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  AUSTRIA  



Erculj's 34-point game gives him 2.Bundesliga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old point guard Ziga Erculj (182-PG-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for KOS and receives a Eurobasket.com 2.Bundesliga Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 34 points adding two rebounds and five assists for KOS in his team's victory, helping them to beat Piraten (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-77. KOS maintains the 7th position in Austrian 2.Bundesliga. KOS 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 Erculj had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at KOS, through which he has constantly improved.

Second best performed player last round was Jason Chappell (208-PF-83) of Flames. He is American forward in his first season at Flames. In the last game Chappell recorded impressive 29 points and 7 assists. Of course he led Flames to another comfortable win outscoring Raiders (1-2) 92-66. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Chappell is a newcomer at Flames and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Lukas Simoner (190-G-99) of Piraten (#12). Simoner scored 29 points. Despite Simoner's great performance Piraten lost 77-89 to KOS (#7, 1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Piraten can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Simoner he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Simoner has a very solid season. In 3 games in Austria he scored 14.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ander Arruti (190-G-90) of Lions - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Guillermo Sanchez (200-F-91) of BBU S. - 25 points and 10 rebounds
6. David Geisler (186-G-80) of Timberwolves - 22 points and 2 assists
7. Jakob Strazar (202-F/C-94) of KOS - 21 points and 3 assists
8. Timi Huber (179-G-92) of Raiders - 19 points and 2 assists
9. Luka Brajkovic (206-G-99) of Lions - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Michal Semerad (190-G-89) of Mustangs - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists

The Player of the week is choosen 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)



A Bundesliga Round 1: Dukes defeat Gmunden Swans - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Bundesliga just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Gmunden Swans (0-1) in Klosterneuburg on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by Dukes (1-0) 86-84. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dukes shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Dukes' coach Ante Perica used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Gmunden Swans. Dukes is looking forward to face Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Vienna (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Kapfenberg Bulls (1-0) which played on the court of UBSC Graz (0-1). Kapfenberg Bulls crushed hosts 94-58. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 assists for the winners and Milan Stegnjaic chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American center Darien Nelson-Henry (211-94, college: Pennsylvania) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UBSC Graz will play against Gunners Oberwart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also a 24-point home loss of Furstenfeld Panthers in a game versus undefeated Arkadia Lions 79-55. Benedikt Danek nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side. Wesley Gordon came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Furstenfeld Panthers in the defeat. Furstenfeld Panthers' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Arkadia Lions will meet at home Dukes (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 winless Wels lost to undefeated Vienna on the road 77-82.
The most impressive performance of 1st round was 25 points and 7 assists by Stjepan Stazic of Vienna.

Klosterneuburg - Gmunden 86-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Gmunden Swans (0-1) in Klosterneuburg on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by Dukes (1-0) 86-84. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dukes shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Dukes' coach Ante Perica used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) added 21 points and 4 assists in the effort for Gmunden Swans. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Dukes is looking forward to face Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Vienna (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: T.Klette 23+8reb+2ast, E.Murati 21+2reb+4ast, P.Gaidys 12+11reb+1ast, D.Friedrich 10+2reb+2ast, T.Blazan 7+1reb, A.Mitchell 5+1reb
Klosterneuburg: F.Vay 38+6reb+3ast, P.Miletic 21+7reb+4ast, J.Blazevic 16+2reb, C.Greimeister 4+1reb+1ast, L.Burgemeister 2+2ast, C.Leydolf 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 572740


UBSC Graz - Kapfenberg 58-94

Another interesting game for Kapfenberg Bulls (1-0) which played on the court of UBSC Graz (0-1). Kapfenberg Bulls crushed hosts 94-58. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. UBSC Graz was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 34. Kapfenberg Bulls forced 21 UBSC Graz turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by UBSC Graz's players. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 assists for the winners and naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American center Darien Nelson-Henry (211-94, college: Pennsylvania) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and international Anton Maresch (191-91) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UBSC Graz will play against Gunners Oberwart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 15+6reb+6ast, D.Nelson-Henry 15+15reb+1ast, I.Alisic 13+6reb+2ast, F.Richter 10+4reb+4ast, D.Heuberger 3+4reb+3ast, K.Simmons 2+1reb
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 15+1reb+9ast, F.Kramer 14+4reb+3ast, M.Stegnjaic 12+8reb+4ast, L.Hahn 12+3reb+2ast, B.Vujosevic 9+11ast, J.Rados 9+12reb
gschID: 572741


Vienna - Wels 82-77

Vienna used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Wels 82-77 on Friday night. Raiffeisen Flyers Wels trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 33-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-82 at the end of the game. Vienna made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) nailed 25 points and 7 assists for the winning side and American forward Andre Pierce (206, college: TCU) accounted for 10 points and 13 rebounds. Five Vienna players scored in double figures. American point guard Siyani Chambers (183-93, college: Harvard) came up with 16 points and 7 assists and naturalized Dominican forward Carlos Novas-Mateo (197-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Raiffeisen Flyers Wels in the defeat. Vienna will meet Gmunden Swans (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Raiffeisen Flyers Wels will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Wels: C.Novas Mateo 17+7reb+1ast, S.Chambers 16+2reb+7ast, E.Wilson 16+3reb+2ast, E.Zulic 9+5reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 7+1reb+1ast, T.Csebits 6+2reb
Vienna: S.Stazic 25+4reb+7ast, J.Hubalek 16+2reb+1ast, R.Dowell 12+1reb+4ast, J.Detrick 11+1reb+3ast, A.Pierce 10+13reb+1ast, L.Gvozden 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 572742


Furstenfeld - Arkadia 55-79

An interesting game was also a 24-point home loss of Furstenfeld Panthers in a game versus undefeated Arkadia Lions 79-55. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Arkadia Lions's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-8 extending their advantage to 24 points. Arkadia Lions forced 19 Furstenfeld Panthers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side and international guard Benedikt Guettl (190-94) accounted for 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. American forward Wesley Gordon (206-94, college: Colorado) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Chris Reyes (201-94, college: Pepperdine) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Furstenfeld Panthers in the defeat. Furstenfeld Panthers' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Arkadia Lions will meet at home Dukes (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: W.Gordon 19+9reb+2ast, C.Reyes 17+5reb+2ast, M.Car 8+8reb+3ast, J.Ernst 7+2ast, H.Ochsenhofer 3+3reb+1ast, L.Gaspar 1+1reb+1ast
Arkadia: B.Danek 19+6reb+13ast, B.Guettl 16+8reb+4ast, F.Trmal 13+6reb+5ast, J.Brkic 11+1reb, M.Trmal 9+3reb, R.Suljanovic 5+1reb
gschID: 572739





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Rashad Woods (ex Guaymas) signs at Al Wasl - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Wasl Dubai (D1) landed 31-year old American (has also Bahraini passport) swingman Rashad Woods (197-100kg-86, college: Kent State). He played in the summer at Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 46 games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg. Woods helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. The last season Woods played at Al Ittihad (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league.
He won IBL championship title in 2010.
Woods is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Woods has played previously professionally in Cyprus, Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Qatar (Al Sadd and Qatar Sports Club), Tunisia (U.S. Monastir), Saudi Arabia (Al Ansar, Al Nahda and Al Fateh), Peru (Real Club), ABA (Houston R.S.) and IBA (Schenectady L.).
He attended Kent State until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Woods' game is described as: Rashad Woods is a very Strong G/F, an athletic player that has a mid range game, 3 point shooting threat, and strong penetrator that can finish extremely well at the basket. He is a good defender and he can defend 1-4 positions.He plays the game the way it's supposed to be played, hard and all out, on both ends and with a high IQ. At 6'6" he is a high flyer that loves to dunk and rebound. Great character on and off the court - a leader.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tsmoki-Minsk once again clinch Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk once again clinched Cup title finishing the tournament with a 3-0 record. In the last game they overcame Grodno-93 91-77. Trailing 17-22 at the end of the first period, the favorites needed a 20-16 run to reduce to 1 point at the halftime. Moreover Tsmoki-Minsk posted a 28-17 surge in the third quarter and closed the game with a 26-22 rally.
Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ragazenka scored 15 and Yauheni Beliankou (197-F-95) netted 13.



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NBl Canada Names Deputy Commissionor - by John Gary

Courtesy Oursportscentral.com The National
Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce the immediant
appointment of Audley Stephenson to the position of deputy commissioner as voted by the Board of Governors. The primary function of deputy commissioner will be to
manage all league/ basketball game day operations including and not limited to administrative functions, the issuance of fines, and
suspensions and other league functions. Stephenson will be the third individual named to the position in league history and steps into this role after serving the last six seasons in a variety of capacities such as public/media relations, communications and content strategy plus a variety of internal roles within the league. In
Hiring Stephenson, NBL Canada brings on someone who has a strong familiarity with league operations and has experience working with the teams, players and coaches and will require very little time orientating himself to his new position.



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Jared Ruiz's triple-double lands him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Halcones and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 28.
He recorded a triple-double of 24 points adding also 12 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team outclassed Santiagueno (#12, 3-21) with 35-point margin 123-88. It allowed Halcones to take over top position in the Salvadorean Liga MB. Halcones have a solid 21-3 record. In the team's last game Ruiz had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Halcones' top player in his first season with the team. Ruiz has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.8apg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 56.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tahj Wells (208-C-89). He is American center in his first season at Halcones. In the last game Wells recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course together with Ruiz he helped Halcones with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Santiagueno (#12, 3-21) 123-88. This victory allowed Halcones to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 21 matches. Wells is a newcomer at Halcones and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Barthel Lopez (213-C-89) of Isidro Metapan (#4). Lopez showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Isidro Metapan, leading his team to a 95-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Cojute (#9, 11-13). Isidro Metapan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 8 lost games. The season just started for Lopez as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 39 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Edwin Mijares (186-G-94) of Isidro Metapan - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
6. Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jovany Austin (201-F-92) of Arcense - 23 points and 19 rebounds
9. Baltazar Castellon (185-G-93) of Santiagueno - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Carlos Flores (184-G-85) of Giants - 18 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Estonian Alexela KML round 1 best performance: Edgars Lasenbergs - by Eurobasket News

Guard Edgars Lasenbergs (189-G-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for Valga, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team TTU (#8, 0-1) with 23-point margin 97-74. Valga is placed at 3rd position in Estonian Alexela KML. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Valga 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 Lasenbergs had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Valga's top player in his first season with the team. Edgars Lasenbergs has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.0ppg. Lasenbergs is in league's top in assists (8th best: 4.0apg) and averages impressive 71.4% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Devonte Upson (206-F-93) of Rapla. Upson had a very good evening with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Rapla was edged in overtime by Kalev/Cramo (1-0) 78-76. 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. Upson is a newcomer at Rapla, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#3). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dutch center Thomas vanderMars (208-C-90) of league's top team Kalev/Cramo. vanderMars scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Kalev/Cramo, leading his team to a 78-76 overtime win against Rapla (#7, 0-1). Kalev/Cramo 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. vanderMars also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for vanderMars as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mihkel Kirves (190-F-96) of Parnu - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Toomas Raadik (202-PF-90) of TTU - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of TLU/Kalev - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Kalev/Cramo - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Valga - 13 points and 5 rebounds
9. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) of Kalev/Cramo - 14 points and 8 rebounds
10. Maris Ziedins (203-F/C-90) of Rapla - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FINLAND  


Finnish Korisliiga round 3 best performance: Aaron Jones - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Aaron Jones (206-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Salon Vilpas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Kauhajoki (#8, 1-2) with 21-point margin 103-82. Salon Vilpas is placed at 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Salon Vilpas 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 2-2 record. Jones turned to be Salon Vilpas' top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Mississippi star has very solid stats this year. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.3bpg and 73.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Thomas Gipson (201-F-93, agency: HMS) of league's second-best Kouvot. Gipson had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Kouvot to another comfortable win 85-67 over Korihait (1-2) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Gipson is a newcomer at Kouvot, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Wesley Saunders (196-G/F-93) of Kataja Basket (#3). Saunders scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kataja Basket, leading his team to a 90-80 win against #1 ranked Helsinki Seagulls in a game of the week. Kataja Basket 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. Saunders also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Saunders has a great season in Finland. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tobin Carberry (193-G-91) of Salon Vilpas - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Brian Asbury (201-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 21 points and 11 rebounds
6. Kenneth Simms (206-C-86) of KTP Basket - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jermont Horton (198-F/G-84) of KTP Basket - 26 points and 6 rebounds
8. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) of Espoo United - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Lucas Woodhouse (190-G-94) of Lapua - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Terrence Jennings (208-F-88) of Lapua - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FRANCE  


French ProA U21 round 3 best performance: Warren Woghiren - by Eurobasket News

Center Warren Woghiren (207-C-98) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Cholet, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 19-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Lyon-Villeurbanne (#13, 1-2) with 20-point margin 80-60. It allowed Cholet to take over top position in the French ProA U21. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Cholet already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Woghiren has many years of experience at Cholet, through which he has constantly improved. Warren Woghiren averages just after three games 11.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Ludovic Beyhurst (172-PG-99) of Strasbourg. Beyhurst had a very good evening with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he led Strasbourg to another comfortable win 83-67 over CCRB Pro (2-1) being unquestionably team leader. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Beyhurst is well-known at Strasbourg and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Neal Sako (207-C-98) of Levallois (#14). Sako scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Sako's great performance Levallois lost 46-61 to ES Chalonnais (#2, 3-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Levallois not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sako could try to bring Levallois' a little bit higher in the standings. Sako has individually a great season in France. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mounir Bernaoui (204-F/C-97) of Le Portel - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Hugo Blanc (201-F-98) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Alexis Collin (196-PF-98) of Bourg - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Youri Morose (200-F-97) of Cholet - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Digue Diawara) of Hyeres-Toulon - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Theo Maledon (192-G) of Lyon-Villeurbanne - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Shekinah Munanga (201-PF-97) of Monaco - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



NM1 Round 3: Brissac-Aubance lose to Souffel - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in NM1 as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise of round 3 in NM1 took place in Souffelweyersheim where host Souffelweyersheim (3-0) crushed Brissac-Aubance (2-1) 84-58 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was point guard Theo Diehl (192-94) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Mali swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds. Brissac-Aubance will play next round against La Charite trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Souffelweyersheim will try to continue on its current victory against Vendee Challans on the road.
Vendee Challans (2-1) recorded a loss in Sorgues. Visitors were defeated by SAP Vaucluse (1-2) 103-92. It was a good game for point guard Yann Siegwarth (180-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 assists. Zarko Rakocevic contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. SAP Vaucluse's coach Stephane Dao allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Mali point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) answered with 18 points and 4 assists for Vendee Challans. SAP Vaucluse will play against Saint-Quentin (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vendee Challans will play against Souffelweyersheim and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Lorient between Gries/Oberhoffen and Lorient. Gries/Oberhoffen (3-0) got a very close victory on the road over Lorient (1-2). Gries/Oberhoffen managed to escape with a 1-point win 73-72 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a great evening for Xavier Forcada who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was Mathieu Bigote with 14 points and 6 assists. Gries/Oberhoffen will meet at home SO Maritime Boulogne (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lorient will play against Aubenas and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Aubenas. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Aubenas (1-2) to UB Chartres (2-1) 73-72 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Olivier Romain who led the winners and scored 17 points and 4 assists. UB Chartres' next round opponent will be Rueil at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aubenas will play against Lorient (#13) and hope to win that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Paris. Local CFBB (0-3) was outscored by Saint-Quentin (2-1) 93-52 on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Benoit Gillet who scored 17 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). CFBB's coach Jean-Aime Toupane gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin will face SAP Vaucluse (#15) in Sorgues in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play on the road against ALS Basket in Andrezieux and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Lourdes lost to undefeated RAC Basket in Rueil 62-79. La Charite beat Boulogne at home 104-99. GET Vosges lost to undefeated Saint Vallier on the opponent's court 66-101. Winless Orchies unfortunately lost to ALS Basket in a home game 70-78.
The best stats of 3rd round was 20 points and 6 rebounds by Michael Craion of Saint Vallier.

RAC Basket - Lourdes 79-62

There was no surprise when Lourdes-Tarbes (0-3) was defeated on the road by Rueil (3-0) 79-62 on Saturday. Rueil forced 21 Lourdes-Tarbes turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Kyle Tresnak (208-92, college: Weber St.) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Jeremy Bichard (186-90) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Vincentian-Canadian forward Lien Phillip (203-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Lourdes-Tarbes players scored in double figures. Lourdes-Tarbes' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rueil will face UB Chartres (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lourdes-Tarbes will play against Saint Vallier (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: L.Vaty 15+4reb+4ast, F.Lesca 15+3reb+1ast, M.Benhamed 12+1reb, L.Phillip 10+13reb+2ast, G.Pryor 4+6reb+9ast, V.Yedra 2+1reb
RAC Basket: K.Tresnak 23+8reb+2ast, J.Bichard 16+3reb+8ast, D.Sencanski 15+2reb+3ast, K.Gourari 8+12reb+4ast, G.Daurces 7+3reb+1ast, R.Hassan 6+3reb
gschID: 558431


Lorient - Gries/Oberhoffen 72-73

A very close game took place in Lorient between Gries/Oberhoffen and Lorient. Gries/Oberhoffen (3-0) got a very close victory on the road over Lorient (1-2). Gries/Oberhoffen managed to escape with a 1-point win 73-72 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Gries/Oberhoffen forced 19 Lorient turnovers. It was a great evening for Spanish guard Xavier Forcada (194-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Mathieu Bigote (190-84) with 14 points and 6 assists and Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five Gries/Oberhoffen and four Lorient players scored in double figures. Gries/Oberhoffen will meet at home SO Maritime Boulogne (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lorient will play against Aubenas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lorient: D.Milka 16+4reb+2ast, M.Bigote 14+4reb+6ast, R.Rutkauskas 12+11reb, J.Newson 12+6reb, V.Pourchot 8+5reb+1ast, E.Maraux 6+2reb+3ast
Gries/Oberhoffen: X.Forcada 15+6reb+8ast, D.Watt 11+11reb+1ast, G.Duro 11, L.Negrobar 11+8reb, O.Sylla 10+1reb+3ast, S.Cretaux 6
gschID: 558432


La Charite - Boulogne 104-99

There was a surprise result when La Charite (1-2) defeated at home SO Maritime Boulogne (1-2) 104-99 on Saturday. La Charite made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game, while SO Maritime Boulogne only scored six points from the stripe. La Charite looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. SO Maritime Boulogne was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 30 points and 8 assists. Vincent Fandelet (197-92) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American-British guard Warren Niles (196-89, college: ORU, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) added 23 points and 4 assists respectively. Four La Charite and five SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. La Charite will face Brissac-Aubance (#5) in Brissac-Quince in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: W.Niles 25+5reb+1ast, D.Watkins 23+3reb+4ast, R.Temgoua 17+1reb+1ast, M.Cheriet 11+6reb+1ast, N.Boundy 10+3reb+1ast, C.Andre 6+6reb+1ast
La Charite: A.Rowland 30+4reb+8ast, M.Camara 28+1reb+2ast, V.Fandelet 22+8reb+2ast, K.Thalien 12+3reb+5ast, L.Aboudou 8+2reb+2ast, M.Milosevic 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 558435


SAP Vaucluse - Challans 103-92

Vendee Challans (2-1) recorded a loss in Sorgues. Visitors were defeated by SAP Vaucluse (1-2) 103-92. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. SAP Vaucluse players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Vendee Challans was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Yann Siegwarth (180-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 assists. Montenegrin power forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. SAP Vaucluse's coach Stephane Dao allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Mali point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vendee Challans. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. SAP Vaucluse will play against Saint-Quentin (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vendee Challans will play against Souffelweyersheim and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Challans: V.Pridotkas 19+5reb+1ast, I.Saounera 18+4reb+4ast, D.Painter 14+4reb, P.Turpin 14+4reb+3ast, J.Barham 11+5reb+1ast, O.Gouez 8+1ast
SAP Vaucluse: Y.Siegwarth 25+3reb+13ast, Z.Rakocevic 23+5reb+3ast, V.Zivkovic 21+2ast, Y.Solle 13+4reb, S.Atanackovic 10+13reb+1ast, W.Custos 4+1ast
gschID: 558436


Souffel - Brissac-Aubance 84-58

The biggest surprise of round 3 in NM1 took place in Souffelweyersheim where host Souffelweyersheim (3-0) crushed Brissac-Aubance (2-1) 84-58 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was point guard Theo Diehl (192-94) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Mali swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Mali forward Mamadou Sy (196-85, college: Cloud County CC) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Brissac-Aubance will play next round against La Charite trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Souffelweyersheim will try to continue on its current victory against Vendee Challans on the road.
Top scorers:
Brissac-Aubance: S.Cisse 15+6reb+2ast, M.Sy 11+7reb+2ast, M.Diame 10+4reb+2ast, M.Chupin 7+4reb, M.Robin 6+1reb+2ast, A.Rigaux 5+4reb+4ast
Souffel: T.Diehl 22+7reb+4ast, E.Mendy 19+9reb, V.Correia 14+4reb+3ast, A.El Gazhi 9+8reb+1ast, F.Harris 8+4reb+5ast, L.Diemer 4+3ast
gschID: 558433


Saint Vallier - GET Vosges 101-66

Very expected game when GET Vosges (1-2) was rolled over on the road by Saint Vallier (3-0) 101-66 on Saturday. Saint Vallier dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to GET Vosges' 26. Saint Vallier forced 23 GET Vosges turnovers and outrebounded them 35-21 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Saint Vallier looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by GET Vosges' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Drake Reed (194-87, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Mourad Benkloua (206-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded 12 points and forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Saint Vallier will face Lourdes-Tarbes (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. GET Vosges will play against Orchesien BC (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GET Vosges: M.Benkloua 12+3reb+1ast, M.Gountas 10+2reb+2ast, P.Kieger 9+1ast, W.Mensah 9+1reb+2ast, M.Doumbe 8+5reb+2ast, T.Vincent 6+1reb+2ast
Saint Vallier: M.Craion 20+6reb+3ast, D.Reed 18+3reb+5ast, W.Gradit 14+1reb+2ast, V.Ateba 11+5reb+3ast, C.Jean-Francois 11+1reb, E.Boateng 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 558438


Orchies - ALS Basket 70-78

But Orchesien BC was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Andrezieux 78-70 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) chipped in 7 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Chrislain Cairo (200-91) who recorded 15 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Fabien Ateba (192-91) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. ALS Basket will face CFBB (#16) in Paris in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Orchesien BC will play on the road against GET Vosges in Golbey and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Orchies: C.Cairo 15+7reb, T.Robinson 12+7reb, F.Ateba 12+6reb+1ast, D.Huffor 11+4reb, D.Herring Jr. 11+5reb+3ast, J.Verbeke 4+1reb+2ast
ALS Basket: J.Mitchell 22+5reb+2ast, K.Ammour 15+4reb+1ast, V.Mukuna 11+9reb+1ast, B.Clark 9+2reb+7ast, N.Kovanusic 7+13reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 558437


CFBB - Saint-Quentin 52-93

The game with biggest result difference took place in Paris. Local CFBB (0-3) was outscored by Saint-Quentin (2-1) 93-52 on Friday night. The game without a history. Saint-Quentin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 30 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Saint-Quentin forced 19 CFBB turnovers. The best player for the winners was Benoit Gillet (190-86) who scored 17 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Canadian-British power forward Maurice Walker (208-91, college: Minnesota) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Timothe Crusol (190-1) who recorded 12 points and the former international center Essome Miyem (208-1) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively. CFBB's coach Jean-Aime Toupane gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin will face SAP Vaucluse (#15) in Sorgues in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play on the road against ALS Basket in Andrezieux and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CFBB: T.Crusol 12+2reb+3ast, E.Miyem 9+6reb+1ast, J.Pansa 9+4reb, Y.Choupas 8+3reb+1ast, M.Dossou-Yovo 5+4reb+2ast, M.Coudreau 5+1ast
Saint-Quentin: B.Walker 18+2reb+1ast, B.Gillet 17+1reb+6ast, M.Walker 16+7reb, L.Kante 10+1reb+1ast, J.Kebe 8+5reb+6ast, D.Quincy-Jones 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 558434


Aubenas - Chartres 72-73

A very interesting game took place in Aubenas. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Aubenas (1-2) to UB Chartres (2-1) 73-72 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aubenas won fourth quarter 15-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UB Chartres made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Aubenas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 4 assists. Forward Jeremy Ricard-Dorigo (200-94) accounted for 9 points for the winning side. Swingman Jonathan Leria (198-90) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian forward Michel Ipouck (200-86) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Aubenas in the defeat. UB Chartres' next round opponent will be Rueil at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aubenas will play against Lorient (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aubenas: L.Williams 13+2reb+1ast, J.Leria 13+6reb+1ast, A.Chardon 11+2reb, M.Ipouck 9+6reb+4ast, A.Barraud 8+3reb, A.Mbodj 8+1reb+1ast
Chartres: O.Romain 17+4ast, K.Bichard 12, W.Felder 9+4reb, J.Ricard-Dorigo 9+4reb+1ast, P.Clerence 7+6reb, M.Diarra 7+3reb
gschID: 558430





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First League: KK AV Ohrid and KK Blokotehna started with victory - by Natasha Kostovska

In the second competition day in the First League, KK Blokotehna Gevgelija and KK Ohrid AV recorded their winning points in the table.

KK Blokotehna Gevgelija won by 99:56 over KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija, after Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93, college: Oregon) led the team with 28 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. On the KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija side as the most effective, Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 stolen balls.

In the second match of the day, KK Ohrid AV had no problems with KK Strumica, which ended the match in their favor with (90:76). Berry scored 33 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 stolen ball for KK Ohrid AV as the most efficient individual, while for KK Strumica, Tajns Kevin Montes scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

The next match is tomorrow, between the teams of KK Pelister Sport Bitola and Shkupi Skopje.



Ty Harris and Jason Nwisienyi are newcomers at Shkupi - by Mario Divanisov

As soon as Shkupi Skopje received a wild card for Prva Liga the team started negotiations for assembling a decent roster. Frist on the shortlist are two Americans that will fulfil the guard and the forward position.
For the 26-year old Ty Harris (188-G-91, college: Columbus St.) this will be a return to Macedonian basketball as the guard previously spent a season at KK Best Gevgelija. In his amazing performance in the 2015/16 season, he led the league in scoring with 20.7ppg and also added 4.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg to his numbers. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Import Player of the Year. He also made the Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team and Eurobasket.com Macedonian League All-Imports Team before moving to Maghreb de Fes (Morocco-D1) for the 2016/17 season where he made the finals.
As for 24-year old Jason Nwisienyi (201-F/C) this will be his first overseas season. The forward last played at MidAmerica Ch. (NAIA) where in the 2015/16 season he averaged 3.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 34 games. He spent the 2017/18 summer at Europrobasket European Summer League.
On Jason Nwisienyi: Jason Nwisienyi is a versatile defender that can guard multiple positions and score from the low post as well the perimeter. He has a soft touch around the rim when finishing plays and runs the floor very well. As well a smooth jump shot in pick and pop situations.

Both players are expected to debut in the upcoming game against KK Pelister Sport Bitola on Tuesday.



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Philip Scrubb claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Canadian-British Philip Scrubb (191-G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fraport SKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 25 points adding two rebounds and five assists for Fraport SKY in his team's victory, helping them to beat Goettingen (#14, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 88-80. Fraport SKY is placed at 4th position in German BBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Fraport SKY won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Scrubb had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Fraport SKY and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Scrubb has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.0ppg) and averages solid 108.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Croatian center Leon Radosevic (207-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) of Brose Bask.. Radosevic impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Brose Bask. to another comfortable win outscoring Oettinger R. (0-3) 92-64. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Radosevic is one of the most experienced players at Brose Bask. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Dennis Clifford (216-C-92) of ALBA (#6). Clifford scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Clifford's great performance ALBA lost 64-66 to Bremerhaven (#12, 1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing ALBA 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 1 lost game. Clifford has a very solid season. In 3 games in Germany he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) of B.Muenchen - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82) of EWE Baskets - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Assem Marei (206-F-92) of Bayreuth - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. John Bryant (210-C-87) of Giessen 46ers - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90) of EWE Baskets - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) of Wuerzburg - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Bryon Allen (193-G-92) of EWE Baskets - 20 points, 6 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)



Chris Hortman (EN Baskets) Developing My Mentality Will Come With Dedication And Continually Pushing Myself To Get Better And Not Accepting Mediocrity - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Hortman (190-G-88, college: Wisc.-Stout) is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that is playing his second season in Germany and first with the EN Baskets Schwelm. Last season he played for the TVI Basketball SWAP Ballers Ibbenbueren (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: Score-1 (25.0ppg), 9.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.9%. He got vast experience in the states before turning professional playing at various schools like Milwaukee Area Tech JC (JUCO), Missouri Valley (NAIA), Wisc.-Stout (NCAA3) where as a senior he played 27 games averaging 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 85.5%. He also played with the Gold Coast Rollers (Australia-SBL) in 2014 averaging 28,6ppg. He spoke to eurobasket after the 76-63 win against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors in Frankfurt.

