. Tatum got the start for the Celtics and finished with nine points and five rebounds on 4-9 shooting. He looked a lot more comfortable and confident on the floor after a shaky debut against the Hornets. Tatum hit his first three shots including an impressive fadeaway over JJ Redick in the first quarter. He turned his ankle in the second quarter after a rebound, but continued to play into the second half. Irving finished the game with 21 points on 7-14 shooting, and played 21 minutes into the second half. He continued his strong passing from the first preseason game against Charlotte, and was nailing three after three either on spot ups or off a screen. There's still an adjustment period going for Irving transitioning from an isolation role in Cleveland, but he has improved from the first preseason game. Hayward played with way more confidence in tonight's game with nine points and five assists in 23 minutes of playing time. He was looking for his shot off of screens and made a nice defensive play that led to a fast break bucket on the other end. Like Irving, Hayward is adjusting but improving with every game. Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94, college: Oklahoma St.) continued his solid perimeter shooting with 11 points 4-6 from the field and 2-2 from three. His jump shot looks a lot better this season, and he looked very good in the pick and roll either scoring or finding an open teammate. Smart also made a great play ripping the ball from Richaun Holmes and diving on the floor for the steal. Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) continued his strong play this preseason posting 12 points and five rebounds. He hit the glass hard and even took two charges on defense. The short mid range jump shot off the pick is a shot that Baynes looks very comfortable with, so he certainly won't be a liability on offense. It finally seems like the Celtics have a big, bruising big man that can give them quality minutes against more traditional lineups. Other highlights from the game included Jaylen Brown's dunk on Robert Covington and Daniel Theis' block in the fourth quarter. The Celtics' reserves didn't look as good tonight as they did against Charlotte. Shane Larkin and Abdel Nader had trouble getting the offense in rhythm, which contributed to turnovers and easy buckets for the Sixers. However, they were able to finish things and close out the Sixers in the closing moments. The Celtics' main rotation looked a little more fluid in what they were trying to accomplish on both ends of the floor. On Monday when they face the Sixers again, we'll see if Boston can continue to build off of their play from previous outings.
Courtesy of: celticsblog.com



Orlando Magic hire Tracy McGrady - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic have announced that perennial NBA All-Star and Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Famer Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) will join the front office as special assistant to the CEO. McGrady will be available to the organization as needed in a variety of capacities. He will be available to the players and coaches on and off the court, will assist and advise the executive team in several areas and will help with promotion, marketing and community relations activities for the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. 'Having Tracy McGrady, a perennial All-Star and a Hall-of-Famer, on our staff is tremendous for our entire organization,' said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. 'Whether it will be on the court with the team or in the Central Florida community, Tracy's knowledge, experience and stature will be an incredible asset for our players and our organization. We are extremely excited to bring him back home.' 'I am thrilled to be back where I truly made a name for myself - with the Orlando Magic,' said McGrady. 'The DeVos family and the entire organization have always done everything in a first-class manner and I am excited to be able to help them with whatever they may need.' McGrady played in 295 games (294 starts) during his four seasons with the Magic (2000-04), averaging 28.1 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 5.2 apg. and 1.53 stlpg. in 39.4 minpg. While with Orlando, he was a two-time All-NBA First Team selection (2001-02, 2002-03), a two-time All-NBA Second Team selection (2000-01, 2003-04), a four-time NBA All-Star (2001-04), led the NBA in scoring twice (2002-03, 32.1 ppg.; 2003-04, 28.0 ppg.) and was named the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2000-01. McGrady's scoring average of 28.1 ppg. remains the highest in Orlando Magic history. He also stands among the franchise's all-time leaders in free throws made (second, 1,819), points (third, 8,298), free throws attempted (fourth, 2,368), field goals attempted (fourth, 6,689), field goals made (fifth, 2,985), steals (sixth, 452), assists (seventh, 1,533), blocked shots (seventh, 292), rebounds (eighth, 2,067), three-point field goals attempted (eighth, 1,410), three-point field goals made (ninth, 509) and minutes played (tenth, 11,628). McGrady was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2017.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Durand Scott (ex Fiat TO) signs at the Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) landed 27-year old former Jamaican international swingman Durand Scott (196-92kg-90, college: Miami, FL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. The last season he played at New Basket Brindisi (also in Serie A) where in 28 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
Scott has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. Scott received also All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013. He was a member of Jamaican Senior National Team in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball Scott experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Scott has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros) and Spain (Blusens Monbus).
He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2013 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

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The Grizzlies released Morgan - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) released 22-year old guard Jeremy Morgan (196-87kg-95, college: N.Iowa).
Morgan has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Northern Iowa and it is his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Morgan's college team won MVC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).

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Nic Batum Likely Out 2-3 Months After Tearing Ligament In Elbow - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) tore a ligament in his left elbow during Wednesday's preseason game. Batum will likely miss 8-12 weeks with the injury. Spencer Perry of Queen City Hoops first reported the injury. Batum will receive additional opinions on whether he needs to undergo surgery. Batum signed a five-year, $120 million deal to stay with the Hornets in 2016.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Nets improve to 2-0 in preseason play with 107-88 victory over Miami - by Eurobasket News

It's only preseason, but the Nets look like a ton of fun. The Brooklyn Nets improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 107-88 victory over the Miami Heat, Thursday night at Barclays Center. Last year, the Nets didn't get two wins in a row, preseason or regular season, until March 23. It was all good from the start for the Nets, who put up 33 points in the opening quarter and led by double digits in no time. They kept it consistent throughout the game, but more importantly they played solid defense. They held Miami to no more than 25 points in a quarter. They also outrebounded the Heat, 62-37 (not a typo). The Nets led by double digits most of the game, but broke it open in the third quarter when they went up by 20. Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) facilitated Brooklyn's high-octane offense and scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (6'7''-F-95, college: Arizona) (10 points, eight rebounds) did the dirty work and helped push the tempo as well. The most impressive thing with this Nets team so far, isn't their three-point shooting, but rather the high intensity no matter who's playing. Guys like RHJ, Quincy Acy, Trevor Booker, DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86, college: Missouri) have all been chasing after loose balls and running the break. The frontcourt duo of Timofey Mozgov (7'1''-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov), Hollis-Jefferson and Carroll had eight rebounds apiece. Simply put: this team looks like they mesh very well in Kenny Atkinson's system. 'I think that speaks to when you have depth and balance,' Atkinson said after the game. 'I think that's how we're going to have to do it. It's going to be a balanced effort.' And, they did all this while D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.) struggled a bit, shooting 4-of-14 from the floor and 1-of-7 from deep. What does that tell you? Russell is probably going to get most of the shots on the team, but other guys will score and pick up the load should he or any of the main guys have an off night. It's the team-oriented ball this team plays. The key, however, was the defense, which led to opportunities in the open court for the fast-pace Nets. They scored 27 points off turnovers and nailed 10-of-30 from deep. Even Mozgov hit a 3-pointer! Over two games, they're shooting 42 percent from deep. And so, it was another good night for the Nets and a good night for the Brooklyn crowd. 'Great. Great atmosphere. Glad we gave them what they wanted. It was fun,' Russell said on playing his first game in Brooklyn.
Courtesy of: netsdaily.com



