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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.8 
 3. Lukovic, Krka16.9 
 4. Boatright, Cedevita16.8 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.1 
 6. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.5 
 7. Covic, FMP15.3 
 8. Hatcher, Partizan15.2 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks14.7 
 10. Labovic, Karpos S.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Lukovic, Krka8.1 
 3. Kaba, Mega Leks8.0 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.8 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Klassen, Buducnost7.1 
 7. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.9 
 8. Bolden, FMP6.8 
 9. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 10. Scott, MZT Skopje6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Reynolds, Cibona7.3 
 2. Covic, FMP6.8 
 3. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 4. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.3 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.1 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar4.9 
 8. Perry, Karpos S.4.6 
 9. Radivojevic, Igokea4.6 
 10. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Cedevita
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar2.0 
 3. Perry, Karpos S.1.8 
 4. Vladovic, Zadar1.8 
 5. Ramljak, Zadar1.7 
 6. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 7. Rozic, Cibona1.6 
 8. Trajkovski, Karpos S.1.6 
 9. Waller, Mornar Bar1.5 
 10. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Partizan2.1 
 2. Austin, FMP2.0 
 3. James, Buducnost1.6 
 4. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 5. Scott, MZT Skopje1.3 
 6. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 7. Davidovac, FMP1.2 
 8. Nikolic, Buducnost1.2 
 9. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 


Zadar hiring Aramis Naglic as head coach - by Zeljko Zule

Zagreb have confirmed the appointment of Aramis Naglic as their new head coach, only one day after parting company with Neven Plantak .
Naglic made his coaching debut with Croatian A2 League side Goranin Delnice in 2007, coached Crkivenica and Kvarner 2010 before taking over Inter Bratislava which he led to the 2013 Slovak League title. His last job as coach of Skrljevo from March 2015 through June 2016.
Before that Aramis Naglic (203-F-65) was a star player over 20 seasons with Rijeka, Split, Cibona and Zadar in Croatia, Venezia in Italy, Slovakofarma Pezinok in Slovakia, Arkadia Traiskirchen in Austria.
His most important trophies as a player are the silver medal with the Croatia national team at the 1992 Olympics Games and two Euroleague titles with Split.




Filip Covic claims ABA League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Filip Covic (178-PG-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for FMP and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and seven assists for FMP in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cibona (#5, 11-9) 84-75. FMP is placed at 8th position in ABA League. FMP is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-12 record. In the team's last game Covic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He has many years of experience at FMP, through which he has constantly improved. Covic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.3ppg) and assists (2nd best: 6.8apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) of Un.Olimpija. Oliver impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Un.Olimpija lost that game 92-97 to slightly lower-ranked Karpos Sokoli (#9, 8-12). This loss caused Un.Olimpija to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Oliver is a newcomer at Un.Olimpija and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Josh Scott (208-F-93, agency: Pensack Sports) of MZT Skopje (#13). Scott scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of MZT Skopje, leading his team to a 75-74 win against Mega Leks (6-14). The chances of MZT Skopje not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Scott could try to bring MZT Skopje's a little bit higher in the standings. Scott has a very solid season. In 19 games in ABA League he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 6.5rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 62.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Uros Lukovic (213-C-89) of Partizan - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) of Zadar - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dusko Bunic (207-C-89) of Krka - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Owen Klassen (208-C/F-91) of Buducnost - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. James Robinson (190-PG-94) of Igokea - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Zoran Vrkic (203-F-87) of Karpos Sokoli - 15 points, 7 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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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 20-8 
 2. Estudiantes C. 18-11 
 3. Instituto 18-12 
 4. Regatas C. 17-11 
 5. Olimpico LB 15-14 
 6. Quimsa 14-14 
 7. La Union 13-14 
 8. Libertad S. 13-15 
 9. Atenas 11-17 
 10. Echague 5-24 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 22-7 
 2. Ferrocarril 19-9 
 3. Weber Bahia 19-11 
 4. Obras Basket 14-14 
 5. GECR Indalo 14-15 
 6. Argentino 14-15 
 7. Penarol 14-17 
 8. Quilmes MP 12-17 
 9. Boca Jrs 8-21 
 10. Hispano Am. 8-22 

Regular Season: Round 30

Jan. 29: Instituto - Penarol 96-85
Jan. 30: Estudiantes C. - Echague 95-64
Jan. 28: Olimpico LB - San Martin C. 90-85
Jan. 30: Quilmes MP - Ferrocarril 88-99
Jan. 30: Quimsa - San Martin C. 88-76
Jan. 31: Instituto - GECR Indalo 84-81
Jan. 28: Libertad S. - Boca Jrs 84-73
Jan. 29: Hispano Am. - Weber Bahia 76-87
Jan. 29: La Union - Argentino 72-65
Jan. 31: Boca Jrs - Weber Bahia 60-67
Feb. 1: Penarol - Ferrocarril
Feb. 1: La Union - Obras Basket


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.3 
 2. Green, Instituto19.6 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.9 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.7 
 5. Horner, Obras B.18.1 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Solano, Echague16.9 
 8. Reed, Penarol16.8 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.16.4 
 10. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.4 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.7 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.6 
 9. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.2 
 10. Francis, La Union8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.4 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.4.9 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.8 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.7 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. De los Santo., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. De los Santo., GECR I.1.9 
 3. Solano, Echague1.9 
 4. Basualdo, Quilm.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.6 
 8. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 4. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 6. Caracter, Echague1.3 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
Center North
 1. Union SF 16-5 
 2. San Isidro 13-10 
 3. Barrio Parque 12-7 
 4. BHY Tiro Federal 8-11 
 5. Independiente BBC 6-16 
 6. SP Las Parejas 5-16 
Center South
 1. Ciclista 15-7 
 2. Parque Sur 13-8 
 3. Temperley 11-9 
 4. Platense 11-10 
 5. Rocamora 10-10 
 6. La Union 5-16 
 7. Gimnasia LP 5-18 
North
 1. Hindu 18-3 
 2. Comunicaciones 17-5 
 3. Villa Angela 12-8 
 4. Salta Basket 8-11 
 5. Villa San Martin 8-13 
 6. Obera TC 6-14 
 7. Mitre Tuc. 6-16 
South
 1. Estudiantes O. 15-8 
 2. Olimpo BB 14-7 
 3. Alianza Viedma 12-9 
 4. Huracan 12-11 
 5. Atenas Carmen 10-13 
 6. Petr.Argentino 7-14 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 31: Estudiantes O. - Atenas Carmen 91-81
Jan. 31: La Union - Ciclista 83-91
Jan. 31: Rocamora - Alianza Viedma 74-79
Jan. 31: Platense - Gimnasia LP 73-77
Jan. 31: Mitre Tuc. - Comunicaciones 70-82
Jan. 31: Independiente BBC - San Isidro 62-64
Feb. 1: SP Las Parejas - Obera TC
Feb. 1: Villa Angela - Villa San Martin
Feb. 2: Salta Basket - Comunicaciones
Feb. 2: Hindu - BHY Tiro Federal
Feb. 3: SP Las Parejas - Independiente BBC
Feb. 3: Union SF - Obera TC
Feb. 4: San Isidro - Barrio Parque
Feb. 4: Villa San Martin - BHY Tiro Federal
Feb. 5: Union SF - Independiente BBC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.1 
 2. Brown, La Union20.4 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.1 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista19.9 
 5. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 6. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 7. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.19.6 
 8. Montes Cardo., Obera T.18.5 
 9. Pais, Platense18.5 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.3 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.6 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.7 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.1 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC7.9 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.9 
 10. Smith, Olimpo BB7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cajal, Independ.6.9 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.7 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.1 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.5 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 7. Franco, Alianza .4.5 
 8. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.2 
 9. Figueredo, Estudian.4.0 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pais, Platense2.6 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.2 
 4. Merlo, Ciclista2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 6. Lopez, Independ.2.0 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 8. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.1.9 
 9. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.9 
 10. Punet, Huracan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.6 
 3. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 4. Stroud, Parque Sur1.3 
 5. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.3 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.1 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB1.0 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. Morales, Villa S.0.9 
 10. Moya, Hindu0.9 


Coach Ivan Najnudel agreed terms with Echague - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) will be led by 35-year old coach Ivan Najnudel from Obras Basket. Najnudel has coached there for the last five years. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final.
Najnudel was coaching Argentinian U19 National Team two years ago and coached also U18 National Team in 2014.

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Delwan Graham claims Argentinian TNA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Delwan Graham (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Temperley and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team edged out Platense (11-9) 83-80. Temperley is placed at 4th position in their group in Argentinian TNA. Temperley 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 11-9 record. Graham turned to be Temperley's top player in his first season with the team. Jacksonville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Graham is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 62.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old shooting guard Andres Mariani (188-SG-87) of second-ranked Barrio Parque. Mariani impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Barrio Parque cruised to a 88-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked SP Las Parejas (#6, 5-16). This victory allowed Barrio Parque to move up to second position in Center North. His team's 12-7 record is not bad at all. Mariani is well-known by Barrio Parque fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Phillip Lockett (202-F/C-88, agency: DTMones) of BHY Tiro Federal (#4). Lockett showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of BHY Tiro Federal, leading his team to a 82-65 easy win against slightly lower-ranked SP Las Parejas (#6, 5-16). The chances of BHY Tiro Federal ranking at the top of Center North, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lockett could help BHY Tiro Federal to bring them higher in the standings. Lockett has a great season in Argentina. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (5th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 55.6%. Phillip Lockett has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Harrison (198-G/F-93) of Ciclista - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Hindu - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jose Muruaga (188-G-84) of Mitre Tuc. - 30 points and 6 rebounds
7. David Cabezas (197-F/C-88) of La Union - 10 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93) of Alianza Viedma - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Sebastian Acevedo (198-F/C-90) of San Isidro - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Cedric Blossom (198-F) of Petr.Argentino - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  AUSTRALIA  


Greg Whittington claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Greg Whittington (203-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kings and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 16 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for Kings in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Breakers (#6, 12-14) with 27-point margin 84-57. Kings is placed at 3rd position in Australian NBL. Kings 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 13-13 record. In the team's last game Whittington had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Rutgers, The State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Whittington is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 6.5rpg) and averages solid 52.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American point guard Travis Trice (183-PG-93) of Taipans. Trice impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Taipans to another comfortable win 97-83 over the lower-ranked Bullets (#8, 10-16) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Taipans to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Trice is a newcomer at Taipans and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Bullets (#8). Craig scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Craig's great performance Bullets lost 83-97 to the higher-ranked Taipans (#5, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Bullets not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Craig could try to bring Bullets' a little bit higher in the standings. Craig has individually a great season in Australia. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Akil Mitchell (206-F-92) of Breakers - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Bullets - 18 points and 6 rebounds
6. Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of 36ers - 22 points and 5 rebounds
7. Cameron Gliddon (196-G/F-89) of Taipans - 26 points and 3 rebounds
8. Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of Hawks - 25 points and 2 assists
9. Alexander Loughton (206-F/C-83) of Taipans - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88) of Bullets - 24 points

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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  BAHAMAS  

Standings

NPBA Standings
 1. Giants 10-1 
 2. Regulators 9-2 
 3. Shockers 8-4 
 4. Stingers 7-4 
 5. Cybots 7-5 
 6. Bahamas Univ. 6-3 
 7. Rockets 5-7 
 8. Pirates 4-7 
 9. Pros 2-7 
 10. Cleaners 1-6 
 11. Legends 1-6 
 12. Rebels 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 30: Bahamas Univ. - Stingers 94-87
Feb. 1: Pirates - Cleaners
Feb. 1: Shockers - Pros
Feb. 3: Stingers - Cleaners
Feb. 3: Giants - Regulators



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  

BIBL standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Beroe 3-0 
 2 Kozuv 1-2 
 3 Feni Industries 1-2 
 4 Sutjeska 1-2 
Group D
 1 Kumanovo 2-0 
 2 Peja 1-1 
 3 Karpos Sokoli 1-1 
 4 Teodo Tivat 0-2 

Second Stage: Round 1

C

Jan. 31: Kozuv - Feni Industries 89-73
Jan. 31: Beroe - Sutjeska 104-76

D

Feb. 1: Teodo Tivat - Peja
Feb. 1: Karpos Sokoli - Kumanovo



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  BELARUS  

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 18-1 
 2. COR-Borisfen 17-1 
 3. Tsmoki II 13-5 
 4. Vitebsk 12-8 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 11-9 
 6. BSEU-GrandPrint 6-17 
 7. Prinemanye 5-15 
 8. GOCOR-Sozh 3-15 
 9. Brest 2-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 31: BSEU-GrandPrint - Grodno-93 66-77
Feb. 3: Grodno-93 - Prinemanye
Feb. 3: Brest - GOCOR-Sozh
Feb. 3: COR-Borisfen - Vitebsk
Feb. 3: Impuls BGUIR - Tsmoki II
Feb. 1: BSEU-GrandPrint - Grodno-93


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.22.4 
 2. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 3. Viaroukin, GO.18.5 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk17.8 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.3 
 6. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 7. Suvorov, Prine.17.1 
 8. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.16.8 
 9. Navoichyk, Prine.15.9 
 10. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.9 
 2. Vashkevich, Vitebsk9.4 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.8 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.6 
 5. Kopacev, GO.8.5 
 6. Zahar, Impuls B.8.0 
 7. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.9 
 8. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.7.7 
 9. Chumakov, Prine.7.6 
 10. Chumakov, Grodn.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.9 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.8 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 4. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.5.0 
 5. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 6. Aladko, Vitebsk4.6 
 7. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 8. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.4 
 9. Sapegin, Vitebsk4.4 
 10. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vitaliy LEBEDEV
  BSEU-Gr.
  (200-F/C-99)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.6 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.4 
 3. Chumakov, Grodn.2.4 
 4. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.3 
 5. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 6. Viaroukin, GO.2.2 
 7. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.1 
 8. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.0 
 9. Kuzmin, Grodno-931.9 
 10. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Evgeniy KOPYLOV
  COR-Bori.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 4. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 5. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 6. Morozov, Brest0.0 
 7. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 10. Milashevskiy, BSEU-Gr.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels19.7 
 2. Celis, Oxaco18.5 
 3. Lhoest, Ninane17.6 
 4. Baptista, Gistel O.17.1 
 5. Guillemyn, Waregem16.6 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 7. Van Hoey, Oxaco16.5 
 8. Lambrecht, Gistel O.15.8 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen15.8 
 10. Hilliman, Melsele15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Lhoest, Ninane12.1 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.8 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.8.8 
 4. Fall, Ieper8.4 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels7.9 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.2 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.2 
 8. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.0 
 9. De Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 10. Rogiers, Giants B6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent LHOTE
  Gent Hawks
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.9 
 2. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.6 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.4 
 4. Lait, Royal Brussels4.3 
 5. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.9 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.7 
 7. Snyers, Houthalen3.3 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen2.9 
 10. Pegg, Oxaco2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. De Lepeleire, Wareg.2.2 
 2. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 3. Benzouien, Royal B.1.9 
 4. Van den Bran., Eke.1.7 
 5. Riahi, RPC A.1.7 
 6. Van Hoey, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 8. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 9. Mwendanga, Giants B.1.4 
 10. Creppy, Royal B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.1 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.1 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.1.0 
 4. Samaey, Waregem0.8 
 5. De Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Van den Berg., Gent H.0.6 
 9. Dierickx, Ieper0.5 
 10. Rogiers, Giants B0.5 


Tuttle's 23 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Limburg United and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Limburg United in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Kangoeroes (#4, 8-8) 85-84. Limburg United maintains the 8th position in Belgian league. Limburg United is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. In the team's last game Tuttle had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Limburg United's top player in his first season with the team. University of Northern Iowa graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tuttle is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.1ppg), rebounds (4th best: 6.5rpg), assists (9th best: 3.7apg) and averages solid 61.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Brussels. He is American forward in his second season at Brussels. In the last game Ubel recorded impressive 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Brussels to another comfortable win 86-69 over the higher-ranked Antwerp (#2, 11-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Brussels to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ubel is well-known at Brussels and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Brussels' star - forward Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89). Simmons showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Brussels, helping his team with a 86-69 easy win against the higher-ranked Antwerp (#2, 11-5). Brussels needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Simmons has a great season in Belgium. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.1rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lionel Bosco (175-PG-81) of Mons-Hainaut - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ivan Radenovic (209-F/C-84) of Spirou - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dennis Donkor (193-G-91) of Kangoeroes - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. D.J. Richardson (190-G-91) of Spirou - 19 points and 4 rebounds
8. Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Liege - 26 points and 8 rebounds
9. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
10. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 17 points and 6 rebounds

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



Belgian Top Division I round 19 best performance: Nick Celis - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Nick Celis (196-F/G-88) had a great game in the last round for Oxaco, receiving a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Gembo BBC (13-5) 80-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Oxaco is placed at 3rd position in Belgian Top Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oxaco will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. It's Celis' second year at Oxaco and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nick Celis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.5ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.2rpg) and assists (2nd best: 4.4apg).

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Leon Nziye (G) of RPC Anderlecht. Nziye had a very good evening with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course RPC Anderlecht cruised to a 78-71 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Melsele (#8, 8-10). This victory allowed RPC Anderlecht to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 12th position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories RPC Anderlecht managed to get this year. Nziye is well-known at RPC Anderlecht and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Stephane Moris (208-F/C-86, agency: Promotex) of Royal Brussels (#9). Moris scored 20 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Royal Brussels, leading his team to a 74-68 win against slightly lower-ranked Ieper (#10, 7-11). The chances of Royal Brussels ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Moris could help Royal Brussels to bring them higher in the standings. Moris has a great season in Belgium. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yiri Deville (G-94) of Soba - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bart Maesen (198-F-89) of Houthalen - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Thomas Creppy (197-F-90) of Royal Brussels - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) of Ninane - 9 points and 22 rebounds
8. Laurent Lhote (182-PG-84) of Gent Hawks - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Brecht Guillemyn (192-F/G-87) of Waregem - 25 points and 3 rebounds
10. Joeri Vermoesen) of Gent Hawks - 22 points and 4 rebounds

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



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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Brasilia 12-4 
 2. Flamengo 11-5 
 3. Pinheiros 11-6 
 4. Bauru 11-6 
 5. Franca 10-7 
 6. Vitoria 9-6 
 7. Vasco Da G. 9-7 
 8. Campo Mourao 9-7 
 9. Mogi 9-7 
 10. Paulistano 8-9 
 11. Minas 7-9 
 12. B.Cearense 6-9 
 13. L.Sorocaba 4-13 
 14. Caxias do Sul 3-13 
 15. Macae 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 31: Pinheiros - Macae 97-90
Jan. 31: Franca - L.Sorocaba 90-68
Jan. 31: Bauru - Paulistano 78-68
Feb. 1: Minas - B.Cearense
Feb. 1: Brasilia - Vitoria


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.20.6 
 2. Holloway, Pinheiros20.1 
 3. Vieira, Flamengo20.0 
 4. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 5. Mariano, Brasilia19.3 
 6. Garcia, Bauru19.3 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi19.3 
 8. Anthony, Macae18.3 
 9. Machado, Flamengo18.2 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.6 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.1 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.9 
 4. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 5. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.6 
 6. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.2 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia7.0 
 8. Lopez, Flamengo7.0 
 9. Holloway, Pinheiros6.9 
 10. Maynard, Minas6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. de Assis, Brasilia6.7 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.9 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.7 
 4. Dawkins, Vitoria5.5 
 5. Borges, Franca5.4 
 6. Rodgers, Minas5.3 
 7. Anthony, Macae5.3 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.1 
 9. Freitas, Campo M.5.0 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Scott RODGERS
  Minas
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rodgers, Minas2.1 
 2. Garcia, Bauru2.1 
 3. Toledo, B.Cearense1.9 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.8 
 5. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros1.7 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 8. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.6 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 10. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Pinheiros
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Lenz, Pinheiros1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.1 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.8 
 5. Freitas, Campo M.0.7 
 6. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 7. Dias Silva, Pauli.0.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 9. de Souza, L.Sor.0.6 
 10. Andrade, Bauru0.5 



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  BULGARIA  


Melsahn Basabe (ex Doxa Lefkadas) signs at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) landed 25-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 11 games he averaged 12.0ppg and 8.9rpg this season. Basabe also spent pre-season at BG Goettingen (BBL) in German league earlier that year.
He played in the final of NIT in 2013.
Basabe has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Stabill).
He attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CAMEROON  