Chris thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. The EN Baskets Schwelm are 3-0 at the moment. How good is basketball life for you presently?

Life is good right now our team is winning and I'm playing descent. Excited for what is to come of this season.


Congrats on the 76-63 victory in Frankfurt against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. It was a game where you were never really in danger of losing. In comparison to the first two games, where would you rate the teams third performance?

I think this was a real character check game. Our opponent was a very young team, but also talented. We were able to jump out and be aggressive with them on both ends of the floor which resulted in an early lead. The game went on and they made their run. As a team, we never folded, we stuck together and the bench came in the game and made big plays. This game really shows who we are, a deep experienced group with talent in every position that can hurt you!


The EN Baskets Schwelm shot ok, but dominated the boards. What do you feel was key for getting the third win in a row in the Pro B?

I believe there was two main factors first, our bigs. Sasa, Dario and Sebastian did an amazing job bodying up and boxing out and keeping them off the glass. And our teams defense. Really trusting each other and finishing out the defensive possessions with the rebounds.


Is there a secret to why the EN Baskets Schwelm have started off so well?

No secret. Just old fashion hard work and attention to detail.


l How key is the team's experience and early season chemistry gelling?

It's everything. We got tons of guys with experience and being able to put it all together has been the most important part of our season so far.


The EN Baskets Schwelm are averaging giving up only 66 points per game. The communication has been spot on. What do you feel can still be improved on the defensive end?

Defensively we have been great but yeah I do think there is room for improvement. Just more communication to each other and more intensity on keeping your man under maximum pressure without fouling.

The club has so many experienced guys like Mikutis, Schroetter or Fiorentino as well as Cuic. If you had to have the annoying choice as to which guy has especially been most vital in your adjustment to the Pro B who would it be?

Choosing would be tough they all play their roll, each one of them help me make the adjustment and they all give me little things that they think will help maximize my talents on and off the court.

Jean-Louis Marley was a one man wrecking crew in the paint hitting 5 tough buckets in traffic in the second half. The team has a special name for him and how important is it to have him on the court?

Yeah, Marly was amazing for us in the second half. We actually have a nick name for him and its Bully Bob. He is our toughness; he is our Ron Artest. He brings intensity every practice and games that foresee the rest of us to match his level..


How important do you feel are you for a guy like Matthias Perl? Granted he has BBL experience and has played at a high level, but it seems like he is especially motivated more with you on the court. Does his playmaking precision give you some freedom to not always have to create for others, but concentrate on scoring and other things which you excel at?

Yes, playing with him is great. He has an uncanny ability to get into the lane with ease sucking all the defense then having the ability to make the pass to the open man. Having him on the court defiantly relives me of the play making and just lets me relax and focus on putting the ball in the basket.


Your putting up great numbers through three games averaging 21,3ppg, 12,3rpg and 4,7 apg. How content have you been with how you have arrived in the Pro B?

Not too content. Don't think I ever will, maybe when I have a game of 100% field goals and no turn overs then I'll probably want more rebounds and assists, but I am very excited about what this year could be for me if things keep going at this pace and our club keeps winning games!


You told me after the game that a big difference to the Regionalliga is the speed. What other factors have been challenging for you making this new step?

I've got used to the speed and now the main challenge is just learning and adjusting to my teammates. Making sure I can help put them in situations where they are successful as well.


What was really interesting to see in the Frankfurt game was that you didn't need the ball right away and take the first shots and score many points, but allowed other guys to get involved first. Do you always take what the defense gives you or first look to get the team going before you start to get to work on scoring?

Honestly its more about what the team needs. Other players were in rhythm, so it was more about me finding where else I could impact the game.


What will be key for you to keep consistency intact this season?

Simple. Stay in the gym. Get up quality reps. Bring it every practice. Listen to the coach and things will go to plan!


How important will the mental side be for your development as a player continuing this season in the Pro B? What are you focusing most on in your defensive game so that you will continue to be a high impact defender in the Pro B?

I believe mentality is the most important when it comes to any form of completion. For me developing my mentality will come with dedication and continually pushing myself to get better and not accepting mediocre. Defensively I'm just focusing on the coach's game plan on how we want to play defense and then just making it tough for my opponent.


In recent days the it wasn't so much the talk about Lonzo Ball in La La land but Kyle Kuzmar. Is he the real deal? Can he become an impact player with Ball around?

Yeah I think Kyle is going to be a baller and having ball around will only help him. It will be interesting about what type of season they can put together.


How do you summarize the Kyrie Irving/Isaiah Thomas trade? Which team got the better deal and will profit most from in the long run?

This trade was about one team getting rid of a guy who didn't want to be there anymore and another team who needed a major piece to the team to beat Lebron. Who better than the guy who just left his team with high ambitions to be him. I think it's a win in for both teams in the long run!


What do you see the Oklahoma Thunder doing this season with Westbrook, George and Anthony on board? Can they make a run in the west?

I see them being another power house in the west. The MVP and 2 All Stars, they will make the playoffs just a matter of how bad do they really want to win after that.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie. Was the Matrix.

Thanks Chris for the chat.



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Knezevic's double-double lands him D1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vestri and receives a Eurobasket.com D1 Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds, while his team edged out Snaefell (#10, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 76-72. Vestri is placed at 4th position in Icelandic D1. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Vestri won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Knezevic turned to be Vestri's top player in his first season with the team. Knezevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 3.0bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jeremy Smith (190-G) of top-ranked Breidablik. He is American guard in his first season at Breidablik. In the last game Smith recorded impressive 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Breidablik to another comfortable win outscoring Gnupverjar (0-1) 95-63. 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. Smith is a newcomer at Breidablik and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 9.0rpg and 7.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sigvaldi Eggertsson (197-F) of league's second-best Fjolnir. Eggertsson got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of Fjolnir, leading his team to a 86-79 win against IA (#9, 0-1). Fjolnir 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. Eggertsson also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Eggertsson as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ari Gylfason (186-PG-89) of FSU - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Darrell Flake (193-F-80) of Skallagrimur - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Sveinbjorn Johannesson (202-F/C-98) of Breidablik - 19 points and 3 rebounds
7. Ragnar Ragnarsson (188-G-97) of Breidablik - 27 points and 4 rebounds
8. Derek Shouse (188-G-93) of IA - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kristjan Omarsson (196-F-97) of Skallagrimur - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nokkvi Hardarson (183-G-96) of Vestri - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Corye Payton (ex Stade Nabeulien) signs at Al Mina !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Mina (Superleague) landed 30-year old American guard Corye Payton (196-93kg-87, college: Wilmington, DE). He played most recently at Stade Nabeulien in Tunisian Division I.
Among other achievements Payton received Asia-Basket.com All-Kuwait League 2nd Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Payton has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Payton has played previously professionally in Saudi Arabia (Al Nahda), Slovakia (Handlova), Uruguay (Olimpia) and Kuwait (Al Arabi).
He attended Wilmington University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Payton's game is described as: An extremely athletic combo guard, who plays way above the rim and has unlimited range from behind the arc. He can create for himself as well as for others. Corye is a team leader who brings enthusiasm and energy to the game. His length and speed are impressive on both ends of the floor, making him very exciting in transition.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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B1 League Round 4: Chiba Jets hand first loss to Kyoto Hannar. - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in B League and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Kyoto Hannar. (2-1) on the court of top-ranked Chiba Jets on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Chiba Jets 76-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Chiba Jets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Chiba Jets forced 20 Kyoto Hannar. turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds for Kyoto Hannar.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record which they share with defeated Kyoto Hannar. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Chiba Jets are again looking forward to face league's leader Kyoto Hannar. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round.

Other games in round 4 were not that significant. Yokohama BC were smashed by Hokkaido L. on the road 86-67. SeaHorses destroyed Osaka Evessa on its own court 89-61. Ryukyu GK managed to outperform Nagoya DD in Okinawa 91-77. Toyama Grouses managed to beat Nishinomiya S. at home 72-68. San-en defeated Hitachi SR on the opponent's court 72-66. Shiga L-Stars was beaten by Toshiba BT in a home game 59-76.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 13 points and 9 rebounds by Michael Parker of Chiba Jets.

Hokkaido L. - Yokohama BC 86-67

Everything could happen in Saporro at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Hokkaido L. and one of their biggest challengers Yokohama BC had identical 1-1 record. This time Hokkaido L. used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Yokohama 86-67 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-67. Hokkaido L. made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Yokohama BC turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Greg Whittington (203-93, college: Rutgers) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) replied with 23 points and American-Bulgarian center Jason Washburn (210-90, college: Utah, agency: Pensack Sports) added 11 points in the effort for Yokohama BC. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hokkaido L. (2-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the third place with two games lost. Hokkaido L. will face again Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 23+2reb+1ast, J.Washburn 11+4reb+3ast, J.Parmer 9+8reb, M.Jotaro 7+1reb, H.Thabeet 4+5reb, M.Hosoya 4+1reb+2ast
Hokkaido L.: M.Trasolini 23+8reb+3ast, G.Whittington 14+8reb+4ast, T.Orimo 13+1reb+2ast, S.Kohei 8+3reb+2ast, A.Tajima 7+1ast, D.Noguchi 7
gschID: 551504


Shimane SM - Tochigi Brex 80-72 OT

Shimane SM overcame Tochigi Brex in overtime to improve at 1-2 record. J Scott came up with 19 points and 23 rebounds to pace the hosts. G Stutz added 14 points in the victory. Ryan Rossiter replied with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for Tochigi Brex as they fell at 1-2 record.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 21+14reb+6ast, C.Bozeman 16+7reb+2ast, K.Takeuchi 10+10reb+3ast, Y.Endo 9+3reb, Y.Tabuse 6+2reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 5
Shimane SM: J.Scott 19+23reb+2ast, G.Stutz 14+7reb, T.Soma 12+2reb+2ast, B.Lane 11+4reb+3ast, K.Sato 10+4reb+1ast, H.Okamoto 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 551503


SeaHorses - Osaka Evessa 89-61

Rather expected game when bottom-ranked Osaka Evessa (0-3) was smashed by third ranked Aishin Sea Horses (2-1) in Kariya 89-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Aishin Sea Horses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) contributed with 11 points and 9 assists for the winners. Five Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds and Takuya Hashimoto (186-94) added 6 points in the effort for Osaka Evessa. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Osaka Evessa still closes the standings with three games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face again Osaka Evessa (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: G.Pomare 11+5reb, S.Fujitaka 8+2ast, G.Smith 8+3reb, H.Kinoshita 8+1reb, R.Goda 6+2reb+3ast, T.Hashimoto 6+2reb+3ast
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 15+4reb, S.Murakami 12+1ast, I.Butts 12+8reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 11+4reb+9ast, D.Orton 10+10reb+4ast, R.Hashimoto 10+4ast
gschID: 551506


Chiba Jets - Kyoto Hannar. 76-63

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Kyoto Hannar. (2-1) on the court of top-ranked Chiba Jets on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Chiba Jets 76-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Chiba Jets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Chiba Jets forced 20 Kyoto Hannar. turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record which they share with defeated Kyoto Hannar. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Chiba Jets are again looking forward to face league's leader Kyoto Hannar. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Dove 12+5reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 10+1reb+3ast, J.Mavunga 10+6reb+2ast, N.Yuya 9+5reb+2ast, Y.Okada 8+1reb+4ast, J.Smith 8+2reb
Chiba Jets: G.Edwards 20+4reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 18+1reb+6ast, M.Parker 13+9reb, A.Chambers 7+9reb+3ast, T.Gaffney 5+1reb, R.Ono 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 551507


Nagoya DD - Ryukyu GK 77-91

Everything could happen in Nagoya at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Ryukyu GK and much higher ranked Diamond Dolphins had identical 1-1 record. But Diamond Dolphins were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Okinawa 91-77 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Ryukyu GK. Diamond Dolphins was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ryukyu GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Diamond Dolphins' players. It was a very good performance for international guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. American center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Takaya Sasayama (178-93) added 18 points in the effort for Diamond Dolphins. Five Ryukyu GK and four Diamond Dolphins players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ryukyu GK (2-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Diamond Dolphins dropped to the third place with two games lost. Ryukyu GK will have a break next round. Diamond Dolphins will play again at home against the league's second-placed Ryukyu GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: T.Sasayama 18+3reb+2ast, J.Tillman 13+2reb+2ast, J.Burrell 13+10reb+2ast, S.Funyu 13+2reb+3ast, T.Nakahigashi 6+2reb+1ast, S.Ando 6+1reb+2ast
Ryukyu GK: H.Armstrong 17+6reb+3ast, R.Kishimoto 17+4reb+5ast, S.Tsuyama 11+1reb, I.Brown 10+5reb+6ast, K.Ninomiya 10+4reb+7ast, H.Martin 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 551505


Toyama Grouses - Nishinomiya S. 72-68

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked Nishinomiya S. (0-3) lost on the road to fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (2-1) 72-68 on Saturday. Nishinomiya S. trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 21-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-72 at the end of the game. Toyama Grouses forced 19 Nishinomiya S. turnovers. It was a very good performance for American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import Drew Viney (204-88, college: Loyola Mary) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Nishinomiya S.Four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyama Grouses keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Nishinomiya S. still closes the standings with three games lost. Toyama Grouses will face again Nishinomiya S. (#5) in Hyogo in the next round.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: N.Douhara 14+7reb+3ast, D.Burns 11+8reb+2ast, J.Vandenberg 10+8reb, Y.Ishitsuka 10+5reb+1ast, C.Lammert 7+3reb, N.Tani 5+3reb+4ast
Toyama Grouses: Y.Okada 15+3reb+2ast, S.Willard 13+12reb+2ast, D.Viney 13+10reb+2ast, N.Uto 7+6reb+8ast, Y.Ueta 6+2reb+1ast, H.Otsuka 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 551502


Hitachi SR - San-en 66-72

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (1-2) defeated one of their biggest challengers Hitachi Sunrockers (1-2) in Tokyo 72-66 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. San-en NeoPhoenix made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and international point guard Leo Vendrame (183-93) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. San-en NeoPhoenix left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Hitachi Sunrockers. San-en NeoPhoenix will have a break next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play again at home against San-en NeoPhoenix and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 19+12reb+3ast, L.Vendrame 18+6reb+2ast, T.Ito 10+2reb, M.Kikuchi 7+2reb, J.Harrellson 4+7reb+3ast, T.Hasegawa 4+2reb+1ast
San-en: C.Martin 26+6reb+1ast, T.Suzuki 11+1reb+3ast, S.Morrison 10+12reb, S.Tawatari 9+4reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 7+2reb+2ast, A.Ota 6+2reb
gschID: 551501


Shiga L-Stars - Toshiba BT 59-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Toshiba Thunders and one of their biggest challengers Shiga L-Stars had identical 1-1 record. But Shiga L-Stars were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Kanagawa 76-59 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Toshiba Thunders's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-11 extending their advantage to 17 points. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Toshiba Thunders looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Shiga L-Stars were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. The former international swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and center Samba Faye (205-87) added 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Toshiba Thunders (2-1) keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the third place with two games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against Toshiba Thunders and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: S.Faye 17+4reb+1ast, O.Samhan 15+15reb, N.Namizato 11+4ast, T.Hasegawa 6+2reb+1ast, D.Tanaka 4+5reb+2ast, Y.Sugawara 3+1reb+2ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 22+13reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 20+5reb+4ast, J.Davis 18+10reb, R.Shinoyama 6+3reb+5ast, K.Nomoto 4+2ast, Y.Fujii 3+4reb+4ast
gschID: 551500





B2 League Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in B League D2 as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 3 in B League D2 took place in Kumamoto where host Kumamoto V. (1-2) crushed Cyberdyne IR (2-1) 85-65 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Kumamoto V. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) who scored 23 points and 9 assists. Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cyberdyne IR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest. Kumamoto V. will try to continue on its current victory against Cyberdyne IR in Tsukuba.
Shinshu BW defeated Bambitious Nara in Nagano 68-51. It was a good game for American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Nick Washburn contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Bambitious Nara. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bambitious Nara will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Shinshu BW will try to continue on its current victory against Bambitious Nara at home.
Toyotsu FE (2-1) recorded a loss in Nagoya on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Orange Vikings (2-1) 96-85. It was a great evening for Chehales Tapscott who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Josh Hawkinson with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. Toyotsu FE's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Orange Vikings will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyotsu FE will play again against Orange Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Ishikawa. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Kanazawa Sam. (3-1) to Sendai 89ers (1-3) 80-79 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Olu Ashaolu who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Ishikawa. Kanazawa Sam. (3-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Sendai 89ers (1-3) 73-70 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Tsukino Tsukino who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Kagawa FA were defeated by Fukushima in a road game 68-61. Tokyo Z lost to undefeated Akita NH at home 60-85. Hiroshima D. won against Iwate Big Bulls on the opponent's court 69-64. Yamagata lost to undefeated Fukuoka Rizing in a home game 73-85. Winless Aomori Watts was rolled over Gunma on the road 75-96.
The best stats of 3rd round was 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds by Ryan Stephan of Gunma.

Kumamoto V. - Cyberdyne IR 85-65

The biggest surprise of round 3 in B League D2 took place in Kumamoto where host Kumamoto V. (1-2) crushed Cyberdyne IR (2-1) 85-65 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Kumamoto V. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) who scored 23 points and 9 assists. Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cyberdyne IR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest. Kumamoto V. will try to continue on its current victory against Cyberdyne IR in Tsukuba.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: T.Furuno 23+3reb+9ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 17+3reb+2ast, J.Duinker 10+8reb+4ast, J.James 9+9reb, T.Woodbury 8+1reb, R.Nakanishi 7+2reb
Cyberdyne IR: A.Warren 16+2reb+2ast, R.Rickert 16+11reb+2ast, J.Maniwa 10+4reb+1ast, M.Yosuke 5+1reb+4ast, R.Kubota 4+3reb, Y.Takahashi 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 551964


Fukushima - Kagawa FA 68-61

There was no surprise when Kagawa FA (0-3) was defeated on the road by Fukushima (2-1) 68-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-61. Fukushima looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Tsukuba Tsukuba (188-92) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukushima will face again Kagawa FA (#6) in Takamatsu in the next round.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: D.Jones 13+3reb+1ast, S.Alabi 13+9reb+2ast, T.Shinnosuke 9+2reb+1ast, J.Shaw 8+1reb+3ast, K.Tomori 7+3reb+6ast, S.Kanno 6+2reb+4ast
Kagawa FA: R.Warren 13+20reb+6ast, T.Tsukuba 12+3reb+4ast, T.Shuichi 9+6reb, A.Kuso 8+1reb, A.Osawa 6+2reb+5ast, M.Brandon 6+1reb
gschID: 551969


Kanazawa Sam. - Sendai 89ers 73-70

Important game to mention about took place in Ishikawa. Kanazawa Sam. (3-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Sendai 89ers (1-3) 73-70 on Saturday evening. Sendai 89ers were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-13 charge of Kanazawa Sam., which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Tsukino Tsukino (178-88) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Ide Yuji (181-88) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Kanazawa Sam. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: A.Fitzgerald 18+3reb+3ast, I.Yuji 17+4reb+4ast, T.Tsukino 15+8reb+5ast, W.Marshall 11+7reb+1ast, Y.Inoue 9+3reb+2ast, T.Yonamine 3+2reb+4ast
Sendai 89ers: O.Ashaolu 19+7reb+2ast, C.Williams 14+8reb+2ast, M.Shimada 12+5reb+1ast, S.Izumi 9+3reb, K.Ishikawa 6+4reb+4ast, S.Mizoguchi 4+2reb
gschID: 551966


Tokyo Z - Akita NH 60-85

No shocking result in a game when Akita Happinets (3-0) smashed on the road Tokyo Z (1-2) 85-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Tokyo Z was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tokyo Z to just 5 points in first quarter. Akita Happinets forced 22 Tokyo Z turnovers and outrebounded them 44-20 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Akita Happinets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was international guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) who scored 19 points. American forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: S.Florida) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) who recorded 9 points and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) added 8 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Tokyo Z will play again at home against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 19+2reb, D.Taniguchi 10+2reb+2ast, K.Coleby 10+7reb, R.Shirahama 8+7reb+2ast, T.Fitzpatrick 8+9reb+4ast, R.Tokunaga 7+2reb+3ast
Tokyo Z: R.Boykin 9+4reb+1ast, S.Takayama 8+1reb, T.Nishiyama 8+2reb+3ast, S.Kawai 7+2ast, M.Komaki 7+1reb, M.Takumi 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 551965


Iwate Big Bulls - Hiroshima D. 64-69

Rather expected game when Iwate Big Bulls (0-3) were defeated at home by Dragonflies (2-1) 69-64 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Iwate Big Bulls won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 44-30 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Terrence Drisdom (196-92, college: Cal Poly Pomona) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Noriyuki Sugasawa (192-87) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Dragonflies will have a break next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Dragonflies (#3) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: C.Chapman 19+15reb+1ast, T.Drisdom 15+12reb+2ast, S.Asayama 13+5reb, D.Yamada 7+2reb+4ast, H.Cort 3+2reb+1ast, S.Okazaki 3
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Sanders-Frison 14+7reb+3ast, K.Nagata 11+3reb+5ast, N.Sugasawa 11+7reb+2ast, Y.Suzuki 8+1reb, D.Jones 7+5reb, Y.Masuda 5+1reb
gschID: 551962


Yamagata - Fukuoka Rizing 73-85

Rather predictable result when Fukuoka Rizing (3-0) beat on the road Yamagata (1-2) 85-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-73. Fukuoka Rizing looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: Arizona St.) who scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) who recorded 19 points and guard Masanari Masanari (186-91) added 15 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Yamagata will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 24+6reb+2ast, E.Jacobsen 19+9reb+4ast, D.Kobayashi 18+2reb+3ast, Y.Yamashita 11+9reb+6ast, S.Kano 4+1reb+1ast, T.Komoda 4+2reb+2ast
Yamagata: W.Creekmore 19+4reb+3ast, M.Masanari 15+4reb+5ast, B.McShepard 12+7reb, S.Kouno 12+4reb+1ast, T.Takahama 5, Y.Kojima 4+4reb
gschID: 551968


Gunma - Aomori Watts 96-75

Gunma used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from Aomori 96-75 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-75. Gunma looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and point guard Toshio Kan (184-94) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Aomori Watts 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. Gunma will face again Aomori Watts (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Gunma: R.Stephan 33+11reb+3ast, T.Kennedy 18+1reb+2ast, M.Obuchi 9+5ast, D.Sidate 8+8reb+2ast, S.Kurihara 6+2reb+2ast, F.Fumiya 6+1reb
Aomori Watts: J.Burton 25+16reb+7ast, D.Shimoyama 14+1reb+2ast, N.Banyard 11+2reb, T.Kan 10+6reb+2ast, K.Aita 5+1reb+3ast, S.Tahakiro 4+1reb
gschID: 551970


Toyotsu FE - Ehime OV 85-96

Toyotsu FE (2-1) recorded a loss in Nagoya on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Orange Vikings (2-1) 96-85. The game was mostly controlled by Orange Vikings. Toyotsu FE managed to win fourth quarter 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orange Vikings made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Toshino Yoshihiko (186-92) helped adding 23 points and 4 assists. Four Orange Vikings players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Josh Hawkinson (208-95, college: Washington St.) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Toyotsu FE's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Orange Vikings will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyotsu FE will play again against Orange Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: T.Yoshihiko 23+2reb+4ast, C.Tapscott 20+12reb+3ast, T.Tatsuhiko 17+7reb+4ast, C.Clifford 12+4reb, T.Kasahara 9+5reb+8ast, M.Tate 6+2reb+1ast
Toyotsu FE: J.Hawkinson 24+16reb+3ast, H.Hill 16+12reb+5ast, S.Kozu 12+1reb+1ast, H.Tobita 8, T.Kodama 7+1reb+1ast, M.Narita 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 551967


Shinshu BW - Bambitious Nara 68-51

Shinshu BW defeated Bambitious Nara in Nagano 68-51. It looked good early as Bambitious Nara took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Shinshu BW had a 26-9 second period charge getting the lead and Bambitious Nara was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 51-68. It was a good game for American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import center Nick Washburn (208-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Washburn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Bambitious Nara. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bambitious Nara will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Shinshu BW will try to continue on its current victory against Bambitious Nara at home.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: Y.Yasuhiko 15+2ast, N.Washburn 13+7reb, A.McHenry 9+8reb+5ast, T.Dezelski 8+7reb+3ast, T.Hiroaki 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Yosuke 6+1reb+1ast
Bambitious Nara: S.Komatsu 16+2reb+4ast, T.Nephawe 14+8reb, K.Kikuyama 11, R.Takeda 6+3reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 2+13reb+2ast, C.Jenkins 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 551963


Kanazawa Sam. - Sendai 89ers 79-80

A very interesting game took place in Ishikawa. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Kanazawa Sam. (3-1) to Sendai 89ers (1-3) 80-79 on Friday evening. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 27-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ide Yuji (181-88) added 16 points respectively for Kanazawa Sam. in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: O.Ashaolu 20+9reb+1ast, C.Williams 19+7reb+1ast, S.Mizoguchi 17+1reb+2ast, H.Fujita 6+1reb, S.Izumi 4+4reb+1ast, M.Shimada 4+2reb
Kanazawa Sam.: A.Fitzgerald 26+7reb, I.Yuji 16+3reb+1ast, W.Marshall 11+8reb+1ast, T.Tsukino 9+5reb+4ast, L.Evans 7+8reb+1ast, Y.Inoue 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 551961





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VTB League: CSKA beat Astana for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Astana - CSKA 72:92

CSKA clinched the second consecutive win at the start of the VTB League regular season. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 24 points to pace the Moscow side.
CSKA dropped 29 points in the opening frame to open a 14-point lead. They added 30 points in the second quarter to secure a 59:32 halftime lead. Astana picked up the tempo in the second half. They outgunned the visitors but could not threaten the deficit as CSKA cruised to the victory. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) accounted for 20 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-SG-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 8 points in the win. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 25 points and 6 boards for Astana. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94, college: Iowa) provided 15 points in the loss.



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SuperLeague Round 2: Rahoveci hands first loss to Xhebrailat - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Xhebrailat (1-1) in Therande on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Rahoveci (2-0) 81-80. Xhebrailat was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American power forward Kyle Sovine (206-94, college: St.Francis, IN, agency: Aspire Sports) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import guard Junious Prowell (, college: S.Crescent Tech) contributed with 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. point guard Arian Tahiri (190-93) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Xhebrailat. Rahoveci is looking forward to face Bashkimi (#4) in Prizren in the next round. Xhebrailat will play on the road against Trepca in Mitrovice and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game for Sigal Prishtina (2-0) which played on the court of Peja (1-1). Sigal Prishtina crushed hosts 84-64. British point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, agency: Two Points) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Maxie Esho chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Sigal Prishtina's coach Ahmet Kandemir allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International Arti Hajdari (190-93) responded with 17 points and 5 assists. Sigal Prishtina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Prishtina Kerasan.
The game between Bashkimi (1-1) and Borea (0-2) in Prizren on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Bashkimi outscored guests from Peja 107-68. Bashkimi will meet Rahoveci on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borea's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Peja Peja.

In the last game of round 2 winless Trepca was beaten by Kerasan on the road 83-76.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Gent Shala of Kerasan.

