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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dorell WRIGHT
  Igokea
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Wright, Igokea22.0 
 2. Rochestie, Crvena Z.19.7 
 3. Ennis, Mega Bemax19.3 
 4. Morgan, Olimpija18.7 
 5. Ivanov, Zadar18.5 
 6. Gordic, Buducnost18.0 
 7. Covic, FMP17.7 
 8. Miller, Partizan.17.3 
 9. Washington, Igokea17.0 
 10. Nichols, Cedevita16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan MORGAN
  Olimpija
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Morgan, Olimpija11.7 
 2. Trajkovski, MZT S.9.5 
 3. Bozic, Zadar9.0 
 4. Ilic, Buducnost8.7 
 5. Milosevic, Igokea8.7 
 6. Oliver, Olimpija7.3 
 7. Knowles, Zadar7.0 
 8. Lazic, Mega Bemax6.7 
 9. Radanov, FMP6.3 
 10. Bitadze, Mega B.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Filip COVIC
  FMP
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Covic, FMP9.3 
 2. Williams-G., Partiza.7.0 
 3. Rebic, Mega Bemax7.0 
 4. Garcia, MZT Skopje6.5 
 5. Rochestie, Crvena Z.6.3 
 6. Ennis, Mega Bemax5.7 
 7. Gordic, Buducnost5.3 
 8. Cherry, Cedevita5.3 
 9. Needham, Mornar B.4.7 
 10. Rozic, Cibona4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Devin OLIVER
  Olimpija
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Oliver, Olimpija2.7 
 2. Cakarevic, Partizan.2.3 
 3. Feldeine, Crvena Z.2.0 
 4. Dobric, Crvena Z.2.0 
 5. Ennis, Mega Bemax2.0 
 6. Knowles, Zadar2.0 
 7. Span, Olimpija1.7 
 8. Gordic, Buducnost1.7 
 9. Cherry, Cedevita1.7 
 10. Rebic, Mega Bemax1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Goga BITADZE
  Mega B.
  (211-C/F-99)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bitadze, Mega B.4.0 
 2. Lukovic, Mornar B.2.0 
 3. Zoric, Cibona1.7 
 4. Melvin, Cibona1.3 
 5. Ilic, Buducnost1.3 
 6. Nichols, Cedevita1.3 
 7. Kraljevic, Zadar1.0 
 8. Antic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 9. Lessort, Crvena Z.1.0 
 10. Trajkovski, MZT S.1.0 


Petrol Olimpija reinforced by Domen Lorbek - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Petrol Olimpija Ljubljana have signed an agreement on cooperation with former Slovenia national team member Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85), who is coming back to Olimpija, where he had previously played in the 2006/07 season. The player has agreed to play for the team from Ljubljana for one season.

32-year old Domen Lorbek, who is a child of Olimpija, began the last season at Spanish Betis Seville, where he has appeared only in four games due to the knee injury. Before that he had successfully played across Europe in the strongest national championships like Spanish, Italian and Turkish.

Lorbek has also appeared in three European championships for Slovenia national team - in 2007, 2009 and 2013, as well as at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. He won the gold medal with Slovenia U20 national team in 2004.

When signing with Petrol Olimpija, Lorbek expressed how pleased he was: 'I am looking forward to be playing again after a year of break. I have been looking for the right place to prove myself in as many games as possible. I came back to Petrol Olimpija without large expectations and with a mentality to take one game at the time. I believe that I would take advantage of the minutes, that coach Okorn would give me, well. I have already undergone some practices with the team and I believe that I would successfully adapt to it.'



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  ALBANIA  


Franko Bushati selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Scandone AV (1-1) crushing them 96-75 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Bushati scored 6 points and had 3 steals in 18 minutes on the court. Germani Basket Brescia (2-0) is placed third in the Serie A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Bushati averages: 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 33.3% in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Bushati is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo (0-2) crushing them 88-52 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Ndoja scored 6 points in 17 minutes. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (1-1) is placed tenth in the Serie A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Ndoja's overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Celis Taflaj
Celis Taflaj
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Celis Taflaj (201-98, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a 1-point Viola RC's victory against the 16th-ranked Virtus Roma (0-2) 84-83 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Taflaj scored 7 points. It was his first game for Viola RC this season. His team is placed ninth in West group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Taflaj's first year with the team. He is also a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #4. An experienced forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Limburg (0-2) crushing them 84-55 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (2-0) is placed fourth in South-West group. Mitku is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Tuebingen II's roster. Mitku has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Albanian national team back in 2011.

Klaudio Patani
Klaudio Patani
   #5. International power forward Klaudio Patani (197-96, currently plays in Italy) could not help Isernia (0-2) in their last game. Despite Patani's very good performance the 13th-placed Isernia (0-2) was crushed 95-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) Palestrina in the Group D. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Patani also added 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Patani has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.5spg in two games. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities. Patani plays currently for the Albanian national team.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in ABA League) could not help Olimpija (1-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Olimpija was defeated 96-85 on the road by the higher-ranked Cibona (#7). Kastrati scored 11 points. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Kastrati's first year with the team. His overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg. Kastrati has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help the league outsider Dorsten in their game against Grevenbroich (5-0) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Pelaj scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. But the 13th-placed Dorsten (0-5) was badly defeated 90-73 at home by the leading Grevenbroich in the West group. So far Dorsten lost all five games in the Regular Season. Pelaj has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. Pelaj is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Mike Moser (203-F-90) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Elvisi Dusha (188-G-94) plays for Worcester Wolves in British BBL
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for Koeln Rh.Stars in German ProA
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Rosenheim in German Regionalliga
Denis Denda (210-C-90) plays for Faiakas in Greek C
Oresti Beli (201-PF-98) plays for Aris Petropoulis in Greek C
Ferdi Bedini (192-SG-99) plays for Bergamo in Italian Serie A2
Manolis Kalatzis (190-SF-96) plays for AO Tritonas Sepolion in Greek B

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



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  AUSTRALIA  


Thunder hold off Australia's Melbourne United 86-85 - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big defensive stand to hold off Melbourne United. Josh Huestis (6'7''-F-91, college: Stanford) had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Thunder escape with an 86-85 exhibition victory Sunday. Huestis blocked Josh Boone (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Connecticut)'s shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather (6'6''-F/G-91, college: Florida)'s shot to clinch the win. Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said he was proud of the way his team played against the All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse). Melbourne withstood a run by the Thunder with their stars in the game in the third quarter and made it competitive down the stretch. "I felt coming into the half that they were really going to try to make a run with their best group," Vickerman said. "We weathered that storm, and they had to keep some of those best players coming back to win the game." Casper Ware (5'10''-PG-90, college: Long Beach St.) Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League. Melbourne, an Australian team, also was up against a time adjustment. "I know most of the guys couldn't really get a good sleeping pattern, including myself," Prather said. "My legs are a bit fatigued, but once you come to a game like this, you know all the adrenaline going and the energy to get going, so you know, we really don't feel it too much." Oklahoma City's stars shot poorly. George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Westbrook was limited to nine points, going 3 for 10. "I was pretty impressed by the statistics that we held some people to," Vickerman said. "For us, because we're a little bit smaller, we try to fight through everything, and I guess that maintained some pressure on them rather than when you switch, there's a little more separation." Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on. "To have the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world and to know that our league can challenge those best teams in the world - it does a lot for our reputation in the league and it does a lot for our club's reputation," Vickerman said.
Courtesy of: kansascity.com



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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Klosterneuburg
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 38
 1. Vay, Klosterneuburg38.0 
 2. Stazic, Vienna25.0 
 3. Klette, Gmunden23.0 
 4. Miletic, Klostern.21.0 
 5. Murati, Gmunden21.0 
 6. Danek, Arkadia19.0 
 7. Gordon, Furstenfeld19.0 
 8. Reyes, Furstenfeld17.0 
 9. Novas-Mateo, Wels17.0 
 10. Chambers, Wels16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darien NELSON-HENRY
  UBSC G.
  (211-C-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. Nelson-Henry, UBSC G.15.0 
 2. Pierce, Vienna13.0 
 3. Rados, Kapfenberg12.0 
 4. Gaidys, Gmunden11.0 
 5. Gordon, Furstenfeld9.0 
 6. Car, Furstenfeld8.0 
 7. Stegnjaic, Kapfe.8.0 
 8. Klette, Gmunden8.0 
 9. Guettl, Arkadia8.0 
 10. Miletic, Klostern.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Danek, Arkadia13.0 
 2. Vujosevic, Kapfe.11.0 
 3. Jamar, Kapfenberg9.0 
 4. Chambers, Wels7.0 
 5. Stazic, Vienna7.0 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.6.0 
 7. Bauer, Klostern.5.0 
 8. Trmal, Arkadia5.0 
 9. Dowell, Vienna4.0 
 10. Richter, UBSC G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bogic VUJOSEVIC
  Kapfe.
  (190-PG-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Vujosevic, Kapfe.4.0 
 2. Guettl, Arkadia4.0 
 3. Detrick, Vienna4.0 
 4. Hassan-Zadeh, Vie.3.0 
 5. Murati, Gmunden3.0 
 6. Miletic, Klostern.2.0 
 7. Trmal, Arkadia2.0 
 8. Jamar, Kapfenberg2.0 
 9. Wilson, Wels2.0 
 10. Danek, Arkadia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley GORDON
  Furstenfeld
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gordon, Furstenfeld3.0 
 2. Stazic, Vienna3.0 
 3. Pierce, Vienna1.0 
 4. Rados, Kapfenberg1.0 
 5. Reyes, Furstenfeld1.0 
 6. Coffin, Kapfenberg1.0 
 7. Richter, UBSC G.1.0 
 8. Maresch, UBSC G.1.0 
 9. Trmal, Arkadia1.0 
 10. Chambers, Wels1.0 


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





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)



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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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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Tre DEMPS
  Mons-Hai.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Demps, Mons-Hai.20.3 
 2. Bojovic, Liege19.7 
 3. Tuttle, Spirou18.0 
 4. Zabas, Leuven18.0 
 5. Larson, Liege17.3 
 6. Desiron, Limburg .17.0 
 7. McNeaill, Kangoeroes16.5 
 8. Troisfontain., Aalst.16.3 
 9. Jones, Mons-Hai.15.5 
 10. Reddic, Mons-Hai.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hans VANWIJN
  Antwerp
  (205-PF-95)
  Avg: 10
 1. Vanwijn, Antwerp10.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut9.3 
 3. Simmons, Brussels8.3 
 4. Amis, Aalstar8.0 
 5. Thomas, Spirou7.5 
 6. Heath, Limburg .7.5 
 7. Peterson, Brussels7.0 
 8. Tofi, Aalstar7.0 
 9. Mwema, Oostende6.7 
 10. Mukubu, Limburg .6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Liege
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Larson, Liege7.0 
 2. Rahon, Limburg .6.5 
 3. Thomas, Spirou6.5 
 4. Loubry, Brussels5.7 
 5. Monaghan, Limburg .5.5 
 6. Jones, Mons-Hai.5.5 
 7. Mukubu, Limburg .4.5 
 8. Tuttle, Spirou4.5 
 9. Channels, Aalstar4.3 
 10. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Paris LEE
  Antwerp
  (183-PG-95)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Lee, Antwerp3.5 
 2. Thomas, Spirou2.5 
 3. Clark, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Schoepen, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Larson, Liege2.0 
 6. Myers, Oostende2.0 
 7. Simmons, Brussels1.7 
 8. Harrell, Brussels1.7 
 9. Bojovic, Liege1.7 
 10. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.7 
 2. Simmons, Brussels1.7 
 3. Heath, Limburg .1.5 
 4. Reddic, Mons-Hai.1.3 
 5. Bako, Antwerp1.0 
 6. Spicer, Limburg .1.0 
 7. Chada, Kangoeroes1.0 
 8. Vanwijn, Antwerp1.0 
 9. Fieler, Oostende0.7 
 10. Alihodzic, Leuven0.7 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bart MAESEN
  Houthalen
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 19
 1. Maesen, Houthalen19.0 
 2. Spaens, Ieper18.6 
 3. Buysse, Gistel O.18.5 
 4. Perez, Melsele17.6 
 5. Vermoessen, Gent H.17.6 
 6. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.17.5 
 7. Goetgeluck, Soba17.3 
 8. Enobakhare, Royal B.16.5 
 9. Schoepen, Melsele16.3 
 10. Gorremans, Soba16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leigh ENOBAKHARE
  Royal B.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Enobakhare, Royal B.12.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.8 
 3. Buysschaert, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Dobbelaere, Ieper9.2 
 5. Moray, Ninane8.3 
 6. Leemans, Ieper8.2 
 7. Van-de-Broek, Oxaco7.7 
 8. Fusek, Spirou B7.7 
 9. Gorremans, Soba7.6 
 10. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Celis, Oxaco6.0 
 2. Fassotte, Ninane4.4 
 3. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.0 
 4. Van-d., Melsele3.8 
 5. Perez, Melsele3.6 
 6. Maio, Ninane3.4 
 7. De-Vreught, Gistel O.3.4 
 8. Demirtas, Spirou B3.2 
 9. Peeters, Gembo BBC3.2 
 10. Goetgeluck, Soba3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas LAMOT
  Melsele
  (190-F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lamot, Melsele2.6 
 2. Perez, Melsele2.6 
 3. Van-d., Melsele2.5 
 4. Moray, Ninane2.3 
 5. Collette, Ninane2.2 
 6. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 7. Allemand, Ninane1.6 
 8. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.6 
 9. Pierre, Neufchateau1.5 
 10. Goetgeluck, Soba1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou B
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fusek, Spirou B2.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.4 
 3. Moray, Ninane1.0 
 4. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.0.8 
 5. Marion, Royal B.0.8 
 6. Billot, Neufchateau0.8 
 7. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Vermoessen, Gent H.0.6 
 9. Robeyns, Spirou B0.5 
 10. Enobakhare, Royal B.0.5 


Top Division I Round 6: Waregem defeated by Soba - by Eurobasket News

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 took place in Antwerpen where host Soba (5-1) edged league's leader Waregem (5-1) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Waregem. It was a key game for the top position in the league. 25 personal fouls committed by Waregem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Leroy Anthonis (206-90) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Swingman Jonathan Balanga (191-94) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Aaron Van Vooren (200-94) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soba keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Waregem and Spirou B. Waregem will play next round against Melsele trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Soba will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Ieper on the road.
Bottom-ranked Houthalen (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-62 loss to fifth ranked Oxaco (4-1) in Houthalen. It was a good game for Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Mark De-Meyer contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Oxaco's coach Raf Vervoort allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) replied with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Houthalen. Oxaco have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Houthalen at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Oxaco will play against higher ranked Spirou B (#3) in Charleroi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Houthalen will play on the road against Neufchateau (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Royal Brussels (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-77 loss to eleventh ranked Gent Hawks (2-4) in Gent on Saturday evening. Gregory De Pooter scored 20 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Leigh Enobakhare with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gent Hawks maintains eleventh position with 2-4 record. Loser Royal Brussels still closes the standings with four games lost. Gent Hawks will meet higher ranked Gembo BBC (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Royal Brussels will play against Gistel Oostende (#9) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Third ranked Spirou B blasted bottom-ranked Giants B (0-3) in Charleroi 86-48. Giants B is still unable to win any game. Haris Delalic notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou B have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Soba and Waregem. Giants B at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Spirou B's next round opponent will be Oxaco (#4) in Boechout. Giants B will play at home against Ninane (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Ninane was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Neufchateau (3-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Ninane (3-3). Ninane defeated Neufchateau 82-72 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Neufchateau. The best player for the winners was Yannick Moray who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Ninane moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melsele and Neufchateau. Ninane will face Giants B (#12) in Antwerp in the next round where they are favorite.

In the last two games of round 6 Ieper was defeated by Gistel Oostende in a road game 95-80. Melsele beat Gembo BBC at home 77-74.

Houthalen - Oxaco 62-73

Bottom-ranked Houthalen (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-62 loss to fifth ranked Oxaco (4-1) in Houthalen. They also forced 21 Houthalen turnovers. Houthalen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Center Mark De-Meyer (194-88) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Oxaco's coach Raf Vervoort allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) replied with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) added 11 points in the effort for Houthalen. Oxaco have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Houthalen at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Oxaco will play against higher ranked Spirou B (#3) in Charleroi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Houthalen will play on the road against Neufchateau (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: M.De Meyer 17+5reb+1ast, S.Van Hoey 15+5reb+3ast, C.Pegg 13+3reb+3ast, M.Van Gelder 9+2reb+2ast, B.Van de Broek 7+8reb, G.Nau 3+1reb
Houthalen: B.Maesen 16+7reb+4ast, C.Koonings 11+3reb+2ast, D.Clemente 8+6reb+1ast, K.Niayingwanda 6+6reb, T.Ceyssens 5+2reb+1ast, E.Montanari 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 568731


Gistel Oostende - Ieper 95-80

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Ieper (2-3) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Gistel Oostende (2-3) 95-80 on Sunday. Gistel Oostende shot 26 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Ieper only scored ten points from the stripe. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Ieper was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Servaas Buysschaert (204-99, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Simon Buysse (193-97) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Robin Spaens (180-92) who recorded 28 points and 4 assists and swingman Robin Mestdagh (195-88, college: E.Kentucky) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Gistel Oostende and four Ieper players scored in double figures. Gistel Oostende moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Ieper. Gistel Oostende will face Royal Brussels (#13) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Gistel Oostende: S.Buysse 21+7reb+5ast, T.Vanderhaegen 20+11reb+1ast, S.De Vreught 20+2reb+2ast, S.Buysschaert 19+16reb+4ast, L.Kotrulja 12+2reb+6ast, K.Van De Vuurst 3+1reb+1ast
Ieper: R.Spaens 28+4ast, R.Mestdagh 19+5reb+3ast, S.Leemans 10+13reb+2ast, W.Dobbelaere 10+7reb+4ast, A.Schepens 5+3reb+1ast, J.Debrock 4+2reb
gschID: 568730


Soba - Waregem 74-71

Round 6 in Top Division I means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Antwerpen where host Soba (5-1) edged league's leader Waregem (5-1) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Waregem. It was a key game for the top position in the league. 25 personal fouls committed by Waregem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Leroy Anthonis (206-90) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Swingman Jonathan Balanga (191-94) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Aaron Van Vooren (200-94) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Arne Steinbach (180-92, agency: Court Side) added 13 points respectively. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soba keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Waregem and Spirou B. Waregem will play next round against Melsele trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Soba will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Ieper on the road.
Top scorers:
Soba: J.Balanga 19+4reb+1ast, L.Anthonis 17+7reb+1ast, S.Ronge 10+1reb+1ast, A.Goetgeluck 9+5reb+3ast, M.Gorremans 7+5reb, K.van Kempen 7+4reb
Waregem: A.Van Vooren 19+7reb+1ast, A.Steinbach 13+1reb, S.Naudts 9+3reb+1ast, T.Marien 8+3reb, B.Guillemyn 8+4reb, D.D'Haens 6+5reb
gschID: 568729


Melsele - Gembo BBC 77-74

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Melsele (3-3) edged at home one of their biggest challengers Gembo BBC (3-2) 77-74 on Saturday. They outrebounded Gembo BBC 38-17 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Thomas Lamot (190-87) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jens Bouckaert (-91) who recorded 21 points and point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) added 13 points respectively. Melsele moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Neufchateau and Ninane. Loser Gembo BBC dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Melsele will face league's second-placed Waregem on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gembo BBC will play against Gent Hawks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Melsele: T.Lamot 18+4reb+4ast, Y.Schoepen 16+3reb, P.Hilliman 16+11reb+3ast, I.Perez 9+5reb+5ast, N.Dhooge 8+10reb+1ast, W.Leten 5+4reb
Gembo BBC: J.Bouckaert 21+2reb, A.Vermeersch 13+1reb+1ast, P.Peeters 13+3reb+2ast, E.Van Aken 6+2reb, B.De Valck 6+1reb, S.Renier 6
gschID: 568728


Gent Hawks - Royal Brussels 89-77

Bottom-ranked Royal Brussels (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-77 loss to eleventh ranked Gent Hawks (2-4) in Gent on Saturday evening. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Royal Brussels' players. Forward Gregory De Pooter (197-84) scored 20 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized Nigerian center Leigh Enobakhare (206-86, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Adam Hall (198-80, college: Virginia) scored 18 points. Gent Hawks maintains eleventh position with 2-4 record. Loser Royal Brussels still closes the standings with four games lost. Gent Hawks will meet higher ranked Gembo BBC (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Royal Brussels will play against Gistel Oostende (#9) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: G.De Pooter 20+2reb+6ast, J.Vermoessen 19+4reb+2ast, J.Vermoessen 18+4reb+1ast, S.Gesquiere 16+1reb+2ast, R.Van den Berghe 9+2reb+2ast, L.Lhote 5+1reb+9ast
Royal Brussels: L.Enobakhare 19+10reb, A.Hall 18+1reb+1ast, F.Lait 15+2reb+1ast, A.Marion 8+2reb+1ast, J.Nyamsi 7+1reb+1ast, A.Tuluka-Mfumupembe 5+1ast
gschID: 568727