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

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

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). Kadji led Trabzonspor to a victory over the closely-ranked Demir IBB (6-10) 83-75 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Kadji recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 31 minutes on the court. Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol (6-10) is placed 12th in the BSL. It's Kadji's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(86-141), 3FGP: 22.0% and FT: 71.1% in 16 games he played so far. Kadji played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Los Angeles Clippers' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (28-20) 115-105 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 30-18 record this season. This year Mbah a Moute averages: 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 71.9%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Nzeulie could not help Chalon/Saor (5-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the first-placed Chalon/Saor (5-1) lost 80-92 on the road to the second-ranked Gaziantep in the group K of FIBA Europe Cup. Nzeulie scored 12 points and added 4 passes in 31 minutes. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Nzeulie's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 79.2% in 12 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #4. Center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help VL Pesaro in their game against Auxilium TO (9-8) in the Italian Serie A. Despite his good performance on Sunday night He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Nnoko's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 7.1rpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Arnaud-William Adala Moto
Arnaud-William Adala Moto
   #5. Former international forward Arnaud-William Adala Moto (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Towson win their game against the College of Charleston (0-1) 83-77 in the NCAA last Thursday. Adala Moto scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Towson University has not so impressive 2-4 conference record this season. This year Adala Moto has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #6. An experienced forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) helped Svendborg win their game against the league outsider Stevnsgade (0-18) crushing them 106-84 in the Danish Ligaen on Friday night. NaNa scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Svendborg Rabbits (11-8) is placed third in the Ligaen. NaNa has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.0apg in 18 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #7. Former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie and both played together in the last FIBA Europe Cup game. Pitard was not able to secure a victory for Chalon/Saor (5-1) in their game against Gaziantep (5-1). He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Pitard scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots in 18 minutes. Chalon/Saor lost 80-92 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Gaziantep in the group K of FIBA Europe Cup. This year Pitard's total stats are: 2.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.4apg in 12 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #8. Power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) helped Comunicaciones win their game against the fifth-ranked Independiente BBC (6-15) 76-68 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Sunday night. Essengue scored 11 points and had 3 steals. Comunicaciones Mercedes (16-5) is placed second in North group. Essengue averaged so far 14.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #9. Former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Jarvenpaa (7-11) in their game against Oulun NMKY (11-8) in the Finnish 1st Division (second division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Towa had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 32 minutes. But Jarvenpaa (#8) was badly defeated 76-59 in Oulun by the higher-ranked (#4) NMKY in the Division A. It was Jarvenpaa's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Towa's stats this year are: 12.3ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg in 18 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team six years ago.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #10. Point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) couldn't help STB Le Havre (9-7) in their game against SPO Rouen (6-10) in the French ProB (second division). Njoya cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. STB Le Havre was edged 78-77 in Rouen by the much lower-ranked SPO Rouen (#15). Njoya has averaged so far 2.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Cameroonian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) managed to help Lille Metropole Basket to win against the 14th-ranked Poitiers 71-70 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. MBida has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Joel Embiid (213-C-94, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (17-30) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (17-30) lost 118-123 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Embiid was the top scorer with 32 points. He also added 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Embiid's third season in pro basketball. Embiid has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.1apg and 2.4bpg in 31 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help Lukoil Academic Sofia (3-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Gibson's very good performance the third-placed Lukoil Academic Sofia (3-3) was defeated 95-89 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Groningen in the group P of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Gibson also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The Second Stage already ended in the FIBA Europe Cup. It's Gibson's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Gibson averages: 16.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #3. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Vanoli Cremona (4-13) in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (8-9) in the Italian Serie A. Biligha scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was badly defeated 78-59 in Trento by the much higher-ranked (#9) Dolomiti En. TR. This year Biligha has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5bpg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #4. Pascal Siakam (206-F-94, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in NBA) managed to help Toronto Raptors to win against the Milwaukee Bucks (21-26) 102-86 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Siakam scored only 4 points. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 29-19 record this season. Siakam's total stats this year are: 4.5ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #5. Roland Nyama (198-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Stony Brook (4-0) in their game against the University of Vermont (0-1) in the NCAA. Nyama scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Stony Brook lost 64-71 in Burlington to the University of Vermont. Nyama is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Stony Brook's roster. He has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg in 21 games. Nyama has both German and Cameroonian nationalities. Despite his Cameroonian passport, Nyama previously played for the German U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #6. Maxime Djo Ebala (208-C-94, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Saint Vallier crushing them 89-63 in the French NM1 (third division) last Friday. Djo Ebala scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. He has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.6rpg in 17 games. Djo Ebala also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #7. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked CFBB 84-68 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and added 4 passes. Temgoua has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg. He has Cameroonian and French nationalities.

   #8. Kevin Chuisseu (203-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a 2-point Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken's victory against the Flagler College 72-70 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Chuisseu scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 15 minutes. He has averaged so far 2.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3bpg in 16 games.

   #9. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zamorano's victory against the closely-ranked Blancos de Rueda 81-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Bitjaa scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg.

   #10. Jean-Dieudonniz Biog (205-C-95, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Maxime Djo Ebala in the French NM1 last game. Biog couldn't help Saint Vallier in their game against Angers BC. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Biog scored only one point in 3 minutes on the court. His team was crushed by 26 points 89-63. He has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 2.9rpg in 18 games. Biog has Cameroonian and French nationalities.



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  CANADA  


Khem Birch's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Greek team Olympiacos to a victory over the 12th-ranked Brose Baskets (7-13) 83-77 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Birch was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Birch's third season in pro basketball. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (14-6) is placed third in group A. It's Birch's first year with the team. This season he averages: 8.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 64.4%(65-101) and FT: 61.7% in 20 games he played so far. Birch is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against the 11th-ranked Sevilla (7-11) 82-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Doornekamp was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (14-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(31-51), 3FGP: 43.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Former Carleton University starter played for the Canadian national team in 2015.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey). Bennett contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif (5-11) 98-89 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Bennett recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Fenerbahce this season. His team is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Bennett is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #4. Point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Zalgiris' surprising victory against the second-ranked CSKA (15-5) 79-74 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Pangos recorded 21 points and added 4 assists; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (8-12) is placed 11th in group A. Pangos' overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Slovenian. Pangos used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #5. Former international guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Phoenix Suns (15-33) 112-111 in the NBA last Tuesday. He was the top player that evening. Wiggins scored 31 points (!!!), had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 39 minutes. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 19-29 record this season. Wiggins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.4apg in 47 games. Wiggins used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #6. Forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) could not help Umana Venezia (12-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 90-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Betaland Cdo (#5). Ejim scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. This season Ejim has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #7. International forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-20) 107-91 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Thompson had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks and 4 steals (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 32-15 record this season. Thompson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Cavaliers' roster. Thompson has reliable stats this season: 7.5ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.3bpg in 46 games. He is also Canadian national team player.

Daniel Mullings
Daniel Mullings
   #8. Guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Joensuun Kataja in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) in the Basketball Champions League. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Mullings was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 8 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. It's Mullings' first season with the team. This year Mullings has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.6apg and 3.3spg. Mullings used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #9. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (21-26) 112-108 in the NBA on Saturday night. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. The Boston Celtics have a solid 30-18 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Olynyk has been at the team for four years. Olynyk averaged so far 8.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.0apg in 41 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #10. Guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Turkish team Gaziantep win their game against the leader Chalon/Saor (5-1) 92-80 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Rautins scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Gaziantep Basketbol (5-1) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Rautins averaged so far 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Dwight Powell (211-91, college: Stanford, currently plays in NBA) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-97 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Powell's stats this year are: 7.3ppg and 4.7rpg in 48 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international swingman Jamal Murray (198-97, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) helped Denver Nuggets win their game against the Phoenix Suns 123-112 in the NBA on Saturday night. Murray recorded 18 points. Murray averaged so far 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia, currently plays in ABA League) was the major contributor in Buducnost's victory against the closely-ranked Partizan 74-68 in the ABA League in Saturday night's game. Klassen had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 23 minutes. This year Klassen's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg in eight games. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international shooting guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Philadelphia 76ers in their game against the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Stauskas scored 15 points and added 3 assists. Stauskas averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international center Sean Denison (210-85, agency: 011 Sports, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Oradea in their game against Umana Venezia in the Basketball Champions League, despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. Denison was the top scorer with 19 points in 26 minutes. But his team lost 78-89. Denison averaged so far 11.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) could not help BC Lulea (17-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Anzuluni's very good performance the league leader BC Lulea was defeated 90-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Nassjo (#6). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Anzuluni also added 7 rebounds. Anzuluni averaged so far 14.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.6apg and 2.1spg.

   #2. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Philippines) was not able to help Phoenix (6-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Phoenix were crushed 106-85 at home by the second-ranked Alaska Aces. Wright was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Wright has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg.

   #3. Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against the closely-ranked Scorchers (7-13) 103-84 in the British BBL last Friday. Kennedy recorded 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Worcester Wolves (8-11) is placed seventh in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kennedy averaged so far 13.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #4. Dejan Kravic (211-F/C-90, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for AGOR (6-9) in their game against Aris (9-6) in the Greek A1. Kravic was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. But AGOR was crushed 98-50 in Thessaloniki by the higher-ranked (#4) Aris. It was AGOR's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Kravic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2bpg in 11 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canadian.

   #5. Chris Johnson (196-G/F-88, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Portugal) led Illiabum to a victory against the tenth-ranked Lusitania (4-13) 82-78 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. Johnson scored 16 points. Illiabum Clube (11-6) is placed sixth in the LPB. Johnson averaged so far 10.2ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #6. Isiaha Mike (203-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Duquesne (2-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Duquesne was defeated 101-90 on their home court in Pittsburgh by the University of Richmond. Mike scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mike averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.7apg.

   #7. Mathieu Kamba (196-G, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Cent.Arkansas (3-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cent.Arkansas were edged 81-80 in San Antonio by the The University of Incarnate Word. Kamba recorded 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. Kamba averaged so far 14.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.7apg in 22 games.

   #8. Joseph Chartouny (190-G-94, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Fordham (1-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Fordham was badly defeated 84-66 in Davidson by the College. Chartouny scored 21 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 35 minutes. Chartouny averaged so far 11.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.3apg and 3.6spg in 20 games.

   #9. Experienced Michael Fraser (203-C-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help AZS Polfarmex (3-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance AZS Polfarmex was edged 70-69 in Slupsk by the higher-ranked Energa Czarni (#12). Fraser recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Fraser's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 8.3rpg.

   #10. Jackson Rowe (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a CS Fullerton's victory against the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo 81-71 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Rowe averaged so far 10.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.7apg.



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James Mays' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Central Africans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

James Mays
James Mays
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). He led LG Sakers to a victory over the league outsider Sonic Boom KT (9-25) 85-80 in the South Korean KBL in Wednesday night's game. Mays was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 16 rebounds in 44 minutes on the court. Changwon LG Sakers (15-19) are placed seventh in the KBL. It's Mays' first season with the team. Mays has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.8apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 24.7% and FT: 61.1% in 33 games he played so far. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African senior national team four years ago. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in EuroCup). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (2-2) crushing them 86-62 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Sato recorded 7 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Sato has been at the team for four years. His overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 3.1rpg and FT: 66.7%. Sato played for the Central African national team in 2013.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France). He contributed to a 2-point Boulazac Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (8-8) 57-55 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Zianveni recorded 9 points and had 3 steals in only 14 minutes. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (8-8) is placed ninth in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(42-73) and FT: 55.6% in 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Zianveni played for the Central African national team four years ago.

Destin Damachoua
Destin Damachoua
   #4. Guard Destin Damachoua (184-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in France) could not help Lorient (7-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Lorient was edged 84-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Vendee Challans (#14). Damachoua was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Damachoua has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Damachoua used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-C/F-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) plays for Olympique Antibes in French ProA
Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Taiwan Beer in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Joseph Kalambani (192-G-81) plays for Besancon in French NM2
Sydney Pehoua (195-F-88) plays for Besancon in French NM2

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



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  CROATIA  


Ante Zizic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Croatians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Darussafaka (10-10) in their last game. Despite Zizic's very good performance the eighth-placed Darussafaka (10-10) lost 81-93 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#9) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 18 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. This year Zizic averages: 8.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%(20-32) and FT: 91.7% in six games he played so far. Ex-KK Ribola Kastela player is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Umana Venezia (12-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Peric's very good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 90-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Betaland Cdo (#5). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Peric also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It's Peric's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 16.1% and FT: 83.0%. Peric played for the Croatian national team in 2015.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over the closely-ranked Baskonia (12-6) 92-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Tomic was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (13-4) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. Tomic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in FC Barcelona's roster. This season Tomic has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 69.7%(92-132) and FT: 65.6% in 17 games. He played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #4. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Euroleague) was the main contributor in a Armani Milano's surprising victory against the third-ranked Olympiacos (14-6) 99-83 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Simon was the best player in that game. He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and made 2 blocks (made all of his six free throws). EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (6-14) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in group A. Simon has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #5. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 3-point AEK Athens' victory against the tenth-ranked Lavrio (5-10) 87-84 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Ukic scored 16 points and added 7 assists in 34 minutes. AEK Athens (12-3) is placed third in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ukic's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.1apg in 15 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #6. Point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to a Banco di Srd's victory against the third-ranked Partizan (8-6) 99-85 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. Stipcevic was the top player that evening. He scored 23 points and added 3 passes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (7-7) is placed fifth in group E. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Stipcevic's stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Tomislav Ruzic
Tomislav Ruzic
   #7. Former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Turkish team Gaziantep win their game against the leader Chalon/Saor (5-1) 92-80 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Ruzic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Gaziantep Basketbol (5-1) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Ruzic's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in 12 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team seventeen years ago.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #8. Power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Hrvoje Peric in the Italian Serie A last game. Delas helped Betaland Cdo win their game against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (12-5) 90-82. He was the top player that evening. Delas scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Delas averaged so far 11.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2014.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #9. International power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) helped Brose Baskets win their game against one of league's weakest teams SC Rasta Vechta (1-18) crushing them 96-68 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Radosevic scored 11 points in a mere 17 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (17-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Radosevic's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg in nine games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #10. Power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a 3-point Philadelphia 76ers' victory against the Sacramento Kings (19-29) 122-119 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Saric scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers have 17-30 record this season. It's Saric's first year with the team. He averaged so far 9.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg. Saric is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid in a 2-point victoryagainst the 12th-ranked Brose Baskets 91-89 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 14 minutes. Draper has averaged so far 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.9apg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper plays currently for the Croatian national team. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #12. International center Ivica Zubac (216-97, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Los Angeles Lakers (16-34) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Zubac's very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers were defeated 96-88 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Jazz. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Zubac has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. International small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets (9-39) in their last game. Despite Bogdanovic's very good performance the Brooklyn Nets were edged 109-106 in Miami by the Heat. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Bogdanovic also added 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 26 minutes. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Bogdanovic averages: 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg in 48 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) helped RETAbet BB win their game against the closely-ranked Zaragoza 81-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Buva averaged so far 11.6ppg and 5.3rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, another player represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in EuroCup) helped his Spanish team Baloncesto Fuenlabrada win their game against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia 85-69 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Popovic scored 13 points. Popovic averaged so far 11.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) led USK Praha to a 3-point victory over the seventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-12) 69-66 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Primorac was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. USK Praha (17-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Primorac has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg.

   #2. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Prievidza (1-5) in their last game. Despite Maric's very good performance Prievidza (#4) lost 81-90 at home to the second-ranked Antwerp Giants in the group L of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Maric also added 3 steals in 29 minutes. It was Prievidza's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Second Stage already ended in the FIBA Europe Cup. It's Maric's first season with the team. He averaged so far 12.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg in 12 games he played so far.

   #3. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Vrsac in their game against Dynamic BG (12-3) in the Serbian KLS. Pavlovic scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The league leader Vrsac was edged 77-76 on the road by the second-ranked Dynamic BG. It was Vrsac's first loss after nine consecutive victories. Pavlovic has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Serbian.

   #4. Dino Cinac (201-F-88, currently plays in Sweden) led KFUM Jamtland to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Umea (4-18) crushing them 103-71 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Cinac was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. KFUM Jamtland Basket (10-10) is placed seventh in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Cinac's first season with the team. Cinac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in 19 games.

   #5. Experienced Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the league outsider Malbas (1-19) crushing them 90-61 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (12-5) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Bizaca has been at the team for five years. Bizaca has very impressive stats this season: 19.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.6apg in 17 games.

   #6. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Adelaide 36ers in their game against Illawarra Hawks in the Australian NBL. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team were edged 95-92. Drmic has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.4rpg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #7. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Nova Ves crushing them 103-60 in the Slovakian SBL last Saturday. Jankovic scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He averaged so far 12.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg.

   #8. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Feni Industries in their game against Karpos Sokoli in the Balkan League. Ceskovic recorded 9 points. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 79-63. He averaged so far 11.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg.

   #9. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Telenet BC Oostende to win against the closely-ranked Cibona 77-71 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. Jagodic Kuridza scored only 2 points. He has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg. Jagodic Kuridza has both Serbian and Croatian nationalities.

   #10. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz crushing them 96-69 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Thursday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Stegnjaic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.



Zadar hiring Aramis Naglic as head coach - by Zeljko Zule

Zagreb have confirmed the appointment of Aramis Naglic as their new head coach, only one day after parting company with Neven Plantak .
Naglic made his coaching debut with Croatian A2 League side Goranin Delnice in 2007, coached Crkivenica and Kvarner 2010 before taking over Inter Bratislava which he led to the 2013 Slovak League title. His last job as coach of Skrljevo from March 2015 through June 2016.
Before that Aramis Naglic (203-F-65) was a star player over 20 seasons with Rijeka, Split, Cibona and Zadar in Croatia, Venezia in Italy, Slovakofarma Pezinok in Slovakia, Arkadia Traiskirchen in Austria.
His most important trophies as a player are the silver medal with the Croatia national team at the 1992 Olympics Games and two Euroleague titles with Split.




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  CUBA  


Javier Justiz selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in a Estudiantes Concordia's victory against the ninth-ranked Boca Juniors (8-20) 84-76 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. Justiz scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Estudiantes Concordia (18-11) is placed second in Norte group. Justiz has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 58.5%. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia could not help San Martin Corrientes (20-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed San Martin Corrientes (20-8) lost 76-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Quimsa in the Norte group. Garcia was the second best scorer with 16 points in 22 minutes. It's Garcia's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 72.6% in 26 games he played so far. Garcia played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France). He led SO Maritime Boulogne to an easy victory against the third-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (11-5) 83-67 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Paumier recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and made 4 blocks. SO Maritime Boulogne (5-11) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProB. Paumier has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 64.5%(80-124) and FT: 52.1%. He played for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #4. Swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a Telekom Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked Vytautas (4-2) 75-61 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Bartolo scored 6 points, had 6 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group M. Telekom Baskets Bonn (5-1) is placed first. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Bartolo's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg in 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2011.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #5. Former international point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Quintanar (9-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Garcia's very good performance Quintanar (#8) was edged 82-80 at home by the lower-ranked CB Guadalajara (#11) in the Group B. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Garcia's stats this season are: 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #6. An experienced power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) led Nautico KIA Tenerife to a victory over the 14th-ranked Torrelodones (3-12) crushing them 87-66 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Silvestre scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Nautico KIA Tenerife (10-5) is placed sixth in Group B. Silvestre has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg and 5.9rpg. Silvestre is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team seventeen years ago.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #7. Former international center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) helped AEC Collblanc win their game against the 14th-ranked Mataro (3-11) 71-63 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa (9-4) is placed fourth in Group C-A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Ramirez's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eleven years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #8. Forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Albacete (5-13) in their game against Zornotza (9-9) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Elias cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Albacete lost 61-71 on their home court in Albacete to the higher-ranked (#10) Zornotza. It was Albacete's third consecutive loss in a row. Elias' stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2bpg and 1.6spg in 18 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) led CEZ Nymburk to a victory over the league outsider MMCITE Brno (5-16) 82-75 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Sant-Roos had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 13 rebounds in 30 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (20-1) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg in 19 games he played so far.

   #2. Juan Ferrales (188-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) was the main contributor in Kongsberg's victory against one of league's weakest teams Ammerud Bskt (5-17) crushing them 87-56 in the Norwegian BLNO on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Ferrales scored 23 points and added 5 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Kongsberg Miners (18-2) is placed first in the BLNO. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Ferrales has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 24.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 5.3apg and 1.8spg. Ferrales has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Bondi Ferrara's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Mantova (11-8) 95-87 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Moreno recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists in 38 minutes. Bondi Ferrara (7-12) is placed 12th in East group. This year Moreno's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and Italian. Despite Moreno's Cuban nationality, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #4. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) managed to help BC Timisoara in a 3-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Phoenix Galati (6-11) 90-87 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Diaz scored 5 points in 7 minutes. BC Timisoara (10-7) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Diaz's total stats are: 9.6ppg and 4.8rpg in 16 games. He has both American and Cuban nationalities. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #5. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) could not help Arenys (7-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Arenys (#8) lost 63-77 at home to the leading Calvia in the Group C-A. Benitez was the second best scorer with 10 points in 20 minutes. It was Arenys' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Benitez's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 2.2rpg in 14 games.



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  CYPRUS  


Alexander Vezenkov selected the top Cypriot playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help FC Barcelona (8-12) in their last game. Despite Vezenkov's good performance the tenth-placed FC Barcelona (8-12) lost 79-93 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Baskonia in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Vezenkov also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. This year Vezenkov averages: 6.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 66.0%(31-47), 3FGP: 51.4%(19-37) and FT: 89.5% in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.

Andreas Christodoulou
Andreas Christodoulou
   #2. Second place goes to former U16 international small forward Andreas Christodoulou (197-95, currently plays in Greece). He was not able to help AGOR in their game against Aris (9-6) in the Greek A1. Christodoulou scored 7 points. AGOR was crushed 98-50 on the road by the higher-ranked Aris (#4). It was AGOR's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Christodoulou's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 72.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Greek. Despite Christodoulou played previously for the Greek U20 national team, he played also for the Cypriot U16 national team in 2011.

Anthony King
Anthony King
   #3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany). He managed to help Rhein Stars Koeln to win against the third-ranked Titans (8-6) 72-71 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. King scored only 2 points. Rhein Stars Koeln (10-10) is placed ninth in the ProA. It's King's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 41.9% and FT: 71.4%. King is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team. King used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.

Rafail Eleftheriou
Rafail Eleftheriou
   #4. Forward Rafail Eleftheriou (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Fresno Pacific University (4-9) in their game against the Academy of Art (4-8) in the NCAA2. He did not have that impressive stats last Wednesday. Eleftheriou scored only 2 points in 19 minutes. The Fresno Pacific University lost 52-57 in San Francisco to the Academy of Art. It was Pacific University's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Eleftheriou's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.5apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Cypriot national team back in 2012.