Kerasan - Trepca 83-76

Kerasan used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Mitrovice 83-76 on Sunday night. Trepca trailed by 22 points after 3 quarters before a 30-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-83 at the end of the game. Kerasan looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Point guard Alban Latifaj (185-91) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the effort and Rinor Ahmeti (188-96) supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kerasan's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 17 points, 9 assists and 5 steals by swingman Valdrin Haxhiu (191-88) did not help to save the game for Trepca. Swingman Burim Zekiqi (200-97) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kerasan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Prishtina to the arena Sigal Prishtina.
Top scorers:
Kerasan: R.Ahmeti 17+5reb+4ast, A.Latifaj 16+6reb+11ast, A.Haliti 14+6reb+1ast, G.Shala 13+9reb+4ast, K.Mucolli 8+2reb+2ast, I.Hasani 5+3reb+3ast
Trepca: V.Haxhiu 17+3reb+9ast, B.Zekiqi 17+7reb+5ast, X.Haxhiu 17+9reb+2ast, A.Selmani 15+1reb+1ast, A. Rashiti 4+3reb, M.Malaj 2+2ast
gschID: 578572


Bashkimi - Borea 107-68

The game between Bashkimi (1-1) and Borea (0-2) in Prizren on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Bashkimi outscored guests from Peja 107-68. Bashkimi will meet Rahoveci on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borea's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Peja Peja.
gschID: 578570


Ylli - Rahoveci 80-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Xhebrailat (1-1) in Therande on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Rahoveci (2-0) 81-80. Xhebrailat was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American power forward Kyle Sovine (206-94, college: St.Francis, IN, agency: Aspire Sports) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import guard Junious Prowell (, college: S.Crescent Tech) contributed with 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. Point guard Arian Tahiri (190-93) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American point guard Michael Harmon (180-94, college: Northeastern St.) added 22 points in the effort for Xhebrailat. Four Xhebrailat players scored in double figures. Rahoveci is looking forward to face Bashkimi (#4) in Prizren in the next round. Xhebrailat will play on the road against Trepca in Mitrovice and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Rahoveci: K.Sovine 26+13reb+2ast, J.Prowell 23+2reb+5ast, M.Merovci 14+7reb+1ast, X.Newson 7+4reb+1ast, A.Berisha 5+3reb, M.Hasani 4+3reb+9ast
Ylli: M.Harmon 22+1ast, A.Tahiri 18+6reb+7ast, A.Mehmetaj 14+4reb+2ast, T.Bessick 13+10reb, L.Cikaqi 6+1reb, A.Gashi 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 578569


Peja - Sigal Prishtina 64-84

Another interesting game for Sigal Prishtina (2-0) which played on the court of Peja (1-1). Sigal Prishtina crushed hosts 84-64. The game without a history. Sigal Prishtina led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sigal Prishtina outrebounded Peja 46-28 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Peja's players. British point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, agency: Two Points) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Nigerian forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Sigal Prishtina's coach Ahmet Kandemir allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International Arti Hajdari (190-93) responded with 17 points and 5 assists and swingman Beq Kovaqi (193-93) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Peja players scored in double figures. Sigal Prishtina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Prishtina Kerasan.
Top scorers:
Sigal Prishtina: M.Esho 22+11reb+1ast, A.Lawrence 21+3reb+11ast, M.Janjeva 10+3reb+3ast, G.Rugova 9+4reb+6ast, R.Peci 6+1reb+2ast, L.Shoshi 6+11reb+2ast
Peja: A.Hajdari 17+4reb+5ast, B.Kovaqi 14+9reb+2ast, L.Mekaj 13+8ast, A.Qallaku 11+7reb+1ast, R.Uka 7+5reb+2ast, M.Muric 2+3reb
gschID: 578571





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Betsafe/Liepaja signs Kenny Brown - by Eurobasket News

Betsafe/Liepaja (LBL) signed 26-year old American guard Kenny Brown (188-91, college: Ferris State). He was about to sign at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. The last season Brown played at Al Shurtah (Superleague) in Iraq. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League Honorable Mention.
Brown is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Brown has played previously professionally in Panama (Halcones), Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres), Iraq (Al Hilla and Al Karkh), PBL (Lake Michigan) and El Salvador (Aguila).
He attended Ferris State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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N2 Round 4: #1 Soleuvre is defeated by Bascharage - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of Soleuvre (3-1) in Kaerjeng on Friday night. Visitors were edged by eighth ranked Bascharage (1-3) 96-94. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Soleuvre. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Bascharage left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Grengewald. Soleuvre at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with BC Mess. Bascharage is looking forward to face Grengewald (#7) in Niederanven in the next round. Soleuvre will play at home against T.Hesperange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
N2 top team - Arantia (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Avanti (0-4) in Mondorf 86-77. Arantia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with T.Hesperange and Kordall Steelers. Newly promoted Avanti still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Black Star and Wiltz. Arantia will play against Black Star (#9) in Mersch in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Avanti will play against Wiltz and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Black Star (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked T.Hesperange (4-0) 80-63 on Saturday evening. T.Hesperange have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Arantia and Kordall Steelers. Loser Black Star still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Avanti and Wiltz. T.Hesperange will meet Soleuvre (#5) in the next round. Black Star will play against the league's leader Arantia in Larochette and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Wiltz (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked BC Mess (3-1) 90-64. BC Mess moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Soleuvre. Newly promoted Wiltz still closes the standings with four games lost. BC Mess' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kordall Steelers in Rodange and it may be the game of the week. Wiltz will play on the road against Avanti (#8) in Mondorf and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Niederanven was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Kordall Steelers (4-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Grengewald (1-3). Kordall Steelers defeated Grengewald 90-80 on Sunday. Kordall Steelers have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Arantia and T.Hesperange. Loser Grengewald keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Kordall Steelers will face BC Mess (#4) in Mondercange in the next round. Grengewald will play at home against Bascharage and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Grengewald - Kordall Steelers 80-90

The game in Niederanven was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Kordall Steelers (4-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Grengewald (1-3). Kordall Steelers defeated Grengewald 90-80 on Sunday. Kordall Steelers have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Arantia and T.Hesperange. Loser Grengewald keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Kordall Steelers will face BC Mess (#4) in Mondercange in the next round. Grengewald will play at home against Bascharage and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 559091


Black Star - T.Hesperange 63-80

Bottom-ranked Black Star (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked T.Hesperange (4-0) 80-63 on Saturday evening. T.Hesperange have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Arantia and Kordall Steelers. Loser Black Star still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Avanti and Wiltz. T.Hesperange will meet Soleuvre (#5) in the next round. Black Star will play against the league's leader Arantia in Larochette and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 559090


Wiltz - BC Mess 64-90

Bottom-ranked Wiltz (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked BC Mess (3-1) 90-64. BC Mess moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Soleuvre. Newly promoted Wiltz still closes the standings with four games lost. BC Mess' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kordall Steelers in Rodange and it may be the game of the week. Wiltz will play on the road against Avanti (#8) in Mondorf and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
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Avanti - Arantia 77-86

N2 top team - Arantia (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Avanti (0-4) in Mondorf 86-77. Arantia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with T.Hesperange and Kordall Steelers. Newly promoted Avanti still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Black Star and Wiltz. Arantia will play against Black Star (#9) in Mersch in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Avanti will play against Wiltz and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Bascharage - Soleuvre 96-94

The most surprising game was the first loss of Soleuvre (3-1) in Kaerjeng on Friday night. Visitors were edged by eighth ranked Bascharage (1-3) 96-94. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Soleuvre. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Bascharage left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Grengewald. Soleuvre at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with BC Mess. Bascharage is looking forward to face Grengewald (#7) in Niederanven in the next round. Soleuvre will play at home against T.Hesperange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Northwest Missouri State earns preseason honors - by Eurobasket News

Northwest Missouri State University senior guard Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) has been named to the Street & Smith's Preseason All-America first team. The Bearcats also garnered the poll's top preseason spot, checking in at the number one position after going 35-1 last year. Pitts is Northwest's all-time leading scorer with 1,929 points in three seasons. He was the NABC, DII Bulletin and Basketball Times National Player of the Year as a junior and also won the Bevo Francis Award, given to the top player in small college basketball. Northwest will open the 2017-18 season on Friday, Oct. 27, with an exhibition game at Duke University in Durham, N.C., at 6 p.m. CST. The team's home opener will be on Friday, Nov. 17, against Metropolitan State at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: bearcatsports.com



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Ginebra holds off Rice-less TNT to advance to Govs Cup finals - by Eurobasket News

Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) dropped a career-high 46 points in leading the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel back to the finals of the PBA Govenors' Cup following a 115-105 win over the TNT KaTropa in Game 4 at Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday, October 8. With his team trailing by 18 early in the third quarter, 54-72, Brownlee took matters into his own hands and scored 10 straight points to bring the Gin Kings within 5, 67-72. He scored 16 points in the third quarter alone as Ginebra trimmed a 14-point first half deficit to just 6 entering the fourth, 80-86. The hot-shooting import continued his prolific play in the final period as he scored 5 straight points to tie the game at 90-all. TNT took a 94-90 advantage after 4 straight points from Jayson Castro with 7:28 remaining but the Gin Kings rode on a 12-0 run to pull away for good. Ginebra outscored the Katropa 35-19 in the fourth. 'Talk N Text played an unbelievable first half. They were making shots and it was quite a frustrating first half for us but I think our guys got collected in the second half and we started playing more like we do, we got movement and Justin's presence really told in the end,' said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. After shooting the lights out in the first half, going 8-of-18 from long distance and 57 percent from the field, the KaTropa proved to have missed the services of import Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr as TNT buried only 13 of its 52 second half attempts. TNT import Glen Rice Jr. Jr was ejected in the first quarter following an altercation with Kevin Ferrer (194-F-93). Rice, who had two points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal early on, picked up a flagrant 1 and a technical foul for pushing Ferrer to the ground, then throwing the ball and narrowly missing Ferrer's head. LA Tenorio continued his fine play with 25 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds while Greg Slaughter (216-C-88) added 21 points, 11 of which came in the fourth, 9 boards and 2 blocks for Ginebra. In Rice Jr's absence, Troy Rosario paced the KaTropa with 28 points and 10 rebounds but was a non-factor when it mattered most as he went 2-of-11 in the fourth quarter. Castro chipped in 26 points, 9 assists and 7 boards in the losing effort. Ginebra will meet the Meralco Bolts in a rematch of the 2016 Governors' Cup finals in Game 1 on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.
Courtesy of: rappler.com




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VTB League: CSKA beat Astana for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Astana - CSKA 72:92

CSKA clinched the second consecutive win at the start of the VTB League regular season. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 24 points to pace the Moscow side.
CSKA dropped 29 points in the opening frame to open a 14-point lead. They added 30 points in the second quarter to secure a 59:32 halftime lead. Astana picked up the tempo in the second half. They outgunned the visitors but could not threaten the deficit as CSKA cruised to the victory. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) accounted for 20 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-SG-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 8 points in the win. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 25 points and 6 boards for Astana. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94, college: Iowa) provided 15 points in the loss.



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ZONE V: City Oilers Defeat Rwanda's Patriots to Defend Crown - by Eurobasket News

Uganda's Basketball Club City Oilers successfully defended their Zone V Basketball Cup, a title they had won last year in Tanzania. Oilers reached this fate with an enormous victory that saw them defeat Rwanda's Patriots 86-59 in a final played at a sold out MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo. Jordin Mayers was the starman of the day, putting up 16 points before the long break an adding on other 5 points in the following quarters to notch a game high tally of 21 points. Adarius Pegues who received marching orders in the semis, put up an improved performance highlighted with a double double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Oilers showed it from the start that they were determined to defend their title when they went 8-0 in the lead but the Patriots showed that they were not to go down easily with Juruni's side edging the first quarter 22-20. Amidst cheers from the crowd, the defending Champions scored 26 points and restricted their opponents to 18 points in the second quarter to take a 10 point lead at the long break (48-38). The Patriots looked to be crueless with everything going wrong for their side as star players Kami Kabange and Hamza Ruhezamihigo (193-F/G-85) continued to fire blanks and eventually trailed by 18 points going into the last 10 minutes. In the last quarter, the Oilers slowed the game's tempo as they were totally in the driving seat , posting more 17 points to later seal off an 86-59 victory. Patriots' Aristide Mugabe (183-PG-88) and Elie Kaje (195-G-95) collected 17 and 11 points respectively in their losing effort. The victory means that City Oilers will once again represent the Zone V category to the FIBA 2017 Africa Basketball cup. City Oilers were the reigning Champions prior to this tournament, the Ugandan side had defeated Kenya's Ulinzi stars 72-49 in Dar es Salaam last year.
Courtesy of: theugandatoday.com



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National League Round 5: St.Mirren S. beats Edinburgh U. by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 5 in the National League took place in Edinburgh. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Edinburgh U. (1-3) to third ranked St.Mirren S. (3-1) 75-72 on Sunday evening. St.Mirren S. moved-up to second place, which they share with Boroughmuir. Edinburgh U. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. St.Mirren S. is looking forward to face league's leader Sony Centre Fury in Falkirk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Edinburgh U. will play on the road against Glasgow Storm (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Sony Centre Fury (5-0) which hosted in Falkirk 3rd placed Edinburgh Kings (2-2). Leader Sony Centre Fury managed to get a 4-point victory 73-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Edinburgh Kings. Undefeated Sony Centre Fury have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Edinburgh Kings at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Dunfermline R.. Sony Centre Fury will play against St.Mirren S. (#3) in St Mirren in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Edinburgh Kings' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Edinburgh Boroughmuir.
Glasgow Storm's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Glasgow, where they defeated Glasgow (0-4) 68-57 on Saturday. Glasgow Storm (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Glasgow's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. Glasgow Storm will meet at home Edinburgh U. (#8) in the next round. Glasgow will play against Dunfermline Reign and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between 9th ranked Stirling K. (1-4) and second ranked Boroughmuir (3-1) in Stirling ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Edinburgh outscored Stirling K. 92-58. Boroughmuir maintains second place with 3-1 record having just three points less than leader Sony Centre F., which they share with St.Mirren S. Stirling K. lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with four games lost. Boroughmuir's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Edinburgh to the arena Edinburgh Kings.

Edinburgh U. - St.Mirren S. 72-75

The most exciting game of round 5 in the National League took place in Edinburgh. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Edinburgh U. (1-3) to third ranked St.Mirren S. (3-1) 75-72 on Sunday evening. St.Mirren S. moved-up to second place, which they share with Boroughmuir. Edinburgh U. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. St.Mirren S. is looking forward to face league's leader Sony Centre Fury in Falkirk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Edinburgh U. will play on the road against Glasgow Storm (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Stirling K. - Boroughmuir 58-92

The game between 9th ranked Stirling K. (1-4) and second ranked Boroughmuir (3-1) in Stirling ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Edinburgh outscored Stirling K. 92-58. Boroughmuir maintains second place with 3-1 record having just three points less than leader Sony Centre F., which they share with St.Mirren S. Stirling K. lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with four games lost. Boroughmuir's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Edinburgh to the arena Edinburgh Kings.
gschID: 553813


Glasgow Univ. - Glasgow Storm 57-68

Glasgow Storm's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Glasgow, where they defeated Glasgow (0-4) 68-57 on Saturday. Glasgow Storm (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Glasgow's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. Glasgow Storm will meet at home Edinburgh U. (#8) in the next round. Glasgow will play against Dunfermline Reign and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 553816


Sony Centre F. - Edinburgh K. 73-69

An interesting game for Sony Centre Fury (5-0) which hosted in Falkirk 3rd placed Edinburgh Kings (2-2). Leader Sony Centre Fury managed to get a 4-point victory 73-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Edinburgh Kings. Sony Centre Fury have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Edinburgh Kings at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Dunfermline R.. Sony Centre Fury will play against St.Mirren S. (#3) in St Mirren in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Edinburgh Kings' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Edinburgh Boroughmuir.
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ABA Liga: Crvena Zvezda upset Olimpija in Ljubljana - by Eurobasket News

Petrol Olimpija - Crvena Zvezda 73:82

Crvena Zvezda claimed the third straight victory at the start of the ABA Liga regular season. They stormed past Petrol Olimpija in Slovenia to stay undefeated. Ognjen Dobric (200-SF-94, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 17 points to lead the effort.
Olimpija jumped to a 29:18 lead after the opening frame. But the Serbian team used a 25:13 rally in the second term to eke out a 43:42 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 6-point mark at the final break. Crvena Zvezda limited the hosts to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) produced 16 points, while Stefan Jankovic (211-F/C-93, college: Hawaii) added 13 points for the visitors. Talor Battle (185-PG-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) replied with 17 points for Olimpija. Roko Badzim (196-G-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 12 points in the loss.



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SBL Round 3: Kosice beats Karlovka in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in SBL as the season just started.

An exciting game was played in Kosice. Kosice faced Karlovka. Host Kosice (2-1) smashed guests from Bratislava (1-2) 100-66. Kosice shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Kosice had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Karlovka's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-90) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Andrej Kuffa (203-90) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds. Karlovka's coach Peter Ivanovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kosice is looking forward to face Nova Ves (#4) at home in the next round. Karlovka will play against Iskra Svit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Inter Bratislava delivered the third consecutive victory. This time they crushed Iskra Svit (1-2) 92-73. It was a good game for the former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Tomas Mrvis contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian point guard Sasa Avramovic (193-93, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 15 points and 6 assists for Iskra Svit. Inter Bratislava will play against Rieker KN (#9) in Komarno in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Iskra Svit will play at home against Karlovka (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Nova Ves was also quite interesting. Zilina (1-2) played at the court of Nova Ves (2-1). Nova Ves managed to secure a 9-point victory 93-84 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Michael LAfricain who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Nova Ves' coach Erich Korfanta used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Walter Wright with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Nova Ves will meet Kosice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zilina will play against Levice (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 3 Rieker KN was defeated by Prievidza in a road game 84-77. Handlova was beaten by Levice at home 79-91.

Iskra Svit - Inter Bratislava 73-92

Inter Bratislava delivered the third consecutive victory. This time they crushed Iskra Svit (1-2) 92-73. Inter Bratislava players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for the former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Tomas Mrvis (200-91, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian point guard Sasa Avramovic (193-93, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 15 points and 6 assists and American guard Anthony Jackson (196-89, college: Florida Tech) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Iskra Svit. Five Inter Bratislava and four Iskra Svit players scored in double figures. Inter Bratislava will play against Rieker KN (#9) in Komarno in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Iskra Svit will play at home against Karlovka (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: R.Rancik 21+6reb+3ast, T.Mrvis 21+5reb+2ast, M.Batka 17+5reb+2ast, A.Vlahovic 13+7ast, S.Matovic 11+9reb+2ast, N.Barac 4+7reb+3ast
Iskra Svit: M.Radonjic 16+3reb+2ast, S.Avramovic 15+4reb+6ast, A.Jackson 12+10reb+2ast, P.Losonsky 11+5reb+3ast, D.Davis 9+10reb+1ast, M.Ivan 5+5ast
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Prievidza - Rieker KN 84-77

There was a minor upset when Rieker KN (1-2) was defeated on the road by Prievidza (1-2) 84-77 on Saturday. Prievidza made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Grant Sitton (206-93, college: Victoria) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 6 rebounds. Jamaican-British forward Ryan Martin (206-91, college: Tenn Tech) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Miles Bowman-Jr (198-93, college: High Point) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and Slovenian guard Boban Tomic (190-88) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Rieker KN players scored in double figures. Prievidza will meet Handlova (#5) on the road in the next round. Rieker KN will play against Inter Bratislava and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: G.Sitton 30+6reb+1ast, R.Martin 17+9reb, J.Wisseh 11+2reb+13ast, J.Musil 8+2reb+1ast, M.Bilik 8+3reb+1ast, R.Glasgow 6+1reb+4ast
Rieker KN: M.Bowman Jr. 20+14reb, B.Tomic 19+6reb+8ast, T.Adams 15+5reb, V.Djordjevic 11+1ast, L.Hoferica 6+4reb, S.Jankovic 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 564344


Handlova - Levice 79-91

But Handlova was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Levice 91-79 on Saturday night. Levice dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Handlova's 36. It was a great evening for American center Garrick Sims (203-91, college: Lake Erie, agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Bahamas forward Kentwan Smith (203-91, college: Stetson) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Levice players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Jakub Novysedlak (189-93) with 14 points and Montenegrin Ivan Zejak (203-87) scored 18 points. Handlova's coach Krunoslav Krajnovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levice will meet Zilina (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Handlova will play against Prievidza (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Levice: M.Ziak 16+2reb+1ast, G.Sims 15+12reb, K.Smith 14+5reb+1ast, Z.Djuric 12+5reb, T.Kurbas 12+1reb, S.Krajcovic 9+2reb+3ast
Handlova: I.Zejak 18+2reb, J.Novysedlak 14+4reb+3ast, J.Landenbergue 12+2reb+1ast, J.Djordjevic 10+1reb, M.Tyus 7+6reb+1ast, D.Brooks 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 564343


Nova Ves - Zilina 93-84

The game in Nova Ves was also quite interesting. Zilina (1-2) played at the court of Nova Ves (2-1). Nova Ves managed to secure a 9-point victory 93-84 on Saturday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nova Ves made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for Canadian point guard Michael LAfricain (185-92, college: Ottawa) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Bosnian center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93) helped adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. Nova Ves' coach Erich Korfanta used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Walter Wright (178, college: Montana) with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Brandon Holcomb (201-93, college: Radford) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nova Ves will meet Kosice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zilina will play against Levice (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: M.L'Africain 29+5reb+7ast, D.Ninkovic 16+10reb+3ast, M.Majercak 13+2reb+3ast, L.Krajnak 13+2reb+2ast, A.Antoni 10+7reb, M.Marshall 8+13reb+1ast
Zilina: W.Wright 24+9reb+4ast, R.Rozanek 22+5reb+1ast, B.Conley 16+7reb+1ast, B.Holcomb 13+15reb+1ast, B.Durcik 7+1reb+1ast, T.Durana 2+4reb
gschID: 564342


Kosice - Karlovka 100-66

An exciting game was played in Kosice. Kosice faced Karlovka. Host Kosice (2-1) smashed guests from Bratislava (1-2) 100-66. Kosice shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Kosice had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Karlovka's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-90) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Four Kosice players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Andrej Kuffa (203-90) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Dalibor Hlivak (190-95) added 10 points respectively. Karlovka's coach Peter Ivanovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kosice is looking forward to face Nova Ves (#4) at home in the next round. Karlovka will play against Iskra Svit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kosice: S.Stamenkovic 21+11reb, R.Fletcher 17+2reb+6ast, E.Palm 14+1reb+2ast, P.Sedmak 13+5reb+1ast, I.Zidzik 12+4reb+1ast, R.Korner 11
Karlovka: A.Kuffa 18+5reb, D.Hlivak 10+4reb+1ast, D.Abraham 10+1reb, M.Podhorsky 9+2reb+3ast, R.Vido 6+5reb+1ast, M.Masiar 3
gschID: 564341



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

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

Anton Gavel
Anton Gavel
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Anton Gavel (189-84, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Giessen 46ers (0-2) crushing them 87-53 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Gavel recorded 10 points in 20 minutes on the court. FC Bayern Muenchen (2-0) is placed first in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Gavel's fourth year with the team. This season he averages: 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg in two games he played so far. Gavel has a dual citizenship: Slovakian and German. He played for the Slovakian senior national team five years ago.

Michal Fusek
Michal Fusek
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Michal Fusek (224-95, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Fusek led his Belgian team Spirou Charleroi to an easy victory against BK Pardubice 92-75 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Tuesday. He scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was his first game for Spirou Charleroi this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed in the FIBA Europe Cup. Fusek is in the roster of the Slovakian senior national team.

Dusan Pandula
Dusan Pandula
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Dusan Pandula (197-84, currently plays in Czech Republic). He was the major contributor in a 3-point BK Pardubice's victory against one of league's weakest teams BK Usti nad Labem (0-1) 84-81 in the Czech Republic NBL on Thursday night. Pandula recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes. It was his first game for BK Pardubice this season. His team is placed third in the NBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pandula is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in BK Pardubice's roster. He played for the Slovakian national team five years ago.

Andre Jones
Andre Jones
   #4. Guard Andre Jones (195-90, college: Winthrop, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Fiat Torino to win against the 12th-ranked New Basket BR (0-1) 72-67 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Jones recorded 5 points. It was his first game for Fiat TO this season. His team is placed fourth in the Serie A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also Slovakian national team player. Jones used to play for BC Prievidza in Slovakian league.

Mario Ihring
Mario Ihring
   #5. International guard Mario Ihring (192-98, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to an easy victory against Avtodor crushing them 92-59 in the Basketball Champions League last Monday. He scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Betaland Capo d'Orlandois placed in the Basketball Champions League. This year Ihring's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He plays currently for the Slovakian national team.

Milan Szabo
Milan Szabo
   #6. Power forward Milan Szabo (205-98, currently plays in Czech Republic) could not help BK Prostejov B (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Szabo's very good performance the fourth-placed BK Prostejov B (1-1) was badly defeated 89-73 on the road by the leading Kralovsti sokoli in the East group. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Szabo also added 6 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Szabo has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5bpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Slovakian National Team roster.

Maros Zeliznak
Maros Zeliznak
   #7. U18 international center Maros Zeliznak (208-99, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help GBA Sparta (1-2) in their last game. Despite Zeliznak's very good performance GBA Sparta (#5) lost 61-69 at home to the second-ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice in the West group. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds in 33 minutes. This year Zeliznak has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 12.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He is also Slovakian U18 national team player.

Roman Marko
Roman Marko
   #8. Point guard Roman Marko (193-86, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for Basketbal Svitavy (0-1) in their game against BK Decin (1-1) in the Czech Republic NBL. He recorded only 4 points and added 5 assists in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Basketbal Svitavy this season. Basketbal Svitavy was edged 83-81 in Decin by the higher-ranked (#6) BK Decin. Marko used to play for the Slovakian national team back in 2013.

David Javorsky
David Javorsky
   #9. U18 international small forward David Javorsky (197-99, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maros Zeliznak and both played together in the last Czech Republic 1Liga game. Javorsky couldn't help GBA Sparta (1-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance GBA Sparta (#5) lost 61-69 on their home court in Praha to the second-ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice in the West group. Javorsky scored 13 points in 22 minutes. Javorsky has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 8.3ppg and 6.0rpg in three games. Javorsky is also in the roster of the Slovakian U18 national team.

Juraj Palenik
Juraj Palenik
   #10. Small forward Juraj Palenik (194-0, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milan Szabo and both played together in the last Czech Republic 1Liga game. Palenik couldn't help BK Prostejov B (1-1) in their game against Kralovsti sokoli (3-0). He scored 7 points. It was his first game for BK Prostejov B this season. BK Prostejov B (#4) was badly defeated 89-73 in Hradec Kralove by the leading Kralovsti sokoli in the East group. It's Palenik's first year with the team. Palenik is U18 international player who is currently on the Slovakian National Team roster.

   #11. U18 international small forward Jakub Kadasi (199-99, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Jena II in their game against Herzogenaurach in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Despite his good performance last Saturday He scored 12 points and had 3 steals. Kadasi has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0spg. He plays currently for the Slovakian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Peter Majerik (207-C-85, currently plays in Czech Republic) led Kralovsti sokoli to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BK Prostejov B (1-1) 89-73 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) last Sunday. Majerik recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. Kralovsti sokoli Hradec Kralove (3-0) is placed first in East group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Majerik has been at the team for six years. Majerik's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg.

   #2. Experienced Vincent Polakovic (203-C-84, college: USF, currently plays in Austria) led Timberwolves to a victory over the league outsider Worthersee Piraten (0-3) crushing them 115-53 in the Austrian 2.Bundesliga (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Polakovic scored 26 points (!!!), had 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals. Vienna D.C. Timberwolves (3-0) are placed second in the 2.Bundesliga. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended. Polakovic has been at the team for six years. He has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Joakim Metz (185-G-92, currently plays in Sweden). He could not help KFUM Lidingo to beat KFUM Fryshuset (1-0). Metz scored 5 points and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. It was his first game for KFUM Lidingo this season. his team was crushed 113-86 at home by the lower-ranked (#3) KFUM Fryshuset in the North group. Metz plays ninth season for the team.