Chris Paul helps Rockets rout Shanghai Sharks - by Eurobasket News

Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) is quickly getting adjusted to the up-tempo, high-volume offense under Mike D'Antoni 's Houston Rockets. Paul had 11 points, 12 assists and four steals to lead the Rockets to a 144-82 exhibition victory over the Shanghai Sharks on Thursday night. "Knowing everybody wants the same thing and you're rooting for each other," Paul said. "It's cool - equal opportunity." Paul, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, played 26 minutes and rested the fourth quarter as the Rockets cruised to victory over the overmatched Chinese team. Paul said D'Antoni drew up a play on Thursday night where he was coming off a screen to catch and shoot. He said he couldn't remember the last time that happened. "That stuff is fun - I've always enjoyed that part of the game," Paul said. "The way we play, we don't need a called play because there's a lot of unselfishness in the ball movement." Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, college: UCLA) led Houston with 18 points, and James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had nine points, 10 assists and two blocks. Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) had 17 points, and Clint Capela (6'10''-F/C-94) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes. Houston jumped to a 43-16 lead after the first quarter, making its first seven shots and 13 of 29 3-point attempts in the first half. The Rockets shot 42.3 percent from beyond the arc overall. "This is a big week coming up for us - we've got to turn it on a little bit," D'Antoni said. "We'll learn a lot about where we are by the end of next week. Hopefully, we're in a good spot because right around the corner is Golden State." Houston opens the regular season at Golden State to face the defending champs. Rockets 21-year-old Chinese rookie Qi Zhou (7'2''-C-96) scored eight points, including a thunderous dunk, in 12 minutes. The 7-foot-1, 210-pound center played last season for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association after the Rockets drafted him with the 43rd overall pick in 2016. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (5'11''-PG-86, college: CS Fullerton) led Shanghai with 27 points, and Nick Minnerath (6'10''-PF-88, college: Detroit Mercy) had 22. Shanghai shooting guard Jimmer Fredette watched the game from the bench with a knee injury. Fredette, who was named the regular-season international MVP last year while averaging 37.6 points, agreed to a new deal with Shanghai in July.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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Brandon Chappell Named Assistant Basketball Coach at Lamar - by Eurobasket News

Former Lamar University standout Brandon Chappell has been named an assistant coach announced LU head coach George "Tic" Price Friday morning. Chappell replaces Brian Burton who left earlier this year to take a position with Fresno State. 'I've known Brandon since his days playing at Lamar when I used to coach against him,' said Price. 'He and my son developed a rivalry on the court, and later a friendship off the court. I've watched Brandon grow from being a basketball player to an ultimate professional.' Chappell comes to the Golden Triangle from Arkansas-Fort Smith where he spent the past season helping put together one of the best teams in program history. The Lions won the 2017 Heartland Conference regular-season and tournament title to advance to the NCAA Division II tournament. Arkansas-Fort Smith lived up to the preseason hype after entering the year ranked fourth nationally. The players also reaped the benefits Chappell's guidance. He helped produce three Heartland Conference all-tournament selections - including the tournament MVP, two all-conference picks, a first-team All-South Region selection and a 2017 NABC First-Team All-American. 'Every head coach has guys on their radar for when a position comes open,' said Price. 'I've watched Brandon on the road how he presents himself and how he represents his university. Brandon has a great presentation. He also has a great rapport with other coaches in the business, AAU coaches and high school coaches. This young man bleeds red and will be a great fit.' Prior to his time in Fort Smith, Chappell spent two seasons in Flagstaff, Ariz., serving as a graduate assistant and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona University. During his time there, the Lumberjacks set a school record for wins and finished second in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com tournament. 'Words can't describe how excited I am to return to Lamar University,' said Chappell. 'Growing up here, and then getting the chance to play here and now getting a professional opportunity means the world to me. I'm going to use that as my motivation every single day. 'I love Lamar, obviously, but this is a business, so for me to make a move it had to be the right time and right situation. Coach Price was the biggest draw for me. I respect what he is doing here and the program that he is building, and I want to be a part it,' added Chappell. Chappell made his first stop on campus as a player for head coach Billy Tubbs. A two-time team captain for the Cardinals, Chappell still ranks among the school's all-time leaders in three-point field goals, three-point field-goal percentage and was among the school all-time top 10 in assists when he graduated. Chappell came to LU after a standout career at Ozen High School where he guided the Panthers to the 4A state title game.
Courtesy of: lamarcardinals.com



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  NIGERIA  


Lille signs Cory Remekun - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) signed 26-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Cory Remekun (203-107kg-91, college: St.Louis, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 19 games he had 6.9ppg and 4.5rpg. Remekun helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 5.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Remekun played at Rogaska (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 26 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 7.8rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.3bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Slovenian League All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team.
His college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2013.
Remekun has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Germany (Dragons Rhoendorf) and Greece (Nea Kifisia).
He attended Saint Louis University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

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Trevor Mbakwe selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Mbakwe
Trevor Mbakwe
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in Italy). He led Fiat TO to a victory over the 12th-ranked New Basket BR (0-1) 72-67 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Mbakwe was MVP of the game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Fiat TO this season. His team is placed fourth in the Serie A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Mbakwe has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Mbakwe played also for the Nigerian national team in 2016.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, agency: 3Eye, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the main contributor in a JSF Nanterre's victory against Tsmoki-Minsk 80-75 in the Basketball Champions League last Monday. Aminu was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. JSF Nanterreis placed in the Basketball Champions League. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 71.4%. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2016.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan). He was the major contributor in Fukushima's victory against the fourth-ranked Dragonflies (1-1) 89-75 in the Japanese B2 League on Monday night. Alabi scored 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Fukushima Firebonds (1-1) are placed second in East group. Alabi has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg, 1.5spg. Alabi played for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Bryant Mbamalu
Bryant Mbamalu
   #4. Shooting guard Bryant Mbamalu (191-91, college: La-Lafayette, currently plays in Chile) contributed to a 3-point Deportivo Valdivia's victory against the second-ranked Puerto Montt (1-1) 83-80 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Mbamalu had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. It was his first game for Deportivo Valdivia this season. His team is placed fifth in Conferencia Sur. Mbamalu is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is also Nigerian national team player. Mbamalu used to play for Lagos Warriors in Nigerian league.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #5. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Germany) could not help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (0-3) in their last game. Despite Ibekwe's very good performance the bottom-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost 69-82 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#11) Mitteldeutscher BC. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Ibekwe also added 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in 31 minutes. So far Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost all three games in the Regular Season. This year Ibekwe has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0bpg and 2.5spg in two games he played so far. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Ibekwe used to play for the Nigerian national team last year.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #6. An experienced point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Virtus Bologna (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Virtus Bologna lost 74-78 in Trento to the second-ranked Dolomiti En. TR. Umeh recorded 12 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Virtus Bologna this season. Umeh also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team one years ago.

Stan Okoye
Stan Okoye
   #7. Former international swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Openjobmetis VA (0-1) in their game against Umana Venezia (1-0) in the Italian Serie A. Okoye recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Openjobmetis VA this season. Openjobmetis VA was badly defeated 80-62 in Venezia by the higher-ranked Umana (#8). Okoye holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

Dinma Odiakosa
Dinma Odiakosa
   #8. Power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Le Portel (1-2) in their game against Olympique Antibes (0-3) in the French ProA. Odiakosa scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 12 minutes. Le Portel lost 63-70 in Antibes to the lower-ranked (#15) Olympique. This year Odiakosa's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 6.0rpg in three games. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team back in 2004.

Andy Ogide
Andy Ogide
   #9. International forward Andy Ogide (204-87, agency: HMS, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Roseto Sharks (0-1) in their game against Orasi Ravenna (1-0) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Ogide was the top scorer with 15 points. It was his first game for Roseto Sharks this season. Ogide used to play for the Nigerian national team last year.

Daniel Nwaelele
Daniel Nwaelele
   #10. Guard Daniel Nwaelele (193-84, college: Air Force, currently plays in France) managed to help Paris-Levallois in a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (0-3) 79-77 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points in 16 minutes. Paris-Levallois (1-2) is placed 14th in the ProA. This year Nwaelele's total stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Nwaelele is international player as one years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. International small forward Jamal Olasewere (201-91, also represented by HMS, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Agribertocchi OR in their game against Alma Trieste in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Agribertocchi OR this season. But his team lost 73-78. Olasewere holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team last year.

   #12. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Kagawa FA in their game against Kanazawa Samuraiz in the Japanese B2 League. Kuso recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team were defeated 76-67. Kuso has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 5.5rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

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

   #1. Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) could not help JDA Dijon (2-1) in their last game. Despite Sulaimon's very good performance JDA Dijon lost 74-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) JL Bourg. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Sulaimon also added 5 assists in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Sulaimon has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg in three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite Sulaimon's Nigerian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #2. Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in France) led Strasbourg IG to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Chalons-Reims (1-2) crushing them 93-72 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Otule scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Strasbourg IG Basket (3-0) is placed fifth in the ProA. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Otule averages: 6.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Tonye Jekiri (213-C-94, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Belgium) was the major contributor in Oostende's victory against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (0-2) crushing them 82-60 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Saturday. Jekiri scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Telenet BC Oostende (2-0) is placed second in the Euromillions League. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Jekiri has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg and 6.0rpg in two games.