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

   #1. Victor Ieronymides (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2). Ieronymides could not help the St.Martin's University (4-7) to beat the University of Alaska at Anchorage. It was not his best game last Thursday. Ieronymides scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. The St.Martin's University lost 63-67 on the road to the University of Alaska at. This year Ieronymides averages just 0.5ppg in 10 games he played so far.

Other top Cypriot players, who play abroad:

Antreas Tretiakov (195-F/G-0) plays for Aris in Greek A1
Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Rafail Papaioannou (194-C-0) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Christopher Razis (194-PG-89) plays for AGOR in Greek A1
Nasos Kyriakou (182-PG-89) plays for Kavala in Greek A2
Angel Natskin (184-G-93) plays for Cherno More in Bulgarian NBL
Elias Daniel (182-G-84) plays for New England Anchors in the ABA
Constantinos Pilakoutas (192-G/F-91) plays for Makedonikos in Greek C
Christos Hatzikostas (184-G-98) plays for High School in the
Giorgos Ventouris (188-G-84) plays for Aris Petropoulis in Greek C
Ioannis Stefanidis (196-PG-86) plays for Xanthis in Greek B
Andreas Angelis (203-C-76) plays for Niki Amarousiou in Greek C

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



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.1 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.1 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec17.6 
 5. Bakic, BK Kolin17.0 
 6. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.3 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.15.2 
 8. Brooks, J.Hradec15.1 
 9. Jacobs, Prostejov15.1 
 10. Painter, NH Ostrava15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin10.0 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.8.7 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.9 
 6. Mickelson, Svitavy6.9 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin6.5 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.4 
 9. Tawiah, J.Hradec6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.4 
 4. Kouril, BK Opava4.9 
 5. Sotnar, Usti n.4.9 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.8 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Lipkins, J.Hradec4.1 
 10. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.6 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.4 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.8 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Kremen, MMCITE B.1.7 
 9. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.7 
 10. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Torrence DYCK
  Prostejov
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dyck, Prostejov2.0 
 2. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 5. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.3 
 7. Ware, MMCITE B.1.1 
 8. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 9. Jacobs, Prostejov0.9 
 10. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.9 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.3 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK22.9 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.6 
 5. Peterka, Nymburk B22.6 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.4 
 7. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 8. Sebela, Sokol S.19.1 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.4 
 10. Nehoda, Zlin17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.6 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.7 
 3. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.4 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov10.2 
 5. Voslajer, Zlin9.6 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.5 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 8. Bujnoch, Opava B9.0 
 9. Streba, USK P.8.9 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.4 
 2. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 3. Petric, Pardubice5.0 
 4. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 6. Jancik, Havirov4.6 
 7. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.5 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.4 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B3.8 
 10. Goga, Prostejov B3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 3. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.7 
 4. Nehoda, Zlin2.4 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 6. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 7. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 9. Branda, Opava B2.0 
 10. Zlamal, Olomouc SK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 David SKRANC
  Pardubice
  (206-C/F-96)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 3. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.6 
 4. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 6. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.1 
 9. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 
 10. Soska, Novy Jicin1.0 


NBL Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 21 was guest BK Opava's (12-9) road victory over 4th placed BK Kolin (11-10) 96-85 on Saturday evening. BK Opava made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 20 points and 9 assists. Center Martin Gniadek (203-90) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. BK Opava's coach Petr Czudek 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 power forward David Machac (205-80) who recorded 26 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). BK Opava have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. BK Kolin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with USK Praha. BK Opava are looking forward to face league's second-placed BK Pardubice at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Kolin will play against Basketbal Svitavy and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Usti nad Labem. Sixth ranked USK Praha (11-10) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-12) 69-66 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Alexander Madsen contributed with 8 points for the winners. American point guard Mikey Thompson (190, college: Boise St.) answered with 23 points for BK Usti nad Labem. USK Praha have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BK Kolin. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. USK Praha will play against NH Ostrava (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Decin (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. Second ranked BK Pardubice faced 3rd placed BK Decin. Host BK Pardubice (17-4) smashed guests from Decin (14-8) 101-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. Joseph Wall stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Tomas Vyoral with 20 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. BK Pardubice maintains second place with 17-4 record having just three points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Loser BK Decin keeps the third position with eight games lost. BK Pardubice will meet BK Opava (#4) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Usti nad Labem and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time they won against eighth-ranked Prostejov 73-60. Hunter Mickelson nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Basketbal Svitavy (6-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with NH Ostrava. Prostejov lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy's next round opponent will be higher ranked BK Kolin (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the twentieth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked MMCITE Brno (5-16) 82-75. The best player for the winners was Howard Sant-Roos who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for CEZ Nymburk. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-1 record. MMCITE Brno lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will face Prostejov (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MMCITE Brno will play against BK Lions Hradec (#9) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 21 J.Hradec was crushed by NH Ostrava in a road game 102-82.
The best stats of 21th round was 17 points and 11 rebounds by Ethan Jacobs of Prostejov.

BK Pardubice - BK Decin 101-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. Second ranked BK Pardubice faced 3rd placed BK Decin. Host BK Pardubice (17-4) smashed guests from Decin (14-8) 101-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. BK Pardubice forced 19 BK Decin turnovers and outrebounded them 39-23 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) chipped in 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) with 20 points and 6 assists and the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 12 points. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice maintains second place with 17-4 record having just three points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Loser BK Decin keeps the third position with eight games lost. BK Pardubice will meet BK Opava (#4) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Usti nad Labem and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 22+3reb+2ast, J.Wall 18+6reb+3ast, D.Pandula 13+5reb+2ast, K.Svrdlik 11+2reb, L.Autrey 9+3reb+1ast, D.Skranc 6
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 20+3reb+6ast, P.Houska 12+3reb+2ast, T.Pomikalek 10+2reb, J.Houska 10+7reb, F.Kroutil 7+2reb+1ast, L.Bazant 6+2reb
gschID: 483197


Usti n/Labem - USK Praha 66-69

Important game to mention about took place in Usti nad Labem. Sixth ranked USK Praha (11-10) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-12) 69-66 on Saturday evening. USK Praha forced 20 BK Usti nad Labem turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Finnish power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95) contributed with 8 points for the winners. American point guard Mikey Thompson (190, college: Boise St.) answered with 23 points and Serbian point guard Luka Igrutinovic (193-92, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. USK Praha have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BK Kolin. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. USK Praha will play against NH Ostrava (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Decin (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: M.Primorac 24+9reb+2ast, L.Festr 8+1reb+2ast, A.Madsen 8+4reb+2ast, P.Safarcik 6+4ast, J.Krivanek 4+1reb, J.Bohacik 4+6reb+2ast
Usti n/Labem: M.Thompson 23+3reb+1ast, C.Abercrombie 11+3reb, L.Igrutinovic 10+7reb, M.Sotnar 8+5ast, L.Pecka 5+10reb, K.Smith 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 483196


Prostejov - Svitavy 60-73

Bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time they won against eighth-ranked Prostejov 73-60. American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) accounted for 17 points. American center Ethan Jacobs (211, college: Colgate) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Rayshawn Simmons (193, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Two Points) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Prostejov in the defeat. Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Basketbal Svitavy (6-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with NH Ostrava. Prostejov lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy's next round opponent will be higher ranked BK Kolin (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: P.Slezak 17+3reb+3ast, H.Mickelson 16+13reb+1ast, B.Smithson 8+3reb+5ast, J.Jelinek 8+5reb+2ast, B.Roseboro 8+4reb+1ast, P.Andres 7+1reb+1ast
Prostejov: E.Jacobs 17+11reb+2ast, R.Simmons 16+6reb+4ast, M.Sehnal 13+4reb, P.Dokoupil 4+4reb+1ast, B.Fitzpatrick 4+6reb+2ast, M.Soucek 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 483199


MMCITE Brno - CEZ Nymburk 75-82

Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the twentieth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked MMCITE Brno (5-16) 82-75. CEZ Nymburk forced 21 MMCITE Brno turnovers. The best player for the winners was Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. American point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) chipped in 6 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Stan Simpson (208-90, college: Memphis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Kevin Ware (188-93, college: Georgia St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. Five MMCITE Brno players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for CEZ Nymburk. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-1 record. MMCITE Brno lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will face Prostejov (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MMCITE Brno will play against BK Lions Hradec (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: H.Sant-Roos 34+13reb+2ast, V.Hruban 9+1reb+1ast, J.Welsch 8+4reb+2ast, M.Peterka 7, E.Lawrence 6+1reb+9ast, D.Simpson 5+5reb+2ast
MMCITE Brno: I.Mikulic 15+4reb+1ast, K.Ware 13+4reb+4ast, C.Turman 11+6reb, S.Simpson 10+11reb, M.Kremen 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Nehyba 8+4reb
gschID: 483194


BK Kolin - BK Opava 85-96

The biggest surprise of round 21 was guest BK Opava's (12-9) road victory over 4th placed BK Kolin (11-10) 96-85 on Saturday evening. BK Opava made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 20 points and 9 assists. Center Martin Gniadek (203-90) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four BK Opava players scored in double figures. BK Opava's coach Petr Czudek 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 power forward David Machac (205-80) who recorded 26 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively. BK Opava have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. BK Kolin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with USK Praha. BK Opava are looking forward to face league's second-placed BK Pardubice at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Kolin will play against Basketbal Svitavy and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: M.Gniadek 21+5reb+2ast, J.Sirina 20+3reb+9ast, V.Bujnoch 18+5reb+2ast, L.Jurecka 13+1reb, V.Cvek 7+3reb+2ast, M.Kvapil 6+5reb
BK Kolin: D.Machac 26+3reb+2ast, B.Bakic 18+1reb+3ast, G.Kerr 12+9reb+2ast, L.Skinner 8+2reb+1ast, A.Ciz 8+4reb+1ast, J.Hunt 6+3ast
gschID: 483198


NH Ostrava - J.Hradec 102-82

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked BK Lions Hradec (7-14) was crushed on the road by eleventh ranked NH Ostrava (6-15) 102-82 on Saturday. NH Ostrava shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Sterling Smith (193-93, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 23 points and 6 assists. Five NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Malcolm Brooks (196-92, college: CS Fullerton) who recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import point guard Terrell Lipkins (180-91, college: Montevallo) added 19 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. NH Ostrava moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Svitavy. Loser BK Lions Hradec keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. NH Ostrava will face higher ranked USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: S.Smith 23+4reb+6ast, P.Bohacik 23+11reb+5ast, K.Mays 17+9reb, J.Riewer 16+1reb+3ast, M.Canada 11+1reb+3ast, D.Painter 7+3reb+2ast
J.Hradec: M.Brooks 25+8reb+6ast, T.Lipkins 19+2reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 16+4reb+2ast, C.Tawiah 8+4reb, L.Stegbauer 7+1reb, T.Sustek 3+2reb
gschID: 483195





Martin Peterka claims Czech Republic 1Liga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented International Center Martin Peterka (205-C-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nymburk B and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 21-year old center had a double-double of 26 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Basket Kosice (#6, 7-10) with 20-point margin 102-82. Nymburk B maintains the 3rd position in their group in Czech Republic 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nymburk B will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. In the team's last game Peterka had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Nymburk B and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Peterka has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.3ppg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP and 48.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old forward Zdenek Sebela (192-F-87) of Sokol Slapanice. Sebela impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Sokol Slapanice to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Havirov (#10, 1-15) 109-76. This victory allowed Sokol Slapanice to move up to 4th position in Group B. His team's 9-7 record is not bad at all. Sebela is one of the most experienced players at Sokol Slapanice and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#8). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Jan Stepanek (190-C-83) of Sokol Prazky (#4). Stepanek got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He was a key player of Sokol Prazky, leading his team to a 90-71 easy win against #1 ranked Sokol H.K. in a game of the week. Sokol Prazky needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group A. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Stepanek has a very solid season. In 14 games in Czech Republic he scored 10.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vaclav Honomichl (186-PG-92) of Loko Plzen - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Matej Svoboda (200-F-96) of Nymburk B - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Radek Sir (188-G-91) of Sokol Slapanice - 31 points and 3 rebounds
7. Rostislav Dragoun (190-G-96) of Opava B - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jiri Bubak (194-F-84) of Vysocina - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Viktor Pulpan (191-PG-96) of Pardubice - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jan Streba (195-F/G-95) of USK Praha B - 22 points and 9 rebounds

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



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

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory over the bottom-ranked Galatasaray (6-14) 85-80 in a derby game in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Vesely was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (13-7) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.9%(89-151) and FT: 56.2% in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Jan Vesely in the Euroleague last game. Schilb. He could not help Galatasaray (6-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Schilb's very good performance the 16th-placed Galatasaray (6-14) was defeated 85-80 in a derby game by the second-ranked Fenerbahce in the group A of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Schilb also added 7 passes. This season Schilb averages: 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 57.4%(62-108), 3FGP: 26.8% and FT: 87.5%. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in Slovenia). Kyzlink was the major contributor in Helios' victory against the tenth-ranked Terme Olimia (3-13) 67-59 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes. Helios Suns Domzale (9-5) is placed sixth in the Liga Nova KBM. It's Kyzlink's first season with the team. This year Kyzlink has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 73.9% in 14 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #4. Swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra in their game against Joventut (5-13) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Jelinek recorded 9 points. But Andorra was defeated 74-59 on the road by the much lower-ranked Joventut (#15). Jelinek has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #5. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Atlanta Hawks (28-20) crushing them 112-86 in the NBA last Friday. Satoransky scored 9 points in 18 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 27-20 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Satoransky's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg in 31 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #6. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Imola (7-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hubalek's very good performance Imola (#6) was defeated 83-71 at home by the lower-ranked Roseto (#7) in the East group. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Hubalek also added 4 rebounds. Hubalek's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team eight years ago.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #7. International power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, another player represented by Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa (3-15) in their game against UCAM Murcia (6-12) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Auda recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was defeated 73-63 in Murcia by the higher-ranked UCAM (#14). Auda's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 5.2rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #8. Forward David Jelinek (203-97, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Northwood University (3-11) in their last game. Despite Jelinek's very good performance the Northwood University was crushed 89-66 in Detroit by the Wayne State University, MI. He scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. This year Jelinek's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 2.2rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team back in 2015.

Prokop Slanina
Prokop Slanina
   #9. Former U20 international forward Prokop Slanina (208-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Fordham (1-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Slanina's good performance the Fordham was badly defeated 84-66 in Davidson by the College. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Slanina has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team three years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #10. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in Estela's victory against the seventh-ranked Valle de Egues (6-8) crushing them 83-53 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Hampl was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds in 26 minutes. Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (14-0) is placed first in Group A-A. So far his team won all fourteen games in the Regular Season. Hampl's stats this year are: 14.8ppg and 6.1rpg in 14 games. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Czech Republic senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) managed to help MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno to win against the closely-ranked Handlova 96-87 in the Slovakian SBL on Saturday night. Halada scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Halada averaged so far 10.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Petr Herman (208-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the Brigham Young University in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Herman scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 85-77. He has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Herman used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team back in 2012.

   #13. U16 international point guard Vit Krejci (193-0, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Olivar's surprising victory against the third-ranked Menorca 71-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points. Krejci has averaged so far 3.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Czech Republic U16 national team player.

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

   #1. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia) led Handlova to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Nova Ves (4-23) 87-78 in the Slovakian SBL in Wednesday night's game. Stria recorded 17 points and had 3 steals in 35 minutes. MBK Handlova (13-14) is placed sixth in the SBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Stria's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games he played so far.

   #2. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) could not help Vilsbiburg (11-6) in their last game. Despite Novy's very good performance Vilsbiburg (#5) lost 86-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Oberhaching in the South-East group. He was the second best scorer with 24 points. Novy also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Novy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Vilsbiburg's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Novy averages: 16.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4apg in 16 games.

   #3. Adrian Melski (192-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Zwickau (5-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Zwickau (#11) was edged 88-87 on their home court in Zwickau by the higher-ranked (#9) Jena II in the South-East group. Melski scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 12 minutes. Melski has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg in two games.

   #4. Dan Milota (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Texas A&M International University (8-3) in their game against the Texas A&M International University (10-4) in the NCAA2. Milota scored 5 points in 19 minutes. The Texas A&M International University was edged 54-53 in a derby game by the Texas A&M International University. Milota has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg in eight games.

   #5. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valdiceppo (3-14) in their game against Venafro (2-13) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the top scorer with 18 points. Meccoli Matejca also added 6 rebounds. Meccoli Matejca has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



CEZ Nymburk could tab Stephen Holt - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) is close to add to their roster 26-year old American guard Stephen Holt (193-88kg-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) who currently plays at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spain. In 17 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg this season. Holt ended the last season at MoraBanc Andorra (also in Liga Endesa) in Spanish where in 14 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg. But the most of that year he spent at United in NBL. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.6apg (top 5). Holt helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Australiabasket.com Australian NBL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Holt's college team won WCC Tournament in 2012.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Holt tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers) and D-League (Canton Charge).
Holt attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his German team Deutsche Bank Skyliners to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-9) 81-64 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Shields scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (7-7) is placed fifth in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Shields' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.9%(53-90), 3FGP: 43.2% and FT: 77.5% in 14 games he played so far. Shields played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). He led Hapoel Eilat to an easy victory against the league outsider Maccabi K/G (3-13) crushing them 96-74 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Colman recorded 14 points and added 5 passes. Hapoel Eilat (8-8) is placed eighth in the Winner League. This season Colman averages: 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 78.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team in 2008.

Lasse Elbaek
Lasse Elbaek
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden). Elbaek could not help Malbas (1-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Malbas was badly defeated 95-77 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Umea (#8). Elbaek recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season Elbaek has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 72.0%. He is also a member of the Danish senior national team.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #4. Guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (14-6) in their last game. Despite Plannthin's good performance Norrkoping Dolphins lost 69-77 in Uppsala to the lower-ranked (#4) Basket. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Plannthin also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Plannthin's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in 20 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #5. International guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Krka's victory against the closely-ranked Rogaska (11-5) 83-76 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Wednesday night. Jukic recorded 8 points. Krka Novo Mesto (13-4) is placed second in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Jukic's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Peter Moller
Peter Moller
   #6. Guard Peter Moller (190-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Metropolitan State College of Denver (8-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Metropolitan State College of Denver was defeated 83-76 in Salt Lake City by the Westminster College, UT. Moller scored 22 points and added 3 assists. Moller has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team two years ago.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #7. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Massagno to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Swiss Central (5-9) 82-67 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Bergstedt had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 30 minutes. 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno (5-8) is placed seventh in the LNA. Bergstedt has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.5apg in 13 games. Bergstedt is also Danish national team player.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #8. Guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viola RC in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the tenth-placed Viola RC was crushed 75-54 in Siena by the higher-ranked Mens Sana 1871 (#8) in the West group. Voskuil was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Viola RC this season. Voskuil is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Danish national team. Voskuil used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Sebastian Petersen
Sebastian Petersen
   #9. Former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lasse Elbaek and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Petersen couldn't help Malbas (1-3) in their game against Umea (4-18), despite his very good performance last Tuesday. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Petersen also added made 3 passes and 3 steals in 34 minutes. But Malbas was badly defeated 95-77 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams (#8) Umea. Petersen's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg in 20 games. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #10. Power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against the league leader MLP Academics Heidelberg (13-1) 79-73 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Larsen scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Mitteldeutscher BC this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the ProA. It was Mitteldeutscher BC's third consecutive victory in a row. Larsen is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Danish senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2) led Barry University to an easy victory against the Florida Institute of Technology crushing them 103-78 in the NCAA2 in Wednesday night's game. He scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes. Mortensen averaged so far 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

   #12. International guard David Knudsen (193-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Marist in their game against the Monmouth University in the NCAA. Knudsen recorded 7 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. His team was defeated 83-71. Knudsen's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Danish national team.

   #13. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wisc.-Milwaukee in their game against the Oakland University in the NCAA. Haas scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. His team lost 70-79. This year Haas' total stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.9apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international swingman Nicklas Jonsson (195-96, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Lander University win their game against the Francis Marion University 80-67 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored 10 points in 18 minutes. Jonsson has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.3rpg in 11 games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2014.

   #15. International center Nicolai Andersen (203-96, currently plays in Finland) managed to help Kouvot Kouvola to win against one of league's weakest teams KTP-Basket crushing them 100-74 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Wednesday night. Andersen recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Andersen has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Danish national team.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria). Tenchev could not help Beroe (5-3) to beat Lukoil Academic Sofia (13-2). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Beroe lost 80-87 at home to the leading Lukoil Academic Sofia. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tenchev's overall stats are: 7.6ppg and 1.9rpg in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. Toby Christensen (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Southern Connecticut State University (11-4) in their last game. Despite Christensen's very good performance his team lost 94-100 on the road to the Merrimack College. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds in 44 minutes. It was Southern Connecticut State University's first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Christensen's total stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.0rpg in 12 games.

   #3. Fred Brondsted (198-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2) led West Virginia Wesleyan College to an easy victory against the Urbana University (4-10) crushing them 91-70 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Brondsted scored 11 points. The West Virginia Wesleyan College has 6-7 record this season. Brondsted averaged so far 10.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg.

   #4. Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88, currently plays in Sweden) led Helsingborg to a victory against the sixth-ranked Talje Knights (3-6) 84-73 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Rasmussen scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. Helsingborg BBK (5-5) is placed fourth in BEHS forts group. Rasmussen has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg in two games.