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ABA Liga: Crvena Zvezda upset Olimpija in Ljubljana - by Eurobasket News

Petrol Olimpija - Crvena Zvezda 73:82

Crvena Zvezda claimed the third straight victory at the start of the ABA Liga regular season. They stormed past Petrol Olimpija in Slovenia to stay undefeated. Ognjen Dobric (200-SF-94, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 17 points to lead the effort.
Olimpija jumped to a 29:18 lead after the opening frame. But the Serbian team used a 25:13 rally in the second term to eke out a 43:42 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 6-point mark at the final break. Crvena Zvezda limited the hosts to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) produced 16 points, while Stefan Jankovic (211-F/C-93, college: Hawaii) added 13 points for the visitors. Talor Battle (185-PG-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) replied with 17 points for Olimpija. Roko Badzim (196-G-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 12 points in the loss.



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LEB Gold Round 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

The biggest surprise of round 2 in LEB Gold took place in Coruna where host Leyma Basquet (1-1) beat Araberri (1-1) 76-68 on Friday evening. Leyma Basquet made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Araberri helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Danish forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St.) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Russian power forward Dmitriy Flis (204-84) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Leyma Basquet's coach Gustavo Aranzana used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Johnny Dee (183-92, college: San Diego) produced 26 points and 4 assists for the guests. Araberri will play next round against Palencia Baloncesto trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Leyma Basquet will try to continue on its current victory against Oviedo CB at home.
Melilla Baloncesto edged La ICL Manresa at home 68-66. Center Fran Guerra (214-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mamadou Samb contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized German Alvaro Munoz (197-90) replied with 17 points for La ICL Manresa. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. La ICL Manresa will play next round against Castello trying to get back on the winning streak. Melilla Baloncesto will try to continue on its current victory against Barca II at Barcelona.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sammic ISB (1-1) on the court of Oviedo CB on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Oviedo CB 87-66. Oliver Arteaga scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Kenny Kaminski responded with 15 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. Oviedo CB will meet Leyma Basquet (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sammic ISB will play against Ourense and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of Barca II (1-1) against Caceres Basket (1-1) on Friday night. Visiting Barca II was crushed by Caceres Basket in Caceres 95-73. Warren Ward notched 22 points to lead the effort. Caceres Basket's coach Nete Bohigas felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Caceres Basket's next round opponent will be Palma (#12) in S'Arenal where they are favorite.
Important game to mention about took place in Ourense. Cocinas.com (1-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Ourense (0-2) 72-70 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Evan Yates who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Cocinas.com will face Blancos de Rueda (#5) in Valladolid in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ourense will play on the road against Sammic ISB (#9) in Azpeitia and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 2 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Huesca lost to undefeated Prat in a road game 59-67. Castello beat Palencia at home 78-75. Bottom-ranked Palma won against Forca Lleida on the opponent's court 94-89.
The best stats of 2nd round was 22 points and 11 rebounds by Eduard Gatell of Castello.

Prat - Huesca 67-59

There was no surprise when Magia Huesca (0-2) was defeated on the road by CB Prat (2-0) 67-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-59. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian center Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-86, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Marlon Johnson (208, college: N.Mexico Highlands, agency: Two Points) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four CB Prat players scored in double figures. Swingman Mikel Motos (193-93, college: Sammic ISB) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sergio Rodriguez (195-93) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. CB Prat will face Leche Rio Breogan (#4) in Lugo in the next round. Magia Huesca will play at home against Lleida Basquet (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huesca: M.Motos 17+5reb, S.Rodriguez 10+7reb+3ast, M.O'Leary 8+2reb, K.van Wijk 8+8reb+3ast, C.Marzo 6+3ast, J.Lafuente 5+1reb+2ast
Prat: M.Andriuskevicius 15+13reb, M.Blanch 12+3reb+3ast, M.Johnson 12+6reb, C.Agada 10+4reb+1ast, J.Perez 9+3reb+3ast, A.Campbell 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 555603


Oviedo - Sammic ISB 87-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sammic ISB (1-1) on the court of Oviedo CB on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Oviedo CB 87-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Oviedo CB shot 60.7 percent from the field. Center Oliver Arteaga (208-83) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Oviedo CB players scored in double figures. American forward Kenny Kaminski (203-93, college: Ohio) responded with 15 points and swingman Ander Garcia (194-89) scored 13 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. Oviedo CB will meet Leyma Basquet (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sammic ISB will play against Ourense and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sammic ISB: K.Kaminski 15+4reb+1ast, A.Garcia 13+3reb+1ast, G.Maiza 10+1reb+1ast, A.Zubizarreta 6+1reb+2ast, V.Serrano 5+5reb, A.Ruiz de Galarreta 5+2reb+1ast
Oviedo: O.Arteaga 16+6reb+1ast, D.Maynard 15+4reb+1ast, J.Belemene 14+5reb+1ast, F.Santana 10+1reb+3ast, M.Barro 9+4reb, D.Geks 8+3reb
gschID: 555600


Melilla - Manresa 68-66

Melilla Baloncesto edged La ICL Manresa at home 68-66. They outrebounded La ICL Manresa 42-27 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Fran Guerra (214-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Samb (210-89) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Melilla Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Naturalized German Alvaro Munoz (197-90) replied with 17 points and British forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for La ICL Manresa. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. La ICL Manresa will play next round against Castello trying to get back on the winning streak. Melilla Baloncesto will try to continue on its current victory against Barca II at Barcelona.
Top scorers:
Manresa: A.Munoz 17+1reb+1ast, G.Lundberg 14+2ast, A.Hamilton 10+7reb, J.Trias 7+4reb+1ast, J.Sakho 6+4reb, N.Allen 4+5reb+4ast
Melilla: F.Guerra 15+11reb+2ast, D.Kapelan 12+2reb+1ast, M.Samb 11+9reb, D.Rodriguez 11+3reb+2ast, P.Almazan 7+3reb+2ast, M.Servera 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 555606


Coruna - Araberri 76-68

The biggest surprise of round 2 in LEB Gold took place in Coruna where host Leyma Basquet (1-1) beat Araberri (1-1) 76-68 on Friday evening. Leyma Basquet made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Araberri helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Danish forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St.) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Russian power forward Dmitriy Flis (204-84) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Leyma Basquet players scored in double figures. Leyma Basquet's coach Gustavo Aranzana used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Johnny Dee (183-92, college: San Diego) produced 26 points and 4 assists and power forward Federico Ucles (204-93) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Araberri will play next round against Palencia Baloncesto trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Leyma Basquet will try to continue on its current victory against Oviedo CB at home.
Top scorers:
Araberri: J.Dee 26+3reb+4ast, N.Mitrovic 10+1reb+3ast, F.Ucles 6+8reb+3ast, K.Edwards 6+7reb+1ast, A.Wintering 6+4ast, J.Araujo 6+6reb
Coruna: J.Gilling 22+7reb+2ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 12+2reb, S.Olmos 12+1reb+1ast, D.Flis 10+6reb+2ast, J.Chuku 8+6reb+3ast, M.Torres 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 555599


Castello - Palencia 78-75

Castello used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Palencia 78-75 on Friday night. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The best player for the winners was power forward Eduard Gatell (205-89) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Icelandic point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, college: Newberry, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Jordi Grimau (196-83) produced 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Palencia Baloncesto's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Castello will face La ICL Manresa (#7) on the road in the next round. Palencia Baloncesto will play against Araberri (#10) in Vitoria-Gasteiz and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Palencia: J.Grimau 22+3reb+2ast, U.Otegui 12+9reb+1ast, E.Garrido 11+3ast, D.Ruffin 10+5reb, L.Barnes 5+3reb, S.Pino 5+4reb+4ast
Castello: E.Gatell 22+11reb, A.Steinarsson 20+6reb+2ast, A.Ott 11+3reb+3ast, T.Sabonis 8+7reb+2ast, C.Nkaloulou 7+6reb+1ast, J.Faner 4+3ast
gschID: 555607


Forca Lleida - Palma 89-94

But Lleida Basquet was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from S'Arenal 94-89 on Friday night. Palma made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Lleida Basquet was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Rafael Huertas (191-84, agency: Court Side) who scored 20 points. Lithuanian center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian Brano Djukanovic (194-95) produced 22 points and 6 assists and Canadian-Jamaican point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-91, college: Calgary) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lleida Basquet's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Palma will face Caceres Basket (#6) at home in the next round. Lleida Basquet will play against Magia Huesca (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Forca Lleida: B.Djukanovic 22+3reb+6ast, P.Mbaye 14+5reb, J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 14+3reb+3ast, K.Hermet 11+1reb, J.Sutina 10+1reb+4ast, M.Rubin De Celis 8+2reb+2ast
Palma: R.Huertas 20+1reb+1ast, B.Mockford 16+1ast, C.Bivia 14+3reb, T.Slezas 12+8reb+2ast, G.Zyle 12+6reb, Z.Grossenbacher 12+3reb
gschID: 555604


Ourense - CB Clavijo 70-72

Important game to mention about took place in Ourense. Cocinas.com (1-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Ourense (0-2) 72-70 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import guard Tre Coggins (190, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Finnish guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Blacktop Management) produced 21 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Cocinas.com will face Blancos de Rueda (#5) in Valladolid in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ourense will play on the road against Sammic ISB (#9) in Azpeitia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ourense: R.Ahonen 21+1reb+6ast, R.Johnson 13+1reb+1ast, D.Trist 13+7reb+3ast, V.Kohs 9+2reb, A.Ndoye 7+6reb, H.Manzano 4+7reb+1ast
CB Clavijo: C.Bravo 14+1reb+1ast, E.Yates 14+12reb, T.Coggins 9+5reb+2ast, K.Olekaibe 8+3reb+2ast, F.Balamou 7+5reb, J.Cabot 7+2reb
gschID: 555601


Caceres - FC Barcelona II 95-73

Very important is a road loss of Barca II (1-1) against Caceres Basket (1-1) on Friday night. Visiting Barca II was crushed by Caceres Basket in Caceres 95-73. The game was mostly controlled by Caceres Basket. Barca II was better in fourth quarter 29-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Barca II 40-26 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Caceres Basket shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. Canadian-Guyanese guard Warren Ward (196-89, agency: Blacktop Management) notched 22 points to lead the effort and point guard Guillermo Corrales (180-95) supported him with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Caceres Basket's coach Nete Bohigas felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by Senegalese center Atoumane Diagne (215-98) did not help to save the game for Barca II. Swingman Aleix Font (192-98) added 13 points and 4 steals for the guests. Five Caceres Basket and four Barca II players scored in double figures. Caceres Basket's next round opponent will be Palma (#12) in S'Arenal where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona II: N.Djedovic 15+3reb, A.Font 13+4reb+3ast, A.Diagne 12+7reb+1ast, L.Samanic 10+1reb+3ast, S.Martinez 8+3reb+1ast, D.Koon 5+4reb
Caceres: W.Ward 22+4reb+1ast, N.Rakocevic 15+3reb+2ast, R.Grabauskas 12+4reb, O.Keshinro 11+7reb+1ast, G.Corrales 10+6reb+4ast, S.Perez 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 555605





Liga Endesa Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in Liga Endesa as the season just started.

FC Barcelona smashed Burgos at home 111-81. The game without a history. FC Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. FC Barcelona outrebounded Burgos 36-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Burgos' players. The best player for the winners was international guard Pau Ribas (195-87) who scored 21 points. International power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) who recorded 13 points 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. Burgos will play next round against Movil Estudiantes trying to get back on the winning streak. FC Barcelona will try to continue on its current victory against Blusens Monbus in Santiago de Comp.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Unicaja Malaga (2-1) in Madrid. Visitors were defeated by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (3-0) 77-69. It was a good game for DR Congolese Christian Eyenga (201-89) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Marko Popovic contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Unicaja Malaga. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Baskonia (#10) in Vitoria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Unicaja Malaga will play at home against Real Betis (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Tenerife where Valencia Basket (3-0) edged by three points CB Canarias (2-1) 70-67 on Sunday night. It was a great evening for Erick Green who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Mateusz Ponitka with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Valencia Basket will meet at home Real Madrid (#4) in the next round. CB Canarias will play against Joventut in Badalona and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Murcia, where Andorra (0-3) lost to UCAM Murcia (1-2) in a road game 77-81. It was an exceptional evening for Marcos Delia who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. UCAM Murcia's next round opponent will be Gipuzkoa (#6) in San Sebastian and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Andorra will play at home against Gran Canaria (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 3 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
RETAbet BB defeated Real Betis in Bilbao 94-86. Winless Estudiantes was beaten by Gipuzkoa GBC at home 75-92. Winless Zaragoza lost to undefeated Real Madrid on the opponent's court 65-93. Obradoiro managed to outperform Joventut in a home game 77-68. Baskonia lost to undefeated Gran Canaria on the road 82-100.
The best stats of 3rd round was 17 points and 7 rebounds by Artem Pustovyi of Obradoiro.

Real Betis - RETAbet BB 86-94

But Real Betis was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Bilbao 94-86. The guests were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-20 Real Betis' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 94-86 at the end of the game. RETAbet BB made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. RETAbet BB outrebounded Real Betis 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for Belgian-Congolese point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85) who led the winners and scored 20 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Dutch guard Shane Hammink (201-94, college: Valparaiso, agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. RETAbet BB's coach Carles Duran used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Congolese-French forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds and American Ryan Kelly (211-91, college: Duke) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Real Betis in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. RETAbet BB's next round opponent will be Zaragoza (#18) at home and are hoping to win another game. Real Betis will play against Unicaja Malaga and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
RETAbet BB: J.Tabu 20+1ast, S.Hammink 16+4reb, D.Todorovic 14+4reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 12+5reb+2ast, A.Hervelle 7+7reb+1ast, M.Gladness 6+7reb
Real Betis: N.Boungou-Colo 25+7reb+2ast, R.Kelly 19+6reb, L.Nelson 11, O.Anosike 10+4reb, D.McGrath 7+2reb+2ast, V.Golubovic 7+3reb
gschID: 569341


UCAM Murcia - Andorra 81-77

We should mention about the upset which took place in Murcia, where Andorra (0-3) lost to UCAM Murcia (1-2) in a road game 77-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Andorra won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when UCAM Murcia won last quarter 19-17. 27 personal fouls committed by Andorra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Argentinian-Italian center Marcos Delia (211-92) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. American-Dominican swingman Sadiel Rojas (197-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. French point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90) came up with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 steals and Polish center Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-93, college: Gonzaga) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Andorra in the defeat. Four Andorra players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. UCAM Murcia's next round opponent will be Gipuzkoa (#6) in San Sebastian and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Andorra will play at home against Gran Canaria (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
UCAM Murcia: S.Rojas 16+4reb+1ast, C.Hannah 13+4reb+3ast, M.Delia 13+15reb+1ast, B.Oleson 8+2reb, M.Lukovic 8+4reb+1ast, K.Tumba 8+4reb+1ast
Andorra: P.Karnowski 15+6reb, A.Albicy 12+2reb+7ast, J.Shurna 11+2reb, J.Blazic 10+4reb, M.Diagne 7+4reb, J.Fernandez 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 569340


Fuenlabrada - Unicaja 77-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Unicaja Malaga (2-1) in Madrid. Visitors were defeated by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (3-0) 77-69. Unicaja Malaga was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for DR Congolese Christian Eyenga (201-89) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Baskonia (#10) in Vitoria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Unicaja Malaga will play at home against Real Betis (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: C.Eyenga 19+5reb+2ast, F.Cruz 13+3ast, M.Popovic 13+1reb+4ast, I.O'Leary 10+6reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 8+2reb+2ast, G.Vargas 5+4ast
Unicaja: N.Nedovic 12+1reb+5ast, J.Augustine 12+9reb, J.Brooks 11+3reb, R.McCallum 10+2reb+2ast, G.Shermadini 7+2reb, C.Suarez 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 569339


Iberostar Tener. - Valencia 67-70

An interesting game took place in Tenerife where Valencia Basket (3-0) edged by three points CB Canarias (2-1) 70-67 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 36-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. International point guard Guillem Vives (192-93, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Valencia Basket will meet at home Real Madrid (#4) in the next round. CB Canarias will play against Joventut in Badalona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valencia: E.Green 18+2reb+4ast, T.Pleiss 12+6reb, J.Sastre Morro 10+2reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 10+6reb+1ast, G.Vives 9+5reb+4ast, W.Thomas 6+2reb
Iberostar Tener.: M.Ponitka 14+7reb+3ast, T.Abromaitis 13+7reb+1ast, M.Tobey 13+7reb, F.Vazquez 6+3reb, J.Beiran 5+4reb+1ast, F.Bassas 5+1ast
gschID: 569337


Estudiantes - Gipuzkoa GBC 75-92

No shocking result in a game in Madrid where Gipuzkoa (2-1) defeated Movil Estudiantes (0-2) 92-75. The game was mostly controlled by Gipuzkoa. Movil Estudiantes was better in fourth quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gipuzkoa dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Movil Estudiantes' 28. They outrebounded Movil Estudiantes 48-32 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Dutch center Henk Norel (213-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. British power forward Daniel Clark (210-88) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Gipuzkoa players scored in double figures. American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) added 14 points respectively for Movil Estudiantes in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gipuzkoa's next round opponent will be UCAM Murcia (#12) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Movil Estudiantes will play against Burgos and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gipuzkoa GBC: H.Norel 16+13reb+2ast, D.Perez 14+2ast, D.Clark 12+5reb+1ast, M.Salvo Llambrich 11+4reb+1ast, D.Agbelese 10+6reb, J.Swing 8+8reb+1ast
Estudiantes: S.Landesberg 14+2reb+3ast, O.Cook 13+6reb+6ast, A.Brown 10+3reb+1ast, E.Vicedo 9+1reb, L.Hakanson 6+2reb+1ast, A.Cvetkovic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 569336


FC Barcelona - Burgos 111-81

FC Barcelona smashed Burgos at home 111-81. The game without a history. FC Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. FC Barcelona outrebounded Burgos 36-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Burgos' players. The best player for the winners was international guard Pau Ribas (195-87) who scored 21 points. International power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) who recorded 13 points and 5 assists and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) added 11 points respectively. Four FC Barcelona and five Burgos 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. Burgos will play next round against Movil Estudiantes trying to get back on the winning streak. FC Barcelona will try to continue on its current victory against Blusens Monbus in Santiago de Comp.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: P.Ribas 21+1reb+2ast, A.Moerman 17+6reb+1ast, P.Oriola 16+6reb+2ast, K.Seraphin 11+4reb+1ast, A.Hanga 11+3reb+4ast, P.Koponen 8+2reb+2ast
Burgos: G.Huskic 13+2reb+1ast, C.Fisher 13+1reb+5ast, A.Barrera 12+1reb, A.Lopez 12+1reb+3ast, D.Thompson 11+4reb+2ast, J.Vega 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 569335


Real Madrid - Zaragoza 93-65

Very expected game when Zaragoza (0-3) was rolled over on the road by Real Madrid (3-0) 93-65. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Zaragoza was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Zaragoza's 28 and made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Zaragoza 44-22 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Zaragoza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) who led the winners and scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Slovenian Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Center Alejandro Suarez (206-93, agency: Interperformances) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Gary Neal (193-84, college: Towson) added 12 points respectively for Zaragoza in the defeat. 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. Real Madrid's next round opponent will be Valencia Basket (#5) on the road. Zaragoza will play against RETAbet BB (#11) in Bilbao and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: F.Causeur 15+1reb+1ast, A.Randolph 13+7reb, F.Reyes 11+5reb+1ast, L.Doncic 10+5reb+6ast, O.Kuzmic 10+5reb, S.Yusta 8+4reb
Zaragoza: G.Neal 12+1reb, A.Suarez 12+6reb, N.de Jong 9+3reb+1ast, T.Bellas 5+2reb+3ast, J.Blums 5+1ast, M.Michalak 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 569334


Obradoiro - Joventut 77-68

Rather predictable result in Santiago de Comp where Blusens Monbus (2-1) beat Joventut (0-2) 77-68. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-7. But Joventut won second period 29-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Blusens Monbus dominated on the defensive end, holding Joventut to just 7 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Joventut's 24 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Joventut 35-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Joventut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Ukrainian center Artem Pustovyi (218-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Jamaican center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Polish forward Tomasz Gielo (206-93, college: Mississippi) added 15 points respectively for Joventut in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Blusens Monbus' next round opponent will be FC Barcelona on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Joventut will play against CB Canarias (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Obradoiro: A.Pustovyi 17+7reb+1ast, N.Radovic 15+9reb, E.Bendzius 10+7reb, M.Thomas 9+2reb, A.Sabat 7+2reb, N.Llovet 6+5reb+2ast
Joventut: J.Jordan 16+6reb+1ast, T.Gielo 15+3reb, X.Lopez-Arostegui 11+3reb, N.Dimitrijevic 9+2reb+1ast, A.Ventura 6+3reb, D.Mavra 3+3ast
gschID: 569342


Gran Canaria - Baskonia 100-82

Not a big story in a game in Las Palmas where Baskonia (1-2) was defeated by Gran Canaria (3-0) 100-82. The game was mostly controlled by Gran Canaria. Baskonia was better in second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Gran Canaria outrebounded Baskonia 36-25 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Swedish swingman Marcus Eriksson (201-93) who led the winners and scored 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Dominican Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) accounted for 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) came up with 28 points and 4 assists and Georgian Tornike Shengelia (206-91) added 21 points respectively for Baskonia in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria's next round opponent will be Andorra (#15) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Baskonia will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#2) in Madrid and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: M.Eriksson 22+2reb, A.Oliver 17+2ast, O.Balvin 11+2reb+2ast, D.Seeley 11+1ast, O.Pauli 10+3reb, E.Baez 8+11reb+3ast
Baskonia: J.Granger 28+2reb+4ast, T.Shengelia 21+4reb+2ast, I.Diop 8+6reb, M.Janning 8+1reb+1ast, C.Delfino 3+4reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 3
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Basketligan Round 1: Sodertalje Kings prevail against BC Lulea - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Basketligan just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BC Lulea (0-1) on the court of Sodertalje Kings on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Sodertalje Kings 94-83. The hosts trailed by 18 points at the halftime before their 64-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sodertalje Kings made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sodertalje Kings made 7 blocks. Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) stepped up and scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international center Nicholas Spires (210-94) chipped in 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the losing side Canadian forward Yannick Anzuluni (205-87, college: Houghton) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. BC Lulea's coach Peter Oqvist rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sodertalje Kings is looking forward to face KFUM Jamtland in Ostersund in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Lulea will play at home against Norrkoping Dolphins and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Boras Basket's (#2) 31-point road victory against Uppsala Basket 85-54. American point guard Nimrod Hilliard IV (183-93, college: N.C.Central) nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Marin Mornar accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Axel Nordstrom (193-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Uppsala Basket 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. Boras Basket will play against Nassjo (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Uppsala Basket will play against Umea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ostersund. host KFUM Jamtland (1-0) smashed Nassjo (0-1) 75-42. Jaan Puidet fired 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. KFUM Jamtland's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Isaiah Johnson produced 6 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. KFUM Jamtland will meet Sodertalje Kings (#4) on the road in the next round. Nassjo will play against Boras Basket and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 winless Umea lost to undefeated Norrkoping on the opponent's court 95-99.

Sodertalje - BC Lulea 94-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BC Lulea (0-1) on the court of Sodertalje Kings on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Sodertalje Kings 94-83. The hosts trailed by 18 points at the halftime before their 64-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sodertalje Kings made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sodertalje Kings made 7 blocks. Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) stepped up and scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international center Nicholas Spires (210-94) chipped in 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the losing side Canadian forward Yannick Anzuluni (205-87, college: Houghton) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Denzel Andersson (203-96) scored 6 points and 11 rebounds. Five Sodertalje Kings and four BC Lulea players scored in double figures. BC Lulea's coach Peter Oqvist rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sodertalje Kings is looking forward to face KFUM Jamtland in Ostersund in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Lulea will play at home against Norrkoping Dolphins and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: T.Bizaca 23+9reb+4ast, T.Borg 20+5reb+4ast, M.Pahlmblad 18+4reb+1ast, N.Spires 14+13reb+2ast, V.Lindstrom 11+2reb, A.Ramstedt 8+2reb+1ast
BC Lulea: Y.Anzuluni 18+8reb+3ast, Q.Upshur 16+3reb, A.Ronnqvist 13+1reb+2ast, B.Rozzell 11+4reb+2ast, D.Hansson 7+1ast, D.Andersson 6+11reb+3ast
gschID: 557576


Jamtland - Nassjo 75-42

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ostersund. host KFUM Jamtland (1-0) smashed Nassjo (0-1) 75-42. The game without a history. KFUM Jamtland led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nassjo to just 4 points in second quarter and to 14 points in first half. KFUM Jamtland forced 21 Nassjo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Nassjo's players. Estonian swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92) fired 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center William Paul (208-88, college: Arkansas Tech) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures. KFUM Jamtland's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Isaiah Johnson (208-94, college: Akron) produced 6 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian center Dusan Sisic (206-90) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. KFUM Jamtland will meet Sodertalje Kings (#4) on the road in the next round. Nassjo will play against Boras Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: P.Purifoy 14+7reb, W.Paul 13+7reb+1ast, O.Gehrke 13+1reb, J.Puidet 11+7reb+5ast, A.Nikkarinen 7+2reb+7ast, O.Lundqvist 6+3reb+2ast
Nassjo: J.Peleg 9+3reb, D.Sisic 7+5reb+1ast, I.Johnson 6+11reb+1ast, A.Griffis 5+6reb, K.Ternell 5+5reb, K.Wazzi 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 557577


Uppsala - Boras 54-85

Very significant was Boras Basket's (#2) 31-point road victory against Uppsala Basket 85-54. The game without a history. Boras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Uppsala Basket's 18. Boras Basket forced 23 Uppsala Basket turnovers. American point guard Nimrod Hilliard IV (183-93, college: N.C.Central) nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Croatian forward Marin Mornar (205-93, college: Loyola Mary) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Boras Basket players scored in double figures. Swingman Axel Nordstrom (193-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-84) added 5 points respectively for Uppsala Basket 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. Boras Basket will play against Nassjo (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Uppsala Basket will play against Umea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boras: M.Mornar 16+5reb+3ast, N.Hilliard IV 15+6reb+6ast, J.Smith 14+7reb+1ast, B.Bisping 12+4reb+1ast, A.Person 11+2reb+3ast, S.Gunnarsson 8+5reb
Uppsala: A.Nordstrom 22+8reb, R.Eriksson 7+1reb+1ast, M.Nakos 6+1reb, R.Carter 5+4reb+3ast, T.Skyttevall 5+4reb+1ast, A.Zekovic 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 557575


Norrkoping - Umea 99-95

Norrkoping Dolphins used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Umea 99-95 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 31-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Norrkoping Dolphins made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Canadian Tyrell Green (201-95, college: UNLV) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international Mikael Lindquist (193-83) chipped in 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Norrkoping Dolphins' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Egal Saleman (201-88) produced 24 points and 4 assists and American point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Norrkoping Dolphins and five Umea players scored in double figures. Norrkoping Dolphins will meet BC Lulea (#5) on the road in the next round. Umea will play against Uppsala Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: T.Green 25+8reb+2ast, M.Lindquist 24+3reb+3ast, T.Schuberg 13+1ast, J.Kjellbom 13+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 9+2reb+3ast, G.Blakes 8+6reb+2ast
Umea: E.Saleman 24+3reb+4ast, A.Smith 19+2reb+1ast, E.Gilchrese 17+6reb+3ast, A.Nilsson 13+3reb, N.Dawit 10, A.Varytimiadis 6+1reb+1ast
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Marcus Eriksson selected the top Swedish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marcus Eriksson
Marcus Eriksson
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Marcus Eriksson (201-93, currently plays in Spain). He led Gran Canaria to a victory over the tenth-ranked Baskonia (1-2) 100-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Eriksson was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points in 20 minutes on the court. Herbalife Gran Canaria (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. 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. Eriksson has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%, 3FGP: 64.3%(9-14) and FT: 83.3% in three games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Swedish senior national team.

Pierre Hampton
Pierre Hampton
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Pierre Hampton (201-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in United Kingdom). Hampton was the main contributor in a Leicester Riders' victory against the closely-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers (1-1) crushing them 79-59 in the British BBL last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Hampton scored 17 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots. Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders (2-0) is placed second in the BBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Hampton averages: 10.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg and FT: 75.0%. Former Eco Orebro starter played for the Swedish national team in 2014.