Ninane - Neufchateau 82-72

The game in Ninane was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Neufchateau (3-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Ninane (3-3). Ninane defeated Neufchateau 82-72 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Neufchateau. The best player for the winners was Yannick Moray (199-91) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Romain Fassotte (190-91) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Alexis Pierre (178-92) who recorded 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Arnaud Piette (206-86) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Ninane moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melsele and Neufchateau. Ninane will face Giants B (#12) in Antwerp in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Ninane: Y.Moray 21+17reb+3ast, S.Maio 12+2reb+3ast, R.Allemand 11+5reb, R.Fassotte 9+5reb+7ast, X.Collette 7+7reb+2ast, R.Nicaise 6+4reb+1ast
Neufchateau: A.Pierre 22+3reb+3ast, M.Dekeyser 13+5reb+1ast, G.Hulsen 8+4reb+1ast, A.Piette 8+9reb+2ast, A.Billot 6+7reb, N.Sturam 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 568725


Spirou B - Giants B 86-48

Third ranked Spirou B blasted bottom-ranked Giants B (0-3) in Charleroi 86-48. Giants B is still unable to win any game. Spirou B dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Giants B's 24 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Spirou B had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bosnian forward Haris Delalic (202-94) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Slovakian center Michal Fusek (224-95, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Spirou B players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by center Roby Rogiers (206-97, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Giants B. Swingman Thibaut Vervoort (195-97) added 5 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou B have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Soba and Waregem. Giants B at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Spirou B's next round opponent will be Oxaco (#4) in Boechout. Giants B will play at home against Ninane (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Spirou B: S.Demirtas 16+3reb+3ast, W.Robeyns 15+3reb+2ast, H.Delalic 15+7reb+2ast, M.Fusek 13+9reb+1ast, R.Morini 6+2reb, C.Goffin 6+2reb
Giants B: R.Rogiers 16+6reb, L.Coppens 5+3reb+2ast, D.George 5+2reb+3ast, T.Vervoort 5+5reb+1ast, K.Van Den Langenbergh 4+3reb+1ast, V.Bleijenbergh 3
gschID: 568726



Euromillions League Round 3: Kangoeroes lose to Oostende - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kangoeroes (1-1) in Willebroek on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Oostende (3-0) 92-55. The best player for the winners was American forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) chipped in 19 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ivan Vranes (205-96) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende are looking forward to face Spirou Charleroi (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Antwerp. Antwerp Giants (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Basic-Fit Brussels (1-2) 84-82 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a good game for international Hans Vanwijn (205-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Jason Clark contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Basic-Fit Brussels. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game was played in Aalstar. Antwerp Giants faced Okapi Aalstar. Guests from Antwerp (2-0) defeated host Okapi Aalstar (2-1) 77-72. It was a great evening for Dave Dudzinski who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Wesley Channels with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Okapi Aalstar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Brussels was also worth to mention about. Limburg United (0-2) played at the court of Basic-Fit Brussels (1-2). Basic-Fit Brussels defeated Limburg United 79-69. It was an exceptional evening for Domien Loubry who led the winners and scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basic-Fit Brussels will have a break next round. Limburg United will play at home against Leuven Bears (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Jemappes was also quite interesting. Spirou Charleroi (1-1) played at the court of Belfius Mons-Hainaut (2-1). Belfius Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 6-point victory 90-84 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Tre Demps who scored 23 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Spirou Charleroi's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will face Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spirou Charleroi will play against Oostende and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 3 bottom-ranked Liege defeated Leuven in a road game 88-78.

Brussels - Limburg United 79-69

The game in Brussels was also worth to mention about. Limburg United (0-2) played at the court of Basic-Fit Brussels (1-2). Basic-Fit Brussels defeated Limburg United 79-69. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) who led the winners and scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Five Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. The former international forward Wen-Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) came up with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Yannick Desiron (208-92) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Limburg United in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basic-Fit Brussels will have a break next round. Limburg United will play at home against Leuven Bears (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: Y.Desiron 16+3reb, T.Unruh 12+2reb, K.Spicer 9+6reb+2ast, J.Heath 9+4reb+2ast, W.Boss Mukubu 7+9reb+4ast, Z.Monaghan 7+5ast
Brussels: G.Muya 16+4reb+2ast, A.Lichodzijewski 13+3reb+1ast, D.Loubry 11+5reb+8ast, K.Harrell 10+5reb, J.Simmons 10+7reb+1ast, B.Peterson 7+4reb
gschID: 568529


Kangoeroes - Oostende 55-92

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kangoeroes (1-1) in Willebroek on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Oostende (3-0) 92-55. The best player for the winners was American forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) chipped in 19 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Four Oostende players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ivan Vranes (205-96) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) added 9 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. Oostende are looking forward to face Spirou Charleroi (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: I.Vranes 14+5reb, K.McNeaill 9+2reb+3ast, K.Cheatham Jr. 6+2reb, P.Badji 6+2reb, A.Chada 5+1reb, T.Creppy 5+4reb+1ast
Oostende: C.Fieler 19+3reb, M.Myers 16+8reb, J.Salumu 14+1reb+2ast, L.Schwartz 11+7reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 8+2ast, T.Jekiri 7+3reb
gschID: 568528


Aalstar - Antwerp 72-77

An exciting game was played in Aalstar. Antwerp Giants faced Okapi Aalstar. Guests from Antwerp (2-0) defeated host Okapi Aalstar (2-1) 77-72. Antwerp Giants made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Dave Dudzinski (206-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. International Hans Vanwijn (205-95) helped adding 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) scored 17 points. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 17+1reb+2ast, W.Channels 17+5reb+7ast, A.Chrabascz 15+4reb, V.Taylor 11+3reb+2ast, J.Tofi 8+9reb+1ast, K.Dunham 3+1reb+1ast
Antwerp: D.Dudzinski 18+5reb, D.Donkor 16, P.Lee 11+1reb+4ast, H.Vanwijn 9+10reb, J.Clark 8+2ast, I.Bako 6+7reb
gschID: 568527


Mons-Hainaut - Spirou 90-84

The game in Jemappes was also quite interesting. Spirou Charleroi (1-1) played at the court of Belfius Mons-Hainaut (2-1). Belfius Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 6-point victory 90-84 on Saturday. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Spirou Charleroi's 38. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) who scored 23 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Chris Jones (188-93, college: Angelo St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds and Scott Thomas (198-89, college: Bowling Green) added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will face Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spirou Charleroi will play against Oostende and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spirou: S.Tuttle 24+7reb+2ast, K.Grant 12+2reb+4ast, I.Iarochevitch 12+2reb, A.Libert 11+2reb+1ast, S.Casero-Ortiz 8+1reb+1ast, S.Thomas 7+8reb+8ast
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 23+3reb+3ast, G.Green 19+1reb+2ast, C.Jones 18+4reb+6ast, J.Reddic 16+7reb+1ast, X.Francois 6+1reb, B.Lemaire 4+1ast
gschID: 568525


Leuven - Liege 78-88

But Leuven Bears were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Liege 88-78 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) who scored 15 points and 8 assists. Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 20 points. Five Liege Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian-Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American swingman Sanjay Lumpkin (198-94, college: Northwestern) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Liege Basket will face Kangoeroes (#5) in Willebroek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will play on the road against Limburg United (#9) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Leuven: E.Zabas 20+3reb+4ast, S.Lumpkin 17+6reb+2ast, M.Gaudoux 11+8reb+4ast, R.Camphor 8+4reb+6ast, F.Robinson 6+4reb+1ast, F.Alihodzic 5+5reb
Liege: M.Bojovic 20+4reb+3ast, T.Larson 15+4reb+8ast, J.Cebasek 12+8reb, T.Deroover 12+1reb+1ast, L.Hazard 11+5reb+1ast, D.Harris 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 568526


Round 4
Antwerp - Brussels 84-82

Important game to mention about took place in Antwerp. Antwerp Giants (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Basic-Fit Brussels (1-2) 84-82 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Antwerp Giants made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international Hans Vanwijn (205-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Basic-Fit Brussels. Four Antwerp Giants and five Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brussels: D.Loubry 22+5reb+5ast, K.Harrell 14+3reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 13+3reb+1ast, B.Peterson 10+10reb, J.Simmons 10+9reb+4ast, M.Depuydt 7+3ast
Antwerp: J.Clark 18+2reb+5ast, H.Vanwijn 13+10reb+4ast, A.Marelja 12+2reb+1ast, D.Dudzinski 10+5reb+1ast, I.Bako 9+5reb+1ast, P.Lee 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 568524





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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex DAVIS
  Beroe
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Davis, Beroe25.0 
 2. Bowen, Spartak .23.0 
 3. Umipig, Akademik.22.0 
 4. Simeonov, Levski21.0 
 5. Pepper, Lukoil A.19.0 
 6. Perine, Yambol18.0 
 7. Wright, Rilski18.0 
 8. Marinov, Spartak .17.0 
 9. Yanev Georgi., Ber.17.0 
 10. Parker, Beroe16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleks SIMEONOV
  Levski
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 13
 1. Simeonov, Levski13.0 
 2. Varbanov, Yambol11.0 
 3. Clanton, Lukoil Acad.11.0 
 4. Nguirane, Akademik.10.0 
 5. Maravic, Levski10.0 
 6. Govedarov, Yambol10.0 
 7. Johnson, Akademik.9.0 
 8. Ivanov, Yambol9.0 
 9. Kemp, Beroe9.0 
 10. Dimitrov, Lukoil A.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Konstantin KOEV
  Spartak .
  (196-F-91)
  Avg: 8
 1. Koev, Spartak .8.0 
 2. Velikov, Lukoil Acad.8.0 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol7.0 
 4. Marinov, Spartak .7.0 
 5. Avramov, Lukoil A.6.0 
 6. Karamfilov, Levski6.0 
 7. Parker, Beroe5.0 
 8. Umipig, Akademik.5.0 
 9. Alipiev, Levski 20145.0 
 10. Bachev, Akademik.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Konstantin KOEV
  Spartak .
  (196-F-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Koev, Spartak .5.0 
 2. Marincheshki, Rilski5.0 
 3. Perine, Yambol3.0 
 4. DiNunno, Beroe3.0 
 5. Wright, Rilski3.0 
 6. Jeter, Rilski2.0 
 7. Parker, Beroe2.0 
 8. Davis, Beroe2.0 
 9. Simeonov, Levski2.0 
 10. Cholakov, Yambol2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin STEFANOV
  Cherno M.
  (200-SF-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Stefanov, Cherno M.2.0 
 2. Varbanov, Yambol2.0 
 3. Krastev, Cherno M.1.0 
 4. Lekov, Levski 20141.0 
 5. Maravic, Levski1.0 
 6. Dimitrov, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Milov, Levski 20141.0 
 8. Ivanov, Lukoil A.1.0 
 9. Pepper, Lukoil A.1.0 
 10. Alipiev, Levski 20141.0 


NBL Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spartak Pleven (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Beroe (1-0) 104-83. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Spartak Pleven managed to win fourth quarter 33-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beroe shot 63.9 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Alex Davis (206-92, college: Fresno St.) fired 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. International forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Cedrick Bowen (198-92, college: Charleston So.) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Yambol (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game was played in Varna between Levski 2014 and Cherno More where Levski 2014 (1-0) crushed Cherno More (0-1) on the road with 26-point difference 88-62. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Maravic contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kristiyan Krastev (200-97) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Cherno More. Levski 2014 will play against Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Cherno More will play on the road against Rilski in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 1 Yambol lost to Akademik PL in Plovdiv 72-78. Lukoil Acad. smashed Rilski at home 95-75.

Spartak Pleven - Beroe 83-104

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spartak Pleven (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Beroe (1-0) 104-83. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Spartak Pleven managed to win fourth quarter 33-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beroe shot 63.9 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Alex Davis (206-92, college: Fresno St.) fired 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. International forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points. Five Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Cedrick Bowen (198-92, college: Charleston So.) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and point guard Nikolay Marinov (174-94) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Yambol (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Beroe: A.Davis 25+4reb+2ast, A.Yanev Georgiev 17+3reb+3ast, A.Parker 16+1reb+5ast, T.Whisnant 15+2reb+1ast, M.DiNunno 11+4reb+4ast, A.Kemp 10+9reb
Spartak Pleven: C.Bowen 23+5reb, N.Marinov 17+2reb+7ast, D.Kuntic 15+3reb+4ast, K.Koev 9+2reb+8ast, V.Krysevich 8+2reb, G.Nikolov 8+1reb
gschID: 566725


Akademik PL - Yambol 78-72

Academik Plovdiv used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Yambol 78-72. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-17 Yambol's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-72 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Isiah Umipig (183-92, college: Seattle) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. The former international Martin Durchev (202-87) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Yambol. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yambol's coach Ivan Cholakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academik Plovdiv will play against Levski 2014 (#3) in Sofia in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yambol will play at home against Spartak Pleven (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: I.Umipig 22+4reb+5ast, M.Durchev 14+6reb+2ast, S.Smith 11+3reb, M.Johnson 11+9reb+1ast, V.Bachev 10+1reb+5ast, M.Nguirane 4+10reb+1ast
Yambol: B.Perine 18+1reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 14+11reb+7ast, S.Govedarov 10+10reb+4ast, S.Cholakov 10+2reb+1ast, E.Ivanov 8+2reb+1ast, A.Ivanov 8+9reb
gschID: 566724


Cherno More - Levski 2014 62-88

Another exciting game was played in Varna between Levski 2014 and Cherno More where Levski 2014 (1-0) crushed Cherno More (0-1) on the road with 26-point difference 88-62. The game without a history. Levski 2014 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Levski 2014 outrebounded Cherno More 48-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Cherno More's players. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Levski 2014 players scored in double figures. Forward Kristiyan Krastev (200-97) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Portuguese swingman Venelin Hristov (198-95) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cherno More. Levski 2014 will play against Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Cherno More will play on the road against Rilski in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski 2014: A.Simeonov 21+13reb+1ast, N.Maravic 14+10reb+2ast, J.Hunt 13+1reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 12+7reb+1ast, I.Alipiev 10+5reb+5ast, A.Milov 9+8reb+3ast
Cherno More: K.Krastev 15+7reb+1ast, V.Hristov 14+5reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 11+6reb+2ast, M.Stefanov 8+4reb, M.Kotsev 6+7reb+2ast, P.Hristov 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 566723


Lukoil Acad. - Rilski 95-75

Lukoil Acad. used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Samokov 95-75. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Acad.. Rilski was better in fourth quarter 29-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Acad. shot 63.8 percent from the field. Lukoil Acad. outrebounded Rilski 34-18 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Rilski's players. It was a very good performance for American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) contributed with 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. American point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay St.) answered with 18 points and the former international guard Zlatin Georgiev (197-85) added 12 points in the effort for Rilski. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lukoil Acad. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rilski will play at home against Cherno More (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: D.Pepper 19+1reb+1ast, H.Nikolov 12+2reb+1ast, K.Clanton 12+11reb+3ast, A.Raffa 10+1ast, B.Avramov 10+3reb+6ast, J.Knox 10+6reb+1ast
Rilski: D.Wright 18+3reb+3ast, D.Marincheshki 14+4reb, Z.Georgiev 12+3reb+3ast, S.Jeter 10+2reb, M.Marinov 7+2ast, T.Taylor 4+2reb
gschID: 566722





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  CANADA  


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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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Brian SULLIVAN
  MMCITE B.
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 30
 1. Sullivan, MMCITE B.30.0 
 2. Peterson, USK Praha25.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava23.0 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.21.0 
 5. Primorac, MMCITE B.19.0 
 6. Kerr, Svitavy19.0 
 7. Stanojevic, NH Os.18.5 
 8. Diggs, CEZ Nymburk18.0 
 9. Robinson, Usti n.17.0 
 10. Roseboro, Svitavy17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mladen PRIMORAC
  MMCITE B.
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Primorac, MMCITE B.18.0 
 2. Tawiah, J.Hradec12.0 
 3. Kerr, Svitavy11.0 
 4. Pecka, Usti n.10.5 
 5. Peterson, USK Praha10.0 
 6. Stojacic, NH Os.9.0 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin9.0 
 8. Houska, BK Decin8.0 
 9. Madsen, USK Praha7.0 
 10. Tomanec, MMCITE B.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Sirina, BK Opava9.0 
 2. Ray, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 3. Kouril, BK Opava6.0 
 4. Necas, BK Pardubice5.0 
 5. Roseboro, Svitavy5.0 
 6. Marko, Svitavy5.0 
 7. Burnett, BK Pardu.5.0 
 8. Peterson, USK Praha4.5 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.4.0 
 10. Ciz, BK Kolin4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sirina, BK Opava5.0 
 2. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.0 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.4.0 
 4. Ciz, BK Kolin3.0 
 5. Pecka, Usti n.3.0 
 6. Peterson, USK Praha3.0 
 7. Ray, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 8. Robinson, Usti n.2.0 
 9. Kouril, BK Opava2.0 
 10. Pomikalek, BK De.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexander MADSEN
  USK Praha
  (208-F/C-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Madsen, USK Praha4.0 
 2. Mickelson, CEZ N.2.0 
 3. Jelinek, Svitavy2.0 
 4. Raines, USK Praha2.0 
 5. Houska, BK Decin1.5 
 6. Woods, NH Ostrava1.0 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.1.0 
 8. Robinson, Usti n.1.0 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.0 
 10. Barac, CEZ Nymburk1.0 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pavel NOVAK
  Olomouc SK
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 26
 1. Novak, Olomouc SK26.0 
 2. Welsch, GBA Sparta23.0 
 3. Janik, Novy Jicin22.3 
 4. Tkadlec, Pardubice22.0 
 5. Bukovjan, Opava B19.5 
 6. Voslajer, Zlin19.5 
 7. Slechta, Sokol Pisek19.5 
 8. Nehoda, Zlin17.5 
 9. Peterka, Kralovst.16.5 
 10. Englicky, Sokol Pisek16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomas VOSLAJER
  Zlin
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Voslajer, Zlin15.5 
 2. Majerik, Kralovst.13.0 
 3. Zeliznak, GBA S.12.5 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.5 
 5. Englicky, Sokol Pisek9.5 
 6. Jiricek, Kralovst.8.0 
 7. Novak, Olomouc SK7.5 
 8. Bruha, Sokol Prazky7.3 
 9. Slechta, Sokol Pisek7.0 
 10. Sehnal, BCM Orli7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Simon BELE
  Sokol Pisek
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Bele, Sokol Pisek6.5 
 2. Bukovjan, Opava B6.0 
 3. Sotnar, Slavoj L.5.3 
 4. Cenek, Sokol Prazky4.5 
 5. Vyroubal, USK P.4.0 
 6. Petric, Pardubice4.0 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin4.0 
 8. Habily, Sokol Prazky3.7 
 9. Jedovnicky, Zlin3.5 
 10. Sop, Sokol Prazky3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marek WELSCH
  GBA Sparta
  (180-G-99)
  Avg: 6
 1. Welsch, GBA Sparta6.0 
 2. Nalevanko, Pardu.3.0 
 3. Nemec, Pardubice2.5 
 4. Brozek, Pardubice2.3 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.0 
 6. Potocek, Pardubice2.0 
 7. Reimer, Sokol P.2.0 
 8. Slunecko, Slavoj L.2.0 
 9. Slechta, Sokol Pisek2.0 
 10. Zampach, Slavoj L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 J DOMBEK
  GBA Sparta
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dombek, GBA Sparta2.0 
 2. Sidibe, GBA Sparta1.7 
 3. Szabo, BCM Orli1.5 
 4. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.0 
 5. Vlcek, Opava B1.0 
 6. Siler, GBA Sparta1.0 
 7. Bzonek, USK P.0.7 
 8. Branda, Opava B0.5 
 9. Alic, Slavoj Litom.0.5 
 10. Goga, BCM Orli0.5 



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  EL SALVADOR  


Conferencia Occident wins All Star Game 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Conferencia Occident - Conferencia Oriental 124-107

Conferencia Occident edged Conferencia Occident 124-107 in All Star Game. They trailed 32-33 at the end of the first period, up came up with a 26-23 run in the second quarter. Moreover they posted a 34-24 surge in the third period and finished the game with a 32-27 run. Christopher Blake (196-G-88, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up with 34 points, while Marc Montavious (206-C-90, college: Georgetown, KY) collected 18 points and 14 boards. Jared Ruiz Melendez had 19 and David Lawson (185-PG-89, college: Reinhardt) poured in 16 points. Oreste Quiroz replied with 28 points in the losing effort and Raymond Miller delivered 20 points and 14 caroms.