   #4. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: Siena, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Real Betis (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Real Betis was defeated 90-80 at home by the much higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#7). Anosike was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 rebounds. This season Anosike has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #5. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Sendai 89ers (1-2) in their last game. Despite Ashaolu's very good performance the fourth-placed Sendai 89ers (1-2) lost 72-77 on their home court in Sendai to the higher-ranked (#3) Toyotsu FE in the East group. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 21 minutes. Ashaolu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 10.0rpg and 2.0apg in two games. Ashaolu also holds two passports: Nigerian and Canadian. Despite his Nigerian nationality, Ashaolu previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Nigerian team.

   #6. Michael Ojo (216-C-93, college: Florida St., currently plays in ABA League) led his Serbian team FMP to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked MZT Skopje crushing them 100-72 in the ABA League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Ojo has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5spg.

   #7. Michael Fakuade (201-F-89, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gipuzkoa in their game against Gran Canaria in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team lost 76-84. This year Fakuade's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #8. Experienced Reggie Okosa (207-C-80, college: La Salle, currently plays in Chile) couldn't help Espanol de Talca (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Okosa's very good performance the third-placed Espanol de Talca was edged 75-73 in Concepcion by the lower-ranked Universidad de (#4) in the Conferencia Centro. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. It was his first game for Espanol de Talca this season. Okosa holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #9. Emmanuel Omogbo (203-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help VL Pesaro (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked VL Pesaro was edged 73-70 on their home court in Pesaro by the much higher-ranked (#5) Germani BR. Omogbo had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes. It was his first game for VL Pesaro this season. Omogbo holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #10. Retin Obasohan (185-G-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Oettinger Rockets Gotha in their game against EWE Baskets in the German BBL. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday He was the top scorer with 17 points. Obasohan also added 4 passes. This season Obasohan has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. He holds both Belgian and Nigerian passports.



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 31.3
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.31.3 
 2. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 4. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 5. Durham, Meralco .25.4 
 6. Bullock, Rain o.23.3 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.23.2 
 8. Fuller, NLEX R.22.6 
 9. Pringle, Globalport20.0 
 10. Fajardo, SM Be.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Durham, Meralco .20.1 
 2. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 3. Fuller, NLEX R.17.7 
 4. Walker, Blackwater16.8 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 6. Fajardo, SM Be.11.6 
 7. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.5 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.3 
 9. Abueva, Alaska Aces10.6 
 10. Anthony, Globalport9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Durham, Meralco .6.8 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Castro-W., TNT K.6.1 
 4. Thompson, B.Gin.5.5 
 5. Tenorio, B.Ginebra5.3 
 6. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.2 
 7. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 8. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 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.2.5 
 4. Walker, Blackwater1.9 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.7 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.6 
 8. Fuller, NLEX R.1.6 
 9. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
 10. Jazul, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 2. Fajardo, SM Be.2.3 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.2 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 5. Erram, Blackwater2.1 
 6. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.9 
 7. Santos, SM Beermen1.8 
 8. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.6 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.5 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 


Ginebra overcomes Rice's 44 points to top TNT, take 2-1 series lead - by Eurobasket News

Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) scored 20 points, including a pair of putbacks in the last 2 minutes, as Barangay Ginebra defeated TNT 106-103 in Game 3 of the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals at Araneta Coliseum on Friday. The homestretch became a show of extra effort, and Ginebra muscled its way toward key loose-ball recoveries to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 series. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Scottie Thompson (17 points, 12 rebounds) each had a double-double for the defending champions, who can wrap up the series Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. Game will start at 6:30 p.m. "A really good, high-quality game . . . We played it well tonight, they played their style well tonight that's why it came don't to the last shot," Ginebra coach Tim Cone said. "That's what happens when you got two good teams like that. No lead is safe against this team." Devance's heroics nearly went down the drain when he missed a wide-open layup with 24 seconds left and Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr. responded with a 3-pointer 10 seconds later to make it 106-103. "I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little disappointed. I missed a wide-open layup. I can't believed that. I gotta be better," Devance said. "But again my teammates had my back. I'm thankful we got the win." But Rice's desperation 3 in the game's final play bounced off the rim, which secured Ginebra's victory. "We knew they had to shoot the three. It's obvious we just want to defend the 3-point shot," Cone said. "We thought for a moment about fouling, put them on the line, but that's so dangerous." Both teams shot poorly from the outside. TNT hoisted 41 3-point attempts and made only 11 for 26%, while Ginebra was 6 of 24 from downtown (25%). Ginebra was awarded far-and-away more free-throw attempts, shooting 30 of 43 from the line (69%). TNT made 12 of 14 for 85%. After scoring just 8 points in Game 2, Greg Slaughter (216-C-88) finished with 19. "We played with emotion tonight, we need to play with emotion in Game 4," Cone said. "We didn't play with emotion in Game 2 and we paid for it." Rice tallied 44 points for TNT, but needed 39 shots. He also had 20 rebounds. Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) registered a near triple-double with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists, but the two TNT players that played key roles in the Game 2 win disappeared in Game 3. Troy Rosario finished with only 7 points and 1 rebound before fouling out, while RR Pogoy missed all but 2 attempts from the field.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chavaughn LEWIS
  TBV Start
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Lewis, TBV Start26.0 
 2. Watts, Czarni26.0 
 3. Washington, TBV S.25.0 
 4. Punter, Rosa25.0 
 5. Dragicevic, Stelmet22.5 
 6. Almeida, Anwil21.0 
 7. Kovalenko, MKS D.21.0 
 8. Szubarga, Asseco21.0 
 9. Shelton, MKS D.20.0 
 10. Artis, Czarni19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  MKS D.
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Shelton, MKS D.13.0 
 2. Hajric, Miasto Szkla10.0 
 3. Szczotka, Asseco10.0 
 4. Bojic, Polpharma9.0 
 5. Sokolowski, Rosa9.0 
 6. Trojan, Rosa9.0 
 7. Wyka, Asseco9.0 
 8. Watts, Czarni9.0 
 9. Zamojski, Stelmet9.0 
 10. Ponitka, Asseco9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kamil LACZYNSKI
  Anwil
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Laczynski, Anwil13.0 
 2. Washington, TBV S.12.0 
 3. Broussard, MKS D.9.0 
 4. Baldwin, AZS K.9.0 
 5. Szubarga, Asseco7.0 
 6. Koszarek, Stelmet7.0 
 7. Flieger, Polpharma6.0 
 8. Florence, Stelmet6.0 
 9. Jakobczyk, Miasto S.6.0 
 10. Sulima, Polski Cukier5.0 
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. Lewis, TBV Start3.0 
 5. Snieg, Polski Cukier3.0 
 6. Broussard, MKS D.3.0 
 7. Watts, Czarni3.0 
 8. Nowakowski, Anwil3.0 
 9. Gruszecki, Polski C.3.0 
 10. Dragicevic, Stelmet2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Steve ZACK
  Trefl
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zack, Trefl3.0 
 2. Shelton, MKS D.2.0 
 3. Stelmach, Czarni2.0 
 4. Woloszyn, MKS D.2.0 
 5. Milovanovic, Polph.2.0 
 6. Leonczyk, Anwil2.0 
 7. Wyka, Asseco2.0 
 8. Golebiowski, Polph.1.0 
 9. Witlinski, Asseco1.0 
 10. Wallace, Miasto Szkla1.0 



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  RUSSIA  


Zenit welcomes back Lazarev - by Eurobasket News

Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB) landed 26-year old power forward Ivan Lazarev (210-91kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Zenit as he has played here before.
Part of last season he spent at CSKA Moscow where in 6 VTB United League games he averaged 3.8ppg and 1.7rpg. Lazarev also spent pre-season at CSKA Moscow youth team earlier that year. He helped them to win the league title (twice).
Lazarev represented Russia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously for five other teams: Dynamo Moscow, Ryazan, Dynamo Moscow 2nd team, Zenit 2 and Dynamo Moscow 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RWANDA  