Anton Gaddefors
Anton Gaddefors
   #3. The Swedish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Anton Gaddefors (200-89, currently plays in Poland). He could not help Miasto Szkla (1-1) in their last game. Despite Gaddefors' good performance Miasto Szkla was crushed 88-57 at home by the leading Anwil. He scored 10 points in 26 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Gaddefors' first year with the team. This season Gaddefors averages only 6.5ppg, 3FGP: 33.3% in two games. Former Sundsvall Dragons starter played for the Swedish national team one years ago.

Jeffery Taylor
Jeffery Taylor
   #4. Small forward Jeffery Taylor (201-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the 12th-ranked Andorra (0-2) 94-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 5 points. Real Madrid (2-0) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Taylor's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Taylor used to play for the Swedish national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Sweden.

Chris Czerapowicz
Chris Czerapowicz
   #5. International guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91, college: Davidson, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Tsmoki-Minsk in their last game. Despite Czerapowicz's very good performance his team lost 75-80 on the road to the lower-ranked JSF Nanterre. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Czerapowicz also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. It's Czerapowicz's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg in six games. Czerapowicz is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Swedish national team last year. Apparently Czerapowicz has never played in Sweden.

Thomas Massamba
Thomas Massamba
   #6. Point guard Thomas Massamba (183-85, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's victory against the tenth-ranked Twarde Pierniki (1-1) 89-76 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. He recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza this season. His team is placed fourth in the PLK. Massamba is an international player who is currently on the senior Swedish National Team roster.

Johan Lofberg
Johan Lofberg
   #7. International shooting guard Johan Lofberg (199-95, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against one of league's weakest teams Ourense (0-2) 83-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Lofberg recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Leche Rio Breogan this season. His team is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. Lofberg used to play for the Swedish national team last year.

Carl Engstrom
Carl Engstrom
   #8. Center Carl Engstrom (216-91, college: Alabama, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to secure a victory for Tartu Ulikool in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance his team was defeated 87-78 in Buyukcekmece by the lower-ranked Demir IBB. Engstrom was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Tartu Ulikool this season. Engstrom plays currently for the Swedish national team.

Ludde Hakanson
Ludde Hakanson
   #9. International point guard Ludde Hakanson (190-96, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his Spanish team Movil Estudiantes win their game against Groningen 77-69 in the Basketball Champions League on Monday night. He scored 5 points in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Movistar Estudiantes Madridis placed in the Basketball Champions League. This year Hakanson averages only 6.5ppg in two games. He used to play for the Swedish national team last year.

Simon Birgander
Simon Birgander
   #10. Power forward Simon Birgander (211-97, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Joventut in their game against FC Barcelona (2-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Birgander cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Joventut was edged 74-72 on their home court in Badalona by the second-ranked FC Barcelona. Birgander's overall stats this season are: 1.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Swedish National Team roster.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Elias Desport (203-92, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Scorchers in their game against London Lions in the British BBL. Desport cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 78-93. This year Desport's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 7.0rpg in two games. He is a naturalized American. Desport used to play for the Swedish U18 national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former international small forward Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St., currently plays in Italy) helped Kleb Ferrara win their game against the 13th-ranked Montegrano 83-69 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. It was his first game for Kleb Ferrara this season. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Swedish national team back in 2013. Interesting that Rush has never played in Sweden.

   #13. An experienced U16 international guard Melwin Jan Pantzar (190-0, currently plays in Spain) helped Real Madrid II win their game against the 15th-ranked Lanzarote 71-65 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points in 22 minutes. This year Pantzar's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg in two games. He used to play for the Swedish U16 national team last year.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Plaisir Mukoko (198-91, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Ammerud Bskt in their game against Froya Basket in the Norwegian BLNO. Mukoko scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 83-67. Mukoko has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Swedish U20 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Lars Oskar Granath (183-G-95, currently plays in Norway). Granath could not help one of league's weakest teams Gimle BBK (2-2) to beat Ammerud Bskt (2-2). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Granath recorded only 2 points in 37 minutes. Gimle BBK was edged 62-59 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Ammerud Bskt. Granath has averaged so far 2.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg in four games he played so far.



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Lions de Geneve seal SuperCup 2017 title! - by Eurobasket News

What a great start of the season for Lions de Geneve and their new coach Vedran Bosnic as they clinched SuperCup 2017 title in Switzerland. Lions overcame BBC Monthey 80-65 as they led for the whole game. Lions de Geneve took a 22-29 lead and had a 45-36 halftime advantage. Lions de Geneve increased to a 21-point advantage with 15 minutes to go and also led 73-52 with 5 minutes to go. BBC Monthey managed to reduce to final 15 points, but could not catch up with the opponents.
Marko Mladjan (205-PF-93) stepped up with 24 points and Marquis Addison (195-G-91, college: Missouri So., agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 16. Lester Medford (178-PG-93, college: Baylor, agency: 3Eye) followed them with 13 points in the losing effort. Markel Humphrey (198-F-86, college: Marshall, agency: 3Eye) answered with 18 points in a loss, whilst Rodrigue Maza (208-PF-91, college: Academy of Art) delivered 13.



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  TUNISIA  


Corye Payton (ex Stade Nabeulien) signs at Al Mina !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Mina (Superleague) landed 30-year old American guard Corye Payton (196-93kg-87, college: Wilmington, DE). He played most recently at Stade Nabeulien in Tunisian Division I.
Among other achievements Payton received Asia-Basket.com All-Kuwait League 2nd Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Payton has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Payton has played previously professionally in Saudi Arabia (Al Nahda), Slovakia (Handlova), Uruguay (Olimpia) and Kuwait (Al Arabi).
He attended Wilmington University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Payton's game is described as: An extremely athletic combo guard, who plays way above the rim and has unlimited range from behind the arc. He can create for himself as well as for others. Corye is a team leader who brings enthusiasm and energy to the game. His length and speed are impressive on both ends of the floor, making him very exciting in transition.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Betsafe/Liepaja signs Kenny Brown - by Eurobasket News

Betsafe/Liepaja (LBL) signed 26-year old American guard Kenny Brown (188-91, college: Ferris State). He was about to sign at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. The last season Brown played at Al Shurtah (Superleague) in Iraq. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League Honorable Mention.
Brown is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Brown has played previously professionally in Panama (Halcones), Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres), Iraq (Al Hilla and Al Karkh), PBL (Lake Michigan) and El Salvador (Aguila).
He attended Ferris State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UGANDA  


ZONE V: City Oilers Defeat Rwanda's Patriots to Defend Crown - by Eurobasket News

Uganda's Basketball Club City Oilers successfully defended their Zone V Basketball Cup, a title they had won last year in Tanzania. Oilers reached this fate with an enormous victory that saw them defeat Rwanda's Patriots 86-59 in a final played at a sold out MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo. Jordin Mayers was the starman of the day, putting up 16 points before the long break an adding on other 5 points in the following quarters to notch a game high tally of 21 points. Adarius Pegues who received marching orders in the semis, put up an improved performance highlighted with a double double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Oilers showed it from the start that they were determined to defend their title when they went 8-0 in the lead but the Patriots showed that they were not to go down easily with Juruni's side edging the first quarter 22-20. Amidst cheers from the crowd, the defending Champions scored 26 points and restricted their opponents to 18 points in the second quarter to take a 10 point lead at the long break (48-38). The Patriots looked to be crueless with everything going wrong for their side as star players Kami Kabange and Hamza Ruhezamihigo (193-F/G-85) continued to fire blanks and eventually trailed by 18 points going into the last 10 minutes. In the last quarter, the Oilers slowed the game's tempo as they were totally in the driving seat , posting more 17 points to later seal off an 86-59 victory. Patriots' Aristide Mugabe (183-PG-88) and Elie Kaje (195-G-95) collected 17 and 11 points respectively in their losing effort. The victory means that City Oilers will once again represent the Zone V category to the FIBA 2017 Africa Basketball cup. City Oilers were the reigning Champions prior to this tournament, the Ugandan side had defeated Kenya's Ulinzi stars 72-49 in Dar es Salaam last year.
Courtesy of: theugandatoday.com



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Vitaliy Kovalenko selected the top Ukrainian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitaliy Kovalenko
Vitaliy Kovalenko
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Vitaliy Kovalenko (204-84, currently plays in Poland). He led MKS Dabrowa Gornicza to a victory over the tenth-ranked Twarde Pierniki (1-1) 89-76 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. Kovalenko was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was his first game for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza this season. His team is placed fourth in the PLK. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kovalenko has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Polish. Former Budivelnik Kyiv starter played for the Ukrainian senior national team nine years ago.

Artem Pustovyi
Artem Pustovyi
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artem Pustovyi (218-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in a Blusens Monbus' victory against the 14th-ranked Joventut (0-2) 77-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Pustovyi was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (2-1) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pustovyi has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 81.8%(18-22) and FT: 76.9%. Pustovyi is in the roster of the Ukrainian senior national team.

Oleksandr Lypovyy
Oleksandr Lypovyy
   #3. The Ukrainian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-91, currently plays in Greece). He was the major contributor in Promitheas' victory against one of league's weakest teams PAOK (0-1) 79-73 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Lypovyy recorded 15 points and added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Promitheas this season. His team is placed fourth in the A1. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Lypovyy is also a member of the Ukrainian senior national team.

Borys Piskus
Borys Piskus
   #4. Small forward Borys Piskus (195-98, currently plays in European Youth Basketball League), who plays in Russia could not help Olimp 97 (2-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the 13th-placed Olimp 97 (2-3) was defeated 69-61 at home by the leading SMS PZKosz in the U20 Division 1 of EYBL. Piskus was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 9 rebounds. It was his first game for Olimp 97 this season. The Regular Season already ended in the EYBL. Piskus used to play for the Ukrainian U16 national team back in 2014.

Igor Zaytsev
Igor Zaytsev
   #5. International power forward Igor Zaytsev (210-89, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked GTK (0-2) crushing them 86-64 in the Polish PLK last Friday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Rosa this season. His team is placed sixth in the PLK. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Zaytsev's first year with the team. Zaytsev plays currently for the Ukrainian national team.

Kyrylo Fesenko
Kyrylo Fesenko
   #6. Center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scandone AV in their game against Germani BR (2-0) in the Italian Serie A. He scored 5 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. It was his first game for Scandone AV this season. Scandone AV was crushed 96-75 on the road by the second-ranked Germani BR. Fesenko is an international player who is currently on the senior Ukrainian National Team roster.

Vyacheslav Bobrov
Vyacheslav Bobrov
   #7. International forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (203-92, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Dzukija (2-4) crushing them 95-73 in the Lithuanian LKL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (1-2) is placed seventh in the LKL. Bobrov has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3apg in three games he played so far. He is also Ukrainian national team player.

Viacheslav Kravtsov
Viacheslav Kravtsov
   #8. Center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-87, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Eskisehir Basket's victory against the 13th-ranked Istanbul BBSK (0-1) 80-76 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. Kravtsov recorded 7 points. It was his first game for Eskisehir Basket this season. His team is placed third in the BSL. Kravtsov plays currently for the Ukrainian national team.

Sergii Gladyr
Sergii Gladyr
   #9. International swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in France) managed to help AS Monaco Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (3-0) 61-55 in the French ProA on Monday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AS Monaco Basket (3-1) is placed third in the ProA. This year Gladyr's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg in three games. He is also in the roster of the Ukrainian national team.

Volodymyr Gerun
Volodymyr Gerun
   #10. Power forward Volodymyr Gerun (208-94, college: Portland, currently plays in Spain) helped Barca II win their game against the closely-ranked Lleida Basquet (0-2) 76-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Gerun was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. It was his first game for Barca II this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Gerun's third season in pro basketball. His team is placed 14th in the LEB Gold. Gerun is an international player who is currently on the senior Ukrainian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Lithuanian team Nevezis win their game against AEK crushing them 90-60 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. This year Koreniuk has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in three games. He used to play for the Ukrainian U20 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Denis Ikovlev (200-86, college: Nevada, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his Italian team Betaland Cdo win their game against Avtodor crushing them 92-59 in the Basketball Champions League on Monday night. Ikovlev scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Ikovlev's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Ikovlev used to play for the Ukrainian national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Ukraine.

   #13. Former University international small forward Andrii Kalnichenko (201-86, currently plays in Romania) helped UBT Cluj Napoca win their game against one of league's weakest teams Pitesti crushing them 85-58 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Kalnichenko recorded 5 points in 13 minutes. It was his first game for UBT Cluj Napoca this season. Kalnichenko used to play for the Ukrainian university national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former University international point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90, currently plays in Ireland) was not able to secure a victory for Swords Thunder (2-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Swords Thunder was edged 96-95 in Cork by the higher-ranked UCC Demons (#3). Dolenko was the second best scorer with 20 points. Dolenko has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3spg. He used to play for the Ukrainian university national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former international power forward Andriy Agafonov (208-86, currently plays in Romania) faced previously mentioned Andrii Kalnichenko in the Romanian Liga Nationala last game. Agafonov couldn't help Pitesti (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Pitesti was crushed 85-58 in Cluj Napoca by the much higher-ranked (#3) UBT Cluj Napoca. Agafonov was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Pitesti this season. Agafonov used to play for the Ukrainian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Artem Shelukha (198-F-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hertener Loewen's victory against the 13th-ranked Dorsten (0-5) 82-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Hertener Loewen Basketball (4-0) is placed second in West group. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Shelukha's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and German.

   #2. Yurii Frasenyuk (200-F-86, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Frasenyuk could not help Steaua CSM to beat Kormend. He scored 8 points. It was his first game for Steaua CSM this season. his team was badly defeated 91-75 on the road by the lower-ranked Kormend. Frasenyuk is another player who holds two passports: Ukrainian and Romanian.

   #3. Bogdan Korniiets (190-G/F-93, currently plays in Poland) managed to help Enea Astoria Bydgoszcz in a victory against the league outsider Nysa Klodzko (0-3) 98-79 in the Polish 1Liga (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points in 9 minutes. Enea Astoria Bydgoszcz (1-1) is placed eighth in the 1Liga. This year Korniiets averages only 4.0ppg in two games he played so far.



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  


Rashad Woods (ex Guaymas) signs at Al Wasl - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Wasl Dubai (D1) landed 31-year old American (has also Bahraini passport) swingman Rashad Woods (197-100kg-86, college: Kent State). He played in the summer at Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 46 games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg. Woods helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. The last season Woods played at Al Ittihad (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league.
He won IBL championship title in 2010.
Woods is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Woods has played previously professionally in Cyprus, Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Qatar (Al Sadd and Qatar Sports Club), Tunisia (U.S. Monastir), Saudi Arabia (Al Ansar, Al Nahda and Al Fateh), Peru (Real Club), ABA (Houston R.S.) and IBA (Schenectady L.).
He attended Kent State until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Woods' game is described as: Rashad Woods is a very Strong G/F, an athletic player that has a mid range game, 3 point shooting threat, and strong penetrator that can finish extremely well at the basket. He is a good defender and he can defend 1-4 positions.He plays the game the way it's supposed to be played, hard and all out, on both ends and with a high IQ. At 6'6" he is a high flyer that loves to dunk and rebound. Great character on and off the court - a leader.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BBL Wrap Sun 08 October - by Paul Nilsen

There were first league wins for Plymouth Raiders and Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle moved into joint top spot.

Neil Watson (180-PG-91, college: S.Mississippi) fired in nine triples in a 38-point haul to propel Plymouth to a 98-78 win over Leeds Force, while Cheshire edged out Surrey Scorchers 82-80 behind Malcolm Riley's late game-winner.

Meanwhile, the Eagles joined London Lions on a 3-0 start as they defeated Manchester Giants 70-102 with a balanced scoring attack.

BBL Championship

Cheshire Phoenix 82-80 Surrey Scorchers (30-9, 40-38, 59-63)

Cheshire Phoenix opened their 2017-18 campaign with a thrilling home win against Cheshire Phoenix in a topsy-turvy encounter.

Malcolm Riley drained the game-winning 3-pointer on his league debut for Phoenix with the visiting Scorchers left to fall to a 1-2 record.

Leading Scorers - Sandoval 26, May-Thompson 17, Riley 16, (Phoenix) - Hicks 23, Owumi 18, Robinson 13 (Scorchers)

Turning Point - Scorchers looked to be heading for the win - having battled back from 23 down (32-9) - when Alex Owumi drained the triple to make it 75-80, but an over-and-back turnover followed by an unsportsmanlike foul allowed Cheshire back into the game and they took their chance.

Key Stat - Cheshire struggled from beyond the arc with 29% accuracy, but made it count at the right time with the game-winner. It was a titanic effort from the starting five as they combined for all of their side's 82 points.

Game Hero (es) - RJ Sandoval excelled with an important 26 points with just one miss, while Malcolm Riley stepped up when it mattered most with the game-winning three to deny Scorchers at the death.

BBL Championship

Manchester Giants 70-102 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle (14-29, 27-53, 46-77)

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle joined London Lions at the top of the BBL Championship after easing to a third win, on the road at Manchester Giants.

Fab Flournoy's side passed the century mark in points for the third game running, while Manchester are now off to an 0-3 start.

Leading Scorers - Kadiri 21, Jones 16, Rettig 8 (Giants) - Nimley 17, Paige/Martin 15 (Eagles)

Turning Point - Giants led once at 8-7, but a 26-6 spell saw Newcastle break away and they went into half-time with a commanding 26-point advantage.

Key Stat - The depth of the Eagles stood out with no player on the court for more than 26 minutes as the bench contributed 39 points in the winning effort, and they also scored 33 points off of their opponents' turnovers.

Game Hero (es) - Minutes were spread across the roster with six players in double figures including Jaysean Paige, who had 15 points and nine assists. Leading the Giants resistance was David Kadiri with a 21-point, 16-rebound double-double.

BBL Championship

Plymouth Raiders 98-78 Leeds Force (25-21, 47-42, 72-69)

Plymouth Raiders bounced back from their opening defeat last week with a strong finish to defeat Leeds Force.

The home side trailed by as many as nine points, but produced an emphatic final 10 minutes to get up and running and inflict a third loss on Leeds.

Leading Scorers - Watson 38, Mays 22, Penn 17 (Raiders) - Nix 19, Bankevics 18, Nzege 14 (Force)

Turning Point - Force stayed in contention going into half-time and stormed into a nine-point lead at 56-65 in the third before Watson responded with 14 straight points to push Plymouth back ahead and they pulled clear with a 26-9 final period.

Key Stat - Leeds struggled for consistency from downtown, going 8-of-33, while Watson fired in 9 from 13 attempts from deep and the Raiders dominated on the boards, 44-31.

Game Hero (es) - Neil Watson finished with a BBL season-high of 38 points along with six rebounds and five assists, while Greg Mays added a double-double with 22 points on 9-10 shooting with 10 rebounds.



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Luciano Parodi selected the top Uruguayan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luciano Parodi
Luciano Parodi
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Luciano Parodi (182-94, currently plays in Argentina). He led Weber Bahia to a victory against the fifth-ranked Argentino (1-3) 85-75 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. Parodi recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes on the court. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (2-2) is placed fourth in Group D. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Parodi's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 38.1%, 3FGP: 38.5% in four games he played so far. Parodi is currently a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.

Gustavo Barrera
Gustavo Barrera
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Gustavo Barrera (194-85, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help GECR Indalo (2-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Barrera's good performance the third-placed GECR Indalo (2-2) was defeated 101-91 on the road by the leading Quilmes MP in the Group D. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 11 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Barrera's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.5apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 37.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Spanish and Uruguayan. Former Hebraica Macabi starter played for the Uruguayan national team in 2016.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jayson Granger (189-89, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Baskonia (1-2) in their last game. Despite Granger's very good performance Baskonia was badly defeated 100-82 in Las Palmas by the second-ranked Gran Canaria. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Granger also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Granger has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.7apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 57.1%(8-14) and FT: 75.0% in three games. Granger is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Italian. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is also a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.

Santiago Vidal
Santiago Vidal
   #4. Point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Regatas Corrientes (2-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Vidal's very good performance Regatas Corrientes (#3) was defeated 89-85 in Concordia by the lower-ranked Estudiantes (#4) in the Group A. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Vidal also added 9 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Vidal has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Uruguayan national team back in 2015.

Bruno Fitipaldo
Bruno Fitipaldo
   #5. International point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Scandone AV (1-1) in their last game. Despite Fitipaldo's good performance Scandone AV was crushed 96-75 in Brescia by the higher-ranked (#3) Germani BR. He scored 10 points and added 8 passes in 30 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Fitipaldo's overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 4.5apg in two games. He plays currently for the Uruguayan national team.

Mathias Calfani
Mathias Calfani
   #6. Center Mathias Calfani (204-92, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help San Lorenzo de Almagra to win against the fifth-ranked Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (0-4) 92-90 in the Argentinian LigaA on Thursday night. Calfani recorded 5 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. San Lorenzo de Almagra (4-0) is placed first in Group C. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Calfani's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Uruguayan National Team roster.

Gonzalo Iglesias
Gonzalo Iglesias
   #7. International center Gonzalo Iglesias (201-93, currently plays in Argentina) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luciano Parodi and both played together in the last Argentinian LigaA game. Iglesias contributed to a Weber Bahia's victory against the fifth-ranked Argentino (1-3) 85-75. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Iglesias' total stats are: 4.0ppg and 3.5rpg in four games. He is also Uruguayan national team player.

Maximiliano Sole
Maximiliano Sole
   #8. Forward Maximiliano Sole (198-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the 15th-ranked Lanzarote (0-2) 71-65 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Sole recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Real Madrid II (2-0) is placed third in Group B. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Sole has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Uruguayan national team back in 2015.

   #9. Former U17 international center Rogelio De Leon (208-89, currently plays in Spain) helped Estudio win their game against the tenth-ranked Liceo Frances (1-1) 88-71 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. De Leon scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots in 20 minutes. CD Estudio Madrid (1-1) is placed seventh in Group B. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. De Leon has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0bpg in two games. He used to play for the Uruguayan U17 national team twelve years ago.



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Vargas' 19 points and 7 rebounds give him LNB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

35-year old swingman Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82, agency: Pro Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Guaros 2 and receives a Latinbasket.com LNB Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Guaros 2 in his team's victory, helping them to crush Comuna (#3, 3-2) with 19-point margin 93-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Guaros 2 to take over top position in the Venezuelan LNB. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Guaros 2 already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Vargas had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Guaros 2's top player in his first season with the team. Vargas has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.7ppg. Vargas is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.0rpg) and averages solid 83.3% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Perez (206-F-93) of league's second-best Cangrejeros. He is former international forward in his first season at Cangrejeros. In the last game Perez recorded impressive 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Cangrejeros lost that game 72-81 to Metropolitanos (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Perez is a newcomer at Cangrejeros and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#5). He also registered 4.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Cangrejeros' star - guard Carlos Cedeno (193-PG-85). Cedeno showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Cangrejeros, helping his team with a 84-63 easy win against #3 ranked Comuna in a game of the week. Cangrejeros needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Cedeno has a great season in Venezuela. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.7apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fernando Lucena (185-PG-86) of Cangrejeros - 17 points and 5 rebounds
5. Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) of Cangrejeros - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Yorbis Umbria (203-F-84) of Aduaneros - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Amos Acosta (180-G-96) of Guaros 2 - 17 points and 4 rebounds
8. Luis Bethelmy (200-F-86) of Guaros 2 - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Anderson Morales (180-PG-92) of Comuna - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90) of Guaros 2 - 9 points and 8 rebounds

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



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

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

David Cubillan
David Cubillan
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard David Cubillan (181-87, agency: Pro Sports, college: Marquette, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana). He led his Brazilian team Flamengo to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hebraica (0-3) crushing them 91-57 in the Liga Sudamericana in Wednesday night's game. Cubillan scored 14 points and added 5 passes in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Sudamericana. So far his team won all three games in the Preliminary Round. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Sudamericana. It's Cubillan's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 83.3%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 66.7% in three games he played so far. Cubillan played for the Venezuelan senior national team one years ago.

Jose Materan
Jose Materan
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jose Materan (196-96, currently plays in Argentina). He managed to help Weber Bahia Blanca Basket to win against the fifth-ranked Argentino (1-3) 85-75 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Materan recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (2-2) is placed fourth in Group D. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Materan's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0%. He played for the Venezuelan national team in 2016.

John Cox
John Cox
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard John Cox (194-81, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in Germany). Cox led BBC Bayreuth to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Walter Tigers (0-2) 87-77 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points in only a mere 12 minutes. medi Bayreuth (2-0) is placed second in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Cox averages only 8.5ppg in two games. He is a naturalized American. Cox is also a member of the Venezuelan senior national team. He used to play for Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuelan league.

Gregory Vargas
Gregory Vargas
   #4. Point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the 15th-ranked Andorra (0-3) 95-94 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Vargas scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Montakit Fuenlabrada (3-0) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Vargas' overall stats this year are: 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg. He is also Venezuelan national team player.

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #5. Former international power forward Luis Julio (201-80, currently plays in Chile) was the major contributor in a Las Animas' victory against the third-ranked AB Ancud (1-1) 90-75 in the Chilean Liga Nacional on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds. It was his first game for Las Animas this season. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Conferencia Sur. His team is placed first in Conferencia Sur. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Julio has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team eight years ago.

Luis Carrillo
Luis Carrillo
   #6. Center Luis Carrillo (206-93, currently plays in Chile) contributed to a 2-point Universidad de Concepcion's victory against the third-ranked Espanol de Talca (1-1) 75-73 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. Carrillo scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots in only 12 minutes. It was his first game for Universidad de Concepcion this season. His team is placed fourth in Conferencia Centro. Carrillo is an international player who is currently on the senior Venezuelan National Team roster.

Jose Juan Bravo
Jose Juan Bravo
   #7. International center Jose Juan Bravo (202-86, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Chile) contributed to a Puente Alto's victory against the fifth-ranked Universidad Catolica (1-1) 75-64 in the Chilean Liga Nacional last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It was his first game for Puente Alto this season. His team is placed second in Conferencia Centro. Bravo is also Venezuelan national team player.

Harold Cazorla
Harold Cazorla
   #8. Point guard Harold Cazorla (175-91, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) helped Fontedoso Carrefour win their game against the 14th-ranked L'Hospitalet (0-2) 68-54 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (1-1) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. This year Cazorla's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg in two games. He plays currently for the Venezuelan national team.

Michael Flores
Michael Flores
   #9. Former international guard Michael Flores (192-85, currently plays in Chile) could not help CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Flores' good performance the sixth-placed CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (0-2) was crushed 102-71 on the road by the leading Los Leones in the Conferencia Centro. He scored 11 points. It was his first game for CD Tinguiririca San Fernando this season. Flores used to play for the Venezuelan national team five years ago.

Derwin Ramirez
Derwin Ramirez
   #10. Forward Derwin Ramirez (191-82, currently plays in Chile) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Flores and both played together in the last Chilean Liga Nacional game. Ramirez was not able to help CD Tinguiririca San Fernando in their game against Los Leones (2-0). He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for CD Tinguiririca San Fernando this season. CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (#6) was crushed 102-71 in Quilpue by the leading Los Leones in the Conferencia Centro. Ramirez is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Venezuelan senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Luis Valera (202-88, another player represented by Duran International, college: UTRGV, currently plays in Spain) helped Azuqueca win their game against the sixth-ranked Alcobendas 84-76 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. This year Valera averages just 2.5ppg in two games. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Juan Fontena (196-F-87, currently plays in Chile) could not help Osorno Basquetbol (0-2) in their last game. Despite Fontena's very good performance the sixth-placed Osorno Basquetbol (0-2) lost 86-95 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) CD Castro in the Conferencia Sur. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was his first game for Osorno Basquetbol this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Fontena has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Chilean.

   #2. Vladimir Lamberg (202-89, currently plays in Chile) managed to help CD Universidad de Concepcion in a 2-point victory against the third-ranked Espanol de Talca (1-1) 75-73 in the Chilean Liga Nacional last Sunday. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Universidad de Concepcion this season. His team is placed fourth in Conferencia Centro.

   #3. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in El Salvador) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Arcense (8-16) crushing them 87-63 in the Salvadorean Liga MB (second division) last Wednesday. Hinestroza Javes recorded only 2 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. MC El Brasil Santa Ana (13-11) is placed seventh in the Liga MB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Hinestroza Javes has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 15.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.7bpg and 1.7spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Colombian.