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Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 19-11 
 2. Delaware 87ers 15-13 
 3. Westchester K. 13-14 
 4. Long Island N. 11-19 
 5. Greensboro S. 10-20 
 6. Erie Bay H. 7-21 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 22-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 17-10 
 3. Canton C. 16-12 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 13-16 
 5. Windy City B. 10-15 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 22-6 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 16-12 
 3. N.Arizona S. 12-14 
 4. Reno B. 11-18 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 8-20 
Southwest Division
 1. Oklahoma City B 21-9 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 20-10 
 3. Rio Grande VV 17-13 
 4. Austin S. 13-16 
 5. Texas L. 12-14 
 6. Iowa E. 6-21 

Regular Season: Round 71

Jan. 31: Canton C. - Raptors 905 86-93
Jan. 31: Sioux Falls S. - Oklahoma City B 115-120

Regular Season: Round 72

Feb. 1: Long Island N. - Windy City B.
Feb. 1: Grand Rapids D. - Westchester K.
Feb. 1: Texas L. - Los Angeles D.
Feb. 1: N.Arizona S. - Salt Lake City S.
Feb. 1: Reno B. - Iowa E.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.9 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.5 
 4. Blue, Los A.25.5 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.22.8 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.6 
 8. Murphy, Grand R.21.6 
 9. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.0 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Long, Delaware.10.9 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.4 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. Webb III, Delaware.9.3 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Magette, Los A.10.0 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.5 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.5 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.4 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 9. Pressey, Santa C.6.7 
 10. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.2 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. Harris, Texas L.2.5 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.3 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Evans, Canton C.2.1 
 9. Price, Erie Bay H.2.0 
 10. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.7 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 4. Moreland, Canton C.2.4 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 6. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 7. Williams, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Hammons, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.9 


Drive Defeat Delaware with Seven in Double Figures - by Eurobasket News

Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) scored 19 points off the bench, Ray McCallum (6'3''-PG-91, college: Detroit Mercy) added 18 points with six rebounds and eight assists, and Darrun Hilliard (6'6''-G-93, college: Villanova) also scored 18 points as the Grand Rapids Drive (13-16) defeated the Delaware 87ers (15-13) on the road on Monday night. The final was 116-105 as the Drive ended their nine-game stretch of games away from the DeltaPlex on a positive note. No Grand Rapids player reached 20 points for just the second time this season, but the Drive saw seven players reach double figures. Along with Hilliard, two other assignees from the Detroit Pistons made an impact as Michael Gbinije (6'7''-F-92, college: Syracuse) had 13 points with the best plus-minus on the team (+19) and Henry Ellenson (6'10''-C-97, college: Marquette) had 11 points and nine rebounds. Shawn Long was dominant for the Sevens, scoring 31 points with 13 rebounds and five blocks. Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G-86, college: Temple) added 19 points and James Webb III (6'9''-F-93, college: Boise St.) III had 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Drive caught fire from deep after several games of struggling from behind the arc. They shot 53 percent on three-pointers (18-of-34), a new season record. Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) and Ramon Harris (6'7''-F-88, college: Kentucky) each hit four three-pointers off the bench, giving the Drive a bench duo that went 8-of-11 from three. Crawford and Gbinije also hit three three-pointers each. In contrast, the Sevens connected on just eight of their 33 attempts from three-point range. Despite this, they hung around for the entire game, as the lead changed hands 24 times and the game was tied 13 times. It was not until the fourth quarter, where Grand Rapids scored 33 points and held Delaware to 21, that the Drive could put the Sevens away. The Drive take on the Westchester Knicks at home on Feb. 1 for their next game, hoping to avenge Saturday night's loss. The 87ers will travel to Maine for the first of two consecutive games against the Red Claws on Feb. 2.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



NAZ Suns land Alex Davis in trade with Erie - by Eurobasket News

With Derrick Jones Jr. and Johnny O'Bryant in the NBA, Northern Arizona has enlisted help from outside sources, acquiring Alex Davis (6'9''-F-92, college: Fresno St.) from the Erie BayHawks in a trade Tuesday afternoon. The Suns (12-14) sent their 2017 NBA D-League second round draft pick in exchange for Davis, who started 18 games for the BayHawks this season, averaging 8.1 points on 46 percent shooting, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward from Houston earned a roster spot for Erie (7-21) through an open tryout before the 2015-2016 season. Undrafted out of Fresno State, Davis played 78 total games with Erie, averaging 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He also has NBA experience as a member of the Orlando Magic's 2016 summer league squad. Prior to his professional and collegiate career, Davis led Jack Yates High School (Houston) in back-to-back state championships, including a 2009-2010 national championship with a 36-0 record as a senior. Davis is not expected to be available for Northern Arizona's next contest against the Salt Lake City Stars (8-20) on Wednesday. Tipoff at the Prescott Valley Event Center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Courtesy of: dcourier.com



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Dagoberto Pena agreed terms with Barca II - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa II (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Dominican swingman Dagoberto Pena (198-88, college: Marshall, agency: Duran International) from Leyma Basquet Coruna. In 21 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg this season. The last summer Pena played at Metros de Santiago in Dominican Rep. league where in three Liga Americas games he averaged 3.0ppg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2016. Pena received also Latinbasket.com Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 All-Imports Team award in 2014 and 2015.
He represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. Pena's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.0ppg.
Pena is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia and Sionista), Uruguay (Maldonado), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), Colombia (Cafeteros and Academia) and Dominican Republic (Soles de Santo Domingo, Plaza and Leones de Santo Domingo).
Pena attended Marshall University until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Dago is a Strong, Athletic Forward. Able to score in bunches and is at his best when slashing towards the bucket. Possesses astounding jumping ability and great finishing capabilities at the rim. Is very skilled offensively and can put up big numbers at any time. Has decent defensive capabilities to guard bigger players in the low post. Great three point shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He led Tofas to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Darussafaka (11-5) 83-66 in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. Mejia recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes on the court. Tofas Bursa (7-9) is placed tenth in the BSL. Mejia has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 63.0%(51-81), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 75.5% in 16 games he played so far. Mejia has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Mejia has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Houston Rockets (36-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Ariza's good performance the Houston Rockets (36-16) were defeated 120-109 on the road by the Boston Celtics. He recorded 12 points. This season Ariza has very high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 73.2%. Ariza is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former U17 international center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Chile). He was not able to help CD Castro in their game against Osorno Basquetbol (22-10) in the Chilean Liga Nacional. Madera scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. The third-placed CD Castro (1-1) lost 68-82 in Osorno to the leading Basquetbol in the Conferencia Sur. This year Madera's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(85-148), 3FGP: 25.0% in 31 games. He has both Dominican Republic and Chilean nationalities. Madera played for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #4. Power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Mataro (3-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Mataro (#14) lost 63-71 in L´Hospitalet to the much higher-ranked (#4) AEC Collblanc in the Group C-A. Cabrera scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Cabrera's total stats are: 6.7ppg and 7.0rpg in three games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #5. Former international shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) couldn't help Poitiers (6-10) in their game against Lille Metropole (9-7) in the French ProB (second division). Greer cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. Poitiers was edged 71-70 at home by the much higher-ranked Lille Metropole (#7). It's Greer's fourth season with the team. Greer has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Greer used to play for the Dominican Republic national team eight years ago. He played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Yohansy Minaya
Yohansy Minaya
   #6. Guard Yohansy Minaya (185-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ponferrada CDP (8-6) in their game against Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura (10-4) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Minaya scored 5 points in 12 minutes. Ponferrada CDP (#7) lost 70-83 on their home court in Ponferrada to the second-ranked Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura in the Group A-B. Minaya has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 12 games. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Dominican Republic team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (9-39) crushing them 129-109 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Towns had a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 36 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Towns' second season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 19-29 record this season. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 11.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5bpg in 48 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Houston Rockets (36-16) 120-109 in the NBA last Wednesday. Horford recorded 20 points, 9 assists and 3 steals. The Boston Celtics have a solid 30-18 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Horford has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 5.1apg and 1.7bpg.

   #3. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) could not help Juvecaserta (8-9) in their last game. Despite Sosa's very good performance Juvecaserta lost 80-86 on the road to the lower-ranked (#14) Openjobmetis VA. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Sosa also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. Sosa has very impressive stats this year: 19.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.6apg and 1.2spg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Sosa used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #4. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Greek team Panathinaikos win their game against the tenth-ranked FC Barcelona (8-12) 71-65 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 8 points. Panathinaikos Athens (11-9) is placed seventh in group A. This season Feldeine averages: 6.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.4apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help GECR Indalo (14-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed GECR Indalo (14-15) was edged 84-81 in Cordoba by the higher-ranked (#3) Instituto in the Sur group. Vargas scored 14 points in a mere 17 minutes. It's Vargas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg and 6.3rpg in six games.

   #6. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to secure a victory for Flamengo in their game against Paschoalotto/Bauru in the Brazilian NBB. Ramon recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. His team was defeated 72-63. This season he averages: 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg. Ramon also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gran Canaria in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Baez recorded 9 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes. His team lost 81-86. This year he averages: 8.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2apg in 18 games.

   #8. O'Darien Bassett (189-G-86, college: Troy, currently plays in South Korea) was the main contributor in a Goyang Orions' victory against the closely-ranked Dongbu Promy 67-60 in the South Korean KBL last Monday. Bassett was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, had 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. This season Bassett has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.8apg. Bassett holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. He used to play for Huracanes del Atlantico in Dominican Republic league.

   #9. Juan Guerrero (201-F-93, agency: Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in Cordon's victory against the sixth-ranked Sayago 99-93 in the Uruguayan LUB on Monday night. Guerrero had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 20 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Guerrero has very impressive stats this year: 18.6ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.9bpg and 1.4spg in 12 games.

   #10. Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St., currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Abejas in their game against Toros in the Mexican LNBP (second division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He was the top scorer with 30 points. Guzman also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. This season he has very high stats. Guzman averages: 22.7ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.0apg.



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  ECUADOR  


San Miguel tabs Ecuadorian National League Finals MVP - Jordan Johnson - by Greg

San Miguel (Liga MB) inked 25-year old American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-82kg-92, college: Tenn Tech). He played most recently at H.R. Portviejo in Ecuadorian National League. Johnson helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. He was named Finals MVP.
He graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


San Miguel tabs Ecuadorian National League Finals MVP - Jordan Johnson - by Greg

San Miguel (Liga MB) inked 25-year old American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-82kg-92, college: Tenn Tech). He played most recently at H.R. Portviejo in Ecuadorian National League. Johnson helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. He was named Finals MVP.
He graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Santa Ana inks Maliek Daniels - by Eurobasket News

MC El Brasil Santa Ana (Liga MB) agreed terms with 29-year old American swingman Maliek Daniels (193-88kg-88, college: Trevecca Nazarene). He played last summer at Bowling Green Hornets (CBA) in the U.S. Daniels helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in South Division. The last season he played at Bandits in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
Daniels was voted Freshman of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Daniels has played also professionally in ABA (Bowling G. B.).
He attended Trevecca Nazarene until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Daniels could be described: Maliek is a combo guard that can play the three or four position… a long defender, tremendous rebounder, and has advanced offensive skills… player who showed leadership ability early in his career… Size and length gives him an incredible advantage contesting shots inside the post and on the perimeter…unpredictable player on the offensive end…does not have a great first step, nor is he all that explosive around the rim, but he more than makes up for that with his excellent combination of smarts, instincts, touch, and skill.. Has excellent lateral quickness. Can defend any guard position, and some small forwards…Fantastic instincts getting in passing lanes.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @LMBestadisticas)

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  ESTONIA  

Standings - KML

Alexela KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 13-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 12-2 
 3. Rapla 9-4 
 4. TTU 8-5 
 5. Parnu 8-8 
 6. Tarvas 5-9 
 7. TLU/Kalev 5-11 
 8. Valga 5-12 
 9. Noorteliiga 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 27: TTU - Valga 98-87
Jan. 27: Tarvas - Noorteliiga 83-65
Jan. 28: Rapla - TU/Rock 73-79
Jan. 29: Parnu - Kalev/Cramo 71-74
Jan. 31: TLU/Kalev - Kalev/Cramo 64-88
Feb. 1: TU/Rock - TTU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.21.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.1 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.19.6 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU19.3 
 5. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU17.9 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.2 
 8. Strupovics, Valga16.0 
 9. Bratoz, Rapla14.0 
 10. Seskus, Parnu13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. van der Mars, Rap.14.2 
 2. Jarvelainen, TTU9.3 
 3. Baker, Tarvas9.2 
 4. Jois, TU/Rock8.4 
 5. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.8.4 
 6. Milka, TU/Rock8.4 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu8.0 
 8. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.9 
 9. Dzeletovic, TL.6.8 
 10. Marshall, TL.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.7 
 2. Bratoz, Rapla4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Post, Tarvas4.4 
 5. Sokk, TU/Rock4.3 
 6. Olmre, TTU4.2 
 7. Saage, TL.4.1 
 8. Jones, TL.4.0 
 9. Paiste, Tarvas3.9 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 2. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 3. Kabin, Parnu2.0 
 4. Dzeletovic, TL.1.8 
 5. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 6. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.7 
 8. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 9. Tamm, TL.1.7 
 10. Bratoz, Rapla1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.4 
 2. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu1.2 
 4. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 5. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 6. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 8. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 9. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 10. Perine, Tarvas0.7 



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  EUROCUP  

Eurocup Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group E
 1 Lokomotiv 4-1 
 2 Gran Canaria 3-2 
 3 Fuenlabrada 2-3 
 4 UCAM Murcia 1-4 
Group F
 1 B.Muenchen 4-0 
 2 Khimky 3-1 
 3 Lietkabelis 1-3 
 4 Ratiopharm 0-4 
Group G
 1 Hapoel J-M 3-1 
 2 Zenit 2-2 
 3 Lietuvos rytas 2-2 
 4 N.Novgorod 1-3 
Group H
 1 Valencia 5-0 
 2 Unicaja 2-2 
 3 ALBA 1-3 
 4 Cedevita 1-4 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

E

Jan. 31: Fuenlabrada - UCAM Murcia 85-69
Jan. 31: Lokomotiv - Gran Canaria 66-68

F

Feb. 1: Lietkabelis - Khimky
Feb. 1: B.Muenchen - Ratiopharm

G

Feb. 1: Zenit - N.Novgorod
Feb. 1: Hapoel J-M - Lietuvos rytas

H

Jan. 31: Valencia - Cedevita 71-58
Feb. 1: Unicaja - ALBA



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  FINLAND  


Finnish 1st Division round 16 best performance: De'Andre Upchurch - by Eurobasket News

American Guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for HyPo, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (45 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat HNMKY U23 (#8, 7-11) 103-94. HyPo maintains the 7th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. HyPo 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 8-8 record. In the team's last game Upchurch had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 13 attempts. He turned to be HyPo's top player in his first season with the team. Former Tarleton State University star has very solid stats this year. Upchurch is league's best scorer averaging so far 36.5ppg. Upchurch is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.3apg) and averages impressive 2.9spg and 55.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Miika Heinonen (193-G-99) of Munkkiniemen. Heinonen had a very good evening with 37 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Munkkiniemen to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Karkkila (#9, 6-11) 87-58. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Division B. Munkkiniemen keeps 12th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Munkkiniemen managed to get this year. Heinonen is well-known at Munkkiniemen and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.0ppg (#5). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86, agency: Blacktop Management) of Namika Lr (#13). Bratton got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Bratton's great performance Namika Lr lost 73-100 to the higher-ranked Espoo Basket (#3, 13-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Namika Lr can only dream about fighting for top spots in Division B. They have rather bad season and 2-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bratton he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bratton has a very solid season. In 4 games in Finland he scored 32.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ilkka Blomqvist (196-F-84) of HyPo - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Roderick Flemings (203-F/G-87) of FoKoPo - 24 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Rashad Smith (201-G-93) of Lahti - 27 points and 6 rebounds
7. Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United - 35 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tiel Daniels (200-F-92) of PeU-Basket - 24 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Cedric Latimer (198-F-87) of ToPo - 33 points, 6 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  

Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Quimper 15-5 
 2. Souffel 15-5 
 3. RAC Basket 14-6 
 4. Caen 14-6 
 5. GET Vosges 13-7 
 6. Orchies 11-9 
 7. St Vallier 11-9 
 8. Chartres 10-10 
 9. Lourdes 10-10 
 10. Rennes 9-11 
 11. Angers BC 9-11 
 12. Vitre 9-11 
 13. ALS Basket 9-11 
 14. Challans 8-12 
 15. Gries/Oberhoffen 8-12 
 16. SAP Vaucluse 8-12 
 17. Lorient 7-13 
 18. CFBB 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 4: SAP Vaucluse - Souffel
Feb. 4: Chartres - Caen
Feb. 3: St Vallier - ALS Basket
Feb. 4: CFBB - Challans
Feb. 4: Rennes - Angers BC
Feb. 4: Orchies - Vitre
Feb. 4: Gries/Oberhoffen - Quimper
Feb. 4: Lorient - RAC Basket
Feb. 3: GET Vosges - Lourdes

Round 18

Jan. 31: Gries/Oberhoffen - CFBB 78-55


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.9 
 2. Craion, Lorient17.1 
 3. Brooks, ALS Basket16.9 
 4. Smith, Orchies16.8 
 5. Mitchell, Chartres16.8 
 6. Vaty, Lourdes16.7 
 7. Geiger, SAP V.16.3 
 8. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.8 
 9. Newson, Lorient15.8 
 10. Monteiro, Caen15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.5 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.2 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel9.1 
 4. Gourari, RAC Basket8.2 
 5. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.5 
 7. Cox, Challans7.5 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.4 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.3 
 10. Blackwell, ALS B.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.2 
 2. Romain, Chartres6.9 
 3. Rathieuville, Rennes5.7 
 4. Delhomme, St Vallier5.6 
 5. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 6. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.1 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC4.9 
 8. Siegwarth, Vitre4.9 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.7 
 10. Smith, Orchies4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 3. Cornely, Caen2.4 
 4. Gibson, Challans2.3 
 5. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Newson, Lorient1.8 
 8. Correia, Souffel1.8 
 9. Damachoua, Lorient1.7 
 10. Monteiro, Caen1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rolandas JAKSTAS
  Gries/Ob.
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.5 
 2. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 3. Rakocevic, Orchies1.1 
 4. Negrobar, Rennes1.1 
 5. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 6. Cox, Challans0.9 
 7. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 8. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 9. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 10. Davis, Rennes0.9 


Malvin inks LaQuinton Ross, ex Dijon - by Eurobasket News

Malvin Montevideo (LUB) signed 25-year old American forward LaQuinton Ross (203-100kg-92, college: Ohio State). He played recently at Dijon in French ProA. Ross also played earlier that season for Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) in Israel. In three ProA games he had 9.3ppg and 5.0rpg this season.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Ross' team made it to the Premier League Semifinals in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Italy (AV Cantu and VL Pesaro).
Ross attended Ohio State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @jesusrostan)

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Rennes may tab Samba Dia - by Eurobasket News

Union Rennes Basket 35 (NM1) is close to add to their roster 33-year old forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: MSU-West Plains) who currently played at Boulazac Basket Dordogne in ProB. In four games he had just 1.5ppg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dia played in the final of French ProB in 2006 and 2011.
He has spent his entire career in France playing for seven other teams: JDA Dijon, Chalons-Reims, Chorale de Roanne, Cognac BB, Chalon/Saor, JSA Bordeaux and Cognac BB.
Dia attended MSU - West Plains JC until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gary Bell could join Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) is close to sign 25-year old American guard Gary Bell (192-100kg-92, college: Gonzaga, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who currently plays for Rosa Radom in Poland. He spent his 2-year professional career in Poland. In 16 PLK games he recorded 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg this season. Bell helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. The last season Bell played at Stabill (TBL) in Polish league. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
He received All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time.
Bell graduated from Gonzaga University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Gary Bell is a tremendous shooter. An outstanding one-on-one player. A high energy player with an excellent physique and a winner as evidenced by his collegiate years. At nearly 6'4" he can play both guard spots and defend full court. Could potentially make a NBA roster or extend himself to the Euroleague.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB W.
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Alexander, ETB W.20.1 
 2. Williams, Kirchheim19.2 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach18.3 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg18.3 
 6. Kerusch, MBC17.3 
 7. Holt, Dresden16.4 
 8. Warren, MBC16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Moore, Ehingen15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Kratzer, Baunach13.1 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.7 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.6 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.2 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg7.2 
 8. Sturner, Dresden7.2 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Williams, Kirchheim6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.4 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.2 
 3. Moore, Ehingen6.0 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.5 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg5.4 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.4 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.4 
 8. Schmitz, Trier5.3 
 9. Vest, Uni Baskets5.3 
 10. Williams, Koeln R.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim2.9 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.7 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 4. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.3 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.3 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.9 
 9. Hewitt, Koeln R.1.9 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.0 
 3. Kratzer, Baunach1.6 
 4. White, Heidelberg1.6 
 5. Grim, Uni Baskets1.4 
 6. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 7. van, Trier1.2 
 8. King, Koeln R.1.2 
 9. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 10. Fraser, Ehingen1.2 


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

26-year old forward Jonathon Williams (198-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kirchheim and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Oettinger R. (#7, 10-10) 92-91. Kirchheim maintains the 3rd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kirchheim will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Kirchheim's top player in his first season with the team. Wagner College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.2ppg) and rebounds (9th best: 6.7rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Jacob Parker (198-F-93) of Oettinger R.. He is American forward in his first season at Oettinger R.. In the last game Parker recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Oettinger R. was edged by the higher-ranked Kirchheim (#3, 15-5) 92-91. Oettinger R. managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Parker is a newcomer at Oettinger R. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Simon Schmitz (188-PG-90) of Trier (#8). Schmitz got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. Despite Schmitz's great performance Trier lost 85-88 to the higher-ranked Crailsheim (#2, 16-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Trier needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Schmitz has a great season in Germany. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.3apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Till Gloger (204-F-93) of Uni Baskets - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dane Watts (203-F-86) of Oettinger R. - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92) of Ehingen - 25 points and 5 rebounds
7. Andrew Warren (196-G-87) of MBC - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Carrington Love (186-G-94) of Kirchheim - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Chase Griffin (190-G-83) of Crailsheim - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joe Lawson (201-F/C-92) of Chemnitz - 17 points and 12 rebounds

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



Andell Cumberbatch (Redwell Gunnars Oberwart) If You Want To Improve Your Game You Have To Live In The Gym - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) is a 23 year old 196cm forward from East Ornage, New Jersey playing his second professional season and first with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga). As a rookie he played for JBC MMCITE Brno (Czech Republic-NBL): 10 games: 16.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 31.4%, FT: 58.8%, in Dec.'15 moved to Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A): 17 games: Score-5 (16.4ppg), 7.1rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP-3 (58.4%), 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 76.9%. He started his basketball career with Barton County CC (JUCO) and then moved to St.Bonaventure (NCAA) for his last two years and as a senior played 31 games averaging 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 70.1%. He spoke to eurobasket before a Fiba Europe Cup game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

Andell welcome to Germany. Your playing your second professional season and first with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) and playing Fiba Europe Cup as well. This competition has taken you all over Europe. How blessed do you feel as a guy from east Orange to be traveling the world at age 23?