FINAL: Uganda's City Oilers take on Rwanda's Patriots - by Eurobasket News

Pre-tournament favourites City Oilers of Uganda and Patriots from Rwanda will contest Saturday's final of the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Basketball Championships at Lugogo. Patriots silenced the partisan Ugandan crowd at Lugogo by snatching a place in the final at the expense of fancied Power, who failed to respond to a flying start by the visitors. The Patriots took an 18-10 quarter one lead, held on 35-32 at half time and when they stretched it to 57-48 in the 3rd quarter, the final place was in sight. It was the first loss of the tournament for Uganda's Power, who finishing in the semifinals will be no consolation for all their ambitions.
In the other semifinal, City Oilers also got off to a flying start against Kenyans KPA, leading 23-14 in quarter one, 40-23 at half time, 51-39 in the third quarter to seal a place in their second straight Zone 5 Championships final 73-65. The winner of this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017 that will be hosted in Tunisia in December.
Courtesy of: independent.co.ug



Betway Power Book a Date With Kami Kabange's Patriots - by Eurobasket News

Arnold Lando's Power cruised to a routine 84-44 victory past Hawassa of Ethiopia in the Quarter final game played at the MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo. Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) who played with an injury led the charges with 17 points, Paul Odong (G-91) scored 14, while Isaac Afidra and Michael Kojo scored 10 points apiece. The victory took the Betway-sponsored team to the Semifinals where they will face off with Patriots of Rwanda who knocked aside ABC in the Quarters. Betway Power who are still unbeaten in this tourney so far, have a huge mountain to overcome against Patriots who have Kami Kabange on their roster, a former MVP for Uganda's National Basketball League in his past days with City Oilers.
In the other Semifinal, Kenya Ports Authority who defeated Tanzania's Savio in the Quarters will play defending champions and hosts City Oilers. Winners of both ties will face off in an epic final on Saturday at 9 pm with the overall champion qualifying automatically to the 2017 FIBA Africa Basketball Cup.
Courtesy of: chimpreports.com



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  SENEGAL  


TLU/Kalev inks Bamba Fall - by Eurobasket News

Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev (Alexela KML) agreed terms with 31-year old Senegalese ex-international center Bamba Fall (217-107kg-86, college: SMU). He played most recently at Azad in Iranian Superleague. Fall managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 16 Superleague games he had 6.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2bpg in 2015-16 season. He also played that season for Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo where in three games he recorded 9.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7bpg. Fall also played 1 game in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Fall was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) as #1 pick overall.
He attended Southern Methodist University until 2009. It will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Fall was voted Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
He also represented Senegal at the African Championships in Angola ten years ago.
Fall is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Afula), Latvia (VEF Riga), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
Fall could be described: A tall and lanky player with gerat upside. Has a very skinny body, but plays hard and understands the game. Rebounds and shot-blocking are his best skills, but he should add a reliable shot and beef up a lot more.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spartak tabs Nikola Tanaskovic - by Eurobasket News

KK Spartak Subotica (KLS) landed 20-year old forward Nikola Tanaskovic (204-97, agency: BeoBasket) on loan from Partizan. The last season he played at Partizan where in two KLS games he averaged 6.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. Tanaskovic also played 3 games in ABA League, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal. He played in the final of Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).
Tanaskovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP-3 (66.7%), 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 66.7%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kozuv inks Miladin Pekovic - by Dragan Ristov

KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija (Prva Liga) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell). He will still stay in FYR Macedonia where he played last season at KK Kumanovo 2009 (Prva Liga). In 25 games he had 11.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.6apg. Pekovic also played 17 games in Balkan League where he recorded 10.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Pekovic played at Feni Industries. In 33 Prva Liga games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2015 and 2016.
Pekovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Germany (Gladiators and EWE Baskets), Romania (Targu Mures) and Serbia (BKK Radnicki, Beobanka and Proleter Naftagas).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Henk NOREL
  Gipuzkoa GBC
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Norel, Gipuzkoa GBC24.5 
 2. Green, Valencia23.0 
 3. Landesberg, Estudian.22.0 
 4. Blums, Zaragoza21.5 
 5. Blazic, Andorra20.0 
 6. Randolph, Real Madrid18.0 
 7. Thomas, Obradoiro17.0 
 8. Neal, Zaragoza16.0 
 9. Kulvietis, Joventut16.0 
 10. Boungou-Colo, Real B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henk NOREL
  Gipuzkoa GBC
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Norel, Gipuzkoa GBC11.5 
 2. Arteaga, Estudian.9.0 
 3. Tobey, Iberosta.9.0 
 4. Randolph, Real Madrid8.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.8.0 
 6. Diop, Baskonia8.0 
 7. Suton, Estudiantes8.0 
 8. OLeary, Fuenlabrada8.0 
 9. Dubljevic, Valencia7.5 
 10. Richard, Joventut7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Estudiantes
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Cook, Estudiantes8.0 
 2. Tabu, RE.8.0 
 3. Heurtel, FC Barce.7.5 
 4. Perez, Gipuzkoa GBC7.0 
 5. Granger, Baskonia6.5 
 6. Hannah, UCAM M.6.0 
 7. Fernandez, Andorra6.0 
 8. Sabat, Obradoiro6.0 
 9. Nedovic, Unicaja5.5 
 10. Mekel, Gran C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Federico VAN LACKE
  Gipuzko.
  (191-SG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van-Lacke, Gipuzko.2.5 
 2. Pressey, FC Barce.2.5 
 3. Augustine, Unicaja2.5 
 4. Hanga, FC Barcelona2.0 
 5. Huertas, Baskonia2.0 
 6. Perez, Gipuzkoa GBC2.0 
 7. Diaz, Unicaja2.0 
 8. Ventura, Joventut2.0 
 9. Garcia, Zaragoza2.0 
 10. Caner-Medley, Estudian.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alec BROWN
  Estudiantes
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Brown, Estudiantes3.0 
 2. Balvin, Gran Canaria2.5 
 3. Eyenga, Fuenlabrada2.5 
 4. Birgander, Joventut2.0 
 5. Diop, Baskonia2.0 
 6. Ayon, Real Madrid2.0 
 7. Olaseni, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 8. Diagne, Andorra1.5 
 9. Randolph, Real Madrid1.5 
 10. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.5 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Caleb AGADA
  Prat
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 25
 1. Agada, Prat25.0 
 2. Dee, Araberri21.0 
 3. Ward, Caceres19.0 
 4. Arteaga, Oviedo18.0 
 5. Gatell, Castello17.0 
 6. Munoz, Manresa16.5 
 7. Djukanovic, Forca L.16.5 
 8. Perez, Oviedo16.0 
 9. Trist, Ourense16.0 
 10. Lofberg, Breogan16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Volodymyr GERUN
  FC Barc.
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gerun, FC Barc.14.0 
 2. van-Wijk, Huesca12.0 
 3. Cate, Prat11.0 
 4. Yates, CB Clavijo11.0 
 5. Gatell, Castello10.0 
 6. Arteaga, Oviedo10.0 
 7. Sabonis, Castello9.0 
 8. Ucles, Araberri8.5 
 9. Guerra, Melilla8.5 
 10. Ruffin, Palencia8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  Valladolid
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Alvarado, Valladolid6.0 
 2. Santana, Oviedo6.0 
 3. Sanz, Coruna5.5 
 4. Ahonen, Ourense4.5 
 5. Pressley, Palencia4.5 
 6. Wintering, Araberri4.5 
 7. Almazan, Melilla4.0 
 8. Zubizarreta, Sammic I.4.0 
 9. Figueras, FC Barc.4.0 
 10. Motos, Huesca4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Caleb AGADA
  Prat
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Agada, Prat5.0 
 2. Sanz, Coruna3.5 
 3. Quintela, CB Cl.2.5 
 4. Parejo, Caceres2.0 
 5. Fontet, Huesca2.0 
 6. Djedovic, FC Barc.2.0 
 7. Djukanovic, Forca L.2.0 
 8. Diaz, Breogan2.0 
 9. Gilling, Coruna2.0 
 10. Alvarado, Valladolid2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Massine FALL
  Melilla
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fall, Melilla2.0 
 2. Trias, Manresa2.0 
 3. Lofberg, Breogan2.0 
 4. Sakho, Manresa1.5 
 5. Araujo, Araberri1.5 
 6. Samb, Melilla1.0 
 7. Zyle, Palma1.0 
 8. Cardenas, Oviedo1.0 
 9. Edwards, Araberri1.0 
 10. Gerun, FC Barc.1.0 