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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  ESTONIA  


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  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Samu KAARESVIRTA
  PeU-B.
  (192-F-81)
  Avg: 31
 1. Kaaresvirta, PeU-B.31.0 
 2. Sandberg, TuNM.31.0 
 3. Howard-Jr, FoKoPo27.0 
 4. Towa, Jarvenpaa25.0 
 5. Moultrie, Ura B.25.0 
 6. Merchant, FoKoPo25.0 
 7. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.23.5 
 8. Jennings, ToPo23.5 
 9. Graham, PuHu J.23.0 
 10. Kopio, Jarvenpaa22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsene TOWA
  Jarvenpaa
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 20
 1. Towa, Jarvenpaa20.0 
 2. Moultrie, Ura B.14.5 
 3. Dunhour, Oulun N.14.0 
 4. Sandberg, TuNM.13.5 
 5. Lawrence, PeU-B.13.0 
 6. Jennings, ToPo13.0 
 7. Pwono, Lahti12.0 
 8. Williams, Pyrin.12.0 
 9. Rainamaa, Ura B.11.0 
 10. Laihonen, TuNM.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pyry MARTTINEN
  MuKi
  (184-G-99)
  Avg: 8
 1. Marttinen, MuKi8.0 
 2. Kopio, Jarvenpaa8.0 
 3. Ailio, MuKi7.0 
 4. Shchepkin, Raholan .7.0 
 5. Kaukiainen, Korik.6.0 
 6. Williams, Pyrin.6.0 
 7. Kuusisto, ToPo6.0 
 8. Pwono, Lahti5.0 
 9. Timonen, MuKi5.0 
 10. Eboreime, HNMKY U.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julius PEHKONEN
  Jarvenpaa
  (191-G/F-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Pehkonen, Jarvenpaa5.0 
 2. Pursiainen, MuKi5.0 
 3. Blomqvist, HyPo4.0 
 4. Merchant, FoKoPo3.5 
 5. Kuusisto, ToPo3.5 
 6. Hall, Korikouvot3.0 
 7. Marttinen, MuKi3.0 
 8. Booker, Bisons L.3.0 
 9. Shchepkin, Raholan .3.0 
 10. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Micah DUNHOUR
  Oulun N.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dunhour, Oulun N.3.0 
 2. Sandberg, TuNM.2.5 
 3. Hietanen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Vallila, HNMKY U.2.0 
 5. Pwono, Lahti2.0 
 6. Lawrence, PeU-B.2.0 
 7. Caldwell, Bisons L.1.5 
 8. Ruutiainen, Bisons L.1.5 
 9. Altunel, HNMKY U.1.0 
 10. Heiskanen, Espoo B.1.0 


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  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  Antibes
  (205-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Blue, Antibes21.8 
 2. Prepelic, Paris-Le.21.3 
 3. Cowels-III, Hyeres-.20.5 
 4. Peacock, Bourg19.5 
 5. Sanford, Antibes16.0 
 6. Ware, Paris-Levallois15.8 
 7. Golden, Le Portel14.8 
 8. Sulaimon, Dijon14.7 
 9. Logan, Strasbourg14.7 
 10. Dixon, Strasbourg14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis LABEYRIE
  Stras.
  (208-C/F-92)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Labeyrie, Stras.10.7 
 2. Yarou, Antibes10.0 
 3. Ware, Paris-Levallois8.0 
 4. Tolbert, Hyeres-T.8.0 
 5. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 6. Cornelie, Paris-Le.7.3 
 7. Daniel, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 8. Jeanne, Le Mans7.0 
 9. Travis, Le Mans7.0 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Cooper, Gravelines9.3 
 2. Blassingame, Antibes6.5 
 3. Cobbs, Le Mans6.0 
 4. Sim, Bourg5.5 
 5. Roberson, AS.5.0 
 6. Nzeulie, Chalon4.8 
 7. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.4.8 
 8. Mangin, Le Portel4.8 
 9. Smith, Hyeres-T.4.8 
 10. Gibson, Limoges4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Craft, Monaco2.5 
 2. Houmounou, Bourg2.0 
 3. Yeguete, Le Mans2.0 
 4. Arnold, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Chassang, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 6. Lacombe, Monaco1.8 
 7. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
 8. Evtimov, Cholet1.8 
 9. Nelson, AS.1.8 
 10. Cooper, Gravelines1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James FARR
  Chalon
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Farr, Chalon2.3 
 2. Putney, Chalon1.8 
 3. Atkins, Strasbourg1.7 
 4. Logan, Strasbourg1.3 
 5. Petteway, Nanterre1.3 
 6. Smith, Gravelines1.3 
 7. Jones, Limoges1.0 
 8. Tarpey, Le Mans1.0 
 9. Lacombe, Monaco1.0 
 10. Jeanne, Le Mans1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Kyle TRESNAK
  RAC Basket
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Tresnak, RAC Basket22.3 
 2. Watkins, Boulogne21.7 
 3. Niles, Boulogne20.5 
 4. Rowland, La Ch.20.0 
 5. Rakocevic, SAP V.19.0 
 6. Milka, Lorient18.7 
 7. Mendy, Souffel17.7 
 8. Temgoua, Boulogne17.7 
 9. Reed, Saint Vallier17.3 
 10. Watt, Gries/Ob.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karim GOURARI
  RAC Basket
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Gourari, RAC Basket11.0 
 2. Diame, Brissac-.9.3 
 3. Phillip, Lourdes9.0 
 4. Atanackovic, SAP V.9.0 
 5. Watt, Gries/Ob.9.0 
 6. Walker, Saint-Quentin8.7 
 7. Robinson, Orchies8.7 
 8. Mendy, Souffel8.0 
 9. Milosevic, La Charite7.7 
 10. Staniulis, Souffel7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yann SIEGWARTH
  SAP V.
  (180-PG-93)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Siegwarth, SAP V.8.3 
 2. Clark, ALS Basket7.7 
 3. Pryor, Lourdes7.3 
 4. Forcada, Gries/Ob.7.3 
 5. Bichard, RAC Basket7.3 
 6. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 7. Rowland, La Ch.5.7 
 8. Delhomme, Saint V.5.3 
 9. Saounera, Challans5.0 
 10. Egloff, CFBB5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Diante WATKINS
  Boulogne
  (174-PG-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Watkins, Boulogne3.0 
 2. Newson, Lorient3.0 
 3. Diehl, Souffel3.0 
 4. Robin, Brissac-.2.7 
 5. Lesca, Lourdes2.3 
 6. Rigaux, Brissac-.2.3 
 7. Rathieuville, RAC B.2.3 
 8. El-Amrani, Saint V.2.3 
 9. Thalien, La Charite2.0 
 10. Romain, Chartres2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Marc PANSA
  CFBB
  (208-C-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pansa, CFBB2.0 
 2. Clerence, Chartres1.7 
 3. Dossou-Yovo, CF.1.7 
 4. Watt, Gries/Ob.1.3 
 5. Davis, Saint-Quentin1.3 
 6. Fandelet, La Ch.1.0 
 7. Staniulis, Souffel1.0 
 8. El-Gazhi, Souffel1.0 
 9. Mukuna, ALS Basket1.0 
 10. Valayer, Lourdes1.0 


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





Yann Siegwarth claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Yann Siegwarth (180-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SAP Vaucluse and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 24-year old playmaker got a double-double of 25 points and thirteen assists, while his team beat Challans (#6, 2-1) 103-92. SAP Vaucluse is placed at 15th position in French NM1. SAP Vaucluse 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 Siegwarth had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be SAP Vaucluse's top player in his first season with the team. Siegwarth has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 8.3apg. Siegwarth

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old American point guard Austen Rowland (186-PG-81, agency: Inception Sports) of La Charite. Rowland impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for La Charite to edge Boulogne (1-2) by 5 points 104-99. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Rowland is a newcomer at La Charite and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.7 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Saint Vallier (#3). Craion scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Saint Vallier, leading his team to a 101-66 easy win against GET Vosges (#10, 1-2). Saint Vallier started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Craion turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Craion has a very solid season. In 3 games in France he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zarko Rakocevic (204-C/F-84) of SAP Vaucluse - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vincent Fandelet (197-SF-92) of La Charite - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Theo Diehl (192-PG-94) of Souffel - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Xavier Forcada (194-G-88) of Gries/Oberhoffen - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Kyle Tresnak (208-C-92) of RAC Basket - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Warren Niles (196-G-89) of Boulogne - 25 points and 5 rebounds
10. Benoit Gillet (190-SG-86) of Saint-Quentin - 17 points and 6 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Chavdar KOSTOV
  Rabotnicki
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 30
 1. Kostov, Rabotnicki30.0 
 2. Karadzovski, Kuman.29.0 
 3. Ginyard, Rabotnicki22.0 
 4. Janevski, Kumanovo19.0 
 5. Cohadarevic, Rabot.12.0 
 6. Ramme, Kumanovo11.0 
 7. Miljkovic, Kumanovo10.0 
 8. Karakolev, Kuman.10.0 
 9. Mirakovski, Rabot.9.0 
 10. Nikolic, Rabotnicki7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chavdar KOSTOV
  Rabotnicki
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kostov, Rabotnicki8.0 
 2. Janevski, Kumanovo8.0 
 3. Cohadarevic, Rabot.8.0 
 4. Ramme, Kumanovo7.0 
 5. Karakolev, Kuman.7.0 
 6. Shterjov, Kumanovo5.0 
 7. Krstevski, Rabotnicki5.0 
 8. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.0 
 9. Miljkovic, Kumanovo3.0 
 10. Stojanovski, Kuman.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus GINYARD
  Rabotnicki
  (196-F/G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ginyard, Rabotnicki6.0 
 2. Karadzovski, Kuman.5.0 
 3. Ramme, Kumanovo4.0 
 4. Cohadarevic, Rabot.2.0 
 5. Georgievski, Kuman.2.0 
 6. Karakolev, Kuman.1.0 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.0 
 8. Efremovski, Rabot.1.0 
 9. Krstevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 10. Miljkovic, Kumanovo1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus GINYARD
  Rabotnicki
  (196-F/G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.0 
 2. Karakolev, Kuman.3.0 
 3. Kostov, Rabotnicki2.0 
 4. Krstevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 5. Georgievski, Kuman.1.0 
 6. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.0 
 7. Efremovski, Rabot.0.0 
 8. Ramme, Kumanovo0.0 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo0.0 
 10. Shterjov, Kumanovo0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan KRSTEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Krstevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 2. Karakolev, Kuman.0.0 
 3. Karadzovski, Kuman.0.0 
 4. Janevski, Kumanovo0.0 
 5. Ramme, Kumanovo0.0 
 6. Ginyard, Rabotnicki0.0 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.0.0 
 8. Georgievski, Kuman.0.0 
 9. Kostov, Rabotnicki0.0 
 10. Efremovski, Rabot.0.0 


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.



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.



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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.



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)



The EN Baskets Schwelm Didn't Need A Serious Chris Hortmann Scoring Show Taming The Fraport Skyliners Juniors 76-63 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

So it's been only two games, but things sometimes never change and for EN Baskets Schwelm versatile guard Chris Hortman he could be singing the same song he did last season when he exploded game after game and so far has continued to be a menace in the higher league Pro B. Last season the Cinderella career of the Milwaukee native continued after having to prove himself in three lower college level's Juco, NAIA and NCAA 3, the 29 year old 191cm point guard who compares his game as a mix between a Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker who had only one brief gig in Australia as a professional in the last three years just dominated the Regionaliga like no other averaging (25.0ppg), 9.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.9%. He scored in double figures in all 26 games, scoring 20 points or more 16 times, thirty points or more 10 times and totally blasted off against Frintop with 45 points and also registered a triple double against Herten with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists displaying his knack for not always having to go off on teams like a Steph Curry, but can also be that playmaker like Chris Paul. Often those players that were left off the radar and had to prove themselves in the Regionaliga have been able to make the jump the way a Ricky Easterling did with Saarlouis and BG Karlsruhe in the Pro B and with Horton it has been no different in the Pro B. After two games, he has exploded again and is a one man wrecking crew and putting up mind boggling stats leading his club in scoring with 24,5ppg, rebounding with 11,5rpg, assists with 6,5 and three point shooting at 54,5%. On a talented EN Baskets team that has many international veterans, he has meshed in perfectly and also been that special anchor on defense as he has helped lead the team to giving up only 63 points per game in the first two games against new Bavarian Pro B team Coburg and new Pro B team Kit Karlsruhe. Hortman brought his perfect 2-0 EN Baskets Schwelm to Frankfurt for a nontypical 3.00pm afternoon matinee and had less veterans to contend with except Tobias Jahn, but more German talents like Garai Zeeb, Konstantin Schubert, Armin Trtovac and Cosmo Gruehn who wanted to put a dent into his perfect season. However the American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin remained perfect and didn't need to put on a serious scoring show as he had enough support from his teammates taming the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 76-63. 'We had our ups and downs and key was sticking together and getting the 50/50 balls. We let our offense take over which led to easy offense. We communicated very well on the defensive end and helped one another', stressed Chris Hortman. The American who had a stellar rookie season at Ibbenburen finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds and had an off night shooting only 5/13 from the field and 4/8 ( from the free throw line. The American knows that making the jump from the Regionalliga to Pro B is a process. He also showed that he doesn't have to score right away, but tried to get his teammates going before he started taking shots. 'The speed at the Pro B level is a lot faster, but I feel that I am keeping up well. The most important thing for me is always being focused and getting the win. My game comes from the feel of the game. If the team needs me to score then I bring it, but that wasn't the case at the start and I focused on rebounding and being aggressive on defense', stressed Chris Hortman (190-G-88, college: Wisc.-Stout). The Fraport Skyliners Juniors continue to struggle and were once again unable to put together a solid team effort for 40 minutes as they struggled shooting, rebounding and closing the lane. After the loss, German Tobias Jahn struggled to find the right words for the loss. 'We hit nothing and didn't get the job done on defense. Experience was a factor as it seems they average 30 years of age and we 20 minus me. They played with more intensity and we didn't play Frankfurt basketball', stressed ex Ehingen center Tobias Jahn.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were without Isaac Bonga who was questionable for the game and being rested for the BBL game in Ludwigsburg on Sunday while Richard Freudenberg was sick. Hortman was disappointed that he couldn't battle Bonga who is a projected 2018 NBA draft pick. 'I have heard of Bonga's notoriety and I would have liked to measure up to him. But it was all about the team and I was focused on winning. It would have been the same if Kobe would have been on the floor', stressed Chris Hortman. Both teams didn't need much time to find their rhythm as both teams got going quickly as 30 year old 206cm forward Dario Fiorentino who has played with teams like Herten and Essen showed his precise inside out play scoring inside and hitting a trey while Frankfurt countered with an old school hook shot by German Armin Trtovac and three pointer from rookie Alex Fountain who played at Houston Baptist (NCAA) and was making his home debut. However with the score dead locked at 5-5, Frankfurt showed first signs of defensive lapses allowing the EN Baskets Schwelm to go on a 7-0 run as they were sharing the ball as three guys scored with Hortman draining his first three, 29 year old Lithuanian Andrius Mikutis who played at John Brown (NAIA) from 2007-2011 hit a pretty turn around shot and ex Iserlohn small forward Thomas Reuter scored on the fast break as Frankfurt trailed 12-5. However basketball is a game of runs and that was once again proved as now it was Frankfurt's time to shine as they escaped out on a 9-2run to tie the game at 14-14. Alex Fountain was extremely vital in this phase as he scored twice demonstrating that he may not be that total Travis Thompson replacement in terms of ruthless sniper qualities, but he will be a very important scoring threat as he can really shoot the ball. Trtovac scored again showing that the hook shot has slowly become his bread and butter and third year man Konstantin Schubert hit a jumper. Frankfurt couldn't keep that offensive consistency as they allowed the EN Baskets Schwelm to break away again on a 6-0 run to trail 20-14. In the run, Reuter nailed a beautiful fade away jumper while 33 year old Croatian Alexsandar Cuic who played at Oregon State scored on a lay in getting a nice pass from 207cm big man Sebastian Schroeter and then connected on free throws. Reuter then dropped a three, while Frankfurt got some production from the bench from second year man Cosmo Gruehn getting a bucket inside. Hortman put some added salt in the Frankfurt comeback wound hitting an amazing off balance lay in at the buzzer as the EN Baskets Schwelm led 25-19 after 10 minutes. 'Frankfurt had intelligent ball movement and we didn't bring the intensity on defense yet and that is why we couldn't break away sooner. Hortmann didn't have to show his scoring and did what was important for the team. In some games he doesn't even score in the first 10 minutes, but has great stats at the end of the game', stressed EN Baskets Schwelm manager Omar Rahim. The EN Baskets Schwelm were shooting 67% from the field and 50% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 44% from the field and 18% from outside. The EN Baskets Schwelm led the rebound duel 8-6 and had two turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.

The second quarter remained tight as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued to battle back and even led for the first time in the game, but gave it back to Schwelm as they went into halftime with the lead. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors played their best basketball in the first four minutes of the second quarter exploding on a 11-4 run to take their first lead of the game 30-29. In the run, Frankfurt finally found a healthy groove in their offensive sets and did a lot of damage in the paint area playing the EN Baskets Schwelm game. Schubert scored twice, Fountain nailed a jumper and Gruehn finished inside. Garai Zeeb had been hit hard on the chin earlier in the game and was playing with a patch and chip on his shoulder nailed a three pointer to close out the run. Frankfurt was aided by Hortman being off the court and were their most aggressive in this phase in the paint and offensive boards. However Frankfurt just was unable to put it all together and stay consistent as the EN Baskets Schwelm crawled out of their funk ending the second quarter going on an annoying 10-4 run to lead 39-34 at the break. In the run, the guests got a lay in from Mikutis and a trey from Fiorentino. Frankfurt got buckets from Jahn on a turn around shot and a nifty finger tip roll lay in from Zeeb. 'In the Frankfurt run, we didn't play clean sets and had timing problems. After we missed a few shots, we got unsure and were in a rut. However we found back into the game which showed the quality of our team', stressed EN Baskest Schwelm manager Omar Rahim. The EN Baskets Schwelm were shooting 45% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 19% from the three point line. The EN Baskets Schwelm had the slim 19-18 rebound edge and three turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

The EN Baskets Schwelm took over in the third quarter leading by as much as 15 points as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued to struggle at both ends of the court. The EN Baskets Schwelm didn't need much time to get going as they slapped the Fraport Skyliners Juniors in the face with a 10-3 run to extend their lead to 49-37. In the run, the EN Baskets Schwelm got vital support from Hortman with a step back jumper, Fiorentino trey and two buckets inside from Mikutis. The more aggressive defense from the EN Baskets Schwelm forced Frankfurt too numerous tough shots and turnovers which were key in the run of the guests. Sometimes a few three's can change the dimension of a game as Fountain who was the only consistent offensive Skyliner on the afternoon hit a trey which was followed by a trey by Jamine Knothe to cut the EN Baskets Schwelm lead to 49-43. However the lack of Skyliner consistency continued to be that unneeded monkey on their back as their run didn't faze the guests as they shot back with a devastating 9-0 run to extend their lead to double digits again at 58-43. The EN Baskets Schwelm continued to make chaos in the paint as after easy lay ins by Hortman and Cuic, it was 23 year old 188cm guard Jean-Louis Marley who played 66 Regionaliga games for Alba Berlin 2 got started making one difficult lay up after another making one seemingly in New York traffic and the next in Tokyo. But the Fraport Skyliners Juniors didn't hide their faces in the sand, but continued with their comeback going on a 9-2 run to close out the third quarter getting back into the game trailing only 60-52. In the run, Frankfurt was aided by Zeeb getting aggressive in the lane scoring twice including one difficult lay in high off the glass where one could clearly see his fast first step, Trtovac hit a 20 footer and ex Kronberg NBBL star Felix Hecker hit a beautiful trey from the corner. 'We played good team defense and didn't let any of our guys hang out to dry. We were helping out on screens and just working together on the defensive end', stressed Chris Hortman. 'We came out of half-time wanting to minimize our defensive mistakes. We wanted to play well, but just couldn't execute the way we wanted to in certain situations', added Tobias Jahn. The EN Baskets Schwelm were shooting 47% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 28% from the parking lot. The EN Baskets Schwelm led the rebound duel 29-24 and had seven turnovers while Frankfurt had eight turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the EN Baskets Schwelm wore down the Fraport Skyliners Juniors with solid inside out play and played good defense to preserve the win holding them to 11 points. Frankfurt and Knothe started off the fourth quarter with a 5-2 run nailing a trey and Fountain connected on a 20 footer to cut the EN Baskets Schwelm lead to 62-57. However the EN Baskets Schwelm then slammed the door shut on the Fraport Skyliners Juniors with a 8-0 run extending their lead to 70-57. In the run, Mikuto drilled home a three and Marley continued his lethal rampage inside scoring his fourth and fifth difficult lay ups of the second half. Hecker connected for his second three of the game cutting the guests lead to 70-60, but with time elapsing the EN Baskets Schwelm put an exclamation point on their third win of the season as Mikuto nailed another trey and Schroetter scored inside closing out the game. 'Marley was key in the second half. He is our toughness. When we need tough things then we go to him. He is our bully Bob. He is our Ron Artest and put his stamp on the game', warned Chris Hortman. 'Marley hit all tough shots. There will be days where that doesn't happen. When you are scoring and they continue to score then it is hard to come back. We just weren't able to put our stamp on our defense the way we should of. The only positive thing in this game was that we never gave up', warned Tobias Jahn. The EN Baskets Schwelm were led by Andrius Mikutis with 20 points.Chris Hortman supplied 15 points and 14 boards and Jean-Louis Marley produced 12 points and Thomas Reuter 10 points. The Frapor Skyliners Juniors were led by Alex Fountain with 22 points. The EN Baskets Schwelm shot 46% from the field and 36% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 40% from the field and 26% from outside. The EN Baskets Schwelm won the rebound battle 42-30 and had 10 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors coughed up the ball 8 times.