I am very blessed to be able to play basketball at a professional level, this allowed me to experience different parts of the world I would have never seen coming. I never take anything for granted.


You play and live in Austria and are experiencing a totally new kind of lifestyle in Austria and last season lived in the Czech Republic and Cyprus. What has been your most memorable experience so far in Europe off the court that none of your friends in New Jersey had ever seen before?

Something that I enjoy that my friends dont get to experience would have to be some of the popular landmarks that many people travel to see. it humbling to be able to witness these things while playing basketball.

Your playing against the Telekom Baskets Bonn in Bonn in Fiba Europe Cup play. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?

Well I know it very cold just like most places in Europe, and that they have a very good basketball league with some great teams.


In the first game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn, the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) lost badly at home 83-64.It was kind of a strange game stat wise as Bonn dominated the boards and shot very well from outside, but had 22 turnovers. What will the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) have to do better this time around to get the win?

I feel that we have to defend the 3pt line better and control the rebounds or at least have it even for us to give ourselves an opportunity to win.

Will you be even extra motivated playing against New Jersey native Ryan Thompson who is the brother of NBA player Jason Thompson and who had been well contained in the first game with six points?

I am always motivated to go out there and play my best, but that's pretty cool someone thats from around my area I get to play against who is at a bigger team.

The Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) give up 82 points in the Fiba Europe Cup which is 28th. Is it the overall better skill level of the competition that has made it harder to defend than in the Austrian Bundesliga?

The level of the competition definitely plays a role we have a young team so we lack the experience that some of these other teams have, but I think we can improve on points we allow.


The Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) are leading the Austrian Bundesliga at the moment with a 13-2 record. The team is ranked first in points and third in points allowed. Does the club feel much pressure having to defend their Bundesliga title?

There is definitely some pressure and we want that pressure, we have to protect what is ours because many teams wants to take our spot.


How would compare the Austrian Bundesliga with the leagues in the Czech republic and Cyprus where you played last season in talent and skill level?

I often get asked this question a lot its difficult to answer because we are number one in the Austrian league, which makes it kind of hard to determine for me.


How much fun and challenging has it been playing with the 4 other Americans Traylor, Mcnealey, Jackson and Kuakumensah who are all young and each guy at the start of their professional career wanting to prove something? Do you feel like each player is growing this season with the drive that each other guy has and gives on the court on a daily basis?

It's fun having Americans on the team, I adapt to it well since I played with the same amount during my time in Cyprus. We all know what we have to do to get to the next level and that is to win.


You are a guy that can really fill up the stat sheet, but on what part of your game are you still trying to incorporate new things too?

I want to be more of an consistent shooter and to be able to assist more because a lot of teams give up the shot and protects the paint and I am more of a slasher.


You are a very active defender. To what NBA player did you always look up too growing up and now when it comes to taking care of defensive assignments on the court?

Growing up I watched Allen Iverson and Lebron James, but far as defensively I would say Kawhi Lenaord.


Last season as a rookie you played for JBC MMCITE Brno (Czech Republic-NBL): 10 games: 16.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 31.4%, FT: 58.8%, in Dec.'15 moved to Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A): 17 games: Score-5 (16.4ppg), 7.1rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP-3 (58.4%), 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 76.9. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home?


My wake up call was just being so far away from my family and adjusting to the time difference. When my day is almost over some people back home are now waking up and times I got lonely. But I realized I have a goal i have to achieve.


In Cyprus everything turned out better as your were fifth in league scoring and reached the cup semi-finals. Did the weather and sun make playing a bit easier than the wintery atmosphere in the Czech Republic or why were you able to blossom so well?

I felt more comfortable in Cyprus overall, my conscious was clear and once you have that you can do anything you put your mind to. The weather was definitely great, I loved it.


How much fun was it having a teammate like Richaud Pack who was fourth in the league in scoring? He had some misfortune in his senior year at Maryland (NCAA), but had a stellar rookie season. What did you appreciate most about his game?

It was great playing with him, he was a great shooter that was a guy that used to open up the floor against teams. that made it possible for me to get to the basket more. Shout out to Rick haha


You started your college career at Barton County CC (JUCO) before moving to St.Bonaventure (NCAA). You made vast improvements in your two years there before moving to the NCAA. How important were these two years for you in your development as a player?

I improved a lot not having any division 1 or 2 offers in high school, but once I went to junior college it helped me learn how to work for what I want, which led me to St Bonaventure.


You then played two seasons at St.Bonaventure (NCAA) and as a senior played 31 games: 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 70.1%. How did head coach Mark Schmidt give you that extra in grooming and preparing you best for a professional basketball career?

He always taught his players that in order to improve your game you have to live in the gym, and thats something I try to do.


In your two years there do you remember hearing stories from alum Ahmad Smith who had a stellar career leaving in 2005 and having a long career in Germany?

I never heard of him before but I am pretty sure he was a great player, I will do my research on him.


You had some memorable games in your two years there, but what was your most memorable NCAA game?

I would have to say our game against St Louis in the 2014 Atlantic 10 tournament the feeling was amazing and my senior year beating VCU when they were a top 25 team.


Your ex teammate Marcus Posley is having a solid D-League season with Sioux Falls. Do expect a guy like that to come to Europe in the future or is he the type of guy that will continue to chase that NBA dream?

I feel like he will know when the time is right for him to come to Europe, but right now he is focused on one goal and that's making the NBA and I support him all the way that's my guy.


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

My NBA Rushmore would be MJ, Kobe, Magic Johnson , Lebron James when is career is over.


Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?

Right now I think he is top 5, a lot of people will not say it just because he is still playing and some are what we call Lebron haters haha.


Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?

Kevin Garnett top 3 power forward in my opinion.


Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?


Rate that performance top 3 and that was also that crazy.


One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?


Stats wise its Russell Westbrook hands down.


What was the last movie that you saw?


My last movie was don't breathe.


Thanks Andell for the chat.



Gotha Dismisses Chris Ensminger As Head Coach And Appoint Ivan Pavic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The German basketball world witnesed today why basketball is a business and nothing else as Pro A team Gotha have dismissed Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, college: Valparaiso) as head coach as well as assistant Steven Esterkamp from thier coaching duties. The club announced that Ivan Pavic and Florian Gut will run the club until the end of the season. Ivan Pavic is no unknown figure in the basketball world as he won two BBL titles with Bamberg and was teammates with Chris Ensminger there and had his first coaching experience with Baunach. Wolfgang Heyder obviously wanted to keep that ex Bamberg flair rolling with Gotha with the appointment of Pavic.

Granted it hadn't been the best season for Gotha this year as the club currently is 10-10, but it would still have been a playoff team had the playoffs started tomorrow as the club was in seventh place. In his three and a half seasons as head coach with Gotha, Ensminger did a great job building up an organization that had BBL aspirations in the future. In the last three seasons as head coach with Gotha, the Ohio native was able to improve the regular season placement each season and lead the club to the playoffs. Gotha obviously had their reasons for making this change, but easily could have let Ensminger continue and give him a chance to show if he could get the team out of it's current funk if one want to call it that as it had only a current 3 game losing streak after having won five of it's last six games. Ensminger brought much movement to a growing basketball organization. Ensminger will surely continue to go his way and develop as a head coach whereever he lands next and bring much enjoyment to his future team that he will coach.



Medi bayreuth Keep Nate Linehart Teams Best Pick Up Since Reaching BBL In 2010 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

A whole team is always responsible for the success of a club, but there is no doubt that Nate Linhart (201-SF-86, college: Akron) has been the best pick up that medi bayreuth has ever reeled in since reaching the BBL in 2010. Linhart is a 30 year old 201cm forward form Ohio that brought Euroleague experience to the Bavarian team with Macabbi Tel Aviv and also had had experience in Germany with TBB Trier and CAI Zaragoza (Spain-Liga Endesa).He doesn't have the high scoring stats, but he shines with his precise knowledge of the game in key moments and versatility that has held the team together all season long and he has been a big part why the team has been so successful sitting in fourth place at the moment with a 14-4 record. medi bayreuth didn't wait until the playoffs or the dog days of summer, but decided to ink him early and have rewarded him with a contract extension.

This season Linhart has played 18 games and is averaging 10,4ppg, 4,4rpg and 3,4apg. He has scored in double figures in 10 games including 23 points in a win against Bremerhaven and 17 points in a victory against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. "It is apparent that Nate has become a very important factor for the team and was it since the start of the season. He is the glue guy that holds everything together. It was sort of a small sensation that we could sign him and now it is even more joyful that we can keep him another year in Bayreuth. He is very valuable for our team. He has been the foundation at both ends of the court. I said at the start that if this team will function it has to have stability and we have made a big step in that direction. I am happy that he will stay as it shows that there is harmony and he feels comfortable here. The contract extension is a compliment in many directions to the organization and fans. To be able to keep a guy of Nate's quality for another season isn't self-evident", stressed medi bayreuth head coach Raoul Korner.

Source:medi bayreuth



ProB Round 17: Wuerzburg defeat group leader Karlsruhe PS - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Karlsruhe PS (13-4) on the court of ninth ranked Wuerzburg on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Wuerzburg 89-86. Strangely Karlsruhe PS outrebounded Wuerzburg 44-31 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Swingman Lukas Wank (198-97) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Vincent Sanford (190-90, college: Dayton) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Wuerzburg's coach Peter Guenschel used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) answered with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Karlsruhe PS. Wuerzburg (7-10) moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Dragons and Licher Baeren. Newly promoted Karlsruhe PS still keeps top position with four games lost. Wuerzburg is looking forward to face Dragons Rhoendorf (#8) on the road in the next round. Karlsruhe PS will play against Licher Basket (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Iserlohn. Fifth ranked Iserlohn (11-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Schalke (8-9) 93-90 on Saturday evening. American-Ivorian forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and Thomas Reuter chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Iserlohn's coach Matthias Grothe allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) responded with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Iserlohn moved-up to fourth place in North, which they share with Bochum. Newly promoted Schalke keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Itzehoe. Iserlohn will play against AstroStars (#4) in Bochum in the next round. Schalke will play at home against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bayer Giants (11-6) against eighth ranked Licher Basket (7-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Bayer Giants were defeated by Licher Basket in Lich 94-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bayer Giants. American players dominated the game. K.K. Simmons nailed 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Brandon Nazione came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds for Bayer Giants in the defeat. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Licher Basket moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Dragons and Wuerzburg. Bayer Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Licher Basket will meet league's leader Karlsruhe PS on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayer Giants will play against Fraport Skyliners II and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the just one year after relegation.
ProB top team - SSV Lok Bernau (12-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Rostock (7-10) 65-52. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Pierre Bland who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted SSV Lok Bernau maintains first place in North with 12-5 record, which they share with Art.Dragons and Oldenburg. Rostock at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. SSV Lok Bernau's next round opponent will be Oldenburg (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Rostock will play against SC Rist Wedel (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Wedel was also quite interesting. Third ranked Artland Dragons (12-5) played at the court of 8th ranked SC Rist Wedel (7-10). Artland Dragons managed to secure a 4-point victory 68-64 on Sunday. Chris Frazier orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 steals. SC Rist Wedel's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Artland Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of North leader, which they share with Bernau and Oldenburg. Loser SC Rist Wedel keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Artland Dragons will face RSV Eintracht (#11) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SC Rist Wedel will play on the road against Rostock and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17:
In North Itzehoe was beaten by Bochum on the road 87-81. Stahnsdorf lost to Oldenburg on its own court 75-83. Recklinghausen unfortunately lost to Wolfenbuettel in a road game 77-86.
In South FC Bayern II recorded a loss to Weissenhorn at home 71-77. Dragons was defeated by Fraport SKY II on the opponent's court 92-81. Karlsruhe BG beat Noerdlingen in a home game 92-76. Leipzig was destroyed by Elchingen on the road 94-72.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 21 points and 5 rebounds by David Kramer of Weissenhorn.

North
Bochum - Itzehoe 87-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked AstroStars' (11-6) home victory over 6th ranked Itzehoe (8-9) in Bochum 87-81 on Sunday. AstroStars made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Itzehoe's players. American forward Davon Roberts (197-86, college: Azusa Pacific) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Five AstroStars players scored in double figures. American forward Kaimyn Pruitt (203-90, college: Adams St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston) added 21 points in the effort for Itzehoe. Itzehoe's coach Patrick Elzie tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AstroStars moved-up to fourth place in North, which they share with Iserlohn. Loser Itzehoe keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. AstroStars will face Iserlohn (#5) on the road in the next round. Itzehoe will play against Recklinghausen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bochum: G.Johnson 23+1reb+3ast, D.Roberts 18+11reb+6ast, F.Engel 15+1reb+9ast, D.Feldmann 13+2reb+1ast, A.Angerer 11+6reb+4ast, R.Bals 4+2reb
Itzehoe: Q.Calhoun 21+2reb, K.Pruitt 19+12reb+1ast, N.Tienarend 11+2ast, K.Karamatskos 9+2reb+3ast, F.Henningsen 7+3reb+4ast, J.Konrad 5
gschID: 528597


Stahnsdorf - Oldenburg 75-83

Very expected game when 10th ranked RSV Eintracht (5-12) lost to second ranked Oldenburg (12-5) in Stahnsdorf 75-83 on Sunday. Power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. The former international Philip Zwiener (201-85) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Josh Smith (206-94, college: Clemson) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Josh Adeyeye (196-93, college: Jacksonville) added 20 points in the effort for RSV Eintracht. Five Oldenburg and four RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. RSV Eintracht's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Oldenburg keeps a position of North leader, which they share with Art.Dragons and Bernau. RSV Eintracht lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Oldenburg will face league's leader SSV Lok Bernau at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. RSV Eintracht will play against the league's second-placed Artland Dragons (#2) in Quakenbrueck and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: P.Zwiener 19+6reb+2ast, J.Niklas Wimberg 17+2reb, M.Kessen 13+15reb, L.Schmikale 10+3reb+2ast, M.Bacak 10+6reb+2ast, P.Niehus 7+2reb+1ast
Stahnsdorf: J.Adeyeye 20+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 15+7reb+3ast, N.Schumann 11+5reb+3ast, A.Myers 10+6reb+4ast, C.Craven 9+2ast, D.Teucher 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 528598


Rist Wedel - Art.Dragons 64-68

The game in Wedel was also quite interesting. Third ranked Artland Dragons (12-5) played at the court of 8th ranked SC Rist Wedel (7-10). Artland Dragons managed to secure a 4-point victory 68-64 on Sunday. Artland Dragons forced 20 SC Rist Wedel turnovers. Strangely SC Rist Wedel outrebounded Artland Dragons 48-31 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized American Chris Frazier (182-90, college: Dubuque) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 steals. American-Nigerian forward Mark Nwakamma (198-93, college: Hartford) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Aurimas Adomaitis (205-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and guard Lars Kamp (187-96) added 23 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. SC Rist Wedel's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Artland Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of North leader, which they share with Bernau and Oldenburg. Loser SC Rist Wedel keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Artland Dragons will face RSV Eintracht (#11) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SC Rist Wedel will play on the road against Rostock and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: C.Frazier 21+4reb+1ast, M.Nwakamma 12+6reb+1ast, M.Rockmann 8+2reb+3ast, M.Reid 8+2reb+3ast, B.Fumey 7+8reb+2ast, S.Wilson 5+2reb
Rist Wedel: L.Kamp 23+1reb+3ast, A.Adomaitis 12+16reb+1ast, J.Hirschberg 7+6reb+2ast, M.Huebner 7+4reb+1ast, D.Cortes Rey 4+2reb+1ast, W.Barnes 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 528596


Wolfenbuettel - Recklinghausen 86-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's (6-11) home victory over 12th ranked Recklinghausen (3-14) 86-77 on Sunday. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel shot 18 for 24 from the free-throw line, while Recklinghausen only scored two points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Herzoege Wolfenbuettel made 7 blocks. Recklinghausen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Demetrius Ward (188-90, college: W.Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Center Khalil Kelley (203-91, college: Pacific) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Ward is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. Power forward Tre Hale-Edmerson (206-92, college: CS Northridge) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Chris Iles (180-89, college: Xavier, LA) added 21 points and 5 assists in the effort for Recklinghausen. Recklinghausen's coach Maik Berger let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to tenth place in North. Loser Recklinghausen keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face higher ranked Schalke (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Recklinghausen will play against Itzehoe (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: D.Ward 23+9reb+2ast, K.Kelley 20+11reb+3ast, M.Poeschel 11+3reb+2ast, Y.Mahfouz 10+4reb+2ast, C.Ebert 7+1reb+6ast, T.Alte 7+10reb
Recklinghausen: C.Iles 21+3reb+5ast, T.Hale-Edmerson 21+11reb+1ast, J.Letailleur 9+4reb+1ast, D.Martin 7+3reb+1ast, C.Bruns 7+3reb+3ast, S.Germana 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 528595


Bernau - Rostock 65-52

ProB top team - SSV Lok Bernau (12-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Rostock (7-10) 65-52. SSV Lok Bernau made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Rostock turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Rostock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Timajh Parker-Rivera (202-94, college: Towson) chipped in 6 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Jarvis Davis (183-91, college: Gardner-Webb) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Jovonni Shuler (195-87, college: Savannah St.) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted SSV Lok Bernau maintains first place in North with 12-5 record, which they share with Art.Dragons and Oldenburg. Rostock at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. SSV Lok Bernau's next round opponent will be Oldenburg (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Rostock will play against SC Rist Wedel (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bernau: P.Bland 17+7reb+10ast, R.Kulawick 7+6reb+1ast, J.Hundt 7+1reb+4ast, F.Zylka 6+3reb+3ast, T.Parker-Rivera 6+8reb, K.Kovalev 6+3reb
Rostock: J.Shuler 16+4reb+2ast, J.Davis 15+7reb+3ast, L.Buntic 8+4reb, T.Vogt 5+2reb, Z.Owczarek 3+3reb+1ast, D.Rivers 2+1reb
gschID: 528593


Iserlohn - Schalke 93-90

Important game to mention about took place in Iserlohn. Fifth ranked Iserlohn (11-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Schalke (8-9) 93-90 on Saturday evening. Iserlohn made 28-of-37 charity shots (75.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists. Schalke was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Ivorian forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and Thomas Reuter (198-92, college: E.Washington) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Iserlohn's coach Matthias Grothe allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) responded with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and center Daniel Boahene (205-90) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Iserlohn moved-up to fourth place in North, which they share with Bochum. Newly promoted Schalke keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Itzehoe. Iserlohn will play against AstroStars (#4) in Bochum in the next round. Schalke will play at home against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Iserlohn: M.Kone 22+8reb+3ast, T.Reuter 20+7reb+5ast, T.Harris 18+7reb+4ast, R.Dahmen 10+1reb+4ast, K.Schwarz 8+4ast, S.Fritze 6+2reb+5ast
Schalke: N.Khartchenkov 15+2ast, P.Carney 15+3reb+4ast, D.Boahene 14+6reb+3ast, T.Weaver 13+6reb+3ast, C.Belger 13+7reb+6ast, L.Weichsel 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 528594


South
FC Bayern II - Weissenhorn 71-77

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked FC Bayern II (9-7) lost to third ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars (12-5) in Muenchen 71-77 on Monday. Weissenhorn Youngstars made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Weissenhorn Youngstars outrebounded FC Bayern II 43-28 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. FC Bayern II was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Austrian point guard David Kramer (191-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) contributed with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Georg Beyschlag (182-97) answered with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Nelson Weidemann (190-99) added 17 points in the effort for FC Bayern II. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Weissenhorn Youngstars moved-up to second place in South. Newly promoted FC Bayern II keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Weissenhorn Youngstars will face BG Karlsruhe (#5) at home in the next round. FC Bayern II will play against USC Leipzig and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: D.Kramer 21+5reb+1ast, J.Ferner 13+4reb, B.Rohwer 11+4reb+1ast, N.Mittmann 9+9reb+4ast, T.Pape 8+9reb+2ast, N.Moebus 6
FC Bayern II: N.Weidemann 17+2reb, M.Ogunsipe 13+3reb, G.Beyschlag 13+5reb+7ast, D.Kovacevic 9+5reb+1ast, N.Markovic 8+3reb, K.Jallow 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 528657