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VBA Round 9: Danang Dragons defeat Hochiminh CW in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 9 in the VBA took place in Danang. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Hochiminh CW (3-6) to sixth ranked Danang Dragons (1-6) 63-60 on Sunday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-11. But Hochiminh CW won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Danang Dragons forced 21 Hochiminh CW turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Canadian center Rudolphe Joly (208-92, college: Sheridan JC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and point guard Tuan Nguyen (178) chipped in 15 points. Danang Dragons' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Henry Nguyen (, college: Orange Coast CC) with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 1-6 record. Hochiminh CW at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Danang Dragons are again looking forward to face higher ranked Hochiminh CW (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hochiminh CW will have a break next round.
Very significant was Thang Long W.'s (#1, 7-2) victory against 4th placed Hanoi B. (4-5) 71-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hanoi B.. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side and Hung Nguyen-Van accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Thang Long W.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jason Carter (206-92, college: Texas Southern, agency: Haylett Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Hanoi B. in the defeat. Thang Long W. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Thang Long W. maintains first place with 7-2 record. Hanoi B. at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Thang Long W. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hanoi B. will play at home against Can Tho CF (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Can Tho CF's (#3, 5-4) victory against second-best Saigon Heat (5-2) 78-62. The best player for the winners was DeAngelo Hamilton who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Gia Lan-Hong who recorded 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Can Tho CF maintains third place with 5-4 record having just two points less than leader Thang Long W. Loser Saigon Heat keeps the second position with two games lost. Can Tho CF will meet Hanoi B. (#4) on the road in the next round. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.

Danang Dragons - Hochiminh CW 63-60

The most exciting game of round 9 in the VBA took place in Danang. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Hochiminh CW (3-6) to sixth ranked Danang Dragons (1-6) 63-60 on Sunday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-11. But Hochiminh CW won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Danang Dragons forced 21 Hochiminh CW turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Canadian center Rudolphe Joly (208-92, college: Sheridan JC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and point guard Tuan Nguyen (178) chipped in 15 points. Danang Dragons' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Henry Nguyen (, college: Orange Coast CC) with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and center Tuan Le-Cong (188) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 1-6 record. Hochiminh CW at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Danang Dragons are again looking forward to face higher ranked Hochiminh CW (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hochiminh CW will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hochiminh CW: T.Le Cong 16+10reb+2ast, H.Minh Trieu 16+4reb+2ast, H.Nguyen 15+8reb+8ast, P.Chong 5+5reb+4ast, T.Nguyen 4+5reb+2ast, Q.Nguyen 4+1reb+1ast
Danang Dragons: R.Joly 16+16reb+2ast, T.Nguyen 15+3reb+2ast, H.Nguyen 11+2reb+4ast, V.Nguyen Tuan 8+3reb+3ast, T. Trcn Qucc 5+4reb+1ast, T.Le 3+2reb+1ast
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Thang Long W. - Hanoi B. 71-61

Very significant was Thang Long W.'s (#1, 7-2) victory against 4th placed Hanoi B. (4-5) 71-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hanoi B.. The game was mostly controlled by Thang Long W.. Hanoi B. was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hanoi B. 48-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side and swingman Hung Nguyen-Van (187-95) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Thang Long W.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jason Carter (206-92, college: Texas Southern, agency: Haylett Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Hanoi B. in the defeat. Thang Long W. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Thang Long W. maintains first place with 7-2 record. Hanoi B. at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Thang Long W. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hanoi B. will play at home against Can Tho CF (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hanoi B.: J.Carter 19+11reb+1ast, V.Nguyen 14+5reb+5ast, C.Dinh Tien 8+7reb+1ast, H.Dang Thai 6+5reb+1ast, T.Hoang 6+4reb+2ast, T.Pham 4+2reb
Thang Long W.: J.Hill 21+12reb+1ast, H.Nguyen Van 16+11reb, Q.To 15+3reb+1ast, J.Young 7+8reb+7ast, T.Truong 7+3reb, R.Le 5+4reb
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Saigon H. - Can Tho CF 62-78

Very significant was Can Tho CF's (#3, 5-4) victory against second-best Saigon Heat (5-2) 78-62. The game was mostly controlled by Can Tho CF. Saigon Heat managed to win fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Can Tho CF dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 32. Can Tho CF forced 35 Saigon Heat turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Inception Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Dinh Thanh chipped in 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Gia Lan-Hong who recorded 17 points and the former international point guard Huynh-Hai Nguyen (174-87) added 8 points and 9 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Can Tho CF maintains third place with 5-4 record having just two points less than leader Thang Long W. Loser Saigon Heat keeps the second position with two games lost. Can Tho CF will meet Hanoi B. (#4) on the road in the next round. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: G.Lan Hong 17+3reb+3ast, P.Duy Pham 13+3reb+2ast, D.Lewis 11+9reb, H.Hai Nguyen 8+3reb+9ast, D.Arnold 7+5reb+1ast, T.Nguyen 3+4reb+2ast
Can Tho CF: D.Thanh 25+8reb+6ast, D.Hamilton 23+19reb+3ast, T.Dinh Duy 13+8reb+2ast, T.Huynh Huu 6+1reb+1ast, T.Nguyen Hoang 4+2reb+1ast, A.Du Minh 3+1reb+3ast
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EEWBL round 5 best performance: Kai James - by Eurobasket News

American Center Kai James (198-C-95) had a very impressive game in the last round for Tsmoki-Minsk, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds, while her team Tsmoki-Minsk maintains the 5th position in EEWBL . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Tsmoki-Minsk will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game James had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. She turned to be Tsmoki-Minsk's top player in her first season with the team. Former Florida State University star has very solid stats this year. James is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.0rpg) and averages impressive 68.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Czech Republic Barbora Kasparkova (185-F/C-92) of league's leader Piestanske C.. Kasparkova had a very good evening with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Piestanske C. cruised to a 66-56 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Sirenos (#10, 1-2). This victory allowed Piestanske C. to move up to 1st position in the standings. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Kasparkova is a newcomer at Piestanske C. and despite she is not a team leader yet, every game she becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Dovile Saurazaite (174-G-92) of Sirenos (#10). Saurazaite scored 21 points. Despite Saurazaite's great performance Sirenos lost 63-69 to the higher-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (#5, 2-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Sirenos 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 her teammates, Saurazaite could try to bring Sirenos' a little bit higher in the standings. Saurazaite has a very solid season. In 3 games in EEWBL she scored 10.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Viktoryia Hasper (192-C-88) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 20 points and 4 rebounds
5. Tamara Yagodkina (181-G-90) of Astana Tigers - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Angelika Slamova (173-SG-94) of Piestanske C. - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Olena Ogorodnikova (187-F-81) of Sirenos - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Terezia Palenikova (178-SF-95) of Piestanske C. - 15 points and 4 rebounds
9. Jenna Smith (191-C-88) of Piestanske C. - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Asia Boyd (185-G-92) of Piestanske C. - 13 points, 5 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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SM-sarja Round 2: ViVe defeat Helmi Basket - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Helmi Basket (1-1) in Vimpeli on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ViVe (2-0) 87-77. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ViVe forced 19 Helmi Basket turnovers. American forward Avyanna Young (185-93, college: Wisconsin) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import swingman Pachis Roberts (180-94, college: Georgia) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Lotta-Maj Lahtinen (176-99) replied with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Helmi Basket. Helmi Basket's coach Pekka Salminen rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ViVe is looking forward to face Aanekosken (#9) in Aanekoski in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Helmi Basket will play on the road against Kouvottaret (#10) in Kouvola and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of Forssan Alku (1-1) against HyPo (1-1) on Saturday night. Host Forssan Alku was crushed by HyPo in Forssa 81-58. The former international center Taru Tuukkanen (192-77, college: Xavier) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Annika Koster chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. American forward Mia Loyd (180-94, college: N.Dakota) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 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. HyPo will play against Tapiolan Honka at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Forssan Alku will play against Peli-Karhut in Kotka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Espoo was also quite interesting. Tapiolan Honka (2-0) played at the court of Espoo Team (0-2). Tapiolan Honka managed to secure a 7-point victory 77-70 on Saturday. Lele Hardy notched 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists by Kamilah Jackson did not help to save the game for Espoo Team. Espoo Team's coach Niko Hellman tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tapiolan Honka will meet HyPo (#5) in the next round. Espoo Team will play against Catz Lappeenranta and hope to win that game.
The game between Catz Lappeenranta (1-1) and Aanekosken (0-2) in Lappeenranta ended with biggest points difference. Catz Lappeenranta outscored guests from Aanekoski 120-59. The best player for the winners was Aleighsa Welch who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). 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. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be Espoo Team (#8) on the road. Aanekosken will play against ViVe and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 winless Kouvot lost to undefeated PeKa on the road 62-71.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Akilah Sims of PeKa.

Espoo Team - Honka 70-77

The game in Espoo was also quite interesting. Tapiolan Honka (2-0) played at the court of Espoo Team (0-2). Tapiolan Honka managed to secure a 7-point victory 77-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Lele Hardy (182-88, college: Clemson) notched 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and international swingman Roosa Lehtoranta (176-97) supported her with 18 points. Even a double-double of 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Kamilah Jackson (181-92, college: Hawaii) did not help to save the game for Espoo Team. Her fellow American import guard Zykira Lewis (173-94, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Two Points) added 21 points for the hosts. Espoo Team's coach Niko Hellman tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tapiolan Honka will meet HyPo (#5) in the next round. Espoo Team will play against Catz Lappeenranta and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Honka: R.Lehtoranta 18+1reb+2ast, L.Hardy 15+8reb+2ast, H.Korpivaara 14+6reb, K.Kuisma 9+2reb+1ast, K.Johnson 8+5reb+1ast, S.Sandell 7+2reb+2ast
Espoo Team: Z.Lewis 21+4reb, K.Jackson 16+13reb+6ast, L.Aaltonen 13+7reb+2ast, L.Vesiluoma 8+3reb, S.Tuomisto 5+1reb+2ast, C.Vialen 4+1reb
gschID: 571269


ViVe - Helmi Basket 87-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Helmi Basket (1-1) in Vimpeli on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ViVe (2-0) 87-77. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ViVe forced 19 Helmi Basket turnovers. American forward Avyanna Young (185-93, college: Wisconsin) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import swingman Pachis Roberts (180-94, college: Georgia) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four ViVe players scored in double figures. International guard Lotta-Maj Lahtinen (176-99) replied with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Elina Arike (182-0) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Helmi Basket. Helmi Basket's coach Pekka Salminen rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ViVe is looking forward to face Aanekosken (#9) in Aanekoski in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Helmi Basket will play on the road against Kouvottaret (#10) in Kouvola and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ViVe: A.Young 24+9reb+4ast, P.Roberts 18+9reb+1ast, S.Coffey 16+4reb+2ast, N.Jarvikangas 14+3reb, L.Vehka-Aho 7+1reb, A.Kujala 5
Helmi Basket: L.Lahtinen 15+8reb+5ast, E.Arike 13+5reb, N.Kuisma 10+4reb+1ast, A.Kahelin 9+6reb, F.Hulmi 7+3reb, R.Lehti 7+7reb
gschID: 571268


Catz - Huima 120-59

The game between Catz Lappeenranta (1-1) and Aanekosken (0-2) in Lappeenranta ended with biggest points difference. Catz Lappeenranta outscored guests from Aanekoski 120-59. The game was mostly controlled by Catz Lappeenranta. Aanekosken was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aanekosken to just 2 points in third quarter. Catz Lappeenranta dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken's 42 and made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Aanekosken 54-29 including a 42-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Catz Lappeenranta players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Aanekosken's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Aleighsa Welch (183-93, college: S.Carolina) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Russian power forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Five Catz Lappeenranta players scored in double figures. American forward Tyler Gilbert (185-94, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and her fellow American import swingman Jazmine Perkins (178-89, college: Washington St.) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be Espoo Team (#8) on the road. Aanekosken will play against ViVe and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Catz: A.Welch 25+8reb+2ast, E.Reshetko 21+10reb+3ast, N.Day 19+8reb+4ast, V.McFarland 18+4reb+8ast, V.Pirttinen 10+9reb+3ast, J.Kalin 8+1reb
Huima: T.Gilbert 16+11reb+1ast, J.Perkins 16+6reb+5ast, S.McGuire 10+2reb+4ast, H.Aijanen 7+4reb+1ast, L.Kymalainen 7+4reb, I.Akerlund 3+1reb
gschID: 571270


FoA - HyPo 58-81

Very important is a home loss of Forssan Alku (1-1) against HyPo (1-1) on Saturday night. Host Forssan Alku was crushed by HyPo in Forssa 81-58. The game was mostly controlled by HyPo. Forssan Alku was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. HyPo players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international center Taru Tuukkanen (192-77, college: Xavier) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Estonian power forward Annika Koster (185-92) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four HyPo players scored in double figures. American forward Mia Loyd (180-94, college: N.Dakota) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Hanna Vapamaa (181-90) scored 12 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. HyPo will play against Tapiolan Honka at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Forssan Alku will play against Peli-Karhut in Kotka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HyPo: T.Tuukkanen 20+20reb+5ast, A.Koster 14+10reb+1ast, C.Warthen 12+4reb+2ast, H.Valkeinen 11+3ast, H.Salomaa 7+3reb+8ast, I.Keski-Saari 5+2reb
FoA: M.Loyd 18+16reb+4ast, H.Vapamaa 12+4reb+1ast, M.Bedretdin 9+4reb+2ast, M.Sten 6+6reb+2ast, J.Heinonen 5+3reb+1ast, A.Lewis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 571271


PeKa - Kouvot 71-62

No shocking result in a game when Peli-Karhut (2-0) beat Kouvottaret (0-2) in Kotka 71-62. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kouvottaret won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Akilah Sims (178-94, college: IUPUI) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Daisha Simmons (178-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: Gamble Sports Management) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Brittany Carter (183-93, college: Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and forward Whitney Frazier (180-92, college: Louisiana Tech) added 23 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Peli-Karhut's next round opponent will be Forssan Alku (#6) at home where they are favorite. Kouvottaret will play against Helmi Basket (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PeKa: A.Sims 20+8reb+4ast, M.Mullings 13+7reb+2ast, D.Simmons 13+9reb+5ast, L.Lehtoranta 8+3reb+4ast, E.Oravakangas 8+3reb, M.Koskinen 6+2reb+1ast
Kouvot: W.Frazier 23+7reb+1ast, B.Carter 19+15reb+2ast, L.Murphy 13+10reb+1ast, R.Frimodig 5+2ast, K.Lind 2+1reb+1ast, H.Aho 0
gschID: 571272





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LF2 Round 3: Avenir hands first defeat to COB Calais - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in LF2, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

COB Calais (2-1) recorded a loss in Chartres on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Avenir (2-1) 69-57. Avenir forced 26 COB Calais turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Tiffany Clarke (183-91, college: Vanderbilt) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Center Alice Nayo (189-93) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Chandra Harris (185-89, college: Georgia St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Avenir is looking forward to face Reims (#4) on the road in the next round. COB Calais will play against Arras and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between Reims and Reze where Reims (2-1) beat Reze (1-2) on the road 77-68. It was a good game for Sarah Ousfar (183-93) who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Patrice Butler contributed with 17 points for the winners. Ivorian forward Kany Kouyate (178-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Reze. Reims will play against Avenir (#5) in Chartres in the next round. Reze will play on the road against SIG in llkirch-Graff. to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game where Angers (#4) crushed host Arras (#7) with 23-point difference 74-51 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Astan Dabo with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Arras' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Angers will meet at home Bretagne Basket (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Arras will play against COB Calais (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Charnay delivered the third consecutive victory. This time they crushed Toulouse (1-2) 77-57 in Charnay-les-Macon. It was a quality performance for Kariata Diaby who led the winners and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Charnay's next round opponent will be Montbrison (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Toulouse will play against CFBB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 3 SIG was defeated by CFBB in Paris 65-56. Bretagne Basket beat Montbrison at home 78-73.
The best stats of 3rd round was 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Isis Arrondo of Angers.

Reze - Reims 68-77

Another exciting game was between Reims and Reze where Reims (2-1) beat Reze (1-2) on the road 77-68. It was a good game for Sarah Ousfar (183-93) who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Patrice Butler (188-94, college: Georgia South) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Ivorian forward Kany Kouyate (178-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Clementine Samson (181-91) added 22 points in the effort for Reze. Four Reze players scored in double figures. Reims will play against Avenir (#5) in Chartres in the next round. Reze will play on the road against SIG in llkirch-Graff. to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Reims: S.Ousfar 17+5reb+3ast, P.Butler 17+4reb+1ast, C.Morateur 12+1reb+3ast, L.Guapo 9+4reb+2ast, F.Devillers 9+4reb+6ast, N.Popovic 6+12reb+2ast
Reze: C.Samson 22+1reb+2ast, K.Kouyate 16+11reb+4ast, H.Sunley-Paisley 11+4reb+3ast, R.Ducret 11+1reb+2ast, L.Mallivet 6+2reb+2ast, J.Digbeu 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 558925


Arras - Angers 51-74

An interesting game where Angers (#4) crushed host Arras (#7) with 23-point difference 74-51 on Saturday evening. Angers dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Arras' 28. Angers forced 22 Arras turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-95) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Isis Arrondo (166-89) helped adding 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Angers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Mali center Astan Dabo (203-92) with 9 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Sabrina Reghaissia (188-83) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Arras' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Angers will meet at home Bretagne Basket (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Arras will play against COB Calais (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angers: C.Djaldi-Tabdi 23+5reb+1ast, L.Lokoka 12+6reb+2ast, I.Arrondo 11+6reb+4ast, C.Germond 10+1reb+1ast, S.Lucet 9+6reb+1ast, E.Prodhomme 4+5reb+2ast
Arras: S.Reghaissia 10+5reb+2ast, B.Dinga-Mbomi 10+3reb+3ast, A.Dabo 9+12reb+2ast, M.Micaletto 8+2reb+3ast, M. Mulumba 5+1reb, J.Mavambou 4
gschID: 558929


Charnay - Toulouse 77-57

Charnay delivered the third consecutive victory. This time they crushed Toulouse (1-2) 77-57 in Charnay-les-Macon. They also forced 25 Toulouse turnovers. It was a quality performance for Ivorian center Kariata Diaby (192-95) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Melanie Devaux (170-92) accounted for 27 points for the winning side. Australian forward Mikaela Ruef (190-90, college: Stanford) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Aline Dumont (169-95) added 5 points and 5 assists respectively for Toulouse in the defeat. Charnay's next round opponent will be Montbrison (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Toulouse will play against CFBB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charnay: M.Devaux 27+1reb, K.Diaby 19+9reb+1ast, C.Michel 15+2reb+3ast, C.Legrand 7+1reb+2ast, L.Belleville 5+3reb+8ast, L.Pellerin 2+1reb+4ast
Toulouse: M.Ruef 21+14reb+2ast, O.Toure 8+2reb, A.Traore 6+3reb+2ast, L.Carlier 6+4reb+2ast, C.Cabaton 6+4reb+2ast, A.Pochet 5+4reb
gschID: 558927


Avenir - COB Calais 69-57

COB Calais (2-1) recorded a loss in Chartres on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Avenir (2-1) 69-57. Avenir forced 26 COB Calais turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Tiffany Clarke (183-91, college: Vanderbilt) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Center Alice Nayo (189-93) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Chandra Harris (185-89, college: Georgia St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and forward Anne-Sophie Pagnier (180-87) added 19 points respectively. Avenir is looking forward to face Reims (#4) on the road in the next round. COB Calais will play against Arras and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Avenir: T.Clarke 20+10reb+2ast, A.Nayo 15+7reb+2ast, M.Combes 13+4reb+4ast, T.Gandega 9+7ast, A.Rousseau 5+1reb, J.Belleka 3+3reb
COB Calais: A.Pagnier 19+2ast, C.Harris 12+12reb+1ast, E.Gorjeu 9+5ast, M.Vrdoljak 8+4reb+2ast, A.Turmel 7+7reb+1ast, N. Ottensen 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 558924


CFBB - SIG 65-56

CFBB used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from llkirch-Graff. 65-56. CFBB had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for center Iliana Rupert (193-1) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Marine Fauthoux (173-1) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Center Celine Schmitt-Sender (185-80) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Cameroonian Amina NJonkou (185-88, college: Arizona) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for SIG in the defeat. CFBB's next round opponent will be Toulouse (#11) on the road. SIG will play against Reze and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CFBB: I.Rupert 17+11reb, M.Fauthoux 14+2reb+3ast, F. Djoumoi 8+3reb+1ast, N.Fofana 7+7reb, K.Chery 7+3reb+2ast, J. Salaun 6
SIG: C.Schmitt-Sender 17+7reb+1ast, M.Okou-Zouzouo 10, L.Dambach 10+1ast, K.Bourdin 7+2reb+2ast, A.N'Jonkou 7+9reb+3ast, M.Bienvenu 3+1reb
gschID: 558926


Bretagne Basket - Montbrison 78-73

Bretagne Basket used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Montbrison 78-73. It was an exceptional evening for guard Marie Butard (174-86) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Point guard Victoria Majekodunmi (174-96) accounted for 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winning side. Bretagne Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Patricia Bright (193-91, college: Oregon St., agency: LBM Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (187-91, agency: LBM Management) added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for Montbrison in the defeat. Bretagne Basket's next round opponent will be Angers on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Montbrison will play against Charnay (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bretagne Basket: V.Majekodunmi 16+1reb+2ast, M.Butard 15+5reb+7ast, P.Lithard 9+3reb+4ast, K.Corre 8+2reb+1ast, A.Brumermane 8+7reb, A.Logan 8+3reb
Montbrison: P.Bright 25+12reb, E.Duvivier 20+4reb+2ast, O.Maznichenko 16+6reb+5ast, A.Bouillon 7+1reb+4ast, V.Adjutor 5+2reb+3ast, A.Girardet 0
gschID: 558928





LFB Round 3: Mondeville surrunder to Bourges - by Eurobasket News

After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the LFB and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 3 most important game was a defeat of Mondeville (2-1). They were crushed by Bourges (1-1) 84-56 on Saturday night. Bourges dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Mondeville's 32. Bourges forced 24 Mondeville turnovers and outrebounded them 32-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Mondeville's players. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Katherine Plouffe (190-92, college: Marquette) who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Elodie Godin (191-85) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Bourges' coach Olivier Lafargue felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Czech swingman Romana Hejdova (184-88) with 17 points and 4 assists. Mondeville will play next round against strong Lattes Montpellier trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bourges will try to continue on its current victory against Nantes Reze on the road.
Lattes Montpellier defeated Tarbes at home 84-72. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Courtney Hurt (185-90, college: VCU) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Romane Bernies accounted for 12 points and 6 assists. Lattes Montpellier's coach Rachid Meziane used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Canadian forward Michelle Plouffe (193-92, college: Utah) came up with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for Tarbes in the defeat. Tarbes will play next round against Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Lattes Montpellier will try to continue on its current victory against Mondeville on the road.
Quite upsetting was Lyon's (#4) home defeat in a game versus Nantes Reze 75-68. The best player for the winners was Margret Skuballa who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Haley Peters who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Nantes Reze will meet at home Bourges (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lyon will play against Basket Landes in Mont de Marsan and hope to win that game.
And what about another game where Flammes (#5) beat Nice by 40 points 85-45 on the road. It was a good game for Clarissa Dos-Santos who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Nice's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Flammes' next round opponent will be Roche (#12) in La Roche and are hoping to win another game. Nice will play on the road against Villeneuve D'Ascq (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Saint-Amand where Hainaut (1-2) was upset on its own court by Villeneuve D'Ascq (1-0) 89-75 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Pauline Akonga Nsimbo who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Villeneuve D'Ascq will face Nice (#10) at home in the next round. Hainaut will play against Tarbes and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 3 Landes won against Roche on the opponent's court 76-59.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 8 rebounds by Miranda Ayim of Landes.

Bourges - Mondeville 84-56

Round 3 most important game was a defeat of Mondeville (2-1). They were crushed by Bourges (1-1) 84-56 on Saturday night. Bourges dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Mondeville's 32. Bourges forced 24 Mondeville turnovers and outrebounded them 32-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Mondeville's players. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Katherine Plouffe (190-92, college: Marquette) who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Elodie Godin (191-85) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Bourges' coach Olivier Lafargue felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Czech swingman Romana Hejdova (184-88) with 17 points and 4 assists and Canadian forward Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (185-84, college: Utah) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Mondeville will play next round against strong Lattes Montpellier trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bourges will try to continue on its current victory against Nantes Reze on the road.
Top scorers:
Mondeville: R.Hejdova 17+4reb+4ast, K.Gaucher-Smith 13+6reb+2ast, H.Nauwelaers 7+1reb+1ast, S.Talbot 6+2reb+2ast, M.Djekoundade 4+4reb+3ast, C.Mosengo-Masa 4+1reb
Bourges: K.Plouffe 21+7reb+2ast, E.Godin 14+5reb+2ast, M.Johannes 12+1reb+3ast, A.Chartereau 9+7reb+1ast, C.Ouvina 7+2reb+1ast, D.Tchatchouang 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 567945


Roche - Landes 59-76

Very expected game in La Roche where Roche (0-3) was defeated by Basket Landes (2-1) 76-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Basket Landes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for Canadian power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine) who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American center Cierra Bravard (193-89, college: Florida St., agency: ProDep Management) helped adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Basket Landes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Kristen Mann (185-83, college: UCSB, agency: ProDep Management) with 10 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Caroline Heriaud (165-96) scored 11 points. Basket Landes will face Lyon (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Roche will play against Flammes (#2) in Charleville and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Roche: M.Ivanovic 12, C.Heriaud 11+4reb+3ast, K.Mann 10+5reb+3ast, M.Dia 9+6reb+1ast, J.Tayeau 9+6reb+2ast, K.Elenga 6+7reb
Landes: M.Ayim 20+8reb+1ast, C.Bravard 16+10reb, Q.Casas 13+4reb+4ast, C.Dumerc 10+4reb+3ast, M.Milapie 8+4reb, M.Skoric 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 567949


Lyon - Nantes 68-75

Quite upsetting was Lyon's (#4) home defeat in a game versus Nantes Reze 75-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lyon won third quarter 19-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was German Margret Skuballa (186-87) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Canadian-British guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four Nantes Reze players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Haley Peters (190-92, college: Duke, agency: ProDep Management) who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and power forward Marieme Badiane (190-94) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Nantes Reze will meet at home Bourges (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lyon will play against Basket Landes in Mont de Marsan and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lyon: H.Peters 26+7reb+2ast, P.Salagnac 17+3reb, M.Badiane 15+7reb, J.Allemand 4+5reb+2ast, I.Tanqueray 4+5reb+4ast, R.Allen 2+8reb+6ast
Nantes: S.Thorburn 18+4reb+4ast, M.Skuballa 17+5reb+7ast, L.Turcinovic 13+5reb+4ast, M.Medenou 11+10reb+2ast, N.Raincock-Ekunwe 7+11reb+1ast, K.Clanet 7+1reb
gschID: 567944


Lattes Montp. - Tarbes 84-72

Lattes Montpellier defeated Tarbes at home 84-72. The game was mostly controlled by Lattes Montpellier. Tarbes was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Lattes Montpellier especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Courtney Hurt (185-90, college: VCU) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. International point guard Romane Bernies (170-93) accounted for 12 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Five Lattes Montpellier players scored in double figures. Lattes Montpellier's coach Rachid Meziane used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Canadian forward Michelle Plouffe (193-92, college: Utah) came up with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American swingman Angie Bjorklund (183-89, college: Tennessee) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Tarbes in the defeat. Tarbes will play next round against Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Lattes Montpellier will try to continue on its current victory against Mondeville on the road.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: M.Plouffe 21+9reb+6ast, A.Bjorklund 17+5reb, A.Konteh 9+3reb+6ast, A.Suarez 8+1reb, A.Gaye 5+3reb+1ast, T.Pouye 5+2reb+4ast
Lattes Montp.: C.Hurt 16+5reb+6ast, G.Sottana 14+2reb+5ast, O.Bankole 13+3reb, R.Bernies 12+4reb+6ast, A.Kone 11+2reb, E.Kobryn 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 567946