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Erevidisie Round 1: Leeuwarden overcome Weert - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Eredivisie just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Weert (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Leeuwarden (1-0) 96-80. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-80. Leeuwarden outrebounded Weert 37-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Leeuwarden especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lithuanian Deividas Kumelis (188-95) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Nate Kratch (203-93, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Daan Rosenmuller (193-95) produced 23 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leeuwarden is looking forward to face Den Helder (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Weert will play against Den Bosch and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game where Amsterdam (1-0) edged by two points Rotterdam (0-1) 82-80. Rotterdam was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 assists. Berend Weijs contributed with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chris Commons (206-84, college: USC Aiken) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Rotterdam. Amsterdam will play against Groningen (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rotterdam will play against Zwolle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of Groningen (0-1) against Leiden (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Groningen was defeated by Leiden in Leiden 75-63. Carrington Love stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winners. At the losing side Brandyn Curry responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Groningen will play against Amsterdam (#1) and hope to win that game.
We should not miss the game where Zwolle (1-0) against Den Helder (0-1) where host Zwolle rolled over their opponents by 40 points 87-47. Nigel Van-Oostrum nailed 8 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zwolle's next round opponent will be Rotterdam (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Den Helder will play against Leeuwarden and hope to win that game.

Weert - Leeuwarden 80-96

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Weert (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Leeuwarden (1-0) 96-80. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-80. Leeuwarden outrebounded Weert 37-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Leeuwarden especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lithuanian Deividas Kumelis (188-95) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Nate Kratch (203-93, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. Swingman Daan Rosenmuller (193-95) produced 23 points and power forward Roel Aarts (205-93) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leeuwarden is looking forward to face Den Helder (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Weert will play against Den Bosch and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: D.Kumelis 19+6reb+7ast, E.Blackman 17+4reb+1ast, N.Kratch 15+8reb+3ast, N.Bunschoten 11+3reb+3ast, M.Lufile 10+8reb+1ast, V.Lietmeijer 10
Weert: D.Rosenmuller 23+4reb+2ast, R.Aarts 22+5reb+1ast, S.Van Dijk 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Brussen 7+1reb, N.Gorissen 6+1reb+3ast, W.Nossek 5+1reb+1ast
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Zwolle - Den Helder 87-47

We should not miss the game where Zwolle (1-0) against Den Helder (0-1) where host Zwolle rolled over their opponents by 40 points 87-47. Zwolle dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Den Helder's 30. They outrebounded Den Helder 46-28 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zwolle players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Den Helder's players. Naturalized British guard Nigel Van-Oostrum (196-90, college: Park, agency: Court Side) nailed 8 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Ralf Pagter (200-89) accounted for 8 points and 11 rebounds. Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Luxembourg Alex Laurent (198-93, agency: Court Side) came up with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American guard LaVonte Dority (185-91, college: Valparaiso) added 10 points respectively for Den Helder in the defeat. Zwolle's next round opponent will be Rotterdam (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Den Helder will play against Leeuwarden and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: J.Gregory 16+2reb, F.House 16+5reb+1ast, S.Dorsey-Walker 10+8reb+2ast, O.Schaftenaar 9+5reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 8+2reb+1ast, R.Pagter 8+11reb+3ast
Den Helder: L.Dority 10+3reb+3ast, A.Laurent 10+7reb, B.Van Der Vuurst 9+2reb+2ast, Q.McConico 7+5reb, T.Koopman 5+4reb, T.de Paula 4+2reb
gschID: 584694


Rotterdam - Amsterdam 80-82

Another exciting game where Amsterdam (1-0) edged by two points Rotterdam (0-1) 82-80. Rotterdam was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Rotterdam was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Amsterdam made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 assists. Center Berend Weijs (207-88, college: Maryland) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Amsterdam players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Commons (206-84, college: USC Aiken) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Robert Krabbendam (213-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Rotterdam. Amsterdam will play against Groningen (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rotterdam will play against Zwolle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: M.Madanly 21+2ast, D.Van Der Horst 19+3reb+7ast, J.Markusse 12+5reb+2ast, B.Weijs 10+13reb+3ast, A.Eduardo 8+1reb, M.Van Schaik 5+13reb
Rotterdam: C.Commons 19+7reb+2ast, R.Krabbendam 15+8reb, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 13+1ast, K.Averink 9+2reb+5ast, T.Setty 8+6reb+1ast, T.Theeuwkens 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 562816


Leiden - Groningen 75-63

Very important is a road loss of Groningen (0-1) against Leiden (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Groningen was defeated by Leiden in Leiden 75-63. Leiden dominated on the defensive end, holding Groningen to just 6 points in second quarter. American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winners and his fellow American import center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Brandyn Curry (187-91, college: Harvard) responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, agency: Court Side) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Groningen will play against Amsterdam (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Leiden: C.Vette 24+7reb+1ast, C.Love 15+10reb+12ast, J.Voorn 14+2reb+1ast, W.de Jong 10+5reb+1ast, S.de Randamie 5+3reb+1ast, M.Ververs 4+2reb
Groningen: B.Curry 15+9reb+7ast, D.Pasalic 14+7reb+2ast, E.Bruinsma 11+6reb+2ast, S.Domingo 7+5reb, J.Dourisseau 7+3reb, S.Cunningham 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 562815





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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Isaiah ARMWOOD
  DEAC
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 26
 1. Armwood, DEAC26.0 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari22.0 
 3. DeShields, JP-Auto.21.0 
 4. Zagorac, Sopron KC20.5 
 5. Boltic, Szedeak20.0 
 6. Ivosev, Kaposvari20.0 
 7. Borisov, Falco-Vu.19.5 
 8. Davis, MAFC18.5 
 9. Lilov, DEAC18.0 
 10. Ciric, Szedeak18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan WATKINS
  Sopron KC
  (206-C/F-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Watkins, Sopron KC11.5 
 2. Armwood, DEAC11.0 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari11.0 
 4. Sulovic, Szedeak11.0 
 5. Eilingsfeld, Atome.11.0 
 6. Filipovics, Alba10.0 
 7. Davis, MAFC9.0 
 8. Sejfic, JP.9.0 
 9. Thompson, KTE-Duna9.0 
 10. Ford, Szolnok9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rayshawn SIMMONS
  ZTE K.
  (192-G-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simmons, ZTE K.11.0 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari7.0 
 3. Durham, PV.6.5 
 4. Pongo, KTE-Duna6.0 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari6.0 
 6. Perry, Szolnok4.5 
 7. Hott, MAFC4.5 
 8. Zagorac, Sopron KC4.0 
 9. Boltic, Szedeak4.0 
 10. Govens, Falco-Vu.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  Szedeak
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Boltic, Szedeak4.0 
 2. Hott, MAFC3.5 
 3. Simmons, ZTE K.3.0 
 4. Ford, Szolnok2.5 
 5. Barnies, Atomeromu2.5 
 6. Wright, Kormend2.0 
 7. Brown, JP.2.0 
 8. Molnar, DEAC2.0 
 9. Koch, Kormend2.0 
 10. Perry, Szolnok2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaiah ARMWOOD
  DEAC
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Armwood, DEAC4.0 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari2.0 
 3. Farkas, DEAC2.0 
 4. Ivosev, Kaposvari2.0 
 5. Ciric, Szedeak2.0 
 6. Karahodzic, KTE-D.1.5 
 7. Thompson, KTE-Duna1.5 
 8. Ford, Szolnok1.5 
 9. Brown, JP.1.0 
 10. Ogunyemi, Atome.1.0 



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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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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Dallas MOORE
  VL Pesaro
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Moore, VL Pesaro24.5 
 2. Orelik, Umana VE20.5 
 3. Behanan, Dolomiti.20.0 
 4. Aradori, Virtus B.19.5 
 5. Johnson, Umana VE19.0 
 6. Barber, New B.19.0 
 7. Goudelock, EA7 A.18.5 
 8. Rich, Scandone AV18.0 
 9. McGee, The F.18.0 
 10. Chappell, MIA-RO C.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn JONES
  Banco di Srd
  (203-PF-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Jones, Banco di Srd15.0 
 2. Gudaitis, EA7 A.12.5 
 3. Lalanne, New B.12.0 
 4. Omogbo, VL Pesaro12.0 
 5. Burns, MIA-RO C.11.0 
 6. Cain, Openjobm.9.0 
 7. Bamforth, Banco d.9.0 
 8. Gentile, Virtus B.8.5 
 9. Mbakwe, Fiat TO8.0 
 10. Kennedy, The F.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diante GARRETT
  Fiat TO
  (196-PG-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Garrett, Fiat TO9.0 
 2. Vitali, Germani BR7.5 
 3. Giuri, New B.7.0 
 4. Stipcevic, Banco d.6.5 
 5. Moore, The F.6.0 
 6. Smith, MIA-RO C.5.0 
 7. Johnson-Odom, Vanoli C.5.0 
 8. Bamforth, Banco d.5.0 
 9. Haynes, Umana VE4.5 
 10. Wells, Openjobm.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrus MCGEE
  The F.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. McGee, The F.6.0 
 2. Patterson, Fiat TO4.0 
 3. Omogbo, VL Pesaro3.0 
 4. Lalanne, New B.3.0 
 5. Gentile, Virtus B.3.0 
 6. Della-Valle, Grissin.2.5 
 7. Behanan, Dolomiti.2.5 
 8. Theodore, EA7 A.2.5 
 9. Ferrero, Openjobm.2.5 
 10. Ikovlev, Betaland.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CROSARIOL
  MIA-RO C.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Crosariol, MIA-RO C.2.5 
 2. Magro, The F.2.0 
 3. NDiaye, Scandone AV2.0 
 4. Fesenko, Scandone.2.0 
 5. Pelle, Openjobm.1.5 
 6. Lawson, Virtus B.1.0 
 7. Stephens, Fiat TO1.0 
 8. Watt, Umana VE1.0 
 9. Cervi, Grissin .1.0 
 10. Lalanne, New B.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Benjamin RAYMOND
  Latina B.
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 31
 1. Raymond, Latina B.31.0 
 2. Sanders, Novipiu .26.0 
 3. Green, Alma T.24.5 
 4. Deloach, Eurobask.24.5 
 5. Raivio, Legnano23.5 
 6. Ebanks, Mens S.23.5 
 7. Ferguson, Eurotren.23.0 
 8. Brown, Aurira Jesi23.0 
 9. Pacher, Viola RC22.5 
 10. Veideman, GSA U.22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Kleb Ferrara
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Hall, Kleb Ferrara14.5 
 2. Sorokas, Bertram .13.0 
 3. Pacher, Viola RC12.5 
 4. Wilson, Imola12.0 
 5. Sherrod, Givova S.12.0 
 6. Olasewere, Agribert.12.0 
 7. Raymond, Latina B.12.0 
 8. Cannon, Agrigento11.0 
 9. Candussi, Dinamica.10.5 
 10. Martinoni, Novipiu .10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Unieuro Forli
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Naimy, Unieuro Forli8.0 
 2. Brown, Aurira Jesi8.0 
 3. Vencato, Dinamica.7.5 
 4. Sanguinetti, UCC P.7.0 
 5. Mancinelli, F.Kontat.7.0 
 6. Turner, Mens S.6.0 
 7. Evangelisti, Agrig.5.5 
 8. Spanghero, Bertram .5.0 
 9. Raivio, Legnano5.0 
 10. Fernandez, Alma T.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kerry CARTER
  Cuore N.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Carter, Cuore N.4.0 
 2. Miles, Givova Scafati3.5 
 3. Marulli, Roseto S.3.0 
 4. Chessa, Virtus R.3.0 
 5. Masciadri, Orasi R.2.5 
 6. Roberts, Viola RC2.5 
 7. Jefferson, Lighthou.2.5 
 8. Sabatini, Treviso .2.5 
 9. Penna, Imola2.5 
 10. Hasbrouck, Aurira J.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Luca SEVERINI
  Novipiu .
  (204-C/F-96)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Severini, Novipiu .2.5 
 2. Tessitori, Eurotren.2.0 
 3. Stephens, Cagliari.2.0 
 4. Cittadini, Alma T.2.0 
 5. Rush, Kleb Ferrara2.0 
 6. Grant, Orasi R.2.0 
 7. Allodi, Latina Basket2.0 
 8. Dykes, GSA Udine1.5 
 9. Powell, Montegrano1.5 
 10. Jones, Dinamica.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Massimo REZZANO
  San Severo
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Rezzano, San Severo27.5 
 2. Visnjic, Palestrina27.5 
 3. Gialloreto, Fabriano26.5 
 4. Bloise, Varese R.26.0 
 5. Meschini, Perugia24.5 
 6. Bertoldo, Roma T.24.0 
 7. Bisconti, Valmontone24.0 
 8. Rinaldi, Venafro24.0 
 9. Filippini, Lugo22.0 
 10. Bruni, Barcellona22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giacomo DELL''AGNELLO
  Libertas
  (201-F/C-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. DellAgnello, Libertas15.0 
 2. Di-Donato, San S.13.5 
 3. Serino, Scauri13.5 
 4. Visnjic, Palestrina13.0 
 5. Spera, Lecco13.0 
 6. Ravazzani, Matera12.0 
 7. Bayehe, Roma S.12.0 
 8. Berti, Firenze .11.5 
 9. Capitanelli, Pescara11.0 
 10. Santolamazza, Super F.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo SERAVALLI
  Lugo
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Seravalli, Lugo10.5 
 2. Quartieri, Lecco9.0 
 3. Maccaferri, Lecco9.0 
 4. Marchetti, Ortona9.0 
 5. Guarino, Recanati9.0 
 6. Bruni, Barcellona8.5 
 7. Hidalgo, Oleggio6.5 
 8. Busetto, Rimini6.5 
 9. Graviano, Sestu6.5 
 10. Balic, Capo d.6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davide SERINO
  Scauri
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Serino, Scauri3.5 
 2. Mazzoleni, Desio3.5 
 3. Meschini, Perugia3.5 
 4. Carpanzano, Forli T.3.5 
 5. Morici, Catanzaro3.5 
 6. Guarino, Recanati3.5 
 7. Battisti, Forli T.3.5 
 8. Bruni, Barcellona3.5 
 9. Marchetti, Ortona3.5 
 10. Gatti, Valsesia3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Lorenzo GALMARINI
  Montecat.
  (200-C-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galmarini, Montecat.3.0 
 2. Locci, Patti2.0 
 3. Giacomelli, San M.2.0 
 4. Gueye, Venafro1.5 
 5. Petrucci, Montecatini1.5 
 6. Scarponi, San S.1.5 
 7. DellAgnello, Libertas1.5 
 8. Zanotti, Porto S.1.5 
 9. Benfatto, Cento1.5 
 10. Banchi, Giulianova1.5 


Serie A2 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 Serie A2. 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 Serie A2 took place in Siena where host Mens Sana 1871 (1-1) crushed Agrigento (1-1) 102-81 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Elston Turner (195-90, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Agrigento will play next round against Remer Treviglio trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mens Sana 1871 will try to continue on its current victory against Lighthouse TRP in Trapani.
UCC Piacenza (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Tezenis Verona. Visitors were defeated by Tezenis Verona 82-67. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Mattia Udom contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Tezenis Verona's coach Luca Dalmonte allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jonathan Arledge (206-91, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds for UCC Piacenza. Tezenis Verona will play against Bergamo (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. UCC Piacenza will play against Montegrano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game where Novipiu Casale (#7) beat host Eurobasket Roma (#4) with 16-point difference 78-62 on Sunday evening. Jamarr Sanders scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Michael Deloach responded with 20 points. Novipiu Casale will meet at home Viola RC (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Eurobasket Roma will play against Bertram Tortona and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of Aurira Jesi (1-1) against F.Kontatto BO (2-0) on Sunday night. Visiting Aurira Jesi was defeated by F.Kontatto BO in a tough game in Bologna 70-79. Stefano Mancinelli notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. F.Kontatto BO's next round opponent will be Kleb Ferrara (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Aurira Jesi will play against Treviso Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of Cagliari Academy (1-1) against Givova Scafati (1-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Cagliari Academy was crushed by Givova Scafati in Scafati 101-70. The best player for the winners was Brandon Sherrod who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Givova Scafati will face Virtus Roma (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Cagliari Academy will play against Legnano (#2) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 2 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A2 winless Roseto Sharks was defeated by Montegrano in Montenegrano 98-87. Orasi Ravenna beat Agribertocchi OR at home 69-62. Winless Bergamo was destroyed by Treviso Basket on the opponent's court 88-54. Imola outscored Kleb Ferrara in a home game 71-45. Unieuro Forli lost to undefeated Alma Trieste on the road 66-75. Dinamica MNV defeated GSA Udine on its own court 80-70. Winless Cuore Napoli lost to undefeated Legnano in Castellanza 72-85. Winless Remer Treviglio lost to undefeated Bertram Tortona at home 71-81. Lighthouse TRP unfortunately lost to Eurotrend Biella on the opponent's court 60-78. Viola RC managed to beat Virtus Roma in a home game 84-83.
The best stats of 2nd round was 10 points and 8 rebounds by Alessandro Cittadini of Alma Trieste.