Wuerzburg - Karlsruhe PS 89-86

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Karlsruhe PS (13-4) on the court of ninth ranked Wuerzburg on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Wuerzburg 89-86. Strangely Karlsruhe PS outrebounded Wuerzburg 44-31 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Swingman Lukas Wank (198-97) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Vincent Sanford (190-90, college: Dayton) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Wuerzburg's coach Peter Guenschel used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) answered with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Bill Borekambi (198-92, college: Sequoias CC) added 11 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Karlsruhe PS. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Wuerzburg (7-10) moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Dragons and Licher Baeren. Newly promoted Karlsruhe PS still keeps top position with four games lost. Wuerzburg is looking forward to face Dragons Rhoendorf (#8) on the road in the next round. Karlsruhe PS will play against Licher Basket (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: V.Sanford 17+2reb+3ast, L.Wank 13+10reb+3ast, G.Voigtmann 12+4reb+4ast, C.Hackenesch 10+5reb, M.Ugrai 10+1reb+2ast, M.Heckel 9+3reb+3ast
Karlsruhe PS: E.Curth 19+2reb+3ast, J.Talbert 18+9reb+5ast, J.Mampuya 12+6reb+3ast, B.Borekambi 11+16reb+1ast, O.Parker 11+1reb+1ast, D.Kreis 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 528656


Fraport SKY II - Dragons 92-81

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (6-10) defeated 7th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (7-10) in Frankfurt 92-81 on Saturday. Fraport Skyliners II looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Dragons Rhoendorf was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Travis Thompson (185-91, college: Alaska-Anch.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Isaac Bonga (203-99) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Fraport Skyliners II's coach Eric Detlev used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Aaron Nelson (203-91, college: S.Indiana) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Will Trawick (196-94, college: Emory) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Dragons Rhoendorf. Fraport Skyliners II maintains tenth place in South with 6-10 record. Loser Dragons Rhoendorf keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face higher ranked Bayer Giants (#4) in Leverkusen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: T.Thompson 32+5reb+5ast, I.Bonga 15+6reb+6ast, S.Ilzhoefer 13+7reb+2ast, R.Bakare 7+3reb+1ast, C.Gruehn 6+3ast, T.Oldenburg 6+3reb+1ast
Dragons: A.Nelson 33+9reb+1ast, W.Trawick 12+3reb+4ast, V.Frankl-Maus 9+4reb+3ast, P.Reusch 8+4reb+3ast, S.Tratnjek 5, M.Lucier 5+1reb
gschID: 528652


Karlsruhe BG - Noerdlingen 92-76

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Giants (3-14) lost on the road to sixth ranked BG Karlsruhe (9-7) 92-76 on Saturday. BG Karlsruhe shot 61.8 percent from the field. Russian-Israeli power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Ricky Easterling (189-83, college: Bridgewater) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American forward Adrien Coleman (198-91, college: Beth.-Cookman) answered with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and center Adrian Lind (206-94) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Giants. Five BG Karlsruhe and four Giants players scored in double figures. Giants' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fifth place in South, which they share with FC Bayern II. Loser Giants keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face league's second-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play against Elchingen (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe BG: A.Kazarnovski 22+5reb, R.Easterling 22+1reb+1ast, S.Gulley 14+4reb+1ast, M.Davis 11+4reb, J.Black 10+1reb, K.Duku 5
Noerdlingen: A.Coleman 24+3reb+1ast, E.Edigin 17+4reb+1ast, T.Smith 16+2reb+2ast, A.Lind 12+11reb+1ast, F.Brutting 4+2reb, L.Friederici 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 528653


Elchingen - Leipzig 94-72

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Elchingen (11-5) crushed at home 11th ranked USC Leipzig (5-12) 94-72 on Saturday. Elchingen made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 USC Leipzig turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) contributed with 7 points and 10 assists for the winners. Elchingen's coach Dario Jerkic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jordan Faison (201-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Cardell McFarland (182-87, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for USC Leipzig. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. Elchingen moved-up to third place in South. Loser USC Leipzig keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Elchingen will face Giants (#12) in Noerdlingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Leipzig will play at home against FC Bayern II and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: T.Prince 25+7reb+1ast, F.Beck 15+3reb+1ast, A.Didovic 13+6reb+1ast, B.Butler 9+6reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 8+3reb, B.Lockhart 7+3reb+10ast
Leipzig: J.Faison 26+10reb+2ast, C.McFarland 17+2reb+5ast, J.Niedermanner 11+5reb+1ast, S.Leutloff 10+7reb+4ast, T.Billups 3+3reb, V.Zimmer 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 528654


Licher Baeren - Bayer Giants 94-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bayer Giants (11-6) against eighth ranked Licher Basket (7-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Bayer Giants were defeated by Licher Basket in Lich 94-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bayer Giants. American players dominated the game. Guard K.K. Simmons (191-93, college: Pikeville) nailed 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and power forward Lamar Mallory (198-90, college: Glenville St.) accounted for 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Mallory is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Licher Basket players scored in double figures. Forward Brandon Nazione (202-94, college: E.Michigan) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and guard Kerry Carter (188-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively for Bayer Giants in the defeat. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Licher Basket moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Dragons and Wuerzburg. Bayer Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Licher Basket will meet league's leader Karlsruhe PS on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayer Giants will play against Fraport Skyliners II and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: K.Simmons 24+5reb+5ast, D.Krause 19+5reb+3ast, L.Mallory 16+13reb+4ast, M.Schick 10+10reb+2ast, S.Kutzschmar 8+2reb+1ast, J.Martin 7+5reb+1ast
Bayer Giants: B.Nazione 23+17reb+2ast, K.Carter 22+3reb+5ast, T.Schonborn 15+8reb+1ast, M.Kuczmann 9+2reb+1ast, A.Blessig 5+5reb+5ast, D.Smith 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 528655





German BBL round 20 best performance: Da'Sean Butler - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Da'Sean Butler (201-F-88, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Ratiopharm, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Goettingen (#12, 7-11) with 31-point margin 94-63. It allowed Ratiopharm to consolidate first place in the German BBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Ratiopharm keeps a perfect 18-0 record. In the team's last game Butler had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Ratiopharm and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Da'Sean Butler averages this season 10.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old American Immanuel McElroy (194-G-80) of Jena. McElroy had a very good evening with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Jena was edged by slightly lower-ranked Bremerhaven (#13, 6-11) 83-82. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Jena dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. McElroy is well-known at Jena and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, agency: HMS) of Wuerzburg (#14). Ulmer scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Ulmer's great performance Wuerzburg lost 63-68 to the higher-ranked B.Muenchen (#3, 15-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Wuerzburg can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ulmer he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ulmer has a very solid season. In 19 games in Germany he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 4.6rpg, FGP: 60.2% and 3PT: 46.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kwame Vaughn (190-G-90) of Fraport SKY - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Carlos Medlock (183-PG-87) of Braunschweig - 28 points
6. Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of EWE Baskets - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87) of Brose Bask. - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marcos Knight (188-G-89) of Jena - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90) of Bremerhaven - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Justin Sears (203-F-94) of Giessen 46ers - 13 points, 10 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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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Releford, Kolossos.13.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos13.9 
 5. Young, Lavrio13.8 
 6. Barlow, Trikalla13.7 
 7. Punter, Lavrio13.6 
 8. Dixon, AEK Athens13.3 
 9. Lojeski, Olympiacos13.2 
 10. Cummings, Aris13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.8 
 2. Morgan, Kymis9.0 
 3. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Reddic, Kolossos HH7.3 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Biruta, Trikalla6.6 
 7. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.5 
 8. Kravic, AGOR6.5 
 9. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.3 
 10. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Nixon, Lavrio6.7 
 3. Starks, Koroivos6.3 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.7 
 5. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 6. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 7. Talton, AGOR4.1 
 8. Ukic, AEK Athens4.1 
 9. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 10. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Singleton, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Releford, Kolossos.1.8 
 4. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 6. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 7. Hickey, Apollon .1.7 
 8. Gotcher, Koroivos1.5 
 9. Ivanovic, AEK A.1.3 
 10. Johnson, Lavrio1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.3 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.2 
 5. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 6. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.2 
 7. Reddic, Kolossos HH1.1 
 8. Kavvadas, Aris1.1 
 9. Elonu, AEK Athens1.0 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 


Igor Milosevic claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Naturalized Serbian Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: BeoBasket) had a very impressive game in the last round for Holargos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old guard got a double-double of 31 points and eleven assists, while his team crushed Irakleio (#14, 3-11) with 19-point margin 95-76. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Holargos is placed at 9th position in Greek A2. Holargos 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 6-8 record. In the team's last game Milosevic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Holargos' top player in his first season with the team. Milosevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.5ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.6apg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Lithuanian guard Dovydas Redikas (192-G-92) of Arkadikos. Redikas impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he led Arkadikos to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Pagrati (#16, 2-13) 90-64. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Arkadikos keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Redikas is a newcomer at Arkadikos 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 15.2ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 4.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Arkadikos' star - Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86). Tsougarakis scored 25 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Arkadikos, helping his team with a 90-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Pagrati (#16, 2-13). The chances of Arkadikos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tsougarakis could try to bring Arkadikos' a little bit higher in the standings. Tsougarakis has individually a great season in Greece. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Doukas - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92) of Pagrati - 26 points and 7 rebounds
6. Nikos Liakopoulos (188-PG-83) of Faros - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Ioannis Lianos (202-F-85) of Irakleio - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-PF-92) of Iraklis - 17 points and 4 rebounds
9. Karamo Jawara (203-F-91) of Doxa Pefkon - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fanis Koumpouras (185-PG-83) of Aiolos Astakou - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Rivers' 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard K.C. Rivers (196-G-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Panathinaikos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds for Panathinaikos in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (14-1) 72-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Panathinaikos maintains the 2nd position in Greek league. Panathinaikos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 14-1. In the team's last game Rivers had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. K.C. Rivers averages this season 7.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Kenny Hall (206-F/C-90) of Koroivos. He is American forward in his first season at Koroivos. In the last game Hall recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Koroivos to another comfortable win outscoring Kymis (5-10) 94-64. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Koroivos managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Hall is a newcomer at Koroivos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#4). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kevin Punter (188-G-93) of Lavrio (#10). Punter scored 28 points. Despite Punter's great performance Lavrio lost 84-87 to the higher-ranked AEK Athens (#3, 12-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Lavrio not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Punter could try to bring Lavrio's a little bit higher in the standings. Punter has individually a great season in Greece. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.6ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Harris (196-G-86) of Doxa Lefkadas - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Kymis - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Toddrick Gotcher (193-SG-93) of Koroivos - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G/F-90) of Koroivos - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Anthony Hickey (180-PG-92) of Apollon Patras - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Zamal Nixon (186-PG-89) of Lavrio - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93) of AEK Athens - 19 points, 7 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)



Melsahn Basabe (ex Doxa Lefkadas) signs at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) landed 25-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 11 games he averaged 12.0ppg and 8.9rpg this season. Basabe also spent pre-season at BG Goettingen (BBL) in German league earlier that year.
He played in the final of NIT in 2013.
Basabe has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Stabill).
He attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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P.J. Alawoya (ex Rieker KN) is a newcomer at KR Reykjavik - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion KR Reykjavik (Dominos League) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) forward P.J. Alawoya (203-98kg-88, college: McNeese State, agency: Inception Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno in Slovakian SBL league. In 44 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.6spg last season. Alawoya helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team. Alawoya also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.7ppg, 6.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.8spg.
In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Alawoya was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in seventh round (111th overall).
He attended McNeese State until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Alawoya won Slovakian League championship title in 2015.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Alawoya has played previously professionally in Germany (Saar-Pfalz Braves and Cuxhaven BasCats), Japan (Orange Vikings) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @AGlandorf)

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Standings - IBL

IBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 2-0 
 2. CLS Knights 2-1 
 3. Pacific Caesar 2-1 
 4. Garuda 1-1 
 5. NSH GMC 1-1 
 6. Hang Tuah 1-1 
 7. Pelita Jaya 1-1 
 8. Aspac 1-1 
 9. Bima Perkasa 1-1 
 10. JNE BSC 0-2 
 11. Satya Wacana 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 4: Garuda - Pacific Caesar
Feb. 4: Bima Perkasa - NSH GMC
Feb. 4: Satya Wacana - Aspac
Feb. 4: Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 JaJuan SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 42
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah42.0 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah26.0 
 3. Barfield, NSH G.26.0 
 4. Corbin, Bima P.24.0 
 5. Peterson, Bima P.23.5 
 6. Jacobs, NSH G.23.0 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .21.7 
 8. Loiselle, Pacific .20.3 
 9. Crump, Satya W.20.0 
 10. Brantley, Garuda20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah16.5 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.15.0 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.7 
 4. Gunawan, Garuda13.0 
 5. McKinney, CLS K.13.0 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya12.5 
 7. Peterson, Bima P.11.5 
 8. Smith, Satria Muda11.5 
 9. Brand, JNE B.11.5 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Wendha WIJAYA
  Garuda
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Wijaya, Garuda5.0 
 2. Teja, Aspac5.0 
 3. Wuysang, CLS K.4.0 
 4. Jacobs, NSH G.4.0 
 5. Jewell, Satria Muda3.5 
 6. Indrawan, Pelita J.3.5 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .3.3 
 8. Corbin, Bima P.3.0 
 9. Smith, Hang Tuah3.0 
 10. Dhyaksa, Aspac3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Corbin, Bima P.3.0 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.3.0 
 3. Dhyaksa, Aspac2.5 
 4. Surawi, JNE B.2.0 
 5. Purwanto, Hang T.2.0 
 6. Ardiansyah, CLS K.2.0 
 7. Sitepu, Satria M.2.0 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah2.0 
 9. White, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 10. Barfield, NSH G.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Maxey, Satya W.2.5 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.2.5 
 3. Regowo, Aspac1.5 
 4. Peterson, Bima P.1.5 
 5. Brand, JNE B.1.5 
 6. Gunawan, Garuda1.5 
 7. Kosasih, Aspac1.0 
 8. Smith, Satria Muda1.0 
 9. White, Pelita Jaya1.0 
 10. Hangrove, Aspac1.0 



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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.8 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.3 
 3. Turner, Killester21.5 
 4. Lawrence, Moycu.20.7 
 5. Pemberton, Tralee20.4 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.19.9 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.7 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue17.9 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.4 
 10. Moreira, UCD M.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Provizors, DCU S.15.8 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian14.9 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.14.4 
 4. Turner, Killester13.5 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue12.1 
 6. Gil, Swords T.11.9 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.7 
 8. Freeman, Moycullen11.1 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee10.5 
 10. Lawson, UCC Demons10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.3 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian8.6 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.0 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.7 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.6.4 
 6. Downey, UCC Demons6.1 
 7. Hosford, UCC D.6.1 
 8. Roe, Killester4.9 
 9. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.5 
 10. James, Templeogue4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian6.1 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.2 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.2 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 5. Murphy, Templeogue2.7 
 6. Calvo, Swords T.2.4 
 7. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.4 
 8. Howlin, UL Eagles2.3 
 9. Lyons, Moycullen2.2 
 10. Darling, DCU Saints2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Maria GIL
  Swords T.
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gil, Swords T.2.9 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.6 
 3. Lawson, UCC Demons2.6 
 4. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.2 
 5. Turner, Killester2.0 
 6. Freeman, Moycullen1.9 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.9 
 8. Pantovic, Tralee1.9 
 9. Bogdanovic, Tralee1.7 
 10. Stith, Belfast Star1.7 



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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Khalif WYATT
  Hapoel H.
  (193-SG-91)
  Avg: 20
 1. Wyatt, Hapoel H.20.0 
 2. Tucker, Hapoel T-A18.4 
 3. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.3 
 4. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.0 
 5. Simhon, Maccabi Haifa15.8 
 6. Goudelock, Maccabi .15.6 
 7. Holloway, Galil G.15.6 
 8. Williams, Hapoel T.15.5 
 9. Taylor, Maccabi .15.1 
 10. Wayns, Maccabi .15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.9.7 
 2. Atkins, Hapoel Holon9.6 
 3. Adrien, Bnei H.9.0 
 4. Holloway, Galil G.8.5 
 5. Williams, Hapoel T.8.5 
 6. Singleton, Maccabi .8.0 
 7. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.3 
 9. Gates, Ironi N.6.9 
 10. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .8.3 
 2. Teague, Ironi N.7.3 
 3. Lyons, Hapoel T-A6.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A6.3 
 5. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.1 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.1 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .5.0 
 8. Mekel, Maccabi T-A4.9 
 9. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .4.7 
 10. Ewing, Maccabi .4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Maccabi .
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Carter, Maccabi .2.6 
 2. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .2.3 
 3. Shuchman, Galil G.2.3 
 4. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.9 
 5. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .1.9 
 6. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.9 
 7. Ben-Zvi, Galil G.1.8 
 8. Ziv, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Dawson, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reginald BUCKNER
  Hapoel Eilat
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.9 
 2. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.4 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.1.4 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.2 
 6. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.1 
 8. Blayzer, Maccabi .1.0 
 9. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.0 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.0.9 


Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Hapoel B/S 13-4 
 2. Maccabi Raanana 12-5 
 3. Hapoel K/S 11-6 
 4. Ironi Nes-Ziona 11-6 
 5. Hap.R/G Givat. 11-6 
 6. Macc.Rehovot 9-8 
 7. Maccabi H/H 9-8 
 8. Hapoel Migd.H. 9-8 
 9. Ironi K-A 9-8 
 10. Hap.Haifa 7-10 
 11. Hapoel G/A 7-10 
 12. Galil Elion 6-11 
 13. Ramat Hasharon 3-14 
 14. Ironi Ramat Gan 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 31: Hapoel Migd.H. - Macc.Rehovot 99-95
Jan. 31: Maccabi H/H - Hapoel G/A 97-69
Jan. 31: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ramat Hasharon 78-62
Jan. 28: Macc.Rehovot - Maccabi Raanana 77-69
Jan. 31: Hapoel K/S - Hap.R/G Givat. 74-72
Jan. 31: Hap.Haifa - Hapoel B/S 72-77
Jan. 31: Ironi Ramat Gan - Maccabi Raanana 71-102
Jan. 31: Galil Elion - Ironi K-A 69-91

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 7: Hap.R/G Givat. - Hapoel Migd.H.
Feb. 7: Hapoel G/A - Hap.Haifa
Feb. 7: Ironi K-A - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Feb. 7: Macc.Rehovot - Maccabi H/H
Feb. 7: Maccabi Raanana - Hapoel K/S
Feb. 7: Ramat Hasharon - Ironi Ramat Gan
Feb. 7: Hapoel B/S - Galil Elion


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.2 
 2. Burrows, Hap.Haifa23.6 
 3. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 4. Pointer, Ironi K-A22.2 
 5. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 6. Brown, Ironi R.21.5 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.8 
 8. Livingston, Hapoel K.20.8 
 9. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.5 
 10. Gaston, Hapoel M.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WATSON
  Hapoel K/S
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.5 
 2. Sykes, Hapoel G/A11.5 
 3. Pointer, Ironi K-A11.1 
 4. Jordan, Galil Elion10.9 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.6 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.6 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.5 
 8. Warren, Maccabi .10.5 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.10.3 
 10. Gaston, Hapoel M.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Teel, Ironi R.9.3 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.8.7 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.4 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.1 
 6. Hofman, Ironi N.4.8 
 7. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.8 
 8. Salz, Galil Elion4.6 
 9. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.9 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.7 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.3 
 7. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.1.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
 10. Cohen, Hapoel K/S1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.4 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.8 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.6 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 7. Givens, Maccabi .1.3 
 8. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 9. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.1 


Winner League Round 16: Hapoel Jerusalem lose to Hapoel Holon in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Jerusalem. 4th ranked host Hapoel Jerusalem (10-7) lost to second ranked Hapoel Holon (11-5) 85-79. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Holon outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 40-27 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American Khalif Wyatt (193-91, college: Temple, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists and the other American import point guard Jordan Taylor (187-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Pensack Sports) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Hapoel Holon maintains second position with 11-5 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Hapoel Holon are looking forward to face Maccabi Haifa (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Jerusalem will have a break next round.
Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (13-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (5-12) in Tel-Aviv 91-85. The winners were led by naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 rebounds and Andrew Goudelock supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by American swingman Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi T-A have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Maccabi T-A will play against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Ashdod will have a break next round.
The game in Nahariya was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Maccabi Haifa (7-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (8-8). Ironi Nahariya defeated Maccabi Haifa 83-73 on Sunday. Derwin Kitchen fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oz Blayzer produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Maccabi Haifa dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Ironi Nahariya will meet Maccabi Rishon (#7) in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Rosh Pina. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (8-8) to eleventh ranked Galil Gilboa (6-10) 93-92 on Sunday evening. It was a very good performance for Michael Qualls who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. Galil Gilboa moved-up to tenth place. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Eilat (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
12th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-13) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Hapoel Eilat (8-8) with the biggest margin this round 96-74 on Monday night. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of Pierria Henry who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists (made all of his seven free throws). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Maccabi K/G stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Hapoel Eilat will face Galil Gilboa (#10) in Rosh Pina in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi K/G will play on the road against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 16 Hapoel T-A lost to Bnei Hertzeliyya on the opponent's court 81-86. Hapoel J-M managed to outperform Maccabi Ashdod in a home game 75-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points and 10 rebounds by Jake Cohen of Maccabi Ashdod.

Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Ashdod 91-85

Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (13-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (5-12) in Tel-Aviv 91-85. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-21 Maccabi Ashdod's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 91-85 at the end of the game. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The winners were led by naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by American swingman Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Ashdod. The former international Jake Cohen (209-90, college: Davidson) added 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Maccabi T-A have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Maccabi T-A will play against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Ashdod will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 18+2reb+4ast, J.Alexander 15+8reb+2ast, S.Landesberg 12+1reb+2ast, G.Mekel 11+2reb+9ast, G.Pnini 9+1reb+4ast, D.Seeley 9+6reb+2ast
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 23+6reb+3ast, J.Cohen 20+10reb, J.Carmichael 12+5reb+1ast, P.Knowles 9+2reb+2ast, A.Ariel 8+2reb, B.Altit 6+4reb+4ast
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Bnei Hertzeliyya - Hapoel T-A 86-81

Rather expected game in Hod Hasharon where 5th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-8) was defeated by third ranked Bnei Hasharon (10-6) 86-81 on Monday. Hapoel Tel-Aviv trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 26-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-86 at the end of the game. Bnei Hasharon made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Hapoel Tel-Aviv turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Stephen Dennis (198-87, college: Kutztown, agency: HMS) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and naturalized American Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon maintains third position with 10-6 record having just three points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Loser Hapoel Tel-Aviv keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Bnei Hasharon will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play at home against Maccabi K/G (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: S.Dennis 25+6reb+4ast, J.Adrien 17+8reb+2ast, K.Mashour 13+13reb, T.Green 8+2reb+6ast, O.Leumi 6+3reb+1ast, H.Kanacevic 5+3reb+2ast
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 19+5reb+9ast, R.Howell 15+6reb+2ast, A.Tucker 14+2reb, A.Banks 13+4reb+2ast, D.Williams 11+5reb, T.Ginat 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 493051


Maccabi K/G - Hapoel Eilat 74-96

12th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-13) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Hapoel Eilat (8-8) with the biggest margin this round 96-74 on Monday night. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Eilat dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi K/G's 26. Hapoel Eilat had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St., agency: HMS) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Hapoel Eilat and four Maccabi K/G 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. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Maccabi K/G stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Hapoel Eilat will face Galil Gilboa (#10) in Rosh Pina in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi K/G will play on the road against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: L.Milbourne 19+5reb+2ast, R.Rothbart 16+7reb+2ast, P.Henry 16+7reb+9ast, C.Colman 14+3reb+5ast, W.Daniels 11+2reb, A.Nissim 9+1ast
Maccabi K/G: J.Carter 22+7reb+5ast, J.Selby 15+2reb+2ast, C.Kelly 15+5reb+1ast, E.Shulman 10+1reb+4ast, A.Rosenberg 6+5reb, O.Solomon 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 493049


Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 79-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Jerusalem. 4th ranked host Hapoel Jerusalem (10-7) lost to second ranked Hapoel Holon (11-5) 85-79. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Holon outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 40-27 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American Khalif Wyatt (193-91, college: Temple, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists and the other American import point guard Jordan Taylor (187-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Pensack Sports) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and American Amare Stoudemire (208-82) scored 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon maintains second position with 11-5 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Hapoel Holon are looking forward to face Maccabi Haifa (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Jerusalem will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: K.Wyatt 25+2reb+7ast, J.Taylor 17+7reb+3ast, A.Chubrevich 13+10reb+1ast, J.Bell 12+7reb+2ast, S.Harush 6+5reb+1ast, D.Atkins 6+8reb+1ast
Hapoel J-M: A.Stoudemire 19+4reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 14+3ast, Y.Halperin 12+2reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 12+11reb+6ast, B.Timor 8+1ast, J.Dyson 6+5reb
gschID: 493054


Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi Haifa 83-73

The game in Nahariya was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Maccabi Haifa (7-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (8-8). Ironi Nahariya defeated Maccabi Haifa 83-73 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 26-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Nahariya made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Maccabi Haifa turnovers. American point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Nick Faust (198-93, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 22 points. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international swingman Amit Simhon (198-89) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Maccabi Haifa dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Ironi Nahariya will meet Maccabi Rishon (#7) in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: N.Faust 22+1reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 14+6reb+2ast, Y.Gates 14+7reb+1ast, D.Kitchen 14+13reb+5ast, T.Nash 8+3reb+1ast, N.Berkowitz 4+1reb+5ast
Maccabi Haifa: A.Simhon 18+6reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 16+7reb+4ast, J.DiBartolomeo 13+1reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 11+3reb+1ast, G.Vargas 7+5reb+7ast, W.Graves 5+4reb
gschID: 493050


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Rishon 93-92

A very interesting game took place in Rosh Pina. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (8-8) to eleventh ranked Galil Gilboa (6-10) 93-92 on Sunday evening. Galil Gilboa players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American guard Michael Qualls (198-94, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93) replied with 31 points and 7 rebounds and American-Belarusian point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova) added 28 points and 4 assists in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Galil Gilboa moved-up to tenth place. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Eilat (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: M.Qualls 22+9reb+3ast, J.Siggers 20+2reb+4ast, E.Griffin 12+4reb+6ast, A.Bier-Katz 12+2reb+1ast, M.Holloway 11+9reb+2ast, E.Skverer 8+5reb+4ast
Maccabi Rishon: S.Dawson 31+7reb+3ast, M.Wayns 28+2reb+4ast, P.Richard 12+6reb+12ast, J.McCrea 6+5reb, I.Zalmanson 6+3reb+2ast, E.Kadir 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 493052


Round 17
Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Ashdod 75-67

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (10-7) defeated at home 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (5-12) 75-67 on Thursday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international Jake Cohen (209-90, college: Davidson) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fourth position with 10-7 record. Loser Maccabi Ashdod keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 15+4reb, T.Peterson 12+8reb+2ast, I.Rosefelt 12+7reb, C.Jerrells 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 9+5ast, J.Dyson 6+2reb+2ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Cohen 15+10reb+2ast, D.Ewing 12+1reb+2ast, I.Ziv 11+1reb+6ast, C.Simon 10+6reb+3ast, P.Knowles 9+5reb+1ast, B.Altit 6+10reb
gschID: 534702





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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Landry, Brescia20.0 
 2. M''Baye, Enel B.19.8 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.5 
 4. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.4 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.18.4 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu18.1 
 7. White, Auxilium TO17.3 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .17.3 
 9. Della Valle, Grissin.16.4 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.8 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.2 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.8.5 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu8.2 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.1 
 6. Watt, JuveCaserta7.6 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.5 
 8. Jefferson, Dolomiti.7.2 
 9. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 10. Fesenko, Scandone.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.9 
 2. Dowdell, AV Cantu7.6 
 3. Waters, AV Cantu7.6 
 4. Fitipaldo, Betaland.7.5 
 5. Sosa, JuveCaserta6.6 
 6. Wright, Auxilium.5.8 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.4 
 8. Moore, The F.5.4 
 9. Maynor, Openjobm.5.1 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Corey HAWKINS
  The F.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hawkins, The F.2.5 
 2. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.9 
 3. Craft, Dolomiti.1.8 
 4. Ragland, Scandone.1.8 
 5. Peric, Umana VE1.6 
 6. Moss, Brescia1.6 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 9. Green, Scandone AV1.5 
 10. Archie, Betaland.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.5 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.4 
 3. Johnson, AV Cantu1.6 
 4. Watt, JuveCaserta1.6 
 5. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.5 
 6. M''Baye, Enel B.1.4 
 7. Lawal, AV Cantu1.3 
 8. Putney, JuveCaserta1.3 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 


Best players of Italian Serie B round 18 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cassino and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 35-year old power forward had a double-double of 35 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed Roma S.Azzurra (#14, 4-14) with 16-point margin 86-70. Cassino maintains the 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cassino will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Bagnoli turned to be Cassino's top player in his first season with the team. Bagnoli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.9ppg) and averages solid 58.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old power forward Mauro Liburdi (200-F/C-82) of Venafro. Liburdi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Venafro to edge slightly higher-ranked Valdiceppo (#14, 3-14) by 3 points 78-75. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Group D. Venafro keeps 16th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Venafro managed to get this year. Liburdi is one of the most experienced players at Venafro and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Alberto Cacace (197-PF-96) of Porto S.Elpidio (#4). Cacace scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Porto S.Elpidio, leading his team to a 93-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Monteroni (#15, 3-15). Porto S.Elpidio needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group D. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Cacace has a very solid season. In 15 games in Italy he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 57.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) of Firenze Enic - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Thomas De Min (203-F/C-86) of Crema - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera - 18 points and 17 rebounds
7. Fiorello Toppo (198-F/C-80) of Bottegone - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gionata Zampolli (189-PG-85) of Matera - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Giovanni Bruni (185-PG-82) of Cecina - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Simone Bonfiglio (181-PG-88) of Piombino - 26 points 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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Best players of Japanese B League D3 round 11 - by Eurobasket News

American Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tokyo HT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 21 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team outclassed Tokyo Big Blue (#9, 1-19) with 28-point margin 91-63. Tokyo HT is placed at 3rd position in Japanese B League D3. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tokyo HT will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. Jones turned to be Tokyo HT's top player in his first season with the team. Alex Jones averages this season 12.4ppg and 7.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward R.J. Slawson (206-F-92) of Tokyo Cinq R.. Slawson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Tokyo Cinq R. to another comfortable win 81-65 over slightly higher-ranked Aisin AW (#5, 10-10) being unquestionably team leader. Tokyo Cinq R.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Slawson is a newcomer at Tokyo Cinq R. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) of second-ranked Kanazawa Sam.. Pomare showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kanazawa Sam., leading his team to a 91-84 win against the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#7, 5-15). Kanazawa Sam. is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-2 record is not that bad... Pomare has a great season in Japan. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.0ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 10.4rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 62.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Fukuoka Rizing - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT - 27 points and 6 rebounds
8. Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT - 22 points and 17 rebounds
9. Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) of Kanazawa Sam. - 17 points and 15 rebounds
10. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



B League D2 Round 34: Toyotsu FE lose to Dragonflies - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 8 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Toyotsu FE (24-8) in Hiroshima on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Dragonflies (26-6) 88-75. The game was mostly controlled by Dragonflies. Toyotsu FE managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona) scored 20 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, college: Washington) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Toyotsu FE's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dragonflies have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record, which they share with Kumamoto V. Toyotsu FE at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. Dragonflies is looking forward to face Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano in the next round. Toyotsu FE will play on the road against Kagoshima (#6) in Renova and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Aomori. Fourth ranked Aomori Watts (15-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Nishinomiya S. (22-10) 73-72 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Kyle Barone supported him with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 19 rebounds by Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) did not help to save the game for Nishinomiya S.. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aomori Watts maintains fourth position with 15-17 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Aomori Watts will play against Bambitious Nara (#6) on the road in the next round. Nishinomiya S. will play against Kagawa FA (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Matsuyama between Orange Vikings and Tokyo Excel.. Fourth ranked Orange Vikings (13-19) got a very close home victory over one of their biggest challengers Tokyo Excel. (10-21). Orange Vikings managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 in the game for the fourth place. Craig Williams fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Ryan Stephan produced 20 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Tokyo Excel.'s coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Orange Vikings maintains fourth position with 13-19 record, which they share with Cyberdyne IR. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fourth place with 21 games lost. Orange Vikings will meet Cyberdyne IR (#5) in the next round. Tokyo Excel. will play against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Shimane. Third ranked host Shimane Magic (25-6) smashed their biggest opponent Fukushima (20-12) 88-65. Worth to mention a great performance of Josh Davis who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Shimane Magic have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-6 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Gunma. Fukushima lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second place with 12 games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be league's leader Gunma at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukushima will play against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League D2 top team - Gunma (23-9) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Kagawa FA (10-22) 84-64. Abdullahi Kuso scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gunma have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-9 record. Kagawa FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 22 games lost. Gunma will face Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kagawa FA will play against the league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 34: Yamagata won against Bambitious Nara on the opponent's court 74-66. Cyberdyne IR unfortunately lost to Kumamoto V. in a home game 67-72. Shinshu BW was rolled over Iwate Big Bulls on the road 54-80. Tokyo Z defeated Kagoshima on its own court 71-61.

Ehime OV - Tokyo Excel. 78-76

A very close game took place in Matsuyama between Orange Vikings and Tokyo Excel.. Fourth ranked Orange Vikings (13-19) got a very close home victory over one of their biggest challengers Tokyo Excel. (10-21). Orange Vikings managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 24-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Hiroaki Tobita (187-90) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Tokyo Excel.'s coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Orange Vikings maintains fourth position with 13-19 record, which they share with Cyberdyne IR. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fourth place with 21 games lost. Orange Vikings will meet Cyberdyne IR (#5) in the next round. Tokyo Excel. will play against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: C.Williams 23+16reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 17+7reb+2ast, T.Yoshihiko 13+4reb+4ast, T.Tatsuhiko 8+1reb+5ast, Y.Nakajima 8+6reb, T.Kasahara 6+5reb+2ast
Tokyo Excel.: H.Tobita 22+4reb, R.Stephan 20+9reb+1ast, L.Evans 13+11reb, S.Miyata 7+3reb+3ast, T.Nishiyama 7+4reb+2ast, S.Izumi 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 529730


Bambitious Nara - Yamagata 66-74

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Bambitious Nara (9-23) was defeated at home by third ranked Yamagata (16-16) 74-66 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Yamagata outrebounded Bambitious Nara 47-27 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Yuji Takahashi (183-91) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Yamagata's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and forward Daiki Terashita (190-80) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. Yamagata maintains third position with 16-16 record having eight points less than leader Gunma. Bambitious Nara lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 23 games lost. Yamagata will face league's second-placed Kumamoto V. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bambitious Nara will play against Aomori Watts (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: Y.Takahashi 14+4reb+2ast, M.Sanders-Frison 14+14reb, S.Murakami 13+3reb+1ast, M.Izawa 10+3reb, Y.Ishikawa 7+8reb+1ast, S.Tarver 6+8reb+1ast
Bambitious Nara: S.Komatsu 18+3reb+4ast, A.Ogide 13+6reb, D.Terashita 11+8reb, T.Woodbury 10+3reb, R.Boykin 8+1reb+1ast, A.Hirao 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 529729


Gunma - Kagawa FA 84-64

B League D2 top team - Gunma (23-9) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Kagawa FA (10-22) 84-64. The game was mostly controlled by Gunma. Kagawa FA was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gunma dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kagawa FA's 26. Gunma had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Gunma especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gunma made 7 blocks. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 20 points during the contest. At the losing side Jamaican power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, college: Auburn, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Taku Bandoh (185-92) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gunma have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-9 record. Kagawa FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 22 games lost. Gunma will face Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kagawa FA will play against the league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 20+2reb+2ast, A.Kuso 17+7reb+4ast, M.Obuchi 16+1reb+3ast, M.Cousin 5+14reb+1ast, H.Kondo 5+2reb+3ast, D.Umetsu 5+3reb+1ast
Kagawa FA: A.Forbes 12+10reb+3ast, T.Bandoh 11+4reb+1ast, S.Kon 11+2reb, C.Tapscott 7+6reb, Y.Sakai 7+2ast, H.Horita 5
gschID: 529727


Cyberdyne IR - Kumamoto V. 67-72

Rather predictable result in Tsukuba where second ranked Kumamoto V. (26-6) defeated 5th ranked Cyberdyne IR (13-19) 72-67 on Sunday. Cyberdyne IR was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Cyberdyne IR 45-33 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Shota Isshiki (177-87) scored 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Kumamoto V. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hiroshima D. Cyberdyne IR lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 19 games lost. Kumamoto V. will face Yamagata (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cyberdyne IR will play against Orange Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: J.James 16+14reb+2ast, R.Warren 14+10reb+2ast, T.Furuno 10+5reb+6ast, R.Nakanishi 9+4reb, S.Kobayashi 9+5reb+2ast, M.Fukuda 7+5reb
Cyberdyne IR: R.Rickert 19+16reb+4ast, S.Isshiki 17+1reb+1ast, J.Maniwa 12+1reb, D.Larkai 7+8reb, S.Kouno 6+2reb, T.Yonezawa 5+2reb
gschID: 529726


Iwate Big Bulls - Shinshu BW 80-54

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Shinshu BW (10-23) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-23) 80-54 on Sunday. Shinshu BW was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Koji Nagata (180-81) chipped in 13 points and 5 steals during the contest. At the losing side Dutch power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Shinshu BW's coach Ryutaro Onodera already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth position with 9-23 record, which they share with Bambitious Nara. Shinshu BW lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 23 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face higher ranked Tokyo Excel. (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shinshu BW will play against the league's leader Dragonflies and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: N.Doaks 24+14reb+2ast, K.Nagata 13+2reb+2ast, O.Yoko 10+4reb+2ast, R.Shibuta 7+1reb+3ast, M.Sawaguchi 6+1reb+3ast, D.Lawson 6+9reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: J.van der List 19+16reb+1ast, C.Posthumus 16+8reb, J.Dollard 10+3reb, D.Suzuki 5+3reb+1ast, S.Uesugi 2+2reb+2ast, T.Takato 2+1reb
gschID: 529725


Aomori Watts - Nishinomiya S. 73-72

Important game to mention about took place in Aomori. Fourth ranked Aomori Watts (15-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Nishinomiya S. (22-10) 73-72 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. It looked good early as Nishinomiya S. took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aomori Watts had a 19-6 second period charge getting the lead and Nishinomiya S. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-73. Aomori Watts dominated on the defensive end, holding Nishinomiya S. to just 6 points in second quarter. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) supported him with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 19 rebounds by Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) did not help to save the game for Nishinomiya S.. American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 16 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aomori Watts maintains fourth position with 15-17 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Aomori Watts will play against Bambitious Nara (#6) on the road in the next round. Nishinomiya S. will play against Kagawa FA (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: A.Wiggins 22+11reb+2ast, K.Barone 18+13reb, K.Tateyama 12+3reb, N.Norisato 6+2reb+1ast, K.Aita 5+2reb+5ast, B.Sebirumbi 4+3reb
Nishinomiya S.: L.Owens 16+12reb+2ast, J.Vandenberg 14+19reb, N.Douhara 13+3reb+2ast, N.Tani 11, J.Taniguchi 8+5reb+1ast, D.Burns 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 529724


Hiroshima D. - Toyotsu FE 88-75

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Toyotsu FE (24-8) in Hiroshima on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Dragonflies (26-6) 88-75. The game was mostly controlled by Dragonflies. Toyotsu FE managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona) scored 20 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, college: Washington) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Dragonflies players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Toyotsu FE's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dragonflies have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record, which they share with Kumamoto V. Toyotsu FE at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. Dragonflies is looking forward to face Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano in the next round. Toyotsu FE will play on the road against Kagoshima (#6) in Renova and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: D.Dillon 20+2reb+4ast, S.Asayama 15+1reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 14+9reb, H.Kitagawa 11+2reb+3ast, S.Ikaruga 11+7reb+4ast, S.Nakama 5+2reb
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 20+6reb, K.Fukuzawa 18+2reb, S.Alabi 12+11reb+1ast, Y.Otsuka 8+5reb+5ast, S.Kawai 6+1ast, S.Kozu 6+1reb
gschID: 529723


Shimane SM - Fukushima 88-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Shimane. Third ranked host Shimane Magic (25-6) smashed their biggest opponent Fukushima (20-12) 88-65. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Fukushima's 38. Shimane Magic had a 32-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Shinya Murakami (172-91) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Fukushima. Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Shimane Magic have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-6 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Gunma. Fukushima lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second place with 12 games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be league's leader Gunma at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukushima will play against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 16+8reb+2ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 15+3reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 15+4reb+4ast, K.Takabatake 11+1reb+1ast, W.Marshall 9+7reb+2ast, H.Okamoto 9+5reb+3ast
Fukushima: K.Tomori 16+1reb, N.Spikes 14+8reb+2ast, S.Murakami 11+4reb+6ast, S.Kanno 8+1reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 7+5reb, Y.Masuda 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 529722


Tokyo Z - Kagoshima 71-61

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Tokyo Z (14-19) beat at home 6th ranked Kagoshima (3-29) 71-61 on Sunday. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Z have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-19 record having nine points less than leader Gunma. Kagoshima lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 29 games lost. Tokyo Z will face league's second-placed Fukushima on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kagoshima will play against the league's leader Toyotsu FE (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 23+14reb+2ast, S.Watanabe 17+8reb+3ast, M.Takumi 6+2reb, R.Nishitani 6+4reb, S.Takayama 5+6reb, K.Irabu 4+2reb
Kagoshima: C.Maduabum 19+14reb+2ast, T.Murphy 13+8reb+2ast, R.Nakazono 10+4reb, K.Matsuzaki 8+2reb+1ast, A.Yamada 6+4reb, H.Fujita 3+6reb
gschID: 529728





B League Round 35: Leader Toyota Alvark upset by Aishin Sea Horses - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Toyota Alvark (26-6) in Kariya on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Aishin Sea Horses (24-8) 85-77. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) who scored 27 points. The former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) produced 19 points and 5 assists for the guests. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 24-8 record which they share with defeated Toyota Alvark. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Toyota Alvark will play against the league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Okinawa. Fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (15-19) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Niigata Albirex (18-16) 77-74 on Sunday evening. Forward Naoki Tashiro (188-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Anthony McHenry contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for Niigata Albirex. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth place with 15-19 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. They share it with Osaka Evessa. Ryukyu GK will play against league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nagoya. First ranked Toshiba Thunders faced second-ranked Diamond Dolphins. Guests from Kanagawa (29-5) defeated host Diamond Dolphins (20-14) 72-68. It was a great evening for Nick Fazekas who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Jerome Tillman responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 29-5 record. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second position with 14 games lost. They share it with Sanen. Toshiba Thunders will meet at home Ryukyu GK (#5) in the next round. Diamond Dolphins will play against the league's leader Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chiba. Third ranked Chiba Jets faced 3rd placed Osaka Evessa. Host Chiba Jets (22-12) smashed guests from Osaka (18-16) 82-61. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Tyler Stone who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach Dai Oketani gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chiba Jets maintains third place with 22-12 record having seven points less than leader SeaHorses which they share with defeated Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be Yokohama BC (#5) on the road. Osaka Evessa will play against the league's second-placed Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tokyo. Second ranked Tochigi Brex faced 4th placed Hitachi Sunrockers. Guests from Tochigi (25-7) defeated host Hitachi Sunrockers (15-17) 82-78. The best player for the winners was Ryan Rossiter who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex maintains second place with 25-7 record having six points less than leader SeaHorses. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Osaka Evessa (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 35 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Hokkaido L. were defeated by Toyama Grouses in a road game 89-76. Yokohama BC beat Shiga L-Stars at home 86-73. Sanen won against Akita NH on the opponent's court 64-54.