Hainaut - Villeneuve 75-89

An interesting game took place in Saint-Amand where Hainaut (1-2) was upset on its own court by Villeneuve D'Ascq (1-0) 89-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Villeneuve D'Ascq. Hainaut was better in fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villeneuve D'Ascq made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for DR Congolese power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (188-82, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Naturalized Senegalese forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85) helped adding 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian Egle Sulciute (190-85) with 12 points and American forward Ashley Bruner (183-91, college: S.Carolina, agency: Two Points) scored 12 points. Five Villeneuve D'Ascq and four Hainaut players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Villeneuve D'Ascq will face Nice (#10) at home in the next round. Hainaut will play against Tarbes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hainaut: E.Sulciute 12+4reb+2ast, A.Bruner 12+4reb+1ast, L.Garcia 11+2reb+1ast, K.Tetemondova 11+2reb+1ast, M.Mbuyamba 10+3reb+1ast, A.Ngo 8+1reb+2ast
Villeneuve: P.Akonga Nsimbo 20+6reb, M.Sy-Diop 13+7reb+5ast, J.Gomis-Halilovic 13+5reb+3ast, M.Amant 11+6reb+2ast, V.Bremont 10+4reb+8ast, J.Leedham 9+1reb+3ast
gschID: 567947


Nice - Flammes 45-85

And what about another game where Flammes (#5) beat Nice by 40 points 85-45 on the road. The game without a history. Flammes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nice to just 5 points in third and fourth quarters. Flammes dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Nice's 24. Flammes forced 25 Nice turnovers and outrebounded them 30-18 including 23 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Nice's players. It was a good game for Brazilian center Clarissa Dos-Santos (184-88, agency: ProDep Management) who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Swedish guard Kalis Loyd (188-89, college: Lamar, agency: ProDep Management) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Flammes players scored in double figures. Point guard Alix Duchet (165-97) answered with 7 points and 7 assists and American guard Antiesha Brown (178-92, college: N.Mexico) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for Nice. Nice's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Flammes' next round opponent will be Roche (#12) in La Roche and are hoping to win another game. Nice will play on the road against Villeneuve D'Ascq (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nice: A.Brown 13+2reb+1ast, G.Robert 11+2reb+1ast, A.Duchet 7+3reb+7ast, N.Coulibaly 4+3reb, K.Cooper 4+2reb, J.Cornelie-Sigmundova 3+4reb+1ast
Flammes: C.Dos Santos 17+8reb+1ast, K.Loyd 14+4reb+6ast, S.Chevaugeon 14+3reb, V.Berezhynska 12+3reb+2ast, K.Minte 8+6reb+3ast, A.Bouderra 8+1reb+10ast
gschID: 567948



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Women Arab Club Basketball Championship- Day 1: CS Sfaxien beat Fuheis 88-51 - by Eurobasket News

CS Sfaxien defeated Jordan's Fuheis 88-51 at a Women Arab Club Basketball Championship day-1 game played on Saturday in Beirut. The tournament also brings together the teams of Homenetmen (hosts-Lebanon), Olympic (Egypt) and Hussein Dey (Algeria). In the other match of the day, Homenetmen defeated Olympic 96-66 while the Algerian club were exempted.
Courtesy of: tap.info.tn



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ZONE V: Equity Dent UCU Lady Canons' Hopes - by Eurobasket News

UCU Lady Canons suffered a major setback when they lost 74-66 to their rival Equity Bank Basketball team from Kenya in the ongoing Zone Five Basketball tournament in Lugogo. Prior to the game, both teams had not lost a match and the winner would light her chances of qualifying to the upcoming Women's 2017 FIBA Africa Basketball championship. In a closely contested battle, the Canons set up a 6-point lead within the 5 minutes but David Maina's side retaliated to take a 19-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. UCU Lady Canons came back stronger and regained their lead when they scored more 16 points as they limited Equity to only 12 to clinch a 31-34 lead at the long break. It remained a close contest as the Canons edged the third quarter with 51-52 score but its on the last quarter when the Bankers overturned the tables as they ran riot to post 23 points to UCU's 14 to eventually seal a 74-66 victory. Susan Odhiambo scored a game high 25 points and picked 11 rebounds as Equity won their 5th game in a row. Mercy Wanyama (185-C-92) who played the whole 40 minutes had an impressive display as she collected 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Lady Canons' Racheal Aceng (F-95) and Zainah Lokwameri (155-F-94) scored 20 and 18 points respectively in a losing effort.
In the other games, KCCA Leopards lost to defending Champions Kenya Ports Authority with an 82-58 scoreline as APR swept aside Horseed Benadir. It should be noted that the top two teams in the 7-team category after a round robin which will be completed today, will qualify for the Women's FIBA Africa Basketball Championship.
Courtesy of: chimpreports.com



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Homentmen Antelias 2-0 in the Arab Clubs Championship - by Rony Khoury

The Women's Arab Clubs Championship saw Two big wins for the home team Homentmen Antelias in the first two of the event. The first win was against Olympic from Egypt on the score of 96-66. Jessica Breland dominated the game on both ends and finished the game with 28 points , 17 rebounds , 5 assists , Rebecca Akl in her first game with her new team added 18 points , 5 assists.

In the second day of the event , Homentmen Antelias faced Al Safaxy Club , one of the best clubs in the Arab World with a big History in the Women's Arab Clubs Championship, Homentmen Antelias outscored the Tunisians in the first quarter only 4 points and they finished the quarter 18-4. The second quarter saw the guests coming back in the game but never managed to get close . The first half finished on the score of 30-15. The same tempo continued in the 3rd quarter but Homentmen knew how to contain Al Safaxy and finished the game on the big note on the score of 65-44.

Jessica Breland one more time had a big game with 22 points 18 rebounds, Camille Little added 17points 9 rebounds .

Q1:18-4 Q2: 30-15 Q3: 42-29 Q4: 65-44



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Thomaskutty steps down at Emory - by Eurobasket News

Emory University announced that head women's basketball coach Christy Thomaskutty is stepping down from her position immediately for health reasons. Misha Jackson, who played and coached under Thomaskutty, will serve as the Eagles' interim head coach for this season. 'First off, I want to let everybody know that I'm fine and doing well,' Thomaskutty said in the University's release. 'But, I am coming out on the other end of some health issues that have left me without the energy needed to coach these young women at the level which they deserve. 'I will always treasure my time at Emory and sincerely appreciate all the dedicated players, coaches and support staff who I've had the opportunity to work with. Emory is an amazing school with outstanding students, and I can say that I've been blessed to have had the chance to coach and work here.' Thomaskutty took over as Emory's head coach in 2003 and went 187-166 over her 14-year tenure. Emory's best season under Thomaskutty came in 2012-13 when the Eagles won their first UAA title, set a program record for victories (24) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament sectional semifinals. Thomaskutty was named the 2013 South Region Coach of the Year. In July Thomaskutty was selected Vice President of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Emory also announced that Misha Jackson, who played on the Eagles' 2013 conference championship team, will be the interim head coach for the upcoming season. Jackson played three seasons at Emory and then joined Thomaskutty's staff. Jackson was named to the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 list in March 2016. 'I can't think of a more deserving person than Misha to take over the coaching duties and to represent Emory University,' Thomaskutty said in the release. 'She possesses knowledge well beyond her years and is the type of coach student-athletes aspire to play for." The Eagles will open the 2017-18 season at home against Rhodes on Nov. 15.
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com




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Liga Feminina Round 1: Vitoria SC lose to Uniao Sportiva - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Liga Femenina just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Vitoria SC (0-1) in Ponta Delgada on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Uniao Sportiva (1-0) 71-49. The game without a history. Uniao Sportiva led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Uniao Sportiva outrebounded Vitoria SC 46-33 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Brazilian forward Raphaella Monteiro (181-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American guard Joanna Smith (173-95, college: Buffalo, agency: Gamble Sports Management) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Trudy Armstead (185-91, college: Northwestern St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Vitoria SC's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Uniao Sportiva is looking forward to face Academico FC (#7) in Porto in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vitoria SC will play on the road against Boa Viagem (#2) in Angra Heroismo and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very significant was Lombos Quinta's (#6) 19-point road victory against Ovarense 61-42. Swingman Josephine Filipe (177-95) nailed 22 points for the winning side and Chanaya Pinto accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Lombos Quinta's coach Jose Leite allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Gabriela Raimundo (167-93) came up with 14 points and 5 steals for Ovarense in the defeat. Lombos Quinta will play against AD Vagos on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ovarense will play against Alges (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Quite upsetting was Olivais' 25-point home defeat in a game versus GDESSA who smashed hosts Ashli Payne fired 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Vania Sengo produced 22 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GDESSA will meet CAB Madeira (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olivais will play against Benfica (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Funchal. host CAB Madeira (1-0) smashed Benfica (0-1) 77-52. Worth to mention a great performance of MacKenzie Rowland who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. 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. CAB Madeira's next round opponent will be GDESSA (#4) in Barreiro. Benfica will play on the road against Olivais in Coimbra and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Vagos. host AD Vagos (1-0) defeated Alges (0-1) 53-36. Ines Pinto stepped up and scored 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. AD Vagos will face Lombos Quinta (#5) in Carcavelos in the next round. Alges will play at home against Ovarense and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 winless Academico FC lost to undefeated Boa Viagem on the opponent's court 56-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 10 rebounds by Claire Lamunu of Boa Viagem.

Uniao Sportiva - Vitoria SC 71-49

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Vitoria SC (0-1) in Ponta Delgada on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Uniao Sportiva (1-0) 71-49. The game without a history. Uniao Sportiva led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Uniao Sportiva outrebounded Vitoria SC 46-33 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Brazilian forward Raphaella Monteiro (181-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American guard Joanna Smith (173-95, college: Buffalo, agency: Gamble Sports Management) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Uniao Sportiva players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Trudy Armstead (185-91, college: Northwestern St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Carissa Crutchfield (173-92, college: Arizona) scored 12 points. Vitoria SC's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Uniao Sportiva is looking forward to face Academico FC (#7) in Porto in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vitoria SC will play on the road against Boa Viagem (#2) in Angra Heroismo and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Uniao Sportiva: R.Monteiro 21+12reb+1ast, J.Smith 17+9reb+4ast, A.Cardoso 11+8reb, S.Djassi 11+10reb+7ast, C.Rodrigues 5+3ast, M.Ferreira 4+6reb
Vitoria SC: T.Armstead 15+12reb, C.Crutchfield 12+4reb+3ast, S.Fortunato 8+8reb+1ast, A.Noivo 7+1reb+1ast, A.Moura 5+1reb, B.Miranda 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 570902


Boa Viagem - Academico FC 67-56

Boa Viagem used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Porto 67-56 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Boa Viagem. Academico FC was better in fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Academico FC to just 4 points in first quarter. Academico FC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Ugandan forward Claire Lamunu (185-93, college: Vanguard) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Catarina Caldeira (167-89) chipped in 15 points. Four Boa Viagem players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Susana Lopes (168-96) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Francisca Braga (180-90) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Boa Viagem will face Vitoria SC (#12) in Guimaraes in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Academico FC will play on the road against Uniao Sportiva (#6) in Ponta Delgada and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boa Viagem: C.Lamunu 19+10reb, C.Caldeira 15+2reb+3ast, S.Ressurreicao 13+2reb+4ast, S.Dickey 10+6reb, V.Pankova 4+11reb, I.Pimentel 3
Academico FC: M.Girao 14+2reb, S.Lopes 11+6reb+3ast, F.Braga 10+6reb+1ast, M.Coelho 7+1reb, J.Cortinhas 4+5reb+1ast, M.Pereira 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 570903


Ovarense - Lombos Quinta 42-61

Very significant was Lombos Quinta's (#6) 19-point road victory against Ovarense 61-42. The game was mostly controlled by Lombos Quinta. Ovarense was better in third quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ovarense to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Ovarense 38-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. Swingman Josephine Filipe (177-95) nailed 22 points for the winning side and Mozambican guard Chanaya Pinto (-0) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Lombos Quinta's coach Jose Leite allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Gabriela Raimundo (167-93) came up with 14 points and 5 steals and American forward Mikaela Shaw (183-94, college: Omaha) added 12 points respectively for Ovarense in the defeat. Lombos Quinta will play against AD Vagos on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ovarense will play against Alges (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lombos Quinta: J.Filipe 22+2reb+1ast, C.Pinto 12+7reb+1ast, S.Barata 10+2reb, B.Jordao 7+8reb, C.Escorcio 4+7reb+1ast, T.Anderson 3+6reb+1ast
Ovarense: G.Raimundo 14+4reb+1ast, M.Shaw 12+4reb+1ast, A.Raimundo 8+3reb+3ast, S.Pinheiro 5+4reb, M.Bandeirinha 2+4reb, M.Silva 1+3reb
gschID: 570898


Olivais - GDESSA 55-80

Quite upsetting was Olivais' 25-point home defeat in a game versus GDESSA who smashed hosts The game was mostly controlled by GDESSA. Olivais managed to win second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GDESSA dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Olivais' 34. American forward Ashli Payne (183-95, college: E.Washington, agency: Gamble Sports Management) fired 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Marcia Costa (173-89) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Four GDESSA players scored in double figures. Mozambican Vania Sengo (-96) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Joana Rochete (183-0) added 9 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GDESSA will meet CAB Madeira (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olivais will play against Benfica (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GDESSA: A.Payne 17+2reb, M.Umabano 11+1reb+2ast, M.Costa 11+1reb+4ast, J.Bernardeco 10+1reb+2ast, F.Emilia 8+4reb, L.Serranho 8+2reb+1ast
Olivais: V.Sengo 22+9reb+2ast, J.Rochete 9+4reb, R.Alves 8+3reb+1ast, M.Pompeu 7+1reb, A.Martins 4+2reb+2ast, M.Marques 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 570900


CAB Madeira - Benfica 77-52

The game between Top Four teams took place in Funchal. host CAB Madeira (1-0) smashed Benfica (0-1) 77-52. It looked good early as Benfica took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CAB Madeira took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 25 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Benfica to just 6 points in second quarter. CAB Madeira forced 29 Benfica turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Benfica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward MacKenzie Rowland (188, college: Queens, NY) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. International power forward Rosinha Rosario (182-89, college: Gulf Coast CC) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. American forward Dejza James (185, college: Arizona) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Ladondra Johnson (178, college: Young Harris) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Benfica. 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. CAB Madeira's next round opponent will be GDESSA (#4) in Barreiro. Benfica will play on the road against Olivais in Coimbra and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: R.Rosario 14+5reb+3ast, M.Rowland 12+6reb+1ast, M.Rowland 12+9reb+2ast, M.Goncalves 11+6reb+2ast, M.Bravo 8+5reb+1ast, C.Mateus 6+1reb+1ast
Benfica: D.James 21+11reb+1ast, L.Johnson 11+5reb+2ast, I.Cruz 6+1reb+2ast, C.Neves 6+4reb+2ast, J.Ramos 4+1reb+2ast, M.Silva 2+1ast
gschID: 570899


AD Vagos - Alges 53-36

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vagos. host AD Vagos (1-0) defeated Alges (0-1) 53-36. The game was mostly controlled by AD Vagos. Alges was better in second period 9-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Alges to just 6 points in third quarter. AD Vagos forced 19 Alges turnovers. Ines Pinto (179-93) stepped up and scored 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and international point guard Ines Faustino (170-92) chipped in 13 points. At the losing side guard Marcia Carvalho (170-92) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Angolan forward Artemis Afonso (175-93) scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. AD Vagos will face Lombos Quinta (#5) in Carcavelos in the next round. Alges will play at home against Ovarense and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
AD Vagos: I.Faustino 13+3reb+1ast, J.Canastra 12+2reb+1ast, M.Carvalho 10+4reb, D.Domingues 7+1reb+4ast, I.Pinto 6+8reb+5ast, S.Carvalheira 5+10reb+1ast
Alges: M.Carvalho 24+7reb, A.Santos 4+6reb+1ast, A.Afonso 4+8reb+2ast, M.Junqueira 2+5reb, B.Bilro 2+2reb+1ast, M.Esteves 0
gschID: 570901





Carla Nascimento selected the top Portuguese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Carla Nascimento
Carla Nascimento
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Carla Nascimento (171-86, currently plays in Spain). She contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Campus Promete (0-2) crushing them 83-55 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. Nascimento recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (1-1) is placed eighth in the LFB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Nascimento averages: 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, 3FGP: 33.3% in two games she played so far. She played for the Portuguese senior national team two years ago.

Michelle Brandao
Michelle Brandao
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michelle Brandao (178-91, college: ODU, currently plays in Czech Republic). Brandao contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked MK Technic (2-3) crushing them 85-60 in the Czech Republic ZBL last Sunday. She scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. BK Lokomotiva Trutnov (1-3) is placed tenth in the ZBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Brandao's overall stats this year are: 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 33.3%. She played for the Portuguese national team in 2016.

Sofia Da Silva
Sofia Da Silva
   #3. The Portuguese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Sofia Da Silva (187-90, currently plays in Spain). Da Silva could not help Campus Promete (0-2) to beat AE Sedis (1-1). She scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Campus Promete was crushed 79-53 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) AE Sedis. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Da Silva's first year with the team. This season Da Silva's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in two games. She played for the Portuguese national team one years ago.

   #4. Swingman Claudia Viana (176-99, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Leicester Riders in a victory against the seventh-ranked Crusaders (0-1) crushing them 61-35 in the British WBBL last Sunday. Viana recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was her first game for Riders this season. Her team is placed second in the WBBL. Viana is also Portuguese U18 national team player.

Maria Bettencourt Correia
Maria Bettencourt Correia
   #5. International guard Maria Bettencourt Correia (173-91, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Valencia's victory against the ninth-ranked Adelantados (0-1) 64-56 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) on Saturday night. She recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. It was her first game for Valencia this season. Her team is placed seventh in Group B. Bettencourt Correia used to play for the Portuguese national team last year.

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

   #1. Joana Ferreira (174-PG-90, currently plays in Spain). Ferreira could not help ADBA (0-1) to beat GDKO Bizkaia (1-0). She recorded 7 points and had 3 steals. It was her first game for ADBA this season. The eighth-placed ADBA (0-1) was crushed 75-40 on the road by the higher-ranked GDKO Bizkaia (#5) in the Group A. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.

Other top Portuguese players, who play abroad:

Lavinia Da Silva (187-C-88) plays for Spezzina in Italian Serie A2
Luiana Livulo (190-C-91) plays for Campus Promete in Spanish LFB
Catia Coutinho (156-G-0) plays for BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents in Swiss SBL
Martina Gomes Pereira (174-G/F-95) plays for Winterthur in Swiss SBL
Susana Rodrigues (167-G-96) plays for DEL Basket in Swiss NLB



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Ashley Walker selected the top Romanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ashley Walker
Ashley Walker
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ashley Walker (187-87, college: California, currently plays in Italy). She led Venezia to a victory over the league outsider Vigarano (0-1) 58-52 in the Italian Serie A1 in Saturday night's game. Walker was MVP of the game. She recorded 13 points, 3 assists and 6 steals in 25 minutes on the court. It was her first game for Venezia this season. Her team is placed fifth in the Serie A1. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Walker is a naturalized American. She played for the Romanian senior national team one years ago. Walker used to play for CSM Targoviste in Romanian league.

Elisabeth Pavel
Elisabeth Pavel
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Elisabeth Pavel (191-90, currently plays in Hungary). She could not help ZTE NKK (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Pavel's good performance ZTE NKK was crushed 95-67 on the road by the leading Sopron Basket. She was the second best scorer with 11 points. Pavel also added 6 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Pavel averages: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 31.6%. She played for the Romanian national team in 2016.

Claudia Pop
Claudia Pop
   #3. The Romanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Claudia Pop (182-89, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Turkey). Pop was not able to help Istanbul Uni (0-1) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Istanbul Uni lost 72-84 in Samsun to the second-ranked Canik Belediye. Pop was the top scorer with 17 points. She also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of her six free throws) in 34 minutes. It was her first game for Istanbul Uni this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pop played for the Romanian national team one years ago.

Gabriela Marginean
Gabriela Marginean
   #4. Forward Gabriela Marginean (182-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Drexel, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Bornova (0-1) crushing them 82-48 in the Turkish KBSL last Saturday. Marginean recorded 15 points and added 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. It was her first game for Abdullah Gul this season. Her team is placed first in the KBSL. Marginean used to play for the Romanian national team last year.

Sonia Ursu-Kim
Sonia Ursu-Kim
   #5. International shooting guard Sonia Ursu-Kim (175-93, currently plays in Poland) managed to help 1KS Sleza Wroclaw to win against the league outsider Widzew (0-4) crushing them 67-40 in the Polish BLK on Wednesday night. She scored only 2 points. 1KS Sleza Wroclaw (2-0) is placed fourth in the BLK. Ursu-Kim's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg. She used to play for the Romanian national team last year.

Hanna Demeter
Hanna Demeter
   #6. Small forward Hanna Demeter (190-94, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a Vasas Akademia's victory against the league outsider BEAC-Ujbuda (0-3) 70-66 in a derby game in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. Demeter scored 6 points in 17 minutes. Vasas Akademia (1-2) is placed ninth in the A Division. It's Demeter's first season with the team. This year her overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg in three games she played so far. Demeter is international player as she played for the Romanian senior team one years ago.

Nora Demeter
Nora Demeter
   #7. U20 international center Nora Demeter (187-98, currently plays in Hungary) helped PEAC-Pecs win their game against one of league's weakest teams MTK (1-2) crushing them 90-56 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. She scored only 4 points. It was her first game for PEAC-Pecs this season. Her team is placed seventh in the A Division. Demeter is also Romanian U20 national team player.

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

   #1. Ana-Maria Filip (195-C-89, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Nice (1-2) crushing them 85-45 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. She scored 8 points. Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (2-1) is placed second in the LFB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Filip's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg. She has a dual citizenship: Romanian and French.

Other top Romanian players, who play abroad:

Andra Ionescu (190-C/F-88) plays for Aulnoye in French NF1



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ZONE V: Equity Dent UCU Lady Canons' Hopes - by Eurobasket News

UCU Lady Canons suffered a major setback when they lost 74-66 to their rival Equity Bank Basketball team from Kenya in the ongoing Zone Five Basketball tournament in Lugogo. Prior to the game, both teams had not lost a match and the winner would light her chances of qualifying to the upcoming Women's 2017 FIBA Africa Basketball championship. In a closely contested battle, the Canons set up a 6-point lead within the 5 minutes but David Maina's side retaliated to take a 19-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. UCU Lady Canons came back stronger and regained their lead when they scored more 16 points as they limited Equity to only 12 to clinch a 31-34 lead at the long break. It remained a close contest as the Canons edged the third quarter with 51-52 score but its on the last quarter when the Bankers overturned the tables as they ran riot to post 23 points to UCU's 14 to eventually seal a 74-66 victory. Susan Odhiambo scored a game high 25 points and picked 11 rebounds as Equity won their 5th game in a row. Mercy Wanyama (185-C-92) who played the whole 40 minutes had an impressive display as she collected 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Lady Canons' Racheal Aceng (F-95) and Zainah Lokwameri (155-F-94) scored 20 and 18 points respectively in a losing effort.
In the other games, KCCA Leopards lost to defending Champions Kenya Ports Authority with an 82-58 scoreline as APR swept aside Horseed Benadir. It should be noted that the top two teams in the 7-team category after a round robin which will be completed today, will qualify for the Women's FIBA Africa Basketball Championship.
Courtesy of: chimpreports.com



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Astou Traore selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Astou Traore
Astou Traore
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Astou Traore (182-81, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Spain). She led Argon Uni Girona to a victory over one of league's weakest teams ASEFA Estudiantes (0-2) 84-71 in the Spanish LFB in Wednesday night's game. Traore was MVP of the game. She scored 25 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes on the court. Spar Citylift Gironais placed third in the LFB. It's Traore's first season with the team. Traore has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 19.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 63.6% in two games she played so far. Traore is currently a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Oumoul Sarr
Oumoul Sarr
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Oumoul Sarr (185-84, currently plays in Spain). She was the main contributor in an Gipuzkoa UPV's victory against the closely-ranked Sant Adria (1-1) 64-59 in the Spanish LFB last Wednesday. Sarr was the best player in that game. She scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco (2-0) is placed third in the LFB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Sarr is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Gipuzkoa UPV's roster. This season Sarr has very high stats. She averages: 16.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.8%. Sarr is in the roster of the Senegalese senior national team.

Mame-Marie Sy-Diop
Mame-Marie Sy-Diop
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85, currently plays in France). She was the major contributor in a Villeneuve D'Ascq's victory against the closely-ranked Hainaut (1-2) 89-75 in the French LFB on Saturday night. Sy-Diop scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 29 minutes. It was her first game for Villeneuve D'Ascq this season. Her team is placed sixth in the LFB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Sy-Diop has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and French. She is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Bintou Dieme-Marizy
Bintou Dieme-Marizy
   #4. Point guard Bintou Dieme-Marizy (164-84, currently plays in France). Dieme-Marizy could not help Hainaut (1-2) to beat Flammes (2-1). She scored 8 points and added 11 passes. Hainaut was defeated 85-77 on the road by the second-ranked Flammes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Dieme-Marizy's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 8.7apg and 1.7spg. She used to play for the Senegalese national team last year.

Diodio Diouf
Diodio Diouf
   #5. International guard Diodio Diouf (170-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the 13th-ranked Olimpico 64 (0-2) 81-70 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) last Sunday. Diouf scored 16 points in 32 minutes. Spar Gran Canaria (2-0) is placed second in Group B. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Diouf's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.5apg and 3.5spg in two games. She plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

Mariame Dia
Mariame Dia
   #6. Center Mariame Dia (187-78, currently plays in France) was not able to help Roche in their game against Mondeville (2-1) in the French LFB. Dia recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. But the bottom-ranked Roche was defeated 72-62 at home by the much higher-ranked Mondeville (#4). So far Roche lost all three games in the Regular Season. Dia has been at the team for four years. Her total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. Dia is a former international player as she played for the Senegalese senior team four years ago.

Oumou Toure
Oumou Toure
   #7. International power forward Oumou Toure (190-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Toulouse in their game against Charnay (3-0) in the French LF2 (second division). She was the second best scorer with 8 points. Toulouse was badly defeated 77-57 in Charnay-les-Macon by the leading Charnay. Toure's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 1.5rpg. She is also Senegalese national team player.

Ndeye Diedhiou
Ndeye Diedhiou
   #8. Center Ndeye Diedhiou (195, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Diodio Diouf. But that was another game of her team in Spanish LF2 which we would like to mention. Diedhiou managed to help Spar Gran Canaria in a victory against the sixth-ranked Alcobendas (1-1) 80-61. She recorded only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Spar Gran Canaria (2-0) is placed second in Group B. This year Diedhiou's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg in two games. She plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

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

   #1. Amy Syll (196-C-93, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Spain) led Cortegada to a victory over the eighth-ranked Rioja (1-1) 76-72 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) on Sunday night. Syll was the top player that evening. She recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kemegal Cortegada (2-0) is placed third in Group A. Syll has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5spg.

   #2. Safy Fall (176-G-89, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Bolzano's victory against the 15th-ranked Pordenone (0-2) crushing them 74-48 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Fall scored 14 points and added 6 passes in 30 minutes. BK Club Bolzano (2-0) is placed first in North group. Fall has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg and 3.0apg in two games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Italian.

   #3. Astou Ndour (198-C-94, also represented by ProDep Management, currently plays in Italy) could not help Ragusa (0-1) in their last game. Despite her good performance Ragusa was edged 56-54 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Torino. Ndour recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was her first game for Ragusa this season. Ndour is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish.