East
Montegrano - Roseto Sharks 98-87

Montegrano used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Roseto 98-87 on Sunday night. Montegrano outrebounded Roseto Sharks 33-18 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American LaMarshall Corbett (189-88, college: Angelo St.) who scored 29 points and 4 assists. The other American import Marshawn Powell (201-90, college: Arkansas, agency: HMS) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Ion Lupusor (203-96) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Darell Combs (188-93, college: IUPUI) added 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Montegrano will face UCC Piacenza (#11) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Roseto Sharks will play on the road against Agribertocchi OR (#13) in Orzinuovi and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: L.Corbett 29+3reb+4ast, L.Maspero 15+4reb+3ast, M.Powell 15+13reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 11+4reb+6ast, L.Campogrande 10+4reb, D.Zucca 6+2reb
Roseto Sharks: D.Combs 21+3reb+2ast, I.Lupusor 21+5reb, A.Ogide 13+2reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 12+4reb+1ast, M.Contento 11+3reb+6ast, F.Infante 7
gschID: 556289


Orasi Ravenna - Agribertocchi OR 69-62

No shocking result in a game when Orasi Ravenna (2-0) defeated at home Agribertocchi OR (0-2) 69-62 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Jacopo Giachetti (190-83) chipped in 13 points. Four Orasi Ravenna players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: HMS) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: HMS) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Orasi Ravenna will face GSA Udine (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Agribertocchi OR will play against Roseto Sharks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Orasi Ravenna: J.Grant 14+5reb+3ast, J.Giachetti 13+4reb+2ast, R.Rice 12+4reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 12+6reb+1ast, M.Montano 9+2reb+1ast, G.Sgorbati 4+1reb
Agribertocchi OR: A.Sollazzo 19+6reb+1ast, J.Olasewere 17+13reb, R.Valenti 9+5reb+1ast, M.Toure 8+1reb+4ast, A.Ruggiero 3+2reb+2ast, M.Antelli 3
gschID: 556288


Treviso Basket - Bergamo 88-54

Treviso Basket used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Bergamo 88-54 on Sunday night. They outrebounded Bergamo 38-21 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Treviso Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Michele Antonutti (202-86) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward John Brown III (201-92, college: High Point) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Treviso Basket players scored in double figures. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Niccolo Cazzolato (194-89) produced 20 points and Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Treviso Basket will face Aurira Jesi (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bergamo will play against Tezenis Verona (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: M.Antonutti 26+7reb+3ast, J.Brown III 19+8reb, B.Musso 14+3reb+4ast, M.Imbro 10+3reb+5ast, M.Negri 9+4reb+3ast, G.Sabatini 6+4reb+2ast
Bergamo: N.Cazzolato 20+1reb, G.Solano 12+2reb+1ast, G.Mascherpa 7+1reb+2ast, M.Ferri 7+2reb+4ast, L.Sergio 3+5reb+1ast, G.Fattori 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 556287


Tezenis Verona - UCC Piacenza 82-67

UCC Piacenza (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Tezenis Verona. Visitors were defeated by Tezenis Verona 82-67. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The former international forward Mattia Udom (200-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Tezenis Verona's coach Luca Dalmonte allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jonathan Arledge (206-91, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Carlton Guyton (193-90, college: Kent St., agency: HMS) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for UCC Piacenza. Tezenis Verona will play against Bergamo (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. UCC Piacenza will play against Montegrano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: J.Jones 21+4reb+1ast, A.Amato 16+6ast, M.Udom 13+11reb+1ast, M.Maganza 9+4reb, P.Greene IV 8+5reb+6ast, M.Palermo 8+2reb+1ast
UCC Piacenza: J.Arledge 20+5reb, C.Guyton 15+5reb+3ast, M.Formenti 9+3reb+1ast, G.Sanguinetti 9+1reb+4ast, D.Reati 8+8reb+2ast, L.Fontecchio 2+2ast
gschID: 556286


F.Kontatto BO - Aurira Jesi 79-70

Very important is a road loss of Aurira Jesi (1-1) against F.Kontatto BO (2-0) on Sunday night. Visiting Aurira Jesi was defeated by F.Kontatto BO in a tough game in Bologna 70-79. The former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 18 points and 10 rebounds. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds by center Andrea Quarisa (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Aurira Jesi. American point guard Ken Brown (180-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. F.Kontatto BO's next round opponent will be Kleb Ferrara (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Aurira Jesi will play against Treviso Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: S.Mancinelli 18+10reb+7ast, A.Legion 18+10reb+1ast, D.McCamey 15+2reb+3ast, D.Cinciarini 10+3reb+5ast, N.Italiano 7+2reb, G.Pini 6+5reb
Aurira Jesi: K.Brown 16+3reb+3ast, P.Marini 13+6reb+2ast, F.Ihedioha 11+5reb+2ast, A.Quarisa 11+11reb+2ast, M.Piccoli 8+2reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 556285


Imola - Kleb Ferrara 71-45

There was a surprise result when Imola (1-1) outscored at home Kleb Ferrara (1-1) 71-45 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: 3Eye) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Five Imola players scored in double figures. Imola's coach Demis Cavina felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) added 6 points and 18 rebounds respectively for the guests. Imola will face Alma Trieste on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kleb Ferrara will play against F.Kontatto BO (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Imola: D.Bell 16+3reb+4ast, P.Prato 14+4reb, J.Wilson 13+11reb, A.Simioni 10+4reb, L.Penna 10+4reb+4ast, D.Alviti 6+5reb
Kleb Ferrara: E.Rush 13+10reb+2ast, R.Cortese 7+1reb, Y.Moreno 6+5reb, M.Hall 6+18reb, T.Fantoni 6+4reb, L.Molinaro 5+3reb
gschID: 556284


Alma Trieste - Unieuro Forli 75-66

Alma Trieste used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Forli 75-66 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) who scored 23 points. Naturalized Argentinian guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Guard Davide Bonacini (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 17 points and 5 assists and forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Unieuro Forli players scored in double figures. Alma Trieste will face Imola (#5) at home in the next round. Unieuro Forli will play against Dinamica MNV and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 23+4reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 16+2reb+4ast, A.Cittadini 10+8reb, L.Bowers 7+2reb, R.Prandin 6+1ast, G.Janelidze 6+9reb+1ast
Unieuro Forli: D.Bonacini 17+2reb+5ast, D.Jackson 15+3reb+1ast, R.Castelli 13+6reb+1ast, D.DiLiegro 10+8reb+2ast, G.Severini 5+6reb+2ast, I.Koite Thiam 4+1reb
gschID: 556291


Dinamica MNV - GSA Udine 80-70

Everything went according to plan in Mirandola where Dinamica MNV (2-0) won against GSA Udine (0-2) 80-70 on Sunday. GSA Udine was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Francesco Candussi (211-94) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. American-Guinean forward Robert Jones (201-84, college: Washington) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) produced 19 points and naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. GSA Udine's coach Lino Lardo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dinamica MNV will face Unieuro Forli (#6) on the road in the next round. GSA Udine will play against Orasi Ravenna (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dinamica MNV: F.Candussi 20+13reb+1ast, R.Jones 18+7reb+2ast, L.Vencato 10+3reb+9ast, L.Gergati 9, J.Brownridge 8+2reb+5ast, M.Timperi 8+6reb
GSA Udine: R.Veideman 19+1reb+3ast, M.Pinton 15, C.Mortellaro 9+9reb, K.Dykes 8+2reb+2ast, O.Diop 6+1reb+1ast, M.Ferrari 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 556290


West
Legnano - Cuore Napoli 85-72

There was no surprise in Castellanza where Cuore Napoli (0-2) was defeated by Legnano (2-0) 85-72 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Matteo Martini (195-92, agency: Players Group) chipped in 20 points. Four Legnano players scored in double figures. Legnano's coach Mattia Ferrari used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian center Hrvoje Vucic (212-91, college: Walsh) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Bruno Mascolo (190-96) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Legnano will face Cagliari Academy (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cuore Napoli will play against Latina Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 25+9reb+6ast, M.Martini 20+1reb+3ast, A.Zanelli 14+4reb+4ast, W.Mosley 11+11reb+1ast, R.Pullazi 8+4reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 5+2reb+2ast
Cuore Napoli: H.Vucic 26+6reb+3ast, K.Carter 14+3reb+2ast, B.Mascolo 12+9reb+4ast, A.Ronconi 7+4reb+3ast, M.Fioravanti 6+4reb, N.Vangelov 4+2reb
gschID: 556050


Givova Scafati - Cagliari Academy 101-70

Very important is a road loss of Cagliari Academy (1-1) against Givova Scafati (1-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Cagliari Academy was crushed by Givova Scafati in Scafati 101-70. Givova Scafati made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati outrebounded Cagliari Academy 37-25 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cagliari Academy was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import point guard Anthony Miles (185-89, college: Lamar) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Swingman Lorenzo Bucarelli (196-98) produced 11 points and American forward Deshawn Stephens (203-89, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) added 11 points respectively for the guests. 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. Givova Scafati will face Virtus Roma (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Cagliari Academy will play against Legnano (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: A.Miles 20+6reb+5ast, B.Sherrod 19+13reb+2ast, N.Crow 18+2reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 15+2reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 12+1reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 7+5reb+5ast
Cagliari Academy: D.Stephens 11+4reb, L.Bucarelli 11+1reb+3ast, R.Rullo 10+1reb+2ast, M.Turel 9+2reb, S.Bonfiglio 6+3reb, M.Ebeling 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 556049


Mens Sana 1871 - Agrigento 102-81

The biggest surprise of round 2 in Serie A2 took place in Siena where host Mens Sana 1871 (1-1) crushed Agrigento (1-1) 102-81 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Elston Turner (195-90, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Mens Sana 1871 and four Agrigento 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. Agrigento will play next round against Remer Treviglio trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mens Sana 1871 will try to continue on its current victory against Lighthouse TRP in Trapani.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: E.Turner 24+2reb+5ast, D.Ebanks 24+11reb+2ast, A.Casella 13+1reb, D.Sandri 12+7reb+2ast, L.Saccaggi 11+3reb+3ast, F.Lestini 8+2reb+1ast
Agrigento: J.Cannon 17+9reb+3ast, L.Ambrosin 16+5reb, M.Evangelisti 14+2reb+5ast, P.Williams 12+2ast, S.Pepe 9+2reb+1ast, P.Rotondo 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 556048


Remer Treviglio - Bertram Tortona 71-81

No shocking result in a game when Bertram Tortona (2-0) defeated on the road Remer Treviglio (0-2) 81-71 on Sunday. Bertram Tortona shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Bertram Tortona players scored in double figures. Swingman Andrea Pecchia (194-97) produced 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the former international center Emanuele Rossi (206-82) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Bertram Tortona will face Eurobasket Roma (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Remer Treviglio will play against Agrigento (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bertram Tortona: L.Garri 17+12reb+1ast, M.Johnson 16+1reb+4ast, M.Spanghero 11+2reb+7ast, N.Mei 11+1reb+3ast, P.Sorokas 10+13reb+6ast, T.Radonjic 5+4reb+1ast
Remer Treviglio: A.Pecchia 16+4reb+3ast, B.Douvier 12+5reb+2ast, E.Rossi 10+12reb+1ast, T.Carnovali 8, A.Voskuil 8+2reb+1ast, T.Marino 7+5ast
gschID: 556047


Eurotrend Biella - Lighthouse TRP 78-60

There was a minor upset when Lighthouse TRP (1-1) was defeated on the road by Eurotrend Biella (1-1) 78-60 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) chipped in 20 points. Four Eurotrend Biella players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Gabriele Ganeto (200-87) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Eurotrend Biella will face NPC Rieti (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lighthouse TRP will play against Mens Sana 1871 (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eurotrend Biella: J.Ferguson 20+3reb+3ast, T.Bowers 20+7reb+4ast, A.Tessitori 14+9reb, G.Sgobba 10, L.Pollone 5+3reb+1ast, A.Chiarastella 5+2reb+1ast
Lighthouse TRP: G.Ganeto 16+6reb+2ast, J.Perry 12+5reb, B.Jefferson 11+3reb, S.Spizzichini 7+5reb+1ast, A.Renzi 6+5reb+3ast, M.Mollura 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 556046


Viola RC - Virtus Roma 84-83

Viola RC used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Roma 84-83 on Sunday night. Viola RC outrebounded Virtus Roma 35-24 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Virtus Roma was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) produced 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international Aristide Landi (203-94) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Virtus Roma players scored in double figures. Virtus Roma's coach Fabio Corbani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Viola RC will face Novipiu Casale (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Virtus Roma will play against Givova Scafati (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Viola RC: A.Pacher 31+15reb+1ast, C.Roberts 18+6reb+3ast, L.Caroti 10+1reb+1ast, C.Taflaj 7+1reb+2ast, M.Passera 6+2reb+2ast, R.Rossato 6+4reb+1ast
Virtus Roma: L.Roberts 16+2reb+3ast, M.Chessa 13+1reb+4ast, A.Landi 12+7reb+2ast, G.Maresca 12+2reb, A.Thomas 11+5reb+2ast, T.Baldasso 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 556044


Eurobasket Roma - Novipiu Casale 62-78

An interesting game where Novipiu Casale (#7) beat host Eurobasket Roma (#4) with 16-point difference 78-62 on Sunday evening. Novipiu Casale outrebounded Eurobasket Roma 42-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Jamarr Sanders (193-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Michael Deloach (184-86, college: Norfolk St.) responded with 20 points and point guard Alessandro Piazza (175-87) scored 16 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Novipiu Casale will meet at home Viola RC (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Eurobasket Roma will play against Bertram Tortona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: J.Sanders 22+8reb+6ast, B.Blizzard 18+1reb+4ast, N.Martinoni 8+9reb, D.Denegri 8+4reb+2ast, S.Bellan 7+7reb, L.Severini 6+6reb
Eurobasket Roma: M.Deloach 20+3reb+2ast, A.Piazza 16+4reb+2ast, G.Casale 8+4reb+1ast, D.Brkic 6+1reb, M.Poletti 6+6reb+1ast, D.Sims 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 556045





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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F/C-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.0 
 2. Martin, San-en26.0 
 3. Gardner, Niigata .23.0 
 4. Trasolini, Hokkaido.22.3 
 5. Sacre, Hitachi SR20.0 
 6. Uto, Toyama G.18.3 
 7. Scott, Shimane SM18.0 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .18.0 
 9. Whittington, Hokkaido.16.0 
 10. Togashi, Chiba Jets15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh SCOTT
  Shimane SM
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Scott, Shimane SM14.7 
 2. Rossiter, Tochigi .14.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.0 
 4. Davis, Toshiba BT11.0 
 5. Morrison, San-en10.7 
 6. Samhan, Shiga L.10.7 
 7. Sacre, Hitachi SR10.0 
 8. Orton, SeaHorses10.0 
 9. Martin, Ryukyu GK9.7 
 10. Lane, Shimane SM9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Chiba Jets
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Togashi, Chiba Jets7.3 
 2. Uto, Toyama G.7.3 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses6.3 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi .6.3 
 5. Namizato, Shiga L.4.7 
 6. Fujii, Toshiba BT4.7 
 7. Brown, Ryukyu GK4.7 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .4.5 
 9. Shinoyama, Toshi.4.3 
 10. Burns, Nishinomiya S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Takaya SASAYAMA
  Nagoya D.
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sasayama, Nagoya D.3.3 
 2. Okada, Toyama G.3.0 
 3. Kohei, Hokkaido L.2.7 
 4. Hashimoto, SeaHo.2.7 
 5. Hiejima, SeaHorses2.3 
 6. Trasolini, Hokkaido.2.3 
 7. Douhara, Nishinom.2.3 
 8. Nakahigashi, Nagoya D.2.0 
 9. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 10. Baranski, Toyota A.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Shiga L.
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fischer, Shiga L.2.3 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .2.0 
 3. Pittman, Toyama G.2.0 
 4. Kirk, Toyota Alvark2.0 
 5. Lane, Shimane SM2.0 
 6. Takeuchi, Tochigi .1.7 
 7. Lammert, Nishinom.1.7 
 8. Willard, Toyama G.1.7 
 9. Orton, SeaHorses1.5 
 10. Edwards, Chiba J.1.3 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrew FITZGERALD
  Kanazawa.
  (202-C/F-90)
  Avg: 23
 1. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.23.0 
 2. Stephan, Gunma23.0 
 3. Tapscott, Ehime OV21.0 
 4. Creekmore, Yamag.20.7 
 5. Burton, Aomori W.20.0 
 6. Nephawe, Bambitio.19.7 
 7. Peppers, Fukuoka .19.3 
 8. Ashaolu, Sendai18.8 
 9. Hawkinson, Toyot.18.7 
 10. Kotzur, Hiroshim.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Markhuri SANDERS-FRISON
  Iwate B.
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 15
 1. Sanders-F., Iwate B.15.0 
 2. Warren, Kagawa FA15.0 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.13.3 
 4. Hawkinson, Toyot.13.3 
 5. Burton, Aomori W.12.7 
 6. Hill, Toyotsu FE11.3 
 7. Alabi, Fukushima10.3 
 8. Stephan, Gunma10.3 
 9. Nephawe, Bambitio.10.3 
 10. Chapman, Hiroshim.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.7.3 
 2. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.5.7 
 3. Kouno, Yamagata5.3 
 4. Burton, Aomori W.5.3 
 5. Yamashita, Fukuoka .5.3 
 6. Murakami, Fukus.5.0 
 7. Yonamine, Kanazawa.4.8 
 8. Kondo, Gunma4.7 
 9. Takumi, Tokyo Z4.7 
 10. Tsukino, Kanazawa.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shinya MURAKAMI
  Fukus.
  (172-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Murakami, Fukus.3.3 
 2. Kan, Aomori Watts3.0 
 3. Duinker, Kumamoto.2.7 
 4. Burton, Aomori W.2.3 
 5. Obuchi, Gunma2.3 
 6. Nakama, Hiroshim.2.0 
 7. Taniguchi, Akita NH2.0 
 8. Fitzpatrick, Akita N.2.0 
 9. Monma, Aomori W.2.0 
 10. Fujioka, Yamagata2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Cyberdyn.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Maduabum, Cyberdyn.2.0 
 2. Tapscott, Ehime OV1.7 
 3. Marshall, Kanazawa.1.5 
 4. Alabi, Fukushima1.3 
 5. Hill, Toyotsu FE1.3 
 6. Gallon, Aomori Watts1.0 
 7. Peppers, Fukuoka .1.0 
 8. James, Kumamoto V.1.0 
 9. Yamashita, Fukuoka .1.0 
 10. Kawamitsu, Fukus.1.0 


JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin HEROLD
  Tokyo E.
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Herold, Tokyo E.25.3 
 2. Olivier, Kagoshima23.7 
 3. Wolfinger, Otsuka A.23.3 
 4. Jones, Tokyo HT22.0 
 5. Faison, Tokyo E.22.0 
 6. Thomas, Saitama .20.3 
 7. Raymond, Otsuka A.19.7 
 8. Ueda, Saitama .19.3 
 9. Hall, Saitama Bron.16.7 
 10. Morris, Tokyo HT15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pu ELLIMAN
  Tokyo C.
  (202-PG-91)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Elliman, Tokyo C.13.7 
 2. Olivier, Kagoshima13.7 
 3. Jones, Tokyo HT13.3 
 4. Herold, Tokyo E.10.7 
 5. Tamura, Otsuka A.10.0 
 6. Raymond, Otsuka A.9.7 
 7. Morris, Tokyo HT9.3 
 8. Hall, Saitama Bron.8.7 
 9. Faison, Tokyo E.8.7 
 10. Yamashita, Kagos.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Masaya UEDA
  Saitama .
  (177-PG-93)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ueda, Saitama .7.3 
 2. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.6.3 
 3. Miyata, Tokyo E.4.3 
 4. Taguchi, Tokyo E.4.0 
 5. Nagasawa, Tokyo E.4.0 
 6. Oogane, Tokyo HT4.0 
 7. Yamada, Kagoshima4.0 
 8. Tamura, Otsuka A.4.0 
 9. Morris, Tokyo HT3.7 
 10. Raymond, Otsuka A.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo HT
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. McElroy, Tokyo HT4.0 
 2. Herold, Tokyo E.2.3 
 3. Yamada, Kagoshima2.0 
 4. Taguchi, Tokyo E.2.0 
 5. Ueda, Saitama .1.7 
 6. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.1.7 
 7. Odo, Saitama Bron.1.7 
 8. Jones, Tokyo HT1.7 
 9. Murphy, Kagoshima1.3 
 10. Raymond, Otsuka A.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan FAISON
  Tokyo E.
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Faison, Tokyo E.2.0 
 2. Lewis, Tokyo HT1.7 
 3. Olivier, Kagoshima1.3 
 4. Herold, Tokyo E.1.3 
 5. Wolfinger, Otsuka A.1.0 
 6. Tamura, Otsuka A.1.0 
 7. Elliman, Tokyo C.1.0 
 8. Thomas, Saitama .1.0 
 9. Narumi, Otsuka A.0.7 
 10. Morris, Tokyo HT0.7 


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





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

24-year old forward Josh Scott (208-F-93, agency: Pensack Sports) had a great game in the last round for Shimane SM and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 23 rebounds, while his team beat Tochigi Brex (#5, 2-2) in overtime 80-72. Shimane SM maintains the 4th position in their group in Japanese league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Scott turned to be Shimane SM's top player in his first season with the team. University of Colorado graduate has very impressive stats this year. Scott is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.0ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of league's second-best Toshiba BT. He is American forward in his 6th season at Toshiba BT. In the last game Fazekas recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Toshiba BT to another comfortable win 76-59 over slightly lower-ranked Shiga L-Stars (#3, 1-3) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in East. Toshiba BT consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Fazekas is one of the most experienced players at Toshiba BT and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#1). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Marc Trasolini (206-F/C-90) of Hokkaido L. (#4). Trasolini scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Hokkaido L., leading his team to a 86-67 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Yokohama BC (#5, 1-2). Hokkaido L. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Central. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost game. Trasolini has a great season in Japan. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Josh Davis (203-F-91) of Toshiba BT - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Naoto Tsuji (185-G/F-89) of Toshiba BT - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Toyama Grouses - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) of Ryukyu GK - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Justin Burrell (207-F-88) of Nagoya DD - 13 points, 10 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)