Ryukyu GK - Niigata Albirex 77-74

Important game to mention about took place in Okinawa. Fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (15-19) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Niigata Albirex (18-16) 77-74 on Sunday evening. Niigata Albirex was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 38-29 second half run of Ryukyu GK. Forward Naoki Tashiro (188-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth place with 15-19 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. They share it with Osaka Evessa. Ryukyu GK will play against league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 16+6reb, D.Gardner 16+11reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 15+1ast, K.Sato 10+1reb, T.You 10+2reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 7+8reb+6ast
Ryukyu GK: N.Tashiro 23+2reb+2ast, L.Hamilton 12+6reb+2ast, S.Kitagawa 11+5reb, A.McHenry 11+6reb+4ast, R.Terry 11+2reb, R.Watanabe 8+11reb+1ast
gschID: 474818


Nagoya DD - Toshiba BT 68-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nagoya. First ranked Toshiba Thunders faced second-ranked Diamond Dolphins. Guests from Kanagawa (29-5) defeated host Diamond Dolphins (20-14) 72-68. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toshiba Thunders made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Toshiba Thunders outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 45-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). International point guard Yuma Fujii (178-91) helped adding 19 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and international power forward Tenketsu Harimoto (198-92) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 29-5 record. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second position with 14 games lost. They share it with Sanen. Toshiba Thunders will meet at home Ryukyu GK (#5) in the next round. Diamond Dolphins will play against the league's leader Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 22+8reb+2ast, T.Harimoto 14+6reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 9+3reb+4ast, S.Funyu 6+7reb, T.Nakatsuka 6+1reb+1ast, T.Nakahigashi 5+2reb+1ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+17reb+1ast, Y.Fujii 19+2reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 10+1reb+3ast, Y.Nagayoshi 6+9reb, N.Tsuji 4+3reb+2ast, T.Hasegawa 3+1reb
gschID: 474817


SeaHorses - Toyota Alvark 85-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Toyota Alvark (26-6) in Kariya on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Aishin Sea Horses (24-8) 85-77. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) who scored 27 points. The former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) produced 19 points and 5 assists and international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 24-8 record which they share with defeated Toyota Alvark. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Toyota Alvark will play against the league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Tanaka 19+3reb+5ast, D.Garrett 16+2reb+3ast, J.Takeuchi 14+7reb+1ast, T.Gillenwater 11+4reb+1ast, S.Kikuchi 7+1reb+2ast, A.Naymick 6+4reb
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 27+1ast, M.Hiejima 21+5reb+2ast, I.Butts 14+13reb, G.Edwards 8+7reb+2ast, T.Kato 6, J.Sakuragi 5+6reb+6ast
gschID: 474816


Toyama Grouses - Hokkaido L. 89-76

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Hokkaido L. (10-24) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (8-26) 89-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Toyama Grouses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Hokkaido L. was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Drew Viney (204-88, college: Loyola Mary) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth place with 8-26 record, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fourth position with 24 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hokkaido L. will play against Hitachi Sunrockers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 15+14reb+2ast, T.Orimo 14+1reb, D.Noguchi 13+3reb+1ast, J.Thorpe 9+7reb+1ast, A.Tajima 8+1reb+7ast, Z.Maki 5+3reb
Toyama Grouses: D.Pittman 15+10reb, D.Viney 14+7reb+2ast, Y.Okada 13, S.Willard 13+9reb+1ast, N.Uto 12+2reb+4ast, T.Mito 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 474815


Yokohama BC - Shiga L-Stars 86-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Yokohama BC's (13-21) home victory over 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (6-28) 86-73 on Sunday. The game without a history. Yokohama BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian center Jason Washburn (210-90, college: Utah, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Taketo Aoki used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Samba Faye (205-87) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and guard Tomonobu Hasegawa (184-90) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Yokohama BC maintains fifth place with 13-21 record. Shiga L-Stars lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 28 games lost. Yokohama BC will face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shiga L-Stars will play against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: Y.Karino 21, T.Hasegawa 16+3reb+3ast, S.Faye 16+14reb, J.Mavunga 9+7reb+2ast, C.Brackins 7+5reb+2ast, R.Kobayashi 2+1reb+3ast
Yokohama BC: J.Washburn 23+9reb+3ast, J.Parmer 20+8reb+1ast, P.Faye 13+2reb, K.Takeda 12+2reb, A.Minatoya 8+6reb+2ast, K.Yamada 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 474814


Chiba Jets - Osaka Evessa 82-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chiba. Third ranked Chiba Jets faced 3rd placed Osaka Evessa. Host Chiba Jets (22-12) smashed guests from Osaka (18-16) 82-61. Osaka Evessa was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 51-26 second half run of Chiba Jets. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Osaka Evessa to just 5 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Osaka Evessa 42-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Chiba Jets brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) accounted for 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side. Five Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) came up with 19 points and swingman Richard Roby (198-85) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Osaka Evessa's coach Dai Oketani gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chiba Jets maintains third place with 22-12 record having seven points less than leader SeaHorses which they share with defeated Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be Yokohama BC (#5) on the road. Osaka Evessa will play against the league's second-placed Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 19+4reb+2ast, R.Roby 13+6reb+1ast, T.Hashimoto 11+6reb, T.Soma 7+2reb+1ast, S.Konno 6+3reb+2ast, R.Goda 5+1reb
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 23+14reb+3ast, K.Ishii 18+2reb+3ast, Y.Togashi 13+3reb+2ast, R.Ono 12+5reb+3ast, M.Parker 11+11reb+2ast, S.Hara 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 474812


Akita NH - Sanen 54-64

Very expected game when 6th ranked Akita Happinets (8-26) were defeated at home by second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (20-14) 64-54 on Sunday. Akita Happinets were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 24-11 charge of Sanen Neophoenix, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who scored 17 points. His fellow American import swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) produced 7 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Evan Ravenel (203-89, college: Ohio St.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sanen Neophoenix maintains second place with 20-14 record having nine points less than leader SeaHorses, which they share with Nagoya DD. Akita Happinets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 26 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face Sendai 89ers (#5) at home in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: E.Ravenel 12+6reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 9+5reb+2ast, D.Stephens 8+5reb, D.Taniguchi 7+4reb, R.Shirahama 7+2ast, S.Morrison 7+10reb+2ast
Sanen: R.Dozier 17+4reb+1ast, J.Childress 12+7reb+3ast, T.Suzuki 11+5reb+4ast, A.Ota 8+2reb, S.Tawatari 4+3reb+3ast, S.Okada 4+3reb
gschID: 474811


Hitachi SR - Tochigi Brex 78-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tokyo. Second ranked Tochigi Brex faced 4th placed Hitachi Sunrockers. Guests from Tochigi (25-7) defeated host Hitachi Sunrockers (15-17) 82-78. Tochigi Brex made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. The former international swingman Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Furukawa is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. International forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex maintains second place with 25-7 record having six points less than leader SeaHorses. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Osaka Evessa (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: I.Brown 23+10reb+1ast, R.Sacre 16+9reb+1ast, R.Guinn 10+2reb, K.Hirose 7+7reb+3ast, L.Vendrame 7+3reb+3ast, S.Fujitaka 5+4reb+2ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Furukawa 20+5reb, R.Rossiter 17+16reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 14+4reb+3ast, J.Gibbs 10+4reb, K.Takeuchi 8+6reb, Y.Tabuse 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 474813





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  JORDAN  

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Places 1-4
 1. Al Awdah 0-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 3. Kofer Yoba 0-0 
 4. Orthodox 0-0 
Places 5-8
 1. Al Jalil 5-0 
 2. Anjarah 2-2 
 3. Deer Abi Sa'ed 1-3 
 4. Al Horiyah 1-4 
Stage One Standings

Top 4: Round 1

Feb. 11: Al Riyadi - Al Awdah
Feb. 11: Kofer Yoba - Orthodox



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  KOSOVO  


Fuquan Edwin arrives at Sigal Prishtina - by Dren Shporta

American guard, Fuquan Edwin (198-G-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: Pensack Sports), is new arrival at Kosovan reigning champions, Sigal Prishtina. The player that recently played for Cairns Taipans at Australian elite, has joined the team.

Sigal Prishtina tonight has notified that Fuquan Edwin has joined the team in training's and will be ready for the coming matches.

Sigal Prishtina has turned now fully to national competitions after getting eliminated from FIBA Europe Cup on November 2016 and Balkan League on January 2017.

First duty for the team will be defending the Kosovan Cup, in Final Four that will be played from 17 to 19 February 2017.

On the other hand, Sigal Prishtina is leading the Super league with 13-2 record after 15 matches played.




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  LATVIA  

Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
Places 1-12
 1. Turiba 13-0 
 2. Kekava 13-1 
 3. ViA 11-2 
 4. Jelgava 10-4 
 5. Marupe 8-7 
 6. RSU 7-6 
 7. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 6-7 
 8. Limbazi 5-8 
 9. RTU 3-10 
 10. Saldus 3-13 
 11. Livani 1-11 
 12. Gulbenes Buki 1-12 
Places 13-21
 1. VeA 10-0 
 2. DSN/SB 6-3 
 3. VEF skola 6-4 
 4. LU/BS Riga 5-3 
 5. Madona 5-4 
 6. Valmiera/ORDO-2 4-4 
 7. Jekabpils II 3-7 
 8. Riga/Ridzene 1-7 
 9. BJBS Riga 0-8 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Jan. 28: LU/BS Riga - Riga/Ridzene 93-61
Jan. 31: Kekava - Livani 92-74
Jan. 28: BJBS Riga - Madona 86-94
Jan. 27: Livani - Saldus 85-59
Jan. 28: Gulbenes Buki - Saldus 78-79
Jan. 31: Jekabpils II - VEF skola 65-68

Second Stage: Round 10

Feb. 1: Limbazi - Turiba
Feb. 1: Riga/Ridzene - Madona
Feb. 2: DSN/SB - Valmiera/ORDO-2
Feb. 2: Jekabpils II - VeA
Feb. 3: RTU - Marupe
Feb. 3: RSU - Livani
Feb. 3: Jelgava - ViA
Feb. 3: Limbazi - Ogre/Kumho Tyre
Feb. 4: LU/BS Riga - BJBS Riga
Feb. 4: Gulbenes Buki - Kekava
Feb. 4: Turiba - Saldus


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Edgars KRUMINS
  Jelgava
  (194-G/F-86)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Krumins, Jelgava23.7 
 2. Ginters, RSU22.8 
 3. Miezis, Kekava22.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.21.8 
 5. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.19.1 
 6. Jansons, VEF skola18.4 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava18.2 
 8. Skute, Madona17.4 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola16.4 
 10. Jurjans, RSU15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Barrett, Madona16.4 
 2. Dubults, ViA11.8 
 3. Cavars, Kekava11.4 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.8 
 5. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.4 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava9.3 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 9. Ramanis, Valmier.8.7 
 10. Skute, Madona8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gatis JUSTOVICS
  Jelgava
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Justovics, Jelgava8.3 
 2. Buikis, Saldus7.7 
 3. Kohanovs, ViA6.5 
 4. Bikovs, RTU6.1 
 5. Osins, Limbazi5.9 
 6. Endzels, Turiba5.9 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola5.6 
 8. Pabrieza, Livani5.4 
 9. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 10. Vecens, Marupe5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.6 
 2. Mikulskiy, VeA2.9 
 3. Dambis, BJBS R.2.8 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.8 
 5. Bikovs, RTU2.8 
 6. Osins, Limbazi2.7 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola2.5 
 8. Skripka, Madona2.4 
 9. Steinbergs, Kekava2.3 
 10. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.5 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.2 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.1 
 7. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 8. Viksna, Livani1.0 
 9. Railans, Valmier.0.9 
 10. Brencs, Limbazi0.9 



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  LEBANON  


Lebanese National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Wael Arakji
Arakji
Elie Stephan
Stephan
Mohamad Haidar
Haidar
Ater Majok
Majok
Fadi El Khatib
El Khatib
#e#5
4Bassel Bawji 203-F-89 Champville Lebanon
5Amir Saoud 186-G-91 Al Riyadi Lebanon
6Jad Khalil 186-PG-96 Tadamon Lebanon
7Wael Arakji 194-PG-94 Al Riyadi Lebanon
8Elias Rustom 197-G/F-87 Moutahed Lebanon
9Elie Stephan 193-SG-86 Louaize Lebanon
10Ali Mezher 182-PG-94 Hoops Lebanon
11Mohamad Haidar 201-F-90 Al Riyadi Lebanon
12Charles Tabet 205-C/F-87 Moutahed Lebanon
13Nadim Souaid 192-G/F-86 Homenetmen Lebanon
14Ater Majok 208-C-87 Homenetmen Lebanon
15Fadi El Khatib 198-F/G-79 Homenetmen Lebanon

Joe Nebhan Head Coach Homenetmen Lebanon
Vladan Glavinic Assistant Moutahed Lebanon



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  LIBYA  


Nasr claim Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Nasr have won Libyan Basketball Cup beating Al Ittihad in the Final game. They posted a 60-55 win to seal the trophy. Nasr won the first period 13-7, while the opponents replied with a 15-12 rally in the second frame. Nasr however posted two victories in the second half to win the game.
Earlier the teams became the winners of the Preliminary Rounds in their groups.



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.16.1 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes14.5 
 3. Sulskis, Juventus14.0 
 4. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 5. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.13.2 
 6. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.0 
 7. Delininkaiti., Vytau.12.7 
 8. Diggs, Juventus12.5 
 9. Gailius, Lietuvos.12.3 
 10. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.8.7 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija8.1 
 3. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.7 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Smiljanic, Nevezis6.5 
 6. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.4 
 7. Kacinas, Neptunas6.4 
 8. Jomantas, Lietuvos.5.8 
 9. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.5.5 
 10. Babrauskas, P.Zvaigz.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick LOW
  P.Zvaigzdes
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Low, P.Zvaigzdes7.3 
 2. Prostran, Nevezis7.2 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.7 
 4. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.3 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.8 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.5 
 8. Janavicius, Lietkabe.4.5 
 9. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
 10. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  Lietkabe.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 2. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.6 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.5 
 5. Diggs, Juventus1.4 
 6. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 7. Babrauskas, P.Zvaigz.1.3 
 8. Cizauskas, Vytautas1.3 
 9. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.1.3 
 10. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Lietuvos.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 2. Engstrom, Nevezis1.3 
 3. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 4. Galdikas, Juventus1.1 
 5. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.1 
 6. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.1.0 
 8. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 9. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.9 
 10. Jucikas, Siauliai0.9 


Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
Places 1-7
 1. Suduva-Mantinga 25-6 
 2. Nafta-Uni. 23-8 
 3. Telsiai 20-11 
 4. Rasai 20-12 
 5. Silute 17-14 
 6. Perlas-MRU 17-14 
 7. Vytis 15-16 
Places 8-14
 1. Zalgiris II 17-14 
 2. Palanga 15-16 
 3. Delikatesas 12-19 
 4. KTU 12-20 
 5. Mazeikiai 11-20 
 6. Ezerunas-Karys 7-24 
 7. Petrochema 7-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Jan. 28: Palanga - Mazeikiai 85-73
Jan. 31: Rasai - Perlas-MRU 80-66
Jan. 28: Zalgiris II - Petrochema 78-74
Jan. 28: Vytis - Perlas-MRU 74-56
Jan. 28: Telsiai - Suduva-Mantinga 73-92
Jan. 28: Delikatesas - KTU 73-62

Second Stage: Round 7

Feb. 2: Nafta-Uni. - Vytis
Feb. 3: Delikatesas - Mazeikiai
Feb. 3: Palanga - Petrochema
Feb. 3: Zalgiris II - Ezerunas-Karys
Feb. 3: Suduva-Mantinga - Silute
Feb. 3: Perlas-MRU - Telsiai


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Jonathan HUDSON
  Palanga
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 2. Vingelis, Rasai18.6 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.3 
 4. Masiulis, Zalgiris.17.3 
 5. Beliavicius, Vytis16.8 
 6. Griskenas, Delikate.16.8 
 7. Normantas, Perla.16.3 
 8. Saulys, Suduva-M.15.6 
 9. Labutis, KTU15.1 
 10. Pukelis, Silute15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.5 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute7.9 
 4. Raupys, Silute7.5 
 5. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.3 
 6. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.3 
 7. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.7.2 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.7.0 
 9. Beniusis, Rasai7.0 
 10. Valukonis, Suduva-M.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.3 
 2. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.5.5 
 3. Urbonas, Palanga5.2 
 4. Paliukenas, Mazeikiai5.1 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.1 
 6. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.5.0 
 7. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.9 
 8. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 9. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 10. Sapiega, KTU4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brian WANAMAKER
  Silute
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wanamaker, Silute2.5 
 2. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 3. Normantas, Perla.2.4 
 4. Razutis, Telsiai2.4 
 5. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 6. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.3 
 7. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.2.2 
 8. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 9. Matulis, Suduva-M.2.1 
 10. Staselis, Palanga1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.1 
 2. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute1.2 
 4. Green, Palanga1.1 
 5. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.1.0 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.1.0 
 7. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.9 
 8. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.8 
 9. Mikalauskas, Mazei.0.8 
 10. Kieza, Suduva-M.0.8 


LKL Round 21: Leader Zalgiris lose to Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Zalgiris (19-2) recorded its second loss in Panevezys on Monday night. Visitors were edged by second ranked Lietkabelis (16-5) 79-77. It ended at the same time the 19-game winning streak of Zalgiris. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Lietkabelis made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) who scored 19 points. Swingman Tadas Rinkunas (195-91) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who recorded 14 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lietkabelis maintains second place with 16-5 record having just three points less than leader Zalgiris. Defending champion Zalgiris still keeps top position with two games lost. Lietkabelis are looking forward to face P.Zvaigzdes (#7) in Pasvalys in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zalgiris will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas (#3) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Siauliai managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive losses. This time they outleveled eighth-ranked Dzukija 85-64. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 21-point difference suggests that Siauliai is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was a good game for swingman Lukas Aukstikalnis (196-95) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Donatas Sabeckis contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Center Karolis Guscikas (205-92, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Dzukija. Dzukija's coach Andrej Urlep gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Siauliai maintains tenth place with 3-18 record. Dzukija at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Siauliai will play against higher ranked Vytautas (#6) in Prienai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dzukija will play at home against Neptunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Pasvalys was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Juventus (11-10) played at the court of 7th ranked P.Zvaigzdes (9-12). Juventus managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76 on Sunday. Vytautas Sulskis stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners. The best for the losing side was Osvaldas Olisevicius with 19 points and 8 rebounds. P.Zvaigzdes' coach Ramunas Cvirka rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juventus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Neptunas. Loser P.Zvaigzdes keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Juventus will meet Nevezis (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. P.Zvaigzdes will play against the league's second-placed Lietkabelis and hope to secure a win.
The game in Klaipeda was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Vytautas (10-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Neptunas (11-10). Neptunas defeated Vytautas 72-60. Martynas Mazeika nailed 12 points for the winning side. Neptunas' coach Dainius Adomaitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Neptunas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Juventus. Vytautas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Neptunas' next round opponent will be Dzukija (#8) in Alytus. Vytautas will play at home against Siauliai and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 21 Nevezis was defeated by Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius 86-78.

Lietkabelis - Zalgiris 79-77

Top ranked Zalgiris (19-2) recorded its second loss in Panevezys on Monday night. Visitors were edged by second ranked Lietkabelis (16-5) 79-77. It ended at the same time the 19-game winning streak of Zalgiris. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Lietkabelis made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) who scored 19 points. Swingman Tadas Rinkunas (195-91) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who recorded 14 points and the former international Paulius Jankunas (205-84) added 14 points respectively. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lietkabelis maintains second place with 16-5 record having just three points less than leader Zalgiris. Defending champion Zalgiris still keeps top position with two games lost. Lietkabelis are looking forward to face P.Zvaigzdes (#7) in Pasvalys in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zalgiris will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas (#3) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 19+4reb+1ast, T.Rinkunas 15+1ast, Z.Skucas 10+3reb+2ast, L.Williams 6+2reb+5ast, D.Tarolis 6+2ast, S.Galdikas 6+5reb+1ast
Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 14+2reb+3ast, P.Jankunas 14+3reb+2ast, B.Motum 12+1reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 12+2reb, A.Milaknis 10+5reb+1ast, R.Seibutis 5+3reb
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P.Zvaigzdes - Juventus 76-81

The game in Pasvalys was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Juventus (11-10) played at the court of 7th ranked P.Zvaigzdes (9-12). Juventus managed to secure a 5-point victory