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Extraliga Round 3: Slovan hands first defeat to Samorin - by Eurobasket News

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

Samorin (1-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Slovan (1-2) 54-53. Samorin was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was center Renata Talajkova (190-81) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Radoslava Ostadalova (182-99) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Alexandra Haskova (183-97) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds. Slovan are looking forward to face BAM Poprad (#7) on the road in the next round. Samorin will play against Banska Bystrica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between Good Angels and MBK Ruzomberok where Good Angels (3-0) beat MBK Ruzomberok (2-1) on the road 61-52. It was a good game for American forward Devereaux Peters (187-89, college: Notre Dame) who led her team to a victory with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Zuzana Zirkova contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Beata Janoscikova (197-93) answered with 7 points and 6 rebounds for MBK Ruzomberok. Good Angels will play against Banska Bystrica (#4) on the road in the next round. MBK Ruzomberok will play against UKF Nitra and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Banska Bystrica was also quite interesting. BAM Poprad (0-2) played at the court of Banska Bystrica (1-1). Banska Bystrica did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 63-46 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Beata Jassova who led her team to a victory scoring 7 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lucia Hadacova with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banska Bystrica will meet at home Samorin (#5) in the next round. BAM Poprad will play against Slovan and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Banska Bystrica - BAM Poprad 63-46

The game in Banska Bystrica was also quite interesting. BAM Poprad (0-2) played at the court of Banska Bystrica (1-1). Banska Bystrica did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 63-46 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Banska Bystrica. BAM Poprad managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BAM Poprad to just 7 points in first quarter. It was a great evening for center Beata Jassova (190-93) who led her team to a victory scoring 7 points and 11 rebounds. Natalia Jelencikova (175-97) helped adding 15 points and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Lucia Hadacova (185-95) with 8 points and 9 rebounds and Dominika Drobna (183-98) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banska Bystrica will meet at home Samorin (#5) in the next round. BAM Poprad will play against Slovan and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Banska Bystrica: N.Jelencikova 15+2reb+1ast, P.Stevulova 8+6reb+1ast, M.Ozdincova 7+6ast, B.Jassova 7+11reb, K.Piperkova 6+4reb, M.Lukacikova 6+1reb
BAM Poprad: D.Drobna 11+5reb+2ast, L.Hadacova 8+9reb+3ast, M.Grigerova 7+4reb, A.Kudlickova 5, Z.Ivancakova 5+6reb, S.Hamaliarova 5+1reb
gschID: 565478


Samorin - Slovan 53-54

Samorin (1-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Slovan (1-2) 54-53. Samorin was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was center Renata Talajkova (190-81) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Radoslava Ostadalova (182-99) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Alexandra Haskova (183-97) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and Simona Marcova (184-94) added 8 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Slovan are looking forward to face BAM Poprad (#7) on the road in the next round. Samorin will play against Banska Bystrica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slovan: R.Talajkova 16+13reb+3ast, S.Tarkovicova 9+3reb+1ast, L.Olsova 9+3reb, R.Ostadalova 9+8reb, N.Turzakova 6+9reb+1ast, B.Vaigl 5+3reb
Samorin: A.Haskova 17+7reb+1ast, L.Slezarikova 11+5reb+2ast, M.Beronja 10+6reb, S.Marcova 8+13reb+2ast, J.Lelkes 7+4reb, V.Csefalvayova 0
gschID: 565477


MBK Ruzomb. - Good Angels 52-61

Another exciting game was between Good Angels and MBK Ruzomberok where Good Angels (3-0) beat MBK Ruzomberok (2-1) on the road 61-52. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-15 MBK Ruzomberok's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 61-52 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American forward Devereaux Peters (187-89, college: Notre Dame) who led her team to a victory with 8 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Zuzana Zirkova (175-80) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Beata Janoscikova (197-93) answered with 7 points and 6 rebounds and Ukrainian forward Olga Yatskovets (188-97, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for MBK Ruzomberok. Good Angels will play against Banska Bystrica (#4) on the road in the next round. MBK Ruzomberok will play against UKF Nitra and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Good Angels: R.Stehlikova 11+2reb, Z.Zirkova 11+3reb+4ast, M.Palenikova 8+2reb+1ast, D.Morris 8+6reb+1ast, D.Peters 8+9reb+2ast, A.Jurcenkova 6+4reb+2ast
MBK Ruzomb.: M.Diawakana 8+2reb+3ast, N.Kovacikova 8+1reb+1ast, B.Bozoki 8+2reb, O.Yatskovets 8+6reb, B.Janoscikova 7+6reb+2ast, M.Mistinova 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 565476





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  SWITZERLAND  


BC Winterthur are Supercup Champions! - by Eurobasket News

Helios VS Basket - BC Winterthur 65-70

BC Winterthur became the winners of the Supercup 2017. They overcame the last-season champions Helios VS Basket 70-65. Both teams showed great effort and readiness for the upcoming season, while BC Winterthur managed to seal a narrow win. Quiera Lampkins (175-G/F-95, college: Ohio, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 26 points. Cinzia Tomezzoli (175-G/F-88) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.



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Women Arab Club Basketball Championship- Day 1: CS Sfaxien beat Fuheis 88-51 - by Eurobasket News

CS Sfaxien defeated Jordan's Fuheis 88-51 at a Women Arab Club Basketball Championship day-1 game played on Saturday in Beirut. The tournament also brings together the teams of Homenetmen (hosts-Lebanon), Olympic (Egypt) and Hussein Dey (Algeria). In the other match of the day, Homenetmen defeated Olympic 96-66 while the Algerian club were exempted.
Courtesy of: tap.info.tn



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KSBL Round 1: Canik Belediye hands defeat to Istanbul Uni - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in KBSL just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Istanbul Uni (0-1) in Samsun on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Canik Belediye (1-0) 84-72. The game was mostly controlled by Canik Belediye. Istanbul Uni managed to win fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Istanbul Uni 40-17 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Avery Warley (190-87, college: Liberty) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Latvian power forward Aija Putnina (191-88, college: Colorado, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Romanian forward Claudia Pop (182-89, agency: ProDep Management) produced 17 points for lost side. Canik Belediye is looking forward to face Besiktas (#9) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Istanbul Uni will play at home against Abdullah Gul and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a road loss of Besiktas (0-1) against Cukurova (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Besiktas was defeated by Cukurova in a tough game in Mersin 69-78. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Diamond Deshields (185-95, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws). Erlana Larkins contributed with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Bernice Mosby (186-84, college: Baylor, agency: ProDep Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for Besiktas. Cukurova will play against Yakin Dogu BGD (#7) in Istanbul in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Besiktas will play at home against Canik Belediye to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a home loss of Adana ASKI (0-1) against Hatay (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Adana ASKI was defeated by Hatay in Mersin 57-44. Courtney Paris stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Michelle Snow responded with 5 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hatay will meet at home Botas (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Adana ASKI will play against Ormanspor in Ankara and hope to win that game.
An exciting game was played in Kayseri. Abdullah Gul faced Bornova. Host Abdullah Gul (1-0) smashed guests from Bornova (0-1) 82-48. Melis Gulcan nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Abdullah Gul's coach felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Abdullah Gul's next round opponent will be Istanbul Uni (#12) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Bornova will play against Galatasaray (#5) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Adana. Yakin Dogu BGD (1-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Botas (0-1) 51-48 on Sunday evening. Kayla McBride fired 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Yakin Dogu BGD will face Cukurova (#3) in Mersin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Botas will play on the road against Hatay (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 1 Mersin BSB lost to Galatasaray in Istanbul 73-82. Fenerbahce beat OGM Orman at home 83-65.

Canik Belediye - Istanbul Univ. 84-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Istanbul Uni (0-1) in Samsun on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Canik Belediye (1-0) 84-72. The game was mostly controlled by Canik Belediye. Istanbul Uni managed to win fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Istanbul Uni 40-17 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Avery Warley (190-87, college: Liberty) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Latvian power forward Aija Putnina (191-88, college: Colorado, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Romanian forward Claudia Pop (182-89, agency: ProDep Management) produced 17 points and American Ifunanya Ibekwe (187-89, college: Arizona) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Istanbul Uni players scored in double figures. Canik Belediye is looking forward to face Besiktas (#9) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Istanbul Uni will play at home against Abdullah Gul and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Canik Belediye: A.Putnina 22+7reb+2ast, A.Warley 22+13reb+2ast, T.White 21+4reb+3ast, E.Murphy 8+3reb+1ast, Y.Dalgalar 6+3reb+2ast, G.Yavuz 5+3reb+4ast
Istanbul Univ.: C.Pop 17+4reb+3ast, R.Gardner 12+3reb+4ast, I.Ibekwe 12+4reb+4ast, I.Guner 11+3reb, J.Vanloo 10+1reb+4ast, A.Okul 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 561097


Botas - Yakin Dogu BGD 48-51

Important game to mention about took place in Adana. Yakin Dogu BGD (1-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Botas (0-1) 51-48 on Sunday evening. Botas trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 16-4 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 48-51 at the end of the game. American guard Kayla McBride (180-92, college: Notre Dame) fired 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Hungarian-American point guard Courtney Vandersloot (173-89, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American center Kiah Stokes (190-93, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: ProDep Management) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Yakin Dogu BGD will face Cukurova (#3) in Mersin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Botas will play on the road against Hatay (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yakin Dogu BGD: K.McBride 15+6reb+5ast, C.Vandersloot 13+5reb+3ast, Q.Hollingsworth 8+11reb, A.Wauters 6+2reb+2ast, O.Cakir 5+2reb+4ast, B.Caglar 4+5reb+2ast
Botas: K.Stokes 18+15reb+1ast, F.Eldebrink 10+7reb+4ast, E.Emirtekin 9+3reb+4ast, K.Nevlin 6+7reb+3ast, M.Papova 3+8reb+3ast, S.Gidal 2+3reb
gschID: 561096


Cukurova - Besiktas 78-69

Very important is a road loss of Besiktas (0-1) against Cukurova (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Besiktas was defeated by Cukurova in a tough game in Mersin 69-78. Besiktas was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Cukurova, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Diamond Deshields (185-95, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws). Her fellow American import forward Erlana Larkins (185-86, college: N.Carolina) contributed with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Bernice Mosby (186-84, college: Baylor, agency: ProDep Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Iva Perovanovic (188-83, agency: ProDep Management) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Cukurova will play against Yakin Dogu BGD (#7) in Istanbul in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Besiktas will play at home against Canik Belediye to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Cukurova: D.Deshields 29+7reb+2ast, A.Iagupova 19+3reb+4ast, S.Atas 11+4reb+2ast, M.Talay 9+2reb+5ast, E.Larkins 8+17reb+5ast, L.Naumenko 2+1reb
Besiktas: I.Perovanovic 19+5reb+1ast, B.Mosby 18+14reb+1ast, E.Wheeler 15+4reb+6ast, S.Uzun 6+2reb+1ast, E.Atacan 6+2reb, K.Siyahdemir 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 561100


Galatasaray - Mersin BSB 82-73

Galatasaray used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Mersin 82-73 on Saturday night. Mersin BSB trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-82 at the end of the game. Galatasaray made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Hungarian-American guard Allie Quigley (178-86, college: De Paul) fired 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Gintare Petronyte (196-89) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (made all of her ten free throws !!!). American center Krystal Thomas (195-89, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Bria Hartley (173-92, college: Connecticut) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray will face Bornova (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mersin BSB will play against Fenerbahce and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: A.Quigley 24+4reb+6ast, G.Petronyte 22+7reb, O.Kavurmacioglu 11+1reb+2ast, I.Naz Topuz 10+9reb+3ast, O.Epoupa 9+3reb+4ast, G.Basaran 4+5reb
Mersin BSB: B.Hartley 20+2reb+3ast, S.Cadjo 17+6reb+2ast, A.Yalcin 11+2reb+3ast, K.Thomas 11+13reb+4ast, M.Gajic 7+8reb+1ast, D.Colakoglu 5+1reb
gschID: 561099


Fenerbahce - OGM Orman 83-65

Fenerbahce used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Ankara 83-65 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce. Ormanspor was better in third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Ormanspor's players. Czech-American power forward Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. International center Tilbe Senyurek (190-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Five Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Fenerbahce's coach used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American point guard Jasmine Thomas (175-89, college: Duke) produced 23 points and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Michelle Campbell (188-84, college: Rutgers) added 12 points and 6 rebounds (made all of her ten free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Fenerbahce will face Mersin BSB (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ormanspor will play against Adana ASKI and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: K.Vaughn 19+5reb+2ast, A.Dabovic 14+1reb+1ast, K.Plum 14+1reb+4ast, P.Bilgic 12+5reb+3ast, T.Senyurek 12+13reb, T.Canitez 5+5reb+2ast
OGM Orman: J.Thomas 23+1reb+4ast, M.Campbell 12+6reb, S.Onar 11+3reb+1ast, S.Walker-Kimbrough 6+4reb+1ast, P.Kulichova 4+5reb, S.Karaman 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 561098


Abdullah Gul - Bornova 82-48

An exciting game was played in Kayseri. Abdullah Gul faced Bornova. Host Abdullah Gul (1-0) smashed guests from Bornova (0-1) 82-48. The game without a history. Abdullah Gul led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Bornova's 24. Abdullah Gul forced 20 Bornova turnovers and outrebounded them 43-28 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Bornova's players. Melis Gulcan (186-96, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American-Serbian forward Danielle Page (188-86, college: Nebraska) accounted for 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Abdullah Gul players scored in double figures. Abdullah Gul's coach felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Saziye Ivegin (183-82) came up with 21 points and Serbian forward Adrijana Knezevic (183-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Bornova in the defeat. Abdullah Gul's next round opponent will be Istanbul Uni (#12) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Bornova will play against Galatasaray (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Abdullah Gul: D.Page 17+4reb, M.Gulcan 15+6reb+4ast, G.Marginean 15+3reb+3ast, G.Sezer 12+4reb+2ast, M.Miljkovic 10+3reb+4ast, M.Tolo 8+7reb+1ast
Bornova: S.Ivegin 21+2reb+1ast, A.Knezevic 10+6reb+2ast, A.Fontenette 7+2reb+2ast, Y.Dogan 6+7reb+2ast, O.Karatas 4+2reb+1ast, D.Firat 0
gschID: 561095


Adana ASKI - Hatay 44-57

Very important is a home loss of Adana ASKI (0-1) against Hatay (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Adana ASKI was defeated by Hatay in Mersin 57-44. The game was mostly controlled by Hatay. Adana ASKI managed to win second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Adana ASKI 51-30 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Courtney Paris (191-87, college: Oklahoma) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 22 rebounds for the winners and Belgian point guard Hind Ben-Abdelkader (172-95, college: California) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) responded with 5 points and 10 rebounds and Slovakian power forward Romana Vynuchalova (192-86, college: Penn St.) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hatay will meet at home Botas (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Adana ASKI will play against Ormanspor in Ankara and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hatay: H.Ben Abdelkader 16+7reb+1ast, C.Paris 16+22reb+2ast, K.Snytsina 8+6reb+3ast, L.Mitchell 5+3reb+4ast, H.Coklar 4+1reb+1ast, B.Ozturk 4+6reb+1ast
Adana ASKI: R.Vynuchalova 12+2reb, G.Takmaz 7+2reb+2ast, C.Sinan 7+3reb+1ast, M.Snow 5+10reb, L.Bouthors 4+4reb+4ast, N.Gokdemir 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 561094





TKBL Round 1: Bayrakli lose to Mersin MBK - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in TKBL just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bayrakli (0-1) on the court of Mersin MBK on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Mersin MBK 80-59. The game was mostly controlled by Mersin MBK. Bayrakli managed to win fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bayrakli to just 6 points in first quarter. Mersin MBK dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Bayrakli's 36. They outrebounded Bayrakli 35-22 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mersin MBK looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American center Chanita Jordan (196-87, college: Bowie St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Asli Sevinc (178-79, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Revaziye Atila (-88, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) produced 13 points and 5 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mersin MBK is looking forward to face Yalova Vip (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Bayrakli will play against Osmaniye (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Balikesir between Bodrum and Edremit where Bodrum (1-0) crushed Edremit (0-1) on the road with 25-point difference 86-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Sasha Goodlett (195-90, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Harika Eldas contributed with 25 points for the winners. The former international center Melek Bilge (193-89) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Edremit. Bodrum will play against Bursa BSB at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Edremit will play against Istanbulgucu (#5) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Izmir between Urla BLD and Mersin Gelisim. Urla BLD (1-0) got a very close home victory over Mersin Gelisim (0-1). Urla BLD managed to escape with a 2-point win 64-62 on Sunday evening. Cierra Robertson-Warren stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Rachel Mitchell responded with 9 points and 20 rebounds. Urla BLD will meet Orduspor (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mersin Gelisim will play against Izmit (#6) and hope to win that game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Edirne, where Edirne (0-1) lost at home to Osmaniye (1-0) 77-93. Ziomara Morrison nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Edirne's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Osmaniye's next round opponent will be Fenerbahce G. (#4) in Istanbul. Edirne will play on the road against Ferko Ilgaz (#14) in Kastamonu and hope to win that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bursa. Local Bursa BSB (1-0) outscored Mersin Uni (0-1) 85-59 on Sunday night. Dilek Dedeoglu fired 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. 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. Bursa BSB will face Bodrum on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mersin Uni will play against Cankaya (#3) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 1 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Yalova Vip lost to undefeated Izmit in a road game 67-88. Winless Elazig lost to undefeated Istanbulgucu at home 52-66. Winless Ferko Ilgaz lost to undefeated Cankaya on the opponent's court 65-81. Fenerbahce G. managed to outperform Orduspor in a home game 95-80.

Mersin MBK - Bayrakli 80-59

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bayrakli (0-1) on the court of Mersin MBK on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Mersin MBK 80-59. The game was mostly controlled by Mersin MBK. Bayrakli managed to win fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bayrakli to just 6 points in first quarter. Mersin MBK dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Bayrakli's 36. They outrebounded Bayrakli 35-22 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mersin MBK looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American center Chanita Jordan (196-87, college: Bowie St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Asli Sevinc (178-79, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Four Mersin MBK players scored in double figures. Revaziye Atila (-88, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) produced 13 points and 5 assists and Burcu Alakus (-91) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mersin MBK is looking forward to face Yalova Vip (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Bayrakli will play against Osmaniye (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mersin MBK: C.Jordan 22+9reb, D.Boz 13+3reb+7ast, I.Dumlu 12+2reb+6ast, A.Sevinc 10+9reb+6ast, I.Masa 9+4reb+1ast, I.Tulgar 8+4reb+2ast
Bayrakli: R.Atila 13+2reb+5ast, B.Alakus 13+2reb+5ast, S.Boykin 9+7reb+3ast, P.Ozkaya 8+4reb+1ast, S.Altuntabakli 5, T.Canbaz 5+4reb
gschID: 566424


Urla BLD - Mersin Gelisim 64-62

A very close game took place in Izmir between Urla BLD and Mersin Gelisim. Urla BLD (1-0) got a very close home victory over Mersin Gelisim (0-1). Urla BLD managed to escape with a 2-point win 64-62 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Urla BLD forced 25 Mersin Gelisim turnovers. American center Cierra Robertson-Warren (193-91, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and forward Doga Comba (185-94, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American center Rachel Mitchell (201-92, college: Texas A&M) responded with 9 points and 20 rebounds and point guard Yaren Uslular (167-97, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. Urla BLD will meet Orduspor (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mersin Gelisim will play against Izmit (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Urla BLD: C.Robertson-Warren 19+10reb+1ast, D.Comba 11+5reb+4ast, A.Akinci 11+6reb+2ast, N.Guler 8+6reb+3ast, B.Kalfali 6+2reb+1ast, M.Basak 5+1reb+3ast
Mersin Gelisim: G.Kumandanoglu 20+6reb+1ast, Y.Uslular 16+4reb+7ast, R.Mitchell 9+20reb+2ast, F.Bayram 5+2reb, S.Yasa 5+3reb, M.Kiroglanoglu 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 566423


Bursa BSB - Mersin Univ. 85-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bursa. Local Bursa BSB (1-0) outscored Mersin Uni (0-1) 85-59 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Bursa BSB. Mersin Uni was better in third quarter 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bursa BSB dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Mersin Uni's 42. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Dilek Dedeoglu (183-83, agency: LBM Management) fired 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Monique Oliver (188-91, college: Rutgers) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American center Ariel Butts (190-93, college: Rutgers) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 22 rebounds and the former international guard Pinar Turan (170-82) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. 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. Bursa BSB will face Bodrum on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mersin Uni will play against Cankaya (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bursa BSB: D.Dedeoglu 32+5reb+4ast, M.Oliver 15+11reb+3ast, B.Erbas 10+1reb+9ast, H.Uykan 8+1reb+7ast, C.Ozturk 6+3reb, M.Gozde Inan 6+6reb
Mersin Univ.: A.Butts 16+22reb+1ast, P.Turan 13+1reb+4ast, J.Demirer 8+4reb, M.Kurtulmus 7+3reb+4ast, S.Turkmen 6+4reb+1ast, S.Kutun 5
gschID: 566422


Izmit - Yalova Vip 88-67

Izmit used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Yalova 88-67 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Izmit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Yalova Vip turnovers. Izmit shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Arhonda Covington (185-85, college: Louisville) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ebru Torun (-87, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Four Izmit players scored in double figures. American forward Corinne Costa (193-92, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and Tugba Battal (-94) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Yalova Vip's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Izmit will face Mersin Gelisim (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Yalova Vip will play against Mersin MBK and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Izmit: E.Torun 21+4reb+4ast, A.Covington 19+12reb+3ast, D.Dogan 18+2ast, S.Sale 14+4reb+7ast, D.Ustun 9+3reb+1ast, M.Yenal 4+5reb+3ast
Yalova Vip: C.Costa 21+12reb+3ast, T.Battal 12+7reb+4ast, I.Beris 10+2reb+2ast, E.Anac 9+3reb+2ast, B.Yillar 8+1reb+4ast, Y.Akdeniz 5+2reb
gschID: 566421


Edirne - Osmaniye 77-93

We should mention about the upset which took place in Edirne, where Edirne (0-1) lost at home to Osmaniye (1-0) 77-93. The game was mostly controlled by Osmaniye. Edirne was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Osmaniye players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Edirne's players. Chilean center Ziomara Morrison (194-89, agency: ProDep Management) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and guard Tugce Inoentepe (173-87, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) accounted for 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Osmaniye players scored in double figures. Point guard Yagmur Bul (164-96) came up with 27 points and 6 rebounds and American center Molly Schlemer (196-92, college: Cal Poly - SLO) added 20 points respectively for Edirne in the defeat. Edirne's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Osmaniye's next round opponent will be Fenerbahce G. (#4) in Istanbul. Edirne will play on the road against Ferko Ilgaz (#14) in Kastamonu and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Osmaniye: Z.Morrison 25+8reb, F.Yildiz 15+7reb+2ast, T.Inoentepe 14+6reb+8ast, N.Gungor 11+3reb+4ast, C.Aslan 9+2reb+4ast, S.Zeren 9+4reb+3ast
Edirne: Y.Bul 27+6reb+3ast, M.Schlemer 20+1reb, E.Ekenoglu 14+4reb, I.Kikiler 4+3reb+2ast, A.Kutay 3+2reb, A.Aktas 3+1reb
gschID: 566420


Elazig - Istanbulgucu 52-66

But Elazig was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Istanbul 66-52 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Istanbulgucu. Elazig was better in fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Elazig 43-28 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Breanna Brock (187-90, college: Missouri, agency: Gamble Sports Management) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Forward Belgin Onbasi (177-82) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. American center Angela Beadle (190-93, college: Sam Houston St.) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and forward Gamze Turkoglu (195-83) added 5 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Istanbulgucu will face Edremit (#12) in Balikesir in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Istanbulgucu: B.Onbasi 23+5reb+2ast, B.Brock 13+17reb+2ast, S.Tuncluer 10+6reb, M.Domac 7+7reb+1ast, G.Dulegoz 5+2reb+1ast, B.Kutlu 5+3reb+2ast
Elazig: A.Beadle 23+12reb+2ast, G.Sandallioglu 7+1reb, G.Turkoglu 5+7reb+1ast, T.Kanat 5+1reb+2ast, M.Gultekin 4+1reb+1ast, E.Ozdemir 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 566419


Edremit - Bodrum 61-86

Another exciting game was played in Balikesir between Bodrum and Edremit where Bodrum (1-0) crushed Edremit (0-1) on the road with 25-point difference 86-61. The game without a history. Bodrum led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Edremit's 36. They outrebounded Edremit 35-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Sasha Goodlett (195-90, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Harika Eldas (182-90, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) contributed with 25 points for the winners. The former international center Melek Bilge (193-89) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Hande Celebi (-90, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) added 5 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Edremit. Four Edremit players scored in double figures. Bodrum will play against Bursa BSB at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Edremit will play against Istanbulgucu (#5) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Bodrum: H.Eldas 25+3reb+2ast, S.Goodlett 25+13reb+1ast, S.Guclu-Aydin 9, G.Celebi 9+2reb+3ast, S.Tabakci 6+7reb+4ast, G.Uca 6+2reb+7ast
Edremit: M.Bilge 17+6reb+1ast, W.Rolle 12+3reb+2ast, B.Pehlivan 11+4reb+1ast, P.Kuccuk 10+2reb+3ast, I.Daricioglu 6+2reb+6ast, H.Celebi 5+6reb+8ast
gschID: 566418


Cankaya - Ferko Ilgaz 81-65

Cankaya used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Kastamonu 81-65 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Cankaya. Ferko Ilgaz was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cankaya looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Point guard Ilayda Tokmak (170-93, agency: GoaBasket) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Derin Yaya (174-97) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Cankaya players scored in double figures. American forward Azia Capri Bishop (190-93, college: Kentucky) produced 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and center Neslihan Ozkan (-93) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cankaya will face Mersin Uni (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ferko Ilgaz will play against Edirne (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cankaya: I.Tokmak 19+6reb+4ast, K.Dicle 15+7reb+1ast, D.Yaya 15+6reb+7ast, V.Baugh 14+6reb+2ast, A.Beydili 8+5reb+5ast, S.Aktas 5
Ferko Ilgaz: A.Capri Bishop 20+9reb+3ast, D.Celik 9+1reb+2ast, N.Ozkan 9+7reb, D.Topdemir 8+2reb+6ast, C.Incel 7+1reb+3ast, B.Peksenel 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 566416


Fenerbahce G. - Orduspor 95-80

Fenerbahce G. used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Ordu 95-80 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 54-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fenerbahce G. forced 19 Orduspor turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Point guard Melisa Korkmaz (172-97) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Doga Alper (178-0) chipped in 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Ukrainian center Olena Staschuk (192-85) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Tuba Kaya (-91) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Orduspor's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fenerbahce G. will face Osmaniye (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Orduspor will play against Urla BLD and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce G.: D.Alper 26+7reb+4ast, M.Korkmaz 23+7reb+11ast, B.Aydogmus 19+7reb+3ast, E.Erk 11+2reb+2ast, M.Ari 8+7reb+3ast, D.Ozen 6+5reb+6ast
Orduspor: O.Staschuk 25+13reb+5ast, T.Kaya 16+3reb, E.Onat 12, S.Ozcelik 8+4reb+4ast, H.Uredi 6+4reb+6ast, M.Eren 4+3reb
gschID: 566417





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WBBL Wrap Sun 08 October - by Paul Nilsen

Sevenoaks Suns and Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters are yet to taste defeat this season after the former won a thriller 85-79 in overtime against Team Northumbria and Hatters eased past Lions 84-62.

It had looked like a defeat was heading the way of Suns, but some big-time shots in crunch time saved the day as Cat Carr led the way with 21 points.

Hatters grew in influence against Lions, with veteran Steph Gandy maintaining their perfect start by also dropping 21 points.

WBBL Championship

Sevenoaks Suns 85-79 (OT) Team Northumbria (19-21, 33-37, 48-56, 71-71)

Sevenoaks Suns maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they came out on top against Northumbria.

Chantelle Pressley (185-F, college: E.Illinois) netted the go-ahead triple late in the extra period as Suns were able to complete their second victory.

Despite a 30-point haul from Alison Gorrell, Northumbria drop to a 1-2 mark on the season.

Leading Scorers - Carr 21, Pressley 17, Clark 14 (Suns) - Gorrell 30, Handy 14, Bonenberger 13 (Northumbria)

Turning Point - Judit Fritz came up clutch with a huge triple to force overtime and enable her side the chance to pull out the win.

Game Hero (es) - Cat Carr had a team-high 21 points for the Suns, while Chantelle Pressley and Judit Fritz both came up with important scores to help Sevenoaks pick up the win.

WBBL Championship

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 84-62 BA London Lions (24-14, 19-21, 18-14)

Westfield Health Sheffield followed up yesterday's road win with another convincing home win over BA London Lions.

The Yorkshire side extend their advantage at the top of the league table with their third straight win.

Leading Scorers - Gandy 21, Velkey 16, Lewis 14 (Hatters) - Gaskin 17, Ellmore 14, Pabrezaite 12 (Lions)

Turning Point - Hatters made a strong start to establish a double-digit advantage by the end of the opening period and maintained their control throughout.

Key Stat - Sheffield turned the ball over more times than their opponents, but outscored BA 18-12 in points off turnovers, whilst converting 54% of attempts from inside the arc.

Game Hero - Steph Gandy continues to show her class in the league finishing with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting having netted 12 in the first quarter.