Spanish Liga Endesa round 2 best performance: Henk Norel - by Eurobasket News

Dutch Center Henk Norel (213-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Gipuzkoa GBC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Real Betis (#15, 0-2) with 34-point margin 94-60. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Gipuzkoa GBC is placed at 9th position in Spanish Liga Endesa. Gipuzkoa GBC 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. Norel turned to be Gipuzkoa GBC's top player in his first season with the team. Henk Norel has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.5ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.5rpg. Norel is in league's top in and averages impressive 64.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89) of Real Madrid. Randolph had a very good evening with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Real Madrid cruised to a 87-80 relatively comfortable win over RETAbet BB (0-2). 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. Randolph is well-known at Real Madrid and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#6). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Erick Green (190-PG-91) of Valencia (#7). Green scored 19 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Valencia, leading his team to a 80-67 easy win against Obradoiro (#10, 1-1). Valencia has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Green also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Green has a great season in Spain. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) of Iberostar Tener. - 20 points and 3 rebounds
5. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86) of Fuenlabrada - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Mike Tobey (213-C-94) of Iberostar Tener. - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Shaquielle McKissic (196-SF-90) of Gran Canaria - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jeffrey Brooks (203-PF-89) of Unicaja - 13 points and 5 rebounds
9. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) of Baskonia - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) of Real Madrid - 13 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)



Real Madrid announce Chasson Randle - by Eurobasket News

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



Liga Endesa Round 2: Joventut lose their first game against FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Liga Endesa. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Joventut (0-1) in Badalona on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by FC Barcelona (2-0) 74-72. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. French center Kevin Seraphin (208-89) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Rakim Sanders (196-89, college: Fairfield) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Lithuanian forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-91) responded with 16 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona is looking forward to face Burgos (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Joventut will play against Blusens Monbus in Santiago de Comp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless Burgos lost to undefeated Unicaja on the opponent's court 72-93. Baskonia managed to outperform Estudiantes in a home game 94-76. Real Madrid managed to beat RETAbet BB on the road 87-80. Iberostar Tener. defeated UCAM Murcia on its own court 84-78. Gran Canaria beat Zaragoza in Las Palmas 99-95. Valencia won against Obradoiro at home 80-67. Winless Real Betis was outscored by Gipuzkoa GBC on the opponent's court 94-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points by Mateusz Ponitka of Iberostar Tener..

Joventut - FC Barcelona 72-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Joventut (0-1) in Badalona on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by FC Barcelona (2-0) 74-72. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. French center Kevin Seraphin (208-89) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Rakim Sanders (196-89, college: Fairfield) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Lithuanian forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-91) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Joventut players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona is looking forward to face Burgos (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Joventut will play against Blusens Monbus in Santiago de Comp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: K.Seraphin 14+5reb+1ast, R.Sanders 13+4reb, A.Moerman 11+2reb, A.Hanga 9+4reb+1ast, P.Koponen 9+1reb+1ast, P.Ribas 7+2reb+1ast
Joventut: S.Kulvietis 16+3reb+4ast, P.Richard 11+7reb+2ast, T.Gielo 10+2reb, A.Ventura 10+6reb+1ast, J.Jordan 9+5reb+2ast, S.Vidal 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 569331


Unicaja - Burgos 93-72

Very expected game when Burgos (0-2) was crushed on the road by Unicaja Malaga (2-0) 93-72 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Burgos was better in fourth quarter 24-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Unicaja Malaga forced 20 Burgos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Burgos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Unicaja Malaga players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga will face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Burgos will play on the road against FC Barcelona (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: A.Diaz 14+3ast, J.Brooks 13+5reb, A.Waczynski 12+2reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 10+1reb+6ast, M.Soluade 8+3reb+3ast, R.McCallum 8+4ast
Burgos: C.Fisher 11+1reb+3ast, E.Martinez 11+3reb, A.Lopez 9+1reb, D.Gailius 9+10reb, T.Schreiner 7+5ast, A.Barrera 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 569327


Baskonia - Estudiantes 94-76

There was a small surprise in Vitoria where Baskonia (1-1) defeated Movil Estudiantes (0-1) 94-76 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Movil Estudiantes was better in third quarter 31-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game, while Movil Estudiantes only scored eight points from the stripe. Movil Estudiantes was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Ilimane Diop (210-95) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian forward Janis Timma (201-92) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Baskonia players scored in double figures. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) responded with 22 points and Bosnian-Croatian guard Goran Suton (208-85, college: Michigan St.) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baskonia will face Gran Canaria (#3) in Las Palmas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Movil Estudiantes will play at home against Gipuzkoa (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: I.Diop 15+8reb, J.Timma 12+6reb, J.Granger 11+1reb+6ast, V.Poirier 10+4reb+2ast, M.Janning 10+2reb+1ast, R.Beaubois 9+3reb
Estudiantes: S.Landesberg 22+2reb+1ast, G.Suton 9+8reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 9+5reb+1ast, V.Arteaga 8+9reb, A.Brown 8+4reb+1ast, O.Cook 6+3reb+8ast
gschID: 569326


RETAbet BB - Real Madrid 80-87

Not a big story in a game in Bilbao where RETAbet BB (0-2) was defeated by Real Madrid (2-0) 87-80 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 7 points. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to RETAbet BB's 30. American-Slovenian Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Belgian forward Axel Hervelle (205-83) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Belgian-Congolese point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85) scored 8 points and 11 assists. Four RETAbet BB players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid will face Zaragoza (#18) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. RETAbet BB will play against Real Betis (#15) in Sevilla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: A.Randolph 26+9reb+1ast, L.Doncic 13+8reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 11+3reb+5ast, G.Ayon 8+4reb+4ast, J.Carroll 7+1reb+1ast, F.Causeur 6+3reb+3ast
RETAbet BB: D.Todorovic 15+1reb+1ast, L.Redivo 14, A.Hervelle 13+6reb, P.Tomas 11+5reb+1ast, M.Gladness 8+6reb, J.Tabu 8+11ast
gschID: 569330


Andorra - Fuenlabrada 94-95 OT

Fuenlabrada snatched a tough road overtime win over Andorra. F Cruz and I O'Leary produced 17 points each for the visitors. C Eyenga added 12 points for Fuenlabrada as they improved at 2-0 record. Jaka Blazic answered with 20 points for Andorra as they suffered the second consecutive loss.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: F.Cruz 17+6reb+3ast, I.O'Leary 17+11reb+1ast, C.Eyenga 12+6reb+1ast, L.Rupnik 11+3reb+4ast, R.Smits 10+3reb, M.Popovic 9+1reb+2ast
Andorra: J.Blazic 20+1reb+2ast, V.Jankovic 17+5reb+1ast, P.Karnowski 15+1reb+1ast, A.Albicy 12+1reb+1ast, O.Stevic 8+1reb, J.Fernandez 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 569328


Iberostar Tener. - UCAM Murcia 84-78

Everything went according to plan in Tenerife where CB Canarias (2-0) beat UCAM Murcia (0-2) 84-78 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CB Canarias dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to UCAM Murcia's 30 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. UCAM Murcia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Mike Tobey (213-94, college: Virginia) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Naturalized American point guard Brad Oleson (191-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) responded with 13 points and American-Senegalese point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St.) scored 7 points and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CB Canarias will face Valencia Basket (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. UCAM Murcia will play against Andorra (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: M.Ponitka 20+3reb, M.Tobey 16+8reb+1ast, T.Abromaitis 10+1reb+2ast, D.White 9+2reb+4ast, R.Allen 8+3reb+2ast, R.San Miguel 6+5reb+4ast
UCAM Murcia: B.Oleson 13+4reb+1ast, V.Benite 13+1reb, M.Lukovic 8+4reb+1ast, C.Hannah 7+1reb+7ast, S.Rojas 7+2ast, K.Tumba 7+8reb
gschID: 569333