Best players of Japanese B League D2 round 3 - by Eurobasket News

American Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Gunma and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 33 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Aomori Watts (#5, 0-4) with 21-point margin 96-75. Gunma maintains the 5th position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Gunma 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. In the team's last game Stephan had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Gunma's top player in his first season with the team. Mesa State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stephan is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.0ppg), rebounds (8th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 61.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Aomori Watts. Burton impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Aomori Watts lost that game 75-96 to Gunma (2-2). 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. Burton is a newcomer at Aomori Watts and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 12.7rpg and 5.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Josh Hawkinson (208-F-95) of Toyotsu FE (#3). Hawkinson scored 24 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Hawkinson's great performance Toyotsu FE lost 85-96 to #3 ranked Ehime OV. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Toyotsu FE needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in West. Their record is 3 victories and 1 lost game. Hawkinson has a great season in Japan. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 13.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of Toyotsu FE - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88) of Sendai 89ers - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Kagawa FA - 13 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Eric Jacobsen (208-PF-94) of Fukuoka Rizing - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam. - 26 points and 7 rebounds
9. Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-G-86) of Fukuoka Rizing - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ide Yuji (181-G-88) of Kanazawa Sam. - 17 points, 4 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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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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SOVINE
  Rahoveci
  (206-F/C-94)
  Avg: 26
 1. Sovine, Rahoveci26.0 
 2. Prowell, Rahoveci23.0 
 3. Esho, Sigal Prishtina22.0 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.21.0 
 5. Mehmetaj, Ylli20.0 
 6. Harmon, Ylli18.5 
 7. Latifaj, Kerasan17.0 
 8. Kovaqi, Peja16.5 
 9. Hajdari, Peja16.0 
 10. Qallaku, Peja16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle SOVINE
  Rahoveci
  (206-F/C-94)
  Avg: 13
 1. Sovine, Rahoveci13.0 
 2. Bessick, Ylli11.5 
 3. Shoshi, Sigal P.11.0 
 4. Esho, Sigal Prishtina11.0 
 5. Kovaqi, Peja9.5 
 6. Qallaku, Peja9.5 
 7. Haxhiu, Trepca7.5 
 8. Azemi, Ylli7.5 
 9. Merovci, Rahoveci7.0 
 10. Mehmetaj, Ylli6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew LAWRENCE
  Sigal P.
  (185-PG-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Lawrence, Sigal P.11.0 
 2. Hasani, Rahoveci9.0 
 3. Latifaj, Kerasan7.0 
 4. Mekaj, Peja6.5 
 5. Rugova, Sigal P.6.0 
 6. Tahiri, Ylli5.5 
 7. Azemi, Sigal P.5.0 
 8. Prowell, Rahoveci5.0 
 9. Haxhiu, Trepca5.0 
 10. Kovaqi, Peja4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Valdrin HAXHIU
  Trepca
  (191-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Haxhiu, Trepca2.5 
 2. Bunjaku, Rahoveci2.0 
 3. Hasani, Rahoveci2.0 
 4. Newson, Rahoveci2.0 
 5. Latifaj, Kerasan1.5 
 6. Shala, Kerasan1.5 
 7. Malaj, Trepca1.5 
 8. Haxhiu, Trepca1.5 
 9. Shoshi, Sigal P.1.0 
 10. Peci, Sigal Prishtina1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kyle SOVINE
  Rahoveci
  (206-F/C-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sovine, Rahoveci2.0 
 2. Bessick, Ylli2.0 
 3. Shoshi, Sigal P.2.0 
 4. Esho, Sigal Prishtina2.0 
 5. Veseli, Sigal P.1.0 
 6. Lawrence, Sigal P.1.0 
 7. Hasani, Rahoveci1.0 
 8. Kosterci, Trepca0.5 
 9. Qallaku, Peja0.5 
 10. Kadusha, Peja0.5 


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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Janis POZNAKS
  BK Ogre
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Poznaks, BK Ogre19.7 
 2. Birkans, LU17.5 
 3. Jaunzems, LU17.5 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera17.3 
 5. Eiduks, LU17.0 
 6. Kaufmanis, Valmiera16.5 
 7. Jakovics, Ventspils15.0 
 8. Skele, Ventspils14.5 
 9. Benjamin, Betsafe/.14.0 
 10. Leimanis, Betsafe/.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle BENJAMIN
  Betsafe/.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Benjamin, Betsafe/.9.5 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga8.0 
 3. Iljins, Valmiera7.5 
 4. Hamilton, Ventspils7.0 
 5. Miska, Valmiera6.5 
 6. Antrops, BK Ogre6.0 
 7. Labuckas, VEF Riga6.0 
 8. Skele, Ventspils5.5 
 9. Bruesewitz, Ventspils5.3 
 10. Gulbis, Ventspils5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Renars BIRKANS
  LU
  (184-PG-97)
  Avg: 8
 1. Birkans, LU8.0 
 2. Vitols, BK Ogre7.0 
 3. Scott, VEF Riga6.0 
 4. Zebergs, BK Ogre5.0 
 5. Elksnis, Valmiera5.0 
 6. Ubilla, Ventspils5.0 
 7. Leimanis, Betsafe/.4.5 
 8. Kaufmanis, Valmiera3.8 
 9. Mejeris, VEF Riga3.5 
 10. Skele, Ventspils3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks MEJERIS
  VEF Riga
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejeris, VEF Riga2.5 
 2. Benjamin, Betsafe/.2.5 
 3. Zebergs, BK Ogre2.3 
 4. Leimanis, Betsafe/.2.0 
 5. Jaunzems, LU2.0 
 6. Hamilton, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Lasmanis, Betsafe/.2.0 
 8. Skele, Ventspils1.8 
 9. Jakovics, Ventspils1.8 
 10. Janicenoks, VEF R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Edvards MEZULIS
  LU
  (204-C-0)
  Avg: 1
 1. Mezulis, LU1.0 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 3. Labuckas, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Gromovs, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Niedra, BK Ogre1.0 
 6. Bruesewitz, Ventspils1.0 
 7. Eiduks, LU0.5 
 8. Jaunzems, LU0.5 
 9. Lazdans, Betsafe/.0.5 
 10. Iljins, Valmiera0.5 


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivars ZEMITIS
  Memele/B.
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 35
 1. Zemitis, Memele/B.35.0 
 2. Immers, Limbazi31.0 
 3. Berzins, RTU25.0 
 4. Ginters, RSU23.0 
 5. Metra, Jelgava22.0 
 6. Pabrieza, Livani21.0 
 7. Mednis, Madona21.0 
 8. Savcenko, Kandava20.0 
 9. Sukteris, Valkas SI19.0 
 10. Gertners, DSN/.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uldis SLAPJUMS
  Valkas S.
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Slapjums, Valkas S.18.0 
 2. Stikuts, Turiba14.0 
 3. Lasmanis, Livani13.0 
 4. Viksna, Livani12.0 
 5. Hermanis, DSN/.12.0 
 6. Vecens, Valkas SI11.0 
 7. Sukteris, Valkas SI11.0 
 8. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.10.5 
 9. Silavs, Limbazi10.0 
 10. Petersons, Madona10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rolands BRENCS
  Limbazi
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brencs, Limbazi8.0 
 2. Klegeris, Turiba7.0 
 3. Pabrieza, Livani7.0 
 4. Ginters, RSU7.0 
 5. Silavs, Limbazi7.0 
 6. Veinbergs, Limbazi7.0 
 7. Hlebovickis, VEF s.7.0 
 8. Skipars, RSU6.0 
 9. Vilks, Memele/B.5.0 
 10. Vecens, Valkas SI5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Inguss IMMERS
  Limbazi
  (194-F-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Immers, Limbazi5.0 
 2. Ginters, RSU5.0 
 3. Grabovskis, RTU4.0 
 4. Jekabsons, Ogre/Kum.4.0 
 5. Kapostins, Riga/Rid.4.0 
 6. Berkolds, Ogre/Kum.4.0 
 7. Arnitis, LU/BS R.4.0 
 8. Aizpurs, Gulbenes.3.5 
 9. Bumeisters, VEF s.3.0 
 10. Silavs, Limbazi3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Janis ENGERS
  ViA
  (200-F-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Engers, ViA3.0 
 2. Rozitis, Jelgava2.0 
 3. Steinbergs, Ogre/Kum.2.0 
 4. Hermanis, DSN/.2.0 
 5. Jekabsons, Ogre/Kum.2.0 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki1.5 
 7. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 8. Linis, VEF skola1.0 
 9. Bergmanis, LU/BS R.1.0 
 10. Viksna, Livani1.0 


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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LBL Round 2: Ventspils keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

Ventspils defeated Jurmala at home 85-70. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-70. Ventspils dominated on the defensive end, holding Jurmala to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Blake Hamilton (198-94, college: Buffalo) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93, college: BS Liepaja) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Jurmala. Jurmala will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Ventspils will try to continue on its current victory against Jekabpils at home.
Betsafe (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of VEF Riga. Visitors were rolled over by VEF Riga 84-56. American guard Antwan Scott (185-92, college: Colorado St.) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Rolands Freimanis chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Kyle Benjamin (206-91, college: Bridgeport) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Ventspils (4-0) which hosted in Ventspils Latvijas Universitate (1-1). Ventspils had an easy win 85-58. Aigars Skele notched 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Even 16 points and 5 assists by Renars Birkans did not help to save the game for Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils will meet at home Jekabpils (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Latvijas Universitate will play against BK Ogre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Liepaja. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of Valmiera (0-4) to Betsafe (1-1) 83-81 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Kyle Benjamin who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Betsafe will have a break next round. Valmiera will play on the road against Valka/Valga (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 winless Valmiera lost to undefeated BK Ogre on the road 57-75.

Ventspils - Jurmala 85-70

Ventspils defeated Jurmala at home 85-70. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-70. Ventspils dominated on the defensive end, holding Jurmala to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Blake Hamilton (198-94, college: Buffalo) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93, college: BS Liepaja) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Jurmala. Jurmala will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Ventspils will try to continue on its current victory against Jekabpils at home.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: I.Jakovics 17+3reb+1ast, B.Hamilton 15+8reb+4ast, A.Skele 13+5reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 11+3reb+4ast, J.Jucikas 11+4reb+1ast, M.Bruesewitz 8+2reb+2ast
Jurmala: I.Rihards Zvigurs 19+8reb+3ast, E.Jonats 17+10reb, U.Pinete 12+1reb, D.Krestinin 9+6reb, H.Karlis 5+1reb, J.Dilevka 3+2reb
gschID: 582735


Betsafe/Liepaja - Valmiera 83-81

A very interesting game took place in Liepaja. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of Valmiera (0-4) to Betsafe (1-1) 83-81 on Saturday evening. Valmiera was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Kyle Benjamin (206-91, college: Bridgeport) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Girts Lazdans (203-95, college: Cent.Arizona JC) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Betsafe players scored in double figures. Point guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89, agency: HMS) produced 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Viktors Iljins (212-91) added 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Betsafe will have a break next round. Valmiera will play on the road against Valka/Valga (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Betsafe/Liepaja: K.Benjamin 16+8reb, G.Lazdans 14+5reb+1ast, R.Berzins 14+1reb, T.Leimanis 13+3reb+3ast, K.Brown 8+3reb+1ast, A.Ate 7+1reb+4ast
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 27+6reb+5ast, V.Iljins 16+11reb+1ast, A.Miska 15+9reb+1ast, E.Hazners 9+3reb, E.Elksnis 8+3reb+3ast, D.Viksne 2+1ast
gschID: 575165


VEF Riga - Betsafe/Liepaja 84-56

Betsafe (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of VEF Riga. Visitors were rolled over by VEF Riga 84-56. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Betsafe was better in fourth quarter 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. VEF Riga outrebounded Betsafe 43-27 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. American guard Antwan Scott (185-92, college: Colorado St.) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Kyle Benjamin (206-91, college: Bridgeport) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and Toms Leimanis (188-94) scored 15 points and 6 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. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: R.Freimanis 16+6reb, K.Janicenoks 12+5reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 11+2reb+1ast, I.Gromovs 11+3reb+1ast, A.Ate 10+5reb+2ast, A.Scott 9+5reb+9ast
Betsafe/Liepaja: T.Leimanis 15+2reb+6ast, K.Benjamin 12+11reb+1ast, R.Krastins 10+1reb, A.Ate 7+3reb+2ast, K.Pauls Lasmanis 5+1reb+1ast, S.Hill 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 575164


BK Ogre - Valmiera 75-57

No shocking result in a game when BK Ogre (3-0) beat at home Valmiera (0-4) 75-57. The game was mostly controlled by BK Ogre. Valmiera was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Valmiera to just 7 points in fourth quarter. BK Ogre dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 30. BK Ogre forced 20 Valmiera turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Janis Poznaks (203-83) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Center Guntis Sipolins (206-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds. BK Ogre's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Viktors Iljins (212-91) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Edmunds Elksnis (187-90) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. BK Ogre's next round opponent will be Latvijas Universitate (#4) in Riga. Valmiera will play on the road against Valka/Valga (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Ogre: J.Poznaks 21+3reb+4ast, J.Antrops 10+2reb+1ast, M.Vitols 9+4ast, D.Atelbauers 9+2reb, G.Sipolins 8+5reb+2ast, R.Zebergs 6+3reb+5ast
Valmiera: V.Iljins 16+8reb+2ast, E.Elksnis 13+5reb+5ast, J.Kaufmanis 9+3reb+2ast, N.Jansons 5+1reb+2ast, E.Hazners 5+2reb, R.Adins 4+1reb
gschID: 575163


Ventspils - LU 85-58

An interesting game for Ventspils (4-0) which hosted in Ventspils Latvijas Universitate (1-1). Ventspils had an easy win 85-58. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Latvijas Universitate managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 42-30 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Latvijas Universitate's players. The former international forward Aigars Skele (192-92) notched 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Maris Gulbis (200-85, agency: Players Group) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 5 assists by point guard Renars Birkans (184-97) did not help to save the game for Latvijas Universitate. Forward Janis Eiduks (200-93) added 12 points for the guests. Latvijas Universitate's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils will meet at home Jekabpils (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Latvijas Universitate will play against BK Ogre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: I.Jakovics 17+4reb+3ast, J.Jucikas 16+6reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 16+7reb+3ast, A.Skele 14+9reb+7ast, M.Bruesewitz 9+7reb, K.Kilps 5+3reb+2ast
LU: R.Birkans 16+4reb+5ast, J.Eiduks 12+4reb+1ast, R.Feikners 8+3reb+1ast, R.Pinne 6+1reb, L.Jaunzems 5+2reb, A.Snipke 5+1reb
gschID: 575162





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David Stachovskij is a newcomer at Medacbasket - by Eurobasket News

Medacbasket Malaga (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Lithuanian David Stachovskij (96) from CB Deportivo Coin. But in 17 EBA games in Spain he recorded just 1.7ppg and 2.1rpg last season.

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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.
gschID: 559088


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.
gschID: 559089


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.
gschID: 559087





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  NBA  


Timberwolves blitzed by Warriors, 142-110 in preseason finale - by Eurobasket News

The Timberwolves' exhibition season ended with a thud. After beating Golden State 111-97 in the first of two preseason meetings in China, Minnesota had no answer for the defending champs Sunday, falling 142-110. The Timberwolves scored 44 points in the first quarter, but were out-scored by 12 in the second quarter, 15 in the third and 13 in the fourth. The Warriors scored 66 points in the second half, Minnesota scored 38 as Golden State poured in a flurry of three-pointers. Golden State shot 60 percent from the field (51 for 85) and 63 percent from three (20 for 32). Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 40 points to go with eight assists and six rebounds. Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) added 28 points, going 8 for 10 from deep. Five Timberwolves scored in double figures, led by Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas), who scored 21 points on 9 for 13 shooting. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) tallied 15 points, six assists and five rebounds. The Timberwolves finished the preseason 2-1. In his seventh NBA season as a head coach, Tom Thibodeau has still never finished below .500 in any preseason. Thibodeau has stated a plan to play an inter-squad scrimmage to serve as a fourth preseason game prior to Minnesota's regular season opener in San Antonio on Oct. 18.
Courtesy of: twincities.com



Thunder hold off Australia's Melbourne United 86-85 - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big defensive stand to hold off Melbourne United. Josh Huestis (6'7''-F-91, college: Stanford) had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Thunder escape with an 86-85 exhibition victory Sunday. Huestis blocked Josh Boone (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Connecticut)'s shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather (6'6''-F/G-91, college: Florida)'s shot to clinch the win. Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said he was proud of the way his team played against the All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse). Melbourne withstood a run by the Thunder with their stars in the game in the third quarter and made it competitive down the stretch. "I felt coming into the half that they were really going to try to make a run with their best group," Vickerman said. "We weathered that storm, and they had to keep some of those best players coming back to win the game." Casper Ware (5'10''-PG-90, college: Long Beach St.) Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League. Melbourne, an Australian team, also was up against a time adjustment. "I know most of the guys couldn't really get a good sleeping pattern, including myself," Prather said. "My legs are a bit fatigued, but once you come to a game like this, you know all the adrenaline going and the energy to get going, so you know, we really don't feel it too much." Oklahoma City's stars shot poorly. George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Westbrook was limited to nine points, going 3 for 10. "I was pretty impressed by the statistics that we held some people to," Vickerman said. "For us, because we're a little bit smaller, we try to fight through everything, and I guess that maintained some pressure on them rather than when you switch, there's a little more separation." Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on. "To have the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world and to know that our league can challenge those best teams in the world - it does a lot for our reputation in the league and it does a lot for our club's reputation," Vickerman said.
Courtesy of: kansascity.com



Rajon Rondo May Need Sports Hernia Surgery - by Eurobasket News

Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) has been diagnosed with a sports hernia. Rondo will travel to Philadelphia this week to determine whether he needs surgery. Rondo signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason. The Pelicans expect Rondo to miss approximately one month.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



The Bucks let Marshall go - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks cut 26-year old international point guard Kendall Marshall (195-88kg-91, college: N.Carolina).
The last season Marshall played at another team Bighorns where in 21 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 9.1apg (top 2) and 1.2spg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns in first round (13th overall). Marshall attended University of North Carolina and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won ACC Regular Season for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Marshall received also USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award and ACC All-Tournament 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time. Marshall was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for six other NBA teams: Utah Jazz, LA Lakers, Phi.76ers, Washington Wizards, Northern Arizona Suns and Delaware 87ers.
Let's have closer look into Marshall's outlook: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A brilliant, "natural" floor general ... Understands how to control the flow of the game ... Makes his teammates better ... Has the height and offensive awareness to see the entire court at all times ... Always dribbles with his head up. Scoring ability is practically non-existent ... Is the type of player that could average more assists than points ... Doesn't nearly have the same kind of confidence creating for himself that he has creating for others
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  NCAA1  


The nation's leading returning scorer - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssports.com
The odds-on favorite to lead college basketball in scoring this season plays basketball in the state of North Carolina, but he most certainly does not play for the bluebloods.
He is on the radar of NBA scouts - in fact, he had workouts with the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets this offseason when he considered entering the NBA Draft - but not a scout alive considers him a potential lottery pick. Some of his physical attributes are the envy of every basketball player, such as his 44-inch vertical and his absurd dunks.

But his most noticeable physical attribute would seem to exclude the possibility of him ever becoming a high-level basketball player - namely, that he's only 5-foot-9.
Campbell University's Chris Clemons is a basketball anomaly -- someone who is incredibly gifted in some areas despite being incredibly limited in others. And yet, after a sophomore season in which he scored 25.1 points per game -- the second most in college basketball -- for a Campbell team that was the youngest in the Big South, people might start mentioning Clemons' name in the same breath as other small point guards who have found ways to overcome their height.

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Like 5-9 Nate Robinson, the 10-year NBA veteran and three-time slam dunk champ whose explosiveness is similar to Clemons'.
Or like 5-9 Isaiah Thomas of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is the shortest player to make multiple All-Star teams and who Clemons believes has sparked a greater NBA interest for players under 6 feet.
Or like the player who Clemons idolized growing up: Allen Iverson, the shortest-ever No. 1 NBA Draft pick, whose crossover has long been Clemons' basketball holy grail, whose book Clemons read as a boy, and who played with a chip on his shoulder almost as big as the one that sits on Clemons'.
That chip came from him always being overlooked as a young player because he was always the shortest dude out there. "And he took that as a slap in the face," said Jawann Baker, one of his summer league coaches.