Zaragoza - Gran Canaria 95-99

There was no surprise when Zaragoza (0-2) was defeated at home by Gran Canaria (2-0) 99-95 on Wednesday. Zaragoza trailed 44-41 at halftime, rallying from a 29-16 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Gran Canaria shot 24 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Zaragoza only scored eight points from the stripe. Zaragoza was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Israeli point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners and American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Five Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) responded with 26 points and the former international point guard Tomas Bellas (185-90) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gran Canaria will face Baskonia (#8) in Vitoria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zaragoza will play on the road against Real Madrid (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: G.Mekel 15+2reb+3ast, A.Oliver 13+2reb+1ast, S.McKissic 13+3reb+3ast, P.Aguilar 11+7reb, D.Seeley 11+4reb+1ast, M.Eriksson 10+2reb+2ast
Zaragoza: J.Blums 26+1reb+1ast, T.Bellas 18+1reb+1ast, G.Neal 16+2ast, J.Varnado 9+4reb+4ast, N.de Jong 9+4reb+1ast, S.Garcia 6+2reb+6ast
gschID: 569332


Valencia - Obradoiro 80-67

Valencia Basket used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Santiago de Comp 80-67 on Wednesday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) scored 19 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Matt Thomas (196-94, college: Iowa St.) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Ukrainian center Artem Pustovyi (218-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Valencia Basket will face CB Canarias (#4) in Tenerife in the next round. Blusens Monbus will play at home against Joventut (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valencia: E.Green 19+3reb+4ast, S.Van-Rossom 13+4ast, B.Dubljevic 11+9reb+2ast, R.Martinez 11+4reb+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 8+3reb+4ast, A.Doornekamp 6+6reb
Obradoiro: A.Pustovyi 14+4reb, M.Thomas 13+5reb+1ast, M.Laksa 8+2reb+1ast, N.Radovic 6+3reb+1ast, A.Sabat 6+2reb+6ast, A.Corbacho 6
gschID: 569325


Gipuzkoa GBC - Real Betis 94-60

Gipuzkoa used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Sevilla 94-60 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Gipuzkoa 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 Real Betis' 28. Gipuzkoa forced 22 Real Betis turnovers and outrebounded them 41-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 2 passes made by Real Betis' players. Dutch center Henk Norel (213-87) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and British power forward Daniel Clark (210-88) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. American-Nigerian power forward OD Anosike (203-91, college: Siena, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 9 points and 6 rebounds and Congolese-French forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gipuzkoa will face Movil Estudiantes (#11) in Madrid in the next round. Real Betis will play at home against RETAbet BB and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gipuzkoa GBC: H.Norel 25+12reb+4ast, F.Van Lacke 17+4reb, D.Clark 15+7reb+2ast, J.Swing 9+5reb+2ast, M.Fakuade 7+3reb+2ast, D.Agbelese 7
Real Betis: R.Kelly 11+3reb, N.Boungou-Colo 11+4reb, O.Anosike 9+6reb, B.Schilb 9+3reb, V.Golubovic 7+5reb, J.Franch 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 569329





Nemanja Mitrovic agreed terms with Araberri - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) inked 27-year old Bosnian international guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, agency: Octagon Europe) from Ourense Termal. In 37 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Berck/Rang du Fliers in French NM1 where in 15 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg.
Among other achievements Mitrovic's college team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2012. He received also All-WCC 1st Team award back in 2011.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds Canadian passport.
Mitrovic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 0.0%, 3PT: 58.3%.
Mitrovic has played previously professionally in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Greece (Panelefsiniakos and Kavala).
He attended University of Portland until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Mitrovic's game is described as: A versatile player who can spend time in both 2 and 3 positions. He can score and defend and is fundamentally sound, could be an ideal reserve player at top European level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWEDEN  

Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 Tyrell GREEN
  Norrkoping
  (201-PF-95)
  Avg: 25
 1. Green, Norrkoping25.0 
 2. Saleman, Umea24.0 
 3. Lindquist, Norrkoping24.0 
 4. Nordstrom, Uppsala22.0 
 5. Smith, Umea19.0 
 6. Gilchrese, Umea17.0 
 7. Mornar, Boras16.0 
 8. Hilliard IV, Boras15.0 
 9. Smith, Boras14.0 
 10. Purifoy, Jamtland14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaiah JOHNSON
  Nassjo
  (208-C-94)
  Avg: 11
 1. Johnson, Nassjo11.0 
 2. Nordstrom, Uppsala8.0 
 3. Green, Norrkoping8.0 
 4. Smith, Boras7.0 
 5. Paul, Jamtland7.0 
 6. Purifoy, Jamtland7.0 
 7. Puidet, Jamtland7.0 
 8. Gilchrese, Umea6.0 
 9. Hilliard IV, Boras6.0 
 10. Griffis, Nassjo6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Niklas LARSSON
  Jamtland
  (199-SF-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Larsson, Jamtland7.0 
 2. Nikkarinen, Jamtland7.0 
 3. Hilliard IV, Boras6.0 
 4. Puidet, Jamtland5.0 
 5. Saleman, Umea4.0 
 6. Wazzi, Nassjo4.0 
 7. Mornar, Boras3.0 
 8. Smith, Norrkoping3.0 
 9. Gilchrese, Umea3.0 
 10. Zekovic, Uppsala3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Norrkoping
  (180-PG-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Norrkoping5.0 
 2. Sigurdarson, Boras3.0 
 3. Smith, Umea3.0 
 4. Gilchrese, Umea3.0 
 5. Mornar, Boras3.0 
 6. Hansson, Jamtland2.0 
 7. Person, Boras2.0 
 8. Smith, Boras2.0 
 9. Green, Norrkoping2.0 
 10. Wazzi, Nassjo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (212-C-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping3.0 
 2. Paul, Jamtland3.0 
 3. Smith, Umea2.0 
 4. Mornar, Boras2.0 
 5. Griskenas, Nassjo1.0 
 6. Saleman, Umea1.0 
 7. Green, Norrkoping1.0 
 8. Purifoy, Jamtland1.0 
 9. Medjedoub, Norrk.1.0 
 10. Johnson, Nassjo0.0 



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  SWITZERLAND  

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 R.J. PRICE
  Winterthur
  (180-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Price, Winterthur26.0 
 2. Brown, Boncourt25.0 
 3. Roberson, Massagno22.0 
 4. Wade, Pully21.5 
 5. Parker, Neuchatel20.0 
 6. Carey, Lugano T.19.0 
 7. Louissaint, Lakers19.0 
 8. Kostic, Starwings19.0 
 9. Padgett, Lugano T.19.0 
 10. De-L., Pully18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric THOMPSON
  Swiss C.
  (204-C-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Thompson, Swiss C.11.0 
 2. Downey, Winterthur11.0 
 3. De-L., Pully10.5 
 4. Williamson, Neuchatel10.0 
 5. Toure, Fribourg9.5 
 6. Moore, Massagno9.0 
 7. Padgett, Lugano T.9.0 
 8. Jurkovitz, Fribourg8.5 
 9. Calasan, Starwings8.5 
 10. Katenda, Lakers8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique RAMBO
  Lugano T.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Rambo, Lugano T.7.0 
 2. Roberson, Massagno7.0 
 3. Timberlake, Fribourg6.5 
 4. Hess, Starwings5.5 
 5. Babic, Starwings5.5 
 6. Medford, Geneve L.5.5 
 7. Katnic, Monthey4.5 
 8. Thompson, Swiss C.4.0 
 9. Pluess, Swiss Central4.0 
 10. Williamson, Neuchatel4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyran DE LATTIBEAUDIERE
  Pully
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. De-L., Pully4.0 
 2. Medford, Geneve L.3.5 
 3. Colon, Neuchatel3.0 
 4. Katnic, Monthey3.0 
 5. Moore, Massagno3.0 
 6. Wade, Pully2.5 
 7. Babic, Starwings2.5 
 8. Louissaint, Lakers2.5 
 9. Louissaint, Lakers2.5 
 10. Zivanovic, Lakers2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco LEHMANN
  Swiss C.
  (186-SG-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lehmann, Swiss C.2.0 
 2. Toure, Fribourg2.0 
 3. Kasse, Lakers1.5 
 4. Henry, Monthey1.5 
 5. De-L., Pully1.5 
 6. Louissaint, Lakers1.0 
 7. Williams, Boncourt1.0 
 8. Mussongo, Lugano T.1.0 
 9. Bracelli, Massagno1.0 
 10. Fosserat, Fribourg1.0 



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  SYRIA  


Veselin Matic takes over Syrian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Veselin Matic (agency: Interperformances ) has been named the head coach of the Syrian National Team. He will guide the team through the Asian World Cup Qualifiers this year. The Serbian specialist has experience working in Asia. He used to work with the Lebanese National Team back in 2015 and the Iranian selection prior to that. He also worked with Sagesse Beirut. Veselin Matic (agency: Interperformances ) also had stints in Libya, Estonia, Germany, Poland before. He was named All-Estonian League Coach of the Year back in 2007.


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  TURKEY  

TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will DANIELS
  Selcuklu
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 32
 1. Daniels, Selcuklu32.0 
 2. Curry, TED K.26.0 
 3. Leslie, Antalyaspor24.0 
 4. Ivanov, Petkim23.0 
 5. Gizir, TED K.23.0 
 6. Atkins, Bakirkoy22.0 
 7. Sykes, Ankara DSI22.0 
 8. Amasyali, Samsun22.0 
 9. Hagins, Afyon21.0 
 10. Borovnjak, Bursa.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikael HOPKINS
  Yalova Bld
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 14
 1. Hopkins, Yalova Bld14.0 
 2. Tekin, Istanbulspor13.0 
 3. Lawal, Karesi Spor13.0 
 4. Rey, Ankara DSI13.0 
 5. Erol, TED K.10.0 
 6. Karagulle, Bandirma.10.0 
 7. Weaver, TED K.10.0 
 8. Knight, Afyon10.0 
 9. Sekeroglu, Akhisar .10.0 
 10. Leslie, Antalyaspor10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Markel STARKS
  Yalova Bld
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Starks, Yalova Bld12.0 
 2. Klassen, Bakirkoy12.0 
 3. Arslan, Turk T.10.0 
 4. Tuluoglu, Selcuklu9.0 
 5. Buker, Bahcesehir9.0 
 6. Gizir, TED K.7.0 
 7. Ulusoy, Bandirma Kir.7.0 
 8. Curry, TED K.6.0 
 9. Erdogan, Akhisar .6.0 
 10. Sahin, Antalyaspor5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Manny ATKINS
  Bakirkoy
  (201-F/G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Atkins, Bakirkoy4.0 
 2. Celebioglu, Istanbul.4.0 
 3. Mentese, Afyon3.0 
 4. Starks, Yalova Bld3.0 
 5. Campbell, Turk T.3.0 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Selcuklu3.0 
 7. Buker, Bahcesehir3.0 
 8. Dilik, Duzce Bld.3.0 
 9. Smith, Istanbul.3.0 
 10. Ulusoy, Bandirma Kir.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Karesi Spor
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lawal, Karesi Spor3.0 
 2. Hopkins, Yalova Bld3.0 
 3. Rey, Ankara DSI3.0 
 4. Nalga, Bahcesehir2.0 
 5. Turkyilmaz, Selcuklu2.0 
 6. Osmani, Bandirma Kir.2.0 
 7. Bozkurt, Akhisar .1.5 
 8. Ural, TED K.1.0 
 9. Hunt, Duzce Bld.1.0 
 10. Ivanov, Samsun1.0 


Semih Erden agreed terms with Hacettepe - by Eurobasket News

Hacettepe University Ankara (TB3L) inked 31-year old international power forward Semih Erden (211-109kg-86). He has played for the last two years at Darussafaka in the BSL, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 8 games he recorded 5.8ppg and 4.0rpg last season. Erden also played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.0ppg and 3.1rpg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (60th overall). He was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Among other achievements Erden's team made it to the Turkish Cup final for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
Erden has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2004 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2006.
Erden represented Turkey at the European Championships this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 63.9%.
Erden has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce and Besiktas).
His game is described as: A young center yet scouted by NBA teams, with interesting athletic skills. Has quick feet and coordination, needs to add offensive skills to become a solid starter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UGANDA  


Betway Power Book a Date With Kami Kabange's Patriots - by Eurobasket News

Arnold Lando's Power cruised to a routine 84-44 victory past Hawassa of Ethiopia in the Quarter final game played at the MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo. Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) who played with an injury led the charges with 17 points, Paul Odong (G-91) scored 14, while Isaac Afidra and Michael Kojo scored 10 points apiece. The victory took the Betway-sponsored team to the Semifinals where they will face off with Patriots of Rwanda who knocked aside ABC in the Quarters. Betway Power who are still unbeaten in this tourney so far, have a huge mountain to overcome against Patriots who have Kami Kabange on their roster, a former MVP for Uganda's National Basketball League in his past days with City Oilers.
In the other Semifinal, Kenya Ports Authority who defeated Tanzania's Savio in the Quarters will play defending champions and hosts City Oilers. Winners of both ties will face off in an epic final on Saturday at 9 pm with the overall champion qualifying automatically to the 2017 FIBA Africa Basketball Cup.
Courtesy of: chimpreports.com



ZONE V: City Oilers Storm into Semis Past Ethiopia's Gondar - by Eurobasket News

City Oilers eased past Ethiopia's basketball Club Gondar City with a commanding victory that took the defending champions to the semifinals. The Oilers recorded a 98-52 comfortable win in a game that was played out at the MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo. Landry Ndikumana (198-F-95) and James Okello (193-F-90) led the scoring charts with 14 points each. Leading from the start, Oilers were in driving seat with a 26-13, 55-18, 79-28 in the order of the first three quarters before cruising to a 46 point game victory. Jimmy Enabu (187-G-88) (12), Robinson Opong (11), Jordin Mayez (12) and Jonah Otim (193-G-94) (13) reached double figure points. Star players Stephen Omony (198-F-81) and Adarius Pegues were rested in preparation for the upcoming tougher semifinals. Mandy Juruni's side are now two wins away from defending their Zone Five Club Basketball crown, and the side will take on Kenya Ports Authority in the first Semifinal today.
Courtesy of: chimpreports.com




FINAL: Uganda's City Oilers take on Rwanda's Patriots - by Eurobasket News

Pre-tournament favourites City Oilers of Uganda and Patriots from Rwanda will contest Saturday's final of the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Basketball Championships at Lugogo. Patriots silenced the partisan Ugandan crowd at Lugogo by snatching a place in the final at the expense of fancied Power, who failed to respond to a flying start by the visitors. The Patriots took an 18-10 quarter one lead, held on 35-32 at half time and when they stretched it to 57-48 in the 3rd quarter, the final place was in sight. It was the first loss of the tournament for Uganda's Power, who finishing in the semifinals will be no consolation for all their ambitions.
In the other semifinal, City Oilers also got off to a flying start against Kenyans KPA, leading 23-14 in quarter one, 40-23 at half time, 51-39 in the third quarter to seal a place in their second straight Zone 5 Championships final 73-65. The winner of this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017 that will be hosted in Tunisia in December.
Courtesy of: independent.co.ug



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Division One tips off - by Dave Ryan

Perennial title challengers Manchester Magic tip-off the new Division One season on Saturday evening when they host newly promoted Kent Crusaders.
Both teams collected plenty of silverware last season with Paul Middleton's Magic side lifting the National Trophy and play-off trophy as well as finishing runners-up in Division One, while the young Crusaders team won a Division Two league and play-off double and were beaten finalists in the Patrons Cup.
Magic continued their domination of the Trophy by reaching the semi-final last week while Kent have suffered narrow defeats against Solent and Worthing as well as a wasted afternoon against Reading. https://daveballblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/the-game-that-never-happened/
Having missed out on the play-offs and with defeats in both of their Trophy games, Bradford Dragons will look to open the league campaign in better form when they host Loughborough Student Riders.
Riders took advantage of having both their Trophy games at home, and wins against Leicester Warriors and Hemel Storm saw the student team progress to the semi-final.
Both games between the clubs last season resulted in double digit wins for the visitors,
After failing to reach for the semi-finals of the National Trophy, Derby Trailblazers head into the league season against a side they already know something about, having inflicted a comprehensive defeat over Lancashire Spinners in the group stage of the Trophy.
Derby were 104-72 winners over Lancashire three weeks ago, who also lost by a similar margin to Manchester Magic in the Trophy. However, the Spinners were expecting to be able to field a stronger line up when the two sides meet once again at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Centre on Saturday.
The Spinners underwent multiple changes over the summer, most notably as a result of their partnership with Myerscough College coming to an end. Consequently, coach Anthony Purcell has been left with very few experienced players to call upon.
Derby voach Matt Shaw says the two Trophy games against Lancashire and Manchester have been a useful preparation for the start of the NBL Division One season and he's excited to get that underway this weekend:
'We played Spinners a few weeks ago, so we know a little bit about what to expect. We will have to pay close attention to their outside shooters and try to ensure we win the rebounding battle. They have some dangerous players, so we can't allow them to find any rhythm."