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Chris Clemons could dunk even when he was at North Carolina's Millbrook High School. Photo provided by Clemons family
"He's thankful for who he is and for his height, because it made him into the type of person he is," said his father, Carlyton Clemons. "If Chris were as big as his brother, 6-2 or 6-3, he never would have worked as hard as he does. This has been his dream since he knew what the NBA was. He used to sleep with a basketball as a kid. He'd wake us up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday in summer, set the chime off on the front door going out to shoot at age 5 or 6. 'Oh Lord, Chris is up. Somebody gotta get up and be with Chris.' That's been his only love."
Yes, measuring Clemons against Robinson, Thomas or Iverson are all fantastical comparisons. Every pint-sized basketball player has those one-in-a-million dreams when they are putting up shots at the playground. But there aren't many who fly first class to Boston to work out for the Celtics, and afterwards, get tips from Celtics general manager Danny Ainge about how to turn his against-all-odds college career into an against-bigger-odds NBA career.
The advice? Get more lift on his jump shot, because a 5-9 player in the NBA needs to be able to get his jumper off against much taller players. Read the big man better when he comes off screens. Get his shot off quicker, and come into his shot instead of stepping back. Get up into the ball to really be a pest on defense. Work on his efficiency: His shooting percentage, his assist-to-turnover ratio. Subtle stuff, but important stuff, especially for someone who has the odds against him.
But the mere fact that Clemons was having this conversation with Ainge - the fact this 5-9 dynamo is even on NBA radars - is an achievement in itself. He may be five-nine, but his other attributes - a bench press of 250 pounds, a sweet shooting stroke, that ridiculous vertical - are the stuff of lottery picks.

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"He's the most explosive scorer nobody knows," said The Citadel coach Duggar Baucom. "He can bust a three in your mouth from deep or dunk on your head. He could play at any level."
It's a confidence bred from a competitive streak that runs in the family. At the Clemons household, they have different old-school WWE belt for just about everything you can compete in. The family bought them at Toys R Us and dedicated each belt to a different competition: A Blackjack belt. An Uno belt. A pool belt. Even a fishing belt. "He'd walk around strutting with them belts," his father laughed. "We don't do anything just to play."
It was that confidence - plus, sure, that 44-inch vertical - that Campbell coach Kevin McGeehan saw the first time he went to see Clemons play.
"I watched him for three minutes and texted my assistant: 'This is the guy,' " McGeehan said. "We thought he could be an all-time great at our school."

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He thought about that moment during last season's CIT postseason tournament, when Clemons pinned a big man's shot off the backboard, took the ball up the length of the court then dunked it himself.
"This guy is 5-9!" McGeehan said in wonder.
"I'm glad I'm 5-9," Clemons told me with his typical swagger. "I'm able to do something a lot of people can't do. When I drive I have no fear going into a 7-foot guy. I'm going to run in there and do whatever to find my way to finish. I'm confident in every shot I take."
And he takes a lot of them. When he was on the floor last season, Clemons took nearly half of Campbell's shots - 42.2 percent, according to KenPom.com. No one in college basketball took a higher percentage of his team's shots. And the only player who attempted more 3-pointers than Clemons' 332 3-point attempts was Central Michigan's Marcus Keene, another explosive, diminutive point guard and the only player to average more points per game (30.0) last season than Clemons. Keene played Summer League with the Washington Wizards before signing a contract to play professionally in Italy.

Campbell's Chris Clemons wants to led the Camels to the NCAA Tournament. BigSouthPhotos.com
The idea of the nation's top scorer being a little dude for some team nicknamed the Fighting Camels is a nice little story, sure. It's like "Rudy." But the idea of that same little dude making it from Campbell University to the NBA? That sounds like science fiction, right? I mean, you almost certainly haven't heard of Campbell University. And that's OK, because until Clemons was recruited there he hadn't heard of the school - and it's only 29 miles from where he grew up in Raleigh.
Campbell is in Buies Creek, N.C., a small town that's in North Carolina's Research Triangle. But though it's in the orbit of Duke and North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest, it's a place that would never be confused with Tobacco Road. Campbell has made exactly one NCAA tournament, in 1992, when the Fighting Camels lost to Duke's Grant Hill and Christian Laettner. (Three games later those two would connect for one of the most iconic plays in NCAA tournament history.)
If you heard of Campbell last season, it was because of Clemons' highlight-reel dunks. Or it was because of him dropping 51 points to upset UNC-Asheville in the Big South Tournament, just the second player in two decades to score more than 50 points in a conference tournament game. The other? BYU's Jimmer Fredette, who scored 52 points vs. New Mexico in the 2011 Mountain West Conference semifinals.
If you hear of him this season, though, it may be because Clemons leads college basketball in scoring. But when I asked him if that was his goal, he told me that, honestly, it really doesn't matter.

"I just want to win a little bit more," Clemons said. "We're trying to go to the NCAA Tournament - that's the big picture. And if I have to score 30 points per game to get there, that's what I'll do."



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  NCAA2  


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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  NORWAY  

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 33
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.33.0 
 2. Cugini, Gimle BBK26.8 
 3. Skouen, Froya B.26.3 
 4. Nisavic, Fyllinge.24.0 
 5. Midtvedt, Centrum23.7 
 6. Ferrales, Kongsberg21.7 
 7. Spear, Nidaros Jets20.7 
 8. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.19.7 
 9. Fivelstad, Gimle B.19.5 
 10. Issalhi, Tromso19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aksel BOLINZ
  Asker Aliens
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 16
 1. Bolinz, Asker Aliens16.0 
 2. Thomas, Kongsberg11.3 
 3. Fivelstad, Gimle B.10.5 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso10.3 
 5. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .10.0 
 6. Sommerfeldt, Asker A.8.5 
 7. Cugini, Gimle BBK8.3 
 8. Solem, Tromso8.0 
 9. Williams, Ammerud .8.0 
 10. Sumskis, Fyllinge.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERRALES
  Kongsberg
  (187-G-91)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Ferrales, Kongsberg7.7 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.7.3 
 3. Nisavic, Fyllinge.6.0 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso5.7 
 5. Spear, Nidaros Jets5.0 
 6. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.5.0 
 7. Toefte, Nidaros .5.0 
 8. Vangen, Ammerud .4.3 
 9. Ouakkaha, Gimle B.4.3 
 10. Lange, Tromso4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Henrik LANGE
  Tromso
  (192-G-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lange, Tromso3.0 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso3.0 
 3. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.3.0 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.2.7 
 5. Nisavic, Fyllinge.2.7 
 6. Spear, Nidaros Jets2.7 
 7. Elgmork, Fyllinge.2.3 
 8. Ouakkaha, Gimle B.2.0 
 9. Malto, Ammerud .2.0 
 10. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brage VEJLGAARD
  Nidaros .
  (205-C-97)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .3.3 
 2. Yele, Asker Aliens1.5 
 3. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .1.5 
 4. Lange, Tromso1.3 
 5. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.1.3 
 6. Thomas, Kongsberg1.3 
 7. Clark, Froya Basket1.3 
 8. Krivokapic, Kongs.1.0 
 9. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.1.0 
 10. Bolinz, Asker Aliens0.8 



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.29.2 
 2. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 4. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 5. Durham, Meralco .25.4 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.24.6 
 7. Bullock, Rain o.23.3 
 8. Fuller, NLEX R.22.6 
 9. Pringle, Globalport20.0 
 10. Fajardo, SM Be.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Durham, Meralco .20.1 
 2. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 3. Fuller, NLEX R.17.7 
 4. Walker, Blackwater16.8 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 6. Fajardo, SM Be.11.6 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.3 
 8. Rice-Jr, TNT K.10.9 
 9. Abueva, Alaska Aces10.6 
 10. Anthony, Globalport9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Durham, Meralco .6.8 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Castro-W., TNT K.6.3 
 4. Tenorio, B.Ginebra5.4 
 5. Thompson, B.Gin.5.4 
 6. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.2 
 7. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 8. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 9. Newsome, Meralco .5.0 
 10. Walker, Blackwater4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 3. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.4 
 4. Walker, Blackwater1.9 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.6 
 8. Fuller, NLEX R.1.6 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.6 
 10. Williams, TNT K.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 2. Fajardo, SM Be.2.3 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.2 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 5. Erram, Blackwater2.1 
 6. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.0 
 7. Santos, SM Beermen1.8 
 8. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.6 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 
 10. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.4 


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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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin PUNTER
  Rosa
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 25
 1. Punter, Rosa25.0 
 2. Artis, Czarni25.0 
 3. Lewis, TBV Start23.5 
 4. Washington, TBV S.21.5 
 5. Kovalenko, MKS D.21.0 
 6. Dragicevic, Stelmet20.3 
 7. Shelton, MKS D.20.0 
 8. Kolenda, Trefl18.0 
 9. Flieger, Polpharma18.0 
 10. Szubarga, Asseco17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  MKS D.
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Shelton, MKS D.13.0 
 2. Aiken, Czarni9.5 
 3. Sokolowski, Rosa9.0 
 4. Jarmakowicz, Legia9.0 
 5. Bojic, Polpharma9.0 
 6. Trojan, Rosa9.0 
 7. Ponitka, Asseco8.5 
 8. Szczotka, Asseco8.5 
 9. Dragicevic, Stelmet8.3 
 10. Zamojski, Stelmet8.3 
Assists Per Game
 James WASHINGTON
  TBV S.
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Washington, TBV S.9.5 
 2. Broussard, MKS D.9.0 
 3. Laczynski, Anwil8.5 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco7.5 
 5. Artis, Czarni7.0 
 6. Baldwin, AZS K.6.5 
 7. Flieger, Polpharma6.0 
 8. Koszarek, Stelmet5.3 
 9. Zegzula, Rosa5.0 
 10. Brown, Trefl5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron BROUSSARD
  MKS D.
  (195-F/G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Broussard, MKS D.3.0 
 2. Artis, Czarni3.0 
 3. Baldwin, AZS K.3.0 
 4. Paliukenas, King2.7 
 5. Dutkiewicz, TBV S.2.5 
 6. Wisniewski, Polski C.2.0 
 7. Woloszyn, MKS D.2.0 
 8. Brown, Trefl2.0 
 9. Shelton, MKS D.2.0 
 10. Lewis, TBV Start2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Steve ZACK
  Trefl
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zack, Trefl3.0 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.2.0 
 3. Shelton, MKS D.2.0 
 4. Wyka, Asseco2.0 
 5. Milovanovic, Polph.2.0 
 6. Leonczyk, Anwil1.5 
 7. Stelmach, Czarni1.0 
 8. Golebiowski, Polph.1.0 
 9. Jarmakowicz, Legia1.0 
 10. Zaytsev, Rosa1.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Michael HICKS
  R8 Krakow
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Hicks, R8 Krakow23.3 
 2. Zielinski, Pogon P.21.0 
 3. Pabian, Spojnia20.7 
 4. Fiszer, Biofarm .20.0 
 5. Dymala, Spojnia20.0 
 6. Malgorzaciak, GKS T.20.0 
 7. Spica, Enea Astoria18.5 
 8. Chanas, Polonia .18.0 
 9. Kowalewski, GKS T.17.5 
 10. Sanny, Nysa Klodzko16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Piotr ZIELINSKI
  Pogon P.
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Zielinski, Pogon P.15.0 
 2. Bodych, Kotwica14.0 
 3. Grod, Enea Astoria11.5 
 4. Szwed, Polfarme.11.0 
 5. Cetnar, Pruszkow8.7 
 6. Dluski, R8 Krakow8.7 
 7. Struski, Biofarm .8.5 
 8. Pelka, R8 Krakow8.3 
 9. Wrobel, SKK S.8.0 
 10. Pytys, Spojnia7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksander FILIPIAK
  Pogon P.
  (185-PG-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Filipiak, Pogon P.8.0 
 2. Sobczak, Polfarme.6.5 
 3. Brek, Spojnia6.3 
 4. Kordalski, Prusz.6.0 
 5. Zywert, Sokol L.6.0 
 6. Dymala, Spojnia5.7 
 7. Mordzak, Pogon P.5.5 
 8. Hybiak, KK Warsz.5.3 
 9. Sanny, Nysa Klodzko5.3 
 10. Kobel, Polonia Leszno5.0 
Steals Per Game
 January SOBCZAK
  Polfarme.
  (179-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Sobczak, Polfarme.4.5 
 2. Malczyk, R8 Krakow3.0 
 3. Trubacz, Polonia .2.7 
 4. Michalski, Notec I.2.5 
 5. Hybiak, KK Warsz.2.3 
 6. Sanny, Nysa Klodzko2.3 
 7. Dluski, R8 Krakow2.3 
 8. Kulon, GKS Tychy2.0 
 9. Czujkowski, Spojn.2.0 
 10. Smorawinski, Biofarm .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  Biofarm .
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Metelski, Biofarm .2.0 
 2. Rajewicz, SKK S.1.5 
 3. Niedzwiedzki, Siarka1.5 
 4. Bogdanowicz, Pogon P.1.0 
 5. Frackiewicz, Enea A.1.0 
 6. Fenrych, GKS Tychy1.0 
 7. Kaczmarzyk, Polonia .1.0 
 8. Szwed, Polfarme.1.0 
 9. Nowerski, GKS T.1.0 
 10. Wrobel, SKK S.1.0 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bartlomiej PELCZAR
  Start L.
  (185-G-0)
  Avg: 35
 1. Pelczar, Start L.35.0 
 2. Jankowski, AZS P.32.0 
 3. Zagula, Stal SW29.0 
 4. Maj, MCKiS J.26.0 
 5. Der, Nowa Sol26.0 
 6. Wasowicz, AZS P.24.0 
 7. Podkowinski, MCKiS J.24.0 
 8. Kozaczka, Bielsko-.24.0 
 9. Pawlak, Polonia Bytom23.0 
 10. Piotrkowski, AZS A.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leszek KULCZYNSKI
  Goleniow
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Kulczynski, Goleniow16.0 
 2. Wisniewski, AZS U.13.0 
 3. Bogucki, SMS P.13.0 
 4. Weselak, AZS A.12.0 
 5. Taberski, Nowa Sol12.0 
 6. Soltysiak, Domino I.11.5 
 7. Kapuscinski, Dziki W.11.0 
 8. Krzywdzinski, Gornik W.11.0 
 9. Bednarczyk, Olsztyn11.0 
 10. Smugala, Pelplin10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.10.0 
 2. Wasowicz, AZS P.9.0 
 3. Sarzalo, Pelplin8.0 
 4. Banys, Rzeszow8.0 
 5. Raczek, Sudety8.0 
 6. Bartnicki, Katy W.7.0 
 7. Chmielarz, AZS K.7.0 
 8. Traczyk, Nowa Sol7.0 
 9. Guminski, Przemysl6.0 
 10. Der, Nowa Sol6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof WASOWICZ
  AZS P.
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wasowicz, AZS P.7.0 
 2. Zagula, Stal SW6.0 
 3. Zalucki, Cracovia5.0 
 4. Konopatzki, Asseco I.5.0 
 5. Kozlowski, Domino I.5.0 
 6. Marczuk, Tur B.5.0 
 7. Daszke, Trefl I.5.0 
 8. Plocica, Przemysl5.0 
 9. Golasinski, Gniezno5.0 
 10. Dobrzycki, Gniezno5.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mateusz WISNIEWSKI
  AZS U.
  (202-C/F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wisniewski, AZS U.3.0 
 2. Zielinko, Tur B.3.0 
 3. Sloniewski, Ostrow M.2.0 
 4. Matysek, Start L.2.0 
 5. Minciel, Sudety2.0 
 6. Bednarczyk, Olsztyn2.0 
 7. Motylewski, Trefl I.2.0 
 8. Szydlowski, Gniezno2.0 
 9. Kulczynski, Goleniow2.0 
 10. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.5 


1Liga Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in 1Liga as the season just started.

The biggest surprise of round 3 in 1Liga took place in Kolobrzeg where host Kotwica (2-1) beat GKS Tychy (2-1) 89-81 on Saturday evening. They outrebounded GKS Tychy 44-30 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kotwica looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by GKS Tychy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was power forward Lukasz Bodych (201-90) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Adrian Sulinski (185-89) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. Kotwica's coach Pawel Blechacz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds. GKS Tychy will play next round against strong Biofarm PZN trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kotwica will try to continue on its current victory against Polonia Leszno on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sokol Lancut (2-1) in Stargard. Visitors were rolled over by Spojnia (3-0) 92-67. It was a good game for guard Marcin Dymala (187-90) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Hubert Pabian contributed with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Maciej Klima (203-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for Sokol Lancut. Sokol Lancut's coach Dariusz Kaszowski gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Spojnia will play against Slask (#7) in Wroclaw in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sokol Lancut will play at home against Notec Inowr. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Prudnik was also quite interesting. Polonia Leszno (3-0) played at the court of Pogon Prudnik (1-2). Polonia Leszno defeated Pogon Prudnik 75-63 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Kamil Chanas who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Polonia Leszno's coach Lukasz Grudniewski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Pawel Bogdanowicz with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Polonia Leszno will meet at home Kotwica (#5) in the next round. Pogon Prudnik will play against Pruszkow (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless SKK Siedlce lost to undefeated Biofarm PZN in Poznan 72-86. Winless Notec Inowr. was smashed by R8 Krakow at home 71-94. Slask Wroclaw won against KK Warszawa on the opponent's court 72-56. Siarka managed to outperform Pruszkow in a home game 85-78. Enea Astoria rolled over Nysa Klodzko on the road 98-79.
The best stats of 3rd round was 30 points and 5 rebounds by Jakub Fiszer of Biofarm PZN.

Biofarm PZN - SKK Siedlce 86-72

There was no surprise in Poznan where SKK Siedlce (0-3) was defeated by Biofarm PZN (2-0) 86-72 on Sunday. Biofarm PZN dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to SKK Siedlce's 24. Biofarm PZN forced 20 SKK Siedlce turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for swingman Jakub Fiszer (187-95) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Filip Struski (200-94) helped adding 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Rafal Sobilo (188-89) with 16 points and Bartosz Wrobel (190-95, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Biofarm PZN will meet GKS Tychy (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SKK Siedlce will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: R.Sobilo 16+1reb+2ast, B.Wrobel 11+6reb+1ast, K.Obarek 10+5reb+1ast, R.Krol 9+3reb+1ast, R.Rajewicz 8+4reb+2ast, P.Lewandowski 7+4ast
Biofarm PZN: J.Fiszer 30+5reb+1ast, P.Wieloch 12+4reb+5ast, A.Metelski 11+6reb, T.Smorawinski 9+1reb+4ast, F.Struski 8+10reb+5ast, M.Tomaszewski 6+2ast
gschID: 560569


Notec Inowr. - R8 Krakow 71-94

No shocking result in a game in Inowroclaw where R8 Krakow (2-1) smashed Notec Inowr. (0-3) 94-71 on Sunday. R8 Krakow forced 19 Notec Inowr. turnovers. It was a great evening for naturalized American swingman Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo.) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Patryk Pelka (202-89) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Kamil Michalski (182-87) with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and swingman Grzegorz Malecki (195-84) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. R8 Krakow will meet at home Siarka (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Notec Inowr. will play against Sokol Lancut and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Notec Inowr.: K.Michalski 17+5reb+5ast, G.Malecki 13+3reb+3ast, A.Lisewski 12+5reb+1ast, J.Krawczyk 11+1reb+7ast, R.Malitka 7+3reb+1ast, L.Paul 5+12reb
R8 Krakow: M.Hicks 24+2reb+1ast, M.Kwiatkowski 14+3reb+3ast, J.Zalucki 12+2reb+1ast, P.Pelka 11+8reb+2ast, W.Pisarczyk 10+6reb+2ast, M.Malczyk 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 560565


KK Warszawa - Slask Wroclaw 56-72

Very expected game when KK Warszawa (0-3) was defeated at home by Slask (2-1) 72-56 on Sunday. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Slask outrebounded KK Warszawa 50-28 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for point guard Jan Grzelinski (180-94, college: Canisius) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points. Power forward Aleksander Dziewa (205-97, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 7 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Mikolaj Motel (192-94) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Slask will meet at home Spojnia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Warszawa will play against Enea Astoria (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KK Warszawa: M.Motel 16+2reb+3ast, K.Kozluk 16+4reb, P.Hybiak 10+5reb+6ast, M.Wojtynski 6+6reb+3ast, T.Rudko 3+4reb+2ast, D.Sarnacki 3+3reb
Slask Wroclaw: J.Grzelinski 14+2reb+2ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 11+1ast, D.Wilczek 10+6reb, A.Dziewa 7+8reb+2ast, W.Jakubiak 7+2reb, M.Krakowczyk 6+9reb
gschID: 560563