BBL Wrap Friday 06 October - by Paul Nilsen

In complete contrast to opening night last Friday, it was the home teams picking up the points this time around.

London Lions maintain top spot after they brushed aside Manchester Giants in a 115-74 success as Justin Robinson handed out 13 assists to go with 19 points.

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle defeated Glasgow Rocks 119-104 behind 37 points from Saah Nimley and a further 33 from Jaysean Paige (188-G-94, college: W.Virginia, agency: SDJ Sports), while Leicester Riders overcame Bristol Flyers 79-59 to join on a 2-0 start.

Meanwhile, DBL Sharks Sheffield eased past Leeds Force for a 98-71 triumph as they powered to victory in the middle periods.

BBL Championship

DBL Sharks Sheffield 98-71 Leeds Force (20-21, 46-36, 82-52)

DBL Sharks Sheffield earned their second win in a row after following up last Sunday's road win with victory in the Yorkshire derby against Leeds Force.

The visitors made a bright start before falling to an eventual 27-point loss and face a trip to Plymouth Raiders searching for their first win.

Leading Scorers - Gachette 21, McKnight 20, Williams/Wroblicky 14 (Sharks) - Bankevics 17, Childress 15, Toluwase 12 (Force)

Turning Point - Having trailed at the end of the opening period, Sheffield used a 23-4 run at the start of the second to gain control before a 36-16 third quarter stretched the lead to 30.

Key Stat - Leeds won the first and fourth quarters, but were unable to put it together for the full 40 minutes and were punished in the middle periods as Sheffield doubled their scoring output, 62-31.

Game Hero (es) - Zachariah Gachette (191-G-90) top scored with 21 points off the bench, while Tony Wroblicky completed a first half double-double before finishing with 14 points and a mammoth 18 rebounds.

BBL Championship

Leicester Riders 79-59 Bristol Flyers (16-19, 42-29, 67-41)

Leicester Riders entertained their home fans as they made it two wins from two with a comfortable victory against Bristol Flyers.

The defending champions recovered from a slow start as the defence took over to set the platform for a 20-point success.

Leading Scorers - Hampton/Holder 17, Robertson 11 (Riders) - Weary/Boggs 13, Davis 11 (Flyers)

Turning Point -Bristol led by three after 10 minutes, but back-to-back triples from Kiefer Douse as part of a 10-0 start to the second swung the momentum. Riders held their opponents to just 22 points over the next 20 minutes to take control.

Key Stat - While Jordan Davis hit 3-of-4 from deep, the Flyers struggled to find their range as a team, going 4-17 for 23%

Game Hero - Pierre Hampton impressed particularly in the first half with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists in a key contribution from last season's Play-Off Final MVP.
BBL Championship

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 119-104 Glasgow Rocks (30-28, 61-46, 91-72)

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle continued their recent dominance over Glasgow Rocks after taking their streak to 21 straight victories.

The Eagles pulled clear and took their points total to an astonishing 267 as they inflicted a second loss on the season for Tony Garbelotto's side.

Leading Scorers - Nimley 37, Paige 33, Williams 14 (Eagles) - Billups 28, Brown 27, Fraser 24 (Rocks)

Turning Point - The Eagles edged a high-scoring opening 10 minutes 30-28 before breaking away in the second and opening up a lead as large as 27 during the third period to all but secure the win.

Key Stat - Rocks shot 62% from the floor, but gave up 30 turnovers including 19 in the first half which Newcastle capitalised on with 40 points.

Game Hero (es) - Jaysean Paige had another 30-point game with 33, but Saah Nimley top scored with an incredible 37-point display including eight threes on 50% shooting. There was a double-digit assist outing for Fab Flournoy, too.

BBL Championship

London Lions 115-74 Manchester Giants (29-15, 50-37, 88-57)

London Lions made it three wins from three to stay top of the BBL Championship with a comfortable home victory over Manchester Giants.

Mariusz Karol's side showed their depth with six players in double figures to continue their strong start to the season as the Giants drop to 0-2.

Leading Scorers - Flannigan 23, Latinovic 21, Robinson 19 (Lions) - Kadiri 16, Rettig 15, Jones 13 (Giants)

Turning Point - Lions trailed 1-5 early on, but responded with a 13-0 burst to surge ahead and they never looked back, firing in 38 points in the third en route to completing another convincing win.

Key Stat - The Lions converted 16-of-30 from 3-point range and shared the ball with 34 assists in a dominant display.

Game Hero (es) - Demonte Flannigan has now top scored in all three games for Lions so far after putting up 23 points, while Justin Robinson was the orchestrator with an impressive 13 assists to go with a 19-point haul with Brandon Peel adding a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double from the bench.



Thunder go Greek - by Dave Ryan

A summer of big signings has continued into October for Worthing Thunders as they have announced the recruitment of Greek shooting guard Samson Soulis.

Soulis comes to the south-coast from Greek third division side Keravnos Aigiou, where he averaged 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game last season.

The 22-year-old has international clearance and will be making his debut on Saturday when Worthing take on Leicester Warriors in the team's NBL Division One season opener.

'I feel excited to play in the UK and especially with a team like Worthing Thunder,' Soulis said. 'It's an honour also to play with Coach D and players like Zaire Taylor, Jasper Chiwuzie and all the other guys as they're older than me and some more experienced especially in UK style of basketball.

'I'm ready to wear the Worthing jersey and represent Worthing and give it all I got.'

Coach Daniel Gayle added: 'Samson is a huge addition to the squad, he brings his tough defence and great athletic ability which compliments what we are trying to achieve.

'He also has experience in playing third division in Greece so I'm looking forward to great things from him.'

Meanwhile, Thunder team captain Brendan Okoronkwo believes that Sunday's win over Kent Crusaders has given his side the necessary push needed as they begin league season.

Following the win, Okoronkwo has noticed that morale has shot up and the players are now getting to know the system and the roles that coach Gayle is giving them.

'Getting our first win of the season has really helped push us to come out strong to start the league this weekend,' Okoronkwo says. 'Feels good to get coach his first win, and show we can grind out wins after being down for the majority of the game against Kent and less than 24 hours after being beat by Reading.

'Things are slowly starting to click for us, guys are starting to feel comfortable with their roles and understand what's expected of them.After a great week of training, we're ready to put it together on Saturday and fight for that first league win.'

Thunder will open their league season against Warriors in the league opener for the second straight season. Warriors narrowly lost 76-73 to Leicester when they visited back in October of last year and Worthing will be looking to redeem themselves, almost exactly 12 months later.


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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Daniel STEWART
  Bohemios
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 34
 1. Stewart, Bohemios34.0 
 2. Danridge, Nacional26.0 
 3. Tucker, Welcome25.5 
 4. Batista, Welcome23.0 
 5. Frazier, Defensor22.7 
 6. Caceres, Trouville21.0 
 7. Osimani, Bigua19.7 
 8. Brown, Goes19.5 
 9. Newsome, Trouville19.0 
 10. Lopez, Larre Borges18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Larre B.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Johnson, Larre B.15.3 
 2. West, Bigua12.7 
 3. Brown, Goes11.5 
 4. Harrison, Olimpia11.3 
 5. Trelles, Bohemios10.0 
 6. Batista, Welcome9.5 
 7. Stewart, Bohemios9.0 
 8. Curtis, Aguada8.7 
 9. Jackson, Goes8.5 
 10. Soarez, U Univer.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CAMBON
  Bigua
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Cambon, Bigua7.0 
 2. Romero, U Univer.6.3 
 3. Osimani, Defensor6.3 
 4. Mazzarino, Malvin6.3 
 5. Perdomo, Bohemios6.0 
 6. Izuibejeres, Trouv.6.0 
 7. De-Gouveia, Welco.5.0 
 8. Trelles, Bohemios5.0 
 9. Marotta, Trouville5.0 
 10. Batista, Welcome4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Defensor
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1.