Spojnia - Sokol Lancut 92-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sokol Lancut (2-1) in Stargard. Visitors were rolled over by Spojnia (3-0) 92-67. It was a good game for guard Marcin Dymala (187-90) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Hubert Pabian (201-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Spojnia players scored in double figures. Power forward Maciej Klima (203-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Marek Zywert (192-96) added 15 points in the effort for Sokol Lancut. Sokol Lancut's coach Dariusz Kaszowski gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Spojnia will play against Slask (#7) in Wroclaw in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sokol Lancut will play at home against Notec Inowr. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: M.Zywert 15+4reb+2ast, M.Klima 14+10reb+1ast, M.Sadlo 8+2reb+1ast, A.Warszawski 7+4reb, M.Parszewski 7+2reb+2ast, K.Zywert 6+5reb+5ast
Spojnia: H.Pabian 23+10reb+2ast, M.Dymala 22+8reb+5ast, A.Czujkowski 13+3reb+2ast, K.Pytys 11+8reb, D.Brek 8+5reb+9ast, M.Raczynski 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 560564


Kotwica - GKS Tychy 89-81

The biggest surprise of round 3 in 1Liga took place in Kolobrzeg where host Kotwica (2-1) beat GKS Tychy (2-1) 89-81 on Saturday evening. They outrebounded GKS Tychy 44-30 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kotwica looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by GKS Tychy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was power forward Lukasz Bodych (201-90) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Adrian Sulinski (185-89) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. Kotwica's coach Pawel Blechacz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Filip Malgorzaciak (192-93) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Kotwica and four GKS Tychy players scored in double figures. GKS Tychy will play next round against strong Biofarm PZN trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kotwica will try to continue on its current victory against Polonia Leszno on the road.
Top scorers:
GKS Tychy: M.Kowalewski 21+5reb+1ast, F.Malgorzaciak 16+7reb+1ast, D.Szymczak 14+1reb+1ast, N.Kulon 13+1reb+3ast, P.Halas 6+5reb+3ast, D.Slupinski 4+4reb+2ast
Kotwica: A.Sulinski 20+4reb+6ast, L.Bodych 13+19reb+4ast, P.Dzierzak 13+3reb+7ast, S.Ryzek 12+3reb+1ast, P.Pawlowski 12+6reb, P.Przyborowski 8+1reb
gschID: 560568


Siarka - Pruszkow 85-78

There was a surprise result in Tarnobrzeg where Siarka (1-2) beat Pruszkow (1-2) 85-78 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Jakub Zalewski (184-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 assists. Dawid Rypinski (192-95) helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was guard Adrian Kordalski (185-95) with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Robert Cetnar (198-88) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Siarka will meet R8 Krakow (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pruszkow will play against Pogon Prudnik (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pruszkow: R.Cetnar 15+7reb+1ast, A.Kordalski 15+7reb+5ast, T.Madziar 14+2reb+1ast, B.Ornoch 10+1reb+1ast, M.Stopierzynski 9, D.Cechniak 7+6reb+1ast
Siarka: J.Zalewski 22+2reb+5ast, D.Rypinski 18+2reb, W.Sewiol 12+4reb+2ast, J.Stanios 10+2reb+4ast, P.Niedzwiedzki 9+8reb+2ast, A.Pabianek 8+2ast
gschID: 560566


Pogon Prudnik - Polonia Leszno 63-75

The game in Prudnik was also quite interesting. Polonia Leszno (3-0) played at the court of Pogon Prudnik (1-2). Polonia Leszno defeated Pogon Prudnik 75-63 on Saturday. Polonia Leszno made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game, while Pogon Prudnik only scored eight points from the stripe. It was a great evening for the former international Kamil Chanas (190-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Point guard Jakub Kobel (190-98) helped adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Polonia Leszno players scored in double figures. Polonia Leszno's coach Lukasz Grudniewski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Pawel Bogdanowicz (197-87) with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Grzegorz Mordzak (182-77) scored 8 points and 6 assists. Polonia Leszno will meet at home Kotwica (#5) in the next round. Pogon Prudnik will play against Pruszkow (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pogon Prudnik: P.Bogdanowicz 17+9reb, M.Strzelecki 15+2reb, T.Prostak 8+6reb+2ast, G.Mordzak 8+3reb+6ast, M.Wielechowski 5+1ast, K.Krajniewski 5+6reb
Polonia Leszno: K.Chanas 16+4reb+4ast, J.Kobel 12+7reb+4ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 11+7reb, M.Rostalski 11+3reb, R.Trubacz 7+5reb+1ast, S.Milczynski 6+5reb
gschID: 560567


Nysa Klodzko - Enea Astoria 79-98

Not a big story in a game in Kloszko where Nysa Klodzko (0-3) was outplayed by Enea Astoria (1-1) 98-79 on Saturday. Enea Astoria looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for Mikolaj Grod (194-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Pawel Spica (190-93) helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was point guard Marc-Oscar Sanny (186-96) with 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and Maksym Kulon (191-93) scored 17 points. Five Nysa Klodzko players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Enea Astoria will meet KK Warszawa (#14) on the road in the next round. Nysa Klodzko will play against Polfarmex in Kutno and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: M.Kulon 17+3reb+2ast, M.Sanny 14+3reb+8ast, M.Kasinski 11+3reb+1ast, M.Weiss 10+3reb+2ast, D.Rutkowski 10+4reb+1ast, R.Wojciechowski 9+4reb+1ast
Enea Astoria: P.Spica 22+4reb+2ast, D.Szyttenholm 17+3reb+2ast, M.Grod 16+9reb+5ast, L.Frackiewicz 9+3reb+2ast, B.Pochocki 9+3reb, M.Bierwagen 8+10reb+5ast
gschID: 560562





Nowa Sol tab Dominik Grudzinski - by Eurobasket News

Muszkieterowie Nowa Sol (2Liga) landed 19-year old forward Dominik Grudzinski (200-98). He already started the season at Spojnia in the 1Liga. The last season Grudzinski played also at Spojnia (also in 1Liga). 1Liga was a little too high level for him, where in two games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
He has played previously for Spojnia II Stargard Szczecinski.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Sasa BOROVNJAK
  FC Porto
  (206-C/F-89)
  Avg: 22
 1. Borovnjak, FC Porto22.0 
 2. Ogunfolu, Terceira21.0 
 3. Williams, Illiabum19.0 
 4. Hanley, FC Porto18.0 
 5. Anderson, Ovarense17.0 
 6. Perry, Ovarense16.0 
 7. Gilbert, FC Porto15.0 
 8. Johnson, Terceira14.0 
 9. Sobrinho, Illiabum13.0 
 10. Graham, Terceira13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Terceira
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 15
 1. Van, Terceira15.0 
 2. Loncovic, Illiabum10.0 
 3. Hanley, FC Porto9.0 
 4. Gilbert, FC Porto8.0 
 5. Borovnjak, FC Porto7.0 
 6. Danilovic, Illiabum6.0 
 7. Williams, Illiabum6.0 
 8. Vance, Ovarense5.0 
 9. Queiroz, FC Porto5.0 
 10. Cardoso, Illiabum4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Isaiah JOHNSON
  Terceira
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Johnson, Terceira6.0 
 2. Ogunfolu, Terceira5.0 
 3. Perry, Ovarense4.0 
 4. Pinto, FC Porto3.0 
 5. Miranda, FC Porto3.0 
 6. Queiroz, FC Porto3.0 
 7. Cardoso, Illiabum2.0 
 8. Oliveira, Ovarense2.0 
 9. Torrie, Terceira2.0 
 10. Bessa, FC Porto2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon GRAHAM
  Terceira
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Graham, Terceira4.0 
 2. Johnson, Terceira3.0 
 3. Pinto, Ovarense2.0 
 4. Sa, Illiabum2.0 
 5. Early, Illiabum2.0 
 6. Vance, Ovarense2.0 
 7. Anderson, Ovarense2.0 
 8. Grosso, Ovarense2.0 
 9. Queiroz, FC Porto2.0 
 10. Perry, Ovarense1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  FC Porto
  (201-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hanley, FC Porto3.0 
 2. Van, Terceira2.0 
 3. Gilbert, FC Porto1.0 
 4. Vance, Ovarense1.0 
 5. Danilovic, Illiabum1.0 
 6. Queiroz, FC Porto1.0 
 7. Borovnjak, FC Porto1.0 
 8. Grosso, Ovarense0.0 
 9. Early, Illiabum0.0 
 10. Rodrigues, Terceira0.0 



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  ROMANIA  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Targu Mures
  (196-SF-84)
  Avg: 29
 1. Mitchell, Targu Mures29.0 
 2. Rundles, Phoenix .25.0 
 3. Capers, CSU Sibiu24.0 
 4. Sakic, UBT C.21.0 
 5. Pavlovic, Phoenix .21.0 
 6. Paasoja, Craiova21.0 
 7. Siriscevic, Craiova19.0 
 8. Keely, Politehn.19.0 
 9. Troupe, Pitesti19.0 
 10. Boone, Steaua CSM17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko PAVLOVIC
  Phoenix .
  (210-C-86)
  Avg: 15
 1. Pavlovic, Phoenix .15.0 
 2. Samuels, Craiova10.0 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu10.0 
 4. Nicoara, Pitesti9.0 
 5. Sakic, UBT C.9.0 
 6. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 7. Boone, Steaua CSM9.0 
 8. Keely, Politehn.8.0 
 9. Milosevic, Oradea8.0 
 10. Watson, Craiova8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Politehn.
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Tsintsadze, Politehn.11.0 
 2. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 3. Martinic, Craiova9.0 
 4. Person, Targu M.7.0 
 5. Kostoski, Pitesti6.0 
 6. Taylor, Steaua CSM6.0 
 7. Iliescu, Dinamo B.5.0 
 8. Gajovic, Oradea4.0 
 9. Trotter, Oradea4.0 
 10. Balogun, Politehn.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Luka LAPORNIK
  Steaua C.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Lapornik, Steaua C.5.0 
 2. Tsintsadze, Politehn.5.0 
 3. Watson, UBT C.4.0 
 4. Gugino, Phoenix .4.0 
 5. Martinic, Craiova3.0 
 6. Sakic, UBT C.3.0 
 7. Santa, Targu Mures3.0 
 8. Laser, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 9. White, Phoenix Galati3.0 
 10. Pratt, CSU Sibiu3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko PAVLOVIC
  Phoenix .
  (210-C-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pavlovic, Phoenix .4.0 
 2. Samuels, Craiova3.0 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 4. Nicoara, Pitesti1.0 
 5. Tibirna, Oradea1.0 
 6. Birloveanu, Dinamo B.1.0 
 7. Torok, UBT C.1.0 
 8. Calenic, Politehn.1.0 
 9. Valeika, Oradea1.0 
 10. Lazar, Pitesti1.0 


Liga Nationala Round 1: Targu Mures lose to Phoenix Galati - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Targu Mures (0-1) on the court of Phoenix Galati on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Phoenix Galati 87-81. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian center Marko Pavlovic (210-86) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American point guard Cameron Rundles (188-88, college: Wofford) chipped in 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American Deven Mitchell (196-84, agency: Interperformances) produced 29 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Targu Mures' coach Barnabas Szaszgaspar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Phoenix Galati is looking forward to face Politehnica Iasi (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Targu Mures will play against Craiova and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game where CSU Sibiu (1-0) edged by one point Oradea (0-1) 73-72. Oradea was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Worth to mention a great performance of American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Kevin Capers contributed with 24 points for the winners. Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Oradea. CSU Sibiu will play against Steaua CSM (#4) in Bucuresti in the next round. Oradea will play on the road against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bucuresti: Steaua CSM (#7) and CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#5). Steaua CSM (1-0) crushed visiting CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-1) by 32 points 97-65. Jason Boone stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Alin Giani Zaharie responded with 16 points 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. Steaua CSM will meet CSU Sibiu on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Oradea (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Craiova. Craiova faced Politehnica Iasi. Host Craiova (1-0) defeated guests from Iasi (0-1) 91-74. Goran Martinic nailed 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Craiova's next round opponent will be Targu Mures (#12) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Politehnica Iasi will play against Phoenix Galati (#3) and hope to win that game.
An exciting game was played in Cluj Napoca. UBT Cluj Napoca faced Pitesti. Host UBT Cluj Napoca (1-0) smashed guests from Pitesti (0-1) 85-58. Zeljko Sakic fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. UBT Cluj Napoca's coach Mihai Silvasan felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. UBT Cluj Napoca will face Timba Timosoara (#7) in Timisoara in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pitesti will play at home against BC Timisoara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Phoenix Galati - Targu Mures 87-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Targu Mures (0-1) on the court of Phoenix Galati on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Phoenix Galati 87-81. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian center Marko Pavlovic (210-86) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American point guard Cameron Rundles (188-88, college: Wofford) chipped in 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American Deven Mitchell (196-84, agency: Interperformances) produced 29 points and 6 rebounds and Swedish point guard Jonathan Person (190-93, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five Phoenix Galati and four Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Targu Mures' coach Barnabas Szaszgaspar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Phoenix Galati is looking forward to face Politehnica Iasi (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Targu Mures will play against Craiova and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Galati: C.Rundles 25+2reb+3ast, M.Pavlovic 21+15reb+3ast, P.Miller 13+4ast, M.White 12, T.Gugino 11+4reb+1ast, C.Petrisor 5+2reb+4ast
Targu Mures: D.Mitchell 29+6reb+2ast, J.Person 13+3reb+7ast, I.Alin Borsa 11+2reb, M.Mijovic 10+7reb+2ast, S.Santa 8+3reb+2ast, D.Pita 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 565769


Steaua CSM - Dinamo B. 97-65

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bucuresti: Steaua CSM (#7) and CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#5). Steaua CSM (1-0) crushed visiting CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-1) by 32 points 97-65. The game without a history. Steaua CSM led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to CS Dinamo Bucuresti's 30. Steaua CSM forced 23 CS Dinamo Bucuresti turnovers and outrebounded them 32-18 including 19 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American power forward Jason Boone (203-85, college: New York U., agency: 3Eye) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Slovenian guard Luka Lapornik (195-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in 17 points and 5 steals. Four Steaua CSM players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Italian forward Alin Giani Zaharie (198-94) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and guard Andrei Iliescu (186-97) scored 12 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. Steaua CSM will meet CSU Sibiu on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Oradea (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Steaua CSM: L.Lapornik 17+3reb+3ast, J.Boone 17+9reb+1ast, Y.Frasenyuk 14+2reb+3ast, P.Marinov 13+4reb+4ast, M.Runkauskas 9+1reb+2ast, G.Darwiche 8+2ast
Dinamo B.: A.Giani Zaharie 16+3reb+4ast, A.Iliescu 12+1reb+5ast, A.Vizitiu 11+1ast, C.Stanescu 7+5reb+1ast, S.Birloveanu 6+1reb, C.Mainea 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 565771


Craiova - Politehnica Iasi 91-74

An exciting game was played in Craiova. Craiova faced Politehnica Iasi. Host Craiova (1-0) defeated guests from Iasi (0-1) 91-74. The game was mostly controlled by Craiova. Politehnica Iasi was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Politehnica Iasi 40-26 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Craiova players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) nailed 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and American forward Jamar Samuels (200-89, college: Kansas St., agency: HMS) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Craiova players scored in double figures. American power forward Reggie Keely (202-91, college: Ohio) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Georgian point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) added 9 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals respectively for Politehnica Iasi in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Craiova's next round opponent will be Targu Mures (#12) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Politehnica Iasi will play against Phoenix Galati (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Craiova: M.Paasoja 21+4reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 19+4reb+2ast, J.Samuels 16+10reb+2ast, G.Martinic 15+7reb+9ast, E.Watson 7+8reb+2ast, N.Novak 6+1reb+3ast
Politehnica Iasi: R.Keely 19+8reb+2ast, M.Balogun 16+4ast, G.Tsintsadze 9+6reb+11ast, S.Cvetanovic 8+2reb, F.Popa 5, R.Vatra 5+1reb
gschID: 565770


Oradea - CSU Sibiu 72-73

Another exciting game where CSU Sibiu (1-0) edged by one point Oradea (0-1) 73-72. Oradea was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Oradea was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of CSU Sibiu, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import guard Kevin Capers (188-93, college: Florida Southern) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin Goran Gajovic (199-88, agency: 011 Sports) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Oradea. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CSU Sibiu will play against Steaua CSM (#4) in Bucuresti in the next round. Oradea will play on the road against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: K.Capers 24+3reb+2ast, T.Laser 16+3reb+1ast, M.Pratt 13+9reb+9ast, D.Riley 10+5reb+1ast, C.Cooper 8+10reb+2ast, R.Paliciuc 2+2reb+1ast
Oradea: N.Milosevic 16+8reb+2ast, M.Pasalic 15+5reb+1ast, A.Mandache 13+3reb+3ast, G.Gajovic 12+6reb+4ast, O.Trotter 7+3reb+4ast, A.Valeika 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 565768


UBT Cluj Napoca - Pitesti 85-58

An exciting game was played in Cluj Napoca. UBT Cluj Napoca faced Pitesti. Host UBT Cluj Napoca (1-0) smashed guests from Pitesti (0-1) 85-58. UBT Cluj Napoca made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Pitesti turnovers. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. UBT Cluj Napoca's coach Mihai Silvasan felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Porter Troupe (196-83, college: Portland, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 19 points and Ukrainian Andriy Agafonov (208-86) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. UBT Cluj Napoca will face Timba Timosoara (#7) in Timisoara in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pitesti will play at home against BC Timisoara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: Z.Sakic 21+9reb+2ast, L.Kromah 14+5reb+3ast, G.Watson 10+1reb+3ast, A.Olah 9+5reb, N.Kuti 8, O.Barro 5+3reb+1ast
Pitesti: P.Troupe 19+2reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 12+6reb, N.Russell 10+6reb, A.Kostoski 6+2reb+6ast, T.Nicoara 4+9reb+1ast, L.Lazar 4+2reb
gschID: 565767





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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.
gschID: 553815


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.
gschID: 553818





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Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Nikola DJONLIC
  Pirot
  (181-PG-93)
  Avg: 30
 1. Djonlic, Pirot30.0 
 2. Simic, Sloboda Uzice28.0 
 3. Tesanovic, Zdravlje27.0 
 4. Jovic, Zdravlje24.0 
 5. Kostic, Velika Plana23.0 
 6. Jancic, Napredak20.0 
 7. Zornic, Napredak19.0 
 8. Ilic, Zdravlje19.0 
 9. Stojanovic, Mlado.19.0 
 10. Janjusevic, Zarko.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Zarkovo BG
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Vuletic, Zarkovo BG13.0 
 2. Lambic, Proleter.10.0 
 3. Mitrovic, Klik Arilje10.0 
 4. Bogavac, Napredak10.0 
 5. Bakraclic, Klik A.10.0 
 6. Ilic, Zdravlje10.0 
 7. Bjelak, Novi Pazar9.0 
 8. Arsic, Mladost SP9.0 
 9. Obrenovic, Proleter.8.0 
 10. Simic, Sloboda Uzice8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Petar SPAROVIC
  Mlado.
  (175-PG-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. Sparovic, Mlado.9.0 
 2. Raicevic, Novi Pazar8.0 
 3. Mitrovic, Klik Arilje8.0 
 4. Kostic, Velika Plana7.0 
 5. Tesanovic, Zdravlje6.0 
 6. Janjusevic, Zarko.6.0 
 7. Tapuskovic, Mlado.5.0 
 8. Sucov, Proleter.5.0 
 9. Djonlic, Pirot5.0 
 10. Obrenovic, Proleter.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ilija CVETKOVIC
  Mlado.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Cvetkovic, Mlado.5.0 
 2. Bogavac, Napredak4.0 
 3. Simic, Kolubara3.0 
 4. Simic, Sloboda Uzice3.0 
 5. Sparovic, Mlado.3.0 
 6. Markovic, Velika P.3.0 
 7. Stojanovic, Mlado.3.0 
 8. Beader, Kolubara3.0 
 9. Matovic, Pirot3.0 
 10. Filipovic, Novi Pazar3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar BELOICA
  Kolubara
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Beloica, Kolubara2.0 
 2. Lekic, Velika Plana1.0 
 3. Matovic, Pirot1.0 
 4. Mitic, Napredak1.0 
 5. Bogavac, Napredak1.0 
 6. Radulovic, Pirot1.0 
 7. Cirovic, Klik Arilje1.0 
 8. Simovic, Konstantin1.0 
 9. Arsic, Mladost SP1.0 
 10. Tesovic, Zdravlje1.0 


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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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.



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 even